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Peter Obi’s Transformative Contributions to Education in Anambra State

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Former Governor Peter Obi’s tenure in Anambra State is distinguished by significant and forward-thinking contributions to the education sector. Renowned for his innovative and strategic approach, Mr. Obi eschewed the typical political maneuvers of constructing new, unnecessary infrastructure. Instead, he focused on the revitalization and maintenance of existing educational facilities, recognizing that the restoration of these institutions was essential for improving educational quality and integrity across the state.

Under his administration, Anambra consistently delivered outstanding results, notably leading Nigeria in WAEC scores for eight consecutive years. This achievement underscores the efficacy of Mr. Obi’s commitment to enhancing the educational framework without succumbing to the pressures of populist politics.

In a landmark move in 2011, Mr. Obi initiated the return of over 1,000 primary schools to their original owners, primarily churches, with a substantial investment of N6 billion to support their maintenance. This decision was grounded in the belief that the moral decay in society stemmed partly from the improper governance of educational institutions, which had been stripped from their missionary founders during the post-war era by the defunct East Central State Government. By reinstating these schools with their founding bodies, Mr. Obi aimed to reinstate the high standards of discipline and academics associated with them.

This policy did not merely transfer ownership; it fostered a collaborative environment where the state continued to pay staff salaries and the missions managed day-to-day operations, leading to a dramatic turnaround in the academic and moral landscape of these schools. The benefits of this initiative became evident when students from Regina Pacis Model Secondary School, under the auspices of the mission-run schools, clinched a gold medal at the World Technovation Challenge in Silicon Valley, highlighting the global competitive edge Anambra students could achieve.

The success of this educational policy has been widely recognized and upheld by subsequent administrations, further validating Mr. Obi’s visionary leadership. His efforts have been praised by various stakeholders, including religious leaders and educational authorities, who have noted the marked improvement in both the quality of education and the moral calibre of students.

In recognition of his revolutionary approach to education, Bishop Jonas Benson Okoye of the Nnewi Diocese lauded Mr. Obi for his pivotal role in transforming Anambra’s educational landscape. The Bishop emphasized that the return of schools has not only restored educational excellence but has also rekindled the moral and ethical values that the missions strive to instill.

Today, Anambra’s educational achievements continue to reflect Peter Obi’s enduring legacy—an investment in sustainable education reforms that prioritize long-term benefits over short-term gains, ensuring that the leaders of tomorrow are nurtured in institutions that cater to both their academic prowess and moral development.

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Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
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Reno Omokri’s Polarizing Role in Nigerian Politics and His Contentious Stance Toward Peter Obi

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Reno Omokri, a public figure and former aide to Nigeria’s ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, has been a controversial personality in the Nigerian political landscape. Known for his active presence on social media, Omokri has often been at the center of various debates and discussions. While he has been an advocate for certain political stances and ideologies, his actions and statements have, at times, sparked significant controversy, particularly regarding his comments about various ethnic groups and political figures.

Critics of Reno Omokri accuse him of leveraging divisive issues for personal gain, suggesting that his frequent attacks on political figures such as Peter Obi are not rooted in genuine political disagreement but are instead aimed at attracting attention and generating revenue through increased social media traffic. This behavior has led some to label him as opportunistic, highlighting a pattern where his commendations or criticisms seem to fluctuate with the prevailing political winds, rather than being based on a consistent set of principles.

In the past, Omokri has praised Peter Obi, endorsing his potential presidential candidacy and celebrating his achievements. However, his more recent shift to persistent criticism has raised questions about his sincerity and consistency. Such shifts contribute to perceptions of Omokri as a figure similar to other controversial political commentators known for their unpredictable and often provocative rhetoric.

Omokri’s reputation is further tarnished by allegations of stoking ethnic tensions and engaging in corrupt practices. Accusations of tribalism, particularly between the Igbo community and other groups, suggest that he may use such sensitive issues to incite his audience, indirectly boosting his social media engagement and potential earnings. Moreover, various allegations of corruption and fraudulent behavior paint a picture of a figure possibly prioritizing personal gain over genuine political or social advocacy.

Adding to the complexity of his public persona, Omokri’s recent reactions to economic issues, such as the depreciation of the naira, have been inconsistent. After criticizing Arise TV and Peter Obi for their views on the naira’s appreciation, he remained notably silent when the currency faltered, only to prematurely claim credit for promoting its use. This apparent hypocrisy highlights potential ulterior motives in his public discourse.

If unchecked, Omokri’s strategy of spreading negative rhetoric could mislead the public, especially if his controversial views are taken at face value by unsuspecting followers. It is crucial to critically evaluate and challenge his narratives to prevent the manipulation of public opinion.

In essence, Reno Omokri’s activities in the Nigerian public sphere are marred by inconsistency, opportunism, and divisiveness, reflecting the complex challenges and controversies that characterize his political involvement. His shifting positions on various issues underscore the need for a vigilant and informed public discourse to navigate the potential misinformation emanating from such influential yet contentious figures.

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Anambra will partner you for developments, Soludo tells Tinubu

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Anambra State Governor Chukwuma Soludo has congratulated President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on his victory in the February 25 election.

In a statement yesterday in Awka, the state capital, Soludo urged opponents of the President-elect to go to court for redress, if they have genuine issues about the poll.

The governor promised to partner the incoming Tinubu administration for more developments in Anambra State, saying Nigeria needs healing and restructuring.

He hailed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies for the peaceful conduct of the general election, especially the citizens, for turning out to be what he called the real “heroes” of democracy.

“To me, the true heroes of the last elections are the citizens of Nigeria, especially the youths, whose voices will continue to be critical as we collectively strive to build a new Nigeria.

“Nigeria is the winner, and I am confident that a better future lies ahead of us. Congratulations to all Nigerians!

“Let me also congratulate the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for his election. We congratulate your closest opponents for their courageous and impressive outing.

“Nigeria needs healing and restructuring, and the fundamental challenges of insecurity and the economy remain humongous.

“We pledge to collaborate and partner with you and the Federal Government for the development of Anambra State and Nigeria.

“One critical issue that we must draw your urgent attention to is the issue of systemic insecurity in the Southeast.

“While our efforts with the security agencies are yielding significant results, we believe that sustainable peace and security will be enhanced through wider non-kinetic engagements with all critical stakeholders.

“In this regard, may I repeat my previous calls and hereby request our President-elect to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu immediately after swearing-in (that is, if he is not released before then).

“We need him around the table as an important stakeholder in discussions about healing and sustainable peace in the Southeast.

“To our newly elected colleagues (governors-elect), we say a big congratulation. Let us work together, especially under the auspices of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) in pursuit of national common good.

“We also congratulate the elected members of the National and State Assemblies. We also thank millions of Nigerians who voted for candidates of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) across the entire country.”

“As true believers in the potentials of Nigeria, our party will continue to network and collaborate with all like-minded Nigerians and groups to advance the greatness of this country.

“So far, winners have been declared, and those who are dissatisfied with the results have the rights to pursue their grievances through the due process of the law.

“My own political party, the APGA, might challenge several of the results in pursuit of justice.

“While we will take all necessary legal steps to recover the seats we believe that APGA won, especially in Anambra State, but were mistakenly called for other parties, we also know that several of the announced ‘winners’ from other parties are ‘APGA-nised’ and are patriotic citizens of the state.”

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Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
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Finland – LAHTI’S separatist Simon Ekpa was escorted out of the apartment by plainclothes policemen

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The Nigerian government has asked Finland to intervene in the activities of the Lahti separatist. On Thursday morning, KRP prevented HS from entering Ekpa’s apartment and said that the interview would be moved “to the future”.

Simon Ekpa, a separatist FROM LAHTI, does not answer the doorbell. It’s almost 11:30 on Thursday.

We had agreed on an interview at Ekpa’s apartment near Lahti market. As late as 10:06 a.m., Ekpa had published a tweet to his almost 70,000 followers.

“We the people of Biafra will fight to the end this time,” the last message read.

Ekpa pushes for the independence of Biafra, which is located in South-Eastern Nigeria, at all costs. He is inciting people on social media to boycott Saturday’s presidential election.

Lahti’s Etelä-Suomen Sanomat newspaper reported on Thursday that Ekpa “doesn’t hide the fact that he is participating in the elimination of government officials.” He even leads the operation and acquires weapons”.

EKPA publicly claims to have replaced Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu after he was arrested. He also claims to command IPOB’s armed wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN).

But the tangle is complicated. Some of those claiming to be members of IPOB or ESN accuse Ekpa of lying and misusing Kanu’s name.

The purpose is to demand that Ekpa explain what his separatism and opposition to the elections is all about.

WE ARE late. Ekpa’s neighbor soon opens the door to the stairs. That’s where the journey ends.

The intention was to do an interview, but the answer was the KRP: HS saw when the police escorted a Nigerian separatist out of his apartment in Lahti

A police officer from the Central Criminal Police is waiting in the apartment

“The interview moves into the distant future,” he says.

When asked if it is because the interrogations take a long time or because it is not possible to meet the person we are after, the police answer that “both and”.

“Krp does its job here,” he says.

The cameraman who was present at HS later testified when Simon Ekpa was escorted out of the apartment by plainclothes policemen.

CRIMINAL INSPECTOR Tommi Reen from the Central Criminal Police confirms to HS on the phone that on Thursday, the KRP had a police operation in a private apartment in the center of Lahti in connection with the ongoing preliminary investigation. The police arrested one man from the apartment. Krp suspects the arrested man of a crime, but does not comment on the crime at this stage.

Reen did not confirm the man’s identity, but only spoke in general about the operation in the apartment in the center of Lahti. He did not comment further on the matter.

NIGERIA has asked Finland to intervene in Ekpa’s activities. Last week, the Nigerian foreign minister invited the Finnish ambassador Leena Pylvänäinen to a meeting because of the topic.

Jussi Nummelin , the team leader for Western and Central Africa at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland , told HS a week ago on Thursday that Finland shares the concern for security, and condemns violence and incitement to it, as well as “actions aimed at preventing people from exercising their democratic rights”.

Nummelin emphasized, however, that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not an actual party in the case, but that the police have jurisdiction if it is a question of a suspected crime.

 

 

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This is the most OPEN Election in which three candidates have clear paths to the Nigerian presidency.

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According to the pundits, unlike their rivals in the APC (Tinubu) and the PDP (Atiku), Peter Obi and Rabiu Kwankwaso have not been able to establish a nationwide political infrastructure.

A growing number of voters can now acquire information directly from the sources, eliminating the need for filters and middlemen, thanks to the proliferation of mobile internet. Markets are fallible because of knowledge asymmetry. The same thing happens in politics when there are flaws in the voting process.

However, the first election in the era of mobile internet will take place in 2023 in Nigeria. This election is the first national one to centre on the practicality of apps. I’m not saying that the political structures that have been in place for decades are irrelevant, but I am making the point that disintermediation (the elimination of middlemen) is occurring and that regular voters now have more information at their disposal than ever before to make decisions about candidates on their own.

Because of their position as gatekeepers of knowledge, the Ezes, Obas, Amanyanabos, and Emirs swayed many previous elections with their block voting strategy of zone defence and zone offence (as in football); for most villages, the village head decided which candidates to support.

That won’t occur in 2023 because they don’t have monopoly on candidate data. This creates a level playing field for candidates, as the Best Message will WIN regardless of how INEC acts.

Don’t listen to young people who say your candidate can’t win. The score is tied at the end of regulation, forcing sudden-death overtime when each candidate hopes to score the winning goal.

 

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24 people were arrested because they had something to do with Kanu mysteriously disappearing, and Kanu’s lawyer cried out about it.

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ABUJA–A human rights lawyer, Mr. Nnaemeka Ejiofor, has raised the alarm over what he termed as enforced disappearance of 24 persons that were arrested by security agents, following their alleged link with the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.

Ejiofor, who briefed newsmen in Abuja over the issue, bemoaned the fact that some of the missing persons he said were arrested from their homes since August, 2021, have not been seen, neither have they been charged before any court.

“The offences of these men and women are that they are members of the IPOB or close associates of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

“None of these victims of enforced disappearance have received anything like trial since their arrests.

“None of them has ever been allowed to contact their lawyers or family and all judicial efforts made to see them or get them released have been illegally thwarted and frustrated.

“These 24 identified victims are just a fraction of the number of persons who were arrested and disappeared as so many very gory and scary reports of extra judicial execution, murder in the cruelest manner such as by suffocation, starvation and or summary execution abound”, Ejiofor stated.

According to the senior lawyer, among those that are being detained, included a 20-year old lady, Joy Godwin Udoh, also known as Idara Gold.

He narrated how Miss Udoh who hails from Akwa-Ibom state, was arrested on her birthday by operatives of the Department of State Service, DSS, at the home of her fiance, for allegedly wearing a dress that was considered the colour of the Biafran flag.

“She went to celebrate her birthday with her fiance when officers of the state security service stormed the house in search of her fiance, Mazi Chuks Egwuatu. She was arrested alongside all the siblings of her fiance.

“While her fiance’s siblings were released after about five days in detention, she was transferred to Abuja office of the SSS on the 16th day of November, 2021.

“Joy Udoh’s offence was that she dressed in a certain coloured dress for her birthday and the SSS concluded that such coloured dress was advertising and influencing for the IPOB.

“Joy, like others before and after her, was transferred to a military holding cell without an order of court and contrary to all known laws in Nigeria”, Ejiofor insisted.

He decried that despite an order of the Federal High Court in Abuja, the DSS, denied the detained lady access to her lawyers and had since then, failed to produce her in court.

“Till today, we do not know where Joy Godwin Udoh is, neither has any of us, including her family, been able to see or meet or hear from her”.

Ejiofor further listed 11 persons; Barrister Pius Awoke, Fortune Okezie, Chinedu Nwoba, Chinomso Onyeibe, Eze Joseph, David Ogbonnaya, Ajah Joseph, Igwe Johnson, Kenneth Ojima, Wisdom Ezika Nwambana and Uket Godwin, he said were arrested on July 26, 2021, while on their way to Ebonyi State after they appeared in court to witness Kanu’s trial.

“After the case of Kanu on the said date at the Federal High Court, Abuja, they boarded two vehicles back to Ebonyi State only to be intercepted by a Navy Unit stationed at Lokoja, Kogi State.

“They were held down at the checkpoint for over five hours till a team of the SSS came to take them back to Abuja.

“Upon being sued in court to challenge their arrest and detention, they were said to have been transferred to WAWA Military Barracks in Niger State.

“Neither their lawyers nor their families have seen them or spoken to them nor have they been brought before any court for trial”.

Others Ejiofor included in the list of alleged IPOB members that were arrested and are yet to been seen, are; Ikechukwu Henry, Emeka Ngonadi, Kingsley Onovu, Ogbonna David, Emmanuel Onyibe Chinomso, Ogbonna Christian Ndubisi, Eze Ernest Chukwuemeka, Ibeleme Tochukwu, Emmanuel Ike, Rev. Cletus Whole, Chinonso Anyanwu, Kelechi Okeke, Godspower Chilemu and Chukwuma Nwaokike.

“We want the federal government to do the right thing by producing these victims and releasing them to their families with apologies and compensation”, Ejiofor added.

Among those at the media briefing, included wives, children and relatives of some of the detainees.

 

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Peter Obi responds el-Rufai over false claim that he was detained

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“I am aware of what His Excellency, Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, has said about me. I feel that as we age and acquire more responsibilities, we are expected to become more careful in our thoughts and refrain from being irresponsible in our words.
Peter Obi, the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, has challenged Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai for tying him to his incarceration in Anambra State years ago.
Mr. El-Rufai, during a Monday interactive session organised by the Arewa Joint Committee in Kaduna, alleged that he was imprisoned in Anambra for 48 hours on the instructions of Mr. Obi, the then-governor of the state, nine years ago.
“In 2013, I travelled to Anambra State as a representative of the APC to observe the byelection for governor. “Your next guest, Governor Peter Obi, had me arrested and imprisoned for 48 hours in my hotel room,” the governor of Kaduna stated.
As the current governor, Mr. El-Rufai stated that he has the security authority to deal with the LP candidate, but he will not do so due to his northern heritage.
Mr. Obi was among the distinguished speakers during the event.
In his defence, the previous governor of Anambra branded the governor’s remark as reckless and inappropriate for public consumption.
“I am aware of what His Excellency, Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, has said about me. I feel that as we age and acquire more responsibilities, we are expected to become more careful in our thinking and refrain from being irresponsible in our words and expressions.
“How does the situation he mentioned relate to bigotry to justify such a label?
He retorted, “All I do for people like El-Rufai is pray for them and encourage them to focus on doing things that would improve the lives of Nigerians rather than engaging in hate rhetoric that will split and destroy the country.”
Mr. Obi stated that he was unable to direct State Security Service (SSS) agents from Abuja to arrest Mr. El-Rufai at the time.
“At the time, the police commissioner was from Adamawa State, and the AIG was from Nasarawa. The GMD responsible for election planning was from Kano. I could not have possibly done that.” I never requested anyone to arrest you, chairman. As Governor of Anambra State, I have the first APC best policeman in Nigeria, and he is from Kano. Where will I issue the order and tell a man who lives in my house every day that I want to deal with his people, and he will comply?”
“I was a member of APGA during the 2010 elections when PDP was the ruling party. How can I order the PDP in Abuja to imprison anyone, when I myself was detained in my own local government?” Mr. Obi asked.

 

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Anthony-Claret Ifeanyi Onwutalobi

Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
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PDP Crisis: Wike Vows Never To Accept Northern Dominance

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Amid the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has vowed never to accept northern dominance in the leadership of the party.

Wike rejected the current formation of the party’s where the National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu; Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar; and Director General of the Presidential Campaign, Aminu Tambuwal; are all from the northern part of the country.

He said no one can convince him to drop his advocacy for internal democracy in the party.

Wike stated this on Wednesday night while hosting PDP candidates and local government party chairmen from Cross River State at his residence in Port Harcourt, where he donated 25 buses to support their campaigns.

The delegation of PDP candidates for state and national elections in Cross River State was on a courtesy visit to Wike.

They appreciated Wike for being a strong support to them since their Governor, Ben Ayade dumped the PDP for the All Progressives Congress.

Wike promised to support the Cross River PDP, even as he encouraged the candidates to be deliberate about winning the elections.

 

 

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Nnamdi Kanu Only Discharged, Not Acquitted – Malami

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The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on Thursday reacted to the decision of the Appeal Court to discharge leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

In a statement signed by spokesperson, Dr. Umar Jibril Gwandu, Mr Malami said the appeal court only discharged Kanu and did not acquit him.

“The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has received the news of the decision of the Court of Appeal concerning the trial of Nnamdi Kanu,” the statement said. “For the avoidance of doubt and by the verdict of the Court, Kanu was only discharged and not acquitted.

“Consequently, the appropriate legal options before the authorities will be exploited and communicated accordingly to the public.

“The decision handed down by the court of appeal was on a single issues that borders on rendition.

“Let it be made clear to the general public that other issues that predates rendition on the basis of which Kanu jumped bail remain valid issues for judicial determination.

“The Federal Government will consider all available options open to us on the judgment on rendition while pursuing determination of pre-rendition issues.”

 

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The United Nations’ 2022 World Mental Health Day: A Call for Proactive Action

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The United Nations’ 2022 World Mental Health Day: A Call for Proactive Action

As the world marks the World Mental Health Day on 10th October 2022, the National Association of Seadogs – Pyrates Confraternity has expressed concern that this year’s event does not end up as “mere ritual for speech making and grand declarations that fail to speak to the issues. We therefore use this to call on the relevant stakeholders to ensure that concrete steps that will frontally address the issue are taken.”

The association said as a country presented with another opportunity to focus on and address an issue that has continued to be a source of concern, noted that mental illness has evolved into what behavioural scientists call a phenomenon and the data is such that if we continue to ignore it, we do so at our collective peril.

This year’s event, according to the group, has the theme: Make Mental Health and Wellbeing for All A Global Priority is important as it seeks to draw attention to the issues relating to mental health.

Mental wellness according to the WHO is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”

Mental ill-health has grown into a global menace; a report from The Adracare Team states that 1 out of 5 Americans, aged 18 and above, live with mental illness. However, more alarming is the statistics released in a 2019 report of the World Health Organization, (WHO) which reveals that one in four Nigerians – some 50 million people are suffering from some sort of mental illness. Even more worrisome is the fact that the same report states that the country is nowhere near equipped to tackle the problem. Instances of suicide which most often is precipitated by mental illness have been burgeoning of late. There have been several cases of individuals that jumped to their death on the 3rd Mainland Bridge in what we may preliminarily categorize as anomic suicide.

A statement by Olamide Oni Capoon, Sahara Deck, National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates’ Confraternity), Abuja City Centre said, “while we recognize that there is a multiplicity of factors that may predispose to mental illness, some of the most common in our shores are: use of recreational drugs, poverty, traumatic experience – especially common among those unfortunate enough to have been at the receiving end of the horrors of boko-haram insurgency, kidnap victims and genetic factors, poor medical and professional care, cultural practices, superstition, and social stigma. Poor medical and professional care, certain cultural practices, superstition, and social stigma are also among the factors that tend to exacerbate mental ill-health. Families of mentally ill persons keep them in hiding, more concerned about the social standing that seeks medical care for them. There is also a dearth of specialized medical institutions and certified psychiatrists in the country. Some communities and cultures see mental illness as a curse, and therefore believe the cure is in exorcisms and other spiritual means.”

Text of the statement further read: “As members of the National Association of Seadogs – Pyrates Confraternity, we believe firmly in a just and equitable society where everyone is as much as possible, exposed to equal life’s chances. We, therefore, use this to call on the relevant agencies of government and other stakeholders to use this opportunity to formulate policies that speak to the very heart of the issues, repeal the old legislations on the subject while passing new laws with input from the critical stakeholders. When there is a well formulated policy in place, then there can be appropriations at new budget cycles wherein the government can fund the establishment of institutional structures that address the peculiar problem. Specialized hospitals can be sited at the various urban centers and certified mental health personnel trained. Preventive measures such as fighting the menace of drug abuse especially among the youths, improving the general quality of life through a robust and growing economy are some of the preventive measures that can also be applied.”

In commemoration of this year’s “World Mental Health Day”; the National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity), Sahara Deck – Abuja City Centre, has concluded plans to donate drugs to patients at the Behavioral Home in Karu, Abuja. The group will also embark on a 7-kilometer morning walk to sensitize members of the public on the need to take mental health seriously, in line with this year’s theme: “Make mental health and wellbeing for all; a global priority”.

“According to the latest United Nations data, nearly one billion people worldwide suffer from some form of mental disorder, and one in seven teenagers are affected. In Nigeria, over 60 million people suffer from mental illnesses, according to the Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria (APN). Despite the huge number of people affected globally, mental disorders are widely under-reported in the media, a situation that forces the issue to the background, in global health discourse.

“Therefore, to draw more attention to this global menace, NAS Sahara Deck invites members of the public to participate in its health walk, slated for Monday, October 10. The Capoon of National Association of Seadogs, Sahara Deck, Olamide Oni, called on governments at all levels to prioritize reducing the factors that predispose people to mental illness and improving conditions that people need to thrive. Later in the month, the deck will also be having a public lecture on mental health; where experts in the field will be invited to x-ray issues as it concerns mental health.”

 

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Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
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