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 [ Masterweb Reports: Dr. James C. Agazie reports ] - They say Nigerians are fraudulent and they are stealing millions from Nigerians. These are some of the major American businesses, including credit card companies, banks and Western Union. We must boycott and we must protest without fear. Can we find safer ways to send money? This Imo woman is leaving Western Union and taking her money to  “a friend” she says is flying to Nigeria to give to her family. I fear for her and pray she doesn’t lose her money.
I told the clerk at the Western Union I wished  to send  some money  to a friend in Nigeria and  specifically requested that it must be paid in U S dollars because $1 equaled N171 at the “black market”  but only N155 at the Nigerian  bank. Was I wrong to want folks back home  to have more  money? After the Western Union clerk and I had agreed on the transaction thinking I was dealing with an honest  business,   I proceeded to completed the “send money”  form and hand over a sum of money along with the $10.50 service charge.  After the clerk had completed the transaction on the computer and handed me some papers with the information needed to collect the money in Nigeria,  I glanced at the papers and found  to my utter chagrin  that the person I was sending the money to would be paid in Naira.
“Look here, lady, I say USD (Us Dollars), not Naira. What are you doing?” I demanded. She said: “We only send money to Nigeria in Naira the local currency.” I explained that I had been Western Unionizing  dollars for years and my friends had appreciated and expected it  in dollars. I also informed the clerk that the value of the money would be higher if sent in dollars than in naira. I believe  she understood me but chose to ignored my words.
I said: “Look here, lady, I gave you my dollars, and I want it paid in dollars,” She insisted  that sending  the money in Naira was the correct thing to do.

“Why pay in Naira?” I asked the third time. She continued to ignore me.  Could I speak with her boss? The manager came and was firm that the employee was correct  I took my complaint to a higher-up, and some man in New  England  said “That’s the way we do things at Western Union  for a very long time.” That was a blatant lie. I have sent hundreds of dollars to my relatives  in 2013 and haven’t encountered such brazen  fraud. That wasn’t the way it had always been. Some bastard has changed the rule.
I went to the Bank of America to see if I could get a better service. Bank of America was pretending to be working with me until I asked for details. Then, the clerk  let the cat out of the bag by informing me I would pay $45 service fee up front and the Nigerian  recipient would also give $30 in Naira to a Nigerian bank that pays out the money.  That would add to a total of $75 fee.
“Would my friend in Nigeria be paid in dollars?” I asked. “No,”  she said, “it would be in Naira.”
“Look her, lady,  you’re trying to take $75 from me and  trying to give me stupid Naira for the money I am sending. How fair is this?”
“Oh no, you’ll pay only $45 and the other $30 would be paid in Nigeria.”
 Surely, the Bank of America and Western Union are not about fairness, and so are all other American businesses. They are about exploitation, scamming, gaming,  and robbing me  and they think all Nigerians are as dumb as the door nails at Igwebuike Hall.  It’s unfair to pretend you are honest when  you are a thief.  it was unfair to take value and refuse to return value. It’s overreaching, taking advantage, boko haram oppression;  or being a barawo, onye ori, ore, abali di egwu.  One ought to be very wary.
Dr. James C. Agazie ( Email: ).
*Photo Caption – A Western Union location

[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. James C. Agazie reports ] – This essay concludes that Ndigbo do not fare well, despite what appears to be their opulence. You are lost when you fail to love, care for, or spend your resources on others. A Nigerian song says that “onye nwere madu ka onye nwere ego” (a man who has good neighbors is better than a wealthy man). If it is true Ndigbo have been defeated in war, marginalized in Nigeria, and made to feel as second-class citizens isn’t it behooving of us to love and care for one another better than we are doing? Have we internalized defeat and turned the anger into self-hatred and abhorrence for fellow Ndigbo? The question is: “How good a people are we Ndigbo?”
The answer is : “Ndigbo are not as good as one would expect. At least, Ndigbo are not very good to one another. How good can you get if you’re not good to your fellow sufferers? Though we have written and talked so much about the shortcomings of the Hausas and Yorubas, that doesn’t absolve Ndigbo from blame or leave them immune or faultless. In fact, of all the tribes in Nigeria, Ndigbo is the only tribe that has to work the hardest to change their attitudes as well as the perceptions Nigerians as a whole have of them. One would expect Ndigbo to have more empathy and show greater understanding of human suffering. And they ought to be better behaved, having suffered tremendously as a group as a result of the pogrom and Biafra Civil War. We say it the way it is; we don’t mind hurting feelings . But Ndigbo are the least satisfied group in Nigeria. In the attempt to verify their dissatisfaction, we asked a few Igbos in Nigeria and abroad: “What irks you most about our people?” To irk is to annoy, vex, displease, trouble, bother, nag, rile, rankle, or rub you the wrong way. Here are a few of the complaints Igbos have leveled against one another:
Igbos do not love one another. This is the most recurrent complaint. To love is to feel affection for, be keen of, adore, or care for. One of my friends calls to lament: “Ndigbo kporo onwe fa asi” (hate themselves). For example, the Igbos who arrived in the United States as students in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, would describe the love they shared and experienced. If you went to unfamiliar town in a distant state and didn’t know a soul, all you did was look in the telephone directory for an Igbo-sounding name. Call that number and you would be met with the best hospitality, welcomed in as a brother, and helped to solve your problems, including employment, admission to a college, and of course assisted to procure the Green Card. In today’s America, Ndigbo do not trust one another let alone welcome another Igbo to their homes. The new Igbo arrivals have been robbed by fellow Igbos, taken advantage of, or given bad advice that when followed would be detrimental. The same thing is obtainable in Nigeria and across these great United States; New York, Texas, Georgia, and even far-away Canada.
Ndigbo do not help one another. While the Yorubas and Hausas are known to assist their own, one can hardly say the same thing about Ndigbo. Igbos who had escaped boko haram violence in Northern Nigeria and ran to Igboland had sad stories to tell. Their Igbo neighbors resisted helping the new comers; Igbo Governors and politicians refused to provide services for their destitute; civil service departments told the job seekers: “Go to your state of origin.” There have been stories of Anambra civil servants in Imo State being chased out to make rooms for Imo indigenes. The States of Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, and Abia are all guilty of extreme clannishness. It is the usual Abia-for-Abians-and-Anambra-for Anambrians stupid mentality. In the United States, you cannot meet an Igbo and not be asked: “Which State are you from?” You are asked the question for a decision to be made as to whether t o associate with you or reject you entirely. . Ndigbo have spent over N938billion improving Northern Nigerian lands while Alaigbo remains desolate.
Ndigbo love money inordinately. A thing or act is inordinate if it is excessive, undue, unwarranted, immodest, extravagant, or unreasonable. An inordinate love of money is a dangerous thing because it means that an Igbo man or woman would value money so enormously as to render that love over and above life itself. Money becomes an end itself rather than a means to an end. Some Ndigbo are greedy and selfish in their pursuit and use of money. On what do Ndigbo spend their billions? Ndigbo selfishly spend money on “things” that really do not matter; things that do not   benefit or edify people. What is more important than fellow humans? Why do my people build 20-stroried skyscrapers that nobody live in? They build for the birds, rats, and insects, and the builders cannot live in those tall buildings because the rooms are dark, stuffy, hot, and airless. Ndigbo build for self-aggrandizement, to show they have arrived or are better than neighbors. Ndigbo have spent over N938billion improving Northern Nigerian lands while Alaigbo remains desolate.
Ndigbo are disloyal, highly competitive, and envious of neighbors’ success. Let’s take this one by one. Chief Nduka regrets entering into a business with his nephew whom he had sent to China to represent him and make contact with his exporters. Chief Nduka chooses to remain in the U. S with young school-age children while running a successful export business in Nigeria. Now, the nephew is described as exhibiting disloyalty defined as being unfaithful, treacherous, and untrustworthy. The nephew has stolen Chief Nduka’s business, refuses to share information about profits, and competes with the Uncle’s business. One of the reasons Ndigbo refuse to help neighbors is the fear of disloyalty: the person you’ve helped might turn out to be your worst enemy and do you harm. A professor friend had sponsored a brother and a few cousins in admission to a U S college. Now, the professor states his Igbo relatives have not been in touch with him in 10 years. But he hears through various grapevines: “After all, what has professor ever done for me?”
Dr. James C. Agazie ( ).
*Photo Caption - Map of Igboland (homeland of Ndigbo of Nigeria ).

[ Masterweb Reports:Dr. Peregrino Brimah reports] – It is perhaps one of the most famously quoted references on the Nigerian blogosphere, particularly in ethnic squabbles. You probably heard or read it before if you are active on the Nigerian online community. Equivalent to the Holy Grail of anti-north Nigeria population dominance is a statement attributed to late controversial colonialist Harold Smith that goes something like this:
By Tunde Adekoya, as an alleged narrative by O. A. Olagbaiye, MBBS. FRCS; in the Vanguard of, Feb. 28, 2011:
‘Brothers and sisters; on Ben TV last Thursday, Harold Smith was on a program to reveal what went behind the scene before the independence. … Harold Smith confessed that the Census results were announced before they were counted. Despite seeing vast land with no human but cattle in the north, we still gave the north 55 million instead of 32 Million.’
The same account is also given on the Harold Smith memorial website.
Even late distinguished author Chinua Achebe referenced the Harold Smith ‘Holy Grail,’ in “There Was A Country” (Pg.  50), asserting that Harold was sent by Sir James Robertson ‘to oversee the rigging of Nigeria’s first election ‘so that its compliant friends in (Northern Nigeria) would win power, dominate the country, and serve British interests after independence.’
I proceed to debunk this claim on three premises.
Firstly, the population figures:
According to Harold’s Grail, in most sources, ‘he gave the north 55 million instead of 32 million.’ This is clearly incoherent information because the entire population of Nigeria at the time was 31.6 million, so there is absolutely no way a census could have given the north 55 million. So the Grail is debunked easily based on figures late Harold allegedly put forth. If he indeed quoted these figures, his old age state of mind may have been questionable. {}
Secondly, the timing of the event:
The census in question was the 1952-53 census. Nigeria conducted decennial censuses. It appears the 1953 census was about a year late, but this is the census referred to by Harold Smith. The problem with his account however was the fact that he said he was part of falsifying the census figures. But according to the Harold Smith memorial website, Genesis Nigeria and all other sources, Harold Smith was in school and then being a new father in London up until 1954 when he saw an advertisement for a Labour Officer position and applied and then travelled down to Nigeria with his lovely wife Carol, in 1955. He was 26 years old at the time.  If he literally did not even know of Nigeria till 1954, how could he have possibly been ‘sent by Sir James Robertson to falsify our 1952-53 census figures?’ Here again, we easily debunk the popular tale attributed to Harold Smith. Perhaps young Harold heard something. Perhaps he saw massive land and imagined something—the north landscape is more than double the size of the South. It is also possible that some people had a drink with old Harold and convinced or bribed him to sell a tale; but for certain, he was definitely not part of anything related to the 1952/3 census based on the record of when he entered Nigeria a full three years after.
Thirdly, the fact of coincident earlier censuses:
Research into Nigeria’s earlier censuses actually substantiates the 55-45% North-South ratio in the 1953 census that Harold claimed to have falsified. According to AllAfrica, Nigeria’s most credible census was that held in 1921. I quote:
‘The first attempt to know the Nigerian population was in 1921, which could be regarded as the best and the properly-controlled census in Nigeria. The most successful censuses after the first were those of 1931 and 1952/1953. These three censuses were conducted under and by the colonial administration.’
The 1921 census gave the Northern Province 10.26 million and the south, 8.37 million.
The 1931 census gave the north a total of 11.44 million and the south, 8.49 million.
If we check the ratio’s of these results of earlier censuses, it is approximately 55-45% for both. This is the same as the results of the 1953 census to which Harold’s Grail referred. Now, we do have reasons to distrust the British, but the claim that the falsification of ‘Harold and team’ was in preparation for a handover does not apply to the earlier censuses since these were well before a handover. It is however possible that the British always counted-up the north. But this thought is not supported by Harold’s allegations since for one, he was not there and two, he got the numbers all completely wrong as he is quoted.
This completes my submission on this all important issue. It is possible Harold Smith has been quoted out of date, context and reference; but if so, it is a shame that dignified Nigerians have blindly used such an obviously erroneous and preposterous tale to unfairly promote agenda and ethnic strife. The truth is a better and stronger tool to get all we want and desire.
Nigeria has many reasons for beef and grief, however in the national conversation, as we decide if and how to exist, coexist or not coexist, it is important we separate facts from malicious and ill intended fabrications and conspiracies which do not speak well of our national intelligence.
Population density can never be estimated by the brain or imagination and can only be verified by a true count. There are concentrated large mega cities and trade hobs in deserts as there are in tropics. If someone imagined that little Lagos today has a population of 30 million, looking at the map, many will refuse to believe. 30 million was the population of the entire Nigeria in 1953. Concentrations could have been possible in any of many major trade hobs and large cities.
We hope for a census we all can believe sometime in the future; and that it be a census for measuring and planning opportunity for the regions or nation(s), and not for promoting and propelling xenophobia.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah ( ).
*Photo Caption - Harold Smith

[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Peregrino Brimah reports ] – “The values of freedom, respect for human rights and the principle of holding periodic and genuine elections by universal suffrage are essential elements of democracy. In turn, democracy provides the natural environment for the protection and effective realization of human rights. These values are embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” –UN.

Nigeria does not have a democracy. There is politics in Nigeria, in fact too much of it, but no democracy. Having civilian rulers does not make a democracy. And unlike the USA, where as Hilary Clinton said-in-Nigeria, “our democracy is yet evolving,” Nigeria does not yet have a democracy, so nothing is evolving.

Democracy is about the provision of, and protection of Human Rights. It is not simply a process of putting papers in ballot boxes. The conditions to test; questions to ask ourselves are: Are we lead or ruled? Are any of those who rule us the people we would really choose with our eyes open? Do those who rule us represent us and provide us our basic rights? Do they lead us to where we need be, or do they only rule over us for their gains? Are we able to remove them when they fail? And then, can we honestly say that the 80 million rural dwellers are represented, know candidates and vote for candidates to lead them in our current system, or these villagers do not count in the selection but suffer the most from its consequences; these rural dwellers who account for 80% of our 100 million destitute population. These questions are essential conditions democracy fulfils; do we have them?

Choosing leadership is not the single reason why democracy is advocated and why nations adopt it. Getting rid of leaderships is the difference, beauty, essence and unique advantage of democracy. That is the point of democracy. If a so-called ‘juvenile’ democracy does not yet have the ‘eviction’ capacity, it is not a democracy. Democracy is a very expensive system. The idea of applying this method is not because you for one second think the candidate you are choosing is a great person. Does this mean we hate our sons and daughters who sign-up with the military? Or we think these disciplined family members are less of people and do not have what it takes to lead a nation? The ability to terminate the leadership is as important as the provision of selection. And we must actively have both; having only the one is as good as having none.

In biology of the cell, when a cell fails to pass a ‘check-point,’ the cell automatically tries to repair the problem, and when it is unable, the cell kills itself in a process called Apoptosis. This protects cells from becoming cancerous. In our traditional systems, we used to apply such systems as giving the king the empty calabash or gift of parrot’s eggs, which tells him he has been disapproved of and must take his own life.

Good enough people are plentiful and we actually usually end up with the worst of us with democratic choice. The politician candidates we choose, even if ‘good’ now, we do know they can change to bad people too, and may already be bad people in sheep’s clothing. But we go through that arduous, money wasting, ethnic-fracturing, nation-wrecking, lengthy process of campaigns, political jamborees, pauses in governance, political mismanagement and all other pains of democratic processes, simply because democracy should provide us certain conditions. These conditions are the primary reasons and requisites of democracy.

The first is the perceived ability abinitio to have a choice of candidates that all have a real chance of actually coming into power. Democracy is all about choice. One and even two party systems limit and cancel any reality of choice. A malicious cabal chooses in primaries and the nation is forced to accept and vote-in that one choice or tops, two choices in two party systems. Abolishing parties and at least, prohibiting or capping party expenses which could be by government equal funding of all campaigns, with no private financing allowed, can resolve these, embezzlement and many other campaign financing related issues.

The second condition for a true democracy is the ability to vote out candidates at their term, without conversation of extension of term or threat of terror if they lose the next round. We do not have this.

The third is the ability and likelihood of impeachment of candidates who fail to execute their obligations, within terms. After all, nature usually has its way of ridding us of military dictatorships, and they are usually replaced in our particular experience in about 8 years, making them not much different in terms of lengthy terms, than civilian regimes. Our rules should be firm and protected.

When people are unable to select their candidates but are only imposed candidates, and when only certain party-elite blocks' imposed candidates have the ability to win, and when candidates cannot be voted out until two terms are completed and/or terms are extended, and then finally when impeachment for failure within term are unavailable, then we have a disguised dictatorship.

On Tuesday the 3rd of December, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary met to discuss the impeachment of President Barack Obama. The hearing was titled “The President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws.” {Washington Post}

Republican senators felt Obama had not faithfully executed the laws of the land and so they considered impeachment. Ex-US President Bill Clinton was impeached for “laughable” reasons.

The risk and reality of impeachment is as vital to democracy as is the voting process. Leaders merit democracy’s bounty when they are voted in power, and the masses reap its fruit when the leaders know they can and will be impeached when they lie, steal, or in any way fail in their duty to execute the law.

The Nigerian system does not have this key aspect of democracy and as such it is not a democracy. The entire legislature is bribed to abandon their obligation to protect the right of the masses for a check on government.

But to make our non-democracy even more apparent, consider the recurrent dimension of our system with the proposal of term elongations when candidates either realize their term is set to expire or they realize they cannot win again.

The CNPP party said those who suggested a term elongation deserved investigation and repudiation. They were spot-on. Nigerians elected leaders based on 4 year term expiration. That was the deal, the package. To waste time, money and muddy the national intelligence by proposing term elongations is frankly criminal.

Will there be a referendum? Are there term truncations? How about the more suggestion to consider a term reduction to 3 years to more favorably resolve the quagmire that this political block has put the nation into?

As it stands, the Nigeria is begging for a democracy. One had to just take a look at the recent Anambra elections to know it was and will continue to waste its time as the leadership continues to take advantage of and promote our dictatorial system.

The pictures of those women throwing themselves on and rolling on the ground were pathetic but clearly pretentious. Overall they demonstrated the fact that the system in place did not serve the people and abused the people.

Secondly, in the Anambra election, there were over a million invalid votes, the second largest vote counted. Ballot sheets where voters filled out nonsense. With the general interested populace not being able to vote, this democracy is no democracy as far as people’s choice goes.

There was open and widespread distribution of bribes to buy voters. Indomie noodles boxes (not scholarships) were one such cheap buyoff.

And the candidate party disputes, the widely reported fraud, these things will never go away and as long as they exist, we end up with imposed rulers and not leaders we sort of chose.

In satisfaction of my ideals for my human rights, that I may deem I have a democracy, the minimum I would require is for the administration to establish an enlightened committee to sit down and trash our leadership selection process from scratch. So long as we continue with this useless selection program and are denied expulsions for failure, my rights are not protected and I am not under a democracy.
Our return to a less tribal and ethnic provocative and less societal rendering parliamentary system of leadership selection is a proposed tactic many have presented that needs to be tabled.

When 40 million people go to ballots all around the nation to vote for candidates they know next to nothing of, except a few posters here and there and as we know, having received some peanuts in enticement during campaigns, what results is wars, and the election of the most unworthy. With a parliamentary system, people are restricted to choosing only their local representatives who they have a better chance of actually knowing and holding to account, and it is these reps that select from among them the President. This reduces cost and eliminates volatile complaint and social-media curses being thrown at the top.

We should consider reducing usage of ballots which simply do not work for us. Let us redesign from our objective—representation. The idea is to get representatives and in this, this system fails us. Our market places have representative leaders we are comfortable with. Our Universities have representative leaders we trust, our mechanic unions have leaders we are comfortable with. Our religious organizations select leaders based on skill, rather easily. And all these are chosen inexpensively without bloodshed or precipitating hatred. These same social group leaders can be our representatives? This can be considered to stave off this billion dollar wasteful system that yields nothing.

It is time we have a democracy in Nigeria.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah (Email: ).

*Photo Caption – Take a guess!

[ Masterweb Reports Dr James Agazie reports ] – In the first part of this story, three Muslims brainstormed on how to unravel the Igbo riddle . How do the Muslims  go about containing the Igbo expansionist ambitions and curtailing their money-making proclivity? Yoruba Muslin Ayo suggests denying Amyamiris access to lucrative land deals, government contracts and ministerial posts in finance. Fulani Suleiman chooses intermarriage and conversion of Igbos to Islam. It was Hausaman Yakubu’s position that the Sharia law would provide the lasting solution..  ENTERS the 4th brainstormer Alhaji Okechukwu Okeke, the only Igbo in the group.
AYO: Alhaji Okeke, we’ve been discussing how to make Islam the only religion in this country. First, how was your recent pilgrimage to Mecca with your beautiful wife? Er, Em. First, how did the trip go?
OKEKE: We almost didn’t make it. The airline cancelled Alhaja Mercy Oriaku Okoke’s reservation at the last minute.
JEROME: Why? She’s  Muslim, isn’t she? These Anyamiri Christians are something else. We shall defeat them with Allah’s help.
OKEKE: I believe we shall. They say her ass was so wide she couldn’t fit into the passenger seat. We almost didn’t go until I was able to secure three adjoining seats in a row and have the armrests removed. It couldn’t have been done without Ayo’ s help.
AYO: Sorry about that. I thought she is beautiful the way she is.  Er. Em. Excuse me.  And---
SULEIMAN: I shall have a serious talk with the President and his people.  We have been demanding that Muslim trips to Mecca be comfortable and provided free of charge and guaranteed for all Muslims who want to pay homage to our Great Prophet. Allah be praised. It is within our rights.
JEROME: “Anyamiris have been demanding our government pay for their trips to Israel Holy Land. How do we deal with what we ‘ve been talking about, Alhaji Okeke? I mean Islamize Anyamiris?
OKEKE: Easy. Give me enough money and support  to go after the Igbo leadership who have power over their people. You know, among Igbos, money is everything, and we know if you want to certify  an Anyamiri is really dead, place a stack of Naira on his body. No movement means he or she is really dead.
AYO: You are right, comrade Okeke. I know it. My Igbo girlfriend Comfort does want to be my fourth wife, but she demands millions for red Mercedes, mansions in Port Harcourt, frequent trips to Dubai and vacations at the American Disney World . I tell you what?. Nawa. 
JEROME: For one thing, Alhaji Okeke, how much money are you talking about? Can you handle the upcoming elections? I mean can you pay for the election results?
OKEKE: Very easily, my friend.  Can’t place my hand on exact figure that would do . Perhaps N500 billion  will help to begin the massive job for the Great Prophet. Allah be praised.
SULEIMAN: Ayo, it’s hard to find you sometimes. Are you still enforcing the Sharia laws against the akwukwuma (prostitutes), the lega-lega (homosexuals), and the triko-triko (traversites)? I know you are.
OKEKE: No, Ayo is not. He’s always at my house checking my wife’s big ass out, I have asked him to please marry my wife’s younger sister Comfort with twice the ass size. I don’t know why he is wasting time.
(There was a loud laughter until Suleiman recovered control).
SULEIMAN: Order! Order!  I say order.  Ayo, while you are out checking butts sizes, please check to see the size of Muslim cash flow (not slow nyash) at all banks, including the Central Bank of Nigeria, Barclay’s, Saudi banks, New York, California, Dubai Bank. Alhaji Okeke, we shall get back to you after we pull all the money out. Give us a week. Thank you. Any final word before meeting is adjourned?
JEROME: Would it be better to import white Muslim girls from Egypt or Afghanistan than messing with the black things we have around here? I am just asking.  No more last word, Alhaji Sule, Sir.
Dr James Agazie ( Email: ).
*Photo Caption – Map of Igboland (homeland of Ndigbo of Nigeria ).

[ Masterweb Reports: Eddy Aghanenu reports ] – The event was INEC Retreat in Lagos sometime in August last year. It was on strategies on how the electoral body can best perform its duties in future elections. The INEC Boss in his remarks said the retreat was necessary so that the electoral body can manage the electoral process better, plan for change systematically, and to foster better communication within and outside the Commission. Hope was raised that future elections in Nigeria will be free, fair and credible.
Prof Attahiru Jega, the Kebbi born activist is a gentleman, sincere and committed to ensuring that Nigeria gets it right in her elections. One had hoped that the success he achieved as a labour leader and as a university administrator will be translated into his new job as the nation’s electoral boss. Unfortunately, recent events in Delta and Anambra States have cast doubt on the ability of INEC to conduct a free, fair and credible election. From what happened in both states, can INEC be said to be an unbiased empire? Is Prof Jega still in control of the electoral body?
In the last Delta Central senatorial election, the process was heavily flawed. There were various allegations of electoral malpractices. There were allegations of brazen snatching of ballot boxes and electoral materials by the ruling party thugs. Security agents were not left out in these shameless acts.  Security agents became security risks. Voters were allegedly chased out of polling units. Electoral materials arrived very late in opposition strongholds. In some cases, not all materials arrived. In Udu and many areas in the senatorial district, accreditation of voters started very late. Massive thumb printing of ballot papers by the ruling party’s thugs aided by security personnel were very evident. Some leaders of the opposition were physically threatened and harassed. There was apprehension in the land as voters lived in fear of the thugs and security agents deployed by the ruling party. In the words of late K.O Mbadiwe, the ruling party “bulldozed” their way to achieve their selfish end.  There were allegations of the active participation of INEC personnel in this devilish plan of stealing the people’s votes. In spite of these glaring irregularities, INEC in a diabolical alliance with the ruling party went ahead to announce the results which they have conjured up.
Today, electorates in Delta Central are disillusioned. They have now developed apathy towards future elections since their votes no longer count. To them, whether they vote or not are immaterial as results will be announced in favour of the ruling party.
The same scenario played itself out in Anambra State. This time, the rigging method was more advanced. It started from INEC where voters register was heavily doctored. The voters register in Anambra State today is no longer a reliable instrument for the conduct of elections. Majority of voters can no longer find their names in the register. The PDP flag bearer and his father were unable to vote because their names were missing.
Election materials meant for some local government areas, especially opposition strongholds were missing. There were also allegations of late arrival of materials, late accreditation and ballot snatching. There were allegations that the security agencies were neither innocent nor impartial in the Anambra election.
To buttress the fact that the rigging was well planned is the discordant tune being sung by the PDP at the national level and the PDP flag bearer in the state. While PDP in Anambra State was shouting foul over the elections, the national secretariat was busy commending INEC for conducting a very free and fair election.  The PDP flag bearer not only rejected the results but also rejected the planned election in those areas where election did not take place. He called for a total cancellation of the election.
It is therefore very evident that INEC is not truly independent. The body is being used by the ruling party to foster its agenda on the nation. Both Federal and State Commissioners of INEC are appointed by the presidency. The allegiance of these commissioners is not to the electoral boss but the man that appointed them. “He who pays the piper dictates the tune”. Prof Jega may be sincere and unswerving but can same be said of his subordinates?  
PDP in its unwritten alliance with APGA has promised to deliver the APGA candidate. APGA in turn will not present a presidential candidate come 2015. APGA will also work to ensure the victory of PDP’s presidential candidate in the South East. Anambra’s Nwoye (PDP flagbearer in the Anambra election) becomes a sacrificial lamb for some else’ presidential ambition. The party, using INEC, will continue to bulldoze its way in other elections. Ekiti and Osun States have to be on the watch out next year. The people may have their say but PDP and INEC will have their way.
Will INEC be able to deliver in 2015? I very much doubt. What happened in Delta Central and Anambra State is a foretaste of what is to come. INEC will continue to be powerless and toothless. Election rigging by the nation’s ruling party will continue to be the order of the day as long as personal ambition cannot be sacrificed for the good of the nation.
For the retreat that I referred to earlier, to be meaningful, INEC has to sit up and perform its duties faithfully and sincerely irrespective of whose ox is gored. INEC’s allegiance should be to Nigerians and no one else. Let it be truly independent.
Prof Jega is truly sincere and incorruptible. The same cannot be said of those who appointed him. The system that he is working in will not allow him to succeed. While he is genuinely doing his best to see that Nigeria organizes and will continue to organise elections that meet international best practices, the system that he works in will try to ensure that he never succeeds. Let him not end up like Tai Solarin that was almost swallowed up by the system that appointed him. The task before Prof Jega is unenviable but one hopes that he will be able to surmount all the land mines laid on his path by the country’s ruling party. If he cannot overcome these, then a free, fair and credible election will be a mirage in 2015.
Eddy Aghanenu ( ).
*Photo Caption - Map of Nigeria showing its 36 states (including Delta & Anambra State), and Federal capital (Abuja or FCT).

[ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports ] -  The city of Enugu was agog on Sunday 24th November 2013 while celebrating the Catholic Church feast of Corpus Christi-Christ the King. Catholic faithful left their different parishes on procession to Holy Ghost Cathedral, chanting, singing and proclaiming the Kingship of Jesus Christ. The Catholic adherents left their parishes including St Mary’s Catholic Church, Trans Ekulu, Christ the King Parish, GRA, Sacred Heart Parish, Uwani, St Paul’s Parish, Awkunanaw, St Bridget Abakpa, St Mary’s Uwani and St Theresa Ugbo Odogwu among hundreds of parishes and trekked towards Holy Ghost Cathedral in unprecedented jubilant mood and occasionally the Blessed Sacrament was showered with flowers and incensed while the faithful kneel in adoration.
Enugu simply came to a halt. It was Corpus Christi like never before. Over two hundred thousand persons converged at Holy Ghost Cathedral to terminate the procession and the moment was ecstatic for the participants. Prayers was said at the Cathedral and Diocesan Bishop , Callistus Onaga dismissed the jubilant congregants who proceeded back to their various bases mostly on foot while thanking God for this year’s unusual Corpus Christi.
The city of Enugu had in recent times been experiencing strange spiritual visitations which suggest that something new is about to happen to the Igbos of South East Nigeria. From September 12th -14th there was a three day crusade titled ‘Enugu Restoration Crusade’ organized by Christ Living spring Apostolic Ministry (CLAM) , a Lagos based church in conjunction with Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN),Enugu State Chapter . CLAM is known for hosting city wide crusades in places directed by God and the three evening crusade was held at Okpara Square Enugu. It featured prophetic prayers for the restoration of the spiritual and economic fortunes of the city. 
The preacher, Pastor Wole Oladiyun prophesied that God had restored the coal industry in Enugu and that in a few years time many industries would spring up in the city as a result of economic revival. He also explained that revival is coming to the city and that God will raise a gospel minister from Enugu that will galvanize the people for a new move of God. The three day crusade was attended by leaders from various denominations including Archbishop A A Nwodika, Bishop Obi Onubogu, Ven Ejemba, Venerable O C Obi Okoye, Apostle Uzodike, Rev Obinna Akukwe, and Pastor Tony Ochu among others.
In October 2013 from the 27th -29th, Igbo ministers who spearheaded the fabled Pentecostal revival of the early 70’s converged at Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium for three days under the aegis of Igbo Restoration Assembly (IRA) to pray for the spiritual revival of Igbo nation and the restoration of its lost glory in Nigeria. The gathering of prophets told the congregation that the next phase of the expected worldwide end time revival that will herald the second coming of Jesus Christ will come from the South East. They referred to prophecies which emanated towards the end of famous Azusa Street Pentecostal Revival of Los Angeles, California, United States of 1913 explaining that after 100 years another revival that will signal the coming of Christ will come. The Azusa street revival is the origin of the Pentecostal movement and the return of speaking in tongues back to the church after it was lost for over 1500 years. The gathering identified 2013 as that 100th year after the Azusa revival and urged Igbos to prepare to lead in the coming revival that will turn people back to God.
Some participants and preachers at the occasion include Anglican Bishop of Enugu, Emmanuel Chukwuma; Methodist Primate Archbishop88, former National President of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria(PFN) , Bishop Mike Okonkwo; former Chaplain of Aso Villa Chapel, Rev Williams Okoye; President of PFN Anambra State Chapter, Bishop David Eberechukwu; President of PFN Enugu Bishop Obi Onubogu ;Archbishop A A Nwodika, Bishop Edward Ezenwafor, Apostle Austin Ukachi, Rev Obinna Akukwe, Bishop Paul Nwachukwu, Apostle Olughu Orji, Professor Uzodimma Nwala among others.
Two weeks later, clerics in the city hosted Rev Rosy Madugba and Prophetess Sabina Akachukwu who introduced the Prophetic-Apostolic mandate on the 14th of October with a revival night vigil which drew clerics from different denominations at Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium and also with church leaders’ special session on the 15th at Oakland Hotels. The participants were also told that some renowned expatriate prophets around the world have prophesied that the next worldwide revival will start from Nigeria while some others narrowed it specifically to the South East Nigeria. The clerics were told to prepare themselves and sensitize the people to follow in the end time revival. Archbishops Nwodika, Bishop Obi Onubogu, Apostle Uzodike, Rev Obinna Akukwe, Rev Celestine obi among numerous others received the Apostolic counsel from the Port Harcourt based missionary evangelist, Rev Rosy Madugba and the prayer sessions during the two days were like no other.
Though Corpus Christi is an annual event, the 2013 edition was celebrated with much pomp as though the King is just about to appear, in a manner never witnessed since the inception of the diocese. Some attributed it to the fact that it coincided with the church synod which ended the day before while others suspected unusual spiritual presence. Many participants including some priests and sisters actually wondered aloud at the level of excitement following this year’s edition and concluded that something unusual is happening while many pondered the meaning.
The answer is that God is preparing the Igbos of the South East to spearhead the spiritual revival that will transform the world and this impending revival will broke no denominational barriers.
Obinna Akukwe ( ).
*Photo Above – Christian Symbol

[ Masterweb Reports ] – (Public Information, Onitsha Nigeria, 22nd of November, 2013)-The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law
sees the delay by the Independent National Electoral Commission to continue and complete its Anambra State governorship poll (supplementary poll) as a clear invitation to anarchy and collective punishment of the people of Anambra State, who courageously voted to remain as one united people, governed by a government grounded in both input and output legitimacy.
A people who voted to remain politically and culturally independent from “foreign” forces, who are bent on capturing and ruling over them under modern socio-political
slavery; must not be punished further, otherwise anarchy will rule over the land. It is also important to point out that Anambra People will never participate in any fresh poll
ordered by INEC because the Commission lacks power under the law to conduct such poll having collected, collated, announced and declared results from 4, 498 polling
units, out of the Anambra State’s total polling units of 4,608. It is only poll tribunal that is entrusted with such power.

INEC’s delay to fix a date for the supplementary poll and prepare for same is very suicidal and a clear sign of what will unfold in 2015 general polls in Nigeria. The sudden lack of boldness on the part of the Commission is shocking. That a race with tainted media firepower can hold the Commission to ransom and try to take over its statutory functions, is chillingly shocking. If things continue this way, we are afraid, Nigeria will burn in 2015. What is playing out in respect of Anambra governorship poll is a clear case of “failed coup mission”, under the cover of poll conduct participation. INEC must be reminded that the organized and coordinated negative media onslaught targeting and demonizing Anambra poll conduct has become a recurring decimal in Nigeria.

During the Ayo Salami and Katsina Alu judicial scandals, the Southwest media took side by choosing to canonize Ayo Salami and demonize Aloysius Katsina Alu. In the
2010 governorship poll in Anambra State, the same media and its sponsors including a section of poll observers and Southwest based rights activists, who initially gave the poll pass mark, suddenly turned their arsenal against the poll with intents to discredit it.

Every available facts to us at Intersociety clearly shows that the race under reference, who are crying foul, were the same people that planned by every deadly and
unconventional means to rig or manipulate the poll. They also planned to introduce violence into the poll but for effective security checks put in place by the Nigerian
security agencies. From the arrest of 183 poll riggers imported from Osun State and quartered in Imo State who have been arraigned; to massive procurement of voters in their homes using the voters’ register template given to them by INEC on 16th of October, 2013, it is a case of failed poll riggers crying being rigged.

Part of the psychological rigging orchestrated by the alarmist race was the eleventh hour false rumor to the effect that Mr. Willie Obiano “has been disqualified by court”. The rumor was well coordinated and spread like wild fire allegedly from the APC camp in the late evening and morning of 15th and 16th of November, 2013. The Onitsha angle was reportedly coordinated from the legislative camp of one of the APC’s members in the Anambra State House of Assembly. The rumor kept away and disenfranchised thousands of registered voters.

It is also to the information of INEC and members of the public that the same people rejecting Anambra governorship poll results and the supplementary poll have started sending text messages to their supporters, assuring them of hopes and urging them to prepare for the supplementary poll. Yet they continue to intimidate the Commission using their media warfare. The said text messages were sent out on Wednesday evening, 20th of November, 2013.

On the heels of the rescheduled poll for Obosi Ward 7, which was held on Sunday, 17th of November, 2013, the APC announced its pull out, but secretly asked its supporters to vote for them and when the results were added and announced, the party accepted them. Out of about 5,000 votes cast, it scored about 1,600 as against APGA’s about 1,300. The stark truth is that the party’s antics are deliberate and well calculated. INEC risks being used to create anarchy in Anambra State.

APC’s antics including its call for cancelation of the poll results already announced, is anarchical. We are also not surprised at those rights groups that joined in such infamous and unconstitutional calls because a tainted mind, they say, is a moronic mind. Corruption and compromise destroy senses of reasoning and valid judgment. Making calls that are outside the law is like asking Anambra State to go up in flames. Once an election result is announced, it is beyond administrative alteration or cancelation. Such results can be judicially reviewed by the election petition tribunal.

Not even the conduct of a supplementary poll can be quashed by any competent court of law because an uncompleted crucial action such as the poll under reference ought to be completed before being judicially reviewed. It amounts to judicial anarchy for any court to stop a people from democratically choosing their leaders. But how those leaders are chosen at poll becomes the fundamental business of the court in the context of judicial review. Arguments and fallacies only rule where legal provisions and processes are absent. Where such provisions and processes are laid in black and white, arguments and fallacies give way ad infinitum. This explains why all the APC’s letters to INEC, particularly the aspect calling for outright cancelation of the poll and
its announced and declared results are devoid of sound legal grounding, but argumentation, fallacies and empty.

The date for the supplementary poll is eagerly being awaited by the Anambe People. The 210 polling units made up of 113, 113 registered voters are scattered in 15 LGAs of Idemmili North 160 polling units, Ayamelum 2, Anambra East 3, Anambra West 6, Anaocha 1, Awka North 2, Awka South 1, Aguata 1, Ekwusigo 3, Idemmili South 1, Ihiala 2, Onitsha South 17, Onitsha North1, Orumba North 4 and Oyi 4. It is also important to point out that Anambra People cannot be intimidated even if poll is ordered repeatedly ten times by the competent court of law.

The people of the State will never participate in any repeat or fresh poll ordered by the INEC, with the exception of the supplementary poll being awaited. In the event the APC and its propagandist media influence the Commission to toe the path of glaring illegality by reversing itself with an administrative order for fresh poll, Anambra People shall never part of such anarchical arrangement because the INEC is disempowered by law including the Electoral Act of 2010. Other than the Commission’s power to complete the process it already started (supplementary poll), Anambra People can only heed the outcome of the judicial review, whether for or against the poll conduct outcome.


Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman of the Board
International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law
08033601078, 08180103912

Comrade Justus Ijeoma, Head, Publicity Desk
*Photo Caption – Map of Anambra

[ Masterweb Reports: Chidera Ukozor Nwogbo reports ] - The exasperating thing about the systemic rot in Nigeria is that at heart, almost every Nigerian is a potential looter of public treasury; they literally pray for a chance to get their hands on public funds. The practice is so embedded and imbibed that any officeholder, no matter how insignificant the office, regards himself as “blessed” with the opportunity to embezzle or to extract as much graft as possible from the public he is supposed to serve. The wimpy fuss over the $1.6m “spent” for two armored cars by Ms. Stella Oduah and her NCAA cohorts is one. The “inconclusive” Anambra State’s gubernatorial election is another. The kicker, it would seem, is the fake outrage of one side when the other side gets an upper hand in this their unending gamesmanship.
     The sad thing though is that some serious minded individuals in the Diaspora really believe that the unthinkable has been perpetrated each time the public is treated to one of these ugly specters. But are these nice people still at the stage of not knowing that that’s what goes on all the time? Why do you think that some Nigerians kill and maim others to get into office, or to get appointed into one? If you are still thinking about it, think about this: Presidents Clinton and the two Bushes live in regular, non-descript houses that are not worth more than $.6m in America’s mindlessly inflated real estate market, while Babangida and Obasanjo live in magnificent hill-top mansions. The only people who are fabulously rich in Nigeria are politicians who have “served” or are “serving” in office, and those who are close to them. Why is there no outrage? Why are Nigerians not in the streets demanding a change? The sad reason for this dearth of outrage is that everyone is bidding his or her own time, waiting for his own turn to loot this bottomless treasury.   
     A couple of years back, I was in Boston, Massachusetts on a visit, and my host took me along to a meeting of PDP Boston Branch. The membership of this PDP Chapter comprised of what I expected would be the composition of such a meeting in a city like Boston. The membership ran the gamut from the very well educated to the marginally educated, from the professionals who have made their marks in their chosen fields to the lowly clerks and security guards, from the high flying business executives to the cab drivers. But a common thread surprisingly ran through the demeanor and motives of all the members of this political party chapter in this far away Boston vis-à-vis Nigeria – they seemed to be competing for who would be the loudest megaphone for the “accomplishments” of their parent political party back home in Nigeria. At first I wondered if the meeting had always been that boisterous and ludicrous with it’s lavish of encomiums on a political party that had been in government for close to sixteen years and spent billions of dollars, with little to show for it. But on our way back to his house, my host informed me that there had been a representative from Aso Rock at the meeting. This representative, I was informed, had come with the news that a cabinet reshuffle was imminent in the presidency, and that the President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, had intimated to his close associates that he intended to name the next Finance Minister from amongst the Boston PDP Chapter members.
     The spectacle I beheld that day would be akin to a park of starving dogs fighting for a lone milk-bone thrown into their midst. My shock was palpable given that my host, an accomplished attorney of note, a man whom I knew to be intelligent and very articulate, was among those competing to outdo each other for the benefit of the messenger from Aso Rock. I looked on in horror, my mouth agape, as my host shouted himself hoarse as he concocted tales after another of the Utopia that the PDP-ran government in Nigeria had brought upon the citizenry of Nigeria. I didn’t have to wonder why he had engaged in such absurdity after he told me the mission of the guy from Abuja. My friend wanted to be Nigeria’s next Finance Minister.
     That evening, after dinner, my mind was still churning from the spectacle I beheld at the venue of the political party meeting. Up until attending that meeting, I never knew that my friend wanted to serve in government. Sure we discussed the situation in Nigeria all the time, but he hadn’t struck me as the type that would sacrifice his established law practice in lieu of service in government. So I asked him why he would want to give up his comfortable life for the unknown in Nigeria. For an answer, he acquired this far away look in his eyes and then informed me that he had dreamt of building an apartment complex of at least 60 units, and a couple of five-star hotels to boot, in cities in Southeast of Nigeria. At first, I didn’t see the connection between my question and his desire to build an apartment complex and two five-star hotels. Then it dawned on me that my friend’s plan was to embezzle money from the government if he was appointed into office in order to accomplish his real estate ambitions. Suffice it to say that he never got the chance to embezzle money from the government for the purpose of achieving his desire because he was never appointed to any position. As a matter of fact, nobody from the Boston Chapter of the PDP was appointed to anything as far as I know.
     All these were brought back to me on the recent report that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) procured two BMW cars at the cost of $1.6m (N255m) for the Aviation Minister’s use. This would mean that each car was purchased at the cost of about $800,000.00. Give me a break! Even with the added cost of rendering the two vehicles bulletproof, their cost would still insult the intelligence of an imbecile. Having thought about it, I suppose that the money that would transform my friend into a real estate mogul would come from such purchases, had he been appointed a Finance Minister. But let’s face it; this kind of scarcely disguised robbery is not new to government appointees in Nigeria. Such tales are commonplace. I bet that nothing is going to become of this NCAA/Aviation Minister’s blatant heist of public fund. More people will go on stealing public funds in Nigeria while the masses that had nowhere to turn would turn on each other. Some members of the aggrieved masses would turn to armed robbery. Some would turn to kidnapping. Some of them would become assassinations for hire. And some others amongst them would turn to duping the gullible and hapless from both within and outside Nigeria. And the aim of these citizens-turned-criminals would be to measure up to these thieving office holders. The vicious cycle will continue, culminating in native-foreigners like me not moving back home or even visiting for fear of what may befall them.
     But what is disturbing is that Nigerians who are educated in America, lives in America, and work within the law and orderliness of the American system could not wait to go back home to Nigeria – not to show examples of what products of a saner society they are – but to join the looting of their home country’s treasury; for their individual gain.
     “What has being upright or being of good behavior gotten us?” an architect of Nigerian extraction known to this writer and who had been awarded the building of noteworthy structures in a city in America’s eastern seaboard asked. “The last time I went home,” he said, “a couple of dumb-asses I used to know have erected tall buildings all over the places. During our secondary school days, these roughnecks were known for their brutishness, and I was known for being smart. I learned that one of them served as a local council chairman’s bodyguard, the other served as the same guy’s campaign manager. From there, they moved on to ‘more fertile grounds.’ Now they are both stinking rich. What has book-smartness and uprightness gotten me?”
     So it would seem that Nigerians both at home and in the Diaspora are of the same mind concerning the looting of Nigeria’s public treasury? Fine! But what about the minority of us who just want to live a quiet life devoid of molestation? What about those of us who would like to move back to Nigeria? These minority of individuals do not wish to go back to seek for appointments in government. They do not wish to go back to look for jobs of any kind. “Heck,” said another acquaintance of mine, “such undertaking would be akin to snatching food from a year old child on the ludicrous claim that one is hungrier than the child.” What this acquaintance meant to say was that there is no job to be had in Nigeria; that if there is a few to be found, such few should be left for those who live there.
     The minority of Nigerians I speak of who want to move back home to Nigeria are going back to start businesses of their own. They want to start businesses that would provide jobs for the teaming jobless youths. But alas, they can’t go back home because they are afraid of being kidnapped for ransom, for being killed by stoned-to-eyeballs armed robbers, or for being killed by relatives who would not want to part with properties they had stolen from these returnees.
     But not everyone who wants to head back home to Nigeria to start a business has a bulging bank account to build the popular six-apartment two-storey buildings. What the ones without fat bank accounts lack in the amount of money they have accumulated, some of them have abundance of in head knowledge required to start and run profitable business ventures. Take my neighbor (not really my neighbor; we live in the same neighborhood block but we call each other “neighbor”) for instance. He has worked in a cellphone-making company for seventeen years. The company trusts and holds him in such high esteem that when he told them that he was thinking of moving back to Nigeria, they floated ideas of either opening up a manufacturing branch in Nigeria for him to oversee or encouraged him to seek to set up a franchise with them if he didn’t like the first option. His would the first franchise this cellphone-making company would grant if my neighbor decides to bite. The idea here is that if you don’t have loads of cash to build six-apartment two-storey buildings, and you have influence and knowledge, you can take foreign companies with you back to Nigeria.
     This writer was part of a delegation of a group that calls itself “Professionals in the Diaspora for Progress in Nigeria” (PDP-N) that went to Abuja about three years ago to consult with the President. Our simple request was that Nigerians in the Diaspora need only a few things from the government in Nigeria in order to commence the repatriation of the amount of wealth and technology that would kick-start a belated industrial revolution in Nigeria. Maybe that was stretching it a little. Be that as it may, we told the President that we need good road and rail network systems in place, that we need a steady supply of power, and that we need a secure environment for business to thrive. We assured the President that the Diasporans needed nothing else. And that if he could fulfill his end of the bargain, that we would try our damnedest best to see that we pull enough Nigerians of means and foreign companies back to Nigeria, so that in about fifteen years, every Nigerian who wants to work will be gainfully employed.
     What we hadn’t told the President (which was implicit in everything we said), was that if he could get the hoodlums parading the corridors of power in Nigeria to hold their horses so long that he would provide Nigerians with these three essentials, that they could go back to looting the treasury any time they wanted. Look at it this way, with these three essentials in place, Nigerians would be busy singing the President’s praise to notice any more looting of the treasury.
     During that trip, we intimated to the President what it looks like (as if he didn’t know that) from outside Nigeria looking in when ex-leaders of Nigeria who presided over the systematic looting of the country’s treasury, afterwards build magnificent mansions on hilltops, and these are in addition to billions of dollars in accounts all over the world, when their counterparts in Europe and America return to their towns and cities poorer than they were before they served as leaders in government. We reminded the President that we believed that the profligacy and “above the law” attitude of those who serve in government in Nigeria is responsible for the moral breakdown of the Nigerian society.
     We also told him not to be lulled into false comfort because we believed that it was the memory of Nigeria’s fratricidal civil war that has most Nigerians cowed (they don’t want the return of that horrible time); this fear of another civil war, we told him, is being augmented by the avaricious hope of the average Nigerian that he may get his own chance to loot the treasury next. These twin facts, we told him, are keeping the streets from exploding.
     This brings me to this question that even non-Nigerians had posed to me: what in the world are Nigerians (especially the ones living in Nigeria) waiting for before they take their country back? They think there will be a time when the looters will say they’ve had their fill of the oil money. Perhaps our brothers and sisters inside Nigeria think these looters will one day get religion and decide that they are sinning? Wasn’t it our own Wole Soyinka who said in his book, The Man Died: “The man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny.” So is it really true that Nigeria is dead? If she is, do those inside Nigeria know this fact? Maybe not! The reason I think they may not know this fact is because I was in a meeting not long ago in which an elderly gentleman (a retired professor from one of Nigeria’s universities) who was on a visit from Nigeria spoke to this meeting. This elderly professor really believed that Nigeria is on her way back. “This man, Jonathan, is performing,” was this elderly gentleman’s constant refrain. He was not the only one that holds such view about Nigeria at the moment.
     But what if the elderly professor is right? I hope that the President is “performing.” But who is going to tell his lieutenants, like Ms. Stella Oduah that the President is trying to perform? Who is going to tell the marauding armed robbers and the army of kidnappers who are well ensconced in their lucrative “enterprises” to give everyone a break? Who is going to tell those back home in Nigeria to lay off the properties of their kin in the Diaspora? Until every Nigerian, at home or abroad, decides that enough is enough, I predict that nothing will change. Sadly rather, I predict that things are going to get worse. May God help us all!    
Chidera Ukozor Nwogbo ( ), a theologian and a legal practitioner reports from Massachusetts.
*Photo Caption - Disgraced and Jailed Ex-Delta State Governor, James Ibori

[ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety reports ] – (Public Information, Onitsha Nigeria, 19th of November, 2013)- Though, we
have resolved to speak categorically and extensively on the referenced
after the conclusion of the fixed supplementary poll in respect of Anambra
Governorship Poll, but this statement is to flash the minds of reasonable
and conscionable Nigerians on “how the hunters have turned against
themselves and begun to reap from what they sowed”. The Lagos hunters
have resorted to coordinated media warfare against the People and
Government of Anambra State over their last Saturday’s sacred decision in
choosing their next governor come March 17, 2014; though it is said to be
“inconclusive” for now. The attacks are coordinated by the APC, peopled
by its southwest political dominators.
We have spoken severally that the respect and integrity attached to
hitherto ennobled Nigerian media died after the anti-military struggle in
1999. What is left of the media, particularly the print and audio/visual
of the Southwest extraction, is nothing but an “ethnic jingoist mouth
piece”. If Anambra Governorship poll outcome had gone in their favour, no
matter how dirty, it would have been a celebration galore for them.
Before the poll proper, we advised the APC to learn from its horrible
mistakes in the Ondo governorship poll of 2012. There is a limit to media
propaganda and falsehood. Credible polls are no longer won on the basis
of media falsehoods and false alarms. Our advice at all times to those in
the corridors of electoral power is to concentrate less on “governance by
media or falsehood or propaganda” and pay most attention on
socio-economic governance because the best formula to win popular votes
lies therein. One of the reasons that make Dr. Ngige to lose election is
“rented crowd”, which makes it difficult for him to know his real
supporters and followers. Though his camp seemed to acknowledge this
warranting it to send the following sms to its suppoters: “it is not
enough to say Onwa is popular, make him truly popular by voting him as
your next governor”. Anambra is not made up of two LGAs, but 21.
The unfolding events from the Anambra Governorship Poll are not far from
the Obiano’s alleged voter double registration propaganda and falsehood,
quashed by a high court recently. In law, when facts grounded in law,
speak; others are nailed in the confine. In law court, “orbiter dictum or
dicta” (non court verdict binding remarks), no matter how lengthy or
quantitative, cannot invalidate or take precedent over “ratio
decidendi”(reason for deciding or binding court verdict speech). That Dr.
Alex Ekwueme’s or Chief Gani’s voter data were found doubly in Oshun and
Anambra State in 2007 cannot earn them “malicious double registrants”,
until circumstances are properly scrutinized to find out if they actually
registered doubly or whether it has to do with administrative incompetence
on the part of INEC.
Lapses that cannot affect the poll conduct and its outcome both
administratively and judicially are: low voter turnout, missing names in
the voters’ register, late arrival of voting materials provided voting
eventually takes place and is conclusive, pockets of hitches not amounting
to violence and massive irregularities, and cancellation of results in few
polling centers. These lapses are morally and administratively
condemnable, but not legally answerable, especially as per the entire poll
results’ cancelation. Court decisions cannot be predicated upon them,
though they may tongue-lashed under the Judge’s “orbiter dictum”. In
summation, they do not amount to “substantial non-compliance” with the
provisions of Electoral Act of 2010.
On the other hand, lapses that can affect the poll conduct and its outcome
are: substantial violence on poll day leading to deaths and property
destruction, production of poll results from the areas where poll do not
take place, massive irregularities including snatching and stuffing of
ballot boxes, thumb-printing or writing of results in areas other than
designated polling centers, declaration of poll results not obtained from
polling centers, deliberate omission of contesting candidates’ names and
photos etc. This is what is termed “substantial non compliance” with the
Electoral Act of 2010.
In the Anambra Governorship Poll, complaints were that “materials came
late in some polling centers”, “Obosi Ward 7 with 65 polling centers did
not vote or refused to vote because voting materials came very late”,
“some voters including the PDP candidate could vote because their names
were missing from the voters’ register”, “monies were shared by
politicians to induce voters”, “ the Idemmili North EO compromised the
process by delaying the deployment of voting materials to the area on
time”, “ polling centers where there were disturbances including beating
of INEC staffs and results manipulations, have their results cancelled,”
with a total voting population of 113, 113.
Of all these, no major violence and massive irregularities were reported.
The INEC has apologized over its lapses and announced the arrest of the
“compromised staff” in the Idemmili North. The poll has been conducted in
the 65 polling centers in the Obosi Ward 7 where it did not take place on
poll day. All the areas with compromised vote results have been scheduled
for a supplementary poll.
As for the missing names in the voters’ register, though condemnable, but
poll results, in the eyes of the law, cannot be cancelled on the basis of
that. Its blame is a three-way thing; INEC, political parties and the
registered voters. On the political parties’ part, they dashed the
opportunity given to them by INEC since 16th of October, 2013 to verify
same and report back as per missing names and other lapses. Instead, the
likes of APC turned its own into “house to house hunting and procurement
of prospective voters”.
On the part of registered voters, many stayed away during the officially
conducted voters’ revalidation exercise two months ago; the likes of Mr.
Tony Nwoye possibly inclusive. Others who registered outside their homes
during the main registration exercise saw it as laborious going there to
vote on poll day or getting theirs transferred to the polling centers
located close to their residences.
On the part of INEC, its inability to provide enough registration
machines and personnel forced people during the exercise to go to places
with ease to get registered. The same administrative incompetence played
out during the revalidation exercise, whereby machines and personnel
provided were very few, which made the Commission to restrict it at ward
Can INEC cancel already announced poll results? The straight answer is no!
Once results are declared and announced at polling units, wards, LGAs and
State’s levels, they cannot be reversed or cancelled by the Commission,
except by the court after competent judicial review. Calls for annulment
of the Anambra Governorship Poll results, already announced by INEC, is
practically impossible under the present democracy and its body of laws,
except under a military government; akin to the June 12 Presidential Poll
results annulled by the Babangida’s military’s inglorious epoch.
The stark truth is that “the hunters have turned against themselves”. The
Evil that Men Do has returned to its doer. Those who stormed Anambra State
with all known poll rigging machineries including media weapons, poll room
analysts, “Amala bowelled” rights activists, “dependent” poll observers,
poll riggers who masqueraded as “poll observers” and camped in various
hotels in Owerri and Anambra; were shocked, alarmed and dumbfounded over
another possible poll humiliation after that of Ondo 2012. Their camp
leaders bought tens of thousands of voters in across residences in the
State, hoping to use them to take over the Igbo Land, yet they rejected
the evil offer and voted conscientiously.
Today, they have relocated to the media houses and offices of the
so-called “rights groups”, headquartered in Lagos, seducing and inducing
them to turn their arsenal against the innocent Anambra residents. They
may have their media and other warehouses of falsehood, but the Anambra
People have their God, gods and goddesses with hereditary staff of
justice, truth and equity. We were further shocked and alarmed when some
Igbo-Lagosians put calls across to us on Saturday evening, telling us that
it was “owambe” party all over the place in some streets of Lagos among
their Yoruba brothers and sisters, saying “they have taken over the Igbo
Land” and “Jonathan and Ojukwu are finally dead and buried”.
We remain eternally grateful to courageous Anambra Voters and appeal to
them to ignore the ongoing media war against their sacred electoral
decision. They should see most of the headlines dominating the Nigeria
media as they concern Anambra’s Governorship poll as propagandist and
ethically engineered. They should search for, read and digest objective
news items usually found in the inside pages and ignore the misleading,
concocted and falsified ones usually put on the front pages. Anambra is,
indeed, a pace setter in popular poll science and no amount of
sectionalized and sensationalized media reports can blacken or darken this
globally enviable feat.
Igbo god and goddesses are not asleep!!!
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman of the Board
International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law
08033601078, 08180103912
Comrade Justus Ijeoma, Head, Publicity Desk
*Photo Caption - As seen.