*Nigeria Disgraced In Oslo By Norwegian Customs Authorities
Juliana Salzer is an Austrian lady living very comfortably and coming from a very comfortable home. But her sad experience and humiliation in the hands of the Norwegian customs authorities at the airport has made her to ask many questions why people should be treated not based on the content of their character but on race and religion.
She had visited her friend J. E. in Nigeria in December 2011 and in return had invited her to Austria for a holiday and had also planned to travel to Oslo in April 2012 with her as a city she said that she had travelled to many times and had loved so much. But this time at the airport in Oslo she got what she had never bargained because she had a Nigerian friend as a co-traveller and as such was suspected for drugs and money laundry, detained in the name of interrogation for hours and told by a Norwegian customs officer that Nigerians were bad people and liars because of their country.
According to Juliana Salzer, when they were called at the airport for control she thought that it would be a normal routine check that might take 5 or a maximum of 10 minutes to end since they were as pure as snow, but alas, they ended up spending close to 3 hours, humiliated and their egos punctured. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Juliana Salzer: Photo taken in one of the fast foodrestaurants in Enugu during her visit to Nigeria in December 2011
She said that during the interrogation she and her friend had been separated in 2 separate booths at the back of the customs office at the airport where they were told to eat and drink so that they could empty their bowels. The height of their humiliation according to her was when the interrogating officers wore white plastic hand gloves and ordered them to undress completely and bend down. Not done with that they were forced to go to the toilet and to answer the call of nature with the customs officers right inside the toilet collecting and crosschecking the waste papers. At a point it got to a provocation level when one of the customs officers started asking her again “What are your parents doing? What are you doing for a living? Are you married? How did you get to know your friend? At a point it turned into aggression as the customs officer stood up and pointed her finger at her face as if she had committed a crime saying “[…] I am talking about washing money.” Juliana remained calm and said that she had told her that she had enough money and her parents had enough also, so, she did not do such things. The customs officer again threatened her this time as she said to her “Now listen, wherever you go and whatever you do we will see it. Whenever you take or put money in your account we will see it for the rest of your life. You had a Nigerian boyfriend before and now you are in Oslo with a Nigerian, you should know that Nigerians are very bad, they are lying all the time, all the time about everything and this is because of their country.”
Juliana asked rhetorically that if she could be treated like this just simply because she was with a Nigerian, what would happen if she was a Nigerian, and said that Nigeria had got a very, very bad image. She believed that the way she had been controlled as European citizen without any criminal record had been a shame. She also said that she did not care if people were controlled but to treat people the way they had done to her like a common criminal without doing anything wrong than being a friend of a Nigerian was ridiculous. Therefore, she said that Nigerians were targets and advised any Nigerian planning to travel out to be prepared to show a lot of confidence and be well informed about his/her rights and also advised Nigerian leaders to do something on the image of their country.
Uzoma Ahamefule, a concerned patriotic citizen writes from Vienna , Austria
*Intersociety Challenges Reckless Suspension of Part-time Programmes In Nigerian Universities
Professor Julius Okojie
National Universities Commission
Aja Nwachukwu House
Plot 430, Aguiyi Ironsi Street
Maitama District, Abuja, Nigeria
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).
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.
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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
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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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Photo Above: Professor Julius Okojie
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*Voters' Power: A lesson From Edo State
This is not about Charles Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities but about two states that grew from the same source. Delta and Edo States were formerly Bendel State. Before then it was Midwest State. Midwest State was so named on May 27, 1967 when Gowon created twelve states. It was the only region that was not split in that 1967 state creation exercise. In 1963, Midwest Region was created. It remains to date the only constitutionally created state in Nigeria. It was not created via any military fiat.
As Midwest State, the state became the pacesetter in Nigeria. The state became synonymous with development. In infrastructure, sports and other areas, the state became number one in the country. When it metamorphosed to Bendel State, the pace never slowed.
When twenty one years ago, Bendel State gave birth to Delta and Edo States one had expected the two states to maintain the pace. The relationship between these two states goes even beyond the 1963 creation of Midwest Region. Nearly all ethnic groups in the two states trace their origin to Bini. The language spoken by nearly all the ethnic groups in both states can be traceable too to Bini language. In folk tales too, most of the stories are about the Obas of Benin Empire. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing its 36 states (including Delta & Edo State), and Federal capital (Abuja or FCT)
Politically too, both states have been moving in the same direction. In the second republic, Bendel state joined the progressives in the West by voting in a Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) governorship candidate. In 1983, Bendel State went to National Party of Nigeria (NPN).
During Babangida’s contraption and democratic experiment, both states went to the Social Democratic Party (SDP). Both states have been moving in the same ideological direction way back in time.
In 1999, both states went to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). In both states for a long period of time, they were condemned to bad leadership and corruption. For ten years, Edo state was in bondage. Development was lacking. There was infrastructural decay. Insecurity became the order of the day. The godfathers were busy helping themselves to state fund. It was ten years of disaster in Edo state. No wonder, the former governor was found guilty of corruption.
The case was not different in Delta State. Since 1999, the state has been retrogressing. Roads are in terrible conditions. From Effurun Roundabout to Enerhen Junction, from Enerhen Road to Udu, Refinery Road, there is none to write home about. Asaba is not faring better either. Apart from the new bridge construction going on, Agbor is a forgotten place. Where roads are constructed, it is of very poor quality. Maryam Babangida Way in Asaba is a typical example. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Disgraced and Jailed Delta State Governor, James Ibori (Photo 1)
The Health is not left out in this rot going on in Delta State. Asaba General Hospital is an eyesore. If the hospital in the state capital is this bad, one can imagine what obtains in the rural areas.
Corruption has eaten deep into the system. Delta State awards the most expensive projects in the country and in most cases, the projects are never completed. Oghara power project has not left the drawing board several years after it was awarded and paid for. Asaba Airport has become a drain on the state’s purse. The Airport has gulped several billions of naira and is yet to be completed. N7.4billion was the contract sum for the demolition of hills at the airport. It was meant to be done in ten days. Over two months later, the job has not been completed.
Elections in Delta State have been the worst in the country. Results are known even before elections. Thanks to the judiciary, such results are made to stand. Since 1999, those in power have been able to win elections but have not been able to win the hearts of the people.
Like Edo State, the former governor of Delta State has been convicted of money laundering charges. It was ten years of bad governance and corruption in Edo State while Delta State has been thirteen years of corruption and bad governance with no end in sight. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Disgraced and Jailed Delta State Governor, James Ibori (Photo 2)
In 2007, the people of Edo State had had enough. They decided to vote against underdevelopment, corruption and bad governance. Though the mandate was stolen, they were resolute and unbowed. Comrade Oshiomole provided the needed leadership - a quality that has been lacking in Delta State opposition. Almost two years after, Edo people reclaimed their mandate. Since then, Edo State has been on the roller coaster of one success story to the other. The people have never had it so good. While Edo State is on the ascendancy of development, Delta State has been on the ascendancy of corruption. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Edo State Governor Comrade Adams Aliu Oshiomole
Two weeks ago, Edo people reaffirmed their faith in Comrade Oshiomole by massively voting for him and politically burying the forces of darkness in the state. They defended their votes. They ensured that their votes counted. In spite of some logistic problems in some areas and inclement weather in other areas, the people were never discouraged. They did not want the forces of darkness to eclipse the sun already shinning in the state. Their leader, the Comrade Governor never disappointed them as a leader. He was there with them. The small man with a big heart was like a god to Edo people. He never for once abandoned them. Today, any Deltan that passes through Edo State will be ashamed of his state. With a very small budget Comrade Oshiomole has been able to do what Delta State could not do with its massive budget.
Edo and Delta State are twins. Both states have been moving in one ideological direction until recently. Today, Edo State has overtaken Delta State. While Edo State is a reference point of good governance, Delta State has become a reference point of bad governance and corruption. Delta State must move in the right direction.
In a Press Statement issued by Delta Rescue Mission (DRM), immediately after the announcement of the Edo Election results, the group has this to say:
“The Edo State election is a source of good lesson for the people of Delta State. Since the advent of this democratic dispensation, Delta State has never had it so bad. Some politicians impose themselves through the blessing of the judiciary on the people. Delta State has suffered enough. Seeing the developmental strides in Edo State, one is ashamed to note that Delta State has more resources with little to show for it.
No non performing individual or political party can impose itself on the voters if they are determined and focused. This is the lesson from Edo State. It is the will of the people that determines change in democracy. Unlike the bullet in a military era, it is the ballot that becomes the people's potency against the wicked who want to rule by all means. When people are tired of darkness, their appetite for light cannot be silenced anymore. Deltans, let us move towards the light.
We were once the Midwest and then Bendel. It is wise to move westwards into the club of focused, visionary and development driven governors. We can do it. Delta Rescue Mission has flagged it off, join us. The time to prepare for that change is now.”
I cannot agree more with this statement. Deltans, let us begin to mobilize the people now. Power belongs to the people and not riggers of elections. We must take a cue from Edo State and make our votes count.
Delta Rescue Mission
*Broadcast By Gov. Obi On Prohibition of Fraudulent Practices On Land & Property Law And....
Masterweb Reports - Thursday, July 26, 2012: The Government of Anambra State has viewed with concern, the unwholesome acts of some miscreants in various parts of the State who engage in the negative conduct of obstructing, disturbing, impeding and generally preventing the needed development and improvement on land throughout the State.
Government also notes that the rascalities of these deviant groups, who operate under one name or the other, have had the undesirable effect of disrupting the activities of genuineinvestors and developers who wish to invest in the State. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Governor Peter Obi
We now have a law that takes care of this ugly situation. The law prohibits and makes criminal, certain conducts relating to land, some of which are:
- Any person selling land not belonging to him, to another person.
- Any person selling the same parcel of land to two or more different persons.
- Any person demanding or collecting any fee not approved by law from any person developing or improving an already existing property in the State.
- Any person willfully damaging, destroying, pulling down or removing any beacon or structure on any land belonging to another person.
- Any person harassing, obstructing or assaulting any worker in a construction site with the intent to compel the worker or owner of the land to pay an illegal fee.
The penalties for these offences as provided by the law, range from four to ten years imprisonment or appropriate fine.
Enforcement Committees which will see to the strict implementation of this law are now being set up in all the Local Government Areas of the State.
Let me use this occasion to warn all those who have hitherto involved or engaged themselves in the activities which are now criminalized by the Prohibition of Fraudulent Practices on Land and Property Law, to henceforth desist from or put a stop to such unwholesome acts. Such persons, especially the youths, are advised to find other lawful and productive activities to engage in. It is the desire and determination of this Government to ensure and sustain a conducive and peaceful environment for all those engaged in lawful enterprise in this State. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Governor Peter Obi (Photo 2)
Finally, the good people of the State will recall that at the early part of this Government, I had cause to proscribe some organizations in the effort to get rid of dangerous and undesirable elements so as to sanitize the State.
Presently, some more groups have emerged with similar negative activities which are inimical to the interest of the State. In this administration’s determination to rid the State of all such undesirable groups and persons who hinder the lawful enterprise of our people, I have today, pursuant to my powers under Section 98(2) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Anambra State, 1991, proscribed some organizations or groups whose activities are deemed dangerous to the good government of the State by declaring them as unlawful societies in Anambra State. Those affected are:
(a) Mpiawa-azu group (or by whatever name called);
(b) Igbo Youths Organization (or by whatever name called);
(c) Ogbaru Youths Organization (or by whatever name called); and
(d) All other Local Government Areas Youth Organizations in the State.
The legal implication of this Order is that it is now a criminal offence for any person to belong to, associate with, manage or assist in the management of any of the concerned groups or organizations. All Community based youth organizations must be registered with, supervised by, controlled and subjected tothe town union and traditional ruler of that community which must take responsibility for the activities or conducts of their youth organizations. This Government is determined and will continue to strive in its constitutional duty to maintain law and order in Anambra State.
Thank you all and may God bless you
*Edo 2012 Election: Princewill Congratulates Oshiomhole, Others
By Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze
Prince Tonye Princewill, a PDP Chieftain and the Leader of Princewill Political Associates (PPA) expressed his happiness and joy over the peaceful and successful conduct of the Edo State 2012 Gubernatorial election. According to him, “With the declaration by INEC of the victory of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, as the Governor- Elect of Edo State under a very tensed atmosphere characterized by the massive deployment of soldiers & security agents that practically took over the State; a victory secured under this situation is worth celebrating by every true democrat. It simply demonstrates that democracy has come to stay in Nigeria”. The Prince went further to commend and congratulate President Jonathan Goodluck for living up to his promise to allow the votes, the will and the verdict of the people of Edo State to prevail not minding that our party the PDP was one of the parties that contested in the election and was even among the firsts to congratulate the Comrade Governor for a well-deserved victory over our party. This act is only attributable to statesmen! ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Prince Tonye Princewill
With Governor Oshiomhole polling over 73% of the votes cast against the PDP’s Candidate who polled 23% of the total vote cast simply demonstrates that our people have woken up to the reality that only outstanding performance by candidates in any election should be the yardstick for re-election and not necessarily the party one belongs. Political parties are enjoined in this regard to allow popular candidates with proven integrity, unblemished track record and capable of meeting the yearning and aspirations of the electorates be the party flag bearers in elections they wish to win.
This victory has clearly demonstrated the implicit confidence the people of Edo State repose on the Comrade Governor, “I plead with him not to disappoint the people but should ruthlessly tackle the myriad of problems confronting the people. As a welfarist, Adams Oshiomole has a reputation for embarking on people’s orientated projects that has brought succor to the people of Edo State and urged him not to relent in embarking on more developmental projects that will take the State to higher glory as history will always be there to judge him, the Prince remarked.
The Prince equally commended Prof Jega, the INEC Boss, for a commendable feat achieved in this regard not minding very obvious embarrassing situations in most of the polling stations as some voters could not find their names on the voters register. He advised Prof Jega and his team to use the achievements and short comings recorded in the Edo State Governorship elections to perfect their acts for future elections especially in the area of logistics. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Prof. Attahiru Jega, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Nigeria
According to the Returning Officer, Prof Osayuki Oshodi, who officially announced the results of the election at INEC headquarters in Benin City, said Adams Oshiomhole of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) scored 477,478 votes to Maj.-Gen.Charles Airhiavbere of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 144, 235 votes, while Chief Solomon Edebiri of All Nigeria Peoples Party scored 3,642 votes to come third; while Mr Roland Izebuwa of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) came fourth with 2,793 votes and Mr Frank Ukonga of Social Democratic Movement Party (SDMP) followed with 807 votes. Mr Andrew Igwemoh of Labour Party (LP) scored 604 votes, while Mr. Paul Orumhenwese of National Conscience Party (NCP) scored 540 votes in the contest.
Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze
Media Consultant, PPA
*Nigeria: Pastor Chris Okotie, Abortions & Injurious Church News
Masterweb Reports - Tuesday, July 24, 2012: Pastor Chris Okotie is the owner of Household of God Church, a unitary church located on a vast expanse of land in Oregun Ikeja in Lagos. This pastor whose edifice has proximity with another edifice belonging to Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Believers Love World Fellowship and Christ Embassy have been enmeshed in controversies dangerous and injurious to the Christian faith bordering on second failed marriage, abortions and abandonment of a little girl allegedly fathered by him.
Chris Okotie was the first cerebral personality to embrace Christ in the early eighties. His first album ‘I Need Someone’ released in 1980 made him the most celebrated Nigerian pop musician. Himself and Jide Obi’s album ‘’Kill Me With Love’’ released in 1981 made the duo the most popular young musicians of the eighties. Therefore when news went round that the two law students of University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus are now preaching the Bible, it caused a stir and groups gathered to discuss the evil that had descended on the music industry while the church people rejoiced that Jesus had captured a hell bound soul. At that time parents would prefer a drunkard in the family than a born again, bible believing and bible preaching embarrassment. Chris Okotie , Jide Obi and later Felix Liberty’s repentance opened the door for a lot of young men and women, drowned by life of sex, drinks, dance, clubbing and western culture to begin to consider ‘born againism’ as an alternative lifestyle. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Pastor Chris Okotie
Chris Okotie, after his Law degree programme, proceeded to a Bible School in the US, came back and formed the Household of Love Fellowship in 1987. This pastor equally ventured into the terrain of eschatology where he delved into the unfamiliar terrain of explaining the book of Revelation, The Apocalypse, and related topics in his popular television programme, The Apokalupsis. There is also the Karis Award where he gives One million naira (N1, 000,000) annually to Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in acts of patriotism and national service; the past recipients included late Gani Fawehinmi, Pa Michael Imoudu, Gen Murtala Muhammed, Mallam Aminu Kano, Mrs Magraret Ekpo among others.
Chris Okotie was the first known Pentecostal pastor to venture into the murky waters of Nigerian politics in the order of late Rev Martin Luther King whose foray into U.S politics was instrumental to the eventual liberation of Black Americans of which Barrack Obama was a beneficiary. This pastor claimed that God told him to vie for the Presidency of Nigeria and went ahead to contest on the platform of Justice Party in 2003 where the ruling party allocated him 119, 547 votes coming eight out of twenty contestants. Independent electoral observers believe that if the 2003 elections were to be devoid of rigging the results, the order of number of votes cast would have looked like Buhari, Ojukwu, Obasanjo,Fawehinmi and Okotie plus 15 others. Therefore, Okotie had some level of political followership in Nigeria. In 2003 he formed Fresh Democratic Party with the intention of infusing fresh ideas into the recycling sickness afflicting Nigerian politics and he came eight out of seventeen contestants with 74,049 votes allocated to him. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Seal of The President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is the official symbol of the Nigerian President, first used in 1979 by President Shehu Shagari.
Chris Okotie’s entrance into the political turf was an apostolic move aimed at breaking the jinx of the Pentecostal brand of politics which involves a spirit filled Christian hiding inside the comfort of his wardrobe, staircase or rest room and commanding God to fish out leaders that will transform Nigeria while excluding self from being part of the change makers. Since his foray into politics, a lot of Pentecostals have broken the bondage of timidity and decided to partake in the act of politics and national transformation, a turf earlier controlled by Catholics, Anglicans, Methodists, and Presbyterians and their Muslim counterparts.
However, it is obvious that an evil arrow had hit Chris Okotie. The Bible said in Ephesians 6 vs 11-16 ‘’Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints’’ Chris Okotie failed to put on all his armour and now we have a case of failed marriage, abortion and abandoned child hanging on his anointed head. The theory of touch not my anointed does not suffice here because a spiritual icon that made invaluable contribution to the expansion of faith in Nigeria have been seriously found wanting and need to be reclaimed back from darkness. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Holy Bible
King David did not know when Bathsheba was planted to rubbish his credentials as a righteous king until he lost four sons, including Amnon, Absalom and Adonijah as a result of the adultery and murder. Samson did not know how Delilah was planted until he lost his sight and subsequently his life in the hands of the Philistines. Reuben lost the right as a firstborn because he got messed up with his father’s wife. Therefore, every Christian who has caused a stir to the kingdom of darkness should be very watchful or else the devil will patiently wait to rubbish all your contributions. The bible said that once the shepherd is struck, the sheep will scatter. Chris Okotie had the honesty to tell his members that his focus on natural beauty was responsible for the failure of the marriage instead of pointing accusing fingers at a witch somewhere. Other pastors in his shoes would have branded the woman a witch sent from the devil to destroy his church. In fact that was the story making rounds in the church but the pastor put the blame on himself.
Barely two weeks after the announcement of the dissolution of the four year old second marriage, a lady by name Oluremi Adesola surfaced, claiming to have a child for Chris Okotie. This Lady claimed thus ‘’ I was a young Pastor desperately looking for a good church where I could worship and God led me to the Household of God. Then, I had a music ministry, and because he was an ace musician, I took him as my mentor and strongly believed that he would help me one day. Along the line, something happened. We started seeing each other and I’ve done abortion for him three times before I decided to leave the last one’’ . It is only God who knows who seduced the other but it is obvious that the girl’s action could break a home and dry up the anointing and spiritual sensibility of an anointed pastor and as such is inexcusable Every spirit filled Christian knows that abortion is evil. The Roman Catholic Church condemns it in its entirety and this position had brought the Papacy in conflict with a lot of organisations and occultist groups like freemason etc. Pentecostals condemn it and see it as murder.
Those who had opportunity of being momentarily granted privilege of seeing Heaven and discoursing with Jesus Christ like Choo Thomas, Korean American and author of the bestselling novel ‘Heaven Is So Real’ wrote that in reaction to issue of abortion, Jesus shouted ‘’I do not like abortion’’ Therefore, there is nothing to celebrate in abortion and any woman who desecrated her dignity doing it for any man, or pastor or archbishop have committed murder and need to repent. It is only a Christian who does not know the value of his salvation that will be cajoled into this. Therefore this Lady is as guilty as the pastor in the act of desecrating the name of God and should equally repent from bitterness and follow to redress the negative image their sexual flings had brought to the name of the Lord. If that girl is actually Chris Okotie’s daughter, he should not abandon them in penury.
The Church belongs to Jesus Christ and whosoever destroys his Church, God will destroy no matter who is in involved. Christian women should deliver the devil out of randy pastors by rejecting indecent sexual overtures and refuse to be used to desecrate the work of God. Pastor Chris Okotie should refute the abortion and paternity claims if it is not true or else he should start the process of repentance as David did to redeem the name of Jesus Christ which has been dragged to the mud. Chris Okotie should go further, he should like David ask God to help him reclaim his life, soul and that of all the members and followers who have returned to the backslidden state as a result of the dangerous bad news . Members of Household of God Church should know that the roaring lion(devil) have struck and while not hiding nor excusing any malfeasance, they should collectively save this man whose humanity is overpowering his divinity so that hell will not have the last laugh.
*Nigeria: Why We Must Sustain Assistance To Church Hospitals -Obi
Masterweb Reports - Monday, July 23, 2012: Gov. Peter Obi has assured that his Government will continue to assist hospitals owned by the Church because, according to him, besides rendering affordable services to the people, they are also better managers. He said this yesterday, during the laying of foundation of hostel blocks his Government is building in many hospitals owned by the Churches. Those visited yesterday are St Charles Borromeo, Waterside and Iyienu Hospital, Ogidi.
At all the hospitals, where the Governor laid foundations for one project or the other, the Governor said he was satisfied with the progress of those buildings already begun and asked the owners to pursue with vigour the building of those he laid their foundations, assuring them that money will not be the problem. In his words, "I am happy over the progress of work, if it were Government work, I am sure all manner of variations would have been introduced by now."
Speaking at St Charles Borromeo, Archbishop Valarian Okeke thanked God for the Governor, whom he described as God's precious gift to Anambra State. He said that his love for the State and unmatchable efforts to leave the legacy of peace and development for generations yet unborn was not in doubt. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Gov. Obi laying the foundation for the construction of a hostel Block by Anambra Government at St Charles Borromeo Hospital, Onitsha. On the left is Archbishop Valerian Okeke.
In his own remarks, the Anglican Bishop of Onitsha, Owen Nwokolo, at Iyienu Hospitals said the people of the State were delighted at the partnership between The Government and the Church for the moral health of the State. He thanked the Governor for using the resources of the State to work for the people of the State.
The Governor had earlier visited St Christopher School owned by Anglican Diocese of Onitsha and Dominican College owned by the Catholic Diocese of Onitsha. At both schools, he vowed to continue visiting schools against the advice of those that want him to visit those that are politically relevant, insisting that those students were the future of the society.
It will be recalled that Mr. Chudi Offodile condemned the visit to schools as too pedestal for a Governor.
*President Atta Mills of Ghana Is Dead
President John Atta Mills of Ghana is dead according to news reaching Masterweb Reports and Masterweb News Desk. Atta Mills aged 68 and serving his first term in office died Tuesday afternoon at the 37th Military Hospital in Accra, Ghana. Details of the cause of his death is pending until the completion of an autopsy. He celebrated his 68th birthday this past Saturday. Atta Mills was elected in a 2008 presidential vote runoff that was described as the closest in the history of Ghana. He was to seek re-election for a second term (full term) in December this year.
Atta Mills spent much of his career teaching at the University of Ghana before being elected president. He earned a doctorate from London's School of Oriental and African Studies before becoming a Fulbright scholar at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. He travelled to the US in March and April this year as rumours about his health began to circulate amongst Ghanaians both at home and in the Diaspora.
On July 4, 2012, a Ghanaian author, Daniel Danquah Damptey ( 0243715297, firstname.lastname@example.org ) wrote:- “Ghana: The President is sick. Take it or Leave it.” The article is republished below and can be read at its original web link at http://nigeriamasterweb.com/blog/index.php/2012/07/04/ghana-the-president-is-sick-take-it-or-leave-it
Ghana: The President is sick. Take it or Leave it.
Sickness is not something we wish for ourselves, not even for our worst enemies. As long as we remain mortal, sickness and diseases will remain part and parcel of our life. I see nothing wrong with someone falling ill. An Akan axiom says that “Se woton wo yarea a na wonya ano aduro”. Translated literally, it means if you tell people your ailments, you get medicine for it.
The prevalent disease in both my maternal and paternal families is diabetes. Almost every sibling of my mother suffered or is suffering from that disease. Two out of my seven surviving siblings are known carriers of that disease. I went for the test and it came out negative. But that was a little over a year ago.
The diabetic trait in the family has made us all conscious of how we lead our lives. We have also become each other’s keeper. Personally, I like sweet things and my family is always on me to cut down on the quantity of sweet intake in my diet. But this is something which affects the Damptey family and the ordinary people of Abomoso. I cannot say so about other families.
Thus, I find it difficult to comprehend all the secrecy surrounding the health of our President. His health status has become a “No go area” during public discourse, for the moment you broach on the subject the NDC will unleash its attacking dogs, vampires, vultures, sharks, snakes, wolves, foxes and eagles on you as if you were a notorious criminal who should be destroyed at all cost.
President George H.R. Bush Vomiting Incident: The President fainted after vomiting at a banquet hosted by the then Japanese Prime Minister, Kiichi Miyazawa and attended by 135 diplomats. The date was 8th January, 1992 at 8.20pm. The incident was widely reported and quickly became a fodder for the nation’s comedians. It caused a wave of late night TV jokes and ridicule in the international community, with the coining of “Bush-suru” which literally meant “to do the Bush thing”. Can you laugh over such an incident involving the President, if it had happened in Ghana? Definitely, not! The Security officials will skin you alive!! ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: George H. Bush, US President 1989–93The Dick Cheney Shooting incidence: He was the Vice President during the George Bush administration. On February 11, 2006, he shot Harry Whittington, a 78 year old Texas Attorney while participating in a quail hunt on a ranch in Kennedy County, Texas. The first public news was called in to the “Corpus Christi Caller Times” on February 12, 2006 by ranch owner, Katherine Armstrong. The Bush Administration disclosed the shooting incident to the public in the afternoon of February 12, 2006. Local authorities released a report on the shooting on February 16, 2006 and written statements on February 22. Cheney spoke publicly about the incident on February 15, 2006.
Could such a thing have happened in Ghana? Definitely not! Any person or newspaper reporter who commented or wrote about the incident would have been hounded and hunted by the BNI. Who born dog?
When Kweku Baako’s intelligence unit intercepted a police extract in which the “wayoman” had made some incriminating statements against top members of the government, the NDC Police CID went after the ace journalist, not the criminals.
President Woodrow Wilson suffers a stroke in 1919: He had sold the concept of the League of Nations to European Powers. But the US Senate blocked the idea. His attempt to speak directly to the American people ended in a fiasco.
On October 2, 1919, the President suffered a stroke. The wife quickly summoned Dr. Grayson, the President’s Personal Physician and the conspiracy began. The two formed a bulwark between the invalid President and the rest of the country, hiding his condition from the rest of the country.
President Andrew Jackson was in pain emotionally and physically. He had lost his wife and was also suffering from rotten toothache, chronic headaches, failing eyesight, constant pain and internal bleeding from two bullets lodged in his body.
President William Harrison: He faced election rumours that he was unwell. To discredit those rumours, he waged a very active campaign that left him exhausted. The Inauguration Day was bitterly cold but the new President wore neither overcoat nor a hat. His inaugural address lasted almost two hours. He developed a severe chest cold, from which he never fully recovered.
President John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills: Truth, though is bitter, it must be told. It is an acknowledged fact that the President has a problem with his sight. Earlier on in his presidency, he had a problem reading from his prepared written addresses. The font sizes of the letters were increased almost five hundred times. The pronunciation of “ecomimi” and “ofumfuo” instead of “economy” and “Otumfuo” stems from the fact that he had problems with his eyesight.
Sekou Nkrumah told us that when he met the President for the last time after he had been sacked, it dawned on him that the President did not recognize who he was. A school mate of the President once confided in me that he realized the President was going blind during one of their Old Students’ Re-unions. In earlier times, anytime he shook hands with the President, the latter had one special mantra for him. But the last time they met, the ritual wasn’t performed. It was only when the President heard his voice that he recognized him for who he was and the “usual ritual” was enacted. He then realized the President had not recognized him when he greeted him. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: President John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills of GhanaHe who is healthy does not need physician: Nii Lante Vanderpuye, a Presidential Aide at the Castle told us that the President had the Juju ring made for him to counteract the effect of a spell which a Chief from the Western Region cast on him after the President had shook hands with that chief. He told us that the President received some blisters on his palm after shaking the chief’s hand. If the President is not spiritually sick, why should the juju ring be made for him?
And will this perhaps explain the death of the Ghana High Commissioner to Canada who died three days after playing host to the President and shaking his hands? Will it perhaps explain the strange happenings in the country …suicides, murder, ethnic clashes, accidents both on land and on air? Could it perhaps explain why the NPP activist refused to take the outstretched hand of Baba Jamal at Akwatia? Will it also explain why Betty Mould changed everything at the office of the Minister of Education when she was made the substantive Minister? By the way, where are those items that were carted away from the office?
Where was the President? For nearly two week before the President went for his so-called “routine medical checkup” he chose to remain “out of coverage area” whilst various parts of the country were engulfed in turmoil. Where was the President? They cannot tell us his whereabouts because the President was indeed sick. The only alternative is that, he like Nero, the Mad Emperor of Rome might have resorted to playing the fiddle whilst most parts of the country were on fire.
Routine Medical Checkup: The President told us he was going for a routine medical checkup. Something that is routine but it took nearly two weeks! Okudzeto Ablakwa also told us he was going for a second opinion. Which was which? This same Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Chemical Ali of Ghanaian politics had some time ago told us that the President’ palm had turned dark due to the effect of the drugs used to treat the President’s throat cancer. Has the cancer been cured? Did the routine checkup have anything to do with Cancer?
Now listen to the President. “I am able to sit down with the doctors and talk about things” Which things? And then, “I am able to sit down” What does he mean by that statement? The fact that he omitted the word “now” does not alter the meaning. What he was telling Ghanaians was that he was now able to sit down with his doctors; something he couldn’t do before.
Now listen to the President and tell me if you could make head or tail out of it. “Let me tell you in six months, we are going to work very very very very very hard. I remember the last time when I came back from the G8. He (VP John Mahama) had been in Sunyani and when I spoke with him, he wasn’t well at all and when I came back from the G8 and as far as I am concerned, this is nothing I will say calls for something by all Ghanaians. I am only going there to make sure that yes, we look at this that … and come back to continue …” Does this speech make any sense to you? And you tell me the President is well!
And for the First time in his presidency, the President publicly announced that in his absence, the country would be administered by the Vice President. What do you think was going on in the mind of the President at that time?
As I have stated somewhere before that the New Patriotic Party, (Nipa Pa Party) does not wish the death of President Mills. We wish him well. We want him to be alive to witness God’s prophecy about setting a table in the presence of our enemies come true. Yes, the NPP will surely run roughshod over the NDC. We will demolish them. Yes, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo will “maul” John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills on 7th December, 2012. We want the President to be alive so that he will see how God will use Nana Addo to move Ghana to greater heights.
Those who do not wish the President well are the very people surrounding and holding him hostage. What was the essence of the physical torture they put the President through by making him jog and trot before his departure and after his arrival at the airport? It wasn’t a wise thing to do. If they believe they are deceiving Ghanaians by giving the president increasing dosage of “steroids” to enable him undergo some physical actions which ordinarily he wouldn’t be able to do, then they have something worse coming. They are putting the health of the president in jeopardy.
The President is not well and should call it quit. But for nefarious reasons, those with skeletons in their cupboards and would who might be negatively impacted when there is a change of guards are forcing the man to go beyond his endurance. And it is such people that I am making this passionate appeal to. Please, the life of our President is valuable to us. Do not, in the name of God Almighty and for your own selfish interest do the unthinkable by flogging a willing horse to its death.
And if the President loves this nation, he should not allow his “aides” to lead him astray. Mr President, you must be conscious of your health. Call it quits when the ovation is loudest. You will regain the love and forgiveness of Ghanaians. Do not act like the Mohammed Allis and the D.K.Poisons of yesterdays.
You may not like me. You may call me all sorts of names. You may even crucify me. But I remain unruffled in my quest to ensure that the right things are done. I am only performing my patriotic duty by alerting Ghanaians to the fact that our President, Professor John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills is seriously ill and must step aside.
Daniel Danquah Damptey ( 0243715297, email@example.com )
*An Open Letter to Mr. President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
By Dr. Sunday Adegoke
Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
President & Commander-in-Chief
Federal Republic of Nigeria
The State House
In reaction to your directive as the Visitor of University of Abuja that political students should be screened out and sent back to you politicians, it is a welcome development. However the style and manner in which the screening exercise is being carried out in the university will make it fruitless at the end of the day. If you want the right thing to be done, set a committee made up of people with unquestionable characters so that the vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Adelabu James Sunday Adebowale will not have any influence on the screening exercise. As someone who was involved in the screening of new students in the university this academic year, there were cases where applicants have not even written UTME and the Vice Chancellor gave an executive order to register them. Also, the screening form does not contain anything on Post UME. I know that admission of applicants into University of Abuja since Adelablu’s administration is purely on cash and carry basis.
So, if you want proper screening exercise to be carried out, you can ask that people with integrity should carry out the screening exercise possibly from outside the university because the rate in which Adelabu’s administration is giving out bribe to staff of this university is unimaginable. If a student who paid substantial amount of money to be given admission is screened out, then Adelabu knowing the role he played towards such admission will not allow the result of the screening exercise to see the light of the day because he can go to any length to bribe the person who carried out the screening exercise.
I am sure the Visitation Panel report was presented to you as the Visitor, is it not surprising that one university has ninety-seven (97) accounts? Well, some of those accounts were opened for applicants to pay in money towards their admissions by Adelabu’s administration. It is very unfortunate that this university has this character as its Vice Chancellor. After the kangaroo screening exercise by Adelabu’s stooges, he will only bribe them so that no student is screened out. Within the past few weeks, Adelabu has actually spent so much money meant for the university to bribe people to support his administration.
Dr. Sunday Adegoke
Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria
*Jonathan, Gusau, Azazi And Boko Haram Sponsors
Masterweb Reports - Saturday, July 14, 2012: President Goodluck Jonathan had once again showed that he can bite and this time around the victim was Andrew Azazi, his erstwhile National Security Adviser. President Jonathan understands Southerners so well that when he slowly delivers a killer punch, his victim will know that 'Warsaw saw war'. However, he is yet to master the secret of striking at Northerners.
The first Southern Nigerian casualty of Jonathan biting exercise was Bola Tinubu, the National leader of ACN. The Code of Conduct Bureau dragged Tinubu to court for maintaining foreign account barely three months after both of them were wining and dining in Lagos and negotiating how to prevent Buhari and Ribadu from making any impact in the 2011 presidential election.
The next casualty was opposition parties like APGA, Labour Party and others who sold their presidential ambitions to the PDP with the hope of being incorporated into his government. By the time he threw them out of the window, those party chieftains dreaming of being appointed cabinet ministers were left in the cold waiting for the next election.
His next bite victim was the subsidy protesters especially from the Lagos axis. When he sent fierce looking soldiers to the streets of Lagos to harass protesters and teargas some elder statesmen, Soyinka, Bakare , Falana, Agbakoba and other leaders of the popular Occupy Nigeria protest knew that there is fire on the mountain. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria
Still basking in the euphoria of his defeat of these NADECO chieftains fabled to have pressurized Head of State Abacha to his graveyard, President Jonathan turned his full attention on Sylva and finished the suffocation project he earlier initiated. This Governor of his home state of Bayelsa had earlier threatened to snuff life out of his lame duck presidential kinsman and for that his second term governorship ambition was snuffed off despite all the pastors, bishops and seers hired to send fire in the direction of rampaging Jonathan.
This time around it was the turn of Azazi to receive the bite from Jonathan. He was sacked without the courtesy of prior information. Jonathan was obviously fed up with Azazi. Azazi’s fate was sealed during the long holiday that preceded the May 29 Democracy day celebrations. The public protests that greeted the Mauling of Unilag delayed the announcement of Azazi’s sack. The delay enabled Azazi to get enough intelligence information that Gusau is being drafted to replace him and a worried Azazi made efforts to save his position. He spoke with both the President and some leaders of South South over the issue and was given the impression that the matter has been suspended.
Azazi’s problem with Jonathan had to do with the tactics of arresting the security situation. Azazi believes that the sponsors of Boko Haram should be fished out and prosecuted for terrorism while Jonathan believes that the names involved are too weighty that a political backlash could occur which is capable of affecting permutations for 2015. There is a reasoning that some of those involved may be handy in the next election. The names that frequently pop up in every security reports as sponsors of Boko Haram included a few from opposition party and majority from the ruling party. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: PDP (Nigeria's ruling party) Logo
Azazi had sought permission to quiz people like Buhari, Babangida, Ciroma, some serving and retired senators, ministers and governors who have links with Boko Haram but most of these people were those who helped Jonathan one way or the other in the past. Jonathan wants his NSA to tackle the footsoldiers of Boko Haram and leave the sponsors alone. This position of President Jonathan was a source of frustration for Azazi and he used the occasion of the South South summit in Asaba to vent his frustration.
The security chiefs were finding it difficult cutting off the terrorists because the more they are arrested or killed, the more others join the group, and the sect has fragmented in such a manner that they have numerous recruitment, training and logistics centre and more centres are being opened up daily. Though the insurgents looks disorganised, it is obvious that the there are high level coordination of their operations even in their fragmented cells. Malam Shekau, leader of the terrorists have escaped arrest on four occasions in matters of minutes in a manner that evokes suspicion even when his territory was cordoned off by security agents. While some blamed Azazi for poor analysis of real time operations, others still believe that high level sabotage leaked information to the sect leader.
However, President Jonathan believes that with all the billions budgeted for defence, the security agents have enough to root out members of Boko Haram without touching any elite linked to them. There is fear within PDP that if their culpable members were arrested, they could point embarrassing accusing fingers the manner Senator Ali Ndume recently did in his affidavit before the Federal High Court in Abuja told the court that '' the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Namadi Sambo is also aware that he was in contact with Jammatul Sunna -Walid Jihad-Boko Haram'' This will attract public opprobrium to the party. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Mohammed Yusuf's bullet-ridden body shown to journalists in a video hours on July 30, 2009 after Nigerian police announced they had captured him alive. Police said Yusuf was shot while trying to escape.
President Jonathan had always maintained a chummy relationship with Aliyu Gusau despite the fact that Gusau was one of his opponents in the PDP presidential elections. The president believes that Gusau had a sort of magic wand which broke the security strangehold of the cabal that wanted to deny him the full exercise of his constitutional duties when late president Yaradua was sick. Gusau, a three time NSA was one of the few political appointees who wanted to save the career of late Senate President, Chuba Okadigbo when Obasanjo received reports that the former wanted to contest for presidency in 2003, and thus marked Okadigbo out for victimization. This attempt to help Okadigbo earned Gusau a reprimand from his boss.
The appointment of Sambo Dasuki was a fast dribble on those who were waiting to crucify President Jonathan in the event of reappointment of Gusau. In addition to Dasuki being an in-law to Gusau, it was the later who influenced his rehabilitation with the position of Chairman of Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company in 2002. Gusau does not defer to Babangida, in fact he is never known for pretentions and has always engaged in frank discussions with all the military leaders he served in the past including Obasanjo. His relationship with them was more of mutual respect than servitude. Therefore, if Dasuki were to switch loyalty to Babangida, whom he served as ADC, it would not diminish Gusau's influence over his life.
The ouster of Azazi and replacement with Dasuki, was a clash of tactics on how best to curtail the insurgency. The changes would have been more sweeping but the political think tanks wanted to gauge the opinion of stakeholders before any further action. The president had already charged the new NSA to reign in his people who are trying to destabilize his government or a break up will ensue. Intelligence strategies could differ but the bottom line is result. Dasuki, being a Sokoto prince is expected to use his knowledge of fellow northerners and muslims to analyse security reports and bring in strategies capable of checkmating the terrorists.
Those who still believe in Nigeria are hoping that the new helmsman comes up with fresh ideas to prevent another civil war. This is a narrow escape for Boko Haram sponsors because it is most likely they will never be named nor prosecuted but it may not be so for the footsoldiers because someone who knows them is coming for their head and the north will not blame Jonathan again for not doing enough to protect their region.
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