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Incurable OPTIMIST; unrepentant Africanist, highpriest of metaphysics, teacher, writer, journalist, biographer.

How the Antichrist plans to rule the world though cashless economy, health control

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The economic and social crises that happened few years ago are leading to a global, financial “melt down” that the powerful global elite are using in order to establish a Global Financial Economic System. This will give centralized power to the United Nation’s International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, creating a type of “Global Federal Reserve System”. This is setting the stage for a cashless electronic currency with a high tech surveillance RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chip implanted under one’s skin.

The Global Elite, blinded by their thirst for power, orchestrate obtaining total control over the people in the excuse of providing for more transparency; a greater surveillance of the world financial markets, cross border firms, money laundering, terrorist financing, etc.

They believe that they are the only ones capable of governing mankind properly. However, these globalists know very well that people will not easily give up their freedom of the use of cash to accept these “bio-chips” unless there is a worldwide panic, be it financial or maybe even flu pandemic to convince the population that the only way not to lose everything is to accept the RFID chip.

Recently in September of 2009, VeriChip Corp., one of the largest producers of the RFID Chip, obtained an exclusive license to two patents. These patents held by VeriChip partner Receptors LLC, relate to biosensors capable of detecting viruses and biological threats.

The Global Elite have been working on this project for many years. In April of 1998 the feature article of Time Magazine reported that,

“in the future, money will be stored in the laptop, in the debit card and even (in the not-so-distant future) in a chip implanted under the skin.”

This technology is now available and is already being applied on human beings around the world.

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What is a microchip?

Patrick Redmond, author of the book, New Technologies – A Hidden Danger, who worked for IBM until 2007, explains the RFID chips:

“They are Radio Frequency Identification devices. An RFID is a microchip with an attached antenna. The microchip contains stored information which can be transmitted to a reader and then to a computer. RFID’s can be passive, semi-passive or active.

“Active RFID’s have an internal power source such as a battery. This allows the tag to send signals back to the reader, so if I have a RFID on me and it has a battery, I can just send a signal to a reader wherever it is. They can receive and store data and be read at a further distance than the passive RFID’s. The batteries used can only last a short while. But the current batteries in the RFID’s can last for over a hundred years, because of their self-generating power.”

In 2007, Hitachi introduced the world’s smallest RFID chips which measure just 0.05 x 0.05 millimetres. Compare this with the new powder-type RFID tags which measure about sixty times smaller. These ‘’powder” RFID’s, like their predecessor, have a 128-bit ROM for storing a unique 38 digit number.

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According to Mr. Redmond,

“The chip in the National ID card(United States) has not only a number, but also a person’s work history, education, religion, ethnicity, police record and reproductive history.”

You cannot not buy or sell unless you have the mark, sorry, chip

Wal-Mart, Best Buy, the U.S. Military and many other agencies around the world, are already implementing the use of RFID chips. In London, police authorities announced that they were putting RFID chips on the entire police force. In Shenzhen, Southern China they are implementing RFID readers to track the movements of citizens: “all citizens have an ID card with a chip so that they can identify who is in what part of the city at any point in time.” Nigel Gilbert of the Royal Academy of Engineering said that in the future, one should be able to go on Google and find out where someone is at any time from chips on clothing, in cars, cell phones, and also in people.

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These RFID Chips will be at the same time; your money, medical monitor, license, passport, anti-terrorist solution, locator for lost children or Alzheimer patients, and so on. These RFID’s inside your body will be read by readers which connect data to cell towers through the SensorNet project with technology capable of also drawing information from your body; for heart monitoring, blood pressure, your whereabouts.

How dangerous is the microchip?

This may all sound very helpful but, at the same time these chips, when implanted in the body will have the ‘’input” capacity for brain functions such as mind control, language, and memory, making it possible for a super surveillance of mankind across the globe, thus compromising our free will.

The SensorNet project will integrate nano, macro and conventional sensors into a single nationwide  or even worldwide network that will feed back to an existing network of thousands of cell mobile phone masts, forming the skeleton of an unparalleled surveillance network.

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Illuminati, 666 and the Devil side of the microchip

Michael Mehta, a sociologist at the University of Saskatchewan (Canada), believes that the environment equipped with multiple sensors could destroy the notion of privacy altogether – creating a phenomenon that he calls “nano-panopticism” (i.e., all seeing) in which citizens feel constantly under surveillance. This is the “all-spying eye” of the Illuminati, in the New World Order.

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Another factor would be the buying and selling of goods. In the past there was no way of controlling these activities on such a large scale, but now it is technically possible through electronic money, an RFID chip implanted under the skin of every inhabitant on earth.

St. John, in the Book of Revelation, 13:4/16-17, writes: “And they worshipped the dragon because he gave authority to the beast, and they worshipped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who will be able to fight with it? And it will cause all, the small and great, and the rich and the poor, and the free and bond, to have a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and it will bring it about that no one may be able to buy or sell, except him who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of its name.”

Therefore, to receive the mark it will be necessary to renounce Christ and swear allegiance to the beast. St Pius X in his Encyclical ‘E Supremi Apostolatus’ of Oct. 4, 1903 states, “In the distinguishing mark of Antichrist, man has with infinite audacity put himself in the place of God, raising himself above all that is called God; he has despised God’s majesty and, as it were, made of the universe a temple wherein he himself is to be adored.”

A call to all Christians

We need to open our hearts to the Truth of the Gospel and not let ourselves be deceived by the horrific misuse of this technology. We need to safeguard our freedoms by using all technology to serve each man, woman and child without any invasion of privacy. We need to embrace once again the faith of our fathers in communion and solidarity, recognizing that we are all God’s children and made in His image and likeness.

“For God formed man to be imperishable; the image of his own nature he made him. But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world, and they who are in his possession experience it.”(Book of Wisdom 2:23-24)

Let us shine forth with the light of Truth, exposing the deceitful lies of Satan and his minions on this created financial crisis. The sovereignty of all nations has been undermined in order to bring about a global economic system with a new one-world electronic money, a new world order.

Whether we go into this century as an electronic global police state or as free human beings, respecting the dignity of each human person; will all depend on the active role that we take now. Let us, at all costs, preserve the rights and the freedoms of the people, imploring God’s mercy for each individual nation, so that we may always recognize the kingship of Christ over us and that His seal of Unity and Hope be impressed upon our souls.

Yves and Annie Jacques

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America to force-implant Mark of the Beast 666 in citizens by March 2013

The Government of USA has just passed the ‘Obama Health Care’ bill to law and it will take effect from March 23, 2013.The bill entails that all American MUST have a CHIP known as a “Radio Frequency Identification” (RFID) implanted in their right hand skin or forehead in order to access medical services. Still wondering why it has to be, or is it the confirmation of the prophecy of the 666?
The Bible Prophecy Connection
While this bill will not be signed into law in its current form, it definitely is a shadow of things to come in the near future. According to Revelation 13:5-8, the Beast, otherwise known as the Anti-Christ, is given power over all peoples:
5 The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months. 6 It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 7 It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. 8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.
We also know from Daniel 7:23 that the fourth and last world kingdom, ruled by the Anti-Christ, will be so powerful that it will control the whole earth.
23 “He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it.
How does the Anti-Christ gain control over all the people of the world? More than likely it will be through programs and policies, such as the microchip, or the laws being passed. For instance, the Obama administration has been filled with controversy unlike any other administration in American history from abortion rights, to religion to health care.
Some time ago a law was passed through congress and signed by Obama that made it illegal to grow your own garden. Now this may seem ridiculous, because what are they going to do, arrest people for growing tomatoes in their own yard? As funny as it sounds, there is an ultimate agenda here. By passing a law such as this one, the Anti-Christ can get people to rely solely on the government for the food that they need. When the mark of the beast comes out in full force, everyone will be required to have a chip in their hand or forehead in order to buy or sell, that includes buying food. It starts with the health care bill. If everyone agreed to get the chip for health care, then it would be easy to say that not only will your medical records be stored on the chip, but also all of your banking and financial information. It will be easy to convert once the chip is in place.
The Bible says that there will be a mark and no person can buy or sell without that mark:
Revelation 13: 16-18 16
It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.

18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.
It’s time to WAKE UP! and realize that as the government takes away our freedoms by monitoring the populace through police power and surveillance, they will be setting the stage for the Anti-Christ to takeover more easily every tribe, people, language and nation.

Pregnant woman forced to have abortion at 7 months for breaching one child policy in China

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Officials have apologised to a Chinese woman who was forced to have an abortion while seven months pregnant and have suspended three people responsible for the incident.

The move came just days after shocking photographs emerged on the web showing the mother, Feng Jianmei, lying next to her blood-covered baby minutes after the procedure took place.

Officials have apologised in a move to allay public anger over the case, which has triggered renewed criticism of China’s widely hated one-child limit.

Designed to control the country’s exploding population, the policy has led to violent and forced abortions and sterilizations, as local authorities try to meet birth quotas set by Beijing.Image

In this latest case, Feng, 27, told local media that she was forcibly injected with a chemical to induce an abortion and her child was stillborn 36 hours later at a hospital in Shaanxi province.

Local officials said they were investigating the incident, as Chinese law prohibits abortions beyond six months.

The grisly photographs, which were taken by Feng’s sister, have shocked anti-abortion groups in China – and fury is spreading around the world.

Because she already had a five-year-old daughter, said Feng, local birth-control authorities ordered her to pay a fine of £4,000.

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She didn’t have the money, she said, so a team from the local family planning authority in Shannxi province came to collect her from her home and take her to hospital for the forced abortion.

Recounting the horror, Feng said she told the family planning department she could not pay the fine because her mother-in-law needed money for cancer treatment.

It was then, she claimed, the authorities began their action against her.

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She said no less than 20 staff from the family planning department came to her home and placed her under arrest.

In a phone interview with NBC, Feng claimed that she was dragged out of her relative’s home, carried and shoved into a van that headed straight to a hospital on June 2.

She was then beaten, blindfolded, thrown on a bed, and forced to sign a document that she couldn’t read with the blindfold still on her eyes.

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As outrage spread of the incident, Chai Ling of the U.S.-based activist group All Girls Allowed said Feng’s story demonstrated how the One-Child Policy continued to sanction violence against women every day.

The group said it had spoken to Feng and her husband Deng Jiyuan after the incident, when Mr Deng claimed his wife had been forcibly taken to hospital and restrained before she was given the injection.

Within China there has been growing outrage on social media sites.

One writer commented: ‘This is what they say the Japanese devils and Nazis did.

‘But it’s happening in reality and it is by no means the only case.’ The writer added: ‘They (the officials) should be executed.

As outrage spread around anti-abortion groups in China, the authorities strenuously denied Feng’s version of the events.

Li Yuongjou, deputy chief of Ankang’s family department, said the reality was that ‘Feng was not forced to abort’.

Obama Deploys Scripture to Justify Same-Sex Marriage Stance; Church Objects

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The dust has hardly settled on President Obama’s move to support same-sex marriage. Indeed, it’s an issue that’s likely to linger on through the 2012 presidential elections and beyond.

The Assemblies of God is voicing its dissent and objection. George O. Wood, AG general superintendent, says the denomination is in complete disagreement with the president’s new position and takes exception to Obama taking Scripture out of context to defend his position.

“[Michelle and I] we are both practicing Christians and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others. But, you know, when we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated.

“And I think that’s what we try to impart to our kids and that’s what motivates me as president and I figure the most consistent I can be in being true to those precepts, the better I’ll be as a dad and a husband and, hopefully, the better I’ll be as president,” Obama told ABC News.

Wood explains his position: “The Bible clearly teaches that marriage should be a lifelong commitment between one man and one woman,” he says. “There is no affirmation of homosexual behavior found anywhere in Scripture. However, the Bible is replete with evidence that homosexual behavior is immoral and comes under the judgment of God. Although it has become popular to quote Scripture grossly out of context to serve a personal or political agenda, it still doesn’t change what God’s Word clearly states.”

Wood adds that in light of what Scripture says, Christians should not be surprised by individuals and groups twisting Scripture, citing 2 Timothy 4:3, “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear” (NIV).

In the Assemblies of God’s official position paper on homosexuality, it states: “We believe, in the light of biblical revelation, that the growing cultural acceptance of homosexual identity and behavior, male and female, is symptomatic of a broader spiritual disorder that threatens the family, the government and the church.”

The paper also states: “Not only do the Scriptures condemn more flagrant examples of homosexual violence and promiscuity, they also provide no support for the popular modern idea that loving and committed homosexual relationships between two long-term partners are morally acceptable. Homosexual activities of every kind are contrary to the moral commandments God has given us.”

Wood adds that it’s important for Christians to not underestimate the implications of a pro-homosexual, pro-abortion president, and what it means for the church.

“In no time in our nation have we ever needed to pray more for our political leaders and this country than we need to today,” he explains.

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Soldiers arrest suspects over ritual murder in Aba

Soldiers attached to the Abia State Forward Operation Base (FOB),  144 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, have arrested two men at Abayioma community in Obingwa Local Government Area in connection with investigations over a case of ritual murder.

The suspects, both in their early 30s, had allegedly conspired to abduct Kenneth Chimezie, 6, and Prince Chimezie, 4, children of one Chimezie Nwaoha. Daily Sun gathered that the two kids whose parents hailed from Nbawsi in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area but based in Abayioma were going to school last Monday when the suspects abducted them.

It was also gathered that the men after abducting the two kids, carried them into a palm plantation adjacent to their school and allegedly killed them. After allegedly removing the kids’ vital organs, they were buried in a shallow grave in the adjoining bush.

When school closed for the day and the two younger sisters of the victims arrived home without their brothers, their mother, who was pregnant, became apprehensive and alerted her husband. The husband, Chemezie Nwaoha, who works in a private clinic as an ambulance driver, immediately returned home and the search began.

The police and traditional ruler of the community, Eze Friday Obioma Alozie were alerted to the incident. However, in the evening, one of the alleged killers of the boys, who it was reported spent greater part of the previous day with the kids and their parents (as they were family friends), came to inform the father of the children that his kids were kidnapped and that he could help locate them. He demanded from the bereaved father an undisclosed sum of money to contact the kidnappers and facilitate the release of his children, of which the man agreed.

Instead, Nwaoha made straight to the army camp at Ngwa High School where he lodged a formal complaint about his missing children and what transpired between him and one of the suspects. Soldiers led by the officer- in-charge of the FOB, Captain Chris Nwogu stormed the home the suspect at Abayioma and arrested him. He, in turn, implicated another member who was also arrested and together, both men led soldiers to where they killed and buried the kids.

When the bodies were exhumed, it was discovered that all their vital organs including brains had been removed. The suspects were promptly arrested and taken to the army camp while the exhumed bodies were handed over to their father.

When Daily Sun visited the Abayioma home of the Nwaoha’s, the house was firmly locked as the man and his wife were said to have taken the corpses to their hometown at Isiala Ngwa for burial. The slain kids’ school at Abayioma was deserted when our reported visited the area as the teachers and pupils were yet to recover from the shock.

When contacted, the Commanding Officer, 144 Battalion, Lt. Col. Tonye Minimah, promised that the army was ready to stamp out violent crimes in the state. He said the suspects had been handed over to the police for investigations and possible prosecution.

At the Umuobiakwa police station where the suspects were taken to, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) refused comments.  The suspects had in turn been transferred to the state criminal investigation department (SCID), Umuahia.

-The Sun

Jungle Journalist Blogger poses with Senate Leader

Jungle Journalist Blogger poses with Senate Leader

This photograph shows Ofoelue ThankGod Onukwube, Blogger at Jungle Journalist in a pose with Senate Leader representing Cross River Central Senatorial District, Honourable Ndoma-Egbe Victor.

Suicide bombers attack Kaduna Churches, youths retaliate, burn mosques

Three churches were the targets of suicide bomb attacks this morning in Kaduna state.
According to eye witnesses, one went off at the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA) church, Wusasa and another at theChrist the King Cathedral, Yoruba Street, Sabon Gari, Zaria.
The third church, Shalom Church at Trikania close to Abuja Flyover and Textile Labour house, was hit by multiple explosions around 10:17am.
Initial reports suggest that the Wusasa bomber did not reach the building because of security before the bomb detonated. Though casualty figures are not available yet, eyewitness accounts say there were dead and wounded at all three churches.
The explosions have sparked violence in Kaduna as youth retaliated, moving around with cutlasses and sticks among other weapons. Sources say the youths have burnt a mosque at Television area and another at Goningora was broken into and vandalised in retaliation for the attacks on the three churches. An eyewitness reported that the Goningora mosque was set on fire, thirty minutes after the initial vandalisation.
Men of Operation Yaki are said to have taken charge of the situation, especially around Goningora which is along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway and where Christian youths were beginning to get violent. An eyewitness said he saw four dead bodies near the Goningora mosque. Other trouble spots so far identified are Sabo, Trikania, Television area, Tudun Wada and Unguwan Rimi.
Road blocks have been set up at strategic areas and traffic along the expressway has been halted. Other areas of Kaduna metropolis are experiencing an uneasy calm.
The Abuja-Kaduna expressway links many states in the North to Abuja. Looters were also said to be on rampage, robbing the wounded and the dead. One however, met his waterloo when e made for the offering basket. He was lynched instantly inside the church by irate youths. More details later…

Breaking News: Again, explosion rocks Kaduna Church

The residents of Kaduna were once again thrown into pandemonium Sunday, 17th June when an explosion was heard in a church called Shalom Church in Tirkaniya area of the city.
Details are still sketchy but will be made available to you as they unfold.

Breaking News: Igbiniedion University under attack

Reports reaching us says that Igbinedion University, a private tertiary institution in Okada, Edo State, Nigeria is under
attack by unknown gunmen. The gunmen
suspected to be militant kidnappers are reported
to have arrived the school premises since 3am,
and have been matcheting people, destroying
cars and properties and have injured a number of
students and might have killed one. Gates to the
school have been blocked by the assailants and
as such there are no movements into or outside
the school.
Help is being sought from security operatives to
contain the situation before it escalates!
On June 8, 2012, the school authorities reported
that four students of the institution had been
kidnapped by unknown persons on the road
leading to the school. The students, all medical
students of the university have since been
released.

Abiola can never be honoured enough -Senator Victor Ndoma Egba

 

ImageRecently, the National Assembly completed another year in decision making, with several bills passed, but of course, with too many corruption scandals causing the nation a lot of embarrassments. In this interview with JUNGLE JOURNALIST, senate leader, Honourable victor Ndoma-Egba speaks on these issues, and goes a step further to comment on the ever-burning issues of MKO Abiola, June 12, and other national matters:

 

What is your candid assessment of the National Assembly, one year after?

 

Let me be more specific on the Senate. It’s been another year of stability. If you look at the history of the Senate from 1999 till the sixth senate, it has always ended on a note of instability. It was only in the sixth senate, with the coming of David Mark, which we took off on a note of stability, and again ended on that same note. In the seventh senate, we have again taken off on a note of stability. The implication for me is that the Senate as an institution is mature. In the sixth Senate, I don’t recall any scandal around the Senate. One year into the seventh senate, there is also no scandal. What it means is that our internal cleansing processes appear to be working. In terms of bills, our core legislative function is law-making, so it is right to be accessed on the number of bills you have passed, even though it is not usually the quantity of bills per se  that determines the output of the parliament. It is an objective way of assessing the parliament. In the last one year, we have passed 24 bills, which is the highest number ever passed within the same time frame. We have 126 bills under processing, which again is the highest in number. We have taken about 48 motions, the highest number within that period. It shows that as we mature, our systems get more productive and more efficient. We still have constraints, and the major constraints are capacity. It is historical, in that there were many years we had military rule during which the Senate did not exist. We have only existed before now at the mercy of the military. Each time they came back, we were dissolved, each time they gratuitously left, we were reenacted into existence. Because the military intervention were so often, we didn’t have the opportunity of regular growth. Our growth has been episodic, in interludes. So we didn’t have that opportunity which the other arms of government had. With or without the military, the executive existed. With or without the military, the judiciary existed. They made laws that tried to limit the jurisdiction of courts, but with time, when the judiciary found ways round those exclusion clauses in law, which means that they were maturing, they were responding. They grew in spite of the military, but we did not have that opportunity because we were not in existence. So our growth has been in episodes, but we are trying to catch up with the stability we have now. We also had the constraints of infrastructure. It was only in the seventh senate that every senator can claim to have a proper office. Before now, we used to be in the older building, and shared two rooms, and only one toilet for everybody.  But this is the first time we can say we are properly quartered in terms of offices. We have the challenge of hostile public perception. We were under military for about 30 years, which means that for those 30 years, out of 52 years of independence, the parliament did not exist, and Nigeria continued. So, for 30 years, people lived without us, and if you can live without us, that means you can live without us.

The implication now is that, whenever anything goes wrong, the first thing they say is ‘these people that we were living without!’ are the cause. We have been ascribed responsibilities that are constitutionally ours, and being held responsible for things that are outside our powers. One example is the notion that the National Assembly is responsible for Nigeria’s woes.

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Nigerians believe that, with all the money that gets to you, there is nothing you people come up with as sign that you are indeed serving the people. What is your take on this?

Our budget is N150 billion, the national budget is N4. something trillion. About three percent of that budget is what gets to us. That includes recurrent and capital. It includes the salaries of members of National Assembly, salaries of the civil servants who are working in the National Assembly, service commission, our aides, includes our subscription to the international parliamentary associations, it includes the National Legislative Institute, N150 billion. It’s about 10 percent of what is alleged to have been spent on subsidies. So, even I terms of opportunities, with our budget at 3 percent, our opportunity for corruption is 3 percent. But it is that 3 percent that is the focus of everything that has gone wrong, nobody is interested I where the other 97 percent is domiciled.

Two, we talk about the jumbo pay. I keep a file of my pay slip- its right here. From the first day I came here, in have the file of my pay slip. What has happened as, as you can see, I am operating from an office, what am doing here is official. So if am given N10, 000 to buy stationery, the same that is given in the executive and judiciary, it is given there for that purpose, but my own N10, 000 is part of my allowance. If am given money to travel officially, its part of my allowance, but at executive and judiciary, its travel allowance.

Recently I was at a funeral service where the preacher was talking about what some of us do with our constituency allowances, and what others don’t do with theirs. Am not aware of any constituency allowances, I don’t know of any such allowance, but this was coming from a very knowledgeable and believable Nigerian. So the public goes away with the notion that there I some allowance called constituency allowance. I remember appearing on a TV programme and was talking about my pay- what you take home after taxes and everything is about N650, 000. Then a young man called me and asked, ‘what of the N40 million you receive every month for entertainment?’ I said that if I received even zero point zero five percent of that, it will show on my physique, because I will start by entertaining myself. But there is no such thing. The public out there has its own perception. With the kind of money they say we earn, there should not be a poor former senator. But I challenge Nigerians to show me a single rich former senator. We are looking at those standards- one different standard for the executive and a totally different one for the National Assembly. That is why, if you purchase one vehicle, it becomes the subject of the editorials. But go to one obscure agency- they can buy 100 vehicles, nobody notices it.

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You have talked about achievements in the area of bills, you have also talked about perception challenges. Can you link these with the performance of your oversight function?

I have talked about capacity, and the implications of our capacity is far-reaching. An example is the budgetary process. You use processes, parameters when budgeting. The indices and parameters we use are the ones fed to us by the executive. We don’t have independent capacity yet like the United States that has a congressional budget office. Like they say, garbage in garbage out, even from the structural perspective, we have issues with oversight. The people you are oversighting are the ones you depend o for input. But what I have noticed, as an institution matures, you find ways round these issues. People talk about corruption in the senate. The senate has 54 standing committees. But the notion is that it is a pervasive thing. Every member of the National Assembly is seen as a thief. I remember one day I was taking my son to school, and there was this radio programme. It was painting all of us as thieves, brigands and armed robbers. I noticed that my son, who was  sitting by my side was shifting. I looked at him, and asked ‘why are you shifting? So you believe the story?’ he replied, ‘is it not true?’ I also remember when a colleague of mine, lawyer, came with my former principal who was in town. He called me over the phone, and said he would like to see me. I said he should come to the office. He reluctantly came to the office, and being a very small office, the connecting door was open and I was busy writing. They must have stood there for about three minutes without me noticing, because I was engrossed in what I was doing. He said, ‘you mean you people work here?’ I said, ‘what do you mean?’ he said that the impression they had was that all we do is to move ‘Ghana-must-Go’ bags all around. Meanwhile, it was budget season, and at 7 am, all senators at that season are very likely to be in the office. So he was shocked, but again, it was that same perception of the public. I go to church sometimes and the priests are so against politicians, though when they want to change the roof it’s the same politicians.

But we too are searching for salvation, hoping to go to heaven. We are also looking for God’s face like any other person. I am a catholic and I carry my chaplet in my pocket all the time. I am like any other person. I look at my colleagues and I know that 99.99 percent of them are truly patriotic Nigerians who are struggling to offer their best to Nigeria.

Most often, we see your colleagues exhibiting pictures of roads, street lights and other things they have done. They also call it constituency project. Who do we blame here?

No, no, let me tell you, I give scholarships. I have given scholarships since 1980, before the senate. I have professors today who were I my scholarship. I have bought cars for my constituents, it’s not from any allowance. Every project is a constituency project, because it is done in somebody’s constituency. What I am saying categorically that does not exist is a constituency allowance. Let me tell you how it operates. There is an office in the Villa called the MDG, headed by a senior special assistant. Now, that office will come up with parameters- we want to build primary schools, or we want to intervene in twelve centres I Cross River Central Senatorial District, and so on. If it’s my senatorial district, they will send me a form to show where they should be sighted. Then I will met with those representing these constituencies to ask, ‘please where and where are you sighting these projects so that we don’t duplicate?’ I now fill that form, an return it to the committee, which forward I to the office of the senior special assistant on MDGs. They  do the awards.  In Obasanjo’s time it was a taboo for you to even have a say who the contractor should be. They were warned not to go to any senator, and those projects failed, because you come to my constituency, in a place called Akparabong, which is not even as remote as the other places, some of those projects were sighted right inside, and the contractors were supposed to come from Sokoto to do a borehole of N3 million, and you expect it to work. We have had cases where a contractor is supposed to go to go to Buguma to do a N7 million project, and we said no, there are ways we can assist. We have this traditional notion of hospitality in my community.  If you are coming to do anything in my community, let me know, let me call the chiefs for you. Anybody who has one empty room I his house, he can offer it to the visitor. Even the materials he is bringing could be kept in the chief’s compound, so that he does not have to pay for security. But when you now say that we who represent these communities that are the beneficiaries of these projects’ are taboos, and should not even be told, the project is bound to fail. Yes, you have constituency projects. As a matter of fact, every project is a constituency project. Even if it’s the Abuja-Lokoja road it’s a constituency project because it passes through people’s constituency. So all projects are constituency projects, but if are talking about the MDGs, yes, we can influence where it is sighted, but you have no hand in the award of contracts. And I say again very categorically, that there is nothing like constituency allowance.

As a senator from the Niger-Delta, what would you say is the reason the Niger Delta has been calm all the while?

I think it is essentially what has happened and what the people of the Niger- Delta still expect to happen. You know government went into discussions with milt ants whose leaders were known, they went into a dialogue. The outcome is the amnesty programme. Certain promises were made, some are being kept, others we hope will be kept.

Why can’t this be extended to the Boko Haram people?

Do you know their leaders? Has anybody come to tell you ‘I am a leader of Boko Haram?’ in Niger-Delta, you hear ‘General this, General that, they had their camps, and I remember at some point, the present president and vice president even had to go to those camps to meet with them. They were known, and they owned up. They gave their reasons why they were involved. Nobody wants to come out and say, ‘I am the leader of Boko Haram’.

Back to the National Assembly, what is the relationship like between the upper and lower houses?

It couldn’t be better. The leadership of both houses has mutual respect for one another. There is also a level of consultation, which was something that was missing in the recent past. There is constant dialogue on those areas we need to harmonize.  When an issue comes up, I am I constant touch with their leadership, and they are also I constant touch with me.

So what accounts for those differences between the House’ and Senate approach to matters which are quite different, if truly there this harmony?

You know I made an exception that the consultation does not include how we do our work. You must be at least 30 years to be a member of the house, and 35 to be in the senate, which means you are likely to find older people in the senate than house of reps. Two, our number is smaller- they are 360, and we are 109. If we have 109 points of view, they have 360. A senator represents a stat, while a member of the house represents a federal constituency. What it means is that we have a broader outlook because we are structurally in a broader reach. They are more intense because their constituencies are smaller. Lastly, the lower house in a bicameral arrangement is designed to represent the people directly. The upper house is designed to stabilize the polity. Structurally, we are not supposed to join the fray, but stand apart. When there is a crises, we now move in to cam the situation. And you can see it, that when Yaradua had health challenges, it was the senate tat moved in with the doctrine of necessity to stabilize the polity. During the last strike, on the removal of oil subsidy, our approach was different, because we knew that we are expected to stabilize the crises at such points. So the two houses are conceptually different.

Does it bother you that each time, here is always this problem of bribery coming from the House of Reps?

The house has over 70 committees, how many are involved I bribe? Let me say this, of the three arms, the National Assembly is the one that operates in the open we are in plenary, committees, there are cameras. We are obliged to operate in the public because we represent the people. We have only tow situations where we operate in private- to discuss national issues and hosed keeping issues. I remember when one bullet-proof car was ordered, even before Ken Nnamani became senate president. It was the subject of many front page stories, it was the subject of an editorial. I went to the press centre and askd ‘look gentlemen, we may have erred here, but how many bullet-proof cars are the rain the Villa? Nobody could say. How many care do you have in your local government chairman’s fleet? Or in the judiciary? Nobody could say, but that one in the National Assembly was known. If you were to subject the other arms to the kind of scrutiny that the National Assembly enjoys, are you sure we will still appear as bad as we do now?

Do you suspect another arm of government deliberately setting up the House of Reps?

I don’t. I don’t see who will benefit anything if he National Assembly is discredited. Nigerians will lose, and I tell you this. I have talked about the long period Nigerians have got used to living without a legislature. Nigerian could do without a legislature, but the same Nigerians want democracy, and these institutions they could do without represents democracy. If we get mischievous of our National Assembly, we could end up with a timid National Assembly, and as timid National Assembly does nobody any good. It means the Executive can have a free hand to roll. I subscribe to openness in governance, I subscribe to openness even in our private lives. If you have nothing to hide, you will be open, and it is because of my very firm belief in openness that personally sponsored the Freedom of Information bill. It is today an act because I believe that society must be open. It is when the society is open that you will see us rise to our responsibilities and abilities. It is when society is open that you can elevate accountability, public discourse. I don’t see anybody benefitting from a timid national assembly. What has happened is that we are more open to scrutiny than any other person. If there is one instance of bribery in the national assembly, as open as it is, I bet you there will be thousands in those institutions that operate in closets. That is why I said that if you subject the other arms of government to the same scrutiny that we undergo, w may not be as bad as e appear.

Do you subscribe to the agitation for a Sovereign National Conference?

If you say sovereign, how do we set aside the constitution, for it to be sovereign, you have to set aside the constitution. And you need a military coup to set aside the constitution, and that one is unconstitutional. So I think a sovereign national conference I a constitutional democracy is a misnomer. You can say national conference. It’s okay. The national assembly does not object to as many Nigerians as possible, as many for a as possible, as many opportunities as possible to discuss Nigeria. We will encourage it, we will even provide an opportunity for Nigerians to do so when we start the present round of constitutional amendment. The public hearings are going to be extensive and very robust. If Nigerians want to go outside the national assembly to discus Nigeria, we will encourage it. It is their rights, it is guaranteed under the constitution, freedom of association and speech. We have sworn to uphold and protect the constitution, so we will uphold and protect every right that the constitution has given. But the one I don’t understand is when they begin to qualify it as sovereign. Where will the sovereignty derive from? Outside the constitution? If its outside it, are you going to set aside the constitution? When you say sovereign, we  might as well keep quiet, as it will be an exercise in futility.

When you have those discussions and debates, are you going to use the comments that come out of it?

We have always done so, we have never laid claim to a monopoly of knowledge or wisdom. If you notice, the lawmaking process inherently allows for public hearing, and we use the opportunity as generously as we can possibly use. Every perspective and insight is very useful in what we do here. Recently we received a submission from Olisa Agbakoba. We are debating it, we use ever material.

Should we expect a robust review of the constitution?

It’s not in our hands, because if you even look at the procedure for constitutional amendment, it also involves the state houses of assembly. Every proposed amendment has to be passed by at least two-thirds of the state assembly. The implication is that for amendment to be passed, Nigerians must have discussed it and passed sufficient remarks on it.

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Why do you think Nigerians are calling for the review of the constitution?

Are you satisfied with Nigeria as it is today? If you are not satisfied, we must discuss. If you are satisfied, you will think of how to even get more satisfied. The discussion, dialoguing, is a normal human activity. I was asked whether it is not a clash that the Southern states wanted the revenue allocation reviewed, and the north also wants the same, I said no, it is an agreement, that we need to renegotiate the fiscal terms of our union as a country. Everybody agrees we need to discuss, even with your wife, what keeps your marriage going is communication. So, there is nothing wrong that Nigerians want to discuss. They must discuss. It’s a right that is guaranteed tem under the constitution.

What is your take o the agitations for MKO Abiola to be posthumously recognized as a president of this country?

First of all let me say that Nigeria needs to honour Chief MKO Abiola. He deserve it, he earned it. The democracy we enjoy today may not have been possible without his contributions and sacrifice. He had the opportunity to say, ‘let me leave this thing and go enjoy my wealth. But he said he will die for it if need be and he died.  Abiola can never be honoured enough for as long as we have our democracy. I have listened to the argument about he being declared the present. I have no problem with that. The only problem we have is, when will we say his term ended constitutionally? If you are president you were president from this day to this day? That is a problem.

What about the issue of declaring June 12 national holiday?

I have absolutely no objections to that. Like I said, you can never honour Abiola enough, for as long as we enjoy democracy.

You have the privilege of having the Ikom monoliths in your constituency. What are you doing to ensure it becomes a strong tourist attraction for Nigeria?

The most I can do is to ensure that Federal infrastructure that leads to the place is in place. As I speak to you, the Ogoja Ikom Road, which was in very bad shape, is being handled with assistance from World Bank. That road is one the reasons I agreed to come to the senate. The moment I ensure that federal infrastructure that services it is in place, then we move to the next level.