• Saving lives saves dollars

    18/Feb/2016 // 297 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.


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

    18/Feb/2016 // 399 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!


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

    18/Feb/2016 // 907 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.



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

    18/Jan/2016 // 425 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.*

     


    Read More
  • Disturbing news after Keshi, Amodu’s death

    18/Jun/2016 // 402 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

    The post ''Disturbing news after Keshi, Amodu’s death'' appeared first on Today.ng.

    Disclaimer: Views expressed in any opinion we publish remain entirely the author's and do not reflect our editorial policy.

     


    Read More
  • The recent media siege on Governor Wike

    18/Mar/2016 // 313 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.


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

     


    Read More
  • President Buhari interesting interview with Aljazeera

    18/Mar/2016 // 282 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

     

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


    Read More
  • ZEENAH IBRAHEEM: A Woman of true virtue

    18/Mar/2016 // 518 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

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


    Read More
  • Religion & ethnic politics in Nigeria

    18/May/2016 // 390 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.


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

    19/Apr/2016 // 939 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.


    2. YUGOSLAVIA DOWNLOADING IN NIGERIA.


    "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.

     

    Disclaimer: Views expressed in any piece we publish remain entirely the author's and do not reflect our editorial policy. DailyGlobeWatch shall, therefore , not be held responsible for any of its contents or any part thereof.


    Read More


CLICK TO WATCH BBC WORLD NEWS