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06/27/11

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*Nigeria: Dead Abia School Principal Not Beaten

-Police Bid To Collect Money/Rubbish NSCDC?

By Masterweb News Desk

Masterweb yesterday conducted investigations into events leading to the death of Magnus Obinna Ezeugo, Principal, Bende Junior Secondary Grammar School, Umuttorie, Bende LGA, Abia State after a news report on Vanguard newspaper on the same day titled "14 NSCDC men in Abia held for murder". The said article can be read at http://www.vanguardngr.com/2011/06/14-nscdc-men-in-abia-held-for-murder/

According to reliable information obtained by Masterweb News Desk from interview of some key witnesses, Magnus Ezeugo was not at anytime beaten by operatives of Abia State Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). Mr. Ezeugo apparently died from either stroke or heart attack as a result of high blood pressure associated with diabetes that runs in his family according to sources. Our investigations found out that the deceased's brother, Mr. Chibuzor Ezeugo, an officer of NSCDC Abia State Command also is diabetic and receives treatment for high blood pressure.

The chain of events leading to Magnus Ezeugo's death according to our investigations were as follows:

On Saturday, June 4 Chibuzor Ezeugo (the deceased's brother) was severely beaten by the deceased's children on the orders of their father ( Magnus Obinna Ezeugo ) due to a family feud. Chibuzor Ezeugo sustained a broken head from the attack which he reported to the local police in Ubakala and was treated at the Federal Medical Center (FMC). Chibuzor Ezeugo reported the attack to his command on Monday and NSCDC officers were dispatched the following day to Ipupe in Ubakala to investigate the case and make arrests if necessary. Magnus Ezeugo and three of his sons were arrested after interrogation by the NSCDC operatives. Magnus Ezeugo's wife voluntarily followed her arrested family members to NSCDC office in Umuahia.

Magnus Ezeugo and his sons were interrogated at NSCDC office and detained during which Ezeugo pleaded to be released to enable him conduct an examination in school. He was released the same day along with his youngest son, so that he could hand over the conduct of the examination to the vice principal. He was to report back to NSCDC after the handover. Hours after Magnus Ezeugo got to the school he collapsed and died from what sources said appeared to be heart attack or stroke. Only an autopsy can determine the cause of death. It is premature to attribute the death to physical trauma from beating, without medical determination of the cause. Unconfirmed sources revealed to Masterweb that the police says the deceased's family and families of NSCDC officers arrested in connection with the death are to provide money for an autopsy. Masterweb calls on all well meaning Nigerians to put pressure on Nigeria Police using all channels available to them to demand a government funded credible autopsy on the deceased to ascertain the cause of death. Magnus Ezeugo's death should not be used as "money collecting" machinery by the police - collecting money from all sides and abandoning the case at the end. It should not also be used by police to rubbish the relevance of NSCDC by unjustly giving her bad name that may bring its dissolution.

While Masterweb commends members of the Nigeria Police Force who have honestly dedicated their lives to the protection of lives and property in Nigeria, we will not relent in condemning all the bad eggs in the force. We salute the police officer who saved our CEO from untimely death in Umuahia in the hands of an armed robber in Nigeria Police Force who unsuccessfully hatched out plans for the murder and robbery of our Chief Executive. It happened in December last year when our CEO who was in Nigeria on vacation was on his way with his wife and daughter to visit a relative at World Bank Estate, Umuahia. Our CEO who was trying to find his way at the estate made a legitimate left turn into a street with a police post in the midst of other residential buildings - the time was 8.25 pm. An armed police officer lying in wait for a prey at gun point ordered our CEO to stop and out of the car. Our CEO came out of the car with both hands in the air. All the police officer was shouting was: "I will kill you". "I will kill you", "I will kill you", cocking his gun four times as our CEO pled for his life, explaining that he was trying to find his way to Coping Junction. The trigger happy officer ordered another officer who came to the scene to search our CEO's car. The intervening officer shouted: "Don't you see he is a chief", "Ihugi owu chief" (Ihugi owu chief is "Don't you see he is a chief" in Igbo). He refused to search our CEO's car. The trigger happy evil officer now turned around to speak in Igbo that he was sorry for his action, that he thought our CEO was one of the teenagers driving around drinking and smoking dope. Our CEO in his mid fifties could not have been mistaken for a teenager.

The truth was that it was dark and the evil police officer in question suspecting that our CEO had money, planned to rob and murder him, thereafter killing both his wife and daughter, then finding something to cover up the crime. Our CEO's wife might have helped in getting the intervening officer save the situation by complaining to him as soon as he stepped out that what his fellow officer was doing to an innocent law-abiding unarmed citizen was wrong.

When our CEO visited the police post the following morning, the DPO in the building told him that all streets adjouring their post were thoroughfare. He said he did not understand why the officer threatened to kill our CEO. Efforts by our CEO to file a complaint against the evil officer were frustrated by the relative he was visiting at World Bank Estate who warned him that the police would raid her residence at night if he took any action against the officer. People we gathered are afraid of reporting cases involving the police for fear of reprisal by criminal elements in the force.

Masterweb hereby calls on the Inspector General (IG) of Police to use his good offices in ensuring that:

1. A credible autopsy to determine the cause of death of Magnus Ezeugo is carried out.

2. All criminal elements in Nigeria Police Force are identified and flushed out.

3. The evil police officer that almost killed our CEO is identified, dismissed from the police force and prosecuted in court.

4. The gunmen who robbed and murdered Odinigwe Mokelu in Port Harcourt on his way back from church on Sunday, June 19, 2011 are identified and prosecuted in court.

5. All unsolved murders in Nigeria are properly investigated to determine those responsible for the nefarious act.

6. Nigeria Police does its best in protecting lives and property in the country, and reducing to a minimal corruption within its ranks.

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06/24/11

Permalink 08:04:00 pm, by admin Email , 747 words   English (US) latin1
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*Nigerian Ex-Tax Chief In U.S. Jailed 10 Yrs For Theft

By Masterweb News Desk

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Patrick Onyemechara, 53, former Director of City of Monroe Revenue and Taxation Department in Louisiana, USA, was sentenced last Tuesday to 10 years imprisonment with hard labor on each of 10 felony theft counts at 4th Judicial District Court. The sentences run concurrently. Onyemechara was ordered to pay restitution to the City of Monroe in the mount of $121,688. Judicial District ad hoc Judge James Boddie gave Onyemechara credit for time served, by suspending two and half years of the sentence, reducing it from 12 1/2 to 10 years. Onyemechara was held in the Ouachita Correctional Center since 2009 as he could not come up with the required $1.8 million bail. His passports remain in the custody of the court as he was determined to be a potential flight risk Jury selection was under way for his trial when he pleaded guilty to 10 counts of felony theft in March. Sentencing was scheduled for June 13, but later rescheduled for Tuesday, June 21, at the request of Ad Hoc Judge James Bodie.

Onyemechara would be placed on 10-year supervised probation after release from prison. He would not be allowed to apply for or have access to a passport and cannot visit any foreign country during the probationary period.

In a speech shortly before his sentencing, Onyemechara said he was sorry for what he did, but he was not a bad person. "From the depth of my heart I am truly, truly sorry for any pain I have caused to anyone or any business in this jurisdiction. I am portrayed as this godfather with this Sicilian and Nigerian connection - I'm not a bad person and only God can judge me." Onyemechara said.

Onyemechara was arrested in 2009 accused of taking tax payment cheques (checks) collected by his office and ordering cashiers under him to cash them with funds in their drawers. He would keep the money to himself. He was employed with the city for 11 years with eight of them spent as Director of the Revenue and Taxation Department. He became Director of Taxation and Revenue in 2001. According to prosecution, one of the biggest cashed cheque was a $12,029 tax rebate from the state of Louisiana to the city of Monroe. ( Continues below..... )

Patrick Onyemechara

Photo Above: Patrick Onyemechara

Onyemechara's trouble began when a city employee discovered a cheque for $73,606 dated Dec. 12, 2006, written by a Monroe business to cover delinquent sales taxes had not been deposited into the bank. Upon further investigation, the city employee found additional cheque stubs for delinquent sales tax receipts that lacked corresponding payment posting to city accounts of the businesses. At that point, city officials contacted Monroe Police which executed a search warrant on Onyemechara's office. Investigators interrogated taxation and revenue employees, who confirmed Onyemechara gave them instructions to forward all delinquent sales tax payments to him. According to documents, one city cashier said Onyemechara presented a number of cheques to her and told her to "cash the checks and give him the cash". The cashier kept a log of each check, with transactions dating back to 2004. Investigators also served a search warrant at Onyemechara's home, where they discovered more financial records and bank documents.

Speaking for prosecution, Assistant District Attorneys Neal Johnson and Fred McGaha said the theft amount was fixed at $121,688, which was the amount documented by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office during its two-year audit of the department. According to them, the amount represented what was on the error logs maintained by various cashiers. They said there was over $240,000 worth of transactions that fit the pattern used by Onyemechara, but error logs that were kept only documented $121,688 because the defendant got the head cashier shred the logs.

Before sentencing, Judge Boddie heard a victim impact statement from Stacey Haynie, Director of Accounting for the city. Haynie said she found evidence of error logs dating back to 2003 and "based on that, I believe it started the day he walked in the door as director". She said some of the error logs were destroyed at Onyemechara's direction and that he threatened staff from time to time. In her words: "employees worked out of fear". Onyemechara's defense lawyer, Charles Kincade pleading for leniency, told the court his client had no prior criminal history and that none of the threats were ever documented. "He is a true first-time offender. He has exhibited remorse." Kincade said.

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06/22/11

Permalink 12:04:00 pm, by admin Email , 1849 words   English (US) latin1
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*Nigeria: Intersociety Comments On Onitsha Horror & Abuja Suicide Bombing

Intersociety Comments On Horror In Onitsha Upper Iweka And The Suicide Bombing Of The Nigeria Police Force Headquarters

(Onitsha, Nigeria, June 19, 2011)-The Leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law notes with happiness the smashing of a hideout operated by a heinous terror gang at Onitsha Upper Iweka in Anambra State, Nigeria. The successful operation reportedly took place on Thursday, June 16, 2011. According to media and eyewitnesses’ accounts, including our fact finders, over a dozen dead bodies and instruments of death, including sophisticated guns, machetes, empty and filled gallons of undiluted acid and house-hold utensils were discovered and recovered by both private and public security operatives that conducted the operation. The terror hideout was discovered at the left side of the popular Onitsha Upper Iweka, behind the MTN Mast, on Onitsha-Enugu Dual Carriage Way, after its Flyover, and inside an abandoned deep and wide gutter, measuring over ten feet.

This is a clear manifestation of accuracy and incontrovertibility on our part. Recall that we had in our Memo to the out-going( commissioners and special advisers) Anambra State Executive Council, dated June 13, 2011, cited elaborately the activities of the hoodlums at the Onitsha Upper Iweka, which include pick-pocketing, bag-snatching, car-jacking, robbery and armed robbery, fee-fraud, rape, forceful discharge of passengers and offloading of goods and collection of exorbitant “service charge ”, abduction, unlawful killings as well as police extortions, which include toll collection and “wetin you carry”(what is in your bag or carton, with intent to extort). We had also in the Memo, listed Aba Park, Mikemera Park, Lagos Park, Old ENTRACO/Asaba Park (the location of the terror hideout), Old TRACAS Park, all located within the same axis, as the hot spots where these heinous activities are perpetrated, especially against the visitors to the State as well as those passing through the Onitsha-Enugu Federal Road, on which those places are situated. Please see the Memo at www.intersociety-ng.org (under press releases and newsletters). It can be found under a sub-heading “Security”.

We have, again, been vindicated! While re-assuring our teeming readers, supporters and the world public of accurate, objective, credible and incontrovertible positions on topical public matters at all times, we reiterate our earlier demand contained in the Memo with respect to the above subject matter that the worsening security situations in the area should be brought under firm control. The successful operation so carried out is not good enough. It is only a scratch on its surface. Other parts of the area should be routinely combed by a crack team of detectives. There should also be a proper investigation into the discovery and recovery of the dead bodies and the instruments responsible for their death, including human and material instruments. The investigation should go beyond liquor-joint or drunken-cop patterns, to pathological and forensic types. This has also brought to bear the need to have Anambra State’s outdated Coroner Law reformed and upgraded urgently, so as to incorporate the modern tools of criminal investigation into the criminal inquiries over this type of unnatural deaths as well as to civilianize and break the yoke of the age-long “Sergeant Nwaiboko” style of criminal investigation, retained by the present leadership of the Nigeria Police Force, which is grossly ineffective and outdated.

The statement credited to the Onitsha Area Commander, Mr. Larry Osita, over the incident, to the effect that the dead bodies were part of those killed extra-judicially and dumped inside the disused drainage by some members of the public, on suspicion of being “armed robbers”, if true, is totally condemned. Also, if it is true, then the Area Commander has a case to answer before his Abuja superiors, including the Police Service Commission. Again, if it is true, then he might have, if not must have known about the existence and activities of the terror gang and abetted same. In criminal law, aiding and abetting are both acts of commission and omission. This type of “official” comment is utterly diversionary, especially when pieces of circumstantial evidence, obtained therein, are overwhelming. The Anambra State Police Command must not treat these explosive barbaric activities with its usual kid gloves. The Command must seek forensic and pathological assistance so as to get to the root of same. The Anambra State Ministries of Environment and Works should visit the area with a view to ascertaining why such big gutter is not in use. If it is blocked elsewhere, they should find out who, when, how and why it is blocked with a view to re-opening it and rid it of further use by violent criminals.

Similarly, the Thursday, June 16, 2011 bombing of the general packing garage of the Headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force in Abuja, Nigeria, is a clear case of failed security system in Nigeria. The dire security situation in the country reminds us of the immortal question threw at the African leaders in 1994, by then President Julius Nyerere of the Union of Tanzania, whereupon he asked:” why is it that when the Europeans and the North Americans are busy finding their way to the moon, Africans are busy heading back to the cave?”. The Nigerian security system is in comatose and at the crossroads of intractable uncertainties. Her Police Force is peopled and commanded at the top by “comprador bourgeoisies”. It is possible that the Nigeria Police Boss and his senior commanders do not know how to operate their emails, not to talk of embracing modern security technologies.

Apart from the Police Act and the country’s criminal legislations, which are anachronistic, the security patterns adopted when Dane Guns were in use, are still retained in today’s advanced securitization, to the extent that “Sergeant Nwaiboko’s pattern of criminal investigation and definition of “ who a witness is”, is still reigning in today’s Nigeria’s security industry. Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention. When the 9/11 struck the USA, she quickly invented “Homeland Security”, but what do we have in Nigeria today? “Wielders of Atomic Bombs pursuing wielders of Nuclear Weapons”! Using conventional war tactics against an asymmetric tactical war outfit or an amorphous terror brigade is an act of corporate empty headedness. Buying helicopter gunships, warplanes, armoured personnel carriers and grenade launchers, etc to execute an “invisible warfare”, is purely war instruments meant to crush innocent Nigerian citizens the more, because to kill one guerrilla operative conventionally expressly means to mow down 200 civilians in the process.

Conventional war tactics are meant for conventional warfare and asymmetric war tactics for asymmetric warfare. If the IGP’s convoy cannot be installed with explosive or bomb tracking devices in this modern age, then the Nigeria Police Force is doomed and nobody is safe in this country. This also explains why the Force could not say for sure the real number of personnel it has as well as those that are routinely retired statutorily and punitively. The Force, also, cannot boost of the regularly updated website and a central server and its official emails are rarely accessed. Our judges, on their part, have continued to turn down pieces of evidence generated from technological sources, and even when lawyers quote online authorities as their information sources, such are turned down and dismissed except they are from one archaic and obscure source. The regular announcement of the invitation of foreign detectives to help in unmasking these faceless violent groups is a further failure on the part of the Police. Intelligence gathering requires terrain knowledge no matter the level of sophistication. What the foreign detectives should provide are technical supports.

Above all, Nigerian borders, especially the Nigerian-Chadian and the Nigerian-Nigerien Borders are very porous. The country’s political leaders should tell Nigerians why the routes between the country and Sudan and that between her and Iran are not monitored. What is the business of those that frequent these routes? Are there terrorist training camps being hosted by some radical elements in the two countries? Is it correct to say that the so called “Boko Haram” uprising in the North-east, Nigeria is engineered by some radical Northern elements so as to force the Federation to return the Presidency to the “North”, which is akin to the Niger Delta uprising of 2003 and the Southwest “pen” militancy of the early 1990s, all of which yielded the “targeted results” for their promoters? Are some top security commanders in Nigeria sympathizers of the so called “Boko Haram Sect”? If the so called “Boko Haram” doctrine is against western education, are bombs, guns, laptops, tracking devices and phones they reportedly use not originated from “western education”?

Security wise, particularly, in the area of the Police, for the Force High Command to be turned around, total purge is urgently required, which will sweep off all the AIGs, DIGs, the IGP and any CP, who above 50years old. Among the remaining CPs, DCPs and ACPs must be found an ICT and modern technology-derived security egg-head to be made the next IGP, who should be 45 to 50years. The country’s Procedural and the Substantive Criminal Laws as well as the Police Act and various High Court Rules must be made to incorporate the technology-derived pieces of evidence and other modern adjudicative and investigative processes. The modern investigation and adjudicative tools such as tracking devices, CCTVs, modern forensic and pathological components as well as PCs, E-Libraries, Laptops and Storing Devices should be embraced and procured for the country’s security personnel and judiciary. The law setting up the SSS and the NIA should be reviewed so as to assign its operatives more and well-defined security roles, more so when the country’s security responsibilities are seemingly blurred, that is to say it is difficult to ascertain who manages the country’s foreign intelligence and counter-intelligence as well as their internal counter-parts.

The possibility of setting up Anti-terrorism & Allied Matters Court, which procedures must be brought in tandem with international best practices, in order to ensure the speedy trial of the suspects, should be considered. There is also need to pass a legislation making Nigerian Judiciary to join other respected countries as a country with “Universal Jurisdiction” in matters of grievous human rights abuses by ex or incumbent political leaders within and outside the shores of the country.

Also, the plurality of the Nigerian Federation had been taken for granted. Equitable allocations of human and material resources are non-negotiable! Concentration of infrastructural development and provision of social services only in the capital cities of the North make those who feel disadvantaged wiling tools in the hands of the promoters of this violence. Due to the porosity of the country’s borders, it is very difficult differentiating between Chadians, Nigeriens and Nigerians, more so when their dominant ethnic groups belong to same Afro-Asiatic Language Family. The social, economic and political contents of the so called “Boko Haram” uprising should be frontally identified and addressed by Nigerian authorities.

Signed:

Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman, BOT (+234(0)8033601078)
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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: Dressing Corruption With White Linen

By Kali Gwegwe

Never in the history of Nigeria has the fight against corruption been so fiercely fought like have been done in the last ten years. Despite this fact, only very little have been achieved by the two major anti-graft agencies- EFCC and ICPC. This is hugely due to the high amount of energy and craft deployed by the many apostles of corruption within and outside government. Unknown to many, corruption has almost become a national culture.

Many Nigerians are also forced to see and take corruption as a source of livelihood. It is pertinent to point out that high level of unemployment has made the culture of corruption fashionable. There is therefore the important need for government to take the issue of unemployment very seriously.

To effectively tackle the problems of unemployment, government at all levels must do well to expand the economy by energizing the private sector to create many new jobs. This can be achieved through the deliberate reduction of the general cost of doing business, access to cheap business start-up capital with a friendly repayment plan, and the wooing of foreign investment among others. ( Continues below..... )

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There is no gainsaying that Nigeria has a robust market and variety of mineral resources that will easily attract foreign investors. Nevertheless, issues of stable power, security, effective transport infrastructure, and stable polity are critical factors in the global business community. It is recognized worldwide that only sound political leadership culture can promote a healthy business environment. This is what every investor- local or foreign look out for.

Unfortunately however, very sad realities in the nation’s polity have continued to pose a major threat to winning the confidence of foreign investors. Very few investors will be willing to risk their capital in a country where integrity and patriotism are relegated to the background of national culture. It is a very huge fact that the lack of integrity helps to blind public servants from seeing the evils of corruption. Also worthy of note is the fact that only unpatriotic leaders can afford to take undue advantage of their exalted offices to promote mainly their individual interests at the expense of the larger society choking in the cold hands of poverty. ( Continues below..... )

Farida Waziri

Photo Above: Farida Waziri, EFCC Chairman

No doubt, the business of law making is sacred. This is true to the extent that quality laws help put societies on the fast lane of socio-economic transformation. Ordinarily, legislators are treated with high level of regard in all democratic societies. This is however not so in Nigeria owing to very bitter incidents in the National Assembly in the last twelve years. Apart from the fact that many members snore through sittings, supposed honourable law makers have on several occasions engaged in physical assaults on each other right inside the hallowed chambers of the National Assembly. On one or more occasions, these contemptible incidents had resulted to injuries, hospitalization, and even death.

One of the greatest threats to Nigeria’s democracy is the several cases of corruption allegations against successive leaderships of the National Assembly since the nation returned to democratic political leadership in 1999. Allegations of corruption have always been the reason behind the frequent changes of leadership in both the lower and upper chambers of the National Assembly. This is most shameful and unacceptable in modern societies. It has no doubt rubbished our collective efforts as a nation aimed at winning the confidence and respect of members of the international community. Perhaps, this will help to explain why despite Nigeria’s huge market and variety of abundant natural resources, foreign investors have been reluctant to put their capital in the economy of the world’s most populous country of black people. This is a big indictment of past and present leaderships of the National Assembly. They have not been able to lay a solid foundation for an effective national transformation agenda.

Nigerians cannot continue to feign ignorance of the fact that our legislators have fallen short of global best practices. While in many countries, law makers are spurred by patriotic zeal to serve; Nigerian legislators seem to be ruled by their individual interests. That could be the only reason why they are not in any way bothered by the urgent need to legislate towards improving on power supply, transport infrastructure, health care, education, housing, security, employment, and national economic growth. Instead, they busy themselves with padding their individual pockets with outrageous allowances. This is nothing but dressing corruption with white linen. Their aim is to mislead Nigerians. A black cloth will remain a black cloth whether won to the farm, market, office, or funeral. In the same vein, corruption is corruption whether dressed with white linen called allowances. ( Continues below...... )

Nigeria National Assembly Complex

Photo Above: Nigeria National Assembly Complex

Instead of the executive arm being a threat to our democracy, it is the legislature that Nigerians are worried about. The reason for this is not far fetched. Graft dressed in white linen has taken a whooping 25% of national budget. To make matters worse, the National Assembly have rubbished the necessity of the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Allocation Committee (RMFAC) through its in-house mechanisms. The doctrine of checks and balance has been tilted in favour of the legislature. They have unlimited powers to decide what individual members take home as allowances. This could be the only reason why members of the National Assembly take home between N60m and N100m as allowances alone every quarter. They are also at liberty to borrow at will.

From the look of things, the task is too big for the executive arm of government alone. Nigerian masses will need to join forces with the executive to clip the overbearing wings of members of the National Assembly. The nation’s present economic realities do not support the outrageous salaries and allowances our legislators take home. It is therefore surprising that despite the revelation by the CBN governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido that a whole of 25% of the nation’s budget was spent on the welfare of national law makers; efforts have never been made to correct the anomaly by the law makers themselves. The long suffering Nigerian masses had expected the law makers to show remorse and rush to “repentance” following the Sanusi “missile.”

As a nation, we do not need Prophet T.B. Joshua to prophesy that Nigerian masses are angry. If the leadership of the National Assembly is not prepared to begin the process of “unpadding” their pockets, those individual members with conscience should do the unusual by returning a minimum of 50% of their allowances to the federal treasury and earn the forgiveness of history. The “unpadded” funds should be added to the allocations of state governments. It will go a long way in helping to breach the gap that the N18,000 minimum wage law will cause many state governments.

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

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06/21/11

Permalink 12:01:00 am, by callmeike Email , 781 words   English (US) latin1
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*Nigeria: Oh Youths! Power Your Desires!

By Ikechukwu Enyiagu

There’s a fire in the cover, open it up! The desires are in a rage, let them burst out! Oh Youths! Power your desires! Let every stone for the future’s foundation be powered by your desires. Enlarge the possibilities in your minds-break the records. Free your desires and let them run wild over and against all encumbrances. Drive your future from within and let the story of its outcome be told everywhere. Gather the bullets of your life and shoot your desires upward and forward. Break every form of fear from within you-set your possibilities free.

The fist law of slavery demands that the enslaved ask no questions, but questions are your empowerment-your desires to reach out is your reaching out. The first law of hell demands that fear be presented as a reasonable friend, but faith answers all fears-your faith is the fulfillment of your desires. The first law of success, achievements, and peace demands that you “believe your dreams-” believe your desires. ( Continues below….. )

EnoughisEnough Nigeria Coalition demonstrating

Photo Above: EnoughisEnough Nigeria Coalition demonstrating - EnoughisEnough Nigeria is a coalition of individuals and youth organizations committed to instituting a culture of good governance and public accountability in Nigeria.

Most times, what brings out your best is not found in trying to get what you want for yourself, but trying to fill every gap that needs filling-when you can. What empowers your desires is not wildness, but a determined, purposeful decision to reach out and touch lives. True desires are run by “the wheel of meeting needs”. To get your power activated, you must get your desires prioritized. To get your desires in order, you need to constantly think in the direction of “meeting needs-” be they of people, families, and nations.

The meal of mediocrity is no longer delectable, fear has lost its reasons for being attractive and understandable. This time, the dreams must be allowed to run wild; desires must be freed. We must challenge whatever challenges us in ourselves and in our country, and burst forth into that side of unending possibilities. Power your dreams, power your desires. Rise up and decide how you want your country to be. Keeping quiet only allows the evil one to make decisions for you. You may appear to have it all, but your emptiness is glaringly obvious to all if you feign blindness to what happens around.Get tough, get toughened, and bulldoze your way through. Let your name be imprinted in the sands of time…because you powered up your dreams. ( Continues below..... )

University of Ado-Ekiti students demonstrate against cultism.

Photo Above: University of Ado-Ekiti (UNAD) students demonstrate against cultism. *Ado Ekiti is a city in Ekiti State, Nigeria. It is also known as Ado. The population in 2004 was 44,6749.

Stop letting incompetent hands represent you, why would you leave your future in the hands of nothing? Say “no” to a rudderless ship, and get out of it. Shout at the top of your voices, if that’s how far you can go, and silence that silly fear. Move beyond “I don’t know” to “I’m now sure”. Celebrate your conscience, enthrone your future; fuel up your desires for a better and godly tomorrow. Use every good and legal means to power up your dreams. Erase the fear of intimidation, failure, or death from the list of your dreams and desires. Get up, and shout your enemies down.

Nigerian youths, great people, it’s time to show the world what you have got. It’s time to rise up from that drench of inhumanity and unto your glorious places among nations. You came out en mass to vote this last time, let that spirit of readiness remain alight within you. Tell our leaders, from wherever you are, what we want, what we need, and what we must have. Help the police, the EFCC, ICPC, military, and the government to root out corruption and wickedness from every corner. ( Continues below..... )

Members ASUU protesting in Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria in September this year.

Photo Above: Members of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) protesting in Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria in September last year (2010). Click For Enlarged Photo

Use your ears, your phones, your computers-use your selflessness and bring about the enthronement of what we've all longed for. Stand up for something-even this once. Let there be no silence until our corrupt leaders are all brought to justice, until those who kill and bomb citizens are given their rightful places in judgment. My fellow youths, indeed, it’s time to empower our dreams, to power up our desires. So, go, get them all powered this day…and keep them burning.

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

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06/19/11

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*Nigeria: The Boko Haram Question

By Kali Gwegwe

It is not surprising that the Boko Haram question is fast gaining space in Nigeria. For a country that has almost been ruined by poor leadership in the political, cultural, economic, and religious sectors; the emergence of the Boko Haram sect is only a positive reminder that God loves Nigeria. With the pitiable depth Nigeria has sunk to in the last fifty years, many outside the shores of the country had thought that the world’s most populous black nation would have been dead and buried in the backyard of African history. Nigerians should therefore thank God before worrying about the menace of Boko Haram.

Over the last few months, many commentators have made the grave mistake of putting the Niger Delta crisis in the same basket with the Boko Haram question. Others have placed Boko Haram in the same cage with the Odua and Biafra agendas. They are not in any way birds of the same feather. ( Continues below...... )

Late Boko Haram Leader

Photo Above: Late Boko Haram Leader, Mohammed Yusuf. Police said Yusuf was shot while trying to escape.

History has shown that political, social, and economic ideologies built on the foundation of religion is usually very complex and difficult to manage. This is due to the important place of God in the affairs of men and societies. It has therefore been easy for people and organizations to hide behind the banner of religion to promote their individual and collective beliefs. Even when some of these beliefs are doubtful or unpalatable, fear of the wrath of the unseen God- and not necessarily threats of violence weakens the resolve to put up open resistance. This, coupled with high quality propaganda has earned many radical Islamic organizations such as Al Qaeda the sympathy of many Muslim faithfuls.

In analyzing the Boko Haram question, one fundamental issue must be fully digested. Every religion has a unique way of responding to different issues involving God. For instance; Christians will gladly wait for God to avenge those that desecrate His name, nature, or eminence. Some Muslim sects will not. They will rather stand up to physically defend the name, nature, and eminence of Allah. This is the foundation of Islamic radicalism or fundamentalism. Unfortunately, several western countries like Britain and the United States have refused to accept this bare reality. The result is a steady increase in terrorist activities all over the world. In their own folly, Washington and London have responded with the use of extreme force against militant organisations at home and abroad. ( Continues below..... )

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Despite the astronomical amount of human and financial resources deployed in the last twenty years to combat religious radicalism as represented by Al Qaeda and sister organisations, very little have been achieved. This is one simple reason why I strongly endorse President Goodluck Jonathan’s decision to bring the leadership of the Boko Haram sect to a round table. This should not be seen as weakness on the part of the federal government. President Jonathan should not for any reason repeat the mistakes of the two Bush presidencies in the United States. They undermined the complexities and spiritual strength of Islamic fundamentalists. We are all sad witnesses to how wrong Washington was.

With superior arguments, the Boko Haram sect will disengage. This argument will however not be done with threats, guns and tanks. In 2009, the Nigerian federal government appropriated about N400b to equip the military to extinguish militancy in the Niger Delta region but failed woefully. What the military succeeded in achieving was the demolition of several coastline communities. They also won the prize of killing thousands of innocent women and children. ( Continues below..... )

Mohammed Yusuf's bullet-ridden body

Photo Above: Mohammed Yusuf's bullet-ridden body shown to journalists in a video hours on July 30, 2009 after Nigerian police announced they had captured him alive. Police said Yusuf was shot while trying to escape.

With all of these in mind, the federal government will need to invest enough political will and diverse resources to make the Boko Haram leadership appreciate the truth about the mechanism of globalization. They need to be told that our failing value system- not western education is responsible for the sordid state we have found ourselves. A whole lot of intellectual capacity will be required to achieve this dream.

I am not aware that western education encourages government officials to ignore the interests of the wider society and protect their private interests alone. Western education does not teach corruption. It does not also promote sexual promiscuity. No doubt, the concerns raised by Boko Haram are tenable. The problem is how to address them. This should be a challenge to all political, economic, cultural, and religious leaders in Nigeria. We cannot sit back and allow our values to be rubbished by the greed and strength of a few heeled persons in the society.

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

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*Re: Between Governor Obi & Ihiala People

By Valentine Obienyem

The above article recently published in almost all the newspapers in the country, was written by Mr. C. Don Adinuba. Devoid of the unnecessary rigmarole that characterised the piece, he merely submitted that Ihiala Local Government, including his home town of Ihiala, is neglected by the present Anambra State Government headed by Mr. Peter Obi. He described Gov. Obi’s last gubernatorial victory as enmeshed in controversy. In his contrived view to suit the interest he was protecting, Gov. Obi was rejected by the people of the State in the April 2011 elections.

For many reasons, I do not want to write a traditional rejoinder to this piece. I want instead to seize the opportunity it presents to evaluate opinion-writing and informed commentaries in the contemporary Nigerian media. Of course, for being able to have his comments and opinions published now and then, Mr. Adinuba qualifies to be named among commentators on national affairs.

Reading through these opinions, including those coming from columnists, one can classify them according to their literary texture, philosophic bent or genial pull through sense and nonsense. Such writers like Dr. Reuben Abati are instructive interpreters of events in manners that are endlessly inspiring. Some opinions are packed with wisdom and winged with wit. We have some mature opinion writers; permit me to give example with Dr. Edwin Madunagu. You may not agree with his viewpoints but he writes in the mellow metaphysics of old age. If you see somebody reading the back page of the Sun, who every now and then interrupts the reading with patches of deep laughter often to the point of giving himself blows upon the forehead, accompanied with motions of ecstasy and mirthfulness, it is either he is out of his wits or he might just be reading the opinions of writers like Mr. Steve Nwosu. The likes of Okey Ndibe, whose writing I once compared with Maimonides’s Guide to the Perplexed, gets too personal these days that you get more perplexities than guidance reading him. Writers like Femi Adesina are not afraid of saying it the way they see it. You may not believe it, but some pieces inspire us to love wisdom because they are centred on speculative thinking; here you talk of writers like Dr. Okey Ikechukwu. The Dan Onwukwes of the opinion world believe in the sanctity of conveying the truth without dissimulation.

But there are some writings that lack what could be called total perspective. Reading them you need no soothsayer to tell you that the writers do not even believe in what they write. This class of writers are what we call hatchet writers. The existentialist Gabriel Marcel had them in mind when he said that “a man who believes in nothing and a man who depends on nothing is a man without connection.” They do violence to themselves and to opinion-writing. These are people who collect money to write anything for opinion because, as far as they are concerned, it remains their views. To such writers, characters such as Osisikankwu, the dead Abia kidnapper, can be elevated to posthumous sanctity, depending on how those that wanted it have been able to lubricate some palms. When one reads articles written by them, it will not be difficult for one to detect how the coerce necessities of physical existence can drag us from the height of thought into the mart of economic strife and gain. Writers that come under this block know themselves. Such writers never think of gathering their writings in book form because some of their viewpoints dictated by one pay master or the other will even be scandalous to them.

It is not my business to tell you where Mr Adinuba belongs, but we shall boldly subpoena him before the literary seat of judgement as we interpret him based on his ways. ( Continues below..... )

Anambra State Governor Peter Obi

Photo Above: Anambra State Governor Peter Obi

Since Anambra State was created, Adinuba has written platitudes for all the past governors of the State and has elevated hatchet-writing into an art. When the State was sinking under Dr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju, Adinuba was busy showering upon him the flattery which he knew His Excellency loved to sip. At that time, I was in Abuja and it gave me psychic encumbrances every morning to go through the newspapers. No good news emanated from Anambra and yet Adinuba presented Mbadinuju to Nigerians as an Angel of Light sent to rescue the State. Adinuba was on hand to sing Dr Chris Ngige’s praises when Ngige sat on Peter Obi’s mandate in contempt of the people’s right to elect the leader of their choice. He did likewise for some governors and politicians elsewhere, including Prof. Charles Soludo recently. Why is it that he has not written for Governor Obi? Are other Governors better than Governor Obi in all respects? Has he decided not to write for people again?

Since I started reading him, this last piece is one article of his that pretended to be clamouring for social justice rather than the usual praise-singing stuff he is known for. By the time one reads through, one will discover that it was another baseless anti-Obi exercise, most probably commissioned by those who believe they are fighting the Governor. How can an article mourning the absence of development in Ihiala end up telling us about what Adinuba in his fancy called discredited election, loss of confidence by the clergy in Obi, among others?

Permit me a little immodesty here. As a concerned citizen of Anambra State, when Dr. Chris Ngige stole the mandate of Gov. Peter Obi, I was very forceful in my support for the Governor though I did not know him then neither had we met. Indeed we met for the first time during the presentation of my biography of Dim Chukwuemewka Odumegwu-Ojukwu entitled The Last Patriot on the 16th of February, 2006 shortly before he won his Court of Appeal case that sent Ngige packing. In spite of my support for Obi, I wrote copiously in the newspapers commending Dr. Chris Ngige for performing better than Mbadinuju did. Even when he was buffeted and attacked by reactionary forces that led to the burning of Anambra State, I wrote in his support and concluded that what the arsonists did was wrong and that Ngige remained de jure governor. I did not, because I was supporting Obi, fail to see anything good in Ngige.

Because Adinuba did not have enough material evidence to write against the governor you could see that he was scouting for material. Not knowing what to say, he even, laughable though, said that Obi neglected Ihiala in spite of the fact that lawmakers from the town supported the governor. He has to tell us whether that is a manual for Governors on who to support or not. When the better part of wisdom dictates that a Governor should show equal love to all the parts of the State, he wants him to show that only to those that supported him. Tragic!

His reference to the State University betrayed him as one who is parochial. Between Mbadinuju taking the university to his home town, Ngige taking part of it to his home town and Obi determined to develop it according to the dictates of its foundation, which is worth celebrating? At the Uli campus, does he know that Obi has built more structures than any past Governor of the State, including Mbadinuju the one Adinuba served faithfully, for hatchet writers thrive more under incompetent government? Presently, the Permanent site of the University at Igabriam is being developed, but insofar as it is not in Ihiala, it means nothing to Adinuba. Meanwhile all the towns in Ihiala acknowledge the Governor’s achievement. A sample: “As a matter of fact, we sincerely appreciate the efforts of your Government through Anambra Integrated Development Strategy, ANIDS not only in developing all sectors of the economy in Anambra State simultaneously, but also in the even spread of the governmental projects throughout the entire state. This is a feat no past governor in Anambra State, executive or otherwise, has achieved. ( Continues below..... )

Map of Anambra State

Photo Above: Map of Anambra State, Nigeria

Time may not permit us to mention your many projects in the state and Ihiala Local Government Area in particular one after the other but on the side of road projects we thank you especially for the Azia- Orsumoghu­-Mbosi road project with a spur to Lilu awarded by your government to GRAND STAR which is nearing completion. We also thank your Excellency for your tireless efforts to see not only that road projects are awarded and executed in Anambra State but that the roads are constructed according to approved standards. We also appreciate the effort of your government in the provision of bore hole in our only government owned secondary school, Community secondary school Orsumoghu through the Millennium Development Goal Water Project. Your Excellency, it is on record that you are the 1st Governor that appointed an illustrious son of this town in the person of Omelora Mike Omanu to the exalted position of a permanent Secretary.” This is the President General of one of the towns that made up Ihiala LGA, rsumoghu, speaking when the Governor visited the town on the 11th of September, 2009. All the towns in the LG have similar tales and yet Adinuba said they were all crying for not benefitting anything from the present Government of Peter Obi.

Telling us that he mentioned the issue of Ihiala at one or two chance meetings with the governor shows you how sincere and self-absorbed he is. I expect him to show us the letters he has written to the Governor on that. Besides showing how disrespectful he is for the office of the Governor he is showing bad example to the children of the State. I hope he is not trying to prove that the best way to discuss weighty issues affecting the development of the State is through chance meetings with relevant authorities.

A man from Ihiala Local Government was once the Governor of Anambra State; I challenge him to tell the entire world what he did for the Local government. In this debate, which I believe is just starting, I will concede victory to him if he proves with empirical evidence that the man did 20% of what the present governor has done in Ihiala.

Obi has unleashed a Mississippi of projects in all the parts of the State and in all sectors. Today he is working; I mean work is going on in 17 Small Town Water schemes, 15 Bridges, including Okpu Bridge on Osungwu-Nkwo Okija road at Ihiala. He is working on over 27 erosion sites. He is working on over 70 roads, including the Uli University road, Ihiala Local govt. Ring Road, Azia-Orsumoghu-Ubuluisiuzor, Lilu road among other roads in Ihiala. He is building blocks of five classrooms in the State out of which all the towns in the Local Government have benefitted. Out of 43 Voluntary hospitals the State is supporting, 3 are in Ihiala LGA. Out of about 111 Schools that received buses, 7 are from Ihiala LG. Out of about 140 schools that received 50 laptops and 10 desktops each, 8 are from Ihiala LG. Out of about 130 schools connected to the INTERNET, 6 are from Ihiala LG. I can go on and on. In the midst of all these, it is important to note that the Governor has not borrowed any kobo from any financial institution, unlike many states in the country. For the first time we have a governor in the State who is taking development to hitherto forgotten areas such as Anambra West and Ayamelum such that the tag of lopsided accusation of development would not fly.

What will it profit Adinuba or any of his ilk to attack a Governor who is working so hard for the State and whose work would certainly be difficult to equal in Anambra? How can Anambra State stop advertising its projects when people like Adinuba are ready to lie to the public that Obi is not doing anything? They readily rush to sites such as Saharareporters that only delight in painting Anambra State black. Meanwhile, the consummate worker, Obi, goes on undisturbed by the bedlam of politics and those clamouring to be noticed at all costs. From the benefit of hindsight, where are those that noticed such rampaging writers in the past?

Last line: It behoves writers everywhere to speak the truth at all times. Though truth might not make us rich, it will make us free, and its love is more glorious and incomparable to the lust for money. This is for Adinuba and his tribe.

Obienyem wrote this piece from Awka, Anambra State.

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*Nigeria: You Need No Certificate To Speak!

By Ikechukwu Enyiagu

You need no certificate to speak! You need no microphone to speak; all you need is “a voice.” And that, you need a voice that must be heard, a “voice frequency” which is sure to resonate in every heart that beats. Your soul needs a voice to speak to it, your family needs a voice to chart its course- everything needs the voice of change to constantly speak unto it, and propel it in its path of call.

Nigeria lacks the water from the voice of change. The only true God said in His words that He will ‘pour out’ His Spirit ‘upon all flesh’. Isaiah the prophet, by the Spirit, spoke: ‘the Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me to preach…’ The reason for the outpouring and the anointing is to 'speak.' From a child’s birth through to the moment of final accounts, the day it first spoke always remained remarkable and unforgettable. Speaking is important in our days so much that God had to give Adam the authority to name things and decide what if will look like and how it will function.

It is a voice which brought life to earth; voice always has its servants in everything it speaks. Creation will always answer to the call of your voice and bring about that which you speak of. It’s your voice which gives your thumb its unique print. No two voices are the same even when they flow in the same rhythm. If you have a dream for yourself or for the nation, you must speak it out. If you see a vision concerning a thing, there is always an accompanying message. The purpose for the Spirit is so you could dream and see, and the reason you must dream and see is so you could speak out a "revealed word". ( Continues below..... )

Sample English Language Certificate

Photo Above: Sample English Language Certificate

That power is already here. The ability to dream dreams and see visions is here with you because we are in ‘the last days’. Children now posses that same ability to separate the good from what is unacceptable. God never leaves anyone orphaned; there is always the power you need lying within. That situation ravaging our country, Nigeria, needs your voice to alter it. You cannot speak at cross-purposes with the dream given by the Spirit; you cannot silence your conscience.

Nigeria needs a voice, the voice birthed from dreams and visions which have taken their places in your conscience. Martin Luther once talked about having a dream, a beautiful dream which nothing was able nor would have been able to alter. Nigeria needs your voice; it needs your voice to propel it in its path of call. But you do not need any certificate, whatsoever, to speak words that change things. You need no extra authorization to chart that course which this nation must follow. All you need is that voice borne out of Godly dreams and visions, and directed by a true conscience. What do you need in our polity? Let your voice make it happen. Do you want corruption to be corrupted entirely? Use your voice. Do you want a better future for your generation? Speak the word. Have you seen injustice? Let justice issue forth from your mouth.

The voice which propels things is that born of “the Spirit”. It’s important that your voice has a root in other to produce. You can never corrupt your dreams and visions in your conscience and expect your words to produce. What comes out naturally when a nation adulterate its dreams and visions are lies, nepotism, bribery, corruption, decay, and death. That’s been the story of Nigeria because, even when we speak, we do not speak our Spirit-inspired dreams and visions – we speak deceit, gluttony, selfishness, pride, bigotry, callousness and death, even of our very selves. We deny the truth its throne and refuse justice its course, yet we expect our words to cause changes. But such changes can only be the fruits of a Seared conscience. ( Continues below...... )

Nigeria National Assembly Complex

Photo Above: Nigeria National Assembly Complex

I call on you whose citizenship is in Nigeria to speak the words of your dreams and visions. Speak words that are true and right concerning Nigeria. Remove any sentiments and divide-just speak the truth and stand for justice. Dimeji Bankeo was the “speaker of the Nation Assembly” of Nigeria, yet his words were that which produce death alone. As “the” speaker, he denied his God-inspired dreams and visions, seared his conscience with a hot iron, and stood boldly to “speak” for the entire nation-expecting results. Whoever you are in politics, national security, anti-graft and fraud units, education, workplaces, business, homes and religious places: you must stand up and speak up for that which is right! You must dream the dreams, see the visions, and speak the words.

You must speak to the many injustices perpetrated against individuals, groups, tribes, and religions. You must speak as a man who truly needs changes. You must avoid “the voice of the House of Assembly-” you must avoid deceiving yourself. The country must be run in truth and honesty because only in the truth can there be any true and lasting change. If we choose to avoid or ignore our conscience now, it will always stare us in the face with a basket-full of its dividends. No fight against bribery and corruption will succeed unless we stand up to speak to Nigeria-starting from matters of its deceitful birth, through its reasons for unity, to the matters of an impending dissolution.

Rise up today and speak to Nigeria without fear, favor or partiality. Get up and address that which addresses your life. We can all speak for our nation and its assembly. We can all speak for our future today and change things. No matter where you are, crush every threat or intimidation in your heart; stand up and speak. You are a part of the results of silence, false words, /or words that touch their targets. You have some seeds to plant for the future. No matter who you are, stand up now! Speak for justice! And, if anyone asks you what permission you have, tell him: “I need no certificate to stand for the right and for justice." And as you speak those words given by the Spirit, you will suddenly see them taking their shapes and directing situations-no matter how “Nigeria” (difficult) they seem. You need no certificate to speak.

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

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*Angry Woman Cuts Off Lover's Penis

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A Kenyan divorcee is trying to cope with life without his manhood after it was cut-off by an angry lover. Ronald ole Kitare, 27 told newsmen that he never imagined the woman he loved and planned to marry could amputate his manhood. Kitare swore never to trust any woman again.

Kitare, a security guard in Diani, a suburb of Mombasa, was separated from his wife early this year on grounds of infidelity. He fell in love with Faith Kamulu, 20, the woman who eventually cut-off his penis last week. According to Kitare, Kamulu came back home drunk, a state he had never seen her before and quarrel broke out between them. “My fiancée, who I had planned to marry in the next few months, arrived home at about 8.00 pm and we differed for a few minutes. I tried to inquire why she was drunk, but instead of answering me, she confronted me,” Kitare told reporters from his hospital bed.

In another statement from his bed, Kitare said Kamulu claimed his ex-wife insulted her over the phone calling her “husband snatcher”, an issue she took seriously. According to Kitare, “due to that, she threatened to do something to ensure I will not have any other woman in my life. But after some discussion, we resolved our differences and came to terms.I thought all was well since we even made love that night, but because it was a hot night, I decided to sleep on a mat while my fiancée spent the night in the bed. I never thought she still had grudge against me, but at about 12.00 am, she sneaked and chopped off my penis using a kitchen knife; she threw the organ away.” ( Continues below..... )

Arnold ole Kitare in Coast General Hospital

Photo Above: Arnold ole Kitare in Coast General Hospital

Kitare said he bled profusely after the cut and cried out for help as he was losing consciousness. In his word: “I was bleeding profusely and I was rescued by my neighbours who heard me yelling for help.” Neighbours came to his rescue, seizing Kamulu and handing her over to the police upon their arrival at the scene. Kitare was rushed to Msambweni Hospital emergency room and later transferred to Coast General Hospital. Ms Evah Hussein, a hospital official ruled out the possibility of reattachment of the severed penis. She said cosmetic surgery to restore Kitare's manhood to enable him urinate and in reproduction was possible. “The surgery to re-attach the organ was not done in time and cosmetic surgery can be done at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi to help the patient in urinating and even regain his sexual function if well conjoined with the urethra,” Ms Hussein explained.

Kitare in a statement said he does not plan to have more children. His organ is being preserved at Coast General Hospital awaiting his consent for its disposal.

On Monday in a Kwale court, Kamulu denied the charges of aggravated assault and maiming of Kitare.

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06/15/11

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*Nigeria: Justice Or Divine Revolution?

By Ikechukwu Enyiagu

I cry for Nigeria. I cry for this amalgamation. I cry for those born in this land. But my cries are not of one without hope, no, my cries are that of the voice in the wilderness saying: “Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” It is the voice of the one who sees the end of evil and the glory of good. I cry for a nation struggling to survive, to live by the blood of those in its care. Nigeria, like every other nation has its history but, unlike every other nation, the story of Nigeria is a message from hell-the pride of Satan. Nigeria is a warning post from God to the nations of the earth and I am a voice telling everyone, from everywhere that the time to be ready is now upon us. The time to seek the Lord has come. The time to separate the chaff from the wheat is none other than now. And the creation of God is His battle axe.

Since this present government came into being, Nigerians have heard unheard-before news of corruptions among the very top leadership of our country. To one man among them, there are over twenty (20) count charges which are everything else but lies and fabrications. The EFCC has unearthed a spot in the root of the corruption amongst our top government representatives, and this information being presently uncovered by the EFCC is, undoubtedly, the source of the fire which is about to engulf the entire nation of Nigeria-both for cleansing and for consumption. ( Continues below...... )

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Photo Above: Nigeria National Assembly Complex

The FoI bill was passed few days back after over a decade of disobedience by our leaders to every law of progress. What the world knows is that Nigeria is a corrupt country but what we know is that our leaders are the corruption eating everything else up. Now, with the passage of the FoI bill, and the EFCC at work, Nigeria should be able to have its stolen money back, with every interest paid. And a separate account must be opened for these monies to help in healing the wounds they created. The case of Bankole connects almost every person holding a federal political post in Nigeria and every Nigerian expects to see all these to a logical and true conclusion as fast as possible.

The voice which cries for Nigeria has seen, read and understood the handwritings on the wall concerning Nigeria. This nation is headed for a total blackout in the events that these men of hell are not brought to justice and swiftly. The darkness that will engulf Nigeria shall be as never seen or heard of if the government or anyone in authority blocks the smooth passage of the hammer of justice. The cries are no longer from one man; the cries are heard from every created thing which has its place within Nigeria and they are calling out, saying to the nation: prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight His path because He will bulldoze, without mercy, ANYTHING which stands in His way of justice. This now calls for the presidency to, consciously, throws its full weight behind and follow up these matters arising amongst its leadership-matters which have swallowed up Nigeria to the neck. ( Continues below..... )

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Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing some major cities, including the Federal capital (Abuja or FCT)

Unless there is a clear and clean carrying out of justice on these political thieves, the land will be engulfed by an unquenchable fire. Unless the wealth of God’s people are recovered and restored to them, the angel of chaos will descend upon our nation. It’s either justice now or a great revolution masterminded from above. To you who enslave my people, the Lord is saying: “is it not time to set my people free, is it not time to let them go and worship me? Behold, I’m coming against all of you with the rod of my anger. Unless you prepare a way of peace, righteousness and justice for me to come into your midst, I’ll come in my strength and wrath and will burn every evil in my path.”

It’s either justice for every Nigerian, or the fire of revolution will descend. You can’t enslave my people and expect me to remain silent when their cries won’t let me be. This is not the time for silence; it’s the time for freedom. It’s not the time for fears; rather, it’s the time for the Lord. This is not the time for politicking with our lives; it’s the time to set yourself and your family free by setting God’s people free. This voice has warned for the last time: “prepare the way for the Lord to come into your midst, make straight His path to travel among you.” There is no one on earth that is above Yahweh, none is greater than Jehovah. From the land called Nigeria, the Lord has decided to do a new thing throughout the earth; shall you obstruct Him and survive it, shall not the God of all crush your rebellion against His holy call?

Be wise, oh Nigeria! Be wise, you leaders! Be wise, you dwellers! Return to God now while you can. Set free those you have bound. Return to the poor and the needy all you have stolen from them. Set the innocent free and bring the guilty to justice. Be quick in this, and prepare you this way in haste. The Lord is coming with His rewards and He is coming very fast. What do you expect: shall He meet you ready or shall He crush this rebellious and adulterous entity called Nigeria in His anger? Do you prefer to bring justice to my chosen people or would you rather that I bring the justice? “Look! I shall no longer delay. I’m coming quickly and my rewards are with me”. “To my children in the midst of this wickedness,” the Lord says, “I am coming soon. Keep that which you have and keep your lamp burning-it is a mark of my redemption in that day of recompense.”

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

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