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[ Masterweb Reports: Igbo Mandate Congress reports ] - More than fifty six Bishops mostly from the Anglican and Pentecostal Blocks attended the burial of Rev Pa JMJ Emesin, Father of Igbo Pentecostal Movement at Aguleri yesterday. The massive turnout of sympathizers created some issues especially with crowd controls even as the officiating clerics unanimously asked God to engrace whosoever will take over the baton as the leader of the Pentecostal movement in Igbo land to follow after the pious footsteps of Pa Emesin.
 

 
The Governor of Anambra State and the Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria, South East respectively, Chief Willie Obiano and Archbishop Professor David Ebelechukwu, , though unavoidably absent, to attend to urgent security matters, sent high powered delegation. Eze Chukwuemeka Eri, Traditional Ruler of the Nri Kingdoms and custodian of Igbo-Jewish heritage and ancestry, was present with his chiefs to pay homage to the sage. Pa Emesin died at the age of eighty five.
 
 

 
Bishops who thronged the burial stadium include Rt Rev  Johnson Ekwe., Anglican Bishop of Niger West Diocese, Rt. Rev.Ralph Okeke ( Anglican Bishop of Ihiala Diocese), Bishop Paul Nwachukwu, (General Superintendent , Grace of God Mission), Bishop OC Dominic (National Evangelical Mission), Bishop Godwin Ezenwafor (Royal Family Church), Archbishop A.A Nwodka (Throne Cathedral), Bishop Tony Okeke, Bishop Emma Obiora  Bishop Goddy Nnaji, Bishop Tim Obidike, Bishop Raph Ndife (PFN Chairman, Anambra State), Archbishop Mojo, Apostle Dr PCJ Macjossy (General Coordinator , General Assembly of all Igbo Christian Organizations and Ministers, GAAICOM), Pastor Emma Okonkwo (Truth and Life Charismatic Gospel Mission) among others.
 
 
 
Speaking with the Director General of Igbo Mandate Congress IMC, Rev Obinna Akukwe on the demised cleric, many of the Bishops believed that it will be difficult to replace Pa Emesin. Apostle Macjossy told Rev Akukwe and IMC leaders that the shoes of Pa Emesin can only be filled by a saintly personality, and called for revival outbreak again as it was in the seventies. Rev Akukwe described the over seventy thousand persons who attended the burial as the highest ever in any such event in the South East, and describes the unity across all denominations as spiritually significant of the new wave of revival.
 
 
Until his death on the 7th of December, , Rev Dr Emesin trained  about eighty percent of notable gospel ministers from the South East before and after the civil war  and his input was instrumental to the famous Pentecostal Revival which broke out in Igbo lands in the early seventies when preaching with Bible was a taboo in the area. Rev Dr Emesin was the rallying point of the young generation of vibrant, tongue talking  young men and women who abandoned the world and sought for Jesus as though there will be rapture the next day.
 
 
Rev Dr Emesin inculcated into them a sense of abandonment of self to Christ, and stood by them when the orthodox Catholic and Anglican Missions fought the revivalist movements.  A highly educated personality, Pa Emerson got further training in the United States of America where he also established some mission stations before returning back to Nigeria after a few years.
 
Rev. Obinna Akukwe
Director General
Igbo Mandate Congress (IMC)
Email: profetobinna@yahoo.com
 
*Photo Caption - Late Rev Pa JMJ Emesin-RIGHT

[ Masterweb Reports: C. K. Ekeke reports ] - After reading and seeing the gory images of the latest killings, beheadings and massacres meted upon the innocent people of Nimbo and Uzo Uwani communities in Enugu yesterday, I could not keep mum any longer and not ask President Muhammadu Buhari – who swore an oath to defend the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria and defend the Sovereignty of Nigeria this question: Are Fulani herdsmen above the law of the land? Are Fulani herdsmen untouchable in Nigeria? 
 
 
 Since Buhari came into power last May, the Fulani herdsmen have been kidnapping, raping young girls, married women, mothers, and massacring innocent and helpless Nigerian citizens in various communities in Benue, Enugu, kogi, Taraba, Delta, Edo, Ondo, Plateau, etc., with impunity.  So far, I have not read of any arrest or confrontation by the Nigerian soldiers or military.  As a matter of fact, after massacring about 500 helpless citizens, raping and destroying nearly sixteen villages in Agatu in Benue State a month ago, the leader of the Fulani herdsmen told the military personnel who came to the scene that their cows were stolen and that was why they massacred them and destroyed villages.  The military personnel allowed them to go even with their weapons including A-K 47 and various assault weapons.

In Anioma of Delta State, the Fulani kidnapped and killed a Royal Father earlier in the year and until now, no arrest has been made.  In Awgu community in Enugu State, the Fulani herdsmen raped, abducted and massacred dozens of people.  When the youths of the village protested about the senseless killings – the Nigeria military arrested seventy-six of them for protesting and locked them up in jail.  It took each of them 200,000 Naira each to bail themselves out while the murderers are free and still walking around today meting mayhem upon various communities.

I have not read in any Nigerian newspaper where Fulani herdsmen were arrested or killed by the Nigerian military?  I ask again:  Are they above the law and untouchable in Nigeria because President Buhari - a Fulani man, who used to be their chairman and Boko haram spokesperson is in power?

I cannot believe that this sort of barbarism is happening in Nigeria in the 21st century when nations are seeking ways to tap into the limitless opportunities for development and progress.  Instead, the illiterate and murderous cattle rearers are massacring the future engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters – the future leaders of Nigeria.  This is pure insanity.  

However, what baffles me most is that President Buhari and his military officers have not said a word about this whole mayhem and barbarism?  Is this the change that Buhari/APC government promised Nigerians?

Is Nigeria still a democratic country or is she under full-blown dictatorship.  I cannot believe that in the 21st century, Nigeria – the so-called giant of Africa will be subjected to this kind of tyranny and abuse.  Where are the wise and courageous citizens of Nigeria? How can we permit this foolishness to continue?  When will we stand up now and condemn this brazen acts of barbarism and incivility in the land?  I miss Mrs. Dora Akunyili – who rebelled against lawlessness and impunity after the death of Yar’Adua.  It is time that our mothers, women, youths, and even children to rise-up and rebel against this barbarism, lawlessness, tyranny, and despotism – if not Nigeria risks doom and disintegration.

Instead of the Nigerian military forces – Army, Police and DSS to clamp down on jihadist Boko harm and murderous Fulani herdsmen – who are carrying out mayhem and heinous crime against humanity in Nigeria and in effect hindering development and progress and foreign investment into Nigeria – they are busy chasing, arresting and killing unarmed pro-Biafra protesters and sympathizers.  What the hell is going on Nigeria?  What sort of country has Nigeria become just barely one-year Buhari took office?

I read from several newspapers that the Enugu State government reported about this planned attack to Abuja but did not get help.  Even as the mayhem was going on, the State Governor called Aso Rock but no one answered or even returned his call.  This is even the more reason to push for State police.  I also read that the Governor wept on reaching the site of the mayhem and called for prayers.  No, no – this is not the time for prayers.  Heaven help those who help themselves.  The Enugu State Governor should stop weeping and simply organize the jobless youths in his State as vigilantes to protect the sovereignty of his State – because Aso Rock, and today’s DSS, Army, Police – which is fully controlled by Buhari will not defend you. It is a fact that since Buhari was elected president in May 2015, the Fulani herdsmen mayhem and their barbarism has escalated and no single one of those bastards has been arrested or punished for their heinous crime against humanity – yet they openly carry their A-K 47 and other assault weapons around local communities with impunity? I ask again: Are Fulani herdsmen above the law in Nigeria?  What the hell is going on in Nigeria?  Does Nigeria still have men and women with common sense, civility, and compassion – or have we become a lawless, hopeless, uncivilized, debased, and degenerate society.

I still recall the powerful words of one of Nigeria's erudite scholar and top diplomat, Dr. Joseph Garba, when he wrote his masterpiece book: "Fractured History,” that “we have degenerated into a nation of lawlessness and hopelessness; making an “unprecedented turnaround; going from a nation of hope, strength, abundance, economic prosperity and high aspirations to a nation which has become the embodiment of a degenerate society"

Sadly, that is what Nigeria and Nigerians have become today – after fifty-five years of independence and 100 years of amalgamation, which is off-course expired in 2014.

Buhari declared war on Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the new militant group called - Niger Delta Avengers – which are freedom fighters but will not declare war on Fulani herdsmen – who are simply murderous animals and jihadist sect.  Today, Fulani herdsmen are the fourth terrorist organization on the planet with their co-jihadist – Boko haram as number one – yet the President/APC government do not think they need to do all they can to curtail the menace and heinous crimes being perpetrated by those two murderous sects.  All I hear are useless, foolish, and unwise statements from the presidency and APC party leadership – including the VP, who supposedly says he’s a pastor. What kind of pastor and man of God is he?  And which God does he serve?  Is he the same God that speaks of justice and righteousness or the one that rewards those who kill infidels?   Frankly, I cannot believe that this brutality, abuse and senseless killings are happening in Nigeria today.  Even the reign of a brutal dictator General Abacha was not this bad.  
 
 
As Father of the nation, Buhari is missing big opportunity to show his wisdom as a leader.  As president, he has not condemned the heinous crimes of rapes, killings and massacres being perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen across SW, Middle Belt, SE, etc.  Unbelievable!   I think that the satanic conspiracy to Islamize Nigeria is here.  Nigeria is degenerating into anarchy and major conflict.  SE/SS is under siege by the Hausa-Fulani tyrants – DSS, Army, Police, Boko haram and Fulani herdsmen – armed with AK-47, sharp knives, bows & arrows among other assault weapons – openly raping young girls, married women, killing and massacring local farmers who stood in their way.

 

One cannot travel more than five miles in the death-trap roads of SE and SS without passing one or more military road blocks.  Nigeria is in a full blown dictatorship – evil one for that matter.  Nigeria is degenerating into state of anarchy and chaos – and if various leaders do not stand-up to stop this – it will escalate into major conflict.  The House and Senate members must call the President to order or ask him to resign or call for his impeachment – if he does not have the ability and capacity to run the country or stop continued massacre of innocent citizens by DSS, Army, Police, Boko haram, Fulani herdsmen and others punitive against SE and SS regions of Nigeria.

The Grazing Reserve Bill – an Islamic agenda bill – that has passed first reading in House – is one of such satanic bills and if passed into law - will make or mar Nigeria. All over the world, cow and cattle rearers build ranches and farmlands to raise their animal.  In Nigeria, Fulani herdsmen parade their cows and cattle into local villages across Nigeria local communities and farmlands to feed them grass and drink from local streams.  In the process, they damage farms and pollute rivers.  When one opposes them, they go back to organize and come back to massacre local villagers.  This mayhem and barbarism by the Fulani herdsmen has escalated since their former chairman came into power last May.    When will Nigeria start to make and enact laws like educated and civilized people?  

I ask again, are Fulani herdsmen above the law of the land?  Why is President Buhari not addressing the wanton killings and massacre of innocent Nigerians?  His media adviser – Femi Adesina said last month that the president does not even have to visit the Agatu community where nearly 500 helpless villagers were senselessly massacred.  But the President can shuttle the globe – traveling to twenty-six nations within one year in office.  The responses from the presidency clearly shows and demonstrate the wretchedness and foolishness of what Nigeria and many Nigerian leaders and their advisers have become today.  A wise person once wrote: “Bad leadership is worse than no leadership at all.” This is exactly the change that Buhari and his APC corrupt politicians promised and are giving to Nigerians.

But even more heart-breaking is why has the Nigerian media chosen to ally with despotism and anarchy rather than defend democracy and freedom. The onerous duty and task of the media, journalists, reporters and writers is to investigate, uncover and defend the truth. But that has not been the case with Nigerian media and journalists.  The role that journalism plays in society and in the public sphere is crucial. Today, most Nigerian media is a complete joke and huge disappointment to democracy. The Nigerian media – newspapers, journalists, reporters, etc. are all complicit in the lawlessness and corrupt Nigeria that we have today. If they know their craft and understood the power of democracy and freedom of press, they would have contributed immensely to the emancipation of Nigeria from corruption and criminal enterprise - thereby help to enthrone good governance and true democracy. The Nigerian media is complicit and corrupt – and they are contributing to destroy Nigeria.

Nigeria is simply a failed state and a lawless nation.  Nigeria is a big mistake and a tragedy and the earlier we peacefully break up this union of death – the better for everyone.  It is better we have civil conversation, discussion and dialogue as civilized people and peacefully divide the country and avoid further loss of lives.  

Nigeria is a corrupt and criminal enterprise designed by the British for Hausa-Fulani jihadists and Yoruba conspirators. It's better to break up this union of death now than to continue to shed innocent blood and massacre future scientists, entrepreneurs, etc. "Nigeria has now become a theater of killings and beheadings" as one writer put it recently.   Captivity, slavery, - sadly have been the history and story of Easterners in Nigeria – just like the Jews during the biblical era – but we don’t have to stay enslaved for ever – even our brothers and sisters sold into slavery in America and other places, cried out to God and found strength and wisdom to liberate themselves in order to gain their freedoms.  We must do likewise in Nigeria for the future of our sons, daughters and the unborn.  If peaceful dialogue do not work, we will have to meet them in the woods again. This time, it will not be like 1967-70.  Freedom is taken not given and most times, it involves major conflict and bloodshed.  

All Eastern region, states, organizations, groups, freedom fighters, etc. must unite now to liberate themselves and their land from Islamic State of Nigeria.  There is a satanic conspiracy to Islamize Nigeria and Buhari has sworn to fulfill that evil and satanic plan fueled by Saudi Arabia—the number one sponsor of Islamic jihadist terrorism on the planet.

I appeal and call upon courageous citizens, true Nigerians who believe in the sanctity of life and unity of Nigeria to stand up now.  I call upon the African Union, United Nations, European Union, United States of American, Russia, China, France, Germany, and global community to intervene against continued massacre of Biafrans, Christians and armless Nigerian citizens being killed in droves by their leaders. If nothing is done and these massacres continue, the regions being attacked will have no option but to find ways to defend themselves.  And the repercussion will have ripple effect on Africa and cause one of the highest refugee menace of our time, and will negatively impact the global economy.

There is no democracy in Nigeria now but militant dictatorship. Nigeria is degenerating into anarchy, chaos, dismemberment and disintegration.  The global community must do something now to stop Buhari and the northern jihadists from exterminating Biafrans.  They must do something now to protect and liberate Biafrans from Islamic State of Nigeria - because second genocide is going on.  President Buhari with DSS, Army, Police, Boko haram and Fulani-herdsmen are massacring poor and unarmed Biafrans in SE and SS regions, which are currently under siege.

Easterners have died and suffered enough and until today continue to be massacred by northern jihadists and Yoruba conspirators.  The truth of the matter is that Easterners are the "guinea pigs" of Hausa-Fulani jihadists and Yoruba Oligarchy. 
 

Amalgamation and conquest of nations and empires of Africa by the British, French, Portuguese, and Arab nations are among the worst crimes of humanity.  It is an indescribable rape and destruction of the mother continent – which is destroying and hindering her growth and progress. The British colonization of Nigeria/Africa is one of the worst crimes against humanity. Nigeria’s amalgamation and colonization is as evil as slavery and holocaust.  No atrocity in human history equals it.  I think it is time for British leadership and the global community to right the wrong.  There is still time to de-colonialize: reorganize, restructure and dismantle Africa starting with Nigeria.

History and historians must properly record that Biafra genocide and starvation by Nigeria and her conspirators during civil war of 1967-1970 is among the worst war crimes of humanity and it’s about to repeat if global community do not stop it now.    The ripple effect will be devastating for Africa.
 
C. K. Ekeke, Ph.D., is a theologian, author, activist, and leadership scholar.  He’s completing the writing of a book:  “The Trouble with Nigeria: Why Nigeria Continues to Flounder,” to be published this year.
 
*Photo Caption - A Fulani herdsman
 
 

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[ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety Writes Senate President & House Speaker ]  - Below is a copy of Intersociety’s letter to Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki - Senate President and Hon. Yakubu Adamu Dogara - Speaker of House of Representative titled "Nationalization Of Fulani Animal (Cattle) Husbandry In Nigeria By Way Of An Act For The Establishment Of The National Grazing Reserves (Establishment & Development) Commission: Dangers, Consequences & Solutions". 
 
Ref: Intersociety/SBCHROs/002/04/016/NASS/ABJ/NG
 
 
(1)The Senate President (Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki)
 
Office of the Senate President, Red Chambers
 
The National Assembly Complex, Three-Arms-Zone
 
Abuja, FCT, Nigeria
 
(2) The Speaker of House of Reps (Hon Yakubu Adamu Dogara)
 
Office of the House Speaker, Green Chambers
 
The National Assembly Complex, Three-Arms-Zone
 
Abuja, FCT, Nigeria
 
 
 
Sirs,
 
 
 
Nationalization Of Fulani Animal (Cattle) Husbandry In Nigeria By Way Of An Act For The Establishment Of The National Grazing Reserves (Establishment & Development) Commission: Dangers, Consequences & Solutions
 
 
 
(Onitsha Nigeria, 26th of April 2016)-The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety); supported by the Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs), comprising: Anambra State Branch of the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), Center for Human Rights & Peace Advocacy (CHRPA), Human Rights Club (a project of LRRDC)(HRC), Forum for Justice, Equity & Defense of Human Rights (FJEDHR), Society Advocacy Watch Project (SPAW), Anambra Human Rights Forum (AHRF), Southeast Good Governance Forum (SGGF), International Solidarity for Peace & Human Rights Initiative (ITERSOLIDARITY), Igbo Ekunie Initiative (pan Igbo rights advocacy group) and Intersociety, have resolved, as a matter of urgency and national importance, to write your two important legislative offices  concerning  the subject matter captioned and underlined above. This letter of ours also becomes necessary in view of the forthcoming public hearing at the House of Reps concerning the controversial Bill under reference.
 
As your two important legislative offices are aware, two Bills concerning the above subject matter, originally drawn from “the National Grazing Reserve (Establishment & Development) Bill 2008”, introduced  and sponsored by Senator Zainab Kure of Niger South Senatorial District of Niger State during the 6th National Assembly; are presently before the House of Reps. The two Bills are aimed at creating grazing reserves, ranches and cattle reserves across the 36 states to be funded with public funds through the establishment of a National Grazing Reserve Commission, an agency to be placed under the direct control of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is also the national patron of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), a cattle rearing and trading association with membership in the civil service, retired and serving top security personnel, politics and other nomadic Fulani investors of sedentary backgrounds within and outside Nigeria (including Chad and Niger Republics); who are ethnographically referred to as “sedentary Fulanis”.
 
 
 
 One of the two grazing reserve Bills under reference was published in the official National Assembly Gazette of February 1, 2016 and the other was published in the March 16, 2016 edition of the National Assembly Journal. The two Bills contain details of the proposed law. The first Bill with number HB.16.02.388 is titled: “A Bill for an Act to Establish the National Grazing Route and Reserve Commission, to establish and control Grazing Routes and Reserves in all parts of Nigeria and other incidental matters thereto…” It is sponsored by Honourable Sunday Karimi from Kogi State while the second Bill, published on March 16, 2016 and titled: “A Bill for an Act to Establish Grazing Reserve in each State of the Federation of Nigeria to improve Agriculture yield from livestock farming and curb incessant conflicts between Cattle farmers and crop farmers in Nigeria and for Related Matters,” is marked HB.16.03.448 and sponsored by Hon Sadiq Ibrahim of Fafure/Song Federal Constituency in Adamawa State. The Bill is contained in pages 931 to 941 of the National Assembly Journal, Volume 13. The two Bills are being consolidated, having passed the Second Reading at the House of Reps (source: Nigerian Tribune Newspaper, April 20, 2016). The two Bills are mostly a replication or repetition of the first National Grazing Reserve Commission Bill of 2008, sponsored by Senator Zainab Kure. The following link contains the original National Grazing Reserve Bill of 2008 under reference: http://nass.gov.ng/document/download/147.
 
 
 
 As your two important legislative offices are further aware, for a Bill to be passed as a law, legislatively, before presidential assent, it must have originated from either of the two chambers of the National Assembly where most of its passage works are done, after which, there will be a concurrent passage of same by the other chamber; requiring lesser legislative work. This means that irrespective of the particular chamber where the Bill under reference is presently located or rooted, the two chambers (Senate and House of Reps) must pass or reject it concurrently at the end of the day. That is to say that the controversial Bill is presently before the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under the watch of your two legislative offices.
 
 
We are saddened and dismayed over the referenced subject matter and local, national and international controversies so generated. It is further alarming and shocking that at this age of Nigeria’s statehood, its legislative, judicial and executive actors still rigmarole in absurdities, primordialism and clannishness by giving attention to issues that add no meaningful values to the country’s growth and development; other than those constituting and entrenching deepened structural violence, ethno-religious divisions, politico-economic exclusion, national backwardness, mass poverty, collective and individual security threats and other man-factored unsafe conditions. In the words of late Dr. Julius Nyerere; “Nigeria has chronically chosen to be moving steadily back to the cave, when its counterparts and peers of 60s and 70s are busy finding their ways into the orbit or moon”.
 
 
 
 Today, as shameless as Nigerian political actors are and as intellectually and socially stunted as they are, they spend the country’s lean resources going to countries like China, Philippines, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates either to beg for loans or to look for elusive foreign investments when their country is on fire and made risky and investment unfriendly. These actors also go in search of elusive investments and modern enslavement in the hands of some rich countries across borders. Yet back home, they plant seeds of discord and run oppressive policies and governance actions, making it perpetually impossible for the country and its teeming population to grow and develop.
 
 
 
What they call “budgets” has conceptually and practically nothing to do with public budgets of comparative reality, but a mere aggregation of “public office squandering sheets” by public office holders and their subordinates; for the purpose of legislative codification and stamping and at the expense of direly needed capital growth and development of the country. A public budget is budget when it is developmentally ambitious in multi-sectored directions and least borrowing oriented; with capital expenditures doubling, if not tripling recurrent or personnel and overheads costs.Till date, Nigerian “budgets” are not only irreversibly and chronically negative with potentials of not taking the country to anywhere in the next fifty years, not to talk of paring the country with the likes of South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong (ASEAN), Brazil and members of the Gulf Cooperation Countries (i.e. Qatar, Oman, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Iran). In 60s and 70s, Nigeria’s GDP and GNP were at par with these countries and even far above those of some of them.
 
 
 
We had expected the 8th National Assembly under the legislative watch of your two important offices; to sponsor and lay before the two chambers such bills that have capacities to radically move the country and its people away from the present socio-economic, cultural(i.e. religious and ethnicity) and political doldrums and negativities. One of such important bills in our mind is a bill for diversification and decentralization of the country’s ailing power or electricity industry. For instance, the major challenge facing Nigeria’s power sector is over reliance on hydrogen and gas as its core sources of electricity and their over centralization with a myriad of bureaucratic and graft bottlenecks.
 
 
 
As your two important legislative offices are aware, there are (globally) hydro-powered electricity, wind-powered electricity, solar-powered electricity, biomass-powered electricity, nuclear-powered electricity, coal-powered electricity and gas-powered electricity, among other sources. As a lasting solution to the country’s age-long power epilepsy, coal mineral found in industrial quantity in the Southeast, if reactivated and mechanized; has the capacity of effectively powering the Southeast Region. In the South-South Region, gas energy, if properly harnessed and funded (PPP); can effectively power the Region electrically. Solar and wind derived energy can take care of the Southwest, if properly developed via PPP. In the North and its three sub regions, hydro source or water dams can be industrially deployed through the expansion of existing dams and creation of new ones. Gaddafi’s Libya, for instance, is still noted internationally for constructing “the 8th Wonder of the World” (digging of industrial and artificial river or dam from deserts) for the purpose of addressing the age-long “water wars” with its neighbors (i.e. Egypt, Chad and Sudan). The development and passage of this type of public interest bill will be accompanied with attraction of core and external investors under PPP arrangements.
 
Another area that requires such public interest bill is intra and inter-communal and religious violence and victimization in Nigeria. There is urgent need to create “intra and inter communal and religious crimes or offenses and victims commission”; with designation of criminal court sections within the country’s existing judicial system to prosecute the offenders and award compensations to the victims. Other areas of extreme public and legislative importance are the age-long geo-political imbalance (i.e. State & LGA lopsidedness per geopolitical zone), geo-legislative imbalance, non-justiciablity of chapter two of the Constitution, threats to the secularity of Nigeria, criminal justice and crime victim welfare reforms, non domestication of numerous international rights and humanitarian treaties ratified by Nigeria, etc.
 
 
 
Rather than dwelling and dissipating energies, with tax payers’ wealth of Nigerians over genocide friendly and useless efforts like Fulani Animal (cattle) Husbandry Nationalization Bill (2016), the 8th National Assembly of Nigeria should concern itself with such critical areas that have made it very difficult for Nigeria to develop and grow with capacities to compete with its peers of 60s and 70s. The 8th National Assembly under the legislative watch of your two offices should investigate why the country’s unharnessed 33 solid mineral deposits in industrial quantities cannot be developed and mechanized.
 
 
 
Your two important offices should also tell Nigerians via your requisite legislative competence and capacities whether the 33 solid minerals under reference still belong to Nigerians or whether they have been couriered and cornered privately through illicit and subsistent mining and trading. What about the country’s mental or creative wealth? Have they been effectively developed and harnessed? What about cross-fertilization of scientific and technological resources with other rising economies like “Asian & Gulf Tigers” (i.e. trading what Nigeria knows and creates best to get what it lacks most)? It is a truism that Nigeria and Nigerians suffer till date on account of short-sightedness, crude individualism and intellectually daftness of its political, judicial and legislative actors. Most, if not all the country’s woes till date, are man-made; chiefly from its public office holders.
 
 
 
Fulani Animal (cattle) Husbandry Nationalization Bill: “Why is it that when the North American and European (and Asian) leaders are busy finding their countries’ ways into the moon; African leaders are busy taking their peoples back to the cave?” (Late Dr. Julius Nyerere:1994). A lot has been said and written concerning the bill above. We hold that the bill is not only controversial but also highly divisive, primordial, incoherent, unconstitutional, un-secular, ethno-religiously blood-soaking, structurally violent and unquenchably genocidal if passed and enforced as a law in Nigeria.
 
 
 
Originally and legislatively referred to as “An Act To Provide For The Establishment Of The National Grazing Reserve (Establishment & Development) Commission For The Preservation & Control Of National Grazing Reserves & Stock Routes& Other Matters Connected Therewith 2008 (now 2016)”; the bill expressly provides for nationalization or State funding, control, preservation and protection of the Fulani Animal (Cattle) Husbandry in Nigeria; a purely private affair run by a group of individuals known as the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), a cattle rearing and trading association with membership in the civil service, retired and serving top security personnel, politics and other nomadic Fulani investors of sedentary backgrounds within and outside Nigeria (including Chad and Niger Republics); who are ethnographically referred to as “sedentary Fulanis”.
 
 
 
Those recruited and employed as their cattle herders are called “pastoral Fulanis”; drawn from the Fulani and Hausa poorest/lowest/youth class. The activities of the latter and their well trained and armed military wing; fully backed by the former with their government links; have  undermined and continue to undermine the national security and corporate existence and well-being of Nigeria, leading to massacre of at least 1000-2000 innocent lives every year. The latest of such butcheries by the Fulani Janjaweed was the killing of at least 40 defenseless natives of Ukpabi-Nimbo Community in Uzo Uwani LGA of Enugu State in the early hours of Monday, 25th of April 2016 (Sources: This Day & Vanguard Newspapers, 26th of April 2016). Over sixty others sustained various degrees of injury and more communities in the State including Umuchigbo are currently under the siege of the Fulani Janjaweed. In all these, the reactions of the country’s security chiefs including the Inspector General of Police and local army and police chiefs have remained complicit and omission to act. They deliberately refuse to act to stop or de-escalate the massacre, but embark on “casualty and property destruction assessment” tours or visits, well after the butchers have struck and concluded their murderous missions.
 
 
 
According to Comrade James Pam; a leading critic of the Bill, “the Bill has successfully scaled through the second reading in the House of Representatives and all that is left in the legislative process to make it a law is the Third Reading, that is, a clause by clause debate, voting (concurrent passage by the Senate) and then assent by the President. The Bill deserves very close scrutiny by all Nigerians and the international community should also be interested in this Bill because of the magnitude of the internal crises that the Bill could create with attendant spill-over effects if passed.
 
 
 
As explained below, the proposed piece of legislation is full of unconstitutionalities, ethnic discriminations, fundamental human rights violations, religious tenets violations, conspicuous criminal omissions and unforgiveable legislative indiscretions. The Bill should therefore be killed immediately and not presented for the last reading” (Comrade James Pam: April 2016; an activist for the protection of the ethnic minorities of the Jos Plateau. He also runs a blog called Jos Plateau Affairs).
 
According to Comrade James Pam in his well researched piece on the foregoing, the Bill is a proxy bill (executive engineered) originally introduced or sponsored by Senator Zainab Kure from Niger South Senatorial District of Niger State, who had earlier in 2008 during the 6th National Assembly introduced or sponsored the same Bill. Senator Zainab Kure is the current Senate Committee Chairman on Marine Transport. Following the emergence of Gen Muhammadu Buhari (a core partaker in the Fulani Animal (cattle) Husbandry in Nigeria), as sixth elected President of Nigeria in late May 2015; the Bill was dusted up and resurrected in the House of Reps reportedly by the Presidency using the duo of Hon Sunday Karimi and Hon Sadiq Ibrahim representing their federal constituencies in Kogi and Adamawa States respectively.  
 
 
 
The Comrade James Pam’s informed piece further noted that the Bill’s concluding Explanatory Memorandum says that the Bill seeks to provide for, among other things, the establishment of the National Grazing Reserves Commission of Nigeria, for the preservation and control of national grazing reserves and stock routes in the country. He highlighted the Bill’s key provisions and high points to include the following:
 
 
 
1.     To establish a National Grazing Reserve Commission (NGRC), a body corporate.
 
2.     The NGRC may acquire, hold, lease or dispose of any property, moveable or immoveable for the purpose of carrying out its function.
 
3.     The NGRC shall have a governing Council headed by a Chairman appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate with members representing the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Resources, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Environment, Housing and Urban Development, the National Commission for Nomadic Education and shall also have a Director General.
 
4.     To raise monies by way of grants, loans, borrowing, subsidies and donations.
 
5.     The following lands may be subject to the provisions of the Act to be constituted as National Grazing Reserves and Stock Routes:
 
(a)   Lands at the disposal of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
 
(b)  Any lands in respect of which it appears to the Commission that grazing in such land should be practiced.
 
(c)   Any land acquired by the Commission through purchase, assignment, gift or otherwise howsoever.
 
 

  1. State Governments shall be given notice first before land acquisition and gazetting.
  2. The Commission shall pay compensation to persons affected by any land acquisition.
  3. There shall be no improvements, encroachment, bush burning, hunting, use of chemicals and felling of trees by anyone inside lands acquired and demarcated as National Grazing Reserves or Stock Routes.
  4. Contravention of any of the provisions in (8) above shall be punishable by a fine of N50,000 or 5 years imprisonment or both.
  5. No Court of law shall carry out execution of its judgment or attachment of court process issued against the Commission in any action or suit without obtaining the prior consent of the Attorney General of the Federation.
  6. For the time being, the Commission shall report to the Honorable Minster for Agriculture and Water Resources.
  7. Native communities referred to in the Bill shall be any group of persons occupying any lands in accordance with, and subject to native law and custom.
  8. Stock Routes shall mean tertiary or secondary or inter-state stock routes linking two or more States together or leading from grazing reserve to grazing reserve.
  9. When passed into law, the Act shall be cited as The National Grazing Reserve Commission (Establishment and Development) Bill 2016.

 
Apart from the above 14-point executive, judicial and legislative protective measures and incentives inherent in the Bill, it is further stated in the Bill that additional incentives and facilities such as functional Earth Dams, Water Points, Dairy Processing Centers, Schools, functional Barns and Livestock Service Centers, etc shall be provided in each of the acquired or possessed Grazing Reserves in Nigeria by the Federal Government through public funds, grants or borrowings. In other words, the Federal Government of Nigeria plans to fund these through the oil wealth of the South-south and the Southeast Nigeria, which constitute 90% of the country’s annual earnings as well as income, import, company, VAT and indirect taxes or non-oil earnings of the Federal Government, concentrated in the Southern Nigeria and a part of the North-central Nigeria. The proposed establishment of the National Grazing Commission is for the purpose of enforcing Grazing Reserve Laws for overall protection of the Fulani Animal (cattle) Husbandry in Nigeria as well as perceived protection by State of the atrocities of the Fulani armed wing or Fulani Janjaweed.

 
Dangers & Consequences: The Bill is not only politically motivated and ill-conceived, but also ethno-religiously antagonistic and war drumming. It is mischievously cloaked in the layers of “animal husbandry”, but with Islamist conquest intents. Our in-depth research clearly shows that the Bill has no reason whatsoever to be introduced or sponsored at the first place. Firstly, Federal Government of Nigeria has no business doing with Fulani Animal (cattle) Husbandry in Nigeria, except regulating the conducts of its owners and herders and the business of animal husbandry itself to ensure that they do not undermine the country’s physical, personal, communal, health, food, environmental and economic security. Secondly, to forcefully deprive peoples, citizens and communities of their ancestral lands all in the name of “Fulani Animal (cattle) Husbandry or Grazing Reserves”, is a total declaration of war by Federal Government against the people of Nigeria. Other social dangers and consequences include abduction and raping of married and unmarried women as well as under-age girls of the host communities by the Fulani Janjaweed and cattle herders; abduction and forceful conversion to Islam of defenseless citizens and vulnerable population; guest-host hostilities, hostile neighborhood relationships, frequent guest-host communal violence and incessancy of guest-rooted sundry criminalities (crimes against persons and properties). 

 
 Thirdly, by making the Bill a country-wide and compulsory affair, it clearly means that the Federal Government has been hijacked by some ethno-religious radicals and brigandage activists. We say this because out of the country’s 923,000 plus square kilometers of landmass, 70% is located in the Northern part. Also Niger and Chad Republics where the Fulanis and their cattle herders dwell, too; each of the two countries has over one million square kilometers of landmass. Where, for instance, will highly urbanized Lagos with a small landmass of 4,211 square kilometers get acres of land to give out for the so called “National Nomadic Grazing Reserves”? Where will Anambra State with high level of urbanization and a small landmass of 4,611 square kilometers get acres of land for such useless national project; likewise Bayelsa and Ebonyi States?

 
Fourthly and most importantly, the Bill is totally lopsided and negative justice oriented. The issue of Fulani Animal (cattle) Husbandry in Nigeria cannot be addressed leaving out the age-long hostilities and violence directed at the rural farmers of Southern Nigeria and old Middle Belt; who have been at the receiving end of the age-long atrocities of the Fulani Cattle herders, their armed wing and sponsors. The farmers of Nigeria’s rain forests, who are mainly Christians, have been killed in their thousands by the Fulani Janjaweed in recent times with the Federal Government keeping sealed lips till date. If Federal Government plans to mechanize, protect, secure and preserve the Fulani Animal Husbandry in Nigeria, leaving behind the Root Crops Farmers of the Rain Forests, made up of farmers of the South-south, Southwest, Southeast and the old Middle Belt of Nigeria, who are the victims of the age-long hostilities of the Fulani herders; then the Government is lending credence to one-way traffic justice, which is a recipe for genocide and unquenchable ethno-religious violence.

 
If the Fulani Animal Husbandry is being given Federal Government attention, for “mechanization”, “securitization”, “protection” and “preservation” purposes; then the same should simultaneously be extended to the Root Crops Farmers of Southern and old Middle Belt Nigeria. They need such incentives more than the Fulani herders. The root crops farmers of the rain forests are the traditional growers and harvesters of root crops like yam and its species, cocoyam and its species, cassava, banana, cashew, cocoa, palm nuts and oil, pears, maize, rubber, bread fruit, oil bean, udala fruits, mangoes, etc. Most of these root crops cannot traditionally be grown and harvested in the core north. Till date, they are still grown and harvested traditionally in the rain forests areas of Nigeria, with little or no government mechanized incentives to grow and harvest them in commercial or industrial quantities.

 
By the way, why has the Fulani Animal (cattle) Husbandry remained subsistent, unscientific, un-industrialized and un-mechanized warranting their use, till date, of crude pasturing and grazing methods with their attendant unsolicited antagonism and violence against their host communities? Why must Federal Government lend extended support to such crude and hostile pasturing and grazing methods by way of seeking for the expansion and codification of National Grazing Reserves across the country? Why won’t Federal Government hands off and restrict the Fulani Animal Husbandry to the North where large expanse of lands abounds? Why should the Fulani Animal Husbandry not be handled privately or regionally by the governors of core northern States, who may provide it with scientific, technological and mechanized incentives such as Earth Dams, Water Points, Dairy Processing Centers, Schools, functional Barns, Livestock Service Centers, electricity, etc? Why making it a mandatory country-wide affair with tax payers funds of all Nigerians and southern oil wealth?  

 
Solutions: We are of the firm view that two key solutions abound in resolving the controversies and national security threats associated with the Bill under discussion. In addition to the solutions under recommendation, the introducers of the controversial Bill and its variants: Senator Zainab Kure, Hon Sunday Karimi and Hon Sadiq Ibrahim should be suspended from the Senate and House of Reps for introducing a Bill with capacity not only to undermine national security, but also to plunge the entire country into anarchy, chaos and widespread bloodshed. As matter of fact, they should be recalled by their constituents and constituencies. In our main solutions under recommendation, there are two-justice solutions: negative justice solution and positive justice solution. While the former is zero-sum oriented, the latter is win-win or problem solving oriented. We preferentially recommend the latter (positive justice solution).

 
Negative Justice Solution: It is a truism that passing into law the Nationalization of Fulani Animal (cattle) Husbandry or National Grazing Reserves Commission Bill, leaving behind the Root Crops Farmers of the Nigerian Rain Forests, who are victims of age-long hostilities and violence of the Fulani herders; is not only unacceptable and a recipe for anarchy; but also a fundamental injustice and gross affront to the sacred doctrine of audi altarem partem (always hear the other side). It is therefore our recommendation that there shall be introduced immediately and concurrently too;  under the prompt legislative directive of your two offices, of a fresh Bill for “An Act to Establish the National Root Crops Farming Reserves & Protection Commission 2016”, with replication of all the features contained in the National Grazing Reserve (Establishment& Development) Commission for the Preservation & Control of National Grazing Reserves & Stock Routes & Other Matters Connected Therewith 2016 including making the Bill under recommendation a country-wide affair with provision of all the incentives contained in the Grazing Reserve Bill including mechanized agro technologies, security and protection. The two Bills must be passed concurrently or be rejected concurrently.

 
Alternatively, the present National Grazing Reserve Bill can be expanded for the purpose of integrating or incorporating the Root Crops Farming Reserve and Protection segment. This may be cited as “the National Cattle Grazing & Root Crops Farming Reserves Commission Bill 2016”; a sort of two-in-one Bill; providing for 50-50 Federal Government nationalization and provision of industrial or mechanized incentives, legal and executive frameworks for the Fulani Cattle herders and the Root Crops Farmers of the Rain Forests concurrently. For instance, if Federal Government possesses or acquires two acres of land for National Grazing Reserve in Zamfara State, two acres of land will concurrently and at the same time be possessed or acquired for the National Root Crops Farming Reserve. Such must be applied uniformly in all the States in the South-south, Southeast, Southwest, North-central, Northeast and Northwest geopolitical regions of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja); in other words, a quota system methodology. The same set of rules, industrial incentives, policies, public funding or budgetary allocations, permissible socio-cultural practices and security measures should be applied evenly to the two Farming and Grazing Reserves in all parts of the country; whether they are created by one or two set of Bills.



 
Also if Fulani Herders are allowed to carry arms “in self defense”, the Root Crops Farmers of the Rain Forests must also be allowed to carry theirs “in self defense”. If the arms are for “offensive purposes” and the Federal Government allows and condones such on the part of the Fulani Cattle Herders and their armed wing; then the Federal Government does not have moral authority to block and query any retaliatory measures of the attacked party (i.e. root crops farmers) until it effectively curbs the atrocities of the former and bring the perpetrators to justice.

 
Socio-culturally speaking, if the Fulani Cattle Herders and Owners are allowed to build Mosques and install emirs or sarki in the National Grazing Reserves across the country, the Root Crops Farmers of the Rain Forests must be allowed, too, to build churches or other places of worship and install their trado-religious heads. If Fulani Herders are empowered to vote or be voted for or allocated with demographic constituencies in their host communities where the Grazing Reserves are located, the Root Crops Farmers of the Rain Forests must inexcusably be treated in a like manner and concurrently too. The recommendation above can best be described as “power balance solution” with its mutual deterrence effects. This informs the title of “negative justice solution”, given above.

 
Positive Justice Solution:  On the other hand, it is our strong recommendation in the context of Positive Justice Solution that the Bill and its variants should be torn to shreds and trashed into the dustbin of your two legislative houses to be dusted or resurrected no more. The sponsors of the Bill should be severely punished as well. We further recommend for total and perpetual banning of the north to south movement of herds of Fulani Cattle and their herders; other than their trading. The exercise should also be totally restricted to core northern States, Niger and Chad Republics.

 
It is about time age-long crude methods of animal husbandry got upgraded and mechanized. The north to south crude grazing and pasturing movements should be banned and prohibited particularly in the Southern parts and the old Middle Belt. The Fulani Animal (cattle) Husbandry must go scientific and embrace modern “sedentary and industrial” grazing and pasturing methods. Members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria should also introduce far reaching innovations into their animal grazing and trading by expanding the business to attract core investors with industrial capital capacities to industrialize the venture. They can also partner with the governments of the core northern States and investment moguls like Dangote, Dantata, etc.

 
Rather than seeking to create a law of “national bloodshed and dismemberment of Nigeria through butcheries and anarchy”, the 8th National Assembly under the legislative watch of your two important offices should channel their efforts at strengthening legislatively the existing criminal justice laws for the purpose of curbing the rising cases of the hostilities and atrocities of the Fulani Janjaweed, hiding under the pretext of cattle rearing to perpetuate and perpetrate crimes against humanity against thousands of unarmed and innocent citizens of Nigeria particularly the rural Christian farmers of the Rain Forests Region. To be addressed legislatively, too, is high incidence of intra and inter communal and religious violence as well as ceaseless political killings and assassinations in Nigeria.

 
It is our hope that this controversial issue of Grazing Reserve Bill will be dealt a decisive blow by your two important offices as a matter of extreme urgency, otherwise we shall be left with no other option than to agree with some popular social quarters within and outside Nigeria that “the Nationalization of the Fulani Animal (cattle) Husbandry or National Grazing Right and Route Reserve Bill of 2016”, is an Islamic conquest policy by other means”.

 
 Yours Faithfully,

 
For: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety)
 

 
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chairman
Mobile Line: +2348174090052
Email: info@intersociety-ng.org
 
Website: www.intersociety-ng.org

 
Chinwe Umeche, Esq., Head, Democracy & Good Governance Program

 
Obianuju Joy Igboeli, Esq., Head, Civil Liberties & Rule of Law Program
 

 
CC:
 Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu
 
Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN
 
*Photo Caption - As seen
 
 
 
 

[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Peregrino Brimah reports ] - I believe this is a legitimate question Nigerians must ask as the so-called Fulani herdsmen, continue to wage war against Nigeria. I disagree with calling them herdsmen. We have written to advise the Nigerian Security department to stop patronising this malicious and false classification which endangers real Nigerian Fulani herdsmen. The armed incendiarist murderers ravaging the nation are simply terrorists, Boko Haram terrorists to be precise.
 
So the important question to ask as we all recognize them for what they are–terrorists–is who is sponsoring them and who is behind them? The answer to this may be right before us but we deny to accept it for our dishonest reasons. Ask, who sponsored Boko Haram? What is the mission of Boko Haram? The same person or persons who sponsored Boko Haram is sponsoring these nomadic terrorists. 
 
This is why we have written in the past that Buhari cannot defeat Boko Haram without identifying and defeating its sponsors. It is a dream to imagine that arresting most foot soldiers means a victory against Boko Haram. The sponsor of Boko Haram is a very evil person/government and that person(s) who may reside locally or be abroad/affiliated abroad is willingly arming and paying these Boko Haram 'nomads,' local and foreign to continue perpetrating the same sinister mission to cause mayhem, trigger deadly strife and annihilate as much of Nigeria as possible.
 
We must urge the Nigerian security department to come plain with Nigerians and tell us the reality of the threat we face. Coming plain while also firmly, openly and not "silently," sounding a military might and bullet backed warning against the rampaging terrorists will allow Nigerians a chance to properly contain this terror menace while also protecting true Fulani herdsmen.
 
There is a narrow window for the Buhari government to act. We strongly urge this government to act and act appropriately before this window closes. The failures of Jonathan's government and its denial of the reality of the Boko Haram threat...handling it with 'kid gloves,' is why Nigeria became the worst terrorized nation on earth. Nigeria must learn from history. 
 
Dr. Peregrino Brimah ( Email: drbrimah@gmail.com ) reports.
 
*Photo Caption - An AK-47 Rifle. *One of the tools of evil and barbarism in the world.

[ Masterweb Reports: Olusola Daniel reports ] - I am aware some people may not be comfortable with my title, but I need to share my perspectives nonetheless. Hear me and hear me well: If I were to do it again, I will vote Buhari. I have few regrets in my life, one of them is not voting for Muhammadu Buhari in 2011. 
 

Why? I was beclouded by ethnic ambitions to vote a shoeless person who expects me to get him shoes by voting him!
 

The reason I voted Buhari was simple: I do not want to vote Goodluck Jonathan a second time. Mark you; I don’t regret voting for him in 2011. He was the best candidate. But in 2015, the demands and skills required are different. I have to be realistic and I am sure I took my decisions based on every assumptions of rationality!
 
 
Voting Jonathan on March 28, 2015 would mean I am deliberately promoting him beyond his level of existing competency, a reversal of the management theory known as Peter’s Principle where managers stop being promoted when they have risen to their level of incompetence. Jonathan was just at that point. This is why I have always maintained that last year’s presidential election more than just a rejection of Jonathan but of saving our country from the brink of total collapse. 
 
 
For those wondering how I arrived at the conclusion that Jonathan is incompetent, check his records in the fight against insurgency. Our army became so demoralized that a ragtag team of 18 Boko Haram members arriving on seven motorcycles had our soldiers fleeing, ahead of civilians, as it happened in Mubi before the town fell to the sect. I can’t even talk about Baga and the sadness of the massacre coupled with the presidential silence on the matter, especially when he couldn’t wait to express ‘grief’ at 17 people killed in France. Chibok girls were kidnapped and he has no clue as to the direction of whom to believe. My goodness!
 
 
Need I ask: How many fuel subsidy thieves have been prosecuted since the scam was revealed in 2012? If my memory serves me right, how does Jonathan rank in managing the economy? What was the exchange rate of the Naira when he came to power? What was it before he left? What was the pump price of petrol when he came to power? What was it before his uncelebrated end? What has become of  our external reserves? The Nigeria became the biggest economy in Africa thanks to “Goodluck” Jonathan, not because of Ebele Jonathan!
 
 
Enter General Buhari. Since he was elected President, Buhari’s professional critics have settled into their new roles as opposition. Not wanting to be classified as “failures” after their “hero” last the presidential election, President Muhammadu Buhari’s opponents or better still critics appear to be cruising off with an early lead. They “regret” for those of us who voted and supported Buhari in the last election. 
 
 
They are now in the “Didn’t I Tell You?” mode. They appear to cry more than the rest of us these days on social media. At the comfort of their mansions built from syphoned public money, they give crumbs to some spin doctors to write on why the economy (they crumbled) is now crumbling. Some of them, having no shame, will even go as far as China to manifest symptoms of madness. Good enough we tolerate these madness at home, but what happens when this goes as far as the market place?
 
 
Watching from a far, I have come to realize that Buhari’s critics can fall under any of the following categories: First, are the career Jonathanians or Wailing Wailers (apologies to Femi Adesina) as they are now popularly known. Leading this pack is our dear Femi Aribisala. In fact one of these people had openly written that he will not accept Buhari as his President. These people were so sure that their boss or hero will win no matter the costs. They “prophesized” that Buhari will never “smell” Aso Rock. In fact, Aribisala once wrote under the title: How To Lose Presidential Election Four Timesin one of his columns stating his reasons why Buhari would lose the fourth time. If wishes were horses, they say, men will ride. How time flies. Anyways, they are foremost among Buhari’s critics!
 
 
Not all Buhari’s critics are pro-Jonathan as many may think though it is very difficult to vouch for this distinction. We can have a second group as those having issues either personally with Buhari himself or his party the All Progressives Congress (APC). This group accommodates people like a former Governor of old Kaduna state Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa and a renowned writer Okey Ndibe. 
 
 
One really cannot explain Balarabe Musa’s issues with Buhari considering the fact that they are from the same state, Katsina. He was noted to have criticized President Jonathan vociferously at some points and I am not aware he has rescinded on his opinion about Jonathan. His criticisms of President Buhari is what one finds hard to explain, other than the fact that he may probably know something about Buhari (both of whom come from the same state) that is not to public knowledge. On the other hand, Okey Ndibe’s case can be because he had issues at some point with the way the APC was been run. I am not sure Ndibe will be your first choice of a Jonathanian or GEJite. Either way they constitute a pack of their own.
 
 
The third group is perhaps the most reckless. They are nothing but tribal pirates, ethnic buccaneers and religious Vikings. In this group, we boldly include Biafran agitators and their sponsors. They are myopic in views; tactless in approach and reckless in criticisms. On the one hand they urged their “people” not to vote in the election on the other hand they want Jonathan to win in an election they forced their people not to vote. I find it difficult to reconcile these contrasting objectives. More confused was I when I knew that former President Jonathan is Ijaw, a tribe that proudly supported the Federal Army during the Nigerian Civil War. It was only Radio Biafra (a source of dissemination of slanderous messages and propaganda) that broadcast the news that President Buhari authorized the bombarding of “Biafran territories”, by which they mean Cross Rivers and Akwa Ibom. While they told their viewers that “Igbos are not Nigerians”, one is left to wonder at what point did the Efiks, Ibibios, Orons, etc., (which they also claim as part of “Biafran territories”) became Igbos. 
 
 
Apart from this pirate radio which, I later knew, broadcasts from London, no other credible news medium reported the “bombardment”!
 
 
The fourth group can be neglected as mere “professional” critics, wanting no more than mere attention or patronage. Some of them may have good intentions you never can tell!
 
 
 
Now that we have analyzed Buhari’s critics and their intentions, I guess the time has come for us to give them a direct replies to the issues they raised. 
 
 
We voted Buhari, not to magically solve the problems created for more than 16 years of misrule, but to help us keep the goats far away from the yams. If he is doing this job (as we all agree he is doing), I wish to disappoint again that I will vote Buhari again if I have to!
 
 

Olusola Daniel ( Email: olusoladaniel316@gmail.com ) writes from Lagos.  
 
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[ Masterweb Reports: Ikechukwu Enyiagu reports ] - For the 'infidels' in Nigeria, it seems that, times are getting worse. When Boko Haram was at the peak of its inglorious fame, I often was moved to wonder what Nigeria truly implied for its citizens, and why those who have held to a One-Nigeria dogma were yet unable to maintain it in true practicality. Today, it's a different scenario: while Boko Haram seemed to have started, as forerunners, their terror for a separate and exclusive Islamic State within the territories of the agitators, Fulani herdsmen seem to be fighting to conquer and own the whole country-from their northward homeland through the South-West and the Middle Belt to the old Eastern Region. They tender their ‘nomadic lifestyle’ as proof that they own all. Now this reminds every deep thinker, sadly, of the Dan-Fodian ministry and the dipping of the Koran into the Atlantic Ocean. But, before we look deeper into the spirit which drives the Dan-Fodians, here are two accounts of Fulani herdsmen’s latest and unprovoked mayhem in their host communities.
 

 
Setting The Record Straight
 

 
"Let me use this medium to set the record straight:
1.Was there an attack? A resounding yes! I was in Enugu live and direct.
2. The communities where the onslaught took place are Nimbo (Nimbo Ngwoko, Ugwuijoro, Ekwuru, Ebor, Enugu Nimbo, Umuome and Ugwuachara). Mathematically, seven villages were attacked. For the avoidance of doubt, these villages are well populated by persons whose preoccupation is farming.
3. They came in Hulix. They had sophisticated weapons, and were up to 400 in Number, if not more.
4. Why did the APC media refuse reporting exactly what transpired in Enugu? The news was not in their favor as 90% of  Nigerian online media outfits is controlled by APC.
5. Is it true that more than 700 people died in that Boko Haram attack? A resounding yes, too. I saw it myself. Because I was there, I am in a better position to state what actually happened in Enugu.
6. So why did the APC media outfits (including channel TV) report that it was "only 6" persons that died from the attack? They control the media. When they could no longer contain the disturbing figures they increased the number to 21. When it was obvious that Nigerians may
discover the truth, they advanced the figures to 100.
7. Ladies and gentlemen, I reiterate: the actual numbers of persons  that were killed by Boko Haram in Enugu State is up to 800. If I am placed on oath, I wouldn't waste one nano second to repeat myself.
8. I wonder why these ‘Buharists’ are playing politics with everything.
9. This is not the first time APC is downplaying figures. Immediately APC assumed office, Boko Haram struck somewhere in the north. The figure of persons killed was about 200. But to utter surprise, Lie Muhammed said it was "only 20 persons" that were affected. Now you know." - https://m.facebook.com/public/Ahmed-Madaki
 

Madaki also revealed that, when the Igbos resident there were making attempts to run for their lives, they were ordered by the army to go back ...that ‘everything was under control.’”
 

 
 Details of Possible Complicity in the Presidency
 

 
“Apologies to the Governor of Enugu state for leaking this story. There was a call made by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to the president, he was put on hold for over an hour and fifteen minutes. This call was made in the presence of thirteen men and four women. (On picking the call after the long wait) the president's aide told the governor that the president would get back to him. The president, through his aide and after four hours, told the Enugu state governor that the he will do something about it. My relative was among the people who witnessed this call. Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, on hearing that the police have not arrived at Uzo-Uwani, called GOC 82 division for help. He was referred to the presidency again. This time, he was put on hold for nearly two hours again, while waiting to speak to the president. Then news came in that the attack he was planning to prevent has actually taken place. Within an hour, the commissioner and GOC who referred the governor to the president had mobilized their men to stop retaliation-same way Lagos and Agatu were attacked and retaliation prevented. I want to use this medium to apologize to the governor of Enugu state for speaking out on this true event, but I would like him to demand a  probe/investigation on this massacre. I know he has learnt his lessons, but if not, then he is still a cretin we will endure for only four years. We need to know why the police commissioner and GOC needed the presidency to issue orders to them before they could protect  innocent citizens? We need to know why the police and the military sent their men to Uzo-Uwani after the attack to prevent retaliation.We need to know why a sitting governor cannot use the support of the police and the military to protect his people.” The writer continued. “My governor, I am just apologizing because l thought you did nothing at all, until I was given all these information. But as a man-an elected governor-what was your PLAN B if presidency failed to help? You ought to have used the media, which is FREE.  Able bodied men and women would have prepared to help and protect their own people." - www.nairaland.com/3071428/what-uzouwani-looks-like-now

The Dan-Fodian Spirit Revealed
 

 
Without wasting time, let us delve into a clear picture of the Fulani spirit. According to Wikipedia, "The Fulani/Fula/Fulbe people, numbering approximately 20 million in total, are one of the most widely dispersed and culturally diverse of the peoples of Africa." It further states that an estimated 13 million Fulani are nomadic, thus making them the largest pastoral nomadic group in the world. This nomadic life proved to be an advantage when Usman Dan Fodio went with his followers into exile-motivated by his reformist ideas and increasing repression by local authorities.  After staying a while in exile, Shaihu Usman dan Fodio, born Usuman ɓii Foduye in 1754 and said to be a  religious teacher, writer, Islamic promoter and the founder of the Sokoto Caliphate, returned with a revolution to forcefully plant his beliefs and teachings-beginning from northern Nigeria through Cameroon to other countries across West Africa. A Jihad was born. From then on, the Fulani, though still maintaining their northern homeland, gradually advanced into territories fully occupied by other groups. Here, it suffices to say that, majority of those who claim to champion one rights and secessionist group or the other have simply been towing the same part for which the great Shaikh was infamous. This group of championers, warmongers and death-bringers must either take a more persuasive and democratic route or be nipped in the bud. Today, sadly, the Fulani have grown more assertive and, therefore more demanding and authoritative. It has even gone worse with a Fulani as the president of today’s Nigeria. Although Boko Haram has made its demand marks, the Fulani do not negotiate as they believe that they own anywhere and everywhere they want. 
 

 
Role of Religious Divide
 

 
The Fulani are mostly Sunni Muslims, is it then a wonder why the Shiites are killed with reckless abandon, and by those saddled with protecting them as fellow citizens? They seem to be backed by the military which, sadly, behaves more or less like them as they often run to their defense and only after they have carried out their calculated attacks with mostly sponsored military and paramilitary type of guns? Remembering that Sir Ahmadu Bello, who once berated the Igbo for their ingenuity ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y1Zpk4DrlA  ) and mobilized the North against patriotism and true nationalism, was a descendant of Uthman dan Fodio, I now think that the raison d'être of all these terrors from the becoming has been clearly defined: The attacks in Agatu-narrowing to several of such in Enugu State-is clearly unmasking a Dan-Fodian hasty, southward drive towards dipping that Koran into the ocean of blood. This time, it seems that the Koran which the Fulani use may not, after all, be the same as that used by the Shiite-wherever they picked their differences notwithstanding. While pondering on the vehemence and assertiveness of a Fulani, I recalled with a shudder the clear threats of one of Nigeria’s leaders, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna State, to soldiers and civilians alike via his twitter handle, @elrufai, on June 15, 2012: "We (sic) will write this for all to read. Anyone, soldier or not that kills the Fulani, takes a loan repayable one day no matter how long it takes." How sad! My question now is: can president Buhari prove my submission a mere thesis by putting up practicable, practical and productive measures  towards assuring a Nigeria where people's rights are protected and their future assured? I also want to know from the governors of the attacked South East: what are you going to do this time...really?
 
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[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - We the Igbo Ekunie Initiative, IEI, comprising individuals in Nigeria and the Diaspora; condemn in the strongest terms the massacre once again of defenceless citizens in cold blood by marauding Fulani terrorists in Uzo-uwani Enugu state. At the last count more than 50 persons lost their lives, countless others maimed while Churches and other property were burnt down. Reports from various sources have confirmed that as these terrorist attacks were ongoing, the federal government and colluding security services i.e. the Nigerian army, DSS and Police refused to intervene to stop the carnage. We submit that the most important constitutional responsibility of a state is the protection of lives and property but when the same state and its agents now take sides with terrorists on tribal grounds to facilitate the slaying of other citizens, it constitutes not only a treasonable abdication of duty but also a violation of international statutes against terrorism and a crime against humanity.
 
We note that it’s not the first time the federal government and the security services have openly aided and abetted Fulani herdsmen terrorists as they massacre citizens across the country. Most recently it happened in Agatu Benue state, in Awgu Enugu state and now again in Uzo-Uwani Enugu state. For all intents and purposes; this is a very dangerous route that previously led to the Nigerian civil war and that can only lead to anarchy. We have accordingly lost faith in the federal government’s commitment to respecting its constitutional responsibility to protect the lives and property of all citizens. However as a last ditch effort to save the situation we make the following demands.
 

  • That the federal government should immediately declare a state of emergency against the terrorist activities of Fulani herdsmen and accordingly disarm the errant herdsmen and arrest the culprits implicated in the Enugu massacre and other atrocities across the nation.
  • That the federal government should as a matter of urgency remove and prosecute the Chief of army staff, the director general of DSS, the IG of Police, the GOC 82 division Enugu and the Enugu state commissioner of police for criminal/treasonable collusion and dereliction of duty.
  • That the federal government should immediately overhaul and restructure the army, DSS, police and other security services in view of professionalising them.
  • That henceforth all movement of cows and herdsmen should be by trucks or by train as the case maybe and the herdsmen should enter negotiations with states and or local governments to lease land (subject to its renewal every year) where secured ranches could be established for the purposes of restraining cows within the said ranches.
  • That the arrangement to lease land for ranches in any state of the country should be purely a private affair between the herdsmen and the state or local governments like all other private businesses and as such no federal commission should be created for that purpose.
  • That the federal government should pay adequate compensation to victims and families of Fulani terrorist attacks and provide funds for the reconstruction of all such ravaged communities.
  • That the federal government should urgently begin the framework for the establishment of state police to enable a more effective means for the protection of lives and property by states in the federation.

     

  • That the federal government should as a matter of urgency either organise a sovereign national conference or implement the 2014 national conference report as a strategy to tackle the nation’s growing existential crisis.

Finally, we call on the governors to evolve a better trained and equipped local vigilante service to protect the villages. We also call for a total boycott of beef as an interim measure, and for all communities within the frontlines to be vigilant and to take all necessary proactive steps to defend themselves by any means necessary against the invading terrorists.
 
Maazi Tochukwu Ezeoke
President Igbo Ekunie Initiative
+234 70800 42206
Email: president@igboekunie.org

 
Lawrence Nwobu
Secretary Igbo Ekunie Initiative
+353 87415 1329
 
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[ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety’s Writes INEC Chair ] - Below is a copy of Intersociety’s letter to Prof Mahmud Yakubu, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) titled “Non-Conduct Of Outstanding Legislative Reruns In Imo, Anambra & Rivers States Is An Invitation To Anarchy”.
 

Ref: Intersociety/SBCHROs/001/04/016/INEC/ABJ
 
 
The Chairman (Prof Mahmud Yakubu)
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
INEC National Headquarters
Plot 436 Zambezi Crescent, Maitama District
FCT, Abuja, Nigeria
 
 
Sir,
 
 
Non-Conduct Of Outstanding Legislative Reruns In Imo, Anambra & Rivers States Is An Invitation To Anarchy
 
 
(Onitsha Nigeria, 20th of April 2016)-The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties& the Rule of Law (Intersociety); supported by the Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs), comprising: Anambra State Branch of the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), Center for Human Rights & Peace Advocacy (CHRPA), Human Rights Club (a project of LRRDC)(HRC), Forum for Justice, Equity & Defense of Human Rights (FJEDHR), Society Advocacy Watch Project (SPAW), Anambra Human Rights Forum (AHRF), Southeast Good Governance Forum (SGGF), International Solidarity for Peace & Human Rights Initiative (ITERSOLIDARITY), Igbo Ekunie Initiative (pan Igbo rights advocacy group) and Intersociety, write your electoral Commission concerning  the issue captioned and underlined above.
 
 
It is recalled Sir, that Nigeria had on 28th of March 2015 held federal legislative election into the country’s existing 469 federal legislative seats; made up of 109 senatorial seats and 360 federal house of reps seats. By the country’s 1999 Constitution and its Electoral Act of 2010, judicial enquiries into any dispute associated with the outcome of any legislative poll so conducted, must end in eight months or within eight months; starting from 21 days after the official announcement of the results. The available laws further provide for conduct of a post election rerun or related others in 90 days or within 90 days, on account of nullification of the original poll and ordering of new one by a court of last instance (i.e. Court of Appeal). That is to say those legal disputes associated with the conduct of polls into the country’s 469 federal legislative seats on 28th of March 2015, mandatorily commenced in April 2015 and mandatorily concluded in December 2015 (six months of procedural proceedings plus two months of appellate proceedings), while the appellate court ordered reruns or related others; must be commenced and concluded in March 2016. These laws and judicial orders have been observed in gross breach by your electoral Commission till date.
 
 
It, therefore, saddens our heart that over 12 months after the country’s federal legislative poll was conducted, a number of outstanding reruns abound. Presently at the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, five Senatorial Districts with combined electoral population of 10million to 15million have been denied quality and deliberative legislative representation since December 2015. Similar sad fate has befallen other vacant House of Reps seats particularly those in Rivers State. All the five vacant Senatorial District seats and those of the House of Reps in Rivers State are in the realm of “primus inter pares” or first among equals; considering their strategic importance to national cohesion, unity and development. As important as Rivers State is to the country’s national wealth and politics, yet it does not have serving Senators till date; likewise Anambra State and its Central Senatorial District and Imo State and its North or Okigwe Senatorial District. There are no legal, administrative or political excuses that can impeach the right of the people of the areas to enjoy quality and deliberative representation at the National Assembly of Nigeria. The right of a people to vote is sacrosanct, constitutional and justiciable.
 
 
Sir, as Your Commission is aware, there is still outstanding Senatorial rerun for the Imo North (Okigwe) Senatorial District.Your Commission (INEC) was mandated by the Court of Appeal, Owerri Division to conduct a rerun election into the seat nullified by the Court on 11th of December 2015. The Court, in addition to nullification of the election of Senator Athan Nneji Achonu as Senator for the Senatorial District; further ordered Your Commission to conduct a rerun into the vacant seat in 90 days or within 90 days, which expired on 11th of March 2016. Till date, Your Commission has observed these judicial orders in gross breach. The electoral fate of the electorates of the Imo North (Okigwe) Senatorial District has remained at crossroads following Your Commission’s adamant refusal to fix a new date for the rerun.  
 
 
The Anambra Central Senatorial Rerun is also outstanding till date. The Court of Appeal, Enugu Division, had on 6th of December 2015 nullified the election of Senator Uche Ekwunifie and ordered Your Commission to conduct a Senatorial rerun into the vacant seat in 90 days or within 90 days. The 90 days court order within which Your Commission was mandated to conduct the rerun expired on 6th of March 2016. Instead of Your Commission retaining its role as a neutral third party or disinterested third party/referee; the Commission became grossly partisan; featuring as a plaintiff party in a politically motivated and ill-conceived appellate suit, questioning the grounded decision of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on 1st of March 2016, which rightly ordered the Commission to include “wrongly excluded parties and their candidates” in the Court-ordered rerun.
 
 
The Court ruling, delivered by Hon Justice Anwuli Chikere also set aside INEC’s public notice titled INEC/SEC/314’ of February 1, 2016, which excluded the plaintiff (PDP) and its would-be candidate from participating in the court-ordered fresh election for the Anambra Central Senatorial seat. It is fifty (50) days today (1st of March to 20th of April 2016) since the grounded judgment was given and its consequential order made, yet nothing has been heard of Your Commission’s politically motivated and ill-conceived appeal. Deducting fourteen days traditionally allowed for filing of appeal, thirty (30) days have further elapsed and Your Commission has not bordered about collective socio-political consequences of deprivation of people’s rights to choose their leaders and to be numerically and adequately represented legislatively. We are still at total loss as how the inclusion of relevant parties in the rerun poll as rightly ordered by the Court will harm the Commission or hamper its delivery of popular and credible poll and its outcome. It appears the Commission has allowed itself to be remote-controlled and stampeded by some malicious and riotous political actors. As if this was not enough, INEC went further to announce indefinite postponement of the Rerun just as it has done in Rivers (senatorial and house of reps) and Imo (senatorial) reruns.
 
 
In Rivers State, there are still outstanding reruns involving Rivers South-West, Rivers South-East and Rivers East Senatorial District seats as well as nine House of Reps seats. The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division had on 10th and 11th of December 2015, respectively, nullified the elections of three former Senators: Osinakachukwu Idoezu (Rivers South-West), John Olaka-Nwogo (Rivers South-East) and George Thompson Sekibo (Rivers East, sacked by same Appellate Court on 10th of December 2015) and ordered Your Commission to conduct reruns into the three seats in 90 days or within 90 days. The 90 days court order expired on 10th and 11th of March 2016. In the case of nine House of Reps seats, their elections, alongside others were nullified by the same Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal on 12th of December 2015. The 90 days court order within which to conduct their reruns expired on 12th of March 2016. Till date, Rivers State, with about seven million people, has no Senatorial representation at the Senate and nine of its 13 House of Reps seats are currently vacant on account of failure and incompetence of Your Commission to conduct and conclude reruns into the vacant seats.
 
 
Sir, in case Your Commission (INEC) has forgotten, as a constitutionally established executive body of the Federation by virtue of Section 153 (1) (f) of the 1999 Constitution with fully staffed departments including legal department; INEC is not permitted by law to operate above the law or undermine the laws of the land or constitute a serious threat to Nigeria’s pluralist democracy. As a matter of fact all the policies, pronouncements and conducts of the entire 17,500 top public office holders in Nigeria include Your Commission (INEC) and your office; are expressly subject to judicial reviews and pronouncements particularly by the High Courts of the 36 States and the FCT; the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
 
 
Very importantly Sir, all authorities and persons in Nigeria holding judicial, executive and legislative offices at the Federal, State and Local Government levels; by virtue of Section 13 of the 1999 Constitution are firmly directed by Sections 287 (1), 287 (2) and 287 (3) of the Constitution to conform and obey as follows: Section 287 (1): “the decisions of the Supreme Court of Nigeria are final and shall be enforced in any part of the Federation by all authorities and persons, and by courts with subordinate jurisdictions to that of the Supreme Court”; Section 287 (2), “the decisions of the Court of Appeal shall be enforced in any part of the Federation by all authorities and persons, and by courts with subordinate jurisdictions to that of the  Court of Appeal”; and Section 287 (3),“the decisions of the Federal High Court, a (State and FCT) High Court and of all other courts established by this Constitution shall be enforced in any part of the Federation by all authorities and persons, and by other courts of law with subordinate jurisdictions to that of the Federal High Court, a (State and FCT) High Court and those other courts, respectively.”
 
 
Apart from our sadness concerning the above clear threat to Nigeria’s pluralist democracy arising from Your Commission’s highly despicable and widely condemned conducts; widely considered as a clear invitation to anarchy; we further express fears that the independence and impartiality of Your Commission are challenged and threatened by malicious political actors, traders and entities. This is further worsened by the fact that Your Commission, till date, is not properly constituted as well as failure of Your Commission to tame the scourge of political parasitism, which continues to threaten the Commission’s independence, impartiality and neutrality particularly during recruitment of substantive and ad hoc staffs and during the conduct of elections proper. Sad events trailing Your Commission’s recent turbulent and inconclusive reruns in Rivers State are a clear case in point.
 
 
As we rap up this informed letter of ours, something very important worthy of mention, surfaces and we ask as follows: How come outstanding reruns and FCT municipal polls were recently conducted and concluded by Your Commission in Osun State and Abuja (FCT), yet the Commission has adamantly refused to fix new dates and conduct reruns for those of Rivers (three senatorial and nine house of reps seats), Imo (Okigwe or Imo North senatorial seat) and Anambra (Anambra Central senatorial seat)? Is it not correct to say that Your Commission is reluctant to conduct the outstanding reruns in the affected areas for political reasons (i.e. they are perceived to be the federally opposition party strongholds likely to be won by same if conducted)? Could it have been the same if they are in the areas perceived as federally ruling party strongholds? Are there remote or immediate links between adamant refusal by Your Commission (using legal and administrative excuses) to conduct and conclude the outstanding reruns in Rivers, Imo and Anambra States; and a number of controversial executive proxy bills laying before the National Assembly waiting for majority numerical voting to be passed into law?
 
 
Specifically, do all these have to do with the highly controversial “National Fulani Nomadic Grazing Reserves Bill”? Are those outstanding reruns being delayed deliberatively to castrate anticipated opposition party and moderate ruling party’s voting strength and opposition to the highly divisive, incoherent, primordial, controversial and inter-ethno-religious provoking Bill? Is Your Commission truly independent and separated from the federally ruling and opposition parties’ grips?
 
 
Finally, we call on Your Commission to reverse itself as a matter of uttermost immediacy and extreme public importance. INEC must not only fix new dates for the outstanding reruns immediately but also apologize to all Nigerians and the electorates of the nine federal constituencies and three senatorial districts in Rivers State as well as those of Imo North and Anambra Central senatorial districts. We also demand that Your Commission must file notices of withdrawal in its politically motivated and ill-conceived appeal before the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division challenging the Federal High Court judgment baring the Commission from excluding the plaintiff and its would-be candidate in the Anambra Central Senatorial rerun.
 
 
INEC must also distance itself from any other Court matter, appeal or cross-appeal where the Commission may have filed cross appeals, main appeals or fresh cases; deemed popularly as attempts to scuttle democratic process with its anarchical consequences as well as to deny the affected electorates their inalienable rights to choose their leaders and to be adequately and numerically represented legislatively. Your Commission must, henceforth, obey all the laws of the land and submit to all judicial consequential pronouncements in Nigeria. The Commission must at all times desist from being seen or perceived publicly as partisan and ensure that it conducts an all-inclusive and participatory poll irrespective of candidates or political parties of any national, sectional or ethno-religious camp. Voters must be allowed to choose their best candidates at all times through popular and credible balloting.
 
 
To add more salt to injury, INEC this morning (21st of April 2016), hardened its position by saying that “it is not in a hurry to conduct outstanding reruns in Rivers State (and by extension, Imo and Anambra Senatorial reruns) until its conditions (security) are met” Again, whose responsibility is it to ensure security of the rerun poll and the electorates in Rivers State? Is it the people of Rivers State or INEC and federal security establishments? If Prof Mahmud Yakubu is unable and unwilling to conduct and conclude Rivers, Imo and Anambra federal legislative reruns before 20th of May 2016, we will have no other option than to stimulate public pressure to force him resign as INEC chairman. Following is the link to INEC’s statement under reference :(http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/04/no-hurry-conclude-rivers-polls-inec/).
 
 
Yours Faithfully,
For: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety)
 
 
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chairman
Mobile Line: +2348174090052
Email: info@intersociety-ng.org
 
 
Chinwe Umeche, Esq., Head, Democracy & Good Governance Program
Mobile Line: +2347013238673
 
 
Obianuju Joy Igboeli, Esq., Head, Civil Liberties & Rule of Law Program
Mobile Line: +2348180771506
 
 
Website: www.intersociety-ng.org
Secretariat: 41, Miss Elems Street, Fegge Urban City, Onitsha, Southeast Nigeria
 
 
Adopted & Supported by Following Affiliate Group-Members of Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs):
 

  1. Comrade Aloysius Attah (+2348035090548)
    For: Anambra State Branch of the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO)
     
  2. Comrade Peter Onyegiri (+2347036892777)
    For: Center for Human Rights & Peace Advocacy (CHRPA)
     
  3. Comrade Samuel Njoku (+2348039444628)
    For: Human Rights Club (a project of LRRDC) (HRC)
     
  4. Comrade Justus Uche Ijeoma(+2348037114869)
    For: Forum for Justice, Equity & Defense of Human Rights (FJEDHR)
     
  5. Comrade Chike Umeh ( +2348064869601)
    For: Society Advocacy Watch Project (SPAW)
     
  6. Obianuju Joy Igboeli, Esq. (+2348034186332)
    For: Anambra Human Rights Forum AHRF)
     
  7. Comrade Alex Olisa(+2348034090410)
    For: Southeast Good Governance Forum (SGGF)
     
  8. Jerry Chukwuokolo, PhD (+2348035372962)
    For: International Solidarity for Peace& Human Rights Initiative (ITERSOLIDARITY)
     
  9. Maazi Tochukwu Ezeoke (+447748612933)
    For:  Igbo Ekunie Initiative (pan Igbo rights advocacy group)
     
    CC:
    President of Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki
    Speaker of the House of Reps, Hon Adamu Yakubu Dogara