*Nigeria: Peter Obi In Trouble - Two Groups After Him
In the middle of this year, the opposers of Peter Obi were very happy because his popularity waned. Now with all he is doing, his popularity is rising rapidly. The opposition are not happy.
His problem is compounded by his refusal to support the Governorship of the owner of Capital Oil, Ifeanyi Uba, who has already hired the building used by Soludo as his campaign office owned by Chief Austin Ndigwe, Ozo Gidigbam Gidigbam as his campaign office.
It is believed that the group had reached to the Governor, Victor Umeh, Ojukwu’s wife to help make Ifenayi governor, but did not get firm assurances as they expected.
On Wednesday, the anchor man of Capital Oil, Austine Ndigwe, arranged for Anambra’s Speaker, Chinwe Nwebili; the deputy Speaker, Orizu, Emeka Idu and the one called AFRICA. With Capital Oil’s plane, they flew them to Lagos where they met with Ifeanyi Uba. The money given to them:
Speaker: 200,000 Dollars
Deputy: Speaker 180,000 Dollars
Idu: 150,000 Dollars
Africa: 150,000 Dollars
They were charged to recruit at 40,000 dollars each any House member that can join their group. After that and seeing how happy they were, Uba flew back to Lagos with them and slept with the Speaker.
Uzu Awka believing that the deal is done, is now going all over town boasting that they are now in charge. The man who talks any how is even boasting that having made love to the speaker that everything is alright.
Obi may be working in Anambra State, he may be saving money for the future of the State, he may be doing what others shied away from, but why is everybody around him, including his wife and the one they call his foolish thoughtless man Friday, Val Obiyem complaining about this? Does it mean that even Obiyem who works for him as if he has no mind of his own not paid handsomely?
The major grouse of politicians is that the man always say that the State has no money and yet in less than two weeks, he released 6 billion naira to the Churches to rehabiliate schools he handed over to them and another 3 billion naira to rehabilitate their health institutions.
What is painful, one politician saying the minds of others, is that these Churches will not give contracts to them as they already have their own contractors.
Since Obi appears not to show interest on who succeds him, some of those working for him who see themselves as anointing ones are not happy, especially Deputy Governor and Dubem Obaze
The more visible group for now is Deputy Governor whose anchor man is one One Ojoto, Okigbo.
Onwa has confided on some people that Gov Obi will not be in charge at the time of election, when he was reminded that the APGA House may not impeach him for whatever reason, he said there are other ways to remove a Governor. Folks, what other ways do you know?
Photo Above: Governor Peter Obi
*Nigeria's North: What Do They Want?
By Ikechukwu Enyiagu
Yes, you heard me right: what do our Northern brothers want out of this amalgamation called Nigeria; does anyone actually understand what they really want? I do not, even when I’m convinced I do. The events unfolding on daily basis in Nigeria, right from the colonial days to date, have forced this question, which was never silent, to the forefront of all curiosities. It’s obvious that, like other tribes, ethnic, and ethno-religious groups in Nigeria, our Northern brothers also have an agenda and a focus in Nigeria. The desire of every zone in Nigeria, far above every other need, is to be rightly integrated into relevance as long as Nigeria remains one. However and obviously, the mandates of the majority of Northern Nigeria’s leaders are largely undefined or divergent of the always-thought goal of the senseless genocide against Biafrans: unity.
It will be noted that, from the time of the infamous amalgamation of what was then referred to as the Northern and the Southern protectorate into what is now known as Nigeria, the North has remained the most unwilling and the most appeased and appealed to for a “one Nigeria.” Fraudulent leadership crept into Nigeria for the simple goal of favoring and appeasing the North; the so-called Lord Fredrick Lugard of Britain, James Robertson, with Her Majesty’s approval, assured that. And by so doing, merits and progress were forever buried in Nigeria under the foundation of absolute falsehood. The first election ever held in Nigeria was fraudulent solely because of the unwritten law that the North must be favored above all others in Nigeria. The inflation of the North’s population was born out of that same ill-thought-out belief also. The consequences of these frauds, in a nation desperately fighting to sustain its unity, inspired the first coup, and then the so-called counter-coup which had no bearing to the first coup - so-called “carried out by the Igbos.” The massacre of over 30,000 Igbos in the North, the senseless war and the well-planned genocide by the Nigerian government with the full backing of Her Majesty were all in the bid to further press the claim of Nigeria as “an extension of Usman Dan Fodio’s estate.” Was the massacre reasonable and justified? And with the consequences ever piling up, can Nigeria give any reason today for going to war with Biafra? What about the war and inhumane bloodshed which has remained a major clog in the onward movement of Nigeria, was it justified? Is there anything that is worth looking at today and saying: “yes, we were able to achieve this through the genocide?” Well, I leave every Nigerian, beginning from the blood-thirsty Gowon, to answer that. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria
After the war, the Nigerian government, in their inhuman reasoning, assumed that the only way to keep their “father’s estate” (through the pretext of keeping Nigeria indivisible) would be to destabilize the South-East. And so, they set to work; every South-Easterner, no matter their status before the war, would have to start from scratch with the infamous 20. Next, other Nigerians were encouraged to openly and unashamedly seize all properties belonging to Ndigbo in other parts of Nigeria, and the government stood by them and called it “lawful;” calling all that Igbos had ever worked for since the amalgamation “abandoned property” even with the “no victor no vanquished” clause. Since the South-East readily embraced the early missionaries just as the South-West and other parts did, the government set into motion to force out schools from the churches-claiming that it would help to balance education in Nigeria. Who stopped the North from schooling when the South embraced it? And scarcely enough for them, the government had to go further to incite hatred between the South-East and their neighboring South-South; the government carved Igbo lands into other states and, thereby felt as having done something extensive to ‘pacify’ the North because, to them, “these people will always be in disagreement so we could have all the time we need to finish our master-plan.” My questions then, are: did any of these pacify the North; have all these injustices been enough to appease their ‘godness?’ You have that answer to give to your searching soul.
Today, sadly, as a South-Southerner with a middle name, Ebele, which could mean anything in any other language, became the president, the North is at it again. They have suddenly felt that their “father’s estate” is slipping through their fingers and not even a South-South man as the president could assure them that an Igbo will never be president in their “father’s estate.” Today, it is men who represent the North in the highest places of leadership in Nigeria who have sworn to kill every Igbo man and every other Nigerian who is not a Muslim. These so-called lawmakers and representatives of their respective constituents have been the very people championing the killing of other Nigerians in the North, including the Youth Corpers who were out to “serve” their country. Their instrument of terror, the so-called Boko Haram, has killed with impunity all over the North. The saddest part of it is that their leaders, from their Emir through other religious leaders (like the one who vowed that the North would go to war if Islamic banking is not instituted in Nigeria) to every other politician, have largely kept silent while these instruments of terror and death kill citizens of other faiths and tribes. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing its 36 states, and Federal capital (Abuja or FCT)
Boko Haram, as has been translated, roughly means: “Western education is sin.” As these revelations are forthcoming, it’s been said that the Senate have sworn to defend Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume until he is declared innocent and returned to continue the sponsoring of terror against other Nigerians. If a man who agrees that western education is sinful is a representative of a group in Nigeria to the general assembly, and if the Senate is shameless enough to stand by such a man, then the nation obviously has more to deal with than already known. For one, it’s a clear opposition to everything the western world stands for; this inference can be far-reaching. My questions are these: Nigeria was built largely to favor the North and disfavor other regions, the fraudulent first-ever election, the massacre, and the genocide of the 60s were carried out to the full to appeal to the North; and the abolition of mission’s right to schools was carried out solely to please the North as well.
The NYSC was instituted also to make sure graduates from other parts of Nigeria serve in the North (deceitfully put: to ensure proper integration): if all these sacrifices made only to maintain “one Nigeria” and to continually appease the godness of the North have not appeased them nor achieved anything to pacify whatever it has been which fuel their resentment for other tribes and religions, what then do they want? What was the reason for the war? If they are really tired of the so-called Nigeria and would want out, why not come out openly and declare so; what’s the essence of the senseless killings and destructions? Is it, perhaps, like one state that childishly called itself “born to rule,” all a campaign for total dominance, the spirit brought and entrenched in the North by the raiding stranger of the gone days called Usman Dan Fodio? It has remained obvious that Nigeria was never meant to be one as it was formed, and so many people have voiced their fears in the past against this amalgamation; but fear takes a man nowhere if he does not make a step to counter it. It is clear that Nigeria has remained one, largely to the advantage of the North, especially considering all the sacrifices made and rights forgone by other regions only to agree to every whim of the Northern leaders; why then are there all these manifestation of dissatisfaction and frustration from the North-even amongst the money-men? Reaching here with me, every true Nigerian, especially those close to history, will sigh with me and echo: What do our Northern brothers want; what do they really want?
Ikechukwu Enyiagu can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
*The Arab League And The Biafran Nation
By Ikechukwu Enyiagu
No wicked man shall go unpunished and everyone whose support sees to a continuous spilling of innocent blood will have his own blood spilled; those who kill by the sword shall, by the sword, go. That is the story of all the countries that fully supported Nigeria’s genocide against Biafra and those who stood by and watched-saying nothing even when their word counted for much. The wind of harvest shall reach to the uttermost: from Africa to the Arab world, from UK to all Europe; from Rome to America, and round about. It’s gross ignorance to deny someone else of justice and, at the same time, expect to get any; even with bullets and rockets, the only justice you will receive will be your due punishment. That will be the reward of the Nigerian government, Nigerians whose people actively participated in the genocide and rejoiced over the blood of Igbos unjustly spilled; Britain who wanted, from the moment they entered the Southern territory, to wipe out everyone of Igbo extraction, The Arab league (all countries bound by signatories) who openly and forceful backed the Muslim North in what they saw as a total eradication of infidels, the Russian government, who will never rise to relevance again as long as wickedness remains a custom, and Egypt, a country of the Pharaohs and the unbearable plagues.
Having taken more than enough from the Muslim North backed by the Sodom of Europe and the entire Arab league, and as the only solution to stop the furtherance of wickedness which had become the lot of Igbos by the Nigerian government and the North, Col. Ojukwu, in agreement with the elders, announced an independent state called the Republic of Biafra of the 30the of May, 1967; and on the 6th of July, 1967, the Nigerian government, having been fully backed by Britain, Russia, and the Arab League, descended, like locusts, on Biafraland and wiped over 3 millions Igbos off the face of the earth. Although Israel would have actively stood by Biafra alongside states like, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Tanzania and Zambia, they were engaged by this same Arabs on their fronts. And to buttress their point and their wickedness for anything Christian or Jewish, Egypt, like their stories have always been, sent in mercenaries to help the Muslim North and other willing Nigerians wipe out Igbos; these Egyptian pilots had a single mission: target and wipe out civilians-not soldiers. And for 30 months the war raged on until the number of the slain completed and judgment set in. ( Continues below….. )
The Communist USSR shattered-never to be relevant again until a time dreadful visitation shall bring great judgment. The Arab world wants a world without Israel but they already know that the opposite would be the case if men would not respect history. Today, the plague of Egypt has returned, never to go until all of Israel is safely gone. To those countries that signed for an extinct Igbo race and still oppose the prosecution of war crimes against Biafra, and the actualization of the sovereign state of Biafra: you will receive your full payment at the appointed time-not even one of you shall go unpunished. Every country that signed for the destruction of Biafra in the Arab world will have more than they know to battle with for decades to come. As for Britain and their allies in that crime, even bank notes shall become millipedes and those who boast in riches shall rust like iron. And for those whose religious mission is an open hatred and gross destruction of anyone who opposes them: the sword is turned on you, and shall never depart until Biafra becomes a Sovereign nation and until divine anger is fully meted out. You fought for a world without Israel and a Nigeria without Igbos; what have you achieved? Since 1967, Palestine has continually paid for your decisions and Nigeria has paid for your wrong zeal. A Palestinian state without a Republic of Biafra would be like a cooking tripod where woods are burnt. As for you, United States of America, who stood silently as Biafrans were massacred for no reasons: you are as guilty as they are and, because you were silent as children cried in Biafra and as blood were poured out unjustly, heaven will be silent as you choke in the results of decades of conspiracy.
That man who is celebrated today for his great impact in the short life he had, the man Steve Jobs, was said to have renounced Christianity because of the great injustice he saw against Biafrans-injustice supported by Britain, USSR, and the Arab League, and overlooked by America. He saw what those who claimed to be representatives of Christ refused to consider, and he was forever changed. I want to believe that what he renounced was not God, who forever is true, but those Pharisees and Sadducee whose claim to spiritual relevance are false. Today, the reasons for the Biafran war are still there, and even in a growing stage-considering the world of today. But what these Pharisees and Sadducee are doing is the very thing they have done from the time of Christ: oppose the truth by every means possible, even if it means opposing God Himself, whom they claim to serve and represent. In Nigeria today, you see them in their numbers moving in and out of Aso Rock, not to deliver Jeremiah’s message which should prompt repentance in a country whose cup of doom was long full, but, like Hananiah, to oppose every truth from the mouth of God. These men of God promise the presidency their prayers, the governors their intercessions, and those who have fought against and delayed the angel of our answers just as their fellow prince in Persian once did, of God’s nearness. But Michael, our prince, is, and nothing shall delay the decisions which have been made and sealed. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Map of Defunct Republic of Biafra
Until the consummation of time, man still has a chance for recompense; until the soul is sold forever, there remains the opportunity for change. Palestine has to be independent, and so does Biafra-much so. The Arab world needs peace, but it will come when they have removed wars in the doors of others. And as long as the blood of Biafrans are not appeased by the establishment of the sovereign nation called “The Republic of Biafra,” and retributions made by countries and individuals who contributed largely to the genocide, one war shall replace another, and bloodshed shall be demanded and paid in successions. As for Britain whose police kill blacks at random: guns will not always go off; you have a huge and urgent debt to pay Biafra and, unless this debt is paid, Britain will lose everything which has ever held it higher above others. Getting to America, God’s own country where men’s hearts have been sealed up against the voice of the same God to whom they claim the country belongs: you will champion the redressing of the injustice which has stayed for decades in Nigeria against Biafra. Lastly, to the Nigerian government which lost legitimacy before God since 1967: if you are not tired, will God, the creator of all, be tired out by you? Nigeria was never a country and, even now that the blood of the innocents seems to hold you together, even that same blood shall be your doom. And none that is guilty will go unpunished. Biafrans did not go out to spill blood nor did they oppose freedom; every country that have opposed the state of Biafra, and still do, will be opposed in every way-in ways that matter most.
To those who do not believe in anything besides themselves, you shall force yourself to believe. And to those whose agenda has remained to wipe Israel off the face of the map: you have dug your grave and, in a matter of days, you shall fall therein. Biafra was born to be free, Biafra must be free. To all who stand for the freedom of Biafra, freedom cannot be far away from you. But to those whose lives are sustained by the pains on Ndigbo, horrors shall escort you out of this lane.
Ikechukwu Enyiagu can be reached at email@example.com
*Nigeria: Training New CEOs in Niger Delta
By Ifeatu Agbu
Almost on a regular basis now, Nigerians are being assailed with scary economic indicators that are consistently pointing to the negative pole. If it is not inflation index that is sitting pretty in the double digit column, it is the value of the naira that has continued to nose-dive. All these, of course, have serious implications for the labour market and the biting unemployment situation in the country. It is sad that in spite of Nigeria’s oil wealth, our economy has been stuck deep in the woods and no one is sure when we can find the right compass to take us out of the economic labyrinth. While the search for an elixir for our financial system continues, scores of our young graduates continue to pound the streets in search of scarce jobs. For these desperate job seekers, it is now illusory to hinge their hopes on white collar jobs.
All over the world, self employment through small and medium scale enterprises is replacing government and the multinational corporations in providing employment. This is because the big companies can only employ thousands but providing jobs for teeming millions of youths lies in the hands of small scale entrepreneurs.
It gives some measure of comfort that the Federal Government is working along this line and is placing emphasis on economic reforms anchored on poverty alleviation and self-employment. One can see the efforts being made to create jobs for fresh graduates and other school leavers through skills acquisition for the development and management of new Small and Medium-Scale Enterprises.
Even the National Youths Service Corps [NYSC] is being re-engineered to add value to the certificates already acquired by graduates from tertiary institutions. The NYSC Director General , Brigadier General Mahrazu Tsiga said that plans are underway by the scheme to introduce a skills acquisition programme to empower corps members after their service year.
Brigadier Tsiga said the directorate has already asked corps members to carry out feasibility studies on businesses of their choice and that those committed to the programme would be given N250, 000 as take up grant. This initiative was more or less endorsed recently by the Minister of Youth Development, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi during the media briefing to mark the 100 Days of the Administration of President Goodluck Jonathan. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing some major cities, including the Federal capital (Abuja or FCT)
The minister said that time was ripe for the overhaul of the NYSC, from that of national integration to an NYSC of national transformation. According to him, the NYSC should address the concerns and challenges of today. He said the scheme would henceforth emphasise the S (service) in the NYSC. “The central idea is that corps members should serve where the nation has critical needs such as Education, Health, Infrastructure and Agriculture. For instance, young graduates could learn and participate in large scale mechanised farming during their service year and later, can be encouraged to become agro-entrepreneurs.”
Perhaps, the idea is to use the NYSC as a finishing school, where corps members would spend considerable time of the service year learning valuable life and enterprise skills. This would bridge whatever educational gap they might have and provide them with market-ready skills.
It would appear that the battle against unemployment is being waged at different fronts. The Federal Government, for one, is using agencies such as the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, the Central bank of Nigeria, CBN, among others to fight the scourge. The CBN, for instance, introduced Entrepreneurship Development Centres as a means of equipping people with entrepreneurial skills so that they can be self employed and consequently be employers of labour. This pragmatic approach is being run in conjunction with some universities in the country.
The University of Nigeria, Nsukka is one of such higher institutions collaborating with the CBN in setting up training programmes in entrepreneurial studies for graduates and secondary school leavers, aimed at reducing unemployment among youths and checking rural poverty in the country.
The university is currently running the programme under the auspices of its Entrepreneurship Development and Research Centre, CEDR. According to the Executive Director, Prof. Alex Ikeme, the objective of the training was to change the mindset of graduates, school leavers and retired personnel that without government jobs, they could not attain great heights in life.
The NDDC, as an interventionist agency, has also weighed-in to assist in giving practical training to youths in the Niger Delta to ensure that they are gainfully employed. Clearly, this is a very critical intervention aimed at stemming the tide of restiveness in Nigeria’s oil-producing region. One major programme introduced by the commission is the NDDC Technical Aid Corps [NTAC], which is designed to meaningfully engage graduates from the region and serve as an unemployment stop-gap for them. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria's Niger Delta Region showing Port Harcourt
Since the programme took off last year, thousands of unemployed graduates have been enlisted by the commission and sent to various companies, including the SMEs to work for two years. During the period the commission will pay each of the beneficiaries N30,000 a month which will be augmented by the employer with N15,000. Like the National Youth Service Corps [NYSC], the scheme is expected to help the young graduates gain the necessary experience, which would enhance their chances of securing gainful employment or to become self-employed at the end of their tutelage in the industries. The NDDC scheme has the potential of reinvigorating the SMEs which are among the most potent forces responsible for the fast-tracking of the economic transformation of any country. Most of them lack the resources to hire graduates to boost their productivity. They can therefore take advantage of the availability of this relatively cheap labour to optimise their productivity and profitability.
The programme is designed in such a way that the young graduates would be given the opportunity to improve their skills in their areas of specialisation, so that at the end of the day they would be empowered to set up their own businesses and stand on their own. The NDDC is also running a wealth-creation programme designed to train entrepreneurs on ways to achieve success in their businesses, thus creating jobs in the region. According to the Acting Managing Director of the commission, Mrs. Osato Arenyeka, the empowerment programme would support entrepreneurs in the micro, small and medium enterprises across the Niger Delta and go a long way in tackling the problem of unemployment in the region. She said the commission had concluded plans to train 1,000 entrepreneurs drawn from the nine states of the region as a way of creating employment and rejuvenating the economy of the states in the Niger Delta.
The NDDC boss said that the programme would enable entrepreneurs to gain access to business development services, increase access to finance and move them from micro to small enterprises. She said: “I believe that the Niger Delta region is gifted with millions of creative, productive and constructive individuals, I am looking forward to seeing made-in-Niger Delta goods all over the world,” she said.
The NDDC has been involved in other training programmes like the elaborate agricultural programme in conjunction with Songhai Delta, a reputable capacity building and youth empowerment centre based in Amupke, Delta State. The scheme was designed to train 3,400 youths in Niger Delta in various aspects of agriculture. In the first phase, 1,700 participants selected from Bayelsa and Delta states were exposed to modern techniques of aquaculture, poultry production, bee keeping, grass cutter production, piggery, agro-processing, among others. No doubt, the various initiatives to empower new entrepreneurs hold out hope for the future. There is a lot to gain by developing the intellect of our youths and showing them the way to prosperity and ensuring that they are engaged in productive ventures that would chart a new course for the nation’s technological and industrial growth.
Mr. Ifeatu Agbu ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) writes from Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
*Nigeria: List of Schools Handed Over To Original Church Owners By Governor Obi
Awka, Anambra State capital, was agog November 21 this month, when Governor Obi handed over a total of 1040 primary schools back to their original Church owners who were equally given six billion naira(N6b) to maintain them. The N6b is to be distributed to the affected churches over a 15 month period based on the number of schools owned by each Church.
Below is a list of the schools a total of 757 schools so handed over to affected Churches.
*Biafran Activist Faces Deportation From UK
By Mark Clint
On 20th November 2006, Mazi King Eze Onuigbo, a Biafran activist based in UK participated actively in disrupting the image-laundering project of the Nigerian government called "Nigeria Heart of Africa", which took place at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Hall. Till date, the Nigerian government is still looking for the protesters. Mazi King Onuigbo’s participation in that disruption can be viewed via this link:-
Photo Above: Heart of Africa Logo
Furthermore, Mazi Onuigbo is a leader and not an ordinary member of a number of pro-Biafra organizations in the UK. He is a member of Biafra Liberation in Exile (BILIE); the current president of the Good Shepherd Movement and former director of mobilisation Biafra Liberation League/MASSOB INTERNATIONAL.
Onuigbo's arrest by UK authorities instigated by the Nigerian High Commission is illegal and should be deplored. Currently, he faces deportation to Godforsaken Nigeria. Self-determination is right and not a privilege, Biafrans must be free.
Mark Clint can be reached at
Photo Above: Map of Defunct Republic of Biafra
*Nigeria: FAAN In 'Intensive Care Unit', says Chairman, House Committee on Aviation
By Lateef Lawal
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) is about to collapse operationally if care is not taken to urgently rescue it. This was the position of the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha after a visit to the authority's head office in Lagos recently. She specifically said: "FAAN has potentials to make as a huge money spinner for government, but it is sad to note that FAAN is on the intensive care unit, which is about to die, but this committee will rescue it from dying."
The committe chairman raised issues with the management on, why FAAN will pay over N1.2 billion to two of its concessionaires, as opposed to the target N890 million earmarked for such payment?" Other issues begging for answer posed by the Chairman were: "How come the concessionaires are owing FAAN and could not pay ? It is clear that FAAN lacks live cycle. It then follows that FAAN may have failed as an organisation. This is because of the way and manner the organisation runs, the irregularities that surrounds its concession agreements. It also appears there is no plan to make Nigerian airports look like what they should look like. Could it be privatised, considering the huge investment of capital in the airports , which gives the feeling that budgeting in FAAN is just like a ritual ." The committee charged the authority to explain the rationale for its failure to meet up its N35 billion revenue target for the year having chalked in only N20 billion as at the end of the third quarter of the year. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: An Airborne Plane
She wondered why despite the huge budgetary allocation to FAAN, it could not boast of any airport in the country that has the trappings of a modern facility and that FAAN lacked basic airport commercial infrastructure, which disallowed it from meeting its huge potentials. The chairman that the authority appears to have failed in recovering its huge debt profile running into billions on Naira. FAAN, according the House Of Representatives Committee chairman has the potentials to make the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, huge revenue spinner for the Authority, the reliance on aeronautical sources for money has not demonstrated the financial creativity of the authority.
She expressed reservations over the lopsided expenditure profile of FAAN, which weighed higher on overhead costs, running into 60 per cent as opposed to capital projects which pegs around 40 per cent. She however cautioned the Managing Director of FAAN, Mr George Uriesi who is barely three months in office to take responsibility and make the airport system work, as the committee would no longer accept diplomatic answers on key questions that bordered on the processes and procedure for effective airport administration.
Lateef Lawal (NigerianAviationNews)
*Nigeria: Governor Obi - Your Name Is Written.
By Ikechukwu Enyiagu
Men of honor have come and gone, with their names imprinted in times. Men of honor are, and there are those yet unborn whose names have been written in the prophecy of seasons. Mr. Peter Obi, the executive governor of Anambra state is in the now a man worthy of great honor; a man who truly deserves the honor of heaven, of his people, and of everyone to whom truth is not an offence. A king who values the touch of God is that one who will not be moved from his place-even when the world shakes. Such a man shall fulfill his times and seasons, and shall retire in fulfillment. When men reject truth, they only do so to their own peril, and that of their children. A king who assumes the god of his people is the blindest of the blinds; that tells the story of Nigeria’s leaders, those who support falsehood, and those who oppose the spirit of truth. The events which keep unfolding in the country called Nigeria, and even in several other places across the globe, defend the spirit of truth; it does not matter how much pressure is put against truth, truth will never be obliterated.
I have watched and listened carefully as claims and counter-claim have reason on this noble man of Anambra; I have also watched how men have sworn to politicize the future of a great nation, while vainly assuming that Mr. Obi is one “good man” who must not live, the light which should not shine before others who have sworn that darkness is a tool for obedience and loyalty. Without mincing words, yet without having to allude to any particular individual (such a man’s reasons, personality, or connections notwithstanding), I have arrived at the truth of leadership in Nigeria, and especially as it concerns Ndigbo: Mr. Peter Obi has come out as the only man who truly has, not only the interests of his state at heart, but the support of heaven. The best that any man, any leader can do for himself and for his people would be to allow God into his leadership; to let God father everyone who is under him. When the foundation is destroy, what would you, oh righteous man, do to escape a colossal punishment? God remains the answer. It holds no sand when those who have frustrated their faith in God by allowing others to dictate how they relate to the Spirit of truth stand out-even in Nigeria, strangely- to deny the very God into whom they were fathered and in whom they are held together. Many of these self-proclaimed atheists were named after God, a name which they still bear to this date, and which has become hereditary. The only sure foundation, the only solid ground In Nigeria and for any man, for that matter, is a complete return to God. ( Continues below..... )
Nigeria, as has always been said and proven, has largely remained an estate of the great grandfather of the North, Uthman Dan Fodio, even to this day. Right from the amalgamation through the first and false election in Nigeria, the genocide against Biafrans, to the abolition of mission’s rights to control schools, the sole aim has always been to appeal, always and only, the Northerners. The so-called unity of Nigeria, since the 1914 amalgamation, has remained solely hinged on pleasing the North, and the North alone-to the obvious detriment of other regions, and to a sure eventual dissolution of the project called “Nigeria.” When the first election could not appease enough, the bloodshed of the Igbos followed suit; yet it was scarcely enough. Then, in the 70s, the churches must relinquish schools to the federal. The sole reason behind this, they said, is to balance the education imbalance between the North and the South. My question today is: did the forceful removal of schools from the churches done any good to appease the North or to balance the so-called “education imbalance?” I leave you to the obvious answer. What the South, and indeed the entire country, gained in those wicked plots was and still is great loss. Today, with all the sacrifices made by every Nigerian to appease the North over no fault of others, the Northern part of Nigeria has remained largely aggressive in their pursuit. Everything has fallen to the ground; nothing still holds-not matter the force applied to in-in Nigeria.
The missions were robbed of their schools (which did a lot for good moral upbringing in the society in the days) by the federal government solely to appease the Muslim-majority Northerners who have remained intolerant of any other faith except theirs. The South were denied Christian schools so the North would be equally educated, but instead, they promoted Sharia; today, Sharia is threatening to be entrenched in the entire country-from the government, to the schools, religion, business…everything Nigeria. The North insists that it becomes the law of the country. As if that has not been a far greater price squeezed out from Nigerians, “Western education is sin” came in to stay; what then did we fight for, why the many injustices against the South? ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: L-R Barr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, the Hon. Minister of Education; Most Rev. Dr. Christian Efobi, Archbishop of the Niger Province of the Anglican Communion; Gov. Peter Obi; Most Rev. Dr. Valerian Okeke, Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha Catholic Province; and the National Chairman of APGA at the return of 1040 schools to the missionaries by the Governemnt of Anambra State. -
Many have called repeatedly for the return of mission schools to their rightful owners, without success. Governor Peter Obi, a man who found himself amongst those who would never stand the light, has found the truth; for morality, which has since been lost in Nigeria, to return, schools must go back to their original owners. A nation laden with moral decadence has no power to fight corruption, nor to stand for the truth. According to the truth which Mr. Peter Obi has dared to speak in these times of gross falsehood: “The collapse of education in Anambra State is directly connected with the takeover of schools owned by the missionaries, churches and voluntary organisations in 1970. That singular exercise signalled the disappearance of morality and the building of character from our school system.” He went further to declare finally: “This can no longer be allowed,” This is true in Anambra, and it’s true in every other part of the South. There are some states that have attempted this but, like I said, they have largely remained mere attepts; Governor Peter Obi is the only governor who went ahead to stamp his feet on it. And for the so-called Anambra NUT and their so-called MOA, I say this: even if you have refused to see that your so-called MOA has done nothing for Anambrarians than institute an ever declining slope of moral decadence in our schools and in our society, you would not blame those who see the truth. That agreement, if it solely stands against the return of schools to missions, is obsolete and ineffective.
One may impulsively ask what relationship education has with morality in a society; I will answer you: Everything! This is a time of return; nothing else will suffice. It’s a time of return to the early truth which, though discarded for decades, still remains what it is: truth. This change should not be limited to Anambra, or to the South-East; it should permeate the entire regions. As God is allowed His rightful place in the upbringing of our children, the running of states and the peace which has eluded all will return and dwell amongst us. As this step is taken, more steps will be required for truth to set us free. It will service for wisdom to note here that the return of schools to churches has nothing, whatsoever, to do with forceful introduction of Sharia; while morals will be better encouraged and harnessed by the missions, Sharia law of Nigeria has no room for human weakness. While we wait on other governors to take the footsteps of this great man, Mr. Peter Obi, I personally would like to say to his Excellency: Sir, well-done! You have written your name in the annals of the great. As you have realized the place of God in the governing of your peoples, and especially, in the lives of our children, God will fix your reign and days in the place where pushing and pulling are not, no matter from where. And as you put your decision into action, may God open your eyes to other crucial matters that affect our state and society. And may God surround you with willing, obedient, and faithful hands as you journey with God’s approval and blessings towards a better Anambra and a restored Igboland. You have shown Ndigbo, by your total care for Ezeigbo, Chief Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, in these times of trial for us all, that Ndigbo are your heartbeat; the returning of schools to the churches is yet another feather to the crown which only God has given and his servants confirmed. You are unstoppable, worthy father! You are great amongst us, and indeed, your name is written and forever written.
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*Ojukwu, The Blessing Of Zion: Adieu! You Have Conquered In Our God!
By Ikechukwu Enyiagu
Dearly beloved father, daddy, Chief, General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, the blessing of Zion, adieu! You have conquered in our God! You have run the race, set the pace, and finished your course. There remains for you a crown of victory in glory. We know you, daddy, and we know where you have gone to; we love you, and we rejoice with you. Thank you because you have ushered in a new generation from now, a generation that works above the spirit of time. Now that you know even as you are known, you can smile broadly because the vision is open to you. Biafra is! Those who hate you, those who defile Ndigbo are a curse to themselves. Our light has come, who can quench it? No one! We are not men that work in the dark while the light shines, we do not live anywhere except in the light of the times and his word. Ndigbo knew when God happened on the scene, we are all alert as the trumpet was blown, and we all echoed the voice of the spirit: It’s time! Who can refute your ministry, who can deny the truths you have so freely shared-even in these times that men who need freedom the most live in self-induced darkness. Your transit is no death; it’s the birth which must be. From up in glory, nothing is ever hidden. See! You have done a great job; you have shown the way-the way of prophecy. The journey which has led you through to your crown is the journey we all shall experience in fulfillment. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (Photo 1)
Who are those that cry, why do you weep? Where may woes be found, and why are there cries of hopelessness? Is Rachel ready to cry for her loss the second time? By all means, no! It’s done, it’s finished; the prices for Biafra has been paid. When men refuse to look beyond the flesh, hopelessness sets it, but freedom is the first message of God, and He brought it in love and sealed it with the blood of our savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. My brothers, Ndigbo, all men of truth: Rejoice! Sing songs of freedom! Rejoice and sing because daddy Dim is rejoicing and singing; be glad because a hero receives his crown! Who calls his transition “a dark time,” who works in ignorance? Look! It’s the sun that is rising; it’s the star of promise! Heaven rejoices when men of love consummate their works and return home; the earth should rejoice, or mourn over themselves-but not for the so-called dead. A great Iroko fell, but it’s the Iroko of stagnation, depravity and chains. Our General did not fall, he never did; his is only a transition into a higher realm for a greater mission. I would that Ndigbo stand up, taller than ever, now that our General did not stop on the way. It was not an accident, it was never a sudden rush; he was called home in peace. And, yes, Ndigbo are standing in great zeal, strength, and wisdom. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (Photo 2)
There are those who have brought untold pains upon themselves; states have incurred the wrath of divinity by their hate and Genocide against Biafra. For those who stood silently, watching to see if there is a God who truly saves; heaven shall stand and watch through your pangs of pain. And let me make me make this clear enough: if you hate Biafra and those who champion it, then the word says that you are not among us-you are never with us. Then you have hated me from the start and we were never one, because if we were, you would want my freedom as much as you had always wanted yours. You sought yours with tears and pains but you never found it because your hate is your chain. You may have, through your hatred, delayed my journey, but you never stopped it. And you who gave yourself to be used against me, you shall perish in your self-inflicted pains. Though you think you have delayed your friend, have you moved beyond your own chains? Yet a time is when human wickedness shall be met with divine fury; that time is come upon us. You who claim that a free Biafra is your destruction: well, Biafra has gained freedom and you are still destroyed because it’s a prophecy you have given yourself. You who fail to see, and to read the times, why should the spirit of time not overtake you in your wickedness? Tell me; also, tell it to the God of Justice! It is so because I am Biafra-from head to toe; a Biafran in spirit, soul, and body.
Biafra is beyond a name, it's a movement-it's an exodus. And this move is a continuous journey into eternity. It’s a movement that will climax into eternity. Biafra was not because Ojukwu was, Ojukwu was because Biafra is. He came for a purpose, he fulfilled it, and he has returned to our God of great love and mercy. This is the true story of the children of Israel in the strange land, in the land of Egypt. To those who simply refuse the rhelma and cling to the logos and all the deceitfulness of the flesh, you would never understand the workings of the Almighty. You see, yet all you see is darkness and chains and pains. You see but your limitation limits you-your hatred for God consumes you. Biafra is a spirit, and he has come to stay; he has no pact with death. Even as a pillar of cloud by day and as a pillar of fire by night shall the Lord perfect His lead unto the land of the ever-shining glory. Before Nigeria was, Biafra is! Biafra is called from the division of the seas, called to a place where streams of life flow through. Egypt was truly stubborn, but was destroyed for it; Egypt was destroyed by its stubbornness. Shall the Pharaohs still prove stubborn and ask: “Who is that God that can rescue you from my hand?” Isn’t it yet obvious that freedom is ordained from eternity to eternity for them that love the Lord-for those who have been called through a predestination and foreknowledge? Yet again, God’s voice shall be heard. He spoke once but it shall be heard twice-all over the world. Look! The cloud and the fire have, once again, taken the lead; it’s time to move on. Biafra is moving on, and frustration shall frustrate itself; obstruction shall obstruct itself, disunity shall disunite itself, and those who kill by the sword are now being killed by the sword. The angel of Biafra is mighty and valiant; he is strong and in the lead. Even as we follow, blessings follow us; and as we go to worship, forever, our God in the mountain of His holiness, Egypt shall experience the price of its pride-it shall utterly fall and drown…when we have crossed over. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Late General Aguiyi-Ironsi addressing the nation in his 1st press conference as Head of State. *In photo - sitting from left to right are Hassan Katsina, Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, David Ejoor, J.E.A. Wey and Yakubu Gowon.
Pharaoh, do you know your call; have you understood the reason you became? Or shall you be taught in pains again and again? Look! Even your firstborns are nothing to God when you seize His firstborn. God is saying to Pharaoh today: “Let my people go; let Israel go because he is my firstborn. If you will not, even your firstborn and that of all of Egypt shall I take away from amongst you.” For Israel, God will give up nations; He will crush kings and utterly remove kingdoms from their places. He’s the God of His word. Biafra has been called out into freedom, who shall stop her? Nigeria must be forced to obey and compelled to confess. To those who fear the Lord and love themselves, salvation may still be found. But to those who say: “Who is that God,” you shall see Him, and you shall die for it. Biafra is going upward and forward and any nation or king that stands in the way of this word shall die in the sea of rebellion and pride against the most high. Let every created thing bear witness to this truth; let men be forced to hear-from the rising of the sun to its setting: Biafra is! Daddy Chukwuemeka, joyfully take your place amongst the elders. Your work lives by the streams of life; it’s ever green and fruitful. Ojukwu is, Biafra is! Adieu papa. Your victory is in God forever.
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*Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Is Dead
By ( Release From Ojukwu's Family )
After a protracted and brave fight against stroke, the People’s General, Ikemba Nnewi, Dikedioranma Ndigbo, Odenigbo Ngw, Ezeigbo Gburugburu, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu died in the early hours of today in London.
We thank all those that showed concern in our period of difficulties, starting from the President of Country, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR. We thank in a special way the Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi who went above and beyond the call to duty to look after him. Besides paying the hospital bills, he visited London on monthly basis to see him. He was there yesterday and only came back this morning to receive the news, whereupon he entered the next available flight back to London. He even had to fly Economy since other classes were fully booked. We thank him for the sacrifices.
We thank all Nigerians for their solidarity, especially those that continued to pray for him. May you continue to pray for the repose of his soul.
Further details shall be made available.
For the family
Photo Above: Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu
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