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-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.

 -Masterweb Reports
(Submission By Esin Suji)
 
Some six years ago, in May 2006, an apparently unknown political neophyte, named Peter Obi, upset the Apple Cart when he was finally declared the REAL Winner of the 2003 Governorship elections in Anambra State – after about 30 months of unrelenting legal battles.

 
The routine challenges of delivering good governance to a long-neglected populace are onerous, and coupled with predatory designs on public assets the burdens of steering the ship of Anambra State begin to come into marked focus. But as the Igbos would say” A naghi aso ngide eje ogu” [One does not shy away from battle on the scare of being captured].
 
At bottom were the challenges of a State made prostrate by a cohort of self-seeking and venal politicians, private individuals and their bogus outfits. In response to Peter Obi’s refusal to key into their modus operandi, they adopted all kinds of fiendish and physical means to render the State ungovernable. They sponsored thugs, arsonists, murderers, armed robbers, cultists and political jobbers to unleash terror on the administration and hapless citizenry alike.
 
Over time, the Good Lord granted the administration victory and the erstwhile ‘enemies’ are increasingly toeing the line of peace. Peter Obi’s message was unambiguous a situation where a minority would hold the rest of citizenry hostage was unacceptable. Of course, it is only a committed leadership that can successfully checkmate this unwholesome phenomenon.
 
Institutional structures were hardly enabled and public service morale was at an all-time low. It was indeed appalling and sobering to discover that – some 15 years into the creation of the State -- Judges had no official quarters, Permanent Secretaries without official vehicles, salaries/emoluments and pensions in arrears, offices in rented buildings, internally-generated revenues controlled by the predators and so on. Tackled with dogged determination, the Obi administration has changed the situation extensively for the better. Conditions of services have improved, majority of the Judges now have official quarters, Permanent Secretaries have official cars and drivers, new State Secretariat complexes have been constructed and now effectively occupied, salaries are paid as at when due, promotion is based on merit, pensioners get their gratuity within 3 months of their formal disengagement from service and the public sector is re-established as the main engine of development.
 
The Obi administration was also confronted with the heavy burden of local and external debts running into billions of Naira; much of which had no relevance to the development of the State, but to which the State had been committed. As at end-2011, the incumbent Anambra State Government had cleared all pension arrears to the tune of about N7 billion as well as other indebtedness it inherited. It is on record that the administration has not borrowed money from any person, organisation or Government within and outside the State. In spite of his background in finance and management, Peter Obi has stoutly resisted the attractive temptation to issue Bonds, which has become the bane of most other State Economies. He is not one to mortgage the future of the people.
 
The peace and security challenge conveyed the image of a State at war with itself. The predators that held the State hostage had unfettered access to public sector apparatuses through their influence in many corridors of power. With massive investments in community policing – involving regular agencies and screened vigilance groups – the Government has now successfully promoted collective responsibility in the maintenance of peace and security in the 177 major communities of the State, particularly against various manifestations of violent crimes.
 
All told, the Obi programme of action -- the multi-focused Anambra Integrated Development Strategy [ANIDS] -- clearly demonstrates the enormity of the challenges on ground. Evidently to date, there have been tremendous achievements in all sectors and sub-sectors of the economy, polity and society at large. Included here are significant boosts to transparency in the conduct of public affairs, education, ICT competences, healthcare delivery, agriculture and agri-business, water supply, social and economic infrastructure, youth & women empowerment and entrepreneurship, security, human capacity development, among several others. The impressive list is really a thing to tell: return of erstwhile mission/voluntary organization schools to their original proprietors, resuscitation of education and health services, ICT-Microsoft Academies in the Local Government Areas, the youth empowerment initiative better known as ANSYREP-Anambra Re-Birth, collective responsibility in security, expanded rural & urban road network of over 500 kilometres, community participation in development, ana enabling environment for business and deepening sense of self-worth among the people.
 
Governor Peter Obi is one of the three State CEOs invited into the select Nigeria Economic Management Team and an Honorary Presidential Adviser on Finance. Beyond this commendable and earned recognition, these twin roles impose great burdens on him to make impact in the fulfilment of the national transformation agenda.
 
A few years back, Peter Obi’s colleagues on the South-East Governors’ Forum unanimously decided that he should be their permanent Chairman thence, rather than the rotational 6-month tenure per Governor. Also, though the [then] sole APGA Governor, his counterparts in the Southern Nigeria Governors’ Forum and in the larger Nigeria Governors’ Forum also made him their Chairman and Vice-Chairman respectively. As he bears the weight of imprinting his acclaimed integrity, transparency and accountability in the conduct of public affairs, he should become one of the rallying points to help galvanize these fora into greater relevance on issues of regional, national and international interests. There are critical issues of restoring unity of purpose and dignity among the people and Governments of the south-east; peaceful co-existence, co-operation and harmony among the ethnic nationalities of southern Nigeria; and mutual understanding and concord within the Nigerian geo-polity and economy.
 
As is well-known, the reign of terror in the pre-Obi administration era practically tagged Anambra State a pariah State. Investing his tremendous personal and corporate goodwill as well as governance credentials, Peter Obi has restored the confidence of the international community in the State. Across the State, quite a number of organizations within the United Nations system, the European Union, bi-lateral, voluntary, other donor agencies and Development Partners are actively involved in various value-added programmes and projects in Anambra State. These are verifiable.  
 
A man of vision and mission and a positive Change Agent, Peter (the rock) Obi represents a new genre of leadership that well-meaning Nigerians and Friends of Nigeria have prayed and hoped for over the years. In the Nigerian experience, there is a thin line between loyalty to the State, admiration, support and sycophancy for Oga. But, Peter Obi has avoided the creation of a leadership cult around his person. Rather, he has been focused on the daunting task of strengthening institutional structures that would render abuses of public trust unattractive.
 
The trip-wires are still being laid on his path and the pressure has been mounting, but he is unwavering in his commitment to meaningful societal development. His attainments and determined focus in the service of his State and country at large speak volumes of Divine intervention in his mission. So help him and the rest of well-meaning Nigerians, God.
 
Esin Suji writes from Owerri

-Masterweb Reports (Submission By: Ikechukwu Enyiagu)
 
As a result of my commitment to ensure that the Antichrist remains as defeated in the lives of those who look up to God in Nigeria (those called and chosen for victory and freedom) as he eternally is before our God, I have written several messages, directed to all areas of the Nigerian society, on what has befallen the society, what to do about it, and on what to expect when heeded or ignored. Since then, I have been getting loads of emails from supporters and critics alike. But today, Saturday, the 17th day of December, 2011, and at 9:56 PM, I received a touching email from a Nigerian of Yoruba tribe who truly knows that the story of Nigeria is as unusual as the leaders who have led the country these decades and have tried everything to cover sin with sin. His letter was touching because, when genuine prayer comes with true repentance, there is always an answer. He was particularly worried as a result of the truths in the message I wrote on the similitude of Nigeria as a country and the Tower of Babel:
http://nigeriamasterweb.com/blog/index.php/2011/12/14/like-the-old-tower-of-babel-nigeria-is-falling
In his sincerity and determination to know, and because his soul has utterly rejected the status quo, he asked me in his mail:

 
“I read your articles. They are very interesting and educative; but let me ask you the following questions:
 
1. Where are we in the aviation industry?
2. Why do our Airports look like village squares?
3. Why do the roads and motor parks look bad always?
4. Why is it that our refineries are not working?
5. Why did Ajaokuta steel stop?
6. Why is our railway functioning like an epileptic patient?
7. Who killed Nigerian Airways, Nigerian National Shipping Lines, NITEL?
8. Why are we struggling to get 10,000 Megawatts for over 50 years?
9. Why creating, removing and recreating ministries from every regime?
10. Why are we still using ancient method of teaching in all our educational system?
11. Why do all police colleges, barracks and police stations lack adequate equipment and modern edifice?
12. Why must Universities and Banks collect almost N5, 000 as post UME?
13. Why must NDLEA ask poor unemployment youths to buy N1, 500 cards each to apply for jobs, and who accounts for all the money?
14. Where are the proceeds from oil since the tenure of Gowon till date?
15. What happens to those who stole billions from the nation's treasury?
16. Why is it that National Hospital in Abuja and every teaching hospital will be referring patients to Eye Foundation in Ikeja for treatment?
17. Why is it that Nigeria cannot boast of 21st century health care system, technological-driven higher institutions of learning, modern airports and state of the art agricultural system having been independent for over 50 years?
18. Why is it that our country cannot witness a substantial development despite the fact that every street in Lagos and it environs can boast of three or more churches/mosques?
19. Finally, why must Nigeria fall "Like The Old Tower Of Babel" when we have spent hours in churches and mosques with 500 terabytes (sic) of prayers request in Almighty God's server?”
 

Well, to some, these questions may sound redundant, and even funny; while to others, these get them on the defensive, and then, on the offensive. Yet, to millions like this honest enquirer, and to all who love the light and the truth and have come to abhor the shadow of hell which has gradually gained reasonable ground in what is called Nigeria and among Nigerians, these questions call for a rethink, and a vehement stand. Whether you are of the opinion that the person who asked these questions is not serious, or you are among the pillars of this decay, or even among those who are genuinely worried about these questions, one thing remains sure: Something is terribly wrong about Nigeria. And no matter whom you are or how high you have elevated your graces or vices, you can’t possibly deny that Nigeria is seated on the hill of a curse. A country where Pharisees and Sadducees represent God before the people will surely mock that man of the cross. It’s not about having churches/mosques at every corner, only the truth can truly set free. Included here are some of my answers to him:
 
1. I want to start from the second to his last question because therein lies the foundation and the curse; other events fueled it to the point of no return. Jesus, in replying to the Pharisees (those who claim to know the secrets of God), said: “Every plant not planted by my heavenly Father will be uprooted.” How does that relate to Nigeria’s situation? The answer is right there from its root. History has taught us that the British blocked the early Christian missionaries from taking the gospel into the North of Nigeria when they did all over the South. The reason behind this was because the North already had a faith which was vehemently thrust upon them (by Usman Dan Fodio and his gang of raiders), which faith they have vehemently upheld- even to date. It was also this very reason western education was more pronounced in the Southern part of Nigeria than in the North in the early days of this very false amalgamation. The Northern part of Nigeria rejected Christ, and in falsely handing over the leadership of Nigeria to the North by Her Majesty, Britain also rejected Christ and His place in what they were going to call Nigeria. Then, in agreement with Britain and North’s rejection of Christ, and handing over of power to the North as the main conditions for North’s acceptance of a “One Nigeria,” a country was birthed and given a name by a mistress. Therefore, the foundation of what is today still referred to as Nigeria went out of course into a curse; the building was destroyed from its foundation.
 
 
 

2. Since then, it has been a fight of deities, a war of whose god is the true God. The North took everything and ruled for decades, yet all everyone sees is decay on decay. The gospel was rejected and education was also rejected. Then the mistake called Nigeria became a habit and a conviction…a tradition and then a curse. Schools were wrecked and the worship of God became a display of falsehood- all over the country.
 

3. Then came the invasion of Igboland by this very falsely-founded country, and a genocide sanctioned and carried out by those who claim to know God, yet deny His power. Gowon, and Obasanjo (who allegedly gave his life to Christ inside the prison, but rejected Jesus’ blood being enough for every sacrifice. He believed the blood of the Igbo would ‘complete what Jesus started,’ and then went ahead to kill everything he saw in Igboland- “man, chicken, even things that do not move”), both Christians, gave themselves, for the love of money and man’s reward, to descend heavily on states whose majority are Christians, and then killed all they could- children and mothers together. The spirit of Balaam was released against the Igbo and every other Nigerian shouted: “Downed with the Igbo, down with the inyamiri!? The dead of each Igbo child in his hometown became an added joy to each family of the rest of Nigerians- Muslims and Christians alike. And years after the pogrom and genocide, neither the Christian nor the Muslim bodies have come out to renounce what was done against the Igbo. To every other Nigerian, the Igbo are a mutual enemy which must be defeated and destroyed. The government of Nigeria did not stop at the war crimes, it went further, to, economically set the Igbo nation on the path of (so they thought) inevitable extinction. Still, these religious bodies kept quiet, and instead, went ahead to pronounce blessing upon blessing on those already cursed from above. Then even those sent to declare the truth took the way of Balaam and brought great curse upon themselves. They were left to their folly and their gods- money and belly. These people who claim to represent Christ knowingly and unrepentantly gave the devil the chief seat in the land. They were allowed, just like that man of pride who fell from his lofty height, to operate with the mimshack (anointing for expansion) anointing- theirs having been corrupted together with that man of corruption and sin- until that time of great justice. They build churches at every five poles and host program and seminars in the name of God, but heaven and earth resist them vehemently. They preach peach to other countries and the world, yet they ignore the falsehood, wickedness and bloodshed in their own household and country. They would rather join to insist on the rights of Nigeria for the Genocide against Ndigbo than speak the truth of God which is at the tip of every mouth. They resist God’s truths and, therefore, every creation resists their shepherding. The society is the fruit of their messages and workmanship; their pocket, bellies, mansions and private jets became the souls they win and their results before the one whose love chose and sent them. Who is that blind that the light of truth can’t convict? Look! And you will surely see.
 

4. As a result, every other thing was adequately cursed: The government, leadership, parastatal, infrastructures, schools, economy (too much, yet nothing), the society, citizenship, etc. Nigeria became a load on everyone under that name, a load of sin on the shoulder of the guilty and the ignorant. Today, South Africa (a country we went to defend in the days) is now a member of the body of world economies, Ghana (Ghana must go, remember?) is working on selling electricity to Nigeria while Uganda has just built an electric car. And Malaysia, a small country which Nigeria helped from falling, is now a place where billions on Naira go to annually under student scholarships and amnesty programs. But Nigeria’s government, which cannot protect the public fund, now wants to be the ‘space-giant of Africa;’ it cannot maintain a bicycle but wants to fly an airplane. Nevertheless, for the sake of the very elect of God, Nigeria will break up. 2013 is too far a time, yet God’s word does not tarry, no matter how long it takes in man’s dependence on time. To those under the burden of the chosen Naaman of Assyria, to those in Nigeria whose positions (politicians) force them to bow, because of the king (politics), before the empty god of Assyria called Rimmon, and to those whose emblem of God had been stained with the leprously of serving self, all you have to do is come before the Lord of mercy and love in repentance and truth; release His children which you have bound by your lust for vanity, and restore what you have stolen. He shall then lead you in the right path. The Word says that only true repentance can draw God’s attention, bring forgiveness, healing and restoration.
 

The only way forward for Nigerians is to cry out, with one voice, against "One Nigeria" and demand for immediate breakup. Nothing else will work in Nigeria until and unless Nigeria breaks up. Nigeria stands as the Antichrist, opposing everything from the Word of God in our lives. And God will not have it so. I have always spoken and relayed the messages I have been given; it remains on Nigerians to act on it the way they want. But one thing is sure: Nigeria stands as a curse before my Holy God and her abominations have become unbearable. If Nigerians will not speak up against this Babel of Evil and bring it down safely, God will surely bring it and those who do everything to keep it standing down together. Yet, Nigeria will break because it’s already standing as an abomination before the Almighty, and as chains in the hands and feet of those for whom Christ died. May all men be liars but God alone be true. Amen.

-Masterweb Reports

Below is an apology to Ndigbo from Kunle Adegoke with respect to tribal backlash and threats emanating from forum comment he made in anger in response to what he saw as ethnic attacks on Yorubas by a group of Igbos. He said people have been calling and threatening him mostly from the Diaspora with regards to his forum post. He says the statement was made in anger and from the bottom of his heart, sincerely apologizes to Ndigbo.

BELOW IS ADEGOKE'S EMAIL TO MASTERWEB REPORTS AFTER HIS PHONE CHAT WITH US

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Sir,

I am forwarding this to buttress the fact that i do not have anything against an average igbo man or woman. The stand maintained by the man 'Africa Today' as shown below is a testimony to the fact that all he is concerned with is just to cause war by a campaign of ethnic irredentism. I do not think that is what we need.

Kindly help publish as you may consider appropriate.

Merry xmas in advance.



Kunle Adegoke
Solicitor & Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria
+234 8023337003

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BELOW IS ADEGOKE'S APOLOGY-POSTING ON NIGERIAN & IGBO FORUMS (FORA)

From: kunle adegoke sultanadegoke@yahoo.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, 20 December 2011, 20:26
Subject: Re: GENOCIDE PREACHERS - VAL OJO, AFIS, BOLAJI ALUKO AND KUNLE ADEGOKE APOLOGY

*Note: "Africa Today" is an alias or business name used by one of the Igbo forumnites that Adegoke got entangled with that resulted to his anger-post.

Africa Today,

THIS APOLOGY IS SERIOUS AND NOT A FLY BYE.

I WAS THINKING THAT MY OFFENSIVE POSTING WAS ONE OF THOSE ANGRY RIPOSTES THAT HAD DOMINATED DISCUSSIONS ON SEVERAL FORA HERE TO WHICH NO SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES WERE MEANT TO BE ATTACHED.

BUT YOU SEEM TO BE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO JUSTIFY YOUR MINDSET THAT YORUBAS HATE IGBO. I KNEW I FELL INTO YOUR TRAP CHEAPLY BUT I DO NOT WANT UNNECESSARY WAR ONLY BORNE OUT OF HATRED NURSED BY A DANGEROUS FEW.

WHILE YOUR IDENTITY IS STILL WRAPPED IN MASKS, I BELIEVE THE NEED FOR UNIVERSAL BROTHERHOOD AND PEACE TRANSCENDS IMMEDIATE ESTABLISHMENT OF IDENTITIES. LET US STOP THIS CALL FOR ETHNIC VIGILANCE AS IGBO'S INVESTMENTS IN LAGOS BENEFIT EVERYONE TO THE EXTENT THAT THE LAGOS CABINET EVEN ACCOMMODATES IGBO REPRESENTATION.

TO ALL, ONCE AGAIN, LET US MOVE FORWARD AND RATHER ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS CONFRONTING US AS A PEOPLE. A POOR MAN IN KANO IS A POOR MAN IN CALABAR, ENUGU, ABUJA AND OSOGBO. LET THE SPIRIT OF YULETUDE MINISTER PEACE UNTO OUR HEARTS AND NOT HATRED. AFRICA TODAY, LET US STOP THE ETHNIC IRREDENTIST CAMPAIGNS AND ADDRESS A COMMON FUTURE.

THANK YOU AND HAPPY XMAS.

Kunle Adegoke
Solicitor & Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria
+234 8023337003

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-Masterweb Reports (Submission By: Lateef Lawal)

Labour, the popular saying goes, create wealth. We are all aware of this age old simple but strong statement. However when such wealth is not equitably distributed among the toilers of the wealth, agitations take root. In agitating, a mass movement is formed to correct the in-equality so discovered. Such mass movements have always led to the formation of labour unions for years till the present. Labour unions are known for unearthing corruptions and corrupt tendencies within corporate entities- be it- in government, public or private organisations. However, when unions or association that ought to fight corruption and agents of corruption and injustice descend to infamy and perpetuate the vices of social injustice and immorality, then what hope is left for members of such labour movement and especially the leadership of the union. This, in a nutshell is the story being unfolded at the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE). An abberation has been unfolded at NUATE on how not to fight corruption when the suspects are members of its leadership at national and branch levels.Sometime, early this year, there was an expose on an alleged planned extortion by the Secretary General of the union when he met with an official of one of the companies in concession agreement with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria(FAAN). The aim of the meeting was to placate the company-MAEVIS- to part with some millions of Naira so as back down on the criticisms of the concession agreement which workers, as represented by the union leadership claimed was not in favour of FAAN.The recorded tape of the conversations were transcribed and published by this medium to expose the level some of the leaders of the workers could go to compromise the workers agitation on the platter of pot of “porridge”.

Also, in similar deft and and corrupt move, the branch chairman of NUATE in FAAN headquarters in Lagos was fingered by his members of alleged extortion and other corrupt acts. Top echelons of the union at the branch level probed the various allegations against their chairman and found him culpable.Consequently, he was suspended. The uproar caused by the stories making the rounds among the workers and the unpopular being created for the union by the corrupt moves of some of their leaders informed the setting up of a fact-finding committee by the president of the union,Comrade Safiyanu.Inaugurating the committee on 14th March 2011, members of the 5-man panel were among others ,charged to:

*Carry out thorough investigation into the root cause of the said allegations

*Establish the veracity or otherwise of the allegations

*Verify the authenticity of the publication,and ascertain the veracity of such allegation and how it impugned on the union. Then suggest how to redeem the image and integrity of the union.

*Meet an verify with all the entities including the publisher mentioned in the publication as to determine the authenticity or otherwise of those issues raised in the publication vis-a-vis their interactions with Comrade Ogbuji.

*The committee to equally investigate the the circumstances surrounding the suspension of Comrade Uka Williams, the chairman of FAAN branch and make appropriate recommendations to the Central Executive Committee(CEC) of NUATE.

The committee started the job given to it by inviting and meeting with especially the official from MAEVIS and the publisher of the story which came out on-line in the NigerianAviationNews. Despite the appearance of the publisher of the said story before the 5-member committee for over an hour and making available to the committee the audio recording of the encounter between the secretary general and the official of MAEVIS, it was shocking that a committee as important as this will finally submit a four-page report without a single line/mention of the appearance and what the publisher said before the committee in it nor the submission of the audio recording mentioned!

Also the meeting between the committee members and that of the offical of MAEVIS and what he told them was never mentioned.What type of report is that? It is as good as being thrown into the dustbin. With this glaring omissions in a supposedly serious investigations,the committee has this to say of Comrade Uka Williams of FAAN branch-"The panel looked at the events before ,during and after the issues surrounding the suspension of Comrade Uka Williams- the branch chairman of NUATE FAAN, identified the role of greed, lies to cover ones tracks and lack of transparency on the path of the chairman as the cause of his problem with his colleagues from the branch."

Inspite of this discovery and that Comrade Williams shot himself in the legs through cover up and lies and lack of transparency, the committee went ahead to recommend his re-instatement to be preceeded with letter of apology from Uka.What sense of justice have members of the committee displayed? As fallout of the committee's recommendation on Uka Williams, there was near fisticuffs at the maintainance yard of FAAN mid-week between members of the FAAN branch and some executive over the recommendation calling for Uka's return to the fold as chairman depite the committee's double speak
On Comrade Ogbuji, the Committee said that the Secretary General failed to appear before it to defend himself based on a letter he wrote through his solicitor initially claiming illness and days later another letter requesting for at least seven days notice before he could appear before the committee.

On resumed hearing, the committee was told that Comrade Ogbuji could not appear because he -Ogbuji has gone to court and so,"...the committee became handicapped on the matter hence, it decided to refer all issues surrounding the case to the CEC in session for the next lines of action". With the above summation on Ogbuji, the committee without hearing from him and weigh his submission with those by the publisher of the on-line medium and the MAEVIS official and audio tape evidence given to it, which speaks volumes, the committee summed up its report in this following warped "jugement"-:
'...on net publication which from all purposes and intents could be regarded as a calculated attempt by the detractors of the union to bring down the reputable name of the union through the purported action of a principal officer of the union.......could not reach any conclusion on the matter.."
If that is the case, then why is the committee saying the expose was an attempt by detractors when the panel could not bring all the facts gathered in the report submitted.On what bases have they written and submitted falsehood! This is a clarion call on the NUATE CEC not to sit on the fence on this matter. There are several issues begging for answers and if NUATE at the highest level could not clear augean stable ,it is as good as recommending the transfer of the matter to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) risk lossing members in droves to other unions or those that feel betrayed by activities of labour leaders and prefer tostay un-unionised as the current labour law allows for that.