[ Masterweb Reports ] - Recall a letter addressed to us by your respected office, dated 2nd day of June 2014 in response to our two-part letter to Mr. President of Nigeria, dated 29th and 31st May, 2014, which we copied your respected office. The remaining parts three and four of the letter as well as related subsequent letters and publications updated up to July 2014 were also sent to your office, which it duly received and acknowledged. The correspondences between your office and ours were in respect to commission of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide by the State and non-State actors in Nigeria's insurgency violence (Boko Haram terrorism) and a demand for your body's intervention. Our writing your respected office again is not only to remind your office that we are still waiting for the official announcement from your revered office of its commencement of its substantive criminal inquiry into the above named atrocity crimes with a view to apprehending and prosecuting their offenders; but also to........ Read More.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Paul C Nwabuikwu reports ] - It is a shame that someone with the credentials of Dr Temitope Oshikoya would display the kind of dishonesty and moral turpitude present in his article, “Golden Girl and the Icarus Paradox” published in The Guardian of Monday, September 8, 2014. The article is a commentary on the ongoing recruitment process for CEO of the Nigerian Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC).
For the sake of transparency, Dr Oshikoya should have let the world know that he was a candidate for this position but unfortunately, he did not make it. The fact that he neglected to mention this is very instructive and demonstrates that he is nothing but a disappointed bitter person who is not man enough to take responsibility for his own performance.
It is quite disheartening when people like Oshikoya, who is expected to know better, impugn efforts to institutionalize a merit-based approach to recruitment for key positions in the country simply because the results did not favour him. Some of us need to learn to put the collective good ahead of individual selfish interest.
The NMRC is, of course, the government sponsored but private-sector driven institution which is central to the Jonathan administration’s plan to make mortgage finance accessible to Nigerians. The launch of the first 10,000 mortgages scheme on July 31 underscores the government’s commitment to the realization of this objective.
The interview for CEO of NMRC which Dr Oshikoya participated in was part of a transparent process managed by the globally respected consulting firm, Deloitte and Touche. The firm shortlisted ten Nigerians from within and outside the country in a global headhunt which met the standards of international best practice. The interview panel included Managing Director of Stanbic IBTC Bank, Mrs Sola David Borha; interim CEO of NMRC, Mr Sunny Ayere; CEO, Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority, Mr Uche Orji; CEO of Aso Savings and Loans Plc, Alhaji Hassan Usman; and representatives of the World Bank, International Finance Corporation and DFID. In the end, Dr Oshikoya did not make the short list of the final three candidates who are being proposed to be interviewed by the Board of the NMRC.
It is understandable to feel disappointed in this kind of circumstance. What is not understandable – or justifiable – is to write an article full of vicious falsehoods and distortions against the chair of the interview panel who, for reasons best known to Oshikoya, he erroneously blames for his poor performance. The unwarranted attack against the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance by Oshikoya is nothing but a despicable effort by a person who obviously has an inflated opinion of himself to channel personal frustration against a false object of disappointment.
Oshikoya’s long winded article is full of allegations which are as false as they are laughable. For instance, he shamelessly repeats the unfounded story that Okonjo-Iweala appointed Igbos to head agencies in the financial sector. But this is totally untrue as it is a verifiable fact that the heads of the Securities and Exchange Commission, AMCON, Nigeria Stock Exchange and others were already in office before Okonjo-Iweala returned to government in August 2011. It is also a fact that Mr Uche Orji, the CEO of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority emerged through a competitive and transparent process supervised by the reputable international consulting firm KPMG and in which the respected Mr Fola Adeola headed the nominations committee.
It is indeed sad that Dr Oshikoya would, by implication, impugn the integrity of Mr Kunle Elebute, Managing Partner of KPMG who supervised the process of hiring the top management team of the NSIA, Mr Dotun Philips, head of Philips Consulting who supervised the FIRS version and Mr Joseph Olofinsola of Deloitte and Touche who oversaw the NMRC process which inspired his article.
In his haste to tar the Minister, Oshikoya neglected to do even the most basic homework. He obviously does not know that the DG of BPE, Mr Benjamin Dikki, one of the “Igbos” whom Oshikoya identified as the Coordinating Minister’s appointee is from Kebbi State not Okonjo-Iweala’s so-called “geo-ethnic circles” (sic)! Of course, Dr Bright Okogu, the DG Budget Office who is also mentioned is Urhobo from Delta State. He carefully does not mention Dr Mansur Muhtar, Nigeria’s most senior representative at the World Bank and Dr Shehu Yahaya, Executive Director at the African Development Bank as well as other qualified persons whose nominations were supported by Dr Okonjo-Iweala. To a mind warped by disappointment and bitterness, the truth is dispensable.
It is beneath contempt for Oshikoya to resurrect old lies about Okonjo-Iweala’s alleged role in the failed bid of Mr Bisi Ogunjobi to be elected President of the African Development Bank ten years ago. The final outcome had little to do with Dr Okonjo-Iweala who campaigned vigorously for him once he was nominated as Nigeria’s candidate. The truth is that Mr Ogunjobi performed creditably in a competitive process in which all ministers of finance in Africa interviewed candidates but did not emerge the winner. The notion that Okonjo-Iweala could have singlehandedly swung the vote in Mr Ogunjobi’s favour but refused to do so is fanciful nonsense.
It is even more despicable for Oshikoya to try and set Dr Okonjo-Iweala up to take the blame, ahead of time, should Nigeria’s candidate for the presidency of the African Development Bank this time around fail to make it. It is clear in his appalling write up that Oshikoya is an ethnic bigot carrying out an agenda that is designed to target Dr Okonjo-Iweala. I am sure that Nigeria’s candidate for the AfDB presidency, Dr Akin Adesina, given his background and profile, will be keen to dissociate himself from this unscrupulous attempt to sully his reputation and his serious bid for the presidency of AfDB. I know that, unlike Oshikoya, Dr Adesina is perfectly capable of taking responsibility for his performance, good or bad, when the time comes.
Oshikoya’s comments on Okonjo-Iweala’s historic and widely applauded run for the presidency of the World Bank is the final nail in the coffin of an article that trivializes fact and assaults common sense. Apparently, Temitope Oshikoya, Phd, was asleep when a respected rival, Dr Ocampo stepped down for Okonjo-Iweala during the race and the leading lights and respected voices in the world’s premier institutions and media declared her the better candidate to run the institution.
And he must have been oblivious when the world criticized the post Second World War tradition which made the position a monopoly of the US and which was used to stop Okonjo-Iweala from becoming the first non-American to head the institution. Of course he also conveniently forgot that African Presidents who recommended her and President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan who graciously put her forward were major reasons for her decision to participate. There is no substance in the charge of hubris which Oshikoya lays against Okonjo-Iweala. Obviously for a pseudo-intellectual with an ax to grind there are no limits to the sheer variety of lies that can be deployed in the service of an unholy cause.
Rather than pollute public discourse with an opinion piece riddled with lies and bitterness, Temitope Oshikoya should accept that he simply did not do well in his recent quest to head a key emerging institution and get on with whatever is left of his life. He should step up his game at his next job interview. We wish him good luck.
Nwabuikwu is Special Adviser Media and Communication to the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance.
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[ Masterweb Reports ] - Abia State government has reacted to the allegation that former Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika (rtd), is a Boko Haram sponsor saying that the accusation is unfounded.
In a statement, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Charles Ajunwa said such grave accusation should be backed with evidence which up till now is lacking.
Mr. Ajunwa called on those behind the allegation to allow the former Chief of Army Staff retire peacefully after a meritorious service to his fatherland and queried why they did not raise the issue when he was still serving.
The Chief Press Secretary said Gen. Ihejirika is an accomplished military officer who did his best during his time to fight insurgency in the country.
He wondered how someone who was accused of being overzealous in crushing Boko Haram while in office would turn round overnight to become a sponsor of the same devilish group he was fighting.
The statement re-stated that the former Chief of Army Staff remains an illustrious son of Abia who distinguished himself in office and gave the insurgents a good fight.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety Reports ] - (Security & Rule of Law, Onitsha Nigeria, 4th September 2014)-On 30th of August 2014, the Nigeria’s Police Service Commission released the names of thirty-seven (37) new Commissioners of Police (CPs) and two new Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs). The names of CPs comprise thirty (30) substantive CPs and seven (7) acting CPs. According to our further investigation, the names of the newly promoted officers and their States/Geopolitical Zones are the following: AIG Buhari Tanko (Kano State, Northwest) and AIG Johnson A. Ogunsakin (Ekiti State, Southwest). Others promoted to CP from the rank of DCP are: Pius U. Imue (Rivers State, South/south), Hilda Ibifuro Harrison (Edo State, South/south), Michael Ogbodu (Delta State, South/south), Gabriel Achong (Cross River State, South/south), Etop John James (Akwa Ibom State, South/south), Emmanuel T. Inyang (Akwa Ibom State, South/south), Victory Niro Menta (Delta State, South/south) and (acting CP) Moses Jitobor (Bayelsa State, South/south).
Other names are: Felix Goodluck Ogundeji (Ondo State, Southwest), Frederick Taiwo Lakanu (Lagos State, Southwest), Ademola Omole (Osun State, Southwest), Olusola Emmanuel Amore (Ogun State, Southwest), Adegbuyi Samuel Damilola (Ogun State, Southwest), Rasheed A. Akintunde (Ogun State, Southwest), Olufemi Olanipekun Oyeleye (Osun State, Southwest), Adekunle J. Oladunjoye (Ondo State, Southwest), Sobulo B.T.M (Ogun State, Southwest) and acting CPs Fatai Owoseni (Oyo State, Southwest), Adeyemi Samuel Ogunjemilusi (Ogun State, Southwest) and Ibine J. Emmanuel (Ogun State, Southwest).
Also promoted to CP are: Valentine U. Ntochukwu (Anambra State, Southeast), Nwodibo Ekechukwu (Imo State, Southeast), Peace Ibekwe Abdallah (Anambra State, Southeast) and acting CP Emmanuel C.S. Ojukwu (Anambra State, Southeast). There are CPs Joshak Habila (Plateau State, North-central), Jimoh Omeiza Ozi Obeh (Kogi State, North-central), Clement Adoda (Benue State, North-central), Austin I. Iwar (Benue State, North-central), Adaji Adejo Gabriel (Kogi State, North-central), Ezekiel Danboyi Zang (Plateau State, North-central) and acting CP Wilson Inalegwu (Benue State, North-central). The rest are CPs Ibrahim A. Lamorde (Adamawa State, Northeast), Ishaku Alhaji Barau ( Bauchi State, Northeast), Istifanus Shettima (Borno State, Northeast), Ghazalli Mohammed (Zamfara State, Northwest), Mohammed Lawal Hussein (Kano State, Northwest) and acting CP Mani Murtala Usman (Katsina State, Northwest).
The geopolitical breakdown shows that out of the thirty-seven (37) newly promoted CPs, the Southwest zone tops the list with twelve (12), followed by the South/south with eight (8) and the North-central with seven (7). The Southeast zone got four (4) CPs, followed by the Northwest and the Northeast zones with three (3) each. While the promotion exercise made an attempt to ensure a geopolitical spread, it is still observed that it is not done fairly and equitably. Our careful study of the background of the promotion exercise speaks volume of reversion to the status quo on the part of the PSC, which just picked a number of names as lopsidedly arranged by the former IGP, contained in the “NPF Senior Staff List for CSP-IGP” and got them promoted as new CPs both in acting and substantive capacities; without a recourse to fair geopolitical balancing.
For instance, the PSC just picked names of the benefiting senior police officers from the staff list under reference in the DCP category serially numbered from 16 to 50 and got them promoted. We have severally kicked against any promotion based on this type of arrangement because of the grossly lopsided arrangement of the names in the said list. Those exempted from the serially promoted names are DCPs Jackson O. Eko (No. 43) and Veronica Modupe Omofonma, who have gone on statutory retirement since 30th July 2014. CP Moses Jitobor (No.146) was also promoted much more ahead of others including a number of Southeast and Northeast serving DCPs direly needed to balance the gross geopolitical imbalance under contention.
The two geopolitical zones under reference remain the zones with least number of serving CPs and AIGs in the country till date. It is totally wrong to allocate twelve new CP slots to the Southwest zone and allocate mere four and three slots to Southeast and Northeast zones respectively. Till date, the Northwest zone still dominates other zones in the number of serving CPs and AIGs. The zone is followed by the North-central, South/south and Southwest zones. The zones of Southeast and Northeast have the least number of the serving senior police officers under reference. With the latest promotion exercise, there are only six serving CPs of the Southeast origin including one acting CP out of a total of about 110 serving CPs in the NPF. By geopolitical equity and fairness provided in the 1999 Constitution, the Southeast ought to be given at least fifteen (15) serving CPs out of about 110 in the NPF.
In our struggle to right the monumental wrong being complained of, it is no retreat, no surrender until a total victory is achieved. It has also come to our full knowledge that slots meant for some States in the Southeast particularly Anambra State during police cadet and non-cadet recruitment exercises are hijacked and filled with names from other geopolitical zones. In the 2010 police cadet recruitment exercise, for instance, twelve of such names meant for Anambra indigenes were reportedly hijacked by scavengers from the South/south zone. It was also reported that at times, such slots are hijacked by some malicious individuals from the North and filled with names of Southeast bearing. Such names are later changed after being successfully recruited. Similar criminal and ethno-religious practices have been reported in other federal government policing and non-policing agencies.
Possible Extinction Of Southeast Judicial Slots: Similarly, it has been reported that the Southeast quotas in the federal judicial bodies are facing extinction. These bodies include the Federal High Court, the Federal Industrial Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. It is observed correctly that in couple of years to come it will be very difficult to fill the Southeast slots in the Supreme and Appeal Courts. One of the Southeast States that is worse hit is Anambra State, which has reportedly maintained a steady decline in the number of its Judges and Justices sitting at the Apex and the Appellate Courts. Our findings showed that one of the causes of this is the practice of recommending old magistrates and judges to the National Judicial Council so as to be appointed State judges and judges of the Federal High Court. This makes their elevation to next judicial level very difficult because by the time such elevations come, they must have retired statutorily. The present Chief Judge of Anambra State is being accused as one of those involved in such unhealthy practice with respect to one of his reported recent recommendations to the NJC.
We not only demand full investigation and immediate reversal of such archaic practice but also call on all top public officers in the Southeast particularly the elected ones to look inward by ensuring that the Southeast slots in these respects are no longer hijacked, diverted or subverted. Our slots in all policing establishments in Nigeria must be reclaimed and filled at all times by our own people. Where there are personnel shortfalls from any Southeast State to fill its own slots, others from the rest of the zone should be made to fill such vacancies for the zone. Senior security officers from the Southeast zone must stop alienating themselves from the people and relevant social bodies of their zone, which include respected individuals and grassroots, based social groups and communities. They should also ensure that those slots meant for us are not hijacked and diverted by other zones.
Our Chief Judges should identify and recommend younger magistrates and judges with outstanding performance records to be made State and Federal judges by the NJC. In the case of Anambra State, more judges should be appointed so as to decongest the high volume of cases in the State. The State Judiciary should also be professionalized and sub-divided into “Criminal” and “Civil” High Court Divisions. The number of serving judges in the State, said to be 28, if true, is totally unacceptable considering the volume of undecided cases pending in various judicial divisions.
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[ Masterweb Reports ] - In what appears to be a repeat of the Lady Uzoma Okere’s treatment by naval officers in Lagos, a prominent politician in Eket local government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Hon. Ekanem Willie was in the early hours of Sunday August 24, 2014, viciously battered and assaulted by a naval officer believed to be attached to the Navy Basic Training School, Onne, Port Harcourt Rivers State after he ran away with fuel worth of three thousand Naira. The ugly and unnecessary display of smartness by the rogue naval officer who name is yet to be known happened at Stevegrad Filling Station along........ Read More.
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[ Masterweb Reports ] - In early February 2014, our organization (International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law) discovered existing ethno-religious domination in the Nigeria Police Force (NPF). The discovery was in respect of promotion of senior police officers carried out constitutionally by the Police Service Commission (PSC) and operational posting and assignment of duties, which are constitutionally performed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP). The discovery was also made in respect of the lopsided arrangement of names of serving senior police officers ranging from CSPs to DIGs. In the same February 2014 (4th, 5th and 6th), we addressed a three-part letter of protest to your important public offices seeking redress. Few months later, the Police Service Commission publicly promised to investigate and address the lopsidedness complained of. On 4th June 2014, new promotions comprising two AIGs, seven CPs and a number of other........ Read More.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Peregrino Brimah reports ] - The Boko Haram terrorist movement released a latest video to update Nigeria on their current status. In it they claimed the formation of a nonsensical caliphate, plagiarizing from the concurrently running operations of fellow loony ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria.
In the 40 minute video released by the usual publicists, only one important message and piece of information was of note: Boko Haram is scared of the Civilian-JTF. The man who spoke in the video, claiming to be Abubakar Shekau – the serially replaced leader figure – sounded several “warnings” to the Civilian-JTF, literally begging them (us as I feel a part of their association with their permission) to leave the terrorists alone. “Shekau” severally threatened to kill us for slaughtering his men in hundreds. He even went as far as describing the process in which the Civilian-JTF professionally screens which of his members to kill. Shekau said: “you ask of them which of them have blood on their hands; which of them have actually killed people and all those who admit to having murdered you humiliate and kill them.”
This is not the first time that in new videos the only enemy and threat “Shekau” warns are the Civilian-JTF. In his video release after the Giwa barrack attacks, Shekau similarly made no mention of the Nigerian army, but only promised fire and brimstone on the Civilian-JTF. In this recent video, “Shekau” said he will kill us whether we continue to kill his men or not, so funny, he said he will “kill us, the Civilian-JTF as a prevention of our later becoming infidels.” Rather desperate, angry and senseless.
In summary, the Nigerian army are Boko Haram’s friends. I do respect them a lot and appreciate the ultimate sacrifice they are making, but the truth is the truth. The Nigerian government has completely succeeded in embezzling all the funds needed to maintain the great army Nigeria is known for. Our troops are sent to battle Boko Haram, ill-equipped, hungry, unmotivated and unsupported. This is why they are deserting the army in hundreds and fleeing to Cameroon when they are close enough to the border. It is not their fault. Why should they die when the executive leadership protects and dines with the politician sponsors of terror? When the Jonathan administration in five years of limitless terror, has not apprehended and punished a single politician terror sponsor? The army chiefs are dancing with president Jonathan as they divert the billions budgeted for security. Boko Haram loves the Nigerian army, whoever watched the latest video will see once again the glee with which the terrorists received new loads of Nigerian ammunition from stores the Nigerian army ran and left behind. Yes, the terrorists easily pick up APC’s, tanks and ammunition from the army. They no longer need to import their “sophisticated” weapons from Libya, they get it freely from the stashes Lt. Gen. Minimah sent to Borno. Shekau literally said, “thanks Minimah” in his latest video.
For now, the only way to defeat Boko Haram is for us people to rise up and PUSH the president of Nigeria to approve the acquisition of arms by civilians, hunters, farmers and community patriots in the affected northeast, so they can continue destroying the cowardly Boko Haram. It is paradoxical, the Nigerian army is afraid of Boko Haram while Boko Haram is afraid of the Civilian-JTF. The Civilian-JTF have the motivation, courage and rightful anger that makes them the only resort Nigeria has to defeating Boko Haram; as well as being masters of the terrain.
The Chibok parents recently made the ultimate sacrifice by deciding and telling Nigeria’s president that they had “performed the burial rites of their daughters,” and now “needed the bodies,” that the President can go ahead and order the invasion of Sambisa and sacrifice any of their daughters he has to in the process of defeating Boko Haram once and for all. With that went the last excuse Nigeria’s President sold for the inability of his sabotaged military to defeat Boko Haram.
Nigeria is desperate. We urgently need to get the last civilian response to end this terror. Will President Jonathan listen to us? Well, I am not counting on it. He is known for dancing when our blood is being “shared.” But as a people, as Boko Haram keeps killing our loved ones and gaining territory, we must do our best and petition the government of Nigeria to act responsibly- and immediately approve and support the proper arming of the available thousands of patriotic Civilian-JTF youth and volunteers from around Nigeria to destroy Boko Haram before Boko Haram destroys us. This pogrom has lasted way too long. It is time to hang these bush rats.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Abayomi Awelewa reports ] - British American Tobacco Nigeria (BATN) Limited has restated its commitment to the successful implementation of the Lagos State Public Place Smoking Law, which came into effect on August 17. The company said that it would continue to support key stakeholders in the country to drive a fully compliant and well regulated tobacco sector in a transparent and responsible manner.
The statement came against the backdrop of a reaction to BATN's recent sensitisation of officers of the Lagos State Police Command on the Lagos State Public Place Smoking Law.
The company stated that it was surprised that a Lagos-based NGO would fault the sensitisation of enforcement agents on the recently passed Lagos Public Smoking law. Freddy Messanvi, Area Director, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, BAT West Africa, said that the company believes that this was a task which such NGOs should spearhead.
Messanvi stated that help is needed from NGOs and other stakeholders to enhance understanding and appreciation of the law, and not a time to engage in industry de-normalisation tactics. Other issues requiring the urgent attention of all stakeholders include stemming the increasing tide of illegal trade within the sector and using the funding that the NGOs get from their international partners to build the capacity of agencies who work on tobacco control to ensure that there is compliance with stated laws and regulations.
He said that engagement with stakeholders such as the recent sensitisation event of officers of the Nigeria Police in Lagos was held in accordance with the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, FCTC, Article 5.3. The sensitisation of the Police was done in public and the engagement was transparently conducted.
In a welcome development and quite contrary to the norm, Lagosians have in recent times been empowered to understand what exactly the law says. The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, LASEPA, which is tasked with enforcing the Lagos State Public Place smoking Law, had embarked on sensitising Lagos State residents on the provisions of the law which came into force on August 17, 2014.
Recently, a public hearing was held by the Joint Committee on Health and Justice of the House of Representatives. Stakeholders at the public hearing welcomed further regulation of the sector but tasked the legislators to ensure that the legislation was balanced and enforceable. Pro-industry stakeholders at the public hearing also asked the legislators to ensure that there is balance in whatever law that is passed.
In recent times, stakeholders have asked NGOs involved in tobacco control to get more involved in consumer education and funding of research of alternative and healthier products for consumers, who insist on smoking as these areas are critically needed in countries like Nigeria.
The Lagos State Public Place Smoking Law has been generally acknowledged as a balanced law and one worthy of being a model for other such legislations.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - Boastful Junior Minister of Federal Ministry of Education, Chief Nyesome Wike, a governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was today exposed as all noise and no substance as ‘Hurricane Amaechi’ blew across Wike’s place of origin and purported stronghold, Obio-Akpor Local Government in Rivers State. WIke’s loud boasts of being the political strongman of the area were exposed as tissues of lies by his own people as Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and State Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), stormed the local government area as part of his ‘Meet the People’ tour.
Before the visit of Governor Amaechi to Obio-Akpor, his Chief of Staff, Chief Tony Okocha, and Hon. Lawrence Chukwu, the CTC Chairman, had for the past two months toured the area and prepared the people for the visit through several philanthropic activities that earned the Chief of Staff the nickname, Chief MKO Abiola of Rivers State.
Governor Amaechi was enthusiastically received at each of the Wards by an unprecedented crowd. It was more of a home coming for the Governor, who used the opportunity to throw more light on his government’s projects in each of the Wards. Women – both old and young – chiefs, elders, men, artistes, political leaders, non-indigenes, the handicapped, youths, masquerades and even children all gathered to pay homage to a son who has redefined politics as agent of change.
According to the speakers while addressing Amaechi in most of the communities, “Developmental strides shall continue to speak for you, even in 2015 and beyond. The network of roads, schools, hospitals and healthcare centres, human capacity developments, empowerment of Rivers people by the State and Local Government councils, all these communities are beneficiaries. You have broken the jinx of underdevelopment in most of the communities in Rivers State.”
The turnout of non-indigenes was something else and, according to Alh. Usman Lamido and Mr. Chris Omerulu, who spoke on behalf of the non-indigenes, “We have seen the developmental strides in Rivers State. What you have done in the state has compelled us to say we will support you anywhere you go. We will follow you anywhere you go. Sir, your people shall be our people and our people shall be your people. We will follow you because you have established yourself as a trailblazer, agent of change, patriotic and detribalised Nigerians that have given us hope in a vibrant and united Nigeria.”
Hon. Ike Chinwo, a one-time member of the Federal House of Representatives and a political heavyweight from Obio-Akpor, observed that Governor Amaechi’s visit can only be described as a political hurricane and uprooting of any structure Chief Wike may have had in Rivers State. He further stated: “I must congratulate and commend Chief Tony Okocha for not only demystifying Chief Wike in his Local Government to demonstrate to the entire world that Chief Wike is just deceiving President Jonathan and his cohorts that he is on ground politically while he is just an empty noise-maker.”
Reacting to the encomiums poured on him in most of the communities, Chief Tony Okocha stated: “I am happy that since I assumed office as the Chief of Staff to Governor Amaechi, I have erased indiscipline, corruption, criminal acquisition, insubordination to the Governor, arrogance, nepotism and have promoted acts of excellence in the affairs of governance in the government unlike when Wike held sway as the Chief of Staff when he runs the office in a very unholy manner where corruption and other evil vices were the hallmarks. Most importantly, I have sustained the vision and focussed governance by the Governor; at least he now sleeps with his two eyes closed than when a blackmailer, saboteur and backstabber was the Chief of Staff.”
Governor Amaechi, on his part, explained at each place he visited that the tour is not political as he is the Governor of Rivers State and political leader of all the political parties in the State, including APC, PDP and others. He thus explained that he did not embark on the tour to campaign for any political party but to showcase his feats in all parts of Rivers State that include quality roads, model health centres, model primary and secondary schools.
Addressing the people of Mgbuesilaru Community, where he upgraded and recognised the Nye-Weli Chieftaincy Stool of Eze Ejike Wali to second class chieftaincy stool, Amaechi explained the role he played in the political appointment of sons and daughters of Ikwerre land and notable politicians. “I shunned ethnic politics in the Assembly when I was Speaker, which paved way for the appointment of Justice Iche Ndu as Chief Judge. I also supported the move for the election of Hon. Austin Okpara as Deputy Speaker of Federal House of Representatives,” he said.
Governor Amaechi called on eligible voters in every community he visited to participate in the upcoming voter registration exercise.
The communities visited were Mgbuesilaru, Rumuodara, Eliowhani, Iriebe, Elelenwo, Rumuokwurusi and Atali. Others were Woji, Rumurolu, Rumuogba, Rumuibekwe, Rumuomasi, and Rumuobiakani.
In almost all the communities, the people thanked Governor Amaechi for empowering the people of Obio/Akpor LGA through Sir Tony Okocha and the CTC Chairman, Dr. Lawrence Chukwu, in skills acquisition, provision of vehicles, payment of SURE-P, monetary assistance for business and trading purposes for widows and indigent persons in the communities.
Long Live APC!
Long Live Rivers State!!
Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze,
SSA Media and Public Affairs to the State Chairman, APC Rivers State
*Photo Caption - Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi
[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - Chevrolet today announced it is hosting 11 children from around the world - including Mfanelo Mabale and Nokuthula Nkabinde of Johannesburg, South Africa - in Manchester, England this week to serve as mascots for Manchester United's Premier League season-opener on Saturday at Old Trafford.
Mfanelo and Nokuthula - along with children ages 10-13 from Brazil, China, South Korea and the United States, among other countries - were selected to be part of Chevrolet's "What Do You #PlayFor?" campaign to bring football fans closer to their beloved sport and spread the power of play around the world.
"Enabling these children to live the dream of being on the Old Trafford pitch with the Manchester United first team is an unprecedented and dramatic way to celebrate our global partnership with the club and usher in a Chevrolet opening match tradition," said Tim Mahoney, chief marketing officer, Global Chevrolet. "Watching them walk onto the pitch is sure to inspire football fans everywhere, and certainly will be special for their families and friends, as well as everyone at Chevrolet and Manchester United."
In addition to serving as mascots, Mfanelo, Nokuthula and nine other children will attend Manchester United's famed Soccer School, meet club players and legends, receive a tour of the Club's iconic Old Trafford stadium, and more.
"We are delighted to welcome such a diverse line up of mascots to Old Trafford," Manchester United Group Managing Director, Richard Arnold said. "This is the first time our mascots have travelled from such a wide range of countries and the occasion truly demonstrates the Club's global fan base and worldwide appeal. It is rare for 11 mascots to lead out the team and their inclusion shows both Manchester United and Chevrolet's desire to mark this very special day."
The children were selected to serve as mascots due in part to their love of the game, determination to overcome a variety of challenges, and use play to realize anything is possible. The opportunity to be a mascot is part of Chevrolet's "What Do You #PlayFor?" campaign to bring football fans closer to the sport and spread the power of play around the world. Each child's story is featured at www.ChevroletFC.com.
Since announcing its partnership with Manchester United in 2012, Chevrolet has tapped into the scale and passion of football to spread the power of play worldwide, including donating nearly 1 million nearly indestructible balls from One World Futbol Project for use by more than 26 million youth in 60-plus countries in Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
Chevrolet also recentlyrevitalized a pitch in Bandung, Indonesia, on behalf of a local organization that uses soccer to increase the quality of life for people living with HIV and drug addiction, and Chevrolet donated a pop-up pitch and pickup truck and trailer to help transform gang-laden streets in Chicago into a place where children can play and learn valuable life skills. Manchester United legends attended both events to work with coaches and kids on a variety of soccer skills and techniques.
To celebrate its new, seven-year Manchester United shirt sponsorship, Chevrolet is inviting fans around the world to upload photos of themselves wearing a digital version of the new shirt at www.ChevroletFC.com. Chevrolet also recently released a video on www.ChevroletFC.com featuring Manchester United players, legends and fans paying homage to the history of the club's shirts that has attracted more than 10 million views.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
About Manchester United
Manchester United is one of the most popular and successful sports teams in the world, playing one of the most popular spectator sports on Earth. Through our 136-year heritage we have won 62 trophies, enabling us to develop the world's leading sports brand and a global community of 659 million followers. Our large, passionate community provides Manchester United with a worldwide platform to generate significant revenue from multiple sources, including sponsorship, merchandising, product licensing, new media & mobile, broadcasting and match day.
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