[ Masterweb Reports: C. K. Ekeke reports ] - On November 8, 2016, Americans will elect a new President – the 46th President of the United States. No matter who wins, it will be a historic and consequential election. The world is already on the edge and Americans are sharply divided—even among family members, friends, and the world.
It will be historic because of the candidates representing the two major political parties – Donald Trump, representing the Republican Party and Hilary Clinton, representing the Democratic Party.
Mrs. Clinton has been involved in public service for almost 30 years. She has an incredible and intimidating resume – a law degree from Yale, law professor, women & family activist, First Lady of Arkansas, First Lady of the United States, Senator for 8 years, represented the State of NY and then Secretary of State for 4 years under President Barack Obama.
One U.S. Presidential historian said that Hilary Clinton is the most qualified person to ever run for the office of the President of the United States of America. In fact, there is no office that suited her except the presidency or Vice President.
On the other hand, Mr. Trump, a billionaire business man, who has no experience of governance, has never held any political office but a shrewd and crafty business man, who owns some of the most fanciful hotels, resorts, casinos and gulf courses in the U.S. He was also the creator and producer of the talent business show called the “apprentice.” He is founder and president the defunct Trump University and of-course the former owner of Miss America Beauty pageant as well as owns some stake of Miss Universe and Miss World pageant shows.
Both have impressive resume. However, the tone of the campaign has been bizarre and bitter. It has also been an extraordinary and exciting campaign – having Mr. Trump beat all the heavy-weights of the Republican Party line-up including Jeb Bush and others.
On the other hand, Mrs. Clinton was the preferred candidate of the Democratic Party despite that Senator Bernie Sanders gave her such a fight during the Democratic nomination process.
Furthermore, the presidential campaign has been divisive and contentious due to the hateful rhetoric of Mr. Trump. Trump is not a politician and therefore, does not posses the political language. However, he tapped into the feelings of millions of Americans, who felt that they were left out due to globalization and digital economy. Mr. Trump tapped into their challenges and feelings coupled with his rhetoric of fear, hate, Islamophobia racism, sexism, misogyny, homophobia, and xenophobia.
If Mr. Trump loses the election on November 8, it will be because of his hateful rhetoric. If he had stayed on message of business, trade, economy with some commons sense policy on immigration and foreign affairs, he would have handedly won the presidency.
And so, his politics of hate and division as well as his lack of understanding of globalization, digital economy and off-course climate change denial makes him such a novice in global matters.
Other factors mitigating against Mr. Trump are:
1. His erratic tweets and unstable temperament and sound judgment – especially when he denies Climate Change and wants to disband NATO.
2. Hollywood and radio talk shows of him demeaning and insulting women.
3. American intellectuals – a Harvard Professor, Howard Gardener, who said that Donald Trump is a Narcissist. FYI: Donald’s Father was an immigrant from Germany while his mother came from Ireland.
4. Fareed Zakaria, another American intellectual, journalist, authors and host of CNN Global Public Square (GPS) wrote a scathing piece describing Donald Trump as a cancer on America’s democracy.
5. Liberal media – MSNBC, CNN and others.
6. Pope Francis is even against Donald Trump - especially his immigration policy of building a wall instead of building bridges.
7. Even a monkey from Japan, twice picked Hilary’s picture to win the presidency.
8. And surprisingly, the famous psychics in America predicted: 5 vs. 4 for Mrs. Clinton. One particular psychic adamantly said that Donald Trump will win because the total letters of his first and last name totaled 11. He named other presidents:
• Barack Obama: 11 letters
• George W. Bush: 11 letters
• Bill Clinton: 11 letters
• Jimmy Carter: 11 letters
• John Kennedy: 11 letters
• Donald Trump: 11 letters
9. The psychics even cited historic figures like Pope Francis and Jesus Christ because the total of their first name and last names totaled 11. According to the psychics, 11 is a mysterious number in the p psychic world.
Personally, I do not believe in psychic because science and data are more accurate. Today, Big Data/Data Science is correctly forecasting that Mrs. Clinton will win. All the analysis being done by Data Scientists – analyzing the States’ Votes and Electoral College clearly show that Mrs. Clinton is more favorable to win.
On the other hand, Mrs. Clinton has her issues and baggage as well.
1. She is somehow reputed to be dishonest and untrustworthy.
2. Her relationship with Wall Street and big banks.
3. Speaking engagements and pocketing thousands of dollars from Wall Street executives.
4. The bombing and killing of American Ambassador and others at American Embassy in Benghazi in Libya, while she was Secretary of State.
5. WikiLeaks of her emails
6. FBI saga and handling of State Department classified and unclassified emails.
7. Clinton foundation receiving millions of dollars from donors.
8. Her husband’s sexual escapades with women and even during his presidency.
And, so the two candidates have serious issues and baggage. However, it comes down to who has the experience, skill-set, temperament and sound judgment to lead the U.S. and the world.
The U.S. President is a world leader. It’s not just about his or her nation's economy, trade, immigration, race relations, education, and other national issues—but who has the knowledge, experience and sound judgment to lead the world.
It will interest you to know that there is a high interest to elect the first woman President of the United States after electing the First Black U.S. President. Mrs. Hilary will make double history—first for being the first woman to lead a major party in presidential election. Second, if she wins, will be the first woman to be elected the U.S President after 248 years of U.S. presidential democracy. Even more than that, the world will be in the hands of women. Mrs. Angela Markel – Chancellor of Germany, Theresa May – Prime Minister of Britain, Hilary Clinton – U.S. President and others.
What a world it would be. I believe these three women would be able to use their feminine and soft power to subdue Putin of Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, Syria and other hot spots in the world – including the full blown dictatorship in Nigeria.
I wish the United Nations had elected a woman as well. There were more women candidates than the men, but once again, the UN Council chose a man – the former President of Portugal over many qualified women that vied for the job.
Here is my take/forecast:
Mrs. Hilary Clinton will win and become the 46th President of America. No doubt, the 2016 Presidential election has sharply divided Americans and it will take politics of love and justice to bring healing and national reconciliation. I believe Madam President will be able to rally the nation: the Left-Liberals, Middle-Progressives, Right-Conservative, Righteous-Right and all others in between for national reconciliation, atonement, healing, and unity.
As you go out to vote tomorrow morning, if you have not already voted during the early voting, pray and choose wisely. Our future and destiny depend on who we elect to direct our lives, make policies that will create better futures for you and your families.
Ultimately, God directs the affairs of our lives and even nations.
C. K. Ekeke ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Peregrino Brimah reports ] - As an immigrant black man, I am perturbed when I chat with some fellow immigrants and blacks in America who rehash certain jejune, prepackaged one-liners on why they plan to vote for Hillary Clinton.
"Trump hates immigrants, he will deport you," they cough:
But is married to one. Will he be deporting his wife? Twice Trump has married immigrants. That says so much about him hating immigrants, I tell them. His wife is so foreign, she can't even speak fluent English.
It is illegals Trump has issues with, especially the unscreened ones with criminal records. I don't love them either, do you?, I ask them. I know Hillary loves illegal stuff, so she will like them, I continue.
"Trump hates blacks," they say.
But it is Obama's legacy of "Black Lives Matter" that you prefer?, I ask them. You want more of these protests everyday. Like, seriously? Is it this life of Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Philando Castille and too many to mention, and too many not even known happening every single day, that we want more of by continuing with the Obama-Hillary "love" for blacks?, I ask them.
"Trump has no experience, she has," they say. "He will cause global chaos:"
Done. I guess you don't see that Obama-Hillary already did that. Do you love the ongoing great Arab migration, thanks to them? You want more of that in the other continents? You have not had enough of how the entire Middle east was thrown in flames by these people, you want more fires around the world? I answer them.
"...It was Bush that started that," they say:
And you see Bush voting for Hillary today, don't you?, I answer. Is it not the same establishment? Bush started the war, created the chaos that will divide and destroy the Middle east, and Hillary and Obama came to finish it up. Why do you think Hillary did not order airstrikes on baby ISIS when only 800 of them were headed to capture Mosul in 2300 US Humvees that "Obama-Hillary" gifted them, as Trump highlighted? They – Obama and Hillary – waited till ISIS was thoroughly embedded and it will cause the destruction of the entire country before, ahead of the elections, they decide it was time at last to seriously aid the battle against ISIS and attempt to capture Mosul. More of that, right?
"He hates Africans, he hates Muslims," they persist:
Benghazi! Don't you know what Hillary did to Africa? Did you see the way she destroyed the reputation of Muslims when, to save her face after her incompetence, she pretended that the assassination of Ambassador Stevens was a result of Muslims rioting?, I ask them. Do you know how Africa's most wealthy country, Libya today lies in ruins because of her? Do you know how weapons from the Libya they ruined, proliferate across Africa and continue to be used by terrorists like Boko Haram to cause death across the continent? Do you know how under her, Libya became a conduit for weapons and soldiers to Syria and Iraq? Why not go ask the Muslims in these places how much they think Obama and Hillary love them.
"Black Lives Matter," yet you are voting to continue the very legacy that invented and ignored that protest? Black lives must certainly not matter very much to Hillary supporters.
And then the Haitian asks me if I am serious:
Is it the 10,000 deaths in Haiti that you want more of? Is it the entire aid billions that only built 6 houses that you want more of? I ask her.
"Trump can't run a country," they say:
But Bush could? But Hillary can? But Trump runs his business and franchise and is wealthy by all measures?, I respond! A keeper of billions who knows how to play the system can't run a nation?
"She has experience," they go on:
In accepting money from wealthy corrupt and terror-linked Arabs and the Russian mafia, I answer. Experience in building the Clinton foundation by tearing down America and being paid to make America take positions and ignore its global obligations thereby enabling the elimination of peace in the world, I fire back.
Is it not time for someone to stand up to the oil-wealth drunk well known sponsors of terror and culprits behind 911, who the US opens its back side to and turns a blind eye on?
I'll rather take a chance of the possibility of him doing things right than settle for her who I have the record of always doing things wrong. I tell them.
"...the way he talks!" They interject, as their positions get weaker and weaker:
The things she has done! I return.
You are free to have your opinions, but please know they are not based on facts. I tell them. "The way he talks." Like seriously.
I realize the conversation is over as I am debating against sentiment and media conditioning.
It is amazing that with all the revelations of conspiracies and crookedness every day from Wikileaks and the FBI, too many of my kind persist and insist of not daring for change but hugging the very Hillary they hated 8 years ago when she opposed and insulted the Obama they loved. How they support her in spite of the revealed evidence of how she rigged the elections against the Bernie they loved.
While I have not decided on if I will be voting for Trump, what I do know without an iota of uncertainty is that even if you put a gun to my head to make me voter for her, you will have to pull that trigger. And if you did, hands clutched, the rigor mortis of my dead body would resist an attempt to force my thumb down for her.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. David Leffler reports ] - An article published by Reuters reports that "former Lebanese army commander Michel Aoun was sworn in as the country's elected president on Monday, and vowed to fight terrorism and to prevent regional 'fires' spreading to Lebanon." The article also reports that he vows that Lebanon's "government would tackle terrorism 'preemptively and preventively' until it is uprooted." As a wise former military officer, President Aoun should be commended for his sincere desire to save lives by preventing terrorism rather than acting after it occurs. Throughout time, leaders have professed this lofty goal of prevention, yet have had no success achieving it. Adversaries have always devised methods to counter any preventive approach, and no doubt they will attempt to do the same in Lebanon. As demonstrated by numerous terrorist attacks not only in Lebanon but worldwide, conventional approaches cannot provide a fool-proof defense against sudden acts of violence, or remove suicide terrorists willing to die for their cause.
This weakness refers to all current approaches, with little chance of an exception. However, if President Aoun seeks it, a solution to achieve true, unquestioned protection for Lebanon is available. This prevention method is distinctly different from conventional approaches. It comes from the integration of knowledge available in the social sciences with principles from unified quantum field theory. It is not based on conventional weaponry nor the field of politics (See: http://www.gusp.org). It is known in military circles as Invincible Defense Technology (IDT).
IDT Prevention Approach Poses a Better Solution
Modern defense strategists now advocate the creation of prevention strategies and technologies that operate farther and farther to the "left of the boom." This means that, if bomb attacks were placed on a timeline, the best approaches would intervene to the left of the boom (bomb explosion), that is, long before the explosions happened. They argue that if bombs have been planted, anti-terrorism approaches have failed. I argue that even this point on the timeline is too late.
To gain the ultimate strategic advantage, the President Aoun's approach of tackling terrorists must address the root cause of terrorism -- collective societal stress on the national level.
How Does IDT Work? And How is it Applied to Reduce Collective Stress?
Military personnel, functioning as a coherence-creating unit in society, practice the non-religious technique of Transcendental Meditation and its advanced practices together in a group twice a day, seven days a week. This specially trained military unit, an "IDT Prevention Wing of the Military" uses IDT to neutralize the buildup of stress in the national consciousness that ultimately fuels terrorism, war, and crime. As societal stress and frustration subside, government leaders and citizens alike are more capable of finding orderly and constructive solutions to the issues that have separated them for generations.
Latin American Military Prevention Wing Demonstrates Anti-terrorism Invincible Defense Technology
Experience with IDT in highly stressed areas of the globe have demonstrated increased economic incentives and growth of prosperity. Individual creativity and entrepreneurship increase as well. With greater civic calm, citizens' aspirations rise and a more productive and balanced society emerges. Such a society naturally disallows violence as a means for change, or as an expression of discontent. With this, the ground for terrorism is eliminated. Moreover, this positive change in social trends takes place within a few days or weeks after IDT is introduced. The changes are measurable from such statistics as reduced terrorism, crime rates, accidents, hospital admissions and infant mortality.
A Field-tested Proven Approach
The IDT approach has been used during wartime (including Lebanon, see studies summarized at: http://davidleffler.com/2011/sapratableii), resulting in reduction of fighting, reduced war deaths and casualties, and improved progress toward resolving the conflict through peaceful means. IDT is totally unlike any other defense technology in that it does not use violence in an attempt to quell violence. Not only is this a more civilized approach, but also the IDT defense technology supersedes all other known defense technologies (which are based on electronic, chemical, and/or nuclear forces). Therefore, militaries that deploy it gain the ultimate strategic advantage. And it has the added advantage of being extremely cost-effective, requiring minimal time and training to utilize.
If President Aoun establishes Prevention Wings of the Military, they will ease the current high tensions, reverse centuries of mistrust and hatred, and permanently prevent future unrest. These IDT units will create genuine and lasting reconciliation and friendship where there was once only hatred and conflict. The powerful IDT human-resource-based defense technology disallows negative trends and prevents enemies from arising. No enemies, means no terrorism and full security, as well as a normal, happy, productive life for everyone.
Backed by Scientific Research
Extensive scientific research objectively shows that this approach works. When large assemblies of civilian IDT experts gathered during the years 1983-1985, terrorism-related casualties decreased 72 per cent, international conflict decreased 32 per cent, and overall violence was reduced in nations without intrusion by other governments. (See a summary of this peer-reviewed research: A New Role for the Military: Preventing Enemies from Arising--Reviving an Ancient Approach to Peace. Journal of Management & Social Science (JMSS), Vol. 5, No. 2., pp. 153-162. This peer-reviewed journal was published by the Institute of Business & Technology BIZTEK in Pakistan.)
Recent events show that IDT is desperately needed. There is truly no other solution. President Aoun must act now.
About the Author: Dr. David Leffler is the Executive Director at the Center for Advanced Military Science (http://www.strongmilitary.org) and lectures and writes worldwide about IDT.
*Photo Caption: As seen; Insert - Dr. David Leffler
[ Masterweb Reports: Ismail Mudashir reports ] - The Senate yesterday said it has commenced the process of recovering N263.9billion diverted from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund) on the order of former president Goodluck Jonathan. The resolution was sequel to adoption of a report of the Senate committee on Tertiary Education and TETFund, chaired by Senator Jibrin Barau (APC, Kano North) on the gross mismanagement of the education tax fund.
Barau said the committee discovered that N263.9billion was diverted from the TETFund with approval of the former president in 2013.
He said it was found that the money was not transferred to TETFund project account in 2014, rather it was diverted to finance various expenditures, including revitalization of universities’ infrastructure and payment of allowances of Academic Staff of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) on the approval of Jonathan.
He said the diversion was made possible by the Act of TETFund which made the president the sole approving authority.
*Photo Caption - Goodluck Jonathan
[ Masterweb Reports ] - Sean P. Jackson, head of Black Republican Caucus of Florida was not thrown out of Trump rally for being black as published on Daily News Bin and other news media. The truth from our investigations is that he failed to identify himself to the secret service when asked to do so. Identification at events that may involve security threats, requires one to produce two forms of ID, the first is documentation or ID to prove the person is authorized to be at the function and designated area, and the second is government issued photo ID such as driver's license or international passport to prove the person is who he or she claims to be. Jackson failed to produce any of these documents and expected people to identify him which is not the procedure with intelligence, secret/security services and law enforcement in the circumstance in question. Political campaigns including Donald Trump's are out to win as many votes as possible - exclusion of any group or race is counterproductive. The story that Jackson was thrown out of Trump rally for being black is a hard one to sell. People know better.
Trump family has a long history of cordial relationship with people of colour that is based on love and respect; African Americans inclusive in this regard. The article below “Black Female Executive Speaks Out About Working For Trump Family” attests to the cordial relationship Donald Trump and his family have with African Americans and by extension with people of colour. Donald Trump is smiling in the photo of this article which meant he was happy and comfortable with Jackson and Eric in underneath photo also displayed enthusiasm with an African American around him. Eric Trump was very happy to see Charles O. Okereke, an African American and publisher of Nigeria Masterweb and Africa Masterweb (aka Masterweb) at his rally in Bayside, Wisconsin on October 26 this year. He shook hands with Okereke and both agreed for photo snapshots with cameramen with applause from the gathering.
BELOW IS THE ARTICLE REFERENCED IN THE SECOND PARAGRAPH ABOVE:
Black Female Executive Speaks Out About Working For Trump Family -By Jack Davis
Lynne Patton had had enough, so she decided to lay out exactly what she thought about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Patton, who is black, shared her judgments in a letter she read on a YouTube video, which has more than 127,000 views. “I can no longer remain silent about the repeated and reprehensible attempts to align my boss and his family with racist hate-mongering groups, campaigns and messaging,” wrote Patton, director of the Eric Trump Foundation and assistant to Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. She said the video was not part of her employment but was triggered by the reaction Trump has received during his campaign. “To the skeptics who will undoubtedly claim that I am doing this at the ........Read More
*Photo Caption - Top Photo: Donald Trump-LEFT, Sean P. Jackson-RIGHT; Bottom Photo: Eric Trump-LEFT, Charles O. Okereke-RIGHT.
[ Masterweb Reports: Victor Edozie reports ] - For hundreds of indigenes of Zor-sogho, Luusue-sogho, Barakaani-sogho, Akporo-sogho, Teka-sogho, Okwale, Ueken, Korokoro and Kaani all in Khana and Tai local government areas of Rivers State, the multi-million naira state-owned banana plantation has become a huge loss to them.
The 2,000 hectares of banana farm has become a symbol of shame. What is left of the farm where over $6 million had been expended are shrivel of the banana plants, vandalised administrative blocks and broken down tractors.
Then Governor Rotimi Amaechi in 2012 acquired 2,000 hectares of land in the Ogoni axis of the state to establish the farm. The project was for cultivation, production and export of banana for commercial purposes.
It was a private partnership initiative with a private organisation, San Carlos Ltd, contracted to drive the project.
The capital value for the project was $45 million out of which the state government was to contribute 60 percent. Another firm, Precious Banana Nig Ltd, was also engaged to market the produce.
About 6,000,000 boxes of banana were expected to be produced annually and marketed locally and internationally.
In 2013, the first phase of about 250 hectares was fully cultivated and production for the first stage had been made and local sales effected while land preparation for the second phase of another 250 hectares of land was at the final lap. The farm was also said to have engaged about 4,000 indigenes of the area before it was abandoned.
The former governor’s intention of setting up the farm was to create jobs and boost the revenue drive of the state. But this good intention was misconstrued by the benefitting communities who saw the project as a plot by the state to grab their ancestral land.
The indigenes of the affected communities had been at daggers drawn with the state government over alleged non-payment of compensation to them. The people had alleged that the company behind the banana plantation was an agent of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) which, they said, was using the banana project as a ploy to commence oil exploitation in the area. Shell had packed out of Ogoniland over alleged despoliation of their environment.
The communities were also not happy that their farmlands were taken from them without compensation.
There were also internal squabbles among the neighbouring communities over boundary adjustment and the rightful benefactors of the compensation.
The youths, men and women of Ueken, a community in Tai Local Government Area in particular had taken to the streets over an alleged diversion of the compensation for the land. The youths had accused the elders of the community of hijacking the money paid as compensation to them.
Our reporter learnt that not less than 10 people lost their lives in an attempt to resist government agents from allegedly grabbing their land.
The affected communities had in a suit No. FHC/PH/IS/556/2011 at a Port Harcourt magistrate’s court prayed the court to restrain the Rivers State government from using armed soldiers to encroach or forcefully take their land.
The then Rivers State Commissioner for Agriculture, Emma Chindah, however, maintained that government was empowered to acquire land under the Land Use Act for public use and pay compensation when necessary. The matter had subsisted in court as of the time Amaechi left office.
Apart from the resistance from the locals against the acquisition of their land for the project, the elite and leaders of Ogoni communities also appeared uncomfortable with the project. They were of the opinion that Ogoni people desired more economically viable projects as well as super infrastructure instead of banana plantation.
Lee Meaba, a prominent indigene of Ogoni said, “We the Ogonis are wiser and need a better project than banana. We are not monkeys that somebody should come and plant banana for us to eat. We don’t need banana here.” Lee was quoted as saying at a PDP rally in Ogoni.
The former senator had threatened to mobilise Ogoni youths to destroy the plantation. The threat seems to have worked given two incidents of bomb explosions at the farm despite being heavily guarded by security agents.
As it is now, the farm is laying fallow with all the seeds planted set ablaze.
When our reporter visited the farm last week, the multi-billion naira project is in a pitiable state, giving credence to the fact that government was not a good business manager.
The Governor Nyesom Wike-led administration in the state has maintained silence on the abandoned project. The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs Omini Jack, recently listed the agricultural sector among those which the state government will give priority attention but the farm was not one of them.
The state’s Director of Sustainable Development Agency, which oversees the farm, Larry Pepple, said recently that the government would reactivate all the agencies under its watch. But feelers showed that the farm may not be included.
Victor Edozie reports from Port Harcourt
*Photo Caption - Top Photo: Rivers State Governor Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi (left) on May 16, 2013 showing the United States of America Consul General to Nigeria, Jeffrey Hawkins the Banana Farm, a joint venture agro – project between the State government and a Mexican firm in Ueken- Tai. Bottom Photo: Harvested banana fruits.
[ Masterweb Reports ] – Eric Trump, the third child and second son of Donald Trump, U.S. Republican Party presidential candidate came to Wisconsin yesterday to rally support for his father in the presidential election scheduled for November 8 this year. He arrived Bayside, a village in Milwaukee and Ozaukee counties and Charles O. Okereke, publisher of Nigeria Masterweb and Africa Masterweb (aka Masterweb) was there with supporters to welcome Eric to the state and to cover the rally. Eric Trump arrived the Republican Party field office in Bayside, the venue of the rally at 4.40 pm amidst cheers and applause from the crowd who filled the space to the brim. Eric spoke eloquently about ........Read More
*Photo Caption - Charles O. Okereke, Masterweb Publisher poses with Eric Trump at the rally.
[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - We shall officially publish the list of corrupt South East (SE) politicians and looters of our commonwealth by the first week of November, 2016. Warn governors owing workers and pensioners to clear their salary arrears on or before the end of November or face our wrath.
1 The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth wing will now publish the names of all the past and present Governors and political office holders who looted the commonwealth of the Igbos.
2. The list will be published in all the media in the country and overseas.
3. The shocking names will be published in the first week of November, 2016 with the facts and pictures of our stolen assets and their bank account details.
4 Thereafter we shall set the machinery to recover the funds back for Ndigbo through the EFCC , ICPC AND DSS.
5. We warn the culprits to openly confess now and return their loots on or before the first week of November or be permanently disgrace .
6. We also warn the Governors owing their workers and pensioners arrears of salaries and pensions to clear them before that date too . They must explain where the Bail out funds and allocations for their states went into . WE are very serious on this and our will must not be tested.
Mazi Alex Okemiri
Chairman of State Chairmen
Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC)
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[ Masterweb Reports: Emeka Odionu reports ] - On the platform at The Covenant Place, Iganmu Lagos; the former governor of Anambra state, as one of the invited guests spoke on a number of issues which are trending in the media. It was not an interactive session, so there was no opportunity to ask him questions hence the uninformed in Anambra politics “ga ekwe nke Pita kwulu”.
I’ve been getting calls and inbox messages from Nigerians at home and in diaspora as regards Obi’s speech on the “platform” and I’ve done my best to explain to them “as onye no mgbe ife melu the true situation of things” but on a second thought decided to explain certain things online, not as a media aide to anybody but as “ezigbote onye Anambra”
1. Peter OBI told us that he kept N75b for his successor but he didn’t tell us that part of the money he claimed he kept was a N9b NIPP money given to Anambra state by Obasanjo in which Anambra state made no financial contributions neither did he tell us that Anambra states Equity shares of N750m from Emenite Roofing Industry (a Michael Okpalla investment) which was shared to all Eastern states in the early 90’s was part of his N75b
He also forgot to tell us that N1b agricultural loan given to farmers in Anambra state by the federal government is in his N75b handover note.
2. Peter Obi told us that he kept N75b for his successor but he did not tell us that he awarded a contract of N184b in his
last year in office, paid N78b and bequeathed a debt of N106b to his successor.
3. Peter Obi asked governors to scrap the office of First Lady to save cost but did not tell us that his wife operated the office of First Lady with all the paraphernalia. In what capacity did Magarete Obi tour 177 communities in Anambra state thrice? Was the office of First Lady built after Obi’s tenure?
4. Peter OBI told us that he kept N75b for his successor but did not tell us that he inherited N11.2b from his predecessor, Dr. Chris Ngige. He avoided telling us that the Federal Government roads in Anambra state constructed by Dr Ngige valued at about N30b was re-imbursed to him.
5. Peter OBI did not tell us that he killed the third tier of government in Anambra state by not conducting Local Government election for eight years he governed until two months to handover.
6. Peter Obi, speaking on “the platform” did not tell us that he employed more than 5000 civil servants two months to handover which he never did in his eight years rule.
7. Obi admonished incumbent governors to stop drinking champagne in government house to save cost but didn’t tell us that the day Gov Obiano won, bottles of champagne were brought out from government house and shared to jubilants.
8. Obi told us he never slept in a hotel where a room was N250,000 a night to save cost but he didn’t tell us how his aide was apprehended moving our security vote of N250m by road to Lagos.
9. Peter Obi admonished youths to go into politics to be influential and ask their leaders questions but the youths of his senatorial zone are being shortchanged and employment eludes them because of PDP’s lingering court case sponsored by Obi. Obi did not tell us that he was the one frustrating his senatorial zone from having a senator when he was speaking on “the platform”
10.On “the platform”, Obi spoke on “cutting cost of governance” but did not tell us if sharing N40b to his friends and cronies on what he termed “Final Push” two months to handover was one of the ways to save cost of governance.
Pastor Poju Oyemade is doing well on his programme called “The Platform” but he should to add to the programme an opportunity to ask questions to debunk hypocrisy.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Marcus Okotete reports ] - There is no doubt that leadership is one of the fundamental problems we face in Nigeria as a nation. It is a problem that cuts across party divides; whether it's the APC or the PDP, leadership remains the
fulcrum that is missing in the country.
However, the popular language in the country today is economic recession, but the question everyone probably have refused to ask is how come we allowed ourselves to get in to the mess of recession in the first place? How come our so-called leaders, past and present did not see it coming and be prepared for it ahead of time? Why should the masses pay for the mistakes of their leaders? Is that what democracy
should mean for them?
As the National Coordinator of Leadership-Project Reloaded, we not only believe that leadership have to do with the democratic governance of Nigeria, but we also believe and view leadership as the essential ingredient that must be reckoned with in all endeavors of our national lives. For Instance, for a man and a woman to stay and live together in peace and harmony, the husband as the head of the family must show leadership. In the same token, leadership is not by style, but an act
that is predicated on sacrifice. In our country today, it is no longer news that 27 states of the 36 states of the federation are unable to pay workers salary which is the least of all the things expected from a leader and yet some of the so-called leaders at the state levels are busy spending tax payers money on frivolities.
How can Nigeria be great again when 70 percent of its population are unemployed? How can Nigeria be great again when pipelines are been vandalised on daily basis? How can Nigeria be great again when our tertiary institutions are breeding grounds for prostitution and brigandages instead of being the centre for innovation that will move the nation forward?
If the man who headed the Nigerian National Democratic Party, the first political party in Nigeria formed in 1923 by Herbert Macaulay is to come out from his grave, will be happy with the situation of Nigeria today? The answer is certainly no! Therefore, there is missing link some where.
In my view, I believe that for Nigeria to be great again, all those who wants to run for varrious elective positions in 2019 from the Presidential election through the Senatorial and Governorship elections to the Councillorship elections should start rethinking governance in their minds because the mind is the centre of all human
activities before it's being put in to practice.
As for me and my members in the Leadership Projected Reloaded, we will continue to mobilise Nigerians of all tribes, religion and orientation for the great task of producing better and quality leaders that will take Nigeria to her dream land of being the first among the equals. Though the challenge may not be easy but as a stakeholder in Nigerian politics who also believe that leadership is a sacrifice, I
and my group will do our best in this regard!
Based on the foregoing, I call on the Independent National Electoral Commission to start voters education now that politicians are busy planning for next elections. Starting voters revalidation and registration of Nigerians who have reached the age of 18 years now will also help them to improve our elections in 2019.
Finally, I call on the National Assembly to ensure adequate budgetary provisions for INEC in its 2017 appropriation for better preparations because failure to plan is planning to fail.
Chief Marcus Okotete is the National Coordinator of Leadership Project Reloaded. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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