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[ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety reports ] -  (Democracy & Good Governance, Onitsha Nigeria, 19th April 2015)-It is the position of the leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law that the two pillars holding the democratic foundation in modern time particularly in Africa are laid on input and output legitimacies. When a governor emerges in an election through credible popular votes, his or her emergence becomes a product of input legitimacy. But if he or she emerges otherwise, his or her emergence becomes a product of mechanical legitimacy. Output legitimacy is the case when the input legitimate governor changes and upgrades the socio-economic conditions of his or her people and their environmental abode through innovative and creative governing styles.
To achieve output legitimacy concept of governance, governance attitude must be laid on service and permanently distanced from consumption. Output legitimacy is solidly laid on nine foundations of focus, direction, innovation or creativity, positive resources mobilization, fiscal prudence and accountability, zero indebtedness, private sector inclusion, social service provision and delivery and account of stewardship. Through focus, a government resists the risk of running distractive governance. Through direction, it has a governance destination. By innovation, it lowers the risk of running a status quo or establishment governance and brings on board innovative policies and actions. By positive resources mobilization, it de-escalates over reliance on statutory revenue earnings and harmful borrowings and creates and discovers other positive sources of revenues such as private sector, donor agencies, development partners and governance saving costs.
By fiscal prudence and accountability, it cuts down bloated governance costs and ensures their re-channelization into social service provisions and delivery. It also makes it possible to attract huge non debt financial and social project inflows from donor agencies and development partners and ensures re-channelization of its statutory allocations into fixing key infrastructures like roads, bridges, airports, health and education physical structures, etc. By zero indebtedness, it saves its governance enclave from debt burden and retardation of development and gagging of its future. It also puts the enclave on sound financial footings. By private sector involvement or inclusion, massive job opportunities are created because private sector, not government is the highest employer of labor in the world. It also boosts government revenues and attracts large capital inflows and direct and indirect foreign investments. It also moves its natural resources from subsistent level to mechanized level.
By social service provision and delivery including environmental protection, the fundamental objective of inventing government; which is service to the people and their environment is optimally achieved. It also enhances the living conditions of the people and optimally narrows the gap between the rich and the poor. By so doing, social unrest and crimes are reduced to the barest minimum and happiness and comfort are provided for the greater number of the population.

By account of stewardship, process of output legitimacy is fully completed. It also engenders hope and trust in public governance and provides local and international reference points and systematized benchmarks by which today’s governance is measured. The account of stewardship under reference is also expected to contain the assets and liabilities being left behind by the out-going government as well as progress or retrogress made by same.
The Concept of Obinomics:
The concept of Obinomics or innovative multi-sectored approach to public governance in Anambra State using decency, law, prudence and political civility; is substantially laid on the nine foundations explained above. Of the 36 States and the FCT, only Anambra State of Obinomics successfully ran a governance of combined input and output legitimacies under Mr. Peter Obi from 2006 to 2013. In its input legitimacy, it was voted massively in the April 2003 gubernatorial poll, but the armada of electoral fraud denied it victory and gubernatorial ascendance until 17th March 2006 when the reverse became the case via protracted judicial processes. The Obinomics’ input legitimacy also modified and upgraded the Nigeria’s electoral legal calendar and introduced staggered gubernatorial polls in seven States of Nigeria.
Obinomics’ output legitimacy innovatively changed the face of Anambra State multi-sectorally and removed the State from its notorious pariah status as Nigeria’s rogue State where renegades and naira loaded clowns are in charge to the point of taking over the government’s seat of power with impunity and determining the collective fate of the Anambra People in a riotous and disastrous manner. The Obinomics started with the account of what it met on the ground as well as prudence and continuity; by way of continuing and completing most, if not all the projects awarded by the two former renegade administrations before embarking on award and execution of new ones.
It went extra miles in mobilizing massive resources locally and internationally. It also scaled down drastically the State’s old debt stocks and further borrowings. At the end, successes recorded by the State in governance were in legion, particularly by leaving behind huge finances in the State coffers totally over N75billion as well as making the State the least indebted State in Nigeria internally and externally. This, the Obinomics did by clearing the State’s local and foreign debts from over N40billion in 2006 to N10.7billion in December 2014. The State also changed from borrower to lender with $156million invested in foreign bonds, which have now risen to about N40billion. The issue of wage debts was also tackled by 90% by ensuring that most pension and gratuity arrears were liquidated. The Obinomics ended with a heavy booklet containing verifiable account of stewardship including upgraded schools, health institutions, roads, bridges, direct foreign investments and capital inflows, etc.
Obinomics As A Benchmark For New Governors:
We are deeply worried at Intersociety over the attitudes of elected political office holders towards public governance in Nigeria particularly at the State level; which see and treat same as mercantile venture rather than service to humanity. This explains why public governance has failed brutally in most of the States in Nigeria. The public governance in the country has also been afflicted with status quo or establishment governing styles with little or no efforts at ensuring innovative or creative governance.
Most States in Nigeria are presently grounded to a halt and afflicted with huge debts capable of blocking any meaningful governance impact in such States. In the States under reference, true accounts of their debt stocks particularly their local debts are concealed or manipulated. As a result, the incoming governors have no option than to continue to run status quo or establishment governance on account of mountainous debts being left behind by their out-going colleagues.
Those who were recently declared re-elected are also expected to continue with their roguish and deceitful governance at the expense of the electorates and the general public. Lagos State, for instance, has official public State debts of N402 billion comprising local and foreign debts and unofficial debts of over N500 billion. It is the most indebted State in Nigeria. In Rivers State, over N200 billion is owed in public debts. Other heavily indebted States are Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Abia, Imo, Kaduna and Delta. At the geopolitical level, the Southwest and the Southwest zones remain the most indebted zones in Nigeria with over 1.4 trillion at over N700 billion each involving local and foreign debts.
On the other hand, the concept of Obinomics remains a fundamental benchmark to public governance approach in Nigeria. To ensure successful adoption and workability of this concept, any governor wishing to adopt it must first adopt service to humanity attitude in place of consumptive governance attitude. The Obinomics governance approach is also direly needed at the Federal level where the Federal Government’s current total debt stocks officially stands at over $55billion comprising over N9 trillion ($45B) of local debts and $10billion of foreign debts respectively. Apart from these shocking and alarming debt stocks of the Federal Government, most of the monies needed to fix key public infrastructures and other social services amounting to over 60% are roguishly codified in the form of allowances and overheads for the elected and appointed top public office holders in Nigeria to the extent that a whopping sum of N1trillion or $5 billion is spent annually in the payment of the allowances of the Federal civil servants (Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala 2014).
In the Federation of Nigeria as a whole, another whopping sum of N1.15 trillion or about $5.7 billion is spent annually in the payment of salaries and allowances of 14,500 top appointed and elected public office holders in the country with salaries accounting only for 10% and allowances accounting for 90%. Out of this, N550 billion is spent annually on the allowances of 12,788 Local Government Areas’ top officials in the categories of chairmen, deputies and councilors in the country’s 774 LGAs while only N42 billion is spent on their salaries.
Through parliamentary fiscal appropriations at the Federal level, over N1.5 trillion or about $7.5 billion is spent on overheads every year including the President’s security votes. This is much more than what is budgeted for capital projects, which is about N1.2 trillion or $6 billion. At the State level, 60% of the cumulative earnings including borrowed funds are wasted annually in overheads and allowances of top public office holders including the governors’ monthly security votes. Between N600million and N800million is pocketed monthly by each State Governor in Nigeria in the form of monthly security votes. Most of the States in Nigeria have also roguishly enacted post public office wage pay laws for their elected executive and legislative officers and the sums allocated to them in the form of severance and pension allowances are alarming and shocking.
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chairman
Barr Uzochukwu Oguejiofor-Nwonu, Head, Campaign & Publicity Department
Barr Chiugo Onwuatuegwu, Head, Democracy & Good Governance Program
Barr Obianuju Igboeli, Head, Civil Liberties & Rule of Law Program
*Photo Caption - Mr. Peter Obi, former Anambra governor

[ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports ] - Lots of stomach infrastructure prophets in Nigeria predicted the victory of Jonathan at the just concluded presidential polls in Nigeria, describing Buhari’s supporters as heathens raging against the Lords Anointed. I am yet to see any of them that predicted a Buhari victory. Mcheeew!

These misguided spokespersons of God gave us lectures of how Jonathan is the David that will defeat Goliath of the Philistines (Buhari). In all the meetings of clerics I attended around Abuja, Enugu, Lagos, Port Harcourt  and environs, I hear the same tale of how God told some pastors  that a Buhari presidency will Islamize Nigeria and how God intends his people to pray out this heathen who wants to return them ( not myself) back to Egypt. We were also told that God will give Jonathan a second term victory because he has not finished his assignment.

I never discerned all these things prophetically and I know that these statements are not from the Spirit of God. In one of the meeting of a closed group of ministers in Abuja, I blurted out angrily at one of the prophetic tale bearer asking “does God intend to keep a most corrupt president, are you aware that the economy is in so much bad shape that there may be no money to pay salaries by the end of this year if leakages in the system is not drastically cut.  Are you aware that many State Governments having huge debt profile, endangering the economic status of their states? Which parameter is your God using to declare Jonathan a savior despite grinding poverty in the land.….”

The most ridiculous of all I heard was that Buhari, Tinubu and the APC represents the heathens that have ganged up against God. These stories were fed to the congregation of many, and they wasted precious times of prayer on something I knew would be a waste. Some organized special prayer session, special night vigils, special crusades, after collecting their own share of the corrupt national cake in thousands, millions and billions of naira, and gathered people to pray in churches, open spaces and fields all in an effort to deliver Nigeria from the hand of heathens. In one of the cities where such money for hand prayers was made, I told some Archbishops and Bishops to ensure that they collected their own share of the Jonathanian largesse before enlisting their congregants for the prayers. The Bishops heeded my call and lied in wait for the principal prayer warrior, who on sensing trouble, skipped the planned pre-crusade ministers’ briefings and left immediately after his crusade.

Of course, God and Jesus Christ disappointed them all. I believe that Tinubu, Amechi, Oshiomhole , Fashola and their group, though having their own shortcomings,  cannot in the prevailing context, be branded as  heathens because the are supporting  Buhari. It is spiritually discernible that the real heathen is the incumbent Goodluck Jonathan.

This man who had no shoes, allowed so much corruption within his five year tenure that from my own estimate, a total of $142 billion dollars oil revenue were stolen in five years. I have buttressed it in earlier write-up ‘Looters of $142 billion dollars oil revenue not working for Jesus Christ’. A heathen is that president so heartless to allow such theft by close friends and cronies while the over 60 million Nigerians live below$1 dollars daily. Former CBN Governor Prof Chukwuma  Soludo put his own estimated off budget theft at N30 trillion naira ($150billin dollars), this stolen or missing sum can construct two hundred and forty eight numbers  of (248) Second Niger Bridge at the cost of $500 million dollars each , and a prayer warrior is still looking for a heathen.

A heathen is that President who cannot expose the Boko Haram sponsors who are part of his ruling party, his cabinet ministers and his service chiefs and deliberately deceives Nigerians that opposition flagbearer is supporting Boko Haram.  A heathen is that man ignored the earlier warnings of ex Heads of States Muhammadu Buhari and Olusegun  Obasanjo in 2011, immediately after the United Nations Abuja bombings, that he should pursue and prosecute the sponsors of Boko Haram before they become too uncontrollable, until over 10,000 lives have been lost.

A heathen is that president who abandoned Northern Christians to Boko Haram onslaught until six weeks to the rescheduled presidential polls. A heathen is that president who left Christian communities with over 100 years Jesus heritage like Chibok, Gwoza, Askira,Uba,Damboa and numerous others to be the first to fall into the hands of the Jihadists. I enumerated them in the piece released mid last year titled ‘Boko Haram Republic of Gwoza: Jonathan abandons Northern Christians’

Heathen is that President who allowed Chibok Girls to be captured from a predominantly Christian town, and many of them raped to death while dancing Azonto in Kano. It is a shame that a Muslim activist  by name Peregrimah Brimah was asking a Christian President for logistics to mobilize army of volunteers to help rescue Chibok girls that are predominantly Christians.

Heathen is that President under whose tenure I lost many missionary colleagues to the hands of the insurgents while great feasting is going on in Aso Rock.

Heathen is that president who said that 16 are greater than 19 in the Nigerian Governors Forum controversial elections, and set the stage for Governors Amechi, Kwakwanso, Oshiomhole and co to give the opposition the boost they deserved. Had these governors remained in the PDP, a Buhari victory would not have been possible.

Jesus Christ disappointed all these prophets because they allowed their sentiments and emotions to becloud the voice of the Holy Spirit. Many of them clamored friendship with a sitting President more than hearing the Voice of God and siding with the people. I was also tempted like them with advances from certain quarters to toe the line of Balaam, and I rebuffed it, not because I am a money bag, but because the Holy Spirit rejected their gifts.

Heathen is also that prophet who allowed personal friendship with Jonathan to obscure the voice of God and conscience which states that Nigeria is dying slowly due to corruption, impunity and insecurity.

Heathen is that prophet who in private cannot diplomatically tell the incumbent that Nigerians are complaining about his style of governance, because saying such may lead to loss of billions or hundreds of millions of tithes, offerings, seed and prayer money.

I was shocked when a Bishop told me in the first week of March, after my briefing, that they never told them that Chibok Girls were Christians. They never told them that Christian territories are being overrun by Boko Haram. They never told them that even Muslims are co-operating to ensure that occupied Christian towns in Borno were liberated. They told us that Buhari invented Boko Haram and that Osibanjo will resign for Tinubu after the elections .  They deliberately briefed us on what the wanted us to hear, and that is the spirit of Balak.

A church goer who patronizes witches and wizads, Guru Maharaji, Olumba Olumba, Ogboni, Amorc. Free Mason and such secret organizations whose operations are anti-Christ is also a heathen, whether the person sows seed of billions of naira to a pastor or not.

Jesus Christ have enjoined  his followers in Matthew 5 vs 16 to ‘let their lives so shine among men, that they may see your good works, and glorify the name of your father in heaven’. Did their incumbent President meet that Criterion?

The good news is that the heathen President has repented after his defeat. He is now shunning all the corrupt people he infested himself with for five years, including his Oil Minister, Diezani Madueke. He has barred those who misled him on a hate campaign, from coming near him now. He has decided to be his usual self, cooperating with the next regime.  Having read the security reports from the DMI, NIA, DSS and some more objective analysis from the CIA that any attempt to manipulate the election definitely lead to unimaginable violence whose outcome may not be predicted, and the threat by the world powers to drag him to ICC if Nigeria ends in violence and break-up, he decided to concede defeat.  Though his repentance came after Buhari’s victory, he can now be classified as having transmuted from heathen to Christian, stilling the raging of the heathens.

Obinna Akukwe ( Email: ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Huge crowd trail President-elect General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) during a 2011 campaign rally - displaying "Power to the people" sign which is part of PMM logo (photo insert).


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[ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety reports ] - (Security & Voting Rights, Onitsha Nigeria, 7th April 2015)-It is vividly recalled that on 3rd day of April 2015 we issued a public statement, titled: Political Trading In Nigeria: Time For Formidable & Credible Opposition. In the said statement, we condemned the spate of political harlotry and merchandising in Nigeria and called for respect and preservation of the rights and decisions of the electorates at the polling booths no matter political party affiliations. On 5th April 2015, we issued another public statement, titled: From Polling Booths To Information Propaganda Warfare: Enemies Of Igbo Nation Are At It Again!. In the statement, we condemned the unprovoked massacre of over 5,000 sons and daughters of the Igbo Nation through politically sponsored Islamist insurgency in the core Northern Nigeria and the systematic and scientific way in which some ethnic zealots at INEC rigged out the Igbo and the minorities of Northern and Southern Nigeria during the just held Presidential Poll. We also frowned at coordinated information propaganda warfare being unleashed on Igbo Nation by the Southwest controlled print media over the massive rejection by the Southeast and the South-south zones at polling booths, of the APC and its candidates in the two zones during the referenced poll. The voting exercise of the referenced is popularly seen as a collective protest against the Party dominated by the core North and the Southwest over legion of atrocities committed against the Igbo Nation in recent times.

On 6th April 2015, the Oba of Lagos, Retired AIG Rilwan Akiolu openly threatened the Igbo Sons and Daughters living in Lagos with instant and mysterious death and other unsafe conditions should they freely exercise their voting rights in the country-wide gubernatorial and State legislative polls scheduled for 11th April 2015 particularly the Lagos State governorship poll. The Oba of Lagos had on Sunday 5th April 2015 summoned all Lagos State recognized Igbo traditional council representatives to his palace and ordered them to vote for the APC governorship candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode or face extreme hard times in the State including perishing in the Lagoon, business hostility and instant and mysterious death within seven days. Hours after the referenced threats and unguarded utterances were made, the media was flooded with the shocking news leading to attempted denial by the Oba’s Palace. The denial met a waterloo when audio recording of the devilish sayings was released to the media. The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law has also listened to the audio and confirmed the Oba’s stone-age conduct and utterances.

The Oba threatened as follows: ''On Saturday, if anyone of you (Igbo resident) goes against Akinwunmi Ambode, who I picked, that is your end. If it does not happen within seven days, just know that I am a bastard and it is not my father who gave birth to me. By the grace of God, I am the owner of Lagos for the time being. This is an undivided chair. The palace belongs to the dead and those coming in the future. On Saturday, if anyone of you, I swear in the name of God, Allah goes against my wish that Ambode will be the next governor of Lagos State, the person is going to die inside this water (Lagoon). For the Igbo and others in Lagos, they should go where the Oba of Lagos heads to.
When they were coming to the State, they did not come with all their houses. But now, they have properties in the State. So they must do my bidding. And that is the bidding of the ancestors of Lagos and God. I am not ready to beg you. Nobody knew how I picked Ambode. Jimi (Agbaje) is my blood relation and I told him that he could never be governor in Lagos for now. The future belongs to God. I am not begging anybody, but what you people cannot do in Onitsha, Aba or anywhere you cannot do it here''.

Oba Akiolu & His Obaship  As Stranger & Tenant In Lagos State:

It is a historical reality that Oba Rilwan Akiolu does not know the history of his lineage and Obaship in Lagos State. It is also a truism that everything about the Obaship of Lagos State is the handiwork of strangers. In other words, his stool originated from strangers; likewise himself, who is number one stranger in Lagos State. As a matter of fact, everything about Lagos State came from strangers including the Igbo natives. It is historically indisputable that the ancestors of Igbo natives living in Lagos State had lived and cohabited in the area many years before the founding of the Obaship of Lagos in 1630. They featured prominently in the governance of the Benin Kingdom and slave trade. Others later featured in commerce and Anglo-Christian missions.

As a matter of historical empiricism, the word “Lagos” is a Portuguese name meaning lakes or a group of lagoons. It was given to the area by first Portuguese settlers in now Lagos State. Before the Portuguese settlement, the area was called “Eko” by famous Benin Empire and made a military outpost of the famous Kingdom of Benin. “Eko” means war camp and was used by the Benin Empire’s military expedition tacticians led by Prince Ado for the purpose of slave trade and military expeditions in now Ghana and Benin Republic. The famous Benin Dynasty was divided into Pre-Imperial Obaship 1180-1440 and Benin Empire 1440-1897. While the former started with Oba Eweka Monarchy 1180-1246, the latter started with Oba Ewuare Monarchy 1440-1473.

In the case of now Lagos State, the first people in the area were called the Awori People. In seventeenth century, they begged then Oba of Benin to protect and put them under his dynasty with one of his princes as their king. They promised unalloyed loyalty to the Oba. The Oba of Benin heeded their call and appointed his fiery prince; Prince Ado in 1630 as the first Oba of Lagos then called “Eko” or war camp. In 1861, King Dosumu the Great of this same Lagos State thump-printed and ceded now Nigeria to the British colonialists in the infamous Treaty of Cession. From the crowning of Ado as its first Oba (1630-1669), Lagos (then called Eko) served as a major center for slave-trade, from which then Oba of Benin and all of his successors for over four centuries benefitted - until 1841, when Oba Akitoye ascended to the throne of Lagos and tried to ban slave-trading.

Local merchants strongly opposed the intended move, and deposed and exiled the king, and installed Akitoye's brother Kosoko as Oba. At exile in Europe, Akitoye met with British authorities, who had banned slave-trading in 1807, and who therefore decided to support the deposed Oba to regain his throne. With the success of the British intervention, in 1851 Akitoye was reinstalled as Oba of Lagos.

In practical terms, however, British influence over the kingdom had become absolute, and ten years later, in 1861, Lagos was formally annexed as a British colony. The palace of the Oba of Lagos is also the handiwork of strangers. The palace was constructed by the Portuguese settlers and commissioned in 1705. The palace’s name “Igun Idunganran” is of the Benin descent meaning “palace built on pepper falm”. Interestingly, long before the founding of Obaship of now Lagos by the famous Kingdom of Benin in 1630, Igbo Nation has existed as far back as 9th century with its first Eze Nri crowned around 1043 AD. Its first king was Eze Nri Ifikuanim of Nri Kingdom. As far back as 14th century, the Igbo expedition warriors had fully integrated into the Benin Kingdom as the ruling class.

It is very important to state here that the Benin Kingdom’s decision makers that annexed now Lagos and ruled over it included Igbo ruling class of the Benin Kingdom extraction. Also many centuries before the founding of now Lagos, a part of Igbo ruling class in the Kingdom or Empire of Benin opted out and founded “Onicha Mmili” or “AdoN’ Idu” commonly called “Onitsha”. Onitsha was founded by the Chima Dynasty in around 1500s AD. Today, there are Barbadian Igbos, American Igbos, Saint Dominican Igbos, Maryland Igbos, Liberian Igbos and Igbos of Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Cuba, to mention but a few. One of the famous Igbo anti slave warriors is called “Bussa” of Barbados. There are also Edward Blyden, an Igbo Americo-Liberian educator, writer and politician; Paul Robeson, American actor and writer, with Igbo parenthood.

Contrary to Oba Rilwan Akiolu’s claims and boast, he does not own Lagos and its people including its elected public office holders. Rather, he is owned by the people of Lagos State including the Igbos living in the State. As a matter of fact, Oba Akiolu Rilwan is the number one stranger in Lagos State. This is more so when the legality and legitimacy of his stool which he ascended in 2003 is still a subject of litigation before a Lagos State High Court at Igbosere. The Oba’s intolerance to due process, rule of law and democratic principles clearly manifested in the referenced court case filed since 2003; whereby he reportedly bottled the case and kept frustrating its hearing and determination for the past eleven years. The case was only opened for hearing in 2014 eleven years after it was filed.

We are therefore not surprised at the despicable and shocking royal disposition of Oba Akiolu. He has only said what has been hatched and being executed against the Igbo Natives and Nation by his likes in the Southwest and other hostile parts of the country. As the serving Assistant Inspector General of Police, before his unceremonious retirement in 2002 with referenced beastly Igbo hatred and xenophobia, only God knows how many innocent Igbo citizens that might have been felled by his bullet extra-judicially. It is possible that the voices and spirits of the murdered are on a revenge mission.

We join other well meaning Nigerians in condemning the Yorean conducts of the stranger Oba of Lagos and urge Igbos living in the State and all over the Southwest not to be perturbed and intimidated. The stranger Oba’s curse is thunderously back to sender and spineless. We dare say that the votes of the Igbo natives are priceless and beyond what money or threats or intimidation can buy or procure.

The Igbos votes are their amulets and bullet proof vests against their oppressors and witch-hunters. We dare say and direct that on Saturday, Igbos of Lagos and other Southwest residency should troop out en-masse and vote for the gubernatorial and State legislative candidates of their choice and conscience and nothing will happen.
We wish to roundly and resoundingly commend the citizens who exposed this 21st century cannibalistic and barbarous royal conduct of the stranger Oba. The ball is now in the court of the security agencies in Nigeria as well as the National Human Rights Commission and other local and foreign rights bodies and missions. The conduct of the Oba under reference is big a slap on the faces of the Nigeria Police Force where he served as AIG; the Nigerian Bar Association, where he is a member; the University of Lagos, where he graduated as a lawyer and the Lagos and the Southwest Traditional Rulers Council where he is a leading member. Oba Rilwan Akiolu is a huge disappointment to Nigerian Traditional Rulers institution and a quick reminder of cannibalistic conducts of the Saladin of Egypt who ate human fresh during Christian crusades against Muslims in 12th and 13th centuries. The Oba’s raw partisanship instead of the opposite is also shocking and deafening.  It is our call that he should be dethroned and made to surrender his staff and certificate of office. He should be arrested, investigated and tried for hate speech and threatened group violence against innocent citizens living in Lagos State of Nigeria.


Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chairman
International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law

Barr Chiugo Onwuatuegwu, Head, Democracy & Good Governance Program
*Photo Caption - Rilwan Akiolu, Oba of Lagos

[ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports ] - The multi-billion naira gifts that the ruling party shared to all manners of groups to purchase endorsement for the incumbent Nigeria’s leader Goodluck Jonathan should be returned, if the thieves who collected the money have any conscience at all. This money belongs to the Nigerian people and those who induced the outgoing president to give bribes for votes at the expense of the suffering masses of Nigeria should return them before the fire of God fails on their lives.
Leading the pack of those who scammed Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP of billions of naira is the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) This body allegedly collected N35 billion naira from Jonathan’s cronies on the pretext of sharing such to pastors, priests and ministers all over Nigeria to label opposition candidate Buhari an Islamist, and ask their church members not to vote for them. Happily, some of us, with the help of some priests, pastors, reverends, were able to silently diffuse the lies and declare those that collected the money agents of Baal and servants of Balaam.
Senior gospel ministers in Abuja and environs believe that N35 billion naira was released from ‘the villa’ but only N10 billion naira was declared. They want to know what happened to the remaining N25 billion naira.   While others especially in the South were told that it was N10 billion naira, the opposition party put the figure at N6 billion. However, the money shared to pastors, which was monitored from various sources, was above N10 billion naira, including those reserved for ‘super men of God’. Whosoever collected the N35 billion bribes should return the excess change that remains. This body is led by Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor.
The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) was alleged to have also collected their share of the ruling party bribe. They were alleged to have collected N12 billion naira meant to ensure that in remote villages, Jonathan was given enough votes spread around the North to get the mandatory 25 percent. A week after the  postponement of the February 28th polls, crisis broke out among leaders of JNI, where they accused their leaders of declaring only N5billion out of the N12 billion naira alleged bribe. JNI is led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar Saad .Those who collected the money on the behalf of JNI should return such.
A faction of Ohanaeze Ndigbo was allegedly given N5 billon naira which infuriated the Igbo intelligentsia and out of disappointment that their leaders have sold them again, the Igbo Delegates Assembly (IDA) in the 19 northern states and Ohanaeze Ndigbo in the 19 northern states also refused to endorse Jonathan. The first tranche of the N5 billion naira bribes was shared at Chelsea Hotel Abuja on the night of January 12th while the second tranche was shared at Ohanaeze Secretariate on the 3rd of February amidst serious fracas. The sharing formula has been condemned by Igbo leaders and Ohanaeze Chieftains including Chief Chekwas Okorie, Chief Mbazullike Amechi, Chief Raph Obioha, Dr Dozie Ikedife among others This body is led by Chief Gari Igariwey. They should return the balance not shared to the Nigerian people.
Afenifere, having been informed by their Ohanaeze counterparts that there is excess money to loot, went for Jonathan’s jugular and they allegedly collected N9 billion naira. An infuriated Governor Fashola of Lagos, in reaction to the bribes said that ‘the South-west leaders betrayed the Yorubas because of money, saying the money “is blood money. Posterity will judge them for that action,” Their money for endorsement stance also brought condemnation from various Yoruba leaders. This body is led by Pa Fasoranti. They should return the balance of the bribe back to the people.
The two factions of Oodua Peoples Congress were settled with extra billions of naira which nearly caused problems between them before PDP settled the money sharing rancor. Reports have it that the two factions were settled with N3 billion naira each. They justified the loot by unleashing mayhem on Lagosians ahead of the polls. Please return the unspent balance back to the Nigerian people. This group is le by Dr Frederick Fasheun and Mr Ganiyu Adams.
Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign States of Biafra (MASSOB) having gotten hint of the OPC billion naira bonanza, promised to help the ruling party sack Prof Jega of INEC, and they collected their own billions of naira. They spent a few millions on protest and thuggery and ran to the bank with the rest. The National Publicity Secretary of APC, Lai Mohammed put the money shared to these three militias at N9 billion naira. According to Lai Mohammwed “N9bn was recently paid out to the OPC, MOSSOB and a few others to scuttle the polls”. This sum is too much for some  groups of thugs. Please return the unspent back to the people. This group is led by Chief Raph Uwazurike.
When Jonathan’s men saw that defeat was imminent, following the postponement of the polls earlier scheduled for February 28th, they allegedly mobilized over$ 5 billion dollars through Nigeria’s oil minister, Diezani Madueke with the purpose of bribing traditional and religious leaders of Northern extraction. To this effect, and from my estimate, close to N500 billion naira was shared in the19 northern states, especially North East and North West. ,Malams, Emirs and notable politicians in the north  smiled to the banks. However, the mood of change was too hot for them to woo voters. The propaganda that Buhari may die in office did not convince the northern masses to give Jonathan a second chance. This money was shared mostly in dollars and it helped shore up the price of the naira to dollars. The balance running into billions of naira should be returned to Nigeria’s coffer because poverty is too much.
While northern traditional rulers and politicians got over N500 billion naira, their Yoruba counterparts got over N200 billion within three weeks of Jonathan’s financial bonanza.  Oba’s and other politicians were assembled and given dollars, between $ 100,000 to 500,000 dollars were given, depending on status. PDP Chieftains also stole Jonathan silly“
Garba Shehu, APC Campaign spokesman, fearing that the excess money can bring about victory for Jonathan said that “President Jonathan has been criss-crossing Nigeria giving an average of N50 million each to traditional rulers, most especially in the South West and the Northern parts of Nigeria. This week, the President’s campaign money is being shipped to the North. Letters in English and Hausa backed by millions in cash are being dispatched to willing rulers in the region.
“Religious leaders, trade unions, youths organizations, professional bodies, entertainers are not ruled out of the money sharing jamboree of President Jonathan,”
At least, those in the South West tried to deliver their states, justifying part of the loot. But N200 billion naira for few persons is too much. Let them return the balance unspent ho help alleviate poverty in the land. .
Some traditional rulers from Igbo land, hearing about the bazaar in the North and South West, cried foul and they were assembled like chicken at Owerri and settled with another paltry sum of N5 billion naira at the last minute. These people did not betray Jonathan; they delivered, even though nobody voted for Jonathan in the South East on account of any Traditional ruler. Though the amount is small, and might have been spent on Emergency Ofala festival, the remainder must be pooled together to alleviate poverty in the land.
Another group of thieves known as Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) and Goodluck Support Group (GSG) have already finished spending whatever they scammed out of that unsuspecting President who trusted people who have not his interest at heart. These two groups between themselves scammed Jonathan of over N100 billion naira. They also went on to scam other various groups, numbering about five thousand, who registered with them of billions of naira. A former governor of Anambrs State, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, though a Jonathan apologist, openly condemned the criminal tendencies in TAN. They have already finished buying houses with the loot, however, whatever is remaining, should be returned, no matter how small. Poverty is too much in the land. EFCC recently arrested some members of GSG who hid hundreds of millions of naira in their houses.
Capturing the extent of the Jonathan bonanza, APC claimed that over a trillion was spent in few weeks. According to APC statement from Mallam Garba Shehu “We will like to bring to your attention and that of Nigerians how the President Goodluck Jonathan led Peoples Democratic Party government is wasting one trillion naira that belong to Nigerian people in his self-serving and desperate bid for a re-election at all cost in the midst of grinding poverty his party and government has subjected Nigerians to in the last 16 years”
Those who scammed Jonathan, Diezani and the Nigerian treasury of trillions of naira between February 28th and March 26th should please return part of the loot. CAN, JNI, Afenifere, Ohanaeze, OPC, MASSOB, Emirs, Obas, Ezes should please take note and act accordingly in the interest of the nation. If you cannot return it to the next administration, rechannel that loot to charity and poverty alleviation programmes in your  neighborhood as soon as possible, and reduce poverty in the land.
Those members of CAN, JNI, MASSOB, OPC, Ohanaeze and Afenifere who collected Jonathan’s multi billion naira gifts for votes, have committed sin of stealing, according to the Bible, they should return such, either directly to the next government, or through purposeful charities and poverty alleviation programmers in their respective communities, before the anger of God, who delivered Nigeria from their hands, falls on them.

Obinna Akukwe ( Email: ) reports.
*Photo Caption - President Goodluck Jonathan

Masterweb Reports: Ikechukwu Enyiagu reports ] - From the wisdom chapter of the Holy Bible, we are told that, although man reserves the right from God to will and to plan, it is often the mandate of heaven which prevails.  This has been clearly brought to the minds and consciousness of Nigerians as a result of the 2015 presidential election's outcome. Without shying away from the truth or trying to color facts, the result of the just concluded presidential election left even enigmas shocked: while some who believed that APC posed a greater danger sulked at the seeming silence of heaven, those who boasted in the "power of the incumbency" cowered in shame as the power of change shook them into a new change.
Politics is a business for mature souls. The challenge often experienced in political circles the world over, especially in Africa, is as a result of  immature souls leaning on the pride of their flesh to impose on other (most times, more mature) souls their carnal abilities. That tells why most of them go to the length of committing murder and causing societal instability to prove their carnal point and ability to suppress will. Some often tend to forget that, until life ends, politics runs as in a cycle; garbage in, garbage out. In other words, the only thing which marks an indelible imprint in the sands of time for any politician is his ability to forsake other luring and enticing promises of the now and shooting for what may, in the history of time, abide. Clear ignorance alone makes some of them curse and chant for war if they feel denied, either way, the 'opportunity' to rule or lead others. And one wonders when imposing oneself on others became a 'noble' task. 

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan may have gotten a glimpse of the rewards of history, I dare say - far clearer than his contemporaries and mates and, as a result, has left an indelible imprint in the history of Nigeria; albeit to his favour. That the "power of incumbency" became inferior to the "will of the people" has only been made possible now is to GEJ's credit. Leaders have hitherto emerged in Nigeria but only this time, in GEJ, has a leader with such impunity and veto powers submitted himself to the will of the people, the fate of political correctness and to the mandate of God for the now. Granted, Nigerians have reserved reasons to opt for yet another political change, however it took only a leader, tough on uniting the nation and soft on the will of the people, to have looked beyond the pomp and pageantry of political utopia towards the impacts and legacies of leadership history. President Goodluck Jonathan has shown himself a man with a changed soul; a man leaving the country's highest political seat with a conscience equating and even, to a greater level, dwarfing his woes and weaknesses. So, if the yearning of true elders and leaders of Nigeria is to be birthed, successive government has a tip-toe of a duty to the people to build upon the political legacies inherited from the outgoing humble man.
What legacies may record? It's been the witness of many that GMB is a good man. For people of my age and experience, that leaves to be yet experienced. However, the will of of the citizens has been almost unanimous with the mandate of God in his emergence as the president this time round.
My concerns: now that electoral challenges have been somewhat nipped, would it please our incoming president to take a personal decision to will out a change in the nation's electric power supply shame? What legacies may abound? Will our new president enforce a policy on agriculture which will ensure that food within the country becomes as cheap and affordable as today's salts? What legacies may record? What should we speak of the true identity of every Nigerian: will it be a herculean task to electronically document the population of Nigerians? Without an accurate population count, most leadership calculations will often miss their targets.
Everything around is a source of education; how will this incoming leadership harness our environment and the benefits of the global village to help in the education of our children and indeed every citizen desirous of maximizing their inputs to the society by maximizing their knowledge of the human society?
Personally, I believe more in a soul that is more alive than in a politician who is more political in his approach. This is because true leadership sets sail from within the soul; only a soul who is truly alive to the truth of his society can carry out any meaningful political undertaking. It is my wish and, I believe, the wish of all Nigerians to see a nation where power outages will become a thing of the past, a country where education will no longer be exclusively exclusive, where the communication gap between the citizens and the rest of the world will be brigaded by a mass focus on the internet availability and affordability, and where people will pamper their lives instead of trying to destroy them by trying to destroy others. Without genuine steps of love towards nation healing, I'm afraid, the cries for personalization can only grow louder and, at a point, collide as a bomb in the sky and rain on the indifferent and carefree so-called citizens of the so-called "Giant." It costs far less to prevent, protect and maintain than to heal and cure. 
Ikechukwu Enyiagu ( Email: ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Goodluck Jonathan - LEFT; President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari - RIGHT

[ Masterweb Reports ] - Below are Election results update compiled from Masterweb Reporters on the ground in Nigeria, The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announcements, and the general public in Nigeria-(may be truthful, biased or false). Nigerians today vote in their fifth presidential and national assembly elections since the country’s return to democracy in 1999. The two foremost contenters in today's presidential election are President Goodluck Jonathan, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential flag-bearer and General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), presidential flag-bearer of opposition All Progressives Congress (APC). Both candidates say they are committed to a united and indivisible Nigeria. Nine other parties - ADC, APA, CPP, HOPE, KOWA, NCP, PPN, UDP and UPP are also fielding candidates in the election. The general public can contact us (or text us) at +1 4148070329( from Nigeria dialed 00914148070329 ) with election news in your area; please include the time of the occurrence of the news item. ........ Click for Nigeria 2015 Presidential Election Results Live Report.
*Photo Caption - As seen.

[ Masterweb Reports ] - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), like the judiciary, has been saddled with the most honorable and delicate responsibility of steering the rudder of our country’s destiny in the direction the masses want to go every time a new course is to be charted. This commission has the responsibility of protecting the future of the citizenry and the country by making sure that only the winners in any election are announced with a detailed explanation on how they won, and presenting a well documented evidence of their assertions. As a result of this, the INEC chairmanship holds a greatly influential position in the advancement of our country’s democracy. If any election is to be free and fare, it will start with......... Read More.
*Photo Caption - Prof. Attahiru Jega, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Nigeria.


[ Masterweb Reports ] - Below are Election results update compiled from Masterweb Reporters on the ground in Nigeria, The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announcements, and the general public in Nigeria-(may be truthful, biased or false). Nigerians today vote in their fifth presidential and national assembly elections since the country’s return to democracy in 1999. The two foremost contenters in today's presidential election are President Goodluck Jonathan, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential flag-bearer and General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), presidential flag-bearer of opposition All Progressives Congress (APC). Both candidates say they are committed to a united and indivisible Nigeria. Nine other parties - ADC, APA, CPP, HOPE, KOWA, NCP, PPN, UDP and UPP are also fielding candidates in the election. The general public can contact us (or text us) at +1 4148070329( from Nigeria dialed 00914148070329 ) with election news in your area; please include the time of the occurrence of the news item. ........ Click for Nigeria 2015 Presidential Election Results Live Report.
*Photo Caption - President Jonathan and wife walk to their car after accreditation to be back at 1.00 pm local time to cast their votes.

 [ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety reports ] - (Democracy & Good Governance, 27th March 2015)-In politics, when a politician or a political party promises the electorates heaven and earth during rallies or campaigns, it is called psychology of politics. For instance, when a political party candidate seeking legislative election begins to promise the electorates road construction and industrialization or a presidential or gubernatorial candidate begins to promise the electorates total elimination of corruption, equality of naira with US dollar and unemployment if elected.
In the 2015 general elections’ executive and legislative campaigns in Nigeria that just ended, they were dominated by promises best described in the context of psychology of politics. As a matter of fact, the two leading political parties in the country; the PDP and the APC are roundly involved with the worse being the APC. Neither of the two parties was able to address concretely the socio-economic problems facing the country and their solutions if elected. The duo in recent times is the architect of Nigeria’s socio-economic doldrums. The parties have become symbols used by the country’s governing class including its corrupt individuals to retard the country’s socio-economic development. There have been steady movements back and forth by the referenced kleptomania class using the two symbols. These they called “defection”. The parties having been in charge of executive and legislative governances in one way or the other in most of the country’s federal government, 36 States and 774 LGAs in Nigeria; are credited with deficit governance.
While the epicenter of the PDP political governance is the Federal Government of Nigeria, the APC’s governance epicenter is Lagos State. Interestingly, all the socio-economic problems afflicting the country or any part thereof including judicial, executive and legislative corruptions are physically present at their doorsteps. Both of them are highly indebted governing authorities. For instance, the PDP led Federal Government of Nigeria has cumulatively (local and external debts) borrowed over $45 Billion since 2007. That is to say that as at 2007, after the country’s successful external debts relief, the total remaining local and foreign debts belonging to the federal government controlled by the PDP were about $15 Billion comprising foreign debts of about $3.5 Billion and local debts of N1.8 Trillion (about $12B). In Lagos State under the APC, it cumulatively owes between N500 Billion and N600 Billion (about $3B); making it the most indebted State in Nigeria and Africa’s ocean of poverty.
Both the Federal Government and the Government of Lagos State controlled by the two parties have enormous resource potentials capable of making them lenders and not borrowers; investors and not consumers. The annual internally generated revenues and the federal allocations of Lagos State hover between 350Billion and N450Billion, which is up to 90% of its annual budget size; yet the State is neck-deep in reckless and serial borrowings. The PDP led Federal Government also has potentials making it possible to fund its annual budgets without borrowings; but owing to bare-faced corruption and excessive governance running costs, it is enmeshed in indebtedness. For instance, its overhead costs and allowances for political appointees are utterly alarming and deafening.

In Lagos State, these two are also alarming. Through some crooked State laws, billions of naira is annually frittered into private pockets of its public office holders. Corruption and corrupt practices are also very high in Lagos State controlled by the APC, likewise at the PDP controlled federal level. In Lagos State, the judiciary plays a major role in shielding corruption and corrupt practices involving top present and past public office holders. In all, there are thickened health, public education, housing, water, energy, environmental, transportation, food, population, unemployment, infrastructure and economic crises in Lagos State controlled by the APC, likewise at the Federal level controlled by the PDP. The two political classes are leprous and anti people, peopled by primitive wealth accumulators and political traders.
Psychology of politics as defined above can also mean using social problems afflicting the electorates to canvass and win votes without having capacity and ability to remedy them if elected. One of the stark instances of the above was recent promise by the presidential candidate of the APC to make One Nigerian Naira to be equal to One US Dollar if elected. The truth is that the referenced candidate will never see One Naira equaling One US Dollar in his lifetime, not to talk of making it if elected. Assuming Nigeria retraces its step today and embarks upon radical socio-economic integrated development, it will be very difficult for One Naira to be exchanged for One US Dollar in the next fifteen years. On the part of the PDP presidential candidate, who said he will end corruption if elected; it is purely psychology of politics because corruption can only be curtailed and not ended. It is like promising to eliminate crime in the society, which is very impossible because the forefather of the society is crime itself. Same thing applies to ending unemployment or employing every jobless Nigerian, etc. On the other hand, the APC’s promise to make the Second Niger Bridge toll free if elected is deceivable because the Lekki Toll Gate under its control has not been declared free and dismantled.
Further, the two political parties under reference are also enmeshed in armchair governing styles by not being able to create independent sources of resource mobilizations without serial borrowings. When a governor cries openly of his or her owing his or her workforce of months of wages owing to fall in the federal allocations or borrows loans to pay wage or revamp public primary and secondary schools; then such a governor is an armchair or lazy, shortsighted and consumer governor. The two resource rich geopolitical zones of South-south and Southwest comprising 12 States, which are under the governance leadership of the two parties own over N1.4trillion (about $8B) in both local and foreign debts; making them the most indebted zones in Nigeria. There are strong suspicion that the loans are borrowed for consumption and criminal diversion.
The Truths Hidden From Nigerians By Political Parties’ Candidates During Campaigns:
Legal System: Nigeria’s legal system is still weak and obsolete. From the Constitution, its auxiliary laws and international statutes, they require robust rebranding and repackaging. Nigeria’s body of laws is too weak to fight and checkmate corruption. Penalty provisions for convicted corrupt persons are too lenient and corruption friendly. The criminal laws of the country are still very awkward and blurred. The Chapter Two of the Constitution is still non justiciable and there are numerous ouster clauses in the Chapter Four of the Constitution or the Fundamental Human Rights including non remedial provisions for the victims of violent crimes.
There are numerous international statutes that Nigeria has not ratified or domesticated. There are still little or no provisions for social justice in the country’s body of laws for the people of Nigeria.
Education: Access to education in Nigeria is still very minimal. The country’s tertiary education system is yet to be revolutionalized and computerized by way of distance education, etc. Minimal or no researches have successfully been carried out by Nigeria’s tertiary institutions till date. No Nigerian university till date has the capacity through pure and social science research findings, to offer solutions to the country’s myriad of security, social and economic problems. Massive education is required in the core north for millions of street urchins, children of the street and children in the street so as to end their retreatist status, which makes them prone to violence and other social vices.
Natural Resources: The country’s natural resources including its 33 solid mineral deposits, other than oil and gas are yet to be mechanized and industrialized.
Agriculture: The country’s agriculture is still subsistent with most of its produce including fruits remaining seasonal owing to acute absence of scientific researches, innovations and mechanization. Fruits like guavas, mangoes, pears, breadfruits, bananas, oranges, apples, pineapples, etc, are still subsistent and seasonal in Nigeria; likewise palm produce, yams, beans, maize and cassavas.
Environment: Nigeria is still an acute enemy of environmental sustainability. Over 60 million homes and industries still use generating plants with their consequential environmental hazards including ozone layer depletion. The natural source of oxygen dies daily in the country due to various harmful human activities on environment and there is steady extinction of wildlife in the country. Deforestation is still very high in Nigeria.
Importation: Nigeria still hugely imports goods and services and minimally exports same. The country direly needs to have surplus balances of trade and payments. The country’s foreign reserves are steadily dwindling. The China’s foreign reserves have hit up to $4trillion or more and its overseas investments worth hundreds of billions of dollars. In the case of Nigeria, reverse is acutely the case. It presently owes more than twice of its foreign reserves.
Borrowings: The country hardly borrows for productive reasons except for consumption reasons. The teething costs of governance and allowances in the country’s public governance must be drastically reduced. For instance, annual servicing of only 12,788 LGAs officials in the country takes N592Billion, which is alarming and shocking. Of the N592Billion, N550Billion is spent on allowances alone. Over N1trillion is spent annually in the payment of the wages particularly the allowances of the federal public servants; likewise in the overheads where similar amount is spent annually. All of these must be halved.
Industrialization: The country aggressively needs to be revolutionalized industrially. This involves overhauling of the country’s trade and investment policies and laws to attract huge foreign capitals as well as providing social incentives in terms of security, access roads, creation of industrial zones with their environmental impact policies and adequate credit schemes for local investors.

Energy Crisis: Nigeria is in dire need of multi-sectoral energy generation. China exports 40% of the world coal production and Japan generates about 30% of its electricity through coal. The driving engine of industrialization is steady energy generation, transmission and distribution. Though the country’s energy sector has been privatized (generation and distribution), but the trio of generation, transmission and distribution is still acutely problematic. The next government at the federal level must find solutions to the energy epilepsy in Nigeria. If the investors are not able to provide permanent solutions to the generation and distribution, then the deal should be revoked and re-privatized. The transmission sub-sector in the country’s energy presently manned by the federal government should be revisited and overhauled.
Skill Acquisition: This involves establishment and fortification of technical schools and setting aside of zero interest funds to support the citizens to be self reliant and self employed after schooling and training.
Huge Capital Allocations: Budgetary allocations for capital development in Nigeria should be reviewed triply upwards by the incoming Federal and State governments while those for recurrent expenditures including overheads and allowances should be triply reviewed downwards so as to have enough resources for capital development in the country or any part thereof. All categories of allowances and overheads including security votes in Nigeria should be halved.
Key Infrastructures: Apart from insufficiency of key public infrastructures like roads, railway, airports, stadia, hospital, education institutions, etc, which must be reversed; their round the clock maintenance must be given a priority in the country. Nigeria still grapples with acute poor maintenance culture.
Public Allowances Pay: Laws creating such obnoxious pay wages like the Pensions Law of Lagos State of 2007 and the Salaries & Allowances for Top Public Office Holders Act of the Federation 2002 as amended in 2008 should be radically amended to halve all the allowances so contained so as to mobilize adequate resources for social development in Nigeria.
New Industrial Master Plans: Nigeria is in dire need of visionary leaders and not primordial political leaders. The South-south should be expanded to retain its oil industrial zone. The Southeast and the Southwest zones should be designated as trade and commerce and technological industrial zones. The North-central zone should be agric industrial zone and the Northeast and the Northwest should serve as tourism, agriculture and research industrial zones. All the industrial zones should also be made export industrial zones.
Lastly, the above should have formed an integral part of the 2015 general elections’ presidential, gubernatorial and legislative campaigns and not the other way round. As Nigerians go to the poll tomorrow to elect the next president and federal lawmakers, it is important for them to have at the back of their minds that neither the APC nor the PDP has a robust and radical governance package that will take the country to the next level of socio-economic development, which is direly needed.

The truth, which must be addressed, for the country to move in the right path, is the issue of concentration of the country’s wealth in the hands of few citizens dominated by the political class and their cronies. This is why there is acute dearth of resources needed to turn things around for every Tom, Dick and Harry in the country. There is fundamental need to radically re-distribute the country’s wealth to make it even, fair and equitable.
The reason why Nigerians are being forced to vote either the candidate of the PDP or that of the APC is due to absence of formidable independent candidates, which the country’s body of laws still frowns at. It is important to inform that there is no hope of quick and formidable socio-economic recovery in the next national government to be formed by the PDP or the APC until a rightful candidate with ambitious leadership skills is discovered.
The performances of the candidates of the two parties in the just concluded rallies and campaigns, in terms of social contract packages they ought to offer Nigerians as their trust of next national governance, are nothing to write about. As a matter of fact, the two parties particularly the APC have no mass oriented and strategic plans for integrated development of the country if elected.
Our grouse over the 2015 general polls on the part of leading political parties and their candidates is predicated on the above. As we said earlier, the major minus of the 2015 polls on the part of INEC is its systematic and inexcusable disenfranchisement of 12.4 million registered voters of pastoralist and minority ethnic backgrounds in a presidential election involving multi ethnic groups. The Commission risks attracting tens of thousands of group law suits after the presidential poll pursuant to Section 46 of the Constitution. The INEC’s conduct is fundamental affront to the Fundamental Human Rights provisions in the Constitution.
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chairman
International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law
Uzochukwu Oguejiofor, Esq., Head, Campaign & Publicity Department
Chiugo Onwuatuegwu, Esq., Head, Democracy & Good Governance Program
*Photo Caption - President Goodluck Jonathan - LEFT; General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) - RIGHT