[ Masterweb Reports ] -Following the expiration of the Destination Inspection Contract Agreements between the Federal Government of Nigeria and Scanning Service Providers (SSPs), the President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces has directed the transition of Destination Inspection Service from contracted SSPs to the Nigeria Customs Service.
Accordingly, effective from 1st December 2013, Nigeria Customs Service has taken over full processing of all import transactions to Nigeria in accordance with the amended Import Guidelines of the Destination Inspection Scheme. Pursuant to this, all Scanning Service Providers (Cotecna, SGS and Global Scan) shall cease to approve new Form M, issue Risk Assessment Report (RAR) or perform Scanning operations for goods imported into Nigeria.
The SSPs shall handover all valid Form Ms and existing Valuation Database to the Nigeria Customs Service. However, the contract for provision of ICT infrastructural back up for the scheme currently being executed by Webb Fontaine is extended for a period of 18 months to ensure a smooth takeover by NCS.
As we enter this era, the Federal Ministry of Finance urges stakeholders and all Nigerians to give the Comptroller General of Customs and his team all the support necessary to manage a smooth and successful takeover. While no effort was spared in the build up to this process, we should all bear it in mind that transitions of this magnitude may throw up some implementation challenges. It will require the understanding of all Stakeholders to manage whatever initial challenges that may arise before the process fully stabilizes.
As part of the take-over plans, Help Desks and Dedicated Hotlines have been provided to enable Stakeholders and the general public channel complaints, observations and suggestions on the process to the Nigeria Customs Service. Help Desks are provided at Customs Headquarters, Abuja and other Commands across the Country. Such feedback can also be channeled directly through the following dedicated numbers: 09 4621597, 09 4621598 and 09 4621599.
The Ministry will like to convey the appreciation of Mr. President and all Nigerians to the Scanning Service Providers for services rendered to the Nation since the beginning of the Destination Inspection scheme in 2006.
Paul C Nwabuikwu
Special Adviser to the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance
*Photo Caption – Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister, Federal Ministry of Finance, Nigeria.
[ Masterweb Reports Dr James Agazie reports ] – In the first part of this story, three Muslims brainstormed on how to unravel the Igbo riddle . How do the Muslims go about containing the Igbo expansionist ambitions and curtailing their money-making proclivity? Yoruba Muslin Ayo suggests denying Amyamiris access to lucrative land deals, government contracts and ministerial posts in finance. Fulani Suleiman chooses intermarriage and conversion of Igbos to Islam. It was Hausaman Yakubu’s position that the Sharia law would provide the lasting solution.. ENTERS the 4th brainstormer Alhaji Okechukwu Okeke, the only Igbo in the group.
AYO: Alhaji Okeke, we’ve been discussing how to make Islam the only religion in this country. First, how was your recent pilgrimage to Mecca with your beautiful wife? Er, Em. First, how did the trip go?
OKEKE: We almost didn’t make it. The airline cancelled Alhaja Mercy Oriaku Okoke’s reservation at the last minute.
JEROME: Why? She’s Muslim, isn’t she? These Anyamiri Christians are something else. We shall defeat them with Allah’s help.
OKEKE: I believe we shall. They say her ass was so wide she couldn’t fit into the passenger seat. We almost didn’t go until I was able to secure three adjoining seats in a row and have the armrests removed. It couldn’t have been done without Ayo’ s help.
AYO: Sorry about that. I thought she is beautiful the way she is. Er. Em. Excuse me. And---
SULEIMAN: I shall have a serious talk with the President and his people. We have been demanding that Muslim trips to Mecca be comfortable and provided free of charge and guaranteed for all Muslims who want to pay homage to our Great Prophet. Allah be praised. It is within our rights.
JEROME: “Anyamiris have been demanding our government pay for their trips to Israel Holy Land. How do we deal with what we ‘ve been talking about, Alhaji Okeke? I mean Islamize Anyamiris?
OKEKE: Easy. Give me enough money and support to go after the Igbo leadership who have power over their people. You know, among Igbos, money is everything, and we know if you want to certify an Anyamiri is really dead, place a stack of Naira on his body. No movement means he or she is really dead.
AYO: You are right, comrade Okeke. I know it. My Igbo girlfriend Comfort does want to be my fourth wife, but she demands millions for red Mercedes, mansions in Port Harcourt, frequent trips to Dubai and vacations at the American Disney World . I tell you what?. Nawa.
JEROME: For one thing, Alhaji Okeke, how much money are you talking about? Can you handle the upcoming elections? I mean can you pay for the election results?
OKEKE: Very easily, my friend. Can’t place my hand on exact figure that would do . Perhaps N500 billion will help to begin the massive job for the Great Prophet. Allah be praised.
SULEIMAN: Ayo, it’s hard to find you sometimes. Are you still enforcing the Sharia laws against the akwukwuma (prostitutes), the lega-lega (homosexuals), and the triko-triko (traversites)? I know you are.
OKEKE: No, Ayo is not. He’s always at my house checking my wife’s big ass out, I have asked him to please marry my wife’s younger sister Comfort with twice the ass size. I don’t know why he is wasting time.
(There was a loud laughter until Suleiman recovered control).
SULEIMAN: Order! Order! I say order. Ayo, while you are out checking butts sizes, please check to see the size of Muslim cash flow (not slow nyash) at all banks, including the Central Bank of Nigeria, Barclay’s, Saudi banks, New York, California, Dubai Bank. Alhaji Okeke, we shall get back to you after we pull all the money out. Give us a week. Thank you. Any final word before meeting is adjourned?
JEROME: Would it be better to import white Muslim girls from Egypt or Afghanistan than messing with the black things we have around here? I am just asking. No more last word, Alhaji Sule, Sir.
Dr James Agazie ( Email: email@example.com ).
*Photo Caption – Map of Igboland (homeland of Ndigbo of Nigeria ).
[ Masterweb Reports Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu reports ] - In Amos chapter 3 verse 3, the Bible asks a very fundamental question; can two walk together except they be agreed? The answer to this question touches on the very essence of the Nigerian crisis of nationhood. Basic commonsense suggests that two cannot work together except they have some form of agreement. This saga underscores the necessity of a sovereign national conference and indeed a second independence. Nigeria continues to suffer the consequences of the contradictions in her DNA. Created through an arbitrary process that was triggered by the exploits of a British trader; Tubman Goldie whose foray into the area lured the British government to establish administrative units, solely to enable imperialist exploitation. It was thus, never from the onset, a nation whose inhabitants had any agreement to create a nation, nor whose creation by the colonialists had the interests or the harmony of the disparate cultural, ethnic and religious groups forced into a union at heart.
Not surprisingly, the monster of ethnic and religious contradictions has continued to dog the nation throughout her unfolding history. It has led to strife, a needless war and continuing ethno-religious conflicts which now include terrorism. To make matters worse, Nigeria has never had the good fortune of having a nation builder at the helm who might have tried to turn the tide. All the leaders since independence have variously exploited and furthered the contradictions through their actions and policies. This has had the effect of exacerbating an already bad situation. The needless Nigeria-Biafra war which consumed millions of lives on a false premise was fought because there were underlying forces which in exploitation of the ethnic contradictions preferred war in place of a pragmatic approach that would have resolved the contradictions that put the nation on the brink in the first place.
The choice to go to war rather than resolve the contradictions that created the crisis has proven to be the most costly mistake in the nation’s chequered history. It has inadvertently created a permanently divided nation and a deeply resentful citizenry in some parts of the nation. The opportunities presented in the immediate aftermath of the war for aggressive nation building was not seized as punitive policies of marginalisation, abandoned property, confiscation of all monies owned in banks and a litany of exclusionist policies were embarked upon by the federal government in place of reconciliation, reconstruction and reintegration as promised. The Northern leadership increasingly saw Nigeria as their private estate and enthroned themselves as the only “owners and rulers” of Nigeria while all others were consigned to second class citizenry. In no time the contradictions they sought to muzzle with the war came back full cycle to haunt the nation.
By the time the military took their exit in 1999, Nigeria was a cauldron of ethno-religious conflicts. Major Gideon Orkar and his group had attempted to balkanise the nation in a failed coup in 1990. Religious riots/mass killings were routine in the North, while militancy was surging in the South. The wounds of the cancellation of the June 12 elections and slaying of Moshood Abiola was still festering and the media was littered with calls for a sovereign national conference to discuss the Nigerian question. As earlier stated, the fundamental declaration made in Amos chapter 3 verse 3 aptly made it clear that, “the two cannot walk together, except they are in agreement.” Nigerians have thus; found it impossible to walk or live together in peace because they have never been in any agreement to do so. This underscores the necessity of a sovereign national conference and consequently a second independence.
A house divided against itself cannot stand. The second independence will give every ethnic nation a choice to choose self determination or an appropriately restructured nation based on mutual agreement. Most importantly, it will free the nation from the internal colonialism/yoke of decades of oppressive, rapacious, malevolent and hegemonic Northern rule. It will set the nation free from the psychological overhang of erstwhile military dictatorships and its corrupt patronage system; unleash new nations or a nation of free men where justice, equality, prosperity and harmony will reign supreme. President Goodluck Jonathan has the historic opportunity to be Nigeria’s Mikhail Gorbachev, the man who finally set free and gave a second independence to the many ethnic nations trapped in Nigeria’s inferno of oppression, hate, prejudice, Northern hegemony and misrule.
Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ).
*Photo Caption – President Goodluck Jonathan
[ Masterweb Reports: Eddy Aghanenu reports ] – The event was INEC Retreat in Lagos sometime in August last year. It was on strategies on how the electoral body can best perform its duties in future elections. The INEC Boss in his remarks said the retreat was necessary so that the electoral body can manage the electoral process better, plan for change systematically, and to foster better communication within and outside the Commission. Hope was raised that future elections in Nigeria will be free, fair and credible.
Prof Attahiru Jega, the Kebbi born activist is a gentleman, sincere and committed to ensuring that Nigeria gets it right in her elections. One had hoped that the success he achieved as a labour leader and as a university administrator will be translated into his new job as the nation’s electoral boss. Unfortunately, recent events in Delta and Anambra States have cast doubt on the ability of INEC to conduct a free, fair and credible election. From what happened in both states, can INEC be said to be an unbiased empire? Is Prof Jega still in control of the electoral body?
In the last Delta Central senatorial election, the process was heavily flawed. There were various allegations of electoral malpractices. There were allegations of brazen snatching of ballot boxes and electoral materials by the ruling party thugs. Security agents were not left out in these shameless acts. Security agents became security risks. Voters were allegedly chased out of polling units. Electoral materials arrived very late in opposition strongholds. In some cases, not all materials arrived. In Udu and many areas in the senatorial district, accreditation of voters started very late. Massive thumb printing of ballot papers by the ruling party’s thugs aided by security personnel were very evident. Some leaders of the opposition were physically threatened and harassed. There was apprehension in the land as voters lived in fear of the thugs and security agents deployed by the ruling party. In the words of late K.O Mbadiwe, the ruling party “bulldozed” their way to achieve their selfish end. There were allegations of the active participation of INEC personnel in this devilish plan of stealing the people’s votes. In spite of these glaring irregularities, INEC in a diabolical alliance with the ruling party went ahead to announce the results which they have conjured up.
Today, electorates in Delta Central are disillusioned. They have now developed apathy towards future elections since their votes no longer count. To them, whether they vote or not are immaterial as results will be announced in favour of the ruling party.
The same scenario played itself out in Anambra State. This time, the rigging method was more advanced. It started from INEC where voters register was heavily doctored. The voters register in Anambra State today is no longer a reliable instrument for the conduct of elections. Majority of voters can no longer find their names in the register. The PDP flag bearer and his father were unable to vote because their names were missing.
Election materials meant for some local government areas, especially opposition strongholds were missing. There were also allegations of late arrival of materials, late accreditation and ballot snatching. There were allegations that the security agencies were neither innocent nor impartial in the Anambra election.
To buttress the fact that the rigging was well planned is the discordant tune being sung by the PDP at the national level and the PDP flag bearer in the state. While PDP in Anambra State was shouting foul over the elections, the national secretariat was busy commending INEC for conducting a very free and fair election. The PDP flag bearer not only rejected the results but also rejected the planned election in those areas where election did not take place. He called for a total cancellation of the election.
It is therefore very evident that INEC is not truly independent. The body is being used by the ruling party to foster its agenda on the nation. Both Federal and State Commissioners of INEC are appointed by the presidency. The allegiance of these commissioners is not to the electoral boss but the man that appointed them. “He who pays the piper dictates the tune”. Prof Jega may be sincere and unswerving but can same be said of his subordinates?
PDP in its unwritten alliance with APGA has promised to deliver the APGA candidate. APGA in turn will not present a presidential candidate come 2015. APGA will also work to ensure the victory of PDP’s presidential candidate in the South East. Anambra’s Nwoye (PDP flagbearer in the Anambra election) becomes a sacrificial lamb for some else’ presidential ambition. The party, using INEC, will continue to bulldoze its way in other elections. Ekiti and Osun States have to be on the watch out next year. The people may have their say but PDP and INEC will have their way.
Will INEC be able to deliver in 2015? I very much doubt. What happened in Delta Central and Anambra State is a foretaste of what is to come. INEC will continue to be powerless and toothless. Election rigging by the nation’s ruling party will continue to be the order of the day as long as personal ambition cannot be sacrificed for the good of the nation.
For the retreat that I referred to earlier, to be meaningful, INEC has to sit up and perform its duties faithfully and sincerely irrespective of whose ox is gored. INEC’s allegiance should be to Nigerians and no one else. Let it be truly independent.
Prof Jega is truly sincere and incorruptible. The same cannot be said of those who appointed him. The system that he is working in will not allow him to succeed. While he is genuinely doing his best to see that Nigeria organizes and will continue to organise elections that meet international best practices, the system that he works in will try to ensure that he never succeeds. Let him not end up like Tai Solarin that was almost swallowed up by the system that appointed him. The task before Prof Jega is unenviable but one hopes that he will be able to surmount all the land mines laid on his path by the country’s ruling party. If he cannot overcome these, then a free, fair and credible election will be a mirage in 2015.
Eddy Aghanenu ( email@example.com ).
*Photo Caption - Map of Nigeria showing its 36 states (including Delta & Anambra State), and Federal capital (Abuja or FCT).
[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. James C. Agazie reports ] – We remember when Igbos ran massive educational programs in the then Benue-Plateau State, There were Igbo camps with primary schools at Igumale, Utonkon, Oturpko, up the reaches of Ghoko and the mountains of Zaria, Kano, and the Muslim-dominated wastelands. Igbos came up with the CMS (Church Missionary Society) and the MC ( Methodist Church) to Christianize the people and rescue children and adults from the thralldom of ignorance and superstition. Church groups like the Sudan United Mission (SUM) and the Sudan Interior Mission (SIM) ran excellent secondary schools and Teacher-training colleges. These efforts were responsible for providing the North with its early crops of teachers, doctors, and several of the University Vice Chancellors. We salute Igbo teachers, pastors, catechists, headmasters, and early pioneers without whose selfless sacrifices Northern Nigeria would be in an extremely worse shape than it is today.
Is the attempt to educate Northern Nigerian children an orchestrated subterfuge (trick, ploy, or ruse) to grab our oil money and make it be “gone with the wind?” Did Ahmadu Bello, Sir Alhaji Abubakar Tafewa Balewa, and gworo-eating emirs care for their kids? No, they were fooling their people and impressing the public (sidetracked and blinded by religion) with how they could trace their historical roots to the Seventeenth Century Fulani religious leaders or ancient caravan traders and marauders on camelbacks in the Arabian Desert. Weren’t they diverting funds to Britain in exchange for the right to rule Nigeria forever? How much of our money was keeping Buckingham Palace wealthy as the center of the British empire? Truth will be spoken, and we don’t care about whose horse is gored. Time was when the Fulani-Hausa-Kanuri jealousy of Igbos became so overwhelming, the Muslims came up with the infamous Northernization Policy that denied education to generations of Igbo children and other Southerners. Now you want me to forgive and pretend that Igbo children weren’t abused in Northern Nigeria in the 60’s, 70, 80’s, and 90’s? And pretend that the Northern children were not being cheated in the process? It was a case of defecating or emptying one’s bowels in the bedchamber.
Now, the North is engulfed , overwhelmed, swallowed up, and surrounded by anarchy. No meaningful schooling goes on, and under Sharia law, Muslm morality police are providing the only available education consisting of ensuring there is the covering of women’s head and legs with black veils. Those who dare to protest are flogged, beheaded, or buried alive. The results are mass ignorance, exploitation of teenage girls and poverty-stricken boys by the mullah. Didn’t they shoot the 16-year-old Pakistani teenager named Malaa in the head for advocating the education of women? There is abject poverty and crass religious indoctrination of the most pronounced proportion that rob Northern children of the use of the minds. This writer is deeply concerned about the 14-year-old boy who hadn’t gone beyond Primary 4 at Abuja. Where there is no education, there is poverty just as there is darkness in the absence of light.
Noting that poverty in Northern Nigeria is 3 times greater than it is in the Lagos area, former American President Bill Clinton, suggests that we should alleviate extreme poverty in the North through education to halt the wave of bombings, shootings, and kidnappings by Islamic extremists. We agree. While we wholeheartedly support the former popular President’s position, may we be allowed to ask one question: ISN’T THIS EASIER SAID THAN DONE? What happened to the trillions of Naira sunk into bottomless abyss that was Northern education for nearly 50 years? Did the Hausa-Fulani kids go to school? No, they were very busy following cows around the country and reciting undigested Koran and Arabic phrases. Are we being asked to consider sinking further trillions of Naira in some arid, sacrosanct desert reserved for descendants of Usman Dan Fodio and princes of erstwhile prophet? What have these people done for my people besides the promotion of violent jihads? Let Northern teachers tell you of their frustrations as they gather a group of Hausa-Fulani kids in a clearing under a tree and attempt to teach them English alphabets and the number system. The children would disappear into the grasslands when you turn your back or before you begin the lessons. You can’t even count 1-2-3 before the kids vamoose like drops of water on red-hot steel. I’ll be damned if this is not the case.
We swear we are 100% in support of honest efforts to educate learners in Northern Nigeria but their hatred of education (boko haram) is believed to be responsible for their senseless blood-thirsty madness. But the education will be done under one condition: Islamists must renounce violence immediately. Violent Muslim leaders, including Abubakar Muhammed shekau, should be rounded up and delivered to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. We find it unacceptable to send teachers from Diaspora or southern Nigeria to be butchered like nama (cows)? How do you educate a person who believes in BOKO HARAM = WESTERN EDUCATION IS SIN? What do you teach the children of Abubakar Shekau, leader of Boko Haran, who should have been long dead and gone by now, and who is promising greater bloodshed unless he establishes an Islamic state in Nigeria? I invite you my readers to look around at the so-called Islamic, sharia-law countries around the globe. Is any Islamic nation practicing strict Sharia law worth anything other than trouble? Consider Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iran, Mauritania, Oman, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and Gaza? These are violent regimes or killing fields, haters of progress and oppressors of women
Dr. James C. Agazie ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
*Photo Caption - Study Books
[ Masterweb Reports: Emmanuel Obe reports ] – In reaction to the allegation of electoral impropriety in the inconclusive Anambra governorship election levelled by All Progrssives Congress against the ruling party in Anambra State, All Progressives Grand Alliance, a chieftain of APGA, Mr. Beji Uba, describes the election as the best ever in Nigeria. He spoke withEmmanuel Obe in this interview.
Q. What is your impression about the November 16 Governorship election?
A. The November 16th election was the best election that Nigeria has witnessed. I say this not because it did not have its own problems, but because, for the first time, nobody was able to rig the election. Those who planned to rig where utterly disappointment because of tight security. I think some of them, especially Dr. Chris Ngige of the APC are making statements out of frustration for not having the opportunity to unleash their rigging machines as they planned. May be it was a Freudian slip for Dr. Chris Ngige to complain about the so many security agencies that came into the State, simply because all that they planned were thwarted. Tell me when having adequate security has become a problem?
While I say this, may I remind you that shortly before the elction, Ngige was shouting of fake police and NYSC uniforms being sewed, those that knew him rightly predicted that for him to be shouting that meant that was what he was planning to do. Now, all the people caught during the election, including 181 persons from Osun State arrested in Imo State with fake ballot boxes, police and NYSC uniforms were all members of the APC.
Going by events that transpired before the election, Dr. Chris Ngige should by now helping security people in their investigations. It appears he knows so much
Still on my impression about the election, I can say that in terms of deployment of materials for the election and the conduct of INEC officials, I think there was a marked improvement to what it used to be.
Though a few disgruntled elements led by the bad loser, Dr. Chris Ngige are crying and rolling on the ground, distinguished Anambrarians, the Chairman of ASATU, Dr. Innocent Onwubuya; Chairman of Ohaneze, Elder Chris Elumuno; Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife; Igwe Gibson Nwosu, among others who were active participants at the election have upheld its fairness.
Has it occurred to you that only APC members are against the election? Suddenly Ngige who called Ifeanyi Uba a criminal debtor and Tony Nwoye a cultist during electioneering galvanized them into protest as their spokesperson. If the same rapidity with which he united them for a common purpose is employed to unite Igbos in the National Assembly to work for Igbos, he would not have been counted among Senators that did not propose a single bill since he went to the Senate.
All in all, the election was the freest ever conducted. Security measures taken made rigging somewhat difficult. INEC also introduced some security measures that has made it difficult for people to rig.
Q. INEC has declared it inconclusive. Do you think it is justified?
A. What other justification are you looking for, when they have followed what the electoral law says? It is inconclusive but valid. Rather than disobey the law and offer enemies of democracy a reason to go to Court, it is infinitely better to have a supplementary election. We support it and will participate fully.
Those who know Ngige will tell you that he is only building a case to justify his failure. By saying he is boycotting the election, he is creating the room to claim that he would have won if he did not boycott. The man is a terrible person.
Q. Your party is leading in the so far received results. Do you think APGA can maintain the lead and eventually win?
A. APGA as predicted is leading comfortably. Nothing will stop APGA as far as Anambra State is concerned. The people of the State see APGA as their own identity. What else do you want them to do? Join APC? This is not possible since our needs from the country are antipodal to their own. The other day, Igbos were celebrating the possibility of a National Dialogue, only for the leader of the APC to say that it was not necessary. How they we represent their position and what our people want?
If Igbos voted the other way, it all means they have lost their sanity and are no longer worthy to be called the illustrious sons of their progeny. Why do I say so? No sane man can vote for a party that deported their people. The other day, Hon. Tony Muonago, speaking for APC kicked against the change of the name of Anambra State University to Chukwuemeka Odumwgwu-Ojukwu University. Is this the type of party that dream of winning in Anambra State?
Q. INEC Chairman did say the election was messed up in Idemili North Local Government Area. Do you agree with him?
A. Prof. Attahiru Jega is a man without cant; he is one Nigerian that has not been compromised. Those of us on the ground know that the election was heavily messed up in Idemili North, but it is just one among 21 Local Government Areas and cannot be said that the messing up of the election there was substantial to call for the cancellation of the entire exercise.
Dr. Chris Ngige is from Idemili and his rigging expertise is directly related to the perennial problem that Local Government witness each time election is contested, within the Ngige Era. In 2010, he inflated the votes he got in the area by adding 10,000 votes to himself always in collusion with INEC officials. This time around, he planned all kind of rigging and magic which has become his trademark. Thanks to the Federal Government that security was water tight. When it was clear that he could not execute his nefarious plans, he, as usual, started crying. He is very good at presenting the picture of the victim, even when he is always the aggressor.
Now, the problem encountered in Idemili North was inadequate and half hazard deployment of materials. We are sure that APC colluded with some people to take away those materials. We therefore advice INEC to call back those materials and if already thumb printed, as we suspect, we know the party that were thumb printed for.
I am happy Nigerians and the people of the State now know Ngige for what he is: a terrible human being, an unrepentant liar and an old man becalmed in bad and odd ways
Q. The opposition, mainly PDP, APC and LP have called for the cancellation of the polls citing massive irregularities like missing names on voters' register, diversion of materials and non-availability of result sheets. How do you react to that?
A. Let me ask you one question; If tomorrow, INEC says that the result of the election was not properly counted and after recounting it was discovered that Dr. Chris Ngige of the APC won, what do you think will be Ngige’s reaction? APC and Ngige will carry Jega shoulder high as the best INEC Chairman Nigeria will never have again. What I am just trying to say is that what Ngige and his ilk are doing is the acute manifestation of bad loser syndrome.
They are however insignificant when compares to Anambra people that have continued to commend the election as the best so far. Calling for the cancellation of the election is the only option available to them, since they cannot win, even if they join forces together.
Q. The parties have accused APGA, INEC and the security agencies of collaborating to rig the election. What do you have to say to that?
A. Would Security agencies rig in favour of APGA or the PDP? We are not strangers to Ngige’s rascality. When election was approaching, he was alleging all manner of crimes, even those he saw in his dream, against APGA. The wise Peter Obi and Willie Obiano ignored him and continued with their campign. Off course everybody in Anambra knows that whenever Ngige plans to commit crime, he will allege that another person was planning to do so.
Q. Should your party win what kind of relationship would you have with the opposition?
A. After victory, the only party we will recognize in Anambra is the congregation of men of integrity that are interested in the development of Anambra State. We shall work with anybody who has something to offer. We shall go the extra mile to preach to people to have the disposition to work for the State and not for selfish reasons or put up the type of character consistent with Dr., Chris Ngige, whereby he is at the National; Assembly at Abuja as Senator, without contributing anything or proposed any bill or even head any Committee only to come home at weekends to cause problem and lie against his Governor.
Q. Did APGA work with the Presidency in the last election?
A. I call on all Nigerians to work with the Presidency for the sole aim of the uplift of our country . Even when one is the opposition, he has to do it for the greater glory of our country. We must avoid what APC and people like Ngige do. Look at the Uke Tragedy; he was the one who personally sent text messages to some journalists to report what did not happen at the Adoration Ground, simply because he wanted to indict Gov. Peter Obi. He did the same thing reently by getting his Assiatnt to write news item that those protesting against the elction were shot at and killed, when nothing of such happened.
Q. Any other comment.
A. We call on Anambra people to remain vigilant at all times.
*Photo Caption - Beni Ubah
[ Masterweb Reports: Emmanuel Uzor reports ] - Fresh fact has emerged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Anambra State, Comrade Tony Nwoye, may join the All Progressives Congress (APC), following some nocturnal meetings between him and the party. A source close to Nwoye’s campaign organisation, who pleaded anonymity, disclosed that Nwoye is on the verge of dumping the PDP for APC where he is slated to contest for the House of Representatives election in 2015. It was gathered that Nwoye’s move to APC is a result of overtures by Senator Chris Ngige, ahead of the 2015 presidential poll.
“Ngige had been able to convince Nwoye that he was not wanted in PDP by citing events before, during and after the November election,” he stated.
Ngige was reported to have reminded Nwoye how the president refused to raise his hand at the rally, shortly before the election and also how the PDP national leadership had maintained a different position from Nwoye’s on the outcome of the November 16 Anambra election.
In a related development, the Special Adviser to Governor Peter Obi on Media, Mr. Valentine Obienyem, has called on INEC to watch Senator Ngige closely, as Anambra State voters go to the poll on Saturday for the supplementary governorship election.
Obienyem said the activities of the APC candidate in the election offered homework for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) towards concluding the poll. Obienyem said his observation was hinged on the disinformation campaign being mounted by Ngige against INEC and the conduct of the election.
“For us in Anambra State, we are familiar with Ngige’s politics of revisionism; we have gotten used to his penchant for transferred aggression each time he loses an election. Till today Ngige has not accepted that he lost the 2003 governorship election. He does not accept that in 2010, Mr. Peter Obi beat him again in the governorship poll. Would it not be asking too much of the same man to accept that he has lost this third attempt at the governorship? It is therefore, very important that the officials of INEC understand where he is coming from.
“This insight is necessary to understanding Ngige’s vicious propaganda against those he seeks to blame his defeat at the November 16 election on.”
Obienyem maintained that since the APC candidate was insisting to be privy to secrets about the governorship election, he should be watched closely by the INEC and security agents, as the supplementary election takes place.
“Ngige should be assisting the security agencies now with explanations on the alarm raised by his campaign Organisation before the election that NYSC and army uniforms were being sewn in the state. Where and how did he discover this development, if it was not a ruse? How did he know that these outfits were to be used to rig election? What was his party chieftain El-Rufai doing in Anambra on the day of the election? If there were irregularities in the November 16 poll, did it not follow that the APC whose members were arrested in Owerri for related offences was the party trying to subvert the electoral process?
“Given the implications of the above, INEC will do well to consider every misinformation by Ngige on the conduct of the November 16 poll as a clue to planned rigging of the supplementary election by desperate politicians like Ngige.”
*Photo Caption - Tony Nwoye
[ Masterweb Reports: Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu reports ] – One of the most fundamental reasons for Nigeria’s failure is the opportunism of the leadership who most often put their personal interest above the common good. This phenomenon has been evident from the 1st republic when some national and regional leaders were so intent on furthering their personal and sometimes regional interests that they were willing to incite carpet crossing, rig census results, rig elections, arm thugs and unleash violence on the citizenry without minding the short and long term implications of their actions. When lawlessness, election rigging and violence led to a coup and pushed the nation to the brink of war; again opportunism and self interest pushed some of the regional and national leaders to opt for an unnecessary war that could easily have been avoided without reflecting on the future implications of such needless conflict.
Nigeria has since remained in dire straits as a direct consequence of the shenanigans that truncated the first republic and the avoidable war it occasioned, particularly the unresolved and worsening contradictions that led to the conflict. In light of this reality; President Goodluck Jonathan bowed to a longstanding pressure to convene a sovereign national conference (SNC) which is anticipated to be an opportunity to hold exhaustive dialogue among Nigeria’s various ethnic nations in view of seeking permanent solutions to the issues of nationhood, true federalism and self determination. But yet again, crass opportunism by the likes of Chief Bola Tinubu who having gone into a political alliance with the conservative North, whose unhidden interests lie in maintaining the status quo and all its inherent injustices is now doing everything to sabotage the SNC in the calculation/hope that his alliance with and support for the North will escalate him to power.
In choosing to take sides with the conservative North and their intent to maintain a status quo that has engendered misrule, ethno-religious conflicts, apartheid/marginalisation, corruption, tribal domination and all facets of social injustice, Bola Tinubu like the erstwhile selfish leadership is not thinking of the common good, nor the implication his actions would have for the nation’s future. He is thinking only of himself and how his self interest will be served by scuttling the genuine aspirations of the people for dialogue. What is most surprising is how Bola Tinubu himself has found it convenient to change his principles and political direction to suit his self interest. This is after all the same Bola Tinubu who twenty years ago, following the cancellation of the June 12 1993 elections practically became a militant. He was amongst the founders of the NADECO pro-democracy movement that campaigned ceaselessly for the validation of the June 12 elections and for convening a sovereign national conference.
When the heat of General Sanni Abacha’s clampdown on the opposition became too much, Bola Tinubu went on exile where he continued his advocacy both for the validation of the June 12 elections and for hosting a sovereign national conference. Indeed, Bola Tinubu was one of the pioneers of the campaign for an SNC and until recently one of its most vocal advocates. Even after the return to democracy and his emergence as a governor of Lagos state, Bola Tinubu remained for all intents and purposes a militant, thus when in 2003 the national assembly bandied the idea of impeaching the then president Olusegun Obasanjo, Tinubu threatened that the Southwest would secede from Nigeria if Obasanjo was impeached. The question that many must ponder is; why has a man who militated against Nigeria’s ethnic contradictions and injustices now turned around to back the status quo? Why has a man who was one of the earliest advocates of a sovereign national conference now turned against it?
What if anything has changed in Nigeria? Has the fundamental character of the North and their hegemonic penchant to internally colonise and oppress others under their “born to rule mantra changed”? Has Nigeria become a harmonious nation free of prejudice, conflicts and hate? Has the North learnt the importance of nation building and to treat other Nigerians as equals in a federation premised on mutual consent, justice, respect and progress? Have the various ethnic nations so described as Nigerians in any forum free of coercion decided to mutually consent to being Nigerians under a negotiated arrangement that will guarantee harmony, peace and progress? Has the killings and intolerance of other ethno-religious groups which has been a permanent fixture of the North since 1945 ended? Has the blatant segregation of Northerners from Southerners in the North and South (Sabon gari in the north and Hausa quaters in the south) as organised by Northerners who loath mixing with southerners ended? Can a so called Nigerian live in other parts of the country different from his ethnic origin and feel free or be part of that community?
Since none of these fundamental questions can be answered in the affirmative, it is obvious that Bola Tinubu’s decision to align with the status quo he once maligned and rejected is driven by calculated self interest and not any change in circumstances. Nothing has changed from when he became a NADECO militant and advocate of SNC. If anything, Nigeria’s ethno-religious contradictions have gotten worse with ethnic militias such as OPC, MASSOB, MEND and Boko Haram terrorists holding the nation hostage. The decision by Tinubu to sabotage the SNC for personal gain is eerily reminiscent of the Nigeria-Biafra war and the opportunistic politics played by some leaders particularly in the South who felt they had a lot to gain from the demise of the East, the end of the war proved them wrong as the North in the aftermath of the war created a Nigeria that practically became the “federal republic of the North” in which they were absolutely dominant while the rest of the country were consigned to 2nd class citizenry.
A culmination of such post war Northern excesses led to the brazen cancellation of the June 12 elections and the unconscionable slaying of Chief MKO Abiola which turned Bola Tinubu into a militant. Nothing in the character of the North has changed from the past. By sabotaging the SNC, Bola Tinubu will only help the North maintain the lopsided status quo that helped them foster internal colonialism, injustice and oppression into the future. The North is not interested in a restructured Nigeria that will bring equity, justice, fair-play and prosperity; they simply prefer to maintain the status quo that gives them undue leverage at the expense of others. Once they succeed in scuttling the SNC, their excesses in no time will be unleashed all over again. It happened after the Nigeria-Biafra war and it will happen again. Bola Tinubu should be wise enough to realise that the North will only use him to achieve their aim and dump him afterwards. History books are there to testify to such scenarios in the past. His motivation and decision should at all times be driven by the common good rather than short term parochial interests.
The nation has suffered incalculably from the personal choices and opportunism of some of the 1st republic civilian and military leaders who put their self/regional interest above the common good. We need not travel through that tragic route again. Nigeria needs the SNC to finally determine her future to live in harmony or separate in peace. This is a duty that we owe the next generation. Dialogue is the best way to bring peace and progress and Nigeria urgently needs it. Anyone who acts against the SNC is a selfish sell out and an ultimate enemy of the people. Bola Tinubu should not be that person.
Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu ( email@example.com ).
*Photo Caption - Bola Tinubu
[ Masterweb Reports ] - Few weeks after Gov. Peter Obi affected the change of name of the Anambra State University for Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu and gave them the cheque of N5b for the infrastructural development of the school, he has started the tour of universities in the State, both Government and privately-owned to offer them the support from the State Government. Speaking Saturday at St Paul’s University and Madonna University at Awka and Okija respectively, the Gov. said the intervention was necessary because those institutions were in Anambra State and train the children of the State.
At both universities, Governor Peter Obi presented cheques of one hundred million each to both of them, as well as one buses and I security vehicles to them.
Governor Obi used the visit to inspect various structures, equipment and facilities at the universities’ premises. He said the support to the institutions, which will get to others, was in line with the comprehensive education programme of his administration geared towards turning around all schools and institutions, irrespective of ownership for functional and qualitative knowledge.
The Governor charged the students to aspire to be good and worthy ambassadors by working heard to equip themselves properly to attain full potential in life, assuring that the State Government would continue to assist the universities to tackle their various challenges.
At St Paul’s University, the Archbishop, Province on the Niger and Bishop of Aguata Diocese, Most Reverend Christian Efobi while thanking the Governor for the gesture, assured that the church would continue to pray for his administration to complete its vision for the state.
Earlier the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Gaius Igboeli who presented the Governor with a plaque disclosed that the University was grappling with challenges of accreditation and thanked the Governor for his intervention.
At Madonna University, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Chuks Ezedum, who thanked the Governor for his numerous achievements in the State that marked him out from other Governors, commended him for the visit and appealed to the Governor to reconstruct the access road to the University.
*Photo Caption - Gov. Peter Obi (2nd left), with Uju Okeke (1st left), Prof. Joseph Agbakoba (1st right), during the presentation of the Cheque of N100m and key to two buses to the VC of Madonna University Okija, Prof Chuks Ezedum (2nd right), Saturday for development support.
[ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports ] - The city of Enugu was agog on Sunday 24th November 2013 while celebrating the Catholic Church feast of Corpus Christi-Christ the King. Catholic faithful left their different parishes on procession to Holy Ghost Cathedral, chanting, singing and proclaiming the Kingship of Jesus Christ. The Catholic adherents left their parishes including St Mary’s Catholic Church, Trans Ekulu, Christ the King Parish, GRA, Sacred Heart Parish, Uwani, St Paul’s Parish, Awkunanaw, St Bridget Abakpa, St Mary’s Uwani and St Theresa Ugbo Odogwu among hundreds of parishes and trekked towards Holy Ghost Cathedral in unprecedented jubilant mood and occasionally the Blessed Sacrament was showered with flowers and incensed while the faithful kneel in adoration.
Enugu simply came to a halt. It was Corpus Christi like never before. Over two hundred thousand persons converged at Holy Ghost Cathedral to terminate the procession and the moment was ecstatic for the participants. Prayers was said at the Cathedral and Diocesan Bishop , Callistus Onaga dismissed the jubilant congregants who proceeded back to their various bases mostly on foot while thanking God for this year’s unusual Corpus Christi.
The city of Enugu had in recent times been experiencing strange spiritual visitations which suggest that something new is about to happen to the Igbos of South East Nigeria. From September 12th -14th there was a three day crusade titled ‘Enugu Restoration Crusade’ organized by Christ Living spring Apostolic Ministry (CLAM) , a Lagos based church in conjunction with Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN),Enugu State Chapter . CLAM is known for hosting city wide crusades in places directed by God and the three evening crusade was held at Okpara Square Enugu. It featured prophetic prayers for the restoration of the spiritual and economic fortunes of the city.
The preacher, Pastor Wole Oladiyun prophesied that God had restored the coal industry in Enugu and that in a few years time many industries would spring up in the city as a result of economic revival. He also explained that revival is coming to the city and that God will raise a gospel minister from Enugu that will galvanize the people for a new move of God. The three day crusade was attended by leaders from various denominations including Archbishop A A Nwodika, Bishop Obi Onubogu, Ven Ejemba, Venerable O C Obi Okoye, Apostle Uzodike, Rev Obinna Akukwe, and Pastor Tony Ochu among others.
In October 2013 from the 27th -29th, Igbo ministers who spearheaded the fabled Pentecostal revival of the early 70’s converged at Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium for three days under the aegis of Igbo Restoration Assembly (IRA) to pray for the spiritual revival of Igbo nation and the restoration of its lost glory in Nigeria. The gathering of prophets told the congregation that the next phase of the expected worldwide end time revival that will herald the second coming of Jesus Christ will come from the South East. They referred to prophecies which emanated towards the end of famous Azusa Street Pentecostal Revival of Los Angeles, California, United States of 1913 explaining that after 100 years another revival that will signal the coming of Christ will come. The Azusa street revival is the origin of the Pentecostal movement and the return of speaking in tongues back to the church after it was lost for over 1500 years. The gathering identified 2013 as that 100th year after the Azusa revival and urged Igbos to prepare to lead in the coming revival that will turn people back to God.
Some participants and preachers at the occasion include Anglican Bishop of Enugu, Emmanuel Chukwuma; Methodist Primate Archbishop88, former National President of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria(PFN) , Bishop Mike Okonkwo; former Chaplain of Aso Villa Chapel, Rev Williams Okoye; President of PFN Anambra State Chapter, Bishop David Eberechukwu; President of PFN Enugu Bishop Obi Onubogu ;Archbishop A A Nwodika, Bishop Edward Ezenwafor, Apostle Austin Ukachi, Rev Obinna Akukwe, Bishop Paul Nwachukwu, Apostle Olughu Orji, Professor Uzodimma Nwala among others.
Two weeks later, clerics in the city hosted Rev Rosy Madugba and Prophetess Sabina Akachukwu who introduced the Prophetic-Apostolic mandate on the 14th of October with a revival night vigil which drew clerics from different denominations at Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium and also with church leaders’ special session on the 15th at Oakland Hotels. The participants were also told that some renowned expatriate prophets around the world have prophesied that the next worldwide revival will start from Nigeria while some others narrowed it specifically to the South East Nigeria. The clerics were told to prepare themselves and sensitize the people to follow in the end time revival. Archbishops Nwodika, Bishop Obi Onubogu, Apostle Uzodike, Rev Obinna Akukwe, Rev Celestine obi among numerous others received the Apostolic counsel from the Port Harcourt based missionary evangelist, Rev Rosy Madugba and the prayer sessions during the two days were like no other.
Though Corpus Christi is an annual event, the 2013 edition was celebrated with much pomp as though the King is just about to appear, in a manner never witnessed since the inception of the diocese. Some attributed it to the fact that it coincided with the church synod which ended the day before while others suspected unusual spiritual presence. Many participants including some priests and sisters actually wondered aloud at the level of excitement following this year’s edition and concluded that something unusual is happening while many pondered the meaning.
The answer is that God is preparing the Igbos of the South East to spearhead the spiritual revival that will transform the world and this impending revival will broke no denominational barriers.
Obinna Akukwe ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
*Photo Above – Christian Symbol