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09/25/11

Permalink 12:43:00 am, by admin Email , 477 words   English (US) latin1
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*Anambra To Spend Over ₦150m On Emergency Erosion Work

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The State Executive Council has approved the sum of one hundred and fifty million Naira per a project for emergency intervention in some erosion sites in the State. The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Chief Maja Umeh announced this during the weekly post Executive Council Meeting Press briefing at the Governor’s Lodge Amawbia.

Chief Umeh said this was part of the measures to check the ever increasing spate of erosion and flood threats ravaging most parts of the nation and the need for urgent intervention at all times to save lives and properties. He repeated the appeal of the council to people to desist from dumping refuse in drainages as it leads to flooding.

The Commissioner disclosed that work has commenced in earnest from Kilometer one to three, spanning from Bridgehead to Upper Iweka, following the release of funds to the contractor by the Federal Government as a result of Governor Peter Obi’s pressure to that effect and commended the Governor’s effort in ensuring that the project is actualized. He explained that based on the above, the State government will subsequently commence the fencing, beautification and street lighting of this section of the road. ( Continues below….. )

Anambra State Governor Peter Obi

Photo Above: His Excellency Governor Peter Obi

According to Chief Umeh, the council has also approved the award of contract for the construction and completion of the Anambra State multi-purpose liaison office complex Abuja at the cost of five hundred million Naira while. The council has equally approved the contract for the construction of internal roads within the Anambra State University Teaching Hospital Amaku at the cost of two hundred and fifty million Naira through direct labour by the Ministry.

The Commissioner said the council in a similar vein approved the construction of Otumoye Primary School to have right of way in bringing power to Onitsha at the cost of thirty-five million Naira. He said the State elected to support PHCN in enhancing the power situation in the State.

Chief Umeh disclosed that the council confirmed the appointment of Professor Fidelis Okafor as the substantive Vice Chancellor of Anambra State University, Uli.

Also speaking, the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Chief Aloy Egwuatu who expressed hope that the organized labour will use opportunity of today’s rally to call off the strike in line with decision of the stakeholders at the women development centre, Awka. He called on the leadership of labour to listen to voice of reason as Governor as demonstrate commitment in repositioning the State and uplifting standard of living of the people, while reminding workers that the no work no pay law has come into effect.

Map of Anambra State, Nigeria.

Photo Above: Map of Anambra State, Nigeria.

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09/24/11

Permalink 10:27:00 am, by admin Email , 384 words   English (US) latin1
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*Nigeria Committed To South-East Roads –Works Minister

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The Federal Govt is not happy with the state of Federal roads in the South-East and will now divert full attention to that zone by way of paying attention to the roads in the Zone. This was revealed yesterday by the Federal Minister of Works, Arc. Mike Onolememen while inspecting the Onitsha-Enugu dual carriage way at Onitsha axis in the company of Gov. Peter Obi of Anambra State.

The Minister said that he came to the State on the express directives of Mr. President following relentless efforts and pressures by the Anambra State Governor. He assured the people of the State that President Jonathan was committed to restoring all federal infrastructure in the zone and assured that a radical transformation on roads in the zone will be witnessed henceforth. He also said that his Ministry and the Minstry of Finance were working in close collaboration as directed by the Minister for the delivery of the Second Niger bridge. ( Continues below….. )

Mike Onolememen flanked by Peter Obi

Photo Above: Federal Minister of Work, Arc. Mike Onolememen (Middle), flanked by Gov. Peter Obi (left) and the Anambra State Commissioner for Works, Arc Callistus Ilozumba, during the inspection of the just started reconstruction of the Onitsha-Enugu dual Carriage way at Onitsha.

On the Onitsha Axis of Onitsha-Owerri road, the minister directed the company handling it, CCC, to immediately carry out palliative measures on the impassable spots, while construction is going on.

The Governor, who was visibly happy over the development, said that he was confident that the present Minister of Works would be the last he would inspect the road with, having doen so with the three past Ministers.

In order that the project is delivered, Gov. Obi said he would personally supervise the progress of work on the road. He also brought to the Minister’s attention other federal roads the State Government is doing, viz, Atani-Ogwikpele road, Oba- Nnewi road, Nkpor-Amawbia road, among others.

It will be recalled that the Anambra State Government had relentlessly appealed to the Federal Government to grant her permission to fund the Onitsha-Enugu dual carriage road from Head bridge and be paid back thereafter.

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09/23/11

Permalink 05:12:00 pm, by callmeike Email , 2233 words   English (US) latin1
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*Why Should Igbos Not Seem Selfish To Nigerians?

By Ikechukwu Enyiagu

A nation where history has become mere moonlight tales shall, like the earth, only rotate on its axis; a people that have refused to borrow knowledge from their archives will continue to go in circles. History serves as a drawing board for what should be expected, but what any nation that refuses to consult history while expecting to move on will get is only an open secret-a repeat of history. This piece stands both to refute those arguments that the Igbo nation is of a selfish people, to tell Nigeria and Nigerians that the Igbos were never and are no fools, and to remind my fellow brothers that, though the active genocide against us ended decades back, we should all prepare for what is coming by coming ever closer in oneness.

The cold war has gone on for decades and Ndigbo are no longer willing or able to remain silent. With all the well-rehearsed excuses and evidences which any Nigerian from other parts of the country would readily present against Ndigbo, including that of some of my brothers from the Igbo nation who have been unsuspectingly cornered by these arguments into believing that their brothers and sisters may be less trustworthy and more selfish than peoples from any other nation, tribe or group in Nigeria, the truth remains that the fear of “Igbo-man-sense” is the first true dividend of the Nigerian wickedness. Now, anyone may still go ahead to gibber about the Igbo people but, eventually, the Nigerian nation shall have to consciously revisit the history of this country if Nigeria may still be a name any nation within it may eventually decide to adopt. ( Continues below..... )

Map and Flag of Nigeria

Photo Above: Map and Flag of Nigeria

Well taken, the Igbos, from inception, are very good in commerce; but our interests, abilities and capabilities were not limited to buying and selling as some people’s minds have been conditioned to believe for decades. The Yorubas, because of the colonial choice of ports and capital, were early introduced into education, and with the help of Chief Awolowo, Yorubas inclined more towards education in the early days. Nevertheless, history has also proven that Ndigbo were not left out in education in those days; as a matter of fact, the Igbos were at the forefront of things as a result of their educational background. So, the argument that Igbos do not go to school can only be termed as a theory from a group of unrepentant ignoramus. Chief General Odumegwu Ojukwu (rtd.) was the first Nigerian to enroll as a private in the Nigerian army even though he was very much academically qualified as a commissioned officer.

The incidents which brought about the civil war, the war itself which lasted for about 30 months, and especially, the carefully but self-destroying masterminded policies adopted by the Nigerian government after the war against the Igbo nation helped produce the Igbo of today which the evil potters take to flight from. Obasanjo, with orders from Gowon (while being backed by the UK, Russia and other states, by the way), carried out the Nigerian genocide against Ndigbo down to every forest in Igboland. ( Continues below..... )

 Map of Igboland

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

Among the claims of the Nigerian government was that Ndigbo included other “unwilling” tribes into Biafra. But the question we ask is this: If the Nigerian government was solely concerned that other unwilling tribes were “forced” into Biafra because of oil, why did Gowon not call off the genocide against a “dry-Biafra” after General Obasanjo (who has helped Nigeria to be what it is today, by the way) had slaughtered his way through to the Niger bridge? In Gowon’s genocide push against Ndigbo, the national anthem for the genocide, broadcast uninterruptedly in Hausa language on Kaduna(a people who claim to champion the religion of peace) radio and television stations throughout its duration, was unambiguously clear on the main objective of this crime against humanity. This was the Nigerian anthem used solely in their vision, desire and push for an extinct Igbo race:

‘Mu je mu kashe nyamiri
Mu kashe maza su da yan maza su
Mu chi mata su da yan mata su
Mu kwashe kaya su.’

When translated into English, it means:

‘Let’s go kill the damned Igbo
Kill off their men and boys
Rape their wives and daughters
Cart off their property.’

Mindless of the false “no victor, no vanquished” declaration, the government of Nigeria actually went ahead and carried carcasses as spoils from Igboland which it still treasures more than its life, and placed it on the seat of power. These carcasses have remained the terror of the Nigerian nation as it continues to stumble in its way, trying to get better while thinking that these crimes will ever be forgotten or pardoned by the earth itself. Never! The government made laws which deprived Ndigbo of all their property in other parts of the country. And when it came to money, the government reduced every Igbo person to a N20:00 note while it went on to privatize many companies, leaving all of Ndigbo with nothing to come close. When it comes to the military and other forces, the Igbos were carefully reduced below the minority quota. In creation of states, the Igbos were not only severed via Delta and Rivers states, we were reduced to five states while other major tribes which cannot, through every clear method, claim to be lager in population than the Igbo nation were unthinkably inflated. In all the decades which followed the civil war, Ndigbo were craftily reduced to sycophants that even the governors and ministers from the Igbo race have been blinded not to see and speak up and clearly in defense for their people.

Just like the chosen Israelites became vagabonds and nomads, fighting, not to live, but to survive, away from their inheritance, the Igbos were made strangers to themselves by the Nigerian government. And just as the Jews were hated by those who knew them and those who never saw them, the Igbos were named everything apart from anything good. Considering all these wickedness against the Igbo nation and the Nigeria’s master plan for Igbo extinction, the typical Igbo man, therefore, in his strives to be able to feed himself and his family, forgot Nigeria and its government and went into different places, doing different things. Certificates became mere papers. Because God’s word stays, the Igbos prospered in all they laid their hands on. This grace, instead of being used by the Nigerian government to better Nigeria as a whole, was worked against by the Nigerian governments and Nigerians for little or no reasons; the Igbos were hated for this grace. Businesses were stopped, containers of goods were seized, and more than half of Nigerian police force was drafted into families, clans, villages, towns, and cities of Igboland, not to combat any illusory crimes (which they perpetrate by themselves, by the way), but to harass, falsely accuse, betray, rob, extort torture, and kill Ndigbo.

Why they do this, other tribes and areas in the same country were and are left to do as they like; some threaten and kill people arbitrarily while the government begs, negotiates with, gransts them amnesty, and sends them, even without any secondary school certificates, into foreign universities. Other results can be seen in a nation where one constitution applies for the Igbos while a different one applies for the Hausas. As a result of these which turned Ndigbo into vagabonds, every Igbo person became selfish in the eyes of other Nigerians, and everyone tried and still tries to use this (trying to survive from the wickedness of a country which has become a curse, not only to the Igbo nation, but to other Nigerians wherever they go) to further sever Ndigbo. ( Continues below….. )

Nigeria Ex-Military Head of State Yakubu Gowon

My question to any person from other tribes in Nigeria who still sees Ndigbo as selfish is this: Leaving your prejudice and hatred-filled epinephrine aside, if your people went through and still go through the plights of Ndigbo in Nigeria, would you have survived, and would you survive it? If you would, what would you do to see that the Nigeria’s hunger-method against you does not wipe your generation off the map? It doesn’t matter your religion, if you are a person of truth, you would know that it’s time this injustice is addressed once and for all. Even if tribalism and your own selfishness (which is without these stated reasons) would not allow you to put yourself in the position of the Igbos in your judgment, surely you could not honestly claim that the reason the 1914 mistake has become a curse on all Nigerians is not solely because of the wickedness of Nigeria and Nigerians against the Igbo nation, and that, as long as these wickedness are not addressed, every Nigerian will share in the repercussions.

By the way, corruption in Nigeria which has now become the first criterion for leadership is a product of other tribes in Nigeria, despite anyone’s argument against this fact. The irony of calling Ndigbo a selfish nation is the curse which has affected the entire Nigeria; everyone who has mouth in Nigeria shouts “Igbo, Igbo!” Meanwhile, every other Nigerian is soaked in selfishness. What Ndigbo are accused of is the same carcasses they elevated to the federal seat from the genocide days and which has grown into a curse; every leader, from Aso Rock down to a ward councilor, from the traditional rulers to the spiritual shepherds, swim in the blood of the Igbos killed in the war and, therefore, swim in selfishness. None of them is sane enough to speak out; therefore, none of them is innocent of these crimes. The nation and everyone in it, therefore, pay and continue to pay for this. This selfishness has killed Nigeria, while Nigerians are busy pointing fingers on Ndigbo. Take your hands off the orphan’s inheritance and find peace, Oh hopeless and helpless Nigeria! ( Continues below….. )

Charles O. Okereke and Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu

Photo Above: Chief (aka People's Servant) Charles O. Okereke( left ), Chief (General - rtd.) Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu( right ) Click For Enlarged Photo

Finally, I would that Ndigbo realize that there are more reasons to be more united now than ever. Azọtacha ani, azọba ụté. No matter whatever Nigerians call you, no matter how everyone else sees Ndigbo, what you call yourselves and your people counts it all, and how you see yourselves matters. Let's be more brotherly while outside, and when we come home, we can settle our differences as a people from a place. Looking back to our history as a people blessed and sustained by God Himself from all wickedness, every Igbo person should be grateful for being Igbo, and all Igbos should form a formidable force, now than ever, against every infiltration to our God-ordained oneness and destiny. To every Nigerian, I say: Igbos love brotherhood so much that we oftentimes embrace our neighbors closer than we do our brothers. This gesture is an opportunity for every other person from every other place to discover the beauty of the Igbo loving-kindness. To the Nigerian government, the stubborn friend of a stubborn fly, I say: you did not fail when 1914 came; you failed when you mapped out the Igbos for extinction. 1914 could have been correctly amended had the Nigerian government not carried out genocide against Ndigbo and, worse still, refused to restitute for it but, instead, went on to tighten every grip. From the genocide years, through all these decades that no Igbo person was allowed to lead Nigeria, to now: how has Nigeria fared-better than the 1914 amalgamation and the colonial rule, or worse? Since Ndigbo, in their selfishness, have not been allowed to rule Nigeria, where did all these selfishness by the Nigerian leaders come from? Judge for yourselves, you self-made blind, deaf, dumb, crippled, obstinate, and self-opposing leaders! No prayer for a better Nigeria will be heard by the good God of all while Nigeria and Nigerians unrepentantly refuse to confess the sins of genocide against Ndigbo! None! To everyone who cares to listen to my word, I reveal this truth that: just as the vagabond Jews of Israel returned to their homes and still kept it despite the many fruitless attacks against them from hell and its slaves, Ndigbo, no matter where they have been flushed out into by the Nigerian government with the support of other Nigerians, will eventually return to the place we call home.

Ani-Igbo shall have a name which covers our nation. This is not an opinion or a suggestion, a prayer, or even a threat, it’s an established truth; it's a prayer answered long ago. The time for all things lies, however, solely in God’s hands. So, to my people: if Ndigbo is the Nigeria’s definition of selfishness, if your fights for survival translate to more hatred and accusations of being selfish, then let that selfishness bring us closer to ourselves; get more selfish, this time, in your love for yourselves. Onye ajụru adịghị ajụ onwé ya. As for Nigeria which sits on a blazing fire, it has only two options. And as Israel became one under God, we shall one day be one. Amen.

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

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*Gov. Obi Poster Child For Electoral Reform in Nigeria Says Wikileaks

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A US Embassy official said that "the case of Anambra demonstrates that the electoral system can be made to work in Nigeria, particularly in the rare instance where an opposition candidate has the personal resources and willingness to expend them on long-shot political bids. According to a secret Embassy cables exposed by the wikileaks, the Official added that "while not without detractors, Governor Obi has become a "poster child" for electoral reform in Nigeria. Duplicating such results elsewhere will be a daunting, but not impossible, task."

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SUBJECT: NIGERIA: ANAMBRA GOVERNOR DISCUSSES ELECTORAL REFORM, AMNESTY, PRIORITIES

Classified By: Political Counselor James P. McAnulty for reasons in Sections 1.4 (B) and (D)

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¶1. (C) SUMMARY: Anambra State Governor Peter Obi of the opposition All Progressives Grand Alliance discussed electoral reform, the Niger Delta amnesty program, and state priorities during an August 26 meeting with Charge, PolCouns, and PolOff at the Embassy. Obi expressed pessimism about prospects for the amnesty program, predicting that militants would accept the money offered them and return to business as usual. Obi is unusual in the Nigerian political landscape in challenging -- successfully -- the Nigerian Government (GON) and ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) both on electoral results and length of term in office. He indicated plans to run for re-election in February 2010 and requested Embassy help in providing monitors. END SUMMARY.

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NEGLECT OF NIGER DELTA
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¶2. (C) Obi lamented that authorities had not given proper attention to the Niger Delta a decade or more ago, before the rise of militancy there. He emphasized that Niger Delta inhabitants needed help with development of their educational, health, and road infrastructure, for the benefit of entire communities, rather than distribution of cash payments to individual militant leaders. Simply "settling" individuals by attempting to buy their cooperation has never worked, and, in Obi's view, would not produce lasting peace, without addressing underlying poverty and lack of economic opportunity. Many militants will take the money and return to their criminal activities. Obi criticized the Niger Delta Development Corporation as doing little to nothing for the region and expressed pessimism over amnesty's prospects, given its focus on payments to individuals.

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THE LONG JOURNEY TO THE STATEHOUSE
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¶3. (C) Obi recounted his long journey to the Anambra governorship, including his three-year court battle to confirm his electoral victory in the 2003 gubernatorial race. He explained that he collected and submitted ballot tally sheets to prove he had actually won the most votes. At the time, political party representatives at each voting precinct signed sheets containing agreed, tabulated results. His election was the first in which Nigerian courts over-ruled national electoral commission official results. As a result, Obi said, other candidates have stepped forward to challenge results in their races. "Because of me," he joked, "everyone is in court." He lamented, however, that for the 2007 presidential elections, many precincts lacked tally sheets. (N.B., Many tally sheets contained erroneous dates, which rendered them invalid. END NOTE.)

¶4. (C) After winning his case, Obi noted, the GON had initially declared that his four-year term would beginwith the originally-scheduled inauguration date, in effect shortening his term to one year before facing re-election. Again, he challenged this decision in the courts, arguing that the Constitution stipulated that governors serve four-year terms upon assuming office. In June 2007, the Supreme Court agreed, ruling that his term would run from 2006 to 2010. He noted plans to run for re-election in February 2010 and asked that the Embassy provide monitors for that election.

¶5. (C) Obi admitted that electoral success did not come cheap. He estimated that he had spent five million dollars of his personal funds from his prior career in banking on the campaign, excluding post-election legal fees. He credited the faculty at the Kellogg School at Northwestern University with awakening in him a call to public service during a ten-week executive education seminar that he attended.

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NEED FOR WHOLESALE CHANGE IN PRIORITIES
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¶6. (C) Obi decried the priority that most of Nigeria's political elite place on construction of grandiose residences and offices as perks of their positions. Nigerians, he observed, needed to change their political, economic, and social priorities. He commented that his predecessor had expended 10 million dollars on building a massive state-house complex. When he took office, he learned that the state would need another 30 million dollars to complete the project as originally designed. Yet, Anambra State faced tremendous shortcomings in schools, health services, roads, and other sectors. No public secondary school in the state, for example, had any science laboratories or computer classrooms, which he calculated would cost 40 thousand dollars each to equip. He halted the state-house project, choosing to renovate the previous mansion damaged by fire for about 400,000 dollars and to invest funds in the schools.

¶7. (C) As another cost-saving measure, Obi said that he has never stayed at the Anambra Governor's lodge in Abuja during his official visits to the capital. Instead, he stays at the Rockview Hotel owned by an Anambra native, saving 200,000 dollars in operating costs for the lodge. Moreover, according Obi, his state is the only one that has developed a master plan for development. He has set benchmarks for objectives to accomplish during his term. As a result of the change in priorities and investment in infrastructure, Obi calculated that per-capita income has risen four times during his tenure, albeit from an admittedly low base.

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¶8. (C) The case of Anambra demonstrates that the electoral system can be made to work in Nigeria, particularly in the rare instance where an opposition candidate has the personal resources and willingness to expend them on long-shot political bids. While not without detractors, Governor Obi has become a "poster child" for electoral reform in Nigeria.

Duplicating such results elsewhere will be a daunting, but not impossible, task. END COMMENT.

¶9. (U) Embassy cleared this telegram with Consulate General Lagos.

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Photo Above: Governor Peter Obi, Chairman, SE Governors’ Forum

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09/19/11

Permalink 02:34:00 pm, by callmeike Email , 1150 words   English (US) latin1
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*Every Nigerian Needs "Israeli Protections" Too

                                                                                                      15, September, 2011

Mr. Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan (GCFR, BNER, GCON),
President, the Federal Republic of Nigeria,
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria,
The Aso Rock Presidential Villa,
Abuja.

Your Excellency, Mr. President,

EVERY NIGERIAN NEEDS “ISRAELI PROTECTION” TOO

This letter written by my humble self, Ikechukwu Enyiagu, serves both as my congratulatory message to you on your landslide victory during the election, on your numerous achievements in this short period that you assumed office as the president and commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and as a table of humble and sincere recommendations for better results while you humbly and honestly serve your dearly beloved country, Nigeria. Your administration has given Nigerians a glimpse of possibilities to redefine what we will be as a people. As a fellow citizen of this great country, I’m not oblivious of the many challenges which your administration faces on daily basis, especially as terrorism goes nuclear in this our global village. I make bold to state emphatically here that Nigeria of tomorrow will be highly influenced by the decisions you choose to make today.

In congratulating you on your numerous achievements, I will like to point out the most outstanding amongst them which is ‘THE HIRING OF MOSSAD AGENTS FOR THE PRESIDENCY’. [1] Everyone agrees that security is the foundational block for progress: Security of lives, property, and decency. By choosing the well deserving-of-praise Israeli security agents, you have not just written off the Nigerian security outfit, but you have also shown every Nigerian that, for Nigeria to move forward, security must be got right.

Terrorism started with embezzlement of public funds but was enlarged by Boko Haram. This nightmare caught Nigerians wide awake when it exploded in the National headquarters of our police force. As if that was not enough, the International Community was drawn into it. But, in all honesty, those affected the most are everyday-Nigerians who have no single security in a country that has turned into Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and Sudan combined. These Nigerians, though wearing their clothes wherever they go, are always vulnerable to uncertainty brought by, not just nature itself or the culture of poverty which has become our trophy, but also those who do not value lives, and especially the government of the day which values selfishness to service. Sir, on the 6th of September, 2011, the National Security Adviser, Gen. Andrew Owoye Azazi, while briefing an emergency meeting of the National Council of State, said that “Terrorism has come to stay.” [2] Sir, with the incessant bombings and killings going in your country, with the bombing of the police national headquarters, the comment of your National Security Adviser, and especially, your decision to beef up security around Aso Rock with foreign security personnel, I humbly make these honest and wise-if-used recommendations:

1. Since security in Nigeria has deteriorated that even the presidency is not safe, then it means that an ‘everyday Nigerian’ is more vulnerable than ever imagined. I, therefore, humbly request that some Mossad agents or, if the Federal government claims the cost too high, The Israel Police , be assigned to every Nigerian, since these security threats are against us all and not limited to the presidency or the “high and mighty.”

2. You can agree with me, sir that the hole in national security started with the hole in our national purse; In other words, Nigerian politicians are the first and ever-increasing security threats that Nigerians have been and are still facing. In line with these, it will only be right to recommend that Israeli security agents be drafted to CBN and to all ministries: Power, Finance, Trade and Investment; Petroleum Resources, Agriculture, FCT, Works, National Planning, Justice, Aviation, Education, Tourism, Environment, Foreign Affairs, Health, Information and Communication; Interior, Productivity, Mines and Steel Development; Niger Delta, Defense, Police Affairs, Science and Technology; Transport, Youth Development, Land, Housing and Urban Development; to monitor and protect against, not only human-against-human threats, but human-against-our-finance threats.

3. The implications of bringing foreign security personnel to Aso Rock, and the giving of a federal permanent seat to Boko Haram through your National Security Adviser, are far weightier than the threats themselves:

a. Nigeria is ungovernable by Nigerians as long as the system remains what it is.

b. Anyone, from the ward councillorship to the presidency, who claims to be in charge of affairs, is not particularly saying the truth.

If these are the facts on ground, it therefore may be implying that Nigeria still needs a “colonial restructuring.”

4. If the presidency, with all the money and guns, feels vulnerable in Nigeria, I humbly request that you tell Nigerians the truth, which is that Nigerian leaders do not have it in them to lead this country and that “a democratized colonialism” is far more preferred to what Nigerians are receiving. But, sir, in the event that you oppose this idea or refute it, only one choice may be remaining: A Sovereign National Conference.[3] My president, sir, you are the face of Nigeria. If you renounced Nigerian presidential security and relied on a foreign one, then Nigerians who voted for you deserve foreign security and leadership also. But if you have truly come to serve Nigerians, then a Sovereign National Conference is the only parting gift you can ever hope to give out in life. Like you, sir, EVERY NIGERIAN NEEDS “ISRAELI PROTECTION” TOO.

To conclude, your Excellency, I will leave you to ponder on these matters and the underlining message, and to ask yourself: What does true leadership mean after all? If a country as small as Israel can produce the many things they are grateful for today, then, clearly, “Giant of Africa,” while Nigerians suffer, can only mean a tool from the pit of hell to keep Nigerians enslaved. And our leaders who have refused to set Nigerians free or be free themselves are clearly the willing tools in the hands of the devil. Nevertheless, it’s my belief that, no matter what your answer to these becomes, no matter which direction your leadership may wish to steer this country towards, the heartbeats of the people, which are one before God, will never be unproductive. Deliverance is of God but He uses willing men. If, however, anyone refuses to give heed to the deafening cries of the people, God will raise a stone to do His bidding. May God bless those who love the truth and follow it. But to those who oppose their very selves by opposing the truth, even the whole creation shall oppose them. Amen.

Yours Sincerely,

Ikechukwu Enyiagu
( +60163460691,   ike.enyiagu@gmailcom )

References:
[1] Boko Haram: Jonathan gets Israeli protection; http://www.vanguardngr.com/2011/09/boko-haram-jonathan-gets-israeli-protection/
[2] Terrorism here to stay, says Azazi, NSA; http://www.vanguardngr.com/2011/09/terrorism-here-to-stay-azazi-nsa-2/
[3] Nigeria: Sovereign National Conference Inevitable; http://nigeriamasterweb.com/blog/index.php/2011/07/01/nigeria-sovereign-national-conference-inevitable

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*Nigerian Thai Embassy Instigates Harassment & Detention of Igbos

By John Obika

Nigerians in Thailand protested against misrepresentation and corruption in its embassy in Thailand on 23 August 2011. The counsellor and the Ambassador instead of listening to our reasons for protest turned around to arrest, detain and torture some Nigerians. Some people who participated in the protest are languishing in Thai jails now because the Nigerian ambassador Mr Suleman instructed the Thai authorities to deal mercilessly with peaceful protesters mostly those from Igbo {eastern Nigeria}.

The reasons for our protests include:

1. That the Nigerians in Thailand say its wrong for the embassy to be charging Nigerians 25,000 Thai baht {US$830} to issue travelling certificate {T.C} for any Nigerian whose passport is lost or who has no passport but want to go home.

2. That the Nigerians in Thailand say its wrong for the embassy to be charging Nigerians 2,300 Thai baht {US$80} to issue any kind of simple letter of identification or certification for any Nigerian in Thailand for any purpose.

3. That the Nigerians in Thailand say its wrong for the embassy to show unconcerned whenever any Nigerian die in Thailand and they are called upon to identify or certify the deceased as a Nigerian. This has made Thai hospitals or people to burn the bodies of upto 7 Nigerians since last year who died in Thailand. And burning dead loved ones is against the cultural and traditional belief of Nigeria.

4. That the embassy refused to recognize the free and fair of election of the newly elected president MR.GILBERT AKUDO NDIGWE {a.k.a Kudos} of the Nigerian Community Association Thailand. This is because the president was massive elected by Nigerians in Thailand on his campaign promise to expose and help stop massive corruption in Nigeria embassy Thailand. ( Continues below….. )

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Our people are languishing in Thailand jails since one week now and they embassy is working very hard preventing all efforts to grant those people bail.

The most painful part of this all is that it was the majority of all the Nigerians in Thailand that protested against these bad things on that fateful day 23 August 2011, But the Ambassador Mr Suleman who called the Igbos touts and the Counsellor Mr.Abayomi O. Bamgbelu in the embassy who said the Igbos are illiterates and are constituting nuisance in Thailand. This ambassador and the counsellor turned around to single out only the Igbos who participated in the peaceful protest …using Thai police to arrest them, detain them, torture and imprison them.

When will Marginalization of the Igbos Stop? Is the civil war not over yet? In this whole wide world, this is my first time of seeing or reading of an ambassador arresting, detaining, torturing and jailing his own country’s citizens he was sent to protect in a foreign land. Is this good? Does it suppose? This ambassador is threatening to use his diplomatic influence to deal with these peaceful protesters mostly those from Igbo side. That is why he has influenced the Thai police to deal with the protesters. This is diplomatic wickedness!

Please let the world hear this and help us. Thanks and hope you can do something to help our leaders from the brutalities of the Nigerian ambassador Mr. Suleman {hand phone +66-818751901} in collaboration with his wicked counsellor Mr.Abayomi O. Bamgbelu {hand phone +66-804446330}.

John Obika writes from Thailand and can be reached at johnobersever@gmail.com

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09/18/11

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*When WikiLeaks, Nigeria Leaks The More

By Ikechukwu Enyiagu

As WikiLeaks draws closer to home, one wonders what measures determine the level of democracy any democratic society can allow; one also wonders if democracy, after all, is truly democratic. As this whistle-blower releases more and more of America’s diplomatic cables around the world, especially as it concerns Nigeria, the questions that pop out of my mind are: “Do these now mean to prove that the United states government, after all, knew exactly those people who killed Nigeria; did the US government, all along, know those cankerworms that ate up Nigeria, and where they are?” Does it also mean that the American government directly or indirectly brought about the failure of successive governments in Nigeria, and has, all along, been biting Nigerians while blowing on us the false breeze of being genuinely concerned for Africa?

Until now, such claims had remained mere assumptions and conspiracy theories. From these leaks, it has become clear, beyond every doubt, that Nigeria has more than enough for its citizens and that the White House officially helps few Nigerian leaders to steal most of it as long as they allow them to steal the rest. Some actions, as have been proven severally, may not entirely be acceptable or commendable in themselves, but considering the evils such actions uncover and the injustices that have gone on unnoticed for decades before these revelations started coming in, many tend to let go of casting any blames at the means through which such revelations came about, especially when lives are saved in the end. In this piece, my intention is neither to justify nor to condemn Julian Assange and his WikiLeaks, rather it is to ascertain the level of damage America-Nigeria so-called diplomacy has caused Nigerians; and possibly how to get out of this. ( Continues below..... )

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Up to this moment, the American society has been to me the best democratic and its government the one to emulate. But, as it stands today, I can’t help wondering what democracy America claims to export to other nations, especially when it comes to Africa in general, and Nigeria in particular. Democracy is all about the people-a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Abraham Lincoln, in his Gettysburg Address, said, “...that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.” If this ideology and force is what drives the American democracy, and which America seeks to establish in all parts of the world, then I sincerely question if today’s America’s leaders still uphold the core values upon which America was founded.

In president Lincoln’s speech on 19 November, 1863, where he clearly stated that “our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal,” America gained its ground and grace, not to enjoy the dividends of that divine truth alone but to take it along with them before every door they knock at and into every house they enter, no matter where it may be. ( Continues below..... )

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Nigeria, like a factory error, had every indication of failure from the onset, and this democratic America knew this from the word go. But as they came into the country, they saw men to whom “all men are created equal” does not apply; and so, they focused on getting a few who they could tolerate while they plunder, along with Britain and other nations that claimed stakes in Nigeria, this stillborn called Nigeria. While they fight tooth and nail to uphold these truths from the founding fathers in their countries, they fight tooth and nail to achieve the opposite in Nigeria in particular, and Africa in general. They would rather protect the many evil leaders, which have come and gone in Nigeria, to their interest, rather than let all men live as equals since they are created equal. I believe, without blinking an eyelid, that it’s high time every Nigerian stood up fearlessly and proclaim this truth that Abraham Lincoln, a man who, though American in every original sense just as St. Paul was a Jew in every dot in its meaning, once proclaimed. In one of Lincoln’s letters to Joshua Fry Speed, his close friend from his days in Springfield, Illinois, on August 24, 1855, he wrote: “I am not a Know-Nothing. That is certain. How could I be? How can any one who abhors the oppression of negroes, be in favor or degrading classes of white people?

Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began by declaring that "all men are created equal." We now practically read it "all men are created equal, except negroes" When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read "all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics." When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving liberty -- to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocracy." ( Continues below..... )

U.S. President Barack Obama

Photo Above: U.S. President Barack Obama

With every reason that this generation America has to protect its interests, the failure to adhere to the core principles which hold the pillars of the great Union is the foundation of all challenges which the great America is now contending with, day in, day out. I have love for America, the Arab world, all Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, etc because I have love for all mankind and I emphatically accept that “all men are equal.” But WikiLeaks has opened another chapter in the world, a chapter which, if well managed, will make a better world-both for the goose and the gander. When Wiki leaks, Nigeria, which never held together from inception, leaks all the more. In my concerns, both for America and my people in Nigeria, I hereby make these statements:

To the American Government: Governments have come and gone, powers have held and loosened, yet America still represents what is better for a democratic world. With this observation in mind, I call on the American government to revisit the tenets of the great union you have. I call on the White House to make amends in its foreign policies, especially where it concerns Africa. Where it concerns Nigeria in particular, I would that you speak openly the truth you know as to why we have remained the way we are. I would that you come to Nigeria, not just with your great ideas to relate with the government, but with the truth that there can be no good government without people. I would that, when you see and know the truths to the many ills in Nigeria, you do not just discourse them amongst you and laugh at us, but that you speak up and represent before us what America means to its people at home-true democracy.

I would that you stand up, for once, and speak the truth which you know about Nigeria which is that “Nigeria is already a failed state, and for any remnants to be, at least a Sovereign National Conference should and must be called for.” And where that has become a terror in itself, that you call and openly support an immediate secession of the Republic of Biafra since, no matter what is decided, Nigeria has lost its hold to remaining one with its history. But where these remain difficult or near-impossible to you, please, do your best to retain some honor earned by your founding fathers by taking your hands off Nigeria. Democracy demands freedom, but if you won’t help us become free and truly democratic, then stop your systematic and joint making of modern slaves (which is now a crime against humanity-whether old or modern) out of Nigerians. Nigerians should not go extinct only so America would become more powerful;-there is room for everyone, both great and small, in this earth. And before condemning the actions of WikiLeaks, let’s condemn our failures which turned curiosity into a bed of mushrooms today.

To Nigerians: We are indeed living in a time; but it’s not a time to remain silent, fearful, nonchalant and hopeless. It’s a time to stand up en masse and demand justice, from the mountain to the valley. It’s not a time to discourse and laugh at your leaders, nor is it a time to just complain and curse; it’s a time to rise up from all quarters and oppose these demons who have hijacked the government. It’s not a time to wait for more revelations from Assange and his group, it’s a time to respond to those information already released and demand for justice. It’s no longer a question of “Oh! Look at how much these thieves siphon!” It’s time to tell them that they are humans and cannot treat us like animals any longer; even animals still enjoy man-made laws which protect them from injustice.

Animals also deserve justice! No Nigerian loves violence, and that’s why it’s not a choice; but demonstrating we must demonstrate, agitating we must agitate, and revolting we must revolt. Only a Sovereign National Conference (SNC) will create any hopeful future for Nigerians, only the roundtable of our elders will lure the saving hand of God to us. Let the earth, the heavens, the seas, the air and everything that is hear my voice, rise up today and oppose all wickedness in Nigeria. Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered. To every leader in Nigeria who opposes a Sovereign National Conference: you oppose no one else but God; may He rise today in His majesty and bring justice against you so that justice will reign among His people. Amen; Amen, Lord.

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

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09/16/11

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*Nigeria: 1st Batch of NSCDC Armed Squad Pass Out From Training Camp

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The First batch of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Armed Squad totalling 600 personnel passed out from training camp on September 15, 2011 at Prisons Armed Squad Training College, Owerri, Imo State. The event attracted the following important dignitaries: His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha (Executive Governor of Imo State), Prof. Ade Aboloren (Commandant General, NSCDC), Mr. Abba Moro (Hon. Minister of Interior), All Service Chiefs, Traditional Rulers and top government officials. ( Continues below..... )

NSCDC Armed Squad officers at the passing out parade

Photo Above: Cross section of NSCDC Armed Squad officers at the passing out parade

The training was pertinent to the presidential approval granted NSCDC, permitting her to implement the provisions of its amended Act 2007, empowering her to bear arms. According to the presidency, the overall goal is to enhance the corps' effectiveness and efficiency in view of recent security challenges in the country.

Dr. Ade Abolurin, NSCDC Commandant-General earlier this year in a press statement expressed appreciation to Nigerians for the encouragement and recognition accorded the corps. He said inadequate funding and manpower were major factors hindering their ability in tackling the increasing security challenges in the country. He was however optimistic the problems would soon be solved by the minister of interior given his energy and zeal in the discharge of his duties.

NSCDC, a para-military corps of the Federal Government was established to provide measures against threat, invasion or any form of attack or disaster on the nation and its citizenry. It is statutorily empowered by Act No. 2 of 2003 and amended by Act 6 of June, 2007.

Duties of NSCDC include, but not limited to:

i. Maintenance of peace and order in the society

ii. Provision of security and monitoring services before, during and after electoral exercise.

iii. Protection and safety of lives and properties at war and peace times.

iv. Protection of Federal, State and Local Government infrastructures and projects.

v. Protection and rescue of the civil populace during disasters and emergencies.

vi. Provision of emergency medical services.

vii. Arresting with or without a warrant, detain, investigate and institute legal proceedings by or in the name of the Attorney General of the Federation.

viii. Provision of Intelligence information on trouble spots, individuals and organization.

ix. Monitoring and supervision of Private Guard Companies

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Photo Above: Cross section of NSCDC Armed Squad officers at the passing out parade ( Photo 2 )

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*At Twenty: Moving Anambra From Acrimony To Harmony

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Anambra State recently celebrated 20 years of its creation. It was an occasion that brought together hitherto known political enemies under a big platform, a move Governor Peter Obi said was intended to pull together the various potentials of the state for development. IKE ABONYI witnessed the ceremony and now reports -

If you have been following political developments in Anambra State since 1999 when the country returned to democratic rule and you now found yourself in Awka, the state capital, on Friday August 26, when the state celebrated 20 years of its creation, you would need no soothsayer to tell you a change is in the offing in the embattled state. Never in the political history of the state since 1999 has the state experienced such camaraderie, such A-List gathering. It was such a passionate occasion that some people shed tears of joy and wished the friendly spirit continued henceforth. It was yet another first for Governor Peter Obi who is already on the good side of history for his numerous firsts in the political record of the state: the first governor in the state to come for a second term, the first governor in the state to return to office after impeachment, the first person to recover his mandate through the court twice and the first to be appointed an honorary Adviser on Finance to the President.

Moving Speeches…

If Peter Obi has impressed many already, his profile even rose further after the ceremony especially with the moving speech he delivered to usher in the award for 75 worthy Anambarians. Even those with a heart of stone melted at the torrent of speeches at the venue. Sample: the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, immediate-past Managing Director of the World Bank, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and the Minister of Power, Prof. Barth Nnaji, led the pack in the outpour of ideas aimed at unlocking the state’s potentials. But it was Governor Obi along with former Education Minister, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, who spoke about the challenge before Anambra State in a manner unheard of before.

Since 1999, Anambra has been on the wrong side of history as far as the country’s political development is concerned. Hardly had any positive story come out of the state all these years. Obi captured it vividly when he said that the award was not for any of “us politicians who have been responsible for the confusion in state”. Ezekwesili, however, hit it hard when she asked quite rhetorically as to “why somebody should suddenly become rich without being ashamed of it.” The nation’s foremost diplomat Emeka Anyaoku who was the Chairman of the occasion was in attendance, so was the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe.

Warriors Exchange Banters…

All the warriors were there exchanging banters. The hall stood in jubilation when Senator Chris Ngige embraced Prof. Dora Akunyili, the duo just came out of a fierce political battle in the April general election. During the last gubernatorial election in the state in April, three top contenders made the contest a battle field: the incumbent Governor Obi of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, Prof Chukwuma Soludo of the Peoples Democratic Party and Dr Chris Ngige of Action Congress of Nigeria but in the new spirit of unlocking the potentials in the state, they were all inside the Women Development Centre, Awka embracing each order and working on the new roadmap for the development of the embattled state, a state Governor Obi said has an unequalled human capital past and present in the country. It is a state that has as its indigenes late Dr.Nnamdi Azikiwe, first President of Nigeria; late Nwafor Orizu, first Senate President; late Senate President of Nigeria, Dr. Chuba Okadigbo, and the first Vice- President of Nigeria Dr Alex Ekwueme. Others included Prof. Chinua Achebe, the literary giant and the computer “Iroko’, Philip Emeagwali. Also from the state, according to Obi, is the first black man who nearly became Pope, Cardinal Francis Arinze.

State to Continue to Honour Ndi Anambra…

According to Obi, the state government will continue to recog- nize and honour "Ndi" Anambra who are contributing in no small measures to uplift the state and Nigeria. Governor Obi was speaking during the presentation of Lifetime Achievement Awards to deserving citizens of the state at the Women Development Centre, Awka. Among those honoured are late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe (posthumously), first President of Nigeria; former Vice-President of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ekwueme; Dr. Akwaeke Nwafor Orizu (posthumously); Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu and Francis Cardinal Arinze. Obi who said the honour would be an annual event as there were still many more people who had distinguished themselves in various fields yet to be recognised. He said the exercise was aimed at motivating the people of the state to work hard to attain greater heights worthy of emulation. The governor noted that the state is blessed with quality human resource, which he described as capital for future. He called for unity, love and understanding to achieve the collective interest of the state to maintain its status as a reference point, noting that the state had contributed more than every other parts of the country to the existence and survival of the nation. Obi who stressed the need for dialogue in resolving differences assured Anambrarians that his administration would not relent in encouraging investors to extend their businesses to the state. The Royal Father of the Day, traditional ruler of Onitsha and Chairman, Anambra State Committee on State Creation said carving out a new state from the present Anambra would redress the imbalance in the geopolitical zones of the country.

First Phase of State Creation Task…

Obi Achebe said the committee had completed the first phase of the assignment by presenting the request to the National Assembly and had embarked on the second phase which include mobilization and sensitization of Ndi Anambra both at home and in the Diaspora, reaching out to legislators, politicians and Leaders of Thought in other states to support the quest. The mood was better captured by some leaders who volunteered comments.

Inspiring Comments…

The Apostolic Nuncio (Pope’s Envoy) to Chad and Central African Republic, Archbishop Jude Okolo, expressed satisfaction with the level of stability and progress in the state. Most Reverend Okolo spoke after he received the Lifetime Achievement Award. He expressed gratitude to God for blessing the state with Peter Obi. He said he was proud to be a son of the state and assured all that he would continue to give the state quality representation to project its good image. The Bishop of the Niger, Right Reverend Owen Nwokolo, who expressed delight with the governor, said the award would motivate him to work hard in serving God and humanity to provide more opportunity for the youth and the upcoming generation.

A former governor of the state, Dr. Chukwemeka Ezeife, said the state had emerged stronger and better from its past with more understanding and development. The Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Kingsely Muoghalu, said he appreciated the award because it was predicted on recognition of hard work and service to humanity. Another award recipient, Mr. Nnaeto Orazulike, commended the governor for his wisdom in motivating and inspiring the people to rebuild quality human infrastructure. Also speaking, an industrialist, Chief Ifeanyi Uba, said the award was a challenge to do more for the society and stressed the need to industrialize the country to create job opportunities for youths.

The Deputy State Chairman of APGA, Chief Ifeanyi Udokwu, said Obi had launched the state on the course of sustainable development and urged the people of the South-east to forge a common front to establish a strong political base. Going by the huge success recorded at the ceremony, there is no doubt that Governor Obi has used the occasion to shift the state away from the path of acrimony to harmony. The theme of the ceremony- “Unlocking the Potential of Anambra State,” seemed achieved indeed, and the rest of the country looks forward to the new spirit and its sustenance.

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Photo Above: Governor Peter Obi, Chairman, SE Governors’ Forum

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Photo Above: Map of Anambra State, Nigeria.

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09/15/11

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*Governor Obi’s Leadership Roles In SE Nigeria Commendable Says Intersociety

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(Onitsha Nigeria, September 14, 2011)-The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law wishes to appreciate and commend the socio-political roles played by Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State in recent times, especially in the Southeast Nigeria. These have endeared him to our heart. Apart from stabilizing the Anambra polity since 2006, from her riotous era, Governor Obi has successfully brought the Southeast and her socio-political leaders to speak with one voice. The quality of the federal ministers and other senior government aides being paraded by the zone is second to the eras of 50s and 60s. The zone, which was invaded by political termites and rioters in the 90s and early 2000s, is steadily taking back her enviable intellectual position in the Nigerian Project with the emergence of the likes of Dr. Ngozi Okonja-Iwuala, Dr. Obageli Ezekwesili, Professor Bath Nnaji, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, Professor Dorothy Akunyili, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, to name a few, as former and present ministers and heads of federal agencies from the Southeast zone. Though some political termites and rioters still occupy a number of political positions in the zone, but their days are numbered with the way things are going.

The greatest of Governor Peter Obi’s enviable and commendable leadership efforts was his dogged efforts to draw the federal government’s attention to the zone’s dilapidated and horrible key infrastructures belonging to the federal government, which include strategic federal roads, airports, bridges, power stations and the zone’s active 2000 gully erosion sites. Particularly worthy to mention is his tireless effort in getting the federal government to fix the all-important Onitsha-Enugu Dual Carriage Way, which he asked to be allowed to fix and reimbursed later, which was partly granted, in the event of the federal government’s usual “no funds” answer. These culminated in the Monday, September 13, 2011 historic visit to the State House by the zone’s political leaders, led by Governor Peter Obi, in his capacity as the chairman of the Southeast Governors’ Forum. His delegation’s worthwhile demands are a clear departure from the zone’s delegations in the past years to the country’s seat of power, which used to be characterized by the pursuits of parochial interests. ( Continues below..... )

Anambra State Governor Peter Obi

Photo Above: Governor Peter Obi, Chairman, SE Governors’ Forum

The delegation’s demands for the fixing of the Onitsha-Enugu Federal Dual Carriage Way, the Enugu-Port Harcourt Federal Dual Carriage Way, the Ninth Mile(Enugu)-Makurdi Federal Road, the Umuahia-Arochukwu Federal Road, the Enugu-Abakiliki Federal Road, the construction of the Second Niger Bridge and the Ebonyi Bridge linking Obubra in Cross River State, the operationalization of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, the upgrading of the Sam Mbakwe to the international Cargo Airport, the refurbishment of the moribund Enugu Coal Mining and Orji Power Station, and effective curtailing of the menace of over 2000 active gully erosion sites in the zone, as well as the taming of the rising incidence of insecurity in the zone, are totally in agreement with the social yearnings and aspirations of the great people of the zone. The credible demand list should also include the extension of the new railway projects to the Southeast zone, the designation and building of a seaport, the sitting of a petroleum refinery in the zone, as well as the zoning of the country’s Presidency to the zone by 2015. The presidential assurances on the historic visit and its demands are also noted and appreciated.

While thanking the Peter Obi-led think tank for these efforts, his son-like care towards the ill-health of Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu is also worth appreciating. We enjoin other Southeast governors and key public office holders, no matter their political parties’ affiliations, to join Governor Peter Obi in footing the Ikemba-Nnewi’s therapy bills as well as his overall upkeep henceforth. The one-voice condemnation of the recent unlawful arrest and detention of Chief Raph Uwazuruike and over 280 MASSOB activists as well as their release at the instance of the Presidency is historic and commendable. The time to honour Chief Emeka Ojukwu is now, since it appears that the Southeast leaders have woken up from their slumbers, to slumber no more! Our firm belief in the Nigerian modelled democracy, which is “democracy with local contents that are not repugnant to the international standards”, is unshakeable. We call on Governor Peter Obi not to be dampened by missiles fired relentlessly but fruitlessly at him by some ethnic jingoists spreading their warm-less blanket of information warfare or media warlord-ship so as to blanket and dwarf his rising canonship in the Southeast polity in particular and Nigeria in general, provided he continues to do that which is upright before law, man and the God Almighty. Such unwarranted and unprovoked attacks, other than traditional constructive criticisms, which we remain pathologically attached to, should not come to him as a surprise because there have been thickened efforts by some opponents of the zone in the Nigerian Project to crush any rising star from the zone so as to expand their hegemonic frontiers, with a view to lording it over the zone and her great people socio-politically. The proceeds of the Nigerian Project must, at all times, be reasonably equitable on 50-50 ratio, to accommodate the Southeast, the South-south, the Southwest, the Northwest, the Northeast and the North-central Nigeria’s geopolitical zones on the point of “ no victor, no vanquished” modelled democracy.

Emeka Umeagbalasi
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Email: botchairman@intersociety-ng.org
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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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