[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. James C. Agazie reports ] - DO you remember how our parents raised us in the villages? It was a very hard child training. We were subjected to residing at mission or government secondary schools and colleges for seven long years. We trekked many miles to farms to plant yams, harvest corn, and raise chicken when school was out. Plus we received a few floggings delivered to bare buttocks when the temptation to ignore chores or skip homework to dribble soccer balls with friends, proved irresistible. Many of us didn’t like the harsh treatment we received one bit. Some of us were resentful, and some thought our parents either didn’t love us or were just mean rattlesnakes. When now we look back at our hard beginnings, aren’t we thankful? Don’t we consider ourselves blessed? I tell you this: If you think the way my parents raised me was child abuse, I like it because the benefits are stupendous. When we look back nowadays at the way our parents in America and Nigeria are raising and losing their rotten children, we really cry because:
1. Many Nigerian women (Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa, Idoma, Calabar, and many other tribes) come to America to become akwunakwuna, ashawo, or prostitutes by getting pregnant in order to receive Section 8 housing and Food Stamps programs.
2. Nigerian parents in Diaspora try to buy their kids’ love with money; they spoil kids with too much love, and more stupid love than with anything that smells like commonsense.
3. Nigerian parents in the U S, and U K buy children unneeded gadgets like expensive iphones in elementary schools; Mercedes Benz in high schools.
4. Nigerian parents give their children no house chores to do while allowing long unsupervised ipu olili (visits) all night in the neighborhood with sleep-over at friends’ homes; drunken parties at family home with friends when parents are out.
5. Nigerian parents allow wayward sons and daughters to move into family homes with useless boy/girlfriends to smoke weeds and make babies in order to get welfare benefits.
6. Nigerian parents do not demand that children hold part-time jobs at age 16 in order to teach responsibility and help them contribute to payment of utility bills.
7. Nigerian parents buy boys pants-on-the-butt so they walk gang-style and girls revealing dresses so girls can attract wealthy suitors while parents appear as sophisticated, liberal immigrants.
8. Nigerian parents do not encourage children to choose in-demand college majors (such as chemistry, engineering, physical science, for examples) rather than easy psychology, music, political science and subjects with extremely dim employment opportunities. Many Nigerian parents are frustrated, aggravated and deeply disturbed. They live in fear of their children, always trying to buddy up with and please kids. Only a handful of parents are willing to discuss some of the difficulties they are experiencing in raising their sons and daughters with counselors. Some Nigerian parents are in denial, pretending all is well, very squeaky clean. The rest hide their difficulties even from God until the children begin going to prisons, running away from home, skipping classes, or hanging out with community juvenile delinquents. Why are we surprised when stories crop up about Diaspora children killing their parents, committing suicide and other types of crimes, including rapes, drug dealing, and even prostitution? The Bible’s injunction to “raise the child the way he should go so that when he/she grows up he/shall not depart thereof”, is still applicable in today’s world.
9. Nigerian parents everywhere spend inordinately long hours plotting how to chase after the Almighty Dollar.
10. Nigerian parents get home late from work tired only to drink alcohol, go to parties and then to bed without checking into children’ s homework and without administering discipline when rules are broken.
11. Parents in Nigeria spend countless hours with daughters plotting on how to trap rich Diaspora men even when there is no love in the relationship.
12. Nigerian parents in US and UK don’t want to be perceived as primitive or coming from the jungle. Therefore, they outlaw discipline and raise spoiled, vagabond children.
Dr. James C. Agazie ( Email: email@example.com ) reports
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[ Masterweb Reports: Sunday Adeshina reports ] - As Rome was not built in a decade, the same can be said of Abia State where Governor Theodore Orji is working very hard to give the God’s Own State a face-lift. But some paid hate writers through their articles want the world to believe that Governor Orji is a ‘failure.’ Despite the virulent attacks aimed at distracting his government, Governor Orji has remained focused and committed to the Abia project. Though his critics have labeled him the ‘most criticized governor in Nigeria’ as he works hard to reposition the state for the service of humanity, it would be unfortunate in the face of irrefutable evidence if cynics insist the governor is undeserving of a heroic appellation.
It is a known fact that Abia State has always been a volatile ground during every electioneering year simply because the political gladiators do resort to mudslinging and backstabbing of public office holders instead of strategizing on how to nurture and develop people/result-oriented programmes and policies which will accelerate development in God’s Own State.
Unfortunately, the trend has not in any way dissipated as aspirants are gearing up for more battles, thereby heating up the polity unnecessarily with all manners of personal attacks on the governor and his associates in their pursuit of scoring cheap political goals, achieving self-aggrandizement with a view to stealing the precious Abian votes who have been on the receiving end of hordes upon hordes of devastating political propaganda.
Another victim of such political brimstone has been Governor T. A. Orji, whom the opposition has succeeded in portraying as a monster strangulating every imminent development in the state, and has therefore not been spared of numerous political jabs as the 2015 elections gather momentum.
Despite the heavy burden hung on the governor’s shoulders, some political analysts believe that Governor Orji has made some dramatic and noteworthy moves to transform key ministries in the state. These include education, agriculture, commerce and industry, justice, health, security among others. Expectedly, his critics have over time refused to acknowledge the giant strides of this administration.
Despite the array of criticisms, majorly from opposition political parties within the state, a critical evaluation of Abia State in the last three years shows that Governor Orji is not a failure as some politicians are portraying him especially when compared with some of his contemporaries in the opposition parties within and outside the South-East geo-political zones.
The restructured Health Sector
Considering his enthusiasm for result and his disposition to transforming the primary, secondary and tertiary health care in Abia State, T. A. Orji, got his idea and plan for turning around the ailing health sector of the state spot on.
The reason the government is bent on the on-going development of the health sector may be connected to the growing child mortality rate which stands at 88 per 1000 births. Even the Abia First Lady, Mrs. Mercy Orji, while flagging off the first round of Maternal, New Born and Child Health Week, MNCHW, at Mbalano, headquarters of Isuikwuator Local Government Area, mid June 2014, decried the situation and called on stakeholders in the health sector to show more commitment towards the fight against the menace in the country to further strengthen the effort of the government.
The First Lady’s concern was understandable, as no reasonable government would keep quiet on such a sensitive matter. Mrs. Orji was quoted as describing the scenario as “unacceptable”. As a mother, herself, she would surely want improved pre- and anti- natal functioning health care made available to all.
The Government of Abia State has commissioned a number of projects in this light. The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, commissioned the Royal Cross Methodist Hospital, Ugwueke, an Utra-modern maternity in Abia State in 2012. Prof. Onyebuchi said the collaboration of private sector and the Federal Government is working effectively and would help reduce the incidence of maternal and infant mortality rate in the country.
Despite these giant strides, the government is not bending backward as it has continued to make commendable efforts to ensure quality health care delivery to millions of Nigerians in the state.
The donor of the hospital, Johnson Chukwu, revealed that what motivated him to embark on the project, was that over 80 percent of the patients consisting of mostly women and children trek from Ebonyi State down to Ugwueke community where the hospital is situated to seek medical care and that private influential individuals must be complimenting the efforts of the Abia State Government.
Barely a year later, the minister returned for the commissioning of the multimillion naira Dialysis Centre of Abia State Specialist Hospital and Diagnostic Centre in Umuahia. Most analysts described the initiative as unprecedented.
The minister said there was need for the government to enroll in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to make access to healthcare for majority of Abians affordable; adding that if human beings insured cars, it makes it appropriate to insure human health. The government of T. A. Orji has since been consolidating on that premise by establishing and refurbishing primary and secondary health centres.
It is on record that Prof. Chukwu, in his speech, lauded the project and the state government’s “commitment to the provision of quality and affordable healthcare in alignment with the transformation agenda of the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.”
He “congratulated the Governor, the Government and Abians in general for the project” which he described as “an excellent philanthropic effort translating to a quantum boost in excellent healthcare.”
Like most Abians, Prof. Chukwu expressed happiness and added that T. A Orji deserved “accolades as a man of vision with greater passion than medical practitioners.”
It is worthy to note that the governor’s achievements in the health sector are more than the establishment of Dialysis Centre. Since he assumed the office, available records shows that well over 700 Primary Health Centres (PHCS) in every political ward in the 17 LGAS have been upgraded and mandated to offer free maternal services to pregnant women.
Other developments include, but are not limited to, the accreditation for posting of house officers at the Amachara Specialist Hospital; the reconstruction of General Hospital; and the construction of the 100 bed wards in nine LGAs among others.
The dialysis machines will be for patients with kidney diseases without other chronic complications, while two will be especially for HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis patients respectively, with one left as spare to achieve standard practice of an all-encompassing treatment.
The general belief about the Diagnostic Centre was the advancement it has added to the health sector as it would help solve numerous problems, pains and sufferings of people with health challenges.
It came to public notice recently that Governor Orji provided 18 vehicles for Health Centres in order to facilitate effective and “proper management of emergency situations” This was aside the upgrading of Amachara General Hospital “to conform to the standard of the state teaching hospital.” The diagnostic centre has even secured accreditation from the Medical Examination Board for training of house officers.
The government has also facilitated the construction of a chest clinic in partnership with Agbami Partners of Chevron Oil Field. The MTN Foundation, under the auspices of MTN Yellow Doctors Programme, is set to provide free eye test and treatment for Abians. Recently, the governor endorsed Americare USA to construct an international hospital in Obuaku in Ukwa West. Besides, the moribund School of Health Technology, Aba, is now alive.
At a meeting held in Umuahia on Monday, September 8, 2014, the Forum of Abia State Political Office Holders lauded the “health sector transformation” and other “advances made by the Government of T. A. Orji” in the State.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the strategic meeting, the forum applauded the governor for his exceptional leadership and various infrastructural programmes that have transformed the state capital, Umuahia, hitherto a glorified village, into a proper state capital.
In his address during while presenting the 2014 Abia State Budget Speech to the State House of Assembly at the Assembly Chamber, Governor T. A. Orji, said the government would give attention to primary health care by “encouraging breast-feeding, provision of adequate nutrition, clean water, basic sanitation, immunization, oral dehydration therapy and family planning.”
True to his promise, the government has been making strategic moves to ensure access to appropriate and quality health care services to children at all levels.
This may be why Governor T. A. Orji’s administration has also completed action on the process for the commencement of Abia State Health Insurance Scheme. This scheme according to the governor will ensure growth in the general well-being of Abians as it is aimed at the improvement in the quality of lives of the residents of the state.
All these are indications that the governor’s promise to sustain his administration’s efforts in equipment procurement, renovation and upgrading of some of the Health Care Institutions through the on-going transformation of structures in the health sector has been manifesting.
The promises, however, are not the only thing Abians have found exciting. The completion of the construction of Abia State University Teaching Hospital Medical Complex Building in Aba, and the equipping of nine hospitals with 100 beds each, amid other features, in different LGAs have been applauded.
Also, the School of Nursing/Midwifery, Aba and the Aba General Hospital now wear new looks. Works have equally advanced at the General Hospital/Leprosy Centre Uzuakoli Abians since the second quarter of the year. There are also indications that additional Health Centres would be built, equipped and provided in order to make life and living better for Abians. It would not be out of place to assert regarding health and infrastructure in Abia State: its indeed a new dawn!
The move for massive infrastructural development in the State
A section of the media has been quite frank and objective in its reportage on the commendable development in Abia State. Recently, a medium authoritatively reported that the Abia Government is going all out for massive infrastructural development. Some political watchers have also described the improvement as “unprecedented.” Interestingly, an official of the State Ministry of Information said “the Abia State Government is seeking partnerships in developing major projects located in various strategic locations within the state” This, obviously, would complement the efforts of the government in delivering the dividends of democracy to all Abians.
For instance, the Abia Hotels Ltd, Umuahia, is set for a major face-lift. Based on the Government’s Policy on Privatization and Commercialization, the edifice is currently awaiting the attention of reputable investors who would transform it to a world class hotel befitting a state capital.
Independent checks reveal that the Umuahia Modern market, Ubani-Ibeku, is also awaiting the attention of reputable investors who would transform the market. Like the Umuahia Modern Market, the Timber and Allied Market, Umuahia and the Aba International Industrial Market, are awaiting investors’ attention. Many sane minds cannot but applaud T. A. Orji for partnering with investors in developing the state further.
Interestingly, many people are aware that the policy of the Abia State Government to encourage the development of industrial activities in the state and the planned development of large-scale industrial establishments located in Abia notably the Nigerian Breweries, Aba; Golden Guinea Breweries, Umuahia; Aba Textile Mills, International Glass Industry (IGI), Aba; and Modern Ceramics, Umuahia are blossoming and fast reducing the number of unemployed youths in the state. In fact, the fact going round is that it’s a new dawn for Abia youth.
There are also special reports that the government has made several efforts to develop large and medium scale industries. This clearly points to one fact: positioning Abia as major commercial centre in Nigeria is a continuous project.
Even the blueprint for Abia State equally showed the state has the potential to attract investment in manufacturing, agro-allied industries, Textiles, Industrial Minerals/Quarrying, Plastic Industry, Chemical Industry, and Oil and Gas Industry to mention a handful.
But since industry and development cannot exist in isolation of functioning electric power supply, the Governor ensured constant power supply for these industries despite the non-completion of the Ohiya sub-station. This he did as far back as 2012. It was therefore not surprising to discover that many have commended the governor for his efforts in ensuring that residents of the state capital, Umuahia, and its environs enjoyed stable power supply.
Earlier, Governor Orji collaborated with the Federal Government to develop 504MW Power plant at Alaoji Power to complement projects his government already initiated. The present projects are definitely poised to further ensure more availability of electricity for Abians.
As these projects race towards completion and the signs of improved standard of living in Abia State inundate the landscape, attracting more development to the state through greater public-private sector collaboration remains a desired inevitability. One can now only hope that T. A. Orji’s critics eventually embrace that reality.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Theophilus Ilevbare reports ] - In recent weeks the All Progressive Congress(APC) has been rocked with a tidal wave of defection of a founding member in Chief Tom Ikimi and the party’s 2011 presidential candidate, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu to the party Nigerians loathe but can’t vote out of power at the centre, the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP). Ikimi’s grievance with the APC hierarchy stems from how he was barred from contesting the party’s chairmanship position.
The ease with which politicians decamp and recamp(return to a party one has left in the past) – the latest addition to Nigeria’s political lexicon – erodes any shadow of doubt if any ideological basis exists for much of what goes on in Nigeria’s political landscape. Defection has become the trade in stock of many politicians who have found such canvassing phrases as “there is no party that is exclusively for the good people or for the bad people,” reminding us of the sameness of the two major political parties as basis for cross carpeting.
Close observers of unfolding political events were not jolted by Chief Ikimi’s official resignation of his membership of the APC, after many weeks of withdrawal from party activities without disclosing his next political destination. His antecedents have shown he has no particular conviction. His political sojourn has seen him traversed the defunct APP, ANPP, ACN, PDP. The former Foreign Affairs Minister was a founding member of the APC. He was instrumental in the alliance that metamorphosed into the mega opposition party. It is only a matter of time before he recamps to the PDP. He has already expressed his readiness to join the ruling party and bring his wealth of experience to bear when members of the ruling party’s BoT, including Chief Tony Anenih and National Vice Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, led by the PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, paid Ikimi an august visit.
Indeed, Ikimi and Ribadu, like every other politician and Nigerian, have every right to exercise their freedom of association with any political party in the country, but it should be consistent with the ideology and principle that defines the character of the politician and his political party.
However, the manner Chief Tom Ikimi and other founding members of the party like Alhaji Attahiru Bafawara, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, Brig-Gen Buba Marwa (rtd), Mr Marcus Gundiri among others who helped to nurture the APC to mega status, have drifted to the PDP calls for concern and genuine fears for the future of the progressive party. When such party stalwarts dump the APC in droves, it is an indication that Bola Tinubu, who prides himself as the sole financier of the party, regrettably, is not upholding democratic principles in the affairs of his party. If the APC retains and wins more seats or otherwise in 2015, the party takes the credit, if not the APC will pay the price for his highhandedness. The buck stops with him. This is the party Nigerians are looking up to as an alternate platform to wrestle power from the PDP.
What shall we say of Mallam Nuhu Ribadu? He once described the PDP as a disaster and a total failure in his heyday in the APC. In the weeks leading up to the PDP governorship primaries for Adamawa state bye-election, the former anti-corruption czar joined the PDP, the only party he thinks on whose platform can make him realise his ambition to hold elective office. These days, he regales us with tales of the sameness of PDP and APC. He was quoted as saying ‘there is no party that is exclusively for the good people or for the bad people’ That Ribadu has taken a walk from the APC has raised all sort of personality and ideological issues particularly as it affects young Nigerians who hitherto looked up to such political figures for some sort of mentorship.
Consequently, many have called Ribadu’s character into question, especially those who were cynical about the manner he discharged his duties as EFCC Boss. He seem to have acted in character that is consistent with other Nigerian politicians even if his ‘intolerant’ and ‘ruthless’ stand against corruption gave him a garb of incorruptibility. Since he joined the murky waters of Nigeria’s politics, he has become a turncoat-in-waiting. Indeed, Ribadu the politician is different from Ribadu the crime fighter who once sat atop Nigeria’s foremost anti-graft agency.
Has Ribadu lost faith and confidence in the APC for allegedly selling out in the 2011 general elections to the PDP Goodluck Jonathan candidacy? If truly Ribadu was sacrificed by his own party whose attitude to winning the election was at best casual, as Ikimi submitted in his lengthy missive to Bola Tinubu, who sold out the party? Could it be that Ribadu’s heart and soul has never been with the APC since then? Has he been hobnobbing with PDP politicians all the while? Or maybe he thought to himself, if the party could sell out at the eleventh hour in 2011, there is nothing stopping the APC from repeating such this time?
Essentially, nothing separates a politician in party A from another in party B. The current wave of impeachment blowing across the country is yet another indication that politicians do not have any genuine intention to serve the people. They seek personal elevation and gains to quench their insatiable greed for power. It is this brand of politics that has thrown up charlatans in political offices and the present leadership bankruptcy in the country.
Elsewhere, lifetime commitments to political parties and ideologies are made that even transcends to generations unborn. Political parties have clearly defined principles that differentiate them from other parties.
Nigerian politicians suffer from compulsive obsessive disorder to occupy political office and will stop at nothing; defecting from one party to another, sponsoring terrorism, blackmail, cultism, rigging and all what not to clinch power. Their desperation to occupy political office and lack of political character cannot deepen democracy. To them, principle should never be an issue on the front burner, ideology and manifestoes mean nothing on the premise of the fallacy that the end justifies the means.
Theophilus Ilevbare ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports ] - Boko Haram Republic of Gwoza is both a bad idea and a bad omen for Nigeria because the indigenes of Gwoza are not sympathetic to Boko Haram. Boko Haram Republic flags should be hoisted in territories where majority of the inhabitants are supporters of the insurgents, and definitely, Gwoza is not part of them.
Gwoza is among the communities and local government area in what is politically termed Southern Borno which has a majority Christian population with a minority mix of pagans, animists and Muslims. Such communities include Damboa (where Boko Haram had also taken over) and Chibok (where over 250 Chibok school girls were kidnapped and serially raped to death), Ngala ( where 480 soldiers fled from to Cameroun). Other such towns including Askira, Uba, Biu, Bayo, Shani, Kusar and
Kwawu are mainly Christian communities yet they have no signs of development because successive regimes in Maidugeri have victimized them on account of their Christian heritage, dating to between 80-102 years.
Now Boko Haram had left the Muslim dominate areas of Borno and are now hoisting their flags in non-Muslim zones, murdering, raping and butchering people mercilessly in the name of Allah. Gwoza had recently fallen finally into the hands of the insurgents and the murderous terrorists have declared the town an Islamic Caliphate in the most recent video from them.
I have posited in a widely published piece in April 2012 titled Boko Haram Republic of Northern Nigeria; a Good Idea ‘(parts 1) that "...The Boko Haram Republic should comprise of all the states where the populace through a majority vote have rejected the Federal Republic of Nigeria as presently constituted." and I argued further that" a referendum is necessary in the North so that northerners will either accept or reject an Islamic Republic on their own volition and save us all these killings in the name of religion. Referendum is simply the principle or practice of submitting to popular votes a particular idea, ideal or ideology is it social, political or economic. A “Yes” vote signifies acceptance while a ‘No’ vote signifies rejection". Had the Federal Government studied all my reports on the need for a Boko Haram Republic, the people of Gwoza would not have been massacred out of their communities, because
Mallam Shekau and his band of murderers would have been busy with how to manage areas of the North that willingly seeded leadership to him through constitutional means while the rest of the north continues with One Nigeria.
Now Boko Haram had chased over 480 Nigerian soldiers into Cameroun, to avoid being slaughtered like ram, bringing a national embarrassment. President Jonathan should order full scale invasion of Sambisa, Gwoza, Gambolu, Ngala and all the Christian communities Boko Haram had taken over against their will. He should not hesitate to allow some parts of the north that love and sympathize with the leadership of Boko Haram to have their republic which they are free to name Islamic Republic, Arewa Republic or Sharia Republic. Boko Haram is entitled to a territory as
long as the natives of that land willingly accept their ideology.
Below is the part 2 of the piece on viability of a Boko Haram Republic published in 2013
Boko Haram Republic of Northern Nigeria: A Good Idea (Part2)
By Obinna Akukwe
Boko Haram Republic of Kano, Boko Haram Republic of Borno, Boko Haram Republic of Yobe, Boko Haram Republic of Minna, Boko Hhram Republic of Arewa and Sharia Republic of Nigeria are all possible names for the new extremist Islamic Republic.
Nigerians want peace and if a people are bent on forcefully visiting Sharia on the rest of Nigeria, they should be given a separate nation and let those of us that want to be governed by the secular laws of Nigeria be left alone.
The recent attacks on the Emir of Kano by those suspected to be Boko Haram extremists and the consensual nonchalance of the Kano citizenry to the incidence portrays a dangerous shift of mindset of the people. It is obvious that Boko Haram had not thrived in Katsina because the inhabitants refused the advances of the sect, but from the main Jibiya border post in Katsina to Kano,a distance of about two hours , lies a minority element among them providing a safe haven to the terrorists and dragging the name of the silent majority of Kano citizenry to the mud.
It is obvious that if a Boko Haram republic will be carved out of the north, it will include territories from parts of Kano, Borno , Yobe, Bauchi, Kaduna and Niger States.
President Jonathan and his strategy team should look into carving territories out of these states to form a Boko Haram Republic provided that the inhabitants of the ceded territories show by reason of referendum that they prefer citizenship of a Boko Haram or Islamic Republic.
This referendum cannot cost the nation more than N50 Billion naira and another N500 billion could be given to the new republic as take-off grant for infrastructural development. A strict boundary, visa and travel policy should be adopted so that the Boko Haram nationals do not infiltrate into the rest of Nigeria. Curiously I’ve discovered by close interactions that majority of Muslim professionals would not mind
belonging to an Islamic Republic but the type of Islamic Republic they would want is not the type administered by Mallam Shekau, the Supreme Commander of Boko Haram.
Instead of wasting billions and trillions of naira in chasing around Boko Haram extremists, putting undue pressure on the resources of the nation (estimated 7 trillion having been spent by all tiers) since the renewed onslaught, and more trillions will still be spent while abandoning other critical sectors of the economy- let a fraction of that sum be used to flag off campaign for a Boko Haram Republic and save us wasted funds.
If sincere northern elders are against the sect, they should use the occasion of the referendum to mobilize their people against the sect while those in support of the new republic can come out in the open to canvass their ideals instead of using the sect as political tools against the incumbent president.
This strategy will also deny emergency security contractors and their political accomplice further excuse to pillage the nation’s resources in the name of fight against terror. A report from Mallam El- Rufai has it that estimated N350 billion naira has been spent as security votes in one year and it is obvious to observers that of the said sum about N320 billion must have entered private pockets. Every Governor, Minister and Heads of Government Agencies are spending and embezzling trillions
annually in the name of checkmating Boko Haram activities. Therefore, this Boko Haram republic is necessary to block this gross security waste pipe.
I still insist that a Boko Haram Republic or Islamic Republic headed by progressive northern intellectuals will likely institute a society that might surpass many African countries in development. If the Boko Haram regime decides to import hand cutting machines from China as antidote to corruption- they will not need any EFCC to chase any thief around with all the accompanying legal standoff- as all the looting of national treasury will stop in one month. They can elevate Fura, Zobo and Kunu
drinks and their medicinal values will enhance national health while Guinness, Harp, Star and other alcoholic brewers will relocate their trade to Cameroun. The Boko Haram Republic will have no need to spend N5billion naira as Abuja Minister proposed in the 2013 budget for prostitutes because with some 50 lashes of Koboko (Horsewhip) prostitutes will relocate to their respective villages.
If this Boko Haram Republic model enthrones a simple, law abiding and just society, soon other African countries will emulate the model, but if the model fails, they everyone to his tents.
Late Libyan Strongman Ghaddafi once advocated the division of the nation along a Christian South and a Muslim North. This genuine attempt to solve Nigeria’s lingering religious crisis may be re-framed in such a manner that Local Governments, Senatorial Zones and States that want to join the Boko Haram Republic may have their way while the rest of Nigeria continues together. This idea of Boko Haram republic is worth trying so that extremist Muslims can have their own nation while
moderate Muslims and their Christian brothers can live their lives in peace.
Obinna Akukwe ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports ] - Nigeria’s political leadership should act decisively in national interest before the Boko Haram terrorists storms Aso Rock and creates security panic throughout the nation. In March 2014, daring Boko Haram detainees made attempts to seize the Yellow House, headquarters of Nigeria’s secret police popularly known as the State Security Services (SSS), in a botched operation that suggested that one day Aso Rock, the residential and official fortress cold be attacked. The SSS is about 200 meters from toe first gate of the expansive Presidential Villa.
According to reports, it took the immediate recall of operatives living around Abuja and the quick intervention of soldiers from the Guards Brigade before about 22 detainees involved in the attempt were overpowered and killed. On that fateful Sunday the 30th of March military aircraft was seen hovering over the Villa and Jonathan was said to have been evacuated.
The attempt to take over the SSS Headquarters was preceded by the daring and successful attack on Giwa Baracks on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital in the same mpnth of March. In the Giwa Barracks attacks, the insurgents dislodged the soldiers guarding the roads to the barracks, demobilized the soldiers at various sentry posts, broke a section of the fence of the barracks through tomato farm in Pori and gained entrance.
In the process they freed over one thousand persons detained at the facility, picked up those they identified as their members and left the others to find their ways back to their families. The Shika Tank, the multipurpose anti-aircraft weapon recently serviced and kept ready at the gate of the barrack in case of sudden insurgency attacks, refused to work on the day of the attack, and the soldiers that were bent on
operating the tank were almost captured by the militants. All the armored tanks in Giwa barracks simply went moribund on the day of the attack.
On that fateful day, officers and soldiers took to their heels and escaped through the rear of the Barracks, and were nowhere to be found till Civilian JTF started arresting the fleeing detainees before the soldiers came and killed most of them. These people include those suspected to be insurgents and those aiding the military in
investigations and others randomly arrested from raids on Boko Haram hideouts.
Three months earlier In December 2013 , another barrack, the 202 Tank Battalion, Bama, in Borno Sate was attacked by the insurgents. In the process they freed about 200 detainees in the military facility and left 55 persons dead, including soldiers, policemen and prison officials. The soldiers in Bama put up a spirited defense, but at the end the insurgents overran the barracks and freed heir people.
The 7th of August witnessed an unsuccessful attempt by the Boko Haram
insurgents to take over the prestigious Police Mobile Training School in Gwoza. Gwoza is the pride of MOPOL. That is the camp where they are given necessary trainings beyond the conventional from the rest of the force. Gwoza is that desert mountain where mobile policemen are trained to be gallant officers of the Nigerian Police Force.
However, this gallant edifice and institution fell into the hands of the murderers when they came for a second attack on the 20th of the same month because most of them kept their weapons in the armory while listening to briefing. Who ordered the MOPOL officers to leave their weapons behind when the place was smarting from a recent attack? Who aided Boko Haam to attack Gallant MOPOL and slaughter many of them? It is estimated that both the dead and the missing is over a hundred security personnel.
Three days after the fall of Gwoza, Boko Haram stormed Ngala and took over a military base that has about 1000 soldiers. The soldiers were said to have abandoned the facility and joined others stationed at Gamboru to defend the border town. The insurgents not satisfied with the fall of Ngala, pursued them into Gamboru and in the ensuing stiff clash, about 480 of them escaped with hapless villagers into neighboring Cameroun, to avoid being slaughtered. The insurgents chased them into Cameroun until the Gendarmes fought back the terrorists and drove them back to Nigeria.
Bama Barracks fell, Giwa Barracks fell, MOPOL Tainting School fell, Ngala Barracks fell, SSS headquarters nearly fell, and the insurgents are waxing strong and colonizing new territories. Soon, they will re-launch into Abuja and will try to make a statement by attacking the seat of power. Having noted the security patterns of the presidential convoys and arrangement of security around Azikiwe Jonathan , it is
observable that taking him out within the Villa is almost impossibility.
It will take an extra-coordinated buster attack to come near Ebele Jonathan, and Boko Haram may not show much interest in such a costly venture. However, with the presence of Boko Haram branch of the ruling party, whom the president had earlier lamented of being neck deep in his government, motivations for such an attack cannot be ruled out.
A Boko Haram storming of Aso Rock will create security panic within the system. It could be hijacked and manipulated to disastrous consequences by enemies of Azikiwe Jonathan. It will also booster the morale of the insurgents and they will begin to find Abuja an attractive sitting duck. Such attack will also trigger massive looting of national treasury and run on the dollars due to rush to transfer stolen fund overseas.
The time bomb is ticking. It is time for Goodluck Jonathan to order the full invasion of Sambisa Forest with attendant aerial bombardment. The Chibok Girls are probably dead anyway, therefore that lame excuse is no longer tenable. The insurgents must be dislodged from Gwoza, Damboa, Chibok , Uba, Askira, Mubi , Ngala, Gamboru and all the towns they have currently colonized. Failure to do that, the insurgents will soon become dissatisfied with their localized conquest and with the aid of their
sympathizers in high places, a march into Abuja and Aso Rock will commence.
Azikiwe Jonathan should not hesitate to name all the PDP members who are
secretly sponsoring Boko Haram, those he told Christian leaders at a Church service that they might poison him. Those PDP members that former National Security Adviser, General Azazi tried to expose before he was wasted in a helicopter crash. Ebele Jonathan should also consider revoking all the oil blocks allocated to sponsors and cronies of Boko Haram by past governments. Failure to take these necessary actions and on time may make the way for an invasion of Aso Rock by Boko Haram, and Nigeria may as well go to blazes
Obinna Akukwe ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Evangelist Chi Benedicta Okonkwo reports ] - WIFE-BEATING: Some men beat their wives and some aggrieved husbands or ex-husbands, or ex-lovers pour acid on their women. You cannot harm your own body, beating your wife is harming your own body. Violence against women in marriage contexts is a serious affront. He has failed in effective communication; and adopted the lower animal language of physical attack to send his message; He has lost all tenderness and love for his wife because love does not harm. The man poses a threat to the life of the woman depending on how violent he might get. His wife will live in mortal fear of him. He has insulted God, the Father who appointed him priest and head of the family. He has forfeited the mandate spiritually. Wife battery is a grave default that should be prayed out of the heavenly home. If a man loves himself, he will not be a wife-beater. If a man loves and honours God, he will not be a wife-beater.
REJECTION OF DOMESTIC DUTIES AND HOME-MANAGEMENT BY THE WOMAN.
God has apportioned Home Management to the woman.” Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.” This means that what a woman will choose to do in her home will build or destroy her home. A woman has powerful influence in the home to give that home the quality tone a heavenly home deserves. A woman has to manage her home well, and take care of her home.
A woman does not have to gossip against her husband, exposing family private matters, bringing bad repute to the family from undignified behavior, careless talk, lack of decency, will bring down the quality of the heavenly home. The virtuous woman in Proverbs 31, is a role model for all women about the divine concept of a wise virtuous woman as opposed to a foolish woman.
Managing the home front is a woman’s priority assignment, and in this portfolio, she is the Mother, the Decorator, the Caterer, the First Teacher, the First Nurse, the First
Counsellor, the First Mentor, the First Coach of everybody in the home, her husband, her children, and her domestic servants.
Effective, persuasive communication is an asset to the wise woman at home.
This means she needs to pray against the common malaise of nagging. Being easier to satisfy; being more content, showing understanding, and empathy will reduce the urge to nag. Also being responsible and having realistic expectations will help.
Sometimes, it may befall on the woman to be the Breadwinner. Provided her husband is appreciative, she should accept this role…and handle it with humility and trust in God-not bitterly. Nagging a man for what he is not able to provide will drive him to do the forbidden.
Yelling will impede communication. Abusive language is worse. Whatever is going on in the home; the woman is still the one to go to God in prayer and ask for help from God who gave her this assignment.
If a woman is highly talented and qualified, she has to negotiate with her husband her need for employment, or to go for further studies. A woman has every right to actualize herself and to seek economic empowerment; but it should not be at the expense of the home management and the children in particular. It is an unhappy home where there is no food at meal time for the children; and the children are left to the mercy of house helps, and the woman does not know or see what her children eat while she is dashing about and even leaving the cooking and the menu for the house-help ( that is, in Africa where there are house-helps) to determine and to cook and serve.
A balance can be negotiated between working in the home and incorporating situations; and taking care of vital issues at home. A woman in a heavenly home should seek this balance. Sometimes, the man is domesticated and can cook: but even at that, the woman should make him know that he is a very special auxiliary. It is still the woman’s primary duty to cook for her husband, in African culture unless she decides otherwise.
If a woman chooses to be a full-time home manager, that is okay for her provided she accepts it in her spirit and does not grumble. She need not carry on a martyrdom spirit, sacrificial motherhood syndrome, or a victim mentality. It is her choice; and it is a worthy cause. These days she can also achieve a lot using a laptop or a desktop at home hooked to an internet service provider. She can do a lot on-line: by way of further education; and e-commerce or networking for community service. A heavenly home has a woman who joyfully and obediently accepts her role as a homebuilder and manager, and who appreciates she is serving God in this function.
Wrong Solutions For Heavenly Homes
Whatever the problem is with your spouse, adultery is not the solution. Whether it is loss of sexual attraction to your spouse, whether it is resentment of him, or her, whether it is hatred of him or her, whether it is loneliness, etc. adultery in not the solution. “ Thou shalt not commit adultery” Exodus 20:14.
Adultery is one of the Ten Commandments of God that must be obeyed. It is a deadly sin. If God has joined you two together and you detach yourself from the union sealed by God, and copulate with a stranger to the union, it is:
An affront to God
An insult to God
A brazen rebellion
An immoral and iniquitous act
A dangerous act that can cause scandal, trouble and even retaliatory violence by the aggrieved party.
An act of lack of wisdom because;
All men are blemished, all women are blemished.
None is perfect. If you are looking for a perfect man, there is none. If you are looking for a perfect woman there is none.
If the devil suggests to you to go and have a fling, and ignore your spouse, it is an advice from the pit of hell.
When a woman gets married, her womb is dedicated to God to produce “ Godly seed”. Committing fornication with another man destroys that covenant and angers God.
A woman is a daughter of Zion, a special vessel for bearing God’s children, and her womb, for that reason is sacred.
The problems of marriage that affect sexual performance, sexual satisfaction, companionship, emotional and material support should be taken to God, the Balm of Gilead. There is no self-justification to condone adultery.
OCCULTISM IS A WRONG SOLUTION
Some misguided spouses resort to the occult to enforce, or to obtain a desired result or effect in their family. God who created all fresh, and who created and ordained marriage and the human family can solve any problem whatsoever afflicting the family. Just take the matter to God in prayer. He is the God of impossibilities.
This God can do anything. If this God could raise Lazarus from death after four days; He raised Jairus’ daughter from death; He healed the woman of issue of blood for twelve years; He healed the blind Bartimeus, He created water out of the rock, He fed His people with manna from heaven; He closed and opened Rachael’s womb; He turned the bitter water of mara to sweet;
He collapsed the walls of Jericho; He was the one who took Enoch and Elijah to heaven without tasting death; He was the one who destroyed Goliath, Pharaoh, and Herod for the sake of peace to reign in His loved ones; He was the one who divided the red sea in time of old so that His children would cross over when their enemies were pursuing them; He was the one who became the pillar of fire by night and pillar of cloud by day to the Israelites.
He can defy scientific medical verdicts, reverse them; and give you a breakthrough. This God has given new fallopian tubes to women; He has given new healthy testes, He gives new wombs, new brains, new blood group, and new limbs, just name it. He can do it for you.
You do not need any occult spell to make your spouse love you.
Neither indeed do you have any right to harm your spouse. Your spouse’s life belongs to God; and it is sacred. .Neither do we need to live in mortal dread and fear of our spouses. Wounds, hurts, and disagreements should not be allowed to fester and to become too grievous. Unresolved conflicts and disagreements lead to terrible rifts that cause couples to drift apart. Certainly, resort to occult is nonetheless a wrong solution. Neither is resort to conspiracy for slander and isolation of your spouse a proper solution .Just take it to the Lord in prayer and continue to pray until God answers you. His name is the Prince of Peace. “ For with God nothing shall be impossible”( Luke 1:37).
Evangelist Chi Benedicta Okonkwo –( Author and Writer), ( Email: email@example.comTel: +34632325146 ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Evangelist Chi Benedicta Okonkwo
[ Masterweb Reports: Fayth Deleola Daramola reports ] - This is one of the MAJOR reasons why America has become the most developed country in the world. That is why it is difficult for developing countries and Africa especially to significantly be developed. Unlike America, these other countries cannot take control of their destiny by thinking critically and independently; and above all by being radically creative.
Americans fought for and got their independence from the British. They so valued the freedom that they essentially do not want the same system of life that they were subjected to under the British. Americans consciously built their lives on to be different from that of their colonial masters: Great Britain is a constitutional monarchy, while the U.S.A. is a constitutional republic; a parliamentary system operates in Britain while a presidential system operates in the U.S.A.
In a typical British motor car, the steering wheel is on the right while the American feels, ‘Nope, ours must be on the left’ and so it remains till tomorrow! While the Brits click ‘down’ the light switch, American turns ‘up’ the switch. British electricity voltage is 220, American’s is 110.
Americans felt if they couldn't create their own indigenous language, if it must be English, then it must be American-English; different from Queen’s English. They so much believe in Freedom and it controls every aspect of their lives, radically different from their colonial masters, in sports, school calendars and curriculum, dressing, habits and values! They always want to be American and Americans alone, to be the first in everything, first to discover the science of aviation and fly a plane. An American blacksmith and inventor established the first commercially successful electric streetcar. Davenport, from Vermont, invented an electric motor in 1834 and began a small electric railway in 1835. "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon July 1969, A.D. We came in peace for all mankind." These were the words left on a flag by the American Astronauts, the first humans to step foot on the Moon. They achieve many firsts because they seek originality, as a culture and a way of life which determines self-actualization and development.
Need I remind us, Nigerians, that even though we were also colonized by the same Britain, we chose to be radically original just by half? We also did not want the British form of governance (after trying what was handed over to us at independence), we chose the American system of government. We desire democracy but what we have is ‘Civilian government’. While true democracy as it is practiced in America is government of the people for the people, Nigerians chose ‘home-grown-democracy’ by selecting some people to lead the people, for the people! These ‘selected’ people recycle themselves from time to time. They institute archaic and retrogressive policies to suit themselves and the public resultantly surfers the consequences. No distinct identifiable ideological divide between the so called progressive and conservative political parties. Many years back, the late Uncle Bola Ige described the political parties then as ‘fingers of a leprous hand’. Nuhu Ribadu who contested the presidential election as a progressive (ACN) in the last election has crossed to PDP, a conservative party just like, Olagunsoye Oyinlola crossed from ‘conservative’ to ‘progressive’, five days to his state’s election! Peter Obi formally of APGA is now PDP and Segun Mimiko has transmuted from Labor to PDP.
Isn’t true that the opposite of original is fake? Because we ‘copy copy’, we get fake results. So also is the society wanting to ‘wannabe’ American! Our kids want to sing and dance Rap Music; our indigenous languages have been dubbed ‘vernacular’ and so, seen as not good for public communication anymore. Young Nigerians know off hand all American sports men, even the Ice Hockey and Basketball stars! Most annoying was seeing a Nigerian actress on a video performing the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’. This challenge is intended to draw awareness to the uncommon, incurable disease called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in America. Celebrities select one of their friends to pour ice cold water on him or her as a challenge. It is posted on Youtube or Facebook for the public to view. President George W Bush was seen on the television being drenched with ice cold water by Laura. So also were Oprah Winfrey and Lebon James. In a situation where one of the conditions is not met, $100 dollar is donated to the research of ALS. For one, ALS is mostly white race issue just as Diabetes is to the black race. The question is: why is a Nigerian actress copying the ice cold water challenge? Is it to draw attention to ALS, a white man's disease or to raise fund for its research when Ebola is threatening every soul in Nigeria? Do Nigerians know that thirty-five percent of young men today would die of liver related issues in fifteen years’ time due to all kinds of ‘Agunmun’, ‘Agbo jedi’ gulped with liquor, laced thereafter with ‘Alabunkun’ –a highly acetylsalicylic Acid caffeinated powder! Where is the awareness for this and others that are killing us in droves!
The point is that we should be original as Africans. Our culture is pure and our values are graciously enduring. Our traditional rulers' words were laws. If they instructed that there should be no market opening on Monday, so would it be and there was no need for any police to enforce the royal instruction. We can research our 'dongoyaro' to cure malaria in a clinical research institution to determine the dose and package. We can develop “Egbe” (magical disappearance act) to transport to Neptune or Pluto and become the first nation to be there without using missile capsule! If we swear-in our political leaders with 'Sonpono' or 'Esu', they will be less corrupt if not totally incorruptible. We should embrace our well known cherished tenets like being ‘our brother’s keepers’, ‘one’s palm does not deceive one’, ‘family antecedents or values dictate the name of the child’, to mention a few.
Like American parental aphorism, that they impart to their wards from infancy, -always be a first-rate version of you, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. That way, you’ll be simply, yourself and original; the pathway to greatness.
Fayth Deleola Daramola ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports from Ohio, USA.
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[ Masterweb Reports ] - The Media Assistant to Mr. Peter Obi, the former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Valentine Obienyem has again described his boss as the face of APGA in Nigeria. He made this remarks yesterday while speaking to the press at the burial of the wife of the late Traditional ruler of Adazi-Enu, Nwakego Iloghalu.
Obienyem said that besides being presented as such by Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, that Obi’s steadfastness made the Chairman of the party, Chief Victor Umeh to present to him in September 2013 , the APGA Most Faithful Party Man of Our Time Award. “Obi has not changed, he has continued to make legendary sacrifices for the growth of the party against the wishes of those that saw the party as an instrument of merchandise. The most recent of his many sacrifices was his rejection of a Ministerial appointment rather than join another party as was requested of him”, Obienyem said
statement credited to Chief Victor Umeh’s Assistant on Media, Mr. Stan Okeke to the effect that the claim of Obi’s sacrifice for the party was a ruse, Obienyem said: “I do not want to make comments on what Victor Umeh or his Assistant said, realizing fully Victor’s modus operandi of instigating controversy where none exists and cleverly informing the Governor that he (the Governor) and not himself is the target for the purse of the State to be opened to him in the name of wedging non-existent war, the likes of which he has wedged over the years to the grace of his pockets. I will not reply him in order not to give him that opportunity or better still not to descend to his level of thoughtless rascality."
Asked the position of the Church in all this, Obienyem regretted the mentioning of the Catholic Church by Umeh's Assistant and advised him to better go and sit his boss down and talk sense into him, rather than seeking to set Obi against the Church and sundry other groups. “Victor knows he has nothing to lose, such that he is always content running to the market whenever Obi’s name is mentioned. If this is pathological hatred, I am sure that even flies to come within the radiation of that hate will fall dead.. But he must realize that many people know Obi very well and that Obi has entrenched his character into the psyche of the people for him to destroy, as is always his aim, Obienyem concluded.
*Photo Caption - Mr. Peter Obi (Left); Victor Umeh (Right)
[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Peregrino Brimah reports ] - Can you say Amen to my prayer? Please say ‘Amen.’ We failed to rescue our Chibok 234 girls and now we pray that they will rescue us. Please pray for the prayers of the Chibok Angels. Please say ‘Amen/Amin’ every now and then to the prayers from the jungles of Sambisa; for it is said and it is declared that the Good Lord hears and answers the prayers of the oppressed.
Psalm 10: (NET Bible) 8 He waits in ambush near the villages; in hidden places he kills the innocent. His eyes look for some unfortunate victim. 9 He lies in ambush in a hidden place, like a lion in a thicket; he lies in ambush, waiting to catch the oppressed; he catches the oppressed by pulling in his net. 10 His victims are crushed and beaten down; they are trapped in his sturdy nets. 11 He says to himself, “God overlooks it; he does not pay attention; he never notices.” 12 Rise up, Lord! O God, strike him down! Do not forget the oppressed! 13 Why does the wicked man reject God? He says to himself, “You will not hold me accountable.” 14 You have taken notice, for you always see one who inflicts pain and suffering. The unfortunate victim entrusts his cause to you; you deliver the fatherless. 15 Break the arm of the wicked and evil man! Hold him accountable for his wicked deeds, which he thought you would not discover. 16 The Lord rules forever! The nations are driven out of his land. 17 Lord, you have heard the request of the oppressed; you make them feel secure because you listen to their prayer. 18 You defend the fatherless and oppressed, so that mere mortals may no longer terrorize them.
The Lord has heard the prayers of the oppressed. He has heard the prayers of those we were forced to abandon. He has heard the prayers of those our toxic bloated government failed to secure, failed to rescue and denied us the right to bear arms to go and help. The Lord will deliver them and deliver us from the clutches of oppression. Their prayers, by the gravity of their oppression shall be the weapon that shall deliver not only them, but all of us Nigerians living under bondage. In the past, oppressed Nigerians prayed and the Lord seized the soul of our tyrant ruler. Today our hearts are impure, but not the hearts of our deserted Angels in Sambisa. Our daughters; your prayers will bring a radical miracle in this land. Your prayers will bring freedom! Your prayers will bring deliverance. Amen!
The Prophet of Islam said: "Fear the prayer of the oppressed, even if he is a disbeliever, for there is no barrier (between it and Allah [the God])." (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Something is happening already. We feel it. We believe it.
Dear daughters; dear Angels in Sambisa. Pray, pray, pray. We say, Amen, Amen, Amen.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Some of the abducted Chibok girls
[ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports ] - Genevieve Nnaji, Nigeria's most popular and sought after actress in the ever growing Nollywood industry have demonstrated over time that audacity and tenacity of hope coupled with the grace of God can bring one to an enviable place in life despite initial difficulties and stigmatic experience.
Genevieve Nnaji, going down memory lane was that single parent at the age seventeen, put in the family way by an irresponsible prince resident in Lagos, who, according to reports, denied both the pregnancy and the paternity of the lovely daughter. Reports have it that the man came crawling back years later begging for forgiveness and seeking for love from both Genevieve and the daughter he abandoned.
Genevieve Nnaji was that young girl of seventeen who after some flings of sexual immorality, discovered, about four months later that she was pregnant.
According to her interview with a news medium years back, it took her mother
seven months to discover that her daughter was pregnant. According to Genevieve
“The pregnancy was seven months gone before my Catholic mum discovered it. She
couldn’t believe it,” How can she be pregnant when she was “very careful” according to her still remain a mystery to her till date. When a test confirmed it, her parents were disappointed but stood their ground against abortion. “I didn’t feel anything. I didn’t even know till I was about four months. It was there, but I was still in shock. I didn’t believe it”. She further explained how she blamed herself thus "I think I was pretty much hard on myself then than my parents or people. I was harder on myself, really. My parents reacted the way any parent would react – disappointed. I didn’t know. My mother discovered it for me. I didn’t know anything really. She discovered
it for me and it was too late, we couldn’t do anything and we’re Catholics and
I’m glad I didn’t do anything funny really.”
Explaining why she didn't want to commit murder and fornication all at the same time, Genevieve stated that “Getting rid of the pregnancy was an alternative then, but it was too late, because not until I was four months before we discovered it and so it was not what we could do, and my dad was like, ‘it’s a child for Christ’s sake.
God knows why he wants to bring that child into life”. We are Catholics and it’s just that conscience, you do wrong once and doing another would not make the first right. So, you either correct your mistake by doing the right thing. If I was pregnant, and then have an abortion, it would have been like murder after fornication! So, that was basically wrong.”
Genevieve with the scolding, rebuke, as well as resignation to fate of her parents, was able to rise up to become a shining star in Nigeria's contemporary film industry. Genevieve rose beyond the heartbreaking disappointment of irresponsible men, taunts of friends, condemnation of close family acquaintances, and disillusioned remarks from church members, to occupy an enviable place in the annals of the entertainment industry in Nigeria. The Abor-Mbaise , Imo State born actress from a middle class parent comprising a banker dad and a teacher mum made news between 1998 and 2002 when she became the wonder girl of Nigeria's movie industry, Nollywood. Since then she has won awards both locally and internationally and is being adjudged as the most popular actress in Nigeria. She is the most celebrated actress in Nigeria and had gotten rare reviews in international magazines and news media. She is however not new to acting, having featured in the then poplar soap opera "Ripples" from when she was eight.
This is where the audacity of hope young Genevieve came in. Everyone has one sad tale or the other to tell in life. While some are self inflicted, others are as a result of the deceptions and wickedness of men. It is easy to condemn a girl put in a family way by an irresponsible randy man, not man enough to own up to responsibility. While for some it is unwanted pregnancy, for others it is a divorced marriage and yet for others it is childlessness in marriage. Rape, early widowhood also carries great disillusionment. Some have been jobless for more than usual time and everybody in the neighborhood adjudged them lazy, suspicious, idle and every act of criminality in the neighborhood was attributed to them. That in itself cases self depression and low self esteem. Some were battered in a failed marriage and everyone attributed the crashed union to them. People make mistakes in life and it is expected that the next person who cares helps the fallen to stand. However, where nobody is willing to help, one must rise up, shrug off the disappointments and look up to God for a new beginning and surely with help from above, one is assured of a glorious bounce back.
A girl I came to know of in the year around 2007 was faced with a somewhat similar situation with our own Genevieve. This girl, a graduate of University of Jos by name Glory was betrothed to a man who refused to cut off ties with old girlfriend and after traditional marital rites began, the former lady resurfaced and the new one was abandoned with eight month old pregnancy. This girl from a decent Assemblies of God Church background, after traditional marriage, did not wait for church wedding before commencing some sexual exercise which resulted in pregnancy. The man abandoned Glory, after some domestic manhandling and she was forced to live with her brother to deliver the baby. With the help of highly understanding brother and equally understanding brother’s wife, she was shielded from a taunting mother. Also with the input of understanding gospel ministers and pastors God brought around her, Glory was able to pick up her life again with her lovely daughter and moved from jobless to a petty sales girl to a clerk in a construction site to an accounts officer in a thriving Bureau De Change and Micro finance Bank. In 2012, a man from Port Harcourt came and snatched her in holy matrimony. This homely and intelligent young girl in early twenties with lots of acumen upstairs would have been rubbished by an irresponsible man .
Another Lady by name Favour lost her pastor husband few months into the marriage in 1999 or so, then she was a student of Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT). Though men wrote off the young widow of about twenty years with her four month old pregnancy, she put behind the widowhood, put her trust in God and became fervent in her church activities in Winners Chapel. Her good nature attracted some young suitors from where she prayerfully chose a handsome young man who accepted her with the son from the previous marriage. Both have been happily married since 2012 with three more lovely kids. Favour has helped lots of women having challenges in their marriage to find their footings, restoring peace to broken homes. Thus the devil that wanted to destroy he destinies of Glory and Favour failed woefully.
In contrast, a sad situation confronted me as I was stepping out of a commercial bank in, Abuja sometime around 2011. A girl who in my estimate cannot be more than 16 years of age and carrying a baby which appears slightly above one year plus accosted me. Both the girl and the baby looked unkept, tardy and distressed. This girl asked me for financial assistance so that she can go back to Umuahia , in Abia State and beg her parents to accept her back since her efforts to relocate with her Akure born runaway boyfriend had failed. This girl whose parent according to what she told me, were staunch Christians, was impregnated by an Akure man who came to Umuahia to do a sub-contract job with a firm. This man denied the pregnancy and as the contract was over he absconded from Umuahia. The parents of the girl were informed months later that the man currently owns and drives a taxi in Abuja and they threw their daughter and the son out of the house , asking her to locate the boy’s father and marry him . According to her brief narrative, she came to Abuja to
seek for her son’s father turned taxi driver but the man refused to be seen. All her efforts to locate him met brick walls and the man who should help locate the runaway friend was playing hide and seek, probably on the instructions of the taxi driver.
Having been toyed by her man's friends for some weeks, sleeping in dangerous
places with a baby boy,the distraught girl decided to go back to Umuahia and in her own words '' beg my father and mother to forgive and accept me back''. I assisted her with some thousands of naira and she embarrassingly knelt down on the kerb on a busy Gwarimpa Estate road in thanksgiving for my kind gesture, not minding that
passers by were equally embarrassed. I hastily disappeared from the scene,
pondering over her impoverished and pitiable her situation that a few thousands
of naira could bring such relief.
The world is full of mistakes, and people fall into all manners of traps that bring
regrets, embarrassments, denials and stigmatization. The devil uses such to
keep lots of people in bondage, destroys destinies and ushers in life of regrets.
Irresponsible men, women, cultures, norms, government and policies have brought
untoward embarrassment, pain, sorrow and damages to people but one must decide
not to allow such blur a glorious future.
The Bible states “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”( Philippians 3:13-14 ) I counsel those who found themselves in any situation that has brought some form of embarrassment, pain, depression, shame and stigmatization to take the advice of the Scripture, ask for forgiveness, forgive oneself, forget the past and move on with life. Parents, friends, family members, church members and colleagues must not hesitate to help out after initial corrective outbursts. All dogs eat shit, but the dog that carries shit in the mouth
is easily identified as the shit consumer, so says a Biafra proverb, therefore, beyond the compulsory initial condemnations, where necessary, those at the receiving end of irresponsible men, women and cultural practices needs all the support they can get. Where the support is not coming, the affected must not condemn self. Jesus said to that adulterous woman''Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more"( John 8:11) and that should be our attitude.
Genevieve Nnaji is a classic example of how a young girl refused to give up in
herself, and with the support of disciplined but understanding parents, was able to overcome a painful past and forge on unto glory. She is the face of hope from hopeless situations. She overcame psychological, emotional and intellectual trauma to land herself a glorious future. Genevieve had shown that with God on one's side and with audacity of hope, a great testimony could come out of life's worst depressing moment.
Obinna Akukwe ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Genevieve Nnaji