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10/15/11

Permalink 10:39:00 am, by admin Email , 430 words   English (US) latin1
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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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Photo Above: Indian & Nigerian Flags [ Indian Flag-(left); Nigerian Flag-(right) ]

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.

The Nigeria High Commission in New Delhi, India can be reached by phone at +91-11-24122141 or +91-11-24122144 and by email at office@nigeriahcindia.com or nhcnder@vsnl.com

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10/14/11

Permalink 09:39:00 pm, by admin Email , 487 words   English (US) latin1
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*Nigeria: Anambra TUC’s Suspension Of Strike Gladdens Hearts
( A Joint Statement By Intersociety, CLO & Human Rights Club )

By Intersociety, CLO & Human Rights Club

(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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Emeka Umeagbalasi-Intersociety, Aloysius Attah-CLO, Samuel Njoku-Human Rights Club

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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.

Signed:

Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman, BOT
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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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10/13/11

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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..... )

Map of Defunct Republic of Biafra

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..... )

Biafran Flag

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..... )

 Map of Igboland

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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10/12/11

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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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*Re: Obienyem A Merchant of Lies

By Valentine Obienyem

I laughed to my heart’s contents as I read the above piece published by Dr. Okey Ndibe. He writes: “Last week, Mr. Obienyem wrote and distributed a piece titled ‘entitled’ {sic} “Anambra: May God Help Okey Ndibe!” in response to his piece. In his usual offensive language devoid of civility, he was at the crest of his curve pouring vituperations on the Governor. Though he poured it more on me, I do not care for he seems helpless in his penchant for vitriol. I am often worried when he speaks unrestrainedly about the Governor because it is not about Mr. Peter Obi, but about the exalted seat he occupies which Ndibe delights in desecrating.

Whenever I read the type of language he uses against eminent people of the State, I wonder at his lack of maturity. Okey went to school, (Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu), but what influence has that had on his life if he could be so petty and childish in his outbursts. If at his age, and supposedly exposure, he could write with such a cavalier contempt about constituted authority, we wonder if he understands what he is doing.

A distinguishing feature about Okey is to attack anything that has to do with Governor Obi like a frolicking puppy dog gamboling with children. If you recall, the world-revered Prof. Dora Akunyili was an object of his rabid attacks for identifying with Governor Obi, whom she calls “my Governor”. As part of activities celebrating Anambra @ 20 on the 27th of August, those that attended took a day to visit Obi’s projects and returned a common verdict that he remained the best thing to have happened to the State. Based on this, Okey disparaged Chief Emeka Anyaoku, one of those that commended the Governor, in his column of 27 September. If he could do this to these two illustrious Anambra citizens on the pages of the newspaper, why are you surprised over what he did to Igbo leaders on the site he jointly owned and manages with Sowore, Saharareporters? A Governor who does not have anything on ground cannot invite people to inspect his projects. Governor Adams Oshimohole did it with the Guild of Editors when they recently held their meeting in Edo Sate. Governor Godswill Akpabio did it when Akwa Ibom celebrated its 24th years of creation. Many Governors are doing it now – another innovation in governance introduced by Obi and embraced by those that are proud of their accomplishments.

Okey said that I ran Obi’s “Sordid Propaganda Machinery,” and described me as Obi’s “Man Friday.” I have done a long treatise on propaganda, but from what Okey writes, he is not interested in understanding its meaning. As for calling me "Obi’s Man Friday"' a term, which through strange odyssey that characterizes philology entered into English lexicon through Daniel Dafoe’s Robinson Crusoe, I do not actually know what he intended to achieve. If Man Friday is a faithful male assistant as I understand it, that is what I will remain to Obi until... I am not afraid of identifying with him. If you have been privileged to deal with him or serve him as I am doing, you will agree that the Governor is an institution. By daily contact with him, one, willy-nilly, gains wisdom by osmosis.

In my career progression, I have remained grateful to those that helped me climb the rungs in the ladder of life. As a young school leaver seeking admission into the University, I was Personal Assistant to Dr. Okey Ikechukwu. He mentored me when I was barely out of diapers. I cut my ‘journalistic’ tooth under him. I worked closely with him and when he had to move to Abuja, he took me along. When President Olusegun Obasanjo suddenly removed Chief Chukwuemeka Chikelu as the Minister of Information, we lost our jobs. But like a great man who suffered shipwreck and had all his property burnt but still confessed that he had lost nothing, counting on the intellect, we lost nothing. A week after that incident, a Senator approached me to come and be his Special Assistant but I declined. I confided that in Mallam Abukakar Jijiwa, who was just confirmed as the substantive Director General of the Voice of Nigeria(VON), who quickly signified interest to have me as his Special Assistant. I obliged for the man is whatever positive point one looks out for on people – courteous, affable, intelligent, and supremely humane.

The day I told him I was invited to join the Government of Mr. Peter Obi, he told me that he would certainly miss me, but that since the appointment was for my growth and development he offered me his prayers and said he was not entertaining any fears about me. Today, whenever Ikechukwu, a real intellectual and my mentor I am always proud of and with whom I always feel at home discussing metaphysical realities of death, eternity, being, the nuemenon and phenomenon as well as the unseen real and the unreal seen, he jokes: “Val, I have refrained from asking the Governor to pay me for having you, because no amount will pay for the services I am sure you will render to him .” Okey referred to me as lacking in intelligence, but I can go on and on, while apologizing for my immodesty, to tell him the schools I passed through to inquire what they think about me. His Parish Priest at St Matthew's Catholic Church, Amawbia, Fr. Jonas Okoye, was my teacher, he may wish to start from him. I do not intend to blow my own trumpet but since in his usual thoughtlessness, Okey has elected to put my character in question, I only helped him out.

“Thank God that Valentine Obienyem never made it to ordination as a priest.” In ancient Hebrew society that valued men, men would always thank God for making them in His own image; while women thanked Him also for making them according to His will. I thank God for taking me where I am today according to His will. Perhaps, I might have made a bad priest, I thank Divine Providence for making me whatever I am today. I hope Okey is satisfied. Let me even go further to tell him that my younger brother was in the Seminary too. Upon completing his philosophy, he said he would not continue. At our family meeting, we asked him to pray over it and allow the will of God to be done. It is better, infinitely better not to become a priest, alter christus, another Christ, and become a scandal to Christendom in any way as Okey has become to the pen fraternity. I hope I have explained my stand to my friend, Okey. Rather than use the pen to do havoc to people, Okey should have prayed to God for other callings. All arts, including writing, are designed for the greater glory of God.

Okey said that he refrained from responding to rejoinders to his column to allow others right of reply. What was he saying? The aim of writing is to barter ideas. In the cross fertilization of different opinions through whatever medium, thoughts flourish and beget nobler and more rarefied thoughts. Any writer who refrains from responding to rejoinders is intellectually weak even though he may write in florid language or know how to rephrase in courteous elegance the unvarnished utterances of people. These are not and cannot be substitutes for wisdom and deep thinking.

I refer Okey to the history of civilization and he would discover that philosophy regarded as the custodian of all knowledge, Regina Sciantorum (Queen of Sciences) debated over so many things. Those who proposed nonsense did not keep quiet when they were challenged, otherwise knowledge would have remained becalmed in its transition. When Al-Ghazali wrote the “Incoherence of the philosophers”, where he talke about transcendental dialectic; Ibn Rushid(Averroes) countered in his “Incoherence of the Incoherence.” Ideas fight and cancel out one another, otherwise it would not develop from its inertia. Having been reading him, does he think I will rightly invite him to an intellectual joust, if any?

Thank God that Okey has dissociated himself from the aspersions cast on the people of Anambra State. It raises hope that he may still wake one day and denounce all he has written castigating Governor Obi. It is not necessary for him to devote his time digging where I had nursery, primary, secondary and university education. The earlier he starts thinking positively about Anambra like our people in Canada and ASA USA are doing, the better for everybody. We know his history in African Guardian, Guardian daily and Next newspapers and how he was booted out. We will not leave more edifying issues to spend time on his misadventures.

When Okey first wrote his nonsense, our people in Canada on October 1 donated books, for the new Library at Awka. Such a gesture does not appeal to him. When ASA USA people who joined in the inspection of projects during Anambra @ 20 celebrations came to the new Amaku Teaching Hospital, they cried in amazement over structures Okey said were not fit for prisoners. Clearly something is wrong with him as all evidence point to that.

As to the 200 Million Naira Okey was referring to, I do not want to dwell much on that as I was not even at the scene of the event as could be verified. If he wishes to continue drawing news from Internet gossip, good luck to him. In any case, the incidence has long been buried as the truth has been discovered.

Hypocrite, A beg commot for road!

Obienyem wrote this piece from Awka, Anambra State.

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*Nigeria: To The South-East Governors I write

By Ikechukwu Enyiagu

Your Excellencies, It is with all human humility yet in the immutableness, emphaticness, and fearlessness of the spirit of truth that I address your honors this day as captains of the five (5) Igbo-speaking South-Eastern states in the present Nigeria. I write, not as to a people with limited wisdom and knowledge, but as to a people refined with all wherewithals to both reason and apply wisdom in leadership-as to captains who, through frequent plying of this route, have mastered the compass of history and the future as far as leadership is concerned. I write to a people who have forever lost their rights to excuses, to irresponsibilities and to unaccountabilities. I write to you this day, not just because I’m concerned, but because you are more concerned.

Where there is leadership, there are, unequivocally, the led. When a leader is either appointed or elected by his people, his first and only allegiance lays to his people-to those who saw him fitting for their voice. It therefore goes to say that the politics and policies of the governors in this zone should and must revolve around getting the best from Nigeria for your people, and making your states icons of your names: Excellencies. I have reiterated, with renowned sages, that “history is bound to repeat itself when men refuse to learn from it.” As the Holy book says, “The days of ignorance, God winked at, but He has now commanded all men to repent;” even so I say to you this day: the days of ignorance are past, and we have entered the generation where everyone must be accountable for his actions and everything accounted for-not only to the public and the government, but to self and to God. ( Continues below..... )

Map of Nigeria

Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing its 36 states, including South-Eastern States and Federal capital (Abuja or FCT)

In Africa, Igbos are a unique race in every sense of the meaning of uniqueness; and in the whole world, Israel becomes a clear partner in our many sorrowful experiences. While the whole of Arab world and parts of Europe worked towards the extinction of the Jews, the whole of the Arab world, with Britain and Russia, worked with the Nigerian government to wipe out our generations from existence. Those were the days of great ignorance, not on the part of the enemies who never stopped in their hell-and-failure bound agenda, but on the part of those who needed deliverance, the Jews and Igbos. As Israelis fought from June, 1967, to defend their statehood, Ndigbo fought from July of that same year to defend their humanity in a new state. And while America and Britain were in support of Israel’s right to statehood, the Russians and this very Britain opposed vehemently the Igbos’ right to life. Now, these were also days of Ignorance.

Whoever dreams that Biafra will be erased from our memories? Whoever imagined that Igbos, even those yet unborn, will ever, even for a split second, regard the Biafran genocide as a history of the gone-world? And whoever calculated that 2020-2023 would produce only Igbos with no information, history, and zeal for an Igbo nation worthy enough to be integrated into the Nigerian leadership? It’s a hell-bound ignorance to imagine that Igbos of any generations ahead would ever forget the Nigerian genocide against us. The events of the Biafran war have become one with our blood, one with our spirit. Let it be known and clearly understood today that no amount of restructuring, delocalization, renaming, rebranding, coercion, disintegration, denial, or killings, amongst which have become legalized ways of trying in vain to reduce Igbos In Nigeria-both in number and in self-belonging, will ever erase the 1967-1970 imprinted memory, and the eventual consequence. On the contrary, the more Ndigbo are denied, hated, cheated, maltreated, called names, and killed by Nigeria, the faster our resolve to never forget or forgive and to gain our freedom from dominance by any becomes. The events which carved this present Nigeria have, not by our choice, become indelible imprints in our souls; they have become the “Uli” of mourning and eternal determination. ( Continues below..... )

 Map of Igboland

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

Biafra represents what your Excellencies have not dreamt or had the courage, hitherto, to do for your people since after the war; Biafra stands as the only true representative Igbos have and will ever have in the polity of nations. And Biafra will only die when every other creation dies in the hands of the creator. Biafra is Igboland and, therefore, will never leave nor be forgotten. And let it be known to you that, while you are working for one Nigeria, (which has been anti-Igbo from its creation) you are working against the land upon which you stand and are housed. Upon this very land many innocents have laid in death. Upon this land older, weak, and sick family members have been tortured to death.

On this land children have been starved until they turned into animals, before being devoured by the kings of carnivores. Upon this land many sons, brothers, and husbands, even many days after the war, watched torturously and helplessly while Gowon’s and Obasanjo’s murder machines raped, before killing, their mothers, sisters and wives. Upon this land the plane carrying humanitarian aid workers was shot down. On this land humans were dehumanized. Upon this land children’s mouths were forced at gunpoint to become pit toilets for Nigerian soldiers. Against this land a man, who had a family, declared that “hunger is a necessary tool in winning wars.” And on this land, Nigeria defied, defiled and ridiculed God and all He stands for. Upon this land the end of Nigeria was born.

The UN states it clearly that a race may become independent if they choose, provided the methods are observed; Biafra qualifies for this. Nigeria’s unrepentantness for what was done Ndigbo has rubbished its credit as a sovereign state. Every tribe in Nigeria, with their governors and leaders deeply involved, has been forcing their way through to their rights in Nigeria. MEND of the Deltas gained relevance through violence; Boko Haram now issues ultimatum and the government scampers to carry them out. While they do these, the Nigerian government begs for reconciliation and amnesty; why have peaceful and non-violent MASSOB members been attacked, killed, and imprisoned in all your sates and on your watch? I make bold to state here that Nigeria is not Igbos opposition to freedom, all of you are. ( Continues below….. )

Hon. Amb. Ralph Uwaechue

Photo Above: Hon. Amb. Ralph Uwaechue, President General Ohaneze Ndigbo

You have been the enemy of Igboland and Ndigbo whom you swore to defend to every level. By your silence and nonchalance, you have declared where your allegiance truly lie. You have used the mercies of the land and the people of the land to attack the land and the people of the land. You have joined hands with Nigeria to defy, defile, and ridicule the God of Ndigbo and on Igbo soil. One of the you who, though may have seemed philanthropic at first when, in reality, he was deceitfully and treacherously trying to work his way into leadership by his numerous charity claims, said some days ago that “Nigerians should be patient” and that things will be fine.

I address your Excellency, as an elder and not as a leader of his people: you ought to be ashamed of yourself for making that statement. If you have learnt nothing from the one who gave birth to you, or you simply decided to throw his elderly advice to the bin of modern life and politics, then you have no right leading clan at all, let alone an Igbo state. Whoever deceived you into thinking, believing, and now, selling it to all Ndigbo that Nigeria will ever be good without settling the case of genocide carried out against us-even if you claim to be a Nigerian and not an Igbo son any longer? ( Continues below..... )

Uwazuruike being led into Federal High Court, Abuja

Photo Above: Chief Ralph Uwazuruike (middle) being led into Federal High Court, Abuja., Tuesday, November 9, 2005 to face treason charges.

This day, there are sites, organizations, funds, and websites dedicated to the Holocaust memorial all over the world, and anyone who denies the fact of the Holocaust simply stands in the wrong; where then is a memorial in Igboland marking the over three (3) million Igbos killed during Nigeria’s genocide against Biafra? What measures have been put in place to teach our children our history and journeys so far in schools? How many of our children are told the history of their generation? Many families were wiped to a remainder of one (1), who tells them what happened to their people? Many Igbo artifacts have been stolen and stored in the museum of the western countries, who shall ask them back? Only Ndigbo, out of the three (3) major tribes, has only five (5) states; who asks for our rights to more? And now that you are coming up to do so, shall you not follow it through?

Anambra, Enugu, and Ebonyi equally have the oil which makes Niger Delta a favored son, living our state governments with barely enough to run; who will stand and stamp his feet on the ground and demand that we be included also? Igbos control commerce in Nigeria and Africa, yet we have been denied direct access to international sea and airports; who shall stand and oppose all these wickedness? Nigeria has not adopted state policing, yet the federal government has turned Alaigbo into police states-close to states of emergency; why has that been so and who allows it? The federal government has refused, for decades, to build (not repair) federal roads in the South-East, and has refused you to do it; whose work is it, then, to kick against these wicked policies against Ndigbo and rectify them? Boko Haram kills at will without seeking any justifiable cause, yet their leaders blame the federal government in every move to contain them; is MASSOB a wrong movement, are they illegal; whose work is it to defend them and their pursuit? ( Continues below..... )

Map of Defunct Republic of Biafra

Photo Above: Map of Defunct Republic of Biafra

The Muslim North has added the killing of Igbos who cannot recite the Quran as another feather to their cap of wiping out the Igbos; shall we remain silent and unconcerned? Since they have succeeded in their previous threats to keep Nigerians frightened, they have now gone further to state that “the country would not have peace until there is 100 per cent implementation of Sharia law in the country as enshrined in the holy Quran;” now, who is a leader who is silent?

Your excellencies, if you believe that your leadership roles in these South-East zones cover these, then the time to speak up and be personal in favor, not only about the rights of Igbos in Nigeria, but about the eventual actualization of a sovereign state called Biafra has come. But if any of you claims not to have anything to do with these matters pointed out above, or insists on remaining a secret believer in the Biafran course, then, you can be sure that no one hides from Ani; no one escapes from the land which received him at birth, contained him, supported him and watched him grow-no one. If judgment shall start from the house of God, then those in Igboland who hold relevant authorities but used them to slow the Biafran dream, terrorize Igbo remnants and try to compel us to give up our dreams of being free from Nigeria shall lie down on the foundation of justice when it speaks in our favor. Nwa agu apughi ita ahihia m’oli; go and ask the Haitians which values of life our fathers taught their generations. I rest my case.

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

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*Nigeria: Okey Ndibe - May God Help Him

By Valentine Obienyem

On the 27th of August, 2011, Anambra State turned 20. Ordinarily, other leaders would have celebrated such an accomplishment through boisterous merriment. Not given to such indulgence, Gov. Obi celebrated it differently by assembling the people of Anambra as has not been witnessed in the past. Those who attended, included Igwe Alfred Achebe, the Obi of Onitsha who led over 100 Traditional Rulers; Francis Cardinal Arinze; the first Papal Nuncio from Nigeria, Archbishop Jude Okoro; Bishop Owen Nwokolo of the Diocese on the Niger; Mustapha Chike Obi; Prof. Dora Akunyili; Dr. Oby Ezekwesil; Chief Emeka Anyaoku; Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala(She also delivered a paper); Prof. Charles Soludo; Innocent Egbunike; Mary Onyali-Omagbemi; Stella Oduah, the Minister of Aviation; Prof Barth Nnaji (delivered a paper); almost all Anambra people at the National Assembly, among many others. In fact, it had the setting of the ancient Greek Agora, where men congregated to take decisions on weighty State matters.

As the Governor himself said, the event was not to celebrate vanity, but to celebrate five years of peace in Anambra State and subtly call the attention of our people to their State and invite them to take possession of her. Since the State was created, she has been in the hands of thugs who visited her with rape and rapine thus injuring her in body and spirit. As could be observed, everybody in the State liked what the Governor did. As a result of their harkening to the Governor’s clarion call, a lot of things are happening in the State. I can even use an example to buttress that. As recently reported in the papers, the Managing Director of Genesis Food, Ichie Nneto Orazulike, a big name in the food and catering industry visited the Governor with three white men. Orazulike said that the speech of the Governor appealing to the people of the State to come and assist in her development touched him, and because of that, he had decided to invest heavily in the State with his expatriate counterparts. ( Continues below..... )

Okey Ndibe

Photo Above: Okey Ndibe

Orazulike has a lot of successful businesses in States other than Anambra. During discussion with the Governor, as further reported in the newspapers, he said it was particularly painful to him that he had not been able to establish something really big in the State. He said that people like him were not to blame, but the past political leaders in the State who were totally antithetical to development. He went on to give an example. In his words: “my Governor, it was under a particular leader that the entire patrimony of the State worth over 30 billion Naira was burnt down by the very agents of the State and reactionary forces. If they could do this to the property of the State, what would they not do to the investment of people in the State?” As Orazulike spoke, one could see the pain he was undergoing at what Anambra State used to be. His position mirrors that of many Anambrarians. He capped it up by saying that investing in Anambra before the advent of Governor Obi was like asking somebody to invest in Afghanistan.

Today, under Governor Obi, the entire scenario has changed. We now have quality investment springing up in the State following his tireless efforts. It is glorious that we now have in Anambra State a pharmaceutical company such as Juhel Parenental Drugs manufacturing, Innoson Motor manufacturing, Orange Drugs. The most celebrated is the on-going construction of what will become the biggest brewery in Nigeria, the SABMiller facility in Onitsha. In the first phase of the SABmiller foray in the State, it is investing over 120 million Dollars and it is expected that it will expand quickly. ( Continues below..... )

Anambra State Governor Peter Obi

Photo Above: Governor Obi's high performance score symbolized on photo     *Click here to Read Full Story of Gov. Obi’s High Rating

I do not in this article intend to regurgitate what the Governor himself has done in Anambra State that has made him the darling of everybody: donor and international agencies, the Presidency that appointed him into the Economic Management Team and named him an Honorary Adviser on Finance. Apart from the peace that has returned to the State, we experience the hands of a man who really understands what development is. Under him, Anambra has become a state of many firsts. We now have the first teaching hospital nearing completion (Okey Ndibe and his mentor, Ngige, are not happy over the development for the simple reason that it is Obi who is doing it and they made it clear, Okey in his column; Ngige in an Interview that appeared in the Daily Independent of 23rd of September); the first library, the first Secretariat; the first time roads are constructed in places without roads since Anambra was created; the first time buses, internet, computers, laboratory materials were given to schools, among many other firsts. Some of these things may be called insignificant by critics, but they were not there before.

Even the deaf and dumb can agree that Anambra is a lot better than it ever was. Thus, during the 20th year anniversary, Emeka Anyaoku, the man without cant said that he could now see a more focused development in the State. Every speaker, including Oby Ezekwesili and Chike Obi said the same thing. Interestingly, Dr. Ngozi-Okonjo-Iweala said what was very significant. According to her, Obi is the most fiscally responsible Governor. She went on to urge him to continue doing what he is doing for his State in spite of many wicked and sometimes ignorant and uninformed critics who are always at work.

As she predicted, these critics are at it again! First they did not consider it worth the while calling Anambra people together to discuss the progress of the State. The Saharareporters medium owned by one Sowore Omoleye and Okey Ndibe said that the Government spent 1.5 Billion Naira to stage the event, when, on the contrary, it was mainly sponsored by corporate organizations on the intervention of the Governor. When this could not fly, because everybody in Nigeria knows what is possible or not with Peter Obi, Okey, the nwa nza, after eating to his satisfaction, started to challenge his Chi. In his last piece (Sun of 27/9/11), he berated Chief Emeka Anyaoku for attending the event and for pouring encomiums on Obi.

From the foregoing, one could see how, blinded by passion some people thought to be reasonable, are utterly unreasonable. That his mentor, Dr. Chris Ngige attended the event did not mean anything to him, but for Anyaoku, Okonjo Iweala, Oby Ezekwesili and their likes attending was sacrilegious to him. Is this the Okey that we all thought that we knew? He is the living proof of the saying by Plutarch in his Lives that sometimes you discover the real lives of great men not through the greatest wars they have won or the greatest sieges they have undertaken, but through minor acts of them. Through Okey’s recent writings we now discover him for what he is: a hypocrite “Saint.”

Because Okey is supporting Dr. Chris Ngie, whom a friend told me, without surety though, has promised him some political appointments if he becomes the next Governor of Anambra State, he does not see Ngige’s failings anymore. When Ngige illegally usurped the Governorship, he defended him on the reason that he was building roads. He even boasted that it was because of him that Ngige built the only road around Awka, the Amawbia by-pass, for Okey is from Amawbia. That Dr. Chris Ngige went to shrine naked, made one Ego from Abatete pregnant who died while carrying out abortion in the USA, was a major factor while in the burning of Anambra state in 2004 were nothing to him. On the contrary, anybody who does not belong to the same political camp as Ngige is a demon that must be exorcised. This is why he has been on the offensive. His articles are derisive, written in periodic sentences whose clauses are lashes. He delights in seeing those lashes fall upon the likes of Akunyili, Andy Ubah, Soludo and Peter Obi. These are people he considers as possible stumbling blocks to his mentor, Ngige, becoming the next Governor and subsequently his grabbing a political appointment. ( Continues below….. )

Map of Anambra State, Nigeria.

Photo Above: Map of Anambra State, Nigeria.

Because of Ngige, Okey has lost the sense of decorum and the sacred. For him to castigate those that attended the Anambra at 20 celebration in the pages of the newspapers (Sun of 27/9/11) and more pungently in his article on Saharareporters where he called Obi of Onitsha a king out of touch with his Kingdom; Soludo, a pseudo professional; Francis Cardinal Arinze, a failed Cardinal; Mustapha Chike Obi, a prodigal that betrayed his illustrious father; Oby Ezekwesili, a pretender; Dora Akunyili, a confused one; Archbishop Maxwell Anikwenwa, a retire cleric in search of rehabilitation; Bishop Owen Nwokolo, a new Bishop seeking friendship of the governor for whatever it is worth; Dr Dozie Ikedife, a candidate for senility; Chukwuemeka Ezeife, a canonized goat; among others names, is shocking, utterly shocking. As one read him, one could observe righteous indignation here and there. When people reacted angrily or perhaps on the advice of saner minds, they quickly removed the offending piece from Saharareporters. He has finally succumbed to the type of pride that made Lucifer to fight the Army of God in heaven. Indeed, he whom the gods want to kill, they first make mad. May God help him!

We all know the circumstances under which Okey was shown the way out at the Guardian and Next Newspapers – they are at play again. We commend the Sun for rehabilitating him, even though we believe that he is taking the rehabilitation too far. He is a bad case of what maintaining a column should be. Columnists principally discuss issues. Columnists use their columns to draw attention to what should be done for the good of the society. Columnists use their columns to engage political leaders in manners that are edifying and even ennobling. For using his column as an instrument of blackmail and for settling political scores, Okey has presented himself as one who is unworthy to maintain a column. Perhaps, the judgement of Guardian was right.

Anambra @ 20 celebration remains one of the best things to have happened to Anambra State. After the event, I have been privileged to study its after effects. The celebration drew Anambra people closer on the need not to forsake the State. Today, I know what Mustapha Chike Obi has promised to do in the State as his own support. I am privileged to know that Mr. Okey Ezeibe and his foreign partners have equally hit the ground on investment in the State. I can go on and on. ( 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

Okey has become a case of an individual moving against the tide of development because of vested interest. We can do a rejoinder to his jaundiced pieces; we can frown at his futile attempt to attack the cream of our people; we can indulge him a little because his thinking is beclouded by passion, but we must continue to pity him for attempting to do violence to Anambra State as he has since done to himself.

Why has Okey taken everything that has to do with Obi with malice? The other day, when journalists visited Anambra to see what Obi was doing, Sowore and himself used their jointly owned Saharareporters outfit to publish the names of the journalists that came as if they had committed a crime? As for his vilification of the likes of Okonjo-Iweala, Obi of Onitsha, Francis Cardinal Arinze, the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Jude Okolo, the Anglican Bishop on the Niger, Owen Nwokolo, Mustapha Chike-Obi, Dora Akunyili, Oby Ezekwesili, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, among others. Since it is not in his character to yield ground or apologise, we as Anambra people collectively apologise to them. There is this old saying that it is a mad man’s relations and not the madman that will be ashamed of his madness.

Ironically, while he was at his sadistic and pessimistic best, some of our people in Canada led by Mr. Chidi Asidanya were donating, on the 1st of October, over 20,000 volumes of books to Prof. Kenneth Dike Central Library, Awka. These young men who he knew when they were borne are shining example of how our people in the Diaspora can contribute to the development of the State.

May I take this opportunity to also call on those who have answered to the call of the Governor for collective efforts towards driving the development of the State not to be dampened. May those that are still prevaricating, jump on the bandwagon of development for our collective progress.

Anambra adibago nma; nye aka ka odi nma.

Obienyem wrote this piece from Awka, Anambra State.

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10/09/11

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*Nigeria: Port Harcourt Chamber Decries Absence of Members On RSBoPP Board

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Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, PHCCIMA has decried the non-inclusion of its members on the board of Rivers State Bureau of Public Procurement, (RSBoPP).

President of the PHCCIMA, Engr. Vincent Adonye Kingston Furo made this observation last Wednesday when a delegation of the Rivers State Bureau of Public Procurement, (RSBoPP) visited the office of PHCCIMA in Port Harcourt . He stressed that the constitution of the body is faulty considering that the role of the chamber as the mouth piece of the organized private sector was not taken into cognizance. ” The significance of the chamber cannot be over emphasized, especially in an economy as huge as that of Rivers state” he said, underlining the need to actively involve PHCCIMA in the affairs of the board.

The PHCCIMA helmsman maintained that Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce has the capacity and array of professionals cutting across all fields of endeavour to merits its pride of place in the RSBBoPP board whose responsibility is that of setting standards, regulating, monitoring and overseeing public procurement in Rivers state. ( Continues below..... )

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Her also told the delegation to work in synergy with the chamber to ensure that all establishment, including construction companies doing business in Rivers state embrace, register and identify with the chamber to enable it assume its oversight function for the business community in the state. Engr. Furo urged the Director General to take the message back to the relevant authorities to make them see the need to have the chamber members among the RSBoPP board.

Director General of the Rivers state Bureau of Public Procurement, Barr. Franklin Nlerum who had spoken earlier said the objective of the visit to PCCIMA was to share with them the essentials of the public procurement reforms in the state. He said it has become expedient to visit to introduce the emergent regime from the public procurement Law which entered into force in May 2008 and to seek input from the chamber as a critical shareholder group in the implementation plan for the regime.

Nlerum defined Public Procurement as an overall process of acquiring goods, works or services by government or anybody funded from the public resources which he said covers the entire spectrum from identification of needs through selection of the apt alternative for meeting the need, and timely in a cost effective manner. ( Continues below..... )

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He said the reforms are not entirely new but is particularly concerned with essential aspects derive from existing but ignored practice, explaining that the objective of the regime is to ensure that public expenditure results in value. “ PHCIMA is to further the business community and the interest of the business community are better served in an environment as contemplated by law in transparency, equity and competition.

The Director General stated that PHCCIMA as the second oldest chamber in Nigeria is not only strategic but also an important body considering its role of advocacy for the business community and its resolve to unlock new vistas of business opportunities in the state.

“RSBoPP has the mandate of ensuring transparency accountability, competition, economy, fitness for purpose and to achieve value for money through the public procurement reforms” Nlerum was quoted as saying, asserting the need for integrity, good character and discipline in our attitude to service and work as attributes that largely determines our progress and accomplishment.

Though Barr. Nlerum promised to take the Chamber observation to the Rivers state House of Assembly and other relevant authorities that were involved with the constitution of the body; he urged the chamber to do more by contributing their quota for the overall progress of the state.

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10/07/11

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*Nigeria: Position of Anambra State Elders Council On Labour Crisis In The State

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An emergency meeting of the expanded Anambra State Elders Council met in Awka on Monday October 3, 2011 to examine the difficult situation created by the trade union crisis in the State and by the strike action embarked upon by all civil servants since Friday September 17, 2011.

1. The Council noted that the shutting down of schools by the labor unions has forced school children into the streets while the closure of public health services has put the lives of hospital patients in peril. The Council regretted that the attempt to bring the State to a standstill was made without waiting to exhaust all avenues of negotiation, mediation and reconciliation between the State Government and workers.

2. The Council recalled that even before the strike began, the Council had summoned a roundtable meeting of the Anambra State Government, the Nigeria Labor Congress and the Trade Union Congress on Friday, August 12, in the effort to head off the looming battle. The State Governor and the labor unions had presented their positions to the meeting; after which a technical committee of the two parties to the dispute was set up to examine peace options, harmonize their positions, and report back to the Elders Council. Unfortunately, the workers embarked on the strike action without respecting the agreement to report the outcome of the Technical Committee's work to the Elders Council.

3. On Monday September 19, an all inclusive Summit of Traditional Rulers, the Chairmen of Town Unions, the Churches, the leaders of Women, Youth and professional organizations was summoned in Awka to douse the fires and resolve the conflict between Government and the workers. In presenting the case of the State Government, the Governor told the meeting that the State Government had fully complied with the minimum wage law by paying N18, 500 to the lowest grade of workers. On the basis of this assurance the meeting asked the labor unions and civil servants in the State to return to work immediately while negotiations would continue on all outstanding claims and entitlements.

4.The Anambra State Elders Council noted therefore that the labor conflict in the State had nothing whatsoever to do with the minimum wage law since the State Government has fully complied with the stipulations of the law. The matters which are now in dispute are: (i) the demand for a general review of salaries across board for workers in the senior reaches of the civil service; (ii) the demand that salary increases and allowances granted by the Federal Government to its workers before the minimum wage law came into force should be implemented in the Anambra State civil service; and (iii) the larger question of using most of the resources of the State for the payment of salaries while leaving very little for capital development and public services. These are serious and weighty matters which cannot be decided in a hurry as a part of implementing the minimum wage.

5. At the end of the meeting on Monday, October 3, the Anambra Elders Council met again with union leaders and told them that patience, peace and negotiations were their best ways to victory. The State needed peace and quiet to re-position itself politically and economically. Everyone was aware of the financial austerities which workers faced and of the need to enhance the living conditions of workers. But paralyzing the State by shutting down essential institutions was not the way to reach this goal. A general review of salaries and allowances particularly for workers in the higher echelons of the civil service was not a part of the minimum wage issue. Workers must therefore return to their duties without further delay. Negotiations for general improvements in remunerations and working conditions should continue in an atmosphere of peace. The Elders Council pledged to use all its influence to improve workers' pay packets provided that they called off the strike immediately.

DR. DOZIE IKEDIFE OON
Chairman of the Elders Council

PROFESSOR BEN OBUMSELU
Secretary 03/10/2011

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