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From DESMOND MGBORH, Kano, TIMOTHY OLA, Maiduguri and ABU ONYELEBOCHO, Potiskum

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Security forces on Monday fought gun battles with Islamist militants who staged attacks on police stations, prisons, churches and other government buildings in Borno, Yobe and Kano states, leaving no fewer than 100 dead.


Corpses of Islamist militants killed by security agents in Maiduguri on Monday

The attacks came on the heels of similar incident in Bauchi, which death toll the acting Inspector General of Police, Mr Ogbonnaya Onovo put at 65, including five police casualties.

Maiduguri, the capital of Borno was thrown into pandemonium on Monday as members of the Mohammed Yusuf Movement (Yusuffiya), Islamic sect in the state made real their threat as they burnt down some police stations, prisons and churches. The Islamist militants also set free inmates of the Maiduguri Maximum Prison, while similar attacks were carried out on a police station and church in Potiskum, Yobe State.

The crisis broke few days after nine of the sectarian members were arrested by the police for being in possession of locally made bombs, explosives, dangerous chemicals and weapons, while one was also killed by a bomb explosion. The leader of the sect, Mohammed Yusuf had in a well-publicized message recently threatened to stage a show-down with those he tagged enemies of Islam, calling on his followers to prepare for a Jihad.

By Sunday night, some members of the sect members stormed the State Police Headquarters along Kano-Jos Road in Maiduguri and attacked the Mobile Police senior officers quarters beside the headquarters, killing two police officers.

“The militants came in the midnight with dangerous weapons and some substances suspected to be bombs. They caught us unaware because we never thought they could target the training college side. They immediately set some quarters ablaze and most of us ran out of our houses before our colleagues and Operation Flush men came to the scene,” a police officer who witnessed the incident told Daily Sun on condition of anonymity.

Daily Sun gathered that the sect members arrived the quarters around 11.30 pm, shouting Allhu Akbar (God is great) and immediately set nine buildings, six cars and two motorcycles on fire. Two police officers were reportedly killed.

Sources said the men of the state special security task force, Operation Flush and some mobile policemen who came to the scene shortly, engaged the militants in a gun battle, forcing the sect members to beat a retreat.

Those who escaped the police onslaught among the fundamentalists were said to have proceeded to the Maiduguri Maximum Security Prison. By early Monday morning, the prison has been burnt while all the inmates were set free. A prison warden was also killed just as some churches around the railway area in the metropolis were torched by the rampaging sect.

Unconfirmed reports claimed two churches were also burnt in Gamboru-Ngala, a border town in the state.

Over 100 corpses of members of the sect who were reportedly shot security officials police were seen littering the deserted streets of Maiduguri as at the time of filing this report. Movements in and out of the state capital were restricted even as commercial activities were paralyzed. All banks, schools and companies were shut down as combined team of police; state security services (SSS) and army mounted surveillance in the state.

The Commissioner of Police, Christopher Dega and the commandant of the Operation Flush, Col Ben Ahanotu could not be reached as at the time of filing report. Ironically, all the mobile telephone networks were not working fueling speculations that the authorities might have asked the operators to jam their communication devices to prevent the sect members who are scattered across the North from coordinating their operations.

Meanwhile, Governor Ali Sheriff has declared a dusk to dawn curfew from Monday.

A three paragraph statement signed by the Director of Press in the Government House, Zanna Usman Chiroma stated that the curfew, which was declared in all parts of the two local government areas in the Maiduguri metropolis “will take effect from 7p.m to 6a.m daily until the security situation improves.”

The governor advised residents to stay in their homes during the period as no movement would be allowed, assuring all citizens of full protection of lives and property.

He also promised to lift the curfew as soon as the situation was brought under control.

Similarly, the religious upheaval has spilled to Yobe State as attacks in Potiskum in the early hours of Monday morning left at least one policeman and a personnel of the state fire service dead.

Daily Sun gathered that the members numbering over 40 attacked the police station in Potiskum, freed suspects in custody, looted the armoury and then set ablaze the station and the office of the Federal Road Safety Commission adjacent to it.

The attacks were launched, according to sources at the period it was raining catsß and dogs.

Mr. Mohammed Paddah, spokesman of the Yobe State Police Command who confirmed the attack said the State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Abbas had paid a visit to the scenes of the attacks as well as the police armoury.

The police spokesman confirmed the death of the two uniformed men, adding that seven other police officers were injured in the attack. He said some suspects had been arrested and were already being investigated.

He called on members of the public to give vital information on suspects to enable the police nip attacks in the bud.

As at the time of filing this report, Governor Ibrahim Geidam who was said to have gone to a town in Gulani local government area had not made any statement on the attacks.

Also a police station in Wudil town situated on the outskirts of Kano was attacked on Monday.

Police repelled the attack, killing three members of the group and arresting 33 others, Kano police spokesman, Baba Mohammed said. Two police officers were injured in the clashes in the town, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) east of Kano.

“An unspecified number of these extremists attacked the police station at around 4:00a.m and injured two officers but our men repelled them, killed three and apprehended 33 of them,” said Mohammed.

He said the attack was similar to the one staged overnight at a police station in Potiskum in Yobe State.

Police have meantime besieged the Kara neighbourhood of Wudil where the group has a mosque, preparing for an offensive to flush them out.

A Kano resident said police were patrolling the streets of the bustling capital following the attack in the nearby town.

“The situation is still very tense but armed policemen are patrolling the streets and trouble-prone parts of Kano to make sure they put the situation under complete control.”

He suspected the militants were fleeing from Yobe and Bauchi states where they launched attacks on Sunday and Monday.

The latest wave of fighting broke out on Sunday in Bauchi State when police hit back at militants after they attacked a police station at dawn.

The Nigerian Taliban emerged in 2004 when it set up a base dubbed Afghanistan in Kanamma village in Yobe, on the border with Niger, from where it attacked police outposts and killed police officers.

Its membership is mainly drawn from school dropouts. The north of Nigeria is majority Muslim, although large Christian minorities have settled in the main towns, raising tensions between the two groups.

Since 1999 and the return of a civilian regime to Nigeria’s central government, 12 northern states have introduced Islamic Sharia law.

More than 700 people died last November in Jos, capital of Plateau state, when a political feud over a local election degenerated into bloody confrontation between Muslims and Christians.

Sectarian clashes between Muslims and Christians in Bauchi State killed 14 people in February. A Muslim mob went on the rampage, attacking Christians and burning churches in reprisals over the burning of two mosques, which Muslims blamed on Christians, they said.

One of the Nigerian Taliban leaders, Aminu Tashen-Ilimi, had told newsmen in a 2005 interview that the group intended to lead an armed insurrection and rid society of “immorality” and “infidelity.”

 

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A U.S. government panel listed 13 countries Friday as "egregious" violators of religious freedom.

Homeless Pakistani Christians protest last month in Islamabad for protection of Christian minorities.
 The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom's annual report named Myanmar, North Korea, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, China, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.

It recommended that the Obama administration designate them as "countries of particular concern" or CPC.

The group has issued a watch list that includes Afghanistan, Belarus, Cuba, Egypt, Indonesia, Laos, Russia, Somalia, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Venezuela, countries that don't rise to the level of a CPC but need to be monitored.

"Unfolding events in Pakistan make clear the relevance of this theme to the 2009 Annual Report. At the time of writing, emboldened Taliban-associated extremists had advanced to within 60 miles of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad," the report said.

"In the areas they already control, these groups are imposing draconian restrictions on human rights and religious freedom and engaging in brutal acts against individuals, particularly women and local police, who refused to accede to their repressive policies."

The federal commission is bipartisan, and its commissioners are appointed by the president and members of Congress.

A CPC designation gives Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "a range of specific policy options to address serious violations of religious freedom."

It requires the secretary "to enter into direct consultations with a government to find ways to bring about improvements in the respect for religious freedom."

The report covers the period May 2008 through April. The commission was created by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.

"While sanctions are a possible policy option, the secretary may decide to develop a binding agreement with the CPC government on specific actions that it will take to end the violations that gave rise to the designation or take a commensurate action," the commission said. "The secretary may determine that pre-existing sanctions are adequate or waive the requirement of taking action in furtherance of the Act"

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Monday, 11 May 2009 06:10 By Ndiameeh Babrik

If all the allegations made by the former Kano state Commissioner Alhaji Mohammed Yesufu at his final press conference in Kano are true, then Kano state is more of a Republic of Kano state then being part of Nigerian Federation. For the readers who may have not seen the press conference or had the news let me reproduce some here.

The Police Commissioner was quoted as saying that the Kano state Hisbah sharia police are now superior to the Nigeria police in Kano. That in fact they go to Nigeria police stations and barracks to arrest policemen, women and of course civilians. They close down shops, schools and churches at will. They harass magistrates and area court Judges. When courts of law grant bail, the hisbah police will arrest the suspect and detain him or her again in their make shift prisons.

The Kano state government it appears pays more allegiance to Saudi Arabia and Niger Republic than to Federal Republic of Nigeria. All the above allegations by the Police Commissioner were further confirmed by the interview Dr Babangida Aliyu, the chief servant of Niger state granted the Daily Independence of Thursday, May 7, 2009 and further authenticated by an article on the Sahara reporters.com of Friday May 8, 2009.

 Kano state has its police, it has its own prison and its allegiance is more to Saudi Arabia and Niger Republic then to Nigeria. What and how then do we classify such an entity in the Nigerian Federation? Apart from the above charges by the Former Kano state Police commissioner, it is on record that more Nigerian citizens have been killed in Kano in religious crises than anywhere else in Nigeria and paralleled only by the civil war. Non Hausas particularly southerners and middle belters are always the prime target. The case that easily comes to my mind was the broad day light behaving of Gideon Akaluka in Sabon Gari market in 1990 by Islamic fundamentalist.

Since the coming of Ibrahim Shekarau to the Kano political scene, the Kano intransigence against the Nigerian Federation has become pronounced more than ever before.

I can conclude and safely say that the only major link between the Republic of Kano state if I may use the word and the Nigerian Federation is the fact that, Nigeria still pays the federal allocation to Republic of Kano. Republic of Kano still has its citizens working in the Federal republic of Nigeria. In fact it has 22 members in the Nigerian House of Representatives. The Nigerian ministers of Finance and National planning are all from Republic of Kano as well as the Chief of Army staff of the Nigerian Army. All these are senior positions by Nigerian standard while all the states of Plateau, Taraba, Adamawa, Gombe and Kogi can boast of are paltry junior ministers called the ministers of state.

It is disturbing however that despite the fact that Kano state has been trampling on the fundamental humans rights of Nigerians by preventing them from right to freedom of religion as enshrined in Constitution Federal Republic of Nigeria section 38 sub section one. Freedom of expression and association sections 39&40.

Right to own property sections 43&44. The Federal House of Representatives which is always quick to point accusing fingers to Plateau state have never found it expedient and necessary to even condemn these unlawful and barbaric behavior by Kano state. Even when Kano state have now confined the Nigeria Police to the dust bin of powerless force in Kano as confirmed by Kano state former Police Commissioner.

By the way, is what Kano state doing not akin to introducing true federalism through the back door? While other states like Abia, Lagos and Anambra have been prevented from owning state police, why the preferential treatment for Kano state to own the hisbah police which is now superior to the Nigeria police.

House of Representatives are you there, what is good for Plateau state is surely good for Kano state. I therefore expect you to condemn Kano state for usurping the Federal police through the Hisbah sharia police otherwise you guys have hidden agenda against Plateau state and Nigeria in general. Now that you have completely grounded the constitution amendment exercise which is more important to us than anything else you guys will do for now.

You guys should as a matter of national important rise a motion in the House this week to condemn Kano state.


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By Bukola Olajide
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
For Jackson Udom of the Sunday Tribune, life could not be better. An unexpected occurence last week however jolted him to the reality that life may suddenly take a turn for the worse through no fault of anyone. His report.
 
I can’t withstand the sight of blood, and this has often pitched me against my wife, who would always want me to slaughter the chickens brought to the house, especially during Christmas and new year festivities. This is one responsibility I have always delegated to my wife or relatives who come visiting during these periods. What I prefer is to buy frozen chicken from nearby meat shops, and the matter is settled. That is the extent to which I am scared of blood.
 
I have never seen a bomb, because I was not given birth to in a military environment. So, if I come across one, I doubt if I would be able to recognise it before it explodes in my face.
In the same vein, if there is anything I dread, it is travelling by air, not because I cannot afford it, but because of the uncertainty and the risk involved when the things go wrong. You know what I mean? At least if the last day should come, I want it to come when and where my people would see my remains, so as to accord me a burial, befitting my status in my family and village.
 
My fear for air travels was further increased when I remembered how the lives of promising elders and youths, religious leaders and sportsmen had been wasted in plane crashes which occurred in the different parts of the country in the recent past. I cannot forget in a hurry, the death of foremost televangelist, Pastor Bimbo Odukoya, the innocent and promising lives of the Jesuit students that were lost to the Sosoliso plane crash, nor would I forget so soon the Abuja ADC crash that also claimed the lives of prominent Nigerians, including the immediate past Sultan of Sokoto.
 
All these harrowing experiences put together always send shivers down my spine anytime I have to travel out of my base, Ibadan, either on official or personal assignments. In fact, if not for the ‘very many good road networks’ which dot every part of the country, I would always prefer to travel, no matter the distance, by road.
 
On Thursday, 30th April, however, I had cause to travel to my state, Akwa Ibom, on official assignment. I also intended to use the visit to stop by at the Governor’s Office if protocol would allow me to find out what had been done for my people in the last two years to warrant my support and that of my aged mother for his second term ambition which was already hitting the political highway in the state.
 
Before my aborted journey to Akwa Ibom State, I learnt from those who had visited the state that Governor Akpabio, true to his promise, has really confused people like me who seldom visited home, with infrastructural and developmental projects across the three senatorial districts of the state. They even said that with what is on ground in the state, it would be pretty difficult, if not impossible for me to recognise the way to my village; Ikot Akpanya, Asuna, in Etinan Local Government Area.
 
Unfortunately, I could not make the trip home, because of some circumstances beyond my control and the situation I finally found myself, as a result of my inability to make the trip with Arik Airline.
 
At about 2:30 p.m.; last Thursday, 30th April I had taken my seat inside the Arik aircraft flight no W3 505 to Calabar. The Calabar-bound flight was scheduled to take off at 2:45p.m, but at exactly 2: 35pm, my phone rang and the caller simply asked, “ Jackson where are you?” And I replied, “I am already boarding.” And he replied, “I will suggest that you postpone the trip, because I never knew tomorrow (being May Day) is public holiday and we would not be able to do anything because of the holiday until Monday or Tuesday”.
I replied, “ Sir, I am already seated inside the aircraft.” He then said “well, if you want to come over, there is no problem, after all, you are visiting your state, but we will not be able to do anything till Monday,” he declared. Immediately my mind went back to the backlog of unfinished editorial materials on my desk, I decided to disembark from the aircraft.
 
I did not know the security implications of my action, until the obvious happened. I ‘unchained’ myself from the aircraft, picked my Laptop and headed towards the exit door. I was immediately accosted by the airline officials and I told them I was no longer embarking on the journey for the reasons listed above, which I diligently explained to the airline officials on duty at that time. Ignorant of what awaited me, I even asked the officer if I could still use the ticket next week and she replied in the affirmative. I naively thought that was all, until I saw myself in the office of a security officer at the airport. I was led to my supposed ‘Golgotha’ by a dark skinned lady and immediately the door of the security officer was opened and when the man, who I believe hails from the South-Eastern part of the country saw me , he simply said, “Disembarked?” And the lady replied, “Yes, sir!”
The next statement from the officer was that my details should be given to him, while I would remain in detention till the Calabar- bound aircraft land safely. I asked “What for?” And he replied, “You think we don’t know people like you. You have gone in there to plant a bomb and you want us to believe you. You will remain here until we confirm the safe-landing of the aircraft in Calabar.” My reply was spontaneous: “Me, plant bomb? How and why?”
 
At that time, what really came to my mind was Professor Akunyili’s rebranding project of Nigeria and I retorted within me, am I being re-branded? Why re-brand me as a bomb planter? These thoughts and many more ran through my mind, yet, I could not save myself.
 
I began to make calls to those who knew my movement on the fateful day. The first person I called was my immediate boss, Alhaji Debo Abdulai. He picked his phone and the question he asked was, “se oti de Uyo?,” meaning, have you arrived in Uyo? I replied, “Uyo ke,” I am in detention at the airport for disembarking,” and his response was “yeeeh;” I told him,” this is not a matter of yeeh; you are an Alhaji, just begin to pray now for the safety of the aircraft if not, I would be in soup”. The next person I called was my senior boss, Mr Edward Dickson.
 
Like Alhaji Abdulai, he also asked if I had arrived in Uyo and, I relayed the same message to him. He was silent on the phone for some seconds after which he said, “nothing will happen to the aircraft”. I told him, “Please pray for me and the aircraft.”
 
Shortly after that, I called my spiritual father, Rev. Sunday Ikiedemhe, and he assured me that the Calabar-bound aircraft would land safely and that I should put my hope and trust in God. At this point, I regained my confidence and I began to pray for the aircraft. I also called my wife, Taiye, to gather my kids,Pearl and Peace for serious intercession for their Daddy and breadwinner and for the safelanding of the Arik aircraft.
 
At a point, I became pessimistic despite the prayers that were being offered on my behalf. What if the aircraft crash landed, who would believe my innocence? What will happen to my dependants? Would I be able to extricate myself from this dangerous coincidence? While these were going on in my mind, the lady who facilitated my detention sauntered into the room, to break the good news that the aircraft landed safely, but she met what she never bargained for. Armed with the news of the safe arrival of the aircraft, I was more than emboldened to challenge the official on why she had to remand me for over two hours when the duration of the flight was just 55 minutes.
 
Be that as it may, I think I was really surprised at the level of security consciousness now in place at the nation’s airports and it is indeed, a welcome development which should be encouraged. I bear no grudge against the airline and the security operatives, since it was for public good and safety. But my fear is, what happens if a passenger with genuine and incontrovertible reasons disembarks with no ill intentions and the unexpected happens as a result of a mechanical or human error? will the innocent not be made to suffer for what he/she knows nothing about? This is actually where my fear lies.
 
culled from Nigerian Tribune and posted by Eno Adams

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General Board / A Few Good 'Man'; Babatunde Fashola
« on: May 04, 2009, 02:24:18 PM »
Culled from NigeriaWorld editorial


I never thought I would ever have to write a full article about a Nigerian politician, a very positive review for that matter. This was not for lack of optimism on my part, but for the lack of vision and purpose on their part. The reality is that a good Nigerian politician is difficult to come by. The vast majority of the politicians elected into government are self-serving, corrupt and worse of all visionless. They are corrupt nationally, regionally and locall y. They are corrupt in the South and in the North, in the East and in the West.
The Governors in the North marry multiple wives, in th e South-West; they publicly stick with one wife but go through young mistresses faster than mach 2. The Ibo Governors ingratiate themselves with royalty; the Yoruba ones think they are royalty, the South-South Governors lobby to become Knights, the Hausa Governors have too much time on their hands and Yar'Adua, the President, gives his daughters to two of them as third and fourth wives respectively.
Worse still, the legislators are clueless. Their main pre-occupation is junketing abroad on endless fact-finding missions. Yet they are concerned with how they are perceived at home and at the ready to threaten with arrest anyone that challenges their plain-to-see indolence and hopelessness.
Nigerian politicians are ego driven; they will commandeer an honorary doctorate degree from Universities to which they are the ‘Visitor’ and get their friends and families to congratulate them with full page newspaper advertisements. Annoyingly, they assault our intelligence and overwhelm reason with false eulogies in these congratulatory advertisements, many of which often share the same message.  They celebrate 47th, 56th and other meaningless birthdays; they collect meaningless titles from any monarch. The Nigerian politician gives the impression that theirs is a gadabout government, purposele ss yet whirling in self congratulation.
After the era of visionary and selfless leaders like Awolowo, Azikiwe and Ahmadu Bello, we are lumbered with the misfortune of having so-called usurpers who think they are doing us a favour by carrying out what they are elected to do. So State Governors have their ugly photos plastered over the covers of notebooks distributed to school children majority of whom have to contend with window-less, teacher-less schools. Some of the politicians also erect massive billboards with their photos and political slogans beside every road repaired and every well sunk.  On being sworn to office, the vast majority of them took to corruption and the euphoria of office like a pig to filth. They stink to high heavens and they carry a lot of innocent blood on their hands and head.
Refreshingly, Babatunde Fashola, the Lagos State Governor is a departure from this filth. He is a breath of fresh air compared to anyone who has held any executive position in Nigeria in over 40 years. He is so different that you can hardly believe he is one of us. He is genuinely and determinedly interested in changing the lives of his constituents for good.  Like many other Lagosians, I have developed an air of breathless excitement as I watch Fashola transform the hitherto impossible city. 
The recently introduced commuter bus systems have made travelling affordable and easier for a good number of people. Major road works are being carried out, drainage systems are being rebuilt.  If you go on Mobolaji Bank Anthony in Ikeja or Akin Adesola in Victoria Island at night, you may think you are in London.  Many roads in the Lagos metropolis now light up at night powered by solar energy. Fashola must have realised that the environment affects people’s behaviour, and has therefore engaged in a massive drive to beautify the city, left, right and centre.  Lagos roads are now  being swept almost round the clock. /SPAN>
The Lagos State Signage Agency has seen to it that posters and overhead fliers that hitherto deface Lagos roads are now a thing of the past.
Wherever you go in Lagos, you can see the government of Babatunde Fashola at work without seeing his face. He is rebranding Lagos State without making any noise about it. He just lets his work speak for him. Unlike many Nigerian politicians, he is not involved in any populist, short-term projects; he appears to be planning ahead for the next 100 years.  Fashola genuinely has the interest of20the people at heart.
Do not get me wrong, if you are visiting Lagos for the first time or have lived abroad for a considerably long period, you may not notice much. However, having lived in Lagos for over a year now, the transformation is truly astounding.  Fashola has proven that good governance is possible. He is also governing from a position of service. Never has he once made Lagosians believe he is doing them a favour. Fashola has class. 
He is also very wis e.  He shows deference to traditional and religious leaders, but he does not collect titles from them. He collected an award from a newsmagazine as one of the best performing governors in 2008 but returned it when he realised it was a Greek gift.
Fashola is also a cultured person who is not carried away by power. He is one of only three Governors in Nigeria who still carry the title of ‘Mr’. In an interview he gave a few months after he became Governor, He said he does not use the signature siren favoured by politicians and the ‘powerful people’ because he is averse to noise but also because he considers it in bad taste to live in a government house, drive government vehicles a nd terrorise the same people that pay for the luxury he enjoys.     
Some people will argue that he can only do what he is doing because his predecessor and mentor Bola Tinubu helps to take care of the political side of things. My response is whilst this may be true; Fashola can not do what he is doing if he does not have it in him.
I will like to share a story that in my view sums up the effort of Babatunde Fashola and showcases the new Lagos that he is trying to build. A man had been lying for consecutive days at the same spot on the central reservation of the road that leads to our Estate. I decided to stop and on enquiring from a nearby shop-keeper, I was informed that the man had been drunk and was hit by an Okada (motorbike).
On Friday 17th April, I placed a call to the Lagos State emergency telephone number ‘767’ to request for assistance for the man. This was my first time of using this service which is in itself a first in Nigeria. I was amazed when I got connected and I was afforded the utmost courtesy by the person who answered the phone. When we got disconnected shortly afterwards, I tried again, and yet another person answered on th e first ring.  She listened to my report asking for the full details of where the man was located and promised that an ambulance will be sent forthwith. I was joyful not only for the man, but that something this good was possible in Lagos and in Nigeria. Without any deliberate prompting, my heart blessed Fashola
A few days later, I noticed that the=2 0man was no longer there. My wife later informed me that she saw an ambulance parked at the same spot to ferry the man away for treatment as she drove past one evening.
Of course Fashola is not doing more than what he was elected to do, however, when the vast majority of our politicians care less about the electorate, Fashola should earn our admiration for differentiating himself so fantastically.
I have watched Fashola on the sidelines for over a year and I know he is no fluke. He has surreptitiously dragged us, Lagosians, to develop confidence in him and increasingly in government. I have come across many people who have chosen to pay their tax because they believe that Fashola will use it responsibly. This agrees very well with the proponents of the theory that Nigeria’s problem is a leadership one.
Fashola has proven that you only need a few good people to change the course of a nation; in his case, a few good ‘MAN’. Lagosians know that what is happening in Lagos is due to the determination of a single man and they truly appreciate this man and have come to trust him.  Fashola is a leader, a responsible man, a genuinely good per son.  He is a few good ‘MAN’.  And we all can learn from him -- said Gbenga Badejo


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General Board / Agency 'arrests' 355 goats for sanitation offences
« on: April 25, 2009, 02:39:12 PM »
Agency 'arrests' 355 goats for sanitation offences

By Agency Reporter

The Kaduna State Environmental Protection Authority says it has arrested 335 goats for sanitation offences between January 2008 and April 2009.

The General Manager, KEPA, Alhaji Ibrahim Husseini, who made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Wednesday, said that the agency generated N162,000 from fines paid on the goats.

He said that owners of the goats were made to pay N500 fine per goat.

He said that that the measure was introduced to free the Kaduna metropolis from the menace of stray animals.

Husseini, however, conceded that ongoing street decongestion activities and the just-concluded polytechnic Games had led to the temporary cessation of the exercise.

He said that policy was adopted, following complaints from farmers, residents and business owners about stray animals destroying their crops and gardens.

He said that the agency would resume the seizure of stray animals on April 27, urging breeders of domestic animals to respect existing environmental laws.

He said, "We have repeatedly urged the owners of the animals to constrain the movement of their and curtail their nuisance to the environment but all efforts have so far proved abortive."

He warned that the agency would no longer release arrested animals to their owners without fully applying the sanctions, so as to serve as a deterrent.


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Folks
 
Just the latest is the fight for corruption
 
Culled by Aloy
 
Monday, 06 April 2009 10:28 Citizen Reports
 
For those who are familiar with the case of Ibrahim Yushau Kanya, the federal lawmaker representing Babura/Garki federal constituency and indeed all honest patriotic Nigerians, these are very sad times.

The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) which has been handling the case of certificate forgery involving the MP has finally hands off the case.

The commission has cleared Kanya of any criminal offence saying though the allegations of certificate forgery are correct, there is no need disturbing the lawmaker because the offence is not a very serious one.

Sources in the commission say the ICPC has warned “trouble makers” from Babura and Garki to stop disturbing themselves. “After all this gentleman (Kanya) only forged certificates. What is the big deal there? There are people stealing billions and getting away with it. Why are they making trouble because somebody just tried to improve himself.. We are no longer worrying ourselves over the matter. Not even the President can resurrect he case”, the source told some elders from Garki who visited ICPC last week.

According to the source, the ICPC is interested is settling all cases amicably. In this case, the argument is that Kanya has almost finished his tenure. “Why should the ICPC spoil his opportunity simply because he was not the one that wrote his WAEC?”

The ICPC official then told the elders to stop disturbing themselves as the commission is not going to border the MP. He said there is so much pressure from the Presidency, the PDP and Jigawa state to give the MP a clean bill of health.

This declaration confirmed our earlier accusations that the ICPC is under pressure not to do anything about Kanya’s forgery case. It also confirms the fact that the lawmaker knew what he was doing when he rolled the drums into Babura to celebrate his freedom early this year.

Now, we have been cheated in our constituency and ICPC is rubbing the cheating into our face. Corruption and dishonesty at their worst is being visited upon us with impunity. If you visit the National Assembly website today, you will see that Ibrahim Kanya’s qualification is Diploma in Public Admin. He used another person’s WAEC results to obtain the diploma. He is a dishonorable man in the assembly and the ICPC says it does not matter.

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From News Sources / NASARAWA'S MILLIONAIRE LIONS
« on: April 01, 2009, 06:16:15 PM »
NASARAWA'S MILLIONAIRE LIONS
Editorial
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

IT is one of the disturbing paradoxes which characterise the polity in Nigeria that the state government in Nasarawa spends about 18 million Naira per annum for the upkeep of two lions now under the care of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments in its Zoological Garden in Jos. Prior to being moved to the Zoological Garden in Jos, the lions had served the erstwhile Governor of Nasarawa State, Alhaji Abdulahi Adamu, as part of his security detail, which he allegedly deployed to ward off perceived enemies in the Government House, Lafia!

ACCORDING to a newspaper report, when the current state governor, Aliyu Akwe Doma, assumed duties, he expressed his reservations about keeping the ferocious carnivores in the Government House and promptly made arrangements for their transfer by contacting the National Commission for Museum and Monuments and an agreement was reached between the state government and the Director General of the Commission for keeping the two lions at the Zoological Gardens in Jos.

AS part of the arrangement to transfer the lions to the zoological gardens in Jos, Governor Doma agreed to part with the sum of 1.5 million Naira monthly for the upkeep of the lions. In other words, the state government would spend N18 million annually on the maintenance of the two lions.

THIS is a ludicrous and chilling paradox in an economy where the average minimum wage for human beings engaged by the government is about N7,500 per month or N250 per day. The hefty amount expended on the lions will conveniently pay the salaries of 200 workers.

AS a matter of fact, the allowance of 1.5 million Naira per month for the two lions puts them at par with the elite class in Nigeria. And what this means, curiously, is that these lions are valued more than human beings. It is apposite to note that Nasarawa State ranks high on the poverty index in Nigeria and in his first few months in office, Governor Doma found it almost impossible to pay the salaries of the workers in his state.

THE decision to keep two lions as part of the security checks by former Governor Adamu was frivolous and it betrayed a manner of thinking that ought to have been challenged by the state’s House of Assembly, especially because his reason for procuring these lions, to ward off perceived enemies at the Government House, Lafia, lacked merit. He was not an emperor like the famed Haile Sellasie of Ethiopia. For a democratically elected governor of a state to have used the state’s money to acquire those lions at the expense of developmental programmes is criminal, to say the least, especially because the reasons given for acquiring those ferocious ‘pets’ were as spurious as they were laughable. It even showed the kind of quality of thinking that is available to those who are in leadership positions in Nigeria.

THE Nasarawa lions issue then is an expose on the quality of leadership in Nigeria. It also reveals why it would be foolish to continue to allow this mediocre leadership to make decisions for the right-thinking citizens of the country

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I saw this email posted in Nigeriaworld forum, and since I can relate to it from personal experience, I decided to post it here as something to reflect on.


ADIEU, BEAUTIFUL SISTER - YET ANOTHER VICTIM OF A FAILED STATE IN THE KILLING FIELDS OF NIGERIA !
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My trip to Nigeria late January/February 2009 was yet another of multiple trips that I had been making in the hope of being one of the exiled Nigerians returning to make a difference. Unfortunately my "what I hope will be my last time ever" was the worst nightmare of my life. I graduated from a medical school in Nigeria, did my initial postgraduate training in England and now practice as a family physician in the United States. I had nursed the idea of opening a state of the art medical center in my city, in Nigeria but those hopes died with my sister Itunu Olubunmi.

I arrived in Nigeria on the 30th of January to be greeted by a deteriorating airport with no usable lavatory facility. I proceeded do my usual running around, transact some business, visit family and friends but unfortunately decided I was going to see my baby sister at her doctors office at Onikan, Lagos. Little did I know I was never going to get a chance to see her ever again. She had decided to have her surgery done by "a renowned Obstetrician/ Gynecologist" , who is supposed to be "top of the Line" for the surgery. She had taken her official "leave" from work hoping to return in a few weeks; hardly did we know that she was not going to be with us in less than a week. The facility she chose we assumed was going to be fully equipped as they had charged her an exorbitant sum for the surgery equivalent to what is being charged in the United States of America (excluding hospital stay). Like the proverb goes "all that glitters is not
gold".

I was planning on visiting Itunu post-operatively, but got a phone call from one of my auntie's asking me to hurry up, as there was a complication post operatively. I arrived at the hospital and was ushered into the operating room by the surgeon. Nothing could have prepared me for how primitive the operating room (OR) set up was. I could not believe that a renowned surgeon could operate on human beings in such an environment. The space in the operating room was not only cramped, it was the obsoleteness of the equipments that hit me like a missile. The OR had little or no monitoring device, they had no automated monitor for the blood pressure, and no oxygen monitoring device. There was no monitor on till I asked for a pulse oximeter which the anesthesiology then produced and turned on. I was unfortunate or fortunate enough to know too much, the anesthetic machine was so obsolete I doubt it can deliver any of the anesthetic gases adequately and yet there was no machine to check the mixture of the gases that were being delivered to the patient. They had no capnograph (to monitor the level of carbon dioxide) or an apnea alarm (a device that tells you if the patient is accidentally disconnected from the machine). Not only did they not have the basic monitoring equipments this hospital used the cheapest medication that was available but charged the most money that they could. They also did not have reversal medications.

I requested for naloxone one of the necessary medications for reversal of medications and was told the hospital does not have this medication. The physicians in Nigeria obviously do not think much of the Hippocratic Oath. I knew at this point I was in trouble, the hospital only had 3 cylinders of oxygen, which were running out as we continued to try and resuscitate my sister, there was no machine to ventilate her, she was being ventilated manually with a bag. I requested for her to be transferred to another hospital and was told there was no driver for the ambulance parked I front of the hospital. It took another hour before the driver showed up, "he had gone to drop someone".

We finally got a driver and needed to transfer her but the so-called hospital had no equipment to oxygenate her during the transfer. We had to improvise and made it through the traffic to another Hospital where they initially refused to accept her except we "deposit 1million Naira". They accepted the transfer only because they were told she has a sister in USA. The second day she was on the ICU, when the hospital generator broke down for almost 15 minutes. Whatever hope we had of her recovering was dashed at this point by the power outage. The physician had earlier informed of minimal progress the day before the power outage, but after that the news was bad. Unfortunately my sister did no survive the broken medical system and physicians who put profit above life. She is obviously not the only person that has fallen victim to the hell we call "our beloved country", where all that really matters is how much you have. She almost certainly will not be the last victim of this broken and fallen state.

Nigeria continues on it's slowly but sure path to destruction. The country has abandoned the path of sanity and reason and is going to hell on "A CONCORD" Christians and Muslims alike. Everybody has decided it is not possible to live without being corrupt or cheating your neighbor even if it means taking his or her life.

The other thing that shocked me was how uncaring the so-called Nigerian Christians are. I was shocked when my brother-in-law tried to put a call to his pastor (A Redeemed Church parish). I heard him inform the pastor that his wife was on life support, the pastor told him to come to the camp meeting the next night, another 24hrs. I was so disgusted, I told him to please inform the pastor that if it were his wife, would he wait another 24hrs to meet someone for prayers? Not only did this pastor say that, I was told there was a protocol in the Redeemed Church before anyone can see the G.O, which I quite understand but should this also be the case in a matter of life and death. Thank God the doors of heaven are always open to people that knock with no protocol involved and when Christ died the veil in the temple tore, so that all might approach the throne room of God.

My darling Itunu Olubunmi, we will always miss you and you will always be in our hearts, those doctors, a broken system and an uncaring country cannot take that away. I have resigned myself to the fact that I can't save the world and God knows why you had to leave so soon. I love you dearly baby girl. I leave the perpetrators to God who is the righteous judge. It is obvious that there are no guidelines in place for clinics and hospitals that treat and operate on people in Nigeria. Even in the major hospitals, they are under funded and a lot of the private clinics/hospitals anaesthetizing people are gas chambers. It is doubtful that the government is even interested in doing anything to address the issue when they lack the resolve to give their citizens basic amenities of life, such as running potable water, constant electricity and good roads. Hundreds of Nigerians die daily on the roads of accident, many because of typhoid and others through gas/ generator fumes.

This is a country that eats its young and brilliant ones. It is not surprising the country is experiencing a "brain drain". Who will want to stay in a place that has become a "hell hole" for young and old alike, where the only happy group are the looters, rapists, murderers and the brazen thieves who care less what happens to their fellow citizens? I thank God for bringing me out and I have now resolved to stay out, but hope that someday Nigeria and Africa will cease to be the land of the people who not only are black outside but whose actions are inherently evil and "black".

I rest my case.

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From News Sources / Gunmen kill 8 policemen in Delta CP’s convoy
« on: March 26, 2009, 04:10:33 PM »
Eight policemen attached to the convoy of the Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr Jacob Oshiomogor, were killed yesterday during an exchange of gunfire with armed robbers.

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Mr Oshiomogho, however, escaped death by the whiskers. The attack took place at Ekpon, Igueben Local Government Council of Edo State, near Agbor, in Delta State. 

Initially, the whereabouts of the Police chief could not be ascertained, but the Force Public Relations Officer, an ACP (ACP), Emmanuel Ojukwu, who confirmed the incident in Abuja, said Oshiomogho was alive and safe. He, however, could not confirm the number of casualties. 

Oshiomogho who spoke from Police Headquarters in Asaba said that he could not comment on the incident as he was in an emergency meeting.

"I can't talk now because of what happened to me today. I will talk later," he said.

The Command’s Spokesman, Charles Muka, also declined to speak, saying that he was in a meeting.

Oshiomogho, who hails from Ogbona, Etsako Central Local Government Council of Edo State was attacked in his home state as he was returning from Abuja.

  A Police source at the Asaba Police Command Headquarters who pleaded anonymity said the robbers opened fire on the Commissioner’s convoy as soon as they drove by. In the ensuing crossfire, the escort pickup van, which was fully loaded with his security details, was hit.

  "I don't have the full details but I know that he was attacked by robbers and about eight policemen died," the source said.

  Two of the wounded policemen are reportedly receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital in Delta State.

  At the Delta State Police Headquarters on Okpanam Road, Asaba, all was quiet last night. Two police sentry stood guard while some other policemen were seen discussing the incidence in hushed tone.

  The gunmen are suspected to be robbers whose attempts to rob a bullion van was foiled along the same route earlier in the day.

  Though no official reaction was issued by the Police in Edo State, THISDAY Checks showed that there were blood stains all over the place where the incident occurred.

  Calls put across to the Edo Police Public Relations Officer, Peter Ogboi and the Zone’s Assistant Inspector-General of Police spokesperson, Ebi Erubiri, were not picked. Even the telephone lines of the State Commissioner, Danlami Yar’Adua, were switched off.


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CAN scribe alleges terrorists' invasion
From Saxone Akhaine, Kaduna.

THE Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the 19 Northern states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) at the weekend raised an alarm over the alleged invasion of the country by terrorists . General Secretary of CAN in the North, Saidu Dogo, warned in an interview with journalists in Kaduna that Nigerians should soon expect more crises, alleging that some of the terrorists were receiving training in the bush. He said: "We should be expecting more crises because there is training going on in the bush and the security people know about this. There are terrorists and fundamentalists that have invaded this country and if care is not taken, definitely this country may not remain one....We are leaving in a dynamic society. Many of our youths today are becoming educated and that is a potential time bomb because most of them are jobless. "They may become an easy tool in the hands of those who are bent on destabilizing this country. The government must take urgent steps to address this. I don't have to tell you where this thing is going on, but definitely there is training going on in the bush. Go and investigate what I am telling you...you will see over 100 people in a trailer or a truck saying they are going on hunting, they are not going for any hunting, they are gong for training in the bush to learn how to fight." Dogo continued: "In Kaduna, the governor had to order that those going for the so-called hunting should stop. That is what is happening all over the North. Reports have been reaching security agencies. Some of them are from Niger Republic; some of them are from Chad . If care is not taken, these people will destabilise this country. The government must do something about this." According to him, some of those operating as commercial motorcyclists in some cities, especially in the North were among those who have been brought into the country and were being trained in the bush. "We discovered that some of those people doing Okada are not Nigerians; they don't understand any Nigerian language. Who gave them these motorcycles? They are very easy to be detected. They cannot speak any of the Nigerian languages and they don't know the name of any street or place within the town where they stay. "These are the people who are imported into this country to cause confusion. This was very evident in the Jos crisis of November last year. So, as long as the security of this country is not taken seriously, we will continue to have crises. But the security agents must investigate and do something about these people training in the bush," the CAN scribe said further Dogo, who said he led a delegation to visit displaced victims of the recent religious violence in Bauchi also lamented the conditions of the victims who were being camped at the military barracks in Bauchi. "We visited Bauchi last week and discovered that many of those who were displaced, those whose houses were burnt were still in the army barracks and other places where they are being camped. "To our greatest surprise, we discovered that since the crisis, neither the Bauchi State governor nor even any official of the government had visited the camp. In the army barracks, we discovered that there are over 2,000 displaced people still there. Some of them were taken away by their relations. The presence of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) was yet to be felt. "Many of the displaced victims of the crisis have no mattresses, no blankets, they sleep on bare floor. We also discovered to our dismay that they don't have enough food to eat. This is very unfortunate. We don't know why they are treating Christians like this. This is a glaring case of discrimination. " We had to mobilize some relief materials for them. Many of the victims, including children have no clothes to wear. The children cannot go back to school because they have no uniforms to wear."

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I saw these two videos on youtube, and I get the sense that some kind of revolution is brewing in Arab countries as the women there are questioning and challenging what the Mullahs hold as Islamic teachings contained in the Koran. I have not seen Men dare to publicly question or challeng ideology like this. Is this just a case of many women being fed up with the status quo? What I notice from carefully viewing these links is that these women are not just debating with men or clerics, they are questioning Koranic teachings. In some cases, it is almost as if these women are saying, they reject any scriptural teaching that subjects them to any unequal treatment to men. When the men attempt to accuse them of 'heresy', they cleverly respond that it is for God to decide. Please watch the links below and give your thoughts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0DRlBa4KVI&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WH12fGYrRqQ&feature=related

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Black Iraqis In Basra Face Racism *LINK*

Posted By: R J
Date: Wednesday, 3 December 2008, at 11:29 a.m.

Morning Edition, December 3, 2008 · The election of Barack Obama to the U.S. presidency was celebrated with special fervor by Iraqis of African descent in the southern port city of Basra.

Although they have lived in Iraq for more than 1,000 years, the black Basrawis say they are still discriminated against because of the color of their skin, and they see Obama as a role model. Long relegated to menial jobs or work as musicians and dancers, some of them have recently formed a group to advance their civil rights.

Black people in Basra are most visible at joyous events. When there's a big wedding, Basrawis call in drummers from the district of Zubair. The Basrawi bride and groom are welcomed in traditional fashion by a row of musicians in Arab dress, long dishdasha gowns and red-checkered head scarves. The drummers sway in unison to the rhythms they slap out on broad, tambourinelike drums — and drive up excitement as the newlyweds cross the threshold of a Basra hotel.

The drummers are black men, descendants of the people who came here from East Africa as sailors or slaves over the course of centuries. And while they are welcome fixtures at joyous events all over the city, they say they are not as welcome in Basra's political, commercial or educational life.

Seen As Slaves

"People here see us as slaves," says Jalal Diyaab, a 43-year-old civil rights activist. "They even call us abd, which means slave."

Diyaab is the general secretary of the Free Iraqi movement. He sits with more than a dozen other men in a narrow, high-ceilinged room in a mud-brick building in Zubair, talking about a history of slavery and oppression that he says dates back to at least the ninth century.

"Black people worked on the plantations around Basra, doing the hard labor, until there was a slave uprising in the mid-800s," says Diyaab. Black people ruled Basra for about 15 years, until the caliph sent troops. Many of the black rebels were massacred, and others were sold to the Arab tribes.

Slavery was abolished here in the 19th century, but Diyaab says black people in modern-day Iraq still face discrimination.

"[Arabs] here still look at us as being incapable of making decisions or even governing our lives. People here are 95 percent illiterate. They have terrible living conditions and very few jobs," he says.

Diyaab takes visitors across the street to a warren of mud-brick courtyards where dozens of people are packed into tiny rooms without running water or sewage. The narrow passageways reek of excrement. Many people sleep in the open yards when the weather is good, because there isn't enough space in the rooms.

"These houses are like caves. This house? This is it," says Diyaab, pointing at a single narrow room and the courtyard outside. He says 15 people, the family of a man called Abu Haidar, live here.

Lightning streaks the night sky as a thunderstorm rolls in from the Persian Gulf. Rain begins to speckle the hard-packed ground. The men gathered around say a heavy rain will flood these rooms ankle-deep with muck and sewage.

Diyaab says there are more than 2 million black people in Iraq. He says they want recognition as a minority, like the Christians, whose rights should be protected. He says his group's demands have been ignored by the Iraqi government, but they have found an ally in a Sunni political party — the National Dialogue Front.

Awath al-Abdan is the head of that party in Basra, and he says he thinks black Iraqis have a strong case for getting their minority status recognized.

"We expect this cause to become a political reality soon because it just started to get publicity. We are working hard to get these people's message heard," he says.

Preserving Their African Roots

For now, the message that most people in Basra hear from the black community is the joy its musicians help bring to weddings. But there's an entirely different feeling when they play for themselves.

The community has preserved many traditions from its African roots, including healing ceremonies that they say call up spirits from their ancient homeland.

On a bright Saturday in Zubair, young men hang bright flags and prepare an altar for a ceremony they say will summon a spirit from Africa. They work under the impatient direction of Baba Sa'eed al-Basri, a prominent local musician. He is the hereditary leader of this religious sect, which combines elements of Islam with African spirit traditions.

The flags, Baba Sa'eed says, represent the African countries associated with various spirits. At the center of the altar is a model of an Arab sailing dhow, the kind of ship that brought black people to this city.

"These rituals," he says, "are inherited self-expressions that were brought to us from Africa, through the ships that traded in this port."

The Baba cleanses the courtyard, by sprinkling it with water. He scents the hands of visitors with a cologne stick and offers tiny cups of bitter coffee. Then he takes his place by the altar, among the candles and incense burners, and tells the drummers to begin.

The ceremony begins with an Islamic invocation, as the drummers chant "there is no God, but God," but soon the rhythm changes. The song says another being is announcing his presence, "a stranger is calling, the sea is calling."

Baba Sa'eed, who has been dancing with his arms and his upper body as he sits by the altar, goes rigid and begins speaking in what he later says was an African dialect, punctuated by phrases in broken Arabic. His voice goes into a weird upper register. The "dialect" has an improvised sound to it, and even the drummers don't seem especially impressed by his spirit possession. He says this place has been blessed, before snapping out of it, with a dazed expression.

The ceremony ends with a song the Baba says will send the spirits back to their homes — retracing the journey that his ancestors made, back through the Gulf to Yemen and then on to the coast of East Africa. The candles and the incense are extinguished. The flags are taken down and the model ship is put away. The black musicians of Zubair pack up their drums and get ready to play another round of weddings.


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General Board / Yar-Adua sends IBB to "democracy" in Guinea
« on: January 30, 2009, 05:22:36 PM »
Culled from NieriaWorld forum.

When two sick clowns act together, they make themselves look even more stupid. Thats the best way to describe Yar'adua's misguided decision to send Serial Coupist -in-Chief Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida to Guinea to persuade Captain Camara to hand over power to the Guinean civilians.

To those who always second-guess Yar'Adua's intelligence and ability to rationally act with political aptitude, this is another gaffe by our "president". Of all people in Nigeria, IBB, ( a man who ruthlessly and single-handedly annulled an election) is definitely the last man to even consider for this kind of assignment. Did Yar'adua think that IBB was suitable because of his long history of coups and capital murders of his seniors in the military? If the answer is YES, then, Baba go-slow had got another think coming. Because, such qualities only qualify IBB to be behind bars for life, and not as a diplomat.

It is an embarrassment to Nigeria to even present criminals like IBB to act as spokesperson for Nigeria internationally, let alone act as a peace maker to restore democracy. IBB has no clue what democracy means no matter how much he pretends to the contrary. With this single misguided act, it wont be too much out of place to equate Yar'Adua's idea of democracy with IBB's. Afterall, while the whole world was bitterly condemning the military dictatorship in Myanmar, it was Yar'Adua again who donated a whopping 500,000 dollars gift DIRECTLY to those thugs who had seized their country hostage. These are the thugs who had been globally isolated by right thinking governments.

What a bunch of leaders we claim to have in Nigeria !
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General Board / Mamman Ali's brother now Deputy Governor
« on: January 29, 2009, 10:08:21 PM »
A  new deputy governor for Yobe State, has been named. He is Adamu Bello Ali, a younger brother of the deceased governor of the state.
Bello Ali emerged through an intervention by elders in which the decision to compensate the family of the late Senator Mamman Bello Ali who died on Tuesday in Florida, became imperative.
Earlier, Hon Baba Gishiwari Yusuf had been pencilled down for the job. His nomination followed the sentimental excuse that he happens to be the only National Assembly member from the state that remained loyal to the late governor to the end.
Hon. Yusuf represents Fika/Fune Federal Constituency.
Meanwhile, Adamu Bello Ali was sworn in at 6pm yesterday in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital
 
Culled from  Leadership online
 
Comments:
Is this democracy or what?
These confusionists, by whatever name  -elders or chiefs or imams, or  Emirs or "stake-holders" ; ought to know that they have created a very dangerous, and therefore undesirable precedence by what they have done here.
In a democracy; room for succession is ALWAYS made beforehand, in the laws of the democratic entity - be that entity a nation, a state, or municipality;  OR an election conducted to fill such a vacancy where there is no clear order of succession in the books.
These people, by their acts are not only rubbishing the government of the people, by the people, and for the people; they are creating avenues for discord and conflict; and for the death of DEMOCRACY in Nigeria.
They may as well  have re-instituted  their FEUDAL System of governance; which had been discredited by the corruption hithhereto practiced  in Nigeria; and by the  dictatorial rule of Arab countries. This is the time for the so-called legislatures - Yobe State and National -   to nip this discordant and dysfunctional  state of affairs in the governance of Yobe State; in the bud. Where the constitution of Yobe state has been at  fault (should that be the case here); the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria SHOULD step in; to assure Peace, Progress, and Stability.
'Npko ama anam eyen; anam ibuo' - the Nigerian nation IS at risk of undemocratic rule and dis-integration; if the Rule of Law is allowed to be trampled upon with such impunity, as seems to be the case here !
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