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-Masterweb Reports (Submission By Amiru Adamu)
 
Though there are other militant groups operating in the Niger delta, the movement for the emancipation of the niger delta (MEND) is considered as the umbrella organization of all the youths of the niger delta, fighting for their rights. The perceived objectives of the group have two sides. While the government and other foreign beneficiaries see MEND as a terrorist group trying to sabotage their effort to explore oil, the youths and most people of Nigeria on the other hand see them as a group of oppressed Nigerian youths trying to expose the unfair exploitation of the masses in the Niger delta by the Nigerian government, in partnership with some foreign corporations.
 
Though these 2 points of view can be challenged by  Sympathizers depending on the side they  Sympathize with, the facts from any neutral point of view will show that the people of the Niger delta have suffered an unprecedented degradation of their environment due to unchecked pollution produced by the oil industry. The people of the area have no ability to engage in fishing and farming,the two major occupations  in the region because of oil exploration. They also have nothing to show for it, because oil revenues are rarely seen by the people.
 
No right thinking individual will expect the youths of the area to fold their arms and watch themselves and other kinsman and women being polluted and starved out of existence by the Nigerian government and other multinationals. I have been coming across commentaries made by people mostly government  Sympathizers, who are out of touch with reality. They always condemn MEND blindly without pausing to think of the situation that forced those industrious youths of the delta into militancy.
 
Though I am not in support of violence in any form, I am also not is support of oppression and daylight robbery. The people of the Niger delta are really in need of people who will look at their situation from a human perspective. I believe the late president Umaru Musa Yar'adua granted amnesty to the youths of the Niger delta because he considered their situation from a humanitarian point of view.
The re-integration programme that followed the amnesty has so far been fairly implemented,but the government needs to speed up the implementation before the youths of the delta region get tired of the slow pace.
 
What amuses me most in the whole oil money saga, is the misinformation being encouraged by the elites who enjoy most of the revenue generated from oil exploration. An average person from the Niger delta is encouraged to believe that a large chunk of the oil revenue goes to the Northerners, while the Northerners are encouraged to believe that most of the oil revenue goes to the people of the Niger delta.
 
I will like to use this medium to denounce both claims, because the average Northerner is as poor as an average Nigerian from the Niger delta if not worse. The fact is, the oil revenue goes into the pockets of the political class, irrespective of the region they come from. They are conspiring and conniving in unison to loot and starve Nigerians.
 
The Niger delta as an oil producing region really deserves a lot more. They deserve to get more from the oil revenue being generated, considering the pains they go through due to oil exploration. By saying the Niger delta, I mean the people not some elites or political jobbers who collect and divert funds meant for the industrious and courageous people of the Niger delta.
 
MEND, on its own part should make sure it controls its members and avoid attacking innocent civilians who have no hand in oppressing and depriving them. They should continue to struggle till they achieve what they have sacrificed so much to achieve. At least we know what they are fighting for.
 
Amiru Adamu is an activist writer and publisher of Northern Wind Magazine.
 

-Masterweb Reports (Submission By Joseph Aku)
 
Governor Peter Obi of Anambra state recently handed over some elementary and secondary schools to their original owners: principally the Catholic and Anglican missions. The citizens and well-wishers of Anambra State cannot thank the governor enough for this. It is just like delivering Anambrarians from a demonic bondage to which we had been subjected to since the post war forceful take-over of the schools by the military regimes on the premise that religion breeds religious politics and would create unfavourable structural divisions in the country.
 
It must be noted that the ban of religious doctrines in schools affected morality. The consequences are debasement of morals and disciplines in Christian schools. Thus, favorable environment was created by politicians and businessmen in their quest for wealth, and their insensible display of this ill-gotten wealth. Hence, all sorts of crimes, ranging from fraud or 419 to armed robbery, kidnapping, prostitution, unbridled marital infidelities, proliferation of abortions, lack of respect for elders and for authorities, lack of reverence even for the clergy, ritual killings, political assassinations and even apathy to academic activities thrived.
 
All erupted like a volcanic explosion. Girls sell themselves to teachers and lecturers to pass their examinations, and boy's monetize their ways out, or terrorize their way through with cult formations. These are Christians from all the denominations, with no exception whatsoever. The dividends are low quality basic education and therefore low quality higher education for which many oversea institutions, to which we very much depend for scientific and technological advancement, now reject our certificates. There is therefore no sacrifice too great to make to reverse this abysmal state of affairs. Thus, Gov. Obi should be given undiluted kudos for handing over schools to missions.
 
However, one appreciates the apprehensions of some trade unionists in unfortunately opposing this well-meant development. Mission schools had never been good paymasters. Their guiding principal is principally profit. The fees are often astronomically high. We therefore would not expect that the mission schools should not make their own profit, but it should not be such as to disenfranchise children from Christian education, thus driving them back to private institutions where religion cannot safely be taught without facing antagonism from one denomination or the other. Thank God the state government is committed to checking such excesses by missions. Thank God also that government has accepted to pay the teachers in such mission schools.
 
One also would not like to see a situation where mothers teaching in these schools are not recognized as having dual divine responsibilities, one to the schools and the other to their homes.
 
The trade unionists should quietly and purposely discuss these issues with the government and the missions, rather than throwing up threats of strike as the first line of action. No doubt, much can be achieved through dialogue. Embarking on strike on this issue is a disservice to the educational, moral, and disciplinary wellbeing of our children as the leaders of tomorrow. Unions should please not rob us of this gem. It is not acceptable, and the missions must also think twice about the welfare of their employees to conform to modern norms and practices.
 
Joseph Aku, Ekwulobia, Anambra State
 

-Masterweb Reports (Submission By Makanjuola Olaleye Ademola)
 
It is a known fact that the arrival of Europeans in Nigeria, just like in other West African countries, was as a result of the desire to establish and expand trade. The slave trade, which originally dominated foreign interest in Nigeria, automatically dimmed with the discovery of palm oil and palm kernel, which later became more lucrative and attractive avenues of wealth for British investors.
 
According to historians, “the people of Old Calabar have exported seven to eight hundred tons of palm oil beside bar wood annually” as far back as 1789. As a result of the nature of the newly found trade and business, palm oil and palm kernels developed steadily and speedily to replace trade in long period of time until 1894 when British government, through the foreign office, posted a consul to the area to help in the protection of the interests of British merchants. The consul and others were then instructed to act only as traders and not colonist. Nigeria was now colonized by the British.
 
Nigeria gained her independence from the whites after colonization and exploitation of her natural resources in 1960, and became a federation in 1963.  We all thought the pace was set, but some tasking questions are now left for us to answer.
 
First and foremost, oil exploitation started in 1956 at Obiri in Niger Delta; oil exportation started in 1958. The Niger Delta area is a place where most oils in Nigeria are being generated, yet the people still live in abject poverty with no education and employment opportunity to boast of. What’s the way Nigeria? Isaac Boro fought for the right of the Niger Delta in the 1960’s, after which he was arrested; he also fought in the civil war where he later died. Ken Saro-Wiwa who was an environmental activists, also created the movement for survival of the Ogoni people (MOSOP), he was equally hanged in November 10th 1995. What’s the way Nigeria? Military started in the late 90’s and Amnesty was introduced in 2009. The people in Niger Delta live on water, but there is no water for them to drink or fish because most of their vegetation has been destroyed by oil due to the oil spillage. Niger Delta is a high oil drilling area yet, they are not close to development.
 
In a related development, fuel subsidy came to play. From 2007 to 2010, the average budget spent on subsidy was 240 billion naira but in 2011, it increased to over 1.3 trillion naira. The government says the fuel subsidy removal would be used to execute a programme called “Subsidy Reinstatement Programme” (SUREP). Fuel subsidy has now become the tradition of past Nigerian heads of states. Many people however argued that there was never a subsidy, rather there is an over bloated government with wasteful spending. The money realized from the fuel subsidy is not being used for its primary purpose. Nigerian’s still find problem to acquire petrol even as we have abundance of oil in the country. Transportation fare is not being regulated as owners of public transport choose any price which suites them and the masses are left with no choice but to comply.
 
As if this was not enough, Boko-Haram now poses a threat in most parts of Nigeria especially in the North. Boko-Haram started by saying “Western education is evil”, there by threatening various Nigerian universities and blowing up different places in the North and other parts of Nigeria leaving scores of people dead. Surprisingly, churches and mosques are being blown up without prior knowledge of what this Islamic sect wants. The problem in the North is that there is low revenue allocated to them for development. Nigeria is a land of abundance of milk and honey, yet there is none to eat bread. The big question now is: which way Nigeria?
 
Makanjuola Olaleye Ademola (University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba.)
 

-Masterweb Reports (Submission By Obinna Akukwe)
 
There has been clamor from various concerned and patriotic sources that the few privileged Nigerians who cornered over I trillion naira($7billion dollars) belonging to the Nigerian people  in the name of subsidy be brought to book. There is equally hope that the ongoing probe of fraud in the pensions industry, financial securities industry and other malicious avenues of siphoning state resources be brought to book. I am part of those hoping that a transformational miracle will occur that will bring them to book. This is illogical optimism, based, not on precedence, but on wishful thinking. There are many reasons President Goodluck Jonathan cannot prosecute subsidy and other thieves.
 
The first reason is situated in the personality of the man Goodluck Jonathan. President Goodluck does not do anything unless he is pushed to do so. He was literarily convinced to assume the post of Acting Governor when Alamaeseigha was having problems with the Metropolitan Police. During the Yaradua Presidency illness saga, he was pushed to assume the constitutional position of Acting President. President Goodluck initially set out to reform the PDP, using the then national chairman, Okwesilieze Nwodo, but when the state governor under PDP kicked against it , he jettisoned the idea . Even in the case of the fleeing  former Governor Sylva of Bayelsa State, the people behind the political suffocation of Sylva led by King Turner , had to tail President Goodluck until he finished the Sylva demolition project. The push for the subsidy, pension, securities commission and other thieves to be prosecuted is still weak and cannot yet move this Goodluck. This is situated in the fact that from the time of Farida Waziri the graft commission have been a front office department of the presidency and can only prosecute when the presidency gives clearance. This clearance is likely not to come from this Goodluck.
 
The second reason the subsidy thieves cannot be prosecuted is that part of the proceeds from these thievery went into prosecuting the 2011 presidential elections. Oil magnets, political associates, contractors and others where used to bring out huge sums for the project and when the presidential project was done with, they refused to surrender the pot from where they were drinking the oil. Therefore to ask President Goodluck to prosecute those who mobilized state resources to help him during elections and deliver him from what would have been a Buhari- Tinubu alliance or an unpredictable runoff election is a wishful thinking.
 
The third reason is that if these oil thieves goes down they will drag the ruling party with them because they will expose the beneficiaries of all the fraud in the system, therefore the Nigerian government will do everything to frustrate the prosecution.
 
During the regime of Yaradua , and as immaterialist as the late president, he found it difficult to surrender the former Governor of Delta State to the graft commission for prosecution. This is because the former governor sponsored a substantial part of the late president’s election. When the Metriopolitan police decided to try Ibori for money laundering in 1998, the late president sent the Attorney General of  the whole Nigeria, giant of Africa to ask the London police to hands off the matter. The attorney General wrote the Metropolitan Police that Nigerian money is not missing n that Ibori has no case to answer.
 
During the era of General Abdulsalami Abubakar and after the death of MKO Abiola , Babangida preferred Olusegun Obasanjo to Olu Falae as president despite the fact that Olu Falae served him both as Secretary to the Federal Government and later as Minister of Finance. This is because Babangida believes that an Obasanjo presidency would likely shield him from prosecution as a reward for helping him ascend the Nigerian throne ,while Falae, already the choice of the progressives, would likely be adamant. Obasanjo rewarded the Babangida assistance by ensuring that the Dr Pius Okigbo report on the mismanagement of the gulf oil windfall was not implemented, and when the heat became too much , they connived to remove the document from every public record.
 
During the 2003 presidential election especially after the parliamentary elections, there was a rapport between Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu and Muhammadu Buhari that in the event of a runoff election, APGA and ANPP will form an alliance. Ojukwu demanded an end to the incessant killings of Igbos,and infrastructural development of the South East  as conditions for supporting Buhari. Obasanjo got wind of the alliance and turned the rest of the election into a shameful allocation of votes to ensure the runoff never was. In 2007 the northern elites demanded immunity from prosecution before they can support Buhari as president. In 2011 the northern mediators wanted immunity from prosecution and the ACN wanted the Vice Presidential slot which was suspected they wanted to hand over to Tinubu. While Buhari accepted the then conditions of Odumegwu Ojukwu without hesitation, he rejected that of the northern elders and the ACN so that he will have the freedom to act according to his conscience. A lot of people called him rigid, uncompromising and a bad business man. Now we have a dynamic, flexible, smiling and good business savvy President and we are complaining about the results of compromise.
 
Olusegun Obasanjo refused to surrender Ibrahim Babangida for prosecution. Yaradua refused to surrender Ibori for prosecution, on which basis are Nigerians hoping that President Goodluck will be different.  It is simply expecting too much from him where his godfathers dared not.
 
The best we can get from these probes is information, and this information will be handy in the days of revolution, or social unrest or even war. The information and the shock of the disclosures of fraud is being stored in the subconscious of Nigerians and will be handy at the appropriate time. The other gain is that the recent probes have made the next set of looters to be a bit careful. That bit of carefulness on their part can translate to lots of billions of dollars in saved funds hitherto opened for embezzlement. Those making noise that President Goodluck should prosecute the thieves would be disappointed at the crash of their optimism.
 

-Masterweb Reports (Submission By Ifeanyi Afuba)
 
I read with disappointment the offensive reaction of an unknown Igbo group to the Zik Prize for Leadership recently conferred on Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi as published in National Compass of Wednesday, March 21, 2012. The statement-story, ‘Obi unworthy of Zik award’ ascribed to a half anonymous Prince Orjiako, abused the Governor underthe pretext of commenting on the said award.
 
Why didn’t the author of the press statement provide his full names forpossible identification of his person? Orjiako is a common name in Igboland; Prince is not a name but a casual title. No other information is provided for authenticating the identity of this pseudo analyst who spares no punches in trying to knock down the award.
 
For the avoidance of doubt, let us consider what was presented as the basis of Obi’s supposed unsuitability for the Zik Prize. ‘Ordinarily, nobody would have bothered about Peter Obi and his dead-on-arrival 2015 vice presidential ambition, which is now pushing him into doing all sorts of things, including the abomination of acquiring a Zik award, but it is important to buttress that Peter Obi is not worthy of a Zik award. Obi has never hidden his hatred, lack of respect and opposition to Zik, even in his grave….Obi has never spoken up or led any action to ensure the completion of the abandoned Zik’s mausoleum.’
 
It is easy enough to see that the above is irrelevant to the considerations for the award of the prize. The above criticism is trite and petty. Itindicates the frustrations of someone suffering sleeplessness over another’s successes. But the problem goes beyond narrow-mindedness. The criticism is founded on falsehood and distortions.
 
Governor Peter Obi has never spoken of a vice presidential ambition or indeed about any other political ambition after his governorship assignment. He is presently busy meeting the challenges of good governance in Anambra State. He has not said or done anything to suggesta future political interest. Some of his friends and associates even say that Obi would return to the private sector when he completes his tenure in 2014. The far-fetched reference to a vice presidential ambition is obviously an attempt to embarrass the Governor. This scheme is betrayed by the spiteful accusation and choice of language in the statement ‘which is now pushing him into doing all sorts of things, including the abomination of acquiring the Zik Prize.’   
 
Obi has received honours and awards from reputable organizations since 2007. Was he nursing a senatorial or presidential ambition then? Peter Obi, I dare say, has rejected honours more than any other Governor in Nigeria today. As the saying goes, there are awards and there are awards.The Anambra first citizen would prefer that all recognitions for him be deferred to the end of his tenure to avoid distractions from the task at hand and the imputation of motives into the honours. But his leadership accomplishments follow him wherever he goes and there is no hiding place for him. Rejecting every award might portray him as proud and aloof so in the case of more credible bodies, he is compelled to make exceptions to the rule.
 
The contention that ‘Peter Obi is not worthy of a Zik award’ underscores the huge ignorance about the concept of the award or the mischief behind the opposition. Did the shadowy critic of the conferment care to read the citation upon which the merits of the award were eloquently highlighted?In any case, the purport of the Zik Prize in Leadership ought to be self explanatory. It seeks to elevate the quality of leadership in Africa by recognizing those who have demonstrated vision, service and integrity in leadership.  The award represents an effort to encourage statesmanship in and out of public office. That is why the award went to outstanding leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Julius Nyerere, Salim Ahmed Salim, Sam Nujoma and Jerry Rawlings in the past. They were not honoured for declaring that they loved the late Nnamdi Azikiwe or for going to sweep his compound at Onitsha every morning.
 
Obi’s exploits in Anambra, and at regional and national levels are too well known to be recounted here. But suffice it to say that this is a man who brought Anambra back from the brink of a failed state to one of the most peaceful, stable and fastest developing states in Nigeria today. For the past five years he has headed the South-East Governors’ Forum to the satisfaction of his brother-governors. In clear expression of wider confidence in his abilities, Obi had gone on to become vice chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum and economic adviser to the President.
 
In the face of Obi’s qualification for the Prize, the proponents of the report then resorted to the lie that he ‘has never hidden his hatred, lack of respect and opposition to Zik, even in his grave.’ Why are we not given instances of this? The intensifier, even in his grave, implies that this ill feeling for Zik started before his death. Yet, Obi came into politics only in 2002 by which time the great Zik had long departed. Was it then as a student that Obi was engaged in this cold war with Zik? Governor Obi as someone who understands the essence of leadership has never failed to pay compliment to Zik as one of Nigeria’s founding fathers. Whenever he sees need to illustrate Anambra’s gift of human resources, the Governor would mention Zik first. And to be sure, Zik was honoured at the celebration of the state’s 20th anniversary in August 2011.
 
It is also not true that Governor Obi has been unconcerned about the completion of Zik’s mausoleum. This is a federal government project but through memos and physical representations the Governor has severally pleaded for reactivation of the project. It is on record that it was through the Governor’s persistent engagement with the federal authorities thatcontract was recently awarded for the rehabilitation of Boromeo – Bridgehead road that passes in front of Zik’s residence.
 
Afuba wrote this piece from Nimo.

-Masterweb Reports (Submission By Onyekaba N. Charles)
 
To say that the youths are the greatest asset to any nation will only go a long way to stating the obvious: without the youths, the future hope of any nation is bleak. The vital roles, youths play as torch carriers and banners of both economical and political continuity can never be over-emphasized.
 
Unfortunately, most youths are no longer friends of the bright tomorrow. The pendulum is yet to find an equilibrium position in their lives. Disillusionment, helplessness and the likes have eaten deep into the fabric of many while strike actions, cultism and corruption have wrecked the ship of education, where the type of education given to our children have turned them into an abyss of nothingness and spiritual bankruptcy.
 
It’s little wonder expectations were high in 1973, when the Gowon led administration initiated the National Youths service corps (NYSC).some of the expectations of the program as at then were;

  • Creating a true sense of patriotism among Nigerian youths
  • Affording these youths the basic or foundational experience of what to expect in the labor market or work sector by ensuring that they are posted to organizations and firms related to their disciplines.
  • Ensuring a broad- based understanding of Nigeria as a country and to engender unity.
  • Creating a sort of finishing school for graduates to be disciplined, have an understanding and appreciation of the various cultures in the country and have the mentality to face the pressures of life outside school.

Today, it is no longer a secret that the NYSC has since lost its sense of purpose and value in near all ramifications. The program has not only  being an extension of the inequality, injustice, unfairness, and the likes that has characterized the Nigerian society since time immemorial but has also paved way for other abnormalities such as

  • Corruption and influencing of the posting process
  • Extortions and bribery from students prior to posting
  • Creation of an illicit quid-pro quo sex trade environment among the officials and female corp. members.
  • Frustration and negative influence on the norms and values of honorable corp. members who had truly wanted to serve the nation.
  • Avoidable occasions of death and other misfortunes mostly arising from the need for corp. members to visit their families.
  • Undue expenses usually encountered by sponsors, friends and relatives who most times have had to borrow in order to meet with the service requirements.

I can go on and on. The demerits 0r rather dangers of this program are becoming countless by the day. Only recently, I read two separate articles by Mr. E. O Okwor, (a senior lecturer with one of the Nigerian universities) who lost a child last year to this program and Dr. Sylvester Fadal (a renowned united states based journalist) calling for the abolishment of NYSC. The question is “can anyone boldly come out and talk about the gains of the present day NYSC? NYSC as a scheme has now become an avenue for government officials to mismanage and steal public funds. If you are having a doubt about this, you can take a look at the proposed allocation for NYSC in the 2010 budget. After seeing the figures, the question that comes to mind is “how is the money being spent? Is it on the under-sized and over-sized low quality uniforms or on the poor food given to corp. members in camp, perhaps it is on supposed monthly allowance of nine thousand, seven hundred and fifty naira being paid to corp. members. Let’s not deceive ourselves. It is obvious that there are some beneficiaries of this scheme with unlimited channels of getting money ranging from the supply of under quality uniforms and other NYSC paraphernalia to a completely unnecessary online registration.
 
Having noted all these problems, would I advocate for the scrapping of service? Personally - No! Do I expect the government to improve the NYSC?  Definitely- Yes!, I would never be happy putting on my television set every night, to see and listen to the minister of information preaching about re-branding of the nation, when the supposed finishing school or scheme initiated to prepare our youths for the life after school seems to be one of the worst hits by corruption, unfairness and injustice in this country .However, while we pray that our cries for a new NYSC is listened to,  youths of the country, “privileged” to serve, should seize the opportunity – not to allow their ideas for the country to be stolen or squashed by the hapless present- day custodians but to keep their hopes, dreams, and ambitions alive. The foundational importance of the service; of such an invaluable nation-building institution should not be allowed to be tarnished and brought into disrepute like the many institutions in the country - rather its ideals should be upheld by the youth as the only viable institution that encompasses their ideals, and a vehicle for reclaiming their lost vision of our great country, Nigeria!.
 
ONYEKABA N. CHARLES is a writer and a poet whose first publication “swinging emotion” will be released on 10th march 2012. He wrote this article as a young corp. member serving in 2009. [onyekabaeme@yahoo.com]

Masterweb Reports (Submission By Ikechukwu Enyiagu)
 
Foundation matters in all – everything comes with its foundation. In architecture, and indeed, in every other sphere of life, growth and living, foundation takes center stage. If you have got to go higher, then you have got to dig lower; and if you must stand taller, then your roots must, of all principles, be deeper than the evident other. Today, even as science has advance beyond initial imagination, men still stand amazed at the foundations that the sculptor of life has laid for His universe. There’s absolutely no searching of the height or the dept of His wisdom; He is, in Himself, The Foundation of all who stand in The Truth. In all of these, He never played with foundations. No wonder His Spirit asks: “if the foundation be destroyed, what can the righteous do?’ Governments, countries, institutions – even families – all these know the value of foundations. However, foundations differ from each other, and everything which must stand the test of time must have its foundation built in the vision of its limitations. A man who says he was wrong about the foundation is a man who never planned to establish because, when one thinks of building, he remembers: “Building on what?” This is how many countries came to stand, and many others came to break apart since the law of life stands sure that “Every tree which my father has not planted must be uprooted.” Those who lead the abomination called Nigeria know this, and this is why corruption has become the first legalized credential for any official post in Nigeria. America knows this, Britain knows this, and nations that are standing and strong today also know this. Israel knows this too; that tells why there has remained a resolve to keep fixed. Britain knew this when they forced many repelling, ever-diverging and distinctly unique peoples together under an abomination of an amalgam with a name from hell called Nigeria.
 
Today, it’s important that the British government, and indeed the whole world, know that the root of Nigeria’s shame and pain from time to date is clearly and unmistakably found in the government of the United Kingdom; therefore, the burdens that we have borne for nearly a century under this Nigeria is now, by every law (whether you believe in God’s justice, karma, repercussion, retributive returns, nature, etc), returning to its mother – Britain and her. Britain stands as the mother of the curse of Nigeria on those imposed with a name as demonic as “Nigerians.” Why I have chosen to write this is not because I have not alluded to this truth before, nor is it because I have not been frontal and direct with it: the purpose is a response to Britain and their incessant and care-less deportation of those she has compelled, not from God but from the flesh, to imposingly dwell together under “One-Nigeria” for the sole benefit of the West and the “assured,” if creation wills it, the annihilation of the black race. This is what the government of Her Majesty has done in virtually all African countries and beyond. However, the masterpiece of Britain’s treacherous and punishable evil found its museum of all negative things at the bedrock of Nigeria’s so-called oneness. 
 
The voice of true power shall not cease to speak against Britain’s evil in “Nigeria” until absolute justice takes its course. Not once have we heard of how the British government destroys our youths: they took away our rights and compelled us to become modern and computerized slaves for the West. When the burden and pains of this enslavement by those who came with the gospel in one hand and the chains of hell in the other became too unbearable that we couldn’t even craw under it, we made our decision to withdraw our necks and find rest, and we thought that the message which they brought had taken root in them. But nay! They are from the branches of the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the tax collectors: as “the teachers of the law and the bringers of salvation,” they heaped on the “Southern Nigerians,” especially the Igbo, the contradictions of the message their missionaries brought. They laid unbearable loads on us – telling us what God expects and whet they demand. In all these, they would not lift a finger to help if they have not extracted the last drop of blood and every string of will. And as tax collectors, they turned our land into their harvest field and would put any price on anything and compel you to pay. May God never forget their evil against my people! Amen! The government of Britain actively laid the foundation of their Nigeria (a name given by a mistress under the spirit of debauchery) in masterminded chaos, injustice, deprivation, marginalization, bloodletting and everything downwards. This was their intention: to keep the seed of growth and excellence in Africa unplanted – making sure that the world understands that even though they brought the gospel of Jesus Christ, they actually and committedly live by the lies of Satan. How evil! How hellish can a land and a people claiming excellence be!
 
The hellish foundation which Brittan and its allies compelled the true heart of Africa to live in and called it Nigeria has wriggled through in its pool of blood into maturity – to the full stature of all unimaginable levels of abominations. While their puppets in Nigeria’s governance make steady barbecue of those still compelled as Nigerians, Britain and its allies milk the land dry by helping them to launder the country’s wealth into their various banks and financial structures. Over the years, what these limitless evils have achieved have included mass migration of those called Nigerians to every conceivable nation, country, jungle, holes, etc, in search of life. To the obvious, outside Nigeria, attempts may be made to describe what life really looks like – even if that African man’s description became what the West and their generations have, in time, termed as “Black:” Blackman, black magic, black market, blackmail, blacklist, etc to mean everything illegal, bad and inherently evil. The water and the oil which were used by the brutish-British to chuck the blocks of Nigeria’s foundation have, since 1914, been fighting against each other. It was no coincidence; this was the 21st century Western-modeled Africa’s continued enslavement in the hands of the West. To the British, “the mastery of wisdom can only be ascertained by their usefulness in annihilating perceived, competitive threats.” How sad, ignoble, inferior and wicked! A kingdom that cannot stand except by invading other peaceful people and compelling them into slavery is no kingdom and, therefore, must fall. Ask The Persians, the Greece, and even the Romans.
 
As it is today, there are millions of people with the accursed (at least, everyone firmly agrees to this) passport of Nigeria – hovering, staggering and scampering from pillar to post in different countries where their wealth have been laundered to. Some go with the belief that “the white man is just.” Therefore, they sell their inheritance, and some even go a-borrowing to “invest” in their journey to “the green and promising lands of the wise.” From their embassies in Nigeria, one may be lucky to receive a smile; but on reaching their entry-points, Nigerians become their bunch of a tripod stand: a smelly dog, a minting machine and a slave. If they can’t be any of these three as a result of your expectations and that of those who are home, then they turn them into prisoners or, with ignominy, deport them. As it is today, our young men are scampering to marry their grannies just to have a paper in a land where they are not assured of anything. May God judge the wicked! Amen.
 
If this is the democracy which the west insists on for all, then democracy is inherently evil. Democracy is modern enslavement because only those at the top get justice. But God corrects the madness of men in His time. Nigerians, especially of Igbo race, have perished in their countless numbers in different parts of African, European, Asian and Western routes – all in search of succor. The British government turned a blessed people into vagabonds. But today, the curse has revered: not only Igbo shrieked at the burden. For those who are burdened with injustice and those who inflict the injustice, one thing is common: both shall cry until God brings justice. And the justice is here indeed. Even those who have blessed themselves with the curse of Nigeria’s continued oneness cannot find in peace in their dark: some of their excellently trained children have become terrorists and suicide bombers, while their land cries of marginalization. Who marginalized and marginalizes who? Let justice rain from heaven upon and against the hands that compelled Nigeria and upon the hands that sustain her. Let those countries and so-called “United Kingdom” who would prefer us disunited by compelling ever-diverging and opposing kingdoms together - bound for destruction. Let the destruction the enemies have lined up for my people begin to fall upon their most treasured places and begin to pull down their financial and security citadels and dismantle the temple of their god, mammon. Let Dagon fall upon its face in shame. Today, as other countries (even in Africa and Asia) take pleasure in dehumanizing and humiliating those bound under the Name Nigeria, Britain has started, yet again, a mass-deportation of Nigerians. Why do you deport them; to what do you send them: to prostitution/robbery, or perhaps to kidnappings, terrorism and death? I, just as Daddy Dim did on June, 1, 1969, accuse you: “We have fought alone, we have fought with honor, we have fought in the highest traditions of Christian civilization. Yet, the very custodians of this civilization and our one-time mentors, are the very self-same monsters who have vowed to devour us.” You made our home a viper’s den, yet you would not grant us a moment’s peace. Britain! Your actions have judged you! You are the land of streaming blood of the innocent – a land of murderers! And unless you repent, you will likewise perish!
 
Nigeria is breaking into parts, and Britain is wise enough (in the standard of men) to take this opportunity and alter her many mistakes and sins in “Nigeria” by doing acts of repentance. The land of Britain has sinned against Igbo land where God dwells, and against Igbo people, and against all those compelled under the accursed abomination called “One-Nigeria.” The government of Her Majesty plotted our annihilation; but “If the Lord had not been on our side—let Israel say— if the Lord had not been on our side when men attacked us, when their anger flared against us, they would have swallowed us alive; the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us, the raging waters would have swept us away. Praise be to the Lord, who has not let us be torn by their teeth. We have escaped like a bird out of the fowler’s snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Amen. I admonish the government of “Her Majesty” to, without delay, rescind all her supports for this abomination called Nigeria, and to immediately give every necessary assistance towards a peaceful break-up. If you refuse to do so, the so-called “United Kingdom” may turn out to become a United and mutual self-destruction. If there is ‘explosion’ in English words, then there must be an ‘implosion’ as well.
 
As for us, Igbo, and as many as believe in the truth of Jesus Christ, “now are we the sons of God.” I make no mention of those whose only intention of allowing the gospel to get to us was to further enslave: they claim to have come to abolish slave trade, but they brought about national enslavement - and they enslaved us. At a time they even plotted our annihilation. May God alone be praised who has left remnant of His people in the land that we may grow to tell of His wonders! Every price we needed to ever pay has been charged to Jesus’ account. Even though the burden, Nigeria, rose against us with the full backing of Britain, Europe, Islamic World, and indeed many other countries who loved peace but would neither allow it for others nor speak the truth, the shield of God gave us songs of “Happy Survival!” Today, we have come alive!  Survival was made through the power of resurrection, Life came in glory. For those who bless us, blessed shall they be henceforth, and for those who curse us – by their plots, schemes, spoken and written words, agreements and actions – they have pronounced a perfect judgment for themselves. And for those whom the Lord has blessed, we shall bless; but for those whose unbelief and rejection have been made a curse before God, never will my lips bless them. God forbid that I say to that man whom God has cursed: “You are blessed.”  To Britain and all those who claim omniscience, to those who would neither enter into the kingdom of truth nor will they allow others to enter, I say: Loose your hold on yourself!  You believe that what you have is perfect and true – especially whenever you look at what you have made those compelled under the accursed name, Nigeria, become: a mockery and a pitiable sight before you all. Yet, in Africa, you would rather place diplomacy above your god: Democracy. You believe, but your belief is evidently false. You, Britain, had the wherewithal to force upon different nations a center of evil, corruption and hell called Nigeria; why would you not have had the wherewithal for United Kingdom’s-kind-of democracy in Nigeria if not because of your eternal determination to live by the flesh of Africans and others? You talk about time to evolve, then where is your science and your democracy? Even when you think that justice has been served amongst all members of the “United Kingdom,” those kingdoms within it still reserve the right to go their way. The ear of God has heard how you have responded to it so far; Biafra and the freedom of Igbo out of what is called Nigeria will be your witness. This 2012 is time to gather the documents of blackmailed agreement for the enslavement of those eternally declared free from above, till date, under the evil cord of Nigeria. 2013 will be a New Year - the first year for all who were bound and tied to the foundation of falsehood and hell – foundation dug by Britain and its allies to advance their folly, and given the name - Nigeria. Let the heavens echo this voice of truth and let the earth obey! Amen. 



-Masterweb Reports (Submission By Obinna Akukwe)
 
Auctioning is a process of disposal of tangible goods to the highest bidder at the time the auction cry is over. The highest bidder takes the goods except if a higher bid comes up before the bid is closed. I do remember with nostalgia my early years when after every annual harvest and thanksgiving church service the parishioners gathers for the bazaar sales.  The goods offered to The Lord as thanksgiving offerings were usually gathered together for disposal to the highest bidder. The items include tubers of yam, livestock, cattle, clothes, kitchen utensils, bicycles, motorcycles and whatever item the parishioners came to church with. A goat could be sold for twenty times the market value to the cheering   of parishioners or  in rare cases at the market price especially minutes before the end of the bazaar. The money realized is used to further the work of the Gospel.
 
The Nigerian Northern Elites have auctioned their greatest chances to reclaim the presidency they lost during the Obasanjo era. Some northern militaricians led by former military president Ibrahim Babangida repackaged Obasanjo for a puppetist agenda in 1998 banking on their knowledge of the former Head of state - fearful, loyal, subservient and they never bargained that Obasanjo would want to be his own man. Years in Maidugeri prison have turned the former Head of State to another personality  as he saw himself as the second Mandela of Africa. Since then the north lost grip of power. The greatest chance for the north to regain power back since 2003 was in the personality of former head of state General Muhammadu Buhari.
 
In 2003 presidential elections the ruling party agreed to allocate Buhari 11 million votes in an election the foreign media had already reported Buhari as leading other aspirants with Ojukwu and Obasanjo trailing . Buhari saw votes coming to him and suddenly the votes disappeared in a twinkle when the ruling PDP rigging wonders appeared. When Nigerians wanted to revolt against the presidential charade called elections, the ANPP governors-elect from the north led by Adamu Aliero of Kebbi state  campaigned  that the aggrieved should go to court for redress. He was supported by The Nigerian Labour Congress of Oshiomhole ,who contrary to earlier affirmations, refused to bring workers out for protests.
 
The court process was another judicial exercise as all the Justices saw a most wonderful elections with just a few hitches . His own Katsina kinsman and the then Chief Justice of Nigeria, Muhammadu Uwais and his seven man panel blessed the electoral  fraud with holy piousness.
 
In 2007 Buhari came again for the presidency. His greatest enemy was Sanni Yerima , the governor of Zamfara State who introduced Sharia to Nigeria. Governor Yerima with his counterparts in the ANPP so much ganged up against Buhari’s presidential ambition that it took only intelligence reports that the PDP would prefer a Yerima candidacy to that of Buhari for the former governor to step down.  Yerima then took a pound of flesh by imposing Edwin Ume-Ezeoke as the running mate against Buhari’s preferred choice of Mike Ahamba. Immediately after the fraudulent 2007 election was over Yerima and Ume-Ezeoke abandoned Buhari and scrambled to submit names to the Yar’adua government for patronage and appointments to the cheering of his northern brothers in the ANPP. Seven man panel of Justices of the Supreme Court handled the case , the three from the north namely Justice Idris Kutigi, Katsina-alu and Dahiru Mustapha and Niki Tobi from the south south saw nothing wrong in the fraud while George  Oguntade led other two justices from the south to reject the forgery in a minority judgment. In fact it was the justices from the south that always made futile attempts to salvage the case of  the general while their northern colleagues followed the ruling party starting from rtd Justice Nsofor.
 
In 2011 , a man that rode on Buhari’s back to become governor in kano state, Ibrahim Shekarau, started challenging him. In fact Shekarau drove Buhari out of ANPP and the general had to form his own party , months to the presidential elections. During the presidential campaign eighty percent of funds of the Goodluck –Sambo campaign organization went to the pockets of the northern elites including traditional rulers, opinion leaders and religious leaders. They helped President Goodluck get the mandatory 25% votes in 2/3 states of the federation. It was a charade of securing 25% votes for Goodluck in core northern states. In fact most states of the core north  did not display the posters of Goodluck except on the eve of every President campaign  and the posters disappeared  as quickly as Goodluck leaves the states. There was no radio jingles, nothing to show that another candidate existed but when the results was coming President Goodluck was getting 25% and above in many areas. The northern elites colluded with the ruling party to avoid a run-off election and as such securing the 25% in as many northern states as possible was the major task. Those purchased for the assignment did it without caution and the voter’s suspicion of high level collusion triggered the post election violence.
 
The funds to used to purchase northern elites were drawn from PPMC, PPPRA, FIRS, Customs, MDAs. Ministers were ordered to mobilize money from their ministries for the purchase. The FCDA released the N7billion naira meant for the vice presidents mansion for this merchandise. When the senators led by Smart Adeyemi recently raised hell about the whereabouts of the money and were told how it vanished, the case died off as a family affair. Northern elites in the past have accused the Igbo politicians of being money conscious but the 2011 presidential elections showed that abundant greed resides in the north more than any part of the country.
 
Buhari’s attempt to get justice again was truncated by northern justices in the Supreme Court. They initially plotted the removal of uncompromising Salami, from the south west as the President of the Court of Appeal and went on to bury the general in their subsequent judgments which refused to admit audit  of electoral materials.
 
The problem of the north is the north. Had Shekarau availed Buhari of the funds he used to prosecute his presidential campaign, the general would have penetrated the south. General Buhari’s campaign organization suffered severe cash crunch that they couldn’t even pay for party agents to represent them in the polls in some states in the south . where they paid agents, the sum was paltry that the ruling party had a field day inflating votes. Shekarau chased Buhari out of the ANPP and appointed himself a presidential candidate and all his party could get was 917,000 votes while the man he chased away got 12, 214, 000 votes in his new party, CPC. What an irony.
 
If the northern elites had supported  Muhammadu Buhari , the election wouldn’t be that easy for the ruling PDP, but alas they elected to fill their pocket to the brim at the expense of the north.  Like Judas Iscariot in the Bible who sold his master Jesus Christ for thirty pieces of silver and later on returned the money and committed suicide in Matthew chapter 26:vs 14-16 the northern elites have sold their political future for a mess of billions of dollars, pounds, euro and naira and as such have led the north into a state of political hara-kiri .
 
Obinna Akukwe
Financial/ IT consultant.
 

-Masterweb Reports
 
Why Dim Ojukwu Should Be Immortalized In All The Five States Of Ndigbo And Why Igbos All over the World Should Wear Black Armband On The Day Of His Burial. 
 
Chief Dim Ojukwu is an icon, he is the symbol of Ndigbo, he is irreplaceable in Igboland the very way Mahatma Gandhi  of India, Martin Luther King Jnr. of USA and ( king of pop) Late Michael Jackson is in pop music. Ojukwu is God’s sent and all Ndigbo in unity must give him his due humble respect , as a fearless, humble, truthful, loving and caring great leader of Ndigbo. We Oganiru Ndigbo  Ukrainian branch are very proud of Dim Ojukwu and even in his death we will continue to be proud of him forever and ever-Amen. Why shouldn’t Ndi Igbo be proud of him? Is it in educational background? Is it in having vision? Is it in caring, experience, love, wisdom or in action (even at old age he still used his last strength to fight Umaru Diko for the sake of  Ndigbo). There is nothing that  Ojukwu lacks that will make Ndigbo not to immortalize him.
 
  He stood for Ndigbo till his death, As other tribes always say that “Igboman likes money”, that is not so with Ojukwu, the great Ikemba.  He never for one day sold the interest of  Ndigbo nor keep quiet over the oppression of his people because of money or contract. He was a fearless leader  that regarded the welfare of Ndigbo as his eternal priority in life. In his autobiography “Because I Am Involved”, he wrote: “I HAVE HAD MY BELLY FULL OF WAR. I WILL ALWAYS FIGHT FOR THE WELFARES OF THE IGBOS, THOUGH THIS TIME AROUND ON THE TABLE OF  DIALOGUE, AS A PEOPLE WHO LOST WAR,WE THE IGBO ELITE, OWE THE IGBOS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF LEADING THEM OUT OF THEIR DEFEAT TRAUMA, OUT OF THE SIEGE MENTALITY THEY HAVE DEVELOPED OVER THE YEARS. AT ABURI, I STATED THE IGBO CASE AND I WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO WHEREVER NECESSARY”. Oh God, what a loving and caring words from him! People like him are born once in a century, if not millennium.  
 
 His death should not end up like Ironsi’s, which Ndigbo including his own town Umuahia could not give him proper honour. Ojukwu is for the whole Igboland ( OJUKWU BU OJUKWU NDIGBO) and not only for Anambra and Enugu states. All Igbo states, including Abia, Imo, Ebonyi,  Enugu and Anambra should immortalize him one by one in a big way in their various states, as the north did for Tafawa Balewa  by having Tafawa Balewa square. If we have Ojukwu square is there anything wrong with it? We have Awolowo University, Murtala Muhammed Airport, etc. If they have landmarks with Ojukwu’s name will it cause earthquake in Igboland? Did others so honoured loved and fought for their tribes more than Ojukwu?  We should not forget that the problem some people in Nigeria had with Ojukwu was simply because of the true and pure love from deep bottom of his humble heart and soul which he had for us (his people-Ndigbo). Many tribes in Nigeria envy Ndigbo because of him and they keep on saying “how we wish we have somebody like Ojukwu in our tribe, and that is why he is seen as THE AHA EJI AGA MBA of IGBOLAND.
 
We encourage all good sons and daughters of Ndigbo in all parts of the world, including Nigeria, those who appreciate good things, and well wishers and friends that want God to give Ndigbo someone that will love, care and even do greater things for Ndigbo than Ojukwu, let all together with  Ndigbo worldwide put BLACK ARMBANDS on their left hand the day Ojukwu will be buried as sign of honour, thereby  surprising other tribes of Nigeria who feel Ndigbo have no regard for their Leader or Eze and to show  Nigerians and the world in general that we, the Igbos have regard and respect for our faithful leader and Eze that served us well like CHIEF DIM CHUKWUEMEKA ODIMEGWU OJUKWU, THE EZE  IGBO GBURU GBURU 1 OF IGBOLAND. Dim – La na udo. God Bless Igboland.
 
Signed 
 

Ukadike Chinemere
For Oganiru Ndigbo Ukraine
Email: oganirundigboukraine@yahoo.com

 
 
 

-Masterweb Reports
(Submission By Rev. Dr. C. Kingston Ekeke)
 
 
It has been more than 40 years since the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was abruptly and tragically assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, yet his exemplary short life, moral leadership and nonviolent philosophy continue to inspire and guide millions of people around the world in addressing critical human and social issues such as poverty, racism, inequality, injustice, violence, war, peace and freedom.   There is no doubt that the so-called ‘Arab Spring’, which is a call for change against authoritarian and dictatorial governments and a quest for freedom that began in the spring of last year in Tunisia and now spread to a dozen nations in Middle East including Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, and Syria gained their inspiration and courage from the nonviolent philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.   Similarly, the ‘Occupy Wall Street’, which began in New York City last fall, as a peaceful protest and civil disobedience against corporate greed, capitalism, economic injustice and political callousness at Washington D.C. gained its inspiration from Dr. King’s philosophy as well. 
 
The “Occupy Movement” has become a global movement and has spread to many nations around the world including the so-called ‘Occupy Nigeria’, which unfortunately has been  hijacked by CPC, SNG, Boko-Haram, gangsters, mobsters and other hoodlums that are opposed to President Jonathan and his administration.  Frankly, the so-called “Occupy Nigeria” protest should have been directed against the incessant bomb explosions and state of insecurity in the nation rather fuel subsidy removal.   The ‘Occupy Nigeria’ should not only be directed against fuel subsidy removal but must be utilized to demand for change and restructure of the nation.  The ‘Occupy Nigeria’ campaign should be directed to flush out corrupt, visionless, and incompetent politicians parading themselves as leaders.  The ‘Occupy Nigeria’ movement should be properly organized  and utilized to end bad leadership, corruption, ineptitude, myopic and visionless leaders that have doled poor leadership upon the nation and reduced the Giant of Africa to shame and hopelessness.
 
I’ll return to Occupy Nigeria, but for the moment, let’s examine briefly the nonviolent movement of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s, his philosophy and how the principle of nonviolence campaign helped him and the civil right organization, he led, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), to overcome insurmountable obstacles and to obtain very notable achievements. 
 
Every January 16, since 44 years ago, the King’s family and the Kings’ Center in Atlanta organize series of events to honor the life, leadership and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to inspire young people to continue the dream of Dr. King.  His dream and the 1963 dream speech have not been fulfilled yet.  The fact that the United States elected the first black president, President Barack Obama does not mean that Dr. King’s dream is fulfilled.  So, across America and well over 100 nations around the world, series of events are organized to celebrate and honor his life, love and leadership.  The King’s Center in Atlanta is always the center of action and this year, the 44th Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta was not different. 
  
 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Philosophy
  
 The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is widely regarded as America’s pre-eminent advocate of nonviolence and one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history.  Drawing inspiration from both his Christian faith – both as a theologian and prophetic preacher and from the  peaceful teachings of Mahatma Gandhi of India, Dr. King led a nonviolent movement in the late 1950’s and 60’s to achieve legal  equality for African Americans in the United States.  While other civil rights organizations were advocating for freedom by “any means necessary,” including violence, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used the power of words and acts of nonviolent resistance, such as protests and grassroots organizing, to achieve seemingly impossible goals.  Dr. King prophetically and courageously inspired the United States of America and the world to judge people by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin.  His powerful oratory and courageous leadership freed an entire nation from hate, bigotry and self-destruction and gave millions freedom and hope around the world. 
 
Dr. King’s philosophy was centered on what he called the ‘Triple Evils’ of society namely – Poverty, Racism, and Militarism.  According to Rev. Dr. King Jr., the “Triple Evils of poverty, racism and militarism are forms of violence that exist in a vicious cycle.”  They are interrelated, all-inclusive, and stand as barriers to humans living in the Beloved Community.” 
 
Dr. King believes that the contemporaries of the Triple Evils are as follows:
 
      ·         Poverty – Unemployment, Homelessness, Hunger, Malnutrition, Illiteracy, Infant Mortality, and Slums.  Dr. King believed that there is nothing new about poverty.  What is new, he said, is that humanity has the resources to get rid of it. He believed time has come for all-out world war against poverty.  The well-off and the secure have too many often become indifferent and oblivious to the poverty and deprivation in their midst.  Ultimately, a great nation is a compassionate nation.  No individuals or nation can be great if it does not have a concern for “the least of these.”
 
      ·         Racism – Prejudice, Apartheid, Ethnic Conflict, Ante-Semitism, Sexism, Colonialism, Homophobia, Ageism, Discrimination against Disabled Groups, Stereotypes, etc.  Dr. King believed that, “Racism is a philosophy based on contempt for life.  It is the arrogant assertion that one race is the center of value and object of devotion, before which other races must kneel in submission.  It is the absurd dogma that one race is responsible for all the progress of history and alone can assure progress of the future.  Racism is total estrangement.  It separates not only bodies, but minds and spirit.  Inevitability it descends to inflicting spiritual and physical homicides upon the out-group.”
 
      ·         Militarism – War, Imperialism, Domestic Violence, Rape, Terrorism, Human Trafficking, Media Violence, Drugs, Child Abuse, Violent Crime, etc…  According to Dr. King, ‘A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war – this way of settling differences is not just.  The way of burring human beings with napalm, of filing our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battle fields physically handicapped  and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love.  A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”
 Source:  “Where Do We Go From Here:  Chaos or Community?” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Boston: Beacon Press, 1967. 
 

 
Dr. King’s Leadership and Notable Achievements
 
During the less than 13 years of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s moral leadership of the modern American Civil Rights Movement – from December 1955 until April 4, 1968, African Americans achieved more genuine progress toward racial inequality that the previous 350 years had produced.  In 1955, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was recruited to serve as spokesman for Montgomery Bus Boycott, which was a campaign by African American population of Montgomery, Alabama to force integration of its city’s bus lines.  In 1957, Dr. King was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), an organization meant to provide new leadership for the now burgeoning civil rights movement.  He served as the head of SCLC until his assassination in 1968, a period during which he would emerge as the most important moral and social leader of the modern American Civil Rights  movement.  In 1963, Dr. King led a coalition of numerous civil rights groups in a non violent campaign aimed at Birmingham, Alabama, which at the time was described as the “most segregated city in America.”  Sadly, the State of Alabama, with Arizona and Georgia remain the most racist states in the Union because of their intolerance of immigrants in their states. 
 
In 1963, at the March on Washington D.C., which drew over a quarter-million people to the National Mall, Dr. King delivered his famous “I have a Dream” speech, which created his statute as a moral leader and helped inspire the United States to act on civil rights.  Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech, Nobel Peace Prize lecture and ‘Letter from Birmingham jail’ are among the most revered orations and writings in the English language.  In 1964, at 35 years of age, Martin Luther King, Jr. became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace prize.  Also in 1964, partly due to the March on Washington D.C., the Congress passed the landmark Civil Rights Act essentially eliminating racial segregation in the United States.  The legislation made it illegal to discriminate against blacks or other minorities in hiring, public accommodations, education and transportation.  The next year, 1965, Congress went on to pass the Voting Rights Act, which eliminated barriers to voting for African Americans, who in some locales had been almost completely disenfranchised. 
 
Even though Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. marched against racial inequality, poverty, economic injustice and public policy aimed at marginalizing the African Americans in the United States, he also spoke against violence, wars, and international conflicts.   Between 1965 and 1968, Dr. King shifted his focus toward international conflict and peace.  He spoke strongly against Vietnam War.  His work against poverty culminated in the ‘Poor Peoples Campaign,” which was a broad effort to assemble a multiracial coalition of improvised Americans who would advocate for economic change.  In all these, Dr. King maintained fidelity to his principles that men and women everywhere, regardless of color or creed, are equal members of the human family.
 
Dr. King’s Legacy and Modern Day “Protests”
 
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. devoted his life to demand for equality, social justice, economic advancement, and opportunity for all.  Through organized peaceful protests and non-violent civil disobedience, Dr. King challenged the powers of institutions and United States of America government to build a more perfect union and taught that everyone has a role to play in making America and the world what it ought to be.  With his leadership, the U.S. and most nations made great strides against racial discrimination and toward increased civil rights for the oppressed.  Dr. King’s accomplishments are now taught to American children of all races, and his teachings are studied by scholars and university students worldwide.  He is the only non-President to have a national holiday dedicated in his honor and the only non-President memorialized on the Great Mall in the nation’s capitol.  He is also memorialized in statues, parks, streets, squares, churches, and other public facilities around the nation and around the world as leader whose teachings are increasing relevant to the welfare of humankind. 
 
Dr. King’s life was abruptly and tragically ended by an assassin bullet that shot him in front of his hotel room at Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968.   Later in 1968, Dr. King’s wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, officially founded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center in Atlanta, Georgia for Nonviolent Social Change, which she dedicated to being a “living memorial” aimed at continuing Dr. King’s dream, philosophy and work on important social and moral ills around the world.  The late Mrs. King also fought for Dr. King’s national holiday to be instituted for his birthday and initiated the move that led to memorialize her husband’s stature at the Great Mall at the nation’s capital.  More than four decades after his death, Dr. King’s life, leadership and legacy continue to guide people around the world in peaceful protest and non-violent civil disobedience in addressing their nation’s most social, economic, political and even religious challenges. 
 
What can the Arab Spring and Occupy Movements learn from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., non-violent and peaceful protests?  First, Dr. King was a very compassionate and loving human being.  He loved everyone irrespective of creed, color or race.  Second, he stood for the truth, love, justice and righteousness.  Third, Dr. King was not a politician, but a moral leader, a preacher and a prophet.  He was not interested in being famous and popular; he wanted to do the will of God by fighting the wrongs and injustices against the less privileged and downtrodden of the society.  Fourth and finally, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a true prophet of God.  He was deeply religious, godly and a genuine man of God.
 
Today, the “Occupy Movements” – protest and civil disobedience against social, economic, or political polices must have leaders and led by men or women of character and integrity.  For instance, the “Occupy Movements,” especially in the United States is a leaderless movement.  It has been hijacked by all sorts of people including the so-called “Anonymous”, liberalists, hoodlums, and gangsters.  The same can be said about the Arab Spring – the Middle East quest for freedom has also been hijacked by those who want to kill Christians, Jews and ‘all-out-war’ with Israel. 
 
Similar the Occupy Nigeria movement, which officially began on January 9 after President Jonathan’s administration announced the removal of petroleum subsidy on January 1, 2012, has been hijacked by CPC, SNG, Boko-Haram, gangsters, mobsters and other hoodlums.  It is really interesting to see CPC and SNG working with Boko Haram against Government fuel subsidy removal policy but will not condemn the incessant killings of women, children and innocent citizens in Northern Nigeria.  What a bunch of hypocrites! 
 
It is sad that Pastor Tunde Bakare, whom most of us admired when he started “Save Nigeria Group,” has now become a politician rather than a preacher and advocate for peace, justice and righteousness.  Initially, I did not perceive him as a politician but a moral leader, who is using his wit, wisdom and powerful rhetoric to inspire, motivate, encourage and to emancipate the masses of people - socially, morally and economically.  Surprisingly, today, he’s worse than most politicians.  After he and Alhaji Buhari lost the presidential election to President Joanthan & VP, Sambo, Pastor Bakare has been indirectly inciting the terrorist sect – Boko Haram and supporting other dangerous groups in Nigeria to destabilize the Federal government.  His utterances are hateful, negative, and poisonous.  Recently, he called on the president to resign and even called on the National Assembly to impeach the president.  Can Pastor Tunde Bakare explain and give Nigerians the reasons why the president should be impeached.  It seems to me that Pastor Tunde Bakare is now anxious and ambitious for political power.  Pastor Bakare must be made aware of the implications of his utterances, actions and behaviors.  As a man of God, and a preacher of the Gospel, I expect him to speak power to truth, justice, love and righteousness and not the blatant rhetoric and behaviors he has put on since he and Alhaji Buhari lost the presidential election. 
 
However, President Jonathan’s decision to remove petroleum subsidy on the first day of the year when most Nigerians are returning from their Christmas holidays and end of year celebrations was unwise, callous and ill-timed.  Furthermore, the nation was still mourning the despicable Christmas Day bomb blasts at the Saint Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger state by the radical Islamic sect known as Boko-Haram that killed more than fifty parishioners and injured many.  There were also series of other bomb blasts, suicide explosions around the country in churches and Mosques and ethnic communal killings in Ebonyi State, in which many innocent people lost their lives.  The nation ought to be outraged, angry and protesting at such vile, barbaric, and satanic massacres of innocent Nigerians at a church premises rather than fuel subsidy removal.   
 
Nevertheless, President Jonathan and his economic team should not have announced the removal of fuel subsidy without clearer explanation to the Nigerian people and serious dialogue with the labor unions.  Putting the burden of fuel subsidy on the poor masses has monumental socio-economic impact.  Even though, in the long run, it is a good public policy, however, the government must find the means to placate the huge economic and social consequences of such policy.  It is not just the price of petroleum products that are tripled in some many regions of the country but everything – transportation, food items, cost of goods and services, inflation, etc – and yet this is a country that can’t pay 18k Naira minimum wage.  There are teachers and other workers, who have not received their salaries for months – some up to 6 and 9 months.  The government should go after the beneficiaries of fuel subsidy – owners of oil wells and all kinds of oil bunkering beefcake business people and ask them to cough-out the 480B naira annually need to cushion the fuel subsidy removal. 
 
The president should simply rescind the fuel subsidy removal policy to save his presidency.  Even though President Jonathan means well with the policy, it's being introduced at a very wrong time.  Bad leadership, corruption and insecurity are Nigeria’s biggest cankerworms not fuel subsidy.  The president should be fighting for the people who overwhelmingly voted him into power rather than inflict them with hardship. 
 
Many experts on the subject matter have listed very urgent things for the president to do:  (1) fight the endemic corruption in the oil sector, (2) refurbish existing refineries, (3) build more refineries, (4) privatize petroleum refining products, etc.   This deadlock dialogue with Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) president and Trade Union Congress (TUC) is not good for the president – you cannot win this NLC.  Moreover, the Senate and House are not in full support of the president and his administration over the petroleum subsidy removal.  Worse still, the opposition - CPC, SNG, Boko Haram and those who still didn’t believe Dr. Goodluck Jonathan won the presidential election are capitalizing on fuel subsidy removal to fight the president and attempt to discredit and destroy his presidency.  President Joanthan must simply do what is exigent and fitting to save his presidency and legacy.  
 
Let me conclude by saying that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a giant, a global icon, an indomitable spirit, and a champion for justice and a prophet who showed us best way to fight against injustice and inequality and for the dignity of every human being.  He was a drum major for justice, an exemplary human being and a prophetic leader.  Like other leaders, they would have used their position of influence, power, prominence and authority to enrich themselves and amass millions of dollars for their children and great grand children, but he never did.  Today, his children walk the streets of America like children of ordinary citizens.  Dr. King’s life epitomized the true essence of pure and godly leadership.  He sacrificed his life for the betterment of those he led. Remarkable, genuine, true, pure, moral, courageous, legendary, and supernatural are not enough words to encapsulate his life, leadership and legacy.  What a remarkable life, legendary leadership and lasting legacy he left behind for this country and for the whole world.  In a nutshell, Dr. King was a man of wisdom, compassionate leader and a visionary.  He sacrificed to serve humanity in order to make this world a better place and in the process made history and left a lasting legacy.  Dr. King exemplified my long life call and cry for supernatural leaders – God led and Spirit empowered leadership.
 
Each of us can contribute to strengthening our own communities, cities and nations by serving in Dr. King’s honor on the King Holiday and throughout the year.  Together, we can work to create opportunities for all Nigerians, to be tolerant of each other and to love your neighbor as you love yourself, to strengthen economic opportunities for all, to ensure that credible people are elected into positions of leadership, and to assure our young people graduating from colleges and universities are guaranteed work and employment. 
 
That’s the dream of MLK, Jr.   Happy birthday to Martin Luther King, Jr. and May your dream, life, leadership and legacy live on forever. Amen.
 
Rev. Dr. C. Kingston Ekeke is a theologian, author, consultant and leadership scholar. He is the president of Leadership Wisdom Institute.