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08/16/11

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*Governor Obi Says Africa Has Lots of Potential

By Valentine Obienyem

Governor Peter Obi says Africa has the potentials to drive the future global economy. Governor Obi was speaking in a dinner organized for a delegation of Anambra State Associations in the United States of America who are on Integrated Mission in the State. He noted that Africa has abundant untapped resources locked up in various parts of the continent that will provide solution to future global challenges.

Governor Obi said that through multi-sectoral development strategy the state was on course to achieve the MDGs as it was using effective data bank to pursue programmes that impacted directly on the lives of the people which had been attested to by International Donor Agencies and Development partners.

He recalled that his administration is the first government to initiate and sustain collaboration with all associations of the State across the world as part measures to encourage them to contribute in the collective efforts to rebuild the state.

The President of the Association, Dr. Allison Anadi expressed satisfaction that through the collaboration with the State Government, they have successfully achieved an integrated mission that include medical, Education, women and children, youth empowerment, research and development as well as Economic empowerment and disclosed that on twenty-fifth of this month, they will embark on tour of projects executed by the present administration as a follow up to similar tour they conducted in 2009 during which they visited one hundred and seventeen projects completed by Governor Obi’s government. ( Continues below..... )

Gov. Peter Obi presenting a souvenir to the leader of ASA USA, Dr. Allison Anadi

Photo Above: Gov. Peter Obi presenting a souvenir to the leader of ASA USA, Dr. Allison Anadi at the conclusion of their medical mission to Anambra State. Click For Enlarged Photo

Dr. Anadi assured that the Association will sustain its partnership with the State government to elevate the State to a pride of place, noting that no administration has given such a support to any mission in any state.

A member of the mission and Dentist from Haiti Dr. Daniel Duroseau said he attended to two hundred and eighty one patients during the exercise and thanked the Association for giving him the opportunity to be part of the success story of the State. Dr. Duroseau assured that he was ready to participate in the next mission and would equally attract other volunteers.

Another member of the Association Chief Tony Idigo said unlike past administrations, Governor Obi had extended massive infrastructural development to all parts of the State including the rural areas, not that his achievements would remain a challenge to future governments.

Obienyem wrote this piece from Awka, Anambra State.

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*Everything Must Change

By Ikechukwu Enyiagu

Everything must change, nothing will be left out. From the centre of the earth to the four corners of life, change is the wind. Everyone must experience the change, no one will be exempted. The ongoing global change is not directly manmade and cannot be avoided; it’s a wave that must sweep through and through for the next season of history. Man abhors the spirit of change, yet refuses to change by himself. But change is one of the roots of life and living-change must. Change is a beautiful thing, but as water in its importance and benefits, it can be a very deadly wave when decisions oppose the flow of its current. Change must! Change will. Change is. Change did not begin with the much blazing and blasting “Arab Spring” nor did it end with black slavery; change evolved with time and lived in times. The Mayan calendar will not stop the clock of time, nor will the revealing of the antichrist become eternity for all-the end of change is at the foot of Christ. It’s a phase which ushers in a dawn; change is the other page of life and history…at intervals. The power of change is the breaking of the dawn in societies, but the destruction of empires and kingdoms is the result of unyielding opposition to change-it destroys everything in its path. That’s why men should embrace change with open alms, optimism and all positiveness. The beauty of change is all around us: in science, technology, in man’s deepened hunger and pursuit for truth, for freedom; for God, and in the choices of personal decisions over fate-choices brought into play by every dot in the many human rights codes. Change is always beautiful; howbeit, it produces on mankind the very results which truth is known for, only this time, quicker. Truths may be reserved for the seventh seal, but change bulldozes its way. The angle from which man views change determines how he responds to it. The path which leads man from the cradle to the grave and glory is paved with the colour of change. Many roads lead to the intermittent stops of change but man chooses which to take. ( Continues below….. )

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From the Arab world through Europe and all of Africa the cries of change are heard. The earth cries for change and the inhabitants echo her wishes. Every society or state ruled by men accepts change when it comes, but when demons sit on kingdoms and governments, they do not end up destroying themselves alone but, like the devil of old, draw down with them many stars set in glory to shine forth in every sphere for all-round illumination. When it comes to Nigeria, change takes greater hold as it stands; everyone, every area cries, knowingly and not, for change-a quick one. And change in Nigeria must. It’s not only pertinent for the Nigerian government and everyone in positions to either accept or oppose change to consider, and fast, how to react to the unavoidable change which is fast becoming the cloudy sky, what is decided in the long run of this no-time will become the history of all times, and therefore should be made decisively and promptly. Nigeria needs a greater change-from its foundation blocks, through its claims for reasons to remain as one, to the overwhelming and ever-growing dissimilarities. The political structures in Nigeria need change and change must come in, whether invited or not. Israel and Britain, two nations with high regard for human rights and democracy, still undergo the present needed changes; why would anyone ever think that Nigeria is not the more in need of these changes than anything else, and anyone else? Change is coming to Nigeria and sweeping through everything that situates within this name. Individuals must change for a changed nation to be birthed. Change is newness and everything will experience it. ( Continues below….. )

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Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing its 36 states and capital (Abuja or FCT)

It’s time for Nigerian leaders-all of them-to start responding to the change which is already too close for comfort. Considering the global happenings, it would be the wisest choice, and in earnest, the only way out for Nigeria if its leaders call for a Sovereign National Conference without further delay. Change is a friend, and as water, is essential to life. But to the Assads and Gaddafis of Nigeria, and to any leader in Nigeria who preaches that the highly corrupt, wicked and ousted Mubarak of Egypt be freed from his many atrocious and stubborn stance against change and, instead, be crowned with gold: the water which lifted and saved Noah with his family will drown them that feed on selfishness, wickedness, bigotry and rebellion against the God of all flesh. Who are you consider yourself able to rise and stand against the tide of God’s timing? It is change or change-either way, change must prevail. And when resisted for long, will become gully erosion in the living room of the obstinate.

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

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*Nigeria: Broadcast By Gov. Obi On The Recent Anambra Workers' Strike

By His Excellency Gov. Peter Obi

My Dear Ndi Anambra,

Today our workers who had been on strike for five working days and those who had been on strike for a much longer time – the Judiciary and health workers – have resumed work. Let me therefore start by thanking the workers and labour unions for listening to the voice of reason at last. Let me also thank the Anambra State Elders Advisory Council, the Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council and Anambra State Association of Town Unions (ASATU), as well as other organizations and individuals who contributed to the resolution of the labour crisis.

Above all, let us thank God for His infinite mercy and for allowing us all to listen to the voice of reason.

From the onset of these strikes, I have maintained that we have no compelling reason to take such an action either in the past, today or in the future. I say this with the greatest sense of responsibility, bearing in mind that we have from the inception of this Government, demonstrated commitment to the welfare of workers as evident from our resolve to constantly upgrade their conditions of service. It is on record that we were among the first batch of States in the country that expressed readiness to obey the Minimum Wage Act that stipulates N18, 000 as the minimum wage.

Since the creation of Anambra State, this Government has done more than all the past Governments put-together towards the upliftment of the State in all sectors of development, including the welfare of workers. I challenge anybody to prove the contrary.

Under the present Government, and for the first time since the State was created:

(a) Salaries of civil servants have been increased five times and have been paid consistently.
(b) Workers are sponsored to various workshops and trainings, both within and outside the country.
(c ) Workers’ promotions are now released as and when due unlike before 2006 when there were no promotions because promotion was said to be a privilege.
(d) Before this Administration, teachers stagnated on GL 15; it was my Government that lifted this barrier and they can now be promoted to GL 16 with all the privileges.
(e) Similarly, Primary School teachers who obtain university degrees can now be promoted alongside their secondary school counterparts with equivalent qualifications, instead of being discriminated against, as was the case before my administration.
(f) Official vehicles/furniture allowances were provided for Permanent Secretaries and buses for all the Ministries and extra ministerial departments.
(g) 16-month arrears of the state share of pensions inherited from previous administrations to the tune of about 1 billion naira have been settled.
(h) The liquidation of arrears of Federal share of pensions owed State Pensioners has commenced.
(i) Arrears of gratuities inherited from previous administrations have been settled. Retirees now receive their gratuities soon after their retirement along with pensions as at when due.
(j) Arrears of Course allowances accumulated between 1997 and 2006 have been settled.
(k) 23-month arrears of Call Duty allowances owed Medical/Dental practitioners from January 2001 to March 2002 have been liquidated.
(l) The first and second phases of the State Secretariat have been completed and put into use with necessary amenities.
(m) Salaries of State Counsels and those of Magistrates have been harmonized.
(n) Public Service Lecture Series aimed at improving the quality of public officers through strategic exposure to knowledge have been initiated and sustained.
(o) A 1,000 KVA generating set for the new Secretariat Complex was purchased.
(p) Over 3000 staff has been employed in the Civil Service by this Government.
(q) Group Personnel Accident Insurance Scheme abandoned since 2003 has been resuscitated with effect from 2008 and premium paid accordingly. The first beneficiaries of this scheme will be paid in two week’s time.

is clear that neither planning nor policy is our problem, but lack of selfless service and commitment to a better Anambra State. It is also unfortunate that some politicians who lost at the polls and who had in the past led visionless and missionless Governments are bent on destroying our vision and mission for a better Anambra State. When they had the opportunity to serve, they dragged the State into anarchy, state of war and pedestrian politics. Today, they are on the prowl, trying desperately to destroy the enviable achievements of the present Government, which have made us a reference point in the area of good governance and international best practices, and therefore an example for others to emulate.

At this juncture, it is pertinent to mention a few of those examples that distinguish the present Anambra State from the one we used to know:

1. the European Union has adjudged us the best in the recently concluded 9th Edition of its programme (9th EDF), which has earned us additional 4 Billion Naira support;
2. we recently received close to 1 Million Dollars for our exceptional performance in UNICEF programme;
3. we received the highest grant under the Millennium Development Goals- Conditional Grant Scheme;
4. we are receiving support from the World Bank for improvement in Health, Education, Community Development, Good Governance and recently in Control of Erosion;
5. we have attracted a Fortune 500 company which is investing 120 Million Dollars in the State in building their facility that will employ 1,200 people as well as attract other companies;
6. and many more.

At the presentation of my first actual budget to the State in 2008, I maintained that this State must live within its means and that everyone should make necessary sacrifices and ensure that we do not bequeath debt to our children. On my own part, I have drastically reduced the cost of governance, including receiving one of the lowest personal emoluments and allowances for myself and members of my cabinet among the states in Nigeria. Consequently, what I have offered to workers based on the new Minimum Wage Act is what will not lead the State into debts nor jeopardize both their pension and gratuity.

It is time we stopped this reckless and irresponsible politics and embrace a committed vision to building a better Anambra State.

I wish to take this opportunity to also plead with our wealthy citizens to give up on conspicuous consumption and help their communities instead. I also plead with them to endeavour to pay their taxes accordingly.

Finally my dear Ndi Anambra, the good news is that with the vision and mission we have today, we are on course towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals by the year 2015. The major infrastructural development going on in our State will continue, while new ones particularly in road construction will commence immediately after the rains.

Thank you and may God Bless you all.

Anambra State Governor Peter Obi

Photo Above: His Excellency Governor Peter Obi

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08/15/11

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*Nigeria: Anambra Will Remain Polio-Free -Gov. Obi

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Gov. Obi has assured that Anambra State will remain polio-free and that his Government would continue to lay emphasis on primary health care as one of the conditions of achieving the Millennium Development Goals by the year 2015. He said this yesterday at the launching of the Quarterly Polio Eradication Sensitisation Campaign by the Nigerian Governors’ Forum and the 2011 World Breastfeeding Week Campaign finale at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Ihiala.

Speaking, the State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Amaobi Ilika noted that the State has remained polio-free for the past five years because of comprehensive immunisation programme that has continued to receive an unparallel support of the Governor. He announced cash reward of N10,000 Naira for anyone who reports any case of Polio or guinea worm in any part of the State. ( Continues below..... )

Peter Obi administering polio vaccine to some children

Photo Above: Gov. Peter Obi administering polio vaccine to some children to mark the launching of the Quarterly Polio Eradication Sensitisation Campaign by the Nigerian Governors’ Forum and the 2011 World Breastfeeding Week Campaign finale at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Ihiala yesterday. On his side is the State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Linus Illika. Click For Enlarged Photo

The representative of Rotary Club International, Rotarian Chika Ekwueme commended Governor Obi for promoting effective immunisation in the State and re-focusing the attention of the Governors’ Forum to the need to sustain the fight against polio and other childhood diseases.

In another development, the Governor also presented a cheque of 10 Million Naira for water project, digging of borehole and reticulation, at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. The Governor who said he was satisfied with partnership with voluntary organisation said the State Government would support the hospital, as well as some selected Hospitals owned by the Churches, to make them centres of excellence.

Commenting on the event, one of the community leaders in the area, Mr. Solomon Aku thanked the Governor for his genuine efforts towards Anambra State and her people. He said that he had shown uncommon dedication as a Governor to the progress of the State.

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08/14/11

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*I'll Rather Bomb Aso Rock Than Have My Children As Slaves

By Ikechukwu Enyiagu

I’ll rather have all the senators, the house of assembly members, and even the Aso Rock-all those who squander more than 25 percent of the national budget bombed and wiped out than have my children continue in slavery to this hell called Nigeria and its politicians. It does not matter who amongst these evil leaders are reading this and planning on how to stretch their “human looting” to me, you will perish in your thoughts! I’ll rather have all PDP chieftains and all they have stolen in decades wiped off the earth than let my children feel the helpless pain I was born into and have lived with because of Nigeria. I would rather start every form of evil with those leaders who, from every angle, compel Nigerians into all forms of evil as means for survival. I would rather be a friend of Osama Bin Laden, though dead, than shake hands with these black monsters who call themselves “honorables” in Nigeria. And my life is not more precious to me than uprooting every tree of evil in my land and destroying those soulless leaders and restoring to those who live within Nigeria the freedom that is rightfully theirs as citizens of life. These are the silent and helpless cries in every Nigerian youth's soul, the cries of people who, with me, abhor the evil foundation of Nigeria and its leadership.

Ndigbo saw Nigeria on time as the seat of the Antichrist himself and decided to leave but everyone shouted NO! Since Biafra went on exile, everyone now sees the mark of the beast on all our leaders. When I consider most Igbo leaders, I regret not knowing Bin laden personally because I would have taught them a lesson on the dangers of fear; I would have fished them out from their comfort zones and dealt with them just as their silence has dealt with the very people they claim to represent. If I were the inspiration that brought about all the movement in the Nigeria Delta, I would have turned those I charged with my mission for liberation to madness since they have left their duties and resorted to enriching themselves. And if I were the brains behind Boko Haram I would have shown them how to correctly aim on their targets by shooting down some of them right before others. I commend Chief Ralph of MASSOB for his bravery and resilience so far, but has it not yet been made clear that Nigeria will never budge without guns and bombs in your arms as this has been proven to be the only language that Nigerian government understands? Can’t you see that this evil called Nigeria will never leave you until you cast it out with thunderous blasts? ( Continues below….. )

A Nigerian militant levels his machine gun.

For over 50 years Igbo leaders have become what their fathers never were-lambs for the slaughter, and have comfortably settled there. Instead of taking advantage of the state of the present world to gain freedom for their posterity, they are busy envisaging an Igbo presidency, tenure in, tenure out, in a country that is not theirs. The Niger Delta militants and leaders make mockery of their posterity by always asking for the crumbs of what is theirs from the hands of the legal thieves. Now, the Boko Haram sect, in their seeming irrelevance, has shaken everyone; yet their apparent ignorance irritates me: Your goal is a Sharia-governed state but the Nigerian government says, “No,” why did you then leave your enemies and bombed your brothers? Is it hard for you to know that those politicians sitting in various places of embezzlement and callousness who have refused us a Sovereign National Conference or even a break-up of the country which is long overdue are your core enemies and, therefore, core targets?

Nigerian youths are the most frustrated on earth, not because they don’t have anything, but because their inheritances are in the pockets of a few witches and wizards before whom every good thing is an offense. But to the youths, I say: Unless you become mad individually and collectively, these old evils will never release to you what is rightfully yours. They steal what belongs to you, save them overseas for their generations unborn while they turn around and make you their gatemen, cleaners, chauffeurs, cooks, and body guards. And you seem grateful. Instead of using the guns given you by these politicians to kill your poor school friends and innocent Nigerians who are struggling like you to survive, is it not wiser to use it on those who have turned you into mere errand boys, into their slaves? Instead of kidnapping and abducting the fathers and children of those whose mottos is "A luta continua," why don't you go for the bigger catch-why not go for commissioners, governors, MPs and all those bloated with blood money? You get frustrated in Nigeria, out of Nigerian schools, and out of the labor market; some of you sell all you have and even borrow to leave the country (your wealth) and start a new kind of slavery in another man’s land whereas a single moron, one of those ill-mannered and illiterate law makers who fight publicly as a means of making laws, divides the national money amongst themselves. A U.S. President, whose country’s GDP is about US$13Trillion/year earns about $250,000 annually while a Nigerian senator, in a country with GDP of about US$45 Billion/year earns about US$1,500,000 annually. My God! And most times, the majority of you end up in jails or graves in foreign lands as a result your home leaders. The worst now is that the senate is arranging for more prisons where Nigerian youths, chased out of the country by these very leaders’ wickedness and into different prisons all over the world, would be exchanged and brought home and dumped in to rot. Instead of doing what is right, they prefer turning you mad and then cuffing you up and into dungeons while their children celebrate life all over the world. If most of you have the guts and courage to carry drugs into countries which attach death penalty to it, (like the two caught sometime ago with ingested drugs headed for Malaysia, and the one who just died on the plane because of the same risk in drug trafficking to Malaysia) just because you must survive and take care of your families back home since what we have in Nigeria is not a government for the people but a group of armed robbers sitting in government offices, what stops you from going directly after those holding your wealth at home with the same courage and fearlessness? ( Continues below..... )

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Photo Above: Map of Nigeria

The Nigeria Labor Union is a major disease in Nigeria, a chronic disease; and its leaders are the viruses. The labor force of any country is its human and democratic power, but NLC has turned into a generation of beggars. You fix dates for strikes and you cancel it because you have no vision for the people you claim to represent and because your leaders have collected their shares of the national loot and now want everyone to think with the brains of these political witches and wizards. Shame on you, NLC leaders! It's your duty to gather the national labor force for a mass demonstration against bad governance and demand, once and for all, a total change. A few pot-bellied people gather and share the nation’s wealth among themselves and their children while the NLC still finds it difficult to defend the rights of all labor members to a mockery of a salary. Again, shame on you NLC leadership!

In all these the worse people are some of the ones who call themselves "shepherds of God’s people." Their matter offends the more because of the very sensitive position they occupy in the lives of the people. They think that their faith in God is a call to a life of selfishness, and so, they do not care what happens to other people in the country as long as their psychic power of hypnosis still earns them their own kind of loot by working on the unsuspecting members and adherents who fuel these so called shepherd’s luxury with their blood and the little they have in the name of "offerings to God." Most of the religious leaders we have in Nigeria are the forerunners of the Antichrist that is about to fully confront Nigeria soon. They tell you that religion and politics do not meet and that Christians should not be concerned with what is going on in the polity if they have faith in God “for their supplies,” yet they, for the sake of their passion and love for money and worldly lifestyles, often refuse to speak the truth but instead, limit sermons to a lullaby of “sow and ye shall reap,” raising up a generation of religious psychos who feel totally lost and helpless without their religious opium. They have totally forgotten or ignored the fact that God is the only and eternal sovereignty and that all governments fall under him. If God is the head of kingdoms, which was shown through the works of the “men of God” in the past, why then do they shy away from speaking against and challenging the wickedness in the land and still expect people to believe that they are messengers of the true God? The Islamic leaders in Nigeria wear their beliefs and duties round their necks while our Christian leaders drink the blood of their flocks down their throats. Is it because they are afraid of death which they claim to have experienced in Christ or is it because they are a part of the whole evil team? No! They are of the devil. The answer is clear enough. Nigerians have been fooled enough by political leaders but nothing compares to the destruction of vision, will, strength and faith on the masses by most of these religious looters. Have you ever asked yourself why your pastor should live in the most secure areas of the city, drive the latest cars, have spare jets, wear the latest outfits and eat the best meals with your supposedly “offerings and seeds to God” while you and your family are almost reaching the point of madness as a result of constant fasting and praying? In Jesus’ time, he did not concern himself with the treasury and he fed his sheep, not with words alone, but with signs, wonders, miracles and food; but these ones have sole signatory to the churches’ account and would want to drain you of the little you have for your family with their story of sowing and reaping, a theory most of them do not even believe in. If these Christian Pharisee and Sadducees see a true man of God whom God uses to cater for people's' spiritual and material needs just as Jesus did in His time, they call him an antichrist whereas they are the very ones who crucify Jesus on moment-by-moment basis with their furnished hypocrisy. Did you ever read to find out the lives of the Bible-days men of God? Go and study for yourself because nothing is as strong a conviction as what you discover for yourself and no belief can change your life as the one you believe for yourself, not the one another forces you to hold dear as a result of his gluttonous and demonic schemes. ( Continues below….. )

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Enough of these religious gigolos, enough of them playing with the weak and the sin-tormented feeble! Go to God and be free instead if you carry a load of sin. I would that I had the opportunity of acquainting with Osama Bin Laden before he died so I could be equipped with all I need to, not fight the West, but wipe out every evil Nigerian political Leader, both traditional and political. In the quest for my rights on earth, I would rather die a new “Osama Bin Laden” than a “Saro Wiwa.” I would rather challenge my overbearing enemy than resort to attacking my innocent, helpless, harmless and struggling neighbours. I would rather be a suicide bomber against the Nigerian government than live through life in a hellish Nigeria.

If I were the young Farouk, I would rather have begun my charity work at home where and when senators and MPs convene instead of going to an all-round rich America. Oh! Since it’s become clear that only in violence will Nigeria fulfil its destiny of allowing people their freedom which is the peace of all, I wish I had the explosive force needed to face the government instead of the poor masses. I would rather bomb the Aso Rock, the seat of power (if it means a thing) in Nigeria than have my children grow up in fear and frustration, watching the children of these politician robbers squander within days what is enough for a generation. But sadly then, when I often think of it, I recall: "If wishes were horses, beggars might ride." Since I do not have incorruptible lawyers to plead my case, faithful militants to fight my course at all costs, nor soldiers to wage every war necessary in my defence, what should I do then? I will rejoice in the God of justice and vengeance; that God whose words are infallible, who will judge even Satan and hell, their father and abode, and believe in Him to perfect his works in Nigeria.

There is a time and a season to everything, and one day soon, Nigeria’s wicked and occult politicians will meet their waterloo. By the blood, I will be at the right end here on earth amongst those who will rejoice in the victory of heaven over hell and her sons. But until that time, let wishes become dreams and dreams, sincere prayers…and convictions. Who can stop a man of convictions?

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

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08/10/11

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*Ikemba Nnewi Alive -Gov. Obi

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Gov. Peter Obi has refuted the rumour making rounds about the rumored death the Igbo Leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu. He spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Mike Udah, following innumerable calls and enquires he received from different quarters. The full text of his speech made available to the press reads:

“Gov. Peter Obi has been inundated with calls from many quarters, both within and outside the country on the state of health of Igbo Leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu. The intermittent heightening of tension that has attended his hospitalization shows how dearly Nigerians and the world hold him. ( Continues below….. )

Charles O. Okereke and Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu

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

The Governor observes that Dim Ojukwu has continued to attract the attention of the world because of his outstanding his leadership role and assured place in national history, adding that it also shows that his popularity is real.

Gov. Obi thanks all who have continued to show concern about Ojukwu’s ill-health and requests them to continue to pray for his full recovery, re-assuring all Nigerian and foreign admirers of Ojukwu that he is still very much around with us. He appeals to death-mongers to show a little discretion, especially on issues that are clearly open to confirmation.”

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08/08/11

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*Nuclear-Powered Nigeria? Tell Me Another Joke.

By Ikechukwu Enyiagu

The “Giant of Africa” is at it again, the blind Nigeria has again joined the race of the seeing; it’s now a nuclear power project. What a joke of a country! What a joke of leaders! What a joke of democracy! Nigeria is a joke-every agreement to it is a joke. One of my readers who is raised up in a fear-induced environment and inertia to slavery may not understand, simply because he does not want to understand how funny, irritating and totally animalistic Nigerian leaders, in their quest to continue their international display of shame, are daily making every Nigerian look in the foreign circle. Such a man has been defeated by fear and has settled for nothing. But, wake up! Ponder your reasons and the reason for things which concern you. That alone will prompt the mass-response and opposition to this nonsense.

Nuclear power is the use of sustained nuclear fission to generate heat and do useful works; it’s another source of power generation. In Nigerian leaders' context, the building of nuclear power plants is the perfect solution to our development, and the answer to the questions that all Nigerian leaders, past and present, could not answer. These leaders claim that their quest for a nuclear power is the quest for the “god of all answers” because it will power the economy; it will provide the country with electricity. Presently, about thirty countries operate nuclear power stations, and Nigeria, in her quest to join in this spiritual dance without wearing any spiritual underwear, is now fuming that “it’s nuclear power or nothing; total annihilation of Nigerians or nothing.” In this piece, I’ll show how silly this idea and those who champion it are, and why Nigerians should insist on a Sovereign National Conference. ( Continues below….. )

A Nuclear Power Plant

On the 20th of September, 2010, I wrote a piece which answers to “A nuclear world” and Iran’s nuclear power defiant pursuit (http://nigeriamasterweb.com/blog/index.php/2010/09/20/a_nuclear_world_the_culmination_of_morta_1). In 2002, the government of Malaysia, Nigeria’s colonial brother and age-mate (http://www.republicreport.com/i-love-malaysia-i-love-nigerians-written-by-ikechukwu-enyiagu/), in every attempt to avoid the option of nuclear power plants, initiated a project called Biomass Power Generation and Cogeneration in Palm Oil Industry (BIOGEN) to help promote the use of renewable energy, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the private sector. The project’s primary objective focuses on palm oil industries and the use of waste material in generating electricity in the mills and selling it to the grid where possible.

Nuclear power is not for baby countries if at all any country should try it. Nigerian leaders, in their selfishness and bloated self-image will do anything to appear as having right control of situations in this region when everyone knows that most of them are unstable in body, mind and soul. The best you could perhaps get among them would include one “comic honourable” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OF0Re7gJBb8&feature=related) who, in his sincerest and deepest concerns for Nigerians, and maybe in a bid to grammatically pacify lawmakers and get them back to the table after their heroin and corruption-induced arguments which often lead to fights , makes the parliament appear as a gathering of fruitless and unfeeling comic lovers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeS102JrTvA&feature=player_embedded). ( Continues below..... )

Map of Nigeria

Photo Above: Map of Nigeria

The Fukushima nuclear meltdown in Japan was enough to trigger a global second thought even on “for energy alone nuclear plant” programs. As it stands today, Germany and Switzerland are phasing out their nuclear power project ambitions as a result of what this has made out of Japan. Nevertheless, Nigeria’s proud and ignorant leaders are going ahead to sign a contract with Russia for a nuclear power plant in Nigeria. It was the same Russia that built the defunct steel industry in Nigeria and supplied Nigeria with manuals written in Russian language; one of the foundational blocks which made the Ajaokuta steel mill another mess. Nigerian leaders who cannot agree to a thing as simple as a good road network across the country are now thinking of a nuclear bomb.

A country without the slightest security (which, by the way, starts with the national purse) now thinks it can handle the dangers associated with a nuclear plant. Sometime in the past, it was the news that the federal government would begin power generation through Enugu coal, but it’s now going to be Russian-built and managed killer plants. While China drives her economy through coal, Nigeria rejects what is, in another bid to further marginalize the South-East as was the case with the glaring inequality in the creation of states, and has now decided to siphon off oil money to Russia and politicians’ private accounts in exchange for nuclear bombs. While Malaysia is working on extending her energy generation source to palms, majority of which were rumoured as having come from Nigeria, Nigerian leaders are busy frustrating every good lead and pursuing impossibilities instead. ( Continues below….. )

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Nigeria’s nuclear power ambition is a joke and a mockery just as the name "Nigeria" itself is. A country which derives more joy in her outward image than in the health of her body is undoubtedly on a suicide mission. Not long ago, it was Nigerian satellite; a project which is an imitation of excellence, without foundation. Well, if these atomic bombs must be installed in Nigeria, it will not be anywhere near South-East. If Nigerian leaders have concluded on the deal and, as always, shared some money amongst themselves as a result of this, the power plants should be situated in the parliament building. And if the president agrees to it, then they should to be located in his home town to augment the oil spillage and many atrocious activities carried out by oil companies in Nigeria against the Niger Deltas.

Nigerian leaders are a joke, just as Nigeria is a joke. But not all jokes are funny; some are irritating; Nigeria is an irritating joke. Good leadership can never be achieved through stubbornness and bigotry; it’s through collective positive efforts. So far, that is entirely impossible in the present Nigeria and in her leaders. Nothing, no matter what, will ever work in Nigeria unless and until a complete Sovereign National Conference is called for and held. Before Nigeria becomes another Iran, the leaders should consider what Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, and even Japan have become. Before you make another step in your canvassing for international support (http://www.voiceofnigeria.org/Nigeria/Jonathan-directs-ministry-to-document.html), try to get a national understanding. There can be no international recognition and support for Nigeria until and unless a Sovereign National Conference is called for. And before Nigeria goes on this suicide mission with nuclear bombs, please know that South Sudan is not in any way better than Biafra and has not paid more price for freedom than the Southern Nigeria has. A man who totally ignores his wife while campaigning for recognition in the society is a complete failure and is headed for early grave. He is a fool. Nigeria, as it is now, is such a man.

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

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08/07/11

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*PRESS RELEASE - Intersociety Rejects Kangaroo Trial By Nigeria Police IG

By Intersociety Nigeria

(Onitsha Nigeria, August 6, 2011)-Late evening Friday, August 5, 2011, at about 11pm, the leadership of the International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law was authoritatively informed that the trio of STW(Inspector) Emmanuel Mlanga(detained since July 8, 2011), STW Adamu Dogara( detained since July 12,2011) and TWGD 111(Constable) David Oyishoma(detained July 30,2011) were taken to the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters in Abuja, at about 3pm and “arraigned “ before a two-man “Orderly-Room Trial” Committee, headed by Chief Superintendent of Police Anthony Ekong, on so-called “two-count charge” of “breach of confidence” and “incredible conduct”. The other member of the “trial” committee is Assistant Superintendent of Police Akubo. Superintendent of Police Shinkut and Assistant Superintendent of Police Frank are Police “prosecution” witnesses, while Assistant Superintendent of Police Murtala Shafi’u acts as “the Investigation Police Officer” or “IPO”. After the so-called “charges” were read, the “trial” was adjourned till Monday, August 8, 2011 when the “prosecution witnesses” would “testify”. The trio, who were taken back to their detention cells at about 7pm, had earlier been taken to the CP Provost, Mrs. Sherifat Disu who ordered their “trial” at the instance of the IGP, Hafiz A. Ringim. The fourth wanted officer, STW Samuel Uwakwe, whose annual leave expired on Friday, August 5, 2011, is already in Abuja, to appear at the Force Headquarters by Monday, August 8, 2011. He is expected to be “arraigned” on similar “count charges”.

By Monday, August 8, 2011, STW Emmanuel Mlanga would have been detained for 30 days, or one month, or 720 hours, which is 672 hours more than allowed by law in the context of proper court trial. Also by the same date, STW Adamu Dogara would have been detained for 27 days, or a month minus a day, or 648 hours, 600 hours more than constitutionally allowed; and TWGD 111(Constable) David Oyishoma would have been detained for nine days, or almost quarter of a month, or 216 hours, 168 hours more than constitutionally allowed. On the other hand, by the same Monday (08-08-2011), STW Samuel Uwakwe’s rights to personal liberty and freedom of movement would have been lost for one month, or 30 days, or 720 hours.

Furthermore, our reasonable suspicion that the trio are also being held in solitary confinement came to fore on Friday (08-08-2011) when our sources covertly interviewed them, and they have this to say: “our detention cells, especially the Asokoro Police cell, are under lock and key 24 hours a day. Since our detention dates, 08-07-11, 12-07-11 and 30-07-2011, our families including wives and children as well as lawyers and doctors have been denied access to us. Our captives hardly feed us, not to talk of giving us balanced diets. As a matter of fact, we manage to buy our own food through sympathetic officers. Not minding the present cold weather propelled by raining season, they keep us on the bare floors with stinking mats. When sick and reported, they do not even care, we manage to source for drugs. Our toilets and bathrooms stink and we buy Izal disinfectants to make them useable.”

In view of the foregoing, therefore, we reject, in its entirety, the so-called “Orderly-Room Trial” initiated against the three gallant Traffic Wardens and planned inclusion by Monday, August 8, 2011, of STW Samuel Uwakwe in the draconian and unconstitutional proceedings. Our rejection of this stone-age approach is expressly total! Apart from lacking universalized ingredients such as right of fair-hearing, which foundationalize the Law of Natural Justice, the approach is face-saving and an escape route designed lately and belatedly too, by IGP Hafiz A. Ringim and his sub-commanders to escape the damnable culpability in detention without trial and solitary confinement of the three Citizen-Warders, seriously frowned at, by both our Constitution and various international human rights treaties entered into by the Federal Republic of Nigeria including the African Charter on Human & Peoples’ Rights. The circumstance, under which the so-called “Orderly-Room Trial” is instituted, gravely breaches the 1999 Constitution, as amended, especially her Section 36(fair-hearing and timely proper court trial). It is a settled norm in law that no matter how good a matter is, if its prosecutorial process is gravely faulty, it stands to be quashed judicially. Apart from the draconian nature of the “Orderly-Room Trial” principles, the so-called “trial” in the instant case, is also instituted in grave violation of the fair-hearing and the trial periods allowed by law. Therefore, having been predicated on false and injurious foundation, it cannot stand.

Also, apart from criminal denial of adequate legal representation, no adequate time was given to the Citizen-Warders to prepare for the so-called “trial”. They were also not informed of the imminence of the “trial”, and whether they would submit themselves to such “trial”. They were not formally informed of the so called “offences” they “committed”, except at the “trial” venue. There are subsisting Appellate Court’s pronouncements, which nullified obnoxious features or principles of the “Orderly-Room Trial”, and for any “Orderly-Room Trial” to be satisfactorily evaluated, it must possess the above features and more. But for lacking the fundamental ingredients of fair-hearing and for being instituted over 670 hours after the arrest and detention of the Citizen-Warders, the so-called “Orderly-Room Trial” for the “trial” of the trio of STWs Emmanuel Mlanga(detained since 08-07-2011 in Wuse Police cell) and Adamu Dogara(detained since 12-07-2011 in Asokoro Police cell), as well as TWGD 111 David Oyishoma(detained since 30-07-2011 in Wuse Police cell), is null and void, and of no effects whatsoever . If the authorities of the Nigeria Police Force, headed by IGP Hafiz A. Ringim goes ahead and mete out any sanctions predicated on such unconstitutional proceedings, the courts shall be invited to quash them with huge financial costs against the Police authorities.

We had expected the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Hafiz A. Ringim(+234(0)803325349) and the Force Public Relations’ Office, headed by DCP Shola Amore( +234(0)8037391280) to admit their grievous blunders and profusely apologize to Nigerians, unfortunately, what Nigerians got was raw display of official brigandage and chronic un-repentance. As a result, we renew our earlier call upon the President & Commander-in-Chief, who is also the chairman of the Nigeria Police Council to act swiftly before it is too late, by showing the IGP out of the Nigeria Police High Command. We also renew our similar call, earlier on, on the Nigeria Police Service Commission to sanction the trio of the DIG Administration, DIG Operations and the CP Provost for their perceived grievous violations of the provisions of the 1999 Constitution, as amended. The three detained Citizen-Warders as well as STW Samuel Uwakwe should be discharged and acquitted of all bogus charges levelled them by the authorities of the Nigeria Police Force headed by IGP Hafiz A. Ringim.

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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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*Nigeria: When Satan Starts Singing His Popular Lullaby

By Ikechukwu Enyiagu

When the devil begins to speak the truth, you better watch out! It’s a clear call to recheck one’s guards whenever the devil opts to help one clear a mess. It’s his mess, his case, his schemes, and his torturous laugh; yet he shall not have the last laugh. Lullabies are songs of death to man; they are the “sleep forever” pills. Don’t buy them! Do not consider taking them! Don’t accommodate any! Death follows in their trails. One fact from the devil is a million lies on the other side of the coin; what’s the goal? Perhaps another deceit, diversion, killing…and another lullaby? It’s never a free game; it’s a demonic game of circles in Nigeria-the wizard's game.

The “smiling parrot” has started singing, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, the one-time “quiet killing machine” is now a grown and groomed vulnerable parrot. He now drools and sings with a smirk. What’s the goal? Everyone should watch out! Nigerians should not be deceived one bit about this new wikileaks and Dracula in the person of Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, who was the former Chief Security Officer to the late head of hell, General Sani Abacha. ( Continues below….. )

Hamza Al-Mustapha

Photo Above: Hamza Al-Mustapha

Initially, it was the story of the Igbo and their love for money, for “selling out” because of material gains; or hasn’t that been the moonlight song which deceives? But here comes a new twist, it’s now the story of the Yoruba selling out on their own blood; my question, therefore, is: “IF THE IGBO AND THE YORUBA SELL OUT FOR MONEY, WHO THEN DOES ALL THE BUYING AND TO WHAT END?” Who does all these buying and from where was the money coming? For what national purpose had all these alleged transactions taken place? Every Nigerian should carefully follow the lines of this lullaby and detect the underlying tone. It’s just a new garment worn by the “born to rule” psychos and bigots. It’s a lullaby meant to lull many Nigerians to sleep by causing the intended diversions for a plan B action in the much sworn quest by some in the campaign of extending all of Nigeria into “our father’s estate.” Nigeria is over and done with. There are no more games to play because not everyone is still a child within this entity. Lullabies are for children

According to Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, he knows everything but has kept silent until now. In his “all-knowing” grace, he claimed that former Head of State Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar wanted Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo killed. And that he was sent to jail without trial by this same former Head of State because of what he knew. And according to his testimonies in court, he claimed that he was “a pawn in the hands of powerful forces;” that sums it all: A MAJOR, A CHIEF SECURITY OFFICER IN POWER WHO WAS ‘A PAWN IN THE HANDS OF 'POWERFUL FORCES’ WOULD BE A GREATER PAWN IN THE HANDS OF THE SAME PEOPLE WHILE IN JAIL AND POWERLESS. If he was a pawn with all the guns, ammunitions, pleasures and go-rights to kill whoever he deems fit, how much of a pawn of pawns would he not be now that he has been clipped and deprived of his killing powers? Lullabies directed to a grown up are provocative instead of the opposite.

When the devil begins to tell truths, stand on the alert! Recently, the Nigerian Maradona, IBB called for the release of Al-Mustapha, saying “thirteen years in detention without conviction amounts to injustice.” Perhaps this is the only truth he has ever said, at least, the one we could hear without his thugs compelling it. However, we should all remember that Kudirat Abiola was “silenced” because Abiola was murdered. And Abiola was murdered because he, a Southerner won an election. When lullabies are sung for grown ups, an evil intention is on the rise. General IBB (retd.) was the genesis of the whole Abiola saga; Kudirat’s death and the aftermath which saw the killing machine called Major Hamza in jail and the death of Bola Ige are all “nkponye aka, fisi, jara, etc” to the story of Abiola and democracy, instead of oligarchy in Nigeria; no one should be dumb enough to miss this match. But maradona is no longer relevant in today’s football. ( Continues below….. )

General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida

Photo Above: General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd.)

The questions now are:

1. What is the branding of Yoruba leaders as “bribe takers” meant to produce, what purpose is it meant to serve?
2. Why was the Al-Mustapha case kept until now that Goodluck Ebele Jonathan happens to be the president?
3. Why is the Major, the killing machine parroting now, and why the smirk on his face-looking younger even after the said thirteen years in jail?
4. Why is IBB campaigning for his release now even when it’s obvious that everything about Major Hamza reveals IBB’s wickedness?
5. Who is the devil’s tool in all of these, through whom has he come again to lull the people to sleep for another season of total blackout?
6. To what end are all these intentions?

There can only be one answer to all these: there is another game-playing on the rest of Nigerians by a few who consider themselves as “born to rule” and untouchable. But everyone should better watch out; God is now the captain! The president should follow this matter with the keenest interest and utmost caution. Yet, with all the name-callings, the smirks, the game-playing, the unlawful killings and all the looting of the federal purse (which the CBN was a signatory to) by the federal government in a bid to cover up a federal crime, truth will never be obliterated. Any individual, group, government or nation that abhors and does everything to cover, silence and destroy evidences and truths will end up being covered, silenced and destroyed. It’s just a matter of time and every Pharaoh in Nigeria will accept defeat and fall before the great God of all knowledge and justice-the great Maradona of all time. The master strategist is His name and you can’t escape your place in His justice.

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

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08/06/11

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*Deconstructing Nicholas Kristof’s “A Rite of Torture for Girls”

By Olugu Ukpai

My response to Nicholas Kristof’s article examines female genital mutilation (FGM) discourse in the Western’s paradigm of imperialistic assumption (IA). My response neither canvasses for the abolition of nor justifies FGM. It only interrogates Kristof’s FGM discourse in the West by examining the manner western critics and their non-western allies have justified their condemnation of this “torture”. It also juxtaposes this with the attitude in the West to similar western practices and the limited Western concept of human rights which he fails to knowledge. It is averred that unless a more grass roots approach to empowering women practitioners to control their bodies by directly seeking their opinions, African women practitioners will remain marginalized, discriminated and violated.

Nicholas D. Kristof is described as “a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times. A veteran journalist, author and human rights advocates who has travelled widely providing compassionate insight into global heath, poverty and gender issues in developing world. Amongst his “unpleasant experiences” include “malaria”. It is probably because of his interests in human rights and gender issues in the so called “uncivilized” world that inspired him to write his ambitious piece about FGM titled, A Rite of Torture for Girls.

Kristof presents FGM as “grotesque of human rights abuse” and a “torture” “inflicted by mothers on daughters they love”. He describes the practice as a form of “oppression that women themselves embrace and perpetuate”. For Kristof, the practice is cultural, involving the carving out of the clitoris and labia in order to “lower sex drive” without anesthesia. “Cutters” use “wild rural thorns for stitches” with many complications. Interestingly, Kristof expressed his frustration that four decades of Western eradication campaign has been futile because, African women regard Western approach as “cultural imperialism”? which Kristof himself says that “it’s… justified”, but only to conflate his position when he acknowledge that “the most effective efforts against female genital mutilation are grass-roots initiatives by local women working for change within a culture”. ( Continues below….. )

Nicholas D. Kristof

Photo Above: Nicholas D. Kristof

From the empirical sources juxtaposed here and there in the article, it seems clear that Kristof visited Somaliland and interviewed few unsuspected locals to justify his IA about FGM from where he generalized about the practice. This IA perspective is signified in the categorical title of his article: A Rite of Torture for Girls without any question mark. It seems that the Kristof had already concluded his story about this “torture” before travelling to Somaliland, first to add to his fame “as one of the few Americans to visit every member of the “Axis of Evil”, second, to add to his growing list of laurels. Although Kristof writes with passion to end this “torture”, he did so in an unfortunately unreflective way; diverting focus from third world’s pressing social and economical travails which arise from the exploitation and manipulation of its economy by the West. I couldn’t have been more disappointed at the end of the article as I was left wondering what practical action Kristof took to help the Somaliland women, especially Ms Ahmed’s daughter who suffered “a horrific pelvic infection and urinary blockage” after undergoing the procedure by her own poor mother.

In this respect, however, I would like to note that there are some unresolved tension in the author’s subjective attempt at discrediting the practice as a “torture”, “grotesque of human rights abuse”, and as an “oppression that women themselves embraces and perpetuate” on one hand and the many unanswered questions raised. Just one example among many, Kristof was silent on “Why would women “embrace and perpetuate” a practice that is overtly oppressive against them? He never sees it important to ask his unsuspected poor local women why the procedure is carried out by “cutters” using crude implements –“wild thorns in rural areas or needle and thread in the cities” and without anesthesia. Neither did he see it worthwhile to inform his teaming audience what he meant by the term FGM. He was also silent on the age of Ms. Ahmed’s daughter. This fail to shed light on whether the girl had attained the age of consent or not. This purposeful error in inaccurate demographic statics is not a trivial objection. It is political so as to attract sympathy and build moral argument often associated with forced and girl’s mutilation. This is a shame because; the proposition has great political and legal significance.

There has been a lot of negative publicity and campaign against FGM in the West where the practice has been labeled as “female genital mutilation”. WHO defines FGM as “All procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons”? “Any definite and irremediable removal of a healthy organ is “mutilation”. It seems that Kristof carefully avoided this definition because of his non-inclusion of some western practices such as ‘female genital surgeries’. For instance, ‘vaginal tightening’, ‘clitoral repositioning’ or ‘pubic liposuction’ of oversized lips reduction of labia, and ‘vagina landscaping’ are performed in the so called developed nations, euphemized as “Toronto Trim” and “vagina landscaping” in Canada’s largest city, Toronto, and the US respectively. But like FGM, “Toronto Trim” and “vagina landscaping” are morally the same and also a mutilation of the female genitalia performed for non-therapeutic reasons with financing available for Westerners to carry out such needless genital mutilation in hospitals? What is the Western hullabaloo about FGM all about? What is wrong with the Somaliland women who decide to have their genitalia “trimmed” just like their Western women counterparts? I insist that FGM is not the cause of a problem, but a situation arising from the Somaliland women’s lack of money and Western driven concept of human rights. The important issue is whether the Somaliland women have access to resources and affordable healthcare plan that will enable them visit Dr. Robert Stubbs in Toronto whose “work has been receiving greater recognition by the medical establishment” in Canada or Dr. David Murdoch in the US whose song of glory in revamping genitalia has earned him the title “The Picasso of Vaginas” or whether these Somaliland women practitioners participate or consulted in the formulation of the policies which affect their lives such as in the regulation of their bodies. ( Continues below….. )

Olugu Ukpai

Photo Above: Olugu Ukpai

Furthermore, describing FGM as “grotesque of human rights abuse” seems simplistic and even naïve of the author’s background as an Oxford Law graduate concerning the complex issues involving the “torture”. Even if taken at face values this allusion, then, Kristof ought to be reminded that the contents of human rights were defined without reference to Africans. It is only the West that has the exclusive prerogative to define particular rights. Developments in human rights since the 1960s have reflected the socio-cultural evolvement in the West. Human rights became exclusively the product of western experience. The West introduced new “human rights” particularly in sexual matters. For example, whereas sexual intercourse between persons of the same sex is considered an abomination and a taboo in most African communities, same sex marriages have become legal in many jurisdictions in the West. Africans have not always qualified as human beings worthy of benefiting from the protection offered by human rights. This is because Africans were not always considered ‘human’ and were therefore devoid of the “sacredness” that human rights were meant to protect. Africans were considered slightly higher than animals but less that human. Modern international human rights law is traceable to Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 (UDHR). This Declaration was made virtually with no African input. Most of the countries in Africa were under colonialism at that time. The absence of African participation meant that African perspectives and values were not adequately articulated. The result is that the emergent document portrays essentially western values.

Sadly, Kristof, who has been described as a “voice to the voiceless in other parts of the world” failed to look inward and voice out similar “torture” in his backyard. He portrayed the Somaliland women as without agency. Why not empower these women with cameras (Like Glen Canning of Canada does in his Cameras for Africa Project), money, and education to tell their own stories to the world because nobody can tell one’s story as oneself. Why portray them as “sinners needing salvation” from the American idol? Mr. Kristof’s limited knowledge of feminist argument regarding FGM is nonetheless critical. This made him portrayed the practice as an African problem, rather than a global issue facing women. Nahid Toubia puts it this way: “Mutilating of our bodies is a cross-cultural [global] phenomenon that involves comply[ing] with a certain social definition of being a woman. It is part of the global subordination of women in which women’s bodies are controlled by a male-dominated social ideology. The battle is, in reality, about power and dominance – about finding a way to justify the abuse of women”.

Overall, Kristof’s article succeeded only in justifying the old, Western IA while leaving many questions unanswered. These leave his readers to infer on many possible conclusions on their own about the “torture”. Kristof struggled to put old wine in a new bottle. The quest to end FGM must be approached from its complex, current, credible facts and enlightenment. The article did not advance our knowledge about the “torture” rather, old knowledge were reproduced in grand style by an American idol hungry for more fame from the “Axis of Devil”. Except the European justice system and celebrated writers, gender and alleged human rights advocates such as Nicholas Kristof considers a more grass roots approach to empowering women practitioners to control their bodies just like their Western counterparts by directly seeking their opinions, African women practitioners will remain marginalized, discriminated and violated. Since it is said that Kritof himself has had “unpleasant experiences with malaria”, I think that it will be more beneficial in his global health quest to focus more on the malaria scourge that has personally affected him which is causing needless daily deaths in Africa more than FGM. This will attach a human face to his global health advocacy. According to WHO, every 35 seconds, a child under five dies of malaria and these accounts for over one million deaths annually and 99% of malaria related deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa. “Somali health indicators are among the worst in the entire world” with 36,732 cases of malaria in 2004.

Olugu Ukpai is a PhD candidate at School of Law at the University of Reading, U.K. He can be reached at oluukpaiolu@yahoo.com

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