KALU TABLES ISSUE OF IGBO MARGINALIZATION BEFORE BRITISH PARLIAMENT!!

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Former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has outlined before members of the British House of Common the level of marginalisation Igbo in Nigeria are subjected to. Addressing the House of Commons on Thursday, Kalu stated that it was time for the marginalization of Igbo to stop in the interest of Nigeria and the people.

Kalu told members of British parliament that in the 53 years of Nigeria’s history, an Igbo has only been head of state for six months, adding that the Igbo have the least number of states, local governments and get the least allocation and appointments.

He stated: “The implications of this calculated fraud against my people are so massive and go entirely untold: unequal allocation of resources, unequal voice at the Federal Executive Council, unequal representation at the National Assembly (the gravest of all), unequal participation in the administration of justice in the federation, unequal participation in the federal civil service and adjunct bodies, unequal representation in the armed forces and para-military organisations, unequal representation in the diplomatic corps ensuring incapacity in showcasing the Igbo culture as part of a pan-Nigerian culture in our foreign missions and embassies, fewer primary, secondary and higher education opportunities for our children.

“These structural disparities are constitutionally entrenched, thus their grave implications for Ndigbo are beyond the primary questions of inequity and marginalisation.” The former governor traced the problems of the Igbo to the early 19th century, when the British first explored the Lower Niger. “The rain began to beat us from January 1914 when Lord Fredrick Lugard completed the amalgamation of the northern and southern protectorates into Colonial Nigeria and became its first Governor-General. The Igbo did not have a say as to whether they desired to become a part of such a contraption or not.”

Outlining the things Igbo have suffered in Nigeria, Kalu recalled the Igbo massacres in Kano, in 1980; Maiduguri, in 1982; Yola, in 1984; Gombe, in 1985; Kaduna, in 1986; Bauchi, in 1991; Funtua, in 1993; Kano, in 1994; Damboa, in 2000 and the Apo 6 massacre, in 2005. He stated that although the slaughter of people by Boko Haram is yet to be documented, there could be no question that a disproportionate percentage of the thousands of victims, dead or maimed or permanently impoverished, is made up of Igbo people.

According to him, Igbo have been killed by “Nigerian Muslims who had been provoked not by any direct misconduct by the Igbo but perhaps because the Prophet Mohammed was insulted in Denmark by some European artist or because Allah’s name had been taken in vain in Los Angeles by an American satirist.” He said that it was in order to address these issues that Njiko Igbo, a pan-Igbo group was formed.

“A citizen of Igbo extraction has occupied the presidency or premiership or head of government of Nigeria for just six months and 13 days in the nearly 53 years of Nigerian independence. The presidency of the Nigerian nation has not eluded the Igbo by accident or by an act of divinity but by human design; and it is through human pressure that we can attain it. “Njiko Igbo is the catalyst and conduit for our collective action. We trust that you recognise, as we do, that power concedes nothing without a demand”.

He further explained that Njiko Igbo is an organisation dedicated to the struggle for the ascent of a citizen of Igbo extraction to the presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2015. “We are fully committed to the security and peace of our nation, and to the comradeship of a common justice and equality for all Nigerians. We are neither supportive of nor opposed to any political party or the aspirations of any individual politician.

Our primary mission is to enlighten and mobilise the Igbo population, both at home and in the Diaspora, to stand firm and united in the pursuit of our collective goal.” He used the opportunity to appeal to the British government to increase funding for special projects that benefit the underprivileged in Nigeria and Africa in general. He said: “The proposed legislation to reduce aid for health, education and infrastructure, among others, while committing more funds to war areas, such as Mali, with the provision of arms and ammunition will be counter-productive both in the immediate and medium term.

“Nigeria needs increased funding to meet our development challenges, the biggest of which is achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This intervention will bridge the gap between the rich and poor countries, thereby making the world a much better place for all of us and our children”

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Governor Akpabio’s Truthful Jokes

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 Akwa Ibom State Governor Godswill Akpabio will not cease to amuse me. He has a way of keeping his secrets really under wrap. One of such secrets is his 2015 senatorial ambition, which is the best-kept secret I know of. One distinguished senator told me a story early this year. It went like this: some senators went on a visit to Akwa Ibom State.
And typically, Governor Akpabio personally led them on tour of some developmental projects he had executed, and the governor is widely known to have done noble in the area of infrastructure in the state. Inside the luxury bus they rode in to go round inspecting the projects, Akpabio told them how happy he was in their company. According to the story, he then informed the senators he would join them in the Senate come 2015, thus hinting at his senatorial ambition. One of the senators in the bus was Aloysius Etuk, the man the governor would replace in the Senate if he won in 2015. The senators were flustered, Etuk was thrown off balance; Akpabio himself was embarrassed.

If that was a slip, Akpabio repeated the same thing again last weekend, though he claimed he was joking. It was at the 20th year remembrance of governor  of defunct South-eastern State, Brig. Gen. Udoakaha Esuene, in Eket and in attendance were many prominent people including some senators. Akapabio said the same Senator Etuk would be his campaign manager for his 2015 senatorial plan. “This is the first time the senators are going to know that Senator Aloysious Etuk will be my campaign manager during the senatorial election in 2015,” he said. Now, Governor Akpabio is entitled to his 2015 ambition.

He has done nothing wrong by wanting to be like his colleague governors who covet moving to the Senate after their governorship tenure as the best form of political ascendancy. Apart from sitting as governor up till the time of the election in 2015, the political indices are stacked heavily against Etuk as I understand Akpabio is also from the majority Annang stock in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial district, which Etuk represents at present in the Senate.

Etuk is from Ikono local government area, an Ibibio speaking area, but a minority in that senatorial district. As I said, Akpabio is entitled to his ambition and though I’m not trying to stoke ethnic fire in any way, but methinks the governor shouldn’t be oppressing Etuk the way he is doing. Or if that is not plain oppression, I don’t know what it is.

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AD: We’ve Never Been Part of APC

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 The Alliance for Democracy (AD) has denounced a statement made by a factional leader of the party, Chief Micheal Koleoso at the National convention of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) to the effect that AD has joined the opposition merger.

The party in a statement issued Saturday by its National Secretary, Mr. Rafiu Salau, described as misleading the impression created that AD is participating in the talks for the formation of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

"This is to inform the public that AD is not involved in the merger process to form APC by some political parties. The party has not at any time received an invitation to participate in the merger.

"It is amazing that Chief Micheal  Koleoso, a political leader of the ACN in Oyo state,  masqueraded as the chairman of AD at the convention of ACN and made a mock statement that the great party was involved in the merger plan. The party hereby denounces Chief Micheal Koleoso. He is not an AD member.”

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Basketmouth’s Reaction To Jonathan’s Government Romance With Boko Haram

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Below is how comedian Basketmouth related the Boston bombing incident that happened in the United States of America and the way President Goodluck Jonathan is ‘romancing’ Boko Haram:

“Those who tried to Terrorise Us failed bcos America has refused to be Terrorised”……Barak Obama

4 days after the Boston Marathon Bombings, the FBI and state Police in Boston have apprehended the 2 bombers; One dead and one seriously injured.\=D/

Just 4 days? That’s unfair now!, they didn’t set up a 26-man Committee? American Government didn’t propose Amnesty/retrain those bombers by sending them abroad? What happened to giving them and their backers state pardon? Haba! How many people did they even kill sef?

Why did Obama go to visit the victims family without wearing a bullet proof vest? This OBAMA sef, he does not know how to govern or deal with terrorists! Pampering them is the way to go not “getting them”. He did not even fix monthly allowance for other possible Bombers to cool their temper….Hmmmmm?

America simply sent their Law Enforcement Agencies, paid with tax payers money and they did what they are paid and trained to do….bring the criminals to Justice! In just 4days.(y)

I think our Federal Government should set up a ‘committee’ to look into American Government to stop making ‘Us’ look like we don’t know how to fight Terrorism

SOURCE: 247nigerianewsupdate

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NIGERIA: ACN, CPC NEED NOT BEGRUDGE PDP

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 THE PRESIDENTIAL 32 STATES ORDER IS A WAKE-UP CALL ON THEM TO FIRM UP THEIR MERGER PLAN

Anyone who knows the octopus that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party was at inception in 1998 would marvel at what has become of the party. It was because of its sheer size that its founding fathers adopted an umbrella as its logo, perhaps as a reference to its readiness to protect its large army of members and sympathizers. Now, the party that was home to the major gladiators across the length and breadth of the country at birth has shrunk in size and potency and is now a shadow of its former self. But still, the party is holding the reins of power at the centre in Abuja, and holds sway in a majority of the states (23).

It was former chairman Prince Vincent Ogbulafor who predicted the PDP would rule for 60 years. Perhaps in ruling for that long, Bamanga Tukur, the present chairman of the party, has upped the ante. He said the party would win at least 32 states in 2015 (see quote on top of this page).

The PDP chairman spoke when some members of the party’s caucus visited him at his residence in Abuja. He said that was the mandate given the party leadership by President Jonathan. The opposition Action Congress of Nigeria has scoffed at that statement, saying it was wishful thinking and that the ruling party was living in a fool’s paradise.

The cerebral ACN National Publicity Secretary Lai Mohammed (Leadership Newspaper Politician of the Year 2012) said: “President Jonathan and Tukur are going to wake up one day and discover that they have been leaving in fools’ paradise. They will discover that the people deserted them a long time ago”. The Congress for Progressive Change and All Nigeria Peoples Party have also lambasted PDP for the statement.

Though I laughed when I heard of that challenge, but I think we shouldn’t resent PDP; the opposition parties shouldn’t begrudge the ruling party for sticking to its presidential mandate. It’s the party’s right to be adventurous, to be ambitious, to build its castle in the air. It’s perfect and normal. But let the party fix the Boko Haram problem and the growing security challenge across the country, make electricity stable for the people and provide jobs for the teeming unemployed graduates among others.

The party should then move to put its house in order and resolve the leadership crisis plaguing it across the states and Abuja before hoping to capture 32 states. As for the opposition parties that are talking merger in order to wrestle power from PDP, the presidential directive to PDP should be seen as a challenge on them to hasten up their merger arrangements, solidify their camp and hit the ground running with their programmes and candidates that would provide a credible alternative to the people. That should be the only perfect response to the presidential directive.

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NIGERIA: A’Court Dismisses ACN Appeal

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The Court of Appeal, Akure yesterday dismissed an appeal by the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) governorship candidate in the last October Election in Ondo State, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, seeking to nullify the Election Petition Tribunal’s ruling which refused the electronic demonstration of the 2011 and 2012 voters’ registers.

The Justice Andovar Ka’kan-led Tribunal had on 25th February, 2013 refused an application by Akeredolu to allow his witness to demonstrate the contents of the two registers to prove alleged multiple registrations and voting during the poll.

In a unanimous judgment of the five-man panel read by Justice Jombo-Offor, the court said the appellant was attempting to overreach and ambush the respondents by bringing in the application at that stage when the respondents would have no opportunity of replying.

Citing the case of Orji v Ugochukwu, the judge said the appellants cannot at reply brief bring in such facts which he ought to have pleaded in the main petition to remove element of surprise and give the respondents time to reply. 

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CD urges Gov. Obi to rescind decision on $75 million loan

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The Campaign for Democracy (CD), South-East Region has urged Gov. Peter Obi of Anambra to rescind his decision to borrow $75 million (N12 billion) loan for erosion and flood control.

This was contained in a statement issued to newsmen by CD in Onitsha, Anambra on Saturday.

The statement was signed by Dede Uzor A. Uzor, Chairman, CD South-East Region.

It would be recalled that immediately after the flood disaster, which affected Anambra State and other states; the Federal Government gave Anambra government N500 million for its post-flood rehabilitation.

“And from our records, Anambra State had not utilize up to N100 million from the N500 million released to it by the Federal Government.

“It is very unfathomed and unnecessary for Gov. Obi to go ahead to borrow this amount of money even as his administration had been doing well managing the state lean resources for over six years now,’’ it said.

CD, however, recalled that the governor during his election campaign did promise the good people of Anambra that he would not borrow a kobo to run the state affairs; adding: “Any time I borrow or school children go on strike, I would resign’’.

“Now that there is high rate of unemployment, which had accumulated into insecurity in Anambra; we urge the governor to reduce crime by opening more workplaces to engage the youths.

“Instead of embarking on this excessive venture of borrow such a huge amount of money.

“We urge him to do with and manage the ecological funds given to him by the Federal Government to tackle the erosion menace but dealing squarely with security and job creation issues.

“The borrowing would bankrupt the state and damaged its economy further,’’ it said.

The statement further said that any further action to access the loan would lead to a massive protest by civil society groups in the state against the state government.

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Minister Denies Masterminding Sack of NEMA Spokesman

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The Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has denied having a hand in the sack of the spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Yushaib Shuaib.

There have been allegations that the minister masterminded the sack of Shuaib because of an article he wrote recently where he was said to have unravelled shady deals and  illicit activities  of the minister at the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS).
However,   Special Adviser to the Minister, Mr.  Paul Nwabuikwu, said the reports and allegations were false and unfair. He declared that the minister was the one being oppressed.

“Mr Shuaib accused her of pursuing an ethnic agenda in appointments. But those he mentioned as beneficiaries of the so called agenda are people who were already in office before she returned as minister. So she is the victim of a serial campaign based on lies sponsored by people, who are angry that due process rather than politics is being upheld in the recruitment of a new chair for FIRS.
"But we believe that every part of this country has brilliant people, who have what it takes to go through a competitive process and perform well at any level. No part of Nigeria has a monopoly of capable people. Our history confirms so.

"To invoke the tragic events of 1966 based on these lies so flippantly as he did in the article is indeed unfortunate,” Nwabuikwu said.

He further explained that  the  minister did not give any order for anyone to lose his job, saying she has no power to order another minister to fire anybody.

“If the gentleman is going through some internal processes, it is not her doing. She is too busy with her portfolio to get involved in such things.

"Okonjo-Iweala is a humane and compassionate person and has no interest in making any one lose his job. She is very forgiving and I know whatever she can do to help even the undeserving she will do it. The many people who have hurt her know that,” he concluded.

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Group Urges EFCC to Probe Ebonyi’s N40billion Debt

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 Citizens of Ebonyi State, under the aegis of Concerned Citizens of Ebonyi, have raised an alarm over the huge debt problem currently being faced by the state, calling on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to immediately probe the administrators of the states resources.

President of the group, Mr. Elechi Ikeburu, in a statement, stressed that the state’s debt situation was more alarming because there were no tangible infrastructural development projects that have been completed to march the huge debt profile.

“It is unthinkable that Ebonyi State will have such huge debt without corresponding evidence of completed projects carried out in the state,” Ikeburu said in the statement.

Ebonyi State led the list of states in the country that failed the domestic debt sustainability analysis undertaken by the Debt Management Office (DMO).

According to DMO, Ebonyi recorded a negative score of 272 per cent, representing a domestic debt stock of N40.239 billion, relative to her IGR of N14.778 billion.

It would be recalled that a lawmaker from Ebonyi state representing Ezza North/West constituency, Enyi C. Enyi recently opposed a motion for a vote of confidence on the governor and his deputy, citing the numerous uncompleted projects that litter the state.

According to Enyi, “most of the projects put in place by the present administration are yet to be completed. The ongoing water schemes are yet to be completed, so we are yet to assess its impact on the people of the state.
It is clear that the road leading to the State House of Assembly is in shambles. Therefore it is premature at this point for the state house of assembly to pass a vote of confidence on Governor Martin Elechi and his deputy.”

The concerned Ebonyi Citizens in their statement argued that with a plethora uncompleted and near abandoned project in the state the colossal debt of over 40 billion is indicative of serious mismanagement of the states scarce resources.

The group therefore called on the nation’s anti financial crimes agency EFCC to step in and probe contracts awarded in the states; valuations done; beneficiaries of the contract, established why these projects have been abandoned and expose nepotism and corruption, conflict of interest that has robbed the state of its much cherished revenue

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NIGERIA: Sokoto Deputy Gov. Loses Son

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The son of Sokoto state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Mukhtari Shehu Shagari, Lukman is dead. Lukman died in a ghastly motor accident along Zaria- Kaduna road around 2.00 pm on Thursday. THISDAY gathered that the driver lost control of the vehicle and veered off the road and  landed in a ditch.

The deceased, who was the second son of the deputy governor died on the spot at the age of 26. The late lukman was buried yesterday in accordance with Islamic rites in Shagari local government area of Sokoto state.

The deceased was survived by one wife and a son. Meanwhile, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Saad Abubakar, Kebbi and Zamfara  states deputy governors, Alhaji Ibrahim Aliyu and Ibrahim Wakala Mohammed attended the funeral prayers held at the residence of former president Shehu Shagari. Special prayers were held by clerics in the state for the repose of the soul of the deceased.

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