*Attack On Jega’s Convoy Uncalled For
By Nwaorgu Faustinus
The attack on the convoy of the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega while emerging from the palace of Emir of Kazaure, Alhaji Najib Hussaini Adamu in Jigawa State is unwarranted. One now questions when it has become a crime to attend or honour wedding invitation of an Emir whose daughter is being wedded.
Reports said that trouble started around 12:30 pm when the INEC chairman emerged from the Emir’s palace and was identified by the youths who have gathered at the place to witness the ceremony, where upon “a young girl allegedly led the attack when she collected sand and threw it at the vehicle in which the INEC chairman was riding”.
According to Sunday Vanguard, the youths “began to hurl stones at Jega’s convoy. Several cars in the convoy were said to have been damaged and their glasses smashed. Sources said the situation would have been worse but for the intervention of security forces. The youths sang war songs alleging betrayal on Jega’s path”.
For me this is not the best way to express one’s anger or protest for alleged election rigging as according to the youths and as reported in the Sunday Vanguard of May 20, 2012: “You cheated us, you cheated the North, you declared falsed result, you denied General Buhari the chance to be the president of Nigeria, it was injustice, we will not forgive you”, some of them said. 2015 is not too far a period, these youth should have waited till 2015 to massively vote for Buhari that is if he clinches his party’s ticket to run for the highest office in the land rather than attacking Prof. Jega. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Prof. Attahiru Jega, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Nigeria
Needless to say that this shameful act is the aftermath of the alleged inflammatory and inciting remarks made by Buhari who has been belligerent, frustrated and angry for not being able to occupy Aso Rock, having contested four times for the seat and failed.
If I were Buhari, I would have invested energy, time and money in more useful ventures than to continue to waste huge amount of money that would have impacted positively on the lives of his numerous supporters rather than chasing the wind. He should borrow a leaf from the likes of the Dangote’s, as his past records which are negative do not speak well of him. It can only be imagined what Nigerians can benefit from a coup plotter and executioner, anti-journalists, regionalist, non-conformist, alleged advocate of the sharialization of Nigeria etc. Let it be known that Buhari will be a hard Presidential aspirant to market to Nigerian electorates as he is being pursued by karma every step of the way in his bid to be president of Nigeria.
The attack on Jega should not be treated with kid’s glove as it is an indication of the alleged potency of Buhari’s remarks in the minds of his supporters.
Nwaorgu Faustinus writes from Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Mobile: +2348035601312. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
*How Much Is Life Worth In Nigeria?
By Francis Chigozie Moneke.
Insecurity has indeed assumed an epidemic dimension in Nigeria. What with recurring instances of bomb explosions, wanton armed robbery attacks and other mindless acts of violence across the country, there is a tangible feeling of insecurity and profound fear of criminal victimization – hardly a day passes without one horrid and gruesome story or the other of human carnage, invariably with multiple casualties. Human life is worth but little in this atmosphere of perennial bloodbath, so much so that virtually every morning one wakes up to a fresh narration of gory killings of innocent persons in the hands of the now ubiquitous purveyors of violence, and probably also reads or listens to the traditional presidential pledge to bring the perpetrators to justice. But that is usually how far the ritual goes until yet another incident of human butchery.
No doubt the most worrisome security challenge in Nigeria today is the menace of the villainous Boko Haram sect whose terrorist activities have claimed no less than a thousand innocent lives. The sect has effectively defied the feeble efforts being made by the federal government of Nigeria to protect the lives of citizens, thus putting a big question mark to the capacity of the government to live up to its primary responsibility of protecting its own people. It is against this background that the statement recently made by President Goodluck Jonathan to the effect that Nigerian army is inefficient having failed to reign in the dreaded Boko Haram sect is at the same time valid and self-indicting. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: People gather to view ThisDay Newspaper Jabi - Abuja office building heavily damaged by Boko Haram suicide bomb attack.
The constitutional guarantee of the right to life has become largely atrophied in this era of absolute insecurity. Section 33 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) provides that “every person has a right to life, and no one shall be deprived intentionally of his life save in execution of the sentence of a court in respect of a criminal offence of which he has been found guilty in Nigeria”. This Constitutional provision guarantees the right to life and intends that human life must not be taken arbitrarily. Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights is in all fours with this Constitutional safeguard of the right to life. It provides that “human beings are inviolable. Every human being shall be entitled to respect for his life and the integrity of his person. No one may be arbitrarily deprived of this right”. These provisions impose a duty on government not only to ensure respect for the right to life but also to take effective measures towards ensuring that that right is not violated by either State or non-state actors – that is the obligation to protect.
The principle of state obligation to protect human rights especially right to life is rigidly enshrined under international human rights law jurisprudence. That principle was fully highlighted by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in consolidated Communications 48/90, 50/91, 52/92, 89/93 Amnesty International & ors. vs. Sudan wherein the Commission addressing the contention that executions of people in Sudan were not effected by State agents, held that “in addition to the individuals named in the Communications, there were thousands of other executions in Sudan. Even if these were not all the work of forces of the government, the government has a responsibility to protect all people residing under its jurisdiction”. The Commission thus found that the government of Sudan was in violation of the right to life enshrined under Article 4 of the African Charter as a result of its failure to protect the lives of people under its jurisdiction.
The Nigerian Supreme Court has indeed affirmed the principle of duty of government to protect citizens in the case of AG Adamawa vs. AG Federation (2005) 18 NWLR pt. 958 where it held that the citizens of Nigeria have a right to seek protection of their human rights from the government. This is a reverse way of stating that the government of Nigeria has a duty to protect Nigerian citizens, because if the citizens have a right to seek protection from government, it follows that a duty is imposed on government to provide such protection. Also in Nkpa vs. Nkume (2001) 6 NWLR pt. 710 pg.543 the Supreme Court held that every person resident in Nigeria has a right to go about his or her lawful business unmolested or unhampered by anyone else, be it a government functionary or a private individual. Thus, any manifestation of arbitrary power assumed by anyone over the life or the property of another must not be tolerated. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing some major cities, including the Federal capital (Abuja or FCT)
The provisions of Sections 130 (2), 215 (1), 217 (2) (c), 218 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), would suggest that the buck for insecurity in the country stops at the doorstep of the President who is the Chief-Executive and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, because in him is vested the power of control over the security paraphernalia of the Federal Republic, and thus empowered to deploy such security outfits for public safety and order, which primarily contemplates protection of lives and property. Consequently, the President by observing the inefficiency of the military in the face of the Boko Haram insurgency has not succeeded in absolving himself of responsibility in that regard. Fair enough, the President is not bent on abdicating his primary duty as the C-in-C, thus his pledge to seek the assistance of foreign countries in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria.
Seeking assistance from other countries must however be premised on satisfactory answer to two critical questions. First, why have our security agencies failed woefully to bridle the calamitous terrorist activities of the Boko Haram? Second, what is the condition precedent for effective engagement of the assistance of foreign countries in the fight against terrorist bombing and allied activities?
It is often credited to the Nigeria Police and Army that they perform well when sent on foreign combat or peace-keeping missions. But the story is usually different whenever they are saddled with the task of maintaining law and order within the country. It does seem that whenever deployed for foreign peace-keeping mission the few officers to be so deployed are adequately equipped, properly motivated, positively oriented and painstakingly trained. Back home however, everybody is on his own as it were. Resources made available for the capacity building and equipment of security personnel are corruptly commandeered by a few individuals. It is mere folly to expect performance from an ill-equipped police or army – no one gives what he has not, and you can’t place something on nothing and expect it to stand. With what superior intelligence can our security personnel outwit the dare-devil suicide bombers if they are no trained on scientific intelligence gathering and equipped with sophisticated hardware that would enable them pre-empt the terrorists and criminals. Corruption, is the bane of security in Nigeria (as with other public service institutions). Addressing the problem of corruption within the security and law enforcement agencies in Nigeria is therefore the surest way of making progress in the fight against terrorism. ( Continues below….. )
Secondly, the President can seek assistance of foreign countries to rescue this nation from the deadly clutches of the Boko Haram. However to enjoy maximum co-operation from such foreign countries from whom assistance may be solicited, it is important that Nigeria signs up and ratifies the International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombing. 1998. Article 10 (1) of the Convention states that State parties shall afford one another the greatest measure of assistance in connection with investigations for criminal or extradition proceedings brought in respect of the offences set forth in Article 2, including assistance in obtaining evidence at their disposal necessary for the proceedings. Article 2 makes it an offence to deliver, place, discharge or detonate explosives or other lethal devices in public places, government facility or other infrastructural facility. It follows that signing up to the said Convention and becoming a member thereof will enormously benefit Nigeria at this challenging time, since it can then enjoy the automatic assistance and support of other member countries, instead of the present untoward situation where the President has in desperation admitted to the world that Nigeria can no longer handle the menace of a small faceless group of terrorists and therefore needs the assistance of any ‘good Samaritan country’ to deal with the problem.
Finally, the President has not shown sufficient political will to deal squarely with the nagging insecurity in the country. Sometime ago the President insinuated that members of the Boko Haram sect had infiltrated his government. Beyond those weighty words of mouth one has not seen a genuine determination to investigate and fish out those bad eggs in his administration and allow the law to take its due course. There is no doubt that the Boko Haram sect enjoys the support and patronage of very powerful and highly placed individuals in the country. Looking away from these financiers and patrons of the Boko Haram is a clear indication of lack of genuine commitment to bring the activities of the group under control. The President must also manifest such genuine commitment by ensuring that victims of terrorist activities and their families are adequately taken care of and duly compensated.
(Francis Moneke holds and LLM degree in International law and Human Rights from the University of London. He is the Executive Director of Human Rights & Empowerment Project; and also the Editor/Founder of Monthly Report of Supreme Court Judgements).
*Anambra Will Remain Polio-Free - Obi
Masterweb Reports - Thursday, May 17, 2012: Governor Peter Obi said that Anambra State would remain polio-free as his government was determined to keep tackling health challenges of any form in the State. He said this yesterday, during the campaign for the eradication of polio from the State at the premises of Regina Caeli Hospital, Awka.
Gov. Obi, accompanied by his wife, Margaret; daughter, Amaka; Commissioner for Health, Prof. Linus Ilika and other Exco members, kicked the exercise off by administering immunisation to many children. He said that he always tried to grace the campaign personally because children, who were the future of the society were concerned. He maintained that any society that neglected to take care of her children and the youth would suffer the consequences in future.
The Governor who expressed happiness over the improvement in all health indices of the State, including the accreditation of major health institutions in the state that lost accredited before he took over Government, promised that he would not relent.
Expressing satisfaction with the way churches have managed the schools handed over to them, he said that Government had in her kitty the sum of 1.2 Billion Naira to be given to Churches to rehabilitate the Secondary schools handed over to them. This, he said, would translate to 20 Million Naira per secondary school. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Governor Peter Obi feeds a child at the event.
He also donated a brand new ambulance to Regina Ceali hospital, which was received by the Bishop of Awka, Rt Rev. Dr. Paulinus Ezeokafor, who thanked God for what he called the gift of Peter Obi to the State.
Earlier in a broadcast at the government house, the governor thanked those collaborating with the government in the fight against polio. His words: “We thank our partners - WHO, UNICEF, WORLD BANK, BILL GATES, DFID, USAID, Red Cross, Rotary International, National Primary Health Care Development Agency and others for their contributions. We will continue to partner with them in our concerted effort to eradicate polio. Our commitment to achieving the MDGs and making our people healthy and happy is total. Today, again, I wish to reaffirm our resolve”.
The representative of Rotary Club, Rotarian Chika Ekwueme expressed happiness that for five years, Anambra has remained polio-free, which he attributed to the governor’s commitment to the people of the State.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for health, prof. Linus Amobi Ilika siad the immunisation was targeted at 2 million Children.
*Nigeria: South-South Agenda - BRACED For Regional Growth
By Ifeatu Agbu
Talk about regional growth and development took centre stage at the second South–South Economic Summit which was held in Asaba, Delta State recently. The six states that make up the economic group with the acronym BRACED – Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Edo and Delta – said they wanted to see a restructured Nigeria where the central government is unbundled to strengthen the states for better service delivery.
At the first summit held in Calabar, Cross River State in 2009 strategies for the development of the region were articulated. Subsequently, a co-ordinating structure known as the BRACED Commission was set up where every state has at least one commissioner. Ambassador Joe Keshi, the Director General of the commission, who welcomed delegates and participants to Asaba, said that “the journey to economic transformation is long with its ups and downs as well as twists and turns.”
A communiqué signed by the governors called for a review of the revenue allocation formula to give more powers, responsibilities and funding to the states and councils because they are the appropriate centres for growth. They reaffirmed the imperative of regional co-operation as a practical path towards national development and welcomed the emergence of other regional development commissions. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Nigeria Vice President Namadi Sambo
While urging the restructuring and unbundling of the Federal Government, they argued that there was need to review the current policies and regulations on power and gas to enable the states generate, transmit and distribute power to complement the efforts of the Federal Government and facilitate the utilization of moribund capacity in the region.
According to the governors, the Federal Government should expedite action in empowering states to provide their own power. Such a move will promote and accelerate economic development in the South-South Region. In pursuit of this, the summit accepted the development of a Niger Delta Energy Corridor, a project with potentials for connecting the people, industry and natural resources and creating jobs.
The Chairman of the South-South Governors Forum and the Cross River State governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, said the success of the second South-South Economic Summit has proved “sceptics” of its propriety wrong. Imoke made the remark at the closing ceremony of the three-day summit. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria's South-South Region
He recalled that at the first summit held in Calabar, some critics had dubbed it a “talk show” and said that it could not be sustained. “But the success of this second South-South economic summit hosted by Delta has proved those sceptics wrong as it has shown that the people of the region were more committed and united.” President Goodluck Jonathan, who was in Cote- D’Ivoire on an official engagement, was represented by the Vice President, Arch. Namadi Sambo. He commended the south-south states for not only initiating the summit but setting up an agency, BRACED Commission, to pursue their vision of integrated regional development.
He said that his administration has been pursuing an economic growth agenda “without oil”, with “opportunities in the country being exploited to achieve an economic diversification programme.” Namadi Sambo told the audience which included foreign dignitaries, members of the National Assembly, captains of industry and top bank executives that very soon the epileptic power situation in the country would be a thing of the past. He assured that licences would soon be issued to states for the generation and distribution of electricity in their respective areas of administration. The Vice President was more or less forced to speak more on the problem of unreliable electricity because of an embarrassing power outage at the opening session of the summit which cast a slur on both the organisers and the nation, more so when international investors were present.
Nigeria’s number two citizen and the representative of the Rwandan President, as well as other dignitaries were sweating it out in the dark hall, apparently gripped with fear, especially when news had just filtered in that the Thisday office in Abuja was bombed that morning. The host governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan later explained in an interview with the Vanguard newspapers that it was only a technical problem. “You see, nobody is perfect, we are humans. We had three generators in that place for the summit, the three just decided to give problem at a very critical time.”
The general hiccups and the inconveniencing security checks at every turn, left very many people wearing long faces. This was temporary though, as the event hall came alive when the keynote speakers took the podium. Much of the credit goes to Prof Wole Soyinka, the snow white haired international scholar and Nobel laureate. He held the audience spell bound for about 60 minutes and they seemed to love every moment of it. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria's Niger Delta Region showing its composite 8 states.
Prof. Wole Soyinka charged the governors of the geo-political zone to translate the agenda for the summit into action. He said it was time for the region to engage in policies and strategies of development that would progressively reduce the central government's powers to determine the "fate" of the people. "Each regional grouping should, by its policies, declare an uncompromising developmental autonomy. This will leave the centre only with its competence provenance of foreign policy, national security and inter-state affair."
Another keynote speaker, the President of the Republic of Rwanda, Mr Paul Kagame said that the way forward for Nigeria and South-South geo-political zone, was the enthronement of accountable and responsible leadership. Kagame, whose address was delivered by the Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Development Board, RDB, Mr. John Kigara, said Rwanda overcame its post-war conflict, which was not different from the scenario in the Niger Delta region, out of its sheer will to succeed as a people.
“Rwanda and the South-South share an unfortunate history of conflict. We also share the determination to put the past behind us and forge ahead...”
When the chief host, Governor Uduaghan, took position to give his own speech, there was a little comic relief to announce his presence. The microphone momentarily refused to cooperate with him. He said jocularly in Pidgin English: “E be like say they don reach here! [He was apparently referring to the bomb blast in Abuja]. He told the audience that “in the last few years, Delta State government began an economic transformation programme. A transformation that demanded we completely remodel how we develop our state from the old ways to a new one, to guarantee our prosperity and survival. Which we tagged “Delta Beyond Oil.”
Adams Oshiomhole, the Comrade Governor of Edo State, called on members of the National Assembly to amend the 1999 Constitution, which vested too much power and resources on the Federal Government at the expense of states. He urged the federal lawmakers to amend the present revenue allocation formula, which gives 52.4 per cent to the government at the centre. The Federal Government, he emphasised was taking too much money from the Federation Account at the expense of the 36 state governments.
The former labour leader said that “the states and the local governments that are saddled with more responsibilities like paying teachers and funding health care services should get more from our collective wealth. If the Federal Government continues to take the lion share of our wealth, it must rise to the occasion and respond robustly to the infrastructural deficit in the Niger Delta,” he said.
The quest for true federalism continued to dominate as Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom and Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers gave their speeches. The ever eloquent Akpabio was rewarded with applause when he enumerated his numerous achievements and ended up by saying that “Nigeria’s strong centre should be unbundled.” The National Security Adviser, Gen. Andrew Owoeye Azazi stirred another controversy when he addressed the gathering. He said that the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) should be blamed for the security challenges confronting the country. The NSA said that to address the security challenges which include kidnapping, armed robbery, Boko Haram bombing and other violent crimes, there was need to understand the entirety of the problems, from their genesis.
Azazi, who spoke on the topic, “Conversations on Terrorism and securing the Gulf of Guinea,” said that “the PDP got it wrong from the beginning by saying Mr. A can rule; Mr. B cannot rule, according to the PDP convention rules and regulations and not according to the constitution. That created the climate of what is happening and manifesting in the country today.’’ Speaker after speaker harped on the urgent need for development of the region that produces over 80 per cent of the wealth of the nation. They noted, however, that achieving this objective required more action and less talk.
Even President Goodluck Jonathan in his inaugural speech last year, acknowledged the dangers of further delay. He said: “The time for lamentation is over. This is the era of transformation. This is the time for action.” The president had in the course of his campaigns said that the lofty plans captured in the Regional Development Master Plan, facilitated by the NDDC would be pursued with renewed vigour. The BRACED commission did not lose sight of the key role of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, in the transformation of the region. Thus, the Managing Director of the commission, Dr. Christian Oboh was given an opportunity to make a detailed presentation on the Master Plan. He reminded the governors that it remains the “roadmap for integrated and sustainable regional development.”
The NDDC boss said that the commission and the BRACED states must collaborate in the development of the south-south region because the states make up about 67 per cent of the NDDC states in terms of membership and 94 per cent in terms of revenue distribution based on volume of oil production.
He said: “Regional integration is very crucial in development, hence the Federal Government established the Niger Delta Development Commission to address the unfortunate paradox of poverty in the midst of plenty and to complement the efforts of federal, states and local governments”. He reminded the governors that Nigeria’s Vision 20:2020 encourages regional development as a faster and more cohesive way to develop the country.”
Dr. Oboh’s presentation which was entitled: “the Niger Delta Regional Development Master Plan: A platform for partnerships with BRACED states” spelt out the benefits of collaboration among the various stakeholders in the Niger Delta. He said that the Master Plan “is an aggregate of the people’s aspirations, desires and expectations and was developed through a comprehensive scientific method covering investigations throughout every political ward of the region’s 185 local government areas.”
He urged the governors to key into the effective implementation of the Master Plan.
Mr. Ifeatu Agbu ( email@example.com ) writes from Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
*Anambra Will Be Best State In 20 Years, Says Obi
Masterweb Reports - Friday, May 11, 2012: Based on the solid foundation he has been laying for it, Anambra will be the best state in Nigeria in 20 years time, Governor Peter Obi has said.
Anambra State Government has initiated more measures to further strengthen the policy of honouring retired civil servants. Governor Peter Obi dropped the hint at a dinner organized in honour of committee of Directors of the State Civil Service who toured some completed and on-going projects of the present administration, two retired Heads of Service, fifteen retired permanent Secretaries, two retired accountants General and one retired Auditor-General at the Banquet Hall of the Governor’s Lodge Amawbia.
According to Obi, his efforts and good rapport with the presidency had attracted foreign investors to the state resulting in the decision of the second largest brewers in the world, SABmiller, to establish a factory in Onitsha, Anambra State. The factory which is one of the three being put up in Onitsha industrial area, the governor said, would employ an initial 350 people, with 60 percent coming from Anambra State as mutually agreed. The other two will also employ about the same number, the governor stated. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Map of Anambra State, Nigeria.
He noted that these and other foreign investments like the Protea group which is building a five-star hotel in Onitsha were results of his vision for the state and useful partnership with the federal government to which he is adviser on finance. Obi stated that his several trips abroad with the president had been yielding good dividends to the state from the useful contacts he had been making.
The governor said such investments were what the state needed to take care of the large number of the unemployed and reckoned that if sustained, the state would rank the best in the country in 20 years time.
He used the opportunity to commend the retired top civil servants that included Elsie Ikemefuna and Ngozi Melifonwu who were former heads of service and said it was wrong not to show appreciation to those who had served the state well. He also noted that his administration was the first to honour such people and while regretting that it had not been done in the past, promised to make it a regular event henceforth. ( Continues below….. )
According to him, the peak of civil service was not being permanent secretaries because the position was by appointment. Rather, he noted, the peak was directorship.
Obi reiterated his resolve to build a better place for today’s children by laying the proper foundation regardless of whether it was an unpopular action. ‘I’m not doing what I’m doing today as a campaign because I have said I will not aspire for anything again after eight years in office as Anambra governor. I’m not doing it to seek glory because I have got all I want from God. The history of Nigeria will not be written without a page being devoted to my contributions to the growth of Nigeria’s democracy,’ Obi stated.
The event which was also attended by serving directors of the various ministries who toured the governor’s projects, also saw them relieving what they witnessed on the tour. Their spokesman, Pius Udo, who is the clerk of the state legislature, said the tour afforded them the opportunity to confirm what they had heard and read about the governor’s achievements and stated, ‘we have come, we have seen and we are convinced that the government is performing.’ He then jokingly moved a motion that Obi be commended and appreciated by the audience for his good works.
Highlight of the dinner was the presentation of gifts to the retirees.
*Mothers – Fight for your Family against Satanic Assault and Anti-family Liberal Agenda
By Rev. Dr. Chima & Mrs. Nena Kingston-Ekeke
The anti-family and liberal feministic propagandistic agenda to destroy the family unit as we know is all over the airways and by-ways again. Just this week, President Barack Obama, the most powerful man on the face of the earth, sadly used the occasion to honor mothers, to publically push for support of same-sex marriage for gays and lesbians. What a travesty! What President Obama, his wife and two young daughters failed to evolve through, is that the gift of procreation was only given to the woman or feminine specie, not man or by any other means; that the home is the first human institution and the first order of society. That marriage is solely between one man and one woman. Any marriage union outside the context of one man and one woman is a disorderly relationship and union. That marriage between a man and a woman is the first order of covenant relationship, and fathering is a divine obligation and the greatest responsibility of man. And that motherhood is a divine gift and the greatest responsibility of the woman. Obviously, this first family lacked godly wisdom in this subject despite their evolution. By the way, marriage is a moral matter not a civil right issue. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: U.S. President Barack Obama
Paul Marshall, a victim of his own rage once wrote this, “We live in a world of cynicism, cruelty, and corruption.” Paul Marshall was right then and even now. No one can deny the fact that the values and standards of our culture as a whole are rapidly disintegrating morally, ethically, socially, and above all spiritually. And the most hit in all of this, is the family. There are three unique institutions that form the foundation of every civil society namely: the family, government, and Church. Today, all three are in serious crisis. The family, which is the bedrock and the moral fiber of every civil society and perhaps the most important of all, is in a crisis of commitment. The government has lost its social and economic purpose while the religious institutions especially the church has lost its moral mission.
Here is how the family came about. After the fall, God commanded the man 2to be united to his wife, and they were to become one flesh. 24For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh (Genesis 2:24). Jesus amplified the original intent of God when some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any other reason? “Haven’t you read, he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female’, and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” “Why Then,” they asked, “Did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?” Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.” (Matthew 19:3-6; 7-9).
God instituted the family as the foundational building unit of society. He created Adam and out of Adam, God made Eve. Adam and Eve were asked to unite as husband and wife and to multiply. Two thousand years later, that command is being questioned and threatened with tremendous violence. And now, there is a serious and well-orchestrated attack by the liberal propagandistic agenda and anti-family activities to destroy the family unit as we know. As a result, the family is going through tremendous challenges and changes.
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Photo Above: Holy Bible
We are seeing that already happening in the United States and Western Europe. All the downfall of great empires such as Babylonian empire, Rome, Greece, etc fell because of homosexuality and gay lifestyles. And the United States will be an exception. Right now, about twelve states have passed same-sex marriage laws. The end is near!
The institution of marriage also faces a particular danger with the rise of feminist movement. Some years ago, an anti-family agenda led by a feminist radical group openly called for the end of marriage as an institution. They argued that about 60 million women are burnout in the USA and ¾ of those are mothers. For example, a document that helped shaped the modern feminist agenda called “A Declaration of Feminism” in it included this statement, “Marriage has existed for the benefit of men and has been a legally sanctioned method of control over women. The end of the institution of marriage is necessary condition for the liberation of women. Therefore it is important for us to encourage women to leave their husbands and not to be married with men. Now we know that it is the institution of marriage that has failed us, and we must work to destroy it.”
And today, this liberal propagandistic agenda to destroy the family is all over the airways and byways. Same-sex marriages, divorce, sexual revolution, abortion, secularization, delinquency, infidelity, homosexuality, of rebellion, women’s liberation, and radical feminism, the “children’s rights” movement and glorification of rebellion are paraded before our very eyes all the time. Cases of domestic violence and divorce rate are all time high and last year alone in this country hundreds of mothers were murdered in mysterious, tragic and dramatic ways.
Unfortunately, this ugly trend has also hit our communities and our families as well. Yes, it is no longer a secret that many Nigerian families in America are ending in divorce and deadly sometimes. Today, these liberal policies and agenda do have negative impact on Africans – especially Nigerian Diaspora families. We have seen so much violence and many times tragedies in the Nigerian homes. Many blame the anti-family and policies favoring the woman as the causes of family violence, marital disputes, divorce and often tragedies associated with divorce and separation among Nigerians living in America today? Others blame infidelity and adultery. Other reasons which are commonly cited as the causes of marital conflicts and divorce are cultural shock and societal change, inability to cope in a new culture and environment, stress, lack of good sex due to mental and emotional stress, tiredness, lack of interpersonal and proper communication, abuses (physical, mental, emotional & sexual). Others include changing roles in the family – the wife is enslaved making big bucks as a Nurse, Pharmacist or Doctor, while the man drives cab or do menial jobs in some cases. These and many more are some of the causes that impede and ruin many Nigerian marriages in America. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: British Gay Priest Rev. Colin Coward with Nigerian Gay Fiancé Bobby Egbele
Here are some of the radical, liberal propagandistic and anti-family agenda fashioned to redefine the institution of marriage in the United States and globally. This is an anti-Christ agenda.
Anti-family & Radical Feminist Activities - The radical femininity movement wants to redefine the institution of family and marriage in these ways:
Radical feminist activities promoting divorce and homosexual lifestyle
Promotion, support and normalization of the single parent home
The Jerry Springer Show, Ellen DeGeneres Show and others.
In his 1971 book, The Death of the family, seven British Psychiatrists led by Dr. David Cooper suggested that it is time to do away with the family concept completely.
Kate Miller’s made a similar suggestion in her 1970 feminist manifesto, Sexual Politics in which she claimed that families are more than tools for the oppression and enslavement of women.
Other voices calling for even radical measures against the traditional family. Ti-Grace Atkinson, former president of the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women, says she would like to eliminate all sex, marriage, motherhood, and love. “Marriage is legalized servitude, she says, and the family relations are the basis for all human oppression”.
Gore Vidal, best-selling author and social critic agrees. He proposes reorganizing society to eliminate the family, as we know it. Instead, he would like to see a central authority with the power to control human population, food distribution, and the use of natural resources.
Demise of Social, Ethical & Value Systems
People are sent to prison for killing animals like a dog or cat, while encouraging abortionists to kill the unborn with impunity.
It is also clear that our society as whole no longer believes human beings are made in the image of God. Ingrid Newkirk, founder of People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) says, “There is no rational basis for saying that a human being has special rights.
Such ideas are gaining widespread approval in mainstream society and university campuses. For example, Michael Fox, vice president of the Humane Society of the United States, believes the “life of an ant and the life of his child should be rated equal.”
Government & Liberal Policies
Federal Government redefining and reshaping the very idea of family unit by using liberal policies – for example: gay marriage laws, same-sex marriage, homosexual couples adopting kids, the global village concept, and other radical approaches to family life actually undermines the family while using the language of family values. President Obama, Vice President Biden and many others in the Obama White House are already pushing that agenda.
Laws and policies encouraging divorce, sexual revolution, abortion, secularization, delinquency, infidelity, homosexuality, women’s liberation, children’s rights and rebellion, where parents are unable to discipline their children. Lack of discipline expose children to all kinds of peer pressure, gang activity, violence and drugs.
Justice & Legal Systems
American court system sanctions the wholesaler massacring of millions of unborn children annually, but a court in Kansas City recently sentenced one woman to four months in jail for killing a litter of unwanted kittens.
A court in Janesville, Wisconsin sentenced a man to 12 years in prison for killing five cats to relieve stress. But two days after that man began serving his 12 years prison sentence, a Delaware court sentenced a woman to only 30 months in prison for killing her newborn infant.
Immigration & legal system - Immigration papers, laws and policies favoring gays and lesbians. No wonder, recently we have seen very young Nigerians getting married to either their grannies or to an adult male white man. What a travesty!
How to Protect against Satanic Assault and Strengthen the Family and Marriages
In the Book of Deuteronomy 6:1-13, God gave the Israelites three to do in order to fortify their families against violence and satanic assault.
First, they were to love the LORD and observe the commandments (verses 2-9). God seeks fellowship with His created beings and He gives them this one indispensable command that will attach them to Himself. By responding to His love with love, gratitude and loyalty, we will come to know and enjoy Him in a covenant relationship. Loving God and loving your neighbor hang all the laws and the prophets (Matthew 22:37-40). The Apostle Paul wrote, “Let the Word of God dwell in you richly (Colossians 3:16; 2 Timothy 3:15-17). This can be accomplished only by daily and continually searching the Scriptures (Psalm 119:97-100; John 8:31-32).
Second, they were to keep all the Statutes and Impress them on your Children (verses 5-13). One key way to fortify your family against satanic assault is to be concerned with the spiritual welfare of your children and to strive to bring them into faithful relationship with God. The Godly training of children should be a foremost concern of every parent (Psalm 103:13; Luke. 1:17; 2 Timothy 3:3). Spiritual instruction must be centered in the home, with both the father and the mother taking part. Devotion to the LORD in the home should not be an option; it is a direct commandment from the LORD (Deuteronomy 6: 7-9; 21:18; Exodus 20:12; Leviticus 20:9; Proverbs 1:8; 2 Timothy 1:5). The purpose of parental instruction is to teach children to fear the Lord, to walk in all His ways, to love and appreciate Him, and to serve Him with all their heart and soul (Deuteronomy 10:12; Ephesians. 6:4). The believer must diligently give his or her children a God-centered education where every thing is related to God and His ways.
Third and finally, they were to Fear the Lord your God (verse 2). King Solomon wrote, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding (Proverbs 9:20). Essential in fearing the LORD is the recognition of His holiness, justice, and righteousness as a counterpart to His love and mercy, i.e. knowing Him and understanding fully who He is. To fear the LORD is to regard Him with holy awe and reverence and to honor God because of His great glory, holiness, majesty and power. True fear of the LORD causes believers to place their faith and trust in God. In other words, the fear of the LORD produces in God’s peoples a confident hope and trust in Him alone.
These three things can be achieved by focusing on God as the creator and heavenly father, Jesus Christ as the Lord, the Holy Spirit as the mentor and leader, the Church as the center of community life to bolster the family and reinforce hope and the role model our children needs and Bible study as our infallible authority to living abundant life. The truth is that the best way to redeem, restore, rebuild, strengthen and fortify our families – especially against these radical anti-family agenda and liberal feministic policies is to reorganize our priorities and go back to the source. According to the writings in Deuteronomy, we can fortify our families by trusting in Jesus Christ, delighting in His teaching, guidance and wisdom, reading and meditating on the Word and being participant in the work of God, which is the Church.
The family unit as ordained by God is the most important institution on the planet and we must protect her and fight for her survival.
Happy Mom’s Day
We wish you Super Mother’s Day and pray that God the Father to give you the discernment, strength and courage to fight for your family. May the Lord make you the virtuous woman, a woman of rare riches and wealth, a mother of faith, wisdom and influence, an embodiment of virtue, grace, and caring for your family; a woman of radical faith and great countenance, not just your physical beauty and but inner beauty. May you be celebrated and praised like the virtuous Mother of Proverbs 31. Amen.
Happy Mom’s Day to You!
Dr. & Mrs. Kingston-Ekeke are the co-founders of Leadership Wisdom Institute in Atlanta, Georgia.
*Intersociety Writes Jonathan On Salami's Reinstatement & Corruption In The Judiciary
Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
President & Commander-in-Chief
Federal Republic of Nigeria
The State House
Three Arms- Zone
Expected Approval Of The Reinstatement Of Honourable Justice Ayo Isa Salami As PCA: The Need For Your Excellency To Be Properly Guided
(Onitsha Nigeria, 11th day of May, 2012)- International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law, Intersociety, respectfully write Your Excellency in respect of the recommendation of the National Judicial Council to Your Excellency for the reinstatement of Honourable Justice Ayo Isa Salami as the President of the Court of Appeal. According to media reports, the NJC had on Thursday, 10th day of May 2012 adopted the recommendation of its ad-hoc committee set up after its meeting of 29th day of February 2012 and reportedly forwarded same to Your Excellency for Your Excellency’s approval in line with powers conferred on Your Excellency by Section 238 of the Constitution of Nigeria 1999 as amended.
Recall Your Excellency that Your Excellency had in exercise of same powers, suspended Honourable Justice Ayo Isa Salami as the PCA on 18th day of August 2011 and appointed Honourable Justice Dalhatu Adamu as the Acting PCA “pending when all issues relating to allegations of misconduct leveled against Honourable Justice Salami are resolved”. Honourable Justice Ayo Isa Salami was accused of breaching Section 292(1) (misconduct) of the Constitution of Nigeria 1999 as amended over his handling of election matters in Osun and Ekiti States, Southwest Nigeria.
Though, the NJC’s letter of recommendation to Your Excellency has not been made public, but it is possible, going by the media reports, that some critical issues bordering on constitutional provisions might have been left un-addressed in the recommendation, hence the need for Your Excellency to be properly guided and for the lay Nigerians to be put in the common knowledge of the event. One of the critical constitutional issues borders on the Honourable Justice Salami’s statutory age of retirement (70years) or his mandatory optimum years of service in civil service (35years). During the Alu-Salami scandal in 2011, it was clearly stated and it became a public knowledge that Honourable Justice Ayo Isa Salami and Honourable Justice Aloysius Katsina Alu were called to Bar same time and that in terms of age of retirement from the Bench, Honourable Justice Ayo Salami was few months younger in the Bench than Honourable Justice Aloysius Katsina Alu who retired in the third quarter of 2011. This means that both of them were due for retirement in 2011.
Our questions to Your Excellency now are: What sort of reinstatement of Honourable Justice Ayo Isa Salami has the NJC recommended to Your Excellency? Is it a nominal or active reinstatement? If Honourable Justice Ayo Salami is to be reinstated as the PCA, is he to take over and preside the Court of Appeal or is it as the PCA emeritus without a criminal dent in retirement? If Honourable Justice Ayo Salami is to be reinstated from a nine-month suspension from office, does Your Excellency also have constitutional power to suspend and reinstate his age of retirement?
Another critical constitutional issue that borders on the present case is the issue of the present occupant of the office of the PCA, Honourable Justice Dahaltu Adamu. Our question is: by law, is Honourable Justice Dahaltu Adamu still the acting PCA or has he become the substantive PCA? According to Section 238(5) of the Constitution of Nigeria 1999 as amended, Your Excellency is forbidden from extending the three months acting capacity of the present PCA, except on the recommendation of the NJC. So, our further question is: has the NJC’s recommendation been secured by Your Excellency to effect the extension of Honourable Justice Adamu’s “acting” tenure? And if yes, when and under what circumstances? Or can he remain in acting capacity for nine months in view of the provisions of Section 238(5) of the Constitution of Nigeria 1999 as amended? Satisfactory handling of the critical constitutional questions above is extremely important.
Our position remains that the duo of Honourable Justices Aloysius Katsina Alu and Ayo Isa Salami were shielded from criminal investigations by their professional colleagues under the guise of the “NJC” and its sub-committees, which magisterially usurped the powers of the police, EFCC and the ICPC in matters of criminal investigations. The exoneration of the duo without competent criminal investigations is the height of abetting and aiding of crimes against public decency including corruption, bribery and abuse of office. With major practical changes taking place in the Power Holding Company of Nigeria and the Nigeria Police Force which used to be two most corrupt public institutions in Nigeria, the Nigeria Judiciary may most likely run neck to neck with the Executive Arm as the two emerging most corrupt organs or branches of government or public institutions in Nigeria.
Though, it is correctly submitted that not every judge or magistrate in Nigeria is corrupt and that not every judge or magistrate in Nigeria is not corrupt, but it can be further asserted safely that in matters of election petitions and financial matters for instance, they have become the quickest and cheapest means of criminal enrichment for not all judges, but majority of them in Nigeria. The bribery and corruption associated with the handling of pre-election and post-election matters and financial crimes in the country are equivalent to the roadblock extortion in the Nigeria Police Force and the illegitimate allowances and security votes in the executive and legislative arms. In matters of high profile nature such as political matters, it may be correct to say that 70% of the judges demand and take huge bribes with reckless abandon, 20% accept “reasonable” offer of bribes, 5% accept “brown envelops” for “jobs well done” and 5% dispense justice as it ought to be without strings attached, or without fear or favour. The recent conviction of former Governor James Onanefe Ibori and his associates by UK Courts over money laundering and other related criminal charges has brought a lot of shame to the Nigeria Judiciary, which gave him and his associates a clean slate over similar criminal charges leveled against him and his associates by the EFCC in Nigeria. He plea-bargained in the UK and entered plea of “not guilty in Nigeria”. As widely expected, our “law-lords” “concurred” and set him free in defiance of judicial decorum and decency.
It is our firm submission that something surgical must be done, Your Excellency, to reverse this dangerously ugly trend in the Nigeria Judiciary. When a nation robes termites and stations them in her Hallowed Chambers of Justice to dispense justice, such a nation is doomed irremediably. This is exactly where the Nigeria’s case is heading.
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*Gov Obi Receives Governor of the Year Award
Masterweb Reports - Sunday, May 6, 2012: Governor Peter Obi has received the 2011 Governor of the Year Award of the Business Hallmark publications. The award was presented to the Governor at the People of the Year, 2011 awards ceremony of the media organization at the Golden Gate Restaurant, Kingsway Road, Ikoyi, Lagos on Saturday Night.
Speaking at the event, the Publisher of the newspaper, Prince Emeka Obasi said his choice was after painstaking debate and voting among the members of the Paper’s Editorial Board. He said his choice was informed by Obi’s transformational, visionary and people-oriented leadership, which it noted had set a standard and benchmark to access governance in the country. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Gov. Obi (Middle), being presented with the Business Hallmarks Governor of the Year Award (2011) by Senator Ben Obi (left). On his right is the former Managing Director of Diamond Bank Plc, Mr. Emeka Onwuka in the early hours of yesterday.
Further, it noted that Governor Obi administration had re-defined governance through comprehensive, integrated and holistic approach that introduced a new order hinged on promotion of fiscal discipline, transparency and accountability. “With what he is doing in Anambra State, she is now one of the most progressive and celebrated state in the country”, he said.
The Chairman of the occasion, Chief Abdulaziz Udeh said the award was in recognition of Obi’s commendable difference in governance, adding that performance such as his, had become a beacon of hope for the country. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Gov. Peter Obi (middle), flanked by the Deputy Governor, Mr. Emeka Sibeudu (left) and the Chairman of Nigeria labour Union, Comrade Patrick Obianyo (right), chanting labour’s solidarity song during the May Day celebration in Anambra.
The Special Adviser to the President on Inter-Party Relations, Sen. Ben Obi said that the award had shown that Gov. Obi’s solid achievements and leadership qualities were speaking for themselves. He said the Governor was destined to leave a solid legacy in Anambra State through transparent, focused and committed leadership.
The Anglican Bishop of Mbamili, Rt Rev. Henry Okeke said the award was in recognition of the Governor’s giant strides that were being appreciated beyond the bounds of the State and the Country.
In his response, the Governor said he saw the award as a challenge and motivation for him to do more for the uplift of the society.
*Vote for Representative Fred Allen for Arkansas State Senate District 31
By Dr. Chima Uko Igwe
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Photo Above: Representative Fred Allen
*Ndigbo In Geo-Politics of Nigeria Lecture Now Holds at NUJ Press Center, May 25
Lecture with title "Ndigbo In Geo-Politics of Nigeria" holds on a rescheduled date ( 25th May, 2012 ) at Enugu, Enugu State.
Venue: NUJ Press Center, Rangers Avenue, Independence Layout, Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria.
*All efforts by detractors and saboteurs to prevent the event from holding failed. Igbos should show massive support for the event by coming from wherever they are to the venue in solidarity.
Date: 25th May, 2012.
Time: 10.00 am prompt
Programme: *SEE BELOW
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezife, former Anambra State Governor.
*Chairman of the occassion is Amb. G. A. Onyegbula, a distinguised retired diplomat, while President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo is expected to be Chief Guest.
Other Speakers - Among those to speak are: Dr. Arthur Nwankwo, Col Joe Achuzia, Barr Uche Okwukwu, Chief Ifeanyichukwu Enemchukwu, Chief Charles Okereke, Dr. Kema Chikwe, Mr. Osadebe Ibegbu, Chief Inyama - President, Igbo Development Association 19 Northern States, Prof Ben Obumselu, Prof Ralph Nwokedi, Dr. Okey Emordi, Prof Pat Utomi, Chief Bob Ogbuagu, Pa Onyenso Nwachukwu, Prof Julius Onah, Dr. Uma Eleazu, Prof Emeka Enejere , Udenta Udenta, Chief Mrs Kate Ezeofor , Prof Uzodimma Nwala, , and several other distinguished speakers.
Col J.O.G Achuzia (Air Raid) will lead a powerful delegation of Anioma Igbos and Igbozurume group to the Enugu epoch-making lecture. Rivers Igbos will be led by Barr Uche Okwukwu, a notable Ikwerre lawyer and Obi Wali Jnr.
For participation, support or co-sponsorship please contact -
Nigeria: Chuks Ibegbu Phone: +234 8035410176, Email: email@example.com
Overseas: Chief Charles Okereke Phone: +1 4148070329, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The THEME OF this lecture is "Ndigbo in the Geo-Politics of Nigeria, the way foward" while the sub-theme is "Ndigbo After Ojukwu". The keynote speaker is HEX DR CHUKWUEMEKA EZIFE (OKWADIKE), former Executive Governor of Anambra State. Among many other noteable speakers are Col J.O.G Achuzia (Air Raid) who will speak on Ndigbo after Ojukwu, Chief Charles Okereke, composer "God Bless Africa" - an African Union award winning anthem, and CEO Nigeria Masterweb ( www.nigeriamasterweb.com ) - a very popular online publication, will also present a paper by proxy at the event. All our speakers are distinguished in their respective fields.
Lecture Organized By Nigerian Presidency of South East Extraction Movement (NPSEEM) and Igbo Unity Forum (IUF), and sponsored by Igbo World Assembly (IWA).
Arrival of Guests 8.00 am - 10.00 am
Introduction of Guests 10.00 am - 10.30 am
Opening Ceremony 10.30 am - 11.00 am
Goodwill Messages 11.00 am - 11.40 am
Keynote Speech 11.40 am - 12.00 noon
Cultural Dance(s)and/or Music 12.00 noon 12.10 pm
Paper Presentations(15 minutes each) 12.10 pm - 2.30 pm
Question And Answer Session 2.30 pm - 3.30 pm
Refreshment And Cultural Dance(s) 3.30 pm - 4.00 pm
Closing Remarks 4.00 pm - 4.10 pm
Vote Of Thanks 4.10 pm - 4.20 pm
Closing Ceremony 4.20 pm - 4.30 pm
Photo Above: Ndigbo In Geo-Politics of Nigeria Lecture Symbol Illustrator
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