By Dr. Genesis Dawuda
About 37 years ago, coincidentally my birth year; Nigeria’s economic situation was not competing with American Dollar but with that of United Kingdom’s Pound sterling buying it at N2 to a £ 1. Nigeria is a country blessed and also bedeviled by myriads of hydra-headed problems. Back in the days, when 65k was exchanged for a dollar, there was no such thing as brain-drain, human trafficking and what have you.
Back in those days, do you know that the government of U.A.E. came to Nigeria seeking for loan from Nigeria? I don’t need to write about Malaysia coming to Nigeria, consulted some of our best brains and even exported our own brand of palm trees from the nursery to improve their agricultural sector. Today I don’t need to tell you how strong that economy is today. Thousands of our children troop to their embassy to either go for studies or business pursuits for greener pastures. In the cause of doing that we’ve lost some due to unnatural causes. Nigeria, a nation destined for greatness is still crawling on her fours. I’ll tell you why later.
Where was America in the early 70s on the lips of little kids? We didn’t know about America, we only knew so much of London, England and UK as registers for accomplishments and destinations for young dreamers. Why? Because our economy was stable. So stable that we needed no application for Visa to go somewhere like America to be ill-treated to the extent of being deported or questioned on the system of government we are practicing today. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Nigerian Naira Notes
In 1980, two years into the 2nd republic under President Shehu Shagari, Nigeria’s naira enjoyed the peak of her glory pegged at 55k in exchange for a dollar. Since that time, like the proverbial one-legged man who, out of the praise and applause accorded him for an excellent dance performance threw away the stick that supported him in the dance. Upon throwing away the stick, consequently he also lost the dance. Nigeria got so excited with a thriving second republic, she threw away the stick of prudence, the stick of the fear of God ( a common phrase of the late Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna of Sokoto, “Basu da tsoron Allah?”) Our leadership also threw away the stick of Accountability. From that moment, the naira got a dent. Which led to the Buhari-Idiagbon coup with the then Brigadier Sani Abacha, while announcing the coup emphasized the Squander-maniac state of the toppled or ousted leadership of the 2nd Republic.
In 1981 61k exchanged for a dollar. 6k increment in the purchasing power of the currency to buy a dollar. In 1982 67k bought a dollar. In 1983 the naira fell again buying the dollar at 72 kobo. On the re-entry of the military, thinking the country has come to roost. In 1984 about 76kobo exchanged for the dollar. In 1986 the naira nose-dived to N2.02kobo exchanging for a dollar. For this, IBB (General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, first military president in Nigeria) gave four reasons for that I think:
1.A decrease of our domestic production continues to increase.
2.Dependence on import for both consumer goods and raw materials for our industries.
3.A grossly unequal gap between the rich and the poor.
4.The large role played by the public sector in economic activity with hardly any concrete results to justify such a role.
Me thinks to this day we are still trying to confront these four “IBB Realities.” But when he stepped-aside, he left the naira down begging to rise at N22.33kobo in 1993, no thanks to him and his economic advisers. Could it be the reason he wants to return? To still confront his Four IBB Realities. In 1994 Abacha raised it to N21.89kobo sustained it at N21.89kobo until he died; thanks to Prof. Aluko his economic adviser,(not for Abacha’s death but for contributing immensely to the economy.) For five good years the naira was stubbornly pegged at N21.89kobo with all the sanctions and bans on Nigeria left right and center; yet, the naira survived it at N21.89kobo ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: US Dollar Notes
Gen. Abdulsalam left it to Gen. Obasanjo at a crazy shot of N85.98kobo. At the end of OBJ’s 1st tenure the naira had reached and roamed between N127-130 Naira in exchange for a dollar. With all the wonderful travels and monies spent on Esther’s Coat, oh I mean on estacode yet the naira soared high not like an eagle but against all winning formulas that will make it strong. Upon his second entry the naira suffered another blow, exchanging for the dollar between N132-136. But in 2005 the government gave the naira a slight lift between N128.50kobo-131.80kobo. Quoting IBB in August 27th 1985 “Events today indicate that most of the reasons which justified the military takeover of government from the civilians still persist.” I too after 25 years of that speech can see that the problems still persist.
The almighty Legislative Houses (Both Upper and Lower) needs to go ask Prof. Aluko, what magic did he do to peg the naira @ N21.89kobo for five good years consecutively. You may want to ask, why ask Aluko? Because he was Abacha’s economic adviser. Don’t you think he’ll do better in a democracy given the opportunity better than he did under pressure? I can’t answer my question for the reader. You have your own say. It’s in the constitution.
Today you and I know that the naira is floating between N150-155. Nobody could stay it like Aluko. Probably I’m giving him too much praise here but then tell me what others did because I don’t know. No I mean I just don’t know. No man, they say has the monopoly of knowledge. The man who couldn’t travel out (Abacha) pegged the naira at N21.89 and those who dined and wined with kings and Queens and paid courtesy visits across the globe(Globe-Trotting everywhere) estacoded, shook hands with very successful and powerful leaders around the world, came back the same and left the office, I mean the naira worst than they met it.
Before Aluko will go to the great beyond and maybe meet his boss and tell him that “ they can’t stay the naira, not even for ‘four years’” I’m not eulogizing the late military and near-despotic style of Abacha, I’m observing the honest and humble recognition of Prof. Aluko’s capacity to deliver by his late Boss. If you let this man die, I think both of them will go throw a party and tell the world of the dead that “the living can’t stay the naira yet we did it for five good years.” A word is enough for the wise.
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*Nigeria Aviation Minister Warns Foreign Airlines
By Nosa Osula-Aituamen
The Federal Government says it is unhappy with the several complains from Nigerians over ill-treatment from foreign airlines within and outside the country. So far the Federal Government said it had received over 46,998 complains through the Consumer Protection Unit of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA from aggrieved passengers in the last one year. At a meeting with foreign airline representatives in Lagos, Minister of Aviation, Mrs Fidelia Njeze said the Federal Government would no longer tolerate this, adding that they might be forced to sanction any foreign airline that refuses to give proper treatment to its citizens. She appealed to the operators to remind their personnel on the need for proper treatment of passengers, especially Nigerians wherever they maybe. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Nigeria Minister of Aviation, Mrs Fidelia Njeze
In the past few months the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has received several complaints through its Consumer Protection Unit, aggrieved passengers who have been badly treated in one way or the other by some airlines within and outside the country. For instance this year alone, between January and September, the Consumer Protection Unit has received approximately 46,998 complaints pertaining to lost baggage, flight delays and cancellations, poor in-flight service, high tickets and discourteous airline personnel.
Mrs. Njeze noted this was a momentous time in Nigeria’s aviation History and implored them to avail themselves of the tremendous potentials and opportunities presented; adding that together the country and the airlines would forge a strong and vibrant sector comparable to any in the world. The meeting lasted several hours as foreign airline representatives enumerated the challenges and constraints faced in the course of their operations in the country especially in the area of infrastructure and security. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Upgraded Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu shortly before commissioning on 12/17/2010 by President Goodluck Jonathan. Click Adjourning Link For Enlarged Photo:- http://www.nigeriamasterweb.com/Etc4/AkanuIbiamEnuguAirportReadyLarge.jpg
Later, journalists were excused in a very rude manner by the Minister to avoid them getting details of the meeting with the foreign airline representatives who had vowed to bare their minds on very sensitive issues. Speaking on the Akanu Ibiam International airport which was re-opened to flight operations last December, the aviation Minister appealed to domestic operators to commence preparation for flight into that airport. She disclosed that, President Goodluck Jonathan would be on hand to inaugurate the rehabilitated and extended runway as well as designate the airport to an international airport.
"The Akanu Ibiam airport, Enugu as you are aware has been upgraded to international status. As I speak, the runway extension and resurfacing with new airspace infrastructure has been concluded and scheduled to open for daylight operations from the 16th of this month. It is hoped that airlines will take advantage of this and commence plans to provide service to travellers on that region" Njeze said.
Nosa Osula-Aituamen (Aviationreport)
By Masterweb News Desk
People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s ruling party holds its presidential primaries today, Thursday, January 13, 2011. The contest pits incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan against strongest challenger - former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and a third candidate, Sarah Jubril.
24 hours to the PDP presidential primary, an Enugu High Court restrained PDP National Chairman, Dr. Okwesiwele Nwodo, from performing his official functions until the determination of the motion on notice for an interlocutory injunction.
Yesterday, ahead of today's PDP presidential primaries, there was fresh bomb scare in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, which put security agencies on red-alert. Officers of the Special Anti-terrorism Unit since then, have been scanning and searching vehicles on major roads in Abuja.
PDP PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES LIVE REPORT
Atiku arrives Eagle Square
President Jonathan arrives Eagle Square, shakes hands with Sarah Jubril but ignores Atiku
Christian & Muslim opening prayers
Voting materials finally arrive. Security operatives on the watch trying to minimize contact between delegates.
Dr. Okwesiwele Nwodo, restrained from duties as PDP National Chairman by an Enugu High Court arrives.
Nwodo delivers a speech, ending with the party song "PDP we love you, there is no other party like PDP".
Abubakar Baraje, PDP National Secretary delivers a speech.
Samuel Ortom, PDP National Auditor speaks on the state of party finances.
Sarah Jubril, top on the list to address delegates takes the stage. She appeals to women, men of goodwill and the downtrodden to support her candidacy, promising to fight corruption if elected president. Jubril end her address with the song "We shall Overcome".
Atiku Abubakar takes the stage for his address to delegates. He spoke in part: "How you vote will determine whether PDP wins the election", throwing verbal jabs directly on Jonathan, accusing him of being distrustful, destroying the ladder from which he ascended office. He spoke of the meeting in which zoning was agreed for the 2011 election, which Jonathan denies. He said Jonathan has left the country in a worse state than he took over, urging delegates to make "historic decision" by voting for him.
Dr. Okweselize Nwodo delegates his duties to PDP Deputy National Chairman, Dr. Bello Haliru Mohammed through a letter. Security seems to lose watch on delegates as many interact engaging in discussions.
Dr. Bello Haliru Mohammed declares convention open for the second time behind Nwodo.
President Jonathan takes the stage amidst musical interlude not provided for the other candidates. Jonathan shakes hands with Sarah Jubril and Atiku Abubakar and calls for a minute of silence for Late President Yar'Adua. He avoids attacks on Atiku Abubakar focusing on what he would do as president if given the mandate by PDP and Nigerians. In his words: "Within two years, every state will have a federal tertiary institution of education. I will give this country strong leadership to become developed." Jonathan got a standing ovation from delegates at the end of his address. He was the only candidate that got an applause at the end of his/her speech, maybe an indication of how much he is favoured by the delegates.
Voting commences using "open-secret" ballot system.
Convention witnesses first casualty - an unidentified delegate from Akwa Ibom collapses in voting queue.
Compere announces the discovery of a bank card and an envelope full of money apparently misplaced by one or two of the delegates. Owner to identify exact amount before claiming money. Voting continues.
Misplaced bank card and envelope full of money remain unclaimed. Compere adds new condition - owner must also state colour of envelope as well as amount in it to make a claim. Voting continues with fourth batch delegates from Plateau, Oyo and Osun states.
Voting continues. A laptop computer reported missing. Convention peaceful so far. Misplaced bank card and envelope full of money remain unclaimed.
Voting completed. Prof. Tunde Adeniran, Chairman, Electoral Panel, PDP 2011 National Convention invites representatives of aspirants, State Security agents to witness counting of votes. Votes to be counted in full view of delegates.
Counting of votes start.
Vote counting begins with Abia State. Abia has 82 registered delegate voters. Most votes so far cast for President Jonathan with none for Sarah Jubril and Atiku Abubakar.
At the end of Abia State delegates vote count, President Jonathan wins Abia with 80 votes to his favour, one vote for Atiku Abubakar and none for Sarah Jubril. Atiku Abubakar's home state, Adamawa with 127 delegate votes is next for counting.
President Jonathan wins Adamawa with 76 votes, with Atiku Abubakar trailing him with 31 votes and Sarah Jubril getting none. The grand tally is: President Jonathan 156, Atiku Abubakar 32, Sarah Jubril 0. Akwa Ibom with 141 delegate votes is next for counting.
President Jonathan wins all 141 votes in Akwa Ibom with both Atiku Abubakar and Sarah Jubril getting none. The up-to-date grand tally is: President Jonathan 297, Atiku Abubakar 32, Sarah Jubril 0. Anambra State is next for vote counting.
President Jonathan wins Anambra with 47 votes with Atiku Abubakar trailing him with 8 votes and Sarah Jubril getting none. The up-to-date grand tally is: President Jonathan 344, Atiku Abubakar 40, Sarah Jubril 0. Bayelsa State is next for vote counting.
President Jonathan wins all 67 votes in his home state Bayelsa. The up-to-date grand tally is: President Jonathan 411, Atiku Abubakar 40, Sarah Jubril 0. Bauchi State is next for vote counting.
Better showing for Atiku Abubakar in Bauchi where he wins 44 votes, 2 votes behind President Jonathan who got 46 votes. Sarah Jubril got no vote. The up-to-date grand tally is: President Jonathan 457, Atiku Abubakar 84, Sarah Jubril 0. Rivers State is next for vote counting.
President Jonathan wins Rivers State with 128 votes, Atiku Abubakar winning only 2 votes and Sarah Jubril none. The up-to-date grand tally is: President Jonathan 585, Atiku Abubakar 86, Sarah Jubril 0.
Atiku Abubakar wins Sokoto State with 84 votes, with President Jonathan trailing with 32 votes and Sarah Jubril none. The up-to-date grand tally is: President Jonathan 617, Atiku Abubakar 170, Sarah Jubril 0.
President Jonathan wins Taraba State with 62 votes, with Atiku Abubakar behind with 15 votes and Sarah Jubril none. The up-to-date grand tally is: President Jonathan 679, Atiku Abubakar 185, Sarah Jubril 0.
President Jonathan wins Yobe with 29 votes, Atiku Abubakar trails him with 20 votes and Sarah Jubril none. The up-to-date grand tally is: President Jonathan 708, Atiku Abubakar 205, Sarah Jubril 0.
Atiku Abubakar wins Zamfara with 70 votes, with President Jonathan only getting 7 votes and Sarah Jubril none. The up-to-date grand tally is: President Jonathan 715, Atiku Abubakar 275, Sarah Jubril 0.
Jonathan wins Abuja FCT with 24 votes, with Atiku with 3 votes and Jubril none.
Jonathan wins Lagos State with 52 votes. Atiku got 3 votes and Jubril none.
Jonathan wins Jigawa State with 100 votes. Atiku got 17 votes and Jubril none. The up-to-date grand tally is: President Jonathan 891, Atiku Abubakar 298, Sarah Jubril 0.
Nasarawa State - President Jonathan 53 votes; Atiku Abubakar 8 votes; Sarah Jubril no vote.
Osun State - President Jonathan 99 votes; Atiku Abubakar 1 vote; Sarah Jubril no vote.
Benue State - President Jonathan 72 votes; Atiku Abubakar 15 votes; Sarah Jubril no vote. The up-to-date grand tally is: President Jonathan 1115, Atiku Abubakar 322, Sarah Jubril 0.
Ondo State - President Jonathan 69 votes; Atiku Abubakar 6 votes; Sarah Jubril no vote.
Gombe State - President Jonathan 55 votes; Atiku Abubakar 18 votes; Sarah Jubril no vote.
Borno State - President Jonathan 33 votes; Atiku Abubakar 26 votes; Sarah Jubril no vote.
Imo State - President Jonathan 125 votes; Atiku Abubakar 3 votes; Sarah Jubril no vote. The up-to-date grand tally is: President Jonathan 1397, Atiku Abubakar 375, Sarah Jubril 0.
Cross River State - President Jonathan 105 votes; Atiku Abubakar no vote; Sarah Jubril no vote.
Edo State - President Jonathan 60 votes; Atiku Abubakar no vote; Sarah Jubril no vote.
Ebonyi State - President Jonathan 82 votes; Atiku Abubakar 2 votes; Sarah Jubril no vote.
Kwara State( Sarah Jubril's home state ) - President Jonathan 61 votes; Atiku Abubakar 26 votes; Sarah Jubril 1 vote. The up-to-date grand tally is: President Jonathan 1726, Atiku Abubakar 501, Sarah Jubril 1.
Enugu State - President Jonathan 89 votes; Atiku Abubakar 9 votes; Sarah Jubril no vote.
Delta State - President Jonathan 114 votes; Atiku Abubakar 7 votes; Sarah Jubril no vote.
Katsina State - President Jonathan 147 votes; Atiku Abubakar 11 votes; Sarah Jubril no vote.
Ekiti State - President Jonathan 76 votes; Atiku Abubakar 1 votes; Sarah Jubril no vote.
Kogi State - President Jonathan 84 votes; Atiku Abubakar 24 votes; Sarah Jubril no vote.
Plateau State - President Jonathan 70 votes; Atiku Abubakar 5 votes; Sarah Jubril no vote.
Kano State - President Jonathan 21 votes; Atiku Abubakar 98 votes; Sarah Jubril no vote.
Kebbi State - President Jonathan 33 votes; Atiku Abubakar 44 votes; Sarah Jubril no vote.
Oyo State - President Jonathan 107 votes; Atiku Abubakar 10 votes; Sarah Jubril no vote.
Ogun State - President Jonathan 80 votes; Atiku Abubakar 3 votes; Sarah Jubril no vote. The up-to-date grand tally is: President Jonathan 2442, Atiku Abubakar 591, Sarah Jubril 1.
Niger State - President Jonathan 16 votes; Atiku Abubakar 94 votes; Sarah Jubril no vote.
Kaduna State - President Jonathan 82 votes; Atiku Abubakar 41 votes; Sarah Jubril no vote.
Prof. Tunde Adeniran, Chairman, Electoral Panel, PDP 2011 National Convention & Chief Returning Officer declares the result as follows: Sarah Jibril 1 Vote; Atiku Abubakar 805 Votes; Goodluck Jonathan 2,736 Votes. Total Valid Votes Cast 3,542. President Goodluck Jonathan declared PDP presidential flag bearer.
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By Lateef Lawal
IN THE BEGINNING
IRS Airlines limited, is a private held limited liability company incorporated on the 19th day of November 2001 to carry on the business of aviation and allied services.
The company was issued an Air Transport License(ATL) in February 2002 to enable it operate as a full fledge airline while it was issued an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) in March 2002, thus signifying its compliance with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Air Navigation Regulations and its capability to operate and maintain aircraft for passenger and cargo transport in Nigeria.
IRS Airlines also has an Aircraft Maintenance Organization (AMO) certificate which authorizes the company to carry out basic maintenance on the fleet that it operates. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: IRS Airline plane (Right) and copter (Left).
The company has been a visible player in the domestic sector for over four (4) years and was recently designated as a Nigerian flag carrier to Dakar (Senegal), Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo), Douala (Cameroon), Libreville (Gabon) and Beirut (Lebanon).
The airline commenced operations with two Boeing 727-200 A aircraft which the management quickly discovered was very expensive to operate for the market share that IRS had and was generally not very cost efficient.
As a result, the airline has in the last three years changed its fleet, expanded and is transforming the in-flight service scope.
This led to a fleet change program, including the acquisition of 3 modern Fokker F-28 Mk 4000 aircraft and the more modern Fokker F-28Mk 100 better known as the Fokker 100.
The Fokker F100 when it was introduced to the market in November 2004 was the first of its type to to be operated in Nigeria.
This new generation twin engine jet aircraft is stage IV noise compliant, which rank it among the quietest aircraft manufactured today.
The cockpit is equipped with enhanced flight information system (EFIS) popularly referred to as the “glass cockpit”.
This makes monitoring of the flight process easier for the crew, thus ensuring a safer aircraft. It is also equipped with auto throttle and auto landing system that guide the aircraft to within ten(10) feet of the runway threshold, where the airport is so equipped.
The current fleet is made up of one Fokker28 and five Fokker 100 aircraft and there is a plan to add three more F100 in the new year. ( Continues below..... )
The company recently took delivery of a brand new Embraer 145 LR regional jet which it operated to test its suitability in the Nigerian environment and has decided that this aircraft type will eventually replace the F-28s when they are retired in a few months.
IRS Airlines has completely re-branded, changing from the initial American Airlines livery in which the B727s were delivered to a predominantly white and navy blue livery with a blue tail carrying its trademark logo of an eagle head screened in GOLD.
IRS Airlines is the first to offer an all leather seat interior with onboard video and audio entertainment system installed for both its Business and Coach Class on the F100 and for its Business Class passengers on the F-28.
Flying on its F-28 in Business Class comes not only with the video and audio systems and individual wireless headphones, but also with the additional thrill of getting the pilots view of the entire flight from taxiing, take-off and landing through a cockpit mounted camera that is connected to the in-flight entertainment(IFE) display.
For standardization, all IRS aircraft are being passed through a comprehensive maintenance and refurbishment process as they become due for major checks.
The IRS ticket distribution process is also being overhauled. The company is investing heavily in information technology and has deployed a system developed by Mercator Asia, a subsidiary of the IT company for Emirates Airlines for its use for on-line ticketing and reservation system, including a departure control system.
Some of the features of this new system include on-line ticket purchase, remote check-in for passengers without checked baggage, SMS boarding notification to all intending passengers including delays and cancellation notification whenever they occur.
The system also comes with a re-modeled frequent flyer program christened the IRS T-plus which is now based on miles and has a whole lot of flexibility in benefit administration. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: An Airborne Plane
All these become quite easily noticeable as the airline strives to transform Lagos and Abuja into domestic and regional hubs for connecting flights to and from all parts of the country.
IRS Airlines is the only domestic airline that serves hot meals as a standard in its business and economy class at no extra cost.
IRS Airlines is the dominant carrier on the Lagos-Kano, Lagos-Maiduguri and Lagos-Yola routes. The company also operates between Lagos and Abuja as well as to Port Harcourt and Owerri from Lagos. It will also re-introduce its Calabar-Abuja service in the new year..
IRS employs several talented Nigerian engineers, who are complemented with about seven(7) expatriates engineers to support its line maintenance up to and including B-Checks which are done in Nigeria.
All other higher checks including C and D Checks are carried out in Europe with Austrian Air Tecniks and KLM UK.
Lateef Lawal (NigerianAviationNews)
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By Dr. Genesis Dawuda
The 2006 Nigeria National Population Census has come and gone. Four years after the counting, it seems to me that five states need critical analysis, not because the counting has a problem but that the Federal Government needs to really look into the possibility of giving those states special attention. Special girls child education and among many other issues that I can’t elaborated here.
According to the 2006 National Population Census, if every male in lagos will pair up with a female, 342,506 men will be without a woman. If every man in Kano is to pair-up with a woman 304,574 men will have to move to a place like Nassarawa State which has about 372,163 unpaired women. Men in Lagos will have to spillover to Ebonyi which has 91,533 unpaired women plus 33,612 extra women from Ogun and 8,894 women from Enugu and 3632 from Kebbi. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing its 36 states and capital (Abuja or FCT)
This will give a better clew on the states which her excellency Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan is expected to concentrate on her Women for Change Initiative campaign. The men in Lagos will have to be very romantic and caring to their women considering the fact that there are 342,506 men available. (This is just to help illustrate the number of males, because not all Males are mature enough to keep a home but this illustrates the fact that women in Lagos have lots of options to choose from).
Women for Change will need to take their campaign to Kano where 304,574 men exceed that of the women. Telling the women that since there is a draught of men in Kano, women for Change Initiative should use their women in Kano through bedroom talk to their husbands in staking their 30% affirmative action on gender policy. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Chief Samuel Adamu Makama, National Popolation Commission (NPC) Chairman
Results from Chief Samuel Adamu Makama’s 2006 National Population Census, Lagos and Kano are far from fulfilling the Biblical prophecy of Is. 4:1, “And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, we will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel; only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.”
So it seems the women in Ebonyi, Enugu, Nassarawa, Ogun, and Kebbi may be under reproach. So Ministry of women affairs need to come to the rescue of women in these States, so also Women for Change Initiative. So I leave you with these figures to go juggle in your minds too.
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By Ikechukwu Enyiagu
It was a Chinese philosopher called Mencius, one of the many who embraced the true essence of life, who said that “If the King loves music, it is well with the land.” The original message of this statement may vary from its relevance in today’s Nigerian society. A king’s great side is enshrined in pride and egotism. Because of the delicacy of his position, he often than not listens to everyone-including his immediate family- with defensive attention, getting ready to pronounce judgment at any slightest perceived threat to his godliness. No wonder the people of the old mastered the art of sycophancy. My people have it in a proverb that the one sure way to talk to a conceited king is with a head capped with a basket. That’s the reason it’s not far-to-seek why kings are often replaced in blood.
Kingdoms are autocratic in nature. A king may allow himself many advisors but he always retires to his own decision in every matter. Democracy, on the other hand, is for an advanced society, where everyone appreciates the value of his neighbor. Our founding fathers fought fearlessly for this democracy and, even when they knew they had zero possibility of enjoying it in their time, they gladly gave all it took for Nigeria’s posterity. By their calculations, measured by their seeds, they were quite sure of a free Nigeria with free Nigerians celebrating their selflessness today.
However, the men unto whom they entrusted all their lives’ work before leaving betrayed, not only them, but their memory: they decided to thread the part of the very people from whom their elders were fighting for freedom; they sold Nigeria and the citizens this time, not to the colonial masters, but into their very own greed. They leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the masses suffer in their hands what their forefathers fought against in the hands of The Great Britain. The few who knew their rights and could no longer stand the audacious injustices decided to fight for themselves. The Biafran genocide, coupled with the Ogoni mayhem, still tell the story. Even in these recent times, some in the Niger Delta have assumed roles to defend their rights with many of them and their homes, children and properties being wasted by the kingdom with a democratic roofing-Nigeria. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria
Most Nigerian musicians are not only known as the few salvaged from the frustrations eating up Nigerian youths, they are also known to have done great jobs in bringing up others out from the streets and the dangerous places, training them up to stand without their rightful inheritance and, at the same time, sending messages throughout the country-appealing and reaching deep to the hearts of the high and low in ways nothing else could. These youths in music are the people I praise for curbing many crimes in Nigeria and bringing the youths together in ways that the armed officials have not been able to-no matter how justifiable their reckless use of arms may seem.
If the King loves music, it is well with the land. We can only hope that these songs-in their varieties-by our youths will one day soon be able to reach into the hearts of our hard-hearted leaders, make them human again and, with miraculous rhythm, pass the messages of our pains softly into their hearts-stirring the right responses. If only the King loves music, everyone will become a true brother again and, who doesn't love a brother? I pray for the day that our democratic kings will fall in love with the messages that our youths have been passing through theirs songs. I pray for the day that our “kings” will love music even for a time enough as to see.
Ikechukwu Enyiagu can be reached at
*Photo Below: God Bless Africa Sheet Music (God Bless Africa is Composed by Chief Charles O. Okereke) Click Adjourning Link For Enlarged Photo:- http://www.africamasterweb.com/AfricaMbebe/GBASingerMusicF.jpg
Photo Above: God Bless Africa Sheet Music (God Bless Africa is Composed by Chief Charles O. Okereke) Click Adjourning Link For Enlarged Photo:- http://www.africamasterweb.com/AfricaMbebe/GBASingerMusicF.jpg
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By Charles Akpan
By online mail to:
23 December, 2010
Your Hon. Excellency, Dear Sir,
My name is Charles Akpan and I am a Nigerian in the Diaspora, long based in Berlin, Germany after my technical university studies.
The purpose of my mail to you this day is to convey without any doubt my absolute dismay and revulsion at the unabated, but rather heightened incidences of kidnapping and terrorism in Nigeria, including your administrative territory, the FCT, which is now the administrative capital of our beloved Nigeria!
It is also very very disappointing that despite the enormous seriousness of the situation and the continued embarrassment these incidences pose to Nigeria’s image, the National Assembly (NASS) has not considered it a priority to legislate and pass the necessary bills into law to combat this national menace before even proceeding on their annual end-of-the-year jamboree recess!!! One would therefore be inclined to conclude that, some of these legislators actually sponsor some of these boys involved in these crimes-against-humanity!!!
Nevertheless, before it is too late, and as a concerned Nigerian at heart, I wish to hereby suggest the following urgent measures, which if passed into law, even as interim measures, before the still awaited Federal laws come to fruition (God knows when) and they are:
(1) My fervent advice and appeal to you is to pass unfailingly a law, which compels all residents in the FCT, both permanent and temporally to compulsorily register and obtain the National ID card from their respective State-of Origin branch of the National ID Card Management Commission. This card contains all the private Biometric Information of every individual Nigerian, who lawfully submits him- or herself for registration at the said commission. And it is far better than the SIM-card registration exercise, because everyone would be compelled to register and obtain this card and in the likely event of someone, who is a criminal committing an offence, the authorities don’t have to wait until the offender makes a phone call in other to trace his whereabouts! The National ID-card is like a novel tracker, which, once attached to a vehicle, traces a rogue driver to where he is attempting to divert fuel meant for an NNPC pump-station into his private business dump somewhere in the bushes of Nigeria! If my humble contribution here is faithfully implemented, it is my believe that, the rest would be history – to be copied throughout the length and breath of Nigeria.
God bless and long live our dear Nigeria!
Charles Akpan(E-mail: email@example.com)
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing its 36 states and capital (Abuja or FCT)
*Tags: Nigerians, Terrorism, Kidnapping, Abuja, Lagos, Africa, Masterweb
*"The Police Is Your Friend;" Even In Nigeria?
By Ikechukwu Enyiagu
This phrase, which has been used for ages, was constructed to help the public see beyond the guns, handcuffs, teargas and batons that police are often accompanied with, to the reasons for the police force which primarily is “to maintain law and order” as we were taught in elementary school/foundational days. This bullying tools helped, at best when they were introduced, in frightening off the public from anything associated with the police-not just crime. So, in order to check the defeat of the police aim, this phrase was introduced. But, from experience and through history, it’s been proven that, in Nigeria, this singular phrase has been seen to be more frightening to the public than the guns.
The Nigerian Police, through lack of proper training, has helped in modernizing crime in Nigeria. It’s been ascertained that so many people in the Nigerian Police force today got in, not primarily because they are keen in helping to maintain law and order or as an option in making ends meet, but to avoid the constant harassments and bullying by the police. Most grown up Nigerians who ever lived had, at a time or the other, been embarrassed by the police without any explanation or apology. They go from bullying a young man of age for a stick of cigarette to his hair style; from walking by a place with no curfew to making a phone call in their presence. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Nigerian Policemen
If you wear a pair of trousers on a short and a shirt on a polo, you are guilty of premeditating robbery. What a cheap psychological assessment! I know of a young man who was terribly harassed, arrested and detained by the police for running to them for help from a rich bully when he had nowhere else to turn to. So many people, as a result, have decided to stomach their opinions, be it of where a criminal may be hiding, how a riot may be contained or avoided, or how the police can help serve the community better. God help you if you miss your way in the night and run to the police for safety with a huge sum of money. A very large number of citizens are locked up in different cells by the police without trial for an offense not committed or an offense that should be treated within a day simply because they can’t bail themselves out.Every step a citizen takes towards accepting that the police is truly a friend ends up in making him a suspect.What a ironical practice of democracy in a country which claims to be the giant of Africa!
In order to keep the police off, bribery was borne. The police, as a result, became the fastest agent of propagating bribery and corruption in Nigeria. At this time it's imperative to say that this fallout is mainly between the police and the common populace and not between the police and the “welthies” of the land. Even a poor man understood that the only way to be free from these bullies is to “buy your freedom” and that of your family and/or whatever you do. Then police work became more lucrative and the masses more frightened; you can be arrested and threatened for anything or nothing and God help you if you cant buy your freedom. This friend of yours arrests you for any reason or no reason at all and, even after being found innocent, demands large sum which of course is always denied in writing for your release. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Tafa Balogun, Nigeria's former Inspector-General of Police in cuffs being taken to court by EFCC April 4, 2005, after arrest for corruption.
Consequently, the armed robbers became customized' by the police. It’s been largely proven that, in many of the robbery cases where the robbers were apprehended, some of the guns used belong to the police force. Every Nigerian police riffle has its unique registry number which enables it to be fully accounted for. Yet, in all these robberies with the police riffles, no good conclusion has come out of any investigation-a pointer that the police “is truly your friend.” The Nigerian Police do not need a warrant to search your house at any excuse, and if they do not find anything incriminating, they may charge you for anything just to make sure their extortion purpose still delivers. If you are doing any legitimate business which yields, they come in for 'personal recognition' and 'settlement' and if you insist on the law and your rights, they get murderous with you until you end up begging with any money you can get for your freedom. If you prove to know your onions on how the police should work, you had better get a security guard or be ready for an arranged robbery at your place-courtesy of “your friend.”
Sometime back, an unedited video of the Nigerian Police reacting in the North to Boko Haram was all over the web-displaying how shameless, fearless, callous, and unaccountable the Nigerian Police has got. A few weeks ago revealed that it’s about time the Nigeria Police graduate from collecting bribes from anyone they care to collecting bribes from each other on how to share bribes. They extort money from the masses and are now extorting even from themselves with guns in hand and fully loaded. If the police can confidently fight in the busy streets with guns fully loaded, then armed rubbers may be seem to be a lesser evil because they do not exhibit such idiocy. All the incentives given to the police have proven only to help in legitimizing their extortion law. Few of the officers who would want to do the real work are threatened and denied of promotion. As a result of this police fame, so many families have made laws that the easiest way to be disowned in the family is to become a police officer. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing its 36 states and capital (Abuja or FCT)
If Nigeria must have faith again in the police, the Nigerian Police force must be revamped inside out. It’s a good thing that the Nigerian Police will soon receive a satellite facelift. But, in order to make sure that these same bad eggs in the police do not hijack these innovations for their evil purposes, few steps must be taken into consideration:
1. A new independent group, body, or paramilitary unit should be set up to have unrestricted access to the police communication, roll and activities if crime is to be combated.
2. The communication channels of the police should be controlled by an independent unit to minimize enemy snoopers in the police force.
3. The Nigerian Police should have CCTVs installed in the every office to check their excesses.
4. An independent body where any citizen can lay complaints with proves against any police and expect a full investigation and prosecution should be set up. If this organization has been in place, then it’s either dead or collaborating with the police. This organization should have unlimited access to the Nigerian Police archive in the event of a case in progress.
5. The federal government, in washing its hands, should establish a fully functional 'police court' where every accused police officer will be prosecuted without delay.
6. New training on how to relate to the masses in this modern times, no matter from which level they are should be incorporated into the usual Nigerian Police training .
The Police is indeed created to be the our closest friend, and it should be so. Bridging these large gap between the police and the masses is the great healing that Nigeria needs. The federal government should prove to the public that the Nigerian Police has not been turned into their tools to enforce and compel submission, but rather a partner in the united dream of making Nigeria truly the giant.
Ikechukwu Enyiagu can be reached at
*Tags: Nigerians, Police, Friend, Abuja, Lagos, Airport, Africa, Masterweb
By Mr. N.U Noble
Nigerians, why can’t we leave in peace? Why can’t we preach peace, instead of violence? Is it that we cannot leave as one? Is it a crime to aspire, hold or conduct an election free of threat and hostility? Elections free of discrimination and sectionalism? Elections free of religious interferences? And Elections free of influences? Nigerians now is the time to answer these questions conscientiously and allow for patriotic actions and elections. Make and enforce election laws that would put power back to the citizens regardless of political parties, election laws that would get the political parties into the streets to canvass for votes, election laws that would reduce desperation and let the delegates of political parties vote in honesty and not by influence. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing its 36 states and capital (Abuja or FCT)
This is what we need for election to be free and fair, make election laws that would allow working class people stand for an election without resigning as elective offices are made less attractive. Make election laws that would manage the spending of political parties to allow the political parties seek for the honest votes of citizens. Nigerians let us dispose our values, values that would reflect in our actions, actions filled with love for one another regardless of personal practices, emotions and believe, actions that would aim our dear nation good reputations and portray unity.
Nigerians let us practice these actions, actions that detest despotism, favoritism and allow for fair job creation for all Nigerian citizens as Adam Smith holds that citizens are the wealth of the nation. Nigerians now is not the time to seek for violence, no, not now as Violence does not put food on the table instead causes more deprivation, as violence does not grow a nation instead pulls a nation backward, Nigerians let us focus on unity and love for our dear nation, unity that would yen in our heart and make us discredit sabotage in every sector of our economy, unity that would make us begin to think selflessly on how every citizen will benefit from our economy both home and abroad, a unity that would make government increase the comfort of the security operatives with adequate protective gadget and devices for decent protection of the citizens. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria
A unity that would help turn our population into an advantage instead of disadvantage, make the economy not only dependent upon oil but upon manufacturing and creation, a unity that would erase doubt and allow us freedom of expanding and circulating our businesses to any part of the nation without sentiment as more jobs are created.
Nigerians now is the time to preach and practice unity, the unity that would make us pay more attention to our locally made product instead of foreign product as quality is made a priority, the unity that cares for all Nigerians including the physically challenged as opportunities are made available to every Nigerian, this is the unity we seek, the unity that reflects in our characters to discharge passionate services in every area of our work and allows us equal medical attention without discrimination.
This is the unity that has brought us this far still ready to take us to our required position globally if put into practice, let us stick together in this unity to prosper the nation for the good of all Nigerians. Thank you and God bless Nigeria.
*Tags: Nigerians, Delta, Youths, Peaceful, Election, Abuja, Lagos, Africa, Masterweb
*Continuation On 50 Cheers To Nigeria
By Dr. Genesis Dawuda
Today, the political terrain is so stable that each cabinet minister receives annually N29 million including allowances. Each senator is paid N28 million per annum. Each House of Reps member receives N22 million. N1.4 billion as estimated total payments to presidential aides in emoluments per annum. N539 billion as total payments to council chairmen/women and councilors in Nigeria’s 774 LGAs. N36 billion as total salaries of House of Assembly members across the 36 states. N1.3 trillion estimated annual salaries, allowances and fringe benefits of Nigeria’s political office holders at all tiers of government. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria
Not to worry you with the very lengthy history of political entries and exits of past leaders and coupists making wonderful speeches in this Country let’s browse through few of the many, like Major Chukwuma Kaduna’s “In the name of the Supreme Council of the Nigerian Armed Forces, I declare martial law over the Northern provinces of Nigeria.” To President Nnamdi Azikiwe’s reaction with the statement “ Violence has never been an instrument used by us, as founding fathers of the Nigerian Republic, to solve problems.” To General Yakubu Gowon’s “ Countrymen, as you are all aware Nigeria has been immersed in an extremely grave crisis for almost eighteen months…let us therefore march manfully together to alter the course of this nation once again for all and to place it on the path of progress, unity, and equality.” ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Nigeria Ex-Military Head of State, Yakubu Gowon leaving after attending Late Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua's funeral in Katsina, Katsina State May 6, 2010.
As if Col. Odumegwu Ojukwu was waiting for Gowon’s speech, he declared, “ Fellow countrymen and women, you, the people of Eastern Nigeria: conscious of the supreme authority of Almighty God over all mankind, of your duty to yourselves and posterity…I, Lieutenant Colonel Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Military Governor of Eastern Nigeria…do solemnly proclaim that the territory and region known as eastern Nigeria together with her continental shelf and territorial waters shall henceforth be an independent sovereign state of the name and title of The Republic of Biafra.” ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Charles O. Okereke( left ) interviewing Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu( right )
Then Gowon later declared “citizens of Nigeria, It is with a heart full of gratitude to God that I announce to you that today marks the formal end of the civil war.” Enters, General Murtala Ramat Mohammed; “Fellow Nigerians, events of the past few years have indicated that despite our great human and material resources, the government has not been able to fulfill the legitimate expectations of our people. Nigeria has been left to drift.” On his exiting in cold blood, enters General Olusegun Obasanjo, “ The Supreme Military Council has been meeting to consider, among other things the conclusions of the military Tribunal appointed by the Federal Military Government to try those involved in the abortive coup of February 13.” Enters President Shehu Shagari, “ Fellow Nigerians, we have witnessed today the birth of the Second Republic of Nigeria. With the swearing-in-ceremony this morning, I have formally assumed office as your first executive president.” Enters the return to military rule, Brigadier Abacha’s speech, “Fellow countrymen and women, I, Brigadier Sani Abacha, of the Nigerian Army address you this morning on behalf of the Nigerian Armed forces. You are all living witnesses to the great economic predicament and uncertainty which an inept and corrupt leadership has imposed on our beloved nation for the past four years. I am referring to the harsh, intolerable conditions under which we are now living. Our economy has been hopelessly managed. We have become a debtor and beggar nation…yet our leaders revel in squander mania, corruption and indiscipline, and continue to proliferate public appointments in complete disregard of our stark economic realities.” ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing its 36 states and capital (Abuja or FCT)
Then Enters Buhari-Idiagbon after an excellent introduction by Abacha. Next, the Maradona himself, the authoritative chess master player; enters General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, “ Fellow Nigerians, when in December 1983, the former military leadership, headed by Major General Muhammadu Buhari, assumed the reins of government, its accession was heralded in the history of this country. With the nation at the mercy of political misdirection and on the brink of economic collapse, a new sense of hope was created in the minds of every Nigerian.” He further stated, “Since 1984, however, we have witnessed a systematic denigration of that hope. It was stated then that mismanagement of political leadership and a general deterioration in the standard of living, which had subjected the common man to intolerable suffering, were the reasons for the intervention….let me reiterate what we said in 1984: This generation of Nigerians and indeed future generations have no other country but Nigeria. We must all stay and salvage it together. This time it shall be pursued with deeper commitment and genuine sincerity.” Later he declared annulment of June 12, “ Fellow Nigerians, I address you today with a deep sense of world history and particularly of the history of our great country. In the aftermath of the recently annulled Presidential Election, I feel, as I believe you yourself feel, a profound sense of disappointment at the outcome of our last efforts at laying the foundation of a viable democratic system of government in Nigeria.” ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd.)
After General Babangida ‘stepped-aside,’ Then came in Chief Ernest Shonekan, “ Fellow colleagues of the Interim National Government, I have summoned you this evening on an unusual occasion. Earlier today, I met with the Secretary of Defence in company of Chief of Defence Staff and chief of Army Staff, and we discussed the state of the nation…It is common knowledge that the ING is a child of circumstance. It was conceived in crisis and born in crisis.” Enters General Abacha as Head of State, “ Fellow Nigerians, sequel to the resignation of the former Head of the Interim National Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Chief Ernest Shonekan and my subsequent appointment as Head of State and Commander-in-Chief, I have had extensive consultations within the Armed Forces hierarchy and other well meaning Nigerians in a bid to find solutions to the various political, economic and social problems which have engulfed our beloved country, and which have made life most difficult to the ordinary citizen of this nation…This regime will be firm, humane, and decisive. We will not condone nor tolerate any act of indiscipline. Any attempt to test our will, will be decisively dealt with.” ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Nigeria Ex-Military Head of State, Sani Abacha inspecting guard of honour.
On the demise of General Abacha enters General Abdulsalam Abubakar commenting on the death of Chief M.K.O. Abiola. “ Fellow Nigerians, it is with a very heavy heart that I address you for the second time since destiny bestowed upon me the mantle of leadership of our beloved nation. Exactly one month ago, we were shocked by the sudden passing-away of our late Head of State, General Sani Abacha. As we concluded the official 30 days mourning of this great loss, we are now challenged by another national strategy.
The passing-away yesterday of Chief Moshood Abiola was as sudden as it was tragic, particularly as he died on the brink of his release from detention. For me personally, and for the nation at large, this must be one of the saddest moments of our lives. I never envisaged that I will be faced with such momentous tragedies within the space of one month.” Enters General Olusegun Obasanjo, and then Alhaji Umaru Yaradua. Upon his demise, enters the ‘lucky’ president , His Excellency Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as the current performing man of the moment.
What Nigeria failed to measure-up in, according to Professor Leacock’s essay is in the fact that Nigeria never took and I don’t think will ever take the game of crickets seriously. Considering the fact that Sports has never been taken seriously most especially by the male folks. Recently, the women made us proud by bringing home the Silver in the recently concluded World women’s football tournament. In conclusion, after about 50 years of melodramatic political overtures, it’s not just the Queen of England that needs all the saving by God, And so with the words ‘God Save Our Queen’ I also say ‘God Save and Bless Nigeria!’
*Tags: Nigerians, Delta, Cheers, Abuja, Lagos, Africa, Masterweb
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