*The Hunting of Nigerian "Witches"
By Kali Gwegwe
It has now become fashionable for associates of persons suspected of corruption to accuse government of “witch-hunting”. The latest was the booing of the chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mrs. Farida Waziri by some members of the National Assembly. This is most shameful and should be condemned by all patriotic Nigerians. It will be safe for one to argue that there is really nothing wrong in hunting “witches”- corrupt persons. This is so because corruption has destroyed the foundation of good governance in the country. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Farida Waziri, EFCC Chairman
There is no doubt about the fact that the widely reported story of the booing of the EFCC boss by some members of the National Assembly is very disturbing. The nation’s legislators should not squander the patience of the Nigerian masses. The masses have not yet recovered from the revelation by the CBN governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido that a whooping 25% of the nation’s total budget was used to service the welfare of members of the National Assembly alone. Indirectly supporting corruption will therefore push the poor suffering masses to tow the path of self help which is too extreme and dangerous for our democracy. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: EFCC Operatives
Rather than accusing the anti-graft agency of witch-hunting opponents of government, the legislators should condemn whatever form of corrupt practices by their colleagues and go ahead to make public the names of those being shielded from prosecution. The time has past when associates of persons accused of corruption fueled narrow sentiments or simply hide behind the banner opposition to buy the sympathy of Nigerians. This is a new Nigeria.
Those who live in glass houses are not supposed to throw stones- misappropriate or steal public funds. This is one reality most public office holders have failed to accept. The long arm of the law will always be there to flog them despite any amount of booing.
Kali Gwegwe writes from Yenagoa, Bayelsa State and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org ( 0806 407 4810 )
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*High Cost of Law Making in Nigeria
By Kali Gwegwe
The primary aim of law is to underline the principle of equality of men. This noble principle is the foundation of justice and fair play. Without justice and fair play, society will be threatened by the problems of insecurity, crime, chaos, and underdevelopment. Owing to this valid fact, most democratic societies have tended to accord great honour to legislators. In these countries, the legislative arm of government is seen as a ladder leading to national unity, peace, and development.
As important as the business of law making is to the stability and growth of every democracy, some societies simply see and treat legislators like other citizens. It is patriotic zeal that most drive their passion. But in a very sharp contrast, legislators in Nigeria's three tiers of government shamelessly blindfold the citizenry and arrogated so much power to themselves. They are mostly insensitive to the plight of the common man. Sadly, Nigerians are beginning to see Nigerian legislators to be representing their individual pockets- not the nation. ( Continues below..... )
This could be the only reason why Nigeria's law makers earn outrageous salaries while over 70% of public servants are unable to rely on their income to service the feeding, housing, transport, health, education, and social needs of their families. It is also believed that Nigerian law makers are the highest paid in the world. This is ridiculous when married to the fact that as the world's ninth largest exporter of crude oil, Nigeria is still ranked as "underdeveloped" in the real sense of it.
An average Nigerian senator earns about N240m annually while their counterparts in the House of Representatives go home with about N204m. This development is very sad for a country that lacks basic social amenities such as roads, hospitals, schools, water, and electricity.
On recently, the Nigerian nation was shocked when the CBN governor, Mallam Lamido Sanusi disclosed that a whooping 25% of the nation's entire budget was used to service members of the National Assembly alone. The legislative arm of government do not deserve this excessive "padding" culture. There are no visible improvements in the lives of ordinary Nigerians for legislators to merit the outrageous salaries and allowances they take home. ( Continues below...... )
Photo Above: Nigeria National Assembly Complex
We do not need Prophet T.B. Joshua to prophesy that Nigerians are tired and angry. The leadership of the National Assembly should as a matter of urgency do a soul searching and voluntarily downsize their wages before the masses march on Abuja to make a physical demand for justice and fairness in the utilisation of the nation's wealth.
On the other hand, the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Allocation Committee (RMFAC) should commence actions to flog the National Assembly in line with reason, justice and fair play. This is the only way the confidence of the masses will be strengthened.
Kali Gwegwe writes from Yenagoa, Bayelsa State and can be reached at email@example.com ( 0806 407 4810 )
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*Who Knows What Saharareporters Is Turning Into?
By Cajetan Azubike
I got a call from a guy who claimed to know the guys behind Saharareporters about six months ago asking me what the problem between the outfit and Governor Obi was. He told me that they were heavily funded by an interest group to attack Anambra State and Obi in a very coordinated manner. I dismissed the information as another attempt to attract attention by peddling of rumour. The caller maintained that he was giving me first class information and only pleaded for utmost confidentiality because of his relationship with the owner of the outfit, Sowore Omoyele. “I am telling you this because you are close to those in Governement,” he said.
I did not suspect anything, until the great Ikemba, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu became ill and had to be taken to a London hospital. A friend of mine in Government told me that that was the time he got the highest number of calls in my life, everybody, from CNN and BBC to local media, according to him, were calling to find out the state of Ojukwu’s health. Sowore of Saharareporters, he said, called as well and was just interested in his informing his outfit first should the unexpected happen. “I went into a shouting match with him to the extent of inviting him to come and snuff life out of the Ikemba when he kept calling only to ask me ‘Has he died?’ Even when I assured him that Ojukwu would still live for us, he was interested in knowing how his absence would affect the performance of APGA. Clearly, he was working for a particular political party.” Then came the flood. Outline followed outline, stories followed stories, and vituperations followed vituperations. He has written and posted on his website about 28 anti-Anambra/Obi pieces. All the write-ups were wicked declamations, without any ethical pretence to objectivity.
Sowore and his Saharareporters outfit betrayed their purpose when contrary to the verifiable fact that Governor Obi sent 25 buses to evacuate Anambra Corps members stranded in the north during the post election crisis, Sowore posted on his site that the Governor did not send any buses.
What is most perplexing to the foregoing is that he refused to publish reasoned rejoinders against his falsehoods. However, when any riffraff make any negative comment on Anambra, he publishes. It was obvious that when a Senator from Anambra, who has a Gallic disdain for Obi, let out a fart, he carried it on his site and even compared it to Beethoven’s symphonies simply because it was part of the greater war against governor Obi. Why this disdain?
Before he ventured into politics, Obi was a relatively obscure but rich trader. When he started talking to the people, he was so clear and full of understanding for the intricacies of human situation. Our people believed him. While campaigning to become the Governor of Anambra State, it was a delight to behold him deflating contrived questions and puncturing all traps set against him by the sharpness of his mind. Once beloved by the people he burst forth in the political scene like the lava of Vesuvius. The efforts through rigging by Dr. Chris Ngige to cool the fires of this budding volcano were not of much avail. He enjoys the hobby of defeating Ngige in any direct confrontation. He has effectively burst open into the national consciousness by being the first to remove a sitting Governor, come back from impeachment and secured the tenure interpretation all through due process. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu( left ), Chuba Okadigbo( right )
If you have been following the recent posts by Saharareporters, you would have discovered that with the most recent rubbish on Anambra,Sowore was part of those forces recruited to quench the fires of that volcano. Today, except those who do not visit the site, everybody knows that he is fighting a sponsored war against Anambra State Government. Even his friend and colleague that maintains a column in the Sun, whom I understand accord with him as harmoniously as dynamite with fire, is with him in that fight. In a space of three months, he has used his column to write pure and unadulterated nonsense against the Governor. They believe, forgivably that Obi lost out in the last election even when his party moved from zero to secure over 60% in the elections; they believe, less forgivably that Obi is finished, when all those that contested for the presidency in the last election wanted him as their running mate; they believe, incredibly and unforgivably that Obi is doing nothing, when the year 2011 remain the year he has done more projects as the governor of the State.
Now, the grouse of Sowore is that the Governor invited some journalists to visit Anambra State. Assuming it is true, what is the problem with that? In all the parts of the world, it is standard practice. Which Governor in Nigeria has not invited journalists to visit his state? Would it have been better to make calls to them in Lagos to write unverifiable Stuff?
Sowore said so many things to the extent of accusing the Governor of erecting massive buildings in the name of a teaching hospital without equipping it. He put words into many mouths to say this. By this singular point, he has betrayed himself. If the Governor is building structures, he should have been intelligent enough to know that if those structures were there that the Governor would not have bothered to build them. Is he telling us that he ought to have purchased the equipment before building the structures? Clearly this shows somebody who is looking for something else. Even if Obi’s only achievements are building of structures, Anambra people should pray that the person to take after him should equip them.
The Governor, because he has so many achievements on ground that one can proudly proclaim them from the rooftops.
Sowore quarrelled with the issue of Obi building 500 kms of roads. He does not want to come to Anambra even on his own to confirm this, but he is contented to depend on what those that supply him with information send to him. Sowore should better find out from the Federal Ministry of Works for they confessed themselves that Anambra has the best network of roads. These roads, according to COREN, met the standards.
Beyond roads, the Governor is doing wonders in other areas. The adverts running in the newspapers contain what the Governor has been able to do in many areas. More areas are still being compiled such as the Primary health Care Centres built in many parts of the state. If any of those advertised projects are false, people would have pointed them out. In fact, I read on the net where somebody said that the claims about Bethel Secondary School, Isulo were false, whereupon everything the Governor has done in the school were pointed out and they include, provision of internet, rehabilitation of their labs, provision of 30kva generator, 10 desktops and 50 laptops. The name and the phone number of the principal were provided for verification. Those that made the allegation ran for cover. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Anambra State Governor Peter Obi
When Obi became Governor, no Government secondary school had a bus, today over 100 schools have not just buses but are connected to the INTERNET, provided with generators, boreholes, laboratories, Microsoft Academies. The Governor is working on 27 erosion sites, completed and on-going. The list is endless, some of these projects are beautifully captured in http://www.anidsinanambrastate.com and yet, to Sowore and his colleagues, nothing is happening.
Today the second largest brewery in the world is building its biggest facility in the Sub-Saharan Africa in Anambra and should Obi not be commended for that. Before him there was no peace in the State such that having such a facility was unthinkable.
Today, Governor Obi has built or is building the highest number of bridges, 15, in different parts of the State. Nobody in the State since creation has built a bridge as expansive and long as Obi has built such as the Odor Bridge connecting Awgbu communities and Amaokpala or the Otuku brige at Umueze Anam-Nmiata road. I deliberately mentioned names should Sowore want to send his sources to verify.
If Sowore is sincere to himself, he should have pointed out what those journalists wrote about Obi in terms of projects that are wrong. He still has time to do this or give himself away as a blackmailer working for some interests. When people resigned in other Governors’ Cabinet, Sowore did not mention that, once it was Anambra it was celebrated as if the ninth wonder of the world had been discovered. When other Governors sacked their aides and Commissioners that did not win elections, Sowore looked the other side, but he started attacking Obi for only planning, according to him, to sack his aides that did badly in the elections. Today, we read of Governor with thousands of aides and it was not news to Sowore, if tomorrow somebody invents the story of Obi having 100 aides it will become news to him.
What Sowore is doing today is very positive. At least if for nothing we now know that there is a grand war against the Governor. Even in Nigeria, those Sowore is working for hired canvassers who go from one public place or the other to canvass that governor Obi is doing nothing. The crime of Obi’s aides crime is to shout that these people are lying against Obi by inviting groups to come and see that their claims are on ground. In 2009, when elections were around the corner, they did exactly the same thing and Obi used project inspection to demolish their lies. I hope he does the same thing today. Let people come and see the Mississippi of projects Obi is executing in Anambra.
Reading Sowore and what he does these days, one has every reason to believe that the fame of his site has entered his head. He now thinks in terms of having the capacity to be used to destroy and create. But let him be reminded the immortal words of Napoleon Bonaparte, “From the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step,” he is taking that step now. We have every reason to believe that the coarse necessities of physical existence has dragged Saharareporters from the heights of respectfulness into the mart of struggle for economic survival.
Cajetan Azubike,Esq. Chugbo Enwezor & Co. No 57 Awka Road, Onitsha
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*Saharareporters Tool Of Yoruba Colonization Of Ndigbo?
By Emeka Umeagbalasi
From 1900 to 1960, Ndigbo were part of the ethnic nationalities brought under the British colony. From 1967 to 1970, Ndigbo were militarily and homicidally colonized by the Hausa/Fulani and the Yoruba Ethnic Nationalities. From 1970 to 1999, Ndigbo were again colonized by the forces of marginalization powered by the same “enemy” nationalities. From 1999 till date, Ndigbo have, again, been subjected to another form of colonization, this time around, colonization through information warfare, courtesy of some hired Yoruba elements in the media including Mr. Omoyele Sowore, who was taught by our own Mr. Ellis Ikenna Ezenekwe of hitherto famous Ukpaka Reports Online Media, a proud native of famous Nanka Town in famous State of Anambra, Nigeria.
Mr. Omoyele Sowore’s edge over his former master is akin to what obtains in trade master-apprenticeship relationship, where the possibility of the apprentice rising over his master is not ruled out. Another factor that made Mr. Sowore popular was his financiers, who, reportedly, were his Yoruba political uncles. The third advantageous factor was his reported access to classified information from the establishment, reportedly powered by leading Yoruba top political office holders. Today, Mr. Omoyele Sowore and his Saharareporters reportedly get information and material resources at source to propagate his ethnic nationality’s interests including its expansionist policies of “Yorubanization” of other innocuous ethnic nationalities, such as Ndigbo Ethnic Nationality.
The Yoruba race must continue to be celebrated and remembered as the first (?) to embrace western media and education with reported arrival of television in the zone in 1955, while the Binis remained the first to embrace western arsenal from the Portuguese in 1472. Appreciated is also the fact that Calabar was the first capital of Nigeria, but lost its prestige to the” no-man’s land” city of Lagos, which fell into the British hands in 1861 via the Treaty of Cession. Today, Lagos is home to Sierra Leoneans, Liberians, Ndigbo, Hausa/Fulani (descendants of Baayida and Shehu Utman Dan Fodio), Yorubas, Ghanaians, Togolese, and Brazilians etc. The world’s famous tennis icons, Venus and Serena Williams are from the Badagry area of Lagos State. There are over 5million Ndigbo in Lagos injecting over N10Billion annually into the State economy, yet the likes of Mr. Omoyele Sowore and his political uncles have sworn never to let this innocuous ethnic nationality be. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Igboland (homeland of Ndigbo of Nigeria )
The “sins” of the Great Igbo Race against Mr. Omoyele Sowore and his Yoruba political uncles are that the new generation of Igbo intellectuals resolved never to see their melting pot, that is to say Ana-Anambra being packaged and ferried back to the dark ages. But the likes of Mr. Omoyele Sowore have sworn to keep the status quo oily. When we struggle very hard to edge out riotoius quantities holding our State and zone to ransom in perpetuity, the likes of Mr. Omoyele Sowore are seemingly busy canonizing and beatifying unrepentant charlatans, including yesteryears’ electoral buccaneers, among them are medical doctors without stethoscopes. In the just concluded April polls, the Action Congress of Nigeria, Mr. Omoyele Sowore’s ethnic’s dominated party, appeared to have fielded candidates with questionable idiosyncrasies akin to the likes of Adedibu in Yoruba land, in the Southeast zone including Imo State, where remnants of the infamous Otokoto Ritual Fraternity of the 1990s reportedly made the ACN candidates’ list. None of these “wonder” candidates can make councillorship list in the ACN’s Yoruba land. It is reported that part of those urging the newly popularly elected governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, to dump the party under which he was popularly elected to join the PDP, comes from the same political kitchen of the Yoruba information warfare mongers. The sole aim is to destroy what appears to be the Igbo’s tunnel of political emancipation. Just like they reportedly promised Dr. Chris Ngige, Owelle was said to have been promised fair media coverage if he leaves his wining Party.
Mr. Omoyele Sowore’s description of Intersociety as the “so-called Non-Governmental Organization that affiliated to the present Government of Anambra State” in his latest piece, does not border us a bit. Respected world human rights watchdogs like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch maintain columns on their websites that are called “what people say about or against us”, which contain all manner of false accusations against them by even political authorities, including the accusation that they were paid millions of US Dollars by US, UK, etc to write what they wrote against them. Intersociety’s “sin” against Mr. Omoyele Sowore is that we pleaded with his organization not to be dragged to the mud by politicians who never wish our State anything good. We also invited his group to come to our dear State so as to ascertain facts and fictions that would help it report accurately and objectively on same. If risking our dear lives to ensure the emergence of a government predicated on one-man-one-vote, which was judicially affirmed after three years of fierce struggle that saw us being the guest of the SSS, SCID, false libel litigation, orchestrated media propaganda and an infamous request to our then national CLO leadership to disband our State Branch leadership, all at the instance of Dr. Chris Ngige, means being the affiliate of Governor Peter Obi’s legitimate government, then let Intersociety be made a ministry in the Government of Anambra State, as we will repeat this enviable feat timelessly, which we also replicated in Imo State recently. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Mr. Omoyele Sowore, Publisher Saharareporters
Mr. Omoyele Sowore’s latest piece on Anambra State, titled “ How Gov. Peter Obi spent millions to buy favour from senior journalists as his popularity plummets”, in which he made a futile attempt to ridicule Intersociety, is another sojourn in the land of falsehood. English Professors would always say that “truth tellers use active voice, but liars magisterially resort to passive voice”. From introduction to conclusion, the piece was awash with emptiness. Mr. Omoyele Sowore’s supposed team of lawyers could not even advise him on the simple meaning of bribery. All the adverts dotting his website may mean “bribery” to him? All the adverts dished out by the ACN during the election campaigns are also acts of bribery? All the adverts that flooded major national dailies and weekly magazines as well as visual and audio-visual media, sponsored by Governor Babatunde Fashola during and after polls’ campaigns, showcasing his wonderful achievements in Lagos State, may not mean acts of bribery to the likes of Mr. Omoyele Sowore, but if they emanate from the Government and People of Anambra State, they become acts of bribery.
When I participated at the joint international press conference held by the Human Rights Watch, USA, in August 2010 in Lagos, I was quartered in a hotel and given N15.000 as transport fare back to Onitsha. The Ministry of Information of any State is at liberty to use judiciously its budgetary allocation to enhance the image of its government including showcasing in the media the government activities and achievements, provided it is not showcasing prototypes or non-existent projects, more so when the likes of Mr. Omoyele Sowore are busy feeding the outside world with false information that “Governor Peter Obi is not doing anything in Anambra State”. Within the ambit of the natural justice, the Government and the People of Anambra State are entitled to fair hearing. Mr. Omoyele Sowore had earlier peddled lies of unpardonable magnitude against our State when he wrote in April 2011 that no evacuation exercise by the Government and People of Anambra State, of the “corpers” of the State origin took place in Bauchi State. But when we wired his news organization with the findings emanating from our thorough investigations, which took us to SSS, ANIDS Transport Scheme of Anambra State as well as the Government of Anambra State, his news organization ran for cover and refused to publish it.
Lastly, if Mr. Sowore and co continues this way, then this widely read and respected news medium may be heading for a crash. It is better to be a king in purgatory than to be a slave in Heaven. To set to destroy a race is too suicidal a mission. In few days times we in the Intersociety shall be forwarding to his news organization and other news organizations the true text of the scorecard of the present Government of Anambra State within the context of critical sectoral analysis of the present State Executive Council, from 2006 to 2011. The text shall contain its achievements and failures and Mr. Sowore is at liberty to use it as his credible baseline that is if he will be able to divorce your backers, who have misled him and put his news organization at daggers-drawn with the new generation intellectuals of Ala-Ndigbo. While packaging his candidate for the 2014 governorship poll in Anambra State of Nigeria, let me remind Mr. Sowore to amend Section 14(3) of the Constitution of Nigeria, as amended (zoning of key political offices) so as to make Anambra Central Zone, from where Dr. Chris Ngige and Mr. Peter Obi come from and would have occupied the Anambra governorship, both legal and illegal, for almost 11 years by 2014, the perpetual bearer of the Anambra State governorship, as against Anambra North that had never produced the governor, or Anambra South that had produced once since 1999 and twice since 1991 when the State was created.
Emeka Umeagbalasi heads Intersociety, 41, Miss Elems Street, Fegge, Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org ( 0803 360 1078 )
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*Nigeria: Bankole - The Potrait of Political Arrogance
By Kali Gwegwe
The decision of the immediate past speaker of Nigeria's House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole to dictate when to respond to official invitation from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was most regrettable and should be condemned by all well-meaning Nigerians.
By his actions, Bankole attempted to rubbish the collective efforts by government and the citizenry to sanitise the nation's economic, social, and political landscape that is bedeviled by pandemic corruption. With this shameful act, it will take more efforts and time to convince the international community that the much talked about war against graft in Nigeria is genuine. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Dimeji Bankole, Speaker Nigeria House of Representatives (November 1, 2007 - June 2, 2011).
Let us not forget the fact that as a nation, Nigeria cannot make much headway if the global business community does not have confidence in the ability of government to isolate corruption from private and public businesses in the country. It is the economic sector that sustains the socio-political framework of every nation. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Nigerian Naira Notes
With the Bankole saga very fresh in mind, this writer is compelled to suggest that the National assembly quickly create a law that will punish whoever that refuses to honour the invitation of any of the anti-graft agencies in the country. With such law, Bankole and his likes will not make the mistake of ignoring the invitation of either EFCC or ICPC in future. ( Continues below...... )
Photo Above: Nigeria National Assembly Complex
Many had thought that Bankole will hurriedly use the opportunity of his invitation by EFCC to clear his name of all charges and insinuations. By his actions, he has indirectly given credence to the opinion of the EFCC and thereby raising even more suspicion. With the quality of the nation's justice system, there was no need for him to attempt to hide from the long arm of the law.
Thank God that despite all the pride and arrogance he displayed, the arm of the law was long and strong enough to catch him. At least, the whole world will know the truth. More than that, the international community will be convinced that we are serious about the war against graft. Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Did Bankole throw stones? Let the courts answer this question.
Kali Gwegwe writes from Yenagoa, Bayelsa State and can be reached at email@example.com ( 0806 407 4810 )
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*Helping Local Govts Perform In Nigeria
By Ifeatu Agbu
The local governments, which are the third tier of government, were designed to bring development to the grassroots. It cannot be otherwise, as the Federal Government, which is calling the shots from Abuja, is too far away from the headquarters of the 774 local government councils in the country. Similarly, most of the state capitals are equally far from the many towns and villages in the local government areas.
It is no wonder then that the federal and state governments are often too far removed from the generality of Nigerians to appreciate their urgent needs. This yawning gap that is supposed to be filled by the local governments is, unfortunately, left as a gaping hole because the so-called grassroots government is often unable or incapable of delivering on their constitutional mandate.
If you move round the local governments in the country, it is only in very few of them that you would see projects they executed. In fact, many of them have served no other purpose other than being used as drain pipes. There are indications that some local government chairmen and their councilors stay in the cities, only to converge at their headquarters at the end of every month to share the money allocated to the councils from the Federation Account. They do this on a regular basis without any qualms because of the absence of an effective accountability mechanism.
The woeful failure of most local governments as agencies of development has prompted some people to advocate that the third tier be scrapped, ostensibly because many of them are not adding any value to the development process of this nation.
There shortcomings notwithstanding, the local governments have an important role to play. The nation needs them to perform some basic functions at the grassroots to accelerate the overall development of the country. In the light of this, rather than scrap the local governments, as some people have suggested, they should actually be roused from their slumber. The sure way to do this would be to assign definite and measureable roles to them every year. In other words, allocations from the Federation Account to the local governments should be tied to specific projects and programmes, which should be monitored by credible federal and state agencies. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing its 36 states and capital (Abuja or FCT)
As part of the efforts to make the local governments relevant in the development process of the country, the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, recently held a meeting with the chairmen of the 185 councils in the Niger Delta region. For the commission, the main objective of the meeting was to forge a development partnership with the local governments.
In order to achieve this, the Managing Director of NDDC, Mr. Chibuzor Ugwoha told the council chairmen that the sum of thirty million naira had been set aside by the commission for every council area that was eligible. “It is part of the commission’s efforts to drive development down to the grassroots,” he said.
However, since the resources of the commission are limited, the financial lifeline being offered to the councils would not be enough to go round the 185 council areas in the region at once. Ugwoha said: “What is available to kick start the scheme is N1.35 billion, which without recourse to other parameters of wealth allocation among the nine NDDC states, uniformly translates to N150 million per state. At N30 million per local government, the amount available to a state can only accommodate five council areas. It simply means that other LGs may have to wait a while for the scheme, which shall ultimately evolve, to benefit all 185 local government areas in the Niger Delta”.
In a way, this will ginger the local governments into action and it would also bring out those that are truly committed to developing their areas, since the partnership requires some commitment from the councils. The councils that would benefit from the NDDC largesse are required to match the NDDC grant by 50 per cent, which means that they would contribute N15 million to raise the fund to N45 million which must be used to execute a project that would have direct and immediate benefit to the various communities.
No doubt, this is one good offer that the LG chairmen should grab with both hands. Again, it is a grant that must be put to the best possible use. The LG chairmen should use the bottom-up approach in the selection of projects. Their people must be involved in determining what is actually needed, to ensure that they take the projects as theirs and as such do everything necessary to safeguard and protect them.
The good thing about projects like this is that the other partner would serve as a counterpoise necessary to put a check on abuses. There would be no room for the cavalier approach to local government contracts in this partnership arrangement. In this wise, the NDDC boss laid the ground rules for the council chiefs. He said: “We need to be careful in choosing contractors for the projects. We should go for those with competence and tract records, so that the work time does not drag beyond what is being envisaged and thereby create basis for contractors to demand payment of variations”. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria's Niger Delta Region showing Port Harcourt
The Federal and State Governments as well as other development agencies, should take a cue from this to enter into similar partnerships with the local governments to ensure that they are encouraged to perform their duties diligently. Granted that the local governments are not getting enough funds to adequately address the important functions assigned to them in the constitution, but that cannot justify a situation where many of the LGs virtually go to sleep.
That the local governments don’t have much to show for their existence is a sign that there is something fundamentally wrong with the system of resource allocation and sharing of responsibilities. It would appear that there is a mismatch between the statutory functions of the local governments and their capacities. Obviously, an appropriate balance is yet to be struck in the use of revenue allocation to correct the imbalance between responsibilities and revenue power at the lower levels of government. The Federal Government currently takes 52.68 per cent of the centrally collected revenues, leaving the states and local governments with 26.72 and 20.60 per cent respectively. With this relatively small amount, prudent local governments could still manage to execute some projects. The problem is that by far the majority have nothing tangible to justify what they receive monthly from the Federation Account.
That apart, the federal and the state governments that get a larger chunk from the Federation Account should assist the local councils, just like the NDDC has demonstrated, to address the basic needs of the people at the grassroots. Some states are already doing this as was stated by Prince Timothy Nsirim, the chairman of Obio-Akpor Local Government in Port Harcourt metropolis. He said that the saving grace for the LGs in Rivers State was that the government of Governor Rotimi Amaechi took the burden of teachers’ salary off their shoulders. Before then, he said, the council could not execute even small projects. Virtually all the chairmen who spoke attributed their inability to execute capital projects to the financial burden of paying the salaries of primary school teachers in their council areas. To make the local governments deliver on their mandates as veritable agents of development at the grassroots, the governors of the Niger Delta states should heed the advice of Prince Nsirim that they should “assist their local governments in paying teachers’ salaries so that they would have money to spare for projects.”
Given the statutory funds available to the local governments of the oil-rich region, it would be dishonest for their chairmen to blame their poor performances entirely on the payment of teachers’ salaries. That would just amount to finding an alibi to cover up for the financial mismanagement, which is mostly responsible for their dismal performance.
Any government that spends all its revenue on recurrent expenditure as most of the local governments seem to be doing, will in no time outlive its usefulness and incur the wrath of its people. This reality should make our local governments to improve on their financial management, which will help them to improve on their service delivery to their people.
Mr. Ifeatu Agbu ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) writes from Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
*Tags: Nigerians, Local, Govts, Lgas, Perform, Niger, Delta, Abuja, Lagos, Africa, Masterweb
*Are Nigeria / Cameroon's Jukuns Jews?
By Apostle Dr. Genesis Dawuda
The people shall dwell alone and shall not be reckoned among the nations; Numbers 23:9. They shall be wanderers among the nations; Hosea 9:17. Jukuns! Jews? I know it sounds so funny, crazy and unbelievable. But don’t laugh and fall off your seat. I am serious, are the Jukuns Jews? History is a very wonderful subject, unappetizing when starting it but rewarding when it comes to applying it to real life situations.
In tracing one’s root there are many sources of information that an individual can draw from. It could be anthropological, biological, biblical, archeological or historical.
Some very important things we must put at the back of our minds are that:
1. The Jukuns came from the middle east (Yemen)
2. The ten lost tribes of Israel taken into captivity by Assyria lost all traces of their heritage.
3. And the other two tribes that went into captivity in Babylon did not stay long in captivity.
4. God asks Ezekiel, can this dry bones live again?
5. God said in Deut. 28:58-ff (The Message Translation) If you don't diligently keep all the words of this Revelation written in this book, living in holy awe before This Name glorious and terrible, GOD, your God, then GOD will pound you with catastrophes, you and your children, huge interminable catastrophes, hideous interminable illnesses. He'll bring back and stick you with every old Egyptian malady that once terrorized you. And yes, every disease and catastrophe imaginable--things not even written in the Book of this Revelation--GOD will bring on you until you're destroyed. Because you didn't listen obediently to the Voice of GOD, your God, you'll be left with a few pitiful stragglers in place of the dazzling stars-in-the-heavens multitude you had become. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing its 36 states including Taraba State (Home of Jukuns in Nigeria). *Jukuns also live in parts of northwestern Cameroon.
And this is how things will end up: Just as GOD once enjoyed you, took pleasure in making life good for you, giving you many children, so GOD will enjoy getting rid of you, clearing you off the Earth. He'll weed you out of the very soil that you are entering in to possess. He'll scatter you to the four winds, from one end of the Earth to the other. You'll worship all kinds of other gods, gods neither you nor your parents ever heard of, wood and stone no-gods. But you won't find a home there, you'll not be able to settle down. GOD will give you a restless heart, longing eyes, a homesick soul. You will live in constant jeopardy, terrified of every shadow, never knowing what you'll meet around the next corner.
In the morning you'll say, "I wish it were evening." In the evening you'll say, "I wish it were morning." Afraid, terrorized at what's coming next, afraid of the unknown, because of the sights you've witnessed.
GOD will ship you back to Egypt by a road I promised you'd never see again. There you'll offer yourselves for sale, both men and women, as slaves to your enemies. And not a buyer to be found. Anthropologically, I’ll refer you to Dr. C.K. Meek’s book “A Sudanese Kingdom” in order to find some Jewish heritage among the Jukun. These are:
(a) The eastern gate entrance by the king: All turn their horses swiftly and gallop back again to meet the king as he enters the eastern gate amidst loud shouts welcome from his people. Page 152
(b) The triumphant entry by the King: About 3pm most of the commoners return to Wukari in order to welcome the King when he makes his triumphant entry. It is note-worthy that whereas during the day the king and his officials are all dressed in the typical Jukun fashion, i.e. with a cloth rolled at the waist and extending to the feet, the upper part of the body being left bared, these garments are changed for the triumphal return to the capital. All the officials wear gowns, the king dons the coat known as nyipo, which is decorated with red and white representations of birds and scorpions. He is surrounded by twenty grooms one of whom fans him while another holds the State umbrella close to his head. Pages 151,152
(c) Lion as a symbol of kingship: The drummers announce the Kings arrival by playing two chants… The second is a tonic representation of “Gâ kyô ri bi, Zêku Gâ kyô ri bi, ni she.” i.e. the slouching gait: the lion approaches with slouching gait: take to your heels!” When the king reaches the shrine of Yaku he reins his horse and says “Hî” in imitation of a lion’s grunt.
(d) Jacob and Esau relative account.
(e) Feared by other nations: “The very thorough study of the Jukun peoples and peoples under Jukun influence presented by C.K. Meek in these pages is based on data obtained during considerable sojourn among the Jukun groups of Nigerian peoples who extend more or less from the Gongola River to Igboland, but are now merely a shrunken relic of a confederation known as Kwararafa which, in the middle ages dominated a very large portion of the country now called Hausaland, as well as the Benue region and further south.” H.R. Palmer (page xiii)
(f) Feast of In-gathering (Puje) or festival of booths. There is a striking resemblance between the Arago custom and the Hebrew seven-day Feast of ingathering. The Puje festival is held in the booths outside Wukari at the close of the harvest, and last seven days. “It may be that the Israelitish festival also had originally to do with the cult of the moon.” C.K. Meek
(g) Proud as a chosen race
(h) Intelligent: Their concept of running a loosely knit confederacy is second to none.
(i) Wanderers: It will be seen therefore that the general African ethnographical bearing or application of this study of Jukun influence or culture which radiated through a large number of other tribes in greater or lesser degree will be largely determined by the answer to the question: Who are the Jukuns and where did they come from? For, according not only to their own traditions but the traditions of their neighbours, they were not originally indigenous either to the the Benue region, their their present main habitat, or in fact to Nigeria, but migrated from Kordofan and the region of the Nile, through the Fitri region, Mandara, and the Gongola region of the Nile Valley then many of Mr. Meek’s cultural comparisons with Egypt gain a weight which will not otherwise attach to them. If the half-hamitic connection of the ruling caste is true could it mean that God really brought the Jews back to Egypt? Who must have written some coded messages in the pyramids in Egypt that’s related to the messianic prophecies.
(j) Theocratic system of Government: They represent the gods in administering the whole land after their dictates. In which he operates both in the priestly and kingly authority.
(k) A supreme Temple: There is a Temple in the premise of the Aku’s palace. ( Continues below….. )
1. Hosea 3:4,5; For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king and without a sacrifice and without an image. Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their King; and shall fear the LORD and His goodness in the latter days. 2. Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the enemy shall pursue him. They have set up kings but not by me. Hosea 8:3,4 3. They shall be wanderers among the nations. Hosea 9:17 4. Appearance: Tall and feared, Isaiah 18:10-ff 5. Eastern gate entrance: Ezekiel 44:1-3; 46:12 6. Lion as a symbol of kingship; Numbers 23:24; 24:9; Gen 49:8-12; Deut. 33:7 7. Feast of In-gathering or festival of booths; Lev. 23:33,34; Deut. 16:13-17 8. Israel among gentiles: Hosea 8:8 9. I will gather her that was driven. Micah 4:1-ff 10. Deliverer: Micah 5:1-ff 11. I will surely assemble Jacob Micah 2:12,13 12. Proud as the chosen race: Deut. 7:6,7 13. Triumphal entry: John 12:1-16 14. Temple: Ezra 6:1-ff; Ezekiel 40:1-ff - 48:1-35
A few years ago, I learnt that some Jews came all the way to Nigeria, even to Wukari, looking for an archaeological remains, an ancient weapon of war. The rest is not for me to reveal, because it is not in my power to do just that. Graphology:
The Jukuns have a unique style of handwriting which is synonymous with the Hebrew language. Not all write it but some special people with the court of the King. The rain makers use it and when crowning a new king, that cryptic identical to the Hebrew cryptic is used to make some inscription on his (the Aku’s) thigh. Rev. 19:16 (On his robe and thigh is written, KING OF KINGS, LORD OF LORDS.) ( Continues below….. )
Haven’t you wondered why God is still so interested in Nigerian affairs? To the extent that some people have even said that God must be a Nigeria. If not so, just one crisis is enough to do jaga jaga (mess up) with this country.
Honestly, I have not embarked upon this project. Most lost jewish tribes are confirmed by result of Y chromosomes found in all males. Do you know that the Jukuns are always sleeping with one eye opened? If it’s not war with one ethnic group it’s territorial crisis with another. When it’s night they wish it’s morning, if it’s morning they wish it were night. How they survive their wars is really a miracle attested to by so many natives.
History shows that the Jews have always survived and participated in different civilizations and onslaughts by their enemies. Now that the jews in diaspora (the true Israel) are gathering together, to mark the end of the prophetic Gentile times recorded in the Bible; it’s no surprise to me that the Kwararafa Heritage is making a roll call of those in diaspora by a divine hand that is making the dry bones to live again.
If America wakes up to find out that most of the people that make up her population are Israelites (of the ten lost tribes) her role in global politics will take another dimension. For more please visit www.vinesbranch.com Even though it seems they have lost their identity, they have not lost their blessings of re-gathering to inherit their promised land. Isaiah 49:1-ff must be fulfilled before Our Lord Jesus Christ returns to earth.
To get the favor of God back we need to follow the instructions below in God’s Holy Writ (The Message Bible Translation):
If you listen obediently to the Voice of GOD, your God, and heartily obey all his commandments that I command you today, GOD, your God, will place you on high, high above all the nations of the world. All these blessings will come down on you and spread out beyond you because you have responded to the Voice of GOD, your God:
GOD's blessing inside the city, GOD's blessing in the country; GOD's blessing on your children, the crops of your land, the young of your livestock, the calves of your herds, the lambs of your flocks. GOD's blessing on your basket and bread bowl; GOD's blessing in your coming in, GOD's blessing in your going out. GOD will defeat your enemies who attack you. They'll come at you on one road and run away on seven roads. GOD will order a blessing on your barns and workplaces; he'll bless you in the land that GOD, your God, is giving you. GOD will form you as a people holy to him, just as he promised you, if you keep the commandments of GOD, your God, and live the way he has shown you. All the peoples on Earth will see you living under the Name of GOD and hold you in respectful awe. GOD will lavish you with good things: children from your womb, offspring from your animals, and crops from your land, the land that GOD promised your ancestors that he would give you. GOD will throw open the doors of his sky vaults and pour rain on your land on schedule and bless the work you take in hand. You will lend to many nations but you yourself won't have to take out a loan. GOD will make you the head, not the tail; you'll always be the top dog, never the bottom dog, as you obediently listen to and diligently keep the commands of GOD, your God, that I am commanding you today. Don't swerve an inch to the right or left from the words that I command you today by going off following and worshiping other gods.
In conclusion, I didn’t say the Jukuns are Jews, I’m just asking you to help me find out. Anyway, what if I tell you that they are? There’s nothing that you can do about it.
*Tags: Nigerians, Jukuns, Jews, Abuja, Lagos, Africa, Masterweb
By Masterweb News Desk
A 36-year-old Turkish woman last Saturday set a man she alleged raped her on fire in a mosque in Reutlingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. She said her action was revenge for his sexual assault of her. The woman poured petrol on the 38-year-old man before setting him alight.
According to the police, the woman and the alleged molester had been friends for some time. The man denied sexual molestation of the woman, saying their sexual encounters were consensual.
On Saturday afternoon in the mosque, according to the police, the woman’s husband and the man got into a fight. People intervened to break up the fight and in the pandemonium the woman poured petrol on the man from a canister and set him ablaze. The man was able to run outside and with the help of others, was able to take off the burning clothes.
The woman and her husband were arrested at the scene by police. The husband was later released and the wife taken into custody on charges of attempted murder.
Photo Above: Worshipers in a mosque
*Tags: Nigerians, Woman, Sets Sexual, Attacker, Fire, Mosque, Africa, Masterweb
By Masterweb News Desk
In the Jhalakathi district, about 200 kilometers (124 miles) south of Dhaka, Bangladesh, a man lost his manhood in a secret drama that only the police and the court would determine the truth. There were no witnesses, but "his words against hers". What a scenario! Last Saturday night, Monju Begum, a 40-year-old married Bangladeshi mother of three cut-off a neighbour's penis as he allegedly tried to rape her while she slept in her shanty home.
Begum took the severed penis to the police station as evidence, claiming the attacker, a married father of five had been harassing her for six months. The alleged attacker was identified as Mozammel Haq Mazi who denied Begum's accusation. Mazi speaking to reporters from Sher-e-Bangla Medical College and Hospital where he was receiving treatment said: "We were having an affair and recently she suggested that both of us can go and settle down in Dhaka. I refused and told her that I cannot leave my wife and children, so she took revenge on me." ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Monju Begum
Abul Khaer, police spokesman in a statement to newsmen said: "It is quite an unusual incident. As far as I am aware, this is the first time that a woman has brought a severed penis to the police station as evidence. She has registered a case accusing him of attempted rape. She said she fought back and cut off his penis and brought it to our police station in a polythene bag to prove that Mr. Mazi tried to rape her." "We will arrest him once his condition gets better," Khaer summed up.
Dr. Sharfuzzaman, a surgeon at Sher-e-Bangla Medical College and Hospital in Barisal said it was not possible to reattach Mazi's penis because it was brought to them several hours after it was severed. He said they were treating him so he could be able to urinate. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Seaweed that looks like penis.
In a related story, Borendo Mavhunga, a 52-year-old Zimbabwean man hit his girlfriend with the side of a machete on the head and hands until she fell unconscious. Mavhunga was enraged because his girlfriend demanded bus fare to attend a memorial service at her rural home.
Enraged Mavhunga woke up the girlfriend carrying a machete later in the night after they had gone to bed. Mavhunga struck her with the machete until she passed out. When she eventually regained consciousness, instead of calling the police she drank some Zed, an illicit cheap brew that she thought would make her get better. At this time Mavhunga gave her the machete demanding she cuts off his penis.
The girlfriend refused to perform the act which she deemed evil but instead cried out for help. She was taken to Chitungwiza Hospital for medical treatment.
Meanwhile, Mavhunga has been charged in court for battery and attempted murder where he pleaded guilty to the charges. He told the judge he was possessed by evil spirits and lost his senses when he almost killed his girlfriend
*Tags: Nigerians, Mans, Penis, Cut, Off, Africa, Masterweb
*Security Report On Security Challenges In Nigeria
By Albert Akpor
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says he is determined to improve security in the country with a new administration that takes power with Sunday's inauguration.
Security was a driving issue in the presidential campaign following bomb blasts by militants from the oil-rich Niger Delta and attacks on police by members of an extremist Islamic group in the north.
President Jonathan campaigned hard to convince Nigerians that his government was meeting those security challenges. But rioting that immediately followed his election raised anew, questions about security preparedness. The New York-based rights organization Human Rights Watch says Muslim-Christian electoral violence in northern states killed at least 800 people. President Jonathan says he is determined to protect Nigerians wherever they live.
“As president, it is my solemn duty to defend the constitution of this country. That includes the obligation to protect the lives and properties of every Nigerian wherever they choose to live,” he said.
Delta State University political science lecturer Benjamin Agah says part of the problem is that suspects arrested after attacks are often released without prosecution, returning to the streets for the next round of violence.
“The same people who ought to be found guilty, who ought to be jailed or who ought to be punished, they are the same people who will still come out again, untouched by the law. So the president has a lot of security challenges,” he said. Agah says the new government must be willing to better equip security forces, especially in remote areas of the north.
“There are some places now that can not be policed ordinarily except through air. So the police should be fully equipped. They should be given the requisite necessities to enable them to fight these criminals,” he said. Public affairs analyst Kole Shetimma says insecurity is a problem for the president that runs far deeper than spending more money on police.
“In these security challenges, I think that we should not approach it from a law-and-order perspective. I think we have to look at the socio-economic and political conditions that have given way to some of these major problems,” said Shetimma. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria (2010 - present)
In the Niger Delta, for example, President Jonathan helped organize an amnesty for militants fighting against a federal government that they say have failed to develop the oil-rich region. There have been delays in paying monthly stipends to those demobilized combatants and far fewer job-training programs than were promised. Shetimma says the president must address the underlying economic grievances in the Delta.
“How do we ensure that the communities in which this oil is produced have access to some of the oil resources that we have. The new petroleum bill, which gives like ten percent of the oil resources to the communities, I agree that that should be fast-tracked,” said Shetimma.
In the north, the extremist Boko Haram group is fighting to establish Islamic law and says it recognizes neither the Nigerian constitution nor the just-completed election. It is rejecting an amnesty offer from the governor-elect of Borno State, who is trying to end months of attacks against security forces. Shetimma says one of the obstacles is the government's refusal to recognize that security forces acted outside the law last year in killing Boko Haram members in Jos.
“It has to be on how do you respond to the loss of property? How do you respond to the security implications? So I am hoping that this is going to be a comprehensive approach to the issue of Boko Haram,” said Shetimma.
President Jonathan says part of his plans for improving security in the north and in the south is to increase employment for young men who he says are being used as “cannon fodder for the ambitions of a few.”
One of the greatest challenges presently facing security agents in the country, especially the Police is the constant threat by members of the notorious Boko Haram sect operating freely in the northern part of the country. The dreaded group has so much instilled fear and trepidation on our law enforcement agents to the extent that the fear of Boko Haram is now the beginning of wisdom to them all.
In fact, posting to the northern part of the country has become an anathema to, especially members of the police force from the southern part of the country going by the constant killings and attacks carried out by members of this sect who are gravely averse to all kinds and nature of civilization or education. Life before perpetrators of these heinous, sectarian and or religious upheavals has become meaningless and something that could be cut short at will.
Like the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) in the West, the Egbesu (militants) in the Niger-Delta, Boko Haram came to limelight in 2002. But unlike the OPC and Egbesu, the ideology of Boko Haram was purely Islamism and anti-western civilization.
This sect led by the (late?) Ustaz Mohammed Tusuf, Mallam Sanni Umaru and Abu Darba has as its sole aim, entrenching Shariah law as the official and only religion not only in the North but also in Nigeria as a whole. With its operational headquarters in Kanamma, Borno state of Nigeria, the term ‘’Boko Haram’’ comes from both the Hausa and Arabic words meaning, ‘’western or non-Islamic education’’ and ‘’sin’’ respectively. So, to believers of the faith, ‘’anything western or non-Islamic education is a sin.’’ It therefore goes to say that members of the sect are totally averse to anything that has to do with western civilization and this literally means that ‘’Western or non-Islamic education is a sin.’’
Investigation carried out by Crime Alert revealed that though the fanatical religious movement started in 2002 in Maiduguri, its anti-people, anti-government activities became intense in 2004 when the group reportedly attacked a police formation and killed several senior police officers for reasons only known to members. Afterwards, it became much more hostile to non-members, secular education and of course, the nation’s nascent democracy. In fact, the leader of the sect, in his avowed determination to drive home the group’s ideology was once quoted as saying, ‘’This war that is about to start would continue for a long time’’ if the political and educational system in the country was not changed. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing some major cities, including the Federal capital (Abuja or FCT)
In the mean time, the group’s notoriety assumed international dimension in 2009 as a result of the orgies of violence carried out in nearly all the Northern states, especially, Kaduna, Adamawa, Bauchi and Borno states during which several lives and property worth millions of naira were destroyed by members of the sect.
Apparently irked by this disturbing dimension, the Police in the month of July 2009 commenced investigation into the nefarious activities of the group especially when it was reported that it was stockpiling arms. The police succeeded in not only arresting several of its members but killed their leader. This sparked off another violent clash to the extent that security reports showed that the group was arming itself. It was revealed that, prior to the clashes, many Muslim leaders and non-members of the sect and a security official had warned the authorities about the heinous activities of Boko Haram and their plans to strike a deadly blow on the nation’s stability.
However, Crime Alert scooped the reasons behind the group’s guerilla-like modus oparandi and why security agents, especially the Police is seemingly helpless over the ugly development in spite of their heavy presence in the Northern states where the sect is noted to have wrecked and is still wrecking havoc.
A senior security operative who spoke on the condition of anonymity alleged that a reasonable number of officers and men of all the security agencies from the Northern part of the country, the physically challenged persons from the area and Muslim women who wear hijab are members of the deadly sect. According to him, ‘’I can tell you that the reason why you think we are helpless is that most of us who are members of the group are constantly working against ourselves. As a commander of a squad and secret member of the group, if it is known that the group is operating in one area, you will lead your men to another area. Secondly, if you are the landlord of where the sect grouped or re-grouped to wreck havoc, you dare not inform security agents; it is part of solidarity.
Again, the fact that you hear of sporadic bombings is not because we were not doing our best, but because as security men, you dare not search Muslim women who wear Hijab. Searching them would amount to indecent assault. Meanwhile, most of them carry the bombs, pass them over to the common cripples on the streets begging for alms and before you know it, you will hear explosion even close to checkpoints and most times at police formation or the barracks.’’
Continuing, the source said, ‘’This is why we are seemingly helpless. Except we are able to correct this visible errors which are of course, security lapses, bomb explosions and the menace of Boko Haram sect would continue for a long time.’’ It was also gathered that this ugly development which is receiving the attention of the powers that be will soon be addressed following revelations that the Presidency is taking time to ascertain the veracity of the report while at the same time compiling names of those suspected to be involved.
More over, the Presidency is said to be holding series of meetings with all the security agencies with a view to identifying where there is laxity in the pursuit of this goal. It was also gathered that security at the borders will be strengthened with a view to making it impossible for foreigners to capitalize on the activities of members of this sect and infiltrate into the country.
Meanwhile, reports said the Controller-General of Immigration, Mrs Rose Uzoma has ordered her men at the borders to swing into action and fish out foreigners that collaborate with members of this sect without delay. Sources at the Immigrations headquarters in Abuja said she had already set up a special task force that will report directly to her over the issue with a mandate to deliver positive results within one month. On their part, the State Security Services (SSS) are said to have intensified efforts towards rounding up all those connected with the activities of this sect remotely or otherwise. Albert Akpor is a correspondent for NTA from Abuja.
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