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08/14/12

*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..... )

Chuks U.C. Ukaoma

Photo Above: Chuks U.C. Ukaoma, Article author

Legendary 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: chuksucukaoma@yahoo.com

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08/12/12

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*Why I Left AC in 2010 (Interview) -Princewill

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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….. )

Prince Tonye Princewill responding to questions during a live chat on Cool FM

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.

Excerpts:

[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.

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*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….. )

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

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...... )

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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, ike.enyiagu@gmail.com

Reference:

http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/index.php/other-sections/lead-stories/151886-jonathan-boko-haram-members-infiltrate-my-government

http://naijamayor.com/my-government-failed-because-of-boko-haram-goodluck-jonathan-says/

http://dailypost.com.ng/2012/08/08/resign-incompetent-el-rufai-tells-jonathan/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=resign-incompetent-el-rufai-tells-jonathan

http://www.channelstv.com/home/2012/07/24/motion-to-impeach-jonathan-is-for-national-interest-reps/

http://dailypost.com.ng/2012/07/22/bakare-jonathan-resign-honourably-disgraced-aso-rock/

http://www.vanguardngr.com/2012/08/fawehinmi-to-jonathan-show-competence-or-resign

(all references taken today, 8/8/2012)

Ikechukwu Enyiagu can be reached at ike.enyiagu@gmail.com

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08/07/12

*Ozodi Osuji: The Sick Face of An Old Sadist

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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….. )

Ozodi Osuji

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 )

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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 )

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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

( Read more at:- http://www.nigeriavillagesquare.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17862&Itemid=46 )

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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

( Read more at:- http://www.nigeriavillagesquare.com/articles/ozodi-thomas-osuji/why-i-do-not-like-barrack-obama.html )

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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

( Read more at:- http://www.nigeriavillagesquare.com/articles/ozodi-thomas-osuji/on-americas-racism-15.html )

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Lawrence Nwobu (lawrencenwobu@yahoo.com )

*Note: Ozodi Osuji's listed contact info are as follows: Emails: ozodiosuji@yahoo.ca or Ozodi@africainstituteseattle.org Phone +1 206-853-4245

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08/06/12

*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..... )

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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..... )

Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto State

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.

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08/05/12

*Nigeria: Okpe Union Congratulates Orodje

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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….. )

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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.

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08/03/12

*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….. )

Nigeria Ex-President Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo

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….. )

General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida

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.

Reference

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)

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08/01/12

*Nigeria: Obi is Champion of Industrialization - Aganga

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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..... )

Obi at the Nigerian Business and Investment Summit

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

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*Nigeria Disgraced In Oslo By Norwegian Customs Authorities

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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..... )

Juliana Salzer

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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07/30/12

*Intersociety Challenges Reckless Suspension of Part-time Programmes In Nigerian Universities

Ref: Intersociety/001/07/012/NUC/ABJ/NG

Professor Julius Okojie
Executive Secretary
National Universities Commission
Aja Nwachukwu House
Plot 430, Aguiyi Ironsi Street
Maitama District, Abuja, Nigeria

Sir,

                                                            Research Findings

Suspension Of Part-time Programmes In All Nigerian Universities And Allied Matters: Why Nigerian Universities And Access (Right) To Tertiary Education Fail The International Basic Standards For Measurement

(Onitsha Nigeria, 29/07/2012)-“Government shall direct its policy towards ensuring that there are equal and adequate educational opportunities at all levels”–Section 18(1) of Chapter Two (Fundamental Objectives & Directive Principles of State Policy) of the Constitution of Nigeria 1999 as amended. Section 18(2): “Government shall promote science and technology”. Section 18(3): “Government shall strive to eradicate illiteracy; and to this end, Government shall and when practicable provide (a) free, compulsory and universal primary education, (b) free secondary education, (c) free university education; and (d) free adult literacy programme”. “Every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression, including freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference”–Section 39 of Chapter Four (Fundamental Human Rights) of the Constitution of Nigeria 1999 as amended.

(1) “Every citizen shall have right to education”–Article 17 of the African Charter on Human & Peoples’ Rights of AU 1981 (African Charter on Human & People’ Rights Ratification & Enforcement/Domestication Act of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1983) as updated.

(2) “Every Nigerian child shall have a right to equal educational opportunities irrespective of any real or imagined disabilities, each according to his or her ability”- Section 1(4c) of the Nigeria’s National Policy on Education 1998. “Nigeria’s philosophy of education is therefore based on: (a) the development of an individual into sound and effective citizen; (b) the full integration of the individual into the community; and (c) the provision of equal access to educational opportunities for all citizens of the country at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels both inside and outside the formal school system”–Section 1(5) of the Nigeria’s National Policy on Education 1998.

(3) Sir, it is on the basis of these that this important letter is predicated. It is recalled that Your Commission had on 25th day of June 2012 announced the suspension of all part-time programmmes run in all universities in Nigeria on excuses that the universities admit over 20% of their student population and conduct the programmes outside the universities’ campuses (use of satellite facilities). The suspension, according to your Commission, is to “streamline” the programmes. Again, on 4th day of July 2012, your Commission announced the suspension of the operational licenses of seven private universities in the country, that is to say: Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Tansian University, Madonna University, Caritas University, Leed City University, Achievers University and Obong University, for “violating the NUC’s guidelines on physical facilities and academic programmes”. The two suspensions were with immediate effect.

We in the International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law are deeply concerned over these developments. Without prejudice to powers invested on your Commission by the NUC Act of 1974, the procedures adopted by your Commission in meting out the two suspensions are utterly worrisome and grossly inimical to the inalienable rights of Nigerian citizens to access university education. It is our firm position that if the State of Nigeria finds it “not practical” yet to offer her citizens “free university education”, she has no right to prohibit the conventional processes of assessing tertiary education including university education such as part-time university programmes and private university system. As a matter of fact, it is utterly criminal for the State of Nigeria to put the fate of the teeming part-time university subscribers in Nigerian universities into jeopardy. It is also militarist; draconian and ill conceived for the NUC to summarily suspend the operational licenses of the seven private universities above-mentioned.

It is in view of these and other unhealthy developments militating against the citizens’ right/access to tertiary education in Nigeria; quality performance by Nigerian universities and other tertiary institutions at the regional/global rating as well as growth and expansion of the Nigeria’s tertiary education system including university system that we write your Commission with a view to pointing out glaring failures and proffering possible solutions. This Memo, therefore, is predicated on our extensive investigations, nationally, regionally and internationally. It is often said that a reclusive resident or tenant does not know when his or her chattels decay until he or she pays a visit to his or her neighbours. In the course of our extensive investigations, the world’s twenty most populous countries that cut across Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and South America were surveyed or investigated so as to ascertain their current population size in relation to number of universities or university equivalents in such countries, in the context of population/citizen-university ratio. We also measured some countries with smaller populations in relation to their universities including those whose GDPs were acutely lower than that of Nigeria in the 1960s, i.e. South Korea and Taiwan. The whole idea is to prove to the higher education top policy makers in Nigeria that they have woefully failed Nigerians and that a roughly 160million people with 124 universities and (formerly) 179 semi-university institutions in this jet age, is a clear sign of a country in crisis, monumental confusion and irreversible backwardness.

Our investigations in Nigeria, confirmed by the official websites of the National Universities Commission, created by the NUC Act of 1974; the National Commission for Colleges of Education, created by the NCCE Act of 1989 as amended in 1993; and the National Board for Technical Education, created by the NABTE Act of 1977, showed that presently there are 37 Federal Universities including newly established 12 Federal Universities and two security universities (Police Academy, Kano and Nigeria Defence Academy, Kaduna), as well as newly upgraded “Universities of Education and Technology/Petroleum Resources”. Also, there are 37 State universities controlled by various States and 50 private universities, bringing the total number of universities in Nigeria to 124. There are a total of (formerly) 99 polytechnics in Nigeria, out of which Federal Government has 38, States 48 and private 13. There are (formerly) 54 Colleges of Education in Nigeria, out of which Federal Government has 21, States 30 and private 3. And there are 27 Monotechnics and specialized post secondary school institutions in Nigeria, out of which 23 are federally owned, 2 are State owned and 2 are privately owned. The Petroleum Training Institute in Warri, Delta State, has been upgraded to a federal university thereby reducing the number to 26.

Further, out of 54 Colleges of Education in Nigeria, four Federal Colleges of Education in Owerri, Kano, Zaria and the Adeyemi College of Education in Ondo State were in 2010 upgraded to the “Federal Universities of Education”, while Federal Polytechnics in Yaba, Lagos and Kaduna were upgraded to “Federal Universities of Technology”, thereby reducing the present number of colleges of education and polytechnics in Nigeria to 50, from 54 and 97 from 99 respectively. As it stands, there are 124 accredited public (Federal and State Governments) and private universities in Nigeria; 97 public and private polytechnics; 50 public and private colleges of education; and 26 public and private monotechnics and specialized post secondary school institutions in Nigeria, bringing the total to 297 universities and semi universities in Nigeria; a country with citizen population of over 158 million (UN & Federal Bureau of Statistics estimates 2011). The 124 universities in Nigeria are generally four-year degree awarding institutions. The 97 polytechnics and 26 monotechnics award two-category degrees of Ordinary National Diploma now called National Diploma (two years tuition plus one year industrial practicals) and Higher National Diploma (two years tuition) or their equivalents. And the 50 colleges of education offer three-year basic certificate programme called Nigerian Certificate in Education or NCE and optional three-year degree certificate programme usually in affiliation with universities, which is called “Bachelors of Education”.

Not only that the 297 tertiary institutions or higher education colleges are grossly inadequate for a country of roughly 160million people, it is also totally shocking that only 124 universities exist in Nigeria to serve 160million people especially considering the fact that over 70% of Nigerian citizens desiring for tertiary-education openly desire to study in the universities. As attested to, by recent statistics by the Joint Admission & Matriculation Board-JAMB, every year, approximately more than one million Nigerians desire to acquire higher education but less than 20% are admitted. In the 2012 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Board Examinations, 1,503.931 students participated. Even those who are admitted are made endangered species by your Commission’s garrison policies. It is either their universities are up-rooted summarily or their programmes put in jeopardy without recourse to conventional procedures. The reported age-long battle between your Commission and the NOUN and recent garrison pronouncements by your Commission are cases in point.

To credibly and objectively assess your Commission’s performances, including its successes and failures, actions and inactions, and strengths and weaknesses as they affect Nigeria’s philosophy on higher education which is largely under your Commission’s midwifery, in comparison with standards outside the shores of the country, we painstakingly investigated the following 20 most populous countries in the world as well as minor populated others. For records Sir, the current world population, according to the 2012 World Population Data Sheet-Population Reference Bureau, is 7,055 billion. The population of the world is growing by 200,000 people every day (World Bank). Out of this whopping figure, Asia has 4,216 billion (North Asia-Russia 143m, Western Asia 238m, South-central Asia 1.8b, South-East Asia 602m, East Asia 1.588b); Africa has 1,051billion (East Africa 336m, West Africa 313m, North Africa 213m, Middle Africa 130m and Southern Africa 58m). The America’s (North & South) & the Caribbean have 942million (North America 346m, South America 396m, Central America 158m and Caribbean 42m). Europe has 740million (Eastern Europe 295m, Western Europe 189m, Southern Europe 155m and Northern Europe 100m). Oceania has 37million.

Countries’ Populations & Number Of Their Universities:

1. China: It has the largest population in the world. According to official estimate from Chinese National Bureau of Statistics, captured in the 2012 World Population Data Sheet, China has 1,347,350,000 people (one billion, three hundred & forty-seven million, three hundred & fifty thousand) or 19.22% of the world population. By the end of 2004, it had 2,236 universities and university colleges. More than 6million students graduated from Chinese universities in 2008 alone, out of student population of 20 million, with private universities accounting for 1.3million university students. More universities might have been established in the country since 2004 owing to its gradual relaxion of its closed society status.

2. India: It has second largest population in the world, with a total of 1.210,193,000 people or 17.26% of the world population (2011 Census of India). It has 567 universities as of June 2012, out of which 112 are privately owned.

3. United States: It has third largest population of 313,478,000 people (three hundred & thirteen million, four hundred & seventy-eight thousand) or 4.47% of the world (2012 US Census Bureau). According to the European University Institute website 2012, quoting the UNESCO 2007, US has the second largest number of higher education institutions in the world with a total of 5,758; an average of more than 115 per State. US has 4,352 degree-awarding institutions offering a four-year curriculum with roughly 120 of them as research universities. Over 2000 of these universities is publicly owned, while the remainders are privately owned.

4. Indonesia: It is the fourth most populated country on earth with 237,141,000 people or 3.37% of world population (2010 Census Badan Pusat Statistik) and has 180 universities.

5. Brazil: Fifth most populous country on earth with 192,376,000 people or 2.74% of the world population (2011 Official Estimate-IBGE). There are 2,368 universities and university colleges in Brazil (2012 WIKIPEDIA, The Free Encyclopedia).

6. Pakistan: It is the world sixth most populous country (war-torn and poverty-ridden) with 179,522,000 people or 2.56% of the world population (Official Population Clock of Pakistani Statistics Division). There are 132 universities in the country, 73 are public and 59 private.

7. Nigeria: Seventh most populous country on earth with 158,143,000 people or 2.26% of the world population (2010 UN Estimate & Nigeria’s Office of National Statistics). Nigeria has 124 universities, out of which 74 are public and 50 private.

8. Russia: Eight most populated country on earth with 143,056,000 people or 2.04% of the world population (2012 Official Estimate of Federal State Statistics Bureau). Russia, though, a semi-closed society, has 455 universities mostly public funded.

9. Bangladesh: Ninth most populous country on earth with 142,319,000 people or 2.03% of the world population (2011 Census of Bangladesh-Bangladeshi Bureau of Statistics). Bangladesh, one of the world acutely poor countries, has 91 universities.

10. Japan: Tenth most populous country on earth with 127,650,000 people or 1.82% of the world population (2012 Official Japanese Bureau of Statistics). There are 918 universities in Japan.

11. Mexico: Eleventh most populous country on earth with 112,360,000 people or 1.60% of the world population (Mexico’s 2010 Census INEGI). There are 137 universities in Mexico.

12. Philippines: Twelfth most populous country on earth with 92,340,000 people or 1.32% of the world population (2010 National Statistics Bureau of Philippines). There are a total of 2,080 universities and other higher education institutions (HEIs) as of August 2010, out of which 1,573 are private and 607 public (Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines 2012).

13. Vietnam: Thirteenth most populous country on earth with 87,840,000 people or 1.25% (2011 Official Estimate-GSO of Vietnam). Vietnam, a closed society, has 146 universities.

14. Ethiopia: Fourteenth most populous country and one of the poorest countries on earth with a population of 84,321,000 people or 1.20% of the world population (Official Estimate of the Central Statistics Agency of Ethiopia 2012). There are 141 universities in Ethiopia.

15. Egypt: Fifteenth most populous country on earth with 82,019,000 people 1.17% of the world population (2012 Population Clock CAPMAS). There are only 52 universities, 23 are public and 29 private.

16. Germany: Sixteenth most populous country on earth with 81,858,000 people or 1.09% of the world population (Official Estimate of the German’s Federal Statistics Office 2012). There are 167 universities in Germany.

17. Iran: Seventeenth most populous country on earth with 76,348,000 people or 1.079% (2011 Official Estimate of Statistical Center of Iran). There are 360 universities in Iran.

>18. Turkey: Eighteenth most populous country on earth with 74,720,000 people or 1.07% of the world population (2011 Official Estimate of the Turkish Statistical Institute). There are 164 universities in Turkey.

19. Congo, DRC: Nineteenth most populous country on earth with 65,966,000 people or 0.97% of the world population (2012 UN Estimate). Congo, DRC, though, war-torn, has 52 universities.

20. Thailand: Twentieth most populous country on earth with 65,500,000 people or 0.93% of the world population (2010 Census- National Statistics Office of Thailand). There are 167 universities in Thailand.

Other countries surveyed or investigated because of their importance to this research are

United Kingdom: World 22nd populated country with a population of 62, 262,000 people or 0.89% of the world population (2010). It has 109 full universities and 133 Universities of (Higher) Education (via Privy Council Permission).

South Africa: World’s 24th most populous country with 50,586,000 people or 0.72% of the world population (South African Official Statistics 2011). It has 64 universities (WIKIPEDIA, The Free Encyclopedia 2012).

South Korea: World 25th most populous country with 48,580,000 people or 0.69% of the world population (2010 Census Statistics of South Korea). There are 432 universities in South Korea.

Canada: 35th world most populous country with 34,790,000 people or 0.5% of the world population (2012 Official Population Clock- Statistics Canada). There are 108 universities with 1.2million university students in Canada presently.

Ghana: 48th most populous country in the world with 24,223,000 people or 0.35% of world population (2010 Census of Ghana). There are 69 universities in Ghana.

Taiwan: World 51st most populous country on earth with 23,239,000 people or 0.33% of the world population (National Statistics of Taiwan 2012). There are 173 universities in Taiwan including 9 military, police and security intelligence universities.

Singapore: 116th world most populous country with 5,184,000 or 0.074% of the world population (2011 Official Estimate of National Statistics of Singapore). There are 62 universities in Singapore.

There are also 98 universities in Argentina with a population of 40,117,000 or 0.57% of the world population (2010 Census of Argentina).

Survey Analysis:

Out of these countries investigated, only the United States, Brazil and Philippines have their other higher education institutions included. In other countries investigated, those strictly in university categories, though, called various names were measured. The 2012 Version of WIKIPEDIA, The Free Encyclopedia supplied most of the information used in the survey. Therefore Sir, the total result of our survey under discussion clearly shows that the 124 universities in Nigeria is grossly inadequate for a country of roughly 160million people, whose over 70% of the tertiary education applicants desire to study in the university education. Also, over 80% of those who desire to acquire tertiary education especially the university education are shut out every year due to the so-called “university system student quota” and “university carrying capacity”. The foregoing result has undisputedly shown that Nigerian tertiary education system is in tatters due to crawling and archaic policies and destructive socio-political interests of the top social management stakeholders. The result further shows how serious many populous and non-populous countries including the closed societies are in the subject matter called “tertiary” or “higher” or “university” education.

As closed as Vietnam is, for instance, it has 146 universities; as poor as Ethiopia is, it has 141 universities; as poor and war-torn as Congo, DRC is, it has 52 universities. Even Bangladesh, one of the poorest countries on earth has 91 universities. Some of the Nigeria’s economic peers and juniors in the 1960s are Brazil, Philippines, Indonesia and South Korea. For instance, in the 1960s, Nigeria’s GDP was $5.6 billion, while those of South Korea and Indonesia were $3.6billion and $2.1billion respectively (NOUN 2010). Today, Brazil has 2,368 universities and university colleges; Philippines have 2,080 universities and other university related institutions; Indonesia has 180 universities; and South Korea is with 432 universities. Also as small as Taiwan is (23.2million), it has 173 universities including 9 military, police and security intelligence universities. As small as Ghana is (24.2million), it has 69 universities; and as very small as Singapore is (5.18million), it has 62 universities.

Further, apart from the fact that the countries above-mentioned have large number of universities for their citizens and non-citizens (in open societies), their universities’ physical facilities, reading and expertise resources are upgraded and evaluated periodically including contract and charitable personnel expertise sourcing and electronic education resources. They make maximum use of their distance learning or education resources to ensure that citizens irrespective of class access their university education opportunities. University Student Loan Scheme exists in the USA with an outstanding unpaid loan of over $1trillion. This tells your Commission how serious the Americans take tertiary education. In UK, the Open University of UK, a distance-learning provider, has the highest student population of 193,835 (WIKIPEDIA 2012). It came under 302-403 category in the 2012 world’s top 500 universities’ ranking conducted by the Institute of Higher Education of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University of China. The University of London with its colleges has a total student population of 128,480. The University of Wales (UK) has a total student population of 93,150 at its nine accredited institutions excluding another 30,010 at its affiliated Cardiff University. The Leeds Metropolitan University of UK has a student population of 41,215 (WIKIPEDIA, The Free Encyclopedia 2012).

The total number of student population of Nigeria’s 124 universities is shrouded in secrecy, possibly, for fraudulent reasons. Some, if not many universities in Nigeria maintain fraudulent and variant student population records, sometimes, if not most times, to the alleged official and unofficial knowledge of your Commission. This explains why such vital information is missing on your Commission’s official website. There exists a university in Nigeria that maintains three student admission lists of 3,700, 4,703 and 6,000 allegedly to official and unofficial knowledge of your Commission. The 6000 version was allegedly used in the 2010/2011-admission year. If this is true, then other universities may most likely be involved and this expressly means that university student admission quota is not only insufficient but also for sale to the highest bidders. According to our findings, Nigerian universities are mandated to send statistics on their student population to your Commission (NUC) annually for the University System Annual Review Meeting (USARM), yet the information remains inaccessible, possibly, due to fraudulent and other unhealthy reasons.

Monumental Poor Performances Of The Nigerian Universities In The Regional & International Ratings:

In the 2011 rating of Africa’s top 100 universities surveyed by 4 International Colleges & Universities.org (4icu.org)-a popular world university web ranking, the position of 10 top universities in Africa went to South African and Egyptian universities. Sadly, universities from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Morocco, Ghana and Sudan lead favourably against Nigerian universities. In the said regional rating, no Nigerian university made the best top 10, 20 and 30 list. The best rated Nigerian university, University of Ibadan came 32nd, followed by University of Ilorin, which came 34th, followed by University of Benin, which came 40th; Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife came 44th, Ahmadu Bello University came 62nd and University of Jos came 70th.

Similarly, in the 2012 edition of the Report (4icu.org), released earlier in July 2012, no Nigerian university made the best 10 and 15 list. One out of the country’s 124 universities managed to be in the list of best 20(University of Lagos 16th position). As expected, the Africa’s 20 best universities for 2012 are 1. University of Cape Town (South Africa), 2. Universiteit Stellenbosch (Stella Bosch University), 3. University of Pretoria, 4. University of the Witwatersland, 5. University of KwaZulu-Natal, and 6. University of South Africa. These first six are all South African universities. Others are: Cairo University (Egypt), which came 7th, the American University of Cairo (Egypt 8th), Rhodes University (South Africa 9th), University of Western Cape (South Africa 10th), University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania 11th), University of Johannesburg (South Africa 12th), University of Botswana (13th), University of Nairobi (Kenya 14th), University of Ghana (15th), University of Lagos (Nigeria 16th), Monsoura University (Egypt 17th), Ain Shams University (Egypt 18th), Makerere University (Uganda 19th), and North-West University( South Africa 20th). Other Nigerian universities that scored “weak pass” are University of Ilorin (39th), University of Ibadan (40th), Obafemi Awolowo University (42nd), University of Benin (45th), and University of Port Harcourt (52nd). Three other Nigerian universities that are in the failure list are Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (64th), Ahmadu Bello University (84th) and University of Jos (88th).

Further, in the 2012 world 100 top universities ranking by the Times Higher Education Rating, no African universities, not to talk of Nigerian universities made the list. The best 10 world universities are: Harvard University (USA), which came first both in the 2011 and 2012 ratings; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA 2nd), University of Cambridge (UK 3rd), Stanford University (USA 4th), University of California, Berkeley (USA 5th), University of Oxford (UK 6th), Princeton University (USA 7th), University of Tokyo (Japan 8th), University of California, Los Angeles (USA 9th), and Yale University (USA 10th). Others in the list are universities from USA, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Singapore, China, Germany, Australia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Israel, Brazil, Taiwan, France, Sweden, Belgium and Holland. United States universities dominated the list.

In the world top 400 universities’ ranking for 2011-2012 by the Times Higher Education Ranking, only three universities from Africa (South Africa) made the list. They are University of Cape Town (103rd), University of Witwatersland (251-275) and Stella Bosch University (251-275). No other African or Nigerian university made the list.

In the 2011 world 500 top universities’ ranking by the Times Higher Education Ranking or Academic Ranking of World Universities, only three universities from Africa (South Africa) made the list. They are University of Cape Town (201-300), University of Witwatersland (301-400) and University of KwaZulu-Natal (401-500). No other African or Nigerian university featured in the list. The 2012 edition of the Times Higher Education Ranking will be released on 15th day of August 2012. In the 2012 world top 500 universities rating by the Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University of China, only four African universities from South Africa made the list. They are University of Cape Town (202-301), University of Witwatersland (302-403), University of KwaZulu-Natal (404-502) and University of Pretoria (44-502). No other African or Nigerian university made the list.

National Universities Commission As Nigeria’s Higher Education Marketing Board:

With due respect to your Commission, its name ought to be the foregoing because its regulation of the country’s university system over the years has been a monumental failure, except for collection of university registration fees and putting them into existence. The NUC is neither statistically advanced nor a modern knowledge-based body. It has also been accused severally of aiding and abetting monumental corruption in the country’s university system. The recent outcry by the Independent Corrupt Practices & Other Related Offenses Commission to that effect is a case in point. The NUC hardly maintains sound database and publishes credible annual reports concerning its successes and failures, strengths and weaknesses, actions and inactions, policies; and challenges facing it and the 124 universities under its midwifery.

There is a manifest incapability of your Commission to suggest innovative ways of advancing university education in Nigeria including addressing the inaccessibility of university education to its teeming applicants in the country. Your Commission also appears to be dominated by “the intellectuals of Soviet School” (old brigade), who are barely computer/ICT literate. Electronic education (e-Education), an offshoot of ICT revolution and other out-door educational services utterly sound strange to top management of your Commission, as evidenced by the forgoing survey findings as well as the turn of events in the Nigerian university system controlled by your Commission. Therefore, your Commission’s polices, actions and attitudes are akin to reasons that made former President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania to ask his fellow Africans an immortal question in the 1990s. The question is thus: “why is it that when Europeans and North Americans are busy finding their way into the moon, Africans are busy finding their way back to the cave/forest?”

Our further investigation of the US Higher Education System showed that as of 2010, 20.3 million students were in US universities, which are roughly 5.7% of its population, out of which 14.6million enrolled full time, while 5.6 million were part-time and distance education students. 63% of the students were whites, 12% Hispanics or Mexican Americans and 14% African Americans. In the 2006 American Community Survey, 19.5% of its higher education old students attended colleges (higher-education) without degrees, 7.4% held associate degrees, 17.1% held bachelor’s degrees, 9.9% have graduate or professional degrees, 27.9% men held bachelor’s degrees and 26.2% women have bachelor’s degrees. In the area of States with highest bachelor’s degree holders, District of Columbia has the highest percentage (45%) of people-25years and above, that have bachelor’s degrees in USA, followed by States of Massachusetts (37%), Maryland (35.1%), Colorado (34.3%) and Connecticut (33.7%). On the other hand, States in the lowest category are West Virginia (16.5%), Arkansas (18.2%), Mississippi (18.8%), Kentucky (20%), and Louisiana (20.3%). Obviously, these types of statistics are strange to Nigeria’s tertiary education system and its top policy makers including the NUC.

Parasitism & Deficit System:

The 124 accredited universities and 173 other higher education institutions in Nigeria are heavily parasitic and deficit oriented. Apart from the fact that none of the 297 tertiary institutions in the country can be classified as “regionally and internationally standard research university or higher education institution”, these higher institutions heavily rely on tuition fees, government subventions and loans for survival. Conversely, many of the US 5,758 universities and university colleges are research-based, out of which 120 universities are full-blown research universities. Most solutions to American social problems including crime and delinquency are invented or developed in its universities’ laboratories and libraries. For instance, while the Italian University System School of Criminology led by Professor Casare Lambroso is credited with “criminals are born” theoretical solution, the American Chicago School of Criminology led by Professor Edwin Sutherland is associated with “criminals are made” theoretical solution. Today, while the world recognizes Professor Lambroso as “ the father of modern Criminology”, it also recognizes Professor Sutherland as “ the father of American Criminology”. Professor Auguste Comte is universally recognized as “ the father of modern Sociology”.

Similarly, a Harvard University Professor was responsible for the development of the “multi-court door”, a sort of alternative litigation mechanism, which Nigeria embraced in 2004. This is just very few out of numerous instances. Also, solutions to debt epidemic hitting the Europe’s three most indebted nations-Italy, Greece and Spain are being researched on, in their universities’ labs, libraries and faculties. But in Nigeria, reverse is totally the case. None of the Nigeria’s three hydra-headed monsters- corruption, bad governance and insecurity has been taken up for research and solution by any of the 297 higher education institutions in Nigeria.

Successful breakthroughs in researches mean generational goldmines. The late Gani Fawehinmi’s books on law will remain a major source of his family’s income in years to come. Professor Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart” invented in the 1960s has continued to popularize him and put food on his table after over 40years. For instance, according to the 2007 Report by the National Association of Colleges & Universities Business Officers of USA, 765 US Colleges & Universities have combined $340billion in endowment assets as of 2006, out of which the Harvard University alone worth $29billion, according to the report. These are achieved through breakthroughs recorded in scientific researches and social researches conducted by brilliant thinkers and social scientists domiciled in the Ivory Towers.

Solutions & Recommendations:

More Universities & Liberalization Of University/Tertiary Education System In Nigeria:

The 124 universities and 173 colleges of education, polytechnics and monotechnics in Nigeria as presently constituted are grossly inadequate for roughly 160million Nigerian citizens especially when over 70% of higher education applicant-citizens desire for university education. There is an urgent need for the establishment of more universities, vocational institutions, and liberalization of distance learning, part-time and sandwich programmes’ policies in the Nigerian universities. The right to education including right to university and vocational education is non-negotiable and should be designed in such a way that a vocational education graduate wishing to access university education and a university graduate wishing to access vocational education should not be hindered. Also petty traders, mechanics, okada riders, vulcanizers and public/private clerical office attendants including members of the rank and file of the public and private security agencies who wish to acquire university or tertiary education must be provided with maximum opportunities. This is the spirit and letters of Sections 1, 7, 8 and 9 of the Nigeria’s National Policy on Education 1998.

Bearing in mind your Commission’s basic requirements for the establishment of a university, a college of education and a polytechnic/monotechnic, which include availability of N200million and 100 hectares of land for university; N50million and 25 hectares of land for college of education and N100million and 50 hectares of land for polytechnic; universities to be established should include specialized and research-based universities. For instance, according to media reports, Nigeria has recorded about 110 fatal domestic air-crashes in the past 50 years. Therefore, there is need for a specialized university for aeronautics engineering and related specialties to be established in Nigeria. There are also very few forensic experts and pathologists in Nigeria (need for security intelligence university), among other new fields of scientific, technological and social science studies including field of criminology & security studies, which are near-absent in the country. Specialized or research-based universities usually have less student population, but are highly standardized.

For instance, the UK University of Music has 680 students and the UK Institute of Cancer Research has 290 students. On the other hand, a university can have as much as 190,000 students depending its physical facilities, sub-schools and expert resources as well as its out-door academic programmes like distance education resources, sandwich and part-time programmes. The UK Open University, for instance, has a total student population of 193,835, because of its maximum use of distance education and its related resources. The University of London with its colleges (sub-schools) has a total student population of 128,480. But in Nigeria, there is no existing sound data containing the total number of student population in its 124 universities and 173 other higher education institutions. Your Commission’s Academic Standards Bureau told our researchers on Monday, 23rd day of July 2012 that the compilations of this important list “is ongoing”, including list containing basic criteria for accreditation of courses in the Nigerian universities. It is shocking and alarming that the NUC does not know the accurate number of students studying in the Nigerian universities as of date.

Further, apart from healthy and unhealthy restrictions imposed by your Commission on the access to university education in Nigeria, which make the university education inaccessible to many citizens desiring it, most of the 50 private universities in Nigeria are very difficult to access by many students due to exorbitant fees charged by their proprietors and managements. As a result, there is need to establish more public–funded and multi-national oriented universities to remedy the situation. Core oil States of Delta, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, and Bayelsa as well as the internal revenue prosperous States of Lagos, Ogun, Anambra and the FCT, still owe Nigerians more universities. More universities including University of Security Intelligence should come from Federal Government and its rich parastatals like NNPC (recent creation of the new Federal University of Petroleum Resources via NNPC is not enough). The National Assembly of Nigerian owes Nigerians a university or its equivalent, in the spirit of the Self Accounting System First Line Charge Act and its social obligations to Nigerians. The university or institute, when established, will also train its members on modern governance, security, international diplomacy, anti-corruption and parliamentary concept.

Also, as part of their social responsibility obligations to Nigerians, the MTN Nigeria, Globacom Nigeria, Shell Petroleum, Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Totalfina, Agip, First Bank, Zenith Bank, UBA, Nigerian Brewery, Guinness Nigeria, Pfizer Nigeria etc should build universities for Nigerians. Their royalties and taxes including the so-called “education taxes” are grossly inadequate as their contributions towards Nigeria’s nation building, to compare to what Nigerians give them in return. To this end, the Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) between them and the Federal Government of Nigeria should be revisited in earnest. Such universities when built should be declassified as “private universities” and be made accessible and affordable to many Nigerians irrespective of their economic class, tribe, religion, physical status or gender.

Upgrading & Liberalization of Laws, Regulations & Policies Governing Higher/Tertiary Education In Nigeria:

As it stands, the regulation of tertiary education in the Nigerian Federation is utterly unitary. This is despite the fact that education matters are both in exclusive and concurrent legislative lists of the Constitution of Nigeria 1999 as amended, which means, expressly, that they fall under both States and Federal legislative jurisdictions. Having one regulatory body for the 50 private universities, 37 State universities and 37 Federal universities, not only defeat the principles of Federalism but also look archaic, militarist and undemocratic. It is also very wrong to have one body regulating the 36 Federal polytechnics, 48 State polytechnics and 13 private polytechnics as well as 22 Federal monotechnics, two State and two private monotechnics, likewise one body regulating 17 Federal colleges of education, 30 State colleges of education and three private colleges of education.

In the United States of America, for instance, from where Nigeria borrowed its federalist statism in 1967, from its federalist regionalism in 1954, there are various regulatory agencies for higher education institutions. Apart from the State Department of Education and other related federal regulatory bodies, there are also Alabama Commission on Higher Commission for State of Alabama, California Post-Secondary Education Commission, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Georgia Department of Technical & Adult Education, to mention but very few. It is our recommendation that relevant laws should be amended and upgraded to allow the National Universities Commission, in the form of “Federal Universities Commission”, to regulate all federal universities in Nigeria; National Board for Technical Education, in the form of “Federal Board or Commission for Polytechnics & Monotechnics” to regulate all federal polytechnics & monotechnics in Nigeria; and the National Commission for Colleges of Education, in the form of “Federal Commission for Colleges of Education” to regulate all federal colleges of education in Nigeria.

On the other hand, for sanity, non-proliferation and non-abuse, there shall be Acts of the National Assembly sponsored geopolitically to provide for “ Southeast Higher Education or University Commission”, “South-south Higher Education or University Commission”, “South-West Higher Education or University Commission”, “North-West Higher Education or University Commission”, “North-East Higher Education or University Commission” and “North-Central Higher Education or University Commission”. The Acts setting up these commissions shall be sponsored by the governors of each geopolitical zone in conjunction with their top lawmakers and major stakeholders in tertiary education from their zones, to provide for the establishment of more universities, vocational & technical institutions as well as regulating the general conducts of new and existing State universities and related institutions.

If one regulating body is considered too small to oversee all higher education institutions in each geopolitical zone, three commissions for State universities, polytechnics & monotechnics and colleges of education may be created. Also, there shall be national commissions for private universities, polytechnics & monotechnics, and colleges of education, where major stakeholders in the higher education private enterprise as well as government reps will play major roles in the regulatory bodies. To declassify corporate/multinational universities/tertiary institutions expected to be established, from the category of “private universities”, for maximum accessibility, affordability and quality university education delivery, there may be need to create a separate national commission to regulate their conducts and protect their requisite interests. Time is also ripe for Chapter Two of the Constitution of Nigeria 1999 as amended to be justiciable. To this end, its Section 6, sub 6, paragraph c should be deleted.

Importantly, we call on the Federal Government of Nigeria, led by Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to conduct, as a matter of uttermost urgency, advanced computer/ICT literacy tests on all members of the board of the National Universities Commission especially its Executive Secretary, Professor Julius Okojie and the Minister of Education, Professor Ruquayattu Rufa’i Bala Mohammed. If Nigeria’s higher education top policy makers are found to be barely computer/ICT literate then the innovative higher educational resources of this jet-age, including electronic education and distance learning programmes will continue to elude Nigerians due to the peopling of the Nigeria’s top public education management with analogue intellectuals.

Finally, the recent lamentations by the Vice Chancellor of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Federal University, Anambra State, Nigeria, Professor Boniface Egboka and the JAMB Registrar and CEO, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, are both shocking and alarming. The VC had disclosed that “3,700” annual student admission quota from NUC to UNIZIK is grossly inadequate. Though, he requested for an increase, from “3,700” students to 9,000 students, he shockingly revealed that out of 2,000 students that scored 291 merit grade to study medicine and surgery in the University, only 100 would be offered admission due to your Commission’s limited student quota to the institution and that out of 3,000 students who scored 281 to study law, only 180 would be admitted. UNIZIK came second in this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Board examinations as the second most preferred university of choice, with 82,148 students applying to study in the institution in the 2011-2012 academic year.

The University of Lagos came first with 83,865 prospective university students applying to study in the institution, out of which, only 9,507 students would be admitted according to your Commission’s student quota allocation to the institution. A total of 1,503,931 students sat for the 2012 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Board examinations to study in the country’s 297 tertiary institutions with over 70% of them preferring university education. Out of this very encouraging figure, less than 20% would gain admission into the 124 universities in Nigeria this academic year.

To this end, we call on your Commission to, as a matter of uttermost immediacy, lift the so-called “suspension of all part-time programmes in the Nigerian universities” and identify for necessary punitive measures, defaulting universities especially those running academic programmes from “kiosks and shanties”. Your Commission’s second ground or excuse to the effect that universities were admitting over 20% of their student population into part-time programmes is totally unfounded, unscientific and illogical. Since no credible data, open for public scrutiny exists at your Commission, its decision based on this is totally fallacious and crudely. The suspension by your Commission of seven operational licenses of the seven private universities should objectively be revisited as a matter of urgency.

Also, the recent directive by your Commission to the Senate of the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, to revert to the use of “paper-and-pen” (POP) in all its exams, from its highly advanced electronic exams and automated marking schemes, is totally condemned. This is akin to ordering for the destruction of computer operating systems with their storage devices in public and private offices and conversion of the businesses of such offices to pen, paper and paper-files. It also exposes your Commission’s gross ignorance of the jet-age electronic education and other distance learning resources. It is an attempt to return NOUN to the 1940s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s post-office oriented “correspondence programmes”, through which the likes of Pa Awolowo accessed their law and other academic degrees.

NOUN operates with modern distance learning standards also embraced by its international colleagues such as UK Open University, Hong Kong Open University, Open University of China, Indian Open University, etc. This is why the UK Open University has one of the largest university student populations in the world (193,835). Among the 124 universities in Nigeria, NOUN is the most unique and has the lowest corruption index due to its unique methods. The “art of writing” logic is totally watery and unscientific. The compendium of the Nigerian universities’ student population and the so-called “Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS) and other quality assurance guidelines” used by your Commission for the accreditation of courses in the Nigerian universities should be compiled immediately and put on the NUC website for public scrutiny and accessibility.

It is high time Nigeria wriggled out of the global Failed States Index surveys. Just like in the 2010 and 2011 evaluations, Nigeria came 14th in the 2012 global Failed States Index survey released earlier in July 2012 by the US-based Fund for Peace, which evaluated 177 countries. Nigeria only surpassed Congo, DRC, Somalia and few others, either ravaged by war or political instability or acute poverty. Nigeria was classified under “red”, a step to “alert”, which is the most dangerous zone. Out of 120 negative marks evaluated, Nigeria scored 101.6. Some of the marks scored by Nigeria are as follows: mass movement of refugees and internally displaced people, 6.5; vengeance-seeking group grievance, 9.7; chronic and sustained human flight, 7.6; uneven economic development, 8.9; poverty, sharp or severe economic decline, 7.5; progressive deterioration of public services, 9.1; violation of human rights and rule of law, 8.6; and rise of factionalised elite, 9.8 (courtesy of the Punch Editorial of July 25, 2012). Nigeria has over 33 vast solid mineral resources, but is eaten up by greed/corruption, bad governance and insecurity. It mockingly parades the highest number of brainwashed intellectuals (Mogadishu Professors) and professional grammar speakers on earth especially in its institutions of higher learning.

For: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law, Nigeria
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1. Dr. Goodluck E. Jonathan
President, Federal Republic of Nigeria

2. Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Minister of Finance & Coordinating Minister of Economy

3. Professor Ruquayattu Rufa’I Bala Mohammed
Minister of Education, Federal Republic of Nigeria

4. Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN
Attorney General & Minister for Justice

5. Senator Pius Anyim
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Federal Republic of Nigeria

6. Senator David Mark
Senate President, Federal Republic of Nigeria

7. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal
Speaker, House of Reps, Federal Republic of Nigeria

8. Senator Ike Ekweremadu
Chairman, Constitution Review Committee, National Assembly of Nigeria

9. Chairman, Senate Committee on Education

10. Professor M.I. Junaid
Executive Secretary, National Commission for Colleges of Education

11. Dr. Masa’Udu Adamu Kazaure
Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education

12. Dr. Nasir Faggae Isa
President, Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU)

13. Professor Dibu Ojerinde
Chief Registrar/CEO, Joint Admission & Matriculation Board

14. Mr. Chibuike Amechi
Governor, Rivers State & Chairman, Nigerian Governors Forum

15. Mr. Peter Obi
Governor, Anambra State & Chairman, Southeast Governors Forum

16. The Head, EU Mission in Nigeria

17. The US Ambassador to Nigeria

18. The British High Commissioner to Nigeria

19. The Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria

20. Ms. Irina Bokova
Director General, UNESCO, Paris, France

21. Secretary General, Amnesty International, UK

22. Executive Director, Human Rights Watch, USA

23. Chairman, House of Reps Committee on Education

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