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The 2 day Pre – Convention Meeting of the General Assembly of all Igbo Christians Organizations and Ministries (GAAICOM) holding at the Ohaneze Ndigbo National Secretariat on the 12th and 13th of July 2012 is a welcome event in the face of the conspiracy by certain elements in Nigeria to suffocate the economic, political and security well being of Ndigbo.

 
In the economic scene, consistently since the advent of Nigeria brand of democracy in 1999, the South East Geopolitical Zone has attracted the least of federal allocation of all the six zones of Nigeria. Enugu – Onitsha Expressway, and Enugu – Port Harcourt Expressway is in a sorry state of disrepair. The proposed Sea Port at Onitsha and the 2nd Niger Bridge is still a pipe dream constantly used as electioneering tool while only the South East is yet to have a functional international airport.

 
Igbos have been victims of religion and ethnic cleansing in the North since 1942. The Boko Haram bandits have made it a pleasure attacking Igbo interests, businesses and people at will. The numbers of Igbos killed far outnumber that of all tribes in Nigerian. The agencies of state have not given enough protection to our people whose lives and income is being consistently demolished by the Boko Haram terrorists.

 
It is obvious from the above that the Igbos are economically, politically and religiously endangered and part of the disadvantaged situation is due to the activities of saboteurs who relish in merchandising Igbo interests to outsiders.

 
The six geopolitical zones have tasted the presidency of Nigeria. The only region that is yet to preside over the Nigerian state is the South East. The attempt by Aguiyi Ironsi in 1966 to unify Nigeria was unfortunately cut short after only six months and yet the North, West and South - South zones are all preparing for another shot in 2015. What is the position of Ndigbo and what strategies have been put in place to ensure the presidency gets to Ndigbo.

 
Nigeria has abundance of patriotic leaders cutting across all tribes and religions. The Nigerian people can be reasonable in electoral decisions especially when superior arguments suffice. Therefore, if the Igbos present their case for the presidency properly and strategically, and reach out to the rest of the country, I do not see why other ethnic and religious nationalities will not co-operate.

 
Therefore, the divine move by the GAAICOM under the leadership of Apostle Chidi PCJ Macjossy, Bishop Emmanuel Chukwuma, Rev.Fr Alphonsus Oko and Archbishop A.A Nwodoka, among others, to seek the counsel of God on the way forward is a step in the right direction, which, happily, all denominations in Igbo land are identifying with.

 
I wish the delegates godly deliberations to reposition Ndigbo where they rightly belong in the scheme of affairs of Nigeria.

 
Obinna Akukwe
Director, Media and Communications, GAAICOM
Email: gaaicommedia@yahoo.com

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Bakassi is situated at the extreme eastern end of the Gulf of Guinea. According to Wikipedia, “Bakassi is the peninsular extension of the African territory of Calabar into the Atlantic Ocean”. The people of Bakassi were originally from Calabar and Akwa Ibom.

 
The first fishing settlement in the peninsular was established by Abasi Eke of Obutong in the 17th century. The peninsular was generally known by the indigenes as Akai Abasi Eke which the British corrupted to Bakassi. The British acknowledged that the area were dependencies of Calabar.

 
The peninsular is very rich in resources. It has abundance of fish. It is also rich in oil. Wikipedia says further that the area is “rich in fish, shrimps, and an amazing variety of other marine life forms. This makes the Bakassi area a very fertile fishing ground, comparable only to Newfoundland in North America and Scandinavia in Western Europe. Most of the population make their living through fishing.” Is it any wonder that the place has been an area of dispute for a very long time?

 
In 1884, agents of the British Queen signed a treaty with the king and chiefs of Old Calabar, making the Old Calabar a British Protectorate. The King and Chiefs of Old Calabar refused to accept some clauses in the treaty which gave the British an unfettered access to Old Calabar territory. In spite of this objection, the British went ahead to sign this treaty on 10th September, 1984. Article v1 of the treaty said the King and Chiefs refused to allow uncontrolled access to their territory.

 
The British went further to sign a treaty with the Kings and Chiefs of Bakassi. The Bakassi kings and chiefs refused to enter a treaty with the British declaring that they were subject to the authority and jurisdiction of the kings and chiefs of Old Calabar.

 
Despite the objection of the Bakassi people, the British went ahead to cede the territory to Germany in a treaty purportedly signed on 11th March, 1913. The territory continued to be part of Nigeria. Even after the plebiscite of 1961 when Southern Camerouns decided to join Cameroun, Bakassi continued to be a part of Nigeria.

 
In 1971 and 1975, Nigeria under General Gowon in not very clear circumstances signed agreement with Cameroun ceding Bakassi to Cameroun. These were the Yaoundé II Declaration of 4 April 1971 and the Maroua Declaration of 1 June 1975, which were devised to outline maritime boundaries. These agreements were however never ratified by the Supreme Military Council (the parliamentary arm of Nigerian military government then). The agreement has therefore no force of law.

 
Nigeria and Cameroun almost went to war in 1981 and early 1990s. The Shagari government and Abacha regime respectively never allowed Cameroun to have her way. Cameroun was forced to retreat.

 
This was the situation before Cameroun went to the International Court of Justice on 29th March, 1994. The outcome of that case was the ICJ judgment of 10th October, 2002, confirming in a curious judgment that Bakassi belongs to Cameroun based on the treaty purportedly signed by Germany and Britain of 11th March, 1913. The judgment went against all that UN stood for. It breached the United States Charter on Human Rights which says in Article 15 that

 
-->[ Everyone has a right to a nationality. ]

 
- -->[ No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality or denied the right to change his nationality. ]

 
The people were never asked to choose where they want to be. Judgments are no longer based on treaties signed without the people’s consent. The judgment also ignored the principle of uti possidetis juris – as you possess, you shall possess henceforth. People who declared that they were under the jurisdiction of Calabar were suddenly asked to leave their kith and kin and be citizens of Cameroun.

 
In the Green Tree Agreement which Obasanjo signed on 13th June, 2006, for reasons best known to him, it was agreed between both countries that rights and freedom of Nigerians left behind will be guaranteed. Today, the reverse is the case. Nigerians are oppressed and discriminated against. Those who left are in refugee camps in their own country in peace time. They are now located at Akpabuyo Local Government, a crop farming environment different from the fish farming environment which they were used to in Bakassi. They were disfranchised during the last general elections.

 
The Bakassi peninsula being a very rich area has been attracting the interest of the international community. France has been the power behind Cameroun’s agitation all along. We can be sure too that France may well be involved in the ICJ judgment.

 
Why Nigeria hurriedly signed the Green Tree agreement can still not be fathomed. She was not obligated to sign that agreement. Examples are bound all over the world of countries that ignore international community without being sanctioned. Israel has been sitting on Arab lands for decades without any sanction. Britain is claiming Falkland Island in the Pacific when it is obvious that that is part of Argentine territory. The US and Russia are still holding firm some Japanese Islands in spite of Japanese opposition.

 
The Nigerian Senate on 22nd November, 2007, that the withdrawal from the peninsular was illegal. A Federal High Court in a judgment also said that the Federal Government should suspend the withdrawal until all resettlement issues have been settled. The Federal Government ignored these and went ahead to handover the territory to Cameroun.

 
Nigeria has ten years to appeal the judgment. The ten years elapses by 10th October, 2012. If by this date, Nigeria never appeals, then Bakassi is gone forever. The implications are serious. The security implications are there. It means that Nigeria’s territorial waters would be reduced. This will be worsened with the National Boundary Commission’s adjustment of the maritime boundary. It will lead to other struggles by the neighbouring countries of Cameroun, Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome and Principe.

 
Nigeria will become vulnerable to attacks. The economic resources in the area will become free to be plundered especially France and Cameroun. The people of Bakassi will be homeless as where they are even being harboured now is raising tension. Those left in the peninsular are being over taxed, raped, their fishing gears seized from them and social amenities not provided.

 
Nigeria has a very good ground to appeal the ICJ judgment. The people were never consulted before being relocated to another country. Their fundamental human rights have been breached. The cultural affinity between the Bakassi people and Clabar is never in doubt. The treaty which was the basis of the judgment was signed without the people’s consent. The people of Bakassi must not be abandoned. The Nigerian Government has almost abandoned the Bakassi people. They cannot vote. They are still in refugee camps. The Bakassi people were never settled. Today, they have no means of livelihood. Only about a hundred houses were built for a population that Wikipedia estimates to be between 150,000 and 300,000 people.

 
Nigeria must be able to protect her people and territory. Let her start doing that now by appealing the ICJ judgment. No inch of this country must be lost.

 
Eddy Aghanenu

-Masterweb Reports (Submission By Ikechukwu Igboanugo)
 
When Governor Peter Obi gave me his CV, and indicated his interest of governorship in Anambra, right from that moment, I knew that he will get there and he will also perform. Then I was running with my friends a political party in Anambra state, he was coming around donating like N100, 000.00 drinks like minerals: coke, fanta, pure water etc, with his black Peugeot 504 salon car without a driver.

 
One day he cornered me when he attended one of our meetings and asked me which political party do I suggest for him to join, our own political party was UNPP. Which was run for Babangida. I advised him to join APGA because APGA was more or less Igbo Party because of the Late Chief Ikemba Nnewi Odimegwu Ojukwu's involvement; I reminded him that Jim Nwobodo was voted by Igbos because of the Late Chief Nmamdi Azikiwe's involvement in NPP.

 
Peter Obi was a very rich business man then, he was in the same line of business with me. We were in the same business category, our category then had fleet of cars with drivers but Peter Obi had only one black Peugeot 504 car.

 
I admired his ways of presentations in public functions, his smart and intelligent speeches were attracting attentions of people. That was why I presumed that this kind of man will deliver, coupled with his ways of life as a chronic miser.

 
His political turbulence initially was as a result of peoples grievances because he closed his door on people. As a governor you don't close your door on people like that, you must help people so that people will pray for you. He eventually opened his door.

 
Coming to my point that Peter Obi is working, I was going to Ifite Ogwari in Anambra state recently, moving up to almost the boundary between Anambra and Enugu State in the northern side of Anambra. All the roads there are cleanly tarred, I asked which Governor did this overwhelming development, I was told that it was Peter Obi.

 
Anytime I am in Anambra I don't enter Onitsha, but recently I was compelled to enter Onitsha to see a sick friend, I could not recognize some areas as a result of the development, my enquiry pointed at Peter Obi, it is to, my astonishment that some unscrupulous people rate poor performance on Peter Obi's administration, like El Rufai who is not even from Anambra state and whom I don't know the last time he visited Anambra state and moved around the state to determine Peter's performance.

 
Before I embarked on this write up, I have done a thorough investigation and I have observed that Peter Obi has done a lot in Anambra State, he has covered all sectors of development viz: education, roads, water, health etc. even to the extent of settling contractor's debts incurred by Mbadinuju's administration.

 
My concern is that I am an Igbo man from Anambra State we must be searching for a credible Igbo man we will position when it is time for Igbo presidency. For sure President Jonathan is constitutionally entitled for second term if he performs which I believe he will. After him it will rotate to the South East.

 
Since after the first republic, the north has ruled for over 25 years, South West 11 years, South South now 8 years so in 2019 it will definitely be the turn of South East. I don't personally believe in zoning but rotation. This is the period we should begin to shop for a credible Igbo man that wilt represent us in Aso Rock in 2019 and we should examine the performance of the present and ex- governors from the South East.

 
Finally, Peter Obi's achievement in Anambra is overwhelming; a very busy governor who has acquired so many awards, a governor who visits schools on monthly basis, the presence of a governor in any school boosts the morale of the children and their teachers. He bought 500 vehicles from a local manufacturer in Anambra; some governors will import and steal money in the process. Peter has built over 200 health centers in Anambra. Every day you open any newspaper you must see Peter Obi attending this or that, in fact, he is the busiest and most popular governor in Nigeria.

 
Since the inception of democracy, Akwa-Etiti my town has not benefited from any state government's key position despite all contributions from Akwa-Etiti. Today Peter Obi has appointed one of the noble sons of Akwa-Etiti as one of the Anambra state commissioners.

 
Your Excellency Gov. Peter Obi, the almighty God who bestowed the leadership cap on your head will never remove it forever and ever in Jesus name, (jide ka iji).

 
Chief IKB Igboanugo
Founder, Nigerians for better Nigeria (NBN)
E-mall: nbngrassroot@yahoo.com

-Masterweb Reports
 
It has been a confusing time for many Nigerian Christians over the genuineness of the crowd claiming to be Bishops, Pastors, Apostles, Primates, Prophets, Rev Fathers and all who claim to have been called by God to minister spiritual food to his people. The mainstream Catholic, Protestant and Pentecostal churches have always viewed with suspicion the activities of religious leaders like Olumba Olumba Obu (who claimed to be the holy spirit); Eddy Nawgu (who was butchered by Bakassi boys); Rev King (currently in a Nigerian prison for setting a female church member ablaze) ;  Prophet T.B. Joshua  was initially blacklisted as a false prophet since 2001 by the leadership of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) under Bishop Mike Okonkwo  and  Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor. Reports got to the PFN that Rev Chris Oyakhilome have been secretly fraternizing with T.B Joshua and was eventually seen on Television holding anointing service with T.B. Joshua at the latter’s Synagogue Church of All Nations, they called him for clarifications and when he failed to respond, they warned PFN members to beware of the antics of the duo. However, some church members of Olumba Olumba Obu, Eddy Nawgu, Rev King, T.B. Joshua and Chris Oyakhilome claimed that they received some form of relief from financial pressure, sicknesses and depression as a result of the prophesies, revelations, literature materials, holy oil, holy water and spiritual materials from these pastors.

 
The history of false prophets is as old as Christianity. The first named false prophet in Church history was Simon Magnus. This man was actually converted by Philip according to Acts chapter 8 vs 9-22 and when Apostle Peter and John came to Samaria to pray for the Holy Spirit on the new converts, this sorcerer turned Christian offered to buy the impartation for money and was rebuked by Peter. Simon converted to Christianity and was later to introduce all manners of false doctrines which he backed up with miracles to the consternation of the Apostles. He was seen as the father of heresies in the Church. When Simon died around 61 AD, Menander continued as his successor till 111AD.

 
Iraneus, Bishop of Lyonnais, and disciple of Polycarp who was tutored by Apostle John, had to confront a certain Marcus around 135-178 AD. This Marcus was performing some miracles, prophecies and causing a lot of people to commit sexual sin. He drew a lot of followership and caused confusion in the early church that Iraneus had to intervene by writing to religious faithful to beware of the magical antics of Marcus. This earned Iraneus the historical tag of Defender of the Faith.

 
Many Christians who had the privilege of dying and coming back to life like the celebrated case of John Chiedozie who died for some days and miraculously came back to life in the early eighties and Daniel Ekechukwu who was officially certified dead for 42 hours by a medical doctor and came back to life on Sunday, December 2nd 2001 between 3.30-5pm during the Crusade of German Evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke at Grace of God Mission, Onitsha had tales of seeing disobedient Christians in hell fire. The accounts of these two pastors corroborated the reality of heavenly bliss and a burning hell where even some pastors and disobedient Christians were languishing. Daniel Ekechukwu said he saw a pastor who told him that he was in hell for stealing church money.

 
A disobedient Christian is one who wilfully disobeys the commandments of God. A Christian who sleeps with church members, seduces pastors and snatches people’s husband is a disobedient Christian (1 Cor 6 vs 18). One who deliberately lies, slanders and bears false witness is a disobedient Christian. A Christian who visits necromancers, astrologers, native doctors, palm readers, sorcerers and diviners to gain promotion in office, contracts or political appointments is a disobedient Christians.(Deuteronomy chapter 18 vs 9-12). A prayerless and wordless Christian (one without sufficient knowledge of the Bible) is a disobedient Christian because by his laxity and weakness, the devil will strike and turn him into an experiment, bringing shame to the name of God.

 
The first identity of these false prophets is over emphasis on prosperity. The Bible says in 3 John 1 vs 2 ‘’ beloved I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers’’ This scripture posits that both soul prosperity ( repentance, salvation and sanctification) should be given the same attention as health and financial prosperity.    Matthew 6 vs 33 says ‘’ but seek ye first the kingdom of God and its righteousness, and all other things shall be added unto you’’ this signifies that as the church member seeks constant repentance and sanctification (righteousness) God will equally include all other things, prosperity, health, breakthrough in a measure that will not be injurious to the soul of his child. Therefore a pastor who lays much emphasis on financial prosperity while abandoning spiritual prosperity is a false prophet. That was part of the heresies of Simon Magnus during the era of the early church.

 
A major fallacy from these false prophets is the theory of Once Saved, Always Saved. This theory posits that once a Christian is saved (born again) the person is always saved no matter the atrocities of the person. This fallacy is inconsistent with the scriptures. Judas Iscariot, one of the 12 Apostles, was once saved but lost his salvation due to greed and was called the son of perdition. (John 17 vs 12). Apostle Paul said in Philipians 2 vs 12 to ‘’.... work out our salvation with fear and trembling’’ and he also added in Romans 6 vs 1 ‘’ what shall we say then, shall we continue in sin so that grace may abound, God forbid. How shall we, that have died to sin, live any longer therein’’. Therefore, a pastor who teaches such is a false prophet, encouraging iniquity and leading his flock to hell.

 
Another fallacy is one of God’s Unending Mercy. God is both a Merciful God and a Consuming Fire. The same God that forgave King David his sins was the same that ensured that all the punishment He prescribed for David for committing adultery with Bathsheba and murdering her husband, Uriah, came to pass despite being a man after God’s heart. (2 Samuel 12vs 1-18). David lost four sons, including Amnon, Absalom and Adonijah as a result of the curse.  Absalom killed Amnon for raping the young sister, Absalom plotted a coup against his father, David, dying in the process, while Solomon killed Adonijah . These false prophets give a one sided analogy of David’s forgivingness from God, without adding that David served out his full sentence, thereby encouraging sin in the church.

 
Another fallacy is the use of tithes and offerings to bribe God. The Bible enjoins us to pay tithes and offerings for the upkeep of the work of God but not from stolen funds. A Christian who steals government funds meant for development and provision of essential social amenities have already contributed to hardship in the society. He cannot bribe God by donating a part of the cursed money to the pastor as tithe, offering or seed. God rejected the offerings of Cain in Genesis 1 vs 4-5 , therefore God does not receive offerings obtained by looting national treasury.  These false prophets propelled by greed will be glad to receive stolen money in the name of God without the consent of God.

 
Jesus Christ said that ‘’ and there shall arise false christs and false prophets and shall shew great signs and wonders ; in so much as it is possible, to deceive the very elect..’’ (Matthew 24vs 24) Therefore miracle is not the only proof of genuineness of a religious leader.  Revelation chapter 16 vs 13 describing the prowess of satanic miracles says ‘’ and I saw three unclean spirits come out of the mouth of the dragon, and of the beast, and out of the mouth of  the false prophet . ’’ For they are the spirits of the devil, working miracles ....’’ The devil can do miracles too especially Marine spirits who can give a relief from one side and add a problem from another side. The False Prophet will use miracles to give credence to the Anti-Christ including calling down fire from heaven.(Rev 13vs 13). Paul had to strike a certain false prophet by name BarJesus with blindness for obstructing him while preaching to theRoman proconsul Sergio Paulus. (Acts 13vs 6-12). Bible history had shown that the prophets of Baal were in the habit of calling down fire from heaven until the battle of Mount Carmel where their god could not perform on the all important day.

 
The early church were brought up with mindset of cross checking every new teaching to ensure that it is in tandem with the scriptures. These false prophets elevate their views above the teachings of the scriptures. The Berean Christians were called noble because they searched the scriptures to see whether the teachings of Paul were according to the Old Testament (Acts 17 vs 11). Therefore every Christian have a noble duty to prayerfully evaluate the theories of his Pastor, Bishop, General Overseer  with the teachings of the Bible to avoid a situation whereby according to Jesus Christ in Matthew 15 vs 13-14, a blind man is leading a blind man and all fall into a pit.

 
Obinna Akukwe

-Masterweb Reports
 
Have you heard the story of sour grapes? It’s basically about a person who desires something badly but failing to get it turns round to condemn it. Although it is just a story some of us are known to have taken this trait to another level such that it keeps recurring and becomes part of their personality.

 
We have many of such characters in Anambra but one of them particularly stands out. He is Chudi Offodile a one-time federal house member. Offodile has elevated this trait to levels unimagined to the extent that it has become a sort of syndrome to him which was aptly portrayed by Joseph Anarado on the back page of This Day newspaper of July 2.

 
Offodile had a largely ineffective representation of his people of Awka North and South federal constituency on PDP platform from 1999 to 2003. PDP even as bad as its members were and are still perceived in Anambra deemed Offodile bad enough not to represent them for a second term. Offodile promptly cross-carpeted to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to contest for senate. APGA not knowing the kind of person Offodile is and probably buying his yarn that he was muscled out of PDP because of the shenanigans there admitted him and allowed him to use their platform to contest the 2007 senate.

 
Again Offodile lost. His people simply used the opportunity to demonstrate their unhappiness with him for doing nothing for them in his earlier four-year stay in the lower house. Offodile realized too late that party platform could not save him.

 
Offodile indeed has a history of rejection by his people. In 1992 he contested for House of Reps on NRC platform but was floored by a woman from SDP, Ifeoma Chinwuba. He tried again in 1999 when after losing out in the primaries he simulated a riotous situation that enabled him to be declared winner by frightened officials who conducted the primaries. On the day of the election he was arrested by the police and the commissioner of police confirmed that arrest on the local NTA station on allegations of election malpractice. He was later released after his party threw its muscles behind him.

 
He went on to ride on the then formidable PDP rigging machinery to a contrived victory and spent the next four years in the federal house. In 2003 even though he was not the rightful candidate of PDP he still wangled his way to Abuja but eventually got punished for his sins when a tribunal threw him out after two years in the national assembly. Indeed, Offodile’s major achievement as a representative of his people was the building of the most expensive hotel in Awka to feather his own nest. Even his constituents still cannot afford to lodge there. Indeed Offodile belonged to the old destructive order that Obi has sent packing. But I was happy to read Offodile concede that when he said inter alia: ‘Peter Obi brought civility and peace to governance in Anambra State at a time politics in the state had degenerated to dangerous and unacceptable levels.’

 
The above truthful admission must have been as a result of what we commonly call a slip of tongue by Offodile but it just goes to show that Offodile was part of the uncivility and danger that pervaded the state’s politics then and naturally he like others are fighting back against the change agent called Gov Obi.

 
It is noteworthy that while he was joining APGA Offodile praised Obi and his government to high heavens, falling short of branding the governor a Messiah. Yet this is the same governor Offodile later turned round to disparage his achievements after falling out of favour with the party.

 
Like all people jaundiced by hate Offodile in his reaction to Nasir El-Rufai’s tantrums on Anambra State, joined El-Rufai in churning out obvious lies against Gov Obi and Anambra people. The common denominator in both men’s motives was fear of Obi’s soaring profile locally and internationally as a result of his stupendous achievements in a state badly paralysed by maladministration in the recent past.

 
Also both men’s vituperative comments on Obi are clearly driven by fear of what Obi’s rising profile will mean to their ambitions. While El-Rufai sees Obi rightly or wrongly as a big threat to his vice presidential ambition, Offodile sees Obi as a stumbling block to his impending guber ambition. Offodile feels that Obi’s insistence that the next governor should come from the Anambra North senatorial zone could sound the death knell on his candidature as Obi might ‘anoint’ a candidate of his own. So Offodile wants to downplay Obi’s achievements in order to rubbish his own candidate if at all Obi has any such plans.

 
Thus they had gone on to spill obvious lies. But while El-Rufai can be excused for his since he doesn’t hail from Anambra State, Offodile’s is very pathetic as he is supposed to be a son of the soil. That is why some people have termed El-Rufai an ignoramus and Offodile a mischievous person.

 
If not why should El-Rufai term Anambra people as poor and Offodile support him? Why should El-Rufai say Anambra profited from Ngige more than from Obi and Offodile concur? Indeed enumerating what falsehood they churned out is not worth the ink flowing from one’s pen but it will perhaps suffice to give a few examples which will blow their submissions to smithereens; just a few examples.

 
Let’s just take roads. While Chris Ngige was governor he did roads quite alright but it was the manner they were done that made the difference. Ngige concentrated only on his domain which is Idemili North and South axis, completely neglecting Awka the state capital and the rest of the state. Now, one can ask; of what economic importance were Idemili roads over Awka’s and the commercial cities of Onitsha and Nnewi? What about the food producing areas of Anambra East and West?

 
But when Obi came aboard he spread his dragnet to cover every part of the state, giving every zone a sense of belonging. For the first time the state capital started being developed and today it is not in doubt that any new thing in the state capital was facilitated by Obi. They include the first ever teaching hospital, the workers’ secretariat, the refurbished Ekwueme Square, the first library in the state after the one built in the First Republic in Onitsha, the Zik Avenue, Arthur Eze Road, the GRA extension roads behind government house, the Awka inner ring road, Court Road, Works Road, Majua Road, the state emergency office complex, among others.

 
In Ngige’s time Ngige never thought of these things but preferred to be clannish as he developed only his area. But even at that Ngige had a one-point agenda of just parochial road construction. He did nothing in critical sectors like health, education, commerce and industry, sports, etcetera.

 
But Obi has turned the education sector around by providing schools with computers, buses, generators, boreholes, etc.

 
Obi has okayed the promotion of workers who were told by Ngige when they went to him that it was not their right; Obi has increased their salaries four times; Obi is building the first teaching hospital in the state; he has built the first stock exchange in the state; built the first stadium (Chuba Ikpeazu) in Onitsha and building another one there; he has handed over schools to the missions and given them a ten-year grant to run the schools; he has handed over some mission hospitals back to them and given them money to operate; he gives the 177 communities in the state money every December to tackle security and pressing projects; he has used his security vote to assist the police and other security agencies in the state by providing with over 100 vehicles and equipment; he has constructed over 600 kilometres of roads in the state and built the highest number of bridges in the state than any previous government, transforming Anambra as with the best road network; he has revived the dead transport sector through the ANIDS Mass Transit buses and cars. The list is endless. All these are very verifiable and have been a result of careful and prudent management of the state’s lean resources through the Anambra Integrated Development Strategy that seeks to develop every sector at same time. It is also anchored on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the only state that uses it that way.

 
Obi is now giving 60 secondary schools N20m each to rebuild dilapidated infrastructure, something never dreamt of in the state.

 
The wonder is that Obi has done all this without borrowing a dime from any quarter.

 
Yet El-Rufai and Offodile want us to believe otherwise. This is why their position has been laughed at by everybody. From what has been enumerated here the truth is obvious and the world can see who’s been lying. But as stated earlier some people attack and condemn what is beyong their reach and that is now what is beginning to be seen as the Offodile Syndrome.

 
Obiora Odenigbo

-Masterweb Reports

 
In reaction to Mallam Nasir el-Rufai’s uninformed piece on Anambra State entitled: Anambra: Budget of Misplaced Priorities, many people have written by way of further comments on the subject. Quite unusual of the Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi did a rejoinder himself; he sought to correct a misrepresentation of his State. Beyond just telling us that Anambra State has adopted the Millennium Development Goals as its vision, Obi explained that Anambra Integrated development Strategy (ANIDS) is a vehicle for achieving the vision. The Governor took the goals one after the other and clearly showed what the state is doing. At the end of the piece, even skeptics were convinced that his Government is focused and is driven by plan encapsulated in novel methods that are working towards achieving set goals.

 
At the end of the day, and going by what Obi has done in Anambra State, the question on all lips is: ‘Why does he still have apposition?’ The answer is simple: ‘Obi met a State that was in the jaws of lions. Naturally, to retrieve anything from the lions’ jaws will surely entail collateral damage and injuries on any person who so dares embark on such a hazardous enterprises.

 
Today, with Governor Obi bearing the scars of all the instruments used in the battle for the soul of Anambra State, one can say that he has done well. The loosing vocal minority are like the evil spirit, legion, that Christ cast out from a man’s body that entered into a swine and caused damage. This minority have been frustrated in the State, and like legion, they are determined to cause maximum damage on their way out.

 
Today, in Anambra, Obi has not been forgiven by many who consider him an “outsider”, who, not only wrestled power from them, but seems determined to alienate them from Anambra politics by growing a new crop of dedicated political who would forever bench the failed politicians of old. This failed lot have sworn that this ‘dangerous’ move by Obi must be stopped at all cost. This I submit explains the level of opposition massed against the Governor.

 
Anambra has therefore become a State where people deliberately pretend not to know the truth as they pursue some wild and elusive dream. Otherwise, why should somebody like Mr. Chudi Offodile, from Awka, deny Obi the credit of doing anything on health, when a Teaching Hospital built from the scratch stands before him in his home town! Obi erected about 20 new buildings in that complex, equipped the hospital and ensured its accreditation by the relevant professional medical bodies; yet Offodile’s lamentation that nothing is happening around him.



 
In his own piece entitled “Anambra: Further comments on Obi’s misplaced Priorities, one Dr. Chidozie Emenuaga was at it too. Though he pretended to be objective, he ended up showing his true colours. My first reaction on reading him was: ‘Ah, where is this Emenuga coming from?’ A little check however revealed him as once a Personal Assistant to Prof. Charles Soludo when he was the Governor of the Central Bank. It was easy to establish a nexus here: the write up by Mallam El-Rufai was the reproduction of a lecture delivered by Soludo himself on the 3rd of May, 2012 at the faculty of Social Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka with little input by Rufai. During the public presentation of Uche Ezechukwu’s book on Ojukwu, Soludo’s only comment was about the imaginary poverty in Anambra State.  Emenuga was Soludo’s Personal Assistant, while the newspapers reported that the Barnhill Hotel partly owned by Mr. Chudi Offodile was actually used to rig election for the PDP, when Soludo was their governorship candidate in Anambra State.

 
Now to some points raised by Soludo’s Assistant and the mallam that: “The point that Governor Obi and other Anambra people should swallow is that the condition of Anambra State has become such a national and international concern that ‘outsiders’ can no longer be shut out from proffering solutions”. This is at best intellectual dishonesty. I challenge Emenuga to tell us what El-Rufai did at a time Anambra State was really in pathetic condition. At a time when their principal, President Olusegun Obasanjo ensured that Anambra State was a butt of dinner jollity. At that time, Dr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju could not even see the President, while in the full glee of the world Obasanjo agreed that Dr. Chris Ngige was rigged into office. Is it now Obi has restored sanity, peace and progress to the State that somebody should talk of “the condition of Anambra State?”

 
I share what Emenuga said about Philosophy. Let one go on and add that it was not in vain that it was regarded as Regina Scientiarum (the Queen of the Sciences) In fact when you enquire into the history of civilization, you will discover that the epochal liberation of man from barbarism was more the achievements of philosophers.

 
Philosophy is good because it awakens in man the need for critical thinking. However, if what Emenuaga was trying to say is that Obi as a philosopher should have performed better, he is wrong. I challenge him to tell us one Governor that is doing better than him with the available resources? There is no sector in which Obi has not done better than his predecessors.

 
Emenuga gleefully echoed El-Rufai’s view on the poor IGR base of the State and submitted that “only Lagos, Kano and a few other non-oil producing states are not as valuable as Anambra. If he were sincere, he should have named two more states that do not fall within his vulnerable ranking. He knows he may not get any beyond Lagos and Kano. But like a typical home opposition, Anambra must be used as an example. I cannot accuse him of criticizing what he did not understand, because it was evidently out of mischief. Since Obi advent, Anambra’s IGR may not have reached its optimum, but it has continued to increase. Obi says that he has enough money to pay salary for even a year should nothing come from the centre.

 
In 6 years Obi has invested over 10 Billion Naira for  Anambra State in promising businesses and yet he is doing nothing to improve Anambra’s IGR Base. If all the companies, SABmiller, Orient Petroleum , Innoson Motors, Juhel, etc he is supporting or attracting to Anambra pay taxes, would it not improve the IGR base? Surely Emenuga’s understanding of IGR is still within the base category of collecting stallage fees and all that.

 
Coming out more pungently to showcase his real motive, Emenuaga asked: “What are the good works a visitor will see in Anambra State? Peer Review? King Solomon of Israel did not publicize his good works before Queen of Sheba heard of it and embarked on a trip to Jerusalem to see for herself”. If everything Solomon did should be glorified, I advice Emenuga to get 700 concubines for himself. In a State where people like Emenuaga deny what exists, what will happen if such are not shown  to the world? In fact, the antics of people like him call on the Governor to re-double whatever he does to showcase his work. I think Emenuga should rather not concern himself about false claims.

 
In saying that the only solution to poverty and unemployment in Anambra State is to expand economic activities in the State and create enabling environment for the private sector to flourish, Emenuga left many more confused than enlightened. In the past 6 years, economic activities in the State have been expanding. Consequently Bank branches have more than doubled, industries are coming up, hotels grew from about 4 to over 30, and development partners that were not in the State are all here. Emenuga, what do you mean?

 
To show you what Emenuaga set out to do, he denied any development taking place in his part of the State. Even the road he referred to – Igbo-Ukwu – Uga – Umunze – Owerre-Ezukala road was completed by Governor Obi. He does not know that this Government has completely rebuilt the Umunze Cottage Hospital, constructed the longest Bridge – Odor – in his area, did the Ufuma – Enugwu road, is doing  Ajalli- Aguluezechukwu road. In his part of the State, there is no town that did not benefit from a new classroom of five blocks. Most schools for the first time benefited from library, buses, internet, boreholes etc. 

 
Judging from what Obi has done and the recognition that has come his way, it will not be easy to distort the truth here. Thisday best Governor on Financial Prudence; Champion Most Trustworthy Governor; Thisday 4th most performing Governor; a Governor heading a State acclaimed by the Nigerian Senate as Most Stable;  a Governor Debt Management Office acclaimed as leading the  least indebted State; a Governor The Federal  Ministry of Works acclaimed his State as having the best network of roads; a Governor who is beloved by International community/development partners, a Governor who enjoys warm relationship with the Federal Government, cannot by any stretch of imagination be called a failure.

 
In his long and tortuous journey in politics, we must accept that Obi has driven lunatics away from Anambra State, clipped the wings of predatory politicians eying the State treasury, prevented those who saw themselves as readymade to govern  Anambra State from succeeding. But even if he turns Anambra into an Eldorado, this tribe of critics must see him as a failure. Too bad! Too tragic!

 
Dr. Amos Onyedika, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka

-Masterweb Reports
 
Governor Peter Obi has received another award as the ‘Good Financial Planning Governor of our Time”, from the Enugu Anglican Diocese. The Award was presented to the Governor at a service to mark the end of the first session of the fifteenth Synod of the Diocese at All Saints Church, GRA Enugu.

 
Presenting the Award, the Bishop of the Diocese, Rt. Reverend Emmanuel Chukwuma said the Governor had continued to demonstrate prudence, transparency and accountability in using public resources for the collective welfare of all.

 
Bishop Chukwuma who recalled that the Governor championed the return of schools to churches, explained that while the church remains firm in criticizing the short comings and excesses of those in position of authority, there is equally need to encourage leaders who are doing well.

 
Receiving the Award, Governor Obi thanked them for the honor and commended their choice of awardees who he described as those who have distinguished themselves in service to the people.

 
He appealed to the church to continue to pray for the country and its leaders to combat the various challenges including problem of insecurity and prevailing global financial crisis, noting that Nigeria is presently burdened with high domestic debt spent on consumption instead of production.

 
The governor called on leaders to promote exemplary conduct to restore decency in governance, while urging the people not to encourage impunity in service. 

 
In a sermon earlier, the Anglican Bishop of New Bussa Diocese in Niger State, Rt. Rev. Israel Amoo enjoined Christians to be contented with God’s will for them as God is the only source of blessing and has the final say in human affairs

 
In his reaction later, the transition committee Chairman, Aguata Local Government council, Chief Titus Anigbogu said the honor is well deserved and a testimony of Governor Obi’s selfless services and commitment in transforming all sectors.

 
*Photo Caption - Gov. Obi (middle), with his wife, Margaret(right), receiving the award of the "Good Financial Planning Governor of Our Time", from Enugu Anglican Church and presented by Bishop Emmanuel Chukwuma during the First session of the 15th Synod of the Diocese at All Saints Church, GRA, Enugu, Enugu State.

-Masterweb Reports 
 

Sickness is not something we wish for ourselves, not even for our worst enemies. As long as we remain mortal, sickness and diseases will remain part and parcel of our life. I see nothing wrong with someone falling ill. An Akan axiom says that “Se woton wo yarea a na wonya ano aduro”. Translated literally, it means if you tell people your ailments, you get medicine for it.

 
The prevalent disease in both my maternal and paternal families is diabetes. Almost every sibling of my mother suffered or is suffering from that disease. Two out of my seven surviving siblings are known carriers of that disease. I went for the test and it came out negative. But that was a little over a year ago.

 
The diabetic trait in the family has made us all conscious of how we lead our lives. We have also become each other’s keeper. Personally, I like sweet things and my family is always on me to cut down on the quantity of sweet intake in my diet. But this is something which affects the Damptey family and the ordinary people of Abomoso. I cannot say so about other families.

 
Thus, I find it difficult to comprehend all the secrecy surrounding the health of our President. His health status has become a “No go area” during public discourse, for the moment you broach on the subject the NDC will unleash its attacking dogs, vampires, vultures, sharks, snakes, wolves, foxes and eagles on you as if you were a notorious criminal who should be destroyed at all cost.

 
President George H.R. Bush Vomiting Incident: The President fainted after vomiting at a banquet hosted by the then Japanese Prime Minister, Kiichi Miyazawa and attended by 135 diplomats. The date was 8th January, 1992 at 8.20pm. The incident was widely reported and quickly became a fodder for the nation’s comedians. It caused a wave of late night TV jokes and ridicule in the international community, with the coining of “Bush-suru” which literally meant “to do the Bush thing”. Can you laugh over such an incident involving the President, if it had happened in Ghana? Definitely, not! The Security officials will skin you alive!!

 
The Dick Cheney Shooting incidence: He was the Vice President during the George Bush administration. On February 11, 2006, he shot Harry Whittington, a 78 year old Texas Attorney while participating in a quail hunt on a ranch in Kennedy County, Texas. The first public news was called in to the “Corpus Christi Caller Times” on February 12, 2006 by ranch owner, Katherine Armstrong. The Bush Administration disclosed the shooting incident to the public in the afternoon of February 12, 2006. Local authorities released a report on the shooting on February 16, 2006 and written statements on February 22. Cheney spoke publicly about the incident on February 15, 2006.

 
Could such a thing have happened in Ghana? Definitely not! Any person or newspaper reporter who commented or wrote about the incident would have been hounded and hunted by the BNI. Who born dog?

 
When Kweku Baako’s intelligence unit intercepted a police extract in which the “wayoman” had made some incriminating statements against top members of the government, the NDC Police CID went after the ace journalist, not the criminals.

 
President Woodrow Wilson suffers a stroke in 1919: He had sold the concept of the League of Nations to European Powers. But the US Senate blocked the idea. His attempt to speak directly to the American people ended in a fiasco.

 
On October 2, 1919, the President suffered a stroke. The wife quickly summoned Dr. Grayson, the President’s Personal Physician and the conspiracy began. The two formed a bulwark between the invalid President and the rest of the country, hiding his condition from the rest of the country.

 
President Andrew Jackson was in pain emotionally and physically. He had lost his wife and was also suffering from rotten toothache, chronic headaches, failing eyesight, constant pain and internal bleeding from two bullets lodged in his body.

 
President William Harrison: He faced election rumours that he was unwell. To discredit those rumours, he waged a very active campaign that left him exhausted. The Inauguration Day was bitterly cold but the new President wore neither overcoat nor a hat. His inaugural address lasted almost two hours. He developed a severe chest cold, from which he never fully recovered.

 
President John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills: Truth, though is bitter, it must be told. It is an acknowledged fact that the President has a problem with his sight. Earlier on in his presidency, he had a problem reading from his prepared written addresses. The font sizes of the letters were increased almost five hundred times. The pronunciation of “ecomimi” and “ofumfuo” instead of “economy” and “Otumfuo” stems from the fact that he had problems with his eyesight.

 
Sekou Nkrumah told us that when he met the President for the last time after he had been sacked, it dawned on him that the President did not recognize who he was. A school mate of the President once confided in me that he realized the President was going blind during one of their Old Students’ Re-unions. In earlier times, anytime he shook hands with the President, the latter had one special mantra for him. But the last time they met, the ritual wasn’t performed. It was only when the President heard his voice that he recognized him for who he was and the “usual ritual” was enacted. He then realized the President had not recognized him when he greeted him.

 
He who is healthy does not need physician: Nii Lante Vanderpuye, a Presidential Aide at the Castle told us that the President had the Juju ring made for him to counteract the effect of a spell which a Chief from the Western Region cast on him after the President had shook hands with that chief. He told us that the President received some blisters on his palm after shaking the chief’s hand. If the President is not spiritually sick, why should the juju ring be made for him?

 
And will this perhaps explain the death of the Ghana High Commissioner to Canada who died three days after playing host to the President and shaking his hands? Will it perhaps explain the strange happenings in the country …suicides, murder, ethnic clashes, accidents both on land and on air? Could it perhaps explain why the NPP activist refused to take the outstretched hand of Baba Jamal at Akwatia? Will it also explain why Betty Mould changed everything at the office of the Minister of Education when she was made the substantive Minister? By the way, where are those items that were carted away from the office?

 
Where was the President? For nearly two week before the President went for his so-called “routine medical checkup” he chose to remain “out of coverage area” whilst various parts of the country were engulfed in turmoil. Where was the President? They cannot tell us his whereabouts because the President was indeed sick. The only alternative is that, he like Nero, the Mad Emperor of Rome might have resorted to playing the fiddle whilst most parts of the country were on fire.

 
Routine Medical Checkup: The President told us he was going for a routine medical checkup. Something that is routine but it took nearly two weeks! Okudzeto Ablakwa also told us he was going for a second opinion. Which was which? This same Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Chemical Ali of Ghanaian politics had some time ago told us that the President’ palm had turned dark due to the effect of the drugs used to treat the President’s throat cancer. Has the cancer been cured? Did the routine checkup have anything to do with Cancer?

 
Now listen to the President. “I am able to sit down with the doctors and talk about things” Which things? And then, “I am able to sit down” What does he mean by that statement? The fact that he omitted the word “now” does not alter the meaning. What he was telling Ghanaians was that he was now able to sit down with his doctors; something he couldn’t do before.

 
Now listen to the President and tell me if you could make head or tail out of it. “Let me tell you in six months, we are going to work very very very very very hard. I remember the last time when I came back from the G8. He (VP John Mahama) had been in Sunyani and when I spoke with him, he wasn’t well at all and when I came back from the G8 and as far as I am concerned, this is nothing I will say calls for something by all Ghanaians. I am only going there to make sure that yes, we look at this that … and come back to continue …” Does this speech make any sense to you? And you tell me the President is well!

 
And for the First time in his presidency, the President publicly announced that in his absence, the country would be administered by the Vice President. What do you think was going on in the mind of the President at that time?

 
As I have stated somewhere before that the New Patriotic Party, (Nipa Pa Party) does not wish the death of President Mills. We wish him well. We want him to be alive to witness God’s prophecy about setting a table in the presence of our enemies come true. Yes, the NPP will surely run roughshod over the NDC. We will demolish them. Yes, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo will “maul” John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills on 7th December, 2012. We want the President to be alive so that he will see how God will use Nana Addo to move Ghana to greater heights.

 
Those who do not wish the President well are the very people surrounding and holding him hostage. What was the essence of the physical torture they put the President through by making him jog and trot before his departure and after his arrival at the airport? It wasn’t a wise thing to do. If they believe they are deceiving Ghanaians by giving the president increasing dosage of “steroids” to enable him undergo some physical actions which ordinarily he wouldn’t be able to do, then they have something worse coming. They are putting the health of the president in jeopardy.

 
The President is not well and should call it quit. But for nefarious reasons, those with skeletons in their cupboards and would who might be negatively impacted when there is a change of guards are forcing the man to go beyond his endurance. And it is such people that I am making this passionate appeal to. Please, the life of our President is valuable to us. Do not, in the name of God Almighty and for your own selfish interest do the unthinkable by flogging a willing horse to its death.

 
And if the President loves this nation, he should not allow his “aides” to lead him astray. Mr President, you must be conscious of your health. Call it quits when the ovation is loudest. You will regain the love and forgiveness of Ghanaians. Do not act like the Mohammed Allis and the D.K.Poisons of yesterdays.

 
You may not like me. You may call me all sorts of names. You may even crucify me. But I remain unruffled in my quest to ensure that the right things are done. I am only performing my patriotic duty by alerting Ghanaians to the fact that our President, Professor John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills is seriously ill and must step aside.

 
Daniel Danquah Damptey ( 0243715297, damptey_daniel@yahoo.com

-Masterweb Reports
 
 
Anybody who has been following developments in Anambra State does not need a soothsayer to reveal to him that El Rufai is acting a well scripted drama. Recall that at the beginning of the year, a write up circulated on the net warning of impending media war against Gov. Peter Obi, as part of the efforts to pitch him against the President and portray him as being far from what he preaches. This is the Offodile Syndrome!

 
“Peter Obi brought civility and peace to governance in Anambra State at a time politics in the State had degenerated to dangerous and unacceptable levels”, so declared Chudi Offodile.  By this he has admitted that at the time they held sway, Anambra was home to Bedlam as lunatics took over the asylum.  At that time, important institutions of the State were all burnt down; Obi has rebuilt all of them.

 
Chudi Offodile said Obi “engaged in needless propaganda, in pursuit of Federal lucre”. I have maintained that Obi is a “disappointment” to many, who feel that the level of propaganda in the state does not match the projects on ground. Why should we not propagate his good work? Let me ask Offodile if it is Local Government lucre that Obi should pursue?  The man saying this used to be a member of the House of Representatives and at that time, he had so weak a wing for developmental flight; otherwise let him tell us a single thing he attracted to his Constituency. Today Obi is respected in Nigeria and he belongs to many Federal Government Committees thus bringing honour to Anambra State.

 
For the purpose of setting the records straight, on road infrastructure, as at the 19th day of June, 2012, Anambra State Government has asphalted over 600kms of roads. The records are there for everybody to see. Probably intimidated, “Engr.” Offodile suddenly started commenting on qualities of roads; RCC, CCC, Nigercat, IDC, among other reputable companies construct roads for the State.  “Engr”. Offodile's predicament is a classical case of onye amaghi ihe o ga eji koo mmadu onu, o si ya na odi ihu ka nna ya (a person who does not see any valid for castigating another telling him him that he resembles his father). The statistics on roads in Anambra are there for everybody to see.

 
On the issue of contracts not advertised, it is on record that all jobs in Anambra State are duly advertised. Today Anambra has one of the strongest Tenders Board, with a lawyer of repute, Barr. Peter Afuba as Chairman amogst other reputable lawyers, Architects, and Engineers. No contract is awarded without going through that Board and the State Executive Council for approval. I invite Offodile to verify this.   It is those that deal with him, one way or the other, who say he is prudent.  In 2009, he won Thisday prize for the Most Prudent Governor in Nigeria as well as many other awards.  While most of the States are borrowing and issuing bonds, he has not done so. The Senate of Nigeria, Debt Management office, World Bank may be wrong in acclaiming Anambra’s financial stability as against the analysis of a lawyer turned “financial guru.”  

 
Why is Offodile troubled that Gov. Obi has so much money of the State in the bank saying he should spend all in the provision of infrastructure?   This is incestuous analysis and at most shocking.  In a world where lack of savings is one of the reasons for economic recession, somebody says we should not save?

 
Seeking for things to deal a blow on Obi, Offodile was everywhere. He even accused him of not initiating Orient petroleum simply because he was seeking ways to denigrate the fact that Obi was the first and only Governor of Anambra State that investing money – N4 Billion – in it.  Through his efforts, the facility is due for commissioning. Sensing that Obi will get the glory, Offodile started early to distract from that by reference to who initiated what. 

 
Offodile also accused Obi  him of not building schools in the State. It is on record that Obi built five classroom blocks in each town in Anambra State. The one for Awka, Offodile's home town, is at Community Secondary School, Nkwelle Awka. He holds strangely that the Governor visiting schools, handing over computers to them and finally handing them over to Churches is evidence of incoherence. Well, he knows what he means.  I do know that one of the greatest things Obi does today, which people like Offodile have not understood, is visiting primary and secondary schools for which he has been to over 200 of them.   Such visits have long lasting psychological effects on children. I think it was President Clinton who dreamt of being an American President when President Kennedy visited his school.

 
Realizing that one of the strongest point Obi has among development partners is his commitment to immunization and devotion to primary health, for which he has built close to 200 Primary Health Centres in the State.  It is a pity that he does not know at his level that promoting immunization culture is one of the most fundamental in the general health of the people globally. It is a major preventive exercise that has attracted the attention of people like Bill Gates, the richest man in the world, who is committing Billions of dollars into it. Under Obi Anambra’s immunization coverage of Anambra State moved from 45% to over 85%.

 
I find it difficult to understand why Offodile should develop heart attack to hear that Obi attracted Innoson, SABmiller and other companies to Anambra.  When Obi came into office, he invited manufacturers and pleaded with them to invest in the State and assured them of Government support.  One of them, the Chief Executive of  Innoson Motors Manufacturing, Innocent Chukwuma  in his recent remarks, referring to Gov. Obi,  said:  “we vividly recall that just five years ago, you laid the foundation stone of our motor plant and shortly after, when we faced onerous challenges, you firmly stood by us. Only less than two years ago you brought the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR to commission the plant at Nnewi. We also note with pleasant memory that your Government has so far remained the largest single customer to the factory and your good self “the Chief Marketing Officer.” As I write, Anambra State Government has ordered 500 vehicles worth over 2 Billion Naira from the company out of which she has paid 70%, while even still awaiting delivery.

 
Yes, Obi attracted SABmiller and some other companies. SABmiller, the second largest brewer in the world have a relationship with Next International Company for over 20 years. The Global Chief Executive of SABMiller, Mr. Graham Mackay, made it clear that they came to Anambra on the insistence of Obi and because of the presence of a strong government in the state. It is a pity that Offodile is not concerned with the over 1000 direct employment by the brewery and many other ancillary jobs. He is not delighted that Anambra State has 10% shares but he is after the remaining 12% shares owned among prominent Nigerian investors.

 
Next International Company is one of the many companies Obi was part of before he became Governor.  Obi and Next have investments in several corporations. Next started from Onitsha and still retains Onitsha as its head office. Next have warehouses in Lagos   far above the two malls in Abuja that Offodile the Estate Valuer  incredibly over-valued.

 
Pretending to care for the State, Offodile lamented lack of airport in the State. Obi has said it severally that it is not proper fiscal management  to embark on  an airport project for 40 Billion Naira when it is 45 minutes from Enugu Airport to Awka and 35 from Asaba. Much as the building of an airport is guided by necessity, it is not among the Millennium Development Goals.

 
Offodile also talked about Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital as only referral hospital in the state. Obviously, he is not aware that Anambra State Teaching Hospital located in his home town has started functioning.  The first clinical at the College of Medicine by students of Anambra State University was on the 26th of June. But will it be above him to turn blind eyes to such things because Obi made them possible?

 
On the issue of Onitsha Hotel and Convention Centre, one is a bit happy that Offodile appears to know a little about what Obi is doing. He mentioned two contractors over the project. He should have gone ahead to tell us their quotations. I thought that at a certain age and with certain level of exposure some of us ought to have overgrown selective biases. Whilst the initial contract was 5 Billion naira, Obi, working closely with Capital Alliance (Protea partners) was informed that a hotel of that size would not take more than N2.5 Billion Naira. Eventually it was cancelled and re-awarded to Akiota Works at the cost of 2 Billion naira thus saving 3 Billion for the State. Akiota today is one of the best Nigerian construction firms.

 
In saying that Obi did not initiate projects, but merely completed those initiated by others, I believe every elementary school pupil will recognize the folly of this line of thought.

 
Offodile is guilty  of many peccadilloes simply because he is driven by other motives that are not altruistic.

 
Joseph Anarado

-Masterweb Reports
 
The Abia State Police Command stated that no fewer than 20 suspects have been arrested in connection with the killing of Eze Iroha Nwankwo; the traditional ruler of Ugwuleru autonomous community in Umunneochi Council of Abia as it intensified investigation into the flagitious crime.

 
The traditional ruler was allegedly beaten to death last Monday in his palace by some unidentified youths in the community who invaded his palace.

 
However, the family through Prince Samuel Iroha, has accused the Transition Committee Chairman of Umunneochi council area, Prince Dan Okoli of a inciting the youths to kill their father.

 
According to Samuel Iroha, the council chairman addressed the youths and after addressing them, the youths invaded the palace and killed the traditional ruler.

 
Iroha said: "I want the police to arrest Dan Okoli to tell them who killed my father. He incited the youths to kill him, so I want the police to ensure that he faces the law."

 
He alleged that his father was killed on Monday night by scores of irate youths, who accused him of giving police information on criminal activities in his domain.

 
Prince Iroha alleged that the youths were addressed by both the transition council chairman, Prince Dan Okoli and the council lor representing Leru ward, Livinus Okoronkwo on the fateful day and an hour later the palace was attacked.

 
According to him, "they incited the youths by telling them something" hence the police should find out what the youths were told the two politicians. But Iroha could not say what problem the family has with the chairman to warrant killing their father.

 
However, denying the allegation, the chairman said "It is not true. I did not incite anybody against anybody. Rather the youths were on rampage because of the arrest by the police of some boys said to be innocent."

 
According to him, when the information got to him where he was at a function by the Council or representing the community, I asked the DPO to release the boys to the council or if could properly identify them.

 
The Assistant Commissioner of Police in-charge of Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Mr. Joseph Micloth said the 20 suspects had been arrested while investigation continued, though he did not give details of those arrested, but he vowed that the police would get to the root of the matter and culprits made to face the law.

 
*Photo Caption - Suspects arrested by Abia State Police Command