[ Masterweb Reports ] - It’s said that “it takes two to make a tango” and there is always two sides to a coin. In that respect efforts were made by the Nigerian Embassy Spain for our special correspondent in Spain to have an interview with Kingsley Ojugberu, the alleged suspect by Mabel Mark his wife for acid attack on her in Nigeria. Below is Kingsley’s side of the story in an exhaustive interview held at his........ Read More.
*Photo Caption - Mabel Mark After Acid Attack by Husband
[ Masterweb Reports ] - The World Igbo Congress (WIC) general elections held during the 20th Annual Convention of the organization held at the Hilton, South West, Houston Texas ended up with conflicting statements. The Chairmanship contest was between three candidates, Engineer Joe Eto (the incumbent), Chief Larry Udorji and Dr. Charles Maduka. Minutes before the election, Dr. Maduka withdrew his candidacy. Two factional results trailed the vote count; one faction declared Engr. Joe Eto winner and the other faction declared Chief Larry Udorji the new chairman. Below are the conflicting press releases by the opposing factions.
RELEASE BY JOE ETO”S FACTION
DATELINE – HOUSTON TX AUGUST31, 2014 6:30PM: IN A WELL ATTENDED JOINT BOD/HOD MEETING WHICH CONCLUDED THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WORLD IGBO CONGRESS, A NEW EXECUTIVE HAS BEEN ELECTED TO RUN THE AFFAIRS OF THE CONGRESS FROM 2014 TO 2017. THE ELECTED OFFICERS ARE:
1. CHAIRMAN: JOE NZE ETO ATLANTA GA 36 VOTES FROM 39
2. VICE CHAIRMAN: DR. KEN IGWE NEW JERSEY 36/39
3. SECRETARY-GENERAL: MRS. AGATHA ANOSIKE new York NY39/30
4. ASSISTANT SECRETARY-GENERAL: CHIEF LIVINUS MADU DETROIT, MI 39/39
5. TREASURER: SIR FESTUS OKERE Houston TX 39/39
6. FINANCIAL SECRETARY: DR. LOUIS OKONKWO TAMPA FL 35/39
7. PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER: BASIL UWAKWE WORCESTER 35/39
8. CHIEF WHIP: CHIEF GODWIN NDUKWE 39/39
THE OFFICERS HAVE BEEN SWORN IN BY THE LEGAL ADVISER OF THE CONGRESS, ATTY. UZOMA OFODU OF OFODU LAW KANSAS CITY
THE ELECTORAL COMMITTEE COMPRISED
1. PROF CHIDI ONYENEKWU
2. CHIEF CYPRAIN OSUOHA
3. CHIEF SYLVESTER IWUCHUKWU
Dr. Anthony Ejiofor (Oji ọfọ ga ana)
6937 Stone Run Drive
Nashville, TN 37211
Tel: 615 830 2078
Tax: 615 730 9244
RELEASE BY LARRY UDORJI”S FACTION
RESULT OF THE WORLD IGBO CONGRESS ELECTION ON SUNDAY, AUGUST, 31, 2014: An election of officers of the World Igbo Congress for the 2014 – 2017 term, having being duly conducted, be it known that of the following results:
Chief Larry Udorji – 28 votes
Joe Nze Eto - 0
Chief George Ezeh- 27 votes
Mr. Ken Igwe - 0
Chief Cyril Nwaguru - 26 votes
Mrs. Agatha Anosike - 2 votes
Adadioranma Chinwe B. Njoku – 27 votes
Dr. Louis O. Okonkwo – 1 vote
Sir Pius Ilogu – 28 votes
Sir Festus Okere - 0 vote
Public Relations Officer:
Chief Jimmy Asiegbu: 28 votes
Basil Onwukwe -0
Chief Godwin Ndukwe – 28 votes
Chief Cletus Chukwurah – 28 votes
Chief Sampson Udeh – 0 vote
HOD Parliamentarian – Chief Obidike Ajuluchuku – 28 votes
In light of the WIC current Chairman, Mr. Joe Eto’s criminal indictment for fraud and racketeering by the State of Georgia which led to the WIC Board’s resolution that he resigns with immediate effect, Mr. Eto and the WIC’s Electoral Commission resorted to rig the election with the presence of Texas Harris County Sheriff Officers.
The newly elected World Igbo Congress Chairman, Ichie Larry Udorji, and his executive will notify the WIC stake holders of the venues for the next live Board meeting and the 2015 Convention. Any person or persons doing business with the indicted Joe Eto and his clique does so at their own risk.
Prince Jimmy Asiegbu
Public Relations Officer, World Igbo Congress
*Photo Caption - Engr. Joe Eto (Left); Chief Larry Udorji (Right).
[ Masterweb Reports: Uchendu Precious Onuoha, Masterweb Special Correspondent reports ] - Unknown to many Nigerians is that Uncle Shege, as he is popularly called by many Nigerians has a twin brother. More also even unknown to the ex-two times President of Nigeria (military and civilian) is the where-about of his twin brother whom he thought was always at home. But unknown to him, his brother has checked out to Europe like “Andrew” during his years of long service to the nation. But as fate would have it, they were to meet again in a foreign land far from home, just like Joseph met with his brothers in Egypt after they sold him to slavery and thought that he was dead. On June 4, 2014 at Madrid Barajas International airport- Spain, OBJ, on his way to Malabo, met with his twin brother whom he thought was still at home, and a discussion ensued between them. According to the........ Read More.
*Photo Caption - Honourable Uchendu Precious Onuoha, Masterweb Special Correspondent, Ohanaeze Youth-Spain Chairman/Media Coordinator (LEFT); Ex-Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo (RIGHT).
[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. James C. Agazie reports ] - To respond to readers’ concerns, I am writing Part Two of my recent essay on NIGERIAN NURSES ARE THE MOST DISRESPECTFUL WIVES. Nigerian nurses are interested in one thing and one thing only. That thing is money. They marry Nigerian men whose sweet lying tongues sweep them off their fantasy-shod feet. They enjoy being lied to in order to justify coming to America to escape poverty, expecting to walk on red carpets into ready built mansions (the types you see at Lagos, Kano, Abuja, and my small village in Anambra). They imagine being driven around in Roll Royce in Obodo Oyibo (white man’s land). When the prospective husband is a middle-aged taxi driver or things go not as expected, hell breaks loose. Here is what three readers said about me and my essay. Reader One captures the criminal.
READER ONE: If you had a sister or daughter who makes money for her husband, what will you tell her when the burden is too heavy for her"feminine capacity" FYI, a woman is a "receptacle": she can only be a woman when she receives. so anytime, she is in a position to GIVE, there is friction, anger. storm, hail, thunder will accompany her daily life...What a wife owes her husband is PRAYER. The man should LOVE her so his prayers may not be "hindered", which means when you love your woman, provide for her, all your needs will be met by GOD. A man's HOME is dependent on a wife's happiness.
Reader Two proves that I am right on the ball, that nurses are callow, and irredeemably crude beyond normal rudeness. Being callow applies to youth, and suggests lack of polish, experience, and sophistication which working and sharing with a husband, demands. Crudeness applies to a tasteless, unrefined person who is unmindful of the purpose of marriage, and who is a rough unfinished piece of Nigerian femininity. This reader lacks the English vocabulary and concepts to engage in meaningful dialogues with a prospective spouse and so resorts to name calling, and behavior reminiscent of a graduate of University of Witch Psychoanalysis.
READER TWO: I cannot let this pass without saying something. Men who have this kind of misconstrued misconception about women (especially nurses) have the tendency to be abusive to any woman that crosses their path. Hence they should never have anything to do with women. This is a clear sign. This man is frustrated, miserable and confused and should seek a psychiatric help. His words alone define what he is: an angry, bitter, and paranoid schizophrenic. He is so unconventional, undiplomatic, and is psychotic. Believe me, he is very unhealthy, unhappy and sick of women in general and should go f himself and not women. Remain blessed.
Reader Three uses denial to circumvent the truth which hurts. The truth is that Nigerian women pretend they are in love with unwary suitors until they arrive in America and find out it is a land of opportunity where they are convinced it is easier to make it on their own and control money they couldn’t make walking the streets of Lagos. They jump into a nursing program they’re unprepared for and get lost in the wilderness. Finally, they get out barely passing. They rush into 12-hours-per-day practice, thrashing like headless chicken. Why? Money. Baby, you’ve got it right!
READER THREE: Well, he is trying to cause confusion in families of Nigerian nurse-wives and prospective women nurses seeking to raise a family. What legacy is he leaving for his children who will eventually become nurses or who would want to marry Nigerian nurses. He should think of the implications of his write-up before exposing his animosity and anger against women especially Nigerian nurses. He is an educated illiterate. An illiterate will not go this far to discredit a fellow human. Remain blessed.
Dr. James C. Agazie ( Email: email@example.com Phone: +1 6788861613) reports.
*Photo Caption - Black nurse art
[ 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.
*Photo Caption - As seen.
[ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports ] - Boko Haram Republic of Gwoza is both a bad idea and a bad omen for Nigeria because the indigenes of Gwoza are not sympathetic to Boko Haram. Boko Haram Republic flags should be hoisted in territories where majority of the inhabitants are supporters of the insurgents, and definitely, Gwoza is not part of them.
Gwoza is among the communities and local government area in what is politically termed Southern Borno which has a majority Christian population with a minority mix of pagans, animists and Muslims. Such communities include Damboa (where Boko Haram had also taken over) and Chibok (where over 250 Chibok school girls were kidnapped and serially raped to death), Ngala ( where 480 soldiers fled from to Cameroun). Other such towns including Askira, Uba, Biu, Bayo, Shani, Kusar and
Kwawu are mainly Christian communities yet they have no signs of development because successive regimes in Maidugeri have victimized them on account of their Christian heritage, dating to between 80-102 years.
Now Boko Haram had left the Muslim dominate areas of Borno and are now hoisting their flags in non-Muslim zones, murdering, raping and butchering people mercilessly in the name of Allah. Gwoza had recently fallen finally into the hands of the insurgents and the murderous terrorists have declared the town an Islamic Caliphate in the most recent video from them.
I have posited in a widely published piece in April 2012 titled Boko Haram Republic of Northern Nigeria; a Good Idea ‘(parts 1) that "...The Boko Haram Republic should comprise of all the states where the populace through a majority vote have rejected the Federal Republic of Nigeria as presently constituted." and I argued further that" a referendum is necessary in the North so that northerners will either accept or reject an Islamic Republic on their own volition and save us all these killings in the name of religion. Referendum is simply the principle or practice of submitting to popular votes a particular idea, ideal or ideology is it social, political or economic. A “Yes” vote signifies acceptance while a ‘No’ vote signifies rejection". Had the Federal Government studied all my reports on the need for a Boko Haram Republic, the people of Gwoza would not have been massacred out of their communities, because
Mallam Shekau and his band of murderers would have been busy with how to manage areas of the North that willingly seeded leadership to him through constitutional means while the rest of the north continues with One Nigeria.
Now Boko Haram had chased over 480 Nigerian soldiers into Cameroun, to avoid being slaughtered like ram, bringing a national embarrassment. President Jonathan should order full scale invasion of Sambisa, Gwoza, Gambolu, Ngala and all the Christian communities Boko Haram had taken over against their will. He should not hesitate to allow some parts of the north that love and sympathize with the leadership of Boko Haram to have their republic which they are free to name Islamic Republic, Arewa Republic or Sharia Republic. Boko Haram is entitled to a territory as
long as the natives of that land willingly accept their ideology.
Below is the part 2 of the piece on viability of a Boko Haram Republic published in 2013
Boko Haram Republic of Northern Nigeria: A Good Idea (Part2)
By Obinna Akukwe
Boko Haram Republic of Kano, Boko Haram Republic of Borno, Boko Haram Republic of Yobe, Boko Haram Republic of Minna, Boko Hhram Republic of Arewa and Sharia Republic of Nigeria are all possible names for the new extremist Islamic Republic.
Nigerians want peace and if a people are bent on forcefully visiting Sharia on the rest of Nigeria, they should be given a separate nation and let those of us that want to be governed by the secular laws of Nigeria be left alone.
The recent attacks on the Emir of Kano by those suspected to be Boko Haram extremists and the consensual nonchalance of the Kano citizenry to the incidence portrays a dangerous shift of mindset of the people. It is obvious that Boko Haram had not thrived in Katsina because the inhabitants refused the advances of the sect, but from the main Jibiya border post in Katsina to Kano,a distance of about two hours , lies a minority element among them providing a safe haven to the terrorists and dragging the name of the silent majority of Kano citizenry to the mud.
It is obvious that if a Boko Haram republic will be carved out of the north, it will include territories from parts of Kano, Borno , Yobe, Bauchi, Kaduna and Niger States.
President Jonathan and his strategy team should look into carving territories out of these states to form a Boko Haram Republic provided that the inhabitants of the ceded territories show by reason of referendum that they prefer citizenship of a Boko Haram or Islamic Republic.
This referendum cannot cost the nation more than N50 Billion naira and another N500 billion could be given to the new republic as take-off grant for infrastructural development. A strict boundary, visa and travel policy should be adopted so that the Boko Haram nationals do not infiltrate into the rest of Nigeria. Curiously I’ve discovered by close interactions that majority of Muslim professionals would not mind
belonging to an Islamic Republic but the type of Islamic Republic they would want is not the type administered by Mallam Shekau, the Supreme Commander of Boko Haram.
Instead of wasting billions and trillions of naira in chasing around Boko Haram extremists, putting undue pressure on the resources of the nation (estimated 7 trillion having been spent by all tiers) since the renewed onslaught, and more trillions will still be spent while abandoning other critical sectors of the economy- let a fraction of that sum be used to flag off campaign for a Boko Haram Republic and save us wasted funds.
If sincere northern elders are against the sect, they should use the occasion of the referendum to mobilize their people against the sect while those in support of the new republic can come out in the open to canvass their ideals instead of using the sect as political tools against the incumbent president.
This strategy will also deny emergency security contractors and their political accomplice further excuse to pillage the nation’s resources in the name of fight against terror. A report from Mallam El- Rufai has it that estimated N350 billion naira has been spent as security votes in one year and it is obvious to observers that of the said sum about N320 billion must have entered private pockets. Every Governor, Minister and Heads of Government Agencies are spending and embezzling trillions
annually in the name of checkmating Boko Haram activities. Therefore, this Boko Haram republic is necessary to block this gross security waste pipe.
I still insist that a Boko Haram Republic or Islamic Republic headed by progressive northern intellectuals will likely institute a society that might surpass many African countries in development. If the Boko Haram regime decides to import hand cutting machines from China as antidote to corruption- they will not need any EFCC to chase any thief around with all the accompanying legal standoff- as all the looting of national treasury will stop in one month. They can elevate Fura, Zobo and Kunu
drinks and their medicinal values will enhance national health while Guinness, Harp, Star and other alcoholic brewers will relocate their trade to Cameroun. The Boko Haram Republic will have no need to spend N5billion naira as Abuja Minister proposed in the 2013 budget for prostitutes because with some 50 lashes of Koboko (Horsewhip) prostitutes will relocate to their respective villages.
If this Boko Haram Republic model enthrones a simple, law abiding and just society, soon other African countries will emulate the model, but if the model fails, they everyone to his tents.
Late Libyan Strongman Ghaddafi once advocated the division of the nation along a Christian South and a Muslim North. This genuine attempt to solve Nigeria’s lingering religious crisis may be re-framed in such a manner that Local Governments, Senatorial Zones and States that want to join the Boko Haram Republic may have their way while the rest of Nigeria continues together. This idea of Boko Haram republic is worth trying so that extremist Muslims can have their own nation while
moderate Muslims and their Christian brothers can live their lives in peace.
Obinna Akukwe ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Boko Haram flag.
[ Masterweb Reports ] - The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Nigeria and recommends that U.S. citizens avoid all travel to Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states because of the May 14, 2013 state of emergency proclamation for those three states by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The security situation in the country remains fluid and unpredictable. The U.S. Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens in Nigeria to keep personal safety and health in the forefront of their planning. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Nigeria dated January 8, 2014.
The ability of the Mission to provide assistance to U.S. citizens remains severely limited. The Department continues to recommend against all but essential travel to the following states due to the risk of kidnappings, robberies, and other armed attacks: Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kano, and Yobe States. The Department also advises travelers to exercise additional caution while traveling in Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, and Zamfara States. Based on safety and security risk assessments, the Embassy maintains restrictions for travel by U.S. officials to those states listed above; officials must receive advance clearance by the U.S. Mission for any travel deemed as mission-essential. U.S. citizens should be aware that extremist groups could expand their operations beyond northern Nigeria to other areas of the country.
The U.S. Mission advises all U.S. citizens to be particularly vigilant around government security facilities; churches, mosques, and other places of worship; locations where large crowds may gather, such as hotels, clubs, beer parlors, restaurants, markets, shopping malls; and other areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travelers. Security measures in Nigeria remain heightened due to threats posed by extremist groups, and U.S. citizens may encounter police and military checkpoints, additional security, and possible road blocks throughout the country.
Boko Haram, an extremist group based in northeast Nigeria and designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the Department of State, has claimed responsibility for many attacks, mainly in northern Nigeria. This includes two recent vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices detonated in Nyanya, a suburb of the capital of Abuja, that resulted in approximately 100 combined deaths in April and May of 2014. The first months of 2014 have seen a continued increase in Boko Haram attacks and clashes with Nigerian government security forces in northern Nigeria. Boko Haram has also targeted women and children for kidnapping, reportedly kidnapping women in northern states for marriage as “slave brides,” and kidnapping more than 200 school girls from a private school in Borno state. Boko Haram is known to descend on whole towns, robbing banks and businesses, attacking police and military installations, and setting fire to private homes. In 2013, extremists also targeted both Nigerians and foreign nationals involved in polio eradication efforts in northern Nigeria, leaving several U.S. government partner agencies working on public health development activities in northern Nigeria to curtail their vaccination efforts. Furthermore, U.S. citizen missionaries in northern Nigeria have received specific written threats to their safety and well-being.
Various curfews are intermittently in effect in several states in the North. All U.S. citizens should remain aware of current situations including curfews, travel restrictions, and states of emergency in the areas you are in or plan to visit. This information is commonly announced via the news media, but at times it can change with very little notice. Please take the time to find out this information for your area.
Kidnappings remain a security concern throughout the country. Since the beginning of 2013, there have been multiple reports of kidnappings involving U.S. citizens. Kidnappings of foreign nationals and attacks against Nigerian police forces in Lagos State and the Niger Delta region continue to affect personal security for those traveling in these areas. Criminals or militants have abducted foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, from off-shore and land-based oil facilities and maritime vessels, residential compounds, and public roadways. Ansaru, an offshoot of Boko Haram, has specifically targeted foreigners in the north for kidnap in the past few years with lethal outcomes.
Violent crimes occur throughout the country. U.S. citizen visitors and residents have experienced armed muggings, assaults, burglaries, armed robberies, car-jackings, rapes, kidnappings, and extortion. Home invasions also remain a serious threat, with armed robbers accessing even guarded compounds by scaling perimeter walls, accessing waterfront compounds by boat, following residents or visitors, or subduing guards to gain entry to homes or apartments. Law enforcement authorities usually respond slowly or not at all and provide little or no investigative support to victims. U.S. citizens, other foreign nationals, and Nigerians have experienced harassment and shakedowns at checkpoints and during encounters with Nigerian law enforcement officials. The Department advises against traveling outside of major cities after dark because of crime and road safety concerns.
Cell phone service has, at times, been disrupted in Nigeria, particularly in areas where a State of Emergency has been declared. Extremists have also been known to attack cellular telephone towers, leading to further disruptions. U.S. citizens should attempt to arrange for multiple means of communication in case of need during emergencies.
The Embassy is not able to offer medical treatment to travelers; however, it can provide a list of medical facilities that may be able to treat U.S. citizens with medical emergencies. In July 2014, the U.S. Embassy in Abuja reported confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Nigeria. Since that time, new reports of deaths and confirmed and suspected cases of persons with EVD or Ebola-like symptoms have been reported. For further information on the Ebola virus, U.S. citizens should consult the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention website and also visit the U.S. Embassy website to review Security Messages addressing the Ebola virus in Nigeria. On August 5, the CDC issued a Travel Notice advising enhanced health and hygiene precautions for travelers to Nigeria due to the Ebola virus. On July 31, the CDC issued Travel Notices warning against nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone due to the Ebola virus.
The Department strongly advises U.S. citizens who travel to or reside in Nigeria to enroll in the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
The U.S. Embassy in Abuja is located at:
Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central District Area, and can be reached by telephone, including after-hours for emergencies, at 234(9)461-4000. The Embassy is open Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The U.S. Consulate General in Lagos is located at: 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, and can be reached by telephone, including after-hours for emergencies, at 234(1)460-3600 or 234 (1) 460-3400. The Consulate is open Monday - Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. U.S. citizens should contact the U.S. Embassy in Abuja or the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos for up-to-date information on any restrictions.
Current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-47471-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or a regular toll line at 1-202-501-44441-202-501-4444 if calling from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). You can also stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports ] - Nigeria’s political leadership should act decisively in national interest before the Boko Haram terrorists storms Aso Rock and creates security panic throughout the nation. In March 2014, daring Boko Haram detainees made attempts to seize the Yellow House, headquarters of Nigeria’s secret police popularly known as the State Security Services (SSS), in a botched operation that suggested that one day Aso Rock, the residential and official fortress cold be attacked. The SSS is about 200 meters from toe first gate of the expansive Presidential Villa.
According to reports, it took the immediate recall of operatives living around Abuja and the quick intervention of soldiers from the Guards Brigade before about 22 detainees involved in the attempt were overpowered and killed. On that fateful Sunday the 30th of March military aircraft was seen hovering over the Villa and Jonathan was said to have been evacuated.
The attempt to take over the SSS Headquarters was preceded by the daring and successful attack on Giwa Baracks on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital in the same mpnth of March. In the Giwa Barracks attacks, the insurgents dislodged the soldiers guarding the roads to the barracks, demobilized the soldiers at various sentry posts, broke a section of the fence of the barracks through tomato farm in Pori and gained entrance.
In the process they freed over one thousand persons detained at the facility, picked up those they identified as their members and left the others to find their ways back to their families. The Shika Tank, the multipurpose anti-aircraft weapon recently serviced and kept ready at the gate of the barrack in case of sudden insurgency attacks, refused to work on the day of the attack, and the soldiers that were bent on
operating the tank were almost captured by the militants. All the armored tanks in Giwa barracks simply went moribund on the day of the attack.
On that fateful day, officers and soldiers took to their heels and escaped through the rear of the Barracks, and were nowhere to be found till Civilian JTF started arresting the fleeing detainees before the soldiers came and killed most of them. These people include those suspected to be insurgents and those aiding the military in
investigations and others randomly arrested from raids on Boko Haram hideouts.
Three months earlier In December 2013 , another barrack, the 202 Tank Battalion, Bama, in Borno Sate was attacked by the insurgents. In the process they freed about 200 detainees in the military facility and left 55 persons dead, including soldiers, policemen and prison officials. The soldiers in Bama put up a spirited defense, but at the end the insurgents overran the barracks and freed heir people.
The 7th of August witnessed an unsuccessful attempt by the Boko Haram
insurgents to take over the prestigious Police Mobile Training School in Gwoza. Gwoza is the pride of MOPOL. That is the camp where they are given necessary trainings beyond the conventional from the rest of the force. Gwoza is that desert mountain where mobile policemen are trained to be gallant officers of the Nigerian Police Force.
However, this gallant edifice and institution fell into the hands of the murderers when they came for a second attack on the 20th of the same month because most of them kept their weapons in the armory while listening to briefing. Who ordered the MOPOL officers to leave their weapons behind when the place was smarting from a recent attack? Who aided Boko Haam to attack Gallant MOPOL and slaughter many of them? It is estimated that both the dead and the missing is over a hundred security personnel.
Three days after the fall of Gwoza, Boko Haram stormed Ngala and took over a military base that has about 1000 soldiers. The soldiers were said to have abandoned the facility and joined others stationed at Gamboru to defend the border town. The insurgents not satisfied with the fall of Ngala, pursued them into Gamboru and in the ensuing stiff clash, about 480 of them escaped with hapless villagers into neighboring Cameroun, to avoid being slaughtered. The insurgents chased them into Cameroun until the Gendarmes fought back the terrorists and drove them back to Nigeria.
Bama Barracks fell, Giwa Barracks fell, MOPOL Tainting School fell, Ngala Barracks fell, SSS headquarters nearly fell, and the insurgents are waxing strong and colonizing new territories. Soon, they will re-launch into Abuja and will try to make a statement by attacking the seat of power. Having noted the security patterns of the presidential convoys and arrangement of security around Azikiwe Jonathan , it is
observable that taking him out within the Villa is almost impossibility.
It will take an extra-coordinated buster attack to come near Ebele Jonathan, and Boko Haram may not show much interest in such a costly venture. However, with the presence of Boko Haram branch of the ruling party, whom the president had earlier lamented of being neck deep in his government, motivations for such an attack cannot be ruled out.
A Boko Haram storming of Aso Rock will create security panic within the system. It could be hijacked and manipulated to disastrous consequences by enemies of Azikiwe Jonathan. It will also booster the morale of the insurgents and they will begin to find Abuja an attractive sitting duck. Such attack will also trigger massive looting of national treasury and run on the dollars due to rush to transfer stolen fund overseas.
The time bomb is ticking. It is time for Goodluck Jonathan to order the full invasion of Sambisa Forest with attendant aerial bombardment. The Chibok Girls are probably dead anyway, therefore that lame excuse is no longer tenable. The insurgents must be dislodged from Gwoza, Damboa, Chibok , Uba, Askira, Mubi , Ngala, Gamboru and all the towns they have currently colonized. Failure to do that, the insurgents will soon become dissatisfied with their localized conquest and with the aid of their
sympathizers in high places, a march into Abuja and Aso Rock will commence.
Azikiwe Jonathan should not hesitate to name all the PDP members who are
secretly sponsoring Boko Haram, those he told Christian leaders at a Church service that they might poison him. Those PDP members that former National Security Adviser, General Azazi tried to expose before he was wasted in a helicopter crash. Ebele Jonathan should also consider revoking all the oil blocks allocated to sponsors and cronies of Boko Haram by past governments. Failure to take these necessary actions and on time may make the way for an invasion of Aso Rock by Boko Haram, and Nigeria may as well go to blazes
Obinna Akukwe ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Map & Flag of Nigeria
[ Masterweb Reports: Evangelist Chi Benedicta Okonkwo reports ] - WIFE-BEATING: Some men beat their wives and some aggrieved husbands or ex-husbands, or ex-lovers pour acid on their women. You cannot harm your own body, beating your wife is harming your own body. Violence against women in marriage contexts is a serious affront. He has failed in effective communication; and adopted the lower animal language of physical attack to send his message; He has lost all tenderness and love for his wife because love does not harm. The man poses a threat to the life of the woman depending on how violent he might get. His wife will live in mortal fear of him. He has insulted God, the Father who appointed him priest and head of the family. He has forfeited the mandate spiritually. Wife battery is a grave default that should be prayed out of the heavenly home. If a man loves himself, he will not be a wife-beater. If a man loves and honours God, he will not be a wife-beater.
REJECTION OF DOMESTIC DUTIES AND HOME-MANAGEMENT BY THE WOMAN.
God has apportioned Home Management to the woman.” Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.” This means that what a woman will choose to do in her home will build or destroy her home. A woman has powerful influence in the home to give that home the quality tone a heavenly home deserves. A woman has to manage her home well, and take care of her home.
A woman does not have to gossip against her husband, exposing family private matters, bringing bad repute to the family from undignified behavior, careless talk, lack of decency, will bring down the quality of the heavenly home. The virtuous woman in Proverbs 31, is a role model for all women about the divine concept of a wise virtuous woman as opposed to a foolish woman.
Managing the home front is a woman’s priority assignment, and in this portfolio, she is the Mother, the Decorator, the Caterer, the First Teacher, the First Nurse, the First
Counsellor, the First Mentor, the First Coach of everybody in the home, her husband, her children, and her domestic servants.
Effective, persuasive communication is an asset to the wise woman at home.
This means she needs to pray against the common malaise of nagging. Being easier to satisfy; being more content, showing understanding, and empathy will reduce the urge to nag. Also being responsible and having realistic expectations will help.
Sometimes, it may befall on the woman to be the Breadwinner. Provided her husband is appreciative, she should accept this role…and handle it with humility and trust in God-not bitterly. Nagging a man for what he is not able to provide will drive him to do the forbidden.
Yelling will impede communication. Abusive language is worse. Whatever is going on in the home; the woman is still the one to go to God in prayer and ask for help from God who gave her this assignment.
If a woman is highly talented and qualified, she has to negotiate with her husband her need for employment, or to go for further studies. A woman has every right to actualize herself and to seek economic empowerment; but it should not be at the expense of the home management and the children in particular. It is an unhappy home where there is no food at meal time for the children; and the children are left to the mercy of house helps, and the woman does not know or see what her children eat while she is dashing about and even leaving the cooking and the menu for the house-help ( that is, in Africa where there are house-helps) to determine and to cook and serve.
A balance can be negotiated between working in the home and incorporating situations; and taking care of vital issues at home. A woman in a heavenly home should seek this balance. Sometimes, the man is domesticated and can cook: but even at that, the woman should make him know that he is a very special auxiliary. It is still the woman’s primary duty to cook for her husband, in African culture unless she decides otherwise.
If a woman chooses to be a full-time home manager, that is okay for her provided she accepts it in her spirit and does not grumble. She need not carry on a martyrdom spirit, sacrificial motherhood syndrome, or a victim mentality. It is her choice; and it is a worthy cause. These days she can also achieve a lot using a laptop or a desktop at home hooked to an internet service provider. She can do a lot on-line: by way of further education; and e-commerce or networking for community service. A heavenly home has a woman who joyfully and obediently accepts her role as a homebuilder and manager, and who appreciates she is serving God in this function.
Wrong Solutions For Heavenly Homes
Whatever the problem is with your spouse, adultery is not the solution. Whether it is loss of sexual attraction to your spouse, whether it is resentment of him, or her, whether it is hatred of him or her, whether it is loneliness, etc. adultery in not the solution. “ Thou shalt not commit adultery” Exodus 20:14.
Adultery is one of the Ten Commandments of God that must be obeyed. It is a deadly sin. If God has joined you two together and you detach yourself from the union sealed by God, and copulate with a stranger to the union, it is:
An affront to God
An insult to God
A brazen rebellion
An immoral and iniquitous act
A dangerous act that can cause scandal, trouble and even retaliatory violence by the aggrieved party.
An act of lack of wisdom because;
All men are blemished, all women are blemished.
None is perfect. If you are looking for a perfect man, there is none. If you are looking for a perfect woman there is none.
If the devil suggests to you to go and have a fling, and ignore your spouse, it is an advice from the pit of hell.
When a woman gets married, her womb is dedicated to God to produce “ Godly seed”. Committing fornication with another man destroys that covenant and angers God.
A woman is a daughter of Zion, a special vessel for bearing God’s children, and her womb, for that reason is sacred.
The problems of marriage that affect sexual performance, sexual satisfaction, companionship, emotional and material support should be taken to God, the Balm of Gilead. There is no self-justification to condone adultery.
OCCULTISM IS A WRONG SOLUTION
Some misguided spouses resort to the occult to enforce, or to obtain a desired result or effect in their family. God who created all fresh, and who created and ordained marriage and the human family can solve any problem whatsoever afflicting the family. Just take the matter to God in prayer. He is the God of impossibilities.
This God can do anything. If this God could raise Lazarus from death after four days; He raised Jairus’ daughter from death; He healed the woman of issue of blood for twelve years; He healed the blind Bartimeus, He created water out of the rock, He fed His people with manna from heaven; He closed and opened Rachael’s womb; He turned the bitter water of mara to sweet;
He collapsed the walls of Jericho; He was the one who took Enoch and Elijah to heaven without tasting death; He was the one who destroyed Goliath, Pharaoh, and Herod for the sake of peace to reign in His loved ones; He was the one who divided the red sea in time of old so that His children would cross over when their enemies were pursuing them; He was the one who became the pillar of fire by night and pillar of cloud by day to the Israelites.
He can defy scientific medical verdicts, reverse them; and give you a breakthrough. This God has given new fallopian tubes to women; He has given new healthy testes, He gives new wombs, new brains, new blood group, and new limbs, just name it. He can do it for you.
You do not need any occult spell to make your spouse love you.
Neither indeed do you have any right to harm your spouse. Your spouse’s life belongs to God; and it is sacred. .Neither do we need to live in mortal dread and fear of our spouses. Wounds, hurts, and disagreements should not be allowed to fester and to become too grievous. Unresolved conflicts and disagreements lead to terrible rifts that cause couples to drift apart. Certainly, resort to occult is nonetheless a wrong solution. Neither is resort to conspiracy for slander and isolation of your spouse a proper solution .Just take it to the Lord in prayer and continue to pray until God answers you. His name is the Prince of Peace. “ For with God nothing shall be impossible”( Luke 1:37).
Evangelist Chi Benedicta Okonkwo –( Author and Writer), ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTel: +34632325146 ) reports.
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[ Masterweb Reports ] - The former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi said that for Nigeria to expand its industrial base, that leaders at all levels must show commitment. He was speaking Tuesday at the 54th Annual Bar Conference taking place at the International Conference Centre, Owerri.
In his address to the Conference entitled: "Nigeria: Any Hope for an Industrial Revolution", Obi said that just as countries such as Singapore and Malaysia expanded their industrial and service bases, that Nigeria was capable of moving on the same direction once the people did the right things. He lamented uncontrolled greed as the bane of the progress of the country, saying that often people acquire what they do not need to the expense of the country thus promoting the retrogressive culture of transaction rather than the progressive culture of transformation.
Obi who said that attitude towards investors was another thing that mattered in the progress and development of a country, recalled the experience of Innoson Motor Manufacturing Company, Nnewi. According to him, Innoson company borrowed money to buy equipment for his Motor industry and had problem with customs that led to the auctioning of his goods far below the cost. He said it was the intervention of the President that resolved the matter and made it possible for the company to complete its plant, which now employs over 7000 Nigerians. Obi wondered what would have been the fate of the company if he had not intervened through the President.
Commending Jonathan on the progress of the " Transformation Agenda," he said that the President would not do everything himself, and called on Nigerians to realize that they all have stake in the country.
Further, Obi said that for Nigeria to achieve it industrial dream, that it should sustain the improvement on infrastructure, especially transportation, power and emphasizes on vocational training and skills acquisition.
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The President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Okey Wali, SAN (2nd left), the former President, AC Okocha(1st left), and Chief Mike Ahamba(1st right), with the former Gov. Of Anambra State, Mr.Peter Obi, after he delivered a lecture entitled: "Nigeria: Any Hope for an Industrial Revolution" at the 54th Annual Bar Conference at the International Conference and Convention Centre, Owerri, Imo State, on Tuesday.