HE Igbo Youth Movement, IYM, has called for the restructuring of Nigeria into six regions to ensure fiscal federalism. Founder of the IYM and Secretary, Eastern Consultative Assembly, ECA, Evangelist Elliot Ugochukwu- Uko, made this known in a statement yesterday.
The statement reads: “The planned joint meeting on June 22, 2017 between Northern and Eastern leaders with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo in search of solutions sounds good and needful. The truth is that the meeting will not address the truth about the Nigerian situation.
“Millions of Easterners had affirmed their loss of faith in Nigeria as presently constituted through a successful stay at home on May 30, 2017.
“The whole world was shocked beyond words, when some Northern leaders through certain youths, dazed by the stay at home order, played the last card left. An untidy attempt to blackmail Easterners burning desire for freedom from oppression, with the threat to harm them and their properties in the North.
“Eastern youths called their bluff, thanked God for their reaction and changed gear to a demand for an early referendum to decide the fate of Nigeria. A hurried cosmetic makeover is in the brew, to paper the cracks and postpone the evil day.
“The elite clap, Nigerians ponder, the naive and the gullible are deceived as usual, while the discerning mourn. The political class is excited at the opportunity of using the blood of these agitators to achieve political accommodation and the beat goes on.
“As the leaders gather on June 22nd to prevaricate with platitudes, as usual, the divide gets only deeper, the anger spreads wider, and the elite club congratulates themselves for another choreographed deception successfully pulled off.
“The crack in the foundation of the country would only continue to get worse until we stop lying to ourselves. The malignant tumour has grown so big that only a surgical operation can remove it now.
“The militarily -inspired constitution cannot move Nigeria forward. The structure created by military rulers cannot take us any further. The suspicions have since given way to hate and the misgivings to anger.
“Only a fundamental restructuring of the polity back to true fiscal federalism can save Nigeria now. Everybody knows that.
“Continuous deception would only make matters worse. Devolving powers to the 36 states is not enough to return the souls of millions of young people (especially from my region) who no longer believe in Nigeria.
“Only an early return to regionalism would save the situation now. The elite are only pushing their luck too far, perhaps because they believe the large army of angry youths can always be deceived.
Man kills mother after impregnating his cousin.
A 25-year-old man who has been identified as Agaezichi Ogbonna from Akpaa Mbato village in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State has reportedly killed his 52-year-old mother after allegedly impregnating his cousin.
According to Southern City News , it was learnt on Tuesday that following the development, angry youths in Akpaa Mbato village descended on Ogbonna, but for the timely intervention of the soldiers attached to a nearby checkpoint, the suspect would have been lynched.
An anonymous source disclosed that Ogbonna, who is said to be the last son of his mother, was allegedly accused of having sexual affairs with sisters of the same parents at his maternal home.
He was said to have impregnated one of them in the process, an act which the villagers, said was a taboo in their community and Igbo land in general.
It was learnt that defiant Ogbonna was said to have ignored the warning of the community to continue sleeping with one of the sisters whose name was simply identified as Ugochi, which did not go down well with his sick mother.
The source said,
“Ogbonna’s mother who was managing her high blood pressure condition angered by the son’s action and the negative effect his abominable act would bring to the family, decided to raise the alarm after she noticed that her son was sleeping with Ugochi.
“In the heat of an argument with the mother, Ogbonna kicked her on her ribs which aggravated her health condition. She was said to have collapsed and died shortly afterwards when some members of the family who came to her rescue tried to stabilise her.”
A member of the community, who also pleaded anonymity, said that on seeing that the mother had died, Ogbonna tried to run away, but was prevented.
The source said when the news filtered into the community; the youths stormed their compound and took Ogbonna to unknown destination.
The family source said the youths after beating Ogbonna to a pulp was on the verge of setting him ablaze when soldiers, who were alerted, rescued him from the villagers who had already hung tyre on his neck and about to pour fuel on him.
A soldier at the Akpaa Mbato Army checkpoint said they mobilised to the scene to save the suspect from jungle justice when they were alerted to the action the youths of the community were about to take.
Video game addiction now a mental disorder, says WHO
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified compulsive gaming as a mental health condition.
The condition tagged ‘gaming disorder’ will be added to the 11th edition of WHO’s International Classification of Diseases.
It will describe the disorder as “impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences”.
A WHO representative estimated two to three percent of video game players meet the criteria for gaming disorder.
“For gaming disorder to be diagnosed, the behaviour pattern must be of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning,” WHO said.
Several mental health professionals have been fighting this classification, worried that it’s more grounded in moral concerns than science.
“There was a fairly widespread concern that this is a diagnosis that doesn’t really have a very solid research foundation,” said Christopher Ferguson, a psychologist and media researcher at Stetson University in DeLand.
The American Psychiatric Association also said that there was not “sufficient evidence” to consider gaming addiction as a “unique mental disorder”.
WHO had said in December 2017 that it will recognise the effects of obsessive video gaming as a mental health disorder.
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