[ Masterweb Reports ] - Once a winner always a winner, and a star cannot be shielded from its lights. Ambassador Bianca Olivia Odumegwu Ojukwu is like the Northern star whose light remains constant from her position in the firmament. Bianca’s star and winning streaks continues to follow her wherever she goes. Initially her appointment as a non-career Diplomat was received with mixed feelings in some certain quarters. According to Shakespeare, “The fault, dear Brutus is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” Today, the stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner stone of the house. Bianca Ojukwu like a Trojan went to Spain, saw and conquered. Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu is........ Read More.
*Photo Caption - Amb. Bianca Ojukwu poses with others in a group photo after receiving award.
[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. James Chukwuma Agazie reports ] - Free at last! Free at last! Northern Nigeria is about to experience freedom at last if the news is true that Boko haram is laying down weapons. May God of Ndiigbo be praised and spirits of deceased Christian crusaders be given the highest commendation.
Those Igbo teachers and traders didn’t die in vain in Northern Nigeria. They were at the forefront of the struggle to educate and free Northern tribes from ignorance and the oligarchic education-is-banza clutches of Muslim sharia-type domination. Northern leaders refused to provide education for the masses; siphoned funds earmarked for education to Saudi Arabia; and effectively pushed the country into membership of Islamic League of Nations (work of Babangida and Buhari) . The North died painfully. Igbos refused to let the die be cast.
If you doubt it; check history and beginnings of Western education in Nigeria. Check annals of various Ministries of Education. Igbos were there being pilloried; castigated; dehumanized with the infamous Northernization Policy orchestrated by Premier Ahmadu Belo and Prime Minister Balewa. Those Igbos built primary and secondary schools ( CMS; Methodist; Catholic) to educate all Nigerian children whose parents cared to come.
We were there. We were the headmasters; teachers; catechists; preachers. Name it; and we were there in the trenches along with a few Europeans (Sudan United mission; Sudan Interior Mission at Gindiri; Keffi; Gboko).
While Igbo and Yoruba kids came to learn; Muslims kept their children away. Muslims wasted trillions of shillings. A few Northern children whose parents heard the call of Chineke (the true Allah) came to schools and you’ll find them as the elites of modern Northern Nigeria as Vice Chancelors; physicians; lawyers; bakers; and petty traders; at Jos; Bukuru; Makurdi; Kafanchan; Kwarra State; Igumale; Oturkpo; Utonkon; Egwugwuewu; Adoka; Igalla. Oh; my God.
Oh; my God! Oh; my God! We were there. I cannot continue . I’m in tears. But we were just there.
Dr. James Chukwuma Agazie, former Idoma-Headmaster ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Map of Nigeria showing Northern and Southern Nigeria.
[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Peregrino Brimah reports ] - In the current Ebola epidemic, Liberia happens to be the hardest hit West African nation. The leader of the nation is a Harvard-educated long-time member of the western corporate establishment, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who became president in 2005 after a Nigerian-led ECOWAS mission put an end to a spate of civil wars.
The Sirleaf reign as president, as her stint in America’s big corp. has been tainted with allegations of corruption and nepotism and now with the Ebola epidemic. Her handling of the epidemic in Liberia cannot be disconnected from her obligations as a western puppet and her training in corruption. Perhaps it is not a coincidence that Liberia is worst hit and that a colonial army has urgently set foot in Sirleaf’s Liberia.
As soon as she assumed office, Sirleaf quickly signed 100 year, binding deals with western governments depositing the nation’s abundant resources in the hands of the colonialist, despite them not playing a significant role in the stabilization of Liberia which was achieved by an African indigenous Nigerian-led effort.
Last week the Liberian Senate debated and overwhelmingly turned down a proposition by Sirleaf to restrict movement, "limit the right to assembly for any reason", and peculiarly, to appropriate property. Women Voices called it: "Tyrannical Times or Ebola Preventive Measures." Some have discussed the spread of Ebola in villages and farming communities more so than the big cities and suggested that like the Boko Haram crises in Nigeria’s northern farming communities and carbon credits across Africa, that the Ebola crises which threatens to diminish the population of locals by a least 55% is a weapon to possess for big corp., viable farming land owned and “misused” by these villagers for generations.
Quarantines of cities by the Sirleaf government have sparked serious riots, and now she additionally hurries to grab their land as the Americans settle in. Her approach to combating the Ebola crises has been deliberately ineffective. While having been largely unsuccessful in administrating, the Sirleaf government is postponing Senate elections which lawmakers decided must hold no later than December.
It is not surprising that Liberia is most seriously plagued with Ebola considering the level of corruption and nepotism that the Harvard-trained stooge president is involved and accused of. She has been battled for putting three of her sons in top government positions. One of the sons, Charles Sirleaf was appointed governor of the Central bank of Liberia, CBL.
Robert Sirleaf served as Board Chairman for the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) till 2014. Sirleaf’s son has been accused of holding dual citizenship which he denied. However the New Republic Liberia paper obtained evidence of his voting in US elections which is impossible for non US citizens.
A fourth son, Dr. Adama Sirleaf has just come to join the three. Dr. Adama Sirleaf had to “defend” himself this August against accusations that he was rushing over to the country to make his personal fortune and capitalize on millions of dollars pouring in from foreign sources for the war against Ebola (Liberian Observer, 08/29/2014).
Her history of corruption goes beyond her current years as president. Invited into the William Tolbert Richard administration as minister of finance, in 1979 Sirleaf was accused of stealing $3 million dollars. She was coming apparently well trained in colonial corruption from the World Bank, US “loan-shark” banks as well as other African banks.
Liberian Justice Minister Christiana Tah resigned early this month citing a litany of reasons including her inability to investigate the Liberian National Security Agency which is headed by President Sirleaf’s son who is accused of corruption and fraud.
As the US troops land in Liberia; Sirleaf’s radical and dangerous behaviors in sabotage of her nation cannot be ignored. She is known for her giving financial support to the bloody NPFL leader Charles Taylor, famous for his use of child soldiers. She actually defended his use of child soldiers at a US congressional hearing in 1990.
Quite similar to US President Barack Obama who was decorated with a Nobel for peace before he even drafted his global policies – which have now proven to be filled with war and crises – Ellen Sirleaf was decorated with a Nobel for peace in 2011.
To the ridicule of the Nobel prize committee, the next year, her fellow laureate who shared the Nobel prize with her, Leymah Gbowee could not take it anymore and quit her position as head of the government's Peace and Reconciliation Commission, telling the BBC: "I've been through a process of really thinking and reflecting and saying to myself 'you're as bad as being an accomplice for things that are happening in the country if you don't speak up… and when tomorrow history is judging us all let it be known that we spoke up and we didn't just sit down." Gbowee accused Sirleaf of nepotism – of course – and worsening the fate of the people, submerging them further in poverty – which has inarguably played a quintessential role in the epidemic spread of Ebola.
With the realization that the United States owns a patent on Ebola [# US 20120251502 A1] and as suspicions rise, even among top level global scientists, that the sudden new fast spreading, most virulent strain of Ebola which coincides in its emergence on the global scene, with the US patent, could be some form of ethnic and racial cleansing, it becomes necessary to cross-examine the African heads of state in Ebola plagued nations. If Ebola is a biological weapon, then Sirleaf is the perfect muzzle. Freeing Liberia from her dangerous leadership should be a priority at the next African Union meeting.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
*Photo Caption - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia
[ Masterweb Reports: Madubuko Hart reports ] - It was Mahatma Gandhi, the once reformist from India, who said that man often becomes what he believes himself to be. Gandhi goes further to elucidate that if a man keeps on saying to himself that he can or cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that the man may end up by really becoming capable or incapable of doing it. So, it was not out of place
when Governor Theodore Ahamefule Orji of Abia State announced on October 22 2013 in a press briefing by his Chief of Staff, Mr. Cosmos Ndukwe, saying that Mr. Charles Ajunwa is the Chief Press Secretary (CPS), replacing one Mr. Ugochukwu Emezue.
It is evident one year after that Ajunwa has proved himself capable of the position of the CPS, having done well as one of the humble and finest reporters in the Nigerian media industry when he pitched tent with the famous ThisDay newspapers. The governor was clairvoyance in seeing Ajunwa and appointing him to serve him as his CPS, a position that requires hi-tech diplomacy and leadership tactics, of which Ajunwa has been showing that he was grounded in all of that.
Ajunwa’s humility and total submission to Jesus Christ and with his utmost characteristic to being God-fearing endear him to all and sundry that have investigated him or have had the opportunity to be in contact with him or have heard about him. He is a man of few words, but with positive actions that have enlivened the government he serves and brought about media respect against dissenters. Unlike what it used to be before he came in: Dissenters to the government were hounded and labeled kidnappers and anything unprintable, which were not supposed to be so.
From all indications, Ajunwa is not representing his boss with brickbats and wickedness, but with respect to the individual’s right to freedom of speech, when any airs his or her opinion that may not be truth against the government he serves. Ajunwa comes out and responds to such opinion by pointing out what the government he serves has done right and has been doing right and intends to do right in respect to the opinion, thereby putting the dissenter through with the rightful information that the dissenter had lacked.
Looking at the obedience with which Ajunwa handles his office, it reminds one with the phraseology by one Israelmore Ayivor thus: “You are your own canoe and you are your own paddle, so paddle your own canoe. Society had taught us to give away our power and abilities by making us to believe that other people are responsible for our success and failure. That is not fair!”
Yes, since Ajunwa assumed office one year ago, he has seen that it is not fair to molest opposition politicians or writers, but to always inform them with the information about the government he serves they perhaps had, but pretend they do not have and prefer to cast the public against the government. This graduate of University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), Ajunwa who began his journalism career with the Daily Times in 2000 after his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme at the
Guardian Newspapers, has lowered the tension that once circled around the government in Abia State, thereby making nonconformists to see the government of Governor T.A.Orji through the lens of objectivity and constructiveness, not through the destructive lens.
To be frank, with the information that circles around Ajunwa while investigating him in the cause of this essay, he is a prudent and prodigious man who is always concerned about his family name and his to always represent in the positive. Many people both in the ThisDay and Post Express Newspapers, where he later joined and worked in the Politics Desk before moving on to the African Economy, published by
Development Economic Resources (DER) from where he joined THISDAY in 2008, have all said that Charles Ajunwa is an enchantment; a man who uses his quiet and calm voice and enviable brain to disarm any riotous or calamitous situation. A peacemaker, they have said he is.
Like Robert Kahn would say that new capabilities emerge just by virtue of having smart people… it is essential to say that humanity and the people of Abia State are lucky with a Chief Press Secretary to the governor like Charles Ajunwa whose word is his bond; a man who does not tell lies just for the lucre of power and position. Ajunwa who was also the National Assembly Correspondent for The Country Newspapers before his appointment as CPS, have shown that he has the talent to unearth potentials. This is evident in the creditability that Abia State has been enjoying in and out of the media since his emergence as the CPS.
Again, with the dexterity with which Ajunwa works shows that he loves the government that appointed him and he is working for, showing the government that it is much more than the sum of its achievements. Possibly, Ajunwa is a student of Israelmore Ayivor thus: Those who mistrust their own abilities are being too wicked to themselves, discouraging themselves from doing what they should have been excelling in. If you are good at discouraging yourself, you can't be a good leader
because leadership is built on inspiring others to face challenges. Probably, Ajunwa has been applying the words of Thomas A. Edison, which says that the first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.
Ajunwa is not a man of small moments of honesty. He is always an honest man. He has been showing the clause in Orison Swett Marden’s “Learn to Expect a Great Deal of Life”, which is: “The greatest thing a man can do in this world, is to make the most possible out of the stuff that has been given him. This is success, and there is no other.”
Thanks to His Excellency, Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State for his prescience in exploring Charles Ajunwa and appointing him as his Chief Press Secretary. While he is showing that he is a man of honesty, the government and him are wished success, as the government lasts. According to Charles Luckman, success is that old ABC meaning ability, breaks and courage.
Madubuko Hart reports from Lagos, Lagos State.
*Photo Caption - Charles Ajunwa
[ Masterweb Reports: From Abia State ] -As Governor Theodore Ahamefule Orji mounted the podium at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, on September 29, 2014, to receive the National Honours award of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) from President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, for his contributions to the development of Abia State and his purpose-driven leadership as a first class, and well-polished politician; any reasonable person who has been following the developments would certainly know that such honour was long overdue.
For a start, only very few governors were selected for the highly coveted medal and although many pundits would count Governor T. A. Orji lucky to have been so selected despite the deliberate attempts by some forces to paint his government black; an objective scrutiny of Orji’s numerous good works, humility and humaneness would show the “Ochendo of Africa” deserved the national encomiums.
It is a known fact that a number of noteworthy events and developments have pushed the government’s image and reputations higher. For many people, the goodwill might not be unconnected to the massive investments in, and transformation of, the educational sector of the state by the present administration. The proponents of this conspicuous reality, perhaps mostly Orji’s admirers and the teeming good people of Abia State, at home and in Diaspora, would applaud the state of education in God’s Own State.
Truth is, even the fiercest critics of his administration cannot but acknowledge his uncommon innovations and initiatives aimed at favourably positioning the next coming generations of Abians on a higher and better pedestal; as the growing youth population in Umuaha and Aba and its environs today surely have a greater edge than their contemporaries in other geo-political zones of the country. In many ways, it is evident that Orji’s efforts at developing the youngsters are yielding results –
results that will outlive Orji himself.
Many are the scenarios that have given credence to Orji’s lasting legacies. For the first time in many years a cheerful announcement that Abia is ranked among the top five states in Nigeria with exceptional results of her students at the 2014 West African Examination Council (WAEC) graced the Nigerian media landscape. While this was surprising to many, those who had been paying meticulous attention to the words and actions of the Governor agreed the academic success was no fluke. Thanks to the Governor’s clear vision and strategic moves, the students’
exceptional performances, which were even ahead of notable educationally
developed states in Nigeria’s South-West, have opened a new vista in the state annals. Abia residents, who have been basking in euphoria concerning this development are also commending the gradual transformation of Abia State University, Uturu, and other tertiary institutions in the state. Many people are optimistic that their workaholic government would not rest on its oars in positioning the institution as truly world-class. Many students were so thrilled they went on social media to proclaim that their schools are far better than they used to be.
Today, it is clear the Governor and his indefatigable commissioners have resolved to explore more and more innovative ways of sustaining the transformation in the educational sector of the state. With the inventiveness into education, the future of the people of the state as a whole is secured; and the people would forever be grateful. But beyond education, Orji’s uncommon transformation is evident in many
sectors within the state as manifested by his ubiquitous legacy projects. Perhaps that is why he is the envy of many political neophytes in Nigeria who seize every opportunity to cast baseless aspersions on his work for the sheer sake of garnering cheap political visibility. Albeit, the legacy projects are now very undeniable as they now dot the hitherto barren Abia infrastructural landscape. A first time visitor to
Abia State would possibly giggle and bask in the additional works Orji would do if he had the kind of internally generated revenue (IGR) of Lagos State or that of Akwa Ibom. Despite the fact that Abia is among the state receiving the least in the country, the administration has put the resources to effective use. Even with the little available resources, it is evident that the government is working.
Recently, the Chief Press Secretary to the Abia State Governor, Mr. Charles Ajunwa, said in an interview published in a national daily that “only the blind would not see transformation in Abia”. He is right in many ways.
Ajunwa asserted further that “the governor is not a man who will be at a place and you will not see any change”. This may be why people are talking about his growing list of uncommon transformations in the educational sector of the state. He has touched literally every Local Government Area. Orji has achieved so much that the next class of Abia politicians only need to sustain his projects and ensure the sustenance of all the infrastructures to be deemed successful.
The public is wiser and Abians are speaking with one voice. All the real and perceived political Lilliputians in the state have been silenced. Truth and facts can speak for themselves in Abia. Orji is working! The legacy projects of the administration are increasing on a daily basis despite the meager resources available. Abia stands out as one of the strongest states in terms of infrastructure development, youth
empowerment and protection of lives and property. The menace of kidnapping that plagued the government of his predecessor has become a thing of the past. Perhaps the panacea was the Governor’s resolve to putting the state resources into proper use in conjunction with the security agencies, and thorough and judicious engagement of the unemployed youths, or even a sagacious combination of both. The point is, peace and tranquility was restored under Orji’s meticulous watch. One can only hope that the political gladiators aspiring to take over the rein of leadership in the state are taking valuable lessons from Orji’s sagacious moves.
The new dawn in Abia has not emerged in obscurity. The reality is obvious on the streets. Civil servants have continued to enjoy the new minimum wage even when other states are yet to commence implementation. In fact, a number of governors in the South-West and the North-East need to consult Orji as soon as possible. His colleagues in power have many things to learn from him.
Recently, the untiring and unrelenting Governor, in an apparent move to lift the image and reputation of his state, called on President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure the establishment of a federal-owned Polytechnic in Abia State. It was a passionate and timely appeal. He is well aware that with functional and quality education, business activities and life would be better. Orji made the appeal in his address at the inauguration of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) office in Mgbarakma, Ubakala in Umuahia South Local Government Area of the state. Truthfully, the man who has done so much and spent so much to educate his people deserved the backing of Nigeria’s federal might. The Governor commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his transformation agenda especially in the educational sector, which has seen to the establishment of more Federal Government Universities in
states that had none before his administration.
Said Orji: “I thank the President who has seen Abia State as a peculiar case, peculiar in the sense that we don’t joke with education. We have two priorities on our political agenda, health and security, because once you are healthy, other things will follow.
“When you go out there, you will see that we in Abia State take education as business; that is the ultimate desire of every parent to make sure that their children go to school. Although we are education friendly; it is only in Abia State that we don’t have a federal polytechnic.
“The Federal Government has not opened any one here, the one in Abia is state government-owned, the College of Education at Arochukwu is also state government-owned, but if you go to other states, there are Federal Government polytechnics, so we need one here.”
The call for FG’s support was long overdue. The people earnestly wanted the Jonathan led-administration to complement Orji’s messianic efforts. Earlier, the then supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, commended the Governor for being supportive of Jonathan’s transformation agenda and for transforming Abian lives beyond imagination. Recently too, many people have been talking about the newly built facilities donated to various schools as well as many empowerment programmes of Orji’s administration.
In a newspaper interview published on Friday, September 26, 2014, Orji was quoted as promising to keep striving for Abia’s progress. It is a known fact that T. A. Orji has continued to empower the teeming youths in the state. For him, “if the strength and intelligence of the youth are not harnessed, they will use them negatively”. This sagacious thought might be one of the things propelling him to perform the ongoing
The “magic” of massive empowerment for the unemployed is a case in study too. Not many people are asking what has happened to the “dirty hoodlums” of Abia? The magic of the ubiquitous skill acquisition centres in all the local governments areas in the 23-year old state have kept them busy and have transformed their lives.
What many political watchers are even saying is that T. A. Orji’s magic wand contributed significantly to curbing restiveness and kidnappings in the state. The portrait of Abia, as a State as well as its people, has changed for good.
Nigeria needs just only a handful of Orjis at the federal level to drive President Jonathan's transformation agenda. No wonder his admirers call him "Ochendo Global" as he has the magic wand to every difficult task or situation.
*Photo Caption - Governor T. A. Orji
[ Masterweb Reports: Chief (Sir) Don Ubani reports ] - The people of the defunct Eastern Nigeria were on a high socio-economic pedestal before the advent of the Nigerian/Biafran war. Before the war, when oil and gas had not become the economic mainstay of Nigeria, the economy of the East was based on agriculture, mining, commerce, industry, tourism technology, transport, professionalism, etc.
As at 1963, the economic growth rate of the Eastern Region had been described as the fastest in sub-Saharan Africa. In the field of agriculture, the governments of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe and Dr. Michael Okpara placed premium on cultivation and production of palm produce. Coal was being mined in very large commercial quantity at Enugu.
It was because of coal in Enugu that the British Colonial government had completed the construction of the Port-Harcourt-Enugu railway as early as 1916 to facilitate the transportation of coal from Enugu tothe Sea Port at Port-Harcourt.
During that era, the people of the East, particularly the Igbo, were known for their vigorous exploits in the area of commerce. Even uptil this moment, the Igbo are inseparably associated with commerce, especially buying and selling. In addition to small and medium scale industries established by individual eastern industrialists, the Government of the defunct Eastern Nigeria established some big industries such as the Niger cement Industry at Nkalagu, the Golden Guinea Breweries at Umuahia, a Ceramic Industry at Umuahia, two big texile mills, each at Aba and Onitsha.
The Government also invested very meaningfully and lucratively in tourism. Apart from PresidentialHotels at Enugu and Port-Harcourt, each Urban area in the region had a branch of the government-owned Phoenix Hotel. The Hotels at Umuahia and Aba that are presently known as Abia Hotels were formerly branches of Phoenix Hotel.
The economy of the region was so vibrate that the Eastern Regional Govenrment was the first to successfully initiate the establishment of an indigenous university; the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1955, which formally opened for academic studies on the 7th of October, 1960, barely a week after Nigeria’s Independence on October 1st, 1960.
Without mincing words, the period between 1960 and 14th of January, 1966 marked the former Eastern Region of Nigeria as an economic Eldorado. Unfortunately and most regrettably, two things were to conspire against the economic growth of the region; (1) The Nigerian Civil War which originated principally from the political crisis in the defunct Western region between Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Chief Samuel Akintola and (2) Corruption amongst the country’s ruling elites
The Nigerian Civil War was waged and fought within the boundaries of the former eastern region for thirty consecutive months from 1967 to 1970. As would be expected, everything the people of the region, especially the Igbo, had laboured to achieve in Nigeria was not only forced to come to a halt but was completely ruined and destroyed. The few Igbo that were extremely lucky to have survived the war came back to Nigeria penuriously devastated. The economy of the Igbo was lost, though the Igbo survivalist instinct remained, as characteristic of the Igbo, very high. They just had to start life afresh.
Before the civil war, corruption had raised its ugly head in matters of public administration. But at the end of the civil war, with the military being in charge of the affairs of the country, corruption assumed a very destructive dimension. Corruption manifested itself in uncountable ways. Contracts were awarded and paid for yet they would not be executed. Key areas that were affected by this cankerworm were road construction, the Nigerian railways, and the power sector. Roads, the railway and electricity were the principal factors that were responsible for the fast growth of the economy of the erstwhile region. With the paralysis occasioned on the reviving economy of the people of the South-East, the entrepreneurial spirit of the people nose-dived while many South-Easterners were compelled to seek for green pasture outside their zone of nativity.
The most devastating of the fortune of the people of the South-East has been the gradual and systematic collapse of Federal roads in the zone. The collapse got to an extent where a journey from Aba to Enugu, which under normal circumstance should not take more than two and half hours, took more than six hours. The same frustration played out on Enugu-Onitsha road. Onitsha–Owerre-Aba road was not spared. The collapse of these Federal roads, not to talk of Aba-Ikot-Ekpene and Umuahia-Ikot-Ekpene roads, has made a mess of governance in the country and nonsense of life in the South-East.
The misery and agony emanating from the collapse of these Federal roads, as would be expected, compelled the Governors of the South-East geo-political zone, under the able leadership of Governor T.A. Orji of Abia State to rise and champion the cause of their people. President Goodluck Jonathan, being a listening and humane father of the Nigerian State, responded to the request of the leaders of the South-East. The Enugu-Okigwe-Umuahia-Aba portions of the Enugu-Port-Harcourt Express roadhas been awarded for rehabilitation to two construction companies. Enugu-Umuahia is awarded to Setraco and the company is doing marvelously well. Whoever that plies that section of the road would surely appreciate the commitment of Setraco to delivering effectively on the terms of the road contract awarded by the P.D.P-led Federal Government.
But on the extremity of contradiction, the Arab Contractors, which started work from the Abia Tower axis of the road more than a year ago, is yet to complete work even on one lane of the road upto Ubakala junction.
The lackadaisical attitude to work on the project so far exhibited by the Arab Contractors has forced many observers to conclude that the company has a hidden religious agenda against the people of the South-East who are ninety-nine point nine (99.9%) percent Christians or that the company is, in every material particular, ill equipped and incompetent.
As at present, Arab Contractors have assumed a very worrisome dimension and any one that infers that the company is all out to frustrate the economic recovery of the South-East may not, after all, be far from the truth. It, therefore, follows that the Federal Government that awarded the contract to Arab Contractors may, of necessity, review the contract in order to save the traumatized people of the South-East who are ever ready to support the administration of President Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan.
Chief (Sir) Don Ubani; ksc, JP - Okwubunka of Asa in Abia State reports.
*Photo Caption - Arab Contractors logo
[ Masterweb Reports: From Abia State ] - The Abia State chapter of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP), has lampooned a chieftain of the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Okey Nwagbara over an alleged derogatory remarks on Governor Theodore Orji.
Nwagbara who is the APC Zonal Chairman for Abia Central, had allegedly described the recent National Honours Award bestowed on Governor Orji "as an insult to Abia people, especially those residing in the abandoned city of Aba."
In a press statement issued by PDP and signed by its Publicity Secretary, Chef Uchechi Ogbuka, the party described the APC chieftain as "a confused political desperado looking for relevance."
According to PDP, Nwagbara only resorted to media attacks on the Governor as a means of achieving cheap popularity as "he has since lost political steam to command any attention in the state."
PDP also accused Nwagbara and his party (APC) of sponsoring cheap blackmails against the state government in their desperation to gain recognition ahead of the 2015 polls, but added that " their strategy is belated as all Abians are aware of their antecedents."
According to PDP, the award on Governor Orji is "a federal endorsement and testimonial of his giant strides which have since changed the face of Abia State."
PDP said "it is only the likes of Nwagbara that will not see the wave of
multi-sectoral transformation currently pervading the Abia landscape", insisting that the award on Governor Orji is "well deserved and cannot be disputed except by detractors like Nwagbara and his sinking APC."
The statement read in part: "The legacy projects of the PDP-led administration of Governor Orji are identifiable and incontrovertible as they are there for all to see. Never in the history of Abia State have the people witnessed the quantum of legacy projects as Orji's government has already posted ever since he liberated Abia from the shackles of political servitude.
"Today, it is on record that Orji is the first Governor to build a government house in Abia; the first Governor to build a befitting secretariat for Abia workers; the first to empower over 3000 youths with vehicles free of charge and still counting; the first to build diagnostic hospital and renal centre; the first to lay solid transformation for Abia's development."
PDP therefore, warned members of the opposition to show respect for the office of the Governor even if they disagree with the policies of the occupant of the exalted seat.
The party also boasted that it would maintain its grip in the state come 2015 elections, dismissing threats by the opposition to dislodge PDP in the upcoming polls as "empty noise that lacks substance."
According to PDP, the out- standing records of Governor Orji will be a
walk over for the party in 2015 .
*Photo Caption - PDP logo
[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Peregrino Brimah reports ] - So long as the Francophone media is bent on dragging Nigeria to its begging knees, Shekau will never die. The controversy on the death of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau is one that is entirely manufactured by Globalist media. It is nothing less than media terrorism by the desperate colonialists. But these globalist media cannot be solely blamed. It is us who have Boko Haram sponsors in the Presidency and as our army Chiefs after all. Protected, supported and paid with billions by our President. We have no credibility and as long as this nation keeps such clueless and adamantly wicked men at its helm, the globalist media will continue to disgrace and terrorize us and will keep Shekau immortal.
The globalist media has stubbornly insisted on denying the fact that we have killed two of the very Shekaus they have themselves shown in videos as the actual person. They pretend not to notice the very different people who all impersonate Shekau in the many videos they release as a singular person, but when we kill these very people they just publicized then they say it wasn’t him and push out the next available video of another of his impersonators, gleefully, as soon as Boko Haram sells it to them.
The latest bump-head Shekau we killed has been promoted by them on many occasions as the one and only Shekau. Now they are releasing video of droopy left lip, almond eye Shekau. The minute we kill this one again, they will bring out the next and the next, in frank terrorism and with an ultimate plan to frustrate Nigeria into submission for foreign complete invasion and destruction as was done to Libya; thanks to our participant, wealth blinded, terrible leadership.
It is ironic that in 2011 when America “killed” Osama who we all know was already dead since 2001, and never showed us even a single picture of his dead body, none of these very media questioned the blatant lies. But now they invest heavily in giving our Shekau nine lives.
It’s not their fault; it is our fault for electing leaders with no shoes because we were colonially battered into a dumb foreign tribalist culture. With our President who scores world worsts every time, recently of note, doing abominable things like using the #BringBackGoodluck” slogan, how will they ever fear and respect us? After all, when late President Umaru Yar’Adua killed Mohammed Yusuf, the actual Boko Haram leader believed and touted to be immortal, dem no born any globalist media well (translated: No media had the guts) to broadcast video’s of his aspiring impersonators.
A little time, 2015 or 2019, this will all be over. #VictoryForNigeria. We stand by our Civilian-JTF and active soldiers, those engaged in the battle front, not the morbidly obese, cash bloated, Abuja barrack land usurping Boko Haram sponsor Army ogas at the top.
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Dr. Peregrino Brimah ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Abubakar Shekau Conflicting Photos
[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. C. K. Ekeke reports ] - In his memoir book: ‘There Was A Country – A Personal History of Biafra’ – a classic and masterful narration of Nigeria’s history and civil war, the eminent scholar, International poet, and global treasure, the late Prof. Chinua Achebe published before passing into glory last year. He wrote abundantly about Nigeria’s independence and freedom. In the words of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, he writes, Nigeria was given her freedom “on a platter of gold.” We should have known that freedom should be won, not given on a plate. Like the head of John the Baptist, this gift to Nigeria proved most unlucky.
In his famous and widely quoted book: ‘The Trouble with Nigeria,’ the late poet, philosopher and Prophet Chinua Achebe writes, “The trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership.”
The late nationalist leader and sage were absolutely right. Nigeria gained independence on a platter of gold on October 1, 1960. Since then, she has floundered and has not really enjoyed any genuine freedom or political peace or national prosperity because of tribalism and ethnic hatred, political instability, poor leadership, religious ignorance, intolerance and violence, moral degradation, bribery and corruption, injustice, indiscipline and irresponsibility. These and other vices quickly marred the nation’s prospect for development and progress until today.
In his classic book: ‘The Open Sore of a Continent – A Personal Narrative of the Nigerian Crisis,’ the literary icon, an international acclaimed playwright, essayist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Novelist Wole Soyinka brilliantly and succinctly writes about the corruption, human rights abuses, bad leadership and political bondage in which Nigeria and most of Africa was subjected to since her independence.
In his masterpiece book and his treatise of governance in Nigeria: ‘Fractured History - Elite Shifts and Policy Changes in Nigeria,’ the erudite scholar and Nigeria’s former permanent representative to UN, the late Dr. Joseph Nanyen Garba, wrote “in our thirty-four years of nationhood, we have made an unprecedented turnaround; going from a nation of hope, strength, abundance, economic prosperity and high aspirations to a nation which has become the embodiment of a degenerate society.”
He further added that, “Nigeria, to my mind, does not lack real men and women. The ingredients for creating a formidable nation exist. What is lacking is leadership with the political will and the selfless dedication to galvanize the entire nation.” (Fractured History ….)
The late Joe Garba was right then and even now. Yes and rightly so, Nigeria does not lack competent people that can lead. But what she lacks are courageous men and women that can liberate us from the shackles of colonial slavery and ethnic bondage.
The Nigerian state is sore and chronically ill, ethically and morally decadent and frankly suffering from a serious and severe crisis. The pandemic poverty, diseases, political corruption, religious violence, ethical and moral decadence rampant in Nigeria today is directly linked to lack of true leadership.
Since Nigeria gained independence in October 1, 1960, she has had various systems of government – Unitary, Parliamentary, Military and now Democratic Presidential system. Despite Nigeria’s enormous human potential and abundant natural resources, the promise of these various governments has been a dismal failure. Our political leaders have not kept their promises but floundered and left the Nigerian masses worse than when they were as slaves under the British kingdom.
President John F. Kennedy speaking during America’s Independence Day, once said, “The cost of freedom is always high but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose and that is the path of surrender, or submission.”
Dr. Mike Murdock, the Bible wisdom teacher writes, “4th of July is very important in American history – in their war for liberty and freedom. Americans have a holy hatred for tyrants, dictatorship and destroyers of the human will. That’s why they willingly confront terrorism anywhere they find it.”
Freedom is not a freebie. Human freedom cannot be granted without major struggle and sacrifice. Let us pray that God will stir up men and women with a holy hatred for tyranny to liberate our nation from bad leadership, corrupt government officials, ethnic hatred and colonial enslavement. More than ever, Nigeria needs courageous, visionary and skilful leaders to emancipate the people and our land from satanic political leadership and restore her historic honor and moral dignity in the global community. I pray for vision and hope that we develop the moral courage to stand up for our freedoms from all shackles of injustice and enslavement in our society today.
As we celebrate today, let us thank God for preserving and keeping us together for these tumultuous 54 years. May He give us the strength to continue to confront any forms of enslavement of our hopes and dreams and to continue to fight for our liberty and true freedom!
Happy Independence Day!
Dr. C. K. Ekeke ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Map of Nigeria
[ Masterweb Reports ] - The National Coordinator, Initiative For National Rebirth, Mr. Patrick Okpomu has declared that President Goodluck Jonathan remained the Nigerian Consensus Candidate come 2015 Presidential Election.
He stated this in a congratulatory message on behalf of Nigerians and Nigerians in Diaspora to felicitate with the President, His Excellency Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR and the Vice President, His Excellency Arc. Namadi Sambo GCON in marking Nigeria’s 54th Independence Anniversary Celebration. He used the opportunity to pray for PEACE and UNITY of the country that God Almighty would continue to grant the President and his Vice the WISDOM and GRACE to continue delivering to the good people of Nigeria DIVIDENDS OF DEMOCRACY and GOOD GOVERNANCE, pledging the organization’s loyalty and to galvanize support for total victory in the 2015 Presidential Election.
Mr. Okpomu urged the President to keep moving for history is on his side no matter what people say or print in ignorance. He emphasized the need for Nigerians to appreciate the current rebasing of the country’s GDP as the biggest in Africa as a positive step in the right direction for the current administration’s TRANSFORMATION AGENDA.
THE National Coordinator of INR eulogized the President’s untiring and genuine efforts coupled with the NATIONAL TRANSFORMATION AGENDA adopted as a policy and regulatory framework to move the country forward, and with God Almighty on his side as the NIGERIAN CONSENSUS CANDIDATE, victory at the 2015 Presidential Election is a foregone conclusion.
He also commended the Federal Government under the able leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan for the proactive approach to curtailing the Ebola Virus Disease and gave kudos to the Hon. Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu and Minister of State Dr. Khaliru Alhassan acknowledged worldwide as round pegs in round hole for their giant strides in HEALTH CARE REFORMS of the TRANSFORMATION AGENDA.
On the insecurity situation in the northern part of the country, Mr. Okpomu asserted that insurgency and terrorism was alien to the Nigerian culture which is the next thing that sits close to the Devil, and appreciated the recent success recorded by the Nigerian Armed Forces in tackling the menace which would soon be a thing of the past.
He further affirmed that what God has decreed from His Throne of grace, no mortal being can change it, emphasizing that Mr. President’s Election had been ordained by God, only its manifestation that is left. And concluded that the President reward is in the hands of God Almighty and the Nigerian Electorate comes 14th February, 2015.
Mr. Patrick Okpomu was born on the 4th February 1972 in Warri. A Native of Ogodobri town, Bomadi L.G.A, Delta State of Nigeria. He is an acclaimed Writer, Essayist, Publisher, Composer and Poet. At 42 years of age, Mr. Okpomu has made great impact in many spheres of life especially in the literary world.
In 1991, he won the overall best prize of “All Secondary Schools Essay Competition” in Warri L.G.A in the defunct Bendel State organized by Inner Wheel Club of Warri. Also in the same year,he won the best prize in English language, History and Literature in English for graduating students at Essi College Warri, Delta State of Nigeria. Mr. Okpomu gained admission into the Edo State University, Ekpoma in 1993 to Study Philosophy. In 1994 he participated in the “All African Universities Essay Competition” organized by Udemba Communications Limited New York USA on the topic “The Problems of Your Country and the Way Forward”. His essay was listed amongst the best 100 in Africa by the panel of judges. In the 90’s he had written numerous articles on Global Issues published in National and International journals e.g. London Times, Ebony Magazine, Fortune e.t.c. The International Biographic Centre, Cambridge, England Publishers of “International Who Is Who of Intellectuals” gave kudos to some of his published articles. Mr. Okpomu is a Member of the Songwriters Club of America and recipient of Harmonious Honor Award in the Hollywood Song Jubilee, Hollywood, California, USA in 1993 and 1996 editions. He was listed among the best 100 Composers and number 57th on the list being the only African earned him a CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT from the organizers in the 1993 edition. He composed the “Diamond Anniversary Song” for Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II (Queen of England) on Her Royal Majesty’s 63rd Wedding Anniversary in 2010 and the song was performed on May 2012 marking Her Majesty’s Diamond Anniversary on the Throne where Mr. Okpomu received enormous commendations from the Queen of England and the Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt (MP) then British Secretary of State for Culture, Media, Arts & Sports and currently British Secretary of State for Health. In 1999 and 2001 editions, Mr. Okpomu submitted Radio Drama Scripts to “Write Around The World” in the BBC World Service/British Council International Radio Playwriting contest in London.
He also composed the TRANSFORMATION JINGLE in 2013 which highlights President Goodluck Jonathan’s Achievements with a view to taking part in the campaign. He is in the Special Members Forum-Bible Society of Nigeria, and Coordinator, SOON READERS CLUBS-Africa and the Middle East (a Christian Missionary Organization based in Willington, Derby England). Mr. Okpomu has composed numerous poems to his credit. By dint of hard work, commitment and dedication to vision, Mr. Okpomu is the National Coordinator, Initiative for National Rebirth, Publisher Believers Mission International (BMI) Magazine and Vice Chairman, Delta State Sports Council Wrestling Association Governing Board appointed by the Delta State Government. He has deployed his Global network Sensitizing, Mobilizing and Networking Western powers and Nigerians in Diaspora to supporting the TRANSFORMATION AGENDA of the current administration and the 2015 re-election project.
During the recent Ebola outbreak in Nigeria, Mr. Okpomu pulled some strings by getting the attention of the British Secretary of State for Health Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt (MP) to collaborate with Nigeria’s Health authorities in taming the Ebola Virus Disease.
*Photo Caption - President Goodluck Jonathan