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If you are among those that judge Anambra State based on her past, the judgement will be uninspiring. The evidence on ground shows that Anambra has moved on from the era of non-payment of pensions and brigandage that led to the destruction of the State in 2004. Today, what we have under Peter Obi is a new, improved Anambra State that has become one of the envious states in the country. Anambra is today in the news for all the good reasons, in spite of the fierce opposition that prefer the chaotic past because of what they benefitted. Anambra is a story on innovation and substitution of bad with the good.
 
For the first time schools in Anambra have been spoilt with computers by the Obi administration, a luxury the students could only dream of many years back under the likes of Okpala. The same schools have been given school buses for the first time, while the government had equally provided bore holes and transformers for them to ease their problems especially the female students. His regime has promoted teachers four times and lifted embargo on their promotion which a former governor claimed was not their right.
 
Obi then took the bull by the horns by handing over schools back to their missionary owners. He did not just do that but doled out N6b for the infrastructural development of those schools. Now Reverend Fathers and pastors have taken over the administration of the schools while the government takes care of their salaries. This is aimed at restoring sanity and good morals in schools.
 
Under this arrangement, 50 secondary schools and virtually all the primary schools were handed over to their previous owners.
 
Hospitals have witnessed the greatest government intervention ever in the state. For the first time the state will have a teaching hospital that will serve the state and the state owned university which the government has equally turned around and commenced the building of their permanent site. Ambulances have been provided to hospitals for the first time, while mission hospitals were also handed over to them with the government providing money for their infrastructural development.
 
Health centres are within reach of every community in the state and the schools of nursing in Obosi and Nkpor have received great facelifts. The general hospital at Onitsha has been transformed and this led to its accreditation by the Nigerian Medical and Dental Council.
 
Onitsha, the commercial hub of the state, has been witnessing a great turn around by the Obi administration which has built may link roads in the city. The first functional stock exchange in the state and perhaps in the entire east has been built in Onitsha and is contained in a sprawling business centre which has yielded enough money for another business centre which is nearing completion in the city.
 
The city boasts also of an ultra-modern mini-sports stadium in the northern end while a similar one is nearing completion in the southern end. The first one is replete with flood lights, tartan tracks and an under-ground tunnel.
 
Nnewi, another commercial and industrial hub of the state, has equally witnessed massive road network that connects the villages while work is currently going on on the last major road in the town.
 
Workers have been given a befitting workers’ secretariat for the first time in the state’s history. Hitherto, the state’s ministries were scattered across the capital city, making it very difficult for effective coordination. The first two phases of the secretariat have been completed and put to use.
 
Before the Obi administration, the capital city had not been touched in any manner by his predecessor. It was therefore left to Obi to start from scratch to reconstruct the capital city. He started with Zik Avenue which he transformed and put street lights on. He reconstructed the Court Road and opened up a new road that leads to Works Road. He opened up a bye pass from Agu Awka through Nise to Enugwu-Ukwu so that one may not bother to enter the heart of Awka while going beyond it from Enugu.
 
Obi has also opened up the GRA section behind government house with a beautiful road network. He has opened up the Ngozika Housing Estate, turning it into a delight to watch and live in and has begun the tarring of Udoka Housing Estate, both in Awka. He is building the first ever library in the state in Awka. This is coming after the one built in 1966 in Onitsha.
 
Obi’s all sector approach to development was what made him to break the jinx of serving governors in the state not coming back for a second term. He thus became the first governor in the state’s history to have two tenures, having been returned by an appreciative public.
 
It is instructive that the only group that hates Obi’s guts are those who brought the state to its knees in the recent past by their gluttony and squandermania. These are the people Obi sacked from government premises and they have tried to fight back to no avail. It is obvious that they are fighting against the tide of public opinion as the rest of the citizenry are praying God to have somebody like Peter Obi as Anambra governor after his tenure finally expires in 2014.
 
Rosemary Ogudo, Anambra State University, Igbariam

-Masterweb Reports (Submission By Obinna Akukwe)
 
The recurrent killings, bombings and destruction of human lives by the Boko Haram religious sect in the name of Allah and their demands for the Islamization of Nigeria was the greatest justification for the foresyth  of the late Odumegwu Ojukwu, President, Commander-in Chief of the armed forces of the Defunct Republic of Biafra.

Odumegwu Ojukwu, a visionary leader, became the Military Administrator of Eastern Region after the military coup of 1966. It was Ojukwu as Battalion Commander in Kano who foiled the northern axis of the Kaduna Nzeogwu coup of 1966 while Ironsi foiled the Lagos end.
The events that occurred later and the one sided success of the coup created the wrong impression that it was an Eastern agenda. This helped to exhume the age old northern resentment of the industriousness of Nigerians of Eastern extraction. This resentment led to the pogrom, a genocide where Easterners were rounded up and brutally murdered in hundreds of thousands all over Northern Nigeria. This pogrom included even the military barracks. Part of the reasons for the pogrom was the view of the northerner that these easterners should be slaughtered until they leave us alone to secede from Nigeria.
The counter-coup of 1966 which led to the death of Aguiyi Ironsi then military Head of State was to give way for northern secession from Nigeria. The inheritor of the situation, Yakubu Gowon was eager for there to be a separation from these troublesome southerners and he was willing to finish what Sir Ahmadu Bello was agitating for before the independence of Nigeria in 1960.
The north due to no fault of theirs has viewed the southerners with suspicion. The feudal north wanted to preserve their monarchial, theocratic and simplistic culture. They detested all dilution associated with western education, western lifestyles and western radicalism. They wanted a controlled cultural, religious and political environment devoid of radicalism and independence mindedness associated with their southern countrymen.
The north was apprehensive of being forced into a marriage with the south of Nigeria. The British colonial government had a sway time convincing the northern oligarchy that being joined to Nigeria was to their best interest. The north was not convinced citing population, commerce, religious and cultural differences as part of their fears.
The British colonialists had to organize to divide Nigeria into three regional blocks, East, West, North knowing that a balkanized south will be easier to manipulate by divide and rule. They then gave the Ahmadu Bello government tips on how to use the balkanized south to their political advantage by fueling divisions and infightings in the south while maintaining cohesion in the north. This advantage brought about the emergence of Tafawa Balewa as the Prime minister. The north, against the dictates of their intuition, decided to follow the advice of the British Colonial masters to go on with one Nigeria.
With the tensions in 1966, Ojukwu and Gowon met in Aburi, Ghana , where the roadmap for the loose confederacy of Nigeria was drawn. The British advisers convinced sGowon that confederation is as good as secession and as such the Aburi accord should be jettisoned. Gowon, based on British advice, reneged on the agreement and plunged the nation into a civil war.
The rejection of the Aburi accord and the subsequent declaration of war on the Biafrans led to the death of three million people on the seceding side. The federal forces wouldn’t have won that war if not for the high level military and diplomatic support from Britain. The British Government was a major supplier of military tactics, arms and support personnel throughout the duration of the war. The then British Labour Foreign Secretary, Michael Stewart, while regretting the actions of British Government against Biafra agonized that  "It would have been quite easy for me to say: This is going to be difficult - let's cut off all connexion with the Nigerian Government,…. "If I'd done that I should have known that I was encouraging in Africa the principle of tribal secession - with all the misery that could bring to Africa in the future” That was one of Britain’s official reason for supporting the genocide.
 
The fall of Biafra was not a victory by the Federal forces; it was a victory by the British Forces, British Foreign policy and British Government. It is laughable to suggest that the NTC rebels in Libya are responsible for the ouster of Gaddafi. It was foreign powers that aided the NTC rebels to oust Gaddafi. The same foreign powers led by Britain handed victory to the Federal forces.
 
The curse that came upon Nigeria as a result of the 3 million lives wasted  for trying to secede is haunting Nigeria now. Britain would have to grapple with an underdeveloped country whose citizens will be illegally migrating to its shores in search of greener pastures. Britain would have to grapple with the fact that the core north they fought so much to defend will be constantly exporting suicide bombers to British and European territories in the near future. This marriage forced upon Nigeria by the British Government, reinforced during Tafawa Balewa and Yakubu Gowon regimes have created problems of corruption, underdevelopment, murders, diseases, injustice, poverty and the newest addition suicide bombings.
The British Government should admit to mistakes of ill advising Sir Ahmadu Bello to go on with one Nigeria. They should equally admit that it is a mistake to advice Gowon to renege on the Aburi accord. The British Government should also apologize to the Republic of Biafra for aiding and abetting a civil war leading to loss of lives of over 3 million people.
 
It is gladdening that the British government stood by the Nigerian people during the military dictatorship of Babangida and Abacha. They supported National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) during the dark days of Nigeria. They still support Nigeria in areas of human rights, civil society agitations, capacity building for democracy. The British Government has been cooperating with Nigeria’s Government of Goodluck Jonathan in the fight against terrorism. All these are commendable and appreciable. The worst form of terrorism committed in Nigeria is not Boko Haram whose atrocities is yet to claim up to two thousand lives but the extermination of millions of Biafran lives under the supervision and cooperation of Britain.
 
The British Government should do their image a lot of good by offering unreserved apology to Biafrans for that foreign policy gaffe and take urgent steps to undo their mistakes. They should champion the cause of allowing every geopolitical zone to develop at their own pace holding on to the values they cherish most and create an exit strategy if the marriage becomes cantankerous.
 
Obinna Akukwe ( profetobinna@yahoo.com )

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Masterweb News Team was on the ground when Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu was buried in his hometown, Nnewi, Anambra State on Friday, March 2. Ojukwu's body laid in state in his compound in Nnewi next to St. Michael's Catholic Church on the burial day between 9.00 am to 10.00 am, followed by a requiem (funeral) mass and tributes between 10.15 am to 1.45 pm. Ojukwu's adult sons, Sylvester and Emeka Jnr., and his widow, Bianca were at the service. Also in attendance were Peter Obi, Anambra State Governor and President Goodluck Jonathan, among other distinguished guests including Ralph Uwechue, President General, Ohaneze Ndigbo and Martins Elechi, Ebonyi State Governor. The closed casket of Ojukwu's body was placed about seven feet to the alter with Bianca sitting in a church pew a few feet from the casket.  
 
The requiem mass ended at 1.30 pm after which Governor Obi and President Jonathan amongst other important dignitaries delivered tributes on Late Dim Ojukwu. Jonathan said he would never forget meeting Ojukwu at his father's burial in the Niger Delta, during which he embraced him as a brother and father. He thanked Ndigbo for their support in the last elections.
 
The coffin was sprinkled with Holy Water and incensed at the end of the tributes and while the casket was taken away from the church in paradisium ( "May the angels lead you unto paradise. The martyrs welcome you as you draw near; and lead you into Jerusalem, the heavenly city." ) sung. The casket, draped in Nigerian national colours of green-white-green, was carried into Ojukwu's compound at 1.53 pm by senior army officers.
 
Church mourners and thousands restricted from the church due to space and security issues overwhelmed Ojukwu's compound gate under tight security control, questioning and screening. Important dignitaries and few members of the public were allowed-in due to mainly space issues. Members of the media were not spared as they had to struggle under life-threatening crowd control measures to enter the compound. A member of Masterweb News Team was forced into the gutter as soldiers and police repelled the surging crowd with whips (Koboko) and batons. Fight broke out at a point between soldiers and police on one side and an armed unidentified security detail in mufti who was denied entry into the compound. The combined team of soldiers and police bundled the armed security detail who also cocked his gun away. It was a frightening scene. The crowd surged again after the incident with security forces unleashing whips and batons on people, resulting in stampede as they fled the gate area. A police officer who was pushed down in the panic, got up and released a canister of tear gas which worsened the situation with people running faster, coughing, sneezing and knocking down anything on their path. A  Masterweb reporter who was inside St. Michael's Catholic Church compound about 100 meters from Ojukwu's compound gate reported people coughing, sneezing and running away from the church compound. It was a bizarre scene for mourners of their hero.
 
Ojukwu's body was lowered into the grave at 2.45 pm after prayers, and both the grave and casket sprinkled with Holy Water and incensed. 
 
Masterweb will published more photo news of its coverage of Enyimba Stadium funeral honour of Dim Ojukwu and final burial rites, interment and post-burial activities at his hometown, Nnewi, Anambra State.

 
 

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Aba popularly known as Enyimba City was shut down Tuesday, February 28 in honour of late  Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu whose body was brought to town as part of his burial itinerary. Shops, markets, businesses, banks and schools were all closed. People started streaming into Enyimba Sports Stadium as early as 6.00 am under heavy security scrutiny. There were eight military security checkpoints coordinated by senior army officers between Tenant Road/Georges Road and Stadium Road/School Road. Masterweb News Team was stopped, searched and interrogated at each one of these checkpoints. The team had to park their car on Ehi Road to make their way to the stadium through the rest of security, as they were told by soldiers not to drive beyond Stadium Road/Ehi Road.
 
Security at the stadium gate was made up of combine team of soldiers and police, who for the last time searched and interrogated newsmen, fans and mourners entering the stadium. Thousands of people trooped to Enyimba Stadium, lining streets leading and those adjoining the stadium, singing and showering praises on Ojukwu. Security in and around the stadium was heavy. Several Armoured Personnel Carriers, APC, and patrol vans belonging to the army, police and navy were positioned in and around the stadium.
 
An Air Force helicopter painted in army camouflage colours flew in Ojukwu’s body by a wing outside the stadium gate at 11.09 am. Upon hearing the thundering noise of the helicopter, thousands awaiting screening by the stadium gate tried to force their way through the gate. A combined team of police and the army with whips and batons repelled the crowd, leading to stampede as people fled from the security forces. Many were knocked down, but there were no casualties. 
 
The governors led by T.A. Orji received the corpse at the wing. Newsmen were prevented from getting too close to the Air Force helicopter. At 11. 55 am, the casket bearing Ojukwu's remains, draped in Nigerian national colours of green-white-green, was carried into the stadium by senior army officers amid cheers from the crowd.
 
Masterweb will published more report on its coverage of Enyimba Stadium funeral honour of Dim Ojukwu soon. Funeral ceremonies for the deceased are scheduled to hold in Enugu and Anambra before interment in his hometown, Nnewi on Friday, March 2.

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(Submission By Onukwugha Osuji)
 
[ "He means well" is useless, unless he does well. -- Plautus, 254-184 B.C. ] - When the Peter Obi administration assumed office in the year 2006, its programme of action is tagged Anambra Integrated Development Strategy [ANIDS]. It is a novel initiative; a multi-sectoral model predicated on the internationally-acclaimed Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] of   Eradication of Extreme Poverty & Hunger, Gender Equality & Women Empowerment, Reduction of Child Mortality, Boost to Maternal Health, Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other Diseases, Environmental Sustainability and Global Partnership in Development.
 
Even as noble as the intents were, the Governor’s critics scoffed at how on earth he thought he could effect progress in all sectors simultaneously in Anambra State – a State without oil resources; a State literally under the steel grips of brigands who had held the apparatuses of governance hostage. Many of his admirers also wondered if he was not going too far in blending dreams with reality. But most people did not take Almighty God into consideration; that He selects leaders and empowers those who revere Him to make positive impact on their societies.
 
Now in its second term and some six years in office, the Obi administration has made tremendous impact on the polity, economy and society of the State with its ANIDS model. Across board, there are impressive and evidence-based outcomes with testimonials coming from the people whose welfare the purpose of governance is.
 
First are heavy investments to enable institutional structures. These include instilling transparency in the management of public affairs; boosting confidence and efficiency in the three arms of governance [Executive, Legislature & Judiciary and their apparatuses]; strengthening the infrastructural base of the State [best & most extensive road network in the country today with over 500 kilometres of urban and rural roads majority of them with dual drainages; water schemes; waste and emergency management, generating Master Plans for three major cities [Awka, the State Capital, Onitsha and Nnewi]; housing development; concrete support for primary, secondary & tertiary healthcare and educational services, and many others.
 
With the broad theme, “Towards a Sustainable Youth Development Culture in Anambra”, the Obi administration is steadily firming up the Youth Foundation through the Anambra State Youth Re-Orientation & Empowerment Programme [ANSYREP], now in its third phase. Incorporating character development and moral values into vocational training, the Governor reveals that “ANSYREP reinforces the basic industrious inclinations of our people and will lead to renewed growth of cottage industries and private initiative”. Towards the end of 2011, some 1,500 youths were given grants ranging from N25,000 to N100,000 as support in their chosen vocations which skills the Government had sponsored them to acquire. It is planned as an on-going programme.
 
In sync with today’s best practices, the Government is collaborating with national and international organizations to inculcate Information and Communication Technology competencies in various sectors and sub-sectors to enhance competitiveness and corporate governance. Today, every Local Government Area of the State now has a Microsoft Academy and virtually all secondary schools have computer equipment.
 
Anyone familiar with pre-2006 Anambra State would appreciate the steady return of peace and stability in the area. Today, citizen involvement is at the heart of community policing in the State. As far back as its first tenure, the administration was providing support to the Nigeria Police and Nigerian Army in the sums of N10 million and N15 million monthly respectively. Similarly, the Governor encouraged all town unions in the State to set up security committees and vigilante groups which, of course, are being supervised by the Nigeria Police Force and provided relevant equipment for clear identification. The Government funds them!  It is also pertinent to note that as part of collective responsibility for security, traditional rulers and Presidents-General of communities experiencing violent crimes frequently would  sacked and handed over to the Police for prosecution.
 
One of the unique aspects of the ANIDS model is that it cuts across public and private sectors. This has been especially telling in educational and health services. In the third week of November, 2011, the Government formally returned over 1,000 schools to their initial Missionary-owners. Beyond the hand-over, Government also committed solid financial support for the Missions to the tune of N6 billion, spread over 15 months and subject to satisfactory submission of work plans. Interestingly, Government will continue to cater to the schools’ staff salaries, while the Missions will be in charge of general administration. Discerning Nigerians would note that prior to the forceful take-over of these educational institutions in 1970, they easily take credit for the grooming of most of the cream of society – in terms of morals, character, discipline, academics and maturity -- who could hold their own anywhere in the world. The Governor put it succinctly: “Our Government's commitment to delivering quality education for the good people of Anambra State is total.  That is why I have decided that our State shall henceforth be speaking only of acceptable global standards in education, instead of minimum standards. This bold measure of the Obi administration should be commended a giant stride towards educational restoration.    
 
 
Private health services in the State have also received regular support from the Obi administration. More recently, Governor Obi disbursed N1 billion [of pledged N3 billion] to selected missionary healthcare providers. The funds would cover money is to be utilized by the hospitals to improve their infrastructural improvements, including hostels and Accreditation exercises. On the same occasion, MDG medical equipment worth N135 million were distributed to over 105 Government and Mission health establishments in the State. 
 

These unusual gestures – supposedly spending public funds on private establishments – have continued to confound the erstwhile predators on the State Treasury and self-styled social critics. In their selfish considerations, they fail to recognize that the generality of the pupils, students, patients and personnel of these educational, health and related institutions are indigenes of Anambra State!
 
This Yuletide, the Obi administration launched a N4 billion Security Trust Fund, and also disbursed N354 million to ensure decent security and road maintenance. It is the second State in the Federation, after Lagos, to launch such a Fund. Similarly, the Government launched a Youth Employment Fund, which has a lot of emphasis on Agriculture and Agro-Business. The Government provided N300 million in seed money, while individuals and private organizations are steadily donating to the Fund. The Governor himself pledged to reach out to eminent indigenes and friends of Anambra to contribute to the worthy cause.
 
The Obi administration is also actively exploring and exploiting partnerships with the private sector. In the same vein, the State has attracted support and collaboration with Development Partners, including the World Bank, United Nations Development Programme [UNDP], International Fund for Agricultural Development [IFAD] and European Union [EU], and has not defaulted in payment of  its counterpart contributions.
 
Peter Obi is the first Governor of Anambra State to be elected for a second term. Under his management, Anambra State has not borrowed money from any quarters and is not indebted either. And this covers salaries & emoluments, pensions and payments to contractors.
 
No less significant also is that the Obi administration has restored confidence and self-worth to the generality of the people. Quoted in Sun Newspaper, the Governor asserted that “People who used to command the old order have been put out of business by us … It is no longer possible for you to be a red cap chief without a day-time means of livelihood”.
 
In spite of efforts to vilify him, people and organizations with a sense of propriety have acknowledged Peter Obi’s attainments in the management of public trust. Could the following, among many others, be flukes?: SUN Newspaper Man of the Year; Vice-Chairman, Nigerian Governors’ Forum as well as Chairman of both the Southern Governors Forum and South-East Governors’ Forum; Commander of the Order of the Niger [CON]; ThisDay Newspaper award as Best Governor on fiscal management; Honorary Presidential Adviser on Finance and active Member, Nigeria Economic Management Team.
 
Under his competent and prudent management, the Ship of Anambra State is being steered to safe shores in the development scheme of things. Indeed, with his ANIDS model, Peter Obi has earned a place in as a national leader of clear vision, humane purpose and integrity.
 
Onukwugha Osuji writes from Lagos

 
 
 
 

-Masterweb Reports

Nigeria Security Forces could not stop Boko Haram from bombing Kano again after they unleashed terror on the city last week Friday, resulting in the death of over 180 people. The attacks that day after Friday prayers, targeted mainly police buildings, including the police headquarters. Five of the attackers were suicide bombers and twenty-nine of the victims were police officers, according to Kano State Police Commissioner, Ibrahim Idris.

Again on Tuesday, Boko Haram coordinated several attacks in an area housing a mobile police headquarters. Witnesses reported hearing Tuesday morning between 12 to 15 explosions and several gunshots in the vicinity of the mobile police headquarters. The attacks were carried out even with a dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed on the city after Friday's attacks. "I was awoken from sleep by explosions and gunshots coming from the mobile barracks and police station opposite," one resident told reporters.

The picture emerging is one of Boko Haram fighters eluding detection, simultaneously with military precision attacking government targets, including police stations. "Certainly, everybody is surprised at the kind of sophistication they have because even the police couldn't have the weapons that can fight back. People are wondering from where and how they are getting their weapons and the kind of training they are having," Salisu Fage, Leadership Newspaper reporter in Kano said in a statement. Yunus Zakaria Ya'u, a staff at Kano Center for Information Technology and Development said police officers now wear plain clothes (mufti) to avoid detection by Boko Haram, their unseen enemy. "There is less visibility of police on the streets, I guess it is largely strategic. They probably are using plain clothes since the uniform has become the target of the Boko Haram," Ya'u told newsmen.



In another development the same Tuesday morning, security forces killed a man and his pregnant wife in an assault on a residential home in Kano. Witnesses said security forces surrounded the home and gun battle lasting several hours eschewed. The male victim was a retired civil servant from the Federal Ministry of Education, according to his relative, Musa Ibrahim Fate. The walls of the home were punctured with bullet holes, so also were the doors and furnitures. A sedan car in the compound bearing federal government license plates was also riddled with bullet holes. Security forces took away with them the two dead bodies. Evidence linking the victims to the dreaded Boko Haram Islamic terrorist group is yet to be revealed at the time of this report. Kano Police Commissioner acknowledged the attack and said it was part of government's effort in rooting out Boko Haram. The dead man's relative, Fate said the deceased was not a member of the terrorist group. "He didn't belong to any religious group. Is it because of his beard? That means you cannot dress the way you are. Is it good? Is this how government is going to treat us?" Fate said in a statement. Residents of the neighborhood pressed shoulder-to-shoulder inside the victims' home saying the army and police killed the man and his pregnant wife for no reason.

On Monday police discovered six cars and four vans loaded with explosives in Kano. "The police were on a stop-and-search today and in two of the checkpoints, the Boko Haram members on sighting the checkpoints abandoned their vehicles and ran. The vehicles were later checked and the cars were loaded with explosives. Two brand new Hilux open pick-up vans were also found packed with explosives in the Bompai area of Kano," a senior police officer speaking on condition of anonymity told newsmen.

On Sunday in Maiduguri, home base of Boko Haram, a policeman was shot dead by members of the terrorist sect. "The policeman was on patrol along with his colleague in a vehicle when the Boko Haram opened fire and shot him dead. As usual the killers just disappeared into the crowd," Simeon Midena, Maiduguri Commissioner of Police told reporters. The same Sunday, the army killed four Boko Haram gunmen in the city and found explosives in their car. "Four members of Boko Haram sect involved in killings in Maiduguri and environs have been under surveillance of security agencies and have been shot dead in Pomomari area of Maiduguri yesterday (Sunday). Various IED (improvised explosive device) materials prepared for detonation were recovered from their car," Colonel Victor Ebhaleme, an officer in the Joint Military Task Force (JTF), said in a statement. JTF has increased its surveillance and patrols in Maiduguri in a bid to defeat Boko Haram in the city.

Human Rights Watch issued a statement Tuesday calling Boko Haram's recent bombings “an indefensible attack on human life." The rights group said 935 people have been killed since Boko Haram began its terror campaign in July 2009, including over 250 so far in January this year.

Boko Haram whose name in Hausa language means "western education is sinful" is modeled after Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. It wants to impose sharia law across Nigeria through terror attacks in drawing attention to their demands. Outside the current attacks in Kano, the group had in the past launched attacks on churches, government buildings, police stations and other targets, including drive-by shootings resulting in casualties. Many have fled the north from these attacks

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(Onitsha Nigeria, 18th day of January, 2012)-On Friday 9th day of December 2011, we in the International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety), Onitsha, Anambra State of Nigeria, sent to Your Excellency two copies of our reports titled: “How Over 54,000 Nigerians Died Outside The Law Since 1999” and “Police Corruption As Human Rights Abuse: How Corrupt Personnel Of The Nigeria Police Force Illegally Enriched The Force With N53.48Billion ($336.5Million) Arising From Roadblock Extortion In Three Years-2009-2011”. The two reports were attached with eleven pictures each and a covering letter. The “proof of delivery” returned to our Secretariat (41, Miss Elems Street, Fegge, Onitsha) indicated that Your Excellency’s office received the reports on Tuesday, 13th day of December 2011, two days after they were launched. We also posted the reports on Your Excellency’s “facebook wall-page”. Unfortunately and sadly too, Your Excellency neither commented on the serious complaints raised in them nor acted on any of their far-reaching recommendations. Innocent Nigerians particularly Igbo Christians have continued to be slaughtered like fowls in their fatherland on daily basis and the 371,000-person (Wikipedia Encyclopedia 2011) Nigeria Police Force that ought to protect them is busy molesting and extorting other living Nigerians on Nigerian roads especially the roads leading into......Read More

 -Masterweb Reports
(Submission By Ifeatu Agbu)
 

It is bad enough that out of the N4.749 trillion budget estimate of the Federal Government, 72 per cent is going for recurrent expenditure, leaving only 28 per cent to finance development projects. The thought that there could be another bad news for the economy when it comes to implementing the budget is even more depressing. The budget estimates have set out the parameters for another cycle of economic activities that would hopefully drive the engine of growth and development. Unfortunately, the road to success is paved with corruption in high and low places. And that is just the right milieu for dubious contractors to ply their trade and throw spanners in the wheels of progress.
 
The Nigerian environment seems to be a fertile ground for briefcase contractors who see government contracts as their own share of the national cake. For them, the contractual obligation to deliver the jobs on schedule and according to specifications is hogwash. What these contractors, who are unfortunately many, do is tantamount to arresting the development of the country.
 
This is one challenge all development agencies in the country should tackle frontally. Indeed, in some cases, it calls for emergency measures. It is, therefore, not surprising that the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, is already taking steps to check the excesses of contractors who would like to eat their cake without contributing to its baking.
 
The NDDC Managing Director, Dr. Christian Oboh, has fired a warning shot to erring contractors engaged by the commission. He charged them to either perform or be prosecuted. To those that have achieved 70 per cent in project execution, he ordered: “deliver by the end of March 2012 or face the wroth of the law.” “Those who work, we shall pay, I want you to deliver between now and March, I’m ready to pay you if only you will deliver, you must also be prepared to sign undertaking because if you don’t deliver, the law will come after you” he declared.
 
The marching order from the NDDC boss, only amplifies an earlier Presidential directive. President Goodluck Jonathan had warned that his administration would order law enforcement agencies to apprehend contractors identified as having defaulted after receiving funds to execute NDDC projects. The president’s warning came after he received the reports of the NDDC Presidential Monitoring Committee late last year.
 
No doubt, the problem of non-performing contractors is a national malaise. However, its effect on the development of the Niger Delta region is more disturbing because if developmental projects in the region are sabotaged, it would have a direct consequence on the wealth of the nation, oil being the live-wire of the economy. Of course, we have to keep in mind that the Federal Government’s 2012 budget is based on 2.48 million barrel per day (MBPD) and this can only be realistic if the peace brought by the amnesty programme is sustained. To maintain and sustain the peace, the gains of the amnesty must be complemented with visible and concrete development of the region. This is where the NDDC comes in. As the most visible executing arm of the central government, it must be seen by all to be making the difference in the Niger Delta.
 
For government and its agencies to get value for money spent on projects, contractors must be held accountable by both the executive and the legislature. It is not a task for only one arm of government. The lawmakers should be interested in knowing how projects are executed to ensure that they meet the required specifications and that they are completed within the agreed time lines. The era of collecting money and abandoning projects should be over, if we have proper monitoring and oversight by the appropriate authorities.
 
The President of the Senate, Chief David Mark admitted that the National Assembly had not done enough in its oversight function with respect to the NDDC. He said after the Senate confirmation of a 13-member board for NDDC that the Senate Committee on Niger Delta should share the blame for the failure of the last board of the commission, noting that the committee failed in its oversight responsibilities. In many instances, there is a problem when politicians and government functionaries look the other way while contractors undermine the system. As it is the practice world-wide, governments and their agencies are expected to determine whether those they are giving jobs possess the requisite qualifications, manpower, equipment and monetary resources to successfully execute projects.
 
What happened in the past with respect to power and road contracts must serve as enduring lessons for those in government. Never again should we allow a situation where the country, according to the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Dimeji Bankole spent 16 billion dollars on the National Integrated Power Project, there was hardly anything to show for it. Never again should we be content with sulking and counting our losses after spending billions of naira for repairs and maintenance of the nation’s highways and bridges without tangible results.
 
Nigerians would not want a repeat of the disgusting stories told by the House of Representatives committee which looked into the activities of the Ministry of transport under the Olusegun Obasanjo administration. The committee reported that between 1999 and 2009, the ministry, gave contracts for the construction and rehabilitation of 11, 591km roads at a cost of N1.7 trillion – about N87 million per km – with only 24 per cent of the target met, while 64 per cent of the contract value had already been paid.
 
Today, we are reeling in the pains of high fuel prices in spite of the fact that contracts were awarded for the repair and maintenance of the nation’s refineries in 1998. The French oil giant; Total, was awarded a contract valued at $198 million to repair the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical plant, while another contract of $100 million was awarded to Chrome Oil Services, in conjunction with its Polish partners, to undertake similar work at the Port Harcourt refinery. After spending an amount that was enough to build a brand new refinery with a capacity of at least 100,000 barrels per day, the two refineries are today still producing at less than half of their installed capacities. How scandalous can it get?
 
Like many other Nigerians, who believe that there should be a stop to this rot, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the Governor of Edo State told President Jonathan to jail all those who got the Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) contracts for the refineries. He said that all those who contributed to the present crisis in the oil sector by refusing to repair the refineries after collecting contract funds must be brought to justice.
 
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and other anti-corruption agencies should live up to their duties and bite more than they bark. They should spread their dragnets to rope in not only corrupt politicians but also fraudulent contractors, who have by their actions frustrated the much-needed development in the country. The consequences are far-reaching. It is already taking its toll on all sectors of our national life. In education, for instance, the Nigerian Union of Teachers recently jolted Nigerians when it claimed that 25 per cent of pupils and students in primary, secondary schools and tertiary institutions in Ghana are from Nigeria. As if to confirm this, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), lamented recently that there are 71, 000 Nigerian students in Ghana who are paying not less than 155 billion naira as tuition annually, compared with the annual budget of 121 billion naira for the entire Federal University education in Nigeria.
 
Isn’t it surprising that Nigeria is gradually losing grounds to less endowed African countries? It is certainly a worrisome development that needs to be redressed urgently.The new board of the NDDC led by its chairman, Dr Tarilah Tebepah, should, therefore, remain resolute in its efforts to whip contractors into line. The commission should strengthen its monitoring machinery to ensure that projects executed by its contractors meet international standards. Since this board has a short life-span, it can only leave a worthwhile legacy in the Niger Delta if it completes monumental projects that people will talk about so many years to come.
 
Mr. Ifeatu Agbu ( ifeatuagbu@yahoo.com ) writes from Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

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With 215 Nigerians Killed Unlawfully In Two Weeks, In Addition To 54.000 Killed Since 1999: Nigeria Is Close To Rwandan Genocide & Somali Balkanization Except Doctrine Of Necessity Intervenes To Quench The Continued Killings & Bad Public Policies And Avert Unquenchable Bloodletting & Forced Balkanization Looming Dangerously In The Polity
 
(Onitsha Nigeria, 8th day of January, 2012)-The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law is, again, deeply worried over the failure of public governance in Nigeria, especially at the federal level. It is no longer an over-statement that things have fallen apart in the Nigeria’s public governance. The country’s public governance officials especially President Goodluck Jonathan, now govern with impunity and utter weakness. They are immune from listening to the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians and can best be described as “deaf and dumb” public governance officials because the fundamental concerns of the 150million Nigerians especially their security and welfare are no longer their primary responsibilities.  Even when good and immortal pieces of advice are offered by socially saintly and creative  Nigerians, they turned their deaf ears against them and preferred pursuits of  parochial interests(criminal self enrichments) and anti public policies such as the so-called “fuel subsidy policy”  and operation of elitist economic policies.
 
It is rather shocking that out of the 18 top Nigerian public officials including President Jonathan, the IGP and other top security chiefs that received our two recent reports in December 2011, on “unlawful killings(how  over 54,000 Nigerians died outside the law since 1999) and police corruption in Nigeria(how corrupt NPF personnel illegally enriched the Force with over N53.48Billion or $336.5Million arising from roadblock extortion in three years-2009-2011)”, none of them took any steps to remedy the issues raised in the reports including acting on any of the far-reaching recommendations that accompanied the reports. Instead, the NPF, as expected, merely defended itself over its corruptive and homicidal activities, after which it rolled out its personnel back to their extortion points on Southeast and other roads across the country with utter alacrity. In-spite of wide publicity the two reports received in the local and international media, which included their adoption as editorial opinions by leading national and international dailies, the Jonathan’s government kept mute and refused to act. We even went as far as posting the two reports on President Goodluck Jonathan’s “facebook wall”, yet neither he nor his spokesman uttered any word not to talk of acting on any of the recommendations attached in the two reports, except his recent fire-brigade approach called “state of emergency”(disguised curfew imposed in 15 LGAs in four States), which has failed woefully to check, not to talk of taming the rapacious massacre of innocent Nigerians by politically and ethnically backed “Boko-Haram” violent group.
 
Today, the President Jonathan’s Government’s blatant refusal to speak or act on the said issues has, additionally, led to the unlawful killing of up to 215 innocent Nigerians including over 20 Igbo traders(massacred at once) between 22nd day of December 2011 and 7th day of January 2012, a period of two weeks.   The breakdown of these avoidable shilling killings, according to respected local and international media, shows that on 22nd day of December 2011; at least six people were killed in Damaturu, Yobe State, Northeast, Nigeria, by suspected Boko-Haram Sect. On 23rd day of December 2011, up to 68 people including soldiers and police personnel were killed in bomb attacks in Damaturu, Yobe State.  The deadly attacks were believed to have been launched by the violent Boko-Haram Sect. On the Christmas day of December 25, 2011, over 42 innocent people including 35 parishioners(mostly Igbo Christians) of St. Theresa‘s Catholic Church, Madalla, Suleja in Niger State, North-central Nigeria were bombed and massacred by suspected Boko-Haram Sect. Bombs were also detonated in churches in Jos, Plateau State, North-central Nigeria and Gadaka in Yobe State, Northeast Nigeria, killing at least seven people.  On 31st day of December 2011, up to 60 people including a senior officer of the Nigeria Police Force and commuters travelling through Enugu-Abakiliki road were ambushed and massacred on the pretext of prosecuting an inter-communal conflict between the Ezza and the Ezilo communities in Ebonyi State, Southeast Nigeria. The bloody conflict first erupted in 2008, resulting in over 300 casualties between 2008 and 2010. On Thursday, 5th day of January 2012, at least eight members of the Deeper Life Bible Church including the wife of the pastor, Mrs. Jauro were killed in Gombe, Gombe State, Northeast, Nigeria, by suspected Boko-Haram Sect. And on Friday, 6th day of January, 2012, over 20 Igbo traders(mostly from Adazi-nnukwu Community in Anaocha LGA of Anambra State, Southeast Nigeria) were massacred during a town hall meeting in Mubi, Adamawa State, North-west Nigeria   by suspected Boko-Haram Sect. Four Igbo traders were earlier shot dead in the evening of Thursday, 5-01-2012 and when their colleagues gathered to discuss their funerals, the violent Islamist group emerged, shot indiscriminately and killed more 16 innocent Igbo traders. As if the massacre was not enough, at least eight more people were ambushed and killed by the militant Islamist Sect during a church service at the Christian Apostolic Church in Yola, capital of Adamawa State same day (06-01-2012), and on Saturday, 7th day of January, 2012, three more people were reported killed in the Larmurde area of Yola, capital of Adamawa State,  bringing the total number of people killed since 22nd day of December 2011 to 215, on average of fifteen people per day. The Associated Press account believes that the Boko-Haram violent attacks on innocent Nigerians, mostly Igbo Christians, in 2011 alone accounted for 510 unlawful deaths.  For us in the Intersociety, this amounts to ethnic cleansing!
 
Unfortunately and sadly too, the Nigerian public governance officials and policy makers have continued to manifest gross incompetence in securing the lives of Nigerians. The country’s labour leaders as well as selected civil society managers appeared to be cared more about “ anti fuel subsidy crusade” rather than combating government frontally against the continued rapacious massacre of tens of innocent Nigerians on daily basis. As bad as and as socially dangerous as  “ oil subsidy removal” is, the unlawful killing of an innocent Nigerian, no matter his or her tribe, is very abominable and more horrifying than “oil subsidy removal”.  The N921Billion proposed for “security” in the 2012 federal budget proposals clearly shows that the present Nigeria’s public governance operators especially at the federal level are “merchants of death”. By budgeting whopping N921Billion for the so-called “security”, the intents of the Nigeria’s federal leaders may most likely be geared towards criminal enrichment, by siphoning and misappropriation. Nigeria’s history tells us that her public governance leaders get their private pockets bloated in the periods of crisis by officially stealing state resources in the guise of “providing security”. Intelligence is the most sophisticated but cheapest means of providing security in the world, yet it erodes Nigeria till date. If the Nigerian Government could budget N921Billion for “Boko-Haram Security”, how much does it take the “Boko-Haram” violent group to plant and detonate bombs at will as well as kill whoever and wherever it pleases in Nigeria?     
 
Before, Nigeria’s history recorded Chief Ernest Shonekan’s ill-fated interim government as the weakest and most incompetent government in  Nigeria’s history, today, the Jonathan’s government has surpassed the former and in a verge of emerging as Nigeria’s “president without  being in-charge”. While we totally support the general strikes and peaceful protests by labour and civil society managers and members, we wish to add that the peaceful mass actions should be all embracing  and include firm demands for an immediate end by Nigeria’s governing authorities to the reigning culture of insecurity in Nigeria  and sacking of all the service chiefs including the IGP and all CPs that are 50years and above, or invocation of the doctrine of necessity to peacefully keep the Nigeria’s six geopolitical partners apart if the security of Nigerians continues to be beyond their leaders’ managerial competence. As we speak, most of the 371.000 members of the Nigeria Police Force are busy on Nigerian roads molesting, brutalizing and extorting Nigerians, particularly those returning to their base after Christmas holiday, yet bombs and live guns are causing havoc and casualties at the beck and call of the “Boko-Haram’ Sect and the violent criminal citizens in various Nigerian cities and towns. Latest reports coming to us from the Nigerian roads, particularly the Southeast roads, indicate that the Nigeria Police Force personnel have also “deregulated police extortion sums”. In other words, the Nigeria Police Force has removed police extortion subsidy. Extortion sum of N50.00 now goes for N100.00 and “incomplete vehicle papers” extortion that used to attract N1000.00 now attracts N2000.00, etc. Part of the labour and civil society leaders’ demands should be the total withdrawal of all police roadblocks country-wide and end of police roadblock extortion on Nigerian roads.
 
It is elementarily clear that with 215 innocent Nigerians killed in two weeks (22-12-2011 to 07-01-2012); in addition to 54,000 Nigerians massacred since 1999, Nigeria is close to Rwandan genocide and Somali balkanization. President Goodluck Jonathan may be the last president of the so-called “united Nigeria”, unless his government wakes up from its slumber and miraculously turns things around for better. We pray fervently that he does not end his presidential era like General Mohammed Siad Barre of Somalia, but like Mr. Mikhail Gorbachev of the former USSR if these ugly situations continued untamed.  In the partitioning of the would-be former Nigeria( if it becomes a last resort and a product of necessity) into six geopolitical entities of Southeast Nigeria, South-south Nigeria, South-west Nigeria, North-central Nigeria, North-east Nigeria and North-west Nigeria, the peoples peopling the six entities should be allowed to change to their favourite names via referendums afterwards.  The North-west States of Adamawa and Taraba should be returned to the North-central Nigeria and the North-central State of Niger allowed to vote via referendum to join North-west Nigeria or remain where it is, likewise Southern Kaduna, which is to be made to freely join the North-central Nigeria.  On the same note, the Igbo indigenes of Delta and Rivers States with the territories they occupy in the would-be South-south Nigeria should be allowed via a referendum to join their fellow indigenes in the would-be Southeast Nigeria. The North-east should be allowed to fuse with the North-west to form “Arewa Islamic Republic” if it so desires.
 
Our believe in  united and indivisible Nigeria was firm until recently when it dawned on every Tom, Dick and Harry that the Nigeria’s centre could no longer hold occasioned by senseless killings of  innocent Nigerians at no iota of  provocation. How could President Jonathan and the Nigeria’s Police IG explain the massacre, at a swoop, of 18 indigenes of Adazi-nnukwu Community in Anaocha LGA of Anambra State, Southeast Nigeria in the Mubi bloodshed of Friday, 6th day of January 2012? Or the senseless massacre of four families from Awka-etiti Community in Idemmili South LGA of Anambra State in the Madalla butchery of December 25, 2011? One and indivisible Nigeria is unfashionable when her innocent citizens are roasted like fowls with government voted to protect and cater for them doing nothing. It is our warning that Nigeria is steadily drifting into anarchy and lawlessness of unquenchable proportions and unless her leaders act swiftly, otherwise, cannibalistic jungles, fiefdoms and warlord-ships akin to Somalia and Rwanda will replace what would remain as “former Nigerian territories”. That between 800,000 and 1million people including women, children and the elderly were massacred in 100 days during the Rwandan genocide of 1994 should be a lesson to all and sundry including Nigeria’ s political leaders. It is better to live apart in peace than to live as one entity in pieces with bloodletting as our cultural values.  A stitch in time, they say, saves nine!
 
Nigerians’ option of remaining in one indivisible Nigeria gets slimmer day in day out and their option of living apart peacefully gets brighter as days go by. Suffice it to say in parenthesis that President Goodluck Jonathan and his government can still turn things around miraculously for our collective good as a united and indivisible Nigeria by taking charge fully and proactively with patriotism, human face and human rights consciousness. But where it dawns on his conscience that peaceful partition is the only way to end these human slaughtering and intractable socio-economic backwardness in the midst of plentiful natural resources (over 33 solid mineral deposits), then he should convey an extra-ordinary meeting, as a matter of uttermost urgency, within the context of the doctrine of necessity, so as to discuss peaceful dismemberment of what remains as the “Federal Republic of Nigeria”. The great partition if collectively approved should be done along six geopolitical entities mentioned above. The special meetings should involve the Federal Executive Council, the National Security Council, and the National Population Commission, the National Planning Council, the National Council of States and the special sessions of the Nigeria’s Senate and the House of Representatives as well as the Speakers of the States’ Houses of Assembly. The collective intents would be to work out effective, acceptable and peaceful modalities for the giant project if it becomes inevitable.
 
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