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 [ Masterweb Reports: Clement Udegbe reports ] – When Governor Babatunde Raji  Fashola  was sworn in as the Governor of Lagos State, to take over from his mentor, I was one of those who vouched for him, urging my friends in our small but very closed forum of lawyers who are pastors to monitor and watch the actions of Lawyers in Power.
I boasted that here comes the first SAN, as a Governor, who will show Nigerians that lawyers have the key to the challenges of this blessed nation, and that Lagos will soon experience a turn around for good. Today, we all agree that he has done well  and still doing well except for one terrible and dangerous tendency his government has displayed too frequently.

Around December 2009,the LASG, provided buses and was paying a sum ranging from N8,000 toN15,000 to anyone who wanted to leave Lagos. What was baffling was that the evacuation targeted people from the South- South and South East of Nigeria, especially the Igbos.

Any man who wants people to leave “their Lagos” so shabbily is wickedly inconsiderate because some of these citizens being urged to depart or relocate from Lagos may have come here when some of them in power today were toddlers. Some of these persons so believed in Lagos, that they gave their children Yoruba names like myself.

They only discovered late in life, like I now do, that many of these men who are in power have refused to outgrow their dislike for Igbos! To me, that action signaled the possibility of BRF waking up any morning to ask a whole group, and ethnic group to leave Lagos. Igbos could be made to leave Lagos one day, if nothing is done now.

I quickly took this thought to my forum of Pastor Lawyers, and after a good argument, they disagreed with me, but  we all agreed to watch BRF closely to observe anything that will prove my thoughts or to confirm my fears for the Igbo people in Lagos. After BRF’s re-election in 2011, we all agreed that the man will become bolder, more blunt, daring, and even wicked in his second term. This was purely based on his body language in everything he did, after he was sworn in for the second term.

Soon after, LASG had a serious brush with the Igbo traders in Alaba International Market, Ojo. He threatened to close their market, and we noted it.

Then he hit the Okada riders very hard, and as that was settling down, he hit the Ladipo Igbo traders early this year, and closed the market indefinitely! It took the intervention of Owelle Rochas Okorocha of Imo State to reach BRF’s milk of mercy and he reopened Ladipo Market, but not without a warning! I, had to, and without any apologies, come to the painful conclusion that it is either that someone very high up in the LASG does not like Ndigbo, or it is BRF himself. What angered me more was that Owelle had to beg him for Ndigbo.

This Igbo people I complained, when will they wake up to know and accept that no one likes them in this arrangement called Nigeria, and comport themselves properly at all times and in all they do?

To confirm that I was correct, on the July 26 morning, Onitsha people at the bridge head area woke up to the deportation of about 70 Igbos by LASG to Anambra State! What BRF has told Ndigbo by this action include: That Lagos State under his administration will not tolerate Igbo failed citizens in the state; Lagos will allow only those who contribute immensely to the Internally Generated Revenue of the State, and if any becomes unable to pay tax for any reason, LASG will send him back to Igboland.

Don’t ever think you can do anything about how LASG, treats Ndigbo,whether their treatment of Igbos is constitutional or not, no one can do anything about it. Since Igbo Governors may only come to beg him for mercy, he might as well just send their people back to them, good riddance of bad rubbish! Finally, LASG can and will disregard the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria when it concerns Ndigbo, because they are ACN!

The deportation of Nigerians from Nigeria was the worst assault on the pride of Igbo people in Lagos; it was deliberately calculated to see what the Igbo people would do, and it is in very bad taste to me.

The meaning was that a governor who thinks and goes ahead to approve the transportation and relocation of these Nigerian citizens from his state, has succeeded in flouting and abusing the constitutional rights of these citizens to a place of domicile, to stay and earn their living in any part of Nigeria.

If the Federal Government does not speak and do something about this, there will be cause for any Igbo man to worry about this contraption called Nigeria that we have all so believed in. LASG must be made to account for these persons, cater and provide for them, because it was in Lagos that they lost focus and their destiny  ruined.

Lagos Area Boys run wild, extorting money from bus drivers, causing nuisance with impunity ostensibly encouraged by LASG. I just wonder when this insult of Ndigbo will end.The growing trend of disrespecting the Igbo people in Lagos, and wherever in Nigeria must stop.

If nothing is done about this by the FG, many will have to brace up for a fight for their constitutional right, or pack away from Lagos State. And this is because my Igbo people say that if your fowl comes out in the morning from its cage and starts pursuing you, it is wise that you run for your dear life, because it may have developed sharp teeth overnight!

Clement Udegbe, a Nigerian lawyer reports from Lagos.

*Photo Caption – Governor Babatunde Raji  Fashola of Lagos State, Nigeria.

 [ Masterweb Reports: Theophilus Ilevbare reports ] – It is no longer news that Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of the House of Representatives is been courted to hoist the northern flag in the 2015 presidential contest as he is said to possess the qualities the nation requires at the moment, though he has not officially declared his intention to contest for the plum job, only a naïve political observer will claim ignorance of his lofty ambition. Tacit endorsement and nudges have never been in short supply in the past months, notable and most assuring to him is the phrase to ‘try something higher’ – the way former Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida puts it to him. Since then Tambuwal has been under pressure from prominent northern leaders to contest the 2015 presidential election. Even as he continues to make consultations and weigh his options, the opposition coalition - APC, are waiting in the wings to lure him to their camp.
Tambuwal is already reaching out to every nook and cranny of the country by personally honouring all invitations for naming ceremonies, weddings, funerals, thanksgiving, birthdays, constituency project launching or commissioning and other socio-political engagements organised by members of the House, state governors, prominent politicians and traditional rulers. His romance with members of the opposition has drawn the ire of the party’s hierarchy at the Wadata Plaza Headquarters of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). They describe such open association as an "unholy alliance". He has also tended towards opposition views in his comments on several national issues.

The Speaker enjoys tremendous support from opposition members of the House of Representatives, in addition to his cordial relationship with his party members. Political strategists see Tambuwal as one who could win over PDP members to the APC if he agrees to defect. But there is the fear of a backlash, (like a real threat of impeachment should he cross-carpet to the APC to contest) instigated by the PDP as they have majority lawmakers in the House. To nullify and checkmate any threat of impeachment, pundits believe the APC plan to engineer a massive defection of the members of the House of Representatives from the PDP to its fold in the event that the speaker eventually rise to the bait to contest the 2015 presidency on APC platform.

His proponents harp his aspiration for the presidency on the way he has successfully steered the affairs of the House by rising above partisanship and giving equal leverage to the opposition members in the House. Hence, Tambuwal is been projected by many as a progressive. His colleagues have come out boldly to declare their support for the Speaker’s 2015 ambition amid calls from some South/South lawmakers for caution. Hon. Lawal Yahaya Gumau representing Toro Federal Constituency, Bauchi state, bared his mind on Tambuwal's aspiration: “I want to assure you that anybody that can preside over the National Assembly, be it Speaker or Senate president, 360 people in the House and stay with them in peace like Tambuwal is doing; such a person can rule Nigeria”. Therein lies the selling point of pro-Tambuwal group. They fail to realise that leading a House of just 360 adults elected as worthy representative of various constituencies of the nation cannot be a yardstick that makes Tambuwal the most qualified aspirant to become president of a country of 160 million people of diverse culture, ethnic and religious differences.

Many Nigerians are favourably disposed to a paradigm shift from the old guard of ex-military administrators to the younger breed of politicians which is in tandem with the trending global practice. World super power leaders like Barack Obama, David Cameron, Francois Hollande and others who are young, well educated, eloquent, dynamic and charismatic. But that alone is not enough. Beyond the bridges Tambuwal is building as he trots the country, he needs the endorsement and votes of Nigerians, not that of the northern elders to win elections. He should focus more on his image as a nationalist, rather than a regional northern aspirant who might end up dancing to the tune of the northern elders if he makes it to Aso Rock. However, in most quarters, he is still regarded in the shadows of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, whom many believe, still has cult following in the north. How he intends to leapfrog the retired General for the consensus candidate of the north in 2015 remains to be seen.

The number four citizen is in a crowded race for the presidency, no doubt. He seem to be playing safe, choosing to remain in the PDP for now. 2015 will be a year of reckoning for the ruling party as Nigerians are already disillusioned with the leadership they’ve provided in the past fourteen years. It is a party torn to the seams by crisis and the pursuit of self-interest. We are not under any illusion that the PDP is invincible, regardless of the clout and war chest they’ve garnered over the years. PDP can as well wave goodbye to the presidency in 2015 with the incumbent toeing the path that they have trod since 1999. As divided as the party is today, if the elections were to be conducted, Jonathan and the behemoth of a party he represents will be defeated. It will be difficult for the incumbent President to win an election in Nigeria without the support of the North. The only way the PDP can stand a chance at the 2015 polls is to field a northern presidential candidate.   

In spite of the goodwill that Tambuwal is currently enjoying, the Speaker must exercise restraint so as not to get carried away as there are fears that he is been led to the fray to be left in the lurch. When push comes to shove, those nudging him to contest might abandon his ship. The political wilderness former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has found himself since he fell out of favour with ex-president, Olusegun Obasanjo, should be instructive for the Sokoto-born lawmaker. If it is people like IBB that will be behind Tambuwal, men who have ruled this nation and left us where we are now, then he is going to fail even if he wins the election. He must be careful of being used and dumped by senior political parasites masquerading as messiahs.

Tambuwal must not feign ignorance of Speaker predecessors, how they fell eventually to the booby trap the PDP laid patiently in waiting. Hon. Ghali Umar Na'aba readily comes to mind. He pitched most lawmakers in the green chambers against the President between 1999 and 2003. He was booted out by the PDP when it was time for the 2003 elections and he is yet to be integrated into the mainstream of the party till today.

Hon. Aminu Bello Masari, Speaker between 2003 and 2007, whom many still believed led a House that had the most cordial relationship with the executive during Obasanjo's eight year tenure. He didn’t oppose the government frontally, but was accused of working against the party behind the scenes. He was stopped in his tracks when he attempted to secure the ticket of the PDP for the governorship seat of Katsina state in 2007. Ibrahim Shema, who is now the governor, was given the nod ahead of him as those issues came to the fore.

It is quite precarious for Tambuwal to openly hobnob with the opposition as the leaders of his party - on the platform he became a federal lawmaker - continue to kick. How he intends to get away unscathed is perhaps, privy to him alone. Should his 2015 presidential ambition become unfulfilled, will he still have a political future in the PDP or the yet to be registered APC?

Theophilus Ilevbare ( ).

*Photo Caption – Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal

 [ Masterweb Reports: Abdullahi M. Seidu reports ] – In the last couple of months, battles have raged between the executive and the legislative arm of government over the functionality of the 2013 budget. And after the dust settled, we were informed that over N100 billion had been budgeted for constituency projects.
Although, I am not totally comfortable with the inclusion of constituency projects in our national budget, I believe it will bring a bit of normalcy to the stormy relationship between the executive and the legislative arm of government. For some time now, National Assembly members have been bent on having constituency projects included in the national budget and are even more determined to implement such projects themselves; now, isn’t that outlandish? The legislators are trying to combine roles; they want to retain legislative and executive powers at the same time!

I am sure they would be on the verge of war as the president has directed the Minister for Special Duties to implement and oversee the constituency projects. “Mr President has assigned the Minister for Special Duties to assist in overseeing the implementation of the N100 billion constituency projects across the country,” said the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, during a press briefing in Abuja on the 2013 budget.

The Federal Government is totally justified in taking charge of the implementation of this vex item called constituency projects; because, in my opinion, the National Assembly members have no business executing projects, except they are certified contractors. National Assembly members are constitutionally empowered to legislate (make laws) and not to execute laws, least of all projects! The framers of the constitution, in their wisdom, have given every organ of government their functions; and each organ is expected to play its role without unnecessarily straying to covert other roles.

Allegations abound about how some members of the National Assembly corner the funds of the constituency projects into their personal pockets without actually executing any projects. According to the Managing Director of Anambra Imo River Basin Development Authority, Mr Onu Eluwa, constituency development projects form the bulk of abandoned projects in the water sector. In his words, “We have a lot of abandoned projects; these projects are largely what we call the constituency projects of legislators, which, when a new legislator comes, he does not continue financing. We have to build the projects from the budgets that are made available to us. If there isn’t continued financing for a project and a contractor is on that project and he is not paid, he can’t stay there indefinitely, that is why we have these abandoned projects.”

Eluwa is not alone in picking holes in constituency projects implementation by lawmakers, Innocent Akpoteju Adjenughwure, President, Renaissance Agenda; Team Leader, Niger Delta Study Group Extractive Sector; and National Coordinator of Campaign Against Arms Trade Network in Nigeria, kicked against the inclusion of bogus constituency project in the national budget: “It is not the duty of the lawmakers to allocate the resources in the budget, as their duty is to monitor the effective implementation of the budget across the entire country. The constituency project malady is a short route to corrupt tendency.”

The idea of constituency projects for legislators sprung up at the experimental stage of Nigeria’s democratic dispensation. I believe the intention then was not to stuff the pockets and accounts of legislators. Rather, the idea was to ensure a minimum presence of government in every constituency by having some grassroot projects sited in each one during budget implementation. It is clear that the National Assembly members need to focus on their assignments, as enshrined in the 1999 constitution, and refrain from meddling in matters they have no business. 

Abdullahi M. Seidu ( ).

*Photo Caption – Map of Nigeria

 [ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports ] – Succession politics have heated up the polity so much that President Jonathan’s kinsmen have threatened 160 million Nigerians that if he loses the next election, they will break up the nation-therefore proponents of Biafra, Oduduwa, Arewa republics should take the cue and vote out Jonathan in 2015.
Goodluck Jonathan became the president of Nigeria on a platter of gold (death of Yar’adua and Boko Haram attacks) under an obvious divine interjection. His predecessor Yar’adua became president on a platter of gold (Obasanjo do-or die electoral malpractice and ruling party convention manipulations). Obasanjo too became president in 1999 on a platter of gold (Babangida and anti June-12 elements used him to frustrate Olu Falae).

Now the same break-up of Nigeria which caused the civil war is being offered on a platter of gold-‘If Jonathan Fails We Break-Up Nigeria’. This is the story militant leader Asari Dokubo, Kingsley Kuku and others, both young and old, has been singing. They claim they are threatening the north-but actually they are threatening the entire Nigeria. They are actually warning Afenifere, Ohaneze, Arewa, MASSOB,OPC, Boko Haram, CAN, PFN,SCIA and all groups  in Nigeria that if kinsman Jonathan fails the 2015 election, there will be no Nigeria. According to Dokubo, ‘’I want to go on to say that, there will be no peace, not only in the Niger Delta, but everywhere if Goodluck Jonathan is not president again, by 2015, except God takes his life, which we don’t pray for’’. Kingsley Kuku Special Adviser to the President on Amnesty told US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (African Affairs) in Washington DC that’ It is only a Jonathan presidency that can guarantee continued peace and energy security in the Niger Delta''

These and numerous other inflammatory statements are self serving and devoid of reasoning. Instead of these warlords advising their kinsman to apprehend the subsidy thieves who stole N1.7 trillion ($12 billion dollars) of Nigeria’s money and use the recovered funds to provide employment and other  FRESH AIR he promised Nigerians, they are threatening everybody. Instead of telling their kinsman to seek for the recovery of the $67 billion dollars embezzled from the time he was Vice President under Yaradua till date  when the lid was opened by Mrs Oby Ezekwesili and use such to provide enabling critical infrastructure in Nigerian , they are threatening everybody. Instead of telling their tribesman to investigate the people behind the $1billion dollar Malabu Oli deal, a fund that can construct ten new federal universities, they are threatening war. The truth is that such silly noise making has done more harm to the Jonathan presidency than anything else.

There is no doubt that the north is under the curse of nemesis –with the Fulani herdsmen creating confusion all over the Middle Belt and South-the prospects of a united northern challenge is impossible.

The Yoruba west is observing at the entire scenario, knowing that they wouldn’t bat an eye if the nation breaks up. I want to state it categorically that Yoruba have nothing to lose if Nigeria breaks up and as such when such ethnic inflammatory nonsense is spewed out- they should stop being cowardly and dare the break-up.

The middle-belt will not lose much under a broken Nigeria. Since they started serving the core north, they have been rewarded with religious riots, herdsmen attacks and marginalization.

The core north will even recover from a balkanized Nigeria. Mallam Shekau and his criminal band have at least shown that they have an ideological base to their struggle-they want to practice their Sharia without western influence-which the north is entitled to if that is what they want. Shekau and his marauders have refused to be bribed to drop their murderous ideology despite all the billions offered by different negotiating groups since the conflict started. If they manage to control the north- they will most probably wipe off corruption and child marriage in a matter of weeks.

For the Ijaws, they are ready for the break-up of Nigeria. Senator Joseph Waku and Mallam Nasir El-Rufai among numjerous informed outsiders have already made the matter an open issue. Bayelsa state has its own national flag and national anthem and coat of arms.  The problem is that the Western countries are not yet favorably disposed to an Ijaw Republic. There is fear in the US that militants and criminal elements within Ijaw nation will overshadow and control the bureaucrats, professionals and progressives among them making the new republic another conflict zone. Discuss with these militants in Transcorp Hilton, Nicon Luxury, Rock View and other hotels they usually lodge and enjoy themselves in the city of Abuja ,you will discover a mindset ready to pillage the nation and go their way.

Where does Biafra stand in all these?  The usual unpreparedness that cost Biafra the civil war. North is ready to confront Jonathan. Jonathan’s kinsmen have made a plan B. Yorubas may catch in on the situation to declare Oduduwa republic. Igbos are just clinging to Jonathan as if the destiny of over 50 million of them depends on him-arrant nonsense. By the time Jonathan sells them to protect himself and his people’s aspirations, they will cry betrayal they way they cried over Awolowo.

MASSOB, BILIE, ALADIMMA, BIAFRA FOUNDATION, Ohaneze Youths and all the groups seeking for the actualization of Biafra should utilize this golden opportunity. Mobilize and vote the incumbent out in 2015 and Ijaws will declare an Ijaw republic-in the ensuing confusion, declare a Biafra republic and have your freedom. Jonathan and his kinsmen are not interested in Biafra. They want their own country-Ogoni, Urhobo, Ishekiri all want separatist republic-and they may have back- up plans. What are Igbos doing-talking nonsense on facebook and twitter and whining around Jonathan presidency-instead of strategizing on how to contain the situation if things get out of hand.

By the time the prepared Ijaws goes home with the Yorubas under the saddle of Tinubu-who might declare himself the Emperor of Oduduwa Republic-the next confusion will be in Igbo lands and another pogrom and genocide against Igbos will begin in the north.

Asari Dokubo, Kingsley Kuku and other war mongers are talking some ethnic nonsense. However, this nonsense can turn to common sense-vote out PDP in 2015 and cue behind the Ijaw ethnic warlords to reclaim Biafra Republic, Oduduwa Republic, Benue-Plateau Republic, Sharia Republic and Boko Haram Republic.

Personally, I do not subscribe to the break-up of Nigeria. Every tribe in Nigeria has its good, bad and ugly and if the good ones join hands, heads and hearts together, they can reclaim back Nigeria from the forces of disintegration and shepherd the nation to greatness. If the incumbent can deliver on a quarter of his electoral promises, by 2015 the opposition will have nothing to use to campaign against him. However, with ethnic warlords and supporters of the president beating drums of war, separatism and threatening that come 2015, no Jonathan, no Nigeria, daring all of us, then to hell with Nigeria-lets help them break up the nonsense.

Obinna Akukwe ( ).

*Photo Caption – Map of Nigeria

 [ Masterweb Reports: Eddy Aghanenu reports ] – Recently, the Speaker of House of Representative, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal raised dust when he said that conditions for revolution are ripe in the country.  Hon. Aminu Tambuwal is no stranger to controversy. In his public posturing, the Speaker continually wants to be on the populist side. This could be due to process that led to his emergence as the Speaker of House of Representatives. His emergence was as a result of the marriage of the opposition members and some rebel PDP members in the House. It is normal therefore, that he should be singing tunes that will be pleasant to the ears of the opposition.
At an event in Lagos, the speaker decried the high rate of corruption and other vices in the country. To him, we could be having revolution in our hands if our leaders (looters) do not have a change of heart. Hear him: “The most compelling reasons for revolution throughout the ages were injustice, crushing poverty, marginalisation, rampant corruption, lawlessness, joblessness, and general disaffection with the ruling elite. You will agree with me that these describe conditions in our nation now, to a very large degree.”  

He spoke the right words, at the right place, the right audience and the right time. His analysis was on the mark. Unemployment is at its highest peak. Insecurity is on the rise. Unbridled corruption is the order of the day. Poverty has enveloped the land. Election rigging is the modus operandi of winning election by the ruling party. Economic growth has taken flight. Nothing is working. The country is almost a failed state. No thanks to the political elite.

What has the honourable speaker and the House done to stem the tide? It can safely be said that the National Assembly is part of our problems. They allocate salaries and allowances to themselves that no one knows except them. They embark on frivolous trips and over sight functions whose results are never known. In a country where majority can barely find food to eat, the honourable members are allocating to themselves several millions of naira for their furniture, wardrobe, cars and other unnecessary luxuries. They live in affluence while other Nigerians are scavenging for their survival. The electorate who voted these men and women into the House only knows the colour of poverty.

The Speaker and members of the House are not different from the political elite. Rather than making sure that the executive arm is checkmated and made to execute programmes beneficial to the people, they are busy hobnobbing with the executive to the detriment of the people. Scandals in the House are no longer news. Most reports never see the light of day. Important bills are swept under the carpet. How can it be said that the House chaired by the Honourable Speaker has been unable to pass the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) years after it has been sent to the House?  This is a bill meant to arrest the monumental rot in the petroleum sector.

There is anger in the land. Anywhere one goes, anger is written all over the faces of Nigerians. Anger of man’s inhumanity to man! The people we elected or who rigged themselves to power are now masters and lording it over the masses. No political elite thinks of developing the nation and bringing it at par to the west. Infrastructural decay decorates the land. Arewa youths are crying over the wasted opportunities by their leaders. In every geo political zone there are cries and anger against the ruling class.

Gradually, the people are increasingly becoming aware that the problem of this country is neither religion nor ethnicity. The use of religion and ethnicity to balkanize the people can no longer work. The realization has dawned on the masses that the problem of this country is the political elite. It transcends religion, ethnicity and geo political zone. The hunted are getting united by the day to seek for the hunter. The oppressed are in unison to seek for the pharaoh that refuses to allow them go.

Let the Honourable Speaker not delude himself into thinking that the revolution that he says is ripe will pass him by. He is part of the ruling class. Even if he sings beautiful melodies to the people, he will still be remembered as part of the problem. The only way to save himself is to purge himself and work arduously to transform this country to the nation of our dreams. Let other members of the political elite shun corruption and other vices and remember that power was entrusted to them by the people. They are not masters but servants of the people.

Let our leaders learn from what happened and is happening in the Arab world. If the Arab spring, happens in Nigeria, the political elite will be consumed in the flames of people’s anger. Let them including Hon Aminu Tambuwal do what is right, implement people oriented programmes and return looted money (for those who might have corruptly enriched themselves) to the people. That is the only way to prevent the revolution which the Honourable Speaker is predicting. 

*Photo Caption – Hon. Aminu Tambuwal

 [ Masterweb Reports ] - I have tried, with difficulty, to refuse the temptation of commenting on the goings-on in the Rivers State and, most recently, its House of Assembly for some time now. I find out that the urge to think aloud increases, each time, with the news emanating from the Garden City which has now been turned into a gladiators’ arena. When I watch a popular DSTV channel called “Nat Geo Wild”, I do see how animals eschew God and play God to each other in the jungle. I always feel bad but I understand I am watching animals. What is happening in Rivers State, politically speaking, today is not far from a “Nat Geo Wild” in real sense, the only difference is that this time around human beings – and not animals – are involved; playing God to each other and making a mince meat out of each other’s flesh. I have chosen to relay the comments of some people on this issue. All is based on news items. I was not there and would not want to be........ Read More
*Photo Caption - Rivers State House of Assembly 

 [ Masterweb Reports: Theophilus Ilevbare reports ] – On Democracy Day, Rev. Jesse Jackson joined the Jonathan government in towing the infamous path of ignominy as he danced to the macabre steps of the Jonathan administration’s mid-term scorecard of transformation Agenda. Jackson said it was obvious that the ship of the Nigerian Nation is sailing in the right course describing the transparency of President Goodluck Jonathan as unequalled in contemporary democracy. My first thoughts were to let it pass, but in the course of my interaction with concerned Nigerians in the Diaspora, particularly in the US, we saw a need to bring to public knowledge Rev. Jesse Jackson’s clandestine scheme of grand deception his visits and long association with the country’s leaders has been shrouded.
Over the past two years, the present administration has resorted to window dressing and the former shadow Senator for the District of Columbia has being the trumpeter on the international scene. The Baptist minister, tried to pull the wool over the eyes of Nigerians during the mid-term performance report of President Jonathan. The sight of Rev. Jackson on that day was reminiscent of former President of the United States, Nick Carter, working in the same capacity for ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo. Jackson’s affiliation with the present administration can at best be described as a relationship of congruent characters. 

When in America, he challenges the US government to be inclusive, to establish just and humane priorities for the benefit of all. Across the Atlantic to Africa, he endorses corruption, unemployment and undemocratic proclivities of an elected president. His speech had nothing to suggest that he is an advocate of economic and social justice, but instead, it smacked of the familiar vibes of a political hireling.

As a civil right activist, his activism must be people centered. Any government that has failed in its responsibility in providing basic infrastructure, employment, security of lives and property is not deserving of such high praise. The rhetoric of President Jonathan and his fawning ministers does not translate to realities on ground when citizens are inundated daily with unprecedented corruption, rising unemployment, deteriorating security conditions, decaying infrastructure and impunity, brandishing useless figures in the faces of Nigerians that translates to nothing makes a mockery our democracy. Rev. Jackson, as an international activist, ought to have known better that nowhere in the world is achievement on paper equated to hard facts on ground more so when Nigerian politics and politicians are involved. The scorecard of a Nigerian President must be scrutinized before making pronouncement on it.

In Bayelsa state, the two-time United States democratic presidential nominee backed the federal government’s amnesty programme for Boko Haram. Consequently, he was lampooned by Nigerians for supporting the misguided and unfortunate amnesty offer. I will begin to take Rev. Jackson more seriously if he voices same sentiments to President Obama that al-Qaeda, AQIM and other members of dreaded terrorist cells on US soil be granted amnesty. He cannot feign ignorance of the stance of America on terrorism. The United States do not negotiate with terrorists let alone grant amnesty. Rev. Jackson should be in a better position to advise and campaign against amnesty. There is no justice in rewarding terrorists who have turned places of peaceful gatherings to an abattoir, law abiding citizens are preys as they have continued to perpetrate their dastardly killings with unrestrained fervor. The Boston Marathon bombing in which not more than five people were killed resulted in a manhunt for the perpetrators, putting Boston in locked down until the suspects were apprehended. But for whatever be the  reason the government brought Jackson to Nigeria, it is clear it was for name recognition rather than substance of thought or theory. Jackson must strive to understand the peculiarities and complexity of issues in Nigeria before making his comments.  

Can the American political activist aver that his several visits to Nigeria spanning decades reflect the ideals of his Rainbow PUSH coalition in the US where good governance is put on the front burner? His long years of friendship with some of Nigeria’s tyrannical military rulers  has been fraught with umbrageous intents. Snippets revealed he once told a group of African diplomats in New York City in 1997, that Sani Abacha was the visionary leader Nigeria needs "at this(sic) moment," same Abacha whose regime was widely considered as an international pariah. Of Ibrahim Babangida in 1992, he said he is "The most progressive military president Nigeria deserve". These were military dictators who have been accused of murder, embezzlement, institutionalizing corruption, men who have done everything in their reach while in power to put Nigeria out and send Nigerians to hell on earth. Rev. Jackson fought hard in the international community against economic sanctions on Nigeria when the UN was suggesting such a move in 1996 to speed up democratic changes and return the country to civilian control. It is same Jackson, who didn’t see anything wrong fraternizing with a dreaded dictator that is enjoying a democratic Nigeria today. If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was alive, certainly, he would have disapproved of Jackson's ties with the discredited soldiers of fortune and his eccentric international activism. Reason why Jesse Jackson has lost relevance in his country cannot be farfetched.

The image of a prosperous and corruption-free Nigeria is being painted by a motley figure like Rev. Jesse Jackson to the world and Nigeria stand to lose a lot if we allow him get away with such.

Since the inception of President Barack Obama led administration in 2008, Rev. Jackson - the Greenville, South Carolina born advocate - has made spirited attempts to launder the image of Nigeria to America that it is deserving of a visit by President Obama. But he has been unsuccessful in his latest mug’s game. On Obama’s second trip to Africa, he has once again boycotted Nigeria, choosing rather to stopover at countries who have demonstrated commitment to democracy, good governance and has upheld human rights. Expectedly, President Obama does not acknowledge him as a serious politician. He is no longer considered an elder statesman in the US. So, Nigeria and other third world countries is the way to go. If the intentions of Rev. Jackson were genuine, why has he failed to work with other Nigerian activists in Nigeria or US over the years?

Jackson’s visits to Nigeria underscores the thinking of some “friends” of Nigeria in America who find it difficult to disconnect from the wealth they see in the Nigerian political elite. For them, that only is important. They care less about the intricacies and the dynamics of control of its resources. They see Nigeria and all they want is to be part of the few who milk the country dry.

Well, to the Jackson crowd, we have a duty to remind them that the struggle for civil rights, democracy and good governance by Nigeria’s activists of yesteryears and today is not in vain. 

Theophilus Ilevbare ( ).

*Photo Caption – Rev. Jesse Jackson

 [ Masterweb Reports ] - Indeed, it is no longer news that Nigeria, Africa and the World over have lost a foremost novelist, an irony twister and a master of strange situations, Professor Chinua Achebe. I have been following with great interest as the torrent of superlative and unending eulogies continues to pour in from all walks of life. From Nigeria’s own former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, he was “African image to the world.” The deputy speaker of the House of Representatives in Nigeria, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha "a titan of incomparable proportion". Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iwela described him as a "movement for African literature" and a “teacher of light.” Across Africa, Kenya’s Ngugi wa Thiong’o described him as “an embodiment of universal wisdom,” South African writer and Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer called him the "father of modern African literature." Across Europe, the BBC described him as the “founding father of Africa’s literature in English.” For me, none of those tittles befits the “Eagle on the Iroko” anymore because I knew that the eagle must fly out one day. He is the “Socrates of Africa” who believed in continuity. He arrived just on time to assume “the orator of intellectual ancestors” in the ancestral scholastic chamber. While mortals mourn him, the ancestors are celebrating saying “hosanna to the most high: What is good for the goose is also good for the gander.” Still there are those who had claimed Achebe to themselves: His colleagues, Professor Wole Soyinka and J.P. Clark described his death as a “person loss”. Professor Dora Akunyili described him as her own “mentor”, Nigerian coordinating Economic Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iwela described him as........ Read More
*Photo Caption - Late Prof. Chinua Achebe 

 [ Masterweb Reports ] – South eastern states of Nigeria are people of very high pedigree, they are Igbo people.  They are well known for their doggedness in the face of excruciating and inconvenience situation. This was brought to fore during and after Biafra war. Most ammunitions and warfare used to persecute the war against Nigeria and their foreign allies were built and manufactured in Biafra land. Economic strangulation and blockage of Biafra republic masterminded by Nigeria did not deter Igbo people from fighting against injustice and oppression meted against her by their Hausa neighbors. After the war, Nigeria state policies were skewed against Igbos. Powerful state machinery was deplored to pauperize and make Igbos to remain in perpetual state of poverty. There was a state policy that every Igbo person should be given 20 pounds irrespective of how much he/she had in the account; this was Chief Awolowo brain child. Again Awolowo initiated and implemented indigenization program which placed all state owned properties in the hands of his Yoruba people. It did not end there, as they tend to create perpetual enmity between Igbos and their brothers in Rivers state by promulgating abandoned property law which empowers the state to confiscate Igbo properties left behind before the war. In my panoramic observation of current political happenings in Nigeria, I cannot help but say that Gowon should be enjoying his one Nigeria. Nigeria has initiated, devised and deplored all the instrumentality of manipulation at her disposal to suppress Igbos and change their destiny but force but chemistry Le Chatelier's principle states that when there is an external constraint on a system, a behavioral shift in the system occurs so as to annul the effect of that change. Nigeria state is like bull in the China shop in search of effective and more potent policy to apply against Igbos.
Ebonyi State is a mainland Igbo state, its capital is Abakaliki. The governor is Chief Martin Elechi and he was elected since 2007. This state is unfortunately under the control of Hausa- Fulani oligarchy. They use Ebonyi state as their launching pad to infiltrate into Igbo heartland in continuation of their Islamic expansionism. There is a free education in Ebonyi state with a condition that you must be converted to Islamic belief system before you will become a beneficially. An Islamic Institution known as Jama-al-Nazral school located in Ntezi village in outskirts of Afikpo is playing a major role in Islamic expansionism in Igbo land. As of date, thousands of Igbo kids had become a beneficial of this Islamic benevolent gesture in exchange of their religious faith. In support and in connivance with Jama-al-Nazral school, Governor Elechi has pledged to assist in building Almajiri School in Ebonyi state. If I may ask Elechi, what benefit will building Almajiri school brings to Ebonyi State? Owing to your political status in your state, I guess that you are not politically naïve and intellectual blind to protect the interest of your people. Why is free education in Igbo land of Ebonyi state so important to the Northerners than in Hausa land of Zamfara state?  Is Igbo state so educational disadvantage than Sokoto state that it has attracted the concern of Islamic North for educational intervention? Chief Elechi, being the chief executive of the Ebonyi state where Islamic institution has taken its stronghold in Igbo land will be in a proper position to answer these questions. Governor, Sir, How could you imagine that Northerners are concerned about organismic, structural and functional educational development in any part of Igbo land? A subtle glance at the recently released cut off mark of unity school in Nigeria has revealed that Northern Islamic educational adventure in Ebonyi state is nothing but a Greek gift. The list shows that Anambra state was allocated a scandalous cut off mark of 139 while their Northern Sokoto counterpart was merely given 9 cut off, Ebonyi State was allocated an outrageous 112 cut off while their counterpart in Yobe state was allocated a meagre 2 cut off mark, Imo State was allocated an alarming 138 cut off mark while their Northern counterpart in Taraba State was given only 3 cut off. Governor, have you forgotten that Ebonyi State is one of the most educational disadvantaged state in the federation and this alone placed it in a vantage position to attract the low cut-off similar to Yobe State, if federal character consideration was the parameter for the allotment of the cut-off. Governors, Sir, are you not aware that 70% of street hawkers in the Eastern Streets are Igbo kids from Ebonyi state?  In my solitary state of quietude, I have pondered aloud but unable to excogitate why my able Governor of Ebonyi State have failed to decipher the intention of enemies who mean more harm than good, whose intention was to reshape the destinies of our children and the ones yet unborn. My Governor, having pledged to institute Almajiri School in Ebonyi State shows that you are very far away from the political reality on the ground. Who do you intend to build the school for?  Was it for young Igbo kids from Ebonyi State who roam around the streets, whose futures have been placed at the bleak of failure? Or are you providing fertile ground for breed of the like of Imam Abubakar Shekau of Boko haram? My able Governor, please think clearly to be able to read the hand writing on the wall, this is not time for appeasement or political maneuvering in the name of anything goes in Nigeria politics while endangering the future of our children. You will be called upon to answer for you political deeds in the office in due time, this is time to take corrections and make amend.

Another interesting scenario that captures my attention was the ongoing constitutional amendment. The amendment was structured in a way that all the six federating zone in the country will have an input and uniform submission before the amendment will sail through the final stage in the National Assembly. At the south east public hearing for constitutional amendment which took place in Enugu, the Ebonyi State delegates led by deputy Governor of the State, Dave Umahi viciously and vehemently opposed the inclusion of the six zones as federating unit in the constitution. He went farther to say that his State will not support the autonomy of local government councils. This submission was in sharp contrast of overall uniform submission of the other south east states. In my own personal observation, I can say that Ebonyi State political leaders are myopic, narrow-minded and selfish. They care little about the general well-being of larger Igbo nation. What does Igbos want in the constitutional amendment? Igbos simply wants equity, justice and fair-play. They want a situation where every citizen of Nigeria can be able to live peacefully and can compete favorably on equal ground without state initiated hindrances. These underscore the reasons why they want the six federating zones to be recognized by constitution. Igbos wants a society where infrastructural development will be germinating from the grass root hence their quest for local government autonomy. It is very unfortunate that Governor Elechi of Ebonyi State is playing the cards and dancing to the tune of his Northern slave masters. As at today, south east has five states with 95 local governments while North West alone has seven states with 186 local governments. Out of the entire six zones in the country south east receives least allocation from federal government with Ebonyi State receiving the lease of among the entire 36 thirty six States. My able Governor Elechi, I will challenge you to ask the northerners the reason why they are always on the way and constitute an obstacle against south east realizing the sixth states. If their love for you is very sincere and from bosom of their heart, you can convince them to support an addition of one more state in the south east and help shore up the number of local government in Ebonyi State the same way you aligned with them to killed the inclusion of six federating units in the constitution. We are watching with interest to see what your unholy alliance with North will have on over all welfare of the entire Igbo race.

Before Nigeria/Biafra war, Igbos has big businessmen and businesses that have tentacles spread across Africa and in the rest of the world. During the time under review, economy of Nigeria was in full grip of Igbos. Sir Louis Odumegwu-Ojukwu was known for his unique business acumen, he was the richest black man in Africa. He was the first president of Nigeria stock exchange; he carved a niche for himself by investing in real estate when many Nigerians did not reckon with real estate. He was either chairman or director in the following companies: Guinness, John Holt, Nigercem etc. Immediately after the war, state machinery was deplored and placed against Igbos which helps to incapacitate them to go beyond small and middle class traders. Nigeria state provided a structure that created Billionaires dollar businessmen in the person of Otedeola, Adenuga, Dantata, Dangote, etc. None of all these men are of Igbo stock; they have dominated oil and gas business, telecommunication, real estate, Cement, flour, salt and sugar businesses. Dangote has been rated the richest man in black Africa in 2013 with net worth of about $16.1 billion by Forbes magazine. The main area of his business interest is cement; he has cement plant in Obajana kogi State, another in Ibese Ogun state and BCC cement Gboko in Benue state which he acquired from the Government. He is obsessed into cement investment that he can resort to sheer blackmail when his cement interest is being threatened. This was glaringly displayed in the cement glut saga which we all found to be farce and merely fabrication of facts. There is one Nigerian, an Igbo stock who has interest in cement; he is Cletus Ibeto, he invested in Nigercerm Nkalagu in Ebonyi State and work was in progress to revamp once moribund and comatose company and make it globally competitive in the act of cement production. Governor Elechi, in full surprise of every body, woke up one morning and announced the invalidation of certificate of occupancy of Ibeto Group. Every concerned Nigerian was confused on the rationale behind this diabolic action. Nigercem, when resuscitated will boost economy, add to the revenue of the state and of course create job opportunities for the good people of Ebonyi State. My able Governor what then is your reason for this nefarious action against your brother, Ibeto?  I hope you are not aligning with your Northern allies to sandwich the cement interest of your brother? If that is the case, I will like you to retrace your steps and make amend. I am calling upon you to emulate your brother Governors from other south east States and follow their footsteps. You can as well seek for their advice in a delicate policy formulation and implementation. Nigercem is one of our collective regional assess, it must be protected by all means. If Dangote means well for Igbos, he can tell you one Industry he has cited in the south east, as far as I know, south east is the only region without Dangote presence. As I have told you earlier, we are in era of hyper politics and whoever that misunderstood it must enroll in refresher course in leadership to equip him of emerging trend of political economy in Nigeria.

Finally, it was widely reported that Ebonyi state will mark the centenary cerebration with the building of a 60-meter tower with a beaming clock. The tower will be the tallest in the whole of the south east as being reported. It is a thing of joy and it is a welcome development to even erect a world biggest elephant that will stand conspicuously in the heart of Abakiliki to mark the centenary cerebration. But my able, Governor, I want to bring to your awareness of economic theory of scale of preference, it is a basic economic concept. The meaning is that, there is a list of wants that everyone has they want to satisfy. This list is then placed in order from most pressing need to least important in terms of needing satisfaction. As far as economic theory of scale of preference is concern, erecting the tallest tower was the least of Ebonyi state problems. My list of needs of Ebonyi state people in the scale of preference range from, 1) High level of unemployment 2) extremely poverty, 3) infant mortality 5) lack of portable water 6) Bad road network 7) very low literacy level 8) poor health facilities 9) Antiquated style of farming and 10) lack of security of lives and properties. Nowhere in the scale of preference does erection of tower reflect. Why does erection of tallest tower to mark centenary cerebration become very important to Elechi than to eradicate extreme poverty in Ebonyi state which is paramount in the needs of Ebonyi people? I cannot conjure the positive impact the erection of the tower will have on the people of Ebonyi State than provision of portable water. Elechi should have earmarked unemployment for reduction as a center point of her centenary cerebration had he genuinely acting on the interest of Ebonyi people. Erection of tallest tower to mark centenary cerebration is reminiscence of biblical tower of babel which will not add value to the life of people of modern time.

Akusoba Christophcer Chigozie ( ) writes from Sweden.

*Photo Caption -  Governor Martin Elechi

 [ Masterweb Reports: Ikechukwu Enyiagu reports ] – History stands upon history. Better individual and/or collective history is made when men give themselves in to learning from their history. No nation or people can move forward if they relegate their history to the background. For those who vehemently insist that the only way man can move forward and become successful is to forget his past, his history and to look ahead, you cannot be more wrong. To you I say, what irony! What ignorance!  In forgetting your history, do you not know that you are altogether forgetting yourself? Wake up! Be wise! Ignorance is the foundation of the destruction of all that is good. Yet, for those who are ignorant, there is still hope because they can become aware and shift foundations. A man who is ignorant cannot be said to be a fool because fools have no hope. However, for him who thinks he knows but does not know, and would not dare to learn, to such has the spirit of hope escaped. There is hope for Biafra. There is hope for Biafrans who do not see the times, yet are willing. Our collective hope is our voice and our voice is Radio Biafra London. Here, at Radio Biafra London, we make bold to spread abroad the news of who we are, where we are today and where we have set to go and must get to.
On May, 30, 1967, Biafra, through the leadership of our ever-beloved father, daddy Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, and under the directive of the elders and leaders of the then eastern Nigeria, declared an independent Biafra. What followed was genocide against our people; genocide championed by the Nigerian government under the Jack, Yakubu Gowon, and ignorantly backed by the British, Russian and the Arab governments. Today, as a result of the genocide and the ‘annihilate-the-Igbo’ laws championed by the government of Nigeria and duly followed by non-Igbo and Non-Biafrans, 98 percent of Biafrans have lived decades in the comatose bed of Nigeria. From this percentage, about 20 more conscious Biafrans, who could no longer bear the humiliation, shame, denial, marginalization, insults, etc., not willing to give Nigeria and her murderous structures the excuses of total annihilation of conscious-Biafrans, allowed themselves into exiles as unconditional migrants. For most of these Biafrans, Spain-Italy-Morocco-Israel deserts and Cameroon-Equatorial Guinea-Gabon seas became their graves. For the few who made it across to these and several other countries, modern slavery became a wonder, and then, their salvation. There are yet thousands amongst them in some of these and other countries where being a slave to the countries to where they have run were not ‘lucky’ enough to be admitted into the circle of Modern African Slaves. These groups are found amongst the men and women in prisons, in prostitution rings, and even among mad men in the streets and on the roads of their host countries.  

Back home in what is still referred to as a country, Nigeria, the story is even worse: they have imposed their demons on us and called them our Governors, Senators, Rep. Members and even Traditional Rulers. Our mothers, in reaction to the spirit of death called Nigeria, have resorted to giving out their daughters as baby machines. Our fathers have been blackmailed into accepting bribes to deny and/or ignore the daily unlawful destruction of their sons and daughters. Our young men have gradually been compelled into all manner of wickedness against their own people in every bid to survive while our daughters now pray for men and women for sex-for-money – no matter where they may come from. As if we have not had enough, every national step is made by the government of Nigeria to reduce the number of Biafran students while those in the North of Nigeria would be eligible to enroll, qualified or not. We have no written list which correctly captures the many abominable injustices of Nigeria against Biafra, but we have individually and collectively become the list: everything Igbo has been marked for extinction in Nigeria. 

But thank God! Despite the wiles of the enemies, we, the remnants of this indigenous people of Biafra, who within time have forcefully but unsuccessfully been relegated to the dustbin of Nigeria’s abominations and crimes are alive and back – aware, determined, ready and selfless in our pursuit for freedom for the remnants of the indigenous people of Biafra. So far, we have:

1.       Raised the consciousness and knowledge of our people via media platforms - starting from Radio Biafra London broadcasts to Facebook, from Radio Biafra onlines newspapers to Skype groups, etc.

2.       Registered Bilie Human Rights Initiative, a Human Rights Organization seeking for the emmancipation of the remnants of the Indigenous People of Biafra, with the UN and the Nigerian State and headquartered in Owerre, Imo State of the present Nigeria.

3.       Filed a progressive court case against Nigeria to which recognition has been granted the Indigenous People of Biafra and for which Nigeria, at a turn, has been charged a court fine in favour of Biafran for contempt of court (suit: FHC/OW/CS/102/2012).

4.        Come under the able leadership of the Council of Elders of the Indigenous People of Biafra, enabling rom for steady, lawful, orderly and democratic push for Biafra's sovereignty.

5.       Have begun the emerging of the activities of Pro-Biafra organizations, starting with Biafra Alliance and Biafra Foundation, into Bilie Human Rights Initiative.

6.       Erected representative Biafran structures in most countries of the world under Radio Biafra Volunteer Teams.

7.       Have begun steps towards getting news, information and updates regarding Biafra and Biafrans to the utmost parts of the earth, especially to Biafrans at home, through the use of Frequency Modulation (FM) and Amplitude Modulation (AM) radio frequencies, all-smartphones Radio-TV Biafra App, Satelite, etc.  

So far, from every indication, from all measurement, there is confirmation that Biafra is ripe to be admitted into the comitty of nations as a sovereign and independent State. However, much is still expected as we, together, push the final strand. Every Biafran, Efik, Ijaw, Annang, Ibibio, Igbo, Okrika, etc. is called to become frontal in our individual and collective commitments and sacrifices to extricate and emancipate our generation and posterity from the sinking ship that is Nigeria by harnessing and bonding our efforts for a free and independent Biafra under the championing of Bilie Human Rights Initiative and Radio Biafra London.

Whatever the case may be, these and lots more have established our success and thus has Biafra gone  so far; and  we know that Biafra is closer to us now than many think. I hereby call on all Biafrans, in spite of coalitions, groups, religion, political affiliations and ethnic inclinations, differences and uniqueness to muster lost courage, gain more knowledge, form more alliances and have common fronts in our collective quest for a State of Justice, equity, opportunities, peace and progress in the Sovereign Biafra. I also call on all Igbo titled Chiefs and High Chiefs, amongst whom are the Onwas (the moons that shine for his people) to come out in support of our quest to redeem our people from the darkness called Nigeria. Those who head the World Igbo Congress (WIC), the Igbo World Assembly (IWA) and several other Igbo State, Local Government, Social and Cultural organizations are also hereby reminded that, as far as a faulty foundation is concerned, as far as Nigeria is concerned and as far as her genocide against our people is concerned, there can be no collective and progressive Igbo outside of Biafra, outside of quests which have saturated our land with blood and have sealed our eternal enmity with the spirit that rules and keeps Nigeria. However, in all these, one thing stands sure: Biafra has come to stay, one way or the other, and her sovereignty will not be delayed a second more than has been set. Long Live Biafra!

Ikechukwu Enyiagu ( ).

*Photo Caption - Map of Defunct Republic of Biafra.