Tuesday, 20 April 2010

News Report: Nigeria's Acting President To Contest As President In 2011

                                [Jonathan: Nigerian Acting President]

Strong indications have emerged that Nigeria's acting President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan would contest the 2011 election as the presidential candidate of his party, the Peoples' Democratic Party(PDP), despite the party zoning the slot to the North.

chidi opara reports have learnt on good authority that the Nigerian leader's recent official visit to the United States of America(USA), afforded him the opportunity to personally solicit the support of the US President, Mr. Barack Obama for his presidential ambition. The Nigerian leader was proclaimed acting President by his country's bi-chamber Legislature following the prolonged absence of the President on health grounds.

Indication also emerged from the Embassy of the Unted States of America in Abuja, Nigeria's capital city, showing a favourable disposition to the "Jonathan project". Embassy insiders hinted chidi opara reports of fears that the emergence of a moslem President would jeopardize current US efforts at forestalling further infiltration of Islamiic extremists, usually hostile to US interests into Nigeria, an Oil and Gas producing country, considered as a strategic partner in the gulf of Guinea by USA and her Allies. The bulk of current US Oil and Gas consumption comes from the region.

Another pointer to the fact that Dr. Jonathan would contest was his recent secret meeting with Mr. Nuhu Ribadu, erstwhile Chairman of the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC). Ribadu who left the country on exile in controversial circumstances is presently a fellow of the Centre For Global Development. Our contacts in USA reported a secret meeting between Ribadu and the acting President on the day the Nigerian leader delievered a speech at the Centre. The agenda of the meeting which preceded the speech centred on "the need to re-invigorate the anti-corruption campaign". Critics of the acting President are however, insisting that the plan to bring back Ribadu is a ploy to harass his potential opponents out of the presidential race. Most potential presidential candidates are under investigation for various financial and economic crimes.

We have also learnt of a plan to "ask" the PDP National Chairman, Mr. Vincent Ogbulafor to "resign". The Chairman, we learnt would be presented with the option of "resigning" or be removed at an emergency general meeting that may be convened soon. There is also plan to ressurect a financial crime investigation on the Chaiman which is currently suspended. The fear of the acting President's group is that Mr. Ogbulafor is too close to some anti- Jonathan elements. The PDP National Chairman have however, been visiting the acting President with pledges of loyalty.

chidi opara reports also have information that there is already a secret revenue drive for the "Jonathan project", led by a semi-literate Oil and Gas tycoon from Anambra state based in Nigeria and USA. We could not however, confirm this at he time of preparing this reports.

Article: Much Ado about Ibrahim Babangida…The Media Trial!

                                [Ibrahim Babangida]

There is no doubt that I am an avid fan of General Ibrahim Babangida, fondly called IBB by his admirers and haters alike. Even in the midst of the hue and cry by a disgruntled few, who feel they have the right to carry out a media trial given their utopian monopoly of the press, over his declaration to run for office of the President of Nigeria. What in the world has IBB done that all those clamoring for his head have not done, or will not do when the opportunity comes? What moral pedigree and justification does the anti-IBB elements parade, to condemn the efforts of a great son of Nigeria to join the race in turning Nigeria around for the better? Why haven’t all those calling for IBB’s head gathered evidence of all their allegations against him in all these past years and taken him to court since they know better than the authorities created for such purpose, instead of making blind and baseless accusations on a gentle man who has served his country diligently. What has this man called Ibrahim Babangida done, that has been proven beyond reasonable doubt in a court of law, to deserve this character assassination and image battery?

I will try to give a few answers to these questions and elaborate on them. First and foremost Nigerians should know that there is not one Nigerian including these anti-IBB campaigners that would take up the reigns of power and not have passionate criticisms from opposing camps and even from within their clique! No matter how sincere their efforts in governance.

This is purely a case of calculated attempt at stopping IBB from running for the post of President of our great Nation Nigeria, by certain elements who are judiciously intimidated by his decision to join the race. A pre meditated campaign by certain groups and individuals to stop the emergence of ‘extreme popularity’ because it is very glaring that Nigerians love the man IBB.

Coining a phrase from the words of Umberto Eco (the Italian medievalist and philosopher) “now I have come to believe that the man IBB is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret him as though he had an underlying truth” .

What excites me most is, that the maxim which states that ‘great men are born and not made’ is highly typical of Ibrahim Babangida. The distinguished General with a “diverse identity”. An enigma to those who don’t understand him, a true hero and an astute leader, a good father, and a loving husband. A man who pursued his dreams with a deep sense of commitment, a man who knew where he was going from day one, a man who did not just jump on the bus to go for a joy ride. That is Ibrahim Babangida.

A story goes that when growing up, his parents asked him where he would like to work and he said he would love to work in the Army. Lo and behold, he dreamed it, he willed it and he lived it!

During his days as military president, the structures of his policies were logically and aesthetically brought to the fore, well tailored to suit the yearnings of the people. Though he later learnt the hard way that a chain is no stronger than its weakest link.

IBB became a phenomenon and his opponents were foisted with a complex of inferiority that tend to disarm them each time the General ruffles his feathers. IBB has proved to be an adroit leader, who has shown more superiority than any other leader in the history of this Nation Nigeria. A man given to accommodating negative criticisms, from a disgruntled few, with his gap toothed smile and would never dignify his detractors with a reaction.

In the midst of all the slandering, name calling and persecution, his opponents keep forgetting he initiated most of the critical policies which several governments after his, built upon. In order words he laid the foundation in areas such as Privatization, deregulation, liberalization of the banking sector, telecommunications liberalization amongst others. And let us give it to him, he conducted the freest and fairest election in the history of Nigeria!

IBB declared his intention to run for the office of the President of Nigeria and all hell broke loose! Suddenly people are crying wolf where there is none, chaos when there is none, confusion where there is none and trouble; all, being objects of the mind. The media has suddenly been inundated with series of corruption allegations against IBB, none of which has ever been proved!

Let me humbly ask these questions to those opposed to IBB running for President on account of spurious allegations of corruption. Has these allegations ever been proven in any court of competent jurisdiction? Seriously, on what basis do they want IBB disqualified? Is it based on some prophesy by some prophet?

IBB has not been found wanting by any court of law and has no record of conviction for fraud neither is there any official gazette indicting him for dishonesty and therefore he is qualified to seek public office in compliance with constitutional provisions. IBB deserves a shot at the presidency as much as any other citizen of this country. For crying out loud, , it is his fundamental human rights to vie for any elective position!

If any individual or group are opposed to the ambition of IBB in democratically seeking the office of the President, they should go about it democratically by either producing their own candidate or get nominated by a political party, then take the battle to the polls! That is the most decent thing any civilized society would do. In fact that is the main essence of politics and elections!

The past few weeks in the press has been dominated by the IBB declaration with the anti- Babangida elements at work, the same individuals using different media outlets in order to paint a picture of a “nationwide outcry” over the declaration by IBB.

As the election timetable edge closer, Babangidas’ figure looms large over the political landscape and these individuals feel threatened, and I do not blame them because they have every right to be threatened by a man whose personality seems ‘larger than life’.

Honestly, General Ibrahim Babangida should be given a chance so he can test his popularity among the masses and in doing so the anti-Babangida elements can also test their popularity and acceptance as saviors of Nigeria, by garnering enough votes from the Nigerian masses to keep IBB away from the Presidency.

The truth is that these individuals know that they cannot muster enough votes to stop IBB, a man destined to lead and an exemplary leader with a large heart, so they take to media blackmail and trial in order to stigmatize the personality of this man IBB. Time does sail and we shall all bear witness to the events as they unfold by the grace of God.

The coming months will prove more exciting. Democracy has come to stay!

By C. N Nzewi

News Release: Free Nigeria: Say No To IBB

                                [Ibrahim Babangida]

In the last few weeks Nigerians have been inundated with reports and recent confirmation of General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida's egregious desire and quest to return as Nigeria’s ruler. The development is profoundly grave and deeply disturbing.

In political settings where public officials are held accountable for their actions, somebody with Mr. Babangida’s history of numerous manifest crimes against Nigeria and Nigerians would have long been sentenced to a stiff jail term and permanently barred from participation in his country’s public affairs. Babangida’s ambition to maneuver himself once more into power is arrogant, condescending and downright insensitive to the feelings of Nigerians whose affairs he ruined during his term as military dictator.

It is certain that the outcome of Babangida’s inordinate presidential run will depend on Nigerians’ collective resistance or acquiescence. Enlightened Nigerians cannot afford inaction or consent by default in the face of the avoidable train wreck that is a Babangida presidency.

There is no question that, in the coming weeks and months, unscrupulous Nigerian politicians, hired hagiographers and commentators, will come out in droves to champion Babangida and to try to rewrite his tragic history. Many of these would-be praise singers have a record for contributing to the ruination of Nigeria through their own corrupt practices.

We are confident, however, that Babangida will be stopped by the strong will of the vast majority of decent, conscientious Nigerians. These forward-looking citizens have every reason to stoutly defend the right of Nigeria to move away from her sordid past embodied and represented by the likes of Babangida. They have the energy, passion and vision to ensure the transformation of Nigeria into a 21st century nation that is able to serve the legitimate aspirations of her citizenry and to command the respect of other nations.

Nigeria should move forward, not backward. The country abounds with talent, at home and abroad, able to arrest her stagnation and turn her into an enviable, even model, polity. The Babangidas in our midst only know how to take Nigeria further away from the path of meaningful development and significant progress.

To reward Babangida with Nigeria’s highest political office despite his atrocities would indeed establish a terrible precedence and encourage political leaders in the continued destruction of Nigeria. Surely, this is not the kind of signal Nigerians want to send.

The Nigeria Democratic Liberty Forum (NDLF) is aware of the ill-advised encouragement that some foreign governments have provided Babangida. We condemn in the strongest terms this attempt by foreign powers to foist a certified disaster on the Nigerian people, a move bound to perpetuate and deepen Nigeria’s crisis of development and stultified democracy.

In order to register the outrage and resistance of Nigerians, NDLF will forward a petition letter; with signatures of Nigerians to the US government as well as other governments in Europe that may be goading Babangida to steal power.

This petition should serve as the cry of millions of Nigerians who say NO TO IBB and to the foreign governments around the world that may be sponsoring him. This signature petition drive is one of numerous activities NDLF intends to embark upon to STOP IBB and his likes from continuing to hold Nigeria hostage.

We also encourage individuals in their own ways to mount a campaign against Babangida in an effort to take our country back. We enjoin Nigeria’s labor unions, civil organizations, professional bodies, artisans, religious groups, and ethnic group associations to rise in rejection of a Babangida presidency. IBB poses such a serious threat to the interests of Nigerians that we should forge a mass movement to demand that Nigeria must move forward and say No To IBB.

If you believe that Nigeria should not be sacrificed to Babangida’s unpatriotic and nefarious whims and egotistical ambitions, please sign the petition on; here. We also urge you to forward it to ALL the Nigerian contacts in your email box – and persuade them to sign.

You can also print copies of the petition and hand it to Nigerians in the streets, churches, mosques, and homes. Explain to them that the stakes are high – and they need to make their voices heard. Signed copies of the petition should be emailed to petition@ndlf-ng.org. Please avoid apathy and indifference. Be involved in this struggle to free our beloved Nigeria.

Make your voice heard. Free Nigeria: Say No To IBB


Bukola Oreofe
Executive Director

Ms Lilian Agbeyegbe
Director, Policy Development and Implementation Bureau

Dr. Willie Nwiido
Director, Public Affairs and International Relations

Opinion: Imo State Destiny/Redemption Alliance Consolidates

                                          [Ohakim: Imo State Governor]

These two structural legs of PDP have consolidated for greater efficiency, effectiveness and service to Imo State. My published viewpoints have painstakingly explained what political marriage and leadership is all about. It is now ripe for the reading public to know that Destiny/Redemption Alliance has fully consolidated in all the twenty seven local government areas in Imo State. I say this because during the just concluded local government sensitization tours, the masses who have the real power to elect people in various positions of Authority embraced the gospel of peace, love harmony, growth and development of Destiny/Redemption Alliance with their whole heart.

From Owerri zone to Okigwe zone and finally to Orlu zone, the acceptance of the Alliance has been unanimous. Therefore this genuine acceptance has proved that Destiny/Redemption Alliance will continue to give political direction in Imo State. Again it goes to prove that the fraud –infested leadership of Ikedi Ohakim and his New Face Organization has been rejected by the entire people of Imo State. Also it has exposed the New Face Organization and it’s members as political buccaneers that have continued to trample on the development of Imo State. What do I mean? It is now a notorious fact that Chief Ikedi Ohakim as the Governor of Imo State and leader of amorphous New Face Organization has continued to deny Imo State economic and political growth with his refusal to conduct Local government election since the past twenty-eight months. This have enabled Ohakim to steal Local governments monthly allocations . This fact have been confirmed by the T.C. Chairman for Oguta local government area, Hon Chief Ethelbert Nnanna. (check Sunday Statesman Newspaper 25 – 30 August 2009 edition). The T.C. Chairman said that Ikedi Ohakim short pays all local government areas in Imo State every month and this attitude has made them not to perform basic functions and responsibilities in their respective local government areas.

Another fact that helped to totally consolidate the Destiny/Redemption Alliance is the known truth that the Ikedi Ohakim leadership and his New Face Organization cannot point at a particular project they have started nor completed. It should be noted that all existing projects in the State were either started and completed by Sam Mbakwe or Chief Achike Udenwa.

Another variable factor that has consolidated the Destiny/ Redemption Alliance is that of bad road network in the State. People in various local governments in the State during the sensitization tours complained bitterly to the Alliance of the Ohakim leadership and his New Face Organization's negligence in taking care of the roads in the local government areas. Upon investigation the Alliance discovered that Ohakim leadership deliberately awards road contracts to his New Face Organization’s members only, makes full payment for the road contracts at inflated rates but the roads are never constructed. A case study is the standard shoe industry road Owerri down to Amulu Mbieri in Mbaitoli local government Area, a 15km road contract awarded to Solid Foundation Construction Company (owned by prince Lemmy Akakem, a New Face Organization’s State leader) at an alarming cost of N 1.3 billion since January 2008. Full payment has already been made but no work has been done to that road in question.

Furthermore, one factor that have strengthened Destiny/Redemption Alliance is the discovery in Oguta local government (during the sensitization tour) that the so called “Oguta Wonderland” is not in existence. Yet Ikedi Ohakim leadership and New Face organization have already taken a N40 billion naira bond.

In Ohaji/Egbema local government area, Destiny/Redemption Alliance train discovered to their amazement that the so called “Royal Oak Refinery Project” is yet to take off. Yet Ikedi Ohakim leadership and New Face Organization have already appropriated the sum of over N 2billion as take off grant since 2008. This is different from the N18.5 billion naira bond already taken by the Ohakim leadership few months ago.

The question on the lips of Imo citizens is, where is the money appropriated for all these white elephant projects? This question asked by the people in various local governments in the State during the sensitization tour motivated this writer once again to investigate intensely where Ikedi Ohakim has channeled these funds. The following discoveries were made.
1). Purchase of personal properties with State funds in Owerri, Anara, Abuja, Lagos, South Africa, Gambia, London, United States of America etc using Mazi Chinasa Nwaneri and Hon Chikwem Onuoha and his wife Mrs. Onuoha as fronts.
2). Purchase of a house for one of his girl friends Ruth Osieme (Editor Thosday style magazine) in Lagos State. His Yoruba girl-friend Dupe has also benefited a lot from the State fund from Ikedi Ohakim through his younger brother Emma Ohakim.
3). Using Mr Chinedu Chukwuonye his brother-in- law and owner of Condoc Construction Company to siphon State funds through awards of over-inflated road contracts.
4). Using Emma Ohakim his younger brother and Chief of Staff to short-change local contractors in the state by forcing them to part with a certain percentage of contracts funds.
5).Increasing his security vote from N 1 billion naira to N2.5 billion naira with the connivance of the principal officers of the Imo  State House of Assembly.
6).Using the commissioner for finance chief Irechukwu and commissioner for local government/chieftaincy Affairs to defraud the past local government councilors of their arrears, with High Chief Zeek Martins Nnadozie of Zeckford consulting services and chief Daniel Okehi of Brickred financial consultants Ltd. as fronts.
7). Diverting allocations due to development centres.
8). Using His Special Assistant on Transport and sanitation (Mr. Willie Amadi) to defraud Imo citizens by forcing them to buy utility goods such as tarpaulin, umbrellas, plastic dustbins etc at cut throat prices.
9). Using IRROMA scam project to defraud Imo State and various local government areas of at least N10 billion naira between 15th November 2008 and today.
10).Using clean and green scam project to defraud Imo State government of over N5 billion naira from August 2007 to date.
11).Using Chief Chris Asoluka to defraud Imo State government of various sums of money under the guise of organizing workshops, seminars and retreats.
12). Using a scam project called “Imo Job Centre” to defraud the unsuspecting unemployed graduates of Imo State origin in their guise of giving them jobs.
13).Lodging fraud money in various banks account with fictitious names. For instance, His Account with Zenith Bank Account number 6010176554 with the title of J. O. Edeson and sons. Ikedi Ohakim uses
this account number for his illicit deals especially fertilizer fraud money.

This writer made so many discoveries both in the past and in the present. These information are all with the EFCC, Office of the Inspector General of Police, Presidency etc. I also wrote to the speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, informing him of Ikedi Ohakim criminalities on the 2nd of June 2008.

To conclude, Destiny/Redemption Alliance remains the only reliable political road map that will help Imo State and her people find their political and economic salvation come 2011. The Destiny of Imo State is in the hand of God. I say this because Almighty God has a Redemptive power of love for Imo people.

By Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha