Translational inhibition due to CHEAP RETIN-A the fact that the path of the excitation occurs Br neuron. recurrent inhibition     Carried intercalary brake cells (Renshaw). Axons of buy nolvadex online canada motor neurons often give collaterals (branches), ending with Renshaw cells. Renshaw cell axons terminate on the body or dendrites of the motor neuron, forming inhibitory synapses. Arousal that occurs in motor neurons travel in a straight path to the skeletal muscle, as well as collaterals to inhibitory neurons, which send impulses to motoneurons and inhibits them. The stronger the motor neuron excitation, the more excited Renshaw cells and the more intense they exert their inhibitory effect, which protects nerve cells from overstimulation. lateral inhibition    

 [ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports  ] - Obafemi Awolowo is the undisputed hero of the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria whose wartime policy of starvation and currency change helped kill the Biafran dream. The post colonial era of Nigerian history was dominated by three actors, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Obafemi Awolowo and Ahmadu Bello. Dr Azikiwe was an avowed nationalist who preferred one Nigeria above anything else. Sir Ahmadu Bello was a tribalist who initially preferred a balkanized Nigeria to enable his people live their religious and cultural life without external negative inluence and was later reluctantly convinced to seek an agenda for a united Nigeria. Chief Obafemi Awolowo from the onset did not hide his preference for an Oduduwa Republic.
Chief Awolowo is idolized by the Yorubas because he was able to transform the South West into an educational and industrial hub in Africa and build a robust political climate. He so much understood the value of education that he made it free, affordable and offered a lot of scholarships to Yorubas to advance academically to the highest level. He ran a political system in Action Group whereby people have their say while the leader has his way. This is the system Bola Tinubu is unsuccessfully trying to emulate in Action Congress of Nigeria.

Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, a core nationalist, never received the level of hero worship Awolowo received in the South West because Igbos severally accuses him of not taking them out of Nigeria when Chief Awolowo and Sir Ahmadu Bello were angling for a balkanized nation. Chief Awolowo was the sage whose idea ended the Nigerian civil war. He advised the Gowon Cabinet to block all food supply to Biafra so as to end the war quickly and according to him ‘’starvation is a legitimate instrument of war’’ This led to the starvation of over one million Biafran children. Thus Awolowo’s advice and actions led to the quick end to the Biafran dream. Therefore it is right to say that what the entire armed forces of Nigeria could not do, the wisdom of Awolowo did. Chief Awolowo convinced Gowon that every adult Biafran who managed to survive the starvation deserved only #20 pounds to start life afresh irrespective of economic status before the war, an action perceived as intended to further reduce the ability of Igbos to recover economically.

Another policy of his which frustrated Biafra’s ability to import food and arms was the change of currency which according to Awolowo ‘’And it is on record that Ojukwu admitted that two things defeated him in this war, that’s as at the day he left Biafra. He said one, the change of currency, he said that was the first thing that defeated him, and we did that to prevent Ojukwu taking the money which his soldiers has stolen from our Central bank for sale abroad to buy arms…So I decided to change the currency, and for your benefit, it can now be told the whole world, only Gowon knew the day before, the day before the change took place’’.

Chief Awolowo has been variously accused of introducing tribalism into the Nigerian politics. He chased Dr Azikiwe out of the Ibadan in 1954 when the NCNC headed by Azikiwe won majority seats in the West Nigerian House of Assembly and through a palace coup called cross carpeting Zik was denied the Premiership of Western Nigeria, at a time when Professor Eyo Ita, an Efik was premier of Eastern Region and Alhaji Umoru Altine , a Fulani, was Mayor of Enugu. Dr Azikiwe, following the footsteps of Awolowo, had to frustrate Professor Eyo Ita out of Enugu. Chief Awolowo and Sir Ahmadu Bello seems to have a deeper understanding of the Nigerian complexities than Dr Azikiwe.

While Awolowo never trusted the Igbos, the north never trusted Awolowo and theYorubas. The northern oligarchy instigated crisis in Western Nigeria in the same manner President Obasanjo used the Uba brothers to instigate crisis in Anambra State. This crisis led to the trumped up charges leading to the trial and imprisonment of Awolowo . Reports has it that he was to be poisoned in prison before the military coup altered the state of affairs.

Awolowo was released from Calabar prison by Biafran leader Odumegwu Ojukwu and there was an agreement that while Ojukwu declares Biafra in the East, Awolowo would declare Oduduwa Republic in the West. The British establishment, sensing the dangers of Awolowo declaring Oduduwa Republic in the West, convinced Gowon and the north to checkmate Awolowo’s secessionist agenda by appointing him the Vice Chairman of Federal Executive Council. This strategy worked effectively and Awolowo was deceived that after Gowon’s tenure he would be given the opportunity of ruling Nigeria. Awolowo thus had to checkmate the Biafran dream to clear any obstacle to his ruling Nigeria while the north was looking for the right opportunity to throw him into the dustbin. In frustration, Awo resigned from Gowon’s cabinet when he realized he has been politically duped.

Awolowo quashed the Biafran dream while the northern establishment killed the Oduduwa dream and betrayed Awolowo’s presidential ambition thrice. This fact was aptly captured by a prominent Yoruba leader and Nigeria’s former minister of aviation Chief Femi Fani-Kayode while replying to a boastful statement by another prominent northern leader, Alhaji Usman Farouk on how the north dominated the Yoruba people and conquered the Niger Delta. According to Fani Kayode, "… the north literally begged Awolowo not to declare Oduduwa Republic and go the way of Biafra even though that was his original intention…Fourthly it was the support that the south west gave to the north that allowed Nigeria to win the war. Fifthly it was the lie that Gowon and the northern leaders fed to Awolowo that he would be made President of the country after the war and after being effectively being made de facto Prime Minister under Gowon during the war that got Awolowo to support them", invariably, the Igbos and Yorubas were effectively dribbled, divided, manipulated and overpowered.

The ascension of Awolowo’s kinsman Obasanjo as Head of State was another opportunity for him to realize his dream of ruling Nigeria. The 1979 election result was decided in the infamous judgement where the Supreme Court refused Awolowo’s plea that 2/3 of 19 is 13 states therefore declaring Alhaji Shehu Shagari the winner of the election. The north led by Generals Shehu Yaradua and Theophilus Danjuma convinced Obasanjo on why Awolowo should never be the president of Nigeria. Therefore, instead of a runoff election, which some believe could favour Awolowo,the Supreme Court declared Alhaji Shehu Shagari the winner.

Chief MKO Abiola at one point was used by the northern dominated NPN to oppose the presidential ambitions of Awolowo . He used his Nigerian Concord newspaper and enormous wealth to fight Awolowo and UPN and when they finished using him to deal with Awolowo, they frustrated Abiola’s presidential ambition and he had to resign from the party in 1982. Alhaji Umaru Dikko, then transport minister, sent message to Abiola that the presidency is not for sale to the highest bidder. When Babangida annulled the election of Abiola in 1993, Yorubas alluded to a certain curse Awolowo released on Abiola, in the heat of the later’s opposition to his presidency ‘’that even if Abiola was to be given the presidential seat, he would not sit on it.”

In 1999, after the suspicious death of Abiola, the northern establishment sensing that Chief Olu Falae was the choice of the Yoruba people, rigged the polls in favour of Obasanjo . It is obvious that the North had shown evidence of being deadly political strategists than their Yoruba and Igbo compatriots, having used the political suspicion between the duos to dribble them. Conclusively, the north is not as dumb as people assume; they used Awolowo to checkmate Biafra and then dealt with Awolowo and his ambitions.

Obinna Akukwe ( ).

*Photo Caption - Chief Obafemi Awolowo

[ Masterweb Reports ] - The attention of the International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law and Anambra State Branch of the Civil Liberties Organization has been drawn to threats from the office of the Divisional Police Officer of the NORMANSLAND Police Station, Sabon Gari in Kano State, Northwest Nigeria to arrest Mr. Tobias Idika of Ohanaeze Ndigbo , Kano State Branch on trumped up charges. Mr. Tobias Idika is the chairman of the Igbo socio-cultural group in Kano State. There have been sharp disagreements between the Government of Kano State and the security agencies in the State, on one hand; and the Ohanaeze leadership in the State led by Mr. Tobias Idika, on the other, over the management of the casualty figures in the two deadly bomb blasts that were planted and detonated in the Sabon Gari area of Kano State on March 18 and July 29, 2013 respectively. While the former watered down the two figures to 22 and 12 respectively; the latter insisted with facts and figures that over 185 and 50 died in the two blasts. Over ninety-five percent of them were Igbo-Nigerian citizens. The watering down of the number of the dead in both police unlawful killings and other killings carried out by malicious Nigerians in recent years, have become........ Read More
*Photo Caption - Mr. Tobias Idika, Kano State OHANAEZE Chairman

 [ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports ] – The recent health care reforms of Barrack Obama is being associated with the mark of the beast 666 . A  controversial section of the Health Care Reform act talked of  '(ii) a class II device that is implantable, life-supporting, or life-sustaining'. One of the class (ii) devices is an implantable Verichip or RFID-Chip. Verichip is an inject-able identification chip that can be inserted under the skin of a human being to provide biometric verification. It is about the size of a grain of rice and  holds an identification number, an electromagnetic coil for transmitting data, and a tuning capacitor all enclosed inside a silicon and glass container that is compatible with human tissue.
One of the announced  purposes of Obama Care is  to provide affordable health insurance for all US citizens and to reduce the growth in health care spending. The result is that Americans could easily access affordable health care where the patient is prized out of private health insurance. Some of us with good background in database administration understands the value of comprehensive  database in healthcare especially if at the tip of a finger or a Structured Query Language, every relevant data about a patent's health history could be glanced for statistical analysis and proper medical decisions.
Beyond the seemingly harmless venture comes a chip which has the ability to be used to manipulate human beings.There is a report  in the early eighties that some British scientists used some human beings as guinea pigs in a secret experiment to discover the potency of implantable devices on the human mind. They discovered that those so tested behaved like human robots. The UK government was said to have quietly quarantined the research for public safety. This research and numerous others from different agencies on the effects of chips on the human mind shows that this seemingly harmless chips technology is capable of being used for ulterior purposes.
Human beings have progressed with the use of digitized numbering system. Since the introduction of bar code , the use of unique product identifier has increased.This enables goods to be tracked and traced to the sources including originating batches, products,manufacturers, cities etc. It also helps in tracking goods at stores for inventory, payments etc. Other unique ID system are visible in credit cards,loyalty cards, ATM cards and other identification processes.Technological evolution led to the introduction of  chips technology . Since the introduction of RFID chips by British scientist Kevin Warwick in 1988, its use has been applied to different spheres of life. All these are human efforts to make life, commerce, business etc easy .Therefore, technologically and expediently,  chips technology is necessary for accountability, identification and accessibility.
The church leaderships in the US have cried out against the introduction of the chips in Obama Health care reforms. Popular Indiana end-time pastor Paul Bergley have variously condemned the move as tilting towards the mark of the beast. Bergley is reaching over 12 million Americans on the air with his views on the beast mark. Another California Mega pastor Greg Laurie had warned Americans that  "The antichrist's economic policy will be very simple. Take my mark and worship me, or starve to death… No mark, no merchandize… No seal, no sale." and he added that the technology to enforce this is already in place.
I remember in 1994 when a group of Korean preachers came to  Nigeria and was hosted by Archbishop Dr AA Nwodika ( then Rev Dr Nwodika) at Grace of God Mission, 2B Owerri Road, Enugu. With all their preachment, I still remember that they warned the congregation during the 3 evenings programme that Jesus Christ appeared to them and asked them to warn the world of the antics of the antichrist and how he would use chips technology to cause people to accept the an evil mark. They warned the audience never to accept the semblance of any mark for whatever reasons as it is a trap from the devil. This warning given in 1994 by the Koreans needs further examination in the light of Obama's chips implantable healthcare policies.
Some theologians have labelled Obama as the Anti- Christ. I may not agree with them, however, I believe that anybody who is not spirit filled could be used to fulfill  satanic agenda unknowingly. It is known that even church leaders who refused to follow the leading of the Spirit of God could become tools in the hands of the devil and they may not be aware of it. Politicians and business men have been used by the devil to bring poverty, sorrows, wars and death to their subjects due to irrational actions manipulated from the kingdom of darkness.
Particularly in Nigeria, some Christian and Muslim religious leaders receive gratifications from some corrupt politicians for political and social endorsements. Though the religious leaders increased in financial net-worth, the wrong signal was unwittingly sent to their members-that even God can be bribed with corrupt money.These clergymen may not even know that they have advanced the kingdom of darkness they preach against.
However, the Bible prophecy have warned Christians who are still interested in going to heaven, to beware of the mark of the beast, either on their hands or forehead. The Bible said that at that time, there will be no buying or selling except with the mark . In Revelation 13 vs16,17 “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”  This simple predicts the global acceptance of chips as means of commerce. The  Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has introduced cashless society in many cities. It started with Lagos and after a year of experiment, it was extended to Abia, Anambra, Ogun, Rivers and Kano States and the rest of the cities would soon follow.  Initially, lots of persons kicked against it, but with the apex bank insisting on nothing less, people started to adopt to the cashless system. The use of Point of Sales( PoS) Terminals in different places of commerce is becoming popular. Internet marketing, banking and commerce is becoming popular and soon the apex body may go further to introduce the idea of chips, as is being done in the US.
Therefore,whether for health purposes, social security, physical security, commerce etc all well meaning citizens of every nation must resist the implantation  of chips technology in the human body. Christians, Muslims, Pagans, Traditionalists and whatever shade of belief notwithstanding, everybody should resist this attempt because it will be used by satanic forces in the future to manipulate the freedom of the mind.
The Bible says that anyone who receives the mark is damned forever. Revelation 14vs 9-11 stated that "If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name." -this include Christians,Muslims, Pagans or whatever-it is a global warning. Humanity is in pains today with all the killings, poverty diseases, humiliations, tyranny etc because Adam and Eve failed to obey simple instructions -''thou shall not eat of the fruit in the midst of the garden''-until  the all loving God threw them out of the garden to face the reality of a rampaging serpent .
I like Barrack Obama and I know that his presidency has brought appreciable economic recovery, security and international acceptance to the US. Obama has used cautious diplomacy in dealing with other nations whose interest is at variance with the US- reducing America's strategic enemies. However, my fondness for Obama cannot becloud my sense of reasoning to accept this sinister strategy of embedding chips inside a human being in the name of health care.

Obinna Akukwe ( ).

*Photo Caption – U.S. President Barrack Obama

 [ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety reports ] – The major problem of modern lawmaking in Nigeria is not the appendage of lawmakers to the executive arms that operate at federal and State levels per se. Rather, it is about parliamentary quackery, profligacy and tendency to see lawmaking duty as a business enterprise.  In organized sociopolitical climes, lawmaking is highly professionalized and revered. Parliamentary rascality, which routinely occurs in Nigeria, must not be mixed with the doctrine of parliamentary independence. Impeaching the president or the governor or issuance of threats of impeachment is too far from parliamentary independence.
In Nigeria, legislative parochialism, quackery and mercantilism have remained the stock in trade of the lawmaking process. In a standard lawmaking chambers, there exists competition among lawmakers. Such competition arises from demonstration of legislative professionalism and intellectualism. Unfortunately, what we have in Nigeria is competition arising from mercantilism and materialism, especially in the area of legislative oversight enquiries. Though, legislative oversight enquiries are purely civil and non-binding, but the target agencies and firms usually part with huge sums in the context of “corporate bribery” so as to be extricated. This area is now a gold mine for Nigerian lawmakers.

An average internationally rated lawmaker operates a world class legislative library and laboratory, which serves not only as a rich resource for private and public oriented civil and criminal inquiries, but also center for formulation and sustenance of national interest, public security and safety as well as foreign policy and diplomacy. Art of modern lawmaking requires being a thinker, a virile agent of social change and a graduate of legislative studentship.

The floor of a universally standardized legislative chambers must also composed of "Amicus Curiae" or a team of experts renowned in natural and social science disciplines including gurus in the Bench, Bar, Juridical, Criminology, Security Expertise, Medicine, Pharmacy, Sociology, Theology, Politics, Diplomacy, Environmental Safety, Human Rights, and so on. But in Nigeria, through consistently unchecked executive-legislative-organized labour conspiracy, the country is steadily put in huge indebtedness and high costs of public governance with shocking and crude allocation of over 70% of the annual fiscal accruals for the servicing of infinitesimal public office holders numbering 17,500 and their daily office attendants, leaving other 170 million Nigerians with paltry 30%. This is why there is consistent dearth of basic necessities of life including critical infrastructures.

This further explains why our country is monumentally backward and strife-prone. Nigerian legislative doors must be shut against socially downward and upward quarks. This includes professional quarks and compound quarks. That is to say those who are educated illiterates and uneducated illiterates. There shall be established a graduate and post graduate level Institute in the country to train prospective Nigerian lawmakers. Nobody will qualify to become a lawmaker be it at State or federal level unless he or she possesses the Institute's certificate. This should be incorporated into the INEC’s legislative eligibility provisions.

To curb the perennial menace of high costs of public governance in the country, all the allowances of Nigerian lawmakers and executive officials both at federal and State levels should be cut by 60%   so as to unclothe them of their present international pariah toga or status of "world's highest paid lawmakers" and recover funds traditionally meant for development and empowerment of Nigerians including those the likes of Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State christened “destitute-Nigerians” . Also allowances paid annually to the country’s 12,788 top LGA officials, which is N550 Billion, should be cut by 60% and N330 Billion saved, channeled into development and sustenance of the country’s critical social sectors.

Contributed By: 
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman of the Board
International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety)
41 Miss Elems Street, Fegge, Onitsha, Nigeria.
08033601078, 08180103912   
*Photo Caption – Law books & gavel

 [ Masterweb Reports: Akusoba Christopher Chigozie  reports ] – Onitsha residents were saluted with sight of over 70 bizarre persons glitter the scene of upper iweka Head Bridge in the commercial city of Onitsha on 24th July, 2013. This elicited a state of pandemonium in the commercial city as people thought that ferocious Islamic sects have invaded the city. But close observation reveals something very striking. There was a forced removal and internal deportation and those strange faces are merely victims. The victims look very malnourished, pale and with visible signs of grotesque characters. There was a vehement protest among the residents of the city on the gross violation of human dignity. The masses outcry drew the attention of Anambra State government. Nigerian Red Cross society led by Dr.Peter Katcy was at the scene to identify the victim and ascertain the problem. On enquiry, it was discovered that they were arrested by officials of Lagos State Kick against Indiscipline.  Some of them revealed that they were arrested, detained and imprisoned as long as two years before their tortuous and nocturnal journey back to commercial city at 3.20 midnights. There are convincing evidences that some of those victims are not Anambrians because of non-Igbo lingual linkage. Some are from faraway Edo and River States.
An examination by Dr. Katchy, proves that most of the victims are not destitute as they have their legitimate means of livelihood to eke out a living. One victim by name Rosemary Nathaniel from Abia state reveals that she was neither a beggar nor hawker but working at a T-shirt weaving center in Lagos. She was whiskered away in commando style by officials of Lagos state government on her way to work and detained for seven months before her onward repatriation to the commercial city. The case is the same with another deportee named Osondu Mbuto, a pretty trade from Ebonyi state. He was abducted on his way to his shop and kept in prison for eight months before he was forcefully brought to Onitsha. One striking similarities among those deported Nigerians was that they look physically fragile, weak with some subtle signs of strange characters. This proves that they are grossly starved, humiliated, dehumanized, traumatized and subjected to a severe psychological torture before their deportation. Some family members of the victims have declared their loved ones dead and some missing because their phones are forcefully taken away from them which rendered them incommunicado. They are been fed once a day with very poor medical care which resulted in the death of many of them in prison.

Lagos state Government and its agents led by Mr. Joe Igbokwe have been making frantic effort to justify and rationalize their diabolic and nefarious action of desecration of human dignity.  Mr Joe Igbokwe in his forlorn attempt to justify their satanic action said most of the victims are mentally deranged, but as a sign of Lagos state magnanimity and benevolence, they decided to pick them up from the streets and rehabilitated them. Thereafter, those who are interested in staying were trained in skill acquisition centers while those who want to join their kits and kins in their states of origin were taken to a central place very close to their towns to find their way. I doubt if this statement actually emanated from Mr. Igbokwe but if it was, then I want to know why these deportees were smuggled into Onitsha in the midnight and also accompanied with full surveillance of armed military men if actually those deportees decided on the own to join their families in their various states of origin. This evidence has nullified his defense that those deportees have free choice to relocate.  The result reveals a state imposed forcefully removal which the Lagos state had meted out to innocent Nigerians thereby depriving them their constitutional right of freedom of movement. Close examination on the victims’ show that they are not rehabilitated or trained because there are signs that they are seriously disturbed mentally probably as a result of the psychological torture they went through in various Lagos jails. Another objection I have on Igbokwe defense is his proximity consideration in dumping his fellow Nigerians in Onitsha. I wonder how he came up with proximity consideration on their devilish action of man inhumanity while they dumped Edo state Indigenes in Onitsha. I don’t know how close Onitsha is to various Edo villages and Mr. Igbokwe failed to tell the world how much money he gave their deportees to continue their journey ongoing.

Mr. Joe Igbokwe went on to rationalize their evil action by saying that his Lagos state government informed Anambra state Government before their deportation plan and since no reply was receive from Anambra state, then they are forced to remove victims by force and dumped them into Onitsha. He went on to say that their Lagos state abhors a situation where people from other regions will become a security threat to the state.  Mr. Joe Igbokwe submission differs from one of his boss Gov. Fashola who said that he got a reply from Anambra state liaison office Lagos. Mr. Igbokwe should have clarified and reconcile facts with his boss before making public his defense, Nigerians expect coherent reasons for the action. I wonder what made Igbokwe to regard those Nigerians as a security risk that needed immediate and forceful removal. Nigerian constitution made provision for every punishment for every crime under the law. The essence of government is to cater for the needs of the all Nigerians, government have to be for the people and for the people irrespective of status and level in the society. I have never taken cognize of a law that recognized poverty of her citizens as a crime; you cannot criminalize someone because he is a beggar. Nigerians are living in penury because of corrupt attitudes of all the Governors and their agents, Gov. Fashola Inclusive. He lacks the power to punish his fellow Nigerians for the hardship they have collectively unleashed onto them. I would have preferred that Mr. Igbokwe had maintained absolute silence on this delicate issue because he is not from Lagos State. He works for government for monthly salary; his defense on this diabolic action of inhumanity against man is irrational and should be disregarded because it is of no substance. The world is in a fluid state, it is not constant; a day will come when Mr. Joe Igbokwe should be considered a nuisance in his Lagos state Eldorado and will be reminded of his place of origin and will be forced to head home. Then he will experience the feelings of the ordinary Nigerians.

Lagos state government has acted beyond its constitutional limit. Nigeria is a federal state and it confides her citizens the right to live in any part of her component parts without fear of harassment and molestation. The action of Lagos state is regrettable and highly condemnable because it has failed her people, deprived them of their human dignity, denies them the constitutional right of movement and dehumanized them by depriving them of their human dignity by the way of their forceful removal. Lagos state through her agents must come out to put the record straight. They must admit their error and formally apologize to these victimized Nigerians and possibly pay damages and compensation to them. Anything short of that is continuing playing to the gallery, which Nigerians and Ndigbo will never accept.

Akusoba Christopher Chigozie ( ) reports from Sweden.

*Photo Caption – Lagos State Igbo deportees

 [ Masterweb Reports ] - The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law sees the last weekend defense by the Government of Lagos State over its roles in dumping in Onitsha Upper Iweka of 72 less privileged citizens, which it called destitute; as constitutionally impeachable. This is because it amounts to gross misconduct, contrary to Section 188(2b) of the Constitution. It is also a grave violation of Section 1(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999. By Section 1(3), the Constitution does not share her supremacy with any other law and policy in Nigeria that are clearly incoherent with her provisions. From every indication, the Government of Lagos State is a clear opposite of an enclave under organic solidarity and a rabid proponent of mechanical solidarity. Following thunderous and deafening condemnations that trailed the dumping of 72 destitute in Onitsha Upper Iweka, Southeast Nigeria by the Government of Lagos State through its office of Youths & Social Development and the Nigeria Police Force, Lagos State Command; the State Government, which initially denied knowledge of the criminal exercise, has spoken out and claimed responsibility. According to the Special Adviser to the Governor of Lagos State on Youths & Social Development, Dr. Enitan Dolapo Badru, who spoke to the Guardian Newspapers last weekend, “at least 1, 708 beggars and destitute have been........ Read More
*Photo Caption - Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Intersociety (Left) at a conference. 

 [ Masterweb Reports: Omolara Williams reports ] – In the dark old days when the military dominated Nigeria’s political scene, the phenomenon of brain drain became crystallised in our national consciousness, as our best brains in all walks of life embarked on an exodus to nations in different parts of the world, in the wake of oppressive military tyranny. Outside the shores of Nigeria, these brains found comfortable abodes where their intellect and works were highly appreciated.
These were times when people we could pinpoint as role models in the country were few and far between. Mammon was then the landmark, and was the only symbol we had left to identify a model. Sadly enough, after the military men were shoved back inside the barracks, things have not improved much with our national psyche and sense of value. Financial opulence still remains a topmost factor in our order of things, and the craze for mammon has blitzed our sense of judgement in identifying the real icons and models of ethical values in our society.

However, at the dawn of democracy in 1999, President Olusegun Obasanjo began to woo the best brains from the Diaspora back home to come lend their expertise as the nation began a rebuilding process. Not that our democratic experiment has delivered excellently the way we envisioned in the last 14 years, but we’ve taken a leap from where we used to be. Of course, we are not where we want to be, but governance is always a work in progress.

In page 6 of her book, Reforming the Unreformable, Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala ushers her readers into the behind-the-scene events that preceded her appointment into President Obasanjo’s administration. After being suggested by Lady Lynda Chalker, a former International Development Secretary of the United Kingdom and other likeminded individuals in OBJ’s kitchen cabinet, the machine was set in motion for her homecoming. She eventually agreed to come after considering the pros and cons. And no sooner had she come home that she began to drive the reformation agenda of President Obasanjo. Part of that reformation was the write-off of the nation’s debt. That awesome achievement made me an ardent fan of NOI till date.

It was obvious her international exposures and networks helped a great deal in securing the debt relief for Nigeria. Her exploits also opened the floodgates for some Nigerian professionals abroad to start heading home, as things were now look brighter for the country. But, after leaving the OBJ’s cabinet and returning after much plea to serve her fatherland in the GEJ’s government, she has been the butt of critical wags of tongues at home.

Meanwhile, isn’t it ironic that as much as the critics cast the stones in her direction, accolades have not ceased to come her way, especially from the clime where excellence and hard work are celebrated?

Lately, Forbes magazine named her among the most powerful women in the world. Prior to that accolade, the United Nation Secretary General, Mr Ban Kin Moon, appointed her as a member of the Eminent Persons from Around the World working for a new global partnership to eradicate poverty and transform economies through sustainable development.

Also, in not too distant time, the prestigious University of Pennsylvania honoured her with an honorary doctorate degree in law alongside US Vice President, Joe Biden. This award was for a select group of personalities from around the world for high achievement in various spheres.

In the citation read at the ceremony, we are told that: “Okonjo-Iweala is responsible for managing the finances of Africa’s most populous nation and one of the world’s fastest growing economies. She’s a former managing director of the World Bank where she had oversight responsibility for the bank’s $81 billion operational portfolio in Africa, South Asia, Europe and Central Asia.

“She also spearheaded initiatives to assist low-income countries during the food crisis and later the financial crisis, and she chaired the raising of $49.3 billion in grants and low-interest credit for the world’s poorest nations.”

The laurels stated above are just an infinitesimal fraction of all the honours that NOI has amassed in her academic, career and political expedition. And the surprising thing is that, even while our legislators and other not-so-informed people at home are busy maligning her, the world keeps celebrating her. Thus making hers the proverbial prophet who is honoured everywhere except in his own household. For every girl child like me, she is a shining light, who is breasting the tape of achievements and setting a glorious path for upward-looking people to follow.

Isn’t it about time we started celebrating our own?

*Photo Caption – Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

 [ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports ] – The processes of gaining admission into Nigerian universities have been bastardized by the trio of JAMB, respective universities and desperate parents. The once transparent admission process into Nigerian universities has degenerated into a cash and carry fraudulent system devoid of fairness, where the highest bidder carries the day. During our own time, there was so much anxiety over Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) examinations that students attended all manners of extra-mural studies to pass. With the passage of time, especially in the early nineties, graft entered into the JAMB admission processes. Some special centres and villages became centres of 'expo' and malpractices. This led JAMB to continue to cancel centres where it is suspected that malpractice took place. In the process, a lot of innocent students were lumped for punishment with the guilty. Years later schools started employing the services of policemen and other law officers to stem the tide of malpractice. Two years into using the policemen, they too became conduit pipes for the distribution of leaked answer scripts and their usefulness was destroyed.
The situation degenerated so much that answer scripts were leaked from either JAMB office in Lagos or respective zonal centres. In 1995 particularly, I remembered students hawking JAMB question papers eighteen hours to the examinations. Those who felt the papers were fake got the shockers of their lives when they discovered that their honesty and patriotic home training was mocked on the exams hall. Few years ago, I heard that some students distributed solved probable JAMB answers A, B, C, D, E, etc on facebook to their friends.

Speaking on the level of compromise associated with the examination, the Registrar of JAMB, Prof  Dibu Ojerinde said that “In 2012 UTME, we had some disturbing news of extortion of money from innocent candidates by greedy proprietors and supervisors all these persons will be brought to book,” Earlier in that 2011 he told news men  that “JAMB is currently investigating some results of 7, 504 candidates, from some centres which are suspicious…the results must undergo further screening because of the unusual performances recorded by candidates from those centre”.

Constant malpractice coupled with incessant demands for university autonomy by lecturers under the aegis of Academic Staff of Nigerian Universities (ASUU), Committee of Vice Chancellors and other university pressure groups led to the acceding of the request for individual universities to set exams for prospective students. This led to the introduction of Post-University Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (Post-UTME) exams. This Post-UTME examination is yet to solve the problems associated with the earlier UTME, UME AND JAMB exams.

In the first instances, parents have to send or travel with their wards to different universities to write Post-UTME exams. A student may travel from Enugu to Abuja to write Post-UTME for University of Abuja, and then travels again to Lagos to write for University of Lagos, then moves to Port Harcourt to write that of University of Port Harcourt and back to base to sit for Enugu State University of Science and Technology’s exams, criss-crossing thousands of kilometers across dangerous countryside to write exams. The students usually purchases exorbitant exams forms from all these schools, travel to these locations, and lodge in hotels or with boyfriends, girl friends and sugar mummies in places if the cost of hotel accommodation is unaffordable. I inquired of a girl in Abuja some time in 2009 from her brother and was told that the girl traveled to Lagos to write Post-UTME exams and never returned back again. Whether rapists, robbers or ritualists caught hold of her and cut her breasts, eyes etc for rituals, nobody could tell.

In 2012 three prospective students traveling to UNN, Nsukka for Post-UTME got involved in auto crash. I do not know whether they died after being rushed to the hospital. During the same phased examinations, the process was cancelled midway because the university discovered that the papers actually leaked the night before. Some students told me that they had the answers in their phones and distributed such through text messages hours before the exams. The authorities told the students to go home and come back later to rewrite the papers at the expense of parents and sponsors. It was later discovered that some university staff leaked the papers to their wards who in turn sold same to the highest bidders. The embarrassed authorities with the aid of the police arrested the erring staffers for prosecution.

Despite all these Post-UTME exams, some parents still pay for their ward’s admission. Last year, a family told me that they paid N400.000 for their ward to read medicine in a university in Lagos, while another family confided that they paid N240, 000 to help their ward secure admission to read law in Port-Harcourt. This process disenfranchises those who are supposed to be on the merit list because highest bidders have taken over their chances. This is because some university staffers reserve lots of chances for themselves which they can sell or dispense as they deem fit.

This non-transparent process have made many parents to sell family land, properties and life savings to send their frustrated  wards to schools in Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Russia while few buoyant ones send theirs to UK for admission. I have unenthusiastically assisted some frustrated families with finance to send their wards to some of these East-European schools and I kept on pondering at how Nigeria is enriching other people's economy due to moronic and educational policies. This results in capital flight and the enrichment of other nation's education industry. Those who are not buoyant for overseas enrollment litter the streets of Nigeria and constitutes nuisance to the society. Many have joined robbery, kidnapping and prostitution gangs because idle minds are devils workshops.

Nigeria’s Minister of Education Professor Ruqayyatu Rufai recently told a news conference that “out of the over 1.7million students that sat for the examinations in 2013, only 500,000 will gain admission”. This means that 1.2 million students will be disappointed. In 2012, 1,503, 931 students sat for the exams and about 450,000 was admitted. In 2011 it was 1,493,603 with about 420,000 getting admitted. In 2010 according to JAMB about 1,375,642 sat for the exams with spaces for less than 400,000.  From the JAMB statistics, it is obvious that about 900,000 applicants were disappointed in 2010; 1 million applicants in 2011, 1.1 million others in 2012, 1.2 million ‘disappointed’ in 2013 and probably 1.4 million come 2014.

Two years ago the Nigerian Senate made attempts to scrap Post-UTME exams citing corruption and duplication of functions. The process failed because the lawmakers couldn’t find a common ground of acceptance.  Around my residence in Abuja lots of brilliant students have been writing JAMB and Post- UTME exams for many years and yet cannot get admission. Some of them have gotten admitted only for their names to disappear from the merit list. According to their frustrated parents, the number on the merit list for some departments of their choice are not up to 20% while the rest is admission by favoritism. In the same neighborhood, some frustrated parents used political party links and corrupt processes to get their wards admitted.

The solution to these anomalies is for NUC to relax processes for establishment of universities. Their stringent condition is such that only mega funded billionaire institutions and individuals can dare it. How come Ghana is wooing Nigerian students to go there and study? They have enough quality schools to contain their applicants and they maintained qualitative small universities established at little cost. Secondly JAMB should ensure that individual schools admit at least 50% of those who write Post-UTME exams on the merit list. The amount of money spent on these Post-UTME exams should be reduced and if the universities cannot guarantee transparency, the process should be scraped. Nigeria admission process have been compromised by individual universities, JAMB, NUC,  parents and applicants, and God will not leave some people unpunished whose actions or inaction contributed to the bastardization of the once transparent admission process.

Obinna Akukwe ( ).

*Photo Caption – University of Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria.

 [ Masterweb Reports ] - One hundred and fifty two years(1861) after not-literate King Desomu of Lagos ceded Lagos to the British colonialists, which formally signaled ninety-nine years of Nigeria’s colonization that terminated in October 1960; history is about to repeat itself downwards. The repetitive history this time is the perceived disastrous and steady efforts of a strategic component unit of Nigeria-called Lagos State of Nigeria to become what looks like a sovereign political territory within another sovereign political territory by way of its anti social and anti territorial laws and policies in recent times. It may be credibly unchallenged to submit that Lagos State is disastrously opting out of the Union it disastrously entered 152 years ago with other entities by way of thumb-printing. The State’s strange and utterly discriminatory set of laws and policies in recent times are enough evidence guiding the hallowed position of ours today. From every indication, Lagos State is speedily marching to the enclave of disastrous self-governed territory with set of laws and policies clearly at variance with the all-binding Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 and federal policies; part of which is its re-introduction of human slavery in Nigeria. The only difference between the Atlantic Slave Trade and the one complained of is” Trade”. The despicable conducts forgoing are also an eye-opener to all Nigerians and the rest of the world over what the governing political party in the State-the ACN may have in stock for Nigeria, Nigerians and other parts of the country it seeks........ Read More
*Photo Caption - Map of Nigeria showing its 36 states (including Delta State), and Federal capital (Abuja or FCT). 

 [ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports ] – President Jonathan and Governor Amechi have been dancing shamelessly on Nigeria’s political space that a vote for David Cameron and British Re-colonization of Nigeria is very expedient if the African Giant can survive. Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amechi had so far managed to defeated the gang-up against his political ambitions including President Jonathan, his wife Patience, Minister of Education and Rivers state gubernatorial aspirant Nyemson Wike, Chairman of PDP Governors forum,  Godswill Akpabio  and factional chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum(NGF), Jonah Jang.
The venom with which president Jonathan and his praise singers and 2015 strategists pounced on Rotimi Amechi over the latter’s perceived Vice Presidential ambition is at best, before God and sane mortal, a dance of shame capable of derailing the nation’s democracy. Rotimi Amechi has the right to aspire to be the President, Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of House of Representatives or even aspire to be the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries. It is only if Amechi goes to Bayelsa, Cross River or Kogi State to aspire as governor, then someone can question whether he has lived the constitutionally stipulated number of years in the place to warrant a vote.

Therefore, any sane Nigerian that supports Jonathan and his sycophants’ attempt to muscle Amechi’s ambitions is indirectly fighting democracy in Nigeria and Africa and teaching the younger generation that 'might is right'.

Rotimi Amechi has his drawbacks, as Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum he supervised the liquidation and sharing of billions of dollars of Nigeria’s foreign reserve to 36 State Governors under the approval of President Jonathan despite protestations from Finance Minister Okonjo Iwuala. Despite this drawback, this man is  the first governor in Nigeria to refuse negotiations with militants, cultists, militiamen and armed criminal groups in Rivers state at a time pampering militia groups became a popular state policy in Nigeria. In terms of infrastructure, Amechi had taken Rivers State to another level, with investments evenly distributed. The cost at which he did them, I cannot explain because I don’t have the figures. This man had not shied away from voicing his views on national matters like Fashola and Babangida Aliyu, his counterparts in Lagos and Niger States respectively.

Amechi is a staunch follower of Apostle Johnson Suleiman of Omega Fire Ministries, Auchi. He also goes to Catholic and Anglican churches and has continued to get substantial support from their bishops and clergymen who have refused to abandon him in his travails.

I heard about Amechi’s vice presidential ambition from close sources in 2012 and I quickly dismissed my source, telling him that if Amechi is the one contesting, I wouldn’t mind him to Jonathan but if he is to pair with Lamido, I would rather stick with Jonathan. There is no doubt that Obasanjo was prompting a Lamido-Amechi ticket to challenge a Jonathan-Sambo ticket. Obasanjo has right to prop up anybody he wishes to challenge Jonathan. I can prop up a Bishop Chukwuma-Sultan Saad Abubakar ticket for 2015. I can even prop up a Ralph Uwazurike-Ganiyu Adams ticket. Mrs Ngozi Okonjo Iwuala-Hajia Ruggayyatu El Rufai all women ticket is not a bad idea. Genevieve Nnaji-Omotola ticket is worth trying while Buba-Galadima-Stephen Keshi ticket is not bad for Nigerian idea either- who says these people cannot govern Nigeria if the masses says so.

Goodluck Jonathan and his wife do not have any constitutional or moral right to limit the wide range of choices Nigerians has come 2015. In 1999 I supported Olu Falae, in 2003 I supported Ojukwu and Buhari . In 2007 I supported Buhari and Okotie .2011 I sympathized with both Buhari and Jonathan-the former to fight corruption and the latter because God might have zoned the ticket to South South. In 2015 I might sympathize with WF Kumuyi-Emmanuel Kure ticket if both of them agree to contest. Therefore, whatsoever Jonathan and his family, friends, deceivers, and praise singers are doing to Amechi in Rivers state is an affront on the sensibilities of Nigerians. Withdrawing his security details, grounding his private jet, sponsoring five law out of 25 lawmakers to impeach a sitting governor, suspending him from the party, gathering militants to fight him and assassinating his supporters because of a perceived ambition is an evil under the sun and soon the evil seed will spread all over the nation with its consequences the same way kidnapping ,bombings, terrorism spread after successive elections.

Amechi should be left alone. I was reliably informed that the presidency has already deployed billions of naira directly and indirectly through the ministry of education to fight Amechi. Should this man concentrate these funds on the FRESH AIR he promised Nigerians, come 2015 no aspirant can defeat him.

I wonder how Amechi could convince me, Obinna Akukwe and my numerous followers to vote for Sule Lamido, whose credentials are not better than that of Jonathan- however, if this presidential dance of shame fails to abate, by 2015 I will not mind casting a protest  vote for British PM David Cameron so that UK can re-colonize Nigeria again and re-establish sanity.

Obinna Akukwe ( ).

*Photo Caption - Governor Rotimi Amechi of Rivers State