*Nigeria: Governor Obi Honours Coscharis, Citi Bank MD
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..... )
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).
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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*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.”
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: email@example.com.
“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. “
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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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
MNN’s bold vision and practical goal for “new” Nigeria
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*Nigeria Called Upon To Adopt ANIDS
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..... )
Photo Above: Governor Peter Obi
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.
Photo Above: Anambra Integrated Development Strategy ( ANIDS ) symbols
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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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Photo Above: Map and Flag of Nigeria
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!
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
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
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
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
Click To Listen To "All Hail Biafra Vocal"
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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!
Photo Above: Map of Defunct Republic of Biafra
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*Nigeria: Governor Obi Visits Ideani Erosion Site
- Anambra To Spend Over ₦150m On Emergency Erosion Work: 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......Read More
Photo Above: Map of Anambra State, Nigeria.
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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….. )
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….. )
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.
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….. )
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..... )
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
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...... )
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.
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.
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….. )
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.
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.
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*Anambra To Spend Over ₦150m On Emergency Erosion Work
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….. )
Photo Above: His Excellency Governor Peter Obi
According to Chief Umeh, the council has also approved the award of contract for the construction and completion of the Anambra State multi-purpose liaison office complex Abuja at the cost of five hundred million Naira while. The council has equally approved the contract for the construction of internal roads within the Anambra State University Teaching Hospital Amaku at the cost of two hundred and fifty million Naira through direct labour by the Ministry.
The Commissioner said the council in a similar vein approved the construction of Otumoye Primary School to have right of way in bringing power to Onitsha at the cost of thirty-five million Naira. He said the State elected to support PHCN in enhancing the power situation in the State.
Chief Umeh disclosed that the council confirmed the appointment of Professor Fidelis Okafor as the substantive Vice Chancellor of Anambra State University, Uli.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Chief Aloy Egwuatu who expressed hope that the organized labour will use opportunity of today’s rally to call off the strike in line with decision of the stakeholders at the women development centre, Awka. He called on the leadership of labour to listen to voice of reason as Governor as demonstrate commitment in repositioning the State and uplifting standard of living of the people, while reminding workers that the no work no pay law has come into effect.
Photo Above: Map of Anambra State, Nigeria.
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*Nigeria Committed To South-East Roads –Works Minister
The Federal Govt is not happy with the state of Federal roads in the South-East and will now divert full attention to that zone by way of paying attention to the roads in the Zone. This was revealed yesterday by the Federal Minister of Works, Arc. Mike Onolememen while inspecting the Onitsha-Enugu dual carriage way at Onitsha axis in the company of Gov. Peter Obi of Anambra State.
The Minister said that he came to the State on the express directives of Mr. President following relentless efforts and pressures by the Anambra State Governor. He assured the people of the State that President Jonathan was committed to restoring all federal infrastructure in the zone and assured that a radical transformation on roads in the zone will be witnessed henceforth. He also said that his Ministry and the Minstry of Finance were working in close collaboration as directed by the Minister for the delivery of the Second Niger bridge. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Federal Minister of Work, Arc. Mike Onolememen (Middle), flanked by Gov. Peter Obi (left) and the Anambra State Commissioner for Works, Arc Callistus Ilozumba, during the inspection of the just started reconstruction of the Onitsha-Enugu dual Carriage way at Onitsha.
On the Onitsha Axis of Onitsha-Owerri road, the minister directed the company handling it, CCC, to immediately carry out palliative measures on the impassable spots, while construction is going on.
The Governor, who was visibly happy over the development, said that he was confident that the present Minister of Works would be the last he would inspect the road with, having doen so with the three past Ministers.
In order that the project is delivered, Gov. Obi said he would personally supervise the progress of work on the road. He also brought to the Minister’s attention other federal roads the State Government is doing, viz, Atani-Ogwikpele road, Oba- Nnewi road, Nkpor-Amawbia road, among others.
It will be recalled that the Anambra State Government had relentlessly appealed to the Federal Government to grant her permission to fund the Onitsha-Enugu dual carriage road from Head bridge and be paid back thereafter.
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*Why Should Igbos Not Seem Selfish To Nigerians?
By Ikechukwu Enyiagu
A nation where history has become mere moonlight tales shall, like the earth, only rotate on its axis; a people that have refused to borrow knowledge from their archives will continue to go in circles. History serves as a drawing board for what should be expected, but what any nation that refuses to consult history while expecting to move on will get is only an open secret-a repeat of history. This piece stands both to refute those arguments that the Igbo nation is of a selfish people, to tell Nigeria and Nigerians that the Igbos were never and are no fools, and to remind my fellow brothers that, though the active genocide against us ended decades back, we should all prepare for what is coming by coming ever closer in oneness.
The cold war has gone on for decades and Ndigbo are no longer willing or able to remain silent. With all the well-rehearsed excuses and evidences which any Nigerian from other parts of the country would readily present against Ndigbo, including that of some of my brothers from the Igbo nation who have been unsuspectingly cornered by these arguments into believing that their brothers and sisters may be less trustworthy and more selfish than peoples from any other nation, tribe or group in Nigeria, the truth remains that the fear of “Igbo-man-sense” is the first true dividend of the Nigerian wickedness. Now, anyone may still go ahead to gibber about the Igbo people but, eventually, the Nigerian nation shall have to consciously revisit the history of this country if Nigeria may still be a name any nation within it may eventually decide to adopt. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map and Flag of Nigeria
Well taken, the Igbos, from inception, are very good in commerce; but our interests, abilities and capabilities were not limited to buying and selling as some people’s minds have been conditioned to believe for decades. The Yorubas, because of the colonial choice of ports and capital, were early introduced into education, and with the help of Chief Awolowo, Yorubas inclined more towards education in the early days. Nevertheless, history has also proven that Ndigbo were not left out in education in those days; as a matter of fact, the Igbos were at the forefront of things as a result of their educational background. So, the argument that Igbos do not go to school can only be termed as a theory from a group of unrepentant ignoramus. Chief General Odumegwu Ojukwu (rtd.) was the first Nigerian to enroll as a private in the Nigerian army even though he was very much academically qualified as a commissioned officer.
The incidents which brought about the civil war, the war itself which lasted for about 30 months, and especially, the carefully but self-destroying masterminded policies adopted by the Nigerian government after the war against the Igbo nation helped produce the Igbo of today which the evil potters take to flight from. Obasanjo, with orders from Gowon (while being backed by the UK, Russia and other states, by the way), carried out the Nigerian genocide against Ndigbo down to every forest in Igboland. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Igboland (homeland of Ndigbo of Nigeria )
Among the claims of the Nigerian government was that Ndigbo included other “unwilling” tribes into Biafra. But the question we ask is this: If the Nigerian government was solely concerned that other unwilling tribes were “forced” into Biafra because of oil, why did Gowon not call off the genocide against a “dry-Biafra” after General Obasanjo (who has helped Nigeria to be what it is today, by the way) had slaughtered his way through to the Niger bridge? In Gowon’s genocide push against Ndigbo, the national anthem for the genocide, broadcast uninterruptedly in Hausa language on Kaduna(a people who claim to champion the religion of peace) radio and television stations throughout its duration, was unambiguously clear on the main objective of this crime against humanity. This was the Nigerian anthem used solely in their vision, desire and push for an extinct Igbo race:
‘Mu je mu kashe nyamiri
Mu kashe maza su da yan maza su
Mu chi mata su da yan mata su
Mu kwashe kaya su.’
When translated into English, it means:
‘Let’s go kill the damned Igbo
Kill off their men and boys
Rape their wives and daughters
Cart off their property.’
Mindless of the false “no victor, no vanquished” declaration, the government of Nigeria actually went ahead and carried carcasses as spoils from Igboland which it still treasures more than its life, and placed it on the seat of power. These carcasses have remained the terror of the Nigerian nation as it continues to stumble in its way, trying to get better while thinking that these crimes will ever be forgotten or pardoned by the earth itself. Never! The government made laws which deprived Ndigbo of all their property in other parts of the country. And when it came to money, the government reduced every Igbo person to a N20:00 note while it went on to privatize many companies, leaving all of Ndigbo with nothing to come close. When it comes to the military and other forces, the Igbos were carefully reduced below the minority quota. In creation of states, the Igbos were not only severed via Delta and Rivers states, we were reduced to five states while other major tribes which cannot, through every clear method, claim to be lager in population than the Igbo nation were unthinkably inflated. In all the decades which followed the civil war, Ndigbo were craftily reduced to sycophants that even the governors and ministers from the Igbo race have been blinded not to see and speak up and clearly in defense for their people.
Just like the chosen Israelites became vagabonds and nomads, fighting, not to live, but to survive, away from their inheritance, the Igbos were made strangers to themselves by the Nigerian government. And just as the Jews were hated by those who knew them and those who never saw them, the Igbos were named everything apart from anything good. Considering all these wickedness against the Igbo nation and the Nigeria’s master plan for Igbo extinction, the typical Igbo man, therefore, in his strives to be able to feed himself and his family, forgot Nigeria and its government and went into different places, doing different things. Certificates became mere papers. Because God’s word stays, the Igbos prospered in all they laid their hands on. This grace, instead of being used by the Nigerian government to better Nigeria as a whole, was worked against by the Nigerian governments and Nigerians for little or no reasons; the Igbos were hated for this grace. Businesses were stopped, containers of goods were seized, and more than half of Nigerian police force was drafted into families, clans, villages, towns, and cities of Igboland, not to combat any illusory crimes (which they perpetrate by themselves, by the way), but to harass, falsely accuse, betray, rob, extort torture, and kill Ndigbo.
Why they do this, other tribes and areas in the same country were and are left to do as they like; some threaten and kill people arbitrarily while the government begs, negotiates with, gransts them amnesty, and sends them, even without any secondary school certificates, into foreign universities. Other results can be seen in a nation where one constitution applies for the Igbos while a different one applies for the Hausas. As a result of these which turned Ndigbo into vagabonds, every Igbo person became selfish in the eyes of other Nigerians, and everyone tried and still tries to use this (trying to survive from the wickedness of a country which has become a curse, not only to the Igbo nation, but to other Nigerians wherever they go) to further sever Ndigbo. ( Continues below….. )
My question to any person from other tribes in Nigeria who still sees Ndigbo as selfish is this: Leaving your prejudice and hatred-filled epinephrine aside, if your people went through and still go through the plights of Ndigbo in Nigeria, would you have survived, and would you survive it? If you would, what would you do to see that the Nigeria’s hunger-method against you does not wipe your generation off the map? It doesn’t matter your religion, if you are a person of truth, you would know that it’s time this injustice is addressed once and for all. Even if tribalism and your own selfishness (which is without these stated reasons) would not allow you to put yourself in the position of the Igbos in your judgment, surely you could not honestly claim that the reason the 1914 mistake has become a curse on all Nigerians is not solely because of the wickedness of Nigeria and Nigerians against the Igbo nation, and that, as long as these wickedness are not addressed, every Nigerian will share in the repercussions.
By the way, corruption in Nigeria which has now become the first criterion for leadership is a product of other tribes in Nigeria, despite anyone’s argument against this fact. The irony of calling Ndigbo a selfish nation is the curse which has affected the entire Nigeria; everyone who has mouth in Nigeria shouts “Igbo, Igbo!” Meanwhile, every other Nigerian is soaked in selfishness. What Ndigbo are accused of is the same carcasses they elevated to the federal seat from the genocide days and which has grown into a curse; every leader, from Aso Rock down to a ward councilor, from the traditional rulers to the spiritual shepherds, swim in the blood of the Igbos killed in the war and, therefore, swim in selfishness. None of them is sane enough to speak out; therefore, none of them is innocent of these crimes. The nation and everyone in it, therefore, pay and continue to pay for this. This selfishness has killed Nigeria, while Nigerians are busy pointing fingers on Ndigbo. Take your hands off the orphan’s inheritance and find peace, Oh hopeless and helpless Nigeria! ( Continues below….. )
Finally, I would that Ndigbo realize that there are more reasons to be more united now than ever. Azọtacha ani, azọba ụté. No matter whatever Nigerians call you, no matter how everyone else sees Ndigbo, what you call yourselves and your people counts it all, and how you see yourselves matters. Let's be more brotherly while outside, and when we come home, we can settle our differences as a people from a place. Looking back to our history as a people blessed and sustained by God Himself from all wickedness, every Igbo person should be grateful for being Igbo, and all Igbos should form a formidable force, now than ever, against every infiltration to our God-ordained oneness and destiny. To every Nigerian, I say: Igbos love brotherhood so much that we oftentimes embrace our neighbors closer than we do our brothers. This gesture is an opportunity for every other person from every other place to discover the beauty of the Igbo loving-kindness. To the Nigerian government, the stubborn friend of a stubborn fly, I say: you did not fail when 1914 came; you failed when you mapped out the Igbos for extinction. 1914 could have been correctly amended had the Nigerian government not carried out genocide against Ndigbo and, worse still, refused to restitute for it but, instead, went on to tighten every grip. From the genocide years, through all these decades that no Igbo person was allowed to lead Nigeria, to now: how has Nigeria fared-better than the 1914 amalgamation and the colonial rule, or worse? Since Ndigbo, in their selfishness, have not been allowed to rule Nigeria, where did all these selfishness by the Nigerian leaders come from? Judge for yourselves, you self-made blind, deaf, dumb, crippled, obstinate, and self-opposing leaders! No prayer for a better Nigeria will be heard by the good God of all while Nigeria and Nigerians unrepentantly refuse to confess the sins of genocide against Ndigbo! None! To everyone who cares to listen to my word, I reveal this truth that: just as the vagabond Jews of Israel returned to their homes and still kept it despite the many fruitless attacks against them from hell and its slaves, Ndigbo, no matter where they have been flushed out into by the Nigerian government with the support of other Nigerians, will eventually return to the place we call home.
Ani-Igbo shall have a name which covers our nation. This is not an opinion or a suggestion, a prayer, or even a threat, it’s an established truth; it's a prayer answered long ago. The time for all things lies, however, solely in God’s hands. So, to my people: if Ndigbo is the Nigeria’s definition of selfishness, if your fights for survival translate to more hatred and accusations of being selfish, then let that selfishness bring us closer to ourselves; get more selfish, this time, in your love for yourselves. Onye ajụru adịghị ajụ onwé ya. As for Nigeria which sits on a blazing fire, it has only two options. And as Israel became one under God, we shall one day be one. Amen.
Ikechukwu Enyiagu can be reached at
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*Gov. Obi Poster Child For Electoral Reform in Nigeria Says Wikileaks
A US Embassy official said that "the case of Anambra demonstrates that the electoral system can be made to work in Nigeria, particularly in the rare instance where an opposition candidate has the personal resources and willingness to expend them on long-shot political bids. According to a secret Embassy cables exposed by the wikileaks, the Official added that "while not without detractors, Governor Obi has become a "poster child" for electoral reform in Nigeria. Duplicating such results elsewhere will be a daunting, but not impossible, task."
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SUBJECT: NIGERIA: ANAMBRA GOVERNOR DISCUSSES ELECTORAL REFORM, AMNESTY, PRIORITIES
Classified By: Political Counselor James P. McAnulty for reasons in Sections 1.4 (B) and (D)
¶1. (C) SUMMARY: Anambra State Governor Peter Obi of the opposition All Progressives Grand Alliance discussed electoral reform, the Niger Delta amnesty program, and state priorities during an August 26 meeting with Charge, PolCouns, and PolOff at the Embassy. Obi expressed pessimism about prospects for the amnesty program, predicting that militants would accept the money offered them and return to business as usual. Obi is unusual in the Nigerian political landscape in challenging -- successfully -- the Nigerian Government (GON) and ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) both on electoral results and length of term in office. He indicated plans to run for re-election in February 2010 and requested Embassy help in providing monitors. END SUMMARY.
NEGLECT OF NIGER DELTA
¶2. (C) Obi lamented that authorities had not given proper attention to the Niger Delta a decade or more ago, before the rise of militancy there. He emphasized that Niger Delta inhabitants needed help with development of their educational, health, and road infrastructure, for the benefit of entire communities, rather than distribution of cash payments to individual militant leaders. Simply "settling" individuals by attempting to buy their cooperation has never worked, and, in Obi's view, would not produce lasting peace, without addressing underlying poverty and lack of economic opportunity. Many militants will take the money and return to their criminal activities. Obi criticized the Niger Delta Development Corporation as doing little to nothing for the region and expressed pessimism over amnesty's prospects, given its focus on payments to individuals.
THE LONG JOURNEY TO THE STATEHOUSE
¶3. (C) Obi recounted his long journey to the Anambra governorship, including his three-year court battle to confirm his electoral victory in the 2003 gubernatorial race. He explained that he collected and submitted ballot tally sheets to prove he had actually won the most votes. At the time, political party representatives at each voting precinct signed sheets containing agreed, tabulated results. His election was the first in which Nigerian courts over-ruled national electoral commission official results. As a result, Obi said, other candidates have stepped forward to challenge results in their races. "Because of me," he joked, "everyone is in court." He lamented, however, that for the 2007 presidential elections, many precincts lacked tally sheets. (N.B., Many tally sheets contained erroneous dates, which rendered them invalid. END NOTE.)
¶4. (C) After winning his case, Obi noted, the GON had initially declared that his four-year term would beginwith the originally-scheduled inauguration date, in effect shortening his term to one year before facing re-election. Again, he challenged this decision in the courts, arguing that the Constitution stipulated that governors serve four-year terms upon assuming office. In June 2007, the Supreme Court agreed, ruling that his term would run from 2006 to 2010. He noted plans to run for re-election in February 2010 and asked that the Embassy provide monitors for that election.
¶5. (C) Obi admitted that electoral success did not come cheap. He estimated that he had spent five million dollars of his personal funds from his prior career in banking on the campaign, excluding post-election legal fees. He credited the faculty at the Kellogg School at Northwestern University with awakening in him a call to public service during a ten-week executive education seminar that he attended.
NEED FOR WHOLESALE CHANGE IN PRIORITIES
¶6. (C) Obi decried the priority that most of Nigeria's political elite place on construction of grandiose residences and offices as perks of their positions. Nigerians, he observed, needed to change their political, economic, and social priorities. He commented that his predecessor had expended 10 million dollars on building a massive state-house complex. When he took office, he learned that the state would need another 30 million dollars to complete the project as originally designed. Yet, Anambra State faced tremendous shortcomings in schools, health services, roads, and other sectors. No public secondary school in the state, for example, had any science laboratories or computer classrooms, which he calculated would cost 40 thousand dollars each to equip. He halted the state-house project, choosing to renovate the previous mansion damaged by fire for about 400,000 dollars and to invest funds in the schools.
¶7. (C) As another cost-saving measure, Obi said that he has never stayed at the Anambra Governor's lodge in Abuja during his official visits to the capital. Instead, he stays at the Rockview Hotel owned by an Anambra native, saving 200,000 dollars in operating costs for the lodge. Moreover, according Obi, his state is the only one that has developed a master plan for development. He has set benchmarks for objectives to accomplish during his term. As a result of the change in priorities and investment in infrastructure, Obi calculated that per-capita income has risen four times during his tenure, albeit from an admittedly low base.
¶8. (C) The case of Anambra demonstrates that the electoral system can be made to work in Nigeria, particularly in the rare instance where an opposition candidate has the personal resources and willingness to expend them on long-shot political bids. While not without detractors, Governor Obi has become a "poster child" for electoral reform in Nigeria.
Duplicating such results elsewhere will be a daunting, but not impossible, task. END COMMENT.
¶9. (U) Embassy cleared this telegram with Consulate General Lagos.
Photo Above: Governor Peter Obi, Chairman, SE Governors’ Forum
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