Buhari nicknamed “Okechukwu” in Imo

Muhammadu Buhari talking
President Muhammadu Buhari

The Presidential Candidate of the All Progressive Congress, Muhammudu Buhari, was nicknamed “Okechukwu” Monday, when he travelled to campaign at the Dan Anyiam stadium in Owerri, Imo.

The Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, described Mr. Buhari as the general’s general, who has zero tolerance for corruption.

He nicknamed Mr. Buhari, “Okechukwu”, translated as God’s portion in the local Igbo language.

He also prayed for the demise of the Peoples Democratic Party.

“May the soul of PDP rest in peace. May they never rise again,” he said as he welcomed ex-members of the PDP who defected to the APC.

Those who attended the rally included Chris Ngige, a Senator; Mr. Buhari’s campaign director and Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi; a National Leader of the party and former Abia State Governor, Ogbonnaya Onu.

Addressing the crowd at the stadium, Mr. Buhari said it was his first time in Imo State and encouraged the crowd to vote APC at all levels.

He told the crowd to reflect on the state of the country including the collapsing naira and therefore vote out PDP.

“It is in our interest individually and collectively to vote PDP out,” he said.
He thanked the crowd for their patience even under the sun and assured that the party will emerge victorious at the polls.


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  • maureen

    “We’ve been here before, it is unfortunate that we have seen Lagos state government treat us as commoners” James Zaphaniah says.

    He continued, “but we know better now, they come in every four years to plead for votes but ignore our existence when they win”.

    For residents of Sagbokoji Island, Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area, of Lagos state, nothing is particularly special about the 2015 general elections.

    The forthcoming poll serves as another Charade of Campaign Promises and unachievable plans by the ruling Political party in Lagos, the All Progressives Congress, APC.

    “The APC government talks about change but deprive us of our rights to livelihood, I’ve stayed here all my life, ACN as we used to call it, now APC has abandoned us because we have continued to vote for the PDP,” Abi Jewel, an Ijaw settler says.

    Just like the story with Makoko, a settlement on the Lagos Lagoon, forcefully demolished by the state government, which led to the deaths of many, residents express worry.

    “Governor Fashola kept talking about mega city but the poor is not welcomed to such a city. Before the general election in 2011, they were in Makoko to campaign for votes but did you see what they did there? The government even called us foreigners, miscreants and thives”, Rosemary Magre, an Ilaje businesswoman in Igbologun tells me.

    In the same vein, the Sagbokoji people have had to go to courts over the planned sack by the state government, having moved from Idiagbon community, another settlement sold to the rich and wealthy, says Abi Jewel.

    “We are nomads’ but they come over here for votes when it’s time to woo electorates, we are waiting for the day of election so we can show those screaming ‘change’ a slogan that only protects the wealthy Lagosians but we will go all out to vote and we will see that our votes counts” Jewel maintained. “We have not forgotten and we cannot forget.”

    The impoverished riverine settlers are right to consider their eviction a grave injustice. The government appears wholly disinclined to offer any housing assistance to evicted families.

    Mrs Komolafe Ezikiel says “Fashola and APC do not want us but want our votes, they have moved against our means of survival by ignoring our existence and pushing for our eviction”.

    “I am a trader,” she added, “all we have asked for is to be allowed to settle by the waterside to continue fishing, we do they sack us and now come for our votes,”

    The micro-economy here survives mostly on fishing and the trade of basic staples, but that survival according to a fisherman Mr Deji Emerua, in Ilado, another riverine community in same Amuwo Odofin LGA, cannot be guaranteed by the APC led government.

    A trip to Sankey Island, another community surrounded by wooden shacks, the riverine dwellers in strong terms vow to vote out the Fashola led government that it says has failed to provide the basic amenities for the people abandoned by the Babatunde Fashola government and successive governments since 1999. The riverine community is host to over a million settlera.

    “We have seen them coming here to beg for our votes, someone has informed us reliably that Fashola asked the court to suspend the case until after elections, which means he wants our votes for Ambode and APC before sending his bulldozer to send us parking again for the wealthy to take over our Land”, the Baale, Ade Ogun, maintained.

    “Can’t the poor live in Lagos”? The Baale probes further.

    As I visited Igbologun, another settlement, and spoke with some of the settlers, I saw – and felt – fear and dashed hopes visibly written on the peoples’ faces.

    “We have no boats for transportation, we have no healthcare facility, we’ve had to transport our heavily pregnant women to give birth in places like Apapa by paddling the boats, most have had to deliver their children on the high sea” explains Godson Abikwi, a resident said.

    This revealing story represents the the accounts of close to 2 Million Riverine settlers in Lagos who are yet to witness any form of change under the APC government and see the Party’s promise as failed while insisting that Charity – must begin from home.

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    • Bodun George

      Absolute nonsense. You dont come here and bring lies to the table simply because you have internet to read online.
      Your stories are balderdash and does not have any content.

      • Onike24

        Why do these people lie like this? Haba! I am sick and tired of all the lies!

  • Spoken word

    Sai Buhari.we are with you on your march to free this county from the callousness of our current leaders.


    Colonel Mariama(rtd)

    We now know that Mr. Buhari has entered into a secret agreement with
    the US to locate the headquarters of the tyrannical American military
    outfit Africom in Abuja. The will render the Nigerian military virtually
    useless as the Americans will gain effective control of security
    provision throughout the country. We understand that Buhari signed on as
    part of a secret defence pact with the US and the support of the latter
    in his presidential bid. This must not be allowed to happened as it
    threatens our independence and sovereignty as a nation.Also rumours have
    it that Buhari agreed t accept funding for “family planning” aka
    sterilization of Nigerian women to stem the ever increasing population
    of the country which Western countries see as a drain on needed
    resources. The plan is to use the funds to direct mass sterilization of
    child-bearing women of South Nigerian stock under the guise of
    healthcare improvement. I do not need to lecture you on ends what
    dangers this portends for Southern women in particular who will
    definitely be shut out of a Buhari government.This election is perhaps
    the most important one in our lifetime and we must do right for the
    country.This sis not the time to sit on the fence or even contemplate
    the mistake of voting without adequate knowledge of what is at stake.

    • real2x

      Fake news

      • Nemesis

        Kindly explain to us what he did the past ten days he went AWOL in Britian with nary a news about his whereabouts.
        Did he urgently need expert medical attention abroad? It was that bad.Who, in recent memory, does that remind of?

    • saint

      You are brialness.”rumour has it….” you are not sure. U post rumours here and u want us to believe u. U are a rumour monger who shud be banished from this forum. Buharifor president

    • musa aliyu

      Grease your shocks for Buhari is coming to your house by March 29th!

    • southsouthchairman

      You sound crazy. Your effort to confuse Nigerians with fallacy and lies is futile. The people who can believe this kind of stupidity are not computer literate, so you are wasting your time. GEJ’s time is up, nothing you can do about it.


        @TAIWO,@SOUTHSOUTHCHAIRMAN,@MUSA ALIYU, @SAINT and the rest of you charlatans sold on this dizzying Buhari reformist, anti-corruption discombobulation are plain village idiots undeserving of any reasonable modicum of attention from a seasoned personality like yours truly COLONEL MARIAMA(RTD) , A person of great erudition and honesty, I will not stoop to your level of stupidity to lie to the Nigerian people about the clear and present danger Buhari poses to our very survival as a nation. I will not join you in defending a financier of Boko Haram, a man who went to the great length of claiming that an attack on Boko Harma is an attack on the North. Do you not remember him spewing such pathetic and puerile garbage?Defend that statement if you can. Here is a man who once claimed that he will fight to ensure that Sharia is implemented in every state in Nigeria. Deny that one too. A man who asked Muslims not to vote for a Christian candidate- a clear islamization agenda. You didn’t hear that one either. What about his comment that should he lose the election the baboons and monkeys (SOUTHERNERS ANS CHRISTIANS) will soak in their own blood. A clear paln to murder unbelievers and non-Northerners> Must I go on? Nah!!!!!!

    • Taiwo

      Mr FAke Colonel, you must be a Beer Palour Journalist/Analyst. May be you saw this while you were sleeping after you got drunk.

  • Moe

    In a related development, it was learned that during the same events, President Goodluck Jonathan was also nicknamed “Onyiberibe!.

    • True Nigerian

      Hahahahahahahahaha! Jona’s fans will faint if they know what it means. Anyway, most of them are also from our place. So they won’t need any interpreters/translator to understand the term.

      • Moe


  • Mumuhari d man that want 2 make naira equal 2 d dollor if elected,U are 2 dull 4 nigeria buhari.

  • evi

    Okorocha that has become a pariah in Imo state cannot help buhari win imo and giving him any name whatsoever will not help buhari either. Let him explain his role in the mass killing of the ibos in 1966 and his utterances in hausa BBC showing no remorse for what he did and saying that if he had another chance he would do it again.

    • SAM .A

      evi = evil =devil All these your devilish propaganda will end on 3/28. Your tribal & religious bigotry will perish inside u, A New NiIGERIA will be born with wind of change, a united , detribalized country where Ngige , Okorocha & Ogbonnaya Onu will be at the fore front , while u are left behind because of ur evil machination .

      • C3kwe

        The same Okorocha who lied that buhari’s mother is igbo. The confused buhari who described Imo state as ibo state. Anyway, buhari will be disqualified so let us not waste our time on spent force.

    • southsouthchairman

      Those ibos that died in 1966 all deserved to die, abi you forget say na counter coup. They are the reason Nigeria is in the terrible state it is in today.

      • Chukwuka Okoroafor

        Well Satan has be reincarnated in you.

  • Garden-City Boy

    I know that “CHUKWU” is Igbo for God. A demon like Buhari cannot be an OkeChukwu, except it is in mockery. At best the man can only be an OkeSATAN.

    • omojesus

      Nonsense and careless talk

    • Papashango77

      You no get sense to call Buhari demon. If he is a demon then you are a bigger demon.

    • Otile

      You go kill man for lafu o.

    • Kola Adekola

      Continue fooling your worthless self

    • anthony okonkwo

      Very funny but at the same time very apt description of the man.

  • Otile

    In Afghaistan Farkhunda, 28, was beaten, hit by bats, stamped on, drivenover, and her body dragged by a car before being set on fire.

    A policeman who witnessed the incident on Thursday told AP news agency that Farkhunda was arguing with a local mullah. Her father said she had complained about women being encouraged to waste money on the amulets peddled by the mullahs at the shrine.

    “Based on their lies, people decided Farkhunda was not a Muslim and beat her to death,” Mohammed Nadir told AP. The policeman who saw the incident, Sayed Habid Shah, said Farkhunda had denied setting the Koran on fire

    • Lemmuel Odjay

      This is what we are trying to avoid in Nigeria. We don’t want religion in our politics. Don’t listen to those trying to distract us by dragging religion into Nigerian politics in order to prevent people from discussing the real issues that have turned ours into a banana republic in the midst of plenty. Please say no to religion and tribalism. Let’s discuss pressing issues such as, why are we where we are after 16 years of PDP rule during which oil prices have been stable and fair to us? I thought it was all a ruse, but I have seen it with my eyes just last week in Lagos. They are now offering bribes WITH U.S. DOLLARS (Not Naira o) TO VOTE FOR THE PDP. We are aware there are not enough foreign exchange left to keep importing goods to Nigeria, yet that little has become money to be spent on such thoughtless criminal activities. And they say they are not desperate. God has blessed Nigeria so much, but Nigerians in the past chose to look the other way as a few criminals within stole their wealth and walked away. Having answered our prayers with showers of diverse blessings, it would be unfair to ask Him to retrieve the wealth we voluntarily let go to thieves. Work and pray. Or better still go ask Joshua and Moses. Have you ever heard the phrase “by fire or by force”? That is why Nigerians want change, and they want it NOW!

  • brightdestiny

    Vote d general for change and jonas to kiris

  • maureen

    It will be unwise to throw away your cooking pot with a soured soup, it will be unwise to set your kitchen ablaze because you saw a rat in it. Goodluck may not have been our best president, or your dream president, but he may be our only available source  to frustrate the islamized APC’s agenda against Nigeria. Note that Vice President has little or no influence on the decision of a President; in that case Osibanjo may not have much to influence if these Islamists, peradventure hijack the highest position in our Nation, and thereafter  roll out any agenda that undermines Christianity. This might serve as a pointer to what I am saying; please read on: 1. Party Leader – North: Gen Muhammadu Buhari (Muslim). 2. Party Leader – South: Bola Ahmed Tinubu (Muslim). 3. National Chairman: Abdulkareem Bisi Akande (Muslim). 4. Deputy National Chairman: Aminu Bello Masari (Muslim). 5. National Secretary: Tijjani Musa Tumsah (Muslim). 6. Deputy National Secretary: Nasir El-Rufai (Muslim). 7. National Publicity Secretary: Lai Muhammad (Muslim). 8. National Treasurer: Sadiya Umar Faruq (Muslim) 9. National Financial Secretary: Alhaji Shaibu Musa (Muslim). 10. National Youth Leader: Abubakar Lado (Muslim). 11. National Legal Adviser: Muiz Banie (Muslim). 12. National Deputy Auditor: Bala Jibrin (Muslim). 13. National Women Leader: Sharia Ikeazor (Muslim convert). 14. EX-officio Member: Muniru Muse (Muslim). 15. EX-officio Member: Alhaji Yemi Sanusi (Muslim). Yet, these people want us to believe they are PROGRESSIVES and that APC is a national party. I think APC has a hidden religious agenda..Be guided people!
    Share to all Christian you know to vote wisely. I will not want my children to live in a Nigeria where they cannot worship their GOD!

    • Benny25

      Maureen i believe you are a woman and i know you have a lovable heart, i respect women for their feelings but please hear me out here. I voted for GEJ in 2011, my late dad and my entire family, though sadly my dad whose desire is to see a man from the minority in his life time could not see the inauguration of GEJ because he slept in the Lord on 28 may 2011.
      It is glaring now that Nigerian businesses and their foreign counterparts in the Nigerian business environment are being hit by a fast fall in the naira. Please be realistic here about this sensitive index of the naira and what the effect on the average Nigerian. The GEJ administration has bastardized the value face of the naira, suffice to say here that most thugs and politicians from the ruling party go about with dollar filled in their purse. Should this ilicite abuse of the naira continue abated?

      A president who in many fora has encouraged bulkering and the stealing of our natural resources, now think of the recent security contract for the OPC which invariably have been on for the Niger delta ex militant, now IYC will ask for security contract, Edo youth, Uhorubo youth, middle belter will protest for theirs, All these to criminalize the society, where then will you run to because once evil men are given the liberty against the populace then the day light gangsterism, the wild wild west gun trading will be on our dailies.

      My dear Maureen, be a heart filled sister and vote out this evil, let us try another man who has the zeal to rule and i bet you with our power to vote out and vote in, no government will ever under estimate the electorates again. Think about your children, the ones that will come from your worm, the ones you will feed with your breast, the one that wont be a victim of these criminality and abuse of power.

    • Lemmuel Odjay

      You guys do not understand, do you? Your club, the PDP and its government has been relegated and here you are all by yourself still raising the religion flag instead of apologising to Nigerians for taking them on a wild goose chase the whole of 16 years! Nothing to show except thieving billionaires who have cornered all the wealth of Nigerians to themselves. It’s not about Buhari or religion or Jonathan or where he is from. IT IS ABOUT CHANGE WHICH TIME HAS COME TO NIGERIA. Is it too hard to comprehend such a simple thing? The last bus has left your bus stop. You may choose to sit there in limbo, like a bird without a song. And search your soul for a change…

  • halima

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  • Guguru

    I think many Nigerians should be buying the most expensive handkerchiefs for Jonathan to help him clean the crocodile tears he shall shed after Saturday.

    • greatest being

      where have u been
      u off the punch diqus
      always love ur points
      hope the enemies are to much in on there abi
      come back …ok
      missing ya….like i’m missing buahri since feb 14

      • Guguru

        greatest being,

        I decided to move to Premium Times because i felt the discussions were more engaging here even with the opposition. Thanks for checking on me.

        • greatest being

          u welcome

  • Kulie

    I gave that name first