[ Masterweb Reports: Olalekan Waheed Adigun reports ] - These are definitely not the best of times for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The event of Saturday, 21 May 2016 only confirms the predictions that some of us have made about the party in the past. The party obviously is not prepared for its new role as an opposition party. Except one is either ridiculously optimistic or simply mischievous, the crisis some of us have predicted in the past months since the PDP was defeated in March 2015 came to light on Saturday.
I remember wondering if PDP lost it thinking cap to theft when it appointed ex-Borno Governor, Ali Modu Sherriff as acting National Chairman some month ago. I equally remember how some of the party’s supporters “jubilated” at the “strategic decision”. They told us that he is the man to help defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the North East. They suddenly found nothing “linking” him to Boko Haram. Some of these supporters were ready to fight tooth and nail anyone who dares touch the “anointed” Sherriff. His sins are forgiven as far as these ones are concerned until what will later befall ‘our great party’.
Life can be funny sometimes. While the supporters of Manchester United were busy celebrating their victory over Crystal Palace on their FA Cup victory, their manager, Luis van Gaal, knew he was living on borrowed time. One can get sacked for winning, not minding the fact that some managers in the same league have kept their jobs even though they are not turning out the trophies. Sherriff’s offence was that he attempted to elongate his tenure to the displeasure of his bosses or the “owners” of the party. Like van Gaal, Sherriff “won” the only election he supervised for PDP which is the Rivers re-run.
Sherriff himself will not let go easily. He simply called a press conference in a Port Harcourt hotel to announce a postponement of the convention citing a recent court ruling barring the event from holding. The party chief who must have depended on his lieutenants in the National Working Committee (NWC) was later to find out that he was all alone all along.
After making the announcement with him and other NWC members staging a walkout, Uche Secondus, (deputy national chairman of the party) the same man Sherriff took over from some months ago was on ground to “represent” his “boss”. The party at the point nominated former governor of Kaduna, Senator Ahmed Makarfi. What a loyal deputy!
If there were intrigues playing out in the Port Harcourt “faction” of the party, the politicians that gathered under what I like to call the Abuja “faction” did not hide their hatred for Sherriff. In fact, the group which appointed former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ibrahim Mantu, as chairman, applauded the decision of the Port Harcourt faction to “sack” Sherriff as the party chair. For the Abuja faction the main objectives “…have been achieved because we wanted a leadership that is credible, a leadership that will emerge through a constitutional process.” How then has he been working in the midst of his known and unknown enemies?
Perhaps, Sherriff is either overestimating the PDP from what he knew about the party about 16 years ago or underestimated the power of the new forces in the party to rise against him. I say this because, since Sherriff was governor of Borno state under the defunct All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP), he probably envied the “largest party in Africa.” He must have admired the fact that the PDP had more national outlook than his party whose influence starts from the North West and ends in the North East at its very best as against the PDP whose umbrella spreads across all the geo-political zones.
He probably did not figure in the fact that things have not remained the same for the party since President Goodluck Jonathan became the President and its leader. The party’s influence in the North as waned significantly afterwards. The party is now controlled by tribal warlords, religious chieftains and “our son” syndrome. It is no longer the national party most people, including Sherriff, know. The governors of the party are many based in the South especially the South-South and South-East geo-political zones. Technically speaking, the chairman who has no base in these power blocs is like building something on nothing and expecting it to stand. Since Sherriff is not ‘our son’, and he dared to have an ambition that negates those of the party bosses, the gang up against him in Garden City is understandable.
One of those who earlier supported him to be chairman, Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose, speaking through his spokesman, Lere Olayinka, said “I supported Senator Ali Modu Sheriff in good conscience. But when it became obvious that his continuous stay in office as the National Chairman will jeopardize the collective interest of the party, I had no option than to support his removal.” Again, with friends like Fayose, one needs to watch his back carefully!
Conflict management, interest articulation and political communications are important functions of every political system. The PDP as a political party needs to be more aware of these functions if it intends to perform in opposition. On this, I say, welcome to the real world!
Olalekan Waheed Adigun is a political risk analyst and independent political strategist. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
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[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - “Who Will Love My Country,” is the title of the latest book written by Senator Ike Ekweremadu, and it was presented to the public in Abuja on Wednesday April 27, 2016, a day that will go down in history, as a day, eminent Nigerians from all walks of life, were gathered, to unveil ideas on how to make the Nigeria of our dreams work.
The book is his own modest attempt at analyzing the challenges of the country, with a view to providing ideas capable of provoking the minds of Nigerian leaders, to pause and think of how best, a Nigeria of our dreams could be built.
In writing this thoughtful book, Senator Ike Ekweremadu admitted up-front that personal, professional and concrete reasons, he "loves Nigeria and will forever love it." However, it is "tough" love because he never gave the leadership, the elite and the citizens of this country "free passes" in the book; rather he sets very high standards of the stakeholders.
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The author wants a Nigeria that works and which delivers for the many rather than the few. In this regard, he clearly demonstrated that the deepening democracy would make Nigeria a better country whereby citizens would be led into "a nobler and more fulfilling lives and ultimately make us to love our country." Hence, loving Nigeria is of necessity, work in progress, although he feels sure that Nigeria's future is bright.
Nonetheless, Senator Ekweremadu shows, in his book, that while he is an optimist about our country, he harbours no illusion about its challenges. Most discerning Nigerians would agree, sadly, that almost fifty six years after independence, our country is not where it should be and not near where it can be in terms of socio-economic and infrastructural developments, Indeed, by comparison, countries with which we were at par in the years of our independence in 1960, in terms of per capita income such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Republic of Korea, have overtaken us in many respects.
In order to regain the development grounds which we have lost and to move Nigeria forward, the leadership and citizens of the country would need urgently to embark on concerted efforts to make three sets of changes: (a) structural and constitutional, especially in our federal system; (b) public policy, especially in the key areas of education, security sector reform, equitable resource sharing and poverty reduction, and (c) attitudinal, including especially on the issue of corruption, impunity and lack of accountability.
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In these areas requiring change, the author draws on his considerable and varied experiences at the local government, state, national and international levels (including as Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament) in providing penetrating analyses as well as concrete proposals for making them. His proposal are both forward looking and practical and if faithfully implemented by all concerned, would bring us closer to realizing the Nigeria of our dreams and those of our Founding Fathers: a united peaceful, prosperous and just nation.
Senator Ekweremadu has, however, very clearly demonstrated in this book that Nigerians “can only build a “Nigeria of our dreams” if they make bold efforts to “love her above our individual selves and narrow interests” we cannot expect other nations or foreigners to love us more than we love ourselves.
This book is a must-read for all Nigerians. Will you also love your country?
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[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Peregrino Brimah reports ] - Last Thursday a Boko Haram terrorist attempted to blow up the Borno state Government secretariat in Maiduguri. As Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman described, police officers stationed intercepted the suicide bomber forcing the coward to detonate his bomb at the gate. This tragic event immediately claimed the life of one of the officers while the second, he narrated, died of his injuries later in the hospital.
The story ended there for Nigeria.
The media reported it as above. No names were given of the heroic officers by the army, the police and the media too failed to find and provide the names of these two martyrs.
Nigeria is busy. Nigeria does not really care what the names of victims and brave officers are. Too many things are happening; too many people are dying premature deaths and the identities of the masses, ordinarily police officers and soldiers does not really matter. What matters to us is the numbers... TWO officers died. ONE died instantly and number TWO died at the hospital.
500 were killed in Agatu. 50 were killed in Enugu. 200 were killed in Dalori.
The media at least gives us the numbers while the army, police and ministry of information gives nothing.
If Boko Haram or terror herders or the Army killed me tomorrow, Nigeria would simply say, ONE was killed yesterday.
It gets so loose, the government agencies actually see it fit to unnecessarily and extrajudicially kill 7, 8 or even 1000 that the other numbers and elite may be happy. It's just numbers after all.
Talking about the elite, the story is entirely different. When that minister died, we saw how the media and government addressed his death for several days. It was a day of mourning. It was not a number that had just passed but a person. A human being.
A new friend, Abdallah brought this social breakdown to my attention in conversation yesterday. He said the Chief of Police Arase will not even visit the family of the deceased TWO cops.
I said, they won't get compensated. He said, they won't even get their entitlements, talk-less compensation.
It was a sad moment of realization and reflection.
We agreed that it is not only about the government's lack of care, but the media, and the people in general. Perhaps too many have died for us to care; or perhaps we simply lack that aspect of humanity. The masses don't count, not to us, not to the media and definitely not to the authorities.
I thought it was impossible for Nigerians to create a picture and name public record of the dead but when hundreds of IMN Muslims were massacred in Zaria, I saw for a first time that it was actually possible to care, organize and get a complete list of names with pictures and not just numbers. The movement collated a list of names and images of 700, later updated to 750 victims.
Perhaps it's too expensive for our government to coordinate. Or perhaps it is insulting to them and they do not see this "annoying" act as trust and confidence reinforcing. I don't really know and at this point I don't really care. My heart is with the families of the brave TWO who died in Borno that we may be safe.
May their Creator who cares about them, receive them warmly and may He accord their family the respect, compassion, empathy and support that they deserve in these trying times.
The TWO police officers are my heroes.
I care about them and their identities and have sent out ward for their identities and contacts to be retrieved.
The many NUMBERS of soldiers that have died fighting Boko Haram are my heroes.
I owe their families and wards my life.
I send them my prayers and on behalf of our ENDS.ng organisation, I promise to assist any of them who contacts us in any way we can as soon as we can.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Nigerian policemen
[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Peregrino Brimah reports ] - Did you notice that as soon as the hiked fuel price was announced, stations that had not sold petrol in 10 months suddenly opened their gates to motorists? The reason was simple: as anti-corruption as the Buhari government prides itself to be, the past 11 months of this administration saw the oil cabal make billions of dollars by diverting supplied product to the black market under the wide eyes of the oil Ministry and security department.
Nigeria was sold to the black market fuel hustle for 11 months and has now been transferred into the hands of the Black market forex hustle. Literally from one black market to another.
If you do not believe all this was planned, then take a look at Minister Ibe Kachikwu's own confession as reported in all dailies on March 23rd. The Minister said under no apparent duress while ridiculing Nigerians that he "was not a magician":
“the government’s strategy is that whatever produced in the refineries will not go for sale but will be kept “in strategic reserve because the key problem here is that there is no reserve; anytime there is a gap in supply, it goes off…So, we’re going to dedicate the next couple of months to moving all the products that we produce to strategic reserve so that we can pile up reserves and that will push up the reserves in the nation."
Ibe Kachikwu was openly admitting to "strategically reserving or hoarding" fuel and promised that after this hoarding was optimal, in about two months, the fuel scarcity would resolve.
Can such a Minister whose [promise holds no water, now be trusted?
Why was Kachikwu by his own admission, strategically hoarding fuel?
By so doing, and by not regulating the sale of available fuel, allowing the black market to take over across the nation, Kachikwu instituted the hardship Nigerians underwent for the past months and aided the oil marketer cabal make billions through black market.
In Kachikwu's recent hike explanation speech released on his FaceBook page Monday, the Minister alluded to the fact that he had pity for the oil marketers. For the record, these are the same cabal who made fortunes while Nigerians suffered through the subsidy during the Diezani years. Rather than pity the masses and make available the same dollars the government sets aside for Dangote's $14 billion refinery and other cabal businesses, Kachikwu in his speech rejoiced the return of these hawks to money making business in the fuel supply chain to the detriment of the masses.
"We will make 200,000 jobs," Kachikwu said. How? What new jobs that are not existent in the bubbling downstream sector is this price upward regulation going to make? It is so easy to just throw these number around to hoodwink the masses.
Another point Kachikwu failed to address is why the Federal government, still, I presume, importing 50% of consumed fuel with CBN dollars (at the N197) rate, will be making a whopping N50 on the heads of suffering Nigerians per liter sold. Is this a time for Nigeria's NNPC to make such money on the heads of the suffering masses? Should the masses not get some reprieve for a year or two before such margins are made on their heads by this new government taxation?
Jonathan promised that the removed subsidy will be invested in national projects. What is this NNPC going to do with the 50% mark-up profit it is making on the heads of Nigerians from its own share of product sourced with CBN dollars? I doubt the Senate asked Kachikwu this question.
Many do not understand the dynamics of the fuel hike and support Buhari blindly instead of supporting Nigeria and themselves. But Nigerians need more brain than heart. We cannot compare Nigeria to Saudi Arabia or Qatar that recently hiked their fuel prices as an editorial did for the simple reason: Nigeria has the most poor per capital than any nation in the world. We have over 90 million citizens living on under a dollar-a-day and Buhari's handouts to a privileged few million will do little to address the suffering in Nigeria.
Again, why should a handful of single individuals like Dangote and other cabal have access to dollars at the N197 CBN rate while the 170 million Nigerian masses are denied the privilege in business and now for the paltry $3 billion needed to import the 6 billion liters of fuel used per year? Can Kachikwu justify these issues...as governing processes are never examined in isolation but in totality. Why did Godwin Emefiele promise Dangote this January that he will get all the CBN rate dollars he needs while the masses can get no such respite for their businesses and even for their fuel? Buhari answered this question when asked on Aljazeera, "those who can afford it." He meant, those who the government decides are worthy enough to be given the privileged access to CBN dollars.
You just got cut out of that privileged club completely. This is why many of us have clamored for the devaluation of the devalued naira to stop this corruption and oppression. Only then can the fuel hiked rate be justified.
It is like a race where some are given a 50 meter advantage over the rest. It is corruption, oppression and injustice to give an advantage to the cabal and deny the masses.
Nigeria is betrothed to the black market while the cabal move from billions to billions as the world's richest men, with a 50% advantage over you.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State for Petroleum
[ Masterweb Reports: Ronald Mutum reports ] - The Nigerian army has said troops on Operation Lafiya Dole rescued one of the abducted Chibok School Girls in Baale, Borno state. Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman in a short statement on Wednesday said: “This is to confirm that one of the abducted chibok school girls, Falmata Mbalala, was among the rescued persons by our troops at Baale near Damboa.”
The BBC Hausa Service earlier today reported that the girl was rescued after an encounter between members of vigilante group known as Civilian JTF and Boko Haram fighters.
However, the report which quotes an activist, Professor Hauwa Biu identified the girl rescued as Amina Nkek from Mbalal village.
According to the BBC report, Nkek, who was found with a child, was later identified by her parents after she was taken to Chibok.
However, army spokesman Colonel Usman clarified that it is the same person despite the different name in the BBC report.
The report also said the girl is now with soldiers in Damboa, Borno state until further investigation is completed.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Femi Hassan reports ] - On Friday May 6, 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the appropriation bill into law. The signing into law of the bill for many signifies a kick start of economic activities in the country.
The question on the lips of many keen observers of the economy would be, since the budget was just signed into law, and the Presidency has been habitual in saying that it met an ‘empty treasury’ what on earth did they use to keep the country afloat?
The Goodluck Jonathan-led administration has been painted as crooks and thieves who plundered the country’s economy leaving it in a comatose state.
Asking some pertinent questions will proffer answers to this debate as to whether former president Jonathan left an empty treasury.
But is the insinuation really true? Did Jonathan strip Nigeria to shreds as declared by President Buhari and his team?
Where did the Buhari-led government get funds to bail out states? Where did it get funds to embark on its over 20 foreign trips, while also receiving estacodes for each trip?
It’s a known fact that the Jonathan-led government had obvious plans to save which was truncated by the greedy governors and members of the Sharing Governors’ Forum despite the advice by the former Minister of Finance; Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala that the nation should save for the future. The governors refused, portraying their insatiable appetite to consume and not produce. They go cap in hand to Abuja like beggars all in a bid to share the nation’s resources.
The question we should ask the governors is: why can’t they pay their workers? Did Jonathan make them inept in making good business decisions? Why did some of them take bad loans from banks? What are they doing with their security votes? After all they are not in charge of security within their states, as the Federal Government still handles this, due to the absence of state policing.
With all these questions and more, not only do the governors’ have a case to answer, the Buhari-led government also have to prove that it met an empty treasury.
In the early days of his administration when the President said he met an empty treasury, it did not take long for his statement to be debunked in strong terms by one of the immediate past Minister/Deputy Chairman National Planning Commission (NPC) Dr. Abubakar Olanrewaju Sulaiman. Suleiman said the former administration as at May 29 left behind the sum of US$2billion, adding that the sum would have been higher if not the governors insistence on sharing the fund.
He said, “Government can’t tell us that there is no Excess Crude Account (ECA), Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) or are we saying the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and related agencies had not in the last one month been generating revenue?
“Until they are able to prove they had no receipts from these government agencies in the last one month before Nigerians can now buy into Mr. President’s claims of an empty treasury.”
Before the governors received bail out from the Federal Government, the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Ahmed Idris, had announced that President Muhammadu Buhari and the 36 states had agreed to share $1.7bn (N391bn) from the balance of $2. 078 billion in the Excess Crude Account (ECA).
“The position is very clear. What we met on ground is what we are going to distribute,” Mr. Idris said. “What we met on ground is hovering between $1.6 bn and $1.7 bn, and that is what we are going to distribute among all the three tiers of governments based on the approved formula.”
With this coming from the Accountant General of the Federation, someone who is supposed to know the nation’s account details, how on earth then did the Jonathan-led government leave an empty treasury? I believe this is just an attempt to give a dog a bad name in order to hang it.
It’s obvious that this administration is clueless and wants to blame its inadequacies on Jonathan and his economic team led by Dr Iweala.
Femi Hassan ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) is a social commentator and writes from Lagos State.
*Photo Caption - Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan
[ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety reports ] - The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety), supported by other nine group-members of the Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs) had on 11th of May 2016 dragged Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to 20 world’s leading democracies and great economies under the UN System, concerning hardened and ill-conceived position of the Commission over outstanding parliamentary rerun polls in Nigeria and its consequential capacity to collapse Nigeria’s fragile democracy and constitutionalism if......READ BELOW:
Before INEC Collapses Democracy In Nigeria: Our Case Against The Commission Over Outstanding Parliamentary Polls & Call For Your Urgent Diplomatic Intervention (2)
(Onitsha Nigeria, 14th of May 2016)-The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety), supported by other nine group-members of the Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs) had on 11th of May 2016 dragged Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to 20 world’s leading democracies and great economies under the UN System, concerning hardened and ill-conceived position of the Commission over outstanding parliamentary rerun polls in Nigeria and its consequential capacity to collapse Nigeria’s fragile democracy and constitutionalism if unchecked. The letter was addressed to the United Nations Secretary General; Apostolic Nuncio (Pope’s Ambassador to Nigeria); United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR); United States Ambassador to Nigeria; Head, Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria & ECOWAS; EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs & Security (Federica Mogherini); British High Commissioner to Nigeria; Head, African Research Group/Dep. Head/Research Analyst of the UK Foreign& Commonwealth Office (Dr. Clare Thomas) and the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Nigeria.
Others are the Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria; Ambassador of the Republic of France to Nigeria; Brazilian Ambassador to Nigeria; Swedish Ambassador to Nigeria; Austrian Ambassador to Nigeria; Ambassador of the Netherlands to Nigeria; Ambassador of Switzerland to Nigeria; Belgian Ambassador to Nigeria; Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria; Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria; and Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria. The seven-page letter was also copied to the Senate President Bukola Saraki, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, House of Reps Speaker Yakubu Dogara, INEC Chairman Mahmud Yakubu, and Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami, SAN. The letter had successfully been delivered electronically and in hard copies to their recipients.
Below is the second and concluding part of the letter; first part of it(http://www.intersociety-ng.org/component/k2/item/132-before-inec-collapses-democracy-in-nigeria) was made public on 12th of May 2016. The rest of the letter reads as follows: In Anambra Central Senatorial District, the appellate court order for the conduct of a rerun election into its vacant seat was made by the Enugu Division of the Court of Appeal on 6th of December 2015 and it expired on 6th of March 2016. In Imo North Senatorial District, the order of the Court of Appeal, Owerri Division was made on 11th of December 2015 and it expired on 11th of March 2016, with INEC observing it in gross breach. Two vacant State Legislative Assembly seats are also outstanding in Imo State till date. The ninety days order of the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division to INEC to conduct and conclude a rerun election into the vacant Kogi East Senatorial District seat was made on 2nd of December 2015 and it expired on 2nd of March 2016.
Be further informed Your Excellencies that we had on 20th of April 2016 written the Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmud Yakubu concerning the subject matter above and called on the Commission to urgently fix new dates for the conduct and conclusion of all outstanding parliamentary elections arising from the 2015 main elections, on account of their judicial nullifications. We complained bitterly, too, that over twelve months after the 2015 general elections were held, the Commission has failed to conduct and conclude its balloting processes in contravention of the existing electoral laws and judicial orders above cited.
Link to the said letter of ours is provided below: http://intersociety-ng.org/component/k2/item/116-non-conduct-of-outstanding-legislative-reruns-in-imo-anambra--rivers-states-is-an-invitation-to-anarchy. On 27th of April 2016, the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria passed a resolution urging INEC to fix new dates, conduct and conclude all outstanding parliamentary elections or reruns including six vacant senatorial seats under reference. The link to the published resolution of the Senate is provided below: http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2016/04/28/senate-asks-inec-to-conduct-outstanding-senatorial-polls-in-six-districts/.
On 29th of April 2016, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) issued a statement, ignoring Intersociety and Senate’s clarion calls on the Commission to act lawfully by conducting and concluding the said outstanding rerun polls. The Commission admitted observing the court orders in breach and restated its indefinite postponement of all the outstanding parliamentary rerun elections in Anambra, Rivers, Kogi and Imo States; citing “violence and insecurity of its staffs”. The link to its said statement is provided below: http://www.elombah.com/index.php/reports/6662-breaking-inec-suspends-outstanding-2015-elections-indefinitely. The Commission had few weeks ago conducted and concluded elections in the Federal Capital Territorial and other outstanding reruns in Osun State, etc. Till date, the Commission is still withholding some results of the poor rerun polls it conducted in Rivers State on 19th of March 2016; a period of 52 days.
To use “insecurity” as a cover to deny over 20 million population their rights to effective, popular and deliberative representation at the National Assembly of Nigeria since December 2015, in this trying period in the life of Nigeria’s statehood that requires round-the-clock aggregation and congregation of the common interests of all ethnic nationalities in matters of legislative democracy; is the worst undoing of INEC. The Commission’s independence, credibility and impartiality are seriously under threats.
In Anambra Central Senatorial District, the Commission goofed unpardonably by becoming so partisan that it became an interested and biased third party on the issue of “who or which party is to be included in the rerun or otherwise”. Even when the Commission was ordered judgmentally on 1st of March 2016 by the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court to allow one of the participating political parties; which the Commission magisterially barred from contesting; to contest and field its new candidate, following extraneous circumstances, the Commission, rather than obeying the order and complying with the judgment; rushed and filed an appeal, challenging the Court judgment. Till date, nothing is heard from the said appeal filed weeks after the judgment; a period of over 40 days. The Commission also issued a statement, postponing the Senatorial rerun indefinitely. Instances of INEC’s gross misconducts that are capable of collapsing Nigeria’s fragile democracy abound. Also by law and Nigeria’s democracy, policies and conducts of all public bodies and persons in Nigeria including INEC are subject to judicial reviews and pronouncements.
In modern democracies, States exist to protect their citizens and ensure their welfares at all times. This is commonly referred to as “sovereignty as a responsibility” or “citizens’ sovereignty”. In Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution, her Section 14 (2) (b) mandates or compulsorily provides that “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of the Government” and (c) “the participation by the people in their government shall be ensured, in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution”. It is therefore abominable for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to shift the responsibility of “providing security and violence free environment” for conduct and conclusion of its outstanding rerun polls, to the voting population; failing which the Commission announced indefinite suspension of all outstanding rerun polls.
As delicate and dicey as the then Boko Haram affected Northeast Nigeria was, yet the then Prof Attahiru Jega led INEC successfully conducted elections in the area. We have suspected and still suspect strongly that INEC’s excuses for suspending the said rerun polls are politically motivated and ill-conceived. The Commission may most likely be acting a script of the federal ruling party and the presidency in Nigeria for the purpose of muscling or decimating the strength of the federal opposition party and geopolitical zones at the country’s National Assembly. The Southeast and the South-south geopolitical zones are the country’s known opposition strongholds in the present political dispensation. Also, the areas where outstanding parliamentary rerun polls are suspended by the Commission are majorly controlled by the opposition zones and political parties.
We, therefore, call on Your Excellencies to intervene diplomatically and bring pressure to bear on INEC before it collapses the country’s fragile democracy. Other than Your Excellencies’ immense positive diplomatic influences wield over the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we are also aware that each of Your Excellencies’ home governments sets aside every year robust development aid or grant packages for Nigeria, which run into hundreds of millions of dollars, pounds or Euros, in aid or support of the country’s advancement in democracy, electoral reform, rule of law, humanitarianism, human rights and security.
We are further aware that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is a major recipient of these development aids or interventions, either directly or through codified or budgetary means. We are aware, too, that UK alone, for instance, has set aside 250Million British Pounds in development aid to Nigeria for 2016. These development interventions are strictly guided by a set of rules or conditions, which include credibility, accountability, impartiality and neutrality of INEC and its obedience to rule of law; justice and electoral reforms; respect for human rights including civil and political rights as well as security of the citizens and popular conduct of periodic elections under one-person-one-vote doctrine. Your Excellencies’ diplomatic intervention under demand is also in furtherance of the advancement of the purposes and principles of the United Nations which include promotion of democracy, local and international peace and security; protection of human rights and advancement of democratic free speech and good governance.
INEC should, therefore, be called upon and monitored by Your Excellencies to ensure that it does not become a roguish and parasitic electoral commission capable of collapsing Nigeria’s fragile democracy. The Commission must be mirrored transparently by Your Excellencies to justify its continued supports from Your Excellencies’ home governments. The Commission’s adamant refusal and woeful failure to conduct and conclude the referenced outstanding parliamentary rerun elections as ordered by law and courts should strongly be condemned in unmistakable terms by Your Excellencies.
INEC should specifically be called upon by Your Excellencies to fix new dates for the said polls, conduct and conclude same inexcusably. It is also the constitutional duty of the Commission and the security agencies in Nigeria; not the voting population, to provide security and ensure absence of violence during such polls. The best way to ensure these is for the Commission to play by the rules and refrain from being seen or perceived by the public and other involved parties as “interested or compromised third party”. The Board of INEC, which is yet to be fully or properly constituted by the Senate and the Presidency in accordance with Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution, should also be properly done through Your Excellencies’ diplomatic pressures, as a matter of uttermost immediacy and extreme public importance so as to ensure the Commission’s true credibility and independence.
For: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety)
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chairman
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Obianuju Joy Igboeli, Esq., Head, Civil Liberties & Rule of Law Program
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Chinwe Umeche, Esq., Head, Democracy & Good Governance Program
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[ Masterweb Reports: Okike Benjamin reports ] - My name is Okike Benjamin, a teacher in the Department of Computer Science, University of Abuja, Nigeria. I write to express my profound displeasure over the comment made recently by the Prime Minister of Britain, Mr. David Cameron that Nigeria is a ‘fantastically corrupt’ country. This type of negative comment should be totally rejected by all Nigerians irrespective of place of residence.
If there is any country’s leader who should make such a comment, it is not expected to be from that of Britain, Nigeria’s colonial master. Whether Nigerians like it or not, the act of corruption is passed to us by the British. Today, such is becoming a culture in Nigeria. Nigerians are very smart people and as we learnt from our colonial master, the “Great” Britain this ill wind of corruption which blows no one any good, we have perfected this act and made it a way of life before now. Today, the government of the day is doing all within her disposal to make corruption a thing of the past within Nigeria and we hope that this would be achieved by collective efforts by all Nigerians.
It is unfortunate that not only did they (British) teach us the act of corruption when they were our colonial master, they still watered and nurtured it to ensure that it flourishes in the country. This they achieve by encouraging corrupt Nigerians to keep their monies in banks in Britain. I do not have any statistics as the amount of money belonging to Nigerians stashed in various banks in Britain, but it is possible such amount could fund our 2016 budget. The country, Britain aid and abet corruption till date.
History revealed that in 1839, British government sent an expeditionary force of 12,000 soldiers into Afghanistan to dethrone the then king in the person of Dost Mohammad and set up their own hand-picked king. In other words, Britain also cultivated and allowed the growth of corruption in Afghanistan, one of the countries mentioned alongside Nigeria by the Prime Minister of Britain as a ‘fantastically corrupt’ country.
From the experience of the British in Nigeria during colonial era and her role in Afghanistan, it may not be out of place to say that Britain is ‘fantastically more’ corrupt than Nigeria, which learnt corruption from them and Afghanistan where they planted the crop of corruption and supplied it with adequate manure to grow to maturity.
Okike Benjamin ( Email: email@example.com ) reports
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[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. David Leffler on IDT ] - Dear Editor; I am sending this query letter to pitch an article discussing the latest Invincible Defense Technology (IDT) developments and how they will soon affect all militaries globally.
Fortunately, during this dangerous time IDT is being deployed by militaries worldwide, which are now espousing IDT and implementing this modern (with ancient roots) approach to achieve the highest ideal of defense.
For instance, please see this online video documenting how IDT is being deployed by the military of Ukraine:
These militaries are meeting the ideal challenge for the 21st century, to create lasting peace by using the most advanced, cost-effective technology available. This new IDT emerging 21st century defense paradigm creates permanent peace by preventing enemies from arising. Through proper application of IDT victory before war is achieved, for a fraction of the cost of current defense systems.
So far, this Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) has gone unnoticed by Western military leaders; (with the notable exception of Norwich University which is the oldest private military college in the United States. Please see this just released short online video available at:
and also the related announcement below dated 6 May 2016 provided by the David Lynch Foundation.)
These changes are taking place in militaries worldwide because the current system of military training no longer provides the strategic advantage it once had. Meanwhile, the pioneering learners in these nations’ military educational institutions are already utilizing IDT to achieve an ideal state of invincibility. They realize that the peer-reviewed research backing up the IDT approach, as well as the actual field-tests conducted by their military scientists, validate this RMA.
Historical paradigm shifts like RMAs usually follow the order in this quote:
"All truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
— Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)
Historically when a RMA is taking place, the “old guard” tries to protect its outmoded paradigm. For instance, months before the attacks on Pearl Harbor there were still a few admirals who continued to profess that aircraft were not capable of sinking battleships.
Due to the “old guard,” the brave men and women in the armed forces are being needlessly killed and wounded in the “War on Terrorism” that is unwinnable because militaries continue to use obsolete methods currently taught at most military institutions. Such approaches not backed by peer-reviewed research often make the current precarious world situation even worse.
The cutting-edge military leaders in these IDT deploying countries know that for about the cost of one modern fighter jet they can deploy a defense system using the human resource-based technology of the unified field. Quantum physics reveals that IDT works on a level that is a thousand million, million times more powerful than the nuclear force. These leaders have discovered that their military can harness this immense power of the unified field to effectively and efficiently prevent any enemy from arising within, or outside of their countries’ borders. Consequently, the focus of their attention is shifting away from outdated non-unified field-based defense approaches.
The international classic, Sun Tzu’s Art of War, advises that it is better to win without fighting. This is why militaries are now deploying IDT as a proven technology to harness the most powerful level of natural law to gain victory. Militaries using IDT achieve the highest ideal of professionalism—averting the birth of an enemy.
Regarding my qualification to write about IDT, I have been published on this topic in over 1,100 locations worldwide. Internet links to most of them are available at:
I hope that you will be interested in publishing an article about IDT and help hasten the RMA that IDT is creating and inspire militaries worldwide to prevent the now unnecessary loss of life and suffering.
Thank you for your prompt reply.
David R. Leffler, Ph.D.
Center for Advanced Military Science (CAMS)
Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy
1000 N. Fourth Street
Fairfield, Iowa 52557 USA
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[ Masterweb Reports: Odimegwu Onwumere reports ] - The Christian-dominated Igbo-land has been preaching in all spheres of the media, saying, “Vengeance is of God”. This is sequel to the ethnic cleansing of Ndigbo in the Ukpabi, Nimbo in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, on April 25 2016, by the Fulani ethnic group.
It has been erroneously said to be Fulani herdsmen that carried out the attack. The true word is that Fulani people carried out a war against the Igbo. The bone of contention here is that our people have become cowards in the name of Christianity.
Those in this line of jaundiced statement want one Jehovah or is it Yahweh, to go and face the Fulani people. They forgot that the Jehovah they so much rely on did not save the followers who were murdered in torrents by the crazy Islamic group called Boko Haram, even while worshipping and praying to the Jehovah, in the house built for him.
Many Igbo people have been murdered in that direction and all that was left of them was, “God knows everything; and he said we should give him praise both in bad and in good times”. Hooey! They will not fight back, where they think that dying is an abomination, where they think that they love the Jehovah so much, but will not want to meet with him.
The Igbo spirit of today that is being hypnotized by Christianity was not the spirit of the Igbo fathers, who were ever ready bold and ready to die for a just cause, inlure of waiting for a Jehovah to fight for them.
It was that crass spirit of waiting for Yahweh to go for fight that compelled the Enugu State governor to shed tears like an imbecile and mouthed that Ndigbo should embark on prayer and fasting, when the dastardly act had been committed by the mindless Fulani tribe and its Hausa co-killers, who do not care for human life.
The irony is that these tribes never wait for their Allah to go and fight for them when they feel provoked, but the Igbo will sheepishly do. It is most idiotic to ask a people who are grieving to go into fasting and prayer, especially the Igbo who are a nation of their own that were invaded by marauders from far away north.
This is exactly how the Arabic-Fulanis through their war-teacher called Usman dan Fodio carried out an Islamic war against the Hausas; and in any Hausa land that was conquered, an Emir would be installed. Except for the Middle-Belt that fought that war-monger called Usman dan Fodio seriously and never allowed him and his co-Fulani killers to cross, Ndigbo would have been conquered and Islam introduced in the land.
The Middle-Belt people did not wait for Jehovah or whoever to go for war for them, they engaged in the war and victory later became theirs. And going through some Bible verses, one wonders if Ndigbo really read the Bible (although not important); the stereotyped Christianity they have come to swallow in whole without thinking has made them cowards.
They forgot that vengeance is not of any Jehovah; that even the Jesus they have come to believe in so much also asked men to safeguard themselves and their property. The Bible said, "Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand?" (Lk. 14:31). Jesus also said, "When a strong man, fully armed, guards his castle, his property is safe" (Lk. 11:21).
There is no justification for Ndigbo to run away from fighting back those that want them extirpated, all in the name of Christianity. The above quotations have shown that the Jesus, even though was of non-violence mission, never asked Ndigbo to be cowards. The Fulanis came and killed Ndigbo in Enugu like a thief the Jesus said that he would come like. "I will come as a thief in the night," (Rev. 3:3).
There is no amount of Bible quotations that will douse what is intended to be said here. One does not understand why Ndigbo should be shrugging in the face of targeted wiping-out of the Igbo generation by the Fulani/Hausa tribes. Even the Jehovah was not quiet in a situation like what the Fulani did in Enugu.
In his “The Holy Bible describes the Christian God as Satan”, Naiwu Osahon, renowned author, philosopher of science, mystique, leader of the world Pan-African Movement, writes the following:
"God the perfect being, did all of the following: He created evil (Lam. 3: 38, Jer. 26: 3, Ezek. 20: 25 – 26, Judges 9: 3, 1, Sam. 16: 23, 18: 10); He deceived (Jer. 4: 10, 15: 18, 20: 7, 2, Chron 18: 22, Ezek. 14: 9, 2Thess. 2: 9 – 12); He told people to lie (Ex. 3: 18, 1Sam. 16: 2); He lied (Gen. 2: 17, 2Sam. 7: 13); He rewarded liars (Ex. 1: 15 – 20); He ordered men to become drunken (Jer. 25: 27); He rewarded the f**l and the transgressor (Prov. 26: 10); He mingled a perverse spirit (Isa. 19: 14); He spread dung on people's faces (Mal.2: 3); He ordered stealing (Ezek. 39: 10, Ex 3: 22); He made false prophesies (Jonah 3: 4, Gen. 5: 10); He changed his mind (Jonah 3: 10); He caused adultery (2 Sam. 12: 11 – 12); He ordered the taking of a harlot (Hosea 1: 2, 3:1 – 2);
"He killed (Num. 16: 35, 21: 6, Deut. 32: 39, 1Sam. 2: 26, Psalm 135: 10); He ordered killing (Lev. 26: 7 – 8, Num. 25: 4 – 5); He had a temper (Deut. 13: 17, Judges 3: 8); He was often jealous (Deut. 5: 9,6: 15); He wasn't omnipresent (Gen. 4: 16, 11: 5, 1Kings 19: 11 – 12); He wasn't omniscient (Deut. 8: 2, 13: 3, 2Chron. 32: 31); He often repented ( Ex. 4: 22 – 23, Joshua 22: 20, Rom. 5: 12); He played favourites ( Deut. 7: 6, 14: 2, 1Sam. 12: 22); He sanctioned slavery ( Ex. 21: 20 – 21, Deut. 15: 17); He degraded deformed people (Lev. 21: 16 – 23).
"He punished a basta*d for being illegitimate (Deut. 23: 2); He punished many for the acts of one (Gen. 3: 16, 20: 18); He punished children for the sins of their fathers (Ex. 12: 29, 20: 5, Deut. 5: 9); He prevented people from hearing his word (Isa. 6: 10, John 12: 39 – 40). He supported human sacrifice (Ex. 22: 29 – 30, Ezek. 20: 26); He ordered cannibalism (Lev. 26: 29, Jer. 19: 9); He demanded virgins as a part of war plunders (Num. 31: 31 – 36); He ordered gambling (Joshua 14: 2, Num. 26: 52, 55 – 56); He ordered horses to be hamstrung (Joshua 11: 6). He sanctioned violation of the enemy's women (Deut 21: 10 – 14); He excused the beating of slaves to death (Ex. 21: 20 – 21); He required a woman to marry her rapist (Deut. 22: 28: 29); He taught war (Psalm 144: 1); He ordered the burning of human faeces to cook food (Ezek. 21: 3 – 5); He intentionally issued bad laws (Ezek. 20: 25); He excused the sins of prost*t*tes and adulterers (Hosea 4: 14); He excused a murderer and promised his protection (Gen. 4: 8 – 15); He killed a man who refused to impregnate his widowed sister-in-law (Gen. 38: 9 – 10); and He is indecisive ( Gen. 18: 17)...”
So, if the Jehovah knew about battle, Ndigbo should not be afraid of battle. No Jehovah or Jesus is coming to fight the battle. Ndigbo were not cowards to allow their sense of duty be overcome by fear all in the name of Christianity. Most times, war is the test of manhood. If Ndigbo should continue to flee when the marauders attack, death will continue to follow us behind. Ndigbo should not give up when attacked. That’s not the spirit. Forgiveness can only come if the enemies are revenged. No Jehovah will do this for Ndigbo.
Odimegwu Onwumere is a Rivers State based Poet, Writer, Media Consultant Tel: +2348057778358. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Photo Caption - Map of Igboland (homeland of Ndigbo of Nigeria).