Niger Delta Region Dying from the Negligence and corruption of its leaders

My first time of being to Niger Delta area was when I posted to Abia state to participate in the National youth service corps scheme for one calendar year. I was very excited, given the fact that, the region provides over 80 percent of the total export earnings. The region has been blessed with an abundance of physical and human resources, including the majority of Nigeria’s oil and gas deposits, good agriculture land,extensive forests,excellent fisheries,as well as a large labour force,and a vibrant private sector.
However, the region tremendous potential for economic growth and sustainable development remains unfulfilled due to the poor governance especially among their leaders. After the completion of three weeks registration procedure inside the camp,we (core members) were deployed to the place of primary assignment(PPA), and these enable me to known the state is suffering from the high spate of corruption, poor governance, falling standard of education,insecurity, poverty, high cost of living, non-payment of state allowance to the core member among others.
Sadly, not only abia state but also almost all of the Niger Delta Region are suffering from these endemic problems. These due to the fact that I was able to visit almost all of the region. Maybe these led about 30 percent of youth core members to apply for the relocation for the first instance, which including both mr and miss NYSC in the state.
One of the problems in the region, is the corruption. Most of the political leadership in the region are corrupt and these has serious implication for development in the area. The impact of the special allocation to the region is not so felt by the people, because of corruption among its leaders. In May 2013, Bayelsa state with 8 local Government received #50.4 billion while Lagos state with 20 local Government, and Kano state with 44 local Government received #30 billion and #34.5billion respectively.

Furthermore,the high spate of corruption among their leaders led the region to be highly unstable,especially among their youth. Most of their youth engage in criminal activities such as kidnapping, piracy, cultist, thugery and oil theft or bunkering. Long years of neglect by their leaders have brought conflict, and fostened a siege mentality specifically among youths who feel they are condemned to a future without hope, and see only conflict as a strategy to escape deprivation.

Today, the region in spite of its special allocation and endowement remains a region whose people are facing with declining economic performance, leading to rise unemployment, educationally backward, water borne disease, abject poverty, poor electrification, high risk/unstable region,oil spillage and poor industry practices.


Is Amnesty,State of Emergency the solution to Boko Haram crisis?

The world suffer a lot, not because of violence from bad people, but because of silence of good people -Einsten

For the past 3 years now, the media are daily washed with mind boggling report on violence, especially in the northern part of the country where militant sect jama- ‘a Ahlal -Sunnah li -da’ wawa wa al-jiha-d commonly known as Bokoharam is laying siege with a vow to fight the Nigeria state until it accepts to operate only on the basis of an Islamic system.

After many years of notable attacks carried out by the sect, recklessly destroying human lives and properties to include: the mogadishu Barracks bombing in Abuja in 2010, the UN House bombing in Abuja in August 2011, police station bombing killed at least 180 people in kano in January 2012, and over 185 civilian murder in Baga in April 2013 to mention a few.

The Government proceeded to declare state of emergency in the three states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa in northern part of Nigeria.
Many Nigerians believe the military intervention seemed yielding positive result. The question we need to ask ourselves is, can we win the war on terrorism by Army force? The declaration of state of emergency on Boko haram is not new; we witnessed it in December, 31 2011.

More than a year we are still facing the same security challenges by the same sect. To buttress this argument, during Chief Olusegun Obasanjo tenure, he declared a total crackdown on the Niger Delta militant insurgents in the region, we all knows how it ended.

Apart from state of Emergency declared, an amnesty committee has been set up by government with the aim of bringing Boko haram sect to the negotiating table and persuading them to hand over their weapons. In return they will go free, as they did to Niger Delta militants.

Amnesty for Boko haram sect will only compound the problem. It will only create more violent groups, since government will accommodate people that are violent.

Few weeks ago, oil thieves and illegal refinery operators in Niger Delta, demanded for amnesty from the Federal Government for them to stop oil theft in the region. And if we could remember a few days ago, coordinating Minister of the economy and Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said crude oil theft was at its highest level ever and that Nigeria is estimated to lose about $6 billion annually to crude oil theft. That means soon enough government will come up and grant
amnesty to oil thieves.

Now, I doubt Jonathan’s drastic move would “completely solve” the problem of Boko haram in the country whereby 60% of her population live on less than $1 (#160) a day according to the National Bureau of statistics.

What is important is to review the issue that gave rise to the militant sect like Boko haram for the first instance. The violence by Boko haram sects represents a growing distrust from political leaders in Nigeria. Boko Haram is a symptom of multiple rationales characterised by corruption, poverty, massive unemployment, economic deprivation, economic injustice, mismanagement, irresponsible government and all products of years of bad governance. All these have been identified as one of the underlying causes of most sectarian violence in the country.

Not only Boko haram, but also many Nigerians hold Nigeria state as the enemy, each attacking it with as much power at their disposal as the Boko haram’s bombs. Vandalism and looting of public property was not seen as a crime against society by our politicians, government workers refuse to give their best in service, judiciary has become the main legitimizing institution for any corrupt practice, law enforcement officers have become body for selective prosecution, public institution (university/polytechnics) go on indefinite strikes on a whim, INEC widely manipulate the electoral process, while journalists accept brown envelops to turn black to white I.e to turn truth on its head. What all these groups have in common with Bokoharam is that, they believe
Nigeria is unfair and hold a bleak future for them.

Military intervention and amnesty only, would not lead to sustainable peace. Until we have an honest government that sincerely works toward addressing The root causes of the violent, we are going to face the same challenges.

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My Dream for Nigeria

Before going to bed, i had to eat something. I opened d fridge nd yes, all d things in my fridge had turned to block;d light had been on for 8 years without going off.I finished eating nd went to bed. Oh I ve to reduce d speed of this fan, d voltage is so high.I woke up very early in d morning to d sound of classical music. I casually strolled into the bathroom. Oh!the cold is too much this morning, i turned on d hot-water tap.While towelling myself dry, i turned on the radio and heard the presenter speaking of how Nigeria is now one of the most developed countries in the world and how d Nigerian president yesterday declared his asset and all he had to boast of was N20 million naira and a duplex in his village.I finished dressing up and took my time to eat. I had no reason to rush,afterall the road is always free and there are nopotholes.On d way, i saw a few policemen patrolling and I greeted them. I stopped to chat wit dem 4 a few minutes after which i drove off laughing.In my workplace, i saw some people loitering in d waiting room nd discovered dey were here to be interviewed.I saw d son of the permanent secretary.I also saw a young man with tattered shoes nd patched-up trouser; he graduated recently from one of d government universities, but everyone could testify to the fact that he’s brilliant.While­ going home that day, i saw the man with d tattered shoes smiling and i asked him why. “Sir, i’ve been given d job.” “What! What of the Permanent secretary’s son, didn’t his father call beforehand?No”D man said, “He didn’t”That evening,i went out 2 play in D neighborhood, i saw Adamu and Obinna discussing d recent trend in the country,of hw Mallam Danjuma is now D governor of Rivers state, Senator Abifarin Oluwafemi is now the governor in Borno state,Mr Chijioke Godffrey is now the governor of Oyo state.Den I had a Mosquito bite on my nose,as I slapped my face.I woke up realized that I took large dose of cough syrup…Chai!!! NIGERIA OF MY DREAM. Good morning

Jonathan’s Two Years Of Unending Drama

Anniversary are usually time for the celebration achievement, milestones attained or the like.

As president Goodluck Jonathan set to celebrate the second year of his four year term in office, it is time to look at how well he has fared in his administration of Nigeria.

President Jonathan’s 2 years in office seem like 10 years of military dictatorship in Nigeria. Hardly does a day pass by without Nigerians witnessing one form of national drama or the other.

Amongst many other maladies, bomb blast has now become as regular as PHCN. His government revel in corruption and indiscipline.

Let’s take a good look at some of the negative things President Jonathan has done since his 2 years in office.

(1) He refused to publicly declare his asset at the inception of his government on May 29, 2011 and then proceeded to tell Nigerians in nation-wide TV interview, “I don’t give a damn” about assets declaration.

(2) Aso rock under Jonathan has become a grave yard of investigative committees. We have lost count of the number of committees he has set up since 2 years ago. What is very sad in it is that he failed to implement findings and recommendation of the committees

(3) His controversial endorsement of the suspension of the president of the court of Appeal, Justice Ayo salami, as many people believe is all about the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) losing Ekiti and Osun state which the party appropriated to itself through a most shameful electoral heist.

(4) On New Year’s Day 2012, Jonathan greeted Nigerian with the shock of new oil prices, as he attempted to scrap ‘subsidies’, leading to general strike and protest. As a result of this, the administration promised to establish refineries as well as execute mass public works to provide employment for the youth; we are yet to feel the impact of these promises

(5) He did not make any reference to the endemic corruption in the oil
sector, and he refused to sack petroleum minister Diezani Alison-Madueke who has been serially accused of corruption and self enrichment.

(6) Over #5 trillion of government funds have been stolen through Fraud, Scam, Embezzlement and theft since his resumption in office. Massive frauds has been witnessed in some ministries. For instance, Ribadu’s report on the oil and gas sector put daily crude
oil theft at 250,000 barrels costing the nation $6.3bn a year. Meanwhile, the statutory institutions created to fight these monsters of economic crimes (EFCC and ICPC) have gone to sleep.

(7) Fuel subsidy and pension funds have been stolen under his watch. There is no evidence that these people involved will be prosecuted and be made to answer for the crimes they were alleged to have committed.
(8) He went on air to claim that Nigerians were impressed with the current level of improvement on power. His claim was immediately challenged on twitter by Nigerians, who were following the interview with many tweeting, that they were watching the interview using

(9) He lied to the world in his independence day anniversary speech that global corruption watchdog -Transparency international has endorsed and praised his administration’s war against corruption.
(10) He cheerfully accepted a donation of church from a government contractor which is strongly against the constitution he promised to uphold.

(11) The President go on foreign trips without minding the current security challenges in the country. His trips are often preceded with advance parties and entourages which attract huge estacodes at the country’s expenses.

(12) His administration came up with an innovation project to distribute 10 million mobile phones to farmers.
(13) The presidency as usual lied about the first lady’s health, insisting tha Mrs. Jonathan travelled for a “deserved rest”. But in February this year, the first lady narrated how she went through
“hell”, while in hospital. She said she was “dead” for 7 days and that she did 9 surgeries to correct her “unknown ailment”. The summary of it was that the presidency lied to Nigerians on simple issue. How would they expect anyone to ever believe them again?

(14) He granted presidential pardon to former governor of Bayelsa state, chief Alamieyeseigha and made mockery of himself as he continued to insist his government is determined to fight corruption.

(15) He awarded juicy contracts to ethnic militia leaders in the south-south; he also went ahead to do the same for OPC leaders, by awarding the allocation of oil pipeline security contracts to them. This shows that he encourages other people to organise themselves and take up arms so as  to get a share of the national cake.

(16) For a significant part of his 2 years in office, we witnessed several episodes of conflict in many part of the country, particularly the northern side where Boko Haram, an Islamic terror sect
killed thousands of Nigerians. This is, as a result of the economic mess and high poverty rate that the Jonathan administration created in the last 2 years.

The drama is not yet over, we are still watching…

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Jonathan’s third years of unending Drama by Azeez Ibrahim


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As president Goodluck Jonathan set to celebrate the third of his four year term in office, it is time to look at how well he has fared in his administration of Nigeria.

Jonathan’s third years in office has been described by many Nigerians as a tsunami of scandals , corruption and a monument to insecurity of historic proportions.

Amongst many other episodes, NNPC ranked most corrupt National oil company in the world under Jonathan Diezani’s watch. As at the last count, over 40,000 Nigerians have been sent to their early graves by the rampaging of Bokoharam.

Let’s take a good watch at some of the drama his administration has performed since his 3 years in office.

(1) He recognised Governor Jonah jang of plateau state as the chairman of Nigerian Governor’s forum, NGF, even though Jang lost to Governor Chibuike Amaechi of River state in what has been described as a free, fair and transparent NGF poll.

(2) Under Jonathan administration, Nigeria had become famous for out of school children. Education in all parts of Nigeria is in total state of decay. This can be justified by the recent ridiculously low performance in Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), out of over one million candidates that sat for the exam nationwide, only 24 candidates scored 250 and above. And also low cut off marks for admission into federal government college(unity school), which in some state in the north , was put at as low as 2.

(3) He established  12 new universities across geopolitical zones while he has failed to adequately fund the existing ones. ASUUand ASSUP strike has become one too many in recent times. His government has over the years demonstrated lack of honour to abide by and fulfill agreements reached with ASSUU and ASSUP on most of the isues plaguing the educational system.

(4) Nigeria has been ranked within the category of low human development index in all UNDP human development index reports. Life expectancy has also continued to lower from 51.9 in 2011 to 41.4 in 2013.

(5) He set free Hamza Al-mustapha , the former chief security officer to late Nigerian dictator, sanni Abacha after being confused by TB Joshua, that his political fortune rests with setting Al-mustapha free.

(6) He has been accused by former president chief olusegun obasanjo, of placing over 1000 Nigerians on political watch list, and financing a killer’s squad with nation’s resources to match for political purpose like Abacha.

(7) His administration alleged of non-remitting of about $7 billion from NNPC to central Bank. The allegation was buttressed by the letter of former Governor of central Bank of Nigeria.

(8) He continued ignoring of the corruption allegation against Deziani Alison-Madueke, who has been accused of approving $10 billion for maintenance of aircraft.

(9) He suspended and relieved of Sanusi Lamido, after he claimed that $20 million was not accounted for by the NNPC under Deziani’s watch. He relieved him for exposing the rot level of corruption in the oil sector.

(10) His senior special Assistance, Reno omokiri, tried to frame mallam sanusi Lamido as the sponsored of Bokoharam.

(11) He refused to fire minister of interior, Abba moro, for fraudulently collecting close to a billion naira from job seekers for recruitment jobs in the immigration service which caused the loss of about 23 lives.

(12) He confessed that Governor Rabiu kwankwaso of kano state, did not vote for him in 2011 PDP presidential primary election despite the fact that, he bribed him.

(13) A day after the Nyanya bomb blast, Mr Jonathan went to kano state for a people Democratic party , PDP, politically rally. President upon leaving kano, flew to ibadan to felicitate with olubadan , oba Gbada Lana to celebrate with him on his 100 years birthday. This shows that he is not concerned by damage caused by the insurgent to his people he govern.

(14) For the first time in history, Nigeria is third, worldwide, on the list of countries with the highest number of citizens displaced by conflict and violence.

(15) At the moment, Nigeria has surpassed somalia, Mali, Yemen, syria and Libya in most deadly act of terrorism and sectarian violence.

The drama is not yet over, we are still watching………

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2015: Who Is The Best Candidate In APC for Presidential Ticket? By Azeez Ibrahim Oluwafemi

It is not new that Nigerians are dissatisfied of People Democratic Party (PDP), after their 15 years of
misruled. The ruling party, PDP, has been at the centre for 15 years. By next year, it would have spent a
total of 16 years and billions of dollars to boot. Not much has changed or improved since may 29,
1999, when the military handed over power to one of their leader, chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
Mismanagement of public funds by PDP has direct impact on the country’s collapsing infrastructure,
standard of education, health facilities, injustice, unemployment, poverty, national unity, economy, theft,
looting of public funds, corruption and more importantly insecurity. Nigeria has become a besieged
nation with the level of unprecedented violence, which has spread in different parts of the country.
Militancy in the south, kidnappers in the east, terrorism in the north, armed and ritual killers in the west.
There is no where we can say it saves in any part of the country at the moment. The reign of terror in
Nigeria has refused to abate despite the stupendous resources committed to it. This is as a result of
poor governance on the part of PDP.
In any normal democracy, the people would have long voted out PDP, as a malfunctioning political and
non performing government, that has kept that long in the saddle of power with little or nothing to show
for it. We have less than one year to go, and by now we need to engage in political analysis, and raise
our voices to let the APC leaders known of what we are expecting from them as it remains a few weeks
to their national convention.
We ought to salute the modest effort of opposition leaders who form the APC party. They have really
done a good job, and they showed high level of seriousness in this merger. Imagine by now, with the
APC controlling a total number of 16 states with the highest number of population of voters, while the
PDP controlling 18 states with less significant number of voters. Even though, the PDP has the
sympathy of APGA and LP. Going with these results, it shows that the APC will chase PDP out of Aso
Rock in 2015, provided our votes count.
It is obvious that PDP would present Goodluck Jonathan who hails from south – south as its flag-
bearer. APC may need to present its candidate from the north, where it is hoped more votes would
come to over-run the regions where Jonathan comes from.
At present, there are a lot of presidential hopefuls in the party that are being speculated to have an
ambition, but the prominent among such aspirants are a former military head of state, Gen.
muhammadu Buhari(retd); former vice president Alh. Atiku Abubakar; Governor of kano state, Rabiu
kwankwaso; speaker of the house of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal; former chairman of EFCC, Nuhu
Ribadu; and publisher of leadership newspaper, Sam Nda-isaiah.
Buhari is known to have a large number of supporters and a cult following among the northern
population. Most of the people in the north still see him as the messiah.
He got about 12 million votes in the 2011 presidential election and he vied on the platform of congress
for progressive change(CPC), which was formed barely 10 months before the 2011 election. Also, the
fielding of Gen. Buhari as the presidential candidate will be of tremendous advantage to the APC, due to
the fact that, Nigerians believe Buhari is the most honest politician in the country, judging from his past
leadership antecedents. His tracks record in all positions he held, from the time he was military
governor, to minister of petroleum, head of state and to the time when he was chairman of the PTDF.
All these are public offices that could turn a man in to a multi billionaire over night for life, but Buhari
still remains poor. This is a clear proof that he had given honest leadership; fundamental solution to
the current problem of Nigerian.
Former vice president Atiku Abubakar is the most significant national politician to defect from PDP to
Abubakar who joined the party few weeks ago, is extremely wealthy, he has widespread political
connections and machinery, but he can’t deliver the number of votes the APC needs in the north when
compared to muhammadu Buhari. The APC needs a candidate who would compete favourably with
president Jonathan since it is certain Jonathan would run, and he will get south-south votes totally, so
APC needs someone that can deliver all the votes in the north.
Kwankwaso is one of the five aggrieved PDP governors who recently defected to APC. He has many
followers in kano, one of the most populous state in the country. However, just like Atiku, the state
governor would not attract the number of votes Buhari will get in the norther part.
Though famous due to his role as the pioneer chairman of the Economic and financial crimes
commission (EFCC), the last election showed that Ribadu may not be able to bring sufficient votes to
the table.
Though he is still a member of the PDP, many people are expecting him to defect to the APC before
2015. He is young and energetic, he will still be less than 50 years by the next general polls. However,
just like Ribadu, the speaker of the House of Representatives is not seen as a candidate that can attract
the votes Buhari will in the north.
He is a known Buhari loyalist. He attained the status of pro-good governance advocate with his column
in leadership newspaper. He may get considerable number of votes in the middle belt region, he might
not be able to deliver the number of votes APC needs in the core north.
Therefore, out of all these candidate Muhammadu Buhari is the most acceptable and well popular. He
has been described by many as an unrepentant apostle of anti-corruption. He is a sellable candidate
based on the strength of his electoral values as demonstrated in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 presidential
I would have love to give support to any one of these candidates I mentioned above apart from Buhari,
but It might be too late to present another less popular candidate with less than a year before election.
Any new candidate would not guarantee the require political support within one year to beat the PDP as
analysis above.
In conclusion, if corruption is the major problems of Nigeria’s development, if the APC is only hope for
Nigeria, then we truly need an incorruptible leader like Muhammadu Buhari as president in 2015. Let us
not mess this golden opportunity up by making the wrong choices.
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PDP: 14 years of Failure in Governance by Azeez Ibrahim Oluwafemi

We are all living witnesses to the great economic mismanagement, poor governance, collapsing infrastructure and falling standard of education, insecurity, poverty, injustice, unemployment and high spate of corruption which an inept and corrupt leadership have imposed on our beloved nation for the past fourteen years. I am referring to the harsh intolerable condition under which we are now living by the led People Democratic Party (PDP) since 1999 till date.

First, let me start with Chief Olusegun Obasanjo whose government can best be described as a catastrophic failure. The 8 years he served as Nigeria’s civilian president were nightmarish and everybody acknowledge that the country did not move forward. Many people believe that what Nigerian went through during the 8 years of president Obasanjo’s supposedly democratic government was not fundamentally different from what Nigerians experienced during the over 35 years of military dictatorship in Nigeria since independence in 1960.

Corruption during Obasanjo’s tenure pervades the entire structure of private and public sectors. The Bureau of private Enterprises for Example, oversaw the privatisation of many government-Owned business including Nitel, Hilton Hotel and industries in the sugar, rice, steel and other sectors. It is widely believed that privatisation exercise benefited Obasanjo through Aliko Dangote and various other agents. Despite all this, he failed woefully in tackling the problem of electricity supply, not minding that trillions of naira was injected into the power sector.

He supported the illegal impeachment of several state governors but where later to be reversed by the Supreme Court and saw to the conduct of a highly controversial and widely criticised election in April, 2007. The elections was condemned by Nigerians as severely flawed and do not meet the standard acceptable anywhere in the democratic world. As if that was not enough, he proposed the third term agenda; a plan to modify the constitution so as to enable him serves another four years
as president.

He imposed Umaru Yar’adua on Nigerians who in reality would not have won the election. For the two and a half years that Yar’adua presided over the affairs of the country, we did not see anything from him. The fact was that he didn’t have the health to do the job. We all know how
it ended.

After the death of President Umaru Yar’adua,Goodluck  in 2011, President Jonathan assumed the leadership of Nigeria and went ahead to contest and win the 2011 election. The election was marred by violence and many people lost their lives. Close to two years that Mr. Goodluck Jonathan, has been in charge of affairs of our dear country. His achievement is very simple and they
are best described as fake promises, lies, and endorsement of corruption as well as the rise in insecurity of lives and property.

In 2011, President Jonathan promised to bring full and uninterrupted electricity to Nigerians, but up to this moment what Nigerians have seen is uninterrupted darkness. Under Jonathan, the menace of corruption has reached an unprecedented level.  Just last year, the finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala told us that 400,000 barrels of oil per day were looted from the country in just one month. That is just an example of so many barefaced corruptions.

We remember former Bayelsa state governor, DSP Alamieyeseigha who after raping the treasury of Bayelsa state was suddenly granted pardon by Jonathan. This implied that he has supported corruption and corrupt practices in the country.

The frightening escalation of the treat and damage from the Boko Haram insurgence has reached unacceptable level since President Jonathan resumed office and that is due to his incompetence. How do we expect foreign investors to ibest in a country that is not only unstable, but is unsafe for lives and properties?

As we match on the road to 2015, many people agree that there is an urgent need to provide a credible alternative to the PDP-led failure government that has held power since 1999. The question most Nigerians are asking is whether the All Progress Congress (APC) which is a fusion of four opposition parties will solve Nigeria’s problem? What are the programmes they have for the people? Do they have something different from PDP? The answers to these questions fall on their shoulders.

My advice to APC is that they must bring up candidates that would meet the expectation of Nigerians. Under the PDP led government, mind boggling corruption cases and insecurity has dominated the headlines. Thus, Nigerians expect candidates from the APC who have the determination to fight corruption and bring stability to the country. APC must present committed and decisive candidates that can prudently manage our natural resource revenue and implement strategic policy measure to boost job creation.

They must present a candidate who will reduce inequality in the system and cut down avoidable expenses in government.  APC must produce a candidate who will diversify our economy, empower
the small business sector to take the advantage of the vast opportunities that exist in today’s global market.

Let me conclude my article by one of my favourite quote that said, “let us not seek to fix the failure for the past government, let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”Everybody agree that past and present leaders have failed us, but let us take responsibility for their actions because it is our generation which will suffer most. The present crop of leaders has little to lose; we will live with the consequence of their actions, while our children’s future becomes increasingly uncertain.

May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.