[ Masterweb Reports: Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu reports ] - Wherever you go and wherever Nigerians congregate the question is often asked; why has Nigeria failed? Why has a nation so blessed with abundant human and material resources failed? Why is Nigeria so disharmonious; crippled by tribalism, religious fundamentalism and bigotry? Why is Nigeria so corrupt and why can’t Nigerians work together for the common good of all? Why simple issues in Nigeria are politicised thus inhibiting possible solutions to identified problems? Why is a nation that has all the potentials to be one of the richest in the world a failed state? Why has Nigeria been cursed with an endless line of bad leaders? These haunting questions are ever so common while finding answers to them has proven a difficult task.
The search for the truth is a constant in a every society; It is thus pertinent at this point in our chequered history to seek the truth and provide answers to these questions thereby registering for all time the most fundamental factors that has cumulatively and progressively led to Nigeria’s failure. Nations do not succeed or fail by accident; any of both scenarios are determined by deliberate acts of leadership particularly in the foundational years. In the specific case of Nigeria the absence of nation building which is an indispensable prerequisite for every nation more so a heterogeneous nation with deep ethnic, religious and cultural divisions from the foundational years of independence provided the most important dynamic that led to Nigeria’s failure. Nigeria has uncannily been a very unfortunate and unusual nation, at independence she became one of the only nations led not only by leaders who opposed her independence but whom also rejected the very idea of her nationhood as constituted.
The duo of Ahmadu Bello and Tafawa Balewa who formed the core of the independence leadership were nothing other than leaders who “hated Nigeria as constituted.” In words and deeds they never failed to demonstrate their hatred for Nigeria. They so much abhorred the very idea of Nigeria that Ahmadu Bello in his book and autobiography “My Life” published in 1961; famously derided the amalgamation of Northern and Southern Nigeria as “the mistake of 1914.” They saw Nigeria not as a nation to build for the common good of all but as a nation to dominate by any means at the expense of other ethno-religious groups. In other words the project Nigeria was to be a continuation of Othman Dan Fodio’s religious jihad. This is evident from the statement Ahmadu Bello made in the Parrot Newspaper on the 12th of October 1960, just 11 days after independence where he declared that “the new nation called Nigeria should be an estate of our great grandfather Othman Dan Fodio. We must ruthlessly prevent a change of power. We must use the minorities in the north as willing tools and the south as conquered territory and never allow them to rule over us and never allow them to have control over their future.”
This infamous statement by Ahmadu Bello revealed his outlook on Nigeria and his intention to treat it as jihadist booty rather than as a nation to build. His declared intent never to allow a shift of power is also revealing of his undemocratic leanings. Having won power at the centre at independence Ahmadu Bello began unfolding his jihadist project as declared. He refused to become the Prime minister preferring instead to nominate Tafawa Balewa because he loathed coming to or residing in Lagos. He was indeed notably absent at the independence celebrations in Lagos for the same reason of not wanting to step foot in the South. He refused all entreaties to change the name of his political platform the “Northern” people’s congress (NPC) to a name that is more reflective of the whole of Nigeria. He also infamously instituted policies of segregation that created a separate area of habitation (sabon gari) for southerners living in the North and introduced the “Northernization” policy that gave preference to Europeans and other foreigners in employment to Southern Nigerians.
Tafawa Balewa who became the prime minister at independence was no different. In 1948 while addressing the legislative council, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa declared that “Since 1914 the British Government has been trying to make Nigeria into one country, but the Nigerian people themselves are historically different in their backgrounds, in their religious beliefs and customs and do not show themselves any sign of willingness to unite. Nigerian unity is only a British intention for the country.” This speech, famously delivered to the legislative council underscores the deep resentment/hatred Tafawa Balewa whom together with Ahmadu Bello formed the post-colonial government in 1960 harboured for Nigeria. Since a man cannot give what he does not have, it was impossible and inconceivable for the duo who sufficiently demonstrated their hatred/rejection of Nigeria in words and deeds and who saw Nigeria only as the continuation of Othman Dan Fodio’s jihad to undertake any measure of nation building especially at those formative years that the nation needed it most. Both Ahmadu Bello and Balewa were opposed to independence and were consequently implicated in orchestrating the 1953 anti-independence Kano riots where scores were killed following the rejection of independence by northern lawmakers as requested by Anthony Enahoro in the federal parliament.
Thus, without any incentive to invest in nation building or to make the necessary sacrifices to consolidate the fledgling republic, the duo of Ahmadu Bello and Tafawa Balewa commenced on a relentless pursuit of narrow sectional, regional and jihadist interests at the expense of the rule of law, democracy and good governance. Ahmadu Bello had also previously declared in the Daily Times on May 3rd 1961, his intention “to conquer the Action Group, (AG) in the same ruthless manner his grandfather conquered Alkawa, a town in Sokoto province, in the last century.” The bid to actualise these declarations in advancement of narrow sectional interests led to the rigging of census results in favour of the North in 1962 provoking an early post-independence crisis. By 1963 a further bid to ensure Northern domination through the construction of a one party state led to the emasculation of the AG and the arrest/ conviction of Chief Obafemi Awolowo for alleged coup plotting. The final act of infamy was the unholy alliance between Ladoke Akintola and Tafawa Balewa leading to a massive electoral heist in the Western region in 1964 which in turn sparked violent riots and disturbances (wetie) which eventually occasioned the January 1966 coup.
No one can doubt the necessity of nation building, yet as necessary as nation building was for Nigeria from independence, only leaders who genuinely believed in Nigeria and who were liberated from the demons of tribalism, religious fanaticism, hate and bigotry could have invested in it. Nation building is not without sacrifices; it involves a sustained process of ethnic and cultural integration through deliberate policies of inclusion, social justice, mutual respect, equality, fraternity and even spread of development and opportunities amongst other pragmatic initiatives. It also involves a commitment to the ideals of democracy. An ideal nation builder must demonstrate in words and deeds a clear policy of total integration that forbids exclusion and all forms of discrimination as the likes of Julius Nyerere of blessed memory stridently cultivated in Tanzania.
It is obvious that because the duo of Ahmadu Bello and Tafawa Balewa who formed the government of Nigeria at independence hated Nigeria, they were loath to invest in policies that will actualise national integration and create a true Nigerian identity, just as they were also loath to uphold democratic principles of free and fair elections being determined as Ahmadu Bello had declared in his speech to prevent any change of power by all means. Therein lies the most important factors for Nigeria’s failure. Ahmadu Bello/ Balewa were not alone in the odious game of bigotry but they were by far the most important national actors who sufficiently poisoned the nation with tribalism, sectionalism and election rigging in the then Western region to the extent that nation building was simply impossible.
Overtime, the absence of nation building and the seeds of sectionalism, tribalism, corruption and disharmony cultivated by the duo of Ahmadu Bello and Balewa from her foundational years has become Nigeria’s status quo. Since a house divided against itself cannot stand Nigeria has since become a chaotic, corrupt and conflict ridden failed state all thanks to the hatred, divisions and disharmony planted by the independence leadership duo of Ahmadu Bello/Balewa. The Ango Abdullahi’s Adamu Ciroma’s Murtala Nyako’s and Arewa’s of this world who daily make bigoted statements represents Nigeria’s fatal fault-lines and reminds us that Ahmadu Bello’s doctrine/legacy of domination, jihad, hate and exclusion of other Nigerians is still alive and well.
Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
*Photo Caption - From left to right: Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Alhaji Tafawa Balewa, Dr E.M.L. Endeley and Alhaji Ahmadu Bello.
[ Masterweb Reports: Chap. Nwonu Cornelius reports ] - Giving the definition from Wikipedia, Youth is the time of life when one is young, but often means the time between childhood and adulthood. Here, I would like to stress on the idea that a particular age period cannot be defined for being youthful. It is entirely dependent on one’s own idea of whether they still consider themselves as being a part of youth brigade or not.
Youths are the change agent who uses their voices and actions to create change, like three children in Kolkata, India who took it upon themselves to increase polio vaccination rates and help put their community on the map so that they could have access to clean water.
A change agent is someone like Jackson Merrick, a 5th grader from Virginia who happened to notice a Nothing But Nets sign at a basketball tournament. He was so inspired, after learning about the organization’s efforts to help end deaths from Malaria in Africa, he decided to raise money by selling African themed bracelets, key-chains and necklaces to purchase 18 insecticide-treated bed nets to protect a classroom of kids and their families.
THE BIG QUESTION IS “CAN THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT GIVE HER YOUTHS THIS PRIVILEDGE?” through empowerment programmes. I strongly believed that Nigerian youths are multi-talented. I learnt that our former President General Yakubu Gowon ruled this country at the age of 33. But today, the story is different, youths are denial of their legitimate rights, the Ward Councilor whose tenure is ending 2014 wants to contest for Local Government Chairman in 2015, L.G Chairman for House of Assembly and vis-a-visa. Where is the enabling environment for the youths?. Many talented and envisioned leaders from youths are uncountable in this country and yet no voice to speak to them. Where is the position of the youths as the future leaders?
How Can We Empower Youth?
They are various factors that play a major role in this process of building and structuring the very concept of youth empowerment which are:
Government sector ministries
• The government must develop a national youth policy that integrate with other sectoral policies such as that of education, health, employment, energy, environment, information etc. Wholesome development would be the result and youth can benefit from other sectoral policies as well.
• The establishment of Youth Council bodies must take place and all efforts must be made to strengthen and support the youth councils at national, district and local levels. It must be ensured that there is proper participation and representation of youth council at all levels of governance. The election period is approaching, it is therefore very important to train and re-train our youths through seminars, social media and Newspapers on their positive impact in the national development and not to be used as thugs in the pooling boots. Many of our youths destinies have been marred on the ground unemployment, imagining a graduate engaging himself as a thug in a pooling boot when he has so much to impact to this country? They are to be made known that youths are the vanguard for peace and social stability in this great NATION Nigeria.
• Industrial training institutes must be set up at the national, state and local levels to increase the employ-ability of the youth. There is no other better way of empowering our youths than Skill Acquisition Training. In visited one of the centres of Lagos State Skill Acquisition centres and I was amazed at what the governor and his government has done. I praise the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (san) for his establishment of Skill Acquisition Centres in all the local government in the state.
My State governor, Chief Martin Elechi has also done well in empowering Ebonyi state youths through mechanized farming and many of the youths are now self employed. I strongly believe that if all other governors can engage in same activities. The issue of youth unemployment will soon be a thing of the past.
I am therefore appealing to all meaningful Nigerians especially the youth ministries, National Orientation Agencies and the NGO to join hand in this clarion call as NO YOUTH, NO NATION.
Chap. Nwonu Cornelius
Ebonyi Eminent Youths Association
*Photo Caption - Map of Nigeria
[ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety writes President Jonathan ] - Your Excellency will recall that conversion of un-tarred portions of the Onitsha-Asaba Dual Carriage Way at Bridgehead into a car park and construction of same endeared Your Excellency to the heart of the people in the area particularly the traders of the Bridgehead Market. The major aim of the noble project was to clear and reclaim the area from the hands of some criminal entities that go with various names including Ukwu-aziza squad or Ogbaru Youth, among others. Another aim was to sanitize the area and make it environment friendly since it is a gateway into Anambra State and Southeast. Part of the aim also was to decongest the area by providing a befitting parking space for traders and others in the area to park their private cars. Before now, private cars litter the area causing congestion and other traffic jams as well as defacing the area, which is a major entrance into the State. The last aim was to reclaim lost government revenues hitherto in wrong hands by collecting tolls from each parked car as well as provision of........ Read More.
*Photo Caption - Niger bridgehead
[ Masterweb Reports ] - The former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi has commended President Goodluck Jonathan on the trajectory of his Government, especially its Transformation Agenda that is taken manufacturing and Agriculture seriously.
Speaking to the press after the State of Africa Session at the just concluded World Bank 2014 Annual Spring Meeting at Washington, where the World Bank Managing Director, Sri Mulyani Indrawati submitted that within 2 decades of growth, Asian countries have been able to reduce poverty by 40%, while Africa reduced it by mere 8% over the same period, because African neglected manufacturing and Agriculture, Obi said it was about time Nigeria focused more on manufacturing and Agriculture.
“Looking at the Government of President Goodluck Jonathan, one will notice that his emphasis now, responding to global requirement, is meanly on encouraging the manufacturing sector and Agriculture, while not neglecting other sectors. We have started to see the result. Once this is continued, the growth in our economy will increasingly lead to job creation and invariably to the reduction in poverty level”, Obi said.
As a corollary to the foregoing, Obi also called for more attention to be paid to education. “When you look closely, you will find out that those Asian countries in question invested heavily in education and skill acquisition as well. For African countries to develop, they must build their human resources and engage in practical capacity building,” Obi said. He therefore called for the establishment of the Ministry of Basic Education arguing that Nigeria needed that now to lay proper educational foundation for the children of the State bearing in mind, according to him, that education is the most portent tool for competition in the world.
Justifying the call, Obi said: “ Education is demanding and challenging. It is one sector that is very active in terms of caring for the schools, the welfare of the pupils and students, curriculum development, admissions, labour matters, regulation and registration of schools, among others. It shall be better coordinated if the sector has two Ministries, where one is devoted to basic education, which is the terra firma on which subsequent grade of education and teaching are hinged, Obi concluded.
*Photo Caption - President Goodluck Jonathan-Left; Mr. Peter Obi-Right.
[ Masterweb Reports: Mazi Odera reports ] - The Emperor of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh is set to address call World Press Conference this week. He disclosed this to the Minister of Aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka during the Minister’s reception by his Obosi community.
Victor Umeh said that he would use the conference to diminish Obi’s rising political profile and make sure he reduces him to nothing in the eyes of Nigerians.
Umeh opened up to Chidoka because Chidoka told him that he merely joined the PDP team that lobbied Obi to join the PDP because the President was interested in Obi joining them, otherwise that he would not be there. In fact, Chidoka told him to go and check the picture they took and see that he (Chidoka) dodged appearing in the picture. “Who is Obi that the entire South East should go and beg him, I told him to go and register in his ward and that remains my position. I understand the president may likely go to Anambra to welcome him, I wish it does not happen”, Osita said.
Having opened up, Umeh told him that Obi did not tell him (Umeh) that he was leaving and that he would call a World Press Conference and finish him. “I will even tell the world that he joined the PDP because he wants to become the SGF or at least a Minister now some Ministers are resigning to contest election.” Umeh, who jokingly told Osita to be grateful to people like him, because they were the ones that prevented Obi from becoming Minister thus paving way for him, said as long as he lived he would continue to work against Obi.
Umeh who tried to mobilise Anaocha (Obi’s Local Govt) youths to demonstrate against Obi’s joining the PDP was frustrated because the Chairman of Anaocha Local Govt refused to lead the protest arguing that Obi’s decision was personal to him. Meanwhile, Umeh had already disbursed N20 Million for the project through one Silas Ejeabacha, who is from Agulu.
Umeh told Chidoka that his mission now is to reach out to all those in support of Obi to turn them against him. He said that tomorrow he will meet some selected leaders from Agulu, give them what they want and pitch them against Obi. He boosted that he has the Councillors and ward leaders in Anaocha as well as Governor Willie Obiano in his pockets. “As for Willie, he does not know his right hand from his left, he depends on me for political direction and I will make sure I hold him tightly”, Umeh said. At this point, the laughing Osita CHidoka said “Ohamadike, biko mekwaru govanor anyi ebele oh!”
Last week Umeh called some Rev fathers in his Aguluzigbo house and under the pretext of disbursing about 5 Million Naira scholarship devoted time to paint Obi black before them.
The Circus goes on and why this UTMOST HOSTILITY you may ask ,only the EMPEROR knows the answer .
Mazi Odera reports.
*Photo Caption - Chief Victor Umeh
[ Masterweb Reports: Ihechukwu Njoku reports ] -Several Nigerian media houses reported today how the tragic collapse of a building at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) has already begun to have an adverse affect on Nigerian tourism and its attendant businesses.
According to a statement issued by the Airport Car Hire Association of Nigeria (ACHAN) of Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, and signed by the chairman, Summonu Oseni, business slowed down immediately after the building collapsed and has not picked up as foreign visitors have dramatically reduced.
“The incident does not affect The SCOAN alone but also Nigeria’s economy,” the statement said. “What happened is a big blow to the economy of the nation, most especially, the airport as most of the tourists to Nigeria are coming to visit The SCOAN. I mean, six out of every 10 tourists come to Nigeria visit The SCOAN.”
He described The SCOAN as a positive ‘brand’ for Nigeria. “The SCOAN is a big brand for Nigeria and a lot of revenues are generated by those involved in the tourism chain, especially members of ACHAN, who provide nothing less than 35 buses and equally a large number of small vehicles to move these visitors on a daily basis.”
According to the statement, Nigeria should encourage the ‘SCOAN brand’ and not carry out malicious campaigns of calumny founded on unsubstantiated information about it.
“We pray that this will not annoy the pastor and founder of the church, Prophet T.B. Joshua to relocate to another country, as other countries would like to have a man like him, who would boost tourism for their nation.”
According to PM News, airlines are also feeling the economic impact of the incident. An airline operator said that airlines such as South African Airways, Arik Air, Aero Contractors, Air France and Lufthansa Airways incurred the biggest losses from the reduction in spiritual tourists to The SCOAN.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, Joshua had already declared his intention to visit South Africa on a monthly basis “to meet people from South Africa and other nations who find South Africa easier to visit, in memory of martyrs of faith”.
Ihechukwu Njoku ( Email: email@example.com ), a freelance Nigerian journalist reports.
*Photo Caption - Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) Headquarters
[ Masterweb Reports ] - Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, has assured the new Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Kumven Rindom, of his administration's partnership with the state command.
The Governor gave the assurance at the Government House, Umuahia, when he received in audience the new sector Commander, Rindom, who paid him a courtesy visit.
He charged him to be diligent in the discharge of his duties, assuring him that Abia is very friendly.
The Governor noted that the Federal Road Safety Corps in the state has been doing very well in its delegated duty and urged it to continue in that vein.
He promised that government will address the challenges of accommodation and vehicles confronting it and urged the staff of the corps; to support the new Sector Commander to excel.
Earlier, Rindom said his visit was to familiarize himself with the Governor and to congratulate him for his many legacy projects as well as his assistance to the commission in the past.
He however intimated the Governor with challenges facing the command in the state including accommodation for the sector Commander and shortage of operational vehicles as well as the non inclusion of the corps in the Security Council of the state and implored the Governor to intervene. He also pleaded with the Governor to assist them with their ember months safety campaign designed to prevent road accidents during the ember months.
*Photo Caption - Governor T. A. Orji
[ Masterweb Reports ] - The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Chief Victor Umeh, has said the party lost nothing over the defection of former Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, to the Peoples Democratic Party.
Speaking to journalists at a rally in Asaba on Wednesday where Dr. Anthony Azuya, a House of Representatives candidate, led defectors from the All Progressives Congress and the Labour Party to APGA, Umeh said as Obi left the party, more people were joining the party.
“You can see that as Obi left the party yesterday, about 7,000 people have joined the party today. It is like a church. As some people are leaving, many more people are coming in.
“If there is any problem (with the party), people will not be trooping to APGA. We are happy that Obi left,” he said.
The APGA National Chairman however said APGA was unwavering in its support for the candidacy of President Goodluck Jonathan in next year’s election.
“Apart from the presidential election, APGA will field candidates in all the elections in 2015,” Umeh said.
He warned Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission to allow the people’s votes count in the October 25 local government election in the state.
Azuya, who is the candidate of APGA for Oshimili/Aniocha Federal Constituency in the 2015 House of Reps election, said the APGA project in Delta State was to change lives, inspire and motivate youths to make them employable.
He promised not to fail the people if they support his candidacy.
*Photo Caption - Chief Victor Umeh
[ Masterweb Reports ] - The former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi yesterday played host to who-is-who in the People's Democratic Party(PDP), in the South-East at his GRA Onitsha home October 6.
Led by the Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekwerumadu; Deputy Speaker, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha; SGF, Sen. Pius Anyim Pius and the Chairman of the South-East Governors' Forum, others in the entourage includes, the Governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Dr. Godswill Akpabio, Governor Elechi(rep) ;former Governor, Okwesilieze Nwodo,former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara, Sen. Uche Chukwumerije, Emma Anosike, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, Sen. Ben Obi, Sen. Igwe Paulinus, Kema Chikwe, Others are Hons. Ozongbachi, Offor Chukwuegbo, Uche Ekwunife, Chris Azobogu, Fort Dike, Jerry Alagboso, Toby Okechukwu, Kingsley Ebenyi, Onyechi Ezenwa, Ibechie, Eucharia Anazodo, Chuma Nzeribe, Princess Adaeze Oduah, Arua
Arunsi, Egwuatu Cyril, Anayo Nebe, Col Usobundu, Ifeanyi Ubah. Members of the Federal EXCO were there: Emeka Nwogu, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, Osita Chidoka, Valarie Onwualili, among many others
On their mission, the National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, represented by the publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh said the visit was as a result of the resolution by the entire South-East to pay him a visit and persuade him to join the PDP for more meaningful contribution to national affairs. Olisa who said that PDP had never lost election in the East, but to Peter Obi as a person because of his
integrity, forthrightness, hardwork, honesty, which had made the people to love him and to be willing to follow him at all times. Citing the recent joining of the PDP by Governor Mimiko, Mr. Metuh said time was ripe for Obi to join.
Speaking, Gov. Akpabio agreed that the PDP always lost in Anambra because of Obi. He said he wished they met Obi before the governorship election in Anambra that PDP would have won. However, he said it was not late for him to join the PDP and work at the centre for the good of the country. He described Obi as a man of integrity, who comes out strongly on issues who would be an asset to the country at the centre. He called Obi and his wife to be proud of himself saying "If some of your people do not believe in you, if we do not admire you, if they do not realize your potentials, we gathered here are telling you that Nigerians believe in you and admire you.
Speaking during the visit, the Governor of Abia State, Chief Theodore Orji said: " We are here today to discuss to future and progress of the South-East geo-political zone with our brother Mr. Peter Obi, who was the immediate Governor of Anambra State.Having reviewed with him the state of the country and how it affects our people, we came to the conclusion that our interest in the country is better served when we remain together as brothers and sister under one party and speak with one voice, which Obi has championed over the years.We all agreed that politics globally is dynamic and changes from time to time. In Nigeria, for example, we have moved from regional parties to regional politics, which requires our people staying together and speaking with one voice. We in the East should do the same in the interest of our people.We therefore appealed to him to join the people’s Democratic Party (PDP),
since that is the party majority of our people belong to. Further, Chief Orji said Obi was the type of person the PDP needed to move on because of his integrity and that it was not everybody that the leadership of an organization would be united in wooing him to join the party.
Contributing, the Deputy Senate President, Hon. Ike Ekweremadu said Obi, even when in APGA, extended hands of friendship to everybody that would contribute to the development of Anambra State. He said that Obi's demonstration of leadership, integrity, his friendship with the President and commitment to Nigeria prompted them to come and appeal to him to join the PDP.
Also speaking, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha said the decision to come and appeal to Mr. Peter Obi to join the PDP was a collective one borne out of How importantly Nigerians take Mr. Obi.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim, said he was optimistic the forum would end up convincing the Gov. to make definite pronouncement today. He said the delegation would not, in fact, leave his house until he joins."
Thereafter, the former Chairman of the PDP, Chief Okwesilieze Nwodo in moving the motion for Obi to join them said: "in view of Mr. Obi's integrity, political sagacity, marvellous work in Anambra State, stabilizing influence on the Federal Government, we the leaders of the PDP move the motion that you are the one we are waiting for in the PDP.
The motion was seconded by the Minister of Works, Chief Emeka Nwogu, who said that Peter Obi was one good man the PDP needed for his utility not just to the President, but to the country at large.
Mrs Kema Chikwe, speaking on behalf of woman said Obi was like the woman having an affair, and begot children, and that the event of today was akin to his mistress coming with his children to ask for the legalization of the marriage. He described Obi as sharing the same vision of a prosperous country with the PDP and that we would contribute more to Nigeria by joining a national party
The former Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, who was called upon to respond to the request by Sen. Ben Obi, said he was humbled by the visit thus: "I most sincerely appreciate this visit by people I consider as important political leaders from the South-East. I thank you for your continued belief and commitment to the welfare of our people and the progress of our country.
I have in the past worked closely with all of you and you know my belief about our zone working together. I assure you that we will continue to work even closer as a team in the interest of our people. Regarding your visit of today, let me assure you that I heard your kind and passionate requests and that your journey would not be in vain but in the best interest of our people.
Further Obi said the issue of joining a National party is not about happening in APGA, but because of the need to be a competitor and not a spectator in national affairs.
Finally, after protracted request that he be given time to get back to them and the insistence of the forum that time was of essence, he joined.
Taking unawares by the number of people that flooded to Obi's house, canopies were hurriedly set up to accommodate them. One of Obi's aides said they thought it was just a visit by a few PDP members as their oga told them but were surprised that it turned out to be a carnival.
*Photo Caption - The former Governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi( middle), with the PDP hierarchy from the South-East, including Gov. Godswill Akpabio, shortly after Obi joined the PDP at his Onitsha GRA residence October 6.
[ Masterweb Reports ] -As Muslims all over the world celebrate this year's Eid- El- Kabir, Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji has called on Muslims in the country
to engage in activities that will only promote peace and unity of Nigeria.
Orji who congratulated Muslims and wished them happy celebrations stressed the need of peace for the continued existence of Nigeria as united entity "despite our religious ideologies."
In a press release signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Charles Ajunwa, and made available to news men in Umuahia, Orji charged Muslims to dedicate this year's Sallah to prayers for the peace and unity of Nigeria.
He noted that the war against insurgency was more spiritual than physical, and could only be won through fervent prayers.
The Governor called for more prayers in support of solders and other security agents who put their lives on the line in defense of the country against insurgents.
Orji enjoined Muslims to eschew violence and seek peace with their neighbours in keeping with the tenets of Islam, reminding them that no meaningful progress can take place in any society in the absence of peace.
He also appealed to all Nigerians to be patriotic and put the interest of the country above parochial interests "so we can march on as one indivisible nation despite our religious differences."
The Governor further noted that Nigeria could exploit the strength of its diversity and launch herself into a leading economic player both in Africa and in the world.
He called for religious tolerance among various faiths in the country, saying that "it was not by accident that God allowed us to be brought together as one country."
*Photo Caption - Governor T. A. Orji