*Chinua Achebe—a Poet, Philosopher and Prophet
By C. Kingston Ekeke, Ph.D
It is with heavy heart and deep sorry, I pen this condolence message and tribute in honor of Albert Chinualumogu Achebe. On behalf of my family and Leadership Wisdom Institute, I wish the Achebe’s family, God’s peace and rest over the passing in glory of the eminent poet, the master novelist, and an essayist per excellence. Our hearts, sympathy, and condolences are with you and your loved ones over this incalculable loss. Ndi-Igbo and indeed the entire nation have lost a national treasure.
The late Prof. Chinua Achebe was a man of dignity, honor, and integrity. He was a brilliant scholar and intellectual giant. Chinua Achebe was a literary giant, a prolific writer, an iconic figure and Nigeria’s pride. He was a rare human-being, a man of moral consciousness and divine integrity. Prof. Achebe was Africa’s pride and a gift to the world.
As a poet, novelist and essayist, Chinua Achebe’s notable achievements include his famous 1958 novel, “Things Fall Apart,” which have sold more than 10 million copies and translated in more than 50 languages. Things Fall Apart is read and studied in schools, colleges and institutions of higher learning in over 100 countries of the world. Achebe’s writings have influenced and inspired the global community for more than half a century. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Prof. Chinua Achebe
As a philosopher, Chinua Achebe was a great thinker and intellectual icon. He was a true gem, a sage and an incomparable personality in human history. He was a prolific author, a master writer and one of the most celebrated writers in the world. Prof. Achebe stands incomparable amongst the world's greatest writers, poets and novelists of all time. Millions of writers—aspiring and skilled, as well as millions of readers around the world, found in him their inspiration. Even the world’s greatest poets are inspired by his writings and style. His writing style reads like music and melody.
As a prophet, Chinua Achebe showed an intense concern about the nation’s corrupt and failed leadership. In his famous book entitled: “The Trouble with Nigeria,” he succinctly writes, “The trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership.” He was so concerned with the pandemic poverty, disease, corruption, violence, ethical and moral decadence in Nigeria due to failure of leadership. In his lifetime, he saw Nigeria degenerate from a nation of hope to a nation of lawlessness and irresponsible leadership.
Today, the wealth of the nation is being fleeced by a leadership cult that does not care for the common good of the country. What we have today is a lawless and disorderly nation—a country with repugnant culture of callousness and irresponsibility. A nation of ethnic jingoism and tribal hatred, a nation where truth is portrayed as false and false as truth depending on who is saying it. Chinua Achebe, the poet, philosopher, prophet and sage always spoke truth to power no matter whose feelings is hurt.
Like prophet Amos, Chinua Achebe spoke to a crumbling nation, a nation since independence has not been able to govern itself, a nation that has not truly enjoyed any period of political peace and economic prosperity despite its abundant resources—human and natural.
Like prophet Amos, Professor Achebe spoke to a nation that is inwardly rotten, against perverted religious nation and corrupt spiritual leaders—hypocritical priests, pastors, bishops, and syncretic church.
Like prophet Isaiah, Achebe possessed prophetic consciousness and spoke against a rebellious nation, a nation of cheaters, looters, liars, hypocrites and irresponsible leaders. He cried out for the ordinary folk who are cheated and exploited by those who claim to be their leaders. He understood the hurt and pains of millions of suffering Nigerians. Like prophet Jeremiah, he wept for Nigeria and condemned social injustice and deceptive prosperity and warned her against injustice, idolatry, and immorality. However, the sage also believed in the power and greatness of Nigeria that can only come when Nigeria buries its tumultuous past; make a sincere decision to live in peace again and genuine effort to re-integrate the Igbos and minorities in the affairs of Nigeria.
As a poet, he was a combination of Dante and Milton. As a philosopher, he was Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle combined. And a prophet, he was the conscience of the nation and a combination of Hosea, Amos, Micah, Isaiah, and Jeremiah. When one reads the writings of Chinua Achebe, one cannot help comparing him among the great and Greek Homeric epics, or English Shakespeare and other greats. Chinua Achebe had a heightened sense of divine agony against the culture of callousness, corruption as well as lawless and disorderly country Nigeria had become.
His recent book, “There was a country—Personal History of Biafra,” which has been described by New York Times as classic, the foremost novelist and world renowned essayist, Professor Chinua Achebe, not only recounts his experiences of the ethnic genocide against Ndi-Igbo, but the deliberate effort to exclude his ethnic people from the affairs of running the nation—a nation in which the Igbos constitute more than one-third of the population and contribute tremendously to the federation.
Despite the barrage of criticisms against his Biafra memoir by some political crabs and idlers because of his facts of genocide, pogrom and wicked monetary policy meted against Ndi-Igbo by Awo and Gowon, the literary icon and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Novelist Wole Soyinka agreed with most of the facts in Achebe’s book. Frankly, it strikes me that most Nigerian political leaders are still living in denial. As one commentator said, words and facts in Chinua Achebe's latest sacramental book: "There was a country", are sacrosanct. Nigeria cannot move forward until she deals with her past. Nigeria cannot and will not move forward until repentance, genuine forgiveness and true reconciliation are made. Ethnic jingoism and hatred, religious bigotry and intolerance, corruption and vision-less leadership are just some of the challenges hindering Nigeria’s development and progress. Until the national leadership courageously deals with such issues, Nigeria will continue to exist in absolute vanity.
Chinua Achebe is a man of honor and integrity. He was a rare human-being and a heavenly gift to the world. He was a great thinker and intellectual giant, the moral conscience of Nigeria and moral fighter for his ethnic people, Ndigbo. Among the dead and those living, even those who claim to be anointed writers today, none is comparable to the late Chinua Achebe. He was a sage, an intellectual giant and global treasure. He possessed an indomitable spirit, and was a champion for justice and a prophet who used his pen to speak against a nation that continues to squander its greatness and glory because of religious intolerance, ethnic hatred and bad leadership.
Let it be noted that the Achebe’s family alone did loose their beloved father, grand-father, uncle, brother, etc., but Ndi-igbo, Nigeria, Africa and indeed the world lost a gem, a sage, and a rare man, whose name and books will continue to resonate throughout the entire global community. On behalf of my family, I wish to express my deepest sympathy and condolences to Achebe’s family over the passing in glory of Chinua Achebe in Boston, Massachusetts and his older brother, Philip Achebe in Atlanta, Georgia a week prior. I pray God Almighty to encourage your hearts and for you to know that your beloved ones have departed this earthly realm to be with the LORD in heaven. They have entered into everlasting peace and glory where there are no more pain, sickness, and suffering.
May God dry your tears and fill you and your family with comfort during this time of grieve, sorrow, and sadness. May the Lord grant the dead eternal peace and give the bereaving family the fortitude to bear this huge loss. May his soul rest in eternal peace! Amen.
May the LORD bless Albert Chinualumogu Achebe and keep you; May the LORD make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; May the LORD turn His face toward you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24). Amen.
In his book, a ‘Call to Conscience,’ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, “death is not a period that ends the great sentence of life but a comma that punctuates it to more loft significance.”
May Chinua Achebe and his works will live forever in our minds and hearts. Adieu.
We bemoan today.
In Deepest Sympathy,
C. Kingston Ekeke, Ph.D. , is a public theologian, author, consultant and leadership scholar. He is the founder and president of Leadership Wisdom Institute.
*Clip of Chief Charles Okereke BBC London Interview of March 31, 2013
By Masterweb News Desk
People’s Servant (Chief) Charles O. Okereke, Masterweb Founder/CEO spoke on BBC London on Sunday, March 31, 2013 on issues on the desirability and criteria for Black British and African anthems. It was a challenging encounter because Chief Okereke did not have preknowledge of the questions for the interview. His astonishing performance in the interview was based on his complete........
*NAEC 1st Quarter Conference: Commander Stresses The Need For Hardwork
By Capt A Abdullahi – NAEC APR
The acting Commander Nigerian Army Education Corps (NAEC) Brigadier Sunday Adedapo Adebayo stresses the need for hard work among Army education officers adding that only through improved effort the best can be tap out of officers. He made this known during an interactive session at the NAEC first quarter conference.
The conference which was held at Nigerian Army School of Education (NASE) Ilorin witnessed participation of Nigerian Army education officers from across units and formations of the Army. The five days event started with a lecture titled “Challenges and prospect of NAEC: The way forward” delivered by Colonel MO Ideh (retired) ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Acting Comd NAEC arriving the venue of NAEC first quarter conference
Earlier, the acting corps Commander paid a courtesy visit to Commander 22 Armoured Brigade, he commended the cordial relationship existing between Nigerian Army School of Education and the Brigade, and then he pledged an improved improved relationship between the two co-located formation and school. Responding the Commander 22 Brigade, Brigadier General IM Alkali appreciates the visit and promised to maintain and improve the relationship, he later wish the acting commander a successful conduct of the conference.
Highlight of the NAEC quarterly conference include lectures, discussions by the seasoned retired army officers, briefs from various NAEC officers on the field and interacting sessions on how to rejuvenate NAEC for better performance of its roles in support of Chief of Army Staff vision.
By Abubakar ABDULLAHI
Army Public Relations Officer
*Kano Bus Bombings:Kano State Government Should Be Dragged Before ICC
By Intersociety-Nigeria (Public Statement)
Nigeria’s Kano Luxury Bus Park Massacre: Government Of Kano State Is An Accomplice And Should Be Dragged Before The ICC For Investigation
(Onitsha-Nigeria, 31st day of March, 2013)-The divide and rule tactics applied by the Government of Kano State, Northwest Nigeria over the 18th day of March, 2013 deadly bomb blasts that killed up to 200 people, if not more, and injured hundreds of others, mostly Nigerian citizens of Igbo extraction, at the New Road Luxury Bus Terminal in Sabon Gari city of the State is unreservedly condemned by the leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law. This has also exposed the State as an accomplice in the dastardly act, which amounts to pogrom. The said State Government risks being made to answer for crimes against humanity before the ICC, at The Hague, the Netherlands. It is recalled that the multiple deadly bomb blasts occurred at about 4:00pm on 18th day of March, 2013; minutes after an unmarked Volkswagen Golf car drove into the Park and parked in between two fully loaded luxury buses belonging to Gobison Nigerian Limited. The car was loaded with undetected improvised explosive devices, which were detonated minutes later. Beside the two luxury buses were three other scantly loaded luxury buses belonging to Ezenwata and Chiemezie Motors Limited respectively. The modern luxury buses, which contained 59 properly seated passengers each, excluding attachments, were Southwest, Southeast and South-south bound buses. The five buses were burnt beyond recognition. The Park, which is located at the heart of the Igbo controlled area of Kano State, called Sabon Gari, also had at the time of the deadly bomb attacks, other passengers, both those embarking on, and disembarking from journeys, as well as hawkers, park workers and passerby.
The advent of Boko-Haram and lately Ansaru Islamist terror brigades as well as the controversial introduction of Sharia Islamic law in the northern parts of Nigeria some 12 years ago have deepened social divisions between the host Hausa-Fulani Muslim population and the non-native Christian population residents in the State, dominated by the Igbos of the Southeast Nigeria. The Igbo race is the strongest hold of the Nigerian Christian population and has consistently been a target of ethno-religious killings in the past 50 years. As per the entrenched social divisions, only few moderate and educated host Hausa-Fulanis patronize private transport companies in the northern parts of the country including Kano State, controlled by the Igbo transporters. The uneducated adult Hausa-Fulanis of the north and their leading politicians despise Igbos with reckless abandon, especially in the area of alcohol consumption and other social lifestyles (other than women and polygamy), which they see as ungodly. Among this class; sitting in the same bus, eating, drinking and shaking hands with Igbos amounts to contamination and unrighteousness. As a result of these and more, social divisions between the Muslim and the Christian populations in the northern Nigeria including Kano State are deepened. Kano State plays host to the largest Igbo population in northern Nigeria with over 3million Igbo residents; most of them settled in Sabon Gari city of the State. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State
Following the deadly bomb blasts, clearly targeted at the Igbo population by violent Islamist brigades, backed by leading northern politicians, the Kano State Police Command led by one Musa Daura, acting in conjunction with the Government of Kano State, released a public statement shortly after the carnage, claiming that only 22 persons died and 65 injured. Few days later, the Government of Kano State led by one Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, released another statement, claiming that 24 persons died and that more Hausas died than the Igbos. The two official statements were far below the casualty figures given by the media and other credible independent sources including the Kano State leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and eyewitnesses, which ranged between 70 and 170 or more. In an obvious bid to justify the despicable act and stick to its deceitful and mangled figures, which received wide condemnations from many Nigerians, the Government of Kano State remorselessly embarked, reportedly, on divide and rule tactics. On March 29, 2013, the duo of one Boniface Ibekwe and one Chi Nworgu reportedly got a brief from the Government of Kano State to engage in act of betrayal against their fellow Igbos especially those that lost their dear lives in the deadly bomb blasts. The duo, as reportedly directed, issued a statement, reportedly prepared for them, claiming that Igbos were not the target of the bombing and that only 37 died and 75 injured and that the dead and the injured cut across other ethnic groups. The duo, as reportedly directed, said they spoke on behalf of all Igbo residents in Kano State.
The perceived procured statement was quickly succeeded by another issued on Saturday, 30TH day of March, 2013, by the Kano State leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, led by Chief Tobias Michael Idika. The statement not only condemned the act of betrayal of the duo of one Boniface Ibekwe and one Chi Nworgu, but also gave graphic steps so far taken by his leadership following the deadly attacks particularly as it concerns the identities and numbers of the dead and the injured. The Kano State Ohanaeze Ndigbo leadership also condemned the despicable roles of the Government of Kano State especially its efforts to suppress the casualty figures and create divisions among the Igbo population in Kano State. The leadership, which on the heels of the deadly bombings, said it counted over 70 dead bodies, informed that as at 29th day of March, 2013, 53 names of dead Igbo sons and daughters were received and recorded in its register with over 60 injured, and that many Igbo families in Kano State have declared their relatives missing, while many other dead bodies were yet to be identified by their families, relatives and friends as at the said date owing to problem of proper identification. Also, according to the leadership, not all the injured were treated in the public clinics; some treated themselves quietly and left, while others went or were admitted in private clinics for treatments.
It is utterly despicable and condemnable that what the Government of Kano State could offer as corporate sympathy for the Igbo residents in its State for the loss of their loved ones is reportedly the application of divide and rule tactics and criminal suppression of the casualty figures. Just the other day, it was the leadership of MASSOB led by Chief Raphael Uwazuruike that reportedly probated and reprobated over this same sensitive issue. The factors that necessitated the reported strange and sudden reprobation were said to have been traced to the Aso Rock Seat of Power in Abuja, Nigeria.
Let those sponsoring these divide and rule tactics among the Igbos be firmly reminded that the retaliations against these killings by the Igbos, if continued unchecked, will be expected from surprised Igbo quarters and not from those angles being compromised and influenced. As a core Igbo oriented civil rights group that is grassroots oriented, we are aware of burning concerns of teeming young Igbo graduate-scientists and non-graduate scientists as well as others resident locally and internationally over these Igbo killings, which explains why we consistently task the Federal Government of Nigeria to find acceptable solutions to the problem and cease the systematic ethnic cleansing against the law abiding Igbo race in Nigeria. Unfortunately, the only solution available to the Government of Kano State and the Federal Government of Nigeria is the creation of imaginary divisions among the Igbos using some leprous individuals who bear Igbo names, whom many Igbos have described as Judases of our times.
For those Judases so called, they should be reminded that bombings and terror killings are like stones thrown inside a densely populated market; anybody can be a victim. Today, they are said to have collected bribes to erase the names and numbers of their brothers and sisters who were massacred by their host enemies; tomorrow, it may most likely be their turn. Also, those Judases so called, can be victims of clean-up killing or perfect crime, which, criminologically, is one of the government or political crimes. This is because anybody who is privy to an enclosure where heinous State crimes are discussed is an express candidate of political elimination or killing.
While commending, unreservedly, the courageous attitude of the Kano State Branch of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo for a good job it has done, we wish to restate our earlier warning that pushing the Igbos to the wall will be very catastrophic and unquenchable. Again, if the Igbo race is pushed to the wall, production of improvised explosive devices and their detonating appliances will be a toyish aspect of what the Race will be capable of inventing and producing. Any further killings of Igbos and other innocent Nigerians, on the strength of these thoughtless divide and rule tactics will be very calamitous. It remains our immutable position that solutions to these senseless killings must be found by the Federal Government of Nigeria as a matter of extreme urgency and immediacy.
The solutions to the systematic massacre of Igbos and other innocent Nigerians by malicious and blood thirsty Nigerians are not far-fetched. They include overhauling by presidential proclamation, of the grossly lopsided command structure of the Nigeria Police Force with respect to rankings, promotions and postings so as to engender geopolitical equity; digitalization of the NPF(including computer literacy) especially its criminal intelligence and criminal investigation; advancement of local and international in-service trainings of the personnel of the criminal intelligence and investigation units of the NPF; upgrading and digitalization of all State CIDs of the NPF including their forensic/crime labs; mass retirement of all serving CPs, AIGs and DIGs from 55 years and above; non-renewal of the tenure of retired DIG Parry Osayande, chairman, Nigeria Police Service Commission and appointment of a non-retired police officer as his replacement come May, 2013; curbing proliferation of small arms and their illicit bearers, which may have reached an all time high of 5.7million in the country; high reliance on preventive policing and less reliance on gun-culture policing; advancement of early warning and hazard preventive measures rather than medicine after death methodologies; equitable implementation of police-citizen protection ratio to all Nigerians irrespective of tribe, religion, age and sex; upgrading and professionalization of the country’s criminal justice system including criminal intelligence and investigation managements, criminal prosecutions and criminal trials; and arrest and prosecution of northern politicians, royal fathers and retired and serving top security personnel found backing the violent religious extremists perpetrating these crimes against humanity or where the Government of the Federation is incapable of ensuring this; express invitation of the Chief Prosecutor/Investigator for the International Criminal Court for investigation, arrest and prosecution of those involved, which may include the Government of Kano State, before the ICC at the Hague.
Comrade Justus Ijeoma
Head, Publicity Desk
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*Chief Charles Okereke To Speak On BBC London This Sunday
By Masterweb News Desk
People’s Servant (Chief) Charles O. Okereke will be interviewed on BBC London this Sunday (March 31, 2013). Chief Okereke, publisher of Masterweb (Nigeria Masterweb & Africa Masterweb) is composer of God Bless Africa, African Union Award Winning Anthem and also composer of several other patriotic songs. This is a must-listen-to interview as it may unravel the secret behind Okereke’s astonishing success in media and music, which are basically the same as music is a medium doing the same as print/news media in the dissemination of information.
The interview will commence at 8.40pm U.K. time (9.40pm Nigerian time; 3.40pm U.S. Central Time) and can be listened to at or http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/bbc_london
People listening locally in U.K. can tune to 94.9 FM.
Photo Above: People’s Servant (Chief) Charles O. Okereke
Photo Above: * - The black colours of the flag represent Africa, the origin of Masterweb. The white colour represents the peaceful orientation of Masterweb towards African democratization and industrialization through grassroot mobilization and information dissemination; it also represents the peaceful nature of Africans before the partition of Africa. The greens represent the great geographical agricultural endowment of Africa. The reds bordering the greens and white represent the civil strive and wars that have scuttled Africa's agriculture, industrialization and peace.
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*The Inauguration of Nigerians in Diaspora Organization (NIDO) Thailand Chapter (What a Missionary Diet!)
By Emmanuel Nweke Okafor
In this write up the writer intends to approach the issue from the point of view of missionary work and a missionary worker. It calls to attempt the question: who is a missionary? Many times this concept is often used only in the religious sense but it should not be the case. Therefore a missionary is someone who has committed himself/herself to the specified task and purpose of his/her Master. The missionary is not allowed to proclaim his/her own point of view, but is only to proclaim the message in which he/she was sent to proclaim. It is then the submission of the writer that the Nigerian Embassy in Thailand has committed herself to the task and the mission in which she is sent to do in a more vivacious, thrilling, exhilarating, energizing and delightful style as never have been before in Asian countries.
This write up makes bold to state that good work of a sound and active missionary must be appreciated, revered and cerebrated. This piece realized that the great change in the Nigeria Embassy Thailand was made possible because of the huge experience so far gathered by these great scholars cum missionaries from their previous missionary posts. Thus the affairs of the Nigerian Embassy Thailand have been well coordinated, organized and put into actions by His Excellency Ambassadors Mr. Chukwudi. N. Okafor and the Deputy Head of Mission Mr. Tunde Ajisomo. The demonstration of team work at present in the Nigerian Embassy in Thailand remains colorful and outstanding. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Map of Thailand
An unknown author once said that "The best remedy for a sick church is to put it on a missionary diet." Indeed Nigerians in Thailand have shown to be in one form or the other a ‘sick church’, ranging from the bad image to the fact that the level of micro-politics have left ‘the church’ unattended to till the arrival of the new team of missionaries. It is non-contestable that the Nigerian Embassy team-spirit has challenged all of us here in Thailand beyond imagination. Indeed a missionary diet has been provided as a remedy. Such missionary diet manifests itself in a form of community gatherings, facilitating and setting up responsible and professional organizations like Nigerians in Diaspora Organization Thailand Chapter (NIDO-TH).
One will not be wrong to confirm that a marriage ceremony has been conducted on Saturday 23rd March, 2013 in which all Nigerians present have seen the need to get (themselves) committed in the philosophy of nation building via re-branding, repositioning and republishing the image of Nigerians in Thailand. As a vibrant missionary, the embassy has inaugurated the Nigerians in Diaspora Organization Thailand Chapter (NIDO-TH). May it be made known that the Nigerian Community Association Thailand (NCAT) has its own vision and mission but with different approach and with different sect of people. Suffice it to say that while NCAT has no limitations for the membership, NIDO has limitations for its members as the main qualification remains to be a formally certified professional. The point remains that Nigerians in Thailand needed a messiah and from all hints such messiah has come. NIDO is the messiah. We pray Oh Lord that NIDO Thailand will survive in the midst of adversaries both within and outside.
The journey of the establishment of NIDO-TH started with the consisted invitation by the Ambassador through his various statements whenever Nigerians gather for community events. Later the Deputy Head of Mission Mr. Tunde Ajisomo took up the practical part of the Embassy work by facilitating the various meetings held prior to the inauguration of NIDO-TH. The meeting gradually became formalized on the second meeting invited by the Nigerian Embassy via Mr. Geoffery Chima the senior counselor, who sent the first official letter inviting all the pioneer members on 4th February, 2013. On this very day three members were appointed to work on the framework, they are Mr. Dollas Asuquo, Mr. Emmanuel Nweke Okafor and Mr. Sam. After much deliberation and the thoughtful exploration for the best way to get the work done, Mr. Emmanuel Nweke Okafor was assigned the task of editing, adding, putting in a better shape or a professional touch all that have been done and then forward it to the Embassy for onward consideration.
As a follow up, another meeting was called on 6th March, 2013. Then the work submitted by Mr. Emmanuel Nweke Okafor was generally edited. NIDO-TH finally came up with a vision and mission statement which main philosophy is anchored on using human resources of professional Nigerians in Thailand to enhance the development of Nigeria and Nigerian’s image abroad. The mission is to offer a refined and highly-regarded information tool to enable linkages of Nigerian skills and expertise abroad with Nigeria’s government, industry, and academic sectors to meet their workforce, training, and economic development needs. The objectives among many other things are to help set up and uphold close liaison with the Nigerian and Thailand governments and other representative bodies having objectives similar to that of NIDO. In addition to this, the aim is also to help encourage the spirit of patriotism amongst Nigerians living in Thailand and support their contribution in the affairs of Nigeria. The most interesting part of the objectives for Nigerians in Thailand is to assist in promoting and enhancing a good image for Nigeria in the Kingdom of Thailand in all areas, by whatever ethical and legitimate means feasible.
Furthermore membership for the NIDO-TH is not open for everybody, therefore to be a member one needs to have a university degree or its equivalent. Membership is open to persons who have a professional or vocational certificate(s). Membership is open to persons with integrity, proven track records and comportment. Membership is open to persons on Thai Non-Immigrant Visa of any type. A university degree, professional or vocational certificates shall only be recognized and deemed valid if and only if it/they are awarded by any certified institution(s) worldwide. Of course not all who applied can be admitted because membership may be refused to persons who are known to be illegal informants. Membership may be refused to persons who are members of such associations or other organizations which are degrading to humans. Interested members are expected to have been a member of Nigerian Community Association, Thailand or have demonstrated to have contributed immensely to the common interest of Nigerian Community(s) in Thailand. The above mentioned vision, mission, objectives and membership qualifications are in tandem with all the NIDO members worldwide. It appeared that all NIDOs have these in common. It looks like copy and paste kind of rules and regulations.
During the inauguration ceremony, the death of our greatest African writer Professor Chinualumogu Achabe was remembered and honor was accorded to him by His Excellency, Mr. Chukwudi. N. Okafor which was followed by the opening prayer led by Pastor Chris. The introduction of the NIDO interim members was done by the Embassy staff, the senior counselor Mr. Geoffery Chima. The newly elected interim Chairman of the NIDOTH Mr. Dapo Adeniyi took the stage and was able to demonstrate that he was indeed the suitable leader Nigerians in Thailand have been yearning for years. In his speech he was able to tell the audience the intimidating and insulting treatment he has received while traveling around the world simply because he is a Nigerian with a Nigerian passport. He promised to work in the best interest of Nigerians in Thailand with the support of the Nigerian Embassy. As the items in the agenda went on, the letter from the NCAT executives was read by one of their representatives in which NCAT showed their support to the NIDO-TH inauguration and had pledged that NCAT will always do their best to support the good work initiated by the Embassy.
His Excellency, Ambassador C.N Okafor took the floor after a lasting accolade based on the flavor and aroma his presence commands among Nigerians from various field of life. It is no longer a hidden truth that at present the Ambassador is so much loved by all Nigerians simply because he is a leader that knows his duties and responsibilities. A cursory look at the Embassy website says it all (http://www.nigeriaembassythailand.com/). As the Ambassador was dishing out his scholarly and well-informed speech the words of Hudson Taylor came up for me that “God isn't looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him". Once again the summary of all that the ambassador said was that Nigerians in Thailand have a lot to contribute both here in Thailand and in Nigeria. He calls on the entire Nigerian professionals to come together (and join hands together) in order to fulfill the real aim of establishing NIDO. From his speech, we understand that NIDO-TH should wake up and start immediately to help promote the exchange of ideas between home country and Nigerians in Diaspora. Again NIDO-TH should help to collect and maintain data on Nigerian professionals in Thailand. The Ambassador left so many challenging words to the NIDO-TH thus he says: “From today, you are part of that process and I am confident that the nation can count on you. It is expected that before October this year, you should have come up with meaningful and actionable proposals in line with the above charge. It goes without saying that given the calibre and standing of your members, a functional structure should immediately be put in place. Finally, in appreciation of your patriotic service, the Mission will grant you a token financial support with unceasing prayers. With these few remarks, the Thailand NIDO Chapter is launched. Congratulations!” (http://www.nigeriaembassythailand.com/pe_nido1.php).
Refreshment followed after a prayer led by Pastor Adebayo, the Nigerian Embassy provided the participants with enough to eat and drink as many who attended the events left with “extra food” or “left-over food”. It was indeed a red-letter day. However, the next agenda was “vote of Thanks” which was apparently seized as an avenue for “self-marketing”, “self-promotion” and “self-opinionated sainthood”. Many participants appeared uncomfortable with such kind of misplaced priority at the event. The troubling question was; can’t professionals distinguish between “vote of thanks” and “a remark”? The Chairman of NIDO-TH had already given his remarks. It appeared, protocol was noticeably breached at this point. In all it is a known fact that wherever human beings gather there must be a room for mistakes as we are all human beings. All the shortcomings at the events were limited and were all professionally handled as all laughed and went home happily after the Islamic prayer. The onus then lies on the interim executives to pilot the affairs of this new organization within the context of Nigerians in Thailand.
The troubling questions are: Who is a professional? Who determines who is qualified to join NIDO-TH as Nigerians in Thailand are diversified and count their interests based on who he/she pays allegiance to or who feds him/her. NIDO-TH has been inaugurated but she really needs to survive given the deep-reflected micro-politics among Nigerians in Thailand. Nigerian Embassy has really tried; the ball is now on the court of all Nigerian professionals in Thailand.
This personal write-up will conclude with the word of Jim Eliot "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." Nigerians in Thailand must all come together by leaving all their vested interests to chart the cause for the common goal of all otherwise we can never reach the goal. This common interest must be based on principle and rule of law as the ambassador had echoed. Honesty remains the Key. We need not keep division. We need to be united because as “divided we fall and united we stand”.
You are welcome NIDO. The writer prays that you will look before you lip. Nigerian Community in Thailand had long been with no meaningful achievement since long time ago. Some argued that Nigerian Community has been in existence since the year 2000 but could not move forward because of vested interests. Now NIDO-TH has arrived with the term professional as nuance. The writer is optimistic that NIDO-TH should look deeply and learn from the mistakes of NCAT. NIDO-TH should beware of the “elements” that left NCAT ungovernable. NIDO-TH should protect itself and follow the footsteps of the initiators in the year 2000. Once again you are welcome NIDO-TH as you are strongly rooted and connected pray that ‘vested interest individuals’ will not also use you to get what they want and dump you scattered. NIDO-TH you must survive since you are a fruit of a transformational missionary. Nigerians in Thailand need you.
Mr. Emmanuel Nweke Okafor is a PhD candidate at the Assumption University Thailand. He is presently a Lecturer in General Psychology and the Supervisor in the Language Laboratory Center, Siam University, Thailand. He has commented on various issues concerning Nigerians in Thailand. He can be contacted at email@example.com
*"Nigeria Is The Future, Britain Is The Past...."
By Masterweb News Desk
Dotun Adebayo is the most successful Nigerian broadcaster ever in Britain. And now, he says, after nearly fifty years in the UK, he's ready to come home. "What ie happening in Nigeria now in terms of the explosion of media is unprecedented anywhere else in the world. In the next couple of years Nigeria will have more television channels than anywhere else in the world and within the next decade will lead the world in terms of television and radio news. So watch out CNN and BBC, Nigeria is where it's at."
52-year-old Dotun revolutionised and conquered the British book publishing industry with his company The X Press in 1992 with the bestseller Yardie,and went on to publish such huge hits ass 'Baby Father' (one million copies sold) 'Cop Killer', Wicked In Bed" and his current smash hit "Prisoner To The Streets", before taking the broadcasting industry by storm in 2001 with his job presenting the award winning global news magazine programme Up All Night for BBC Radio 5 Live. A post that he still holds for 12 years, broadcasting fr four hours a night, four nights a week, making him the presenter with the most airtime on the station. "I represent 10 percent of the station's output. I have over a million listeners tuning in to me every night. Holding down a job like that for all this time hasn't been easy. I have had to deal with a lot of the racism and other prejudiced nonsense that we have to deal with over in the UK."
But now it's time to come home. And Dotun is inviting offers from any of the big new channels.
"You can listen to what I can do on air. My television experience comes from running my own TV channel in the UK - Colourtelly, where I presented black-interest news for years. All I'm waiting for now is the right offer from Nigeria and I'll pack my bags and be on that first plane to Abuja or Lagos. Nigeria is the future, Britain is the past", Adebayo tells Nigerians.
TO CONTACT DOTUN ADEBAYO FOR POSSIBLE INTERVIEW. PHOTOS ETC: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +44 7565 483 766
Photo Above: Dotun Adebayo
*Hell Cerebrates Prayers & Wishes For Achebe As Heaven Shields His Soul
By Intersociety-Nigeria (Public Statement)
Hell Cerebrates Prayers & Wishes For Prof. Chinua Achebe In Death By Nigerian Politicians & Military Apologists AS Heaven Shields His Soul From Contamination
(Onitsha-Nigeria, March 24, 2013)-The irreparable death of the literary giant and social reformer of our times, Professor Chinualumuogu Achebe on Thursday, 22nd day of March, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, has come and is going, but the breaking news is that prayers and wishes in torrents, offered for Achebe De Rejected by reigning Nigerian politicians and military apologists are expressly being cerebrated in Hell and shielded from contaminating his soul by the Angels of the Heaven. For records, Professor Chinua Achebe was born on November 16, 1930 at Ogidi, Idemmili North LGA, Anambra State, Southeast Nigeria. He was a student of the famous and, some say infamous Government College, Umuahia, Abia State, Southeast Nigeria, between 1944 and 1947. His experiences in the hands of his white tutors, who forbade African way of life and promoted un-African way of life, motivated him, to an extent, if not more, into writing the Things Fall Apart in 1958; No longer at Ease in 1960; and The Arrow of god in 1964. He further wrote The Problem with Nigeria in 1983 and The Anthills of the Savannah in 1988. In 2012, he wrote There Was A Country (a personal history of Biafra), which earned him thunderous accolades from millions of young thinkers home and abroad as well as coordinated attacks from other side of the divides particularly the Southwest Nigerian press, which many have described as the anti Igbo emancipation media industry. He won many local and international literary awards, prominent among them, was Man Booker Award given to him in 2007 during which the South African writer and Nobel Laureate in Literature, Nadine Gordiner, described him as The Father of Modern African Literature, a title attached to him even in his irreparable death.
But for the Government of the United States of America, directly or indirectly as well as humanists resident in overseas, Professor Chinua Achebe would have died 23 years ago-1990 in a Nigerian hospital owing to total neglect and quackery in the country’s public and private healthcare. Professor Achebe’s fatal road accident took place sometime in 1990 and he was abandoned to die by the military administrations at federal and State levels with their civilian aides and associates who, mostly, are today’s political office holders in Nigeria. Then he was on professorial appointment with the Federal Government of Nigeria. Most of the politicians praying for him and wishing him farewell in death today were either ministers, commissioners, contractors, SAs or members of the five fingers of a leprous hand and two pillars of a yam tendril during the military regimes of 1990 to 1998, yet Achebe De Rejected was abandoned to die like a street destitute. Today, prayers and wishes from the same hypocritical politicians and military apologists have rented the air in the form of Adieu, Achebe the Great, An Iroko Has Fallen, No, Achebe cannot die, Achebe can never die, A Giant has fallen, We have lost a genius, to mention but a few. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Prof. Chinua Achebe
The abandonment of the erudite professorial scholar in literature in the intensive unit of his hospital bed by those conscienceless mortals is not only the grouse Achebe De Great, his teeming friends and associates had and still have against them, serial corruption, abuse of office, unabated massacre of the Igbos , insecurity and mis-governance of highest order are other legitimate grouses. In 2004, some renegades as described by him, with federal backing, ousted a roguishly sitting governor of Anambra State, his home State, and later burnt down sacred public institutions including the sacred judicial, legislative and executive seats of power, which the roguishly sitting governor put the cost at N30Billion. While N1Billion was earmarked in the 2006 appropriation Law of the State for their partial reconstruction, the government that succeeded it in the same year spent N325million to reconstruct all that were burnt. This commendable act of the latter earned its governor an inglorious impeachment which was reversed by the courts of law in December 2006 and February 2007. To these effects, vagabonds and vagrants, heavily backed with the federal might, took over the public affairs of men and women in Professor Chinua Achebe’s home State of Anambra with reckless abandon while the political noble class in the State took off and fled.
These were the grounds for his rejection of the highly tainted Honour of the Commander of the Federal Republic award in 2004 under former President Olusegun Obasanjo, himself a chief accomplice in the Anambra political brigandage. Erudite Professor Chinua Achebe’s rejection of the 2011 tainted national award of same category by President Goodluck Jonathan was incontestably based on three major grounds: first being that the country’s corruption index was at its peak with over $100Billion domestic and foreign public debts; over $500Billion stolen public funds stashed in overseas; over 70% of annual national wealth going into recurrent spending; and steady decay in public infrastructures. The second incontestable ground for rejecting the un-meritorious award was the unabated massacre of Igbo sons and daughters in different parts of the country particularly in the northern parts. Erudite Professor Achebe must have been saddened that the Igbo race is not safe both in the hands of the Nigerian security forces particularly the Police and illegally armed brigades such as Boko-Haram and Ansaru militant Islamists. The third reason is the high incidence of insecurity in Nigeria as well as uncontrollable proliferation of small arms and their illicit bearers in Nigeria. A UN body recently estimated that there are 5.7million small arms in circulation in wrong hands in Nigeria.
Erudite Professor Chinua Achebe’s love for Nigeria and particularly his Igbo race is inestimable. His belief in the Nigerianess of unfettered equity knows no bounds. In 1961, barely one year after Nigeria’s independence proclamation, he accepted and received the Nigeria National Trophy for Literature award. In 1979, he accepted and received the Nigeria National Order of Merit and the Order of the Federal Republic awards. In 1999, hoping that the exit or planned exit of the military’s inglorious epoch would bring a social salvation for Nigeria; he accepted and received the First National Creativity Award. Years later, he was ferociously attacked by the Southwest Nigerian press for daring to express his displeasure over the continued massacre of the Igbo race, which lost over 1million of her sons and daughters in the 1967-1970 Nigerian-Biafran Civil War and has lost thousands to ethno-religious and extra judicial killings since 1999 in the hands of Nigerian security forces, civil butchers and armed opposition groups. For instance, following his 2012 cerebral book-There Was A Country (a personal history of Biafra), the News Nigeria Magazine, controlled by the Yorubas of the Southwest dedicated three editions attacking him. Series of sponsored editorials, columns and articles were also written against him with rebellious descriptions of his person. Today, to them, Achebe De Rejected & Achebe De Vilified has suddenly become a hero, an iroko, a colossus, a giant, an icon, to mention but a few. These information warfare mongers have joined those that Erudite Professor Achebe despised while alive such as unrepentant political profligates, election riggers and electoral robbers, failed public administrators, political tea makers and flute blowers, abusers of public offices and butchers-in-chief to offer wishes and prayers of the graveyard for Erudite Professor Chinua Achebe’s gentle soul which already got bedded place in Heaven long before its master’s demise.
We thank immensely the Government and great peoples of the United States of America particularly the University of Massachusetts for taking good care of our erudite literary professor in the last 23 years. The Nigerians in Diaspora particularly the Igbo-Nigerians in the United States are immensely commended for standing behind our Great Professor as well. We must not forget to thank the present Government of Anambra State led by Mr. Peter Obi for remembering and acknowledging the great roles of the forgotten heroes of our times both while they live and after they have died. From those who served our State at high capacities both meritoriously and un-meritoriously, such as the Aniagolus, Ezenwas, Enenchukwus, Amechis, Ikpeazus, Mbadinujus; to the irreplaceable heroes of our times such as the Ojukwus, Chike Obis, Kenneth Dilkes and the Achebes. If our erudite professor is given a befitting federating unit burial, he will eternally rest in peace and swear to come from our great State of Anambra and Southeast when next he re-incarnates. We thank pricelessly the Great Angels of the Heaven and our Heavenly General Overseer for shielding the soul of Erudite Professor Chinua Achebe from being tainted and contaminated by Hell-bound prayers and wishes of Nigerian politicians above categorized. The demonic gate keepers of the Hell are congratulated for express reception in torrents of the prayers and wishes above mentioned. We suggest that our Erudite Professor Chinualumuogu Achebe should be awarded a posthumous Nobel Prize in Literature if applicable. Signed:
For: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law, Nigeria
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*Kano & Ezu River Killings: Igbos Are The Most Unprotected & Hated Tribe In Nigeria
By Intersociety-Nigeria (Society Statement)
(Onitsha-Nigeria, 20th day of March, 2013)-The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law notes with gravest concerns the uncontrollable and systematic killing in recent times+ of Igbos in Nigeria particularly in the northern parts of the country. Less than two months ago, over four dozens of Igbo youths who are in their prime stages of socio-economic productivity were both killed extra-judicially and murdered in cold blood by the Nigeria Police Force and dumped into the Ezu River of Death in Anambra State, Southeast Nigeria. As we speak, the outcome of the sampling autopsy, as seemingly manipulated as its process appears, which was carried out by selected government bodies, is still being awaited many days, if not weeks after it was concluded and reportedly handed to the federal government committee in Abuja, Nigeria. While the snippets of the scientific exercise, corroborated by a top government official in the State, are already in the public domain, clearly showing that the victims were gun-shot, bruised, suffocated, etc, by their captors while in their custodies, we have every reason to suspect that the result of the sampling autopsy is being re-worked on to extricate the culprits and shift the blames to God knows angle.
As if the forgoing atrocious act was not enough, up to 108 Nigerian citizens of Southeast extraction popularly called Igbo tribe, including 59 passengers who bought tickets and boarded a modern luxury bus belonging to the Gobison Motors Limited were on Monday evening, 18th day of March, 2013, massacred at the New Road Luxury Park in the Sabon Gari(non-native zone) city of Kano State, Northwest Nigeria(elomba reports 20-03-2013). According to confirmed accounts from the crime scene, corroborated by the Kano State Police Command, a strange Volkswagen golf car drove into the Park at about 4:00pm on the said date and parked in between two luxury buses belonging to the Gobisom Motors Limited, which were fully loaded with passengers, and exploded, killing all the passengers on board. A modern luxury bus in Nigeria carries 59 passengers outside attachment, while the old model type popularly called akpuluka-Brazil, which is not much in the transport usage nowadays carries 42 passengers outside attachment. The explosion, according to the same accounts, led to further explosions, which affected other three luxury buses belonging to Ezenwata Transport Limited and Chiemzie Transport Limited, said to be scantly loaded with passengers. The said New Road Luxury Park is located at the heart of the Igbo area in Kano State called Sabon Gari. In the times past, the area, regarded as an outcast by the host Hausa-Fulani, was given to early Igbo traders in the State to live and suffer. But, years later, the area was transformed to the envy of the host communities including the present and successive governments in the State. The area is now the busiest and one of the most costly sub-cities in Kano State and a melting pot for over 3million Igbos resident in Kano State. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: 1st Photo: Bombed buses and their passengers on firie; 2nd Photo: Bombed-out buses
While it is possible that the number of Igbo citizens, who were massacred in the bombing orchestrated by the northern politicians’ backed violent Islamist groups, is in their hundreds as evidenced by other eyewitnesses accounts including those who observed the evacuation of the dead bodies and the injured, the Kano State Police Commissioner, one Musa Daura, as expected, claimed that 22 people died and 65 injured in different categories. It is recalled that we had on 18th day of January, 2012, in our letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, protested against the endless massacre of Igbo citizens in Nigeria with specific reference to the massacre of estimated 510 Igbos in the Boko-Haram related violence between 2011 and second week of January 2012 alone. In the said letter of ours, we made far reaching recommendations including the need for geopolitical equity in the promotion and posting of senior police officers from Superintendents of Police to Deputy Inspectors General of Police. We observed then, which is still the order of the day in the NPF, that the police-citizen protection ratio in Nigeria was very high for northern Muslim citizens and Southwest (Yoruba) citizens and very low for Southeast citizens (Igbos). We also observed that the northern and southern minorities now called South-south and North-central Geopolitical Zones of Nigeria (northern Christians) are more protected in the hands of the Nigerian security forces led by the Nigeria Police Force than the Igbos or the people of Southeast Nigeria.
We discovered in the course of our investigation into the Nigeria Police Force rankings, promotions and postings that there existed and still exists an age-long suppressive policy being visited against the Igbo senior police officers tended and still tend to shut them down from ascending premium positions and postings. For instance, there were and still are tea makers and tea drinkers in the police command cadre. There, also, were and still are commanders and the commanded in same. It was on the strength of that gross lopsidedness that we prayed President Jonathan to issue a presidential proclamation to the effect that the promotion and posting of the 37 States and the FCT Commissioners of Police should be based on six geopolitical zones of Nigeria; that is to say 6 State CPs should come from each geopolitical zone. Also where there are 90 State and non-State CPs in Nigeria, each zone should get 15; where there are 240 DCPs/ACPs, each zone should get 40; where there are 24/30 AIGs, each zone should get 4/5; and where there are 6 or 7 DIGs, each zone should get at least one DIG. This, we believe, should be extended to the other branches of Nigeria’s security forces as time passes by. The foregoing is still our position till date.
The noble reason for the far reaching recommendation of ours stated above is not farfetched. Firstly, the NPF is the largest public security and law enforcement organization in Nigeria peopled by approximately 371,000. Other security forces put together are not up to the size of the NPF. Secondly, by law and norm, the NPF is the chief protector of Nigeria’s democracy and her citizenry and as such, the most populous and powerful public security organization in the country; taking up to 60% of Nigeria’s real defense/security expenditures both in terms of recurrent and capital spending. Thirdly, the recommendation, if judiciously implemented, will address the glaring police-citizen protection ratio gap between the Igbo citizens and their counterparts particularly northern Muslims’ partners. Fourthly, absence of same number of Igbo State ACPs, DCPs, CPs, AIGs and DIGs with their northwest, northeast and southwest counterparts, in the top police management or security meetings in Nigeria put the Igbo race in a perpetual state of insecurity and other unsafe conditions. Because the 37 States and the FCT Police Commands in Nigeria as well as their Area and Zonal Commands are dominated by ACPs, DCPs, CPs and AIGs from our other partners’ zones, Igbo residents and communities particularly in the northern parts of Nigeria are utterly denied early warning, preventive and hazard mitigation security measures or interventions by the country’s security forces led by the NPF. It has been severally alleged that during killings targeted at the Igbos particularly in the northern parts of Nigeria, official and private phone numbers of the areas’ CPs usually go off, but hours after the killings they come back. Even when their numbers are not off, responding to them at that point in time is an act of impossibility. They usually emerge after the killings to evacuate the dead and the injured and to grant press interviews so as to mangle the causality figures. This is entirely the opposite when Hausa-Fulanis resident in the south are occasionally threatened or perceived to have been threatened. Prompt and effective security measures put in place in Anambra State and other parts of the Southeast Nigeria following the Monday’s Kano massacre is a clear case in point.
It is on account of these apparent injustices against the Igbo race in Nigeria that we hold that the Igbos are the most unprotected and hated tribe in Nigeria. The race is also not safe in the hands of the Nigeria’s security forces including the Nigeria Police Force. Despite the fact that its youth population is very enterprising, non-violent, tolerant and law-abiding, yet the promising population, especially the males are the most hunted by the security agencies in Nigeria. The Igbos are akin to African Americans and Hispanics (Mexican Americans) in the United States who are always gone after by the US law enforcement agents with a false belief that they are more lawless than the so called white Americans. Out of about 2.3 million prisons and correction centers’ inmates reportedly in the U.S., as at 2009/2010, the former are in majority. In Nigeria, it is possible that out of the country’s reported 54, 0000 inmates, greater percent of them are the Igbos; out of those killed in the Boko-Haram insurgency in the country since 2009, Igbos are indisputably in majority; out of those killed in the country’s ethno-religious killings since 2001, the race had majority of its sons and daughters murdered; out of those killed extra-judicially by security forces in the course of fighting the Boko-Haram insurgency, it is most likely that Igbos take a commanding lead; out of those taken into police custody and murdered, Igbos may most likely be in majority; and out of those killed across the country at police roadblocks, the Igbos may be in majority as well. We challenge the Nigeria’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and the NPF to prove us wrong by publishing credible crime statistics/reports detailing the geopolitical origins of the victims including the country’s prisons and correction centers’ inmates.
The Igbos are also the most hunted in the areas of pre-crime checks by Nigeria’s security forces particularly the law enforcement agencies like the NPF. For instance, an average northerner who owns a car or motorcycle; bears a machete or dagger or single/double barrel gun, etc, is free from the prance of the law enforcement agents. He can drive his car or ride his motorcycle for years without authorized papers, yet he is not a law breaker; whereas any Igbo citizen who nears any of these is an express candidate of summary death and extortion in the hands of the law enforcement agents particularly the officers and men of the NPF(Nigeria Police Force). This princely treatment is to a large extent, extended to the citizens of the Southwest Nigeria. Politically, Igbos are endangered too. For a mere fact that President Goodluck Jonathan, considered as a half Igbo, is present Nigeria’s President, has irked the Northeast, Northwest and Southwest political gladiators, who have ruled Nigeria in turn until 2010 when it moved to the South-south zone of Nigeria. Today, they have deployed both political, information and human warfare to return the country’s presidency to their destructive status quo. Dangerous and anti-Igbo emancipation moves have been initiated by the trio of political power mongers by way of the so-called political alliances using Igbo’s political tea makers and flute blowers to catapult our great race back to the political Stone Age and enslavement. Information warfare against the Igbo race is also directed against it from left, right and center, particularly from its Southwest partners.The Igbo political clowns and failed leaders are celebrated and canonized by the Southwest media, whereas great achievers and successful political leadership transformers from our great zone are condemned and destroyed by same. With political clowns in-charge of our zone, it is perpetually enslaved politically. Coordinated media attacks directed against Professor Chinua Achebe and his book titled: There Was A Country (A Personal History Of Biafra) recently and ongoing politically motivated crisis engulfing the Igbo central political party-APGA are a clear case in point.
Finally, it is very obvious that the Igbos are facing battles for their survival and cultural identity from many fronts particularly from Northeast, Northwest and Southwest. When an Igbo son or daughter occasionally becomes the head of Army, Customs or Immigration, booby traps are laid against him or her from other tribal partners. False or spurious accusations such as tribal promotions, postings and recruitments, rent air, but someone other than an Igbo heads the Army, Customs and Immigration, etc, anything goes with impunity and immunity.
We condemn the endless massacre of Igbo people by Nigeria’s legal and illegal armed brigades. The President Jonathan’s gross incompetence in the face of all these is alarmingly worrying. In the past 2012 and present 2013 budgets, a total sum of N1.87trillion(N921billion & N950billion respectively) was provided for security, yet the country, particularly the Igbos have continued to be unsafe and endangered in their own country. We condemn unequivocally the mouthed reactions of the Presidency and those occupying elective and appointive top public offices in the Southeast zone of Nigeria each time these unprovoked killings of the Igbos take place. The Presidency appears deaf and dumb and has refused to implement far reaching recommendations and pieces of wise advice offered by thinkable Nigerians. By this the Presidency is making unquenchable retaliations someday soon by the targeted ethnic groups and their sympathizers against their attackers, inevitable day by day. If, some say, coconuts heads, can produce elements taking human lives in dozens, then it will be monumentally disastrous if the thinkers and inventors of our times are pushed to the wall. Their own lethal elements may most likely be WMD. The great transformers of deserts and slums must never be underrated. If President Jonathan and his team refuse to stop these senseless killing of the Igbos, then great danger lies ahead.
Not minding the foregoing and pending when the gross security imbalances in the country’s polity including the NPF are frontally addressed, the Igbos should be vigilant at all times wherever they reside in Nigeria and invoke their sacred rights of Self-defense. They must remain law-aiding and refuse being the attackers unless attacked. While exercising their sacred rights to self-defense, proportions of their responses must not exceed those deployed by their criminal attackers. This is universal yardstick behind sacred rights to self-defense.
Comrade Justus Ijeoma
Head, Publicity Desk
*What Does Cloud Computing Portend For Developing Nations - Part 2
By Chris Onyishi
Most of my readers should by now have a reasonable idea of what “Cloud Computing” means. We tried, in the first part, to indicate all the features of a “Cloud Computing”. In furtherance to the discussion, we continue to enunciate the good, the bad and the ugly of this phenomenon. It will amount to arrant nonsense for anybody to say that there is no good part of the “Cloud Computing” phenomenon. What will not amount to arrant nonsense is to say that the good part of this phenomenon will become another tool of imperialism if developing nations refuse to see the trend and guard against it in good time.
When the West wants to mess the developing world up, they bring in the phrase of “re-inventing the wheel”. And they bring in our sons and daughters who went to LSE, MIT, Harvard, etc to argue in their Western polished and twisted senses. And who says complex and intimidation does not work? How dare you challenge what an economist from LSE says?
But the truth is that Kim Woo Choong knew that there was Bentley, Mercedes, Rolls Royce, etc when he ventured into Daewoo motors. He even wanted to conquer American automobile market by selling part of Daewoo to General Motors of USA in the late eighties.
When the deal did not come off smoothly, or was not going to reduce Daewoo’s strength in favor of USA, Kim regained sole control of his company in the early 1992 and by 1995 Daewoo had become very profitable venture.
The Korean embarked on an aggressive expansion which was supposed to push Daewoo into the top ten car manufacturers of the 21st century. This move led to the capture of a number of car manufacturing companies in India and elsewhere in Eastern Europe. In what looked like an aggression from within, the South Korean government introduced some measures which forced large companies such as Daewoo to break up. Daewoo was smashed around 1999 and Kim Woo was later charged with fraudulent business practices.
Without being emphatic and without showing any tangible evidence, it is not impossible that the developed nations have a shrewd way of destroying conglomerates that are developing countries’ friendly.
If Daewoo had taken roots in the Nigerian auto industry, Nigerians would today be doing new cars and that would have reduced the number of tokumbo cars coming into our country. Even though we now have variants of Korean cars such as Hyundai and KIA motors, they are now operating like every other capitalist venture – in Africa or any other developing country – which is not meant to really empower the host nation.
I have deliberately brought in the story of Daewoo for a reason. Africans must decide on what they want to do with their lives. The “Cloud Computing” phenomenon is going to be more damaging to developing nation’s economies, if it is deployed outside their shores, than the physical automobile and other economic manipulations by the West and their allies.
In one of his visits to Africa during his Presidency, one of America’s finest Presidents, Bill Clinton did say that God – in His infinite mercies – sprinkled intelligence evenly over the surface of the earth. And Africa and the other developing nations are all part of the surface of the earth. But wittingly or unwittingly, the developing countries have refused to make use of their own intelligentsia. They sell out to the West with little bargain.
For every second we spend on the internet through our phones or computers, we pay some money directly or indirectly to foreign companies who are mostly from developed nations or who are operating under the auspices of developed nations.
It might sound ridiculous to realize that about 90% of all the SMS messages we send to somebody in Nigeria routes round from countries outside our shores. The implication is that for every SMS message originated from Nigeria, a greater portion of the money paid goes out of our country to other lands. And there is absolutely no reason SMS messages originated in Nigeria and meant for somebody in Nigerian should go outside our electronic space.
The very important part of the technology involved in the SMS gateways, as well as in the “Cloud Computing”, can be wholly sourced from our country. It is mainly software. You can source the hardware from anywhere and develop the accompanying software locally because, according to Bill Clinton, the intelligence to do that is in our land.
So, coming back to the main theme of this article, I want to say categorically that “Cloud Computing” is very good but that is if it is going to be implemented wholly within the developing country’s territory and backed up by the resource people who are natives of such countries. Anything short of that will mean another round of colonization and this may even be more devastating than all other forms of colorizations we have ever known.
Even as we write this article now (19 February 2013) now, cybercrime is a raging issue amongst the super powers such that USA is pointing accusing fingers to China and the Chinese foreign ministry is fighting back with the same argument that hacking of their data points to crooks from USA. So even amongst the developed world, we can see evidently that there is a great danger. Cybercrime is an issue that does not require large physical infrastructure. It only requires sharp minds, a laptop and internet connectivity.
WHAT IS THE UGLY PART OF CLOUD COMPUTING?
“Cloud Computing” is an extra-terrestrial kind of a thing to developing countries because they will not be involved in the phenomenon beyond being consumers of “cloud resources”.
a) To an Individual:
Every person who wants to engage in cloud computing will have to have internet connectivity. But this sounds like a wacky idea to most of developing countries’ citizens. When people are still battling to beat off hunger, we are going to be held down with the cost of having a broadband internet. Although it could be argued that internet connectivity cost is coming down, yes, but it will never be free. In addition the individual may not have reasonable privacy anymore because all his/her activities are residing in somebody’s computer hard disk. And for those who will have parentage that can afford connectivity, there will be a content issue. They will be forced to view contents that the originating country will choose to show them. And we have not talked about unemployment that will be engendered by “Cloud Computing”
b) To Corporate organizations.
The cooperation that is utilizing “Cloud resources”, which is hosted outside of its shores, will have to perennially be under the pressure of security threats. This is because as we indicated above, cyber crime has become a major issue around the world.
c) To a nation.
“Cloud Computing” is probably more dangerous to a nation, if it is going to be hosted outside the shores of that nation, than any other one single social menace. When cooperation outsources its automation through “Cloud Computing” that is hosted outside of its shores, the implication is that the little jobs meant for the citizenry of developing nations will also be outsourced to the countries providing the “Cloud Resources”. You get a situation where the banking activities are performed for Nigerian banks by some little boys in India and other Asian nations or the Americas or in Europe.
As I am writing this article now, there is this news that USA spent over Three Hundred Billion Dollars for cyber security in the year 2012 alone. Which developing country will survive that expenditure on cybercrime alone?
I did also enthuse earlier on that Face Book owner, Mark Zuckerberg has a better statistics on the youths of our country more than our government.
The issue of content will also became problem to developing countries. The “Cloud Computing” providers will also control the contents they throw along their services. So it is possible for a manufacturer in Europe to pay “Cloud Computing” providers to stream certain contents and go around to manufacture products in that line since they have a better statistics on our youths age distribution data.
THE WAY OUT
The beautiful thing about electronic technology – automation and information technology – is that a very serious nation does not need too much of outside interference to be able to consummate it. I did a piece not too long ago which I titled “NIGERIA IS NOT RIPE TO BAN PURCHASE OF FOREIGN COMPUTER HARDWARE” in which I stated what will be involved for Nigeria to evolve a sound information technology base which will wage capital flight out of our economy. The reader can use the link to read through that article which is very informative and educative as well as it is creative. The article revealed that we can make more money from software than we make from crude oil.
Below is an excerpt from that piece:
“If we are serious in this country and we have very proactive thinkers in government, we could start by asking the banks in Nigeria to change all their banking applications to a locally made one. And even at that, we should give them nothing less than 5 to 10 years to phase off foreign banking packages. This could be achieved by asking the whole banks in the country to raise about fifty billion Naira, assemble about a hundred very amazing intellectuals in fields of engineering, physical sciences, finance, accounting, social sciences and lock them up in one hall and give them each five hundred million and mandate them to build a functional banking application suitable for Nigerian environment and economy within 10 years.”
The problem of Africa is more of leadership than industrial. Elsewhere in the developed worlds, leaders owe allegiance to their citizenry but in Africa our rulers expect us to owe allegiance to them. Secondly, our rulers do not think that we have a future and that is why you see a ruler stealing his constituency red and cart such loot out of the country. That is why our rulers do not care to establish medical facilities within our countries. Instead they run away to other lands to get treated when they are sick without minding what becomes of us when we are sick.
It is also with this levity that they perceive all other forms of development. Agrarian, industrial, education, health care, technology transfer or acquisition, road infrastructure, housing, etc. I am spending time and energy to think about how our country in particular and humanity at large will be better but those who kill and maim to become leaders never sit down to ponder on the future of their countries. They won’t even spend time to read what thinkers have come up with which will benefit their people if they have the courage to implement them.
Technology transfer or acquisition does not occur where corruption has taken roots because both are incongruent. And even as we are hopeful that we will be able to transform our country, we are not unmindful of the fact that corruption is a major force against such transformation. And this is where I really do not understand what our rulers are up to.
The reader would have observed how often and consistently I used the phrase “if is hosted outside of the national shores”. That was an acceptance that if “Cloud Computing” is implemented within the shores of a nation, it may not be as deadly as it would be if it is hosted outside of the shores of a nation. So there is still a window for manageable “Cloud Computing” if it is domesticated. A developing nation would still enjoy all the benefits associated with “Cloud Computing” while avoiding some of the tragic ends of foreign grown “Cloud”.
So the major way out for developing countries is to deploy a home grown “Cloud Computing” infrastructure that will limit security issues, retain all the jobs that are associated and tap on the volume impact of such huge database
In subsequent parts to this article, I will try to come down to very specific events that take place in the cyber and communications arena. For instance, how does SMS message from Adekunle of Surulere in Lagos State get to one Emeka in Orile Igamu area of Lagos and vice-versa. What events take place when you go to an ATM point to take out Ten Thousand Naira from your account?
Chris Onyishi (email@example.com)writes from Lagos, Nigeria.
"What Does Cloud Computing Portend For Developing Nations - Part 1":-
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