*Beware of Victor Umeh, Rochas To His Commissioners & Aides
Following the problem between Chief Victor Umeh and Gov. Peter Obi, Rochas has warned his Commissioner and aides to be careful with victor Umeh, insisting that if he could attend to blackmail the saintly Peter Obi, that there is nothing he would not do to any person.
Rochas whom people thought was the beneficiary of Umeh’s fight against Obi, said that what Umeh was doing had shown him as a vicious and born blackmailer, who could even blackmail the Pope if he refused to give him money.
Victor Umeh is fighting Obi because he refused that Umeh should impose his candidate, Chief Ifeanyi Ubah as the next Governor. Already, Ifeanyi promised him 500 million Naira if he delivers. Already, he has paid him N250, Million naira for the balance to be paid after delivery.
What victor is doing now is part of the long planned strategy to deliver ifeanyi Uba. Read below what was posted on the net earlier this year
IFEANYI UBAH SET TO FIGHT GOV. PETER OBI
Today, it is no longer a secret that the Anambra Oil magnet, Chief Ifeanyi Ubah is set to replace Gov. Peter Obi as the Governor of Anambra State.
He has been telling his friends that he was ready to spend whatever it will take to achieve his ambition for which he had set aside the initial N20, 000,000,000 Billion and he is working seriously towards that.
To get the support of the people, he has floated a foundation through which he is supporting the poor, building churches, subsidising kerosene, helping the widow and all manner of philanthropy.
Chief Austine Ndigwe, (Uzu Awka and Ozo Gidigbam Gidigbam) his right hand man said that Ubah had already secured the support of Rochas Okorocha, whom he made the Governor Single handedly. He said that the Oil magnet is unhappy that his own Governor is not supporting him, but he said they had a good weapon they would use against him if every effort to get his support failed.
Uba has the support of the following, who are also on his monthly pay roll for the project:
a. Chief Victor Umeh (APGA National Chairman) N10,000,000
b. Chief Austine Ndigwe, Uzu Awka N10,000,000
c. Mr. Alfred Nwosu N5,000,000
Others he feels that may be in a position to help are also on his pay roll, including some vociferous clergy men of all denominations.
NOW THE WAR
Uzu Awka said Ubah confided in them how Obi would kneel down and beg him at the appropriate time. How he paid N25, 000,000 (Twenty-Five Million Naira) to the former Lagos State Commissioner for Police, Mr. Marvel Apkoyibo to set Obi up. Do you still remember the $250,000,000 (Two hundred and Fifty Million Dollars) and N250, 000,000 (Two hundred and Fifty Million Naira) his people were apprehended with while transporting it from Awka to Lagos.
Uzu Awka said that Obi did not know that the ADC in question, was the one Ubah used to do dirty deeds in Lagos and that it was Ubah who planned for him to be sent to Anambra as Obi’s ADC. “The man think he is clever not knowing that Anyi had already paid his former ADC, N3, 000,000 (three Million Naira) for him and his boys to spy at his every move and he succeeded.” he said.
What will Obi Need him for?
According to Uzu Awka, Ubah informed him that Akpayibo had already given him the entire video of the $250,000,000 (Two Hundred and Fifty Million Dollars) and N250,000,000 (Two Hundred And Fifty Million Naira) episode containing:
a. When the money, local and foreign currencies, were loaded in Awka
b. When the money was being of-loaded in Lagos
c. Where Governor Obi was kneeling down and begging the Police Commissioner to only disclose the Naira component and allow him keep the $250, 000,000 Dollars, (Two Hundred and Fifty Million Dollars), which he agreed after he was given $10,000,000 (Ten Million Dollars) out of it.
Uzu Awka boosted that the tape is with Governor Rochas Okorocha, himself, victor Umeh and Alfred Nwosu.
Uzu Awka further revealed that they had got the Accountant General of Anambra State, who confirmed that Gov. Obi has one of the cheque books of Anambra State Government in his possession , which he uses to withdraw the money he changes into dollars.
He said they also heard how Obi withdrew the sum of 5, 000, 000 Pounds (Five Million Pounds) he said was for the payment of Ojukwu’s hospital Bill, When the actual bill was just 500,000 Pounds (Five Hundred Thousand Pounds).
Ubah, according to Uzu Awka, has documentary evidence of all the properties Obi bought in different parts of the world. He went on to name some:
a. Block of flat at Dubai bought for $10,000,000 (Ten Million Dollars)
b. Block of flats at Singapore bought at $12, 500,000 (Twelve Million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars)
c. A detached building at Atlanta, Georgia at $6,500,000 (Six Million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars)
d. A flat at Manhattan, New York, $8, 250,000 (Eight Million, Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars)
e. A Holiday Resort at Bahamas for which he paid $4, 500, 000 (Four Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars)
Uzu Awka said the moment Obi knew that Ubah has a lot on him, he quickly visited him in his Abuja home knelt down and begged him not to expose him.
Ubah, Uzu Awka said further, was particularly angry that Obi, in spite of his hands of friendship, is bent on handing over to a known drug courier.
Uzu Awka revealed how Ubah had concluded arrangement working with the Presidency and EFCC of how Obi’s immunity would be waived for his arrest if he does not support Ubah. He also talked about the arrest of his wife and Commissioners by the EFCC.
Uzu Awka talked of how they got Obi’s Commissioner for Finance, Eze Echesi to support them, because he had been promised that he would be retained and made the coordinating Commissioner for the Economy of Anambra State. Anambra’s version of Nigeria’s Okonjo Iweala. He said he had been quite helpful, giving then photocopies of sensitive documents that they will use ti nail Obi’
As for the SSG, who wants to be the Governor, Uzu Awka said the poor man saw the force Ubah was coming with and had already agree to serve as his Deputy instead. Though the man is old, he said it would be strategic to use him and placate his people who were promised to produce the next Governor.
Photo Above: Governor Rochas Okorocha (Left); Victor Umeh (Right)
*Nigeria Plane Crash Kills Over 153, Including Residents - Nation In Shock
( Dual Engine Failure Cause of Crash )
Masterweb News Desk reliably gathered there were no survivors in Dana Air Boeing MD-83, operating as flight 997 that crash in Lagos on Sunday at approximately 3:43 pm (10:43 am ET) local time in Iju Ishaga, a little over 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) north of the airport. The Dana aircraft with 146 passengers and 7 cabin crew, en-route from Abuja to Lagos, crashed into a three-storey building and exploded into flames. The plane first crashed through a furniture store, then into the three-storey residential building next to it. The crash impact extensively damaged the furniture store, but partially on the three-storey building, as the plane’s nose was the only section that penetrated the later structure. Debris from the plane and badly burnt body parts littered the crash site. Ten people were killed on the ground according to reports. Two fire trucks and 50 emergency personnel were on the crash site an hour after the incident.
Thousands watched as firefighters battled the flames; some reported burning bodies in the wreckage. Eyewitnesses said they heard passengers crying for help. One eyewitness said: “They were crying, help, help, help but no one could do anything after the plane had crashed. We all rushed to the scene after the plane crashed but we did not know what to do as the smoke was too much for us. Somebody in the crashed plane, we don’t know whether it was a passenger or the pilot, tried to escape, but was burnt to death.” ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: People at the crash siteSearch by firefighters, residents and rescue workers for bodies and, hopefully, survivors continued through the night and into Monday. More than 80 bodies had been recovered by 1.00 am Monday local time, 10 of which belonged to residents of the building/area.
Though Nigeria aviation authorities are still carrying out investigations to determine the cause of the crash, Masterweb Reports reliably gathered both engines of the plane failed as it prepared landing. It is not clear what led to the failure of both engines at the same time, but aviation experts who spoke to Masterweb Reports on condition of anonymity said they did not rule out poor maintenance. Six Chinese nationals were on board the ill-fated flight. The pilot according to confirmed reports was an American and the co-pilot, an Indian. Many rule out human (pilot) error in the crash.
Princess Stella Oduah, Nigeria Aviation Minister on Sunday said she was saddened by the crash; in her words, speaking at a news conference at the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) headquarters said: “Today at 3.43 pm local time , DANA Air flight 0992 from Abuja to Lagos declared an emergency with the Lagos Control Tower at eleven nautical miles to Murtala Muhammed Airport( MMA). A minute later, the aircraft disappeared from the air traffic control radar. The flight was found to have crashed into a residential building at Iju area of Agege with 153 people on board. The police, National Emergency Management Agency ( NEMA), rescue teams from the airport, Lagos State , Ogun State and other agencies were at the crash site within minutes, At this time, no survivor have been found. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the passengers and the people on the ground who lost their lives in this tragedy. The Federal Government will ensure that this incident is thoroughly investigated to determine the exact cause of the accident in order to prevent a similar occurrence in the future.” ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Body of a victim being removed from the crash siteDana Air had its maiden flight in November 2008 and now operates 18 domestic daily flights to Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Uyo. In August 2010, U.S. gave Nigeria FAA's Category 1 status, its top safety rating which allowed the nation's domestic carriers to fly directly to U.S. Nigeria’s aviation is not without problems - radar screens may go blank from electric power failure which is rampant in Nigeria, airports inclusive. Sunday crash is the second involving Nigerian planes in two days. On Saturday, a cargo plane belonging to Allied Air overshot the runway in Kotoka International Airport, Ghana, and crashed into a mini bus, killing 10 people. Dana crash is Nigeria's worst aviation disaster since 1992 when a military C-130 went down after takeoff in Lagos, killing all 200 on board.
Among the victims of Dana Air flight 997 crash are the Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Levi Ajuonuma; and Ehime Aikhomu, son of the late ex-military Vice-President Augustus Aikhomu. Below is manifest of Dana flight that crashed in Lagos –
Onita Jennifer, Ike ochonogo, John Ahmadu, Onyeka Ayene, Hurriya Lawal, Berkisum Yindadi, Ebuka Enuma, Oluchi Onyenyiri, Sunday Enuma, George Moses, Noah Anyene, Kamsi Anyene, Stamford Obruste, Kayinentochi Anyene, Okeke Hope, Rev Ayodeji, Ngozi Cole, Ailende Ehi, Oluwasegun Funmi Abiodun, Shehu Usman, Alade Martins, Onita Josephine, Ike Ochonogo, John Amadu, Aquade Roger, Osunbade Aderoju, Fatokun Anjola, Fatokun Olaoluwa, Ajani Adenike, Ike Abugu, Adijolola Abraham, Otegbeye Adiza, Ehioghae Sonny, Abikale Otatori, Ntoku Charles, Anibaba Tosin, Shobowale Femi, Somolu Oluwafemi, Ariyibi Temitope, Ojugbana Amaka, Ojugbana Xtopher, Muti, Yusuf Ali, Lt Col Chumbo Ochigbo, D Awani, O Awani, N Chidiac, Li Huizhu, Kang Yi, Inuza Ahmed, Fayzal, Mojekwu Adeobi, Ibrahim D, Peter Nosike, Mahmud Aliyu, Nnadi John, Akwezi Elizabeth, Adedunni Dorothy, Maria Okulehi, Jennifer Ibe, Mtshelia Sarah, Onyeagocha Chidinma, Ike Okoye, Amaka Raphael, Garba Abdu, Abdu Aisha, Benson Oluwayemi, Taiwo Lamidi, Awodogan Oluwasanmi, Major Ig Mohammed, Attah Antonia, Li Riu, Ifeanyi Orakwe, Obina Akabueze, Chukwuemeka Okere, Adekunbi Adebiyi, Wasa Ruth, Nabil Garba, Ibrahim Jangana, Okikiolu Olukayode, Komolafe Olugbenga, Dike Chinwe, Olusola Arokoya, Olukoya Banji, Saka Otaru, Yusuf Ibrahim, Ikpoki Abiola, Levi Ajuonuma, Mbang.
President Goodluck Jonathan declared a three-day national mourning in memory of the victims of the Dana Air crash. He directed that the national flag be flown at half mast for the three days of mourning. Jonathan also cancelled all public engagements scheduled for Monday. The cause of the Dana Air crash is yet to be determined, but questions are being raised about the age of Dana’s planes. In 2010, Nigeria banned all planes over 20 years old. According to Planespotters.net, the average age of Dana’s fleet of five planes is 21.4 years, its newest plane is 20.9 years old.
Photo Above: Rescue workers and firefighters work to contain fire while they continue to look for survivors, Sunday, June 3, 2012.
Photo Above: Policemen, firefighters and rescue workers at Dana Air flight 997 crash site, Sunday, June 3, 2012.
*Civil Defence Arrest Seven For Multiple Adulteration
Masterweb Reports - Thursday, May 31, 2012: The Abia State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps on Thursday 31st May, 2012 at about 2:30pm arrested seven persons (six men and one lady) for adulterating multiple products.
The suspects were caught red-handed at Cemetery Market in Aba, Abia State by a combined team of; the Anti-vandal, the Rapid Response Squad and the Command’s Operation Patrol Team.
The arrest was made possible through information gathered by the NSCDC surveillance team, who carried out an undercover operation in the area for a period of time before invading.
The NSCDC found and confiscated their manufacturing equipment, the finished products and others at various stages in the adulteration process.
Some of their finished adulterated products which are in cartons are;
St. Lauren Wine;
Seaman’s branded cups;
5 Alive Wine;
Chelsea London Dry Gin;
Mc Dowell’s Whisky;
Squadron Blended Dark Rum
The suspects are currently undergoing interrogation at the NSCDC state command Umuahia while investigations into the matter are on-going.
Photo Above: Map of Abia State, Nigeria.
Photo Above: Some of the adulterated products seized by Abia State Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps operatives
*A Call For Nigerian Youths To Unite
By Amiru Adamu
A post sent to me via blackberry messenger by a friend, which I re posted on facebook was what prompted me to write this article. I am convinced that Nigerian youths need re-orientation, we need to understand and come to terms with ethnic and other artificial sentiments, or else Nigeria will go nowhere.
The post in question was a food for thought which was meant to point out to Nigerian youth the futility of the continuous support, we give to the older generation of rulers who have one way or the other contributed to the predicament Nigeria is in today. A reference was made with IBB and Buhari, considering their long stay in Nigeria's political arena. The writer of the post tried to wake up Nigerian youth to their responsibilities the overused saying referring to youths as the leaders of tomorrow, and asking why those who lead Nigeria in the early eighties still see themselves eligible to rule. He then jokingly concluded by asking if the tomorrow will ever come for Nigerian youths, considering the present situation of leadership recycling in Nigeria.
This simple wake up call, and the responses it generated on facebook, with some going as far as accusing me of anti-Northern behaviour is disheartening. It shows the total lack of will from us' to participate in transforming Nigeria. Artificial barriers such as ethnicity and tribalism are the major stumbling blocks preventing Nigerian youth from uniting and confronting the problems existing in Nigeria today. We rather prefer to form regional groups and keep trading abusive words amongst us. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Clinched Fist - Power to the youth
I recall a group that was formed on facebook against fuel subsidy removal by some renowned youth activists. That group showed how unity among Nigerian youths can lead to transformation. We spoke with one voice regardless of tribe or religion. Though we all tried to maintain the group for further purposes, the usual problem of religious and ethnic sentiments coupled with lack of tolerance tore the promising online forum apart.
For Nigeria to progress and prosper, we the youths must accept each other irrespective of tribe, race or religion. We must do away with all the sentiments being encouraged by some people who benefit from our dis unity. We must agree that leadership is nobody's birth right. We must stop allowing sentiments to cloud our judgements. We should select our leaders base on character and performance, not tribe or religion. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing some major cities, including the Federal capital (Abuja or FCT)
I will like to use this medium to call on Nigerian youths to wake up from their slumber and take charge of Nigeria's future. We shouldn't limit ourselves to words on twitter and other social networks alone. We should try and practice what we preach. We should realise that Nigeria is the only country we have and take steps to make it great.
Unity is the first step towards the realisation of the Nigerian dream. Let us all resolve to work together and be our brothers keepers.
Amiru Adamu is the publisher of Northern Wind Magazine.
*Nigeria: The Testimony of An Unprepared President
By Chris Onyishi
I feel ashamed that I live in a country no one believes in its chances of attaining nationhood. Not even the President and commander in chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria believes that Nigeria has a future.
And yet, we all were fooled to engage in an all expensive April (fool) Presidential election in the year of our Lord 2011. And from all indications emanating from the
presidential body language, there is no doubt that President Jonathan is strutting for a re-election come 2015.
“Something must have gone wrong along the line from 1914 when the Southern and Northern Protectorates were amalgamated till date. When you look at the 1914 almagamation of the Southern and Northern Protectorates, and between the period Nigeria got independence in 1960 and the time I was sworn-in as president, you will agree with me that I am not the problem of Nigeria. I have just stayed two years and the problems have been there before me. What we must do is to make a change for the development of Nigeria. We cannot check out like that of the television man.....”,
The above excerpt was from a publication titled “Something Is Wrong with Nigeria –Jonathan •says: ‘I’m Not the Problem’” in SATURDAY Tribune newspaper of 19th April, 2012 and written by one Jude Ossai in Enugu. When, on a Boxing Day, a big masquerade entertaining the crowd starts tearing its head cover, then there can be no better premonition that something very serious is going on very rapidly in a very wrong direction. A president who makes this kind of utterance should either resign or be impeached by a responsible national assembly. What is the difference in the above statement and a call for coup d’état? If there is no difference then it must be a very uncharitable joke from a President who is supervising the greatest contraption of unimaginable corruption in a nation where over 90% of her people are living in abject poverty. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria
When the President was campaigning to be voted for, he told us how he went to school without shoes and school bag. He made us understand that he was a homeboy. He promised us of a breath of fresh air and transformational government. Is this his idea of breath of fresh air and transformation? This is the President who now feeds with over 500,000,000 million Naira in a year. Did he just wake up to study the circumstances of Nigeria? Did he not know that Nigeria became an entity through the 1914 amalgamation of the Protectorates before he stood for an election? Not very long ago, this same President was threatening us with a revolution as if he is the custodian of it. Was his job not supposed to be to find a way to stabilize Nigeria? What else did President Jonathan have in mind for coming to ask Nigerians to elect him as their president?
Why is it that Nigerian rulers do not care to spend time to understand the problem of Nigeria before thrusting themselves up for election? And this is the case all through from the councilors, local government chairmen, state house of assemblies, federal constituencies, senatorial districts, governorship to presidential level. People will kill and rig to get to power without a thought as to what they want to do with power other than live in opulence at the expense of a nation state.
In a recent outburst, a National Security Adviser pointed to the cause of violence in a country and the President who gave him the job refused to heed his advice. Instead, his party, PDP, called for his head. Isn’t that enough problems much more than the “supposedly faulty” amalgamation of 1914 we hinge all our “wahala” upon? You gave somebody, your brother, the job of being your back watcher and you do not believe in him and you turn around to blame 1914 amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates.!
The question begging for an answer is “when did President Goodluck Jonathan discover that the problem of Nigeria, by its current structure, is insurmountable”? My presumption is that the problem with Nigeria is that it has never had very astute and creative leadership some few years after independence till this moment and our free talking President cannot be singled out to be different. I have said it severally that ours has been a case of bedeviled leadership whose only understanding of development is to loot the national treasury amongst cronies in a despotic fiesta. When people still refer to 1914 amalgamation of Northern and Southern Protectorates as the cause of Nigeria’s problem, I see it as a very clear evidence of laziness on those people who broach that notion. It sounds to me like someone who says “I am not doing well because my mother was forced to marry my father”. Isn’t that absurd enough?
A wealthy man was forced unto a wealthy woman and both managed to stay together to give birth to a well developed man who grew up to squander the aggregate wealth of both parents and turns around to blame someone else for his stupidity. Isn’t that ridiculous? We move from idiocy to ludicrous on second by second basis.
Every one of us, except toddlers, knew there have been some daunting problems with the project called Nigeria. Everybody understood that the problem was herculean in nature. And everybody knew that the problem is no other thing than unmitigated corruptions in the body polity ensconced by the inordinate and irresponsible attitude of our political class. But it is also as clear that the problems have exacerbated since President Goodluck Jonathan came to power. This is a president who told us there were cabals in the oil sector but could not have an answer to it. This is a president who saw budgetary allocation for subsidy, or whatever they call it, balloon – illegally – from below 400 billion Naira to over 1.7 trillion Naira within his first twelve months in the office and yet he is not addressing it. This is a President who is currently sitting on a probe report by a national assembly. We are watching how the cost of that probe is becoming another form of economic waste since it is not going to be used to punish offenders. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing some major cities, including the Federal capital (Abuja or FCT)
This is a President who has within his ambit, a fine electoral reform report doctored by a cream of very intelligent human beings in the land – and headed by an eminent jurist in the person of Justice Uwaise – and yet he refused to midwife its implementation. Some of us had wished that the President, who was serving out the remaining part of his mandate with late Yar’ dua then, would have concentrated on implementing that report than thrust up himself as a candidate only to turn around a couple of months to begin to lament like a widower who just lost his wife.
When the duo of Late Yar’ Dua and President Goodluck came to power by whatever means in 2007, some funny people yelled that our problem has come to an end arguing that for once graduates have ascended the mantle of leadership in Nigeria. I did say then that there was nothing to celebrate. I did a piece not too long ago, with the title: “President Jonathan has not disappointed me at all” where I mirrored all the activities leading to President Jonathan’s emergence as the President of Nigeria and I concluded that not much is expected of him. Day by day, he is showing that his is just a case of “hold this for the South- South turn”. Just be there until your term runs out in the next six years because no one serves one term.
I try, as a patriotic Nigerian, to sound optimistic but not in an evidently overwhelming circumstance where unprepared people who do not have any concept of what they want to achieve with power, for humanity, wangle their way into office and stand like Iroko tree and block all entreaties, by creative people, on how to make things work. If this President is serious as an enlightened individual, this is the right time to throw in the towel. Let’s excuse him that he did not know what responsibilities hung on him as an executive president, even with his doctorate degree, now that experience has taught him the real lesson and he does not know any other way to get along than cheap and demoralizing statements, let him go. He must not be the President at all cost unless his soul aim of coming to power is to disintegrate a country that went through a thirty months gruesome war and refused to disintegrate. If nothing else, the blood of all those who perished in the civil war should have been the sacrifice we had to pay to evolve a strong and virile nation. If nations with over six hundred million people like India and over a billion like China are living together in one daunting economy, rulers in Nigeria should start asking themselves what is wrong with their heads and not always think that amalgamation of North and South is what is wrong with us.
History students know very well that what is called United States of America today did not drop from heaven. It was one form of amalgamation or the other with the efforts of very creative and charitable leaders that USA has become the country most people dream to migrate to and some hate but die to get into. If our own rulers fail to turn the great potentials of our country into a land envied by all other African nations, then they should not blame any amalgamation for it. The truth is that amalgamation or not, President Jonathan may not be able to live in his Bayelsa State in peace with Timipre Sylva and even his former boss; Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.
Nations run on justice and the rule of law and driven by strong statesmen and women who have nationalism in them; Men who see only greatness in their country and not men who are all the time pessimistic about creating and moving a great nation forward.
Great leaders never sounded cheap. They confronted societal injustice head-on. They routed corruption with vigor and established nationalism, by demonstration, where it never existed. Even in African continent we had people of the stature of Kwame Nkrumah. JJ Rawlings, Madiba himself, Julius Nyerere, and a couple of others are still shining examples. We had Washington DC, JF Kennedy, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, and Winston Churchill. We have even people like charismatic Bill Clinton, Fidel Castro of Cuba, etc. The Almighty God, in HIS infinite mercies, sprinkled such men and women evenly across the surface of the earth. It is just unfortunate that we have not been lucky to get our own messiah come to power because even those who know down their spine that they are not gifted to carry out the job stay tight on power and begin to sermonize on what they do not know or believe in.
There is nothing wrong in Nigeria as it is today. But there is a lot wrong in the people who have been steering the affairs of Nigeria since independence. Instead of talking about amalgamation that took place since 1914, and which has given birth to very well developed men and women who can begin to fashion out how to join the league of developing nations, we should begin to examine our ruler’s head for psychiatric cases and this is buttressed by the testimony of an unprepared President.
Chris Onyishi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Owerri - Nigeria
*Nigeria: Unemployment Crises In Delta State
Unemployment in Delta State is becoming abnormally high. This is in spite of the fact that Delta State is one of the richest states in the country in terms of the revenue it receives from the federation account. This has probably led to increase in crime.
Recently, during the workers’ day celebration, the state leadership of Nigerian Labour Congress accused the civil service of collecting six hundred thousand naira (N600, 000) from applicants before they can secure employment. The State Governor has vowed to investigate this and assured that anyone found guilty will be dealt with. We hope that this avowal will not be mellowed by party intrigues as it was with a similar promise made by the governor on DESOPADEC some years ago.
First, it is surprising that the governor heard of this rumour only during the May Day celebration. This is a rumour that has spread all over the state and appeared consistent with the opportunistic hustle for employment in Delta State where those who do not need the jobs are offered jobs in the first instance by allocation according to hierarchical political importance rumoured to begin with the governor’s interest. It was not hidden. In his attempt at defending his employment record, the governor said that the state wanted to employ only two hundred and fifty workers but had to raise it to one thousand. Only one thousand to be employed from a sea of hundreds of thousands of unemployed youths – any wonder why criminal activities have gone up in the state?
Where will the newly employed get such huge sum to pay for the alleged bribe demanded by the state or its agents? How many unemployed can afford to pay such stupendous sum? Does it not show that only the relations of those bleeding the state dry are the ones who would afford this? In a state where minimum wage is little above eighteen thousand Naira (N18, 000), how many years will it take these newly employed to recoup their investment? If such money has been borrowed, how many years will it take them to pay back? What moral lessons are we teaching these newly employed? Are we not telling them that corruption pays? Are we not telling them that once they are employed, they should look for all available means to recoup what they have invested? Are we not telling them that the process of getting money does not matter but that the end justifies the means? Is Delta State now Delta State Corruption Limited? Has the DTHA become so spineless or they secured their own quota in the allocation of the jobs that were eventually traded to the hapless applicants who have received their authoritative baptism of corruption? ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing its 36 states (including Delta State), and Federal capital (Abuja or FCT)
Setting up an investigating team is not a wrong move but the governor should first and foremost accept full responsibility for this alleged offence by his subordinates. The buck stops at the governor’s table. If a very transparent process has been put in place, this embarrassment wouldn’t have occurred. That the governor can boldly say that he employed one thousand workers goes to show that the state has no plans of reducing unemployment menace in the state. When states like Osun and Oyo are employing twenty thousand workers each, Delta State is employing one thousand and in a controversial manner too. Government and government policies drive the economy. We agree that government cannot employ all but government policies can help in creating that employment. So far, we have not seen the policies that will create employment in Delta the state. All we see are inflated contracts and abandoned projects and drain pipes such as theN7.4billion meant to demolish hills at Asaba Airport. These will not create employment.
Let the government honestly and holistically reduce drastically the crime rate in the state. If this is done, investors will troop into the state to invest. Delta State is still a virgin land waiting to be explored and developed. Opportunities abound in the state. Once kidnappings, armed robberies and political crimes are reduced to the barest minimum by using a sociological approach that taked most of the criminally inclined off the street, then Delta State will be a haven for investors. These investments will create employment opportunities and jobs.
Energy must be provided to run homes and industries. Once energy is constant, cottage, small and medium industries will begin to grow and in the process reduce unemployment. Delta State has an advantage over many states in the country. It is blessed with gas. This can be utilized in generating power that can even be sold to other states. The gas being flared in Ebedei, Orogun and other numerous communities could be channeled into making Delta State the power state of the country. We are not referring to the haphazard and insincere job at Oghara power project. These power projects will be able to employ thousands of Deltan youths.
In the short term, agriculture is another major sector that can reduce unemployment in the state. Agriculture is the greatest employer in the country. Unfortunately, the Delta State government has not done enough in this sector. The only thing it claims to have done is joint venture between the state and Obasanjo Farms for which a curious sum of over N2 billion was paid to Obasanjo Farms a few years ago. This cannot employ more than a hundred workers. Youths want investments that can yield dividends, more jobs and quickly too. They have not got the patience for long term investments hence most of them shun agriculture. Vegetables and tomatoes are quarterly farm products. Within months, anybody farming these will begin to make returns. Our soil is good enough for these products. Who says that Delta State cannot supply the South South need for vegetables, pepper and tomatoes. Our dependence on the north will be reduced. From Umunede to Ogwashi Uku to Jesse and all over the state; the land is there to grow these crops. The youths will gladly embrace this because of the quick dividends. It is only when they have started reaping the fruits that some of them may now venture into other areas of agriculture. All government need do is to provide improved seedlings, fertilizer education and an enabling policy and programme. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria's Niger Delta Region showing its composite 8 states, including Delta State.
Tourism is another source of major employment in the state. Tourism can only thrive if there is peace and security, good roads and a well developed infrastructure and hospitality sector. Countries such as Kenya, Senegal and Uganda have tourism as their major source of revenue. Delta State can develop her tourism sector to be at par with Cross River. Again, sincerity of purpose is needed. The Udu tourism centre that is being planned is a welcome development but the true financiers have to be made known since it has since emerged that the foreign partners have not got the wherewithal to embark on such a gigantic project.
The illogically of asphalting the divide of the Express Road from Effurun Round About along the DSC Expressway to Oleri and casing the edge of a road that was not constructed by the Delta State Government at a price that cannot be anything but provocative resonates of the kind of planlessness and waste that that the Asaba Airport symbolizes.
Let the Delta State government revive all ailing and dead industries in the state. These industries can yield revenue for the state and also create employment. Beta Glass Company is functioning and making profit while Delta Glass directly opposite it is dead. Why is there no partnership with serious private sector investors to restore Delta Glass Factory, the idle Gold mine that is wasting away, that uses the same principal raw material with Beta Glass Limited just opposite it?
While government is embarking on its investigation of the said employment bribery scandal, it must be said that the Uduaghan administration has not scored a pass mark in employment creation in the state. It also shows the rot in the system in the state.
In the words of M. Ahweyevu Mukoro Esq, Director General of Delta Rescue Mission (DRM), in a recent press conference, “the unemployment situation in Delta State is alarming and unacceptable. If not urgently tackled, we may have a crisis in our hands which may prove difficult to handle. Government should make judicious use of the people’s wealth to do the best for the majority of the people and not the few that have turned the state’s asset to their personal gold mine. A situation where the budget for Government House and Governor’s Office is more than that of four ministries in the last in the last four years can never create employment”
Delta Rescue Mission
*Nigeria: Open Letter to General Gowon
Dear General Gowon,
Since you were deposed from power more than 35 years ago, you have understandably been guided in your public utterances, especially about the murdering spree you presided over between 1966-1970. Now you have allowed the euphoria of an award you did not deserve to make unguided remarks about a period in your life that will haunt you for the rest of your life and into judgement day.
In a report/interview in ThisDay Live on 8th May 2012, you were quoted as follows: “It was not my wish or the wish of those serving with me at the time (to prosecute the war). We did everything to make sure it did not happen. ” Haba! Gowon, how can you say this? Were you misquoted? Or were you overwhelmed by an award you did not deserve, or did your memory go into comma? That Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu is late (may his soul rest in peace) does not mean that the war is forgotten nor your 'evil' involvement in it. Millions of people who fought and lived through the war are still alive and still remember it as events of yesterday.
ame write-up, you were also quoted as saying: “My heart bleeds to see that (film) clip with those kwashiorkor-stricken children. God knows how much effort I made to send food to those children, but it was sabotaged by propaganda that the federal troops had poisoned the food. ” (Emphasises are mine.) Oh God! Okay, Gen. Gowon, read these quotations again, did you really say these words? Do you sincerely and honestly believe them to be true? Do you know what, come out of your closet. Calling you a pathological and shameless liar will be awarding you another undeserved award, but that is what you are. You are either suffering from chronic dementia or you are indirectly trying to appease the millions of people you murdered and those mourning them. Instead of you to come out openly and humbly ask God and the people of Biafra for forgiveness for the atrocities you committed; yet you are still wallowing in self pity and self justification. Unfortunately, this will not save you from the catastrophe that will befall you, the wrath of God and haunting spirits of the millions you sent to their early graves. ( Continues below….. ) ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Starving Biafran Children
You see Gen Gowon, nemesis is catching up on you and your co-murderous generals of the "Langtang Mafia" - Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, Jeremiah Useni, etc. Your upper north 'masters' are turning against you and your people with Boko Haram. You allowed them to use you and dump you. Today the Hausa/Fulani north is using you and your territory for dress rehearsal of their islamisation agenda which you don't have control over. The insecurity you are complaining about today is nothing compared to what you subjected Biafran people to in 1966-1970.
Further to your lies, I hope you are not contemplating writing a memoir as you indirectly hinted - it may turn out to be efforts in futility - as it will be lies and complete distortion of historical facts. If you can lie against the death and the living, against 'Aburi Accord' - the most famous historical document of your genocidal war, everything that will come out of your mind, your mouth will be lies, documented lies and lies with references and footnotes. Anything, everything you write will be an 'own goal' as it may turn out to be self documentary that may be used against you. Biafran people and the literary world are lying in wait for you. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Nigeria Ex-Military Head of State, Yakubu Gowon leaving after attending Late Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua's funeral in Katsina, Katsina State May 6, 2010.
As a matter of fact, the best honour and Lifetime Achievement Award you deserve is for being the highest mass murderer of the 20th century - you presided over the total annihilation of more than 3 million people. How dare you say, "...love Nigeria and believe in Nigeria; good or bad, right or wrong. Bring all your grievances to the table for discussion. Let us get together truly and sincerely and find a solution to our differences.”? Really? Is it not you that reneged on Aburi Accord under pressure from your British and Northern masters? Nigerian leaders of the day got 'together truly and sincerely' and found solution to their differences, as expressed in Aburi Accord; but you later turned it down, consigning it into dustbin of history. Where is the guarantee that another agreement will not turn into 'Aburi 2'?
Bye the way, Gen Gowon, has it dawned on you or have you been reminded that you are the root cause of the problems of instability and division in Nigeria today? If you had not reneged on Aburi Accord - a document that called for and supported return to true federalism; the civil war could have been averted, there would not have been countless military coups, military perfection of corruption, mortgaging Nigeria to few retired generals and their civilian cronies, Boko Haram, etc. In fact, you do not deserve any award for anything, except as a mass murderer, and for presiding over the terminal division and underdevelopment of Nigeria. On top of that, you are lying against the dead.
The purpose of this letter is to cause you to reflect on the burden you are carrying. The burden of the millions you murdered and starved to death; your lies and distortion of historical facts. If you are in doubt, ask yourself, where is Charles Taylor of Liberia, Ratko Mladic of Serbia, holocaust perpetrators and collaborators and all those who had committed genocide crime against humanity? I would be worried, very, very worried, if I were in your shoe.
Thank you for your time.
Dr Chukwuma Egemba (email@example.com)
*Nigeria: Princewill Joins Many to Mourn Late Olayinka Bakre (Baba Crown)
By Chief Eze.C.Eze
Prince Tonye Princewill leader of Princewill Political Associates - (a political pressure group) and a PDP chieftain who arrived Nigeria after two months holiday in London, joined other Nigerians on 19 May, 2012 to mourn the passing away of Prince Olayinka Bakre (Baba Crown) the father of his childhood friend, Prince Robert Bakre, an international business magnate who is based in South Africa but from Abeokuta the capital of Ogun State, Nigeria.
Prince Tonye Princewill who came with a large entourage that includes his political associates while condoling his friend, Prince Robert and the family of late Pa Bakre counselled that their father lived an exemplary and fulfilled life and left legacy which should be a challenge to all his children and others who have come across him. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Prince Tonye Princewill
In his (Princewill’s) words, “I actually did not come to mourn but to celebrate a legend whose life is a challenge to those who has come across him. He has played his part and ensured that both his children and grandchildren are all better citizens of Nigeria. I prayed God to grant us all the fortitude to bear the irreparable lose while we do our best to live his legacy. I am here as the Prince of the Kalabari Kingdom to console and bear the pains of my brothers and sisters in the western part of our country for this great loss”.
Chief Eze C Eze Consultant to Prince Tonye Princewill writes from Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
*Nigeria: Anambra To Strengthen Security
The Anambra State government has initiated more measures to further the State security network. Governor Obi announced this at the Town Union Executive and other Stakeholders on Security at the Women Development Centre Awka. The Governor said that henceforth each community must have a Vigilante of 20 members who are properly trained, with uniforms, and should work with lay down procedures of the State security system.
Governor Obi assured that government will find ways of supplementing them and will also maintain them with vehicles. The Governor, who said that Anambra remains the most secured State in the country today, pointed out that in the last four years there has never been any incidence of bank robbery and other violent crimes. ( Continues below….. )
The Chairman House Committee on Security and Member representing AnambraWest observed that Governor Obi has adopted proactive system of policing, involving communities in tackling security challenges.
Speaking, the Chairman State Security Trust Fund, Chief Ajulu Uzodike noted that Governor Obi had singlehandedly continued to raise fund for security in the State and challenged other stakeholders to complement the State Government in attracting funds for security and expressed satisfaction with the Governor.
Photo Above: Map of Anambra State, Nigeria.
*Power Must Shift To South East (SE) After Jonathan
By Chief Charles O. Okereke
Igbo Kwenu! Ohanaeze Kwenu! Ndigbo kwezuonu! Nke onye chiri, ya zara. Ndigbo, Ndi nwem, I stand gratefully here today, in my humble self, to address a nation whom God has abundantly blessed in love, wisdom and unbreakable unity. I stand here today to show my immense gratitude to Igbo who, even in the midst of great injustice and threat to slavery held-on in Nigeria, taking the lead in education and private enterprise. Age, experience and ‘Nzuko Igbo” have taught me that the spirit of Igbo is one that maintains progress in midst of grief and pain. Although it is over forty years since the Nigeria-Biafra war ended, you will all agree with me that, despite the continued unwritten law which militates against Igbo progress in Nigeria, through His Mercies, there still remain reasons to shout, once again, at the top of our voices: “Happy survival!”, “Our time is here!”.
A fair and equitable Nigeria governed by truth and justice calls for presidential power shift to South East Region after the completion of Goodluck Jonathan’s term either in 2015 or 2019 as the case may be. Ndigbo are not slaves nor third class citizens to be rendered impotent in the political equation by those who claim to have won an unjust war that should not have been fought in the first place. All the regions have taken turns in producing presidents that occupied the center for prolong periods. Northern regions (North East-5 years+, North West-15 years & North Central-18 years) have ruled Nigeria for 38 years; and Southern regions (South West-11 years+, South South-2 years & South East-6 months) for 13 years. Under the six geopolitical zones, four zones have had power for more than five years each, South East the least with 6 months. Nnamdi Azikiwe was a President, but he was not Head of Government-he did not form a federal cabinet. Azikiwe was only a ceremonial President. Tafawa Balewa was Prime Minister and Head of Government; he formed the federal cabinet. By 2015 after Jonathan completes one term of office, each geo-political zone with the exception of South East would have ruled Nigeria for at least five years. Equity and fairness call for the South East to take its turn after President Jonathan. After South East presidency, Nigeria can then decide whether or not to discard zoning and rotational presidency.
Nigerian president of South East extraction is a matter of “truth and justice” and not of concession. Nigeria needs a President of Igbo extraction to help stabilize the country from its falter and in addition foster development. An Igbo President will see the entire nation as his own homeland, since Igbos are in every nook and corner of the country. Such a president would evenly distribute developmental projects in the country. This means that if water runs in Umuahia, it must also run in Lagos and Kano.
I humbly, as our father, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu did several times before he passed unto Glory, make these passionate pleas:
1. That Igbo should, and as a matter of survival and living, must come, once again and forever, together in the spirit of Ahiara declaration, assert our basic rights in Nigeria.
2. That the Igbo take it upon us, from this very blessed and memorable day, to champion for Igbo presidency in Nigeria come 2015 or 2019 as the case may be with Jonathan’s full term.
3. That our leaders- in their different capacities- do whatever it takes, in the spirit of true federalism, to prevail upon our friends and neighbors from other tribes and ethnic groups within Nigeria on the need for an Igbo presidency after Jonathan. We, as Igbo nation, have severally, in the past, stood behind and seen to the successes of peoples from other tribes and ethnicities in Nigeria for the post of the presidency - a post no Igbo has occupied since we lost in a “no victor no vanquished” war.
4. That, in other to achieve this, every other matter and reason for disparity and disagreements amongst us should and must be relegated to the background and all efforts, wisdom, knowledge, understanding, resources and time be channeled towards communicating with, educating, and reaching agreements with our people in their different positions and beliefs in Nigeria.
5. That, this time, as a nation united unto eternity, we must speak with a voice to the rest of Nigerians of the need, justice and inevitability of accepting and having an Igbo presidency. Subjugation is not our inheritance and the spirit of slavery in times of great freedom is strange to us.
6. That every politics we play henceforth, no matter the party, be rooted in the conviction and steps towards producing an Igbo presidency after Jonathan.
7. That, in all wisdom, looking at the prevailing party in Nigeria today, and its zoning methods which have always rubbed us of our rights to the presidency since the war ended, it has now become pertinent and expedient to consider coming together and joining talents and resources in a party which agrees to true federalism and which supports, unconditionally, an Igbo presidency.
8. That, unlike decades gone, we should make it clearly understood by all and sundry in Nigeria that the rejection of an Igbo presidency would amount to Nigeria’s unfeeling of the Igbo pains and marginalization for over half a century. And making it clear that, should Nigeria and the elite who have and always would want an incapacitated Igbo in Nigeria, remain adamant on denying us our God-given rights in Nigeria, the only alternative left to us may be to lead our people out of a nation where we have remained rejected, robbed, marginalized and killed- despite our unrivaled competence and contributions towards a better Nigeria.
Thank you and God bless you all. Amen.
Chief Charles O. Okereke, B.S., M.S.
People’s Servant (Ps.)
Publisher, Nigeria Masterweb ( www.nigeriamasterweb.com )
Photo Above: Ohaneze President-General, Hon. Amb. Ralph Uwaechue( left ), Chief (aka People's Servant) Charles O. Okereke( right )
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