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 [ 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 ( Profetobinna2@yahoo.com ).

 
*Photo Caption - Governor Rotimi Amechi of Rivers State

 [ Masterweb Reports: Eze Chukwuemeka Eze reports ] – John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton a Philosopher and the first Baron Acton of Aldenham must have had Rivers State in mind when he stated that, “The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities”. Using the above statement, let us see if recent developments in Rivers State show that Nigeria is truly free.
 
“The state of anarchy, oppression, victimization and anomie is indeed here with us in Rivers State. This is just a dress rehearsal for 2015 general elections. The royal rumble continues with personal ambition superseding the will of the people. The outcome of setting a dry bush on fire can never be predicted”, Peter Negedu observed.

 
“The governor however had a close shave with death when upon sighting him leader of the G5 rebel lawmakers Evans Babakaya Bipialaka, who had been proclaimed Speaker by four of his supporters, pointed at the governor and shouted instructions to the thugs and policemen allegedly brought to the premises by his group, saying: “Shoot him! . . . Shoot him! . . .” – News Express an international renowned Social Media said.

 
News Express went further to state after the above directive, “Amaechi reportedly walked towards Bipialaka, saying: “Shoot me?” He then ordered his security details to arrest Bipialaka, but the order could not be effected due to stiff resistance by the rebel leader’s orderly assisted by thugs and policemen”.

 
The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), while reacting to the shameful incident said that Rivers State was fast drifting into a state of anarchy. It warned that if urgent steps were not taking by government and its security apparatus, the state may return to the dark days of uncontrollable politically motivated gang violence. MOSOP regretted that such a development could cripple both social and economic activities in the state.

 
Last Thursday, Governor Amaechi, who is also Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF while receiving the Senate Committee investigating the fracas that broke out in the House of Assembly on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th July respectively said ‘We are under Siege’ referring to the state, even as he recalled how the Police alleged fired teargas into government house. According to the governor, “We are under siege here. For two months now, we have not met with security men. Security commanders in the state don’t come to me any longer. They are either scared or they don’t deliberately want to see me. They withdrew soldiers attached to me yesterday (Wednesday 10th and this morning, Thursday 1th July). They withdrew the APC attached to Government House”.

 
A journalist with ThisDay Newspapers, Mr. Ernest Chinwo aptly captures the situation in these words: “From the hallowed chambers of the Rivers State House of Assembly, the brawling occasioned by the power tussle in the state chapter of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) moved Wednesday to the streets of Port Harcourt, the state capital. A day after lawmakers loyal to the state Governor, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, and those opposed to him clashed in the Assembly, injuring some legislators, supporters of the two rival groups took turns to settle their political differences with fisticuffs, leaving an unspecified number of people injured. Wednesday’s clashes between the rival groups roused security agencies to seal off the Assembly complex to prevent a total breakdown of law and order in the state”.

 
In another development, the Minister of State for Education Chief Nyesom Wike had in an event in Buguma the traditional headquarters of Kalabari Kingdom where the Speaker of the Rivers House of Assembly, Otelemaba Dan Amachree, hails from urged his supporters to be ready to fight against those he described as outsiders in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). According to Wike, “We cannot be intimidated. Do not allow anybody to provoke you. Rivers people have said enough is enough. If they say they want to meet us in the field, they should come to the field and meet us. We are not afraid of anybody. If you (Amaechi’s supporters) like, you should continue to put your own band there, we will continue to do what we are doing. What I can tell you today, Nigerians know that those friends from this state, they have lost control of the state. This is the first time that Rivers people are seeing that the National Assembly will be making laws for them. The National Assembly members (from Rivers state) should withdraw. They should all come back home.  “This is not the time anybody will use police to arrest you. If they come for arrest, we will also arrest them back. This is the time for action. Let them know it clearly that we are not afraid of anybody. I have decided to come here (Buguma) to send the message to them. I am not going to be afraid of anybody”.

 
Dame Patience Jonathan Nigerian First Lady and a daughter of Rivers State in a statement noted that impoverished people, including women and children, always bear the consequences of the kind of impasse in Rivers State., “This office wishes to call on all feuding parties in Rivers State to spare a thought for the social, political and economic costs of the crisis, and consider an urgent way to resolve all political differences. It is our position that the greater consequences of the impasse is, as usual, reserved for the poor, the weak and the vulnerable, especially women and children, who are usually innocent bystanders in all these. This derives naturally from the saying that when two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. On a larger scale, we subscribe to the fact that conflicts and violence are the most lethal threats to peace, which itself is the irreducible minimum condition for development. The situation must therefore not be allowed to degenerate to a level that can be hijacked by miscreants and hoodlums, thus exposing everyone to insecurity from which there may be no easy escape. We therefore call on elders of the state to position themselves appropriately in the circumstances, and continue to seek the highest good of Rivers state and its people, by stone-walling the activities of the few who would rather fan little embers into a consuming inferno. It is therefore incumbent on all people of goodwill to seek to restore peace, brotherliness and love in Rivers State, for the state to press forward in the direction of growth and progress.”

 
Sadly and maybe in defiance to the plea of the first lady some organized youths on 16th July, 2013 stormed Port Harcourt International Airport to embarrass and held hostage the governors of Jigawa, Kano, Niger and Adamawa that came to pay Governor Amaechi a solidarity visit creating the impression that some people from a section of the country is no longer wanted in the State which may scare away some of the investors that will like to invest in the State thereby crippling the economic fortunes of the State. One may be forced to ask the relevance of this type of politics in a State we have a performing Governor.

 
Reacting to the attack on the Northern Governors that paid a solidarity visit to Governor Amaechi on 16th July, 2013 by members of the Grass Root Development Initiatives a pro group of Chief Nyesom Wike the Minister of State of Education, the federal lawmaker representing Andoni/Opobo-Nkoro Federal Constituency of Rivers State, Hon. Dakuku Peterside, described the incident  as barbaric, sadistic and dangerous the hiring of thugs and ex-militants by desperate Rivers politicians to deliberately embarrass the northern governors who were in Port Harcourt to pay solidarity visit to Amaechi.  “When did we degenerate to this Hobbesian and primitive state?” the lawmaker asked. He warned that those fanning the embers of discord must be ready to reap the whirlwind, adding, “They should reflect on the events of the Western Region parliament in Ibadan that eventually led to the end of the First Republic and the disputed Ondo State election in 1983, and decide if this is the path they want to go.” He expressed concern over the indifference of the police in the attack. “I wonder why the police in Rivers State under Commissioner Joseph Mbu chose to play politics with the safety and security of the people of Rivers State and tarnish the image of Rivers people.”

 
In her reaction, the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, said members of GDI had mobilised hoodlums to disrupt the visit. She alleged: “Wike had boasted after the failed impeachment attempt at the Rivers State House of Assembly that he would set Rivers State ablaze and render it ungovernable. This portends grave danger and has far-reaching implications for our fledgling democracy”

 
On his side, Atiku the former Vice President of Nigeria described the escalating situation in the state as unhelpful, and advised that leaders of whatever hue be given the respect they deserve wherever they go. He reminded politicians to be mindful of “our political history” in all that they do. He said he was still vividly reminded of the chain of political crises that had disrupted democracy in the past.

 
Meanwhile, in a bit to whittle down the security of Gov Amaechi and maybe exposed him to grave danger, the Inspector General of Police, Alh Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar through a press statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Frank E. Mba has summoned leading Pro-Amaechi and Security Figures that includes Rivers State House of Assembly Majority Leader, Hon. Chidi Lloyd, the Aide-De-Camp (ADC) to the Rivers State Governor, Ag. ASP Debeware-Semeikumo, and the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the Governor, Tony Iwelu to report to Force CID, Force Headquarters, Abuja without summoning the Assemblyman Evans Bipi who ignited the clashes by invading the House of Assembly with thugs in order to impose himself as the Speaker.

 
In another development, Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State has raised the alarm over the presence of Policemen not known to either him or officials of the Rivers State Government. Gov. Amaechi in a statement signed by Commissioner for Information, Mrs. Ibim Seminatiri alleged that one Inspector Bawa yesterday reported to the Government House claiming to have been posted from the Police Headquarters Abuja to “monitor the Rivers State Governor’s lodge.” The Governor noted that, “we are aware that on issues of personal safety, an official reserves the right to pick the security personnel to whom he or she may entrust their safety. This is more so in the case of a State Governor. We are worried that we can no longer guarantee the safety of Governor Chibuike Amaechi and wish to reiterate our call on all relevant authorities to ensure the safety of Governor Amaechi and the peace and security of everyone in Rivers State.”

 
REPLAYING THE UGLY PAST:

 
Records have it that before the incumbent administration came to into power in 2007, Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital was turned into a war zone or aptly put a jungle where the fittest determines the fate of the lesser animals. It sounds pretty surprising, but not unexpected that this hitherto ‘garden city’ was at it were, ranked among the three most dangerous cities in the world. The human resources unit of New York-based Marsh & McLennan Cos. had equated Port Harcourt with Baghdad, capital of Iraq, Sana in Yemen and Khartoum in Sudan, as the world’s most dangerous cities.

 
Going by the ranking published by Bloomberg, Port Harcourt ranked with Baghdad as one of the world’s most dangerous cities for foreign workers as criminal gangs and militia groups seeking greater control of energy revenue step up attacks.

 
Is this where these gladiators want to take Rivers State to, we are watching?

 
 HOW DID THIS MADNESS BEGIN?

 
The genesis of the present crisis in Rivers State stems from claims that Governor Amaechi may contest the office of the President or Vice President with a candidate from the Northern part of the country come 2015, thereby truncating the second term ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan who is from the same geo-political zone with him (South-South). To these people annihilating Amaechi politically by deploring any undemocratic machinery does not matter if their agenda can be achieved. While this assumption held sway, one day one problem became the order in Rivers State. With her oil-wells reallocated to neighbouring sister states, Rivers is being denied billions of Naira, some of which would have helped to defray the cost of rehabilitating terrible and impassable Federal Roads in the State like the Aba-PH road where travellers have to spend three hours before entering Port Harcourt a journey of 20minutes. Apart from Ebonyi and few other States, Rivers is denied appointments into federal establishments; the state-owned jet has been grounded, even when facts points that it genuinely belong to the State. The Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF election where Amaechi defeated his Plateau State counterpart, Jonah Jang with 19 to 16 votes is in a manner of speaking, in the state of invalidation. The Governor has been suspended from a party he has contributed so much in building even against the constitution of the party. Insecurity is all time high in the State, as investors who trooped to the state are now scared, due to the unfriendly atmosphere under the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu.

 
Mbu’s ignominious move to empower the five anti-Amaechi lawmakers: Chinda, Kelechi Godspower Nwogu (Omuma), Evans Bapakaye Bipi (Ogu/Bolo), Martins Amaewhule (Obio/Akpor I) and Victor Ihunwo (Port Harcourt III) who are loyal to the Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike to impeach the Speaker, Otelemaba Dan Amachree, to pave the way for the eventual removal of the Governor (Amaechi) clearly bears this out. That the situation was resisted and the machinations of the five lawmakers failed is a thing of joy. Although, attempts to thwart the plan of the five dissenting voices resulted in the exchange of blows by the lawmakers and their supporters in the hallowed chambers of the Assembly, with both sides sustaining injuries, while the mace, the symbol of legislative authority was broken.

 
Though President Goodluck Jonathan hosted most of the key actors in this macabre dance in Rivers State few days ago at the State House, Abuja, while his wife and Nigerian’s first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan had spent about eleven days in Port Harcourt, where she allegedly met with the gladiators opposed to governor Amaechi but reacting to the futile attempt by the five lawmakers to impeach the Speaker of the 32-members State Assembly, the President described the Rivers PDP crisis as untoward and regrettable and called on all those involved in the crises to show greater respect for the constitution and the rule of law in a statement by the presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati.

 
Mr. Emeka Reuben Okala a Social Commentator who is based in United Kingdom asked, “If I may ask: What were the crimes of Hon. Otelemaba Amachree, the Speaker that drove a group of just five disgruntled lawmakers to hastily declare him impeached just like that? The last time I checked, before an elected officer is impeached in a democracy, charges are preferred against him or her for whatever alleged offences that they may have committed. A chance is given to them to defend themselves, even in a kangaroo court. I have waited patiently since yesterday as many versions of the story of this very disturbing, macabre incident unfold, but have not yet read anywhere about the offence(s) of the Speaker and the chance he was given to defend himself. Do you just get into the Chamber and pronounce the Speaker impeached just like that? I'm still struggling to understand the meaning of the madness of yesterday (9th July)! To make the whole drama look most idiotic, the ‘so-called’ lawmakers who carried out the ignoble act, were just only five in number out of a total number of 32 thirty-two, a far distance from a quorum. I don't get it! To add insult to injury, the Governor of the state gave an order to a policeman to get the unruly and dangerous lawmaker [law-breaker] arrested and the policeman disobeyed, even in the very presence of the Commissioner of Police Mr. Mbu. This cannot happen even under a military rule. It happened once in Nigeria immediately after Gen. Aguyi Ironsi was senselessly wasted, and law and order totally broken, with the attendant near war situation. An ordinary foot soldier refused to take an order from Brigadier Ogundipe who was then the highest ranking army officer. The soldier told him (Ogundipe) in the face that he would only take order from his boss! Who was his boss? A far junior officer to Ogundipe. 

 
Is Rivers State at a brink of war? Has Law and Order totally broken down in my State? The policeman who refused to carry out the Governor's Order couldn't have had the gut to do so without an instruction from his "boss" in that regard -- a boss who should be reporting to Amaechi in the first place, being the Chief Security Officer of the state.

 
With what happened yesterday, the current Commissioner of Police in the state Mr. Mbu failed in his duty to provide security when it was most needed. Suppose Mr. Bipialaka's (acclaimed speaker) supporters or thugs had obeyed their commander and shot the Governor; what would have happened could better be imagined than experienced. More so, with the CP present, but doing practically nothing! 

 
For crying out loud, the CP’s duty should be reviewed as a matter of urgency, especially as there is clearly no love lost between him and the Governor, in the interest and safety of the State and its people.

 
If the account of Ibim Semenitari, the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, is authentic, then Mr. Evans Bipialaka should be arrested and investigated for giving instruction to thugs to "Shoot him (the governor)", and for engaging in and instigating an illegal action that threatened Law and Order in the state”.

 
Segun Adeniyi, Spokesperson of the late President, Yar’Adua and a columnist with Thisday Newspaper seems to have a clearer piece of this funny and strange happenings in Rivers State in an article he titled, ‘What a National Disgrace’. According to him, “Such is the level of chicanery in our system today that 16 is officially recognised as a bigger number than 19 while a “majority” of five is now enough to impeach a speaker in a House of Assembly where there are 32 members; and as a commentator pointed out during the week, since the Bible says “one shall chase a thousand”, those five lawmakers are more than enough to also impeach the sitting governor! The problem, however, is that a system that encourages these kinds of perfidy is clearly endangered”. The Conference of Speakers of State Legislators of Nigeria through Mr. Inuwa Garba its Chairman and the Gombe State Assemble Speaker condemned the purported ousting of Rivers State House of Assembly Speaker Otelemeba Dan Amachree, saying it is unconstitutional and barbaric. “It has come to the notice of the Conference of the Speakers of State Legislators of Nigeria that five Honourable members of Rivers State House of Assembly with the aid of hoodlums allegedly invaded the Honourable House and announced the impeachment of the Speaker of the House, Right Honourable Otelemeba Dan Amachree and purported to have replaced him with Honourable Evans. “The Conference of Speakers do hereby condemns the action of the five Honourable members of that House in totality as it contravenes the Constitution. “Section 92 (2c) of the 1999 Constitution as amended provides that the Speaker could only be removed by the resolution of the House via the vote of not less than two-thirds majority of the entire members of that House. “In view of that Constitutional provision, five members alone cannot remove a Speaker of the House of Assembly of 32 Honourable members. This therefore, implies that the action of those five members is unconstitutional and null and void.” Garba urged the National Assembly “to declare action of the five honourable members as treason and commence process of taking appropriate constitutional action against them in order to save our democracy”.
 

NOW, THE QUESTION WE SHOULD BE ASKING IS THAT ARE THOSE ENGINEERING THE MESS IN RIVERS STATE ACTUALLY INTERESTED IN THE FUTURE OF THE POLITICS OF PRESIDENT JONATHAN?

 
In a previous article on the macabre dance in Rivers State, I have said Governor Amaechi is never the problem of President Jonathan actualizing his future political calculations, but some people who felt otherwise have continued to engineer one crisis or the other creating the impression that they are very interested in the future political feats of the President, while destroying all his democratic legacies and his feats these past few years. Today the institution of the Presidency in Nigeria has been reduced to an indecorous and unseemly status by those who feel that bringing down Amaechi is the solution to winning the 2015 presidential election not knowing that they are working towards bringing down the aspiration of Mr. President and can only said to have succeeded to bring his image and his person to scorn, if the statements by these great Nigerians and Institutions are anything to go by.

 
First to react to this macabre dance was the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who expressed regret that the failure to punish similar crude attempts in the past such as the Ngige saga in Anambra State in July of 2004 had encouraged impunity among those seeking to impeach elected leaders by means other than that enshrined in the constitution. “It is sad that those who are seeking to subvert our nascent democracy are some of those who never fought for what many laid down their lives for. These persons are advised to take heed to the festering crisis in Egypt following a forced change of leadership in that country,” Atiku said.

 
Second, in its Editorial of July 12th titled ‘Jonathan’s rivers of shame’ the Nation Newspapers stated thus: “THE theatre of the absurd unfolding in Rivers State should give any patriotic and peace-loving Nigerian a sense of foreboding. With impunity in the air, the constitution in peril and official stamp from the high office of the presidency, the moral legitimacy of this republic is fast sliding downhill. By the week and recently by the day, the conflict between Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, and President Goodluck Jonathan, imbues the nation with nausea. Respect for law has swapped places with brigandage, and the average Nigerian watches as the President engages in a bestial war of proxies. The recent development has all the trappings of déjà vu. The first open show of power was the order to strand Governor Amaechi’s aircraft. The presidency failed to cloak it as a matter of technical procedure without political undertone. Findings from investigations have exposed not only the imbecilities of the aviation authorities but also revealed them as couriers of malicious orders. The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) election has showcased, more than any other evidence, the desperation of the president. After defying the rules of aircraft landing, the necessity for peace, he and his proxy governors defied the purity of arithmetic by making 16 superior to 19 votes. He executed that anomaly purely in bungled bid to remove Governor Amaechi as chairman of the NGF. He also inspired the factionalisation of the group such that his loyalists now formed a parallel forum”.

 
Third, Lagos State chapter of the PDP described the crisis in Rivers State as “highly embarrassing.” Speaking in an exclusive chat with Daily Independent on Tuesday, Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Taofik Gani, said the action of Rivers lawmakers was unbecoming because it is sending a wrong signal to the outside world about how democracy is being practiced in Nigeria. He added that politicians, as leaders and elder statesmen, must learn to resolve their differences amicably in the interest of the citizens of the state.

 
Similarly, the Action Congress of Nigeria, Accord Party and the National Coordinator of Northern Politicians, Academician and Professional Businessman [CNAPAPB] Dr. Junaid Muhammed have in their statements called for the immediate impeachment of Mr. President as a recourse to saving our democratic principles from further ignobility.

 
The Jigawa state chapter of the PDP condemned the political crises and fracas in the River state House of Assembly saying “it is real unfortunate and quick attention is needed to save the situation“.

 
Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka while lending his voice on the matter, blamed President Goodluck Jonathan for the political crisis rocking Rivers State, warning that Nigeria was fast sliding towards monarchism; the system of government where too much power is vested in one person”.

 
Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana said it was regrettable that exactly 10 years after a group of thugs attempted to abduct a sitting governor in Anambra State, another set of thugs attempted to undermine democratic institutions in Rivers State. Falana said the silence of President Jonathan on the unfortunate development in Rivers State was tantamount to an endorsement of the political crisis. “We have been through this route before. We must tell them that we are not a conquered people. The case of Rivers is more absurd, more odious, where five members of the assembly aided by the state invaded the Assembly chambers and chased away their colleagues”.

 
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Governor Muazu Babangida of Niger State, Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Razak Atunwa and a non-governmental organisation, Stop Impunity Nigeria (S.I.N.) all deplored the mayhem in the State House of Assembly.



 
The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) on their own side has threatened to suspend operations over the crisis rocking the Rivers State House of Assembly.

 
To the National Labour Congress (NLC) the anti-Amaechi lawmakers are desperados; describing the acts as shameful. “While it is unimaginable and ridiculous in a democracy that five members of the House of Assembly would contemplate impeaching a speaker who enjoys the support of 26 other members. It is a shameful tactics employed by the combatants in their desperation for power,” Omar added that the disturbing part was the ignoble role of the police in the crisis. “It is not helpful for the Presidency to continuously deny the stoking of crisis in the state. The travails of the Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Ameachi, in recent times and the reaction of stalwarts in government and the ruling party are apparent indicators that the Presidency cannot absolve itself from the crisis in the state. The threat to withdraw security to the Governor, which is guaranteed by the constitution, and the sour relationship between Amaechi and the state Commissioner of Police, whom he has called for redeployment and the request turned down, are clear pointers to the complicity of the Federal Government,” NLC argued.

 
Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) and the Environment Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) in a statement signed by its Executive Director, Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani), said Nigerians considered it embarrassing and appalling, the unfolding scenario that made members of the Rivers State House of Assembly to resort to uncivilised action and barbarism reminiscent of the jungle. “We are alarmed at the preceding events which indicated an attempt by five legislators in a house of 32 members purportedly impeaching the Speaker and replacing him. This act, which is a flagrant disregard of all laid down rules of the House and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not only illegal, unlawful and undemocratic, it is also immoral, retrogressive and a threat to democracy.

 
To Anthony Cardinal Okogie, Archbishop Emeritus of Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, “I condemn the crisis in the Rivers State House of Assembly. More importantly, it is very disappointing to see our so-called honourables exchanging blows like gangsters.“Such an act, if not checkmated, is an invitation to terrorism and gangsterism. I call on every right thinking Nigerian to rise and speak against such unruly conduct by men who are supposed to be making laws of our land.

 
Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in his reaction stated, “However, we all know the truth but most are afraid to speak.  There are no way the police and small number of five lawmakers would act so brazenly, unless they receive instructions from their high places, attempted to impeach the Speaker. Nigerians must ask: Is this way the President Jonathan intends to transform Nigeria? By turning it from an imperfect democracy into a perfect mess? “In some ways, this Rivers episode is not surprising. What happened in the Rivers House is one more reminder. PDP leaders hold democracy in contempt and will trample on it, if given the slightest opportunity. If they invert the relatively small numbers involved in the Nigerian Governors Forum and the Rivers State House, what they might do to general elections involving such a large population as ours is a hard piece of wood to chew.”

 
My question is, must we continue in these acts of impunity and continue to give the image of Mr. President a negative outlook without Mr. President intervening to stop all these inimical acts geared towards creating unnecessary enemies for him?

 
But not minding all these provocative acts, Governor Amaechi have demonstrated uncommon leadership making his detractors and those that want him out to look dumb and confused!


INTERVENTION OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY.

 
Though the Senate has sent its Committee to visit Rivers State and investigate the matter the crisis in the assembly, the House of Representatives have in a resolution said it was taken over the affairs of the Rivers Assembly in a in bid to restore sanity to the State. In a unanimous voice vote, the House of Representatives, on Wednesday, invoked Section 11(4) of the 1999 Constitution as amended and resolved that the National Assembly should take over the functions of the crisis-ridden Assembly.

 
Also, the House resolved that the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, should as a matter of urgency re-deploy the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr Joseph Mbu.

 
The senator representing Rivers South-East in the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Abe, commended the timely intervention of the House of Representatives in the crisis in Rivers State. He said the unanimous position of members during the debate on Rivers Assembly crisis rekindled their commitment against undemocratic tendencies now creeping into the national polity. He said a situation where democratic institutions were abused and crippled by agencies established to protect democracy portended danger at the tunnel and urged other democratic institutions in the country not to sit and watch Nigeria’s hard earned democracy being wasted on the alter of political interest.

 
Anthony Cardinal Okogie, Archbishop Emeritus of Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos in a statement commended the House of Representatives for declaring legislative emergency in the state stating that such a step was necessary in order to safeguard the integrity of governance in the country.

 
Conclusion:

 
The fact remains that many Nigerians and institutions have cried out for Governor Amaechi to be left alone but sadly, the more the pleas, the more those who want to continue to disparage the President will continue in acts capable of undermining the image of the present occupant of such exalted office.

 
Even as I congratulate Pastor Ayodele Oritsejafor on his well deserved re-election as CAN President, let me appeal to him to intervene and find a way out of this madness in Rivers State seeing that the two political leaders (Jonathan and Amaechi) have much respect for him and may listen to him as other pleas in this regard seem to have fallen on deaf ears.

 
Also, the General Overseer of Redeemed Church of God, Senior Pastor, Enoch Adeboye need to intervene in this mater, as the present faceoff between the two is already threatening Nigeria’ s democracy, hence these respected men of God should not watch from the sides.

 
I will conclude this article by quoting Alan Barth (1906–1979) an Author and a journalist specializing in civil liberties and best known for his 30-year stint as an editorial writer at the Washington Post when he stated that, “Thought that is silenced is always rebellious. Majorities, of course, are often mistaken. This is why the silencing of minorities is necessarily dangerous. Criticism and dissent is the indispensable antidote to major delusions”.

 
While to Woody Allen an American film director, writer, musician, actor and comedian must have foreseen our present sorrow state when he stated, “We stand today at a crossroads: One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other leads to total extinction. Let us hope we have the wisdom to make the right choice”.

 
Eze Chukwuemeka Eze ( ezemediaconcept08@rocketmail.com )  is a Media Consultant based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.
 
 
 
*Photo Caption – Map of Rivers State

 [ Masterweb Reports ] – Anambra State Government has approved contracts for more development projects value at sum of over 5.5 Billion Naira.  The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Chief Joe Martin Uzodike announced this at the weekly post Executive Council Meeting at the Government House, Awka. 
 
According to Chief Uzodike, the contracts included: the construction of Ekwulobia-Ezinifite road in Aguata which is 6.3 kilometers and  awarded at the cost of 765.5  million naira with completion period of thirty weeks: Isuofia-Umuona-Nanka road with a spur to Aguata which is 5.2 kilometers and  awarded at the sum of 587.4 million naira, with completion period of thirty weeks and Abube Square Nando to Afor Igbariam road which is 4.4 kilometers and has the contract sum of 636.5 million naira and completion period of twenty-eight weeks. 

 
He said the State Executive Council also approved the contract for the reconstruction of Bida road and Okwei Street roads Onitsha at the contract sum of one billion naira, while Ndiowu road with a spurs to Orumba North Local Government Area totaling 4.82 kilometers was awarded at a contract sum of 630 million naira with completion period of twenty-eight weeks.
 
The Commissioner also announced that the council approved contract for construction of three Pedestrian Bridges between the Niger Bridge Head and Zik Round about Onitsha at a contract sum of 435 million naira and Umudioka to Ogbunike road, with spur to Girls’ Secondary School Umudioka, which is 2.4 kilometers at a contract sum of 337.5 million naira with completion period of thirty weeks. 

 
Chief Uzodike said the council in addition approved the reconstruction of the one kilometer Umuagu Ufuma road phase one in Orumba North at the sum of 121.5 million and reviewed the total cost for the Amansea-Ebenebe-Ugbenu-Ugbene, Oba Ofemili road project which is twenty-two kilometers to accommodate new bridge project on the road.

 
The Commissioner said that EXCO also approved the award of contract for the construction of Awka Township stadium at the cost of 500 million naira and completion period of 28 weeks as well as approved the construction of flood control structures along Arthur Eze Avenue to Enugu Expressway Awka at the cost of two hundred and ninety-five million which he said has already been fully released to the ministry.

 
The Commissioner said that the money for the project had been set aside and that the completion period for all of them were within the life span of this Government.

 
 
 
*Photo Caption – Map of Anambra State 

 [ Masterweb Reports: Dr.Chukwu Obasi reports ] – The Kenyan Authorities of immigration, CID and police officers are frequently harassing Nigerian citizens residing in Kenya and other West African Nationals. They have arrested and detained over 30 Nigerians and other West African nationals in recent days and arranging to deport them.  The Authorities have branded every Nigerian and West Africans in Kenya a drug trafficker. This recent endless harassment which started a month ago when the newly installed president of Kenya H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta directive that all foreigners suspected to be a drug dealer should be deported, since then so many Nigerians have suffered dearly on the hands of immigrations, CID and police officers who have taken it upon their daily routine jobs in hunting for Nigerians or West Africans, either to extort money from them or mere harassment and intimidation.
 
Within this week alone over 30 Nigerians have been arrested and detained in various police stations and branded illegal immigrants or drug traffickers without any proof of what they are accused of. They are all awaiting to be taken to court on Monday the 15th of July for prosecution. In my view it is not hard to catch a drug dealer or trafficker red handed, than just arrest someone on mere suspicion. It is also very sad that the newly Jubilee Government is out to target Nigerians on the name of drug menace clean up. If anything there is more Kenyans in drug business than foreigners, yet not even a single Kenyan has been arrested and prosecuted. The daily harassment of Nigerians and West Africans citizens  may escalate beyond control, considering the fact that there are so many Kenyans residing in Nigeria and in other  West Africa countries too, what will it look like if Nigeria Government or other west African Nations retaliated by deporting Kenyans? Many of the Nigerians are married with children and they have trading businesses in Kenya.

 
If this kind of attitude is not stopped then the newly formed Government of Uhuru Kenyatta is playing with his foreign policy and relation because it is no more a hiding fact that many Nigerians and West Africans have been highly harassed, detained and deported.  Most of them live in fear. Their love one’s, wives and children are subjected to sleepless nights, worried of their bread winners (Father & husband). It is very sad indeed that a friendly nation like Kenya can treat their fellow Africans in an inhuman manner on the name of drug clean up. If such humiliating behavior is not brought to a halt, I am afraid it may lead to more embarrassing situation than that of the deportation of Chinedu saga and three others.Nigerian citizens and other West African Nations are no more safe in Kenya. They live on the mercy of the Kenyan security agents who have turned the president directive as money making industry by either extort money from the victims or deport them in return. Who can save this ugly situation.

 
Dr.Chukwu Obasi ( dr.obasichukwu@gmail.com ).

 
*Photo Caption – Map of Kenya

 [ Masterweb Reports: Ikechukwu Enyiagu reports ] – The 80s was a period in my life with many excitement and curiosity. I had experienced so much spiritual, physical and mental curiosity that I wondered if that was all to the world. And coming from the family I was born, I did not know I could discuss issues that bother my mind with my parents and expect straight answers. It never happened because I never asked; and I never asked for clarification because I thought I wouldn’t get any answers. That may have been true then because Igbo children I my days and before did not have the luxury of asking questions. One of these questions bothering me in my young age was that of being a committed Christian, even as young as I was, and, at the same time, hearing people, most of whom are Christians, term anyone they look down upon as a “Jew.” In my young and confused mind I could not understand how the rejection of a typical Jew balances the fact that most of the people thus relegating the Jews to the background were Christians. Understanding Jesus as being a Jew and the author and finisher of the faith of all Christians made understanding these jesters impossible for me, at least, for me.
 
I was very small then to understand that the Jews had undergone a history of genocide and unprovoked hatred across the globe. Then, little did I even know that Israel and the history that came with it happened in the very world I lived in and that, given the necessary requirements, I could actually visit the land of Israel on earth. What wonders the hearts of children hold! What questions they have but are too afraid or uninformed on how to express! I encourage all parents of today to teach their children to, above all else, be bold to express themselves at all times. Now, in the Nigerian society of this 80s, and even in some quarters in our present society, being 'a Jew'  was/is a reference tagged on anyone who's considered to be helpless, hopeless, foolish, ill-informed, ignorant and a -waste-of-time. For most who had at one time or the other called another, "Jew guy" or "Jew man," that phrase had neither been challenged or clarified in their conscience, even to date.

 
It was only as I grew up, both in the flesh and in spiritual matters, that I discovered who these ridiculed Jews - ridiculed to the point that most celebrated Christians of Nigerian stock happily and playfully refer to anyone they feel superior to as a Jew - were. The Jews are a race much discussed in the Biblical times. Although the Holy book states, above all things, that this race is specially loved of God, it nevertheless is full of details of calamities that befell them. The culmination of the pains of the Jews came to bare in the days of Hitler of Germany as he championed the final push to annihilate those he referred to as "Parasites." As a result of the many shame and pains of the Jews, especially considering that nations which disagree often agree on a common agenda which is to never allow the Jews return to/have a home State, being a Jew became a curse and a derogatory word, even amongst those who profess to be followers of Jesus Christ, a Jew. Lack of proper knowledge is indeed the seed of extinction. Nevertheless, it feels like a cool breeze in a sunny, hot weather to state that these very people, the much globally-hated Jewish people, have become a nation never to be played with or castigated again until the fulfillment of times. Being a Jew man in our days has become a thing of joy and pride. And even when enemies still abound, they only abound by envy.

 
The Igbo in the present Nigeria have not had it any different or easier. From the end of the active genocide days which Nigeria, with the help of Britain, Russia, Egypt and the Arab world carried out against Biafrans, genocide which saw to the deaths of over 3 million Igbo people, being an Igbo anywhere in the world has remained the worse nightmare in societies where justice mean little or nothing. The government of Nigeria, through its many national and foreign policies, has made it a government priority to further dehumanize, deny and mock the Igbo. Being "Igbo" was so much opposed by Nigeria until an average Igbo would have to change his name or oppose everything Igbo before he could be considered for integration into the mainstream of Nigeria polity, albeit as a servant among mates and compatriots. To further haunt these Jews of Nigeria, some Igbos in some South-South States, in every bid to integrate in the corrupting corruption, openly denied their ancestral lineage to the clapping of the Hitler of Africa and the world. The irony of it all, however, is that, if what  is good for the goose is also agreed to be good for the gander, then, Nigeria, like the old Germany, will contend with the anger of God through the world’s so-called powers and, like Germany, will be brought down in order to salvage the remnants of Biafra, the Jews in Nigeria.

 
The help for Igbo people will come and not by man's willingness but by spiritual compulsion and conspiracy. The earth has had enough of the abomination that is called Nigeria and will revolt impulsively. And just as being a Jew of the past and its shame and curses turned and became a thing of joy and pride today for the people of Israel, being Igbo is turning to be what it's ordained unto: a thing of great joy, pride and gratitude in our days. The leaders and men of this world must again witness this heaven-orchestrated change. And they will help bring it about, not because they want to but because they must if their own survivals matter to them. Just as a piece of land can be stretched into unproductivity by callous and indifferent handling, so has the word, Nigeria, been stretched until it's become a global shame and an abomination before the throne of God. And the Jews in Nigeria, the Igbo will rise above fear and shame to take their rightful place in creation. Then being Igbo will never again be a thing of shame, pain and sorrow anywhere in the world. The spirit of God will perfect it.

 
Ike Enyiagu ( ike.enyiagu@gmail.com  ). 

 
*Photo Caption -  Map of Igboland (homeland of Ndigbo of Nigeria ).

 [ Masterweb Reports ] - Ombatse Cult, a fetish group which draws support from majority Eggon tribe of Nassarawa State is seen as an alternative to the failed social justice and security in Nigeria. Ombatse cult came into national limelight when their followers murdered over 100 personnel of the Nigerian police and the SSS. The national uproar which followed the crisis was well intentioned- if security personnel could be slaughtered like goat, then there is no hope for the common man. Everybody condemned the massacre and afterward a paltry N1millon naira was given to the families of slain policemen. The case has died down, everybody has forgotten the event, till another group rises up and kills yet more number of security personnel and another round of uproar will ensue. This is Nigeria where root causes of events are swept under the carpet. I was expecting to hear about Federal Government Commission of Inquiries on why Eggon people of Nasarrawa see a 76 year old man, Lega Ahgu, popularly known as Baba Alakyo, from a sleepy Lakio village near Lafia, as a saint, savior and messiah of a sort. Having interacted with many Eggon politicians, administrators and professionals over the issue of Baba Alakyo , there is unanimous affirmation that the man is innocent and those who wanted to kill him are the villains. It is painful that even clerics from the state, Christians, Muslims, Pagans and their elite including professors, PhD holders all see Baba Alakyo as a persecuted citizen whom the gods delivered from the hands of a power drunken state. How can a fetish man whose followers killed security personnel be seen as a persecuted citizen? The answer is simple, Baba Alakyo was........ Read More
 
 
 
 
 
*Photo Caption - Arrested Ombatse Cult members 

 [ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports ] – Since the Ombatse Cult of Nasarrawa State murdered over one hundred Nigerian Police and State Security Service personnel on manhunt for  the head of Baba Alakyo , Governor Al-Makura had pretended that he is not aware of his complicity in the matter. To the best of my knowledge, Ombatse Cult was formed as a response to the constant harassment, murder and rape of Eggon tribesmen by Fulani Herdsmen, and it took the fetish potency of a Muslim medicine man, Laye Ahgu, popularly known as Baba Alakyo, for the Fulani to beat a retreat and leave the Eggon people to live in peace.
 
This fetish potency made the 76 year old Baba Alakyo popular that people recourse to him for spiritual healing and deliverance. The Eggon people of Nasarrawa state including Christians, Muslims, Pagans, atheists in their midst revere the medicine man as alternative protection against a failed state. Therefore, Ombatse cult is Nasarrawa people’s fetish alternative to failed justice and security. This same lack of confidence in state protection and justice led to the formation of Bakassi boys in Aba and Onitsha in 2001. The fetish Bakassi killer group used juju means to pursue , arrest and kill armed robbers and those who allegedly used witchcraft to kill others. By the time they descended on Onitsha and Aba cities of Nigeria, lots of criminals disappeared while numerous others were killed. Robbery reduced by 90 percent in the two cities until politicians hijacked and used Bakassi boys to hunt and kill opponents and dissenting views.

 
Politicians from the Eggon tribe have severally confirmed that Ombatse has Christians and Muslim adherents and sympathizers including Labaran Maku, present Minister of Information. Governor Al-Makura was said to have been taken to Baba Alakyo by Senator Solomon Ewuga when the former was desperate to become the Governor of the State. Al-Makura was said to have promised Baba Alakyo that he would rule for one term and make way for an Eggon man in 2015. Based on this promise, Baba Alakyo signaled his people to support Al-Makura and also fortified him with charms so that he can defeat the electoral malfeasance of the ruling PDP and the then incumbent Governor. To the surprise of electoral pundits, opposition CPC won in Nasarrawa States while they failed in their major strongholds of Kano,Kaduna, Katsina, Niger,Bauchi.

 
Al-Makura was said to have confided in the same Senator representing the zone, Ewuga of his intention to go for a second term, a proposition Baba Alakyo was said to have rejected. The issue of Nigerian politicians dragging people to shrines is not new. Former Governor of Anambra State, Chris Ngige was dragged to Okija Shrine to swear oath of allegiance and surrender of State funds to the family of a presidential aide under the distant approval of former president Olusegun Obasanjo. Former Governor Orji Uzor Kalu of Abia State dragged the incumbent Theodore Orji and some of his aides to the same shrine to swear oath of perpetual ‘yes man’. A picture of Governor Theodore Orji wearing undies at Okija Shrine is still all over the internet. Therefore, the Nasarrawa situation, despicable as it is, is not strange in Nigeria’s brand of democracy.

 
There is a wide belief among Eggons that the refusal of Baba Alakyo to endorse his second term plot made Governor Al –Makura to desperately seek means of breaking the fetish oath he swore so that his tenure extension beyond 2015 can be successful. There is an allegation that there was a powerful female juju priestess from Mali (others claim the woman is from Igbirra tribe) allegedly used by the Hausa-Fulani community in Jos to neutralize the fetish potency of Berom indigenous community. Al-Makura was said to have contracted this woman to visit Alakyo and neutralize the powers of the Ombatse cult. The said woman walked naked towards the town, encountered success as earlier attempts to either apprehend or cut her with machete, knives, spears and gun failed. The Ombatse people had to send distress calls to Baba Alakyo and after using a few hour old dog for incantations, the charm of the woman was destroyed. The boys captured and severed the head of the Juju woman, amidst jubilation.

 
With the death of the woman, the witchcraft kingdom where she belongs allegedly wanted her head so that they could crown a successor and Al-Makura was mandated to either bring her head or that of the person that killed her to avoid repercussions. The Governor, in order to escape the wrath of another witchcraft kingdom, and to use the same occasion to destroy the powerful Ombatse cult, with the head of Baba Alakyo severed and brought to him as evidence, in the order of Biblical John the Baptist, deceived security agents to embark on a sacrificial journey. It was in the process that over one hundred personnel were killed .Baba Alakyo, giving sketchy insight into the bloody manhunt told newsmen that ''It is the governor that asked the people (thugs in police uniform) to come here and kill me, cut my head and take my head to him. When they came, because they were themselves drunk, my god did not allow them to come to me even though I was not around and they died on the way. The question I ask is; has the governor ever invited me and I refused to go? But he sent people to come and kill me and to destroy Lakyo as a whole. That is just what it is.

 
Another incidence that boosted the confidence of this Ombatse Cult is the alleged congratulatory message some elders of Plateau State sent to Baba Alakyo over the successful murder of the strange juju woman. According to sources, the juju priests of Jos and surrounding villages had always referred to the activities of a strange woman as responsible for the series of defeats they suffered in the hands of Hausa-Fulani indigenes of Jos during the bloody religious riots of Obasanjo and Yaradua regimes. Some Plateau State elders are planning to understudy the secrets of the Ombatse cult with the intention of applying the formulae to Jos crisis. This disturbing plan by Plateau elders from Berom, Anaguta and Afizere tribes is as a result of mounting insecurity and inability of the state to curb the activities.
 
Innocent members of the State Security Services and the Nigerian Police Force were shepherded to fight a cause that is of no concern to them, a cause they were not properly briefed about. A cause they would probably have declined if the underlying truth was laid before them. This calls to question the ease with which politicians use security officials to settle political scores. If the SSS and the Police had actually taken time to ponder over the security reports, they would have discovered that the intelligence they relied upon to carry out the operation was biased and wrongly analyzed. Politicians have been known to frame people with reports in order to crucify them. It is true that Ombatse cult was forcing some people to adhere to their fetish oath, but the reason for that ill fated operation was not to stop the oath but to destroy obstacle to 2015 elections.
 
Governor Al-Makura should be held responsible for wasting the lives of personnel of the Nigerian Police and SSS in a vindictive attempt to obtain the head of his erstwhile medicine man. The SSS should be blamed for not acting on their good judgment by withdrawing their personnel from the attacks when they got feelers that something is fishy somewhere. The Police Commissioner should take blame for allowing self to be pressurized into deploying personnel for an operation even when reports showed that the attack is already compromised. Why he embarked on such operation few days to his retirement is a mystery. The army personnel initially billed to follow in the operation were said to have backed out when they couldn’t justify the reasons for the attack.

 
The Nigerian State, electoral umpires like INEC , judiciary and other organs saddled with ensuring that people’s votes count should also take blames because if the electoral processes are flawless and the courts are ready to return all stolen mandates, people like Baba Alakyo will have no political patronage and relevance. Al-Makura’s manhunt for the head of his erstwhile juju man, Baba Alakyo, led to the death of unsuspecting security men; he should stop grandstanding and apologize to a traumatized nation while laws to stop public officials from surrendering our collective mandate to fetish cults should be enacted to prevent another re-occurrence of such stigmatizing mortality.

 
Obinna Akukwe ( profetobinna2@yahoo.com).

 
 
 
*Photo Caption –  Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State, Nigeria.

 [ Masterweb Reports ] - The Monday, June 24, 2013 public execution of Citizens Richard Igago, Chima Ejiofor, Daniel Nsofor and Osaremwinda Aigbuokhian on the executive orders of the Edo State Governor, South-south, Nigeria, is not only shocking but also savagely. Since June 1999, when the civil rule was restored on the polity, over 58,000 citizens have been killed outside the law in the country. The latest public execution of the four controversially processed convicts has brought the country thousands of years backward from being a member of the comity of civilized countries and human rights respecter countries. Nigeria is steadily descending dangerously into the abyss of savagery and cannibalism. The country now earns notoriety as a country not in war, but in war. She now records one of the highest global incidences of unlawful killings per month with monthly average of 200. When a political system is corrupt and weak to safeguard lives and property, incidence of safe-help method in inter-personal and group’s disputes grows astronomically dangerously-says Emeka Umeagbalasi today in Denver, Colorado, USA. A modern country that engages in public execution of its citizens whose actions are said to be in conflict with its criminal law, whether anachronistically or globally blended, is not only a direct descendant of the butchery of the old, but also instills homicidal militancy in the psyches of its civil populace to slaughter at will even in mere dissent verbal exchanges-further says Emeka Umeagbalasi. Factually speaking, over 1,400 Nigerian citizens have been killed since........ Read More
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Photo Caption - Map of Nigeria showing its 36 states (including Edo State) and Federal capital (Abuja or FCT) 

 [ Masterweb Reports ] - A man engulfed in flames hung out a car door as the vehicle sped down Old Liverpool Road the morning of Jan. 11 before smashing into a wall. The man was dead before firefighters arrived. So began the final mysterious chapter of two lives lived by one man. The investigation into the fiery car crash would eventually tell the tale of a black man living under a white man's name, a Nigerian musician who became an unemployed American mechanic, and a secret revealed only by death. Detective Jon Seeber and several other detectives from the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office began the tedious process that morning of piecing together what clues they could find. Their goal was to identify the man and notify his family. The body was badly burned. The car's registration gave detectives a name: George Clark. Fire investigators soon sifted through the wreckage. A New York driver's license in the man's wallet - which he had been sitting on - was spared from the flames. It also belonged to George Clark. The driver's license listed an address at P.O. Box 26, at the Postal Service's South Salina Street office in Syracuse. As several detectives talked with witnesses to the crash, others searched for........ Read More
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Photo Caption - Grave of Eteng Ikpi Itam ( lived double life as George Clark ) at Loomis Hill Cemetery, Syracuse, New York, USA.