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EDO 2020:End desperate security attack on PDP governors now, Emeka Kalu charges Buhari

The National Coordinator of PDP Coalition,Chief Dr. Emeka Kalu has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to put a check on security agencies and their cohorts harrasing governors of the party in Edo State.

The PDP chieftain who decried the barrage of police officers at the hotel housing Governor Nyesom Wike, warned that if the situation is allowed to fester, the elections may be marred by violence and lawlessness, with security agents who should protect the law are the ones abusing it.

He said “It is disheartening and an impunity of the highest order for police officers to be harrasing elected governors for the sake of elections. Why is the harassment against the opposition governors and not against the governors of the All Progressives Congress who are in the state?

I am calling on the President, the IGP of police and other stakeholders to wade into the situation as this injustice cannot be allowed to take over our civil rights in the name of politics to serve the interest of the APC and its selfish goals.

“What’s happening now is dsmangerous for our democracy, and smells of terror being hatched to be unleashed during the elections. The president must arrest the situation immediately before it goes out of hand. Edo people must be allowed to vote and be voted for, without desperate politicians and security trying to thwart results”, he warned.

Foundation commends US over sanction on election riggers

The Coordinator of One Love Foundation, Chief Patrick Eholor has commended the Government of the United States of America over the latest ban on politicians who rigged elections.

Eholor was reacting to questions from journalists who sought his opinion on the development.

Speaking to Jungle Journalist Media Ltd, he said “It’s a welcome development. I honestly think it’s the most sincere thing the American Government has done for Nigeria. The European Union should also follow suit to restrain all Nigerian politicians who have been involved since our Nigerian democracy; there has to be a sanction for anyone who have been involved in the past or present.

“They and their families have to be banned from entering America or any European country. This will serve as a deterrent for present and future politicians. In fact, should go further more to seize their assets anywhere in the world because what they are doing is criminal and banditry, and also, they should extend the olive branch to some of our notorious pastors and some of our notorious military officials and all ministries and institutions, including Customs and Police for human right violations and theft.

“America should use their military intelligentsia and we would support them with our whistle blowers to give them information required to nail these bandits so we can have a better society. So the exodus of refugees will stop. We don’t need their foreign aid if they can assit us with this, for a better Nigeria is possible”, Eholor stated.

EDO INDIGENES TO EDO PEOPLE: Stop voting for political parties, focus on Indigenes with good records

THE umbrella Indigenous organisation of the Edo people, Edo Indigenous Movement (EIM) otherwise known as Edo Progressive Indigenes Association (EPIA) has said that Edo people must eschew themselves from focus on political parties and start considering merits before voting during elections.

Chief Dr Bishop J.O.E Edokpolo who is the President/Founder of the organisation said this in Benin City.

Speaking to Jungle Journalist Media Ltd during a media chat, Edokpolo decried what he said is the fraudulent methods of parties to force Indigenes to vote for incompetent men and women, while playing down on quality representation in politics.

His words: “This is a call to all Edo Indigenous people to vote for Edo Indigenes with good past records and not political parties, all political parties are fraud to the Indigenes.

“Lets all stop thinking of party and start thinking personalities before voting.
Our Indigenes are not our problem, political parties are, they are good in doctoring people to suit and satisfy their godfathers but this has to change in Edo state as we are out to sensitize our Indigenes about what to look out for before voting for anyone.

“We know as Edo Indigenes we have different types of characters in our Indigenous family but we do not have anyone to condemn or castigate before the none Indigenes and all hands most be on desk to protect the image of all Edo Indigenous people worldwide.

“This is Edo Indigenes matter and we must resolve it in unity.

“However, we must ensure that justice prevail against any Edo Indigene who tampers with funds that belongs to Edo Indigenes or marginalizes Edo people even if you are an Edo Indigene”, Edokpolo stated.

Anambra 2021& enfeebled forces against zoning & rotation, by Law Mefor

Anambra 2021 governorship election promises to be like none other for many reasons. As always, it shall be star-studded. But that is not what will make the forthcoming election unique.

Anambra has always been refreshingly different in its elections since the return to democracy in 1999. Remarkably, there is so much money, flurry and furry but no blood. To the best of my knowledge, no matter the heat generated in the fierce contests and the crossfires, nobody has ever died because of governorship election in Anambra State. This is a good testament and a proof of sagacity of the political actors in the State.

Nonetheless, the reason the clean sheet has been kept by the State is mainly because the leaders and the elders used zoning and rotation of governor in the State to reduce the latitude for confusion and conflict to the barest minimum. Also, through this noble approach, all the three senatorial districts have seamlessly produced governors for the State in the current democratic dispensation. That Anambra State is now rapidly growing into a One-City State is thanks to zoning and rotation of power. Since all the three senatorial districts have been able to produce good governors, each took care of their zones’ developmental needs.

Now, there is a strong reflux current pushing from within and outside the State to truncate the beautiful zoning and rotation arrangement. These forces are insisting that the office of governor should be up for grabs by whoever can get it. For refreshing and clarity, Their Excellencies Dr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju (Anambra South), Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige and Mr. Peter Gregory Obi (Anambra Central) and currently Chief Willie Obiano (Anambra North) have all governed Anambra State in that order and it is the turn of Anambra South yet again after 17 years of waiting in the wing. The second time the South produced the governor in the person of Dr. Andy Uba was equally cut short by the courts after a spell of just 17 days.

Those propagating this inglorious reversal do so essentially for their belle and greed. For some aspirants, they cannot wait for the turn of their zones. For most career politicians, politics is business as they do not have a second business address. So, asking them to wait for one or two election seasons to push aspirants and candidates, including those they know have outside chances yet cajole them into the race, is unendurable. Election to them is as Christmas season is to traders. It is a bazaar of sorts and an occasional opportunity to push out as many aspirants as possible. They do so not so much for their belief in their chances but for the pecuniary interests. They see election season as the only time they can extract money from the politicians and the opportunity has to be maximized, which zoning and rotation may not allow.

At the political season, the aspirants are hosted where they dole out money to persons considered to be critical stakeholders and to groups considered vital in their calculations for the illusory victory. The candidates therefore lust and pay for the endorsements that mostly worth nothing beyond the razzmatazz and getting known.

Among each group, the aspirant is assured of support and victory with the exclamation, ‘ijebe go o!’ i.e. victory is sure. They also sing a song to each candidate without exception, a mock refrain really, ‘Candidate ka anyi ga esoo, ma ona ejeje ma ona anana, candidate ka anyi ga eso.’ Candidate we shall follow, swim or sink. If you believe them, you believe anything.

The funny thing is that these song and acclamation are rendered to each aspirant who shows up and it is for the same election and for the same position. Despite the assurances and huge sums collected, many of these candidates score zero votes in countless instances. You then wonder whatever happened to the assurances so generously given while aspirants were seeking endorsements and candidates canvassing for votes.

This is the bazaar some people want Anambra to return to. Surreptitiously, the opponents of continued rotation and zoning in Anambra argue that zoning shunts out the best. Yet fact is: the State has witnessed governorship elections for three seasons this time around and nobody can point to one exceptional prospect that has ever been shunted out by rotation that Anambra so missed. Not even a seeming dark horse can be recalled. It is just that narrowing it down to a zone would reduce the number of aspirants that will take their turns in dropping money for fake support and endorsement.

For stomach infrastructure (apologies Peter Ayodele Fayose) these political jobbers want to rubbish the zoning arrangement and do away with its beautiful gains. But by divine providence, the likely key stars in the forthcoming guber election are mostly coming from the same Anambra South. Here are some of them, each capable of taking Anambra State to the next level. Men like (in alphabetical order following surnames): Dr. Godwin Maduka (one of the top 10 medical doctors in the US and philanthropist), Prof. Chukwuma Soludo(former CBN governor, top technocrat and presidential economic adviser), Sen. Ifeanyi Ubah (a serving senator, business mogul and oil magnate), Sen. Andy Ubah (a former presidential aide and 3-time senator), Dr. Ifedi Okwenna(a former commissioner, an environmental expert and an astute administrator), Valentine Ozigbo (a whiz kid and President of Transcorp group) and others. It is a divine providence that they are all from Anambra South if you ask me.

But for the intrigues and shenanigans of such persons, what equity demands now is for Anambra governor to come from Anambra South in 2021, in the spirit of zoning and rotation through which the past and current governors of the State had emerged. Apart from the fact that South Senatorial District produced governor who left office since 17 years ago, the zone has the least number of years in office with Mbadinuju who did only a 4-year tenure compared to Central and North which were there for 11 years and 8 years, respectively.

Anambra is the gateway to the South East and blessed with abundant and uncommon human and material resources. It is very crucial that Anambra should get its acts right and show example to the rest of the South East and possibly to the country at large.

Rotation is a democratic process (based on concession and agreement) that has ensured political inclusivity and reduced the rancor associated with elections as well as cut down costs of electioneering by narrowing candidature to a particular zone in each election circle. Leaving governorship election as an all-comers affair in Anambra State particularly can only create avenue for the kind of confusion and conflict happening in other many States. One other major advantage of zoning and rotation is that it enhances the act of choosing credible candidates devoid of sectional sentiments. One therefore, once more, calls on all political parties to respect the popular opinion of Anambra people by adopting the present zoning arrangement, which clearly favours the South Senatorial District for 2021 governorship election.

The way the current democratic dispensation is structured and with complete absence of internal party democracy, all-comers election has never helped any State. It leaves so much bad blood and allows so much manipulation, which weeds out the choice of the people. In the end, the courts are left to select who the governor is, as was the case in Imo State otherwise known as Emeka Ihedioha vs. Hope Uzodinma.

Anambra should not trade off the peace and development the State has so far enjoyed for the selfish desire of a few politicians by allowing itself to return to this bad path. Sticking to zoning and rotation will help the State avoid receiving things that are hitherto alien to Anambra election and politics.

Desperadoes have caused shipwrecks in many States where governorship elections are left to the highest bidder as some are wishing Anambra. May wisdom eventually prevail for Anambra State to remain the light of the nation and example to all.

• Dr. Law Mefor is from Anambra Central and an Abuja based Forensic/Social Psychologist and Journalist; e-mail: drlawmefor@gmail.com

Edo 2016: We’ll invest massively in health sector, says Sadoh, PPA guber candidate

Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) governorship standard bearer in Edo State, Thomas Amanesi Sadoh, has promised to invest in the health sector so as to achieve economic growth, saying that it is only when the populace have good health that the economy can be described as vibrant.

He promised that he will implement a policy of free health services for children under 5 years, aged people and pregnant women.
Sadoh stressed that some of the improvement he will bring forth in the health sector include the policy of upgrading existing health facilities and construction of ultramodern health facilities in strategic locations easily accessible to the populace.
On education, Sadoh said that the issue goes beyond the red roof revolution that the Oshiomhole administration pride itself of initiating.

“When you talk of education it goes beyond the issue of red roof – the structure.  We should for instance be talking of the content; the curriculum. 

“Go and do your investigation. We only have 13 science teachers in the whole of Edo State Government owned schools. That is how bad it is.

“Again, look at the state of the schools. How many of them have functional laboratories. These are the kinds of questions we should be asking. But I assure you that when we come on board we are going to address these anomalies.

“Also schools in Edo State lack teachers. The last time teachers were employed was 13 years ago. Go and check the records,” he disclosed.

He stressed that about two years ago the state government asked for response from qualified personnels interested in the teaching profession.

But barely had the letter of employment been issued to successful applicants when the letters were withdrawn on the excuse that the exercise was fraught with irregularities.

Sadoh said that outside the metropolitan local government councils – Oredo, Egor and Ikpoba Okha – the state of education in the other areas is pitiable.

“If you leave the metropolitan local government areas to the hinterland you will cry for the state of education in Edo State.
“You will see that there is shortage of workforce in the schools. These are some of the things that we will have to correct when I come on board.

“It has always been said that the best legacy you can bequeath to a child is education.  What I would do is to ensure that all public office holders send their children to government owned schools.

“By so doing, such public office holders will ensure that the improvement of the facilities and the equipment in such schools will be of importance to them,’ he stated.

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Edo 2016: We’ll invest massively in health sector, says Sadoh, PPA guber candidate

Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) governorship standard bearer in Edo State, Thomas Amanesi Sadoh, has promised to invest in the health sector so as to achieve economic growth, saying that it is only when the populace have good health that the economy can be described as vibrant.

He promised that he will implement a policy of free health services for children under 5 years, aged people and pregnant women.
Sadoh stressed that some of the improvement he will bring forth in the health sector include the policy of upgrading existing health facilities and construction of ultramodern health facilities in strategic locations easily accessible to the populace.
On education, Sadoh said that the issue goes beyond the red roof revolution that the Oshiomhole administration pride itself of initiating.

“When you talk of education it goes beyond the issue of red roof – the structure.  We should for instance be talking of the content; the curriculum. 

“Go and do your investigation. We only have 13 science teachers in the whole of Edo State Government owned schools. That is how bad it is.

“Again, look at the state of the schools. How many of them have functional laboratories. These are the kinds of questions we should be asking. But I assure you that when we come on board we are going to address these anomalies.

“Also schools in Edo State lack teachers. The last time teachers were employed was 13 years ago. Go and check the records,” he disclosed.

He stressed that about two years ago the state government asked for response from qualified personnels interested in the teaching profession.

But barely had the letter of employment been issued to successful applicants when the letters were withdrawn on the excuse that the exercise was fraught with irregularities.

Sadoh said that outside the metropolitan local government councils – Oredo, Egor and Ikpoba Okha – the state of education in the other areas is pitiable.

“If you leave the metropolitan local government areas to the hinterland you will cry for the state of education in Edo State.
“You will see that there is shortage of workforce in the schools. These are some of the things that we will have to correct when I come on board.

“It has always been said that the best legacy you can bequeath to a child is education.  What I would do is to ensure that all public office holders send their children to government owned schools.

“By so doing, such public office holders will ensure that the improvement of the facilities and the equipment in such schools will be of importance to them,’ he stated.

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Garba Shehu, This Can’t Be The Change Nigerians Voted For, by Izuoma Ibe

One is expected to get a hundred naira airtime each time he or she purchases an airtime ticket from internet subscribers but it is fraudulent when the airtime ticket purchased for two hundred naira eventually credits the fellow’s account with one hundred naira. And it will be an insult to injury when the operator insists that one hundred naira was the amount the fellow subscribed for instead of two hundred.
I do not see any difference this analogy stands for with a publication credited to Garba Shehu, senior spokesperson to Nigeria president Mohammad Buhari insisting that the economic hardship and herdsmen attacks across the country is the change Nigerians voted for. He had titled that article; ‘In Defense of President Buhari: Is This The Change We Voted For? Yes, It Is!’

Mr. Shehu, this is not the change we voted for. I know in your right frame of mind, without the influence of your office as the presidential spokesperson, you know the truth that this is not the change you also voted for. That is if you voted in real terms.
Firstly, I would love you to consider my response to your publication as I would try my best to focus on its contents and not you even as my anger wells up against you for making such a publication against Nigerians.
The PDP has been so painted as corrupt as it may not or have been ever since this current administration as led by president Mohammad Buhari. Your article made same attribution when you wrote, “When they ask the question, is this the change we voted for, the critic forgets how far we have come from the scam-tainted years of the PDP rule.” But how would you live in a glass house and still throw stones, Mr. Shehu?

The people, I and your real conscience inclusive are against this administration for it has not done any much in showing the world that it is different from the government that it is painting in variety of ill-colors. Has it? No, it hasn’t! If it has, there wouldn’t be any reason for a government to keep its face away from corrupt practices across the nation as perpetrated by party loyalists.
Let me ask you Mr. Shehu, where are the list of the looters of Nigeria economy which Mr. President promised to make public? Was he advised not to bring it to the fore as it may have negative implications? What does that tell? It tells that the government is not in any way saying the truth; It tells that the government is not sure that it has the face to go against those it called corrupt. Is this not same with the former administration that boasted it new those behind the 2011 Abuja bombing and never mentioned them? What is the difference?

What do you know about the budget padding as it is trending in the House of Representatives? What have you said for the presidency? 

You said that President Buhari’s administration is unfairly criticized when you wrote, “Unfair criticism of the Buhari administration especially on account of escalating prices of foodstuff and the liberalization of the currency exchange needs to be challenged before it overshadows the commendable job the President has done in fighting terrorism as part of overall effort to secure the country, reducing corruption and yes, arresting the economic slide before it sinks the nation.”

At some point, I am beginning to think that Aso Rock and its inhabitants are not part of Nigeria. If not that I have been there many times, I wouldn’t have thought otherwise.
The escalating prices of foodstuffs and the liberalization of the currency exchange notwithstanding, what is the fight against terrorism and how has the government reduced corruption and arresting the economy from sliding as you said? Those living in Aso Rock shouldn’t be unaware that there is yet to be due attention paid towards terrorism in Nigeria. And that this economy is a reflection of this current administration. Every sound mind knows that. Politics shouldn’t be mixed with this.

Mr. Shehu, there is nothing revealing about the efforts of the government in effectively attempting to quell Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. There has been none! Let me ask you, Shehu, what is today going on in Niger Delta? Are the military sent there to undergo training or to attack those perceived to be militants? If they are there for the later and were send down there promptly as it was and they are stationed there, what is the current pressure put in place to ensure that the current resurrection of Boko Haram is handled?
How has the presidency concerted efforts towards securing the country is it by keeping mute at the growing attacks of people by herdsmen? Have you made a tangible statement as the spokesperson to the president in that regard? What did you say when a woman’s life was snatched from her in Kaduna state? Have you said anything with regards to the just murdered two in Enugu state? Are those not lives? Is it a boost to nationality that a citizen would be murdered in cold blood and the capital says nothing?
You boasted of the image of the president when you wrote; “Wherever they go these days, in London, Dubai, Beijing, Washington, New York or Tokyo, Nigerians get the good feeling of being asked the question, how is President Muhammadu Buhari?” Mr. Shehu, there are two things people get popular for. It is either good or bad. If the people of London, Dubai, Beijing, Washington, New York, or Tokyo are saying well of the president, that is because they hear his voice and not feeling the impact of his panning. Nigerians should ask same for such to be valid. Charity they say begins at home.

The president may have really spoken good words and made good promises in hope to do well in the future but the true fact remains that, what is on ground is in no way promising such. It doesn’t! It should have been promising if the presidency has been living up to its campaign promises. I know you are not unaware that the Abuja-Kaduna railway is the first and only tangible project that has been commissioned by this administration.

You said that the currency liberalization and deregulation of the petroleum product sale will make the president one of the best presidents till date. I will not contest it with you but would do so if it continues to yield negative results as it is today. But will commend you if it goes otherwise.

“There are many today who take for granted the declared victory over the Boko Haram terrorists, forgetting the reign of the bomber who made it almost impossible for regular attendance in Churches and Mosques in many of our cities, including the Federal Capital City, Abuja”.

“Victory over Boko Haram has brought peace not only to Nigeria but to the countries in the Lake Chad region.”

It is unclear what you intended to say in those lines as no Nigerian in the right senses will agree with you that there is calm in many cities, including the federal capital city, Abuja. If the message you wanted to convey is as it is in those lines, I wish to inform you that that is not true as many worshippers in the north attend churches and Mosques with their hands in their chests as they do not know what fate hold for them, it may not be in the hands of the bomber you attributed but in the hands of some few who claim to be part a religious sect, who would come attacking them with clubs and machete without the spokesperson to the president saying anything to that regard.

With regards to global rise and fall in oil prices which is today used as panacea for leadership success or failure, I wish to ask you, Mr. Shehu, what was the cost of oil in the reigns of Obasanjo compared to Jonathan’s regime? What was the allocation from Abuja to the states? Was Obasanjo not the minister of petroleum as President Buhari? The states were still able to carry out their duties. If the oil price has fallen and the government has removed the oil subsidy which now earns it 2 trillion naira annually, wouldn’t that balance it? what is the total of 2016 budget? How much has been saved. What figure was the reserve deposit? How much is there now? How much has been borrowed to run the government? How much was the country’s debt?

Much as the country depends on oil as a major means of revenue generation and there is a drop on its price, the government has no reason not to roll its selves higher in order to diversify the economy. But, in diversifying this economy, I don’t think that focusing on Agriculture in the North means diversification but the encouraging of small scale industries across the country. Some citizens are not meant to be neglected in such an exercise as diversification involves humans who would contribute immeasurably. 

Giving attention to only a sector at the detriment of others will also have negative effect on the nation’s economy in the future.
You said the country inherited massive technological inventions from Biafra, yet failed to take it forward. “Every crisis, it is said, is an opportunity. Not so in Nigeria. This is a county that inherited massive technological inventions from Biafra, yet failed to take it forward. We must not lose this opportunity to diversify the economy and our foreign earnings presented by the present oil crisis”.

I don’t think Nigeria has learnt anything with regards to human development. Though this is the most shocking statement or revelation from your articles, I wish to inform you that the government which you represent is not innocent of abandoning those technological inventions.

If you have an invention and you are not encouraged to develop with, will it thrive? It won’t! Well, I wouldn’t get into that but would live you with the saying that he who hands one to the ground is still holding himself to the ground.

-Izuoma Ibe, Sociologist and writer writes from Port Harcourt
izuomaibe@gmail.com

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Garba Shehu, This Can’t Be The Change Nigerians Voted For, by Izuoma Ibe

One is expected to get a hundred naira airtime each time he or she purchases an airtime ticket from internet subscribers but it is fraudulent when the airtime ticket purchased for two hundred naira eventually credits the fellow’s account with one hundred naira. And it will be an insult to injury when the operator insists that one hundred naira was the amount the fellow subscribed for instead of two hundred.
I do not see any difference this analogy stands for with a publication credited to Garba Shehu, senior spokesperson to Nigeria president Mohammad Buhari insisting that the economic hardship and herdsmen attacks across the country is the change Nigerians voted for. He had titled that article; ‘In Defense of President Buhari: Is This The Change We Voted For? Yes, It Is!’

Mr. Shehu, this is not the change we voted for. I know in your right frame of mind, without the influence of your office as the presidential spokesperson, you know the truth that this is not the change you also voted for. That is if you voted in real terms.
Firstly, I would love you to consider my response to your publication as I would try my best to focus on its contents and not you even as my anger wells up against you for making such a publication against Nigerians.
The PDP has been so painted as corrupt as it may not or have been ever since this current administration as led by president Mohammad Buhari. Your article made same attribution when you wrote, “When they ask the question, is this the change we voted for, the critic forgets how far we have come from the scam-tainted years of the PDP rule.” But how would you live in a glass house and still throw stones, Mr. Shehu?

The people, I and your real conscience inclusive are against this administration for it has not done any much in showing the world that it is different from the government that it is painting in variety of ill-colors. Has it? No, it hasn’t! If it has, there wouldn’t be any reason for a government to keep its face away from corrupt practices across the nation as perpetrated by party loyalists.
Let me ask you Mr. Shehu, where are the list of the looters of Nigeria economy which Mr. President promised to make public? Was he advised not to bring it to the fore as it may have negative implications? What does that tell? It tells that the government is not in any way saying the truth; It tells that the government is not sure that it has the face to go against those it called corrupt. Is this not same with the former administration that boasted it new those behind the 2011 Abuja bombing and never mentioned them? What is the difference?

What do you know about the budget padding as it is trending in the House of Representatives? What have you said for the presidency? 

You said that President Buhari’s administration is unfairly criticized when you wrote, “Unfair criticism of the Buhari administration especially on account of escalating prices of foodstuff and the liberalization of the currency exchange needs to be challenged before it overshadows the commendable job the President has done in fighting terrorism as part of overall effort to secure the country, reducing corruption and yes, arresting the economic slide before it sinks the nation.”

At some point, I am beginning to think that Aso Rock and its inhabitants are not part of Nigeria. If not that I have been there many times, I wouldn’t have thought otherwise.
The escalating prices of foodstuffs and the liberalization of the currency exchange notwithstanding, what is the fight against terrorism and how has the government reduced corruption and arresting the economy from sliding as you said? Those living in Aso Rock shouldn’t be unaware that there is yet to be due attention paid towards terrorism in Nigeria. And that this economy is a reflection of this current administration. Every sound mind knows that. Politics shouldn’t be mixed with this.

Mr. Shehu, there is nothing revealing about the efforts of the government in effectively attempting to quell Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. There has been none! Let me ask you, Shehu, what is today going on in Niger Delta? Are the military sent there to undergo training or to attack those perceived to be militants? If they are there for the later and were send down there promptly as it was and they are stationed there, what is the current pressure put in place to ensure that the current resurrection of Boko Haram is handled?
How has the presidency concerted efforts towards securing the country is it by keeping mute at the growing attacks of people by herdsmen? Have you made a tangible statement as the spokesperson to the president in that regard? What did you say when a woman’s life was snatched from her in Kaduna state? Have you said anything with regards to the just murdered two in Enugu state? Are those not lives? Is it a boost to nationality that a citizen would be murdered in cold blood and the capital says nothing?
You boasted of the image of the president when you wrote; “Wherever they go these days, in London, Dubai, Beijing, Washington, New York or Tokyo, Nigerians get the good feeling of being asked the question, how is President Muhammadu Buhari?” Mr. Shehu, there are two things people get popular for. It is either good or bad. If the people of London, Dubai, Beijing, Washington, New York, or Tokyo are saying well of the president, that is because they hear his voice and not feeling the impact of his panning. Nigerians should ask same for such to be valid. Charity they say begins at home.

The president may have really spoken good words and made good promises in hope to do well in the future but the true fact remains that, what is on ground is in no way promising such. It doesn’t! It should have been promising if the presidency has been living up to its campaign promises. I know you are not unaware that the Abuja-Kaduna railway is the first and only tangible project that has been commissioned by this administration.

You said that the currency liberalization and deregulation of the petroleum product sale will make the president one of the best presidents till date. I will not contest it with you but would do so if it continues to yield negative results as it is today. But will commend you if it goes otherwise.

“There are many today who take for granted the declared victory over the Boko Haram terrorists, forgetting the reign of the bomber who made it almost impossible for regular attendance in Churches and Mosques in many of our cities, including the Federal Capital City, Abuja”.

“Victory over Boko Haram has brought peace not only to Nigeria but to the countries in the Lake Chad region.”

It is unclear what you intended to say in those lines as no Nigerian in the right senses will agree with you that there is calm in many cities, including the federal capital city, Abuja. If the message you wanted to convey is as it is in those lines, I wish to inform you that that is not true as many worshippers in the north attend churches and Mosques with their hands in their chests as they do not know what fate hold for them, it may not be in the hands of the bomber you attributed but in the hands of some few who claim to be part a religious sect, who would come attacking them with clubs and machete without the spokesperson to the president saying anything to that regard.

With regards to global rise and fall in oil prices which is today used as panacea for leadership success or failure, I wish to ask you, Mr. Shehu, what was the cost of oil in the reigns of Obasanjo compared to Jonathan’s regime? What was the allocation from Abuja to the states? Was Obasanjo not the minister of petroleum as President Buhari? The states were still able to carry out their duties. If the oil price has fallen and the government has removed the oil subsidy which now earns it 2 trillion naira annually, wouldn’t that balance it? what is the total of 2016 budget? How much has been saved. What figure was the reserve deposit? How much is there now? How much has been borrowed to run the government? How much was the country’s debt?

Much as the country depends on oil as a major means of revenue generation and there is a drop on its price, the government has no reason not to roll its selves higher in order to diversify the economy. But, in diversifying this economy, I don’t think that focusing on Agriculture in the North means diversification but the encouraging of small scale industries across the country. Some citizens are not meant to be neglected in such an exercise as diversification involves humans who would contribute immeasurably. 

Giving attention to only a sector at the detriment of others will also have negative effect on the nation’s economy in the future.
You said the country inherited massive technological inventions from Biafra, yet failed to take it forward. “Every crisis, it is said, is an opportunity. Not so in Nigeria. This is a county that inherited massive technological inventions from Biafra, yet failed to take it forward. We must not lose this opportunity to diversify the economy and our foreign earnings presented by the present oil crisis”.

I don’t think Nigeria has learnt anything with regards to human development. Though this is the most shocking statement or revelation from your articles, I wish to inform you that the government which you represent is not innocent of abandoning those technological inventions.

If you have an invention and you are not encouraged to develop with, will it thrive? It won’t! Well, I wouldn’t get into that but would live you with the saying that he who hands one to the ground is still holding himself to the ground.

-Izuoma Ibe, Sociologist and writer writes from Port Harcourt
izuomaibe@gmail.com

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We will definitely ask questions, by Osazee Edigin

Following the buildup to the gubernatorial election in Edo state and the subsequent razzmatazz by aspirants from the various political parties, let me be very loud and clear that the civil society will be asking these aspirants/flag bearers salient questions that will engender altruistic leadership that will truly benefit the people. I have said it before now that the Civil Society will be political but will not be partisan.

It may appear to many that, the civil society is only good at fighting BEDC, police brutality and extra judicial killings, Land Use Charge or only oppression and intimidation of the common man and other dispositions that denigrate mankind. All these I have outlined are just the immediate effects we can see but the remote causes are hinged on a tripod that forms the ideology of Edo Civil Society Organisations; which are Good Governance, Social Justice and Human Rights.

The things the people suffer are as a result of the lack of these three things which are Good Governance, Social Justice and Human Rights. How then can the people enjoy these things when the right persons are not enthroned to leadership positions? The political space as it stands now is filled with charlatans who have nothing to offer, some of them think it is going to be business as usual, they believe they can cling the governorship seat with their financial war chest, some have hope in the godfather’s support, some also think the popularity and structure of the political party will deliver the seat into their hands whether they are popular or not, even whether they do not have any antecedent one can relay with to enable assess their leadership sagacity.

Let me repeat it again the umpteenth time, the civil society having been driven by the ideology of Good Governance, Social Justice and Human Rights for the people. We will surely be political at the appropriate time but will never be partisan. We will engage the aspirants/candidates.

Our questions will offend many, even our friends that are politicians, the era of selling a particular aspirant/candidate to the people when you know quite well that he does not have what it takes to lead because of you ephemeral gains is over. The Civil Society cannot continually fight obnoxious government policies after a wrong candidate had manoeuvred his way to becoming the governor. We will get involved in the process, we tell the electorates what to look at for in an aspirant/candidate so as to get the best and the right one to man the office, not the one that does not know how to create wealth for the people but make life miserable for them. The charlatans will be flushed out, our questions will disqualify many. WATCH OUT!

WE WILL BE POLITICAL TO ACHIEVE GOOD GOVERNANCE, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS FOR OUR PEOPLE.

WE ARE FOR THE PEOPLE.

Comrade Osazee Edigin is the Public Relations Officer, Edo Civil Society Organisations  (Masses’ House)
28A, Erie Street off Sokponba Road,
Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.

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