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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.

[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. David Leffler reports ] -  Russia, Ukraine and the United States are all suffering the effects of too high levels of collective stress. US President Donald Trump recently met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in hopes of reducing tensions between Russia and Ukraine and said "a lot of progress has been made" between them, and that the two had "very, very good discussions" (Reuters: “Trump says he wants peace in Ukraine but no mention of peace accord” ). However, during these dangerous times of high tensions, lasting peace could be rapidly and more easily obtained if the leaders of all these countries were to implement a new approach. Conflict and terrorism could quickly end if their troops were trained to form what is known in Latin American military circles as a Prevention Wings of the Military. Each country’s military unit would be comprised of Invincible Defense Technology (IDT) experts. The purpose of each country’s IDT group would be to practice the non-religious Transcendental Meditation (TM) and the advanced TM-Sidhi program in groups twice a day.
Extensive peer-reviewed research and military field-tests worldwide show that proper application of these programs bring about measurable decreases in crime, terrorism and war, and improvements in quality of life, which are thought to be tangible signs of the reduction of societal stress. These changes are measurable from such statistics as reduced terrorism and conflict, crime rates, accidents, hospital admissions and infant mortality.
In highly stressed areas of the globe, establishment of large groups of IDT experts have also increased economic incentives and growth of prosperity. Entrepreneurship and creativity increase as well. Also, on a global scale when large groups of civilian experts gathered from 1983 to 1985, terrorism-related casualties decreased 72 per cent and international conflict decreased 32 per cent. Moreover, such positive changes in social trends take place within a few days or weeks after IDT is introduced.
The IDT approach has been used during wartime, resulting in reduction of fighting, reduced war deaths and casualties, and improved progress toward resolving the conflict through peaceful means. IDT is totally unlike any other defense technology in that it does not use violence in an attempt to quell violence.
It is the high collective stress levels in each country that ultimately fuel the never ending terrorism and war. If dangerous levels of collective stress and frustration are reduced by applying IDT, then governmental leaders and citizens will be more capable of finding constructive and orderly solutions to the irresolute issues that have kept them at odds for generations.
With greater civic calm, citizens’ aspirations will rise and a more productive and balanced society will emerge. Then violence as a means for change and/or as an expression of discontent will naturally subside.
The powerful IDT human-resource-based defense technology disallows negative trends and prevents enemies from arising.
No enemies means no war or terrorism and full security, as well as a happy, productive and normal life for everyone.
For these reasons, the IDT approach is advocated by the Global Union of Scientists for Peace (GUSP). This non-profit organization hosted an international conference on 14-15 June 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine (see: ). Renowned Ukrainian leaders Lt. General (Ret.) Vasyl Krutov, former chief of the Ukraine Anti-Terrorism Center as well as Academician Dr. Sergiy Maksymenko, a distinguished Ukrainian research scientist are among the impressive list of participants who spoke at or voiced their support for the conference. Others included: President Joachim Chissano of Mozambique, who applied innovative IDT programs to end that nation’s civil war; retired Ecuadorian Lt. General José Villamil, who also applied IDT to end war between Ecuador and Peru; Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, former chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize; and Mr. Mohd Khalid Naseemi, the founder and Director-General of the Afghanistan Environmental Society.
IDT is a way for the military of all countries to prevent conflict and terrorism by deploying a proven, simple human resource-based technology, with minimal training and costs needed to implement it. For most countries it would cost about as much as one modern fighter jet.
Recent events show that IDT is desperately needed. There is truly no other solution. Leaders in every country would be wise to read the proceedings of the GUSP conference and learn how to best rapidly establish perpetual peace, for everyone.
About the author:
Dr. David Leffler has a Ph.D. in Consciousness-Based Military Defense and served as an Associate of the Proteus Management Group at the Center for Strategic Leadership, US Army War College. Currently, he serves as the Executive Director at the Center for Advanced Military Science ( ) and lectures and writes worldwide about IDT.
*Photo Caption - Dr. David Leffler (insert)

[ Masterweb Reports: Eugene Agha reports ] - Idoma people of Benue State residing in Lagos have called on those agitating for the sovereign state of Biafra to leave Idoma people out of their agitation.
The Idoma National Forum (INF) expressed the position in a press statement on Sunday.
The INF President, Amali Adoya Amali, who signed the statement, said the Idoma wanted the Biafran agitators to leave the ‘peace-loving Idoma people of Benue State’ from the fight for Biafra.

The statement reads, "We the people of Benue State continue to be embarrassed every time a section of those agitating for an independent state of Biafra make claims that Benue State or some of parts of Benue State are Biafrans. Most of these misguided elements are either completely ignorant of what transpired during the civil war or had not been born then, otherwise they will not be including Benue State in their map of Biafra. While we believe that you reserve the right to agitate, we reject any attempt to be conscripted into your agitation without our consent and without any form of consultation with our people. Idoma land and Benue State in extension have never been and is up till this moment not a part of Biafra and is not in a hurry to become one. Therefore leave us out of your agitation."

*Photo Caption - Map of Defunct Republic of Biafra


[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. C. K. Ekeke reports ] - On June 6, a coalition of sixteen northern youth groups gathered in Kaduna house (Seat of Government) and issued what has been called "Kaduna Declaration," in which the group gave an eviction quit order to Igbos residing in the northern states.
The quit notice order essentially states:
"We are hereby placing the Nigerian authorities and the entire nation on notice, that as from the 1st of 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 Igbo."
According to Arewa Youth groups, the eviction notice to Igbos to vacate the north within 3 months deadline of October 1, 2017, was in retaliation of the on-going agitation for sovereign State of Biafra and recent "Sit-At-home" Shutdown of SE/SS region on May 30, 2017 ordered by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to honor their fallen heroes and heroines who perished during the genocidal war between Nigeria and Biafra from 1967 to 1970.
Abraham Lincoln, who created the "Medal of Honor" to honor soldiers who fought America’s civil war between the North and South for abolition of Slave trade, once said, "Any nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure."
Every nation that has fought civil war and genuinely reconciled, made efforts to rebuild their peoples and land without injustice and marginalization. It’s only in Nigeria that former Eastern region and its people are still treated like conquered people because they lost the war. Nigeria thinks she can move forward and make progress treating Biafrans – a potential segment of the nation as slaves. Let me leave this subject for another time.
The Kaduna declaration went in detail to insult the Igbo people calling them unruly, uncultured, criminals and accusing Igbos of all manners of illicit dealings, evil and the cause of conflict and lack of peace that exist in Nigeria today.
No matter the reason for this eviction notice, it is ludicrous, senseless, and outrageous. And 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.
But surprisingly, the Northern Elders Forum led by their spokesperson, Prof. Ango Abdullahi backed Arewa youths while condemning the Northern Governors who disowned the Youths’ declaration.
Despite the calls 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, no single arrest has been made or any of them questioned until today. Also the silence of the presidency, including president Buhari, former heads of State like IBB, Emirs, and especially the Sultan of Sokoto, is an indication that these senseless youths are being used and Igbos should take the eviction order very seriously.
Ndigbo and in fact, Biafran people residing in the North should heed the call to come back to their homeland and country in Biafra land.
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.
The Arewa Youth declaration is a remarkable arrogance of the North. And it is time, this incivility and stupidity be stopped once and for all. We cannot continue like this and talk about unity. Where is the unity and one-Nigeria here? The basis for unity does not exist at all. In fact, the world is watching at our childishness and foolishness.
The truth is that Nigeria is faced with serious challenges of nationhood that needs difficult conversation and dialogue. Nigeria is on shaky ground and rapidly falling apart and disintegrating and the rulers and politicians are not bothered about it.
It is not an over statement to say that Nigeria is not working and will never work without fundamental and radical restructuring of the country. Nigeria is not one and will never be one without a different kind of political leadership and citizenship re-orientation.
But the troubling aspect is that the political elites are ignoring these frustrations and hopelessness that pervade the entire nation. The political elites and rulers are not helping matters at all. In fact, the corrupt political elites are the ones holding the people in bondage with their one-Nigeria myth and false unity.
It’s very sad indeed that Nigeria with so much promise of greatness and potential is hastily degenerating into anarchy and disintegration because of its false foundation. And sadly, most Nigerians don’t want to hear about them or even talk about them. But it is time to have these painful conversations and difficult dialogue.
There are at least seven structural flaws of Nigeria’s foundation.
The First Foundation Flaw: Nigeria’s Amalgamation.
Many reasons have been written that Nigeria’s problems and challenges are bad leadership, corruption, ethnicity, tribalism, religion and others. I agree with all those as symptoms; but the more I read and study the nation’s origin, the more I come to conclude that the root problem of Nigeria is its founding (foundation).
It is an established fact that Nigeria is a creation of the British Empire during the 19th century. When the Europeans especially the British, French and Portuguese invaded the continent of Africa in search of slaves and mineral resources during the later part of 19th century, the kingdoms of Oyo, Bornu, Hausa, Benin, Bonny, Jukun, Idah, Aro and Ibo in the Western Coastline of Africa lived in peace and traded among themselves.
These peoples and kingdoms had existed hundreds of years even before the coming of the Europeans. The peoples of these kingdoms and empires had deep political, social, religious, tribal and linguistic differences. By the later part of 1890’s when the British invaded and conquered these kingdoms, they created a monstrous nation for their political and economic interest and power rivalry with the French. Nigeria is an evil union created by the British for their selfish and political hegemony in Africa.
And so, the peoples of Hausa, Fulani, Kanuri, Ibo, Yoruba, Kalabari, and Ijaw were forced to live together without a well-defined set of core values that addressed national unity, patriotism and parameters to discourage social, cultural, religious and linguistic differences between the peoples of this new nation. Flora Shaw, the wife of Lord Lugard, Nigeria’s second governor general suggested these variant groups of kingdoms and territories around the Niger River over which Britain had established a Protectorate to be called Nigeria.
Today, there is evidence that the document ratifying the amalgamation of January 1914 was an experiment designed to last 100 years and if any group was not happy can pull out of the union. The amalgamation experiment of 100 years expired in January 2014, it has failed and it needs to be re-negotiated.
But why was the amalgamation document hidden from Nigerians and from history books which is rarely talked about or taught in schools?
The amalgamation of variant groups of people with distinctly deep religious beliefs, values, customs and way of life to form Nigeria by the British colonial empire is one of the worst crimes in human history. Amalgamation and conquest of nations and empires of Africa by the British, French, Portuguese, and Arab nations remains one the worst crimes of humanity – and Nigeria’s amalgamation and colonization is as evil as slavery and holocaust.
The Second Foundation Flaw: Nation’s Constitution.
The constitution is the most important document in any democratic institution. The constitution supposed to govern the affairs of the state and its people. It should provide defense, administer justice, and order, in which people could go in safety about their business. It should have checks and balances, that provide more realistic safeguards — constraining absolute power of the federal government, security if its citizens and welfare of all. The constitution supposed to set a well-defined set of core values that will shape the lives and especially those who are called to lead. Core values are constant and passionate beliefs that drive people lives, business decisions or nation's priorities.
Nigeria’s first constitution was put together by the British people in 1922. These are people who do not understand our culture or social systems. Why do we think these colonial and slave masters will give us a document that is capable of creating a peaceful and prosperous society. Since then, the nation’s constitution has been revised few times yet the constitutional experts could not come up with a constitution designed to accommodate the social, cultural, religious and tribal norms of all the variant groups that make up Nigeria. The fundamental rights as defined in our constitution today are not one-sided and favor mostly the North.
Most of the national conferences that have been organized to deal the nation’s challenges have dealt mostly on how to divide, distribute and allocate oil revenue rather than how to establish basic core and patriotic values that will help unite the nation.
The current constitution of 1999 was put together by some foreign commission assembled by a military and murderous dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha and Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar. It is absolute ridiculous that a country with so many trained lawyers and constitutional experts at home and abroad cannot come up with a constitution that embodies and embraces the common aspirations of every Nigerian citizen. And yet, these military dictators’ tuned politicians continue to play dirty and tribal politics to the detriment of the entire Nigerian people.
The constitution ought to be a cherished document as the basis for sound democratic government. We don’t have that today and we are almost 20 years in our democratic dispensation.
The Third Foundation Flaw: Lack of National Value System.
Nigeria does not have national and patriotic value system like other nations around the world. We are mostly driven by ethnic, tribal and religious sentiments. Developing a national core value system and national passion will help to inspire citizens to love their fellow countrymen and women, treat each with respect and work together to achieve common success.
Core values determine and shape daily actions of people. Core values ask the question, why do I do what I do? Developing national core values and the passion for why we as a nation do what we do is the secret to nation’s success. Well-defined strong national core values will not only contribute to any nation's success but also will also inspire citizens to reach their fullest potential, embrace good change, communicate what is important and enhance credible leadership.
Core values are not only applicable to individuals or business organizations, families or churches, but also to nations, states and cities. Without a strong national value system, no nation can be very successful. Patriotic laws, national decisions and patriotic passionate national actions determine and drive nation's priorities. Nigeria lacks it and it is a fundamental flaw.
Corruption is a decay and lack of ethical, moral, national and societal value system.
The Fourth Foundation Flaw: Corrupt Political Elitist Sect
Governance in Nigeria for the last fifty-five years has been hijacked by a satanic leadership cult —a group of corrupt political elitist sect, who are so selfish, greedy, egoistic, visionless malicious, mischievous, treacherous, and tyrannical.
Since Nigeria gained independence in October 1st, 1960, she has not had good leaders to pilot the affairs of the country. Nigeria as a nation has not really enjoyed any genuine political peace and national prosperity despite enormous blessings that God endowed on her. Instead, the country has been ruled and governed by military and political dictators that denied the people of Nigeria security, order, peace and basic needs of livelihood. For fifty-five years, what we’ve had is a military dictatorship, political hypocrisy, idolatrous religious system, and extravagantly indulgent corrupt judicial system that oppressed the poor, children and minority members of the family. In a nutshell, Nigeria’s rulers have failed to fulfill their obligation to the nation and its people.
The eminent scholar international literary giant and iconic poet, Prof. Chinua Achebe in his famous book entitled: The Trouble with Nigeria, writes, "The trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership."
The pandemic poverty, diseases, corruption, violence, ethical and moral decadence in our society are mostly attributed to lack of good and genuine leadership.
The late Dr. Joseph Nanyen Garba, the erudite scholar and Nigeria’s former permanent representative to United Nation in his classic book - Fractured History - Elite Shifts and Policy Changes in Nigeria, wrote,
"In our thirty-four years of nationhood, we have made an unprecedented turnaround; going from a nation of hope, strength, abundance, economic prosperity and high aspirations to a nation which has become the embodiment of a degenerate society…" he further added, "Nigeria, to my mind, does not lack real men and women. The ingredients for creating a formidable nation exist. What is lacking is leadership with the political will and the selfless dedication to galvanize the entire nation."
I concur with the late Dr. Joe Garba and the eminent poet and scholar, Dr. Chinua Achebe. For Fifty-five years, Nigeria has truly become a degenerate, a complete lawless, corrupt and callous nation. Despite her enormous human potential and abundant natural resources, Nigeria has remained underdeveloped, improvised and continue to flounder simply because the nation has been ruled and governed by fools, idiots, nonentities and a corrupt political elitist sect.
The Fifth Foundation Flaw: Tribalism and Injustice.
Lack of genuine, strong and courageous leadership led to this flaw — ethnic hatred, tribalism and injustice that exist in Nigeria today. It is a well-known fact that before the white men came as missionary workers with pretense to colonize the territory known today as Nigeria; the various inhabitants of that vast area lived in peace and traded with each other. To subjugate and dominate this vast area for their economic and political purposes, these variant groups of people with profound linguistic, cultural, religious and even political differences were coerced to amalgamate into one country.
A name was chosen for the people without due consultations. Since then this marriage of inconvenience has been very problematic and difficult to manage especially after they were granted freedom and independence to live together and govern themselves. The marriage became more turbulent following the 1960’s political crisis, tribal and religious killings that led to unforgettable genocidal civil war of 1967-70 in which more than more than three million lives were massacred. That bitter civil war left an unforgettable anger, bitterness and hatred among the peoples of Nigeria. Even the end of war slogan "No Victor No Vanquished" could not bury the tumultuous and fractured history of a people that had been traumatized and to live peacefully and to trust each other became a very serious issue and challenge to fix.
The systemic injustices in Nigeria led some courageous men to form peaceful groups and some militant groups to battle against the biased, discriminatory and satanic system that they live in. Today, we have MASSOB, OPC, MEND, Niger Delta, IPOB and several other separatist groups across the nation – fighting to be free from Nigeria. It is shameful for a nation that has surplus cake to share according to former president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, denied the region that is producing the national cake.
The Sixth Foundation Flaw: Ethnic Hatred, Religious Ignorance, Violence and Senseless Killings
Religious conflict, violence and killings are a major flaw of Nigeria’s amalgamation. It is a huge challenge and a major threat to the security, unity and national progress of Nigeria. Religious ignorance and intolerance breed violence. Religious violence and war have decimated more lives in Nigeria in the last fifty years than hunger, disease, and accidents combined together. Northern Nigeria especially has been a battleground between Islam and Christianity. Since 1960, Nigeria has had some many incidents of religious extremism and Islamic fundamentalism in its attempt to Islamize the nation. Islamic fundamentalism, fanaticism, terrorism and jihads are a big threat and huge foundation flaw. This flaw alone is enough reason to divide Nigeria.
The Seventh Foundation Flaw: Pogrom of the 1960’s that led to Genocidal Civil War
As some people have written, second genocide is silently going on in Biafra region today. The first genocide and starvation of Biafrans during the civil war of 1967-1970 remains one of the worst war crimes of humanity.
Way Forward: The Solution to these Structural Flaws—Fundamental Restructuring or Peaceful Division
Many in the past had written on the economic and political amalgamation of Nigeria. The late visionary leader, Chief Obafemi Awolowo once observed that Nigeria is not a nation, but merely a geographical expression. Other notable visionaries and leaders of thought have also referred the Nigerian nation as merely a political expression for the economic and political interest of the colonial master - Britain.
The amalgamation of Nigeria as a nation is an issue that must be addressed if we really desire to live in peace and fulfill the assignment that God, Allah or the Divine Creator has put us together to accomplish for mankind and especially for the oppressed Black race of this planet. I believe that without genuine forgiveness and reconciliation, there cannot be order, unity and peace in Nigeria. We cannot move forward as a nation and fulfill our common purpose and destiny if ethnicity, tribalism and injustice are not addressed in the country. We truly need a national identity that harbors ethnicity and discourages tribal identity.
Nigeria is a corrupt, lawless, and failed country. It needs to be restructured or allow indigenous and variant groups that make up Nigeria to decide their futures.
The amalgamation of variant groups of more than 400 people and ethnic groups to form Nigeria in 1914 remains one of the worst atrocities of the British Empire and they know it.
It’s time Britain and international community peacefully dismantle Nigeria to avert another waste of human lives. The indigenous peoples want to live in freedom, liberty, justice, peace and prosperity for all. They are sick and tired of oppression, marginalization, ethnic hatred, religious violence, and killings.
Note: The commentary on these structural flaws are fully discussed in my forth-coming book: "The Problem with Nigeria: Reasons Nigeria Continues to Flounder and Way Forward." The book was supposed to be released in 2015, but due to Buhari’s victory and other extenuating circumstances, it was delayed. It’ll be published later this year and you can read in details the flaws of Nigeria and solution to fix the country.
Dr. C. K. Ekeke ( Email: ) 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: Dr. C. K. Ekeke reports ] - I have been reading a number of articles and essays written by so-called Igbo scholars and intellectuals on Biafra and on-going challenges in Nigeria.  Some of them make me sick.  
I have never wanted to respond to them except on few occasions. However, this piece by Dr. Nicky Okoye warranted such a response.  Even though, I’m not in the business of responding to writers and public commentators, because I believe each person is entitled to his or her opinion; however, it must be based on facts.  Ideas and opinions based on facts not on selfish and self-seeking purposes. 

And so, the article: The Igbo Nation: A Story Of Successes written by Nicky Okoye, is also a case of one single narrative.

First: Dr. Okoyesays that Ndigbo complains ofmarginalization “based on who and who gets Federal Government appointments.” 

Federal appointments is just a small part of the satanic and systemic marginalization against the former Eastern region of Nigeria.  Does he not know that no person from the Eastern region heads any of the 13 major military and intelligence institutions in Nigeria today or serves in Buhari’s kitchen cabinet – out of the 42 appointments he made?

The only time an Igbo man headed the Army unit was during the presidency of Goodluck Jonathan when Major General Iherjirika was pointed as Army Chief. 

I wish Dr. Okoye is reading the series on: “Why Nigeria Must Be restructured.”
Does it make sense that the State of Kano receives more revenue allocation than all the five States in Southeast combined?  Does he not know that the crude oil that is flowing at my backyard is controlled and owned by a man from katsina, Kaduna, Sokoto, etc.? 

I’m posting the series for him to goggle and read.

·Oil Resources Revenue: Why Nigeria Must Be Restructured Now! [5]
Written by
 Created: 12 June 2017
·Bloody Religious Crises: Why Nigeria Must Be Restructured Now! [4]
Written by Tim Elombah
Created: 05 June 2017
·Oil Blocs: Why Nigeria Must Be Restructured Now! [3]
               Written by Tim Elombah
               Created: 03 June 2017
·Revenue Allocation: Why Nigeria Must Be Restructured Now! [2]
Written by
Created: 02 June 2017
·Injustice of Revenue Allocation in Nigeria - by Annkio Briggs
Written by Annkio Briggs
Created: 02 June 2017
Second, has Dr. Okoye visited the Southeast region recently assuming he does not live in SE?  Does the region look like rest of Nigeria?  Southeast looks like a conquered region – with army, police and all kind of military checkpoints everywhere on major dilapidated interstate roads and even State as well local roads.
Here is just a short list of infrastructural injustices against former eastern region: These are uncompleted and unfinished federal projects in Southeast region.
·The 2nd River Niger Bridge
·East-West Highway
·Enugu-Onitsha/Enugu-PH Expressways
·Akanu Ibiam and PH International Airports
·Calabar and PH Seaports
·Dredging of River Niger
·Eastern Gas Pipeline network (CAP)
·Niger Delta Development Commission (NNDC)
·Ogoni oil spillage cleanup
·Legislative Constituency Projects
·National Conference convened by President Jonathan that adopted, among other things, the restructuring of the country.
·The Constitutional Amendment, initiated under President Umaru Yar’Adua, and funded to the brim to address the concerns for equitable distribution of states and local governments.
·And many others

Third, does Dr. Okoye not read or hear about the relentless rape of young girls, married women, torture, and massacres being unleashed upon people of Eastern region by Hausa-Fulani and Fulani herdsmen? 

Below is just a recent list and does not include the pogrom and genocide of the 1940’s, 1960's, 1970’s, 1980’s, 1990’s and continuous massacres of today being committed against the people of eastern region.  This is a list of unarmed young Biafrans rightly agitating for self-determination, which is an international law.
·Onitsha massacre of 30th August 2015,
·Head Bridge Onitsha massacre of 17th December 2015
·Aba High school massacre of 9th February 2016
·Nkpor massacre of 29th and 30th May 2016
·Asaba massacre of 30th May 2016
·Port Harcourt massacre of 1/20/2017
·Asaba Delta State massacre on 12th February 2017
Does he have an insight into the politics of Boko haram and the global powers behind Chibok girls that dethroned Goodluck Jonathan? Does he know that Michelle Obama, Hilary Clinton and other powerful women and men from the United States of America all tweeted and campaigned about phantom Chibok girls?

Forth, Dr. Okoye writes about Igbos are the wealthiest group in Nigeria because of their businesses all over Nigeria, which include, Road Transportation (Buses), Spare Parts, Electronic devices, Pipeline laying, Petroleum Tank Farms, Computer Technology, Cooking Gas, Building materials, Boutique Hotels, International Trade, Wines and Liquor, Cosmetics, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Private Hospitals, Oil Servicing, independent Filling Stations, tyres, watches, office equipment, household fittings, tiles and flooring, shoes and leather products, markets, shopping malls and plazas, medium and low cost housing, SME manufacturing, etc.”
That assumption is partially correct, because no Igbo or person from Eastern region has ever been listed among the billionaires of Nigeria/Africa.  Northerners and South Westerners (SW) continue to make the list:

Here is a link for him to read:
Aliko Dangote (North), Mike Adenuga (SW), Folorunsho Alakija (SW), are Femi Otedola (SW) are the billionaires well known in Nigeria/Africa and guess what, they are all in oil business controlling the crude oil that runs from my backyard.  In addition, Dangote has all the import licenses which include cement, rice, sugar, tomatoes and other essential goods that come into Nigeria.

Can Dr. Okoye name one Igbo or anyone from the SE/SS who has such large-scale import license? 

There is no doubt that Igbos are industrious and hard-working.  However, they do not control the main source of Nigeria’s wealth – crude oil, which is located all over former Eastern region: Abia, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Imo, and Rivers.
Fifth, division or separating from Nigeria does not mean that Ndigbo will lose all their businesses in the North and SW.  If it is done peacefully through U.N. and global powers, Igbos won’t lose much.  By the way, there is no material possession or wealth that compares to freedom.  When an armed thief or arm-robber comes to your house, do you protect your life and those of your family members or protect your properties?  Nations fight and people die to be free.  It is because of freedom that Christ died for human-beings.
The dishonesty, ignorance, fear, and cowardice of some Igbo intellectuals baffles me.  Does this writer not see what is going on Nigeria?  Does he read at all?  Has he taken time to read and study about the Fulani invaders and radical Sunni Muslims?  Does he know that Fulani were strangers and invaders in Nigeria?  Today not only do they control the entire Hausa/Nupe/Tiv and Middle Belt indigenous peoples and their lands, but they control Kwara State, and recently major part of Ebonyi State.  If we don’t stop them now, one day they will conquer us, enslave and Islamize us all.  That’s the command of Usman Dan Fodio – who fought his way through West Africa into Northern Nigeria inhabited by the Hausas. 

Sadly, Nigeria has two kinds of radical Islam: Sunni and Shiite.  But the most radical is Sunni because of their strict adherence to Koran. There are moderate Muslims – like the Sufi in Senegal and Ibadis in Oman.  They are very peaceful.  Even the Shia Muslims are much more moderate and peaceful than the fundamentalist jihadist Sunni.
Sunni is one of the curses of Nigeria, and the second is crude oil.
Sixth, he suggests that restructuring of Nigeria is the way forward. For years, many wise voices both from SE/SS and SW have been calling for restructuring but the north have adamantly said they don’t want restructuring.  Recently, the AGF said no amount of agitation will lead to restructuring the entire northern elders and leadership do not want restructuring.  So, what do we do?  Continue with the status quo – because it favors the North. Do we continue in a lawless, corrupt and failed Nigerian State for fear of warmongering north or lose our properties in the North?
For me, Nigeria is even beyond restructuring. It must be divided because it is a failed and abominable contraption created by Britain for their economic-political domination of Africa... Even great and civilized empires have come and gone. So, what is special about Nigeria?  There is nothing absolutely special about Nigeria.


Seventh, he says that Igbos have produced the Central Bank Governor, Charles Soludo, the Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, the Minister of Petroleum (by marriage) Mrs. D. Madueke, the Chief of Army Staff, General Ihejirika, etc.” 

But he forgets to mention that for over 50 years since after the civil war, an Igbo has never been allowed to lead the country either militarily or contest for presidency under any major party.  An Igbo has never been president and allowed to head any major military institution until off course General Ihejirika during the presidency of Jonathan.  Why would a major tribe, a major stakeholder of the Nigerian project be forbidden to lead the country?  Does he know that such satanic and senseless agenda exist in addition to other systemic injustices against Ndigbo?  
In the handover notes Lord Lugard wrote to his colleagues, Walter H Lang, on the 25th of September 1918, he said the following:
·The HAUSA-FULANI has no ideals, no ambitions save such as sensual in character.  He is a fatalist, spendthrift and a gambler.  He is gravely immoral and is seriously diseased that he is a menace to any community to which he seeks to attach himself.
·The YORUBA – Lagos has for 20 years opposed every Governor and has fomented strife and bloodshed in the hinterland…., I have spent the best part of my life in Africa; my aim has been the betterment of the natives for whom I have been ready to give my life.  But after some 29 years, and after nearly 12 years as Governor here, I am free to say that the people of Lagos and indeed the westerners are the lowest, the most seditious and disloyal, the most purely prompted by self-self-seeking money motives of any people I have met.
·The IGBO.  These people are predominantly Eastern Nigeria are fiercely rebellious with no regard for authority.  Though industrious and religious, in deference to the objectives of her majesty and the crown, they are highly dangerous to be trusted with power. 

Honestly, that seems to be the correct description of the three major tribes of Nigeria.  However, I still take IGBO any day because of their ingenuity, creativity, productivity and true religiosity.  Even though they are rebellious to authority, they can learn and be changed.  Igbos are republican in nature, however, as I have written before: Ohanaeze/Ohacracy do not characterize the best and purest form of leadership.  We must learn to trust and obey those appointed, or selected or elected to lead us.

The Igbo distrust for leadership is in fact the main reason colonial Britain ceded power to the North, whom they can control. 

Finally, Dr. Okoye made this atrocious statement:  “So, a young man (referring to Nnamdi Kanu) was given access to a microphone, on a radio station and then he started spreading a hate message which has resonated with a number of his fellow ethnic group. “

I do not know Nnamdi Kanu.  I have never met him.  But after listening to some of his messages and the organization he put together called Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).  I’m bold and unashamed to say that Nnamdi Kanu is not only a great and courageous leader but a prophet.  It is a statement that is open to debate in future.

Dr. C. K. Ekeke is a theologian, author, consultant, and leadership scholar. He is the founder and president of Leadership Wisdom Institute.
*Photo Caption - Igboland map.

[ Masterweb Reports: Comrade Ahmed Omeiza Lukman reports ] - We must give kudos to Governor Yahaya Bello for taking a bold step in eradicating corruption in Kogi state. His zeal and determination to see a new Kogi state needs to be commended by all. In a time where Nigerians are accusing President Muhammadu Buhari and acting President Professor Yemi Osinbanjo of nepotism, impunity and favouritism, kudos must be given to Governor Yahaya Bello who has stand out in this trial period of our nascent democracy. He has shown signs of detribalize Nigerian, one who can be trusted with power. Even Governor Yahaya Bello opponent's can not deny the fact that his adminstration has been very transparent and magnanimous in appointing his cabinet. The Igala's still have the highest numbers of commissioner's, followed by the Okuns and the Ebira's. We must cherish the new direction government in the state and his effort to remodel Kogi state should be embraced by all. Kogite, must be aware of some selfish politician's who will never see anything good in this government unless it will transcend into money in their pocket. There are ten things Governor Yahaya Bello must do to ensure corruption is totally wiped out of Kogi state;
1. Corruption is not only about bribes: People especially the poor get hurt when resources are wasted. That’s why it is so important to understand the different kinds of corruption to develop smart responses.
2. Power of the people: Government should create pathways that give citizens relevant tools to engage and participate in their governments – identify priorities, problems and find solutions.
3. Cut the red tape: Bring together formal and informal processes (this means working with the government as well as non-governmental groups) to change behavior and monitor progress.
4. It’s not 1917 but 2017: Use the power of technology to build dynamic and continuous exchanges between key stakeholders: government, citizens, business, civil society groups, media, academia etc.
5. Deliver the goods: Invest in institutions and policy – sustainable improvement in how a government delivers services is only possible if the people in these institutions endorse sensible rules and practices that allow for change while making the best use of tested traditions and legacies – imported models often do not work.
6. Get incentives right: Align anti-corruption measures with market, behavioral, and social forces. Adopting integrity standards is a smart business decision, especially for companies interested in doing business with the World Bank Group and other development partners.
7. Sanctions matter: Punishing corruption is a vital component of any effective anti-corruption effort.
8. Act nationally and locally: Keep citizens engaged in anti corruption crusade at local, national, international and global levels – in line with the scale and scope of corruption. Make use of the architecture that has been developed and the platforms that exist for engagement.
9. Build capacity for those who need it most: States that suffer from chronic fragility, conflict and violence– are often the ones that have the fewest internal resources to combat corruption. Identify ways to leverage national resources to support and sustain good governance.
10. Learn by doing: Any good strategy must be continually monitored and evaluated to make sure it can be easily adapted as situations on the ground changes.
The government must not give up on it mandate to rescue the state from the crunches of corruption, the future of our state can only be great if we all rise up against corruption and clueless leaders. We say never again will Kogi state be held to ransom by some disgruntled politicians.
Comrade Ahmed Omeiza Lukman
Former Chairman Nigerian Community In Ukraine.
*Photo Caption - Governor Yahaya Bello


[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Perry Brimah reports ] - Nigeria's Acting President Yemi Osinbajo gave a touching speech on he commemoration of Biafra, 50 years after. "Greater together than apart" was the caption. But while the speech was eloquent and intellectually earnestly persuasive as is the character of the "system stabilizer" #2 man, the reality is far less eloquent, and even less persuasive. The truth is, what the Acting president delivered was a speech and an opinion, his opinion. 
I'll like to present the Truth and the Reality.
The reality is: there is agitation for a referendum. There is agitation for secession. There is also agitation for regionalism. We have seen and heard this in every single confab organised. We hear this on the streets and in the media every blessed day. There are hundreds of thousands if not millions of Nigerians clamoring for the secession of Biafra. There are equal numbers clamoring for an Odudua republic as there are multitudes fighting for republics in the north.
The truth is that there is disunity and lack of a sense of patriotism by those decided upon disintegration. Two years of APC has done little but increased and legitimized the call in more ways than one. The truth is, how much better are we together in geographical territory but not at heart? Is there any statistical evidence that we are better together? I am yet to see it.
The truth is that we were not amalgamated as one unit. We were created wisely by the British we love to accuse as a conglomeration of several parts. Nigeria was born as a true federation. Aguiyi Ironsi thought he was solving a problem when he decided to stitch Nigeria together as one single unit. Was this a wise move?
President Muhammadu Buhari campaigning under the umbrella of the CPC promised to restore true federalism in Nigeria. APC party leader Bola Tinubu has made the same call, predicting doom without it. The truth is that for some reason when in power, paid salaries from the government coffers, everything seems rosy and it is easy to say that we are better together. But for those deprived of all opportunity, is it so?
The truth is that correct me if I am wrong, but 95% of the South East did not vote for Professor Yemi Osinbajo and Buhari. As horrible as some of us regard Goodluck Jonathan, including many who voted for him, they would rather have him than have the Buhari-Osinbajo combination. How do we reconcile the fact that a section of us would rather have Jonathan who supervised the deaths of tens if not hundreds of thousands of Nigerians in the north, as leader than have the current regime? These are serious questions that we cannot simply wish away with eloquent presentations of our opinions.
Respectfully I listened to the Acting President narrate how he lost his friend Emeka as he described the sorrowful nature of war. But the reality is that we are at war. This is not a country in peace times. I have lost my friends, Ahmed, Murtala and Baba in the northeast. I have lost my friend, Anako in the South south. Many have lost their friends, killed by the Nigerian army in Onitsha and Zaria. And even more continue to lose their friends and loved ones every day, killed by rampaging terror herdsmen who this government sometimes pays to placate. Is this any different from the war Osinbajo recounts? Are these loses any kinder on the heart...because these were lost for no purpose compared to Emeka whose life was lost in a quest for Biafran independence? This is our current reality. This is the truth.
While Pastor Osinabajo referenced nations like Italy that have stayed as one, there are examples of others like India that have split into many pieces – Pakistan and Bangladesh– as has the former Soviet Union. Korea into north and south. Indeed Malaysia that we now adore birthed Singapore; both strong nations. As also there are examples of split nations like East and West Germany that have come together. You can find any kind of example you wish in the world. Nigeria's unique path has little to do with the paths of those and everything to do with them perhaps. Perhaps we may split, but also perhaps after we split we may come back together, who knows. Keeping our heads in the sand and stifling agitation is a home recipe for making time bombs.
The truth is that so long as the government fails to listen to the opinions of its people, so long as the government fails to listen to the agitations of its people and fails to respond with clear actions to their pains, all we build today may be lost just as Libya and Syria were torn to the ground. According to the universal laws of entropy, disorganization is the natural trend and occurs rapidly. Two years have been dangerously wasted. It's time to get down to this pressing business. The agitations of the peoples of Nigeria must be listened to and hearkened to with the three Rs on the table: Referendum, Regionalism and Restructuring. Or rather than be the ones that prevented calamity, we may be the ones who promoted it.
Dr. Perry Brimah ( Email: ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Nigeria Acting President Yemi Osinbajo

[ Masterweb Reports: Emma Elekwa reports ] - Mrs Christiana Obiano, mother of Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano has passed on at the age of 90. A statement issued on Sunday by the state Commissioner for Information and Communication Strategy, Ogbuefi Tony Nnachetta on behalf of the governor, said Mrs Obiano and matriarch of the Obiano family in Aguleri died on Friday, June 2nd, 2017, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi.

"Our thoughts are with the Obiano family at this time as they mourn the passing of their matriarch. May her kind soul Rest In Peace, Amen" he added.

Ogbuefi however said further announcements will be made by Obiano's family.
*Photo Caption - Governor Willie Obiano