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 [ Masterweb Reports: Fejiro Oliver reports ] – Fellow Countrymen; it’s with deep sense of patriotism that I make this speech tonight. You will recall that when I was made the acting president and subsequently president due to the untimely death of president Shehu Yaradua GCFR, I had to do my best to keep the nation as one, knowing that the polity was still heated at that moment, as failure to do so would have seen the army probably striking, hence my inability to perform to your expectation. All I did during the two years period of serving out President Yaradua’s tenure was to see to the rule of law which he began till he passed away. May his gentle soul rest in peace.
 
When the coast was clear for election to take place, I went into the race, campaigning to all of you in your various states, soliciting for your votes. Many of you formed various groups on my behalf to woo the electorates. May I at this junction correct this belief that I initiated the “I had no shoes” mantra; on the contrary, I was shocked myself to see the campaign jingle all over the media. As a matter of fact, I was not consulted before it was done, but I realize that it was all campaign strategy aimed at appealing to your conscience. I made various promises in each of the states I visited, which was a total of ninety one (91). Dear compatriots, I have I not forgotten the promise made in any of these States.

 
I do not seek to be a hero among you; neither do I seek the title of statesmanship, when I don’t deserve it. It was out of my love for football that I disbanded our national team, not out of wickedness. I’m not unaware that you turned your back on me during the infamous January 1st 2012 fuel subsidy which was engineered by the Federal Executive Council, an action which necessarily I would not have even considered, considering that I came from the same background as you. But who was I to say no to a Harvard graduate like Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, who you all agreed is an economic guru, when she gave cogent economic reasons on why the fuel subsidy should be removed, even though I admit that I never understood what it meant. Tonight, I want to apologize for that action which I took that caused the protests where lives were lost. I apologize to the family of Enenche Akogwu, the Channels TV reporter who died on the line of duty reporting the anger of Nigerians against the decision I took.

 
I feel your pain and I do believe you also feel mine. It is my sincere drive to better your standard of living that is why I approved the fuel subsidy decision, especially on a day when you all should be rejoicing and making resolutions for the New Year. Please forgive my being insensitive. The hallmarks of leader is admitting when they are wrong, apologizing for it and showing true signs of repentance. Yes, cabals have taken over my administrations as I have admitted over time; cabals whom I thought I could fight to a standstill, but I was wrong. How could I fight cabals like Femi Otedola, Aliko Dangote, Jimoh Ibrahim, Dantata, Chris Uba and a host of others too numerous to mention, when they all bankrolled my election? I agree that in this area I failed Nigerians; I failed you, knowing that it was your votes that brought me into power. I was not blabbing when I vowed to fight the fabrics of corruption that have eaten deep into the system, but may I tell you this compatriots; the fight against corruption can be fought only with a clean hand, which admittedly I don’t have. I’m sorry if I disappointed you.

 
Your complaints against Alison Madueke, urging me to fire her as Minister of petroleum is justified, and even though I truly wish to bow to your wishes, especially when glaring evidences were provided, but I truly do not have the courage to fire a kinsman, who have been a financial pillar to me and ‘bedmate’, as some of you allege, but I can sincerely say to you that they were all figments of imaginations of the media. I need not talk about Elder Orubebe; his corrupt files are on my table, but again, the same hand that held me back from firing Alison had also held me back from sacking him, but do not mistake me for gay, as I am not one. In this I know that I broke the oath of office by practicing nepotism. Once again, I apologize to all Nigerians. I promise that the 13 billion dollars I set aside with her towards 2015 campaigns will now be reverted toward national building and security.

 
Fellow citizens of our great country Nigeria, you must have observed that we are gradually winning the war against terrorism, as orchestrated by Boko Haram. Though it was not easy taking the decision to declare state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States, but send a message that we are not a nation govern by terrorists, who vowed to hold us to ransom, I had to take it. The issue of Boko Haram will be a thing of the past before the end of 2013; this I can assure you. I urge you to ignore any propaganda of the group or any other insurgent groups. We will win. Yes, we will overcome.

 
If there is any individual that I owe loads of apologies to, the person is Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, who I admit has not done anything to me personally to incur my wrath. Let me at this very moment state that my fight against him has been due to what my political followers in the field fed me with, as well as his misunderstanding with my wife. I have been told that he intends to slug the PDP presidential ticket with me, an action which my political friends consider an affront to me. I know I ought to have personally asked him if it was true, but due to ill advise, I overlooked it. Rotimi Amaechi, my younger brother, accept my apology. The media has not been helpful as they have blown a little squabble into a feud. To my friends in the media, please help us in mending fences not deepening it, especially the social media which has become the main source of news to Nigerians.

 
Tonight, and again, I say, tonight, I am stating it loud and clear that my wife is hereby banned from attending any government functions in my capacity, commission any government properties or parade herself as an elected official of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I am aware of the entire crisis that she has caused in various states that she has visited, especially her role in the catastrophe between Governor Amaechi and the presidency. While I hold my dear wife in I high esteem, I also hold the sanctity of this nation in high regards. Consequently, the Minister of State, Education is hereby relieved of his duties for personal reasons, while the Rivers State commissioner of Police, Mr. Mbu is to go on compulsory. The minister of Health is also relieved following allegations of his incompetence as former Chief Medical Director of Ebonyi State leave Teaching Hospital (EBSUTH) and his inability to quickly put an end to the Medical and Health workers strike that engulfed the country. These pronouncements take place with immediate effect.

 
The education travails in this country affects me just the way it affects you. My Alma Mata, University of Portharcourt is among the schools on strike and it hurts me to see it so. You wonder why I singled out UNIPORT? When I was there, I never went on strike neither do the polytechnics shut down, but today under my watchful nose, ASUP and ASUU has gone on strike the same period. I want to put an end to it once and for all, but our coordinating Minister of the economy and Minister of Finance is saying that we do not have the amount needed by ASUU, but I can assure you that we will resolve it as soon as possible.

 
As for the long lingering crisis in the health sector, I hereby make a pronouncement to all medical workers that the role of the chief medical director is now a position for all health workers. This is to create the much desired harmony in the health sector as we have in other climes; however the holders of MBBS will co-ordinate medical affairs during most clinical activities in the hospitals. The board of all the hospitals will be reconstituted to allow even representation of all medical practitioners. The National health bill shall be signed into law by me the moment all the grey areas are looked into and consented to by the various medical professional unions.

 
Compatriots, this is the solemn moment; a moment of decision. I appreciate your followership for the past four years, as individuals and a people, however I have come to the conclusion that I do no longer wish to be your president, hence I am resigning as the President and grand commander in chief of the Federal republic of Nigeria. The letter to this effect will be communicated to the Senate President.

 
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

 
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(Waking up from slumber) Pat, Pat..,These people are at it again. They are even suggesting to me in my dreams that I should resign from this exalted position of the President, when I’m yet to complete the MANDATORY eight years and I really tendered my resignation letter.

 
PAT: I know those behind it Joe, but don’t worry, it won’t happen. Just go back and sleep, then rewind back to May 29, 2011, then wake up from there; sleep again and this time you will dream of May 29, 2015 where you are inspecting the guard of honor. Don’t mind them. I will see my fellow women again by next week.

 
POST MORTEM
 
Just when I thought that the JOHESU strike being called off will signal an end to the intellectual discussion engaged in during the period; I was proved wrong, as our MBBS friends took it upon themselves to throw salvo at our reporters and other medical colleagues. While we at secretsreporters understand their grudge against us, we also wish to state on record that most of the NMA members whom we sought their views in the course of our reporting on the strike issue answered rudely and proud, leaving the questions asked them to give millions of reasons why they are superior not only to their medical colleagues, but also Journalists; a profession that has sacrificed more for democracy than any other, a profession that has brought their struggle to limelight.

 
We await the communiqué of the NMA emergency meeting held in Sokoto state to officially state our stand on the health sector and its leadership position.

 
These little things matter…

 
Fejiro Oliver, a Journalist can be reached at secretsreporters@gmail.com and +2348026797588 (sms only please).
 

[ Above is just a satire by author.
 
Photo Caption – President Goodluck Jonathan

 [ Masterweb Reports: Dan Chukwuemeka ] – The ASUU strike that has confined university students to their homes has been a major topic of discussion on the lips of Nigerians. These issues between ASUU and the Federal Government usually leave severe after effects in their wake. As the general saying goes “When two elephant fights, the grass suffer”, In this case, the grass suffering happens to be the Nigerian students.
 
If you meet different people and ask for their views about the ongoing strike, starting from the time agreement was reached during the administration of the President Olusegun Obasenjo, their opinion will differ based on their sentimental leaning.

 
It is a natural tendency for humans to ascribe blame to someone else, but we often discover that this has never resolved any issue. In the case of ASUU and the Federal Government, both of them would definitely feel justified about their stance. That is why we have to put matters in perspective so that we don’t continue blaming one party. ASUU has always enjoyed the sympathy of the public whenever it goes on strike and we have always blamed the government. But can we try to balance things and see things from the government perspective?

 
Firstly, we must acknowledge that the present ASUU problem was inherited from past administrations, and since it was inherited, it should be solved based on the original agreement reached by ASUU and the past government. Maybe if it was this present government that engaged ASUU, they wouldn’t have agreed on conditions that seem ‘beyond real expectations’ as was done by the previous government.

 
In fact, there was no need for the strike because the present government under the leadership of Goodluck Jonathan was already meeting with the representatives of ASUU to dialogue with and meet their demands. One can therefore say that the strike came as a shock to all, and betrayed the impatience of ASUU. Is ASUU sincere? Are they really struggling to see that the standard of learning in our universities improve? Maybe they have genuine reasons, but they haven’t been able to communicate that to the public.

 
Instead of resorting to dialogue, ASUU has opted for strike as a means of holding the government to ransom, whilst also winning the sympathy of the public, making the government look bad and the butt of public criticism. The government took steps to relate with the universities directly to know what problem each school is facing, and how they can be solved. To this effect, a committee, led by Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue state, was set up to relate with the universities individually to ascertain what they need.

 
ASUU is merely taking advantage of the democratic setting, knowing that even when their members are on strike and not doing anything, their salaries will still be paid. The corruption in the system is what the present government has seen and has chosen to tread carefully, so as not to release funds and still be the one to bear the loss as well as the criticism of the public when it comes.

 
From experience, during my industrial training, the decay that has eaten up our educational system was evidenced in the management of the money released by government through the Industrial Training Fund to students who have undergone industrial training. When government releases the fund, the vice chancellors of the universities will divert it, such that it doesn’t get to the students who have undergone industrial training for six months and are supposed to be paid. Some pay parts while some don’t even pay at all. The question now is who the blame will go to; we will all still blame the government. The student who is ignorant about what is going on will put the blame on the government as well, same as the public. In the light of this, can we say ASUU is fighting about the poor state of infrastructures in our Universities? The answer is ‘No’.

 
However, the present government, having the understanding that the students are the ones suffering has released N100 billion to meet the needs of the assessment that the committee led by Governor Gabriel Suswam came out with. So, what is ASUU waiting for?

 
*Photo Caption – Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) logo.

 [ Masterweb Reports: Samuel O. Adeyemi reports  ] – Exactly 40 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr gave that historic speech when he led thousands to march on Washington for civil rights and jobs; a black senator from the state of Chicago accepted the nomination of the Democratic Party in the state of Denver. 
 
Exactly 50 years after that same speech; that same relatively unknown Senator with a black skin and now the most powerful president in the world stood on the same spot where Dr. King shared his dream to the world and expounded how much the dream has shaped the American dream. 
 
Summoning the spirit of Dr. King and his over 250,000 protesters, President Obama said, "They assembled here, in our nation's capital, under the shadow of the great emancipator, to offer testimony of injustice, to petition their government for redress and to awaken America's long-slumbering conscience." 
 
"Because they marched, city councils changed and state legislators changed and Congress changed, and yes, eventually the White House changed," Mr Obama said to great cheers. "Because they marched, America became more free and fair."
 
"We must remind ourselves that the measure of progress for those who marched 50 years ago was not merely how many blacks had joined the ranks of millionaires," President Obama emphasized. 
 
President Obama said the 1963 march "teaches us that we are not trapped by the mistakes of history, that we are masters of our fate."

 
Indeed, this is reminiscent of five decades ago, as Dr. Martin Luther King led thousands of protesters through the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to tell the world the dream he had. 
 
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character," Dr. King prophecy.

 
This speech is one of the most memorable in the history of mankind.

 
As I listened and compared the speeches of President Obama and Dr. King’s, I can’t but reinforce my belief that the Nigerian dream does exist. I know, many may disagree with me but the more I think about it, the more I believe that the Nigerian dream is not inexistent.

 
You may ask, ‘Where is the Nigerian Dream?’ It lies in the bellies of so many of our country men in the forgotten corners of Maiduguri where bombs and shelling are now as common as the air they breathe.

 
The dream is right there in the eyes of our students in higher institutions studying under tattered roofs and behind crumbling desks.

 
The dream is right there in the bellies of the millions of Nigerian youths toiling away in the wilderness; and pregnant with great ideas for change.

 
The dream is there in the inks of the indefatigable and vibrant Nigerian press who toil daily in a depressed industry to bring news alive to millions of people and put elected representatives on their toes through constructive criticism and investigative journalism.

 
The dream is there in the tools of millions of Nigerians from all walks of life standing for diligence, justice and honesty.

 
They may not be able to verbalise or articulate it perfectly like Dr. King.  

 
They may not have the platform and the audience to hold people spellbound like Dr. King.

 
But we hold these truths to be self-evident, that those who are pursuing the dreams of a better Nigeria, however few and far between they may seem, their dreams will surely come true, and that in our lifetime!
 

Samuel O. Adeyemi, a Journalist based in Lagos, reports from the same city.
 
 
*Photo Caption – Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr

 [ Masterweb Reports: Ayodeji Sunday reports ] – As an undergraduate, having experienced firsthand the rot that pervades our universities, I became a keen sympathiser with the cause of the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU). I believe that university teachers have the right to good working conditions. Education can only be effective in an environment where we have the right infrastructure, proper funding and necessary motivation for teachers and students alike. And, as far as I was concerned, that’s what ASUU has been fighting for. So, I would usually go any length to stand by their position.
 
However, considering the situations surrounding the current strike, I am beginning to think otherwise. ASUU seems to be changing to a sort of academic oligarchy in which a few people determine the course of the association in a bid to pursue some sinister interest. Why else would the supposed intellectuals remain adamant in spite of concessions by the government and entreaties from the citizens? Apparently, the desire for personal rewards is paramount in the hearts of the dons as against the commitment to fulfil their roles as nation builders that they are supposed to be.

 
When the Federal Government approved the sum of 100 billion naira for infrastructural facilities and 30 billion naira for allowances last week, everyone was almost certain that ASUU would call off the strike. But as far as the almighty association is concerned, that might as well be a daydream. Neither the government’s concession nor their students’ plight is enough to make them do what is right. From the way things are, it appears that ASUU wouldn’t mind shutting down the entire economy if only to satisfy their requirements.

 
Taking a comprehensive assessment of the situation, one even begins to wonder if ASUU’s requests are legitimate in the first place. What do the lecturers have to show for the interventions that have been made in previous times? How has increase in allowances contributed to the improvement of teaching and research in our ivory towers? Rather than being inspired to greater heights of commitment, a good number of our lecturers have plunged to greater depths of indolence and even shameless exploitation.

 
I was shocked when during my NYSC year, some of my fellow corps members narrated their ordeals of how they were obligated to buy certain handouts without which their failure was guaranteed regardless of how well they performed in the examinations. Others had to buy expensive gifts like car tyres, refrigerators/freezers and other items just to persuade their supervisors to ratify their final year thesis. Yet, these are the same people holding everyone to ransom over allegations of unpaid allowances. It is high time ASUU reconsidered its position and made necessary concessions whilst also calling her members to order in a bid to restore our universities to the bastions of academic excellence that they are supposed to be.

 
Ayodeji Sunday is a writer and public affairs analyst reporting  from Lagos, Nigeria.

 
*Photo Caption – As seen.

 [ Masterweb Reports: Felix Festus reports ] – The threat to academic stability in the nation’s ivory towers because of the current strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has attracted headlines in the dailies. The media has also been awashed by many criticisms, most of which have been directed at the Federal Government in which President Jonathan is the representational character. However, it appears many of the critics have failed to consider the other side of the coin, which is one of the essentials in a debate on such a controversial issue.
 
Therefore, the focus of this piece is to examine the purpose of the present ASUU’s strike and their sympathizers’ rage against the FG. Firstly, ASUU came up with the issue of autonomy for universities. The FG approved the idea of autonomy so long as the universities would generate internal revenue to offset their expenditure, including salaries and allowances. This government’s position provoked ASUU members. They poured venom on the government for merely supporting the idea of autonomy - existence as an independent body! Having realized the illusion surrounding university autonomy, members of the academic union played down their demand. This raises a question on the sincerity of ASUU’S demands.

 
On the issue of Federal Government’s assistance to state universities, this writer supports the idea of assisting the state universities. But must the Federal Government be compelled to render support to universities established and owned by state governments? Methink helping state universities should be as necessary as the state governments are required to support the federal institution located in their domain. Needless to say that state governments collect tenement tax from federal institutions sited in their states.



 
The idea of compelling the federal government to offer help to state-owned universities is borne out of the fact that academic staff from state universities are also part of ASUU. The truth must, however, be told. The Visitors to state universities are the state governors. Academic and non-academic staff of state-owned universities are employees of the state governments. Compelling the FG to assist state universities no doubt negates the principle of federalism. It only brings to fore the overdependence of constituents on the government at the centre.

 
The progressive increase of education budget to 26% between 2009 and 2020 is another contentious issue in the 2009 FG/ASUU agreement. The agitation for increase to 26% in budgetary allocation, as recommended by UNESCO for developing nations, is a legitimate one. So tere is need to improve the current 8% total budget to education by the FG.

 
However, while the FG should be chastised for its current 8% budget to education, one needs to remind discerning readers that in nations where huge budgetary allocations are committed to education, members of the academia engage in scholarly research that help to solve societal needs. Only a few of our academics engage in fruitful research capable of solving the needs of our society. Most of the university teachers set their target in journal publication that would help them gain promotion in their academic career even when such is far from rendering solution to our societal needs.

 
Akin to increase in budgetary allocation is the issue of earned academic allowances for university teachers. Allowances are stimulants that reinforce positive inclination towards work. While government is working out modalities to pay earned academic allowances to deserving university teachers, the Dr. Fagie led ASUU is kicking against such, insisting that allowances should be paid across board, even when not all lecturers merit such allowances.

 
My experience as an undergraduate and post-graduate student in one of the first generation universities showed that not all university lecturers deserve mention in the earned allowance, particularly the absentees. It is an open secret that some of the lecturers who are fulltime employees in the federal universities abandon their duty posts to shuttle between federal and private universities. They stagger their responsibilities in multiple roles as lecturers–in-charge in both public and private universities sacrificing quality of delivery in the process, at the expense of unsuspecting students in public universities.

 
These ‘abroad’ lecturers hardly attend classes to teach in the public universities. When they return, mostly towards the end of the semester, they engage the students in lengthy, patchy lecture hours in a bid to cover a course work that ought to have been concluded before the time of exams. Any student who dare challenges lecturer’s absenteeism in public universities are often victimized with a threat of carry-over of the course handled by the lecturer or delay in graduation.

 
At the post-graduate level, the situation is even more unpalatable. Many post-graduate students fail to complete their programmes in line with the academic calendar due to lecturers’ negligence. They hardly spend quality time to guide and mentor their students in their long essays. With this domineering posture, a percentage of the students either incur extra year(s) or abandon their programmes out of frustration. If you would not grow grey hair while undertaking a Ph.D degree as a student, you have to not only be hard working in your research pursuit, but also be willing to worship the deified characters in lecturer’s garb! Let me add here that a considerable number of the lecturers have passion for their calling. Those ones always act right by performing their duties without compromising standard; they deserve their earned allowances and should be rightly rewarded.

 
The influx of private universities became more pronounced during the regime of ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo. Yet, thousands of university applicants seeking admission could not either gain admission into the universities or afford the luxury of high fee demands of the private universities. In fulfilling his campaign promises in 2011, President Jonathan established nine federal universities and further established three to make it twelve. The establishment of federal universities provided succour to admission seeking candidates. Besides providing admission to deserving applicants, it also signaled a massive employment into the education sector. Jonathan will go into the history books as one whose regime established most federal universities in a single tenure.

 
The prolonged quagmire and the sit tight approach of ASUU members are having devastating effects on Nigerian students, undergraduates and post-graduates. The rot in the education sector as claimed by ASUU should not be further fertilized by ASUU’s hard-line posture. The standstill caused by ASUU/FG impasse could have been resolved if only ASUU and FG would shift ground and make concession, at least for the sake of the students who bear the brunt of the face-off.

 
Already, the Federal Government has made a spirited effort to get the striking lecturers back to work. The government recently released a whopping 130billion naira in response to ASUU’s demand for infrastructural development in public universities. According to the Secretary to the Federal Government, Anyim Pius Anyim, 100billion naira is for infrastructural development, while the remaining 30billion naira has also been disbursed as part of FG’s attempt to defray the backlog of the earned allowances.

 
That means the federal government has shifted ground in this regard, so what is ASUU waiting for?

 
[ Felix Festus is a PhD student in one of Nigerian federal universities. ]

 
*Photo Caption – Members of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) protesting in Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria in 2010.

  [ Masterweb Reports: Barr. Yomi Dada reports ] –  I write a rejoinder in respect of the above stated caption on the article written by a Clement Udegbe, who claims to be a Lawyer. What is quite clear from his outpouring can only be taken as a sad presentation of a not too deep thinking person. His vituperation on the issues of Igbo indigenes in Lagos State under the governance ot Babatude Raji Fashola (BRF) (SAN) did not present the case as it should be by a discerning mind. All Clement has done is raise the dust of ethnic sentiments that did not take cognisance of the facts.
 
In the first instance, his attack on BRF with portrayal of him being tribalistic is very far from the facts and truth. In fact, BRF’s love and friendship for the persons from the igbo ethnic group is known very far and wide. I sometimes times even think BRF prefers Igbos as friends to other tribes. This is delving into the person of BFR not the office he occupies. To be totally truthful, BRF has no ethnic bias.

 
Now to the issues at hand, I will expect Mr. Clement Udegbe to be more circumspect in his expressions on the issues concerning ethnicity in Nigeria. The igbos have never had any part of Nigeria give them hospitality more than that experienced in the South West of Nigeria, most especially Lagos. This pre-dates the era of BRF. I know as a boy growing up in Surulere area of Lagos, we had multiple enthnic friends at that time we never enthnicised our friends. Even when the civil war was upon us, our parents were friends to our friends’ parents. We shared schools and many more things with ourselves. It was trully one Nigeria. This was the scenerio then and BRF was a product of that era.

 
Now taking the grieviances of Mr. Udegbe serially, it can be noticed that he has dovetailed his point of attack from ethnicity to governance. He has mentioned in steps the “offences” Lagos State under BRF is deemed to have committed against the Igbos. In a more cursory look into his outburst, it clearly dispicts that Mr. Udegbe wants lawlessness to be embraced and encouraged as long as it is committed by the person of the Igbo origin. He wants Lagos State to allow them to turn Ladipo market to an environmental menace. I for one believe quite frankly that Lagos State under BRF is even lenient to allow that place to exist. It is a complete eyesore and a monumental shame for such environmental debacle to exist in any city in the 21st Centuary under the guise of spare parts selling martket. Where in any civilized society will this be allowed? Clement also mentioned Alaba market, Ojo. I can only feel a sense of deep loss and bow my head in utter despair if Clement who claims to be a Lawyer can hail such collosal abuse and illegality to perpetuate. He wants Lagos State to turn a blind eye to rascality, armed banditory, danger to lives and properties and all the very obvious social ills precipitated by the traders of Alaba just because they are of Igbo origin.

 
To clearly mark himself out as a flat and dangerous thinker, Clement now dwelled on the issue of banning Okada (motorcycle transportation)  for public use in Lagos State. Nothing can be more mischievious. I personally believe Lagos State took too long in placing such segemented not total ban. It was an act of reckless governance for the ban to have been dragged before it was pronounced and enforced. I still believe all those who have been killed and those who have been maimed from Okada accidents should have their families and next-of-kin institute a class action against Lagos State for allowing the use of Okada within the State for public Transportation for commercial gain at all. I will not want to even give evidence of ban of the same Okada in the South-South and South East way before Lagos State woke up to its responsibilty. To Clement those other States which banned Okada did not target the Igbos. I can’t even believe he prides “his people” for having this kind of employment and source of livelihood. Something is wrong with this man.

 
The other issue Clement harped on concerns the “deportation” of 70 or so Igbo persons of Anambra State from Lagos. I am perplexed and too angered to even analyse the brain content of this man who claims to be a lawyer on this issue. I am quite sure he is not siezed of the facts nor evidence leading to the act he claims and complains about all he has done is jump to the bandwagon of the euphoria of the hue and cry. He ought to know that deportation is only posibble Inter countries, no citizen can be said to be deported if he moves from one part of his country to another. I will not even want to glorify this utter rubbish of a statement. Mr. Clement Udegbe has brandished legal redress as a panacea to this matter, please let him kindly take advantage of same. He will be totally disgraced and embarrassed when the facts and evidence are highlighted to his ignorance.

 
Clement should afford himself some level of civilization. He should turn away from the crass unprogressive stance of enthnic sentiments and bring himself to speed of those who are willing to fashion out Nigeria in a way that the legacy we bequeath our children will stand them shoulder high with their peers anywhere in the modern world of the 21st Centuray. Who cares where he comes from if all he wants is to gather “his people” together in a place to exhibit lawlessness, recklessness, banditory and all manner of despicable social ills. Just becuase a person is of Igbo stalk, he can open his stalls on the canal, dump all manner of waste in the sewage and carry out business in a manner that it endangers other citizens. I think Mr. Idegbe owes BRF an apology, he should thank his stars someone like me is not saddled with the Governance of Lagos State, I will make things even more stridient as long as I am enforcing the law of the land, I will prosecute to the full extent ot the law those who violate the laws of Lagos State, be it Igbo, Efik, Kanuri, Yoruba, I really dont give didilly-squat. I stand firm on the resolve to rid my society of masqurades like Clement.

 
He claims to belong to a circle of Lawyers who are “Pastors”. Whatever that means! I will not want to delve into the issue of his so called Pastors from the Igbo clan and their conversion of every little opening to a church. In as much as I have no fear whatsoever of speaking my mind even if its a theological topic, I am sure “Pastor” Clement would equally be happy to have every house in residential areas converted to a church no matter the physical planning violation and if BRF imposes a ban and it turns out the churches are “pastored” by igbos it would be an attack on them for being igbos.

 
It would be wise for Clement and his ilks to take away the logs in their eyes. Nigeria is decaying in all human and material aspect. We do not meet up to the human world index as required of a civilized and developing counrty. We have lost all our moral compass and we are creating humans that would sooner or later endanger themselves and everyone else. Our institutions have completely eroded it functionalities. Our lives have become totally unprogressive. We have graduates who are not measurable to their peers in other climes, we have diversity that continues to devide us even futher and more damaging. What will be the benefit if you are an Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba, Efik, Ibibio, Nupe, Kanuri etc and you have failed in all human resposibilty.

 
Nigeria of today is only hanging in there, we have not measured up. I will seek that Clement should pay more attention to the humongous danger Nigeria faces as a nation and not the pettiness of enthnic colouration. We must consciously sit down and work out a road map that leads us and our children to a glorious future, other countries are doing it and getting results, we cannot afford to continue to linger behind and wallow in this hopelessness. There is fire on the roof of Nigeria. Clement should join hands to extinguish this fire not fan it.

 
Barr. Yomi Dada (yomidada@gmail.com ) reports from Lagos, Nigeria.

 
*Photo Caption – Map of Nigeria geopolitical zones including Lagos State.

 [ Masterweb Reports ] - It is most likely that the voter registration and revalidation exercise commenced in all the 4,611 polling centers in Anambra State on Monday, 19th of August, 2013, will end up in monumental failure. The important exercise is to last till Monday, 26th of August, 2013, a period of only seven days. The exercise is in line with Sections 9(1) and 10(1) of the Electoral Act of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2010. It is expected to cover “registration of unregistered voting Nigerians of Anambra State residency, revalidation and updating of the voters’ register including deletion of names of the dead voters from the register and entering in the Supplementary Voters List of the registered voters who moved from their previous electoral constituencies to new ones as well as entering in the said list names of the newly registered voters. The exercise generally targets the qualified voters of 18 years and above and expected to address complaints arising from loss, damage, destruction, tearing and defacing of voters’ cards as well as those voters whose names are missing in the register. It is the crucial component of INEC’s preparation for the November 16, 2013 governorship poll in Anambra State of Nigeria and a fundamental yardstick to measure the credibility or otherwise of the important poll. The conduct of the State LGA poll slated for 5th of October, 2013, is also expected to be anchored on the register. The Anambra Governorship poll and its judicial review had since 2006 served as........ Read More
 
 
 
*Photo Caption - Map of Nigeria showing its 36 states (including Anambra State), and Federal capital (Abuja or FCT). 

 [ Masterweb Reports ] - Here is the bitter side of history, that it is never fully recorded or reported. The sparse record of it that remains was written by individuals who viewed, experienced and interpreted events strictly from own limited point of view. In other words, we can never truly recover the full facts of the past by reading the skewed accounts presented by the historians. An Hausa man would write the history of Nigeria in a light that protects the perennial interest of the Hausas. The Chinua Achebes would go to the extent of unnaturally bending past record and presenting it in light that makes one view the Igbos as permanent victims of undeserving malevolence directed at them from all other ethnic groups around. And when a Yoruba man, the Fani-Kayodes, writes his own version and surnames it The Bitter Truth, he goes all the........ Read More
 
 
 
*Photo Caption - Chinua Achebe-Left; Femi Fani-Kayode-Right 

 [ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Fola Ojo reports ] - The current debate on the deportation of some people of Igbo extraction by Governor Fashola has opened up a bigger debate on the necessity of the colloquy that must take place between us all. For me, everything is a lesson, and in 2013, I have just learnt 13 new things about Nigeria and Nigerians amidst the back-and-forth, ping-pong-style verbal ricochet now hitting the media waves in the country.
 
1.      If you live in Lagos and have fallen on bad times, you can be deported when caught.
2.      A mentally –challenged person or beggar cannot be rehabilitated by his state of residence but by his state-of-origin.
3.      If you don’t like who lives in your neighborhood, just tag them beggars and ship them back home.
4.       In Lagos, deportation is the legal means of getting rid of “excess-luggage”, in the North, it is beheading and bombing.
5.      Now we know, after all, Lagos is not a Yoruba territory.
6.      The title; “Oba of Lagos” will eventually become either the “Obi of Lagos” or “Emir of Lagos” because Lagos is a “No-man’s-land”.
7.      The hatred of one tribe by the other in Nigeria is deeper than we ever thought, and it is getting deeper.
8.       Many Pastors are not going to comment on the deportation discussion.  Hah!  Anything that will affect Tithe & Offering is sacrosanct (no-go-area).
9.      Politicians who currently hold positions will not let you know how they really feel. Believe it, they feel plenty.
10.  Femi Fani-Kayode was merely expressing what many Yorubas (not all) hold as opinions about the Igbos and Nigeria, Orji Kalu was merely expressing what many Igbos (not all) think about the Yorubas and Nigeria.
11.  Both fani-Kayode and Kalu currently have no political jobs; the rave and rage is an application for one.
12.  Hausas are not going to get in the frantic fray with you fools, bruise yourselves and they cruise to the presidency in 2015.
13.  Regular Nigerians do not give a hoot about this hoopla; they just want food on their table.

 
Dr. Fola Ojo ( willieojo@yahoo.com ) reports from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

 
*Photo Caption - Lagos State Igbo deportees

 [ Masterweb Reports: Lawrence Chinedu  Nwobu reports ] – Many Nigerians would qualify to be rebranded a different species of Homo sapiens   totally separate from all other human species. The evidence of these unusual phenomena is obvious in the uncommon absurdities, the monumental injustice, the sheer wickedness, the groundswell of hate and the self destruction with which the nation is defined.  Added to this is the total and abject failure of Nigeria   in spite of Olympian endowments in human and material resources.  There is no other nation on the face of the earth with Nigeria’s endowments that has failed as much as Nigeria neither is there any precedent in human history.  Nigeria is thus a human and historical exception in failure.
 
But wait a minute;  Nigeria is not inhabited by animals, Nigeria is inhabited by human beings and led by human beings many of whom unfortunately like the Femi  Fani Kayode’s  of this world might not even be human at all or even if they are human  constitute a different species.  It is such abnormal beings  that  have broken the world record of making a richly endowed nation the greatest experiment in failure ever known to man.  And thus nothing works, even though we have everything that should make it work, and thus we are only capable of hate including self hate, which is why a councillor or local government chairman will steal and deprive the very community he or she comes from, the governor will steal and deprive the state he comes from, the president will steal and deprive the nation he comes from, and thus we engage in nothing other than self destruction as the world watches in amazement. It is not surprising that Nigeria has produced more sadists and more mass killers than Adolf Hitler.

 
Not even animals have ever been known to indulge in the level of self destruction and perfidy associated with Nigeria. Animals do take responsibility for their children/ siblings, they don’t kill their own kind and they have a social structure and community that is recognisable in the herds of a kind that often throng together. Nigeria has thus proven to be even more debased than animals have ever been capable off and the reason is clear; the quality of humanity of many Nigerians which has in turn influenced their character and the way they think. There have been suggestions in some quarters that many Nigerians are mentally disturbed and thus lunatics, but even mad persons do have basic common sense which is something that is totally absent in many of these characters that have vandalised the nation.

 
One of such characters is Femi Fani Kayode,  a relevance seeking  opportunist  who is  fond  of  jumping into every national  issue and almost always  injecting tribalism into simple issues  of citizenship or social justice as his strategy of finding relevance. Being incapable of being objective or constructive, his articles/utterances are often full of contradictions and sometimes outright nonsense.  He has nonetheless carved a niche for himself as a disrespectful talkative loudmouth and one of the rabidly bigoted/ignorant Nigerians who thrive in fanning the flames of the “tribalism industry.”  The recklessness and   illogicality’s he brings to bear on issues of national  importance  no doubt marks him out as one of those  many Nigerians who should be rebranded a different  species of humanity responsible for Nigeria’s damning predicament.  Nowhere is this more demonstrated than his take in the constitutional issue of deportation of persons from Lagos, which he has characteristically and laughably chosen to make a tribal issue. A man of Fani Kayode’s education is ordinarily expected to be able to distinguish between emotional issues and constitutional issues, he is also expected to like a member of a jury be capable of good judgement on the side of justice devoid of sentiments for the simple reason that as the saying goes “injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere”.   But Fani Kayode found it impossible to exercise good judgement, because he belongs to the group who thrive in the “tribalism industry” and in the suffering  of Nigerians including his own people.

 
The illegality of the action of the Lagos state government in the deportation of person should be obvious even to the layman.  Nigeria has a constitution which spells out very clearly the rights of every Nigerian to reside wherever they chose in any part of the nation without let or hindrance.  In violation of this constitutional right Governor Fashola started a campaign of institutional kidnapping (arresting and holding persons against their will) and deportation of persons to several states within Nigeria. At the last count Fashola has deported people to several Northern states, to Oyo, Ogun states and recently to Onitsha where at the dead of night persons some of whom were from Edo state, Delta and Kogi states were dumped.  Some of the deported persons were reportedly lunatics who could not communicate or express themselves and it is possible that some of them might even be from Lagos state or elsewhere. 

 
The pretext is that the deported persons are homeless and destitute who were repatriated to reunite them with their family; but you don’t hold people against their will/constitutional rights and dump them at night along the road and claim to be reuniting them with their families. Government exists to provide for the most downtrodden and impoverished in society. It is the responsibility of government to invest in creating jobs, opportunities, and to rehabilitate the downtrodden including the disabled in their respective jurisdictions and not to deport them.  In all normal and well governed societies, government has a massive budget of social welfare with which they provide for social housing, unemployment allowances for those who have no jobs, disability allowances, medical cards and other varieties of social aid.

 
There are thousands of technically destitute Nigerians residing in Britain, Ireland, France, Germany and elsewhere who have been housed by the government in council houses and who depend on their livelihood from social welfare payments and other benefits. The government of those countries have not deported   Nigerians back to Nigeria because they are destitute and dependent on the government to survive in line with the logic of Lagos state government and their enablers like Fani Kayode.  If Fashola was so interested in resolving the issue of destitution he could have shown an example by rehabilitating  indigenes of his state, but it is not on record anywhere that Fashola has provided social housing, unemployment benefits, medical insurance  and other social aid to poor indigenes of Lagos state. It is thus evident that what Fashola has manifested is  the  usual  sadism and wickedness of Nigerian leaders and their disdain for the poor and downtrodden. 

 
In light of the tragedy of the deportations, it is shameful  but not surprising  given  his antecedents that  Fani Kayode descended so low as to make it a tribal issue when he said  amongst others that “ the Ibos where  given back  their properties when they returned to Lagos after  the Nigeria-Biafra war, and that while Ibos have been free to invest in Lagos  the East has not allowed the Yoruba’s to invest there”.  This is the extent of ignorance, bigotry and deceit Fani Kayode brought to an issue that has to do with justice and constitutionality. In the first place it is preposterous for Fani Kayode to reduce the tragedy of the Biafran war to returned properties  when  it is obvious that the needless lives lost is more valuable than properties, it is also obvious that the Biafrans who were  willing to fight and die in that conflict would have preferred to have Biafra and loose the so called properties rather  than the situation in Nigeria today with all the injustice, oppression  and  bigotry people like him have  sowed  which is why after the millions of lives lost to keep the nation together there  are still people like him insisting that it was right to deport Nigerians in their own country.

 
The injustice and genocide of Biafra is an open sore which should continue to haunt people like Fani Kayode because his kith and kin participated in the mass slaughter to usurp the inalienable rights of a people to self determination (he himself has severally advocated a sovereign national conference) recognised   under international law in the United Nations charter which could have been determined through democratic means by holding a plebiscite or referendum.  One wonders where Kayode finds the moral right to talk of the Biafran war when 43 years after the conflict people like him are supporting the deportation of Nigerians in their own supposed country?  How does he find the moral right to talk of Biafra when his father who was the deputy premier to Ladoke Akintola was part of the group that fought/conspired against chief Obafemi Awolowo   and pioneered election rigging in Nigeria through the massive rigging fiesta in the Western region in 1964 that unleashed the violence (wetie) that eventually led to the January 1966 coup and consequently the war? If not for corrupt acts of people like Fani Kayode’s father in rigging elections and orchestrating violence in the West, there would have been no coup and thus no war. It is easy for hypocrites like Kayode to conveniently bypass the facts when he talks of Biafra and the crisis that led to it but historical facts are on record and his father played some of the critical corrupt roles that truncated the nation’s democracy and led to the war.

 
Secondly,  his premise that the Yoruba have not been allowed to invest in the East is the most laughable deceit of the century, because there is no law that forbids  the  Yoruba from investing in the East. Yoruba’s have not invested in the East because they choose not to. For someone like myself who grew up in what was then  Midwest  and  later  Bendel  state, I don’t remember seeing  any Yoruba person or Yoruba investment  in the area. Maybe Fani Kayode will also claim that the people of the Midwest which incidentally used to be part of the Western region also prevented them from investing there.  Truth is;   Yoruba’s are generally not given to much migration and investment outside their region within Nigeria. You are more likely to see a Yoruba person in London than in Calabar and you are more likely to see Yoruba investments in properties and others in London than in Benin City.  Even in Abuja which by virtue of being the federal  capital  attracts all Nigerians, you are more likely to see other Nigerians owning properties and investing than you would  Yorubas, I am not aware of any law that stops  Yorubas from investing in Abuja as much as other Nigerians. This tendency to shun investments outside the West for whatever reason is the real reason why there isn’t much Yoruba investment in the East and elsewhere and not the garbage peddled by the likes Kayode. He might himself be in a better position to tell us why his people are loath to investing outside their region.

 
Another factor, Fani Kayode conveniently ignored is how the federal   government policy has affected migration and investment in Nigeria.  Nigerian migration and investment is driven mainly by federal presence and investments in infrastructure. This is why Nigeria with a population in excess of 150 million people only has only two major cities of note; namely Lagos and Abuja. After the war with the consolidation of the unitary system, much development was driven only by the federal government. Lagos being the then federal capital benefitted from a massive investment in infrastructure and federal presence, it is estimated that 90% of the infrastructure in Lagos state was built by the federal government. Murtala  Muhammed international airport, Tin Can Port, Federal palace hotel,  Ikoyi Hotel, 1004 towers, national  secretariat  towers, national stadium, national arts theatre, Nitel  building (the tallest in Nigeria)  Eko bridge, third mainland bridge, carter bridge and all the flyovers in Lagos amongst so many other infrastructure were built by the federal government. There is more federal presence and more flyovers built by the federal government   in Lagos alone than the whole of the Southeast, South-south and North Central. If as bigots like Fani Kayode deceitfully claim, Lagos was developed by the West then we should have seen much of that development in Ibadan which was after all the capital of the Western region.

 
No city in Nigeria has benefitted as much in federal investments and presence like Lagos with the only exception being Abuja which is the current federal capital. Without this massive federal investments Lagos would predictably have been like so many other small desolate coastal towns across Nigeria.  This massive government presence and infrastructure naturally pushed migration of jobseekers, private investors and others towards Lagos, (this same phenomenon is being presently replicated in Abuja) and naturally created the cosmopolitan city Lagos became. Notably, at the same time that Lagos was benefitting from massive federal investments, other parts of Nigeria particularly the East was ignored and even marginalised.  Since capital and people mostly  go where there is infrastructure and federal presence which is evident  across the world  in London, Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam, Belgium,  Acrra,  Nairobi amongst others  being the most cosmopolitan cities in their countries  the influx was routed  to Lagos.  Abuja, until recently an empty forest has been transformed through massive federal investments. It is very likely that  Fani  Kayode being one of the “federal  looters”  with ill gotten wealth has a home or office in Abuja because of  its status as  the federal capital, how would Kayode feel  if Northerners  some years later  start insulting residents of Abuja and claiming the North developed Abuja? 

 
All factors considered, Fani  Kayode can thus not have expected the Yoruba’s  to invest in the East even if they wanted to when the federal government made sure as a state policy after  the civil war  to lock the East  out of all federal presence and infrastructure,  which happens  to be the factors  that  drives migration and investments. If for example Enugu or Sapele   happened to be Nigeria’s capital with all the federal presence an infrastructure that goes with it, the same corresponding migration and investments from all sections of Nigeria would take place there the same way it happened in Lagos and now happening in Abuja.  The undisputable fact is that federal presence and infrastructure is the chief driver of migration and investments in Nigeria. For this same reason and factors, it is very rare to see non natives settled elsewhere in the West outside Lagos, and even Yoruba’s themselves from all the other states invest and settle more in Lagos than elsewhere in the West.  The factors that made Lagos an area of influx and that inhibited migration and investments in other parts of Nigeria is an issue that someone like Fani Kayode is expected to understand.

 
The question of who owns Lagos should never arise except in the  heads of  the ignoramus  who thrive in the “tribalism industry”  like Fani  Kayode,  for the simple reason that Lagos like all Nigerian cities, towns, villages and even natural resources under her soil is owned by all Nigerians. This is after all why  crude oil resources that is obtained mainly from the Niger-Delta is allocated to all states and local governments  across  Nigeria, an allocation that exclusively sustains most of the states in Fani Kayode’s  region.  Kayode used to live in Acrra which happens to be the largest city in Ghana settled by people from all parts of the country, I am not sure he ever witnessed a situation where the Acrra authorities were deporting people to other parts of Ghana? And since he is the only one in his family who lives in Nigeria according to his own admission, how would he feel if all his relations abroad are deported back to Nigeria because they assessed social welfare or any social aid from the state?  Does his relations’ residing abroad have anymore entitlements and rights of residence in the foreign countries where they reside than Nigerians in their own country?  Instead of always pandering to ignorance/bigotry and insulting residents of Lagos as the likes of Fani Kayode and his co travellers have become notorious for, he should be grateful to all Nigerians that the federal government located much federal investments in his region at the expense of other regions which created the cosmopolitan city that Lagos is. 
 
Corruption and tribalism are Nigeria’s two biggest industries; not surprisingly Fani Kayode is heavily invested in both, but It is important to remind people like him who have infamously tried to reduce a constitutional and moral issue to a tribal issue, that Fashola has also deported persons to Oyo and Ogun states who happen to be from the same region, it is also possible that some of the lunatics dumped in Onitsha who could not identify themselves are indigenes of Lagos state. Injustice has no boundaries and Fashola’s action if unchecked means that even Fani Kayode who is not himself from Lagos state could be deported someday. Knowing the history of Africa with ethnically and religiously homogenous countries like Somalia and Rwanda torn by strife and conflicts, Fani Kayode should realise that injustice can tear apart even members of the same immediate family.  Nigeria has failed because of the penchant to perpetrate, justify injustice and fan the flames of tribalism.  Nothing destroys a people or nation like injustice and people like Fani Kayode should realise that injustice has no boundaries.

 
While he conveniently wears the tribal coat as a relevance seeking gambit, It is not a secret that the likes of  Fani  Kayode loves no one but himself, neither does he speak for the Yoruba; an urbane and sophisticated people who must  find him an embarrassment.  He simply belongs to the sadistic, unconscionable, bigoted and wicked political class that have destroyed the nation. The fact that he is currently facing trial for looted funds  while a minister of aviation lends credence to the fact that he is just another vulture waiting to devour the carcass of the suffering Nigerian.  While a minister of aviation he had no achievement beyond looting the coffers and planes were crashing from the sky like rain drops. There are suggestions that  he is a disturbed person, some suggest he is high on drugs, while all that may be true, I believe his real problem is  belonging to the different species of Homo sapiens  that have made Nigeria a laughing stock in the world and vindicated the racists who claim the black race is inferior. My parting advice to him is to repent, seek to retrieve his humanity, seek treatment and learn to be on the side of justice if he hopes that his children, siblings and future generations can have a normal nation and society to live in where they will be free from all types of bigotry, oppression and inhumanity.

 
Lawrence Chinedu  Nwobu ( Email: lawrencenwobu@gmail.com ).

 
 
*Photo Caption – Femi  Fani Kayode