• Buhari And NNPC: Did the minister say it's cheaper to import petrol than refine locally?

    17/Mar/2016 // 171 Viewers

     

    By Ifeanyi Izeze


    Certainly, it is now very clear that the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, is completely oblivious of the rules of the new arena he has come to play. His demeanour since he came onboard indicates that he was not properly tutored that the rules of the game in Mobil where he came from are completely different from what obtains in the political arena where he now plays. Somebody should him and fast too that there is a huge difference between functioning in the political/government space and sitting down in an office to do the legal side of upstream oil business.

    Does this minister actually think of the serious political consequences of most of the things he says on the government he is serving? Haba! This was the same man who told us last September that any refinery that does not work full-stream (100 percent installed capacity) would be scrapped by December (2015). Today how many of our three refineries are operating even at 50 percent installed capacity? Early in the year he told us the Kaduna Plant is running at 60 percent installed capacity.

    Meanwhile, he forgot that his same NNPC told us that after the Turn Around Maintenance of the Kaduna plant, on the point of streaming the plant, it was discovered that the crude oil feedstock supply trunkline from the Escravos had 78 breaches between Warri and Lokoja. The question is: if Kaduna had operated at 60 percent as the Minister said, where did it get the crude oil it was refining because we were not told the breaches have been fixed? How long can we continue like this as a nation.

    How do you reconcile that the Minister of State for Petroleum whose government has been celebrating the stoppage of subsidizing importation of fuels could few day later be saying “at the moment, importing Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, also known as petrol, is cheaper than producing the product in the country's refineries?” could it be he was he speaking the mind of the substantive Minister of Petroleum, his boss? Time will tell!

    It was in Abuja while addressing newsmen that Kachikwu stated that until the upgrade and total refurbishment of the refineries are concluded, as well as ensuring that the pipelines are fixed, it would be uneconomic and very expensive to produce petrol locally.

    According to him, local refining of petrol would make much more economic sense if all the refineries undergo full set of repairs and Turn-Around Maintenance (TAM), and when new refineries are set up in the country through co-locative initiative.

    His words: “Most modern refineries are configured in such a way that your stock of PMS outage is a lot higher, 70 to 80 per cent. So when we do import the product, we actually save money; we get it less expensive than when we do it here.

    “But having said that, the reality is that until we have alternatives in terms of co-locative refineries which we are looking at; until we finish the total refurbishment to improve and upgrade the refineries, it does not make sense to use it with some of the deficiencies.

    “This is because distribution is key. If you have product in Kaduna for example, pumping into the north becomes easy as opposed to moving, as we do whenever we have a crisis – trucks all the way from Lagos and Oghara, out to the north.”

    Kachikwu further said “even if the current set of refineries were working on a 100 per cent basis, they would only be able to account for 20 million litres of PMS per day, about 50 per cent of the country's total consumption. This means that the country would still resort to importation to meet up with the shortfall.” So is this a new discovery or the lies can no longer cover the truth?

    According to the minister, “The way the refineries are configured right now, and until a full set of repairs and TAM are done, they are configured on the basis of 50 per cent of PMS and 50 per cent other products. So even if they were producing on a 100 per cent basis, which they are nowhere near producing right now, PMS output would be less than 20 million litres. Our consumption is closer to 40 million. So we will still have, literarily, 50 per cent gap.”

    How can government be telling us is cheaper to import petroleum products? That is apparently giving us no hope. So the minister is telling us that other countries will buy crude oil from Nigeria, transport it to their place, refine it, transport it back to Nigeria and sell it to us at a cost that will be cheaper than when we refine it here? What magic are those countries using and why can’t Nigeria employ such magic? More so, this is coming after the NNPC told us few days ago that our Refineries made profit of over 5 billion naira in the month of January 2016. How do you reconcile this?

    If the minister doesn't, let him know now that Nigerians don't expect our present government and set of leaders to be saying this to us now. These were the same excuses the past leaders kept giving. Even if the refineries are not working in full capacity as at present, is there even a long term plan to fix and/or upgrade all of them to get optimal yield?  Do we have a sincere long term plan of building new ones whether turnkey or modular?

    So, if those who built the refineries in their own generation configured it 50-50 PMS and other products, good and fine, they have done their part and gone. Now is it not the duty or rather turn of those who are there now to do something about the design defect (if it is true) by upgrading the Plants and/or seriously setting out to build better ones that will be better configured as obtained in modern times?

    Whether what Kachikwu said had some truths or not is immaterial in the context of his statement. We know that right now our refineries are not functioning anywhere near sustainable or rather impressive capacity utilisation. Then couple with paucity of funds to do any meaningful mega turn around or upgrade amongst other setbacks, it will cost a hell load of resources and time fixing the problems in the refining subsector.

    But, is he aware that the party he is serving in its government dragged Jonathan in the mud because his government could not refine our crude oil locally and relied almost 90 percent on offshore bridging through all sorts of opaque transactions that came to be known as crude-for-product-swap fraud? If you blamed the previous government for that failure and now you are advocating for the same arrangement, is the present government going to apologise to the previous one and to all Nigerians that they were quick to blame their predecessor? You see?

    How can Kachukwu now convince us that he has not joined the cabals working against our national interests in the oil sector? Those that rule Nigeria including Buhari and his team are different from those that run the country and dare not toil with them or they run down your government. It happened under Jonathan and we are beginning to see it happen under the present Buahri-led government whether anybody wants to believe this or not.

    My pastor used to say that “excuses always diminish a man but in this case- diminish a government.” God bless Nigeria!

    Ifeanyi Izele lives in Abuja, Nigeria.

     

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  • Armed nomads menace and Buhari's destructive silence by Chima Chukwuma

    17/May/2016 // 255 Viewers

    By Chima Chukwuma

    With patience, I've been waiting to see President Buhari's plan and action to combat the ongoing menace and terrorism from these Fulani Cattle marauding terrorists, but unfortunately, as always, Buhari has demonstrated his incompetency to lead a diverse country as Nigeria. 

    Far from his fiery response against freedom activists in form of IPOB and Niger-Delta Avengers, Buhari have demonstrated embarrassing lukewarm approach to stop the soiling of innocent blood by Fulani terrorists. 

    If I may ask, how many cows do these terrorists own, that make them to believe that the whole of Nigeria's landmass is their grazing ground? In terms of world's beef producers, Nigeria is insignificant. 

    Several countries produce hundreds-times more beef than Nigeria, but their citizens are living in peace, without any menace and terrorism from the cow owners. The United States is the largest producer of beef in the world followed by Brazil & the European Union.

    The United States, Brazil and the European Union produce 48% of the world's beef. This is the list of world's highest beef producers:

    Rank Country 2015 % Of World
    1 United States 10,861,000 18.58%
    2 Brazil 9,425,000 16.13%
    3 European Union 7,540,000 12.90%
    4 China 6,750,000 11.55%
    5 India 4,200,000 7.19%
    6 Argentina 2,740,000 4.69%
    7 Australia 2,550,000 4.36%
    8 Mexico 1,845,000 3.16%
    9 Pakistan 1,725,000 2.95%
    10 Russia 1,355,000 2.32%
    11 Canada 1,025,000 1.75%
    12 Colombia 895,000 1.53%
    13 South Africa 875,000 1.50%
    14 New Zealand 667,000 1.14%
    15 Paraguay 590,000 1.01%
    16 Uruguay 565,000 0.97%
    17 Japan 490,000 0.84%
    18 Kazakhstan 415,000 0.71%
    19 Philippines 410,000 0.70%
    20 Ukraine 380,000 0.65%
    21 Egypt 320,000 0.55%
    22 Korea, South 317,000 0.54%
    23 Belarus 270,000 0.46%
    24 Iran 249,000 0.43%
    25 Chile 228,000 0.39%
    26 Peru 205,000 0.35%
    27 Vietnam 205,000 0.35%
    28 Venezuela 165,000 0.28%
    29 Switzerland 143,000 0.24%
    30 Algeria 140,000 0.24%
    31 Nicaragua 140,000 0.24%
    32 Angola 105,000 0.18%
    33 Costa Rica 90,000 0.15%
    34 Guatemala 86,000 0.15%
    35 Dominican Republic 70,000 0.12%
    36 Israel 70,000 0.12%
    37 Honduras 65,000 0.11%
    38 Saudi Arabia 56,000 0.10%
    39 Lebanon 48,000 0.08%
    40 Malaysia 28,000 0.05%
    41 Oman 23,000 0.04%
    42 Bosnia 20,000 0.03%
    43 El Salvador 20,000 0.03%
    44 Jordan 20,000 0.03%
    45 UAE 16,000 0.03%
    46 Libya 9,000 0.02%
    47 Hong Kong 8,000 0.01%
    48 Congo 7,000 0.01%
    49 Taiwan 7,000 0.01%
    50 Macedonia 6,000 0.01%
    51 Kuwait 3,000 0.01%
    52 Gabon 1,000 0.00%
    FAS/USDA (Metric Tons). 

    Where is Nigeria in the above list? Still, these Fulani terrorists masquerade under cow and under official protection from Federal Government and dubious security agents to massacre peace-loving Nigerians. 

    Weeks ago, it is on news that one stupid ''Grazing Bill'' is being considered by the National Assembly. Does it mean that members of our National Assembly have nothing important to do? Cow business is personal business! 

    Owners should buy land and construct ranches and grazing fields for their cows. This is not Nigeria's national issue. Can you imagine Igbos, known for trade and commerce, coming out to demand that Federal Government must construct markets in all cities, Local Govts and States of the Federation, where Igbos can have shops FREE and do their business? 

    Igbos use their hard-earned money to buy lands across Nigeria, construct shops and pay taxes. Those that cant afford to buy, rent. Fulanis must fund the construction of ranch and grazing fields! 

    If they see open field, and if owners agree to sale, good, and if owners refuse, they should look elsewhere. NOBODY SHOULD BE FORCED TO RELINQUISH HIS/HER LAND TO THESE TERRORISTS FREE!! 

    So, it is time to stop this madness from these Fulani terrorists, BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!! Soon, Nigerians will have no option than arming themselves, to defend their lives, their family and their lands.

     

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  • Those accusing me are looking for pipeline surveillance contracts - Tompolo speaks again

    17/May/2016 // 607 Viewers

     

    PARIS, MAY 17, 2016: (DGW) - Ex-militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo  has told President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw troops from Gbamaturu Kingdom adding that hunting for him by laying a siege to the once peaceful kingdom under the guise of hunting for Niger Delta Avengers is most unfortunate.

    Tompolo said troops presence in the kingdom, he knows, as well as everyone know are because of him but faulted that move seeing that he has nothing to do with the destructive activities of the new militants.

    The embattled Gbamaturu High Chief said that he is surprised that after a series of press statements from him that he has no links with Niger Delta Avengers the place is still  being laid a siege to by Nigerian troops.

    He once again insisted with every emphasis at his command that he has nothing whatsoever ever to do with the militants and urged the President Buhari to withdraw armed soldiers from the embattled region.

    Troops' presence, he said , is an affront to the economic lives of the residents adding that the manhunt for him by non-stop siege to the Kingdom under the guise of looking for the militants baffles him immeasurably.

    Said the fleeing ex-militant leader in a press statement sent to our Paris newsroom: ''It baffles me that the Nigerian military has refused to believe me that I am not part of the group and its activities as contained in several media statements.

    “I am obviously a victim of circumstances in this matter because of my case with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. How can I resort to destruction of oil facilities because of those trumped-up charges against me by EFCC, when my lawyers are already challenging the faulty process of legal service on me?

    “If not for the common insinuation that the Nigerian judiciary is on trial, why would my case with the EFCC become the greatest issue in Nigeria today when there are so many important things to talk about?

    “I am greatly touched and disappointed with the manner the Nigerian government and the military are being arm-twisted by the unfounded claims of Ayiri Emami and others that I am behind the Niger Delta Avengers group when there is no single proof to back the claim.

    “May I once again point out that Ayiri Emami and others accusing me of the destruction of oil facilities in parts of the Delta State are simply looking for relevance, recognition and pipeline surveillance contracts. If anyone doubts what I am saying, they should find out from the GMD and Minister for State for Petroleum because Ayiri and his likes have been troubling the Minister for pipeline surveillance contracts for some time now.”

    Reacting, Chief Emami said: “If I am lying, why did Delta State Government set up an Advocacy Committee to stop pipeline vandalism in the creeks of the state? Who is the committee, headed by the deputy governor, going to meet in the creeks? Is it Itsekiri militants or Ijaw militants?”   


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  • The Revelations of the Damned, By Akintokunbo A Adejumo

    18/Dec/2015 // 317 Viewers

     

    "Unemployment, underdevelopment and poverty everywhere in the land. Our people are living like animals; we cannot even rear our children” – Source Unknown.
    “Quite frankly, the war against Corruption is not strictly about me; it is about building a country for our children and forthcoming generations can live in peace and prosperity. All around the country, you see dilapidated infrastructure, poor healthcare, collapsed education, lack of public utilities, decayed social services, etc. These are all products of corruption because those entrusted to deliver these to the people have pocketed the money". – President Muhammadu Buhari, 11.12.2015
    I am a very simple writer; I write from the mind, untrained, unfettered, not under obligation to or paid by anybody or newspaper, and thereby free of baggage and garbage.
    It is indeed very difficult (or how else can we say it?), to sympathise with former President Goodluck Jonathan, trying to absolve him of any complicity in the alleged (yes, alleged for now) unbelievable, mind-boggling, brazen, raping and looting of the country's treasury that they said went unchecked during his six year tenure; insisting that because he relinquished power without a fuss when he lost the last Elections, then he's an uncommon Hero; that he was a good and decent man, but all admitted that he was not good leader and President. 
    All these displays of sympathy are intended to appeal and convince us that Mr Jonathan should be absolved of any crime perpetrated under his now almost discredited government of mediocrity, nepotism, religious and tribal bigotry, deceit, deception and undisguised hypocrisy and deliberately hoodwinking of the Nigerian people.
    How the people who allegedly participated and benefitted illegally under this ignoble regime could think they could continue to rape the country, yet conceal their crime for so long and further continuously consolidate these frauds without detection at some point in time is beyond the imagination. The crime and corruption are so massive, unfettered and unmanageable (even as a criminal concern) that there was no possible way the "shit will not hit the fan" sooner rather than later. 
    But due to their singular mediocre minds, suffused with greed, selfishness and idiocy, these alleged looters never ever gave a thought that their deeds will ever be revealed. This proved to me that the PDP never expected Jonathan to lose the election in March 2015. They were so confident they will still be in power, and thereby able to conceal and continue the massive looting of the country’s treasury, resources and assets.  Some, however foresaw the days of Revelation, and thought that by jumping ship - from PDP to APC - they will be able to enjoy some form of immunity, or at least, protection from the revelations that will eventually burst out. Some saw the handwriting on the wall, but still decided to ignore the signs.
    Even now, the person that should engage our sympathy is President Buhari. He is in deep trouble, if he does not know it. If all these revelations are true, then PMB's government has a real problem on its hands. He has to see all these through to their logical conclusions – no sacred cows or untouchables because of political, religious and regional affiliations or loyalty. He must ensure fast, free and fair prosecutions, and if and when convicted, long jail terms for the perpetrators of such huge scams and frauds on Nigerians, depriving us of so many things, causing thousands, if not millions of unnecessary deaths directly and indirectly. It is getting more open and messier by the day, even more than the Halliburton Scandal and Independent Power Project scam of the Obasanjo days, probably because then, it was a PDP government doing themselves in. (They did not know it then, but they were setting themselves up for implosion and disgrace)
    But as it is, if all these revelations prove to be true, then our main concern should be our compromised, irresponsible and very corrupt judiciary; our greedy, morally bankrupt and ignoble attorneys and our stupid democracy that favour powerful corrupt politicians and bastardise the Rule of Law, as well as the parochial and misguided partisan Nigerians that are holding hypocritical and sycophantic briefs  for these corrupt, shameless, remorseless and nonchalant politicians’ misdemeanour and delinquency. 
    However, the problem is still very much caused by us, Nigerians. The outrage against Jonathan, Dasuki and the rest of these “exclusive sharers of our commonwealth” is our collective responsibility. Nigerians should be marching towards Aso Rock to demand full accountability and justice, and if Buhari fails to act on our demands, he should be pushed out of the way. Unfortunately, folks see it through the prism of party politics, but it's bigger than that. Before writing this piece, I have already been accused of basing my statements on speculations thus making everything baseless. For how long shall we continue to shy away from the revelations and continue to call them speculations? Even if the level of crime is not as massive as is being revealed isn't the fact that such crimes are committed by so few a people heinous enough to be looked at dispassionately and condemned roundly by all?
    Now, it is important to delineate revelations and speculations. Over the past few weeks, it has become the norm of some sections of the society to denounce these revelations as mere unproven speculations; but I am not surprised at such incoherent pronouncement from my people; I have always said we are our own problems. Even if the scale of the revelations are not as massive as we are reading and come with touches of hyperbolic sensationalism, the fact remains that massive amount of the country’s money was distributed illegally, with impunity, total disregard for the rules of governance and with utter unaccountability amongst some chosen elite in both government, the PDP party, the media and business communities, including some who are now even in the ruling party, the President’s party, APC.
    Nevertheless, as I wrote in two previous articles, "A People Beyond Redemption" and "A Peoples’ Aversion to the Truth is their Undoing", the African mind is so politically primordial that it always blind people from fairness and truth. And this has summed up the kind of mixed horde we have in Nigeria. For a person, schooled and educated to a degree level, to call the unfolding revelation, confession, and admission by the looters themselves to be “speculations” just confirms my suspicions about our people’s attitude to corruption, and understanding of it from a moral viewpoint. But then, didn’t our former President himself say stealing of public funds is not corruption?  Does it mean if a person is from my clan, or he is of the same faith with me, or we belong to the same political party, as far as these sets of people are concerned, that person can never do wrong? The pitiable thing is that majority of these unsolicited "pocket lawyers" and devil's advocates suffered greatly as a result of action and inaction of the same person they are defending.
    Unfortunately some (and again, repetitively, these are the educated and supposedly enlightened and sophisticated members of the society) of us are blind, guided by political, tribal, self-seeking and religious nonsense, who enthusiastically allow themselves to be used as injudicious missiles. One would think that every sane and sensible Nigerian will fall behind the present government in its anti-corruption campaign. But you just check out social media and the number of Nigerians carrying brief for the thieves and criminals being prosecuted is just unreal. What one cannot understand is the glee with which these set of Nigerians embrace every setback or hindrance that comes the way of the current regime in cleansing the corrupt system. That to me is unpardonable and is the sign of sick minds. Can you imagine a man jumping for joy and clapping enthusiastically every time that fireman trying to put out his burning house, with his family trapped inside, and are struggling to control the flame?
    Well that is exactly the behaviour of those Nigerians that do not wish the current government well in its bid to stem the rot of the past years".
    What is even more shocking and disturbing should be the revelation that national budget is being shared like groundnuts in the market under the guise of funding to disengage insurgency and terrorism and the head of the same government claimed ignorance of approving the release of the funds. All the beneficiaries of the bonanza of doling out the funds were ex-President Jonathan's allies; and one would like to know how that was accounted for in the nation's books, or maybe we do not have books anymore? Where are the checks and balances put in place by the Constitution, the statutes books, legislations, rules and regulations, etc.? Where are the Auditor and Accountant Generals?  Yet, these individuals, educated, widely-travelled and men/women of the world are worshipped as heroes nationally by Nigerians.
    What kind of criminal racket are we operating here in this country, Nigeria, that we call government? 
    The political class in Nigeria has sought office not because of the desire to change the economic situation through dedicated, sincere and committed service but it has been mainly for their personal development. Their primary path to financial success has been through primitive and rapacious accumulation of wealth through stealing of public funds. It is so deep that the fight over fiscal federalism is nothing but for personal aggrandisement. Yet the fight is so strong and intensive one that we may think that is for the good of the commonwealth. No, it is not, as we ae all seeing and experiencing in our daily lives as the unfortunate victims of these criminals, or as the late great Fela Anikulapo-Kuti dubbed them several decades ago, Vagabonds in Power (VIP).
    The scale of this primitive acquisition of wealth can only be comprehended from the littering of the national landscape with failed projects, moribund development, a collapsed and prostrate economy as evidenced in dilapidated and decayed infrastructure, poor healthcare, collapsed education, lack of public utilities, decayed social services, chaotic way of life, insecurity of lives and properties, uncertainly of daily bread, etc. These are all products of the prevalent and virulent corruption that has enveloped and strangled the country and its people because those entrusted to deliver these to the people have betrayed our trust and have pocketed the money.
    Of more concern should be the human effects - poverty, distress, hopelessness, sufferings, diseases, hunger and deaths that we see and experience every day; yet some people still hang on to the belief that the current government is lying about the looting of this country over the past sisteen, and even more, years; or that the exercise to flush out looters is based on vindictiveness and witch-hunting and slanted towards members of the last government and party.
    Well.............................? Do they care? Until several lots of them are handed long jail sentences (or maybe even executed) this spectacle will continue. The hydra-headed corruption is not a beast to be tackled with soft gloves; let some high profile corrupt politicians, ex-governors, legislators, and their parasitic sycophantic rich tag-along businessmen (AGIP) who derive their wealth by preying on government contracts and largess to flaunt their ill-gotten gains in the face of their fellowmen and fellow women go to thirty years at Agodi or Kuje prisons, with the hardest of labour, and observe the effect and change on Nigerians.
    So, dear compatriots, please look around you and perceive the chaos, the despondency, the desperation, the poverty and hopelessness on the faces of our people and tell the man in Aba, Maiduguri, Asaba, Ugep, Ado-Ekiti, Ilorin, Makurdi, Owerri, Ede, etc. that NOBODY is responsible, nobody can be held  culpable for their unfortunate plight in a rich country like ours; that the people, rulers that forced or rig their way into power, are elected, selected, appointed and entrusted with managing their wealth and welfare for the past sixteen, thirty or fifty years cannot or should not be probed and jailed for their roles in the looting and raping of their country.
    A word of caution to the current administration: Buhari must not be distracted from his anti-corruption stance and bout, however he must also not allow himself and his government to be swamped and grounded in the mire of the corruption fight. Corruption will always fight back a hundred times more viciously than the ones after it, and will do everything to stay ahead of the game. He should concentrate of governance and put reliable, sincere, seasoned and equally vicious anti-corruption people in place to engage in this fight for him and Nigeria.
    It is indeed the Season of Revelation of the Damned!

    Akintokunbo A. Adejumo writes from London, United Kingdom

     

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  • Why History should be taught, By Dr Reuben Abati

    18/Dec/2015 // 201 Viewers

     

     

    There is never a scarcity of shocking events, revelations, encounters and experiences in the course of the interesting times we seem destined to live in. But nothing can perhaps be more shocking than a recent encounter I had with a young man. He had remarked quite innocently to my hearing that he wondered what the noise was all about over the late Chief Moshood Abiola. “Who is he?” he asked. I almost passed out.

    “Who is Chief M.K.O. Abiola? How old are you? When were you born?” I retorted, trying to figure out whether it is indeed possible for anyone in this country not to know who MKO Abiola was. I followed up with another question.
    “You mean you don’t know who MKO is?”

    “Why should I know him? Does he know me?”

    By now, I was sweating. It turned out that the young man was born in 1995, two years after the 1993 Presidential election, and he was still a toddler by the time of the return to civilian rule in 1999. Now 20 years old, and a university graduate, he has grown up inside Nigeria, never knowing the late MKO Abiola, the martyr of the struggle for democracy: the main man whose sacrifice and heroism resulted in a long, civil society protest against military rule. Abiola was in addition, a major African philanthropist, a promoter of sports and one of the most remarkable figures in Nigerian history in the latter part of the 20th Century. I tried to explain Abiola’s significance to the young man.
    “Good for him”, was his response. I could sense that he wasn’t excited.

    I had to take on the additional task of further urging him to check out the name on Google: the knowledge made-easy platform on which the young ones rely for quick information. I dare not ask him to read some books about that period in Nigerian history, knowing what new technology has done to many of our youth, who find it difficult to read anything that is more than a few easy paragraphs. My encounter with this particular young Nigerian ended with the sad feeling that there are many like him out there, already out of university and busy thinking of next steps in their lives but who know next to nothing about the history of their country.

    I have had similar encounters in more recent times: young Nigerians who do not know the author of Things Fall Apart, and who have never heard of Lord Lugard, Ahmadu Bello, Bola Ige or Kaduna Nzeogwu. The other day, I stumbled on an exercise on social media in which someone posted the picture of Samuel Ladoke Akintola, and asked that he should be identified. This generated some confusion as some referred to him as Adegoke Adelabu, and some of those who could identify him said Akintola was the one that uttered the famous phrase: “peculiar mess”, which got translated by his Yoruba listeners to “penkelemesi”. The only relief I took away was that nobody said the picture was that of Aminu Kano or Sa’ad Zungur. I imagine, at this rate, that a day may well come in the future when some young Nigerians may never have heard of Murtala Mohammed, or any of the present-day historical figures.

    This is one of those self-inflicted omissions in our development process. Close to two decades ago, history was removed from the primary and secondary school curricula as a core subject. The teaching of history also became threatened at the tertiary level, as it got labeled as one of those disciplines that cannot get anyone a job in the oil and gas sector or the banks. In an attempt to remain relevant and avoid being shut down by the National Universities Commission, History Departments became creative by changing their content and nomenclature to History and Diplomatic Studies, or History and International Relations.

    A succeeding generation of History graduates never failed to emphasize the suffixes. At the primary and secondary levels, history was replaced with social studies (which is at best a study of civics), or made optional, until it was even completely removed from the syllabus. Years of lamentation by history teachers has not made any difference, but the point needs to be made ad nauseam, that the school curriculum must be reviewed to place a better emphasis on the learning and teaching of history. It is in fact quite ironic that Religious Studies occupies a more privileged place in the Nigerian school curriculum: we are busy teaching our students and the future generation, the two major religions, and many of them grow up force-fed with only that kind of history that the religious books teach, along with the dogma. Today, we are harvesting the dangers.

    History is the connecting link between the past, the present and the future. Serious nations take time out to teach students and the general populace the history of the people and their country, for it is only when a people know where they have been, where they are, and where they are going that they can better prepare themselves for challenges. The history of mankind is repetitive, another way of saying there is nothing new under the sun, by learning from other ages, we build the confidence to forge ahead.

    Every country that cherishes memory and the art and culture of remembrance of all things past and present strengthens nationalism, a sense of citizenship and the current of knowledge in the public space. History is a truckload of mistakes made, from which we can draw lessons and accomplishments from which we can draw inspiration. It is also an instrument of power: colonialists in Africa did not teach the history of the colonized, they taught their own history, and insisted that Africans had no history, and no culture. It took a whole generation of African historians to insist on the existence and the authenticity of African history, and to tell our story to the world as a means of affirming identity, cultural heritage and independence. And yet today, this aspect of the struggle against mental slavery and domination has been abandoned.

    The teaching of history needs not be formal: indeed in developed countries, more history is taught informally, bits of history are inserted into the landscape of social being in various forms. These include different types of museums: natural history, art, aviation, technology, war. Monuments are erected at chosen locations to remind the people of the past. Homes and birthplaces of famous achievers, including writers, statesmen and war heroes are marked and described. Public buildings welcome visitors with history. Cultural products, including movies, are also used to promote national history and energize the populace. By the time a child grows up in the midst of all this, he develops a sense of awareness that guides his relationship with his country. It is also for the same reason that professions, including the military, teach their own history, to project tradition and achievement.

    The historical narrative, thus represented in many shapes, has defined many societies. We visit such societies, enjoy their spectacles, absorb their narratives, and even buy their mementoes, but here back home, we have no museums, telling any significant story. We have no public places preserving the memories of our heroes past. Every child in Ghana knows who Kwame Nkrumah is, because his legacy is well-preserved in the public space. Where are the Nigerian equivalents? We don’t even keep official records anymore. Where is Nigeria’s National Presidential library? A nation without a conscious promotion of its history, culture, landmarks, icons, symbols, monuments, and heroes is a society deserving of extinction.

    In the absence of a deliberate and structured effort to see history as a tool for national development, we have over the years left the telling of our story to revisionists playing games with national unity and promoting the enemies of amalgamation. Revisionists are propagandists, masters of dogma, and promoters of falsehood and lies. They deliver their narratives in convenient short-hand formats and through rumours. Many of the young men today who are clamouring for secession have never read the history of the civil war; they are victims of a false single story, which says other Nigerians do not like Igbos. The Yoruba landlord who does not want an Igbo tenant may not have heard that Igbos once represented Yorubas in parliament, or that Igbos have always been strong stakeholders in Lagos politics – all he knows is that silly story that Igbo tenants take their landlords to court, as if Yoruba tenants don’t do the same.

    Those young men and women who allow themselves to be turned into foot-soldiers by Pastors and Imams, and who turn religion into a vehicle of violence have never been taught that those who did the same in the past in this same country got gunned down. Those religious groups who take over the highways and our streets, claiming they are holding a special revival or a procession, and who do not care about the rights of other road users and citizens have probably never read stories about the tension generated by such encounters between the state and religion. They all do not know that turning religion and ethnicity into enemies of the Nigerian state will ordinarily attract dire consequences because the state has a responsibility to allow freedom of expression but also an equal responsibility to prevent any form of abuse. By the same token, those trigger-happy security men who indulge in extra-judicial murder, have never read how such conduct indeed violates the dignity of the state, and sets a condition for the failure of government and state.

    The historical sociology of the Nigerian condition points to much repetitiveness of social and political conduct with very little change in capacity to manage same, from the colonial period to the present. Those who ignore history and fail to learn from it are bound to repeat it. And so, we keep repeating the same errors because we forget too easily. The process of national re-orientation must include a promotion of our history for national development purposes. It is not enough to admit that some of the worst fanatics using religion and ethnicity to threaten national integration are university graduates: this indicates a great omission in the curriculum; in form of the failure to use the education system to produce Nigerians who are first and foremost citizens with loyalty to the country.

     

    Dr. Reuben Abati was the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to former President Jonathan.

     

    Views expressed in any article we publish remain entirely the author's and do not reflect the editorial policy of DailyGlobeWatch


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  • Saving lives saves dollars

    18/Feb/2016 // 234 Viewers

    By Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

    Who is responsible for child health in government? The answer is everyone. The buck shouldn’t stop with health ministers; protection of child health needs to be a concern for all government, and all governments.

    After all, children are not only the most vulnerable members of society, they are also a nation’s future. And, if this alone weren’t enough to make childhood disease prevention a national priority, compelling new evidence suggests it also makes sound economic sense, too.

    With more than 30 vaccine doses administered worldwide every second, immunisation is already recognised as one of the most cost-effective health interventions. But a new study, published this week in the journal Health Affairs, now puts a more precise figure on it. According to this, for every dollar invested in childhood immunisation we can expect to save $16 in healthcare costs, lost wages and lost productivity due to illness. If you take into account the full value people place on living longer, healthier lives, then that return on investment increases even further to $44.

    But if vaccines are such good value, why are one in five children globally still not getting access to even the most basic shots, with many countries having immunisation coverage rates of below 50 per cent, the vast majority in my home continent of Africa? And why are 1.5m children still dying every year from vaccine-preventable diseases?

    Part of the problem is political will, particularly from finance ministers, thanks to a lack of understanding within governments that vaccines aren’t just good value for money, but are an investment. In addition, there is a widespread assumption within governments and beyond that childhood mortality is a matter only for health ministers. In reality, it has implications for just about every aspect of government.

    Preventing illness through immunisation can have a huge impact in helping to contribute to the social and economic well-being of individuals, families, communities and countries. A healthy infant does not need medical treatment or care, both of which come at a cost. She also has a greater chance of growing into a healthier child, who is able to attend school and ultimately become a more productive member of society. And instead of caring for a sick child, her parents are in a better position to go out to work and increase their own ability to earn, which means they will have a greater disposable income to feed back into the economy.

    All of this is not just good for boosting local and national prosperity; strong routine immunisation programmes also form a vital part of robust universal health systems, which are themselves critical to helping national leaders achieve economic and development targets. To put a figure on it, this latest study, which looked at 94 low and middle-income countries, predicts that between 2011 and 2020, childhood immunisation stands to offer up to $1.43tn in economic benefits.

    However, if we wish to harness these benefits, as well as further economic returns beyond 2020, then we need to see greater long-term domestic commitment towards immunisation. Since 1990 we have seen childhood mortality more than halve and since 2000 witnessed more than 500m additional children receive vaccines, thanks to organisations like Unicef, the World Health Organisation and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, of which I am the board chair. But if this kind of progress is to be sustained then we need to see strong immunisation policy backed up by long-term health spending allocation.

    This means we need to stop preaching to the choir by focussing only on health ministers, and instead engage all aspects of government, in particular finance ministers. As former finance minister of Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, I know how important it is for health ministers to make a better case for immunisation to finance ministers when it comes to defending their health budget. They need to make finance ministers understand the critical role that reducing infectious disease has in boosting the economy, and the role they have to play in making that happen.

    That is why the forthcoming Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa is so important. Taking place in Addis Ababa later this month, it brings together leadership across all government levels throughout the African Union, towards the common goal of universal childhood immunisation in Africa.

    To some extent we have already seen some very positive signs of progress, not least with the former president of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, agreeing to become Gavi’s global ambassador for immunisation to spread the word to his peers about the benefits and value of vaccination that he saw in his own country.

    In addition, we have seen increases in spending on health. Over the next five years we expect to see the 39 poorest African governments contribute around $6bn towards the cost of immunisation. If childhood mortality is to continue to fall, we will need to ensure that in the years to come that figure continues to rise.

    Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is chair of the board of Gavi.


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  • OMG, £1 is now N505 and $1 is N385. Will Nigeria not become the new Zimbabwe?

    18/Feb/2016 // 333 Viewers

    By Okunsokan Olabunmi

    Chai! Una don enter am no be joke...
    Seriously, someone needs to slap that old man to reality. We are going down too fast.
    By next month, March, Nigerian government won't be able to pay workers salary anymore. Our foreign reserves is getting depleted everyday but Nigerians are not being told anything.

    After Buhari gave the state's over 600billion to pay their outstanding salary arrears, he also gave them chance to borrow over N400billion to augment their other financial obligations.
    My fellow Nigerians, more that 30 state governors have submitted proposals for another loan of hundreds of billions of Naira from Buhari and the CBN. They want him to withdraw more billions of dollars from our foreign reserve the past government left. I heard Buhari told them to go and present their case to Nigerians before he can do anything.
    Despite giving the states over N1trillion as a life-saving gesture; the states like Osun and Imo are still owing their workers months of unpaid salaries.
    More workers are been laid off by these criminals in government houses across Nigeria because of their insatiable greed that our money seems unable to quench!
    They got billions in loans from banks, abroad, gets regular federal allocation, subventions from foreign donors, they even generate billions of Naira in tax; but still prefers to just make life more difficult for an ordinary man.
    If Naira should become N1000 to a dollar, someone should endeavor to put Nigeria on the eBay for a buyer. A better manager needs to come on board.
    This is not the change you voted for!


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  • • E-X-P-O-S-E-D! Jonathan was a wicked and clueless president

    18/Feb/2016 // 832 Viewers

    By Tunde Omo Sholanke


    15 Reasons He had to be Stopped 'By All Means Necessary' In 2015. 

    Fellow Nigerians,
    I  came to the point where I  agreed with some online-tigers that “President Jonathan Must Be Stopped By All Means Necessary” and I  also agreed with the former president and elder statesman, General Olusegun Obasanjo, that Mr. President and “his body language” must be stopped “before it is too late”. 
    Shamefully he wanted buy his party's nomination form on the 11th of November, 2014.
    I agreed with the aforementioned both, as well as with some of our power-broker brothers in the north and their southern friends like Dr. Tilde, Dr. Junaid, Sule Lamido, Ciroma, Murtala Nyarko, Kwankwanso, Aliyu, Okorocha and Amaechi, who said that “Jonathan must be stopped at all cost”.
    I agreed with all the above mentioned to the extent to which these 15 reasons posited in this article applies. I have taken out my time, out of patriotic zeal – to country, not necessarily to president - to critically evaluate former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s personality and administration. I have asked myself, “Hey Chidi Cali! Stop to think for a minute! Why do you think most of the powerful people in Nigeria, both within the ruling and the opposition parties would just be against one man?” They couldn't all be wrong at once, could they?

    I  came to realize that there was something wrong with that man as everyone could not be wrong at once, although the case of everyone of the Pharisee’s and Jew’s condemnation opinion of Jesus gives me reason to think that sometimes everyone could be wrong. But what is wrong with former President Jonathan? Don’t tell me he is Jesus! To answer the above question, I have had to do thorough soul-searching introspection, and evaluation of the facts, the fiction and the faction in searching for the truth. Luckily, I got the answers, which are listed in subsequent paragraphs as the fifteen reasons why Bros Joe had to  be stopped the way they did. 

    In summary, the 15 reasons why I supported Online-warriors' position that “President Jonathan Must Be Stopped By All Means Necessary” as well as OBJ’s warning that it should be “Before It Is Too Late” will expose the truth why most of the powerful forces in Nigeria ganged up against President Jonathan and why formerly sworn enemies, hitherto incompatible and disgruntled politicians have united for a common cause. I am sure that after this bizarre article many people will be very disappointed with Jonathan the more.

    It is understandable that some would not expect one who had been a vocal sympathizer of the president to apparently do a 360 at this injury time. But there comes a time in the life of a man when he must obey his conscience and do what he believes in. This was such a time. And for those who would be disappointed after reading this article, I apologize in advance but what I have written I have written. I don't give a damn! I am loyal to the country, not to any individual. And I must obey the dictates of my conscience. Below, is a list of the fifteen reasons why we  stopped Jonathan before it was too late.

    1. Jonathan did not keep his secret promises to the power cabal but he kept his electoral promises to Nigerians. He secretly ‘promised’ the born-to-rule feudal lords that he would do only one term in office but he did not keep that promise whereas he promised the bloody civilians that he would transform Nigeria and he did keep that silly promise. Is that politically wise? This is the first and major reason why I believe that Jonathan was wrong. So, he had to be stopped by all means necessary before it was too late!

    2. They alleged that he was a desperate politician. I think I agree with that. Out of his desperation he became the president that approved the Freedom of Information Bill that gives Nigerians the right to get information from government, which his predecessors forbade. Out of his desperation he ensured that INEC got a competent boss who he did not previously personally know. Out of his desperation he  pursued the passing of the Petroleum Industry Bill to give justice to the marginalized communities that feed our nation. Out of his desperation he allowed the Judiciary to be free and independent.

    3. They said he is incompetent. I quite agree with them. Good examples of his incompetence are to be found on our federal highways, rail-lines, airports, seaports and other ports. If he were not incompetent how on earth could  a man have restored railway services to Nigeria after 29 years of neglect? 
    How could  a man simultaneously have  upgraded most of the airports in Nigeria and built new ones? How could a have  dualized all federal highways and fixing all the bad roads from North to South? Imagine the Benin-Lagos-Owerri roads! Imagine the Abuja-Lokoja Road! Imagine the Lagos-Ibadan road (the road was a blood zone). Prior to the last 4 Months before 2015 general elections, nobody  lost his life on that road) ! Imagine the Lagos –Kano Railway! Imagine the Port Harcourt – Maiduguri Railway! Imagine Enugu having an International Airport, even Onitsha and Warri having Ports and now ready for use. Haba? The reason why Fashola said no President has broken Jonathan's record in roads construction. Jonathan was incompetent jor!

    4. They said he has no clue. This is the one I agree with the most. “The man was clueless!” Only a clueless Nigerian president will diversify the economy to make agriculture, housing, manufacturing and commerce to be competing with oil as our chief foreign exchange earner. The wicked president made Nigeria a fertile ground for Car Assembly and Manufacturing companies and went further to Privatize PHCN (NEPA), allowing foreign companies to invest in Electricity generation and distribution, a policy Fashola commended and vowed to follow. These developments  expanded our economy and created millions of jobs in the country which we do not have again today under 9 months of Buhari's rule.

    Was he not clueless? Answer for yourselves. He was clueless about governance but he was able to select and assemble some of the best available brains and technocrats to man his Techno-Cabinet. Only a clueless man will line up Okonjo-Iweala, Olusegun Aganga, Adewumi, Onolenmenmen, Obanikoro, Nebo, Nnaji, Usman, etc, from time to time. 
    He was clueless about development but he resumed work on 2nd Niger Bridge, East-West Road, Zungeru Water Project, Power revolution attaining unprecedented generation and distribution capacity, he completed Onitsha Port and Akanu Ibiam International Airport and he  encouraged industrialization in Nigeria that we now have Made in Nigeria Rice, Cars, Choppers, Ships, even Drones.

     He was so clueless that he  invested three billion naira in further developing Nollywood to promote Nigeria’s towering image globally. 
    Only a clueless man could convoke a National Conference for which Enahoro, Adesanya, Fawehinmi, Ige, and all those patriots hoped to see in their lifetime but didn’t because those who had a clue were in charge. The man was indeed clueless!


    He revolutionized agriculture thereby making us less dependent on foreign rice.

    5. They said his “body language encouraged corruption” and others thoughtlessly regurgitate the tired and tiring cliché “He did not fight corruption” even though facts and figures showed that under his watch those holes and conduits that encourage corruption were systematically  plugged and covered holistically. Nigerians love theatre and whoever gives them theatrics would be their Hero. Ribadu pursued all the thieves around and very few were caught and the treasury thoroughly bled like Syria. But here was a Jonathan, rather than pointlessly pursuing thieves in a circus show, removing the conduits and possibilities for stealing (instituting Controls) and some said he’s not fighting corruption. Do you want home video for a proof? Go to Iweka Road, Onitsha. 
    The biggest corruption in Africa, possibly in the world, was the Fuel Subsidy fraud. Jonathan busted that and saved billions of naira that a thousand Ribadu could not chase should they have been declared stolen. Oya clap for the clueless one jor!

    PhD holder and a Primary Seven holder cannot use the same formula to solve any serious problem – and you can always trust that even the stupidity of the Ph.D holder will be smarter than the genius of a Primary Seven holder. 

    The next biggest corruption conduit in Nigeria was the issue of ghost and ghost workers who received physical and human salaries. It is only in Nigeria that ghost workers will retire and became ghost pensioners. Some of the ghost workers also received hazard and travel allowances. No jokes. Joejoe busted that also using biometric technology which he also prepared for use in our 2016 Census to solve an ancient puzzle of how many and who we really are, and we are saving billions daily. Oya clap hand for Oga at the Top a second time jare!

    6. They said he was vindictive of political opponents but he was the one who recalled his arch opponent, El-Rufai from exile and rehabilitated the gentleman who has quickly forgotten where the rains drenched him. He was so vindictive that when he declared a State of Emergency that was long due in troubled states, opposition states, he refused to take advantage to remove the governors and plant his stooges like his predecessors did. To know how vindictive he was to his opponents go ask Atiku, Gusau, Bakare, even Amaechi. He was really so vindictive.

    7. They said he did not perform. Each time I read anyone make such comment, the first investigation I make is about their age. The first impression I get is that such person might be a teenager who does not fully understand the conversation. The facts on paper and on the ground prove that President Jonathan performance has dwarfed the performances of all his predecessors thus he is among the best three presidents Nigeria has ever had – if not the very best already. For details of the facts, please if you cannot see it in the roads, look at the rails. If you cannot look at the rails, look at the sky or check out our airports. If you hate the skies, look at the ports. If you do not want to go far, look in your pot, the rice there is no longer from Thailand but from Ofada, Ebonyi and Ekpoma. 9 months of Buhari's rule our rice pyramid in the picture above has disappeared.

    8. He is said to be clannish but he had only one Ijaw in his cabinet whereas Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa, Fulani has more than three members each. His native Ijaw is said to be the fourth largest group in Nigeria even though no credible census has ever been conducted in Nigeria to convincingly tell how many and who many we are. Permit my grammar. I come from Igodomigodo State. A man who is clannish is the one who would work on a federal road which starts from Benin City, starting only from his Sagamu to Lagos. Jonathan is clannish he fixed the whole stretch of the road. He is clannish he courageously tackled the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. He is clannish he is fixed the East-West Road, Abuja-Lokoja Road, Keffi-Lafia Road, Makurdi-Oturkpo Road, Ninth Mile Enugu Dual Road  was completed in 2014. He is clannish he built 12 new Federal Universities, one in his home state, but none of them had his large highly educated and competent Ijaw person as Vice Chancellor. He is clannish and he's built a new seaport in Lagos State, his opponent's state, where one withheld LGA allocation and another - Buhari -  canceled Metro-Rail project in 1984. Clannish indeed!

    9. They said he is weak but he took on headlong the masterfully organized and well funded terrorist organization that carefully plotted to polarize Nigeria along religious grounds, instigate ethno-religious conflict and then cremated the nation. Only a strong leader could combat Boko Haram the way Jonathan did.

    Strength is not in noise making, but in strategizing. He is weak; he outmaneuvered Dambazzau and his men. He is weak, he defeated the ‘Northern Consensus’ Atiku. He is weak he made IBB and Gusau to retreat. . He is weak he withstood dissenting governors and legislators who had the temerity to desert their own party. He is weak he forced a senior letter writer to voluntarily retire from partisan politics. He is weak he sent the old-school 20 20 Naira Policemen out of our highway where some had erected their own police extortion centers and made them truly mobile and effective patrolmen. Weak, ba? You wish!

    10.They said he is wicked but in 2010 he approved a 53% increase in workers’ salary to make workers live a better life and that police to cure. Today, government workers are liked by landlords and no longer rejected when they go in search for accommodation because the landlords now know they can pay. Since Buhari took over this goodwill between landlord and tenants has again changed following the mass sacking of works and non-payment of salary running into months. This was non-existent during President Jonathan.

    11.They said he  did nothing in the power sector but he transformed the power sector, unbundled the corrupt and inefficient PHCN, decentralized distribution networks, increased our generation capacity over 100% and he  simultaneously built TEN power plants across the nation. If that is nothing, then we need more of nothing.

    12. He's said to not give a damn about education but he  released the UBE funds to every state to guarantee free primary and basic education. Before you argue that it is statutory duty, recall that the one who gave a damn seized statutory allocation to even LGA councils. He didn't give a damn but he built several befitting Almajiri schools for the hitherto used and dumped across Northern Nigeria to educate the power who should never be tools in the hands of thieves hiding behind religion and ethnicity to deny their own people development and empowerment.

    He did not  give a damn but he the biggest deal with ASUU in 30 years. He did not give a damn he increased funding for existing universities while he founded 12 new well founded and funded universities to give each state in Nigeria, at least, a federal university.

    13. They said he had good luck only for Jonathan and Pepe but bad luck for Nigeria but under his watch Nigeria migrated from Poor and Pariah to Big and BriNcs and from Big and BriNcs now we are called a Marvel and MiNt. Whose good luck is that? Answer for yourselves. As if that was not enough, Super Eagles, Golden Eagles, Super Falcon and all our athletes suddenly rediscovered that they are Eagles and not Chickens. This good luck must not be missed, I swear. Me too I am henceforth expecting Jonathan’s good luck to me. Walahi! Good luck to me, good luck to you, good luck to us all. Goodluck Nigeria!

    14. He is said to be a kindergarten president but since pensioner presidents and ex-convict party leaders failed to be creatively performing in their times as chief executives the kindergarten president  started to manufacture Made-in-Nigeria cars, choppers, warships, and even drones. Need I repeat Made in Nigeria, not Thailand, Rice? Only expired and discredited ex-convicts would dare call the digital president such thoughtless name. Kindergarten old crook!

    15. He was said to have trained snipers, kept a nebulous long list and intolerant of opposition but no opposition figure has been shot despite the avalanche of his open, semi-open, secret and not-so-secret enemies unlike before in the days of Ige, Dikibo, Williams, etc. A certain Senator who should rather be taking roles in Nollywood, plus a certain misguided son of a once great man in Yorubaland and a certain little man causing big, big trouble in Twitter, next to the man who is called Liar, desperately wish themselves in the so-called long list, even if it means their having to commit suicide, all in a bid to give credibility to incredulity. Therefore, fellow Netizens, the above are the reasons why they say Jonathan had to be stopped by all means necessary and they deceived everyone and stopped him
    Pity! I believe that, by now, having considered the foregoing fifteen reasons and supporting evidences on why they  Stopped President Goodluck Jonathan By All Means Necessary, you are convinced beyond all doubt, reasonable and unreasonable ones included, that those who  stopped Jonathan by all means are enemies of Nigeria who must not only be stopped by all means necessary but also be exposed for who they are – enemies, pretenders, bigots, felons!

    They are well funded to lie and deceive many. Many States of the opposition vote incredible portion of their budget to fuel this lying cartel. If you doubt this bold-faced claim, please get a copy of the Lagos State 2014 budget and compare the votes for education and social-media on the scale of relativity and you will come to understand why so many people throng online and have taken up paid jobs in bashing the former President  for every single They are each working very hard to earn their pay of the largesse budget vote by an opposition party which have neither ideology, discipline nor vision for 
    development action, even when he did what is not only right and laudable but also transformation. All they write is Nay Nay to the ridiculous point that some have turned to gay automatically from the moment President Jonathan signed the ASS (Anti-Same Sex) Marriage Bill into law.

     

    Nigeria other than the pointless pretext of “PDP is bad” yet they crawl and kneel by day and by night, even in the mud, daily, begging the same PDP members and leaders not only to join them but to navigate for them – directionless directionlessness! Apologies again for my Igodomigodo.

    Fellow Nigerians, on a final note, I urge you all by the mercies of God and for the love of country - to ignore the ranting of these misleading individuals who peddle lies that the former  President did nothing for Nigeria.

    Next time these wicked people approach you, on their hate mission or blindly opposing your President's policies, remind them that Jonathan's Transformation agenda were tangible, people can see them as they are not fairly tales. 
    Whether they approach you through their military wing that hates peace and civilization, cowardly throwing bombs in public places, or their media wing, that lie and propagate frivolous stories via the mainstream media, on the internet or their literature wing that write and leak open and closed kiss, refrain and tell letters, or their political wing that treacherously and shamelessly claim that “It is our turn to rule”, I have advised you to send them this message.

    Let them know that "who God blesses, No can one curse". Confront the haters  with these words; "2015: Challenge Jonathan with facts Not Hate.

    Tunde Omo Sholanke, an architect writes from Lagos, Nigeria.



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  • BENUE SOUTH RERUN: Why we need to re-elect Mark

    18/Jan/2016 // 362 Viewers

    By Daniel Omaga

     

    In every society where leadership positions abound, it is customary for the
    people to judge their leaders by performances. While some may be satisfied,
    others definitely will be disgruntled. If you are a leader and you are not
    criticized or hated by a section of your followers, then you are yet to be
    a leader. History has shown that great leaders are the ones that suffer
    more persecution. Even Jesus Christ suffered persecution and condemnation
    among his people. Unfortunately, they got to know His worth after He was
    gone; that He is indeed ‘THE MESSIAH’. Most times, people depose their good
    leaders as a result of their actions and inactions and then suffer the
    consequences thereafter.
    
    Divergent opinions have continued to trail the choices that lie before us
    as a people. It is like choosing between the devil and the deep blue sea.
    Ironically, the devil you know is better than the angel that you do not
    know. Of course, Onjeh and Mark are equally sons of the soil but to
    everything, there is a time and season. Yes, David Mark might not be the
    best option as perceived by many, but to a larger percentage, he is closer
    to the best considering the ferocious quest for the emancipation of the
    Idoma nation, which he has continued to champion. No doubt, he will have to
    pass the baton someday, but is Onjeh better positioned and prepared to
    carry on with the race? If Mark is such a bad leader as those that have
    continued to engage in calumnious campaigns portray him, why then are the
    Tiv people who consider the Idoma nation as “Benue Minority” perpetually at
    their mercies, like never before, poised to wrestle him from power even
    though he is only representing the people of Benue South?
    
    I see their uncharitable campaigns as not only untrue and diversionary but
    scurrilous and malicious and a calculated attempt to sabotage our
    collective struggle for the Idoma soul. I see this contest however, as not
    a fight between Mark and Onjeh, but a fight between Mark and other external
    forces both at the State and Federal level that are threatened by his
    continuous relevance in our polity. Why was Governor Ortom too quick to set
    up committees that will look into the marginalization of the Tivs at the
    national level even when our people are being relegated in his government?
    It is glaring that Mark’s counterparts could not wield his level of
    influence and relevance else, we would have still remained in political
    oblivion at the national sphere; a development that has continued to be a
    thorn in the flesh of our detractors. Why was the APC government in the
    State too quick to take away the position of the Secretary to the State
    government, even when it had remained our peoples’ mandate since this
    democratic era? Why did they conspire with our own representatives to take
    away the position of speakership of the State House of Assembly even when
    it appeared we would have had it? Why are prominent Idoma sons being asked
    to proceed on retirement even when their service years have not been
    exhausted? It is true that Apa State was not created. Same way no other new
    State was created. So why should that be used against David Mark?
    
    His influence attracted more federal appointments and recognition to our
    people than any other minority tribe in this country. For those that have
    being hypnotized into believing Mark has achieved nothing, it is pertinent
    to note that Senator Mark’s achievements in Idoma land for the past sixteen
    years far outweighs the achievements of his counterparts from the other
    Zones of the State put together. Have we asked ourselves if they performed
    better than Mark? What about his contributions to the educational,
    entertainment and sports development of our Zone? What about the National
    Open University study centre in Otukpo? What about the annual Mark D’ Ball
    event? What about Apa United football club? What about Joy FM? What about
    the Otobi Water Dam and the Oweto/Loko bridge? This election brings us face
    to face with our collective determination and identity pursuit and we must
    be very cautious of our judgment and choice come February 13, 2016 less we
    shoot ourselves on the foot, like the biblical Esau who sold his birth
    right for a pot of porridge. The people of Benue South must be left alone
    to decide who represents them in the Senate.
    
    Senator Mark is one of the best things that has happened to the Idoma
    nation. He is a jewel that is priceless. He is a force and will be a
    clearer voice and a better representative of Idoma nation that is already
    marginalized in the State. A man of his qualities and credentials may not
    depend on party affiliation, to soar, considering his wealth of experience,
    sense of maturity and clarity of purpose. He has indeed proven to the whole
    world that he is a political juggernaut, a stabilizer and a leader. In the
    nearest future, his representative policies will have resounding impacts
    that will restore our collective glory. Only then, shall we realize that it
    was better to have had a leader like him than not to have had him at all.
    It is on this note that, I follow in the lead of the Ogigo Mebe Ki’ Idoma,
    Most Distinguished Comrade Abba Moro to appeal to our people not to be
    deterred or swayed by the antics of our detractors. Let us allow Senator
    David Mark serve this term in the Senate.
    *Edward Ejembi Omaga is the Legal Adviser of Idoma Elite Club Worldwide
    [IEC], former Benue State House of Assembly Aspirant and writes from
    Okpokwu, Benue State.*

     


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  • Disturbing news after Keshi, Amodu’s death

    18/Jun/2016 // 359 Viewers

    Shuaibu Amodu


    “The evil that men do lives after them, The good is oft interred with their bones; So let it be with Caesar” – Mark Anthony, in William Shakespeare’s “Juluis Caesar”.

    (Today.ng) - The death of former four-time national coach, Shuaib Amodu, two days after that of Stephen Keshi, came to Nigerians like lightening from the thunderbolts: Both men were friends in life and had worked amiably together on the national team, the Super Eagles; could it then mean that they also chose to travel the road to the great beyond together? While Keshi’s death came after lightening illness, Shuabu reportedly died in his sleep. He was observing the Muslin Ramadan fast and family members who had gone to wake him up for “sari” met him stone dead 4.00am. Early on, he was said to have complained of sharp pains in his chest region as a result of which he called in a doctor who examined him but gave him a clean bill of health, even advising he could proceed with Ramadan. Shaibu’s son said his father had stopped fasting because of his health condition but this last one, he just chose to do the fasting because he thought he could manage it. 

    Creatures have an uncanny way of reconciling with their Creator when it matters most, even when it does not appear so to ordinary eyes. Both Keshi and Shuaid died in the Edo state capital of Benin; Keshi because he lived there but Shuaib because he had gone there to press the state government for his unpaid salaries and other emoluments. While Keshi hailed from neighbouring Delta; Shuaib was from Edo. The respective state governments as well as the Nigeria Football Federation that both men worked for signalled their intention to participate in their burial arrangements. In addition, there have been strident calls from everywhere that both men should be immortalised. I am yet to read any dissenting view. Even the House of Representatives passed a motion asking the Federal Government to immortalise both men as befitting of national heroes. Whereas Shuaib was buried immediately after his death, being a Muslim; Keshi’s burial arrangements are still on-going.
     
    A sorrowful dimension to the men’s death, however, is the news that they died broken-hearted, frustrated, and abandoned at the time they most needed love, encouragement, and support. The “ill-treatment” that both men had received at the hands of NFF is given as one of the reasons for this. It is a well-known fact that Keshi lost his wife not long ago and was, without doubt, heartbroken and crest-fallen. He was said not to have recovered from the sad loss before his own sad occurrence took place. I have read reports which say that had Keshi another love – football – to fall back upon immediately after that family tragedy, it would have made his recovery easier and faster. 

    I quite agree that with a job to tend and an assignment to execute; with another passion to occupy the mind, it should help someone to better get over the kind of loss suffered by Keshi. But an idle mind will only sink deeper into depression and hands unoccupied at such critical moments cannot but be the devil’s workshop. But, then, must we now say that employers should no longer hire and fire? Labour relations and extant laws recognise that the workplace is governed by known laws which are supposed to be applied regardless of whose ox is gored. 

    Just like employees have a right to quit jobs following laid down procedures, so also do employees have same rights to hire and fire following due process. The problem with the Keshi\NFF tango was that it was allowed to degenerate into personality clashes, bickering, and unnecessary name-calling and blame-trading; such that when both parties eventually parted ways, it was not with a handshake. Shuaib also had his own fair share of controversies with the Football authorities. Twice he qualified the country for the World Cup; twice he was not allowed to take the country there. 

    Yet, each time the authorities ran into trouble and called on Shuaib, he was always willing to come to the rescue. We have a huge lesson to learn here from how such issues are maturely handled by football authorities abroad. Manuel Pellegrini and Louis van Gaal respectively may not have been happy to leave Man. City and Manchester United just as Jose Mourinho was not happy leaving Chelsea; but teams abroad bend over backward to often ensure they part ways with less acrimony. We need the same spirit, understanding, and administrative acumen here. Henceforth, let us weigh our words before uttering them; what you will not say of a man when he is dead, do not utter it while he is alive. How you will not treat a man when he is dead, avoid treating him that way when he is alive. Or else, all your tears after the man’s death will be described as crocodile’s and your eulogies as nothing but sheer hypocrisy.

    But perhaps much more troubling, especially in Shuaib’s case, is the fact that the man went into his grave financially incapacitated even when the Edo State Government and the NFF owed him millions of Naira in unpaid salaries and emoluments. According to reports, Shuaib had gone to Benin, begging bowl in hand, to Gov. Adams Oshiomhole to beg for his entitlements. Shuaib’s letter to Adams graphically depicts how our leaders play tin-gods and ride rough-shod on the rights of citizens. 

    For someone who was once Nigeria Labour Congress president, the abject treatment meted out to Shuaib is a blithe on Adams; just as his “widow my foot” statement some years back. This is not to say, however, that Keshi and Shuaib were saints while they lived. But it is African to say no evil of the dead. Here, it is only the good done that lives after the dead while the evil is interred with their bones. It is wisdom to allow this understanding shape our inter-personal relationships to avoid future embarrassment.

    By Bola Bolawole

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