*Nigeria: Offodile As A Syndrome
Have you heard the story of sour grapes? It’s basically about a person who desires something badly but failing to get it turns round to condemn it. Although it is just a story some of us are known to have taken this trait to another level such that it keeps recurring and becomes part of their personality.
We have many of such characters in Anambra but one of them particularly stands out. He is Chudi Offodile a one-time federal house member. Offodile has elevated this trait to levels unimagined to the extent that it has become a sort of syndrome to him which was aptly portrayed by Joseph Anarado on the back page of This Day newspaper of July 2.
Offodile had a largely ineffective representation of his people of Awka North and South federal constituency on PDP platform from 1999 to 2003. PDP even as bad as its members were and are still perceived in Anambra deemed Offodile bad enough not to represent them for a second term. Offodile promptly cross-carpeted to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to contest for senate. APGA not knowing the kind of person Offodile is and probably buying his yarn that he was muscled out of PDP because of the shenanigans there admitted him and allowed him to use their platform to contest the 2007 senate. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Chudi OffodileAgain Offodile lost. His people simply used the opportunity to demonstrate their unhappiness with him for doing nothing for them in his earlier four-year stay in the lower house. Offodile realized too late that party platform could not save him.
Offodile indeed has a history of rejection by his people. In 1992 he contested for House of Reps on NRC platform but was floored by a woman from SDP, Ifeoma Chinwuba. He tried again in 1999 when after losing out in the primaries he simulated a riotous situation that enabled him to be declared winner by frightened officials who conducted the primaries. On the day of the election he was arrested by the police and the commissioner of police confirmed that arrest on the local NTA station on allegations of election malpractice. He was later released after his party threw its muscles behind him.
He went on to ride on the then formidable PDP rigging machinery to a contrived victory and spent the next four years in the federal house. In 2003 even though he was not the rightful candidate of PDP he still wangled his way to Abuja but eventually got punished for his sins when a tribunal threw him out after two years in the national assembly. Indeed, Offodile’s major achievement as a representative of his people was the building of the most expensive hotel in Awka to feather his own nest. Even his constituents still cannot afford to lodge there. Indeed Offodile belonged to the old destructive order that Obi has sent packing. But I was happy to read Offodile concede that when he said inter alia: ‘Peter Obi brought civility and peace to governance in Anambra State at a time politics in the state had degenerated to dangerous and unacceptable levels.’ ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Map of Anambra State showing Chudi Offodile's Awka North and South federal constituency.
The above truthful admission must have been as a result of what we commonly call a slip of tongue by Offodile but it just goes to show that Offodile was part of the uncivility and danger that pervaded the state’s politics then and naturally he like others are fighting back against the change agent called Gov Obi.
It is noteworthy that while he was joining APGA Offodile praised Obi and his government to high heavens, falling short of branding the governor a Messiah. Yet this is the same governor Offodile later turned round to disparage his achievements after falling out of favour with the party.
Like all people jaundiced by hate Offodile in his reaction to Nasir El-Rufai’s tantrums on Anambra State, joined El-Rufai in churning out obvious lies against Gov Obi and Anambra people. The common denominator in both men’s motives was fear of Obi’s soaring profile locally and internationally as a result of his stupendous achievements in a state badly paralysed by maladministration in the recent past. ( Continues below….. )
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.
Also both men’s vituperative comments on Obi are clearly driven by fear of what Obi’s rising profile will mean to their ambitions. While El-Rufai sees Obi rightly or wrongly as a big threat to his vice presidential ambition, Offodile sees Obi as a stumbling block to his impending guber ambition. Offodile feels that Obi’s insistence that the next governor should come from the Anambra North senatorial zone could sound the death knell on his candidature as Obi might ‘anoint’ a candidate of his own. So Offodile wants to downplay Obi’s achievements in order to rubbish his own candidate if at all Obi has any such plans.
Thus they had gone on to spill obvious lies. But while El-Rufai can be excused for his since he doesn’t hail from Anambra State, Offodile’s is very pathetic as he is supposed to be a son of the soil. That is why some people have termed El-Rufai an ignoramus and Offodile a mischievous person. ( Continues below..... )
If not why should El-Rufai term Anambra people as poor and Offodile support him? Why should El-Rufai say Anambra profited from Ngige more than from Obi and Offodile concur? Indeed enumerating what falsehood they churned out is not worth the ink flowing from one’s pen but it will perhaps suffice to give a few examples which will blow their submissions to smithereens; just a few examples.
Let’s just take roads. While Chris Ngige was governor he did roads quite alright but it was the manner they were done that made the difference. Ngige concentrated only on his domain which is Idemili North and South axis, completely neglecting Awka the state capital and the rest of the state. Now, one can ask; of what economic importance were Idemili roads over Awka’s and the commercial cities of Onitsha and Nnewi? What about the food producing areas of Anambra East and West?
But when Obi came aboard he spread his dragnet to cover every part of the state, giving every zone a sense of belonging. For the first time the state capital started being developed and today it is not in doubt that any new thing in the state capital was facilitated by Obi. They include the first ever teaching hospital, the workers’ secretariat, the refurbished Ekwueme Square, the first library in the state after the one built in the First Republic in Onitsha, the Zik Avenue, Arthur Eze Road, the GRA extension roads behind government house, the Awka inner ring road, Court Road, Works Road, Majua Road, the state emergency office complex, among others.
In Ngige’s time Ngige never thought of these things but preferred to be clannish as he developed only his area. But even at that Ngige had a one-point agenda of just parochial road construction. He did nothing in critical sectors like health, education, commerce and industry, sports, etcetera.
But Obi has turned the education sector around by providing schools with computers, buses, generators, boreholes, etc.
Obi has okayed the promotion of workers who were told by Ngige when they went to him that it was not their right; Obi has increased their salaries four times; Obi is building the first teaching hospital in the state; he has built the first stock exchange in the state; built the first stadium (Chuba Ikpeazu) in Onitsha and building another one there; he has handed over schools to the missions and given them a ten-year grant to run the schools; he has handed over some mission hospitals back to them and given them money to operate; he gives the 177 communities in the state money every December to tackle security and pressing projects; he has used his security vote to assist the police and other security agencies in the state by providing with over 100 vehicles and equipment; he has constructed over 600 kilometres of roads in the state and built the highest number of bridges in the state than any previous government, transforming Anambra as with the best road network; he has revived the dead transport sector through the ANIDS Mass Transit buses and cars. The list is endless. All these are very verifiable and have been a result of careful and prudent management of the state’s lean resources through the Anambra Integrated Development Strategy that seeks to develop every sector at same time. It is also anchored on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the only state that uses it that way.
Obi is now giving 60 secondary schools N20m each to rebuild dilapidated infrastructure, something never dreamt of in the state.
The wonder is that Obi has done all this without borrowing a dime from any quarter.
Yet El-Rufai and Offodile want us to believe otherwise. This is why their position has been laughed at by everybody. From what has been enumerated here the truth is obvious and the world can see who’s been lying. But as stated earlier some people attack and condemn what is beyong their reach and that is now what is beginning to be seen as the Offodile Syndrome.
*Nigeria: A Nation in Crisis - Ultimate key to Freedom from Tyrannical Political Leadership
By Rev. Dr. C. Kingston Ekeke
Wednesday, July 4, 2012: Every 4th of July is a very important day in American history. On 4th of July 1776, 236 years ago the 13 colonies that constituted the United States then declared independence from the rule of England’s King George III. The declaration of independence was introduced by Richard Henry lee of Virginia on June 7, 1776, which called for the continental Congress to declare the United States free from the British rule due to a major protest against “Taxation without Representation.” Three days later a committee of 56 names headed by Thomas Jefferson was appointed to prepare an appropriation writing for the declaration of independence.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
That paragraph became the sticking paragraph of that famous document. Americans around the globe celebrate their independence from British rule with parades, bands, marching, sinning, fanfare, etc. They will celebrate with in lavish meal, barbecues, picnics and family gatherings that include fanfare, gifts, pictures, crafts, games and entertainment. Adults, young boys and girls will reflect on the past history and freedom they enjoy in their great country. The national anthem will be sung and many foreigners seeking to become United States citizen will Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States.
“I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands one nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.”
However, the struggle for their freedom did not come easy. It was not granted without major struggle, sacrifice and shedding of blood.
President John F. Kennedy, said, “The cost of freedom is always high but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose and that is the path of surrender, or submission.” ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: U.S. President Barack Obama
Their struggle for freedom and independence reminds of me of Nigeria’s long battle for her independence from Britain in the late 50’s. Nigeria’s independence was granted due to sustained national grievances of eminent leaders like the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Belewa and others against the British system of indirect rule. In 1960, Nigeria became an independent nation. However, religious intolerance, jihadist fundamentalism, ethnic bias and hatred, political instability, bad leadership, violence, war, ethnic h, immorality, economic woes, disobedience, injustice, and unrighteousness quickly marred our nation's prospect for development and progress. Until today, Nigerians have not really enjoyed any genuine freedom or political peace and national prosperity since its independence from the British colonial masters. In fact, the nation is currently in a serious crisis and challenge of leadership with Boko Haram Islamic fundamentalists and Jihadists killing innocent citizens in the Northern region with impunity. Corrupt government officials are looting public funds and embezzling public treasury; bad leaders without vision taking the people from a nation of strength to weakness and a nation of hope to hopelessness. 13-year democratic government has been a nightmare – a democratic tyranny! ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing some major cities and Federal capital (Abuja or FCT)
No one can deny the fact that freedom is the supreme value of the Western societies and off-course humankind in general including the animals of all kinds. There are two things Americans got right – cars and freedom according a popular Super ball TV commercial. I agree that human freedom is perhaps the greatest ideal of the American society. It is the essence, beauty and glory of democracy and free-market society.
For years, philosophers, scholars and thinkers have argued and debated that freedom is the supreme value of the human soul. It is the yearning of every human heart – whether poor or rich. All human beings possess the same desire – to be free to pursue unalienable rights such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, because the human spirit is endowed by its Creator, God, with the desire to be free to pursue life, joy, peace and prosperity. In nutshell, freedom is the ultimate pursuit of the human spirit.
However, freedom is not easy to achieve and it is hard to maintain. Freedom comes with great responsibility. Freedom entails discipline, accountability. Throughout the history of humanity, people and nations have paid the ultimate price fighting for freedom. Millions have died in civil disobedience and warfare in pursuit of freedom. Warfare, religious violence, ethnic cleaning, civil disobedience and other means have been used to fight for freedom. True freedom cannot be achieved through political ideologies or democratic tyranny.
Even now in the 21st century with the explosion of information and communication technology, the struggle for freedom remains one of the horniest issues of our time. Why has human freedom remain illusive and difficult to attain despite scientific advancement and technological progress. Why has human freedom - which is no doubt the highest ideal of the Western society, remained a mirage for so many other nations around our Planet Earth? Why has human freedom become a yoke of slavery rather emancipation of the human soul, heart, mind and will. Could it be that mankind has not sought the true freedom - which is freedom in God – spiritual freedom or divine freedom?
Samuel Bowles, Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst said “the cause of freedom is the cause of God.”
The Apostle Paul writes, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by the yoke of slavery” – Galatians 5:1). He added in Second Corinthians 3:17, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
According to Charles Kingsley, English clergyman, university professor, historian, and novelist, “There are two freedoms – the false, where man is free to do what he likes; the true where he is free to do what he ought.”
Freedom is the central theme and one of the treasures of Christianity. Being redeemed and set free from sin, bondage and fear is the goal of Christianity. The freedom that comes through our Lord is a liberation and deliverance from these three things primarily:
God is compassionate and faithful. By His grace and mercy, He called all of us to be free through the sacrificial life and death of Jesus Christ on the Cross. The freedom that comes through our Lord is a liberation and deliverance from Sin (Romans 6:18), Self (Galatians 5:1, 8-21) and Satan (Acts 26:18; Colossians. 1:13; 1 Peter 5:8). Freedom from Sin: The Apostle Paul writes, “You have set free from sin and have become salves to righteousness” – Romans 6:18). As human beings, Christ has set us free from the yoke of sin which leads to death and given us the power to become slaves to obedience, which leads to righteousness. We have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Holy Bible
Freedom from Self: True freedom can only take place when we are genuinely delivered from sin and translated into the light of the Son of God and when the desires of flesh has such as Sexual Immorality, Impurity, Debauchery, Idolatry, Witchcraft, Hatred, Discord, Jealousy, Fits of Rage, Selfish Ambition, Dissensions, Factions, Envy, Drunkenness and Orgies -Galatians 5:19-21 have no dominion over us. Ultimate freedom occurs when the body, soul and spirit are freed from all forms of demonic manipulation and clothed with the fruits of the Holy Spirit which are - Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control Galatians 5:22-25. True freedom is liberation and deliverance from the desires of the flesh and is maintained through the spirit’s continues indwelling and through obedience to Holy Spirit’s leading.
Freedom from Satan: True freedom is achieved when man turns from Satan to God. Satan, the Bible teaches is the ruler of this world. He is the supreme ruler of the world. He dominates the whole world, patrols this earth, and is commander of a host of evil spirits through which he enslaves and keeps captives those without Christ. And so, all those without Christ are under the demonic manipulation and control of Satan. They are enslaved by the dominion and power of darkness. Unless humanity is delivered from the grip of Satan through the indwelling power of God, true freedom cannot be achieved. True and genuine freedom comes begins when we are united Christ and sealed by the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 4:12; Ephesians 1:7). The freedom provided by Christ is not a freedom for us to do whatever we want, but freedom to live the life that is pleasing to God. Our spiritual freedom and rest must never be used as a cover-up for evil or justification for conflict. Our freedom in Christ frees us for service to God and to other people in the way of righteousness.
Thomas Jefferson said, “The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time.”
I like to further categorize freedom into societal and spiritual freedoms. I do not want to undermine the power and importance of societal freedom, but spiritual freedom is even more liberating and critical for societal freedom to have its perfect course.
Ultimate freedom cannot be created by man. Man can create societal freedom but not spiritual freedom. Societal freedom cannot reach its full course without spiritual freedom. Man must be free spiritually. Freedom in its true sense is a quality of God, just as love, beauty, harmony, joy; abundance and peace are qualities of God. Man cannot invent ultimate freedom. True freedom is a gift of God that comes through faith in Jesus Christ. True freedom is the very nature and essence of who we are.
Nelson Mandela, an international icon of freedom fighter, once said, “Our path is to recognize freedom as state of consciousness, not a condition of circumstances”.
We must be renewed and freed in mind, heart and soul in order to attain human freedom. God is our source of true freedom and freedom is the essence of Christian faith. Today, as you celebrate, thank God for preserving the United States of America and for her continued fight in the war for liberty and freedom.
President John F. Kennedy said, “The cost of freedom is always high but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose and that is the path of surrender, or submission.”
Dr. Mike Murdock, the Wisdom guru writes, “4th of July is very important in American history – in their war for liberty and freedom. Americans have a holy hatred for tyrants, dictatorship and destroyers of the human will. That’s why they willingly confront terrorism anywhere they find it.”
Let us pray that God will stir up men and women with a holy hatred for tyranny to liberate our nation from bad leadership, corrupt government officials, ethnic hatred and colonial enslavement. More than ever than any time in history of the nation, Nigeria needs courageous, visionary and skilful leaders to emancipate our land from satanic political leadership and restore her historic honor and moral dignity in the global community. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria
I wish you all happy 4th of July and most importantly God’s freedom. Let God's freedom become your ultimate gift as you celebrate today!
Rev. Dr. C. Kingston Ekeke is a public theologian, author, consultant and leadership scholar. He is the president of Leadership Wisdom Institute.
*Nigeria: Governor Peter Obi Honoured for Financial Planning
Governor Peter Obi has received another award as the ‘Good Financial Planning Governor of our Time”, from the Enugu Anglican Diocese. The Award was presented to the Governor at a service to mark the end of the first session of the fifteenth Synod of the Diocese at All Saints Church, GRA Enugu.
Presenting the Award, the Bishop of the Diocese, Rt. Reverend Emmanuel Chukwuma said the Governor had continued to demonstrate prudence, transparency and accountability in using public resources for the collective welfare of all.
Bishop Chukwuma who recalled that the Governor championed the return of schools to churches, explained that while the church remains firm in criticizing the short comings and excesses of those in position of authority, there is equally need to encourage leaders who are doing well. ( Continues below….. )
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.
Receiving the Award, Governor Obi thanked them for the honor and commended their choice of awardees who he described as those who have distinguished themselves in service to the people.
He appealed to the church to continue to pray for the country and its leaders to combat the various challenges including problem of insecurity and prevailing global financial crisis, noting that Nigeria is presently burdened with high domestic debt spent on consumption instead of production.
The governor called on leaders to promote exemplary conduct to restore decency in governance, while urging the people not to encourage impunity in service. ( Continues below..... )
In a sermon earlier, the Anglican Bishop of New Bussa Diocese in Niger State, Rt. Rev. Israel Amoo enjoined Christians to be contented with God’s will for them as God is the only source of blessing and has the final say in human affairs
In his reaction later, the transition committee Chairman, Aguata Local Government council, Chief Titus Anigbogu said the honor is well deserved and a testimony of Governor Obi’s selfless services and commitment in transforming all sectors.
*Ghana: The President is sick. Take it or Leave it.
Sickness is not something we wish for ourselves, not even for our worst enemies. As long as we remain mortal, sickness and diseases will remain part and parcel of our life. I see nothing wrong with someone falling ill. An Akan axiom says that “Se woton wo yarea a na wonya ano aduro”. Translated literally, it means if you tell people your ailments, you get medicine for it.
The prevalent disease in both my maternal and paternal families is diabetes. Almost every sibling of my mother suffered or is suffering from that disease. Two out of my seven surviving siblings are known carriers of that disease. I went for the test and it came out negative. But that was a little over a year ago.
The diabetic trait in the family has made us all conscious of how we lead our lives. We have also become each other’s keeper. Personally, I like sweet things and my family is always on me to cut down on the quantity of sweet intake in my diet. But this is something which affects the Damptey family and the ordinary people of Abomoso. I cannot say so about other families.
Thus, I find it difficult to comprehend all the secrecy surrounding the health of our President. His health status has become a “No go area” during public discourse, for the moment you broach on the subject the NDC will unleash its attacking dogs, vampires, vultures, sharks, snakes, wolves, foxes and eagles on you as if you were a notorious criminal who should be destroyed at all cost.
President George H.R. Bush Vomiting Incident: The President fainted after vomiting at a banquet hosted by the then Japanese Prime Minister, Kiichi Miyazawa and attended by 135 diplomats. The date was 8th January, 1992 at 8.20pm. The incident was widely reported and quickly became a fodder for the nation’s comedians. It caused a wave of late night TV jokes and ridicule in the international community, with the coining of “Bush-suru” which literally meant “to do the Bush thing”. Can you laugh over such an incident involving the President, if it had happened in Ghana? Definitely, not! The Security officials will skin you alive!! ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: George H. Bush, US President 1989–93The Dick Cheney Shooting incidence: He was the Vice President during the George Bush administration. On February 11, 2006, he shot Harry Whittington, a 78 year old Texas Attorney while participating in a quail hunt on a ranch in Kennedy County, Texas. The first public news was called in to the “Corpus Christi Caller Times” on February 12, 2006 by ranch owner, Katherine Armstrong. The Bush Administration disclosed the shooting incident to the public in the afternoon of February 12, 2006. Local authorities released a report on the shooting on February 16, 2006 and written statements on February 22. Cheney spoke publicly about the incident on February 15, 2006.
Could such a thing have happened in Ghana? Definitely not! Any person or newspaper reporter who commented or wrote about the incident would have been hounded and hunted by the BNI. Who born dog?
When Kweku Baako’s intelligence unit intercepted a police extract in which the “wayoman” had made some incriminating statements against top members of the government, the NDC Police CID went after the ace journalist, not the criminals.
President Woodrow Wilson suffers a stroke in 1919: He had sold the concept of the League of Nations to European Powers. But the US Senate blocked the idea. His attempt to speak directly to the American people ended in a fiasco.
On October 2, 1919, the President suffered a stroke. The wife quickly summoned Dr. Grayson, the President’s Personal Physician and the conspiracy began. The two formed a bulwark between the invalid President and the rest of the country, hiding his condition from the rest of the country.
President Andrew Jackson was in pain emotionally and physically. He had lost his wife and was also suffering from rotten toothache, chronic headaches, failing eyesight, constant pain and internal bleeding from two bullets lodged in his body.
President William Harrison: He faced election rumours that he was unwell. To discredit those rumours, he waged a very active campaign that left him exhausted. The Inauguration Day was bitterly cold but the new President wore neither overcoat nor a hat. His inaugural address lasted almost two hours. He developed a severe chest cold, from which he never fully recovered.
President John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills: Truth, though is bitter, it must be told. It is an acknowledged fact that the President has a problem with his sight. Earlier on in his presidency, he had a problem reading from his prepared written addresses. The font sizes of the letters were increased almost five hundred times. The pronunciation of “ecomimi” and “ofumfuo” instead of “economy” and “Otumfuo” stems from the fact that he had problems with his eyesight.
Sekou Nkrumah told us that when he met the President for the last time after he had been sacked, it dawned on him that the President did not recognize who he was. A school mate of the President once confided in me that he realized the President was going blind during one of their Old Students’ Re-unions. In earlier times, anytime he shook hands with the President, the latter had one special mantra for him. But the last time they met, the ritual wasn’t performed. It was only when the President heard his voice that he recognized him for who he was and the “usual ritual” was enacted. He then realized the President had not recognized him when he greeted him. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: President John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills of GhanaHe who is healthy does not need physician: Nii Lante Vanderpuye, a Presidential Aide at the Castle told us that the President had the Juju ring made for him to counteract the effect of a spell which a Chief from the Western Region cast on him after the President had shook hands with that chief. He told us that the President received some blisters on his palm after shaking the chief’s hand. If the President is not spiritually sick, why should the juju ring be made for him?
And will this perhaps explain the death of the Ghana High Commissioner to Canada who died three days after playing host to the President and shaking his hands? Will it perhaps explain the strange happenings in the country …suicides, murder, ethnic clashes, accidents both on land and on air? Could it perhaps explain why the NPP activist refused to take the outstretched hand of Baba Jamal at Akwatia? Will it also explain why Betty Mould changed everything at the office of the Minister of Education when she was made the substantive Minister? By the way, where are those items that were carted away from the office?
Where was the President? For nearly two week before the President went for his so-called “routine medical checkup” he chose to remain “out of coverage area” whilst various parts of the country were engulfed in turmoil. Where was the President? They cannot tell us his whereabouts because the President was indeed sick. The only alternative is that, he like Nero, the Mad Emperor of Rome might have resorted to playing the fiddle whilst most parts of the country were on fire.
Routine Medical Checkup: The President told us he was going for a routine medical checkup. Something that is routine but it took nearly two weeks! Okudzeto Ablakwa also told us he was going for a second opinion. Which was which? This same Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Chemical Ali of Ghanaian politics had some time ago told us that the President’ palm had turned dark due to the effect of the drugs used to treat the President’s throat cancer. Has the cancer been cured? Did the routine checkup have anything to do with Cancer?
Now listen to the President. “I am able to sit down with the doctors and talk about things” Which things? And then, “I am able to sit down” What does he mean by that statement? The fact that he omitted the word “now” does not alter the meaning. What he was telling Ghanaians was that he was now able to sit down with his doctors; something he couldn’t do before.
Now listen to the President and tell me if you could make head or tail out of it. “Let me tell you in six months, we are going to work very very very very very hard. I remember the last time when I came back from the G8. He (VP John Mahama) had been in Sunyani and when I spoke with him, he wasn’t well at all and when I came back from the G8 and as far as I am concerned, this is nothing I will say calls for something by all Ghanaians. I am only going there to make sure that yes, we look at this that … and come back to continue …” Does this speech make any sense to you? And you tell me the President is well!
And for the First time in his presidency, the President publicly announced that in his absence, the country would be administered by the Vice President. What do you think was going on in the mind of the President at that time?
As I have stated somewhere before that the New Patriotic Party, (Nipa Pa Party) does not wish the death of President Mills. We wish him well. We want him to be alive to witness God’s prophecy about setting a table in the presence of our enemies come true. Yes, the NPP will surely run roughshod over the NDC. We will demolish them. Yes, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo will “maul” John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills on 7th December, 2012. We want the President to be alive so that he will see how God will use Nana Addo to move Ghana to greater heights.
Those who do not wish the President well are the very people surrounding and holding him hostage. What was the essence of the physical torture they put the President through by making him jog and trot before his departure and after his arrival at the airport? It wasn’t a wise thing to do. If they believe they are deceiving Ghanaians by giving the president increasing dosage of “steroids” to enable him undergo some physical actions which ordinarily he wouldn’t be able to do, then they have something worse coming. They are putting the health of the president in jeopardy.
The President is not well and should call it quit. But for nefarious reasons, those with skeletons in their cupboards and would who might be negatively impacted when there is a change of guards are forcing the man to go beyond his endurance. And it is such people that I am making this passionate appeal to. Please, the life of our President is valuable to us. Do not, in the name of God Almighty and for your own selfish interest do the unthinkable by flogging a willing horse to its death.
And if the President loves this nation, he should not allow his “aides” to lead him astray. Mr President, you must be conscious of your health. Call it quits when the ovation is loudest. You will regain the love and forgiveness of Ghanaians. Do not act like the Mohammed Allis and the D.K.Poisons of yesterdays.
You may not like me. You may call me all sorts of names. You may even crucify me. But I remain unruffled in my quest to ensure that the right things are done. I am only performing my patriotic duty by alerting Ghanaians to the fact that our President, Professor John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills is seriously ill and must step aside.
Daniel Danquah Damptey ( 0243715297, email@example.com )
*Nigeria: Anambra State University Teaching Hospital Starts Clinical Training
Masterweb Reports - Saturday, June 30, 2012: Anambra State University Teaching Hospital yesterday received 13 medical students, being its first batch of trainees for clinical training from the Anambra State University’s Faculty of Medicine in Uli.
The induction of the students was sequel to the recent accreditation of the newly constructed teaching hospital by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria and the National University Commission, which cleared it to start clinical training of medical doctors as well as run a medical school after inspection of its facilities.
The students who were 13 in number were said to be those who scaled through their second MB examination out of about 86 that started with the university’s faculty of Medicine. Their induction commences a three-year journey that will see them through their third, fourth and fifth MB examinations to qualify as medical doctors. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: First set of students of Anambra State Teaching Hospital during their induction at the Newly accredited College of Medicine and Anambra State Teaching Hospital, Awka.Speaking to the students after they have been officially inducted, the institution’s provost of college of medicine, Prof Frank Akpuaka admonished the students to ensure that they comply with laid down rules, while commending them for their steadfastness.
Akpuaka who announced to the students that they will be coming to lectures from Holy Family village, Amansea where they will be camped explained that the measure is to keep the students in a quiet environment where they can concentrate on their studies as their practice will deal with lives on graduation and required hard work. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Map of Anambra State, Nigeria.
Prof Amobi Ilika, immediate past commissioner for health in Anambra state told journalists that the induction is very significant in Anambra State as it marks the beginning of the manifestations of some of the achievement of the Mr Peter Obi-led government.
Speaking after the induction ceremony, the leader of the students, Mr Onyebuchi Izumba told journalists that they are particularly grateful to the state governor for completing and accrediting the teaching Hospital for their training unlike past students who have had to be sent to facilities in other states.
*Nigeria: We are Not Defeated by Principalities and Powers; Man simply Failed Himself
By Ikechukwu Enyiagu
“Money” is its own gospel; those who love it need not be bothered with “strange” messages, for they have “heard it all.” The gospel which money brings is the message of “I can do all” of men who, through their dominion and forcefulness, have manifested many heights of principalities and powers. Therefore, before those whose hearts seek the truth, such slaves of Mammon have evolved into the full stature of man: spirits - dwelling, as it appears, in lofty places where they may never be touched. Principalities are of the spirit and every force of power is unseen. Man is a spirit and he wields principalities and powers and apportions to them which seats they must sit among men. He even has influence over the prophecies of time and, without his involvement, time ceases to count. Are you looking for principalities, do you search for powers which stir life and, most times, drag you, as against the goads and in opposition to the flow of your life waters, to where you would not? Look no further! Here is man for you – with all the powers to chart the course of his future and that of those he leads whose ignorance became the baits of their many sorrows. Within the heart of man lies the conscience: a field where the real battle of life is won and where man, this spirit, decides who and what wins. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Nigerian Naira Notes
“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places,” the Holy Bible rightly said. Where these battles are fought and won or lost are in the heart of this empowered spirit called man. But both the defeats and the spoils of these battles remain what man will have to deal with as long as he remains in the flesh. The spirit that is man stands exulted even above these “evil spirits of the unseen world” and every decision man takes in his true nature becomes the errands of these dark spirits whose sustenance and fulfillments emanate from the wishes of man. Everyday, the game of life is played in the hearts of man repeatedly on many issues; and at each turn, man must blow the final whistle. What he consciously decides and wishes for (if his spirit has not been willingly subdued by his ignorance which he willingly received from that serpent of old) rightly becomes the command of these principalities and said powers. And as societies gather to invoke superior “powers to represent” upon certain individuals, the battles for these societies are consequently shifted, not to the many fields of war which man has carved for himself, but to the very hearts of those thus saddled with responsibilities to lead; to the consciences of those thus elected or chosen as representatives or leaders. In the conscience of man lies the voice of God - speaking forth His word which saves; and that of the enemy of mankind - always giving man reasons to willfully fail and fall. It will be important to state here that the spirit which leads a people is the chosen leader, and his conscience, if alive, is the perfect law. What these spirits (men, leaders) decide becomes their strong wishes, and their wishes, the commands of these little beings that operate in all atmospheres – seeking for just one thing: to obey. But the danger of man is ignorance, and this has made him more of man (the flesh) than he truly is a spirit. Turning aside to enslave himself under his slaves, he listens to all kinds of persuasive voices and believes in every extended “helping hand” of trapped spirits. And as he does, he unknowingly signs a contract with his servants - a contract which transfers his eternal rights to rule and reign over all creatures in conscious responsibility to his messengers. Now, these little beings, like the fairies of mischief, love nothing more than assuming the place of puppeteer over what his master has reduced himself to: a mortal man. ( Continues below….. )
Among these principalities and powers of darkness, the spirit called Mammon is perhaps the most persuasive of all. He places before his master (man who ought to be in his full stature as a conscious spirit) a picture of possibilities which, as he wrongly claims, can only be attained solely through his assistance. And just as the Adam of old did in forgetting his communion of safety with the creator of all, the man of today often chooses to be more Adam than the man to whom all creation has been willed. The God of true wisdom says: “With me, you can do anything, but without me, you can do nothing;” but Mammon, the spirit of the love of money says: No! It’s without me that you are lost. And as in the days of Eden, man has to choose again even when the glory of truth still dazzles. What does man do? He believes in Mammon, enters into a state of indebtedness to his servant, and thereby surrenders his foundation to a vengeful spirit who never gets enough praise. He demands that man slaves for him and he obliges; then goes further and demands that he makes slaves for him – of his father, mother, siblings, children, neighbors and the society. Having given up his place to this spirit, man sees himself as having no choice but to oblige the one without whom he believes he is lost. Money answers all things, but only as a faithful servant. A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes life merry, but money is the answer for everything solely because of its service in trade. Yet wisdom in the hearts of those who lead is a greater defense than money presents. In any society where money becomes Mammon and its utmost defense, the foundation caves in. And when it does, enemies are willingly made and without excuses - even right within families and amongst bests of friends. The spirit of betrayal therefore sets hierarchies. Submission to this Mammon takes over a man born in the creeks – born with no clear path for life – and drags him from a place of seeming irrelevance to the position of a representative as he surrenders to every whim and caprice of this spirit because he knows that with greater favor comes greater submission. Some he picked from among homes of insanity and pulls them up to places of authority beyond their comprehensions and abilities. While worthy heirs are been groomed to properly lead, slaves follow this spirit, Mammon, all the way to be imposed as leaders. Suddenly, men without any conscience for true leadership become ward counselors, Local Government Chairmen, commissioners, governors, and ministers, members of parliaments, senators, chief judges, ambassadors, and even all the way to the presidency. What this does is: it makes Mammon the chief ruler of the society, and when it does, the battle for worship increases every moment so much so that evil becomes good and good, evil. With this submission to Mammon comes greater love for money, and as it grows, men find every reason to debase and dehumanize mankind. But what this man would not see is that every pact of love and commitment done with this vengeful spirit, Mammon, is a burden of slavery. So, today, you see spirits born to rule, walk like men bound with the shackles of an unforgiving spirit…even while they represent and rule. And so their great dreams for better societies are often bound under the burden of their slavery to this insatiable spirit. O How principalities and powers glory for a period! How man willingly surrenders to failures which he has made his! ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: US Dollar Notes
The church of Christ must know this truth: the power to decide resides with fully awakened man and the verdict of the conscience is decided by the man who has found himself. There are principalities, and powers also exist; but the man who has gained mastery of the truth rules his conscience and stands as the head of these forces – dictating outcomes. The only answer to why the church seems to be ineffective is because most people in the church, especially from among the bishops and elders, have equally been beguiled by this persuasive serpent. The men and women appointed and elected to lead and represent must be men whose consciences and spirits are alive to the truth. Without this, as they sell themselves, those whom they lead are equally sold. The children of Israel cried for a king out of an undefined conscience, and God gave them their answer in Saul. Then evil increased, because when men consciously go against divine dictates, evil is always born. David fought his conscientious battles, neither in the palace nor in the fields of men, but in humility and conscious wakefulness while he leads humble sheep. Because God was their election chief and anointing priest, He went straight and picked him from the bush – from amongst the wild beast to “save His people and to lead them aright.” Moses fought against evil and stood for the truth – even against a raging storm of oppositions. He was called a quick-tempered man, yet God called him the meekest of men. He chose him to deliver His people because he has fought and won in his conscience over and against the spirit of Mammon and that old beguiling serpent. Joseph accepted imprisonment just to establish a true foundation in his conscience. He became, not what the spirit called Mammon threatened he would be, but a deliverer of his people. But today, the voice that dwells in the consciences of most men to decide is this same spirit called Mammon. In Nigeria, those who worship it are many, even among those who complain of his burdensome shackles of slavery on them. Nigeria has become the cobweb of Mammon, yet a single illumination from truth breaks his chains from man. Those who lead are bound by this and, therefore, are incapable of deciding for victories in their hearts nor can they blow whistles which will be final, except for that which further exults this wicked spirit and makes these enslaved leaders more in love with money. They are devoid of the will and conviction to stand for what is right because, as their bondage tells them, life is worthless without his help. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing some major cities, including the Federal capital (Abuja or FCT)
These leaders were elected and chosen by the people, and only by the people will they be judged and removed or elevated. We are indeed not fighting against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, and against all wickedness in high places. These forces of the dark world have no base of operation and no contract rights except in the heart of a willing man. And if this man is the leader of all, then all are bound in seeming drunkenness towards enslavement, except, of course, they rise up from their slumber and decide the victory in their consciences. Yet this victory over all wickedness in high places comes from a higher place, and from that spirit (man) who is truly conscious of his place of authority – able to decide the times and how they affect men bound by a breakable agreement. Nigeria was founded by the old serpent of hell and run by Mammon. Those bound by this name have only in them the ability to become free. The power to be free is the grace to know the truth and to stand up for it. It is the power of the tongue which gains its convincing victory from the conscience. For man to regain his place and for this slave called Mammon to know and function in his right place, man must decide the verdict in the field of his conscience between the truth over falsehood and victory over defeat. And when he has fully come, he must rise up and speak words which carry their corresponding actions; words which carry the power for creation. In doing this, therefore, take with you the amour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect. Stand ready therefore, and put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Sooner than expected, the walls of Jericho will fall (even now they are falling) and Mammon, the slave, will be forever bound in his place of duty. This is the duty of man - that spirit who finally discovers and occupies his place in creation and realizes that principalities and powers are but messengers for him. Let Nigeria free Nigerians and let Mammon be cast down to hell! Amen!
Ikechukwu Enyiagu can be reached at
BACKGROUND - For our country, with its colonial stamp of 'made in England', the three hundred odd ethnic and sub-ethnic units in this land, brought together by the force of British Imperialism to forge a modern nation, have good cause to thank God for the astonishing abundance of human and material resources bestowed on us. We are still in the process of nation building, struggling to blend together and harmonize our various very rich but differing traditions, customs and cultures. The recognition of the significance of
*Nigeria: I Will Personally Supervise Removal of Illegal Structures -Obi
Masterweb Reports - Monday, June 25, 2012: Work is to commence immediately on the reconstruction of collapsed parts of UNIZIK temporary site axis of the Onitsha-Enugu Expressway. Governor Peter Obi announced this after inspecting the area. Governor Obi said it was unacceptable that a major access road in the heart of the capital city should be in such a deplorable condition and continue to pose daily difficulties to road users.
He recalled that his administration has written severally and made repeated representation to the federal government requesting authorization for the State government to reconstruct the Amensea to Amawbia sections of the road as it is in a position to fund and complete the project as early as possible. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Governor Peter Obi
The Governor regretted that drainages in the area are completely silted because the residents have continued to block them with refuse thereby forcing flood on the roads and orchestrating the devastation of erosion.
He made clear that he will personally supervise the opening of the drains and removal of all illegal structures obstructing the free flow of water.
*Nigeria: What is $620,000 worth?
Masterweb Reports - Wednesday, May 20, 2012: Recent media have been inundated with the gory details of how a member of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Hon. Farouk Lawan of Shanano/Bagwai federal constituency of Kano state allegedly demanded for and received a bribe of $620,000 from Femi Otedola, CEO of Zenon Petroleum and Gas Ltd. Mr Otedola subsequently claimed that this was a sting operation orchestrated by the Nigerian Secret Service to trap the lawmaker in the act by the use of a video recording and marked bills. In a counter argument, Hon. Lawan insists that he on the other hand, played along in order to incriminate Mr Otedola. Actually, according to reports, the sum agreed on was $3 million, with $620,000 being paid as a part-payment, and for the balance to be paid after Zenon was taken off the list of indicted companies in the fuel subsidy report. The essence of this article is not to apportion blame or take sides, but rather to look more closely at the amount of money involved in this scandal.
It is by no means the biggest corruption scandal in the country’s history in monetary terms but it will surely rank up there as one of the most audacious. This is due to the fact that Hon. Lawan, who had been charged with the responsibility of investigating the corruption in the petroleum industry, had seemingly discharged his responsibilities without fear or favour, putting up a face of saint-like innocence and brick-like defiance. If it is proved that he is guilty, it would indeed be a sad day for us as a country. However, even if it is not, and it does turn out that the SSS provided the money for this “sting operation” (money which is now missing), how much can $620,000 buy if it were put to productive use? We hear of different amounts of money linked to corruption in Nigeria so often that we have become deadened or immune to the shock of a new scandal. So I decided to get out a notepad and do a little calculation of just how much $620,000 is worth. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: US Dollar Notes
To start with, based on the older World Bank definition of poverty being the inability to live on equal to or above $1 per day, $620,000 will be able to raise about 21,000 people out of poverty for a month and about 1,700 people out of poverty for a year. It would be sufficient to pay the school fees of about 6,700 children in a year at the primary and secondary levels as well as buy about 20,000 school books at N5,000 a piece. It can provide 23,000 pieces of clothing for children and would be able to pay for the sinking of about 832 boreholes.
What is $620,000 worth? It can purchase about 1,000,000 packs of anti-malaria drugs. It can provide anti-retroviral treatment for 4,103 people living with AIDS for one year. It can buy about 8,326 small generators for small and medium scale enterprises. It can also get 2,566 bicycles and 1,998 Innoson motorcycles for transportation of people in the rural areas or for them to start businesses. In addition, it could provide about 1.03 million litres of petrol! ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Nigerian Naira Notes
Having said the foregoing, it should be noted that $620,000 is only 20% of $3 million. I leave it to your imagination to figure out what this same calculation would have come to, if $3 million was used instead in this analysis. To put things into context, some other recent scandals we have had in the national assembly include $203 million (N32.8 billion) that was allegedly embezzled in the pension scam, $230 million (N37 billion) illegal loan allegedly taken by Bankole and Nafada, and $273,000 (N44 million) bribe allegedly requested by Hon. Hembe. So in conclusion, having seen all this, my question is simple: what are they doing with all this money?
By Chisom Ubabukoh
MSc Development Economics and Policy
University of Manchester
*Nigeria: Insurance Covers Crashed Dana Plane, says Management
By Lateef Lawal
The Dana plane that crashed on June 3, this year has an insurance cover totaling $354.5 million, the management of the airline has disclosed. The spokesman of the airline, Mr Tony Usidamen said that the speculations making rounds that the company did not have requisite insurance or that it is not up-to-date on its insurance premium is untrue.
According to him, Dana Air has all required insurance coverage and was fully up-to-date with policy payments. He said Dana Air’s insurers were - Prestige Assurance Plc as Lead Underwriter, while the foreign one is Lloyds of London.
The said flight had two levels of insurance cover -that is- $4.5 million for the value of the plane(Hull) and $350 million for third party liabilities.
Usidamen further disclosed that the airline had made direct contact with 103 of the 112 families who lost loved ones in the accident and had also made contact with the 6 embassies managing communications with the families of those victims from other countries.
According to him, families and embassies had been sent letters of condolence and the insurance documentation necessary to facilitate compensation payments. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Body of a victim being removed from the Dana plane crash site
He added that as of the close of business on Friday June 22nd, the company had received completed insurance forms for 23 of the victims, 2 of which were staff of the airline.
- NCAA guidelines require that, where possible, initial compensation payments be made within 30 days of the accident taking place.
- NCAA guidelines set the compensation level at $100,000 per victim.
On the identification and release of bodies to the families, he said Dana Air has continued to engage with the Lagos State Government and the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital to ensure that the process is expedited so that families can lay their loved ones to rest.
He said that as at Friday, June 22nd, 98% of DNA samples had been successfully collected and dispatched to a UK laboratory for testing while the remainder would be sent today.
To facilitate the completion of claims forms by the families the company has established toll free lines to a crisis management center to provide assistance.
He assured that the airline would continue to provide this service until all claims have been addressed and settled.
Lateef Lawal (NigerianAviationNews)
Photo Above: Nigeria Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah
Photo Above: An airborne Dana plane
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