Boko Haram attack on Nigeria oil team killed over 50

Details emerging from Tuesday’s ambush in northeast Nigeria suggest the death toll is higher than initially reported.

The army said Wednesday that 10 people were killed in the attack but sources say the number is much higher and rising [File: Stephanie Yas/AFP/Getty]

More than 50 people were killed in a Boko Haram ambush on an oil exploration team in northeast Nigeria earlier this week, multiple sources told AFP news agency on Thursday, warning the death toll could rise.

Tuesday’s attack in the Magumeri area of Borno state on a convoy of specialists from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was the group’s deadliest in months.

It underscored the persistent threat posed by Boko Haram fighters, despite government claims they are a spent force, and also the risks associated with the hunt for crude in the volatile Lake Chad basin.

Details of the ambush, which was initially thought to be a kidnapping attempt, have been slow to emerge and an exact death toll difficult to establish, as the military strictly controls access to rural Borno.

Telecommunications and other infrastructure have been severely damaged or destroyed in the conflict, which has left at least 20,000 dead and more than 2.6 million homeless since 2009.

The army said on Wednesday that 10 people were killed in the attack.

But one source involved in dealing with the aftermath told AFP news agency on Thursday: “The death toll keeps mounting. Now we have more than 50… and more bodies are coming in.”

“It’s clear that the attack wasn’t for abduction. They (Boko Haram) attacked just to kill.”

Missing university staff

An aid agency worker in Magumeri, which is 50 kilometres northwest of Maiduguri, said 47 bodies were recovered from the bush as of Wednesday evening.

“Eleven of them were badly burned in the attack. They were burned alive in their vehicle, which was stuck in a trench,” he added.

“We buried them here because they couldn’t be taken to Maiduguri.

“This evening (Thursday), six more bodies were recovered, including one soldier, and many more could be recovered because search and rescue teams are all over the place.”

A medical source at the Nigerian Army 7th Division headquarters at Maimalari barracks in Maiduguri said: “So far we have 18 dead soldiers. Ten were brought yesterday and eight more today.”

At the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), a medical worker said: “We have 19 bodies at the moment of civilians.

“Fifteen of them were vigilantes (civilian militia), and four were staff from the university. They have been taken for burial.”

The head of the academic staff union at the University of Maiduguri, Dani Mamman, confirmed they had received four bodies and said two of them were academics.

“We got the impression our staff on the team were rescued because that was what the military spokesman said yesterday,” he added.

“But we were shocked when we were given four dead bodies. This means it wasn’t a rescue. We still have other staff that are yet to be accounted for.”

Hospital and army officials told the local Punch newspaper that the corpses of 18 soldiers and 30 others had been brought to a facility in Maiduguri following the incident.

The bodies brought to the hospital included 18 soldiers, 15 members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF), a group of fighters to help expel Boko Haram, five local university staff and four NNPC drivers, Punch reported.

An ongoing threat

In a statement, Nigeria’s junior oil minister and the former head of the NNPC Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu described the attack as “unfortunate” but did not give a death toll.

OPEC-member Nigeria is looking to find new oil reserves away from the southern Niger Delta, which has been blighted by attacks from rebels wanting a fairer share of revenue for local people.

With production hit by the attacks, there has been a shift in focus to explore inland basins, including around Lake Chad in the northeast, where Nigeria meets Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

Both Chad and Niger are exploiting reserves on their side of the freshwater lake.

Activities on the Nigerian side had to stop in November 2014 because of Boko Haram violence, but the military gave permission to resume exploration in November last year, according to Kachikwu.

Work is centred on a triangle of hotly contested land stretching from Gubio in the west of Borno to Marte in the east, and Kukawa, in the far northeast corner near the shores of the lake.

There has been no serious suggestion that Boko Haram is motivated by a desire to control oil in northeast Nigeria.

But fighters, squeezed out of captured territory by the military counterinsurgency, may have been eager to make a show of force against the soldiers and civilian militia guarding the NNPC team.

In recent months, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group affiliate has been forced to rely on guerilla tactics, particularly suicide bomb attacks, against the security forces and civilian militia.

Women and young girls, in particular, have been used against civilian “soft” targets such as mosques, as well as the university in Maiduguri.

Source: News agencies

Exposed: Shady&Highly Corruption in Nigeria’s Oil Deals 45: US govt gives shocking details on how Diezani Madueke lavished $100m on furniture and art works

 
Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke
The United States of America has given the details of how a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, allegedly laundered about $144m, using part of the funds to purchase a yacht, landed properties, furniture and artworks.
According to the US, while she held sway as the Nigerian petroleum minister, Diezani, who was otherwise known as “the Madam” or “Madam D,” led “a lavish and privileged lifestyle,” spending “more than one million dollars on furniture, artwork, and other furnishings purchased within the Southern District of Texas, and shipped, in part, to London and Abuja, Nigeria.”
These were contained in a 91-page “verified complaint” filed by the US Government before the US District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, where it is seeking an order to forfeit funds and assets worth $144m linked to Diezani.
The US, in the “verified complaint” signed by a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Elizabeth Crispino, said Diezani allegedly acquired the assets with kickbacks from “an international conspiracy to obtain lucrative business opportunities in the Nigerian oil and gas sector.”
The assets, the US stated, were acquired between April 2010 and May 2015 when Diezani was “overseeing Nigeria’s state-owned oil company, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.”
Among the properties, which the US now seeks to be forfeited, are a 65-metre motor yacht, named M/Y Galactica Star; two properties known as 807 and 815 Cima Del Mundo Road, Montecito, Calif; as well as funds in a couple of companies.
The US stated that Diezani, with the help of and in conspiracy with two Nigerian businessmen, Kolawole Akanni Aluko and Olajide Omokore, “laundered the proceeds of the illicit business opportunities into and through the United States.”
In the court processes obtained by a Punch correspondent on Tuesday, the US detailed, using tables, the “living and lifestyle expenses for Alison-Madueke.”
One table, tagged, ‘Rental Payments,’ showed how Aluko and his company, Tracon Investments Limited, helped Diezani to make a total of at least £537,922 in rental payments for two central London residences both located at 22 St. Edmunds Terrace, London NW8 7QQ, where Diezani and her mother stayed between August 2011 and January 2014.
Another table, tagged, ‘Transportation Services’, showed how Aluko and his beneficially-owned company, TENKA, helped Diezani to make at least £393,274.32 in payments to a car hire company, the “Chauffeur Company”, while Omokore and his own company, Energy Property Development Ltd., also paid at least £4,424.40 to the “Chauffeur Company” to convey Diezani and her family about the UK between December 2012 through at least July 2014.
The FBI agent, Crispino, stated, “Upon information and belief, the above payments were made corruptly by, on behalf of, or at the direction of Aluko and Omokore for the benefit of Alison-Madueke and/or her family, in return for Alison-Madueke’s having improperly influenced the award of the Forcados SAAs to AEDC and in anticipation of or in return for her improperly influencing the award of the Brass SAA.
“In particular, the director of the Chauffeur Company has stated that in or around June 2014, he was assaulted in the hallway outside of Alison-Madueke’s known residence at Flat 19, 22 St. Edmunds Terrace, London NW8 7QQ, by two men known by the director to be Alison-Madueke’s associates.
 
“This assault occurred as the director of the Chauffeur Company was attempting to deliver a letter concerning approximately £224,000 in unpaid services provided by his company to Alison-Madueke.
 
“The director of the Chauffeur Company has further stated that, upon hearing the commotion, Alison-Madueke herself appeared and instructed her associates to settle the unpaid bill.
 
“As the preceding table indicates, roughly one month after the hallway assault, TENKA paid a total of £135,361.48 to the Chauffeur Company.”
Crispino said Diezani’s assets were liable to being forfeited “under 18 U.S.C. § § 981(a)(1)(A) and 981(a)(1)(C),” as they were “derived from, or traceable to the proceeds of ‘specified unlawful activity,’ as that term is defined in 18 U.S.C. § 1956(c)(7), or a conspiracy to commit ‘specified unlawful activity,’ and as property involved in money laundering violations of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1956 and 1957.”
Crispino stated that “Section 1956(a)(2) prohibits transferring funds known to be the proceeds of unlawful activity from a place outside the United States to a place in the United States, with knowledge that the transfer is designed in whole or in part to conceal the nature, location, source, ownership, or control of the proceeds of a specified unlawful activity, including the proceeds of an offense against a foreign nation involving ‘bribery of a public official, or the misappropriation, theft, or embezzlement of public funds by or for the benefit of a public official.”

President Muhammadu Buhari and The Descendants Of Shimei

There is nothing new under the sun, goes a popular saying. In fact, the more things seem to change, the more they appear the same. From time immemorial, some people have spoken evil of leadership, cast aspersions on them, and generally portrayed themselves as the scum of the earth. No matter how a country loves its leader, there will naturally be those that the Good Book calls “filthy dreamers” who “despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.” That is why as spokesman to President Muhammadu Buhari, I never respond to such people. Their type would always be around.

President Buhari has been indisposed since the beginning of the year. It is human, and presidents, despite their elevated status, remain human. If there is anybody who considers himself 100 percent healthy, or who bears what William Shakespeare calls “a charmed life,” let that person stand up to be identified. All mortals are doomed to sickness, they can recover, and they can die. That is the truth that has been internalized by millions of people praying for the recovery of our President. And that is where the shallowness, vacuousness, and hollowness of people who wish the President dead and carry unfounded rumors, is on stark display. Filthy dreamers. They speak evil of dignities and despise dominion. But we forgive them, for they know not what they do. When President Buhari returns (as God would make him do) where would they hide their faces? In shame.

Now, I started by saying we would always have scumbags around. It is inevitable. They are the descendants of Shimei, the son of Gera, whom I want to introduce to you now.

Who is Shimei? Well, I met him on the pages of the Good Book, and he bears a striking similitude to some people in our country today. The evil wishers, the hate monger, and those who spend their days conjecturing tragedy for leadership.

Absalom, the son of King David, had led an insurrection against his father. And the king of Israel fled, with some of his supporters in tow. As David got to a place called Bahurim, the Holy Bible records that Shimei, the son of Gera, a man of the family of Saul, came out, and started cursing the fleeing king. You don’t kick a man that is down, goes a saying, but Shimei not only cursed David, he also threw dust and stones at him. It was a show of shame.

David had succeeded Saul as king of Israel. And Shimei was from the family of Saul (read, People’s Democratic Party, PDP). Shimei hadn’t forgotten the bloody nose the family of Saul got when the kingship was taken away from them, and given to David. So when the latter got into a time of travail, no pity at all from people still smarting from bloody noses.

The All Progressives Congress (APC), inspired by Muhammadu Buhari, halted the 60-year pipe dream of PDP at the polls in 2015. Has the latter forgotten? No, they won’t forget till forever. But so much is the animus, the antipathy towards the President that they wish him dead. While millions of Nigerians are praying, some elements are rejoicing and imagining evil. But they forget: man is not God, and Jehovah always has the final say. The descendants of Shimei need to learn vital lessons from their forebear.

As the base fellow assaulted the fleeing king, Abishai, one of David’s mighty men, said:”Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and take off his head.”(2 Samuel, 16:9). But David restrained him, saying if God had not permitted Shimei, he could not have done what he was doing.
President Buhari has tolerated people who have called him all sorts of names in the past two years. If he didn’t move against them directly, he could have allowed many Abishais to move against them, “and take off their heads.” But not our President, a reformed democrat, a pious man, who has resolved to leave the people suffused by hatred unto God. And will they get their just desserts one day? As night follows the day, they will. If not from man, they will get it from God. Their forefather, Shimei did. He reaped what he sowed.

After some time, the rebellion led by Absalom was crushed by loyal troops, and David regained the throne. As he headed back into the city, who came to meet the king, with one thousand of his relatives, pleading for mercy? Shimei. The Yorubas say the same mouth that the snail used to abuse the gods, is what it uses to lick the dusts of the earth. Shimei had suddenly become gentle. And humble, too. He fell down before David, and said:”I have sinned. Have mercy on me. Don’t remember what I did against you on the day you went out of Jerusalem.”

Heh, on a certain day, some people would come to prostrate, begging for mercy, asking President Buhari to forgive and forget. What will the President do? What did David do? Abishai said again to King David:”Let me bring down the head of this man, who cursed, and threw stones at you?”

Femi AdesinaBut David said to Shimei:”Thou shall not surely die.” And the king swore unto him.

But did Shimei live happily ever after? Old sins, they say, have long shadows. Before David died, he instructed Solomon his son, who succeeded him, not to forget to deal with Shimei. At least, David had kept his part of the bargain not to kill Shimei.

What did Solomon do? He restricted Shimei to Jerusalem, adding that any day he went out of the city would be his last on earth. Days, weeks, and months went by. Shimei remained gentle. But on a certain day, two servants belonging to him ran away to Gath, another city. Shimei saddled his horses, and led his men to bring back the servants. He had received mercy from David, but he couldn’t show mercy to the servants. Mercy begets mercy.

The story was told to Solomon. Shimei has left Jerusalem. He went to Gath, contrary to your instructions. It was time for judgment. Solomon commanded that what Abishai had long wanted to do should be done to Shimei. And his head was brought down.
Will the descendants of Shimei repent, turn a new leaf, and become human? Will they recognize their own mortality? He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he that is filthy, let him be filthy still. He that is overtaken by hate, let him remain hateful still. Behold, I come quickly, and my reward is with me, to give to every man according as his work shall be.

Let the descendants of Shimei who have ears to hear please hear. There is recompense for evil, and there is also recompense for good.

Adesina is Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Buhari

Candido Da Rocha, The Generous Capitalist

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THE UNFORGETTABLE NIGERIAN : NIGERIA’S FIRST MILLIONAIRE CANDIDO JOAO DA ROCHA (1860 – 1959)

Have you ever asked any of your parents for money, especially continuously, and they gave you this reply: “Do you think I’m da Rocha?”

Well, I experienced it and growing up, I never knew the meaning of the statement, until I came across a book a friend gave me, when I stumbled on the name “Candido da Rocha”.

He was a rich man who would, from the balcony of his one-storey building, throw down coins to children who would, in a tangle of bodies and flapping hands, struggle for them. So, I remembered vividly why my parents denies being “a da Rocha” anytime I ask for monies I don’t literally need as a child.

Also known as Nigeria’s first millionaire, he was a rich entrepreneur, businessman, landowner and creditor who owned Water House or Casa d’Agua on Kakawa Street, Lagos Island, Lagos. It was named Water House because it was the first and only house in Lagos in those days to have a borehole and in turn sell water to the residents.

Candido da Rocha, a native of Ilesha, present day, Osun State, was born to the family of Joao Esan da Rocha, who was captured as a slave when he was 10 years old on his way to school in Ilesha. Candido was born in the Bahia region of Brazil. His mother was Angelica Josephina da Rocha. His father returned to Lagos, Nigeria in the 1870’s where he built his wealth and passed it to his son, Candido.

Due to his wealth, his friend, Herbert Macaulay, nominated him as a candidate in one of the elections of the time. And when da Rocha met the electorate, he told them: “I am Candido da Rocha, your candidate into the House. Vote for me if you like. And if you don’t, all well and good.” That statement ended his sojourn in politics as he lost the elections with acquiring just 20 votes.

Indeed, da Rocha was a very modest and generous capitalist.

During the Second World War (1939 – 1945), when the authorities of Kings College were looking for a place to relocate the students in the boarding house – among whom were Tiamiyu Bello-Osagie, who would become one of Nigeria’s most celebrated gynaecologists; Adenekan Ademola, son of Nigeria’s first indigenous Chief Justice, Adetokunbo Ademola; Dapo Aderemi, son of Sir Adesoji Aderemi, the legendary Onni of Ile-Ife – da Rocha volunteered his Bonanza Hotel on Customs Street, Lagos, and did not collect a dime for the period it was used.

Even after the war, when government asked influential Nigerians to contribute to the rehabilitations fund, he made substantial donations and he instructed that the amount should not be disclosed to the public.

Despite his wealth and political clout, no street in Lagos is named after him. Candido da Rocha died in 1959 and his remains lies at the Ikoyi Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The rich CV of Magu that give National Assembly sleepless night:

THE MAN: #IBRAHIM #MUSTAFA #MAGU.

Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, was on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, screened by the Senate for the position of the Executive Chairman, EFCC.
Magu, a Deputy Commissioner of Police is an indigene of Borno State. He attended the Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria, where he obtained a degree in Accountancy and a Masters Degree in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. He also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in World Corruption Studies from the University of Hong Kong.
A certified accountant, trained as financial crimes investigator with a background in forensic accounting, Magu has been exposed to training from the United State Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, and the London Metropolitan Police institute.
He is one of the founding staff of the EFCC who served as Head of the Commission’s Economic Governance Unit, EGU, during the tenure of Nuhu Ribadu. In that position, he led many high profile investigations against former governors including James Ibori of Delta State.
The EFCC Boss is a member of the investigative committee convened by National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the procurement of arms in the Armed Forces from 2007 till date.
No doubt, Magu is a professional by all standards, a courageous investigator and strongly views corruption as a crime against humanity. He said his mission in the EFCC is to ginger up the anti-corruption campaign. His words: “there is the need to make sure that whatever is gotten for common use did not end up in private pockets,” he has said repeatedly. “I am ready and willing to work with everybody without any primordial concerns, I will discharge my duties as the Chairman, EFCC, guided by the fear of God, the overriding interest of Nigeria and the rule of law”, he promised.
The acting Chairman who was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in acting capacity on November 9, 2015, has recorded unprecedented achievements in the history of the Commission. Amongst the over 200 convictions he recorded in a period of about one year is the convictions of the final forfeiture of N34 Billion which was traced to the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Deziani Allison Maduekwe; Interim forfeiture order of the sum of $9.8 Million Dollars and 74, 000 Pounds Recovered From Ex-NNPC GMD, Andrew Yakubu, following a raid in one of his houses in a slum in Kaduna.
Others are the sentencing of former governor of Adamawa State, Bala Ngilari to five years in jail for procurement fraud; sentencing of former Director General of NIMASA, Temisan Omatseye to five years in prison for fraud and sentencing of former Local Government Chairman in Kogi State, Gabriel Daudu to five years in jail for money laundering; recovery of 17 vehicles from Ex- Comptroller-General of Customs, Abdullahi Dikko Inde; uncovering of Diezani’s $37.5million Mansion and the securing of Interim Forfeiture Order of N50 million on Former Enugu CJ’S Bank Accounts, the list is unending.
Only yesterday, operatives of the Commission, Kaduna zonal office, intercepted a sum of N49million in five large black 150kg coloured sacks following a tip off.

Judge for yourself why he is a nightmares to the National Assembly senate of thieves.
Fellow Nigerians, it is very obvious that the Nigerian Senate is part of the corruption that is killing the country.

IF YOU ARE AGAINST THE SENATE FOR NOT CONFIRMING MAGU’S APPOINTMENT KINDLY CONTINUE TO SHARE THIS. Very soon WE SHALL OCCUPY NIGERIA AGAINST the SENATE OF THIEVES.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You Will Be Shocked To Find Out That You Do Not Know 99% Of These:
Do you know that?
1. The River Niger Bridge at Onitsha was constructed between 1964 and 1965 by Dumez- a French construction company and cost £5 million.
2. Patience Jonathan is one of Nigeria’s most-educated First Ladies, with an NCE, a B.Ed, and a PhD from University of Port-Harcourt.
3. The highest peak in Nigeria is located in Taraba and is called Chappal Waddi which means “The Mountain of Death”.
4. There are 196 countries in the world and at least one Igbo person from Nigeria lives in every one of them.
5. The Pidgin word ‘Sabi’ came from ‘Saber’, Portuguese and Spanish for ‘to know’. Both country’s ships traded slaves from the Bight of Benin.
6. Katsina College (now Barewa College in Zaria) has produced 5 Nigerian Presidents/Heads of State since it was founded in 1921 in Katsina.
7. Ojukwu taught Murtala Mohammed and Ben Adekunle at Regular Officers Special Training School, Ghana. Both ‘fought’ their teacher during the civil war
8. At Nigeria’s independence in 1960, there were 41 Secondary Schools in the North and 842 Secondary Schools in the South.
9. In 1983, Senator Arthur Nzeribe spent $16.5 million to win a Senatorial seat in Orlu (in Imo State).
10. In 1973, the Federal Government of Nigeria considered officially changing the name of “Lagos” to “Eko”. Regarding “Lagos” as a colonial name.
11. The geographical area now referred to as Nigeria was once referred to as ‘Soudan’ and ‘Nigiritia’.
12. Offences punishable by death sentence after the 1966 coup included embezzlement, rape and homosexuality.
13. MKO Abiola was named Kashimawo (Let us wait and see) by his parents. He was his father’s twenty-third child, but the first to survive infancy.
14. Jaja Wachucku was the first person to refer to Lagos as a “no-man’s land” in 1947, provoking a national controversy.
15. Jollof rice, chicken breast, serve of ice cream, tea, coffee or Bournvita, with full cream milk and sugar: Meal Cost = 50Kobo- Unilag in the late 1970s
16. At the point death in 1989, Sam Okwaraji was a PhD candidate and qualified lawyer with an LL.M in International Law (University of Rome)
17. When British Bank of West Africa (now First Bank) opened a branch in Kano in 1929, Alhassan Dantata (Dangote’s Grandfather) opened an account depositing 20 camel-loads of silver coins.
18. Jaja Wachuku is reputed to have owned the biggest one-man library in West Africa. Balewa sometimes referred to him as “Most Bookish Minister
19. The colonization of Nigeria took more than 40 years to achieve and the territories were integrated by the use of force.
20. Yoruba is spoken as a ritual language the Santeria cult in Carribean and South-Central America.
21. Slavery existed in the Nigerian territory before the 15th century and was abolished in the 19th century- 1807 by the British.
22. At least 55 women were killed in South-East Nigeria, in 1929 when the women forced the Umuahia warrant chiefs to submit to their rule.
23. The coinage ‘Supreme Court’ was first used in 1863 by the colonial administration through the enactment of the Supreme Court Ordinance No. II.
24. MKO Abiola died suddenly on July 7, 1998, exactly one month after General Sani Abacha died mysteriously on June 8, 1998.
25. Agbani Darego was the only one to wear a maillot as opposed to a bikini during the Miss Universe contest in 2001.
26. The ‘Ankara’ material is not indigenous to Nigeria. Our indigenous textiles include the Akwete, Ukara, Aso-Oke and Adire.
27. Aloma Mukhtar is the first female lawyer from the North and went on to become the first female Chief Justice of Nigeria.
28. The area known as Makoro town in Lagos was first a swamp, later sand-filled by the colonial government and served as the first bridge to the Island.
29. Esie Museum is Nigeria’s first museum, established in 1945. Once reputed to have the largest collection of soapstone images in the world.
30. Aminu Kano formed the Northern Teachers’ Association (NTA) in 1948, the first successful regional organization in the history of the North.
31. George Goldie, who played a major role in founding Nigeria, placed a curse on anyone who attempts to write his biography.
32. In 1996, John Ogbu, a Nigerian Anthropologist firmly advocated for the use of African-American Vernacular to teach in the U.S
33. Hause Language indigenous to Northern Nigeria is spoken in 11 African States. Germany, French, U.S., and British International radio stations broadcast in Hausa.
34. The surgeon who ‘killed’ Stella Obasanjo was sentenced to 1 year in prison, disqualified for 3 years and fined €120,000.
35. The word ‘asiri’ means ‘secret’ in Hausa, Yoruba, Nupe and Igarra. It also means ‘gossip’ in Igbo.
36. Igbo-Ora in Oyo State, Kodinji in India and Candido Godoi in Brazil are the towns that produce the highest number of twin births in the world.
37. Bishop Ajayi Crowther, a Yoruba, in 1857 produced a reading book for the Igbo Language and a full grammar and vocabulary of NUPE in 1864.
38. The first TV broadcast in Nigeria and Tropical Africa was on October 31, 1959.
39. In 1978, a 50Kobo increase (from #1.50 to #2) in the cost of University Students’ meal per day caused the ‘Ali Must Go’ protests.
40. Albert E. Kitson discovered coal in Enugu in 1909. This discovery led to the building of Port-Harcourt town in 1912.
41. Today, only Nigeria has a larger black population than Brazil. More than 3.5 million Africans were captured, enslaved and transported to Brazil.
42. Groundnut pyramids were the invention of Alhaji Alhassan Dantata to stack bags before export.
43. In 1967, old traditional ruler, Oba Akran and A. Ademiluyi were jailed for 14 years (7 each) for stealing £504,750 (#2.5b).
44. Since 1960, Nigeria has been either ruled by an ex-lecturer/ex-teacher or military man. The only exceptions are Azikiwe and Shonekan.
45. If you visited Lagos in 1975, you could spend a day at the Presidential Suite of Federal Palace Hotel for #100, single room for #19.
46. The first aircraft to land in Nigeria landed in Kano in July 1925. A British fighter jet flew from Khartoum (present day Sudan).
47. In 1895, Koko of Nembe (now in Bayelsa) took 60 white men hostage. When the British refused his demands, more than 40 of those men were eaten.
48. The ‘Naira’ was coined by Chief Obafemi Awolowo when he was serving as the Federal Commissioner of Finance.
49. Koma Hill (settlement in Adamawa where people lived and practised the killing of twins) was discovered in 1986 by a NYSC corps member.
50. The pilot (Francis Osakwe) that flew Ojukwu away from Biafra (1970) was the same pilot that flew Gowon to Uganda (last flight as Head of State).
51. In 1986, Shehu Shagari was banned from participation in politics for life. The ban has still not been lifted.
52. As the wife of the deputy Head of State (Vice President of Nigeria) in 1984, Biodun Idiagbon personally ran a small ice cream shop in Ilorin..
53. Koma Hills (Adamawa State) inhabitants when discovered were observed to engage in the practise of borrowing wives among themselves.
54. Juju, Dashiki, Yam and Okra are words in the English dictionary that originated from ethnic groups located in present day Nigeria.
55. Nigeria has more English speakers than England, and more Muslims than Saudi Arabia and Syria.
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Comparative Analysis Between Wives of Today and Those of Yesterday:

Dear Lord,

I sincerely thank You for giving me a yesterday’s Wife.

TMC.

1). *Yesterday’s Wives* :
Welcome my husband, hope the office was not stressful., your favorite food is ready, let me lead you to the bathroom first, then you take your dinner, you look so tired, am sure you’ll be okay after taking your dinner, welcome my one and only.

*Today’s Wives*:
Please don’t put unnecessary pressure on me, you can go to the fridge pick up the stew, microwave it and boil the remaining rice, I am your wife and not your cook.

2). *Yesterday’s Wives*:
Darling stop thinking about our lack of money. It’s going to be temporary. God will see us through and we are going to come out of it stronger. After all, we can still feed ourselves and the children. We need to give the Almighty that glory. I am with you through thick and thin, my husband, the owner of my dowry.

*Today’s Wives*: ________________Look I am sick and tired of living in this abject poverty with you. Why did you bring me to your house when you know that you are not ready for marriage? Every day is one complaint or the other. Are you the Complainant General of Nigeria. We don’t have cars, our house is Face me and slap you, when your mates are in GRAs. Look if you don’t find solutions to your problems, you will come back and not find me in this your rotten house.

3). *Yesterday’s Wives*: ____________My husband, we only have 2 children, don’t you think we should have more. You know children are gifts and mercies from God. And the more the merrier.

*Today’s Wives*: _______________Look am sick and tired of this marriage. You won’t allow me to rest by your constant urge to have more children. I am okay with our two children. I can’t allow you to spoil my figure 8 by bearing another 4 children. You are so wicked that I feel you want to spoil my psychedelic looks. If you dare force me, I will sue you for rape.

4). *Yesterday’s Wives*: ___________My husband, take heart and don’t worry. I shall go with you to Zaria. Your being transferred from the glitterati of Abuja to Zaria might be a blessing in disguise. We shall take the advantage of the educational institutions to advance our education. Some disappointments could be a blessing.

*Today’s Wives*: ______________Me I can’t follow you to Zaria o. God forbid bad thing. From Abuja to Zaria? I can’t cope with such a demotion. To start living in a village? You had better look for another wife. I can’t live in a city without silver birds, Amigo Supermarket or Dunes

5). *Yesterday’s Wives*: __________My husband, I have enough clothes. This N30.000 you are giving me, pls keep it and save for a rainy day.

*Today’s Wives*: ________________Why are you so stingy? Do you have super glue in your palms?What an insult. What kind of shopping do you want me to do with N50,000?What can I buy? Is it Swiss lace or Dubai gold. I am disappointed in you. Your mates are giving their wives $5,000 to shop, here you are humiliating me with naira. I don’t blame you. It is because I refused to marry Chief Antonio that’s why you are messing up with me.

6). *Yesterday’s wives ________________ Darling our children will resume next week, I have bought new bags and sandals for them, I have also kept some money for their text books, may God bless u for their tuition fees.

*Today’s wives _____________ Your children are resuming next week, I don’t want to hear story of no money o, they will change their school bags, sandals, water bottles etc and their textbooks, make sure the money is completed this time o, afterall they bear your surname not mine.

*Uhhhm!! Though we still have some good wives in today’s wives. But Where do our wives belong? Yesterday or Today <img>�<img>�?????

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 506

*True situational Analysis of Life.*
After Secondary School..
Some of our classmates have gone out of the country,
Others have completed universities and are now
Doctors,
Engineers,
Teachers,
Pilots,
Lawyers,
Administrators, etc.
Some have married,
Some have given birth.. .
Some are dead,
(Don’t forget that too)
And others are confined in psychiatric homes.
Some are doing their masters programme, PHD, etc.
Some haven’t even gained admission into the tertiary institution.
Some own companies,
Some are now Directors and majority shareholders of huge companies.
But how do you feel
When you meet your classmate, and it seems like he/she has reached his dreams
And you’re not yet close to yours?
So many thoughts runs through your mind.
How about the one you meet on the street wearing dirty rags and feeds on the refuse dumps and drinks from the gutters?
Do you get the same thoughts running through your mind?
First God has not been fair to you.
But don’t forget some are also dead.
Somehow feels like jealousy, its a normal feeling.
But, You must not regret your life.
We all are different
And our path to greatness
Is not same in distance.
Some might reach before you,
Some might reach
after you
But wherever level you are presently,
Please keep trying to break limitations and move further.
Celebrate the success of others, its an application
for yours.
Your friend buys a car now,
Be happy with him/ her. Remember when you get yours,
Theirs might not  be the latest again.
Life is not by competition,
If not,
We all will be born into one type of family,
One religion and same in everything.
Let the passion in you  never quench the desire in you
Keep it burning.
What you pass through,
Write it down because one day the world would be ready to read it.
There’s no height you cannot attain,
Just believe.
Define goals and recognize distractions.
Spend time teaching yourself,
Because the things that
Mainly take people to the top
Are the things
They devoted time to develop.
Don’t be intimidated by your fellow’s success,
The sky is too wide
That the birds can fly
Without touching themselves.
Value the small things
That God brings
And comes into our lives
And love God
And do the work of God.
For with God,
All things are possible.
Now to those who are on top,
Never forget to give a helping hand
To those who are down.
Life is full of uncertainties;
The one you pull up today
May be the one to hold your hand
To prevent you from falling down.
A piece of advice there.
May our friendship grow
From strength to strength,
From grass to grace,
From zero to hero
And from Earth to Heaven.
WISH YOU MORE SUCCESS
IN THE JOURNEY OF LIFE AND STAY HUMBLE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol  507

MATTERS ARISING: THE HYENAS AND JACKALS
News about the ailing Nigerian Leader, President. Buhari has been sparse and far between as his 75th day on medical vacation extends into another week of uncertainty. But the first sign that he is still alive and recovering from another course of chemotherapy has been revealed in a subtle way by his wife Aisha and later by his vice who is acting on his behalf – Yemi Osinbajo.
Contrary to expectations that the likes of Lai Mohammed and Garba Shehu should have been giving daily briefings about the state of Mr. President’s health as they demanded when Yar Adua was ill, the twin duo of propaganda specialists have been abnormally quiet about this.
Even their Associate Spin doctors, Lauretta and Femi, have faded from public discourse as they obviously do not belong to the tribe that is entitled to privileged sensitive information. Hence it was with increased interest one analyses the social media interaction between Aisha and Shehu Sani (The verbose Senator from Kaduna), centred around the ailing President’s state of health.
“How far with the “Lion King”. We want him home as the hyenas and jackals are plotting to take over” said Shehu Sani?
” The Lion King is getting better and will soon return to scatter the hyenas and jackals. Keep on praying” Aisha Replied.
One does not need to dig up the Disney Animated cartoon “Lion King” to decode the substance of this thinly coded message. This is far from the truth of a Simba and Scarface rivalry for the very hyenas and jackals who have hijacked the Lion King’s tenure were invited into the pride lands by the King himself and not Scarface.
Aisha must be praised for her uncadid demeanour. From day one, she warned Buhari of the company he kept and he instead insulted her intellect by relegating her to the kitchen, living room and za oza Room. But today the chickens have come home to roost and it is Aisha holding his hand by his bedside while his government is fractured into splinter cells as the cabal fights for their selfish interests.
Woe betides any man who refuses to listen to his intelligent resourceful wife for commotion awaits him on the horizon. This is the pact Buhari signed when he chose to dine with Jackals and hyenas against the warnings of his wife.
As forces realign to strip his regime of the vestigeal remains of credibility, Buhari is too ill to fight back. Following the all night marathon meeting between the Acting President and the Senate President, the battle lines have been drawn as the ruling party seeks to implode from within.
A breakaway faction of the cabal of power led by AK, the Hand, is slowly beginning to see the handwriting on the wall that a Buhari Presidency may afterall have no future hence are fully aware that once a change of guard is made they will be the first to lose their seat once the musical chairs of a cabinet reshuffle is instituted.
Hence they have run cap in hand to beg BS to rattle the cage. Smarting from his Technical knock out at the Code of conduct Tribunal, BS is emboldened and stronger. He has read the riot act to the Acting President. Sack Magu or face impeachment proceedings.
Meanwhile Buhari is unable to speak on behalf of his tainted man, Magu so the Acting President has taken up the unenviable task of playing his cracked record stand on Magu in a bid to appear loyal to the cause.
But in the end every man must bear his father’s name and choose who he shall serve. Buhari or Nigerians?
Osinbajo is obviously at a loss on how to tackle the approaching juggernaut that seeks to make him the scapegoat for Buhari’s failures as a leader. To capitulate to the justified demands of the legislature will make him appear disloyal and ungrateful which will only make him canonfodder to the envious eyes of the cabal of hyenas and jackals.
The Acting President is surrounded by the hyenas and jackals empowered by Buhari. Now the Frankenstein Monstor created by Buhari is threatening his Government Buhari is too ill to act decisively to cage his creation.
Buhari must return as soon as possible to save the dying embers of his presidency, is the unveiled message his wife is sending. Thus the forces at play may sheath their swords and wait to see what power play Buhari has in store. With Buhari’s return period still unknown and a wild guess, the more the delay the more the power play and the Acting President’s hand and the waters will become only more murkier.
 If one could be a fly on the wall in their inner sanctum, the true state of affairs would become more vivid.
The nation can only sit and watch the drama unfold as it draws to a precarious end.
Hopefully Buhari would have learnt his lesson and on his return will disband the cabal of jackals and hyenas with a view to run a more progressive regime.
Wishful thinking though for this leader has a knack for disappointing Nigerians. Interesting days lie ahead
Additional credits: Attah Essien
Culled from 1.The hyenas and jackals by Attah Essien and
                    2. Osinbajo’s trip to London by Attah Essien

THE UNFORGETTABLE NIGERIAN : NIGERIA’S FIRST MILLIONAIRECANDIDO JOAO DA ROCHA (1860 – 1959)

Have you ever asked any of your parents for money, especially continuously, and they gave you this reply: “Do you think I’m da Rocha?” 

Well, I experienced it and growing up, I never knew the meaning of the statement, until I came across a book a friend gave me, when I stumbled on the name “Candido da Rocha”.

He was a rich man who would, from the balcony of his one-storey building, throw down coins to children who would, in a tangle of bodies and flapping hands, struggle for them. So, I remembered vividly why my parents denies being “a da Rocha” anytime I ask for monies I don’t literally need as a child.

Also known as Nigeria’s first millionaire, he was a rich entrepreneur, businessman, landowner and creditor who owned Water House or Casa d’Agua on Kakawa Street, Lagos Island, Lagos. It was named Water House because it was the first and only house in Lagos in those days to have a borehole and in turn sell water to the residents.

Candido da Rocha, a native of Ilesha, present day, Osun State, was born to the family of Joao Esan da Rocha, who was captured as a slave when he was 10 years old on his way to school in Ilesha. Candido was born in the Bahia region of Brazil. His mother was Angelica Josephina da Rocha. His father returned to Lagos, Nigeria in the 1870’s where he built his wealth and passed it to his son, Candido.

Due to his wealth, his friend, Herbert Macaulay, nominated him as a candidate in one of the elections of the time. And when da Rocha met the electorate, he told them: “I am Candido da Rocha, your candidate into the House. Vote for me if you like. And if you don’t, all well and good.” That statement ended his sojourn in politics as he lost the elections with acquiring just 20 votes.

Indeed, da Rocha was a very modest and generous capitalist.

During the Second World War (1939 – 1945), when the authorities of Kings College were looking for a place to relocate the students in the boarding house – among whom were Tiamiyu Bello-Osagie, who would become one of Nigeria’s most celebrated gynaecologists; Adenekan Ademola, son of Nigeria’s first indigenous Chief Justice, Adetokunbo Ademola; Dapo Aderemi, son of Sir Adesoji Aderemi, the legendary Onni of Ile-Ife – da Rocha volunteered his Bonanza Hotel on Customs Street, Lagos, and did not collect a dime for the period it was used.

Even after the war, when government asked influential Nigerians to contribute to the rehabilitations fund, he made substantial donations and he instructed that the amount should not be disclosed to the public.

Despite his wealth and political clout, no street in Lagos is named after him. Candido da Rocha died in 1959 and his remains lies at the Ikoyi Cemetery.

God works in mysterious mighty ways

I wept when I read this. God is great!

I found it so touching 

Isaiah 65:24 :- “Before they call, I will answer.” 


This is a testimony written  by a doctor who worked in Africa. 


One night I had worked hard to help a mother in the labor ward; but in spite of all we could do, she died, leaving us with a tiny, premature baby and a crying two-year-old daughter. We would have difficulty keeping the baby alive; as we had no incubator (we had no electricity to run an incubator). We also had no special feeding facilities. 


Although we lived on the equator, nights were often chilly with treacherous drafts. One student midwife went for the box we had for such babies and the cotton wool that the baby would be wrapped in.   

    

Another went to stoke up the fire and fill a hot water bottle. She came back shortly in distress to tell me that in filling the bottle, it had burst (rubber perishes easily in tropical climates).  “And it is our last hot water  bottle!” she exclaimed. As in the West, it is no good crying over spilled milk, so in Central Africa it might be considered no good crying over burst water bottles.  They do not grow on trees, and there are no drugstores down forest pathways. 


“All right,”  I said,  “put the baby as near the fire as you safely can, and sleep between the baby and the door to keep it free from drafts. Your job is to keep the baby warm.” 


The following noon, as I did most days, I went to have prayers with any of the orphanage children who chose to gather with me. I gave the youngsters various suggestions of things to pray about and told them about the tiny baby. I explained our problem about keeping the baby warm enough, mentioning the hot water bottle, and that the baby could so easily die if it got chills. I also told them of the two-year-old sister, crying because her mother had died. 


During prayer time, one ten -year-old  girl, Ruth, prayed with the usual blunt conciseness of our African children.  “Please, God” she prayed, “Send us a hot water bottle today.  It’ll be no good tomorrow, God, as the baby will be dead, so please send it this afternoon.” 


While I gasped inwardly at the audacity of the prayer, she added, “And while You are about it, would You please send a dolly for the little girl so she’ll know You really love her?” 


As often with children’s prayers, I was put on the spot. Could I honestly say “Amen?” I just did not believe that God could do this. 


Oh, yes, I know that He can do everything; the Bible says so. But there are limits, aren’t there? The only way God could answer this particular prayer would be by sending me a parcel from the homeland. I had been in Africa for almost four years at that time, and I had never, ever, received a parcel from home.  Anyway, if anyone did send me a parcel, who would put  in a hot water bottle? I lived on the equator! 


Halfway through the afternoon, while I was teaching in the nurses’ training school, a message was sent that there was a car at my front door. By the time I reached home, the car had gone, but there on the verandah was a large 22-pound parcel. I felt tears pricking my eyes. I could not open the parcel alone, so I sent for the orphanage children. Together we pulled off the string, carefully undoing each knot. We folded the paper, taking care not to tear it unduly.  Excitement was mounting. Some thirty or forty pairs of eyes were focused on the large cardboard box. From the top, I lifted out brightly-colored, knitted jerseys. Eyes sparkled as I gave them out. Then there were the knitted bandages for the leprosy patients, and the children looked a little bored. Then came a box of mixed raisins and sultanas – that would make a batch of buns for the weekend. 


Then, as I put my hand in again, I  felt the…..could it really be? 


I grasped it and pulled it out. Yes, a brand new, rubber hot water bottle. I cried.  I had not asked God to send it; I had not truly believed that He could. 


Ruth was in the front row of the children. She rushed forward, crying out, “If God has sent the bottle, He must have sent the dolly, too!” 


Rummaging down to the bottom of the box, she pulled out the small, beautifully-dressed dolly. Her eyes shone! She had never doubted!  Looking up at me, she asked, “Can I go over with you and give this dolly to that little girl, so she’ll know that Jesus really loves her?” 


“Of course,” I replied! 


That parcel had been on the way for five whole months, packed up by my former Sunday school class, whose leader had heard and obeyed God’s prompting to send a hot water bottle, even to the equator. 


And one of the girls had put in a dolly for an African child – five months before, in answer to the believing prayer of a ten-year-old to bring it “that afternoon.” 


“Before they call, I will answer.” (Isaiah 65:24) 


When you receive this, say a prayer. That’s all I ask. No strings attached. Then just send it on to whomever you want to – but do send it on.

  Prayer is one of the best free gifts we receive. There is no cost, but a lot of rewards. Let’s continue to trust in The Lord with all our heart. What a faithful & caring Father!


COPIED!

Why CAF moving the African Cup of Nations to June/July makes sense

When African football experts gathered in Rabat Wednesday and Thursday for CAF Organised Extraordinary Football Symposium, the biggest elephant in the room was the decision to leave the African Cup of Nations’ schedule as it is (January – February) or for it to be moved to June-July. National teams and European clubs have fought again and again at each edition for the release of players.

European coaches have a problem releasing their African stars during a demanding moment which could make or mar their season. This is coupled with the fact that many Africans plying their trade in Europe often return after the competition with an injury or very tired. CAF during the Issa Hayatou days claimed that in June and July each year, weather conditions are unfavourable because the west is too wet, the North is too hot, and the South is too cold. Thus the competition has remained as scheduled for many editions.

While CAF has a point, we all know that according to the old English adage: he who pays the piper, dictates the tune. Even though the African cup of Nations has remained in January, some African stars in Europe have remained loyal to their clubs and snubbed the national team call. So even players seem to be unimpressed by the timing.

It just makes sense for the competition to be moved. As for weather conditions, man can do little to change it however with technology and infrastructure, we can make a fair attempt to have our way against nature. For example, the English Premier league refuses to go on break in December, during a very crucial winter period when many European leagues decide otherwise. In turn, many pitches have under-soil heating to keep players warm. There are sprinklers to water the ground before and after each game and in-between halves. In some instances, however, when the conditions are unfavourable, games are postponed, and the world does not end. In Tennis, when the organisers of Wimbledon realised that the rain could be a menace sometimes in big matches, they added a retractable roof to the centre court in 2009. If the weather is a problem, we have to build better stadiums with covered roofs in the West and under-soil heating in the south. If we don’t have the money, well we just play football. Sporting competitions with a twist added by nature have always been a spectacle. However, if we really set our minds to build better infrastructures, we could.

Now the competition has been moved, the African Cup of Nations will need to have better organisation and marketing to hold an interest of the public in the summer. It is true that many league competitions across the world will have been concluded but we know that there are still many football competitions which could reduce the significance of the premier CAF competition. For example, the Euros which happens every four years, the many Pre-season tournaments, and the FIFA Confederations Cup. Although schedules in terms of date would avoid a clash however it only makes sense that marketing and organisation be improved for a total rebranding which could increase revenue drastically. This is where we could learn a lot from COPA America. The COPA America is of huge importance to the world because of the big footballing names i.e. Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Columbia, Paraguay, Uruguay and a host of other teams however asides television rights, the revenue base comes from the fans within that continent who patronise the competition in ticket purchases, and merchandise. The math is simple, huge populations in member countries hold a potential market if prices are affordable.

This is the same model for Europe, however, the argument that the economy in Europe is by miles better than Africa, makes the COPA America a more appropriate example. COPA America in the last edition was witnessed by fans in over 160 countries and the nerve-racking final drew almost 100 million views yet attendance to games was great as well, cumulatively 1.5 million fans saw the game live. Which means an average of 46,875 fans saw each game. Multiply that by ticket prices and merchandise, that’s good money for a competition which Forbes says was hurriedly put together in six months. January or February, June or July, the African Cup of Nations has a tradition of empty seats across several games and this has to change. For starters, the ticketing channels have to be better. And the transportation networks across cities when you have to travel between countries sometimes can be really funny. In many instances connecting flights to shorten travel time can be a pain and come at premium price in an era when the rest of the world talks about low-cost air travel options.

A rebrand is necessary, and the standards of organisation have to be more rigorously supervised. Television isn’t the problem anymore, neither is the standard of the pitch, these problems appear to have thankfully been overcome. However, the nitty-gritty of organisation and getting fans into these competitions with a jamboree and fanfare beyond the host country places a question mark on how much of tourism and hospitality, organisers of CAF competitions can harness. In the case of FIFA, marketing the world cup is big business and the revenue is mouth-watering. CAF may never be able to match the same figures revenue-wise, however with great organisation and marketing, a fair attempt can be made despite Africa’s economic woes.

 

 

Credits : Tim Konyehi

http://www.timkonyehi.wordpress.com

Ojukwu’s Biafra vs NNamdi Kanu’s Biafraud ( spot the difference )

Sent to me on WhasApp by a very senior colleague, erudite scholar and an elder statesman.
MY RESEARCH WORK ON BIAFRA!!!
BETWEEN OJUKWU AND NNAMDI KANU
On May 30, 1967, following a chain of events in Nigeria, and following weeks of serious consultations between Ojukwu who was the Military Governor of the then Eastern Region and a cross section of the people, Ojukwu made that historic announcement which proclaimed the sovereign state of Biafra.
The day he made that proclamation, the hall at Enugu was filled to capacity. The finest brains from this part of the country were there. Leaders of thought, Traditional Rulers, soldiers, members of the academia, etc.
In his opening speech that day, Ojukwu said…
“YOU, THE PEOPLE OF EASTERN NIGERIA…
After outlining several powerful preambles, he said…
HAVING MANDATED ME TO PROCLAIM ON YOUR BEHALF AND IN YOUR NAME THE EASTERN NIGERIA TO BE A SOVEREIGN STATE,
NOW THEREFORE, I LT. COL CHUKWUEMEKA ODUMEGWU OJUKWU, MILITARY GOVERNOR OF EASTERN NIGERIA, PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY AND ABOVE RECITALS DO HEREBY SOLEMNLY PROCLAIM….
Ojukwu was a wise man. He studied history at Oxford. He understood the psychology of the Igbos and our neighbors. He knew he couldn’t act alone. He knew he needed the support of the people.
When that announcement was made, there was an explosion of joy across the entire Eastern Nigeria.
Our finest brains were fully with him. Sir Louis Mbanefo, the first Igbo lawyer accepted to serve as Chief Justice of Biafra. Others like Achebe, Okigbo, etc were there.
Ojukwu understood that Biafra wasn’t an Igbo thing. It was never. He brought in an Efik man as his Second in Command. His name was General Philip Effiong. The Secretary to the Government of Biafra was also Efik. It was an Eastern Nigerian agenda. Even a Yoruba officer, Tunji Banjo abandoned his own people and fought for Biafra.
That is the power of ideas supported by popular acclaim.
Our people were happy. We were enthusiastic. The people had spoken through their leader.
In January 1970 when the war ended, Ojukwu had fled to the Ivory Coast. He handed over to Effiong. When there was more sense continuing with the war, Effiong didn’t just make an announcement on his own. He consulted our people. Even in the heat of an excruciating war, Effiong never acted alone.
In his last speech to the Biafran people, Effiong said…
FELLOW COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN, AS YOU ALL KNOW, I WAS ASKED TO BE THE OFFICER ADMINISTERING THIS REPUBLIC ON JANUARY 10,1970…
I HAVE HAD EXTENSIVE CONSULTATIONS WITH THE LEADERS OF OUR COMMUNITIES BOTH MILITARY AND CIVIL, AND I AM NOW ENCOURAGED AND HASTEN TO MAKE THIS STATEMENT TO YOU…BY THE MANDATE OF THE ARMED FORCES AND THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY.
He spoke and spoke. Commending our people for the resilience during the war but stated that it was time to end it.
He set up a committee to negotiate with the Nigerian government. That committee was to be led by Chief Justice Mbanefo, Prof Eni Njoku, Chief Bassey and Chief Aguma . Bassey was from Cross River and Aguma, from Rivers.
He then set up a committee of eminent persons to ADVISE HIM on the issues that will arise. That committee had people from across the entire Eastern Nigeria, from the military and outside. There were Igbos, Efiks, Ijaws, etc. They were men of honor and substance.
I have taken the pains to present this preamble so that our people can compare and contrast between the scenarios we had and what we have now.
All we hear and see today are unilateral proclamations. No consultation with anybody. This young man simply wakes up and makes far reaching proclamations. In doing this, he is urged on mainly by a coterie of street urchins and a mob followership, most of whom were not born when we fought the first war.
The latest in this madness is the proclamation that Igbos will not vote in the 2019 elections, starting with Anambra this November. He didn’t ask the people of Anambra what they wanted. He just woke up and made an order and expects that Igbos are zombies. We shall see.
Education is very important. If this guy had the benefit a proper education, he would have known why indirect rule failed in Igboland but succeeded in other parts of the country. When indirect rule failed, the colonial leaders introduced the Warrant Chiefs who were Lords. The entire arrangement ended in a fiasco.
Igbos are by their nature, republicans and act after detailed analysis and wide spread consultations. No one can order the Igbo people around according to his own whims and caprices. Even if what you ask of them is right, the mere fact that you woke up to say it without asking them will make them resist it.
Igbos don’t have powerful kings and rulers. Igbos don’t by tradition prostrate before anybody. We act by a unity of purpose.
Tell me one decent and notable Igboman who is with this guy in this his movement.
Will he fight the war alone?
What does he think secession is? A cartoon film?
The original Biafra was not an Igbo thing entirely. While Igbos were in the majority, there were others too. Today, what we have is a purely designed Igbo agitation. This is not the Biafra that Ojukwu had in mind. The other people feel uncomfortable with it and have said no.
Finally, let me ask Kanu one question. If by his imperial order, Igbos refuse to vote in 2019, what of those Igbos who were elected in a state like Lagos?
Two Igbos are in the House of Reps representing two constituencies in Lagos State. One Igbo guy is in the Lagos State House of Assembly.
What becomes of them?
Those that know him should tell him to go and sleep over this his thing. He is a young man and should ask questions and consult his people before coming out to speak.
All through history, no single individual has spoken for the Igbos except the people ask him to, or he will be alone in the market place.
Finally, I will advise Kanu to go and read ACHEBE’s books, THINGS FALL APART AND ARROW OF GOD. They were written by Chinua Achebe, one of the finest Igbo brains who took active part in the war.
In those two books, the republican nature of the Igbo man were in full display. The emphasis we place on unity and consultation. All decisions must be collectively reached for it to have efficacy.
In THINGS FALL APART, when Okonkwo got too powerful and decided to run a one man show, he ended up committing suicide and his body was buried by strangers in the evil forest. The people abandoned him. It didn’t matter that he was the most popular and most powerful man in the land who had brought them honor severally.
Obierika, Okonkwo’s best friend who was a more deeper man said to the white man…THIS WAS THE GREATEST MAN IN UMUOFIA, YOU DROVE HIM TO KILL HIMSELF AND NOW, HE WILL BE BURIED LIKE A DOG.
IN ARROW OF GOD, Ezeulu misunderstood that the allegiance the people gave to him was by virtue of his office as the Priest of Ulu, their deity. When he became too powerful and started toying with the people, the people arose against both him and the deity. The rest was history. Even while he reigned as Ezeulu, he was constantly questioned and harassed by some men like the rambunctious Nwaka.
Please tell Nnamdi Kanu to cultivate the habit of reading. WComr. Okonkwo Ifeanyi Innocent writes from Ekwulobia, with one hand and his Bible in the other hand. Kachifooonu umunnem!!!

MATTERS ARISING: THE HYENAS AND JACKALS

News about the ailing Nigerian Leader, President. Buhari has been sparse and far between as his 75th day on medical vacation extends into another week of uncertainty. But the first sign that he is still alive and recovering from another course of chemotherapy has been revealed in a subtle way by his wife Aisha and later by his vice who is acting on his behalf – Yemi Osinbajo.
 
Contrary to expectations that the likes of Lai Mohammed and Garba Shehu should have been giving daily briefings about the state of Mr. President’s health as they demanded when Yar Adua was ill, the twin duo of propaganda specialists have been abnormally quiet about this.
Even their Associate Spin doctors, Lauretta and Femi, have faded from public discourse as they obviously do not belong to the tribe that is entitled to privileged sensitive information. Hence it was with increased interest one analyses the social media interaction between Aisha and Shehu Sani (The verbose Senator from Kaduna), centred around the ailing President’s state of health.
“How far with the “Lion King”. We want him home as the hyenas and jackals are plotting to take over” said Shehu Sani?
” The Lion King is getting better and will soon return to scatter the hyenas and jackals. Keep on praying” Aisha Replied.
One does not need to dig up the Disney Animated cartoon “Lion King” to decode the substance of this thinly coded message. This is far from the truth of a Simba and Scarface rivalry for the very hyenas and jackals who have hijacked the Lion King’s tenure were invited into the pride lands by the King himself and not Scarface.
Aisha must be praised for her uncadid demeanour. From day one, she warned Buhari of the company he kept and he instead insulted her intellect by relegating her to the kitchen, living room and za oza Room. But today the chickens have come home to roost and it is Aisha holding his hand by his bedside while his government is fractured into splinter cells as the cabal fights for their selfish interests.
Woe betides any man who refuses to listen to his intelligent resourceful wife for commotion awaits him on the horizon. This is the pact Buhari signed when he chose to dine with Jackals and hyenas against the warnings of his wife.
As forces realign to strip his regime of the vestigeal remains of credibility, Buhari is too ill to fight back. Following the all night marathon meeting between the Acting President and the Senate President, the battle lines have been drawn as the ruling party seeks to implode from within.
A breakaway faction of the cabal of power led by AK, the Hand, is slowly beginning to see the handwriting on the wall that a Buhari Presidency may afterall have no future hence are fully aware that once a change of guard is made they will be the first to lose their seat once the musical chairs of a cabinet reshuffle is instituted.
Hence they have run cap in hand to beg BS to rattle the cage. Smarting from his Technical knock out at the Code of conduct Tribunal, BS is emboldened and stronger. He has read the riot act to the Acting President. Sack Magu or face impeachment proceedings.
Meanwhile Buhari is unable to speak on behalf of his tainted man, Magu so the Acting President has taken up the unenviable task of playing his cracked record stand on Magu in a bid to appear loyal to the cause.
But in the end every man must bear his father’s name and choose who he shall serve. Buhari or Nigerians?
Osinbajo is obviously at a loss on how to tackle the approaching juggernaut that seeks to make him the scapegoat for Buhari’s failures as a leader. To capitulate to the justified demands of the legislature will make him appear disloyal and ungrateful which will only make him canonfodder to the envious eyes of the cabal of hyenas and jackals.
The Acting President is surrounded by the hyenas and jackals empowered by Buhari. Now the Frankenstein Monstor created by Buhari is threatening his Government Buhari is too ill to act decisively to cage his creation.
Buhari must return as soon as possible to save the dying embers of his presidency, is the unveiled message his wife is sending. Thus the forces at play may sheath their swords and wait to see what power play Buhari has in store. With Buhari’s return period still unknown and a wild guess, the more the delay the more the power play and the Acting President’s hand and the waters will become only more murkier.
 If one could be a fly on the wall in their inner sanctum, the true state of affairs would become more vivid.
The nation can only sit and watch the drama unfold as it draws to a precarious end.
Hopefully Buhari would have learnt his lesson and on his return will disband the cabal of jackals and hyenas with a view to run a more progressive regime.
Wishful thinking though for this leader has a knack for disappointing Nigerians. Interesting days lie ahead
Additional credits: Attah Essien
Culled from 1.The hyenas and jackals by Attah Essien and 
                    2. Osinbajo’s trip to London by Attah Essien