• Edo 2016: Oshiomhole and his Gang- not again in Edo State.

    19/Jul/2016 // 766 Viewers

     

    The Edo state of our dream can only be achieved if we all agree, or the majority see through the lens of truth, fairness, and transparency in the forthcoming gubernatorial election.  

    It is a common knowledge that one of the most difficult aspects of democracy is the election of a candidate. The people must be vigilant, resolute, incorruptible and committed.  Anything short of the above oftentimes results in dire consequence. This oversight has caused tremendous setbacks and this is the time to put matters straight. 

    We are all aware of the machinery in motion to forcefully take over the state by the cabals that have held the state in the jugular for near eight years. This albatross must be exorcised with the PVC come on the 10th of September. 

    The people's interest is not to listen to one individual with verbose and jejune speech. This is not the time the citizens should belabored with boring words, rather want to see exactly what the candidates can offer when in office. 

    The last seven years and more of burden cannot easily be forgotten and those that orchestrated it are at play again with their fanciful approach but laced with deceit and treachery.  We are aware of their gimmicks and never again will they succeed! 

    Gone are the days when political parties try to find their way through propaganda and campaign of calumny.  The people cannot be subjected to mere verbal promises, but a document that can stand the test of time and serve as a reminder. 

    The Latin says, "verba volant scripta Manent" . The candidate who fails to do this has no agreement sealed with the electorates.  It is a fraud and the people must stand firmly against the emergence of such shallow candidate. The people's dream for Edo state must not be allowed to remain a velleity.  Immense effort is required to make it work - and this depends on us as a people with the absolute resolve to change the "ungodly change" for good. 

    On this note, it is noteworthy to say here that the SIMPLE AGENDA of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is a road map leading to prosperity . Get a copy and avail yourselves of the information therein, if you do, I bet you, your mindset towards  POI as the right candidate will remain constant. POI IS REAL!

    Iredia Osakue, JP , a Turin-based scholar, political analyst and public commentator on national and global issues wrote from Turin, Italy.


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  • Oshiomhole's Vanishing Shadow

    19/Jun/2016 // 578 Viewers

     

    The leadership responsibility in governance is an integral aspect of democracy and anybody charged with such responsibility must act and uphold it to the tenet of truth irrespective of belief, political affiliation or social inclination. As long as such is given the mandate through votes it thus behoves him to respect and protect the confidence reposed on him. The voting rights of free citizens is the pivotal point of democracy and without this, the essence of governance under democratic settings would have amounted to mere replay of "militocracy"

    A leader should be known by the content of his character rather than by the mere assessment of his public persona which could be doctored at any given time to fit different occasions.  The mandate to govern is not a license to become an overlord, rather It is only a democratic responsibility to function inline with the constitution. As we know,  governance has its own etiquette and the interest of the people is to see it respected and anything less will amount to betrayal, disregard, and recklessness. The preponderance of this uncontrolled behavioral tendencies on the part of the state's first citizen, whose responsibility is to see to the total well-being of every citizen in the state is so appalling and painfully tolerated. The voiceless will be heard soon!

    In recent time, his brute reactions to any interference on his project of handing over the state to his "godson" ( now he has succeeded in gaining  that with the result of yesterday's primary election)has been experienced and further exacerbated by the increasing disregard of the rights and freedom of the people by the ever serial offender of truth - Mr. Adams Aliyu Eric Oshiomhole.  His propensity to remain notorious in his ignoble behaviour in the line of his duty remains a sorry story to be told in years to come. It is rumoured that he paid a staggering six hundred thousand naira to each delegate for the victory of his "puppet" to win the APC primary election. This is, off course , the tax payers money which he spends with all recklessness. 

    The state is saddled with a plethora of problems ranging from unemployment, poor sanitary condition, scarcity of resources, embezzlement, profligacy and untold hardship.  In spite of these problems, the governor has not seen anything wrong. His concern is to endanger the lives and future of the state to his advantage while he garners support through propaganda.  The trust to govern, given to him by the good citizens of the state has been undermined and trampled upon and yet, his lieutenants have failed to identify these problems and have a chat with him for a rethink. His administration has become known for the vilification of the upright and praising the thieves and haters of truth. 

    The recent happenings across the state is an irrefragable evidence of oppression, intimidation and reckless abandon of governance. The incumbent has chosen to be partisan with his office and so he does with impunity. The sacrosanct office of the governor has through his wily and unholy behaviour denigrated and reduced to a mere position for repression under the aegis of the engine of authority.  

    Therefore, the  people must not allow untoward "continuity" to perpetuate in the state as the mantra of APC depicts. The state will only bounce back with the effort and determination of the people  -  and the consciousness of the citizens must be geared towards creating an enabling political environment where peace, plenty, tranquility and justice shall reign.  Suffice to say that an end to this monstrous administration of Mr. Adams Oshiomhole ( this includes his associates and political godson) is pertinent and of course imminent because the people have come face-to-face with poverty and nothing seems possible  in spite of all the available machinery to alleviate it. 

    The shocking attributes of Mr. Adams Oshiomhole's led government must not be allowed to continue - as he leaves office, his paraphernalia and agents must be swept under the cesspool of irrelevance and a new life with vigor injected into the political fabric of the state.  This can only be successful if the people agree to resist the emergence of his stooge as the executive governor of the state. ( he has found his way with the delegates but his effort will lead to nowhere as the final decision depends on the people in the general election. This is the focus!

    As the  forthcoming gubernatorial elections get closer, let all the antennae of the citizens remain at alert, so that when the undesirables try to get nearer with their deceitful approach, it should be detected from afar and repelled before it causes any damage that will take another painstaking  four years to rectify. The time is now.

    Iredia Osakue, JP is a social critic , political analyst, scholar and public commentator on national and global issues.


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  • Asari Dokubo Blows Hot Again

    19/Sep/2015 // 9185 Viewers


    Leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, Asari Dokubo, has said that President Muham­madu Buhari’s administration has failed to meet the expectation of the people as it lacks any focus to reposition the na­tion. In this interview, he speaks on a lot of issues. Excerpts:

    President Muhammadu Buhari has spent 100 days in office, what are your reflections on the effort of his administration so far?

    We are all here and we have seen that the government of President Buhari has no di­rection. The government so far has achieved nothing but to make noise. All sorts of lies are being told that power is stable. I do not know where power is stable because where I am staying, there is no power. It may be stable in other places but maybe it is a punishment to us. Perhaps, we are among the seven per cent that did not vote for him, so we are being punished. He has not built anything and there is no policy thrust. There is no economic poli­cy and there is nothing in place to show that a government is in power. Somebody is manag­ing the country as a sole administrator. This is how Hitler came. Everybody who supported him was applauding him until it was too late.

    What is your take particularly on the issue of appointments, which many believe is lop­sided in favour of the North?

    I am not interested in the issue of appoint­ment and I am not expecting that he should appoint me. If he does not find his followers and those who supported him among our people worthy of appointment, why should I speak for them? They betrayed us. So, if it is the reward for their treachery, so be it. I am not interested. They knew him. They knew that this is what Buhari is before they brought him and said we should vote for him and they led him to power. So, whatever they are do­ing, they knew that this is the way he would behave. Why should I bother? If he likes, he should appoint his children. I do not care. That is their business and so how does that affect me.

    In your calculation, what is the future of Nigeria under President Buhari? In the next four years of Buhari’s administration, what are we likely to see?

    Nigeria has no future under President Bu­hari. There is no more rule of law since this administration came on board. So, because Akwa Ibom is a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) state, the State Security Service (SSS) would invade the state Government House and do whatever pleases them. That is demo­cratic sacrilege. The tribunals in Rivers State, they would just go to the tribunal and find out that the chairman has been changed and that a new chairman has been brought in place of the former one. Just all sorts of things go on and people have no respect for the rule of law. The court would give an order and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) under President Buhari’s nephew, Mrs Zakari would give a different order. So, these are the issues and I think that what Pres­ident Buhari is doing has vindicated most of us who said that this man is not even qualified to be a councillor let alone being the chair­man of a local government. And we are now talking about the president of Nigeria. It is an assault, an affront on Nigeria that a man like this is made the president of the federal repub­lic of Nigeria. We are becoming a laughing stock. When people are celebrating him, we just laugh. Seriously, Nigeria is becoming a laughing stock among the comity of nations. He goes somewhere and he calls somebody a different name and he commits all sorts of blunders and then people are saying there is progress in the country since he came. How can there be progress when the economy of Nigeria has almost collapsed. I saw it on CNN that the economy of Nigeria has shrunk by 25 per cent in the last three months. So, in four years, how would the economy be under Pres­ident Buhari’s administration?

    Even though you are from Rivers State, as an Ijaw man, what do you foresee of the outcome of the December 5 governorship election in Bayelsa State?

    For me, talking sincerely, President Bu­hari’s government does not have respect for the rule of law; this is a government that is thoroughly disconnected from democratic norms. It has control of the Nigerian Police, the Armed forces, the Daura SSS, the INEC and other institutions. They are going to ma­nipulate the process to capture and conquer Bayelsa State. But I know the Ijaw people. You do not dare the Ijaw people. You do not push the Ijaw people because when you push the Ijaw people, when they charge back at you, it will be very dangerous. I think if President Buhari is sensible, which I do not think he is, he should allow the December 5 election to follow the rule of law. Let the election be free and fair. If there is a free and fair election, Governor Seriake Dickson will win in all the eight local government areas of Bayelsa State.

    As an Ijaw man, after the presidential election, how did you feel the day the former president, Goodluck Jonathan conceded power to President Buhari?

    I did not support Goodluck Jonathan and I have never been a supporter of Jonathan. I supported something greater than Goodluck Jonathan. I have said it severally that if it is Goodluck alone, I did not support him. It is what Goodluck represented that we support­ed and that we will continue to support. And everybody is seeing it now. We do not need to be told. Goodluck represents the good light to the people while President Buhari represents darkness. Goodluck represents the downtrodden and disposed people of Kaduna, Adamawa, Borno, Plateau, Benue, Rivers and Akwa Ibom. They voted for the All Progres­sives Congress (APC) but today in Plateau State, they are demonstrating that the Gam­bari people are killing them. Why? You used your hands to kill yourselves, so why are you demonstrating? What are you talking about? You deserve it? In Benue State, they are also shouting; you deserve it. It is either you vot­ed or you assisted them to rig the election. I felt bad because it has taken us backward. We are way backward. I did not support President Goodluck Jonathan. Since he lost election and left power, yesterday (September 8) during Dickson’s declaration for a second term that I saw him for the first time. I felt bad.

    You are saying that you did not support Jonathan when they said you got a lot of security contracts from his administration to secure the oil pipelines?

    Let them go now. I think that they are freezing people’s accounts. Let them go and be looking for my own bank accounts to freeze. I must tell you that Goodluck is a good man as a person. Let me tell you; the truth is that the Ijaw people ought to be abus­ing Goodluck, the Itsekiri people ought to be abusing Goodluck, the Urhobo people ought to be abusing Goodluck and all Niger Delta people ought to be abusing Goodluck. That is the truth of the matter. On the contrary, Nige­rians ought to be praising Goodluck because he did everything for Nigeria. He did not do anything for us. We stood because he repre­sented to us something greater than himself as a person. So, if Goodluck had handed over to somebody else, we would have built on this. I am talking about a situation where Nigerians would be equal and where Nigeri­ans would have access to power. No group of Nigerians would feel that they would lord it over other people, saying they are born to rule. That was what we fought for and which Goodluck represents and not just because we were supporting him because he is Good­luck. But not when a leader considers him­self other than the people who are backing him, Goodluck was talking about his safety, he was not talking about the safety of Mari­lyn Ogar who stood firmly but lost her job. He was not thinking about all the military men who are being retired and the policemen who are being harassed. All these people stood for him based on principle. We stood for him based on principle because we know that he represents the truth and these people represent total darkness. And then we are all seeing it. We are reasonable bystanders. When they do anything, we clap hands.

    Source: The Sun


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  • How to get Complaints Resolved via Social Media

    20/Apr/2016 // 172 Viewers

     

    Social media can be used to do a lot of things today including to complain and get the complaint resolved. Twitter is one of the best interactive networks to use to get a quick response especially as many organizations now have a strong Social Media presence.

    With the versatility of social media, some users still have problems with making complaints and having them resolved. Sequel to this, Jovago.com, Africa's No 1 hotel <http://www.jovago.com> booking portal gathers tips on how to get complaints resolved via Social Media.

    *Contact official channels*

    All serious organization own a website. On these websites, you can get the contact information of the company. Using the contact info, you can either call or send a mail. If you do not get a response or get an unsatisfactory response, you can take it to social media.

    *Check their reply speed on twitter*

    Despite the fact that some businesses have Twitter or Facebook accounts, they may not be active and may take them forever to reply to your complaints. Hence, before you send a tweet, you should check how quick they respond to complaints and if they actually resolved it.

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    *Send them a direct message*

    If you are not happy with their response offline, it is time to take it online. You can send them a direct message whether their handle is active or not. If you do not get a favourable response, you should take it public.


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    *Tweet publicly and politely*

    Responsible businesses prevent crisis rather than fanning it. The direct message may be futile but the public tweet will not. So, you send a series of tweets featuring your complaints. Do not forget to tag some the service companies and influencers that can help you retweet the message to their followers. At this juncture, do not be surprised at how swift they will pacify you. Social media further cement the saying that that the customer is always right. Remember, do not use abusive words while tweeting.

    *Thank them when complaint is resolved*

    Most customers do not do this. When you are eventually satisfied with their reply, it will be nice to send a tweet appreciating their response and if their offer you an incentive to pacify you, you should also mention it in the tweet.

     


    Ogunfowoke Adeniyi
    *Travel/Technology Writer*

    *Mobile:* *+2348090747241*   *Skype:* *Sleeksavvy*


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  • Gov. Oshiomhole at war with peace.

    20/Apr/2016 // 617 Viewers

     

    The road to the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Edo state is rocky and fraught with danger, turbulence, violence and  uncertainty owing to  abuse of power and outright disregard for the rule of law.  APC in Edo state  is polarized to an unimaginable height and as a result, party members are cautious with whom they converse with for fear of not touching the cobra's tail. As it is today? there are different factions that bear allegiances to their choice of candidates - and considering the number of aspirants in APC, there is  fear of the unknown. As a result, the free flow of information that characterizes the good interest of political like minds has been rubbished and swept under the carpet - at least for now. - perhaps till after the primaries. 

    The in-fighting and imbroglio have been repeatedly felt within the APC-led government of the state. The party is at war with itself and the center can no more hold - as the supposed custodian is sword in hand and ready to fight any perceived enemy - not of the state but any person that stands in his way of actualizing his ambition. The law  has become his instrument of reprisal and antagonism with impunity.  The people are astonished as they watch events inimical to true democracy at play. Worse still, his deputy has eventually become an archenemy - and both estranged because of Mr. Odubu's intention to vie in the coming gubernatorial election. It is on air that, the Comrade Governor's inappropriate reactions and restlessness is simply on the  ground that the state's second in command might not exit with him as their tenure expires this year (if he wins) - and there is a strong fear that  the deputy, with his popularity and, connection  can truncate his ambition to
    becoming a political godfather in the state.  Apologists of the deputy see it as laughable because Mr. Egberamwen Odubu's  action is not at variance with the constitution.  The citizens are somewhat apprehensive - not knowing what will happen next. 

    Social and news media are agog with pity stories of Oshiomhole's desperate move to impose his "anointed candidate" as the next governor of the state - even at the expense of making the party becoming a mere social group without political agenda and future in the state. He does not give a damn! All he wants is for his political dynasty to remain as along as he lives. His fear according to some people is that the incoming person could be pushed to react by way of prosecuting him for gross misappropriation of funds and other finance related matters.  For this not to happen, he is all out to make sure that the next governor of the state comes from his camp.

    Reports have it that he has stepped on many toes to realize his ambition. This is why many people are not at peace with him. In the recent past, Barrister Gentleman Amegor was embarrassed by some elements in the state and arrows of accusation was pointed at him because of the difference in their choice of candidate, other political matters and his indifference to the plight of the embarrassed party chieftain. 

    In a similar action, this happened just recently,  one of the Comrade's Senior Special Assistant on media was arrested, arraigned and was released on bail and as luck would have it  that the charge preferred against him was bailable. If he had perfected his plan, the man would have been languishing in jail. The reaction of the first citizen of the state was because SSA made bold to publicly pledge his support to the candidate of his choice to the dismay of the Governor. The people of the state in reaction see it as an outright intimidation and an attempt to infringe on his freedom to exercise his fundamental right as a free citizen of the state.

    In a similar  vein, Hon. Osaro Obazee, the elected chairman of Oredo local government was suspended from office  allegedly on the ground of corruption and other related matters. In a swift reaction, the Chairman went to court for redress. The court gave him an audience and the judgement went in his favour, but in flagrant disregard for the court's decision, the office of the chairman was barricaded by some people  - denying him the opportunity to gain entrance into the office. In this episode, the people also believe that the Comrade Governor was behind the action as the latter felt slighted because the chairman supposedly pledged  his loyalty to another political stalwart in the state. On this very matter, as you read, the Iyamho man has become a law unto himself as thugs at his behest remain stationed at the Oredo secretariat refusing the local government chairman from gaining access into his office. 

    Therefore putting these pieces together, one can deduce that the political atmosphere in the state is unfriendly and if not addressed by using the right apparatuses of the government to resist any act of abuse, oppression, and intimidation by these agents of evil, there is fear that in the coming days leading to the election might become volatile and unbearable.

    This also gives credence to the simple fact that the days of APC in Edo state are numbered and the reason, suffice to say is based on the ignoble and abominable precedence of the party-led administration. 

     

    Iredia Osakue, JP is a Turin-based scholar, political analyst and public commentator on national and global issues.

     

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  • PDP Decides: Message Of Goodwill To Delegates And Officials.

    20/Jun/2016 // 170 Viewers

     

    On behalf of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Edo Patriots - Italy Chapter welcome the PDP distinguished delegates and the impartial election coordinators to the heartbeat of the nation.

    Your honest service in the primaries will go into annals of history and your names will be written in the sands of time that even tsunami cannot wash away. 

    PDP's first-eleven is needed to win the final match come September 10th. And this is the ultimate goal of today's exercise! 

    The eventual success of the party in the general election lies in your hands and so be guided by your conscience to vote the right candidate. 

    As you go about this lofty responsibility, we wish you all God's guidance. We are all aware that the task is onerous but bear in mind that your decision today will determine the future of Edo state.  

    Therefore, we implore you all to be circumspective in your decisions, so that you will be part of those who helped in the opening of a new  chapter in the history book of Edo state. 

    Edo state cannot continue to lag behind in the country. The state needs a tender-minded leader that can fast-track progress. Pastor Ize-Iyamu is tested and trusted! Your vote for him is a vote of liberation for the citizens of Edo state. 

    As we leave you to do your assignment, let it remain etched on your minds that "

    conscience is an open wound and only truth can cure it."

    POI IS REAL!

    Iredia Osakue
    Coordinator


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  • The bloody legacy of Usman Dan Fodio [I]

    20/Sep/2016 // 432 Viewers

     

    On 19th September 2016 after the latest bombing in New York, Mr. Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, said “In the 20th century the United States of America defeated fascism, nazism and communism. Today the United States of America must destroy (radical) Islamism”.

    Mr. Trump is absolutely right! Yet it is not just in America that the scourge of jihadi violence and Islamist terror must be destroyed. It must be uprooted, defeated and destroyed throughout the entire world, including Nigeria.

    Sadly in this respect things appear to be getting worse. Reports coming in suggest that no less than eight Christian worshippers were murdered in cold blood whilst their Church was burnt to the ground in Borno state just yesterday.

    One wonders when this sad and sorry tale will end. One wonders when this recurrent and utterly beastly bloodfest and this outrageous orgy of violence will stop?

    If it is not Fulani herdsmen and miitants slaughtering southerners in their homes and farms it is Boko Haram butchering Christians in their Churches in the north. Sadly our President does not give a damn and he is behaving true to type.

    Like the Roman Emperor Nero, as his nation burns, as his people suffer, starve and feel the pain of economic recession and as members of the Christian community in his country are being slaughtered he has, yet again, opted to play the fiddle and jet out of the country.

    This time he has travelled to New York and, worse still, he has gone with a record 108-member delegation despite the fact that we are facing the most terrible recession in the history of our nation.

    Yet this contribution is not about the idiosyncrises of Buhari or the barbarity of Boko Haram but rather about their historical predecessors and forefathers and the unholy agenda that they collectively seek to purse and enforce. The history is clear. Let us go back to the beginning.

    Sheik Usman Dan Fodio, a violent and relentless jihadist, the man who led his people from Futa Jalon in modern-day Guinea to Sokoto in northern Nigeria in 1804 and the father of the Fulani Caliphate, once said: “Conscience is an open wound, only truth can heal it”.

    I find it hard to imagine how a genocidal maniac and islamist terrorist who killed, maimed, pillaged and burned his way to infamy in the most barbaric way and who enslaved millions in the north and took their self-respect, identity and dignity away from them can speak of “conscience” and “truth”?

    The bitter truth is that he had neither of the two.
    I have always found it curious that the Guardian Newspaper used his words as their motto.

    Perhaps they didn’t know who he really was and what he really stood for. They say that there is no compulsion in religion yet this is a man who literally soaked northern Nigeria in blood and who took the lives of millions of innocent and defenceless men, women and children amongst the Hausa tribe in Gobir and other northern tribes in his quest to impose and establish Islam.

    In a well-researched essay titled, ‘The National Grazing Reserve Council Bill: A Fulfillment Of Usman Dan Fodio’s Dream’, Mr. Lazarus Obinna wrote the following.

    “Usman dan Fodio, an Islamic scholar and an urbanized Fulani had been actively educating and preaching in the city of Gobir with the approval and support of the Hausa leadership of the city.

    However, when Yunfa, a former student of Dan Fodio’s, became the Sultan of Gobir he restricted Dan Fodio’s activities, forcing him into exile in Gudu.

    A large number of peoples left Gobir to join Dan Fodio and as a response on February 21, 1804, Yunfa declared war on Dan Fodio.

    Despite some early losses at the Battle of Tsuntua and elsewhere, the forces of Dan Fodio began taking over some of the key cities starting in 1805.
    The war lasted from 1804 until 1808 and the forces of Dan Fodio were able to capture the states of Katsina and Daura, and the important Kingdom of Kano (in 1807) and Gobir in 1808.

    The Caliphate was founded in February 1804 at Gudu when Dan-Fodio was proclaimed ‘Amir Al-Mu’minin’ (‘Defender of the Faithful’). Usman Dan Fodio then declared a number of flag bearers amongst those following him, creating an early political structure of the empire.

    In 1809, Muhammed Bello, the son of Dan Fodio, founded the city of Sokoto, which became the capital of the Sokoto Caliphate.

    The jihads had created “a new slaving frontier on the basis of rejuvenated Islam.” By 1900 the Sokoto caliphate had “at least 1 million and perhaps as many as 2.5 million slaves”, second only to the American South (which had four million in 1860) in size among all modern slave societies.
     
    From 1808 until the mid-1830s, the Sokoto Caliphate expanded, gradually annexing the plains to the west and key parts of Yorubaland.
    It became one of the largest states in Africa, stretching from modern-day Burkina Faso to Cameroon and including most of Northern Nigeria and Niger Republic.

    At its height, the Sokoto Caliphate included over 30 different emirates under its political structure.

    The political structure of the Caliphate was organized with the Sultan of Sokoto ruling from the city of Sokoto (and for a brief period under Muhammad Bello from Wurno). The leader of each emirate was appointed by the Sultan as the flag bearer for that city but was given wide independence and autonomy.

    Much of the growth of the Caliphate occurred through the establishment of an extensive system of ribats as part of the consolidation policy of Muhammed Bello, the second Sultan. Ribats were established founding a number of new cities with walled fortresses, schools, markets, and other buildings.

    These proved crucial in expanding the Caliphate by developing new cities, settling the pastoral Fulani people, and supporting the growth of plantations which were crucial to the economy.

    By 1837, the Sokoto Caliphate had a population around 10 million people.
    Now, going through the National Grazing Reserve Council Bill something caught my attention.” The bill in question shall create a council to be chaired by a chairman to be appointed by the President, the council shall have powers to take land anywhere in the country and pay compensation”

    Now the land shall be given to herdsmen who shall use the land for grazing purposes.

    Another thing that stroked me is if the owner of the land is not comfortable with the decisions of the Council, the person can go to court but after he or she must have notified the Attorney General of the federation and gotten his consent or approval, that is to say if the Attorney general refuse to give his consent, you have lost your land forever to herdsmen.

    Again, The National grazing reserve Council would have the powers to take your land and pay you compensation and don’t forget you can only get compensation if you have documents proving ownership.

    Now in the beginning of this article,you could see how Usman Dan Fodio and his descendant captured the areas known as the north and some parts of Yorubaland.

    This is a plan to over-run the south in fulfillment of the promise made by Usman Dan Fodio and don’t forget, The Fulani, were,and are, a nomadic people who have been influential throughout the history of North West Africa for over a thousand years. They were also responsible for introducing and spreading Islam over much of Western Africa. Don’t also forget that Usman Dan Fodio was a fundamentalist Muslim who used religious fervor to ignite his devotees to undertake a series of holy war. Following the success of his Islamic jihadists, non-Muslim Fulani joined the ranks with their fellow tribesmen to form an extensive and powerful empire, an African Islamic caliphate.

    In this 21st century, Ranches are established and used to rear cattle, farmers buy land to create ranches. There is nowhere in the world where the land of ordinary citizens are compulsorily taken and given to others.

    I highlighted the history of Usman Dan Fodio,the Fulani herdsmen and their activities for you to know the risk in allowing the Grazing Bill scale through and what the initiators intend to achieve. The earlier we stand against this bill and the initiators,the better for us. Say NO to the Grazing Reserve Bill!”

    Mr. Obinna’s analysis cannot be faulted. He has hit the nail on the head. The passage of the Grazing Reserve Bill would be a fatal error on the part of southern and Middle Belt legislators and the final step in establishing Usman Dan Fodio’s dream and legacy in southern Nigeria.
    The Bible says “knowledge is power”. It follows that ignorance is a terrible affliction: it is a terminal ailment which leads to certain death.

    In an essay that I wrote on 25th July 2016 titled ‘Nigeria’s Third Mahdi and the Last Of The Amalekite Kings’ (Naij.com, Trent-On-Line, Daily Post, The Sun Newspaper, Pointblanknews and New Telegraph) I described Dan Fodio as the “first Mahdi of Nigeria”.

    He was the greatest evil that ever afflicted our shores closely followed by an Englishman by the name of Lord Frederick Lugard who recommended and decreed the amalglamation of the northern and southern protectorates of Nigeria in 1914.

    Between those two monsters many lives, destinies, families, nations and futures were destroyed and many stars were eclipsed. May the Lord repay them according to their works. [continued]

     

     


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  • BUHARI's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the silent coup plotters and the GAMBIAN precedent

    21/Jan/2017 // 1869 Viewers

     

    On December 1, 2016, Gambian eligible voters went to the polls to elect their leader thus ending the long reign of their longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh who initially conceded defeat. Barely a week after, Jammeh in a nationwide broadcast announced the annulment of the election citing fraud and irregularities which gave rise to tension not only in The Gambia but in the subregion. 

    However, the poll winner a former security guard and estate agent, Adama Barrow, was eventually sworn in two days ago in neighboring Senegal after pressure from ECOWAS leaders failed to make Jammeh step down. Although he is reportedly still in the State House amid pressure to hand over to the duly elected president, Adama Barrow the world knows his days are numbered with West African intervention force on standby to dislodge him from the Villa. And happily enough he has just heeded the voice of reason by finally stepping down which is none other than a triumph of the peoples' will.

    In a similar vein, Nigerians went to the polls about two years ago amid subtle threats against the former president. Prior to the highly controversial federal elections that saw the emergence of Nigeria's current President Muhammadu Buhari uncertainty hung in the air the country was divided along ethnic and religious lines especially in the north which wanted a return of power to the region at all cost. Jonathan's name became ear-biting among  Muslims who had been brainwashed in Mosques that casting vote for him renders them as infidels. Hence the gullible ones amongst them were taken in and voted to effect a change. Thus the desired change was effected heralding the dawn of a new era in Nigeria.

    While the governing party, the All Progressives Congress remained in opposition prior to the elections, Nigerians were told that their lives could be much better under an APC-controlled Federal Government with the then presidential aspirant, Muhammadu Buhari, promising to introduce lasting social and economic reforms. 'Lives could be much better?' Pop-eyed, Nigerians asked, which means they would have uninterrupted power supply, the Naira would be made equal in value to the dollar, petrol would sell for less than N87 per litre, a tin of peak milk would sell for less than N40, a bag of rice would sell for less than N8,000, etc. Armed with these weapons, the gullible minds were conquered and they reportedly effected a change.

    Buhari did say he would make the Naira, Nigeria's domestic currency equal in value to the US dollar when it exchanged for N150. The price of petrol, he said would cost much less. His former Petroleum Minister, Prof Tam David West told the nation that with Buhari, his former boss at the helm price of petrol will be reduced to N40 per litre. The former Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola did also say Nigeria under an APC-led Federal Government would fix the nation's erratic power problems within three months.

    Under an enhanced green revolution, Nigerians were promised there would be food aplenty that would make life superabundant amid bogus promises to create millions of jobs. Thus, the then Federal Government under the former ruling Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) was seen as none other than a plague that needed to be rid of but fortunately or unfortunately Nigerians threw away the baby and the bath water by voting out the party that saw the emergence of an APC-controlled Federal Government with the principal architects seen as tin gods that have indeed come to liberate the people from the bondage of PDP sixteen years' 'misrule'.

    Almost two years into the APC-led administration, the change Nigerians reportedly voted for is still miles away if not totally non-existent as everything has crumbled marvelously. 

    The major reasons being cited for this crying ineptitude and incompetence are looting of the treasury under the immediate past administration, crash in global oil price and militancy in the oil-rich Niger Delta.

    Let us examine these in turn. While the looting of the treasury lasted under the former party, Nigerians were still able to feed and there was no indication or visible signs that a tin of peak milk would rise to N200 from N40 at the time. Again, while the looting lasted, there was no visible sign that a litre of petrol would rise astronomically to N147 from N87 per litre. Again and again, while the looting lasted there was no visible sign that the Naira would exchange for N500 as against N150 in less than 2 years. I, for one, would prefer a Nigerian government characterized by looting that would maintain the former status quo all things considered.

    Is there any government in Nigeria where there had not be massive looting? Could Nigerians cast their mind back to the legal battle between Vera Ifudu of the Nigerian Television Authority in 1984 and Major General Buhari as a military ruler? What about the melodrama at the airport of Lagos between Buhari and his late second-in-command while Atiku Abubakar headed the Nigerian Customs? Those who were not born then would be better advised to do an in-depth research about what happened between Buhari and that young woman at the period under sad review following the news she reported on NTA where Buhari was one of the dramatis personae. On this score, no government at any time in Nigeria has not been involved in looting the treasury if we need reminding. The embarrassing disappearance of money running into billions when Buhari held sway as PTF chairman and the sudden disappearance of huge sums of money that was later traced to a Midland bank account in London are sad cases in point which are all chronicled in the 'Many Crimes of Buhari'' authored by Nigeria's Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka.

    Another reason often cited by this administration is the crash in global oil price. Official figures show that Nigeria produces about 2 million barrels per day which were disrupted by militancy in the Niger Delta. That is to say, the problem here is two-fold. Firstly, contending with cuts in production output and secondly reduction of the oil price. The former Central bank Governor, Prof Charles Soludo in a piece published by the Nigerian Tribune said oil sold for less than $30 dollars when he took charge as the boss of the Nigeria's apex bank - the Central Bank of Nigeria and as of the time he left, Nigeria with the proceeds from oil was able to save up to over $60 billion in her foreign reserves although militancy was unknown at the time. But today a barrel of crude oil sells for over $45 with an average production output of over one million two hundred barrels per day in spite of the militancy in the region. Hence, what's the problem, if one may ask? 

    As Nigeria now heads towards another elections' year, 2019 to be precise, with frustration staring ominously in faces as a result of failed political and economic policies occasioned by gross ineptitude and incompetence of the ruling party, there is no denying the fact Nigerians are fed up with the governing APC overlords that seem to have capitalized on their ignorance, conquered and kept them under what could be best described as permanent subjugation.

    Nigerians, I have no doubt, would vote for another change but the question is would their wishes ever count again? Will Nigerians ever be allowed to take control of political future? I have my reservations in this regard because of what I have seen happen in subsequent elections under the APC-led Federal Government.

    Certainly, hunger neither sympathizes with religion nor ethnicity and you know as well as I know Nigerians have reached and made a swift volte-face and all yearn under the existing circumstances for a return to when petrol sold for N87 per litre. Nigerians all yearn for the golden era when a tin of peak milk sold for N40, Nigerians all yearn for a return of when a bag of rice sold for N8000, Nigerians and foreign investors alike all yearn for when there was stability of the naira when it exchanged for N150 to the US dollar. This year, reports say, Nigeria will officially devalue the Nigeria which means the Naira could be exchanging for N1000 for $1 in no time!

    The crux of the matter is, can Nigerians ever be allowed to decided their political future via the ballot box in future elections using the current hardship and frustration as indices of Buhari's success or failure?

    Elections have been held recently and which calls the role of INEC in serious question. No sane-minded person, if we all need reminding, would want to remain glued to an unworkable political system as obtains in Nigeria today. Suicide which was previously unknown in Nigeria has taken the center stage with many people dying on their own feet as a result of hardship and attendant frustration. Many young women have become women of easy virtue in order to keep body and soul together with many braving the harsh odds of the fiery Sahara desert to the coast of Africa where they embark on dangerous sea journeys to Europe and many have perished in this adventure.

    Now the question is will the Independent National Electoral Commission allow the peoples' will to count with 2019 around the corner? Would there ever be a free and fair election with Buhari's relative as the boss of Nigeria's electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)?  Frankly, I have my reservations here considering what happened in Edo State, Ondo state gubernatorial elections and Rivers' legislative rerun elections.

    No sane-minded person would like to remain with a system whose trademarks are frustration, hunger, suicide, insecurity of lives and property and utter hopelessness being witnessed under the present APC-led administration. APC, we were told, swept the polls in both Ondo and Edo States - this had better been told to the marines considering what happened prior to the elections in these states geared towards completely eliminating the opposition and their members who are considered enemies of  the state - a typical example is former Governor Oshomhole whose deeds and actions are not only beastly but marvelously evocative of a misbegotten Homo Sapiens from an extinct barbarian tribe.

    There is no denying the fact that he is politically naive, uninformed, crude and uncivilized by being very intolerant of the opposition. A vibrant opposition is one of the essential ingredients needed for any democratic setting to thrive which he seems to have lost sight of. 

    With Buhari's relative as INEC boss, the wishes of the people in the above-named states where elections were held like an unworkable marriage were annulled and eventually bastardized which is tantamount to a coup d'etat.

    There is no denying the fact that this is what will happen again in 2019 because no one in his right frame of mind will like to remain aboard a vessel which is navigating perilously through stormy waters by voting for Buhari or APC either by any act of omission or commission, frankly, I do not think so. Hunger and frustration know not partisanship, ethnicity, and religion, armed with these weapons, Nigerians will not want to return these cast of neophyte actors to power come 2019 except the ugly scenario in Edo, Ondo and Rivers elections is rehearsed and craftily re-enacted by INEC and with connivance of the security agents which is tantamount to a coup d'etat.

    Whereby it is glaring that the wishes of the people have again been toyed with by INEC Nigerians may be heading for an open revolt and what is happening in The Gambia today could be replicated in Nigeria to enforce the peoples' will by an intervention force in the subregion. This is why I see what is happening today in that tiny West African nation as a welcome development because the Nigerian military and other security agencies dominated by northern elements have been politicized and the only language they understand are Buhari's partisanship and ethnic bigotry which is only typical of totalitarian regimes.

    *Iyoha John Darlington, a social activist, political analyst and public commentator on national and global issues wrote from Turin, Italy.


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  • Edo Poll 2016: Oshiomhole riding roughshod over Edo State.

    21/Mar/2016 // 361 Viewers

    By Iredia Osakue

    The peace loving people of Edo state deserve better. They deserve to enjoy the full dividend of democracy having worked for it. Even in the face of man-made  suffering, they accepted the ugly situation with equanimity. 
    This brings to mind that the ultimate measure of a people is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand in times of challenge, controversy and discomfort. (MLK quote paraphrased). On this score, the People of Edo state deserve commendation. 

    Since the emergence of Adams Oshiomhole's administration, the people have lived between the rock and hard place. But beneficiaries of his are quick to debunk this by citing examples of the good things his administration has done. Viz.:  "red roof endemic syndrome," refurbished roads and all  whatnots. The big question is: has he done sufficiently and fairly for the people?  Once again, many sycophants will answer in the affirmative in a bid  to satisfy their "misleader." 

    Here again, Oshiomhole is brandishing his sword  for yet another onslaught.  But this has to be resisted! Not by way of violence or unrest, but by not yielding to his caprices. The citizens cannot  forget the tumultuous years of agony and misrule under the watch of Governor Oshiomhole even if he brings paradise to the state as a way of buying the minds of the people in preparation for the forthcoming gubernatorial election. 

    It is commonsensical that riding on the shoulders of a mentor, godfather or friends to stardom or relevance is not a bad idea but what is not acceptable is the imposition of a person on a people. One of the interesting divine gifts is for a man to be in autonomy and free to take decisions at any given time. Therefore, any attempt to take away this God-given right from any individual through sinister  motive becomes sacrilegious. 

    The crack between the ranks in APC in Edo state stems from the pretext of continuity - to conclude the unfinished work of the present government. But the hidden agenda is an outright imposition of a man in continuation of his obnoxious legacies  so that the political empire of Oshiomhole will not die.  He wants to rule from his house when he leaves Denis Osadebey Avenue. Adams Oshiomhole, has so much caused rancour and created an unending friction and polarization of his party in an attempt to remain an overlord. Insofar as APC is not a criminal empire, it will be practically impossible for the party die-hards to allow the vertically challenged governor from wielding power and authority over them. Hence, this is already an open secret, the citizens of Edo state should be cautious and  open-minded for it not to come to reality. 

    Governor Oshiomhole's anointed son, (though more than the age of adoption) Dr. Godwin Obaseki should first learn how to tackle conflicts especially that of the family before yearning for the governor's position. Conflict resolution is not something you learn overnight, it comes by a dint of hardwork.

    His family member, Don Pedro Obaseki, a candidate in the same party with him is on to square with him in the primaries because  he does not even trust him. If this is coming from an insider, what do you expect from the people of the state? The family's mistrust gives credence to the open fact that the people will continually have an axe to grind with the government if allowed to win. 

    Godwin Obaseki in the interest of Edo people should listen to the good voices of reasoning and bow out with his Boss, Adams Oshiomhole because the 
    seat of power in Edo state is not  for a yes-man nor a misguided do-gooder. As we say: to thy tents O Israel, so let it be with Godwin Obaseki and his adopted daddy-governor. You people have outstayed your welcome and for us, the Edo people, your 
    disappearance for your information would be a good riddance to bad rubbish. You are swept away into the rubbish bin of history for peace and tranquility to prevail in the state.

    *Iredia Osakue is a Turin-based scholar, political analyst and public commentator on current affairs.


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  • The Superiority Of Bini Culture Over Oshiomhole's Political Ambition.

    21/Oct/2016 // 385 Viewers

     

    In the days leading to the governorship election in Edo state, many unforgettable things happened. But for the purpose of this write-up, I will narrow my narration to the issues that border on the palace and the unfortunate postponement of the election. 

    We will all recall that the election was officially scheduled to hold on the 10th of September 2016 and all necessary plans were in place for the actualization of the set goal. The state expended unquantified tax payers money towards the preparation and the citizens were once again in top gear to exercise their civic duty. 

    Sadly, Mr. Adam Aliyu Oshiomhole and his gang threw caution into the air and against the collective wish and decision of the well-meaning citizens of the state, the election was deliberately postponed so that they could perfect their plans for the unprecedented and colossal rigging of the election.  There is a Bini aphorism that says; "if you pluck off your eyes because of your enemy, you will not have eyes to see your friend." This is what played in this circumstance! Because of the deep hatred Mr. Oshiomhole has for the PDP candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, he churlishly disobeyed the wish of the people who voted and fought for his mandate all to satisfy his whims and penchant for governance at all cost - even through the back door. 

    The only obvious reason behind the postponement was the fabricated impression that the state was at risk of violence and terrorist attack ( by which group, the people did not know). With the power vested on Mr. Oshiomhole as the chief security officer of the state, he invoked the enabling constitutional provision to carry on his "violence" on the interest of the people. The underlying plan to rig was perfected  within the space of time and so it was.

    Unfortunately, the respected palace was caught in the crossfire. Despite the hue and cry of the people that the palace had scheduled the coronation process in a spiritually and physically agreed date. Mr. Oshiomhole vehemently refused to heed to the people's concern and thus the election date was set for on the 28th of September and it conflicted with the beginning of the coronation rites. The palace as an institution of peace, love, and harmony decided to reschedule its date for the official commencement of the coronation rites. 

    Instead of the Comrade governor, at least to have given it a thought, he was undaunted. In his usual grandiloquence, he created a friction between many classes of people. He impressed it on the people that the government was, by all means, extra superior to the traditional institution.  
    A government cannot thrive without the input, moral and unconditional support of the traditional leaders. In fact, they build the platform for the government to build on. 

    Having considered this, it sounds strange to read on social media and online newspapers that the Comrade governor is desirous to present the staff of office to our new Oba irrespective of his defiance and unprofessional behavior during his fight to continue his "third term" in office. He even had the effrontery to say that this is the first time a governor who is an indigene of the state will exercise this lofty privilege. The question is, is he knowing this now? His propensity to demean people is not only restricted to the weak and poor like the widow whom he told to "go and die" but to respected institutions and personalities. 

    Interestingly, the coronation rites in its beauty is a testimony to the preserved cultural heritage that is second to none.  The coronation echoes in all the nooks and crannies of the world and those that are privileged to be part of it will have a sweet story to tell and in the same vein happy to have witnessed an unforgettable event.

    In consideration of Mr. Oshiomhole's paroxysm on the revered institution in the days leading to the gubernatorial election, the people cannot wait for the expiration of his tenure.  Though he has succeeded in bringing his surrogate to take charge of the affairs of the state albeit temporary, but the citizens will have a reason to sleep with both eyes closed.

    Iredia Osakue, JP is a Turin-based scholar and a public commentator on current affairs.


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