[ Masterweb Reports: Igbo Mandate Congress reports ] - It has been brought to the notice of Igbo Mandate Congress (IMC) by concerned Nigerians and Ndigbo in the United States that Mr Musa Gowon, the Igbo son of Nigeria’s former Head of Stat from 1966 to 1975, General Yakubu Gowon has been released from prison courtesy of the magnanimity of United States President Barrack Obama. Musa Gowon is now in the custody of the United States Immigration Agency and is set for deportation soon.
Musa Gowon was borne out of a courtship gone awryl relationship between former Head of State Yakubu Gowon, then a Lieutenant Colonel and an Igbo Girl by name Edith Ike-Okongwu while he was still a bachelor. This relationship between Gowon and Edith Ike ended in the heat of the civil war while the former was military Head of State. It is widely believed that the relationship broke off after Federal Troops bombed Aba General Hospital with NAF Napalm Bomb on July 14, 1968 killing most of the patients.
Edith was said to have expressed disapproval with Gowon over the deliberate bombing of Biafran civilian soft targets and the romance was brought to an end. Prior to that, Edith Ike’s parents who had lived in the north for more than thirty years, hastily relocated back to the East after narrowly surviving the pogrom of 1966, while Edith herself relocated to West Germany on 30thJune, 1967.
The relationship was said to have produced a handsome young man with full name Jack Musa Ngonadi Gowon in 1968. Due to Edith’s constant unease at the indiscriminate murder of civilians, the relationship got frosty and ended towards the end of 1968. In 1969 Gowon married Miss Victoria Zakari, a nurse by profession. Gowon reportedly denied paternity of Musa.
Chief Charles Okereke, Publisher of the popular online media, Nigeria Masterweb and Ambassador at large for Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, and chieftain of Igbo Mandate Congress while briefing the leadership of the group on aspects of the legal tussle between Gowon and Edith Ike said that “the case of paternity appeared before the Supreme Court of Nigeria (Suit No: SC.64/97); the appellant was General Gowon (Gowon v. Ike-Okongwu (2003) 6 NWLR (Pt.815)38 and respondent sMrs. Edith Ike-Okongwu, and Mr.Musa Gowon. FACTS: Respondent herein as plaintiff in the original action claimed, inter alia that the defendant,General Yakubu Gowon, is the father of the 2nd plaintiff, Musa Gowon. They claimed damages of the sum of N10, 000,000.00 for alleged libel contained in a letter published by the defendant through his solicitors to the editor of a monthly magazine “The Prime People.”
“Defendant in his statement of defense denied liability and paternity of the 2nd plaintiff. The defendant subsequently filed a motion seeking leave of court to file an amended statement of defense by inclusion of a counter-claim. The subject of the counter-claim was an alleged libelous article in two publications of the magazine called “HINTS - True Life Romances.”
"These publications of the magazine were made after the plaintiffs had filed amended statement of defense. The trial court at the conclusion of hearing of the application struck out both the amended statement of defense and the counter-claim. The defendant’s appeal to the Court of Appeal was dismissed. Dissatisfied, he further appealed to the Supreme Court.”
Edith was said to have migrated to the United States from then West Germany after the birth of Musa. The young boy lived with Gowon until her mother took him awa to the US. In the US Musa was said to have joined a Colombian drug cartel and lived flamboyant lifestyle until he was arrested on November 18, 1992 aged 23, prosecuted and given 40-year jail sentence the following year”
U.S. President Obama last month granted him state pardon after he had spent 22 years in prison. He is now in the custody of U.S. Immigration booked for deportation to Nigeria anytime from now.
The Director General of Igbo Mandate Congress, Rev Obinna Akukwe has gotten in touch with Nigerians in diaspora to determine the actual date of deportation so that this rejected Igbo son abandoned by his father, is given a sense of belonging
Igbo Mandate Congress also calls on the Federal Government to ensure that this boy is rehabilitated so that those evil memories of the civil war is not resurrected and used by desperate politicians.
IMC also called on Igbos in the United States to assist to assist Musa Gowon Ngonadi because “he whom has been rejected should not reject himself”
Igbo Mandate Congress also expresses gratitude to the United States President Barrack Obama for the pardon granted Musa Ngonadi Gowon in the spirit of reconciliation and demand good treatment of this man born under the contradictions of love, hate and an unnecessary civil war.
Rev Obinna Akukwe
Igbo Mandate Congress (IMC)
*Photo Caption - Nigerian Air Force napalm bombing of Aba Gen Hospital on July 12, 1968 that killed over 500 patients including the Medical Doctor on duty - Dr. Nzeribe. It was this massacre of innocent civilians that reportedly, finally ended the romance between Yakubu Gowon and Edith Ike-Okongwu.
[ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety reports ] - (Jos, Nigeria 20th November 2015)-The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law is shocked and alarmed over steady perpetration and perpetuation of anti democratic, anti rule of law and anti constitutional conducts by the Buhari administration otherwise called State terrorism. The most shocking aspect of it all is that as days go by, these despicable and condemnable conducts continue to escalate and deepen. The DSS has fully gone on rampage against Citizens Nnamdi Kanu and Sambo Dasuki using trumped up charges, kangaroo court orders and abusive power of arrest.
Further, as there are spoilers of peace and conflict profiteers in violent conflict; the State terrorism governing styles of the Buhari administration have also thrown up profiteers of self determination or peaceful assemblies. The commonwealth of Nigerians are now hugely deployed by the so called powers that be to hire leprous voices to label those exercising their legitimate and constitutionally given rights to peaceful assembly and association; movement, personal liberty, life, dignity of humanperson, fair hearing and equality before the law as well as their regionally and internationally guaranteed rights to existence, development and self determination; as evil doers, jobless people in Europe, street urchins and jobless citizens in the streets of Nigeria.
Rather than going back to the governance drawing board to right the wrongs being complained of or agitated against, zero-sum game or lose-lose approaches instead of win-win approaches have been extensively deployed by the Buhari administration to escalate the raging early warning signals. Today, the wife of the President has become a self appointed ambassador of war and divide-and-rule; visiting blessed virgin Mary (mother of peace and enemy of injustice) adoration grounds; asking her to become the mother of injustice. Lepers of social justice and latter day Judases have also sprung up or mobilized and scripted to disassociate or renounce their constitutional, regional and international rights cited above, which are being asserted peacefully for collectivism by other millions of Nigerian citizens. These damage control and divide-and-rule approaches so presidentially deployed have further emboldened the peaceful self determination agitators and drawn more global attentions and sympathies for their local, regional and international legitimate cause.
History has not forgotten to remind all and sundry that it was the fears of the minority nationalities over their possible dominance by the majority nationalities in the (would be) post colonial Nigeria that led to enshrinement of the Fundamental Human Rights Charter into the Independence Constitution of 1960. The same history further reminds that it was the Willinks Commission of 1957 that made such noble recommendation. Today, the Fundamental Human Rights Charter of the 1999 Constitution has not only served as a major basis for the advancement and protection of the rights of the minority nationalities, but also the rights of all Nigerians including the serving and past political office holders.
Return of Black Sheep in the Nigerian Judiciary: It is our authoritative information that the captivity ordeal of Citizen Nnamdi Kanu has further been compounded and complicated by President Muhammadu and his DSS. Apart from deliberate and inexcusable failure of the President and his DSS to produce Citizen Nnamdi Kanu in the Wuse Zone 2 Magistrate Court yesterday, as earlier ordered, for his trial leading to another firm order of the Magistrate Court (presided over by Mr. Shaibu Usman) for his mandatory production on Monday, 23rd November 2015; it is further socking to inform that the DSS has obtained a black market or phantom order of the Federal High Court in Abuja to keep Citizen Nnamdi Kanu in detention for ninety (90) days; starting from 10th November 2015. The order was dated same 10th November 2015.
The DSS had on 10th November 2015 (after detaining Citizen Nnamdi Kanu extra judicially for 21 days) secretly and un-popularly sought and obtained an ex-parte order or order ex-parte from Federal High Court Six sitting in Abuja, presided over by Hon Justice Alfa Ademola for detention of Citizen Kanu for ninety (90) days; for the purpose of investigating him for terrorism and terrorism financing. The spurious order was sought and obtained through a suit number: FHC/ABJ/CS/873/2015.
The order was sought and obtained in fragrant abuse of the court process and disregard of the three consequential orders (bail, production and transfer to prison) of the Wuse 2 Magistrate Court made on 19th, 23rd and 26th October 2015 against the DSS. In granting the ex-parte order, the presiding Judge (Hon Justice Ademola) unprofessionally issued the order without hearing from the accused person or his defense counsel considering the weighty nature of the matter, which also attracts death penalty on conviction.
The DSS obviously misled the Court by refusing to inform same of another pending criminal proceeding it had earlier initiated against the same accused at the Magistrate Court as well as its flouting of the three consequential orders of the same court. The Service also engaged in clear abuse of court process by gambling with the rule of law and judicial process (i.e. resorting to technical justice and looking for judges willing to do its illegitimate biddings).The Federal High Court, on its part, failed damnably to uphold the sacred principle of hear the other side or audi alteram partem. The Judge who granted the spurious order is a black sheep in the Nigerian Judiciary and a protagonist of State terrorism and dictatorship. He also acted as if he is a pastoral nomad emerging from Sambisa Forest suggesting that he does know anything about the social background of the subject matter; even if he was born outside computer age (BBC).
Spurious accusation of terrorism & terrorism financing against Nnamdi Kanu: Terrorism is commonly defined as the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims or an act designed to cause terror. It is also use of violence or threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes or a state of fear or submission produced by terrorism or terrorization. In Nigeria, there is the Terrorism (Prevention) Act of 2011 (amended in 2013). The Act had 41 sections and a schedule. Its Section 1(2) defines “act of terrorism‟ as an act which is deliberately done with malice after thought and which is intended or can reasonably be regarded as having been intended to (1) unduly compel a government or international organization to perform or to abstain from performing any act (II) seriously intimidate a population,(c)(I) may cause serious bodily harm or death (II) kidnapping of a person (III) destruction of a government or public utility, a transport system, an infrastructure facility, including an information system, a fixed platform located on continental shelf.
By its Section 1 (2) (h), anybody found guilty of terrorism in Nigeria is liable to be sentenced to death, while anybody found guilty of conspiracy in the commission of terrorism will be liable to life imprisonment. Section 2 gives power to a high court Judge to proscribe an organization that has a legacy of terrorism. However, this must be through an application made by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), National security Adviser (NSA) and Inspector General of Police (IGP) on the approval of the President. The proscribed organization(s) and the notice must be published in the official Gazette. Therefore, any person who belongs to such proscribed organization is guilty on conviction to a maximum term of 20 years imprisonment.
Apart from this section, Section 9(4) empowers the President to declare a body an international terrorist group if there are reasonable grounds to believe that such a group is under the influence of persons or groups outside Nigeria or listed as a terrorist group(s) in any United Nations Security Council, African Union or Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Resolution‟. But such presidential action must emanate on the recommendation of NSA and IGP. Section 10(1) is intended to monitor the movement of funds which terrorists use to cause mayhem in the neighbourhood. It clearly states that a person who provides funds with the intension of using such money for terrorist acts as stated in section 1 of the Act commits an offence and liable on conviction to maximum term of 20 years jail term. It is also important to remind that the Terrorism (Prevention) Act of 2011 as amended in 2013 is subject in spirit and letters, to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution including its Fundamental Human Rights Charter in its Chapter Four.
Linking Citizen Nnamdi Kanu and his Radio Biafra London (RBL) and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) with capital crime offense (death) of terrorism and its 20 years jail term of terrorism financing is a height of executive lawlessness, recklessness and abuse of office. Terrorism is clearly an act of mass violence or war against Nigeria or any part thereof. It is also a gross violation of the provisions of the same Terrorism Act of 2011 (amended in 2013) for the DSS to have disclosed judicially through its kangaroo court order of its investigation of Citizen Nnamdi Kanu for crimes of terrorism and terrorism financing when neither Citizen Kanu nor his RBL and IPOB has been proscribed by a high court judge, acting on the recommendation of the trio of the Attorney General of the Federation, the National Security Adviser and the Inspector General of the Police; upon the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari, which must be officially gazetted.
It is also worth emphasizing that Citizen Nnamdi Kanu and his RBL and IPOB have never used or advocated violence; neither have they taken up arms against the State of Nigeria or any part thereof. All their activities are non violent and peaceful and have so remained till date. They are only asserting their constitutional, regional and international rights to self determination, among others, without recourse to violence of any form. This is unlike the activities of the so called “Fulani Herdsmen” (Fulani Islamic terror group) that have steadily remained violent and blood-soaking leading to death of thousands of innocent citizens of Nigeria in recent years with Nigerian Government doing nothing.
The State terrorism approaches being intensified by the Buhari administration and its DSS in the persecution ofCitizen Nnamdi Kanu and his RBL and IPOB, manifesting in his current extra judicial incarceration and obtainment of a phantom court order to further hold him in perpetual captivity; are clearly similar to the State oiled ordeal of the former NSA, Col Sambo Dasuki. Laying siege on his residence and preventing him from enforcing his rights to life, personal liberty, equality before the law and movement as ordered by a court of superior records (Federal High Court); for the purpose of indicting him at all costs through hurriedly concocted interim presidential report on arms procurement; are clear acts of State terrorism and abuse of office.
The disrespect to the rule of law and abuse of human rights by President Buhari and his DSS has reached an uncontrollable proportion. Accusation of embezzlement and fraud in Nigeria is not a capital offense warranting the present ordeal of Sambo Dasuki in the hands of President Muhammadu Buhari. A Presidential committee is not a high court and the principle of hear the other side must be exhausted by the suspect (Dasuki) irrespective of public incitement and sentiments being officially sponsored against him. He who alleges must judicially proof to the utmost satisfaction of the sacred principles of the rule of law. President Buhari and his DSS must also be constitutionally reminded that their power of arrest does not include powers to hold citizens hostage or detain them including Citizens Nnamdi Kanu and Sambo Dasuki in perpetuity and outside the rule of law and legitimately grounded judicial processes.
We wish to inform all Nigerians and members of the international community particularly the UN, EU, US, Vatican, France, India, Brazil, Australia, Germany, Canada, UK, Japan and the UN and the AU Rights Commissions or Committees that the era of indiscriminate use of trumped up or kangaroo charges and persecutorial justice is fully back in Nigeria. As was the case in 1984 to 1985 under then Buhari’s military administration, it has fully become a routine under the (same) Buhari’s present civilian administration.In July 2015, Sambo Dasuki was arrested and detained by DSS under a trumped up accusation of treasonable felony (life jail). Lack of evidence and public outcries forced the Service to abandon same and settle for unlawful possession of firearms (five to ten years jail), which is yet to be “prosecutorially” proved. Today, the same DSS is at it again; obtaining a phantom court order to detain Citizen Nnamdi Kanu in the guise of investigating him for terrorism and terrorism financing, in fragrant violation of the same Act it is relying upon (Terrorism Prevention Act of 2011); by labeling him and his group as terrorist organization/individual, without recourse to the provisions of the Act (i.e. IPOB and RBL are yet to be procedurally proscribed).
Finally, we commend Chief Magistrate Shaibu Usman of the Wuse Zone 2 Magistrate Court for standing firm in his conscience and defense of the rule of law and the integrity of the Nigerian Judiciary. By withstanding the threats and pressures of the so called powers that be and by insisting on doing that which ought to be done; he has written his name in immortal gold. As for Hon Justice Alfa Ademola of the Federal High Court Six, Abuja who issued a kangaroo detention order of ninety (90) days against Citizen Nnamdi Kanu without recourse to the sacred principle of audi alteram partem (hear or listen to the other side) in such sensitive matter that has drawn global attention and local outcries; it is our firm demand that he should be thoroughly investigated and sanctioned by the National Judicial Council (NJC) in accordance with extant laws.
For: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law
Emeka Umeagbalasi, B.Sc. (Hons), Criminology & Security Studies
Uzochukwu Oguejiofor-Nwonu, Esq., (LLB, BL), Head, Campaign & Publicity Department
Obianuju Igboeli, Esq., (LLB, BL), Head, Civil Liberties & Rule of Law Program
*Photo Caption - Nigeria DSS officers
[ Masterweb Reports: CSBHROs reports ] - (Onitsha-Nigeria, 22nd November 2015)-The leaderships of the Southeast based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations; comprising the Anambra State Branch of Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety), Center for Human Rights & Peace Advocacy (CHRPA), Human Rights Club(HRC) (a project of LRRDC), Southeast Good Governance Forum (SGGF), Forum for Equity, Justice & Defense of Human Rights (FEJDHR), Society Advocacy Watch Project (SPAW), Anambra Human Rights Forum (AHRF) and the International Solidarity for Peace & Human Rights Initiative (INTERSOLIDARITY) having observed the recent socio-political developments and events in the Southeast Nigeria; collectively wish to take a firm stand on the issues so generated.
Issues generated by the events warranting our firm stance: These are issues of high public importance affecting the Southeast Geopolitical Zone, leading to recent socio-political happenings that shook the foundation of the zone for the first time since the end of the Nigerian-Biafran Civil War in 1970.These are:( 1) mass movement and peaceful agitations for self determination by millions of people of the Southeast and the South-south zones; otherwise referred as Biafran agitation; and response of the Buhari administration including his divide-in-rule approaches to same; (2) shameful roles of compromised individuals and groups of the Southeast extraction who parade themselves as “Igbo elders” or “Igbo political leaders”. The despicable roles also include those of compromised traditional rulers, activists and APC puppets, using different names and mushroom bodies such as “Ohanaeze Ndigbo”, “Igbo Conscience Leaders”, etc to get influenced presidentially so as to disparage the mass and legitimate agitations by their own people and lend soiled support to age-long injustices against the people of the zone including continued unconstitutional incarceration without fair trial of Citizen Nnamdi Kanu since 14th October 2015; a period of 39 days.
Others are (3) un-priestly and compromised third party roles of some men-of-God in the like of Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka and Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah’s manifest bias position on the issue when he contacted our Coalition recently in the guise of “mediation”. We are fully aware too of plans that have reached an advanced stage by the Presidency to continue its “divide-and-rule” approaches by using puppet-leaders of churches to further denounce and disassociate themselves from the agitations. Some paid media reporters have also been hired to blackmail and coerced leading traditional institutions and popular social bodies in the Southeast into joining in condemnation of the agitations including by pretending to seek to get their opinions on the raging agitations; for the purpose of deliberately quoting them out of context (i.e. Obi of Onitsha’s reported disassociation of himself from the agitations whereupon he was said to have been deliberately misquoted).
Also critically evaluated are (4) the social realities of the Southeast self determination agitation or its remote and immediate factors or reasons and the universal reality of assertion of the right to self determination using non violence, (5) sustained or continued threat to ethnic identity of the people of the Southeast zone in Nigeria as well as (6) political enslavement of the zone and its age-long structural injustice. We further looked into and considered the sorry state of (6) federal infrastructures in the Southeast zone including the acutely deplorable condition of federal roads in the zone (i.e. Onitsha-Enugu, Enugu-Nsukka-Oturkpo, Enugu-Port Harcourt, Owerri-Port Harcourt and Aba-Ikot Ekpene) , abandonment of the 2nd Niger Bridge project, the skeletal status of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu, the continued moribund status of the railway system in the zone, absence of a standard seaport or wharfs and general abdication of federal responsibilities by the Federal Government in the Southeast zone. Identified and condemned too is the (7) abysmal performance of the Southeast Governors Forum and its lack of clear vision and development insights for the zone.
We also considered it as utmost important and immediacy the need for establishment (8) of the Southeast Development Commission and the Federal Ministry for Southeast Affairs. Lastly identified was the need and public importance of the immediate (9) construction of a federal bridge linking Anambra State through Ogwuikpere Community in Ogbaru LGA in the Southeast zone and Rivers State through Ndoni Community in Rivers State in the South-south zone. The important bridge, when constructed, will facilitate easy and shorter movement of goods and services from Port Harcourt wharfs and the South-south zone to the Southeast zone in less than one-and-a half hour. This project being demanded can be jointly funded by the Southeast Governors Forum through the Southeast Joint Development Trust Funds, which should be established urgently; if the Federal Government chooses otherwise.
Vox Populi (voice of the people): It is very important to point out that the peaceful protests that swept across the entire Southeast and the South-south zones as well as in various countries across the globe are purely the voice of the people or mass movement oiled by mass conscience and consciousness and fueled by unaddressed and sustained social injustices against the peoples of the two zones. In the history of civil revolutions, issue of sponsorship is dead on arrival. The mass protests under reference were strictly built on immortal dictum of you can deceive the people some time but they cannot be deceived all the time.
The Federal Government’s divide-and-rule approach adopted to address the thorny issue is also not only a fire brigade approach, but also roundly condemned. Organizing compromised and faceless groups to issue public statements disassociating, denouncing or renouncing the earth-shaking mass protests is not only counterproductive, but also a further enslavement of the race raising their hallowed voices against enslavement and their identity slavery. By accepting crumbs from the presidency to disown the masses of the Southeast and the South-south including their sacred lands and cosmic ancestors; instead of identifying, cataloguing and articulating the age-long injustices responsible for the mass agitation, the profiteers and merchants of human miseries under reference stand totally condemned, shamed and have their integrity and relevance ruined forever before their own people; be they priests, religious leaders, politicians, elders, traditional rulers or public office holders!
Constitutional& Global realities of the Southeast (Biafran) self determination agitation: It is our firm stand that rights of the people to existence, development and self determination; irrespective of their race, colour, religion, ethnicity or class, are internationally and regionally preserved and protected provided they do not use or advocate violence. Though the success of using violence to advocate for and achieve these rights is determined by the doctrine of necessity (i.e. Eritrea from Ethiopia in 1993, South Sudan from Sudan in 2011, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovinian, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro from Yugoslavia in 1991/2), but violence of any kind is abhorred and prohibited locally, regionally and internationally. Our collective sympathy for the assertion of rights to existence, development and self determination by the people or race under reference is built on two strong premises of use of non violence and the fact that the Nigerian Constitution, regional and international treaties recognize and protect the rights in question.
Rights to life, dignity of human person, personal liberty, freedom of expression, movement, peaceful assembly and association and freedom from discrimination are expressly provided in Sections 33, 34, 35, 36, 40, 41 and 42 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Rights to existence, development and self determination are also provided in Article 20, etc of the African Charter on Human & Peoples Rights of 1981; ratified and domesticated by Nigeria in 1983. The right to self determination is also provided in Article 1 of the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights of 1976, signed and ratified by Nigeria in 1993. It is also empirically established that countries in the world have periodically reviewed their concept of togetherness or separation and of the two major available approaches: peaceful and violent means; peaceful means remain the international best practices; which is why we constitutionally sympathize with the Southeast Nigeria’s self determination agitators owing to their non violent approaches.
Social injuries behind the self determination agitation in Southeast: It is our finding too that there are three social injustices or injuries responsible for the spirit behind the increased tempo of the Southeast (Biafran) self determination agitation. These are: (a) sustained or continued threat to the ethnic identity of the people of the Southeast Nigeria leading to them being treated as leprous ethnic nationality or third class citizens of the Nigerian Federation in the country’s socio-political project.
Others are:(b) continued political enslavement of the zone; heightened by the Muhammadu Buhari administration’s resurged politics of exclusion and vindictiveness clearly targeted at the zone; and (c) structural injustice or imbalance against the zone in creation, allocation, composition and appointment of federal political and economic structures, infrastructures and persons. All of these are in deliberate and fragrant violation of Section 14 (3) of the 1999 Constitution. They also violate and threaten the foundation of the 1999 Constitution which is laid on the sacred principles of Freedom, Equality & Justice.
Statistics: Out of the country’s current 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) spread across its six geopolitical zones: Southeast zone with only 5 States is given the least number: 95 LGAs; whereas two States in the Northwest zone alone: Kano and Jigawa have 77 LGAs. The two States used to be one State (Kano) until 1996 when it was divided into Kano and Jigawa States. Also Northwest zone has the highest number of LGAs: 186, followed by Southwest zone with 138 LGAs; South-south 123 LGAs; North-central 115 LGAs and Northeast 112 LGAs. It is important to inform that federal allocation of resources to the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria is dependent on the number of Local Government Areas in each zone; likewise federal elective and appointive offices. The six geopolitical zonal structures were designed for Nigeria in the 1993/4 Constitutional Conference to ensure fairness and equality in distribution of national wealth, resources, infrastructures and federal public offices and their holders. This is also reinforced by Section 14 (3) of the 1999 Constitution. But this arrangement was brutally manipulated structurally by then Hausa-Fulani ruling military oligarchs and has remained so till date.
The same structural imbalance and injustice is also inherent in the number of Senatorial and House of Reps seats or districts/constituencies in the country’s six geopolitical zones; whereby out of the country’s 109 Senatorial seats/districts, Southeast zone has the least number of 15; whereas the Northwest zone is given 21; followed by Southwest, South-south, North-central and Northeast zones with 18 each. Out of the country’s 360 House of Reps seats/constituencies spread geopolitically, Southeast zone is again allocated with the least number of 43; whereas the Northwest zone is given 92; followed by the Southwest zone with 71; South-south 55; North-central 49; and Northeast 48. Out of the country’s 36 State structures, Southeast zone has the least number with five, whereas the Northwest zone is the highest number of seven while rest of the four zones (North-central, Northeast, South-south and Southwest) has six States each.
In the country’s six geopolitical allocation of registered voters (RVs) and permanent voters’ cards (PVCs) distributed in March 2015; totalling 68, 833, 000 RVs and 55, 904, 000 PVCs; Southeast zone got the least registered voters of 7,665,000 and PVCs of 6,614,000; whereas the Northwest zone got the highest RVs and PVCs of 17,620,000 and PVCs of 16,098, 000 respectively; followed by Southwest zone with 13, 731, 000 RVs and 8,965,000 PVCs; South-south zone 10, 059,000 RVs and 8, 365,000 PVCs; Northeast zone 9,107,000 RVs and 7,722,000 PVCs; and North-central zone with 9,767,000 RVs and 7, 651,000 PVCs.
Out of 34, 120 kilometers of federal roads spread across the country’s six geopolitical zones as at 2011, Southeast zone has the least number of kilometers of 3,231; whereas the North-central zone including the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja) has the highest kilometers of 9,756; followed by Northeast 6, 787; Northwest 6,363; Southwest 4,161; and South-south 4, 150. And of all these, the federal roads in the Southeast and the South-south zones are most acutely deplorable and rapaciously abandoned. Few of them that are asphalted and made usable were done by host States’ Governors with their unpaid reimbursement sums running into tens of billions of naira till date.
In the area of federal public office holders in Nigeria drawn from the six geopolitical zones, the Southeast zone is abysmally represented. For instance, no senior police officer from the zone is among the current heads of the country’s 12 Police Zonal Commands and the few serving AIGs from the zone have since gone on statutory retirement leaving the zone no known serving AIGs out of the country’s current Police AIGs of at least 22.
All these are owing to age-long deliberate policy designed to stunt their promotions and posting till in the twilight of their statutory retirements when they are given retirement promotions. The composition of CPs and AIGs’ cadres of the Nigeria Police Force is also grossly lopsided in fragrant breach of Section 14 (3) of the 1999 Constitution. The same gross lopsided composition is the case in the Nigerian Custom, Nigerian Immigration Service, the Nigerian Prisons Service, the DSS, the NIA, Army, Navy and the Air Force. In the headships of SPUs, ATSs, SARS, Federal Highway Police, the Mobile Police and Border Police composition and headship in the Nigeria Police Force; same is the case; likewise the country’s federal Appeal and Federal High Court and Appeal and Supreme Court Judges and Justices in which the zone is acutely represented. The same gross lopsidedness and exclusion are the order of the day in federal ministers, directors, headships of federal executive bodies as well as Service Chiefs and other top non ministerial federal appointments.
Addressing the issues thrown up by the agitation: Deployment of huge State resources that should be put for good public use; into influencing and compromising some individuals and groups so as to quench the raging agitations will end up escalating the issue and possibly blow same out of proportion and push the agitators to a radical and uncontrollable end, which may lead to another round of insurgency. This is more so when the leading brains behind the agitating movement (IPOB) are scattered across the globe. The Federal Government must be told in a clear term that those being compromised and influenced to recant are completely not in control of the agitating movement and millions of its supporters and sympathizers. These sets of conformist individuals and groups have long disgraced themselves and lost touch with the mainstream grassroots of the Southeast zone. Which is why to justify crumbs so federally received, they end up on the pages of newspaper with their tainted faces and faceless and mushroom groups.
The Federal Government must stop chasing shadows and critically look inwards so as to study and identify those issues that have remained unaddressed till date that resulted to the earth-shaking agitations in the Southeast and the South-south zones. The first critical step is to withdraw all trumped charges leveled against Citizen Nnamdi Kanu and order for his immediate and unconditional release from the DSS captivity. A Nigeria of pluralism and democratic constitutionalism, equality and fairness with no distinction in theory and practice as to ethnicity, place of birth, education, sex, class, oligarchic or aristocratic background and religion is always a preferred option and can be safely described as a united Nigeria. But a Nigeria of the opposite remains the worst option, while assertion of right to independent statehood is its best alternative. This is because it is better to live free in a land flowing with poverty than to live buoyantly in a land shackled and manacled by chains of slavery and enslavement.
To assuage the earth-shaking agitations and placate the people of the Southeast zone, all the age-long structural imbalances must be redressed especially the country’s geopolitical imbalances including lopsidedness in the number of States, LGAs, Senatorial Districts, Federal Constituencies, Federal Roads, Fiscal Allocations and geopolitical compositions of the field formations and headships of the Army, Police, Air Force, Navy, DSS, NIA, FRSC, Prisons and Customs.
Others to be geopolitically revisited with lenses of equality and fairness are the headships of the Federal Executive Bodies and the Federal Ministries, Parastatals and Departments (MDAs); likewise the Federal High Court, Appeal Court and Supreme Court Judges and Justices. Principle of geopolitical equality and fairness must also be applied to the letter in all other relevant and related offices and bodies. Each of the six geopolitical zones must be given equal number of States, LGAs, Senatorial Districts, Federal Constituencies and revenue allocations, federal projects execution and building and maintenance of federal infrastructures including roads, rail, aviation, health, education, water and other social facilities.
For: Coalition of Southeast Based Human Rights Orgaizations (CSBHROs):
1. Emeka Umeagbalasi (+23474090052 (office)
For: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety)
2. Comrade Aloysius Attah (+2348035090548)
For: Anambra State Branch of the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO)
3. Comrade Peter Onyegiri (+2347036892777)
For: Center for Human Rights & Peace Advocacy (CHRPA)
4. Comrade Samuel Njoku (+2348039444628)
For: Human Rights Club (a project of LRRDC)(HRC)
5. Justus Uche Ijeoma, Esq.(+2348037114869)
For: Forum for Justice, Equity & Defense of Human Rights (FJEDHR)
6. Comrade Chike Umeh ( +2348064869601)
For: Society Advocacy Watch Project (SPAW)
7. Obianuju Joy Igboeli, Esq. (+2348034186332)
For: Anambra Human Rights Forum (AHRF)
8. Comrade Alex Olisa(+2348034090410)
For: Southeast Good Governance Forum (SGGF)
9. Jerry Chukwuokolo, PhD (+2348035372962)
For: International Solidarity for Peace & Human Rights Initiative (ITERSOLIDARITY)
*Photo Caption - Map of defunct Republic of Biafra
[ Masterweb Reports ] - Masterweb News Desk, concerned about the silence of the British government over the arrest and detention of one of their citizens, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, Director of London based Radio Biafra by Nigeria Department of State Services (DSS) made a phone call to the British High Commission in Abuja. Our call was directed to the Emergency Center of British Foreign Office in London since we had called after office hours. An official named Emmy Hawo who answered the phone told our News Desk she could help us with any question regarding their High Commissions and British citizens abroad.
When Masterweb asked Ms. Hawo what the British government had done for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, a British citizen and director of London based Radio Biafra. She asked: "Who is that and can you spell the last word of the radio station?" Our News Desk reporter responded: "The radio station is Radio Biafra and the last word is spelt B-I-A-F-R-A. So you haven't heard the word Biafra before nor the arrest of Radio Biafra operator, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu in Nigeria that has caused massive demonstrations in Nigeria and all over the world?" To this question Hawo replied "No."
Our reporter explained to Hawo that Nnamdi Kanu was in mid October this year arrested in Nigeria by the country's secret police (DSS), charged to court where he was granted bail and still remains in DSS custody after meeting all bail conditions. Hawo responded: "The only consulate assistance we can offer to British citizens held abroad is to call the arresting local police to check on their welfare. In Nnamdi Kanu's case, I am quite sure our mission in Nigeria has made calls to check on his well-being. The assistance we can offer him is limited; we cannot demand his release, he is detained under the laws of Nigeria. It is the responsibility of his lawyer to do all that is within the local laws to seek his release."
The only effort made in Britain for the release of Kanu is a letter written to the British government by Harriet Harman, member of British parliament representing Camberwell and Peckham of which so far has not yielded any result. The letter dated October 22, 2015, addressed to Philip Hammond, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs titled "Detention of my constituent Mr. Nnamdi Kanu" read as follows:
“I understand that Mr Nnamdi Kanu, who I am told is a British citizen and lives at …was arrested on the 17th October 2015 by the Nigerian Department of Security Services (DSS) when arriving in Lagos from the United Kingdom.
“I understand Nnamdi is the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who are agitating for the independence of Nigeria’s former Eastern Region. I’m told that the pro-Biafra group are non-violent and therefore should be afforded protection under Article 1 of the charter of the United Nations.
“I’d be grateful if you could let me know your understanding of what Nnamdi has been arrested for,what he might be charged with, where he has been held and what consular engagement there has been.
I look forward to hearing from you. Yours sincerely, Harriet Harman”
Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, Director of clandestine Radio Biafra and leader of Radio Biafra faction of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was on October 17, 2015 arrested by Nigeria Department of State Services (DSS) in Lagos. He was on October 19 arraigned by the DSS at Abuja Municipal Council Magistrate court where he was granted bail in the sum of N2 million or with surety of N2 million with a civil servant of grade level 16. He has since met the bail conditions but still remains in DSS custody.
Billie (Human Rights Initiative)/Council of Elders is the other faction of IPOB. Radio Biafra was part of this IPOB until Kanu broke away to register his own IPOB which is now organizing protests for his release from detention.
In July this year, Nigeria National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) announced they blocked Radio Biafra signal because it was operating illegally and broadcasting hate messages. Briefing Journalists after the NBC announcement and meeting between officials of Ministry of Information and President Buhari, Dr. Shade Yemi-Esan, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information said: “Right now the signals from radio Biafra have been jammed successfully by NBC. The commission is also working with security agencies to get those that are behind that radio because it is an illegal radio. It is not licensed by anybody to be on the airwaves in Nigeria.”
Clandestine Radio Biafra contrary to claim by NBC of jamming it - with the exception of the recent successful takeover of their shortwave frequency, still broadcasts on satellite TV dubbed Biafra Television, Internet, FM and AM. Radio Biafra 'weapon of mass destruction' has been destroyed with NBC takeover of her shortwave as Nnamdi Kanu, Radio Biafra Director in a statement posted on their website described their shortwave radio as “Nuclear War Head”.
*CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO NBC SUNDAY BROADCAST ON RADIO BIAFRA Shortwave Frequency
*Photo Caption - David Cameron, British Prime Minister
[ Masterweb Reports ] - Nigeria Masterweb Europe correspondent (Spain), Uchendu Precious Onuoha was on November 7, 2015 given award of honor as Nigeria’s Exemplary Citizen by the Nigerian embassy Spain. The award which was bestowed on him by Her Excellency Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu and the deputy head of mission, His Excellency Eric Bell Gam on behalf of the Nigerian embassy Spain, was during a colorful send forth ceremony organized by the embassy and the Nigerian community in Spain for the outgoing Nigerian ambassador in the kingdom of Spain, ambassador Bianca Ojukwu. The event which was held at the prestigious intercontinental hotel in Madrid attracted a cream of African ambassadors, diplomats, Spaniards, and the leaders of the Nigerian community in the kingdom of Spain. The embassy used the occasion to honor two NGO’s and three individuals among them a Dutch national Wendy Van, a friend of the embassy for their contributions to the work of the mission in improving the lot of Nigerians in Spain.
Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu bestowing the award on Uchendu Precious stated that it was in recognition of his spectacular contributions and support to the embassy in implementing the citizenship diplomacy for the welfare of Nigerians. She highlighted that Uchendu as a journalist, author and poet has used his career, talent and position to impact positively the lives of Nigerians in Spain. And through his articles in the press brought to the knowledge of Nigerians both home and in diaspora the activities of the embassy and Nigerians living in Spain. Bianca stated that right from inception of her tenure until completion, the correspondent was very vital in bringing to the attention of the embassy information about the plight of distressed Nigerians living as destitute in Spain, by interacting with them and getting relevant information about them and their families back home. And thereby helping the embassy to establish a link with their families for their proper rehabilitation once they are rescued and taken back to Nigeria. She also commended the correspondent who works at the busy Madrid international airport, where he has daily contact with Nigerian citizens for using his position to help numerous Nigerians who encounter various problems or miss their flights at the airport.
Uchendu, commenting on what the award means to him, said that he consider the award bestowed on him of great significance. Stating that it means a lot to him for his efforts, work and service to be recognized and rewarded by his own people and nation. He said that it would be a symbol for her daughter to always strive to distinguish herself as an exemplary citizen and the star of her generation like Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu.
The occasion witnessed various commendations, encomiums and tributes made by diplomats and members of the Nigerian community eulogizing Bianca Ojukwu for accomplishing great feats in Spain. The deputy head of mission, Eric Bell Gam, praised the ambassador for the record she has set in Spain and promised that the mission will work very hard to maintain the structures she has put in place. Also the Gambian and Kenyan ambassadors commended the outgone ambassador for rendering a great service to her nation and to Africa saying that they would really miss her. Uchendu Precious also rendered a heart touching poem “Hard To Say Goodbye” a poem he dedicated to the ambassador. Also a well-constructed tribute speech was made by Flourish Osmor ray, the former secretary of the Federation of the Nigerian community Spain.
The event featured arrays of Nigerian cultural dances by the Yoruba community, Edo women cultural dance, the Anambra cultural group and the Abiriba war dance by the Abia state union that held the guests spell bound with their wonderful display.
Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, giving her farewell speech thanked and commended the staff of the embassy for working as a team to make her tenure a success. Saying that without their cooperation, the laudable achievements wouldn’t have been possible. She also thanked the leaders of the Nigerian community, the Spanish police and the Spanish government for helping Nigeria in the fight against terrorism. And the various African ambassadors for the support and good relationship that existed during her tenure and urged them to extend the same hand to her successor.
*Photo Caption - Uchendu Precious Onuoha being given the award by Her Excellency Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu and to the left is the deputy head of mission, His Excellency Eric Bell Gam.
[ Masterweb Reports: Uchendu Precious Onuoha, Masterweb Special Correspondent reports ] - “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within us out into the world, miracles happen”. (Ralph Waldo Emerson). Bianca Ojukwu could be said to have accomplished that feat by her exploits as ambassador. Her high performance and footprints in Spain as the best ever Nigerian and African ambassador in Europe has led to calls by Nigerians in diaspora for ambassador Bianca Ojukwu to be reassigned by the federal government after her recall, to salvage ailing missions abroad. Bianca’s fame and excellent performance as an ambassador has spread like wildfire among Nigerians in diaspora across the globe that they are yearning for her everywhere to come and rescue them.
According to our foreign correspondent in Spain who was amazed on questions posed to him about the outgoing Nigerian ambassador in Spain during his recent visits to U.S.A, Canada, Austria, London and Qatar etc. On learning that I was from Spain, I was bombarded with questions like, where is Bianca, what of Bianca, we need Bianca, tell them to send us Bianca. The demand for Bianca by Nigerians abroad could be likened to the yearning for Paul during his missionary journey where a man of Macedonia pleaded to Paul; “Come over to Macedonia and help us” (Acts 16:9)The clamor for Bianca, proves that the good people do, don’t just live after them, but lives with them and speaks for them.
The call is in line with Buhari’s administration policy on non-essential embassies abroad to be closed or merged, which led to the meeting of the president with the permanent secretary of foreign affairs, Bulus Lolo on September 8, 2015. And the setting up of a committee to review and determine those Nigerian missions that are really essential, which is a welcome idea to Nigerians in diaspora. That has necessitated the clarion call by diaspora Nigerians, that owing to ambassador Bianca Ojukwu’s excellent performance in Spain and with her record as the best African ambassador in Europe , she is a great asset to Nigeria and would be most essential to be reassigned to use her magic wand to assist and rehabilitate the essential missions like Canada, China, U.A.E, Turkey, Senegal etc. where duty calls and there is dire need by Nigerians in those countries for an ambassador who will stop the maltreatment of Nigerians by the host countries and embassy officials that are full of nepotism, unprofessionalism and corruption.
Bianca’s outstanding performance in Spain has proved that most non-career diplomats are more likely to discharge their duties with little or no distraction as they are only more concerned with how to deploy their expertise to make the difference in their respective missions unlike their career diplomats who most often are distracted by bottleneck bureaucracy that inundate them not to do much for the welfare of the Nigerian citizens in their missions. Bianca’s record not to go for where there is no path and leave a trail makes her the most wanted and sought after to make things right in most essential missions where duty calls.
*Photo Caption - Her Excellency Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu
[ Masterweb Reports: Chief Charles Okereke reports ] - This article is not about who was right or wrong in the Biafran war that consumed over a million innocent lives from starvation. It is the irony of one of the leaders in the war, on one hand drawing the sword on defenseless people and on the other courting their daughter and procreating an offspring with half their blood. This is intriguing indeed - while innocent civilians were being killed and maimed in Biafra, the maker of their cross of death, grief and pain was romancing one of their daughters.
In 1966 when Yakubu Gowon, then a Lieutenant Colonel became Nigeria Head of State, he was a bachelor in love with an Igbo girl, Edith Ike. Their romance ended at the heat of the war but not without a child. Musa (Full Name: Jack Musa Ngonadi Gowon) was born to Gowon and Edith in 1968. In 1969 Gowon married Miss Victoria Zakari, a nurse by profession. Gowon reportedly denied paternity of Musa.
On January 31, 2003, a case of paternity appeared before the Supreme Court of Nigeria (Suit No: SC.64/97); the appellant was General Gowon (Gowon v. Ike-Okongwu (2003) 6 NWLR (Pt.815)38 and respondents Mrs. Edith Ike-Okongwu, and Mr.Musa Gowon. FACTS: Respondent herein as plaintiff in the original action claimed, inter alia that the defendant, General Yakubu Gowon, is the father of the 2nd plaintiff, Musa Gowon. They claimed damages of the sum of N10,000,000.00 for alleged libel contained in a letter published by the defendant through his solicitors to the editor of a monthly magazine “The Prime People.” Defendant in his statement of defence denied liability and paternity of the 2nd plaintiff. The defendant subsequently filed a motion seeking leave of court to file an amended statement of defence by inclusion of a counter-claim. The subject of the counter-claim was an alleged libellous article in two publications of the magazine called “HINTS - True Life Romances.” These publications of the magazine were made after the plaintiffs had filed amended statement of defence. The trial court at the conclusion of hearing of the application struck out both the amended statement of defence and the counter-claim. The defendant’s appeal to the Court of Appeal was dismissed. Dissatisfied, he further appealed to the Supreme Court.
Edith it was gathered migrated to the United States after the birth of Musa and her romance with Gowon ending. Musa lived with Gowon until her mother took him away to the U.S. In the U.S. Musa became rebellious and joined a Colombian drug cartel. He lived flamboyant lifestyle until he was arrested on November 18, 1992 aged 23, prosecuted and given 40-year jail sentence the following year. U.S. President Obama on Wednesday granted him state pardon after he had spent 22 years in prison. He is now in the custody of U.S. Immigration booked for deportation to Nigeria anytime from now.
Nigerian civil war (Biafran war) ended with heavy bombardment of the last Biafran enclave and my "Cry of A Biafran Child" the last shots (musical) fired to sooth wounds. Follow the link below to read more about All Hail Biafra (Cry of A Biafran Child):
May God grant us peace.
Chief Charles O. Okereke ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Jack Musa Gowon
[ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety reports ] - (Intersociety (Nigeria), 29th October 2015)-Today ( 29th day of October 2015) marks 150 days in office of the Buhari’s Presidency as Nigeria’s sixth civilian instituted Presidency, having been constitutionally sworn in and administered with oaths of office and allegiance on 29th May 2015. It is also observed by the Intersociety that Nigeria has in the past 150 days (29th May 2015 till date) been run and administered without a functional federal cabinet or government by Buhari’s Presidency. In furtherance of our firm promise five months ago to keep the Buhari’s Presidency on its toes by providing constructive assessment of all his policies and actions and steadily raise alarms over destructive and retrogressive or likelihood of destructive and retrogressive policies and actions; we wish to inform Nigerians and members of the international community that we have empirically identified at least 60 constitutional sins and breaches in the past 150 days of the Buhari’s Presidency and the sins and breaches have continued to increase as we write.
These 60 constitutional sins and breaches are divided into Electoral Sins & Breaches, Political Sins & Breaches, Judicial Sins & Interferences, Economic Policy Sins & Blunders and Security & Safety Policy Sins & Blunders. They are all contrary to or in gross breaches of the relevant provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 and its subsidiary laws of the Federation including relevant international rights treaties entered into by Nigeria through the instruments of ratification or domestication. They are referred to as constitutional sins because they violate the spirit of the Constitution and constitutional breaches because they violate the letters of the Constitution.
The aspect of Electoral Sins& Breaches is included because the process through which a leader emerges in a constitutional electoral democracy is far more important than what he does or his achievements in office. Constitutional electoral democracy is further composed of input and output legitimacies in positive or meritorious aspect and input and output illegitimacies or demerit in negative aspect. Input legitimacy is the popularity or high rating or acceptance associated with his or her emergence as a democratic leader through popular, pluralistic and all inclusive general polls, whereas output legitimacy is popularity or high rating earned following his or her towering achievements in office.
These explain why the process that brought Buhari’s Presidency to power was revisited and added to its constitutional sins and breaches in accordance with the Principles of Vicarious Liability. Our decision to carefully identify the named constitutional sins and breaches is to bring them to the immediate attention of Nigerians, the international community as well as the Buhari’s Presidency so that they can be clearly understood as triggers capable of plunging the country into social, political, economic and ethno-religious comatose. When further aggregated and congregated, the referenced constitutional sins and breaches are also triggers of structural injustices powered by political backwardness and ethno-religious primordialism. It is also an incontestable fact that the emergence of Buhari’s Presidency as Nigeria’s octogenarian presidency is re-opening of generational wounds and afflictions experienced during the civil war and dozens of ethno-religious killings that gripped Nigeria in the past four decades. The situation is compounded by the fact that Buhari’s Presidency has continued to be seen by many as wounding Presidency in place of being a healing Presidency
A. Electoral Sins & Breaches:
1. Gross manipulation (i.e. hoarding, defacing, diversion, destruction and non-production) of issuance and distribution of permanent voters cards with gross numerical disparity designed to favour north against the south leading to highly divisive presidential poll that brought Buhari’s Presidency to power. 2. Deliberate and scientific exclusion from voting of 12 million registered voters dominated by southern and northern minority populations designed to produce Buhari’s Presidency at all costs, leading to its highly divisive emergence.3. Creation of mobile voting centers for Muslim IDPs unknown to Electoral Act and refusal to make same or similar arrangements for IDPs of Southeast and minority nationalities’ extraction such as through voters’ cards’ transfer provided in the Electoral Act of 2010. 4. Exclusion through stringent voter registration conditions during voters’ registration exercises of at least 20 million Nigerians of voting age dominated by southerners and other minority nationalities.
5. Introduction of mal-functional card readers contrary to the Electoral Act of 2010 designed to further shut out and weaken southern voting population. 6. Massive deployment and use of millions of under-age voters in the north designed to shore up northern Muslim voting population during the referenced controversial polls. 7. Demographic and scientific manipulation of the 2015 presidential poll as opposed to all inclusive polls befitting a pluralistic and multicultural democratic society like Nigeria. 8. Resurgence through deliberate official (INEC) policies and actions of ethnic, religious and political divisions in the 2015 presidential poll and deepening of same through policies and actions by the Buhari’s Presidency.
B. Political Sins & Breaches:
9. Emergence of someone perceived by many as an age-long sympathizer of ethno-religious divisions and animosity as Nigeria’s President. 10. Resurgence and deepening of ethno-religious divisions and animosities, no thanks to the President’s divisive and segregated policies and actions since assumption of office. 11. Disregard with reckless abandon and abuse of the provisions of the 1999 Constitution as well as the principles of the rule of law by the Buhari’s Presidency. 12. Massive deployment and reckless use of State coercive establishments particularly the DSS to hound, haunt, hurt and harm vocal citizens and members of the opposition contrary to their constitutional rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, personal liberty and movement.
13. Promotion and Institutionalization of government of vendetta or vindictiveness in the past 150 days. 14. Running and promotion of governance policies of exclusion and segregation. 15. Promotion through nepotism and favoritism of corruption and abuse of office contrary to Section 15 (5) of the 1999 Constitution (abolition of corrupt practices and abuse of office). 16. Manipulation and bastardization of the concept of corruption whereby only members of the opposition are labeled corrupt or charged for corruption whereas morally dirty and indicted members of the ruling party are shielded or protected or have their court cases withdrawn or stampeded (i.e. cases involving Abubakar Audu of Kogi State and Timipere Sylva of Bayelsa State).
17. Using corruption to fight corruption and parroting corruption for the purpose of confusing Nigerians and the international community with intent to earn mechanical legitimacy or legitimacy of the graveyard. 18. Promotion and encouragement of all dimensions of corruption: morality corruption, political corruption, economic corruption, institutional or bureaucratic corruption and criminal corruption. 19. Gross violation of constitutional provisions of fair and equitable distribution of public office appointments and resources. 20. Leprous treatment and exclusion of the people of the Southeast zone in federal governance policies and actions in the past 150 days. 21. Concentration of over 70% federal public office appointments in the north. 22. Steadily threatening of the secular and pluralistic composition of Nigeria through segregated and exclusionary policies, actions and utterances. 23. Steady suppression of uniting elements or forces and promotion of divisive forces in Nigeria. 24. Promotion of triggers of constitutional dictatorship and muzzling of opposition forces. 25. Quieting, shutting up and shutting down of hitherto mainstream, independent and credible rights based civil society organizations in the Southwest (Lagos State). 26. Total exclusion of the Southeast zone in non ministerial top federal public office appointments.
27. Domination of top federal political appointments by northern zone (Muslims). 28. Running of the federal government without a Federal Executive Council or Government or Council of Ministers in the past 150 days or five months. 29. Grounding of major government activities or businesses to a halt in the past 150 days owing to absence of Federal Executive Council. 30. Gross intolerance to opposition politics and sustained efforts to make Nigeria a one party State, which is a major trigger of constitutional dictatorship. 31. Making appointments into constitutionally and statutorily created offices in manners clearly incoherent with and unknown to the 1999 Constitution and the Civil Service Rules of the Federation (i.e. appointments of DG of DSS, Custom CG, and former INEC interim Boss). 32. Running an oligarchic and compensatory government as opposed to all inclusive, pluralistic and common interest centered government. 33. Proposing a government or governance cabinet dominated by wearers of glasses without lenses or bodily spent and mentally exhausted cabinet members clad with immoral kaftans and suites.
C. Economic Policy Sins& Blunders:
34. Grounding of Nigerian economy to a total halt following 150 days without government or ministers. 35. Grounding to a halt in the past 150 days major activities of all federal educational institutions including all federal universities, colleges of education, polytechnics, special schools as well as newly established federal universities, owing to none release of statutory funds in the past 150 days. While the existing universities and their likes have managed to survive through their internally generated revenues, the newly established federal universities are virtually grounded to a halt. 36. None awards of public interest projects in the areas of roads, education, health, rail, aviation, water, agriculture, etc following the absence of government or ministers in the past 150 days. 37. Suspension or stalling of public interest projects awarded by the past administration (i.e. 2nd Niger Bridge Project).
38. Abandonment in the past 150 days of maintenance policy implementation on key public infrastructures like roads, etc leading to their gross decay resulting in untold hardships being borne by the masses. 39. Collection from the Federation Account of at least N900Billion ($4.5 Billion) as the Federal Government share of the federal revenues in the past 150 days or five months with little or nothing channeled into public oriented projects. 40. Absence of clearly defined economic policy direction for Nigeria tailored in international best standards as well as continued leprous reliance on crude oil or petrol dollar economy. 41. Introduction of deliberate and harmful fiscal policy aimed at crashing and crushing trade and commerce in which the Igbos who control at least 60% of same are the sole target. 42. Promotion of proliferation of hard currency black markets and hard currency smuggling cartels following ban placed on international currency exchanges. 43. Resurgence and proliferation of illicit or black market mobile hard currency trade dominated by Hausa couriers as was the case in 80s and 90s during the military era dominated by northern hegemony. 44. Proposing for Nigeria a governance cabinet of bread and butter in place of a government of soil and oil. 45. Retention of reckless public borrowing and high public governance cost policies that darkened the administration of the Goodluck Jonathan and grossly impoverished Nigeria and Nigerians.
D. Judicial Sins & Interferences:
46. Domination of federal judiciary by northern Muslims (I.e. Chief Justice of Nigeria, President of the Court of Appeal, Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, etc). 47. Gross executive interference in the affairs of the judiciary particularly by the President’s use of DSS to invite, quiz, intimidate, harass and threaten judges handling high profile cases including election petition cases (i.e. Hon Justice Pindigi’s latest revelation in the media over his travail in the hands of DSS over the Rivers State Governorship matter). 48. Gross and reckless executive interference using DSS and Police in the judicial proceedings and non criminal administrative conducts (i.e. recent ordeal of some INEC officials in the hands of the DSS in Akwa Ibom State gubernatorial poll matter). 49. Executive interference and influencing of electoral court proceedings and judgments using DSS (i.e. See online Hon Justice Pindigi’s public account on how he was threatened, intimidated, harassed and invited for a nocturnal meeting in Kaduna State by the DSS with intent to be bribed).
50. Use of judiciary by the executive as an instrument of vendetta and intimidation against members of the opposition and dissenting community. 51. Use of judiciary to perpetrate and perpetuate unconstitutional and extra judicial detention of vocal and un-convicted citizens (i.e. continued detention of Citizen Nnamdi Kanu of the Indigenous People of Biafra after he has fulfilled all his hash bail conditions imposed by a Magistrate Court). 52. Use of constitutionally incoherent penal laws to judicially threaten and intimidate dissenting citizens for the purpose of their custodial arrest, detention, torture and dumping in awaiting trial or criminal judicial incarceration. 53. Re-introduction through backdoor of Decrees No. 2 and No. 4 of 1984 by presidentially detaining citizens outside the provisions and processes of the 1999 Constitution (i.e. continued detention for eight days of Citizen Nnamdi Kanu under circumstances unknown to the 1999 Constitution and its subsidiary laws recognized by Section 315 of the same Constitution).
E. Security & Safety Policy Sins & Blunders:
54. Death of at least 1,900 citizens in the hands of Islamist Boko Haram and Fulani insurgency and terror activities in the past 150 days. That is to say that between May 29th and September 29th, at least 1,700 citizens mostly civilians were killed and between 29th September and 29th October 2015, at least 200 citizens have been killed. 55. Continued adoption of counter terror and insurgency measures that are incoherent with modern intra State counter violence methods leading to gross breaches of human rights and the Geneva Conventions. 56. Retention of the out-fashioned and out-dated national policy on security adopted in 1979 (36 years). 57. Continued disappearance of the abducted Chibok Girls despite pre election and post election assurances by the Buhari’s Presidency to rescue them in a matter of immediacy.
58. Continued use of AK-47 riffles to pursue bomb detonators-a clear case of failed security and failed intelligence. 58. Gross failure of the Nigeria Police with its large numerical strength and huge public costs to effectively take charge of the country’s internal security owing to obsolete policing and rapacious corruption. 59. Concentration of the country’s security policy planners and executors on gun culture and militancy approaches and their blatant refusal to loosen their grips and civilianize security policy through the all inclusive concept of human security formulated by UN for municipal use in 1994. 60. Total exclusion of the Southeast zone from the membership of Service Chiefs and steady promotion of triggers of a divided society and laying landmines of sectional animosities capable of snowballing into regional tensions and violent conflicts of unquenchable magnitudes.
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chairman
International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law
Uzochukwu Oguejiofor-Nwonu, Esq., Head Campaign & Publicity Department
Obianuju Igboeli, Esq., Head, Civil Liberties & Rule of Law Program
*Photo Caption - Map of Nigeria
[ Masterweb Reports ] – Chief Charles O. Okereke is the Founder & CEO of the Nigerian Masterweb News, based in Milwaukee, Wi 53209, United States and born in Ndi-Elendu, Alayi in Abia State, Nigeria on 29th July 1956 (59yrs). He won then Imo State Government scholarship to study in the United States. He later earned Bachelors of Science Degree (B.Sc.) – 1975-1979 and Masters of Science Degree (M.Sc.) – 1980-1981 in Agric from the Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, United States. Chief Charles O. Okereke later founded the Nigeria’s premier online news called the Nigerian Masterweb in the year 2000. The Nigerian Masterweb is one of the earliest, if not the first Nigerian online news through which newspapers were read online in those days. Chief Okereke’s successful exploits in media and communications also saw him composing God Bless Africa (the unofficial African Anthem) in 2002, Rise Up For Africa in 2003 and All Hail Biafra (song inspirationally composed at the end of the Nigerian-Biafran Civil War in 1970, but recorded in 2003). In spite of these ........Read More
*Photo Caption - Chief Charles O. Okereke
[ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety reports ] - (Intersociety (Nigeria), 24th October 2015)-Following torrential calls made to us and concerns expressed by millions of Nigerians, the media and foreign nationals and bodies over the ongoing ordeal of detained Citizen Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Radio Biafra (RB) who was given a controversial judicial bail on 19th October 2015 by the Abuja Municipal Magistrate Court, at Wuse (Zone 2); the leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties& the Rule of Law (Intersociety) is sad and happy. This follows our latest findings and updates arising from our latest communications with the Counsel to Citizen Kanu (Barr Egechukwu Obetta) over the ordeal of the persecuted Biafran self determination activist.
We are sad because a new potentially dangerous dimension has been introduced into the ordeal of the detained Biafran self determination activist. His detention has now graduated from judicial detention to extra-judicial detention. That is to say that he is no longer being detained on the orders of the named Magistrate Court upon the Court’s harshly imposed bail conditions; rather he is now detained extra-judicially according to administrative and operational whims and caprices of the Department of the State Security Services (DSS). These administrative and operational whims and caprices lately deployed by the DSS are totally unknown to the principles of the rule of law, constitutional democracy, the 1999 Constitution and local and international human rights and humanitarian norms.
On the other hand, we are happy because, it is triumphantly necessary to inform the world that the harsh and draconian bail conditions so imposed have been met by Citizen Kanu‘s lawyers and associates as at Tuesday, 2oth October 2015 leading to filing of all necessary papers and completion of their processes in good time. The DSS ought to or was expected to have completed its verification process by Thursday, 22nd October 2015 and caused Citizen Nnamdi Kanu to be released in compliance with the order of the Abuja Municipal Magistrate Court, dated since 19th October 2015. This, the DSS failed woefully to do till date. We wish to further inform authoritatively that upon meeting all draconian bail conditions so attached leading to refusal by the DSS to release the detained Biafran self determination activist, the Presiding Magistrate made an express Production Order on Friday, 23rd October 2015 for the DSS to produce Citizen Nnamdi Kanu before his Court same date and explain why it failed to release the detained Biafran self determination activist upon meeting the imposed bail conditions.
The Production Order was communicated to the DSS by the Court’s ambassador (bailiffs) and the Magistrate’s orderly yesterday, 23rd October 2015. Disappointedly, they were sent back by the DSS and the order was fragrantly and rapaciously disobeyed. As it stands now, the struggle continues next week! Our heart is further gladdened because Citizen Nnamdi Kanu was allowed for hours to meet with his lawyer-Citizen (Barr) Egechukwu Obetta where upon their meeting lasted for hours. According to Citizen Kanu’s lawyer, he was met as at the evening of Friday, 23rd October 2015, in good health with access to food of fair health, hygienic and delicious standard as well as access to physician. We consider this as a departure from previous sad development where the detained Citizen’s access to his lawyer and physician was blatantly refused and denied. Other adjudicatory and non adjudicatory processes and arrangements have been put in place to continue the struggle by the coming week until he is freed.
Further, it is very important to state that our strategic roles and involvement in the campaigns to set Citizen Nnamdi Kanu free or be tried fairly before a court of superior records or competent jurisdiction under laws clearly written with expressly defined penalties tailored in international human rights and humanitarian norms; are totally beyond personal sympathy. Such noble roles of ours are strategically designed to save the country’s constitutional democracy from transforming into constitutional dictatorship, authoritarianism and totalitarianism or anarchy.
Various signs of triggers of constitutional dictatorship have continuously been on increase in Nigeria since 1st June 2015 with the most shocking being collective silence or leprous opinions of the hitherto mainstream civil society of the Southwest zone. Our several studies of the root causes of African dictatorship clearly indicate that dictatorship is often made possible by collective silence or misguided quietness and conformism of attentive public (i.e. professional bodies in natural and social science disciplines, labour leaders, academia, church leaders, media and rights based civil society organizations and their leaders) otherwise called the Civil Society. Recent experiences have also shown that the doctrine of checks and balances is no longer situated among the executive, the legislative and the judiciary arms of government, but strictly between these three arms of government on one part and the civil society on the other. The collective quietness of the civil society in constitutional democracy is a clear recipe for constitutional dictatorship.
In various African countries where constitutional dictatorship has been entrenched, it was the collective silence of the civil society that made it possible. That is to say that no constitutional dictatorship has been empirically found to be solely built and entrenched by a small clique of its operators alone but through collective conspiracy of silence or leprous concordance with the attentive public or civil society. In Cameroon today, the constitutional dictatorship of President Paul Biya has lasted for 33 years (since 1982) and all democratic pluralistic agents and agencies have been shut up and bottled. In Angola, same thing happens with President Edwardo Dos Santos being in power for 36 years (since 1979) with all modern democratic agents grounded in intractability.
This is also replicated in at least 25 other African countries. Constitutional dictatorship also goes beyond elongation of tenure of office to include rapacious turning of the State coercive institutions or establishments against the ordinary or common citizens and members of dissent community as well as entrenchment of executive lawlessness and impunity. We wish to sound an alarm and caution all Nigerians particularly the civil society or attentive public to rise up in defense of the country hard earned constitutional democracy.
If the excesses of President Muhammadu Buhari administration are condoned and shepherded by those destined to speak out on account of civil society-opposition (former) conspiratorial demographic theory and national cake, their safety and comfort of today will be that of the graveyard with capacity to turn around and bounce back on them when another set or section take charge at the expiration of the tenure of the incumbent particularly if the referenced set or section are the injured and wounded of today. Running a government of vendetta or vindictiveness clearly amounts to laying a foundation of intractable sectional discords and social fragmentation and intractable violence of tomorrow. Nobody stays in the corridors of power forever and there is even a limit to political harlotry or leprosy. Political wounds have never been healed by their direct or indirect perpetrators by running from pillar to pole using vicarious liability mantra placed upon the heads of their former terror bosses as blame game.
Finally, the courage and boldness of the Counsel to Citizen Nnamdi Kanu; Barr Egechukwu Obetta, despite sustained threats, frustrations and stresses is unreservedly commendable. The roles of the Nigerian and international media particularly the online media in the campaigns to free the detained Biafran self determination activist are also commendable; likewise the concerns shown by millions of Nigerians and selected members of the international community including foreign missions in Nigeria. Amnesty International, UK and the Human Rights Watch in USA are also singled out for commendation and appreciation over their interests and roles in the struggle so far.
We wish to remind all that it is Aluta Continua, Victoria Acerta (struggle continues until victory is achieved). The campaigns shall take new dimensions locally and internationally within the ambits of the law if by the coming week, Citizen Nnamdi Kanu is still held extra-judicially by the DSS acting under direct authorization of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chairman
International Society for Civil Liberties& the Rule of Law
Obianuju Igboeli Joy, Esq., Head, Civil Liberties & Rule of Law Program
*Photo Caption - Nigeria DSS officers