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04/09/15

*President Jonathan Conceded Defeat On His Own And Not Pressured By Some Ministers

By Masterweb News Desk

President Goodluck Jonathan on March 31, made the historic concession telephone to General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) in line with his pledge to conduct credible elections and abide by the results. He was not pressured by some Ministers as widely reported in the media. The truth is that most of the ministers wanted the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to challenge the election results in a bid not to lose their appointments with the ousting of Jonathan’s government in the poll. Some of the ministers who met Jonathan included Osita Chidoka - Minister of Aviation, Mohammed Adoke - Minister of Justice and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala - Minister of Finance. They met him to discuss options available to the government and not to put pressure on him to concede to Buhari and for them to lose their jobs.

The ministers and other sycophants told Jonathan there were several options available to him challenging the results and not conceding defeat. The president ignored all pressure to challenge the results and at 5.10 pm summoned his Special Assistant on Domestic Matters, Mr. Waripamo-Owei Dudafa to place a call to Buhari. The president was handed the phone when Buhari answered and to the greatest surprise of the ministers and others around, congratulated him for his victory in the poll. ( Continues below..... )

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Photo Above: President Jonathan and General Buhari (rtd.) embrace after renewing the Abuja Accord.

The tale of some ministers tweeting about President Jonathan congratulating Buhari and preparing to address the nation will not earn them slots in Buhari’s government. The nation will witness complete change of guards under Buhari; no amount of eye service nor propaganda will earn old guards place in the new dispensation, reliable sources reveal.

In January, President Jonathan, Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) and nine other presidential aspirants signed peace deal to respect the outcome of a credible poll and urge their supporters to do the same. National Peace Committee for the 2015 General Elections chaired by ex-military head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar brokered the deal referred to as “Abuja Accord”. Jonathan and Buhari renewed the peace accord late March before the elections. This was the promise Jonathan kept by conceding defeat and calling on his supporters to accept the election results and refrain from violence. Ministers did not pressure him into what he had promised to do under the Abuja Accord.

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03/28/15

*Nigeria 2015 Presidential Election Results Live Report

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

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015 ( Scroll down for Earlier Updates )

9.00 am: President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari congratulates outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan for peacefully relinquishing power. “President Jonathan was a worthy opponent and I extend the hand of fellowship to him,” Buhari said in a press statement. [ info by a Citizen reporter ] ( Continues below..... )

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015 ( Scroll down for Earlier Updates )

7.00 pm: General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) Becomes New President, Defeats Goodluck Jonathan - INEC has declared him winner of the presidential election. With anger swelling over corruption, inequality and a devastating Islamist insurgency in the nation’s north, Nigerians massively voted him. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

5.00 pm: President Jonathan congratulates General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate by telephone conceding defeat and in a press statement urged his supporters to accept the results. Figures yet to be confirmed put the total votes received by Buhari at 15.4 million and that of Jonathan at 13.3 million. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

2.00 pm: All Progressives Congress (APC) Claims Victory - Opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) declares victory for its candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) today. "This is the first time in Nigeria that a sitting government will be voted out of power using purely democratic means," APC spokesman Lai Mohammed told newsmen. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

1.00 pm: Reuters poll tally collated from 33 of Nigeria's 36 states shows General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) leading with more than 14 million votes with Incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan trailing with 11 million votes as counting of votes draws to an end. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

11.00 am: The Board of Editors for ThisDay Newspapers Declares Buhari Winner - The following is ThisDay Newspapers Press Release => "With the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announcing collated results for the presidential election from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, and having analysed the state and local government areas' results in the possession of THISDAY reporters from around the country, The Board of Editors of THISDAY calls this presidential elections in favour of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Major-General Muhammadu Buhari. THISDAY Newspapers can comfortably project that Buhari has won the 2015 presidential election. While both Buhari and President Goodluck Jonathan have satisfied the constitutionally required 1/3 in 24 states, General Buhari's current majority is unassailable by any results still to be declared. We congratulate President Goodluck Jonathan for giving Nigeria the legacy of free and fair elections and urge him to immediately concede. We congratulate General Buhari for a hard won victory after four attempts at the presidency, and urge him to not only be magnanimous in victory but give Jonathan's supporters - especially the minorities - comfort. The Editors of THISDAY urge all Nigerians that the the time for healing has begun. [ info by ThisDay Newspapers report ]

10.00 am: A provisional Reuters tally collated from 31 of Nigeria's 36 states gives Buhari 13 million votes and President Jonathan 10.5 million votes. It is still possible that the election results could change since 5 states were not included in the Reuters provisional tally. *Note that this is not INEC official results but a Reuters provisional tally and remains unofficial. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

1.00 am: Vote counting stopped just before midnight Monday with Jonathan winning 9 states and Abuja (Federal Capital Territory) to Buhari's nine states. This gives a total of 18 states and Abuja (FCT)counted. In terms of total accumulation of votes, Buhari had significant lead over Jonathan - Buhar: 8,520,436 votes and Jonathan: 6,488,210 votes. INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega announced that vote counting of the remaining 18 states will commence Tuesday at 10 a.m. (0900 GMT). [ info by Masterweb reporter ]

Monday, March 30, 2015 ( Scroll down for Earlier Updates )

3.00 pm: BSO tells security agencies to Arrest Fani-Kayode - Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) tells security agencies to arrest Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, Director - Media, Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation for announcing unofficial results. The call was made by Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, BSO Director - Media and Information, today in Abuja at a news conference. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

2.00 pm: U.S. and U.K. warn of efforts to manipulate (rig) results of Nigeria elections over the weekend. "We have seen no evidence of systemic manipulation of the process. But there are disturbing indications that the collation process -- where the votes are finally counted -- may be subject to deliberate political interference," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a joint statement. INEC flatly rejected the accusation. "There is absolutely no basis for that at all. There is no interference at all. We are about to start the collation process. We have no evidence of political interference," INEC spokesman, Kayode Idowu countered in a press statement. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

1.00 pm: Buhari wins his home state of Katsina by landslide. The returning officer for Katsina State, Prof Jibrin Amin who announced the result today said Buhari polled 1,345,441 votes, while Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) got 98,937 votes. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

11.30 am: Governors Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State and T. A. Orji of Abia State win senate seats. Akpabio will represent Akwa Ibom north east senatorial district while Orji represents Abia central senatorial zone. Akpabio polled a total of 422,009 votes ahead of Inibehe Okorie, candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC) who got 15,152 votes . Orji polled 46,070 votes ahead of Ahamdi Nweke of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) who got 10,204 votes. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

10.00 am: General Mohammadu Buhari (rtd.), Presidential Candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) wins by landslide his polling unit in Sakin Yara “A”, Kofar Baru 3 in Daura local government of Katsina State. Buhari polled 499 votes out of total votes cast while Jonathan got nothing; 3 votes were voided. In National Assembly elections, APC got 478 for senate, PDP 18 and People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) 3 votes while 3 votes were nullified. In House of Representatives election, APC amassed 500 votes while PDP and APGA got 1 vote each. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

9.45 am: Results from Nigeria's elections, the closest contest since the end of military rule in 1999 are to soon start trickling in, according to sources, however INEC says it expects to announce the first batch of results of the presidential poll on Tuesday. [ info by Masterweb reporter ]

8.00 am: Femi Fani Kayode, Director of Media and Publicity of PDP Presi­dential Campaign Organisa­tion (PDPPCO) says President Jonathan was leading with vic­tory in 23 states. Kayode accused APC of posting fake results using phony social media and noted that only INEC enjoys the statutory mandate to re­lease election results. He said President Jonathan was leading in the Southern part of the country and core North on information from PDP party agents. The ex-aviation minister said the motive of APC of posting fake results, was to precipitate violence once INEC declares President Jonathan winner of the election. In Kayode's words: “ The re­ports that we are getting from the field is that our candidate is doing very well in the south and north central and that we are making very strong inroads into various states in the core north. As we speak now, we are winning in 23 states and we have 64 percent, while the APC is winning in 14 states and has 36 percent. “These results are subject to confirmation by the Independent National Elec­toral Commission. However, we are certain of what we are saying because we have in­formation from our agents in every polling unit nationwide. No one must test our will by attempting to change these results and the APC should desist from pushing this nation to the brink of fire, chaos and destruction with their dirty lies and propaganda. The motive for the lies and disinformation of the APC is to create high expecta­tions for their supporters, so that when the real results come out and they are announced by INEC, and when those real results do not tally with the fake results that the APC had told their agents and friends to release, they will begin to run riot, create havoc and kill people. This is irresponsible and dangerous and we hereby warn the APC and their agents in the media to stop spreading falsehood and telling danger­ous lies. We also call on the security agencies to be vigilant because when the truth of their defeat finally dawns on them, the APC and Buhari will not take it very lightly. We should all patiently wait for INEC to release the official results of all the elec­tions and until then, we call on our supporters and party mem­bers to hold their heads up high, to remain confident and strong and to hold their peace.” [ info by Masterweb reporter ]

7.30 pm: PDP Rejects Results In 7 States - The national leadership of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected results from seven states namely: Kano, Jigawa, Kaduna, Gombe, Bauchi, Katsina and Kogi where underage voters were allowed to cast votes, a development they say was contrary to the provision of the Electoral Act. They also added that voting took place late in the night in the affected states. Uche Secondus, National Chairman of the party today at a press briefing said: “In Kano and some of these states in the North, majority of voters were under-age. Voting also took place in the night and you know that in the night rigging can take place. We have completed our reports from Kano State chapter.” [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

6.30 am: Stage seems set for a change of leadership in Nigeria with results of the presidential polls indicating Gen Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) is in comfortable lead in three of the country’s six geo-political zones. The zones include the two largest ones – North West and South West. Buhari also polled more votes than his arch-rival and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), President Goodluck Jonathan, in North East zone. The incumbent president clinched the South South and the South East. Both candidates have shared the spoils in North Central zone with Buhari winning in Kogi, Kwara and Niger states while Jonathan won Nasarawa, Plateau and Benue. From results trickling in from the collation centres, the former military head of state has emerged the preferred choice of the people in the presidential poll. “There is no doubt the race has been won and lost and that Gen Buhari has won,” a source at the INEC office confided in LEADERSHIP. [ info by Leadership Newspaper reporters ]

Sunday, March 29, 2015 ( Scroll down for Earlier Updates )

7.00 pm: Collation of results from the 36 states of Nigeria is to begin at noon, Monday, March 30, Professor Attahiru Jega, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman announced today. “Please, be wary of declaration from people who are clearly partisan. We will declare results when it has been collated from the states,” Attahiru Jega said. [ info by a Nigerian reporter ]

5.00 pm: Buhari leading Jonathan in Oyo State. Oyo breakdown are as follows: [Oyo West: APC-16,431; PDP-5,381] [Atisbo: APC-9,090; PDP-6,392] [Saki East: APC-7,208; PDP-5,368] [Iwajowa: APC-8,715; PDP-7, 389] [Ona Ara: APC-12,291; PDP-7,175] [Ibarapa East: APC-10,482; PDP 7,009] [Atiba: APC-16,755; PDP-6,443] [Oluyole: APC-19,642; PDP-6,956] [Ido: APC-17,235; PDP-6,538] [Kajola: APC-14,538; PDP-11,045] [Afijio: APC-8,001; PDP-5,738] [Orelope: APC-9,425; PDP-5,384] [Irepo: APC-10,380; PDP-4,979] [Itesiwaju: APC-7,257, PDP-7,605] [Iseyin: APC-24,075; PDP-10,569] [Oyo East: APC-17,105; PDP-6,326] [Orire: APC-10,161; PDP-13,238] [Saki West: APC-25,965; PDP-7,008] [ info by a Nigerian reporter ]

3.45 pm: Buhari so far leading Jonathan in Kogi State. In 11 out of the state's 21 local governments counted, Buhari has 109,827 votes and Jonathan 84,555. Results from the remainder 10 local governments are being awaited. [ info by a Nigerian reporter ]

2.30 pm: Buhari leading in Ogun, Borno and Lagos States. With 13 local council results declared in Ogun State, Buhari got total votes of 179,160 and Jonathan has 112,080. Buhari led in 9 out of the 13 local councils. Buhari is leading in 10 local government areas of Borno State. The results for the two leading parties (APC & PDP) were as follows: [Abadam LGA: - APC 2657; PDP – 70] [Kala Balge LGA: APC 1766; PDP 98] [Askira-Uba LGA: APC 5220; PDP 1308] [Kaga LGA: - APC 6133; PDP 202] [Mafa LGA: APC 7,140; PDP 178] [Marte LGA: APC 4262; PDP 242] [Ngala Local LGA: APC 2,764; PDP 241] [Nganzai LGA: - APC 3,521; PDP 211] [Kukawa LGA: - APC 5662; PDP 230] [Mobbar LGA: - APC 4487; PDP 108] Early results in Lagos indicate Buhari leading Jonathan. [ info by Citizen reporters ]

11.45 am: President Goodluck Jonathan wins 14 local governments of Ekiti State. Results from 2 local governments are yet to be released. [ info by a Nigerian reporter ]

10.30 am: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declares Nigeria’s presidential and parliamentary elections that started on Saturday “largely peaceful” and orderly. He condemned attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants and others that attempted to disrupt the election and was “encouraged by the determination and resilience shown by the Nigerian people in pressing forward and exercising their civic duties in the face of unjustifiable violence,” his office said in an email press statement. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

10.000 am: "In Kaduna central senatorial zone APC Beats PDP massively. Result from polling unit 002, Shaba Ward 1, Kaduna North LGA are as follows: [President: APC = 311 PDP = 33 PPA = 1 Void = 2] - [Senate: APC = 294 PDP = 44 Void = 1] - [House of Representatives: APC = 272 PDP = 63 Void = 6]" -Lukman Yakubu [ info by Masterweb site commentator ]

8.00 am: Voting continues in some parts of Nigeria after technical hitches during Saturday's presidential/national assembly elections. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

Saturday, March 28, 2015 ( Scroll down for Earlier Updates )

11.30 pm: Prof. Attahiru Jega, INEC Chairman speaks live on ChannelsTv saying he was satisfied with election process so far. He regrets problems with use of the card reader, explaining the rationale behind creating an addendum to the electoral guidelines. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

10.45 pm: "On all of idowu martins polling units Victorial Island Lagos, it's been Buhari and APC Rep & Senatorial aspirants winning." -Graham O. [ info by Masterweb site commentator ]

9.30 pm: "At Amuwo Odofin, unit 20 at chemist bus stop, Marwa road, Ijegun, Satellie town, Lagos, President Jonathan had 154 votes and Buhari had 10 votes, 5 votes were voided. Senate candidate for PDP had 161 while that of APC had 8. House of Rep, PDP 154, APC 10." -Ndubuisi Okafor [ info by Masterweb site commentator ]

9.00 pm: "There were no elections in almost all parts of Rivers State particularly in Emuohua Local Government Area. INEC officials came without the original result sheets there, when they could not provide the result sheets voters rejected the process and INEC officials left." -Freddie [ info by Masterweb site commentator ]

8.45 pm: Soldiers reportedly surround house of Danjuma Goje, Ex-governor of Gombe State. Speaking live on ChannelsTv via telephone he said: “They have blocked the street leading to the house and no one can go out.” No explanation has been given so far for the action of the soldiers. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

7.45 pm: Results of presidential election in Polling Unit 022 at presidential villa, Abuja gave General Muhammadu Buhari, All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate victory over President Goodluck Jonathan, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential flag-bearer with 93 votes. Buhari got 334 votes while Jonathan had 241 votes. All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) came in third with 45 votes and Labour Party 11 votes. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

7.00 pm: General Muhammadu Buhari(rtd.), All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate and the party’s House of Representatives Candidate in Ikorodu, Babajimi Benson took early lead in some parts of Ikorodu Division. 90% of 100 callers to Masterweb Reports said they voted for Buhari - this sample is not representative of Nigerian voters, but statistics to closely watch. Vote counting continues in polling units in several states. Reports confirm that in Abia State, accreditation and voting were peaceful. [ info by a Citizen & Masterweb reporters ]

5.45 pm: Elections in Akai Efa, Calabar, Cross River State very peaceful from beginning to end. Vote counting begins in polling units in some states. [ info by a Nigerian reporter ]

5.30 pm: Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) restores hacked website, cleans it of virus. INEC resorts to manual accreditation in cases where card readers have issues. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

4.45 pm: "There is no election at Obio Akpor LGA Ward 15, Unit 1, Rumuosi Town as the boys are throwing bottles and the Police are shooting sporadically into the air. This was a resultant of the INEC Officials not coming with the Result Sheets hence the Youth ordered the stoppage of the Accredtation which began so late. Hence No Election in Unit 1, 2, 3, and 4." -Ephraimite [ info by Masterweb site commentator ]

4.20 pm: Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) restores hacked website, cleans it of virus. INEC resorts to manual accreditation in cases where card readers have issues. [ info by Nigerian reporters ]

4.00 pm: Elections in parts of the country extended to Sunday by INEC after delays and a number of violent attacks. Over 7 people were killed Saturday morning by suspected fleeing members of Boko Haram who had invaded Shole village in Nafada LGA of Gombe State and pursued by Nigerian army. [ info by Nigerian reporters ]

3.30 pm: European Union Chief Election Observer in Nigeria, Mr. Santiago Fisas describes the accreditation process as slow. Yomi Ademola, PDP member killed by suspected APC thugs in Ikirun, Ifelodun LGA, Osun State. [ info by Citizen reporters ]

3.00 pm: Starts raining in Ikeja, Lagos Island, and other parts of Lagos State but voters defy downpour and stayed in queue to cast their votes. [ info by Nigerian reporters ]

2.30 pm: Voters reject use of incident form as alternative means of accreditation at polling units 009/008 Alakija, Lagos. Card reader could not be accessed as password was not available at polling unit Rugar kuka 2 box 012- Danmaliki- Kumbotso, Kano State [ info by Citizen reporters ]

2.00 pm: Accreditation still going on at ward 3,PU 003 in Daura, Katsina State where All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Muhammad Buhari will vote. Many people are still in queue. There are reportedly 724 registered voters in the unit. [ info by Nigerian reporters ]

1.30 pm: Accreditation yet to start at polling unit 24/13/07/053 in Lagos as Card Reader malfunctioned and was taken in for repairs with no replacement. [ info by Nigerian reporters ]

1.00 pm: Most major streets in Abuja and Lagos deserted as soldiers patrol cities with vehicles and at checkpoints check identity of pedestrians and search boots of cars. A man identified as Ozoemena Odenta by police in Ikwo Division, Ebonyi State for distributing stolen PVCs in Ekawoke ward. Odenta was accused to have stolen over 300 cards from INEC during the last distribution exercise and resurfaced on election day to distribute them to loyalists. [ info by Citizen/Nigerian reporters ]

12.30 pm: Card reader fails to capture biometrics of Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang and his wife. Addressing journalists after failure to authenticate him Jang said "I am disappointed in the process, since the card reader can reject the number one citizen of the state." [ info by Nigerian reporters ]

12.15 pm: No trace of INEC officials at Lugbe King of Kings secondary school and Katampe II polling unit Mpape Bwari, Abuja. Police officers maintain order in most polling stations and soldiers absent as ordered by the court. [ info by Nigerian reporters ]

11.30 am: The Transitional Monitoring Group make posting on Facebook that across Nigeria, 68% of polling units had opened by 11.30 local time (10:30 GMT). [ info by Citizen reporters ]

11.00 am: INEC staff arrive polling unit 006 at Area 2 Shopping Complex, Abuja to begin accreditation. Accreditation yet to commence at Kwalli polling unit, Kankarofi ward, Kano municipal, Kano as INEC officials were not on site. [ info by Citizen reporters ]

10.30 am: Lots of complaints from many polling units around the country of card readers not working properly. Several callers from Aba, Abia State say many people in Aba were turned back from accreditation due to non-functional card readers; according to the callers some people were accredited manually in some of the polling units where INEC claim card readers were not working properly. Accreditation yet to commence at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, Egbo Uruagu, Nnewi Anambra State. [ info by Nigerian reporters ]

10.00 am: No sign of INEC officials at the polling units in Agege area of Lagos State. Soldiers barricade Abuja-Kuje road blocking journalists and observers trying to enter town. 10.17 am: Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo accredited at Ward 11, Unit 22, Olusomi Compound Polling Centre at Oke - Sokori, Abeokuta, Ogun State. Military helicopters hovered above voters queuing at a polling stations in Maiduguri, the former headquarters of Boko Haram, [ info by Nigerian reporters ]

9.45 am: House of Reps election postponed in Ethiope East and West Constituencies in Delta State due to insufficient ballot papers. At Polling Unit 003c, 003A and 003B, 003, Oluyole Extension Ibadan, Oyo State there is only one policewoman stationed with no soldiers visible. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

9.00 - 9.40 am: (9.10 am: General Muhammadu Buhari and his wife are accredited in his hometown, Daura, Katsina. They are due to return at 13:00 local time (12:00 GMT) to cast their votes. 9.35 am: President Jonathan and wife Dame Patience are accredited at an Otuoke polling station in Bayelsa after several card readers failed to capture their biometrics; Jonathan speaking to press joked: "Maybe it's me? If I can endure, you see my sweat?" and called for public patience saying he was not worried about technical glitches. "It's the first time we are using this technology, PVCs (permanent voters card), card readers," Jonathan added. Jonathan and his wife will return at 1.00 pm local time to cast their votes. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

8.30 am: INEC commences accreditation of registered voters at most polling booths. Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari's (ex-Niger Delta militant) voter card rejected by the electronic card reader at his polling station in Rivers State. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

7.30 am: Voters start queuing up at polling units across the country awaiting INEC's accreditation. [ info by a Masterweb reporter ]

6.30 am: Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) website taken over hackers and infected with virus. A group calling itself the Nigeria Cyber Army placed a message on the site warning Nigeria Independent National Electoral Commision (INEC) not to rig the elections. [ info by a Masterweb Cyber Patrol Bureau ]

Friday Night - March 27, 2015: Boko Haram militants kill at least 25 people in attack on remote northeast village of Buratai in Borno State. They torched houses fatally shooting those who fled before reportedly beheading some of the bodies with chainsaws. At least 14 people were killed in separate attacks by the radical Islamist group in the towns of Biri and Dukku in Gombe State; the victims included a legislator. INEC postpone House of Rep elections in eleven federal constituencies in Jigawa State due to insufficient supply of election materials such as ballot papers and result sheets. The postponement does not include presidential and senate elections in the consituencies. The affected constituencies are Dutse/Kiyawa, Ringim/ Taura, HadeJia/Kafin Hausa/Auyo, Jahun Miga, Gumel/Maigatari/Sule tankarkar/ Gagarawa, Kaugama/Malam-madori, Gwaram, Babura/Garki, Birnin Kudu/Buji, Birniwa/Guri/Kirikasamma and Kazaure/Roni/Gwiwa/Yankwashi. [ info by Nigerian reporter ]

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Huge crowd trail Buhari during a campaign rally

Photo Above: Huge crowd trail Buhari during a 2011 campaign rally - displaying "Power to the people" sign which is part of PMM logo (photo insert).

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Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan waves to the crowd on arrival at a campaign rally in Kano, northern Nigeria, March 16, 2011.

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*Ensuring Secured & Rogue Free Polls In Nigeria: Challenges Before The Security Chiefs

By Intersociety

Ref: INTERSOC/SE/03/04/015/FGN/ABJ/FRN

1. Air Chief Marshal AS Badeh
Chief of Defense Staff, the Armed Forces of Nigeria
The Defense Headquarters, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

2. Lt. Gen Kenneth Minimah, Chief of Army Staff of Nigeria
The Nigerian Army Headquarters
Plot 1092, Mohammadu Buhari Way
Area 7, Garki, Abuja, Nigeria

3. IGP Suleiman A. Abba, Inspector General of Police
The Nigeria Police Force Headquarters
Louis Edet House, Shehu Shagari Way
Garki, Abuja, Nigeria

4. Mr. Ita Ekpeyong
Director General, State (Department of) Security Services
The SSS (DSS) Headquarters, Three Arms Zone
FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

5. Senator Anyim Pius Anyim
Secretary to the Government of the Federation
Shehu Shagari Secretariat Complex
Three Arms Zones, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

Sirs,

Beyond INEC’s Corruption & Bastardization Of PVCs Distribution: Conditions For Secured & Rogue Free Polls In Nigeria

(Democracy, Public Security & Safety, Onitsha Nigeria, 20th March 2015)-On 10th February 2015, the leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) wrote your respected public offices including the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and excluding the Chief of Army Staff and the Inspector General of Police. The referenced letter was titled: Healing The Wounds Of Aborted Scientific Rigging Of 2015 General Polls In Nigeria: What Your Respected Authorities Must Do. The letter follows shift in the dates of the 2015 general polls from 14th and 28th February to 28th March and 11th April 2015 owing to security concerns in the Northeast and INEC’s unpreparedness, particularly as it concerns gross lopsided distribution of PVCs to registered voters in Nigeria.

On 15th March 2015 (updated), we wrote the Chairman of INEC and the letter was titled: Consequences Of Importing Ethnic Cleansing Into The Distribution Of Permanent Voters’ Cards In Nigeria. Copies of the latter were sent to the trio of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the Chief of Defense Staff and the Director General of SSS (DSS). Copies of the said letter are hereby attached for the Chief of Army Staff and the Inspector General of Police. All the referenced letters have been successfully delivered to their recipients. The overall aim of the letters under reference is to expose INEC’s incompetence, ethno-religious bias and other anomalies as well as pinpointing election security loopholes with a view at ensuring that they are remedied and nipped in the bud; leading to violence and rogue free polls in the country’s 2015 general elections particularly the presidential segment. ( Continues below..... )

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Understanding Demographic/Electoral Contract Between INEC & Nigerians:

In accordance with relevant provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 with its last amendment in 2011 as well as the provisions of the INEC Establishment Act of 2004 and the Electoral Act of 2010; the civic and electoral duties and obligations of Nigerians of voting age start and end with the carriage of their human persons to centers designated by INEC for registration of voters and revalidation of voters’ cards; for the purpose of volunteering demographic information about themselves so as to be captured as registered voters as well as to periodically re-validate their voters’ cards. Once this process is completed, the citizens have fulfilled their demographic and electoral contract with INEC.

Issues of articulation and incorporation of the citizens’ information, biometric processes including capturing of required fingerprints and photographs, verification of information supplied by the citizens, printing and issuance of temporary or permanent voters’ cards, voters’ cards transfer, theft or cloning of permanent voters’ cards, etc are solely the responsibility of INEC. The Commission takes full responsibility of their failure or the otherwise. For instance, it is not the responsibility of a voting registrant to ensure that he or she has his or her fingerprints fully captured; it is solely that of INEC.

Same thing applies to registration of under-age voters and double or multiple voters’ registration. INEC takes full legal and moral responsibilities of such exercises. If INEC is truly ICT compliant, its system should have been designed to instantly spot and reject double or multiple registrants and to an extent under-age registrants. In crime, for instance, ICT makes it possible and easier to detect repeat offenders including repeat traffic offenders. Also the policies, procedures and actions of INEC determine the level of response of the registered voters in the collection of PVCs or TVCs. Same thing applies to registration of voters proper as well as voter’s card transfer and general management of the National Register of Voters by the Commission.

Therefore, it saddens and sickens our heart to observe the INEC’s consistent attempts to shift blames to Nigerian registered voters and those of voting age over its huge failure in competently managing the country’s National Register of Voters including voters’ registration and revalidation as well as custody and safety of the permanent voters cards. INEC under Prof Attahiru Jega is a monumental failure in these regards.

The stark truth is that the Commission has woefully failed Nigerians in its 2015 electoral midwifery; yet the Commission led by a number of BBC academicians including its headship finds it very difficult to admit its failure, which stems from the fact that they embraced ICT without caution and expertise having been born before e-computer (BBC). For instance, Prof Attahiru Jega was born in 1957; long before the advent of the Information Computer Technology and after the advent of computer typewriter technology. In other words, it is correct to say that they are typewriter computer generation who still see and treat ICT in typewriter computer perspective.

In advanced ICT compliant countries including Greece, ICT is superbly managed in addition to its side by side use with manual technology. Instead of INEC looking inwards so as to remedy the flaws under reference, including disenfranchisement of whopping 12.4 million registered voters of pastoralist and minority ethnic backgrounds, by way of non issuance of PVCs to them, which ought to be remedied by the use of TVCs (temporary voters’ cards); the Commission and its cronies in the CSOs (CSOs Poll Situation Room) and opposition parties has gone out uncontrollably in image laundering including getting influenced and supportive comments from a number of foreign missions favoring the so called “Card Reader Technology”; while ignoring or trivializing the fundamental issue of distribution and issuance of permanent voters cards to all Nigerian registered voters irrespective of their tribe, sex and religion. ( Continues below..... )

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Till date, over one million PVCs including 500,000 awarded to a local firm in Abuja have not been produced by INEC. Also, 12.4 million registered voters have been disenfranchised and denied their rights to vote in the referenced crucial national polls by the Commission. There are also widespread complaints by pastoralist ethnic nationalities and other minority populations in the country of deliberate denial of their PVCs by INEC, which the Commission blatantly refused to address because of its capability of upturning the Commission’s perceived ethno-religious desire to appropriate presidency to its headship’s ethno-religious origin. The Commission and its cronies in the CSOs and opposition parties has spent more time and resources diverting public and international attentions from its in-house rigging through fundamental and systematic disenfranchisement of registered Nigerian voters of over 12 million; to the Card Reader campaign. The Commission has moved from strong accusation of its hitherto parasitic linkage with the ruling parties to parasitic linkage with the opposition parties and conformist CSOs.

Further, over one million PVCs have been stolen in the country under INEC watch since August 2014. While there are widespread denial of PVCs to over 12.4 Million registered voters of legal and qualified citizenship; there are millions of under-age voters issued with PVCs by INEC particularly in the Northwest and the Northeast zones especially among Muslim population.

While INEC says it has resources and provisions for IDPs of Northeast States of Yobe and Borno with dominant Muslim population to vote; the Commission claims it has no resources and provisions for other IDPs (dominated by Igbos and other Christian minorities) to vote. The number of Nigerian citizens of voting age denied voting registration by INEC owing to its stringent and discriminatory policies and actions; particularly in the South are in millions. Instances of flaws or anomalies inherent in the INEC’s 2015 electoral midwifery are too many to be exhausted in this letter.

Conditions That INEC Must Fulfill To Ensure Secured & Rogue Free Polls:

To ensure secured and rogue free polls on 28th March and 11th April 2015 particularly the presidential poll, your respected offices particularly the offices of the Chief of Defense Staff, the Chief of Army Staff, the Director General of DSS and the Inspector General of Police, as a mandatory condition to INEC, should ensure that the Commission does as follows:

1. That INEC must compile and send to your respected offices the names, locations and number of all the popularly recognized polling units in Nigeria (119, 973) for terrain, terrestrial, aquatic, data, securitization and surveillance studies; for the grand purpose of ensuring maximum poll security and counter poll rigging operations.
2. Your respected offices must demand from INEC to clear air with statistical breakdown, on the possible existence of two sets of National Polling Units (119, 973 (120,000) and 150,000) in Nigeria. This is to block the possibility of second official rigging using officially created criminal polling units.
3. INEC must pledge to your respected offices of its readiness, willingness and ability to apply and enforce to the letter and evenly all voting accreditation procedures throughout the country’s popularly recognized polling units. In other words, INEC’s reported age long method of lowering some voting procedures in the North particularly in the Northwest and the Northeast owing to instigated mob action or group violence; and tightening of same in the South must be eliminated. That is to say that the use of Card Readers and PVCs in the referenced polls must be uniformly applied and enforced to the letter throughout the country irrespective of landscape or ethnic grouping.
4. INEC must pledge to your respected offices to turn back from the voting centers and areas all facially and commonsensically identified under-age voters particularly in the Northwest and the Northeast zone. Your respected offices also have a constitutional duty to disallow any under-age voter to queue for accreditation or voting not minding the validity of his or her voter’s card.

What Your Respected Offices Should Do:

5. The Northwest and the Northeast zones as well as Plateau and Niger States in the North-central zone should be designated by your respected offices as the poll security hotbed and poll rigging nipping points.
6. All youths and street urchins particularly in the Northeast and the Northwest as well as in Niger and Plateau States in the North-central; other than those with valid voters’ cards, must be kept off the streets and voting areas on the voting dates. Those with valid voters’ cards must be searched and all daggers, pencil machetes and violent sticks in their possession must be recovered and impounded.
7. Politicians and religious leaders in the Northwest, the Northeast as well as Niger and Plateau States in the North-Central and Rivers State in the South-south; other than those with valid voters’ cards heading to voting centers nearby; should be barricaded and bottled till the end of polls.
8. Mosques, churches and houses of leading politicians in the Northwest and the Northeast zones as well as Plateau and Niger States in the North-central should be roundly monitored.
9. It is also the constitutional duty of your respected offices, in collaboration with INEC to ensure that any citizen with fake or proxy voter’s card in and around any polling unit particularly in the Northwest and the Northeast zones is arrested and detained. In the plain language of the Constitution and the Electoral Act, it is unlawful to allow any citizen below the age of 18 to vote.
10. While field personnel and commanders of your respected offices are not expected to be found in the polling units especially with arms; the Constitution and duty guidelines still empower your respected offices to be proactive and extremely mindful of any early warning signals. In other words, your respected offices are empowered constitutionally in the context of protective and preventive policing. This constitutional empowerment is beyond any judicial distraction or interpretation.
11. All the entries and exits in the country’s borders particularly in the Northwest and the Northeast zones must be tightly monitored on polls’ dates.
12. Your respected offices must beware of false alarmists particularly in the TV and online media, CSOs and politicians/parties capable of creating confusions and breaching public security and safety.
13. The insurgency areas of the Northeast zone require thorough monitoring and securitization by your respected offices. Going by INEC’s recent magical PVCs distribution in the area, there is no doubt that they are potential rigging warehouses of compromised INEC staff and their desperate accomplices in some political parties. Extra efforts must be made to thwart such immoral and unlawful plots as well as ensuring maximum protection of lives and properties from insurgents and other killer citizens and groups. If it becomes evident that holding polls in the areas or any part thereof, will endanger lives and properties and compromise national interests including public security and safety; then such polls should be put off.
14. In carrying out your constitutional duties, national interests and public security and safety of Nigeria and Nigerians must remain your pivotal goals during and after the polls, not minding their religious and ethnic divides or groupings.
15. To actualize the foregoing 14-point recommendations, there shall be robust and cohesive inter-agency arrangements put in place by your respected offices in association with the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

Yours Faithfully,

For: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law 41, Miss Elems Street, Fegge, Onitsha, Southeast Nigeria

Emeka Umeagbalasi, B.Sc. (Hons.) Criminology & Security Studies
Board Chairman, International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law
+2348174090052(office)
emekaumeagbalasi@yahoo.co.uk, info@intersociety-ng.org

Uzochukwu Oguejiofor, Esq., (LLB, BL), Head, Campaign & Publicity Department

CC:

The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, Abuja, Nigeria

Emeka Umeagbalasi

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12/19/14

*ASNA Abia 2014 Free Health Fair & Medical Mission A Huge Success

By Masterweb News Desk

Abia State National Association of North America (ASNA), an association of Abia indigenes in the United States commenced their Abia 2014 free Health Fair and Medical Mission on December 15 after lengthy preparations stretching over seven months. Their medical team comprising of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other professionals are visiting locations in the three senatorial zones of the state where they diagnose and treat patients. The team is divided into three groups namely Team Alpha (to cover Abia Central), Team Delta (to cover Abia South) and Team Omega (to cover Abia North). Patients needing surgery from all centers are transported to Madonna Catholic Hospital in Ohokobe Afaraukwu, Umuahia and operated upon by a team of surgeons. Pre-screened patients needing surgery are to be sent SMS text message confirming the time schedule for their surgery.

In a press release dated December 10, 2014, jointly signed by Dr. Christian Ike, ASNA National President and Hon. Lawrence Okezie Odoemelem, ASNA Director of Logistics, the general public was called upon to visit centers nearest them for free checkup and treatment if necessary. ( Continues below….. )

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Patients were screened and treated December 15 – 18 at the following centers:

MONDAY & TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15 & 16
Team Alpha - Umuahia North Local Government Headquarters on Bende Road.
Team Delta – Afoanya Memorial Hospital, Agburuike in Obingwa Local Government Area (LGA).
Team Omega – Federal Medical Center, Nkwoagu in Umunneochi Local Government Area (LGA).

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17 & 18
Team Omega – All Aro USA Clinic in Arochukwu Local Government Area (LGA).
Team Delta – Abayi Amaukwu Civic Hall, Abayi, Ahia Nkwo in Osisioma Local Government Area (LGA).
- WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17 ONLY
Team Alpha - Umuahia South Local Government Headquarters in Apumiri, Ubakala.
-THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18 ONLY
Team Alpha - Ikwuano South Local Government Headquarters in Isiala, Oboro.

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On Friday, December 19, Teams Alpha, Delta and Omega to jointly screen and treat members of Nigeria Police and their family at Umuahia Central Police Station (CPS).

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12/03/14

*Black Immigrants Transported In A Garbage Truck By Spanish Authority

By Uchendu Precious Onuoha (Masterweb Special Correspondent-Spain)

The inhuman treatment meted by the Spanish security and health authorities to African immigrants under the guise of Ebola scare is worsening every day. Naturally the Spanish do not hide their dislike and discriminatory attitude towards black immigrants. With the outbreak of the Ebola, a deadly virus which Sawyer and company, an American sowed the seed in African soil, Spain has exhibited a high rate of non - chalant attitude and harsh treatment to black immigrants that show any sign of ill health in their territory. Their approach has been to abandon them to die or stew in their own ruins.

The most recent incident is the case of 23 black African immigrants who got to the Canary Island of Gran Canarias on their rickety boat on Wednesday November 5, 2014. According to report made available to our Special Correspondent in Spain, the Red Cross volunteers tested their temperature on arrival to the Spanish territory and found out that six among them were running a high fever. The voluntary organization tried to activate their own Ebola protocol which was not adequate. They asked for help from the regional and national health authority. The health authorities who hesitated to respond, instead they were blaming each other for the delay and alleging it was each other’s responsibility. It took about 4 hours before health workers arrived to the scene. Police made sure the immigrants were secluded from a distance where nobody got closer to them. ( Continues below..... )

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On arrival of the health workers, they asked the immigrants of their origins, demanding to know if they were from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the countries most affected with the virus before they were certified free. The four most serious cases were taken away for medical attention by the Red Cross. While the rest were loaded like guinea pigs in a dirty truck used for garbage loading and cleaning on which they were taken to the police for identification prior to subsequent deportation process.

According to the report, the coordinator of Red Cross complained that a garbage truck was by no means suitable to convey human beings. The mayor of the region responding said that no other four wheel vehicle large enough to carry many people over the beach was available. It could be recalled that a similar incident occurred on October 18, 2014 at the Madrid Barajas airport where a Nigerian was abandoned unattended to for the scare of Ebola until overdose of cocaine drugs he swallowed burst inside his stomach thereby leading to his death. The Spanish authority should be cautioned on their inhuman treatment towards black immigrants in their territory. And not to hide under the scare of Ebola to subject black immigrants to their own peril.

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11/26/14

*Nigerian Community Association Thailand: A Revival Mission

By Emmanuel Nweke Okafor.

The tenure of Ambassador Chukwudi Newington Okafor, the Nigerian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand has not only heralded several improvements amongst Nigerians living in Thailand but has also moved Nigerians in Thailand in an upward progression in terms of discipline, co-operation and the overall push towards rebranding and repositioning Nigeria’s image in Thailand. Prior to the arrival of Ambassador Chukwudi many Nigerians in Thailand claimed that the Nigerian embassy in Bangkok and her activities in actuality remained alien and unresponsive to the needs and demands of its diplomatic responsibilities towards Nigerian nationals living in Thailand. Many Nigerians had reported some years back that the mission, the vision, and the diplomatic actions of the Nigerian embassy in Bangkok lacked the required diplomatic tenets. By then, going to the embassy as some claimed used to be frightening for many Nigerians, in addition to the fact that the long wait and rude behavior of some of the officials showed that it was nothing but a diplomatic mess happening at the Nigeria embassy, Bangkok. As at the time, it was evidently clear that the relationship between Nigerians and the Nigerian embassy was that of acrimony and zero tolerance from Nigerians. But today, the case is different, the staff attitude towards Nigerians have improved as they have become approachable to serve Nigerians, thanks to the ‘Moses’ of our time, Ambassador Chukwudi Okafor.

The visionary leadership of Ambassador Chudi has helped to fix up the unpopular past of the rapport of the Nigeria embassy and many of the Nigerian nationals living in Thailand. On inception, he went on to gather all the Nigerians in Thailand under the umbrella of a “Town Hall Meeting” as a hen would gather her chicks under her caring and shielding wings. His leadership highlighted the need to build a concourse to serve as a necessary partnership link to move Nigerians in Thailand forward. It was clear that the ambassador is really composed to work for the welfare of Nigerian citizens in the Kingdom of Thailand. The writer has been privileged to interact diligently with the Ambassador and some other embassy staff and as such, can attest to their sincerity in doing their work with diplomatic tenets needed therein. Consequently, the present embassy officers no doubt, have as their supreme priority, the welfare of Nigerians. The prevalent idea that the embassy is a place to acquire only E-passport and also endorse a document is gone under this ambassador. The majority of Nigerians have demonstrated to be at home at the embassy given the fatherly admonition of the Ambassador. It is like going to share friendly ideas with your beloved family members. ( Continues below….. )

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There are noticeable areas in which His Excellency has done very well especially with the help of Mr. Raymond Brown and Mr. Gayus Jalo, two of the energetic and dynamic diplomats at the embassy. Hence, the response of the embassy towards Nigerian citizens has fashioned some noteworthy changes and attitude among Nigerians living in Thailand, especially, considering how the Nigerian embassy has given listening ear and has steadily shown concerns to the predicaments of the unhappy Nigerian citizens here in Thailand. Worthy of mention is the case of quick implementation of the treaty which nearly collapsed.

In addition to this, consistent efforts have been made to ensure that all necessary attention is given to Nigerians in Jail through judicial process in Thailand, courtesy of the Nigerian embassy. The ambassador in his humane gesture has expressed how deeply touched his feelings were on the dilemmas and circumstantial abandonment felt by some of the deported Nigerians. He has future plans to coordinate with the particular agencies that will be in charge of appropriate reintegration of the deported Nigerians into normal life in Nigeria. Again, the Nigerian embassy has been aware of the various reported mistreatments of Nigerians on the streets of Bangkok by some law enforcement agencies. The ambassador has made visible efforts including following up specific cases of victims of such maltreatment in order to allow the rule of law to be properly carried. All thanks to Mr. Jalo who has demonstrated to be a task master with a great sense of commitment and passion.

To add to this, the Ambassador has been handling a lot of issues including the Emergency Travelling Certificate (ETC) cases which is demanding to some of Nigerians living in Thailand. The embassy has made adequate arrangement to bring in the Nigerian Immigration officials to Thailand for the sole purpose of serving the needs of Nigerians who may have lost their passports or whose passports have expired. The ambassador since his arrival has shown to Nigerians in Thailand that the Nigerian embassy can be trusted once more. Nigerians in Thailand now receive a swift reply from the embassy which helped to get their problems solved and at the same time would help inculcate a notch of respect before some of the Thai authorities who may have been thinking that Nigerians have no embassy. ( Continues below..... )

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Still on consular matters, it is noted that some consular charges have been fairly affordable and beneficial for the Nigerian citizens in the Kingdom of Thailand within the period Ambassador Chukwudi Okafor steered the affairs of the embassy. Nigerians in Thailand can now feel belonged and feel proud to identify with their embassy. This strongly suggests that a degree of assurance and national awareness has been aroused among fellow Nigerians. Now some Nigerians can move around in the streets of Bangkok and can confidently say “I am a Nigerian”, all kudos to His Excellency and his aides at the embassy who made it possible. Indeed, “Oga Chudi” can make things work and he is making it work in Thailand. It is said elsewhere that “once a winner always a winner and a star cannot be shielded from its lights”. The National Honor of the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) cordially conferred on him by H.E. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is an exercise in a rightful direction. The current Nigerian Ambassador to Thailand is like a candle light that illumines continuously from its position. His charismatic and diplomatic strips continue to follow him wherever he gathers Nigerians in Thailand. Other remarkable things he has done for Nigerian Community in Thailand in his tenure are:

1. Inauguration of Nigerians in Diaspora Organization (NIDOTH)
2. Inauguration of Nigerian Student Association in Thailand (NSAT)
3. Revival of Nigerian Community Association Thailand (NCAT)
4. Fatherly advice to other State Associations in Thailand
5. Rebranding the image of Nigerians via the social media
6. Census for Nigerian citizens in Thailand
7. Making the embassy to be the home for all Nigerians in Thailand

Besides, Ambassador Chukwudi had called an emergency meeting in order to revive the Nigerian Community Association in Thailand. The meeting of 3rd November, 2014 at the embassy was indeed a good move towards providing Nigerians in Thailand a more unified “community spirit”. The need for a credible Nigerian Community Association in Thailand cannot be over emphasized. Therefore, all kudos to His Excellency, Ambassador Chukwudi Okafor for this “communitarian calls”.

Having established these indisputable facts, the writer has the following to advice the participants at the ‘revival meeting’. The writer’s motive is to support the move for a better and stable Nigerian Community Association in Thailand. Therefore, this write-up suggests the following points:

1. Let all the members do thorough research, prayer and reflection before attending any meeting because the issue at hand as long as it has to be about Nigerians in Thailand needs a contextual and circumstantial approach. What happens in another country may not necessarily be applied to the issue concerning Nigerians in Thailand. It is diverse in all its form and nature.

2. Nigerians in Thailand appear to be the most dynamic and somewhat a sophisticated and a complicated group. Therefore it suggests that a sophisticated approach is also required in order to have a strong, stable and reliable Nigerian Community Association in Thailand.

3. The leaders of the recognized Nigerian State Associations in Thailand, Nigerian Pastors, Nigerians in Diaspora Organization, Thailand (NIDOTH), Nigerian Business groups, and Nigerian Student Association should be allowed to direct the affairs of the Nigerian Community in order to arrive at a strong and stable Nigerian Community Association in Thailand.

4. The Yoruba Community in Thailand must not be allowed to exclude themselves regardless of what their reasons may be. Consequently, serious efforts must be made to let them take part in the deliberation because they are Nigerians too. They may have their own legitimate reasons but it is necessary that they should comply with the embassy’s mission to help shape the situations facing Nigerians in Thailand which they are part of.

5. To this effect, the writer believes that strong, solid, stable and credible Nigerian Community Association in Thailand can emerge if these various leaders instantly become the Executives of the Nigerian Community Association for 6 months or a year with the view to help put the association in a rightful direction in line with the good intention of the Nigerian Embassy. Any sudden election without systematic groundwork may likely produce another unstable Nigerian Community Association given its history and manner of existence. Election is not the problem but the notion of credibility. The fundamental question is: Why are Nigerians in Thailand?

6. The embassy has done well by selecting these responsible men and women who are (themselves) the possible real stakeholders as far as Nigerians in Thailand are concerned, but the fact is that, if election is called most of them will not like to contest and may likely go back to their various “comfort zones” thereby leaving the association to be led by those who may not have what it takes to move the association forward. Efforts must be made to encourage “comfort zoners” to come out in this revival and rebranding mission.

7. Thus, within 6 months or a year in which these leaders will handle the affairs of things, they will help to provide and produce a stable and democratic Nigerian Community Association in Thailand.

8. Then they must be able to achieve the following:
a) Help to bring back the integrity of the association by helping some of the Nigerians who have lost interest in Nigerian Community to regain their interest in the community affairs.
b) Help to rebrand and reposition the integrity of the association before the Thailand authority. This is a must do! We have Nigerians who are capable of achieving this without necessarily being elected as an executive.
c) Help to do all that is required to get the association registered in Thailand.
d) Help to revive and reactivate the constitution drafting committee in order to have guidelines to whoever will lead the association for good.
e) Help to create the enabling atmosphere for democratic elections.

9. All the leaders of the State associations and other groups’ leaders were formerly elected with the peoples’ mandate therefore if their representatives become the executives of Nigerian Community Association in Thailand for 6 months or even a year, it is still within the democratic principle.

10. Nigerian Community Association needs leaders that will help to clean the image. Therefore the attention must be given to this image problem at this stage. This method above will help to reduce unnecessary micro politics among Nigerians here. We need unified collective efforts now.

11. The best way to answer this Ambassadorial call of unification is to go by selection not election. Most credible Nigerians are particularly serious with their jobs and do not pay attention to the community issues because of the noticeable dirty games involved. Thus, selection method will enable the “required image clean group” to come out for the sake of our country – The Federal Republic of Nigeria.

12. The selection has already been initiated and coordinated by the embassy therefore our duty should be to cement it by suggesting to the embassy what is practical, given the situation in Thailand. We have a duty here!

13. Permit me to submit without prevarication that historically and chronologically speaking, Nigerian Community Association has an image problem which could be rebranded and repositioned if “Selective Method” is used. Of course, election can also be done in a selective way in order to achieve this goal. This is, if we are really serious and honest in tackling the problems here in Thailand. It is our common responsibility and duty.

14. Let us also be aware that by the conduct of international law, any association is voluntary, thus inalienable right of any Nigerian cannot be replaced based on attending an association’s meeting. It is also not diplomatically correct to deprive a Nigerian his/her due right as a Nigerian in Thailand because he/she failed to belong to the Nigerian Community Association in Thailand. UN CHARTER on Human Right is very clear on this and Nigeria is also a signatory to the said UN CHARTER. Article 20:
a) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
b) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

15. Whatever worth doing is worth doing well, legally, globally, nationally and otherwise. The Electoral Board should not get carried away but should remain focused with the relevant and reflective questions such as: Why is Nigerian Community Association in Thailand so messed? Why are most Nigerians treated like brute animals by some Thai police men and women? Why are we singled out amongst other African nations? How can we tackle the problems? Are the problems going to be solved after the community election? On what constitutional tenets is the said election going to be conducted? Why have we consistently conducted elections for the Nigerian Community Association in Thailand without an agreed and duly signed peoples’ constitution? These and many more questions should be able to enable the Electoral Board to work more effectively and efficiently. The embassy has done its best, ours is to welcome this clarion call with sincerity and to act within the law of the Land.

Let me recall a note of warning on those things that are capable of leading Nigerians in Thailand to failure as identified by the distinguished woman of God, Pastor Mrs. Mary Frank Owali which she states as follows: “Lack of sincere love for one another, self-extremism (Proud or I know it all), unnecessary competition (it must be me), inability to tolerate one another (my opinion must prevail), unforgiving spirit (refusal to let go), lack of sincere co-operation, Sabotage ( Sambalat and Tobias attitude)” and so on.

Other grievous things that may not allow Nigerians in Thailand to progress are well articulated by His Excellency Chudi Okafor in his address to the Nigerian Community at the Town Hall meeting of August 11, 2012, so he said: “Fellow Nigerians, before we conclude, let me speak to you on three more points I consider crucial, based on my experience in dealing with the Nigerian Community. One is the need to avoid poisonous gossips, rumours and character assassination between and among yourselves. In conflict situations between States, this is called propaganda and some States have succeeded in using it to deceive and even win wars, against their perceived enemies. In human relations, unfounded rumours and cheap blackmail have torn brothers/sisters, friends and communities apart. He said and you said, or pull him down Syndrome, is a very bad attitude that must not be allowed to continue in your relationship with one another and in your various associations. We must cultivate the attitude to tell each other what we feel and not what we heard, as you may wrongly take steps you will later regret. In such situations, one mistake will lead to another, and before you know it, the damage is done”.

As a result, this write up is also a wake-up call to those Nigerians who rarely get themselves involved in the affairs of Nigerian Community in Thailand to rethink and join hands together with the recent move to revive the community because the “price paid by the wise is to be ruled by the unwise”. The side effect of the unlawful activities of few Nigerians who bring shame to us all is indeed affecting us all irrespective of who you are, provided that the Nigerian name or passport is mentioned. This is the right time to face this reality and confront it once and for all. His Excellency, Ambassador Chukwudi has extended an olive branch to us. He has challenged us. Let us come en masse and support Pastor Mrs. Mary Owali as she pilots the affairs of things as the electoral board chairperson. It is a common statement that “whatever a man does, a woman can do even better”.

Conclusively, the proper time to act collectively and sincerely is now. Nigerians in Thailand have contributed to the Thai economy in an irrefutable fashion. Nigerians in Thailand have also contributed to the Thai educational systeml. Many Nigerians in Thailand are legally and gainfully employed. Uncountable numbers of Nigerians are law abiding citizens. Therefore, letting the activities of the few to continuously tarnish the image of Nigerian Community in Thailand is unfair and unacceptable. It is the writer’s considered view that all Nigerians in Thailand should come out en masse for this process of image cleansing even as we must work hard to discourage our fellow Nigerians who break the law to desist from such. A crime is crime irrespective of where it is committed. Thus a crime is unacceptable nationally and globally. Let us work for a peaceful society for we are all human. Peace in the Lord!

Emmanuel Nweke Okafor is a Nigerian professional teacher in Thailand. He is a lecturer in Siam University. He is presently a supervisor in the Language Laboratory Center in Siam University. He is also a student in Political Science Program in Politics and International Relations in prestigious Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand. He can be contacted via his email address okaforemma@yahoo.com

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