[ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety reports ] – (Public Information,Onitsha Nigeria, 7th of November, 2013)-In modern warfare industry or convention, asymmetric guerrilla warfare can be summed up as “a situation where a group of militarily and militantly organized people, whether in urban or interior take up arms against a constituted authority, whether roguishly or saintly instituted; using all unconventional methods known to them including rape and other sexual violence, kidnapping, bombing and destruction of critical infrastructures, looting, torture and killing of civilians and the uniformed; with the aim of destabilizing or unseating the constituted authority or forcing on the polity its selfish ethno-religious dogma”. A typical example of “an asymmetric guerrilla warfare group” in present Nigeria is the Boko Haram insurgents in northern Nigeria. This method is applied in a situation where conventional means will be to the disadvantage of the antagonistic guerrilla group because of its small size and limited resources and space.
In civil politics, especially in opposition politics, the foregoing can be summed up as a group of highly intolerant people in a political party, using all unconventional methods known to them to propagate its quest to take over power. Deployment of these unconventional methods by such a group is usually propelled by desperation and dry thirst to occupy power “by fire by force” without following due processes or universal enfranchisement best practices including issue based and peaceful poll campaigns.
Such unconventional methods include militant and combative poll campaigns, manufacturing and spreading of dangerous rumors and falsehoods, destruction and defacing of its opponents’ bill boards and posters, hiring of paid agents for the purpose of promoting campaigns of calumny against dissent voices, general intolerance to dissenting voices, promotion of ethnocentrism using sectionalized media, planting of spies, booing and jeering crowds in its opponents’ camps, violent poll campaigns, resort to “perfect crimes” including killings from within oiled by outsider conspiracy with the sole aim of blaming them on its opponents and creating bad blood between its opponents and the poll voting and observing public, sponsorship of “media blackout” including “killing” the stories filed by local reporters that represent the views of its opponents or “balkanization and bastardization” of reporters’ stories or their bylines. A typical example of such political group with “asymmetric political guerrilla warfare tactics” in present Nigeria is the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Opposition politics in modern world has no business with “asymmetric political guerrilla warfare”. Rather, it is likened to “shadow cabinet or government” in other modern social climes such as the United Kingdom. Social loopholes and unpopular policies of the incumbents provide surest yardsticks for opposition parties to win popular elections by offering the public convincing theoretical solutions to such social problems to be practically implemented if popularly elected. In modern history, foreign policy blunders of both Democratic and Republican Parties in USA had cost them the loss of the White House seat of power during popular poll times.
The ill policies of the opponent of Mr. William Jefferson Clinton (Bill Clinton) in the State of Arkansas provided an opportunity for him to be ousted by Mr. Clinton as the governor in 1979. Mr. Clinton’s professorship in fixing such ill policies kept him in office through repeated popular polls till 1991.
A popular opposition political party in modern times is best described as “the best government in waiting better than the worst government in power”. This is because such a popular opposition political party researches and experiments on those infamous policies that makes the incumbent very unpopular needing it to be changed democratically. At the threshold of the ACN (APC) opposition political activism in Nigeria, it started well, winning the heart of millions of Nigerians. But few years later, just like the loss of corporate integrity of the Nigerian media soon after the anti military struggle that ended in 1999; the ACN (APC) derailed and decayed steeply and became an ethno-jingoist political opposition, from where it transformed into “an asymmetric guerrilla political warfare group” of present time.
It is important to say that any elective public office in Nigeria including the Anambra governorship seat can be won by the APC, but certainly not through “asymmetric political guerrilla warfare”. Instead of taking over the entire Nigerian polity through popular polls with intimidating and popular alternatives in matters of topical social governance problems afflicting the country or any part thereof, the APC embarks on “coupist” journey, seducing and inducing the occupants of some elective executive and legislative seat of power in the country including those the party say came through the windows at the point of their electoral emergence. Some of these convert governors are celebrated crooks and brigands, who used immunities to ward themselves of being guests of cocooned homes or prisons with permanent toga of social ostracism.
In Anambra State, the party went and canonized “the primus inter pares” of Nigeria’s “professors of election rigging”; that is to say one Dr. Chris Ngige and crowned him as “Anambra’s best governor in waiting” since 2007. After the party’s humiliation in the all popular Ondo State governorship poll of 2012, the APC became more deadly instead of being more politically professorial. This time around, it has become more mean by going for the jugulars of the modern world’s “living social saints and untouchables” (human rights activists) by massively deploying “crooked and conformist rights activists and media writers” to rest them in “pieces” or oust them out of social equation.
The common expectation of average reasonable person from the APC in Nigeria or any part thereof including Anambra State, is to tell and show them how and why the present government of Anambra State has failed in public governance indices or parameters, warranting its ousting through popular poll. Till date, the reverse is the case adding to growing evidence of “worst to come if elected or declared”. With the way things are going, assuming the APC wins or it is declared; its governorship candidate will take over Awka Government House without waiting to be sworn in or allowing the incumbent to exhaust his tenure by the mid day of March 17, 2013. And if the incumbent responds in the like manner, then the State will go up in flames.
Just the other day, we read on the online media a statement credited to the APC, Anambra State chapter with a caption: “Peter Obi Uses Intersociety Again To Cover Uke Adoration Stampede”. Before then, the same APC chapter had issued a statement with a title: “How Peter Obi Procured Intersociety To Cover Obiano’s Double Registration”. Days later, one of our trusted friends, Mr. Okechukwu Nwanguma, acting either within his self calculations or external inducement, announced to the world reading public his artistry in character assassination with our Board Chairman and Organization as his sole target. In all these, we acted maturely by concentrating on “putting the records straight” and refusing to be provoked or respond in a like manner including opening up on any of our attackers.
English Language professors usually say: “liars use passive voice and truth tellers use active voice”. Till date, none of our attackers including theLagos and Anambra APC chapters has laid before the teeming reading public any counter irrefutable facts to rubbish all our public positions, ranging from the Ezu River massacre to Obiano’s alleged double voter registration; and from the Uke stampede to other spurious accusations so leveled. In the Ezu River saga, the APC and its hirelings never saw anything wrong in the Senate Committee’s watery report that killed it and set free SARS murderers, but they saw something wrong in our in-depth and seminal report. Perhaps, Governor Peter Obi also “offered bribes” to Dr. Chris Ngige and his senatorial colleagues to be extricated in the spurious report.
In obiano’s case, the destructive falsehood, propelled by the APC was put to rest by our incontrovertible investigation grounded in the provisions of the Electoral Act of 2010 (section 13 (1) (2)( 3) (4)). A High Court sitting in Otuocha, Anambra State had few days ago affirmed our position by ruling that Obiano did not involve in double voter registration. Obiano’s failed accusers wanted to turn our laws upside down by punishing him solely on “actus rea”( alleged discovery of two data of his in Lagos and Anambra) without finding out further why the two data exist (mens reus). The doctrine of “hear the other side” was thrown into the wind by the APC and its sectionalized media. It becomes “normal practice” when they level spurious allegations and becomes “partisan” when investigated and exposed.
In the Uke Adoration Stampede tragedy, where a stampede orchestrated by politically motivated intervening forces killed about 28 innocent persons, the APC’s artistry in falsehood and dangerous rumors became negatively professorial when it magisterially inferred that “Peter Obi killed the victims”. Incontrovertible eyewitness accounts including that of the Chairman of the Anambra Branch of the CLO, Comrade Aloysius Emeka Attah, have since corroborated ours and that the Onitsha Catholic Archbishop. Anambra CLO and Intersociety have at least ten adoration devotees who attended the fatal session. Comrade Attah’s account is grounded in evidential law as “account of a reasonable person”. Professionally, he is a political scientist, a student of maters degree and a practicing journalist with the Sun Newspapers. He is also a devoted Catholic faithful who usually sits in front of holy altar before the beginning of every mass service. Totality of these makes his account nationally and universally acceptable and legally admissible.
Not even a public statement and lucid explanation offered by His Lordship; the Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha, Archbishop Val Okeke could dissuade the APC and its propaganda managers including Mr. Joe Igbokwe of its Lagos chapter from drawing the wrath of God and his angel warriors by accusing the Presiding Priest of the Uke Adoration Prayer Ministry, Reverend Father Emmanuel Obimma (Ebube Mmuo Nso) of “taking bribes from Governor Peter Obi to maintain silence”; and insisting that “Peter Obi killed the victims”. For the fact that the Catholic Church is highly ordered and is not a mushroom megaphone ministry without hierarchy, is not enough for the likes of Mr. Joe Igbokwe, who has chosen to lie against the Holy Spirit in the name of playing “politics”.
The APC, which recently drew a battle line against Igbo gods and goddesses, is yet to finish it, yet it has now entered into a more consuming one by challenging the Almighty God and His heavenly Angels and other Holy Spirits to a fight over the true state of event at the Uke Adoration Ground.
Finally, in the immortal words of His Royal Majesty, the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe: “Onye Merua Ala, Ala Achubiya Oso” (he who chooses to desecrate the holy land, runs without ceasing or without anybody chasing him)! Our Armpits Are Still Not Hairy!!
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman of the Board
International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law
Comrade Justus Ijeoma, Head, Publicity Desk
*Photo Caption – Map of Anambra State
[ Masterweb Reports: Adebiyi Oluwasina Peters reports ] – I used to hear something like 'MTN . . . . . . . Everywhere you go', and I believed it. But alas, it's just flattery upon fallacy! A well roasted and sugar coated deceit which I discovered when I found myself in a place in Kwara state where MTN network is a myth. The more I struggle to affirm the above statement, the more mythical it gets. Then I realized, it's 'MTN . . . . . . Anywhere you find it'.
I requested for the extension of this telecommunication network to a district called Ejidongari in Moro LGA; but MTN Nigeria has been hiding under the pretense that they don't know the place, like it's not humans that lives there. Well I marveled and asked, where is your service to humanity when you can't help rural dwellers who need you the most, probably because you know they won't yield much profit.
Anyway you are right, they won't yield much but where is your sanity, your compassion for your fellow humans who are stucked in one uncommunicable God-knows-how-far place? You should know you can't reach every student with your scholarship, not all artiste will win project fame and how many million Nigerians have played your 'who wants to be a whatever' game, but you can reach and satisfy everybody with readily available and quality network services which in all intent isn't free. So I beseech thee O' compatriots in MTN telecommunications, remember this rural dwellers and help them hear and feel the world as fast as you can.
God bless Nigeria and I hope very soon everybody can say the same to you.
Adebiyi Oluwasina Peters
08060136133 (no network)
08089481788 (very limited network)
*Photo Caption – MTN logo
[ Masterweb Reports ] – The Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), Anambra State Branch has berated politicians in Anambra state for using the Uke adoration stampede incident as a tool for scoring cheap political points against opponents.
Reacting to the various verbal attacks fired against each other by various political camps engaged in campaign activities for the Anambra governorship election, the CLO said that nothing can be so callous than people playing politics with human blood.
In a statement signed by the State Chairman, Comrade Aloysius Attah and Secretary, Comrade Chibueze Nwajiaku, the organization expressed bitterness on the way the unfortunate incident has been turned into a campaign tool by desperate politicians.
The statement noted that the State Chairman of CLO was an eye witness account to what transpired at the adoration ground having attended the vigil with his wife also cautioned politicians against making unguarded and inflammatory comments that will not only over heat the polity but also attract the wrath of God.
The CLO stated that what happened was an accident caused by unprecedented number of worshippers and false alarm that had nothing to do with the arrival or exit of the state governor at the adoration ground.
The CLO aligned itself with the position of Intersociety and the South East Christian Association of Nigeria who banned politicians from campaigning in churches.
The organization also called for a holistic investigation on the incident with a view to ascertaining the motive and mission of those who were waving banners and posters of guber aspirants in a holy prayer ground.
While commiserating with the bereaved families on the grievous loss, the organization also called on the authorities at the Holy Ghost Adoration Ministries, Uke to enlarge the adoration ground with more entrance and exit routes and also fashion out an effective crowd control mechanism with adequate security in the premises to avoid a repeat of the ugly incident.
*Photo Caption – As seen.
[ Masterweb Reports ] – (Public Information, 3rd of November, 2013)-The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law deeply offers condolences to the families of over a dozen innocent citizens that reportedly died in hospital as a result of the Friday night (01/11/2013) stampede at the exit gate of the Uke Adoration Ground of St Dominic Catholic Church, Uke in Idemmili North LGA of Anambra State. The Adoration Ministry Ground belongs to Reverend Father Emmanuel Obimma, popularly called “Ebube Nmuonso” of the Onitsha Catholic Archdiocese.
The Catholic Adoration Ministry at Uke became popular of late and started attracting very large crowd of devotees who go in search of spiritual and physical solutions to social challenges facing their lives. It is a replica of the popular Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry in Enugu run by Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka of the Enugu Catholic Archdiocese. Among devotees and visitors are politicians of various political parties who use such holy periods to canvass for support and votes. The governorship candidates of APC, Labour and APGA have visited the scene recently and made several promises including tarring the entrance road, tackling the gully menace near the Holy Ground and provision of vehicles to convey devotees from far distances during Adoration days and hours.
While Dr. Chris Ngige and his APC reportedly fulfilled their recent promise of grading the entrance road to the Adoration Ground, the camp of Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah and his Labour reportedly took charge of providing some vehicles to convey devotees from far distances to the Holy Ministry. The camp of Governor Peter Obi and his Party have reportedly promised to tar the entrance road and tackle the gully menace threatening the Adoration Ground before the end of the Governor’s tenure by first quarter of 2014. Cash donations and other material promises have also been reportedly offered or made to the Ministry by some politicians.
According to eyewitnesses including some of our members who usually attend the Adoration Prayer sessions and who particularly attended the stampeded session, the fatal stampede was caused by panicky retreat of a mass of devotees at the exit gate of the Ministry at about 5:05am in the morning of Saturday, November 2nd, 2013. A crowded movement off the gate resulted in the falling of a frying pan, belonging to a woman hawker, which emptied its hot oil into the fire. The flames resulted in people running and scampering for safety during which the stampede ensued.
The independent accounts further informed that up to one hundred devotees fainted and were brought back to the Adoration Ground for first aid treatment. Those in critical state were taken to three hospitals in Onitsha and environs for medical attention, from where over a dozen were reportedly confirmed dead. Governor Peter Obi and his encourage attended the Uke Prayer session at about 10:30pm on 1st of November, 2013 and left at about 3:30am 02/11/2013. The tragedy occurred at about 5:05am at the end of the prayers session.
It is our advice to the authorities of the Adoration Ministry led by Reverend Father Emmanuel Obimma to ban the official attendance and recognition of politicians and their political parties. Such politicians may be allowed to attend in their private capacities. Ban should also be placed on their mass of supporters, who at times turn mischievous. Donation of vehicles by politicians to convey devotees to the Adoration Ground should also be banned. Politicians including those in charge of affairs in the Government of Anambra State may be invited officially in the day time to participate in the official activities of the Ministry including fundraising.
It is shocking and sad to note that some politicians have formed habits of sending and stationing their hatchet men on the Adoration Ground to disrupt their opponents’ successful participation in the Prayers’ session either by voice or physical disruptions. The authorities of the Adoration Ground should reorganize the entire security and exit and entry procedures in the premises of the Ministry. The mammoth crowd that graced the stampeded prayer session is dotted with suspicion of “menacing rented crowd” possibly imported by some politicians to create such homicidal atmosphere.
Though the fatal stampede has been linked to “frying oil flames”, but other intervening forces such as political sabotage may not be ruled out. The desperation of some criminal politicians to capture and loot Anambra State premised on the all-important November 16, 2013 governorship poll is evidently pronounced. We, again, offer condolences to the families of those that died as well as the authorities of the Uke Adoration Ministry led by fiery Reverend Father Emmanuel Obimma and the entire Onitsha Archdiocese of the Catholic Church.
May the souls of the departed rest in vineyard of the Almighty God and May they hunt those who are bent on rigging Anambra governorship poll again.
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman of the Board
International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law
Comrade Justus Ijeoma, Head, Publicity Desk
*Photo Caption - The Adoration Ground after the stampede.
[ Masterweb Reports ] - May I be allowed a space in your widely read medium to salute the Governor of Abia State, Chief T. A. Orji for recalling 'non-indigene' workers terminated some months ago. Chief Orji has shown that he has human feelings and is responsive to the need for the unity of Ndigbo and Nigeria.
I call on the Enugu State government and other governments that did similar thing some years ago to recall the affected workers and also pay them their entitlements.
*Photo Caption – Governor T. A. Orji
[ Masterweb Reports ] - Contrary to some recent media reports, the Federal government has not adopted a take-it-or-leave-it approach in its negotiations with ASUU. Rather, the approach is focused on positive engagement and achieving sustainable solutions to the challenges facing higher education in the country. That is why President Goodluck Jonathan recently appealed to ASUU to respond to government’s positive steps by calling off its strike in the interest of suffering students and parents. *Click for Enlarged Photo of Pamphlet.
Despite this, for several days now, some elements in ASUU have been distributing pamphlets and flyers with abusive and inflammatory messages against the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in mosques and other places. This is taking academic unionism to a new low and infusing it with unnecessary politics. I am sure majority of ASUU members are not in support of this.
These messages are directed at using falsehood to demonize the Minister as callous and unsympathetic to the plight of students and parents. The major lie being peddled in the pamphlets and flyers is that Dr Okonjo-Iweala has insisted on a “take-it-or-leave-it approach” in the negotiations with ASUU. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Dr Okonjo-Iweala is the daughter of two retired professors and her father is presently a member of ASUU’s Board of Trustees and has been one for a long time. She speaks with her father everyday on the issue so how can be insensitive to issues concerning the sad state of tertiary education in the country? She understands and sympathizes with the plight of both students and lecturers. She wants our children back in school as soon as possible. Remember she is a mother and two of her young relatives are sitting at home due to the strike.
This is why government is working hard, under the leadership of the President, to seek practical and sustainable solutions to the challenges facing higher education in Nigeria. The President has made available N100 billion a year in the first instance to repair hostels, laboratories and classrooms and other facilities. An offer has also been made to ASUU of N30 billion towards their earned allowances. In fact, negotiations have even gone further than this. This is the first time, in years of negotiating with government, that significant sums of money have been put on the table for ASUU and universities on this particular set of issues. The Coordinating Minister is fully part of this.
Against this background, ASUU elements who want the strike to continue should have a heart and rethink their current take-it-or-leave-it approach to negotiation. Government has demonstrated its commitment to improving the university system. And it is even ready to do much more going forward. ASUU should listen to the voice of reason and the yearnings of Nigerians on this issue.
Paul C Nwabuikwu
Special Adviser to the Coordinating Minister and Minister of Finance
*Photo Caption - Pamphlet being distributed in some mosques in the northern part of the country. *Click for Enlarged Photo of Pamphlet.
[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release ] –My fellow PDPians; On behalf of our chairman, Dr. Harold Molokwu and members of PDPUSA, I wish to bring to your attention the recent death of Chief Solomon Lar in the United States of America after a protracted illness.
Chief Lar was former governor of Plateau State and foundation chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Dr. Harold Molokwu expressed shock over the demise of our former national chairman whom he described as "a true elder statesman and his death a national loss".
Please, join me and the PDPUSA in extending your condolences to the bereaved family, Peoples Democratic Party and the citizens of Plateau State. May his soul rest in peace and may God continue to be with his family and grant them His mercy and the fortitude to bear the loss.
Hon. Patrick G. Utin, jr
National Publicity Secretary
*Photo Caption – PDP logo
[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release by Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze ] –The Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has noted the ruling by a Lagos High Court presided over by Justice Oludotun Adefope-Okojie, who today threw out the suit we instituted against the illegal party regime of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and his National Working Committee (NWC).
We wish to assure our teeming members and Nigerians in general that there is no cause to worry. This is because the ruling has nothing to do with the merit of the case but the place of filing. As advised by His Lordship, we shall hasten to re-file the suit, this time in Abuja, as we are convinced about the merit of our case. Our determination to sack the usurper, Alhaji Tukur, and rescue our great party from his misrule has never been stronger.
Finally, we urge all our supporters and members not to despair or exercise any atom of fear and should continue to support the leadership of our great party under the able leadership of Alh Abubakar kawu Baraje as we are getting closer to freeing our party from the enclave of undemocratic elements currently holding us to ransom and doing everything within their powers to ruin all that our founding fathers struggled to build.
With today’s court ruling, we are now very determined to restore PDP to the path of honour particularly now that we have lost our great first National Chairman, Dr Solomon Lar to the cold hands of death. Let us reiterate that nothing and we repeat nothing will stop us from implementing the visions of both Dr Solomon Lar and all the founding fathers of our great party to the letter and keeping all undemocratic elements at bar from leadership of our great party.
Long live PDP!
Long live Nigeria!!!
Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze
National Publicity Secretary, New PDP
*Photo Caption – Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje
[ Masterweb Reports: Poem by Dr. James C. Agazie ] - IF I WERE BARACK OBAMA….
No more lectures, no more sermons on mountaintop
Away with White House diners, Flood Time is over: Fire Next Time
What will the Republicans do when Immigration Act comes along?
They ain’t seen nothing yet, nothing to take their breath away
Nothing to pull the rug from under stubborn, slippery feet
I’d keep the heat under the copper-bottomed kettle
I’ll let the Republicans seethe as a boiling pot of African herbs
Placed squarely between the malarial patients’ legs
Alas, they hiss as serpents in Eden Garden baffling a woman
And they scamper like headless chicks at the butchery
They’ve been dancing: “Defund Obamacare, starve it, obliterate it”
They’ve balanced budgets on backs of longsuffering, overtaxed people
Their pray that the Affordable Healthcare Act will come to naught
And want to trump over Oval Room and some Nine Old Judges
They jeer: “We’re the Cruz-Gingrich-Boehner (the Crusty Ginger Bread)”
Anarchy is what they specialize in, shutting the damn thing down
They send the uninsured to early graves and lay off unpaid millions
They get fat paychecks while millions have empty gnawing stomachs
They let the chips fall where they may, and you think they care?
They want us to smell our nyash, be furious, irate, and teed off
They consider us mindless hollering bastards who should “eat cake”
Hear them brag: “You can’t touch us Cruz-Gingrich-Boehler
We’re the Crusty Ginger Bread, the mighty Republican Elephants”
By Dr. James C. Agazie, email@example.com, 678-886-1613
*Photo Caption - As seen.
[ Press Release - For Immediate Release ] - On January 12, 1970 at the tender age of 14 as Charles O. Okereke witnessed the end of Nigeria’s historic civil war, enduring firsthand, the horrors of armed conflict as a child, he composed the hymn friends refer to as ‘Cry of A Biafran Child’. The essence of the sale/distribution of this song is not for any political ideology or agenda, but to identify with the history, will and determination of the people on both sides of that historic war, who symbolized a struggle and whose sacrifice, established either positively or negatively what is the present day Nigeria. In the same vein, this launching aims to celebrate the rich values of freedom, liberty and justice which the founding fathers of the great Nation - United States of America have handed down to its citizens, through the struggles of many iconic men and women who have contributed to the civil, political, ideological and social evolution of America. Okereke says he will never forget January 12, 1970, the day the Nigerian civil war ended, because........ Read More & Download / Purchase Song(s).
*Photo Caption - All Hail Biafra front sleeve (cover).