[ Masterweb Reports: Olalekan Adigun reports ] - Ever since Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Burundi, declared his intention to run for a third five-year term, things have taken a different shape in the East African Country. Orders are no longer Order. Things appear to be falling apart.
The recent military coup(or rumoured coup on 13 May, 2015) is “welcomed” in some quarters as having the potential to calm the heightened tensions across the country. This could only expose the delicate balance on which the country’s political structure is based.
The Rwandan foreign affairs minister some days ago expressed her fears about the politically-charged Burundi. She expressed such fears in the light of the Rwandan 1994 crises which led more than a million people dead, and another million injured, homeless or permanently incapacitated. It does not take much to know that there are similarities between both countries. Like Rwanda, Burundi is dominated by the Hutus and the Tutsis. The hostilities involving both groups have been well documented. In fact, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), the Tutsi militia group led by, Paul Kagame Rwandan current president, trained in Burundi when the situation in Rwanda did not favour their existence in Rwanda.
For those who think the reported military coup will reduce tension, I have another opinion. The complexities involved in the crises are just too numerous to reduce to one factor. Who would have predicted a radio presentation would have left more than a million dead in Rwanda in 1994?
It appears some analyst hold a “reductionist” views on conflict management. These people tend to forget the fact that the military could not prevent the occurrence of the Nigerian Civil War(1967-70). Conflict, like water will always express itself. The case in Burundi is an accumulation of issues that have piled up over time since the 1993-95 conflicts.
The tension in the country is in fact needless in the light of the present political situation is just needless. The situation would be cooled down if the president could just drop his toga of addiction to power and save the country from this needless political turmoil.
It is on this basis that I join other African patriots to condemn unequivocally, the reported Burundi military misadventure in this dangerous period in the country’s history. Military coups ended with the 20th century. This is not a legitimate ground for President Nkurunziza’s third term attempt, an act which portrays Africans as undisciplined, uncivilised and stone-aged people.
Much lives have been lost to this needless conflict already, we cannot afford more losses. I can only pray for profound peace in Burundi and beyond.
Olalekan Waheed Adigun ( Tel: +2348136502040, +2347081901080; Email: email@example.com ), writer, philosopher, academician, political risk analyst and researcher reports from Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria.
*Photo Caption - Map of Burundi
[ Masterweb Reports: Paul C Nwabuikwu reports ] - Contrary to reports by Premium Times and some other media, the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has not disowned PriceWaterHouse Coopers, the international audit firm which carried out the recent audit of the alleged unaccounted for $20 billion.
This is because the forensic audit was actually proposed by Dr Okonjo-Iweala as the best way to get to the truth following the disagreement (and widely conflicting figures) between former CBN Governor (and current Emir of Kano) Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and the NNPC over Sanusi’s allegation of unaccounted for funds.
Her proposal was accepted by President Goodluck Jonathan as well as the Senate, and the President subsequently directed the Auditor General of the Federation to lead the work. The Auditor-General later appointed PwC to carry out the audit.
Dr Okonjo-Iweala therefore respects the process which produced the audit.
But requesting the audit is of course not the same thing as hiring the auditor. This was why we made it clear in our last press release that the suit filed against Dr Okonjo-Iweala before a Lagos High Court by SIAO Partners alleging that she appointed PwC to carry out the audit is frivolous and uninformed.
We urge the relevant media to update their information based on this clarification. Many thanks.
Paul C Nwabuikwu, Special Adviser to the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance reports.
*Photo Caption - Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
[ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety reports ] - (Democracy & Good Governance, Onitsha Nigeria, 25th April 2015)-The 2015 General Elections with their supplementary segments; involving one Presidential, 29 Gubernatorial, 109 Senatorial, 360 House of Reps and 1,152 State Legislative polls, have come and gone. What lies on the table of the out-going governors and the Presidency is democratic accountability and stock taking. On 19th April 2015, we (International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law) issued a public statement titled: “Revisiting & Institutionalizing Obinomics Governance Approach As A Standard Benchmark For New Governors In Nigeria”. The Obinomics remains an indisputable standard of measurement for public governance accountability in Nigeria. It involves the beginning and end of a democratic governance process.
How Obinomics Statement Unsettled Corrupt & Failed Governors: The referenced statement not only received wide readership within and outside Nigeria, but it also received gloomy ovations from the loyalists of some, if not many gubernatorial office holders in the country who saw it as an attempt to ridicule their bosses and incite the public against them. The jittery disposition of the referenced gubernatorial aides and their bosses’ camps is not unexpected. This is more so when public governance in Nigeria is largely dominated by psychology of politics (use of public sentiments and social anomalies to gain power for the purpose of running deceitful, deficit and mercantilist governance).
Governance Disasters In The Fourth Democratic Republic: The 1999 return to civilian rule in Nigeria saw military apologists, military retirees and white collar criminals including drug barons and couriers moving in droves, hijacking most of the country’s 13,483 elective public offices comprising 11, 788 LGA chairmen, deputies and councilors (8,692 councilors and 3,096 executive chairmen, deputy chairmen, etc) of the country’s constitutionally recognized 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs); 72 State governors and their deputies, 360 Federal Reps, 109 Senators, 1, 152 State lawmakers and the President and the Vice President.
The elected public office holders under reference also ensured that their likes dominated the country’s 4,070 top public appointive offices. For records, there are a total of 17, 500 top elective and appointive public offices in Nigeria recognized in the Salaries & Allowances for Top Public Office Holders’ Act of Nigeria 2002 as amended. The top public offices comprise 472 federal executives, 172 federal top judicial officers, 109 senators, 360 federal House members, the President and the Vice President, 36 State Governors, 36 State Deputy Governors, 1, 152 State lawmakers, 2, 664 State executives and 762 State top judicial officers.
The inglorious entrance of the referenced military apologists, military retirees and white collar criminals as well as their appointed puppets into Nigeria’s hallowed public governance offices brought to bear the era of disastrous governance in Nigeria’s Fourth Democratic Republic. A disastrous legacy of electoral banditry and rigging, judicial corruption, State sponsored violence, governance thievery and civil unrest was put in place leading to public governance being left in the hands of criminals and renegades. While the criminal class took the center stage in governance, the noble class stayed away for fear of contamination and violence against their persons.
As a result, public governance in the country became shapeless and directionless. Service to humanity became replaced by consumption and profligacy. Attempts by few members of the noble class to make an inroad into democratic governance were crudely resisted by the criminal class who also visited the former with death and threats of unimaginable proportions.
Obinomics As Standard Of Governance Accountability Measurement: One of the few exceptions to the democratic governance disasters in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic was the Obinomics governance concept in Anambra State. For records, Obinomics is a totality of democratic governance style used in Anambra State under former Governor Peter Obi between March 17, 2006 and March 17, 2014. It has electoral, judicial, social and economic elements and founded on input and output legitimacies. In other words, it is a democratic government that has beginning and an end. It fought enemies of democracy not through the Yorean eye for eye, but through political civility, tolerance, accountability, creativity and decency. It met the State in a state of barrenness, parasitism, mal-administration and fiscal deficit and left it in a state of self-sustenance and buoyancy as well as governance integrity and credit. It ended with a world class scorecard and stewardship contained in a 500-page book.
Governance or democratic accountability or stewardship is a leadership stock taking containing the true state of governance in the executive arm of government usually laid before the public documentarily towards the end of tenure. It involves quantum of services to humanity or fulfillment of social contract obligations delivered to the public by those elected to serve. There are credit and deficit democratic accountabilities or stewardships. Governors who run status quo or establishment governance are usually credited with deficit governance accountability whereas governors that run extra establishment or creative/innovative governance always produce credit or positive governance or democratic accountability.
The governance stewardship under reference is such that contains exploits or otherwise made in education, physical and key infrastructures, environment, health, transport, tangible and intangible security, entertainment, human rights, rule of law, job creation, private sector, investments, economy, etc. It also involves governance costs, financial receipts, loans borrowed or credits received, cleared or un-cleared workers welfare arrears, total unpaid or paid domestic and foreign loans, reasons behind the borrowings, contractors’ arrears on completed jobs as well as cash or otherwise left in government coffers.
What Out-going Governors & Ors Must Do: In the light of the foregoing, therefore, we challenge all the out-going governors in Nigeria to be excellent enough to prepare and present their accounts of stewardship to their States and the generality of Nigerians before their official handover on 29th May 2015. The affected governors are those completing their eight years in office and those who lost their second tenures. Failure of the affected governors in whole or in part to heed to this democratic clarion call simply means that they are bequeathing a disastrous legacy of governmental banditry and kleptomania to their various States and the citizens of Nigeria. Because anything that has a beginning must have an end, the affected governors are inexcusably tasked to give their governance a direction and a destination by articulating for public reading, consumption and judgment as well as for eternal records how they governed their States.
By Social Contract principles, the governors under reference are obligated to govern and render public account of their leaderships. By Section 13 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, under Fundamental Objectives & Directive Principles of State Policy, it commands all authorities in Nigeria including the in-coming and out-going governors as follows: “it shall be the duty and responsibility of all organs of government, and of all authorities and persons, exercising legislative, executive and judicial powers, to conform to, observe and apply the provisions of this Chapter of the Constitution”.
The Chapter Two of the Constitution under reference is Nigeria’s version of Social Contract obligations for all its elected public office holders including the in-coming and out-going governors. This sacred demand of ours is also extended to the out-going President and headships of the National Assembly and the State Houses of Assembly. The N250M & N150M quarterly allocations to the Senate President and the House of Reps Speaker in the form of overheads should be publicly accounted for; likewise all constituency projects funds of the 469 federal lawmakers and the 1,152 State lawmakers.
At the Presidency, Nigerians must publicly be put in the know of its stewardship. In 2007, for instance, the Yar’Adua/Jonathan presidency inherited $15.5 billion cumulative debts comprising foreign debts of $3.5 billion and local debts of N1.8 trillion or about $12 billion (N150.00 per US$); today, it is bequeathing to Nigeria and Nigerians a whopping sum of $55.5 billion according to its official records; showing that it has borrowed over $40 billion since then. Nigerians collectively demand to know how the earth-shaking loans were spent and conditions for their borrowing as well as the totality of its governance accountability.
Roguish Finances Of Various States: This sacred demand of ours is further necessitated by shocking discoveries we made in the course of our recent investigations on the finances of the States in Nigeria; whereby most of the States were found enmeshed in serial borrowings and other indebtedness. Public financial records of the affected States as it concerns local borrowings were also found roguish and distorted. Many of the States under reference were found owing their retired and serving workforces billions of naira. Bauchi State, for instance, owes its workforce about N11billion. For governors completing their eight years tenures, they are found in Lagos, Rivers, Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu, Niger, Benue, Plateau, Kano, Kaduna, Adamawa, etc. For single term governors, they are found in those States won by the former federal opposition party.
Lagos State As A Case Study: In Lagos State, out-going Governor Babatunde Fashola who prides himself as Mr. Clean Governor should clearly come clean publicly by rendering his stewardship of the State he ran for eight years. Apart from public knowledge of the fact that his State is the most indebted State in Nigeria with official local and foreign debts of over N512 billion or about $2.6 billion (N200.00 per US$) comprising local debts of N278.8 billion (DMO December 2013) and foreign debts of $1. 169 billion or N234 billion (DMO December 2014); he should tell Lagosians and Nigerians where the heavy loans were channeled into and what necessitated the huge loans in view of the fact that his State generates average of N22 billion monthly and N270-N300 billion yearly from its internally generated revenues excluding its huge federal allocations with annual average of N100 billion as well as other statutory non loan earnings.
The out-going Governor under reference also owes Lagosians and Nigerians an explanation as it concerns the monthly wage bill of the State and the state of public infrastructures and social services in the State. He has to come clean publicly by disclosing in an excellent manner the true picture of the State’s local debts stocks. This is in view of the fact that they have not been updated by the Debts Management Office (DMO) since January 2014; a period of 11/4 years.
Out-going Governor Babatunde Fashola’s account of stewardship under firm demand of ours should be excellent enough to answer the following noble questions: How much does Lagos State actually owe in debts locally? Is Lagos State the best State in Nigeria in terms of provision and maintenance of key public infrastructures? Does the State parade the best medical facilities and personnel in the country? What about the costs of medical treatment and public education in the State? Through its Independent Power Project, is it the best State in Nigeria in terms of electro-density? How many children are children of the street and children in the street in Lagos State? What about its housing scheme and how many citizens still sleep under the bridges in the State? In whose possession are public properties in Lagos? Are they in public hands or hands of thieving individuals and entities? What is the state of road network and its maintenance in the State? Is Lagos State Africa’s ocean of poverty or richness? What exactly is the monthly wage bill of Lagos State? Is the cash left in the State coffers, if any, greater or less than its total debts? How much is the State’s liquid investments, if any, within and outside the State?
Governor Babatunde Fashola as a lawyer was appointed into the government of Mr. Ahmed Bola Tinubu in 2002 and he was reported to have to gone to the Alahausa Government House for his SA appointment with a 200 Mercedes Flat Booth car and a Sagem Mobile phone. If this is true as once revealed by the Afenifere Socio-cultural group per Mr. Yinka Odumakin; Governor Fashola owes Nigerians a duty and should come clearly clean publicly by disclosing his current assets and liabilities visa viz his actual worth in 2002. Other out-going governors and presidency under reference should also do same.
Rivers State As Another Case In Point: In Rivers State, out-going Governor Rotimi Amechi, who ran the State for eight years on account of judicial coronation; owes the people of Rivers State and Nigerians detailed account of his stewardship, which must include his personal worth in 2007 and his present assets and liabilities. He should also be excellent enough to let Nigerians know how much his administration borrowed internally and for what projects. The State is presently credited by DMO with official debts of N138.3 billion comprising foreign debts of $44.7 million or N8.8 billion and local debts of N129.5 billion (DMO 2014 &2013).
In view of the fact that Rivers State is the richest oil State in Nigeria receiving about N20billion monthly from its preferential oil earnings excluding other statutory earnings, it saddens our heart as why the State enmeshed in serial borrowings. Independent sources have also continuously maintained that the State cumulatively owes over N200 billion in debts.
This position is further sustained by the fact that its local debts profile has not been updated by the Debts Management Office since January 2014; a period of 11/4 years. Out-going Governor Amechi is called upon to be excellent enough by telling the people of Rivers State and Nigerians the true state of domestic loans profile of his State in terms of actual amounts owed.
Abia State & Ors: In Abia State, out-going Governor Theodore Orji should come clearly clean as well. He once alleged that former Governor Orji Uzor Kalu left the State in debts of over N29 billion. In view of this, our question to the out-going Governor is “how much did his administration borrow internally and how much was his State owing before he became the governor from the EFCC interface room? Our demand for democratic accountability in Abia State also stems from the sorry state of public services and infrastructures in the State particularly in Umuahia and Aba. Presently, Abia rivals none as Nigeria’s newest Ghetto State.
The sacred demand of ours also goes to out-going Governors Martin Elechi of Ebonyi, Sullivan Chime of Enugu, Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, Goodswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, Liyel Imoke of Cross River State, Gabriel Suswam of Benue State, Jona Jang of Plateau State, Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso of Kano State, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero of Kaduna State as well as other second and single terms governors. The States of the out-going Governors mentioned above presently owe a total of N699.1 billion in local and foreign debts according to the official records of the Debts Management Office (DMO).
Finally, as the official handover of the baton of democratic power to the new set of crookedly or popularly elected office holders remains one month or thirty days from today, we call on all citizens of conscience and democratic consciousness to join hands in demanding from their out-going elected officers mandatory accounts of their stewardship clearly shown how they developed or under-developed the States and the country entrusted in their hands in the past eight or four democratic years. This is the only way the country and its citizens can advance democratically and socio-economically.
Emeka Umeagbalasi, B.Sc. (Hons), Criminology & Security Studies
Board Chairman, International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law
Uzochukwu Oguejiofor-Nwonu Esq., (LLB, BL), Head, Campaign & Publicity Department
Chiugo Onwuatuegwu Esq., (LLB, BL), Head, Democracy & Good Governance Program
Obianuju Igboeli Esq., (LLB, BL), Head, Civil Liberties & Rule of Law Program
*Photo Caption - Map of Nigeria
[ Masteerweb Reports ] - Masterweb yesterday received vote of thanks from Every Nigerian Do Something (ENDS) for her firebrand fearless unbiased nonpartisan news reporting that helped to educate Nigerians, paving way to the emergence of the best candidates in the just concluded elections. Below is ENDS' vote of thanks to Masterweb:
"Dear Publisher; We would like to thank you for being there and publishing our articles from a time when criticizing the outgoing inebriated, clueless, reckless kakistocratic government was not commonplace and all up till we made change happen to Nigeria and gave hope and a chance of safety to future generations.
"Thanks for braving the odds to publish our controversial articles that informed the Nigerian and global mind of the dire situations Nigeria existed under. This change would have been impossible without you. Indeed we are all already benefiting the rewards of your bravery and commitment to exposure of the truth...as at last and for once Cabal have straightened their backs.
"We also thank you for publishing articles we sent in defense of the president-elect in a time of much slander and libel and at a time when many could not risk standing for truth and justice and defending him from the Jonathan-Abati billion dollar media campaign of ... 'calumny' as Nigerians love to write.
"Injustice for one is injustice for all and justice for one is justice for all.
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*Photo Caption - ENDS logo
[ Masterweb Reports: Ihechukwu Njoku reports ] - A video has surfaced of Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua warning South Africans in July 2013 of a ‘youth revolt’ in their nation which would result in deaths of ‘certain people’.
The clip, uploaded to Joshua’s popular YouTube channel Emmanuel TV, claims the controversial cleric prophesied about the violent xenophobic attacks spreading across South Africa on Sunday 28th July 2013.
“In the nation, South Africa, we should help them in prayer because I am seeing youth revolt,” the clip quotes Joshua as saying. “It will be very serious. A situation where youth will come out and… you learn that there is a protest. Some people were killed – certain people.”
Joshua’s ‘bloody’ prediction made the front cover of South African newspaper ‘City Press’ in August 2013 when Julius Malema, the fiery leader of South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), visited his church in Nigeria for ‘spiritual blessings’.
The clip was posted alongside a message from Joshua to South Africans. “If we fail to see that there are powers that cause people to be bowed down in bondage, we are going to fight the wrong battle,” he wrote, in a statement posted on the Nigerian pastor's official Facebook page, followed by over 1.5 million people.
He then proceeded with a prayer for ‘calmness’ in the nation. “I pray for my nation, South Africa. As Jesus stood in the boat and commanded the storms to be calm, I stand in the midst of the storm in my nation, South Africa and I command the storm, wind and waves to be calm, in the name of Jesus! I speak calmness to my nation, South Africa, in the name of Jesus!”
The recent spate of xenophobic violence has left both fear and tensions rife across South Africa with hundreds of foreign owned shops forcibly closed and their owners seeking refuge in makeshift camps.
Five immigrants are said to have been killed, including a 14 year old boy. Horrific images and videos have surfaced online showing locals burning foreign nationals and looting their shops.
The violence erupted shortly after a statement from the Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini, calling on foreigners to return to their countries as they were causing economic ‘inconvenience’ to locals.
T.B. Joshua’s television station, Emmanuel TV, is especially popular within South Africa where thousands of Christians annually go for ‘pilgrimage’ to his church, ‘The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations’ in Lagos, Nigeria.
Ihechukwu Njoku ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ), a freelance Nigerian journalist reports.
*Photo Caption - T. B. Joshua
[ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety reports ] - (Democracy & Good Governance, Onitsha Nigeria, 19th April 2015)-It is the position of the leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law that the two pillars holding the democratic foundation in modern time particularly in Africa are laid on input and output legitimacies. When a governor emerges in an election through credible popular votes, his or her emergence becomes a product of input legitimacy. But if he or she emerges otherwise, his or her emergence becomes a product of mechanical legitimacy. Output legitimacy is the case when the input legitimate governor changes and upgrades the socio-economic conditions of his or her people and their environmental abode through innovative and creative governing styles.
To achieve output legitimacy concept of governance, governance attitude must be laid on service and permanently distanced from consumption. Output legitimacy is solidly laid on nine foundations of focus, direction, innovation or creativity, positive resources mobilization, fiscal prudence and accountability, zero indebtedness, private sector inclusion, social service provision and delivery and account of stewardship. Through focus, a government resists the risk of running distractive governance. Through direction, it has a governance destination. By innovation, it lowers the risk of running a status quo or establishment governance and brings on board innovative policies and actions. By positive resources mobilization, it de-escalates over reliance on statutory revenue earnings and harmful borrowings and creates and discovers other positive sources of revenues such as private sector, donor agencies, development partners and governance saving costs.
By fiscal prudence and accountability, it cuts down bloated governance costs and ensures their re-channelization into social service provisions and delivery. It also makes it possible to attract huge non debt financial and social project inflows from donor agencies and development partners and ensures re-channelization of its statutory allocations into fixing key infrastructures like roads, bridges, airports, health and education physical structures, etc. By zero indebtedness, it saves its governance enclave from debt burden and retardation of development and gagging of its future. It also puts the enclave on sound financial footings. By private sector involvement or inclusion, massive job opportunities are created because private sector, not government is the highest employer of labor in the world. It also boosts government revenues and attracts large capital inflows and direct and indirect foreign investments. It also moves its natural resources from subsistent level to mechanized level.
By social service provision and delivery including environmental protection, the fundamental objective of inventing government; which is service to the people and their environment is optimally achieved. It also enhances the living conditions of the people and optimally narrows the gap between the rich and the poor. By so doing, social unrest and crimes are reduced to the barest minimum and happiness and comfort are provided for the greater number of the population.
By account of stewardship, process of output legitimacy is fully completed. It also engenders hope and trust in public governance and provides local and international reference points and systematized benchmarks by which today’s governance is measured. The account of stewardship under reference is also expected to contain the assets and liabilities being left behind by the out-going government as well as progress or retrogress made by same.
The Concept of Obinomics:
The concept of Obinomics or innovative multi-sectored approach to public governance in Anambra State using decency, law, prudence and political civility; is substantially laid on the nine foundations explained above. Of the 36 States and the FCT, only Anambra State of Obinomics successfully ran a governance of combined input and output legitimacies under Mr. Peter Obi from 2006 to 2013. In its input legitimacy, it was voted massively in the April 2003 gubernatorial poll, but the armada of electoral fraud denied it victory and gubernatorial ascendance until 17th March 2006 when the reverse became the case via protracted judicial processes. The Obinomics’ input legitimacy also modified and upgraded the Nigeria’s electoral legal calendar and introduced staggered gubernatorial polls in seven States of Nigeria.
Obinomics’ output legitimacy innovatively changed the face of Anambra State multi-sectorally and removed the State from its notorious pariah status as Nigeria’s rogue State where renegades and naira loaded clowns are in charge to the point of taking over the government’s seat of power with impunity and determining the collective fate of the Anambra People in a riotous and disastrous manner. The Obinomics started with the account of what it met on the ground as well as prudence and continuity; by way of continuing and completing most, if not all the projects awarded by the two former renegade administrations before embarking on award and execution of new ones.
It went extra miles in mobilizing massive resources locally and internationally. It also scaled down drastically the State’s old debt stocks and further borrowings. At the end, successes recorded by the State in governance were in legion, particularly by leaving behind huge finances in the State coffers totally over N75billion as well as making the State the least indebted State in Nigeria internally and externally. This, the Obinomics did by clearing the State’s local and foreign debts from over N40billion in 2006 to N10.7billion in December 2014. The State also changed from borrower to lender with $156million invested in foreign bonds, which have now risen to about N40billion. The issue of wage debts was also tackled by 90% by ensuring that most pension and gratuity arrears were liquidated. The Obinomics ended with a heavy booklet containing verifiable account of stewardship including upgraded schools, health institutions, roads, bridges, direct foreign investments and capital inflows, etc.
Obinomics As A Benchmark For New Governors:
We are deeply worried at Intersociety over the attitudes of elected political office holders towards public governance in Nigeria particularly at the State level; which see and treat same as mercantile venture rather than service to humanity. This explains why public governance has failed brutally in most of the States in Nigeria. The public governance in the country has also been afflicted with status quo or establishment governing styles with little or no efforts at ensuring innovative or creative governance.
Most States in Nigeria are presently grounded to a halt and afflicted with huge debts capable of blocking any meaningful governance impact in such States. In the States under reference, true accounts of their debt stocks particularly their local debts are concealed or manipulated. As a result, the incoming governors have no option than to continue to run status quo or establishment governance on account of mountainous debts being left behind by their out-going colleagues.
Those who were recently declared re-elected are also expected to continue with their roguish and deceitful governance at the expense of the electorates and the general public. Lagos State, for instance, has official public State debts of N402 billion comprising local and foreign debts and unofficial debts of over N500 billion. It is the most indebted State in Nigeria. In Rivers State, over N200 billion is owed in public debts. Other heavily indebted States are Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Abia, Imo, Kaduna and Delta. At the geopolitical level, the Southwest and the Southwest zones remain the most indebted zones in Nigeria with over 1.4 trillion at over N700 billion each involving local and foreign debts.
On the other hand, the concept of Obinomics remains a fundamental benchmark to public governance approach in Nigeria. To ensure successful adoption and workability of this concept, any governor wishing to adopt it must first adopt service to humanity attitude in place of consumptive governance attitude. The Obinomics governance approach is also direly needed at the Federal level where the Federal Government’s current total debt stocks officially stands at over $55billion comprising over N9 trillion ($45B) of local debts and $10billion of foreign debts respectively. Apart from these shocking and alarming debt stocks of the Federal Government, most of the monies needed to fix key public infrastructures and other social services amounting to over 60% are roguishly codified in the form of allowances and overheads for the elected and appointed top public office holders in Nigeria to the extent that a whopping sum of N1trillion or $5 billion is spent annually in the payment of the allowances of the Federal civil servants (Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala 2014).
In the Federation of Nigeria as a whole, another whopping sum of N1.15 trillion or about $5.7 billion is spent annually in the payment of salaries and allowances of 14,500 top appointed and elected public office holders in the country with salaries accounting only for 10% and allowances accounting for 90%. Out of this, N550 billion is spent annually on the allowances of 12,788 Local Government Areas’ top officials in the categories of chairmen, deputies and councilors in the country’s 774 LGAs while only N42 billion is spent on their salaries.
Through parliamentary fiscal appropriations at the Federal level, over N1.5 trillion or about $7.5 billion is spent on overheads every year including the President’s security votes. This is much more than what is budgeted for capital projects, which is about N1.2 trillion or $6 billion. At the State level, 60% of the cumulative earnings including borrowed funds are wasted annually in overheads and allowances of top public office holders including the governors’ monthly security votes. Between N600million and N800million is pocketed monthly by each State Governor in Nigeria in the form of monthly security votes. Most of the States in Nigeria have also roguishly enacted post public office wage pay laws for their elected executive and legislative officers and the sums allocated to them in the form of severance and pension allowances are alarming and shocking.
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chairman
Barr Uzochukwu Oguejiofor-Nwonu, Head, Campaign & Publicity Department
Barr Chiugo Onwuatuegwu, Head, Democracy & Good Governance Program
Barr Obianuju Igboeli, Head, Civil Liberties & Rule of Law Program
*Photo Caption - Mr. Peter Obi, former Anambra governor
[ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports ] - Lots of stomach infrastructure prophets in Nigeria predicted the victory of Jonathan at the just concluded presidential polls in Nigeria, describing Buhari’s supporters as heathens raging against the Lords Anointed. I am yet to see any of them that predicted a Buhari victory. Mcheeew!
These misguided spokespersons of God gave us lectures of how Jonathan is the David that will defeat Goliath of the Philistines (Buhari). In all the meetings of clerics I attended around Abuja, Enugu, Lagos, Port Harcourt and environs, I hear the same tale of how God told some pastors that a Buhari presidency will Islamize Nigeria and how God intends his people to pray out this heathen who wants to return them ( not myself) back to Egypt. We were also told that God will give Jonathan a second term victory because he has not finished his assignment.
I never discerned all these things prophetically and I know that these statements are not from the Spirit of God. In one of the meeting of a closed group of ministers in Abuja, I blurted out angrily at one of the prophetic tale bearer asking “does God intend to keep a most corrupt president, are you aware that the economy is in so much bad shape that there may be no money to pay salaries by the end of this year if leakages in the system is not drastically cut. Are you aware that many State Governments having huge debt profile, endangering the economic status of their states? Which parameter is your God using to declare Jonathan a savior despite grinding poverty in the land.….”
The most ridiculous of all I heard was that Buhari, Tinubu and the APC represents the heathens that have ganged up against God. These stories were fed to the congregation of many, and they wasted precious times of prayer on something I knew would be a waste. Some organized special prayer session, special night vigils, special crusades, after collecting their own share of the corrupt national cake in thousands, millions and billions of naira, and gathered people to pray in churches, open spaces and fields all in an effort to deliver Nigeria from the hand of heathens. In one of the cities where such money for hand prayers was made, I told some Archbishops and Bishops to ensure that they collected their own share of the Jonathanian largesse before enlisting their congregants for the prayers. The Bishops heeded my call and lied in wait for the principal prayer warrior, who on sensing trouble, skipped the planned pre-crusade ministers’ briefings and left immediately after his crusade.
Of course, God and Jesus Christ disappointed them all. I believe that Tinubu, Amechi, Oshiomhole , Fashola and their group, though having their own shortcomings, cannot in the prevailing context, be branded as heathens because the are supporting Buhari. It is spiritually discernible that the real heathen is the incumbent Goodluck Jonathan.
This man who had no shoes, allowed so much corruption within his five year tenure that from my own estimate, a total of $142 billion dollars oil revenue were stolen in five years. I have buttressed it in earlier write-up ‘Looters of $142 billion dollars oil revenue not working for Jesus Christ’. A heathen is that president so heartless to allow such theft by close friends and cronies while the over 60 million Nigerians live below$1 dollars daily. Former CBN Governor Prof Chukwuma Soludo put his own estimated off budget theft at N30 trillion naira ($150billin dollars), this stolen or missing sum can construct two hundred and forty eight numbers of (248) Second Niger Bridge at the cost of $500 million dollars each , and a prayer warrior is still looking for a heathen.
A heathen is that President who cannot expose the Boko Haram sponsors who are part of his ruling party, his cabinet ministers and his service chiefs and deliberately deceives Nigerians that opposition flagbearer is supporting Boko Haram. A heathen is that man ignored the earlier warnings of ex Heads of States Muhammadu Buhari and Olusegun Obasanjo in 2011, immediately after the United Nations Abuja bombings, that he should pursue and prosecute the sponsors of Boko Haram before they become too uncontrollable, until over 10,000 lives have been lost.
A heathen is that president who abandoned Northern Christians to Boko Haram onslaught until six weeks to the rescheduled presidential polls. A heathen is that president who left Christian communities with over 100 years Jesus heritage like Chibok, Gwoza, Askira,Uba,Damboa and numerous others to be the first to fall into the hands of the Jihadists. I enumerated them in the piece released mid last year titled ‘Boko Haram Republic of Gwoza: Jonathan abandons Northern Christians’
Heathen is that President who allowed Chibok Girls to be captured from a predominantly Christian town, and many of them raped to death while dancing Azonto in Kano. It is a shame that a Muslim activist by name Peregrimah Brimah was asking a Christian President for logistics to mobilize army of volunteers to help rescue Chibok girls that are predominantly Christians.
Heathen is that President under whose tenure I lost many missionary colleagues to the hands of the insurgents while great feasting is going on in Aso Rock.
Heathen is that president who said that 16 are greater than 19 in the Nigerian Governors Forum controversial elections, and set the stage for Governors Amechi, Kwakwanso, Oshiomhole and co to give the opposition the boost they deserved. Had these governors remained in the PDP, a Buhari victory would not have been possible.
Jesus Christ disappointed all these prophets because they allowed their sentiments and emotions to becloud the voice of the Holy Spirit. Many of them clamored friendship with a sitting President more than hearing the Voice of God and siding with the people. I was also tempted like them with advances from certain quarters to toe the line of Balaam, and I rebuffed it, not because I am a money bag, but because the Holy Spirit rejected their gifts.
Heathen is also that prophet who allowed personal friendship with Jonathan to obscure the voice of God and conscience which states that Nigeria is dying slowly due to corruption, impunity and insecurity.
Heathen is that prophet who in private cannot diplomatically tell the incumbent that Nigerians are complaining about his style of governance, because saying such may lead to loss of billions or hundreds of millions of tithes, offerings, seed and prayer money.
I was shocked when a Bishop told me in the first week of March, after my briefing, that they never told them that Chibok Girls were Christians. They never told them that Christian territories are being overrun by Boko Haram. They never told them that even Muslims are co-operating to ensure that occupied Christian towns in Borno were liberated. They told us that Buhari invented Boko Haram and that Osibanjo will resign for Tinubu after the elections . They deliberately briefed us on what the wanted us to hear, and that is the spirit of Balak.
A church goer who patronizes witches and wizads, Guru Maharaji, Olumba Olumba, Ogboni, Amorc. Free Mason and such secret organizations whose operations are anti-Christ is also a heathen, whether the person sows seed of billions of naira to a pastor or not.
Jesus Christ have enjoined his followers in Matthew 5 vs 16 to ‘let their lives so shine among men, that they may see your good works, and glorify the name of your father in heaven’. Did their incumbent President meet that Criterion?
The good news is that the heathen President has repented after his defeat. He is now shunning all the corrupt people he infested himself with for five years, including his Oil Minister, Diezani Madueke. He has barred those who misled him on a hate campaign, from coming near him now. He has decided to be his usual self, cooperating with the next regime. Having read the security reports from the DMI, NIA, DSS and some more objective analysis from the CIA that any attempt to manipulate the election definitely lead to unimaginable violence whose outcome may not be predicted, and the threat by the world powers to drag him to ICC if Nigeria ends in violence and break-up, he decided to concede defeat. Though his repentance came after Buhari’s victory, he can now be classified as having transmuted from heathen to Christian, stilling the raging of the heathens.
Obinna Akukwe ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Huge crowd trail President-elect General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) during a 2011 campaign rally - displaying "Power to the people" sign which is part of PMM logo (photo insert).
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[ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety reports ] - (Security & Voting Rights, Onitsha Nigeria, 7th April 2015)-It is vividly recalled that on 3rd day of April 2015 we issued a public statement, titled: Political Trading In Nigeria: Time For Formidable & Credible Opposition. In the said statement, we condemned the spate of political harlotry and merchandising in Nigeria and called for respect and preservation of the rights and decisions of the electorates at the polling booths no matter political party affiliations. On 5th April 2015, we issued another public statement, titled: From Polling Booths To Information Propaganda Warfare: Enemies Of Igbo Nation Are At It Again!. In the statement, we condemned the unprovoked massacre of over 5,000 sons and daughters of the Igbo Nation through politically sponsored Islamist insurgency in the core Northern Nigeria and the systematic and scientific way in which some ethnic zealots at INEC rigged out the Igbo and the minorities of Northern and Southern Nigeria during the just held Presidential Poll. We also frowned at coordinated information propaganda warfare being unleashed on Igbo Nation by the Southwest controlled print media over the massive rejection by the Southeast and the South-south zones at polling booths, of the APC and its candidates in the two zones during the referenced poll. The voting exercise of the referenced is popularly seen as a collective protest against the Party dominated by the core North and the Southwest over legion of atrocities committed against the Igbo Nation in recent times.
On 6th April 2015, the Oba of Lagos, Retired AIG Rilwan Akiolu openly threatened the Igbo Sons and Daughters living in Lagos with instant and mysterious death and other unsafe conditions should they freely exercise their voting rights in the country-wide gubernatorial and State legislative polls scheduled for 11th April 2015 particularly the Lagos State governorship poll. The Oba of Lagos had on Sunday 5th April 2015 summoned all Lagos State recognized Igbo traditional council representatives to his palace and ordered them to vote for the APC governorship candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode or face extreme hard times in the State including perishing in the Lagoon, business hostility and instant and mysterious death within seven days. Hours after the referenced threats and unguarded utterances were made, the media was flooded with the shocking news leading to attempted denial by the Oba’s Palace. The denial met a waterloo when audio recording of the devilish sayings was released to the media. The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law has also listened to the audio and confirmed the Oba’s stone-age conduct and utterances.
The Oba threatened as follows: ''On Saturday, if anyone of you (Igbo resident) goes against Akinwunmi Ambode, who I picked, that is your end. If it does not happen within seven days, just know that I am a bastard and it is not my father who gave birth to me. By the grace of God, I am the owner of Lagos for the time being. This is an undivided chair. The palace belongs to the dead and those coming in the future. On Saturday, if anyone of you, I swear in the name of God, Allah goes against my wish that Ambode will be the next governor of Lagos State, the person is going to die inside this water (Lagoon). For the Igbo and others in Lagos, they should go where the Oba of Lagos heads to.
When they were coming to the State, they did not come with all their houses. But now, they have properties in the State. So they must do my bidding. And that is the bidding of the ancestors of Lagos and God. I am not ready to beg you. Nobody knew how I picked Ambode. Jimi (Agbaje) is my blood relation and I told him that he could never be governor in Lagos for now. The future belongs to God. I am not begging anybody, but what you people cannot do in Onitsha, Aba or anywhere you cannot do it here''.
Oba Akiolu & His Obaship As Stranger & Tenant In Lagos State:
It is a historical reality that Oba Rilwan Akiolu does not know the history of his lineage and Obaship in Lagos State. It is also a truism that everything about the Obaship of Lagos State is the handiwork of strangers. In other words, his stool originated from strangers; likewise himself, who is number one stranger in Lagos State. As a matter of fact, everything about Lagos State came from strangers including the Igbo natives. It is historically indisputable that the ancestors of Igbo natives living in Lagos State had lived and cohabited in the area many years before the founding of the Obaship of Lagos in 1630. They featured prominently in the governance of the Benin Kingdom and slave trade. Others later featured in commerce and Anglo-Christian missions.
As a matter of historical empiricism, the word “Lagos” is a Portuguese name meaning lakes or a group of lagoons. It was given to the area by first Portuguese settlers in now Lagos State. Before the Portuguese settlement, the area was called “Eko” by famous Benin Empire and made a military outpost of the famous Kingdom of Benin. “Eko” means war camp and was used by the Benin Empire’s military expedition tacticians led by Prince Ado for the purpose of slave trade and military expeditions in now Ghana and Benin Republic. The famous Benin Dynasty was divided into Pre-Imperial Obaship 1180-1440 and Benin Empire 1440-1897. While the former started with Oba Eweka Monarchy 1180-1246, the latter started with Oba Ewuare Monarchy 1440-1473.
In the case of now Lagos State, the first people in the area were called the Awori People. In seventeenth century, they begged then Oba of Benin to protect and put them under his dynasty with one of his princes as their king. They promised unalloyed loyalty to the Oba. The Oba of Benin heeded their call and appointed his fiery prince; Prince Ado in 1630 as the first Oba of Lagos then called “Eko” or war camp. In 1861, King Dosumu the Great of this same Lagos State thump-printed and ceded now Nigeria to the British colonialists in the infamous Treaty of Cession. From the crowning of Ado as its first Oba (1630-1669), Lagos (then called Eko) served as a major center for slave-trade, from which then Oba of Benin and all of his successors for over four centuries benefitted - until 1841, when Oba Akitoye ascended to the throne of Lagos and tried to ban slave-trading.
Local merchants strongly opposed the intended move, and deposed and exiled the king, and installed Akitoye's brother Kosoko as Oba. At exile in Europe, Akitoye met with British authorities, who had banned slave-trading in 1807, and who therefore decided to support the deposed Oba to regain his throne. With the success of the British intervention, in 1851 Akitoye was reinstalled as Oba of Lagos.
In practical terms, however, British influence over the kingdom had become absolute, and ten years later, in 1861, Lagos was formally annexed as a British colony. The palace of the Oba of Lagos is also the handiwork of strangers. The palace was constructed by the Portuguese settlers and commissioned in 1705. The palace’s name “Igun Idunganran” is of the Benin descent meaning “palace built on pepper falm”. Interestingly, long before the founding of Obaship of now Lagos by the famous Kingdom of Benin in 1630, Igbo Nation has existed as far back as 9th century with its first Eze Nri crowned around 1043 AD. Its first king was Eze Nri Ifikuanim of Nri Kingdom. As far back as 14th century, the Igbo expedition warriors had fully integrated into the Benin Kingdom as the ruling class.
It is very important to state here that the Benin Kingdom’s decision makers that annexed now Lagos and ruled over it included Igbo ruling class of the Benin Kingdom extraction. Also many centuries before the founding of now Lagos, a part of Igbo ruling class in the Kingdom or Empire of Benin opted out and founded “Onicha Mmili” or “AdoN’ Idu” commonly called “Onitsha”. Onitsha was founded by the Chima Dynasty in around 1500s AD. Today, there are Barbadian Igbos, American Igbos, Saint Dominican Igbos, Maryland Igbos, Liberian Igbos and Igbos of Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Cuba, to mention but a few. One of the famous Igbo anti slave warriors is called “Bussa” of Barbados. There are also Edward Blyden, an Igbo Americo-Liberian educator, writer and politician; Paul Robeson, American actor and writer, with Igbo parenthood.
Contrary to Oba Rilwan Akiolu’s claims and boast, he does not own Lagos and its people including its elected public office holders. Rather, he is owned by the people of Lagos State including the Igbos living in the State. As a matter of fact, Oba Akiolu Rilwan is the number one stranger in Lagos State. This is more so when the legality and legitimacy of his stool which he ascended in 2003 is still a subject of litigation before a Lagos State High Court at Igbosere. The Oba’s intolerance to due process, rule of law and democratic principles clearly manifested in the referenced court case filed since 2003; whereby he reportedly bottled the case and kept frustrating its hearing and determination for the past eleven years. The case was only opened for hearing in 2014 eleven years after it was filed.
We are therefore not surprised at the despicable and shocking royal disposition of Oba Akiolu. He has only said what has been hatched and being executed against the Igbo Natives and Nation by his likes in the Southwest and other hostile parts of the country. As the serving Assistant Inspector General of Police, before his unceremonious retirement in 2002 with referenced beastly Igbo hatred and xenophobia, only God knows how many innocent Igbo citizens that might have been felled by his bullet extra-judicially. It is possible that the voices and spirits of the murdered are on a revenge mission.
We join other well meaning Nigerians in condemning the Yorean conducts of the stranger Oba of Lagos and urge Igbos living in the State and all over the Southwest not to be perturbed and intimidated. The stranger Oba’s curse is thunderously back to sender and spineless. We dare say that the votes of the Igbo natives are priceless and beyond what money or threats or intimidation can buy or procure.
The Igbos votes are their amulets and bullet proof vests against their oppressors and witch-hunters. We dare say and direct that on Saturday, Igbos of Lagos and other Southwest residency should troop out en-masse and vote for the gubernatorial and State legislative candidates of their choice and conscience and nothing will happen.
We wish to roundly and resoundingly commend the citizens who exposed this 21st century cannibalistic and barbarous royal conduct of the stranger Oba. The ball is now in the court of the security agencies in Nigeria as well as the National Human Rights Commission and other local and foreign rights bodies and missions. The conduct of the Oba under reference is big a slap on the faces of the Nigeria Police Force where he served as AIG; the Nigerian Bar Association, where he is a member; the University of Lagos, where he graduated as a lawyer and the Lagos and the Southwest Traditional Rulers Council where he is a leading member. Oba Rilwan Akiolu is a huge disappointment to Nigerian Traditional Rulers institution and a quick reminder of cannibalistic conducts of the Saladin of Egypt who ate human fresh during Christian crusades against Muslims in 12th and 13th centuries. The Oba’s raw partisanship instead of the opposite is also shocking and deafening. It is our call that he should be dethroned and made to surrender his staff and certificate of office. He should be arrested, investigated and tried for hate speech and threatened group violence against innocent citizens living in Lagos State of Nigeria.
Barr Chiugo Onwuatuegwu, Head, Democracy & Good Governance Program
*Photo Caption - Rilwan Akiolu, Oba of Lagos
[ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports ] - The multi-billion naira gifts that the ruling party shared to all manners of groups to purchase endorsement for the incumbent Nigeria’s leader Goodluck Jonathan should be returned, if the thieves who collected the money have any conscience at all. This money belongs to the Nigerian people and those who induced the outgoing president to give bribes for votes at the expense of the suffering masses of Nigeria should return them before the fire of God fails on their lives.
Leading the pack of those who scammed Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP of billions of naira is the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) This body allegedly collected N35 billion naira from Jonathan’s cronies on the pretext of sharing such to pastors, priests and ministers all over Nigeria to label opposition candidate Buhari an Islamist, and ask their church members not to vote for them. Happily, some of us, with the help of some priests, pastors, reverends, were able to silently diffuse the lies and declare those that collected the money agents of Baal and servants of Balaam.
Senior gospel ministers in Abuja and environs believe that N35 billion naira was released from ‘the villa’ but only N10 billion naira was declared. They want to know what happened to the remaining N25 billion naira. While others especially in the South were told that it was N10 billion naira, the opposition party put the figure at N6 billion. However, the money shared to pastors, which was monitored from various sources, was above N10 billion naira, including those reserved for ‘super men of God’. Whosoever collected the N35 billion bribes should return the excess change that remains. This body is led by Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor.
The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) was alleged to have also collected their share of the ruling party bribe. They were alleged to have collected N12 billion naira meant to ensure that in remote villages, Jonathan was given enough votes spread around the North to get the mandatory 25 percent. A week after the postponement of the February 28th polls, crisis broke out among leaders of JNI, where they accused their leaders of declaring only N5billion out of the N12 billion naira alleged bribe. JNI is led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar Saad .Those who collected the money on the behalf of JNI should return such.
A faction of Ohanaeze Ndigbo was allegedly given N5 billon naira which infuriated the Igbo intelligentsia and out of disappointment that their leaders have sold them again, the Igbo Delegates Assembly (IDA) in the 19 northern states and Ohanaeze Ndigbo in the 19 northern states also refused to endorse Jonathan. The first tranche of the N5 billion naira bribes was shared at Chelsea Hotel Abuja on the night of January 12th while the second tranche was shared at Ohanaeze Secretariate on the 3rd of February amidst serious fracas. The sharing formula has been condemned by Igbo leaders and Ohanaeze Chieftains including Chief Chekwas Okorie, Chief Mbazullike Amechi, Chief Raph Obioha, Dr Dozie Ikedife among others This body is led by Chief Gari Igariwey. They should return the balance not shared to the Nigerian people.
Afenifere, having been informed by their Ohanaeze counterparts that there is excess money to loot, went for Jonathan’s jugular and they allegedly collected N9 billion naira. An infuriated Governor Fashola of Lagos, in reaction to the bribes said that ‘the South-west leaders betrayed the Yorubas because of money, saying the money “is blood money. Posterity will judge them for that action,” Their money for endorsement stance also brought condemnation from various Yoruba leaders. This body is led by Pa Fasoranti. They should return the balance of the bribe back to the people.
The two factions of Oodua Peoples Congress were settled with extra billions of naira which nearly caused problems between them before PDP settled the money sharing rancor. Reports have it that the two factions were settled with N3 billion naira each. They justified the loot by unleashing mayhem on Lagosians ahead of the polls. Please return the unspent balance back to the Nigerian people. This group is le by Dr Frederick Fasheun and Mr Ganiyu Adams.
Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign States of Biafra (MASSOB) having gotten hint of the OPC billion naira bonanza, promised to help the ruling party sack Prof Jega of INEC, and they collected their own billions of naira. They spent a few millions on protest and thuggery and ran to the bank with the rest. The National Publicity Secretary of APC, Lai Mohammed put the money shared to these three militias at N9 billion naira. According to Lai Mohammwed “N9bn was recently paid out to the OPC, MOSSOB and a few others to scuttle the polls”. This sum is too much for some groups of thugs. Please return the unspent back to the people. This group is led by Chief Raph Uwazurike.
When Jonathan’s men saw that defeat was imminent, following the postponement of the polls earlier scheduled for February 28th, they allegedly mobilized over$ 5 billion dollars through Nigeria’s oil minister, Diezani Madueke with the purpose of bribing traditional and religious leaders of Northern extraction. To this effect, and from my estimate, close to N500 billion naira was shared in the19 northern states, especially North East and North West. ,Malams, Emirs and notable politicians in the north smiled to the banks. However, the mood of change was too hot for them to woo voters. The propaganda that Buhari may die in office did not convince the northern masses to give Jonathan a second chance. This money was shared mostly in dollars and it helped shore up the price of the naira to dollars. The balance running into billions of naira should be returned to Nigeria’s coffer because poverty is too much.
While northern traditional rulers and politicians got over N500 billion naira, their Yoruba counterparts got over N200 billion within three weeks of Jonathan’s financial bonanza. Oba’s and other politicians were assembled and given dollars, between $ 100,000 to 500,000 dollars were given, depending on status. PDP Chieftains also stole Jonathan silly“
Garba Shehu, APC Campaign spokesman, fearing that the excess money can bring about victory for Jonathan said that “President Jonathan has been criss-crossing Nigeria giving an average of N50 million each to traditional rulers, most especially in the South West and the Northern parts of Nigeria. This week, the President’s campaign money is being shipped to the North. Letters in English and Hausa backed by millions in cash are being dispatched to willing rulers in the region.
“Religious leaders, trade unions, youths organizations, professional bodies, entertainers are not ruled out of the money sharing jamboree of President Jonathan,”
At least, those in the South West tried to deliver their states, justifying part of the loot. But N200 billion naira for few persons is too much. Let them return the balance unspent ho help alleviate poverty in the land. .
Some traditional rulers from Igbo land, hearing about the bazaar in the North and South West, cried foul and they were assembled like chicken at Owerri and settled with another paltry sum of N5 billion naira at the last minute. These people did not betray Jonathan; they delivered, even though nobody voted for Jonathan in the South East on account of any Traditional ruler. Though the amount is small, and might have been spent on Emergency Ofala festival, the remainder must be pooled together to alleviate poverty in the land.
Another group of thieves known as Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) and Goodluck Support Group (GSG) have already finished spending whatever they scammed out of that unsuspecting President who trusted people who have not his interest at heart. These two groups between themselves scammed Jonathan of over N100 billion naira. They also went on to scam other various groups, numbering about five thousand, who registered with them of billions of naira. A former governor of Anambrs State, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, though a Jonathan apologist, openly condemned the criminal tendencies in TAN. They have already finished buying houses with the loot, however, whatever is remaining, should be returned, no matter how small. Poverty is too much in the land. EFCC recently arrested some members of GSG who hid hundreds of millions of naira in their houses.
Capturing the extent of the Jonathan bonanza, APC claimed that over a trillion was spent in few weeks. According to APC statement from Mallam Garba Shehu “We will like to bring to your attention and that of Nigerians how the President Goodluck Jonathan led Peoples Democratic Party government is wasting one trillion naira that belong to Nigerian people in his self-serving and desperate bid for a re-election at all cost in the midst of grinding poverty his party and government has subjected Nigerians to in the last 16 years”
Those who scammed Jonathan, Diezani and the Nigerian treasury of trillions of naira between February 28th and March 26th should please return part of the loot. CAN, JNI, Afenifere, Ohanaeze, OPC, MASSOB, Emirs, Obas, Ezes should please take note and act accordingly in the interest of the nation. If you cannot return it to the next administration, rechannel that loot to charity and poverty alleviation programmes in your neighborhood as soon as possible, and reduce poverty in the land.
Those members of CAN, JNI, MASSOB, OPC, Ohanaeze and Afenifere who collected Jonathan’s multi billion naira gifts for votes, have committed sin of stealing, according to the Bible, they should return such, either directly to the next government, or through purposeful charities and poverty alleviation programmers in their respective communities, before the anger of God, who delivered Nigeria from their hands, falls on them.
Obinna Akukwe ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
*Photo Caption - President Goodluck Jonathan