Wednesday, May 7, 2014

#BringBackOurGirls - poem: O GOD, help me please, I am turning into a Tribalist. (Think Mode Activated)

The man won an election, I was bitter, sad and feared for the worse,
 never rated him highly, didnt vote for him, wouldn't have,
 yet he is my next-door neighbor.
 Maybe I should have wished him well then, I didnt,

Fuel subsidy came, the masses revolted, I joined,
 we insulted, rubbished, demonstrated,
 burnt tires, people lost lives, I was happy, we won, he lost.
 Time to correct the ills of the society.
 Maybe I should cut him some slack, no not now.

Robbers attack Woman in her car on Mile 2 route (Pics)

 Another robbery attack happened yesterday on the Mile 2 Bridge, Lagos. A woman in her car was attacked, the robbers broke her car window and robbed her in traffic. Motorists in the community say the robbery incident is becoming too much and are asking the federal government to do something about it.

Jungle Justice: Suspected female kidnapper (Gbomo Gbomo) set ablaze by a mob in Abule Egba (Graphic Photos)

Can the Lagos State government please make jungle justice a crime punishable by a long time in prison? This can't continue happening. We as citizens can't keep taking the laws into our hands. Other wise innocent people are affected too. The pics out of this scene is so gory, I don't know if I will share it. The woman pictured above was accused of trying to kidnap three primary school pupils in the Ekoro part of Abule-Egba, Lagos yesterday May 6th. Eye-witnesses claim the woman stopped the kids, aged 7-10 years as they were going to school, and asked to bring them to school. 

Boko Haram: A Hand of Esau And The Voices Of Jacob - Adekoya Boladale

Most people who desire happiness and life of bliss in Africa have over the years chosen Nigeria as a tourist destination. The serene but bubbling atmosphere of Lagos, the commercial capital gives a natural sense of alertness and the feel of life with multitude passing you by every minute heads positioned North moving in a fast pace that suggest they are jog-walking, the hill top of the ancient city of Abeokuta in Ogun state (a border state to Lagos) where the historic mountain called ‘Olumo’ rock lies, the Ikogosi warm spring  in Ekiti state beneath which the mystery of the cold and hot water of Mother Nature meets, the Argungu river in Kebbi state which holds a muddy surface but houses some of the biggest beast of the river, the welcoming and hospitable sense of freshness of the Obudu Cattle ranch in Calabar, Cross River, the melodious rhythm of the Vuvuzela flowing with the windy atmosphere of the North, and Borno State, the adjoined home of hospitality with a mother nature landscape posing with open arms waiting to feel the subtle embrace of her child. 

But all these are gone now, the joy and fun they have taken away from us. The calm and peaceful country of Nigeria formerly ranked the second happiest country in the world, the notable home of peace to many have suddenly become a den of bitterness and grief.

Nigeria is now a nation mapped in fear, a country so large but yet so weak. Agony, pain and frustration have suddenly taken over the beautiful smiling face which was once our signature note for hospitality. Countrymen and women living in absolute fear, minds buried in high alertness and mistrust for each other, everyone is a suspect. No one can tell, no one can predict when and where the next bomb explosion will take place. So many have been thrown into perpetual insanity as a result of the continuous traumatization propelled by unending massacre of friends and family. The race to dodge stray bullet, the swift move to escape RPGs, the jump against machetes and cutlass. These and many more are the reoccurring decimal in the day to day lives of men, women, boys and girls, old and young Nigerians in the Northern part of the country.

Boko Haram, a small group of young men who were just members of a community pressure group, never attended defense academy in Sandhurst or Zaria have suddenly metamorphosied into our Achilles heels.
So, how on earth did we get here? What changed? What happened? What did we do? What did we not do?
Understanding the advent of terrorism in Nigeria is understanding Nigeria itself, beneath the pretence of happiness and joy lies a country soaked in disunity, mistrust and hatred for one another. The South have never trusted the North, Muslims have never loved Christians. Just a group of individuals without any social, cultural and economic connection forced to live together and the fact that we made it this far together is nothing short of miracle.

While I share the widely acknowledged opinion that the Nigeria President, Goodluck Jonathan is weak and clueless on ways to tackle or atleast minimize the activities of the insurgents, I totally believe that the tales made by opposition politicians on the President's direct link to sponsoring this Frankenstein is fallacious, callous, hateful and mere cheap political propaganda.

I understand that the opposition as the name sound is to checkmate government activities and excesses with the motive of exposing and discrediting them to winning political sympathy and love of the electorate, however, it is totally inhuman to divert such skill on issues such as human lives not to talk of lives and properties of country men and women. Till date the leading opposition group is yet to give recommendations to ending the activities of the sect but have in some ways directed its Governors in the three prone states (Borno, Yobe, Adamawa) to play the hostility card against government activities through making unguarded statements and pointing accusing fingers to the central government on issues directly within their constituency with a view of heating up the polity.

Many have advocated for a level-10 full scale combat in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. This is logical and achievable but not in a country such as Nigeria ruled by a Southern president. Ordering air and land bombardment with high class sophisticated equipment on these three Northern states will only flame up the already mounting regional division within the country. Northern leaders will not take this gesture lightly as they will demand to know why same decision was not meant out to the militant in the Niger Delta. Postures to this was the call by the Northern leaders for the suspension of the State of Emergency rule in the region and clamour for the soldiers to leave the streets while they continue to push for amnesty, the same treatment the Southern militants got. In other words, the Northern leaders see the terrorist activities as a means to liberate the region from poverty and corner its own share of the national cake through amnesty and not really focused on ending terrorism.

Unfortunately President Jonathan with his bunch of yes-men are not helping the situation. If there is one area President Jonathan has failed, it is his nonchalant, `i dont give a damn' attitude towards the pains and grief of affected Nigerians. His continuous political campaigns across the country when his house is supposedly on fire creates an image of a heartless, ruthless and wicked individual who is less concerned about the safety and security of Nigerians. This singular act is unforgivable and should never be over looked.
The activities of Boko Haram in operation, strategy, weaponry and implementation over the years have pointed clearly that the group is under the guidance of a superior power beyond the shores of Nigeria.

Al-Qaeda, the most deadly terrorist organization in the world has been linked to directly sponsoring the activities of Boko Haram. A report by wikileak exposed the connection between these two groups and reported a link to United States. Al-Qaeda before the September 11 attack was regarded as a US asset organization, infact Osama Bin Laden was said to have lived in Sudan for a very long time. But how does Sudan, Osama, US fits into the equation of Boko Haram?
The answer to that puzzle was provided by Ambassador Bola Dada who served as a Nigerian diplomat in Sudan when the relationship between Osama and United States was still cordial. In an interview he granted Punch, a local newspaper, the diplomat revealed how on several occasion the then Governor of Zamfara state, Alhaji Sanni Yerima paid the Al-Qaeda camp visits and even sponsor young men from the Northern region to train in the camp.  The simple logic then is that since United States was as at that time still controlling Al-Qaeda then Boko Haram must have been a pet project of Langley.

Why Nigeria?
The answer is simple. Africa was becoming the investment destination of choice, the likes of China and other countries in Asia are raking in billions of dollars yearly through trade and Nigeria, the giant of Africa divinely blessed with abundant natural resources was in control of its own democratic government with little or no influence. The truth is that there is a mad scramble for control of African countries by the super powers to sustain their downtrodden economy. In the list of Africa oil producing countries Nigeria is the only nation yet to be under control. Algeria, the second largest oil producing country with similar situation as Nigeria had its supposed revolution cut short when the government in power threw in the towel and agreed to be a puppet to France in other to remain in power, Angola the third largest is under the control of USA, so is Libya, Sudan and Egypt. It is just like the slave trade all over again!

Why the North?
Looking at Nigeria geographical formation and development, the Northern part of the country seems backward, a large population of mostly youth, uneducated and living in abject poverty. While the central government should be blamed for this inequality majority of the problems in the North were caused by Northern elites. Due to the traditional system of government still much in place and the misinterpretation of western education as a competitor against Islamic knowledge, it was impossible for Northern masses to demand full accountability from their leaders as the doctrines of democracy; the rules of Democratic process together with social responsibilities and civil rights are not emphatic in the holy books. They see the state government as a privilege and Governors as sort of demigods who should not be questioned but rather praised. Therefore to create an impactful terror group the religious, regional and ethnic factors must be tailored around a group that seems to represent the traditional ideology of the North, portray a radical understanding of Islam and is capable of winning the sentiment of average northern youth.

A pointer to this was the welcoming gesture Boko Haram received from Northerners at the beginning of their campaign before they started turning the trigger to helpless individuals. In fact Boko Haram was seen as a liberation movement against Southerners in the North and due to the rate of poverty and the class difference that exist between the Northern masses and their elites, it was easy to get manpower provided cash incentives was available. So majority of the youth who joined Boko Haram believed they are killing two birds with a stone; fighting Jihad for Allah and at the same time having income to make ends meets. 

What does US stand to gain?
Like the colonial era, the main cause of colonization is for economy power. United States is engulfed in fiscal deficit with high rising debt to China but Africa and especially Nigeria has more than enough wealth and majorly untapped resources with immense riches in the hands of the rulers that lack knowledge of how to spend it. This what United States needs. The mission is simple; create a terror force that will force the government to its knees, ignite the tension in the country with cruel activities against humanity. Like the Arab spring prototype, render the government inactive therefore creating room for civil unrest and mass protests, this will continue till the election period which result will favour the government and against what is believed to be the will of the people. Then after months of uprising the United States comes in to negotiate a new democratic election, one that will enable them put a puppet in place.

Curbing Boko Haram is not going to be a tea party; the wake of insurgency in Nigeria has been a source of profit to lots of individuals and elements within and outside the Nigeria public service. The Governors of the affected states have tapped into the rave by becoming relatively inactive. While budgets are periodically been passed and funds released those funds have not translated to physical projects, in layman terms; corruption is encouraged. Before the advent of Boko Haram security occupies a lesser priority on the budget list but within the last three years the security budget has risen up to 25% of total budget allocation. This means more money to the potbelly security chiefs and more attention to the armed forces; now tell me who will pass over that? Insurgency has also created an ample market for arms dealers within and outside Nigeria, with increase in demand for Armored Personnel Carriers (APC), RPGs, Anti-aircraft missiles not to talk of tonnes of AK47 rifles. Will these warlords suddenly let go of this new found sector?

Who then do we turn to for help? The Nigeria military is compromised. Our men in camouflage have simply joined the beast with reports of military men arrested offering training and support to Boko haram. Should we turn to the west again, where aids and assistances are never given out freely on a platter of gold?
Nigeria is in turmoil and those who can save it are Nigerians and African countries. While the government must work out frame work to minimize poverty and unemployment especially in the North, the African Union (AU) must as a matter of urgency move both economic and military power to help Nigeria. China and other countries of the world benefitting from this government should offer unconditioned assistance.

Finally, President Jonathan at this perilous time requires the trust and support of the people; unfortunately he is not a man that merits such. The president is far from the people he leads. You can’t support corrupt officials, cook up defence for crooks, grant pardon to convicted godfathers, lie to the people and expect public opinion to rally round you. The first element of public office is trust and when you lose that then there is really nothing to lead for.

Writen By Adekoya Boladale 

Bio:  Adekoya Boladale is a political scientist and scholar on good governance, a social commentator and consultant on political and intra governmental affairs. He is the Convener, Advocacy for Better Leadership (ABEL), Nigeria. Via Twitter is @adekoyabee

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

#BringBackOurGirls: Yoruba People are not Dumb

The leader of Boko Haram, Ibrahim Abubakar Shekau, 42, Fulani, in his latest video released by the Associated Press, said that if the parents of the missing girls should release their images and names, he will kill them all.
In the same video, Shekau allegedly claimed to have sold the girls as commanded by Allah.
The above is a pointer to the fact that 200 girls couldn't have been abducted in the circumstances we have been made to believe. There is no evidence of their true names or images.

Chibok girls: President GEJ inaugurates fact-finding committee

President Goodluck Jonathan today inaugurated a 30-man fact-finding committee to look into the rescue of kidnapped Chibok girls. The committee is expected to speak to the public at least once a day to keep everyone abreast with recent developments on the case.

The committee will look into issues surrounding the abduction of the girls and also consider possible rescue plans. While inaugurating the committee, the President said;

"You will agree with me that this is not a committee that brings joy to me and indeed our country men and women. However, it is a necessary step which government must take to confront the sad circumstances surrounding the abduction of female students, our daughters in Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok.
First let me make it very clear – luckily the Minister of Justice is here – that this committee is neither a judicial committee nor an administrative committee to look into the affairs of this incident. No. It is not administrative panel set up by federal government or a judicial committee. I must make that very clear because those are the responsibilities of the state and not that of the federal government. Continue...

Poor devices also accountable for bad system companies - NCC

 In accordance with Director of Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission, Mr Tony Ojobo, the utilization of substandard phones is just a major contributor to poor  network service telecommunications subscribers experience sometimes. He explained this yesterday at Abuja while talking to journalists. 
"Substandard phones have contributed to the level of poor services because there is a certain required power in cell phones that would enable it to transmit signals. If the requirement is not met, then it will create problems in the network and that is why when people call a particular number they are unable to reach the number. This is not necessarily because there is no service there; but because their phones are not powered enough to sense signals because they are substandard" he said.

Police Apprehends suspects of Nyanya school bus theft, recover the bus

Today, gunmen snatched a school bus owned by Vines International Academy from the driver of the bus while he cleaning it at the gate of the school.
The Nigerian police released a statement some hours ago, saying that not only have they recovered the bus, they have also arrested two suspects (pictured above).  Nosike Ogbuenyi, the Special Assistant to the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, in a statement, said the vehicle with registration number XG 246 GWA was recovered this afternoon in Lafia in Nasarawa. He explained that the two suspects have been arrested were present in the bus.

Nyanya school attack: Police say it was a robbery case

 According to statement on the FB page of the Nigerian Police force, the early morning attack on Vine International school was a robbery attack and not an attack by Boko Haram.

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Boy Defiles, Kills, then Hangs his Landlord’s 4-year-old Daughter

Franklin Njoku, pictured above, a Senior School Certificate Examination candidate who rented a room in a house belonging to one Mr Eze, is currently in police custody after he lured his landlord's four-year-old daughter into the bush, defiled the little girl,  murdered her then hanged her on a dwarf palm tree near their house.

By bombing Yugoslavia US wipes floor with int'l law - Expert

15 years ago the United States cut up Yugoslavia's map. If prior to that Washington had played behind the scenes, in the situation of Serbia the Americans acted openly. Without the UN SC resolution, the NATO bombed peaceful cities for 11 weeks ruthlessly destroying the civilian and military infrastructure, thus in essence wiping the floor with international law.

What in the West would later be called "humanitarian intervention" has in fact nothing to do with humanism – 78 days of bombing took lives of 2,000 people, two thirds of whom were peaceful civilians. Over 10,000 people were wounded.

Terrorism: Atiku restates call for foreign assistance

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has reiterated his call on the Federal Government to enlist international support in its current war against terrorism.

In a statement by his media office, the former Vice President reacting to the May 1 explosion at Nyanya, Abuja, said it was high time Nigeria solicited international support to tackle its tough and seemingly intractable security challenges.

Abuja shutdown is illegal – Gbajabiamila

The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, on Monday decried the Federal Government’s decision to shut down the nation’s capital, Abuja, for the World Economic Forum.
He said the government’s action was illegal and could not be defended in law.
The forum holds in Abuja between Wednesday and Friday this week.
The government has ordered the closure of its offices for the period except for those providing essential services.
It also advised private organisations with large number of employees to shut down for the three days.
But, Gbajabiamila faulted the decision, saying that it breached the Public Holidays Act.
“This government continues to falter at every turn and gets it wrong on daily basis,” a statement by his research aide, Mr. Wasiu Olanrewaju-Smart, quoted the minority leader as saying.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Ex-Ekiti gov, Oni, defects to APC

Former Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Segun Oni, has abandoned the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic  Party in the state, Mr. Ayo Fayose, to team up with Governor Kayode Fayemi preparatory to the June 21 governorship  election.
Oni made known his decision in Ifaki Ekiti on Monday during Fayemi’s visit to his residence before the campaign rally held in the town.
Oni’s decision to join forces with Fayemi was applauded by the supporters of the two politicians who were present at the meeting.
The former governor said, 

Alleged US Advisory: Fashola Cautions against creating Panic with improperly managed Information

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Monday spoke on the reported issuance of a travel advisory by the United States to its citizens to avoid visiting certain places in Lagos, maintaining that if indeed the statement was issued, it clearly violated the conventional global obligation on freedom from fear.

The Governor who spoke in an interview with State House Correspondents at the Lagos House, Ikeja added the first poser he would like to raise was whether the travel warning was a US Government release and that if indeed it was, it raises new dimensions in the obligations of nations to secure peace and cooperate with one another.

Family Of 7 Found Dead In Lagos

A staff of Nigerian Breweries Plc, his wife and five of their children have been found dead in their residence by neighbours in Lagos.

The man identified as Etim Edet and members of his family were discovered days after they had died in their sleep on their beds at their home in Badigo area of Ijede in Ikorodu.

Watch The Emotional Meltdown Of Patience Jonathan On Live TV

Y'all need to watch this please. The First Lady broke down crying 'There is God o' after hearing the latest news on the abduction of the school girls at a meeting that took place at Aso Villa today. Watch after the break...

R.I.P: Ex-Governor Of Lagos State, Sir Michael Otedola dies

Omo Oodua Blog just got this news from the family source that the former governor of Lagos Sir Michael Otedola is dead. This really is coming about 24 hours after losing a legal icon, Justice Charles Oputa. Otedola was born on the 16 July 1926  to a Muslim family at Odoragunsin, Epe Local Government Area of Lagos State. He was the governor of Lagos between the period January 1992 – 18 November 1993. He is the father of oil and gas billionaire, Femi Otedola. He died age 87. May his soul rest in peace.

FFK accuses some'important individuals' of sponsoring Boko Haram in new article

 "Nigerian's don't want to accept the ugly fact that there are some key individuals, who some of them still literally worship and rever, that are the ones actually encouraging, fueling and funding Boko Haram and that are waging war against our people" Femi Fani Kayode writes in a new article titled 'The Haramites of Boko'. Quite an interesting read. Find it below... 
"My worst fears have been confirmed and sadly the Haramites of Boko have struck again. Another terrible bomb blast has taken place in Abuja and many innocent people have been butchered, slaughtered and maimed. At the last count the number of those killed is no less than 39 despite attempts by the international and local media to play the number of casualties down. This damning display of primordial and pure savagery by Boko Haram comes barely two weeks after over 100 innocent people, including women and children, were killed by another bomb, on the same spot and by the same people. This is surely too much for us to bear. 


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