Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Buhari’s visit to Germany worthwhile, I feel proud – Okorocha

16 October 2016, 21:00

Abuja - Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo has described the just concluded official visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Germany as "very successful and a worthwhile visit."

Okorocha made his opinion known in Abuja on Sunday while addressing State House correspondents on the outcome of the three-day official visit.

The governor, who was part of the president’s entourage, noted that President Buhari discussed issues of common interest with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"The visit to Germany was a worthwhile visit, we enjoyed a lot of courtesies, I feel very proud as a Nigerian and to see our nation’s flag flying in Germany and the President discussed issues of common interest with the German Chancellor.

"We are beginning to gain back our dignity and respectability among nations, I think this is not far from the type of leadership Nigeria has now.

"The respect that is given to Nigerians now is the respect given to our President that is trickling down. I feel proud in spite of the challenges we are facing as a nation.

According to him, the two leaders discussed among other things, the need to de-emphasise the issue of formal education for vocational education.

"This goes to say that Nigeria was going along the right way but deviated, what drives German today is not formal education but informal education, skill acquisition."

On about two million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria, Okorocha stated that President Buhari made it clear to his German counterpart that he intended to restore economic activities in the North Eastern part of the country.

"In Nigeria here we have almost 2 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), and not only displaced, the entire school system was shut down for about four to five years.

Also read: Okorocha says he deliberately abandoned refuse dump to punish residents

"So, we have a lot of challenges in that regard but Mr President made it clear that he intends to restore economic activities in the North East.

"We also would like partnership or assistance from any caring nation and German government willing to assist Nigeria in that regard.

"Most importantly, is to stamp down the cause of the refuge, which is the activities of Boko Haram and this government is making frantic efforts to bring it to an end," he said.

The governor stated that the post-Boko Haram era was even bigger than the Boko Haram activities itself, but noted that the President was doing something about it.

On those calling on President Buhari to take a second look on his cabinet with a view to effecting changes where necessary, the governor stated that there was nothing wrong for the president to listen to such calls.

According to him, as a governor he knows where the shoe pinches more.

"It is natural that people who are in the game and those who outside tend to see more, if there is a clarion call for Mr President to take a look at his cabinet and bring in more people.

"There is nothing wrong for Mr President to take note of comments by people because if everyone keeps saying the same thing, there may be sense in what they are saying but that is not really the situation that should create a big hullabaloo.

"Most members of the party felt that they have not been carried along, I know that many of them complain every day, they want board appointments released so that there will be calm.

"The people from the South East said they have not been appointed; the people from the North East and even from the North West where Mr. President comes from said that they have not been appointed.

"Some local governments and villages are saying they have not been remembered, so at what point do we draw this line but there is always room for amendment because there is no perfection."



Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...