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07/13/12

*GAAICOM, Igbo Presidency And Boko Haram

By Obinna Akukwe

The 2 day Pre – Convention Meeting of the General Assembly of all Igbo Christians Organizations and Ministries (GAAICOM) holding at the Ohaneze Ndigbo National Secretariat on the 12th and 13th of July 2012 is a welcome event in the face of the conspiracy by certain elements in Nigeria to suffocate the economic, political and security well being of Ndigbo.

In the economic scene, consistently since the advent of Nigeria brand of democracy in 1999, the South East Geopolitical Zone has attracted the least of federal allocation of all the six zones of Nigeria. Enugu – Onitsha Expressway, and Enugu – Port Harcourt Expressway is in a sorry state of disrepair. The proposed Sea Port at Onitsha and the 2nd Niger Bridge is still a pipe dream constantly used as electioneering tool while only the South East is yet to have a functional international airport. ( Continues below..... )

 Map of Igboland

Photo Above: Map of Igboland (homeland of Ndigbo of Nigeria )

Igbos have been victims of religion and ethnic cleansing in the North since 1942. The Boko Haram bandits have made it a pleasure attacking Igbo interests, businesses and people at will. The numbers of Igbos killed far outnumber that of all tribes in Nigerian. The agencies of state have not given enough protection to our people whose lives and income is being consistently demolished by the Boko Haram terrorists.

It is obvious from the above that the Igbos are economically, politically and religiously endangered and part of the disadvantaged situation is due to the activities of saboteurs who relish in merchandising Igbo interests to outsiders.

The six geopolitical zones have tasted the presidency of Nigeria. The only region that is yet to preside over the Nigerian state is the South East. The attempt by Aguiyi Ironsi in 1966 to unify Nigeria was unfortunately cut short after only six months and yet the North, West and South - South zones are all preparing for another shot in 2015. What is the position of Ndigbo and what strategies have been put in place to ensure the presidency gets to Ndigbo. ( Continues below..... )

Nigeria six geopolitical zones

Photo Above: Nigeria six geopolitical zones

Nigeria has abundance of patriotic leaders cutting across all tribes and religions. The Nigerian people can be reasonable in electoral decisions especially when superior arguments suffice. Therefore, if the Igbos present their case for the presidency properly and strategically, and reach out to the rest of the country, I do not see why other ethnic and religious nationalities will not co-operate. ( Continues below..... )

Seal of The President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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.

Therefore, the divine move by the GAAICOM under the leadership of Apostle Chidi PCJ Macjossy, Bishop Emmanuel Chukwuma, Rev.Fr Alphonsus Oko and Archbishop A.A Nwodoka, among others, to seek the counsel of God on the way forward is a step in the right direction, which, happily, all denominations in Igbo land are identifying with.

I wish the delegates godly deliberations to reposition Ndigbo where they rightly belong in the scheme of affairs of Nigeria.

Obinna Akukwe
Director, Media and Communications, GAAICOM
Email: gaaicommedia@yahoo.com

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07/12/12

*Anambra: Still On El Rufai And His Yes Men

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Masterweb Reports - Thursday, July 5, 2012: In reaction to Mallam Nasir el-Rufai’s uninformed piece on Anambra State entitled: Anambra: Budget of Misplaced Priorities, many people have written by way of further comments on the subject. Quite unusual of the Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi did a rejoinder himself; he sought to correct a misrepresentation of his State. Beyond just telling us that Anambra State has adopted the Millennium Development Goals as its vision, Obi explained that Anambra Integrated development Strategy (ANIDS) is a vehicle for achieving the vision. The Governor took the goals one after the other and clearly showed what the state is doing. At the end of the piece, even skeptics were convinced that his Government is focused and is driven by plan encapsulated in novel methods that are working towards achieving set goals.

At the end of the day, and going by what Obi has done in Anambra State, the question on all lips is: ‘Why does he still have apposition?’ The answer is simple: ‘Obi met a State that was in the jaws of lions. Naturally, to retrieve anything from the lions’ jaws will surely entail collateral damage and injuries on any person who so dares embark on such a hazardous enterprises. ( Continues below….. )

Mallam El- Rufai

Photo Above: Mallam El- Rufai

Today, with Governor Obi bearing the scars of all the instruments used in the battle for the soul of Anambra State, one can say that he has done well. The loosing vocal minority are like the evil spirit, legion, that Christ cast out from a man’s body that entered into a swine and caused damage. This minority have been frustrated in the State, and like legion, they are determined to cause maximum damage on their way out.

Today, in Anambra, Obi has not been forgiven by many who consider him an “outsider”, who, not only wrestled power from them, but seems determined to alienate them from Anambra politics by growing a new crop of dedicated political who would forever bench the failed politicians of old. This failed lot have sworn that this ‘dangerous’ move by Obi must be stopped at all cost. This I submit explains the level of opposition massed against the Governor. ( Continues below….. )

Investiture of Gov Obi

Photo Above: NUJ National President, Mallam Mohammed Garba during the investiture of Gov. Obi as the Grand Patron of Nigerian Union of Journalists, Anambra State. - CLICK FOR ENLARGED PHOTO.

Anambra has therefore become a State where people deliberately pretend not to know the truth as they pursue some wild and elusive dream. Otherwise, why should somebody like Mr. Chudi Offodile, from Awka, deny Obi the credit of doing anything on health, when a Teaching Hospital built from the scratch stands before him in his home town! Obi erected about 20 new buildings in that complex, equipped the hospital and ensured its accreditation by the relevant professional medical bodies; yet Offodile’s lamentation that nothing is happening around him.

In his own piece entitled “Anambra: Further comments on Obi’s misplaced Priorities, one Dr. Chidozie Emenuaga was at it too. Though he pretended to be objective, he ended up showing his true colours. My first reaction on reading him was: ‘Ah, where is this Emenuga coming from?’ A little check however revealed him as once a Personal Assistant to Prof. Charles Soludo when he was the Governor of the Central Bank. It was easy to establish a nexus here: the write up by Mallam El-Rufai was the reproduction of a lecture delivered by Soludo himself on the 3rd of May, 2012 at the faculty of Social Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka with little input by Rufai. During the public presentation of Uche Ezechukwu’s book on Ojukwu, Soludo’s only comment was about the imaginary poverty in Anambra State. Emenuga was Soludo’s Personal Assistant, while the newspapers reported that the Barnhill Hotel partly owned by Mr. Chudi Offodile was actually used to rig election for the PDP, when Soludo was their governorship candidate in Anambra State. ( Continues below..... )

Chudi Offodile

Photo Above: Chudi Offodile

Now to some points raised by Soludo’s Assistant and the mallam that: “The point that Governor Obi and other Anambra people should swallow is that the condition of Anambra State has become such a national and international concern that ‘outsiders’ can no longer be shut out from proffering solutions”. This is at best intellectual dishonesty. I challenge Emenuga to tell us what El-Rufai did at a time Anambra State was really in pathetic condition. At a time when their principal, President Olusegun Obasanjo ensured that Anambra State was a butt of dinner jollity. At that time, Dr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju could not even see the President, while in the full glee of the world Obasanjo agreed that Dr. Chris Ngige was rigged into office. Is it now Obi has restored sanity, peace and progress to the State that somebody should talk of “the condition of Anambra State?”

I share what Emenuga said about Philosophy. Let one go on and add that it was not in vain that it was regarded as Regina Scientiarum (the Queen of the Sciences) In fact when you enquire into the history of civilization, you will discover that the epochal liberation of man from barbarism was more the achievements of philosophers.

Philosophy is good because it awakens in man the need for critical thinking. However, if what Emenuaga was trying to say is that Obi as a philosopher should have performed better, he is wrong. I challenge him to tell us one Governor that is doing better than him with the available resources? There is no sector in which Obi has not done better than his predecessors.

Emenuga gleefully echoed El-Rufai’s view on the poor IGR base of the State and submitted that “only Lagos, Kano and a few other non-oil producing states are not as valuable as Anambra. If he were sincere, he should have named two more states that do not fall within his vulnerable ranking. He knows he may not get any beyond Lagos and Kano. But like a typical home opposition, Anambra must be used as an example. I cannot accuse him of criticizing what he did not understand, because it was evidently out of mischief. Since Obi advent, Anambra’s IGR may not have reached its optimum, but it has continued to increase. Obi says that he has enough money to pay salary for even a year should nothing come from the centre.

In 6 years Obi has invested over 10 Billion Naira for Anambra State in promising businesses and yet he is doing nothing to improve Anambra’s IGR Base. If all the companies, SABmiller, Orient Petroleum , Innoson Motors, Juhel, etc he is supporting or attracting to Anambra pay taxes, would it not improve the IGR base? Surely Emenuga’s understanding of IGR is still within the base category of collecting stallage fees and all that. ( Continues below….. )

Map of Anambra State, Nigeria.

Photo Above: Map of Anambra State, Nigeria.

Coming out more pungently to showcase his real motive, Emenuaga asked: “What are the good works a visitor will see in Anambra State? Peer Review? King Solomon of Israel did not publicize his good works before Queen of Sheba heard of it and embarked on a trip to Jerusalem to see for herself”. If everything Solomon did should be glorified, I advice Emenuga to get 700 concubines for himself. In a State where people like Emenuaga deny what exists, what will happen if such are not shown to the world? In fact, the antics of people like him call on the Governor to re-double whatever he does to showcase his work. I think Emenuga should rather not concern himself about false claims.

In saying that the only solution to poverty and unemployment in Anambra State is to expand economic activities in the State and create enabling environment for the private sector to flourish, Emenuga left many more confused than enlightened. In the past 6 years, economic activities in the State have been expanding. Consequently Bank branches have more than doubled, industries are coming up, hotels grew from about 4 to over 30, and development partners that were not in the State are all here. Emenuga, what do you mean?

To show you what Emenuaga set out to do, he denied any development taking place in his part of the State. Even the road he referred to – Igbo-Ukwu – Uga – Umunze – Owerre-Ezukala road was completed by Governor Obi. He does not know that this Government has completely rebuilt the Umunze Cottage Hospital, constructed the longest Bridge – Odor – in his area, did the Ufuma – Enugwu road, is doing Ajalli- Aguluezechukwu road. In his part of the State, there is no town that did not benefit from a new classroom of five blocks. Most schools for the first time benefited from library, buses, internet, boreholes etc.

Judging from what Obi has done and the recognition that has come his way, it will not be easy to distort the truth here. Thisday best Governor on Financial Prudence; Champion Most Trustworthy Governor; Thisday 4th most performing Governor; a Governor heading a State acclaimed by the Nigerian Senate as Most Stable; a Governor Debt Management Office acclaimed as leading the least indebted State; a Governor The Federal Ministry of Works acclaimed his State as having the best network of roads; a Governor who is beloved by International community/development partners, a Governor who enjoys warm relationship with the Federal Government, cannot by any stretch of imagination be called a failure.

In his long and tortuous journey in politics, we must accept that Obi has driven lunatics away from Anambra State, clipped the wings of predatory politicians eying the State treasury, prevented those who saw themselves as readymade to govern Anambra State from succeeding. But even if he turns Anambra into an Eldorado, this tribe of critics must see him as a failure. Too bad! Too tragic!

Dr. Amos Onyedika, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka

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07/11/12

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*Nigeria: Who Says That Peter Obi Is Not Working

By Ikechukwu Igboanugo

When Governor Peter Obi gave me his CV, and indicated his interest of governorship in Anambra, right from that moment, I knew that he will get there and he will also perform. Then I was running with my friends, a political party in Anambra state; he was coming around donating N100,000.00 drinks like - coke, fanta, pure water etc., with his black Peugeot 504 salon car without a driver.

One day he cornered me when he attended one of our meetings and asked me which political party do I suggest he joined. Our own political party was UNPP which was run for Babangida, but I advised him to join APGA because it was more or less Igbo Party because of the Late Chief Ikemba Nnewi Odimegwu Ojukwu's involvement. I reminded him that Jim Nwobodo was voted by Igbos because of the Late Chief Nmamdi Azikiwe's involvement in NPP. Peter Obi was a very rich business man then, he was in the same line of business with me. We were in the same business category, our category then had fleet of cars with drivers but Peter Obi had only one black Peugeot 504 car. ( Continues below….. )

Anambra State Governor Peter Obi

Photo Above: Governor Peter Obi
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I admired his ways of presentations in public functions, his smart and intelligent speeches were attracting attentions of people. That was why I presumed that this kind of man will deliver, coupled with his ways of life as a chronic miser.

His political turbulence initially was as a result of peoples grievances because he closed his door on people. As a governor you don't close your door on people like that, you must help people so that people will pray for you. He eventually opened his door.

Coming to my point that Peter Obi is working, I was going to Ifite Ogwari in Anambra state recently, moving up to almost the boundary between Anambra and Enugu State in the northern side of Anambra. All the roads there are cleanly tarred, I asked which Governor did this overwhelming development, I was told that it was Peter Obi. ( Continues below….. )

Map of Anambra State, Nigeria.

Photo Above: Map of Anambra State

Anytime I am in Anambra I don't enter Onitsha, but recently I was compelled to enter Onitsha to see a sick friend, I could not recognize some areas as a result of the development, my enquiry pointed at Peter Obi, it is to, my astonishment that some unscrupulous people rate poor performance on Peter Obi's administration, like El Rufai who is not even from Anambra state and whom I don't know the last time he visited Anambra state and moved around the state to determine Peter's performance.

Before I embarked on this write up, I have done a thorough investigation and I have observed that Peter Obi has done a lot in Anambra State, he has covered all sectors of development viz: education, roads, water, health etc. even to the extent of settling contractor's debts incurred by Mbadinuju's administration. ( Continues below..... )

 General Out Patient Dept Section View

Photo Above: Section View - General Out-Patient Dept., University Teaching Hospital, Amaku, Anambra State - one of many Gov. Obi's projects in moving Anambra forward.
Click For Enlarged Photo

My concern is that I am an Igbo man from Anambra State we must be searching for a credible Igbo man we will position when it is time for Igbo presidency. For sure President Jonathan is constitutionally entitled for second term if he performs which I believe he will. After him it will rotate to the South East.

Since after the first republic, the north has ruled for over 25 years, South West 11 years, South South now 8 years so in 2019 it will definitely be the turn of South East. I don't personally believe in zoning but rotation. This is the period we should begin to shop for a credible Igbo man that will represent us in Aso Rock in 2019 and we should examine the performance of the present and ex-governors from the South East.

Finally, Peter Obi's achievement in Anambra is overwhelming; a very busy governor who has acquired so many awards, a governor who visits schools on monthly basis, the presence of a governor in any school boosts the morale of the children and their teachers. He bought 500 vehicles from a local manufacturer in Anambra; some governors will import and steal money in the process. Peter has built over 200 health centers in Anambra. Every day you open any newspaper you must see Peter Obi attending this or that, in fact, he is the busiest and most popular governor in Nigeria. ( Continues below….. )

Obi receiving the award

Photo Above: Gov. Obi (middle), with his wife, Margaret(right), receiving the award of the "Good Financial Planning Governor of Our Time", from Enugu Anglican Church and presented by Bishop Emmanuel Chukwuma during the First session of the 15th Synod of the Diocese at All Saints Church, GRA, Enugu, Enugu State.
- CLICK for Enlarged Photo

Since the inception of democracy, Akwa-Etiti my town has not benefited from any state government's key position despite all contributions from Akwa-Etiti. Today Peter Obi has appointed one of the noble sons of Akwa-Etiti as one of the Anambra state commissioners.

Your Excellency Gov. Peter Obi, the almighty God who bestowed the leadership cap on your head will never remove it forever and ever in Jesus name, (jide ka iji).

Chief IKB Igboanugo Founder, Nigerians for better Nigeria (NBN)
E-mall: nbngrassroot@yahoo.com

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07/10/12

*Nigeria: NCAA Warns Pilots On Weather

By Nosa Osula-Aituamen

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has advised pilots flying in the nation’s airspace both local and International to exercise restraint when adverse weather is observed or forecast.

The Director-General, NCAA, Dr. Harold Demuren in an advisory letter sent to all airlines said pilots should be patient enough to wait and allow the weather to subdue or pass over the airfield before commencing flight. ( Continues below..... )

Dr. Harold Olusegun Demuren

Photo Above: Dr. Harold Olusegun Demuren

He noted that the country is in the mid-stream of rainy season which is usually characterized by severe thunderstorm and line squall and its attendant turbulence, micro busts, lightning and low-level wind shear.

Dr. Demuren further explained that such weather conditions could be deadly to aircraft on approach or departure from an airport and have been responsible for a number of fatal accidents in the world and in our country, Nigeria. ( Continues below….. )

Airborne Plane

Photo Above: An Airborne Plane (Photo 1)

According to him, it is mandatory for Pilots to obtain weather briefing from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) including departure, en-route and destination weather information prior to flight operations. ( Continues below….. )

Photo Above: An Airborne Plane (Photo 2)

Correspondent, Nosa Aituamen reports that any pilot that fails to ensure strict compliance with the laid down regulations is to be sanctioned by the regulatory agency.

Nigerian Eagle Airways Plane

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07/08/12

*Etihad Begins Flight To Nigeria

By Nosa Osula-Aituamen

Etihad Airways has started its six flights a week service between the airline’s Abu Dhabi home-base and the Nigerian city, Lagos.

To celebrate the new service, and Nigeria’s love of football, Etihad Airways operated its iconic sky-blue A330-200 aircraft, painted in Manchester City Football Club’s famous colours, for the launch flight.

The “Blue Moon Rising” aircraft was greeted by a traditional water canon salute on arrival in Lagos at the city’s Murtala Muhammed International Airport.

The Etihad Airways delegation was met by H.E. Ibrahim Auwalu, Nigerian Ambassador to the UAE, H.E. Rashed Naser Musabbah Al Dhaheri, the UAE Ambassador to Nigeria, and senior officials from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria. ( Continues below..... )

Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos

Photo Above: Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We are delighted to launch Etihad Airways flights to Lagos and our first passenger destination in West Africa. This is a momentous occasion in Etihad Airways history as we expand our flight network in Africa and increase ties between the UAE and Nigeria.”

During the visit to Lagos senior Etihad Airways executives will meet government officials and local tourism representatives as well as host an evening reception to celebrate the new flights.

The six flights per week Lagos will be operated by an A330-200 aircraft, configured to carry 22 passengers in Pearl Business class and 240 passengers Coral Economy class.

The service is Etihad Airways builds on the airline’s existing flights to Cairo, Casablanca, Johannesburg, Khartoum, Nairobi and Tripoli. ( Continues below..... )

Airborne Plane

Photo Above: An Airborne Plane

Etihad Airways is lead sponsor of Manchester City Football Club. The “Blue Moon Rising” aircraft was unveiled in 2011 and is one of the many elements of Etihad Airways’ sponsorship of the English Premier League club.

The Etihad Airways logo has been on the Manchester City shirt since 2009 and the airline became naming sponsor of the club’s Etihad Stadium and Campus in August 2011.

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, began operations in 2003, and in 2011 carried 8.3 million passengers. From its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad Airways serves 87 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, with a fleet of 66 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and 100 aircraft on order, including 10 Airbus A380s, the world’s largest passenger aircraft. Etihad Airways also holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia and Aer Lingus. For more information, please visit: www.etihad.com.

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07/07/12

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*Nigeria: NPF Arrest 20 for Murder of Traditional Ruler

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Masterweb Reports - Monday, July 2, 2012: The Abia State Police Command stated that no fewer than 20 suspects have been arrested in connection with the killing of Eze Iroha Nwankwo; the traditional ruler of Ugwuleru autonomous community in Umunneochi Council of Abia as it intensified investigation into the flagitious crime.

The traditional ruler was allegedly beaten to death last Monday in his palace by some unidentified youths in the community who invaded his palace.

However, the family through Prince Samuel Iroha, has accused the Transition Committee Chairman of Umunneochi council area, Prince Dan Okoli of a inciting the youths to kill their father.

According to Samuel Iroha, the council chairman addressed the youths and after addressing them, the youths invaded the palace and killed the traditional ruler. ( Continues below..... )

Suspects arrested by Abia State Police Command

Photo Above: Suspects arrested by Abia State Police Command

Iroha said: "I want the police to arrest Dan Okoli to tell them who killed my father. He incited the youths to kill him, so I want the police to ensure that he faces the law."

He alleged that his father was killed on Monday night by scores of irate youths, who accused him of giving police information on criminal activities in his domain.

Prince Iroha alleged that the youths were addressed by both the transition council chairman, Prince Dan Okoli and the council lor representing Leru ward, Livinus Okoronkwo on the fateful day and an hour later the palace was attacked.

According to him, "they incited the youths by telling them something" hence the police should find out what the youths were told the two politicians. But Iroha could not say what problem the family has with the chairman to warrant killing their father. ( Continues below..... )

Map of Abia State

Photo Above: Map of Abia State, Nigeria.

However, denying the allegation, the chairman said "It is not true. I did not incite anybody against anybody. Rather the youths were on rampage because of the arrest by the police of some boys said to be innocent."

According to him, when the information got to him where he was at a function by the Council or representing the community, I asked the DPO to release the boys to the council or if could properly identify them.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police in-charge of Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Mr. Joseph Micloth said the 20 suspects had been arrested while investigation continued, though he did not give details of those arrested, but he vowed that the police would get to the root of the matter and culprits made to face the law.

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*Nigeria: Offodile As A Syndrome

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Have you heard the story of sour grapes? It’s basically about a person who desires something badly but failing to get it turns round to condemn it. Although it is just a story some of us are known to have taken this trait to another level such that it keeps recurring and becomes part of their personality.

We have many of such characters in Anambra but one of them particularly stands out. He is Chudi Offodile a one-time federal house member. Offodile has elevated this trait to levels unimagined to the extent that it has become a sort of syndrome to him which was aptly portrayed by Joseph Anarado on the back page of This Day newspaper of July 2.

Offodile had a largely ineffective representation of his people of Awka North and South federal constituency on PDP platform from 1999 to 2003. PDP even as bad as its members were and are still perceived in Anambra deemed Offodile bad enough not to represent them for a second term. Offodile promptly cross-carpeted to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to contest for senate. APGA not knowing the kind of person Offodile is and probably buying his yarn that he was muscled out of PDP because of the shenanigans there admitted him and allowed him to use their platform to contest the 2007 senate. ( Continues below..... )

Chudi Offodile

Photo Above: Chudi Offodile

Again Offodile lost. His people simply used the opportunity to demonstrate their unhappiness with him for doing nothing for them in his earlier four-year stay in the lower house. Offodile realized too late that party platform could not save him.

Offodile indeed has a history of rejection by his people. In 1992 he contested for House of Reps on NRC platform but was floored by a woman from SDP, Ifeoma Chinwuba. He tried again in 1999 when after losing out in the primaries he simulated a riotous situation that enabled him to be declared winner by frightened officials who conducted the primaries. On the day of the election he was arrested by the police and the commissioner of police confirmed that arrest on the local NTA station on allegations of election malpractice. He was later released after his party threw its muscles behind him.

He went on to ride on the then formidable PDP rigging machinery to a contrived victory and spent the next four years in the federal house. In 2003 even though he was not the rightful candidate of PDP he still wangled his way to Abuja but eventually got punished for his sins when a tribunal threw him out after two years in the national assembly. Indeed, Offodile’s major achievement as a representative of his people was the building of the most expensive hotel in Awka to feather his own nest. Even his constituents still cannot afford to lodge there. Indeed Offodile belonged to the old destructive order that Obi has sent packing. But I was happy to read Offodile concede that when he said inter alia: ‘Peter Obi brought civility and peace to governance in Anambra State at a time politics in the state had degenerated to dangerous and unacceptable levels.’ ( Continues below….. )

Map of Anambra State, Nigeria.

Photo Above: Map of Anambra State showing Chudi Offodile's Awka North and South federal constituency.

The above truthful admission must have been as a result of what we commonly call a slip of tongue by Offodile but it just goes to show that Offodile was part of the uncivility and danger that pervaded the state’s politics then and naturally he like others are fighting back against the change agent called Gov Obi.

It is noteworthy that while he was joining APGA Offodile praised Obi and his government to high heavens, falling short of branding the governor a Messiah. Yet this is the same governor Offodile later turned round to disparage his achievements after falling out of favour with the party.

Like all people jaundiced by hate Offodile in his reaction to Nasir El-Rufai’s tantrums on Anambra State, joined El-Rufai in churning out obvious lies against Gov Obi and Anambra people. The common denominator in both men’s motives was fear of Obi’s soaring profile locally and internationally as a result of his stupendous achievements in a state badly paralysed by maladministration in the recent past. ( Continues below….. )

Obi receiving the award

Photo Above: Gov. Obi (middle), with his wife, Margaret(right), receiving the award of the "Good Financial Planning Governor of Our Time", from Enugu Anglican Church and presented by Bishop Emmanuel Chukwuma during the First session of the 15th Synod of the Diocese at All Saints Church, GRA, Enugu, Enugu State.
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Also both men’s vituperative comments on Obi are clearly driven by fear of what Obi’s rising profile will mean to their ambitions. While El-Rufai sees Obi rightly or wrongly as a big threat to his vice presidential ambition, Offodile sees Obi as a stumbling block to his impending guber ambition. Offodile feels that Obi’s insistence that the next governor should come from the Anambra North senatorial zone could sound the death knell on his candidature as Obi might ‘anoint’ a candidate of his own. So Offodile wants to downplay Obi’s achievements in order to rubbish his own candidate if at all Obi has any such plans.

Thus they had gone on to spill obvious lies. But while El-Rufai can be excused for his since he doesn’t hail from Anambra State, Offodile’s is very pathetic as he is supposed to be a son of the soil. That is why some people have termed El-Rufai an ignoramus and Offodile a mischievous person. ( Continues below..... )

Anambra State Governor Peter Obi

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If not why should El-Rufai term Anambra people as poor and Offodile support him? Why should El-Rufai say Anambra profited from Ngige more than from Obi and Offodile concur? Indeed enumerating what falsehood they churned out is not worth the ink flowing from one’s pen but it will perhaps suffice to give a few examples which will blow their submissions to smithereens; just a few examples.

Let’s just take roads. While Chris Ngige was governor he did roads quite alright but it was the manner they were done that made the difference. Ngige concentrated only on his domain which is Idemili North and South axis, completely neglecting Awka the state capital and the rest of the state. Now, one can ask; of what economic importance were Idemili roads over Awka’s and the commercial cities of Onitsha and Nnewi? What about the food producing areas of Anambra East and West?

But when Obi came aboard he spread his dragnet to cover every part of the state, giving every zone a sense of belonging. For the first time the state capital started being developed and today it is not in doubt that any new thing in the state capital was facilitated by Obi. They include the first ever teaching hospital, the workers’ secretariat, the refurbished Ekwueme Square, the first library in the state after the one built in the First Republic in Onitsha, the Zik Avenue, Arthur Eze Road, the GRA extension roads behind government house, the Awka inner ring road, Court Road, Works Road, Majua Road, the state emergency office complex, among others.

In Ngige’s time Ngige never thought of these things but preferred to be clannish as he developed only his area. But even at that Ngige had a one-point agenda of just parochial road construction. He did nothing in critical sectors like health, education, commerce and industry, sports, etcetera.

But Obi has turned the education sector around by providing schools with computers, buses, generators, boreholes, etc.

Obi has okayed the promotion of workers who were told by Ngige when they went to him that it was not their right; Obi has increased their salaries four times; Obi is building the first teaching hospital in the state; he has built the first stock exchange in the state; built the first stadium (Chuba Ikpeazu) in Onitsha and building another one there; he has handed over schools to the missions and given them a ten-year grant to run the schools; he has handed over some mission hospitals back to them and given them money to operate; he gives the 177 communities in the state money every December to tackle security and pressing projects; he has used his security vote to assist the police and other security agencies in the state by providing with over 100 vehicles and equipment; he has constructed over 600 kilometres of roads in the state and built the highest number of bridges in the state than any previous government, transforming Anambra as with the best road network; he has revived the dead transport sector through the ANIDS Mass Transit buses and cars. The list is endless. All these are very verifiable and have been a result of careful and prudent management of the state’s lean resources through the Anambra Integrated Development Strategy that seeks to develop every sector at same time. It is also anchored on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the only state that uses it that way.

Obi is now giving 60 secondary schools N20m each to rebuild dilapidated infrastructure, something never dreamt of in the state.

The wonder is that Obi has done all this without borrowing a dime from any quarter.

Yet El-Rufai and Offodile want us to believe otherwise. This is why their position has been laughed at by everybody. From what has been enumerated here the truth is obvious and the world can see who’s been lying. But as stated earlier some people attack and condemn what is beyong their reach and that is now what is beginning to be seen as the Offodile Syndrome.

Obiora Odenigbo

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07/05/12

*Nigeria: A Nation in Crisis - Ultimate key to Freedom from Tyrannical Political Leadership

By Rev. Dr. C. Kingston Ekeke

Wednesday, July 4, 2012: Every 4th of July is a very important day in American history. On 4th of July 1776, 236 years ago the 13 colonies that constituted the United States then declared independence from the rule of England’s King George III. The declaration of independence was introduced by Richard Henry lee of Virginia on June 7, 1776, which called for the continental Congress to declare the United States free from the British rule due to a major protest against “Taxation without Representation.” Three days later a committee of 56 names headed by Thomas Jefferson was appointed to prepare an appropriation writing for the declaration of independence.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

That paragraph became the sticking paragraph of that famous document. Americans around the globe celebrate their independence from British rule with parades, bands, marching, sinning, fanfare, etc. They will celebrate with in lavish meal, barbecues, picnics and family gatherings that include fanfare, gifts, pictures, crafts, games and entertainment. Adults, young boys and girls will reflect on the past history and freedom they enjoy in their great country. The national anthem will be sung and many foreigners seeking to become United States citizen will Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States.

“I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands one nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.”

However, the struggle for their freedom did not come easy. It was not granted without major struggle, sacrifice and shedding of blood.

President John F. Kennedy, said, “The cost of freedom is always high but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose and that is the path of surrender, or submission.” ( Continues below..... )

U.S. President Barack Obama

Photo Above: U.S. President Barack Obama

Their struggle for freedom and independence reminds of me of Nigeria’s long battle for her independence from Britain in the late 50’s. Nigeria’s independence was granted due to sustained national grievances of eminent leaders like the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Belewa and others against the British system of indirect rule. In 1960, Nigeria became an independent nation. However, religious intolerance, jihadist fundamentalism, ethnic bias and hatred, political instability, bad leadership, violence, war, ethnic h, immorality, economic woes, disobedience, injustice, and unrighteousness quickly marred our nation's prospect for development and progress. Until today, Nigerians have not really enjoyed any genuine freedom or political peace and national prosperity since its independence from the British colonial masters. In fact, the nation is currently in a serious crisis and challenge of leadership with Boko Haram Islamic fundamentalists and Jihadists killing innocent citizens in the Northern region with impunity. Corrupt government officials are looting public funds and embezzling public treasury; bad leaders without vision taking the people from a nation of strength to weakness and a nation of hope to hopelessness. 13-year democratic government has been a nightmare – a democratic tyranny! ( Continues below..... )

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Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing some major cities and Federal capital (Abuja or FCT)

No one can deny the fact that freedom is the supreme value of the Western societies and off-course humankind in general including the animals of all kinds. There are two things Americans got right – cars and freedom according a popular Super ball TV commercial. I agree that human freedom is perhaps the greatest ideal of the American society. It is the essence, beauty and glory of democracy and free-market society.

For years, philosophers, scholars and thinkers have argued and debated that freedom is the supreme value of the human soul. It is the yearning of every human heart – whether poor or rich. All human beings possess the same desire – to be free to pursue unalienable rights such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, because the human spirit is endowed by its Creator, God, with the desire to be free to pursue life, joy, peace and prosperity. In nutshell, freedom is the ultimate pursuit of the human spirit.

However, freedom is not easy to achieve and it is hard to maintain. Freedom comes with great responsibility. Freedom entails discipline, accountability. Throughout the history of humanity, people and nations have paid the ultimate price fighting for freedom. Millions have died in civil disobedience and warfare in pursuit of freedom. Warfare, religious violence, ethnic cleaning, civil disobedience and other means have been used to fight for freedom. True freedom cannot be achieved through political ideologies or democratic tyranny.

Even now in the 21st century with the explosion of information and communication technology, the struggle for freedom remains one of the horniest issues of our time. Why has human freedom remain illusive and difficult to attain despite scientific advancement and technological progress. Why has human freedom - which is no doubt the highest ideal of the Western society, remained a mirage for so many other nations around our Planet Earth? Why has human freedom become a yoke of slavery rather emancipation of the human soul, heart, mind and will. Could it be that mankind has not sought the true freedom - which is freedom in God – spiritual freedom or divine freedom?

Samuel Bowles, Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst said “the cause of freedom is the cause of God.”

The Apostle Paul writes, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by the yoke of slavery” – Galatians 5:1). He added in Second Corinthians 3:17, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

According to Charles Kingsley, English clergyman, university professor, historian, and novelist, “There are two freedoms – the false, where man is free to do what he likes; the true where he is free to do what he ought.”

Freedom is the central theme and one of the treasures of Christianity. Being redeemed and set free from sin, bondage and fear is the goal of Christianity. The freedom that comes through our Lord is a liberation and deliverance from these three things primarily:

God is compassionate and faithful. By His grace and mercy, He called all of us to be free through the sacrificial life and death of Jesus Christ on the Cross. The freedom that comes through our Lord is a liberation and deliverance from Sin (Romans 6:18), Self (Galatians 5:1, 8-21) and Satan (Acts 26:18; Colossians. 1:13; 1 Peter 5:8). Freedom from Sin: The Apostle Paul writes, “You have set free from sin and have become salves to righteousness” – Romans 6:18). As human beings, Christ has set us free from the yoke of sin which leads to death and given us the power to become slaves to obedience, which leads to righteousness. We have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. ( Continues below….. )

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Freedom from Self: True freedom can only take place when we are genuinely delivered from sin and translated into the light of the Son of God and when the desires of flesh has such as Sexual Immorality, Impurity, Debauchery, Idolatry, Witchcraft, Hatred, Discord, Jealousy, Fits of Rage, Selfish Ambition, Dissensions, Factions, Envy, Drunkenness and Orgies -Galatians 5:19-21 have no dominion over us. Ultimate freedom occurs when the body, soul and spirit are freed from all forms of demonic manipulation and clothed with the fruits of the Holy Spirit which are - Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control Galatians 5:22-25. True freedom is liberation and deliverance from the desires of the flesh and is maintained through the spirit’s continues indwelling and through obedience to Holy Spirit’s leading.

Freedom from Satan: True freedom is achieved when man turns from Satan to God. Satan, the Bible teaches is the ruler of this world. He is the supreme ruler of the world. He dominates the whole world, patrols this earth, and is commander of a host of evil spirits through which he enslaves and keeps captives those without Christ. And so, all those without Christ are under the demonic manipulation and control of Satan. They are enslaved by the dominion and power of darkness. Unless humanity is delivered from the grip of Satan through the indwelling power of God, true freedom cannot be achieved. True and genuine freedom comes begins when we are united Christ and sealed by the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 4:12; Ephesians 1:7). The freedom provided by Christ is not a freedom for us to do whatever we want, but freedom to live the life that is pleasing to God. Our spiritual freedom and rest must never be used as a cover-up for evil or justification for conflict. Our freedom in Christ frees us for service to God and to other people in the way of righteousness.

Thomas Jefferson said, “The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time.”

I like to further categorize freedom into societal and spiritual freedoms. I do not want to undermine the power and importance of societal freedom, but spiritual freedom is even more liberating and critical for societal freedom to have its perfect course.

Ultimate freedom cannot be created by man. Man can create societal freedom but not spiritual freedom. Societal freedom cannot reach its full course without spiritual freedom. Man must be free spiritually. Freedom in its true sense is a quality of God, just as love, beauty, harmony, joy; abundance and peace are qualities of God. Man cannot invent ultimate freedom. True freedom is a gift of God that comes through faith in Jesus Christ. True freedom is the very nature and essence of who we are.

Nelson Mandela, an international icon of freedom fighter, once said, “Our path is to recognize freedom as state of consciousness, not a condition of circumstances”.

We must be renewed and freed in mind, heart and soul in order to attain human freedom. God is our source of true freedom and freedom is the essence of Christian faith. Today, as you celebrate, thank God for preserving the United States of America and for her continued fight in the war for liberty and freedom.

President John F. Kennedy said, “The cost of freedom is always high but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose and that is the path of surrender, or submission.”

Dr. Mike Murdock, the Wisdom guru writes, “4th of July is very important in American history – in their war for liberty and freedom. Americans have a holy hatred for tyrants, dictatorship and destroyers of the human will. That’s why they willingly confront terrorism anywhere they find it.”

Let us pray that God will stir up men and women with a holy hatred for tyranny to liberate our nation from bad leadership, corrupt government officials, ethnic hatred and colonial enslavement. More than ever than any time in history of the nation, Nigeria needs courageous, visionary and skilful leaders to emancipate our land from satanic political leadership and restore her historic honor and moral dignity in the global community. ( Continues below….. )

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

I wish you all happy 4th of July and most importantly God’s freedom. Let God's freedom become your ultimate gift as you celebrate today!

Rev. Dr. C. Kingston Ekeke is a public theologian, author, consultant and leadership scholar. He is the president of Leadership Wisdom Institute.

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*Nigeria: Governor Peter Obi Honoured for Financial Planning

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Governor Peter Obi has received another award as the ‘Good Financial Planning Governor of our Time”, from the Enugu Anglican Diocese. The Award was presented to the Governor at a service to mark the end of the first session of the fifteenth Synod of the Diocese at All Saints Church, GRA Enugu.

Presenting the Award, the Bishop of the Diocese, Rt. Reverend Emmanuel Chukwuma said the Governor had continued to demonstrate prudence, transparency and accountability in using public resources for the collective welfare of all.

Bishop Chukwuma who recalled that the Governor championed the return of schools to churches, explained that while the church remains firm in criticizing the short comings and excesses of those in position of authority, there is equally need to encourage leaders who are doing well. ( Continues below….. )

Obi receiving the award

Photo Above: Gov. Obi (middle), with his wife, Margaret(right), receiving the award of the "Good Financial Planning Governor of Our Time", from Enugu Anglican Church and presented by Bishop Emmanuel Chukwuma during the First session of the 15th Synod of the Diocese at All Saints Church, GRA, Enugu, Enugu State.
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Receiving the Award, Governor Obi thanked them for the honor and commended their choice of awardees who he described as those who have distinguished themselves in service to the people.

He appealed to the church to continue to pray for the country and its leaders to combat the various challenges including problem of insecurity and prevailing global financial crisis, noting that Nigeria is presently burdened with high domestic debt spent on consumption instead of production.

The governor called on leaders to promote exemplary conduct to restore decency in governance, while urging the people not to encourage impunity in service. ( Continues below..... )

Anambra State Governor Peter Obi

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In a sermon earlier, the Anglican Bishop of New Bussa Diocese in Niger State, Rt. Rev. Israel Amoo enjoined Christians to be contented with God’s will for them as God is the only source of blessing and has the final say in human affairs

In his reaction later, the transition committee Chairman, Aguata Local Government council, Chief Titus Anigbogu said the honor is well deserved and a testimony of Governor Obi’s selfless services and commitment in transforming all sectors.

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*Ghana: The President is sick. Take it or Leave it.

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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..... )

George Bush

Photo Above: George H. Bush, US President 1989–93

The 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..... )

President John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills

Photo Above: President John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills of Ghana

He 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, damptey_daniel@yahoo.com )

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