[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Peregrino Brimah reports ] - My engineer cousin had called my brother as he had similarly called me sometime after Buhari won the election. He had also told my brother why he was very interested in moving back home.
“We can generate electricity from trash,” my cousin had explained to my brother. “We can design cheap H20 generators…” he had said.
My brother, who like me is highly industrious – we all were the JET (Junior Engineers and Technicians) pioneers and representatives of our secondary schools back in the day – eagerly relayed the conversation to me. “What do you feel?” he asked, enthusiastically. “Don’t you see the prospects with the opportunity a new and fair government avails?”
I pricked his bubble. “Our people will not buy. They will not use.”
I went further to explain:
Nigerians are locked in stagnation laced with unrelenting and unending, baseless hope. It is no accident we have been serially branded the most hopeful, “e go better,” people on the planet. Nigerians will sit in darkness for years, patiently waiting for the power, “light” to come, rather than purchasing a simple rechargeable fan-lamp, talk less an inverter(+/- solar) system. They will wait for government water, rather than dig a well. Colonized!
I went on to cite several other examples including how my Kanuri friends from Borno, who I now regard as my brothers, resigned to me when I swore at them for being cowards-for not bearing arms and defending themselves against Boko Haram but rather watching as one-by-one their loved ones were killed by the cowards. “Yes we are cowards, worse than chickens,” one had admitted.
It’s the same reason they put thumb down for Jonathan. They know he stole tens of billions of dollars that would have changed their lives forever, but they are stuck in a state of pestilential consumptive obduration. They have gotten so comfortable believing that so it was, so it is and so it shall continue to be, that they are afraid of change, they even resist it. “Ordinary pencil Nigeria cannot make,” is more than a mantra, it is a prescription; a policy.
Do not make it. Do not fix it. Do not change it. This is Nigeria. Simply say, “e go better,” and move on. Who do you think you are? Leave it for the government to do. Don’t challenge it!
My brother felt quite disappointed. With a deep sigh, he retired to bed. It is true.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Map & flag of Nigeria
[ Masterweb Reports: Chief (Sir) Don Ubani reports ] - In the history of the Jews, one learns that time, perseverance and resoluteness can always combine effectively to heal wounds of many decades. After many years of persecution, it was only on November 29, 1947 that the United Nations’ General Assembly passed a resolution for the establishment of a Jewish state of Israel within Palestine. That resolution was known as Resolution 181 of the United Nations.
Though both British government that had a colonial mandate on Palestine and Arab countries were vehemently opposed to the establishment of the Jewish state of Israel, God had to use the forthrightness, diplomatic wizardry and Military confidence of President Harry Truman of the United States of America to make the aspiration of the Jews for a return to their promised land that flows with milk and honey a fait accompli.
The experience of the Jews tells us that no matter how painful a situation might be, no conspiracy, marginalization, deprivation or hardship lasts forever. In the true holiness of God, nature would always guarantee a reprieve for the oppressed.
Like the Jews of the middle- East of Asia, the people of Ukwa and Ngwa had witnessed and become victims ofdeliberate marginalization, degradation and frustration since Nigeria’s One Hundred and One years of imperialist establishment. Despite being the most highly populated sub-ethnic group within the Igbo Nation and the most economically endowed zone within the South- Eastern boundaries of Nigeria, the travails and woes of the people of Old Aba Division have been unparalleled in the annals of the history of Nigeria, the defunct Eastern Region, the Thirty-Month-Old Biafran Republic that was synonymous with a pogrom agenda against the people of the then Abaprovince, defunct East- Central State, Old Imo State and Abia State. Not minding that the people are the most accommodating, hospitable and reliable in matters of collective agenda and subordination to leadership, the people of old Aba Division have beenthe most hated, maligned, degraded, unappreciated and under-rated.
As God would have it, every socio-econo-political suppression has its climax and once any anti- human agenda gets to its peak, God intervenes and reverses the order. Even from within the rank and file of the oppressive jingoists, a replica of the American President, Harry Truman, who came to the rescue of the Jews, could be divinely raised.
For a jinx of one hundred and one years to have been broken, the people of Ukwa and Ngwa, apart from being eternally faithful and thankful to God, would always remember and appreciate Governor Theodore Ahamefule Orji, being the Abia equivalence of Harry Truman, who became a divine catalyst in the liberation struggle of the people of Ukwa and Ngwa. If Chief T.A. Orji had hearkened to the voice of his kith and kin of the old Bende geo-political divide, a group that has already governed Abia State consecutively for Sixteen years despite not being as numerous in population as the people of Ukwa and Ngwa and not being equal in the number of registration areas and Local government areas with the latter, he would not have consented to the voice of equity that mildly demanded that power shifted to the Old Aba Division.
To the glory of God, whatever has a beginning definitely would have an end. The many years of political marginalization, economic deprivation and social degradation of the Old Aba Division have been crowned with a meritorious emergence of a quintessential academic, a scholar of note, a consummate administrator and a man whose words, body language and deeds are encompassed in humility of incomparable order; Dr. Okezie Chibuikem Ikpeazu, as first Executive Governor of Abia State of the Old Aba Divisional extraction.
It is, however, very important to note that Dr. OkezieIkpeazu is coming as governor when, not only AbiaState but Nigeria as a whole is at the nadir of economic squalor and collapse. A governor that is coming in at a moment when governments are finding it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to pay their public servants, pensioners, political appointees, address questions of escalating infrastructural decay, cope with the problems of daily increasing youth unemployment,with its attendant youth restiveness and bring themselves to terms with sky-rocketing wave of poverty amongst the Nigerian Citizenry, mainly due to corruption and poor governance, is, indeed, uncompromisingly required to gird up his loins. As at present, the fact is obvious that the economy of Nigeria has nose-dived to a near-zero level due to predictable fluctuations in the global oil sector.
Co-incidentally, both the federal and state governments in Nigeria were recklessly oblivious that a time would come when the oil and gas sectors of the national economy would receive devastating knocks. The people at the helm of affairs abysmally failed to plan for the rainy day and imprudently depended on easy and seamless revenue from the oil and gas sectors of the economy. They were not visionary to use their share of the cheap fund to develop alternative sources of wealth generation. Today, every government in Nigeria is like a mansion covered with darkness in the brightness of a sunny day. This unfortunate development arose only due to profligacy, embezzlement and outright corruption within the leadership echelon.
On assumption of office as a governor on May 29, 2015, Dr. Ikpeazu would have to be very meticulous, prudent and extra vigilant in addressing the herculean task of governance. The first thing he fundamentally has to do is to make a clear choice between strict adherence to the norms and principles of good governance and playing to the gallery. For him to achieve the desired goals of transparent governance, he must be able to call a spade by its name and not merely an instrument of digging.
To start with, taking into consideration the present economic reality in Nigeria in general and Abia State in particular, the Dr. Ikpeazu Administration may have to carefully select the agenda his administration would have to pursue. A five-point agenda may be apt and structurally achievable by the administration. The five areas the administration may have to focus on are; (1) security (2) Infrastructural recovery of Aba (3) Education (4) Agriculture and (5) Integrated structural economic transformation of the state, with improved power supply.
Abia state, if properly co-ordinated and managed, has all it takes to be among the very economically vibrant states within the global economy. On assumption ofoffice, it is advised that the governor would approachthe capital market for a bond of thirty billion naira. With this bond, especially if prudently deployed and utilized, his administration would be able to recover the commercial nerve of Abia State, which is Aba, in terms of infrastructure. The truth of the matter is that if Aba could be infrastructurally recovered, the problem of revenue accruable to the state would be meaningfully minimized. It had been said severally on different fora that an infrastructurally-enhanced Aba is capable of generating, at least, three billion naira every two months, as long as the revenue machinery is anchored on transparency and accountability.
Pragmatic agriculture must, of necessity, be given a boost. In this case, mechanised agriculture, which encompasses tractorization, should be encouraged. The people of the state should be made to appreciate that co-operative undertakings are the key to economic development. It is expected that the government of Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu would establish effective synergy with the chambers of commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture in the state to bring about an industrial revolution of inexorable magnitude in Abia State, like what has happened and is still happening in China and the Asian Tigers.
In selecting the persons that would work in his administration, considerations need be given to individuals with vision, mission, unstained record of integrity and transparency, knowledge, undiluted loyalty and frankness in assessing issues. They should not be persons with inclination to materialism at the expense of performance and overall credibility.Experience has shown that some government appointees, when given money to execute government projects either handle them higgledy-piggledy or even fail to execute the project at all.
Again, it would be advised that the in-coming government observes budgetary discipline in the management of her finances. In this case, emphasis has to be placed on capital budget. For any state to grow, it should be able to run minimal ratio of sixty percent capital and thirty percent recurrent budget.
In order to stimulate economic developments in the grass-roots, it is imperative that the local government councils have to be allowed to leave up to their constitutional responsibilities.
Finally, the governor-elect is advised to look at his election as a call to service. From the record already available, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has not been associated with material insatiability in the course of his public engagement, so far, in the state. He is expected to always appreciate the simple fact that many public officials, who converted their positions to sources oflooting of the people’s treasury now fail elections evenin the polling units where they cast their votes. This, therefore, gives credence to the saying that a good name is better than gold. This also implies that if Dr Okezie Ikpeazu prudently and transparently manages the common wealth of Abia people in his first four years, his second tenure would be a mere formality and the person he would wish to succeed him would not be confronted with animosity and odium of exceptional magnitude.
Chief (Sir) Don Ubani ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu cheered as Abia governor-elect.
[ Masterweb Reports: Olalekan Adigun reports ] - Before we proceed, let us make some clarifications. This writer is a Nigerian and knows very little about United States’ politics on first hand basis. Like most of our people who take keen interests in the US elections we have relied much on information from the media and from our knowledge of theoretical politics. So we must admit our limited knowledge beforehand.
Secondly, for those who know this writer very well know that notwithstanding his progressive views, his views on US politics is surprisingly pro-Republican except in 2008 where he joined the rest of the world in dropping his toga of partisanship to support Barrack Obama in that historic election. My Republican persuasion lies from the fact that blacks were originally supporters of the Grand Old Party (GOP). Though many blacks tend to have forgotten this fact, the first set of blacks in the US Congress were Republicans. Abraham Lincoln’s Republican government it was that freed black slaves during the American Civil War (1861-65). I am no racist though!
Some weeks ago, former Secretary of State, Mrs Hillary Clinton officially signified her intention to take a shot at the US Presidency. No sooner had she done this than the Republican handlers started personal attacks on her, including digging deeper into her past in their bid to discredit her. My humble take on this rather jejune approach is that it is counter-productive!
We say this because, first Mrs Clinton is not yet the Democratic candidate, she is only an aspirant like every other. Second, the Republican handlers are only revealing their cards rather too early. Thirdly, GOP leaders are making the same approach that just recently failed in the Nigerian presidential elections. Nothing good ever comes out of focusing your entire campaign on your opponent, you end up campaigning freely for him or her. Sadly this appears to be what GOP handlers are doing.
For those who know, the 2015 Nigerian presidential election, like I wrote in my article, PDP’s Fatal Underestimation of APC’s Strategy (http://olalekanadigun.com/pdps-fatal-underestimation-of-apcs-strategy-in-the-2015-elections/) was won and lost thanks to the tactless(ful) use of propaganda. The ruling People’s Democratic Party(PDP) rather than focus on campaigning for votes and promoting its own candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan shot itself in the foot when it took to lies, insults and personal attacks on the All Progressives Congress(APC) candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari. The disinformation the PDP sponsored against the General backfired in no small measures that the party will live with at least for the next four or more years. It all started when the Party’s Presidential Campaign spokesman, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, a below par public relations handler, told everyone who cares to listen that the Jonathan’s campaign will focus entirely on General Buhari, the party’s main rival!
My fear for the Republicans in this case is that they are failing to see the obvious. Can it be that the GOP handlers are scared of Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy? Are they finding it difficult to cope with her charisma? Again what does Mrs Clinton’s personal lifestyle got to do with the election? Will they personally attack her to the extent they will go for her pets? My unrequested opinion is for the GOP leaders to focus on the issues rather than quotidian issues like age, sex, race or family. I can only hope that Republican leaders who have lived long enough will remember how the attack on Franklin D. Roosevelt’s dog, Fala massively backfired in the 1940s!
Insults don’t win arguments just as propaganda doesn’t win elections. Even if it appears to do so, it is at best temporal. Propaganda can win battles in some areas but does not win the war. This was the lesson the German Chief propagandist during the World War II, Joseph Gobbels will perpetually remember in his grave. If propaganda ever wins election President Goodluck Jonathan would have won the March 28 presidential election. If propaganda ever wins a war the world would probably be under Nazi rule today!
It is true that the GOP is on course to win the 2016 election as a result of its recent success in the mid-term elections, though this is not in any way mechanical. Failing to win the presidential election will be their greatest undoing. The tactless use of propaganda by their handlers to which Hillary Clinton, if her strategists are working can take advantage of to become the first woman occupant of the White House!
Olalekan Waheed ADIGUN is of many parts. He is a writer, philosopher, politician, academic, dramatist, poet, psephologist and a political strategist.
As a writer, he has many articles to his credit in several newspapers including The Guardian, The Punch, The Sun to name just but a few. He writes manly on Politics, economics and in some cases poems and sports. He also doesn't hide his progressive stand and orientations on his write-ups so he thrills his readers with his astute knowledge of history and Literature which he frequently deploy as his main methods in his analyses.
Adigun, popularly and politically known as ADG by his admirers, got his political ambition into full gear when he joined the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin in 2003 when he joined in the titanic struggle against campus cultism which was then a familiar menace on the campus. He later rode on to make significant contributions to his Department (Marketing) when he was appointed the secretary of the students' Electoral Committee hence conducting one of the freest and fairest election in the history of the association.
He later joined the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife where he immediately launched himself first in his Department (Political Science) when he was appointed as a member of the NAPSS Week Organizing Committee as a part one student in 2007. He later appointed into several other Committees later. He later ventured into Students' Union politics. He was elected into the Students' Representatives Council(SRC) in 2009 to represent his Faculty ( Social Sciences) where made several outstanding contributions. He was one of those who won a thickly contested Parliamentary election in the Faculty to return to the House. He graduated from the University successfully bagging his degree in Politics, Philosophy& Economics( Second Class Upper) in 2012.
As a Corps member serving in Adamawa State, he won election as Platoon Leader and was voted Best Platoon Leader during the 2013 Batch 'A' Orientation Course in the State. He was equally appointed as Corps Liaison Officer(CLO) for Guyuk LGA in Adamawa in the process meeting several political figures. He largely fell in love with the state which he now considers his.
He works presently as a Researcher and Staff Writer with The Ready Writers (TRW) Consult, Victoria Island, Lagos. He also an independent Political strategist and Brand manager for political campaigns and organizations.
His write-ups can be viewed on his website http://olalekanadigun.com/
Olalekan Adigun ( Tel: +234 8136502040, +234 07081901080; Email: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Hillary Clinton
[ Masterweb Reports: Comrade Ahmed Omeiza Lukman reports ] - The South African government is a disgrace to the entire black race and it’s time for so many countries to start considering their relationship with the Jacob Zuma lead administration. One will have think a responsible government will do everything within it power to stop this xenophobic nonsense. The big question on my lip is why has the government not been able to stop the attacks?
The world knows how all Africans stood strongly behind the freedom and liberation of South Africa. Our brothers and sister living in South Africa are now in constant fear as they witness the killings of their fellow blacks and family members without protection from the government. The SA people has betray the African brotherhood and sure will one day pay dearly for this inhuman and barbaric actions of some few bad individuals. Every reasons behind the attacks were unjustified and unwarranted knowing very well that black South Africans received enormous support from many countries in Africa during the struggle against apartheid.
“Your struggle was our struggle and your victory was our victory. South Africa’s enemies were Africa’s enemies and your freedom was Africa’s freedom.” There was a sense of brotherhood that allowed the battle against the apartheid to be carried on the shoulders of the entire black race and this binding bond has been destroyed right away. Nigerians and Africans in general sacrificed numerous resources to support the SA freedom fight and would not allow a situation where the South African government was failing to protect foreigners.
What will happen if there is retaliation in other countries against your nationals living in the Diaspora? God forbid and where will Africa end up? South Africans are been too quick to forget the sacrifice made by many countries that rallied behind them and now we are being repaid with xenophobic murders. I see a very terrible future for the SA people in the black region, as the country has been able to successfully isolate itself. The unwillingness of the Jacob Zuma lead administration has put the future of SA living outside the shores of their country in great jeopardy.
Comrade Ahmed Omeiza Lukman ( Email: email@example.com ) reports from Kiev, Ukraine.
*Photo Caption - Mr. Ernesto Alfabeto Nhamuave, a 35-year-old Mozambican on fire, set ablaze and burnt to death by a rampaging mob in a Johannesburg slum.
[ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports ] - TB Joshua, a popular prophet in Nigeria, has indirectly murdered eighty five citizens of South Africa who came to Nigeria looking for God and solutions to their problems through acts not far from witchcraft. These eighty five South Africans are among the over one hundred and sixteen persons who perished when his guest house collapsed in September 2014.
TB Joshua is a man whom the mainstream Pentecostal body in Nigeria has declared a false prophet. I was in Sokoto many years preparing for a foreign mission ago when signals came that this man was among those blacklisted by Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN). Another person also blacklisted was Prophet Samson Ayorinde. Their blacklisting was based on the fact that those who have spiritually discerning powers have noted that they use strange powers in their operations, and those who fled from their fold, including ex-pastors claimed that the man disappears into the waters beside the church from time to time, among many other allegations. Weeks later I also attended a PFN briefing in Sokoto while preparing for Bishop Wale Oke’s Prayer Crusade which held at Trade Fair Complex and the National Vice President of PFN, North West also briefed gospel ministers on this TB Joshua issue.
The General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye has also said that he will not preach in TB Joshua’s Church. When asked whether he could worship in Joshua’s church, Adeboye retorted, “No! Definitely not! If he wants me to come and minister in his church, we will sit down; we will discuss the issue of salvation the way I understand it, according to the scriptures. If we agree on that and he now wants me to come and preach the same message of salvation in his church, then I will go.”
The then President of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, and current leader of Nigeria’s Christian Community ,echoing the mind of PFN members said that before Joshua could even qualify to be a PFN member, he should show who tutored him as a pastor in the first place.. According to Oritsejafor “If T.B. Joshua can show me his pastor who pastored him before he said he was called into the ministry; if T.B. Joshua can tell me when he got converted and how he got converted, then we would consider him” He added that “ Anybody who is a Christian is a Christian because he received Jesus Christ at a point. I gather he said he was converted in his mother’s womb”
Despite the fact that mainstream Pentecostals have distanced themselves from this man, foreigners have continued to troop to his Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) drinking miracle water and doing all manners of things in search of solution to problems. Whatever TB Joshua and his followers do in that their Synagogue is entirely their business, but charming and hoodwinking the entire Christendom to the heinous murdering foreigners and Nigerians in his church, bringing international embarrassment to Nigeria, is not applicable to me. A lady who was rescued from the rubbles is now paralyzed and on wheel chair from the incidence and the God of TB Joshua and SCOAN have abandoned the lady to her fate.
Among these 115 persons are 85 South Africans who came to see the God of TB Joshua and them all ended up in the graveyard of TB Joshua. Yes the graveyard of TB Joshua swallowed some persons, and initially I thought that this prophet will respect himself after the incidence, and allow rescue workers to come to salvage as many people as possible. Rather, while his congregants were busy crying from within the rubbles, his bouncers and thugs, who have already intimidated the residents of Ikotun area of Lagos to submission, were busy harassing and beating up rescue workers, while another group were spraying miracle water. Is the harassment of rescue workers, including those from NEMA a script to ensure that more persons die and the number of blood needed obtained before help can be sent to the victims? Had TB Joshua allowed a quicker response to the tragedy, probably the death toll would have been less than twenty.
This man, not done with delayed rescue of trapped victims, made an unfortunate statement alluding that terrorist sabotage was responsible for the collapse of his church. Some of us know that Boko Haram has not yet reached the sophistry of using an aircraft to create a demolition of a church in far away Lagos. What TB Joshua said was a white lie and liars are liable to hell fire.
A video of a hovering aircraft has been shown as evidence that Boko Haram or any form of terrorist group deliberately flew over his building. I wonder why Boko Haram will leave Canaan Land, Ota where Bishop Oyedepo led a straight six week long prayer against the insurgents between May and July of 2014, replicated in all their Churches and go after TB Joshua. How can Boko Haram leave Pastor Adeboye at The Redemption Camp, Shagamu Express, near Lagos where their Convention of August 2014 devoted more time to pray against the insurgents, and before then , their Thursday prayers devoted time to pray against the terrorists , and be looking for TB Joshua. How can Boko Haram leave Pastor Paul Enenche, Dunamis Gospel Centre, Abuja, which embarked on a six week of anointing to terminate terrorism, between May and June and then proceed to fly over Synagogue in far away Lagos. What has Synagogue done specifically against Boko Haram to warrant attacks on him.
In order for this white lie to fly, journalists were assembled and bribed with sum of N50, 000 naira each. A journalist friend of mine told me that he collected ‘anointed money’ from TB Joshua and all my efforts to convince him that that money is not anointed money, rather it is ‘anointed bribe’ fell on deaf ears. The purpose of the bribe is to give soft landing to the murder of innocent people. However, God used a Premium Times reporter by name Nicholas Ibekwe , to expose the corruption and the rest is history.
The Lagos State Government has instituted a coroner’s inquest as is the practice in developed countries, to discover why such an incidence took place in Nigeria. To the best of my knowledge, this inquest is not targeted at TB Joshua as a person. It is probably to prevent future reoccurrence yet this prophet has been fighting the proceedings at the court. The situation became so shameful that the Lagos State High Court fined TB Joshua and his Synagogue the sum of N25, 000 naira for delaying proper investigations. Justice Lateefa Okunnu, while awarding the cost, berated the prophet for “wasting the time of the court and tax payers’ money.” Joshua had earlier filed a case to stop the proceeding at the Federal High Court and it was dismissed. Why is TB Joshua afraid of coroner’s inquest into circumstances surrounding the death of 115 persons? These dead people are not 115 donkeys.
I have asked various structural engineers both in Nigeria and the US and they have told me that the type of collapse of that building is not possible without placing all the materials used for the controlled demolition around the vicinity. There is no Thermite Shape Charges on the site and other controlled demolition aids. Their conclusion is that a structural defect might have occurred.
The South West Coordinator of National Emergency Management Agency(NEMA) Ibrahim Farinloye, while debunking the terrorist suggestion told AFP that “If it were an act of terrorism or sabotage, it would have gone into rubble,” He went further to say that” "For the first three days of the incident, the church people were very hostile and prevented rescue officials' access to the site," Three days that would have been used to save lives was use to obstruct rescue workers and sprinkle miracle water amidst shouts of praise to God of TB Joshua , and the trapped victims were witchcrafted unto slow premature death.
The Lagos state building control agency also complained that its officials were obstructed from moving to the sites and believed that this led to loss of more lives. The State Government had explained that the uncompleted building, which was originally two floors, was increased to six without approval.
Rafiq Arogunjo, of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), again dismissed a theory advanced by Joshua and his supporters about aerial sabotage. According to Arogunjo, “The aircraft was no longer in flight when the building collapsed. I don’t see any nexus between the aircraft and the collapse. I think the investigators should look into the structural integrity of the building.” The church is alluding that it was the Nigerian Airforce C-130 aircraft, which flew past the building, caused the collapse.
Bisi Adedire, the building consultant over the collapsed building has admitted before the Coroner that the building contravened the law. He said that lack of approval did not mean the building was unsound but told the coroner that he warned church officials they were ignoring regulations “I told the church they have contravened the law in a way by building without approval but they said they could regularize it.”
This prophet is unknowingly fighting what could have helped him escape the blame of Nigerians. TB Joshua is not the only person whose building has collapsed in Nigeria. Few years back, in Jabi District of Abuja, a shopping complex under construction collapsed, killing about thirty persons and one of the engineers at the site told me that the supervising engineer and the owner never adhered to specifications he gave as advice. . Therefore, TB Joshua is not the first to cut corners in Nigeria. He should admit his mistakes and ask for our forgiveness.
However, this Prophet bent on self destruct, is proving that it was a terrorist attack that brought down his church. Who then are the terrorists? Many year ago, I did a deliverance on a particular man who claimed that he was among some occult group contracted to collapse a building at the Chime , New Haven are of Enugu. The building under construction killed nothing less than twenty persons. It was alleged that the building was owned by a big man who later became a chieftain of the ruling party in Nigeria by name Chris Uba. This Uba of a person is a member of BoT of the ruling PDP in Nigeria. This man narrated how they spiritually pulled down the building and siphoned blood through spirit realms. However, he did not say that it was the PDP chieftain that contracted him.
From TB Joshua’s treatise, I can conclude that it is either he corruptly erected a poor quality building, leading to the death of foreigners, or he made alliance with some witches to plan the collapse of this building for spiritual empowerment purposes. Since this building collapsed TB Joshua’s God had not named the very enemy that pulled down the building. He is probably hiding the witches that helped pull down the building. Why must he hide the spirits, are they working for him. Why did TB Joshua refuse emergency assistance to the victims when the collapse was very fresh? Why did he claim it was terrorist attacks? Why did he bribe journalists? Why is he fighting coroners inquest meant to probably help forestall future occurrence.
It is unfortunate that South Afriica lost such precious souls who came to our shores for spiritual succor. The Bible said that we should take care of strangers, therefore, any stranger in your midst, you have extra duty to ensure their safety and that is why I am concerned about the loss of lives of strangers. . TB Joshua should come clean on the witchcraft murder of visiting South Africans. It is either his alliance with witches caused the attacks or his unethical behaviors-let him apologize for that witchcraft murder and save Nigeria further embarrassment.
Obinna Akukwe ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
*Photo Caption - T. B. Joshua
[ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports ] -Reports reaching me from various camps of PDP candidates for Saturday’s governorship elections shows that President Goodluck Jonathan has abandoned his party men to their fate , following his shocking defeat in March 28th presidential polls. From Lagos to Abia, Imo, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Jigawa and Sokoto, the story is the same. The complaints of party men is that Jonathan had not deployed enough logistics to help secure a victory for the PDP in the forthcoming polls. There is also another complain that Jonathan had not called many of the aspirants to know the extent of their preparations. This is not good for democracy.
Goodluck Jonathan should not despair beyond measure over his failure at the polls. At least he got more glory in defeat than the five years he assembled and surrounded himself with some praise singers, sycophants and looters masquerading as aides, friends, relations and cronies. Jonathan had also lost over N1 trillion naira between February 14th and March 28th when he deployed lots of state and privately stashed resources to rescue his sinking presidency.
He should take solace that he did not make the mistakes of Babangida, also the entire nation is celebrating him even in defeat. Therefore, it is time for him to ginger up his party men, stem the gale of defections, and ensure that they are given enough support for Saturday’s polls. This support should not include rigging of elections and harassment of voters.
It is unfortunate that even the PDP National Chairman Adamu Muazu have not deemed it fit to call a properly constituted NEC meeting where the party should energize themselves for the polls. This is happening to Jonathan because he has nobody in that party that can rally people round at this point in their evolution process.
After the PDP defeated the then APP in 1999, and Obasano formed a Government of National Unity, the National Chairman of All Peoples Party, Mahmud Waziri, who has eleven governors under him, stupidly resigned to take up the post of a Minister of Inter Party Affairs. Years later when Don Etiebet became APP Chairman, he was more interested in working for the PDP than building his party.
In contrast Bola Tinubu re- built Alliance for Democracy (AD), after his fellow governors were deceived by Obasanjo and rigged out in the South West. He formed Action Congress (AC) which later became ACN as governor when AD was infiltrated by the ruling party. He singlehandedly built ACN from a party in charge of Lagos State to one in charge of seven States. Buhari abandoned the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and formed his own Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in 2010 and the alliance of Tinubu and Buhari between 2013 and 2014 was the beginning of the fall of the ruling PDP.
It is highly irresponsible for Jonathan’s party chieftains, including Buruji Kashamu, Tony Anenih, Adamu Muazu, Bode George, Edwin Clarke to despair and abandon the party to her fate.
Apart from Jigawa State where Governor Sule Lamido is trying to install a successor at all costs, Akwa Ibom State where Governor Akpabio, is putting in all efforts to ensure victory for PDP, Kaduna State where Vice President Sambo is deploying all arsenals to ensure that Governor Yero is not disgraced, and Sokoto State where former governor Bafarawa and current NSA Sambo Dasuki are working tirelessly to ensure that Senator Wali defeats Tambuwal, and Enugu State where the opposition has no chance against Uguanyi, the rest of the states have been abandoned to the APC. In Lagos State, Timi Agbaje is not getting enough boost to make the election victorious for him. This is irresponsible from a ruling party. It shows that PDP is just an assemblage of charlatans and fair weather men who cannot stand for anything when the chips are down.
Since 2003, I have always supported a Buhari Presidency because I believe that corruption is Nigeria’s greatest problem. I have also known that this theory of his Islamizing Nigeria is a grand lie which originated under Obasanjo in 2003 and elevated to the highest height in the just concluded presidential poll. This does not mean that the ruling party should not show character in the remaining election and secure significant victories.
I advise President Jonathan, Party Leader Muazu, Bot Chairman Anenih and all the big wigs in PDP to rally round for a final fight because to the best of my knowledge, their mass defections to APC will not stop them from the judgments that is coming. This support should not include rigging and harassment of voters using the armed forces. Let Jonathan not abandon his party men, at least they worked for him, though the Nigerian people thought otherwise.
Obinna Akukwe ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
*Photo Caption - President Goodluck Jonathan
[ Masterweb Reports: Mohammed Seidu reports ] -Yusuf Alli’s piece titled ‘What becomes of Jonathan’s Women’ and his narrow-minded and unsubstantiated conclusions and barefaced lies about the performance of Okonjo-Iweala is indeed only a classic example of how a ‘Managing Editor’ of a national newspaper should not write. The write-up is but an unfortunate representation of the many tired lies and speculative attacks that have been consistently hurled at the Minister with the singular malicious objective of dragging her unassailable professional reputation to disrepute. But a lie will forever remain a lie no matter how often it is repeated and many a good natured Nigerians will never cease to rise up in strong defense of truth especially when it faces abuse by those who it is their professional duty to protect and defend.
Ordinarily, a Managing Editor of a National newspaper should be someone who has amassed several years of experience, understands clearly the defining and central role that the media plays at forming public perception – for good or bad. He should be a person who is at home with the guiding principles of professional journalism and is aware that he occupies a position that places on him the onerous responsibility to ensure that what is published stays within the limits of fairness, equity, justice and truth. This in the very least should be the pre-requisite qualification of an editor, and even more for a Managing Editor.
It is on this basis that I find it highly disturbing that Yusuf Alli, a so called ‘Managing Editor’ could publish damaging conclusions about a respectable figure like Okonjo-Iweala that are not based on proven facts. It is the height of unprofessionalism for a person of such media standing to resort to citing rumors, lies, gossips and unsubstantiated facts peddled by disgruntled individuals to malign the integrity of the Minister. Such a tendency by one so highly placed speaks to either a sad combination of crass ignorance and incompetence or just plain deceit that is anchored on a penchant to misinform the public.
Considering the position that Yusuf Ali holds, I am strongly inclined to believe his case is not ignorance or incompetence but that of a deliberate ploy to deceive and misinform Nigerians. And my reasons are simple. If not plain deceit why would Yusuf Alli still be throwing up the long settled matter of the alleged missing $20 billion? How could a Managing Editor of a national newspaper like the Nation not know that this issue has been settled and rested? Is he so overwhelmed with spite that he has lost track of current events? Is he not aware of the PwC audit and the Senate Committee report which have attested that there was no $20billion missing? But of course, Yusuf Alli is not simply ignorant of these facts, they just do not help his objective which is to malign the person of Okonjo-Iweala. That is the only reason why he has deliberately elected to play deaf and dumb and throw them up as facts. Thank God, Nigerians know better and are not as vulnerable as Yusuf, his paymasters and their minions would want them to be.
For the many Nigerians who our editor friend intends to mislead, I will yet again re-state the facts to set the records straight once again. The issue of the missing $20 billion started when the then CBN Governor now Emir of Kano Mr. Sanusi alleged that as much as $49 billion was diverted by the NNPC. He later reviewed the amount to $20 billion. The Senate Committee on Finance chaired by Senator Makarfi conducted an open probe into the matter which the former CBN Governor also participated and eventually established that no money was missing as alleged. However to put the matter to a definite rest, it was the Minister of Finance, Okonjo-Iweala who suggested the appointment of a reputable international accounting firm to conduct an independent audit of the accounts of NNPC. PriceWaterHouseCoopers (PwC) was eventually contracted and they have done their work and submitted their report stating clearly that no $20billion is missing. PwC only asked the NNPC to refund to the treasury, the sum of $1.4billion and this has also been long done.
With all these facts in the public space, it is curious and suspect that the ‘Managing Editor’ would still be fronting the outlandish claim that under the watch of Okonjo-Iweala ‘about $20b oil cash could not be accounted for’. If an ordinary reporter, an inexperienced journalist were to do such a job, we could excuse him for immaturity but for a ‘managing editor’, it is shamefully unfortunate and suggestive of an unholy agenda.
The likes of Yusuf Ali should know that as much as they hate to admit, Okonjo-Iweala has already written her name in gold on the economic landscape of Nigeria. This fact cannot be obliterated by their many lies. Contrary to what they never tire of projecting, her name is in no way connected to any existing ‘financial sleaze’ that she will have to clear. She has conducted herself creditably well and has in very tough working conditions kept her name and her reputation which after over twelve years of being under ferocious attacks remains strongly unassailable. If there was any iota of evidence that proves otherwise, her manic detractors like Yusuf, who nurse an obsessive desire to destroy her would have latched onto it and dragged her to EFCC or ICPC already. The truth is, from the missing $20billion to the missing $30 trillion, these figures only exists in their creative imaginations and are as empty as air. So try as hard as they can, they will continue to fail in their evil enterprise.
For Yusuf Ali to describe Okonjo-Iweala’s performance as ‘‘lackluster, riddled with controversies, and largely a disaster’ simply goes to show how unprofessional, unbalanced and base media criticism has sunk. How could Yusuf ignore the unprecedented landmarks that dot her years as the driver of the Nigerian economy as Head of the economic team under Obasanjo and coordinating minister for the economy under the Jonathan administration? How could our friend fail to give due and complete credit to the visionary and effective coordination of the economy, a consequence of which Nigeria now boasts of being the largest economy in Africa and the 26thlargest in the world surpassing not just South Africa (with a GDP of $356 billion as of 2013) but also Austria, Venezuela, Columbia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore? Yusuf should tell us what is ‘disastrous’ about the fact that she has supervised over an economy that is more diversified now more than ever before with the non-oil sectors overtaking oil as the major drivers of the economy and contributing even more to the GDP.
Yusuf Alli should also point out to Nigerians what is ‘lack-luster’ about the fact that our economy has actually been growing at an impressive average of 7% per annum in the past four years and is projected to be among the top economies in the world. The arguments that this growth has not impacted the most number of Nigerians does not take away the positive in the fact that our economy is growing. The Minister is not unaware of the inequality that exist and has openly admitted to this trend which is a product of decades long of insipid growth. However, growth is a necessary factor for judging our economic wellbeing and to ensure that more people are touched the Minister has for one being instrumental to the policies that are meant to stimulate growth in sectors that have the most potential to impact more Nigerians. Yusuf Alli cannot deny the revolution that is going on the Agricultural sector which has kept food prices relatively stable and inflation at single digit in spite of the drastic fall of oil prices. He cannot claim ignorance of the revival of the manufacturing industry with the partial implementation of the National Industrial Revolution Plan which led to the growth of the sector at over 22% in 2013 and now contributes over 13% of formal sector jobs. He should tell Nigerians again, what is ‘disastrous’ about the unprecedented fact that under her watch, our economy has doubled cement production capacity from 16.9 million tons to 39.5 million tons with Nigeria now a net exporter of cement.
This approach of ensuring inclusive has been commended severally by renowned economists worldwide as an effective strategy which will in the long term surely build growth on a sustainable basis. The setting up of the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Bank and the Development Bank of Nigeria is a strategic way to ensure that there are strong private sector led institutions with the financial muscle to power those sectors long term and cause the unleashing of their economic potentials. So Yussuf is being shamefully economical with the truth when he ignores these developments in his prejudiced analysis to create the impression that the economy is in ruins.
In addition to these private sector-led institutional measures, direct government intervention programs like YouWin, GIS, MCH, CSWYE are all hugely popular and impactful projects which the economy under her watch have promoted. Thanks to the brilliant coordination of Okonjo-Iweala, young Nigerians are now being encouraged via a multiplicity of smartly thought-out and Government funded initiatives to be their own bosses. For instance, the unprecedented Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YouWin) program has so far enabled about 3,900 young Nigerians with bright ideas and with grants ranging from five – ten million naira to start and run their businesses. Tens of billions have so far been committed to this transparent program where merit is king and you do not need to know a Senator to win. These beneficiaries are Nigerians. The over 22,000 people they have employed are also Nigerians who have names, locations and businesses and can proudly attest to the fact that this government and this economy under the strong and competent coordination of Okonjo-Iweala is working.
Even in the area of governance and corruption, while it remains a challenge dating back several decades and over many administrations, Okonjo-Iweala has been behind the systems-approach to tackling the problem, especially through the deployment of several electronic platforms, and these have shown good results.
These are the truths about the performance of Okonjo-Iweala that the likes of Yusuf Ali do not want Nigerians to know. But sadly, the more they try to malign her name, question her integrity and create this façade that the economy is not working, the more Nigerians are poised to rise and put a lie to their deceit. Okonjo-Iweala has worked hard, stayed strong on her principles and built a strong name and reputation in the world of development economists. This is a fact that cannot be challenged or destroyed. The Yusuf Alis of this world should know this and cease trying.
Mohammed Seidu (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports from Kaduna state where he works as a civil servant.
*Photo Caption - Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
[ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports ] - Those who antagonized the use of INEC Card Reader from the just concluded election which has been described as the freest and fairest presidential poll in Nigeria, have been just proved not to be agents of Jesus Christ, even if they preach in their churches. The leader of CAN, Pastor Oritsejafor is among the clerics who opposed the use of card reader, some Muslim clerics also opposed it. MASSOB, OPC, and some other faceless groups opposed it, obviously because they wanted a particular candidate to win. I wrote this piece titled ‘INEC Card Reader: Antagonists not Working for Jesus Christ’ on the 20th of March, eight days before that historic election, where card reading technology minimized incidences of electoral fraud in Nigeria. I wish to represent the piece prophetically written to help Nigerian politicians deliver the nation from the self-destruct of rigging, electoral fraud and electoral criminality, calling upon the incoming government to improve upon this technology for future use..
Antagonists of the innovative method of curbing electoral corruption and rigging in Nigeria in the form of INEC Card readers cannot be working for Jesus Christ even if some of them bear Christian names and even preach in their churches. I have also been informed by some Muslim clerics who reacted to my recently released write up on INEC titled ‘Prof Attahiru Jega, Hero of Nigeria’s Democratic Innovations: Needs International Support Now, and Why Progressives Should Support Him’ that though the Quran did not specifically mention rigging, however, it is against any form of robbery, if it is applied puritanically.
Therefore, all these Pastors, Bishops, Imams, Mallams who have enlisted in the campaign to stop Nigeria’s electoral umpire, Attahiru Jega from using card readers to stop electoral fraud in Nigeria probably because he is a Hausa Man and Muslim, are just agents of Lucifer, Asmodeus, and Leviathan and will soon face the judgments of God.
In the Bible, Jesus Christ was obstructed on his way by a top government official by name Zaccheaus who have stolen lots of money from tax payers and converted such to private use. Jesus went to the house of Zacchaeus and in the course of conversation this man promised to return all that he defrauded, even four times. Our own religious leaders go to the house of thieves and pray for them to continue stealing. I opined in the said write-up that “Jesus forced Zacheaus in Luke 19 vs 8 to return his loot back and the later said to Jesus, “Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much.” Jega led INEC is returning back the people’s mandate stolen through years of successive rigging, especially from the Shagari to the Obasanjo era back to the people.”
Continuing, I said that “He is a hero of democracy; he should be supported and not vilified. INEC must insist on the use the card reader or else let the military postpone the election and go on with their Interim Government option”.
For many years many pastors, bishops, reverends, and priests in Nigeria including myself have prayed and led our congregation and flock to pray for a better Nigeria where there will be equality, social justice, transparency, peace and tranquility. I have fasted numerous times for this purpose and even undergone various prayer tours with some of my staff around the countryside. .Today God of Abraham had answered us and used a Muslim by name Attahiru Jega. God can even use an atheist or even a chain smoker, I do not care. All I care about is that HE answered our prayer and this man at INEC decided to employ a technology that will curb electoral malfeasance.
In the same write-up on Jega’s Heroic Innovation I posited that “Jega can be a devout Muslim, I do not give a damn. He could even marry four wives, I do not care so much. Jega can make his beard to be longer than that of Osama Bin Laden and he can even do his own Sallat twenty four times daily which is his business. Jega, though a Muslim, has proven to be a better follower of Jesus Christ than Prof Maurice Iwu, a knight of the Catholic Church”
The nation has probably over $ 142 billion dollars of oil revenue stolen in five years, and about the same amount stolen from other sectors because the thieves are not accountable to anybody. If Prof Maurice Iwu had insisted on doing what is right like Prof Jega, Nigeria would not have elected Yar’adua in the first instance. Probably Buhari would have won the election and handed over to another by now. All these criminal governors who stole the people’s mandate would not have been elected. All these stealing of public funds by irresponsible leaders who are accountable to nobody would have been curbed since 2007. Prof Iwu, though acclaiming to be a Christian, betrayed Jesus Christ by superintending over the worst electoral robbery in Nigeria not minding that some Catholic Bishops attended his thanksgiving Mass after the election. Iwu lost a golden opportunity to stand by Jesus Christ, Prince of Righteousness, and institute electoral fairness. God, in disappointment, threw him out there and brought in another man from the other faith to do the same work. The Jesus Christ that I know cannot clap hands for riggers of elections, even if they are backed by ‘anointed pulpits’ and it is time for Nigeria to move from permissible to the perfect will of God.
With Jega’s Card Readers as means of authenticating voters, the electorates can decide to elect performing public servants like Sullivan Chime, Raji Fashola, Adams Oshiomhole, Onyebuchi Chukwu or the present Minister for Agriculture, Akinwnmi Adesina as president in 2019 even if they join a party called ‘Jonas Savimbi Party of Nigeria’ . This means that the electorate is in charge and no more the criminal political riggers of elections who easily transmutation to political thieves. They can remove any governor, senator, representative member, local government chairman or counselor that uses their money to fly private jets around at their expense.
God has answered our prayer and we Christians who want our congregation to prosper in a prosperous Nigeria, not fettered by corruption, should not fight the same measures invented through the Finger of God (Exodus 8 vs 19). We pray so much and when He answers, we fight the answers and get back for a second round of prayer. The Bible said that “the labor of the foolish weariest him” (Ecclesiastes 10 vs 19). Our prayer among others should include “ Father, let the use of card readers as means of stopping electoral criminality in Nigeria be perfected, and let those fighting it be consumed by fire in Jesus Name”.
Obinna Akukwe ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
*Photo Caption - INEC Card Reader
[ Masterweb Reports: Ikechukwu Enyiagu reports ] - Oh! Sometimes my heart just sings. There have been times when I wake up with songs of praise in my spirit, and my mouth singing - mostly new songs of praise to God. Sometimes it comes as an awakening shudder in the day. At such times, I've come to master for myself that, my spirit usually hangs in the balance of spiritual judgement: while the prince of fleshy desires strives to draw downward unto perdition on the conscience of my soul, the Spirit of God puts me to remembrance of my settled portion above. And I jump to a sudden, silent awakening! "Who's there"? My spirit would ask in opposition to the Knight of darkness. But, often by then, the devil had flown away. At some point, especially at the depth of my spirit's travail, all the Spirit had to do was to offer me quick access through praise; praise to God. It often comes without much persuasion because, if your spirit knows the voice and character of the Spirit of God, it triggers itself on and flows alongside. This also is a time of clean and clear revelations from above - of things above, within or beneath. Such is the grace of a praise-filled life.
It's often said that praise moves God. But the better truth is that praise - deep, passionate and true praise - aligns our spirit with the Spirit of God to enable us to see, hear, feel, experience and participate in the blessings of God's constance and in the things He reveals. If the angels in heaven stopped praising, they would wither off; if the elders in worship reclined to rest from praise, they would never have been made worthy. Therefore the angels and saints above feed on praise; praise to Jehovah.
There is a world of difference between praising God and living a life of praise: whereas a person who praises from time to time taps from the secret of blessings above, that soul which dwells in praise worships at all times. To praise enough and to offer true worship which effect one can rely on, one has to actually "dwell" in God's house, as the psalmist says. It is hardly maintained through physical participation alone because praising God the true way leaves a hole of desires for more in you that, unless your spirit opens to it, it may either be veiled from those graces given to the eyes of praise or you may find yourself struggling with reasons to truly praise. You need no longer wonder why the sad news often emanating from the sections of the levite in today's ministries.
Being in a church choir is a good thing and learning to praise is commendable. However, these physical endeavours are not enough to admit your spirit into the realm of praise-consciousness. Living a life of praise takes more than physical appearances; it's an actual living. Praise is where your spirit lives secure; praise is a home and, until your spirit finds a home in praise, you will struggle as a believer. One now no longer wonders why the enemy fights against the consciousness of praise. The reason he may affect the praise part of the church is not because people do not praise, it's because most who do praise do not live the life of praise. Praise has its life! Praise has its spirit! The spirit of praise understands the spirit of the prophet because both see clearly what matters to them.
To live a life of praise, one has to unclench oneself from mundane rights and lay hold on the rights above which can never be denied him whose spirit aligns. To live a praise-life, you can be the 'yes' man for God even when every other thing yells 'no!' To enter the praise realm, there is need to often die to self - dropping below all you may have known as final, and stretching upwards for what your spirit sees while he praises. Living a praise life may require that you make conscious efforts to keep the will of God (letting His will alone in matters which concern you, thereby setting free your spirit away from worries and focusing unto praise) enthroned in your subconscious and conscious living. To live a praise-live, you may have to thread the lonely path of the prophet...until a sea of convincing whispers remind you, again and again, that God never changes and that, rather than you moving Him, your heart's constance in praise will actually draw you closer to Him - to His wholeness. That's when nothing else moves you until the spirit of praise moves. Since praise is deeply spiritual, one may often praise without singing out or appearing to soliloquize. True praise filters your words and releases edifying responses. Desire to live in that praise consciousness from today!
Ikechukwu Enyiagu ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
*Photo Caption - As seen
[ Masterweb Reports: Ikechukwu Enyiagu reports ] - It's usually ( so I heard) easy to associate the 'first person singular' with pride because, as it appears, when a man makes himself a reference to a point, he tends to give undue credence to himself. But it's also true that, to drive home truths that have inference on the individual involved, using the 'I' may moderately come in handy. I previously often wondered why people shuddered at asking me "Why?" Now I know: They know the truth by its peculiar brightness. Believe it or not, y'all know my silence. I hold it on none even as I submit my confidence unto Jehovah.
Although I intend to observe the protocol of being general and generous in speech, I will opt for the better option; I introduce myself again: My name is Ikechukwu Enyiagu and I am a Biafran. As fair and true as the Spirit of God is, I know I have a witness in Him that unto Him have I submitted all - because of my love for Him, myself and my people, and my land in Him.
The desire of the spirit of the Igbo and indeed Biafrans is freedom. Biafra remains the only taste of freedom in this world of gross matter for us; and don't even begin to dabble into redundant checks and balances of words; you do have understanding. Here is what I am saying: people of diverse faith abound and you well know what happens when the foundation is destroyed. Without the freedom we all seek, you may only sing and dance in praise but, because you still feel bound, you often will suddenly stop feeling. And now you look at the society and wonder, over again, what may become of posterity. Therefore you get impatient and furious; some have even gone violent against selves. What seek ye?
What seek ye? I know you have great desire to enlarge your coast and expand your territory; ye, your desire for growth is a mandate - or, at least, your right to be human. You want Biafra, but what do you need? What seek ye?
I've also had desires for posterity and my passion for Biafra has made me desire no less - therefore have I plunged myself to the depth of the messenger's creed: may your word be heard oh Lord! But woe is me when I depended on man as a true light! May I always remember that only Jehovah is faithful!
What seek ye? Now I can boast - but in God: I worked on my spirit to work out love for my people even while my flesh suffered! What more could I have given? Selling my personal peace only so my message for my people could be heard more has taught me that, for those whose reverence for Christ's suffering and glory meant nothing but a tale, nothing else could be sweater a medicine - whether to prevent or to cure man's ignorance, that what Christ has brought: the truth.
What seek ye? Those who boasted of strength to sustain and will to offer became desperate and self-centered: while some feared the truth, others denied it even when they know it's the only way out. Once, twice and more times have I tried to reason with Biafrans whose passion drive but, at every point of judgment, deep-rooted hatred and satanic passion to impose self-will on God have often covered my fellow compatriots as shield from self. How then can we advance? Where have hatred and injustice ever mixed with freedom? Permitted, one may reserve heavy hearts against his oppressors but, if one's heart is true, a healing love always gets birthed. But nay! Those for whom I've gone below nothing to stand for still mope as in the dark; they rush at unresolved actions without first resolving their thoughts. As a result, we match a step forward, two steps back.
What seek ye? If Biafrans have not separated themselves with the heart and rush of injustice at the whims of the spirit of impunity, then I can only wonder what we seek. If we hasten to condemn our own - even those for whom we have professed the truth in the moment of truth - then I wonder what justification we assume as we "demand" freedom. Indeed we need freedom and it's our birthright as humans but, for the freedom we need to manifest, we must - as a matter of mandate - renounce injustice. The costliest of injustices is the one done against oneself. As Biafrans, we must stop cursing and abusing injustice if we must not do so in the love of justice and in the spirit of true sacrifice and love. If we are not ready to follow justice to its logical conclusion amongst us seekers, if we shy away from every moment of mark, then I will continue to ask every Biafran, especially those violently self-destructive ones: what seek ye? Biafra...or self?
Ikechukwu Enyiagu ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Map of Defunct Republic of Biafra