• The Nigerian Dream

    25/Jan/2016 // 347 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 // 565 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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  • HOMOSEXUALS ARE LIKE VIRUSES IN NOLLYWOOD, THEY WILL GO TO HELL – JOHN ‘IBU’ OKAFOR

    25/Oct/2015 // 351 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 // 486 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,
    Worldwide.


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  • BIZARRE: # Bring back our corruption

    26/Feb/2016 // 946 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
    tariff
    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 // 781 Viewers

    By Iyoha John Darlington


    PARIS, FEBRUARY 26, 2016: (DGW) - BEING THE PRESENTATION OF EARL OSARO ONAIWU, EDO STATE GUBERNATORIAL ASPIRANT BY IYOHA JOHN DARLINGTON IN AN INTERVIEW WITH RADIO FRANCE IN PARIS:


    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 // 1162 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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  • Ogoniland Cleanup: Setting the agenda for peace and development in the Niger Delta

    26/Mar/2016 // 320 Viewers

    By Fegalo Nsuke

    The Nigerian goveOgoni Landrnment has not hidden its penchant for the Ogoni oil. In alliance with The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, an affiliate of Shell International, the government has in the past deployed very brutish and repressive techniques to force the Ogoni people to submission and gain access to the oilfields it abandoned some 20 years ago.

    The Ogoni struggle is without doubt, one of the biggest challenges the Nigerian government has faced outside the civil war which broke out between 1967 and 1970. More than twenty years later, the government is still grappling with an approach to resolve the problem.

    In 1994, in an effort to break the Ogoni resistance, the government laid false accusations against some Ogoni leaders. Ordered their hanging on November 10, 1995 and began a series of manoeuvre to resume oil production in the area. Both Shell and the government had disagreed with every claim of environmental pollution of Ogoniland until the damning report by the United Nations in 2011. some 21 years after the issue was raised by The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP).

    Having failed to return to Ogoniland, Shell’s experiences that followed were not so palatable and i am persuaded to think that Shell, in their most difficult moments against ruthless Niger Delta militants would wish there was someone like Saro-Wiwa who commanded so much respect in the region and who could call the agitators to order. But injustice and repression had long sent Saro-Wiwa to the grave. Saro-Wiwa represented the leadership that the young people still had confidence in and would have willingly listened to and obeyed. I am certain that Saro-Wiwa had the capacity to call our young people out of the creeks. But  a Nigerian government had seen him as the threat to free flow of hydrocarbon and ordered his hanging in 1995. Today, billions had been lost to oil theft, pipeline vandalism and illegal bunkering. None had been able to fill the gap and to provide a leadership that can restore order like Saro-Wiwa, a man whose peaceful approach to the fight for freedom gave hope not just to the Ogoni people but the entire Niger Delta.

    Ogoni appear, in every way to be a special gift to the Niger Delta. It has been instrumental to the establishment of the special agencies for the Niger Delta – both the Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission and later the Niger Delta Development Commission and now, the establishment of HYPREP following the release of the environmental audit report by UNEP will see to the eventual cleanup of the Niger Delta region.

    The Ogoni cleanup will indeed represent a right start to addressing this lingering problem. It presents itself as another opportunity for the government to move away from the repressive posture of trying to force the people to submission. Implementing the UNEP report on Ogoniland is a right step to peace building which will open the doors for further engagement on development.

    Saro-Wiwa’s hanging in 1995 was not just a judicial error and state murder, it was an opportunity missed to resolve the Niger Delta problem. Implementing the Ogoni UNEP report and the eventual cleanup of the Niger Delta will offer itself as another opportunity to mend fences and open doors for further peaceful engagement to address this problem. This is an opportunity the government must be fully committed to. For it it fails, it will not only destroy the people’s confidence in the Nigerian system, it will also create room for renewed agitation.

    The people on their part must avoid the mistakes of the past and give their total support to this process. I believe that had the Niger Delta risen and saved Sao-Wiwa, Odi and Kaima wouldn’t have been decimated by the Obasanjo’s regime. The killing of Saro-Wiwa without acrimony misinformed the government to reason that the Niger Delta is not just weak, but are a people who are too afraid to stand in the face of terror and speak against injustice. A notion the government could by this time have clearly judged to have been misinformed. This is the time to be united for justice. It is another opportunity for a peaceful match towards development. Let us be united to make it work.

     

    Fegalo Nsuke, Publicity Secretary of The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) wrote from Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

     

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  • Why I Stand With Buhari, By Jude Ndukwe

    26/Mar/2016 // 376 Viewers

    By Jude Ndukwe

     

    General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, must be a rare genius in a class of his own. A man who tenaciously pursued his ambition of ruling Nigeria till he eventually became president after failing three times, must be acknowledged and saluted.

    His love for this country is so great that he would not give up on his ambition to lead Nigeria out of the woods, from the proverbial Egypt to the biblical Promised Land. He is a great example to those who are wont to easily give up on their ambitions at the slightest obstacle or challenge. That is why I have chosen to stand with Buhari!

    I choose to stand with Buhari because of the way he was able to cajole a good number of Nigerians to vote him into office despite alleged deficiencies in leadership and anti-democratic credentials arising from when he was military Head-of-State.

    I choose to stand with Buhari because just like the chichidodo bird (apologies to Ayi Kwei Armah) that hates faeces yet feeds on maggots, Buhari’s main campaign issue was to fight corruption to a standstill, and he is living up to that billing because right before him, 10 months after he was sworn in as president, Nigeria’s corruption rating has hit an all-time high, no thanks to the padded and fraud-ridden 2016 budget that was signed and personally presented by the retired General himself and has just been passed by the National Assembly. 
     
    I stand with Buhari because that budget is, indeed, a budget of ‘Change’ as gleefully explained by Mr President to the National Assembly on the day of presentation. It was a budget that had fraudulent, frivolous, repeated and non-existent proposed expenses to the tune of about N668bn as signed, sealed and presented by the president himself. The National Assembly passed the budget after removing about N17bn from the N668bn fraudulently inserted into the budget with an undeclared instruction to the executive to “go and sin no more”.
     
     
    Never in the history of our nation have we ever heard the term “budget padding” until this era of “change”. Even the president himself alluded to this fact. Only geniuses are pacesetters. Our president is a pacesetter, reason I stand with him. 
     
    I stand with Buhari because he inherited about 5,ooo megawatts of power from the previous administration but just 10 months after assuming office, power has dropped drastically and hovers around 2,000 megawatts while darkness has risen sharply in geometric progression up to 10,000 megawatts. Rather than measure power, we now measure darkness in megawatts, no thanks to Buhari, APC and their “change” agenda. 
     
    I stand with Buhari because no other president in the world knows how best to reward those who were gullible enough to vote for him despite his obvious bogus and unrealistic campaign promises than him. The best reward for such people is to make them sleep endlessly at the filling station while waiting to buy fuel that would never come. Even the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, has since waved the white flag over the fuel scarcity issue saying the federal government has no idea about how to find a quick solution to the problem.
     
     
    I stand with Buhari because no other president in the world knows how best to reward those who were gullible enough to vote for him despite his obvious bogus and unrealistic campaign promises than him. The best reward for such people is to make them sleep endlessly at the filling station while waiting to buy fuel that would never come. Even the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, has since waved the white flag over the fuel scarcity issue saying the federal government has no idea about how to find a quick solution to the problem. 
     
    I choose to stand with Buhari and I have no regrets about my decision because in the history of our nation, no president has ever seen the naira fall so helplessly like it is doing right under Mr President. At N325/$1 and with the possibilities of further slide, our economy is surely growing stronger! Sai Baba! 
     
    I stand with Buhari because since he came to power, all the elections conducted have been inconclusive. Our president is so ingenious that we shall be having reruns of reruns in Rivers State. Never in the history of our modern democracy have we had that. While Jonathan oversaw elections that were largely peaceful even at the highest levels, conceded defeat without rancor and handed over quietly, elections conducted under President Buhari, even at State House of Assembly level, have witnessed avoidable bloodshed, militarization of the process, compromise of INEC officials and continued inconclusiveness. Surely, Buhari is growing our democracy.
     
    I still choose to stand with Buhari because under him, food prices have gone up, jobs have been lost in droves, the judiciary is intimidated and harassed, citizens’ rights are arbitrarily abridged and abused outright, dissenting voices are hounded, innocent and defenceless citizens are mowed down by security agents especially as it was in the case of IPOB members at Aba and Shiite Muslims at Zaria; Fulani herdsmen have become audacious in their wiping off of communities and occupying such without resistance or challenge by security agents. In fact, to borrow the lyrics of a popular Nigerian musician, “Nigeria scatter scatter”. These are the lofty reasons why patriotic Nigerians and I have decided to stand with Buhari, and we shall remain standing with him!
     
    *Ndukwe, a political commentator on current affairs  writes from Abuja, Nigeria.
     
    Disclaimer: Views expressed in this piece remain entirely the author's and do not reflect the editorial policy of DailyGlobeWatch. 


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  • Why the United States Dropped Atomic Bombs in 1945

    26/May/2016 // 284 Viewers

    David Kaiser

    President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima, nearly 71 years after it was destroyed by the first atomic bomb, inevitably raises once again the questions of why the United States dropped that bomb, whether it was necessary to convince Japan to surrender and whether it saved lives by making it unnecessary to invade the Japanese home islands.

    Beginning in the 1960s, when the Vietnam War disillusioned millions of Americans with the Cold War and the U.S. role in the world, the idea that the bombing of Hiroshima—and the subsequent bombing of Nagasaki—was not necessary gained ground. Led by the economist Gar Alperovitz, a new school of historians also began arguing that the bomb was dropped more to intimidate the Soviet Union than to defeat the Japanese. By 1995, Americans divided so sharply on the necessity and morality of dropping the bombs that a 50th anniversary exhibit at the Smithsonian had to be repeatedly altered and eventually drastically scaled back. Passions have cooled as the generation that fought the war has left the scene and academics have turned to other topics, but the President’s visit is bound to reignite them.

    Because passion, not reason, has largely driven the debate, too little attention has been paid to a number of serous scholarly works and documentary releases that have discredited many of the new theories about the use of the bomb. As early as 1973, Robert James Maddux showed that Alperovitz’s argument about the bomb and the USSR was almost entirely without foundation, but Maddox’s work had little impact on the public perception of the event.

    Still, those who have continued to argue that Moscow, not Tokyo, was the real target of the A-bombs, have had to rely upon inferences about what President Truman and his top advisers might have been thinking, since there has never been documentary proof that they really felt this way. Meanwhile, other studies have made critical contributions about other aspects of the controversy. Thanks to them, we can see clearly that the Japanese were not at all ready to surrender on American terms before the two bombs were dropped, that they were planning the most determined resistance possible to the planned U.S. invasion, that they had managed to prepare for it extensively, and that the consequences of a longer war could have been far more serious for both the Japanese and U.S. forces than the two bombs.

    The United States’ objective in the war had been laid down publicly by President Roosevelt at the Casablanca Conference in early 1943: the unconditional surrender of all its enemies, allowing both for the occupation of their territory and the imposition of such new political institutions as the Allies saw fit. In the early summer of 1945 those terms had indeed been imposed upon Germany. But as a brilliant 1999 study by Richard B. Frank, Downfall, showed, the Japanese government—while well aware that it could not win the war—was not at all ready to accept such terms. They particularly wanted to avoid an American occupation of Japan, or any change in their political institutions.

    Knowing that U.S. forces would have to invade the island of Kyushu before moving to Honshu and Tokyo itself, the Japanese planned a huge, costly battle on Kyushu that would inflict enough casualties to convince Washington to compromise. More importantly, as an excellent study of U.S. intelligence showed in 1998, the Japanese had in fact managed to reinforce Kyushu very heavily, and military authorities in Washington knew it. By the end of July 1945, military intelligence estimates of Japanese forces on Kyushu had risen substantially, and Army Chief of Staff General George C. Marshall was sufficiently alarmed that, by the time the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, he was suggesting to General MacArthur, who would command the invasion, that he reconsider the invasion of Kyushu and possibly abandoning it entirely.

    As it turned out, the combination of the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the entry of the USSR into the war against Japan—all within a period of just three days—convinced the Emperor and the Japanese government that surrender was the only option. More and more evidence has shown, however, that Japan would not have surrendered on American terms before an invasion took place in the absence of the atomic bombs.

    The United States, then, dropped the bombs to end the war that Japan had unleashed in Asia in 1931 and extended to the United States at Pearl Harbor—and thereby probably avoided an invasion that would have meant hundreds of thousands of casualties. Frank also argued in Downfall that many thousands of Japanese civilians would also have starved in the meantime.

    That does not mean that we need not ask ourselves about the moral implications of destroying two whole cities with nuclear weapons. Nothing comparable has happened since—perhaps because of the deterrent effect on all sides of seeing what atomic weapons could do—and we must all hope that it will never happen again.

    But our quarrel is not really with the use of the atomic bombs specifically, but with the attitude towards human life—including civilian life—that had grown up during the Second World War. Years before Hiroshima and Nagasaki, British and American strategists had adopted the burning of entire cities as a legitimate means of trying to defeat Germany and Japan. The firebombings of Hamburg, Dresden, Tokyo and other Japanese cities had resulted in casualties roughly equal to or greater than the atomic bombings of those two cities. No historian, to my knowledge, has ever tried to trace how the idea that targeting whole cities and their populations was a legitimate tactic became orthodoxy in the British and American air forces, but it remains a very sad commentary on the ethos of the twentieth century. In any event, they had crossed that threshold well before Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The dropping of the bombs horrifies us today, but at the time, it was viewed as a necessary step to end a terrible war as quickly and with the least loss of life as possible. Careful historical research has validated that view. - Time Magazine


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