Friday, 10 June 2011

Book Release: “Mundane Musing And Other Poems”

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Author: Chidi Anthony Opara

Publisher: Wordclay Publishing Inc. USA

Format: Paperback

Price: $15

ISBN: X-00000073002

Time Of Rlease: 10th June 2011

Sneak Preview:  “Mundane Musing And Poems” is the author’s reflections on happenings in his world.

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Article: June 12th Soldiers On

Late MKO Abiola: Presumed Winner Of June 12th, 1993 Presidential Election
By Dr. Chris Nwaokobia Jnr
Comrades, Compatriots and Countrymen, the title of this June 12th Testimonial is apt and instructive seeking to poke a hole in a balloon nebulously hanging over our collective conscience; seeking to position in proper perspective a perfidy woven, procured and financed at the conclusion of the April, 2011 elections; one chiefly aimed at equating the last elections with the sacred memories of June 12th; a devious script funded by a Cabal and a “Politrickcal” demagoguery compelled by guilt thus powering a massive search to banish the halcyon mementoes of June 12th, but they can’t.
Not a few commentators and writers have regaled us with how the April 2011 general election is the freest, the fairest and the most credible in our nation’s history, some pricked by their near compromised consciences have placed a caveat that restricts that blanket approval of the April polls to the 1999, 2003 and 2007 fraud called elections; my worry is that Comrades, Compatriots and my esteemed Countrymen have been taken by the hokum of a propaganda seeking nothing BUT the mortification and the banishment of the unrivaled memories of June 12th.
On June 12th, 1993 Nigerians across social stratifications stood in the rain and under the sun united against tribal and religious prejudices to vote and did vote for a Muslim/Muslim ticket. Nigerians saw through a transparent process that was free and fair. Nigerians called the polls free, fair and credible; 18years after, another general election was conducted in April 2011, figures were manufactured and manipulated preponderantly in the South-South and the South-East; in the North we had cases of under-aged voting, and massive resources were deployed to the media so the process can be adjudged as free, fair and credible, this time that verdict was hugely procured as an affront on June 12.
To the South-West a geo-political zone I largely refer to as the homo sequendum, I dare say that the victory of your darling Action Congress Of Nigeria at the April Polls was because your ‘warriors’ stood against the Party of riggers insisting that votes must count, but if that happened proactively in one out of the six geo-political zones that makes up Nigeria should that qualify the elections as free, fair and credible? Of the 26 States where gubernatorial elections were conducted, 18 incumbents were re-elected, whereas we are aware that but for a few States like Lagos and Enugu, the other Governors who were adjudged to have failed the people were returned by INEC through the so-called free, fair and credible elections, this to the dispassionate Patriot is not only laughable but condemnable.
Countrymen, at the Presidential polls we saw figures that even in Australia where voting is compulsory will not even-up. Some States broke the Guinness Book of world records by churning out between 95%, 90% and 85% voter-turnouts, whereas no State in world history has recorded up to 70% of voter-turnouts in any political election no matter how popular a candidate was; in Nigeria the Peoples Democratic Party magic tore that record to smithereens in the avowed April 2011 free, fair and credible elections.
On the 12th of June, 1993 a colossus in the name of Chief M.K.O Abiola bestrode our space selling a priceless message that resonated in hope unequaled, faith never seen in this clime, and he unveiled the future desired; on account of this he garnered votes across the nation, votes in fractions, percents and ratios known to humankind. In the April 2011 polls, the reverse was the case as we broke all known electoral records in the breach; we churned out figures in ratios unimaginable and votes in fractions unthinkable; and we desecrate the memories of June 12th when we seek to equate the right with the wrong, the good with the evil and the successful with failure.
As a matter of fact may I humbly caution that there is truly no such thing as ‘this election was free, fair and credible compared to the previous elections’. It is either an election is free, fair and credible or it is not. The freeness, fairness and credibleness of an election is not relative but holistic and total; no election is free, fair and credible because it appears better than the previous one, no, a flawed election is a flawed election and so was the April 2011 elections in all the six geo-political zones but the South-West.
Without fear of querulous critics, I make bold to say that the effort of the sponsors of the ‘free, fair and credible elections’ mendacity that liters our space is targeted at spiting the sacred memories on which we today converge, by Jove to make future anniversaries of June 12th irrelevant. We must therefore dispassionately access the facts before us, criticize proactively the figures out there and protect our children from the perfidy that seeks to score wrong as right.
Finally Compatriots, we must rehearse and emphasize the fact that June 12th was not only an election but a call to true nationhood predicated on true federalism, resource control, justice, equity and fairness; that tied to June 12th was the hope that an era of responsible and responsive leadership had come; that June 12th resents false, manipulated, manufactured and trumped up electoral figures cum results; that June 12th was adjudged as free, fair and credible by the Nigerian people as opposed to a heavily procured international verdict now orchestrated by the media seeking to compromise our collective conscience and applaud as credible that which was massively flawed in five out of our six geo-political zones is truism. Countrymen, the day we here celebrate remains tall, her memories untainted and unequaled; and her altar sacred, sublime and deserving of our convergence.
God bless Nigeria and teach us to walk the path that leads to the camp meeting of truth.
(Nwaokobia Jnr. is the President-General Of National Democratic Movement(NDM), and the 2011 Presidential candidate Of Liberal Democratic Party Of Nigeria(LDPN))

News Release: The Future Awards winners selected for US Leadership Programme


Toyosi Akerele: One Of The Nominees In USA
The Future Project is pleased to announce its nomination of three brilliant alumni of The Future Awards for the United States Government’s International Visitors Leadership Programme, anchored in Nigeria by the US Public Affairs Section (PAS). Three past winners of the awards were nominated and accepted for the programme this year including Mosunmola Umoru (Business Owner of the Year 2009), Toyosi Akerele (Best Use of Advocacy 2008) and Akin Rotimi (Team of the Year 2010).   

“One of the goals of The Future Awards is to inspire leadership: to expose a new generation of Nigerian leaders to globally accepted tools and resources to redirect our state of affairs as a nation,” said Adebola Williams, founding partner of the project. “It is also part of our functions as a youth resource firm, and we are grateful to the PAS for creating opportunities, yearly, for young Nigerians to expand their minds and range of opportunities.”

Mosunmola Umoru, runs Honeysuckle ventures – owners of the Farmshoppe and attended a multi-regional program about “Women and Entrepreneurship” (May 2 – May 20, 2011), Toyosi Akerele, founder and chief executive of RISE was in the United States from April 25 – May 31, 2011 for the US Political Process for young leaders – a regional project for Africa, and Akin Rotimi, who presently works with the Ekiti State Government, will be part of the Africa Regional Project on Conflict Resolution which would take place from June 27 – July 15, 2011.  

The International Visitor Leadership programme is an initiative of the U.S Embassies around the world. Launched in 1940, the IVLP is a professional exchange program that seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders. 

It will be remembered that another founding partner of the Project, Chude Jideonwo, was nominated in 2009, visiting 8 states of the United States alongside representatives from at least 15 other countries across the world.

These visits reflect the International Visitors’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States. They will be attending one of world's most prestigious gatherings where people from different races and countries who have distinguished themselves in media, politics and governance are selected to represent their country and in the process, create a friendly association with the culture and social life of the American people.

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