• The recent media siege on Governor Wike

    18/Mar/2016 // 218 Viewers

    By George Kerley

     

    The past week has been belabored with an intense media siege on River State Governor Nyesom Wike, which has bordered on the incidence of cult wars and violence in certain areas of Rivers State.

    First it was Eniola Bello of ThisDay with a Backpage report titled 'One week, One Death' with Wike. The appallingly vicious article, written by someone who had clearly not visited Rivers State had all the trappings of well scripted hatchet job targeted at damaging Governor Wike while patronizing Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, former Governor of Rivers State, current Minister for Transport and de facto political leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Rivers State.

    One will never be able to say what the true intentions of the authors of these articles could be. Some are wont to say that they may be angling for appointments from either Amaechi or one of his recently appointment-compensated lackeys. One would therefore not be surprised if one of these emergency hatchet jobbers is suddenly appointed as a media aide or public relations consultant to either the Minister for Transport or even the Director General of NIMASA, Dakuku Peterside.

    Not surprising, The Nation Newspaper (a media arm of the Tinubu empire) of Tuesday, March 15, 2016 also came with a fair dose of anti-Wike articles and reports.

    They include 'Wikes Rivers of Blood' penned by one Olakunle Abimbola, 'Supreme Court Ruling  Wikes appointees afraid of Sack' by Clarice Azuatalam, 'APC Leaders gun attack in Rivers' by Bisi Olaniyi amongst others.

    As a matter of fact, within the same week, an official of the APC from far away Ondo State made a call demanding that a state of emergency be declared in Rivers State.

    In spite of all the media charade, it is interesting to see that the people of Rivers state have outgrown the antics of the Lagos based media mercenary groups.

    Rivers people know the truth and the truth they say sets free.

    In no other state has the issue of insecurity been as trivialized by opposition politicians like Rivers State. There are those who even say that if the Agatu (Benue State) incident with its despicable killings had happened in Rivers state, APC politicians and their media agents would have wasted no time in accusing Wike of paying Fulani herdsmen to kill and maim their members.

    As a matter of fact, gory pictures of beheaded students (in Abia state) were brandished by APC agents in Rivers State as though it was an incident that happened in Rivers State. This is how saddening the reports have been so twisted, all in a bid to misinform Nigerians and provoke the good people of Rivers state who have found for themselves a leader who they trust and who they know is truly grateful, level headed and sane.

    It is not uncommon to see political editors at some of the national dailies wine and dine with well-known APC politicians at weddings funded and supported by the same politicians in the Lagos area. What is however regrettable is the fact that some of these editors cavort with these politicians at the expense of the truth and engage in campaigns of despicable calumny against political leaders all in a bid to appease those who water their pockets.

    The truth is, in Rivers State, we now know who our enemies are. Time will tell all things.


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  • President Buhari interesting interview with Aljazeera

    18/Mar/2016 // 208 Viewers

    By Okey Ndibe

    During his recent visit to Qatar, President Muhammadu Buhari sat for an interview with Martine Dennis of Al Jazeera. Last weekend, close to two weeks after the trip, I finally found time to watch the entirety of the interview. I found it enlightening, for two broad reasons.

    The first and minor one was to remark the interviewer's composure and confidence. She had a grasp of her subject (Nigeria's economic woes, widespread disappointment with Mr. Buhari's budget, and growing apprehension about the outline of his economic and security policies). The interviewer's full-throttle style was in sharp contrast with the fawning and deferential manner adopted by many a Nigerian reporter when given the opportunity to interview an incumbent or former president—or even lesser ranking public officials. In question after question, Ms. Dennis zeroed in on specific details of Buharinomics and politics Buhariana. And she was rather quick-footed whenever the occasion called for a follow-up question.

    My major interest in the interview was the opportunity it offered to take a measure of the president's mindset.

    Buhari had a few fine moments in the interview, the hallmark arriving when—reminded by Ms. Dennis that the IMF was not enamored of his refusal to devalue the naira—he replied that his country's interest trumped the IMF's prescription.

    On the whole, however, I came away with the impression that President Buhari's interview was simply “interesting.” And I have borrowed the word, interesting, with all its freight of ambiguities, from Mr. Buhari.

    He seemed uncomfortable when the interviewer touched on the subject of how the government's forex policy was affecting parents who are paying school fees for their children studying abroad. Yet, when she reminded him that his own children were also studying abroad—implying that he was now among the super-privileged—he seemed unfazed.

    One of most revealing segments of the interview concerned the scandal-plagued budget the president forwarded to the National Assembly. As Ms. Dennis asked pointed questions backed with dispiriting facts, Mr. Buhari seemed perplexed about his own budgetary proposals. He ducked or deflected her tough specific questions—say, about the fact that the VP's office was allocated more funds for book purchases than all the country's polytechnics put together, or about the even more disconcerting fact that the budget for improving the State House clinic was larger than the total budget for Nigeria's teaching hospitals. Even though the government recently punished some bureaucrats on account of the budget fiasco, the question remains: How did Mr. Buhari imprint a budget without first getting a handful of trusted hands to vet it?

    The interviewer brought up the scandal called security votes. “Security votes have been described as (perhaps) the most enduring form of corruption in Nigeria. Why don't you just eliminate them completely?” she asked. And that's when Mr. Buhari responded: “You know more about our budget than I do. That's very interesting.” He then went ahead to enumerate Nigeria's security challenges, including Boko Haram and resurgent militancy in the Niger Delta. “Nigeria has got all these security problems. So if money is voted for security, I don't mind, people can go as far as they can to find out whether that money is being utilized for security or is being shared in the pocket like the $2.1 billion the previous administration did.”

    His response was both in character and disappointing. Where the journalist challenged him to do something that would amount to a structural blow against corruption, Mr. Buhari was content to invoke his personal integrity. Yet, no community should settle for the chancy goodwill and character of its leaders. It is far better to institute a system that discourages or curbs excesses than to hope for the wheels of fortune to throw up a good man or woman on occasion. Nigeria's security budget should be entirely routed through its security agencies—the armed forces and intelligence apparatuses. There is no justification for security votes, which have evolved into a tested system for siphoning funds into private pockets. In a haste to be defensive, the president missed the deeper implication of the journalist's questions. That implication is that Nigeria needs systemic, institutional reforms, not just the sprinkle of a few good men and women.

    The absence of that institutional focus is, for me, one of the most troubling aspects of the Buhari Presidency. The Al Jazeera reporter noted that the president's anti-corruption crusade has netted no convictions, yet. One expects a few to come soon, but it's still going to be a trickle.

    My fear is that some of Nigeria's captains of corruption have exhaled. They don't see the president pushing any judicial reforms to put corruption cases on a fast track, to fix Nigeria's labyrinthine and slumberous judicial system—where each court session becomes an exasperating exercise in motions and counter-motions, designed to occasion long adjournments or appeals.

    To fight corruption more effectively, the president ought to initiate legal and judicial reforms. As cases plod along in court, the corrupt find time and opportunities to manipulate the system. Many Nigerians have stashed away illicitly acquired millions of dollars. Do we doubt their readiness to use that loot not only to hire the best defense lawyers but also to pay off prosecutors and some judges who are not averse to auctioning off their revered bench?

    The most troubling glimpse into the president's mind came in his responses to the question of Biafra. First, he declined to watch footage in which Nigerian security agents are seen closing in to teargas and then shoot some unarmed, peaceful demonstrators. Several protesters were killed, many more wounded. Harping on the two million who perished in the Biafran War of 1967-1970, Mr. Buhari could not fathom why some youngsters—who were perhaps not born at the time of that war—would just “wake up” to say they “want Biafra again.”

    Asked why his government had not invited the agitators for talks, Mr. Buhari coldly retorted, “Why should we invite them?” Let me chip in one or two reasons. For one: because it's the president's job to assuage popular disaffection. Two, it makes better sense to talk than to shoot. Any leader who believes in the humanity of his citizens would never shoot them as a first recourse. After all, a leader is called to govern the living, not preside over a mass of corpses.

    I am opposed to the agitation for Biafra, but that does not excuse the president's icy, insensitive and hectoring tone—much less the impression that he would sooner deploy what Ms. Dennis described as “very heavy-handed” military force to brutalize agitators than make a good faith effort to reach out, to talk, to listen.

    Few people would wish to secede from a success story. The reason multitudes of youth are defying bullets to ask for Biafra is that Nigeria has grown into an almost 56-year old experiment in failure. It doesn't mean that Biafra is the answer. But we must remember that other sections of Nigeria have also voiced the same sense of disenchantment. Many Nigerians are revolted by Nigeria: a mess of a country that we've all helped to create.

    The Igbo are resilient entrepreneurs, and their enterprising genius is best unfurled, I have argued, within a larger rather than smaller territorial canvas. They are better off in Nigeria, and Nigeria is better off with the Igbo. Al Jazeera gave Mr. Buhari an opportunity to strike a large-spirited, conciliatory note that could have healed wounds. It is “interesting” and disappointing, but not surprising, that he squandered the opportunity.

    By Okey Ndibe.
    okeyndibe@gmail.com
    @okeyndibe

     

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  • ZEENAH IBRAHEEM: A Woman of true virtue

    18/Mar/2016 // 365 Viewers

     

     

    All forms of kindness to women are accepted in the world of humanity where sensibility and responsibility are the norm. It is considered an obligation to make women happy because they deserve to be respected and honored. Their importance to the entire world in moral upbringing is immeasurable, that is why in Islamic worldview, woman has  a distinct identity , she is given the right to own property , the right to inherit her father and mother, the right to dispose her earnings and properties as she wishes within the bounds of lawful, reasonable and rational actions. The Importance of women as mothers, wives and sisters is of high esteem that is why the Noble Prophet of Islam Muhammad(S) clearly stated that paradise lies at the feet of your mothers. Logically, every sensible person will agree with me if I said that it is the generous (in character) who is good to women and it is the wicked who insult and maltreated them. Surprisingly, I was reading my dear country’s online papers, Nigeria, eventually I happened to see this:

    Court asked to order arrest of El-Zakzaky’s wife – Vanguard News
    http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/03/court-asked-to-order-arrest-of-el-zakzakys-wife/
    (Danbaba Gyang)

    Zeenah Ibraheem, the wife of the revered leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Shaikh Ibraheem Zakzaky(H) is a woman of virtue who
    cares about the dignity and wellbeing of women in general, she is a woman who so much care about children to the extent that she sacrifices all what she have just to see children live in a better life , this is not a new thing to people who know Zeenah Ibraheem. She is a Yoruba Woman by tribe but never for once been carried away by elements of tribal sentiment , all what she cares is serving her Creator Allah to be best of her ability ,kindness to children and sympathizing with the oppressed people where ever they are.

    Despite the dynamic influences of the present situation of the world today and busy schedules to dealing with day to day activities, Zeenah Ibraheem makes it a creative endeavor to see child raising as a process of leading children to develop in thought, strength to stand and work for themselves and also work towards establishing a profound personality that will strengthen the bond of love between parents and their children. This elderly woman was shot twice by the Nigerian Army in her belly, drag in blood after killing six of her male children in cold blood, her husband Shaikh Zakzaky(H) was shot several times before been abducted and finally the house was burned with people inside including the biological sister of Shaikh Zakzaky , Hajiya Fatima Ya’aqub and later, the house was demolished  completely by Kaduna state Government under the executive governor of the state , Nasir El-Rufa’I . And the reason for all these atrocities was “road blockage” in a certain place far away from the house of Shaikh Zakzaky(H). Every sensible person will begin to ask, what are the civilized approaches that were supposed to be taken, constitutionally in relation to “road blockage “in general.

    Is Mr Danbaba Gyang not aware that for almost hundred (100) days now, since the 12th -14th Zaria massacre by the Nigerian Army, Zeenah Ibraheem has been held incommunicado with her husband Shaikh Ibraheem Zakzaky(H) by the Nigerian authority?  Major General Adeniyi Oyebade has categorically said that the leader of the Islamic Movement Shaikh EL-Zakzaky have been taken into custody after raids on at least three locations (VOA, Press TV. 15/12/2015).

    For what crime were her six male children massacred in cold blood? What is the crime of Zeenah Ibraheem to deserve this barbaric treatment?What is the crime of 1000+ of innocent and defenseless brothers and sisters of the Islamic Movement to warrant their murder? Please Mr Damb Gyang should summon courage and go through the events that happened with objective mind because whatever you choose to do will reflect on you - good or bad, sooner or later.

    I will like to conclude by saying Allah Is the Protector of Shaikh Zakzaky and his wife, He Is the Creator of all things, always with His pious servants and forever He is the Strongest and the Creator of Power, He will break the backbone of blood thirsty evildoers anytime He wishes. Zeenah Ibraheem is a strong and God fearing Woman, courageous and generous, She Must be freed.

    @shuaiba60661585a
    ahmad5si@yahoo.com
    S.I Ahmad

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  • Religion & ethnic politics in Nigeria

    18/May/2016 // 314 Viewers

     

    Political discussions in Nigeria are hardly made without bringing religion or ethnic affiliations to bear. The different religions and cultures, out of which we derive our values and heritage, are the things that define us a people. However, if we do not separate these factors from governance, they may as well constitute our own destruction. Majority of the developmental challenges we are faced with as a nation may not be entirely because of individuals or the political party in power but basically because we are polarized along ethnic and religious lines.

    These divisions most often give rise to self-centeredness and quest for superiority which graduates into shear hatred and fervent desire to decimate each other. This is the situation we are faced with right now in our country where issues like the ravaging fulani herdsmen era and the fuel subsidy is being greatly politicized. The irony of the subsidy imbroglio is that the same people who mobilized Nigerians against its removal in 2012 by the then administration of President Goodluck Jonathan have suddenly seen the need to support the move by the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration. In some parts of the north, youths have already mobilized themselves to the streets, chanting war songs and openly declaring their support for the removal of fuel subsidy. However, in some parts of southern Nigeria, others are having counter protests with the most intriguing being that of a former labour leader turned Bishop, who staged a lone protest in Osun.  

    Religious, regional and ethnic sentiments from politicians and their supporters often characterize election campaigns and in most cases are responsible for post-election violence in the country. If not for the gentleman nature of former President Goodluck Jonathan who conceded defeat even though reports of irregularities in voting processes persisted across the nation, we would still be battling to restore peace in Nigeria.  With the recent zoning of the 2019 presidential ticket to the North by Nigerian’s main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, one would expect that the spate of sentiments which characterized the last general elections will be greatly reduced in 2019.

    Sometimes in solitude, those atrocious memories of the 2011 post- elections violence relive in my mind. I would walk around my county neighborhood hearing some of the comments that instigated crises in some parts of the country and those that would have caused baboons and dogs to be soaked in blood in 2015. The sad truth is, religion and ethnicity have taken over our polity. For fear of being labeled a traitor, people shy away from speaking out against anomalies in government policies or public office holders because they are either bounded by a particular religion or ethnicity. If the passions of sentiments and nepotism which had already been inflamed in our politics are not discouraged, another civil war may be inevitable.  History must not only be recounted, it must be allowed to direct the future positively. It must be indicated, however, that such possibility can only become a reality when we fail to learn from our history and others.

    To remedy the malady of sentimental politics in Nigeria, a holistic approach of equitable distribution of power, developmental projects must me prioritized and this is what true democracy should be about. The seriousness or sluggishness with which this issue is tackled can extinguish or aggravate the problems of insurgency and militancy across the nation. Also, the media have the responsibility of making sure that they are very circumspect in their reportage. It is not every inciting speech or report that must be aired, no matter how exciting it makes the programme to be. We must promote our unity in diversity. The strength of every nation depends on how united her people are. Our diversity must not be used by politicians as a tool to bring about our adversities. Rather, it should help us see each tribe as unique in her own ways. When this culture is imbibed, the sense of superiority will be destroyed and we will continue to coexist peacefully as one nation.

    Comrade Omaga Elachi Daniel is the Executive Director of Beyond Boundaries Legacy Leadership Initiative. Email: omaga.daniel@gmail.com.


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  • National Grazing Reserve: Buhari flips the script, returns from OIC meeting to declare Jihad

    19/Apr/2016 // 795 Viewers

     

    By Sylvester  Mama Simon 


    1. SUDAN DOWNLOADING IN NIGERIA.


    "I decided to read a copy of the National Grazing Reserve Council Bill and I was surprised at what I saw.
    The Bill creates a council to be chaired by a Chairman to be appointed by the president.
    The council shall have the power to take your land anywhere the land is located in the country and then pay you compensation.
    Your land, when taken, shall be assigned to herdsmen who shall use your land for grazing purposes.
    They shall bring cows to the land and you shall lose the land permanently to those Fulani cattlemen" - OKONKWO AFAMEFUNA, FACEBOOK, 18th APRIL, 2016.


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    "I decided to read a copy of the National Grazing Reserve Commision Bill and I was surprised at what I saw.
    The Bill creates a commission to be chaired by a Chairman to be appointed by the president, to be confirmed by the senate.
    The commission shall have the power to take your land anywhere the land is located in the country and then pay you compensation.
    Your land, when taken, shall be assigned to herdsmen who shall use your land for grazing purposes.
    They shall bring cows to the land and you shall lose the land permanently to those cattlemen.
    If you feel that the commission was not right to take your land, you can go to court but before you go to court, you must first of all notify the federal attorney general of your intention to sue the commission.


    Apart from notifying, you must get the consent and authority of the Federal Attorney General before you can sue.
    So that means that if the Attorney General refuses to give his consent to the suit, you have lost your land forever to the herdsmen.
    And this law, when passed, shall apply to the whole country so it means that your land in the village or anywhere is not safe.
    The National Grazing Reserve Commission would have the power to take away your land from you anytime they want and pay you whatever they want as compensation (even when you don't want to sell, and remember that for you to get compensation, you must have documents showing or proving ownership).
    So I think that we all in the South West, South South and South East must rise up and reject this Bill. We must do all things to force our national Assembly members from passing that bill into law.


    That bill is a deliberate attempt to take our lands and hand the land over to the Fulani cattlemen since it is only the fulanis that rear cattle in Nigeria.
    That law, when passed, shall fulfil the directive of Uthman Dan Fodio and other northern leaders to take over other parts of Nigeria.
    I implore you to use all available means to implore your senator and Rep not to pass that law.
    That law will destroy Nigeria.


    All over the world, ranches are established and used to rear cattle.
    The farmers buy land and put there cattle there. There is no country where the land of the citizens are compulsorily acquired and given to others.
    This is evil, and designed to favour the Fulanis where the president comes from.
    We must resist the passage of that bill into law to save Nigeria, and to protect our future generations" - EMPEROR GABRIEL OGBONNAYA, FACEBOOK, 18TH APRIL, 2016.


    3. LEBANON AND ZIMBABWE DOWNLOADING IN NIGERIA.


    "This National Grazing Bill if passed into law will just mark the beginning of apartheid in our country. When the government of Zimbabwe collected land from the white people who naturalised there the whole world worked against President Robert Mugabe. Sanctions were stiffened against his regime even though the whites in Zimbabwe were not African by origin. In our country today there are people that are not Nigerians by origin and these people are making laws to take over our inheritance. This nation will burn once this law is passed" -DURU COLLINS, FACEBOOK, 18th APRIL, 2016.


    4. COLONIAL INDIA (BEFORE SHE WON HER INDEPENDENCE FROM THE BRITISH AND BROKE THREE WAYS INTO PAKISTAN, BANGLADESH AND INDIA) DOWNLOADING HERE IN NIGERIA.


    "The National Grazing Reserve Bill is the ticket to kill us ALL down south. This is not the time to sit and watch evil triumph over good.
    I have called the Senator representing me and I have spoken common sense to his senses! He KNOWS what this is all about NOW.
    Listen people of God, it's time to get angry! You will come to understand how devilish Buhari's APC government is the moment you realise they are talking about a Bill that will protect the Fulani militants who, according to the Global Terror Index, are ''the 4th deadliest terrorist group" in the world, and neglect tens of thousands of victims that have suffered gory attacks by these daredevils.


    This government is gradually telling us their priorities and it's clear the lives of the southerners are not their priority. THIS GOVERNMENT IS EVIL. The ploy is on. They want to send the Trojan horses to our walls. They want to start the war from our lands. They will fail.
    They can't send their militants here in the guise of herdsmen. Those herdsmen don't own those cows, the rich Fulanis do. And I know their plans. Subsequently I will tell you guys more, you will be shocked. But for now, please get on your phones and call those representing you.
    Tell them not to accept this Trojan horse. It will burn our region, it will kill our children's future. Let idiots that are southerners keep supporting APC. They don't care about you, they don't. You will BURN if their plans work!" - OYINEMI NICHOLAS ENDELEY, FACEBOOK, 19th APRIL, 2016.


    5. SYRIA AND IRAQ DOWNLOADING IN NIGERIA.


    "And if they are still in any doubt about where all this is heading in the Nigerian context they should consider the following.
    On December 30th 1964, Mallam Bala Garba told the West African Pilot newspaper that:

    "the conquest to the sea is now in sight. When our god-sent Ahmadu Bello said some years ago that our conquest will reach the sea shores of Nigeria, some idiots in the South were doubting its possibilities. Today have we not reached the sea? Lagos is reached. It remains Port-Harcourt. It must be conquered and taken.”
    This is an eloquent expression of radical Islam, with its pervasive use of violence as a tool of conquest and subjugation, in its purest and most obvious form.

    Inspired and equipped with this Janjaweed philosophy and ethos, the whole of core northern Nigeria was conquered by Sheik Usman Dan Fodio through the use of terror and by the power of the sword in the name of jihad. Millions of innocent non-Muslims were cut to pieces in the process.
    Given the activities of Boko Haram and the Fulani herdsmen in our country today it appears that some in our shores are still interested in implementing that satanic agenda.
    They wish to continue where Usman Dan Fodio stopped and they wish to "dip the Koran in the Atlantic ocean".


    Their latest attempt is the introduction and proposal of what is known as the Cattle Grazing Act which will give the Fulani herdsmen the right to claim other peoples land all over the country and which will empower them by law to create their own settlements and communities in the territory of others.
    Worse still under that law the government will be compelled to fund those settlements and put all that they need in terms of infrastructure in place for them. That is why our Minister of Agriculture is now talking about importing Brazilian grass for the Fulani herdsmen and their cattle.
    This subtle and exceptionally brilliant attempt to infiltrate and conquer by guile and assimilation reminds me of the frightful laws that were put in place in the old wild western prairies of 19th century America.


    Those laws gave the white settlers rights over the lands of the indigenous Red Indians and saw the Indians themselves subjected to genocide and ethnic cleansing and herded into barren reservations that were not fit for human habitation.
    It was in this way that the "wild west" was conquered and the once proud and noble war-like Indian tribes of the western prairies were subjugated and subdued.
    Sadly our legislators in the National Assembly from the south and the Middle simply do not appreciate and cannot comprehend the serious implications of what they are doing by supporting this evil legislation and neither will the consequences of their naivety and folly be suffered by their constituents until it is far too late.
    If that law is ever passed and implemented, two years from that time we will regret it deeply as a nation because it will result in nothing but conflict, chaos and strife between the Fulani herdsmen and settlers on the one hand and the local indigenous population on the other.
    The tragedy that unfolded in Jos, Plateau state between the indigenous Christian Beroms and the settler Muslim Fulani for many years is a graphic example of what will be replicated all over the south and the Middle Belt between the Fulani and the various local indigenous populations if that law is ever passed and implemented.

    As a matter of fact it will be far worse than anything that Jos ever saw. The Cattle Grazing Act will not result in enhancing unity and peace but instead it will result in division, bloodshed, carnage and chaos"- FEMI FANI-KAYODE, ''THE OUTLAWS OF ISLAM", PREMIUM TIMES, 25TH APRIL, 2016.
    When you create a conflict which has its roots in religion, ethnicity, land rights, the attempt to marginalize, dominate, subjugate and conquer others and the quest for liberation and freedom from slavery and bondage all mixed into one you are toying with a conflagration that will not only be simply horrendous and that will not only affect the whole of Africa but that will also last for the next fifty years.
    Let me be clear: the greatest evil that we are confronted with in Nigeria today is the National Grazing Reserve Bill. It is more evil than anything that we have ever seen before. It is more insidious and dangerous than anything that we can possibly imagine.
    It will do more harm to us than Boko Haram and the Nigerian civil war put together and it will result in open war and the total disintegration of Nigeria. I am speaking prophetically and I am saying this under the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
    We must stop this cantankerous and divisive Bill from seeing the light of the day and being made into law. There are some things that are bigger, greater and more important than partisan politics and this is one of them.


    We must all stand together regardless of our political affiliation and stop this evil Trojan horse from being smuggled into our ranks by those that seek to subjugate and conquer us. We must resist those that seek to strip us of our self-respect, self-worth, liberty and dignity.
    We must stand up against those that seek to destroy us and rob us of our faith and our ancestral lands. We must say ‘’never’’ to those that seek to belittle and enslave us and that are hell bent on reducing us to nothing even within our own shores.
    May God help our people and our country and may He deliver us from evil.

     

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  • Why the desperation to rope in Jonathan? - Christian Cleric asks from the USA

    19/Aug/2016 // 367 Viewers

     

    The coordinated attack on the integrity and credibility of former President Goodluck Jonathan is unfortunate. That the same hastily cooked up lies were reported simultaneously and almost word for word by the known client media of the powers that be is evidence of the fact that someone powerful is out to get the former President.

    Let us even consider the report in itself. One of the conjectures used by the propagators of this lie to pull the wool over the eyes of Nigerians is contained in this quote “It has been known in government circles that Jonathan may be behind the NDA. The speed with which he denied the allegation spoke volumes.”

    There has never been such a childish and amateurish justification for sullying the hard earned peaceful reputation of a man like former President Jonathan as this.

    When in November of 2012 Boko Haram named Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), now the current President of Nigeria, as one of its chosen mediators did he not quickly and immediately deny and reject the nomination by Boko Haram?

    Flowing from the same warped reasoning, his speedy denial is also evidence that he had a hand in the terrorism occasioned by the radical Islamic sect, but we know that is not true because Boko Haram tried to kill Mr. Buhari.

    If it were that Dr. Jonathan did not quickly and completely deny any links with the Niger Delta Avengers and any other militants group, then the sponsors of this wishy washy story would have changed their tactics and would have said that his non denial is evidence of his complicity.

    Another so called evidence used against the former President in this sponsored report is the fact that he called for peace and urged militants not to declare a republic or contemplate secession.

    In the disturbed thinking of the sponsors of this report, this is evidence against Dr. Jonathan?

    Has it occurred to these demented persons that this is precisely what a genuine statesman should do in times like these? In September of 2011, former President Olusegun Obasanjo visited Maiduguri to see the family of the late founder of Boko Haram, Mohammed Yusuf, in search of peace. He was applauded for such a courageous act, as he should have been, because that is what is expected of statesmen.

    In other climes, they give people Nobel Peace Prizes for prevailing on belligerents to sheathe their swords, but apparently in Nigeria, it is evidence of your complicity. Should Nigerians be surprised then that passers by refuse to help those attacked by armed robbers or accident victims on the roadside like the Good Samaritan? If you do, the government may accuse you of being the perpetrator instead of the savior.

    But these happenings are not surprising to me. We were all witnesses to the threat to withdraw the licenses of the two major fertilizer manufacturers in Nigeria, Notore Petrochemical and Indorama Eleme Petrochemical, for providing the materials used by terrorists and militants to make Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

    Now, according to this new tale inserted into the media, it was Dr. Jonathan who instructed militants to mine oil installations before the May 29th, 2015 handover date.

    Now it is confirmed that liars do not have a good memory and so must contradict themselves. If the oil installations were rigged with mines the question to be asked is are mines made from fertilizers? Can they not get their story right?

    There is a troubling pattern here. It seems that any time Dr. Jonathan is advancing on the world stage for his humanitarian and pro-democracy activities, these fallacious stories appear in the media to distract him.

    When he was on his very successful international speaking tour earlier in the year, the lie was told that he was away on exile.

    Now that he is back from his second successful outing as head of the African Union Elections Observation Mission to Zambia the usual suspects are up to their old tricks. Who knows what they would do next when they behold the great things that Dr. Jonathan is set to do very shortly?

    And to the Minister of Information, Dr. Lai Mohammed, who was quoted in the said report as saying “these allegations have refused to go away and those making the allegations are not backing out”, let me remind him that there are allegations against him that have refused to go away.

    In fact, the allegations against Lai Mohammed come with documentary evidence. We remember that he was alleged to have begged his subordinates at the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for a ‘loan’ of ₦13 million against civil service rules and against the rules of public decency.

    Have those allegations gone away, Mr. Lai Mohammed? Should we then accept them as true? Of course not! Why? Because allegations, no matter how weighty, are not evidence.

    Like I said before, I am ever proud of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. Somebody asked me what I gained by working with Goodluck Jonathan. My response was that I learnt wisdom. I learnt that It is better to lose power and gain honor than to gain power and lose honor. I learnt not to defend myself when my enemies falsely accuse me. The same media that gleefully reported their lies will eventually expose them when they see that the public is no longer buying their lies.

    Finally, I learnt that the best revenge against those who criticize how you do your job is to step aside and let them have the job and watch them underperform in such a manner until they get so desperate that the only achievements they can boast of are the ones you achieved during your so called underperformance. May God bless Dr. Jonathan for teaching me such wisdom! In Jesus name.

    Omokri is the founder of the Mind of Christ Christian Center in California, author of Shunpiking: No Shortcuts to God and Why Jesus Wept and the host of Transformation with Reno Omokri


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  • Nigeria: Castration can check rape, By Emmanuel Onwubiko

    19/Dec/2015 // 300 Viewers

     

    For almost three decades of my active career as a media and human rights practitioner, I have obviously lost count of the statistical information/data about violent sexual molestation and rape of Women and younger female children by male adults that have successfully made it to the news pages of mainstream media.

    For 18 years I actively worked as a reporter/journalist in reputable print media and I made my big break as a nationally recognizable journalist when I spent nearly a decade working for The Guardian Newspaper as the Court Correspondent in the nation's capital of Abuja and I had the privileged opportunities of witnessing many cases of cruelties and sexual violations of female Children by depraved adult males who can at best be described as animalistic, irrational, crazy and emotionally unstable.

    You don't need to become Sigmund Freud of blessed memory to know that it takes mental insanity for an adult to condescend so low to violently rape a girl that can at best be his child and indeed we have read cases of where so -called parents have been prosecuted for the cruel sexual violations of their children- I mean fathers who have consistently sexually harassed and violated their biological girl teenage daughters. Not long ago the newspapers reported a certain man in his fifties who resides in Lagos metropolitan area with his daughters who are in their earliest teenage years whom he serially abused and raped resulting in the pregnancy of the young girl amongst these his Children whose Mother separated from this rapist.

    On paper the criminal and penal codes frown at rape but in reality getting quality and punitive judicial sanctions for rapists is as difficult as a Camel to pass through the eye of the needle.

    Victims of sexual violence in Nigeria are subjected to odium and the police in Nigeria are so I'll equipped and lacks the requisite professional rigors and discipline to follow through cases of rape without compromising such cases on the platter of Naira and Kobo.

    We will consult Professor Mrs. Ngozi Joy Ezeilo a versatile human rights practitioner who has written extensively on the thematic area of rape and has indeed pointed out that the extant legal provisions against rape and sexual violence are so porous that rapists often escape the legal hammer for the heinous crimes of sexual violations of innocent girls.

    Ngozi Ezeilo mentioned several decided cases to demonstrate that the legal framework in existence in Nigeria is not watertight to punish offenders who commit sexual violence cases of rape, defilement, violence against Women, including trafficking of women and other criminal offences.

    In her book titled 'Women, Law & Human Rights- Global and National Perspectives' Professor Ezeilo cited for instance the case of OKOYOMON VERSUS THE STATE (1973) Nigerian Monthly Law Report 292; whereby the Supreme Court of Nigeria unfortunately overturned the decision of both the trial and Appellate court on the nebulous ground of technicalities.

    At the trial court the accused was found guilty of rape and sentenced to four years imprisonment with hard labor even as the Court of Appeal affirmed the decision of the trial court but on further appeal upstairs the Supreme Court of Nigeria which is the Court of Finality easily set free the accused for the reason that;(I)The prosecution had not established that there had been penetration as required under the criminal code; (ii) it was not enough to find that the prosecutrix/accused rapist had a venereal disease; that the doctor should have examined the accused person to find out if he had the same type of venereal disease; (iii) that there should have been medical examination as to how long PW4’s (prosecution witness) hymen had been torn and by whom; (iv) that the evidence of PW1 (prosecution witness) has only a limited probative value in corroborating the prosecutrix’s story that the accused was on top of her but not as corroborating the actual act of penetration.

    This decision is pathetic and sad.
    In view of the inability of extant laws to sufficiently punish rapists and deter others I'm suggesting that CASTRATION OF SEXUAL ORGANS OF CONVICTED RAPISTS SHOULD BECOME THE PUNISHMENT FOR RAPE in addition to life term custodial sentence. It is stated that unusual phenomenon are tackled with unusual panacea. Again, it's only an insane mind that would think that he can do the same thing all the time and expect a different outcome. We can't continue to fight cases of rape using the same method and expect a different outcome from what obtains now.

    Contrary to some opinion that this punishment amounts to cruel punishment, there are a groundswell of scientific and medical findings to state that castration has health benefits and so inflicting g it as a punitive measure on rapists already convicted by the competent courts of law shouldn't bbe seen as cruel and unacceptable but a necessary and tolerable lesser evil that could take off serial rapists from embarking on rampage and sexual demolition of our girl children. We are under moral and legal obligations to protect our vulnerable children from the rampaging activities of rapists who prowl round like roaring lions looking for innocent girl child to devour sexually and take away their human dignity for ever.

    From available body of research we learnt that Castration (also known as gonadectomy) is any action, surgical, chemical, or otherwise by which a biological male loses use of the testicles.

    Surgical castration is bilateral orchiectomy (excision of both testes) and chemical castration uses pharmaceutical drugs to inactivate the testes.

    A recent review article by David Gems (Gems, D Evolution of sexually, dimorphic longevity in humans, Aging (Albany NY) 2014, 6, 84-91) discusses possible mechanisms by which testosterone and dihydrotestosterone could shorten the life expectancies of human males, and examines previous research on the effects of castration, male survival..

    In general, castration after puberty in males prolongs life to a lesser extent than castration before the onset of puberty.

    Two of three known studies on the legal and health benefits of male castrations on human life found that historically, castration prolonged life by more than a decade.

    Relevant studies, such as the study eunuchs by Hamilton & Mestler (Hamilton, J.B; Mestler, G.E Mortality and survival: Comparison of eunuchs with intact men in a mental retarded population. J Gerontal.1969.24 395-411),the study of Korean Eunuchs by Min, Lee Park ( The lifespan of Korean Eunuchs, current Biology 2012,22,R 792-R793)and review of Gems, "Extends life expectancy and life span".

    Secondly it is a fact that health- wise, chemical and physical castration, have an advantage of increased ability to fight off infections Just as the authors of the study on Korean Eunuchs pointed to the above findings as evidence that “male sex hormones reduce lifespan of men because of their antagonistic role in immune function.. There are indeed ups and downs inherent in this kind of punishment but universally it would stop serial rapists from ever having the 'Weapons of mass destruction ' to cause social and criminal damage on young girl and in some cases male chikdren by adults.

    Our suggestions for castration as punishment for rape can still find additional support in the research by Hamilton & Mestler's study which suggests that health wise, castration protects more against deaths from certain kinds of infections such as tuberculosis, than others. In general, it seems like the claim that castration protection against death from infections is true.

    Obviously whilst male castration is one way in which humans could extend their lifespan and expectancies. So, theres a scientific body of proof to show that being castrated is one way for males to live longer. Let the National Assembly make law prescribing castration as additional mandatory punishment for rape in addition to life term sentence with hard labour.

    *Emmanuel Onwubiko is Head of Human rights Writers association of Nigeria and blogs @ www.huriwa..blogspot.com, www.rightsassociationngr.com, www.huriwa.org.

     

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  • The trials of Tompolo

    19/Dec/2015 // 219 Viewers

     

    Quite apart from the fact that the assessment of the property deal involving High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo, as regards the National Maritime University, clearly indicates that Tompolo was merely legitimately paid what he negotiated with the Federal Government on the amount he was willing to sell his property as take-off site for the institution, certain alarming matters have been thrown up.
     
    The last time I bothered to check, the Maritime University, over which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is clearly witch-hunting Tompolo, apparently at the behest of the All Progressives Congress, APC, whose chieftains and apologists have now appointed themselves the EFCC spokesmen in the matter, is situated in the Niger Delta. Of course, we cannot be too sure that it has not been miraculously transported from the South to somewhere up North, seeing that this is of course Nigeria where anything can happen.
     
    The alleged N13 billion spent by the Federal Government on purchasing Tompolo’s private property as the institution’s take off site, as well as, what it spent on additional land for the institution in neighboring Okerekonko, coupled with what has been additionally expended thus far in developing the university are federal funds derived from the oil wealth belonging to the Niger Delta. The last time I also checked, none of the funds was mobilized from any resources the Federal Government might have mopped up from Katsina or from Lake Chad.
     
    Yet the born-to-rule administration of the APC would have us believe it is now entitled to take Panadol for what – if at all – should be the headache of the Niger Delta while our President has devoted almost N40 billion of Niger Deltan oil money to search for oil in the same Lake Chad when more than 50 years of prospecting for oil in that barren wilderness has been completely fruitless till date.
     
    Not done with such gambling with our common wealth by the APC-led Federal Government, our President is making the case for spending an astronomical amount of more Niger Deltan oil money on diverting a river all the way from crisis-ridden Central African Republic to replenish the very same Lake Chad, a lake which, from all indications, God has abandoned!
     
    Suddenly in our country, everything must now be for the North. Our national patrimony must now be spent rebuilding the North-East that was destroyed by Boko Haram initially inspired by the zealots who spearheaded Shariah in the North and who remain the bigwigs of the APC as if we are the ones who charmed them into destroying a region they are indigenes of! Oil money, inhumanly appropriated from the Niger Delta and taxes heartlessly milked from similarly productive parts of the South-West, South-East and Middle Belt must now be misallocated to rebuilding the killing fields of Boko Haram only for them to destroy the place all over again and for us to be compelled at gunpoint to cough out more money to perpetually keep rebuilding it like a pack of fools.
     
    Only northerners are qualified to man all three arms of government. Only northerners are qualified to head the entire military apparatus of a supposedly united, indivisible and indissoluble entity called Nigeria that was forged by an unscrupulous British military adventurer and was named by a woman with whom he was committing adultery. Only northerners can be appointed to man scores of critical federal agencies from which hapless southerners are being fired on a daily basis. Only northerners are qualified to form the kitchen cabinet of a President who solemnly assured us he belongs to everybody and to nobody.
     
    Before the APC plunges our nation into doom, probably in a bid to divert attention from its now all too obvious incompetence and unpreparedness to rule, can we all please come together and call the Buhari administration to order, please?
     
     
     
    Debekeme, a public commentator on national issues, writes from Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
     
     
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  • Judas Iscariot And Imo State Governor, By Prof. Protus Nathan Uzorma

    19/Jan/2016 // 861 Viewers

    By Prof. Nathan Uzorma

     

    In the words of Aristotle, “In the arena of human life, the honors and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action”. In Hinduism, their way of life is summarized thus, “The serenity of the teacher, the heroism of the warrior, the honesty of the business man, the patience and the energy of the worker all contribute to social growth”.

    While Mahatma Gandhi describes what he sees as social sins in seven ways thus, “Politics without principle, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity and religion without sacrifice”. As the Sandwich Islander believes that the strength and weakness of the enemy he kills passes into him, so we gain the strength of the temptation we resist. Though the fastest way to die a martyr is to always stick to the truth even as many critics have fallen to Gov. Rochas Okorocha’s schemes due to hunger and frustration in Imo State.

    Christianity understands and recognizes the noble and just struggle for justice thus the tenets of Christ upon which Christianity rests its credo is upon love of God and all in creation as Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa says, “When the honor of God is at stake, we will disobey iniquitous and unjust laws”.

    Judas Iscariot, the man whose action opened up a new history and calendar for humanity is highly avoided. Everybody avoids naming his or her child after Judas Iscariot the reason is obvious. But considering the role Judas Iscariot played, one may be tempted to conclude that without the betrayal, (death and resurrection) there would not have been salvation for mankind as Paul would say, “…and if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain” I Corinth 15:14.

    It’s obvious hitherto that Judas who was destined for that role helped humanity to be salvaged through the death and resurrection of Christ.

    However, my intension here is not to engage in a religious cum philosophical argument on the role played by Judas rather to produce every syllogistic evidence that Judas in the light of our present day Imo leadership is very correct in his rhetoric question, “to what purpose is this waste?” As a matter of fact, Judas was friendly with Christ to the extent that he was made the treasurer among other twelve Apostles. A day came when Jesus Christ visited Bethany where he raised his friend Lazarus from (sleep) death that they made him a supper and they consequently ate with him. The Bible says, “Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair, and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. Then said one of his disciples Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him. Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and had the bag and bare what is put therein” St. John 12:3-6.

    From the above Biblical story, Judas was solely exasperated consequent upon the waste of resources ostentatiously made by Mary. Adding that such pound of ointment should have been sold for mega money and same be used for assisting the indigents in the society. Judas was very right if he meant what he said but he was very wrong because he was bereft of spiritual insight inherent in that action. Judas was against economic waste even though he betrayed Christ; there was a huge sense in his stupidity. As stupidity is the only original character in an individual hence every knowledge is plagiarized.

    Therefore, if Judas had lived in our present day society (Imo) where Gov Rocha waste resources and money that is generally owned on his personal wishes, what then would be his questions and reactions?

    Today, in spite of the well meaning efforts put in place to fight corruption by President Buhari, it is still on daily increase in Imo; otherwise how can any person justify the waste of about 600 million (as rumor has it) used by Imo Government just for Christmas decoration. If this is true, oh to what purpose is this waste? There cannot be peace without justice nor justice without love. As E.O Oyelade has shown, justice is “the main pivot on which the unity of human race revolves”, hence the observance of justice attracts handsome reward from God whereas injustice is the straw that breaks the camel’s back as Dwight Eisenhower would say, “Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.”

    The evidence of this colossal waste is unavoidably conspicuous in the way Gov. Rochas embarked on programmes that do not have any economic impact on Imolites. Today, Imolites are shouting and very unsanctified the way Gov Rochas is punishing them with impunity. Gov Okorocha is one of the leaders in Nigeria whose method of leadership is bereft of conscience.

    Why is my state Imo a cesspool of corruption, underdevelopment and debilitating poverty? Why has evil been allowed to bestride and ravage our polity unchallenged, in a land that is heavily populated by adherent of many faith persuasions? Why haven’t all the claims to religion by Chief Rochas launched Imo on the path to greatness? Rather his religious claims are used to canonize tribalism, xenophobia, sectionalism, corruption and the more you look the less you see. Before now in 2010 / 2011 statistics had it that about forty percent of Imolites lived below the poverty line, but today about ninety percent of Imolites are said to be living below poverty line. This is a profound tragedy ignited by ignoble economic policies resulting from mediocrity in leadership.

    In a recent chart with one great Islamic scholar Shaykh Salih Animashaun with regards to Imo problems, he inferred that Imo instead of developing is in deep mess and retrogression. The issue of unemployment, poverty and the difficulties on ground speak volume of our deplorable economic state. Parents whose children are in private schools are no longer able to pay their children’s school fees. Oh education is dead in Imo yet the Governor is applauding his free education policy. Free education without quality education is like tea without sugar.

    Corruption is almost overcoming us; our youths have degenerated to the level of stealing via the internet, fraud and 419 in order to make ends meet due to lack of job and proper concern by the Government. Our school and universities are busy producing jobless graduates. A situation where a graduate of chemical engineer, has stayed for ten years without job and consequently resorted to Okada business in order to make a living is a bugaboo. How many higher institutions do we have in Imo? Are our able bodied young graduates who hawk pure water and other sundries at traffic happy?

    Are they happily living in such a condition of abject poverty? After all, Gov. Rochas has built Bongo square for Imo youths to enable them dance off worries of joblessness. Some of the jobless graduates who are now born again for the sole purpose of securing jobs have ended up as men of God with the claim of having the call of God upon their lives. Recently I was informed by one of such people that if he had gotten a job after graduation, he would not have been involved in pastoral business. Gov. Rochas should try to listen to the voice of reason.

     

     

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  • NDDC: Who Is Afraid Of Semenitari?

    19/Jan/2016 // 224 Viewers

     

    Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” Psalms 23:5

    For the acting Managing Director and Sole Administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mrs Ibim Semenitari, the words of Psalms 23:5 hold true. President Muhammadu Buhari appointed her to post as detractors from her home state of Rivers mobilised to rubbish her achievements as the Commissioner for Information under the immediate past administration of Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi as governor.

    The desperation of those after Semenitari was such that they got to the rabid extent of turning logic on its head just so they nail their quarry.  They were in such hurry that what they could come up with was the allegation that she borrowed over N1 trillion during her tenure as commissioner. A cursory look at the approval limit of each public officer for each level of government instantly trashes the  campaign of calumny mounted against this lady as stuff that should be consigned to the realm of beer parlour gossip. One must be heavily drunk on cheap alcohol bought with stolen public funds to by the hogwash being peddled in the public space about Ibim Semenitari.

    A key aim of that campaign was to create the impression that President Buhari has appointed a corrupt person into public office. Recall that an even more intense hate campaign was mounted against her former boss, Rotimi Amaechi with the sole goal of blocking his emergence as a minister. This line of thought fails for one simple reason. A president, in Nigeria, usually requests background checks before naming people to positions – this check include security checks and also input from anti-corruption agencies. The attempt to belittle the person of the acting Managing Director has thus unwittingly come out being an indictment of the nation's security and anti-graft agencies by implying that they did not properly screened her candidacy before giving Mr President the green light for the appointment to be made.

    Another faux pas from the anti-Semenitari gang is exposing their hands too early in the game. Like every other agency under the past administration to which they owe loyalty, the NDDC easily qualified to be one of the top ten most corrupt institutions. It was likely one of the subsidiary ATMs that funded the campaign of the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP). When the turning wheel of the anti-corruption war gets to this agency, the rot uncovered in the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) could prove to be childs-play considering the fanatical sense of ethnic ownership with which its activities were managed. This is a serious cause of sleeplessness for this gang as they await reckoning with trepidation.

    Their hues and cry is thus consistent with the natural knee jerk reactions of persons who do not want a reformer in tune with President Buhari's vision for change to take charge of affairs. Semenitari must have triggered such tsunami of panic among all the goats that ate the yams in the NDDC that they believe intimidating her with phantom allegations would dim her resolve to make the agency work for the people of the Niger Delta the way it was envisioned when it was established. The agency simply has to stop being the meal ticket for a few people and those who will lose their gluttonous meals on account of a new sheriff coming to town at the NDDC cannot sleep easy.

    An additional facet to the tantrum being thrown in Port Harcourt over the appointment has to do with the compassion one must have for adults who remain toddlers even in the twilight of their political careers. Attempting to deprive the nation of a capable hand in running of the NDDC on account of local or state politics takes clueless selfishness to a new low. It takes such supreme selfishness to conveniently ignore the fact that there are other states covered by the NDDC and not just Rivers state – of course some proxies were recruited into the assault but it remained largely the affairs of a disgruntled few from Rivers state. Anyone with an open mind will also appreciate that that the agency, by virtue of its mandate, transcends even those south-south and oil producing states. They should have thus find alternate ways of resolving state level squabbles without coming out looking like sore losers.

    Furthermore, on the level of conspiracy theory, one can wildly guess that these fellows want to raise false alarms and thereby throw the anti-corruption agencies off the scent of their own wrong doings.

    There discussion in hushed tones about things that went down at several educational agencies under a particular leadership. The combine fraud that could be potentially uncovered and connected to this certain leadership is touted to be in the realm of a couple trillion naira. What better strategy of evading scrutiny than to send the EFCC and ICPC on a wild goose chase. First, it will dissipate resources and energy. Secondly it allowing the agencies to go on such futile chase will prepare the ground for them to also dismiss their findings as spurious when the time for reckoning comes.

    It is on this note that one must appeal to President Buhari not to allow the antics of these trouble makers distract the rescue mission and the recovery of our stolen commonwealth. Their expectations that the anti-corruption agencies would be easily overburdened must be deflated while the acting Managing Director of the NDDC should be encouraged to proceed with the marching order to clean up the place.

    Mrs Ibim Semenitari must also know that all eyes are on her. She cannot afford to perform less than she did as a Commissioner for her state as Nigeria deserve such sterling quality of service particularly at a time when the nation has collectively chosen a new direction to go. The rantings of this rabble-rousers should not in any way deter her from the resolve she expressed on the day she resumed office. She has the leave of Nigerians to continue to make them have sleepless nights.

     

    Philip Agbese is  an International Public Affairs Commentator.

     

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