[ Masterweb Reports ] - Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, has condoled with the family of late Senator Uche Chukwumerije on the sad loss of their father and a distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Charles Ajunwa, the Governor expressed shock over the death of the celebrated Senator and statesman who passed on at the Turkish Hospital, Abuja, of lung cancer.
According to him, the late Senator would be remembered for his invaluable contributions on the floor of the Senate as well as his efforts in building a strong and united Nigeria.
Governor Orji said the late Senator Chukwumerije would be remembered for his outspokenness and fearlessness in national discuss, adding that apart from distinguishing himself in many fields, he carved a niche for himself both as a politician and statesman.
The Governor said that though the late elder statesman was sick for sometime he never expected that he would die at this time, describing his death as monumental loss to Abia and Nigeria at large.
He prayed God to grant the bereaved family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
*Photo Caption - Late Senator Uche Chukwumerije
[ Masterweb Reports: Ihechukwu Njoku reports ] -Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua addressed the contentious issue of xenophobia in his church service on Sunday 19th April 2015, a subject gaining worldwide attention after the recent spate of violent attacks against foreign nationals in South Africa.
In a short message televised live on popular Christian station Emmanuel TV and subsequently posted on Joshua’s social media accounts, the cleric called for Africans to unite.
He said that each country has peculiar challenges, adding that as South Africans are battling xenophobia, Nigerians are faced with the menace of Boko Haram.
“The wound of one should be the wound of all,” the cleric preached. “Whatever happens in any African country, we should come together – what can we do? We should see it as if it happens in our own country.”
Joshua likened the African continent to a human body comprised of many parts, each important for successful functionality. “In the body, if anything happens to a part of it, the whole body will feel it,” he described.
Joshua frowned on the plans of several countries to repatriate citizens scared of the xenophobic violence. “Why can’t we come together and redeem our continent,” he asked.
"Africa, unite," he passionately encouraged congregants and viewers alike. "We have a common enemy – satan! We have one enemy camouflaged differently, uniformed differently.”
The cleric also declared that God was in ‘control’ of the volatile situation in South Africa and the xenophobic violence was ‘over’.
Nearing the end of the service, Joshua was presented with a branch of an olive tree allegedly plucked from the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem, Israel.
Ronny Levy Musan, an Israeli expert, said it symbolised the forging of a relationship between The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) and the holy land, after which Joshua announced to viewers he would soon begin to hold ‘revival’ services in Israel.
According to him, this would provide Christians an opportunity to not only receive prayer but visit holy sites within Israel to inspire their faith.
Joshua, who is renowned for his alleged prophetic abilities, later prophesied that a president would be ‘rushed to the hospital’, causing panic in the affected nation. He called on congregants to pray every Tuesday.
Ihechukwu Njoku ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ), a freelance Nigerian journalist reports.
*Photo Caption - T. B. Joshua
[ Masterweb Reports: Comrade Ahmed Omeiza Lukman reports ] - The South African government is a disgrace to the entire black race and it’s time for so many countries to start considering their relationship with the Jacob Zuma lead administration. One will have think a responsible government will do everything within it power to stop this xenophobic nonsense. The big question on my lip is why has the government not been able to stop the attacks?
The world knows how all Africans stood strongly behind the freedom and liberation of South Africa. Our brothers and sister living in South Africa are now in constant fear as they witness the killings of their fellow blacks and family members without protection from the government. The SA people has betray the African brotherhood and sure will one day pay dearly for this inhuman and barbaric actions of some few bad individuals. Every reasons behind the attacks were unjustified and unwarranted knowing very well that black South Africans received enormous support from many countries in Africa during the struggle against apartheid.
“Your struggle was our struggle and your victory was our victory. South Africa’s enemies were Africa’s enemies and your freedom was Africa’s freedom.” There was a sense of brotherhood that allowed the battle against the apartheid to be carried on the shoulders of the entire black race and this binding bond has been destroyed right away. Nigerians and Africans in general sacrificed numerous resources to support the SA freedom fight and would not allow a situation where the South African government was failing to protect foreigners.
What will happen if there is retaliation in other countries against your nationals living in the Diaspora? God forbid and where will Africa end up? South Africans are been too quick to forget the sacrifice made by many countries that rallied behind them and now we are being repaid with xenophobic murders. I see a very terrible future for the SA people in the black region, as the country has been able to successfully isolate itself. The unwillingness of the Jacob Zuma lead administration has put the future of SA living outside the shores of their country in great jeopardy.
Comrade Ahmed Omeiza Lukman ( Email: email@example.com ) reports from Kiev, Ukraine.
*Photo Caption - Mr. Ernesto Alfabeto Nhamuave, a 35-year-old Mozambican on fire, set ablaze and burnt to death by a rampaging mob in a Johannesburg slum.
[ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety reports ] - (Democracy & Good Governance, Onitsha Nigeria, 19th April 2015)-It is the position of the leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law that the two pillars holding the democratic foundation in modern time particularly in Africa are laid on input and output legitimacies. When a governor emerges in an election through credible popular votes, his or her emergence becomes a product of input legitimacy. But if he or she emerges otherwise, his or her emergence becomes a product of mechanical legitimacy. Output legitimacy is the case when the input legitimate governor changes and upgrades the socio-economic conditions of his or her people and their environmental abode through innovative and creative governing styles.
To achieve output legitimacy concept of governance, governance attitude must be laid on service and permanently distanced from consumption. Output legitimacy is solidly laid on nine foundations of focus, direction, innovation or creativity, positive resources mobilization, fiscal prudence and accountability, zero indebtedness, private sector inclusion, social service provision and delivery and account of stewardship. Through focus, a government resists the risk of running distractive governance. Through direction, it has a governance destination. By innovation, it lowers the risk of running a status quo or establishment governance and brings on board innovative policies and actions. By positive resources mobilization, it de-escalates over reliance on statutory revenue earnings and harmful borrowings and creates and discovers other positive sources of revenues such as private sector, donor agencies, development partners and governance saving costs.
By fiscal prudence and accountability, it cuts down bloated governance costs and ensures their re-channelization into social service provisions and delivery. It also makes it possible to attract huge non debt financial and social project inflows from donor agencies and development partners and ensures re-channelization of its statutory allocations into fixing key infrastructures like roads, bridges, airports, health and education physical structures, etc. By zero indebtedness, it saves its governance enclave from debt burden and retardation of development and gagging of its future. It also puts the enclave on sound financial footings. By private sector involvement or inclusion, massive job opportunities are created because private sector, not government is the highest employer of labor in the world. It also boosts government revenues and attracts large capital inflows and direct and indirect foreign investments. It also moves its natural resources from subsistent level to mechanized level.
By social service provision and delivery including environmental protection, the fundamental objective of inventing government; which is service to the people and their environment is optimally achieved. It also enhances the living conditions of the people and optimally narrows the gap between the rich and the poor. By so doing, social unrest and crimes are reduced to the barest minimum and happiness and comfort are provided for the greater number of the population.
By account of stewardship, process of output legitimacy is fully completed. It also engenders hope and trust in public governance and provides local and international reference points and systematized benchmarks by which today’s governance is measured. The account of stewardship under reference is also expected to contain the assets and liabilities being left behind by the out-going government as well as progress or retrogress made by same.
The Concept of Obinomics:
The concept of Obinomics or innovative multi-sectored approach to public governance in Anambra State using decency, law, prudence and political civility; is substantially laid on the nine foundations explained above. Of the 36 States and the FCT, only Anambra State of Obinomics successfully ran a governance of combined input and output legitimacies under Mr. Peter Obi from 2006 to 2013. In its input legitimacy, it was voted massively in the April 2003 gubernatorial poll, but the armada of electoral fraud denied it victory and gubernatorial ascendance until 17th March 2006 when the reverse became the case via protracted judicial processes. The Obinomics’ input legitimacy also modified and upgraded the Nigeria’s electoral legal calendar and introduced staggered gubernatorial polls in seven States of Nigeria.
Obinomics’ output legitimacy innovatively changed the face of Anambra State multi-sectorally and removed the State from its notorious pariah status as Nigeria’s rogue State where renegades and naira loaded clowns are in charge to the point of taking over the government’s seat of power with impunity and determining the collective fate of the Anambra People in a riotous and disastrous manner. The Obinomics started with the account of what it met on the ground as well as prudence and continuity; by way of continuing and completing most, if not all the projects awarded by the two former renegade administrations before embarking on award and execution of new ones.
It went extra miles in mobilizing massive resources locally and internationally. It also scaled down drastically the State’s old debt stocks and further borrowings. At the end, successes recorded by the State in governance were in legion, particularly by leaving behind huge finances in the State coffers totally over N75billion as well as making the State the least indebted State in Nigeria internally and externally. This, the Obinomics did by clearing the State’s local and foreign debts from over N40billion in 2006 to N10.7billion in December 2014. The State also changed from borrower to lender with $156million invested in foreign bonds, which have now risen to about N40billion. The issue of wage debts was also tackled by 90% by ensuring that most pension and gratuity arrears were liquidated. The Obinomics ended with a heavy booklet containing verifiable account of stewardship including upgraded schools, health institutions, roads, bridges, direct foreign investments and capital inflows, etc.
Obinomics As A Benchmark For New Governors:
We are deeply worried at Intersociety over the attitudes of elected political office holders towards public governance in Nigeria particularly at the State level; which see and treat same as mercantile venture rather than service to humanity. This explains why public governance has failed brutally in most of the States in Nigeria. The public governance in the country has also been afflicted with status quo or establishment governing styles with little or no efforts at ensuring innovative or creative governance.
Most States in Nigeria are presently grounded to a halt and afflicted with huge debts capable of blocking any meaningful governance impact in such States. In the States under reference, true accounts of their debt stocks particularly their local debts are concealed or manipulated. As a result, the incoming governors have no option than to continue to run status quo or establishment governance on account of mountainous debts being left behind by their out-going colleagues.
Those who were recently declared re-elected are also expected to continue with their roguish and deceitful governance at the expense of the electorates and the general public. Lagos State, for instance, has official public State debts of N402 billion comprising local and foreign debts and unofficial debts of over N500 billion. It is the most indebted State in Nigeria. In Rivers State, over N200 billion is owed in public debts. Other heavily indebted States are Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Abia, Imo, Kaduna and Delta. At the geopolitical level, the Southwest and the Southwest zones remain the most indebted zones in Nigeria with over 1.4 trillion at over N700 billion each involving local and foreign debts.
On the other hand, the concept of Obinomics remains a fundamental benchmark to public governance approach in Nigeria. To ensure successful adoption and workability of this concept, any governor wishing to adopt it must first adopt service to humanity attitude in place of consumptive governance attitude. The Obinomics governance approach is also direly needed at the Federal level where the Federal Government’s current total debt stocks officially stands at over $55billion comprising over N9 trillion ($45B) of local debts and $10billion of foreign debts respectively. Apart from these shocking and alarming debt stocks of the Federal Government, most of the monies needed to fix key public infrastructures and other social services amounting to over 60% are roguishly codified in the form of allowances and overheads for the elected and appointed top public office holders in Nigeria to the extent that a whopping sum of N1trillion or $5 billion is spent annually in the payment of the allowances of the Federal civil servants (Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala 2014).
In the Federation of Nigeria as a whole, another whopping sum of N1.15 trillion or about $5.7 billion is spent annually in the payment of salaries and allowances of 14,500 top appointed and elected public office holders in the country with salaries accounting only for 10% and allowances accounting for 90%. Out of this, N550 billion is spent annually on the allowances of 12,788 Local Government Areas’ top officials in the categories of chairmen, deputies and councilors in the country’s 774 LGAs while only N42 billion is spent on their salaries.
Through parliamentary fiscal appropriations at the Federal level, over N1.5 trillion or about $7.5 billion is spent on overheads every year including the President’s security votes. This is much more than what is budgeted for capital projects, which is about N1.2 trillion or $6 billion. At the State level, 60% of the cumulative earnings including borrowed funds are wasted annually in overheads and allowances of top public office holders including the governors’ monthly security votes. Between N600million and N800million is pocketed monthly by each State Governor in Nigeria in the form of monthly security votes. Most of the States in Nigeria have also roguishly enacted post public office wage pay laws for their elected executive and legislative officers and the sums allocated to them in the form of severance and pension allowances are alarming and shocking.
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chairman
Barr Uzochukwu Oguejiofor-Nwonu, Head, Campaign & Publicity Department
Barr Chiugo Onwuatuegwu, Head, Democracy & Good Governance Program
Barr Obianuju Igboeli, Head, Civil Liberties & Rule of Law Program
*Photo Caption - Mr. Peter Obi, former Anambra governor
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[ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports ] - Lots of stomach infrastructure prophets in Nigeria predicted the victory of Jonathan at the just concluded presidential polls in Nigeria, describing Buhari’s supporters as heathens raging against the Lords Anointed. I am yet to see any of them that predicted a Buhari victory. Mcheeew!
These misguided spokespersons of God gave us lectures of how Jonathan is the David that will defeat Goliath of the Philistines (Buhari). In all the meetings of clerics I attended around Abuja, Enugu, Lagos, Port Harcourt and environs, I hear the same tale of how God told some pastors that a Buhari presidency will Islamize Nigeria and how God intends his people to pray out this heathen who wants to return them ( not myself) back to Egypt. We were also told that God will give Jonathan a second term victory because he has not finished his assignment.
I never discerned all these things prophetically and I know that these statements are not from the Spirit of God. In one of the meeting of a closed group of ministers in Abuja, I blurted out angrily at one of the prophetic tale bearer asking “does God intend to keep a most corrupt president, are you aware that the economy is in so much bad shape that there may be no money to pay salaries by the end of this year if leakages in the system is not drastically cut. Are you aware that many State Governments having huge debt profile, endangering the economic status of their states? Which parameter is your God using to declare Jonathan a savior despite grinding poverty in the land.….”
The most ridiculous of all I heard was that Buhari, Tinubu and the APC represents the heathens that have ganged up against God. These stories were fed to the congregation of many, and they wasted precious times of prayer on something I knew would be a waste. Some organized special prayer session, special night vigils, special crusades, after collecting their own share of the corrupt national cake in thousands, millions and billions of naira, and gathered people to pray in churches, open spaces and fields all in an effort to deliver Nigeria from the hand of heathens. In one of the cities where such money for hand prayers was made, I told some Archbishops and Bishops to ensure that they collected their own share of the Jonathanian largesse before enlisting their congregants for the prayers. The Bishops heeded my call and lied in wait for the principal prayer warrior, who on sensing trouble, skipped the planned pre-crusade ministers’ briefings and left immediately after his crusade.
Of course, God and Jesus Christ disappointed them all. I believe that Tinubu, Amechi, Oshiomhole , Fashola and their group, though having their own shortcomings, cannot in the prevailing context, be branded as heathens because the are supporting Buhari. It is spiritually discernible that the real heathen is the incumbent Goodluck Jonathan.
This man who had no shoes, allowed so much corruption within his five year tenure that from my own estimate, a total of $142 billion dollars oil revenue were stolen in five years. I have buttressed it in earlier write-up ‘Looters of $142 billion dollars oil revenue not working for Jesus Christ’. A heathen is that president so heartless to allow such theft by close friends and cronies while the over 60 million Nigerians live below$1 dollars daily. Former CBN Governor Prof Chukwuma Soludo put his own estimated off budget theft at N30 trillion naira ($150billin dollars), this stolen or missing sum can construct two hundred and forty eight numbers of (248) Second Niger Bridge at the cost of $500 million dollars each , and a prayer warrior is still looking for a heathen.
A heathen is that President who cannot expose the Boko Haram sponsors who are part of his ruling party, his cabinet ministers and his service chiefs and deliberately deceives Nigerians that opposition flagbearer is supporting Boko Haram. A heathen is that man ignored the earlier warnings of ex Heads of States Muhammadu Buhari and Olusegun Obasanjo in 2011, immediately after the United Nations Abuja bombings, that he should pursue and prosecute the sponsors of Boko Haram before they become too uncontrollable, until over 10,000 lives have been lost.
A heathen is that president who abandoned Northern Christians to Boko Haram onslaught until six weeks to the rescheduled presidential polls. A heathen is that president who left Christian communities with over 100 years Jesus heritage like Chibok, Gwoza, Askira,Uba,Damboa and numerous others to be the first to fall into the hands of the Jihadists. I enumerated them in the piece released mid last year titled ‘Boko Haram Republic of Gwoza: Jonathan abandons Northern Christians’
Heathen is that President who allowed Chibok Girls to be captured from a predominantly Christian town, and many of them raped to death while dancing Azonto in Kano. It is a shame that a Muslim activist by name Peregrimah Brimah was asking a Christian President for logistics to mobilize army of volunteers to help rescue Chibok girls that are predominantly Christians.
Heathen is that President under whose tenure I lost many missionary colleagues to the hands of the insurgents while great feasting is going on in Aso Rock.
Heathen is that president who said that 16 are greater than 19 in the Nigerian Governors Forum controversial elections, and set the stage for Governors Amechi, Kwakwanso, Oshiomhole and co to give the opposition the boost they deserved. Had these governors remained in the PDP, a Buhari victory would not have been possible.
Jesus Christ disappointed all these prophets because they allowed their sentiments and emotions to becloud the voice of the Holy Spirit. Many of them clamored friendship with a sitting President more than hearing the Voice of God and siding with the people. I was also tempted like them with advances from certain quarters to toe the line of Balaam, and I rebuffed it, not because I am a money bag, but because the Holy Spirit rejected their gifts.
Heathen is also that prophet who allowed personal friendship with Jonathan to obscure the voice of God and conscience which states that Nigeria is dying slowly due to corruption, impunity and insecurity.
Heathen is that prophet who in private cannot diplomatically tell the incumbent that Nigerians are complaining about his style of governance, because saying such may lead to loss of billions or hundreds of millions of tithes, offerings, seed and prayer money.
I was shocked when a Bishop told me in the first week of March, after my briefing, that they never told them that Chibok Girls were Christians. They never told them that Christian territories are being overrun by Boko Haram. They never told them that even Muslims are co-operating to ensure that occupied Christian towns in Borno were liberated. They told us that Buhari invented Boko Haram and that Osibanjo will resign for Tinubu after the elections . They deliberately briefed us on what the wanted us to hear, and that is the spirit of Balak.
A church goer who patronizes witches and wizads, Guru Maharaji, Olumba Olumba, Ogboni, Amorc. Free Mason and such secret organizations whose operations are anti-Christ is also a heathen, whether the person sows seed of billions of naira to a pastor or not.
Jesus Christ have enjoined his followers in Matthew 5 vs 16 to ‘let their lives so shine among men, that they may see your good works, and glorify the name of your father in heaven’. Did their incumbent President meet that Criterion?
The good news is that the heathen President has repented after his defeat. He is now shunning all the corrupt people he infested himself with for five years, including his Oil Minister, Diezani Madueke. He has barred those who misled him on a hate campaign, from coming near him now. He has decided to be his usual self, cooperating with the next regime. Having read the security reports from the DMI, NIA, DSS and some more objective analysis from the CIA that any attempt to manipulate the election definitely lead to unimaginable violence whose outcome may not be predicted, and the threat by the world powers to drag him to ICC if Nigeria ends in violence and break-up, he decided to concede defeat. Though his repentance came after Buhari’s victory, he can now be classified as having transmuted from heathen to Christian, stilling the raging of the heathens.
Obinna Akukwe ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Huge crowd trail President-elect General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) during a 2011 campaign rally - displaying "Power to the people" sign which is part of PMM logo (photo insert).
[ Masterweb Reports: Lawrence Njoku reports ] - Despite the shortcomings of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the South East geo-political zone has always viewed the party as its own. The zone has not only embraced the party in totality; it has also ensured that no other political party survives there besides the PDP.
Although the return to democracy has given room for a multiple party system, making it possible for politicians of Igbo extraction to own and fund political parties, such development has not in any way changed the belief the Igbo have in the PDP.
They have always used their votes and support for the party to propagate virtues of the PDP. For instance, in 1999, the South East was among zones of the country that gave their total votes to former President Olusegun Obasanjo (then of the PDP), enabling him win the presidential election.
It is on record that that same year, PDP controlled the entire South East states, as candidates of the party won the governorship elections of their various states.
The development was the same for the party in the zone in 2003, 2007 and 2011. In fact, in 2011, the zone posted one of the highest votes it has put forth in history.
Although the voting pattern of the country changed in 2015, making it impossible for bloc votes from the zone to salvage President Jonathan, the candidate of the PDP at the election, the voting pattern that determined the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the centre does not appear in the reckoning of the South East as political miscalculation.
Pundits see the defeat of the PDP by the APC even after the South East massively voted for the party as a “temporary setback”, which should be overcome with time. Sounding rather unperturbed by the development, apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, said the voting pattern adopted by Ndigbo since the inception of democracy, some 15 years ago, was borne out of deep love for the PDP, as well as a desire to deepen democracy.
“It has nothing to do with the occupant to the office, as we believe that we are a part and parcel of the PDP. It is our duty to propagate the party to enable it serve the purpose for which certain best brain of Nigerians gathered to ensure it came on board in 1998,” Ohanaeze said.
Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr Joe Nworgu, told The Guardian that it was misleading for anybody to think that the voting pattern, which incidentally failed to vindicate the South East will launch the zone into political oblivion. He said: “There is nothing wrong with the voting pattern adopted by Ndigbo since 1999.
We have decided to put all our eggs in one basket, as part of effort to grow democracy and sustain the overall development of the country. All we wanted is the presidency of this country, as well as play the big role, which we are known for in politics.
It is the PDP that has offered the platform for Ndigbo to achieve their dreams.” Going memory lane and explaining why Ndigbo will not abandon the PDP, Nworgu said the Igbo presidency dream became a reality when former Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme, ran in the primary of the PDP that eventually was won by Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999, after he (Ekwueme) had midwifed the G-34 group that eventually metamorphosed into the PDP.
He said: “For the Igbo man, Ekwueme was the hero of that struggle that brought democracy in 1998 through the G-34. It was natural for him to emerge the presidential candidate of PDP, and that gave Ndigbo hope that they have come back fully into Nigerian politics.
They supported Ekwueme’s bid for presidency, when non-believers in equity and Nigerian unity truncated Ekwueme’s bid by dusting up an ex-prisoner whom they hoisted on the nation as PDP presidential candidate.
Ndigbo went back to square one. But at that point in time, the Igbo states had already voted for the governors of the PDP.
The gubernatorial election of that year came before the presidential election. This means that anybody from PDP became governor riding on Ekwueme’s back.” Although the turn of events has pushed the PDP into opposition, Nworgu said notwithstanding the development, the party is the only veritable platform that could offer Ndigbo opportunity for their presidential aspiration.
As such, he said Ndigbo will present a candidate for the presidency of the country in 2019 through the PDP and would rely on the strength of the party in the South East, South South and Middle Belt, and progressives in the South West to make it happen.
“Ndigbo still have love for PDP, in spite of gaining nothing from Obansanjo’s eight years. We are PDP, and we will remain in PDP because it is our party.
Opportunists will disembark, but men of character will stay put. PDP lost a contest not a war; there are sufficient principled persons in the PDP family that can regenerate it into a formidable party. Ndigbo must not allow the party to be hijacked by other interest groups.
They should firm up solidarity with the South South, Middle Belt and progressive elements from the South West, led by the Afenifere. The slogan must be restructuring of the country for progress. So, those who believe this must stand up and be counted.
The beauty of democracy is that there must be vibrant opposition political parties,” he said. Nworgu said: “Ndigbo have no regret that PDP lost and it is not a miscalculation. We will come home and re-strategize in the next four years. There must be an Igbo presidential candidate in 2019 in the PDP.
Ndigbo must be in the PDP to build the party through which they will vie for presidency in 2019. The Igbo are not factored at all in the APC contraption and that is why they will not vote the party. “Given the same scenario, Ndigbo will vote PDP again and again.
If it means putting our eggs in one basket, so be it. The truth is that our future lies with the PDP. People should just understand it the way it is and play the politics the way it should be.
Nobody should further our pain as a people by the vocation we have decided to play in politics.” Reminded that the PDP has not made much impact in Igbo land, even with all the support the zone has shown, Nworgu said:
“The real people that formed the party were edged out for sojourners,” adding: “The top brass Igbo people that gave Nigeria PDP have been edged out after Obasanjo’s exit, and those who have taken over seem not to know why the party was formed, and the brains behind it.
That is why we must stay put and discountenance what has happened at the centre in the present election as a temporary setback, to enable us recover the PDP again.”
Former Director General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Prof Elo Amucheazi, said he did not understand how the voting pattern adopted by the South East since 1999 should elicit interest to the point that other Nigerians will want the zone to pay dearly because of the victory of the APC at the presidential election.
Like Nworgu, he noted that PDP had dominated in South East, South South the Middle Belt and other parts of the country, stressing that the party has become the “identity of the people of this area”.
He said: “South East and South South have always voted PDP. They have always remained in PDP. North West was ANPP and now APC.
Others were a kind of mixed grill. There has been this alliance in the past between the West and North; this had been the case even with the Action Group, the NCNC and others, whereby no single party that has won in an election formed the government.
“The South East has willingly expressed their wish by the way they voted. The South South has done the same, the South West, Middle Belt and North Central and others have also expressed their wish through their votes.
What I think has happened here is that religion and ethnicity, among other factors, came into play by the pattern of the voting. It really shows the sympathy each region holds for one another.
“Having observed this, to forge a country that should be appreciated by all, there is need for the incoming government to form a government of national unity embracing all shades of opinion, irrespective of party affiliation, to enable us deepen our democracy and move forward.
“It is not a question of South East not voting for APC or South South rejecting the APC. A good politician is one that sees every part of the country as his constituency.
Come to think of it, if there was the rejection of APC here by the South East, it means that whoever is the leader of the party must work hard to convince the people of the zone on why they should accept the party and own it the way they have done for the PDP.”
Amucheazi noted that irrespective of his defeat at the election, President Jonathan has preserved the unity of the country, stressing that he did not do it by creating a divide between the PDP and others.
He said that Nigeria is not a country of two nations, and as such, every leader must work to have the best brains in his administration.
A Political Scientist and university lecturer, Dr Jonas Okwukwe, said the South East’s voting pattern could be used to negotiate for the political future of the zone, if it is sustained.
Tracing the dynamics of politics in the country, he said the implication is that the PDP has a strong support base in the zone. He said: “I do not think it should be a matter of the principle of federal character, which I know has been seriously violated in the country.
We know that each state is required to contribute at least one minister to the cabinet, but it is the prerogative of the President to issue their appropriate ministries.
He might decide to allocate to them portfolios that may belittle the zone. However, for him to woo Igbo support, he will like to allocate to them juicy ministries.
“I have also heard about the fact that the zone did not produce a senator in the election, which could automatically have given it the presidency of the senate.
That, to me, is a loss. But since it did not happen, the APC should now concede and compensate the zone with other equivalent positions in the government. The truth is that the South East is an integral part of the country and has contributed its quota to the growth and development of our democracy. It should be compensated adequately.”
*Photo Caption - Dr. Joe Nworgu, Ohanaeze Secretary-General
[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - On behalf of our nation (Nigeria) and the Nigerians, World Pastors’ Forum Commission in Nigeria is expressing gratitude unto God for the just concluded peaceful general election in the country beginning from the Presidential, National House of Assembly, Governorship and State Houses of Assembly which went smoothly without any upheaval as an answer to the prayers of Saints in the country.
We prayed for peaceful election and God answered our prayers disgracing all the prophets of doom for the country. To be sincere to all Nigerians, we owe God thanks for preserving our nation and for the fact that, the situation in the country after the election did not turn us to be refugees in another country.
Indeed, the commission would like to congratulate the President-Elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo as the Vice President-Elect for their unprecedented victory on March 28 Presidential Polls. Without any iota of doubt, it is a call to greater responsibility implementing the expected promised change that Nigerians would love to see. I therefore call on Gen. Buhari to be magnanimous in victory and use his stature as a statesman to reunite the country.
Likewise, the commission would also like to congratulate all State Governors’ Elect for their unparalleled victory on April 11 Governorship election. Indeed, it is now time to get ready to deliver the dividends of democracy to the electorate for them not to feel being used to get to the position of power to realize selfish ambitions. However, with our mandate in the commission as a global spiritual platform of ministry without walls on an itinerary mission, giving spiritual leverage, addressing spiritual cases with joint force of pastors by standing in the gap empowering families, leaders, churches, pastors and the governments.
The commission would continue to encourage all Nigerians not to relent in our prayers for the nation as well as for the incoming administrations at the Federal and State levels for peace, the endowment of the spirit of wisdom, courage and sound health. It is our collective spiritual responsibility recognizing the place of prayer in nation building (Ps 127:1).
Therefore, as we anticipate the transition of government, both the incoming government and Nigerians must pay attention to the following to make Nigeria great:
- Pursuing the interest of Nigeria above personal interest, away forward
- Government at all levels and well meaning Nigerians must embrace responsibility of empowering other Nigerians for a better future. It takes Nigerians to make Nigeria great so, we should see 20 years, 30 years and 50 years down the line now.
- Embracing righteousness in all sectors as it exalts a nation (Prov. 14:34).
- Pursuing the unity of Nigeria without any segregation or discrimination on the basis of the religion, tribes and political affiliations.
- Knowing fully well that there is no peace for the wicked.
Finally, I would love to commend the INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega for his efforts, courage and innovative processes to ensure free and fair election in the country. Final salutation goes to President Goodluck Jonathan for a keenly contested race and for conceding to defeat based on the outcome of the election. The President has no doubt earned his place indelibly in the history of the country.
This is a victory for Nigeria; this is a victory for our democracy.
God bless World Pastors’ Forum Commission
God bless Nigeria.
Apostle Sunday Igbalaloju
World Pastors’ Forum Commission (WPFC)
*Photo Caption - Nigeria President-Elect General Muhammadu Buhari(rtd.)
[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. James C. Agazie reports ] - My former student and I had a heated discussion over "Why are we Igbos falling behind in Nigeria?" Dr. O and I are Igbos of Anambra origin and have had the knack of bantering over the progress of our people. This time, Dr. O disputed every argument I presented since he believes Igbos in Nigeria and abroad are faring rather poorly in every aspect of human endeavor.
ME: "What of Igbo progress in education?
DR. O: "No, Igbos are making no strides. In fact, they are regressing educationally".
ME: "Don't Igbos have money?"
DR. O: "Not at all. Their money is useless without doing anything for their community. They build castles in Northern Nigeria and then are chased away while their home states remain largely undeveloped."
"What else?" I asked in desperation.
Dr. O: "Nothing else, Doc, You see, Igbos may end up being the underclass in Nigeria as they are hated by all the other tribes ".
He went on to discuss the exploding numbers of non-Igbo (Yoruba and Hausa) physicians, engineers, scientists, mathematicians, bankers, politicians, billionaires, and manufacturers scattered in Nigeria all over the world. Throwing my hands up in desperation, I asked my assailant: "Do you know that without Ndiigbo pioneers, Nigeria would not be where we now are educationally?" I repeated the question much to Dr. O's amusement. He thought I should know better than that. I am tempted to concluded that Ndigbo are falling behind because they are not interested in helping others and all this is happening while Igbos are neglecting some important personality issues that might be stunting their progress. That happens when Igbos are so busy chasing after "toro na afu" (pennies), just as the old proverb used to say "penny wise pound foolish".
Many Igbo professors I have known to be working at various American institutions of higher education have recently been dismissed before attaining tenured positions of full professorships. But there are scores of Yoruba Deans, Vice presidents, Vice Chancellors, and Provosts. I called two Yoruba men I know, a Vice President on the east coast and Associate Vice Chancellor at a large community college system on the west coast to ask "What are you doing right that the Igbos are doing wrong?" More Yoruba professors and professionals in the USA appear to be quieter, less troublesome, and get along better with spouses, colleagues, and the Americans in general. Some Igbo professionals appear to be louder, more quarrelsome and argumentative, more ostentatious, self- aggrandizing, and showy when displaying material stuffs like vehicles and houses. One Igbo Department Chairman had the habit of arguing with his university President at staff meetings until he was replaced with another mathematician. One Igbo physician had the engine of his Rolls-Royce running on display outside his office while attending to his patients. This doctor was more interested in acquiring best automobiles than in providing best patient care. He had to quit his practice in America and move to Nigeria when old patients moved away and new ones weren't forthcoming.
On US college campuses, Nigerian professors tend to look down on students, comparing them to Nigerian students they had taught much to the annoyance of faculty and staff. Though Nigerian professors are considered to be very intelligent, the Igbos tend to be held to lower esteem than the non-Igbos due to personality issues, including infighting. I saw this happen to three Igbo young men who obtained their PhD's from the same university in the same discipline and taught at the same university. They were from Enugu, Imo, and Anambra States and got on well in graduate for four years, often entertaining white faculty at their Nigerian parties to which they invited their white professors and other Nigerians. Trouble started after the Imo man graduated first and was hired as Department Chairman of a State school, and he hired the other two as Assistant Professors. The first two years of working together were fine until hell broke loose in the third year. The chairman turned autocratic, becoming openly confrontational, and being accused of bearing tales to the Dean to engineer dissent among the Department employees and have his friends fired. "Watch out," he told the Americans, "these Africans may take over the Department." He was right because the Nigerians were plotting to hire other Nigerian professors to form the majority and gain promotions and tenures through each other's recommendations A bitter war ensued, culminating in the Chairman's inability to function and eventual resignation. When I tried to mediate since I knew all three of these Igbo men, the Anambra man warned me to keep out. What happened was the Enugu professor relocated to Florida after former Chairman from Imo escaped to a quieter Texas city, leaving the lone Anambra professor to figure out the cause of bickering. I told him he was the fool and chief instigator of palaver.
Incidentally, I am tempted to initiate a blithering indictment of NdiIgbo and their leadership at home and abroad as cause of why Igbos are falling behind . Igbos do not get along in any organization. Bitter infightings are the order of the day. Petty jealousies, love of money and obsession with chieftaincy titles add up to render Ndigbo further disunited. We condemn the Igbo governors for failure to take care of the rest of us at the difficult times in our history as the Yorubas and Hausas have done for their people. We denounce Igbo parents and elders for over-emphasizing the pursuit of money over and above respect, education, and igwebuike (community unity) as instruments for Igbo nation-building. We accuse Igbo religious leadership of its unfaithfulness in abandoning their calling and prostituting (being akwunakwuna) after prosperity. We condemn Ndigbo in general for their excessive pursuit of "ebe onye si bia" (where one comes from). Ndiigbo have excessive clannishness (Abiasm, Enuguism, Imoisn, Anambraism, Ebonyism). We fault Igbo people in general for their abandonment of technical education that generates employment, and we condemn Igbos for their fixating on excessive use of defeat in Biafran War as unwarranted excuse for developing the inability to form relationships across tribal boundaries and for being lazy and remaining in deep stupor, trance, coma, daze, state of unconsciousness.
Having said this, why are Ndiigbo falling behind In Nigeria and in the United States? Are the Igbos discouraged in their circumstances? Are they brow-beaten as a result of losing the Biafran War? What is the cause of their feelings of being trapped, downtrodden, subjugated, broken, oppressed, demoralized, or exploited? Can we trace the demoralization of Ndiigbo to post traumatic syndrome (PTS) suffered from defeat, or atrocities of Biafran War? It is safe to believe the Igbos didn't suffer a defeat in war; they simply gained the opportunity to regroup, rethink, re-strategize, and return stronger and more resilient. Igbos have always bounced back. There is nothing shameful about falling down from time to time; but it is discreditable to remain on the ground after a fall. Isn't what seems to keep us Igbos down for 44 years since the Biafran War ended is that we are not united? Are we Igbos less likely to lift both ourselves and each other up after a fall? Are we carrying unnecessary baggages consisting of guilt, "mmegbu" (oppression); "anya ufu" (jealousy), "anya ukwu" (greed), and "obi –ojoo" (bitterness)?Let's look at some of our glaring problems.
In education, fewer Igbo children and adults are going to schools than they once did, than the Yorubas. More Igbos are interested in making money and dreaming of becoming billionaire Dangote or politician President Goodluck than they are in acquiring education for the love of it. More Yorubas are acquiring higher education to the PhD level than the Igbos. There are fewer Igbos in SEM (science, engineering, and mathematics) and technology (plumbing, air conditioning, airplane mechanic, etc) than there are in the other Nigerian tribes. In employment, more Igbos are unemployed and unemployable than the other tribes because Igbo employers are quite unwilling to employ other Igbos, and when they do employ, their Igbo employees would be robbing the business owner or doing their own businesses within the master's business.
Do the Igbos get along? No. Igbo States are more likely to be hot-beds (or boiling pots)of dissent, with strings of Ngiges, Ubas, and Rochas, Chimes vying for power in the midst of "esem okwu" (troubles). If you are Igbo Nigerian running for dear life from boko-controlled North, you are more likely to be denied employment in Igboland and asked to go to your state of origin than if you ran to Yorubaland. You are more likely to be robbed, kidnapped, or even killed if you venture into Igbo majority places than if you seek refuge in Igbo minority areas. If you were one of the 72 destitute Igbos in Lagos that Governor babbatunde Fashola deported to Onitsha bridge, other Igbos would most likely ignore you and not come to your aid, or you might end up being a bloated corpse floating in Ezu River. Self hatred, hatred of others and wickedness seem to be the hallmarks of the tribe Hausas refer to as Anyamiris. Igbos are drinking large quantities of Star lager, Heinekens, Extra Stout, palm wine, and burukutu to self-medicate. Igbo men are developing large onyeagba pot bellies that make men appear to be pregnant. More breweries are being built in Igboland and Ndigbo are likely to deaden their frustration through becoming alcoholics rather than they are to nourish their bodies with proper diets and exercise.
No one can compellingly argue against the fact that Ndigbo of Nigeria are a force to be reckoned with. Though Ndiigbo did amazing exploits before Nigeria became the Nigeria it is today, long before the granting of self-governing in 1960, today's Igbos are now as dormant as inactive volcanoes under the seas. Though Ndigbo did achieve tremendous, "forward ever" strides during the 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's, the happenings among today's Igbos reflect "backward ever" syndrome. Think of the schools and cathedrals the Igbo did construct throughout Nigeria. Do you remember how Igbos provided the early manpower Nigeria needed as she marched towards sovereignty; the teachers, merchants, administrators, health workers, and miners? And if you add the fact that the Igbos have always loved education and are skilled in the accumulation of wealth, you'll begin to appreciate these people's indomitable spirit and adventurism. Indefatigability seems to be a better choice of words. To be indefatigable is to be incapable of being tired out; to be tireless, unflagging, unrelenting, unfaltering, remorseless, tenacious, resolute, inexorable Isn't it true that, all things being equal, some animals are more equal than their neighbors? It seems the Igbos are steadily becoming less equal in a country of 170 million souls.
Money alone cannot give Ndiigbo needed predominance. The question is : how much of Nigeria's money is controlled by Ndigbo? Let's say Igbos control over N930 trillion. A trillion (or a million million) is 1 followed by 12 zeros. A trillion is 1,000,000,000,000 to be exact. It's fair to wager that Nigeria would not be Nigeria without "ego Ndigbo" (Igbo wealth). My former student Dr. O wasn't impressed when I attempted to amaze him with a breathtaking estimate of Igbo wealth from the internet; it fell off his brain like water rolls off the back of a thickly feathered duck. Igbo investments are" hugomongous": not less than N600 trillion in Abuja; N10 trillion in Kano and Kaduna each; N5 trillion in Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa States each; N15 trillion in Plateau State; and there is no Nigerian state where Igbo investments do not exceed 5trillion.
Read: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2013/07/the-igbos-have-more-at-stake-in-nigeria It is said that no Nigerian State or town can survive without Igbo economic contribution. What does it mean in terms of nsopulu (respect) and ako na uche (commonsense)?
Granted Igbos have so much Naira it comes out of their ears and mouths. The question is: what have they done with all that money? Economic power without political power to accompany it is as good as soup without salt. In conclusion, in order to overcome feelings of marginalization or of falling behind the Ndigbo must prioritize goals in the order of significance. Time is running out. School should take greater priority in Ndiigbo scheme of things than emphasis primarily on trading and acquiring naked cash. Child development should include training in self-respect, respect of others, working in unity, humility, honesty, and unselfishness. Education should focus on scientific and technical education aimed at full employment of the youth. Strengthening Igbo families would have the advantages of preventing crimes and violence as well as creating a secure environment.
Dr. James C. Agazie ( Email: email@example.com ), retired college Professor with educational backgrounds in law (JD) education (Ed.D, MA) counseling,( MS) and and mathematics reports.
*Photo Caption - Map of Igboland
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