[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Peregrino Brimah reports ] - I believe this is a legitimate question Nigerians must ask as the so-called Fulani herdsmen, continue to wage war against Nigeria. I disagree with calling them herdsmen. We have written to advise the Nigerian Security department to stop patronising this malicious and false classification which endangers real Nigerian Fulani herdsmen. The armed incendiarist murderers ravaging the nation are simply terrorists, Boko Haram terrorists to be precise.
So the important question to ask as we all recognize them for what they are–terrorists–is who is sponsoring them and who is behind them? The answer to this may be right before us but we deny to accept it for our dishonest reasons. Ask, who sponsored Boko Haram? What is the mission of Boko Haram? The same person or persons who sponsored Boko Haram is sponsoring these nomadic terrorists.
This is why we have written in the past that Buhari cannot defeat Boko Haram without identifying and defeating its sponsors. It is a dream to imagine that arresting most foot soldiers means a victory against Boko Haram. The sponsor of Boko Haram is a very evil person/government and that person(s) who may reside locally or be abroad/affiliated abroad is willingly arming and paying these Boko Haram 'nomads,' local and foreign to continue perpetrating the same sinister mission to cause mayhem, trigger deadly strife and annihilate as much of Nigeria as possible.
We must urge the Nigerian security department to come plain with Nigerians and tell us the reality of the threat we face. Coming plain while also firmly, openly and not "silently," sounding a military might and bullet backed warning against the rampaging terrorists will allow Nigerians a chance to properly contain this terror menace while also protecting true Fulani herdsmen.
There is a narrow window for the Buhari government to act. We strongly urge this government to act and act appropriately before this window closes. The failures of Jonathan's government and its denial of the reality of the Boko Haram threat...handling it with 'kid gloves,' is why Nigeria became the worst terrorized nation on earth. Nigeria must learn from history.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
*Photo Caption - An AK-47 Rifle. *One of the tools of evil and barbarism in the world.
[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - We the Igbo Ekunie Initiative, IEI, comprising individuals in Nigeria and the Diaspora; condemn in the strongest terms the massacre once again of defenceless citizens in cold blood by marauding Fulani terrorists in Uzo-uwani Enugu state. At the last count more than 50 persons lost their lives, countless others maimed while Churches and other property were burnt down. Reports from various sources have confirmed that as these terrorist attacks were ongoing, the federal government and colluding security services i.e. the Nigerian army, DSS and Police refused to intervene to stop the carnage. We submit that the most important constitutional responsibility of a state is the protection of lives and property but when the same state and its agents now take sides with terrorists on tribal grounds to facilitate the slaying of other citizens, it constitutes not only a treasonable abdication of duty but also a violation of international statutes against terrorism and a crime against humanity.
We note that it’s not the first time the federal government and the security services have openly aided and abetted Fulani herdsmen terrorists as they massacre citizens across the country. Most recently it happened in Agatu Benue state, in Awgu Enugu state and now again in Uzo-Uwani Enugu state. For all intents and purposes; this is a very dangerous route that previously led to the Nigerian civil war and that can only lead to anarchy. We have accordingly lost faith in the federal government’s commitment to respecting its constitutional responsibility to protect the lives and property of all citizens. However as a last ditch effort to save the situation we make the following demands.
- That the federal government should immediately declare a state of emergency against the terrorist activities of Fulani herdsmen and accordingly disarm the errant herdsmen and arrest the culprits implicated in the Enugu massacre and other atrocities across the nation.
- That the federal government should as a matter of urgency remove and prosecute the Chief of army staff, the director general of DSS, the IG of Police, the GOC 82 division Enugu and the Enugu state commissioner of police for criminal/treasonable collusion and dereliction of duty.
- That the federal government should immediately overhaul and restructure the army, DSS, police and other security services in view of professionalising them.
- That henceforth all movement of cows and herdsmen should be by trucks or by train as the case maybe and the herdsmen should enter negotiations with states and or local governments to lease land (subject to its renewal every year) where secured ranches could be established for the purposes of restraining cows within the said ranches.
- That the arrangement to lease land for ranches in any state of the country should be purely a private affair between the herdsmen and the state or local governments like all other private businesses and as such no federal commission should be created for that purpose.
- That the federal government should pay adequate compensation to victims and families of Fulani terrorist attacks and provide funds for the reconstruction of all such ravaged communities.
That the federal government should urgently begin the framework for the establishment of state police to enable a more effective means for the protection of lives and property by states in the federation.
- That the federal government should as a matter of urgency either organise a sovereign national conference or implement the 2014 national conference report as a strategy to tackle the nation’s growing existential crisis.
Finally, we call on the governors to evolve a better trained and equipped local vigilante service to protect the villages. We also call for a total boycott of beef as an interim measure, and for all communities within the frontlines to be vigilant and to take all necessary proactive steps to defend themselves by any means necessary against the invading terrorists.
Maazi Tochukwu Ezeoke
President Igbo Ekunie Initiative
+234 70800 42206
Secretary Igbo Ekunie Initiative
+353 87415 1329
*Photo Caption - An Armed Fulani herdsman
[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Peregrino Brimah reports ] - There is not much debate that a good portion of the South East and South South are not yet in tune with the rest of Nigeria. Any poll will most evidently reveal this fact statistically. While former President Goodluck Jonathan is credited with drastically expanding this divide with billions invested in religious, and sectional propaganda and entrenchment of distrust and disunity, current President Muhammadu Buhari has not done much to bridge the divide.
A launching statement of better patronage to the 97% States who voted overwhelmingly for him over States that only gave him 5% support left the citizens weary and highly suspicious. The follow up behavior of the new administration has done little to allay the fears of these people who have been fed, I dare say, solid material by Radio Biafra on the benefits of disintegration with glimpses of the Utopian promised-land dream.
Unlike other groups in Nigeria, the Southeast especially has been galvanized in common purpose and with common dreams by a coordinated media machine. Millions are signed on to a decision and plan to separate from mother Nigeria and Buhari is doing little to bring them back. It is impossible to develop a nation without carrying its people along and more so, with a great number of people effectively in brutal antagonism.
Several military actions with increasing human right violations by the administration's security departments further alienates those with little hope. Army brutal clampdowns on protests, killing unarmed praying pro-Biafran protesters in Abia and other locations; the government arresting dozens of innocent citizens only trying to search for their missing ones; the 'lie' by the DSS who selectively identified 5 of 55 graves by tribe and attempted to use this shoddy evidence to implicate the pro Biafra IPOB millions of member separatist group and then Buhari's refusal to view videos of the the military supposedly firing on unarmed protesters coupled with a lack of attention and government impunity to recurrent armed 'Fulani' Boko Haram terror insurgency genocidal campaigns across much of Nigeria's Middle belt and south, has left little to convince members in these areas to sign up to a common purpose of a one Nigeria.
Disorganization of the government with the current budget impasse subsequent to padding of the budget by the Buhari Presidency and cabinet and then re-padding by the National Assembly adds little comfort and reassurance to many. Nepotism by the CBN, secretly giving jobs to Buhari and his party bigwigs' children and other politicians has helped the matter even less. Buhari's regular trips all over the world in 13 presidential jets he inherited from Jonathan and has refused to cut down against all expectations, while Nigerians trek in severe hardship and as free reigning military and clan massacres and catastrophes claim lives of Change advocates, doesn't help either.
The Nigerian President can make the disenfranchised Nigerians its priority and prevent what might be a sudden and irreversible collapse of Nigeria which may occur if or when protests are again initiated in the Southeast and south south. Visits to these regions and serious deliberation with disaffected Nigerians will help to prevent a catastrophic and possibly violent disintegration.
Buhari may want to review restoring Nigeria to a true federation with distinct autonomous regions as it was wisely first created and as he has promised in his presidential campaigns.
Greater communication with the masses on what the government is doing and how serious the government takes the concerns of the people will also help greatly to stave off a possible collapse. Over all, Nigeria's government would do well emulating Tanzania's "Bulldozer" John Magufuli who is leading by example and is recognized as Africa's corruption hero and face. There is no better reassurance than leadership by example and leadership of compassion.
We did not disintegrate in 2015; it would be nice if we don't now.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
[ Masterweb Reports: Ikechukwu Enyiagu reports ] - Although this piece is exclusively targeted towards restoring some sanity and world standard regimentation in the Nigerian Army, permit me, I implore you, to start with the Nigerian police considering that the 'Force' attached to them indicates that they are equally forceful in our local context.
That brings me to a horrifying experience I had during the days of 'Operation Sweep,' sadly, just after my high school in the early 90s. I was in my father's house somewhere in Uzo-Uwani L.G.A. of Enugu State one morning-relaxing in a tight polo shirt on a tight pair of trousers-when my bosom friend, Sunday, called me to accompany him to his uncle’s marriage introduction ceremony somewhere in Anambra State. Having had nothing to do for a while, I jumped up and, in all my innocence and considering what was affordable to me, picked up a pair of Jean trousers and a nice looking shirt. These I also put on-covering the ones I was previously wearing as my home wear. Then we set off for Aguata. When we were done with the introduction and were returning back in that nice old Land Rover of then, we were stopped at a checkpoint by a highway police patrol team and searched-down to the last cover. When they saw my dress sense, they quickly began their case. In their accusation, they claimed I was a thief who, after robbing, would smartly remove my jean and shirt and then sneak into the crowd with the polo shirt and tight pair of trousers. As funny and nonsensical as this sounds today, they held me and, thereby, the family I traveled with, forced me to lie by the road-with their guns pointed at me-and threatened to shoot me if I uttered a word. Apparently, it was a time in Nigeria when male youths were experiencing a new level of danger simply because the authorities wanted to stop crime but had no respect for the rule of law in dealing with it. The government simply resorted to giving a blank check to their men with guns to shot and kill at their discretion. They further threatened to hand me over to any squad of the dreaded 'operation sweep' soldiers who then killed the guilty and the innocent together without anyone ever questioning them. To cut the story short, they later declared me innocent after they had done everything to intimidate us and later pretended friendship to extort as much as they could from us. Then I had told them a bit of my story and they had collected N2000, the last money with my friend’s uncle, from us. This is one of my several experiences with them who have been appointed to maintain law and order in Nigeria and, I bet, many innocents have gone through worse.
That experience changed me. Then I reaffirmed my resolve to join the Nigerian Army, not just because I had always loved to serve my country in the military just as most boys my age had an almost sacred love for the job, but also because the average Nigerian teen then was susceptible and vulnerable. And, in the 45th (hopefully correct) regular intake, I enrolled into the army recruitment. In the end and when the next move would have been to the depot in Zaria, my name, like many others including the best performing candidate of my L.G.A., was found missing. In my innocence and knowledge, that was the first time I heard the word 'godfather'. They sold my recruitment sweat, services and times to he who had a god in a man.
The above personal historical illustrations were not peculiar to me; many a Nigerian youth had worse to share. As years flew by, the word 'bloody civilian' became the boast of every law enforcement agent, mostly from the regular army and the police, against civilians to a point that it simply translated to mean two citizens of unequal rights. A soldier could stop a car, call you out and beat you up just because he saw you smiling and thought you were mocking him as he stands in the sun. A mistake by a civilian citizen would expectedly invite a public beating and disgrace just because the next person happens to be a Nigerian soldier. Few months back, a video news of a teenage girl beating up a man, ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMNYRcpvb1Q ) simply because she and her mates were wearing military outfits, went viral. Up to now, Nigerians have not heard the end of that matter and the justice thereof. These brazen brutality and show of force by the military against unarmed civilians have left many so-called bloody civilians wondering if all it takes one to become a fellow Nigerian and respected is a military camouflage and some weapons of destruction-being a police, terrorist, militant or soldier notwithstanding. And, in all these, it seems, the Nigerian government has not found it a priority to sanitize and keep to international form whatever regimentation is given the everyday Nigerian soldier. To me, this is the highest security risk if proper interpretation is followed.
That now brings me deeper into the activities of the Nigerian Army within the civilian society. Every worthy news media archive is rife with Nigerian military's anti-people activities within mostly civilian communities-from the avoidable Ogoni killings in the delta through that of organizations clamoring for a better country with the name of Biafra in the South East and the killing of Shiite Muslim faithfuls in the North. At each incident, the military’s brutal and redundant response leaves much to be desired. And, I daresay here that, contrary to the fright each government thinks such actions put on would-be criminals and enemies of the state, they actually breed and strengthen those determined for crime-giving them advantage in their recruitment campaign. In all my years abroad, not once did I see or hear of a soldier becoming the judge and the jury against a fellow citizen. I have read many submissions on the Shiite group in the north of Nigeria but still have not come to any justifiable reason which empowers any State military to take such anti-peace and anti-peale action which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of civilians. If the Nigerian Army insists that it was being attacked, it should produce proofs that these Shiite were armed and also proofs of the number of soldiers killed. It is a waste of time, in this age, for anyone to try to fool anybody that what differentiates the military and the militant is far more than government's legal backing. A man who knows how to handle guns, if he's in a camouflage, is as good as any soldier from a distance. That's why Boko Haram was able to do what it's done so far, that’s why Niger Delta militants could make their resounding speech, and that's why weapon-carrying men are as dangerous as any military opposing them in any part of the world. So, you see, Nigerian Army is not doing any good to the nation by killing unarmed youths for spurious claims. Such actions create more dissidents than maintain peace.
I believe that the military has its advisory board and I happen not to be amongst them, so it's not my duty to promulgate for them. However, I believe that such boards should sit and mend the already damaged fence between the military and the civilians. I've watched enough of the Arab Spring and no sensible Nigerian-be you a General or a coward-would wish that for our country. I have also noticed that, behind each one of these Arab experiences, the government, through their military’s high-handedness, provoked and spurred their civilians into certain militancy and into certain deaths as they struggle to be heard. That mistake is what successive Nigerian governments have refused to avoid. It is a generally held dream that Nigeria becomes great and at peace but, you see, no man will take being called a woman for long- lying low. Unemployment is its own ministry and, I tell you, with many agencies. The Nigerian military should not make those not in camouflage feel less than men, after all, only less than a percent of those who apply into the military are taken at every regular intake, and their disqualification often has nothing to do with their being unqualified. The presently ongoing recruitment exercises in the military and the police would make a clearer picture. I personally do not want a Nigeria where being a soldier would mean nothing except from being advantaged with a weapon of destruction against one's own neighbor. Nigeria is so diverse that such experience will mark so many ends. Let us all learn to live as brothers and as exposed people, not as barbaric savages. Savagery is the first animal instinct carefully controlled by civilization and democracy, let us not, therefore, return to our animal nature by our hunger to show undue superiority because savagery is now illegal anywhere and everywhere. And it does not matter if you are in a camouflage or a religious attire.
*Photo Caption - Nigeria Army logo
[ Masterweb Reports: Temisan Jackson reports ] - In recent times, the news space has been awash with news and opinion articles about the immediate past finance minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Most of the features have stemmed from people with questionable character and, unfortunately, the local media have been complicit in aiding their spread.
As if her continuous strides in the international horizon are touching old wounds, Okonjo-Iweala has been accused of too many things in recent times; from being the one behind the inability of the current administration to run the economy well to alleging that she blamed former president Goodluck Jonathan for not having political will. The latest of these is some silly report that she slams the change agenda of the Buhari government and claims that both Buhari and Obasanjo are only interested in oil blocs.
The impression these writers and their media partners are trying to convey is that Okonjo-Iweala is still immersed in Nigerian politics after May 29, 2015; whereas, in actual fact, the woman has moved on. After bowing out as finance minister, she has gone ahead to become the chair of GAVI, owned by multi-billionaire Bill Gates; she has also been appointed to chair the board of Lazard, a 168-year old financial advisory and asset management firm. She also chairs ARCapacity, a specialized agency of the African Union with focus on disaster risk solutions across member states. Not to forget that she has received more awards and has been sighted everywhere abroad and at home among the people that matter, and no one has pointed an accusing finger at her in any of those occasions.
You then have to ask, what is this obsession with Okonjo-Iweala amongst local crooks? This woman has left government about a year ago and is minding her business. Much unlike most of the political jobbers in Nigeria, she has a profession and she is busy exercising it. Why can't she be left alone? Who is afraid of or obsessed with this lady? Is it the corrupt elements she fought to a standstill while in government? It is amazing that more than a year later, these corrupt people cannot let go and are still smarting from their losses which her process checked. But by attacking her on a daily basis they are only making her very famous as the world is astonished at their stupidity.
When the news of her accusing GEJ of lacking political will broke, knowing her as a tactful person, it was clear it’s another legendary distortion. So I wasn’t surprised when Paul Nwabuikwu, her media aide came out with a forthright rebuttal. As she explained, and recent history confirms, it wasn’t lack of political will on the part of Jonathan, but the stubborn opposition of some governors who are now federal ministers and key members of the ruling government that hindered efforts to save when oil prices were high. That history is known to all of us, so there is no point doing the mischief of rewriting it. Such attempts only help to expose the motives of the peddlers.
Per the ridiculous feature which several websites have now published that she lambasted Obasanjo and Buhari as only interested in oil blocs and not change, it looks like one of those writs sponsored by people who have decided their mission is to tarnish her image, as the badly written story with tenses mixed up is another attempt to pitch OBJ and PMB against her.
This was the same tactic used in 2007 by a former minister, now governor, after she left the Obasanjo government. This man kept planting false stories about her in the media and in the hearing of Obasanjo, to the point that she turned the former president against Okonjo-Iweala until he became wiser as to what was going on, and that was after she had publicly confronted the diminutive man about his mischievous activities.
The ludicrous thing about this development in our nation is that many of our local media gleefully published such spurious allegations without checking their facts. Perhaps, they do not know Okonjo-Iweala has successfully sued two media outfits before for such unethical practice as libel.
For those who are saying she is partly to blame for whatever failures of the last administration, why don’t they also blame president Buhari for the misdeeds of the Abacha government since he served there? Is Buhari to be blamed for the billions of dollars stolen by Abacha? These opinion hawkers are nothing but hypocritical. Someone who left her posh job at the World Bank and came to serve her fatherland, improving processes and building all the systems now in use by the current government should not be accused in such carefree manner as common in our media today.
The truth is the level of Okonjo-Iweala has changed, but these vested interests and uninformed persons don’t seem to understand this. She has passed where she was when we knew her as finance minister. She has gone global and is waxing greater in profile. She is now an icon of our dear country and the world. Haters should look for someone at their level.
Temisan Jackson ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports from Warri, Delta State.
*Photo Caption - Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
[ Masterweb Reports: Henry Osita Emembolu reports ] - I strongly believe that world events of the past four decades including the U.S. invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan and especially the Palestine crisis has fueled , extremism and violence in Islam which will eventually lead to a clash of civilizations (Last crusade or Last Jihad). Others may disagree, arguing instead that the clash is more within Islam itself. It’s possible my convictions could be attributed to the fact that I have lived in a multi-cultural environment in Nigeria where ethno-religious factor was the driving force in the corruption, socioeconomic decay and civil war in which the western countries armed and supported the Muslims against the Christians.
To most Muslims, only countries governed by the Islamic creed are worthy. The rest should be brought into submission willingly or by terror, conquest, war, even with rape serving as a weapon of conquest etc. The basic strategy is evolutionary and revolutionary. Evolutionary method is to appear outwardly peaceful and cooperative and many Muslims may well be; using the funds made available by their sponsors will attempt to create monopolistic markets and stifle oppositions or competitions from infidels with the government backing and then exerting an economic squeeze to achieve the desired result. This is already happening in Nigeria with the likes of Aliko Dangote and few other Muslims been the sole importer of a long list of items and the destruction of Biafran shops in an attempt at full Islamization. The rural dwellers and the economically disadvantaged Biafrans will be the first Islamic converts or victims. How far will the Islamization process go before Biafrans finally wake up from their slumber and realize this is an existential threat? This is a also a reflection of Islamic value system – theocratic absolute monarchy against the republican nature of the Biafrans. Islam means total submission and they will not stop until they achieve global submission or they are stopped. The revolutionaries/radicals can be seen in ISIS or Hausa Fulani Herdsmen with AK-47 (AKA BOKOHARAM) working as the foot soldiers. As their population and knowledge of the terrain grows, they will become more assertive in demanding their rights. The republicanism, Judeo-Christian values and ethics obtainable in the south eastern Nigeria which preaches absolute love for your enemy and equality will only serve to hasten the advance of Islam as was witnessed in AGATU, the kidnap and rape of underage southeastern Christian women of Biafra origin – use of rape as a weapon of war with the aim of destroying the enemy from within. Any activity is allowed as long as it serves the overall end result of advancing the spread of Islam under the protection of the Nigerian federal Govt. It’s just a question of time before hell breaks loose. I implore all to research the conversion of Turkey to Islam. Biafrans, your Islamization process has begun and there is a worldwide media cover-up for it!!
There is a strong bond among Muslims when it comes to an infidel; if a Muslim is insulted in Denmark, another Muslim in Nigeria owes it as a call of duty for the price of over 40 virgins in paradise to avenge and spill the blood of any Christian (Biafra). One must admit the reward of 40 virgins in paradise is enticing enough for the weak and the stupid. Absence of a comparable level of brotherhood in Christianity probably stemming from their understanding and embrace of the Judeo-Christian values/ethics and the common law introduced by colonialist could explain why Britain who introduced Christianity to Biafrans will arm the Muslims against ethnic cleansing of the Christian Biafrans which has continued till today. This brings me to my next question about the religion (Christianity) that the colonial master gave to the Biafrans. What kind of religion did the slave masters export to the colonies that allowed them to support Islam and commit ethnic genocide against their converts - Biafrans? The Christian Biafrans pay their tithe to the church of Canterbury - UK headed by the queen and yet the UK government supported and armed the Muslims probably using some of the money paid as tithe. This is a classic. Let me rephrase it again; is it possible for someone who enslaved you for close to 200yrs and broke your spirit to introduce you to a God who will empower you? There are only two options here; either the Christian Biafrans are extremely stupid or the religion given to us by the slave master is a Lie. To thyself be truthful.
Sometimes I wish I could look into a crystal ball to discern the minds of the world leaders to further my understanding and knowledge of what their game plan is. However, its clear there is an unspoken or spoken agreement between Saudi Arabia and western countries for the infusion of petro dollars Into the western economies for their continued support of her worldwide evolutionary Islamization which also explains why despite the fact that 15 of the 19 hijackers on sept 9th 2001 were Saudi nationals, the USA turned a blind eye and invaded Iraq. It’s obvious they have chosen economic gain and political correctness over facing the cold facts of reality; they are willingly plotting their own downfall, living in denial and refusal to confront the demon. If countries that exported Christianity to their colonies could turn around and arm Islam against the coverts then there is loss of religious belief which implies that the West has replaced reason and truth with ideology and prejudice. This is what I simply refer to as “the lie of the serpent” with the result of mass derangement, as truth becomes lie, right becomes wrong, marriage and family have been redefined, victim becomes the aggressor and been heterosexual is now abnormal. Now faced with a resurgent Islam flowing with cash since the crusades, the west no longer know what to defend - trillions of petrodollar investment or give up the lifestyle they have grown accustomed to. However, any of these choices comes with a price.
According to PEW research center in a report published on Nov 17, 2015 by Conrad Hackett titled “5 facts about the Muslim population”, Germany and France have the largest Muslim populations among the EU countries. As of 2010 the EU was home to about 13 million Muslims immigrants. There were 4.8 million Muslims in Germany (5.8% of the population), Belgium has about 5.9 million Muslims, UK has about 4.8 million Muslims and 4.7 million Muslims in France (7.5%) while Russia has 14million Muslims which is the largest in Europe. It’s a well-known fact that Western countries have a declining birth rate and increasing aging population and the If present trends continue, in some countries half of the population will be Muslim by mid-century with the implication that at some point sharia will be introduced and the legal structures, such as British common law and the Code Napoleon, will give way to the sharia. The Muslim population of the UK will almost double within 20 years up to 5.5million which implies that by 2030 Britain will have more Muslims than the nation of Kuwait. Please can someone explain why the land of the angles- headquarters of the Anglican Church worldwide is now converting to Islam? Something isn’t right here!!
Some immigrants have not assimilated well and as such constitute a mass of political and cultural anger that can only intensify in coming years as was witnessed in France and Belgium and more is yet to come. In February 2016, a video showing Nigerian security forces attacking pro-Biafran peaceful protesters praying before a planned peaceful demonstration in Abia state was circulated on social media in which at least 10 demonstrators were shot dead. The only international media that covered the story was Aljazeera TV and when they confronted the Nigerian president he vehemently refused to watch the clips. The whole world mourned with France and Belgium but not a single word was mentioned about the death of Christian Biafrans and their ongoing Islamization process. Fellow Biafrans, we are dealing with an existential threat and our nightmare will soon become real. Our trouble is double – Black and African. The world will turn a blind eye, Canterbury and Vatican inclusive but our faith and hope lies in Jehovah.
Europe’s remarks after the Paris and Belgium massacre showed little response and understanding of their new reality and what is to come. The news coverage and the arguments over the terrorist attacks and infusion of Muslims in the SE part of Nigeria characterize those who want to curtail Europe’s Muslim immigration as “xenophobic” and “radical” after all the world is a global village. The underlying problem is the Muslim with a difference in behavior seen amongst Muslims of different nationals which explains why the northern Muslims in Nigeria view the few southern Muslims as inferior and very doubtful of his faith and loyalty to Islam. However, the northern Muslims of Nigeria are closely aligned and view themselves as extensions of Saudi Arabia or Iran and will always answer any call of duty to Islam.
Everyone knows that Islam and the Western civilization are engaged in a struggle but few will openly admit it. From the Moors’ conquest of Spain and incursion into France in the 8th century and their expulsion, to the wars of the Crusades, the expulsion of the Ottoman forces from the Danube back to Istanbul (a Christian state before it fell to Islam in 1453) through to the European colonization of the Middle East after World War I and the drive for independence by the Muslims bent on protecting their way of life - Islam. It is the West with a different civilization rooted in Judeo-Christian and paganism that are convinced of the universality of their culture and its superiority, and the need to extend that culture throughout the world. Time will tell who is living in denial. But the Muslim infusion through a deliberate policy of the respective governments represents an existential threat. Maybe the citizens will reelect new leaders who understand the true nature of the threat. I may be right but then again, maybe not and I hope I am wrong.
Henry Osita Emembolu
BSc Petroleum Engineering, BSc Mechanical Engineering - Dept of Interior
GOM Regional Field Operations, USA.
*Photo Caption - As seen.
[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Peregrino Brimah reports ] - Nigeria's Constitution guarantees freedom of religion and expression. By the law, a Nigerian is protected from the risk of arrest for expressing his ideas to other Nigerians. Under no law can el-Rufai arrest you for speaking freely about God or man. Chapter IV of the 1999 constitution guarantees Nigerians those rights. The Kaduna governor will need to amend to Constitution to do that. The governor intends to arrest people for sharing their ideas about salvation but leave people free to talk about sex, share porno mags and blue films on the street. That's how absurd the idea is.
Where have Christian churches in Nigeria been found to preach radical terrorism? Where have Shia mosques in Nigeria preached radical terror? We have rather seen the Shia Muslims in Kaduna and the IMN working with Christian leaders like Pastor Yohanna Buru to defend churches from Boko Haram wahhabist takfiri terror attacks. This is what Nigeria is proud of. So what is the governor fingering at? It is obvious the governor is confused or enthusiastically pursuing strange agenda.
I challenge the Kaduna administrator to provide us examples of Christian or Shia Muslim radical extremist preaching from online archives. So why would the governor illegally take a wide broom to persecute a broad spectrum of Nigerians for extremist criminality found in a limited sector--the Wahhabi and Salafist takfiri inspired minority who are prone to terror? When it comes to terror, the world knows where to find it. The entire world is witnessing as the Saudi regime is in mafia style blackmailing America with a $750 billion economic war threat not to release the indicting 28 pages of 911 documents and pass a bill that allows them (Saudi Arabia) be held culpable for the dastardly 911 terror tragedy. This is a self admission of terror sponsorship of the worst order. So when it comes to monitoring for radical extremism, only those under wahhabi takfiri influence, be they Imams of state governors, need be monitored and the police is already designated to do so under extant laws.
We have laws to take care of social disturbance, violence and incitement. We have laws to take care of hate speech and social misconduct. There are laws that address threats to life, be they religious or over females. The same laws are sufficient and in existence.
The police have the duty to monitor communities for their behavior. The police spy on these radical mosques or cabinets or any other assemblies and arrest and charge extremist wahhabi (inspired or sponsored) Imams, individuals or state and federal administrators to court. This is how it is done in the civilized world. You do not violate the constitutional guarantees of freedom to assemble and discuss any matter including religious. How about parties? Can people hold parties and play music like the one held at the stadium recently where the President was invited? Is it only the God industry that el-Rufai is targeting? What about if I belong to the Humba Dumba faith. Who will monitor me?
El-Rufai chose two religious leaders/sects to monitor the host of faiths in Kaduna. Which one of the two will be assigned to me of the Humba Dumba faith to invigilate my doctrine? Or I will be invigilated by these two faiths who know nothing about mine? Or is el_Rufai planing to ban all other faiths and make Kaduna a two religious faith and two sect state?
If any new targeted law must urgently be added to the constitution for protection of the citizenry, it is a new bill against politicians' corruption, political party insolence and political paid and promoted hooliganism and terror. The bane of Nigeria.
And then the question of the moral authority of governor el-Rufai to institute such draconian laws is on the table. Can a governor be entrusted to monitor religious preaching who has just made a four-month delayed confession of the extremist and radical mass burial of hundreds of minority Shia Muslims, men and women, boys and girls, babies and the elderly in a single mass grave, setting off to Saudi Arabia for some chum change while the families besieged his office for the bodies and whereabouts of their loved ones?
The governor of Kaduna should be cautioned before he shreds Nigeria into pieces! There will be no grave large enough to contain the masses.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Governor Nasir el-Rufai
[ Masterweb Reports: Victor Igiri makes public his NYSC poem ] - "It Ended Quickly" is a poem on NYSC and a restrospect of my service year in Zamfara. Life has travelled on the wings of...... Read full poem below.
It Ended Quickly
(By Victor Igiri)
Life has travelled on the wings of time so fast
Of the road less travelled
thin, tough and rough
Amidst bitter-sweet experiences,
Encircled in the web of faithful companions
Burned by the furious Northwest sun yet
Firm and unshaken
not like ‘weaklings who ran at ‘genesis for fear
We are VICTOR’S.
Right here in the city of Rural wonder are memories,
black and white
all in loyalty to our Fatherland
we have learned the sweetness in diversity,
Nigeria we love
NYSC MUST LIVE!
The race is over
History is made-
And before us
is the hidden reality of a new dawn of destiny
As my words unite
I hear joy bells ring-
‘Khaki will turn to SUITS
Jungle boots to SHOES
PPA to OFFICES/WORKPLACES
CDS to BOARD MEETINGS
Clearance slips to CHEQUES
Head count to JOB PRESENCE
Allowee to SALARIES/INCOME
and SPA to OTHER STREAMS OF INCOME
Till I return to dust
May I find no rest
Until my life
I live for service to humanity
Long Live NYSC
Long live Zamfara
Nigeria is ours,
Nigeria I serve.
Victor Igiri can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Photo Caption - As seen.
[ Masterweb Reports: Ikechukwu Enyiagu reports ] - There is nobody who doesn't want peace. There is none who abhors success. Man, in all his idiosyncrasy, appreciates neighbourliness and the amazing power of plurality. Man is the same in Nigeria and he is in other parts of the world. Sadly, though, as has been agreed by all, albeit inwardly by the so-called 'elite' few, the Nigerian man tends to diversify, not ways of improving upon the little good, but our hate for one another and for the country altogether. What then went wrong in our own country? Rather, how did we get here and what must be done to ease ourselves of this load of self-destruction?
A new Party took the rein on the bandwagon of 'change' chants. We all clamoured for the change which APC waved as the new flag-those in the opposition as well as those who could or did not vote-and, as the party of change came to power, everyone adjusted his seat for the hopeful flight. It is close to one year that this government of change wrestled power from the seemingly 'old and exhausted' PDP but Nigerians, in all reservations, are still pondering on the context of change within our polity.
My position is not to throw punches at perceived persons and groups desperately working against this change; I would rather appeal that those in offices and with the powers of change consider their individual and collective actions and inaction in this time of great distress.
For instance, the Nigeria Police is credited with saying that over seven hundred thousand applications out of the meagre ten thousand required have been recorded in its ongoing preliminary recruitment process - and that has come about halfway into the given duration of the exercise. This is just an exercise which does not cover unemployed Nigerians who are possibly above 35 years of age. The same age limit
goes for virtually all military and paramilitary recruitments. Two areas which change begs for recognition are:
1. In seems that over 77% of our youths have remained jobless before now.
2. A section of our jobless youths outside this percentage are constantly ignored by the federal character just because the country could not create space for them until they passed the age limit of the federal recruitment.
The Senate, in swift response, retorted that they ACTUALLY bought 36 Land cruisers at N36.5m each as against the purported 108 cars. From this revelation, we consider these:
1. Not even the Senate appears to understand the true meaning of change.
2. What man would send his child to a higher-paid school when his income lowers unless he is corruption personified, a thief? The act of buying these already exorbitant cars at twice their market prices simply mocks change and eulogises speedy destruction of Nigeria and Nigerians.
Clearly, it appears that every attempt by our leaders to transfigure change has backfired, not on them, but on the ever-poorer masses. How could a government which rode into power on the wings of the masses with 'change!' chants be so cruel as to collaborate with the petroleum marketers to multiply the woes of its citizens? You say that MPS is approved to individual marketers at N86.5 yet they sell at N200 and above. Then you claim you cannot govern the presently most laden sector of the economy by allowing the marketers artificial scarcity to further destroy the patriotism left in Nigerians.
With the tiers of government deceiving the citizens on the goings-on with the 2016 budget, the list of mis-change appears longer than the measuring tape.
Honestly and without any bias or sentiment, I see the destruction of this country coming from the hands of our elders who have remained negatively young in their hearts and actions. When an elder refuses to behave as one but opts to claim everlasting youthfulness, he thinks of his future and that of his immdediate family alone. An elder must be all-accommodating. If we still have elders in this country they should fight together in favour of what unites all their children and not water the evil seed that grows into a tree of collective decline and death. I see our leaders traditionally repeat the same mistake of Rehoboam the son of Solomon while he sought for advice.
When and if change is true, a true elder offers his head-if need be-for the prevailing of the truth. And until our leaders begin to compete in their race to favour the masses in all their deliberations, laws and actions, change-this change-will remain a curse to the people.
*Photo Caption - As seen.
[ Masterweb Reports: Olalekan Waheed Adigun reports ] - There was once a great soul who once walked this earth. The United States boasts of having great personalities like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln who both served as its presidents but few historians will neglect the FDR’s contributions. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, also known as FDR, is arguably the greatest and the most loved US president in the 20th century for leading the country through two perilous times- the Great Depression and World War II. The world is still at a great loss in search of souls like Franklin.
What most people remember about this great man is the fact that he won four consecutive US presidential elections, but many has not bothered to ask why!
In 1932, FDR won, defeating incumbent Herbert Hoover, in the midst of the Great Depression which confused many classical economists and many appear not to have the antidote to this strange ailment that has befallen the American economy.
To address the immediate economic crises, in what is now known as Hundred Days, Roosevelt spearheaded unprecedented major legislation and issued a profusion of executive orders that instituted the New Deal—a series of programmes designed to produce government jobs for the unemployed; achieve economic recovery and reforms through banking and financial market regulations. He created numerous programs to support the unemployed and farmers, and to encourage labor union growth while more closely regulating business and high finance. These pro-poor policies added to his popularity, helping him win re-election by a landslide in 1936. The economy reportedly improved rapidly from 1933 to 1937.
To aggressively pursue this policy, he, in 1937, prevented his packing the Supreme Court, and blocked almost all proposals for major liberal legislation (except the minimum wage, which did pass).
When the war began and unemployment ended, conservatives in Congress repealed the two major relief programs, like the Work Progress Administration (WPA). However, they kept most of the regulations on business.
Many will probably not forget the fact that blacks were originally supporters of the Republican party as a loyal reward for helping emancipate them from slavery. Blacks mostly voted Republican from after the Civil War and through the early part of the 20th century. That’s not surprising when one considers that Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican president, and the white, segregationist politicians who governed Southern states in those days were Democrats. Most blacks lived in the South, where they were mostly prevented from voting at all. But FDR was to change all that!
He got 71 percent of the black vote for president in 1936 and did nearly that well in the next two elections, according to historical figures kept by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. But even then, the number of blacks identifying themselves as Republicans was about the same as the number who thought of themselves as Democrats. We have to accept the fact that Franklin was not as racist as many in his time were.
Before we are accused of “praising the saint”, let us be quick to add that FDR has his own weaknesses which only makes him human. His World War II effort aand handlings may be one of his greatest undoing. Believing that Japanese Americans may be cause for concern, FDR issued Executive Order 9066 which allowed local government/military leaders to imprison, without habeas corpus, Japanese members of our society. In his reasoning he figured out that similar to Lincoln’s imprisonment of some 20,000 Southern sympathizers during the Civil War, the nation is safe. FDR likely feared the Empire of Japan would use Japanese-Americans to undermine the war effort. While FDR may be forgiven for being a victim of the beliefs of his time, forgetting the unlawful imprisonment of citizens based solely upon ethnic association must not be allowed to pass into our history without apology, recognition, and education.
Many of his critics have maintained the fact that he has dictatorial tendencies. Maybe this was why he is often referred to as The Lion and the Fox (quoting FDR’s biographer, James MacGregor Burns). Many of his critics never forgot his attempt to purge the Congress of his opponents during the 1938 mid-term election and the ‘Court Packing” incidence in desperate attempts to give the New Deal some legitimacy and familiarity with traditional Americans. Many also recall his cunning devices he deployed in seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination (for a third term) in 1940 with some disgust. But in all, few can accuse Franklin of corruption!
On this day 71 years ago when the end of World War II was very much in sight, US public expressed shock and grief on being told that their beloved leader has passed on. The world is still at a great loss of this great soul. Men like FDR come to this world, make their impacts and leave a lasting legacy- a legacy of pitching their tent with, and helping, the poor!
Olalekan Waheed Adigun is a political risk analyst and independent political strategist. Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow me on twitter @adgorwell.
*Photo Caption - Late Franklin Delano Roosevelt