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[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - A former Governor of Abia State Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu has concluded plans to hijack the three slots allotted to Abia State in the oncoming Ohanaeze Ndigbo national elections holding in Enugu on January 10, 2017.

 
A competent source noted that Orji Kalu's men are now on ground in Enugu to actualize this plan. The three positions alloted to Abia State in the elections are  Deputy Secretary-General, Deputy National Publicity Secretary and National Vice Chairman Abia.

 
The election is a battle for supremacy in Abia State and Igboland as the gladiators are not taking chances. Abia State government is not leaving any thing to chance on the matter as it has perfected plans to checkmate Kalu's  moves by throwing in strong support for its candidates in the election. For Orji Kalu, his ability to produce the three officers from Abia State in the National body of Ohanaeze and perhaps in other states will prove to all doubting thomases that he is the political czar in Abia State and Igboland.

Meanwhile, the battle in Enugu will pitch a former minister of Aviation Barr. Nnia Nwodo against a former Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Allison Madueke. Some Stakeholders in the state are worried they were not carried along when the state governor endorsed Barr. Nwodo and vowed to resist any imposition in the election. In other states the governors have been making moves to hijack the process.
 

 
BY THE IGBO GONG, Enugu, Enugu State
abiarescue@yahoo.com
 
*Photo Capption - Orji Uzor Kalu

[ Masterweb Reports: Olalekan Waheed Adigun reports ] -  Since he was elected in 2014, the Ekiti state Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, has always been in the news, often for wrong reasons. If he is not defending election rigging, he is justifying his poor performance as chief executive. In the very best, the only noble achievement he boasts of is his notorious “stomach infrastructure” programme with which he loots state funds. No one as seen a single road his administration built or renovated. He has no legacy of sustainable development other than his so-called stomach infrastructure, on which he has a “Special Adviser”, by name one Mr. Sunday Anifowose.
 
If the so-called stomach infrastructure is development-oriented and creative, maybe the struggling Fayose’s administration might have a face-saving excuse, but no. rather, Fayose prefers to be seen in “ponmo” or “agbo Jedi” sectors eating and drinking as though governance is not a serious business. His media team will take pictures of him eating in public restaurants during office hours like a jobless man. If the stomach infrastructure is something that leads to, say the revamping of the Igbemo Rice mill (just like the Abakaliki rice) which has the capacity to generate thousands of jobs for numerous unemployed youths in the state, things would have been better. Can you cast your pearls before swines? Fayose will rather prefer to lead a people who, like pigs, are led by their stomachs than a people who are led by their heads!
 
Before we are been accused of being an anti-PDP writer, let us be quick to educate those who prefer to be led by the stomach that the Ebonyi state government (under a PDP governor) has increased rice production to the extent that the state is selling rice to other states in Nigeria in the process creating employment for its people. Can the loquacious Fayose be at least humble enough to learn from his Ebonyi counterpart how to make money producing local rice at a time like this? Even the Lagos state government during Christmas decided to partner with faraway Kebbi state for the production of rice when there is the potential in Ekiti to produce rice. Is it not an indictment that Mr. Fayose is not aware that the partnership has created opportunities for Nigerians in Lagos to buy a bag of rice in Lagos at N12,000 while it is sold at N20,000 in Fayose's  Ekiti?
 
Let us even be bold enough to ask what Governor Fayose has done with the bailout funds provided by the federal government since 2015? I remember posting on my several social media accounts in October for anyone with adequate information on Ekiti to furnish me with information on how many roads, schools or hospitals so far built by the Fayose administration since 2014. What and what has the governor been doing with the funds provided for him? He was one of the governors that came up against the federal government probing the funds to the state, so what did he do specifically with his portion in Ekiti? I tweeted this to the governor’s official Twitter handle and got no reply. I probably did not get a reply because I didn’t include stomach infrastructure. That is what you get when a people are led by their stomach like pigs!
 
Olalekan Waheed ADIGUN ( Tel: +2348136502040, +2347081901080 Email: olalekan@olalekanadigun.com , 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 - Governor Ayo Fayose

[ Masterweb Reports: SKC Ogbonnia reports ] - Events after events have shown that the continued detention of the Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, by the Federal Government of Nigeria needs a serious rethink. The matter is not only plaguing the country socially and politically, but its toll on the national economy is not difficult to fathom. The unfortunate irony yet is that while the two principal actors, President Muhammadu Buhari and Kanu, may have good intentions, they are fighting the wrong enemies. 
 
Please hold your thoughts till the later part of this essay on the flaming issue of secession for which Nnamdi Kanu is now better known. For it may not occur to many that before Kanu became a recurring decimal of Buhari’s presidency, a major aim of Radio Biafra, in Kanu’s own words, was to uproot “all looters, embezzlers, kidnappers, sponsors of terrorism, child traffickers, corrupt judges, crooked university lecturers, murderous Nigerian security forces and all thieving individuals masquerading as public officials who steal public funds thereby preventing developmental projects from impacting positively on the lives of the ordinary people.”
 
Any read of the statement above readily shows that such aspect of Kanu's advocacy is in tandem with Buhari’s standing vow for a corrupt-free Nigeria. If the rationale is inadequate, then consider that just about every group or leader who has pleaded for Kanu's release suggested that lack of development provoked his advocacy. This goes without saying that the president and Kanu have common foes in the corrupt leaders who plundered our common wealth the last 16 years of astronomical oil boom--that is, even before Buhari assumed democratic power. 
 
Therefore, in case President Buhari and Mazi Kanu are yet to get it, which appears to be the case, their real enemies in this context ought to be the corrupt leaders from the Southeast (SE) and South-South (SS) zones of Nigeria who combined to hinder the provision of efficient public amenities as well as job opportunities in the Biafra land that drew the ire of Kanu in the first place.
 
More specifically, the enemies are the very politicians and contractors that connived to embezzle the funds budgeted for projects vital to the region, some of which include but not limited to: The 2nd River Niger Bridge; East-West Highway; Enugu-Onitsha/Enugu-PH Expressways; Akanu Ibiam and PH International Airports; Calabar and PH Seaports; Dredging of River Niger; Eastern Gas Pipeline network (CAP); Niger Delta Development Commission (NNDC); Legislative  Constituency Projects; National Conference convened by President Jonathan that adopted, among other things, the restructuring of the country; the Constitutional Amendment, initiated under President Umaru Yar’Adua, and funded to the brim to address the concerns for equitable distribution of states and local governments.
 
A simple scan of these projects and their attendant ministries reveals that politicians from the South-East or South-South played one dubious role or the other in sabotaging the desired implementation or development. Needless to say, none of the states or local governments in the SE/SS zones is run by the Hausa or Fulani people--that Nnamdi Kanu has commonly blamed--but wholly by the natives themselves. Yet, there is no commensurate development in the area for their share of federal statutory allocations.
 
This outright rebuke of the SS/SE politicians must not be misconstrued as exalting those from other regions as saints. Far from that!  The emphasis on SS/SE is because of the topic of Biafra. Besides, the very zones under review produced the then president (Goodluck Jonathan), then de facto Prime Minister (Ngozi Iweala), and the then Minister of Petroleum Resources (Diezani Madueke)—the specious trio who superintended the national treasury during the period their kinfolks were looting the project funds in the area.  
 
In a normal clime, this sort of exposé would be sufficient to unmask the culprits linked with the money-spinners cited herein. But in event that more specific details are needed, my identity has always been an open book. Moreover, this case will not require the state to dole out from its meager purse to fulfill the new policy on whistle-blowing. For quid pro quo is beneath my personal code of ethics in matters of public interest.
 
Change does not come easy, understood, but containing the situation in the east must not be a rocket science. Make no mistake about it; President Buhari deserves commendation for quietly undertaking some of the projects in the region that were funded but looted during previous administrations. Yet, to continue to punish the primary whistle-blower in Nnamdi Kanu while condoning the corrupt politicians--who return a portion of their loot--is sadly an oxymoron. In view of this irony, instead of the futile detention of Kanu, the masses prefer a leader that can summon the courage to expose the real enemies who had corralled the project funds into private bank accounts. 
 
Any call for the release of Nnamdi Kanu easily stirs emotions, and that is understandable. The style of his advocacy alone is jarringly hostile and can constitute a problem by itself. But the manner of the man's detention, including the state's refusal to obey court orders, does not serve any good purpose. The only beneficiaries are the real enemies, the corrupt vortex of the opposition, who have nothing concrete to show for their time in office, but who are today having a field day, grandstanding as the champion for the oppressed, claiming the passionate desire to liberate Kanu while stoking a view of General Buhari as an unrepentant dictator determined to abridge freedom of speech in the land. Their ultimate goal, of course, is to capitalize on the Kanu saga to con the mass support needed to derail the president’s war against corruption.
 
Fifth columnists are sure to hide behind the urgency of Kanu's threat of secession to continue to sidetrack Buhari from the right path to justice. But fighting the right causes through the wrong courses usually creates more problems than solutions. Moreover, the president does not need to be reminded that, similar to other multi-ethnic nations, for example, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom, there has always been, and will always be, threats for secession in Nigeria, regardless of who is in power. The manner of the approach is where leadership begins and ends.
 
SKC Ogbonnia ( Email: SKCOgbonnia@firsttexasenergy.com ) reports from Houston, Texas, USA.
 
EDITOR'S NOTE: The major aim of Radio Biafra Is not "to uproot all looters, embezzlers, kidnappers, sponsors of terrorism, child traffickers, corrupt judges, crooked university lecturers, murderous Nigerian security forces and all thieving individuals masquerading as public officials who steal public funds thereby preventing developmental projects from impacting positively on the lives of the ordinary people” as stated by the author. Radio Biafra went through three major transitions, the first was when it was run by Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) with Nnamdi Kanu as Director - During this period Radio Biafra was set up to disseminate necessary information for the "actualization" of Biafra Nation. Ralph Uwazurike, leader of MASSOB cut-off funding of the radio after disagreement with Nnamdi Kanu who wanted to use the platform for support of 'credible' political candidates.  The second transition was when Radio Biafra was owned jointly by Radio Biafra London(RBL)-registration name of Radio Biafra under MASSOB, Billie Human Rights Initiative and Council of Elders (Customary Government of Biafra) and during this period Radio Biafra was to disseminate information about the group and on "restoration of Biafra through non-violent means". The group (jointly known as Indigenous People of Biafra[IPOB]) represented by Billie took the Federal Government of Nigeria to court; they are still in court with Nigeria as at the time of this report. The third transition was the wrestling of Radio Biafra by Nnamdi Kanu away from the other groups. Kanu went on air and banned the other groups and later registered his own Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Under Kanu and his IPOB, Radio Biafra's mission is the "Restoration of Biafra" and dedicated to "the defense of the freedom and rights of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)".  Radio Biafra website ( www.radiobiafra.co ) is no longer accessible but the radio still broadcasts and its goal can be verified on their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/radiobiafra/about/
 
*Photo Caption - Nnamdi Kanu

Masterweb Reports: Olalekan Waheed Adigun reports ] - It is New Year again. As usual, many Christians went to Church on New Year Eve to receive prophesies for the incoming year about what it may bring. There were prophesies like “APC will face crisis”; “A new party will be formed by politician”; “A popular politician will signal his intention to run for the presidency in 2019” etcetera which drive many Nigerians to great excitement. Not all these “prophesy” are entirely negative or clownish as some of the above appear to be. Some prophesies deal with the future greatness of Nigeria and the fact that it will be blessed with good leaders. The excitements and the mad rush to hear these statements show how religious many people are!
 
While it is not entirely bad to believe these prophesies, we must understand that, as a nation, God has blessed us so much that we can’t ask for more blessings. He has done His part; we only need to do ours. “Over Religiousness” or “Over Prayers” seen in many Nigerians today will not force His Hands to do our biddings. We must do our parts too.
 
Though, I enjoy reading the English novelist, Eric Arthur Blair (popularly known as George Orwell), I have never been a fan of English novels partly because of their over glorification of English culture or because of the boredom they bring to me then as a student of Literature-in-English. The only novel I still read apart from those of George Orwell, is Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe.
 
Reading the novel, for perhaps the eight time, some days ago still struck me much about Nigeria and its abundant natural resources. I asked myself how a nation can be so blessed and yet appear so cursed at the same time. Are people poor because of lack of resources? If we had these much resources in abundance, why is there so much poverty, disease and hunger in the land? A Columbia University economist, conducting a research in Latin America in the 1950s, gave a strange answer (in paraphrase): people are not poor because of lack of resources, they are poor because they are ignorant of the abundance that surrounds them!
 
For those who haven’t read Robinson Crusoe, it is the story of an adventure undertaken by a young man whose father wanted to become a lawyer and manage his estate but chose to travel abroad by sea. His father warned him against such, ‘At sea you will only find trouble and unhappiness.” And in truth, when he sailed with his two friends, what happened were what his father had said.
 
On one of his sails to Guinea “to collect Africans to work” as slaves on their farms, they suffered a shipwreck leaving his two friends dead and Crusoe barely escaping with his life to spend over 28 years on a strange island.
 
On the island, his constant companions were his Bible, a dog, two cats, his flock and all that nature could provide for human survival. Though the island contained all that he needed to survive, Crusoe must go out to hunt for animals, else he will go hungry.
 
Like Crusoe’s island, God has blessed Nigeria with all it needed to achieve self-sufficiency and become one of world’s greatest powers. But unlike Crusoe, Nigeria and Nigerians expect God to, after doing so much, come and help us refine our oil; transform our cassava to garri; produce petrol from petroleum; and in some cases we pray to God to come and help us clean our dirty rooms!
 
Though Crusoe believed in God’s protection, he knew he can’t be the only one on the island. He never parted with his tools and ammunitions at any time else he became the victim when attacked by beasts or man eating savages. He probably understood the Arabian proverb “Trust in God, but tie your camel.” Nigeria is a sovereign state, we need a good security apparatus to conquer internal and external attacks. God Himself is known as “The Lord of the Hosts.” Prayers alone will not defeat Boko Haram; looting monies meant for arms to fight Boko Haram is not only a sin against man, but also against God!
 
Crusoe knows that God has supplied his needs according to His riches in glory on the island, he knows he has to save for the future. He understood the fact that his gunpowder (a key resource) will sooner or later run out. He started rearing goats “for meat and milk.” It is never God’s fault that we refused to save for the rainy day while we made huge sums from oil boom. It is not God’s fault that we loot the monies meant for repairs of our refineries. It is not God’s fault that we didn’t explore other resources that nature has provided for us through diversification. God has supplied our needs according to His riches in glory truly, but there is a part we also must play in accessing these riches!
 
As a nation that knows God so much that we sometimes even kill for Him or on His behalf (as though God is an infant that cannot avenge Himself), we must realize that He has done so much for us and there is no reason why we should cry or suffer. If the nation is poor, it is because we have refused to see the abundance He has deposited in our nation (like Crusoe’s island) as a result of our collective blindness. This won’t change by being just religious!
 
Olalekan Waheed ADIGUN ( Tel: +2348136502040, +2347081901080 Email: olalekan@olalekanadigun.com, 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 ] – January 1 is an ideal time to express love and good wishes for those we care about. Masterweb cares about all her readers, their families, friends and associates, and wishes them "Happy New Year". May 2017 be blessed with all your wishes coming through and the timeless message of New Year fill your heart and home with joy. May Africa, the Middle East and the rest of the world find the much peace they deserve. No more wars, nor hunger - May the Good Lord Bless us all. 
 
God Bless you as you share Christmas and New Year with family and with friends. May He fill your heart and dreams with peace, love and joy that never end. Speaking at our annual end of year party last weekend, our CEO/Founder, Chief Charles O. Okereke, declaring the event open said: "Our staff and readers have carried us to great lofty heights this year. We got over one billion hits this year, on all our sites. This was made possible due to our dedicated staff and loyal readers/customers like you. Thank you for the unflinching dedication, patronage and loyalty."
 
May this wonderful season warm your heart with joy that will last throughout 2017 and years to come. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

[ Masterweb Reports ] – Christmas is an ideal time to express love and good wishes for those we care about. Masterweb cares about all her readers, their families, friends and associates, and wishes them " Merry Xmas & A Happy New Year". May your holiday season be blessed with the true meaning of Christmas. May the timeless message of Christmas fill your heart and home with joy today, new year and years to come. May Africa, the Middle East and the rest of the world find the much peace they deserve. No more wars, nor hunger - May the Good Lord Bless us all. Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!
 
Gifts tied with beautiful ribbons arriving your home by mail! Yes, it is Christmas. Let us give thanks to the Lord for a life filled with many blessings, as we celebrate Christmas, the birth of Jesus, an immaculate conception and miracle culminating to divine delivery( "Therefoe the Lord himself shall give a sign, Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel" -Isaiah 7:14 ).
 
God bless you as you share Christmas with family and with friends. May He fill your heart and dreams with peace, love and joy that never end. Speaking at our annual end of year party last weekend, our CEO/Founder, Chief Charles O. Okereke, declaring the event open said: "Our staff and readers have carried us to great lofty heights this year. We got over one billion hits this year, on all our sites. This was made possible due to our dedicated staff and loyal readers/customers like you. Thank you for the unflinching dedication, patronage and loyalty."
 
May this wonderful season warm your heart with joy that will last throughout the New Year.
 
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[ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety reports ] - (Intersociety/SBCHROs, Onitsha Nigeria, 23rd December 2016)-The death of Rights CSOs and their human rights advocacy activities in the Southwest Nigeria became noticeable prior to the 2015 General Elections. It became full-fledged from June 2015 to date following the emergence of the Administration of Retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari.

Indisputably, Lagos and its surrounding States/environs served as Nigeria’s epicentre of independence, democracy and human rights struggles; reaching its peak from 1984 to mid 1999 during the military’s inglorious epoch. The Lagos School of Human Rights and Democracy Free Speeches and Struggles contributed immensely and pricelessly to the country’s advancements in democracy, human rights and press freedoms.

Sadly, the same Lagos School of Human Rights, Democracy and Press Freedoms and Struggles has been conquered, annexed and transformed into the country’s current epicentre of miseries, despotism and democratic barbarism; with same Lagos School leading the way as its arch promoter, defender and advocate. What breeds and saddens our heart most is not the collective decision of the Rights CSOs of Lagos extraction to collapse and nail the internationally best practices of human rights advocacy activities; but their refusal to leave the stage and retire into permanence of politicking.

Attempts by the referenced to probate and reprobate or eat their cake and have it, have resulted in brutal corruption and bastardization of core human rights, democracy and justice values in Nigeria, to the extent that heinous rights abusers are now labelled “international human rights defenders”; with their image laundered nationally, regionally and internationally on daily basis under what look like executive scripted and oiled circumstances.

The tragedy that befell these dead rights CSOs started way back in Lagos in the middle of 2000s through what some informed sources labelled “Alausa Virus”, using the instrumentality of Lagos-CSO Liaison; a sort of egoistic and materialistic partnership; which subsequently collapsed the then mainstream Rights CSOs of Lagos extraction into “an alliance of ACN and Rights CSOs”. It was from this that “grassroots rights activism was abandoned” and “executive/laptop rights activism” created and promoted; given birth to “CSO-INEC Engagement”; “APC-CSO Opposition Consortium”; “APC-CSO Anti Corruption Consortium”, “CSO-Legislative Engagement”; “CSO Election Situation Room”; to mention but few.

While it is the constitutional right of any citizen or CSO to leave the human rights advocacy stage and become a full-fledged politician or political party; it is morally abominable for such a group or citizen to be utterly paradoxical or maintain two contradictions at the same time. That is to say that a promoter of human rights abuse/abusers can never be a defender of human rights at the same time; neither can a human parts dealer be admitted into a rights community as a human rights defender. In Mathematics, one minus one will always give a negative result.

It is therefore shocking, alarming and deafening that arch human rights abuser with gross moral minus, in the person of Mr Ibrahim Magu of the Nigeria Police Force; who is, unconstitutionally, the Acting Chairman of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC); is being labelled internationally as “a human rights defender”, by some say; rights group, named “Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project”.

The image laundering letter of “SERAP” to the United Nations Special Rapportueur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, dated 16th of December 2016; is also considered a grave insult on the person and integrity of the Special Rapportueur, Mr. Michel Forst; as well as collective image of the United Nations. The letter is dangerously misleading, cancerous, politically and ill motivated and scripted.

The letter also clearly amounts to meddlesomeness in the constitutional duties of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; to investigate, clear or reject any executive nominee for the occupation of any of the Federal Executive bodies established under Section 153 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999; as amended in 2011.  The questions as to: are there no limits to renewal by the President, of executive appointments into constitutionally established federal executive bodies under acting capacity and when was Ibrahim Magu appointed as acting Chairman of EFCC; do not border the authorities of “SERAP”. What despicably matters to them is Mr Ibrahim Magu’s leprous baptism as “international human rights defender”; against all odds and his motley of rights abuses including long detention of suspects without trial and late night invasion and violent arrest of the suspects in their sleep.

For the avoidance of doubt, we again invite all Nigerians and members of the international community to read and analyse the authoritative statement reproduced below, dated 1st of July 2016. It was exclusively published by the News Express Online Media; owned by Mr. Isaac Umunna who is also the chief media aide to late Prof Dora Akunyili and her family till date. Prof Dora Akunyili was a former NAFDAC DG and Minister of Communications. The authoritative statement has not been credibly refuted by Federal Government and the authorities of EFCC till date. The rejection by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, of Police Officer Ibrahim Magu as the substantive Chairman of EFCC was substantially based on dubious circumstances surrounding his multimillion naira rent payment to Akunyili family  for their House, located at No. 8B, Rudolf Close, Off Katsina Ala Crescent, Maitama District in FCT, Abuja, Nigeria.

Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has rented a mansion in the elitist Maitama District of the Federal capital territory (FTC) Abuja, News Express can report this morning. The storey building located at No. 8B, Rudolf Close, off Katsina Ala Crescent, in the highbrow Maitama District, was the abode of a former federal minister who died sometime in May 2014. An impeccable source said: The property was rented to the Acting EFCC Chairman for N40, 000,000 at N20, 000,000 per annum.

Furthermore, the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) curiously awarded a contract to Africa Energy, a company owned by Rtd Air Comm. Umar Muhammad, to furnish the residence at the cost N43,000,000, in a Government where the President is known to have frowned at and rebuked his ministers for requesting N20,000,000 each to secure accommodation and furnish them. It is shocking that the man spearheading the anti-corruption crusade of the government will be involved in such a venture. More surprising is the involvement of FCDA in renting a house for EFCC and under what arrangement. News Express made efforts to get the reaction of Magu and EFCC but the commission’s spokesmen Osita Nwajah and Wilson Uwujaren did not respond to text messages sent to them seeking their reaction to the story.

Today, through the magic of “APC-CSO Partnership”, sacred cows in the so called “fight against corruption” abound. To be “Mr or Mrs Clean” under Buhari Administration, you must belong or join the federally ruling party and its “APC-CSO Consortium”. It is also an incontestable fact that the present Buhari Administration and its “APC-CSO Consortium” parades the highest number of doyens of corruption both in its government and in the moribund Southwest CSOs’ circles. The rate of aiding and abetting corruption and abuse of office under the Buhari Administration has gone viral as well.

We therefore condemn in totality the letter of “SERAP” and its contents. It is our express call and advice to the United Nations particularly its Special Rapportueur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, Mr. Michel Forst, to tear the letter into pieces and delete its delivery and documentation from its records. Such embarrassing letters should at all times be declared dead on arrival! 
 
We consider Police Officer Ibrahim Magu as is a serial human rights abuser and constitutional violator. As a serving member of the Nigeria Police Force alone; noted globally for its butchery and notorious corruption records; Mr Magu can never be a human rights defender on account of same; not to talk of his gross rights and constitutional abuses as “acting head” of EFCC.

It is our strong advice to the moribund Rights CSOs and activists of Southwest or Lagos extraction to courageously leave the stage and form a political party so as to become full-fledged politicians. We invite new breed rights activists and democracy promoters to join us in the Southeast Nigeria which is now the epicentre of human rights and pro democracy struggles in Nigeria.

The international community is called upon to take advocacy and diplomatic notice of the rise of defenders and promoters of human rights abusers and despotism in Nigeria, majorly concentrated in the Southwest Region; who still go about parading themselves as “human rights groups and activists”.



Signed:

For: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety)

Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chairman
Mobile Line: +2348174090052
Email: info@intersociety-ng.org
Website: www.intersociety-ng.org

Signed:

For: Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs)
 
1.       Comrade Aloysius Attah (+2348035090548)
For: Civil Liberties Organization, Southeast Zone
 
2.       Comrade Peter Onyegiri (+2347036892777)
For: Centre for Human Rights & Peace Advocacy
 
3.       Comrade Samuel Njoku (+2348039444628)
For: Human Rights Organization of Nigeria
 
4.       Engineer Rufus Duru (+2348037513519)
For: Global Rights & Development International
 
5.       Comrade Chike Umeh ( +2348064869601)
For: Society Advocacy Watch Project
 
6.       Obianuju Joy Igboeli, Esq. (+2348034186332)
For: Anambra Human Rights Forum
 
7.       Comrade Alex Olisa (+2348034090410)
For: Southeast Good Governance Forum
 
8.       Jerry Chukwuokoro, PhD (+2348035372962)
For: International Solidarity for Peace& Human Rights Initiative
 
9.       Mr. Tochukwu Ezeoke (+447748612933)
For: Igbo Ekunie Initiative (Pan Igbo Rights Advocacy Group)
 
10.   Comrade Vincent Ezekwume (+2348171793911)
For: Civil Liberties Organization, Anambra State Branch
 
*Photo Caption - As seen.
 
 

[ Masterweb Reports: Olalekan Waheed Adigun reports ] - Whenever I hear those who ought to know say that Nigeria’s main problem is ethnicity, I often begin to develop cold feet. They seem to argue that if not for ethnicity (a colonial construct), the country would have move ahead. While this I may agree that ethnicity is one of the manifestations of the numerous problems facing the country, I firmly disagree that ethnicity is the Nigerian problem.
 
The reader will probably face me and ask: “Lekan, what then is the problem of Nigeria?” my immediate answer to this is simply corruption. Not that corruption is not an issue in advanced countries, if not, the revelations in #PanamaPapers will not take been so sensational. The only difference here is that the Nigerian case is that corruption has tribal marks! I am aware some people may want to strongly disagree with me, but please come along with me.
 
Some days ago, I received the news, like most Nigerians, that former Governor of Delta state, Chief James Ibori, has been released from prison. This ordinarily would not have been serious news in that he would not be the first high profile politician to go to prison and be released. The news of “wild jubilations” in Delta state and many other places by his supporters, even in certain sections of the Nigerian media made the whole thing take a dramatic dimension. To even know that most of these same persons were the same people who took “strong exceptions” to ex-British Prime Minister, David Cameron’s, “fantastically corrupt” tag further makes the matter ironic. To those so-jubilating, Ibori is nothing but a man of the people. For them, Ibori is not corrupt, even though he pleaded guilty to corrupt charges in a London Court. To these ones, the politician is been persecuted because he is loved by his people. They seem to ask: “No be our money he steal wetin concern you na?” can you now see why I said corruption has tribal marks in Nigeria?
 
Ibori is a typical Nigerian politician who understands the psychology of human needs. His people will not mind him stealing so far he fills their stomachs with part of the loot. Like Chief Nanga in Chinua Achebe’s A Man of the People, all he needs to do is become visible in his community; buy traditional titles, build boreholes; employ some people in Oghara into government positions and become a hero.
 
Even though Achebe wrote the wonderful novel in the 1960s, much of its contents are still relevant today. We heard of election-winning programmes like Fayose’s Stomach Infrastructure. Can we see how stagnant we are as a nation in terms of moral values?
 
Being a smart Nigerian politician, Ibori will run to the same people he looted dry to defend him in time of trouble. He will bring up the ethnic card. He will create a “us-versus-them” siege mentality of “they hate us that is why they are after me”. What else can you tell a man or woman who manages to get his bit of the “national cake” from politicians like Ibori? How do you want to preach to a people who roll out drums to sing and praise a corrupt former governor that he loots their state and that he is only spending crumbs on them? These ones will rather fight and die to defend “our son” that hear that he is corrupt. His village chiefs will welcome him back with both arms and award him the highest title in the land!
 
This happens to be the bitter truth in our country today. Ethnicity is only used as a tool, first by the colonial masters and later the post-colonial leaders, to divide the masses and permanently becloud their sense of reasoning so as to continue to divert their attentions away from the real issues. The Ibori’s case proves this just right. Corruption now has a tribal mark!
 
Olalekan Waheed ADIGUN ( Tel: +2348136502040 or +2347081901080; Email: olalekan@olalekanadigun.com, 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 - James Ibori in prison in U.K. 
 
 
 
 

[ Masterweb Reports: Fejiro Oliver writes Uduaghan ] - Your Excellency; I’m pretty sure that the last 24 hours must have been the worst hours of your life. The only one that comes close may be when your favored candidate lost the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial primaries in 2014.

I do not need to bore us with the reason (s) behind your sleepless nights. For people like us who have taken it upon ourselves that you must go to jail, we have also armed ourselves with overwhelming evidences to make it come to pass. To us, you are our project topic and we must defend it to the last letter. Your political intrigues against your younger brother, James Ibori, who singlehandedly made you whom you are today is not lost on us, including the ones that the public are not aware of. Before Ibori comes back to Nigeria, we will chronicle your many sins against him in special reports.

As I got exclusive pictures from London on Ibori’s freedom, which I circulated on social media that went viral, I asked a prominent Deltan who was at the venue of the celebration and even spoke during the small freedom party if you were there; the answer was in the negative. Quickly, I made some calls to confirm why you were not there to receive the man who made you a governor and the answers I got confirmed the earlier exclusive news about your wickedness to your benefactor. No matter the excuse you will give today for not jetting to London like Senator Peter Nwaoboshi did, you cannot be forgiven. If for political reasons you could not go, you should have gone using brotherhood ties as excuse and no one will criticize you, not even the holiest of men. But as they say in Warri parlance; ‘you don shit for church’.

Asamaigor, I’m very sure you have watched the video of Ibori’s party in London, where Nwaoboshi spoke. Your Excellency, when you saw the persons that went to see him in less than 24 hours after his release, how did you feel? Did you hear the names of the persons the Odidigborigbo of Africa made even while he was in prison? From Senate President to Governor as well as Local Government Chairmen, he made them all, without his presence in Nigeria. Yet you couldn’t even make yourself ordinary Senator.

Your looting of Delta State as a governor makes Ibori look like a saint and you the devil. How you successfully diverted N289 billion of Excess Crude allocation with nothing to show for it dwarfs all criminal records against Ibori. These are documented facts that can be presented when the time to begin your crucification comes. It can even be tendered tomorrow, if the anti graft agencies call for it.

You moving a whooping N40 billion as loan from the Delta State treasury into spurious accounts which you were the sole signatory without the House of Assembly approving it should make some of us billionaires, if the Federal Government keep their promise of giving 5% of all recovered loots. As usual, you will deny this, but the records are also available.

Why am I bringing up all these? It’s to compare you with Ibori who did not steal half of what you stole but went to jail for it. Though in jail, he called the shots of Delta State politics and the evidence can be seen in his release. Where will you escape to if Ibori can be jailed? The Edwin Clark, Ogbete and Co that sent Ibori to jail may not be eager to do same to you, but we are more than ready to do so to you.

If you go to jail which is 70% possible, who will visit you in prison? Who will show solidarity with you as was shown to Ibori over the years? Who will risk his or her reputations to stand by you like many did for Ibori? Who will publicly acknowledge that you made him or her as Ibori did? Sir, only three persons can say so, but unfortunately, you made them enemies to their own people. Ovuzorie Macaulay whom you made the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) is at loggerhead with his people, just as Joel Onowakpor who was your Chairman in Delta Board of Internal Revenue. Perhaps only the likes of Ben Igbakpa and Reuben Izeze will be the last man standing!

Ibori’s release from prison should serve as a pointer to you that you did not only fail Deltans but you failed yourself. The persons you claimed to empower today are nowhere to be found, but have all turned their backs on you to carry your cross. What you fear most is about to come to pass and as it seems, only Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and Ibori can save you as humans.
Your nemesis is about to begin with Ibori’s freedom. The lid which was covered since 2010 will be uncovered for Deltans and Nigerians to see you for whom you are. The unraveled murder of Ogbe Onokpite will now be opened just as the silent killing of the judge through poisoned Air Condition who refused your millions and was supposed to deliver judgment in favor of Ogboru will be let loose. This moment is what we have always waited for.

Make no mistake about this; blood may be thicker than water as some of your sycophants are singing on your betrayal of Ibori, but some blood are better left to flow away like menstrual pains, else they cause discomfort. You are one of such kind of blood.

Delta State you didn’t build; human empowerment you never did, but rather embezzled all the wealth for yourself. Your promise and fail became legendary, so much that a former Speaker confessed to me that “Uduaghan is the worst kind of leader. Anything he promises you, he never fulfills. He’s only good at using people when he needs them, but forgets them once they help him achieve his aim”. If this was the stock Ibori was made off, he would have long be forgotten. Only Godswill Akpabio and Rotimi Amaechi among the 2007-2015 South South Governors can get such loyalty Ibori gets, and sadly enough, you are not one of them even though you looted more funds than they did.

As you sew your prison coats of many colors, reflect on the life of Ibori and his ability to hold spellbound a people from faraway London. Take lessons from Governor Ifeanyi Okowa who empowered his constituents as a non governor and doing same now that he has climbed the exalted position. Take stocks of where you missed it and begin to make amends. It is never too late to turn back the hands of time.

*** For the records, I am not a huge fan of Ibori even though I acknowledge his works in Delta and political dexterity. Twice he has sent messages to me while he was in prison concerning my work as a journalist.
These little things matter…

Fejiro Oliver is Editor In Chief of Secrets Reporters News, Investigative Journalist, Media Consultant and Human Rights Activist & can be reached at +2348022050733 (SMS ONLY) or secretsreporters@gmail.com.
 
*Photo Caption - Emmanuel Uduaghan

[ Masterweb Reports: SKC Ogbonnia reports ] - Before assuming the presidency in May 2015, Muhammadu Buhari rightly proclaimed that “corruption will kill Nigeria, unless Nigeria kills corruption.” Unfortunately, however, after barely one year in office, a diverse segment of the population began to openly pray for the freedom of corruption in-so-far there is food on the table. By December 2016, the Nigerian Legislature answered by formally introducing a bill to amend the Constitution to grant its members immunity or, more plainly, the unrestrained freedom from prosecution against corrupt practices.  As if the circus lacks in folly, the Senate followed by mysteriously rejecting the president's nominee to head the war on corruption. But this whole dilemma has roots deeper than the ordinary eye can meet.
 
Not long ago, the transition to a democratic government in 1999 after years of military rule seemed like the ultimate game-changer. There was a semblance of freedom in most areas of national life. It then seemed the citizens had finally become free from the shackles of dictatorship that had strangled the country for ages. But don’t hold your breath. A more complex problem soon emerged: The way the political elites conceived the freedom turned out to be upside-down. The crux of the matter is that the very practice of Nigeria's democracy also allowed the leaders the freedom to do as they chose. In the process, they chose to revert back to the military style of dictatorship, leading to gross mismanagement of resources and human right abuses.
 
This culture of impunity under a democratic setting resulted in massive corruption. Different attempts by successive governments to combat the societal ill were openly frustrated at the courts where some unique tenets of freedom and rule of law were employed to produce unsavoury outcomes. Despite the fact that Nigeria was consistently ranked near the top of global corruption index, no major politician served a jail term in the African soil from 2008-2015, apart from the lone case of Olabode George. Not surprisingly, freedom of corruption became the order of the day. With the price of crude oil then already beginning to take a nose dive, it was only a matter of time before the national economy would crumble.
 
That was the exact situation in 2015 when the masses beckoned back Muhammad Buhari for salvation. For many, Buhari was a  ramrod-straight ex-general whose austere image as well as anti-corruption track record were best suited to oust a weak and pliable incumbent president in Goodluck Jonathan.
 
 
Since assuming the office, however, Buhari's war against corruption has been a vain pursuit. Any attempt by the president to introduce far-reaching anti-corruption measures is readily resisted, with the opposition always clinging to one form of freedom or the other. A current example is the issue of special courts being canvassed by the president to expedite corrupt cases. Of course, the delay in the courts has nothing to do with lack of human resources especially in a country where thousands of jobless lawyers roam the streets. The special courts, instead, are to de-oxidize the existing culture where judges and politicians combine to sustain freedom for corrupt leaders through frivolous adjournments, plea bargains, and state pardons. Regrettably, the critics of the special courts, most of who constitute the first line of defense for the corrupt oligarchy, quickly pounded on the president, digging out all sorts of legal jargon to ridicule the initiative. They would helm the argument by invoking the independence of the judicial branch and, of course, vitality to the broader democratic freedom. But while this warped notion of freedom may seem to favour those in the position of power, it is definitely failing Nigeria as a whole.
 
 
Freedom, no matter the essence, must not be antagonistic to the well-being of the citizenry. Besides, Nigeria must not base its rule of law solely on borrowed legal theories.  Just as leadership is contingent upon the environment, the rule of law ought to take into considerations the prevailing conditions in the particular society or country. Nigeria is at a critical war with corruption and should explore extra-ordinary measures. Even the United States of America, a country that prides itself as the true bastion of freedom, had to adopt the USA Patriot Act—a pervasive government control mechanism that allows intrusive checks at the airports. Though initially condemned as an infringement on civil liberties, the Act has been embraced for effective homeland security in response to the tragic incident of 9/11.
 
Lampooning only the opposition for the clog in the wheel of Buhari’s change agenda is an injustice to human conscience. The president has to share part of the blame. He effortlessly ruptured the balloon of public goodwill initially inflated by a cocktail of desire for change and the myth of a legendary track record. Apart from the slow pace of his government, Buhari forgot there is always a delicate balance between freedom and authority. His early missteps, particularly the mode of political appointments, the refusal to obey court orders, and lack of transparency, simply evoked a frightening nostalgia of the dictatorial tendencies that doomed his military regime. Such excesses, or rather abuse of freedom, coupled with the harsh economic condition on the ground, were all the corrupt oligarchy needed to gain the public support to subdue the president. 
 
Today, the bulging optics is that the strongman elected to strengthen the system has been cowed into a weakling in office. That is how the opposition has been able to hoodwink many to now believe that freedom for corrupt politicians is a desirable compromise to stimulate the economy. That is how and why the president now appears to embrace the very culture of impunity that he was elected to decimate. Instances abound.  But definitely mind-boggling are the manner he dropped charges for a clear case of forgery against the principal officers of the Senate, and the apparent freedom for corrupt politicians in return for part of their loot. What else is more? With the Executive branch already enjoying a corrupt freedom in the name of immunity, not many were shocked when the Nigerian Legislature formally introduced a bill to amend the Constitution to also grant its members the freedom from prosecution against corrupt practices.
 
These developments are utterly mystifying and only go to encourage criminal ingenuity rather than deterrence. Yet, don’t count on a mass revolt. Given Nigeria’s recent past, any scheme masked with freedom is perceived with a sacred aura. But the masses must resist the gambit this time. Hope anchored through a corrupt premise, regardless of the inherent freedom, is a poisoned chalice.

The aim here is by no means to circumvent the role of freedom in democracy. Viewed in its totality, freedom is not only essential for democracy, it is also vitally important for any human or organizational development. But however indispensable it might seem, the cardinal truth is that in democracy as we know it, neither the freedom nor the liberty is rooted in an abstract sense where the leaders or the followers are free to do as they please.
 
Often ignored in the contemporary discussions of Nigerian democracy is the ageless adage: every coin has two sides. There are positive and negative kinds of freedom. On the one hand, positive freedom refers to where people are free to engage in endeavours towards the common good. It goes with moderation, responsibility, and accountability. Importantly, positive freedom is open to all—not just the sole province of the leaders themselves. On the other hand, negative freedom typifies the prevailing Nigerian situation where leaders freely engage in acts inimical to the common good. Such negative freedom allows Nigerian leaders to hide behind all sorts of rule of law to loot the public treasury without qualms.
 
Change does not come easy, especially in an environment where most processes are fraught with rules of law tightly woven with negative freedoms. Yet, there is hope. President Buhari can still reset by cautiously navigating through the prevailing rules of law while strengthening the system to wipe out the negative freedoms undermining the leadership processes. But any reset requires a change in style. What Nigerians sought and voted for in 2015 and hope to see today is a resolute, just, and transparent leader capable of demonstrating serious consequences for corrupt practices regardless of whose ox is gored.

Ogbonnia ( Email: SKCOgbonnia@firsttexasenergy.com ), a leadership scholar reports from Houston, Texas, USA.
 
*Photo Caption - As seen.