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08/19/11

Permalink 03:22:00 am, by admin Email , 529 words   English (US) latin1
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*Nigeria: Governor Obi Says He is Committed To Anambra

By Valentine Obienyem

Governor Peter Obi says the welfare of the State Workers and the good of Anambra State remain top priorities of his administration. Governor Obi was speaking in a broadcast on the recent industrial actions in the State.

Governor Obi who noted that there was no compelling reason for the strike actions, recalled that from the inception, his government has continued to demonstrate commitment to the welfare of workers as evident from the resolve to constantly upgrade their conditions of service and for being one of the states in the country to express readiness to obey the minimum wage Act that stipulates N18,000 as the new minimum wage.

He explained that since the creation of the State his administration has done more than all the previous governments put together towards the uplift of the state in all sectors of development including the welfare of workers.

The Government said that in line with policy of ensuring that the State lived within its means, his administration had drastically reduced the cost of governance, including receiving one of the lowest personal enrolments and allowances for himself and members of his cabinet among the states in Nigeria. ( Continues below….. )

Anambra State Governor Peter Obi

Photo Above: Governor Peter Obi

He stated that what he offered to workers based on the Minimum Wage Act is what will not lead the state into debts nor jeopardize both their pension and gratituty.

Governor Obi noted that in addition to employing over three thousand workers into the State Civil Service, his administration has equally resuscitated the Group personnel Accident Insurance Scheme which was abandoned since 2003 and premium paid accordingly while the first beneficiaries of the scheme will be paid in two weeks’s time .

He regretted that some politicians who lost at the polls and who had in the past led a visionless and missionless governments are bent on destroying the vision and mission for a better state lamenting that when they had the opportunity to serve, they dragged the state into anarchy, state of war and pedestrian politics and are today trying to desperately to destroy the enviable achievements of the present government which have made the state a reference point in the area of good governance and international best practices and a pacesetter for others to emulate and attracted many rewards and awards from international donor agencies and development partners. ( Continues below….. )

Map of Anambra State, Nigeria.

Photo Above: Map of Anambra State, Nigeria.

Governor said time had come to stop reckless and irresponsible politics and embrace a committed vision to live a better State and appealed to privileged individual to shun conspicuous consumption and help in uplifting of their communities as well as endeavour to pay taxes and levies accordingly.

He stressed that with the present vision and mission, the state is on course towards achieving the Millennium Developing Goals by 2015, assuring that the on-going massive infrastructure development in the State will be sustained while new ones particularly toad construction will commence immediately after the rains.

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08/18/11

Permalink 12:44:00 pm, by admin Email , 328 words   English (US) latin1
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*Nigeria: Anambra State Selected For Digital E-Library Project

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Anambra State has been selected as one of the beneficiaries of the Federal Government Digital E-Library project under the connectivity for development good of the Universal Service Provision Fund – (USPF).

The Fund was established by the Federal Government to facilitate the achievement of the national policy goals for Universal Service and Universal access to Information and Communication Technologies – ICTs in rural, unserved and under-served areas in Nigeria.

This is aimed at promoting the connection of government schools, libraries and institutions across the nation to broadband internet.

The project awarded to Zinox Technologies Limited will include the supply, installation, configuration and commissioning a completed digital e-library solution in the selected center which will have the capacity of accommodating about fifty computers with computer tables and chairs as well as suitable location for the installation of V-sat equipment and generator for back-up power supply. ( Continues below….. )

Map of Anambra State, Nigeria.

Photo Above: Map of Anambra State, Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Library Association has expressed gratitude to Governor Peter Obi for his remarkable contributions and support in ensuring successful hosting of the 49th Annual Conference and General Meeting of the Association held in Awka last month.

A letter signed by its National President, Professor Olatokunbo Aina said the success of the conference was largely due to the Governor’s moral and financial support and extolled his motivational Dinner Speech which he described as informative and interesting and will be made available to all members.

He commended the Governor’s continued support of the State Library Board and his vision to establish functional libraries in schools, while expressing the hope that the State will continue to be shining example to all other states in terms of library development in Nigeria.

Anambra State Governor Peter Obi

Photo Above: His Excellency Governor Peter Obi

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08/17/11

Permalink 06:49:00 pm, by callmeike Email , 3479 words   English (US) latin1
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*Is Nigeria Really “None Of” Your Business?

By Ikechukwu Enyiagu

Nigeria’s script played by Nigerians:

Nigerian Politician, alias “Mr. Genesis”: Since the British left, I’ve been in politics one way or the other and its corrupt platform enabled me to squeeze out more than enough for my children and their lines yet unborn. So, you see, I'm not concerned anymore, as you may still wrongly imagine, whether Nigeria moulds or melts; it’s none of my business. After all, my family is overseas in one of my mansions. Oh! I love America and Britain.

Usman: As long as I am at the top of what’s going on in the polity and an advantaged beneficiary of the federally-arranged loot of public funds, I’m OK. So far, I’m not sure if my lineage will ever be able to finish up my wealth-I have them is Swiss, USA, Britain, Saudi…everywhere. I’m very rich and you are not richer than me. Who cares if Nigeria burns and for what? All my children are aboard, anyways.

Gbenga: Sometimes, you people make fun of yourselves; how much do you have, in the first place? See, I know how to play my cards well; I know how to rub Mr. Genesis to pay Usman, and how to rub Usman to pay Mr. Genesis; but my profits always outweigh. You see, no matter how poor I get, I’ll never be as poor as Dangote. So, how does Nigeria concern me in any way? I don’t care!

Okeke: That’s why I’ve said that you all are very wicked, selfish and lazy… and yet you call me names. I don’t have to wait for government money or good governance in other to make money-I’ll look for money anyhow, anywhere. This country has deprived me so much, so, I’m going my own way-I’ll manufacture anything, travel to everywhere, do all kinds of deals, enter every whole as long as I can find my own money there. And so far, I’ve made enough for my family and myself-enough to build me a house with fence so my neighbour won’t have to disturb my peace. Do you think I care about Nigeria anymore? I don’t! To hell with Nigeria!

Tsebor: You cannot cheat me even though you think I have nothing to say. I’m watching you and waiting for my time. You think I’m saying yes to you because I believe in you? You must be joking. As you milk Nigeria, I milk you while I still wait for the time to overthrow you. To tell you the truth, neither you nor Nigeria matters to me-all I care for is my schemes and I’ve made so much from them. Why do you think I’ll starve because of Nigeria? It’s true that it seems like I'm kneeling down before you, but in my heart, I’m standing upright-taller than you. I don’t care, Nigeria is not my business. ( Continues below..... )

Map of Nigeria

Photo Above: Map of Nigeria

Iniobong: Do you mean Nigeria? I’m tired but what can a minority like me do? Thank God we have oil and my brother is Ekaette and my uncle, Etiebet. Honestly, I feel like changing my name but I won’t. I will sit and wait, I will sit and watch-Ntiense. So far, the way politics is run in Nigeria gives me money and I will not give it up for anything or anyone. Anybody in the majority is my favoured candidate-that’s how I survive. Nigeria is not my problem right now. Please, leave me alone. Yak mi!

Niger Delta Man: You people speak long grammar. As long as we receive the amnesty fund and I get mine constantly, I do not care if Nigeria is in the skies or in hell. You talk too much; me, I don’t talk too much-my gun talks for me. But if Nigeria gives me the money I ask for from time to time, that would be my only care; otherwise, is Nigeria the name of a person, place or thing? ( Continues below..... )

Map of Nigeria's Niger Delta Region showing Port Harcourt

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

Boko Haram: Nigeria? We will never take it. It’s either our man or Nigeria will burn; Infidels will never rule us. We are ready for war anytime, anyway. Unless the presidency comes back to the North, we will destroy everything; we will burn churches and mosques, and we will kill anyone we want to kill. In fact, we will make Nigeria ungovernable for this Infidel called Jonathan. We did not vote for him, so he cannot be our president. Even though we hate western education, we will use western weapons to keep on creating panic in Nigeria. We do not care who or what Nigeria is, all we want is our man on that seat-nothing more, nothing less. And when he enters, we can reclaim “our father’s estate.” We do not believe in Nigeria. Shikena.

Commercial Driver/Okada: Why do you look at me this way and ask me about Nigeria as if I’m the one who destroyed it? Go and ask those politicians, those thieves. I drive my “Molue” and I ride my “Okada;" thank God I can still feed my family. And some lucky days, passengers leave things behind. Did you ever think I would take them to the police? They would arrest me and charge me for robbery. God punish this country! Leave me, my bus don full!

Police Woman: Abeg, make I hear word; na grammar I go chop? U no sabi say police woman follow dey rub cream? Roger me now or…Well, Mr. Journalist, as I was saying before this thief interrupted me, I really thank God o. If it’s not this police work, I would still be a prostitute and my father doesn’t like that. I make money here and my fiancé, that Inspector over there, is really sharp-if only you see how he controls the posts (Please don’t tell him I was once a prostitute, he doesn’t know even though we met in a hotel before he helped me into the police force). They call him “business man.” So, together, we make a lot…plus our stupid salary. Politicians don kill us all, wetin again you wan make I talk? Nigeria na good country sha and we want it to remain like this so we could make more money because our wedding is fast approaching. Hei! Stop there, you thief! Park right there and come down, hands up! Whose car is that? If you move, I shoot! Journalist, please don’t mind me, na de way we dey take chop o. ( Continues below….. )

A policewoman blocks a driver who was reluctant giving them money

Photo Above: A policewoman blocks a driver who was reluctant giving them money, while her partner puts pressure on the driver to meet their demands. Eventually the policewoman was knocked down by the unyielding driver, who successfully sped away - CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS OF THE POLICEWOMAN KNOCKED DOWN.

Nigerian Woman: I’m talking to you about “gender inequality” and you are asking me about Nigeria. Do you think that I care one bit? Have you not seen how gender equality campaign is lucrative in the western world? Why can’t a woman do the things a man does and the man do the other-like bearing children? God must be a sexist. Right now, nothing matters to me than fighting men everywhere; they are so proud and arrogant. Who told you that God made men to be the head or are you saying this because you are a man? I see you are a sexist. Please get out of my sight this moment or I’ll tear my cloth, start shouting and accuse you of attempted rape; you know what will happen to you, don’t you? So, don’t spoil my business-this is how I make my money. Men have caused me a lot of havoc so I will make them pay. Who cares about Nigeria? Men spoilt it. Get away from me, wicked sexist!

Armed Robber/Kidnapper: Whether Nigeria is good or bad o, I must chop. You no see, I know how to make my money. Don’t ask me too much, I don’t know if you are a spy. I don’t care who or where Nigeria is; since these leaders have spoilt my life, I will use any means to get what I want, and that includes raping and killing people, if I have to. I have money; can’t you see my gold chain? I’m tired of Nigeria, piss off!

Student/Youth: I like myself, I’m a “runs man” and I make money for myself and my babe. Nigeria is a mistake. How I survive? Well, like I said, there are so many runs here…in this college and this city. I will not explain further, but as you can see, I’m living fine. Nigeria doesn’t give me anything, so don’t ask me that question. I even pay a lot for school and receive only strikes…most times. Right now, I think I don’t want to graduate. There are runs here and I make money, but if I graduate, I don’t know if I will ever find a decent job. Hei, it’s time for our usual class without lecture; nice speaking with you. What’s that your name again?

Religious Leader: Our Lord said we should be as wise as serpent and as gentle as dove. You know, these are the last days and we must not concern ourselves with earthly things. Do you mean my mansions and cars? Oh, God has been good to me. You know, a man who waters must be watered also. When I started I had nothing, but now I have many cars and houses. My children are abroad, studying. God has given me people and I can never lack. Hallelujah! Well, Nigeria belongs to God and he will do with it as he pleases. We should not criticise our leaders because it is not good. I don’t criticise them; in fact, I have many friends among the governors and ministers. I’m even waiting on the Lord to open the door for me to see the president. Meeting with him will boost the awareness of my ministry; it’s good for my congregation since ministry is becoming highly competitive(off the record, please). And don’t forget that “the kingdom of God suffereth violence and the violent taketh it by storm.” (On the record now)God bless you, and thank you for the seed faith.

Internet Fraudster: I know that what I’m doing is not good but what else do you expect me to do? What other choice do I have left in this damned country? Look, I graduated with 2nd class upper five years ago and I’ve not been able to find a reasonable job. They always demand for 3-5 years work experience, but how can I ever get any work experience if they do not allow me to work? That’s why I thank God for this Internet business; now I’m a big boy-maga dey drop steady. God punish anybody who is against 419; u wan make I chop wetin, your head? See, you are here criticizing me while my pastor is always praying and fasting for me to get rich “magas” and pay "God" my tithe. He’s a hustler, my pastor is-no dulling. Naija na my country sha, we go dey shake town. You wan sip beer with me before you waka, eh?

Drug Trafficker: Well, all I can say is that it’s not easy but I make it; God blesses and protects me. All this noise that government makes about drug trafficking is bullcrap. They themselves consume these drugs, let’s face facts here. And even if it were not so, what do they want the youths to do? I can’t be an armed robber, I have no job, and, unfortunately, I’m not a politician; how else shall I make money? Look, those that say my business kills people are lying, my business actually does the opposite. By the way, I make money-a lot of it, and that’s what counts to me. Those drugs law enforcement agencies can go to hell for all I care, they will never catch me. I have men of God praying for me and I have many “Babalawos” monitoring my routes-nothing dey happen. Those people caught trying to enter Malaysia with drugs are small boys in this game-they don’t know levels. And that poor one who died onboard a plane with ingested heroine simply died in his time; everyone must die someday, right? It's sad, but to me, was is a drug hero who died on the warfront. Forget Nigeria. What I’m thinking about now is how to finish my hotel building; I don’t care about Nigeria, it’s too late for that now.

The Poor/Less-Privileged: My brother, I thank God that I’m still alive. If the air we breathe is bought with money, our leaders would not spare any for me and my children. Look at that one-she has been sick for a week and the doctor demands for a deposit of N5000.00 but I don’t have that amount of money. In fact, I’ve not touched such money for a long time and I don’t know where to get it. We have been surviving and I believe that God will “give us this day our daily bread.” As for this child, if she dies, then God has taken away because he is the one who gives. Nigeria caused all these since they closed down the railway business where I used to work, and left me with no benefits. I have no one to speak for me but God will judge them. I will never forgive Nigerian politician, even in my grave! May God bless me o!

Journalist: I love my job but I don’t want to become another Dele Giwa. I support the ruling party, that’s modern journalism. No one wants the truth, so why put yourself in danger trying to reveal it? Sometimes, what they call “bribe” is nothing but “a gift of understanding extended from one friend to another;” that’s how I see it because my friends in politics have really extended these gifts to me a lot. Nobody really wants to hear the truth and, believe me, the truth will tear this country apart in a day. You know, we know so much. Presently, I concern myself much with “fair journalism,” I do not get in anybody’s way. That way, I can make money without making enemies. Forget your definition of Journalism, it doesn’t apply to Nigeria. But, off the record: Nigeria is a mess, and the citizens are living in hell. I know many politicians and the evil they do, how and where they stash our money-I have all the documents to back up my claims. But, thank God, I’m not the Messiah. Even Jesus Christ was killed by the very people he came to save. In fact, on the record, Nigeria is the giant of Africa, and we are moving forward, despite what people may be thinking. It’s been nice speaking with you, comrade.

This is just a sketch of the picture of Nigeria, Nigerians, and the story that goes. No one cares, no one really cares; so, it’s “to your tents, oh Israel!” No one, from the bottom to the rooftop, really cares which way Nigeria goes. Some who would care have no relevance. Underneath every claim of "I don't want to get involved, let them be and let me be" lies an insatiable appetite for greed and selfishness. Not even our experiences and poor history have proven anything to us yet; we have all been blinded by selfishness. Selfishness was what we borrowed from the British but have now refused to send back. Like every living thing, countries have life. But when improperly attended to, decay sets in from the roots below. Nigeria is decaying and everyone says, “It’s not my business.” We should be observant enough to have noticed that, as a country, we are headed for nowhere but the pit of nothingness if status quo remains; and when the country implodes, those outside will not see just buildings on top of others, they would see flies buried alongside corpses. ( Continues below..... )

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

If the traditional rulers claim to know their work, they should have spoken by now. If the religious bodies claim to be the shepherds, they should have had enough of what goes on in the lives of their flock which was a direct result of the filthy political air. If the mothers who know the pains of labour still care, they should have begun proving to men how much helpless and hopeless a world without women would look like by gathering themselves together and saying a big no to the evil leadership of the country. If the students/youths care a bit, they should have organised from school to school, a mass protest against all the wickedness in the government which tell on them so much and so clearly. If the NLC claims to be representing the labour force-all those contributing to the building-up of the nation while few politicians tear every block down- they should have called all their members off every site and office and into the streets and on roads, protesting and demanding a total overhauling of the system-demanding not to get off the streets and roads until and unless their demands are met. If those who call themselves elders, fathers and god-fathers are not of the devil, they should have started calling for a Sovereign National Conference (SNC) because they know that only that could ever address the many faults and failures in Nigeria.

No sane elder sits in the house and watches a goat deliver its young while a rope is still tied on its neck. If those who call themselves lawyers, Esq., lawmakers, and all other beautiful names claim to know what their oath is, who a lawyer is and what their roles are, they should have demanded, from the a to the z, a revisit of the entire constitution; they should have stood out and demanded for a SNC since the core of their duty is to defend to the last the rights of humans and the rights of justice. If the journalists claim to be reporting on the truth, they should have known that the power to change the nation lies with them greatly, and instead of turning themselves into political errand boys on pay-rolls, they should have used the mass knowledge in their reach to expose all evil and bring the needed.

Silence and nonchalant posture will never suffice. A farm left unweeded will spring forth weeds in their varieties. A Sovereign National Conference must be called for and held; the usual copy and paste, cut and paste, and cut and bind renovations going on with the constitutions will not suffice either. An open audition must be carried out on Nigeria, and fast. Until this seed of selfishness which has grown into a forest of deadness is uprooted, Nigeria will experience an implosion like never recorded in history. To every Nigerian: Selfishness is smallness in its smallest measure. Instead of thinking and acting selfishly, let’s broaden our concerns to consciously accommodate Nigeria and what becomes of it. Instead of lying down, as satisfied or helpless as a snake that has just swallowed another, let’s remember our true posterity. Whenever God came to help His people, it usually was because He "heard the cries" of His people. Silence in the midst of evil indicts even the righteous; that's why, in the Bible days, God's punishment usually fell on an entire country because no one cared what happened-not even the priests. No house built on selfishness will stand the test of time, let alone shelter your generations unborn.

No ill-gotten wealth will grant you the satisfaction and security every soul comes to earth yearning for. Until tougher stance in favour of positive economic and political change becomes convincing and deeper, the rich and powerful in Nigeria will be driven by the wheel of their silence and selfishness into becoming the Mubaraks, Gaddafis, and Assads of Nigeria; and unless the cries of the poor, downtrodden, deprived, falsely accused, maltreated, and marginalized in Nigeria become louder until they overflow the banks of the Nigerian map and into the international sphere, many, as Libyans, will run from Libya into Tunisia, and many from Syria, into Turkey. How is the life of a refugee better than your rights as citizen of a true country, tell me? Obviously, everyone has a stake. So, get up today form wherever you are and speak to the government. Ask for a Sovereign National Conference. Ask for the rights of your children. Ask for it now, and make your voice count for this change!

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

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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

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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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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..... )

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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.

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