[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Peregrino Brimah reports ] – Only a thief will give an award to a thief. Giving an award to a thief is not only a national insult, it is treason. Our pledge is to defend the nation's honour. The nation has been dragged in the mud once again with this centenary abomination. What just happened in Nigeria is very serious. This is no longer an issue of ethnic groupings or religious differences. This is sheer limitless wickedness to the poor, the dead and dying. Nigeria has now been taken over by frank evil. This is a battle between good and the hopeful's and supporters of good and evil and the aspirants and workers for the grand commander of evil. The devil. If the awards to Nigeria's thieves of the past were given in error, open public apology and public and private repentance is urgently necessary. Stealing, and a thief is not defined by what is given, it is defined by what is taken. Abacha was a thief. Babangida was a thief. Obasanjo was a thief. There is no mincing these words. There is no room in our national honour rolls for these thieves. This is not an example to be given to our kids and an image to be broadcast of our nation. N300 million in foreign media propaganda will never redeem Nigeria from this abomination. This senseless political desperate patronage of the evil men of Nigeria's painful past.
The United States has already smashed their foot in our bloodied wounds by seizing this moment of national disgrace to seize another $458 billion of Abacha's loot. America has certified us as sub-human. This was the conversation across America this week. Children of thieves, like Sadiq have been given the gumption after years hiding to come out and open their 'gutters.'
The $3-6 billion dollars Abacha has been confirmed to have stolen was not his right. It was money of the poor masses. Whatever 'good' the Presidency publicized he did is not reason enough to celebrate a thief, now or ever. Today it is clear to Nigerians who the President and his team of rulers and friends see as a mentor--Abacha.
The Bible in 1 Corinthians 6:10 says: ...nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. In John 10:10 it says, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy..." And to those who partner with, defend, support and celebrate thieves, the Bible says in Proverbs 29:24 (KJV): "Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not."
Those northerners, the family of Abacha and southerners who defend Abacha are thieves. Those who defend this national insult by Jonathan are thieves. There is no dillydallying on this. Many of us are not saints, but we do not deserve honours if we are thieves. We steal and are quiet about it. Nigeria must never celebrate thieves. By stamping and accrediting thieves we have brought unmeasurable curse upon us if we have not had enough curse already. These awards must immediately be stripped. The nation deserves a national apology. Dear Nigerians, I am sorry. I am sorry for you, I am sorry for me, I am sorry for this nation.
Each penny stolen is amenities deprived and results in deaths. Each kobo stolen means no health care will be provided at some corner, some thief will be free, some road not built properly. They don't steal from the national cake. There is no national cake; on the contrary, they steal from the pauper's loaf. These government thieves are assassins. Killers of the poor. It is a sickness, they are compulsive thieves, this is why we see they steal more than they can ever use and eventually lose our national income to foreign nations. Hell will be filled with these.
For the Muslims who get carried away with thieves-in-power and denounce their creed in defense of such thieves, a story of the life of Hazrat Umar Bin Abdul Aziz, the celebrated Umayyad Caliph should hopefully juggle them up a bit. In the early days of Islam, Caliph Umar's empire stretched from the shores of the Atlantic to the highlands of Pamir (India). He commanded great territory and wealth of the early Muslim state. One day, according to the narration, the Caliph was sitting in his private chamber examining a pile of State documents. The dim light of the room was adding to the serenity and somberness of the place and the Caliph could scarcely feel the arrival of his wife, Fatima, till she addressed him, "Sire! Will you spare a few moments for me? I want to discuss a private matter with you." "Of course", replied the pious Caliph, raising his head from the papers, "But, please put off this State lamp and light your own, as I do not want to burn the State oil for private talk."[ Find ref online: http://www.renaissance.com.pk/novletfor95.html ]
For the pious leaders, more was at stake and more was expected. They slept hungry unless they were assured that all their subjects had eaten. This was because they knew they will be held to account for misappropriating the people's food if they ate while their subjects went to bed hungry. People used to run away and avoid positions of power for this very reason. Today we sign-up for executive suits and accommodation in hell by patronizing clear thieves, because they are 'of our clan,' or 'did something.' The only clan thieves and supporters of thieves belong to is the clan of the burning hell fire, be they government thieves or armed robbers. There is no honor here and nothing to defend, except among the thieves themselves. So if you defend a thief because you believe he is your 'brother' or 'clansman' then know what brotherly and clan relationship you share. The brotherhood of evil and clan of the doomed. It is a shame that thieves are now celebrated. Let them steal but cower in shame or hide away, but honour and awards for thieves only comes from thieves because today there is great honor among Nigeria's thieves.
These are now very evil times.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah (Email: email@example.com ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Late Sani Abacha
[ Masterweb Reports: Eddie Onuzuruike reports ] – It was Winston Churchill, the great British statesman who said, ‘courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is what it takes to sit down and listen.
A lot of people today get involved in political activities in Nigeria for many odd reasons not necessarily bordering on ideology and philosophical principles which should be the potent factor. In most cases and probably due to the economic downturn, people are induced by hunger, an unquenchable love of money and unemployment of sorts, but there are still people who do so to provide genuine leadership and solve critical societal problems and in the process, endow the lacking needs to our people.
One of such men is Chief Onyema Ugochukwu: A renowned and accomplished Journalist. Chief Ugochukwu was the pioneer chairman of the NDDC and made news when he overcame all antics employed by the previous administration in Abia to deny him the exulted position. It was a case where surprisingly, the Abia senators were hoaxed into reluctance in supporting their constituent who had the rare privilege of being nominated to the celebrated chairmanship of the NDDC by President Obasanjo in the year 2000.
As the governorship candidate of PDP in Abia in 2006, except for the excesses of some overzealous followers, he ran a credible electioneering campaign, touring the cities and suburbs, making speeches and addressing issues. He engaged in a twisty aggressive legal battle against Chief T.A. Orji and the PPA party, over the results of the elections and the propriety of Chief T.A Orji’s candidacy. When the legal chips were down, it did not need any soothsayer to tell him that the political and legal games were up.
Not a man to hoodwink people, Chief Ugochukwu, in an emotion laden voice addressed his followers and acquainted them with the truth which was that having tried everything possible, that it may not have been the wish of God for him to govern Abia.
This frankness did not go down well with many members who thought that if they can’t win, that at least, they can subvert. But Chief Ugochukwu deftly ordered them to hold their fire and come out of their trenches. When the high-powered delegation led by the PDP Chairman, Mr. Okwesilieze Nwodo came to Abia 8in 2010, urging T.A. Orji to join PDP, Chief Onyema and the Governor made a genuine pact which was mutually adhered to. When we talk of exemplary and comprehensive peace process, the Abia state experience is of high repute and has provided a conflict resolution template at home and abroad. Every politically aware person in Abia knew the level of calumny and hatred where followers clashed in courts and engaged in name-calling and other unedifying acts. According to an Israeli statesman, General Moshe Dayan, ‘if you want to make peace, you do not talk to your friends, you talk to your enemies.’
T.A Orji’s courage and decision to cross the yawning chasm of opposition to initiate dialogue with Chief Onyema Ugochukwu watered the ground that encouraged other Abia leaders on both sides of the party divide to talk with each other, and Abia is enjoying a huge ambience of peace today because these leaders talked, agreed and have all kept their parts of the bargain.
From balanced deductions, much of these gains of Abia would not have cascaded down to the lowest party rung if Chief Onyema did not put his heart into it. He has granted interviews to the press and shocked most of his followers and admirers, who did not expect him to be brutally frank. In the Union weekly of December 1, 2013 page 10, Ugochukwu, the team player avowed, ‘Abia State PDP has never been more united than it is now. It has also never been more peaceful than it is now. And a lot of that credit goes to the governor, Chief T A Orji, who has done so well in bringing Abians together.’
As Chairman of the Grand Civic Reception organized by The Ikwuano/Umuahia people, the mammoth crowd of February, 15, 2014, at defunct Umuahia Main Market, was thrilled when he acknowledged the efforts of the governor in changing Abia, especially the legacy projects. As he observed, the primary school in Umule his village, which has been transformed into a model School is a huge example.
For many of us who cry more than the bereaved on either side, he affirmed that Ochendo has done most of the things he wished for Abia and probably borne in his manifestos, so why should he antagonize? As is manifest from his speech, his genuine quest was to work and build Abia, not the ego-driven ambition of many whose only wish was to be addressed as His Excellency.
As a huge lesson to us, the peace process in Abia wouldn’t have been encompassing if Chief Ugochukwu continued sulking and throwing spanners at work over his loses. In these days that duplicity has become a political virtue, Chief Ugochukwu placed all his political cards on the table and buried the hatchet with its handle. This further helped to douse the tension and acrimony which was simmering between the two inseparable clans of Ibeku and Ohuhu. Those who claim to be statesmen and those who are aspiring to be one should emulate this profuse liberalism.
Professionally, Chief Ugochukwu is an economist, trained in the famous UNN. Two years after a stint in the Central Bank of Nigeria, he abandoned a lucrative career in the apex bank as an Economic Research Assistant for his beloved journalism and made the best of it as he rose to the positions of chief Editor with West African magazine, Editor in Chief, The Daily Times and met over ten presidents like Clinton, Maggie Thatcher, Nelson Mandela, Fidel Castro, P J Patterson of Jamaica and many others.
Chief Ugochukwu having bagged the Commander of the Order of the Niger is qualified for the Nobel Peace Prize and other international honors. It should be noted that Peace at times becomes elusive like a moving target, unable to come into the shooting range: if in doubt ask the leaders of the State of Israel, Central African Republic, North and South Sudan, Mozambique and Syria.
From the above, those who arrogate to themselves to be the Master Strategists and scheme fruitlessly to sneak into the main lounge through the backdoor, when the front door is open, should consult chief
Ugochukwu or may as well sniff facts out of his modesty and humility Abia has been peaceful and instructively, many from the Ugochukwu camp who have been graciously appointed into the people-oriented administration of Ochendo Global have done their best in terms of service and delivery. Good leadership from the top is a tonic that catalyzes the masses. Let us not trivialize this political and social milestone in Abia. Peace is a two way thing between the leaders and followers and those involved should play fairly.
All these elucidations above fall in line with the prescription of Charles Keller, president, Rotary International who said, ‘if we do not find the part to peace, whatever else we do will not make much
difference.’ Ochendo sought the part to peace which has become a game changer in Abia.
Onuzuruike reports from Umuahia, Abia State.
*Photo Caption – Governor Chief Theodore Orji
[ Masterweb Reports ] – A 20-year-old Nigerian man identified as Malam Kamisu Baranda, was arrested for having sex with a goat in Baranda forest, in Dutse Local Government Area of Jigawa State, Nigeria. He was handed over to Jigawa State Police Command by his village head for the bestiality act of which he said he sought permission from the animal before engaging in.
Baranda was arraigned in court and the judge ordered him remanded in prison for two weeks while the case was investigated. The accused urged the court to set him free because the goat belonged to him and he sought the animal’s consent before engaging in the act. He said he had engaged in sex with animals “over 10 times” because it “satisfied his demand”, but had never previously been arrested. He said he took goats into the forest near his home to ‘avoid embarrassment’ and did not know it was an offence to have sex with them.
*Photo Caption – A goat.
[ Masterweb Reports: Chinedum Orji reports ] – Following last Saturday’s 15th February 2014 tragic death of my beloved cousin, Mr. John Ndubuka, a section of the online media has been appropriated by mischief makers to prosecute a mindless hatchet job of casting aspersions on my humble self; with innuendos, jaundiced analysis and outright blackmail.
One would not have bothered to join issues with these faceless cowards at this period of emotional devastation, but it is pertinent at this juncture to put facts in proper perspective so that the unsuspecting public would not be hoodwinked.
On Friday 14th February 2014, I came back from a trip outside the State and while we are chatting at home, John informed me how the 9 clans in Ikwuano/Umuahia headed by Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, Chief Vin Ogbulafor, Chief Ukasanya, Senator Adighije, Col. Akobundu, Hon. Udo Ibeji Dr Mrs Uruakpa and host of others had prepared adequately to host Governor T. A. Orji at a Grand Civic Reception in Umuahia the following day being Saturday 15th February 2015.
On the D-day, John was visible at the event tying up loose ends. The event was relayed live on AIT and monitored by different news agencies. At the end of the Governor’s speech at the reception, Late John helped me to locate my vehicle from the surging crowd while the driver waited to allow the Governor’s convoy to move before us. John later reached me to ascertain the next direction for proper coordination. He left me to join one of the Hilux trucks. A few minutes later, I heard gunshots to which the shells fell on my car. I shouted into the two-way radio to ascertain who was firing those shots. My driver noticed that John was probably pushed down and alerted me. We discovered that John was clinging to his chest, his white shirt heavily blood-soaked.
I screamed when I saw the blood and instantly asked them to head to Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia. On my way, I called the Chief Medical Director, Dr. Aballi Chukwu and the Chief Medical Director of Abia State Specialist & Diagnostic Centre- Prof. A. U. Mbanaso who also is the Governor’s personal physician. In fairness to the doctors, they did their best in trying to stabilize him. They cut open his thorax to drain blood from his lungs. Specialist surgeons were placed on alert in the theatre for instant surgery. Shockingly, it was discovered that his pulse fell from 70 downwards. At this point, I was joined by the Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly and the Deputy Majority Leader, Rt. Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu and Hon. P. C. Onyegbu respectively. Everything was done to save his life, including sourcing blood to resuscitate him. These efforts proved abortive, after one hour of tension-soaked efforts at the hospital. The Chief Medical Director, Dr. Aballi Chukwu later informed me of his death, and I was shaken to my bones to the extent that I needed support to my car as to get back to my house.
After the fruitless efforts to save John’s life, I then enquired of what happened. An eyewitness told me that the trigger was accidentally pulled as one of the policemen on duty at the venue held his gun with one hand and was clearing the surging crowd with the other hand. All these happened in broad daylight and witnessed by thousands of people, predominantly youths who attended the occasion.
I am taking this time and pains to make this explanation because I am a politically exposed person. In previous situations, I had been embarrassed, being a character in many fabricated stories in the media.
In one of such situations, I was accused of challenging an Army captain in a supermarket in Umuahia, who rushed to the Army Barracks at Ohafia to mobilize soldiers who eventually mauled me to the point of death. A journey to Ohafia and back would take not less than two hours. Curiously, I waited for them to come back to brutalize me. Can you imagine that? I ignored these fallacies because they were insignificant ploys to set me back.
It is possible that due to my political exposure especially that of being the Governor’s son, that I have by omission or commission, made enemies of my own or may have inherited those of my father. But this situation seems to be orchestrated assiduously from one direction. For instance, scarcely had the shooting incident happened, when an Igbere Facebook T.V page that operates online screened a headline that I directed the execution of my cousin. There are also strong speculations that I was the target but Mr. John Ndubuka was killed. Another one was that those who wanted him out of the way killed him.
Amid these flying stories, a false picture of the incident was posted on the Internet. The picture supposedly John Ndubuka’s, was wearing a pair of jeans and canvass but everybody saw John at the occasion, dressed in the attire of Ikwuano/Umuahia people that day which was white shirt on top, black pair of trousers with a George Wrapper tied to his waist. The blood-soaked dresses are still in the custody of the FMC Umuahia. It is therefore curious that such a picture was instantly simulated and placed on the Internet, a few minutes after the incident.
From the foregoing, a few questions readily come to mind:
1) How did the Igbere T.V, a Facebook page come to the conclusion that I ordered the killing of John Ndubuka, and how come that nobody in the crowd heard it?
2) If somebody actually wanted John dead, why would he engage a police officer on duty in a public function to commit such a crime?
3) If I was the target as alleged, why didn’t the assailant shoot me directly?
It is very unfortunate that this happened. So tragic that John is dead! Let me advise the mockers and those faceless, merciless and heartless criminals that death is no respecter of persons and no living creature can escape death. What happened to John could be anybody’s lot but because of the person involved, people have thrown caution to the wind, capitalizing on a tragic incident to score cheap political points. The Holy Bible posits that whatever you sow, you will reap.
Whatever they do, whatever they write on the social media, they cannot dampen my spirit. They couldn’t do it before.
John took it upon himself to assist the Governor of Abia State, Governor T. A. Orji to achieve his vision for the youths and women of Abia State. As people from the same hamlet, I have worked closely with him for over 8 years, moving from the informal to the formal. We are related. In truth, this unfortunate death of my cousin will spur me more in that direction. I am not violent. I will never be! My position as the Governor’s son has never gotten into my head. Neither has it interfered in my personal relationship with people.
For any story to be the truth, it must have one version. In this case, there are more than 20 versions to it. In the process of trying to level all manner of things against me, they have inadvertently made mockery of themselves. They should leave me to mourn my brother in peace. Nothing, absolutely nothing, said on the social media, will dampen my spirit.
Let people be guided by their conscience, if they have any!
Chinedum Orji (B.Eng) FUTO reports.
*Photo Caption - Late John Ndubuka
[ Masterweb Reports ] - It was a day that has generated global uproar when on Thursday the 6th of February 2014, the Spanish local border police opened fire on some 200 sub-Sahara African immigrants who were calling for rescue as they were attempting to cross the high sea from Morocco into the Spanish border town of Ceuta. So far, reports show that not less than 14 bodies have been recovered from the water and each of them with bullet wounds. Describing the action as grave ‘inhumanity’, the Northern Observatory for Human Rights condemned the shooting as an action that ‘‘violates the international........ Read More.
*Photo Caption - SOME OF THE RECOVERED DEAD BODIES OF THE AFRICAN IMMIGRANTS SHOT BY SPANISH POLICE AT THE SEA WHILE SWIMMING TO CROSS TO THE BORDER BETWEEN MOROCCO AND SPAIN.
[ Masterweb Reports: Charles Ajunwa reports ] – It is a measure of its indispensable role in democratic societies that the mass media has come to be regarded as the fourth estate of the realm. Over the centuries, the advanced democracies of the world have depended on the media to foster their political, economic and social development. At every stage of their advancement the media was always visible as a dependable partner in progress. That is why today, the mass media dominates every aspect of life in developed societies.
The influence is so much that many of such societies have turned into mass societies, a situation where the mass media has stripped the society of its diversity and dictates how everybody lives their lives. As if that is no enough the electronic media, especially television, has combined well with the information technology and successfully turned the world into the “global village” we have today. This phenomenon has shortened distances and literally erased national boundaries so much so that cultures and trends easily diffuse across frontiers while events in one country is followed instantly as it happens in other countries.
With this stark reality of the power and influence of the media it could be easily understood why corporate bodies, individuals and governments strive to have a voice of their own by establishing one form of media outfit or another. As the saying goes,’ if you don’t blow your trumpet no other person can do it for you’. Abia State after its creation has carved its own space in the media world by owning the three traditional organs of mass communication, namely radio, television and newspaper. But over the years, these powerful means of disseminating government programmes and policies had been allowed by successive governments to rot.
That unwritten policy of neglect worsened so much that the immediate past administration, without any compunction, converted equipment meant for the Abia State newspaper, the National Ambassador to set up a private newspaper. It could be recalled that in the 1990s the Abia newspaper was the best state government owned newspaper in the country by all standards. The state radio station broadcasting on 88.1 FM band was reaching the homes in a clear, crisp sound quality which stood it out among other radio stations. It must be pointed out that the unique tone of Abia State radio then was made possible by the local engineers! On its own part Abia State-owned television station was received in homes in and outside Abia with sharp, clear picture and sound that made it a must watch. Thankfully the prayers of Abians who longed for the return of glory days of Abia State-owned mass media have been answered.
It took the arrival of a media- friendly governor in the person of Chief T.A. Orji for things to start turning around for good of the state media organizations. In his characteristic fast paced efforts to strengthen all the critical institutions needed for the development of the state, Ochendo has directed his attention to the media. The turn-around revolution that has been going on silently at the Broadcasting Corporation of Abia State (BCA) under the Ochendo legacy movement was manifested on that beautiful day of February 6, 2014. On that historic day, the magnificent ultra modern office complex of BCA was unveiled to a resounding applause of the broadcasting community and the media confraternity in general by no mean a personality than the Honorable Minister of Information of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mr. Labaran Maku. That day Governor T.A. Orji’s works bore testimony to a man who has shunned the phony allure of making grandstanding a way of life in governance. Everybody at the occasion was astounded by the modern, well-equipped edifice of 48 offices standing before them in its imposing majesty. Mr. Maku in his usual frankness noted with delight the wind of positive change blowing in Abia which has impacted on the state-owned media institutions. Even at that BCA is not just about modern edifice. The staff morale has risen high with improved funding, welfare and staff training opportunities. Government has also set in motion the necessary machinery to ensure that the broadcast outfits are digitized to beat the January 2015 deadline set by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). The Director General of BCA, Mr. Tito Ezemdi captured the general feelings of management and staff of the broadcast organizations when he declared, “Never in the 22 years history of BCA have we been so loved, practically loved and encouraged.”
Ochendo did not limit his rescue mission of the state media to the BCA. The state newspaper which was gasping for breath at the turn of year 2000 and finally went under by 2003 has now received a life-saving shot in the arm. The National Ambassador is now not only a regular newspaper in the newsstands but also colourful. The newspaper, which was at the verge of extinction has now survived the debilitating effects of the locust years and bounced back to life. The leadership and members of the Abia State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) are already in expectant mood following Ochendo’s commitment to build a befitting secretariat for the union.
This ranks as a significant project more so as Abia remains the only state in the South-east where the NUJ operates in rented office. Unfortunately, none of the past administrations since the creation of Abia in 1991 deemed it necessary to execute this important project. But it is heart-warming that Ochendo has committed himself to break the 23-year-old jinx by including the NUJ secretariat among his legacy projects. The Information Minister was on hand on to lay the foundation stone of the N145 million edifice on that momentous day of February 6, 2014 at the fast changing Ogurube layout. The Abia State governor has equally created conducive environment for journalists and other media workers to ply their trade. It is a known fact that without adequate security, journalists cannot freely carry out their constitutionally recognized duties of holding government accountable to the people in addition to informing, educating and entertaining the society. And so the media professionals are great beneficiaries of the peace and security that Governor Orji has brought to God’s Own State. This is a mark of a leader who sees the media as indispensible partner in progress.
Trade unions by their nature do not easily give commendations to employers. But Ochendo has meritoriously won the hearts of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the Radio, Television and Theatre Arts Workers Union (RATTAWU). Both the NUJ Chairman Abia State chapter, Comrade Hyacinth Okoli and the President of RATTAWU, Dr. Oluyemisi Bamgbose, were in unison affirming Governor T.A. Orji as a media friendly governor. Bamgbose was moved to declare that the BCA office complex “is the best administrative block of any broadcast organisation I’ve ever seen in Nigeria”. He went ahead to acknowledge the man who made it possible, noting that Ochendo did not make the mistake of neglecting the state-owned media organisations like some governors would usually do. And taking into consideration all that the media friendly governor of Abia has done, the RATTAWU leader ranked him as “number one out of several” others. While the Abia State chapter of RATTAWU, crowned him “The Pillar of Electronic Media”. In showing appreciation, Ochendo went further to donate a bran new Hummer bus to the state branch of RATTAWU and made available land for the building of its secretariat.
One pertinent question that bogs the mind is: why should Governor T.A. Orji have a positive disposition to the media after all. It is on record that Governor T.A. Orji has seen the bad side of the media when enemies of progress exploited the dysfunctional side of the media to paint God’s Own State in bad light. It was a painful experience for not only the state governor but for all the good people of Abia as every bad thing was linked to Abia no matter its origin. But then it was the same media that changed the image of Abia for good, a feat that Governor Orji has continued to acknowledge and appreciate. In fact, he was to explain that he was duty bound to cultivate the friendship of the media for redeeming the image of the state. But it should be pointed out that the media cannot redeem the irredeemable hence it was the outstanding performance of Abia’s hardworking governor that facilitated the media blitz that removed the tar on the face of Abia.
While the Legacy Governor is busy at work to build a new Abia, the media should be on guard to ward off the enemies of democracy who are bent on distracting him. The Information Minister rightly observed that anti-democratic elements have quietly taken over the media and are bent on running down every good work accomplished by the present administration in order to score cheap political points. During his recent visit to Abia, the Information Minister had cited both President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor T.A. Orji as examples of good performing leaders who have continued to be maligned by the anti-democratic, opposition elements, whose stock in trade is to peddle vicious rumours and paint every achievement of government in bad light. These enemies of progress not only use their newspapers to launch their diatribes at their target they have also found the social media as a veritable channel to castigate our good leaders. Should the media so loved by Ochendo be allowed to be used by the enemies of progress to discredit the good works going on in Abia State? Certainly not.
This, therefore, is a clarion call for the state media organizations to brace up to counter the brazen lies, distortion of facts and campaign of calumny being dished out by those who have vowed not to see any thing good in God’s Own State. The state broadcast and print media organs should use facts already presented by the evidential performance of Ochendo to puncture the propagandists’ balloons inflated with lies. The e-governance team on its part should be a major player in the social media platforms and educate the ignorant and gullible on the true position of things in Abia State. On their part, the Correspondents of print and broadcast organizations posted here in Abia should do their job professionally. It would serve nobody any good to indulge in sensationalism at the expense of developmental journalism. Indeed, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been harping on development journalism as a veritable tool to drive development in developing countries. Abia needs such positive media coverage as the state moves in leaps and bounds to catch up with others after the drags of the locust years. As the Austrian writer, Karl Kraus (1874 – 1936) said: “It is the mission of the press to disseminate intellect and at the same time destroy the receptivity of it.”
Ajunwa is the Chief Press Secretary to the Executive Governor of Abia State.
*Photo Caption - Governor Chief Theodore Orji
[ Masterweb Reports ] - The laws that created rooms for periodic elections into 1, 695 elective public offices in Nigeria, which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is empowered to conduct, also allow rooms for Elections’ Petition Tribunals (equivalent of high courts) to handle judicial petitions arising from the conduct of such polls, with a view to determining the authenticity or otherwise of such polls. Such petitions are filed by aggrieved parties. Where no judicial petition is filed at an Election Petition Tribunal within a stipulated time frame, the referenced poll is deemed validly conducted. Matters that are brought before polls’ tribunals are matters that have to do with the conduct of the polls proper. Matters deemed “pre-election matters” such as nomination of candidates, are filed and handled by ordinary high courts, which stretch to the Apex (supreme) Court. In the Constitution of Nigeria 1999 as amended in 2011 and the Electoral Act of the Federation of 2010, governorship poll tribunal cases start at the tribunal (high court) and terminate at the Supreme Court (three steps). The presidential poll tribunal cases start........ Read More.
*Photo Caption - As seen.
[ Masterweb Reports ] - The attention of the leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law-Intersociety has been drawn to a statement credited to the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Police Force (FPRO), Barrister Emeka Frank Mba, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) over our recent three-volume letter to the President & Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. The three-volume letter was also jointly addressed to the Senate President, the Speaker of House of Reps, and the Executive Chairman of the Federal Character Commission and copied to the Inspector General of Police, the Chairman of the Police Service Commission and the Chairman of the Southeast Governors’ Forum & Governor of Anambra State. In the letter under reference, dated 4th, 5th and 6th of February 2014 and referenced: Intersociety/SE/NG/02/014/FGN/ABJ/FRN, we exposed with incontrovertible pieces of........ Read More.
*Photo Caption - Nigeria Police
[ Masterweb Reports: Charles Ogbonnaya reports ] – It is quite unfortunate that the former Governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu has pathetically returned to his old ways, which is, disturbing our people with his political hallucination. We all thought that Orji Kalu has learnt his lessons but the reverse is the case. From what he has been doing in the recent past, we can now conclude that the former Abia Governor has never learnt any lesson since his sojourn in the political wilderness in the last eight years.
We want to tell Orji Kalu that old things have passed away and that everything has begun a new. It is a new beginning in Abia and all of us – the professionals and politicians, the traders and artisans, market women, students and youth movements – are all aware that Abia is on the move. We do not know when Kalu visited Abia last; hence we want to bring it to his notice that the Abia he supervised as Governor is quite different from the Abia of today. To start with, unlike his era when our dear state used to be immersed in trouble with intra and inter party wrangling, personality clash among party chieftains, including “Mother Excellency’s” overbearing influence on State matters, and other sorts of confusion and crises as the order of the day, our State is today one, if not the most peaceful State in the country.
As at the time Kalu was exiting from office, arson, armed robbery, kidnapping and other forms of vices used to becloud the State and these evil legacies were all inherited by the present Governor, Dr. T.A. Orji who braced all odds and fought assiduously to liberate the State from the clutches of servitude and near collapse. With well tailored vision anchored on people oriented programmes, Governor Orji, Ochendo Global, moved swiftly and the results have been quite tremendous and eye opening. First, Governor Orji restored security in Aba, Umuahia and all nooks and crannies of the State. In this way, some hardened criminals who tormented the State were shoved away. This courageous move brought more investors to the State and the people are the greatest beneficiaries. Let it also be proclaimed to the rooftops that the administration of T.A. Orji has carried out massive road construction and reconstruction in the State and the estimation in this regard is unprecedented. Never did we know that the Abia Government House was a personal property of an individual, in other words, Abia used to be administered from a rented apartment of an individual. But in a most sensational and applaudable manner, Governor T.A. Orji started the construction of a new Government House, new Secretariat, new International Conference Centre and also erected two new modern markets. It is on record that this administration has built and refurbished several general hospitals and teaching hospitals that were in a state of comatose before he came to office. To crown it all, he is building an airport, a project that was before thought impossible in the State, yet, former Governor Orji Uzor Kalu says Ochendo is not doing anything. This is indeed Orji Kalu’s political hallucination at its most dramatic and irrational point!
Our message here is very clear. Let Kalu know it today that he is a past tense man as far as Abia politics is concerned. We have moved far away from him in the past seven years and he has to appreciate this fact. For instance, the 2011 elections in Abia State should have been a pointer to Orji Kalu that he was no longer the political magician and social strategist he thought he was. If not, he should explain to us why he lost the Abia North Senatorial election to Senator Uche Chukwumerije. His younger brother who was a seating House member lost his position in the same year’s election just as his boys then who he anointed, never secured any seat either in the Abia House of Assembly or in the Federal House of Representatives.
In the last three years or thereabout, Kalu has been struggling to stage a comeback to the PDP fold but he has not made it. This is so because both the PDP chieftains in Umuahia and Abuja know very well that he has nothing to offer. Kalu can only promote intra party crises; he can only encourage discord among PDP members at both the Federal and State levels. Since he left the Party, the Abia PDP has been at peace and waxing stronger by the day. We have delivered all candidates who contested elections on the platform of the Party from the Local Government Areas to the Federal levels. The question now is: what will his return benefit the Party? The answer is – the PDP will be the worst for it.
Conclusively, let Kalu now know that he is no longer in control of political affairs in Abia State and no matter his gimmicks, he cannot influence any political change in Abia State and let him also appreciate the fact his successor, Governor T.A. Orji has carried out people-oriented projects that are affecting the masses positively but which he (Kalu) ought to have done but never did because of political myopism. This is the truth and the only truth.
Charles Ogbonnaya is the Deputy Chief of Staff, Abia State.
*Photo Caption – Chief Orji Uzor Kalu
[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Peregrino Brimah reports ] – A few months ago, the federal government of Nigeria privatized major assets of the nations Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN. Sold or rather, gifted to the cabal at 404 billion naira, the government had just refurbished the assets for 3.2 TRILLION naira! This was a gift of a whopping 2.6 TRILLION naira to the government’s Transcorp boyfriends and other cabal co-conspirators.
Of course this was nothing less than a conspiracy to defraud the masses of their 2.6 trillion naira. One more in a depressing trend of privatizations which are orchestrated by the government in partnership with the usual suspect cabal that typically occurs first with purposeful sabotage of the public asset, then a phony exorbitant refurbishing of the asset, then a standards violating pseudo-private bid sale through the Bureau of Private Enterprise, BPE and National Council on Privatisation, NCP to these pre-selected cabal at one-tenth of the value.
But after the sale the real trouble and harrowing predicament for Nigeria’s 168 million helpless masses actually begins. The final and eternal stage in cabalization of public assets is the unregulated, government enforced monopolist extortion of the masses in fines—not fees—for the service or utility.
The report in the Vanguard of February 7th, 2014, confirmed our predictions and worst fears. Once again the cabal vampires have fulfilled their duty to rape and plunder Nigeria’s exposed masses.
The Vanguard article, captioned, “Nigerians protest electricity billing system, exorbitant bills” from a NAN report, relayed complaints by Nigerians of exorbitant PHCN electricity bills under the new cabal ownership. And this is just the beginning. If history is anything to go by, by the time the day is done, Nigerians will pay triple for their electricity usage.
The same happened with our mobile phones, the same happened with cement. When Nigeria privatizes, or rather cabalizes, there is no regulation, the government officials are shareholders in the cabal companies and together they poise themselves to extort and exploit Nigeria’s vulnerable masses.
The mean price paid for cement in Nigeria today with the government enforced monopoly to certain cement producers to whom Nigeria’s cement companies were privatized, leaves Nigerians paying close to 11 dollars per bag of cement, which compares to a mean global price of $4. Extortion and profiteering at triple the global rates.
Our mobile companies charge some of the tallest figures in the world; little surprise a popular manager of a mobile phone network company compared the profits to ritual money. We will, see it with the so-called car assembly plants; we will see it with literally everything. The government has the Midas touch, everything they touch turns to gold—for the cabal. Little wonder Nigeria is seriously attracting foreign investors. Who does not love money doubling from the pockets of mumuish masses?
Some question why those of us with interests of the millions of poor masses are anti privatization. We are not anti privatization; we are anti-cabalization, which is always the predictable result with our heartless, greedy, wicked and egregious political governments. This is why we say to our incompetent administrations; dare not sell any more of our assets, all we need is QC—Quality Control.
Privatization only works where the bidding process is open and transparent, where there is no prior exorbitant phony refurbishing, and where post sale competition is supported and privatized entities are regulated to not extort the masses with exorbitant charges.
All these controls are never available in Nigeria and as such, privatization is a criminal process.
Rather, the masses are continually ripped off as the cabal companies who purchase the assets are even given more billions in import waivers.
While the cabal who purchased the PHCN from the Jonathan administration had not yet found enough adventures to spend their gains of the masses trillions used to refurbish the assets, they again were given N234 billion in import waivers in the year 2013. Money upon money for the cabal and the government-shareholders in the cabal firms. More money for political sponsorship of the ruling parties in reward for these gifts of billions, and as thankyou, greater fines for the masses in exorbitant electricity, phone, cement and other bills for the products and utilities.
One only has to study the cash cycling between the Transcorp boys, Nigeria’s oligopolist cement manufacturer and the like, and the ruling party to appreciate the way the money of the masses is used to destroy the masses. Literally we pay for the frivolities and excesses of these cabal who literally despise us.
In Bosnia today, anti-government riots are going on due to things as ‘meager’ as, unemployment. But Nigerian masses are sheep. We will suffer and smile, engage in tribalism and ethnic bickering, while the unified wealth-drowned cabal plunder us ruthlessly in harmony with our government.
But there is good news: what obtains today in terms of hikes in electricity prices is nothing yet. Peanuts. Wait till the president is re-elected to ‘enjoy’ the full effect of the cabalization.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
*Photo Caption – PHCN workers demonstrating in 2012, demanding 25 per cent severance package as against the 15 per cent government offered, as the inept company was in the process of privatization.