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 [ Masterweb Reports: Philip Amiola reports ] – I have taken a break from mass media for a while to take care of some personal projects. However, I have been so harangued by the sex scandal involving Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo and Ese Walter that I think I should offer a word or two on it. Reading Ese Walter’s account on her personal blog, I couldn’t help but admire the courage with which she is learning to live her authentic life. However, it is quite unfortunate that many people have had their minds so beclouded with anger, jealousy or some other strong emotions that they have completely missed the point.
 
The volume of malicious words and degree of distortion on social media suggests that a good number of people are simply motivated by the desire to derive pleasure from other people’s misfortunes especially when such people are leaders, public figures or high achievers. We hear stories of someone missing the mark and we’re all too eager to nail the culprit and condemn the “sinner”, forgetting that in God’s courtroom, we’re either witnesses or advocates, not judges. Besides, history has proven time and time again that the most vehement critics are often guilty of greater transgressions either secretly or somewhere down the line. When we criticise and condemn people, it says more about us than it says about them.

 
Thankfully, the Bible does not hide the stories of great people like King David who committed adultery and aggravated it with murder in a bid to cover up. Yet, God forgave him as soon as he dealt with the issue. Even though he suffered great losses after the incident, he still occupies pride of place both in the Bible and in secular history. We have similar examples in contemporary times. To deny our tendency to transgress is to deny our humanity. When people fail or appear to fail, we should learn to accept their predicament with charity and equanimity, especially when such people are leaders and public figures. These people face challenges that are unknown to most of us. Our responsibility is to pray for them while supporting them on the path to recovery. It is not our prerogative to judge or condemn anyone. This does not mean that leaders are unquestionable. However, it is important that we free them to sort themselves out with the Ultimate Judge and the people that have been hurt by their actions.

 
I understand the anger, disappointment and frustration evoked by stories like this. However, I believe that we would do well to stop every form of vindictive remark and despiteful gossip against either party. Rather, let us address the situation in the spirit of the confessor whose self-professed goal is to bring healing to herself and deliverance to other people caught in a similar web. This is even more important in light of the fact that the plaintiff always seems convincing until the defendant comes to cross-examine him. It is too early to form a fair opinion on this issue as we have only heard one side of the story. And even if the other side confirms our fears, it does not in any way signal the end of Pastor Fatoyinbo’s ministry; neither does it pollute the credibility of the Gospel or dilute the authenticity of Christ’s message.
 

Philip Amiola, teacher, writer and campaigner of empowerment. reports from Lagos, Nigeria.
 

*Photo Caption – As seen

 [ Masterweb Reports: Theophilus Ilevbare reports  ] – As Nigeria’s politics continue to take shape ahead of the 2015 elections, the leadership deficit of the PDP came to the fore once again with a festering crisis tearing the party apart. Spirited attempts by former heads of states, and the incumbent President, to reconcile the warring factions has so far fell on deaf ears. The ruling party is like a time bomb, doomed for implosion! The sad reality of plunging the nation into avoidable political crisis stare us in the face as the party’s predilection to press the self-destruct button is rather habitual.
 
The party exhibited its favourite pastime - dancing naked in public - this time at the Eagles Square, venue of the Mini Convention, where aggrieved members of the PDP stormed out to form a parallel faction now known as the ‘new PDP’. Members of the faction including notable governors from the north, joined by their counterparts from Rivers and Kwara states, led by former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, with Abubakar Baraje as Chairman. There was another drama as aggrieved members of factions in Anambra state PDP resorted to fisticuff to press home their grievances. Such disregard for decency and decorum has become the hallmark of the party. The continuous existence of the party might be a mirage when viewed against the backdrop of its inability to justify its existence for 14 harrowing years other than plundering the nation’s resources. It is derisory that the party still thinks it can railroad voters in 2015 into its conquistadorial mission.

 
The subversion of democratic principles to the whims and caprices of the party's hierarchy is fast becoming the norm in the PDP. The job of taking Nigeria out of the abyss unto the path of prosperity, it does seem, we cannot continue to entrusted into the hands of such mendacious, unrepentant and rapacious rascals, donning the garb of democrats. 2015 will come upon us like a thief in the night, we must begin to be wary of self-seeking power grapping politicians who have failed the acid test of demonstrable leadership capacity. Their ability to make rational decisions is in doubt much as the lip service they pay to the vaunted transformation agenda of the present administration is evident in the dwindling fortunes of all sectors of the Nigerian economy.

 
The recent squabble came as good news to many Nigerians who see the PDP as a monster that has colluded with the ruling elite for over a decade to loot the treasury, institutionalise corruption and ensure that Nigerians remain in perpetual captivity. That the party has survived series of crisis not occasioned by mass defection is largely due to the lack of a formidable opposition. As the APC, Atiku’s PDM, VOP - rumoured to be backed by the aggrieved governors in the ‘new PDP’ – are fast changing the political landscape, sooner rather than later, we shall witness a mass exodus of dissenting PDP members.  
 
Bamanga Tukur’s tenure as the PDP chairman has been nothing short of calamity on the party that pontificates as the largest party in Africa, as if political parties are defined and identified by size alone. At a time when the political minefield is being reshaped with APC and others, it is expected that Tukur would not push his game too far as the party continue to totter precariously on the brink of disaster. So far, he has failed to show tact, diplomacy and political savvy in dealing with the challenges that a party of strange bedfellows like the PDP pose.

 
The ruling party, as always, downplay crisis rocking the party as one that should be expected in any large family. Some like Nysome Wike, go to such nitwitted extent to show their political naivety by saying political crisis “beautify democracy”.

 
Sadly, the perpetual wrangling in the ruling party has nothing to do with Nigerians; it is not about policies, or issues that border on how to move the state forward, or how to build institutions, create jobs and develop infrastructure to improve the lives of the populace but instead it is how to massage their already over bloated egos and further their selfish ambition. More worrisome is the deployment of state resources and apparatus to fight perceived enemies. The current in-fighting and political skimming the PDP is enmeshed, is nothing but jostling for 2015 elections. A truly democratic party will not estrange members for aspiring to any political office. Such actions are not only antithetical to every known democratic tenets but tyrannical.

 
The split must have come as cheery news for the main opposition party, APC. How prepared they are to cash in on the PDP break-up and woo the aggrieved gladiators to their camp remains to be seen. It is not a co-incidence that since the APC was formed the party at the centre has never known peace. Now, the ruling party seem to be on the path to perdition.

 
There’s no gainsaying the fact that the PDP has been sitting on a keg of gun powder for much of the time. The leadership of the party has completely ignored calls over the years to deepen democracy by eschewing factional politics, instilling discipline and ensuring a level playing ground for all members. Matter of fact, the party needs a reform, not just reconcile aggrieved members, if it is to wriggle itself out of the snarl it is currently mired.

 
Past failure in putting its house in order culminated in the official rascality and uncivilised manner party members conducted themselves at the convention, a testament to the poor rating of the PDP's leadership capacity.

 
Political observers have surmised that the ‘Old PDP’ is headed for the rocks. The Baraje faction is taking their time to garner more members, goodwill from the public and ultimately, destroy the PDP, before finally making deft political moves to the new parties: PDM, VOP or the APC.

 
Mr President's desire to run for 2015 at all cost against the wishes of aggrieved governors, and his quest to have a firm grip of the party's machinery, by launching a counter attack to whittle down the influence of those opposed to his ambition, coupled with the wind of the opposition, is what is tearing the umbrella to shreds today. The president's foot soldiers are ready for a showdown with the ‘new PDP’.

 
Without a clear cut policy direction, the continuous existence and dominance of such a party will mean total ruination of all the attractions, stimulations or semblance of democratic principles that has given Nigerians hope in governance. The reality of the situation is, the party is already headed towards destruction. The death knell is sounding loud and clear. Nigerians must rise up to bail the country from the firm grip of the PDP powers that be who have plundered the resources of the country in a mafia-like circus.

 
The war of words between the Tukur and Baraje factions is bound to leave a bad impression on the minds of Nigerians. The PDP wittingly or unwittingly is nursing a dangerous death wish. The party behaves as if it has no opposition which can capitalise on its monumental weaknesses, or they assume that whatever their weakness, they can still capture power in 2015 and it seems every action of government is now deliberately intended to intimidate opposition, within and outside the party, against President Jonathan’s pesky 2015 ambition. This perception from the public can erase whatever good luck is left in Jonathan or any PDP politician for that matter. Such negative politics that elevates party chaos with its attendant reconciliation process with tax payer’s money over governance must henceforth be put on the backburner.

 
Theophilus Ilevbare ( theophilus@ilevbare.com ).

 
*Photo Caption – PDP logo.

 [ Masterweb Reports: Eddy Aghanenu reports ] – There is a time in a nation’s history that nature throws up a leader that will be able to guide the nation right to greater heights. Such leaders have leadership entrusted to them to lead the nation from a state of despair, anguish and economic backwardness to a state of certainty, security, abundance and peace. Some individuals may not know the God given qualities they are endowed with but circumstances call for their attention through which they discover themselves and assume their divine mission.
 
One of such leaders in Bible history was Moses. When the Israelites were in slavery in Egypt and there seems to be no solution to their problem, God raised Moses.  Moses never understood his mission hence he ran away to a foreign land until God showed him his mission on earth – to lead the Israelites to freedom.

 
God raised David when there was despondence and fear in the land. The Israelites under Saul were living in perpetual fear of their neighbours. David, though young was able to liberate his people. His reign ushered in one of the best periods in the nation’s history.

 
Winston Churchill came at the right time to challenge the Nazi Germany machine of Adolf Hitler. He was able to rally the nation that was living in fear of the Germans to victory.

 
Chief Obafemi Awolowo came at the right time to lead the Yoruba race to light through his educational policy. Today, the rest of the nation is still playing catch up with the Yorubas in terms of education.

 
Leaders emerge at certain times to set the nation right and to keep the ship from drifting away. Delta State has not had it so bad. It is a poor state in the midst of plenty. 

 
 It is like the proverbial man living by the river side yet washes his hands with spittle. Insecurity is in the air. There is youth restiveness in most parts of the state. Kidnapping is rampart. Robberies have become daily occurrence. Kidnapping has become another major investment in the state.  Investors are therefore scared of investing in the state. The result is the high level of unemployment we are witnessing today in the state.

 
Basic infrastructures are lacking. The roads are in terrible shape. Abandoned or uncompleted projects are now part of the aesthetics in the state. Compared to other states, Delta State is on the decline in terms of infrastructural development.

 
 The health sector is in a terrible state. The hospitals are still consulting clinics. The infant mortality rate has not decreased. Drugs are not available. The people still consult quacks and purchase fake drugs to treat their ailments.

 
The educational sector is in a near state of collapse. Though there cosmetic attempts at rehabilitating public schools, dilapidated school buildings is still a common sight. There are no furniture for the pupils. The laboratories are either ill equipped or not equipped at all. The standard is falling. Performance in external examinations is getting worse by the day.

 
In short, Deltans have lost hope.  They do not know where to turn to for a savior that will deliver them from the hands of the Egyptians. They have been searching for the individual that will deliver them. Even when they find, their votes are not made to count. It is at such period of despair and gloom that God sends someone capable to rescue such a state. Such a man is Dr Otive Igbuzor.

 
Dr. Otive Igbuzor was born on 5th September, 1963 at Ugono-Orogun in Ughelli North LGA of Delta State. The father, Late Mr. Igbuzor Eruemukohwarie Etiemonu hails from Emonu-Orogun paternally and Ugono-Orogun maternally all in Ughelli North LGA. The mother, Late Mrs. Omohwovo Igbuzor hails from Ugono-Orogun paternally and Kokori  in  Ethiope East LGA maternally. 

 
Dr. Otive Igbuzor attended Ugono Primary School, Ugono-Orogun from 1970-76 and finished with merit honours. He spent only four years in secondary at Baptist High School, Eku (1976-1980) having been given double promotion from class one to three for his excellent academic performance. He obtained his West African Examinations Council School Certificate in June, 1980 with Division one.  During the 1980/81 session, he was at Higher School in Government College, Ughelli. In 1981, he gained admission into the University of Benin, Benin City to read pharmacy. He graduated in 1986 with a bachelor of pharmacy degree with second class, upper division. In 1992, 1997 and 2004, he bagged Masters degree in Public Administration (MPA), Master of Science in Political Science (International Relations) and PhD Public Administration respectively all from the University of Maiduguri.

 
Dr. Igbuzor started out his career as a pharmacist. After graduation in 1986, he worked as a pupil pharmacist from 1986-1987 at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Benin City. From 1987-88, he did his national youth service (NYSC) at Awo-Omamma Community Hospital in Imo State. On return from NYSC, he worked briefly as a Superintendent Pharmacist of Oliha Chemists in Benin City before he moved to Maiduguri in Borno State in 1989. He worked as a superintendent pharmacist for only two years at Curtis Peoples Pharmaceutical Chemist Ltd  after which he set up his own pharmaceutical company-Francotive Pharmacy Ltd in 1991. He was Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company from 1991-1999. He was the inaugural secretary of the Nigerian Association of General Practice Pharmacists (NAGPP), now Association of community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) in Borno State and later became the Chairman of the association. He was also Secretary of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN). As a leader in the pharmacy profession, he contributed immensely to the fight against drug abuse and misuse and fake drugs. He was a professional to the core and a promoter of the ethics of the profession. In recognition of his meritorious services, he was given a merit award by the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Borno State. It was his desire to contribute to the transformation of society that he made a complete career change into the development sector.

 
Dr. Igbuzor is a human rights activist and a dedicated patriot. He was a founding and leading member of many human rights organizations in the 1980s and 1990s including Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), Community Action for Popular Participation (CAPP), Women in Nigeria (WIN) and Democratic Alternative (DA). He was the Country Director of Action Aid and later, the head of the International section of the organisation. He has been involved in the pro-democracy movement from the 1980s to date. He continues to push the frontier of human rights and fights against poverty and injustice. He is a mobiliser for social movement for change and a regular commentator in the mass media. He is a fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN). He is a fellow and National President of Institute of Strategic Management of Nigeria.

 
Dr. Otive Igbuzor is an activist scholar. He was a lecturer at the Delta State University, Lagos Centre from 1991-2001. Dr. Igbuzor is an accomplished scholar and prolific writer. He has conducted a lot of studies in Nigeria and is widely published in scholarly journals and textbooks on democracy, health, gender, politics and development.

 
Having seen and experienced the suffering of the people, Dr Otive Igbuzor said that he could not bear it any longer but to join in the emancipation of the people. From his foundation – Ejiro and Otive Ibuzor Foundation, he provided succor to the people. He began to empower the people especially women. Grants were given to women to start up small scale businesses. He touched lives all over the state with his foundation. 

 
The passion he has for the people and development of Delta State cannot be quantified. He has a burning zeal to transform Delta from a backward state to a twenty first century state. It is this urge to make Delta State the envy of other states that is the driving force behind his desire to be at the Government House Asaba.

 
He has been going from community to community to feel the pulse of the people. Everywhere he has been, he has been well received by the people. What he has also seen has equally convinced him that the last four years in Delta State have been wasted. The time to effect that change is now and the people look on to him to provide the needed leadership.

 
Dr Otive Igbuzor, a devout Christian (he is a pastor) has his job cut out for him. The people already love him. He will definitely get the support of the masses in implementing his people oriented programmes if he eventually wins the elections.  His vision will definitely come to fruition once he is elected into office come 2015. He says “my vision for Delta State is anchored on the full realization of its vast potentials, human and natural; where life is abundant for all; where the people are given the opportunity to fully realize their aspirations, and thumb their chest that they hail from the right spot of planet earth. My vision is to see a Delta State that is of world class status through a well implemented programme of transformation. It will be a State where every citizen will have a sense of belonging; where resources are diligently deployed to the development of the people, and productive sectors, for them to enjoy good life. I dream of a progressive State where equity, peace, security and good governance are used to guarantee the equitable development of our people. A State where equal opportunity will propel all to achieve their optimum aspirations in life. I hope to re-create a protected and clean environment for the well being of our people”.

 
As you celebrate this day that God brought you to earth, may the desires of Deltans to have a sincere, upright man like you to be their leader come to fruition. Happy birthday, Dr Otive Igbuzor.

 
Eddy Aghanenu ( tedkay83@gmail.com ).

 
*Photo Caption – Dr. Otive Igbuzor

 [ 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).