[ Masterweb Reports: Joshua Odeyemi reports ] - The Nigeria Prison Service (NPS) has accused state governors of being responsible for the high number of condemned inmates in prisons across the country as they were unwilling to approve the execution of inmates on death penalty. The Service Public Relations Officer (PRO), Francis Enobore stated this at the weekend in Abuja during a parley with journalists.
While revealing that 1,640 condemned persons were presently in prison formations across the country, Enobore appealed to the state governors to do the needful by either signing the condemned persons death execution or commuting their death sentences to terms of imprisonment.
"The problem of condemned prisoners is still a very big challenged to NPS and we have been appealing to the relevant authorities especially to the Chief Executives” he said. “When someone gets to his last bus stop and is condemned to death and he has exhausted his appeal to the Supreme Court, the only opportunity he has to escape the death is the Chief Executive commuting his death sentence to a term of imprisonment or sign the death warrant for this person to take his last breath.
"But there is a kind of silent moratorium that most governors are not too willing to endorse death sentences.
“You are not signing their execution, yet you are not commuting their death sentences to terms of imprisonment, so that we can get them transferred to a place where they can be remodelled or rebranded for the society.
"So they create a very big problem for us. But we keep appealing that governors to do the needful so that we will be able to really manage these people effectively."
While disclosing that the present management of the NPS was ready to take the Service to greater heights, Enobore said apart from massive promotion of personnel, the government had provided more logistics to the Service.
“10, 979 officers across board who were stagnated for several years have been promoted. As a result, there is high motivation now in the Service.
“Government provided 400 vehicles and infrastructure. We are currently expanding cells too,” he said.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Rakiya A. Muhammad reports ] - The sum of N32 milion has been approved by the Sokoto state government for the conduct of mass wedding for 100 couples in the state. The beneficiaries are to be drawn from the 23 local government areas of Sokoto.
State commissioner for Religious Affairs, Alhaji Mani Maishinko katami disclosed this at the inauguration of the state committee for Islamic Marriage Mediation.
He explained that gesture was part of the measures towards assisting less privileged members in the state.
Katami tasked members of the committee to ensure justice and fairness in the discharge of their assignment.
He said Islamic scholars were selected serve as members of the committee to avoid political interest in the screening of the prospective couple.
The committee which has Mallam Aliyu Kofar Rini as Chairman has two weeks within which to screen all prospective couples in 23 local government areas.
Members of the committee were also drawn from the Ministry, Sultanate Council and FOMWAN among others.
In a remark, Kofar Rini lauded the state government for the move and pledged commitment to the success of the assignment.
Rakiya A. Muhammad reports from Sokoto.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Ismail Mudashir reports ] - Senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday removed Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno) as Senate Leader and replaced him with Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan (APC, Yobe). Ndume was removed minutes after he left the chamber to go and observe the Muslim noon prayers.
The sack of Ndume was announced on the floor by Senate President Bukola Saraki when he read a letter from the APC caucus.
The letter reads: “This is to inform your Excellency and the Senate that after several meetings, upon due deliberations and consultations, the APC caucus of the Senate hereby wish to notify you of the change in the leadership of the Senate. The new Senate leader is Senator Ahmed Lawan, representing Yobe North “.
While leaving the chambers to observe prayers Ndume handed over his role to his deputy, Bala Ibn Na-Allah. Within 10 minutes his colleagues had sacked him and the day’s proceeding was adjourned immediately.
Earlier, while Ndume moderated the sitting he was unaware that his colleagues were appending their signatures to a statement approving his ouster.
Ndume and Saraki fell apart after the Senate declined to confirm the appointment of Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
In December, when his colleagues rejected Magu on the basis of adverse security report on Magu by the Department of State Services (DSS), Ndume objected it.
Several senators told our correspondent that they signed the sack of Ndume on the floor of the Senate yesterday.
They said the letter for the sack of Ndume was conveyed from one seat to the other by Senator Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi), a die-hard supporter of Saraki. Melaye had in December engaged in a war of words with Ndume over Magu.
One of the Senators said, “When I came in, Dino accosted me and brought the letter that I should sign and I did. I was told that the sack was perfected at Dino’s residence on Monday.”
Asked why Ndume was sacked, he said, “It is because of Magu and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal.”
Another Senator from the South West said he also signed the letter during plenary. “I was invited for the meeting but I didn’t make it. I think it was held at Saraki’s office”.
Order 32 (6) of the Senate Standing rules which talked about change of leadership, states that, “after due notice of the Senate, each party has the right to change its Leader or Whip, provided that the change is made by majority of the Senators of the party in the Senate”.
Our correspondent reports that Ndume was at the Mosque when the letter was read by Saraki.
Addressing newsmen after his removal, Ndume said “I was leading the business of the Senate and when it was 12.45 as usual I asked my deputy to sit in for me while I go to pray.
“On coming back, I discovered that the session is over and one of your colleagues (referring to journalists) approached me and said leader what happened and I said what happened and he said, I have been removed.
“I didn’t know that there was change of leadership because I was not there I went for prayers and I didn’t know what actually happened and I cannot say much than this,” he said.
Contacted, Senator Lawan said “I did not see it coming but with God nothing is impossible. Our colleagues in the APC caucus decided to effect the change. I thank God and my colleagues for the privilege giving to me. I will do my utmost best to ensure that the Senate continues to work for the benefit of Nigerians,” he said.
Lawan was preferred candidate of the APC for the Senate Presidency in June 2015 when the Senate was inaugurated. Saraki however emerged with support of senators of the minority Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Also, addressing newsmen, spokesperson of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi said the announcement of Ndume’s sack was clear.
“I am speaking for the Senate and of course as you heard from the announcement it was a letter from the APC caucus. I am not the spokesman of the APC caucus but I am a member of APC and I am here to speak for the Senate. The announcement is self explanatory. Another leader has been announced,” he said.
In an interview, the spokesperson of the Senate Unity Forum (SUF), a forum that canvassed for Lawan’s Presidency, Senator Kabiru Marafa (APC, Zamfara) advised the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu to decamp to the APC.
Marafa who said the emergence of Lawan has ended the storm in the Senate said the only seat remaining for the APC to clinch is the Deputy Senate President position.
“I am using this medium to call on Ekweremadu to simply decamp. Section 68(G) of the 1999 Constitution captures this. Thank God the rift between Makarfi and Sheriff’s faction has made this possible. The sitting arrangement at Senate is between majority and Minority. The party position has been fully implemented. We have forgiven Bala Ibn Na’Allah,” he said.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Olalekan Waheed Adigun reports ] - Since the political crisis in The Gambia stated last December with President Yahya Jammeh rejecting the result of the presidential election citing “irregularities”, there have been many suggestions as to how best to handle the issue. Some have called for more diplomatic solutions basing their arguments on the fact that the matter is purely an internal affair; while others insist that from Jammeh and some other African leaders’ antecedents; only a military solution can put an end to his 22-year stay in power at Banjul. The matter took another dimension with a Gambian army general in his New Year message saying the President has “full military backing”. How did we get here? Can it get worse? Are we progressing or retrogressing?
To understand the present situation in The Gambia, we will need to do a little bit of historicity. Things like these on African soil are not new.
In the 1960s and 1970s, post-colonial African states were beginning to take characters of their own. They have inherited state institutions from the colonial master which they do not understand. Some, like Congo and Nigeria, soon degenerated into bloody civil wars. Others like Tangayinka and Zanzibar were merging to form modern-day Tanzania while at the same time East African Federation (EAF) and the Central African Federation (CAF) were been dissolved by their respective leaders. It was also at these period that the military in the post-colonial states became bold enough to take over political power from the erstwhile nationalist leaders who that turned violent in their bid to maintain themselves in power.
In Lesotho, in 1970, for instance, when early results indicated that the Prime Minister, Chief Leabua Jonathan, and his party, the Bathoso National Party (BNP) might lose to its rival, Bathosoland Congress Party (BCP), he voided the results citing “irregularities”. After nullifying the election he declared a state of emergency, suspended the constitution, dissolved the parliament and assumed absolute power in the tiny nation surrounded by apartheid South Africa. To cut short the long story, things became so difficult as a result of political turbulence, from both internal and external sources till a military takeover in the country in 1986. That we can still have an experience like this after first happening over forty years ago shows the level of progress we are making. This appears to be the dilemma in The Gambia today!
In the Lesotho’s 1970 case, there were no external military actions taken partly because of threats from the apartheid regime in Pretoria who had earlier threatened to take direct control of the small nation due to its ties with Nelson Mandela-led African National Congress (ANC). But unlike Lesotho’s case, the sub-regional bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) through its military arm, ECOMOG, has indicated interest at a possible military action against Jammeh.
There are those who think this action will be counter-productive citing “unnecessary loss of innocent lives.” Those who hold this line of thinking forget the fact that Jammeh himself, by rejecting the outcome of an election, is an existential threat to democracy and democratization in Africa. If, as they proposed, that there should be a new election as a way of placating Jammeh’s faction, they will be given him too much importance. He will legitimize his illegitimate regime by an additional four years at least since he will be given the right to choose the election he will lose!
Let us even accept, without conceding, that there should be a new election as a way of ending the crisis. Let us ask the following questions: What guarantee do we have that Jammeh and his supporters will allow the people to express their will this time going by the fact that the country’s electoral commission boss had fled the country? Had Jammeh won the election in December, will he have admitted there were “irregularities” in the first instance? What are the assurances we will be having that the outgoing president will accept defeat the second time if he loses the election abysmally? Also, giving Jammeh’s lust for power, was anyone expecting him to step down after been defeated in an election especially with the understanding that he came into power through a military coup?
The cation of Jammeh, those who are against ECOMOG deployment to Banjul also signifies how many years back Africa will go in terms of democratic development. When you disregard the wishes of the people who voted peacefully to change their leaders, then you became really an existential threat to be dealt with using every (including any) mean to wade you off.
Perhaps, Jammeh and his supporters are well aware of the weakening and politicization of bodies like the International Criminal Court (ICC) to prosecute warlords like the outgoing president. They may delude themselves with the fact that South Africa, Russia and Burundi have pulled out of ICC as a sign that the body is weak in morale to prosecute him. But let us remind Jammeh and his supporters that it took French intervention in 2012 to remove Laurent Gbagbo who chose to sit tight after losing an election in Ivory Coast. It will take ECOMOG and a key ally, Senegal, to root out Jammeh and whatever is left of him in the coming months.
The ECOMOG option appears to be the only solution now to protect the sacred decision of the Gambian people. Nothing will be too much to sacrifice. No burden will be too much to bear. No friend will be too much to make. No enemy will be too important to oppose in our bid to save ourselves of embarrassments caused on Africans by the likes of persons like Yoweri Museveni, Robert Mugabe, Paul Biya and now Jammeh!
Olalekan Waheed ADIGUN ( Tel: +2348136502040, +2347081901080
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com ) is a political analyst and independent political strategist for wide range of individuals, organisations and campaigns. He is based in Lagos, Nigeria.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Hamisu Kabir Matazu reports ] - Gun shots were yesterday heard near the 27 Taskforce Military Brigade, Buni Yadi, Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe state. Though details of the shots were sketchy as at the time of filing the report, Daily Trust on Sunday gathered that, gunshots and explosions started at about 6:15pm around the military location.
A military source told our correspondent that the soldiers were on the alert.
A resident in the town, Aminu Yusuf, said that people scampered for safety as the heavy gunshots continued to intensify.
The Brigade’s spokesman, Lt George Akupe confirmed to Daily Trust on Sunday that the formation was under attack.
“But things are under control... Casualty figure on the terrorist’s is yet to be confirmed. However, details will be relayed to you soon,” he said.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Diezani Allison-Madueke reports ] - A Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday issued an interim order of forfeiture to the Federal Government of $153.3 million belonging to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke. The monies were said to be domiciled with three Nigerian banks.
Justice Muslim Hassan gave the order following exparte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
After issuing the interim orders, the court also issued 14 days to the banks and any other interested party to appear and prove the legitimacy of the monies, failing which the funds would be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.
In an affidavit filed in support of the application, an EFCC investigator, Moses Awolusi, claimed that the anti-graft agency discovered through its investigations, communication between Diezani and a former bank Managing Director. Counsel EFCC, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, moving the exparte application on Friday, urged the court to order an interim order of forfeiture. (NAN)
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[ Masterweb Reports ] - Oil prices rose on Thursday after Saudi Arabia started talks with customers about a reduction in crude sales to support a plan by OPEC to lower global supply. The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) promised in November to cut output to help prop up prices.
Under the deal, Saudi Arabia agreed to cut output by 486,000 barrels per day (bpd), or 4.61 per cent of its October output of 10.544 million bpd.
“Aramco is approaching all its customers for possible cuts from February and discussing likely (supply) scenarios,” one source told media referring to state oil giant Saudi Aramco.
“Nothing is confirmed yet,” the source said, adding the scenarios were for cuts of 3-7 per cent.
Investors have been suspicious that OPEC might not cut as much as promised, but several sources told media on Thursday the world’s biggest oil exporter intended to lower exports to comply with the OPEC reductions.
Benchmark Brent crude oil rose to approximately 57 dollars by 1440 GMT. US light crude was up 45 cents a barrel at 53.71 dollars.
In another sign of compliance with the cuts, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has scheduled maintenance at oilfields for March and April, although it was not immediately clear how much exports might fall.
Oil prices also found support from an American Petroleum Institute report showing U.S. crude inventories fell 7.4 million barrels last week.
US government figures on inventories were due to be published at 11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT) on Thursday.
A media survey forecast the government report would show U.S. crude stocks declined by about 2.2 million barrels in the week to Dec. 30. (NAN)
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[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. James C. Agazie reports ] - The Nigerian Federal Government ought to have the encourage to strengthen our country ‘s educational system by (i), emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering , and Mathematics curricula beginning from the early years in our public schools through the universities; (ii) testing millions of our school children in order to separate about 20% of the best brains for special training at Government expense in Nigeria’s Science Academies to serve as our nucleus scientists; and (iii repatriating millions of our best science brains from Western countries where they had gone to avoid hardships at home.
Any government, including the Nigerian Federal and State Governments, is empowered by virtue of the eminent domain to do what is best for the country. Education is not a luxury but a necessity. That includes removing brainy and creative children from their families and providing proper training, school lunches, mentoring, and getting them ready to champion scientific jobs.
This is not new. China, Japan, North Korea, and India are followings the approach outlined in this essay and reaping huge, unsurpassed benefits . China, Russia and tiny North Korea are harvesting the best scientific brains, while Nigeria and many African countries are lagging behind, losing their best brains or just beginning to wake up from deep slumber punctuated with anti-science superstitions (voodoo mentality).
The purpose of this piece is twofold: first, to build on the educational philosophy and pragmatism of Obafemi Awolowo’s and his indelible contribution to Nigeria’s school system; and second, to categorically state that my country Nigeria is destroying the future of young Nigerian children when our instructive practices concentrate heavily on ineffectual programs that do not make a significant dent on our national development and that cannot prepare the young for the future.
Awolowo’s impact is indelible in that what he did for Western Nigeria is impossible to ignore or repeal. Awolowo’s collision with Nigeria’s education juggernaut is newsworthy. Awolowo’s impact cannot be obliterate; it is ineffaceable, ineradicable, permanent, stubborn, obstinate, unforgettable, or deep-rooted. It is like a tree’s mkporogwu (tap root) or your body’s akwala (veins).
A nation like Nigeria needs to revolutionize its education in order to remain viable and survive as a nation in the next Century. Nigeria can survive by implementing the STEM curriculum in order to make wise decisions that would benefit the masses. The Nigerian Federal Government ought to listen attentively, not askance, when science is the topic of discussion.
How can we use science to provide information and knowledge that can help Nigeria’s Federal Government make wise decisions?
Chemistry helps scientists to create new compounds with better properties that would rid Nigerians of many of our illnesses and improve our lifestyle. Examples are carbon fiber, and lighter materials for use in planes and cars to make them more fuel efficient. Science enables us to better understand the world around us. Science can promote instant global communications.
We do not need Nigerian languages (Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa, Efik, Kanuri , or Munchi, except to help us understand the scientific world around us. We do not need Nigerian religions (Chistianty, paganism, and Islam) except to entertain us or to restrain us when isi mgbaka (insanity or craziness created by belief in various gods ) puts us on the risk of killing off each other. We need to think like Awolowo to rescue Nigeria from the bottom rail it has fallen to since Nigeria’s educational systems have all but disappeared. We cannot fail to catch onto the vision of Awolowo’s philosophy and pragmatism.
While we are still on revolutionizing the Nigerian educational system, Awolowo’s theory and pragmatism jump at us and jumpstart us in the right direction. Theory is a hypothesis, a conjecture, speculation, assumption, presumption, supposition, or guess. Pragmatism is defined as practicality, expediency, matter-of-factness, uncomplicatedness, or simplicity. That’s what the Nigerian school child is in dire need of; how to move into the 21st Century with the rest of the children of the world.
We give credit where credit is due. It is due to Chief Obafemi Awolowo for having the foresight and forethought to come up with free Universal Primary Education (UPE ) in the West (now extended to the universities). That UPE gave the Yorubas a broad headstart /jumpstart in the educational arena .It should do the same for all Nigerians regardless of tribe and State of origin.
A headstart is an advantage, advance, start, leadership, or vanguard. It is like the battery and jump cable that kick your dead car into life when the temperature falls below freezing point in Alaska. Let the Igbos and Hausas (nay, all Nigerians) learn from Chief Awolowo. Let the Hausas and Kanuris embark upon and extend the philosophy of Awolowo whereby Illiterate traders enroll in schools established in the middle of Enugu’s Ogbete and Lagos’ Alaba markets.
Chief Awolowo said: “Let there be light!,” and there was a great light in Western Nigeria. This light ought to be duplicated all over Nigeria. How? Travelling Schools on horses and camelbacks follow cattle herders along their routes, teaching their women and children to read, write, and compute. Lorries packed ndi nkuzi (teachers) ply the byways/side streets/lanes of Southern Nigeria. They teach the poor, hardworking, long-suffering, sweating village woman selling akara balls in the hot sun at Surulere or Utonkon. They teach the basic computer programming language so the akara fryer understands how life is changing each passing minute.
Science can enable that akara frier to communicate with her son in Russia or Washington DC through hand-held computer or cell phone. Why can’t she send a 3-dimensional picture of her image and akara cooking in the hot palm oil to her son while she is learning useful skills in the blazing, sweltering, baking, blistering, roaring, scorching, roasting, glowing, and burning sun-baked environment? There is no end to boookeeerrry (book learning).
The application of science is limitless. The application in the Nigerian context is immeasurable, unbounded, and inexhaustible. Let some Nigerian geniuses translate calculus, differential equations, geometry, and topology into Nigerian languages (Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba) to enable us get faster to the moon and back; to fix our roads, remove shit from our water to make it drinkable, and prevent our mothers from dying in local unhygienic maternity wards or travelling overseas for prenatal and postnatal care at prohibitive costs.
Because we are now becoming global-minded rather than constrained in the village or regional, we need to be able to communicate with the world through a common language that would get us on the road to modernity. The common language shall come around iff (if and only if) we become immersed in the asusu (language or dialect) of science that traverses, goes over, or passes through regional boundaries. That language is nothing less that the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The use of quadratic formula to solve algebraic equations is the same at Enugu as it is in London.
A car drives anywhere in the world, doesn’t it? An airplane files over all terrains, no be so? In order to survive in the next century, we need a steadfast, solid, unyielding grounding in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Let every Nigerian say “STEM” throughout the land. Stem, Stem, Stem, Stem, Stem, Stem…….
What shall we do when our oil is no longer needed or yielding fruits? What do we do if our population continues to expand until we have no more arable land to grow cassava, yams, plantains, corn, or wheat? Do we curl up and die when no one needs our dirty oil that pollutes our environment, that infuriates Buhari to the point of sending hired assassins with powerful armaments to kill persons who are trying to save our environments, and who are saying: “Mr. President, there’s a better scientific way than petroleum”?
Science will teach us to invest in driver-less vehicles that do not use Nigerian petrol, that use solar panels that trap energy from the sum. It has gone beyond science fiction but it is happening today when solar energy gotten from the blazing sun is making kerosene generators from the Chinese as obsolete as outside latrines dug in the earth. We cannot continue to walk around naked under uncomfortable heavy lace when our future clothes are made from fibers that are as cool as cotton.
We need massive education in the sciences to avoid being left behind in the race to the moon; we cannot be redundant or go back to the caves like our primitive fore parents had lived, particularly as the Nigerians love to have multiple sex partners and fill tiny huts with neglected children who are constantly coughing, sneezing, shitting with bloated stomachs and who are frequently infected with malarial fever and dysentery. Science ought to take care of our many problems iff (if and only if) we begin to cultivate scientific minds as a matter of exigency, urgency, or necessity.
As the Nigerian population explodes unchecked , aren’t we at the point where we need to practice birth control and family planning? Do we need to pay the boko haram insurgents to kill off 20,000 of us per day so 20,000 others can eat?. Who would feed us when there is not enough arable land to support Nigerians’ obsession with starches (rice, cassava, garri, cocoyams, potatoes, wheat, to name a few).
All Nigerian educational system does is prepare us for a life of the past century; a life of abject poverty and dependency. We are rapidly becoming a beggar nation that cannot feed itself; but we lives hand –to-mouth pleading for handouts, particularly leftovers that others have rejected and that are stamped “expired do not consume.”
We Nigerians feed on remnants of poisonous foodstuffs swept into gutters of overfed nations. Come to think of it, we line up as suppliant and compliant vagabonds at the World bank and other exploitative lenders to fill applications for loans that have such excessive interest rates that our oil, children, and other natural resources cannot pay off in 1,000 years. We cannot pay off the debts we incur as a result of lack of scientific knowledge in the lifetimes of our people. We shall not forever be indebted.
We cannot do without science education in Nigerian public schools. Surely, we cannot do without science education in the Nigerian public schools. If we try to do without the science knowledge, we shall be virtual indentured servants or rent-paying occupants on slave plantations owned by the European slave masters. Yes, we Nigerians , some with PhD’s in very impressive fields , are contented to be able-bodied Nigger servants who are property of Mr. Charlie at the head of the manufacturing concerns of superpowers represented by the Americans, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, the French, and Germans.
So long as we are under-educating or mis-educating our young people in the science fields, we run the risk of forevermore remaining the Third World people who live in superstition and darkness rather than light and enlightenment, who die young from preventable illnesses, and who forever remain consumer nation rather than producing people. We run the risk of becoming non-beings from whom all exploiters harvested transplantable body parts (heart, liver, kidney, pancreases, eyes, skin, and other needed components). Without science education in the Nigerian public schools and without practicing the philosophy of Obafemi Awolowo, we are nothing. We are nonentity, unknown, insignificant.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Dr. James C. Agazie ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Chief Obafemi Awolowo
[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Peregrino Brimah reports ] - In June of last year, video was released that purported to show Borno state emergency management agency, SEMA staff repackaging bags of grain meant for IDPs in unbranded commercial bags. In the video agents were seen emptying the entire contents of the officially marked bags into equivalent sized unmarked bags (not resizing). The state denied the video with TV ads and the incident report was submerged.
In a report in June of last year, after about 10 trucks of food meant for the internally displaced persons, IDPs in Borno went 'missing', the deputy governor of the state reportedly said that state governor Shettima told him to sell the the 6000 bags of rice to buy diesel. It was a shocking admission on absurd and illegitimate, rather cruel grounds.
In September last year, 70 trucks of grains for internally displaced persons, IDPs in Nigeria's Boko Haram plagued northeast were found to be 'missing.'
Of 40 trucks that arrived, there was further cruelty as the surviving commodities were again reportedly distributed not strictly to the IDPs but "relatives of distributors."
Vanguard reported that "A member of the National Assembly, representing Madagali and Michika Federal constituency, Adama Kamale, expressed worry that the commodities went into the wrong hands."
On paper, Buhari ordered a probe. It's 2017, nothing has yet come out of that and IDPs keep dying of hunger.
There have been several cases like the above over the past years, too many to mention.
Jumping forward, Nigeria's Senate discovered last month that the Nigerian Presidency was engaged in the misappropriation of millions of dollars in funds meant for the re-development of the devastated northeast. In particular, the Secretary general of the Federation, Babachir Lawal was indicted in missapropriation of past and present administration PINE redevelopment funds. Scarce funds that could have if better diverted, provided food, shelter, warm clothing in the freezing winter to the displaced persons if not the rebuilding it is meant for, was rather diverted to private companies that still bear the SGF's name on their website and that he remains signatory to the accounts of. It was tragic.
But more disheartening was that since the event was reported, the Buhari administration has shielded those implicated and refused to immediately suspend them and initiate their investigation by the designated corruption and crime agencies, the EFCC, ICPC and DSS. Rather the Attorney general of the federation was inappropriately tasked with the investigation of an "ordinary" appointed civilian.
While the Buhari administration continues to aggressively deny the level of daily deaths and famine risk of IDPs in Nigeria's northeast, claiming the situation is not so dire in attempt the suppress the fund-raising efforts of the United Nations, the reality is that tens of Nigerians are dying daily and hundreds of thousands are at risk of death due to starvation and inadequate utilities, most especially vulnerable children. And while this is happening the Nigerian government continues to allow and be actively engaged in the looting or otherwise diversion of the scarce food and materials meant to save the survivors of Boko Haram.
An extensive investigative report by theCable, captioned, "UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION: In Borno, children are dying at IDP camps, foodstuffs are ‘disappearing’ at SEMA store," published last week painted a worrisome picture of the continued and continuous looting of food for IDPs by state officials.
As ENDS struggles to collect donations of sweaters and blankets to save the malnourished, famished, fat depleted displaced persons in the camps in the northeast, we cannot help but raise an alarm over the continued government-assisted extermination of the northeast populations by government-implicated and government-covered up stealing from IDPs' scarce food and funds.
It is without question that numbers of IDPs died of starvation this new year's first.
Happy new year to those who can be happy.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Maryam Ahmadu-Suka reports ] - The Nigerian Army has barred its officers and soldiers on duty from uploading pictures and videos of their operation on social media. Speaking on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai in Kaduna on Tuesday, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1 Division Mechanized Army, Major-General Adeniyi Oyebade, said “it is prohibited to upload any picture with your uniforms while in operation.”
He said: "Specifically, I want to warn you on the use of social media. While you are on operation, you may want to take photo shot of some good moment but you should be very careful while doing that. Avoid any picture or video that has to do with your colleague or operation. You are barred not to upload such information. It is prohibited to upload any picture with your uniforms while in operation because it will become a pragmatic problems for the Nigerian Army.”
He disclosed this at the graduation ceremony of Men of Nigerian Battalion (NIBBAT) 46 which was held at the Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Centre (NAPKC), Jaji in Kaduna state.
*Photo Caption - Nigeria Army banner.