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[ Masterweb Reports: Ikechukwu Bismarck Oji reports ] - It was Henry Kissinger who once remarked that “power is the ultimate aphrodisiac” that arouses men’s unquenchable appetite for its acquisition. Power is an oracle before which men, high and low, bow. In its hazy and mazy labyrinths, power controls the affairs of humanity in such a way that men are willing to sell their consciences and honour just to be powerful and relevant. The pages of human history are littered with parallels of unconscionable men and women who have had their consciences seared in the quest for power.
 
Inured in the catacombs of history are examples of men who have sold the destiny of their people just for the allure of power. But the truth is that the more critical the epoch in which we live, the more critical the desire of men to rise to power by all means. But in our age and time, our lives would be worse than dogs in a manger if we fail to call such men to order.
 
This brings me to the meat of this article. Recently, the Director-General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu, in what has become his trade mark, unleashed galling attacks on the person and office of the President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo. Ordinarily, one would have ignored Osita Okechukwu’s attacks as the warped ranting of a misguided person but on a second thought, I deemed it expedient to put the records straight.
 
There is no doubt that Osita Okechukwu is arguably a brilliant young man who has played himself into national prominence through various forms of activism bordering on questionable pyrotechnics as well as opposition politics. Until his recent appointment as the Director-General of Voice of Nigeria, Okechukwu’s resume could best be described as scanty, save for his brief tenure as the Special Assistant to the late Chief Ojo Maduekwe, then Minister of Culture and Tourism, from 1999 to 2000. But in his ambition to be relevant and acquire power, Osita Okechukwu has consistently but regrettably played the Dolus of the Greek mythology for his own profit without a modicum of conscience.
 
In Greek mythology, Dolus is regarded as the spirit of trickery and guile. He is also a master at cunning deception, craftiness, and treachery.
 
Philosophers of old such as Plutarch, Livy and Polybius, who have explored the inner dynamics of the Dolus persona revealed that Hermes was a Greek god noted for hardwork and humility before he was found to be sufficed in treachery, deception and duplicities. His Roman equivalent is Mendacius.
 
Dolus was an apprentice of the titans Prometheus. Dolus was motivated by an inordinate ambition to overtake and rule his master, Prometheus, the Titan, through subterfuge. He would play the meek, gentle, obedient and humble apprentice in the presence of Prometheus while simultaneously seeking the slightest opportunity to out-maneuver his master. He was nicknamed the Betrayer because other gods had followed him in full confidence and hope until his treachery was unveiled.
 
In Osita Okechukwu, the spirit of Dolus is writ large. For those who know him well, there is no gainsaying the fact that Osita Okechukwu, even from his student days at the University of Nigerian Nsukka, is fired by an ambition to attain the highest echelon of Nigerian politics. There is nothing wrong with such ambition. Every politician of worth is entitled to an ambition for the top. However, the road to the top could become miry and a slippery slope when such ambition is anchored on treachery, subterfuge, deception and other unethical and inordinate manipulations.
 
 
The slippery slopes from which victims have land-crashed in Nigerian politics abound. The victims have always fallen from grace to disgrace and ultimately lost the cultural and social radiance of their people. Such victims usually become the object of ridicule; that is, if they are able to live to old age and the judgment of history is always very harsh on them.
 
Recently, Osita Okechukwu was quoted as saying that “Biafra is dead”. I consider such statement as puerile and not substantiated by history. It also shows a crass understanding of the dynamics of Nigeria. For any person to suggest that Biafra is dead; that person is either a non-Igbo, a fool or does not live in Nigeria. Osita Okechukwu is an Igbo man but not a fool; therefore, I will presume that he does not live in this country. Cocooned in the allure of transient power, even the most brilliant could begin to lose touch with reality. For a start, Okechukwu should know that just as every Yoruba is Oduduwa, so is every Igbo a Biafran at heart; and that Biafra represents the soul of the Igbo. For instance, every living Igbo man, above the age of 65 proudly proclaims his Biafranness with honour and dignity. Biafra represents a collective reaction against the Igbo persecution and pogrom in 1966.
 
Biafra has become a monumental phenomenon that cannot be silenced by force. It is a constant reminder to the Nigerian state that all is not well with the structural configuration in the country. Where are all those who slaughtered the Igbo in the 1966 pogrom? Where is Pharaoh and his army? Where are the traitors? But where are the Igbo today? Even in the days of adversity, our people are still going forward. Biafra lives. Let every stiff-necked dictator in Nigeria hear it- Biafra lives! Let it be heard in the hallowed recesses of Aso Rock- Biafra lives! The Biafran spirit cannot be quenched by the furious guns of hatred- Biafra lives! That is the song sung by the mammoth crowd marching in agitation for the state of Biafra. Such courage and determination cannot be easily snuffed out.
 
 
The Biafran spirit also symbolizes the Igbo courage, ingenuity, resilience and innate capacity to overcome hardship and challenges even at the worst of times. It reminds us of the height of technological innovations and inventions which the Igbo can attain even under the most unfavourable conditions. The Republic of Biafra may have been aborted but what Biafra represents is an ageless spirit that cannot die. For Osita Okechukwu to suggest that Biafra is dead is indeed pathetic.
 
Here, one is constrained to recall Chief Edwin Ume-Ezeoke’s experience in the hands of Osita Okechukwu. In his Dolus dispositions, Osita Okechukwu had humbled himself before Chief Edwin Ume-Ezeoke, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives and former National Chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). Ume-Ezeoke believed and trusted him as a clever younger brother. In what Ume-Ezeoke would later describe as “a stab in the back”, Okechukwu had gone to the press to announce the expulsion of his acclaimed master from the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP).
 
During the 2015 general election, the people of the old Northern Nigeria voted for President Muhammadu Buhari en-mass and in line with the character of Nigerian politics, the people of the old Eastern region voted for the former President Goodluck Jonathan. Paradoxically, Buhari saw good in the northern solidarity but evil in the south-eastern solidarity for Jonathan and went on to proclaim the reward pattern of his government in line with the voting pattern.
 
The first set of lopsided appointments by President Buhari in favour of the North was not just shocking but a direct indication of non-acceptance of Ndigbo in the affairs of the Nigerian State by the Buhari administration. It was in that collective agony that Senator Ike Ekweremadu was able to clinch the position of the Deputy President of the Eighth Senate.
 
Men and women of Igbo extraction both at home and in the Diaspora were in jubilation that after all, power resides in the hands of God. Osita Okechukwu in his usual Dolus elements attacked Ekweremadu and labeled him a spoiler. According to Okechukwu “we are therefore at a loss why the distinguished Senator should choose this auspicious moment to play spoiler game, by wittingly or unwittingly throwing spanner in our wheel to clinch lofty positions.”
 
Okechukwu has not spared any opportunity to attack Senator Ike Ekweremadu since the latter assumed office as the Deputy President of the Senate. Even within the All Peoples Congress (APC), in spite of the efforts by Governor Rochas Okorocha for the APC in the 2015 presidential election, Okechukwu went to the press to blast Okorocha for not working for the success of the APC.
 
One can go on to list the litany of attacks the ambitious Okechukwu hauls on the prominent Ndigbo simply to gain prominence. On the prominence derived through treachery, subterfuge and betrayal, Prometheus is said to have admonished Dolus “that every once in a while something that is false can flourish but with time veritas (truth) shall surely prevail”.
 
The latest in the orgy of shameless attacks on prominent Igbo leaders by Osita Okechukwu was the direct attack on the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo. Nwodo’s crime, in the pedantic opinion of Osita Okechukwu, is that he (Nnia Nwodo) enumerated some of the injustices against Ndigbo in Nigeria. According to Okechukwu, “Nwodo should have compiled all the Ndigbo grievances and met with President Buhari for discussion in order to regain lost grounds in the nation’s politics”. This is arrant nonsense!
 
Interestingly, this Enugu Dolus was present at the Headquarters of Ohanaeze Ndigbo at Park Avenue, Enugu when Nwodo was roundly applauded on account of his speech against the obvious marginalization of Ndigbo by the Buhari-led administration. Typically, Osita Okechukwu carried his pretences to the residence of Nwodo after the speech in apparent solidarity.
 
For the avoidance of doubt, Nwodo listed some of the obvious facts of marginalization and added that Ohanaeze will take them up with President Buhari. For instance, Nwodo had lamented that within the six geo-political zones of Nigeria, the North West has 7 states and 186 local government areas while the entire South East of Nigeria has only 5 states and 95 local government areas. Nwodo complained that “under this lopsided structure of the Nigerian state, the commonwealth of the Federal Republic of Nigeria continues to be distributed on the bases of states and local government”.
 
Nwodo further questioned that “none of the security structures in Nigeria such as the Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, Customs Service (NCS), Immigrations, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), State Security Services (SSS), Feder¬al Road Safety Corps and the Nigeria Security and Civil De¬fence Corps (NSCDC) is headed by an Igbo person. The im¬pression we have been given is that we are not trusted enough to be put as the head of any se¬curity agency”. He also raised the menace caused by the AK-47 totting and rampaging Fulani herdsmen in Igbo land; the lopsided appointment by the Buhari administration against the Igbo; the condition of federal roads in Igboland; the extortions by security operatives at the uncountable check points in Igbo land; fiscal federalism, etc.
 
Osita Okechukwu should be able to tell us if any of the issues raised by John Nnia Nwodo is false. Rather than address these issues and advise his paymasters to act accordingly, Okechukwu has resorted to the absurd by attacking the President-General of Ohaneze for daring to speak out in the Igbo interest. There is no doubt that he was appointed as Director-General of VON simply to reposition it and use it to attack prominent Igbo sons and daughters for his own aggrandizement. He has been positioned to play the hatchet man and bring to naught the genuine demands of Ndigbo in Nigeria.
 
But it is important to let this Enugu Dolus and his cheer leaders understand that Chief John Nnia Nwodo is not just an individual but the personification of the Igbo both at home and in the Diaspora. Before Nwodo makes remarks on topical national issues, he discusses the issues and secures the mandate of the National Executive Committee of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, comprising eminent men and women of various political and intellectual persuasions. In strict terms, when John Nnia Nwodo speaks on issues concerning Ndigbo in Nigeria, it is not Nwodo speaking but rather the Igbo pantheon. Ndigbo are happy that Nwodo symbolizes the Igbo spirit of courage, intellect, resilience, ingenuity, honesty, hard work and religiosity.
 
Unlike the Doluses of this world that sanctimonize against corruption while surreptitiously amassing wealth using various guiles, Nwodo has served Nigeria in variously capacities without blemish. He is the rare two-time minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and former Chairman of Urban Development Bank that left office untainted. Osita Okechukwu should beware bearing in mind that whatever goes up must come down.
 
Mazi Ikechukwu Bismarck Oji, MNSE
Former National Chairman, Ohaneze Youth Wing
Executive Director, Centre for the Advancement of Literacy & Leadership(CALL)
09099451089, call6thmay@gmail.com, www.igbohoohaa.com
 
*Photo Caption - Osita Okechukwu

[ Masterweb Reports: Olalekan Waheed Adigun reports ] - We are living in an unusual period. This is a period when the media enjoys and promotes conflicts. This is the period where shedding of blood is good news. We are in an age where people make fun of other people’s loses and count them as our gains. We mock those who lost their blood, their properties and their lives over things they know nothing about. We are in an age where it is fun to play politics with people’s lives (or their deaths) pretending we love them. We are in an age, when people will be killed for no good reasons yet we will all move on like nothing has happened because those who lost their precious lives are- in our myopic views- cows, goats and sheep. This happens to be the sad story of the recent killing innocent people in the ancient city of Ile-Ife.
 
Since the crisis started on Monday 6th of March, 2017 I have gotten mixed reports on the remote and immediate causes of the killings. It was not clear to me who drew the first blood. I had to put several calls through to some of my old classmates at Ife University who are either presently furthering their studies or working there to ascertain the true state of things, again, I got mixed reactions. Understandably, these reactions are based on people’s political persuasions or ethnic inclinations. These are in themselves not bad, but at least, all of us should be unanimous in condemning the avoidable carnage. But I was soon to get a shocker!
 
In a desperate attempt to know the true nature of things, I thought about traveling down to Ife from Lagos. Travelling down to Ife takes time (about 4 hours by road) which I do not immediately have because of my other commitments. With this understanding, I contacted an old “trusted comrade”, who is now fully into party politics. He told me in a rather sadistic tone: “There were no killings in Ile-Ife. There were no massacres. It will be good if you keep your mouth shut on the matter because it doesn’t concern you.” While still in a state of disbelief or astonishment (I don’t know which precisely now) I asked him where the lifeless bodies whose pictures I saw on the internet came from. He gave me a familiar answer: “Internet report is too exaggerated.” This sounded more to me like the voice of a Hutu military general in the movie on Rwandan genocide, Sometimes in April. The general, in his reply to a female US official putting pressure on him to put an end to the genocide said: “You can see [the ongoing killings in Rwanda] from Washington? …UN reports are too exaggerated.” Never did I know some people can debase to this level of inhumanity simply because of politics. As I ruminated over this seeming disappointment (of my comrade) the answers soon came!
 
This is not the first time my erstwhile comrade is disappointing me with his political views. Someone sent me a video on Saturday night. I watched lifeless bodies soaked in blood in from of a mosque in Sabo area (I know the area very well) with the some Hausa community leaders trying to probably evacuate for burial. As far as my eyes could see, I could count at least 15 human bodies lying there. Yet, someone told me there were no massacres in Ife? If this is not sadism, I don’t know what to call it!
 
It appears to me, waiting for over 72 hours into the crisis, that this is not the kind of “killings” that the highly divisive, tribalistic and partisan media will benefit from. The lousy political and hatred-filled religious bigots have nothing to tell their dollar-spinning principals and donors since it is “our people” that are now killing “them”.
 
I have often maintained that for every conflict, be it religious, communal or political, there are often some pirates benefitting from it. These conflict entrepreneurs have nothing to gain materially from the Ife killings simply because it will fault their previous stands that the “they” that are killing “us” are now the ones been killed. This will not roll in the dollars.
 
A step backwards to December when there were series of communal clashes between two communities in Kaduna provides the key. These conflict entrepreneurs and their bloodthirsty media made the best out of it. Some of them reported there were“5000 deaths” as a result of the “gruesome attack on Christian Southern Kaduna.” In parenthesis, in South Sudan this year, such number has not dies in combat. They wanted to tell their sponsors that Kaduna was at war. They need humanitarian aids in millions of dollars over “worsening humanitarian conditions.” The whole of social media was nearly set ablaze with “they are killing us” tweets and posts. They did this not because of their respect for the dead, not because some of them have physically been to Southern Kaduna or out of their love for the Kataf tribes but because they have some limited economic and political gains!
 
In my six (or seven?) years at Ile-Ife, both as an admission seeker and a student in OAU, at no time has the Hausa community had issues with the Yoruba community let alone leading to bloodletting. I know a good number of Hausas who dated or married Yoruba girls and women (and the other way round) and socialize together without problems before these strange killings started. Even in the heat of the better-forgotten Ife-Modakeke inter-communal crisis, the Hausa community felt safe (at least those that were around) and never abandoned the city like many others did!
 
My point has always been that the fact that some criminals among some tribes does not make it a criminal race. A few bad people only give their tribe a bad name. The fact that those who perpetrated the Ife killings were largely Motor Park touts, street miscreants, and societal outlaws do not mean Yoruba people are Xenophobic. That some lazy elements among blacks in South Africa violently attack hustling foreigners does not mean all Zulus are like that. One there is one bad apple; we remove the bad one and keep the rest. This is how civilized people think and not the other way round. There are bad elements among all tribes, races and ethnic groups!
 
Some of us are still baffled at the criminal silence of a large section of the media on the Ife killings. We are equally worried that conflict entrepreneurs, who made loud noise on traditional and social media during the Kaduna killings, should help condemn the recent carnage in Ife. The loud silence on the killings in the media is too discomforting. Where then is our humanity?
 
Olalekan Waheed ADIGUN ( Tel: +2348136502040, +2347081901080. Email: olalekan@olalekanadigun.com and adgorwell@gmail.com ) is a political analyst and independent political strategist for wide range of individuals, organisations and campaigns. He is based in Lagos, Nigeria.
 
*Photo Caption - As seen.

[ Masterweb Reports: Abebech Terefe reports ] - In the last decade, Ethiopia has been the poster boy for the Africa-Rising story. The country  seem to have got almost everything right: fastest growing airline, high investment inflow, Africa’s aviation hub, security on its borders, one of Africa’s fastest-growing economy, rising middle class, great infrastructural revolution from the Great Renaissance Dam to the Addis Ababa Light Rail project and Addis-Djibouti international rail line.  Most African countries were urged to emulate the Ethiopian development strategy for economic growth. But news coming out of Ethiopia in recent times is not that palatable, in fact most investors are worried, even those not directly affected. Nobody thought the country will descend to a level where existing investment agreements will be cancelled at the shortest possible notice without a care on the likely effects such action will on both the investors and the economy in general.
 
That is why the recent approval by the Oromia Regional Government of a mining proclamation which gives the it unquestionable right to take back the mining leases and licenses from any investor and hand them over to the youth of the area has set tongues wagging. The Oromia Regional State, unarguably one of Ethiopia’s biggest autonomous regions came up with what analysts see as a populist measure pandering to public sentiment. The sectors affected are all extraction of Red Sand, Sand, Stone, Pumice and Tantalum.

 
The Regional State started this process of dispossessing genuine investors of mines and extractive sites that were legally and rightly acquired from the government after due process and diligence were followed. This ill advised moved according to the Regional State is part of its economic redistribution strategy where the said mines will be reallocated to unemployed youth as part of a wider job creation programme to fight unemployment. A move critic say is a masked effort by those in positions of authority to lay their hands on the public pie using the youth as fronts. The companies that will lose their mines to this policy are Derba Midrock Group, Muger Cement Factory and Dangote Cement.
 
Experts are of the view  that  Ethiopia’s Oromia Regional State may end up causing investor  fright and flight thereby crippling the country’s economy if nothing is done fast to mitigate the situation. These decisions they say will not only have an overall negative impact on the Ethiopian economy but will out-right create a very bad impression for the country and Africa in general as incapable of abiding by investment laws, according to international norms. Sources say the country’s investor confidence have already taken a dip, hitting an all time low for the first time in two decades.
 
 
An official of the Oromia State was quoted as saying that the process has started in East Showa area of the region.  The plan according to him is to force the investors who initially acquired rights to these mines to now buy products extracted from the youths who will be running the mines.  Mr. Abiy Ahmed, Vice President of Oromia Region who also double as head of urban development and job creation who said the intention of the programme was not to disrupt the operations of the investors but to find a solution to the region’s bulging unemployed youth population. He also threatened investors that the decision of the regional government cannot be influenced by the federal government over this issue. Warning that those who fail to abide by it will have themselves to blame as the State will not guarantee the safety of their investment going forward, a veiled threat that their premises will be attacked, says close watchers of the development.

 
The Oromia State did not stop at that. They even told the companies at the receiving end of their obnoxious law to train the youth on how to operate the mines and also release their equipment to the youth to use in operating in the mines they confiscated from them. They also threatened to review compliance from time to time to ensure all the companies adhere to this arrangement. A development discerning voices within and outside Ethiopia have decried as draconian, obnoxious, and archaic with no connection to the 21st Century.

 
Reacting to the development, an Ethiopian national with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) lamented that “I have never seen such brazen disregard to international investment laws and norms of engaging with investors,” he said. The UNECA official who pleaded anonymity because he does not want to be dragged into the issue noted that  this decision will not only send the wrong signal to investors all over the world about Ethiopia, it will also lead to price increment of cement because the companies are being forced to go through another layer of middlemen which will add to cost of production, and may eventually lead to chaos because the so called youth lack organization and requisite skills to run and exploit the natural resource being handed to them on a platter. This, he said, is the most archaic way of empowering youth. He noted that instead of finding ways to make the youth employable because most of them are not, the State government is adopting this strategy, sacrificing investment and efficiency on the altar of political expediency.

 
In a similar vein, Dr. Ahmed Mawiya of the African Union Commission said that the new policy goes against the grain of efforts by the African Union to create a friendly environment across Africa.  Commenting on the development, he warned that such policies though appear popular is unsustainable, and by the time the government realizes it, much damage would have been done.  He warned that it will work against the Commission’s efforts to boost intra-African trade relations and make Africa even less competitive within the global economy.  He opined that the regional state should have explored other avenues of getting jobless youths productively engaged instead of outright economic empowerment for a large number of unskilled, uneducated young people.

These young people first need skills acquisition while those with skills can be absorbed by the investors”, he added.  He lamented that the Regional government is not considering the overall effect, the huge cost implications of their actions will have on investors, and the wrong signal it will send out there not only about Oromia region or Ethiopia, but Africa as a whole.  World over, governments are working hard to create enabling environments to attract investors not bottlenecks that chase investors away, he added.

 
Another challenge being faced by the companies in Oromia region is that this measure will create an unfair market where only companies operating in the region will suffer while those in other regions of Ethiopia will have an unfair advantage because they are not being made to go through such conditionalities.  This create imbalance in the market and prices of products. This much has been highlighted by the CEO of Derba Midrock Group Mr. Haile Asegde who warned that problems will arise in competitiveness unless the same strategy is adopted country wide. If not, companies in Oromia Region will suffer the effect adversely.

 
Analysts are calling on the Oromia State to have a rethink and resend this action while exploring more sustainable avenues of engaging the youth productively and making a dent on rising unemployment which is not only a national problem but a continental one.  Africa they say needs to work out better ways of turning its demographic dividend into an advantage.
 
Kelechi Deca ( Email: kelechideca@gmail.com ) reports.
 
*Photo Caption - Map of Ethiopia showing Oromia State. Oromia is one of the nine ethnically based regional states of Ethiopia, covering 284,538 square kilometers.
 

 

 

[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Reports ] - We read the report credited to Comrade Adams Oshiomhole alleging that the former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor and erudite Professor of Economics, Professor Chukwuma Soludo enriched two Nigerian banks with the sum of N8billion with great amusement.

We wonder when Oshiomhole became erudite economist to chellenge a world-class economist like Soludo in matters related to national economy?

What correlation does Soludo's banking sector reforms which ended in 2009 got to do with our economic crisis in 2017?

Must Adams Oshiomhole politicise everything in this country?

We believe that Vanguard Newspaper invited Oshiomhole to a function to suggest solutions to our economic crisis and not to attack personality.

We also got to know that Mr. Oshiomhole is looking for a job in Buhari's cabinet. If that is the case, we urge him to face his business and leave Soludo out of his scheming.

Signed:
 
Mr. Brown Justice
Convener,
New Mandate Movement
Email: brownjustice649@gmail.com
 
 
*Photo Caption - Professor Chukwuma Soludo

[ Masterweb Reports: Olalekan Waheed Adigun reports ] - Some weeks ago, I wrote an article under the title, When President Trump Spoke to a Ghost. In the said article, I wrote about Trump’s call to President Buhari who was then in London for medical attention. Some unprofessional journalists (if they are not so-called) went to work claiming the US president never spoke to the Nigerian leader.
 
Even after the White House spokesperson, Sean Spicer, confirmed his boss spoke to several world leaders, including the Nigerian president, these chronic doubting “Thomases” continued to pull their “Breaking News” through that the US president probably spoke to a dead man in his grave.
 
Never in my life have I seen the kind of hatred for an individual than I have witnessed on the past few weeks for Buhari on some sections of the social media. A simple content analysis on these matter reveals these elements wishing the president dead probably intended to inherit the man’s property of some sort. Aside from this, I do not know why anyone, for that matter will hate someone so much that they will wish such a person dead. Even when lions fight, they don’t wish each other dead. In even that one dies in a fight, the other do not resort to celebration after his rival dies. If beasts understand life more than some of us do, I honestly do not understand why some people count themselves part of the human community!
 
Like most Nigerians, I received the news that President Buhari was to return to the country on Friday 10 March, 2017 in a State House Press Release signed by the President’s media adviser, Mr. Femi Adesina on Thursday night. I was so happy, not because I support the president or that I have any tangible benefit I will derive from his arrival, but simply because I am human and part of the human community. The question of “how” he will “arrive” was raised by those who had earlier reported him “dead”. Was he to arrive in an air ambulance that will land straight in the Presidential Villa without anyone seeing him or hearing from him? Will he arrive under the cover of darkness to cover his “lifeless” body? Were the airports closed just because the “cabals” are trying to hide the president from public view?
 
I couldn’t provide immediate answers to these questions when one of the chronic doubters sent me this message: “hw was ur day, hope all is well, Lekan? I just want to let u knw that there is something I want to ask u now which I’ve been hiding from u for a very long time, sometimes when I tell u I feel discouraged cos I don’t knw if u re gona respond negatively, I just want to let u knw dat what I’m about to tell has been a burden to me for a very long tym n I jst can’t keep it in my mind any longer, so pls don’t feel upset when I say dis to you, just knw dat it’s from my heart and it’s real, pls pls be sincere and tell me the truth, Is Buhari back?”
 
I did not bother responding to him because this young man has made a nuisance of himself before me since our first contact when he read my article, Self-Determination: What If We All Have It? I knew where he was coming from so responding to him is like flogging the dead horse.
 
Leaving frivolities aside, what are the implications of Buhari’s return considering his fragile health? My simple suggestion is that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) should be in the best position to assess the state of the president’s health to determine his fitness or otherwise to continue as President or not.
 
There are those suggesting the President should resign. While I have no problem against this position, we must realize it is Buhari’s sole responsibility to know whether he will resign or not since the Nigerian Constitution did not at any point state at what point or the number of days the President can absent himself from work on health grounds. The only thing the Constitution stated is for the President to “transmit’ a message communicating his decision to proceed on vacation to the National Assembly which he has always done.
 
I honestly do not see any problem or power struggle arising between the president and his deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo. The Constitution states that the Vice President should act when for whatever reasons; the president cannot perform his constitutional responsibilities. Those creating “division” in the presidency are obviously ignorant of the constitution or simple administrative procedures.
 
So far, while I do not have issues with President Buhari’s extended leave, my position has always been the poor ways his communication team has been going about it. They should simply have come out clean ab initio saying “The president is proceeding on medical leave to return soon.” While it is true there are those who will make some noise, let us wait to hear from those gods who have never fallen ill all their lives to question why Buhari is proceeding on medical leave!
 
Aside this, there would have been no need of trying hard to explain a simple issue all the time.
 
Olalekan Waheed ADIGUN ( Tel: +2348136502040, +2347081901080
Email: olalekan@olalekanadigun.com or adgorwell@gmail.com ) is a political analyst and independent political strategist for wide range of individuals, organisations and campaigns. He is based in Lagos, Nigeria.
 
 

[ Masterweb Reports: Efa-Iwa Rex Egbe reports ] - Some weeks back on one of your posts I made a rebuttal about the erroneous and mischievous rants of some of my (our) misinformed NigerDelta brothers. First and foremost let me tell you all a little story for the avoidance of doubt. I am from the Agbo ethnic group in Cross River State. We are located in Abi Local Government Area which is a coastal settlement and unarguably the smallest LGA in Cross River State in terms of landmass and to a large extent population - slightly a few thousands ahead of Bakassi LGA. My fore bearers both on my maternal and paternal side were given the opportunity to serve in then Eastern Nigeria regional government.
 
My grand uncle Dr.S E Imoke of blessed memory was an all influential cabinet minister in the regime of Dr M I Okpara. He held the Trade portfolio and was also Finance minister at the time until the unfortunate incident of January 1966. He was the longest serving Education minister. His son the Urbane Liyel Imoke is the immediate past Governor of our state “Cross River”.
 
During the outbreak of the war, he was the Biafran Commissioner for Refugees and Humanitarian affairs. One of my maternal uncles also served as Permanent Secretary in the ministry of health at Enugu. My maternal grand father was also a frontline member of the Eastern Nigeria regional house of Chiefs.
 
Outside my family circles, another great Cross Riverian M T Mbu was nominated a Federal Minister for Transport and Navy by the Igbo controlled NCNC. It's on record that Mbu was Nigeria's first Ambassador to the UK, UN and the USA. He is from Boki in Cross River state. Boki is another minority ethnic group just like my native Agboland. The Igbos gave him the opportunity to excel ahead of their own worthy sons at that time. He is the father to a Senator MT Mbu jr. Another person who is noteworthy is the late Chief Michael Eta-Ogon who was the Administrator of the oil rich PortHarcourt province in the first republic. He is also from the same Boki with Mbu. Thomas Weir Ikpeme an Efik man from Odukpani in my native Cross River was the longest serving Permanent Secretary in the Eastern Regional Ministry of Education.
 
The key point is that the Igbos were comfortable with us “the minorities” that was why they entrusted education solely in our hands. Not only education but other critical areas like Public Works and Transport etc. N U Akpan an Ibibio man from Akwa Ibom state was the technocrat behind the eastern regional public service. He was the Secretary to the regional government.

Thompson Akpabio, an Annang man from Ukana in present day Akwa Ibom state was the regional minister of health. The former Governor of Akwa Ibom state Godswill Akpabio is his nephew. There were other high ranking cabinet ministers of minority origin like one of our family good friends, HRH Amanyanabo E P Okoya, Agada III the Ibenanowei of Ekpetiama in Bayelsa State, Chief. Erekosinma of Rivers and a whole lot of others who are too numerous to mention.
 
During the secessionist struggle, an Ogoni from Rivers state, Chief.Ignatius Kogbara was Biafra's Ambassador to Britain. My dad's friend Chief. Lekam Okoi, from Idomi in present day Yakurr LGA of Cross River state was one of Ojukwu's trusted drivers. He is today a successful lawyer and a former commissioner in the Federal Character Commission. Capt Akpet a minority from Cross River was also Ojukwu's dependable aide on intelligence.
 
Secondly for the avoidance of doubt, aside these political appointments, our people enjoyed immense goodwill from the Igbo dominated region by way of social security. My dad's immediate elder brother received a scholarship from the regional government that enabled him study for a PhD in soil science. He is the first man “arguably” in Africa to obtain a doctorate in Soil science. I have friends across the Niger Delta whose parents, uncles, aunties and relatives also benefited from the benevolence of the Eastern regional government.
 
Unarguably our Niger Delta region received it's last major facelift in terms of infrastructure when we were under the Eastern region. Till the abolition of the regional system of government, the Eastern region was the most united region, they was never a recorded case of ethnic skirmish or BLOOD letting between the Igbos and other minority groups.
 
During the pogrom of 1966 we all carried the same cross to “Golgotha”, both Igbos and Eastern minorities were maimed in their thousands across Northern Nigeria by the blood thirsty HausaFulani/Northern folks without blinking an eye. It doesn't really matter if you were Igbo, Ijaw, Efik or a miniature Agbo person.
 
I never really wanted to bore you with reading this lengthy essay but it's my moral responsibility to tell the truth at all times. I was thought by my fore bearers never to distort history and to always separate facts from fictions.
 
If we were not marginalized by the Igbos during the “analogue” age, how then can the Igbos marginalize us in this digital age?
 
Efa-Iwa Rex Egbe is from Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria.
 
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[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Peregrino Brimah reports ] - Addressing the perceived misuse of polygamy 'problem' and abuse of the religio-social instrument in Nigeria's north requires careful thought in adherence to religious rules. People of religions understand that God's wisdom supersedes theirs. It is therefore not expected for mere mortals to block the rich or poor from the beautiful things the all-knowing Lord has permitted in effort to control problems that may have other more important causes and existing doctrinal solutions. It is God that provides and God did not say he will not provide if you marry two women with good intention.
 
Many of us object strongly to his royal highness, Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi the second's proposed pauper polygamy ban. I have discussed this in at least two articles
 
The abuse of women and abandonment of children has more to do with the lack of women empowerment than the alleged misuse of polygamy by the poor. The wealthy also maltreat women and abandon their children. The wealthy sometimes heartlessly divorce one woman just to create space to marry another fresh one and repeat this severally without good intention. Family social problems in the north of Nigeria will best and properly be addressed when women are empowered as recommended in Holy scripture.
 
This piece proposes safer and religiously prescribed methods of checking the abuse of polygamy in the north without discriminatorily restricting access to polygamy in possible violation of the Islamic scripture. 
 
Enforce Laid Down Women's Rights
 
There are several women's rights that have been ignored and discarded in the north that if applied and enforced will be much more effective in checking the polygamy issue than the proposed new legislation that plans to check every man's wallet before marriage.
 
1. Women's Right to Reject Additional Wives:
 
In Islam the first wife is given the right to reject a second wife is she so states ahead of her marriage with him. Once this clause is put in the marriage contract, the first wives must give their approval before a third or fourth wife can be introduced into the equation. If the earlier wife refuses the man cannot go ahead and marry by force and has to consider divorcing the wife/wives that disagree first. Questions on Islam cited where the daughter of the prophet of Islam upon whom be peace objected to the prophet's nephew, Ali RA when he desired to marry a second wife. According to the account, the prophet advised Ali RA to divorce Fatima RA due to her objection/displeasure before marrying a second wife if he was so bent.
 
The Holy Quran says to marry one, two or more if you can treat them justly. There is no justice in carrying out the decision to add a third party to the family without their approval. That is an injustice. Therefore consent must be obtained before any new nuptials. Women should be introduced to this concept and encouraged to add the permission clause in their wedding contract.
 
If women's rights to approve is taught in all institutions, thoroughly encouraged and enforced strictly by Kano courts, the incidence of the 'abuse of polygamy' would drastically decrease.
 
2. Women's Right To Reject A Suitor:
 
A second categorically laid down women's right is the right to reject a spouse. This right must be promoted in pulpits and all educational institutions and enforced at the court level. Even young brides are granted the full independent right to approve or reject marriage in Islam. No parent or potential husband can force a woman into marriage. Emir Sanusi's new laws should make a trenchant precondition of weddings for the potential bride to be asked in confidence by professionals if she honestly and truly agreed to be wed. In any case where force is suspected, jail sentences should be recommended. This will drastically reduce unhealthy polygamous relationships.
 
 
The prophet of Islam completely rejected forced marriages. A Muslims Against Terror Press release listed several evidences supporting Islam's staunch rejection of forced marriage:
 

Khansa Bint Khidam said “My father married me to his nephew, and I did not like this match, so I complained to the Messenger of Allah (May Allah bless him and grant him peace). He said to me “accept what your father has arranged.” I said “I do not wish to accept what my father has arranged.”He said “then this marriage is invalid, go and marry whomever you wish.” I said “I have accepted what my father has arranged, but I wanted women to know that fathers have no right in their daughter’s matters (i.e. they have no right to force a marriage on them). (Fathul Bari Sharah Al Bukhari 9/194, Ibn Majah Kitabun Nikah 1/602)



 
In other accounts:
 

Aa’ishah reported that a girl came to her and said, “My father married me to his brother’s son in order to raise his social standing, and I did not want this marriage [I was forced into it].” ?Aa’ishah said, “Sit here until the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) comes. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came and she told him about the girl. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) sent for her father, then he gave the girl the choice of what to do. She said, “O Messenger of Allaah, I have accepted what my father did, but I wanted to prove something to other women.” (Reported by al-Nisaa’i, 3217).
 
 
Also:
 

Volume 7, Book 62, Number 67: Narrated Abu Huraira:The Prophet said, “A matron should not be given in marriage except after consulting her; and a virgin should not be given in marriage except after her permission.” The people asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! How can we know her permission?” He said, “Her silence (indicates her permission).”

 
The Quran, Islam's most superior source of jurisprudence reproaches the forced marriage/inheritance of women:
 

Quran 4.19O you who have believed, it is not lawful for you to inherit women by compulsion. And do not make difficulties for them in order to take [back] part of what you gave them unless they commit a clear immorality. And live with them in kindness. For if you dislike them – perhaps you dislike a thing and Allah makes therein much good.

 
Rather than banning the poor from polygamy which is permitted in Islam, if the above stipulations on women's rights before and during marriage are enforced as in hadith and the Holy Quran, the desired effect and change will be realized.
 
3. Ban Sending Children Out To Beg:
 
The blessed prophet of Islam is noted to have said: whoso opened unto himself the door of begging, God will open unto him the door of poverty. Child abandonment and sending children out to beg is not abhorred in Islam. Once the state clearly outlaws such practices especially the Almajiri system, the motivation for unhealthy polygamous relationships will cease drastically.
 
Again the prophet is quoted to have said in relation to begging, "Verily it is better for any of you to take your rope and bring a bundle of wood upon your back and sell it, in which case God guardeth your honor than to beg of people, whether they give or not; if they do not give, your reputation suffereth, and you return disappointed; and if they give, it is worse than that, for it layeth you under obligation."
 
And, "Whoever hath food for a day and a night, it is prohibited for him to beg."
 
"Every man who shall beg, in order to increase his property, God will diminish it."
 
"Verily God loveth a Muslim with a family, who is poor, and witholdeth himself from the unlawful and from begging."
 
The Quran promises that it is the Lord that provides:
 

Quran 17:31 "And do not kill your children for fear of poverty. We provide for them (your children) and for you. Indeed, their killing is ever a great sin."

 
If a man is found to have sent his child out to beg, the man should be ordered to stand at the side of the road for twice as long as his child was out, with a begging bowl fastened to his neck and a sign detailing his shame above his head.
 
Other Rights:
 
 
Additional important rights to be enshrined include women's rights to divorce; to full receipt of dowry if husband is contract-breaker, (The dowry is called a gift in the Quran, and is exclusively the right of the woman. She doesn't have to spend it on the household, she doesn't have to give it to her father or anyone else but can keep it as security.); the right not to spend a penny of her income on the household even if she is wealthier than her husband; the right of a widow or divorcee with children to 'child support,' and so forth.
 
I believe if these and other legally enforceable processes that empower and protect women are put in place, the need to discriminate and disallow the poor –many of whom have good intentions– from polygamy, would be avertible. With the complexity of enforcing the proposed new law, and penchant for abuse of judicial processes, Nigeria's poor should not be victims of further targeted discrimination.
 
Dr. Peregrino Brimah ( Email: drbrimah@gmail.com ) reports.
 
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[ Masterweb Reports: Olalekan Waheed Adigun reports ] - No matter how anyone may look at it, in life, we all have to make choices. In many cases, these are tough choices. The problem, often, is not in making these choices but in our preparations to face the worst, should these choices go bad (as they many a time do). All the choices we make or do not make come with their unique consequences!
 
On the 17th of February, 2017 the Court of Appeal gave an expected judgement which recognised the Ali Modu Sheriff's faction of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) as the "authentic" party faction. As expected, the Makarfi faction rejected the judgement vowing to proceed to the Supreme Court. Before then, one thing is sure, Modu Sheriff remains the party chairman whether we want to hear it or not!
 
Since its heaviest defeat in its history in 2015, it appears the party has moved from one crisis to another. It has had to cope with financial challenges, even its workers had a running battle with the party leadership over non-payment of salaries at some point. All these appear to be too much for a party that intends to play the role of opposition. The party leadership searched for solutions in the most unusual places. They, predictably, went into unholy alliances in a desperate attempt to save the party from implosion. Desperate times, they say, call for desperate measures. There are no good or bad decisions in politics as such. All that matters ultimately is what works. In times like these, inviting an arsonist when your house is on fire isn't a bad idea!
 
When the news filtered through sometimes last year the PDP's solution to its numerous crises is appointing ex-Borno state Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, as its acting National Chairman, I was one of the first voices that spoke against the move. I wrote under the title, WHO STOLE PDP's THINKING CAP? Though, I agreed the party needed fresh ideas or inspiration from unusual places, to me, Sheriff will leave the party worse off than it was before!
 
Not long after the announcement was made, even his erstwhile critics in the party somehow found ways to support him. We were told to always see the positives in situations and stop dwelling on the past. We were told to mind our businesses, since the "APC fear him." Anyone that dared criticize the "strategic decision" the party has made in appointing Sheriff is bound to be an "APC agent." The "loyal supporters" of the party were quick to "apologise" for their previous wrong impression about their new leader. This is how short human memory can be. With that, I consoled myself. But little did it occur to the "loyal supporters" that their party lords who went to invite Sheriff could be wrong. Little did these innocent "loyal supporters" realize that the choice of Sheriff will come with some heavy consequences!
 
The, perhaps, unintended consequence the lions (according to Femi Fani-Kayode) never thought about was their underestimation of the ambition of Sheriff. Probably, no one told them of the ex-Governor's unnatural love for power. No one probably told them that like fried meat is to the cat so is power to Sheriff. No one informed them Sheriff can sacrifice his soul for power. No distance is too long to cover to acquire power for him. No depth is too deep as long as he strikes his gold. No height to higher than the skies for him to seek power. No amount is too much for him to spend on getting power. Power, by which I mean political power, is the only currency he knows and understands. This was the most clever choice available to the party lions. I will rather invite a thief to watch over my money than invite Sheriff to take power!
 
One of the events I watched closely when Sheriff's announcement was made was how the party's then spokesman, Chief Olisa Metuh, will respond to the development. I wondered if he would be the same person who will defend Sheriff on the allegations that he actually started Boko Haram. He never did. I guessed this was partly because he knew it will be difficult for him to reconcile his defence with his earlier views while Sheriff was still in APC in 2013!
 
With the party's brand in crisis, its media team went on a massive campaign to launder the new party leader's image. They denied he knew anything about Boko Haram. They placed the blame of the embattled Sheriff on APC's "effective propaganda." The party's Directorate of New Media, led by Deji Adeyanju, helped launder his image on Twitter. Those aware among them knew they were fighting a lost battle. No one was fighting the party, except the PDP!
 
Few days after the Court of Appeal judgement, one of the main actors, Governor Nyesome Wike of Rivers state granted an interview with Channels Television. I watched him say he regretted his decision to bring in Sheriff which he says is the only wrong political decision he's ever made. He also said he doesn't see himself working with someone like Sheriff.
 
After watching the interview, I came to two conclusions. First, Wike and his cohorts never had any idea of whom Sheriff was before going out on the suicide mission of appointing him. Secondly, Sheriff had become too difficult for him and his colleagues to control as they probably thought so things got really messy.
 
From Governor Wike's interview, I was reminded of the story of a man I met late last year. He got married in the first quarter of the year to a lady he had barely known (about 2 months). From my discussions with him, they probably met in an unholy place (a night club was my best guess). This man was so enamored with this lady's physical that nothing on earth could prevent them from getting married. In the teeth of opposition from his friends, relations and colleagues, he married this lady. Isn't she a woman of easy virtue? My new friend's reply was swift. Did a prostitute not wash Jesus Christ's feet in the Bible? Didn't Jesus say we should not judge? I guessed at that point, everyone around him knew his mind was made up.
 
Soon after they married, this man soon realized that a leopard don't change its spots. The lady will not give up overdrinking, keeping out late at nights and her flirtatious habits. My friend had thought she'll change all these after they got married, but to his dismay, she's gone uncontrollable. Before long, he started contemplating having a divorce. It was at that point I met this embittered man!
 
From the story above, I cannot but image how people's choices often come back to hunt them. In my 30 minutes or so of meeting him, I was left to wonder if: he just realized he got married to a whore; he came to his consciousness that the lady had an uncontrollable character; seeking a divorce will undo the damage already done to the relationships he had built over the years. If this man was looking well enough, he would have realized that he was living with the consequences of the choice he made less than a year ago!
 
The PDP seems to be in the same position with this man today. After listening to Governor Wike, I wondered if the PDP recently knew Sheriff to be a power monger or an opportunist. If they had done a little background check on Sheriff, the embarrassing situation the party find itself today at least would have been avoided.
 
This is not the time for the party to cry or trade blames for the wrong choice they collectively made. Some of us made the choice of supporting Buhari for President in 2015. While things look uncomfortable for us, we have accepted to live with the consequences of the choice we made. Those who are regretting they supported Buhari probably never did or are simply playing to the gallery. What makes a man is standing firm with the consequences of the choices one makes knowing they will serve as lessons for us in future. The party must live with the consequences of a poor choice they made!
 
Olalekan Waheed ADIGUN ( Tel: +2348136502040, +2347081901080
Email: olalekan@olalekanadigun.com or adgorwell@gmail.com ) is a political analyst and independent political strategist for wide range of individuals, organisations and campaigns. He is based in Lagos, Nigeria.
 
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[ Masterweb Reports: Deleola Daramola reports ] - Very recently, Nigerian news readers were inundated with a picture of a packaged Garri in a plastic bag. It was labeled TRS GARI -Asia's Finest Food'. Along with the picture was a compelling opener by the author of the post:
 
“This is sincerely an absurdity of monumental proportion and a shame! Nigerian government and regulatory agencies (if they still exist) should cover their faces in shame. I would like to ask: how much were you paid in bribe? Is this how far we are mentally bankrupt? 

We are indeed in a big mess in this country. Can you imagine imported gari from India now selling in shops in Nigeria, and the food and drink regulatory body, NAFDAC, approve this?

Habaaaaaa, Gari, too?”

The reactions and comments on social media, blogs and online newspapers were in torrents of disappointments and government bashing.

I sincerely think the whole noise is a deflection of the real issue.  In my opinion, I think we have mentality issue. Most of us do not critically think, otherwise, we could have creatively asked some pertinent questions: What if the producers sought to legally register the product in Nigeria, would the NAFDAC have had any reason(s) or moral ground(s) to have refused the products brought to Nigeria for sale? What would have been their ground(s)? How many of the people making the noise knows that the Asians produce as well as eat Cassava products as we do? Would they have ever thought that China is a huge Cassava producer? That these countries; Thailand, Indonesia, India, the Philippines, Viet Nam, and Malaysia are producers too? Everything cassava derivatives is not new to them too, on the referenced package, there is a rider under the name of the product –“Asia’s Finest Food”.
 
Again, whatever happens to the global trend -Economic globalization which the whole world is catching on daily? It is defined as 'the increasing economic integration and interdependence of national, regional, and local economies across the world through an intensification of cross-border movement of goods, services, technologies and capital'. 
 
NAFDAC Director, Special Duties and Media, Abubakar Jimoh, said that preliminary investigations revealed that the product was produced in UK, shipped to Ghana and now being sold in Nigeria. So, other than the denial that they never approved/evaluated the product officially, is there any crime in a product that was produced for exportation to countries of target audiences? This product in reference (Garri) was not even produced in India, as if it mattered where a product was made before it could/would be acceptable for Nigerian consumption. Otherwise, why are our shops still stocked of cocoa derivatives like foreign chocolates, pharmaceutical products when we are a cocoa producing country? Why do we still depend on refined oil products when we produce the crude here in Nigeria? 
 
We're surely sound asleep, holding endless vigils, casting and binding ‘recession spirits’ while the rest of the world is perfecting devices that make their lives and living spaces more comfortable and easier. Instead of us thinking like everybody else about how to plug into the ongoing process and system of globalization, we are everywhere ‘hating’ each other on the basis of the past election and our selfish leaders. We're completely out of sync with the global flow. 

Am scared of the impending reality of our future generations in that they may not have a Nigeria of their own or remain in the territory of Nigeria as a people or nation in few years to come! Why? Nigeria with her natural wealth could become a target of acquisition by the world powers given how we have been divesting of our land rights to foreign investors in the name of Agricultural Transformation. Today, Chinese farmers are having hectares of lands all over for plantations and farming, right in the heart of Nigeria and her states! So, question is, what is the content of the deal that was sealed? Who signed these deals on behalf of the people? Under what undertakings and agreements were the deal signed? What is the life of the deal, 10, 20, 50, 100 or more years? Governors running overseas for loans, who knows what the contents of the deals are? If they (the Chinese) own a land that they have/would transfer(ed) to their children and grandchildren, after staying there for over fifty years, won't they fight for the right of land as fellow Nigerian-Chinese? You will think it is weird, right? Wait till there is Chinese town in every town of Nigeria. 
 
For a few dollars more, I don't see people resisting the filthy lucre of selling their lands to the Chinese and any foreigner for that matter. Now that they've started acquiring hectares for agriculture across the country, they have technology that we're blissfully ignorant of the amazing capabilities. Who says they've not discovered treasures we don't even begin to think we had? 
Britain went to war with the natives of the Falkland Islands laying claims to a small island many thousands of miles from the UK. Why would ours be different with the way we've been sold out by our past and current leaders? 

These are the issues we should be concerned with. We need to be creative in thinking and in survival. We need to start taking advantage of the shrinking terrain of the world’s production and marketing, economically and financially to benefit ourselves individually and ultimately, the nation in general. We should look inward, purge the foreign mentality; wannabe life-styles in all ramifications. Very recently, a ridiculous Nigerian News headline says "Lagosians Groan as KFC Outlets is Shutting Down”. Is KFC our natural menu? We bunch of Wannabes! How ridiculous! Ridiculous as seeing a fellow Nigerian who traveled to Dubai for few weeks and returned with American accent, what's all that for? 

My point is that individually, we can help our folks to shift their attentions from what the government should or should not do. Some of our folks are still carrying the pains of the loss of 2015 election, to them, the current administration will never do good. All they do is find faults where there is a little window of opportunities. The political discourse on social media blinds them to reality and inherent opportunities of this painful economic recession.

Recently, I asked that I be sent Kulikuli from Nigeria. I got a huge bag of it as desired. Sadly, I could only eat few of them before dumping them into the garbage. Why? Chews at every bite were grains of stones! Isn't how Kulikuli had always been from time immemorial? "Kulikuli ma npa'kuta ni now”, so my friend responded to my complaints! But hey; critically thinking, why is it still like that, stoney and sandy? Must Kulikuli still be produced manually the way it was in 1800, even in today's 2017? If the ‘oyinbos’ who came to buy cocoa in West Africa could get us chocolate drinks/foods, candy, medicine etc, why can’t someone think of refining peanuts to acceptable/chewable kuli kuli? 

Were it the developed world producing Kuli Kuli, there would have been more flavors of kuli kuli; strawberry-kuli kuli, lemon-kuli kuli, Cranberry-kuli kuli, Choco-Kuli kuli. If the China or any of the industrialized countries wake up to see the marketing opportunities in kuli kuli, felas will start a campaign to ban the importation, they will complain and wonder 'what is this government doing'? They will worry about the Customs and the NAFDAC! 

Time to sync with the global flow is now, not tomorrow. The world is long gone, going and not waiting.
 

Deleola Daramola ( Email: faydeleola@yahoo.com ) reports from Calsbard, California, USA.
 
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[ Masterweb Reports: Seun Opejobi reports ] - Founder of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Ralph Uwazuruike, on Wednesday disclosed how Biafra would be actualized. Speaking during a meeting between members of MASSOB and Biafra Independent Movement, BIM, in Onueke, Ezza South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Uwazuruike maintained that Biafra will be achieved without firing a single gunshot.
 
Represented by BIM’s Director of Information, Chris Mocha, the MASSOB leader said the long awaited breakup of Nigeria would take its natural course at the appropriate time.
 
Uwazuruike disclosed that the first procedure for declaring independence was to first notify the United Nations, UN, of its desire to separate.
 
Uwazuruike said, “I trained myself properly for the Biafra struggle. After I was called to the Nigerian Bar as a lawyer, I spent another 10 years studying the principles of non-violence in India, knowing full well that the only panacea for the achievement of self-determination for Biafra is non violence.
 
“I later spent additional 10 years working with the former head of state of the defunct Biafra, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.
 
“For this reason and with my constant persuasion based on truth, Ndigbo have always listened to us. This non-violent approach is what Mahatma Ghandhi of India called Satyagraha in Indian language.”
 
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