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10/02/11

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

By Kali Gwegwe

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

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

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

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

Map of Nigeria

Photo Above: Map of Nigeria

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nigerians casting their vote

Photo Above: Nigerians casting their vote

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

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

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

Nigeria Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Photo Above: Nigeria Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

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

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

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

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

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

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10/01/11

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*Nigeria: Reflections on Anambra At Twenty

By Okechukwu Asekuma

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

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

Anambra State Governor Peter Obi

Photo Above: Governor Peter Obi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Map of Anambra State, Nigeria.

Photo Above: Map of Anambra State, Nigeria.

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

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

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

Okechukwu Asekuma writes from Awka, Anambra State.

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09/30/11

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

By Ikechukwu Enyiagu

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

Map of Defunct Republic of Biafra

Photo Above: Map of Defunct Republic of Biafra

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

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

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

Map of Nigeria's Niger Delta Region showing Port Harcourt

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

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

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

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

Biafran Flag

Photo Above: Biafran Flag

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

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

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

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

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

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

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

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09/29/11

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*Nigeria: Governor Obi Honours Coscharis, Citi Bank MD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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09/28/11

*MNN Alternative To OBJ & GEJ Regarding Failing Nigeria

By Oguchi Nkwocha, MD

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

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

“Each Federation is to decide its own name.”

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

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Continuing:

“Let it be known:…

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

And, in conclusion…

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

Signed:

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

For full details, go to: MNN’s bold vision and practical goal for “new” Nigeria

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The Emerging Federations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oguchi Nkwocha, MD
oguchi@comcast.net
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09/27/11

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*Nigeria Called Upon To Adopt ANIDS

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

Anambra State Governor Peter Obi

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

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09/26/11

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*Oh Hail Biafra! The Land of The Rising Sun

By Ikechukwu Enyiagu

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

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

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

Photo Above: Map and Flag of Nigeria

Sarcastic eulogy:

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

Biafra, we hail thee! All Hail Biafra!

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

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

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

4. All Hail Biafra
Now our star shines everywhere, we crave humility
God guide and protect us all, all hail Your Wisdom
Shielding us from fury, unleashed by our enlightenment
Biafra, Biafra, shinning forever
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Photo Above: Biafran Flag

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

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*Nigeria: Governor Obi Visits Ideani Erosion Site

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09/25/11

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*Terrorism: Do We Have To Accept It?

By Azubuike Ekwueme

I'm a non-Muslim, as a matter of fact, a Christian from the former Eastern Region of Nigeria. Before the war, the 45-50 million Easterners were once, over 90% Christian strong. But things have changed, and the needle has been pointing to the red. With the defeat and its agony, the victors, decided to eviscerate the Igbo by banning our cherished Christian schools, and replacing them with schools that robbed us of faith, that didn't teach us of dignity, and the relevance of education. Today, in Igbo land, the effects of banning Christian teaching is everywhere. Some Igbo are angling to return to the bush.

If I could today, hazard a guess, most of the East would still stand up as Christians, and therefore Democratic. I'd also guess that we prefer that our future forever, remain Christian and Democratic too. We are averse to becoming Muslims or Shariarists. We used to be Biafran, remember? The ones that tried, but failed to get away from the inferno that is Nigeria. We have been tormented and bruised, black and blue in the process. ( Continues below….. )

Azubuike Ekwueme

Photo Above: Azubuike Ekwueme (Author of article)

Soon after that debilitating war, during the military clepto-cracy of Babangida, Nigeria was force-marched straight, into the Organization of Islamic Countries, (OIC) kicking and screaming. The SS and SE did not like this unilateral action one bit. But having been newly conquered, decimated, annihilated, we all kept quiet, twiddling our fingers, and prepared to not to give the victorious cabal, the chance to massacre us again. Not long after, came the rain and the thunder of June 12th - the Obasanjo presidency. Gen Obasanjo is a Christian, or so he says. Anyhow, that fact did not sit well with the northern Sultanate up north. The Muslim north, quickly introduced SHARIA (without debate) in all the 12 states they occupy, and to rub it into the face of Christian south, the implemented it, right away. ( Continues below….. )

Nigeria Ex-President Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo

Photo Above: Nigeria Ex-President Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo

Now, Nigeria has not one but two, sets of laws and jurisprudence to manage. The British common law and Sharia law became the laws of the land. Once again we, all southerners kept quiet, not wishing to do or say anything, that will set the Muslim hordes off again. Today, as another Christian southerner, GEA Jonathan who had fought a bruising election battle and won, became the president, one privileged Muslim northerner, who also runs the Central Bank of Nigeria, quickly and cleverly introduced Islamic Banking and carpeted Nigeria with it. As usual, nobody has ever bothered to debate this in Abuja, or asked non-Muslims of their opinions. It was shoved into their throats. The CBN governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi had the nerve to actually claim that the SE Christians peoples supported Islamic Banking. That is laughable. The Islamic umbrella is gradually shutting off the sun on SS and SE. I guess, we must all be idiots, he, Sanusi imagines. Click the following link below.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/26379922@N08/6022094726/

Do we, or should we as SS and SE peoples support the Islamization of the former Eastern Region? Or are we cluelesslly and apolitically unimportant in the grand scheme of things? Do the Igbo and the east know what time it is?

No, what does Azazi mean when he declared that "terrorism is here to stay"? What did Azazi really say or didn't say? Does it matter anyway? Most thinking peoples have made up their minds regarding terror. So, is this Azazi's cute way of telling Nigerians to back off, quit honking and to basically, shut up and take it? Is he telling us to accept terror as in Somalia or Pakistan? Or is he telling us that Nigeria has caught the disease of Islamic terror, and there is no doctor in the house. Should Nigeria head for the hills? Should non-Muslim Nigerians, accept terror and be quiet? More importantly, should SS and SE accept it too, being the most non-Muslim populations centers of Nigeria? Should we? A good question indeed!

As they say in the US we, Nigerians are waiting for the other shoe to drop. In our own context, it literally means that we are waiting for the next bomb to detonate. There is no doubt that other bombs will be in our future. We idle away time, twiddle our thumbs and simply lack serious focus. Like a deer caught in a headlight at night, Nigerians and our security outfit, SSS, NSA are not up to par. They are confused, embarrassed, without a modicum of clue on which way to turn. In addition, Nigeria's security services are riddled with Muslim extremists. It is vitally important to make this point. It is impossible and even foolish to trust SSS, the police or even the army. They have all been compromised, given their Islamic antecedents of recent and earlier history. ( Continues below….. )

Scene from Abuja MEND Nigeria golden jubilee independence celebration car bombing.

Photo Above: Scene from Abuja MEND Nigeria golden jubilee independence celebration car bombing - Security, paramedics and emergency personnel stand beside a damaged car following the blasts.

So, FBI and CIA are not going to do for us, what we, as a sovereign nation, cannot do for ourselves. In other words, we may give up part of our sovereignty to try to fight AQIM or BOKO HARAM. There is no other way. We are between the rock and a hard place. Nigeria's population of 150 million, has well over 70 million Muslims. Most Muslims all over the world, would rather prefer SHARIA than the rival, western DEMOCRACY. Again, most Muslims will always give deference or be more sympathetic to terror. They'd be more sympathetic, but may not actually strap themselves up with a bomb. Only western nations, EU and USA can fight back, because they have less than 10% Muslim population put together. For instance, Britain has about 2.5%, US has about 0.6%, France has 8%, India has 15% Muslim populations. The more the Muslim populations are in any nation, the more horrifying the existence of such nation. In other words, they're screwed big time.

Nigeria has well over 70 percent Muslim population. Therein lies our intractable problem. For instance, if the Christian and non-Muslim population in Nigeria, is like 10% of the population, there will be relative peace. We will become a true Muslim majority nation. But Nigeria has a huge percentage of non-Muslim/Christian peoples equal or near equal to Muslims. The percentage of Muslim population in any given nation is the key. How can anyone realistically imagine fighting terror, that is fed by half of your population. It is impossible, it is impossible my friends. ( Continues below..... )

Map of Nigeria

Photo Above: Map of Nigeria

This last election cycle had exposed what can only be called, the political geology of Nigeria, the hidden underbelly, the bones and organs. For those who know how to read the data, this hitherto, hidden picture has forever compromised Nigeria. That x-ray snapshot proves that we are not one people, but two. We have never been one people. We came from two not one antithetical, and hostile civilizations. We have the Arab Muslim Sharia civilization. The other is western Christian Democracy. These two civilizations have ideologies that will never work together, and must be kept apart, for peace and Democracy to reign. Enough of the charade. We can never be united by force, because there is no bridge long enough or robust enough the straddle the mighty yawning divide, that separates us. And who is going to build this bridge, when Boko Haram says it does not want any bridges built, to reach the eastern and western Nigeria ethnic Democracies of the south. Everyone knows, that a big gulf, a sheer chasm exists between the two, radically different societies, and incompatible ideologies, that's been named Nigeria. But being black Africans, we fail to realize that we lack the resolve, we lack the brain power, to manage the dizzying array of diversities inherent in Nigeria. First, we have 257 different languages, as if this is not enough, we compound our problem by forcibly marrying 70 million Muslims with another 70 million Christians and call it a democracy. What kind of Democracy is that?

Look here, non-Muslims nations must work hard NOT to have no more than 10% Muslim population in their political space. When the population of Muslims get as high as we have them in Nigeria, 56-60%, all hell will break loose. Blood will start flowing in the streets. It is happening all over Northern Nigeria as we speak. That is also the reason that Jos continues to burn. That is why the Birom children are being killed off. Do not take my word for it, read Dr Peter Hammond's book or the extracted version hereunder,

Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat
http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=34302

All southerners must read this book or we'll all be afraid to even think. Southerners are even more afraid to die, so they clam up. To clam up is not to safeguard the future. Indeed, it is abandoning it. Some people from the Democratic East, who have assets scattered all over Nigeria, are terrified that they might lose their properties and assets in any ensuing conflagration. For instance the unresolved "abandoned property" issue in Biafra, makes them skittish, because it is still too fresh on their minds. So, they sit on their hands, waiting for the other shoe to drop. Some of them have put the Biafra thing behind them, hoping that this contraption, this Lugard's cage, called Nigeria could work and become a home to them. Apparently, they are sadly mistaken. Nothing will work in Nigeria until we throw caution to the wind, and let it rip. Yes, folks let it rip.

The ethnic minorities of the SS and SE are not helping matters, one bit. Most of them are plagued by social disease labeled "minority syndrome". This pathology would not let the ethnic minorities let go of Nigeria. They fear domination from and by larger ethnicities, like the Igbo or the Yoruba, or even the Edo. There apprehension and fear may or may not exist, but in a Democracy they'd have a voice. I will counsel them to first seek Democracy. These minorities cling to this activated bomb, so desperately that they become a clog in the wheel of emancipation and self determination. They are hugging it, caressing a bomb that has been armed to go off. So, it's perfectly rational to say that the ethnic minorities, especially those from the former Eastern region as well as the former Midwestern region, are holding the south hostage, keeping the south from finding another alternative to Nigeria. They forget that everybody has the right to self-determination. Roping the South to Nigeria, will ONLY continue the carnage. It fuels Boko Haram and AQIM. It causes Jos to continue to burn, and Birom Children to continued to be massacred.

http://anglicandioceseofjos.org/dogo.html These murdered children have the inalienable right to self-determination. Black man, please raise your eyes and help. ( Continues below...... )

Late Boko Haram Leader

Photo Above: Late Boko Haram Leader, Mohammed Yusuf. Police said Yusuf was shot while trying to escape.

Nigeria have been basically cobbled up by the British colonialists, for own end, and our voices, our consent were neither sought, nor were we invited in at the 1914 amalgamation meeting. That singular unilateral act by the British, created this enigma that has imperiled Nigeria, and accentuated the differences between the Sharia north and the more Democratic south. They simply asked the Islamic northern Nigeria to simply we a Christian bridge of the south. Ever since then, it is all downhill from. These differences between SHARIA and DEMOCRACY cannot be clearer or starker.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/26379922@N08/5638729946/

That map that came out after the last election is the x-ray picture of Nigeria. What it reveals is immense, and very troubling indeed. Very few people have ever seen Nigeria naked and exposed. Studying the map up there, tells us that Nigeria is a frightful nation. It is a scary place that is NOT a normal society, because of its deadly demographics. 50% Muslim population and 50% Christian population is, a nation made in hell.

When Samuel Huntington, a political scientist, in his scholarly article,
The clash of Civilization,

(http://www.polsci.wvu.edu/faculty/hauser/PS103/Readings/HuntingtonClashOfCivilizationsForAffSummer93.pdf) Copy and paste () in your browser

proposed that cultural and religious identities of a nation, will become the principal source of wars and conflicts, at the end of the cold war, the so called Nigerian intellectuals pooh-poohed the theory. Some never even glanced at it or when they did, it was as a non-contextual theory, irrelevant to Nigeria. One begins to wonder, what the essence of education is, if not to distil useful data from it. As black people, we hardly read anyway.

However, Samuel Huntington was right on the mark. He was damn near prophetic. The fault line that Huntington predicted runs exactly through the entire breath of Nigeria, starting from northeast to southwest. That line of conflict between Sharia people and southern Nigeria are more pronounced in the northern part of the country. The line of death runs through the city of Jos, in the Plateau State. It is the source of the conflagrations that have been killing and maiming the Christians of Birom.

It should be understood that the Muslim population and Christian and non-Muslim populations in Nigeria, are ironically sitting on two separate, volatile, seismically active and hostile tectonic plates. Like in the geological 'ring of fire' that we hear about all the time, where ever these two plates meet and rub on one another, cataclysms, volcanoes, and earthquakes make the ground shake. Nigeria is like that bridge to nowhere, attempting to straddle a land located too far. Nigeria is fated to fail attempting to bridge the unbridgeable chasm. Nigeria will never work until it is strategically restructured into a form that may parallel that of the rejected ABURI ACCORD. Between these two antithetical, opposing, hostile and irreconcilable civilizations, Nigeria is a no man's land of the dead. Continuing as we do today, BH and AQIM will rule Nigeria as they do in Somalia. The most beautiful of cities in Nigeria, Jos will continue to burn, and Birom children will never grow up. Where these plates move and rub on each other, it produces the convulsions and volcanoes, which we refer to as Jos, or Birom or Biafra and so on. This immense gulf, this unbridgeable chasm separates the two convulsive entities - SHARIA and DEMOCRACY. Both ideologies may never share a political space without blood flowing in the streets. It is a disaster that never has to happen. The sooner we understand this truth, the better we'll be at preparing for the eventual outcome. Life after the death of Nigeria is necessity to contemplate.

Gen Azazi, the Nigerian National Security Adviser to the President Jonathan, is not telling us what we don't know already. Every right thinking Nigerian, had figured out what is going on. We know that the Somalianization and Islamization of Nigeria has started in earnest. Listen to Gen Azazi as quoted in the media. "Terrorism is here to stay". I have a few questions for Azazi. As national security adviser to President Jonathan, what are you going to do about Islamic terrorism? Do you think that Nigeria has the resources and brains to fight AQIM? Are you telling Nigeria to basically, shut up and take it, brace up and accept terror? Oh no! I hope not. Do southerners have to live with Islamic terrorism? Can Nigeria or southerners afford the extreme cost of Islamic terror?

Whatever Gen. Azazi is smoking, we southerners, are not buying. Click the link below.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/26379922@N08/6022094726/in/photostream

When our founding fathers, Azikiwe, Awolowo and Balewa were negotiating with the British for independence, did we ever anticipate that a day will come when, we might have the conundrums like Boko Haram, AQIM, Maitatsine, Kalo Kato and many other more? Did this document have any provisions requiring Nigeria or preparing it to accept terrorism? Did our ethnic nationalities sign up, on any dotted line for terror? If we did not, may I ask SS and SE what it is they preparing to do about Islamic terrorism? Have we accepted the inevitable, have we given up on a superior life, stability, prosperity and Democracy? Have we signed on to the eternal damnation of terror? Remember that the US and EU have spent in excess of two trillion dollars fighting terror. Do we have that kind of money? Can we afford terror?

When Gen Odumegwu Ojukwu in Biafra, had referred to Islamic Terror, as Militant Arabism, not many Nigerians knew then, what the great man was talking about. But it was the same militant Arabists, aka Islamic terrorists, that decimated and completely annihilated well over 30,000 Igbo men, women and elderly in broad day light all over northern Nigeria? The same terrorists caused the annihilation of members of eastern minorities, and planted the evil tree of disunity in the East. ( Continues below….. )

Map of Nigeria defunct East

Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing defunct Eastern Region(East)

Everybody today knows a lot about Islam and their fecundity to terror, because of history and the almighty internet. The internet has brought huge amounts of informational data into our homes. It has sharpened our perceptions and given us access to toms of data. We now know that terrorism, in fact Islamic terrorism is now part of daily grind, in Nigeria. Lack of road infrastructure, inefficient power and distribution, lack of employment, lack of industrial infrastructure and more importantly, lack of an acceptable political direction are among the other blights. My question now is, would there be any time or any resources left if everything is channeled to fighting terror? Would Boko Haram suck up all the oxygen left to live? Would we ever be like Ghana? Would we ever plan for industrialization, education, commerce, while we are at war with Islamic terror-incognita? America have spent in the excess of a trillion dollars fighting the asymmetric enemy. EU have spent similar ungodly amounts of Euros fighting a stateless enemy. I ask again, can we afford terror?

We all know that Nigeria, does not stand a snowball chance in hell to fight terror anybody for that matter. So, we are screwed big time. Aren't we? How do you fight an enemy, that draws adherents from well over 60% of your population? AQIM and Boko Haram will never run out of members. Recruiting for them is the easiest thing in the world. We cannot destroy that beast. We can only stay away, far away from them.

Nigeria must restructure into six regions. Each region must have the capacity for protected regional borders. We can fend off unwanted and unneeded influences if we control our borders. Regions must be able to manage own resources, own policing and own infrastructure. Each region would grow as according to what they consider dear to their hearts. My heroes are the Southern Sudanese, who fought against a better, more militarily equipped enemy and survive to independence. Nigeria has similar demographics with Sudan. A southern Christian peoples and an Arabic Islamic north. Southern Minorities fought like tigers for over 22 years. They are now free. Can freedom come for the people of Eastern Nigeria?

Why are we afraid? Are we afraid of death? Or are we afraid of losing our building assets in Nigeria? The future is worth fighting for, you know. The future is worth thinking about, because that is where your children and mine will call their home. Will you give your child a serpent, a cobra or rattlesnake? If not, why give them Islam, same thing? Why have we not started to think fast and furious regarding our future? The Somalianization processes is now finally ticked up by Boko Haram. Are we southerners, are we Christians, are we, non-Muslims paying strict attention? Are we collectively going to accept terrorism, even though SS and SE have no hands in creating or introducing it? Are we? Should non-Muslim, that have no hands in creating this mayhem, suffer for it too? Why should the SS and SE share in this calamity? Why haven't SS and SE started talking? There is no tomorrow in Nigeria. Mark my word. My people of SS and SE, are we going to live by our Judeo-Christian principles, or shall we swap this Democratic principles with Islamic Sharia principles, and pray facing east? The choice is ours.

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I prefer that we go the way of Southern Sudan. But if it is too difficult to do, we must resort to the alternative. There is no more alternative but to restructure Nigeria into the 6 region route. Non-Muslims or Christians, in their right senses should ever go into a political union with 60% Muslim populations. It is never done. It is creating a world of hell. Even foolish people can't be that foolish, to create an unworkable world of misery and mayhem.

My people of the SS and SE, think about it realistically, haven't we given to Nigeria enough of our blood and OIL? When will enough be enough? Shall we give Nigeria our own future too? Haven't we given Nigeria enough OIL to develop Abuja, Lagos and Kaduna, Kainji Dam, Ajaokuta Steel Complex? I ask you, what have we gotten from Nigeria for all this giving? Has Nigeria given us anything in return for our oil we give them? For instance, has Tinapa been commissioned? Has a second Niger Bridge been built? Has Akanu Ibiam International been built? Has any eastern harbor been rebuilt, Calabar, Onne, Port Harcourt? Are there any federal presence in all of the former Eastern Region of Nigeria? Any? No roads, no industries, no infrastructure, no nothing. Why do we continue to stay married to an animal that eats its young and treats all like sh**t? Now, do we have to suffer from a disease brought about by the Islamic religion? As the despised and rebuked, marginalized breadbasket of Nigeria, what again does Nigeria want from us? Somalia or Pakistan is not a place anybody would look up to be taken to. Must Nigeria force us to look like Somalia or Pakistan too? We produce the goods, the foods, we built Abuja and Lagos and Kaduna, are we going to accept to die for the terror that Islam produces. Heck NO!

The answer to that question is a resounding NO! SS and SE have nobody to blame but ourselves for accepting certain death and mass conversions. Only a dumb ass, will not get away from a freight train, barreling down on him. SS and SE today have a better chance and reason to get out of Nigeria or radically restructure it. That reason is called TERROR. Biafra had no such chance. The cold war and the fact that US was involved deeply in South East Asia sealed the fate of Biafra. But today, those western nations like Britain and the US, that have been also hurt immeasurably, by Al Qaeda and other Islamic militants, will give us sympathetic ear this time around. Can't SS and SE, who have been hurt serially, by Islamic Boko Haram, Maitatsine, Kalo Kato, welcome the idea to come together, to build a better Democratic life, and a far more better future for our children and their children.

Thinking is a black man's problem. Abstract thinking is his malaise. But reason, we must. As the Igbo would say, agwo di n'akrika. Meaning that there is a snake in the dry grass. Can there be a better metaphor for Nigeria. I doubt it.

Ndewonu.

Azubuike Ekwueme can be reached at zekwueme@yahoo.com

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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….. )

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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.

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