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Yoruba National Assembly Communique


Text of the communique from the Yoruba Assembly held at the Oyo State House of Assembly, Ibadan, Oyo State — 30 August 2012
Representatives of various political parties, sub-ethnic groups of the Yoruba of Nigeria, professional and vocational groups, at a PAN-YORUBA CONFERENCE to which the following categories of eminent Yoruba personalities were invited: All former Heads of state of Yoruba stock, All former Vice Presidents of the military era, Chiefs of General Staff or Chiefs of Staff (Supreme Headquarters), All former and current state governors of South West states and Kwara, and Itsekiri who are Yoruba, All Yoruba former Presidents of the Senate and Speakers of the House of Representatives, all former Chief Justices of Nigeria, (CJN) former Justices of the Supreme Court and other retired judges, all Yoruba former and serving members of the House of Representatives, all former and serving Speakers of the various Yoruba states Houses of Assembly. They also include leaders of all political parties from Yoruba land, Top Yoruba professionals, Chairmen and secretaries of all Self-determination Groups at the state levels in Yoruba land; Yoruba Trade Groups Chairmen and Secretaries at state levels, Chairmen and Secretaries of Diaspora Groups, Women and Youth Leaders of Yoruba land at state levels, Yoruba Academics, Religious Leaders and other Yoruba leaders from across the States of Ekiti, Lagos, Ondo, Ogun, Osun, Kwara, Kogi and out Itsekiri kith and kin of Delta state,met in Ibadan on the 30 August 2012 and discussed the general state of affairs of the so-called Nigerian federation.
At the end of robust deliberations on pertinent issues, the following decisions were adopted as resolutions:
1. Noted that Nigeria is, once again, at a critical crossroad. After more than 50 years of Independence and less than 2 years short of 100 years after the 1914 amalgamation, deep structural issues and Nationality Questions, such as Federalism, Fair and Equitable Revenue Allocation, Security, Free and Fair Elections, State Police and inter-relationship amongst the different Nationalities remain unresolved! Indeed, the need for a National Dialogue to resolve the issues has never been more pressing. The general state of the Nigerian federation is disturbingly unhealthy. There is general insecurity in the land, there is growing decay of infrastructure, and there is increasing tension in the polity, exacerbated by mounting unemployment all over the country.
2. Observed further that the failure of the Nigerian Federation to meet the challenge of building a modern multi-ethnic democratic state can be traced to several factors that include: absence of a negotiated constitution by citizens, existence of a constitution that erodes the pre-military federal character of the Nigerian State, political and bureaucratic corruption that seems to arise from a sense of alienation from the state on the part of those expected to provide a sense of belonging and direction for the citizenry, and the menace of religious and cultural intolerance.
3. Noted in particular, the 1999 Constitution, on the basis of which the country is governed today, is seen as a source of tension between federating units. The constitution imposes a unitary model of government on a country with diverse cultural and religious orientations and values, thereby putting most of the powers and resources to develop the federation in the hands of the government at the center, the farthest government from the citizenry.
4. Noted that the growth of the Yoruba region, referred to as the Southwest in the 1999 Constitution, has been stalled by the imposition of a unitary form of government that denies states the right and benefit of fiscal federalism, a corner-stone of federalism worldwide. In this respect, all aspects of modern life in the Southwest: education, health, transportation, and social welfare of citizens have declined so sharply that the quality of life of the average citizen in the region today is lower than what it was in 1970.
5. Expressed alarm towards the commencement of the cashless policy in Lagos state while living out equally vibrant commercial centers such as Kano, Onitsha and Port Harcourt. The Assembly recognizes that making Lagos a guinea pig of this policy amounts to a deliberate attempt to ruin the base of Yoruba economy.
6. Viewed the menace of Boko Haram as a sign of religious and cultural intolerance that is capable of destroying the unity of the country and of endangering the life of citizens not only in the North but all over the country. We believe that central ideology of Boko Haram regarding modern or western education is not a matter to be settled by security forces, but one that needs to be discussed at a national conference that is designed to restructure the federation.
7. Observed that sustainable unity and development of the country cannot flow from over concentration of power and resources in the central government. For example, we note that lack of effective law enforcement and assurance of security and safety for citizens is traceable to the over concentration of powers in the central government: police, intelligence gathering, and crime prevention. This arrangement leaves states without the power to enforce laws made by their elected officials for ensuring public order.
8. Noted that on the basis of the evidence that the failure of governance in the country has grown with the transfer of powers from federating units to the central government, we affirm the urgency to restructure the polity at a national conference of federating units, at which representatives of federating units chosen by citizens strictly for such purpose will produce a new constitution to be ratified through a national referendum.
9. Agreed that the process of restructuring should start with federating units, which must in their own space first discuss and determine the type of relationship they want between their region and the central government and relationship between states and the region in which they are located. For we, the Yoruba, the country Nigeria, is a forced marriage of diverse ethno-national groups, struggling to find form and shape, and limiting promises and possibilities.
10. Re-affirmed the commitment of the Southwest to the territorial unity of the country and resolved to work for enhancement of the country’s unity by cooperating with other regions to resolve peacefully the conflict and tension thrown up by the current unitary constitution that limits the control of federating units over their affairs and development.
11. Recognized that the best way to sustain unity in a culturally diverse polity and society is to organize the politics and economy of such country on the basis of a federal system of governance. Most culturally diverse countries of the world that are able to sustain peace and development have been able to do so through a federal constitution. Nigeria’s cultural diversity is too pronounced for the political elite to pretend that a unitary constitution can be substituted for a federal constitution that is generally designed to respond to diversity and optimize the benefits of diversity for peace and development.
12. Resolved to set up the Southwest Constitutional Commission (SCC) for the purpose of coordinating memoranda from citizens and groups in the Southwest towards a federal constitution for the country and of producing a constitutional framework for the region as unit of the Nigerian federation.
13. A new Nigeria consisting of a federal government and six regional governments (based on the current six geo-political zones) operating federal and regional constitutions, respectively.
• A single legislative list which will be the Exclusive Legislative List consisting only those functions ceded to the Central Government.
• The adoption of the Westminster model of parliamentary government.
• A Regional and State Police force structure.
• The establishment of a Constitutional Court with jurisdiction over inter-governmental cases and petitions from elections to the national Assembly
• The Conference fully supports the on-going Regional integration in the South West.
• That all public officers who currently enjoy immunity be made amenable to court processes on charges bordering on commission of crimes.
• That an informal role for traditional rulers in the political structure be recognised.
The conference further decided as follows:
• The adoption of Open-Secret ballot system for voting at elections.
• Total condemnation of Boko Haram’s indiscriminate violence in killing people, including Yoruba in the North.
• The setting up by the South West States of vigilante groups to protect them against the re-insurgence of crimes and violence perpetrated by nomadic tendencies or motivated by faith or otherwise. In this respect, each State House of Assembly in the region should pass appropriate laws.
• That the Yoruba as an ethnic group should design and produce a common flag and anthem. This is without prejudice to the anthems and flags of each state.
14. Finally and in conclusion, the Conference thanks the Governor and people of Oyo State for hosting this most important and crucial meeting of a comprehensive cross-section of the Yoruba people.
Culled from Punch Newspaper
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AKWA IBOM GOVERNORSHIP TUSSEL: Trials Of Engr Frank Okon


Engr. Frank Okon

Judge Kafarati

Governor Akpabio

Can Frank Okon overcome the great obstacles on his way and actualize his ambition of being the governor of Akwa Ibom State?

What happened at the federal High Court Two, Abuja, presided over by Justice Abdul Kafarati, on Thursday, July 12, would for many years remain indelible in the memory of those who were privileged to be in court that day, other Nigerians and the international community who later got the news from the media. Weeks earlier, notification of judgement in the 2011 Akwa Ibom State governorship tussle between Frank Okon, an engineer, and Godwil Akpabio, a lawyer and governor of Akwa Ibom State, were sent by the same court to the parties involved. And the parties were in court to receive the much expected judgement.

However, after long wait, to most people’s amazement, Babatunde Ashada, registrar of the court, came out and dismissed the court without giving any reason! It was later rumoured that the judge had traveled out of the country that very day. Four days later, the Federal High Court, proceeded on along annual vacation which will last from July 16th to September 14th, 2012. It is now hoped that Justice Kafarati who is now back in the country will fix a new date for Judgement when the annual vacation is over.

In the meantime, some lawyers argued that the Judge could easily have given the Judgement which had been written, to another Judge to read. Again, they insist that he could also deliver Judgement during the annual vacation if he so wishes as skeletal court services continue during the period. However, some other lawyers alleged that the Judge’s hands were tied and there was nothing he could do in the circumstances. Those in this school of thought argue that the Judge could even have been deliberately placed on an international Seminar outside the country.

Okon, a former special assistant to former Governor, Victor Attah, was a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governorship Aspirant in the April 2011 elections in the state. He went to court seeking the nullification of the election of the April 26 governorship election on the ground that he was illegally excluded from the party primary held on January 15, 2011, which returned Akpabio as the party standard bearer. This, he argued before the court, breached his fundamental human rights.

According to Okon, he was screened and cleared by PDP to participate in the party primary initially held on January 9, 2011 which was later canceled by the party. However, “I was schemed out by the collusion between INEC, PDP and Akpabio from the subsequent re-run fixed for January 15,” he said.

Put together, Okon in an amended originating summons of January 5,  2012, formulated 10 issues for determination by the court, supported by a 65-paragraph affidavit he deposed to. Furthermore, he asked the court to grant him nine reliefs. Some of these are: a declaration that the purported re-run primary of January 15, 2011, which produced Akpabio as the Governorship candidate of PDP, did not comply with the provisions of the 2010 Electoral Act as amended; that the purported re-run was ordered by the National Working Committee, NWC, presided over by Okwesilieze Nwodo, then chairman of PDP after his tenure had been terminated by an order of an Enugu high Court could not have produced a valid candidate, making it unlawful, null, void and of no effect; that the re-run was discriminatory and prejudicial as he was not issued any notice of re-run by the party, thereby violating his constitutional rights; that the re-run did not comply with the 7 days notice condition before it was conducted with the purported notice issued on January 14 and the re-run conducted on January 15! According to PDP constitution, the NWC has no power to order a re-run; such power resides with the NEC. But the party argued in court that it was as a result of emergency, which Okon described as untenable “as no one is allowed to substitute or vary content of a document orally.”

Consequently, “The conduct of the January 15, 2011 re-run primary election was gross violations of PDP Constitution, the PDP Electoral Guidelines, the Electoral Acts as amended and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” argued Okon.

Okon also raised the issue of Akpabio’s eligibility when he did not have valid evidence that he paid his taxes in the three years preceding the primary. According to Article 14, Part IV of the PDP Electoral Guideline, “an aspirant to gubernatorial primary election shall not be qualified to be nominated or to contest  the primary election, if he/she fails to produce his personal income tax certificate as at when due for the last preceding  three years or evideince of exemption from payment of personal income tax”.

Accordingly, Okon averred that, “The requirement of tax payment is part of the party’s guidelines to be qualified for nomination; once an aspirant shows evidence of exemption from tax, he would have met requirement for nomination and failure to so qualify is fatal.” Against this background, Okon asked the court to declare him as the valid winner of the PDP Governorship primary in Akwa Ibom State; or in the alternative order a re-run of the party primary in the state.

When the court sat on May 3, 2012, the presentation of final briefs by all interested parties on the originating application earlier fixed for the day, was put off due to an application by Paul Usoro, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Akpabio’s counsel, raising a preliminary objection to the jurisdiction of the court over the case. He cited the April 20, 2012 Supreme Court Judgement which dismissed the appeal by Timipre Sylva, former Governor of Bayelsa State, against his exclusion as candidate in the recent governorship primary in the state. The Supreme Court in the Bayelsa case held that the decision to sponsor a candidate for election is the internal decision of the political party, and not subject to being contested in court.

However, Lasun Sanusi, SAN, Okon’s counsel, argued that the two cases are fundamentally different. For instance, “Sylva was never cleared by the party to stand for election,” he argued. “In the plaintiff’s case, he was screened and cleared by the party to stand for that primaries election, and therefore has the right to challenge the conduct of that primaries election. Again, his name was conspicuously displayed on ballot paper for the January 9, 2011 election. So also was it on the result sheet of that election.” The Judge reserved the ruling of the preliminary objection to July 12 along with the final Judgement.

On its part, the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, which is the first defendant,  asked the court to dismiss the application against the commission for wrongful acceptance of a candidate for an election, saying the relevant provisions of the Electoral Act have not granted it any powers to reject a candidate for election that has been forwarded to it by the relevant officials of the political party. The commission pleaded that once that was done, only the court can decide the legitimacy of the choice, according to relevant laws. “As an umpire, INEC is enjoined to be neutral; hence, it must presume that any name forwarded to it by a political party is a name that emerged from a due process,” submitted the commission. However, it pledged to “Abide by whatever decision or order the court deems fit to make in the circumstance.”

On the other hand, Olusola Oke, SAN, counsel to the PDP, argued that claims by Okon that he was excluded to contest the primary could not be true as evidence showed that he was aware of the rescheduled election of January 15, 2011, but chose to stay away for personal reasons. The party further revealed that Nwodo’s signature was on the documents because they were signed in advance!

However, Sanusi countered that there is nothing in the constitution and regulation of the PDP to show that the party is authorized to accept as valid its documents printed in advance for an election, pointing out that if that is acceptable, then the party may publish the result of the election before they are held.

This was the state of affairs when the date of judgement was set. In Akwa Ibom State, the tension was palpable. There was visible fear at the Hilltop Manson, seat of power. And suddenly, the judgement could not be read. Meanwhile, Okon is on exile abroad. He has received several death threats; his phone and internet accounts have been hacked into to keep tabs on him. It’s a kind of David and Goliath duel as he has little weapons to fight other than the grace of God. His trial is the predicament of the average Nigerian who wants to exercise his right to run for any elective position of his choice as guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution.

Knowing that a sitting governor has a huge financial war chest and immense connections nationwide, the underdog should have the right to, at least contest, and lose honourably but not to be deliberately excluded from contesting. The court is still the last hope of the common man and Okon has left fate to God through the Court.

By Anayochukwu Agbo

Tell Magazine

David Mark Versus New Media By Chinedu Ekeke


Senate President David Mark (Former Military Governor of Niger State and Former Minister of Communication)

He has the unenviable reputation of claiming that telephone was not meant for ordinary people when he was Minister of Communication.

David Mark robbed and killed many Nigerians in the past and to this day is continuing his atrocities. He pays himself N600 million every year. He hates the poor.

Nigeria’s Senate president, David Bonaventure Mark, is deeply troubled. And his present state of mind is justifiable. The criminal empire which prince he’s one of is at the verge of crumbling, or so he thinks.  He’s eyeing the kingship of the empire in a few years from now. He wants to rule and reign in the kingdom. He has amassed enough wealth and bought enough souls to make this possible. He dreams of joining the league of candidates for prison who became presidents of Nigeria in the last three or so decades.

But the turn of events, especially since January this year, has jolted him. It doesn’t seem as though he would have any smooth ride to the kingship he so much covets, neither would he have the rest of mind to consume the millions he has so far amassed. He recently heaped the blame on new media or social media. The credibility he has sought to build in the last thirteen years hasn’t even taken off the ground, to his utter dismay. Millions of Nigerians don’t see any reason to take him seriously. He knows – or thinks – social media is responsible for this.
Last Thursday, while declaring open a two-day retreat for Senate Press corps in Umuahia, Abia State, he said there was a need to check the use of social media as Nigerians were using them to demean their leaders. Hear him: “We need to change our attitude on how we report things about our country and we should emulate the foreign reporters who never report negative things about their countries.” So Mr Mark wants to sponsor – and pass – a legislation that would impose restrictions on the use of social media in Nigeria. Once that is done, his confidence in the empire will rebound, and his hopes of assuming the kingship will come back to live.
Again, Mr Mark is justified, because, you see, there’s so much money can buy; and there’s even much more plenty of money can buy. The more money you make without working, the more you want to spend without sweat. He pays himself N600 million from Nigeria’s treasury in one year. That isn’t heavenly or biblical year. It is earthly year as we know it; twelve calendar months, the one within which Barack Obama, the United States president, earns N60 million.
What Mr. Mark pays himself in one year is the salary of a US president for ten (yes, ten!) good years. What Nigeria’s number three citizen takes home, legally, in one year, is what the number one citizen of the world’s biggest economy, and only remaining super-power, earns in ten years. Because no president stays beyond eight years in America, it means what David Mark gives himself as earnings in one year is what will pay at least two American presidents – one for eight years and another one for extra two years.  That means before Mark concludes his four year term, he would have amassed enough money from our treasury that will pay United States presidents for forty years! You see why he has to checkmate social media? You can’t have access to such amounts of free money without being sensitive to any avenue through which opposition rears its envious head.
Interestingly, what Mark is supposed to be doing to be taking such a humongous amount home every year is the same job the United States Vice President combines with his official job as the Vice, and for which he earns less than one-tenth of the money Mr Mark allocates to himself. Actually, it is the president of the US, not his Vice, who earns up to one-tenth of Mark’s annual bazaar. So for taking home N600 million for doing nothing, why will David Mark not feel threatened by social media?
It is even more annoying because years before now, nobody knew how much of injury his avarice –and those of his ilk – inflicted on the nation’s treasury. It was easy for him to buy up the entire mainstream media peopled by brown-envelope-seeking journalists and editors in a hurry to join the resource-grabbing frenzy of those who rule Nigeria. His Ghana-must-go bags were handy for willing media people who had no regards for the sacred role the society, and their jobs, had thrust upon them. Today, Mark can’t control what gets into the new media. He can’t control the number of people who read just a tweet, or Facebook post or blog post, detailing how much David Mark grabs monthly from the purse of a nation in pathetic poverty. He can’t control who reads this piece or who doesn’t. He can’t pull down this website or the other ones linked to it through which this piece will be read by thousands or millions of Nigerians. And this is why he is troubled.
There is also the conscience – or even emotional – side to his discomfort. He hates the poor, and gets angry at the sight of any poor person enjoying whatever he (Mark) considers a luxury. Most of the people who attack him and his tribe of nation-killers on social media do so with telephone which, years ago, he had declared wasn’t for the poor.  The society-made super rich which Mark loves dearly can’t say anything wrong about him on social media. They are all colleagues in the nation-wrecking industry. Clearly, it is those “poor” ones, or those who should be poor but have somehow risen above it, that criticise Mark.
As Babangida’s minister of communication, he told whoever cared to listen to perish the thoughts of making telephone available to Nigerians. He stated, clearly, that telephone wasn’t for the poor. It was for the rich, eaters of hundreds of millions of naira from Nigeria’s commonwealth. Today, the senator watches even roadside mechanics clutching their phones, reading the internet and seeing how much of a curse to them this government has become. If you were Mark, you’d be troubled too.
He saw the shape of things to come from social media last January. The OccupyNigeria protests jolted him and his co-travellers. Forget the lies they took to the market of how opposition hijacked the protests, he knew that the power of social media was at work. But for lack of patriotism of the labour leaders who sold the protests to Mark and his government, the government would have been brought down. And since then, he has watched the social media project himself and the government in their true picture: enemies of the Nigerian people. He saw the Arab spring and how social media swept away his mentors in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and others. The senate president has stomached enough. He isn’t going to take it anymore.
It is a paradox that the same society which David Mark has so much undermined sent him to the Senate to represent them. It is even more shocking that the same Mark was made the president of the Senate, the nation’s symbol of democracy. Yet it is more paradoxical that the head of the institution which should bear the torchlight of democracy is the first person who has openly demonstrated his desire to outlaw the right of the people to freely express themselves.
Mr Mark’s ingratitude deserves a special mention. Here’s a man who was part of Babangida’s gang that collapsed Nigeria’s economy while their private economies, represented by their numerous bank accounts, blossomed. This is the same Mark who failed as a communications minister. Isn’t he supposed to be serving a lifetime in jail? Instead, he bulldozed his way through our polity and just happened in the senate. And for not taking a punitive action against him for his failure, he has got emboldened to punish us.
David Mark has always represented darkness in Nigeria. The senate he leads, which is an effective retirement house for former state treasury looters, has represented everything a nation’s senate should not be. While the lower house rose to the defence of Nigerians during the fuel subsidy protests, Mr Mark and his senate looked the other way round just to preserve the darkness which so much benefits him. While the lower house set up committees upon committees to perform their constitutional oversight functions on federal government ministries, departments and agencies, Mark’s senate chose silence which darkness brings.
He is preaching how reporters should follow their foreign counterparts. Unfortunately, the Senate president, like the other “leaders” in Nigeria, does not read. That raises another question: what does he do with the newspaper allowance he pays himself? If he reads American or British newspapers, then he would understand that a vibrant media will always question their leaders.
But let’s even assume Mark is right about foreign reporters not reporting the negatives about their countries; and we choose to emulate them, has Mark emulated the same foreign countries in insisting that politicians only earn realistic and sustainable salaries? Part of what he wants us to report is that he doesn’t pay himself ten times the salary of the US president, or that he hasn’t made efforts to frustrate, through his senate, the demand of Nigerians that subsidy thieves be prosecuted. Mr Mark hasn’t seen anything yet.
I understand he is a Christian. I would refer him to an interesting portion of the Bible.  It is John 1:5:
“The light shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not.”
New media is the light of the 21st Century, it is shining forth and forcing darkness to give way.
In the coming days and weeks and months, we would know who gives way between David Mark and social media. But I am convinced it won’t be the latter.
 By Chinedu Ekeke

Culled from  saharareporters

Nigeria Needs a Revolution Now: Professor Bolaji Akinyemi


Professor Bolaji Akinyemi

By: SAM OTTI

Troubled by the country’s present challenges
Former foreign affairs, minister, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, believes that only a bloodless revolution will save the country from total collapse. He said President Goodluck Jonathan’s transformational agenda was being enveloped in ridicule and cynicism because people look for evidence of transformation and what they get is: “Trust us, we are working on it.”
Akinyemi bared his mind recently at the ‘Distinguished Management Lecture’ organised by the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered), Lagos, at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA). The Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief, The Guardian, Mr. Eluem Emeka Izeze, moderated the lecture, which had in attendance principal officers of the institute, led by the president and chairman of council, Dr. Michael Olawale-Cole, the Registrar, Mr. Maurice Lakanu, former presidents of the institute, former governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, Alex Osifo and Fola Lasisi, among others.
In his opening remarks, Dr. Olawale-Cole said the lecture became necessary because ineffective leadership had remained the bane of the nation’s development since independence. According to him, the theme of the lecture, Effective leadership:  A panacea for true transformation of Nigeria, was chosen in line with the need for urgent solutions to the leadership challenges, besetting the system and threatening the nation’s corporate existence.

He explained that the ensuing brainstorming session at the event would generate fresh ideas on salient issues in governance, which the institute would pass on to government. He said the institute would continue to offer support to the government in achieving its lofty agenda aimed of making the nation one of the top 20 economies by the year 2020.

In his presentation, Akinyemi lamented the grievous harm caused by the failure of effective leadership in the country. He said recent reports on Nigeria by Human Rights Watch, Transparency International and the Fund for Peace have become so worrisome that the country was at a risk of becoming a ‘thoroughly failed state’ if urgent remedial actions were not taken.

Giving details of the report, he said:  “The Fund For Peace, in its 2012 Failed States Index ranks Nigeria as no 14 out of 177 states, the no. 1 position being the worst possible position. African states ranked better than Nigeria include Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Ethiopia, Burundi, Niger, Uganda, Eritrea, Liberia, Cameroun, Togo, Burkina Faso and Congo to mention a few”.

He noted that the systematic looting of the assets of the country needed to be checked through a bloodless revolution that would ultimately purge the country of bad leaders.

“I believe in revolution. I have come to the conclusion that it is a revolution that will solve the problems of this country. When senior citizens like Prof Ben Nwabueze say they believe in revolution, it is because they have been driven to the wall as regards the failure of leadership. We are going to purge ourselves the way the Chinese purged themselves. But I am not advocating the kind of bloodshed imposed on China,” he said.

Akinyemi said corruption has become deep-rooted in Nigeria because those saddled with leadership positions do not believe in the survival of the country. He accused the judiciary of frustrating the operation of the anti-corruption agencies through interlocutory appeals.

Hear him: “In the EFCC case, however, in spite of the fact that the Supreme Court had held that all its provisions are constitutional, including the provision which said there would be no interlocutory appeal in EFCC cases, the courts, including the Supreme Court itself, had continued to allow such interlocutory appeals thus rendering the fight against corruption an uphill task”.

According to him, in the offshore-onshore case, the judgment of the Supreme Court had created more political problems for the country. He said the Supreme Court, unlike its American counterpart, had shown a penchant for an elementary, rather than ‘an ingenious constructive propensity in interpreting the constitution’.

The former Minister also frowned at the frosty relationship between the various arms of government, describing such adversarial relationship as inimical to national development.

“The relationship between the executive and the legislature at the federal level can best be described as a permanent state of a cold war. Budgets submitted by the executive are mangled out of shape by the legislature, bills submitted by the executive have no certainty of being acted upon and legislation approved by the legislature languish on the table of the president unsigned. The judiciary has earned itself an unsavoury reputation from not only national but also international sources in handling corruption and electoral cases”, he explained.

To worsen the situation, he said the state of the nation had become even more helpless with the factionlised elite in the country. He explained that the lack of consensus among the elite, which provided the leadership, would paralyse much needed transformation of the country.

He suggested a consensus among the elites to save the nation from further distress. His words: “A divided leadership is no leadership. We must arrive at a grand consensus that will allow us to pull in the same direction. The present system is an imposition by a sectional elite that exploited its temporary occupation of the levers of power to seek an arrangement that would be an advantage to it.

It is obvious to all that the centre can no longer hold. The longer we pretend that all is well and that all the system needs is a bit of panel-beating, the more we would creep up on the Failed State index, until we become a thoroughly failed state.”.

A Complaint Filed Against Godswill Akpabio with the US Government


Written by Ikpafak Thompson Essien
 Tens of innocent people have been assassinated under the leadership watch of Godswill Akpabio. Several others have been kidnapped and locked into automobile booths like goats, while some have been arrested, detained, and prosecuted with trumped-up charges – all these heinous atrocities happened, and are still happening, so that

Godswill Obot Akpabio can remain in office as a governor of a tiny state in Nigeria known as Akwa Ibom.

 

Corrupt, Illegal, and Murderous Governor Godswill Akpabio

Hundreds of complaints and petitions have been written and submitted to the President of Nigeria, yet no positive response from the office of the presidency has been forthcoming. As far as President Jonathan is concerned, whatever happens in Akwa Ibom State is of little or no concern to him; it is politics as usual. Meanwhile, the families of victims of these crimes are wailing in silence and gnashing their teeth in suffering. For this reason, IPU decided to address the issue by taking the matter to the Congress of United States—the last bastion of a true democracy.

We are ready to expose all the evils of Akwa Ibom State under the leadership of Godswill Akpabio to the outside world. Perhaps by doing so, future leaders will think twice before they indulge in the same style of governance with which Akpabio has taken pride pride, but which has caused the lives of hundreds of Akwa Ibom people.

Below Report is self-explanatory.

Prepared Statement Of Thompson Essien, President and Representative of Ibibio People’s Union, Inc

Before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights On “U.S Policy Toward Nigeria: West Africa’s Troubled Titan”,  Tuesday July 10, 2012, 2.00pm, Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2172; Washington, D.C.

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Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Bass, Distinguished Members of the Subcommittee:

I would like to thank you for holding these hearings on U.S Policy toward Nigeria, a significant nation in the West African sub-region. These hearings are weighty and timely because Nigeria remains an important trade and security partner with the United States. The country’s production of crude oil is estimated at 2.458 million barrels per day, representing the tenth largest output in the world. In year 2011, Nigeria was the fifth largest supplier of crude oil to the United States. In the same year the Office of the US Trade Representative reported that US businesses exported $38.6 billion in goods to Nigeria, representing the 23rd largest trading partner with the United States, ahead of many other strategic US partners. To put it in perspective, this amount is equivalent to the total GDP of the State of Wyoming in 2010, or the entire budget of the State of Kentucky in 2012.

It is for these reasons that both the US and Nigerian citizens are concerned with the perennial state of insecurity and miss-governance in that country. As a representative of Ibibio People’s Union, Inc, I am honored to represent Ibibio People’s Union Inc and other concerned Nigerians in presenting to the Sub-committee our findings on the Nigerian situation documented over the past few years. Ibibio People’s Union, Inc represents a community of Nigerian-Americans whose ancestry is traceable to Ibibio ethnic group of the South Eastern region of Nigeria, specifically in Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria. The entity acts only as an observer and commentator on issues affecting Nigeria. It does not support political parties or ideologies, but performs acts of charity in support of its members.

The Context of Nigeria’s Troubled Condition

Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria is a critical part of the well-known, oil rich Niger-Delta region, the source of more than ninety percent of Nigeria’s wealth of crude oil. It has an estimated population of 4.8 million people (less than metropolitan District of Columbia) and 2,734 square miles, approximately the size of the State of Delaware. Unfortunately, this region is also homeland to numerous minority ethnic groupings whose minority status precludes them from decisions regarding the use and distribution of resources derived from their homeland. Successive autocratic, repressive and corrupt regimes have since independence denied the minorities of the Niger-Delta even a fair share of the proceeds of crude oil sales, to the degree that the region remains the most impoverished of all oil-producing communities in the world. This information is important to the Sub-committee because it provides a background to the resulting state of insecurity in the Niger-Delta, whereupon the US State Department has issued a standing travel advisory, cautioning Americans against travel to the Niger-Delta and Nigeria in general.

In protest to the massive exploitation, militants comprised largely of unemployed youths and often sponsored by political interests, initially took to sabotage of oil infrastructure, kidnappings, torture and murder of oil workers. Apart from indigenes, also affected are Americans and other expatriate workers who are victims of a spate of kidnappings and murders even unto this day.

In recent years, this state of instability has significantly increased in Akwa Ibom State, one of the largest depositories of crude oil in Nigeria. With the re-institution of democracy in 1999, there were high expectations that Nigerians for the first time in a generation would determine their government in free and fair elections. Instead, corrupt politicians have utilized militants to persecute, kidnap, torture and murder political enemies. Indeed, since 2007 when the current governor of Akwa Ibom State was sworn into office in a highly controversial electoral declaration, incidents of murder and kidnapping for ransom have multiplied several folds. Most victims are political opponents of the governor Mr. Godswill Akpabio, who is documented to have declared openly and acted on his promise to persecute and eliminate his opponents. Today, freedom of speech in Akwa Ibom State is non-existent and the population lives in fear of a governor “elected” to serve them but who has metamorphosed into a dreadful persecutor, intimidator and a killing apparatus at his option. Ibibio People’s Union Inc and other international monitoring groups have documented most of these atrocities, which additionally, are widely reported by local and international media and human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and the Human Rights Watch. To date, hundreds of innocent people have been kidnapped, women raped, opponents tortured and murdered by the governor’s private militia, ironically supported by the resources of the people.

To demonstrate the tenacity of Mr. Akpabio in seeking out those who oppose his tyranny, he has recently attempted to persecute Nigerian-Americans residing in the US who decry his reported involvement in killings in Akwa Ibom State. He has sought frivolous injunctions in American judicial system to curtail the freedom of speech of his perceived enemies who vocalize his misdeeds at Internet forums. Given these atrocious murders, the fact of the governor’s kleptocracy with the states’ resources appears a more merciful behavior. Unfortunately, the Federal Government of Nigeria has not acted to intervene in this dire situation despite numerous pleas of victims. The Federal Government’s non-reaction underscores the fact that the Niger-Delta as a minority region is viewed as important only to the degree in which its natural resources can be exploited. Given the federal government’s actions or lack thereof, it may be surmised that ensuring the security of its citizens is largely immaterial to the administration.

The Quiet Genocide: Documented Atrocities in Akwa Ibom State

Mr. Chairman and members of the Subcommittee, the following incidents are by no means exhaustive of atrocities committed against the people of Akwa Ibom State and in particular the Ibibio tribe by the current governor and his cohorts since 2007. Indeed they represent only a small fraction of occurrences. Many incidents are not reported due to fear of further persecution of surviving family members, and the sheer horror of the events themselves. These however may serve to create a sufficiently detailed picture to enable the Subcommittee formulate policy to prevent these atrocities and build a partnership for the mutual benefit of both countries.

1.   Barely one month after assumption of office in 2007, governor Akpabio ordered the arrest and incarceration of a newspaper vendor Mr. Essien Ewoh for distributing a newspaper publication, Fresh Facts, that criticized the governor. Mr. Ewoh was only doing his legitimate job to earn a living.

2.   The series of attacks on freedom of the press, arrests and charges of sedition were documented by the New York based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in several of its publications titled “Newspaper Copies Seized in Southern Akwa Ibom State”, October 17, 2007; “Nigerian Publisher Charged With Sedition Over Story Critical of Governor”; and on January 25, 2008, “Nigerian Newspaper Distributor Arrested, Charged”.

3.   The publisher of Fresh Facts newspaper, Mr. Sam Asowata was arrested in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, tossed into the trunk of a vehicle, and driven all night to Akwa Ibom State – a distance of about 500 miles. Mr. Asowata’s young daughter, who happened to have been in her father’s office at the time of the arrest, was also arrested, presumably on the orders of Gov. Akpabio.

4.   Upon assumption of office the governor reportedly created a secret militia group called Akwa Ibom People Forum (AKPF) that kidnapped, terrorized and killed perceived political opponents of the governor. The group supposedly disbanded after protestations and loud outcries of citizens.

5.   One Chief Ononokpono a sick and frail octogenarian, had in The Nation newspaper courageously asked Gov. Akpabio some cogent questions about his administration and financial accountability. Rather than respond to those questions, Gov. Akpabio ordered the arrest of Chief Ononokpono who was denied bail and “remanded in dehumanizing prison custody from March, 25, 2010 to May, 14, 2010.” Chief Ononokpono’s health condition worsened and on December 7, 2010, he died.

6.   Leading up to his re-election campaign of 2011, the governor openly banned his opponents from campaigning in his own hometown. When one of his opponents, Senator Akpan-Udoedeghe, defied his order and campaigned at the governor’s hometown, the Senator’s team was attacked by the governor’s supporters branding machetes and AK47s, leading to hundreds of deaths and wounded innocent people, and destruction of property totaling millions of dollars in value. The Senator barely escaped with his life. This particular incident was widely reported both by Nigerian and international media. To date, no persons have been apprehended and punished.

7.  A Nigerian national publication, TELL Magazine No. 45 of 15th November 2010, entitled a front-page feature article “Reign of Terror in Akwa Ibom State”. It described a case in August 2010: The State Vs Dr. Chris Ekong; who was framed-up, arrested, detained and eventually charged to court on phantom murder charges. It quoted Andem E. Ndem, attorney for Dr. Ekong saying, “When the matter (case) came up in court, the Attorney General (AG) did not even want the charge read to the accused Dagogo Minayo, alias Puff Daddy who admitted killing the Ekpenyong brothers in the open court. AG quickly informed the court that he had entered a nolle prosequi (stop prosecution order) in the said charge. Consequently he applied that the charge be struck out”. The publication detailed numerous other cases of atrocities and killings, and directly linked the governor to many of them.

8.   On July 16, 2011, one Abasiema Sunday Peters, a 23-year old man was shot on both legs by the security detail of Gov. Akpabio’s wife. Rather than administer medical treatment, the man was handcuffed and taken to the police station for detention. His only crime was that he did not move off the road fast enough for the governor’s wife motorcade as it drove by.

9.   On December 21, 2010, one Miss Faith Udo, a 26-year old student was brutally murdered by one Yusuf Salihu believed to be a member of Governor Akpabio’s killer squad. As in previous cases, immediately after Salihu was arrested, he was summarily released and then freed without criminal investigation or prosecution.

10. Numerous publications, local and international, continue to document the sad events in Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria in general.

Partial Listing of Murder and Kidnap Victims in Akwa Ibom State Since 2007

The following is a partial listing of victims of terror since Mr. Akpabio assumed office in 2007 as the current governor of Akwa Ibom State:

1) Abel Daminas children (2) 2008

2) Mr. Ubong Obot (1) 2008 (Ibibio)

3) Mr.Mustag Obot (1) 2009 (Ibibio)

4) Senator Aloysius’ wife (1) 2009 (Ibibio)

5) Chief Nelson Effiong (1) Feb 2009 (Okobo)

6) Ita Enyong- Entaco (1) 2009 (Ibibio)

7) Apostle Uwa (1) 2009 (Ibibio)

8) Nse Ntuen (1) 2009 (Ibibio)

9) Aniefon Aniedi Abasi (1) feb. 2009 (Annang)

10) Mrs. Iniobong Ekpenyong (1) 2009 (Ibibio)

11) Pa. Kevin Edet (1) 2009 (Ibibio)

12) Mrs. Michael Bush (1) 2009 (Ibibio)

13) HOP, Nsit Ubium (1) 2009 (Ibibio)

14) Opulopm Ettes’ Wife (1) 2009 (Ibibio)

15) Russians (2) 2009 (Expatriates)

16) Russian Employees (6) June 3, 2007

17) Stemco Staff (6) 2008 (Expatiates)

18) Uwemedimo Archibong (1) feb.2009 (Ibibio)

19) Mrs. Adrina Uko (1) 2009 (Ibibio)

20) Mrs. Anne Enoidem (1) 2009 (Ibibio)

21) Dr. Owen R. Owen (1) June 2009

22) Mrs. Jumbo (1) June 2009 (Ibibio)

23) Pastor Akan Weeks (1) 2009 (Ibibio)

24) Awak Treasurer, o/Akara (1) 2008 (Ibibio)

25) Mr. Ikpe Ukpe (1) 2008 (Ibibio)

26) Mr. Clement Uwemedimo (1) July, 2009 (Ibibio)

27) Mr. Fiokedu Okorie (1) July 2009

28) Miss Edikan Okon Ufot (1) July, 2009 (Ibibio)

29) Daughter of Okon Usoro (1) July, 2009 (Ibibio)

30) Expatraites’Wife(abducted to Nturukpum) (1) Mar. 2009

31) Mr. Eseme Essien (1) Sept. 2009 (Ibibio)

32) Eld. Nse Ikpe (1) Sept. 2009 (Ibibio)

33) Jackie Jay (1) Sept. 2009 (Annang)

34) Ediomo Udoko (1) Sept. 2009 (Ibibio)

35) Iniobong Sunny Jackson (1) Sept. 2009 (Ibibio)

36) Adiaha Eka Sunny IBANGA (1) Sept. 2009 (Ibibio)

37) Pst. Jonah Solomon Akpan (1) Oct. 2009 (Ibibio)

38) Mrs. Eshiet –Etinan (1) Nov. 2009 (Ibibio)

39) Mrs. Sunny Daniel (1) Nov. 2009 (Ibibio)

40) Bishop C.O Akpan (1)Dec. 2,2009\ (Ibibio)

41) Mr. Usen –manager, UBA (1) Dec. 2009 (Ibibio)

42) Hon. Hogan Ita (1) 2009 (Ibibio)

43) Mr. Michael Nkono (1) Oct. 2009 (Ibibio)

44) Mrs. Michael Nkono (1) Oct. 2009 (Ibibio)

45) Dr. Uwem Umoh (1) Nov. 2009 (Ibibio)

46) Chief Inyang Eno (1) 2009 (Ibibio)

47) Gen. Edet Akpan (1)Jan.31,2010  (Ibibio)

48) Hon. Mike Dan (Itu) (1) Jan.2010 (Ibibio)

49) Miss. Edikan Udo (1) 2009 (Ibibio)

50) Mr. Ita Onyong (1) 2010 (Ibibio)

51) Mr. John Akpan (1) 2010 (Ibibio)

52) Mr. Okon Mkpong (1)2010 (Ibibio)

53) Paramount Ruler –Okobo (1) 2010 (okobo)

54) Prof. Akaninyene Mendie (1) 2010

55) Chief Obosi- clan head InI LGA (1) 2010 (Ibibio)

56) Prophtess Mercey Inyang (1) 2010 (Ibibio)

57) Prophetess Mercey Effiong (1) 2010 (Ibibio)

58) Mrs. Elizabeth Philip (1) 2010 (Ibibio)

59) Mrs. Godwin Udoaka 1st Bank (1) 2010 (Ibibio)

60) Mrs. Godwin Bassey Eton (1) 2010 (Ibibio)

61) Prof. Imo Ukpong (1) 2010 (Ibibio)

62) Dr. Austin Edet (1) 2010 ( Ibibio)

63) Chief Emmanuel Ntukidem (1) 2010 (Ibibio)

64) Mr. Samuel Inyang-PDP Ini LGA (1) 2010 (Ibibio)

65) 83 yr. old retired civil servant, mbiabong ikpe Annang (1) 2010  (Annang)

66) Mrs. Rosey Jack Udota (1) 2010  (Ibibio)

67) Joel Francis- Governors’ driver (1) 2010

68) Anthony Akpanobong (1) 2010 (Ibibio)

69) Barr. Archibong’s wife (1) 2010 (Ibibio)

70) Stemco employees (4) May 5 2010

71) Rev. Ntia I Ntia (1) 2010 (Ibibio)

72) Deacon Sandy NtuenUbok (1) 2010 (Ibibio)

73) Rev. Ime Iyire (1) 2010 (Ibibio)

74) A female church member of Imeh Uyire (1) 2010  (Ibibio)

75) Mrs. Iwakeowo Bassey Essien (1) 2010 (Ibibio)

76) Obong Mike Ene (1) 2009 (Ibibio)

77) Mr. Essien Ewoh (1) 2008 (Ibibio)

78) Late Ntia’s Children (2) 2010 (Ibibio)

79) Dr. Uwah (1) July 2010 (Ibibio)

80) MRS. COMFORT EWANG—SEPT.2010 (IBIBIO)

81) MRS. LYDIA TOM BUSH –SEPT.2010

82) MR. EWANG’S PERSONAL ASSISTANT— OCT.2010

83) MR. EWANG’S DRIVER—OCT.2010

84) MR. MIKE EDUOK —SEPT.2010 (IBIBIO)

85) Imeh Ekpo (July 2010) (Ibibio)

86) Nsifre Andrew (August 2010)

87) Bishop (Pa) OKON ENYONG (IBIBIO)

88) REV. INNO IDIONG (ANNANG)-questionable-JAN.3, 2011 (may have been staged).

89) DR. MEMFIN EKPO (IBIBIO) – JAN.16, 2011

90) ELIZABETH JERRY EMAH (IBIBIO)

91) UDO MMA OBOT (IBIBIO)

92) CHAIRLADY OF ONNA LGA (IBIBIO)

93) PROPRIETOR OF EKET POLITHECHNIC

94) JOHN NTA (OWNER OF TREASURY ISLAND) FEB.11 2011 (Ibibio)

Partial List of Persons who Escaped Kidnapping:

1) Paramount Ruler Etinan, HRM Edidem Ime D. Umoette (Ibibio)

2) Madam Grace James Akpanudoedehe (Ibibio)

3) Mrs. Mfon Kenneth (wife of Etinan council Chairman). (Ibibio)

4) Engrs. Obinna and Bobby, staff of Vich Resources Nig. LTD. (Ibibio)

5) Proprietor, Life care clinic. (Ibibio)

6) Chief Donald Etiebet  (Annang)

7) Engr. Iniekong Udonwa (Governorship Aspirant) (Ibibio)

Partial Listing of Murdered or Assassinated Victims (Contd.):

1) Barr. IMO UDONWA (IBIBIO)

2) MISS. ANIEFON ANIEDIABASI

3) ENGR. EMMANUEL EKPENYONG (Submarine) (IBIBIO)

4) MR. MATHAIS EKPENYONG (IBIBIO)

5) BARR. BENJAMIN UDOEKPO (Ibibio)

6) TWO WOMEN AT QUA IBOE CHURCH, IWOK (Ibibio)

7) DR. AUSTIN EDET (Ibibio)

8) DAUGHTER OF PARAMOUNT RULER ABAK (ANNANG)

9) Mrs. MARIE IKPE

10) EZEKIEL PETER EBERE (Episco) (Ibibio)

11) CHIEF PAUL INYANG (Ibibio)

12) MRS.PHILOMINA UDONWA (Ibibio)

13) ANTHONY AKPANOBONG (Ibibio)

14) MR. DANIEL JOHN EKANEM- (Ibibio)

15) Mr. Mathew Inyang – driver of Mrs. Tom bush (Ibibio)

16) Police orderly to Mrs. Lydia Bush

17) DR. AKPANUDO FEB.2, 2011 (IBIBIO)

18) Mbosowo Andrew ( Ibibio) kidnapped ,Ransom paid and murdered-nov.2010

19) PASTOR DAVID IDUNUOLUWA (pastor of living faith church ikot ebido

20) OKU IBOM III ,EDIDEM ROBERT JAMES OBOT JAN.30, 2011 (IBIBIO)

Partial List of Persons Incarcerated Without Trial by the State Government:

1) Hon. Fabian Ekpenyong (only surviving Ekpenyong brothers) incarcerated for refusing to testify falsely for the government. (Ibibio)

2) Dr. Chris Ekong, accused of killing the Ekpenyong brothers. (Record shows he was in South Africa when the murder took place) (Ibibio)

3) Mr. Davidson Uboh substituted for the real killers of Ekpenyong brothers who were released from jail on government orders.  (Ibibio)

4) Mr. Otu Ekong substituted for the real killers of Ekpenyong brothers.

5) Mr. Itoro William substituted for the real killers of the Ekpenyong brothers

6) Chief Ononokpon incarcerated for demanding the governor’s accountability (Oron)

7) Dr. Chris Nyong charged with treason and later released on bail (Ibibio)

8) Amb.Sam Edem falsely accused of stealing and charming the governor- acquitted by a judge (Ibibio)

9) CHIEF IMEH UMANAH—OCT.2010 (Annang)

Conclusion

Mr. Chairman and Subcommittee members: We at Ibibio People’s Union Inc make this presentation even at great risk to our personal safety. Many of our members have already lost family members in this quest for justice, and many of us are no longer able to visit our families in Nigeria for real fear of arrest and persecution, and worse still, death. But we also understand the costs and difficulties of US Involvement in the affairs of other nations. Quite often it is in the best interest of partnering nations to ensure each other’s safety. Instability in Nigeria does not only create insecurity for its citizens, it also forms a cradle for global terrorism as evidenced by increasing bombing activities of the Al Qaida affiliated group Boko Haram. Insecurity and corruption hinders the development of that nation and limits beneficial relationships with other nations such as the United States. A flourishing and stable Nigeria, as has been recognized by successive US administrations, is in the best interest of both nations, especially given the global war on terrorism. We will continue to anticipate that US policy toward Nigeria will include important components that promote the security and prosperity of both nations.

Thank you for the opportunity to inform the Sub-committee on this important matter.

Mr. Thompson Essien

Corruption, Bane of Insecurity


Time-bomb Waiting To Explode

on JULY 13, 2012

By Ishola Balogun

The recent killings of two lawmakers, Senator Gyang Dantong and Assembly man, Gyang Fulani by Fulani herdsmen in Jos, Plateau state, have heightened fears that the issue of insecurity in our country is far more complex than it appears. The Boko Haram insurgence is just one out of many violent groups threatening the peace and security of the nation.

There is an international dimension to it. The assailants in the Jos massacre are believed to be aliens from Chad and Niger republic. Boko Haram is in league with Al-Qaeda and Al-Shabab of the world’s first failed state, Somalia. It is a sad irony that the law- makers and scores of others met their gruesome, untimely death during a funeral procession in the once peaceful Plateau city.

Of much concern is the growing confidence of the perpetrators of this violence. There’s a palpable feeling of uncertainties on how to tackle this menace. Across the political spectrum, and even from the international community, escalating violence has continued to attract condemnation, and nothing more. The onus is on us to do something drastic about it. Concerned leaders outside government want more action and assurances from the intelligence community that this security challenge can be dealt with decisively.

Pastor-Politician, Rev Chris Okotie could not contain his rage over the Jos killings. In a reaction posted on his Facebook status, he said: “This brazen assault on innocent citizens is unacceptable and we can no longer tolerate it”. Boko Haram, the arrow head of the present state of mayhem, has frustrated every move at securing peace. But the President knows that something must be done. We are not just there yet. And time is running out; people are dying every day.

In the absence of a clear cut leadership, the group is very difficult to deal with. President Goodluck Jonathan has said in exasperation that his government cannot place a face on Boko Haram. “We don’t know who to deal with”. That’s the major problem.

Pastor Chris Okotie

It may not sound alarmist to say that Nigeria is in a state of emergency. And worse, because of the difficulty in managing the amorphous armed groups around the country, some of which have no clear objectives and command control systems, the security operatives have no choice than to improvise in their strategy of containment of the gangs. Even this hasn’t achieved any good result.

Now, the Jos tragedy must be seen as a wake-up call for government to think outside the box. That responsibility falls on the shoulders of Sambo Dasuki, the retired Colonel who recently replaced Gen. Owoye Azazi as the National Security Adviser. Although, he is not from an intelligence background, his choice may have been informed by his blue blood lineage, being the son of the former Sultan of Sokoto, Ibrahim Dasuki.

Let’s share the thoughts of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. M.D Abubakar: “The problem with Nigeria is that the rich are getting richer, and the poor getting poorer. That kind of relationship is not good for anyone, especially the rich. The poverty level is widening. The implication is that as the poor get poorer the security of the rich is put at risk.”

One may not worry if the rich gets richer; but the issue is by what means are they growing richer? If it is by legitimate means, we have no quarrel with that. However, everyone knows that most of our rich people acquired their wealth through corrupt enrichment. That is why Rev. Chris Okotie’s recent statement that corruption is a security threat should not be taken lightly, especially as the rot in the ranks of the ruling class is being exposed daily in the media.

Because we’re still governed by a generation of leaders that sees politics as a commercial business rather than a rare opportunity to serve, the nation is inundated daily with ugly tales of pervasive corruption in high places. Worse, the anti-graft agencies lack the requisite enabling legislation to successfully prosecute the culprits. The headline news today is the subsidy probe corruption saga, after the odious revelation from the capital market probe among others.

The real danger is that the corruption pandemic is growing like a festering sore in the face of executive incapacity to contain it. It is the same story with insecurity. It is easy to blame Boko Haram or other insurgent activities for the nation’s security challenges. But, the issues are deeper than they seem on the surface.

Such superficial logic can not stand a detailed and dispassionate analysis of the situation. Like Rev Okotie said during  the recent tenth year anniversary of FRESH, “The insurgents are not the real cause but the effect of the prevailing general state of insecurity, which in reality, stemmed from the sinful display of ill-gotten wealth by corrupt government officials and public office holders; the long neglect of investments in labour-intensive industries, agriculture and quality education”.

He points correctly that corruption and governmental misallocation of resources and the pillaging of the public treasury by a succession of inept, corruption-ridden governments led to neglect of key sectors that could engage the youths for productive micro-economic activities. “Therefore, we must begin to see corruption and bureaucratic incompetence as security challenges”, the prince argued.

His conclusion is that our people are growing in wisdom and he believes that the electorate should make better choices next time the politicians are seeking new mandates. But meanwhile, the reverend advised that we support his call for a paradigm shift and the need to focus on human capital development as a way to fast track development in our great country.

So far, it appears that the economic alienation that gave birth to violence on our streets will continue for a while because the PDP-led Federal Government is yet to fully come to terms with the fact that its Transformation Agenda is yet to fly and cannot get us anywhere.

TO ALL NIGERIANS: STAND UP!


Victor Essiet (The Mandators)
Victor Essiet (The Mandators)

CHECK OUT THE STAND UP VIDEO VERSION 2, BY VICTOR ESSIET & THE MANDATORS, DEDICATED TO OPPRESSED NIGERIANS AT https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=467329443279794

THANKS TO EVERY ONE IN OUR COUNTRY NIGERIA FOR THEIR STRONG SUPPORT THROUGH MY PHENOMINAL MUSICAL JOURNEY BECAUSE WITHOUT THAT I WOULD NOT HAVE A VOICE THROUGH WHICH THEY ALSO SPEAK. THOSE THAT HAVE FOLLOWED MY MUSIC FROM THE 80’S TILL NOW CAN UNDERSTAND WHY I AM SPENDING ALL THESE YEARS FIGHTING THROUGH MUSIC AS MY FAMILY AND I HAVE SUFFERED GREATLY BY THE SYSTEM JUST LIKE OTHER EVERY DAY PEOPLE IN NIGERIA. AS I REALIZE THAT MY TALENT IS NOT A PRIVILEGE BUT A GIFT TO BE USED FOR THE BENEFIT OF MANKIND I ALSO KNOW THAT GREATER POWER COMES WITH GREATER RESPONSIBLITY AND SO I HAVE STOOD WITH ALL OF OUR PEOPLE IN THE NATION OF NIGERIA TO FIGHT AGAINST THE SYSTEM THAT CONTINIOUSLY KEEPS OUR PEOPLE DOWN. HOWEVER, THE LAST STRAW THAT HAS BROKEN THE CAMEL’S BACK WAS AFTER I TRAVELLED AROUND THE COUNTRY TO CAMPAIGN WITH MKO ABIOLA DURING THE NIGERIAN 1993 GENERAL ELECTION DUBBED “HOPE 93” IN WHICH ABIOLA RAN AN INCREDIBLE CAMPAIGN GIVING HOPE TO THE COMMON PEOPLE. OUR PEOPLE RESPONDED IMMENSELY AND OVERWHELMINGLY BY VOTING FOR MKO ABIOLA UNANIMOUSLY. THIS WAS AN ELECTION LIKE NO OTHER. THE ONLY TIME NIGERIA AS A COUNTRY EVER VOTED FROM NORTH TO SOUTH EAST TO WEST TO CHOOSE A PRESIDENT OF THEIR CHOICE, AND THE ONLY TIME ELECTION WOULD BE SAID TO BE FREE AND TRULY FAIR WAS THE 1993 ELECTION.I CLOSELY FOLLOWED THE ELECTION AS WE ALL BELIEVED IN MKO AND THE HOPE THAT HE BROUGHT TO THE SUFFERING PEOPLE OF NIGERIA. I KNOW HE WAS NOT A SAINT BUT HE WAS COMPASSIONATE TOWARDS OUR PEOPLE AND HE WAS WILLING TO MAKE A CHANGE. MKO ABIOLA WAS NOT VOTED FOR BECAUSE HE WAS GOING TO SOLVE ALL OUR PROBLEMS, BUT BECAUSE WE ALL TRULY SAW IN HIM THAT HE WAS GOING TO HELP POINT OUR COUNTRY IN A NEW DIRECTION AS HE HAD SINGLE HANDEDLY CHANGED THE FACE OF SPORTS IN NIGERIA AND AFRICA. HE WAS A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS MAN AND PHILANTHROPIST THAT HELPED ALL NIGERIANS REGARDLESS OF THEIR TRIBE, CREED, RELIGION, AND CLASS. HE BRIDGED THE ETHNIC GAP. WE ALL SAW HIM AS A UNITER. WE ALL KNEW HIM. WE KNEW THAT HE COULD SERVE HIS PEOPLE. HE WAS NOT BROUGHT INTO THE RACE BY THE GOD FATHER. EVERY ONE OF US KNEW HIM. WE FELT LIKE HE WAS TRULY ONE OF THE SUFFERERS REGARDLESS OF HIS WEALTH OR POSITION AND HE WAS ONE OF US. WE KNEW HIS HISTORY. THOSE WHO HATED THE COUNTRY SO BADLY AND WANTED NIGERIANS TO BE IN PERMANENT CAPTIVITY TOOK HIM AWAY. TODAY, ALL WE SEE IS A MAN ON TELEVISION BEING ANOUNCED AS A PRESIDENT AND AS A GOVERNOR YET WE ONLY KNOW HIS NAME AS THEY TOLD IT TO US. WE DO NOT KNOW THEIR HISTORY, CHARACTER, CREDIBILITY OR BELIEFS AND WE DO NOT KNOW WHEN THEY EVEN RAN FOR THE ELECTION THAT THEY WERE ANOUNCED TO HAVE WON. ABIOLA WAS A TRUE BROTHER TO THE BROTHERLESS, A TRUE FATHER TO THE FATHERLESS, AND A FRIEND TO THE FRIENDLESS. BUT BABANGIDA, KNOWING THAT IF THE ELECTION USHERED IN MKO ABIOLA THEN CHANGES WOULD COME TO THE COUNTRY AND THAT WOULD BRING THE BEGINNING OF THE END TO THE ERA OF MEGA CORRUPTION, OPPRESSION, AND INJUSTICE, AND BRING TRUE DEVELOPMENT TO THE COUNTRY.BABANGIDA COMMITED THE WORST CRIME AGAINST OUR NATION AND ITS PEOPLE DESTROYING HOPE 93’ BY ANNULLING THE ELECTION AND UNJUSTLY ROBBING ALL NIGERIAN’S OF THEIR RIGHTS. IT WAS AT THIS POINT, 19 YEARS AGO LAST MONTH JUNE 2012, THAT I HAD TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY AS THE FEELING OF HELPLESSNESS OVERWHELMED ME BUT I DID NOT DESERT THE COUNTRY. THIS WAS THE SAME FEELING I HAD WHEN I WAS JUST A CHILD, DURING THE NIGERIAN-BIAFRAN CIVIL WAR, AS THE NIGERIAN SOLDIERS CAME INTO MY FATHER’S HOUSE AND KILLED MY UNCLE, KILLED MY SISTER, SHOT MY MOTHER, STABBED AND SHOT MY FATHER, WHILE THE NIGERIAN SOLDIERS ALSO KILLED A SECOND UNCLE IN ANOTHER PLACE. I WAS THROWN INTO THE COLDNESS OF THE WORLD. THIS GRIEF AND ANGER I HAVE CARRIED WITH ME ALL MY LIFE FEELING LET DOWN BY A COUNTRY THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO DO RIGHT BY ITS PEOPLE AND PROTECT THEM. GOD HAS HELPED TO TURN ALL THAT NEGATIVITY SEEN AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE INTO POSITIVITY THROUGH MUSIC. I WAS SAVED BY GOD IN THAT NO BULLETS FLYING IN THE AIR FOUND THEIR MARK ON MY OWN SKIN. THAT IS WHY I MADE A PROMISE TO GOD THAT I WILL STAND UP FOR OTHERS ALL THE REST OF MY LIFE FOR I WOULD NOT WANT ANY ONE TO SUFFER WHAT I AND MY FAMILY HAVE SUFFERED. I KNOW SO MANY OTHER NIGERIANS SUFFERED SIMILAR THINGS IN THEIR OWN PLACES ALL BECAUSE GENERAL YAKUBU GOWON, THE THEN ARMY HEAD OF STATE, REFUSED TO HONOR THE TREATY THEY HAD IN ABURI, GHANA, PER THE RESOURCE CONTROL AND SO OUR LEADERS ALWAYS REFUSED TO BE JUST. WATCHING MY PARENTS AND FAMILY SUFFER AND DIE WAS THE SAME FEELING I HAD IN THE 93 ELECTION WHERE I WAS HELPLESS AND COULD DO NOTHING TO RESCUE THE PEOPLE FROM THE HANDS OF THE WICKED.

WHY SHOULD THIS HAPPEN TO ANY CITIZEN? ISN’T THE DUTY OF THE GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT ITS CITIZENS AND DEFEND THE LAND? WHILE THE WHOLE COUNTRY FOLDED THEIR HANDS AND WATCHED, MKO ABIOLA STOOD HIS GROUND AND REFUSED TO DENOUNCE THE MANDATE THAT WAS GIVEN TO HIM BY THE PEOPLE UNTIL AT LAST HE WAS MURDERED BY GENERAL ABUBAKER AND HIS TERRORIST GROUP WHO CAME IN AFTER THE DEATH OF ABACHA. NO ONE DID A THING. BUT LET ME TELL YOU TODAY, WHAT BABANGIDA WANTED HAS NOW TAKEN HOLD IN THE COUNTRY, A TOTAL OUTLAW, CORRUPT, OPPRESSIVE, UNSAFE, MISERABLE, CRIMINALIZED, AND UNJUST SOCIETY.

BABANGIDA IS STILL FREE. HOW WOULD OTHERS NOT DO WORSE THINGS THAN WHAT HE HAS DONE SAYING THAT AFTER ALL NOTHING WOULD HAPPEN TO THEM? IT WAS DURING THE BABANGIDA ERA THAT DELE GIWA WAS BRUTALLY MURDERED, GENERAL MAMAN VITSA AND OTHER OFFICERS WERE ALSO FRAMED UP AND MURDERED, AND IT WAS DURING BABANGIDA’S ERA THAT ALL YOUNG BRILIANT NIGERIAN ARMY OFFICERS WERE ALL BLOWN AWAY AND BRUTALLY MURDERED ON THE NIGERIAN AIR FORCE PLANE FOR THE FEAR THAT THEY MIGHT CHALLENGE THE THEN EXISTING ILLEGAL GOVERNMENT OF GUNS AND MADNESS AS THE OFFICERS WERE LEAVING TO SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE. A LOT OF BLOOD HAS BEEN SPILLED IN OUR COUNTRY AND THOSE WHO SPILLED THE BLOOD HAVE CREATED AN EXTENDED FAMILY THAT HAS CARRIED ON WITH THE BLOOD SHED WHICH IS ABOUT TO PUT AN END TO OUR COUNTRY’S EXISTENCE.  SO MANY MORE DEATHS WERE CAUSED BY THIS ONE MAN, BABANGIDA. I KNOW THE HISTORY OF MY COUNTRY. IF YOU, YOURSELF, DO NOT KNOW THE HISTORY OF NIGERIA THEN YOU ARE LIKE A TREE WITHOUT ITS ROOTS. SO IF THEY WISH TO KILL ME BECAUSE I SPEAK, THEY SHOULD WAIT TO DO SO WHEN THEY SEE ME BECAUSE I WILL NOT RUN AWAY FROM MY COUNTRY AND NEITHER WILL I LEAVE ASHORE. EVEN THOUGH I LIVE IN A FREE WORLD WHERE THERE IS JUSTICE AND TRUE DEMOCRACY I AM ALWAYS HOME TO CRY, TO MOURN, TO STRUGGLE, TO SUFFER WITH ALL MY PEOPLE. THOSE WHO HAVE SEEN ME THE PAST YEARS CAN TESTIFY TO THAT.

ABACHA MURDERED KEN SAROWIWA FOR STANDING UP TO FIGHT FOR THE RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE AND IF MOST HIGH GOD DID NOT JUDGE ABACHA CAN ANYBODY SAY WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TODAY? EVERYBODY WOULD STILL ONLY FOLD THEIR HANDS AND WATCH. BUT I SAY TO ALL THE OPPRESSORS THAT THEY CAN KILL A REVOLUTIONARY BUT THEY CAN NEVER KILL THE REVOLUTION. A DAY IS COMING THAT THEY WILL ALL PAY, SOONER OR LATER. THEN OBASENJO AND CO. CAME AND FORMED A GANG OF CONMEN, THIEVES, AND MURDERERS CALLED THE PDP PARTY, TO ROB THE NATION AND ITS PEOPLE BLIND IN HIS SECOND TIME AS A RULER OF NIGERIA.

WE BRIEFLY HAD THE LATE PRESIDENT YAR’ADUA IN WHOM PEOPLE ALSO HAD HOPE BUT HIS TENURE WAS CUT SHORT DUE TO HIS DEATH AND WHO KNOWS IF THE PEOPLE IN HIS ADMINISTRATION GANGED TOGETHER TO HASTEN HIS DEATH AS HE WAS ALREADY NICKNAMED, DUE PROCESS, BECAUSE HE BELIEVED IN THE RULES OF LAW AND WANTED DUE PROCESS IN OUR COUNTRY NIGERIA, EVEN THOUGH THE PROCESS THAT BROUGHT HIM IN WAS CORRUPT AND HE CONFESSED IT AND PROMISED TO BRING A REFORM WHICH HE STARTED BUT IS NOW THWARTED BY PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN. PRESIDENT YAR’ ADUA’S VICE-PRESIDENT GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN, A STOOG, TOOK OVER AND REVERSED OUR COUNTRY TO A CULTURE OF STEAL, KILL, AND DESTROY. THE WORST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY IS NOW AS WE WATCH PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN AND THE RULING PDP PARTY BECOME THE JUDICIARY, THE INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION, THE PRESIDENCY, AND ALL OTHER BRANCHES OF THE GOVERNMENT HOLDING THE COUNTRY HOSTAGE. GOODLUCK JONATHAN AND THE PDP PARTY ARE CREATING A TOTAL TAKE OVER OF THE NATION AND THE PEOPLE’S RIGHTS FORCING THEIRSELVES ON THE PEOPLE OF THE COUNTRY IN AN ATTEMPT TO PERMANENTLY TURN NIGERIA INTO A ONE PARTY STATE WITH SO MUCH INSECURITY, UNEMPLOYMENT, INJUSTICE, OPPRESSION, DISUNITY, ETHNIC POLITICS, AND LACK OF DEVELOPMENT, EXCEPT IN A VERY FEW OPPOSITION PARTY STATES, SO MUCH SO IN ALL ASPECTS OF THE NATION AS HAS NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE.

GOODLUCK JONATHAN’S ADMINISTRATION HAS ADOPTED THE BULLYING AND SHOUT DOWN TACTICS AND DEMONIZING THOSE WHO ARE SPEAKING OUT – TRYING TO AVERT THE LOOMING CRISES THAT IS FACING THE NATION – IN ORDER TO BRING ABOUT THE RULING PDP PARTY’S PLAN TO RULE THE COUNTRY FOR 60 YEARS IN AN ATTEMPT TO MAKE SURE IN EVERY ELECTION THEY WILL MANIPULATE, RIG, CHASE, INTIMIDATE, HARRASS, AND UNJUSTLY ARREST THE OPPONENTS AND MAKE SURE THAT THERE WILL BE NO RULES OF LAW IN THE COUNTRY. GOODLUCK JONATHAN AND HIS ADMINISTRATION WOULD HAVE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE, ONLY MEMBERS OF THE PDP AND SO TURN NIGERIA INTO AN OPEN PRISON TO ALL NIGERIANS WHO BASICALLY WOULD NOT HAVE ANY RIGHTS OR A SAY IN ANYTHING THAT AFFECTS THEM AND THEIR FAMILY.

WHEN YOU WATCH AND LISTEN TO THE TAPE (http://youtu.be/U1gu0UTAH1E) IN WHICH JUSTICE FOR AKWA IBOM ORGANIZATION CAUGHT AKPABIO IN THE BRIBERY UNDERCOVER VIDEO YOU WILL HEAR WHAT AKPABIO SAID ABOUT THE PDP PLANS TO MAKE SURE THAT NO PERSON WOULD FIND JUSTICE AS THE PDP HAVE MADE PLANS TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL NIGERIANS ARE CORNERED AND EVERY ASPECT OF THE RULES OF LAW AND A FAIR HEARING ARE TAKEN AWAY FROM ALL PEOPLE OF THE NATION OF NIGERIA. MY QUESTION IS WHY ARE ALMOST 180 MILLION PEOPLE SITTING DOWN WATCHING A SMALL GROUP OF ARMED ROBBERS TERRORIZE THEM AND HOLD THEM CAPTIVE? LET’S BE HONEST ABOUT THE SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY OF NIGERIA BY ACCEPTING THE FACT THAT THIS PRESENT GOVERNMENT IS INCAPABLE OF ADDRESSING THE NATION’S PROBLEMS, BUT RATHER ARE MAKING MATTERS WORSE AND WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO BRING THE SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY UNDER CONTROL. ALL OF THEM, AS IN THE PRESENT GOVERNMENT, ARE CORRUPT JUST LIKE ALMOST ALL OF NIGERIA’S PAST GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN CORRUPT BUT THIS ONE IS THE WORST, AND THAT IS WHY ALL THE PEOPLE CAUGHT IN THE CORRUPTION SCANDAL WILL NEVER BE BROUGHT TO BOOK AND ALL THE ELECTION PETITIONS FILED ARE STRUCK OUT. FOR EXAMPLE, SENATOR JOHN JAMES AKPAN UDOEDEHE OF AKWA IBOM STATE, THE ACN PARTY FLAGBEARER AND WINNER OF THE 2011 GOVERNATORIAL ELECTION, VERSUS GOVERNOR GODSWILL AKPABIO; THE CASE OF BENUE STATE; AND ALL OTHER CASES IN THE COUNTRY. IN ADDITION, IN THE FORGERY CASE OF ENGINEER FRANK OKON OF AKWA IBOM STATE VERSUS THE CORRUPT AND MURDEROUS GOVERNOR AKPABIO, A CLEAR CASE IN WHICH THE GOVERNOR, INEC, AND THE PDP COMMITED FORGERY AND ALSO VIOLATED A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT OF ANOTHER CITIZEN ENG. FRANK OKON, THE WORLD HAS SEEN HOW THE NIGERIAN JUDICIARY, THE PRESIDING JUDGE JUSTICE KAFARATI, AKPABIO, THE PDP, AND THE PRESIDENCY ARE TRYING TO SUPPRESS THE CASE IN TRYING TO DENY JUSTICE AND A FAIR HEARING SO THEY CAN THROW OUT THIS CASE AND BLAME IT ON STATUTE.

AS YOU ALL HAVE SEEN WHAT HAS HAPPENED ON THURSDAY JULY 12, 2012, AFTER THE JUDGE, JUSTICE KAFARATI HAD ADJOURNED THE CASE FOR MORE THAN ONE MONTH ONLY FOR HIM NOT TO SHOW UP IN THE COURT ON THE 12 OF JULY 2012 TO GIVE THE FINAL JUDGEMENT AS HE PROMISED, AND AS OF JULY 13, 2012, NO NEW DATE HAS BEEN GIVEN FOR THE HEARING OF THAT CASE AGAIN. AS THIS BLOG SAID MORE THAN A MONTH AGO, THAT WHY THE CASE LINGERS ON IS BECAUSE THEY ARE TRYING TO DO SOMETHING TO DESTROY IT.

ELECTION WAS RIGGED IN EVERY STATE IN NIGERIA EXCEPT IN THOSE STATES WHERE THE OPPOSITION PARTIES ARE IN POWER. THE GOVERNMENT LIED TO THE WORLD THAT THE ELECTION WAS FREE AND FAIR BECAUSE THEY BROUGHT THE INTERNATIONAL ELECTORAL OBSERVERS TO PLACES WHERE THEY ARRANGED SO NO CORRUPTION WOULD BE SEEN. WE, JUSTICE FOR AKWA IBOM ORGANIZATION, WERE ABLE TO CATCH MANY ELECTION CORRUPTION, IRREGULARITIES, AND KILLINGS ON TAPE BECAUSE WE KNEW FROM THE BEGINNING WHAT PRESIDENT JONATHAN AND THE PDP WERE UP TO. BECAUSE THE REST OF THE PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY BELIEVED THE LIES OF THIS ADMINISTRATION OF A FREE AND FAIR ELECTION, THE CITIZENS OF NIGERIA WERE CAUGHT OFF GUARD.  IT IS A PITY THAT MOST OF YOU, THE CITEZENS, WHO ARE LIVING RIGHT THERE IN THE COUNTRY HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH THINGS HAVE FALLEN APART AND WHAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN IN NIGERIA. IF YOU HAVE ANY IDEA YOU WILL AGREE WITH GENERAL BUHARI AND THE REST OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE BOLD ENOUGH TO STAND UP AGAINST THE STATUS QUO, BECAUSE WHILE MOST OF YOU MIGHT CHOOSE TO BE COWARDS AND SIT DOWN THERE AND DIE RATHER THAN GOING THERE TO DIE, SOME PEOPLE WILL NOT DO THE SAME. AS SUCH THERE WILL BE MORE BLOOD, MORE TEARS, MORE SORROWS, AND MANY AFRICAN COUNTRIES WILL REFUSE YOU AS REFUGEES. MANY IN THAT COUNTRY TODAY HAVE PILED UP WEAPONS UPON WEAPONS WHICH THEY HAVE STOLEN OUR MONEY TO BUY AS THEY HAVE SWORN NEVER TO LET YOU AND THE COUNTRY BE FREE FROM THEIR OPPRESIVE AND CORRUPT GRI P BECAUSE THEY ARE AFRAID THAT THERE WILL BE A DAY OF RECKONING SHOULD THINGS CHANGE. SO THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO ARE STANDING UP NOW ARE THOSE WHO KNOW THAT SHOULD THEY BE CALLED UPON THAT THEY HAVE A CLEAN SLATE.

IT IS FAR MORE EASY TO KEEP A COUNTRY TOGETHER THAN FIGHING AND TRYING TO DIVIDE IT. IT IS FAR MORE CHEAPER TO TAKE CARE OF THE CITIZENS THAN TO FINANCE A WAR AND FIND A PLACE TO CAMP THE REFUGEES. SO TO MOST OF YOU, THE CITIZENS, WHO HAVE BEEN SENTAMENTAL OF THIS ISSUE THE DAY IS COMING THAT THOSE IN POWER WOULD DEPART THE COUNTRY TO REUNITE WITH THEIR FAMILIES IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD WHILE LEAVING YOU IN THE RUINS AND THE MESS THAT THEY HAVE CREATED. YOU WILL FIGHT TO KILL EACH OTHER AS IT HAS ALREADY STARTED FROM THE NORTH AND OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. YOU WILL KILL EACH OTHER WITH NO END IN SIGHT. IT IS SO PATHETIC THAT WHEN SOME OF YOU WOULD HEAR THIS AND THEN YOU WOULD REPLY WITH, IT IS NOT OUR PORTION. WHO TOLD YOU THAT? DON’T YOU KNOW THAT YOU MUST PLAY A PART IN THE THINGS THAT YOU WANT GOD TO DO FOR YOU? REMEMBER WHEN LUCIFER ROSE UP AGAINST GOD, GOD SIMPLY KICKED HIS ASS WITHOUT WASTING TIME, BUT IF GOD SAT THERE AND SAID IT IS NOT MY PORTION, WE WOULD BE WORSHIPING SATAN TODAY INSTEAD OF GOD. NOTE THAT GOD PLAYED A PART IN WHAT HE WANTED FOR HIMSELF AND THEREBY US ALSO.

SOME PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN THE PROCESS OF TRYING TO FIND A SOLUTION TO THE NATION’S PROBLEM WHILE YOU ARE ALL STILL STANDING ASIDE AND WATCHING. DO YOU THINK THAT THE GREAT GOD WILL COME FROM THE HEAVENS TO CHANGE THINGS AND RESCUE ALL OUR PEOPLE OR ARE YOU STILL WAITING FOR ANOTHER FATHER MOSES WHO WILL COME AND LEAD YOU ALL OUT OF THE HANDS OF YOUR PEOPLE WHO HAVE HELD YOU IN CAPTIVITY? DO YOU THINK AMERICA, EUROPE, OR THE UNITED NATIONS WILL COME TO HELP YOU? KNOW NOW THAT WHAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN IN NIGERIA WILL BE THE WORST CRISES IN RECENT TIMES AND IT WILL BE SO SAD BECAUSE GOD HAS GIVEN YOU ALL THE TIME TO STAND UP TO COME TOGETHER AS ONE TO TAKE BACK WHAT BELONGS TO YOU: YOUR LIFE, YOUR LIBERTY, YOUR FREEDOM, AND YOUR NATION. I HAVE BEEN PART OF THE STRUGGLE ALL MY LIFE AND I AM STILL IN THE STRUGGLE WITH YOU AND I WILL BE IN THE FOREFRONT, PERSONALLY, SPIRITUALLY, PHYSICALLY, MUSICALLY, WHEN THE FINAL REVELUTION TAKES HOLD. WE CAN AVERT THIS CATASTROPHY IF EVERY ONE CAN STAND UP TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE IS A CHANGE TO CALM AND APPEASE THE SITUATION, EITHER WILLINGLY OR BY FORCE. WE CAN STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING BY STANDING UP NOW AND LETTING THESE CORRUPT POLITICIANS KNOW THAT THE POWER BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE. WE MUST COORDINATE AS A PEOPLE AND TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY! THIS IS WRITTEN AND IT WILL BE PART OF YOUR HISTORY AS MY SONGS HAVE BECOME PART OF THE HISTORY AND THE PROPHESIES THAT HAVE BEEN FULFILLED. REMEMBER WHAT HAS BEEN HIDDEN FROM THE WISE AND THE PRUDENT IS REVEALED TO THE BABY WITH THE SUCKLING. TO MY FELLOW COUNTRY MEN AND WOMEN MY LOVE AND RESPECT TO YOU AT ALL TIMES REGARDLESS OF WHERE I AM OR WHERE I MAY BE. COME AS ONE AND THE NATION WILL BECOME STRONG. GOD BLESS NIGERIA AND NIGERIANS. ONE LOVE AND ONE HEART.

VICTOR ESSIET FOR JUSTICE FOR AKWA IBOM ORGANIZATION

Al-Qaida’s North Africa Branch Blames Germany for Nigeria Hostage Death


By Associated Press, Updated: Tuesday, June 12, 5:15 AM

LAGOS, Nigeria — Al-Qaida’s North Africa branch has blamed Germany for the death of a German engineer killed during a military raid in Nigeria, though authorities in Europe apparently complied with at least one of the terrorist group’s demands by releasing a prisoner it wanted freed.

German Edgar Fritz Raupach, kidnapped in January by gunmen in the north Nigeria city of Kano, died May 31 as soldiers launched a raid against the house where his abductors held him. Nigeria’s military later said it had no idea gunmen held Raupach inside the home and that kidnappers stabbed him to death as the raid began.

 Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, the terrorist group that claimed it held Raupach, issued a statement on an Internet forum this week saying the hostage’s death came only after the German government refused to negotiate with it.
“Your government gave the green light for the operation,” the message posted late Monday night reads.

However, the group, known by the acronym AQIM, had demanded that German officials release Filiz Gelowicz, a German woman convicted last year of supporting a foreign terrorist network. Gelowicz’s husband was among a group convicted of plotting unsuccessfully to attack U.S. soldiers and citizens in Germany.

German officials released Gelowicz from prison in late April on probation after she served two-thirds of her sentence. In May, an unsigned advertisement appeared in The Daily Trust, the newspaper of record in Nigeria’s north, showing a photograph of Raupach and messages in Arabic and English calling for him to be released. It remains unclear what went wrong in the negotiation or if there had been a demand for a ransom payment, which happens regularly in AQIM kidnappings.

In the message, first reported by the SITE Intelligence Group, AQIM also warned European governments to avoid “dealing in foolishness” during hostage negotiations, as that would endanger lives.

In Berlin, a government source said Tuesday that Nigerian authorities raided the house only in an effort to arrest terrorists, not as part of a rescue operation for Raupach.

“German authorities were not informed beforehand,” the official said. “Nigerian authorities have already (said) … they had no knowledge of the whereabouts of the German.” The source spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

Gunmen kidnapped Raupach from a construction site in Kano, Nigeria’s second-largest city, where he worked for Dantata & Sawoe Construction Co. Ltd. Raupach’s kidnapping came days after a coordinated attack in the city by the radical Islamist sect in Nigeria known as Boko Haram killed at least 185 people.

AQIM released a statement in March claiming they had Raupach, as well as a video showing him disheveled and asking in German and English for his country to help win his freedom.

AQIM had not carried out operations previously in Nigeria, a multiethnic nation of more than 160 million people split largely between a Muslim north and a Christian south. However, security officials and diplomats say AQIM has loose links with Boko Haram, a locally focused sect that wants to implement strict Shariah law across Nigeria.

Boko Haram began its terror campaign with gun attacks from the backs of motorcycles. Last year, it started escalating its assaults with a string of suicide bombings targeting churches, government buildings, and even the United Nations headquarters in the capital Abuja. The sect has killed more than 560 people this year alone, according to an Associated Press count, while Nigeria’s military and security forces appear unable to stop them from striking at will.

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Associated Press writers David Rising in Berlin and Mammoun Youssef in Cairo contributed to this report.

Judgement Day


To Nigerian Government past and present who oppresses the people, steals from the people, kills the people, and rigs elections and the Judiciary who commits so much injustice against the people: This is what happened to Samuel K Doe of Liberia for what he did to his country, and recently happened to Muammar Gaddafi of Libya, and also what happened in Ghana when Jerry Rollings made all the past presidents who held Ghanians in captivity pay for what they have done. The next will be Nigeria. The people will make you pay for what you have done against them unless you repent before it is too late or on that judgement day we will not have mercy on all of you, the oppressors of Nigerians.

Published on May 17, 2012 by 

“African leaders will never learn from the past; they tend to think and believe history and chain of events across the continent is only for a while- and that peoples agitation for good governance will weaken over time. No! Better life is a constant demand from the people and society. Injustice, war against the will of the people and anti-people programmes and policies by government breeds chaos.Poverty and corruption have no rules but good governance, political and socio-economic emancipation does – which is, the right to demand for them – and it is forever. The acceptable rule of good leadership is the institutionalisation of peoples oriented programmes – provision of good health system, education, energy, transport, water, education, housing, food and the rule of law. All of these basic necessities of life Nigerians are denied. Nigerians have been (still) impoverished by bad leaders laced with virus of corrupt practices for over 50years. The countries natural, human and investment resources have been plundered so much that the system is weakened, crippled and blind.”

Jonathan Sends Bill for UNILAG Name Change to N’Assembly


JUNE 7, 2012 BY JOHN AMEH, OLUWOLE JOSIAH AND MOTUNRAYO ABODERIN

President Goodluck Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday sent a bill to the National Assembly seeking to amend the University of Lagos Act.

The amendment is to give legal teeth to his decision to change the name of the 50-year-old UNILAG to Moshood Abiola University.

Jonathan had during his Democracy Day speech on May 29 explained that name change was to honour the late Chief MKO Abiola.

President of the Senate, Mr. David Mark, read a letter from Jonathan to members requesting the passage of the bill to give legal backing to the name change.

House of Representatives Speaker, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, who received the same letter from the President, also read it to the House.

The bill will have to go through three readings in both the House and the Senate and if passed, would put to rest, the legal question surrounding Jonathan’s action.

However, lawmakers murmured in the chamber as Tambuwal read the letter.

The bill will not be debated until it is raised for second reading by the House.

The President also sent two other bills seeking legal backing for the change of names of the Federal University of Technology, Yola and the University of Agriculture, Umudike.

FUTY is now to be known as Modibbo Adamawa University, while the University of Agriculture in Umudike, Abia State is to be known as Michael Okpara University of Science and Technology.

The Minority Leader of the House, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, was one of those who opposed Jonathan’s pronouncement when he renamed UNILAG.

His opposition was on the grounds that he (Jonathan) lacked the powers to do so.

He had argued that UNILAG was a “creation of an Act of Parliament, and unless the same parliament (National Assembly) amends the Act, the President’s action is illegal”.

The House also passed nine bills to give legislative backing to the nine new universities established by the Federal Government in 2011.

Meanwhile, UNILAG Press Club, has expressed fears that the renaming of the university may affect its funding by its alumni association.

President of the club, Tosin Adesile, said during a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday, “UNILAG is a federal university, but the alumni association plays a greater role in terms of funding. In the past, we made several appeals to the Federal Government requesting for a renovation of our hostels, more class rooms to be built, better laboratories. But all have been in vain.”

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