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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Black Xenophobia is Worse than White Apartheid in South Africa


Black Xenophobia is Worse than White Apartheid in South Africa 

Blacks hating fellow blacks is worse than apartheid. 
~ Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, author of "In the House of Dogs". 



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Statement from Brand South Africa on the current developments in South Africa, 17 April 2015

Blacks hating fellow blacks is worse than apartheid.
~ Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, author of "In the House of Dogs".

PRESS RELEASE

Statement from Brand South Africa on the current developments in South Africa, 17 April 2015

Brand South Africa joins the rest of the country in condemning the acts of violence

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, April 17, 2015/ -- Brand South Africa (http://www.southafrica.info) joins the rest of the country in condemning the acts of violence that have been levelled against some foreign national residing in some of the nine provinces of South Africa.

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We assure all our partners in the continent that South Africa stands firmly against all intolerances such as racism, xenophobia, homophobia and sexism. As such security forces are hard at work around the clock to protect vulnerable communities in the country.

The country remains true to its founding ethos that any problems or issues of concern by South African citizens must be resolved peacefully and through dialogue.

Brand South Africa assures our partners that South Africans are generally not xenophobic; this is attested to by the high number of foreign nationals who have been successfully integrated into communities all over our country, in towns, cities and villages.

Preliminary work done towards resolving this current challenge indicates that the root causes are socio-economic issues that have been raised and are being attended to by all South African role players.

Brand South Africa expresses its sincere sympathies to the regrettable loss of lives and injuries suffered during this unfortunate occurrence.

We are one Africa bound by many areas of commonalities and our spirit of UBUNTU (humanity - I am because you are) will prevail even under the trying circumstances.

Issued by:
Ms. Alice Puoane
Acting Chief Executive Officer

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Brand South Africa.


Media contact:
Ms. Sindiswa Mququ
General Manager: Africa & Middle East
T: +27 (0) 11 483-0122
M: +27 (0) 83 277 6184
Email: sindiswam@brandsouthafrica.com

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tina's Wish Clinton



President Bill Clinton speaks about the power of collaboration and cooperation during the Tina's Wish Global Women's Health Award reception at The Waldorf Astoria
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An Open Question for Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, the PDP Gubernatorial Candidate for Rivers State


An Open Question for Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, the PDP Gubernatorial Candidate for Rivers State.

If you are sure that more people love you enough to vote for you, would you need guns, machetes and thugs to attack and murder supporters of your rival opponent?


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11-04-15
PRESS RELEASE

APC party agents in all 5 polling units in Kalio Ama (Ward 9), Okrika were abducted out of their units by PDP militants while police men on duty watched helplessly. Spirited efforts were made by other APC stalwarts to trace, locate and release them where they were being held. By the time they were restored to their duty posts, electoral materials had been hijacked and taken away by PDP members in all the units.

No security presence in ward 7, Okrika.. Meanwhile. Samuel Okoko, a PDP member is openly patrolling with police and one Philemon Atelibo moving around with over 20 cult boys. APC supporters are being attacked in Ward 5, Okrika.

In Borokiri in Port harcourt a policeman has been shot dead. 0n confirmed report has it that the Presidency has given order to re-deployed the AIG 0gunshaken immediately for assisting to ensure peace in Rivers State which did not go well with Dame Patience Jonathan.


 ~Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze,
SSA Media and Public Affairs to the State Chairman, APC Rivers State.
11 - 04 – 15
 Governorship Situation Report 1 By Bekee Anyalewechi <publisher@theneighbourhood.com.ng>

Governorship [/House of Assembly Elections
Rivers State
Situation Report 1
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Situation report – Across Rivers State

The Governorship/Houses of Assembly Elections in Rivers State have been a miniature war with armed militias and thugs working for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Elections in Rivers State appear to be a do-or-die battle for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDD, and its chieftains. Yesterday, Friday April 10, Sports Minister, Dr. Tamuno Danagogo, arrived his native Abonnema, Akuku Toru local Government, in company with security agents and armed militiamen went around the community terrorising supporters of All Progressives Congress, APC.


The heavily armed militiamen working for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP seized electoral materials in Akuku Toru Wards 15, 16 and 17. They stormed the area where officials were distributing materials in a gunboat manned by one Chief Isimama Ikiriko, hijacked all materials at gunpoint. The attackers were led by two notorious cultists who were identified as

Hope Dan Opusungi and Kenneth Dan Opusungi.

Having seized the materials, the armed men barred polling agents of the All Progressives Congress, APC, from escorting the materials to the distribution centre. The two Opusungis’, like Chief Ikiriko, are all known card-carrying members of PDP. Kenneth Opusingi and his crew were lodged at De Don Hotel in Abonema. All these activities were carried out in the presence of Security Officials.

Sports Minister, Dr. Tammy Danagogo’s close associate, Roland Sekibo, also known as gun runner, was moving with soldiers, policemen and suspected cultists. The cultists used machetes and other dangerous weapons to unleash terror on All Progressives Congress, APC. Many people were driven into the bush where they sought refuge, while Sekibo, military men, policemen and crew took over the Abonnema Bridge turning back APC chieftains and supporters. Shooting continued and still ongoing as at the time of the report.

Prior to the elections, Dame Patience Jonathan wife of the President and a native of Oba ama Okirka, had visited Rivers State meeting with Tom Ateke, an ex militant leader, security chiefs, DPO and other INEC personnel. From threatening to cajoling she appealed that she will be disgraced by an APC win in Rivers State.

To ensure that she achieves her aim she has turned Rivers State into a killing field. In Idu, ONELGA, the youth leader, Hon. Clever Orukowu was reported dead. Also in Borokiri, Rex Lawson Extension, a policeman was killed.


In her hometown, the Election Officer has forced manual accreditation on all parties regardless of resistance by agents. militia men, Nna Alibi, Solomon Opusiki, Jeremiah Opuikpaki, Angbona and Ogubi are going round from ward to ward shooting and retrieving the result sheets. They have hijacked materials in wads 2,4,5,6,7,8 and 9. In ward 3, PDP members were thumb printing in the home of Daibi Biamofori.
Yet all isn’t gloom in Tai Local Government Area, Local Government Areas, MOPOL56 2ic recovered materials meant for nine wards in the home of Dr. Jacobson Nbina’s house in Semi, Tai. However attempts were being made to release the culprits as at the time of filing this report.

Elsewhere in Abua/Odual - most materials were hijacked by PDP led by Henry Ogiri (DFA, NDDC) in connivance with INEC EO to Okolomade via Bayelsa State. PDP thugs chased all APC agents and other party members out of Units 4 - 9 in Ward 003 and carted away with all the electoral materials. Marshall Uwom from Ward 003, Otari community, hijacked INEC materials with thugs just now. In Ahoada East – INEC Presiding Officers, POs, lodged in Palm Royal Hotel by PDP officials. Promised N100,000 each to rig in favour of PDP. No security presence at all and materials are about to be moved. While in Emuohua, armed militia men, sponsored by Elder Chinedu Tasie/Nwabueze who lives in town and they have camped in Chineme Madume’s house in Omuaran village in Ibaa Ward 6 in Emohua LGA. In ward 4 in Emuohua, SPO, Adona Igwe has carted away with the result sheets and other sensitive materials. She was eventually located.


In Tombia, Degema Local Government Area, and ex-Niger Delta warlord and House of Assembly candidate on the platform of PDP, Farah Dagogo, and his group terriorized the community, shooting and threatening all those who would not vote for the PDP.


In Andoni, hometown of Rivers state Deputy Governor, Tele Ikuru, Security threat against APC members by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, led by suspected Islander Cult group who were lodged in Ebukuma Town, Andoni local government. Gun shots were fired by the PDP armed men warning APC members not to come out on Saturday to vote. In Ward 007, PU 002, thugs with guns threatening the community people. Accra Titus Jones who was caught with AK-47 Riffles with four others by the police is from Andoni Ward 5, Ikuru Town and a notorious cultist. He is the same boy that led PDP thugs to the ward to hijack election materials in the last elections. Thugs hired by a PDP women leader Mrs Tonye Oyinda are presently mounted in the polling unit to prevent Ibinabo Briggs (APC) agent from going close to the materials.

In Asari Toru - Commissioner for Women Affairs’ house is being attacked by thugs who are shooting and setting her house ablaze with explosives. No security, PDP thugs are moving about the community shooting guns and dynamites. They have threatened to burn down Dr. Dawari's George's house. One Mr. John had his property and car were vandalized. The issue is all over Buguma town. In Ward 019, they informed that there is shooting by thugs and it's being spare-headed by one Dr. Wokoma in the entire Buguma town. The caller also informed that they threw dynamite. Properties are being burnt right now. The people can't come out. They are scared. They need security urgently - Ward 005. In Ward 025, the caller reported that all the electoral materials have been burnt.
The heavily armed militiamen working for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP seized electoral materials in Akuku Toru Wards 15, 16 and 17. They stormed the area where officials were distributing materials in a gunboat manned by one Chief Isimama Ikiriko, hijacked all materials at gunpoint. The attackers were led by two notorious cultists who were identified as

Hope Dan Opusungi and Kenneth Dan Opusungi.

Having seized the materials, the armed men barred polling agents of the All Progressives Congress, APC, from escorting the materials to the distribution centre. The two Opusungis’, like Chief Ikiriko, are all known card-carrying members of PDP. Kenneth Opusingi and his crew were lodged at De Don Hotel in Abonema. All these activities were carried out in the presence of Security Officials.

Sports Minister, Dr. Tammy Danagogo’s close associate, Roland Sekibo, also known as gun runner, was moving with soldiers, policemen and suspected cultists. The cultists used machetes and other dangerous weapons to unleash terror on All Progressives Congress, APC. Many people were driven into the bush where they sought refuge, while Sekibo, military men, policemen and crew took over the Abonnema Bridge turning back APC chieftains and supporters. Shooting continued and still ongoing as at the time of the report.

Prior to the elections, Dame Patience Jonathan wife of the President and a native of Oba ama Okirka, had visited Rivers State meeting with Tom Ateke, an ex militant leader, security chiefs, DPO and other INEC personnel. From threatening to cajoling she appealed that she will be disgraced by an APC win in Rivers State.


To ensure that she achieves her aim she has turned Rivers State into a killing field. In Idu, ONELGA, the youth leader, Hon. Clever Orukowu was reported dead. Also in Borokiri, Rex Lawson Extension, a policeman was killed.

APC agents in Bonny, staged a peaceful protest as all the SPO's in Ward 012 were PDP Exco members. An APC agent was detained by INEC officials in Bonny. One Victor Oko Jumbo led over a hundred cult boys loyal to Wike into Bonny. They are familiar faces at the University of Port Harcourt. Leader of the armed cultists was identified as Uche Ekwueme. Efforts to make arrest failed. One PDP Randolph Brown is in-charge of the police. The DPO botched the plan.


In Ward 015, PU 001, Gokana Local Government Area, Chairman has been abducted by Solomon Ndigbara. The entrance has been padlocked and the thugs are armed. Ward 016, PU 002 no INEC staff or material visible as at that moment(8.43am). Ward 004, Result sheets have been diverted. Ward 004 Original Result sheets and ballot papers have been diverted in connivance with INEC officials and INEC adhoc staff who are PDP members.


There were shootings in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Ward 2 Onanelu by PDP thugs. In Omoku, all returning officers are members of PDP. We had hoped that there would be reshuffling. This was some of their strategy last time in Ward 001 and it is working for them again. Festus the Ward Collation Officer reported that the Police DPO did not allow APC agent and the APC chieftain Ofule Enebele to take stock of Election materials. The DPO was later involved in a private discussion with the PDP Stakeholders, Ward 014. Ward 006, no result sheet. Ward 016, PU 015 no result sheet. INEC officials are being replaced with PDP members. Ward 008, no result sheet.

Obio/Akpor - APC agents are not being allowed into the primary school at ward 6 Obio/Akpor while PDP agents Odogu (PDP Ward 6 chairman), Jaja Mgba and Ihianhi Chioma were allowed to go in.

The DPO, Ozuoba Divisional Police headquarters, from the information gathered is assisting the PDP in Akpor kingdom under the leadership of ‘Heaven’, the ward Chairman, to snatch away sensitive materials like result sheets this night. Ammunition arriving through Rumukparali by boat.

Mr .Wilson was escorting electoral materials but had to run for safety when PDP thugs arrived and threatened everyone's safety. Mr Wilson ran for cover and abandoned his agents' phone at home.

Materials are being transferred from the INEC truck into a Mitsubishi Bus at Rumuola College of Arts and Science with the assistance of the police.

INEC materials have been tempered with at the Obio/Akpor RAC centre. They have been changed with fake materials but our (APC) agents are fully on ground to make sure no material is distributed to the units until we have verified their validity. But we need security to make sure we are safe. Commander has not answered my calls since.

Obio/Akpor collation centre, the materials were hijacked last night. No PDP agents were found present.

In Ward 006, police manhandling all APC Agents and restricting their access to electoral materials while giving PDP agents full access. Materials are moving to polling units without APC agents accompanying them.

In Ward 011, no result sheet. Call from Rumuola rack centre. police prevented APC members from coming in. at 2:00am a car drove in exchanging materials to the vehicles. Police shut into the air to scare them away. They need the INEC officials to ascertain if the other materials are original.

A special police unit drafted to the RAC covering wards 9, 10 and 11 situate at St. John's model primary school Rumueme beat up and chased APC agents away to allow Anugbum Onuoha (cousin to the PDP Guber Candidate) to come in with a carton containing some electoral materials and took away original results sheets for those wards. These 3 wards have no less than 90,000 votes.

No result sheet in Rumueme Ward Ward 010, PU 023. In unit 8 inclusive in the troubled area and the caller said it's Rumuomasi rack centre(where materials for election are to be collected). The caller informed that the policemen brought in materials which were exchanged with other materials.

Caller said the result sheet is missing in Ward 008. Heavy Security presence needed. There is threat to life and property in Ward 004, PU 003. Report as at 8.19.06am of April 11.

Attention situation room, the DPO Ozuoba divisional Headquarter, from the information gathered is assisting the PDP in Akpor Kingdom under the leadership of Heaven, the ward Chairman to snatch away sensitive materials like result sheets this night. Arms and ammunition being brought into Rumukparali.

Despite the crisis and violence visited across Rivers State by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP even before the elections, the All Progressives Congress, APC, was in early lead prompting renewed attacks on APC members and polling units.

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The Ezekwesili Personal Principles and Individual Integrity “Test” (EPPIT) as Our Guide Moving Forward


 The Ezekwesili Personal Principles and Individual Integrity “Test” (EPPIT) as Our Guide Moving Forward
~ By  Dr. John Egbeazien Oshodi


On the basis of pure principles with a new Nigeria ahead of all of us, there is need for the nation to be guided by individuals and institutions with high values, using what could be called the Ezekwesili Personal Principles and Individual Integrity Test (EPPIT). 


Henceforth and periodically our potential and current public leaders could take the EPPIT informally and we could generally measure their works and deeds constructively. In this way, a future Nigeria would be led by competent individuals and solid Institutions. For much too long, public institutions in Nigeria have revolved around corruption, religious strain and ethnic divide, resulting in chaotic institutional practices.


The EPPIT could help in fetching out individuals who would help our public and private institutions. The   EPPIT could help reveal the quality of the individuals occupying our institutions. It could help uncover individuals who would use their knowledge to develop public policies that bring about public good, restore institutional confidence, and act as a   tool to help reveal individuals who are all about better management of resources, whose focus are on value-added services and are comfortable with a living in a manner that is not excessive. 


EPPIT could assist in revealing persons who, with decent and dignified ethics, could help nourish our God-given assets in a non-personal   and collective manner.


The   EPPIT could help reveal potential leaders who are concerned about the improvement in the standard of living of the people. It could help reveal   immoral politicians that are always money hungry and are all about looting the public treasury. It may help reveal those who value intelligence, development and democracy. 


The EPPIT could help reveal a line of potentially aspiring and active leaders who believe in the spirit of uplifting leadership, inclusive leadership, trusting leadership, and collective leadership towards institutional, political,   economic and   governance successes.


The EPPIT should be extended to others in the media, military, police, education, and healthcare and all other public-related institutions. The test could also help uncover those who may undermine national empowerment and who are all about personal power, selfish needs, and self-enrichment.


The EPPIT which was informally carved out from the nation-building pronouncements and deeds by Obiageli Ezekwesili could guide us to identify individuals imbibed with the spirit to building a common national character, expression, and loyalty through robust institutions.
~~
Dr. John Egbeazien Oshodi is a Forensic/Clinical Psychologist, a Consultant in National Psychology, and a former Secretary-General of the Nigeria Psychological Association.
Email: Jos5930458@aol.com

 

 
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

President Barack Obama, Nigerians Await Your Visit as the Nation Shifts from an Underground Presidency


President Barack Obama, Nigerians Await Your Visit as the Nation Shifts from an Underground Presidency
~ By Dr. John Egbeazien Oshodi

Nigerians have not stopped celebrating since March 2015 which marked the point when the Jonathan Administration, where trust was very hard to establish, where the leadership behaved as if Nigeria was their personal kitchen, and where the use of political power through the military and police expanded like we have never seen before in our democratic history, ended.

We are very hopeful that in the coming months and years, open acts of political corruption, underground forms of government business, extended use of political gang members, dirty little secrets, open bribery, extortion, cronyism, nepotism, and corrupt use of the judiciary will be fully minimized or completely eviscerated.

The heaviest fundamental threat to our national security and way of life was public corruption, at least in the last thirty six months, not excluding issues of insurgency which are a direct side effect of corruption-induced poverty.

Since 2010 especially, the quality of our courts, legislature, treasury, police, prisons, military, and other national security-related supports has been so bad with each of them singularly situated to feed into the politics of corruption in favor of Jonathan’s underground economy or government while the people looked on helplessly.

Now the days of these political deities who saw themselves as worthy of worship by the rest of us are gone forever.

Here is what we believe about President Elect, Muhammadu Buhari, God willing, Allah willing. He will help bring back national integrity to the country. Certainly, he is not an angel, and in spite of his hard ways in the yesterdays, the people see him as, all in all, a good man who will be able to rebuild trust, respect and productive governance guided not in half-truths, but in full truths. We see him as a man who will open his ears to learning and open himself to critics from decent advisers.

Buhari, being a man of good faith and learning, will not be open to damaging acts of compromise and the people see him as being able to bring in discipline, efficiency, high work ethics and transparency into the government.

It is our hope that this generally known cool but deeply thoughtful man, with good reasons, will not be aloof to the basic security and corporate needs of the people.

It is our hope that he will do good through the government by rebuilding or refreshing institutions that will do the most good works in our society.

We hope he will institute cost efficient government programs that will be most effective and marked with ways that will express caring and compassion toward the people.

In his time, let public institutions evidence the clothing of moral image and do good things, just like good organizations, churches and charities do, and operate in terms of responsibility.

In his time, just like the people want the government to care for them, let the people also care for the government by exhibiting step by step good conduct and proper etiquette when interacting with those in government--collective acts that will drastically reduce widespread suffering, despair, greed, and abandonment and allow the nation to move up and not down as seen in recent years.

President Barack Obama, as a son of Africa and the leader of the free world, in your last visits to Africa, you promised the people of the continent a new model of democratic partnership. Sir, now is the time!

Twice you avoided Nigeria, but do not do this now, as the people are waiting to see you side by side with Buhari in the coming months, sharing your ideas of trade, investment, healthcare, education, electricity, infrastructure, job creation, transportation, technology, security, economic growth, and institution-building.

President Barack Obama, with your mixed background of Muslim and Christian heritage, you will be in the right place during your visit, as we all know you clearly understand our people with all of their challenges and struggles, especially under an estranged government in the last few years.

Given your ongoing great successes in America and around the world, in terms of building a healthy and fair system of democracy, Nigeria calls out to their son to visit us in the nearest future, and lay a foundational opening on which to begin to build a new relationship with America, and the rest of the world. Sir, we look forward to seeing you soon as Buhari seeks to move Nigeria to what I call "A Peaceful, Progressive, and Prosperous Nigeria (APPN)."

President Barack Obama, as with your other African visits and dancing moves, such as we saw in Tanzania, this time Nigerians will give you the best welcome dance and the whole world will see you as you shake to Davido Skelewu's music. Sir, it is one of a kind! Welcome to Nigeria in advance!


Dr. John Egbeazien Oshodi is a Forensic/Clinical Psychologist, a Consultant in National Psychology, and a former Secretary-General of the Nigeria Psychological Association. Jos5930458@aol.com

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Top Executives in the Private Sector in Nigeria


Who are the top executives in all the different sectors of corporate Nigeria? These are outstanding Nigerian men and women who are leaders of industry and nation builders of a New Nigeria in the 21st century. Elvis Krivokuca is the Editor-in-Chief of a directory of 32 books on "Who's Who" in the private sector of Africa's largest economy published by Top Executives Publications and Rankings in the United States of America.

Nigerian Top Executives in the Entertainment & Media Industry

Nigerian Top Executives in the Advertising, Marketing & PR Industry



 


The book Nigerian Top Executives in the Design, Printing & Publishing Industry contains comprehensive biographies of the top 10% highest-ranked executives of Nigeria’s design, printing & publishing industry. Inclusion in the bibliography was determined according to a unique and objective criteria that consisted of a combination of total number of employees managed and visibility in international business networks. The serious academic research about business achievements makes this book a world-renowned authority with the absolute power to honor performance and recognize excellence in the industry. As the result of a comprehensive research exercise, a number of top executives were selected for inclusion in the directory.

These individuals were identified as personifying passion, courage, commitment, success, excellence and spirit. This book represents an honor of championship and recognizes the struggles endured to ascend to the top, especially by those “silent” hard working people who contributed to the advancement of their companies and to the people of Nigeria. In order to compile this work, a few million biographies were carefully analyzed. All biographies originated from public sources and were made public by the people themselves. Due to the fact that only a small fragment of Nigerian business leaders can be included in a directory of this nature, a strict selection criteria was meticulously applied and there were no exceptions.

While every effort has been made to ensure the executives that have made a difference to Nigeria’s design, printing & publishing industry have been addressed, there is a distinct possibility that the list of people included in this book is not complete, as there will always be great business leaders who strictly refrain from publishing information about themselves. It is also possible that some of the data sources employed were outdated or even inaccurate. As such, while the book contains the best information that could be found in public sources at the time of the research, it remains far from perfect.

The intention is to continue to publish this directory on an annual basis in order to gradually increase the quality and accuracy of the material contained within it. A large number of copies of the book will be provided to governmental institutions and public administration, universities and colleges, important associations and to media archives. Above all, as this unique book contains biographies of top Nigerian executives who hold precise positions in individual companies, it is deemed that the information will be of use to both professionals and the general public. Nigeria’s economy can be strengthened through stronger integration of key executives in certain industries. This book represents a small but significant contribution to the achievement of this objective.


 

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Can We Save the Missing Chibok School Girls After 365 Days?

This midnight in Chibok will be exactly one year since the Boko Haram terrorists attacked and kidnapped more than 276 female school girls at the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State in north east of Nigeria. 57 of the girls have escaped, but 219 are still missing and there is no confirmation of their whereabouts.

Some of the kidnapped Chibok school girls in a Boko Haram video.

The failure of military intelligence caused the failure of military defence of the north eastern states of Nigeria, because many members of the Boko Haram terrorists have been identified by villagers as their neighbours! Moreover, the terrorists often use the banks and filling stations in town.

The Nigerian military was warned of the attack when the terrorists were advancing towards Chibok, but they failed to protect the school and failed to rescue the kidnapped girls when the terrorists forced them into trucks and drove away. Military helicopters would have been able to trail them and locate wherever they were taken to. But the Nigerian government of President Goodluck Jonathan ignored them until it was too late to trace their whereabouts within days of the incident. In fact, the First Lady of Nigeria, Dame Patience Jonathan denied the incident. The Nigerian military also failed to use detectives and spies to search for them. And they also failed to use the information from those who escaped to find the missing 219 girls. Eleven of the parents of the missing school girls have died since April 14, 2014 to date.

First Lady of United States of America, Mrs. Michelle Obama.

It is unfortunate that such a tragedy happened to Nigerian school girls, because of an irresponsible government with an incompetent cabinet. The Nigerian government even ignored the worldwide campaign by leading personalities, including First Lady of the United States of America, Mrs. Michelle Obama, Hollywood star Angelina Jolie, Holly Gordon of Girl Rising, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, British Prime Minister David Cameron and 17-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai who visited the President of Nigeria and celebrated her 17th birthday in 2014 with some of the parents and five of the 57 school girls who escaped from the Boko Haram. The Nigerian government even hounded Mrs. Obiageli Ezekwesili for championing the viral #BringBackOurGirls campaign in Nigeria. 

The President-elect Gen. Muhammadu Buhari who defeated the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan in the March 28 presidential election has promised to use all his powers to search, find and rescue the missing Chibok school girls. And we hope it is not too late to save them after 365 days.

Mrs. Obiageli Ezekwesili leading the #BringBackOurGirls campaign in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria, in May 2014. Getty Images.

UNICEF reported that more than 800,000 children have been displaced by the Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria and announced the beginning of a new humanitarian emergency campaign using the hashtag #BringBackOurChildhood


~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Publisher/Editor of Nigerians Report Online and Founder of Girls United Together for Success (GUTS).
Malala's letter to Nigeria's abducted schoolgirls: 'solidarity, love, and hope'

To my brave sisters, the kidnapped schoolgirls of Chibok, On this first anniversary of your captivity, I write to you with a message of solidarity, love and hope. My name is Malala. I am a Pakistani girl your age. I am one of the millions of people around the world who keep you and your families foremost in our thoughts and prayers. We cannot imagine the full extent of the horrors you have endured. But please know this: We will never forget you. We will always stand with you. Today and every day, we call on the Nigerian authorities and the international community to do more to bring you home.
We will not rest until you have been reunited with your families. Like you, I was a target of militants who did not want girls to go to school. Gunmen shot me and two of my friends on a school bus. All three of us survived and are back in school. Now we speak out on behalf of all girls about the right to get a proper education. Our campaign will continue until you and all girls and boys around the world are able to access a free, safe and quality secondary education. Last July, I spent my 17th birthday in Nigeria with some of your parents and five of your classmates who escaped the kidnapping.
Your parents are grief-stricken. They love you, and they miss you. My father and I wept and prayed with your parents -- and they touched our hearts. The escapee schoolgirls my father and I met impressed us with their resolve to overcome their challenges and to complete their high school education. My father and I promised your parents and the girls who had escaped that we would do all we could to help them.
I met Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and urged him to work harder for your freedom. I also asked President Jonathan to meet your parents and the girls who escaped the kidnapping, which he did a few days later. Still, in my opinion, Nigerian leaders and the international community have not done enough to help you. They must do much more to help secure your release.
I am among many people pressuring them to make sure you are freed. There are reasons for hope and optimism. Nigerian forces are re-gaining territory and protecting more schools. Nigeria's newly-elected president, Muhammadu Buhari, has vowed to make securing your freedom a top priority and promised his government will not tolerate violence against women and girls. "You will have the opportunity to receive the education you want and deserve.
The Malala Fund and other organizations offered all your classmates who escaped the kidnapping full scholarships to complete their secondary education. Most of the escapee girls accepted this scholarship and are now continuing their studies at a safe boarding school and with the support they need. We hope to someday extend that same scholarship to all 219 of you, when you return home. Remember that one day your tragic ordeal will end, you will be reunited with your families and friends, and you will have the chance to finish the education you courageously sought. I look forward to the day I can hug each one of you, pray with you, and celebrate your freedom with your families. Until then, stay strong, and never lose hope. You are my heroes.
Your sister,
Malala

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Nigerian Politics is Still Too Primitive for Civilized Politicians



Nigerian Politics is Still Too Primitive for Civilized Politicians

Since the independence of Nigeria on October 1, 1960 to date, no Nigerian election has been factually free and fair, because of rampant cases of various forms of rigging, including vote buying, mass thumb-printing of ballots, snatching of ballot boxes, forging of voters cards and terrorizing of voters and political candidates followed by political assassinations and riots which precipitated Nigeria into the catastrophic internecine civil war from 1967-1970 that claimed more than 1 million lives. But Nigerian politicians have failed to learn lessons from the terrible mistakes of the past as the news reports on the 2015 general elections are reading like headlines from the past. More than 100 people have been murdered in political violence during the elections on March 28 and April 11.
These horrifying and terrifying incidents have only rubbished and tarnished the global image of Nigeria.

The two major political parties, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Party (APC) have committed most of the hellish atrocities of political violence by their extremely desperate and greedy politicians using political thugs and hired killers in their bloody political campaigns. It is unfortunate that there is no Nigerian politician in public office without shedding innocent blood to get there.

In the 2011 elections, many National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members working with the Independent National Electoral Commission Ad-Hoc Staff in the north were murdered by rampaging irate mobs. And no amount of compensation will bring them back to their families and friends. But have they learned any lesson from the horror of 2011? No. Because, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Akwa Ibom, Mr. Austin Okojie reported during the Saturday April 11 elections that security operatives arrested a former Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, Maj. Gen. Edet Akpan (retd.) and 10 NYSC members for alleged electoral offences. If they were mobbed and lynched, the ignorant public will blame any of the political parties and not the desperate and greedy NYSC members who have violated the fundamental raisons d'être of the NYSC scheme: "created in a bid to reconstruct, reconcile and rebuild the country after the Nigerian Civil war. The unfortunate antecedents in our national history gave impetus to the establishment of the National Youth Service Corps by decree No.24 of 22nd May 1973 which stated that the NYSC is being established "with a view to the proper encouragement and development of common ties among the youths of Nigeria and the promotion of national unity". But NYSC members have become agents of partisan politics and rigging of elections that will worsen the political crises plaguing the nation.

When the youths who are the future leaders of the nation are now accomplices of the desperate and greedy corrupt politicians, then we cannot expect any improvement in the development of democracy and good governance in Nigeria. This is the tragedy of Nigerian politics. And no civilized politician will want to join such a primitive congregation of political barbarians in their devilish struggle for political power.



See reports of violent incidents during the April 11 elections in Nigeria on Nairaland


~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Publisher/Editor of Nigerians Report Online and author of In the House of Dogs and other books. 






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Friday, April 10, 2015

Dear Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, What Nigerians Need Most is A Visionary Leader


What Nigerians Need Most is A Visionary Leader

In a country in search of heroes and nation builders, what Nigerians need most is a visionary leader for transformational leadership. But can the President-elect Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd) become the visionary leader of the Nigerian Dream?

Majority of our past leaders have been more of title chasers than nation builders, except for Chief Ọbáfẹ́mi Jeremiah Awólọ́wọ̀ (6 March 1909 – 9 May 1987), whom the great Lion of Biafra, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (4 November 1933[– 26 November 2011) called “the best president Nigeria never had” when Awó died in 1987.

Awó was indeed the first visiionary leader of modern Nigeria and no historian has disputed his examplary transformational leadership as the first Premier of the Western Region and national leader of the opposition in the First Republic and Second Republic. He used intellectual and poltical education for the socioeconomic transformation of his Yorùbá people from the leadership of the Egbé Ọmọ Odùduwà formed in 1945 to the establishment of the Action Group (AG) in 1951 and Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) from 1978-1983. And his visionary leadership is fully defined in the philosophy of Awoism by his followers and numerous scholars.
Awólọ́wọ̀ would have been Nigeria’s  Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) of South Africa or Lee Kuan Yew (16 September 1923 – 23 March 2015) the great first Prime Minister of Singapore from 1959 to 1990, celebrated as the  founding father of independent Singapore and transformed  his country from the "third world to the first world in a single generation" under his visionary leadership. Another notable visionary leader was the great 32nd President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945), aka “FDR” who won a record four elections as President of America from March 1933 to his death in April 1945. He led America through World War 2 (1 September 1939 – 2 September 1945), the worst human conflict in history that claimed  more than 61 million lives and  FDR also saw America through the Great Depression.

Africa has produced visionary national leaders such as Gamal Abdel Nasser Hussein (15 January 1918 – 28 September 1970), the second President of Egypt  who is still eulogized today for his achievements in social justice, Arab unity, modernization policies, and anti-imperialism; Julius Kambarage Nyerere (13 April 1922 – 14 October 1999) of Tanzania, fondly called “Baba wa Taifa” (Father of the Nation) and the great António Agostinho Neto (September 17, 1922 – September 10, 1979), first President of Angola from 1975–1979. He was a revolutionary national leader who led the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) in the war for independence (1961–1974) and his birthday  is celebrated as National Heroes Day, a public holiday in Angola. Neto was adored by the great African writer Chinua Achebe (16 November 1930 – 21 March 2013) who composed the following poem in his honour.

Agostinho Neto

Agostinho, were you no more
Than the middle one favored by fortune
In children's riddle; Kwame
Striding ahead to accost
Demons; behind you a laggard third
As yet unnamed, of twisted fingers?
No! Your secure strides
Were hard earned. Your feet
Learned their fierce balance
In violent slopes of humiliation;
Your delicate hands, patiently
Groomed for finest incisions,
Were commandeered brusquely to kill,
Your gentle voice to battle-cry.
Perhaps your family and friends
Knew a merry flash cracking the gloom
We see in pictures but I prefer
And will keep that sorrowful legend.
For I have seen how
Half a millennium of alien rape
And murder can stamp a smile
On the vacant face of the fool,
The sinister grin of Africa's idiot-kings
Who oversee in obscene palaces of gold
The butchery of their own people.
Neto, I sing your passing, I,
Timid requisitioner of your vast
Armory's most congenial supply.
What shall I sing? A dirge answering
The gloom? No, I will sing tearful songs
Of joy; I will celebrate
The man who rode a trinity
Of awesome fates to the cause
Of our trampled race!
Thou Healer, Soldier and Poet!


The great Mallam Aminu Kano (1920—April 17, 1983) would have become a visionary national leader if he had succeeded in presidential elections since his leadership of Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU) in the First Republic to his People's Redemption Party (PRP) in the Second Republic.

Contemporary visionary leaders in Africa include three winners of the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. Joaquim Alberto Chissano, second President of Mozambique from 1986 to 2005; applauded for transforming the war-torn country of Mozambique into one of the most successful African democracies and Pedro Verona Rodrigues Pires, former Prime Minister from 1975 to 1991.and President of Cape Verde from March 2001 to September 2011.

Can Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd) learn from these great visionary leaders in and overcome the challenges and trials of being haunted by ghosts of his past imperfections as a military dictator and become a true catalyst of national reformation and transformation for the nation building of a New Nigeria in the leadership of Africa in the 21st century?
Can he become the bridge builder and address the problems of religious intolerance and tribal bigotry of the lingering North-South Dichotomy caused by the divide and rule political policy of the British colonial government in Nigeria?

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme created in a bid to reconstruct, reconcile and rebuild the country after the Nigerian Civil war has failed to foster national pride and unity among the youths who are the future leaders of Nigeria, because of lack of a framework for their political education which the National Orientation Agency (NOA) can develop and implement from the grassroots and not by mere lip service and eye service slogans, jingles and posters. National orientation must begin from the formative years of Nigerian children when the Islamic radicalization of Muslim children begins when they become Qur’anic pupils in the mosque and that is when their sociopolitical orientation should begin with cultural and political education on religious tolerance and freedom of speech for peace and unity. A stitch in time saves nine, so from the nursery school class; we can identify and prevent the fringe elements of religious bias and tribal bigotry before they metamorphose into bloodthirsty demons of terrorism.

Visionary Leadership is not by mere “feel good” manifestos and speeches, but by being an accountable and exemplary role model for the citizens of the nation. 
As an anti-corruption crusader, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd) must be honest and transparent from his closet to his cabinet. And not going straight while members of his cabinet are crooked. An incorruptible head of state with a corrupt cabinet cannot claim to be innocent of the crimes committed by the rest. Therefore, he cannot be a good leader with bad followers. There is no way a good director with a bad crew can make a great movie even if the director has a perfect script and fantastic actors.

The citizens of Nigeria have seen the worst of these interesting times, and they cannot be taken for a ride anymore, so they know what is best for them and they will not settle for less. Therefore, they want a national leader who will not disappoint them and later ask them for a second chance to do better. Four years is more than enough to prove and show the best abilities of visionary leadership in a country greatly blessed with awesome natural resources to make Nigeria the true giant of Africa without apologies or regrets.


 ~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, from the new book "The Victory of Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Dream: My Testimony on the 2015 Presidential Election".


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