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Yar’adua , Nigeria’s fourth democratically selected president. Yar’adua  , Nigeria’s most unassuming president. Yar’adua , Nigeria’s most frail president. Yar’adua , Nigeria’s most educated president . Yar’adua , Nigeria’s only president with leftist ideology. The manner of your exit equals the manner of your entrance. Mysterious appearance and mysterious disappearance. State Governors Peter Odili, Donald Duke, Sam Egwu, Ahmed Makarfi, even Jerry Gana and Rochas Okorocha were all in the presidential race of 2007 and from nowhere you appeared through Obasanjoic abracadabra and became the ruling party flag bearer. All the presidential aspirants except Rochas and Jerry were commandeered to genuflect before His Royal Ota majesty and accept the native intelligence that brought you to power. The ensuing presidential do or die abracadabra raised to power two made you the choice of the entire Nigerians while your Buhari opponent was left to weep the second time.

Yar’adua , the first thing you did as president elect was to denounce the process that brought you to power while still clinging to the stolen mandate. You were the first president in Nigeria to ever admit that the road to victory was as fraudulent as fraud itself. However the Justices of the Supreme Court by their majority judgment felt that you actually had typhoid fever when you admitted that the election was fraudulent.
Yar’adua you were the first president in Nigeria to declare your asset. You weren’t materialistic but your wife Turai was the direct opposite of you .During your regime the praise of Turai was the arrival of favour. Emirs, Igwes, Obas, Professors, High Chiefs, Ex this and Ex that all bowed down to Her Majesty Turai before being qualified to share in the national cake.
Yar’adua , you weren’t corrupt but during your regime , the newest cabal in the country, the Nigeria Governors Forum manipulated your rule of law  mantra and begun the process of liquidating the foreign reserves which godfather Obasanjo left behind.
Yar’adua your Seven Point Agenda has been replaced by the Transformational agenda and Vision 20; 2020 and Nigerians are anxiously waiting and praying for the transformation. All those cabals who held the nation hostage while you were sick have been thrown into the dustbin by your brother Goodluck and replaced by another set of cabal. Your godfather Obasanjo have been frustrated out of the PDP as the Chairman of BOT and the assistant godfather Babangida have been sidelined and marginalized by the same party that he goes about the globe complaining.  
Yar’adua you weren’t confrontational but you could not suffer fools hanging around your political space. On your way to Brazil you gave the military high command order that before you finish your first breakfast in Brazil they would have wiped off Boko Haram from your Presidency or you sack all of them from the service. Of course before you finished brushing your teeth to taste the sumptuous ala-cart before the breakfast table in Brasilia, the army high command have finished  wiping off the then Boko Haram and handed their leader to the notorious Nigerian police.
Yar’adua you weren’t an economist but you never trusted the economic theories of the all knowing western economists. They forced you to increase fuel price by ten naira but immediately their convoy left the gates of the state house you hastily reversed yourself and reduced it by five naira to the fury of the western economists.
Yar’adua your godfather Obasanjo , just like Shehu your late brother, never believed in rule of law but rule of power and money but you defied their  philosophy and introduced the rule of law mantra into the Nigerian polity. You obeyed court orders and asked your Ministers, Ambassadors and Heads of Parastatals to do the same.
Yar’adua why did you leave live this? The nation you left behind is now a mess and civil war is looming. Let me intimate you of events tat occurred in your absence.
The first lady, Patience is still very powerful but not as powerful as your wife. The power Turai once wielded has been split between Patience, Ngozi, Diezani and Stella-Oduah.
The 2011 presidential election was still fraudulent but not as fraudulent as the one supervised by professor Maurice and Dr Abel.
The Governors Forum cabal you couldn’t checkmate have checkmated your younger brother Goodluck. They have collectively defecated fuel subsidy, corruption and Boko Haram on the transformational agenda your brother promised Nigerians.
Yar’adua , while you got the Boko Haram extremists hunted and chased into Chad and Sudan your Goodluck brother have continued to play snooker with them until they now have annexes  in his state house, national assembly, judiciary and police force.
Yar;adua you started the amnesty programme for the Niger Delta militants and established a ministry for the interest of Niger delta but your brother have not been able to establish a negotiable link with the Boko Haram militants.
Yaradua the James Ibori which you shielded from prosecution for helping you with funds for the presidential election have now been jailed in Britain for money laundering charges.
Yaradua ,the latest is that the fuel subsidy bill which was N384 billion naira in 2009, the year you went to that Saudi hospital where they finished you off, by 2011 the subsidy bill had skyrocketed to N1.7 trillion naira and the culprits are walking freely and threatening Brimstone.
Yaradua, some elder statesmen have left to join you in that place. Have you met with them. Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu, the Ezeigbo Gburugburu died and was given the most celebrated burial in the history of Africa. From London to Zungeru, Lagos to Enugu thousands gathered to pay homage to the Lion of Biafra. Dr Matthew Mbu and Professor Sam Aluko also died and were accorded respects.
Yar’adua, your brother Goodluck isn’t an economist either but he got so carried away by the economic theories of western capitalists that he added eighty naira to the same fuel price you removed five naira.
Yar’adua , the rule of law mantra have died .Twenty protesters were killed  around the country because they gathered to occupy empty square hitherto inhabited by beggars and mentally deranged to complain that they are hungry and need food on their table.
Yar’adua wake up. You have slept enough! The northern politicians wished you death with the evil permutations that they will use the zonal formula to ascend your exalted throne where food is N1billion naira annually. However your brother Goodluck thought them lessons on silence and subterfuge and dribbled them to political irrelevance. Out of frustration they have sworn to make the nation ungovernable for your brother until he reverts back to the zoning formula and allows them to complete your tenure and your brother is presently helpless. He prefers to hide in the villa like goggled Sanni and occasionally escape for meetings of African Union.
Yar’adua  wake up now before civil war starts in Nigeria. Your tenure remains one year. Move round your former residence in the villa and chase away those people wining and dining from five pm while distracting your brother from giving us the needed fresh air.
Yar’adua wake up! You’ve slept enough! Wake up!  Wait! Did I hear that revered Christian leaders like Archbishop John Onaiyekan, Bishop David Oyedepo, Pastor Emmanuel Kure and Professor Yusuf Obaje prayed with you days before your death? That’s a problem. If they did then they must have administered the Sacrament of Extreme Unction to you. This revered Sacrament is administered only to people at the point of death so that the Almighty will receive them unto paradise. If they administered it then Yar’adua you better stay where you are because that place is better than your former residence in Aso Villa.
Obinna Akukwe

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Lecture with title "Ndigbo In Geo-Politics of Nigeria" holds on a rescheduled date ( 25th May, 2012 ) at Enugu, Enugu State.
Venue: NUJ Press Center, Rangers Avenue, Independence Layout, Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria.
*All efforts by detractors and saboteurs to prevent the event from holding failed. Igbos should show massive support for the event by coming from wherever they
are to the venue in solidarity.
Date: 25th May, 2012.
Time: 10.00 am prompt
Programme: *SEE BELOW
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezife, former Anambra State Governor.
*Chairman of the occassion is Amb. G. A. Onyegbula, a distinguised retired diplomat, while President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo is expected to be Chief Guest. 
Other Speakers - Among those to speak are: Dr. Arthur Nwankwo, Col Joe Achuzia, Barr Uche Okwukwu, Chief Ifeanyichukwu Enemchukwu, Chief Charles Okereke, Dr. Kema Chikwe, Mr. Osadebe Ibegbu, Chief Inyama - President, Igbo Development Association 19 Northern States, Prof Ben Obumselu, Prof Ralph Nwokedi, Dr. Okey Emordi, Prof Pat Utomi, Chief Bob Ogbuagu, Pa Onyenso Nwachukwu, Prof Julius Onah, Dr. Uma Eleazu, Prof Emeka Enejere , Udenta Udenta, Chief Mrs Kate Ezeofor , Prof Uzodimma Nwala, , and several other distinguished speakers.
Col J.O.G Achuzia (Air Raid) will lead a powerful delegation of Anioma Igbos and Igbozurume group to the Enugu epoch-making lecture. Rivers Igbos will be led by Barr Uche Okwukwu, a notable Ikwerre lawyer and Obi Wali Jnr.
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The  THEME OF this lecture is "Ndigbo in the Geo-Politics of Nigeria, the way foward" while the sub-theme is "Ndigbo After Ojukwu". The keynote speaker is HEX DR CHUKWUEMEKA EZIFE (OKWADIKE), former Executive Governor of Anambra State. Among many other noteable speakers are Col J.O.G Achuzia (Air Raid) who will speak on Ndigbo after Ojukwu,   Chief Charles Okereke, composer "God Bless Africa" - an African Union award winning anthem,  and CEO Nigeria Masterweb ( ) - a very popular online publication, will also present a paper by proxy at the event. All our speakers are distinguished in their respective fields.

Lecture Organized By Nigerian Presidency of South East Extraction Movement (NPSEEM) and Igbo Unity Forum (IUF), and sponsored by Igbo World Assembly (IWA)

Arrival of Guests 8.00 am - 10.00 am
Introduction of Guests 10.00 am - 10.30 am
Opening Ceremony 10.30 am - 11.00 am
Goodwill Messages 11.00 am - 11.40 am
Keynote Speech 11.40 am - 12.00 noon
Cultural Dance(s)and/or Music 12.00 noon 12.10 pm
Paper Presentations(15 minutes each) 12.10 pm - 2.30 pm
Question And Answer Session 2.30 pm - 3.30 pm
Refreshment And Cultural Dance(s) 3.30 pm - 4.00 pm
Closing Remarks 4.00 pm - 4.10 pm
Vote Of Thanks 4.10 pm - 4.20 pm
Closing Ceremony 4.20 pm - 4.30 pm

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Sunday, May 6, 2012: Governor Peter Obi has received the 2011 Governor of the Year Award of the Business Hallmark publications. The award was presented to the Governor at the People of the Year, 2011 awards ceremony of the media organization at the Golden Gate Restaurant, Kingsway Road, Ikoyi, Lagos on Saturday Night.

Speaking at the event, the Publisher of the newspaper, Prince Emeka Obasi said his choice was after painstaking debate and voting among the members of the Paper’s Editorial Board. He said his choice was informed by Obi’s transformational, visionary and people-oriented leadership, which it noted had set a standard and benchmark to access governance in the country.

Further, it noted that Governor Obi administration had re-defined governance through comprehensive, integrated and holistic approach that introduced a new order hinged on promotion of fiscal discipline, transparency and accountability. “With what he is doing in Anambra State, she is now one of the most progressive and celebrated state in the country”, he said.


The Chairman of the occasion, Chief Abdulaziz Udeh said the award was in recognition of Obi’s commendable difference in governance, adding that performance such as his, had become a beacon of hope for the country.

The Special Adviser to the President on Inter-Party Relations, Sen. Ben Obi said that the award had shown that Gov. Obi’s solid achievements and leadership qualities were speaking for themselves. He said the Governor was destined to leave a solid legacy in Anambra State through transparent, focused and committed leadership.

The Anglican Bishop of Mbamili, Rt Rev. Henry Okeke said the award was in recognition of the Governor’s giant strides that were being appreciated beyond the bounds of the State and the Country.

In his response, the Governor said he saw the award as a challenge and motivation for him to  do more for the uplift of the society.
*Caption For Article PhotoGov. Obi  (Middle), being presented with the Business Hallmarks Governor of the Year Award (2011) by Senator Ben Obi (left). On his right is the former Managing Director of Diamond Bank Plc, Mr. Emeka Onwuka in the early hours of yesterday.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012: Yesterday’s May day celebration in Anambra was unlike many others in the past devoid of rancour and name-calling between labour union and Government as the Chairman of the state wing of the Nigeria Labour Congress, comrade Patrick Obianyo praised Governor Peter Obi for his enormous achievements in infrastructural development.
These facilities, Obianyo said, had given the people easy access to towns and villages in the state and opened up those communities that were hitherto difficult to reach.
Describing the relationship between the state and the labour union as “very cordial because it is obvious that the government has done so well and had increased workers’ salaries severally including the recent N10,000 increase”.
Obianyo, however, asked the Governor to look into some areas that are still disturbing to the workers. Although salaries has been increased several times, he said, the recent removal of fuel subsidy has greatly eroded the value of money and government needed to put more money on workers’ wages.
He also said that the union was worried about the plight of workers of Anambra state indigenes dismissed by Abia state government. Most worrisome, he said was the aspect of 53 pensioners among them who have spent their entire productive life in the service of Abia Government and had been receiving their pensions.
The workers also worried about the termination of appointment of workers of the defunct Anambra state environmental protection agency (ANSEPA), contract appointments and the likes. Obianyo also demanded that labour leaders be appointed into boards and parastatals and non ministerial departments.
Governor Obi in his speech thanked workers for their contributions to the growth of the state. He said that when all joined hands the state would attract outside support and that in itself will give the state more leverage.
Obi said that virtually everything Obianyo complained off were being handled at government level and that soon, the Secretary to the Government will invite labour leaders on a round table to discuss them.

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The recent revelations by  the National Security Adviser at the South-South Economic Summit in Asaba, Delta State that the PDP politicians are responsible for the Boko Haram continuous atrocities has become a bone in the neck for the PDP. Recent information revealed that that there is pressure on President Goodluck to sack Patrick Azazi.The comments of Azazi is nothing new because many people who are monitoring the activities of Boko Haram from a discreet distance including the writer have already made all these observations between the time of UN headquarter bombings and the Madalla Christmas Bombings. It was the  frustrations at how government was foot-dragging on the issue of naming and exposing the sponsors of Boko Haram inside the PDP that led to the above article  first published on the 2nd of February by by other media organisations. Azazi only reiterated what all informed sources including the PDP, CPC, ACN chieftains are aware of .By the time you are through you will understand that the ruling party actually has a syndrome of perpetual deception of which probably the Mountain of Fire Ministry (MFM) need to be contacted to conduct proper 21 day deliverance on them from the spirit of lies, pretentions and deception. Below is the replication of the article.
The Boko Haram as presently constituted has three wings. The pro-sharia Boko Haram which is the offshoot of the one led by late Alhaji Yusuf, the All Queda Boko Haram which is sponsored by Arab support and the Peoples Democratic Party Boko Haram which wants to prevent President Goodluck from contesting for a second term in 2015 or stifle his seven year tenure elongation bid. My analysis is to dissect the PDP Boko Haram and the lies they have fed Nigerians.
This party called the PDP is a bundle of deceit. The name Peoples Deceptive Party actually depicts them. When a criminal is in a locality and visits theft on the unsuspecting locals, the only way to avoid detection is to point in another direction as the search for the criminal ensues. The criminal blames the stranded traveler who lodged in a nearby motel or the stranded trader who slept in the market square or even the mentally deranged who lives near the sewage pit. This is the formula the PDP have used to make Nigerians look the other way while seeking for sponsors of Boko Haram.
Senator Ali Ndume is PDP, Inspector General of Police  Ringim that supervised the escape of principal suspect bomber in Suleija on Christmas day  is PDP, Zakari Biu the Commissioner of Police who executed the escape plan is PDP, the Christmas bomber is PDP registered in his village. PDP governors pays tithe to Boko Haram . The gun runner, Comrade Nuhu Mohammed , arrested for supplying arms to Boko Haram militants is PDP. His phone contacts revealed affinity with members of the Federal Executive Council, National Council of State and other PDP chieftains. The list is endless and it all points to the same source , the ruling party.
The opposition especially Congress for Progressive Change and Action Congress of Nigeria have asked the ruling party umpteenth times to unmask those behind Boko Haram. It is common knowledge within the opposition parties that the ruling party is using the Boko  Haram to get at each other. The problem is that it gets far deeper than meets the eye. The PDP cannot afford to expose their Boko Haram members for fear of political recession. The entire nation is fed with lies while the bloodletting continues.
Immediately after the bombings of the United Nations headquarters in Abuja, intelligence reports indicted high level friends of government in the executive, legislature, senior party officials, elder statesmen and security officers including retired ones. It is expected that President Goodluck will seize the opportunity of the uproar and outrage against the bombings to confront the indicted senior members of the party. Instead he chose to appeal to some of them to turn a new leaf. Emboldened by presidential timidity the murderers recruited more high level personalities, hitherto sitting on the fence, into the murderous chess game.
Their strategy is to make the nation state unsafe, ungovernable for president Goodluck until he forgets his ambition of either a second term in office or the seven year tenure elongation plot. The PDP politicians in the North merely tolerated President Goodluck during the months and weeks to the presidential elections. There was so much funds to be shared in 2011 that they elected to stuff their pockets first before thinking of 2015.With hundreds of billions of naira used to purchase the northern PDP and with their pockets filled to the brim, they decided to start where they stopped. Where did they stop? They stopped when they sensed that the failure of President Goodluck to win the party ticket will likely result to his being non-partisan and thereby conducting  a free and fair election at all levels. With the political realignment and discontent in the core north, a free and fair election will favor the opposition CPC. This will drive them into political oblivion and irrelevance and as such the option of free election is not desirable. Secondly the PDP politicians are not sure yet of what a Buhari presidency will do to the thieving elites. The only safe option was to swim or sink with Goodluck. Having secured their position, relevance and offices, they have resumed the zoning battle with a new coloration. The agenda is that this ‘Goodluck should not be given a breather until he wipes off any ambition beyond 2015 from his Ijaw mind’. They are yet to come to terms that a shoeless Nigerian would lord over their aristocratic birthright.
The Nigerian security forces especially the State Security Services and the Directorate of Military Intelligence have shown rare professionalism in tracking and monitoring the sponsors of Boko Haram. The problem is that the number of high profile personalities involved is such that only a presidential order would close up the matter. The President is yet to give the much awaited orders because of fear or religious, ethnic and sectional twists and propaganda. In such cases you cannot blame the monitoring agencies when the authority to enforce is not appropriately delegated. The escapist option is to blame the opposition parties.
Governors Babangida Aliyu and Rabiu Kwakwanso of Niger and Kano respectively deserve commendations because they have refused to accept Boko Haram insurgents hanging around their political space. Part of the attacks on these two states was to hit back at the intransigence of the duo over what others are condoning.
Their 2015 succession politics is not my headache because only God knows what would happen in 2015. The problem is that their succession chess game is leading to the death of numerous shoe and shoeless Nigerians and creating a pathological hatred between the Christians and Muslims of this country and the north and south of Nigeria, a trend which if not arrested, will lead to a civil war.
The Sharia Boko Haram could be checkmated by security agents, the Al-queda  Boko Saram is containable by foreign military collaboration but the PDP Boko Haram could only be checkmated by northern elders or the leader of the party itself, President Goodluck. Feelers from the state House suggests a presidential helplessness and as such I deem it fit to suggest that PDP elder statesmen like Olusegun Obasanjo, Atiku Abubakar, Shehu Shagari, Alex Ekwueme, Joseph Wayas, Theophilus Danjuma and others who came to his rescue during the Yar’adua cabal face off should be invited to talk sense into their party men before they drag us all into Armageddon.

Obinna Akukwe

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The recent BRACED Commission Summit in Asaba, Delta State, has come and gone. The ripple effects of the summit are expectedly still being felt across the state and beyond. The BRACED Commission, the regional South-South body formed to integrate and fast track development in the zone was formed over two years ago by governors in the region. It has begun to dawn on the governors that for states to develop fast and integrate their economy and resources, regional cooperation is needed. It is with this in mind that the South-South governors decided to take a cue from what is going on in the South West Zone of the country.

The summit started on a note of controversy and shame. Few days before the summit, a former governor from the zone was convicted of money laundering and sentenced to thirteen years imprisonment by a British Court. This brings to three, former governors from the zone who have been convicted for financial crimes and breach of trust. They are the former governors of Bayelsa, Edo and Delta States. The South-South Zone has churned out the highest number of convicted governors in the country. It speaks volumes of the financial rascality and recklessness of leaders in the zone and the judicial system of this country is held comatose by another former Braced governor who secured an injunction of perpetual immunity against which the EFCC as an organisation is too terrified or too knowing to appeal because that former governor is now “justice”
In the words of Wole Soyinka, a guest speaker at the summit “ Ask yourselves how it comes about that one of your former members of this very governorship consortium is currently basking in immunity, having succeeded in obtaining a judicial injunction against prosecution for his crimes against the future, perpetrated while in office. Do we need to point out that as a nation we are covered with shame that it took an external court of justice, of the former colonial masters, to finally put an end to the costly shenanigans of another of your former brother governors, one who held the forces of anti-corruption at bay, led them a merry dance all the way to Dubai until he was plucked out of his imagined sanctuary?”
Another controversy that trailed the summit was Delta State’s decision to spend N7.5billion in demolishing hills at Asaba Airport so that the presidential jet could land safely. How come a whooping N7.5billion was being spent in ten days to demolish hills in the Airport? Where there no feasibility studies before they started construction? In a State crying for health reforms, qualitative education, good roads, security, provision of water, power, was it economically advisable for the Governor to waste N7.5billion in the demolition of ant hills at Asaba Airport? And yet our governor had the temerity to tell us that Deltans would praise him in future for the bold decision to demolish ant hills for N7.5b notwithstanding its present opportunity cost to the development of the state.
Another show of shame occurred  during the summit when there was power outage for over an hour. That power outage symbolizes the ineptitude and chaotic planning by the organisers of the event and the Delta State Government that hosted it.
The BRACE Commission is a welcome idea but we envisage the challenge of implementation of ideas. Regional integration is necessary if the South-South Zone is to move forward. The BRACED Commission Summit organised on the broad theme “Integrating the South – South for Sustainable Development” (with special emphasis on Development, Investment and Security) was held at the Convention Centre, Asaba, Delta State under the auspices of the BRACED States – Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Edo and Delta. Various papers were delivered at the summit. President Kigame of Rwanda called for the need for integration and accountability. He said integration can only take place when we have upright leaders who are accountable to the people. To him, "we recognised as Rwandans that our development depended on our efforts, we owe it to ourselves to succeed, not to any other person. Similarly, the South-South has felt that it does not want to be held captive by its past. I want to state that you have enormous advantage over most countries, you have huge oil deposits and other natural resources."
The huge oil deposits are the bane of the region. The powers that be in conjunction with oil multinational companies have combined to steal the people’s wealth and also to destroy their various means of livelihood and the environment. President Kigame said that developmental decisions must involve the people. It is when the people are involved in decisions affecting them, that their need can be met. He said: "All these mean that solution to national challenges came from within and that is that people own the entire development process. In my view, countries can only develop if governments enable a qualitative improvement in their citizens' life. This means that a suitable business climate that facilitates better production and more trade and investment must be established." Unfortunately, this is yet to happen in the South-South geo political zone.
As earlier stated, Prof. Wole Soyinka, a guest at the occasion commended the governors for agreeing to integrate economically. To him, it is through integration that states can be viable. He was in agreement with President Kigame on the need for regional integration. “Let each regional grouping and its member states single-mindedly project and pursue their strategies for the enhancement of the quality of life and the dignity of their people. Let them quarry into their resources to extract the material required for their very existence, material that they can exchange among one another based on their spatial developmental advantages. In short, they should share among themselves, areas of specialisation, substituting strength for the weakness of their partners, expertise for deficiencies in one member or the other.” He equally admonished leaders to deliver good governance to the people. He also queried the corruption going on in the zone as exemplified by the jailing of former Governor James Ibori of Delta State.
The host governor spoke glowingly of his economic plans for the state. He spoke of industrial parks, tourism and Export Free Zone. "The major outline of this goal is to build key infrastructure in the areas of power, transportation (including airports and sea ports) and industrialisation anchored on our Special Economic Zones. In pursuit of this vision, we have struggled with enormous challenges. But we have remained focused.” To the citizenry in Delta State, these projects are seen more on television than on ground.
Earlier, Delta Rescue Mission (DRM), a group aimed at liberating the state from socio economic and political collapse had issued a press statement. In the press state, DRM spoke the feelings of the people of the Niger Delta. The group called on member states to implement people oriented programmes. “DRM also calls on member states to urgently tackle the twin issues of unemployment and insecurity. Regional integration of roads, rail and water transport is of utmost priority. DRM hopes that the BRACED Commission will urgently address these. DRM equally hopes that a strategy for the development of the region will emerge from this summit. Above all, DRM calls on member states to ensure that transparency and accountability become the order of the day and a watch word in the region.”
DRM further demanded that “Fresh building blocks of accountability and integrity must be honestly laid by the Braced Commission coupled with demonstrable will by the promoters of the Braced Commission to implement same. It is a matter of regret that the few governors convicted so far for monumental fraud and theft of state funds are from the BRACED states. “As a sign that the inglorious past will not return, the governors of the BRACED states should openly denounce the looting of public funds by their predecessors some of whom are openly patronised by the present governors.”
The summit was filled with good speeches, a very good communiqué and brilliant ideas. But the question then arises; will the Commission implement these ideas? Will it not be another jamboree? Will it not be another talk-show where Government Officials line their pockets with the people’s money? A Commission whose website is not functional or updated, will it be able to function effectively. A Commission whose website has the last posting in October, 2011, has no information on the Asaba summit or the outcome of the summit; can such a Commission be relevant and responsive to the yearnings of the people in its present setup? Is there a secretariat in between the summits that implements the decisions? Is there a template for development common to the Braced States? Has there been an attempt for the people of the Braced states rather than their governors to own the process? Have we worked out regional infrastructural projects? Is there a peer review mechanism, for instance can airports been built to the same standards at near identical costs? Is there a common degree of intolerance to corruption and wasteful and avoidable expenditure among the members?
For the Commission to be effective, it must be unbundled from the clutches of the Governors. It must not be political. It must be neutral in the affairs of member states though a benchmark of good governance must be set. It should be managed by tested and patriotic professionals and technocrats drawn from the member states who may earn token wages if  they earn at all. It must be accountable. Personal aggrandizement should not be welcome in the Commission. Above all, the welfare of the people in the South-South zone should be of paramount interest to the Commission.
Eddy Aghanenu

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Nigeria is in a serious crisis and state of emergency.  There is crisis everywhere in the national space.  There is crisis of commitment in the home, moral and spiritual crisis in the church, crisis of conscience among the citizens, crisis in national government, state and local, security crisis, employment and job crisis, electricity crisis, healthcare crisis, crisis in education sector, road and transport crisis, infrastructure crisis, and even crisis in the business and banking sector.  The Nigerian State is chronically sick, ethically and morally decadent, and frankly, suffering from a serious and severe identity crisis.  These are horrible and challenging times in Nigeria. And nobody cares.  Nobody really seems to be in-charge here.  Whenever there’s a crisis, people want to know, who’s in charge?  People want to know what those entrusted with power and authority is doing to bring about stability and peace.  In the case of Nigeria, no one really cares.  No one seems to be doing anything.  Who will deliver Nigeria and Nigerians from the murderous sect called Boko Haram and from selfish politicians and self-serving public servants managing the affairs of the nation today? 
The problem of Nigeria is not just socio-economic but ethnic-religious.  Nigeria is in a serious ethno-religious warfare that has been going on since her amalgamation.  It’ll take spiritual, moral and courageous leaders to understand and deal squarely with the ethnic-religious challenges facing Nigeria.  Our politicians, leaders and intellectuals need divine discernment and holy wisdom on spiritual and religious warfare confronting Nigeria today. And I firmly believe that lack of godly, courageous, and compassionate leaders are the root cause of Nigeria’s problems and the primary cause for poverty and the travails of our society. 
As I reflect upon the sorry-state of affairs and the on-going conversation in Nigeria  regarding – the urgent need for Sovereign National Conference, the call for Fiscal Federalism, the sincere need for Nigeria’s Break-up, the inability of Federal Government and Security Agencies to crush Boko Haram and protect innocent citizens, the rancor and ethnic hatred, the rambling for 2015 Presidency - still 3 years away, the risk of one-party demo-crazy, the rascals and rogues in the House of Assembly and Senate, James Ibori acquittal in Nigeria and recent sentencing to 13 years prison in London, and the mind-boggling and unbelievable Police Pension scam, my heart bleeds.  However, I remain hopeful that one day – well meaning Nigerians will find the godly anger, muster the courage, and divine strength to work together to fight the enemies of human progress, flush out incompetence, inefficiency and combat evil and wickedness in our society.  I am deeply convinced that the greatest need of our generation is finding Nigerians with righteous anger, godly fear, strong, compassionate and courageous men and women to take over the affairs of our beloved nation from the savages that are have hindered her progress for so long.  
In this piece, I’ll give some of my commentaries as well as offer some solutions on the current topics and on-going issues being debated in Nigeria today. 
[ Bribery & Corruption ]
Let me begin with the satanic habit of most Nigerians, which is bribery and corruption.  Since the return to democratic presidential system of government in 1999, we have seen an unprecedented scandal for bribe, tax evasion, stealing, embezzlement, fraudulent contracts looting and money laundering by the very people entrusted with power and management of public treasury.  Let me name a few:  Siemens and Wilbros bribery scandals for contracts, Halliburton tax bribery, Chevron, Texaco, Royal Dutch and Bake Hughes bribe for tax evasion, looting and money laundering by 31 governors during Obasanjo’s first and second-terms in office.  Billions of Naira spent by INEC that regaled PDP the most fraudulent election in the history of Nigeria in 2003 and 2007, the national identity card project fraud, N300 billion of federal road construction without any good road to show for it, PTDF looting, privatization of federal establishments to friends and families, and trillions of waste in the energy sector, Fuel Subsidy corruption, scam and waste, etc.  In 2007, Nigerians also learned that the past military rulers squandered nearly 400 billion US dollars in the last forty years.  That same week, the World Bank and other international organizations reported that Nigeria risks collapse and disintegration if the current looting, corruption, and criminality do not stop.  Currently a list of Nigerian looters and the amount deposited in various banks and currencies are circulating online – source: World Bank.  The validity of this list cannot be ascertained; however, the list is missing critical names of Nigerian looters – former and current political actors.
The $400 billion that our military rulers looted and embezzled in the last fifty years is thirty times more the $13 billion Marshall Plan economic aid and technical assistance that was packaged to rebuild sixteen European countries after the devastation of World War II in 1945.  Today our leaders travel to those European countries for holidays and medical treatment or send their children there for studies.  The public funds that Nigerian past military and politicians looted and embezzled could have been utilized to rebuild the entire African economies and create the same luxury they see today in Europe, America, and Dubai.  Rather our rulers preferred to steal, loot, and launder public funds into their private accounts in secret banks overseas where those same financial resources are then loaned to residents of those countries to start businesses and carry out major infrastructural projects and human development.   Today, the loots of General Abacha are not only located in secret banks in Switzerland and other foreign banks, but are being discovered hidden in juju houses in Nigeria while poverty, disease, corruption and hopelessness buffet the people.  What a travesty!
[ Police Pension Scam ]
Just a couple of years ago, we read the scandalous looting and embezzlement of Police budget by the former IGP, Chief Balogun, who looted hundreds of millions and acquired houses practically in every major State of Nigeria including a few overseas.  He depleted the police department budget, paid the police personnel meager salaries that forced most of them to openly ask for N20 bribe at checkpoints.  Today, it is Police pension scam.  My heart bleeds when I read about the illegal financial transactions and mismanagement of N26 billion of Police Pension Funds into private accounts.  Yesterday, the newspapers reported that five banks – First Bank, Fidelity, UBA, Guarantee Trust and Ecobank were engaged in the scandalous and fraudulent scheme.  The on-going revelation of this monumental corruption and pension scam is minded boggling and unbelievable.  How can this occur in a nation that have leaders and aspires to develop and prosper?  How can the banks not suspect such illegality and huge deposits of funds without any business backup?  The banks are not only supposed to encourage individuals to save and companies to invest and compete in capital markets, but must also question and discourage fictitious and illegal financial transactions. 
Over the years, especially since the return to democratic presidential government in 1999, we have seen and read many scandalous reports about banks and their greedy CEOs issuing un-collateral loans – savings from poor Nigerians to themselves by using fictitious names and sometimes non-existent companies abroad to steal and stash billions of Naira to the detriment of the poor Nigerian masses.  Case in point was Mrs. Cecilia Ibru and others.  The appointment of Mallam Sansui by the late president Umaru Yar’Adua in 2007, to sanitize the banking sector after the failure of Prof. Charles Souldo to do so, was welcome news for most.  But today, we have seen that Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is also failing in this endeavor.  His fiscal and monetary policies – including the introduction of Islamic banking, which kicked-off in Abuja, Kaduna and Kano, were designed to Islamize Nigerian economy and fund the jihadist sects for political power and control.  Rather than establish and enact polices that will checkmate cronyism , illegal financial transactions and beefcake businesses, Mallam Sanusi is  engaged in radical rhetoric  Islamic discourse  by establishing  Islamic banking and promoting it.  He has also become a Boko-Haram and Jihad apologist, defending Boko Haram murderous activities in the North.  Recently, he’s been arguing that the North is poor because of the derivation formula, which rewards the South more, especially the oil producing states, than the North.  Also, we have not seeing the effects of his cashless program, but rather, Mallam Sanusi is positioning himself to run for governor of Kano state in 2015 and ultimately for presidency at some point. 
The CBN Governor and bank CEOs must understand that the 21st century bank must not only work to encourage individuals to save and companies to invest, compete, and hire a strong and well-educated workforce, but must have a vision to use information technology to benefit consumers and stimulate investment, innovation, and create jobs. 
Those persons and banks implicated in the Police pension scam should be properly punished.  I believe this is happening in other sectors as well.  EFCC, ICPC, Police and other crime management agencies should be investigate other sectors of the economy and arrest and prosecute those implicated in this monumental fraud and illegality. 
[ James Ibori conviction and sentencing in London ]
James Ibori is just one among many superficial, selfish politicians and self-serving public servants running and overseeing the affairs of things in Nigeria.  During president Obasanjo’s 8-year reign, 31 out of 36 governors were indicted for various public funds looting and money laundering.  Today, most – if not all of them, are walking free in Nigeria and reside in various countries of the world enjoying their loot.  By the way, this same animal called James Ibori was acquitted of the same 170 charges in Asaba by a Nigerian Judge in 2009.  What does that tell us of Nigerian Judges and courts?  Our justice system – courts, lawyers and Judges have now become cohorts and share abundantly in the monumental corruption going on in Nigeria.  It’s terrible and sad indeed.  The very institutions that suppose to punish crime and protect against embezzlement of nation’s assets are now cohorts in the very robbery, bribery, corruption, embezzlement, looting and laundering of the nation’s oil wealth.  James Ibori believed Britain is Nigeria where he would've walked scot-free.  Will Nigerian Judges and courts learn anything from Ibori’s sentencing in London?  What about the lawyers defending and arguing sheepishly for a crook and criminal like James Ibori?  What about the many Ibori’s still in position of power and leadership positions today in Nigeria?  Will they learn anything from Ibori’s trial and sentencing in UK?  It’s really a shame that politicians and so-called leaders are reduced to fools and nonentities because of money and material things. 
I propose the following threes things before anyone is elected into public office:
-         That those aspiring for public office should go for psychological evaluation.  Men and women aspiring for higher office or position of leadership in Nigeria must present a certificate of psychological evaluation. 
        Aspiring politicians and public servants should be evaluated mentally, emotionally, psychologically and yes morally, before they are enthroned into position of leadership.
-         Their private life, public record, and professional experience should be examined and scrutinized by an independent board before they are elected or voted into public office. 
[ How to stop bribery & corruption – Measures and solutions to eradicate corruption and embezzlement of public funds ]
-         I also propose and firmly believe that it is time to take corruption and public funds embezzlement very seriously in Nigeria, otherwise this aberration and savage habits will not stop.  Let’s start by making people to swear in the name of their god or higher power.  Personally I do not believe in capital punishment even in the case of premeditated murder, but because of the satanic greed and the mind-boggling looting, embezzlement and mismanagement of public wealth, I whole-heartily support capital punishment for those clearly convicted for such crimes like ex-governor James Ibori, Pension scam fraudsters and other monumental public funds mismanagement that we have read and seen in Nigeria.
-         Setup a management office staffed with men and women of integrity and honesty, character and principle to oversee the payments of government workers and other civil servants, public servants, governors, ministers, senators, legislators, ministers, president’s aides, staff, VP aides, staff, VP and president - using the means of modern technology like electronic payment and direct deposits.  This is 21st century and there are various  technology software that can implemented and setup to directly wire and pay into the accounts of government workers and public servants on bi-weekly or monthly basis as designed.
-         The management payment office should also be established in each State and with a central office in Abuja.  With robust database like Oracle and electronic payment software, it takes just a matter of minutes to manage funds and disburse funds to each government officials and public servants bank accounts and email or mail the deposit slips to them.  Basically, the idea of cash-less society and electronic means of payment will go a long way to discourage bribery and hinder corruption.
-         The same mechanism should be replicated for State and Local government.  If we are really serious about eradicating bribery and corruption, electronic payment and a centralized management office staffed with men and women of character, principle, honesty and integrity is the way to go.
        Make those serving in sensitive money departments to swear in the name of God or Bible, Allah and Koran, or god of thunder, etc., and finally
-         Introduce and enforce death penalty for those convicted of embezzlement of public funds. 
Until the use of technology is deployed and these drastic and draconian measures are taken to punish corrupt politicians and leaders in Nigeria, the nation will not move forward.  Until, the Nigerian people learn to elect, appoint and put people of integrity and people that can be trusted in charge of the nation’s business, Nigeria will never see any genuine development and progress.  Bad leadership, corruption, ineptitude, myopic and visionless leaders must be restrained from the nation’s polity for the nation to achieve any meaningful progress.  
The Police pension scam is ridiculous, unbelievable, and insane.  Such acts can only be carried out by crooks, criminals, savages so speak – by a crop of satanic minds that are superficial, cryptic, inept, greedy, corrupt, unqualified, arrogant and incompetent, whose stock in trade is to steal, embezzle, diminish and rubbish the potential of Nigerian people and society. 
Look-out for Part 2 of this essay.  I will be  discussing the following topics:  Why Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was not elected World bank president, 2015 Presidency and Nigeria’s Risk of One-party Demo-crazy, Fiscal Federalism, Resource Control and Poverty in the North, Boko Haram, Insecurity, National Dialogue, and Nigeria's Break-up.  I will conclude with the call for Courageous and Great leadership.
Dr. Ekeke is a theologian, author, consultant, and leadership scholar. He is the president of Leadership Wisdom Institute.

-Masterweb Reports
Nigerians and the world woke up on December 7, 2004 to read a news article titled ''Internet encounter strands Nigerian woman" by Roselee Papandrea, a news reporter with Jacksonville Daily News ( ), a local newspaper based in Jacksonville, North Carolina, USA. The same news article was republished by different news media days after the original publication, either with the same title or slightly modified, for example "Nigerian deported after US Marine dumps her on arrival ".  Masterweb News Desk received two phone calls early last week to alert her that Folashade Adebere, the Nigerian woman at the center of the news article by  Roselee Papandrea was complaining that the write-up was biased and prejudiced. Masterweb Reports caught up with Adebere who now lives in U.S. in Virginia, to get her own side of what transpired in Jacksonville,  North Carolina in 2004. The Nigerian woman who now stands tall with a promising career told our reporters that the article by  Roselee Papandrea was nothing but a fabrication based on distorted facts, bias and prejudice. She said it was a case of the criminal running to press through a media associate to save face and discredit the weak and innocent.
Below is what Folashade Adebere had to say when Masterweb interviewed her on the incident.
Masterweb Reports - We took time to read the article by Roselee Papandrea before this interview and would like to hear your own side of the story regarding the incident.
Folashade Adebere - Thank you for the opportunity of reversing this great injustice on the innocent, weak and gullible.
Masterweb Reports - Why do you say weak and gullible?
Folashade Adebere - This is because at that time, I was a student in UK and invited by one Tyran Jay Loggins to the U.S. to visit while also doing some aspect of my research work. My research professor at that time was aware of my trip and he had given me a letter to take to another professor at the University of North Carolina, so I could work closely on some aspect of my proposed topic, while in the US. It was my first trip to the U.S. and that made me to be weak and gullible because I was in a new environment. I was innocent and trustful.
Masterweb Reports - That makes a lot of sense. Now what is your side of the story to the first paragraph of Papandrea's article which reads as follows: "A 27-year-old Nigerian woman was stranded in Jacksonville this weekend after a Marine she met on the Internet decided he didn't want her to visit."
Folashade Adebere - This is not true because Tyran Jay Loggins invited me and gave me a letter of invitation which enabled me get visa from the U.S. Embassy. It is untrue he didn't want me to visit, in fact he initiated the visit knowing fully well of my status as a student to enable me do part of my research work in the U.S.
Masterweb Reports - That also makes a lot of sense. One cannot invite another to a foreign country and after the invitee clears customs and immigration, the host claims his guest is unwanted. Then how was the invitee able to obtain a visa for the visit? Interesting. What do you say about the paragraphs that read: [ Jacksonville police on Sunday helped Folashade Adebere return to England, where she is attending school. Adebere was brought to the Jacksonville Police Department at 1:30 a.m. Saturday by a shuttle driver who picked her up at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, said David Shipp, deputy chief of the Jacksonville Police Department. When Adebere arrived in Raleigh, she called the Marine she had been corresponding with via e-mail for the past two months, Shipp said. "He advised her to get back on the plane and go back home," Shipp said. Adebere decided to come to Jacksonville anyway. She negotiated a $150 fare with the shuttle driver, even though she only had $80. When they arrived in Jacksonville, the Marine was called again to get directions to his house, Shipp said. "According to (Adebere), the Marine said again that she should go back home," Shipp said. "He wasn't going to pay for her fare."  The shuttle driver wanted his money, so he took Adebere to the Police Department.  "He said he wanted his money and would prosecute her if she didn't pay," Shipp said. Police officers negotiated with the shuttle driver and he reduced his fare to $125. Adebere was still $45 short, so several officers chipped in money and paid the shuttle driver the remainder of the fare, Shipp said. Throughout the day Saturday, officers worked to get Adebere home. They called several agencies, including the U.S. State Department and Nigerian Embassy. While she was at the Police Department, officers used their own money to buy her several meals, Shipp said. The Marine was called by an officer, and he eventually showed up at the Police Department. He didn't want to see Adebere, but he did want to pay the officers back for the portion of the shuttle fare that they paid, Shipp said. The officers allowed him to pay some of it, and the remaining $20 was given to Adebere so she would have some money when she arrived back at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Sunday, Shipp said. ]
Folashade Adebere - When I arrived in the US, I had with me a suitcase, a handbag and a purse where I had kept some cash of about 320 pounds an equivalent of about $600. I had even made some purchases earlier on the aircraft, where I had bought a wristwatch and perfume in flight. So, definitely, I had no cash problem on that trip at all. When we got off the aircraft I asked someone on the queue with me if I could use his phone to call my friend ( Tyran Jay Loggins ) who was to come pick me up. I used this man’s phone to place the call. Loggins then spoke to me and told me he will be coming in about an hour. I knew Loggins for about six months (and not 2 months as alleged in the article) before my travel. I could not use my UK cell phone because the battery was dead and I could not recharge it on US electrical outlet, the voltage of which is half that of UK (220 volts). I did not realize until when I got to the bureau de change area that my purse and a few documents were missing either on-board the plane or in getting through the checks at the airport. However, I took some of the other change I had and converted them to US currency and coins, and started calling the guy on the pay phones, so that he can come and help me with the trouble I had encountered here. I made a complaint to the customer services manager as well but I was told they will look into the matter and that was it. I had to go by what she told me because I was a visitor and I did not know what to do. At this time, my charger would not work with the wall units, so I could not retrieve numbers of contacts I had on my cell phone and time was far spent. Everything was different unlike when I left Nigeria for England, where I continued using my phone and charger without any problem. All I had to do when I arrived in London then was to get a new sim card and continue the use of my handset. So, not being able to use my phone, was one unexpected difference for me that day. I waited for an hour and did not see Loggins, so I called him that I could take a taxi if he was running behind schedule. Finally, I got the number for a taxi and I told the driver to take me to  Loggins' address. The taxi driver did not tell me it was that far away, and how much it would probably cost to get there. I remember Loggins was going to come from work and pick me within an hour, so I thought it couldn’t have been that far away. I placed series of calls to Loggins on our way with the taxi driver's cell phone. The cab driver heard some of these conversations but did not know the antecedents to the conversation. When we were getting close to the address Loggins suddenly stopped answering his phone. It was already very late and dark; we couldn’t see anything.  The driver started to get impatient and actually started acting out about his money, saying he has to go. I told him to take me to an ATM so I can use my credit card. He took me to a store like a 711 (I am not sure) with an ATM inside. This was unsuccessful for obvious reasons, it was a Barclaycard issued in London and this was 2004. When the trouble became too much I told him to take me to the police station as the police will be able to help me. I was the one who told the cab driver to take me to the police station as I needed to tell the police what has happened since I arrived at the airport. When I got to the station, the cab driver was just shouting and screaming for his money, so I told them I have been in trouble for hours, I lost my wallet, could not use my phone, now am in this area - middle of nowhere because a friend of mine whom I met online that is a Marine officer had abandoned me for no just reason and I obviously needed his help as my only contact there. So they promptly took his phone number and address from me, and in their database they pulled his information out and told him to come to the station and pick me up. Loggins showed up hours later but then I had already seen some stuff (bad records) about him on the computer in the police department that were unsavory and coupled with his shifty and unstable behavior that day, I decided not to have anything to do with him any longer. When he came in, he paid the fare and wanted to take me with him, but I refused to go with him. Note this, I was the one who told the officers that I am not going anywhere with Loggins and that once I get to the airport, that I can find my way from there.  I later got help to go back to the airport in the morning were I used the airport internet portal to reach some friends via e-mail. I later checked into a hotel for the next three days before I returned to England.
Masterweb Reports - Did the police give you $20 so you could have some money when you got back to the airport? Did the police contact Nigerian Embassy?
Folashade Adebere - The police did not give me $20 nor any money. They did not tell me they contacted Nigerian Embassy and they did not put me on the phone to talk to any Nigerian Embassy official.  
Masterweb Reports -  Nigerian Embassies and Consulates do not open weekends as far as we know, unless the police called and did not get a response. If that was the case, they would have indicated so. What do you say about the last paragraphs that read: [ An officer managed to get the return flight date on her round-trip ticket changed, and another officer drove her to the airport, Shipp said. "They did a good job accommodating her and getting her back home as soon as possible," Shipp said. "The officers went out of their way to help her."  ] 
Folashade Adebere - My return flight date was not changed by police, I returned at my convenience. The police did a good job in providing me security; I thank them for that. However, it is ridiculous what was reported because I did call them from England when I heard about this news and they denied ever doing anything in connection with this story. Officer Shipp himself denied having said what he was quoted as saying.
Masterweb Reports -  How will you describe your 2004 U.S. experience and how does it feel being a U.S. resident now?
Folashade Adebere - It was a horrible experience; I thank God for seeing me through it. It was shocking to read of being deported, knowing it was just impossible. In addition, to be maligned as a desperate woman looking for an American spouse cannot be furthest from the truth about what I stand for. I do not believe in being with a man because he is a citizen of a particular country, -that means absolutely nothing to me. I only associate with highly intelligent people who are committed to using their influence and substance to advance humanity positively; wealth or status without these attributes is inconsequential to me. I still demand an apology for the conduct of all those involved, however, it is hard not to wonder at how silly and childish the whole plot was. Like, I always tell people, America is a great country and I am glad to be part of it. I am very happy with my career as a project manager and a budding entrepreneur.
Masterweb Reports -  Thank you for granting us this interview.
*NB: Masterweb contacted Jacksonville Daily News and was told Roselee Papandrea no longer works with the newspaper. When we told them that Folashade Adebere refutes the article on her on their paper, they said they would like to hear her own side of the story.  Masterweb also contacted Jacksonville Police Department and was told David Shipp (Jacksonville Police Department Deputy Chief at the time of Adebere incident) was no longer with the department, neither did they have records of the incident. The staff we spoke to said that apparently a report was not filed in the case, otherwise it would have been in their system since they keep files 20 years before destruction. Masterweb Reports later gathered David Shipp retired from service in 2009.

-Masterweb Reports (Submission By Kali Gwegwe)
On the 15th of September, 2011; I posted a piece on my blog titled “Okonjo-Iweala: A Patriot Blinded by the West.” This piece was also published by some off and online media. I had attempted to highlight three major points. In the first place, I had wanted to drum home the point that Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, minister of finance and coordinating minister of the economy has the passion and courage of a true patriot. The second point I wanted to establish was the fact that Okonjo-Iweala was an involuntary “apostle” of western democracies. Thirdly, I was of the opinion that western democracies can only use but never trust “apostles” like Okonjo-Iweala. The outcome of the election to select a replacement for the outgoing World Bank chief, Robert Zoellick has vindicated me. The withdrawal of Colombia’s former finance minister, Jose Antonio Ocampo from the World Bank presidential race was enough for Okonjo-Iweala to see the spirit of United States celebrating with bottles of champagne on the streets of Washington DC. Sentiment apart, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had a superior credential to occupy the World Bank presidency.
Typical of every vibrant and complex society, some applauded my candid opinion and others poured heaps of condemnation on my head.  One fair point to note however is the fact that the criticisms that followed my piece had no capacity to change what was wrong to right. What was then wrong, if one must ask? It was wrong for Okonjo-Iweala to look at Africa with western eyes. While it is true that advancement in science and technology has compressed the world into a global village, we cannot stand on this truism to deny the fact that population, culture, and religion plays critical role in shaping the local economy of every society. Perhaps, owing to the fact that she was an “insider”, Okonjo-Iweala often times acted in manners that suggested she was too informed to accept contrary opinions- especially the ones dressed in the robes of criticism.
Not only was the foundation of her campaign very shallow and stained with racial sentiments, she was undoubtedly a victim of her own characteristic arrogance. Right from the first day she came to work for the Nigerian government during the Obasanjo administration, Okonjo-Iweala has refused to accept the bitter fact that in economics, issues are isolated and treated on their individual merits. Only lazy people who do not believe in themselves will rely on the ideas of others without paying attention to associated evidences and facts. It would also not be fair for any person charged with managing the economy of a nation to rely only on old ideologies or viewpoints of political parties to design fiscal policies. What else can one expect from a World Bank apostle?
Not aware of the hidden agenda of her western mentors, Okonjo-Iweala was deliberately deceived into looking at Nigeria’s economic problems with “western eyes”. It was for this simple reason that she could not accept a fundamental truth spoken by even uneducated women in village markets: every society on the face of the earth has its peculiarities. Sadly, this was the very point her sole opponent and eventual winner of the World Bank presidential election on Monday 16th April, 2012; Jim Yong Kim used to sink her boat. Kim later revealed to the BBC that he would consider the cultural and social peculiarities of various regions to ensure that the Bank’s schemes achieved the desired results.
As part of efforts to successfully use both the IMF and World Bank to secure pole positions in global finance and economy, western democracies intentionally creates the false impression that population, poverty level, culture, and religion does not matter in designing fiscal policies. It was based on this false opinion that Okonjo-Iweala spearheaded the subsidy removal battle against the Nigerian masses. This was what I wrote on my blog: “It must be noted that every society has its own peculiarities. As a result of this, what has worked in country A may not necessarily work in country B. Africans wearing “western eyes” will never realize this fact even though it is profusely clear. For instance, the governor of Nigeria’s Central, Lamido Sanusi and Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala are all bitterly agitating for the removal of fuel subsidy simply because same has worked elsewhere in America and Europe. Since they are wearing “western eyes”, they have failed to realize that: (a) Unemployment figures are very low in America and Europe (b) An average American or European worker earn as much as $130 or N19,500 per day. With this kind of salary, Nigerians can afford to buy fuel even at N150 per liter.”
If after failing to win the confidence of her mentors, Okonjo-Iweala does not learn anything, repent, and jettison her World Bank “mentality”; President Goodluck Jonathan should waste no time to offload her. Industrialized western democracies have through her, succeeded in turning most Nigerian masses against the president owing to some non-aligning fiscal policies she introduced. We must not forget the fact that one of the veiled aims of the IMF and World Bank is to prescribe fiscal policies that will pitch the masses against governments of developing countries. This is to create crisis and give little or no room for political leaders to build their national economies and secure economic independence. Western nations are afraid that Africa securing economic independence will mean lesser exports and dwindling foreign exchange revenue.
Is it not sad that Okonjo-Iweala suggested the removal of fuel subsidy as a sure way of fighting corruption in the nation’s oil sector? Is this how other countries fight corruption? Subsidy in itself is not a bad idea. Nations introduce subsidy to protect its citizens. As you read this, the EU subsidizes agriculture and fisheries and yet advice Nigerian government to withdraw fuel subsidy. This is not just ironic but suspicious. The fiscal policy of fuel subsidy removal is directly in conflict with the World Bank’s commitment to fighting poverty in developing countries. We are aware that the partial removal of fuel subsidy in January has expectedly jumped the prices of goods and services thereby weakening the purchasing power of a greater percentage of Nigerians. The direct consequence is increase in poverty level. Those that used N20,000 to meet the needs of their families now require about N40,000 or more to do same because the cost of transport, rent, food, education, and health care services have climbed up the ladder.
I have always maintained that just as there are many ways to kill a rat, there are also many ways to remove fuel subsidy. It is quite sad that Okonjo-Iweala preferred the option that will serve the parochial interest of her western mentors.  We are no longer fools. 
Kali Gwegwe
CEO, Nigeria Democracy Watchtower
2, Greenvilla-Customs Link Road
Baelsa State

-Masterweb Reports (Submission By Obinna Akukwe)
Theophilus Danjuma is not a person the Biafran people will forget in a hurry. He supervised the brutal killing of General Aguiyi Ironsi, the first military head of state of Nigeria. He was among the troops that invaded the  Biafran territory during the civil war and was fabled to be heartless in the discharge of his duties towards Nigeria.
Theophilus Danjuma became a general in the Nigerian Army and it was said that he convinced Obasanjo to become Nigeria’s head of State after the assassination of fellow Biafran killer man, General Murtala Mohammed in 1976.
During the Obasanjo recycling presidential jamboree, Danjuma posited that if Obasanjo fails to win the 1999 presidential election, he will run away from Nigeria. Obasanjo won the election and rewarded him with the post of Minister for Defence and charged him with dismantling the military structure capable of truncating his democracy.
The sharing of national cake of oil block to PDP party men in the most non transparent manner is one of the  fallout of the Nigerian brand of dictatorial democracy. Oil blocks worth about $2billion dollars auction value could be sold to a party faithful for as low as $500million dollars  .The facilitators share the difference  between the auction value and the real value among themselves  in the ratio of 50:50. Or 60:40 in favor of the awarder, the facilitator or the government middleman who could be fronting for the strongman  in the state house.
Theophilus Danjuma  got his on a platter of gold. Late Head of State  Sani Abacha awarded the Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 246 to SAPETRO in February 1988. The block covers a total area of 2,590 square kilometers .SAPETRO partnered with Total Upstream Nigeria (TUPNI) and Brasoil Oil Services Company Limited (Petrobas) to start prospecting on OPL246.  Akpo, a condensate field was discovered in April 2000 with drilling commencing in 2001. In 2006 Danjuma divested his investment in Akpo oil field to China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) for $1Billion dollars. However, Danjuma still had some conscience left in him. He paid tax of $500million dollars to the Nigerian state and had about $500 million dollars remaining. He then released $100 million dollars to the Nigerian people in the form of foundation for social responsibility projects. This sum as  paltry as it seems is better than nothing. General Danjuma should do well to bring out more for the impoverished Nigerians.
This is where this former Biafran killer man towered above his fellow oil block commandeers. There are so many Nigerians from all the six geopolitical zones who have oil blocks. They include former presidents, former governors, former ministers, party chieftains, friends of government, serving and retired military officers especially service chiefs etc .To date there is no record of what they did with the proceeds of their oil blocks. They are building more estates, more refineries, factories etc outside the shores of Nigeria, especially Europe, America and the Middle East and recently South Africa. The rest of their proceeds they use to purchase INEC officials, impose candidates on the electorates, rig elections and throw fabulous victory dance and thanksgiving services. Others engage in frivolous constant reburials of long dead ones, constant acquisition of new wives, concubines , jets, private mansions all to the mockery of impoverished and ‘ancestrally cursed‘ fellow countrymen.
If all the people who cornered the nation’s resources in the name of oil blocks decide to bring twenty percent of their loot, the nation could raise about $40 billion dollars in a week. This amount translates to N6trillion naira, which is more than the entire Nigerian budget of $31 billion dollars for 2012.
How can a few set of Nigerians be so heartless, wicked and insensitive to the hungry faces around them that they  cannot device a veritable means of giving back to the impoverished  suffering ‘son of a bitch ‘countrymen what they obtained through processes that is far from transparent, it is shortof being called fraudulent. Danjuma received knocks when he announced what he did with his own commandeered resource. Nigerians called him a thief, but if Danjuma is a thief, what of the others who sat on their own oil proceeds never considered returning any back to the people. A friend of government who owns oil block took a young girl friend to Dubai in 2010 and gave her a gift of $1million dollars just to prove his everlasting love for the nagging babe. That is the kind of expenditure they do with their oil loot.
A lot of Nigerians have died in hospitals because they cannot pay medical bills, others have taken to robbery because they cannot see any gainful thing to do while another group takes to prostitution to raise money to pay school fees. Others are seeking for academic sponsors for educational improvement but cannot find. The list is endless and there is frustration palpable everywhere in Nigeria, yet a few Nigerians are so insensitive that they cannot surrender part of their loot back to the Nigerian masses from which they fraudulently commandeered their resources.
Danjuma had the  conscience to surrender a part of what belongs to Nigeria which Obasanjo gave him when they were sharing the never ending national cake. Others should follow suit. They should repatriate these loots back home and use them to establish affordable universities, hospital services and other ventures capable of reducing frustrations on the streets. Others should equally build roads in their villages, provide transformers, pipe borne water for communities across Nigeria. There is equally need for scholarships for indigent students, sponsoring medical trips for acid victims and other traumatic and life threatening victims.. Some could fund sports and build sporting facilities for recreational and sports development purposes. Others could   sponsor activities that brings up talents in the people. The list is endless. Farmers need to be given free or highly subsidized fertilizers; seedlings and storage facilities need to be built.
These oil block commandeers should as a matter of urgency borrow a leaf from  Theophilus Danjuma , repent from insensitivity and take urgent steps to give back to the impoverished, frustrated Nigerians what they collected through the back door. Failure to do so and urgently too, a time will come when even God will engineer the people against them and there will be no end to their calamities.
Obinna Akukwe