[ Masterweb Reports ] - The Catholic bishop of Awka Diocese His Lordship Paulinus Ezeokafor has expressed joy at the consistent top performance of Anambra State in national examinations since the handover of schools to the mission by the former administration of Peter Obi.
The education reforms embarked upon by Anambra State in the last couple of years have continued to yield fruit as schools in the state again emerged the overall best in the 2014 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), a repeat of the feat recorded in the last two years.
Commenting on this at Awka, Bishop Ezeokafor said the return of schools to the mission by the immediate past regime of Peter Obi was responsible. He said that regime’s huge investment in the education sector had transformed it by providing an enabling environment for learning and making students to become more serious.
‘We thank God that then return of schools to the mission is doing wonders. It will and I urge the present government to take it up. I’m very happy for Obi. The present government should continue and do more. The situation is good now and things are working. There is nothing like miracle here; it is a result of good planning,’ Bishop Ezeokafor enthused.
The official WAEC result made available to the media, showed that Anambra State which polled 65.92 per cent, beat Abia State, 58.52 per cent and Edo State, 57.82 to the first position.
Eight out of the 36 states in Nigeria recorded scores less than 10%. These states include Adamawa, Jigawa, Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi. Others are Gombe, Bauchi and Yobe.
*Photo Caption - Mr. Peter Obi
[ Masterweb Reports ] - It’s said that “it takes two to make a tango” and there is always two sides to a coin. In that respect efforts were made by the Nigerian Embassy Spain for our special correspondent in Spain to have an interview with Kingsley Ojugberu, the alleged suspect by Mabel Mark his wife for acid attack on her in Nigeria. Below is Kingsley’s side of the story in an exhaustive interview held at his........ Read More.
*Photo Caption - Mabel Mark After Acid Attack by Husband
[ Masterweb Reports: Uchendu Precious Onuoha, Masterweb Special Correspondent reports ] - Unknown to many Nigerians is that Uncle Shege, as he is popularly called by many Nigerians has a twin brother. More also even unknown to the ex-two times President of Nigeria (military and civilian) is the where-about of his twin brother whom he thought was always at home. But unknown to him, his brother has checked out to Europe like “Andrew” during his years of long service to the nation. But as fate would have it, they were to meet again in a foreign land far from home, just like Joseph met with his brothers in Egypt after they sold him to slavery and thought that he was dead. On June 4, 2014 at Madrid Barajas International airport- Spain, OBJ, on his way to Malabo, met with his twin brother whom he thought was still at home, and a discussion ensued between them. According to the........ Read More.
*Photo Caption - Honourable Uchendu Precious Onuoha, Masterweb Special Correspondent, Ohanaeze Youth-Spain Chairman/Media Coordinator (LEFT); Ex-Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo (RIGHT).
[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. James C. Agazie reports ] - To respond to readers’ concerns, I am writing Part Two of my recent essay on NIGERIAN NURSES ARE THE MOST DISRESPECTFUL WIVES. Nigerian nurses are interested in one thing and one thing only. That thing is money. They marry Nigerian men whose sweet lying tongues sweep them off their fantasy-shod feet. They enjoy being lied to in order to justify coming to America to escape poverty, expecting to walk on red carpets into ready built mansions (the types you see at Lagos, Kano, Abuja, and my small village in Anambra). They imagine being driven around in Roll Royce in Obodo Oyibo (white man’s land). When the prospective husband is a middle-aged taxi driver or things go not as expected, hell breaks loose. Here is what three readers said about me and my essay. Reader One captures the criminal.
READER ONE: If you had a sister or daughter who makes money for her husband, what will you tell her when the burden is too heavy for her"feminine capacity" FYI, a woman is a "receptacle": she can only be a woman when she receives. so anytime, she is in a position to GIVE, there is friction, anger. storm, hail, thunder will accompany her daily life...What a wife owes her husband is PRAYER. The man should LOVE her so his prayers may not be "hindered", which means when you love your woman, provide for her, all your needs will be met by GOD. A man's HOME is dependent on a wife's happiness.
Reader Two proves that I am right on the ball, that nurses are callow, and irredeemably crude beyond normal rudeness. Being callow applies to youth, and suggests lack of polish, experience, and sophistication which working and sharing with a husband, demands. Crudeness applies to a tasteless, unrefined person who is unmindful of the purpose of marriage, and who is a rough unfinished piece of Nigerian femininity. This reader lacks the English vocabulary and concepts to engage in meaningful dialogues with a prospective spouse and so resorts to name calling, and behavior reminiscent of a graduate of University of Witch Psychoanalysis.
READER TWO: I cannot let this pass without saying something. Men who have this kind of misconstrued misconception about women (especially nurses) have the tendency to be abusive to any woman that crosses their path. Hence they should never have anything to do with women. This is a clear sign. This man is frustrated, miserable and confused and should seek a psychiatric help. His words alone define what he is: an angry, bitter, and paranoid schizophrenic. He is so unconventional, undiplomatic, and is psychotic. Believe me, he is very unhealthy, unhappy and sick of women in general and should go f himself and not women. Remain blessed.
Reader Three uses denial to circumvent the truth which hurts. The truth is that Nigerian women pretend they are in love with unwary suitors until they arrive in America and find out it is a land of opportunity where they are convinced it is easier to make it on their own and control money they couldn’t make walking the streets of Lagos. They jump into a nursing program they’re unprepared for and get lost in the wilderness. Finally, they get out barely passing. They rush into 12-hours-per-day practice, thrashing like headless chicken. Why? Money. Baby, you’ve got it right!
READER THREE: Well, he is trying to cause confusion in families of Nigerian nurse-wives and prospective women nurses seeking to raise a family. What legacy is he leaving for his children who will eventually become nurses or who would want to marry Nigerian nurses. He should think of the implications of his write-up before exposing his animosity and anger against women especially Nigerian nurses. He is an educated illiterate. An illiterate will not go this far to discredit a fellow human. Remain blessed.
Dr. James C. Agazie ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1 6788861613) reports.
*Photo Caption - Black nurse art
[ Masterweb Reports ] - The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Nigeria and recommends that U.S. citizens avoid all travel to Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states because of the May 14, 2013 state of emergency proclamation for those three states by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The security situation in the country remains fluid and unpredictable. The U.S. Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens in Nigeria to keep personal safety and health in the forefront of their planning. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Nigeria dated January 8, 2014.
The ability of the Mission to provide assistance to U.S. citizens remains severely limited. The Department continues to recommend against all but essential travel to the following states due to the risk of kidnappings, robberies, and other armed attacks: Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kano, and Yobe States. The Department also advises travelers to exercise additional caution while traveling in Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, and Zamfara States. Based on safety and security risk assessments, the Embassy maintains restrictions for travel by U.S. officials to those states listed above; officials must receive advance clearance by the U.S. Mission for any travel deemed as mission-essential. U.S. citizens should be aware that extremist groups could expand their operations beyond northern Nigeria to other areas of the country.
The U.S. Mission advises all U.S. citizens to be particularly vigilant around government security facilities; churches, mosques, and other places of worship; locations where large crowds may gather, such as hotels, clubs, beer parlors, restaurants, markets, shopping malls; and other areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travelers. Security measures in Nigeria remain heightened due to threats posed by extremist groups, and U.S. citizens may encounter police and military checkpoints, additional security, and possible road blocks throughout the country.
Boko Haram, an extremist group based in northeast Nigeria and designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the Department of State, has claimed responsibility for many attacks, mainly in northern Nigeria. This includes two recent vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices detonated in Nyanya, a suburb of the capital of Abuja, that resulted in approximately 100 combined deaths in April and May of 2014. The first months of 2014 have seen a continued increase in Boko Haram attacks and clashes with Nigerian government security forces in northern Nigeria. Boko Haram has also targeted women and children for kidnapping, reportedly kidnapping women in northern states for marriage as “slave brides,” and kidnapping more than 200 school girls from a private school in Borno state. Boko Haram is known to descend on whole towns, robbing banks and businesses, attacking police and military installations, and setting fire to private homes. In 2013, extremists also targeted both Nigerians and foreign nationals involved in polio eradication efforts in northern Nigeria, leaving several U.S. government partner agencies working on public health development activities in northern Nigeria to curtail their vaccination efforts. Furthermore, U.S. citizen missionaries in northern Nigeria have received specific written threats to their safety and well-being.
Various curfews are intermittently in effect in several states in the North. All U.S. citizens should remain aware of current situations including curfews, travel restrictions, and states of emergency in the areas you are in or plan to visit. This information is commonly announced via the news media, but at times it can change with very little notice. Please take the time to find out this information for your area.
Kidnappings remain a security concern throughout the country. Since the beginning of 2013, there have been multiple reports of kidnappings involving U.S. citizens. Kidnappings of foreign nationals and attacks against Nigerian police forces in Lagos State and the Niger Delta region continue to affect personal security for those traveling in these areas. Criminals or militants have abducted foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, from off-shore and land-based oil facilities and maritime vessels, residential compounds, and public roadways. Ansaru, an offshoot of Boko Haram, has specifically targeted foreigners in the north for kidnap in the past few years with lethal outcomes.
Violent crimes occur throughout the country. U.S. citizen visitors and residents have experienced armed muggings, assaults, burglaries, armed robberies, car-jackings, rapes, kidnappings, and extortion. Home invasions also remain a serious threat, with armed robbers accessing even guarded compounds by scaling perimeter walls, accessing waterfront compounds by boat, following residents or visitors, or subduing guards to gain entry to homes or apartments. Law enforcement authorities usually respond slowly or not at all and provide little or no investigative support to victims. U.S. citizens, other foreign nationals, and Nigerians have experienced harassment and shakedowns at checkpoints and during encounters with Nigerian law enforcement officials. The Department advises against traveling outside of major cities after dark because of crime and road safety concerns.
Cell phone service has, at times, been disrupted in Nigeria, particularly in areas where a State of Emergency has been declared. Extremists have also been known to attack cellular telephone towers, leading to further disruptions. U.S. citizens should attempt to arrange for multiple means of communication in case of need during emergencies.
The Embassy is not able to offer medical treatment to travelers; however, it can provide a list of medical facilities that may be able to treat U.S. citizens with medical emergencies. In July 2014, the U.S. Embassy in Abuja reported confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Nigeria. Since that time, new reports of deaths and confirmed and suspected cases of persons with EVD or Ebola-like symptoms have been reported. For further information on the Ebola virus, U.S. citizens should consult the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention website and also visit the U.S. Embassy website to review Security Messages addressing the Ebola virus in Nigeria. On August 5, the CDC issued a Travel Notice advising enhanced health and hygiene precautions for travelers to Nigeria due to the Ebola virus. On July 31, the CDC issued Travel Notices warning against nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone due to the Ebola virus.
The Department strongly advises U.S. citizens who travel to or reside in Nigeria to enroll in the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety reports ] - (Security & Rule of Law, Onitsha Nigeria, August 24th 2014)-Having studied the August 23rd redeployment of newly promoted Deputy Inspectors General of Police (DIGs) and Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) to various academic, administrative and operational NPF formations across the country, as ordered by the Acting Inspector General of Police (A-IGP), Suleiman A. Abba, we wish to reject and oppose the non-inclusion of an AIG of the Southeast extraction among heads of the NPF’s 12 Zonal Commands in Nigeria. By the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, the Inspector General of Police whether acting or substantive is the Chief Operational Head of the NPF and in exercise of such constitutional power; he or she must be guided by equity, fairness and pluralistic considerations. This is the plain requirement of Section 14 (3) of the Constitution. While the Police Service Commission promotes, transfers and disciplines police officers other than IGP, the IGP posts and operationalizes all police officers (from Constable to DIG) as well as all 6,651 police institutions and formations across the country.
However, a critical study of the recent redeployment under reference still bears the sad semblance of the age-long ethno-religious domination, which has polarized and defaced the Force in recent times. The redeployment also depicts “tea-making” and “juicy job assignments” as most of the Zonal Commands still went to officers of Hausa-Fulani federating tribe. In the said Zonal Command headships, AIG Tambari Y. Muhammed (Sokoto State, Northwest) was named AIG in charge of Zone 1, Kano; AIG Umaru Abubakar Manko (Niger State, North-central) became AIG Zone 2, Lagos; AIG Mohammed Jinjiri Abubakar (Kano State, Northwest) is the AIG in charge of Zone 3, Yola; AIG Musa Abdulsalam Daura (Katsina State, Northwest)became AIG Zone 5, Benin; AIG Bala A. Hassan ( Kano State, Northwest) is AIG Zone 10, Sokoto; AIG Mohammed J. Gana(Niger State, North-central) is in charge of Zone 12, Bauchi and AIG Usaman Akila Gwarry (Borno State, Northeast) was named AIG Zone 9, Umuahia.
Others are: AIG Adeola Adeleke Adeniji (Ogun State, Southwest) AIG Zone 4, Makurdi; AIG Mark Adamu Idakwo (Kogi State, North-central) AIG Zone 6, Calabar; AIG Mbu Joseph Mbu (Cross River, South/south) AIG Zone 7, Abuja; AIG Christopher T. Dega (Benue State, North-central) AIG Zone 8, Lokoja; and AIG Ambrose O. Aisibor (Edo State, South/south) AIG Zone 11, Osogbo. The four Southeast AIGs were assigned to the following administrative posts: AIG Chintua Amajor-Onu (AIG Investments: FHQ, Abuja), AIG Felix Osita Uyanna (AIG Police Mobile Force: FHQ, Abuja), AIG Godfrey Okeke (AIG Planning & Research: FHQ, Abuja) and AIG Grace Chita Okudo (a medical doctor) (AIG Force Medicals: FHQ, Abuja). For records, the NPF Mobile Police Force is operationally headed by a Commissioner of Police.
From the foregoing breakdown, out of 12 Zonal operational Commands headed by AIGs, Northwest and North-central zones maintain unconstitutional advantage over other zones by being allocated with four Zonal Commands headed by four AIGs from each of the two zones. In other words, out of 12 Zonal Commands manned by AIGs, the two zones have eight. This is followed by the South/south zone, which has two and Southwest and Northeast zone, which got one each. Shockingly Southeast zone got nothing. Gender injustice was also apparent as no woman AIG was named among the headships of 12 Zonal Commands. Also out of the 12 Zonal Commands AIGs named and posted, eight are Muslims. This is totally against the pluralistic foundation upon which Nigeria is founded.
We see this as a major setback for a fight against the age-long ethno-religious policing in Nigeria. Our issuance of three public statements in three days concerning this anti civilization practice is as a result of deep worries we have over it and need to sustain the fight until the monumental wrongs are righted. This is because we consider it as a major generator of policing imbecility and corruption in the NPF and the country.
This latest open display of impunity laden ethno-religious lopsidedness by the Acting Inspector General of Police is a clear confirmation that like his predecessor, ethno-religious jingoism may most likely form part of his official policing policies. This explains why we are worried over the appointment of “born before computer age” senior police officers in plum NPF jobs like IGP. ICT age goes with another common name called “society without borders” or “global village”. Those who are born outside this great homogeneous age or those who refused to adjust into it bear raw semblance of nowadays police chiefs in Nigeria. This is sad and shocking!!
Finally, as former IGP, Mohammed Abubakar’s confirmation as the substantive IGP in 2012 was tied to his management of abusive and killer police roadblocks numbering about 3,500 across the country, which he swiftly dismantled to get confirmed (thanks to our organization’s consistent advocacy against them culminating in our December 2011 twin reports); the confirmation of Acting IGP, Suleiman A. Abba as the substantive IGP should as well be tied to his handling of ethno-religious domination in the NPF particularly in the areas of operational postings and assignment of duty posts. We call on Mr. President to take an actionable notice of the latest official blunder and recklessness by his newly named Acting IGP and order for its reversal.
One major way of castrating ethno-religious top police zealots in the country lies on the table of the Police Service Commission. Once all top police promotions and appointments are strictly based on equity and fairness including geopolitical balancing, those charged with the constitutional duties of administrative and operational posting and management will expressly be castrated and forced to purge themselves of such ethno-religious zealotry. The PSC, the Federal Character Commission, the leaderships of the National Assembly and the Presidency are, therefore, called upon to take legislative and executive notice of this latest constitutional blunder and infraction and take urgent steps not only to remedy it, but also to redirect the country towards a worthwhile pluralistic path.
For: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman of the Board
Uzochukwu Oguejiofor, Esq., Head, Campaign & Publicity Department
*Photo Caption - Nigeria Police
[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. James C. Agazie reports ] - Men, I am sorry to inform you that some Nigerian women are abnormal, uncouth, unmannerly, unrefined, and strange compared to what is considered normal, sophisticated, or excellent in women. I’m not talking about Mgbeke and Mgborie from the backwoods of Anambra and Imo. I am speaking of Nigeria wives (Igbo, Yoruba, Efik and all Nigerian tribes) with professional diplomas, such as the CNA, LPN, RN, BSN, MSN, PhD, and MD’s. I cannot say that these Nigerian women nurses and doctors are just shamelessly bold, defiant, and disrespectful. Many of them are vulgar, to be sure. There are scores of Nigerian husbands who are experiencing much abuse from their so-called “hospital wives,” though they may be ashamed to admit it to themselves. Here are a few scenarios where your hospital wife would stand squarely in your presence and utter embarrassing curses when your children are all sitting around you:
1. Ibu onye? (who are you?)
2. Anu ofia (bush or wild animal)
3. Onye ara (you are a crazy man)
4. Ozu a (this corpse, or dead body)
5. Ewu, Aturu (goat, lamb)
6. Uwaka (an insult to your father)
We decry Nigerian women who are saucy, insolent, impertinent, and utterly impudent. These nasty women can easily be identified as nurses or medical personnel in hospitals clocking in over 80 hours per week and calling themselves CNA (Clean uNa NyAsh); BSN (Biko Sacha Nsi); MSN (Make I Saa Nsi), RN (Raa Nsi), and PhD (Please Hose-am Down). These women are saucy, meaning they are marked by a flagrant lack of respect or forwardness that is flippant or amusing as well as objectionable. Examples are remarks telling one’s husband he is a corpse, goat or wild animal. Which sensible woman would marry a corpse or insane man?
Some wives are insolent or boldly rude and provokingly disrespectful. Examples are insolent remarks from a wife who tells her husband:
7. You are not a man.
8. You are a homosexual.
9. You aren’t the father of my kids; someone else is.
One woman wasn’t satisfied with humiliating and emasculating her husband who she said did not father her children; She moved out of the home and took the children with her to shack with a Ghanaian. Kwame got tired of what Adaobi was putting out and kicked her out of the apartment . And when the husband insisted they do the DNA to determine paternity, it was discovered that Adaobi had been playing around throughout her three births.
Some wives are impertinent, that is, exhibiting behavior or speech that oversteps the bounds of good taste or manners, particularly in front of innocent children to whom they say:
10. Your father is lazy and a failure, he can’t provide for this family, and I am the only one that brings food home to feed you children.
11. Your stupid Dad has no good job, and I make an income several times his'.
While we do not support spousal violence that involves shoving, slapping, choking some disrespectful wives, we do recommend that an abused husband makes clear it unmistakably clear to his disrespectful wife that “I find your comments unacceptable, I do not deserve to be insulted, and you must stop such behaviors immediately.” As a husband, you should demand that your wife respects you. You do not have to earn respect in your home. Any wife who does not respect her husband is not a true companion.
Dr. James C. Agazie ( Email: email@example.com Phone: +1 6788861613) reports.
*Photo Caption - Black nurse art
[ Masterweb Reports ] - The glamorous first Nigerian lady aesthetician and cosmetologist in Spain, Jennifer Alawari Okechi Diorgu is set to lead President GoodLuck Jonathan – Mohammed Namadi Sambo 2015 second term re-election bid in the Kingdom of Spain. Owing to her appointment by the coordinators of 20.15 Million Man Support For GOODLUCK – SAMBO 2015 Continuity Network, as the Diaspora National Coordinator in Spain, the vivacious lady bursting with life has already gone into action to map out strategies and structures to mobilize Nigerians in Spain to give their total support to the incumbent President and his Vice to actualize their re-election in 2015.
The pragmatic lady who is a media delight to press men because of her charm and gait was described and tagged as “Presidential Entourage” by an editor of a top newspaper who so much admired her style, saying that because of her bearing and carriage she fits in any day to be in the entourage of World class Presidents like Obama, Jonathan and their likes. In a recent contact with Masterweb special correspondent in Spain, Jennifer asserted that she is not a new comer to such roles, as a seasoned campaign blaze trailer, she championed President Jonathan’s 2011 election campaign as National Coordinator. An appointment she got through Hon. Alabo Graham Douglas, the ex – four times Minister.
Speaking to Masterweb special correspondent during their encounter, she described Jonathan as “The Road We Travelled”, referring to the title of the book by our correspondent, Uchendu Precious Onuoha. She said Nigerians having travelled under the leadership of Jonathan for the past six years with many positive results, will stand to gain more if he is given the second chance to continue with the viable developmental projects he has mapped out. She said if not for any other thing, Nigerians in Spain will give their support to President Jonathan for giving Nigerians in Spain a rare gift in the person of Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu whom she referred to her accomplishments within the period she has piloted affairs as Ambassador is equal to none, compared to those before her.
In her appointment, the political support group lauded her indefatigable role and sustained efforts towards the concretization of the on-going transformation agenda in Nigeria through her qualitative leadership roles which in effect necessitated her appointment as the National Coordinator over Spain, in mobilizing support to ensure victory for President GoodLuck at the 2015 polls. The ebullient lady said she will bring her wealth of experience to bear in mobilizing Nigerians in Diaspora in Spain to give their massive support to President GoodLuck come 2015. I have done it before and will do it better again. Referring to her campaign team, she described it as a crack squad that is ready to deliver the goals. She said that under the present dispensation, Nigerians in Spain and Europe will witness the best of democratic campaign ever in the history of mobilizing support abroad for any Presidential candidate in Nigeria.
*Photo Caption - Jennifer Alawari Okechi Diorgu
[ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety reports ] - (Democracy & Good Governance: Onitsha Nigeria, August 20th 2014)-The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) has observed a remarkable improvement by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as it concerns the just ended Permanent Voters Card distribution exercise conducted in 12 States of Anambra, Ebonyi, Delta, Cross River, Ondo, Oyo, Kwara, Yobe, Bauchi, Jigawa, Sokoto and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The exercise, originally slated for August 15th to 17th was extended by two days as a result of protests by some members of rights based CSOs and other electoral stakeholders in Nigeria including our organization (Intersociety). The exercise finally ended on Tuesday, August 19th 2014 with substantial improvement on the part of INEC. We wish to commend INEC for this appreciable feat and demand for more improvements in other spheres of its electoral industry.
From our field observation and other credible open source accounts, INEC field officers conducted themselves well and carried out their given assignment diligently. A number of host State Governments also played commendable complimentary roles especially in the areas of creation of public awareness and provision of INEC sanctioned logistics supports. The most striking thing about INEC’s field officers’ diligent conduct was lowering of conditions for obtaining the PVC as well as friendly disposition towards PVC applicants. For instance, those that lost their temporary voter’s cards but have their data intact in the INEC’s voters’ register, were simply asked to come with recent passport photograph and made to fill relevant forms, after which their PVCs were released to them. This is a clear departure from what it used to be in the past whereby the affected citizens had to go through hellish conditions.
On the other hand, INEC did not provide concrete answers or solutions to those with missing names who have their “TVCs” (temporary voter’s cards) intact. They went and left registration centers disappointed. On the part of “attentive public” (particularly rights and media groups, etc), most of them went to bed waiting for “poll day monitoring exercise”, which is usually lucrative and externally sponsored. In other words, their advocacy and monitoring involvement was at its lowest ebb. On the part of “mass public”, there was an appreciable participatory improvement in all the qualified segments with the civil service cadre of the “mass public” taking the lead, followed by qualified students cadre and artisans/traders. Artisans/traders participation or compliance improved from 30%/40% to 60% judging from previous PVC exercises in the country. In other words, about 30% of the PVCs belonging to living registered voters are yet to be collected in areas dominated by traders/artisans while the remaining 10% may most likely belong to “unknown registered voters” including the dead, the aged, those with missing names and those maliciously imported from other States and areas by desperate politicians during the main exercise in 2011.
In some Local Government Areas with bloated and bogus registered voters, the number of unclaimed PVCs is very high. For instance in Idemmili North LGA of Anambra, which claims to have over 180, 000 registered voters out of Anambra’s total of 1, 776, 167 registered voters; the number of unclaimed PVCs is most likely to be high because the LGA was at the center of accusation as one of the leading areas with bogus registered voters. The Independent National Electoral Commission has a mandatory post PVC and CRV duty of making the Nigerian public and other stakeholders in the country’s electoral industry to know updated number of living, dead and fictitious/fake registered voters in the country including those scattered in States, LGAs, and wards and polling units.
In other words, Nigerians would expect satisfactory and scientific answers from INEC to the following questions: What is the total number of living registered voters before the PVC/CVR exercises of 2014? How many registered voters have died before the two exercises including those killed by Boko Haram and Fulani insurgencies? What is the total number of post 2014 PVC and CVR registered voters in the country including those newly captured in the TVL (temporary voters list)? How many voters were registered in the 2014 CVR? What is the total number of dead voters including victims of insurgency/violent homicide? How many registered voters collected their PVCs in the 2014 exercise? What is the total number of unclaimed PVCs (permanent voter’s cards)? And what is the fate of the unclaimed PVCs (including their custody/whereabouts)? Answers to these graphic questions will assist the Commission in turning out better and credible NRVs (National Register of Voters) for Nigeria and Nigerians devoid of roguery and crooked demography. All the names of the dead, fake or fictitious voters must be deleted the National Register of Voters; after which there should be public display and breakdown of the updated statistics State by State, LGA by LGA, Ward by Ward and Polling Unit/Booth by Polling Unit/Booth.
As the CVR (Continuous Voters Registration) exercise commences in the 12 affected States and the FCT today (20/08/2014), we wish to renew our call on the INEC to deploy adequate personnel and machines in all the registration centers in the country. The Commission should devise measures to cushion the effects and difficulties that will hinder easy and accessible registration of unregistered eligible voters. These measures will include extension of time marked out for the exercise (five days: 20th to 25th August), creation of more and closer registration centers and post CVR exercise continuous registration at designated and limited centers. The Commission should also resolve satisfactorily the issue of “missing names” as in whether those affected will be recaptured in the ongoing CVR exercise as “new registered voters”. If this is the case, then the Commission must trace their previous data from its data bank and get them erased. There is important need for the Commission to improve in the area of “transfer of voter’s cards” and subsequent erasure of the applicants’ previous data from the Commission’s data bank. Section 13 (4) of the Electoral Act of the Federation 2010, which requires the Commission to delete the previous data of successful voter’s cards transferees has continued to be observed in total breach.
Finally, we renew our call on those that just turned 18 years of age and others who were unable to register in the previous registration exercises to ensure that they are captured in the ongoing registration taking place in the 12 States and the FCT under reference, it is important to remind them that failure to get registered is a fundamental violation of Section 24 (e-f) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 particularly as it regards to “constitutional duties or responsibilities of the citizens”. It is also a self denial of fundamental human rights of rights to vote and participate in the public governance and affairs of the country. It is our hope that these suggested measures and successes recorded so far by the Commission will maximally be applied in the third phase of the two important exercises scheduled to hold on dates to be fixed by the Commission in the States ofKatsina, Kano, Plateau, Adamawa, Borno, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Niger, Imo, Rivers, Ogun, Edo and Lagos.
For: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law
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[ Masterweb Reports: Valentine Obienyem reports ] - There is always the ever-present tendency to see things from our own points of view. Subjectively-driven, each tribe in Nigeria considers itself as the leading light, the primus inter pares. This tendency is, however, not restricted to Nigeria ; it is a universal phenomenon.
In the Chinese myth of origin, they consider themselves, like the Jews, as a chosen people. They believe, parochially though, that God or the Divine Artificer fashioned man in a furnace as cake is baked. Whereas other peoples of the world were baked improperly, the Chinese people were a well-finished product.
Egypt is said to be rich in ancient civilization. A tale was told of a Greek who visited his Egyptian friend. During discussion, the Greek boasted that he could name his generations up to the fifteenth, whereupon, we are told, the Egyptian smiled calmly. Rather than argue, he took the Greek to his private chambers. There, he showed him the statuette of his generations up to the three hundredth. The problem with the Greek was that he forgot the possibility that other countries or peoples could be richer than they were.
The story of the Greek and the Egyptian illustrates the thinking of each tribe in Nigeria . They take it for granted that they are the superiors; the type of superiority that instigated the lunatic Hitler to try to exterminate the Jews, in order to create space for the “supreme” Arian race. InNigeria , the tribes look at and address one another in derogatory languages. Nigerian lexicon accommodates words such as Nyamiri, Ofem manu, Ofe Ose, Ngbati, e.t.c.
It is often said that the only uniting factor among Nigerians is football. But Nigerians, from the benefit of hindsight, are also united in their hatred for Igbos. They say that Igbos like money. In truth, I am yet to see the tribe that does not like money equally. If the scandal in the Senate (Mantu’s alleged demand for money from Mallam El Rufia to be cleared by the Senate as a Minister) were to involve Igbo men, tongues would have wagged on their phenomenal love of money. They say we like to be flattered. In truth, only the greatest saints are immune to the seductiveness of flattery. Some say we do not go to school. In truth, this is a fallacy of biased statistics. The truth is that JAMB statistics have consistently shown that Imo, Anambra and Delta are the leading light in education. They say that we are politically naïve. In truth we are because we do not fit into the Nigerian politics, which has remained conspiratorial and tribalistic.
The accusations of other tribes should not worry Ndigbo. Their problems with Ndigbo are understandable. Because of our resourcefulness and innate superiority of brains, we are easily objects of jealousy and envy. The other day, Governor Kure Of Niger state accused us of inordinate love of money. It has become fashionable for everybody, even those that walk on tiptoes, to vilify the Igbos unbearably.
But the hatred of Igbos by other tribes should not bother any right thinking Igbo man. What should bother us is the disunity among the Igbos. I have always maintained that the strongest incentive to progress is internal unity. When a nation is internally disunited, it will be easy to conquer it from outside. It will be easy for that nation to fall prey to the bad designs of its rivals. This, sadly, is the bane facing the Igbo man today.
Ordinarily, the question of internal quarrels is better settled within. It is disgraceful and uncalled for to wash our dirty linen in public. I consider it a bit out of place to start telling the entire country that all is not well with us. The truth, however, is that this internal disunity has so often been made manifest that it has become an open truth. The bombshell: All other Igbo States, especially Imo and Abia, hate the Anambra man. The hatred is such that, tongue in check, any fly that comes within the sphere of the radiation of that hate will fall dead.
The question has been asked again and again: What kind of man is an Anambra man? It is quite possible that Anambra people have over-exalted themselves; his enemies, including, painfully, many Imo and Abia indigenes, have slandered him. Both extremes must be avoided if a true picture is to be drawn. Let us venture a bit into describing the Anambra man. In this, I should struggle to be objective.
Anambra people are often men and woman of ability, gifted with fierce courage and industry; only so can we understand how they have continued to maintain their positions among a hostile people so overwhelmingly outnumbering them. They are sometimes coarse but jolly, and temper their piety with sensuality. They could be cruel, as manifested by some of the things they do. Their robust spirits make for bibulous humour rather than dry wit that drill their sense of logic and beauty and deny them the grace and subtlety of a people that live in abundance, with few troubles to torment them. There is a steady persistence, a disciplined industry, and a brute courage among the Anambra people. Even the lowly Anambrarians still have nimble intelligence, even when it is not highly creative in the field of thought; it is still capable of quick comprehension, adaptation and practical achievements.
If you pause for a moment, you will notice that in describing the Anambra man, I am describing the Igbo race. We are brothers and sisters, we are of the same stock, we are of sterner stuff than most people that have chosen to hate us. I am one person that believes in the equality of all the Igbo states.
Anambra is in the centre of a political storm today because some people take it as the engine room of Igbo politics. They believe that once it is destroyed, the Igbo race is conquered. The duty of all Igbo sons is to rally round Anambra. In this wise, Chief Orji Uzoh Kalu’s solidarity with Anambra people is commendable. I expect Anambra people to rally round any troubled Igbo State . This is the example of how Igbos should take one another.
It is disheartening to listen to anti-Anambra’s quips from other Igbos, especially Imo and Abia people, even among civilized circles. Have you paused for a moment to reflect on what such hatred does to the Igbo nation? Other tribes have common leaders they all listen to at any giving time. In Igbo land, some states reject a common leader because of his state. We cannot afford to remain a nation of misanthropes; that is simply doing violence to our progress.
Anambra, some say, has the highest number of distinguished Nigerians. As far as I am concerned, it is not Anambra; it is Igbo land. Ndigbo has a rich heritage, the heritage of love and excellence. It is the duty of all Igbo sons to strive to guard this heritage jealously, not through hate or rivalry, but through our resolve to see ourselves as brothers and sisters.
Upon reading this, some will question the rationale of foisting Igbo sentiments on the rest of us. On this, I owe no apology. Like me, most people believe in the superiority of their own tribes and everybody has the right to hold on to his opinion. In saying this, it is pertinent to remember again the remarks of a Moroccan traveller, who, on coming back from the tour of Europe ,exclaimed: “What a comfort to be getting back to civilization.”
Valentine Obienyem reports.
*Photo Caption - Map of Igboland (homeland of Ndigbo of Nigeria).