Nigeria bomb blast kills 10-year-old boy

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A bomb blast in restive northern Nigeria killed a 10-year-old boy and wounded 10 others on Sunday, police said, in an area repeatedly targeted by a radical Islamist group.

The explosion went off at around 6:30 pm (1730 GMT) in Bauchi city’s Tundunwadan Dan-iya area, a neighbourhood known for its cluster of bars and other entertainment spots.

Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamists, responsible for scores of deadly attacks across the north, have previously struck social venues including those that serve alcohol, although no group immediately claimed responsibility for Sunday blast.

“There was an explosion from an improvised explosive device concealed in a wheelbarrow which killed a ten-year-old boy and wounded ten other people,” said Mohammed Ladan, police commissioner of Bauchi state, where Bauchi city is the capital

“The wheelbarrow was abandoned by a man disguised as a grocery vendor at a beer garden in the area. No arrest has been made and it is still not clear who was responsible for the explosion,” he added.

The Islamists claimed a suicide blast at a church in Bauchi city on June 3 that killed at least 15 people.

The group also carried out a daring prison raid in the state in 2010 that freed scores of its alleged members.

Boko Haram has said it wants to create an Islamic state in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north, although its demands have varied widely as its insurgency has intensified in recent months.

The United States last month designated three of its presumed leaders as global terrorists and Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has faced mounting criticism over what some say is his failure to stem the violence.

The radical group, responsible for more than 1,000 deaths since mid-2009, has also consistently carried out attacks on Sundays, although typically targeting Christians worshipping in church.

Boko Haram has also attacked the security services and other symbols of authority in Africa’s most populous nation.

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Ike Omar Sandar Nwachukwu, Unfit to lead Nd’Igbo

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Et Tu, Ike Omar Sandar Nwachukwu!

Ike Omar Sandar Nwachukwu, Unfit to lead Nd’Igbo

by

James Ekechukwu

 

“Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular

way…you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing

temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.”

~~Aristotle (384 BC -322 BC)

Like most of my generation, I was peeved to read that ex BiafraNigerian General, Ike Omar Sanda Nwachukwu has lately been parading himself as a BiafraNigerian Presidential candidate for the “Igbo quota”. A sense of disgust and deep revulsion was triggered in me by this development in which Ike Omar Sanda Nwachukwu, a man who scandalously aided the genocidal Nigerian army in decimating his father’s people could have the nerve to announce himself as the Igbo champion. In as much as it is too early to determine how many “brown envelopes” have changed hands, it is, however, not in doubt that the branding process of Omar Sanda’s “sexy Igboness” is in full swing.

The general himself is taking full charge of the Sexy Igboness media blitz. I suspect he must have driven many sensible people beyond the erotic barrier when he blurted without provocation in his very first interview since announcing his presidential aspiration: “I want to place on record that I am proud of my roots as an Igbo man..,” (Vanguard 22/07/02) . Nwachukwu’s outburst was unprovoked for the simple reason that his interviewer NEVER asked his opinion and emotional attitude towards his Igboness.   Nwachukwu has since picked up the refrain of the post war “Obasanjo hates the Igbo” song. Obasanjo is anti-Igbo because he prosecuted a genocidal war against the Igbo and has carried on putting the Igbo down at every turn.  In the same vein, Ike Omar Sanda Nwachukwu is anti-Igbo because he fought a genocidal war against the Igbo and I’ll soon show that his post-war conduct has aided the hausa-fulani containment agenda for the Igbo. That is the simple and ageless Aristotle logic at the very beginning of this write-up.  Nwachukwu does not cease to be anti Igbo just because he said he is proud to be born by his father.

Every homo sapien has the filial right Nwachukwu has expressed in his out-burst. But the question Nwachukwu and his band of incoherent supporters should be grappling with is the one so aptly advanced by Kalu Ezera, a PDP chieftain in Abia State published in ThisDay 23/05/2002: “on whose side was Nwachukwu during the war” and even after?”  Regardless of the fact that Chief Ezera was pandering to the incumbent, Obasanjo, his rhetorical question chips at the very crux of the Nwachukwu discourse viz.; his conduct during and after the war. 

 


DURING THE WAR:

 

Ike Omar Sanda Nwachukwu fought alongside the heartless beast called Murtala Mohammed, one of the arrow heads of the premeditated pre-war massacre of Army officers of Igbo descent.  Murtala’s command was also responsible for the Asaba genocide where every soul that pissed against the wall was put to the sword.   Yes, Omar Sanda Nwachukwu was right there when unarmed Igbo men were gathered in village squares and shot.   Rev. Chukwuma who testified at the Oputa panel only survived to tell the story because falling corpses shielded his young body from the fiery bullets of the genocidal Nigerian mob.  In Emma Okocha’s “blood on the Niger”, we read that Ike Omar Sanda Nwachukwu an erstwhile Journalist dismissed this monumentally tragic event with a wave of the hand as in his own words:,  “they were too busy exploring ways of entering Onitsha and could not have come into contact with civilians”.    Yakubu Gowon has since apologised for the Asaba massacre which the author Fredrick Forsyth in his Biafran story agrees was enough ground to prosecute those soldiers for Genocide.    Ike Omar Sanda would have the world believe the Atrocities (apologies to Wole Soyinka: “The man died”) committed against the Igbo never happened.  Listen to the very inspiring music that drove Omar Sanda “the explorer” as wafted from the Radio Nigeria Kaduna and Lagos in those dark days:

 

“Let us go and crush them.

We will pillage their property,

Ravish their womenfolk,

Murder their menfolk

And complete the

Pogrom of 1966″.


It is possible that since the song was in Hausa, some Igbo without a good grasp of Hausa language wrongly translated “explore” in Hausa to “murder” in English language.
  Give me a break!  

 

Before the handful of Igbo jobbers and Hausa –fulani working for Nwachukwu accuse me of calling Murtala a wild beast, let me make it clear that I have only used a description which had been used by his friends.  It is a matter of public record that his erstwhile compatriot B.S Dimka is on record as having told a presenter at Radio Nigeria Lagos that he (Dimka) had just killed a wild beast(Murtala) that escaped from the barracks and was causing a lot of trouble to the peoples of BiafraNigeria.  There you have it, Ike Omar Sanda Nwachukwu walked and worked with a wild beast during the war.     Other commentators on BiafraNigeria issue are agreed that tyrant Murtala’s temperament was consistent with manifestations of chemical imbalance.  The guy was a psychopath and one might make some funny deductions on the Nwachukwu link from the maxim; “show me who you go out with and I could tell the sort of person you are”.   I have nothing but pity for all the areas of BiafraNigeria Nwachukwu claims to have marital ties with.  In the Guardian of July 28 2002, he gave a list of about ten different parts of BiafraNigeria where his brothers, sisters and nieces are married, not forgetting that his wife counts for two like his.  If the inhabitants of any of those places are tempted to think there is a gain that will accrue from their marital ties with Omar Sanda, they should take a good look at the ruins of Igbo land

 

It is a shame that Sigmund Freud did not live through the Biafran war, he would have given us the psychoanalytical insight into the mind of a man who would gang up with his mum’s kinsmen to wipe out his Dad’s kinsmen.  I suspect that this state of mind betrays a personality disorder worse than Oedipus Rex complex, which fuels a boy to do his dad in so as to have his mum.   I am only a humble engineer, not a psychologist, but, even the underground grammarian of New Jersey United States, agrees with my logika reversus in the caution that a man need not go mad for the simple reason that there is a war:

 

“And what a strange thing war is, too, most hideous of all human enterprises.
A mad monster, in whose service, however, a man need not go mad.”

~~ The Underground Grammarian

 

Let me quickly add on a very joyous note, that I have NOT come across any member of the new generation of Igbo who will not rather die than take up arms against his own blood.    I have written this because a shameless commentator would have the whole world believe that Omar Sanda’s hands were tied and that he towed the path of honour.  Nonsense!

 

What Ike Omar Sanda did during the war of genocide against the Igbo is Nso ala (abomination).  In ala Igbo the sanctity of human life is upheld so much so that a man who kills his brother by accident is banished from the clan for a season.   Therefore, a man must be plagued by acute identity crises to claim to be proud of his Igbo heritage and participate in the gruesome murder of his fellow Igbo.   A man who has no respect for virtuous Igbo norms and ethos should have no business championing Igbo causes.  It is very unfortunate that the handful of Igbo jobbers currently overseeing the NwachukwuIgboness project have failed woefully to grasp the enormity of Nwachukwu’s abominable conduct.  One of them is on record as alleging that the Igbo are being vindictive by referring to Nwachukwu’s war activities.  Nothing could be more wrong.  The Biafran war defined Igbo and BiafraNigeria and all the key participants in the war.  Ike Omar Sanda Nwachukwu chose to fight against Biafra, i.e., kill his fellow Igbo and we can easily enumerate the benefits he derived from doing so. 

 

If at the twilight of his existence in this transient plane he has suddenly realised the need to be “rooted,” the onus of repentance, penitence, public confession, acknowledgement and renunciation of his evil deeds is on him.   Then and only then should the Igbo talk about forgiveness and reconciliation.     When the reconciliation process has been accomplished, may I humbly suggest that Mr Nwachukwu retire to Ovim where he will be taught Igbo norms and Ethos. 

 

Mr. Ezera was right on the money when he stated that Nwachukwu’s allegiance during the war mattered if he is to be considered a champion of Igbo causes.  In Igbo there is a saying that:  “okuko anaghi echefu onye fere ya odu n’udu mmiri”.   Or as Emma Okocha of Ohaneze put it in English:  “If we knew that he fought on the other side, it’s a major negative on the backs of whomever that will come to seek an Igbo vote. Knowing that at the crucial time that Igbo needed sympathy and solidarity he went to the other side”(see BNW magazine; face2face with Emma okocha).  I rest my case.

 

 

AFTER THE WAR:

 

The first major post war glimpse the Igbo had of Ike Omar Sanda Nwachukwu was when the jihadistic despot called Muhammadu Buhari dispatched him to Owerri to signal the end of the Mbakwe era.  He was introduced as Brigadier Ike O S Nwachukwu and it didn’t take long before the older Igbo told the younger generation what “O S” stood for.  Even the toddlers in ala Igbo knew that the ultimate conqueror and feudal lord was in town.

 

Nwachukwu immediately consigned the more than twenty VERY IMPORTANT industrial projects the Mbakwe regime had invested heavily on to the trash can.  He was not concerned that the teeming population of Igbo youth stood to be gainfully employed in those industries, some of which were at advanced stages of completion.  Some on-lookers thought Nwachukwu’s actions was for very personal reasons, and since as they say, there are no smoke without fire, some of us decided to look closely.  We found that Mbakwe was NOT in the good books of the hausa-fulani oligarchy for the aggressive and assiduous manner with which he set about rebuilding the post war ala Igbo.  They were particularly peeved that Mbakwe had changed the name of the Specialist hospital in Umuahia which some soldier had named after the dead genocidal tyrant Murtala Ramat Mohammed back to the post war name: Queen Elizabeth Specialist hospital!   I challenge my readers to tell me of any record where Nwachukwu has said any kind word on Dee Sam Mbakwe and his remarkable feat in governance in the space of four years.

 

Nwachukwu brought with him an air of repressive and depressive despondency and the gloom was so thick you could touch it!  How he taxed the Igbo!  He imposed a so-called “survival levy” on ALL Imonites.  Men and women, boys and girls, from Primary Schools through to the tertiary institutions.  Having called time on all the laudable industries his civilian predecessor had initiated, Brigadier Nwachukwu decided to move the ImoStateUniversity from the multi campuses in the five senatorial Zones to a virgin site in Uturu.  He turned a blind eye to the Environmental Impact Assessment report from the site recommendation panel and said it must be at Uturu and completed within months.  Today people go to Uturu the University town for two reasons: To see the university and/or the gully erosion.  Some day it is hoped some smart Igbo among Nwachukwu’s handful of supporters will name the place: Omar Sanda’s grand Kenyon!   As one commentator in one of the free yahoo forum rightly said, maybe we should be thankful that Nwachukwu did not scrap the idea of ImoUniversity all together.

 

Retrenchments and forced unplanned early retirements were the order of the day.  I recall an occasion when Omar Sanda gathered a section of civil servants at the so called multi-purpose hall in Owerri and ordered those who had served for more than twenty-five years to stand on their feet.  The frail ageing Igbo obeyed the red beret army Brigadier and after a very brief lecture what became of their job status is anybody’s guess.

 

Innocent Nwigwe was the golden voiced senior news anchor of the BNTA channel 6 Aba who lost his job for writing/saying something the feudal conqueror did not agree with.  Today Nwigwe is a pastor in a new generation church in Aba.   I am not entirely surprised that some Igbo are rooting for Omar Sanda Nwachukwu today; for, even in those gloomy days some traditional rulers awarded him Chieftancy titles.  Who knows if those “trado” rulers who use titles as a begging tool are related to the individuals who are today giving awusa-fulani men awards for “exemplary leadership” after the wastage their leadership has visited on BiafraNigeria. 

 

Nothing is new under the sun.  Omar Sanda Nwachukwu thought Imo airport was a luxury project in 1984 and nearly twenty years later a Kema Chikwe thinks upgrading Enugu airport to a proper international status is an elitist project.   There is nothing wrong with Nwachukwu’s perception; then, he is entitled to his opinion of who the Igbo are and what they deserve.  However, it is wrong for Nwachukwu to claim in his Vanguard interview of 22/08/02 that “we built ImoAirport.”  That is a blatant lie. 

 

Alison Amaechina Madueke, then a navy captain, and Nwachukwu’s successor at the Owerri Government house initiated the Imo airport project.   Madueke himself an Igbo Biafran, did not see an airport as being beyond the enlightened people of Imo while being available for the largely uneducated and less travelled peoples of Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto etc.,  etc.

 

As the military governor of ImoState, Omar Sanda Nwachukwu continued with his disdain for Igbo life already well noted during the war.  He gave Imo people his kind of sadistic recreation, which was the sporty killing of hapless young Igbo male convicted by his judicial Bakassi, headed by a guy called Oyiudo.   The routine public shootings at the open field along Egbu Road in owerri drew jam-packing crowds.  You could hear the screams, shrieks and cheers from a long distance as the armed and uniformed BiafraNigerian soldiers (usually between four to six in number) took aim and fired at the unarmed emaciated frame tied to a long oil barrel filled with sand.  Omar Sanda being the genius he is, decided to encourage the development of his barbaric sport in the rural areas.

 

Yes, young Igbo male were to be executed at the village squares in their local government of origin once Oyiudo and Omar Sanda were agreed on their hurried bakassi style death sentence.    The innocent parents and relations of the condemned man were charged with digging the grave for their son before his execution.  Suffice it to say that it was a very traumatic experience for the Igbo who were old enough to know what transpired during the war where some Igbo were made to dig their own grave before they were shot.  Omar Sanda Nwachukwu violated and abused the Igbo’s sanctity for human life and he displayed a disregard for Igbo traditions, cultures and festivals.   Transport minister Ojo Maduekwe will bear me witness on this one.  The occasion of the New Yam Festival and “Igba – ekpe” in Maduekwe’s village in 1984 was the moment Omar Sanda Nwachukwu chose to publicly execute a son of Asaga, Ohafia.  The ill-fated young man was called Awa Idika Awa a.k.a “enyi-ebi”.  His pensioner father Mr. Idika Awa who had served the BiafraNigerian government faithfully for about thirty years was commanded to go and dig a grave for his healthy son.  Tufiakwa!

 

It is doubtful any Ohafia will ever forget that on the day their young men paint their bodies with Nzu (white chalk) signifying a peaceful celebration a man called Omar Sanda Nwachukwu decided to inject a crimson hue to their land-scape. The day the reassuring and nostalgic sound of the ikoro was drowned by the bullet of the agents of a man who has no regard for Igbo norms and ethos. It was a day celebration and jubilation was turned to mourning at the whim of a feudal lord who is “very proud of his Igbo heritage”.   Mr Idika Awa lived just long enough to conclude his son’s funeral.  Today, an Igbo has described Omar Sanda Nwachukwu as refined and cultured.  If this is how a refined person acts, then may I suggest that Jack the Ripper, the infamous serial killer of Yorkshire, is a cuddly bloke.  

 

Furthermore, if we must accept that Omar Sanda Nwachukwu is cultured, then we will have to ask which culture?  Methinks 7th century Arabian feudal jihadistic bloodletting culture.  Read my lips, Nwachukwu’s post-war conduct should not inspire confidence in any true Igbo.  It was a happy day in ImoState when Omar Sanda Nwachukwu shifted his bulky frame to Lagos.

 


The next time we saw Nwachukwu in Lagos was as the head of IBB’s bakassi tribunal when he handed down death sentences to Gideon Orkar and other progressive Southern and middle belt soldiers. Their sin was plotting to check the well documented excesses of the Hausa-Fulani in BiafraNigeria. I still remember the events of April 22 1990 as if it were yesterday. Orkar and friends had come so close that IBB’s aide de campe (ADC) was shot dead and the BiafraNigerian radio was captured and forced to air Orkar’s speeches. Students were already pouring out in the streets to herald the end of an evil era. But their joy was short-lived as the oligarchy had bounced back and by late that Sunday afternoon it was obvious to all that Orkar’s ship had grounded! The intriguing aspect of the whole saga is that it was old Hassan Katsina that summoned and accompanied the army GOC in Kaduna and the state Governor to the Radio station in Kaduna. It was from Kaduna radio that the first announcement was made that IBB was “alive and well”. The second announcement was from one General Iwueze in Calabar.


Iwueze was another Igbo who participated in the massacre of the Igbo, and Katsina was one of the arrow heads of the pre-meditated pre war massacre of Igbo/Eastern officers. You can check up more on Katsina at Biafraland.com under genocide papers. Katsina is Ike Omar Sanda Nwachukwu’s first cousin and he was the one that put Nwachukwu and Buhari in the army and steered their military careers right to the top. Ike Omar Sanda Nwachukwu was programmed from his youth to see himself as Hausa-Fulani. He has never been known to express any “conflict of interest” in the execution of the Hausa-Fulani agenda even when it means killing Igbo or other Southerners. His present introduction as a presidential candidate is part of the suave strategy of a waning oligarchy to re-invent itself.


THE IGBO AND THE PRESIDENCY:

 

In the midst of the present Omar Sanda Nwachukwu brouhaha, some genuine and concerned Igbo have spoken on where the Igbo presidency project is headed.  I refer to the masterpiece by Professor Ben Nwabueze as published in “This Day” of 26/07/02.  Professor Nwabueze writing under the caption “Igbo have right to Presidency”, advanced one of the major reason for the Igbo quest as the effect the continuos side-lining of the Igbo in BiafraNigeria will have on the psyche of the Igbo youth.  Continuing, Nwabueze made the following profound statement:

 

“…there is no going back on it,
whatever the prospects for success or failure may be.
If it succeeds, fine but if it fails, we will nonetheless
have forced our demand upon the attention of the
nation and the international community. “

Professor Ben Nwabueze “Igbo Have a Right to Presidency” in This Day July 26, 2002. 

In one swoop Nwabueze brought much clarity, focus and vision to the Igbo quest.     By alluding that the Igbo youth have a stake on the background, ethnic or otherwise of the BiafraNigerian President designate, Nwabueze has vindicated our stand that Omar Sanda Nwachukwu is the worst possible example for the Igbo youth with leadership aspiration.  An Igbo support for Nwachukwu will communicate to the Igbo youth that the path to the leadership of BiafraNigeria lies in taking up arms against your own blood.  No self-respecting nation inculcates such values in her youth and the Igbo should not be an exception.  On the other hand, the Igbo youth should be taught to appreciate the sacrifices of any Igbo person whether such a person rose to prominence in BiafraNigeria or not.  The young Igbo should be taught Igbo values; the sanctity of human/Igbo lives and the need for courage, fortitude and steadfastness for which the Igbo have come to be known.  It is time the Igbo youth are re-educated on the courage of our men and women in the face of danger.  Rather than waste useful bandwidth in free yahoo e-groups on Omar Sanda, we should be telling the Igbo youth about the heroism of Emeka Ojukwu, Philip Effiong, Alex madiebo, Ochiagha Oko Ebitu Ukiwe, Ndubisi Kanu, Alison Madueke, Chudi Sokei, Onwuatuegwu etc who rose up to be counted when it mattered most.  Like brave Horatius, those noble Igbo knew that:

 

“To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late.

And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers
And the temples of his Gods,

~~Lays of ancient Rome. Horatius, xxvii.by Lord Macaulay(1800-1859)

 

If as Nwabueze has said the Igbo are not bothered about the prospects of failure and success then I see absolutely no need for the servile posturing of those who want to foist a Hausa Fulani candidate on BiafraNigeria simply because he happens to have an Igbo name.    What the bunch of jobbers currently supporting this madness do not know is that Omar Sanda Nwachukwu is more than likely to fight “on the other side” should his quest for presidency precipitate a war in BiafraNigeria which may well happen.  The Igbo should continue to insist on the presidency and on the use of authentic voter’s Identity card.   If BiafraNigeria will go over the edge (long over due) by people insisting on ID card for voting, then so be it!   Anybody who thinks they can win and rule BiafraNigeria without the Igbo is a fool.  It has NEVER happened except of course we decide to treat the civil war as an election, which will please Omar Sanda and his backers since it would diminish the premeditated massacre visited on our unsuspecting people.    Professor Nwabueze did well in mentioning the international community.  The world has evolved a great deal since 1967, and it is doubtful that 40 million Igbo could be ignored or denied anything, Biafra included should we press for it.

 

It will be disastrous for the Igbo to send a Hausa-fulani stooge.  The real Hausa- Fulani and the Yoruba KNOW that there is a limit to which they can push the Igbo without a fight back.  An Igbo efulefu on the other hand, will be assumed to have come from us while he takes the liberty to violate and pillage all that we hold sacred.  Nwabueze has uttered the rallying cry for Igbo to stand up and be proud of who they are.  It was not the beggarly cry of a people begging for the leadership of a fallen state.  I read recently that Madiebo, the amiable commander of the Biafran army, told the WIC attendees that it is wrong to think the “snake” has just entered akrika.  Madiebo told them to look back to the Biafran war when in his own words the snake they now claim to see came and has stayed till date.  Madiebo should know.    He was fully involved before and during the war.  If the Hausa-Fulani do not want a true Igbo, then they do not want the Igbo.  It is as simple as that, and only inferiority complex will push a dynamic group like the Igbo to hand away the initiative of picking the right Igbo for the Igbo.

 

Finally, if I sustained a gunshot wound in the line of duty during the Biafran war and I lay bleeding, I’m sure I’d be praying to be found by my own people.  Now, I will be quite excited if a big “Igbo” brother whose nametag says “Nwachukwu” crawls over me.  But, when he gropes my neck with his left hand and raises his bayonet for a killing stab, I don’t know how I would feel.  Maybe, I’d have time to mutter: “Et tu, Ike Omar Sanda Nwachukwu!”

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Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
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Nigerian gullible 36 governors seek increased security votes, state police, to combat Boko Haram

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The state governors say more money is one of the things they need to tackle the rising spate of insecurity

Nigeria’s 36 state governors have tabled a fresh demand for a raise in the controversial ‘security votes’ which they draw monthly from the federal purse. The governors say this demand is a result of the escalating violence by the terrorist sect, Boko Haram, which has stretched routine allocations.

The state executives also called for the creation of a special intervention fund to augment their monthly security votes, as well as the establishment of state police as ways of tackling the crises.
But the bulk of the funds should go to states facing the onslaught, the governors said.
The routine security fund, a package the governors draw in hundreds of millions of naira monthly, has been criticized in the past as fuelling corruption since its deployments are never made public and not accounted for.
The governors met on Sunday night in Abuja under the aegis of its powerful body, The Nigeria Governors’ Forum, just after President Goodluck Jonathan’s televised media chat in which he, again, vowed to restore stability.
Bouts of violence flared sporadically in mainly northern states of Kaduna and Yobe for most of last week resulting in the death of dozens of persons. Fragile peace has been kept in place in the two areas by a crippling round-the-clock curfew that was reduced only on Sunday.
In the President’s interview, Mr. Jonathan reaffirmed his administration’s preparedness to implement a dialogue with the militant sect if its operators are known, in remarks that heralded no known fresh tactics. The president however said he would avoid public declarations since it had to do with national security.
In a statement after their meeting, the governors condemned the spate of violence and called for newer approach to dealing with it.
“Forum strongly condemned the current spate of insecurity and violence which has been drifting the nation towards anarchy and called for a multi-dimensional approach to security issues including enhanced coordination and collaboration among security forces, effective use of technology and intelligence, value re-orientation, employment generation and sincerity of purpose,” the body said.

They added that “state governments are currently overstretched in funding security and called for a special intervention fund from the Federal Government, especially to the States that are most affected.”

“Finally, the Forum identified the increasing need for State police as a strategy for combating the rising insecurity in the country.”

Okey Goodluck Nwankwo

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The Quality of a Good Politician in a Democratic Society

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The first principle of unalienable rights recognises that everyone is naturally endowed by their Creator with certain rights that cannot be infringed or given away. Amongst these rights are life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. In order to secure or safeguard these vital rights, “…government are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from consent of the governed” as declared by Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), who was elected as the third President of the United States of America (1801-1809). Constitutions are also made for the purpose of  securing, protecting, promoting good governance, accountability and welfare of all citizens-the governed. The government instituted among men is the elected representatives who are also known as the politicians. These politicians are required to implement social reforms and policy measures that contribute to the general welfare of the populace.

                 My little Oxford dictionary defines politician as “person engaged or interested in politics” and politics as “science and art of government; political affairs or life or principles etc.” Politics consists of “social relations involving authority and power”. A politician is defined as one who is actively involved in politics or one who holds or seeks a political office. A politician is an individual who is involved in influencing public policy and decision making in government. Politicians play a central role in our lives. They are the concentrated voices of the people that make all efforts to improve their constituencies and peoples’ welfare. Good and dependable politicians are delight to serve the people and consider themselves as servants and people their paymasters. They represent the hopes, aspirations and the interests of every citizen in the state.
         
               A politician’s qualities are his characters that are natural, while some of the qualities are as a result of  external influences. Promising politicians qualities are often backed by skills, experiences, intelligence, integrity, with instincts -all combined together to achieve their goals. First and foremost, the best quality of a politician is honesty, God fearing and loving. A faithful and effective politician is trustworthy and reliable. He must capture the essence of truth, display sincerity, candour and practices what he preaches. He makes decisions and accepts responsibility for his actions and his words. The same is true in his dealing with his people. He makes promises and keeps those promises. Somebody that people may be relied upon. Loving people with all his heart, might, mind, soul and striving to help them as a true mark of responsible politician. 

           Moreover, a fake politician, will after taking the oath of office with the Holy book and lousy thanksgiving services, use their power as an end in itself, rather than for public good, making them indifferent to the progress of their citizens. A good politician becomes the image of his creator. A good and responsible politician will give high regard for morality, law abiding with no tendencies to corrupt even a single cent or kobo. The greatest strength of good  politicians is deriving joy in serving people and not to steal tax payers money. They know that a fulfilling and meaningful life is created through service to others. To be an effective politician, your followers must have trust in you. And the very best way for a politician to build trust is to display good sense of characters and qualities composed of values, beliefs, traits and skills.

               Another important quality of a good politician is integrity and technical skills to handle those challenging assignments, fiscal matters, policies, plans, projects, ideas and initiative solutions to problems. Integrity is consistency of actions, methods, measures, values, principles, expectations and outcomes. It is doing what is right, both legally and morally at all time even when no one is looking. Since politicians play very significant roles in the administrative processes, especially having hands in thousands of   important laws and policies to their communities and country, they should be well-educated, modest, with experience in social welfare, volunteering or should have done some good work for the society. A politician should have a thorough knowledge and up-to-date information about the constituency where he is going to contest an election. 

               Sir Winston Churchill, a famous British politician who served as Prime Minister twice (1940-45) and (1951-55) once said that “ a politician must have “the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen”. Hence, a political career is meant for the people of high integrity and additional skills to achieve results and finding better ways of making life better
for the people they represent. Politics are not meant for dropped-outs, area fathers, thugs, assassins, criminals, illiterates god-fathers, inept, dubious and corrupt politicians. These person, apart from being greedy doesn’t know the importance of education and can never invest properly on it. Good governance, transparency and accountability will be eluding states and nations where these above mentioned set of people found themselves in the corridor of power. 

             An incompetent and irresponsible politician will make people to hang around his house like bees to honey to feed them with “amala”, “tuwo” or “eba”just for days. He prefers to give out expensive gifts, donations and bribes  from tax-payers money to win elections. An achiever will not need to do such things to win elections or people to their side in all ramifications. That is why you will hear people saying “Politics is a bad game of deceit and hatred”, “Politics is a do or die affair”, “Politics is a dirty business”, “Politicians are very sick people” and so on. It is those politicians of limited merits and capabilities that are bad and not politics. They cannot do more than their moral and intellectual capacity. A true democratic government is the best concept for the growth of any nation. A good politician enriches lives and feeds souls of many people and not making them to become beggars, touts, kidnappers, armed-robbers and fraudsters.

         A good politician should be of a well disciplined personality with selfless service to make live better for his people. This should be reflected in the community where he lives in all ramifications. Discipline is necessary for an orderly society and political life, without it, the social life would become miserable. A selfless service is putting the welfare of the people you’re representing before your own. Winston Churchill described it as “the first of all human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others”.   A good politician firmly believes in taking care and maintaining the community of his people. He believes that community service is about giving back. According to Theodore Roosevelt, “the most successful politician is he who says what the people are thinking most often in the loudest voice”. A person or politician who is with criminal background, or any links with criminals or whose allegations on corruption have not been cleared by the law court should be disqualified to participate in elections.

         Responsibility and party loyalty is another quality of responsible politician in a democratic state. A transparent politician is nearer to his people and meeting them to understand their problems. Only fake politicians are seen by voters when an election is near or change parties as footballers change clubs. As every parent has its responsibility to teach their children the principles of moral, culture, truth, sincerity to be self- responsible, so politicians need to integrate its citizens with importance of political responsibility and democratic values. A politician leads by example and knows his minimum responsibilities as an elected representative. A politician comes to politics to work for his constituents and not to work against them. He is the beck and call of the people and ready to listen to everybody. All these build a strong foundation for a dynamic society which will create solutions for any challenges, and finally develop strategies and political systems that will help implement those solutions automatically. He is quick to give hand to his fellow man. A reliable politician should be very loyal and committed to his party which shares his vision and goals. The value of loyalty simply depends on trust. A citizen should belong to a party with most brilliant, skilful, patriotic and dynamic  people with common goals and aspirations. Team work best when they have common goals, mutual respect and understanding of each party member’s strength. Politics is to unite and reach consensus and not to divide or create enmity among people. Power is only a product of collective action.

           Finally, to become a great politician or statesman, you have to use your talents, skills, experiences, honesty, integrity, challenges and constraints with the positive effect that we can have in touching other human lives. Politician must leave his constituency better than before elected. Greatness is within reach of a politician who consistently do things they out to be doing. He learns from mistakes and criticisms. It is a bad politician that will see that all the good is in his side and that all the bad lies with his opponent or just because someone does not agree with him, does not mean that all their ideas and solutions are bad. Good politicians show respect to the views and experience of others. Nobody has a monopoly of wisdom. He who aspires to be a great politician should have the ability to find and analyse problems in their constituency and  find the best solutions for all these problems.   There is no problem in this world without solutions. A good politician knows that simply giving consistent effort in the little task of services, social reforms, kindness or sacrifice in day-to-day life leads to true greatness of a nation. If all politicians make it a point of responsibility to develop and make life better for people in their units, wards, constituencies, states and regions-we will definitely have a great country.

Written by,
Adewale T Akande
Barcelona, Spain.

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Kaduna/Zaria church bombings: CAN, CHAIN fault Tambuwal’s comment on reprisal

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KADUNA — The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and the Kaduna State Christian Awareness Initiative of Nigeria,  CHAIN, have condemned the statement credited to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Aminu Tambuwal, condemning reprisal attacks in Kaduna following bomb attacks on three churches in the state, Sunday.

Tambuwal had in his statement said it was wrong for innocent people who were not involved in the bombings to be attacked in reprisals.

However, a statement by Kaduna State Chairman of CAN, Rev. Samuel Kujiyat, read: “Though, the suicide bombings unexpectedly, provoked angry protests by youths in Kaduna South and environs, resulting in some people sadly taking the laws into their hands and bringing about deaths, injuries and destruction of property and vehicles of innocent people, this is regrettable and condemnable in all sense. But the reaction of Aminu Tambuwal, appears to be diversionary and political.

“He tends to be only concerned with reprisal attack than on those killed and injured in the attacks against churches and Christians. It is unfortunate and demeaning to his office as a leader in the country to think in this way”

Also, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Pastor Caleb Ma’aji, CHAIN said it did not support citizens who take the laws into their hands and strongly faulted the reaction of Tambuwal on June 17  bombings of churches in Kaduna.

It said it was an unhealthy approach as well as deviating from the reality, which is Boko Haram’s insurgency against Christians in the country.

It said: “This is something every person abreast with issues in Nigeria is aware of and this has continued unabated. While the House of Representatives under the leadership of Tambuwal has failed to take any concrete steps to safeguard lives and property of Christians who have been killed in thousands during worship on Sundays, the Speaker’s statement seems to be more concerned about the reprisal attacks carried out by some youths which is clearly the result of continuous and unabated bombings of peace abiding Christians than the factors that caused the reprisals.

“Meanwhile, CHAIN wants to make a clarion call on government to work and bring to an end the attacks against Christians and their churches in northern Nigeria.

“CHAIN wishes to remind the Nigerian public and the Presidency that Tirkania, one of the areas a church was attacked, is said to be where one suspected Boko Haram sponsor was arrested and released and the case has remained unaddressed.

“The understanding of CHAIN is that the Presidency needs to clean up its house as we cannot be sure anything has been done to counter the increasing threat to the rights to freedom of worship of Christians in northern Nigeria.”

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DANA Air crash: Lagos begins Coroner’s inquest

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LAGOS — A Coroner inquest, investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash of Dana Airline in Lagos on June 3, which claimed no fewer than 150 lives and destroyed property worth millions of naira, yesterday, commenced sitting in Lagos.

The Chief Coroner, Mr. Oyetade Komolafe, sequel to the application made by Mrs. Funmi  Falana, granted the request to issue summon on the Aviation Minister, Mrs Princess Stella Odua; Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa-Ibom State; Dana Air management; security agencies; government agencies and some individuals to give evidence on the cause of the crash.

Mr Olisa Agbakoba, SAN and Mr Falana and Falana Chambers, had separately, requested an inquest into the cause of the air crash in line with the Coroner Law of Lagos State.

At the inaugural sitting of the Coroner Inquest at the premises of Alimosho Magistrate Court, Abule-Egba, Lagos, the Chief Coroner asked the lawyers to furnish the court with the names of those required to appear before it,  so that hearing summons would be issued on them.

Mrs. Funmi Falana, who represented one of the petitioners, told the court that in line with Section 32 of the Rules of the court, it was for the court to list and issue hearing summons on the relevant agencies and individuals, who are to give evidence before the court to carry out its statutory obligation.

Justice Lateefa Okunnu had following a request by Agbakoba and Falana, directed the Coroner of Alimosho District, Magistrate O. Komolafe to conduct an inquest into the Dana plane crash.

Mrs Falana told the court that the Minister of Aviation, who is in charge of the Aviation  Ministry and  Governor Akpabio, who said he had earlier issued a warning notice to the airline and others are necessary parties to be summoned by the court.

Also, a lawyer from Agbakoba aligned himself with Mrs Falana and prayed the court to issue official summons to enable the invitees give information on how to get to the root of the crash.

Others expected to be summoned by the coroner court as listed by the lawyers, include Assistant Inspector-General of Police for Lagos and Ogun States; National Airspace Management Authority, NAMA; Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN; the Lagos State Police Command; the Lagos Airport Command of the state Police; Lagos State Fire Service; Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, LASEMA; Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC; Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, and the Chief Medical Examiner, Lagos State Coroner System.

Others are the Nigerian Red Cross; six oil companies believed to have supplied aviation fuel to the airline— Cleanserve Oil, Sahara Oil, MRS, AP, Total, Conoil; the Nigerian Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers; representatives of the  Landlord Association of the area where the crash occurred; copy of the report of the Black box; Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority; Accident Investigation Research (Mr Tunji Oketumbi); Aviation Fuel Supplier; Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps; the relatives of victims of the deceased passengers and those on the ground and the surviving victims, among others.

The coroner, meanwhile adjourned further sitting till July 12, for the parties to be served with the summons and to enable the chambers of Olisa Agbakoba  prepare its papers for the inquest.

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Otedola: I wasn’t bribed to support Lawan – Rep Bello-Osagie

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Rep. Bello-Osagie, the member representing Oredo Federal constituency of Edo State in the House of Representatives claims to dislike Farouk Lawan’s perceived arrogance. He, however, seconded Lawan’s motion to delist Femi Otedola’s Zenon Oil and Gas from the list of indicted companies. In this telephone chat, he claims he was not influenced to do so. Excerpts:

WHen Farouk Lawan moved the motion to drop Zenon Oil and Gas from the list of indicted companies in the report of the ad-hoc committee on Subsidy Management you seconded him. Why?

Let me explain how these things work in the House. Before considering that report on the floor of the House, Farouk made an application through a motion to expunge Synopsis Enterprises Limited and Zenon oil and Gas that the two companies should be expunged from the list of indicted companies by the committee.

This Synopsis and the other one were part of the other indicted companies. But before the presentation of the report to the House, Hon. Farouk Lawan vide a motion informed the House that the committee discovered that these two companies were not part of the fuel subsidy scam and that therefore they should be removed from the list of indicted companies.

So the Speaker now asked him to move a motion to that effect. As usual the Speaker will ask for secondment after a motion.  He moved a motion and over a hundred or more people raised their hands to second the motion because we were all satisfied with what the committee did.

Then the Speaker identified me and then I now seconded the motion. The next thing the Speaker did was to raise the question, that all those supporting the motion moved by Lawan should say aye, and those against should say nay. Everybody said aye without a single nay.

As a matter of fact what is fundamental is that this saga came in after the consideration of the report. It came to limelight after two weeks that I moved the motion. The House had no knowledge of what was going on until last week for some thing we considered two weeks ago. So that was what happened.

But some persons believe you may have been working with Lawan and that that was why you seconded the motion?
It is only people who want to play politics that will say something else. The truth is that not one person said nay to the motion moved by Farouk Lawan that very day. I have been moving motions and equally seconding motions at the floor of the House.  This is not the first time and besides, hundreds of people would have done the same that very day. I believe we all supported the report that day not knowing that it will be scandalous later.

It is because the House did not have the information about the scandal if not there is no way we would have passed it. And now if they are insinuating any other thing against me, personally I am not close to Lawan. Lawan is one person that will expect you to greet him first before he greets you and I don’t like that kind of person.

Discoveries in the report
Again, I am not a member of the committee. Secondly we are not friends he is just my colleague. But I was satisfied like every other Nigerian about the discoveries in the report. A lot of Nigerianns applauded the report and we could not have done otherwise. It was actually based on the joy, the recognition that we have done something good for our people that I seconded the motion. We were all happy until this matter came up. If outsiders applauded them why can’t I applaud the report? This bribery scandal came nearly two weeks after the consideration of the report by the House.

There is no question of inducement, I did what I did because the report was applauded by Nigerians and that is the truth. Nobody could have induced me because I am not even close to the chairman of the committee, Lawan. He is just a colleague so it will be very wrong for anybody to insinuate that I was involved in the bribery and that was why I seconded the motion.  If I knew about the scandal, there is no way we would have seconded or even acted on that motion

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The Local And Global Franchising Of 419 Nigerian Churches

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To say that Nigeria is a 419 republic would be an understatement.  Practically everywhere you look there   is a scam. Whether in the government, the private  sector and nowadays even in the once hallowed churches,   there is an ongoing  scam every second of the day.  In the last few weeks alone, we have been regaled with a pension scam, the oil subsidy scam and the Farouk Lawan scam. To make matters worse, scamming has progressed to the trillion naira era.  But of all these heinous scams, the most sinister that should bother every right thinking person is the descent of the church and other religious organisations into barefaced fraud.  Scamming people in the name of God is the most vile, unconscionable and despicable crime that can ever be committed and serves as a pointer that the larger Nigerian society is fast becoming the biblical “Sodom and Gomorrah” which ended up in total destruction.    

Nigeria has more churches than any other country on the planet. In practically every street there is a church. They sing, they preach and most importantly they extort their church members who pay generously in the hope of getting a better life.  The first sign of the fraudulent nature of Nigeria’s churches is the corruption, deceit, greed, lack of charity, lack of humility, hatred, bigotry and vices that pervade a society in which you can find a church in every street.  Because the churches exist only for the purpose of extortion, none of the values of honesty, love, charity or modesty ordinarily associated with the church can be found in the larger society.

In other parts of the world, churches preach and practice love, charity and other general   values which are immediately noticeable in those societies from the leadership to the common man.  Churches also engage in extensive charity not only locally but internationally, using some of the donations they get from church members to feed  the poor, build free or subsidised hospitals and schools for the under-privileged, build feeding centres,  hostels and houses  for the poor and homeless, provide quick relief for disaster victims,  give grants to students amongst others.  Indeed, the church historically started the payment of social welfare benefits to the poor and unemployed in the United Kingdom sometime in the 19th century before the government took over that function in later years.  In other climes, churches also act as social critics, criticising the government and fighting for social justice. It is on record that the church led the struggle for the abolition of the slave trade; they also led the civil rights movement in America and campaigned vigorously for the cancellation of the debt of poor countries amongst others.

Nigerian churches are exactly the opposite of churches elsewhere.  In Nigeria, churches become or aspire to become megabucks 419 businesses. The pastors are millionaires-billionaires and many of them ride on private jets, all from the money duped from vulnerable citizens.  Some pastors even have more fleets of jets than the presidency. They build the most expensive schools and hospitals and run them as elitist business institutions that most of their church members cannot afford. They build housing estates for the super-rich.  They wine, dine and collect contracts from monumentally corrupt, evil, wicked, unconscionable, sadistic, psychopathic and satanic Nigerian leaders who preside over the pauperization, oppression, dehumanization and genocide of their own citizens.

Unlike churches elsewhere that used social criticisms to free their suffering masses and bring change in their respective nations, Nigerian churches are in bed with the very destroyers   of the nation. They never criticise nor stand in opposition to the government, rather they play along and partake in the corruption that has crippled the nation and impoverished the masses.  In spite of Nigeria recording the highest levels of poverty in the world and in spite of the billions the churches make, they provide neither charity nor aid to the poor masses. They build neither hospitals nor schools for the poor. Like every fraud, the ultimate aim of these churches is not to help the poor, propagate love and charity, nor to practice what they preach but to use deceit to dupe the hapless citizenry and profit themselves at the expense of the poor masses and wretched of the earth.  Once they make the money, true to type they join the oppressors, wearing the most expensive robes, suits and jewellery, flaunting flashy cars, flying private jets when even the Pope owns no jet and living in vast opulent mansions reeking of luxury while their church members and the larger society throng the streets in abject poverty.

The 419 Pentecostal church businesses have now become so profitable that it has become a franchise locally and globally. All kinds of shady characters are given licenses to operate and extort the gullible public and pay remittances to the head office. Across every street in Nigeria and across the world, in the UK, USA, CANADA, Ireland amongst others, these franchises are popping up increasingly, manned by fraudsters.  They engage in the usual hullabaloo and make a handsome living from the proceeds of the scam while paying remittances to the head office.  It is now time to callout these fraudulent churches and serve them notice. Thankfully, the awareness is growing.  It is either they reform and practice religion the way it should be practiced or face attacks and be run out of town!

Lawrence  Chinedu  Nwobu
Email:lawrencenwobu@yahoo.com

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From Humblebee to Cuckoo Fumble-bee – the metamorphosis of Goodluck Jonathan

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This is a hilarious moment for Nigeria. Of course, I am not mad. I am only reflecting on the period in time and circumstances we have found ourselves as a people. Not too long ago, Shagari was indecisive, Buhari/Idiagbon too serious and impenetrable, Obasanjo was too amorous and unforgivable. Now we have it. A serious comedian as president. Jonathan no go kill man for this obodo Nigeria! Mba.
I just dey play with my tumbra of gin tonic. The weather cold pass wetin son of man fit just manage with ordinary heater. My Igala friend suddenly informed us of the ongoing demonstrations by students of the University of Lagos. Oh, sorry! Moshood Abiola University in good old Lagos. My broda, I no fit laugh. I just tire for dis country o jare!!
Reports say the students no want de brand new name bestowed upon dem by His Majesty, Emperor Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. Jonathan has only exercised his right as conferred on him by the uncharted constitution of the empire called Nigeria. Me no even no why these students dey protest instead of celebrating their new baptismal name. Instead of allowing akpteshi and burukutu to flow, dem dey hala. Dis one no clear me, I beg.
Other reports indicate that students of nearby Lagos State University dey celebrate. Dem celebration no get anything to do with the fact of the re-christening of Unilag but for the equality inherent in such a merciful act by the new maximum ruler of the land. For too long, Unilag students dey hala and shakara those of poor Lasu. Now equation don dey equal. No more bush meats, no more Unilag swagger, no more pepperless. Gbogbo awon guys na de same now, se you know?
While my sympathy is naturally with the unfortunate students of Unilag, who after 50 years, have suddenly being dashed a new father, may I be allowed for once to ponder on the manner of the leader at the helm of affairs in our dear country. Jonathan’s metamorphosis has been unique. From a spineless Vice President to a lacklustre Acting President and then a “shoeless” presidential candidate and now an imperious President who makes decisions with scant respect for the feelings of fellow citizens and without due consideration for established laws. With his amicably deceptive mien, Jonathan has treaded where even military rulers have dreaded to walk. Examples abound, my dear friend. Let us consider those of recent memory. Pump price of fuel was hiked in the manner in which Unilag was re-christened. By military fiat (sorry, civilian fiat!). Soldiers were deployed to the streets of Lagos, were they not? Someone just reminded me that this is supposed to be a civilian dispensation!
The story of Goodluck Ebere Jonathan is akin to the strategic transformation of the Bumblebee. It is the story of how power intoxicates. May Shakespeare rests well in his eternal sleep. Goodluck was the Humblebee with the scary coat seeking pollens here and there as both the Governor of Bayelsa state and lame duck Vice President under the tragic Servant Leader. The Humblebee repudiated the humility of Servant Leadership. He became opportunistically fascinated with political power at the demise of the Master Servant. His transformation started and the Bumblebee was born. Political lobbying and jockeying, including manipulations and subterfuge created the less than desirable Bumblebee. This was a hairy creature whose underbelly was still ugly but appearance rather deceptive. He became the Acting President. In furtherance of his unhidden political opportunism, Jonathan went to Nigerians with a cock and bull story of a shoeless boy from the Niger Delta. Foolishness took over the land; the Bumblebee can be a dangerous animal. Votes were massively rigged. He was even assisted in this process by the political power house in Western Nigeria. Never mind that they would be one of those to later criticize him.
The Bumblebee got to power. His initial act was to surround himself with his syncophants, including his brethren from the Niger Delta. Uncle Reuben was even included in the despicable package. His acts became untidy and uncoordinated. Bombs exploded on Independence Day in Abuja and the Bumblebee went on air without even waiting for security reports. He needed to defend his brethren who just came out of the creeks. The Bumblebee got so immersed in the juices of power, those juices are sweeter than his accustomed honey drink. He reeled from one controversy to another, from indecision to indecision. Mrs Bumblebee also provided adequate support as she used her “umblellah” to swagger from one territory to another. The Fumblebee was surreptitiously borne, alas!
Mr Fumblebee became emboldened. He dabbled into insane territory and took psychotic decisions, all in the “interest of Nigerians”. Pump prices of fuel were hiked even though later investigations showed monumental fraud. Soldiers were abused by being drafted to quench civilian uprising. Mr Fumblebee went on air, threatening to eradicate the dreaded Boko Haram sect in 3 months. This was after he had numerously consoled Nigerians on the terrifying deaths induced by same organization. Mr Fumblebee, in characteristic manner, even asked Nigerians to learn to live with the Boko Haram induced deaths at one stage! Now, this latest joker on a supposedly Democracy Day celebration!!
Back to my bottle of Gin plus tonic. Me, I know for de students wey dey protest. Why den dey hala no dey clear to me. Wetin, Mr Fumblebee do wey dey cause commotion? For practicing his belief in the concept of One Nigeria? De way things dey go for obodo Nigeria, Jonathan go kuku name de university wey dey for im papa backyard after Nnamdi Azikiwe or Shehu Aliyu Shagari. Afterall, no be One Nigeria we call am? Me, I go just siddon jeje. I no partake for dis roforofo of a protest. Even as Jonathan and pidipin (PDP) dey make terrible efforts to sectionalize the evergreen legacy of MKO. Na God dey punish Nigeria with shoeless mumu presido. Comot for me, o jare!
De man no dey tire. He just dey jump from one controversy to another. Even Baba Suwe no fit make person laugh pass Bro Jona. Na Unilag today, God knows wetin he go be tomorrow. Abeg, make I watch my mouth as very soon Brother Reuben go remind us of the corporate social responsibility of Mr Fumblebee. Jonathan don Cuckoo no be small. Uncle Reuben take follow am. As Bro Jona dey cry take style collect bribe, na same style im dey take dey punish Nigerians for dem stupid error in allowing the travesty of his selection to stay. Confusion dey reign supreme for de land and Boko Haram dey enjoy killing on an unrestricted basis. Dis country tire me no be small. Dis one pass bad luck. Na wetin we wan call MAU (Moshood Abiola University) students? Moshoodites or Abiolarites? Someone suggested Maulag – an era of Mau Mau in Nigeria? Na den go choose, no be my concern. All I know be say, dis latest joke from Bro Jona na one kind peculiar mess. Penkelemesi indeed!
I beg pass me another tumbra!!

Warning:  Article is admixed with Nigeria’s pidgin English. Apologies to readers that may feel offended as this is probably the language the Emperor and his darling wife may best understand.

Olusegun Fakoya

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Nigeria will NOT emerge stronger – a rejoinder to an address by Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola

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Dear Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola,

I feel constrained to join issues with you on the fallacies contained in your address to the 38th Annual Conference of the United States National Conference of Black Mayors in June 2012 in the United States.

It is share fallacy and hypocrisy for you to stand before such an auspicious body and eulogise falsehood as the basis of your unfounded optimism on the future of our ill-fated federation. The basis of this erroneous optimism as contained in your address was the so-called transformation agenda of the present federal government. A transformation agenda that is littered with non-performance, deceit, corruption and a disturbing catch-phrase termed “irreversible”. If you had not been noticing, Jonathan’s government has assumed a pseudo-military toga where decisions made, no matter how unpopular or unacceptable it is to the citizenry, are often “irreversible”. Hike in pump price of fuel was “irreversible”, likewise the unceremonious re-christening of the University of Lagos. Alas, this is the transformation agenda that inspired so much confidence in you.

Dear Prince Oyinlola, whilst it is clear that you have no other option but to blow the trumpet of those who have provided succour and enrichment to your life, having actively sustained you throughout your years in military service and even through your deceitful participation in democratic experiments in Nigeria. Nevertheless, considering your age and the present facts in Nigeria which stares at all and sundry daily, it is unpardonable for you to continue to eulogise falsehood. In some circumstances, silence has been remarkably noted to be golden.

All through your years in the government house in Osun State, I had reasons to wonder at the type of leadership you provided for the ill-fated state. My concerns also stemmed from the experience of your lacklustre performance in Lagos State. No doubt you have been more than priviledged in life, the basis of which remains innocuous and very doubtful. The abundance priviledge conferred on personalities like your dear self can only be possible in an endemically infested country like Nigeria where corruption is the reigning king and truth has taken flight. All through the years, you have persistently failed to learn from history and endeavour to turn the stones in cognisance of posterity. By this I mean that you appreciated the aberration in your selection for priviledge by an abysmal system but rather chose to roll along rather than make amends for posterity. Despite attaining a very senior position in a military command, you lack bravery and valour in detaching yourself from the appendages of a heinous and condemnable political order, one whose tenure in history is very ephemeral.

Your address to the assembly of black mayors reeked of unbridled sentiments, a sentiment that would have been otherwise normal but for the jungle called Nigeria. You fantasised on the soon to occur emergence of Nigeria as an industrialised nation. You premised this forlorn fantasy on the “non-negotiable values of commitment, dedication and patriotism on the part of our leaders” It is either that you are living a complete lie, completely disconnected in the richness of your cloak of deceit or totally dishonest even in the face of reality. We as Nigerians are yet to be able to point to a leader with such captivating devotional qualities to nationhood (as you falsely informed the mayors) amongst the present crop of vagabonds and upstarts in power. You stressed on the fact that Nigerians “have not lost hope for a better tomorrow” Nothing can be further from the truth.

 

It is very sad that it would take eons for average Nigerians to impress on their leaders the extent of their agonies as a people and the forlornness of what tomorrow has in stock. It is a sign of the seriousness of the situation when after almost five decades of maladministration, mounting and embarrassing corruption and extreme socio-economic decadence and neglect, a member of our eternal ruling class like your self can go on a global stage to mount obscenities in the name of hope. As it seems not to have really sunk in for your ilk, we need to repeat that hope is a strange bed fellow to the average Nigerian. It is a word which connotes precious little to us. Hope was murdered when the basis of our federation was entrenched in falsehood and deceit. Hope was murdered when Nigerians with vision and grace were persistently denied the mantle of leadership. Dear Olagunsoye, hope was murdered, for example, when the winner of a popular and clean election was denied his mandate, clamped into prison and murdered even as a prisoner. Indeed, hope was murdered on many platforms in our unfortunate federation. It was murdered when Dele Giwa received a fatal present of a parcel bomb, it was murdered when Bola Ige (a serving Attorney General) was killed and his assassins still walk freely amongst us. Hope was killed when Goodluck Jonathan assumed the presidency and unleashed untold hardship on the citizenry. Hope was finally buried when the institution of the presidency was dragged in the mud on the questionable involvement of the Nigerian President in incidents of graft.

The Nigerian situation is akin to a cataclysm and hovers between insanity and depravity. It exhibits severe traits of throw-back on human civilisation by the sheer ingenuity of greed and corruption on the part of our leaders, immature and barbaric qualities that are probably found only amongst our ape cousins. One remains in awe at the capacity of human beings, nay Nigerian leaders, for greed and material acquisition. We pay the price daily for their unalloyed disloyalty and profound lack of patriotism. Nigerian leaders have made a mockery of everything honourable and good. The consequence is that we now stand the risk of bequeathing rubbish and depravity to generations yet unborn. We are actively laying the foundation of poverty and physical, mental and psychological retardation for millions of unborn Nigerian children.

Not too long ago, our national embarrassment was taken to other low heights when Reuben Abati redefined the concept of corporate social responsibility in the light of an act of presidential graft. I need to hasten to make clear, taking cognisance of your eternal rivalry and enmity with the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) that I write as an average Nigerian with absolutely no political affinity or loyalty. I am not a cliff-hanger and neither do I hang on the fringes of political loyalty. Like millions of poor and struggling Nigerians whose hope has been compromised by the evil acts of leaders like your dear self, I will continue to condemn and castigate our obnoxious and odious brand of leadership which cuts across all political parties. The present Nigerian president has encapsulated all the nefarious qualities of his predecessor. Why this became possible would be left to students of history but the fact remains that in Goodluck Jonathan, imbecility has triumphed and docility has bred stagnation, massive corruption and other unpardonable shenanigans. Jonathan would go down in history as the most unprepared president Nigeria ever had, an unmitigated disaster. I await the ferocity of his legion of paid foot soldiers on this.

Perhaps it is an act of providence that Goodluck Jonathan deemed it fit to make an unforced and spontaneous confession of an impeachable act of graft. He has never denied openly soliciting from a contracting firm “a befitting church” for his sleepy rural village of Otuoke. The company willingly obliged and constructed a gargantuan edifice for a village whose population is in hundreds. Reuben Abati with his doctoral knowledge interpreted this as “corporate social responsibility”. This was just one in what is becoming a tradition of the Jonathan administration. Another was even more scandalous and we still await Reuben’s analysis of this. In April 2011, executive pressure forced two oil companies (Agip and Shell) to pay the federal government $1.1 billion in settlement fee over what is now known as the Malabu oil block OPL 245 case. Four months later, Goodluck Joanthan ordered Yerima Ngama and a visibly corrupt Mohammed Adoke (the Attorney General) to make an immediate transfer of the paid sum to the account of Mr Dan Etete, a former oil minister and a convicted fraudster. Thereafter, the slush fund was variously distributed with hundreds of millions of dollars going to the president’s business associates, his cronies, and ministers. $523 million went to one Abubakar Aliyu, a businessman introduced to President Jonathan by the convicted former Governor of Bayelsa state, Diepreiye Alamiesegha. Both Dan Etete and Abubakar Aliyu are fronts for Mr Jonathan. Abubakar Aliyu in particular was the same man who bought NITEL property in Abuja for less than N1billion and sold it for over N20 billion to the Central Bank of Nigeria in a deal that saw the palms of several government officials greased.

Dear Olagunsoye, these are merely few in the long list of the many sins of Goodluck Jonathan against Nigeria and Nigerians and against posterity. They demonstrate the filtering of hope and the enthronement of eternal despair. It is unpardonable that one that should have shown more understanding and sympathy, having been once “shoeless” now stands at the peak of national despoliation and shame. I am not reporting Goodluck Jonathan to you; as such an exercise is fruitless since you equally left many skeletons in the cupboard of the government house at Ilesha. It is thus baffling that you could still stand and speak about hope at the international conference. It is even more mystifying when you couched Jonathan’s government is such superlative terms as a government that strives to “maximise the benefits derivable by the citizenry from governance through more effective and efficient use of public resources, proper financial management and fiscal prudence”. Come on, Olagunsoye!

It is practically impossible for Nigeria to emerge stronger in the midst of this avalanche of attacks on its foundation, integrity and progress by those entrusted with the responsibilities for its well being. It is difficult to see Nigeria emerge stronger with its persistent violation by day light robbers camouflaging as rulers. Nigeria cannot survive when imbeciles and sycophants dictate the tune of governance and above all, make economic decisions for millions of citizens. Dear Olagunsoye, your honest message to the assembly of black mayors should have been an expression of despair and a call for urgent help. We are tired of the eternal pauperization of our land. In your callousness, you only succeeded in glorifying mismanagement, irresponsible governance, poverty, despair and suffering with your unfortunate address.

While I may go on for days on the grievous sins of Nigerian leaders of which you are an inseparable part, yet wisdom dictate that I end this discourse. It is now apparent that we the enslaved Nigerians have to use every opportunity to drum it into the deaf ears of our imperious leaders our rejection of their brand of leadership. We are committed to use every opportunity and forum to make our voice heard. In the light of this, we hasten to dissociate ourselves from your deceitful stand that Nigeria will emerge stronger. A nation that breeds disgust and treachery on a permanent basis will always put hope asunder. It is very difficult for Nigeria to emerge stronger from all this mess unless there is a change of heart and change of leadership.

Dear Olagunsoye Oyinlola, I will leave you with the immortal words of Othman Dan Fodio. Truth is an open wound, only conscience can heal it. May the good lord save Nigeria.

 

Thank you

 

Olusegun Fakoya

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