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09/19/11

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

                                                                                                      15, September, 2011

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

Your Excellency, Mr. President,

EVERY NIGERIAN NEEDS “ISRAELI PROTECTION” TOO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yours Sincerely,

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

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

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Permalink 02:23:00 am, by admin Email , 581 words   English (US) latin1
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*Nigerian Thai Embassy Instigates Harassment & Detention of Igbos

By John Obika

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

The reasons for our protests include:

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

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

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

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

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Photo Above: Map of Thailand

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

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

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

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

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

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09/18/11

Permalink 09:06:00 am, by callmeike Email , 1685 words   English (US) latin1
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*When WikiLeaks, Nigeria Leaks The More

By Ikechukwu Enyiagu

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

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

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Photo Above: Map of Nigeria

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

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

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

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

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

U.S. President Barack Obama

Photo Above: U.S. President Barack Obama

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

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

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

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

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

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

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09/16/11

Permalink 09:40:00 pm, by admin Email , 417 words   English (US) latin1
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*Nigeria: 1st Batch of NSCDC Armed Squad Pass Out From Training Camp

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

NSCDC Armed Squad officers at the passing out parade

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

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

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

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

Duties of NSCDC include, but not limited to:

i. Maintenance of peace and order in the society

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

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

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

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

vi. Provision of emergency medical services.

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

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

ix. Monitoring and supervision of Private Guard Companies

NSCDC Armed Squad officers at the passing out parade

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

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*At Twenty: Moving Anambra From Acrimony To Harmony

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

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

Moving Speeches…

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

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

Warriors Exchange Banters…

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

State to Continue to Honour Ndi Anambra…

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

First Phase of State Creation Task…

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

Inspiring Comments…

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

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

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

Anambra State Governor Peter Obi

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

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Photo Above: Map of Anambra State, Nigeria.

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09/15/11

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

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

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

Anambra State Governor Peter Obi

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

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

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

Emeka Umeagbalasi
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Phone: +234(0) 8033601078
Email: botchairman@intersociety-ng.org
www.intersociety-ng.org

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Photo Above: Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Intersociety, 41, Miss Elems Street, Fegge, Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria.

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09/13/11

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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..... )

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

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..... )

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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….. )

Robin Sanders

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.

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

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09/12/11

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*Address To President Jonathan By SE Governors & Leaders Of Thought

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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.

CONCLUSION

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.

Signed

PETER OBI
For SE Governors’ Forum

SEN. IKE EKWEREMADU
For SE National Assembly Members

DR. ALEX EKWUEME, GCON
Leader of Delegation

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Anambra State Governor Peter Obi

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

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09/11/11

*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..... )

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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..... )

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

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.

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

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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….. )

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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….. )

General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida

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….. )

Nigeria Ex-President Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo

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!

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

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