• Nigeria’s political challenges and Canadian example

    24/Nov/2015 // 212 Viewers

    THE generally peaceful conduct of the March 28, 2015 Nigerian presidential election and the acceptance of defeat by the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) strongly signaled that Nigeria may have turned a new page, politically. Other indicators of a new turn for Africa’s largest democratic country and economy are the following firsts in the country’s annals: the widespread innovative use of technology for the process – the use of card readers; the overthrow of the ruling PDP by the General Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) through the ballot box after 16 years of dominance; the election of four none indigenes of a state (Lagos State) as members of the Federal House of Representatives; and the above-average performance of the National Electoral Commission in ways that suggest considerable independence of the electoral umpire. The relative voter apathy did not becloud the overall plaudits that the current political process has earned locally and internationally. So, too, did the reports of violence leading to death in sections of the country and the localised electoral malpractice not detract from the respectable scorecard of the electoral commission.

    Sadly, the same familiar politicians who had faced various corruption charges in Nigeria’s recent history have materialised to control key organs of the country.

    A high point of the emerging pessimism was the poor public reception of General Buhari’s ministerial list and the shoddy melodrama that defined their screening at the country’s Senate presided over by Bukola Saraki, who is on trial for a 13-count charge on alleged false declaration of assets. In a country where everyday people have developed an uncanny ability to crack jokes out of grievous disasters, the ministerial screening has been publicly derided by some as a “dramatic show” with “star attractions.” Others saw it in the light of a Biblical allusion to the sinner in the Bible whom Jesus Christ simply told to go and sin no more, to the astonishment of his traducers. And so while Nigerians, many of them young people who showed unusual active interest in the last election, were hoping for a reflection of youth in the cabinet, and that the nominees would face tough questions during the screening exercise, familiar faces in the political landscape were simply asked to “take a bow and go.”
    Furthermore, the embarrassing state of the country’s political process is amplified by comparing it to the events that unfolded last week in Canada. Justin Trudeau, 43, was sworn-in as the new Prime Minister of Canada two weeks after election, complete with his new cabinet. In Nigeria’s case, it took four months for the President to come up with a ministerial list, and while they were being assigned portfolios, a different set of old “suspects” were being named as Chairmen and Deputy Chairmen of key Committees at Nigeria’s Senate. A cursory review of the resumes of these fellows reveals that most of them are suspected architects of Nigeria’s woes dating back to the years of military dictatorship presided over by Generals Ibrahim Babangida and Sani Abacha.

    Taken together, the ministerial list and the list of chairpersons and deputy chairpersons of the various Senate committees highlight the depth of Nigeria’s political challenges and the need for Nigeria’s youthful generation to truly seek change beyond their exertions on social media. The political developments in Canada have the potential of becoming a comparative foil for Nigerians. With the increasing interest of younger Nigerians in Canada as a favourite destination for educational and professional advancement, Justin Trudeau and his refreshing diverse cabinet may become an inspiring model – imperfect as it is with the absence of at least one Black Canadian, in recognition of the contributions of Blacks in Canadian history and their being the third-largest visible minority group in Canada.


    Besides the historic gender parity in ministerial appointments, there are other remarkable aspects of the new 30-member cabinet constituted by the youthful Trudeau as so succinctly captured by Joan Bryden for The Canadian Press: “Fully 18 of the newly minted ministers are rookies who won election for the first time last month…The cabinet includes two aboriginal ministers, two disabled ministers, one openly gay minister, a refugee from Afghanistan and four Sikhs — one of whom was once wrongly accused of terrorism, tortured and detained without trial for almost two years in India.”

    With the ongoing recycling of yesterday’s analogue-age men to run crucial affairs of state, real change may just remain a mirage. It doesn’t matter if the politicians are photographed with an I-pad during campaigns or burnished with monies looted from state treasury. Fortunately, technology continues to offer hope for the possibility of the “Cheetah generation” overcoming the “Hippo generation,” to borrow the felicitous expression of the Ghanaian economist George Ayittey. With the growing application of biometrics and e-governance, the twin monsters of corruption and poor leadership which are choking Nigeria’s development will definitely suffer severe concussions. Two developments easily justify my argument: The last elections in Nigeria which showed desperate politicians preferring the old and more vulnerable manual voting system to the card readers, and the recent front-page report by a leading Nigeria newspaper that Nigerian politicians were trying to evade the Bank Verification Number (BVN), a biometric identification system that the Central Bank has launched to curtail illegal banking transactions in the country,  underscore the potential of technology as Nigeria’s saviour.

    Perhaps the announcement on Wednesday, November 11 of the portfolios assigned to the new ministers may significantly rekindle hope in the possibilities of some action in leadership at least at the executive level. President Buhari, almost half way into his first year in office, must go beyond his anti-corruption rhetoric to the much-needed urgent action. The example of Justin Trudeau and the Liberal party in Canada shines forth for him and his allies in APC to follow. Time is slipping away, Mr. President, and the veteran politicians are regrouping to resist change.

     Otiono writes from Ottawa, Canada.

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  • Nigeria: Emerging one-party rule puts a stranglehold on our democracy, By Iyoha John Darlington

    24/Oct/2015 // 812 Viewers

    Nigeria had a general election and candidates contested under the platform of different political parties, that is to say, Nigeria practises multi-party system and in a multi-party democracy like such she practises a government is formed by candidates drawn from different political parties. Under this setting, regimentation is guarded against.
    Nigeria is a country made up of over 80%  politically illiterate voters and, therefore, ignorant of the dangers inherent in a one-party rule that is gradually rearing its ugly head on the ascending order of magnitude resulting from the activities of egocentric loners with an over-inflated sense of self-worth. As you can see the present Nigerian regime in Abuja has tacitly launched a covert operation against  the main opposition and Nigeria's ruling party partisans are seen in wild jubilation without knowing what this would amount to in the long run. 
    It is natural for political parties to seek power.  As one of the ruling party supporters, I root for my party  to win as many elections as possible. But I hope I am objective enough to recognise the incontrovertible fact  that Nigeria  would be  ill-served by the concentration of political power in one party’s hands, regardless of which party holds it. 
    Nigeria's founding fathers doubtless awoke themselves to this danger and took steps to avert it by opting for a divided government  via multi-party democracy immediately after independence we had a functional, albeit regionally based multi-party system.The major political parties in the republic had emerged in the late 1940s and early 1950s as regional parties whose main aim was to control power in regions. The Northern people’s Congress (NPC), Action Group and NCNC became the dominant parties in the North, West, East and Midwest respectively. Hence, we saw a government in place that  was administered by men over men that enabled the government to control the governed, and in the next place obliged it to control itself. 
    Nigeria's founding fathers were great and bright intellects who brilliantly sought to limit the danger of one-party factionalism by establishing  and fashioning out a political system with numerous checks and balances among parties that form the government and secondly among the organs of government namely the Legislature, Executive and the Judiciary. Be that as it may, we discover that  even with obstacles in place, political leaders frequently run amok when power is concentrated in the hands of one party. 
    Today Africa's biggest democracy  is repleted with examples. The complete All Progressives' Congress federal dominance which is also being increasingly replicated in the states is not healthy for our democracy all things considered. For a government that is supposedly involved in a fratricidal anti-graft war, a democratic one-party rule can not  account for the vast changes in our country, and once more, will bring about or lead  to massive cronyism and corruption thereby making the present anti-corruption campaign a contradiction in terms.
    Throughout history, we have at various times experienced or heard about the consequences of unchecked, one-party dominance. In the USA, for instance, from 2001-2007, Republicans controlled both Houses of Congress and the White House. At the height of its power, following the 2004 elections, Republicans had a 55-seat Senate majority and a 232-seat House majority. Some party leaders got carried away and pursued policies that grew their own power at the expense of American taxpayers. Their unlimited power led to runaway spending, an explosion in obscenely wasteful and parochial earmarks, a lack of transparency, and  all in all  corruption. We see a similar scenario unfolding in Nigeria if adequate precaution is not taken.
    The beauty of every democratic system is that it should be self-correcting otherwise the problem that corrections would  mete out by an understandably outraged electorate could push the pendulum too far in the opposite direction.Nigerians will not be cowed into silence when things spirally go wrong in the hands of tin-gods who are bent on subjecting everyone to their diabolic whims and caprices via the seeming emergence of one-party rule in Nigeria. Today, Wike Nyesom was sacked by the Rivers State Election Tribunal that sat in Abuja alleging electoral irregularities. Wike is gone and gone for good  and Peterside of the All Progressives Congress  will be riding to power by the  instrumentality of federal might. That is the deal on the ground - take it or leave it! 
    Over the past five months, the All Progressives monopoly has expanded the federal government by historic proportions. After campaigning on a promise to end the PDP tenure  witnessed on May 29, 2015, the present  Nigerian regime in Abuja instead of settling down to business  has only embarked on   policies that reward rampant irresponsible behavior and hate campaign which is unarguably heating up the polity. It must be borne in mind that unchecked power pushes parties to excess regardless of which party is in power. It is an inherent part of both human nature and the nature of government. 
    The danger for our country is that with complete one-party dominance, much damage will be done before the next electoral self-correction. We call for and prefer a balance in Abuja and the states. Nigerians must understand this language even if it has to be spoken in Greek that too much concentration  of power via one-party rule is a serious danger to the people.
    Iyoha John Darlington, a political analyst, opinion leader and public commentator on national and global issues writes from Turin, Italy.
    Email: jamestmichael2003@yahoo.com

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  • Fallout for Europe may be greater if Britain stays in the EU

    25/Dec/2015 // 187 Viewers

    By John Lloyd


    The United Kingdom is trying to get itself out of the clutches of what it believes will be a uniting Europe. Prime Minister David Cameron promised a referendum to the British people by 2017 on whether or not they wished to remain a member of the European Union. He may give them one as early as next year.

    Britain has been a member of the European Union and its predecessor organization since 1972.

    The negotiations on this, now fully joined after months of a phony war, are highly technical — lawyers’ and diplomats’ work. But at root, this is a move with very large implications, as much for the other members as for the UK.

    The British government’s approach has been to declare that the issue needs a negotiation. If in talks with his fellow European heads of government, Cameron can obtain a series of changes that loosen the UK-EU relationship, he would recommend, and campaign for, a “Yes” to remaining a member in the coming referendum.

    It’s clear he wants to stay in. Business people, the Conservatives’ most loyal allies, are largely in favor, as are other main parties — the press (probably), the unions, the upper ranks of the civil service, the universities and, not the lightest weight on the scales, the United States of America. But he has a large number of people in his party, and a few in his cabinet, who would prefer to get out.

    So, it seems, do millions of Brits: Polls presently show that opinion is more or less evenly balanced. Cameron needs to show that he has convinced the EU to change so that continued membership will appear to be a lighter weight to bear, with fewer affronts to national sovereignty than in the past.

    Hardest for Cameron — but perhaps most important to his public — would be to change a founding principle of the European Union, that everyone must be treated equally everywhere. This is especially dear to those countries, mainly former communist-bloc states like Poland, Romania, Czech Republic and others, whose workers come to Britain in large numbers because of its relatively low unemployment.

    He has put up four areas in which change must come, to placate the grumpy British lion. There must be an explicit recognition that the euro is not the only European currency. Red tape must be cut. The UK must be excused from the clause that commits EU members to “an ever closer union.” And immigrants to the UK from other EU member states won’t get work — or out-of-work — benefits for four years.

    In talks earlier this week in Brussels — the first nitty-gritty gathering on the issue, where fellow heads of government actually focused on the UK’s pesky demands — Cameron did quite well. Everyone said they wanted to keep Britain in, were prepared to compromise and would have some ideas by February, when the leaders meet again.

    So he might get what he wants, a result that he could, with not too much spin, present to his colleagues and to the electorate as a substantial shift. The vote — there’s a lot of “don’t knows” in the present polling — may go for staying in. Yet if it does, the consequences would be more momentous for the EU than if Britain voted to leave.

    For it would mean that the UK — the union’s second- biggest economy, a nuclear power, U.N. Security Council member, major military power — would be in Europe only conditionally. Britain would enjoy the economic benefits, but remain unambiguously attached to its own parliament and laws, scorning any efforts to form a European state.

    As such, it would constitute a pole of attraction for other states if the euro does not recover momentum; if Greece returns to crisis; if another state joins Greece in the critical ward; if migrant flows build up once more.

    In a post on the website of the International Financing Review, the former Italian diplomat and commentator Antonio Armellini argues that the British demand can only be accommodated by creating an explicitly divided Europe. Britain, and others who don’t want to join the euro, would “share the basic principles of democratic representation, market economy and fundamental rights,” while those in the eurozone proceed to a closer unity. The euro’s survival, he writes, “is inextricably linked to the ability of its members to agree on an appropriate form of supranational economic governance, on which all the other arrangements for members and non-members will ultimately depend.”

    It’s an idea whose time, many more than Armellini believe, has come. But the challenge it poses to those who, in the eurozone, are presumed by Armellini to want ever closer union is enormous. It would mean European ministers of economy, of internal affairs, of defense and much more laying down the law and practice for the European Union, overriding the governments of the national capitals.

    Like the last round in a high-stakes poker game, it would call those who remain playing to show their hands, and to judge who is bluffing. It would show which countries, and which political parties and leaderships, are willing to jump into the unknown, abandon what real power they have and commit themselves, and their electorates, to the building of a new nation.

    The British have owned up. They have implicitly admitted that they are cautious, pragmatic and insular. They like their own political arrangements best, whether or not they like their politicians. If the other European leaders find a way of keeping the UK in, and the referendum vote goes for remaining a (semi-detached) member, the EU would have to live with a very large cuckoo in its uneasy nest. Much more, its member states’ leaders would finally have to put to their people the prospect of being governed by those they regard as foreigners. Nothing technical about this: It would be the time when an enormous political transformation would have to be embarked upon – or shirked.


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  • The Nigerian Dream

    25/Jan/2016 // 216 Viewers

    By Prince Charles Dickson


    Richard V. Reeves writing for 'The Brookings Essay' talks about saving Horatio Alger, Equality, Opportunity, and the American Dream. The first few paragraphs got me thinking...

    On a warm spring evening in Washington, D.C., a fleet of limousines and town cars delivered hundreds of guests, bedecked in black tie and long gowns, to a gala celebration of the American Dream: the annual awards night for the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.

    Twelve new members (11 men, one woman) were honored for having risen from childhood poverty to positions as captains of commerce or celebrated public servants. Colin Powell, a 1991 award recipient, was among those in the audience. The new members’ speeches were brief, striking a balance between pride and humility, and all hewing to the rags-to-riches theme: “Who would have thought that I, from a farm in Minnesota/small town in Kansas/Little Rock, raised in an orphanage/with no indoor plumbing/working multiple jobs at 16, would end up running a $6 billion firm/a U.S. ambassador/employing 10,000 people. Only in America!”

    The climax of the evening came with the arrival on stage of more than 100 students from poor and troubled backgrounds to whom the Society had awarded college scholarships, an annual rite that over the years has distributed more than $100 million to deserving young people. Tom Selleck read to the 2014 scholars an inspirational passage of poetry from Carol Sapin Gold (“The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing and is nothing…”) and the Tenors sang “Forever Young” as a giant American flag was slowly unfurled from the ceiling. The ceremony had the feel of an act of worship and thanksgiving before the altar of the society's namesake. It was a genuinely moving experience, even for me—and I’m a Brit.

    Vivid stories of those who overcome the obstacles of poverty to achieve success are all the more impressive because they are so much the exceptions to the rule. Contrary to the Horatio Alger myth, social mobility rates in the United States are lower than in most of Europe. There are forces at work in America now—forces related not just to income and wealth but also to family structure and education—that put the country at risk of creating an ossified, self-perpetuating class structure, with disastrous implications for opportunity and, by extension, for the very idea of America.

    Many countries support the idea of meritocracy, but only in America is equality of opportunity a virtual national religion, reconciling individual liberty—the freedom to get ahead and “make something of yourself”—with societal equality. It is a philosophy of egalitarian individualism. The measure of American equality is not the income gap between the poor and the rich, but the chance to trade places.

    In his second inaugural address in 2013, Barack Obama declared: “We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American; she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.”

    President Obama was not saying that every little girl does have that chance, but that she should.

    I read the above paragraphs with so much on my mind, I have got some two wonderful boys, and like many of my readers, we have kids, and the best we have done is pat them on the back and whisper to them how they are the ‘leaders of tomorrow’, indeed leaders of tomorrow, but with which dream?

    Many of us are struggling to see that these kids get any form of foreign education. The vogue in most schools now is either American or British Curriculum, some schools even go as far as Canadian curriculum. Our lads are going as near as Benin Republic, while others as far as Cyprus, and Hungary.

    Is the Dasuki-gate the Nigerian dream, and the cry of witch hunting by witches the dream we have of our nation. Lately we have cried more from the lack of dollars than the value of our Naira.

    We are more concerned about ethnic issues as we battle Biafra, and put more energy in discussing the “Islamization, Secularism and Christianity” of not just the Nigerian state, but it’s political structure, than we have bothered on what the Nigerian dream is, or should be.

    So much has been said of the Nigerian myth, but what do we stand for, as a people, do we provide equal opportunity or are we still a long way of remedying the malaise of federal character and quota system. In the last decade many have got jobs not because they were capable, or had potentials, but because they were politically correct, or geographically right.

    We have lamented about what the Nigerian project is, we have cried about our problems of structure and systems, but truth is, apart from the little things like football, we are yet to zero in on what binds us a people. The moral claim that each individual has the right to succeed is implicit in the "American creed" the Declaration of Independence, when it proclaims, “All men are created equal.” Is there any moral claim in the Nigerian constitution which still battles to give definition to what an ‘indigene’ is, or the National Anthem, that many cannot even recite any longer.

    Our youth dream of the big life, big houses, big cars, the easy life, bling-bling; what they see on the TV, and around them. They are not ready to work, and really you do not blame them, as they are living witnesses to the mess of our political class…We bicker over everything and nothing, and the question remains, when are we ready to define Nigeria, when are we ready to wake to our collective dream of equity, justice and fairness—Only time will tell


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  • Edo Decides 2016: Pastor Ize-Iyamu Stands Out As A Colossus

    25/Jan/2016 // 458 Viewers

    By Iredia Osakue

    As momentum gathers in preparation for the primary election, political parties and stakeholders are about, wooing and finding soft places to land. But the electorates are grappling with a suspense of the political parties as they scheme for their choice of candidates that in their conviction, can beat them all. This cliffhanger has been on and it is ,of course, a political, tactics devised by politicians to see who are the choice candidates of their opponents.

    Irrespective of this hide and seek game, the people are concerned and weary about the imposition of a candidate by the incumbent on the citizens, this in their own opinion is unacceptable and uncalled for, especially in this present political system. It is no news to all and sundry that getting to the position of leadership on the back of a supposed godfather makes such leader a puppet with an unspeakable loyalty to his "daddy." Apportioning loyalty to an individual instead of the state in every sense is capricious and ultra vires. History has taught us that, such a leader ends up a stooge, reckless and unresponsive and indifferent to the needs of the people. To this end, it will not be out of place to denounce this perceived cankerworm that will eventually rubbish our struggle for a vibrant and viable state.

    The fragmentation presently experienced in the ruling party over who succeeds the incumbent will adversely affect the state if the citizens fail to nip this ignoble act in the bud. It is not abnormal or rather flies in the face of fact and common sense for an incumbent to have a choice candidate that he can vouch for, but the bad side of it  if he deliberately imposes his "anointed" candidate by way of deceit or coercion on the people all in a calculated attempt to extend his political relevance.

    If you ask me, the only panacea to this unholy plan is for the people to continue in their peaceful verbal and nonverbal reactions, so that the present power that be, can come to the understanding that the people can no longer be hoodwinked by their gimmicks and secret plot that has hitherto stalled the progress of the state.

    Nevertheless, a public opinion poll indicates that the electorate is posed to react decisively against any seen act defined as "godfatherism." Gone are the days when the selection of a party flag bearer remains the prerogative of the incumbent. The government in power can only be seen as preparing a platform for a successor who can cover their "mess" and worse still subject the state further into socio-economic and political doldrums.

    To have a political victory in the state, it is pertinent to allow our minds play the game rather than subverting the wish of the people all in the name of money.

    The only platform that is willing to go all out to satisfy the interest of the people and act in accordance with the acceptable norms is that of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. He has distinguished himself as a shrewd and God-fearing politician with a class second to none. It is not an exaggeration to define this humble Edo man as the matchmaker in  the political field.

    In addition to the above, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu stands out as the right choice fit to take over the helm of affairs in Edo state - and I am very sure you will all agree with me that his antecedents and pedigree has groomed him for the challenges ahead.

    Therefore, as he maintains his walk on the rocky and undulated political terrain of the state to the government house as the next occupant, let it remain our collective responsibility to queue behind this indefatigable man.

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


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    25/Oct/2015 // 232 Viewers

    Nollywood comic actor, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr. Ibu has said the harassment that goes on in Nollywood is between the same sex.

    Ibu who spoke with Vanguard in a recent interview said he has been harassed by gays in the industry and he doesn’t hesitate to blast them saying they will go to hell.

    If you go to my page on Facebook, I fight vehemently against homosexuals; both gays and lesbians because these are viruses in the industry that kill the spirit. It is not good at all. There is no harassment as I speak to you; the harassment is within same sexes. Men harass themselves, and women harass themselves, so they are wonderfully preparing themselves for the devil, and I tell you, they will all go to hell.

    Have you ever been wooed by a homesexual?

    (Shouts). Several times, and the man that approached me will never come close to me again in his life because I humiliated him publicly. I called him out, and shouted his name everywhere. Besides, if it was by looks, nobody would approach me because I’m not fine.


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  • End spate of killings in Idoma land

    26/Feb/2016 // 326 Viewers

    By Daniel Omaga

    PARIS, FEBRUARY 26, 2016: (DGW) - 

    Insurgency has become a trend across the globe for enormous reasons chief
    of which may be a perceived inability of the government to provide adequate
    policing within the dictates of its territory. This is a political factor.
    Other identified causes of insurgency include religious extremism and a
    widening gap between leaders and followers. Leaders in this instance
    include elected political officials, members of their family, their
    business associates and followers with links to government officials. Where
    the gap is wider than normal, younger persons in the larger society holding
    the shorter end of the bargain, if morally bereft cave under pressure to
    meet up with the demands of livelihood. This is the social twist.
    In recent times, communities across Idoma land have witnessed a surge in
    violent crimes. About four days ago, a middle-aged man Mr. Emmanuel Okpe
    was gunned down in his compound at the county Ai-Ochai village, in Okpudu,
    Okpoga, Okpokwu Local government area of Benue State. Prior to that event,
    it was reported in the media that armed thugs invaded and brought to
    rubbles, the entire compound of Chief Paul Amanyi (Easy) a chieftain of the
    Peoples Democratic Party in the locality and Clan Head of Ehicho-Ugwu, in
    the same Okpoga district. According to an eye witness report, on the 23rd
    of February, 2016, armed bandits numbering over thirty, held students of
    Apa College of Education, Ai-Idogodo, Okpoga hostage in their hostels, for
    over three hours and carted away with valuables worth hundreds of
    thousands. These events have continued to threaten the peace of the society
    as residents for fear of being killed or attacked are constrained to seek
    accommodation elsewhere where security is guaranteed. Unfortunately, a
    secure environment has suddenly become a figment of imagination across most
    communities in Idoma land.
    The Agatu people, in Agatu local government area of the sate are the worst
    hit as they lie awake, waiting to be slaughtered on their beds by some
    blood-thirsty marauders. With over a hundred and fifty lives lost and
    several properties worth millions of naira destroyed so far in this renewed
    attack, it is pertinent that a lasting solution be provided by relevant
    authorities. Although, the twist in the recent attacks as reported, is the
    presence of helicopters which occupants were seen supplying weapons to the
    invaders. This prods one to ask if an end to this carnage is in sight or
    not.   What is currently obtainable across Idomaland may cause one to
    conclude that the Benue State government’s effort to rid the state illegal
    arms and ammunition may have yielded little or no result. A sad reality!
    The local police team though aware of this terrible situation is clearly
    helpless within the dictates of the current circumstance. They are poorly
    equipped and their welfare is discouraging, consequently, men and officers
    of the force would rather refrain from adequately protecting property and
    lives since they obviously lack capacity to so perform. Local vigilante
    service(s) made up of mainly volunteers is struggling to contain the
    menace. This development is an ugly one and should not be in a society like
    Nigeria especially as the present government is already investing heavily
    in security.
    Unless deliberate steps are taken by government, community and religious
    leaders, to nip this development, these events may escalate across Idoma
    land. House-to-house robbers will quickly metamorphose to highway robbers,
    assasins and kidnappers. If the sponsors and persons involved in these acts
    are not investigated and jailed, they may boost the rank of the Boko Haram
    terrorist cell which though hibernating is yet to disband.
    Already, residents look up to government to provide them with security. For
    fear of an unknown end, they would rather not complain openly. The state
    government is plagued with illiquidity and may not have the might to
    provide additional support to security agents. Ending this situation is
    therefore squarely on the Nigeria Police Force, Civil defense corp and the
    Nigerian Military. Maybe an amnesty deal should be considered for Fulani
    herdsmen across the entire country.
    It is the primary role of every government to protect its citizens and
    residents across Idoma land must enjoy this responsibility of government
    towards them.
    Comrade Omaga E. Daniel is the Public Relations Officer, Idoma Elite Club,

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  • BIZARRE: # Bring back our corruption

    26/Feb/2016 // 781 Viewers

    By Osy Praise

    With Corruption a bag of pure water was N80
    Without Corruption a bag of pure water is N150
    With Corruption dollar was N180
    Without Corruption dollar is N400
    With Corruption I had 20hrs electricity at low
    Without Corruption I had 7hrs electricity
    with 45% increase in tariff
    With Corruption keke to my house takes N50
    Without Corruption keke to my house takes N100
    WithCorruption smallest indomie was N40
    Without Corruption smallest indomie is N60
    The list can go on and on but I just have to end it
    and take a stand......
    # IStandWithCorruption
    # Bringbackourcorruption
    # WakawakaBuhari
    # BuharibringbackNigeria
    # Bringbacknaira
    If with Corruption Dollar was N180 and without
    Corruption Dollar is now N425,
    Brother and Sisters, you will agree with me that
    we need corruption in this country...
    Titus Sardine started with 4 fishes, it reduced to 3
    And now it is 2 amid maddening increase in 

    House rent by the helpless city landlords.
    In years to come, you'll open Sardine and see "Try
    Again Later" Please share!

    *Osy Praise, a public commentator on current affairs writes from Umuoji, Anambra, Nigeria.

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  • INTERVIEW: Reconstructing Edo State; who does the cap fit?

    26/Feb/2016 // 604 Viewers

    By Iyoha John Darlington


    Earl Osaro Osaze Onaiwu with his stainless reputation will bring about good governance in Edo State. A vote for Earl Osaro Onaiwu will reconstruct Edo State . This is a man who has pledged to support anti-corruption laws that will increase transparency and control of public funds.

    A vote for Osaro Onaiwu is a vote for transparency and accountability. That will mark the death of overpriced and inflated contracts. All contracts of the state and public institutions will be made accessible to everyone under Onaiwu's leadership. That remains the best prevention of over-priced contracts, unnecessary purchases or unprofitable sale of assets.

    A vote for Osaro Onaiwu is a vote for transparency, he as governor will ensure the establishment of Supervisory Boards made up of people competent enough to control company’s managers. Therefore, supervisory boards shall include, for example, former successful managers, experts in accounting and procurement or in a field relevant to the company’s business. 

    Politicians without relevant experience cannot themselves provide sufficient supervision, which is why in many countries they can only occupy some of the board’s positions, sometimes none at all. Therefore, it is necessary to establish rules for filling Supervisory Boards of state companies with independent experts and people with relevant qualification and experience.

    A vote for Osaro Onaiwu will bring to an end nepotism as he would fight toe-to-toe to ensure this social malady is extirpated by ensuring meritocracy decides the appointment of public officials. A law shall come into force that will frown on appointing “favorites” after taking office. These “favorites” who follow their instructions, for example, to divert public funds. The new law shall also significantly tightens the rules for civil servants: their decisions shall be subject to material liability, management positions.

    A vote for Osaro Onaiwu will bring about non-interference or shielding party partisans undergoing investigation in corruption cases, if any, which the new government in Edo State under Osaro Onaiwu does not anticipate. In the past, the investigations of serious corruption cases have often ended in limbo after interventions of bigwigs or grandees, whose appointments and dismissals were directly influenced by politicians. 

    Without strengthening the independence and impartiality of the prosecutors’ office, more significant success in the investigations of the most serious financial crimes and political corruption is impossible. This can be ensured by a number of rules and regulations for the appointment of the Attorney General and for the appointment of a director of a specialized unit for corruption.

    A vote for Osaro Onaiwu will ensure the total mobilization of the broad spectrum of the youth in a truly nationalistic sense. He has been a leader, a good manager of men in his capacity as the DG & Coordinator of PDP Governors' Forum and always will be. - Iyoha John Darlington.

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  • Femi Fani-Kayode: Nigeria’s third Mahdi and the last of the Amalekite Kings

    26/Jul/2016 // 1022 Viewers


    Forgive me for my curious silence over the last few months but this was due to circumstances beyond my control.
    As you know I was locked up in President Buhari’s gulag and I was not allowed to write from there.

    Needless to say I missed all my readers. I have chosen to share my views about our nation today because I am aware of the fact that President Buhari has not finished with me yet and I may be picked up and thrown into detention on other trumped up charges very soon. This government will do and say anything to silence my voice but they shall not prevail.

    Whatever the case my safety, life and future lies in the hands of God and not theirs. Despite the obvious dangers and various warnings that I have received from both my persecutors and well-wishers I shall continue to write as long as God gives me life and liberty.

    It is not what happens to me that matters but rather what happens to Nigeria and the millions of ordinary people that are suffering in our country from the daily oppression of our modern-day slave masters. That aside, permit me to share my views.

    A couple of weeks ago a 73 year old Christian grandmother was beheaded in Kano because she asked some muslims to stop washing their feet in front of her door before their prayers.

    A few days later a female pastor of the Redeemed Church of God was hacked to pieces by a mob of muslims in the Kubwa district of Abuja simply for doing her morning cry of evangelism and urging the people to give their lives to Christ.

    Not too long after that two hundred muslim youths burnt down a Catholic Church and attacked worshippers in Niger state claiming that they had no right to go to church on a friday because it was the muslim day of worship.

    A few days later a Christian traditional ruler in Plateau state was matcheted to death by a group of Muslim militants and Fulani herdsmen.

    Such attacks are now common place in our country and they are no longer isolated events.
    Worse still cases of institutional racism and religious bigotry are on the rise because our government appears to be encouraging it. Permit me to share one example.

    During my prolonged detention at the EFCC a group of cell mates were conducting an all night christian prayer. All of a sudden the cell guards burst in and screamed at them saying that this “nonsense” must stop and they must go to sleep immediately.

    The inmates complied sheepishly out of fear and the prayers stopped. It was one a.m. in the morning. I was in the opposite set of cells but I heard all the noise and warnings of the guards.

    I sent for one of them and I asked him why he stopped the inmates from doing an all night prayer. His response was that that was efcc policy because the prayers were too loud and they may be planning an escape. I told him that all he had to do was to ask them to lower their voices.

    And that God and prayer was all they had. I also told him that if the inmates that were praying
    were muslims he would not have ordered them to stop. He stormed off in anger.

    The efcc has become a tool of oppression in the hands of the core muslim north who are using it to crush dissent and silence the opposition.

    This assertion is confirmed by the fact that 98 per cent of those that are detained be the efcc for 2 days or more are southerners and middle belters whilst 98 per cent of those that run the agency at the top are from the core muslim north.

    Worse still the lingua franca of the agency is hausa whilst the overwhelming majority of detainees are christians both in Lagos and Abuja. Core northern detainees are treated like royalty whilst Middle Belt and southern inmates are treated like filth.

    Just as the Nigerian military was an institution that was designed and used to suppress and intimidate all the so-called lesser ethnic groups in Nigeria between july 29th 1966 and May 29th 1999 so it is with the EFCC today.

    That is how emboldened the hegemonists in our midst have become and that is the level of barbarity that we have descended to as a nation.

    Yet it gets even worse. Just a few weeks ago, the Minister of Internal Affairs told a bewildered nation that the Sultan of Sokoto (the leader if rhe Muslim community in Nigeria) “directed” him to declare a particular day of the week a public holiday. Without any hesitation he complied with despatch and, with pride, he announced it to the public. Welcome to the Islamic Republic of Nigeria where the caliphate rules.

    Is it any wonder that every single one of the numerous security and intelligence agencies in our country except for one is headed by a northerner?

    Whether it be the army, the navy, the air force, the police, the Department of State Security (DSS), the EFCC, the National Securiry A’dvisor’s Office or the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), they are all headed by individuals that are from the north.

    The only exception to the rule is the Nigerian Iintelligence Agency (NIA), the agency which is responsible for external intelligence and international espionage and which is headed by a southerner.

    Can such a state of affairs be justified under any circumstances? Are southerners and Chrustians not Nigerians as well? Are they not qualified to head more security agencies?

    Does the concept of Federal Character have any meaning in President Buhari’s Nigeria? For how much longer will our people tolerate such reckless impunity, racism and injustice from those who believe that they are the Boers and supremacists of what is fast turning into apartheid-Nigeria?

    My father’s generation fought the battle for independence from our erstwhile British colonial masters.

    It was indeed my father, Chief Remilekun Fani-Kayode, that succesfully moved the motion for Nigeria’s indepence in Parliament in 1958.

    The battle that must be fought today by my genertion is the battle for independence from the sons of Futa Jalon: our internal colonial masters who are relentless in their quest to subjugate and enslave others and who believe that they were born to rule.

    This quest for expansion and domination and this insatiable desire to islamise our nation is best reflected by the words and actions of the three Mahdis of the north.

    The first was Usman Dan Fodio, the second was his great grandson Sir Ahmadu Bello and the third is Muhammadu Buhari. The hegemonists must be stopped. It is our duty to either restructure or break Nigeria and to ensure that Buhari is the last of the northern Mahdis through a peaceful and democratic process.

    Consequently the prayer is no longer “God bless Nigeria” but rather “God break Nigeria”. It is no longer “God defend Nigeria” but rather “God restructure Nigeria”. It is no longer “God deliver Nigeria” but rather “God deliver us from Nigeria”.

    It is no longer “God preserve Nigeria” but rather “God redefine Nigeria”. It is no longer “God remember Nigeria” but rather “God dismember Nigeria”.

    We must break our chains of oppression because no one else will break them for us. We must reject slavery. We must rise up and resist our oppressors.

    We must break the yoke of servitude and set ourselves free. For this great cause no price is too high to pay. If it means laying down our lives or suffering the bitter pain of persecution then so be it.

    No price is too high to pay and no mounatain is too high to climb for attainment of freedom and the restoration of our self respect and collective dignity. No matter what it takes we shall carve out and build our own nation and we shall be free.

    The heavy yoke of the last of the Amalekite kings must be broken. The rulership of the third and last Mahdi must be brought to an end in a free and fair election. That is the challenge that we face today.

    That is the great work that the Lord would have us complete. That is our duty and our calling: to bring the unbelieving pagans to heel and to pull down the evil structures of caliphate power.

    Those that joined forces with the internal colonial masters and helped to enslave their own people shall pay a heavy price for their treachery, collaboration and betrayal.

    Our new nation has no room for such people. They will be herded into labour camps and ultimately deported. They are a shameful eyesore: animals with no sense of dignity and pride. They are not fit to live amongst us.

    Yet blessed are the courageous and faithful who speak nothing but truth, who despise the oppressor and who champion the cause of the oppressed. They shall flourish like the palm tree in season and their seed shall excel.

    Blessed are those that are persecuted for their faith and that are regarded as the “hewers of the wood and the drawers of the water”: so-called ethnic inferiors in their own nation.

    They shall inherit the land and, in the fullness of time, they shall be liberated from their tormentors and they shall rule over their adversaries.

    That is the promise of the Alpha and the Omega and the Ancient of Days. That is a sure word from He that is known as the Lord God of Hosts and the Man of War. That is the counsel of the God of All Flesh: the Adonai, the Elohim and Jehova El Shaddai. None can resist Him.

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