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[ Masterweb Reports: Edwin Uhara reports ] - The campaign of calumny waged against Nigeria's Minister of Interior, retired Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau by Patriotic Christian Youth of Nigeria and other similar organisations in the country is the most act of un-charitable reward to hardwork, excellence, selfless services and national sacrifice.
Since his appointment as Minister of Interior, General Dambazau has sacrificed everything; including his personal comfort, liberty and priviledges on the altar of selfless services and national sacrifice to the country.
This was seen on the day of Eid-el-Fitr in which the Honourable Minister sacrificed his religious belief and practices for Nigeria's national interest by embarking on prison decongestion visits despite the fact that such a day was public holiday.
Hence, it is ridiculous and unbelievable that a cult of an insensitive and chauvinistic youths would hide under the unbrella of Chritian religion to call for the removal of the Honourable Minister on an issue under great control.
Therefore, reading religious and ethnic meaning to the unfortunate crisis in Taraba State on whose account the ''Christian sect'' is calling for the removal of the minister is the highest display of ignorance, jaundiced and myopic mentality to national issues and sensitivity.
For the records, since General Dambazau inherited the herdsmen/farmers crisis, he has transversed the length and breath of Nigeria addressing the root-causes of the crisis through stake-holders meeting, regional conferences and townhall discussions with the representatives of all the affected persons and interest groups in the various states and towns of Nigeria and beyond. Some of these states includes; Delta State, Cross-River State, Osun State, Anambra State, Kaduna State, Taraba State among others.
So, for a faceless group without a website or street address to hide under the anonymity of the internet to accuse the workaholic and detribalised minister of ethnic chauvinism amounts to open display of schizophrenia which is an affront to the concept and principles of media freedom.
Nigerians are advised be wary of the activities of such organisation and similar groups in the country!
General Dambazau unapologetically remains committed to tackling all forms of crisis and threats to Nigeria's internal security and would not be deterred by the antics of scallywags who serves as loose-cannon in the hands of Nigeria's real enemies.
Comrade Edwin Uhara ( Email: ), a Journalist and Public Affairs Commentator writes from Enugu.
*Photo Caption - Nigeria Minister of Interior, retired Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau


[ Masterweb Reports: Bashir Abba Sharif reports ] - Captioned as above, the advertorial, laced with unpardonable distortions, contradictions and fallacies, that appeared in the Daily Trust issue of 6th July, 2017 and posted on the social media by Attahiru Baffarawa was, for many reasons, a sad reading to the extent that one would not have bothered to pen this piece but for the necessity to forestall any tendency to derail our democracy by systematically corrupting and subverting the faith and aspirations of the vulnerable in particular, who admire, trust and wholeheartedly support President Muhammadu Buhari proudly.
Secondly, in this defining period, one is obligated to brake any ominous silence and take position on what is paramount to Nigerians, the survival of the country and the domestication of democratic values, otherwise the reckless among us would, out of a false sense of grandeur or mischief, take advantage of “the motley crowd that is making a sing-song of restructuring” to recklessly consign and deliver us to perdition.
On my first and indeed only reading of the incongruous tirade, “my thoughts on restructuring”, I was dumfounded by how shamelessness is elevated to a virtue in the world of our politicians of fortune, where integrity and selfless service are mere sophistry. Although one can understand why Baffarawa will, even if mischievously, castigate, blackmail and malign the President for being resolutely determined and committed to recover looted funds and national assets, clip every thievery instincts in Nigerians as well as cage the guilty, it is perplexing that self-absorbed Garkuwan Sokoto could blame the President for the manifesting consequences of the failings of the immediate past administration, bereft of any sense of responsibility or decorum.
To be candid, the hogwash advertorial reminded me of the fabled story of a proverbial ostrich, which wanted to hide its disfigured feathers from the public. It found a hole but only big enough to cover its head and after putting the head that made it not to see the outside world, it felt fully secured with a false sense of victory when indeed the rest of the body was exposed for the entire world to see.
Right from the onset, Baffarawa shoot himself severally on the foot when he alluded that “In the last two years or so, the word ‘restructuring’ has become a recurring decimal in virtually every political discussion in Nigeria”.  At the risk of sounding historian, a brief narrative is imperative here to debunk the kernel of the advertorial and invariably expose the real motive behind it.
Contrary to what the former Governor portrayed, apart from the Northern Cameroon plebiscite, he ought to know that agitations to restructure the country started with the 1966 coup, when General Ironsi tempered with the delicately balanced federal structure for a confederation, after killing the Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and Sir Ahmadu Bello Sardauna, whose leadership qualities, anchored on integrity and selfless service, were recognized the world over. Not long after, the federal structure was restored with twelve states as federating units by General Gowon.
By a secessionist bid however, Ojuku, as Military Governor of the Eastern Region, moved to subvert the federal structure again in 1967, but was defeated after a 30 months prolonged and excessively costly civil war. After that, in response to genuine agitation, General Murtala restructured the country with additional states, local governments and the relocation of the federal capital from Lagos to Abuja.
Without any deep reflection, some military renegades again attempted to excise the northern states from the federation in 1992. When the move was aborted forcefully, additional states were created as agitated across the country. Moreover, by a much more legitimate and consensual modality, the country was restructured into the existing six geopolitical zones in line with genuine agitations by General Abacha. This is not to forget about the OPC incursion into the North Central with the aim of merging it with South West geopolitical zone forcefully and the Truth and Reconciliation Committee that addressed all fears and agitations militating against the stability of the country under the Presidency of Obasanjo.
Baffarawa cannot also be unaware of the fact that, by the benevolence of President Obasanjo`s oil revenue formula and late President Yar`Adua`s concessions, real and perceived agitations in the Niger Delta were settled. It however beats all imaginations that the former Governor could appear ignorant of the National Conference, expensively convoked by former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, to address outstanding agitations.
To my mind, appearing ignorant is a calculated and deliberate option as it fits his untoward motive. It is pertinent to remember that the recommendations of the Conference and the whitepaper thereon were never implemented up to the time administration was voted out. Nigerians cannot also forget how the former President actually sowed the seed for the childish agitation now when he selfishly jettisoned both the stipulation of the PDP on rotational power sharing and the promise not to run again in 2015. At one time, a group from the Niger Delta detonated a bomb in Abuja and claim responsibility but the former President openly exonerated them because, as he confessed, they were his brothers and attempted to pin it on other people for it. Hence to mention the former administration in any discourse must be avoided to avoid collateral damages as it will necessitate the opening of the can of worms that it has left behind.
In view of the foregoing, it therefore ought to be obvious that political discourse of the word restructuring cannot, in all honesty, be said to be a recurring dismal in the last two or so years that President Buhari is being at the helms let alone the actual agitation for it. The lone sing song claimed to be running now is rooted in the misadventure of 1966 and, rightly or wrongly, became a recurring dismal in the subsequent years and administrations.
Be that as it is, this piece is by no intent about the merits or demerits of any or avalanche of demands for restructuring but on the genuine concern about the vituperation against the President of the Federal Republic by a person, out of power by the loss of power, rendered irrelevant and effete by posterity and without any glint of hope to recover from the excruciating grip of nemesis.
For Baffarawa to be taken seriously, he must avoid this blame game for a better gambit in the language that people now understand: good governance, integrity and selfless service for our dear nation. It is true that sometimes ignorance is excusable but peddling falsehood, concealing or even distorting the truth with the aim of denigrating or distracting a popular, legitimate and selfless mandate as that of President Muhammadu Buhari, a General that fights not because he hates traducers in front of him but for his love of the masses behind him, will not be excused even from a condemned.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Leonid Yanovsky reports ] - The questions of how Africa can attain her needed development is certainly complicated to say the least. Many people have spent their lives trying to answer this question. Obviously, certain parts of Africa are more developed than others. The entire continent has a tendency to be grouped together, in spite of the fact that different parts of Africa vary so much. However, there are certainly a lot of poorer areas in Africa, and there really are some clear solutions to the issue.

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One of the best ways to lift all people out of poverty is just to give them money with no additional requirements or string attached. Most of the efforts towards African development have involved plunging the people there into higher amounts of debt. Giving people loans is not going to help. There is no guarantee that they are going to be able to pay the money back. In the case of actual cash rewards, the people who manage to give money will be literally introducing it into the economy.
When people get cash rewards, they know how they should spend them already. They know whether it's a good idea to spend the cash rewards on a new business idea, on food or medicine, or on some other need or course of action that could ultimately make things better. A lot of charities from the outside are never going to know about all of the particulars of living in a certain area, because they really are not there.
Some people might decide to play exciting casino games at Red Flush Canadian casino. In the process, they are going to be teaching themselves skills and connecting with the broader world. Some people might decide to start their own businesses online. Other people will be able to buy a laptop at last, giving them the opportunity to make these decisions in the first place.
Actually giving people the money to make all of these decisions makes all the difference in the world. There are lots of African economies where the wealth is distributed in the wrong directions, or there isn't enough wealth there in general. Actually giving some money to the citizens directly is the sort of thing that could actually cause massive changes in a subtle way.

For the most part, the people who live in poverty will spend their money wisely if they are finally given the opportunity to change their circumstances. One way or another, giving people money rather than loans or some form of capital that is not as liquid will work better almost every time. Charity programs like this can help African development.
Leonid Yanovsky ( Email: ) reports.

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Not only are the manufacturers of these red, black and green with the rising sun, products selling strong, but so is the culture of live, breath and wear Biafra. This is already a success tale as far as that trait goes. It reminds me of Ghana where the national colors and cloth is proudly embraced and there is faith in the nation.
It is this love of nation that makes a man clean-up and not litter; give and not take, volunteer and not clamor for pay, assist and not deprive, serve and not exploit; donate and not loot. This love turns a nation into a family and not a farm.
Nigeria lacks this. We've not had it since FESTAC 77. I had hoped the Buhari government will rekindle it, but alas, in two-plus years it did nothing of such. At the start of the Buhari administration, like many others I had hope in a new awakening for Nigeria. I tweeted "A New Nigeria" and launched "" platform on behalf of the government and people of Nigeria, but the Buhari government had other paying off the cabal that got it into office with the cabal FOREX subsidy and other cabal prioritizations including preferred appointments, import bans and immunity assurances among other measures, that crippled the masses further and diminished our evaporated nationalistic fervor. 
When I am president of Nigeria in 2019 by God's grace, we will consider rebranding Nigeria as a whole as I have suggested in my earlier writing. I cited the role of a good name in Islam and Christianity. What does "Nigeria" mean and mean to us? The name Nigeria was not coined by us anyhow and has today been connoted with so much pain, anguish and unfair advantage for only a select group, the Nigeria PLC plunderous cabal, it should perhaps better be scrapped. 
If we cannot spark  true nationalistic love and fervor for Nigeria, it is better we come up with a new name and brand to spark off the necessitous patriotic love of nation and culture that will directly translate into social and economic raw capital.
In addition, if the Buhari government fails to, as a next government we must decide to restore regionalism. Thus, where the collective fails to optimize nationalistic fervency, each region can proudly achieve it, flaunting and touting its regional colors, culture and prowesses. 
Dr. Perry Brimah
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[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Perry Brimah reports ] - The positive and progressive force of healthy, faithful nationalism has no adversary. Nigerians can only feel envious watching pro-Biafrans douse their "national" colors in all sorts of garbs, ornaments and devices not just within Nigeria but all over the world.


[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - With the effective date of this declaration, which is today, Monday, July 10, 2017, all looter cabal currently residing in any part of Nigeria are hereby served notice to relocate within two months and all masses partnering with them are hereby advised to find real work.
All Nigerian civil society and pressure groups are by this declaration mandated to mobilise for sustained, coordinated campaigns at their respective State Government Houses, State Houses of Assembly, Local Government Council Secretariats and Traditional Palaces to mount pressure for steps to be taken to ensure enforcement of the directives contained herein.
Nigeria and all linked territories and Nigerians abroad hereby openly call on all and sundry, including all national and international stakeholders to acknowledge this declaration by taking steps to facilitate the final eradication of the dangerous Nigeria PLC cabal and the total decontamination of Nigeria from these co-conspiring jackals who have held Nigeria to ransom since inception.
From today, Monday, July 10, 2017, when this proclamation is signed, the Nigerian masses, the owners of the nation, hereby declare that we will no longer be disposed to coexisting with the Nigeria PLC cabal and shall take definite steps to end the partnership by moving deliberately and taking premeditated actions as individuals and groups toward reclaiming our looted moneys, looted assets and looted land from Nigeria PLC and intimidating them to set out of Nigeria on self-exile.
This conclusion is necessitated by the realisation that it since ceased to be comfortable or safe to continue sharing the same country with the ungrateful, uncultured, stupidly greedy and insatiable Nigeria PLC vultures, who have exhibited unending and un-abating reckless disrespect for the life, property and promise of hard working men, women and children of Nigeria and see us only as objects to be looted and exploited by government-imposed and sustained monopolies including of cement, power, telecommunications, food, security and every other facet of life. These raptorial cabal have stained the integrity of the entire nation and torn it apart, fueling and fostering bloody fights and riots between groups since its inception with their insatiable criminal obsessions and brazen quest to make money on the lives of the masses in a continued ponzi-like scheme.
These cabal continue to enjoy and make billions from Fuel-subsidy scam, FOREX subsidy scam, tax free, duty free, free land, oil wells, and all sorts of government scams till date.
Rather than a handful of persons holding the whole country to ransom through all times and at every stage, owning all assets and exploiting all resource, every Nigerian will from the effective day of this resolution, have his right to life, love and the pursuit of happiness and prosperity without being subject to money-dependent political systems built to enable a cabalized selection of and imposition of candidates who are obligated to continue to feed the gluttonous Nigeria PLC cabal.
We hereby advice that all stake-holders in the Nigeria project advice the looter cabal in all three arms of government and the private sector to relinquish their loot, assets and lands within and outside Nigeria purchased from looted funds, and go their way far from Nigeria, while the masses of Nigeria are allowed to go our way too and begin to pick the pieces of our plundered lives and nation(s).
Concerned by this persistent Nigeria PLC threat to national peace, prosperity and hope, we have reviewed the conditions of our existence with the following observations:
The persistence to remain in and around government by the unruly and insatiable cabal who gather together to re-plot at every inter-wedding of their children, has lately assumed another alarming twist as Nigeria's Attorney general, in spite of losing to SERAP in court has yet declined to release the names of his looter Nigeria PLC friends and the Buhari administration continues to openly fight to shield the looters with the AGF promising to only release their names "piecemeal," which will keep the main ones who Malami and Buhari have on their speed-dial, unreleased indefinitely, in clear and categorical violation of court's orders.
To add on the deadly insult, the brazen and desperately plunderous Nigeria PLC have shamelessly sponsored a bill in the National Assembly to grant full Amnesty from inquiry and prosecution for looters. While the Bible says thieves must pay back as much as seven-fold and the Quran tells to cut their hand, shielded and endorsed by the government, Nigeria PLC have legitimized looting and even made it a thing of prestige.
These latest actions and similar oppressive and violently exploitative conducts which amount to a brutal encroachment on the rights of the masses with the sparing of nothing from looting, including the air the masses breathe, are downright unacceptable and shall no longer be tolerated.
Nothing works in Nigeria because of the Nigeria PLC cabal. They continue to sabotage the refineries because of fuel subsidy largesse and then because they are building their own and want high stocks. Also in partnership with their co-conspirators in the government, they sabotage Nigeria's refineries so they can buy and own them as they did in the past before cabal-killer, late Yar'Adua of beloved memory overturned the sales to them.
They have PhD graduates drive their heavy trucks on the roads and damage them while flying around smoothly in their private jets. 
The cabal do not care about the security of Nigeria because they ride in bullet and bomb proof vehicles and plunder money meant for securing the nation through military Procurement officers while helping them buy homes in Dubai and exotic farms in Nigeria.
Nigeria PLC have created a society where kidnapping is rampant and in partnership with state security agencies, they pay to free their loved ones on day one of kidnap while the Nigerian masses like the Lagos Epe kids remain at the mercy of well financed kidnappers, who have made money from Nigeria PLC and received arms from their trade.
The cabal do not care about power and partner with sequential governments to loot Nigeria silly, because they sell generators and use the most expensive systems at home promoting noise and air pollution while the masses continue to cower in darkness in this century.
The cabal who the Nigerian government sold NEPA to, now charge Nigerians the most expensive rates in the world for no service. This is just a latest of the many other services the cabal have used looted money to own and now again use to exploit the masses in ponzi schemes. Others are cement, internet, mobile networks and even the ".ng" domain which is sold at $100/year compared to all other domains sold worldwide which go for as little as $10/year.
There is no pipe-borne water today, in 2017!, while Nigeria PLC operate and sell bottled water for profit, which they even bathe with.
Every single one of their children receives their education abroad while Nigerian schools are allowed to be eye-sores. Fresh-looking Saraki is an example of how their children turn out. Schooled abroad by his cabal dad. Their kids will again have all the opportunity while we and ours compete for scrap. They give their kids CBN jobs while ours wait for NPower handouts. They go to treat headaches abroad and park presidential private jets in wait, while Nigerian hospitals are worse than Babalawo traditional centers.
The Nigeria PLC cabal protect personal interests and oppose the choice of the masses by ensuring that there is no restructuring of Nigeria and that there is no devolution of power because the present deadlocked and regressive state of existence serves their nationwide blood-sucking partnerships and aids their nationwide investments of looted cash. 
The Nigerian judiciary has now been weaponized against the Nigerian masses and whenever Nigeria PLC has cases, dozens of SAN attorneys are chattered in a typical format to assure of permanent delay of the cases, intimidation of the opposition and eventual immunity. We saw that in the Buhari certificate case where hundreds of attorneys were engaged to intimidate the court. We have saw it with the case against the senate president and we have seen the travesty justice has become with all other recent cases that remain eternally delayed and with justice served only in the interest of Nigeria PLC and against Nigeria. This status-quo has now become totally intolerable.
Nigeria PLC has sat on the political system and stopped necessary reforms to completely ban political spending which is the only avenue for the emergence and and success of true intellectual and forthright candidates. Nigeria PLC works with successive governments to block such reform where all parties will be equally sponsored by the government and only the true best candidate can win. Nigeria's fate can no longer be determined in Minna and Otta.
Millions have died in the north due to Boko Haram, sponsored by Nigeria PLC. Nigeria PLC continues to allow the terrorists thrive as it remains a conduit for amassing billions in military supply and services contracts. Nigeria PLC have continued to use Boko Haram and the rebuilding of the northeast as an avenue for looting and even those caught in the act are shielded by the Nigeria PLC president and acting president.
Again to distribute GMO altered seeds for their foreign partners, Nigeria PLC sponsors Boko Haram and Fulani herder terrorists to destroy farming in the nation so the cabal can not only buy up the land but also help force GMO and Monsanto and other poisonous seeds that cannot be re-planted and keep farmers dependent on big corp and in effect on Nigeria PLC, as we see happening in the desperate northeast currently.
Our Recourse
Since Nigeria PLC have clearly abused the unreciprocated hospitality that gave them unrestricted access to, and ownership of wealth, landed properties and assets all over the Nigeria, our first major move shall be to reclaim, assume and assert sole ownership and control of these assets and landed resources currently owned, rented or in any way enjoyed by the ingrate Nigeria PLC looter cabals in any part of Nigeria.
The French revolution where the famous phrase, "the poor will be left nothing to eat but the rich," and the American Trade-union revolution against the Robber barons happened for the same reason that we are having our revolution this October 1st: to break up a deadly government-private cabal monopoly that has deprived the majority of all hope and their right to life.
Consequently, all Nigerians are immediately mandated to commence immediate inventory of all properties, spaces or activity in the nation currently engaged by the looter cabal for forfeiture at the expiration of the ultimatum contained in this declaration. In specific terms, the good citizens and co-victims of the plunderous cabal are directed to compile and forward an up-to-date data of all locations occupied by any Nigeria PLC cabal in any part of Nigeria as well as their properties abroad including schools, markets, shops, workshops, residences, refineries, farms, industrial plants, oil wells and every other activity-spaces.
We are hereby placing the Nigerian authorities and the entire nation on notice that as from the 1st October 2017, we shall commence the implementation of visible actions to prove to the whole world that we are no longer part of any federal union that should do with the predacious Nigeria PLC cabal. From that date, effective, peaceful and safe mop-up of all the remnants of the stubborn thieving cabal that neglect to heed this quit notice shall commence, to finally eject them from every part of the Nigerian state.
Signed: Dr.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - Our attention has been drawn to a systematic and calculated attempt by political spin doctors and their partners in the media to tarnish and discredit the image and enviable reputation of Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim, the Distinguished Senator representing Yobe East Senatorial District in the National Assembly.
Since last week, we have seen how a section of the media have being trying hard to use the fabricated sex scandal story of last week to harass and extort large sums of money from the Distinguished Senator.
Of great concern is the condescending of respected household names in the media industry in to the blackmailing business.
Having failed to achieve their aim, the same 'blackmailing coalition' have now resorted to sponsoring false news report in some print and online newspapers against the Senator, claiming that Senator Bukar Abba has gone in to hiding because the Senate has barred him from entering the National Assembly Complex. This is false!
The planted news report is totally fake because Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim is currently on a tour; visiting the people in his Senatorial District which is what is expected of a responsible APC Senator and not those who will be in Abuja playing dirty politics of 2019.
We are therefore warning those who have collected millions of Naira to blackmail Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim to desist from their shambolic business ventures.
Any attempt by group or individual to further harass, blackmail, extort, intimidate and distract Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim from delivering democratic dividends to Nigerians and the people of Yobe East Senatorial District would be strongly resisted by members of our group.
There are other pressing issues in the country challenging the foundation of Nigeria which a responsible media and practitioners should devout greater attention to and not on a fabricated sex scandal story between two adults.
Mr. Collins Edwin
National Secretary
APC Youths Renaissance
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 [ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - Former Aviation minister and leading face of the United Progressive Party (UPP) in the November 18, 2017 Anambra governorship election, Chief Osita Chidoka says his government will avail traders in the state, financial facilities and international business connections as part of his economic agenda to reposition the state as the commercial nerve center of the nation. 
Speaking on Monday while commissioning his campaign offices in Ihiala and Ekwusigo Local Governments respectively, Chidoka lamented the level of neglect suffered by the masses in the areas and vowed to ensure fast-tracked interventions through accelerated development, adequate government presence and equal representation of the areas in the government.
Restating that Anambra people are very hard working and highly creative but have been impeded due to lack of financial assistance and appropriate business environment, Chief Chidoka said they only need the right encouragement to excel as global players in their various fields of endeavor.
"Our target is to turn around the fortunes of our people. We will therefore run a government that pays attention to the actual needs of the citizens and apply the resources of the state to projects that have direct bearing on the masses. Anambra people are known for their prowess as traders and business people, we will therefore do all it takes to make them excel in their businesses. 
"In our first year in office, government will create a special financial package to provide our traders with the resources to upgrade their businesses. We will then step in to modernize our existing markets and open new ultra modern markets in other strategic parts of the state, including Ihiala. We have perfected plans to relocate and modernize the Nkwor Ogbe market here in Ihiala and to empower the traders to upgrade their businesses.
"We must make our traders in Anambra to become global players by availing them with facilities and platforms that directly connects them with their business partners in other parts of the country and the world, so that they will explore new, faster and more profitable ways of doing business and ultimately excel as individuals and groups", he said.
In Ekwusigo, Chidoka said his government will ensure that the fortunes of the people are turned around through access to equal opportunity, infrastructural development and special government interventions in critical sectors of economic and social lives.
He said the time has come to establish a government that will not place the burden of running the state on small business owners, the artisans, the okada men who are already struggling to find their daily meals; but a government that would be able to harness the abundant resources available to the state for the welfare of the people. He therefore promised to review all extortionate taxes and ensure that that people are no longer harassed or burdened by such levies.
Viola Ifeyinwa Okolie 
Director Media,
Osita Chidoka Campaign


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[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. C. K. Ekeke reports ] - That Nigeria is not yet a nation and that its national sovereignty is 100% negotiable is a fact not debatable. There is nothing sacrosanct about one-Nigeria or its unity. The truth is that Nigeria is already divided. And so, the apologists for one-Nigeria, its sovereignty, unity and non-negotiability are very dishonest and hypocritical individuals. 
As a matter of fact, Nigeria is currently held together by a coward and corrupt political elitist sect that do not see or simply ignoring the yearnings and frustrations of the youths and various ethnic groups that were bundled together to form a country that has not worked since its amalgamation 103 years ago. 
Unfortunately, since Muhammadu Buhari became president in May 2015, he has missed the opportunity to become a great leader. His misguided leadership, unguarded comments and unwise actions have rather helped to deepen the divide between the various ethnic groups and peoples of Nigeria. His imperialistic leadership style has essentially divided Nigerians more than before.
 The escalating call for Biafra independence, the Niger Delta Avengers, jihadist Boko haram call for Islamic State, the marauding murderous above-the-law Fulani herdsmen mayhem around the country, and off-course the hopelessness that pervade the entire nation are mostly due to ethnic and tribal politics of President Buhari and his Fulani brethren.
Without rehearsing the awful history of Nigeria, the nation was divided long time ago but in principle in 1999 when former military dictators and heads of State, Generals Sani Abacha and Abdulsalami Abubakar assembled political puppets to put together the current Constitution, which does not embrace the common aspirations of every Nigerian citizen or soundly embody the system of governance practiced today.
The 1999 Constitution was designed to favor the North and promote Muslim aspirations and Islamic interests more than non Muslims and other religious expressions in Nigeria. It was shocking to notice that words and phrases such as Islam, Muslims, Koran, Prophet Mohammad, Sharia, Mosque, etc. were littered all over the Constitution without a single mention of Christian, Christianity, Church, Bible, Jesus Christ, etc. That alone is an eye-opener that Nigeria is not one.
It is absolutely ridiculous that the nation’s supreme document was written to favor one group of people and religious expression. It is even more ironic a country that boasts of many trained lawyers and constitutional experts at home and abroad could not come up with a constitution that embodies and embraces the common aspirations of every Nigerian citizen and truly reflects and represents the presidential democratic system of government being practiced in Nigeria currently.
Today, Sharia Law - a religious-political of Islam is practiced in all the Northern states of the federation. And off-course, the North considers Islamic Sharia Law supreme to the Constitution of the Federation. That in itself without other clauses and stipulations in the 1999 Constitution, is sufficient reason to divide Nigeria.
And so we have such an ignorant, coward citizenry and corrupt legislative Assembly and Senators – especially the ones from the South who continues to talk about one-Nigeria, its unity, indissolubility and indivisibility because of greed, selfishness, or simply afraid of the North. The legislators and senators are suppose to be experts of the law and constitutional matters, yet they look away while the nation and her citizens wobble and flounder into abyss.
How can a nation that claims to be democratic and practicing presidential system of government have two constitutions: Secular/Common law and Islamic Sharia law? Almost half of the country practices Sharia. And we have people who call themselves leaders! What a joke!
By the way, it was former President Olusegun Obasanjo who allowed Sharia when it reared up its ugly head in 1999 in order to pacify the north for allowing and voting for him to be president. This is the same weak and coward leadership that has been destroying Nigeria.
One-Nigeria is a myth. Nigeria’s unity does not exist in paper and practice. Nigeria is not yet a nation yet and may never be one without fundamental restructuring or out-right division of the country. The apologists for one-Nigeria, who continue to defend Nigeria’s unity with violence and bullets are wasting their time. In fact, it is the corrupt and coward political elitist sect that are holding Nigeria and Nigerians in bondage.
The current agitations for independence coming from many quarters: Islamic State by Boko haram, Biafra State by Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and others, Niger Delta, Middle Belt, Oduduwa and even Arewa simply justify that these variant groups of ethnicities held together by colonial amalgamation is not working and will never work without a national identity, new kind of governance and political leadership.
Today, it is not only appalling but ignorant to read about those wagging their tongues and threatening war against Igbos even when IPOB and Biafran youths are peacefully exercising their constitutional rights of freedom of speech and peaceful assembly. The Biafran Youths are peacefully seeking self-determination as enshrined by the United Nations Charter General Assembly Resolution of September 2007 – articles 1 and 2, and article 20 of the African Charter on human rights recognizing and supporting the rights of all ethnic nations and peoples have the unquestionable and inalienable rights to self-determination of which Nigeria is a signatory to.
Self-determination is not the same as eviction notice issued by Arewa Youths recently. I'm very concerned that most Nigerians—learned and unlearned continue to ask what "self-determination" means and equating the current agitation for sovereign State of Biafra as the same thing that happened in 1967 when Odemegwu Ojuwkwu declared succession from Nigeria because Gowon and his northern leaders reneged on Aburi accord. Because of that Gowon declared war against Biafra.
According to United Nations Charter General Assembly Resolution (A/61/295) of September 2007:
"Self-determination" is the principle and practice whereby a nation, for example, an ethnic nation is in control of its own people, its own land, its own resources, and its own governance, independent of any other subtending political structure. "
Additionally, constitutional freedoms of speech and expression as enshrined in the Nigerian law, do not forbid anyone from canvassing peaceful self-government which in any event is legally permissible under diverse international humanitarian laws including the Covenant on Civil and political Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human rights (UDHR) which Nigeria as a United Nations member signed on to.
The agitation for an independent State of Biafra is proper and fulfills the requirements of the United Nations Charter on self-determination.
President Buhari himself has called for two-state solution between Israel and Palestine at the UN, AU, ECOWAS, etc. and during his many foreign trips. He also supports self-determination for Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) opting out of Morocco but will torture, arrest, and massacre unarmed Biafran youths who are peacefully demanding self-determination from Nigeria. What a hypocrisy!
Biafra agitation is an issue the federal government must tackle with dialogue and try to negotiate and talk the frustrated youths out of it rather than killing them and applying force to stop the fire they will not be able to quench.
Also the Arewa Youth declaration that was issued on June 6th, 2017 from Kaduna House (Seat of Government) threatening Igbos living in the north to vacate their land within 3 months deadline of October 1, 2017, is a clear demonstration of the frustrations and failure of the political leadership especially of the North.
Even though the eviction notice is ludicrous and outrageous, it must be treated with caution and strong leadership. Although many sensible and wise groups and persons from different parts of the country including the Northern Governors Forum, Northern CAN, SE/SS Governors, SW Governors, Ohanaeze, Afenifere, Middle Belt Youth Council, Niger Delta and several Igbo groups have condemned the Kaduna declaration; the backing of these senseless Youths by Northern Elders Forum led by their spokesperson, Prof. Ango Abdullahi and other northern leaders speak volumes.
Despite the calls that have been made by the governor of Sokoto State, El- Rufai and others to arrest the leaders of Arewa youth groups that issued such a threat, which is treasonable offence, no single arrest has been made or any of them questioned until today.
Let us assume for a moment, it was Igbo youths that issued such a threat; the army, police, DSS and all kinds of military quad of Nigeria would have been unleashed on Southeast/South-south region to maim, torture, arrest and massacre Igbo youths.
In as much as I applaud the peace parley initiated by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, however, I think he’s showing weak leadership. He told Igbo elders he met few weeks ago that they should warn IPOB and peaceful Biafran Youths agitating for self-determination; threatening to arrest, jail and even massacre them if they continued with agitation.
But when he met with Northern elders, he told them that they should plead with Arewa Youths not to evict Igbos from the north. What kind of weak and coward leadership is that?
Ndigbo must take the eviction order very seriously because of the silence of the former heads of State like Gowon, Abdulsalami, IBB, Emir of Kano, Sultan of Sokoto, etc. It is time Igbos and Biafrans go back to their homeland and country in Biafra land.
The truth is that Nigeria is not one and will never be without strong political leadership. In fact, Nigeria is rapidly falling apart and disintegrating and the corrupt and coward political elites are ignoring these frustrations and hopelessness that pervade the entire nation.
It is not an over statement to say that Nigeria is not one and will never be one without a different kind of political leadership and citizenship re-orientation. Nigeria is not working and will never work without fundamental and radical restructuring of the country. In fact, the corrupt political elites are the ones holding the people in bondage with their one-Nigeria myth and false unity.
How can these despotic rulers talk about Nigeria’s sovereignty when Bakassi region, an oil rich island mostly inhabited by Easterners was ceded to Cameroun?
By the way, most of what is Southern Cameroun today used to be part of Nigeria before French and British settled their colonized land disputes and handed to French-speaking Cameroun.
Until today, Cameroon continues to threaten the so-called sovereignty of Nigeria by forcefully taking over mangrove island villages of Effiat clan in Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. Cameroon has taken over 16 mangrove island villages of Effiat clan in Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, all in Nigeria – one report says. This is in addition to the rich oil Bakassi peninsula that was ceded to Cameroon before the beginning of civil war and finally ratified by ex-president Obasanjo during his term in office. In fact the report said those villages have a total of 350 oil wells in addition to other rich mineral resources.
What about present Borno State that has lost several towns and communities that are now controlled by Boko haram?
So, there is nothing special or sacrosanct about Nigeria’s unity or her sovereignty. Nigeria is already divided and disintegrating. Nigerian rulers are lairs and hypocrites. They are not truthful with Nigerians. The fact remains that Buhari’s oppressive regime has collapsed and destroyed Nigeria.
It is time to end the Nigeria’s incivility and stupidity once and for all. It is time to have serious conversation and difficult dialogue on way forward as a nation. Nigeria cannot continue like this while the political elites talk about her indissolubility even when the basis for unity does not exist at all.
When will these coward and corrupt political elitist stop lying and deceiving the people? It is time for them to muster the courage to do the right thing. Nigeria is already divided. Let us return the nation to pre-colonial state and regional autonomy or go our separate ways peacefully and stop wasting precious lives and destroying destinies.
Dr. C. K. Ekeke is a theologian, author, consultant, and leadership scholar. He is the founder and president of Leadership Wisdom Institute
*Photo Caption - Dr. C. K. Ekeke

[ Masterweb Reports: Isiaka Wakili reports ] - Hundreds of Nigerians today on Facebook pilloried Senate President Bukola Saraki and the entire red chamber for asking Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to respect rejections of nominees.
The Senate had also on Tuesday suspended all issues relation to the confirmation of nominees and urged Osinbajo to respect the constitution and laws as they relate to nominees' confirmation
The Presidency is yet to react to the development as Osinbajo's spokesman, Laolu Akande, neither answered phone calls nor replied a text message sent to him by our correspondent.
The social media frenzy was sparked by Saraki's explanation in his Facebook post that the Senate's resolutions were meant to "ensure that the rule of law and the doctrine of separation of powers is upheld in Nigeria...It is important that we build a society wherein all laws, not just some laws are obeyed. We must build a nation of laws, not a nation of men. Hence, it is not for us to choose which laws to obey, and which laws not to obey."

Commenting on Saraki's post, Eni Olorunfe said: "You guys are toying with fire in the National Assembly. You are suspending confirmation of nomination on what basis? You now see yourselves above national interest abi? You guys will soon have a lifetime unforgettable experience in the hands of angry Nigerians."

Auwal Umar, in his post, said: "Only people of integrity can say this not the Senate under your fraud leadership. The biggest joke in this country is Saraki we are watching and very angry. This your prayer is as useless as the Senate you are leading."
Anyaegbu Wisdom posted: "You and your group are on revenge mission on the presidency for appealing against you .That's where I miss OBJ. I blame the executive arm for treating you all with kid gloves .What is democracy with people who feel above the law? What type of democracy that the legislature wants to check other arms but do not want other arms to check balance them? The legislative arm will be stupid to cut short their tenure by provoking the Nigerian masses against themselves at this period of numerous agitations. For attempting to impeach the president and Vice, No security agency will protect you against violent attacks from the masses if it sets in."
Michael Ogua commented thus: "If the senate can be this lawless, then where lies our hope? Cant you approach the Supreme Court for adjudication? Why are you all shameless and full of selfishness? Don't try our might if not revolution is in the offing and you and your cohorts will be the first victims."
For Megbeach Ernest, "When Buhari was around, did you senators adopt those prayers?The games that senators are playing won't help our democracy grow oo."
Chika Maduka said: "Every legislator ought to quietly bring his or her personal ego right under the public interest and make sure the Legislature does not tacitly become a clog on the wheel of the State. What ever personal interest of anyone irrespective of office, Public interest of the Nigerian citizenry should override such personal interest."
Fadilat Amanesi posted: "Did you ever think of death at all?..God is watching you..."
Adegbohungbe Adewale wrote: "Saraki Evans, the executive has veto power over all arms of government. It is like this assembly wants to hijack government. Wants to turn d executive to dummy. The decision of d presidency remains d supreme.... Magu as a case study, doesn't need confirmation, he's covered by d constitution, to renewing his term in acting capacity, that doesn't in anyway offend separation of power. Only shows supremacy of the executive."
Abdulrahman Bello queried: "Do you obey all the laws laid to you by your creator? Had it been you did, you won't come up with these laws that will favor only you and your colleagues with quationable characters... You guys are laughing stocks... Keep introducing these laws and GOD will introduce you into the hell fire if you continue like this.... GOD is watching. There is a day of reckoning!"
Hassan Cissey said: "It baffles me most often seeing those who are law themselves trying to create ambiguity in law. The constitution of our nation is very clear without or with little ambiguities and I think on the issue of the little ambiguities, the national assembly can provide permanent solutions to them and with this, the laws of our land can be obeyed...."
Certa Kara said: "But in the event the law is used to cover up for your atrocities, I think the law should be disregarded in such instance. You knew confirming Magu spells doom for you and your fellow thieving colleagues. The people of Nigeria that made u senator want Magu; is the law more powerful than the will of the people the law is meant to protect and guide? We are wiser, Mr Saraki... trumpeting the rule of law to cover for your insecerity and corruption is unacceptable. I support the executive on the issues of people nominated to serve in this government."
*Photo Caption - Bukola Saraki, Nigeria Senate President 

[ Masterweb Reports: Jibrin Ibrahim reports ] - The demands for political restructuring is once again on the front burner in Nigeria and it would be wise to address the concerns around it. If we can seriously debate what we want to restructure, agree on the modality for restructuring and go ahead and implement it, the outcome would be happiness for Nigerians. The process of restructuring is simple, we should look at our Constitution, agree on what we do not like and go ahead and replace what we do not like whit what we like.
In so doing, we should beware of simplistic solutions. I here some demanding for example for a referendum on the secession of Biafra. Leaving aside the absence of constitutional procedures for organising a referendum, which can be inserted if that is what we want, the real problem is doing the heavy lifting of defining what we are talking about. What for example is the composition of the proposed territory? I have seen many maps and each new map is bigger than the previous one as more territory is added. What about the idea of consulting with different groups and getting an agreement of what groups would like to be members of this new community? Rather than sending in security operatives to attack and kill agitators for Biafra, would it not be more useful to discuss with them on what they want, where and how and address modalities for getting there.
In 1998, a number of us tried to organise a national conference in the University of Ibadan in collaboration with the French Institute on the imperative of restructuring Nigeria. The security agencies declared that discussing restructuring is a plot to breakup Nigeria and they would not allow the French, who have tried so hard to break up the country in the past, (remember their support for Biafra), to try it again. The conference was cancelled by the Abacha junta but none of the issues have gone away. The papers for the conference were however published, and were edited by Kunle Amuwo, Adigun Agbaje, Rotimi Suberu and Georges Herault. The book published in 1998 is entitled: "Federalism and Political Restructuring in Nigeria".
The book far from being subversive has a positive message. Its analytical foundation is to remind Nigerians that since K. C. Wheare’s classic work on federalism, there has been a consensus of opinion that the precondition for federalism is democracy and our history of federalism has been dictated by military fiat rather than by the people through democratic processes. The demands for restructuring is therefore the voice of Nigerians saying they are not happy with what we have, so why should we not listen and allow Nigerians discuss and agree on what they what. If they cannot agree, other options of alternative political futures could then be posed.
The First element of the discussion should start with a debate on the First Schedule of the Constitution, which defines the structure and composition of the Federation. The States of the Federation and the Local Government Areas that define them, as well as the Federal Capital Territory are spelt out. The choices are very clear – reduce the number of States in the country by combining or merging them or increase the number by subdividing them as we had been doing since 1963 or 1967 depending on where we define the baseline. Secondly, we may want to dismiss the principle of how the States were constituted in the first place, which was done on the basis of the provinces created by the colonial administration. If we want to change the provincial territorial structure, a new principle has to replace the territorial one - possible choices would include ethnicity, nationality and religion; the passions for which has led to a penchant for killing one another in our recent history. On Local Governments, we have to decide whether it should remain a federal definition or be addressed by federating units of the Federation. This of course poses the issue of whether the federating units should have their own constitutions, as was the case during the First Republic.
We should not forget that the assumption during the negotiations leading to Nigeria’s independence was that the adoption of a federal arrangement would provide a flexible arrangement that would satisfy the different components of the society. The central object of federalism, it should be recalled, is the extension and expansion of political space, autonomy and institutions to the benefit of geo-political units in a context in which the political community accepts that ethnic, religious and cultural differences exist and that their management would benefit from differential levels of governance with substantial autonomy to each level.
The point of departure of the theory and practice of federalism therefore is that such differences are legitimate and should be accepted and incorporated into the structure of governance. The political systems of federal states are therefore constructed in such a way as to accommodate such differences. Institutions for managing the differences, for seeking compromises and for negotiating conditions for living together are therefore central to federal politics and when they no longer work they should be renegotiated.
From the First, we then have to move to the Second Schedule of the Constitution. We have a very long Exclusive Legislative List of 68 items on which only the Federal Government has the competence to legislate on. We need to review these items. Why can’t states fix Federal Truck Roads, arbitrate industrial disputes, join or dissolve statutory marriage or build prisons or have police forces, as is the case in most federal regimes? Let us review the List and refine it to our heart’s satisfaction. Reviewing the list, I notice that Article 52 of the Second Schedule gives the Federal Government has exclusive powers to conduct: "public relations of the Federation." The implication of this is that only one spouse in the union can talk positively of the marriage. Someone should explain to me why only one spouse in the marriage could talk of the union.
While the Federal Government has exclusive competence in 68 legislative areas, there is no exclusive list that defines areas in which the State Governments alone have exclusive powers, as is often the case in federations. What we have is a Concurrent List in which the federal and state governments can both act on. The list includes industrial, commercial and agricultural development, health and education. In many federal systems, these areas are for exclusive action by the federating units alone. Yes, lets discuss them and decide what we want.
In yesterday’s Leadership newspaper, there is a report that the House of Representatives has started looking closely at the Constitution with the purpose of reviewing them, restructuring and devolving more powers to the federating units. The strategy, which I support, is to decongest the exclusive legislative list through: ‘A Bill For An Act to alter the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to move certain items to the Concurrent Legislative List to give more legislative powers to States; and for related matters’.
In the Fourth Republic, we have already had three national/constitution conferences that have addressed many of these issues. Unfortunately, all of them lacked legitimacy because of the hidden agenda that underlined their establishments. Let us for a start compile their recommendations and use that to initiate a formal debate on restructuring and the modalities for doing so. The way forward is the creation of opportunities to talk seriously, to engage in dialogue and to have the results of the dialogue reflected in concrete plans for the restructuring of our polity.
I believe that the greatest concern to Nigerians is the search for an alternative approach to politics. An approach that would involve the rehabilitation of the concept of politics and of democracy, as we know it. For too long, the reality of Nigerian politics has been thuggery, violence, political exclusion, ethnic jingoism, religious bigotry, electoral fraud and so on. Very few people benefit from this form of politics. Nigerians are seeking for a more noble conception of politics. Bernard Crick reminds us, that there is an alternative conception of politics as a great and civilising activity. That politics could be practised as: "The activity by which different interests within a given unit of rule are conciliated by giving them a share in power in proportion to their importance to the welfare and survival of the whole community." Yes, let’s restructure and be happy.
*Photo Caption - As seen.