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 [ Masterweb Reports ] - Oloibiri, a historic landmark, gave Nigeria its first oil well in June, 1956 and thereafter seemed to have been forgotten. The mother of Nigeria’s black gold was literally sucked dry and left in a state of squalor. Oloibiri, in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, catapulted Nigeria into the prestigious league of major crude oil exporting countries of the world. But Nigeria has not been kind to Oloibiri. Odi, another blur in our history, leapt into the Nigerian consciousness in November, 1999 when soldiers invaded the town in search of a militant group that allegedly killed 9 policemen that had gone into the community to arrest a notorious gang. The then President Olusegun Obasanjo promptly dispatched soldiers to the community and razed it to the ground. The common thread running through these two iconic towns is their.......Read More
*Photo Caption - Nigeria's first oil well in Oloibiri

 [ Masterweb Reports ] – It is obvious that all is not well within the fold of the South East Governors Forum over the issue of Igbo presidency project 2015. In Anambra State, Governor Peter Obi is at loggerheads with Governor Rochas Okorocha over who controls APGA and he derides Okorocha’s attempt at uniting the Igbos for his presidential bid either for 2015 or 2019. Peter Obi cannot comprehend how Okorocha can surface from nowhere and be laying claims to APGA political machinery and the presidency when he, a two term governor had been treading softly on the issue.

Chief Okorocha of Imo State believes that the Igbo have the potential of becoming president in 2015 if there is unity, hence his attempts to unify APGA and give it a national outlook. He also supported the mega party deal that resulted in the formation of All Progressive Congress. This Okorocha’s interests in the top shot have put him in the bad books of Jonathan apologists and they are making every effort to pull him down.

Sullivan Chime of Enugu State never showed any open interest for Igbo presidency project. In August 2012, under the aegis of South East Forum, former chairman of PDP, Okwesilieze Nwodo canvassed support for Igbo presidency at the meeting of South East Forum held at Modotels, Enugu. This stance of Nwodo killed any further interest the fun loving governor had for the Igbo presidency project since his arch-enemy was among the bands seeking support for Igbo presidency. He distanced himself from being part of former Vice President Alex Ekwueme's birthday bash at Okpara Square, Enugu because he suspected the roles of former governors Okwesilieze Nwodo, Chinwoke Mbadinuju and Senator Ken Nnamani in mobilizing for the event.

In Abia State, Governor Theodore Orji had shown little commitment to the Igbo presidency project except perhaps, occasional fine speeches without commensurate momentum. The move by former governor Orji Uzor Kalu to form Njiko Igbo, an umbrella organization to unite Igbos for the presidency, further raised Theodore Orji’s suspicion over the entire Igbo presidency project and he has distanced himself from the entire exercise.

Governor Martins Elechi of Ebonyi State have maintained silence over the issue, His body language have not suggested a flair or disinterest for the project. However, his attempt to support Aja Nwachukwu for the Ohaneze top post was based on ensuring that an Ebonyi man that can articulate Igbo interest without pressure from the outside is enthroned especially for the rainy day.

In the event of all these it is obvious that South East Governors have not formed enough formidable alliance to be able to ask other regions of Nigeria to support their aspirations. While some school of thought believe that Sullivan Chime, Theodore Orji and Peter Obi are jealous of Okorocha’s acclaimed national popularity, others believe that they are afraid of EFCC prosecution and as such must swim with President Jonathan to avoid harassment after they leave office. Others still believe that their interest in the senate seat as retirement benefits after their tenure as governor could be jeopardized if they openly support Igbo presidency.

I wrote an article titled "OhanezeCrisis and the Auctioning of Igbo Presidency parts 1 & 2" where I reported that presidential largesse have turned Ohaneze apart and the Igbo presidency project is being auctioned. A week after the part 2 of it was released, the new leadership of Ohaneze made it clear that they are not interested in Igbo presidency 2015. According to the Ohaneze Publicity Secretary Prince Tonnie Ogonna ''If President Jonathan declines to run in 2015, it then makes it quicker for the Igbo. The bottom line is that Ohanaeze supports Jonathan in whatever decision he takes in 2015'' Therefore,Ohaneze support for any Igbo presidential candidate in 2015 is foreclosed.

The northern governors are seriously challenging President Jonathan's second term bid, insisting that he promised to run only one term. While reacting on the isue, the leader of Northern Governors Forum and Niger State Governor, Dr Babangida Aliu,speaking on Liberty FM, Kaduna stated that “What will be, will be in 2015. We must remind people of the promises they have made. When he (Jonathan) was going to declare, governors of PDP were brought together to ensure that we were all in the same frame of mind. Some of us, given the PDP zoning, were expecting that the northern states would produce the President for these number of years but God has done His own.

“At that discussion, it was agreed that President Jonathan would serve one term and we all signed and when he went to Kampala, he said the same thing. But for now, President Jonathan has not declared his candidacy and we must not be speculating based on who those are benefiting from such a thing. I believe that we are all gentlemen enough and when the time comes, we will all sit down and see what the right thing to do is.''

In the South South, apart from Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State and Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, the rest are not interested in any Jonathan 2015 project. Rotimi Amechi in Rivers State is at loggerheads with the presidency on the issue.

The Governors in the South West are reaching out to their counterparts in the North to form an alliance in preparation for 2015,resulting in the new mega party, All Progressive Congress while their South East counterparts are chasing rat while the house is burning .

It is obvious that by the actions, inaction and indifference of South East Governors, they have in principle auctioned the Igbo presidency project and any Igbo man hoping for commitment from them will be disappointed.

Obinna Akukwe ( reports.

*Photo Caption - Nigeria six geopolitical zones

 [ Masterweb Reports ] - Anambra State of Nigeria has steadily earned local and international notoriety as a social enclave where the State-actors and non-State actors ceaselessly engage in butchering and maiming members of the human family outside locally and internationally approved and accepted processes. Any killings and maiming not covered by local and international due processes are tagged-extra jus (beyond the law); extra legal (beyond what the written criminal law provides); and extra judicial (beyond court or judicial process). Universally speaking, any killing of human being by a State actor or official security operative without the completeness of subjecting the killed to the processes of arrest, investigation, prosecution, fair trial, conviction and sentencing by a criminal court of competent jurisdiction amounts to extra jus, extra legal or extra judicial killing. Few strict exceptions are governed by the Laws of War and the Principles of Self Defense. Any such killing by a private individual amounts to murder or manslaughter depending on the.......Read More
*Photo Caption - Floating dead body in Ezu River.

 [ Masterweb Reports ] - Saturday, January 26, 2013 was a rainbow day in Milwaukee as different communities in different shades of color gathered in a Church hall to honor invitation for the launch of All Hail Biafra, a song the composer’s friends refer to as “Cry of A Biafran Child”. The CD is subtitled “Cry of A Biafran Child” not only because of the reference by people but also for the fact that it was truly an inspired cry at the end of a very bitter armed conflict that wasted millions of innocent lives. The number of the dead in the Biafran conflict ranges from one million to three million, depending on compilers; most of the casualties were from starvation. Nigerians as well as other Africans, Americans, Latinos and Milwaukee business community were present to show their support to Composer Chief Charles Okereke and his Committee of Friend’s maiden invitation. African Diaspora including but not limited to African Americans, Dominicans, Puerto Ricans were well represented. Highly admired Octogenarian Mrs Europa Agwu was chairperson of the event and gave a moving speech recounting her.......Read More
*Photo Caption - Composer Chief Charles Okereke flanked by the President of Dominicados Unidos Inc. Ms Julia Reyes (Left) holding God Bless Africa CD and Vice President of The United Dominican Association Milwaukee Inc., Mr Julio Delgado (Right).

[ Masterweb Reports ] - Boko Haram whose name in Hausa language means "western education is sinful" is modeled after Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. The group wants to impose Sharia law across Nigeria through terror attacks in drawing attention to its demands. The 2012 New Year gift from Boko Haram to Christians and southerners in the north was a 3-day ultimatum for them to leave Northern Nigeria. They also called on Muslims living in Southern Nigeria to come back to the north because they had evidence they would be attacked. Boko Haram attacks have claimed over 2000 innocent lives since mid-2009. The group recently declared a ceasefire, but killings in the north continue unabated. Recently three North Korean doctors in north-eastern Nigeria were killed with one of them beheaded; this came only a week after nine nurses were murdered in Kano.

Chuks Ibegbu says:

1. There is nowhere in the world that negotiation with terrorists have occurred.

2. The Boko Haram is a terrorist organisation that has inflicted horrible pain on Nigerians. Imagine the number of innocent Nigerians and foreigners living in Nigeria that this faceless group have killed, maimed or wounded.

3. The group is not yet ready for peace as their terror continues.

4. The federal government should therefore continue to wage the war on any form of terror in Nigeria.

Chuks Ibegbu (08035410176), a social analyst reports from Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria.

*Photo Caption - An assault rifle, one of the weapons used by Boko Haram.

[ Masterweb Reports ] - I was reluctant about writing this article, because I know that Nigerian “lootocrats” masquerading as leaders never learn. It is not a secret that these so called leaders spend more time abroad than they do in Nigeria. Due to their abundant loot, they have the most sophisticated television sets, cable channels and generators that keep them tuned into the global circuit of news. Most of them are also from the earlier generation that lived through the 1st republic and the reasonably good governance of that era. Thus, it is not a lack of knowledge of what to do that has created the rot in Nigeria, but a deliberate conspiracy to loot and vandalize the nation. Like a Pig that is pathologically inclined to dirt, no matter how much exposure, experience or knowledge Nigerian leaders are bequeathed, they will sooner jump into the murky and filthy pond of corruption and misrule.

As we celebrate Barack Obama’s historic re-election and the elaborate swearing in ceremony, conducted in the finest traditions of American excellence, it is pertinent to point out the many lessons from American democracy that provides a real time lecture of political science. First, it is remarkable that in more than two centuries of American democracy from George Washington, the first president in 1789 to the present, there has never been cases of organized election rigging, thuggery, hand picking of candidates and other such corrupt acts by American leaders. George Washington came under immense pressure by the ever present palace sycophants to manipulate the system and become a lifelong president, but he refused. He spent two terms in office and bowed out in dignity, having chosen to make the necessary sacrifice and lay the foundation for a durable democracy. That singular act by George Washington contributed in birthing the iconic American democracy that has become a beacon for the rest of the world.

The American constitution, exhaustively debated and negotiated by the founding fathers and a broad spectrum of American society remains a living and somewhat sacred document, imbued with the finest ideals of freedom, justice, equality and fundamental human rights far ahead of its time. That the same constitution enacted centuries ago, remains America’s article of faith is testament to the near divinity of the founding fathers. The cherished attributes of a living constitution, functional state institutions, a jealously guided free and fair electoral process and ultimately the sacrifices of the founding fathers have preserved American democracy for more than two hundred years and contributed in large measure in making America the greatest nation on earth. President Obama’s re-election owes to this long legacy of exemplary American democracy that is nurtured through rich debates , ideology and free elections.

Another fine attribute of American democracy is its anchoring on ideological political parties that are defined by policies and programmes that differentiate each party from the other. This affords the American citizenry a clear choice in picking their leaders at every level of government. The world was treated to charged and lively sessions of public policy debates between Barack Obama and Mit Romney as they traded off endlessly on the economy, jobs, foreign policy amongst others with each candidate articulating a clear plan for job creation and the re-invigoration of the economy. The economy and jobs took a deserved center stage in the political debates in recognition of the fact that the welfare of citizens constitutes one of the most fundamental purposes of government.

Unlike in Nigeria, American politicians do not ignore the welfare of their citizens, neither do they arm thugs to kill, maim and snatch ballot boxes, nor do they have presidents and godfathers that arrange with electoral umpires to rig elections, announce fraudulent results and loot the coffers once in power. This fundamental difference between America and Nigeria has made America the greatest and most prosperous nation on earth while Nigeria in stark contrast is one of the poorest and most dysfunctional (failed) states on earth. Nigeria is on a self navigated route to perdition except we learn the important lessons from American democracy.

Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu ( reports.


*Photo Caption - Map & Flag of Nigeria

 [ Masterweb Reports ] – Never in its recent history has there been schism that has threatened the ecumenism of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) since it was founded in 1976. Matters came to a head with the withdrawal at the national level of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) from CAN, the umbrella body of Christian churches in Nigeria for promoting unity and peace among the various strata of society. The Catholic church suspended its activities in CAN sighting “recent attitudes, utterances and actions of the national leadership of CAN which in our opinion negate the concept of the foundation of the association and the desire of Our Lord Jesus Christ”.
The reaction from the Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor-led CAN to the withdrawal of the Catholic bloc was rather antagonistic, confrontational, haughty and a face-saving rant that does not address the issues raised by the Catholic bloc. It was expected that as a responsible Christian association, pertinent questions put forward by the CBCN should have been addressed in their response. CAN's spokesman for the 19 Northern states, Sunny Oibe, reacted brashly; “There is no need for anybody to lose sleep over the threat by Catholics to pull out of CAN because without them CAN will still continue. The constitution of CAN makes provision that membership can be terminated by any group that is misbehaving or any group can also terminate their membership”.With remarks like this, it is obvious that all is not well with the Christian association. Such unguarded comments and outburst is capable of exacerbating the present crisis rocking the body.

Close observers of events anticipated this, maybe it was long overdue, because in our very eyes, we saw the CAN leadership, gradually, in their quest for power, political relevance, filthy lucre, material gain and opulence become an appendage of the ruling political party. Pulpits of mega churches are now campaign platforms for politicians seeking election and re-election, the picture of President Jonathan kneeling before a man of God readily comes to mind. When a group of Pastors or General Overseers, begin to manipulate and use CAN like their personal property, then there is bound to be schism. The leadership of the Christian body is now an avenue for some avaricious few, to gallivant and junket around the world in private jets in the guise of spreading the gospel. Their choice of a life of opulence and splendour rather than the 'modest life of a leader of the flock of Christ that common sense dictates is quite appalling. Men of God have turned lovers of money, mundane possessors whose affections are set on things below. The Christian body seem to be at ease with the corruption from all sectors of the country, it is detached from the Christian folk it represents.

There is an unhealthy rivalry among the mega rich, prosperity preaching and political protestant pastors that constitute CAN to outdo each other; whose private jet or private university is bigger, which denomination has built the newest mega church auditorium in town. CAN now seem to fan the embers of impunity, sleaze and profligacy in the country. The reason is not far-fetched; some of the embezzled public funds in the country has found their way via “brown envelopes” to church offerings and pockets of pastors who in turn guaranty return of votes from willy-nilly church members during elections. The politicisation and monetisation of CAN is a far cry from the association’s articulated objectives that seeks to act as conscience of the nation and voice of the voiceless. With CAN’s conscience seared and its lips sealed, it has become a toothless watchdog of the Christendom and as of today, it has lost its relevance.

The CAN leadership went a step further to smear its image when its President and Senior Pastor, Word of Life Bible Church, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor at a lavish church party to mark the 40th anniversary of his pastoral calling in Warri; President Goodluck Jonathan – whom he is “ferociously” close to –  was in attendance, joined the elite league of private jet flying men of God when he received a greek gift from unnamed members of his church.

It was high time someone said the truth, CAN has derailed! To aptly put in Bishop Matthew kukah's words, Nigerian Christian leaders "…Have become more visible in relation to national prayer sessions, pilgrimages, alliances with state power and so on. Unless we distance ourselves, we cannot speak the truth to power. We cannot hear the wails of the poor and the weak. We should not be seen as playing the praying wing of the party in power." Apparently, he spoke about CAN.

Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Lamido Sanusi Lamido must have been thinking about CAN recently when he said people now “Find religion to be a very good instrument in the contestation of space for political power and for distribution of resources, they are not religious organizations; they are not cultural organisations; they are political associations in disguise of religion and region”.

When was the last time CAN consulted with its member churches to make necessary common statements and take common actions after a major crisis like the incessant Boko Haram attack in northern Nigeria? What we have seen in the last few years is the regular visit to the seat of power, Aso Rock Villa, and mere blowing of hot air whenever turmoil arise, exhibiting little or no initiative to take decisive action in matters affecting the Nigerian Christians. There is a general believe that the Christian body is on a freefall. As a matter of urgency, a moderation by the leadership of CAN in its lifestyle and association with politicians will go a long way in restoring some integrity and respect to the national Christian group.

It will be pertinent to add here that there has always been some form of discrimination between Catholics and Pentecostals even till this day. I had a personal experience when I worshipped in a Catholic church, the Rev. Father during his homily, made allusion to the raucous manner the Pentecostals engaged in praise worship and prayers even for the death of their enemies. Each group consider themselves pious Christians, some Protestants in CAN still consider Catholics as drunkards who are not devout Christians. Catholics in turn do not think Protestant pastors in CAN as properly ordained since their ordination lacks historical link with early Christian practice. Until such cerebrations are jettisoned, genuine ecumenism might be wishful thinking.

At such a crucial time that the country is trying to grapple with the onslaught of Boko Haram on Christians, the least desired of a body conceived as a rallying point for Christians is division. If for nothing at all, the lives of Christians lost to the violence of Islamist fundamentalist and splinter sects should be a reason the leadership of CAN and the Catholic bloc resolve their differences.

Now, more than ever, the Christian body needs to put its house in order and reposition itself to speak out against all forms of violence. CAN must henceforth desist from politicking and refocus on its core value of Christian ecumenism.

*Photo Caption – Christian Symbol

 [ Masterweb Reports ] – For the first time in the history of presidential inauguration ceremony in the U.S., the first African-American president of the United States of America, President Barack H. Obama demanded to be sworn-in with two respected personal Bibles owed by two revered and iconic figures -- the first Bible belonging to President Abraham Lincoln, the father of the American nation, who did not only abolish slave trade through the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, but was courageous enough to unite a nation and preserved the Union through a policy of reconciliation despite the opposition from his party. During his second inaugural address on March 4, 1865, as the crowd listened in profound silence, President Lincoln gave a short speech saying the following memorable statement:

“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan–to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”

Within weeks after those memorable words, President Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth, who listened to the speech on the Capitol steps, not far from where Lincoln spoke. The nation was thrown into mourning and panic.

Abraham Lincoln was a pragmatic politician and a man of faith, who was inspired by God and Sacred Scriptures, which gave him strength and courage to condemn slavery and abolished it during his presidency.

Likewise, Martin Luther King Jr., a prophet and human rights leader, widely regarded as America’s pre-eminent advocate of nonviolence and one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history. Drawing inspiration from both his Christian faith—as a theologian and prophetic preacher and from the wise teachings of Jesus Christ and peaceful teachings of Mahatma Gandhi of India, Dr. King led a nonviolent movement in the late 1950’s and 60’s to achieve legal equality for African Americans in the United States. While other civil rights organizations were advocating for freedom by “any means necessary,” including violence, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used the power of words and acts of nonviolent resistance, such as protests and grassroots organizing, to achieve seemingly impossible goals.

Dr. King prophetically and courageously inspired the United States of America and the world to judge people by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin. His non-violent civil right activities and the famous “I have a Dream” speech, electrified the entire nation to rethink of its segregation and enslavement laws. His powerful oratory and wise leadership freed an entire nation from hate, bigotry and self-destruction and gave millions freedom and hope around the world. Nigeria needs such a person today.

Three years after Dr. King’s “I have a Dream” speech, he was abruptly and tragically assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, in the morning of April 4th, 1968, by James Earl Ray. Again, the nation was thrown into mourning and uncertainties—especially for African-Americans, who at that point had not achieved much in terms of equality and justice. James Earl Ray and his accomplices shot and killed Dr. King who spent a lifetime engaged in non-violent struggle for critical human and social issues such as poverty, racism, inequality, injustice, and war.

And so, like the political pragmatist, Abraham Lincoln, and the prophetic leader, Martin Luther King Jr., Barack Obama, a community organizer, a pragmatic and brilliant politician, who comes shattering centuries-old barriers for African-Americans by being elected the first African-American president of the United States of America in November 2008 and then four years later, was re-elected in an election many pundits and his opponents on the right wrote him off, demands to be sworn-in in his second term with two personal Bibles of his idols. The first presidential election of Barack Obama was in itself historic, but his second term and the special request to be sworn-in with President Lincoln’s Bible and Dr. King’s personal Bible makes it even more symbolic. There is no doubt that President Barack Obama will go down in history not only as the first African-American to occupy the White House, a power house built by his ancestors, but his identification with the two great American iconic leaders of all time.

In his speech, which has been rated as powerful and comparable to that of President Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address on March 4, 1865, President Barack Obama said, "We reject that Americans must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future,”
President Obama told the crowd of hundreds of thousands of spectators who descended on the National Mall Monday morning, saying, “The commitments we make to each other--through Medicare, and Medicaid and Social Security--these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great."

Many conservative commentators have said that the president’s speech focused mainly on social programs for the poor, climate change and regrettably on same-sex marriage rights.

The issue of gay rights is a policy that moral and public policy watchers like us are struggling to make this famous comparison between these three great men—President Lincoln, Prophet King and President Obama. There is no doubt that the three men existed during three different and radical periods of human history—Lincoln during the 19th century, King in 20th century, and Obama in 21st century, nevertheless, if Lincoln and King were alive today, would they promote gay rights and push people to stay on government handout?

In recognition of Martin Luther King Day, Linkage’s Institute for Leading Diversity & Inclusion faculty member and thought leader, Dr. Mary-Frances Winters, was confronted with similar feeling when she asked this question: “If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was alive today, what he would think about the progress we’ve made towards equality and inclusion?

She was of the opinion that some monumental progress of historic proportions has been made for the election of the first Black president, Barack Hussein Obama, in 2008 and his re-election in 2012. However, she also felt that little progress has been in economic and political power for Blacks and Latinos. Humongous problems such as health care, unemployment, racial profiling, hate crimes, moral values, school dropout for black, acts of terrorism and catastrophic violence is commonplace today’s America, she writes.

The former UN Ambassador, legislator and Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young—one of Martin Luther King Jr.'s closest aides, in his interview with Newsmax on gun massacres, said, “I’m mindful of the way that Martin Luther King dealt with the gun issue,” "When people showed up at his home with guns after his house had been bombed, he said, ‘No, take your guns home. We have got to find a better way to deal with this problem.’ In fact, he used the Biblical term ‘a more excellent way.’

In reacting to President Barack Obama second inauguration ceremony that coincided with the 2013 and 45th annual Commemorative Service of Martin Luther King Jr. 84th birthday, Rev. Andrew Young told Newsmax, that it’s particularly appropriate for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration to fall on the day honoring the slain civil rights icon—Obama owes his “very existence” to the man whose life and death broke down centuries-old barriers for African-Americans, he said.

Star Parker, the founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), in her piece to honor Dr. King birthday and President Obama second inauguration asked, “Could Dr. King have given the Inaugural benediction.” Her question was poignant on the issue of religion, faith and morality in America. This in lieu of the fact that Rev. Louie Giglio, pastor of the evangelical Passion City Church in Atlanta, who was designated to give the benediction at this year’s presidential inauguration, was pushed aside and he withdrew, under apparent pressure, after the surfacing of remarks he made, some 25 years ago, about the sinfulness of homosexuality.

Ms. Parker, a social conservative and leading voice in the Tea Party Movement asked an appropriate question when she wrote the following statements, “Could Dr. King have given the Inaugural benediction?” “Let’s recall that freedom of religion appears in the First Amendment of our constitution, alongside the protection of freedom of speech. So what kind of irony do we have before us that two key aspects of American life, protected by our constitution, are up in smoke and the venue is inauguration of an American president, who will put his hand on a Bible and swear to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”? Adding more bitter irony, Rick Warren, who gave the benediction at the 2009 inauguration of this same president, America’s first black president, recently said that “the battle to preserve religious liberty for all, in all areas of life, will likely become the civil rights movement of this decade.”
And so, when President Barack Obama stood on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol—on national television and before a mammoth crowd of hundreds of thousands of spectators who descended on the National Mall on Monday morning, Obama staunchly reiterated his belief that gay people should be allowed to marry. He said, "Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law -- for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well." He also compared the gay rights Stonewall Riots of the 1960s in the same breath as the Selma civil rights marches.

Despite my admiration for him as the first Black President of this great United States of America and the most powerful man in the world today, I do humbly and respectfully disagree with our beloved president on the issue of religion, faith, and morality. President Obama is highly educated and he claims to be a Christian, however, it baffles me how he does not see the difference between gay rights and civil rights. Gay right is a sexual and moral issue whereas civil right is a human and freedom issue. The gays have the freedom—especially in America to live with their partners but they do not have the moral authority—neither the government to redefine the institution of family and marriage—a divine institution that is as old as mankind and impose their homosexual agenda on young people.

About two weeks after the president’s publicly endorsing same-sex marriage in a television interview on ABC, a 12-year old boy posted a YouTube video advocating for same-sex rights. Since the President has continued to speak at a campaign fund-raiser for gay rights supporters. This week, the president of the lesbian group in Atlanta announced there will be the biggest lesbian party in Atlanta next month. Today, young black kids as old as 12-years are lured into homosexual acts and lifestyle. This is dangerous, especially when a black man in the Oval office endorses such group.

Even though I know deep down in my heart that homosexual lifestyle is sinful and immoral, yet my curiosity on the issue of gay rights is this: If Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, what would he say about gay rights? Would he have supported President Obama in his quest and fight for gay rights? Would Dr. King agree with President Obama that gay rights are the same as civil rights? Would Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., have allowed his personal Bible to be used by President Barack Obama in the swearing-in ceremony?

While pondering those questions, a colleague of mine sent me the message of Rev. Jonathan Walton, Harvard’s Pusey Minister of Memorial Church and Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard Divinity School. During his Boston’s 43rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast speech on Monday morning of January 21, Rev. Walton contrasted what he called the present-day” sanitized and sterilized” version of the civil rights leader’s dream for America with what he said was the real message that King left behind. Rev. Walton cited 1965 as an important turning point for King. It was “the year King moved beyond civil rights,” said Walton, “to human rights, to economic justice,” and to promoting peace in war-torn Vietnam. The problems of poverty and war, Walton said, remain today and seem to be worsening, as huge sums “go to support the military-industrial complex,” while programs for the poor are slashed in the name of fiscal responsibility. “We need [King’s] wisdom now like never before,” Walton said.

That wisdom was echoed at the Horizon Sanctuary at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta during the Martin Luther King, Jr. 2013 Annual Commemorative Service held on Monday, January 21, 2013, where I was privileged to be part of this year’s commemorative service. I was passionate to attend this year for a few reasons: First, it coincided with the inauguration of President Barack Obama second term in office, second, for the first time in history of inauguration of presidents, the President specifically requested to be sworn-in with King’s personal Bible, and third, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), was asked to be the keynote speaker.

In 2011 MLK Commemorative Service, Professor Cornel West brought eloquence and in 2012, Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III ignited the Horizon Sanctuary with his passionate oratory. Rev. Rodriguez becomes the first Hispanic to give a keynote speech at the MLK Commemorative Service. He lived up to the occasion. His message will go down in history as one of the most prophetic messages delivered at the King’s Commemorative Services. Reverend Rodriguez is a passionate and prophetic Bible teacher. His oratory skills and kin insights on social, moral, religious and political issues are intriguing and amazing. Some have said that he is the Hispanic MLK. Without doubt, the spirit of MLK is in him. We need the African MLK. Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), an organization that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. actually helped to launch in the 60’s, a religious/political organization that is today embraced by over 40 000 thousand Hispanic Evangelical churches in North America and with over 40 million members. Since then, his career has risen to new heights.

At the MLK 2013 Annual Commemorative Service on January 21, I had a rare opportunity to meet briefly with Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of King Center and daughter of MLK Jr. During our brief moment, I delivered a prophetic message to her at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Horizon Sanctuary. I prophesized to her that the mantle of prophetic leadership is now upon her. I told her that she's a prophetess and encouraged her to keep the dream alive. I further stated that the election of Barack Obama as the first African-American president of the United States of America is not the fulfillment of King’s dream. The fulfillment of her father’s dream is prophetic and will have its full fulfillment in Jesus Christ, when Christ returns to rule and reign as King and Lord, and at that time all oppressed people will be freed from Self, Sin, Sickness and Satan. And finally, I released a leadership anointing upon Rev. Dr. Bernice A. King, praying upon her the prophetic and leadership anointed prayer of Isaiah 11:2.

The King’s Center observance of the 84th birthday anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. and celebration of the 28th national holiday commemorating his life and leadership. The King Center’s 2013 observance marks the 45th annual MLK birthday program, setting the tone for nation-wide, and indeed, global observances honoring his life, work and his historic contributions. The 2013 observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday also launches the King Center’s year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of King’s “I have a Dream” speech, which he delivered on August 28th, 1963 at the march on Washington DC. In keeping with the theme for the 2013 MLK birthday observance, “Remember! Celebrate! Act! King’s Dream for our World.” The Commemorative Service as always was splendid, empowering, and marvelous.

Like Abraham Lincoln, who ended slavery, or prophet King, whose exemplary short life was dedicated in non-violent struggle for equality and justice for Blacks, minorities and the poor; the pragmatist and brilliant Obama is dedicating his life and presidency to fight for the middle class, for gays, against healthcare fraud, for climate change, against terrorism, for immigrants, and so on. President Obama will also be remembered for his passionate plea for the poor—thereby fulfilling the most important command of God. No matter how historians record this century, Obama’s name will be among the great men who came and conquered his generation. Even if he is written-off by those on the Right, his supporters and admirers will remember him as a man who shattered old-century barrier by becoming the first Black president of the United States to rule the world from the Oval Office in D.C. For his religious beliefs and moral policies, we leave that for Almighty God to judge him. Rather as believers, we are commanded to submit to those in authority and pray for them that they may have godly wisdom to lead the people in order that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. I offer that pray for President Barack Obama, his adorable family and his cabinet

Rev. C. Kingston Ekeke reports. Reverend Ekeke is a theologian, author, consultant, and leadership scholar. He is the president of Leadership Wisdom Institute.

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[ Masterweb Reports ] - The launch of All Hail Africa (Cry of A Biafran Child) CD in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA on Saturday, January 26, 2013 was a huge success. It was a well attended function that reflected Milwaukee diversity; Nigerians as well as other Africans, Americans and Hispanics were all present to show their support. Composer Chief Charles Okereke’s African Union Award Winning Anthem, “God Bless Africa” CDs were also available at the event. In a nutshell, it was a successful launch in terms of attendance and financial support. Full report will be made in due course.

*Photo Caption - Event Flyer

 [ Masterweb Reports ] - On December 31, 2012, while the world was enraptured with the prospect of ushering in the New Year, someone in Kogi state, Nigeria was busy scooping the brains out of his four-month-old son whom he had just murdered. Earlier in October of the same year, the nation was shaken by the gruesome murder of four promising undergraduates who were beaten to death and set ablaze over a minor disagreement. And just as I was contemplating this piece, news filtered in again – a man has set his pregnant sister-in-law ablaze for pouring water on his dog!

It’s amazing the indifference with which we have adjusted to the torrents of abominable incidents that assault our minds daily. News of carnage, acid treatments (or acid baths, if you like), ritual killings and other acts of brutish violence no longer have the sobering effect that they used to have. We claim to be the most civilized and technologically advanced generation of Homo sapiens on earth, yet savagery is at an all-time high. What a paradox!

Over the years, the West has made us believe that savagery is endemic to Africa but recent events, such as the frequency of indiscriminate shootings in America, have proved otherwise. According to US newspaper reports, at least sixteen mass shootings took place in America in 2012 alone. Similar incidents have been recorded in other parts of the Western world. Savagery then, is not limited to any geographical location; it only puts on the garb of the dominant culture and adapts itself to the prevailing circumstances wherever it is permitted to rear its ugly head.

A critical examination of the current trends all over the world reveals a fundamental problem – our value system, the set of personal principles, standards and beliefs in which we have an emotional investment.

The gory tales recounted above are fundamentally linked to a warped value system. The herbalist who scooped out his baby’s brains obviously valued power, his religious beliefs or whatever it was that prompted his action, over and above the life of his son. We can reach similar conclusions about the other incidents; all culprits have lost touch with a fundamental value – the sanctity of human life.

I understand that there may be other factors such as emotional pressure, financial hardship and a host of others that might seem to trigger such actions. The fact however remains that these other factors are merely accessory; the real cause has to do with our fundamental beliefs, our value system. It therefore goes without saying that if we are serious about meaningful change and sustainable development; we must start with a deliberate and systematic process of value reorientation.

No quick fix will get the job done; we must start from the foundation – our individual family units. The educational institutions, religious institutions, mass media and other agents of socialization are only supposed to build on the foundation that has been laid by the family. Parents must commit themselves to a comprehensive process of child training that will help their children imbibe sound ethical principles.

If children are trained up in the right way, they will not become a menace as adults. This might seem farfetched but nothing less will yield lasting results. How else do we raise a new generation of refined, cultivated and civilized human beings if not by entrenching a new mindset in the younger generation? We’re not giving up on the Old Guard but we’re investing more in children and youths. This way, we can be sure that there are better days ahead even though today may seem dark and dreary. God bless Nigeria.

Philip Amiola reports from Lagos, Nigeria. A passionate believer in the New Nigeria, Philip Amiola is a teacher, writer and campaigner of empowerment.