*Is Bakassi Finally Going?
Masterweb Reports - Thursday, July 12, 2012: Bakassi is situated at the extreme eastern end of the Gulf of Guinea. According to Wikipedia, “Bakassi is the peninsular extension of the African territory of Calabar into the Atlantic Ocean”. The people of Bakassi were originally from Calabar and Akwa Ibom.
The first fishing settlement in the peninsular was established by Abasi Eke of Obutong in the 17th century. The peninsular was generally known by the indigenes as Akai Abasi Eke which the British corrupted to Bakassi. The British acknowledged that the area were dependencies of Calabar.
The peninsular is very rich in resources. It has abundance of fish. It is also rich in oil. Wikipedia says further that the area is “rich in fish, shrimps, and an amazing variety of other marine life forms. This makes the Bakassi area a very fertile fishing ground, comparable only to Newfoundland in North America and Scandinavia in Western Europe. Most of the population make their living through fishing.” Is it any wonder that the place has been an area of dispute for a very long time? ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map showing Bakassi peninsularIn 1884, agents of the British Queen signed a treaty with the king and chiefs of Old Calabar, making the Old Calabar a British Protectorate. The King and Chiefs of Old Calabar refused to accept some clauses in the treaty which gave the British an unfettered access to Old Calabar territory. In spite of this objection, the British went ahead to sign this treaty on 10th September, 1984. Article v1 of the treaty said the King and Chiefs refused to allow uncontrolled access to their territory.
The British went further to sign a treaty with the Kings and Chiefs of Bakassi. The Bakassi kings and chiefs refused to enter a treaty with the British declaring that they were subject to the authority and jurisdiction of the kings and chiefs of Old Calabar.
Despite the objection of the Bakassi people, the British went ahead to cede the territory to Germany in a treaty purportedly signed on 11th March, 1913. The territory continued to be part of Nigeria. Even after the plebiscite of 1961 when Southern Camerouns decided to join Cameroun, Bakassi continued to be a part of Nigeria.
In 1971 and 1975, Nigeria under General Gowon in not very clear circumstances signed agreement with Cameroun ceding Bakassi to Cameroun. These were the Yaoundé II Declaration of 4 April 1971 and the Maroua Declaration of 1 June 1975, which were devised to outline maritime boundaries. These agreements were however never ratified by the Supreme Military Council (the parliamentary arm of Nigerian military government then). The agreement has therefore no force of law. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing Bakassi peninsular and parts of Cameroon
Nigeria and Cameroun almost went to war in 1981 and early 1990s. The Shagari government and Abacha regime respectively never allowed Cameroun to have her way. Cameroun was forced to retreat.
This was the situation before Cameroun went to the International Court of Justice on 29th March, 1994. The outcome of that case was the ICJ judgment of 10th October, 2002, confirming in a curious judgment that Bakassi belongs to Cameroun based on the treaty purportedly signed by Germany and Britain of 11th March, 1913. The judgment went against all that UN stood for. It breached the United States Charter on Human Rights which says in Article 15 that
-->[ Everyone has a right to a nationality. ]
-->[ No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality or denied the right to change his nationality. ]
The people were never asked to choose where they want to be. Judgments are no longer based on treaties signed without the people’s consent. The judgment also ignored the principle of uti possidetis juris – as you possess, you shall possess henceforth. People who declared that they were under the jurisdiction of Calabar were suddenly asked to leave their kith and kin and be citizens of Cameroun.
In the Green Tree Agreement which Obasanjo signed on 13th June, 2006, for reasons best known to him, it was agreed between both countries that rights and freedom of Nigerians left behind will be guaranteed. Today, the reverse is the case. Nigerians are oppressed and discriminated against. Those who left are in refugee camps in their own country in peace time. They are now located at Akpabuyo Local Government, a crop farming environment different from the fish farming environment which they were used to in Bakassi. They were disfranchised during the last general elections. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo
The Bakassi peninsula being a very rich area has been attracting the interest of the international community. France has been the power behind Cameroun’s agitation all along. We can be sure too that France may well be involved in the ICJ judgment.
Why Nigeria hurriedly signed the Green Tree agreement can still not be fathomed. She was not obligated to sign that agreement. Examples are bound all over the world of countries that ignore international community without being sanctioned. Israel has been sitting on Arab lands for decades without any sanction. Britain is claiming Falkland Island in the Pacific when it is obvious that that is part of Argentine territory. The US and Russia are still holding firm some Japanese Islands in spite of Japanese opposition.
The Nigerian Senate on 22nd November, 2007, that the withdrawal from the peninsular was illegal. A Federal High Court in a judgment also said that the Federal Government should suspend the withdrawal until all resettlement issues have been settled. The Federal Government ignored these and went ahead to handover the territory to Cameroun.
Nigeria has ten years to appeal the judgment. The ten years elapses by 10th October, 2012. If by this date, Nigeria never appeals, then Bakassi is gone forever. The implications are serious. The security implications are there. It means that Nigeria’s territorial waters would be reduced. This will be worsened with the National Boundary Commission’s adjustment of the maritime boundary. It will lead to other struggles by the neighbouring countries of Cameroun, Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome and Principe.
Nigeria will become vulnerable to attacks. The economic resources in the area will become free to be plundered especially France and Cameroun. The people of Bakassi will be homeless as where they are even being harboured now is raising tension. Those left in the peninsular are being over taxed, raped, their fishing gears seized from them and social amenities not provided.
Nigeria has a very good ground to appeal the ICJ judgment. The people were never consulted before being relocated to another country. Their fundamental human rights have been breached. The cultural affinity between the Bakassi people and Clabar is never in doubt. The treaty which was the basis of the judgment was signed without the people’s consent. The people of Bakassi must not be abandoned. The Nigerian Government has almost abandoned the Bakassi people. They cannot vote. They are still in refugee camps. The Bakassi people were never settled. Today, they have no means of livelihood. Only about a hundred houses were built for a population that Wikipedia estimates to be between 150,000 and 300,000 people.
Nigeria must be able to protect her people and territory. Let her start doing that now by appealing the ICJ judgment. No inch of this country must be lost.
*Response To NYSC Posting of Igbo & Other Southern Youth-Graduates To Areas of Endemic Violence In The North
It is unthinkable that the government of Nigeria should order youth to report for civil “service” in areas in Northern Nigeria wracked by perpetual violence when in fact the government and public both experience and recognize the danger; and the government has admitted publicly that it is unable to curtail, let alone eradicate such violence.
It is extremely cruel and cynical for the government of Nigeria and its agencies to claim a constitutional prerogative in this matter citing the section of what passes for Nigeria’s constitution-of-the-day, when in fact the same document clearly states and implies that the first responsibility of the government is to provide adequate security for the people. It is a responsibility which the government has woefully failed in, and has made no denials about such failure, where in fact it is quite obvious to the world and to the people that this government has not only failed in this duty, but has no way, plans and or will, to do better. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: NYSC members at a parade
It is especially hypocritical for the Nigerian government or any person to think that the original goal of the NYSC military decree—a decree which was ported into the Nigeria’s subsequent constitutions—was achieved at any time, or would ever be achieved. Such a goal of “national integration” merely served to move masses of youth graduating from universities to serve for slave-labor wherein the areas producing the most graduates suffered most because, by that decree, their graduates could not serve them. When they spent their stipends at their posting area, that, too, amounted to an economic boon for the locality; money obviously denied their own particular areas of origin which had borne the financial brunt of their education. Right from the start, rather than the unachievable goal of national integration for a “country” where it was already known and understood that “there is no basis for unity”, the NYSC edict forced Southern graduates to provide cheap labor for the North, without any parallel benefit for the South, there being comparatively fewer (in orders of magnitude) Northern graduates. The NYSC scheme thus also resulted in the preferential spending of the bulk of the allocated government funds for the program in the North, intended or not. As such, the NYSC was not and is not about national integration. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Nigeria six geopolitical zones
This was made clear by the well-publicized specific targeting of NYSC members for death and destruction by Muslim Northern youth incited by and rooting for Buhari in Northern Nigeria during the last election, an action which Buhari shows no substantive remorse for, based on the preponderance of his later statements and acts, for which he received the support of his fellow Northerners. Predictably, the same government of Nigeria, now ordering the posting of Southerners NYSC members back to the same areas, has done nothing meaningful and corrective about the killing, maiming and terrorization of the NYSC victims.
We therefore unequivocally condemn the posting, in the face of obvious danger, of Southern youth to the North by the government of Nigeria in the NYSC scheme. In this matter, we accuse the government of Nigeria (and we hope the world and responsible organizations join us in this) of crimes against humanity and of terrorism against the people. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: A victim of Boko Haram attack
We call on our people to stand up for their rights of survival and right to security against this type of naked insensitivity and wanton cruelty of the government of Nigeria which acts with pernicious impunity against the people. We call on the people to reject all posting to the North and demand and obtain the final and permanent dissolution of the NYSC project: it does not serve the purpose for which it was purportedly rigged up. To this end, we call on the people to prevent the NYSC posting forthwith.
It is up to the people to extract full accountability, responsibility and responsivity from the government; after all, Nigeria claims that it is a government of the people by the people: now is the time to test this claim.
July 15, 2012
*America is No God and Obama is No Savior
By Ikechukwu Enyiagu
Death is the beginning of an eternal life; a life which will no longer be taken away. Therefore those who kill or threaten the flesh, through all inhumane ways, are the most ignorant, no matter how excellently their crimes appear to have been covered. How much old can a man get on earth: a hundred and fifty years perhaps? Yet eternity is indescribable except that it has no end. And only God has the power of true justice which assigns to each soul his rightful place in the hereafter. He who thinks his life to be superior to others does not know that he is the least among the rejected. Those who think they have the exclusive reserve to the rights, powers and authorities to limit their fellow man through bullets and imprisonments and tortures, and false witnessing and denials have displayed a pitiable lack of common sense because those who thus limit only limit themselves. America is filled with men and women who desire absolute freedom, even from themselves, yet they would hear nothing of it for others whose rights it is even to have a double portion. But, indeed, neither is America God nor is their president, Barrack Obama, the savior!
Britain sustained its foundation thus far through extortion, bullying and enslaving. In the early days when America was a British colony but couldn’t bear further with it, they had to fight to be free. But today, even after the celebrated speeches of the famous president of America, Abraham Lincoln, America has only thrived in wickedness and dehumanizing others for their so-called strategic interests and safety. Yet safety is still far away until truth is established and the freedom they desperately seek for their posterity is allowed for others; until they begin to untie the knots of secrets which they have knotted for the sole aim of enslaving those whom the Lord has called “Free!” from inception.
America is No God and Obama is no savior! A man who comes to save is that man who has looked to the future and works to preserve it. The man who claims to lead aright by enacting and signing laws which do not only oppose the great God directly, but dehumanizes man, that man is no savior. The leader who claims that women have the rights to get pregnant at will and kill their unborn children at will is far from being true. And that leader who mocks the word of God, declaring, by judging between His words in the old and the new testaments of the Holy Bible, that there is no God or that he may be very stupid; such leader is clearly and consciously working in opposition to everything the foundation of this world has ever held its place through. Is it not enough for you that you have defiled God in America that you should dare to extend your ungodliness to Nigerian Christians by insinuating that they should be wiped out by Boko Haram, whose actions were driven by “frustration and poor government,” to further push your agenda? ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: U.S. President Barack Obama
Britain thought the Northern Nigerians as fools whom they could manipulate every time, and therefore, thrust Nigeria and the destiny of those in it to an untrained, unwilling and uninterested people. The government of Her Majesty saw the hand of God upon the Igbo, and then decided that they should be forever suppressed until God delivers them. Well, this is the verdict: GOD HAS COME AND HE IS DELIVERING! America would go extra miles to suppress others as long as they are tied to their suppression master, the so-called Great Britain. And so America, the so-called “God’s own country,” closed their eyes while Britain joined the Nigerian government and unleashed a crime against the Igbo, a crime which reward will not come by any man’s hand. European Union opposed the rights and freedom of the Igbo from 1967-1970 due to their sworn decision to protect and preserve the secret which God opens in His time and which they were ignorant to see that they will be held responsible for covering and trying in vain to alter.
Most people have ignorantly reasoned that if Britain is not the god of this world, maybe America is. Well, prepare for your disappointment because neither of them is. And contrary to many opinions, president Obama is no savior either. It is not just a shame but a curse for a man as black as Obama to stand and declare that the terrorist Boko Haram of the Northern Nigeria is justified in their killing of the Igbo and Christians - a continuation of what they started in their “Araba” days of the 60s which saw to the massacre of thousands of Igbo. Obama claims that “frustrations and poor government” brought Boko Haram to Nigeria; and therefore, they would not be called a terrorist organization but a group standing for justice, right? Let me ask Mr. wisest who thinks himself ‘the best of all” because he became the first African-American president: So, because the government of Nigeria is bad (by the way, through your utmost contribution and continued support) and the people poor, the North of Nigeria should turn against the people: the Igbo and the Christians? I suppose that’s true justice for you in the American eyes for “less-than-human Africans.” Shame unto him who renounces his root simply because he has been fed fat in the house of his father’s oppressors! Again, let me ask you: what brought about Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda; do you think they do not have legitimate concerns which made them carry arms? When they attacked America, why did the American government not see it as a show of their frustration for whatever they were/are agitating for? Your government says it would rather focus on the social life of the peoples of the North than fight these agents of destruction and deaths; why do you then run after to kill Islamic militants wherever you find them, and why has so much of America’s wealth gone to anti-terrorism so much that recession comes one after the other? ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: A victim of Boko Haram attack
The answer to these is simply: America is no God and you, Obama, are no savior. And because America is no God and you are no savior, God is entering into the matter of Nigeria and against all those peoples and governments who have, over decades, perpetrated and supported the slaughtering of the Igbo and Christians in Nigeria in the name of Oil and One-Nigeria. And God will come after you, Obama, for being indifferent to the plight of Ndigbo in Nigeria, and for thinking that you will rule America the second time with that spirit of arrogance and callousness and disrespect to true elders. Finally, it does not matter what your stand is; God will prove Himself to men like you who have taken the position of gods to carry out more wickedness under the cover of being true. If you gain the mandate for a second tenure in America, then it only means that the time for America to reap the fruits of its decades of wickedness has come. As it is obvious that the blood of the Igbo and that of Christians in Nigeria mean nothing to you as long as Nigeria remains one so you could continue to fuel the passion of your god, Mammon, then the God of Ndigbo and the Lord of host will stand in front and do every battle this time; and we will hold our peace. Yet, all these centuries of secrets hidden to justify a continued oppression of my people are suddenly springing up from every corner and from the mouths of the least expected. It is so because time has come to prove the true evolution of all creation.
Ikechukwu Enyiagu can be reached at
“The Living Biafra:” The Settled Answer to the Falsehood called Nigeria
(New Book Written by Ikechukwu Enyiagu)
The Living Biafra ( https://www.morebooks.de/store/gb/book/the-living-biafra/isbn/978-3-659-14179-9 ) is a compendium on world politics, majoring on its effects on Africa, especially on the 1914 amalgamated Nigeria of the West Africa, the indigenous people of Biafra, and its repercussive effects on a world seeking the complete enthronement of true human rights, democracy and the rule of law. It is a timely-written book which deals with the Nigerian state, her birth, existence, citizens, politics, developments, loses, consequences and history, in explanatory manners, from a new angle and with the intentions to educate, not just those bound for close to a century by this name, Nigeria, but everyone, on the needs for a detailed analysis of where we presently are, where the Nigeria of today is inevitably going in its lawlessness, and the indispensability of a Sovereign National Conference, so as to enable the different nations, bound by the ever-declining statehood of Nigeria and the woes of demands through ethnic cleansing and religious terrorism, determine through a most peaceful way how to wriggle out of an age-long stagnation and backwardness which has told greatly on us all, both in our relationships with one another as fellow compelled-citizens, and our relationship with the rest of the world. Viewing the earth as a global village, it will be correct, therefore, to state that human rights denied Biafrans is human rights denied the whole of Africa; and this denial goes a longer way to affect the global goal for peace and prosperity.
After a very committed time and focus, painstaking and well-done research on the country, Nigeria, I have decided to write this book ( https://www.morebooks.de/store/gb/book/the-living-biafra/isbn/978-3-659-14179-9 ). My goal is not an outright discrediting of a false amalgam called Nigeria as negative criticism would assume, but as one deeply concerned with all Nigerians with whom I have shared the continued and downward spiral retrogression of this country created by the racist Britain whose only vision of/for Africa is the land of the slaves, I intend, however, to show that Nigeria, as a single country, has and still actually does more harm than good to a world which has long woken to awareness. With the birth of the Biafran nation, the pathetic stories and woes in today’s One Nigeria and its undeniable repercussions on the entire world would never have risen in the first instance had the Nigerian government and its ignorant and racist allies not fore-stalled the progress of Africa by supporting and standing by Gowon and his genocide machine and tendencies as he carried, even as his One Nigeria still does today, acts of genocide against the Igbo/Biafrans. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: The Living Biafra Book Cover
A geographical area filled with every conceivable blessing and coated in the light of divine favors, would be expected to be the envy of all, fifty-two (52) years after its independence. A forced-country with vast history and experience (such as Nigeria is and has) should be looked upon by other smaller and less endowed nations in matters of governance, democracy, justice, security, prosperity, peace and progress. A people whose population is over one hundred and sixty (160, 000, 000) in Africa ought to be looked upon to adequately match its quality of leadership with its ever-increasing and diversified population. But it is not!
This is my first book, and it’s another approach in my affirmative and emphatic stand for unrestricted true human rights, justice, equality, security, peace and progress for all. It will serve as a rich archive to those interested in the political and economic goings-on in Nigeria and how it has, for decades, affected the lives of the occupied nations, especially the Igbo/Biafra, within the compelled One Nigeria since independence. Students of history may also find it a helpful guide in their works. The points in this book are not new to many men and women who, at different times even before independence, had ruled Nigeria, either directly or through proxy. The details are, however, intended to give all Nigerians, especially those of Igbo nation, and those indirectly involved, a clearer picture of where we are, who we have become, and where we are evidently going with the Nigeria of today. Not denying the roles of the international community in the quests for human rights in this part of Africa, this book also speaks to the United Nations, Britain, USA, the Arab World, Israel, and all countries with stakes in this global family, on the need for exemplary statesmanship. It deals with the realities of an impossible continued-One Nigeria, the urgent need to integrate the republic of Biafra into the UN membership of nations as a nation which is intertwined in many ways with the rest of the world in the pursuit of justice, human rights, and happiness. This book serves, in many ways, as a collection and a picture of the continued enslavement of the Blackman as he desperately and rightly seeks for justice, equity and his human rights. Over all, it deals with the realities of the impossibility of peace without justice – anywhere in the world. As you read through the pages of this book, these works of genuine and true passion will, undoubtedly, stir a passionate reaction. For those who seek the truth, they will experience a total relief for assurances. To those who have erred but want the right way back home, they will find, within this inspired work, a willing hand to guide them home. And to those whose selfishness has given birth to an in-dwelling spirit of callousness and hell-bound arrogance, they will meet with the results of their rebellion against the spirit of truth. So, no matter from which angle you may want to approach this book of truth which contains in it our history, present goings-on, and the consequences, there is indeed something in it for you…and for everyone. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Author Ikechukwu Enyiagu
The history of the genocide in Biafra can be found everywhere, however, with this book, I am not only refreshing the readers’ memories in a carefully pictured analysis but stating what must be, what will happen and what is eternally inevitable to the obviously fizzling Nigerian State, and the emergence of a sustained Sovereign and democratic State of Biafra, alongside other nations. I also, through this book, address nations whose love for money (which is the root of all evil) constantly fuel the chaos in the world which they know absolutely nothing of its reality. Not only will you surrender to this truth, you will see them come alive in your days. It’s my hope and prayer that, after a careful read of this masterpiece, you would agree with me that, not only does Nigeria portend several dangers to its unwilling citizens and beyond, the outright and only remedy would be a speedy and peaceful dissolution of its false amalgamation. This is the first step towards remedying Africa. Issue of why Nigeria became, Britain and its relationship with Nigeria’s immeasurable woes, the obvious failures and consequent death of Nigeria, the destiny of Biafra, Africa, America, World Powers, Nuclear race, the Arab World and Jerusalem are discussed extensively and summarized in the clearest understandable manners. The slight repetitions and images you may come across are intended to give readers, especially those with little or no knowledge on the Nigeria-Biafra conflict, a grounded root to a clearer picture of the truths and the inevitable.
I have not come here to make an academic statement; I came with a message to a world of callous competition: Lose your hold or be bound! As you read, prepare your mind, at the end of it, to take a stand which will affect this generation and beyond; a stand which will unmistakably place your name on the good side of the history of world keepers. God bless you all.
To The False Critic: If it were dependent on you, Paradise would be gained solely by enslaving for and paying obeisance to you; how much less of justice can man hope to get on earth with your ilk! But, thank God! Victory is not because you said so. Let the truth reign, or be drowned in your falsehood. You can get your copy of The Living Biafra on More Books at https://www.morebooks.de/store/gb/book/the-living-biafra/isbn/978-3-659-14179-9. Get it, spread the news and be ever glad you did!
Ikechukwu Enyiagu (Author)
*GAAICOM, Igbo Presidency And Boko Haram
By Obinna Akukwe
The 2 day Pre – Convention Meeting of the General Assembly of all Igbo Christians Organizations and Ministries (GAAICOM) holding at the Ohaneze Ndigbo National Secretariat on the 12th and 13th of July 2012 is a welcome event in the face of the conspiracy by certain elements in Nigeria to suffocate the economic, political and security well being of Ndigbo.
In the economic scene, consistently since the advent of Nigeria brand of democracy in 1999, the South East Geopolitical Zone has attracted the least of federal allocation of all the six zones of Nigeria. Enugu – Onitsha Expressway, and Enugu – Port Harcourt Expressway is in a sorry state of disrepair. The proposed Sea Port at Onitsha and the 2nd Niger Bridge is still a pipe dream constantly used as electioneering tool while only the South East is yet to have a functional international airport. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Igboland (homeland of Ndigbo of Nigeria )
Igbos have been victims of religion and ethnic cleansing in the North since 1942. The Boko Haram bandits have made it a pleasure attacking Igbo interests, businesses and people at will. The numbers of Igbos killed far outnumber that of all tribes in Nigerian. The agencies of state have not given enough protection to our people whose lives and income is being consistently demolished by the Boko Haram terrorists.
It is obvious from the above that the Igbos are economically, politically and religiously endangered and part of the disadvantaged situation is due to the activities of saboteurs who relish in merchandising Igbo interests to outsiders.
The six geopolitical zones have tasted the presidency of Nigeria. The only region that is yet to preside over the Nigerian state is the South East. The attempt by Aguiyi Ironsi in 1966 to unify Nigeria was unfortunately cut short after only six months and yet the North, West and South - South zones are all preparing for another shot in 2015. What is the position of Ndigbo and what strategies have been put in place to ensure the presidency gets to Ndigbo. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Nigeria six geopolitical zones
Nigeria has abundance of patriotic leaders cutting across all tribes and religions. The Nigerian people can be reasonable in electoral decisions especially when superior arguments suffice. Therefore, if the Igbos present their case for the presidency properly and strategically, and reach out to the rest of the country, I do not see why other ethnic and religious nationalities will not co-operate. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Seal of The President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is the official symbol of the Nigerian President, first used in 1979 by President Shehu Shagari.
Therefore, the divine move by the GAAICOM under the leadership of Apostle Chidi PCJ Macjossy, Bishop Emmanuel Chukwuma, Rev.Fr Alphonsus Oko and Archbishop A.A Nwodoka, among others, to seek the counsel of God on the way forward is a step in the right direction, which, happily, all denominations in Igbo land are identifying with.
I wish the delegates godly deliberations to reposition Ndigbo where they rightly belong in the scheme of affairs of Nigeria.
Director, Media and Communications, GAAICOM
*Anambra: Still On El Rufai And His Yes Men
Masterweb Reports - Thursday, July 5, 2012: In reaction to Mallam Nasir el-Rufai’s uninformed piece on Anambra State entitled: Anambra: Budget of Misplaced Priorities, many people have written by way of further comments on the subject. Quite unusual of the Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi did a rejoinder himself; he sought to correct a misrepresentation of his State. Beyond just telling us that Anambra State has adopted the Millennium Development Goals as its vision, Obi explained that Anambra Integrated development Strategy (ANIDS) is a vehicle for achieving the vision. The Governor took the goals one after the other and clearly showed what the state is doing. At the end of the piece, even skeptics were convinced that his Government is focused and is driven by plan encapsulated in novel methods that are working towards achieving set goals.
At the end of the day, and going by what Obi has done in Anambra State, the question on all lips is: ‘Why does he still have apposition?’ The answer is simple: ‘Obi met a State that was in the jaws of lions. Naturally, to retrieve anything from the lions’ jaws will surely entail collateral damage and injuries on any person who so dares embark on such a hazardous enterprises. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Mallam El- Rufai
Today, with Governor Obi bearing the scars of all the instruments used in the battle for the soul of Anambra State, one can say that he has done well. The loosing vocal minority are like the evil spirit, legion, that Christ cast out from a man’s body that entered into a swine and caused damage. This minority have been frustrated in the State, and like legion, they are determined to cause maximum damage on their way out.
Today, in Anambra, Obi has not been forgiven by many who consider him an “outsider”, who, not only wrestled power from them, but seems determined to alienate them from Anambra politics by growing a new crop of dedicated political who would forever bench the failed politicians of old. This failed lot have sworn that this ‘dangerous’ move by Obi must be stopped at all cost. This I submit explains the level of opposition massed against the Governor. ( Continues below….. )
Anambra has therefore become a State where people deliberately pretend not to know the truth as they pursue some wild and elusive dream. Otherwise, why should somebody like Mr. Chudi Offodile, from Awka, deny Obi the credit of doing anything on health, when a Teaching Hospital built from the scratch stands before him in his home town! Obi erected about 20 new buildings in that complex, equipped the hospital and ensured its accreditation by the relevant professional medical bodies; yet Offodile’s lamentation that nothing is happening around him.
In his own piece entitled “Anambra: Further comments on Obi’s misplaced Priorities, one Dr. Chidozie Emenuaga was at it too. Though he pretended to be objective, he ended up showing his true colours. My first reaction on reading him was: ‘Ah, where is this Emenuga coming from?’ A little check however revealed him as once a Personal Assistant to Prof. Charles Soludo when he was the Governor of the Central Bank. It was easy to establish a nexus here: the write up by Mallam El-Rufai was the reproduction of a lecture delivered by Soludo himself on the 3rd of May, 2012 at the faculty of Social Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka with little input by Rufai. During the public presentation of Uche Ezechukwu’s book on Ojukwu, Soludo’s only comment was about the imaginary poverty in Anambra State. Emenuga was Soludo’s Personal Assistant, while the newspapers reported that the Barnhill Hotel partly owned by Mr. Chudi Offodile was actually used to rig election for the PDP, when Soludo was their governorship candidate in Anambra State. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Chudi Offodile
Now to some points raised by Soludo’s Assistant and the mallam that: “The point that Governor Obi and other Anambra people should swallow is that the condition of Anambra State has become such a national and international concern that ‘outsiders’ can no longer be shut out from proffering solutions”. This is at best intellectual dishonesty. I challenge Emenuga to tell us what El-Rufai did at a time Anambra State was really in pathetic condition. At a time when their principal, President Olusegun Obasanjo ensured that Anambra State was a butt of dinner jollity. At that time, Dr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju could not even see the President, while in the full glee of the world Obasanjo agreed that Dr. Chris Ngige was rigged into office. Is it now Obi has restored sanity, peace and progress to the State that somebody should talk of “the condition of Anambra State?”
I share what Emenuga said about Philosophy. Let one go on and add that it was not in vain that it was regarded as Regina Scientiarum (the Queen of the Sciences) In fact when you enquire into the history of civilization, you will discover that the epochal liberation of man from barbarism was more the achievements of philosophers.
Philosophy is good because it awakens in man the need for critical thinking. However, if what Emenuaga was trying to say is that Obi as a philosopher should have performed better, he is wrong. I challenge him to tell us one Governor that is doing better than him with the available resources? There is no sector in which Obi has not done better than his predecessors.
Emenuga gleefully echoed El-Rufai’s view on the poor IGR base of the State and submitted that “only Lagos, Kano and a few other non-oil producing states are not as valuable as Anambra. If he were sincere, he should have named two more states that do not fall within his vulnerable ranking. He knows he may not get any beyond Lagos and Kano. But like a typical home opposition, Anambra must be used as an example. I cannot accuse him of criticizing what he did not understand, because it was evidently out of mischief. Since Obi advent, Anambra’s IGR may not have reached its optimum, but it has continued to increase. Obi says that he has enough money to pay salary for even a year should nothing come from the centre.
In 6 years Obi has invested over 10 Billion Naira for Anambra State in promising businesses and yet he is doing nothing to improve Anambra’s IGR Base. If all the companies, SABmiller, Orient Petroleum , Innoson Motors, Juhel, etc he is supporting or attracting to Anambra pay taxes, would it not improve the IGR base? Surely Emenuga’s understanding of IGR is still within the base category of collecting stallage fees and all that. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Map of Anambra State, Nigeria.
Coming out more pungently to showcase his real motive, Emenuaga asked: “What are the good works a visitor will see in Anambra State? Peer Review? King Solomon of Israel did not publicize his good works before Queen of Sheba heard of it and embarked on a trip to Jerusalem to see for herself”. If everything Solomon did should be glorified, I advice Emenuga to get 700 concubines for himself. In a State where people like Emenuaga deny what exists, what will happen if such are not shown to the world? In fact, the antics of people like him call on the Governor to re-double whatever he does to showcase his work. I think Emenuga should rather not concern himself about false claims.
In saying that the only solution to poverty and unemployment in Anambra State is to expand economic activities in the State and create enabling environment for the private sector to flourish, Emenuga left many more confused than enlightened. In the past 6 years, economic activities in the State have been expanding. Consequently Bank branches have more than doubled, industries are coming up, hotels grew from about 4 to over 30, and development partners that were not in the State are all here. Emenuga, what do you mean?
To show you what Emenuaga set out to do, he denied any development taking place in his part of the State. Even the road he referred to – Igbo-Ukwu – Uga – Umunze – Owerre-Ezukala road was completed by Governor Obi. He does not know that this Government has completely rebuilt the Umunze Cottage Hospital, constructed the longest Bridge – Odor – in his area, did the Ufuma – Enugwu road, is doing Ajalli- Aguluezechukwu road. In his part of the State, there is no town that did not benefit from a new classroom of five blocks. Most schools for the first time benefited from library, buses, internet, boreholes etc.
Judging from what Obi has done and the recognition that has come his way, it will not be easy to distort the truth here. Thisday best Governor on Financial Prudence; Champion Most Trustworthy Governor; Thisday 4th most performing Governor; a Governor heading a State acclaimed by the Nigerian Senate as Most Stable; a Governor Debt Management Office acclaimed as leading the least indebted State; a Governor The Federal Ministry of Works acclaimed his State as having the best network of roads; a Governor who is beloved by International community/development partners, a Governor who enjoys warm relationship with the Federal Government, cannot by any stretch of imagination be called a failure.
In his long and tortuous journey in politics, we must accept that Obi has driven lunatics away from Anambra State, clipped the wings of predatory politicians eying the State treasury, prevented those who saw themselves as readymade to govern Anambra State from succeeding. But even if he turns Anambra into an Eldorado, this tribe of critics must see him as a failure. Too bad! Too tragic!
Dr. Amos Onyedika, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
*Nigeria: Who Says That Peter Obi Is Not Working
By Ikechukwu Igboanugo
When Governor Peter Obi gave me his CV, and indicated his interest of governorship in Anambra, right from that moment, I knew that he will get there and he will also perform. Then I was running with my friends, a political party in Anambra state; he was coming around donating N100,000.00 drinks like - coke, fanta, pure water etc., with his black Peugeot 504 salon car without a driver.
One day he cornered me when he attended one of our meetings and asked me which political party do I suggest he joined. Our own political party was UNPP which was run for Babangida, but I advised him to join APGA because it was more or less Igbo Party because of the Late Chief Ikemba Nnewi Odimegwu Ojukwu's involvement. I reminded him that Jim Nwobodo was voted by Igbos because of the Late Chief Nmamdi Azikiwe's involvement in NPP. Peter Obi was a very rich business man then, he was in the same line of business with me. We were in the same business category, our category then had fleet of cars with drivers but Peter Obi had only one black Peugeot 504 car. ( Continues below….. )
I admired his ways of presentations in public functions, his smart and intelligent speeches were attracting attentions of people. That was why I presumed that this kind of man will deliver, coupled with his ways of life as a chronic miser.
His political turbulence initially was as a result of peoples grievances because he closed his door on people. As a governor you don't close your door on people like that, you must help people so that people will pray for you. He eventually opened his door.
Coming to my point that Peter Obi is working, I was going to Ifite Ogwari in Anambra state recently, moving up to almost the boundary between Anambra and Enugu State in the northern side of Anambra. All the roads there are cleanly tarred, I asked which Governor did this overwhelming development, I was told that it was Peter Obi. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Map of Anambra State
Anytime I am in Anambra I don't enter Onitsha, but recently I was compelled to enter Onitsha to see a sick friend, I could not recognize some areas as a result of the development, my enquiry pointed at Peter Obi, it is to, my astonishment that some unscrupulous people rate poor performance on Peter Obi's administration, like El Rufai who is not even from Anambra state and whom I don't know the last time he visited Anambra state and moved around the state to determine Peter's performance.
Before I embarked on this write up, I have done a thorough investigation and I have observed that Peter Obi has done a lot in Anambra State, he has covered all sectors of development viz: education, roads, water, health etc. even to the extent of settling contractor's debts incurred by Mbadinuju's administration. ( Continues below..... )
My concern is that I am an Igbo man from Anambra State we must be searching for a credible Igbo man we will position when it is time for Igbo presidency. For sure President Jonathan is constitutionally entitled for second term if he performs which I believe he will. After him it will rotate to the South East.
Since after the first republic, the north has ruled for over 25 years, South West 11 years, South South now 8 years so in 2019 it will definitely be the turn of South East. I don't personally believe in zoning but rotation. This is the period we should begin to shop for a credible Igbo man that will represent us in Aso Rock in 2019 and we should examine the performance of the present and ex-governors from the South East.
Finally, Peter Obi's achievement in Anambra is overwhelming; a very busy governor who has acquired so many awards, a governor who visits schools on monthly basis, the presence of a governor in any school boosts the morale of the children and their teachers. He bought 500 vehicles from a local manufacturer in Anambra; some governors will import and steal money in the process. Peter has built over 200 health centers in Anambra. Every day you open any newspaper you must see Peter Obi attending this or that, in fact, he is the busiest and most popular governor in Nigeria. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Gov. Obi (middle), with his wife, Margaret(right), receiving the award of the "Good Financial Planning Governor of Our Time", from Enugu Anglican Church and presented by Bishop Emmanuel Chukwuma during the First session of the 15th Synod of the Diocese at All Saints Church, GRA, Enugu, Enugu State.
Since the inception of democracy, Akwa-Etiti my town has not benefited from any state government's key position despite all contributions from Akwa-Etiti. Today Peter Obi has appointed one of the noble sons of Akwa-Etiti as one of the Anambra state commissioners.
Your Excellency Gov. Peter Obi, the almighty God who bestowed the leadership cap on your head will never remove it forever and ever in Jesus name, (jide ka iji).
Chief IKB Igboanugo
Founder, Nigerians for better Nigeria (NBN)
*Nigeria: NCAA Warns Pilots On Weather
By Nosa Osula-Aituamen
The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has advised pilots flying in the nation’s airspace both local and International to exercise restraint when adverse weather is observed or forecast.
The Director-General, NCAA, Dr. Harold Demuren in an advisory letter sent to all airlines said pilots should be patient enough to wait and allow the weather to subdue or pass over the airfield before commencing flight. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Dr. Harold Olusegun Demuren
He noted that the country is in the mid-stream of rainy season which is usually characterized by severe thunderstorm and line squall and its attendant turbulence, micro busts, lightning and low-level wind shear.
Dr. Demuren further explained that such weather conditions could be deadly to aircraft on approach or departure from an airport and have been responsible for a number of fatal accidents in the world and in our country, Nigeria. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: An Airborne Plane (Photo 1)
According to him, it is mandatory for Pilots to obtain weather briefing from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) including departure, en-route and destination weather information prior to flight operations. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: An Airborne Plane (Photo 2)
Correspondent, Nosa Aituamen reports that any pilot that fails to ensure strict compliance with the laid down regulations is to be sanctioned by the regulatory agency.
Nosa Osula-Aituamen (Aviationreport)
*Etihad Begins Flight To Nigeria
By Nosa Osula-Aituamen
Etihad Airways has started its six flights a week service between the airline’s Abu Dhabi home-base and the Nigerian city, Lagos.
To celebrate the new service, and Nigeria’s love of football, Etihad Airways operated its iconic sky-blue A330-200 aircraft, painted in Manchester City Football Club’s famous colours, for the launch flight.
The “Blue Moon Rising” aircraft was greeted by a traditional water canon salute on arrival in Lagos at the city’s Murtala Muhammed International Airport.
The Etihad Airways delegation was met by H.E. Ibrahim Auwalu, Nigerian Ambassador to the UAE, H.E. Rashed Naser Musabbah Al Dhaheri, the UAE Ambassador to Nigeria, and senior officials from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria.
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We are delighted to launch Etihad Airways flights to Lagos and our first passenger destination in West Africa. This is a momentous occasion in Etihad Airways history as we expand our flight network in Africa and increase ties between the UAE and Nigeria.”
During the visit to Lagos senior Etihad Airways executives will meet government officials and local tourism representatives as well as host an evening reception to celebrate the new flights.
The six flights per week Lagos will be operated by an A330-200 aircraft, configured to carry 22 passengers in Pearl Business class and 240 passengers Coral Economy class.
The service is Etihad Airways builds on the airline’s existing flights to Cairo, Casablanca, Johannesburg, Khartoum, Nairobi and Tripoli. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: An Airborne Plane
Etihad Airways is lead sponsor of Manchester City Football Club. The “Blue Moon Rising” aircraft was unveiled in 2011 and is one of the many elements of Etihad Airways’ sponsorship of the English Premier League club.
The Etihad Airways logo has been on the Manchester City shirt since 2009 and the airline became naming sponsor of the club’s Etihad Stadium and Campus in August 2011.
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, began operations in 2003, and in 2011 carried 8.3 million passengers. From its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad Airways serves 87 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, with a fleet of 66 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and 100 aircraft on order, including 10 Airbus A380s, the world’s largest passenger aircraft. Etihad Airways also holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia and Aer Lingus. For more information, please visit: www.etihad.com.
Nosa Osula-Aituamen (Aviationreport)
*Nigeria: NPF Arrest 20 for Murder of Traditional Ruler
Masterweb Reports - Monday, July 2, 2012: The Abia State Police Command stated that no fewer than 20 suspects have been arrested in connection with the killing of Eze Iroha Nwankwo; the traditional ruler of Ugwuleru autonomous community in Umunneochi Council of Abia as it intensified investigation into the flagitious crime.
The traditional ruler was allegedly beaten to death last Monday in his palace by some unidentified youths in the community who invaded his palace.
However, the family through Prince Samuel Iroha, has accused the Transition Committee Chairman of Umunneochi council area, Prince Dan Okoli of a inciting the youths to kill their father.
According to Samuel Iroha, the council chairman addressed the youths and after addressing them, the youths invaded the palace and killed the traditional ruler. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Suspects arrested by Abia State Police Command
Iroha said: "I want the police to arrest Dan Okoli to tell them who killed my father. He incited the youths to kill him, so I want the police to ensure that he faces the law."
He alleged that his father was killed on Monday night by scores of irate youths, who accused him of giving police information on criminal activities in his domain.
Prince Iroha alleged that the youths were addressed by both the transition council chairman, Prince Dan Okoli and the council lor representing Leru ward, Livinus Okoronkwo on the fateful day and an hour later the palace was attacked.
According to him, "they incited the youths by telling them something" hence the police should find out what the youths were told the two politicians. But Iroha could not say what problem the family has with the chairman to warrant killing their father. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Abia State, Nigeria.
However, denying the allegation, the chairman said "It is not true. I did not incite anybody against anybody. Rather the youths were on rampage because of the arrest by the police of some boys said to be innocent."
According to him, when the information got to him where he was at a function by the Council or representing the community, I asked the DPO to release the boys to the council or if could properly identify them.
The Assistant Commissioner of Police in-charge of Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Mr. Joseph Micloth said the 20 suspects had been arrested while investigation continued, though he did not give details of those arrested, but he vowed that the police would get to the root of the matter and culprits made to face the law.
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