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10/04/11

*Nigeria: Anambra Labour & Minimum Wage – The True Story

By Concerned Anambra Stakeholders

The raging issue today in Nigeria is the implementation of the minimum wage and Anambra State is not different. Workers have every right to agitate for better welfare. They also have every right to embark on strike. But what matters is the way such agitation is carried on.

Since the wage palaver in Anambra State, the public has been fed a lot of half truths by the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) which sometimes have bordered on downright lies against the state government.

It is in the light of this that it has become necessary to put things in their right perspective and to let the public know the true situation.

WHAT DOES THE MINIMUM WAGE LAW SAY?

Simply put, it demands that no worker should earn less than N18, 000. It is not a wage increase as many people seem to interpret it. It does not also mean across the board increment.

WHAT HAS THE ANAMBRA GOVERNMENT DONE?

The Anambra State government has fulfilled the requirements of the Minimum Wage Law by ensuring that no worker in the state now earns less than N18, 000 monthly. On top of this, government has also added money to all categories of workers, with the least being N10,000. ( Continues below….. )

Minimum Wage Table
Minimum Wage Table

Photo Above: Minimum Wage Table ( See Enlarged Table Below )

Out of 36 States, 6 States receive an average of N20 billion monthly; another 8 States receive an average of N6 billion monthly; while the rest, including Anambra State, receive an average of N3 billion monthly.

It is clear that the leadership of labour is being manipulated by opposition politicians who want to create anarchy in the state, by deceiving their innocent followers.

Labour should not be allowed to recklessly hold the State to ransom, this is why we call on government to fully implement the "no work no pay" law as well as other measures the Governor said she would implement. We call on workers in their own interest to return to their duty posts. We also call on Anambrarians of goodwill, including the clergy to add their own voices in calling them to order.

Workers must be condemned by all for asking the people of Anambra State to stop paying taxes and for writing letters to all the donor and international agencies working in the State to stop supporting Anambra State. As we write, it is painful to discover that they have been going to all the sites where Government is working, stopping contractors from doing their work. This is strange as it is wicked.

We wish to commend the patriotic disposition of judicial staff workers who have continued to work and we urge other workers to emulate their patriotic example. We equally thanks all those who have contributed so far in moving the state forward in these trying times. Anambra adibago mma, nye aka ka odi mma.

Enlarged Minimum Wage Table
Enlarged Minimum Wage Table

Photo Above: Enlarged Minimum Wage Table

Concerned Anambra Stakeholders wrote from Anambra.

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*Nigeria: A Lie Which Supports Palestinian Statehood But Denies Biafra’s Inalienable Reality!

By Ikechukwu Enyiagu

Has anyone ever seen such blatant and arrogant hypocrisy! Has lie ever obliterated the truth! Never! What shall we then say to these things? If a man eats his cake and expects to have it, shall he not be called a gluttonous fool? What name is more appropriate for a state which supports the establishment of another while, at the same time, does everything, not only to stop and deny the realization of the one beside it in which much blood have spilled and lives wasted, but continues to carry out policies with the intention of erasing the generation of this noble people, the Biafrans? What’s more, what game shall we say that the Nigerian government is trying to play with the international community when it sits on the rights, freedom and actualization of the sovereign state of Biafra and, at the same time, raises its corrupt and blood-soaked hand in support of another territory’s statehood? It gets funnier when one considers that this mouse called Nigeria, which cannot defend or protect even its president, thinks that it’s going to score any diplomatic point while resisting the actualization of Biafra and supporting the actualization of a Palestinian state even against the peaceful steps brought forward by the very people that protects its presidency. ( Continues below..... )

Map of Nigeria

Photo Above: Map of Nigeria

The Palestinians have a right to statehood, every right thinking person accepts that. And we accept and believe that the time for that is now and ripe. The steps towards that actualization, however, are what are being considered. The people of Biafra have experienced genocide in Nigeria just as the Israelis have all over the world. While the Biafrans have opted for a non-violent approach to the Biafran dream, the Palestinians have used every method, including rockets and all forms of violence to ascertain their rights. But while this hypocritical, corrupt and bribe-taking Nigerian government goes ahead to arrest, beat, kill, and unlawfully detain MASSOB members in their peaceful and non-violent means for a Biafran state, [1] it unashamedly raises its voice and hand in support of a state filled with all violent method. [2]

Perhaps, and I’m sure, this is the time that the torchlight of the international community should be beamed uninterruptedly on Nigeria to see how a state as hypocritical, wicked, violent against its citizens, corrupt, destructive, fraudulent, discriminatory, faulty, and politically, economically, and security-wise unstable as Nigeria could stand up boldly and assert to be an embodiment of wisdom, democracy, freedom, and human rights. I strongly believe that it’s high time the United Nations understood that, for peace to reign in Africa, Nigeria must disintegrate. I strongly believe that the Western world understands the needful urgency in creating a Biafran state as one of its greatest measures in combating terrorism in Africa. Now that terrorism in Nigeria (starting from a city less than three miles to the capital) [3] has moved to killing Igbos who cannot recite any portion of the Quran in broad daylight, the sky shall be Al-Qaeda’s limit in the world if America and the rest of the world do not urgently stand up to support for the Biafran statehood. ( Continues below..... )

Uwazuruike in Federal High Court, Abuja

Photo Above: Chief Ralph Uwazuruike in Federal High Court, Abuja., Tuesday, November 9, 2005 facing treason charges.

If indeed there should be a Palestinian state now, then there should be a Biafran state now. If the government of Nigeria claims to believe it proper that the Palestinians are due for statehood, then it will amount to an international display of immaturity, foolishness, and arrogant callousness when it goes on to deny and resist the actualization of the sovereign state of Biafra. It’s childish and unthinkable that a blind man could claim to see where the seeing should step on; it’s totally laughable and shameful that the Nigerian government could feel secure in the hands of Israel and still speak like an ungrateful baby. Palestine is due for statehood, yes, and Biafra is due for statehood too! If freedom must come with a cost, Biafrans have paid double, and if peace is the process, Biafrans have known this way. ( Continues below..... )

Map of Defunct Republic of Biafra

Photo Above: Map of Defunct Republic of Biafra

It’s important for everyone from everywhere, including Nigerians, to know that those who claim to be leaders in Nigeria have gone totally bonkers. A nation where the president is protected by a foreign security outfit [4] is not fit for a state within a state, and a nation where the first lady publicly and before the international community overshadows the president, her husband, [5] is a laughing stock amongst other diplomats and heads of state. The beauty of divine justice is that, no matter how much money you steal, no matter how much power you wield, and no matter how much blood you spill, your end shall be greatly shameful. That’s the inevitable end of Nigeria.

A stitch in time saves nine. Israel fought the 1967 war (also known as the June War, 1967) which stretched the Palestinian statehood actualization to this date barely a month before Biafra declared independence which led to Nigeria’s genocide against her (Nigerian-Biafran War, 6 July 1967). If Nigeria must speak in defense for human rights in the international community or anywhere else, it must start by speaking in defense for human rights at home. [6] This hypocrisy and this nationally-glorified life of sycophancy amongst Nigerian leaders can only bring one thing back home: more decay. Unless and until Nigeria releases its hold on Biafra, peace, freedom and human rights will continue to elude all in Nigeria. By the way, it does not matter what Pharaoh thinks or believes, God’s people must go. It matters not how many children Herod the king has killed is search of the seed of Abraham, the ‘born of the spirit’ shall not be touched.

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Reference:

[1] MASSOB Alleges Clampdown By Soldiers http://www.tribune.com.ng/sat/index.php/news/5319-massob-alleges-clampdown-by-soldiers.html
[2] Nigeria reiterates support for Palestinian statehood bid http://www.vanguardngr.com/2011/09/nigeria-reiterates-support-for-palestinian-statehood-bid/
[3] 5 killed for failing to recite Quran http://www.vanguardngr.com/2011/09/5-killed-for-failing-to-recite-quaran/
[4] Boko Haram: Jonathan gets Israeli protection http://www.vanguardngr.com/2011/09/boko-haram-jonathan-gets-israeli-protection/
[5] Undiplomatic Patience Jonathan Muscles Her Way, Bullying And Disrespecting Jonathan At JFK, US–Reports http://www.republicreport.com/undiplomatic-patience-jonathan-muscles-her-way-bullying-and-disrespecting-jonathan-at-jfk-us-reports/
[6] UN Chief Urges Jonathan to Keep Eye On Cote d’ Ivoire, Liberia http://theliberiantimes.com/?p=910

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Ikechukwu Enyiagu can be reached at ike.enyiagu@gmail.com

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10/03/11

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*Nigeria: Peter Obi’s Many Targets & Direct Hits

By Onukwugha Osuji

The failure of the generality of political leadership in Nigeria has been arguably the single most debilitating factor against societal development and progress. And, since many of them were not on the people’s mandate, there was little accountability but a high level of clouded purposes, broken promises and venality in the conduct of public affairs.

Mercifully, a few have established that with a clear vision, mission and commitment, positive outcomes are assured in governance. The experience of Peter Obi’s administration in Anambra State has been significant.

Soon after his inauguration for a second term in early February, 2010, a challenge was thrown to the Governor on “The Consolidation Imperative”. Some 20 months later, there is a revealing picture of his administration’s many targets and direct hits. ( Continues below..... )

Anambra State Governor Peter Obi

Photo Above: His Excellency Governor Peter Obi (Photo 1)

Coming from a career background of corporate excellence, Governor Obi had a bird’s eye view of the developmental imperatives for his State. The enormity of the challenges ahead probably informed the Philosophy of ANIDS [Anambra Integrated Development Strategy]. This aims at several targets within the framework of the internationally-acclaimed benchmark: the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs]. To put the administration’s programme of action in perspective, the MDGs are to: Reduce extreme poverty and hunger; Achieve universal primary education; Promote gender equality and empower women; Reduce child mortality; Improve maternal health; Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; Ensure environmental sustainability; and Develop a global partnership for development. The relevance of these goals to the realities of the Nigerian [including Anambra] state of affairs can hardly be over-stressed. So, what is the status reckoning for the present dispensation in Anambra State?

In typical fashion, the administration generated a Poverty Profile of Anambra State as a basis to tackle the twin challenges of reduction of poverty and elimination of extreme hunger. The Poverty Map identified areas of dire need and others of various levels of deprivation. In deference to the basics of agricultural and rural development in the fight against poverty, the Government strengthened its participation in the FADAMA III Project – in partnership with the Federal Government and international Development Partners. By fulfilling its counterpart requirements, the State opened up access the project’s goals of: funds & equipment to several hundred rural dwellers engaged in agricultural activities; financial support for thousands of the physically-challenged, widows and women to start their own ventures as well as to orphanages and care givers; revolving loans to women co-operatives in agro-allied businesses, including poultry/fish/pig/snail farming and supply of an assortment of equipment to set up cottage industries. ( Continues below….. )

Anambra State Governor Peter Obi

Photo Above: Governor Peter Obi (Photo 2)

Still under this massive programme to combat poverty, there is a N2 billion intervention fund for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises [MSMEs]; extensive construction of rural roads to boost access to the various communities and optimize exploitation of their potential; construction of rural markets & lock-up shops, bore holes, abattoirs, cold rooms, VIP latrines; establishment of bakeries, rice threshers, palm kernel crackers, cellophane machines, mills for rice, cassava, feeds, palm oil, starch and maize; and procurement of tricycles.

The State Government’s investment in a Neem-based organic Fertilizer plant would expand the agricultural sector’s capacity to create employment and increase productivity. In a similar vein, thousands of jobs at various unskilled and skilled categories would be generated from other investments attracted by the Obi administration to the State. These include a South African Brewing plant at Onitsha and the Rice Mill at Omor – easily the largest of its kind in West Africa.

As observed by the Co-ordinator of the National Poverty Eradication Programme [NAPEP], Dr. Magnus Kpakol, “Governor Obi remains determined and dogged by initiating effective economic empowerment programmes”.

For Anambra-watchers since its creation some 20 years ago, the attainments of the Obi administration in the education sector will always bear repetition. To date hundreds of primary and secondary schools have been rehabilitated and renovated; many others built, furnished and equipped. Virtually all the Government secondary schools in the State now have laboratories, libraries, ICT facilities [desktop computers, laptop computers, and Internet connectivity], buses, bore holes, electricity – gestures extended to private institutions. At a record of 200 secondary schools, the State has the highest number of that tier in ICT facilities in the country even as it rates top in the establishment of Microsoft Academies.

In its second term, the Government is funding the construction of 1,000 [4-room] classroom blocks per year. The project is on course, verifiable from the town unions through which the funds are disbursed. ( Continues below..... )

Anambra State Governor Peter Obi

Photo Above: Governor Peter Obi (Photo 3)

Tertiary education has continued to receive boosts in structures, facilities, faculty, welfare, accreditation and improved funding. Benefitting institutions include Anambra State University [and its various Campuses and Teaching Hospital]; Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe; School of Agriculture, Mgbakwu [with laboratories, hostels, classrooms, administration & staff offices and demonstration farms]; School of Nursing & Midwifery, Nkpor; College of Health Technology, Obosi; and Professor Kenneth Dike Central Library, Awka [for references and sundry research].

Much more than most other State Governments, the Obi administration has a decent number of women on its payroll in decision-making capacities. Barely two years ago, for instance, there were more female than male Permanent Secretaries in service. Of course, the full-fledged Ministry of Women Affairs and Women Development Centre are in place to ensure the pursuit of women’s rights and protection of the girl-child.

The health foundation of Anambra State is comparable to the best elsewhere. Existing Primary Healthcare Centres are being strengthened and new ones established to cater to maternal, child and reproductive health. Today, there are at least 5 [five] PHCs in each of the State’s 21 Local Government Areas. Added to these are refurbished and newly-constructed General Hospitals – all decently equipped and provided with personnel, essential consumables, water, power-generators, duty vehicles and ambulances.

Medical and general health education is also on the priority list with construction works, furnishing, installation of facilities and active pursuit of accreditation for Anambra State University Teaching Hospital & College of Medicine, Amaku-Awka as well as other tertiary health institutions across the State. ( Continues below….. )

Map of Anambra State, Nigeria.

Photo Above: Map of Anambra State, Nigeria.

The environmental challenges in Anambra State are quite enormous. Variously on its own and in concert with the Federal Government and Development Partners, the State Government has been steadily tackling the menace of erosion at over 1,000 sites. Dredging of blocked canals and waterways is also on-going even as the administration operates full-fledged agencies for waste management and for emergencies.

As indicated elsewhere, the infrastructural base of Anambra State today is easily one of the most solid in the country. The concrete evidence is reflected in the over 500 kilometres of intra-city and inter-city roads [including bridges and box culverts], water schemes power generating sets in various communities and several other urban development projects.

Staff welfare is also of critical concern. It should be recalled that it was the Obi administration that first gave Permanent Secretaries official cars, built decent houses for Judges Quarters, and constructed twin Secretariats to accommodate majority of the Ministries and civil servants. In the same vein, it has consistently fulfilled the salaries and basic allowances of civil servants. Despite the fraudulent lapses in the system before his tenure, Peter Obi demonstrated empathy for Pensioners in the State by sourcing funds to settle arrears of their gratuities and pensions from 1996 to 2010.

Commendations for the Obi administration have come from unlikely sources and from people who should know. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs, Hajiya Amina Az-Zubair asserted that “Anambra State has made remarkable success in the implementation of the MDGs programme”. And such has been the prudent management of the public treasury under the present dispensation that Anambra State was declared “the least indebted State in Nigeria” by the Federal Government Debt Management Office [DMO].

The incumbent Anambra State Government has aimed at several targets and score many direct hits. With the fear of God and a clear vision, he has demonstrated that governance is all about the people and not some abstract statistics. Despite all the positive strides of the past five years, it is pathetic that erstwhile entrenched interests that had leeched on the State continue to sow the seeds of discord, calumny and hate among the citizenry. Would the people prefer the old style imprudence of allocating the State’s resources and funds to a few individuals at the expense of the common good? The Peter Obi they know would not do that! The good among us should not appear helpless, while the worst display their vile energy, so help us God.

Onukwugha Osuji sent this piece from Lagos.

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10/02/11

*Nigeria: Calls For Fuel Subsidy Removal - How Not To Help The President

By Kali Gwegwe

Never in the history of Nigeria has any president or military ruler enjoyed the overwhelming support of the low and middle class as Goodluck Jonathan does. These two socio-economic classes make up over 80% of the Nigerian population. The interpretation of this analysis is that Goodluck Jonathan is Nigeria’s first “people’s president.” Several reasons are responsible for this political development. However, let me dwell on the fundamental factor. ( Continues below….. )

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

After decades of uncertainty, Nigerians have come to accept democracy as the best form of government. Up till 1999, a greater percentage of Nigerians preferred military dictatorship to civilian administration. The foundation of this aberration is not far-fetched. Previous democratic experiments crashed on the heads of hapless Nigerian masses. It happened that most politicians simply used their privileged positions in government to pursue personal, tribal, and religious interests. This sad political development went on to rubbish the fair spirit of democracy. Soon, corruption, tribalism, religious intolerance, political thuggery, and decaying public infrastructure drowned the fertile expectations of the hoard of the unemployed, middle and low income Nigerians. What followed this distasteful reality was not unexpected. People started clamouring for change. Sadly however, this change came not through the ballot boxes, but barrel of guns. At first, it never mattered much to the masses. People were just interested in a change; not minding the colour or taste.

Just in no distant time, falsehood grew weak and collapsed on the laps of military dictators. These despots spoke in tongues that resembled those of saints. Despite the quality of propaganda they unleashed on harmless and unsuspecting Nigerians; all their lies could not be turned into truth. It however cost Nigeria the sweat and blood of some patriotic citizens for the unsuspecting masses to come to the realization that democracy was superior to dictatorship. The important point to note is that the problem with Nigerian democracy was traditional. It had something to do with our peculiar political attitude. ( Continues below..... )

Map of Nigeria

Photo Above: Map of Nigeria

In countries where democracy is working, it is the political leaders that have made it so. This directly rests the blame for Nigeria’s poor democratic culture on the shoulders of the nation’s political class, which have continued to ignore the fundamental fact that democracy is all about identifying and finding solutions to the needs of society. These needs include peace, security of lives and property, economic growth, infrastructural development, and social welfare. It was in this state in the political history of Nigeria that Dr. Goodluck Jonathan came into the scene. From every available indication, Jonathan’s emergence is more of a divine interjection than human connections. President Jonathan is no doubt Nigeria’s first unassuming head of government. He is intelligent, humble, hardworking, and a God-trusting personality. His captainship of Aso Rock defied many national traditions and norms. Apart from the fact that he is the first PhD holder to mount Nigeria’s presidency, Jonathan is the only minority to have been entrusted with the nation’s driving seat. His famous “I was not born rich” speech endeared him to many voters, weeks leading to the April 2011 presidential election. Millions of ordinary Nigerians, including myself hurriedly saw Jonathan as “our man.” This was a man that went to school without sandals or bag to carry his books. He slept under an electric fan only at the University of Port Harcourt.

It never took many suffering Nigerians more than ten seconds to pick Jonathan as their presidential choice. The outcome of the 2011 presidential election did not come as a surprise to many. Even the few that expressed doubt about his chances did so based on their fears about the towering ethnic and religious factors in Nigerian politics. They therefore wondered how Jonathan could survive an election that will be decided by tribe and creed. It is gladdening that Nigeria has crossed the bridge of parochial sentiments. ( Continues below..... )

Goodluck Jonathan waves to the crowd on arrival at a campaign rally in Kano

Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan waves to the crowd on arrival at a campaign rally in Kano, northern Nigeria, March 16, 2011.

The outcome of the 2011 presidential election was indeed a coup against the few but powerful enemies of Nigeria. The down-trodden masses decided to join forces to say no to the dirty and old order, where they are used and hurriedly dumped after oiling the ambitions of a few smooth-tongued politicians. Even in the midst of the darkest night, one thing has become very clear. Nigerians are tired of bad political leadership. President Jonathan appreciates this fact too. Unfortunately, not many in his team are on the same page with him. This is not only dangerous for him as an individual, but a big threat to the culture of democracy in Nigeria. The president must therefore do everything within his powers to moderate the opinions and counsels of his advisers and aides.

The greatest problem political leaders worldwide face is in the selection of a “winning team.” This is responsible for the many cases where government officials reason and walk in different directions. In such cases, the president usually fails to deliver on his mandate. Like President Jonathan himself confessed shortly before the nomination of his cabinet, people seek political offices for different reasons. While some are for service, others for personal gains. There are still some who seek power just to protect the interests or agendas of third party organisations. Quite frankly, it is very difficult to separate the “clean” from the “dirty” because they all wear the same faces and robes.

To help differentiate between the “clean” and “dirty”, political leaders are expected to listen to the opinions of their advisers, but strongly consider the interests of the masses. This is the secret of successful political leaders. Very few government officials will be ingenious enough to climb down from their Olympian heights to consider the feelings of the unemployed or low income earners. Their reasoning is always unilateral. The beauty of democracy is not in how sweet a song is, but how many people “feel” the lyrics. The truth is that democracy is all about numbers. The majority may be wrong in some cases. They cannot be wrong all the time. Nigerian masses are indeed right in asking for the continuation of fuel subsidy at least for now. ( Continues below..... )

Nigerians casting their vote

Photo Above: Nigerians casting their vote

It is a huge fact that many of those who voted for President Jonathan are card-carrying members of political parties other than the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). This is one good reason why the president must ignore every temptation and continue to absorb criticisms from the opposition. This will make him a better president than all his predecessors. No doubt, criticisms will come from labour, NGOs, cultural, and even faith-based organisations. It is also true that some persons and organisations simply find it fashionable to criticize every government policy or programme. This is wrong. Ordinarily, criticisms should be constructive.

However, one very important fact to consider is that criticisms of government policies and programs usually arise from isolated issues. For instance, labor and civil society organisations have vowed to resist any attempt to increase the pump price of petrol following the announcement by the minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala that that government is planning to remove petrol subsidy soon. Protests also greeted the revelation that electricity tariff will be reviewed upward early next year. It is not as if these government policies are bad. The problem lies in the fact that in developing policies and frameworks, most government officials usually refuse to look at all the sides of the coin. Every policy must take into consideration associated factors such as culture, income strength, percentage of unemployment, and level of poverty.

Take for instance calls for the removal of fuel subsidy. Those making this call hinge their argument mainly on the fact that other developed countries have saved a lot of money through the withdrawal of fuel subsidy. Unfortunately, the proponents of fuel subsidy removal have forgotten that the least citizens of those countries earn is as much as $130 a day. One cannot for any reason compare this to a country where many earn less that $2 a day. They have deliberately ignored the fact that the level of unemployment and poverty are still very high in Nigeria. ( Continues below..... )

Nigeria Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Photo Above: Nigeria Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

There is no doubt about the fact that the withdrawal of fuel subsidy will save billions of Naira for government to invest in other critical areas. However, the other side of the coin is that majority of Nigerians are too poor to buy a litre of fuel even at N65. These are persons that earn less than $2 a day. It is with this $2 that they pay for the feeding, rent, clothing, education, and medical expenses of their family members. Withdrawing fuel subsidy at this time will definitely increase the level of poverty in Nigeria. The gains of the new minimum wage of N18,000 will be rubbished by the hike in the pump price of fuel. Like I have suggested in my other write-ups on this same issue, those pushing for the removal of petroleum subsidy would sing a different song if they were earning even N100,000 a month. Many persons in the “president’s team” are not on the same page with him. Ordinarily, their opinions are supposed to be shaped by the pledge of the president, which is to “stand with the masses.”

This brings to the fore how ministers, special advisers, senior special assistants, and other aides are not helping the president to “stand with the masses.” Just as there are many ways to kill a rat, there also many ways they can help the president succeed without hurting the masses. Since from independence, hapless Nigerian masses have been forced to carry the burden of national economic transformation agendas, leaving the elites free as eagles in a clear sky. Like is usually done in western democracies, formulators of fiscal policies should turn the heat on the wealthy this time around. Government should introduce heavy taxes on luxury cars, mansions, and all imported goods that can be produced locally. Government should also reduce the salaries and allowances of elected officials and political appointees. More than that, the fight against corruption should be taken to the zenith.

Furthermore, government should pay more attention to the development of the non-oil sector of the economy. This should be done by energizing the private sector to perform at optimum capacity. This will however mean having a robust power groundwork, cheap access to credit facilities, lower interest rates, improved security of lives and property, friendly tax regime, and a sound transport infrastructure among others. With these fiscal policies, the economy will pick up and help create jobs and improve the welfare of the citizenry. It is at this point that government can contemplate the removal of fuel subsidy. By then, the nation’s socio-economic framework would be able to absorb the shocks that would come with it.

It is a shame that the world’s sixth largest producer of crude oil is importing fuel for local consumption. It shows that something is wrong with us as a nation. Instead of joining forces with the ministry of Petroleum Resources to make our refineries work at optimum capacity, the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Governor of Central Bank, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi see the removal of petroleum subsidy as a magic wand that will help provide the bulk of the money Nigeria needs to service her socio-economic masterplan. They should look elsewhere to raise money. The Nigerian masses have seen enough this last fifty years! This is very important because fuel is one thing that everybody uses directly or indirectly. There is no doubt that any increase in the pump price of fuel will prompt the upward review of transport fares, school fees, house rent, food stuff, and health care services.

Kali Gwegwe, CEO, Nigeria Democracy Watchtower writes from Yenagoa, Bayelsa State and can be reached at kali.gwegwe@nigerianfootballpost.com ( 0806 407 4810 )

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10/01/11

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*Nigeria: Reflections on Anambra At Twenty

By Okechukwu Asekuma

Recently Anambra state marked its twentieth anniversary on the 27th day of August 2011. It was a swell occasion attended by a galaxy of prominent Anambra indigenes, but not limited in scope. Government officials, diplomats, captains of industries, the business community and journalists were also present. It was an occasion for introspective search which afforded the people an opportunity to reflect on the progress the state has made so far; its noticeable challenges, and the prospect of attaining self dependency.

The three day event was kick-started by inspection of projects executed by the Peter Obi administration and interlaced with symposium/award giving ceremony and ended with interaction with stakeholders/breakfast. ( Continues below..... )

Anambra State Governor Peter Obi

Photo Above: Governor Peter Obi

As the speakers spoke there was a note of concord to the effect that the state has potential for greatness, but only lacked political will to drive it. There was also the issue of the teething troubles made evident by the military administrators’ inability to bequeath the state with good foundation. As a result, the abundant human and material resources indwelling in the new state were adversely hemmed in and stifled to listlessness.

This was enervated further by impunity of the emergent political class. Bickering and rancor, unleashed on the system as a result, simply enfeebled the structures that would engender transformation. What was more, development became delayed for as long as the situation prevailed. Though all the speakers in turn agreed there is still hope for the state once leaders as well as the led agree to alter their turn of mind and affirm positive attitude. Hard work and application of right values they all agreed would unlock the cache of potentials and set the state on the path of greatness. Evident in this assertion is the conviction that the state has produced till date some of the best humankind the nation can boost of.

One of the speakers, Oby Ezekwesili, was particularly emphatic about the need for hard work and lamented the seeming loss of enterprising spirit by the people. She urged a rekindle and blamed the loss of values in Igbo land of today on respect accorded questionable wealth and their questionable accomplishments. The audience was informed that ideas, rather than oil, drive economy of developed nations, and urged to propound a surfeit of them so as to push development bars beyond the reaches of time. She harped on the need for the people to prioritize their values before oil is tapped in the zone lest it accomplishes nothing. ( Continues below..... )

Gov. Peter Obi flanked by Dr. Mmaduka and Mr. Emuwa

Photo Above: Gov. Peter Obi flanked by two Anambrarians honoured as part of Anambra 20th Annioversay celebration: The Chief Executive Officer of Coscharis Group, Dr. Cosmas Mmaduka (left) and the Managing director of the Citi Bank, Mr. Tony Emuwa (right). Click For Enlarged Photo

It was a moment for true reflection indeed as members of the audience had the opportunity to re-evaluate the very essence for which the state was created. Re-echoing Ezekwsili on the need for right values, the governor of the state, Mr. Peter Obi said the state will no longer indulge people of seedy antecedence, but will appreciate those who brought it honour. According to him politicians will now have to earn the ‘Excellency’ titles through their excellent conducts. That way, public offices would be sanitized, especially when occupiers know that honor/courtesy would be conferred accordingly.

Those present were enjoined to emulate the people honoured for their outstanding contributions in the transformation of the state, nay Nigeria. Men and women who blazed forth like stars that lit pre/post independent Nigeria. People like Nnamdi Azikiwe, Nwafor Orizu, Chuba Okadigbo, Louis Odumegwu Ojukwu, Ikemba, Emeka Anyaoku, Kenneth Onwuka Dike, Chinualumogu Achebe, Chike Obi, Pius Okigbo, Ben Nwabueze, Emeagwali, Chukwuemeka Ike, Soludo, Christopher Okigbo, Chimamanda Adichie, Cardinal Arinze, Papal Nuncio Okolo, Blessed Tansi, Emmanuel Ifeajunna, Power Mike, Innocent Egbunike, Mary Onyali etc. They were exhorted to replicate the feat.

This then brought the issue of empowerment. Whether the state has empowered the citizens enough to be able to replicate the feat of their forebears? If no, what is expected of it in order to arrest the deplorable state and nudge the youths back to some worthy engagements. Have those in authority shown concern in bequeathing their generation and indeed future generation a workable society. Or has it been “a great fizzling act”, to use the words of one of the critics of the state. ( Continues below..... )

Map of Anambra State, Nigeria.

Photo Above: Map of Anambra State, Nigeria.

This is where the Obi administration has done very well and needs encouragement. His administration has on its advent espoused far reaching ideas on how to make the state work. First, he deftly destabilized a phalanx of barely literate moneybags operating in the state as god fathers. With this, impunity was brought to a manageable degree as political strife fades behind the recesses. The state no longer competes for space on the banner of negative news. As peace returns in the state so have development. Using his work plan, the Anambra Integrated Development Strategy (ANIDS), he has been able to work development in all sectors of the economy simultaneously. Though there are those who are apt to disagree with this. But in doing so, they should not forget that the facts are verifiable. Apart from the fact of raising the bars of development in sectors hitherto neglected, fleeing international bodies and donor agencies are back in the state. This was made possible with the flight of impunity from a state that once reveled in a hideous kidnap attempt of her governor and mindless destruction of its common heritage.

Today infrastructural development of the entire state has gained some mileage from its previous middling state. Without prejudice to the ages of the five south eastern states, the development reach of Anambra state is comparable to no other within the zone. Consolidating on the foundation of an earlier administration, Obi built over 500kilometres of road in the hinterlands with bridges and box culverts. Until his assumption of office, the state had no befitting workers’ secretariat besides the one provided the state on creation by the federal government. The two edifices that serve as the workers’ secretariat were conceived and built by the administration within the first four years. The efforts of the administration in education, health, judiciary, transport, environment, industrialization, security, agriculture can only be appreciated against their dismal emptiness prior to Obi becoming the governor.

What seems a blight on the good work of the administration, the neglected federal roads that extends from Onitsha to Enugu, has seen the Governor pressuring the federal governor for permission to do them. Again this is without prejudice to a master plan already secured for the beautification of the three cities of Awka, Onitsha and Nnewi. If the plan is put to good use by a conscientious successor then will cynics appreciate the man’s far-reaching innovations. Actually what the Obi administration does in the state is more of foundation since that vital aspect of statecraft was missing out all those years. In much the same way Tinubu laid the foundation of transformational government in Lagos today, many will appreciate Obi’s work when a hard working governor takes over in 2014.

Okechukwu Asekuma writes from Awka, Anambra State.

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*Nigeria: A Message Of Love To My SS Brothers Regarding Biafra

By Ikechukwu Enyiagu

A sage once said: “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” The Holy Bible also said: “He that is a friend loves at all times: and a brother is proved in distress.” This piece addresses all of my brothers in the South-South of Nigeria, especially those who still find it difficult to accept this singular truth, even if it stares them on the face. The word “Biafra” should not still stand as a puzzle hard to crack between brothers that have equally come of age, its meaning and interpretation ought not to remain elusive even in these times when wisdom perpetually shouts on top of her voice on the hilltops, near the road and at the crossroads; at the entrance to the city, beside the gates, saying to whoever loves life: take of me, and live. ( Continues below..... )

Map of Defunct Republic of Biafra

Photo Above: Map of Defunct Republic of Biafra

This is the testimony of wisdom, reason is making herself heard: "I appeal to all of you; I call to everyone on earth. Are you immature? Learn to be mature. Are you foolish? Learn to have sense. Listen to my excellent words; all I tell you is right. What I say is the truth; lies are hateful to me. Everything I say is true; nothing is false or misleading. To those with insight, it is all clear; to the well-informed, it is all plain. Choose my instruction instead of silver; choose knowledge rather than the finest gold. "I am Wisdom, I am better than jewels; nothing you want can compare with me. I am Wisdom, and I have insight; I have knowledge and sound judgment. To honor the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil ways and false words. I make plans and carry them out.

I have understanding, and I am strong. I help kings to govern and rulers to make good laws. Every ruler on earth governs with my help, officials and nobles alike. I love those who love me; whoever looks for me can find me. I have riches and honor to give, prosperity and success. What you get from me is better than the finest gold, better than the purest silver. I walk the way of righteousness; I follow the paths of justice, giving wealth to those who love me, filling their houses with treasures. "The Lord created me first of all, the first of his works, long ago. I was made in the very beginning, at the first, before the world began. I was born before the oceans, when there were no springs of water. I was born before the mountains, before the hills were set in place, before God made the earth and its fields or even the first handful of soil.

I was there when he set the sky in place, when he stretched the horizon across the ocean, when he placed the clouds in the sky, when he opened the springs of the ocean and ordered the waters of the sea to rise no further than he said. I was there when he laid the earth's foundations. I was beside him like an architect, I was his daily source of joy, always happy in his presence - happy with the world and pleased with the human race. "Now, young people, listen to me. Do as I say, and you will be happy. Listen to what you are taught. Be wise; do not neglect it. Those who listen to me will be happy - those who stay at my door every day, waiting at the entrance to my home. Those who find me find life, and the Lord will be pleased with them. Those who do not find me hurt themselves; anyone who hates me loves death." ( Continues below..... )

Map of Nigeria's Niger Delta Region showing Port Harcourt

Photo Above: Map of Nigeria's Niger Delta Region showing Port Harcourt

Now that wisdom has spoken in the simplest of terms, it behooves us to do nothing but hearken and apply. Setting aside all malice, suspicion, mistrust, hypocrisy, jealousy and all forms of evil, let us call upon ourselves the life-refreshing breeze which wisdom dispenses at no cost to whoever makes himself available. Let us, in remembering Biafra and in thinking of its inevitable realization, consider the fixating will of truth. Let us accept that, freedom and human rights precede slavery, compulsion and all forms of cruelty; and let us, therefore, this time, pursue these with every knowledge that wisdom hands out to whoever wills. God, who is the creator and sculptor of all, is in Himself the embodiment and perfection of wisdom.

In His omniscient grace, He has given us the freedom and rights to move and use everything within the garden of His love, except that tree of dissension - selfishness and pride which formed the foundational blocks of hell. There is no foundation in God’s creation which was not laid in ardent love, perfection and excellence. Before God smiled at Himself, He had seen beauty and goodness in all of His creation which He has made for man. Even as crops yield their harvest, the ground continues to yield resources in a constant incalculable by man’s reasoning. Therefore, all lands are blessed. No land is dead except of man’s selfishness and wickedness; no ground is cursed except when man despises wisdom and chooses sacrifice in the forfeiture of obedience. Cross River is blessed, and so are Anambra, Delta, Rivers, Enugu, Imo, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Abia and Akwa-Ibom states. All of earth was blessed by God. There are oil, gold, silver and bronze in Akwa-Ibom, Abia, Ebonyi, Bayelsa, Imo, Enugu, Rivers, Delta, and Cross River states.

Biafra stands for freedom. Biafra did not then and shall not now stand for oppression or an extension of the evil called Nigeria. Biafra was born out of the cries of the many who knew the difference between our world as it was and our world as it should and must be. Biafra was the first child of a selfless, fearless, and brotherly sacrifice that ever came out of Africa, the race of the blessed blacks. In Biafra, minority became majority and majority dissolved into the minorities. That’s the equation of freedom and equality, that is the definition of a country with a vision and a mission borne of God; that is the birth of Biafra. Biafra does not and cannot represent fear and oppression; Biafra lacks the mandate, the wills, and the supplies to enslave. Biafra is freedom and fullness. ( Continues below..... )

Biafran Flag

Photo Above: Biafran Flag

Your brothers in the South-East, as elders (and as fate would have it) in the family, have taken and still continue to take both blames and punches in the wrongful accusation of wanting to take the double portion and to enslave the younger ones. In a family where wisdom is rejected while selfishness, deceit and betrayal rule, every firstborn could face this too – it is understandable. That Ndigbo are in the majority should not be mistaken for a threat. Igbos do not feel threatened in the midst of any, not because we are so full of ourselves, but simply because we carry the spirit of brotherhood everywhere we go. And even when we are constantly attacked, we constantly hope for brotherliness which cannot be defeated even when every block has been dislodged from its place.

It matters not how we have been hated by those we have given everything to love, Ndigbo lives and thrives in their blood. A leopard cannot change its spots. When coal was the resource in Nigeria, Igbos posed no threats to any, nor did they rely on it. And now that oil has been proven to cover the earth, we still shall not live our lives by it. We thrive in freedom and human rights which make us creators and producers as God would have us be, not solely on what the ground produces. That everyone works on the palms of this great mother earth attests to the fact that God has given us all recourses, equality, and the rights to enjoy his graces. Therefore, Igbos could not possibly have dreamt of Biafra and died for her only so we could enslave those whom God and His creation have made eternally free; Ndigbo are resources made flesh, walking amongst men; entering every dark place and toiling therein until the light of the day shines forth. Igbos make, not mar; Ndigbo create, not destroy.

Majority means nothing without the spirit of brotherliness; one with God is the true majority. It does not matter how many are with or against us as long as God’s light remains upon us and we walk in His freedom and love. Goodluck Jonathan is considered by Ndigbo as a brother (and he indeed is, with no iota of doubt and), with no injunction or clause added. All of Igboland willingly and joyfully voted for him in the last presidential election, not only because we consider all of South-South as one with us, but because the duty of an elder brother is to continue in showing love and preserving posterity in blessings-no matter the burns and the bruises. In spite of all the sabotage and wickedness in the yesteryears, the mistrust, accusation and betrayals of the present, Ndigbo would never have thought of a better choice than supporting our brother, Goodluck Jonathan. Whilst other major tribes in Nigeria were heaping demands and assuring themselves of leverages against Jonathan before any of their votes could count in his favor, Ndigbo simply asked him to go with all our unconditional support. Ndigbo do not thrive in nepotism; what we did for Goodluck Jonathan, we could have done for Henshaw, Akpan, Aruoriwo, or Ebieri ( Continues below..... )

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Wisdom still beckons to this very moment. Biafra shall materialize with the full promises of freedom, equality and prosperity for all in its wings. The question of the intentions for a Biafran state ought not to remain a question; the fears and accusations against Ndigbo for dominance traits should become obsolete and irrelevant in these times. If anything, its beauty should be sought for and embraced. Freedom does not care if one lives in a landlocked area, an island, on the green field, in the valley, or on top of the highest rocky mountain; as long as the voice of wisdom prevails on a man, freedom will play with his descendants freely in his dwelling-even before his eyes. The God of the fruitful Isaac in a land of unfruitfulness and desertion will strategize in its perfect timing.

Biafra is here to stay; the land of the rising sun is our hope. God is in the midst of her. Let those who love the truth and seek the freedom, blessing, and life that it brings stand up and receive the rays of God’s faithfulness. Let those who have been shown love no longer live in ignorance - wisdom speaks. The sun is indeed rising, never to set. Amen.

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Ikechukwu Enyiagu can be reached at ike.enyiagu@gmail.com

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09/29/11

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*Nigeria: Governor Obi Honours Coscharis, Citi Bank MD

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Governor Peter Obi says efforts will be sustained to encourage private sectors involvement in rebuilding the State Socio-economic life. Governor Obi was speaking while presenting awards to the Chief Executive Officer of Coscharis Group, Dr. Cosmas Mmaduka and the Managing director of the Citi Bank, Mr. Tony Emuwa at the Governor’s Lodge Amawbia. The two awardees were part of the seventy-five people honoured during the twentieth Anniversary celebration of the State.

Governor Obi said the private sector palyed strategic importance and indispensible role in driving the economic to yield the expected result. He assured that government would continue to take decisions that wouldl entrench a new order and stressed the need for people to speak out on issues that will help reshape the society.

Governor Obi urged them to continue to assist the State through constructive criticisms and participate actively in the state new programme of adopting schools in their area. ( Continues below..... )

Gov. Peter Obi flanked by Dr. Mmaduka and Mr. Emuwa

Photo Above: Gov. Peter Obi flanked by two Anambrarians honoured as part of Anambra 20th Annioversay celebration: The Chief Executive Officer of Coscharis Group, Dr. Cosmas Mmaduka (left) and the Managing director of the Citi Bank, Mr. Tony Emuwa (right). Click For Enlarged Photo

One of the awardees, Dr. Mmaduka while expressing delight for the award said the honour and recognition was a rare privilege would motivate him to serve the society better and remained good ambassador of the State in any part of the world. He commended Governor Obi for his commitment in uplifting the State and inspiring the people to greater height.

Also speaking, the other Awardee, Mr. Emuwa noted that the Governor has remained consistent in his strides to transform the State and urged him not relent.

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09/28/11

*MNN Alternative To OBJ & GEJ Regarding Failing Nigeria

By Oguchi Nkwocha, MD

“The current 1999 Constitution of Nigeria has collapsed under the weight of its fraudulent origin having been rejected throughout the country. The 12 contiguous States of the North which have enacted and are implementing Sharia since year 2000 in repudiation of the 1999 Constitution, have by that step opted out of the Nigerian Union. The balance of the country are therefore taking steps in exercise of their right to Self-Determination, to rework the basis of their political future.

“The prospective Federations are currently working out their respective Constitutions and will take same through Referendum in their respective territories in exercise of their right to Self-Determination as enunciated in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 2007.

“Each Federation is to decide its own name.”

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These are words of: the MOVEMENT FOR NEW NIGERIA (MNN) 10 Afolabi Lesi Street,Ilupeju, 0702-830-6463; 0702-830-6464; 0802 301 8612 Lagos E.Mail: movementfornewnigeria3@gmail.com.

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Continuing:

“Let it be known:…

“Until recently, the options before Nigeria were clear: Either to return to ABURI or to head on to ARABA since ABUJA has failed beyond redemption. (‘Abuja’ means Nigeria as defined by the 1999 Constitution. ‘Aburi’ means the original federal set-up agreed upon in 1954 as the basis of the Nigerian Union. ‘Araba’ means the inevitable, unilateral self-redemption steps in self-determination, in other words To thy Tents O Isreal!) We fear that the Aburi option has now been kicked out of the table by the sustained post-election violence unleashed by the Sharia North leaving us with Araba only.”

And, in conclusion…

“ACCORDINGLY, THE ONLY CHOICE LEFT TO BE MADE BY ALL STAKEHOLDERS IS BETWEEN A COSENSUAL PEACEFFUL DISSOLUTION OF THE FAILED NIGERIAN PROJECT OR TO WAIT FOR THE UNILATERAL, UNCO-ORDINATED EXIT OF ERSTWHILE FEDERATING BLOCS WHICH MAY BECOME DISORDERLY AND EVEN VIOLENT. MNN INVITES ALL TO EMRACE THE PEACEFUL OPTION AS IT HOLDS THE BEST PROSPECTS FOR AN EARLY RETURN FRIENDLY NEIGHBOURLINESS. “

Signed:

For and on behalf of The Lower Niger Congress, Federation of Oodua People, AND The Middle-Belt Congress”

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The Emerging Federations

Photo Above: ......The Emerging Federations Click For Enlarged Photo

Clearly, Obasanjo and his egotistic pursuits and acts feigning “patriotism” while merely feathering his own cap will not help anyone else but himself. His idea of a solution for Nigeria is the same old problem itself which he has helped in no small measure to sustain. He and those who act like him can’t help anyone else.

Buhari, for his part, is a delusional old man suffering from megalomania: he is interested in only one thing—ruling Nigeria as his birthright, at all costs. He is, by choice, deaf to the realities on the ground, and blind to obvious facts. Neither he nor his hypocritical CPC party can help the peoples trapped in Nigeria

Babangida has no clue; perhaps, his ailing memory plays tricks on him but the loot he gets from Nigeria keeps him afloat and talking. Like him, Atiku is wasted, although loaded with ill-gotten wealth at the expense of the peoples suffering in Nigeria. They think so highly of themselves and want to, or are cocksure that they will rule Nigeria someday. They and those who think like them will not help anyone.

Where, today, is Gowon who singlehandedly finally singed the evil book called Nigeria to cinders, from 1966 to 1970? He caused so much sorrow, but he is nowhere today to help anyone. Nor is Danjuma, whose stupendous wealth—by his own admission—tapped from the blood-oil wells of the Niger Delta people, can only match his wickedness as he lives in cozy retirement from a life of murder and plunder. Neither of them will solve Nigeria or help. Nor will those of their ilk.

Of all of them, there was one, Abdusalami Abubakar, who just this past month recognized, and made a public statement regarding, the absolute need for a meeting of the different peoples of Nigeria to determine if they want to live together as one country.

If anyone heard him, it could not be Goodluck Jonathan, who, now drunk with the power of the presidency, is refusing to see the widening chasm between the already divided peoples, and the depth of insecurity and violence being wrought on the peoples. One would think that when he has been forced to rely on the Israeli, the US, UK, the EU and who knows who else, for his own security and the security of Abuja, he can learn a thing or two. Like all things touched by Nigeria, common sense, learning, understanding, wisdom, honesty, seriousness and courage have become his enemies. His best friend is denial.

It is in the light of the above that the peoples living and dying in Plantation Nigeria should implement the goal and vision of MNN as propounded: Self Determination for each of the peoples. If anyone knows any other mechanism than Self Determination to help the different peoples grating against one another in current Nigeria, let him or her make a counter proposal.

It is up to the people now. There is a plan on the table.

Oguchi Nkwocha, MD
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09/27/11

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*Nigeria Called Upon To Adopt ANIDS

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The appointment of Governor Peter Obi as the Honorary Adviser to the President and member of the National Economic Management Team has been described as a testimony of his unique competence in human resources and financial management. The Nigerian Association of Patent and Proprietary Medicine Dealers, Anambra State Chapter, in a message signed by the President Comrade Amechi MacPaul Ozobia, said the Governor was a child of destiny and God’s gift to the people of the state to lead the State to era of sustainable development. ( Continues below..... )

Anambra State Governor Peter Obi

Photo Above: Governor Peter Obi

The message noted that Governor Obi is the first African to change the face of democracy in a country single handed through courage, doggedness and determination and has re-written the history of politics and Judiciary in Nigeria thereby scoring another first for Anambra State after the records set by Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Dr. Nwafor Orizu, Professor Chike Obi, Sir, Louis Odemegwu Ojukwu, Philip Emeagwali, Chief Emeka Anyoku and others. It commended his leadership style, humility and self contentment. In a similar message, engineering contractors, Major and Partner Limited said the appointments bear eloquent testimony of the Governors sterling personal and leadership qualities and unparalleled good works in the State as articulated in his multi-sectoral development strategy being extolled national and internationally. Speaking through its Managing Director, Chief Aloy Obiagwu, it expressed confidence that Governor Obi would bring his famed financial wizardry, economic ebullience and insight to bear in his new appointments, noting that the country needs a replica of ANIDS at the national level.

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09/26/11

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*Oh Hail Biafra! The Land of The Rising Sun

By Ikechukwu Enyiagu

Nigeria, a strange name of a strange land, a strange land to strange peoples: we commemorate your demise with joy! We celebrate your death because in your death lie the true lives and freedom of your prisoners. Hence, death has brought life. In your death shall Christ’s glory be established among us; in your death shall death have no stings. Unless and until the seed falls and dies, it shall not spring forth fruits for man. Nigeria is a seed for what shall be. But a seed can never take the place of the bountiful harvest. Nigeria, you are a mother that eats her young from the womb, the stream that swallows her attendants. We therefore celebrate your death just as we mourned your accursed birth-accursed from your inception and accursed of God. It is with gratitude to God that, on this 1st day of October, 2011, we shall celebrate the timely death of that seed which has refused to die after having wasted 51 years of maturity out of 97 years of living in unrepentant prodigality. In great joy and merriment, and in thanksgiving to the Almighty God, we shall celebrate your passing away into your reserved place. And on this 1st of October, 2011, as a mark of ceremonial honor and burial rights, we shall, once and finally, compel ourselves to sing this evil song with the watchers as a testimony against you:

Arise, O compatriots, Nigeria's call obey
To serve our fatherland
With love and strength and faith
The labor of our heroes past
Shall never be in vain
To serve with heart and might
One nation bound in freedom, peace and unity.

Oh God of creation, direct our noble cause
Guide our leaders right
Help our youth the truth to know
In love and honesty to grow
And living just and true
Great lofty heights attain
To build a nation where peace and justice shall reign
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Map and Flag of Nigeria

Photo Above: Map and Flag of Nigeria

Sarcastic eulogy:

Nigeria is well known within and beyond its shores for her numerous accomplishments. Amongst her notable achievements against her dwellers are: faulty foundation, genocide, hypocritical patriotism, disservice, hatred, weakness, faithlessness, vanity, heartlessness, compulsion, enchainment, slavery, lack of peace and inability to unite. In answers to faithless, loveless, hypocritical and wicked prayers directed to self, you have given wrong leaders, removed truths, blinded the youths, laughed at honesty; preferred corruption and wickedness to just living, attained only the height of bribery, corruption, nepotism, murder, and terrorism; rubbished the meaning of peace and turned justice upside down. Nigeria, we hail your demise because in your death shall men’s eyes be opened to the truth you never saw; in your death shall souls be made free to know and to be. Thank God! The sun is rising again from the east; the sun of God’s timing is rising with the peace of God in its wings like a dove. Let all hail the life that your death shall bring. Let all hail Biafra, the freedom of Nigerians!

Biafra, we hail thee! All Hail Biafra!

1. All hail Biafra
Land of the rising sun, we love and cherish
We have vanquished our enemies, all hail Biafra
God Bless Biafra, in Him we trust
Shout it sing it, all hail Biafra

2. God bless Biafra
We have emerged triumphant, from all our foes
Through the crucible unscathed, we passed victorious
Our trumpets pealing, the glorious song
Play it, sing it, all hail Biafra

3. Oh hail Biafra
We shall always remember, all that perished,
In the struggle for our freedom, all hail our heroes
Our prayers shall bemoan, both day and night
Say them always, all hail Biafra

4. All Hail Biafra
Now our star shines everywhere, we crave humility
God guide and protect us all, all hail Your Wisdom
Shielding us from fury, unleashed by our enlightenment
Biafra, Biafra, shinning forever
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( Continues below..... )

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Biafra is the peace of Nigeria, the prosperity thereof and the only freedom there will ever be. In Biafra lies the many answers which have defied all knowledge, the healing which every Nigerian craves for, and the justice which shall reign. Oh hail Biafra! As thy sun rises, may all enchained by the wickedness of Pharaoh see thee and sing for joy. May thy light emanate your beauty and may all who see thee rejoice. Shine forth into all areas and let darkness lose its hold. To the weak leaders thou shall give strength, to the foolish, wisdom shall come; to him who has, his neighbors shall have, and to him who has not, thy light shall bring sufficiency. The heavens celebrate thy birth; today, thy maturity is announced. Let men of peace look towards thee and be strong, let the orphans and the widows be comforted. In Biafra, peace, love, truth, equality, health, wisdom, knowledge, security, abundance, progress grace and life shall reign. Biafra, in thee Yahweh is praised forever. In Biafra, God shall reign and His sun shall never set until Shiloh comes. Oh hail Biafra!

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Ikechukwu Enyiagu can be reached at ike.enyiagu@gmail.com

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