The Rich fool – Nigeria in a state of emergency

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“For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.” – 1 Timothy 6:10 (NLT)

At the retreat of Niger State senior civil servants organized by the state government recently for Vision 2020 aspirations, the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, revealed that the amount of money being spent to maintain our law-makers and perhaps including national political office holders are hard to quantify. The former president and current chairman BOT of PDP noted that it is difficult to estimate exactly how much a Senator takes home annually in the name of constituency projects.

 President Obasanjo further stated, “That the amount being spent to maintain the federal lawmakers is draining the nation’s resources and should be checked immediately. He warned that something must be done about this, if the fledging democracy is to be sustained. Chief Obasanjo noted that Nigeria could not afford to have a National Assembly that is corrupt and consuming a disproportional part of the nation’s resources. “We should look closely at the legislature so that they can be more open and transparent in the way they do their work. Nobody knows in detail how much it costs us to maintain a senator. I believe it is more than N250 million, he said.” He was quoted as saying: “We should look closely at the legislature so that they can be more open and transparent in the way they do their work. Nobody knows in detail how much it costs us to maintain a senator. I believe it is more than N250 million. “Compare what it cost in 1999 and 2000. It cost about $1.7 million. They come up and say something is constituency project, what is this constituency project? They insert it in the budget, they would find the contractor and the contractor would work for them, that is constituency project? They then accuse some people of corruption, who are not corrupt. “Now let us talk truly to ourselves seriously. We can’t continue to have a National Assembly that is consuming a disproportional part of our resources and then expect that we would be able to make progress. “They pass a budget that can’t be implemented, because it has to be beefed up to satisfy their whims and caprices. Even what the ministries did not ask for, they put it.” – Friday, August 6, 2010 Vanguard

 

The above narrative is a sad commentary on Nigeria. Even though, it is the truth most Nigerians know anyway, but hearing and reading it from a three-time former president of Nigeria is strikingly revealing. This may be the most important truth that the former president has told the nation and the people of Nigeria. It is incredible, almost incomprehensible and inconceivable how our so-called honorable law-makers, those who ought to be making laws for the development of Nigeria and progress of the Nigerian people are so dubious and have such satanic conscience to steal and drain the national treasury for their selfish desires. They drain the national treasury in the name of bogus rural projects, and yet nothing is on the ground in rural towns and villages to show for it. Our law-makers have created all kinds of phony projects to sap, steal and drain the national treasury.

The former president, Chief Obasanjo and off-course most Nigerian do not know exactly how much our law-makers and national political office holders take home annually. Can you imagine what kind of country we live in? No wonder armed robbery, kidnapping, killings; child trafficking, drugs peddlers, 419; false religion, satanic churches, and all sorts of atrocities are so rampant in our beloved nation.

Let me talk of kidnapping for one second! Kidnapping has become a national disgrace and international opprobrium. It is a scourge and national tragedy – evidence of a failed state and incompetent leadership. Innocent Nigerians are no longer safe in their fatherland. Nigerians are dying in thousands just to escape from Nigeria. Nigerians living overseas are afraid to visit or return home. Those who must visit for family or business activities – sneak in and out. Rural towns and villages have become a death trap for many. Armed robbery and kidnapping at gunpoint are now occurring at broad day light in most Southeast towns and villages. Oftentimes, these crimes occur at the gas stations, which are supposedly owned by politicians. Surprisingly, no one is addressing these issues. Our local, state and national representatives are just busy stuffing their pockets with whatever resources are destined for the development of their constituents. Yet, we have politicians who parade themselves as leaders. I wish they knew what leadership is really all about. Because of poverty, hunger, and illiteracy; majority of Nigerians follow and worship these criminals called politicians. Many have mortgaged their lives in order to get by. What a sad tale on our nation.

Many towns along the inter-state highways have been labeled as dangerous zones and the recent kidnapping of four journalists in Southeast forced the IGP, Mr. Onovo, and politicians to wake-up from their slumber. The Senate president in misguided response to the kidnapping saga called for state of emergency in Southeast region. He should be calling for state of emergency for the entire nation. Does he not know that kidnapping is an organized gang – a cultic operating with high handiness, which sadly was initiated by politicians? Today, it has gone wild. The uncontrollable nature of these crimes such as armed robbery, kidnapping etc., are evidences of a failed state, corrupt politicians and lack of leadership. The Senate president should be issuing an emergency call for the entire nation not just for southeast region alone. Nigeria is in a state of emergency just waiting to explode. We cannot continue in like manner. Enough is enough. This whole picture is primitive and uncivilized and no matter how educated or polished and materials possessions one has acquired in Nigeria, America, or in Europe- a greedy attitude stinks. We are greedy human beings and covetous people. Nigeria is in a state of emergency and in dire need of strong and courageous leaders.

It is very sad that the generation of relatively young and educated politicians representing us today in the both Chambers of the House is worse than those of the past in terms of commitment to the nation’s development and progress. Recently, the shenanigan – show of shame at the Nigeria’s House of Representatives made it to the YouTube in the World-Wide Web. An insider confided that the whole brawl began because of illegal or unjust manner of sharing Nigeria’s loot through phony budgets, allowances and projects. The Speaker, Mr. Bankole, an educated young man, who took over from Mrs. Etteh after the scandalous 628 million Naira house renovations, has stolen more than his predecessor because of his lascivious global tottering and youthful exuberance. He has been compensating those who oppose his corrupt practices with approval of funds for rural projects, which unfortunately end up in his colleagues’ pockets anyway.

If one may ask! What are these law-makers doing with the hundreds of millions of Naira they are receiving in Abuja for rural projects such as electrification, pipe-borne water, education, medical care centers and medical supplies etc? It is so sad to see or read how some low-level minded villagers celebrate these law-makers when some bags of rice are donated to the village. What a shame? Don’t you know that those representing you in Abuja should be helping your children to be educated and providing basic necessities of livelihood for you and your family? They are using your money to live lavish lifestyles, buy properties in Europe, America and now Dubai, send their children to the prestigious colleges and universities in Europe and America, while you and your children are poor and facing starvation, disease and death. By the way, majority of Nigerians do not see their local government chairmen talk-less those representing them in Abuja. Most of our law-makers sneak in like ghosts and leave town like ghosts. People don’t see them talk-less of rural projects. Most of our politicians do not know that the worth of any human does not lie in how much he has acquired but in his sacrifice for humanity and his bequeath to posterity – legacy.

The Holy Scripture – Bible teaches that, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” – I Timothy 6:10. Greed and covetousness are two major reasons our society is in such a despicable condition.

The current financial and housing meltdown that led to severe global economic crisis, in which millions lost their jobs were caused by greed of the human heart. Fear, doubt, worry, and anxiety are gripping the hearts of people around the world. Many are confused and concerned about the bleak economic and political situation in the world. Here in the U.S., the cost of groceries has gone up. Utility bills such as – water, electricity and gas are all time high. Wages are tight and shrinking. Unemployment is soaring. Taxes are high too and businesses are collapsing. Students graduating from colleges – even from the best universities are having trouble getting jobs to start paying their student loans. Personal debts are gone to the roof. Millions have lost their financial investments- stocks and 401 k savings. Relentless news of foreclosures and falling home values dominate the housing market. Anxiety and worry are high. The Tea Party shenanigans and current Arizona immigration law are all evidence of worry, anxiety, frustration and sheer greediness of the human heart. On top of all these, we have catastrophes: Haiti earthquake and man caused catastrophe – BP Oil spill in the Gulf, in a zone that is still recovering from the Hurricane Katrina.

Greed is the single reason for all human atrocities – such as poverty, hunger, crime, disease and all the social menace that destroy societies. Greed is being selfish and wicked. Greed is a sin that exist in the heart. Greed is an abomination before God and a grave vice and wickedness against humanity. It is covetousness.

Jesus, the master teacher and mentor taught on the viciousness of greed with a simple but yet powerful parable – The Parable of the Rich Fool in the Gospel of Luke 12:16-21. After his profound Sermon on the Mount- teachings on various subjects including murder, adultery, divorce, oaths, giving, love, law, worry, and prayer – Matthew chapters 5-7. To the astonishment of the disciples and crowd that followed him, Jesus began to teach in parables to illustrate the power and secret of the treasures of the Kingdom of heaven. In fact, most of the thirty-nine parables Jesus taught in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke centered on money and finances. The parables were filled with the language of business, the principle of investing, land property, banking, savings, interest, money, wealth, trade, risk-taking. The parables also taught on leadership, family life, government, church and off-course the kingdom of God. Most of the Gospel parables teach us the truths and secret about money, righteousness and kingdom of heaven.

In the Parable of the Rich Fool – Gospel of Luke 12:16-21, Jesus told the story of the Rich Fool to the disciples and crowd that followed him to illustrate the power and secret to overcome greed, covetousness and financial worries. It is a classic teaching of Jesus on covetousness and greed. Greed, the Bible teaches is an abomination before God. It is the act of a sinful and degenerate soul.

Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ “This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God” (Luke 12:16-21)

Someone in the crowd had wanted Jesus to instruct his brother to divide up the inheritance which was due him in an equitable way. Jesus’ point was that life does not consist in having many possessions. Jesus taught a powerful truth that the measure of any human being does not consist by how much material things that person had acquired but is determined by how much that person is making or giving to keep the family strong and make communities safer.

To explain further, Jesus told a parable about a rich man who continued to build bigger and bigger barns to store all his grain and goods. His attitude was that he would have an easy life because he had everything he could possibly want or need. God’s response in the parable was that the man was foolish because if he died that night, his goods would do nothing for him. They would simply pass on to someone else. Such a person is not rich toward God or to his neighbor.

Jesus went on in the same chapter to warn against worry and anxiety. He teaches that life is more important than food, material things, etc. Consider the ravens: they do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them – Luke 12:24. Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in his entire splendor was dressed like one of these – Luke 12:27. But seek his kingdom and these things will be given to you as well – Luke 12:31, Matthew 6:33.

The lesson Jesus was trying to teach his disciples, the crowd and people of this century is to guard against greed. The quest for earthly riches and material possessions are fatal behaviors that lead to eternal loss and damnation. King Solomon, the wisest and richest man that ever lived, said money, riches, pleasures, toil, wisdom, advancement, progress, prosperity – everything is meaningless without God (Ecclesiastes chapters 1-12). World riches, pleasures, power, authority, glamour and what have you – are utterly meaningless without God and concern for fellow human being.

Most of our politicians and rulers are rich fools. Recently I read where Mohammed Abacha, son of the late dictator, General Abacha is suing the Swiss to release the financial assets that his late father stole and stashed in Swiss banks. Through negotiation, he was given $100 million dollars but that was not enough for him. He wants the $3.2 billion Nigeria’s money that his father stole during his brutal and dictatorial regime. My question to the young Abacha is this- how much was your late father earning when he was Nigeria’s military head of state to save such monumental amount of cash? Second, why in secret Swiss banks? Third, what sort of business did he operate before or after his government service to generate such financial wealth? This same mentality is true of most military and political leaders who have ruled Nigerian since nearly 50 years including those who are still walking the political landscape campaigning to be president again in 2011.

Even the former president, Chief Olusegun, who is lambasting the senators for corruption; who will forget the monumental corruption and reign of scandals for bribe, tax evasion, embezzlement, looting and money laundering by his governors, Siemens and Wilbros bribery scandals for contracts, Halliburton, Chevron, Texaco, Royal Dutch and Bake Hughes bribe for tax evasion, the billions of Naira spent by INEC chairman that regaled PDP, the most fraudulent election in the history of Nigeria, the National Identity card project fraud, the N300 billion for road construction, PTDF looting, privatization of Federal Establishments to friends and families, trillions of waste in the energy sector etc., during his eight years presidency. In the last 50 years, Nigeria has earned nearly $400 billion from oil and gas without any evidence of it in Nigeria. Instead, those entrusted with public treasury are finding phony ways to loot it.

Greed, corruption and bad leaders are Nigeria’s worst enemies. Those vices must be purged and eradicated from our society if Nigeria and Nigerian must see genuine development, progress, and prosperity. Greed is voracious, insatiable, selfish and covetous attitude. It is an attitude of a person who has no compassion and lack of generosity for fellow human beings. Greed is the reason why Satan, an Angel of light and most respected Angel in heaven was dethroned. It is the single, if not the most important reason for societal decay – ethical, moral, social, cultural, economic, political, religious, and value system. It is the reason why our nation is in such a horrible condition. Greed is typical act of a sinful person. It is a state of mind and heart condition that needs to be purged with the transforming Word of God – not religion or spiritual hypocrisy

Nigeria is a failed nation and I must add that Satan reigns supreme in that nation. Today, Nigeria is governed by a group of selfish, greedy, egoistic, visionless, malicious, mischievous and treacherous political rulers – people with warped ideas, incompetence, and questionable character who continue to steal, kill and destroy the land and the people of Nigeria. Nigeria as a nation, according to the late erudite scholar and Nigeria’s former permanent representative to UN, Dr. Joseph Nanyen Garba, and “is going from a nation of hope, strength, abundance, economic prosperity and high aspirations to a nation which has become the embodiment of a degenerate society.” We are a degenerate race of a people. We are simply ‘educated fools’ borrowing from Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

Yes, OBJ is right. Nigeria’s political culture is a culture of impunity, greed, covetousness, money worshippers, egotism, avarice, envy, hatred, jealousy, immorality, idolatry, atrocities, ignorance, witchcraft and occultism. Political rituals, divination, astrology, sorcery, witchcraft, magic, and all manners of evil and satanic manipulation have become the order of the day in today’s Nigeria political landscape. Our government is an idolatrous democratic system and a totalitarian statecraft in which power is concentrated in the center. The political landscape is a perilous political environment that bares honest and capable people from running for political office. Political thuggery, cultist associations, satanic worship, violence, and killings are so rampant in our political space and culture. Imagine a nation with 50 political parties and over 250 ethnicities? What a national dilemma and political nightmare.

No honest person can risk dabbling into such secret political associations. In fact, in places like Abia State, no one can even be nominated as a state commissioner without entering into some sort of cultic and ritualistic worship. Nowadays, people who could not pass high school and first leaving certificate are being appointed state commissioners for education, health, finance, etc., in Nigeria. It is only in Nigeria that Senators earn 250 million Naira annually, while the rural villages and towns have nothing to show for the millions awarded for constituent projects. The same fools will rather invest their loot in Europe, America and now Dubai in landed properties, building estates, hotels and other businesses. We have really become a degenerate society and a cursed people. May God have mercy upon you!

Former president Obasanjo may have exposed our dishonorable law-makers by confirming what most of us already know about our political leader’s loot and illicit wealth, but this is just a tip of the iceberg.

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Governance cost rises, N21b for three presidential jets

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NIGERIA’S rising public expenditure profile swelled on Wednesday by another N21 billion ($154 million). The money will be used to acquire three jets to boost the aircraft in the presidential fleet.
The Federal Executive Council (FEC), which met in Abuja on Wednesday, approved the money for President Goodluck Jonathan to buy the aircraft.
Only on Tuesday, the Senate had approved the sum of N87.721 billion for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC for the conduct of the 2011 general elections.
The Presidency however explained that it is not Jonathan’s plane that was being changed.
Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media, Ima Niboro, who commented on FEC’s action, said: “Please, note that it is not the President’s plane that is being changed. It is some old aircraft on the fleet that are being replaced. The fleet services the entire apparatus of governance, from the executive to the legislature, judiciary, certain levels of the security services and more. This is for clarification.”
Also, yesterday, three ministerial nominees recently cleared by the Senate were sworn-in by Jonathan, who immediately assigned portfolios to them and redeployed two serving ministers.
  Those sworn-in were Kenneth Gbagi (Delta) as Minister of State for Education, Mrs. Yabawa Lawan Wali (Borno), Minister of State for Finance and Mrs. Salamatu Suleiman (Kebbi), Minister of State II Foreign Affairs.
  In the new deal, Navy Captain Olubolade of the Ministry of Special Duties moves to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as Minister of State, while the Minister of State for Finance, Remi Babalola, is now Minister of Special Duties.
  Also sworn-in are INEC Commissioners, Ambassador Mohammed Ahmed Wali and Dr. Christopher Emoga, as well as Prof. Dan Adebiyi as the Special Adviser on Policy Monitoring and evaluation.
  All the new ministers have assumed duty.
The weekly FEC meeting, presided over by Jonathan approved the immediate release of the N21 billion contained in the 2010 budget for the purchase of the aircraft.
 The deal was the outcome of negotiations between Nigerian officials and two separate business concerns from France and the United States for the three aircraft, with Dassault Aviation of France handling the supply of two units of new Falcon 7x Aircraft, while the Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation of USA is to supply the Gulfstream G550 for use by the Presidential Air Fleet (PAF).
Briefing State House correspondents after the meeting, Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili, said negotiations at the instance of the President culminated into a Definite Purchase Agreement (DPA), which was signed in May 2010.
She said the purchase price of the two Falcon jets was put at $102 million, while the single Gulfstream jet is to cost another $53 million totalling $154 million.
  Akunyili said the committee set up for the negotiation of the acquisition of the aircraft got a reduction of $2.9 million from the proposed price of the two Falcon jets and another reduction of $5.47 million from the offer price of the single Gulfstream jet.
  The minister explained that the first of the two Falcon jets would be delivered by the end of the fourth quarter of this year while the second Falcon and the Gulfstream jets will be delivered by the end of the second quarter of next year.
 “The sum of N21 billion has been provided in the 2010 Appropriation Act for the outright purchase of the two Falcon 7x aircraft and the one unit G550 to be delivered as agreed in the contract,” she stated.
“After consideration,” Akunyili said: “Council approved the purchase of two Falcon 7x aircraft and one Gulfstream G550 aircraft in favour of Messrs Dassault Aviation and Messrs Gulfstream respectively at the cost of $154.529 million. “
The Falcon 7X is the latest member of the Falcon family of aircraft and flies faster, further and higher than its predecessors. It is the world’s first fly-by-wire business jet.
The fly-by-wire control technology, adapted from Dassault fighter aircraft, adds performance and safety benefits, including precise flight path control, automatic trim adjustment, and basic autopilot functions via the side-tick control for setting the heading and attitude.
As at 2008, the approximate unit cost of the 7X was $50 million, while pilots who spoke to The Guardian, described the aircraft as “real machine” that flies higher than any light aircraft.
With eight passengers and a crew of four, the range of the aircraft is 10,556km (5,700nm), allowing non-stop flight from say, Riyadh to New York or from Paris to Tokyo.
With three engines, the aircraft is unrestricted by Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards (ETOPS) International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Standard and Recommended Practice (SARP) permitting twin-engine commercial air transporters to fly routes that, at some points, are farther than a distance of 60 minutes’ flying time from an emergency or diversion airport considerations across oceans. The aircraft flies at speeds above Mach 0.85.
Niboro, who fielded questions from State House Correspondents, after the FEC meeting, said the Air Force One being used by the President is not being replaced by other aircraft in PAF.
He said that the aircraft would not only be operated as a fleet, but would also be deployed appropriately to serve other principal officers of the Federal Government, including the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
“I have to clarify also that these aircraft are not going to be used by the President but what is happening basically is that it is being operated as a fleet and it is being deployed appropriately to serve other purposes, especially serving principal officers of the Federal Government, including, as the case may be, the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.”
Niboro explained that the provision made for the procurement of the new aircraft for the presidential fleet in the 2010 budget was informed by the need to gradually replace the aging aircraft in use by the presidency, some of which are as old as 18 years.
Indications also emerged in Abuja yesterday that the 50th independence anniversary would be eventful as Jonathan officially unveiled the countdown to the event on October 1.
In his address, at the event, jointly organised by DAAR Communications and Integrated Management Resource at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Jonathan described the planned celebration as historic and directed the countdown clocks to be placed in strategic places across the country where Nigeria intends to reenact the same event of lowering the Union Jack and the raising of the Nigerian flag 50 years ago.
“This event is to officially begin the countdown to the 50th anniversary, which will be celebrated on October 1, 2010. I have directed that the counting down clocks be placed at strategic places as a constant reminder of our jubilee independence anniversary.
“I dare say that current challenges notwithstanding, Nigeria has a glorious past worthy of celebration that should arose in us all the good things about Nigeria. We must rededicate ourselves to those patriotic ideas and creative potentials in us all.
“It is worthy of note that the event to celebrate our 50th independence anniversary is purely private sector initiative sponsored by Integrated Management Resources in partnership with DAAR Communications Plc, those organisations deserve our special commendation for the patriotic vision.”

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Nigeria: Collapsed building, accident claim 12 lives in Abuja

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35 trapped •NEMA urges people to stay away from uncompleted building

 No fewer than 12 people lost their lives in two incidents involving a collapsed three- storey building at Ikolie Street, Area 11 and an auto accident involving a trailer that crashed into about 14 vehicles at A.Y.A Junction, Asokoro District, Abuja, yesterday.

About 40 squatters were said to be residing in the uncompleted building when it collapsed around 5 a.m., trapping the occupants who included women and children.

Five persons, including a pregnant woman who later died from injuries from the concrete beam that fell on her, were initially rescued from the building around 10 am.

As at 2.30 pm, about 14 people had been brought out from the building and taken to the National Hospital for medical attention.

The structure, which collapsed at precisely 5:03 yesterday morning, is the third building to crumble in the territory since January. Seven people were rescued alive while about 35 persons, including children, were  trapped.

A combined team of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Nigerian Civil Defence and Security Corps (NCDSC), Nigerian Police, Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs), Julius Berger Construction Company, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and some foreign missions were involved in the rescue operations.

The building, a hotel, was said to have been under construction since 2001 and was later marked for demolition by the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) owing to the owner’s failure to meet required specifications. He was alleged to have added an additional structure making it a four-storey building as against the specified three-storey building which consequently collapsed the structure.

The owner was alleged to have challenged the matter in court  which lingered until the incident occurred.

One of the survivors, David Ibrahim, said his younger brother, alerted him  yesterday morning that there were vibrations around the building. On getting to the balcony of the second floor where they lived, they noticed that half of the structure was already giving way, prompting them to jump to the ground and safety.

Bruised all over, David said so many of their neighbours, mainly artisans and illegal occupants, were still trapped.

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed, condemned the incident and said the full weight of the law would be brought to bear on those that erected the structure.

NEMA boss, Dr. Charles Agbo, while regretting the unfortunate incident advised on the need for all the relevant agencies including the police, FCDA, to ensure that construction sites and uncompleted buildings do not become places of habitation for illegal occupants since these could harbor all sorts of criminals.

The agency in statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary, Mr.  Segun Imohiosen, said NEMA working jointly with other rescue personnel have been able to  rescue about ten people including a twelve year old boy from the rubbles on the collapsed structure.

“We have been able to  rescue about ten people including a twelve year old boy. These ten people are alive but other three people were brought out dead”, he said.

He said NEMA in collaboration with other disaster management agencies undertook a search and rescue operations at a collapsed building site yesterday morning as soon as the alert on the incident was brought to its notice

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Nigerian Politicians are stockpiling arms, Rivers alleges

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Delta PDP exco is intact’
Party faithful threaten suit in Plateau

THE Rivers State government has alleged a large scale importation of arms into the state by some persons for the purpose of determining the outcome of next year’s election. It has also accused some top politicians in the state of sponsoring miscreants to destabilise it.
Meanwhile, the Uduaghan 2011 Campaign Organisation yesterday denied reports of the dissolution of the Delta State branch of the PDP by the National Working Committee of the party.
The group’s Director of Public Affairs, Chike Ogeah, who stated this in Asaba, insisted that there was no reason whatsoever to sack the Chief Peter Nwaoboshi-led executive. Ogeah said the sack report was a figment of the imagination of the writer.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the PDP NWC has met and validated the Delta State exco,” he said. Ogeah urged Governor Uduaghan’s supporters and the party’s faithful to discountenance the publication. But the crisis in the Plateau State PDP may have deepened as the Prof. Dakum Shown-led faction yesterday threatened to sue the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) for extending the tenure of the Caretaker Committee which it put in place last year.  The Plateau State High Court had on April 23, 2010 declared the caretaker committee “illegal, unconstitutional, null and void” and consequently ordered the reinstatement of the Shown-led State Executive Council (SEC). But rather than comply with this order, the national leadership of the party yesterday announced the extension of the caretaker committee.
Piqued by this development, which it described as an “affront to the court and the rule of law,” the Shown-led SEC has written to the PDP National Chairman, Okwesilieze Nwodo, asking him to rescind its decision to extend the “illegal” Caretaker Committee’s tenure which the then Vincent Ogbulafor committee set up on August 18, 2009 or be cited for contempt of court.  Secretary to the Rivers State Government (SSG), Magnus Abe, made the allegations while explaining why security operatives arrested and arraigned some factional members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a Port Harcourt Magistrate Court.
Abe told reporters yesterday that the government had uncovered huge importation of arms into the state and briefed the police authorities.
According to him, though the government has always encouraged the politics of dissent, it would not condone any act that could breach the peace of the state.
Abe alleged that the group of persons who were arrested by security agents while trying to inaugurate a parallel PDP executive council  were being sponsored by some top Rivers’ politicians (names withheld).  
However, he stressed that the government cannot in good conscience allow anybody regardless of his status to operate outside the law.
Abe argued that one of the persons arraigned in court was once rusticated from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology for secret cult activities.

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Tension rise as Nigeria party (PDP) holds NEC meeting today

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PALPABLE tension appears imminent at the National Secretariat of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja as its National Executive Committee (NEC) meets today to take decision on some knotty issues affecting the party.

The sign that the meeting might be stormy emerged from the meetings of the National Caucus and the Board of Trustees (BoT) held on Monday and Tuesday respectively where several members complained about some recent developments in the party.  The two meetings endorsed the proposal of the National Working Committee (NWC) to tinker with the some parts of the party constitution perceived to be lopsided particularly, as they affect elections and the number of delegates to the National Convention and state congresses.
The party’s constitution as it is now confers some advantages on the sitting governors of the party but the present leadership of the PDP at the national level is of the opinion that such advantages do not provide for internal democracy and need to be fine-tuned.
But there was cheery news for the party yesterday as Governor Theordore Orji of Abia State returned to the party officially. Orji who came to the PDP national secretariat with his Ebonyi State counterpart, Martins Elechi said the people of Abia had been yearning for a true democracy and it finally came with his return to the party.
The party’s governors are also said not to be comfortable with the e-registration which the leadership of the party has introduced. President Goodluck Jonathan and his deputy, Namadi Sambo, did their on-line registration last week and the party intends to extend the exercise to all its chapters nationwide. However, the governors of the party felt that such practice would shrink the number of eligible voters because of the terrain of the country whereby some members of the party might find it difficult to access registration points which are some banks earmarked for the exercise. The governors are also of the position that the sum of N1,200 being charged for membership card is high for some people to afford.
The position of the governors, sources said, has been adopted by some chieftains of the party who argue that some states had tried e-registration for some projects in their states and the exercise ran into a hitch.
To this end, the governors of the party met in Abuja on Tuesday night to take a position on the matter. The Guardian learnt that they resolved to oppose the idea at the NEC meeting today. But addressing journalists after the meeting on Tuesday, the Chairman of Forum of PDP Governors and Governor of Kwara State, Dr Bukola Saraki merely said that the governors met to take a position on some issues.
“It is a discussion among members of PDP. We have a series of meetings coming up this week, BoT and NEC on Thursday. So, we need to meet and check some of our views and take a common position on some of the items and present it as a party’’, he said.
The Guardian further learnt that the governors are ready to ensure that the issue of zoning of the presidential candidate of the party for the 2011 election is not discussed because they believe that in view of the controversy generated so far by the matter, there is need for further consultations.
But the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Prof. Rufai Ahmed Alkali, denied any division in the party, saying that it was a unanimous decision of the party to improve electoral process in the country.
“I can tell you that there is nothing like division among NWC members. As a matter of fact, the NWC has never operated in a more cohesive manner than now. We act jointly on all issues and that is why a lot of progress is being recorded. The project, if implemented, will show Nigerians that we can do things correctly and transparently in this country’’, he said.
Meanwhile, Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji returned to the PDP accompanied by stalwarts of PDP in the state, including chairman of the reconciliation committee, Maj-Gen. Ike Nwachukwu (rtd); former governorship candidate of PDP in the state, Onyema Ugochukwu; former Minister for Foreign Affairs , Chief Ojo Madueke.
“Since 2003, we have not sat like this, but together we are moving the state forward. We want to install true democracy because there was no true democracy. A new dawn has started and we will give everyone a sense of belonging. We have been able to liberate Abia State and we should sustain it’’, he said.
The National Chairman of the party, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, said: “We went to Abia State looking for the missing rib and I am happy that it has come back. We are beginning to see a new face of democracy. The kind that is practised in advanced democracy. Things are beginning to change for the better. For this people to sit together is something to celebrate. This is a thing we can take to other places. We can disagree but not for eternity. Enmity is primitive and anachronistic. If you knew the gulf between them, you would know that history is being made”.
In a related event, barely a week after the Executive Committee of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Abia State Chapter was dissolved by the Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo-led leadership, an Abuja High Court yesterday restrained the national leadership from going ahead with constituting a new state committee.
The court reached the decision following an application by a governorship aspirant of the party, Reagan Ufomba praying it to order the defendants to maintain the status quo pending the hearing and determination of the pending suit.
Ufomba had instituted a suit through his counsel, Paul Eshiemomoh against Nwodo, the party’s National Vice Chairman, South East, Olisa Metu and Chidi Okereke over the dissolution of the State Executive Committee.
Ruling on the said request, Justice Kekemeke U.P. directed all parties in the suit to maintain the status quo pending the hearing and determination of the suit before him.
Also, the Bauchi State chapter of the party disowned the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed, as a member of the party in spite of his alleged declaration.
Secretary of PDP Caretaker Committee in the state, Alhaji Samaila Adamu Burga, made this declaration in a letter dated August 6 and addressed to the FCT minister.
The minister had on Monday organised a reception in Alkaleri Local Government Area of the state where he declared himself as a member of the party.
Burga said that the party in the state did not recognise Mohammed’s defection from ANPP to PDP because he did not follow the rules and regulations in the party’s constitution.

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