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 [ Masterweb Reports: Chris Onyishi reports ] - I was glossing over a brother’s posts in the FACE BOOK recently and I stumbled over where he dropped a link to an article in the TheGuardian Nigeria, with the caption “Foreign Direct Investment: A Vote for APCON Reforms” which is credited to one Edwin Madueme. An excerpt from that article read thus: "The thing our government must do and urgently too, is to properly define who a foreign investor is. And for the avoidance of doubt, foreign investment does not include someone coming into the country to feed from values already developed and milk a market already ripe while funneling proceeds to his or her home country. A foreign investor is one (either an individual or a body corporate) with capital in terms of finance, technology or product capable of boosting the economy, generating income for the citizens and raising the standards of life in the........ Read More
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Photo Caption - Map of Nigeria showing its 36 states and Federal capital (Abuja or FCT) 

 [ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports ] - Abuja-Lokoja road has become the most dangerous highway in Nigeria due to the numerous death from accident and blood spillage of Nigerians. It is obvious to spiritually discernible persons that the constant death on Abuja-Lokoja road is a deliberate conspiracy between the local witches and the politicians in Aso Rock, National Assembly and Federal Ministry of Works.
 
This road has become a constant feeder of blood to the tank farms of Nigerian politicians and administrators which they use to refresh and empower themselves to continue the looting spree and impoverishment of the masses. These fetish minded politicians deliberately refused to budget enough money for the completion of the road project since the past eight years and will most likely continue with the hide and seek till probably 2015 or even beyond  till their blood tank farm is filled. This blood tank has refused to get filled because these blood sucking human beings are not patient enough to allow the tanks to get filled before they start drinking from it.

 
This very road was built by former president Abdulsalami Abubakar between 1998 and 1999 and then travelers can get to Lokoja from Berger roundabout in Abuja in less than 2 hours. Today, the journey takes nothing less than three hours due to high volume of traffic on the roads, The activities of lorry, tanker and haulage vehicles on the road is very worrisome. These truck drivers especially from the North are not mindful of smaller cars and buses and once they start overtaking other vehicles, the driver will either run into the bush or face eternity in heaven or hell. The same road has some dangerous stretch of bumps causes by swollen coal tar which had causes thousands of vehicles to somersault on the road, killing lots of victims.

 
Therefore, it's obvious to  all that the road is in urgent need of dualization. The contract for this all important road has been given since eight years ago and yet the road is yet to reach fifty percent completion. It would be recalled that the present road was built in less than 15 months with all the bridges, culverts and other necessities when Nigeria had less oil money to spend. To dualize this road has become too difficult for these politicians because they need the blood of victims for refreshment.

 
This road also has no known equipped hospital, except probably Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital which is at the beginning of the 159 km stretch, therefore, if a passenger meets with accident near Abaji, Geku Beku etc , then only the blood of Jesus can save the victim. There is also no emergency rescue hospital or clinic on the road.

 
The danger to life posed by this road is such that passengers and drivers cherish the services of emergency pastors who pray for the safety of travelers on this road so that God Almighty would send angelic protection for the commuters as they pass through the highway of death. The heavy number of soldiers on some spots on the road adds to the fatigue of the journey and tired drivers usually sleeps off. All these things wouldn't have been if the road had been dualized.
 
Below is the list of witches and wizards who have contributed in one way or the other to the death and permanent disability of road users on Abuja Lokoja road. For the purposes of this discussion, all of them, male or female, are given titles of witches because they have become part of the blood sucking mess on the road
 
1.      Senior Witch Olusegun Obasanjo-President-1999-2007
2.      Senior Witch Umaru Yaradua- President-2007-2010
3.      Senior Witch Goodluck Jonathan- President 2010-date
4.      Deputy Senior Witch Atiku Abubakar- Vice President-1999-2007
5.      Deputy Senior Witch Namadi Sambo- Vice President-2010-date
6.      Assistant Senior Witch Tony Anenih- Former Minister of Works
7.      Assistant Senior Witch Chris Ogiemwonyi- Former Minister of Works
8.      Assistant Senior Witch Sanusi Daggash- Former Minister of Works
9.      Assistant Senior Witch Adeseye Ogunlewe- Former Minister of Works
10.  Assistant Senior Witch Hassan Lawal- Former Minister of Works
11.  Assistant Senior Witch  Mike Onolememen- Current Minister of Works
12.  Assistant Senior Witch  Bashir Yuguda- Current Minister of State Works
13.  Trainee Senior Witch  Danladi Bamaiyi- Former Chairman Senate Committee on Works
14.  Trainee Senior Witch Julius Ucha- Former Chairman Senate Committee on Works
15.  Trainee Senior Witch Ayogu Eze- Currentt Chairman, Senate Committee on Works
16.  Trainee Senior Witch Ogbuefi Ozomgbachi- Current Chairman House Committee on Works

 
The list is by no means exhaustive, but as these people's pockets grew in leaps and bounds, hundreds of thousands of Nigerians die on the most important link road to Nigeria's Federal Capital while they look the other way. All these people are blood sucking witches even if they travel to Mecca, Medina , Jerusalem, Rome or build Churches and Mosques. Even if they paid tithes to their priests and pastors and did Zakat and all these religious obligations, they have equally contributed in making millions of children to be fatherless, motherless, orphans, widows, widowers and thrown many families into anguish and penury.
 
They contributed in sending unprepared Nigerians to face eternity, they have cut short people's destinies. While some of them embezzled the money meant to finish the roads, others refused to budget enough to complete the roads. Witches and Wizards, the blood of all that died on this Abuja-lokoja road will be your  heads and may the Almighty God who is saddened by the constant cutting short of destinies of innocent Christians and Muslims on that road  rise and save his people and ensure that judgement falls on these blood sucking witches in Aso Rock, National Assembly and Federal Ministry of Works whose acts of commission or omission resulted to death of the innocent in Jesus name.
 
Obinna Akukwe ( profetobinna2@yahoo.com ).

 
 
 
*Photo Caption - Scene of an accident on Abuja-Lokoja Highway

 [ Masterweb Reports ] - Nigeria Masterweb News Desk was on ground last week, June 12, when Ex-Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (OBJ) visited University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee (UWM) where he was a guest speaker promoting future relations and strengthening of ties between UWM and African Nations. Masterweb was also there the previous night during his arrival as guest at an exclusive hotel in Milwaukee. Milwaukee community leaders including Dr. Sunday Olafintila, Mr. Idowu Oguntade of Progressive Alliance Movement, Mr. Enobong Umohette (Wisconsin State Heavy Weight Boxing Champion), Mr. Okey Akubueze, Engineer Ben Eruchalu, Mazi Chris Nwonye, Rev. Chris Ikanih, Chief Charles O. Okereke (Publisher – Nigeria Masterweb & Composer God Bless Africa – African Union Award Winning Anthem) and selected cross section of others were also at the hotel reception. Below are some of the photos taken both at the hotel and UWM event during OBJ’s visit; more photos will be........ Read More
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Photo Caption - Enobong Umohette (Wisconsin Boxing Champ) raises Ex-President Obasanjo’s hand as winner of the shadow boxing between him and the ex-president. 

 [ Masterweb Reports ] - Firstly, the International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law, Nigeria; ably represented here in Washington DC, USA, by Comrade Emeka Umeagbalasi, wishes to appreciate, deeply, the invitation of its Chairman of the Board by the US Department of State, to participate in the internationally respected and prestigious International Visitor(s) Leadership Program for NGO Management in USA & related others. We appreciate, commend and congratulate the Department of State of the United States and Its officials, distinguished members of the ECA/PE/R/V and the FHI-360 Project teams, respected and reputable IVLP colleagues and all other institutions and persons involved directly or indirectly in the ennobled program scheduled to cover the US States and Cities ranging from Washington and Washington DC; Seattle, Louisville, Kentucky; Huntington and Birmingham, Alabama; East Lansing, Michigan; St. Louis, Missouri; to Denver, Colorado. We wish all the participants in the program and its organizers huge successes at the end. The program was opened on Monday, June 10 and expected to end on June 29. The leadership of Intersociety celebrates the nomination of its Chairman of the Board, Emeka Umeagbalasi as the only Nigerian nominated to join other 23 international personalities drawn from twenty-four countries around the world including........Read More
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Photo Caption - Map and Flag of Nigeria 

 [ Masterweb Reports ] -  Nigerian lawmakers recently agreed to prohibit same sex marriages and even to prohibit any outward manifestations of same sex Love in public  maintaining the ban on homosexuality –whilst the whole world awaits President Goodluck Jonathan(a Catholic Christian)  to sign the bill into law many are moved to prayer & fastings at this great disastrous point in Nigeria’s Timeline.  The prohibition has placed  the Nation between the devil(who stands against Faith) & the deep blue sea (consequence of not following  democratic processes).  Whilst many feel that the stance for defeating the same sex marriage prohibition is a Human Rights one , I like many others believe that it is only through Religious arguments & discourse that we would successfully avoid  this disastrous path for it is a Faith issue even a faith crisis, If GEJ signs it –it is a personal faith one & by not signing it  is a democratic crisis one.
 
Muslims & Legalistic Christians (Christians that live under the Law of Moses as opposed to under Grace – the Law of Christ )hold the view that homosexuality (gays & lesbians) and cross dressers & Transgendered ( yan daudu etc) are abominable in the sight of God & are” a sin”.  Christian LGBTs ( Lesbians Gays, Bi-Sexuals and Trans people including Cross dressers)  yes there are “such people “and straight Christians under Grace agree that whilst it is true that God did ban it and stipulated under the Law of Moses that it must not be done see Leviticus 18:22,  any Christian that is worthy of their salt and are truly under Grace will know that we are not to live under the Law . Hebrews 10 v 9 tells us Jesus’s mission statement ,  He came to abolish the first and establish the second.    Hebrews states that because  there was a change in Priesthood there was also a necessity of a change in the Law, Jesus changed the Law He said it in Mathew 22v37-40 where there are ONLY 2 Commandments to replace the 630 odd Laws given under the Law of Moses - 2 Corinthians 3:6 states that we are only to preach the new testament.

 
Christian LGBTs believe that Jesus died for them to be who they are , Galatians 3 ;13 states  He became a curse for us and paid the penalty for our sins, not only did He do that but He took the law all the way out of the Way in the Change of Priesthood now where there is no law there cannot be any transgression! .  Jesus is the only One  that offers penalty free religion  (He Redeeming us from the Curse of the Law became a Curse for us)He is the only Way.

 
For these reasons Nigerians should not advocate a ban and penalty on same sex marriages or homosexuality as Jesus paid the penalty and to do so would be a violation of Jesus ‘s Law and a fall from Grace - a Faith Crisis. 

 
Whilst it is true many are not comfortable with same sex relationships , many people do want a policy of live and let live which is what Jesus basically also said. 

 
As Christians we KNOW that EVEN if we felt that someone was sinning they are entitled to their sinning ways our job is ONLY to go and preach the Truth to them , if they say we should leave they don’t want to hear we are to obey that is the directive God gave us. We are not to use force “in convincing” as that is not faith in Him.

 
As Christians  Same Sex relationships  questions Christians faith in all denominations  worldwide , what do you really believe? Do you believe that Christ abolished the law and established Grace ? that is the issue here  - if you don’t believe that He did  it would mean that one would still be in ones sin  -  If one does not accept that the Law of Moses is no more, the SACRIFICE  that He is would not benefit one  and that would be a great Crisis of Faith in Him and in what God has done.

 
Elizabeth F Obisanya reports. Elizabeth F Obisanya is a Born Again Christian film maker  & lobbyist currently attached to the Human Rights and same sex marriage activist Peter Tatchell Foundation in London.  She is a Masters Graduate of Goldsmiths College London, her film works include –Cashback paper or plastic©, DBW© The Trouble with Paul©, and more recently the Christian lesbian short film – Magda’s Lesbian Lover© She is a partner member of Creflo Dollar ministries ( US) and  a member  of the Inclusive Church in London. She lives in Royal Greenwich London.

 
*Photo Above – Map of Nigeria

 [ Masterweb Reports: Philip Amiola reports ] - From the tides of terrorism that have reached a climax in Nigeria to the torrents of similarly horrifying tidings across the world, it will probably take a full time job to keep track of the tragic events that have become a normal part of our day-to-day life. I was badly shaken when I read of a 25-year old man in Ogun state, Nigeria who was accused of slaughtering his ex-girlfriend and having sex with the cadaver. In a similar development, a 48-year old British father has admitted slitting the throats of his son and daughter in the aftermath of a bitter divorce with their French mother. And just as I prepared this piece for publication, news filtered in from London – a British soldier has been killed in a savage assault after being stabbed and hacked with a knife and meat cleaver! Almost every day, someone somewhere exhibits some savagely cruel and depraved behaviour, putting the rest of humanity in jeopardy.
 
Whilst there is absolutely no justification for acts of violent extremism and terror, the pressure of social change and the resultant maladjustment could readily predispose generally responsible people to actions and behaviours which ordinarily, they wouldn’t have considered. Although most people would not take extreme actions like slitting someone’s throat or unleashing terror on the community, a good number have sought solace in self destructive habits in a bid to vent their frustration; and many more have contemplated suicide. According to World Health Organisation, suicide rates have increased globally by 60% in the last 45 years. Such alarming statistics!

 
We may not be able to analyse the facts of each case, but one thing is clear – these are precarious times. Over the past few decades, we have paid so much attention to global issues like terrorism, climate change and economic crisis while little or nothing is being done about the more personal issues of family life and community re-orientation, character development and value-based education. While it is vitally important that we address global problems, it is equally important that we tackle the more fundamental challenges of everyday life as personal transformation is the precursor for global development.

 
As I contemplated the oppressive and depressive waves of terror that have threatened to engulf us, I remembered the words of the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche: “He who has a why to live, can bear almost any how." Then I realised that most people are simply going through the motions of everyday life without a clearly defined life mission and appropriate support systems to accomplish that mission. To this end, it is vitally important that we audit our lives from time to time. What are we really living for? How are we making the world around us better than we met it? What contributions are we making to humanity in general? Much more than ever before, we must consciously take charge of our lives as we accept personal responsibility for our happiness and self-fulfilment without violating the common good.

 
Recognising the fact that this life is not all there is, we must determine how our existence will impact positively not only on our immediate environment but also on our posterity. We must then create the right climate to actualise this as we develop the right attitudes, cultivate the right habits and form the right associations. My heart goes out to the families that have been affected by the horrendous trends, and I grieve with them. May we be strong enough to maintain a positive outlook regardless of the depressing circumstances.

 
Philip Amiola is a teacher, writer and campaigner of empowerment. He reports from Lagos, Nigeria and tweets from @PhilipAmiola.

 
 
 
*Photo Caption - An assault rifle. *One of the tools of evil in Nigeria and around the world.

 [ Masterweb Reports: Theophilus Ilevbare reports  ] - The proclamation of emergency rule on three states of the North-East by a resurgent President Goodluck Jonathan was given the blessing of the National Assembly, as legislators of opposition parties broke party ranks to rally support for the President, his decision they believed was in the best interest of the country.
 
Mr. Jonathan must be commended for summoning the political will to assert the country’s authority as a last ditch measure to wrestle the North from the shackles of the rudderless Islamist fundamentalist. Leaving the governors and the entire political structure in the states, where the protracted security has become a challenge,  to discharge their constitutional responsibilities was a paradigm, a clean break from the sack or suspension of sitting governors by the Obasanjo administration.

 
ln a previous essay published in the Punch entitled: The dilemma of Boko Haram amnesty, I posited that to win the war against the rampaging insurgents and maintain our territory integrity and sovereignty as a nation, the use of military might at some point in the time should not be completely ruled out. The counter-terrorism war has not been won anywhere in the world with amnesty or any kid glove measure.

 
The carnage of the past could have been averted if a state of emergency was declared earlier by President Jonathan, in just one state, Borno, from where the terrorists birthed few years back. That the prolonged battle with insurgents took the lives of over 80 security agents in Nasarawa before it sank into the President that a state of emergency was imperative is reprehensible. My word! It was long overdue.

 
It remains to be seen what will now become of the work of the amnesty committee. The rug has been pulled from under their feet. They can’t be negotiating with a sect that is being shelled on a daily basis in war with the special forces. Clearly, their role in peaceful resolution of the conflict has been undermined. Moreover, who negotiates with a gun to his head as a member of NASS quipped?

 
Nigerians must begin to be wary of politicians who elevate negative progressivism beyond state interest, whose definition of opposition politics is to criticise every move, good or bad, of the ruling government. The ACN described the declaration of emergency as lacking in original thinking. To them the blood thirsty charlatans should be allowed to continue their rampaging assault on the state, preferring that the government beg the terrorists with amnesty, even if they’ve rejected same by spitting on President Jonathan’s face, declaring, that it is the government instead, who needs amnesty from them. Any right thinking Nigerian will agree that the use of force becomes a sensible alternative to smoke out the terrorists. Else, how do we hold them accountable for the gruesome killings over the past years? Lai Mohammed and the Action Congress on this note, got it wrong! Contrary to the vituperation of the opposition camp, rejecting the presidents’ move in totality, describing it as one that will be counter-productive, the emergency rule has started yielding commendable results already. Security report have it that the “insurgents have been dislodged from their previously safe havens and camps while many have been apprehended, and their activities in the affected states have been brought to a total halt.”



 
It was a declaration of war on the North, the Northern Elders Forum had charged, forgetting that if the status quo was maintained, they would soon be caught up in the orgy of attacks that does not guaranty their safety as well, as the attempt on the life of the Emir of Kano had shown. Their sense of reasoning seem to be beclouded by their preoccupation of wrestling power from the South by all means possible come 2015. They seem not to be bothered either by any genuine efforts geared towards ensuring the country remains united. Such ‘elders’ have to stop and think for a moment… Even if the North had power, it needed a country to govern! The real enemies of Nigeria under whose outstretched arms the ghosts of terror have received blessing to terrorise the country are being unmasked.

 
Afterthought, we begin to marvel why it took President Jonathan so long to declare a state of emergency in the troubled northern states after three years of onslaught by the Jihadists on innocent law-abiding Nigerians. It gives us ample room for speculation that Mr Presidents’ dilly-dallying on sundry national issues is the very reason his administration is moving the country at “Jonathan speed”. Think of the gains that would have been made in power, education and petroleum sectors for instance if timely, well thought and strategic decisions are taken.

 
The renewed synergy and determination shown by the combined team of security operatives have yielded laudable results. But in the aftermath of the state of emergency, there will still be terror lurking if the dispersed sect members in neighbouring states and border West African countries find safe haven to regroup and launch fierce vindictive attacks on the state. Boko Haram hotbeds like Nasarawa, Bauchi, Kano and Gombe would been under a kind of quasi-emergency rule, maybe in restive local government areas, to flush out and ward off other extremists from resettling. The frontiers bordering Bauchi should be well guarded so the fleeing militants find it difficult to gravitate to the country after the emergency period has elapsed. The fear of the dreaded sect regrouping is real.

 
The much talked about carrot and stick approach employed in quelling militancy in the Niger Delta region by former President Obasanjo is being implemented masterfully by the Jonathan administration. With the state of emergency running concurrently with the amnesty offer still on the table, and the government’s renewed promise to ensure the amnesty plan is not derailed, there is optimism, that the wings of the insurgents will be clipped sooner rather than later. Meantime, the Presidency has reiterated its offer of amnesty to any member of Boko Haram who surrenders.

 
In the long run, a holistic approach is imperative to rid the entire country of every elements of insurgency or terrorism. The task of curtailing the cocktail of bloodshed is one that goes beyond the emergency rule. The task of securing the lives and properties of Nigerians is a continuum. We can recall that the amnesty to Niger-Delta militants did not get to the root cause of their agitation. It is worrisome that so much has been expended on the amnesty programme itself but so little in arresting the deprivations that snowballed into banditry. In recent time, we’ve seen the rise of oil bunkering and kidnapping in these regions.    

 
Kudos to President Jonathan once again for not upsetting the political applecart by dislodging the elected governors. The overwhelming support that greeted the emergency is a pointer that for once Mr President hit the right note. It was time a halt is brought to the wanton loss of lives and attacks on state institutions, that in a most profound way, has threatened the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Nigeria.

 
Theophilus Ilevbare ( theophilus@ilevbare.com ).

 
 
 
*Photo Caption - President Goodluck Jonathan

 [ Masterweb Reports ] – Yesterday, Tuesday, May 28, at about 2115hrs (Nigerian time), on my way from the office, as we got to Ojota in Lagos,  just before  the pedestrian bridge, we saw a young man who had been knocked down by an articulated vehicle,  lying down helplessly with a huge crowd clustered around him, yet nobody could offer the immediate assistance required. Nigerians should always learn to help at any given time. God knows how long the guy had been on the ground before my arrival. [ Report By Sunday Omojiade; Email: s_omojiade@yahoo.co.uk ]
 
Masterweb will like to publish your report, so if you witness any newsworthy event, send such to admin@nigeriamasterweb.com for consideration for publishing in either our Masterweb Reports or Daily News section.
 
 
 

*Photo Caption – Ojota bus stop, Lagos, Lagos State (Photo December 2011)

 [ Masterweb Reports: Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu reports ] - There has been the usual noise making by perfidious politicians and other such rabble rousers of questionable character,   who in their dubious quest for relevance are  requesting   that Chinua Achebe be immortalised  through the naming of streets and other national institutions after him. It is either these unscrupulous politicians are suffering from bouts of “amnesia” or they are engaged in sheer deceit which after all is their stock in trade. If the hustling “lootocrat” politicians scratched their heads hard enough or pooled  the  wool  of  deceit from their eyes, they  would very well  remember  Achebe as a  man who never shared their sadistic  world of vanity, oppression, injustice  and corruption.   Chinua Achebe is an intellectual warrior and sage who literarily wore a “halo” of integrity,  humility and chastity around his head  until  the end of his journey on this earth.
 
Unlike the monumentally corrupt and morally bankrupt sadists, psychopaths and fraudsters who populate the Nigerian political class, invested in nothing other  than  the  vandalisation of the nation and dehumanisation of  the citizenry, Chinua Achebe feared neither  God nor  man.  Donned in battle fatigue and dug into the trench, he waged endless wars against the serial mis-rulers of Nigeria and against racist imperialists like Joseph Conrad who in his book “heart of darkness” caricatured Africans as wild beasts lacking in any civilisation. His book “a man of the people” published in 1966, derided  the blatant corruption and excesses of  the post colonial leaders while “the trouble with Nigeria” published in 1983 remains  the most  surgical, daring, audacious  and  stinging truth spoken to power  and is an indelible and timeless testament of Nigeria’s unrelenting  curse of bad leadership in the five decades since independence.

 
Rather than the easy choice and option of participating in the lucre and lure of Nigeria’s decrepit, primitive, ignorant and unconscionable leadership cabal, Chinua  Achebe stood in firm and uncompromising   opposition against them. He repeatedly  turned  down  national awards from the Nigerian government  as a form of protest  against the corruption, insensitivity and misrule of the Nigerian establishment.  Chinua Achebe was never a man who ran away from a good  fight in the cause of justice and equality, and it was a fight he undertook  through thick and thin, through toil and sweat  until he passed on to immortality,  to reside where angels dwell.

 
For a man like Achebe who abhorred and indeed  battled  the  Nigerian government  over  corruption and misrule,  it is nothing short of an abomination to propose as some dubious  politicians are doing the naming of Nigerian roads or institutions after him. The Chinua Achebe that I know would never have accepted such a tainted idea in his lifetime, definitely not with the ongoing looting and misrule by those who constitute Nigeria’s government.  It would thus amount to a desecration of Achebe’s values and character for anything originating from the present misrulers of the Nigerian space to bear his name.

 
Indeed  Achebe does not need to be immortalised for he is already immortal.  His life, work, legacy and character are etched in stone. As I did a scan of the  media over his burial, I counted more than twenty  international  publications from as far away as India to as near as Uganda that reported his burial. The electronic media was also agog in different parts of the globe with graphic reports of his burial. The global media took note of the passing of a legend  and all without exception described him as a literary icon and  a social crusader who fought relentlessly against corruption and misrule. Such an applause and recognition by an unbiased global audience is more than anything a testament of  his place in history.  Such a man thus;  does not need to be immortalised for his work, life and times has already immortalised him.

 
However  If the unscrupulous politicians in whose company Achebe would never  have been  found are serious about their so called  immortalisation of  Chinua Achebe, they  can do so by stopping the looting of the nations coffers,  the oppression, dehumanisation and pauperisation of the citizenry, the sponsoring of  ethno-religious conflicts and other acts of violence,  the rigging of elections and arming of thugs,  godfatherism  and  mediocrity in government.  These, amongst other measures   that enthrone social justice, good governance and leadership by example are the only possible altars upon which he can be immortalised  by  Nigeria’s decadent politicians.

 
Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu ( lawrencenwobu@gmail.com ).

 
*Photo Caption – Late Prof. Chinua Achebe 

 [ Masterweb Reports: Ikechukwu Enyiagu reports ] – Recently and ongoing, Ahiara, Mbaise of Imo State has become the waves in the news as both priests and adherents protest what they consider to be a papal oversight in their home churches. It's to be recalled that most of the decay we experience in Christianity in the name of Pentecostalism all over Nigeria today is as a result of fallout between the Holy See and the early Christian world. It started with muffled opinions and voices and grew to gatherings of adherents with anti-Roman-Catholic-mindedness. Then it became a world of Protestants and Pentecostals. The high-handedness of Rome in handling the misunderstanding within the early church sowed the seed of further diverging views even when the Holy Spirit keeps calling us to converge to God. Then, many faithful died for what they believed; today many still die in their hearts. When shall we understand that love remains the only power which holds us all in God?
 
During the recent ordination of Monsignor Peter Okpalaeke who was slated for the office of the bishop of Ahiara Diocese, Bishop Ugorji delivered a sermon from which I take out this exceptional excerpt:

 
"Rudely demanding for front office jobs in God's vineyard is disrespectful to the owner of the vineyard.  The Pope is only a foreman in God's vineyard. He takes instructions from the boss. When you disrespect the Pope, you disrespect his boss and that is what these Mbaise Priests have done in demanding for front office jobs. In due time, he will pick as he sees fit." - Bishop Ugorji

 
According to available data, the newly-ordained bishop is from Ontisha Province. And ex-seminarian of the Vatican City claims that Cardinal Arinze brought nepotism to the Igbo catholic community. FURTHER, Okoro said, “He (Arinze) wants to use his power to put his people everywhere in the church. Awka has 180 priests, 5 bishops and one Cardinal, while Mbaise has 750 priests and no bishop. Possibly, the Ahiara parishioners could neither understand any spiritual rationale in the continued exclusion of their priests from bishop-hood even when statistics shows that their commitment, exemplified by their mass sacrifice to catholic celibacy, is second to none, nor could they stomach the taxation without representation which the neglect seems to insinuate.  Maybe Bishop Ugorji and his Pope (assuming he was speaking on behalf of the Pope) should explain to us all if it's better to settle misunderstandings in the church as the twelve apostles did when the Hellenistic Jews complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food Acts 6:1-4 (), or to take the stand of our today's Pentecostals in claiming that God is a key in their hands alone with which they decide who, what and where to open or shut, contrary to Biblical expressions. Now, I know that majority may assume the overused false stand that the Pope, Bishops and priests have the final say in their spiritual affairs, but supposing you find the Bible to differ in this rule which has divided the church more than it united us, would you stand out speak and act on the truth you now believe, seeing that it's only with God can one or many be truly said to be in majority?

 
As this anomaly unfolds, one may even be tempted to wonder if Mbaise people should not have first looked at the so called ‘God’s ultimate authority on earth” and see the damage it's done to the psyche of the entire Igbo race before they further campaign for a bishop from wherever. 750 priests! And they are not yet qualified for a single bishop? No! They should not question the Pope's wisdom or even that of the bishops - including all the priests who defecate on God's altar by abusing God's children from the anus!  So they insist.

 
When they, like their 'Pentecostal' sisters, insist on total submission, they should ask themselves: do we totally submit to God ourselves? For all the years they have extorted the souls of the Igbo from the spirit of the land, the Igbo have gone from good to bad; and now the worse is unraveling. When they consider themselves as the final say, I pray them to remember that even God Himself, who is forever the beginning and the end of all that has life, has, often than not, reasoned with men and that, most times, men have won him over. It’s so because, above all else, He seeks fellowship; He yearns for our union of mutual understanding with Him. But no! The Peters and Paul of today would rather that nobody questions them, including when they sodomize your teenage sons and abuse your little daughters! Paul was a new comer in the circle of the apostles; he was not even a disciple. But he openly rebuked Peter, the so-called "Rock," when he found out that Peter was being influenced by the very cunning and conniving spirit of the antichrist which has taken center stage in most of today's Nigerian churches (Galatians 2:11-21). Peter took correction and, at one time, even testified that Brother Paul, the corrector, had a higher spiritual insight (2Peter 3:16). One, from today's Catholic Church, would have expected Peter to bark at Paul and ask him to sit down or leave the church as Bishop Ugorji pontificated in his homily:  "If those disrespectful Priests so badly wish to be Bishops, we have well over 41,000 Christian denominations. There is room for more, each with their own Pope and they can rest assured that he who is not against the Church is with the Church but they need not be of the Church."

 
If these 750 priests were traditional priests in one fold, Mbaise may have become our New Jerusalem, "The City of Peace." The Roman Catholic Church, and indeed all these political organizations with Christianity caps, should stand up and tell the world what they have done for the Igbo, most of whose sheepish and unquestionable submissiveness had never been a problem whenever requests were made in God's name. Should that surprise any? No! After all, about 99% of Igbo names derive life only when God becomes the alpha and the omega, the prefix and the suffix. Tell us, I pray thee, what good you have done to the land of the Igbos.

 
Not even the spirit of Christ resists our selfish prayers the way our religious leaders resist any truth which God has not revealed solely through them. But how can God reveal his mind to you and not to the poor little Joseph in the field (whose crime was that he obeyed his father who obeyed God and that he took food to his brothers in the field) when your self-importance would not even allow you to see that your love for your sheep has long been lacking in our midst?

 
What we are saying is this: Allow God to direct you and we will willingly follow you. God is neither partial nor is He seeking assurances of His Godness from man's submission and worship. Until Vatican addresses the mistakes of child abuses in the church and until they remove biased commitment to brotherhood in the selection of popes and bishops, I dare say, the wishes of Bishop Ugorgi that the protesting Roman Catholics of Ahiara should become Ahiara Catholics may not be waited long for before it becomes hitherto concealed salvation.

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

 
 
 
*Photo Caption - A Catholic Church