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10/19/11

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*Enraged Wife Cuts Off Husband's Penis, Throws It Into River

By Jude Smith, Masterweb Correspondent

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A 30-year-old Vietnamese woman identified only by her last name, Pan, cut off half of her sleeping husband's penis with a pair of scissors at their home in Tainan, a city in southern Taiwan. She reported herself to police claiming her act was in revenge for beating by her husband after she confronted him about an extra-marital affair. She told police she threw the severed part into the river.

The condition of her jobless 29-year-old husband, a drug user was unclear at the time of this report. According to unconfirmed reports, Pan has no regret for mutilating her husband which she justifies due to his physical abuse of her and unhidden affair with another woman. She claims to have suffered beatings by her husband even though she supported the family since their marriage two years ago from a job at a karaoke shop.

Pan remains in police custody awaiting court arraignment. A police officer told reporters: "She has been taken into custody on charges of assault." She could face up to 12 years in prison if found guilty.

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10/18/11

*'Nigeria’s capital To Be Relocated To Somalia'

By Ikechukwu Enyiagu

The news reaching me today from the government seat of Nigeria, Abuja, indicates that there is an ongoing plan by the federal government of Nigeria to transfer the Federal Capital Territory to Somalia. The reason behind this decision by the government, it was gathered, was not unconnected with the reason for yet another ongoing arrangement to build three (3) new oil refineries in Indonesia. According to president Goodluck’s administration, “The country is not safe for investments that must yield.” There has been an agreement between the Somali and Nigerian governments to relocate the new capital to Yenagoa but was later decided that the said new capital is to be situated in Somalia, considering “matters arising.”

When one wonders the possibility of this strange moves and the correlation between the warring Somalia and the confused Nigeria, the answers to all these roll in: As Israeli government took the contract of protecting the presidency, the Somali government has taken the contract of directing the Nigerian government on how to keep the head up in years of continued and unending civil war. As gathered, it was agreed that a relocation of the capital to a place like Bayelsa or Rivers would afford the presidency a greater chance of maneuvering through many threats since he gas gained mastery of the creeks from childhood. However, considering the uncertainties and unstable nature of the Niger Delta region, and the seeming resilience of the Somali government in a war-torn country, Nigeria has finally agreed to shift its seat of power to Somalia. This is the news coming from Nigerian government, the seat of poisonous and life-destroying jokes made by thoughtless elders and leaders of the giant of Africa. Anything is a joke, yet any news goes. ( Continues below..... )

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Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing some major cities, including the Federal capital (Abuja or FCT)

Does anyone understand any of these mentioned above: I do not. Can somebody tell me the meaning of these jokes, if they are? I deeply long to fully comprehend the times of Nigeria in the prophecy and countdown of all times. April Fools usually happen once every year, and in most cases, do not cause any harm. For all the years I have lived a Nigerian, I’ve come to discover that the government of Nigeria is fraught with April Fools; nothing seems as it sounds. Should we be more worried about Nigeria’s intention to invest billions of dollars in a distant and disaster-ripped Indonesian soil, should we praise them instead; should we pretend it’s yet happening in the limbo, or should we put up fierce resistance this time?

Indonesia, the fourth largest country in the world, with about three hundred and ninety million (390,000,000) in population, is situated in the Southeast Asia, and having common neighborhood with Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Malaysia. Apart from the population of Indonesia which constantly threatens the living standard of its citizens, Indonesia is also known as a home for unusual natural disasters. These disasters, which have left everywhere in Indonesia susceptible, usually come unannounced. The population of Indonesia has almost turned the citizens into Nigerians-slaving for others wherever they may be accepted. Indonesians can be found in their numbers in Malaysia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., and other countries, doing every conceivable odd job. An average doctor in Indonesia earns a peanut-salary. In other words, Indonesia is in a struggling situation; one which, perhaps, is worse than that of Nigeria when derivations and manpower are considered. ( Continues below….. )

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Photo Above: Map of Africa showing Somalia, Nigeria and other countries

Nigeria has the largest number of unemployed graduates, yet we are building more universities. We would prefer squeezing parents dry of all their savings in other to train their children, and when it’s job creation, we would rather create them for Indonesians and others instead of Nigerians. Nigeria has one of the best of lands, yet we would prefer to relocate our infrastructures to other countries. Nigeria mines oil, yet we would opt to refine them abroad, and then, ship a few back to the country-causing untold hardship on Nigerians. We have the human resources, but the concerns of our leaders have nothing in common with alleviating poverty; on the contrary, their aim is to make life unlivable for true Nigerians. ( Continues below….. )

Workers at work in a Nigerian oil rig

Photo Above: Workers at work in a Nigerian oil rig

There are several Nigerian graduates with every qualification and proof for success, but the government would prefer to work with those who bought their certificates, who drank and slept their ways through college, as advisors. If Nigeria is not safe and fit for Nigerian investments, which country would you expect to come in to invest? If the Nigerian government agrees to partner in a venture which would gulp our billions of dollars in other to provide thousands of jobs for citizens of another country, who would provide jobs for Nigerians? As it is now, another news has come out from the government, denying any involvement with the Indonesian plot. Then it’s a joke, just like the Somalia joke; only, let’s watch out how this joke becomes another incurable disease against Nigerians. ( Continues below..... )

Nigerians queue up to buy fuel at a filling station

Photo Above: Nigerians queue up to buy fuel at a filling station.

A bishop once called Nigerians: a “suffering and smiling” people; Pastor Tunde Bakare said that Nigerians are idiots ruled by fools, that “it takes idiots to be ruled by fools.” My question is: how elastic can Nigerians get? Has our elastic limit, our patience, our indifference not exceeded? Whose duty is it to tell the leaders to stop or step aside? Kerosene has long become a rich man’s privileges in Nigeria, and one would budget specially for petrol while he budgets for a car; what then shall the ongoing “fuel subsidy removal” do to Nigerians? ( Continues below..... )

Pastor Tunde Bakare

Photo Above: Pastor Tunde Bakare

Crimes grow with unimaginable rates in Nigeria simply because no one remembers his duties to the leaders of this country, which duties include, first and foremost, calling them to order. Nigerians would prefer to become and remain individual thieves than to task the government to do what is right. It’s no progress, no one should celebrate; it’s a generational decay. I put it to you that a country with highly corrupt leadership yields nothing but highly corrupt businessmen, schools, religious leaders, relationships, children, and future.

Until and unless Nigerians learn to live a true life, ours shall be worse than Sodom and Gomorrah. The labor union is a collateral damage. Only a mass call: from schools to markets, from labor union to teachers; from hospitals to lawyers and from religious places to mothers for A Sovereign National Conference would help the future we all are trying very hard to build and protect today. He who believes in God and reads that “sin is a reproach to any nation” but goes ahead to develop his personal fraudulent abilities as means to overcome the government callousness, instead of standing up, risking what has forever been risked, and shouting a big No to the government, such a man deceives his soul. A man has lost every excuse who does not strife to obey.

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

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*Nigeria: Re: Anambra - This is Utterly Contemptible

By Valentine Obienyem

I must confess that I have not been a fan of Mr.Tude Fagbenle. A friend of mine brought my attention to his last piece entitled Anambra: This is Utterly Contemptible. I decided to react not because of what he wrote against me; I have since taken falsehoods against me as part of the hazards of my position in consideration of the peculiar nature of our State. However, because of what he wrote about the Government of Anambra State, there is every need to set the records straight.

While reading the article, I remembered a phone call which I had received from a columnist friend of mine to the effect that Dr. Okey Ndibe is reaching out and indeed recruiting his friends who are column writers to deal ‘a crushing blow on’ on me , that is to utterly destroy me for exposing his lies and impropriety against the best from Anambra State in Saharareporters that he owns with Sowore. As usual, I laughed, comforted by Napoleon’s sister, Catherine, who said that the sound of the cannon was neither new nor unpleasant to the ears of the Bonaparte. My friends told me that Fagbenle is so principled a writer that Okey could not have reached out to somebody like him and that he probably wrote out of conviction. As usual with my reactions, I do not like crossing swords with people; I explain to them, especially when they appear to be uninformed or plainly misinformed, which is the case here. ( Continues below..... )

Okey Ndibe

Photo Above: Okey Ndibe

If you read Okey’s pieces, you will notice that in a year, he has written not less than 15 articles directly on Governor Obi or he would use one or two paragraphs in articles that are not on the Gov to behead him with his scimitar. What baffles me is that 99 per cent of what he writes about him are usually pure, unadulterated falsehoods. One common thing about these pieces is that he often couches them in words a Fagbenle will not dare use to describe a fellow Nigerian not to talk of a Governor! He has become so obsessed that he extends his falsehoods to anybody or anything that has to do with Governor Obi or any person who challenges his mentor who is still warming up to contest the Governorship of Anambra State in spite of many failed attempts in the past. If he is looking for a way to project him, why does he not question the leadership of the Senate why it has not found him fit to chair any Senate Committee.

“Emulating the Lagos Fashola phenomenon, Peter, without fanfare or air of self-importance, built kilometres upon kilometres of roads, constructed canals against floods, built hospitals, and generally improved the quality of life of the masses. By general acclaim, no governor of Anambra State before him had come close to achieving so much in so short a time.” No matter how unbalanced one may perceive Fagbenle’s article to be, the above quoted lines have redeemed it. Elsewhere, Fagbenle wrote: “First term of four years behind him and now into a second term, news coming out from Anambra distresses. Obi, I’m told, has not only shown signs of tiredness, even nonchalance, with the challenges of governance, Anambra is falling back into a state of disrepair. Many who were with him at the start are deserting him.”

Let me remind Fagbenle that Gov. Obi became Governor before his soul mate and fellow action Governor, Fashola. I will leave it at readers’ discretion to determine who, logically, is emulating another. Local politicians running around in Anambra State, whose idea of climbing up the rungs of political ladder is to pull others down, are among those spreading falsehoods, but what is critical is what the masses of Anambra people genuinely feel about their Governor. ( Continues below..... )

Anambra State Governor Peter Obi

Photo Above: Governor Peter Obi

Those out in Abuja are aware that the man does not sleep while running around for the good of the State. He meets everybody that could help the State, even those his status dictates that he should not meet. We are here talking about a Governor who often travels to Abuja and elsewhere alone because he wants to conserve funds for the State. It may sound incredible, but most times he travels to Abuja and comes back the same day to reduce expenses and attend to affairs at home. Those in Abuja must have taken note of his passion for the State and his commitment to Nigeria by drafting him into one Committee or the other. It is not for nothing, and certainly not a sign of dwindling performance, that the President named him an Honorary Adviser on Finance and a member of the Presidential Economic Monitoring Team. When other Igbos are pleased with Obi’s leadership style which led other Governors of the South-East to insist he remains the Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum which hitherto rotated among the Governors, people like Okey would scheme for him to be removed. Why do they delight in creating war situation where there is none? But it is unfortunate that unlike the good example by the Fagbenles of this world who project their best, the likes of Okey Ndibe are more interested in drawing their own back.

If you judge the Government of Obi by what Okey writes, you will throw pure water at him for non-performance. He has consistently called the Governor a propagandist, without showing one example of what he said he did that he did not do. Let me assure you that the man has done more in his second term than he did in his first term. Is it not in the second tenure that he built the second Phase of the imposing State Secretariat; the imposing Second Business Park at Onitsha; many bridges such as Otuku at Umueze-Anam (completed), Umuodu (completed), Ogbonabo (nearing completion), Ebenebe (nearing completion), Okpu Bridge (on-going); procured new set of machinery to maintain Anambra roads; started the building of the permanent site of the State University at Igbariam with perimeter fencing covering seven Kilometers, and the erection, nearing completion, of Senate building, Faculties of Management and Agriculture; supplied computers, provided school buses, boreholes and Internet facilities to secondary schools in the State; completed block of five classrooms in each of the 177 towns in the State and commencing same number very soon in the second phase; built 7 out of 15 imposing buildings at the new teaching hospital such as the Pharmacology building, the College of Medicine building, the Laboratory, the Pathology/Mortuary buildings; given over 100 patrol vehicles to the police and other communication gadgets, One can go on and on. Certainly this is not a sign of dwindling performance. ( Continues below..... )

Anambra State Governor Peter Obi

Photo Above: Governor Obi's high performance score symbolized on photo
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Away from infrastructure, I respectfully invite Mr. Fagbenle to note that in spite of what Obi is doing, he has not borrowed a kobo or raised bond since he became the Governor; instead he is strategically saving billions for the State. Those same people some of us want to compare him with, borrowed hundreds of billions of Naira to financial institutions. Not that he is averse to borrowing, but he wants to do so only when it is imperative to so do and with bankable projects, too. When he became Governor, pensioners were owed almost for 18 months, he has cleared that. It was in his second tenure that he cleared the arrears of gratuities owned since ten years ago. He spent over six Billion Naira on this! Today, retirees get their gratuities two months of their retirement.

If you are in touch with Okey, call him. I assure you that like other destructive critics, he does not know the details of the labour crisis in Anambra. The Governor does not owe doctors, but they are demanding increased payment. The Governor has offered to pay 50 per cent of their demands but they will have none of that. Lagos State had the same experience. In the area of minimum wage, the Governor paid that in August, by adding 10,000 Naira to all level of workers – a move which no state in the East and West, perhaps excepting Lagos has done and yet workers went on strike. When they gathered for the strike and poured vituperations on the Governor in a language fit for common criminals, Okey celebrated it! Today, they have called off the strike without achieving anything. Does this not tell you that they were out to destabilise the Government? One of the labour leaders in the State, Mr. Patrick Obiayo even asked Anambra elders that intervened to go to hell (Daily Independent of October 5th). He has been attacking all notable people from Anambra State that one way or the other identified with Obi or are planning to contest against his mentor. This was how he attacked the internationally revered Chief Emeka Anyaoku (Sun of 27th September), because he commended Gov. Obi. He has also vilified Prof. Dora Akunyili, Soludo, among others. If he could open his poisonous tongue against Anyaoku and Akunyili on the pages of newspapers, why do you think he will spare anybody? He has lost the sense of respect and decorum. ( Continues below..... )

Valentine Obienyem

Photo Above: Valentine Obienyem

It was in this second tenure that Obi attracted a fortune 500 company, SABmiller to start building what will become the biggest brewery in Nigeria in Anambra State in what represents the biggest foreign direct investment into the country (120,000 Million Dollars). Ask other South-West Governors how they healthily contested Gov. Obi on the facility coming to Anambra as each wanted it for his State. As I write, the Governor is off to South Africa to persuade another big company that had already visited Anambra but lost hope because of useless internal politics of people asking them to distance themselves from Anambra and most likely the type of bile-studded articles of Okey Ndibe, that all is well with the State. Certainly, this is not a symptom of dwindling productivity.

Let me take the liberty of this space to give Mr. Fagbenle an example of Okey’s typical criticisms against Obi. In one of his columns, he described the imposing new teaching hospital Obi is constructing as not fit to host prisoners. Let me apologise I am divulging a private conversation here, but Prof. Elochukwu Amucheazi told me that the moment he read that, that he lost all respects for Okey. If he is your friend, tell him that he had done violence to himself. His writings only exude sadism and pessimism.

 General Out Patient Dept Section View

Photo Above: Section View - General Out-Patient Dept., University Teaching Hospital, Amaku, Anambra State, Nigeria – One of the several buildings at the Teaching Hospital complex established by Obi’s government.
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Let me give one more example of how Okey reaches at the truth. In one of his write -ups, he said I was the one caught with 200 Million Naira in Lagos. The truth of the matter has since been established, but I was nowhere near the scene, I only got into Lagos later in the evening. If am interested in millions as damages, I will simply sue him.

As for some people deserting Obi, let me tell Mr. Fagbenle that Pini Jason was never part of his Government, I only call him now and then for guidance which Okey could not offer me. Obi is perhaps the Governor with the longest lasting Cabinet in Nigeria. He is still working with same Cabinet for close to six years. Some members of that Cabinet found to be wanting have been forced to resign, about two resigned on their own after getting other offers. One was promised a higher post and was lured to resign, by the time he begged the Governor to come back, it was late.

Finally, Dear Mr.Fagbenle, ask yourself why Saharareporters carry anti-Obi articles without taking our responses. Okey is a co-owner and it is not my fault if in the process of pursuing the Governor for nothing they went all out against prominent sons of the State.

Obienyem wrote this piece from Awka, Anambra

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10/17/11

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*Anambra State Tour - Amaku University Teaching Hospital Report
[ Masterweb Team Report On Amaku University Teaching Hospital Project ]

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Amaku University Teaching Hospital was the first project visited by Masterweb Team during her tour on August 25, 2011 of projects by Governor Peter Obi’s government. Our team described the institution as a bouquet of flowers in the horizon; that was how they saw it from afar before realizing it was the target of their project visit. The structures amazingly interlocked into rainbows of gracefully intertwined flowery colours that displayed architectural creativity. The external paintings of the buildings backboned the architectural flowery aura. Glory to God for the architectural designers of the hospital project who unraveled structural and landscape wonders in Amaku, a village needing all the hopes for good health and growth into an urban city.

Work is still in progress at Amaku University Teaching Hospital as more buildings are under construction in fulfillment of Governor Obi’s dream for a high rated teaching hospital in the community. Completed buildings were all above standard both in and out. Our team walked through these building and found none to be sub-standard, a determination which our statistical comparative analysis supported.

The Chief Medical Director of Amaku University Teaching Hospital told our team that they have a masterpiece blueprint for a complete landscaping of the hospital grounds with lawns, hedges, trees and flowers for the beautification of the premises once all building structures are completed.

Below are pictures our team took at Amaku University Teaching Hospital:-

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 General Out Patient Dept

Photo Above: General Out-Patient Dept., University Teaching Hospital, Amaku, Anambra State, Nigeria.
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 General Out Patient Dept Section View

Photo Above: Section View - General Out-Patient Dept., University Teaching Hospital, Amaku, Anambra State, Nigeria.
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 Doctors Quarters

Photo Above: Doctors Quarters - University Teaching Hospital, Amaku, Anambra State, Nigeria.
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 Chief Medical Director and Anambra Commissioner of Health

Photo Above: Dr.Lawrence Ikeakor, Chief Medical Director of Amaku University Teaching Hospital (Left) & Prof. Linus Ilika, Anambra Commissioner of Health (Right) pose for photo in front of the General Out-Patient Dept. Building after interview by Masterweb team.
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 A nurse lectures a group of young mothers

Photo Above: Inside the General Out-Patient Department, a nurse lectures a group of young mothers. *Young mother to the extreme right diverts attention to Masterweb team taking their photo.
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In a few days, we will publish our report on Anambra State Ultra Modern Fire Service Headquarters & State Emergency Management Complex, Awka.

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10/15/11

*Nigeria: Giving Fuel Subsidy A Bad Name

By Kali Gwegwe

I have, over the last twenty-four months written severally on the need for government to maintain the current fuel subsidy regime. My main argument has been that Nigeria’s socio-economic framework is still too fragile to absorb whatever shock that may arise from further increases in the pump price of petroleum products. I am not unaware of the fact that the income and welfare of Nigerians have not improved for a long time.

As at March 2009, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) reported that about 10m Nigerians were unemployed. This figure is disputable. It reported a mere 19.7 employment rate. Sadly, unemployment has continued to be on a steady rise in the country owing to a number of critical factors. The volume of economic expansion has not been robust enough to correct the causes of growing unemployment in the country. Some of the major factors contributing to high unemployment figures are pandemic corruption in private and public sectors, high cost of doing business, poor power system, insecurity, lack of access to financing, high interest rate, and dilapidated public infrastructure among others. All of these have in turn helped to promote the negative culture of poverty, hunger, crime, disease, and underdevelopment.

It was in the midst of this sad reality that Goodluck Jonathan contested and won the 2011 presidential election. For one very simple reason, Nigerian masses wholeheartedly welcomed with both hands, the transformational agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan. It was aimed at alleviating the long time suffering of more than 60% of the nation’s population that literally sell their own blood in order to provide food, clothing, housing, transportation, education, and health care for members of their families. ( Continues below….. )

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria (2010 - present)

The transformational agenda started well with a “zero tolerance for corruption” posture. For the first time, a large cache of “untouchables” were arrested and docked for issues bothering on graft. Deliberate efforts are also being made by government to diversify the nation’s economy through practical steps to discontinue our reliance on the unpredictable revenue from oil and gas. Another highpoint of the transformational agenda of the Jonathan-led administration is the renewed vigour towards fixing the very important power sector through increased funding and other complimentary instruments and policies. To crown it all, government found it wise to increase the basic salaries of workers after coming to the realization that the nation’s present socio-economic framework was too weak to support majority of households in the country meet their statutory obligations.

Owing to the ignoble activities of a few but powerful persons working with foreign collaborators, four of the nation’s refineries located in Rivers, Delta, and Kaduna States were systematically sabotaged in order to promote a needless fuel importation business. As the world’s sixth largest producer of crude oil, we have no reason to import petroleum products at all. As a matter of fact, Nigeria is importing petrol and kerosene today because government has lost the battle of “will” to a tiny group of people that feed on the common blood of Nigerians. Instead of going after these enemies of the nation, government is being stampeded into harassing hapless citizens through the arrogant attempts to remove fuel subsidy. ( Continues below..... )

Nigerians queue up to buy fuel at a filling station

Photo Above: Nigerians queue up to buy fuel at a filling station.

Signs suggesting that government have lost the soul of the nation to a small clan of greedy and heartless Nigerians and their foreign accomplices emerged when the governor of the Central Bank, Mallam Lamido Sanusi called for the immediate withdrawal of fuel subsidy shortly after resuming office. His major plank of argument was that only a “tiny cabal” was benefiting from the huge subsidy paid by government. I strongly disagree with Sanusi’s opinion. It is quite regrettable that the CBN governor will in a cheap attempt to push his opinion through, dismiss and bury the fact that millions of Nigerians benefit from the subsidy government pay on petroleum products. For the few people like him that does not dip hands into their bottomless pockets to buy petrol, he may find it convenient to deny the benefits of fuel subsidy. This kind of attitude displays the mien of the average top government official.

The truth is that, there are millions of Nigerians, including bus/taxi drivers, small scale enterprises, Okada riders, hair dressers, restaurateurs, hoteliers, and even religious organizations that save about N90 for every liter of petrol they buy. No person or amount of propaganda can drown this fact in a pool of insensitivity of a few well-heeled government officials. A lie will always remain a lie, no matter who tells it. This clarification is very important because of the high amount of respect President Jonathan has for his aides and other top government functionaries.

Sometimes, government officials acting the script of third parties can deliberately give counsels that will put their principals in problem. The president should therefore take heed of this and ignore any policy that will put more holes in the pockets of ordinary Nigerians. In everything, let him stand with the masses. Events around the globe have shown that power actually belongs to the masses. I am tempted to believe that the enemies of Nigerian democracy (they are many) will take advantage of the expected uproar that will greet the removal of fuel subsidy next year to incite the masses to ask for the resignation of the president. These are some of the reasons why the president must be very cautious with the suggestions he receives from his advisers, ministers, and other top government functionaries. ( Continues below….. )

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

Photo Above: Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

The unilateral position of Sanusi concerning the removal of fuel subsidy was emboldened by the coming of Dr. Okonjo-Iweala as the Minister Finance in August, 2011. She too has been in the forefront of calls for the removal of fuel subsidy. I am not surprised owing to her background as a senior World Bank staff. The World Bank is a tool used by the West to promote and protect their economy. Unknown to many, the economic independence of Africa will be a threat to the West. They will hide behind any veil to destabilize the continent’s polity and economy. Some of these veils include Austerity Measures, Structural Adjustment Program, and Currency Devaluation.

Currently, attention has been shifted to the National Assembly. The minister of Finance is investing so much energy trying to convince the legislators on the need to remove fuel subsidy. Let them not be deceived by paper logic. Governance is more of a practical thing than paper logic. They should not be swayed by the beautiful pictures Okonjo-Iweala usually paints about Europe and America. If Nigerian workers earns as much as their contemporaries in those countries, nobody will complain about buying fuel even at N200 per liter.

Sadly, the latest call for the removal of fuel subsidy came from the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF). According to its chairman and governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi; the fuel subsidy was enriching only a few people. I strongly condemn the series of lapses that have led to Nigeria becoming a petrol-import-dependent country. However, there is no way those who import petroleum products will not make profit. It is the huge profits these importers make that cause Sanusi and Amaechi to argue that only a tiny number of Nigerians are enjoying the benefits of fuel subsidy. This is a very faulty way to analyze issues and draw conclusion. It will be too wrong for government to sacrifice Nigerian masses just to “fight” those who milk Nigeria through the subsidy they receive from importing petroleum products to service the high demands in the local market. ( Continues below..... )

Nigeria Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Photo Above: Nigeria Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

There is also this suspicion that some persons and companies involved in the importation of petroleum products do collaborate with some government officials to engage in sharp practices that is costing the country trillions of Naira. There are also cases of smuggling of petroleum products out of the country. All of the factors enumerated above are reasons why the CBN governor, NGF, and minister of finance want fuel subsidy removed. If our refineries are working at optimum capacity, we would have no reason to import fuel and spend huge amount on subsidies. The Nigerian masses should not be forced to pay for the inefficiencies of government officials and organizations.

One fact that has emerged clearly from all the calls for the removal of fuel subsidy points to one direction. The nation’s fiscal policy formulators and advisers do not have regard for the Nigerian masses. They are therefore easily persuaded to take a pro-elitist stand each time the need for national transformation arises. In fact, they see the masses as inconsequential in the greater Nigerian Project. This is one strong reason why President Jonathan must be quick to dismiss whatever idea or suggestion that will cause him not to stand with the masses.

It is also a huge fact that the nation’s policy formulators, special advisers, and senior special assistants to the president are either lazy or ran out of ideas. The only option left for them is to take hold of the jugular of hapless masses by rooting for the removal of fuel subsidy. They see it as a short cut to fixing the nation’s frail socio-economic framework. Like I have suggested elsewhere, the phase has come for government to make the affluent bear the burden of nation’s transformational agenda for the first time in the history of the country. Since independence in 1960, it has been the suffering masses that carry the burden of the nation’s political and economic experimentations. ( Continues below..... )

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Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing some major cities, including the Federal capital (Abuja or FCT)

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 liter of fuel at N150. 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.”

Instead of strangulating the poor and hapless masses to raise additional money to service the nation’s socio-economic framework, 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.

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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*Nigerian Arrested By Indian Police For Assault At Nigerian Embassy

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Iloagusi Colleens Chidubem, a Nigerian resident in India, was on Wednesday arrested by Indian police for assault at the Nigerian embassy in New Delhi. Chidubem allegedly hit Mohammed Hussain, a senior official at the embassy with a stone on the head. An Indian police officer speaking to the press said: "We received a complaint from the Nigerian high commission and have registered a case. We are investigating the matter."

According to the First Information Report (FIR), Mohammad Hussain was on Tuesday, October 11 informed by security at the embassy that someone wanted to see the High Commissioner. Hussain stepped out to meet the visitor who identified himself as Iloagusi Colleens Chidubem, but was forced to call the police after Chidubem became aggressive. According to Hussain in the FIR, the embassy offered the accused Rs 500 ($10.20) after he said he had not eaten anything all day long and told him to go home. The embassy called the police after Chidubem refused to leave the embassy according to Hussain's statement. The police forced Chidubem to leave the embassy. ( Continues below..... )

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Chidubem came back the following day, October 12 and again demanded to see the High Commissioner and a scuffle broke out between him and the security guards. According to Hussain in the FIR, he spoke to Chidubem over the phone but could not understand him as he spoke Igbo (a local dialect in Nigeria). That prompted Hussain to come out to meet the accused who hit him on the head with a stone. The guards overpowered and detained him until police arrived to arrest him.

A First Information Report (FIR) is a written statement or report prepared by the police in India, Japan and Pakistan when they are contacted with information on the commission of a cognizable offence. It is called the First Information Report because it is a report of information that reaches the police first in point of time of the commission of a cognizable offence. It is a complaint lodged with the police orally, in writing or by phone by victims of cognizable offences, or by someone representing them.

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*Nigeria: Anambra TUC’s Suspension Of Strike Gladdens Hearts
( A Joint Statement By Intersociety, CLO & Human Rights Club )

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(Onitsha Nigeria, 8th October, 2011)-The announcement by the Anambra State leadership of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria and its affiliate bodies on Friday, 7th of October, 2011, of the suspension of the three-week long strike action embarked upon by the Anambra State organized labour leaderships, is a welcome development- said the leaderships of Intersociety, CLO & Human Rights Club in their joint statement issued in Onitsha today. “The Peter Okafor-led TUC deserves commendation for seeing reasons with the 5million people of Anambra State on the need to embrace dialogue and save the Anambra children from the hands of the world of crime, propelled by idleness”-says Intersociety. “The commendable action of the TUC should be emulated by the Patrick Obianyor-led Anambra NLC. The strike action ab initio is unwarranted and appears to be politically motivated and ill conceived”-says CLO. “The Anambra TUC clearly saw the hand-writing on the wall and retreated wisely to avoid facing the wrath of the Anambra public opinion, which weighed heavily against the strike action clearly rooted on wrong premise”-says Human Rights Club.

We have also been vindicated by the unfolding developments. It is becoming clearer day by day that the strike action ought not to have been embarked upon because the minimum wage implementation did not cause it. The State Labour leadership is even more confused by not knowing why it embarked upon the strike action ab initio. It initially alleged that the strike action was as a result of the refusal of the Government of Anambra State to implement the National Minimum Wage, but when informed opinions ex-rayed both government and labour positions and found the labour stance too hard, it reprobated and re-christened the strike “salary relativity” or “demand for a general review of salaries across board for workers in the senior reaches of civil service”. It also formulated-“the demand that salary increases and allowances granted by federal government to its workers before the minimum wage came into force be extended to the State workforce”. Those affected by the former are about 30 permanent secretaries and directors, who were also provided with a lot of incentives including brown new vehicles (permanent secretaries) and retirement gratuities paid two months after retirement.

It is our firm warning that the Social Contract obligations must never be compromised on the altar of over bloated workers wage bills. Time is running out for the State NLC Leadership to put off its unwarranted and unpopular strike action and embrace constructive dialogue.

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Photo Above: Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Intersociety, 41, Miss Elems Street, Fegge, Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria.

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*Suspension of Anambra Workers’ Strike: Intersociety Advises State Govt & Labour

By Intersociety

(Onitsha Nigeria, 13th October 2011)-On 8th of October, 2011, we (Intersociety, CLO & Human Rights Club) reacted to the suspension of the strike action by the State leadership of the Trade Union Congress, an umbrella body for senior civil servants by tasking the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress, an umbrella body for junior civil servants to follow suit and embrace dialogue so as to avoid incurring the consequences of the Anambra public opinion, which weighed heavily against the continuation of the strike action because of substantial fulfilment by the Government of Anambra State, of the Labour’s minimum wage demands. And on 12th of October, 2011, the leadership of the NLC suspended its three-week strike action, agreed on further negotiation with its employers- the Government of Anambra State and gave it three weeks to resolve other outstanding issues pertaining to the industrial dispute.

While we (the leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law) commend the Government and the Labour for shifting grounds, we particularly commend the intervention of the national leadership of the NLC, which substantially made the suspension of the strike action possible. Before the intervention of the NLC national leadership, the State leadership of the Labour appeared to have allowed itself and its demands hijacked by some overzealous politicians, who derive joy in seeing the State grounded to a halt, all in the name of “playing politics”. Apart from rallies at Aroma Junction, the NLC businesses appeared to have been shifted to a private hotel owned by one of the overzealous politicians. Reports of constant visits to the hotel by key Labour leaders in the State during the strike filtered in ceaselessly. He who fetches ant-infested fire-woods, they say, unconditionally invite lizards for unsolicited labour. But for the intervention of the national leadership of the NLC, the Anambra Labour leaders appeared to have found themselves in a point of “no return”, in the hands of the overzealous politicians, who are believed to have hijacked them as well as the unwarranted strike action for parochial political reasons. On the other hand, State organized labour has done nothing to make private firms, whose status fit into the spirit and letters of the 2011 National Minimum Wage Act to implement the wage for their workers. While workers working for those private firms continue to be paid peanuts, the Labour leadership in the State appeared to be interested only in making the Government to comply with the Act so as to benefit them only.

As Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State revealed recently (see Vanguard Newspaper of 13th October 2011 , under a caption: “Is Lagos State Still Working?”), the full implementation of the new minimum wage and footing the monthly bills of the State’s political appointees are a serious threat to the social services delivery. In the State, according to him, it would take between N5.5Billion and N7Billion a month to pay the Lagos State’s 50.000 workers and her political appointees, out of the State’s N18Billion to N20Billion monthly revenue receipts, or 40% of her total monthly earnings. That is for a State like Lagos that has a bountiful revenue generation base! What about States with lean purses? Any day the spirit and letters of the Social Contract are flouted by the governing authorities, anarchy and lawlessness become the second nature of our societal habitation. In Anambra State, out of her N3Billion federal monthly average revenue receipts as well as her paltry N450Million to N500Million IGR monthly earnings, her 15.000 workers as well as her hundreds-fold political appointees are taking up to N2.3Billion every month to service themselves, leaving little remainder for the owners of the government-Anambra People.

But unlike other States with almost dry revenue sources other than federally generate-able revenues, chiefly from oil and gas, Anambra revenue sources (i.e. IGR) are badly managed, corrupted and under-developed. One major merit of the Minimum Wage brouhaha is that it will serve as a wakeup call to the managers of the Government of Anambra State to overhaul her IGR collection machinery. That a State with monthly IGR potentials of, at least, N5Billion still generates N450Million to N500Million monthly is very sad and worrying. A number of radical measures must be taken by the Government of Anambra State to remedy the ugly situation if she is to sustain the tempo of the badly needed social developments including building and effective maintenance of key infrastructures. Some of these measures are effective or proactive overhauling of the State cabinet and her revenue generation machinery as well as re-organization, upgrading or computerization of her civil service.

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Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman, BOT
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*Nigeria: Who Dreads Biafra The Most? Search Yourselves

By Ikechukwu Enyiagu

Biafra is the only pillar holding “contract Nigeria” to its foundation; the single hand carrying Nigeria. Did I hear your opinion differ? It’s all clear-even as every second ticks by. Biafra remains the biggest nightmare which torments the beds of every heart and hand which holds Nigerians together in modern slavery. Biafra is the Karma of evil doers in Nigeria, the repercussions of years of selfishness which breeds wickedness and callousness. Ask yourselves: “who dreads Biafra the most, who really feels more vulnerable at the sound of this great name?" Only in answering that shall you truthfully come to terms with the depths of your wickedness and the superficiality of this country called Nigeria; perhaps you could save what you have left of yourselves. Without Ndigbo, Nigeria would quickly decay like a corpse refrigerated for centuries. If your opinion, however, differs from this truth, and you believe that Nigeria will suddenly wake up from its dead bed once Biafra comes, then speak to your peoples; gather your leaders and speak with one voice, saying: “Nigeria will get well when the Igbos leave”. Let your convictions be heard just as mine is-all over the world. It doesn’t matter how many accusations have been labeled against Ndigbo, Ojukwu, or/and Biafra, it holds no sand if every accusing finger in Nigeria continually points towards South-East; Biafra remains both the dread of Nigerian leaders, and the hope of Nigerians. Biafra is the freedom that will break the Nigeria bondage and set Nigerians free. Ndigbo are now home to the many names anyone would conceive of calling us, these make us stronger. Igbos love money, Ok; Ndigbo claim to be the wisest, hmmm; Igbos are wicked, I see; their land is landlocked, really? They want Biafra yet they have nothing apart from trade, tell me something; everyone knows that Igbos do not go to school, I’m listening; Igbos cannot unite, really? In a fruitless attempt to shut out the blaring truth, every hand rises to answer the Igbo question; yet the obvious most important but unanswered question after all these still remains: why do Nigerians then dread the Biafran state? Why has the federal government of Nigeria done everything to oppose this, including killing innocent people and setting the guilty ones free? And why do people from a particular location cry out in protest when Biafra is mentioned, as if their mother is about to be taken away from them? Patriotism is ruled out. The obvious answer to this is simple: Biafra carries Nigeria, Ndigbo are the only single pillar keeping Nigeria in its place. ( Continues below..... )

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Photo Above: Map of Defunct Republic of Biafra

Blood is the only highest sacrifice and atonement. If anyone would easily discard the Nigerian genocide against Ndigbo, and would think it incomprehensible that, after fifty-one (51) years, Igbos would still be talking about and advancing the Biafran agenda, let him cut a part of his body and enjoy watching his blood drip down to his feet. If anyone considers the blood of millions of Igbos shed on Igbo soil simply because they said they preferred freedom to slavery, let him offer himself to Boko Haram as atonement for whatever. The blood of Abel still speaks to this day against all Cain, against all those who killed their brothers when they should protect them. The blood of Biafrans slain still speaks and demands complete justice. Every blood unjustly dropped demands total justice; it speaks vengeance and vengeance shall it get. It’s true that the blood of Jesus speaks better things and has legally paid for all; however, it does not speak for those who work at cross-purposes with its divine purpose. These are why it’s still amazing how those who claim to be the leaders of Nigeria do not know the simplest truth about this blood which runs in every vein; blood is thicker than water and nothing can ever cut its divine flow. Any leader in Nigeria who waves away the lives wasted in the genocide is simply ignorant of the most important of all matters; whoever calls himself a leader in Nigeria but is deeply convinced that the genocide should be left in 1967-1970 is simply blinder than a physically blind man. The likes of Nigerian senate president, David Mark, who sings the song of “Nigeria will not divide” are the chains binding Nigerians together. He can’t manage his home yet he wants to be the king of slaves. He is a man of no insight who thinks that that the foundation he gives his house, wife and children has no bearing to their future. He is such a man that lacks the basic understanding of the word, “Unity.” Yet he is exulted to a position he knows nothing about apart from doing what they know best. Nigeria disintegrated before you joined politics, Honorable Mark; and all you have done your entire life is destroy Nigerians-those you were chosen to protect and develop. The fact that you have never touched the real issues facing Nigeria but goes on to in your wishful thinking of a country which has become your gold mine disqualified you as a leader-even in the ward level. You should respectfully resign. You ought to come down from your high horse and face your worst fear: Biafra will go and you will pay for your arrogance. Nigeria is a stalemate; everyone knows this. Every Nigerian deeply believes this. Rebranding of Nigeria, borrowing of billions of dollars by the government only to embezzle them amongst themselves and then praise itself for paying it up from the federal purse, or any such steps would no longer be accepted. Nigeria has remained a stalemate since 1970. The problems of Nigeria lie more in the denial of the mistakes of the war than in the consequences of the legalized and celebrated certificate of corruption which qualifies Nigerian politicians for leadership. The constant arrogant incognizance feigned by the Nigerian government to the mistakes of the war is the strongest key which has tightly locked up “project Nigeria.” But uniformed people generally dread change just as unrepentant Nigeria dreads Biafra. However change is one word which is constant; change never changes. Change must come. Every wise man prepares himself for eventualities, kings know that no mortal is immortal; change comes to all. Not every tree produces, some do not. However, every tree which produces is pruned for more production, while the one occupying space for nothing is removed to give space for those that produce. Nigeria, as a tree, was planted. It has not produced a single desire of any true farmer. Therefore, it shall not escape its place in the fire; it must give way for true advancement. And everyone also sees this and agrees to this, but somehow, fear- deep rooted fear- grips the wicked. ( Continues below..... )

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Photo Above: Biafran Flag

Why are you afraid of Biafra? Who is the most afraid in Nigeria of a sovereign state called Biafra: is it the Yorubas, the Ijaws, Efiks, Ibibio; those from Benin, or perhaps, the Hausas? Who truly has everything to lose, who is afraid of the dark? Which man dreads to run his own home? Which tribe hates Ndigbo the most but secretly fears their extinction without Biafra? Citizenship is not by compulsion, no one has the right to compel the other into becoming a part of an unfruitful, (or fruitful, for that matter) country. The Yorubas can comfortably stand on their own if they choose to advance Odua; the Niger Delta have a right to theirs if they so choose, a Benin Kingdom has been a long dream of some fathers; the Hausa have ways for sustenance and progress. It’s rightly so because every land is blessed. Nigeria has fallen apart; nevertheless, somehow, it is becoming increasing obvious that some parts of Nigeria would prefer eternal darkness and damnation than letting Igbos go. Jacob (Israel) was cheated twice while he served for Rachel, the love of his heart. Yet he endured another season. However a time came for him to gather all he had for the next journey, and he sought for his merited rights to leave Laban and move on. But Laban cried and begged him, saying: "If I have found favor in your eyes, please stay. I have learned by divination that the LORD has blessed me because of you." Those words did not keep Jacob from his destiny; nevertheless, it provided a ground for a peaceful separation between him and his uncle. Nigerians cannot bear letting Igbos go, yet they lack the manliness to confess the truths of Laban’s momentary vulnerability. This is the curse of Nigeria. ( Continues below..... )

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Photo Above: Map of Igboland (homeland of Ndigbo of Nigeria )

Who is more afraid of an Igbo-free Nigeria, which tribe feels more vulnerable without Ndigbo in Nigeria? Your confessions will help you to check your sources of vulnerability and prepare you for the inevitable. Your confession will help maintain good relationships even after everyone has retired to his home. And this confession will not be mumbled, it will be spoken openly and with conviction. But, whether Laban willingly or stingily frees Jacob on his way to meet with his God, Israel shall discover his real meaning and purpose. Just as it was said of Israel, I say of Biafra. Who dreads Biafra, who feels more vulnerable in Igbo’s absence than in their presence? Why do you complain of Igbo’s presence yet dread their absence? What are you hiding: your weakness, vulnerability, or perhaps, emptiness and fruitlessness without Igbo presence? Tell yourself the truth: it’s not about patriotism –such words died with the founding fathers, amongst whom were those openly doubtful. Face it: it’s your shame, your emptiness and irrelevance that you fear. And those who dread an Igbo-free Nigeria are undoubtedly those who killed Nigeria. They know themselves and they know that it’s too late for regrets. That’s why their seed has sprung up among them-a frightening, self-destroying tree. Yet Biafra is.

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*Nigeria Senate Hearing Fraud Alert
(A Press Statement By Intersociety Nigeria)

By Intersociety Nigeria

(Onitsha Nigeria, 10th October, 2011)-On Saturday, 8th day of October, 2011, at about 1.30pm, a mobile phone call came to Mr. Emeka Umeagbalasi. The Male caller, who did not disclose his name, said he was investigating the letter we addressed to the President & Commander-in-chief over the plight of the Nigeria Traffic Wardens in the hands of the Nigeria Police Force. He also said that he received the letter few minutes before the closure of work on Friday (07-10-2011), glanced at it, found it sympathetic and took it home. He requested Mr. Emeka Umeagbalasi and Mr. Justus Ijeoma, the two signatories to the letter, to come over to his house “immediately”, for one-on-one discussion on same. Mr. Emeka Umeagbalasi thanked him for his interest and sympathy and apologized to him for sounding too formal, owing to hash experiences recorded in the hands of the PSC Boss, Chief Parry Osayande two months ago. He informed the Senator that Intersociety operates from Onitsha Anambra State and not based in Abuja. The Senator insisted that we must find our way to Abuja latest on Sunday for one-on-one discussion, and that if it is possible for us to appear before the Senate Committee on Police Affairs on Monday (today), which he said he heads, based on the outcome of our private meeting with him, he could see to its fruition.

We, again, commended him for his special interest in the matter and made him to understand that apart from the need for a formal invitation to be given to us to appear, that the invitation was very impromptu and on a weekend too. He asked us to come to Abuja on Sunday and that he would attend 8am mass, after which he will wait for us, and that we can call him when we arrived Abuja even if it is 6pm. Having agreed on meeting him for one-on-one discussion, despite the extreme urgency, we hastily arranged for Mr. Justus Ijeoma, our head of publicity desk, to leave for Abuja by road Sunday morning. Because offices, including ours, closed on Friday, we could not put necessary things together, including informing the key personnel of the Nigeria Traffic Wardens, under whose authority we are championing the just cause. And because banks had closed, we had to borrow to offset our PUB Head travel, feeding and hotel bills for a night (Sunday against Monday). Senator Larry Igwe even told us, when we made a case for an invitation letter that because offices had closed, his committee’s secretary will be unable to prepare the invitation letter to us.

We succeeded in ferrying Mr. Justus Ijeoma to Abuja at a great risk so as to show our uttermost seriousness and to appreciate Senator Larry Igwe’s professed interest and sympathy in the matter. Our ground of sending him to Abuja was to meet the Senator one-on-one as he requested and to agree with him on a favourable date for our possible appearance before the Senator’s Committee, more so when he made it clear that key personnel of the TWS would also appear along with us. Before leaving for Abuja, the only means of reaching the Senator was his presumed dedicated cell phone number. Neither his residential address nor any other meeting or contact point was made available to us, except his Committee’s secretary’s cell phone number given to Mr. Justus Ijeoma on his insistence. As expected, Mr. Justus Ijeoma got to Abuja at about 2.30pm and rang the Senator’s cell phone number severally without success. Eventually, the Senator’s Committee secretary joined in the call attempts on his boss cell phone all to no avail. In the late evening, the Senator sent an SMS to Mr. Justus Ijeoma, asking us to meet him at the Senate Chambers on Monday (today) at 10am so as to appear before his Committee’s public hearing.

Based on the fact that the Senator did not keep to his promise and we did not intend to appear before the Committee because it was not part of why we sent Mr. Justus Ijeoma to Abuja, we asked Mr. Ijeoma to send an SMS to the Senator before returning to Onitsha, informing him of his inability to keep the private appointment with us for one-on-one discussion upon which a date of appearing before his Committee would have been arrived at. We also asked Mr. Justus Ijeoma to forward our address to the Senator and his Committee’s secretary to enable them invite us formally before the Committee and to give us a favourable date to enable us to prepare ourselves. Sadly and unfortunately, the Senator’s reply to Mr. Justus Ijeoma’s innocuous SMS is thus “if u fail to come today we equally in(form)Nigerians in writing that u make unfounded claim. Let me remind u that I am not ur house boy and don’t even have the right to visit me privately. If u like come, if u don’t, u can ignore and see the result after”. Mr. Justus Ijeoma’s SMS to the Senator is thus “Hello sir, we hoped to see you yesterday 4 one on one discussion as agreed b4 we left Anambra, but it wasn’t possible. We are not prepared to appear b4 your committee in such impromptu manner today. We are on our way back to Anambra. However, we hope to appear b4 the committee on a later date when formally invited. Please, accept assurances of our highest esteem. J.U.Ijeoma”.

We suspect reasonably that something is wrong somewhere! Yesterday, it was similar bitter experience in the hands of the PSC Boss, Chief Parry Osayande, today; it is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs. Not minding that we acted against our team of lawyers’ advice who advised that we must insist on being issued with an invitation letter whether such meeting is formal or private, we still honoured the private appointment without any official seal just to show our commitment and seriousness, yet our keeping to the appointment, which is very risky, is still not appreciated by the Senator. It appears that there is a serious gang up against the welfare of the personnel of the TWS from higher quarters, but we are undeterred come rain come shine! Our releasing this important statement is to alert the Senate President and Nigerians over this legislative overzealousness and demand that our right to fair hearing must not be tempered with by the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, headed by Senator Larry Igwe. As provided in Section 36 of the Constitution of Nigeria 1999 as amended, we, as well as the TWS must be allowed to present our just cause before any federal establishments concerned with this case including the Senate Committee on Police Affairs within the context of the reasonability of time. Any attempts to gag us will fail woefully. We call on Nigerians including the Senate President to prevail on the Senator Larry Igwe-led Senate Committee on Police Affairs not to see its legislative duties in parochial and selfish perspective but in public trust, equity and justice. What clearly prompted this statement is the Senator’s threat via his SMS to blackmail us by misinforming Nigerians of what really transpired. Nigerians should be very watchful of his threats and misinformation.

Signed:

Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman, BOT

Comrade Justus Ijeoma, Head, Publicity Desk

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Photo Above: Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Intersociety, 41, Miss Elems Street, Fegge, Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria.

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