*Nigeria: 1st Batch of NSCDC Armed Squad Pass Out From Training Camp
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..... )
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Photo Above: Governor Peter Obi, Chairman, SE Governors’ Forum
Photo Above: Map of Anambra State, Nigeria.
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*Governor Obi’s Leadership Roles In SE Nigeria Commendable Says Intersociety
(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..... )
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.
Photo Above: Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Intersociety, 41, Miss Elems Street, Fegge, Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria.
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*How The West Dress Informants As Diplomats
By Kali Gwegwe
Every coin has three sides- not two as widely believed. It is only when you role a coin on a smooth surface that you will realize the hidden truth surrounding the third face of every coin. In the same vein, it took only the now infamous WikiLeaks for the world to know that most developed democracies dress informants in diplomats’ robes to deceive unsuspecting friendly countries for their own gains. The emergence of WikiLeaks is not just an eye opener for the entire African continent, but very timely too for Nigeriain particular. Only recently, the Nigerian federal government woke up from its shameful slumber to attempt redirecting her foreign policy thrust, which had been long overdue. Going by the conventional mandates given to most western diplomats by their home governments, one can hurriedly conclude that our foreign missions have done nothing more than providing jobs for some of our citizens. As exposed by WikiLeaks, most advanced democracies including the United States, Britain, France, Italy, and Germany among others, hold more critical information about our nation than the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria does. This is because these countries see Nigeriaas a very vital link in their various national security and economic plans. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria
This is exactly what was expected of our diplomats abroad. Had this been the case, Nigeria would have benefited tremendously from America’s military technology, China’s industrial revolution, India’s medical prowess, Britain’s mass transport scheme, Japan’s automobile industry, Germany’s construction technology, Spain’s agricultural exploits, and France’s electricity success story among others. Owing largely to a weak and purposeless foreign policy thrust, our diplomats just spend taxpayers’ money to wine, dine, and shop in their duty posts. At best, they organize elaborate tours and cocktail parties for visiting government officials. Here in Nigeria, a deliberate plan has been successfully hatched to make it very fashionable for critical public figures; including presidents, vice presidents, leadership of the National Assembly, military chiefs, ministers, governors, anti-graft officials, and the leadership of religious, tribal, cultural, and opposition political parties to befriend western diplomats. The reward is mostly speed-of- light approval of visa applications by friends and family members of the friends of these western diplomats. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria
Do not doubt a Nigerian if he or she boasts of securing you a visa to any grade A country just with a phone call. In most cases, it does not amount to anything criminal if critical information is volunteered to foreign diplomats. It becomes a different ball game if the information is solicited. This is where cases of espionage take root. The dangers posed by this unhealthy diplomatic culture are very grave. Apart from endangering national security, the cord that holds the multi-ethnic fiber of the nation is threatened. In most cases, the information sent back to their home governments by these diplomats is not usually verified to ascertain their authenticity. This can be confirmed by the pattern of the many one-sided reports sent by the immediate past American Ambassador in Nigeria, Dr. Robin Sanders, as was leaked by WikiLeaks. The “informant” simply reported the personal opinions of critical citizens about key government officials and national issues. No doubt, the hoard of information they gathered were open to being tainted with lies, half-truths, anger, hate, and vengeance. This view is responsible for why most advanced democracies, especially the United Stateshold wrong opinion about many personalities and countries. Without doubt, this fact has caused Washingtonto take several wrong and unilateral actions in the past. The United Stateswill continue to do more as long as Washingtonrefuses to change her foreign policy mechanism. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Robin Sanders, Former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria
In one of my books, “The Undressing of Bill Clinton’s White House: Enemies of United States’ Democracy Unmasked” which was published in 2010, I have pursued the argument that America’s invasion of Iraq in 2003 was based on wrong intelligence. This is unfortunate. Only God knows what the world has suffered in the hands of the world’s super powers owing to faulty intelligence and wrong opinions they hold about personalities and governments. The time has therefore come for the world to wake up and act fast too. It is exceedingly unwise and wasteful for the United Statesto sacrifice the lives of thousands of brilliant youths and billions of taxpayers’ dollars to fight terrorism while she is provoking more people to embrace extreme violence. It will be far cheaper and easier to achieve victory over terrorism by simply respecting the human rights of citizens and political independence of weaker nations. Back then, our grandparents used guns to fight for political independence from the colonists. In this age, we should use patriotism to fight for the economic independence of the African continent. Without economic independence, our future will offer nothing. Too many of our patriots have been blinded by the west.
Kali Gwegwe, CEO, Nigeria Democracy Watchtower writes from Yenagoa, Bayelsa State and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org ( 0806 407 4810 )
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*Address To President Jonathan By SE Governors & Leaders Of Thought
GOVERNORS AND LEADERS OF SOUTH-EAST ZONE OF NIGERIA
GOVERNMENT HOUSE, ENUGU, ENUGU STATE, NIGERIA
An Address Presented to His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR President, Commander-in-Chief, Federal Republic of Nigeria, by Governors and Leaders of Thought from the South-East Geo-political Zone.
Aso Rock, Abuja. Monday, September 12, 2011.
Your Excellency, Mr. President
Once again we are delighted at another opportunity to interact with you, our dear President. We do not wish to presume on your time as we are aware that it is limited because of pressing state matters. We therefore regard your consent for audience as an honour done us and the entire people of the South-East. For this we remain grateful.
Mr. President Sir, since this is the first time we are meeting with you as a zone after the last general elections, we wish to use this opportunity to warmly congratulate you on your landslide victory. We also assure you of the continued support of our people.
We seize this opportunity to acclaim again the way and manner you have so far steered the affairs of the nation and to earnestly commend you for the candour and dynamism of your statecraft. The purpose of our visit this time is to thank you for keeping faith in appointing our people into your Government and to remind you of other pending promises to the zone. Of special mention is the appointment of Chief Anyim Pius Anyim, an Igbo son as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF); Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance and Coordinator of the Economic Team, and other appointees. We assure you that they will perform creditably. While thanking you for these, we do hope there is room for improvement, especially with regard to headship of federal parastatals and other institutions.
1. SECOND NIGER BRIDGE AND OTHERS
A. We continue to thank you for your bold decision to cancel the stillborn second Niger Bridge contract, reaffirmed by all as commendable. We wish to respectfully remind you of your consistent assurances to our people during your campaign that the Second Niger Bridge is one project you must deliver during your tenure. However, not much has happened in that regard. We believe this is not for lack of exigent need for another bridge across the Niger, for there is consensus that the over 50 year old Niger Bridge is in dire need of replacement because of the danger it poses to lives and property. The construction of another bridge across the Niger will not only enhance commerce, trade and investment, but will inevitably boost the economy of the zone and that of the nation. Sir, it cannot be forgotten that the Niger Bridge serves as the main link between the South-East and other regions of the country.
B. OFEREKPE-OBUBRA BRIDGE: Also, we wish to respectfully remind Mr. President of your directive to the Hon. Minister of Works to brief you on other issues, including the Oferekpe-Obubra bridge to link Ebonyi and Cross River States.
2. ENUGU AND SAM MBAKWE (CARGO) INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS
A. Recall that upgrading Akanu Ibiam Airport, Enugu to an International airport was one of the issues we raised earlier with Your Excellency. We are happy to acknowledge that approval to our request has been granted. However, our visit this time is to remind you Sir, of your firm promise during the campaigns for 2011 elections that you would ensure that Enugu Airport becomes operational as an International Airport within your four years in office. As Your Excellency has settled to work in earnest, we request that this project be included in the priority list for immediate attention. Not oblivious of the financial implications of this project, we are fully aware of the constraints further delay on this all-important airport poses to our people with regard to their business activities.
B. Similarly, that Sam Mbakwe Airport which has been designated an International Cargo Airport needs to be ungraded to the status of an International Cargo Airport accordingly.
3. ECOLOGICAL PROBLEMS
We thank you for the money recently released to tackle some erosion problems in the South-East. However, the issue of environmental challenges in the whole of the five South Eastern states is still alarming. As we speak with you Your Excellency, houses and communal habitations are being submerged in the depths of gully erosions. The scourge has continued to wash away our houses and agricultural lands. The South-East zone is currently faced with real threat of ecological damage. We plead with Your Excellency, in addition to declaring the zone Ecological Disaster Area, to commence action on over 2000 active erosion sites ravaging the zone.
4. FEDERAL ROADS
Without fear of contradiction the federal roads in the South East zone remain the worst throughout the country. They are pitiable spectacles, evoking in our people a deep feeling of neglect and abandonment. Most of these roads have degenerated to gullies and death traps. Sir, you can imagine what this situation means for a region where wholesale and retail trading is widespread. Of great concern are: (1) Enugu –Onitsha (2) Enugu-Port-Harcourt (3) Enugu-Abakaliki (5) Aba-Owerri (6) Aba-Umuahia (7) Owerri-Umuahia (8) 9th Mile-Makurdi roads, among others. It is to be noted that some of these roads under reconstruction were either awarded to shoddy contractors or are under-funded. The quality of work on the ones already done bespeaks of this possibility. This no doubt has greatly affected both the social and economic well-being of a long-suffering people. The governors of the zone have had cause to intervene in some places to ameliorate the problems by reconstructing some of these roads. We appeal to the Federal Government to strengthen the funding and supervision of the road contracts or in the alternative authorize us to do so and get reimbursed afterwards.
5. BUILDING OF COAL-FIRED PLANT AND THE REACTIVATION OF COAL MINES AT ENUGU
Included in your commitment to ensure power generation in the country is the intention to build 1000 megawatts of coal-fired power plant in Enugu. We thank you for that and pledge our support in any way to fast track its actualization. Similarly, we pledge our support for the reactivation of the coal mines at Enugu.
6. THE OIL POLITICS
It is sometimes difficult to rationalize the reason behind the non-exploration of crude oil and gas deposits in states like Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu. The contention in some quarters that the crude oil in these states are kept as national strategic reserve has undoubtedly impacted negatively on the economy and financial profile of these states. We request the Federal Government to commission a comprehensive study of the Anambra Basin and commence the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbon deposits or make necessary financial accommodation for these states whose oil deposits have remained unexploited in spite of the fact that technological changes in the oil industry make their exploitation feasible. We appeal to Your Excellency to intervene in this obvious case of denial, especially in the case of Abia state acknowledged as an oil producing state, but whose oil wells were farmed out to neighbouring states with corresponding loss of revenue. Though the oil wells have been restored, the derivation royalties and other financial accruals are yet to be released.
Secondly, we commend the Federal Government for the speedy implementation of the National Gas Master Plan and also request the commencement of the 4th Gas Central Processing Zone in the Master Plan as earlier approved by the National Economic Council. We also solicit Mr. President’s kind consideration to reactivate the Enugu Depot of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC, which has not been functioning for a long time.
In conclusion, we thank you most sincerely for your disposition to the problems affecting our zone. In commending your efforts thus far, we neither lose sight of the enormous challenges confronting your administration nor the stiff competition for the scarce resources. However, we are confident that your ideals for equity and fairness will ensure that the remaining issues are favourably considered for urgent action. We look forward to your gracious consideration of the outstanding issues, confident in your fatherly attitude towards all parts of the federation. We once more reaffirm the bond of our cooperation with your leadership as we commend you into the protection of the almighty God.
For SE Governors’ Forum
SEN. IKE EKWEREMADU
For SE National Assembly Members
DR. ALEX EKWUEME, GCON
Leader of Delegation
Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria
Photo Above: Governor Peter Obi, Chairman, SE Governors’ Forum
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*To The Nigerian Gov: Before You Conclude Your Plots To “Blacklist” Students...
By Ikechukwu Enyiagu
Before the Federal Government of Nigeria goes ahead to “blacklist” students allegedly involved in examination malpractice, before those who claim to know how to lead make yet another unjust plan against our youths, let them have a thorough rethink. Before those who frustrate our youths with every thoughtless step they take while thinking that they are doing what is right for the education system go ahead to tighten their democratic cuffs on their perceived slaves, they should ask themselves how they got all their many proudly displayed certificates. Before those who accepted that the Delta state government should give out laptops to JSS1 females students in the name of “women deliverance” go ahead to blame the students for exam malpractice or even blunt failures in exams, they should ask themselves how they went through their own schooling. Of course we all know. But before they claim that today’s youths are more wayward and unconcerned about their future than they ever were, they should look inward and ask themselves: “are we not the reason that students no longer read, have we not actually pushed them to the point where the ability and willingness to read and understand have become a near-impossibility?” I’m sure that this should be the beginning of solving the mountain-like challenges that Nigerian education system faces.
First, the federal government should and must take the full responsibility for the failure in the education sector. According to Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon, one must “place culpability where culpability lies.” Until and unless the government of Nigeria learns how to place culpability where culpability lies, it will continue in this road of stumbling and falling which will eventually reduce it to crawling and a complete stop. Our politicians, those who claim to represent us everywhere mastered in themselves the art of taking much and giving nothing. They write away our money into their personal accounts and turn around to accuse us of not producing; such an idiotic irony! Why on earth would a king, whose law cannot be broken for anything, make a law and break it, and then expect his followers to adhere strictly to that same law? No! Such a king will die suddenly even through the hands of his trusted companions. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria
The best brains, no matter from which angle one looks at it, will be found among those from the present Nigeria; our children came to life with the curiosity for survival. The problem or challenge which has been eating off Nigerian schools did not start from the youths, and so, the solution should not be directly focused on them. Nigerians have the rare ability to make mountains out of molehills. It’s only in Nigeria that you see men “suffering and smiling.” The reason to this is not far to seek: every Nigerian, no matter how lowly placed, still believes strongly in the hope that life offers. Our youths are not being encouraged at all; if anything, they are being chased like rats, from everywhere, into the blazing fire of frustration. In America and other countries, when a young man lives a life of bullying and beating up everyone, he will be picked up and turned into a professional fighter. If someone is discovered with the rare ability to steal out things successfully, he will be used by the federal security agencies for security purposes. If a young man is found in the club singing always, he is immediately turned into one of the great stars that the world enjoy their songs today through enabling environment. If they find among them a young man who has his way through securities and encryptions on the net, they quickly get him to their side, re-orientate him, and make him useful, both to himself, and to the state.
The opposite is the case in Nigeria: if a young man is found to have exceptional strength to fight, the police and the army will break all his bones and render him useless for life. If one is good with the net, they quickly arrest him, torture him, and then hand him over to the US, or worse still, hide him deep down in an unknown dungeon. If a young man is caught singing some songs, which are true, by the way, the likes of Obasanjo will throw him into the prison without legal process. There are people I know who, in their youths, had rare technological talents but6 they were simply wasted by this government. Why on earth would any sane leader turn around and think of imposing further burdens on our present-day children? Granted, there are willing bad eggs amongst them, aren’t there such people in all societies?
Before the Federal government of Nigeria ever moves towards its campaign of further “blacklisting” these already blacklisted children, the affected schools not withstanding, let the right things be done. OBJ and IBB taunt themselves and make mockery of Nigeria for the way they embezzled our money; every Nigerian feels amused, and somewhat, entertained, while the government just mopes on, doing nothing. I reiterate that the government should “sit up” if it expects its subjects to sit up, the teachers must teach if they expect their students to learn, and the parents must train up their children “in the way they should go” so that they will not depart from it when they grow up. To apportion acceptable blames on Nigerian students who study in Nigerian schools, those in the government must make the Nigerian schools as conducive as those schools they have shipped off all their children to. In order to expect fair results from our youths in Nigerian schools, the government should be fair to the schools where they study. It’s not a secret that many leaders, amongst whom are some who could not sing the national anthem or even write their names properly, have come and gone in Nigeria; many others are still in the system with puffed-up names they dread to defend anywhere but in hell. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria
A commissioner-elect was recently rejected in Ebonyi state because he could not recite the national anthem; what are you doing showing off even a secondary school certificate when you cannot recite what you claim binds us together? The irony of this whole thing is that the Ebonyi man in question was simply used as a scape goat because there are a thousand and one of them with prefixes that are too heavy on their miniature and below-level brains; yet they pose as the leaders of the great giant of Africa. It’s a poisonous shame and every Nigerian should be ashamed of such leaders.
To president Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, and to Mr Nyesom Wike, Minister of State for Education, I say: make the ground conducive for your children, for the millions of Nigerians you represent to study and practice what they have studied. Raise schools to standards. Any higher education center today without up-to-date libraries, Internet and Ethernet facilities should be upgraded or phased-out. Classrooms should be air-conditioned and comfortable seats installed to replace all those mad-men benches in our universities. And if any of you thinks it too much to ask for air-conditioned classrooms, perhaps you may want to explain to Nigerians why your houses, cars, and offices have round-the-clock operational air conditioners.
Better still, you may want to tell us why you have sent your personal children to the UK, US, CANADA, AUSTRALI, MALAYSIA, SINGAPORE, UKRAINE, etc to study if it’s not for the sole reason that Nigerian schools are not conducive for learning. In these above mentioned places, one only fails by choice. Stop putting heavy loads on Nigerians if you are unwilling to lift a finger to help them. These students will, one way or the other, find their feet. This is both an advice and a prophetic warning; if you think it not enough loads that these people graduate without having works to do, and if you think that your place is to judge God’s children and condemn them to hell on earth, then I tell you this day like OBL was told before he answered his final call: you will be enchained by your many evil thoughts against Zion. God is not asleep.
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*God’s Judgment Has Begun; There Is No Safe Place For The Wicked.
By Ikechukwu Enyiagu
Jehovah, through the prophets, pleaded with King Ahab not to repeat the mistakes Adam made in Eve because of his wife, Jezebel; but his arrogance and denial of the only true God cost him, not only his throne and his wife, but his life and everything. Herod the king was given every grace to repent, even after he had started celebrating his killing of the apostles which he began with James, an elder brother of John of Patmos; but with all the wonders which surrounded the escape of Peter, and the unique lives of all the apostles, he proudly went further to accept being called “a god” amongst people before whom his terror meant the beginning of wisdom. Then he was immediately smitten by a higher hand before their presence to show the people that there is but one true God who rules over all.
The hell-bound General Sani Abacha had every chance and reason to aspire to higher heights when he was still alive and on top of issues, but he chose instead to pick his seven virgins here on earth and make his own paradise. And he paid dearly for it. As it is today, the self-acclaimed “god of Libya,” Colonel Muammar Gaddafi- a man whose hatred for monarchical rulership led him, among many other reasons, to depose his monarch, King Idris, on the 1st of September, 1969-has become a disgrace to his history. Not even the respectful flee of the former Tunisian president nor the final bowing-out of the great Egyptian Mubarak was enough wake-up call for Colonel GAD to liberate his people from a worse-than-monarchical bondage which he himself has become to his people. No, he would rather sacrifice his children and all he ever acquired on the alter of pride and selfishness than “let my people go and worship me;” he would rather lay the blocks of his grave with the blood of countless innocent souls, including his generations, than accept that, since he is neither a king, a prime minister, nor a president, he has made himself a god to his people before whom their God has no resemblance with Gaddafi.
A true king sees beyond the now; kings are graced with rare privileges to discern times. The rise of kings is not in their making, while their end or fall thereof is what they make of their rulership. It remains a puzzle, even with all well-known factors which drive selfishness, why men still cling to this very spirit of self-destruction. With all the shame which has taken away every glory from Mubarak of Egypt and the great Gaddafi of Libya, one can only continue to wonder why men like Paul Biya of Cameroon has not swiftly taken up this opportunity to establish a true democracy in that part of Africa instead of his poor reasoning that true democracy and leadership begins and ends with him alone, why the Assad of Syria wants to test hell on earth before inevitably going there eventually, and why president Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria thinks it not part of his responsibility to probe every past leader in Nigeria (while they go about celebrating their idiocy, callousness and nonchallance before the whole world) and retrieve all the stolen money from them. It’s only a man with no knowledge who does not understand that responsibility and accountability do not end with what he does alone, but include what he fails to do-what he ignores. ( Continues below….. )
As always, God gives evil doers ample time to consider the effects of their wickedness on others and on God’s creation-enough time to make them decide between continuing in the path of evil and showing gratitude to God who alone elevated leaders above others as his extension of justice. Retired Generals OBJ and IBB were of such men graced in their times. As the Good God He always is, Jehovah has granted them, along with other men who, with them, destroyed Nigeria with looting and killing, enough time to make amends, both with Nigerians and God. No amount of ill-gotten wealth or blood money will pacify the outstretched hand of God’s anger; no amount of offering and sacrifices will turn the face of God to favor those who feed on the flesh of others! Nothing is ever hidden before God; no man involved in the bloodshed carried out on Nigerians at different times and in different places and circumstances is ever hidden before God-none amongst them is ever innocent. Every secret lies bare before His gaze; everyone’s path is woven into the center of His creation. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd.)
God will not be mocked forever, He will not remain silent. Unlike the dead Ashteroth and Baal of Jezebel and Ahab, the God of Elijah does not hesitate to send fire in its time. OBJ, in his birthday gift to his accomplice in the destruction of Nigeria, IBB, called him “A fool at 70,” …a fool to the grave, while IBB retorted, “He’s the bigger fool!” Uninformed Nigerians would clap their hands and exclaim, “Aha, aha, they are now disgracing themselves!” But those who are interested in the route of the journey, the journey itself, as well as the destination would easily read the handwritings on the wall. God has a limit to His tolerance of “satisfied evil men;” He has a time mapped out for each person as a time for “reasoning together with the Almighty.” For OBJ and IBB, the final phase of choosing on which side of history to belong has arrived and speeding away. There is no hiding place for the wicked.
Indeed, there is no safety, no hiding place and no vindication for the wicked on that day of reckoning. We know what OBJ and IBB, along with those who served them instead of serving with them, did with our money and to us; we know where they stashed them, which deserts they turned into cities and which forests they turned into great sources of life, all to their personal accounts and credits, and with the peoples’ money, while leaving the nation and the people in worse states than they met them. We know how big a fool they have made of themselves, but unlike the type of a fool each thinks the other is, what qualifies them to those names has everything to do with their denials of God and His word rather than individual self-importance and bigotry. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Nigeria Ex-President Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo
It’s an affront to God for OBJ to quote God in His game of shamelessness with IBB; by bringing God into this matter and using the word of God as leverage for gambling away Nigeria, God will not leave until justice meets them both. Until and unless these men release Nigeria by speaking the truth, starting from what they did with our money, where they have kept them, the peoples involved, paying retributions, and joining forces to dismantle and destroy the cities of corruption they have built and supported and still do, their foolishness will not only end with their names calling; the heavens above will call them names, the earth upon which they thread will echo how foolish they are.
The water they drink will disassociate itself with their foolishness and the air they breathe will compel them to repent or pay dearly. As Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, Ahab of Israel, Pharaoh of Egypt, Herod the killer of Rachael’s children, Mubarak of shame, Gaddafi of blindness and pride, and others like them paid dearly for their arrogance against God when their days of mercy ended, these men will not escape His hand of justice. Since they have acknowledged that each is a fool, since they both forced us to be ruled for decades by fools (thereby making us idiots as pastor Tunde Bakare once said) and since, in their foolishness, they have exhibited great wickedness against Nigerians, the reward of foolishness shall not depart from their loins from this day. Until they undo what they have done, like King Nebuchadnezzar, they will be driven into the forest pending their repentance. I pray that even the grace extended to this man of Babylon, the grace to eat grass and live among animals, be extended to them. I pray that they enjoy the grace of Mubarak and not fall into the trap which caught Saddam Hussein where arrogance matched with justice and shameful exit. God’s judgment in Nigeria has begun! Watch out!
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*If Only The World Powers Are As Concerned For Africa As They Claim…
By Ikechukwu Enyiagu
Sorry is as sorry does. Love gives. But Cain killed his brother because he refused to learn from God a higher lesson, denied being his ‘brother’s keeper,’ and as a result, wandered through life in constant fear, uncertainty and regrets. He was the first man who felt the fear of uncertain terror, but unlike most terrors of today, his was self-inflicted. Yet the blood of his slain brother kept speaking from the ground against every step he ever took. If only America truly cares about Africa; if Britain, France, China, Russia and all other countries who champion the “UN mission to Africa” really give a hoot about the lives God placed in the land of Africa instead of being harmfully envious, the stories would not have been what they have become in Somali, Egypt, Libya, Cameroon, Nigeria, and other countries going through different types of unnecessary wars within Africa. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Map of Africa
If World Powers did really consider Somalis as humans as they demonstrate in the several billions of dollars worth of UN’s humanitarian aids sent from different places into their new homes in the deserts, caves, and forests amongst wild and dangerous animals, they should focus more instead on how to pull out from its root the tree of whatever has made Somalia what it has become. A friend who truly cares for you should not just concern himself with bringing you food in the hospital bed, but doing everything to make sure you have the best treatment so you could get out of the hospital bed and into having a normal life. The world power that has an iota of pity for Somalis should know that it’s wicked to goad the further and systematic driving into the desert and into extinct of many Somalis who have never picked up a quarrel in their lives by providing them with the many so-called humanitarian aids in the deserts instead of stopping and bringing to justice, just like they would in other countries, the very people who perpetuate these crimes against humanity-those people who deny justice to their fellow citizens.
EGYPT & LIBYA:
If World Powers really cared for the African people as they claim in their interventions in both Egypt and Libya, why has the Somali case been left to deteriorate to the point that women and children now live in caves, forests and deserts as animals? Is it because Libya has oil and Egypt pays its dues? Or perhaps, this is another calculated plan to reduce the world population in line with the much New World Order conspiracy theories; is it? If it’s so, why does it have to start with Africa instead of those countries with almost half of the world’s population, and still counting?
If World Powers have genuine interests in Africa, why is France still backing up Paul Biya of Cameroon against the development of Cameroon and the Cameroonians for almost thirty (30) years now? Must there be a war before the West make money? Does the blood of innocent people always have to be spilled before the so-called World Powers would come in to say the truth and do what is right in accordance with what UN represents? No Western country would tolerate a Mubarak, a Gaddafi or even a Biya for more than eight (8) because it would be clear that the person no longer represents the people’s interest, why are these powers backing a dictator in Africa? Why is Paul Biya of Cameroon still seated there in the midst of so much while he does nothing except to waste millions of francs daily on food alone? ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria
NIGERIA & BIAFRA:
America, the Great Britain, France, Russia, China- all these claim that Nigeria is strategic to the world, that the “giant of Africa” plays a huge role in global peace. My questions then are these:
1. What do these countries and super powers call Nigeria-the barrel of their guns? Why do they place much concern on what Nigeria as a country stands to do for them even if Nigerians are living like slaves in the midst of plenty?
2. Is peace achieved and maintained in America, France, China, Russia and Britain through bribery and corruption?
3. Would these above mentioned world powers ever be able to intervene in other countries for peace if they do not have peace at home? Would America, Britain or France be able to internee and bring needed changes in any country if they do not have what they want to export right at home?
4. How many of IBB, OBJ, Ibori, Chimaroke, Orji Kalu, Igbenidion, Abacha, Bankole (Nigerian leaders helped by the US and British governments to steal our national money by offering them security), etc would any of these countries making up the world power and championing many Africa’s initiative tolerate even for a week as their native politicians?
5. Which country in Africa would be safe if the Cameron of Britain, the Obama of America, the Sarkozy of France, the Dmitry of Russia or the Jintao of China were to be transferring their country’s finance into personal accounts in many African banks?
6. Which of these countries that make up the world power would spare any country that allows their leaders safe passages and safe investments in Africa with looted public funds?
7. What is really the purpose of the World Bank: a bank opened for fraudulent African leaders into which their siphoned national fund goes as long as they keep to their end of the bargain?
8. Britain is great, America is united, and China is one-all because their similarities far outweigh any reason for disunity; why do these world powers then secretly support a prolonged “One Nigeria” even when they are very sure that one Nigeria has been and remained the only problem in Nigeria and in all of Africa-a seed which sprung up different levels of corruption and scattered Nigerians everywhere, multiplying corruption throughout the world with an unimaginable speed?
9. Years come, go, and come again, yet Nigerians everywhere get worse in the midst of great mineral resources. Wherever wickedness is done in the world, these world powers search for a Nigerian amongst the culprit; is this another deliberate attempt to depopulate Africa? The Bomb which went off In the Abuja UN building, as inexcusable as it may be, could have been carried out by a group of people who, out of frustration, felt that the world leaders have turned blind eye, as a result of all they stand to gain in a continued disorganized society like ours, to (or even supported) the many atrocities going on in the national polity through their neglect to hand over to Nigeria all guilty politicians as well as their loot stored in many of the countries that make up the UN leadership, to be on the front line in bringing these wicked men to justice; and to compel the Nigerian government to call for a sovereign national conference or even speak out and work towards a speedy division of the country. Whatever may have motivated that attack could not possibly have been directly directed to the international community but another way to say them, "Hei, you know what is right concerning Nigeria but you have kept silent. It's even reasonable to speculate that you are directly responsible for our plight here in Nigeria by not doing anything to expose those Nigerians who have and are still milking us dry and establishing conglomerates amongst you with our money."
10. Why are Africans treated with disregard everywhere even when it’s clear that whoever shaped every life on earth has favored us? How long can you hope to hold on against Nigerians with this colonial mentality? How long do you hope to last with your denials that, for a true Africa to stand, Nigeria should divide, and fast, before God displays another wonder in our favor to your face? You make it a near impossible mission for ordinary Africans to cross your boarders, yet you do not think it robbery on you to enter Africa, squeeze us dry and still reject offering any help? No! It’s wicked! It’s demonic, and unacceptable anywhere! You cannot claim that Nigeria is strategic to your global vision as long as Nigeria remains one and still lives in denial, both to the truth and to set free its citizens from decades of wretchedness; the world powers cannot call Nigeria “relevant and strategic” even in the midst of these injustices unless it’s obvious that they are openly accepting that they have been systematically plotting the extinct of Africans through mass poverty, war, sickness and disease through their policies of opening their borders to these African politicians with their loots and with a promise of a place in the new world. ( Continues below….. )
America, Britain, Russia, China, France-these countries and more have sworn, by their silence, speeches, and actions, never to see healthy, living, peaceful, wealthy, and democratic countries and people in Africa. By their actions, they have failed in hiding their evil intents against this and future generations of Africa. Like the Brits, the so-called world powers still see nothing good in Africa except the mineral resources. It initially was “Africa for human resources,” now it’s “Africa for mineral resources.” No consideration, whatsoever, for human lives in Africa. Since the individual countries of this said “world powers” have remained on a deadly competitive race against each other for Africa and oil as the golden trophy, none would be allowed a single sweep through modern colonialism; so, like vultures feasting on decomposing bodies, they have descended on the continent of Africa, with each country and interest situated at different sides and chopping off lumps from countries which are still very much alive because God keeps their roots watered.
There was a time Nebuchadnezzar held sway over all flesh. The Greeks, the Romans, the Russians, the Germans, the Brits-these individual countries once had times when the fear of them was the beginning of wisdom. No matter the commissions and omissions which slipped world power from country to country until it came close to a UN, the truth remains that the hand of God is fixed on man’s times. There would be no terror if the world powers allowed Africa, like they do their very selves, to thrive in equity, justice, and peace. The world would be a better place if America and its allies allowed and supported a truly democratic African continent. Terrorism would return to its base if these developed countries come into Africa with the vision and purpose to, first and above all, make Africa a picture of their home and knowledge which they claim to be bringing. I call on the UN and every body concerned to revisit the world mission on Africa, especially in this critical state of life which threatens, not only Africans, but both the great and small of all nations. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria
If the answer to the West’s view and treatment on Africa as a whole and Nigeria in particular has to do with the so much announced New World Order, then I must beg to differ; the start would have had a wrong footing. A New World Order, as strange as it may sound, could be a good thing. God Himself wants us to be one. Jesus, in his final prayer said, “That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me;” It’s indeed God’s design, contrary to many people’s belief, that the world be united. Good enough, the God of all wisdom has made unity impossible outside of love; there can be no unity where there is no love-no matter what unity and for what purpose. Compelled loyalty hatches all forms of terror, both against the compelled and the one who muzzles. For a global unity to become a reality there has to be personal unity, family unity and national unity. A divided person or nation in any global purpose would be as an insurmountable wedge to the wheel of any global dream.
Instead of creating more terror and wickedness by their support of these evil and slavery carried out by many governments in Africa against their people, especially the one that has gone on and still do go on in Nigeria, terror which often turns the terror into the terrorized, let all these world powers revisit their plans, plots, goals, and contributions in the fire burning all over Africa soon enough before it becomes a wildfire. Even this day, the very nature around us has begun judgment against wicked men and wicked nations. If you will not do what is right in Africa, return to your homes or seek elsewhere to plant your seeds of discord and wickedness. God alone is power that controls the world and He will give us what yearn for.
Photo Above: Mr. Jean Ping, Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission
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*Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Patriot Blinded By The West
By Kali Gwegwe
In one of my books, “Western Democrats in Glass parliament”, published in 2000, I have argued that western democracies will never tolerate Africa’s economic independence owing to the direction of their national ideologies. It is no secret that the economies of many western countries are energized by the inability of Africa’s political leaders to deploy sound fiscal policies aimed at stimulating rapid economic growth. This sad development has continued to keep Africa as an export- dependent economy despite the fact that the bulk of the raw materials used in the manufacture and production of finished goods imported by African countries are sourced from the continent.
There is no doubt about the fact that Nigeria is blessed with great brains and patriots. Among them are Wole Soyinka, Dora Akunyili, Oby Ezekwesili, Lamido Sanusi, and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala among others. What is in doubt is whether all of them are aware that the developed democracies will be too willing to do anything under the sun to promote and protect their national economies. Colonisation, the Cold War, civil wars, tribal conflicts, and the several international humanitarian/peace-keeping missions are all tools used by western democracies to secure economic victories over the African continent. It has become evident that both the World Bank and IMF are tools in the hands of western democracies. As long as African intellectuals refuse to accept this overflowing truth, their brains and patriotism will do the continent very little or no good at all. Is it not surprising that the many Africans in diaspora have not been able to make meaningful differences whenever they are given the opportunities to serve their countries in various capacities? ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Nigeria Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Perhaps, I should also point out here that Structural Adjustment Program, Currency Devaluation, and Subsidy Removal are examples of some of the pills western democracies such as the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain prescribe as cure for the continent’s economic problems. In actual sense, they hide behind these false fiscal policies to cripple the economies of African countries. As part of the plot, they task international institutions such as the World Bank, IMF, and world class universities to recruit the best brains from the continent. These intellectuals are hurriedly thought the Core Values of human and economic management. This is aimed at arousing the patriotic fiber in them. At this point, they are drugged (paid far more than their contemporaries at home), blinded (unable to recognize the evil in their employers), and given a pair of “western eyes.” At this point, these intellectuals no longer see things from the African perspective. They both reason and look at Africa with “western eyes.”
It must be noted that every society has its own peculiarities. As a result of this, what has worked in country A may not necessarily work in country B. Africans wearing “western eyes” will never realize this fact even though it is profusely clear. For instance, the governor of Nigeria’s Central, Lamido Sanusi and Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala are all bitterly agitating for the removal of fuel subsidy simply because same has worked elsewhere in America and Europe. Since they are wearing “western eyes”, they have failed to realize that: (a) Unemployment figures are very low in America and Europe (b) An average American or European worker earn as much as $130 or N19,500 per day. With this kind of salary, Nigerians can afford to buy fuel even at N150 per liter. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria
There is no doubt that both Okonjo-Iweala and Lamido Sanusi will not try stampeding government into removing fuel subsidy if they were earning monthly salaries of N50,000 per month. While tens of millions of Nigerians are earning less than $2 daily, they go home with outrageous salaries and allowances. One had expected them to suggest better ways of putting the nation’s economy back on track. The poor masses cannot continue to sacrifice the little they have while the few well-heeled federal government officials are allowed to laugh away in the comfort of their cars, offices, and houses each time government decides to find solutions to the problems of the country. Okonjo-Iweala and Sanusi do not need to be reminded that the removal of fuel subsidy will translate into the sharp upward movement of the prices of goods and services such as food, rent, transportation, education, health care, and building materials among others.
But if one may ask: What is wrong in subsidizing fuel? Are the beneficiaries of fuel subsidy not Nigerians whose interests the president, ministers, legislators, governors, and governor of the Central Bank all swore to protect? As a matter of fact, owing to the collapse of the culture of sound political leadership, fuel subsidy has turned out to be the only sure way Nigerian masses can benefit from the oil and gas revenue accruing the nation. There is no citizen that does not benefit from fuel subsidy direct or indirectly. Removing it will therefore bring out the fire in the heart of millions of suffering Nigerian masses. This is what the west is looking for. President Goodluck Jonathan must therefore not allow American and European powers to tie his hands behind him and plunge the country into the abyss of socio-economic instability. The west does not want Africa to gain economic independence. It is only through orchestrated socio-economic instabilities that they can achieve such evil plots. This is the more reason why despite all the noise they make about corruption; American and European banks still accept billions of stolen dollars from Africa. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
With the way Okonjo-Iweala and Sanusi are going about the fuel subsidy removal debate, I am pretty sure that they will one day ask the federal government to stop spending billions of Naira to construct roads. While our fiscal policy formulators and advisers are busy giving subsidy a bad name, agricultural subsidies accounts for more than 40% of the total budget of the EU. Who is fooling who? Hugo Chavez is definitely on my mind. The time has come for President Jonathan to call all the anti-people members of his team to order or fire them out rightly. There is enough evidence to show that the nation’s fiscal policy formulators and advisers are out of touch with the vision of the present administration. They have clearly run dry of ideas. Spending N600b to assist Nigerians buy fuel at an affordable price is not a crime. Rather than call for the removal of fuel subsidy, the anti-subsidy apostles should task their brains and think of better ways to increase the revenue receipt of the nation without worsening the already bad plight of ordinary Nigerians.
In this regard, government should be serious with the war against graft, reduce the monetary rewards of elected officials and political appointees, stabilize electricity to expand industrial production, increase investments in the non-oil/gas sectors, improve basic socio-economic infrastructure such as roads/railway/waterways, provide affordable quality health care service, and provide free quality education from primary to secondary levels. All of these will help energize and expand the national economy. With this, the likes of Okonjo-Iweala and Sanusi will not have any reason to bother about how much government spends to subsidize fuel.
More than that, concerted efforts must be put in motion to stop the continuous importation of petroleum products. This is part of the wider agenda of western democracies. They simply coopt a few willing Nigerians to ensure that our refineries do not work at optimum capacities. With this, they will be able to import crude from us and sell petrol and kerosene to us with a very appreciable profit margin. The same thing applies to the power sector. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala should wake up from her slumber and return the “western eyes” she is wearing. Also help Lamido Sanusi do same.
Kali Gwegwe, CEO, Nigeria Democracy Watchtower writes from Yenagoa, Bayelsa State and can be reached at email@example.com ( 0806 407 4810 )
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*Nigeria’s Terrorism Against MASSOB: An Affront To UN
By Ikechukwu Enyiagu
It’s unfair, and the UN knows this well enough. It’s gross injustice yet the UN remains silent. The many atrocious and terror acts carried out against MASSOB and its leadership by the Nigerian government is not only highly condemnable, it’s a direct affront to the United Nations and everything it stands for. The constant harassing, killing, torturing and detaining of many MASSOB members in the South-East of Nigeria by Nigerian security operatives should and must be condemned in its totality by the UN’s body, the United States of America, Britain and other world powers. When an individual or a group attacks a people for no justifiable reasons, it’s quickly called terrorism by the international community, but when a state marginalizes, deprives, tortures, kills, arrests and detains peace loving and innocent citizens because they are asking for their rights through due process, what is it called-modern slavery, perhaps? No! It’s terrorism; terrorism in the highest order! It’s worse that slavery!
In 1960, Nigeria joined the United Nations and consequently became a signatory to the Geneva convention treaty. As a result of this membership, Nigerian government is required by global law of rights and governance to , wholly, abide by all UN accords in relation to how its government is run-whether towards foreigners or its citizens. After the 1967-70 Nigerian-masterminded genocide against Ndigbo, and till date, the very reasons against which the declaration of the Sovereign State of Biafra were made still show themselves; only this time, in a much higher scale. It’s only a man without common sense who sits down and allows others to strangle his children one after another right before his eyes without as much as saying a word. Nigeria prides itself in the systematic extinction of the Igbo race within Nigeria, but Ndigbo would not sit down and watch silently why the very reasons we started our journey towards a separate nationhood repeat themselves; should we? By all mean, no! ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria
In line with these United Nations Human Rights declarations, and especially in the general silence of the UN body towards the brutalization, killing and unlawful arrests and detention of MASSOB members by the Nigerian government, I would like to ask from these few articles:
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Question: Many Igbo people in the military answer Hausa and Yoruba names simply because the Nigerian government has a standing order against everything Igbo in Nigeria. How has this law been to the interest of Ndigbo in Nigeria as it has been for other tribes and ethnic groups?
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
Question: Since the Nigeria civil war ended and MASSOB came up to continue the fight for a Sovereign State Of Biafra through a non-violent means, they have been brutalized, killed, arrested and detained in their numbers without any reasonable proof of any sort; is this not an affront to this article of the UN declaration? If this declaration covers every person and state in the world, why has the UN remained unconcerned while the Nigerian government continuously disregard these rules? Since no distinction shall be made of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty, why has the UN thought it unimportant to openly defend the rights of MASSOB but allowed the Nigerian security personnel to carry out, in defiance to this declaration, criminal acts against innocent people?
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
Question: When the Nigerian government negotiates with and doles out money to Niger-Delta militants, releases without charge and seeks to negotiate with those who murder Ndigbo and other Nigerians all over the North, is it not considered a form of slavery when the same government jumps at will on Ndigbo here and there, throwing them into prisons without charge, and killing some of them even when they are clearly non-violent in their rightful pursuit and determination for a a state where they will be treated as fellow humans?
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Question: Is the unwarranted arrests, torture, detention and killing of MASSOB members by the Nigerian government thugs not an enough subjection to torture to bring the UN in?
All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.
Question: When the Nigerian government negotiates with and doles out money to Niger-Delta militants, releases without charge and seeks to negotiate with those who murder Ndigbo and other Nigerians all over the North, is it not seen as a great form of discrimination when the same government, on the other hand, jumps at Ndigbo here and there, throwing them into prisons without charge and killing some of them even when they are clearly non-violent in their rightful pursuit and determination for a state where they will be treated as fellow humans? The Movement for the actualization of the sovereign state of Biafra (MASSOB) is internationally recognized as non-violent; when the government discriminates in their response to non-violent MASSOB from that of violent Niger-Delta militants and Boko Haram, is that not clearly an affront to the UN and all it stands for? When the people of the North in Nigeria jumps on Ndigbo in the North because of or without any slightest provocation from Ndigbo, killing them in their numbers, burning their places of worship and houses, and carrying away their property and goods as war loots while the federal government does nothing but releases the culprits and arrests and detains, instead, the policemen involved in the arrests, isn’t that enough reason for any group, community, or tribe to be frightened in the midst of the people they live?
Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.
Question: If the Nigerian government is a signatory to the United Nation, it invariably means that most of Nigerian constitutions are accepted or under review by the international community; if that happens to be that case as indeed it is, then the Nigerian government is clearly violating the rights of movement, speech and pursuit. Why has the United Nations looked the other side when the Nigerian government flaunts their wickedness against Ndigbo? If people indeed have a right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law, would I be faulted if I said that it’s time that UN came in to remedy the many injustice carried out against MASSOB and the entire Ndigbo by the government of Nigeria? Certainly not.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
Question: Clearly, this violation of human rights against Ndigbo is perhaps more wicked than terrorist acts. The story of subjected arbitrary arrests, detentions or exiles is a common treatment against the Igbos of Nigeria. Now that hundreds of MASSOB members are in different prisons all over Nigeria, and many other Igbo youths, through many carefully crafted plans by the Nigerian government to achieve its vision of an extinct Igbo race-to achieve the very intent of other states against Israel, have been forced into exiles in different parts of the world, should the United Nations not call the Nigerian government to order and to call for a Sovereign National Conference (SNC) without further delay; should the UN not accept the fact that Nigeria is long overdue for a peaceful breakup after years of hot and cold war which have all been to the detriment of Ndigbo in a ‘One Nigeria?’
Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.
Question: Every dot in this declaration is clearly bent on maintaining human rights to the highest level. MASSOB members were and still are arrested and detained (for those who managed to stay alive after the indiscriminate shooting from the Nigerian security operatives) without any public hearing. They are kept without any legal rights and against their wish; the UN knows this, why has it kept silent?
(1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
Question: According to the Nigerian government, Chief Barrister Ralph Uwazuruike, along with other Igbo sons, were arrested in Enugu on the 24th of August, 2011, as they were going for/celebrating an award to Chief General Chukwuemeke Odumegwu-Ojukwu (retd) and charged with ‘treasonable felony;’ since these incessant arrests have become a terror act against, not only Ndigbo, but the entire humankind, should the UN not insist that their case be brought to the international court where all the guarantees necessary for their defence will be in place, and treated, once and for all and without further delay?
(2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.
Question: The Nigeria security personnel shoot at peaceful MASSOB members with live bullets and kill many amongst them every now and then even when it’s clear that MASSOB does not threaten Nigeria in any way. Those that promised threats to the Nigerian government have been carrying them out and the federal government has been pleading with them while, at the same time, killing, arresting and detaining innocent Igbo people simply because they have refused to threaten any part of the country. With the big offices that UN has in Nigeria, why has it refused to defend the rights of MASSOB and that of Ndigbo; why has the UN not considered the action of the Nigerian government against MASSOB and Ndigbo in general a ‘treasonable felony’ since it directly undermines Nigeria’s signatory to the UN?
(1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.
Question: Before the war, many Igbos have property in different parts of Nigeria; but after the war, even when most of those property were still standing and valid, the Nigerian government refused every step the Igbo owners made towards reclaiming their property even after the said Nigerian genocide against Ndigbo was declared a ‘No victor, no vanquished.’ The Nigerian government, along with depriving Ndigbo of their many property in different parts of Nigeria outside of the South-East, still deny that it’s been guilty of genocide all along. This is very clear; what has the United Nations done about this and why the continued silence?
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
(2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.
Question: The United Nations had been before Nigeria became an independent state; this means that the United Nations can’t possibly claim to be unaware of matters going on in places throughout the world. Non-violent MOSSOB members have assembled severely in their pursuit for a different state where everyone will be treated with mutual respect and equality; but, with each assembly, has often come a ruthless crackdown by the government of Nigeria. Not only has the government of Nigeria been carrying out this affront against the UN, it has often done it with bloodshed. Why the silence?
(1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
(2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
(3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.
Question: Since the war ended, everyone knows that the Nigerian government has systematically denied Ndigbo of relevance in the Nigerian polity. For forty years and counting, no person of Igbo race has been allowed in the presidency, nor as Nigeria has proven, will ever be elected as a president. A call for a Sovereign National Conference (SNC) has been coming out from the great and simple alike in Nigeria, yet the federal government won’t hear anything of it. Is the United Nations truly representing the people or is it just a global body set up to further the destruction of the minorities and the downtrodden by the great and mighty?
Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.
Questions: Clearly, everything the Nigerian government does deprives Ndigbo of the South-East of all these above-mentioned entitlements. Ndigbo have been and are still treated as second-class citizens in Nigeria, why has the United Nations kept quiet as these wickedness continue?
Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.
Question: The people of the South-East Nigeria have cried out for close to fifty years against injustice, and insisted on becoming independence; the government of Nigeria refuses and crushes, with every strong measure, the genuine desires of a people driven beyond the banks slavery. In accordance with this declaration, should not the UN rise up to defend these rights and these people deprived in Nigeria?
(1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
Question: What wrong has the MOASSOB members in Igboland committed in carrying out the duty of seeking freedom from slavery and marginalization for their community away from the state called Nigeria?
(2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
Question: The reason that MASSOB adopted a non-violent approach in their quest is clearly in honor to this declaration, why then has the UN kept silent when the Nigerian government refuses to respect the same law and crashes, every now and then upon the MASSOB members and its leadership?
(3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
Question: Like already said above, MASSOB follow due process, why is the UN silent even against the wickedness of the government of Nigeria and its unacceptable crackdown on men seeking peace and their human rights in the most peaceful way in a country where violence is the order of the day?
Having weighed in the balance of these UN declaration acts the reactions of the Nigerian government against MASSOB and what MASSOB stands for, I have come to an obvious conclusion and to make these recommendations:
1. That the United nations and the world powers prevail upon the Nigerian government to call for and hold a Sovereign National Conference (SNC) where every community would be made relevant towards the pursuit for any possible future as one truly functional country or as separate states
2. That it’s high time the United Nations and the world powers, for peace in this geographical area called Nigeria and in Africa as a whole, stood up to the Nigerian government to demand, once and for all, the freedom of the South-Easterners, their rights to an independent and sovereign state of Biafra
3. That a complete release of all MASSOB members held in different prisons throughout the country be immediately demanded by the UN and effected.
4. I further ask that the United Nations, without undue delay, issue a statement which confirms that Ndigbo, the people of the Sout-East of Nigeria, and indeed, the people who have gone through years of masterminded cruelty and genocide from the Nigeria government, be given a clean bill to further their pursuit for a Sovereign State of Biafra.
5. Among these, I request that those in and out of the Nigerian government who have been accused of the genocide carried out against Ndigbo in the Nigeria-Biafra war be summoned to the Hague to defend their cases without further undue delay.
Photo Above: Chief Ralph Uwazuruike (middle) being led into Federal High Court, Abuja., Tuesday, November 9, 2005 to face treason charges.
Photo Above: Chief Ralph Uwazuruike in Federal High Court, Abuja., Tuesday, November 9, 2005 facing treason charges.
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