*“Kill the Igbo, General Azubuike Ihejirika, and Jonathan Will be Plucked Off.” - Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Abubakar Gumi
By Ikechukwu Enyiagu
Just a few days ago, as attributed to the said outspoken Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Abubakar Gumi, these statements were made in response to Boko Haram and the Nigerian military approach in response: “Take them [soldiers and police out from the Boko Haram’s ravaged areas of the north] to the barracks or rooms, and we (the north, Nigerians?) will get peace.” Furthermore, he said, “there was a plot to oppress Muslims since the Chief of Army Staff is a non-Muslim.” Then he fumed, “We are back in the Ironsi days.” The reason these statements made in the height of bigotry and utter hate deserve any scrutiny and response is because they were made, not in any other place by this Sheik, but right on his pulpit as he delivered a sermon to Nigerian Muslims at the famous Sultan Bello Mosque in Kaduna at a largely-attended Ramadan sermon on Friday evening. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Islamic Cleric Sheik Ahmad Abubakar Gumi
This man who obviously intends to breed more anti-Igbo/Christian/Southerners northern Muslims went on to say, “What we are saying is in the spirit of peace; they should remove these soldiers and police on the roads and nothing will happen to us in the name of Allah…If the Boko Haram (terrorists) are Muslims, they should leave us with them, and enter their barracks. Muslim cities like Sokoto, Kano, Maiduguri, Kaduna, Bauchi, Yobe and all others should be vacated.” Now, to men of/in his religious and ethnic class and to many other political slaves who lead their people in many Southern States in Nigeria, these statements are harmless and made “in the spirit of peace.” Well, I disagree, and I’m certain that the true Spirit of Peace equally disagrees. Let me tell you why:
1. He said that there has been a plot to oppress Muslims since the Chief of Staff is no longer a Muslim. What he actually revealed is that their kind of peace will never be attainable in Nigeria unless a Muslim is the Chief of Staff; in other words, when a Muslims is at the helm of national security, then the Muslims are secure, but, when they are not, their security is not guaranteed and the “peace of a peace-loving people” is threatened. It will be noted that Lieutenant general Onyeabo Azubuike Ihejirika is the first Igbo man who has ever attained to such a position, and that, for over forty years, it has been these bigots who have ruled and claimed Nigeria as their spiritual birthright. For half a century and more that they have ruled and administered their kind of peace, war, deprivation and outright denial of justice are what they have delivered to other Nigerians (and themselves, sadly) as symbol of peace. The emergence of a non-Muslim Chief of Staff and the President from the South-South who is equally a non-Muslim did not bring about violence and all the atrocious and anti-people activities of the northern children.
2. Then he claimed that Nigeria (or, specifically, the north) is now back to the times when Ironsi was in power. It will be recalled here that this very Major General Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi, an Igbo man, was the most qualified of the army officers after the first coup (which, by the way, has been established to be anything far from being “an Igbo coup,” but the first Nigerian military response to the general chaos, mainly in opposition to the dominance privileges given the north by Britain, Nigeria’s colonial master, as terms to get northern oligarchy into a One-Nigeria for the then sole purpose of serving the British. This dominance by the north made things unworkable for the whole of the South in particular and for the new independent Nigeria in general) and, therefore, rightly assumed the post of the military head of the then Nigeria when he survived the assassination plans by the coup plotters. But just about six months into his leadership as the first Nigerian military head of State, as he moved about trying to make peace and settle every unrest and reasons for unrest, the northern oligarchy then championed a purely religious and ethnic coup in which both Aguiyi Ironsi and his host, Lieutenant Colonel Adekunle Fajuyi, the then Military Governor of Western Nigeria, were ridden with bullets by Theophilus Danjuma (the vagabond who still wanders in the corridors of power in the abominable Nigeria) and his northern soldiers. His crime was that, although he was not a part of the coup plotters which saw to the death of Ahmadu Bello, the then Sarduana of Sokoto, his delay or refusal to punish those behind the coup within the six months of his assumption, brought about his death and the deaths of mostly all Igbo high-ranking military officers. And although these bigots and brutes would neither see reasons with Aguiyi Ironsi when he swiftly did all he could to, firstly, douse tension by appointing the northerners to most of the top positions, nor would they give him time to amend what was lightly fractured, they carried out pogrom and then installed a puppet, Gowon, to perfect their wickedness. By the statement of this Islamic scholar, Sheik Ahmad Abubakar Gumi, he has reawakened the spirit of the 60s and is now telling the northern children that the emergence of President Goodluck Jonathan and General Ihejirika were, in every way, to destroy the Muslims and the northerners. This is the very spirit which brought about the “Araba” pogrom and the genocide. Since this very spirit was wrong then, he is still wrong today because it’s proven to be alien to peace; it’s clearly the spirit of the Antichrist – the spirit of falsehood.
3. And, finally, he demanded that the government of Nigeria should leave the northern parts of Nigeria for the terrorist Boko Haram because “they are Muslims.” In saying this, he has moved too quickly and has now blown the cover of their new “northernization policy,” a sequel to that which Ahmadu Bello brought about. He is, in clarity, saying: “These people you call terrorists are Muslims and are doing the works of peace. If the government of Nigeria loves peace, they must take the police and the army off Muslim cities like Sokoto, Kano, Maiduguri, Kaduna, Bauchi, Yobe and others. In other words, he is saying that he, in all he preaches, stands where Boko Haram stands, that is, that a federal government, where Muslims will be a part and where Sharia system will not take over State law, is an abomination. Furthermore, he is affirming that all northern cities should be rid of the Igbo, Christians, Southerners, the police and the army. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria
Having given these few lines, I’m still certain that any other able person could carry out a critical evaluation of these statements of bigotry made by a religious leader to whom many northern youths listen and still arrive at these discoveries:
1. He speaks the mind of the north
2. He intends to create a 21th-century Araba in the north
3. Just as the entire north renounced the good gestures of Aguiyi Ironsi, he has clearly told northerners to renounce both President Goodluck Jonathan and Lieutenant general Onyeabo Azubuike Ihejirika.
4. He has, invariably, emphatically and pointedly, through his “Ironsi days” speech, told all Muslim serving in the army to mutiny and to kill Gen. Ihejirika so as to be able to either use Goodluck Jonathan, as the puppet Gowon was used, to carry out further genocides, or kill him as well.
The question now is: against which ethnic group, against which nationality do they plot these in vain? The answer may not be as clear as what we must all do to ensure that the reign of evil is cut short. I therefore remind the President, Goodluck Jonathan, that he is not actually far from his enemies and that, a stich in time saves nine. To you, Mr. President, I say: you clearly have two choices to choose from:
1. Work towards a so-called second term, and be sure that you may not enter it in one piece.
2. Use your position as a South-Southerner and immediately kick in steps for the peaceful dissolution of this country (since we all know that it will be dissolved some day soon).
3. If you choose the first, be sure that your generations and your people will become eternal slaves in the new Nigeria (although the Igbo will not be part of it). If you choose the second, you would have created a name for yourself above the names of all who have ever ruled Nigeria; a name which will not only be synonymous with freedom, but will be the pride of your people for generations to come. And you can be sure that supports will galvanize themselves towards you and this noble action. However, as for those who plot wickedness and exult the reign of evil, I say: You will be thrown down into the valley of regrets, and the days of your wickedness are over!
The Irish man, Edmund Burke, a onetime statesman, author, orator, political theorist and philosopher who served for many years in the House of Commons of Great Britain as a member of the Whig party, was quoted as having said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Although many have said that he never used this quote often attributed to him, however, my interest lies in the truth of those words. How true they are! But, then, one is often moved to ask: how much of good deeds and responses can men do and give to stop the reign of evil? And in the case of Nigeria, it would be: how much of these revealed truths can the enslaved, shackled, yoked, used, frustrated, destroyed Nigerians hear, see and take to heart before they can understand that their destinies lie with them? Better still, when will Nigerians, and especially those continually used, understand that our silence, ineptitude and nonchalance approach to issues which bother on us, as a people, and on our posterity will not reduce evil, or at least, apportion it its place by law, but will multiply so much so that even we, ourselves, will eventually get ultimately consumed in our silence?
Nevertheless, we will not relent, ignore, treat with kid-glove, or change course in our responses to that spirit which has designed his destiny in the annihilation of our people. Although we have no interest in waging any war or killing people who have not done us any harm or even avenging, blood for blood, the genocide crimes carried against us by the north and Nigeria, we know that the sensitization of our people will eventually set them free from the psychology of the genocide and embolden them to defend, even defend themselves, against further acts of terror, bigotry, hatred and domination; as Dalai Lama (Seattle Times, May 15, 2001) once said, “If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun. While we make known to him (the antichrist who brings war and calls it “peace”) that he is a failure from inception, we also remind those who have comfortably worn this spirit of injustice, destruction, bigotry and all manner of evil that there is a time for everything: a time to sow and a time to reap; a time to be arrogantly wicked and callous, and a time to swim in the consequences of such inhume and godless arrogance towards other humans and towards all God’s creation.
Sahara Reporters (2012), “Sheik Gumi: Soldiers Are Fighting Innocent Muslims, Not Boko Haram”, Sahara Reporters, New York, http://saharareporters.com/news-page/sheik-gumi-soldiers-are-fighting-innocent-muslims-not-boko-haram (Accessed on 08/13/2012)
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*Should Nigeria's Media Be Censored Or Is This Tactic To Muzzle Nigerians Even More?
By Chuks U.C. Ukaoma
Dating back to Fredrick Lugard's days, people at the top always desire to keep the masses in the dark while they rebarbatively divide and conquer. Thank goodness, there are always few brave souls who risk it all to fight every insidious “dual mandate”. They creatively use the media to liberate the oppressed and to give voice to the disenfranchised. Freedom of speech is the cornerstone of every true democracy.
When the likes of current Nigeria's Senate President Mark David call for heightened media censorship, Nigerian independent website operators should loudly protest. Citizens ought to draw a line in the sand and peacefully declare that the dog is not going to hunt anymore.
Nigerian website operators are today's freedom fighters with battle scares to prove it. They have written and/or published articles that attracted the wrath of the big wigs. Some have used that badge of honor to garner more credibility and popularity.
The pioneering websites are: NigerianVillageSquare.com, NigeriamasterWeb.com, NigeriaWorld.com, ElenduReports.com, SaharaReporters.com, NigerianVoice.com, etc. I hope NigeriansInFrance.com and AfricanUndisguised.com are restored soon. Nigerians should regularly visit each of these websites to show support and to keep them in business. Nigerians need more websites to haunt the do-nothing-good politicians. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Chuks U.C. Ukaoma, Article authorLegendary Fela used his music and fame to fight the power. Likewise, these websites employ their sites as powerful thorns on the side of errant leaders; proving the pen is mightier than the sword. How these people muster enough courage to operate their websites should be studied, commended, and replicated in other aspects of Nigerian society.
The websites perform other societal functions. For example, after reading about a woman with serious sickness, a reader contacted the NigeriaWorld operator. He was prompt in tacking down the news reporter to find the sick woman. A Harvard-trained surgeon Dr. Brian Camazine had volunteered to perform the surgery pro-bono and an anonymous reader had agreed to chip in N400,000 the newspaper article sought to treat the woman. Reporters covering such pleas should include adequate contact information, in case a reader has the wherewithal to assist.
The websites foster training ground for budding writers. Seasoned authors can use the venues to mentor future writers and to showcase their craft. Hats off to prolific Internet writers, such as Rudolf Okonkwo, Peterside Chamberlain, Nasir El-Rufai, Okey Ndibe, Femi Awodele, Femi Ajayi, and others. One does not have to agree with everything writers publish to appreciate their contributions. We need more authors to write about what we need to know, not just what they think we want to read.
My favorite contributors are: Rudolf Okonkwo and Peterside Chamberlain and Nasir El-Rufai. These writers know how to breakdown complex topics so the average reader can understand them. Mr. Okonkwo's pieces are esoterically great; read his articles!. Mallam El-Rufai's articles are often right on; however, the reader needs to know that the Mallam's nursing a political ambition. I miss Mr. Chamberlain's financial articles.
Surviving In Biafra by Alfred Uzokwe is a book one of the sites helped popularize. It's a unique book that narrates that vicious civil war via a child's lens. To obtain a copy of the book, either ask your local library to stock it or buy one.
It's ironic that some Nigerian websites are censoring contributors. Some of the writers think their work became too thorny that some politicians called in censorship favor. While a few others think there are tribal or regional politics being played beneath the surface. Some websites want exclusive right to articles they publish. Then there are personal fall outs that result in writers being banned. Whatever the reason(s), the duties of these websites are too important to allow them to be attenuated.
It's a competitive business but the websites could emulate NigerianVoice and Nigerian Village Square and Sahara Reporters who publish articles without exclusivity requirement. These three sites are progressive and delightful, in deed. Sahara Reporters goes a step further by advertising competing websites. Bravo to NigerianVoice.com! It's a comprehensive website with instant publishing and editing functions.
Unfortunately, a few writers have traded their fame for seats at the fleecing table, once the price is right. These people pen critical articles about the government or politicians but as soon as their bread is buttered, they begin to sing a different tune.
Website owners have their work cut out for them. While they remain the vanguards of Nigerian fledgling democracy, they should have enough courage to broadcast news from their pipelines without fear or favor! Finally, it's up to the readers to collectively let the leaders know they won't stand for media censorship of any kind. That is the essence of a democratic Nigeria.
Chuks U.C. Ukaoma resides in Austin, Texas, USA. Read his other articles on this and Yahoo website. Email: email@example.com
*Why I Left AC in 2010 (Interview) -Princewill
Masterweb Reports - Friday, July 27, 2012: Prince Tonye Princewill the crown Prince of the renowned Amachree dynasty in the Kalabari Kingdom in Rivers State of Nigeria and the scion of His Majesty King Prof T.J.T. Princewill, CFR, the Amayanabo of Kalabari Kingdom, a scholar, an aristocrat par excellence, endowed with remarkable wisdom comparable only to King Solomon of the Bible, A Petroleum Engineer and a consummate business magnate with diverse interest in Oil and Gas, Hospitality, Haulage, IT etc. A Gubernatorial candidate under Action Congress in the 2007 elections in Rivers State, a strategic thinker, a philanthropist and an outstanding senior technical project manager.
A distinguished and selfless politician whose hope and vision for Nigeria and Rivers State his home State is uncommon and unparallel. As a strategic thinker, he knew continuing with the challenge of the results 2007 Governorship elections in Rivers state at the tribunal would ultimately scuttle the newly installed government of Rotimi Amaechi courtesy of Supreme Court ruling, Tonye Princewill unconditionally withdrew his case at the tribunal to the consternation of many of supporters and even his political party then, the Action Congress. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Prince Tonye Princewill responding to questions during a live chat on Cool FM
At the National level, he has proved himself as a beacon of hope for our region and indeed the country when as a member of the Presidential Committee on Niger Delta; Federal Government Vision 2020 Committee, as the Chairman of the Subcommittee On the Niger Delta, he resigned his membership of the committee on 19th May, 2009 in protest of the bombardment by the JTF of Gbaramatu Kingdom because he feels that his people were about been annihilated from earth. This singular act of the Prince set the stage to the eventual declaration of amnesty by the Federal Government thus bringing the much needed peace to Niger Delta region. A sustained economic growth of the country through increased oil export has been recorded since then. Sacrificing personal and monetary gains for the advancement of the people’s cause is one of the hallmarks of a good leader; Tonye Princewill has clearly demonstrated this rare trait leadership. Princewill whose recent philanthropic activities at alleviating poverty through micro financing of rural women commerce in Rivers State, Scholarship to indigent students in Rivers State, talent hunts among the youths, hope to the orphans and the less privilege in Nigeria have been described in some quarters as the road map to a greater and better Rivers State. This great son of Nigeria took time to address various national issues and Rivers State politics. He spoke to Chief Eze C. Eze, his Media Consultant on his way out of the country to Europe on investment and business trip.
[Chief Eze]: You have recently continued to state that both your party PDP and other political parties in Nigeria does not have ideology, are you not lacking in principle by jumping from PDP to AC and back to PDP?
[Prince Tonye Princewill]: Oh yes, I maintained that both my party PDP and other political parties in the country lacks ideology if one is to consider what are obtainable in advanced economies. In Britain for instance the principal political parties are noted for one ideology or the other. Conservative and Unionist Party are centrist to right-wing and traditionally centre-right and pragmatic while Labour Party on the other are centrist to Left-wing and traditionally socialist; and Liberal Democrats, radical-centrist heavily influenced by social liberalism. In America the two major political parties are Republican Party and Democratic Party. Republican party is conservative usually backs limited government and an unrestrained global free market while the Democratic party tends to favour greater government intervention in the economy and to oppose government intervention in the private, noneconomic affairs of citizens. In Nigeria, let me ask, what does PDP or ACN, APGA or any of the other political parties stands on Education, Security, Heath, Transportation, democracy are? Nothing so definite, to me the political parties in Nigeria are like Manchester FC in London or Chelsea or Liverpool all based in Britain where players changes club in order to achieve victory and not that any of the club stands for any ideology apart from achieving victory at end of any football season. The only scenario I can attest about lack of ideology in our parties are the regimes of our late President, Yar’Adua and our incumbent President, Dr Goodluck though from the same platform. Critically observe the approaches of these two leaders and you will see the different and remarkable differences and total lack of any common ideology or approach to governance by the two regimes though on the same platform. Take the administrations of Sir Peter Odili and Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi from the same PDP but different approaches to governance. Is the ideology of PDP in CRS the same with the PDP in Akwa Ibom? Are the administrations of ACN in Edo and Lagos the same? Of course the answer is capital NO these administrations are all driven by the thinking and drive of those at the helm of affairs in these states and not necessarily because of their different political parties. I have pleaded with the leadership of my party under the able leadership of Alh. Bamanga Tukur to ensure that the party is ideologically driven and I have offered myself to assist in this regard if my services are required accordingly. I was in a plane the other day with Ibru and I asked him, ‘is this the Nigeria that you wanted?’ Recently, a new political movement has started to resurface, the Peoples’ Democratic Movement, the foundation structure of the PDP. Now, if the PDM will ultimately meet to think on how to address the question: PDM, the foundation structure of PDP, what ideology did they promote? I remember in the days of NRC and SDP in the aborted third republic, there was an ideology; the ideology was this party represented this set of ideology, this other party represented this set of ideology; which one did you want to belong to? So, in the choice of political party, we had a message, we had an idea, what do they want? Is it free education? If it is free education, what exactly does it mean? Is it free education as per tuition, or free education, as per free uniform, free sandals as what are doing in Rivers State? Is it free education at primary level, secondary level or university level? What does it mean? So, political parties would need to identify an ideology. Now, what am I saying? I am saying is that we have to ask ourselves in the country, where are we going and start to define what our ideals are for us to adopt. If you remember Martin Luther dream speech, he was talking about dreams of their founding father in America. If you look at our pledge, “the labour of our heroes past” you then ask: What were these people labouring for? What were the dreams of our founding fathers? I am afraid that the generation coming behind me, who would recite the pledge and sing the national anthem sometimes wonder, what they are talking about. So asking me if I am principled or rather I lack principles in moving out from AC to PDP is not a fair question but with what all that I have stated above both ACN, PDP etc are all the same in implementation of policies. I moved out from ACN back to PDP because I wanted a platform that is more nationalistic in outlook than a regional political party which ACN is at the moment coupled with other factors.
[Chief Eze]: Sir, in that case what are the other factors that caused you to leave ACN that was capable of making you the Governor of Rivers State?
[Prince Tonye Princewill]: I have much respect for the leadership of ACN at the national level but when I was left alone to sustain and sponsor the activities of the party in the State and the region at large it becomes a load, I could not continue to carry besides when it becomes the acts of most of my followers then to capitalise on my relationship with Gov Chibuike Amaechi to demand that I must ask Amaechi to empty the Rivers State treasury for them, I could not hesitate to leave such a crop of people back to PDP. Most importantly, I was being threatened and harassed left and right that if I fail to ask Amaechi to release much money to them they will turn over the party to Dr Abiye Sekibo and Sir Celestine Omehia to use the platform to fight Amaechi and I have no interest or intention of contesting the 2011 general elections to fight against Amaechi seeing that he needed the second term to consolidate on the good jobs he is doing in the State so I have to leave the party as I cannot continue to hold on a party that I have no use of using to contest any election.
[Chief Eze]: You are involved with a lot of Philanthropic activities recently, are all these geared towards contesting the 2015 general election?
[Prince Tonye Princewill]: It is sad that my involvement recently to assist the orphans through Melody Shelters by organising the first TV Reality Show for orphanages in Nigeria which Godswill Orphanage in Kogi State came top and carted away the sum N10M with the runners up and the third placed Homes carting home N5M and N3M respectively, releasing funds to Micro-Finance Agency to intervene in emancipating our rural women, offer scholarships to our indigent students in Higher Institutions from Rivers State, talents Hunts and creating and offering jobs to some of youths in dare need of jobs and other interventions that I have put on to assist the less privileged are being interpreted that I want to contest the guber election of 2015! Those saying all these forgot the role God played in the elections of Ada George, Peter Odili and Chibuike Amaechi in Rivers State. Those manipulating and strategising for the 2015 elections which is about three years ago should please go ahead but why should I be embarking on projects that are geared at 2015 in 2012? Why don’t I have to wait till 2014 in order to use all these funds if I have actually wanted to invest them because of 2015 elections? In one of my billboards in Port Harcourt, I stated that “If you are blessed, try and bless others” so what stops me from practising what I am preaching seeing that God has blessed me by affecting the lives of the less privileged. I am only interested in what is happening in 2012 while if God gives me life till 2015 and if the people of Rivers State want to me to play any role in the 2015 elections, I will make myself available but now, people should leave me alone to assist our people in their desire for a purposeful leadership and assistance.
[Chief Eze]: Your Politics is woven around Atiku, Amaechi, Alaibe Asiawaju, what do you find in these great men that fascinates or rather influences your style of politics?
[Prince Tonye Princewill]: I cannot deny the fact the roles these great men played in shaping my politics. Atiku stood by me when the entire AC Leadership by 2008 wanted me disgraced because I resolved to withdraw my gubernatorial case against Gov. Amaechi, and from this misunderstood leader, I have learnt much on how politics should be played and practised and learning from such a political institution is an honour only lucky ones like me are entitled to. To many people Amaechi is not only a friend but a true brother that no matter what ever maybe our differences this great political wizard and strategist has taught me a lot of political lessons that have sharpen and prepared me for greater task ahead of me. For Asiawju Bola Tinubu, many people do not know my relationship with this great man. Apart from Atiku, Asiwaju was the next person I contacted when I decided to remove my gubernatorial case from the court to support Amaechi government seeing that he was the one that solely sponsored all the SANs that handled my gubernatorial case. This great politician and fearless mobiliser and strategist of the highest repute is one of my political mentors that I will continue to admire and respect. For my own brother Alaibe, many people do not know that if not this man there would not have being Prince Tonye Princewill the business man. It was this man who decided to influence me to come back to Nigeria after he visited my home in 2001 and literally moved me to Nigeria and that is how I started the journey that have taking me this far. Ironically, all these great men names starts with A and truly they are the ‘As’ in the politics of Nigeria and I am happy to be their disciple.
[Chief Eze]: You are the crown Prince of Kalabari Kingdom, we do wonder at times what have you actually contributed towards the development and emancipation of this area that have suffered untold hardship in present and previous administrations of Rivers State?
[Prince Tonye Princewill]: I am happy about this question as many people have asked me the same. It may interest you to note that that it was the Buguma crisis of 2003 that turned the Buguma town into a war zone amongst the militant groups pervading in my area at that time that actually brought me into politics. After I did the much I could do to bring sanity and peace to my people I started to ask what actually the essence of governance is all about while my people are been encouraged to slaughter themselves. My first achievement to my people was restoring peace to them by 2003. Apart from offering job opportunity to them, I initiated a scholarship scheme that I started in the Kalabari Kingdom which has now being extended to all the other Local Government Areas in Rivers State. I am only an individual and can only do the much that I am doing.
[Chief Eze]: In this regard, can you kindly educate us accept being a close associate of Gov Amaechi what your relationship with him has brought to the Kalabari Kingdom seeing that most of the key projects are not attended to?
[Prince Tonye Princewill]: To Governor Amaechi, I am a riverine politician because of the way I have continued to plead with him to assist in fulfilling most of his promises to our people in the riverine areas. I have said earlier, Gov Amaechi is a friend and brother but there is a limit of what I can do or influence him about but I am mostly saddened that most of the keep projects like the Trans-Kalabari Road that would have assisted in linking the Local Governments in the kingdom is not implemented. It is only unfortunate that my relationship with the Governor have not resulted to much development to my area but we should exercise patience and pray that God will touch him to ensure that this particular road is attended to and other development brought to bear in the entire riverine area as obtainable in other areas of the State. To drive home the plight of my people, let us imagine an area like Onlega that is the highest oil producing area in the country without any visible development to show for what all the resources being exploited from this area that shows you how the towns in the riverine areas where I came from are treated.
[Chief Eze]: You are the Consultant to the Government of Rivers State on PPP and a member of the Rivers State Advisory Economic Committee, sir, why are the PPP programs not working in Rivers State and were you adequately consulted in implementing the Monorail and other such unprofitable projects in the State?
[Prince Tonye Princewill]: Yes, I am a Consultant to the Rivers State Government on Public Private Partnership (PPP) and I have in that capacity attracted over N50B investments to the State and was a member of the Advisory Economic Team but have stopped attending most of their meetings recently as the idea behind setting up such a Committee are no longer attainable as those surrounding the Governor have usurped most of our activities and they would not have being any need attending a meeting just to answer present while most of the recommendations are not implemented. My stand on the Monorail no matter the challenges and criticisms is that the project was well conceived as it was to be a PPP driven project initiated by a onetime Governor of the State but along the line after the Government has invested a lot of money in it and sadly the private partners could not meet up with their own side of the bargaining and in order not to lose out totally the government resolved to go it alone. Instead of passing judgement now let us wait until the Governor leaves office before we can pass any judgement on this crucial project but to describe it as unprofitable is not a fair assessment as it will be a legacy that Amaechi will for long be remembered with. Other PPP driven projects working in the State include the Silver Bird Cinema and the Call Centre etc.
[Chief Eze]: Sir, would you have done some of these PPP projects a bit different from what the present administration are doing if you were elected the Governor in 2007?
[Prince Tonye Princewill]: Of course yes, there are certain areas I would have adopted a different approach but as Sir Celestine Omehia once told me when we met some time ago, “TP, bear in mind that if this administration succeeds it will rub on you and if it fails, you should be ready to bear your cross because you cannot exonerate yourself from most of the ills or otherwise of the administration” and I agree totally with Sir Omehia and that is why I am doing my best to guide and assist the Governor to succeed if those around him will permit it.
[Chief Eze]: Is the Rivers State Government doing enough to create employment among our uncountable graduates roaming the streets jobless?
[Prince Tonye Princewill]: The problem of governance both in Rivers State and the country at large is the inability of the various governments in the country to understand the language of business until that is done; the ability of government to create jobs for our teeming youths will be sceptical and slim. I don’t believe and support the stand that government should be disturbing itself to employ people, to me the government should create the enabling environment for the private sector to thrive to create jobs for our people, the government should thereafter ensure that these private driven initiatives employ our people instead of engaging others from outside the country. I learnt that the government is about employing over ten thousand Teachers to teach in most of our schools, this is commendable but the fact remains that we need to do more to save our your youths from falling into criminalities.
[Chief Eze]: Recently the residents of Abonemna wharf were sacked and their houses demolished, is this right if we are actually praticising democracy of government by the people and for the people?
[Prince Tonye Princewill]: I don’t support people to be treated as if they are not sons and daughters of the State. The essence of governance is the people so any policy and project of the government that does not know bring happiness and joy to the governed cannot be said to be people driven. Though I have being outside the State for some time and I have not been properly briefed on what actually transpired to warrant the demolition of the Abonemna wharf that housed the down trodden and less privileged ones. But if the little I heard that instead of the commercial rate under which Njamanze wharf was demolished a devalued rate was used in the case of Abonmna wharf then it is sad and unfortunate. I wish to counsel that next time the government should handle such an issue with human face but consult extensively to carry the people along. On the other hand, the government may have good intentions to arrest insecurity in the area but we cannot because of the acts of few miscreants punish the majority from the area in the manner the community was sacked without much consultation.
[Chief Eze]: Sir, the new National Security Adviser, Dasuki recently told Nigerians that he has the gsm numbers of the leaders of Boko Haram and will soon engage them in discussion to find a way of this imbroglio of insecurity in the country. What is your take on this?
[Prince Tonye Princewill]: Many approaches have been adopted to arrest this perennial insecurity challenge which is threatening to disintegrate this country, so whatever the new NSA may decide to use to arrest the menace of the Boko Haram is acceptable to me, though telling us on the pages of newspaper of whatever strategy they are adopting does not make any meaning to us, what matters is result and action even as I wish him the best of luck.
[Chief Eze]: Some people have advanced the logic that the scary security situation in the country was as a result of loss of power by a certain zone; they are also of the opinion that if power returns to that section of the country, we are likely to witness a reduction, or total stoppage in the spate of bombings. What’s your take on this?
[Prince Tonye Princewill]: I have to be honest with you, there is merit in these statements you have made, but I will like us to dig a little deeper. Why do I say that? It is human nature to want to simplify, but I want us to desist from taking that path. I want us to look at the problems and be a little bit more detailed. I think the issue of bombings and so on seem to be multi-faceted, I believe that there is political element to it; I believe there is a religious element to it. I also believe that there is ethnic element to it, but I don’t want to rule out the fact that there is a global element to it. Now, if I look at each of these elements, independently, and exclude the others, I simplify it. In fact, just put it down to politics, just put it down to religion, just put it down to people having a grouse based on ethnic divide, I forget that there are other issues associated with it. I will give you a typical example. In the United Kingdom, we had bombings under the banner or guise of Irish Republican Army. It had a political dimension; what people saw as the political wing of the IRA, Sinn Fein, was denied what you can call political right. Was that the cause of the bombings? May be, but again, you simplify it. There was a religious component to it as well, the Catholic versus the Protestants. But is that the cause of the bombings? Again, you simplify it. There was an ethnic problem of the Irish versus the English. Is that the cause of the problem? Again, yes, but you simplify it. So, we must refrain from the temptation to box our problem. It is human nature. Oh, he is doing it, because he is an Ibo man; oh, he is like this, because he is a Yoruba man, or people from Niger Delta, they are all militants. We always, by human nature, simplify and I want us to avoid that. The reason I want us to avoid that is, because the leadership has such problem and, if you are saddled with the responsibility of solving a problem, it is important that you understand the problem. It is only when you truly understand the problem that you can resolve it and that’s why I said that the solution to Boko Haram isn’t bravado, it is intelligence. You need to gather intelligence; it isn’t ‘we are going to crush’. I remember somebody, somewhere, issued a statement that Boko Haram will be crushed by June. It isn’t about crushing Boko Haram; as much as a menace as they are, it isn’t about crushing Boko Haram, just as it wasn’t about crushing the IRA. There are ways and means and I believe, strongly that these ways and these means need to be looked into.
[Chief Eze]: So what needs to be done?
[Prince Tonye Princewill]: I believe there is a holistic problem that our security agencies, our government and our leaders need to begin to address. Now, you asked a second question: is it not likely, therefore, that if Jonathan doesn’t acquire the office of the presidency in 2015 and the North, for instance, does, that isn’t there a likelihood that we would see the return to normalcy? Well, I cannot predict, but I do know that, if we want to avoid it, we can. There is a common phrase that, if you want to keep getting what you are getting, keep doing what you are doing. And so, if we want to keep getting this tit—for-tat ethno-religious violence, then we should recognize that where we have come from has produced the current circumstance.
[Chief Eze]: Why must you continue advocating for National Conference?
[Prince Tonye Princewill]: We need to sit down and ask ourselves, some basic fundamental questions, some core truths. I believe that this sovereign national conference discussion is one that we need to have. I don’t know if the word, sovereign, applies, because I don’t expect anybody to give up its sovereignty, but there is a need for a national discourse, where we can sit down and talk about our ideals: where are we going? What do we want to achieve as a country? Where do we stand on the issue of zoning or no zoning? Aren’t we advanced enough to start to worry about what somebody’s merits are, as opposed to where the person comes from? Where does the person want to take off? I think that what we should do, but to cut the long story short, your question about what would happen, in a couple of years if power rotates, is a question that many people are asking. I think that the only answer to that question will come from the leaders sitting round the table and having a discussion. If that doesn’t happen, I am afraid that we will continue to rely on trial and errors, reluctant presidents, people who didn’t want to lead but are being forced to lead, for whatever reason or the other. We wouldn’t have a proactive, well thought out Nigeria, but instead we will have a reactive Nigeria that reacts to circumstances and give reactions like we saw in Kaduna, spontaneously and negatively.
[Chief Eze]: You are in support of sovereign national conference; should there be no-go areas?
[Prince Tonye Princewill]: No, I am not saying there should be no-go areas, but, unfortunately, in the past three months, I have been hearing my northern brothers say, if we should separate, let us separate. I have heard a lot of my northern brothers echo that sentiment and I believe strongly that unless we can provide all these sentiments good reason to do otherwise, this sentiment will continue and maybe even strengthened. I believe, with my experience, that people who are next door to you aren’t necessarily people who love you. So, if you have disagreement with people who live across, that doesn’t mean that we should separate. I believe that the country as Nigeria can work, but I believe that people need to sit around the table and have a discussion. So, if you have a referendum in Nigeria, I believe that the majority will opt for one Nigeria that is based on equity, fairness and justice; one Nigeria where the leadership is transparent and accountable. If we can provide that kind of a Nigeria, then we will stay as Nigerians and continue to thrive as Nigerians. So, I don’t think there should be no-go areas; I believe what we should be discussing is how we come together and how to move forward as a nation. Our generation cannot promote that discussion, the people who have put us in this mess need to get us out of it and I think it is their responsibility.
*To All who Preach Impeachment & Resignation to Jonathan: Shut Your Traps
By Ikechukwu Enyiagu
One’s country should be a thing of pride for every citizen, no matter where they are or their status. And such country’s leaders should be as shining stars and pillars of encouragement for patriotism. That’s why you can find, amongst other nationalities, citizens who ride their bicycles and drive their Ferraris with the flags of their countries flying high beside them. It’s a mark of self-worth and state-worth; it’s the beauty of citizenship. But when the citizens of a state do not fly high their flags, yet feel proud of who they are in whatever country they belong, then two things are involved: it’s either that they are among the politicians who have destroyed everything or they belong to the group who terrorize their neighbors and distort justice for money. For one to be glad and unashamed in flying his country’s flag, he must have understood that the basic things which make him a citizen are not denied him by the state. When the state rubs its citizens of the right to live even simple, law-abiding lives, then such state has become a terror to its citizens. That is what Nigeria has become to her over one hundred and sixty million people.
“Entertaining the people” is far from one of the reason we speak (through writings). We speak, first of all, because our people must hear. Then we speak because it’s a message that we bring. Finally, we speak because we know the place of words in creation and in the table of times. Even a madman often delivers revelations to those who consider themselves sane enough to believe they are all-wise. That is why we do not take lightly what we write. Having said that, I want to respond to some of the peoples (some of whom claim to know God, some yet claim to be scholarly, while the rest claim to be in positions to correctly analysis Nigeria and proffer “one-shot” solution) who have begun these mild and aggressive agitations from all fronts against the president they just elected less than 2 years back. Today, the best they have gradually been coming up with is to demand that the pitiable president of the so-called Federal Republic of Nigeria step down or be impeached. Well, I say to you all: Shut your traps!
Recently, going by the stalemate between the federal government and the Northern “born-to-rules,” Nigeria has finally been grounded to a halt. The incessant demands made of Goodluck Jonathan (which, by the way, he has been doing everything to meet, including the changing of the IGP and the head of the NSA, the sudden refusal to carry out a single one of the promises he made to the South-East who overwhelmingly voted for him, amongst others) by the Northern oligarchy has left the presidency struggling to keep just itself alive. Sometime back, Goodluck Jonathan claimed that Boko Haram terrorist network has infiltrated his government. As it is recently, the president has confessed that, although he had made promises to meet the (as their ignorance concludes) most pressing needs of Nigerians, he is admitting that his government has failed because of Boko Haram, the Northern destabilization and terror unit. What remains to be seen by the ordinary man is why, if there are terrorists in the government offices of Nigeria, the presidency and all the much-paraded security units in Nigeria has not swiftly moved to identify and prosecute these very elements as it’s obvious that the activities of Boko Haram have crippled the government of the country? ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria
The answer is clear: The “born-to-rules” are at work again. Since President Musa Yar’adua died and Goodluck Jonathan took over as the acting president, the country’s death date was fast-forwarded. And with the defeat of the North in the presidential election which saw Goodluck Jonathan of the South-South as the president of Nigeria, the “Araba” spirit of the Northern oligarchy has been released upon the Igbo and the Christians and Southerners. The statement of “ungovernable country” has produced a dead Nigeria - all thanks to the Northern “Born-to-rules.” Today, from the abominable corruptions rampaging the House of Reps and the Senate, their best shot at keeping a decaying ship afloat is to stupidly and blindly clamor for the resignation or impeachment of president Goodluck Jonathan of the decaying ship referred to as Nigeria.
Once again, I say to all those clamoring for his impeachment: Shut you mouth and may it remain shut. You have no solution for your conscience; how dare you claim to have any solution for Nigeria in the president’s resignation or impeachment? Even those who champion the name of Christ have altogether been blinded by their unholy zeal to clinch power and join in the race of looters. The problem of Nigeria is as simple as eating food when one is hungry. But when one cannot eat when he is hungry, if there is food, it’s either he no longer has the hand to take the food to his mouth or the food has been denied him. Even the hands of the blinds can always find their way to their mouth. In the case of Nigeria, the decay has affected both the country (the hungry one, in this case) and these politicians who have held the wealth of the nation for almost a century now. In this case, both the spirit of Nigeria must sit down together with the shepherded that have made themselves sole-signatories to the sovereign wealth, and receive their full judgment of condemnation.
Most times, when I’m moved to address even those who are known as great prophets and pastors and leaders in Nigeria on why they are blind to the truth about Nigeria, I often remember that, to each of these, a level of burden is given. Although I know that the purpose of God in sharing the burdens of His people amongst His men in any given nation is not so that they should be scattered and unproductive, but so that their individual offices will make a whole and healthy nation. Yet I’m aware that, even Elijah the Tishbite, had to move far away from the threats of Queen Jezebel of Baal. However, we can all learn that the retreat of Elijah was not solely for fear but for to return and deal with ungodliness, which ravage the people, once for all. Nigeria has known years enough for any prophet who long went to the desert on her cause to have returned home to speak “Thus says the Lord!” Why are they all silent, unconcerned and hidden, covered in darkness? The few of them who operate have faith strong enough only to speak of other nations or of individuals. For those called of God thus, you must realize that your call is of the people and not of individuals. The hand of every prophet is made long to touch the head of every government – even while they are thrown into and kept in a dungeon. ( Continues below...... )
Photo Above: Nigeria National Assembly Complex
Hear me Nigeria! Hear me, Nigerians! Hear me, politicians! And hear me, spiritual leaders! Nigeria is not! The very existence of what is Nigeria today stands, in every way, as an abomination before the God of heaven. You do not need to go up to the mountain or go down to the valley to understand that a One-Nigeria was not the purpose of heaven for all the peoples thus bound.
Nigeria cannot prosper as one country and the conscience of average Nigerians will outdo Hitler in wickedness if this abomination of an amalgam is continually tolerated. For those (including the so-called spiritually conscious) who think that the solution to Boko Haram, to Nigeria and to all the abominations associated with this name would be the “humble resignation” or impeachment of this president, Goodluck Jonathan, you are the worst things that have happened to Nigerians! You have power but your power is watered with dishonesty, pride and evil ambitions. You claim to seek solution for Nigeria but you refuse to acknowledge (even when you know this truth) that the continued neglect of those killed in Nigeria’s genocide against Biafra would forever stand against Nigeria, and justly so.
You claim to be of God but you want to become president and vice in a so-called One-Nigeria where every effort have continually been made to crush the political relevance of the Igbo by using the genocide card to forge fronts against the Igbo. You call it politics but you refuse to acknowledge that God is the head of all governments and that He opposes anyone that opposes His purposes for His creation. Your position is that Jonathan resigns or is impeached so that a son of the “born-to-rules” will then take over and then the Northern type of peace will reign in Nigeria where others are slaves! You are of the devil! Today, Nigerians have come of age and the so-called born-to-rules no longer hold sway. But, to them, this will never be. My warning, therefore, goes to these political debauchers who hide in the name of religion, education, and God, to further enslave those ordained to prosper in freedom: Man, unto thyself be true! You cannot continue to destroy millions only to feed your single ego.
Today, your voice may seem to count because those bound under the name of Nigerians are still like snakes being hatched from their shells. Sooner than you think, you would have produced venomous citizens whose heart do not consider bullets and bombs – as they go about, demanding justice from all of you and your generations - even to the third and fourth generation until true repentance works itself to freedom. A sovereign National Conference today is the alternative to an all-out civil war tomorrow. Let those who lead beware and be wise!
By Ikechukwu Enyiagu, firstname.lastname@example.org
(all references taken today, 8/8/2012)
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*Ozodi Osuji: The Sick Face of An Old Sadist
When a balding and greying old man in his 60’s who should be a retired and resting grandfather spends all his time being a cowardly wimp that hides behind his computer to pimp and recycle nothing else but hate and abuse against everything and everyone on the internet then it is obvious that there is a problem somewhere. It makes one to imagine how embarrassed his relations and siblings would be reading the recycled trash from the sick OSUJI.
It is not surprising that most websites chased him away from their sites and he found refuge in junk forums that can tolerate the trash that he posts. The same forums he once declared he was quitting only to display his lack of character and confusion by swallowing his vomit and running back because he could find no life outside being a sadist and a psychopath on the internet.
Ironically the OZODI OSUJI that wishes others dead is an anti-social coward who for more than 40 years has been lost in America as he has never travelled home and who is too afraid even to mix with people , yet he hides his delusional and cowardly head behind his computer asking that others be killed. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Ozodi Osuji
Not only those who run naked are mad. OZODI OSUJI is a sick, frustrated, depressed, rejected and tormented soul who is living out the demons of his life on the internet . The only unfortunate thing is that instead of committing suicide to end his shambolic life, the old wreck disturbs innocent people with his demons on the internet. His picture above is the true image of an old, delusional, greying and bald wreck of a man who urgently needs help to free him from the self consuming demons that devours his soul and makes his life a miserable existence.
Below are excerpts of OZODI OSUJI’s tirades against Nigerians, Africans, Igbos, Obama, Americans, etc., calling all and every group all kinds of unprintable names which is proof of the man’s insanity.
Excerpts of Ozodi Osuji Abusing Nigerians:
“Force is necessary to make Nigerians give up their thieving ways and learn to live by the rule of law. (Nigerians are so devious that they have learned to talk about “the rule of law”; they fling that phrase at your face but nevertheless continue in their thieving ways; these people bastardize everything good that comes their way that one cannot afford to listen to the glib utterances of good intentions that come out of their filthy mouths.” -Osuji
Nigerians need a period of merciless treatment to make them become decent human beings. As it is, they are worse than predatory animals!” -Osuji
“ Do not listen to their glib talk; point guns at their heads and compel them to do things that they ought to be doing and refused to do. If they refuse to do as asked kill them. Their existence is of no use, any way. What is a Nigerian living for, what is he contributing to science and technology or even political discourse other than makes noise?” -Osuji
“These people want to live at all costs but living for what they have no clue. They are afraid of death. Fire a gun into their crowd, kill a few of them and the rest of them, like lily livered cowards, run for cover; they run into underground burrows and from there make noise.” -Osuji
“Nigerians for too long have been criminals and it will take an equally long time to redirect their behaviors from criminality to law abiding.” -Osuji
“I am asserting that Nigerians are peacocks, vain, proud, egoistic, and narcissistic. In effect, I am saying that they are mentally ill.) (What is a Nigerian but a pure egotist, a narcissistic personality! The narcissistic personality disordered person fancies himself special and better than other persons and wants other persons to admire him because he is better than them. Believing in the illusion of his personal superiority he justifies exploiting other people, in his eyes, using inferior persons for his good, and discarding them as pieces of scrap iron when they are no longer useful to him.” -Osuji
“If you ever engage in any kind of business activity with Nigerians, instead of working to make the business a success they put their little brains to cheating you, robbing you; they seldom seek positive ways to make things work well. These people get other people to do all the work, and then steal from them! These people’s ingenuity lies in putting their little minds to criminal thinking and activities and seldom in being productive persons. They are crooks of the first order.” -Osuji
“It seems appropriate to call Nigerians thieves. Why so? Consider that in the main, their politicians seek public offices: legislative, executive, judiciary and bureaucratic to loot the national treasury. They seek political and bureaucratic offices as opportunity to steal to their hearts satisfaction not because they want to do anything useful for their people. Political offices are seen as avenue from which they become rich and while at it be called very important persons.” –Osuji
( Read more at:- http://www.nigeriavillagesquare.com/articles/ozodi-thomas-osuji/a-case-for-dictatorship-for-nigeria.html and http://www.nigeriavillagesquare.com/articles/ozodi-thomas-osuji/are-nigerians-crooks-12.html )
Excerpts of Ozodi Osuji Abusing Igbos:
“Yorubas could feel insulted by squatters claiming ownership of their land and attack and kill a few of them and the rest of them would carry their loads on their sorry heads and march to the East. They would not even have the courage to stand and fight to death. When the going gets tough they always run to their tribal enclave.These people routinely insult Hausas and Hausas, not being as patient as Yorubas are, often pick up their machetes and start slashing at any Igbo in sight.” –Osuji
“One of the annoying traits of Igbos is their arrogance and lack of political realism. Igbos generally have naïve views of human nature. They put folks down and expect those folks to like them! How naïve can you be! If you put folks down they want to kill you! And make no mistake about it: every human being has the capacity to kill other human beings if he so desires it. I have the capacity to kill you and you have the capacity to kill me. Therefore, I must respect you and you must respect me if both of us want to live together, get along and not harm one another. This existential realism notwithstanding, Igbos insult other people; it is as if they are unaware that those they insult could hate and kill them. They do not seem to have the capacity to learn from their sorry history where those they degraded, Hausas, killed them. They are like insane persons: they keep on engaging in the same behaviors while expecting different results. The fact is that if you insult folks they would not like you and some will not only put obstacles on your path but would occasionally kill you! And you are not invincible despite your childish arrogance; anyone who so chooses it can kill you. You are a human animal who lives in flesh; and like everything in flesh you can be put down; you will die and rot and smell to high heaven.” –Osuji
( Read more at:- http://www.nairaland.com/873527/why-igbos-always-go-looking and http://www.chatafrik.com/articles/nigerian-affairs/item/113-why-it-is-unlikely-an-igbo-would-be-elected-the-president-of-nigeria.html?tmpl=component&print=1 )
Excerpts of Ozodi Osuji Abusing Africans:
“In my view, the African is an emotionally retarded creature; he is unable to love and work for his fellow human beings.” –Osuji
“If Satan is an actual entity, not mere figment of our imagination, I would not hesitate calling Africans the children of Satan. I have never seen a more devilish people in my entire life!” –Osuji
Excerpts of Ozodi Osuji Abusing Obama:
“I have visceral hatred of Barrack Obama; I have tried to accommodate him but the fact is that I simply do not like the man." -Osuji
"I have wondered why I cannot stand this Obama person. Now I get it. He makes complicated that which is very simple. He comes across as a college professor who in an effort to seem knows it all talks loquaciously and volubly about a matter that can be talked about in simple and understandable prose, and like a college professor he comes across as not knowing what the hell he is talking about.” -Osuji
Excerpts of Ozodi Osuji’s Hate Writings On America Where He Lives:
“Empirical observation indicates that white Americans are mostly sociopaths, antisocial personalities and criminals. They enslaved and killed other people just so that they kept their useless lives in existence. They killed Indians and stole their lands and enslaved Africans and do not exhibit the slightest sense of remorse or guilt from these hurtful behaviors; indeed, they seemed to have enjoyed doing so, classic symptoms of sociopathy.” –Osuji
“I predict that before the end of this century, when a significant percent of the people no longer desire to live at all costs and, therefore, no longer fear death, that the evil empire called America will decline. The criminal empire can only exist for as long as people desire to live as separated egos and fear death and want to buy time for as long as they could.” –Osuji
“‘What is America but hell on earth? America is a country where folks decide not to live on the basis of love but on the bases of criminality. They can only tolerate their useless existence by taking drugs to deaden their conscience. They are mostly addicted to drugs for drugs enable them to tolerate their criminal behaviors. These people cannot intimidate one; one should pity them rather than fear them.” –Osuji
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*Nigeria: Fasting Without Tears In Sokoto State
By Amiru Adamu
O you who believe, fasting is decreed for you, as it was decreed for those before you, that you may attain salvation.( Soorah al-Baqarah: 183) Fasting during the month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar is one of the five pillars of Islam. Muslims all over the world observe Ramadan fast as a religious obligation upon them, so as to please Allah (the most High) and to earn His blessings and rewards. They abstain from food drinks and sexual intercourse from dawn to sunset with the intent of worshiping Allah and earning His pleasure, drawing practical lessons and gaining spiritual experience in forbearance and self-restraint from indulgence in legitimate pleasure for certain time. The act of fasting is said to redirect the heart away from worldly activities, its purpose being to cleanse the inner soul and free it from harm. It also teaches Muslims to practice self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice and empathy for those who are less fortunate; thus encouraging actions of generosity and charity (Zakat).
In Sokoto the month of Ramadan, means a free Breakfast for the less privileged for 30 days. The Ramadan feeding programme of the Sokoto state government came into being at the inception of the present administration. The programme was introduced as a government policy in 2007, and is being coordinated by the ministry of Religious affairs in conjunction with the state’s ministry of social welfare.
On coming to power in 2007, the Aliyu Magatakarda led administration of Sokoto state, introduced the Ramadan feeding programme to demonstrate its commitment to human development and welfare.
Under this programme the state government assists several thousands of people with free food in a bid to easing the difficulties which many always encounter feeding themselves during the fasting period. The month of Ramadan, survey has shown, normally witnesses scarcity of foodstuffs, which always results in the poor segment of the society finding it difficult to break their fasting appropriately. The food scarcity, survey, has equally shown usually results from the unscrupulous activities of some people who hoard the food items with a view of maximizing profits at the expense of the less privileged. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing its 36 states (including Sokoto State), and Federal capital (Abuja or FCT)
Before the coming of the Magatakarda administration, the practice had been for the government to earmark huge sums of money for the provision of Ramadan food items in the name of the less privileged, but it eventually ends up in the houses of the rich and privileged, class of the society who usually don’t need the gestures, leaving the poor class who really desire the assistance in the lurch.
Indeed, the present revolution began in 2007, when the present administration decided to use the money earlier earmarked to as usual, take care of the few privileged people in the state, to feed about 500,000 people during the 2007 Ramadan period. The positive response from the people encouraged the administration into expanding the programme in 2008 with a budget of 120 million as against the initial budget of N 70 million in 2007. 2009 and 2010 witnessed a rise in the budget of the programme which resulted in the increase of the feeding centers from 70 to 120, cash providing centers inclusive.
To improve on the programme owing to its positive impact, the administration last year (2011) decided to further expand it to the 23 local governments of the state. Each local government was instructed to establish two pilot feeding centers and a total budget of N 118 Million was provided for that purpose. This year (2012)N160million was made available for the Ramadan feeding programme.
To ensure sanity and transparency in the distribution, the feeding committee created more feeding centers to further decongest the existing ones. In addition, certain mosques, Islamic schools, hospitals and prisons are also being used. The aim is to ensure that the food gets to the right people and avoid a possible hijack by a few people.
Though one is not out to hold brief or campaign for the Magatakarda administration, it equally makes sense to first and foremost salute the courage and good sense of justice shown by the administration in making the programme a populist one. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto State
Like earlier stated, before now, the rule had been for successive administrations in the state to provide such food items as rice, cooking oil, milk, sugar etc. for only a few privileged people who already have more than enough. This in most cases led to many, especially the poor skipping fasting because they were not sure of how to break the fasting at the end of the day. And even when some decided to participate they usually did so with so much pains and hardship with many always besieging the homes of the few privileged to pick crumbs.
Besides, the programme should be praised by all sincere and committed Muslims, because it is in tandem with the teachings of Prophet Muhammad p.b.u.h and Islam. Although the holy prophet was known to be generous during his life time, it is on record however that he showed more generosity during the holy month of Ramadan and in the process promoted one of the cardinal points of Islam which is the act of giving out freely especially to the needy.
By focusing on the welfare of its people, during the Ramadan period and beyond, the sokoto state government in all ramifications has kept faith with its avowed policies of developing the people and implementing a Shari ‘a governing system in Sokoto state. To those who believe that Shari’ a is all about the amputation of Arms, stoning of adulterers to death and flogging, Sokoto state's example has given a food for thought. And to those who pretend about implementing Shari ‘a, and end up using it to achieve some political goals, sokoto state has shown the way forward. Similarly to those whose faith in Islam has been shaky, due to oppression, suppression and deprivations, the sokoto state example should reassure them.
The Sokoto state Ramadan feeding programme has improved the economic activities of the state, for all food items used by the programme are purchased within Sokoto. It has also improved harmonious coexistence within the populace as people from all walks of life irrespective of tribe; religion or political affiliations break their fast at the same place, thus promoting peace and tolerance amongst the populace. Amiru Adamu is the publisher of Northern Wind Magazine.
Amiru Adamu is the publisher of Northern Wind Magazine.
*Nigeria: Okpe Union Congratulates Orodje
Masterweb Reports - Thursday, August 2, 2012: The Okpe Union Worldwide today congratulated His Royal Majesty, Major Gen. Felix Mujakperuo (Rtd) on the 6th anniversary of his accession to the throne as Orhue I, the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom.
In a statement issued in Lagos by its secretary general, Mr. Henry Ebireri, the union said Okpe people at home and abroad are impressed by His Royal Majesty’s accomplishments.
“Your compassion and your humanity have made you a valued king not only to Okpe people but to people outside the kingdom. We love you and wish you great successes in the repositioning of our great kingdom” the statement said! ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: The Orodje of Okpe Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Major Gen. Felix Mujakperuo (Rtd)
Continuing, the union said “in our desire for change, we congratulate you for every success in your high and noble service to the people and your role in ensuring a better future for progress, prosperity and well-being for the people and the kingdom. We want to assure you of our firm determination to work with you to enrich the kingdom”
“The union wishes His Majesty, all members of the royal family continued good health and happiness and the people of Okpe Kingdom much progress and prosperity” the statement added.
Mujakperuo was presented to the Udogun Okpe where he was approved and ratified as Orhue 1, the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom on July 8, 2004. However, the installation ceremonies were delayed until July 29, 2006 due to a legal suit brought to bear on the process by AVM Frank Ajobena (rtd) who contested for the throne but lost.
*OBJ and IBB: Two Renowned Fools Trying to Fool Idiots Again
By Ikechukwu Enyiagu
How stupid Nigerians are! How complacent; educated but illiterate; wise but terribly foolish! Even as a fool is considered wise if he keeps quiet, a man thought to be wise is immediately recognized as a fool when he utters a word. The elders must be given their due respect, and the leaders should be accorded theirs as well. However, borrowing revelation from the Holy Bible, it has become abundantly clear that wisdom is neither a right for the elders nor do the leaders wear it as a crowning garment; wisdom comes and it’s of the Lord. It comes to him who diligently seeks for it. So then, where does wisdom reside? A man may become old and grey yet he’s lost at how to lead his children aright, and leaders may be bought and installed but their inefficiency, and ineffectiveness and their blatant blunders only unmask their utter confusion. When a man becomes an elder or desires to lead, he must, first of all, seek wisdom, and seek it from the Lord.
A recent publication in media houses has been credited to these men who have not only destroyed Nigeria with their forceful arrogance during their tenures, but have gone ahead to deny the truth and to block every avenue for true dialogue; it’s been credited to them that they formed a common front and spoke, as in advice, to Nigerians regarding the spate of insecurity in a place they have willfully turned into an Armageddon by their wickedness. The question I ask now is: are these old men truly elders? Are they really leaders who have severally led Nigeria? In answering the question one has to look at their tenures very carefully. Having looked at their tenures and the all-round woes they have brought on those compelled into a never-working One-Nigeria, one would immediately see that, although these men are grey-haired, they are no elders, and although they have led what they call a country severally, they have proven to be worse than Saul in leadership. What then do we call elders who have no elderly qualities, and what name is suitable for a leader who leads the led directly into a ditch of darkness, pains and death? Thank God! They both have correctly provided the answers by themselves and regarding each other. While OBJ agrees with himself (and even quoted a piece in the Bible to back his convictions) that IBB is a fool at 70, IBB, on the other hand, confirms to himself (with many claims of having done better than OBJ in leadership) that OBJ is the greater fool – even when he accepts that they are both fools. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo (OBJ)
The beauty of having an elder in a society is far-reaching. From Biafra, my indigenous birthplace, we have it in proverb that “Okenye adịghị anọ n’ụlọ, ewụ amuo n’ọgbiri. When translated, it means that “a pregnant goat does not deliver with a restricting rope round her neck while the elder is at home.” What this means then is that no true elder and no true leader would have served or would still be serving and failed/still fails to see that what they call a country is only an avenue for continued and sustained destruction of Africans living in this part of the globe. But for these two men, who want to be seen and respected as elder statesmen, they have not only restricted a female goat with a rope, they have strangled the goat while it delivers her young; and they have cast the young into the pit of darkness and sorrows and lack of milk. An elder shields the young with his body when and if the enemy comes. But these so-called elders have sold the young and their future to the enemies for a morsel of bread. Leaders, as the name imply, lead. This shows that they should be able to know both where the people they thus lead are going to and the road to that destination. But alas! These two fools have no knowledge of where the people want to go nor even the path to the destination. The question then is, how have the people allowed these fool to play elders and leaders for this long? What has been their magic wand?
Here, Pastor Tunde Bakare provides an answer; he said: “It takes idiots to be ruled by fools.” How true! How simply revealing! How self-explanatory! It only takes idiots or complacent illiterates to allow fools to play eldership or leadership in their midst. Question again now is, how have we all lost true elders and leaders that these wolves now shepherded the sheep of God? Here we have the answer from the statements of the body of elders of different nations yoked under the abomination and a curse called Nigeria:
“What we have said is that there is no where in the world where force has ever worked on terrorism. We gave examples of Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan and we have given example of Somalia and we came back home and said Yar`Adua used force in 2009. It was against that experience that we said let us try talking to them and we have been very consistent on that. We don’t want to give it a northern or religious colouration.” – ACF
“It is a bit late as we had expected it before now. We were all waiting for that because they had to speak. I had once said the leaders who were supposed to speak have not done so because the Boko Haram is a menace and we cannot just look on and watch. I am sure that people will respect their views and halt these dastardly things.” – AFENIFERE
“There is nothing special about Obasanjo and Babangida calling for national dialogue or constructive engagement. When Obasanjo was in government for eight years, people were clamoring for national conference. Odi people reacted; they went and finished the whole village, ransacked every where and killed everybody because they killed one soldier. Today, he is out of government and talking about dialogue. Babangida did the same thing. Babangida and Obasanjo are senior members of the Council of States let them go to the Council of State and ask the council to call for dialogue; they don’t have to continue to deceive us through all these paper talks.” - OHANAEZE ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB)
The leaders who represent the grassroots, through their words, have shown that they, themselves, place any hopes in the ability of wolves to shepherd the sheep and in receiving justice from the devil. However, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has, once in decades, spoken directly to issues. Although each nation within Nigeria has council of elders, it’s obvious that the failure of these councils to protect THEIR VERY OWN has brought in these wolves, these fools who have led the said One-Nigeria severally and have successfully advanced the purpose and destiny of Nigeria which is complete dissolution.
Conclusion: To these fools and false elders, I say: get wise, grow up even in your old age, and understand that THERE HAS NEVER BEEN PEACE AND UNITY, THERE IS NO PEACE AND UNITY AND THERE WILL NEVER BE PEACE AND UNITY IN NIGERIA AND AMONGST THOSE COMPELLED INTO THAT ABOMINATION. If you are true elders and leaders, work then towards the wishes of those led; work towards a Sovereign National Conference because those who cannot articulate their wishes well within Nigeria have demonstrated severally that they lost their faith in a One-Nigeria long ago and this demonstration is mirrored in their representative who now sit in parliaments solely for themselves. It’s in vain that you administer injustices and wickedness and expect the unjustly treated to keep quiet and maintain peace.
To the bodies representing all nationalities yoked under the demonic amalgam called Nigeria: Nigeria failed when the first foundation stone was laid. And there is no way such building can be successfully patched while its foundational stone is faulty. The stand of your peoples is that Nigeria does them harm and no good. And those who think that Boko Haram’s terrorism would be wished always, if they be elders or/and leaders, then the earth has not known fools worse than them and the earth will abhor them. If the now president of Nigeria thinks that he can eradicate terrorism in a One-Nigeria, then he is probably the worst of fools and the earth will abhor him. If you are true elders and leaders, the time to speak as elders and leaders, and the time to rise and defend your children and posterity is now, not tomorrow. If you do not, always remember that fools come and go, but the desires of the people are spiritual. He that must play the role of an elder and a leader must seek wisdom from God because his position defines his posterity. But if you would not be true elders and true leaders and call for the dissolution of this abomination and the unchaining of men bound against their will, you can rest assured that your children and their children will destroy each other tomorrow for what you fail to settle today because “A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Olayinka Olukoya and Idowu Samuel (2012), “IBB is a fool at 70 - OBJ •Nigerians know who a greater fool is - IBB”, Nigerian Tribune, http://tribune.com.ng/index.php/front-page-news/26907-ibb-is-a-fool-at-70-obj-nigerians-know-who-a-greater-fool-is-ibb- Vanguard Nigeria (2012), “Bomb Blast: OBJ, IBB sue for peace”, http://www.vanguardngr.com/2011/09/bomb-blast-obj-ibb-sue-for-peace/ (date taken: 31/7/2012) Emmanuel Aziken and Tony Edike (2012), “Insecurity: Mixed reactions trail Obasanjo, IBB warnings”, Vanguard Nigeria, http://www.vanguardngr.com/2012/07/insecurity-mixed-reactions-trail-obasanjo-ibb-warnings/ (date taken: 31/7/2012)
Ikechukwu Enyiagu can be reached at
*Nigeria: Obi is Champion of Industrialization - Aganga
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Olusegun Aganga has described Governor Obi as the champion of industry in Nigeria. He made this assertion Monday, July 30 at the Nigerian Business and Investment Summit at Dorchester Hotel, London.
Speaking on "Investment Opportunities in the Industrial Sector", Aganga who regrettably described Nigeria as import-dependent Country, said it was unacceptable that Nigeria exports most of her raw materials than finished goods. He said the commitment of the Federal Government was to focus on areas of competitive and comparative advantage and encourage local manufacturers to take advantage of opportunities available to a Nigeria.
The Minister noted that the Federal Government has taken note of barriers to industrial growth such as the problem of electricity that jerk up the cost of production by 30% and is certainly working towards removing such barriers. He said the overall aim of the Federal Government was to kick start Nigerian Industrial revolution.
On the progress of recorded in the area of encouraging local manufacturers and attracting foreign direct investment into the country, Aganga said that even the Federal Government should emulate Gov. Peter Obi who, according to him, had shown uncommon commitment. He said he was awed with the progress he saw when he visited. He gave specific example with Innoson Motor manufacturing at Nnewi, where, according to him, the CEO, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma said Gov. Obi had offered tremendous assistance, including building road to the complex and also patronizing them to the tune of Billions of Naira. zzzzzz ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Gov. Peter Obi (middle), flanked by the Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga ( left) and the representative of SABmiller Brewery, Henry Rudd ( right) at the Nigerian Business and Investment Summit at Dorchester Hotel, London, Monday, July 30.
Contributing, the representative of SABmiller brewery, Mr. Henry Rudd that just completed their largest brewery in West Africa in Anambra State said that corporations were attracted to invest where there are strong Governments. He said Obi's strong commitment attracted them to Anambra and that once other Government functionaries do likewise, Nigeria will become investment haven.
The summit was attended by the Hon. Minister of Finance, Dr. Okonjo Iweala, who represented the President, Governors, captains of Industry as well as many investors
*Nigeria Disgraced In Oslo By Norwegian Customs Authorities
Juliana Salzer is an Austrian lady living very comfortably and coming from a very comfortable home. But her sad experience and humiliation in the hands of the Norwegian customs authorities at the airport has made her to ask many questions why people should be treated not based on the content of their character but on race and religion.
She had visited her friend J. E. in Nigeria in December 2011 and in return had invited her to Austria for a holiday and had also planned to travel to Oslo in April 2012 with her as a city she said that she had travelled to many times and had loved so much. But this time at the airport in Oslo she got what she had never bargained because she had a Nigerian friend as a co-traveller and as such was suspected for drugs and money laundry, detained in the name of interrogation for hours and told by a Norwegian customs officer that Nigerians were bad people and liars because of their country.
According to Juliana Salzer, when they were called at the airport for control she thought that it would be a normal routine check that might take 5 or a maximum of 10 minutes to end since they were as pure as snow, but alas, they ended up spending close to 3 hours, humiliated and their egos punctured. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Juliana Salzer: Photo taken in one of the fast foodrestaurants in Enugu during her visit to Nigeria in December 2011
She said that during the interrogation she and her friend had been separated in 2 separate booths at the back of the customs office at the airport where they were told to eat and drink so that they could empty their bowels. The height of their humiliation according to her was when the interrogating officers wore white plastic hand gloves and ordered them to undress completely and bend down. Not done with that they were forced to go to the toilet and to answer the call of nature with the customs officers right inside the toilet collecting and crosschecking the waste papers. At a point it got to a provocation level when one of the customs officers started asking her again “What are your parents doing? What are you doing for a living? Are you married? How did you get to know your friend? At a point it turned into aggression as the customs officer stood up and pointed her finger at her face as if she had committed a crime saying “[…] I am talking about washing money.” Juliana remained calm and said that she had told her that she had enough money and her parents had enough also, so, she did not do such things. The customs officer again threatened her this time as she said to her “Now listen, wherever you go and whatever you do we will see it. Whenever you take or put money in your account we will see it for the rest of your life. You had a Nigerian boyfriend before and now you are in Oslo with a Nigerian, you should know that Nigerians are very bad, they are lying all the time, all the time about everything and this is because of their country.”
Juliana asked rhetorically that if she could be treated like this just simply because she was with a Nigerian, what would happen if she was a Nigerian, and said that Nigeria had got a very, very bad image. She believed that the way she had been controlled as European citizen without any criminal record had been a shame. She also said that she did not care if people were controlled but to treat people the way they had done to her like a common criminal without doing anything wrong than being a friend of a Nigerian was ridiculous. Therefore, she said that Nigerians were targets and advised any Nigerian planning to travel out to be prepared to show a lot of confidence and be well informed about his/her rights and also advised Nigerian leaders to do something on the image of their country.
Uzoma Ahamefule, a concerned patriotic citizen writes from Vienna , Austria
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