NIGERIA: Between Alamieyeseigha and Barrabas

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Crucify him, but release Barrabas to us!” the Jews screamed, and Pontius Pilate was shocked to his toes. He had assumed that the Jews would want Jesus instead, him being blameless and all, instead of a robber who had terrorized the entire city.

Rumours had it that when the international police tried to catch him, he dressed up as a woman to deceive them…oops, wrong theology, that was Former Bayelsa state governor, ‘His Excellency’, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha who after stealing large amounts of public funds and sentenced to jail on corruption charges, now roams the streets of the world freely.

He is Pilate’s, sorry President Goodluck Jonathan’s early Easter gift to all Nigerians. Only this time, we could have sworn we asked for Jesus…you know, the thousands languishing behind prison gates many of whom have waited for more than ten years without being tried; the poor  who have been sentenced to jail for years for stealing a goat or vegetables in the market; convicted robbers who had a confession beaten out of them in police cell; the thousands of Bayelsans who lost access to free education and health provision because of the money Alamieyeseigha stole; the Bill Gates who pump billions into eradicating polio in a country whose leaders seem to care less; the security agents home and abroad who spent their time, energy and money to catch this thief; the Nigerian children we leave with the legacy “steal as much as you can, if you get caught, you only have to pay a fine or call your friends in high places. You can also come back and run for public office.”African China was right: “Poor man wey thief money, dem go show im face for crime fighters,” beg to add, Rich man wey thief unco? Dem go see im face for forbes.

Nigerians seem smarter than the crowd in Jesus’ time; if Pontius Pilate were president, he would understand us better. Pontius Pilate was a poor judge of character, a wimp, who washed his hands after declaring the crucifixion of an innocent man. But at least he listened to the people…and they weren’t even in a democracy! Many Nigerian leaders think this is a synonym for the other nine letter word that takes place in 2015-e-l-e-c-t-i-o-n-s.

Oh! What do simple minds like ours know about the inner workings of leading a nation? Let’s just stick to the Bible stories. So, by this time next week, it will be Good Friday, and just as Barrabas’ wrists were free when Jesus was being nailed to the cross, Alamaseiygha can wave his hands in freedom. The few who felt he should have been punished did not dare question Pilate’s decision, and the night ended. But over 2,000 years later, Jesus has more followers than ever, but whatever happened to Barrabas?

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NIGERIA: Igbos Are The Most Unprotected & Hated Tribe

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The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law notes with gravest concerns the uncontrollable and systematic killing in recent times+ of Igbos in Nigeria particularly in the northern parts of the country.

Less than two months ago, over four dozens of Igbo youths who are in their prime stages of socio-economic productivity were both killed extra-judicially and murdered in cold blood by the Nigeria Police Force and dumped into the Ezu River of Death in Anambra State, Southeast Nigeria.

As we speak, the outcome of the sampling autopsy, as seemingly manipulated as its process appears, which was carried out by selected government bodies, is still being awaited many days, if not weeks after it was concluded and reportedly handed to the federal government committee in Abuja, Nigeria. While the snippets of the scientific exercise, corroborated by a top government official in the State, are already in the public domain, clearly showing that the victims were gun-shot, bruised, suffocated, etc, by their captors while in their custodies, we have every reason to suspect that the result of the sampling autopsy is being re-worked on to extricate the culprits and shift the blames to God knows angle.

As if the forgoing atrocious act was not enough, up to 108 Nigerian citizens of Southeast extraction popularly called Igbo tribe, including 59 passengers who bought tickets and boarded a modern luxury bus belonging to the Gobison Motors Limited were on Monday evening, 18th day of March, 2013, massacred at the New Road Luxury Park in the Sabon Gari(non-native zone) city of Kano State, Northwest Nigeria(elomba reports 20-03-2013). According to confirmed accounts from the crime scene, corroborated by the Kano State Police Command, a strange Volkswagen golf car drove into the Park at about 4:00pm on the said date and parked in between two luxury buses belonging to the Gobisom Motors Limited, which were fully loaded with passengers, and exploded, killing all the passengers on board.

A modern luxury bus in Nigeria carries 59 passengers outside attachment, while the old model type popularly called akpuluka-Brazil, which is not much in the transport usage nowadays carries 42 passengers outside attachment. The explosion, according to the same accounts, led to further explosions, which affected other three luxury buses belonging to Ezenwata Transport Limited and Chiemzie Transport Limited, said to be scantly loaded with passengers.

The said New Road Luxury Park is located at the heart of the Igbo area in Kano State called Sabon Gari. In the times past, the area, regarded as an outcast by the host Hausa-Fulani, was given to early Igbo traders in the State to live and suffer. But, years later, the area was transformed to the envy of the host communities including the present and successive governments in the State. The area is now the busiest and one of the most costly sub-cities in Kano State and a melting pot for over 3million Igbos resident in Kano State.

Thirty seven-year-old severely burnt Emmanuel Bassey lies in a hospital bed at Murtala Mohammed Specialist hospital in northern Nigeria’s largest city of Kano on March 19, 2013. Two suicide bombers rammed their car into a bus loaded with passengers at the bus station, killing at least 22 people and injuring 65 others, the following explosions burnt five buses.

While it is possible that the number of Igbo citizens, who were massacred in the bombing orchestrated by the northern politicians’ backed violent Islamist groups, is in their hundreds as evidenced by other eyewitnesses accounts including those who observed the evacuation of the dead bodies and the injured, the Kano State Police Commissioner, one Musa Daura, as expected, claimed that 22 people died and 65 injured in different categories. It is recalled that we had on 18th day of January, 2012, in our letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, protested against the endless massacre of Igbo citizens in Nigeria with specific reference to the massacre of estimated 510 Igbos in the Boko-Haram related violence between 2011 and second week of January 2012 alone.

In the said letter of ours, we made far reaching recommendations including the need for geopolitical equity in the promotion and posting of senior police officers from Superintendents of Police to Deputy Inspectors General of Police. We observed then, which is still the order of the day in the NPF, that the police-citizen protection ratio in Nigeria was very high for northern Muslim citizens and Southwest (Yoruba) citizens and very low for Southeast citizens (Igbos). We also observed that the northern and southern minorities now called South-south and North-central Geopolitical Zones of Nigeria (northern Christians) are more protected in the hands of the Nigerian security forces led by the Nigeria Police Force than the Igbos or the people of Southeast Nigeria.

We discovered in the course of our investigation into the Nigeria Police Force rankings, promotions and postings that there existed and still exists an age-long suppressive policy being visited against the Igbo senior police officers tended and still tend to shut them down from ascending premium positions and postings.

For instance, there were and still are tea makers and tea drinkers in the police command cadre. There, also, were and still are commanders and the commanded in same. It was on the strength of that gross lopsidedness that we prayed President Jonathan to issue a presidential proclamation to the effect that the promotion and posting of the 37 States and the FCT Commissioners of Police should be based on six geopolitical zones of Nigeria; that is to say 6 State CPs should come from each geopolitical zone.

Also where there are 90 State and non-State CPs in Nigeria, each zone should get 15; where there are 240 DCPs/ACPs, each zone should get 40; where there are 24/30 AIGs, each zone should get 4/5; and where there are 6 or 7 DIGs, each zone should get at least one DIG. This, we believe, should be extended to the other branches of Nigeria’s security forces as time passes by. The foregoing is still our position till date.

The noble reason for the far reaching recommendation of ours stated above is not farfetched. Firstly, the NPF is the largest public security and law enforcement organization in Nigeria peopled by approximately 371,000. Other security forces put together are not up to the size of the NPF. Secondly, by law and norm, the NPF is the chief protector of Nigeria’s democracy and her citizenry and as such, the most populous and powerful public security organization in the country; taking up to 60% of Nigeria’s real defense/security expenditures both in terms of recurrent and capital spending.

Thirdly, the recommendation, if judiciously implemented, will address the glaring police-citizen protection ratio gap between the Igbo citizens and their counterparts particularly northern Muslims’ partners. Fourthly, absence of same number of Igbo State ACPs, DCPs, CPs, AIGs and DIGs with their northwest, northeast and southwest counterparts, in the top police management or security meetings in Nigeria put the Igbo race in a perpetual state of insecurity and other unsafe conditions.

Because the 37 States and the FCT Police Commands in Nigeria as well as their Area and Zonal Commands are dominated by ACPs, DCPs, CPs and AIGs from our other partners’ zones, Igbo residents and communities particularly in the northern parts of Nigeria are utterly denied early warning, preventive and hazard mitigation security measures or interventions by the country’s security forces led by the NPF. It has been severally alleged that during killings targeted at the Igbos particularly in the northern parts of Nigeria, official and private phone numbers of the areas’ CPs usually go off, but hours after the killings they come back. Even when their numbers are not off, responding to them at that point in time is an act of impossibility.

They usually emerge after the killings to evacuate the dead and the injured and to grant press interviews so as to mangle the causality figures. This is entirely the opposite when Hausa-Fulanis resident in the south are occasionally threatened or perceived to have been threatened. Prompt and effective security measures put in place in Anambra State and other parts of the Southeast Nigeria following the Monday’s Kano massacre is a clear case in point.

It is on account of these apparent injustices against the Igbo race in Nigeria that we hold that the Igbos are the most unprotected and hated tribe in Nigeria. The race is also not safe in the hands of the Nigeria’s security forces including the Nigeria Police Force. Despite the fact that its youth population is very enterprising, non-violent, tolerant and law-abiding, yet the promising population, especially the males are the most hunted by the security agencies in Nigeria.

The Igbos are akin to African Americans and Hispanics (Mexican Americans) in the United States who are always gone after by the US law enforcement agents with a false belief that they are more lawless than the so called white Americans. Out of about 2.3 million prisons and correction centers’ inmates reportedly in the U.S., as at 2009/2010, the former are in majority.

In Nigeria, it is possible that out of the country’s reported 54, 0000 inmates, greater percent of them are the Igbos; out of those killed in the Boko-Haram insurgency in the country since 2009, Igbos are indisputably in majority; out of those killed in the country’s ethno-religious killings since 2001, the race had majority of its sons and daughters murdered; out of those killed extra-judicially by security forces in the course of fighting the Boko-Haram insurgency, it is most likely that Igbos take a commanding lead; out of those taken into police custody and murdered, Igbos may most likely be in majority; and out of those killed across the country at police roadblocks, the Igbos may be in majority as well.

We challenge the Nigeria’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and the NPF to prove us wrong by publishing credible crime statistics/reports detailing the geopolitical origins of the victims including the country’s prisons and correction centers’ inmates.

The Igbos are also the most hunted in the areas of pre-crime checks by Nigeria’s security forces particularly the law enforcement agencies like the NPF. For instance, an average northerner who owns a car or motorcycle; bears a machete or dagger or single/double barrel gun, etc, is free from the prance of the law enforcement agents. He can drive his car or ride his motorcycle for years without authorized papers, yet he is not a law breaker; whereas any Igbo citizen who nears any of these is an express candidate of summary death and extortion in the hands of the law enforcement agents particularly the officers and men of the NPF(Nigeria Police Force).

This princely treatment is to a large extent, extended to the citizens of the Southwest Nigeria. Politically, Igbos are endangered too. For a mere fact that President Goodluck Jonathan, considered as a half Igbo, is present Nigeria’s President, has irked the Northeast, Northwest and Southwest political gladiators, who have ruled Nigeria in turn until 2010 when it moved to the South-south zone of Nigeria.

Today, they have deployed both political, information and human warfare to return the country’s presidency to their destructive status quo. Dangerous and anti-Igbo emancipation moves have been initiated by the trio of political power mongers by way of the so-called political alliances using Igbo’s political tea makers and flute blowers to catapult our great race back to the political Stone Age and enslavement. Information warfare against the Igbo race is also directed against it from left, right and center, particularly from its Southwest partners

The Igbo political clowns and failed leaders are celebrated and canonized by the Southwest media, whereas great achievers and successful political leadership transformers from our great zone are condemned and destroyed by same.

With political clowns in-charge of our zone, it is perpetually enslaved politically. Coordinated media attacks directed against Professor Chinua Achebe and his book titled: There Was A Country (A Personal History Of Biafra) recently and ongoing politically motivated crisis engulfing the Igbo central political party-APGA are a clear case in point.

Finally, it is very obvious that the Igbos are facing battles for their survival and cultural identity from many fronts particularly from Northeast, Northwest and Southwest. When an Igbo son or daughter occasionally becomes the head of Army, Customs or Immigration, booby traps are laid against him or her from other tribal partners.

False or spurious accusations such as tribal promotions, postings and recruitments, rent air, but someone other than an Igbo heads the Army, Customs and Immigration, etc, anything goes with impunity and immunity.

We condemn the endless massacre of Igbo people by Nigeria’s legal and illegal armed brigades. The President Jonathan’s gross incompetence in the face of all these is alarmingly worrying. In the past 2012 and present 2013 budgets, a total sum of N1.87trillion(N921billion & N950billion respectively) was provided for security, yet the country, particularly the Igbos have continued to be unsafe and endangered in their own country.

We condemn unequivocally the mouthed reactions of the Presidency and those occupying elective and appointive top public offices in the Southeast zone of Nigeria each time these unprovoked killings of the Igbos take place. The Presidency appears deaf and dumb and has refused to implement far reaching recommendations and pieces of wise advice offered by thinkable Nigerians.

By this the Presidency is making unquenchable retaliations someday soon by the targeted ethnic groups and their sympathizers against their attackers, inevitable day by day. If, some say, coconuts heads, can produce elements taking human lives in dozens, then it will be monumentally disastrous if the thinkers and inventors of our times are pushed to the wall. Their own lethal elements may most likely be WMD. The great transformers of deserts and slums must never be underrated. If President Jonathan and his team refuse to stop these senseless killing of the Igbos, then great danger lies ahead.

Not minding the foregoing and pending when the gross security imbalances in the country’s polity including the NPF are frontally addressed, the Igbos should be vigilant at all times wherever they reside in Nigeria and invoke their sacred rights of Self-defense. They must remain law-aiding and refuse being the attackers unless attacked.

While exercising their sacred rights to self-defense, proportions of their responses must not exceed those deployed by their criminal attackers. This is universal yardstick behind sacred rights to self-defense.

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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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How to improve your tired looks

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Are you tired of looking tired? Experts say then ensure you sleep well. Sleep does not just make you feel better – it makes you look better, too.  It is no longer news that many busy executives including politicians spend less time in their bedrooms denying themselves the opportunity of having good sleep. According to studies, beauty sleep” is real. Your skin uses sleep hours to heal itself from the day’s damage. When you drift off, your skin gets the chance to improve. That is why you may wake up looking fresh and rosy.

Are you among those that are not getting enough?  Here are what to change.

Fewer breakouts:

More sleep, clearer skin. Lack of sleep can lead to stress, which causes pimples and blackheads, even in adults. In one study, experts found that college students had more breakouts when they were stressed out, such as during exam time.

Brighter eyes:

Do you want eyes that sparkle? Then, don’t let dark circles steal their spotlight. Dark circles often run in families, but they can look even darker if you are not getting enough shut-eye. To disguise them, apply a light layer of eye cream as a primer. Then dab on and blend in a dot of concealer one to two shades lighter than your skin tone.

Even skin tone: Pulling an all-nighter can make your skin look more pale or blotchy. Sleep encourages healthy blood flow to your skin. If you wake up with uneven skin, apply foundation. Set it with translucent powder (or green-tinted powder to balance out redness).

Outsmart puffiness

You wake up with puffy eyes because fluid collects around them when your head lies flat on the bed. The solution is to prop your head above your heart at night with a couple of pillows. Still packing bags under your eyes? Apply a cold cloth to the area for a minute or two in the morning.

Skip the salt:

If you are a night owl looking for a snack, reach for a piece of fruit. Salty snacks can give you a swollen face in the morning. This is because foods that are high in salt can cause you to retain fluid, resulting in puffiness.

Make water your nightcap:

A glass of wine might seem relaxing, but you’re more apt to see dried-out skin and large, visible pores in the mirror the next day. Cut back on nightly drinking and have lots of water instead. In the morning, use a toner that contains zinc sulfate or alum, which make pores look smaller.

A great skin routine: To keep your face smooth and soft, start with a mild cleanser to remove grit, grime, and makeup. Next, apply moisturizer. To keep delicate areas hydrated overnight, doctors advise using an eye cream that contains glycerin and a petrolatum-based lip balm.

A warm bath: One of the best ways to put yourself to sleep can improve your skin too. Take a warm bath — with all the fixins’, like bubbles, oils, and body scrubs — before bed to raise your body temperature a little. You tend to feel sleepy when your body temperature drops, like after a bath.

Sleep face up for fewer wrinkles: If you want to have a flawless face then you must be a back sleeper. Sleeping with your face directly on the pillow often leads to lines and creases in the skin. They can become permanent over time. If you can’t sleep belly up, try switching to satin sheets (or at least satin pillow cases). That may lessen your odds of sleep-related wrinkles.

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Anthony Claret

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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NIGERIA: Why we built Yoruba Village in London -YCE

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The Yoruba  Council  of  Elders (YCE) has  explained  that the rationale behind  the construction of a Yoruba village in London was  part of the  efforts to ensure that, the language does no go into extinction for those in diaspora.

The  Council’s  Public Relations Officer in Diaspora, Gabriel Aramide said this weekend,  in Abeokuta,that the body has concluded arrangements for the launch of the Village  to serve as  educational centre, where the language would  be taught.

He further disclosed that, YCE had also decided to hold  Yoruba Day Celebrations for their kinsmen  in diaspora , who,  according to him, were  about  200 million.

Aramide, who was accompanied by YCE National Executive member, Kadree Adebisi and Ogun State  Chairman,  Muizi  Omonayajo, said  eminent traditional rulers in the region have given their  support to the progamme.

 According to him,  the   building  of Yoruba village  and the  events were would be held  so as to  re-unite Yoruba sons and daughters  that live   abroad.

“We are  launching a Yoruba Village,a centre for  learning  of  Yoruba!language and to also serve as the meeting point for Yoruba sons  and daughters in some part of the diaspora. All Royal fathers and dignitaries will converge on the Village .

“To make visa essence possible, the council has contacted a firm of Solicitors in London, who are now in contact with the British Embassy,while the Yoruba Governors have also been contacted to send cultural troupe for performance.

Also speaking at the conference, the Council National Officer, Kadree Adebisi  affirmed that, the programme was with the approval of the national headquarters.

He added that, the body had contacted the coordinator for the establishment of the diaspora chapters, which according to him has spread globally.

“The Council was established far back in 2001,with late Pa Alayande, Thompson and Bola Ige, while the mission and vision were  for the welfare of the race, wherever they may be residents.

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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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NIGERIA: Where homosexuals hang out in Lagos, their modus operandi

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For those with their ears to the ground, rumblings and rumours about gays and their damned activities are becoming rampant in the city of Lagos so much so that discerning members of the public can now pinpoint some of the locations where they use as rendezvous for pick-up or meet-up.

A Sunday Express investigations came up with credible findings that indicate that a cluster of hangouts at Maza-maza, a densely populated area at Mile Two along the Badagry express way is currently the beehive of gay activities. Other gay enclaves include Agric and Festac, two outlying locations along the same axis.

In the course of the investigation, Sunday Express encountered a gang of four young men who could be referred to as “gay busters” based on their confrontational encounters with the “men of sodomy.” Johnson, Peter, Cletus and Ebuka (all students) who constituted themselves into an anti-gay club shared their experiences with SE reporters.

Their experience is an aperture on the pervasiveness of this sexual cankerworm that is gradually corroding the fabric of the society.

Cletus started with his personal encounters with a gay stalker.

“I am a fun-loving guy. I often go to hang out in notable hotels in Festac town during the weekend just to watch entertainers perform. But to my utmost dismay, most of the guys there started making sexual advances at me.”

The twenty-something-year old continued: “These are guys who ought to have pretty girls by their sides. One in particular was quite persistent. He is a famous Igbo gospel artiste-cum-actor, fair-complexioned, he acts and sings like a woman. He calls me with such endearment as “baby, my love,” and “sweetheart.” I was embarrassed because it was so unromantic coming from a fellow guy.”

When Cletus failed to take the bait, the artiste raised the stake by promising him a smartphone, a N100, 000 cash one night stand and a tour with him to other states where he was billed to perform.

“When he was becoming obsessive with his calls and requests even at ungodly hours, I had to call him to order, by threatening to report him to the press if he doesn’t stop his incessant harassments,” he narrated.

Peter’s case was not so different from that of Cletus. He was consistently harassed on 2go and Whatsapp, two mobile phone chat applications popular among youths.

For Peter, the most maddening part of the episode was the noisome habit of one of the gays who likes sending him pictures of his erect manhood and other exposed parts of his body and also prompting him to do same, after his promise of cash and other enticing material things failed.

“In the course of our chat,” Ebuka, recalled his encounter with a Facebook gay, “he confessed to have been in the act for over 10 years. Though he has a girlfriend, he hardly feels aroused whenever she’s around him or touches him. Instead he feels a sensual chemistry for fellow men and easily gets aroused when he feels a sensual touch of a male on his body.”

In retrospect Ebuka reflected: “If I wasn’t careful enough, I would have fallen into his snare. I must confess, his offer was really enticing. And a student like me could do with such support. Another sad thing about these gays, is that they like luring young and under age guys living around Mazamaza and its environs.”

From these thrust-and-parry encounters with gays, the four young men found a common calling: punishing gays. They formed an anti-gay club in their neighbourhood.

Subsequently, they set up some gays using a hotel located at Satellite town.
Ebuka reconstructed one of their outings: “There was this particular fellow who was disturbing me for months. I informed my friends about it and we agreed to teach him a lesson. I finally accepted his overtures and I invited him to come around. I told him to meet me at a particular hotel where we have already booked for a room.

He came from Coker, close to Orile Iganmu. When he arrived he paid for the room. Inside the room, I told him that my service fee would cost him N50,000. After haggling, we agreed on N20,000. I insisted he took a shower and while he was at it I made the bed. In his presence I stripped off my clothes save for my brief.

When he saw me, his manhood became erect and he became impatient. He wanted to insert his manhood inside my anus right away but I insisted he take his bathe first.  When it was finally time for ‘action,’ I cued my friends and they burst into the room. He was caught ‘pants down, naked.

We dealt with him. We seized his cloths. We had wanted to create a scene, by parading him outside in the nude. But he begged us seriously. He claimed he doesn’t know why he prefers making love with male than with the opposite sex. Eventually, we set him free after strong-worded warning.”

Their next encounter was with another “homo” who simply gave his name as Biodun. This man of deviant sexual inclination from a reputable family in Ajah, Lagos, confessed that he was born abnormal.

In his late 20s, he admitted that while he has never had sex with the opposite sex, he has had it countless times with boys even while he was still in secondary school.

Biodun, who tried to lure Peter, was described by the latter as “a terrorist on 2go.” His modus operandi was simple: he lures young boys, mostly under-age to his lodge with cash and expensive phones. And those who fell for his wile, were sodomized.  But with Peter, he met a homophobe, who together with his friends were on an anti-gay mission. They framed him too, inviting him to the N4000 per room hotel at Satellite Town.

Boxed into a corner, Biodun was not only beaten, would have been pushed into the street naked. But after a session of serious begging, he was allowed to go but minus his valuables, notably his high-end blackberry.

Girly voices, girlish gait, dandy dressing and over-the-moon reaction to well-built guys – these are the tell-tales signs of a gay, but these four young men are of the opinion that finding a gay now is as simple as abc.

“Just go to any cheap hotels and popular hang outs, even clubs where plenty men dey,” Ebuka averred, “If you stay long, dem go come to you, especially in this our Mazamaza area. The government should urgently do something before these gays begin to kidnap, rape and initiate more young boys, especially defenceless under-age.”

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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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NIGERIA: Technology poses risk to soundness of financial system – CBN Director

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The increasing adoption and use of technologies for banking operations poses risk to the safety and soundness of the financial system.

Director, Banking Supervision, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mrs Tokunbo Martins made this assertion in Lagos at the 1st Annual conference on audit and regulatory banking organised by the Audit Committee Institute (ACI).

She said, “Today, information technology has evidently impacted banking tremendously, even redefining the nature of banking and banking relationships. Banks are truly enjoying all the technological novelities with potential of expanding their products, services, customer base and responding to regulation, and above all improve their profitability. However it is important not to lose sight of the fact that technology comes with great risk.

As a leading mind in IT governance industry has repeatedly said, technology makes banking operations and banking errors/crimes equally efficiency. One immediately sees what the issue is: if technology makes errors and crimes equally efficiency, then it means that the entire assets of the banks are at risk. In other words, technology poses risk to the safety of and soundness of the financial institutions, to the public interest, and to the larger economy”.

Tokunbo listed the risks technology poses to banks to include bank computer crimes, indeterminate privacy issues, and complexified reputational risks and cross boarder customer risks. “Each of the technologies a bank adopts presents unique risks that raise safety and soundness concerns.

Take internet banking as an example, the following risks are presented: hacking, web-jacking, spoofing, viruses and unauthorised access. Others are theft of information, denial of service, fraud, slow access to website and rerouted connections. Because the bank is put at risk by these technologies, and because public interest is at risk as technologies are adapted, it behoves the regulator to extend regulatory coverage to the regime of use of these technologies,” she said.

She advised regulators to increase focus on IT systems of organisations under the supervision, stressing that, the age of chasing electronic transactions with manual examination methods are gone.

Explaining the rationale for the conference, Chairman, Audit Committee Institute (ACI), Mr. Christian Ekeigwe, noted that the inevitable increase in the adoption of technologies in banking creates legitimate audit and regulatory concerns about how these technologies amplify and complexify banking operations risks and impact the safety and soundness of banks and other financial institutions.

The aim of the conference is to focus attention on the key issues of banking technology risks, how auditors must audit them so assurance, and the proposition that technology risks contributed, insidiously, to the distress in the industry”.

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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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NIGERIA: Jonathan and a defective agreement

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DO you know why what goes for Nigerian politics is such a huge joke? We like to be taken for a ride; in fact, we crave to be duped. We dread asking hard questions or putting the politicians to task to substantiate what they tell us.

So, people just wake up, make outlandish claims and throw the nation into a needless debate that oftentimes heats up the polity. We gobble at the debate, everybody trying to out-shout the other while the vendor of the frivolous claim scurries away to wait for the next opportunity to make another wild claim. With time, his nuisance acquires for him some high political profile.

Before the President’s courageous, some say belated, trip to Borno and Yobe states last week, the nation was debating what sensation mongers called bombshell unleashed on the polity by the motor-mouth of Niger State, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu. The self-styled Chief Servant of NigerState had claimed that President Goodluck Jonathan signed an agreement with some governors committing him to a single term in office.

The Presidency tackled Dr. Aliyu rather tentatively. I say tentatively because the Presidency should simply have challenged Dr Aliyu to provide concrete evidence by publishing the so-called agreement to rest the matter.

And the Governor has so far not substantiated his claim by publishing the agreement for Nigerians to see! So far the matter remains a mere conjecture!

Although we forget ever so easily, this is not the first time those looking for a shortcut to power would tell us about “signed” agreements. When in 2002/2003, former Vice President Abubakar Atiku (and the G4) wanted to stop President Olusegun Obasanjo’s second term bid, Nasir El-Rufai told the nation that he and his group of Northern power hotheads walked up to Obasanjo’s (Transcorp) Hilton hotel room (546?) with an agreement for him to sign away his right to second term.

His story sounded like how Don Vito Corleone and Luca Brasi, his hitman, got a band leader, Les Halley, to release his godson Johnny Fontane from an enslaving contract at $10,000 instead of $20,000 he was first offered! How? Luca Brasi put a gun on Halley’s head and “persuaded” him: “It is either your signature or your brain on this paper”.

Elsewhere, we have heard of governors swearing oaths at shrines or signing undated resignation letters! Of course, Obasanjo flatly denied signing any agreement, although he admitted that “they” brought him a piece of paper to sign and that he tore it up.

Curiously El-Rufai never produced any shred of evidence to contradict Obasanjo. In his recently published 627 page book, The Accidental Public Servant, there was no mention of such agreement except that a Camerounian marambout had predicted that Obasanjo would not serve out his first term!

The nearest to any agreement was that Northern leaders had reasoned that they had agreed in 1998 to support a Southern president; and that since the Constitution guaranteed Obasanjo two terms, it would be dishonourable to challenge him in 2003 unless Obasanjo decided not to contest. El-Rufai published as appendices all manner of documents, including the lists of members of National Assembly who applied for allocation of houses for themselves and their cronies, yet he did not publish any agreement signed by Obasanjo.

We all know that Nigerian politics thrives on falsehood and false promises. If you are someone who says one thing at dawn and another at dusk or changes your mind as often as you find someone dumb enough to swap with you, you are often hailed: “Nna, ibukwa politician o!” (Man! You are a hell of a politician!) And this is said as a form of compliment! However, any President or Governor who signs any agreement for one term when the Constitution guarantees him two terms should know he is lying. And anybody or group who buys into that should know they are swallowing lies, hoping they can enforce an obviously bad and unenforceable agreement.

Can President Jonathan sign an agreement to take his own life or to stop breathing? As Alhaji Bashir Othman Tofa, the Presidential candidate of the National Republican Convention in 1993, rightly said recently: “If the law allows him [Jonathan] to contest the election, then it is up to the PDP to decide whether he should or not” (Thisday, Thursday, 7 March 2013).

Having scaled the legal hurdle, at least for now, the only body that can give or deny Jonathan a ticket for 2015 is the PDP. That is the only body that can extract an agreement from him to serve only a term. Once Jonathan contested in 2011, after all the heat about zoning, the PDP should have assumed that he would contest for a second term.

There was no point always stampeding an incumbent out of the contest and creating unnecessary controversy simply because a few elite feel they would die before power gets to them! An agreement with a group of governors cannot be the basis to ask Jonathan not to contest for the PDP ticket in 2015. The mandate to serve a second term comes from the popular votes of Nigerians, not from any agreement with governors.

All this noise about agreement and one term for Jonathan are orchestrated by the elite who try to tie the nation’s political life to their life span. I do not believe that the North or the South East will disappear before Jonathan completes a second term, if he decides to avail himself of his constitutional right.

The fortunes of the ordinary people in the North or South East, or even South-South, may not be improved just because the elite from these zones capture power, using the people as cannon fodder. As Segun Ayobolu asked (The Nation Saturday March 9, 2013), in reaction to the current rather ridiculous revanchist frenzy called ‘Yoruba marginalization’: “A Yoruba man occupied the most important office in the land between 1999 and 2007.

Did that improve the fortunes of Yoruba land? Did it reduce the level of poverty in the region? Did it help in upgrading infrastructure?” People ask similar questions about the past years of Northern rule that left the North worse than it was at independence. And I have said it that the worst thing that would happen to the South-South would be that Jonathan’s eight years in office many not turn the region into paradise!

When the elite want power they create all sorts of shortcuts, including religion, region, zoning and phantom agreements. It is for them alone and has nothing to do with ordinary people of the zones, regions or religions they invoke their names. In this Jonathan’s case, we should invoke the same wisdom the Northern leaders applied to dissuade Atiku from stopping Obasanjo in 2003. Let Jonathan be the one to decide to call up his constitutional right, let the PDP be the one to field him or not and let the Nigerian people be the ones to give or deny him their mandate for a second term!

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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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NIGERIA: Light in the Power tunnel

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Goodluck Jonathan administration has just gained significant confidence of the power sector investment community with the signing of a range of industry and transaction agreements that pave way for successful generation and distribution companies to take control of the new corporate entities unbundled from the PHCN.

With this development, in the next 15 days, the 15 bidders that have emerged are expected to make a 25 per cent down payment of the share purchase price and in 90 days to pay the outstanding 75 per cent to complete the transaction in keeping with the terms of the sale and purchase agreements or shareholders’ agreements they signed in Abuja recently.

The process that formally commenced in 1999 with the inauguration of the Electric Power Implementation Committee and development of the National Electric Power Policy two years later had been literally crawling along until President Jonathan gave it a much welcome jolt of commitment and action that brought it to virtual fruition in barely two years.

No wonder the atmosphere at the agreement signing event was alive with investor glee amid strong optimism about the timely completion of all the pending processes simultaneous with other aspects of the administration’s acclaimed power reform agenda, especially attainment of stability and sufficiency in power supply, which are also progressing according to plan.

Highlights of significant achievements recorded in implementing the reforms are hinged on the enactment of the Electricity Power Sector Reform Act of 2005, establishment of the PHCN and identification of 18 successor companies in generation, transmission and distribution categories as well as three agencies relevant to the provisions of the Power Policy and the Power Act, viz–the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, the Nigerian Electricity Liability Management Company, NELMCO  and the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trader Plc.

It is noteworthy that the transaction and industry documents were developed during interaction with relevant investors and other stakeholders organised to carry them along in defining the transaction structure and process against the background of absence of relevant industry agreements in the nation’s power sector which had been identified as contributory factors to the nagging problems of under-performance and other lapses linked to the hitherto unimpressive record of PHCN  successor companies.

The drafting and signing of agreements are regarded as necessary safeguards, especially when the private sector is being involved in handling the country’s power sector which is of critical strategic impact on the development and progress prospects and aspirations, requiring well-defined relationships, agreed performance targets and other terms and conditions relevant to the smooth execution of the agreements. The process involved several weeks of consultations and interactions being a first-ever feature in the nation’s power sector.

The industry agreements now cover gas sale and aggregation, gas transportation, bulk power purchase for thermal and hydro, vesting, transmission use of system, grid connection and ancillary services, while transaction agreements include share sale, shareholder agreement, performance and concession.

The attainment of these world-standard documentation, structure and process as a precursor of the much-anticipated power sector reform and privatization will go down in history as among most significant outcomes of the Jonathan administration’s bold interventions that broke the jinx seen to be impeding progress in the power sector for several years despite disheartening consequences on investor confidence and delivery of democracy’s dividends to the Nigerian people. It is also a good omen pertaining to the prospects for smooth and successful implementation of other important components of the power sector reform agenda.

Observers recall the repeated assurances by President Jonathan that by the time he is through with implementing his acclaimed Transformation Agenda, there will be more commendations than condemnations of his administration across the land and point out that the record of performance in the power sector is indicative of the justification and accuracy of this presidential prophecy.

It also draws necessary attention to the often forgotten fact that the enormity of decay of infrastructure that the Jonathan administration has decided to address does not lend itself to a hurried approach which impatient critics demand either out of ignorance of the reality on ground or political mischief or both.

If only the administration would be free of these and numerous other unwarranted distractions, we could have helped ourselves and our nation tremendously, but even with these nuisances, the administration’s achievements are remarkable.

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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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NIGERIA: Soon, Oil thieves will ask for amnesty

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Nigeria for all intents and purposes is a very funny country. It is a country typified by the famous Animal Farm drama. The pigs were the top rated animals that profess to be equal to all others, but were sleeping on beds while others were outside on ground in the cold. The truth is that whatever any one says, Nigerians are not all equal.

We operate a constitution that says all Nigerians are equal, that the government will strive to achieve an egalitarian society. Right from independence, the equality of Nigerians has been in doubt.

Every section of the country has at one time or the other felt marginalised by the powers- that-be. The thing is that among the ruling class, any time the various nationals that make up the country feel they are not getting enough, they cry foul, ‘we are being marginalised.’ Before now, it was the Niger-Delta that felt marginalised and took up arms against the state.

They got away with it and got their demands met. They were not only granted amnesty, but the President now who has the political power to dispense economic favour is one of their own. Restiveness in the area has abated. After June 12, 1993, the Yorubas were the ones who felt marginalised and they used the power of the media, concentrated in the South- West, to achieve their goals.

Obasanjo became the President. Though they had OPC, there was no amnesty, but those who went on self-exile and those who were accused of plotting to overthrow the government were pardoned and they returned to their homes.

The question to ask is ‘who are those who control the economic power of the nation? Today, it is the North-East that is feeling marginalissed and devastated by poverty. The youth there have taken up arms against the nation. They have killed, maimed and destroyed properties worth billions of naira for no specific reason and now the call for amnesty is on. The case of the North-East is very pathetic in view of the fact that those who milk Nigeria’s economy dry are from this zone.

Last week, the Chairman,, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Sen. Ita Enang, at the floor of the Senate advocated equitable distribution of oil bloc licence in the country. Enang made the call during the debate on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB). He was reacting to the Northern Senators’ stand that the oil-producing areas receive too much money from the Federation Accounts. He said the oil blocs should be revoked and re-awarded to ensure that the federal character principle was applied in distribution of oil blocs, marginal fields and prospecting licences.

Enang, who spoke with Senate Correspondents after the plenary, alleged that most of the owners of the oil blocs were richer than their geo-political zone. “Some people who own oil blocs in the North-East are richer than their states. At least, one person is richer than the entire six or seven states of the North-East. Now, it is still said that the Niger-Delta is taking too much when one person is taking from the profit he makes from each of the oil blocs more than what even the derivation that the totality of the states are taking. Most of these oil blocs were awarded long ago. Most of the owners are so rich that the country becomes the poorer for it.

“These men are the ones who spearhead talks that poverty is the cause of Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East. What have they done with the money they make from oil bloc licences other than build mansions in these areas they can no longer live in. Besides, they are the ones that constitute themselves into a cabal that fund the stealing of crude oil in the country.

Because they are highly connected and are men of means, every government that comes into existence pleads helplessness in crude oil theft. How long can Nigeria continue down this road of some untouchables that make life difficult for the nation? Yet, each time, we come up with the argument of granting criminals amnesty. Very soon, we will be talking of granting amnesty to crude oil thieves whom government agencies know but have failed to do anything about them.

Nigeria should as a matter of urgency revoke all the oil blocs allocated to individuals or companies that have no expertise in crude oil exploration. It is criminal for governments – past, present and in the future – to grant oil bloc licence to companies just because of their political leanings or connection to powers-that-be.

Crude oil is the wealth of the nation. It is most of the wealthy operators in the oil sector that are responsible for the theft of oil and illegal bunkering in the Niger-Delta. I challenge the Federal Government to deny this. Crude oil is not stolen with teacup by the poor. It is stolen with ships and it is these rich persons who have these facilities that are capable of facilitating it, not the ordinary persons branded militants. The federal authority should muster  courage and arrest these high profile thieves and put a stop to crude oil theft once and for all in the financial interest of the nation.

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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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SOUTH AFRICA: When work becomes a sexual battleground

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To mark International Women’s Day on March 8th, which focuses on ‘violence against women’, the ILO is highlighting the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace – an often subtle but disturbing form of aggression.

SISANDRA, 28, understands all too well the impact of sexual harassment in the workplace.

As a telecommunications technician in Durban, South Africa, she works in a male-dominated environment.

“My executive manager came to the office and asked for my number and I gave it to him. I did not ask him why he wanted my number as he is a senior person and respected by all in the company because of his position. He then started touching my breast and private parts.

“I started feeling very uncomfortable and stopped him. I then walked out of the office and told him that I was going to report this to my supervisor. I felt violated and scared. Even though I said I was going to report this, I felt I could not because I thought I could easily lose my job if I told,” she recalls.

Sisandra’s experience is not uncommon. According to UN figures, between 40 and 50 per cent of women in the European Union experience unwanted sexual advances, physical contact, verbal suggestions or other forms of sexual harassment at their workplace; in Asia-Pacific countries it is 30 to 40 per cent.

In Australia, according to the country’s Human Rights Commission, 25 per cent of women have been sexually harassed in the workplace. Men can also be victims of workplace sexual harassment but this is much less common.

“Sexual harassment and other forms of harassment and abuse – physical, verbal or psychological – bullying, mobbing, work-related stress and violence affect all professions and sectors and both women and men,” says Jane Hodges, ILO Director of the Bureau for Gender Equality.

“However, there is still no explicit international human rights treaty prohibition of violence against women and the issue remains poorly-defined and understood under international human rights law.”

As in Sisandra’s case, a major problem is that many women do not report harassment for fear of losing their jobs. The cost for workers, says Hodges, is heightened stress, loss of motivation and increased risk of accidents at work:

“Workplace violence and harassment present a significant barrier to women accessing and progressing through the labour market. It erodes decent working conditions.”

It is also costly for business: “This is a very important issue for employers. Harassment in the workplace leads to absenteeism, increased turnover and lower job performance and productivity,” explains Deborah France-Massin, Director of ACTEMP, the Bureau for Employers Activities at the ILO.”

Beyond the ILO, many employers are also concerned: “Violence in the world of work is a human rights issue. An appropriate approach towards eliminating violence at work implies targeting the root causes of discriminatory practices and being cognizant of their many different regional, cultural and social contexts,” says Brent Wilton, Secretary-General of the International Organisation of Employers, IOE, which represents more than 150 business and employers federations around the world.

Tackling sexual harassment

Among ILO efforts to tackle such violence in the workplace, are two projects in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. It has also partnered with other agencies in a number of programmes in Brazil, Angola, South Africa, India and China.

ILO experts, working with trade unions and employers, have helped draft guides and codes of conduct on preventing sexual harassment in several countries, including China and Viet Nam.

Some unions have also included clauses on sexual harassment in collective agreements and deal with complaints through established grievance and disciplinary procedures, explains Dan Cunniah, Director of ACTRAV, the Bureau for Workers’ Activities at the ILO:

“ACTRAV considers sexual harassment as a form of violence at work. Let us all repudiate sexual harassment and remove it from the workplace now to safeguard the dignity and equality of the workers.”

ILO researchers are also tracking the global incidence of violence at work, while governments are being helped to draft and implement new laws.

In Vietnam, for instance, the ILO advised on a new Labour Code, to come into force in May 2013, which for the first time prohibits sexual harassment in workplaces. Part of the challenge is changing attitudes. Many people trivialise the issue, dismissing it as “just a bit of fun”.

But, says Jane Hodges, sexual harassment is damaging on many levels: “It’s a human rights issue, as well as a health, education and socio-economic problem. Workplace violence is a hidden problem, but with very tangible consequences.”

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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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