Political Office Holders As Servants of the People

The basis for true civilization is the respect for law and order. Due process and the rule of law, features prominently in the lexicon of societies all over the world.

Indeed, unstable power supply, lack of good roads, declining standard of education, unreliable health care delivery, high unemployment rate and insecurity are just some of the challenges threatening  the diminishing  hopes of Nigerians, who before this time, had high expectations.

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The myriad of challenges persist because the political class are in short  supply of Democrats, who possess finesse and are willing to embrace the culture of Democracy and the rule of law.

At a point in time in Nigeria’s history, the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari was the Presidential candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party(ANPP), while a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar was the standard bearer of the Action Congress(AC). The stake holders of the coalition are now singing different tunes.

Indeed, constitutional Democracy is a vital tool for a stable united Nigeria, with emphasis on unity in diversity.

This line of thought recommends that the  of leaders of each ethnic group should have  a basic willingness to engage in cooperative efforts with the leaders of other segments in a spirit of moderation and compromise, while still retaining the support and loyalty of their own followers.

The commitment of leaders of all ethnic segments to the continued unity of the country becomes crucial and debatable.

Without doubt unity is synonymous with the safety of lives and property, in a workers’ friendly environment. With this in mind, it would not be wrong to call for the restructuring of the Nigeria Police Force by Government and at the same time, it is high time workers restructured their trade unions for better results.

In the present dispensation, a major characteristic of governance at all tiers, is the constant abuse of power.

Sadly, over the years, the servant leadership ideology has failed to take root in the country’s national life, with political and public office holders as prominent actors.

However, Nigerians are hoping that sometime very soon, political and public office holders will reconsider their present positions, and become servants of the people. Maybe.

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President Muhammadu Buhari’s Nation wide Broadcast

I am very grateful to God and to all Nigerians for their prayers. I am pleased to be back on home soil among my brothers and sisters.

In the course of my stay in the United Kingdom, I have been kept in daily touch with events at home. Nigerians are robust and lively in discussing their affairs, but I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. This is a step too far.

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In 2003 after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown Daura. Over two days we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analysed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united.

Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood.

Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance. I believe the very vast majority of Nigerians share this view.

This is not to deny that there are legitimate concerns. Every group has a grievance. But the beauty and attraction of a federation is that it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence.

The National Assembly and the National Council of State are the legitimate and appropriate bodies for national discourse. The national consensus is that, it is better to live together than to live apart.

Furthermore, I am charging the Security Agencies not to let the successes achieved in the last 18 months be a sign to relax.

Terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety.

Therefore we are going to reinforce and reinvigorate the fight not only against elements of Boko Haram which are attempting a new series of attacks on soft targets kidnappings, farmers versus herdsmen clashes, in addition to ethnic violence fuelled by political mischief makers. We shall tackle them all.

Finally, dear Nigerians, our collective interest now is to eschew petty differences and come together to face common challenges of; economic security, political evolution and integration as well as lasting peace among all Nigerians.

I remain resolutely committed to ensuring that these goals are achieved and maintained. I am so glad to be home.”

Thank you and may God bless our dear Nation.

 

Ebonyi Govt To Close Down Private Schools Without Operating Licenses

The Ebony state Government has declared that it will close down any private school in the state which does not have the approved license.

This declaration was made on Monday by the State Commissioner for Education, Prof. John Eke in Abakaliki.

“It is the license that you validly secure from the ministry of education as a school proprietor that qualifies you to open and operate a school in the state.

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“We are not in a lawless state. There is law and order which moderate the behavior and actions of individuals.

“It is therefore against the law of the state to establish and operate any school, including nursery, primary and secondary, without an enabling license issued by the ministry,”

“School business is not like the normal business where the owner has a mindset of profit maximization. It goes beyond that”, Prof Eke concluded.

“The school is a place for character moulding where the totality of the life of the child including the mental, emotional, spiritual, social and cultural aspects, are shaped.

“That is why we are being careful while screening applications for issuance of operating licenses for prospective school proprietors.

“We also carry out periodic review through monitoring and evaluation of schools to ensure that they are complying with the set standards,” he said.

Nigerians Look up To Govt As Zambian President Declares State of Emergency to Protect Lives and Property

In Nigeria, several incidents have occurred which no doubt have endangered the lives of innocent citizens.

However, Government, in its wisdom, has responded to such incidents within its capacity and ability.

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Nigerians are patiently expecting the Government to do more to ensure the safety of lives and property in different parts of the country.

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Several lives have been lost and properties running into millions of Naira lost.

Interestingly, in the Zambia, the President, Edgar Lungu, with the invocation of  Article 31  of the country’s constitution,  declared a state of Emergency in a nationwide broadcast in the electronic media.

President Lungu maintained that this was the only option, in the face of threats to lives and property.

“There is no doubt perpetrators of this act is to make the country ungovernable. As President, I will not tolerate this lawlessness,” the President stressed.

The President spoke after fire destroyed Lusaka’s city market.

Allies Under Attack: The Terrorist Threat to Europe

Georgia Holmer testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade.

By: Georgia Holmer

I testify before you today as the Director of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) at the United States Institute of Peace, although the views expressed here are my own. USIP was established by Congress over 30 years ago as an independent, national institute to prevent and resolve violent conflicts abroad, in accordance with U.S. national interests and values. Violent extremism and terrorism pose significant challenges to peace and security in our world today, and understanding its causes and finding ways to address it are priorities for USIP.  Read more……..

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23 YEARS AFTER, STILL IN OUR MINDS

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CHIEF DAVID ADEBAYO ADEWUMI

       (Retired Principal)

Badagry  Grammar School, Badagry, Lagos state, Nigeria

Epe Grammar School, Epe, Lagos state, Nigeria.

Trinity Secondary  Technical School, Olodi-Apapa, Lagos Nigeria et al.

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      The Akogun of Ibeshe, Lagos state

      (Former Electoral Commissioner, Lagos state(Alhaji Lateef Jakande Civilian         Administration )

 

      Daddy, the legacy you left behind 23 years ago still stands like the THE ROCK OF GILBRATA.

                                  BISI, TUNIJI, NIKE, FUNKE, TAYO

Defusing Violent Extremism in Fragile States

Cases in Sahel, Lake Chad and Other Regions Illustrate What Works

By: Fred Strasser, United States  Institute of Peace

In Nigeria, a radio call-in show with local Islamic scholars provided an alternative to extremist propaganda. In Somalia, training youth in nonviolent advocacy for better governance produced a sharp drop in support for political violence. In the Lake Chad region, coordinating U.S. defense, development and diplomatic efforts helped push back Boko Haram and strengthened surrounding states. Such cases illustrate ways to close off the openings for extremism in fragile states, experts said in a discussion at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Three men who defected from the al-Shabab militant group stay at an undisclosed location in Somalia in June of 2014.

Noor, Bashir and Ahmed, men who defected from the al-Shabab militant group, stay at an undisclosed location in Somalia. Photo Courtesy of The New York Times/Daniel Berehulak
For 15 years, the annual rankings of the Fragile states Index  have prompted the question of what works and what doesn’t in improving governance, enhancing stability and, increasingly, in reducing violent extremism, said Patricia Taft, programs director at the nonprofit Fund for Peace, which produces the Fragile States Index.From the Sahel to North Africa to South Asia, fragility generates the political grievances, social alienation and economic failure that fuel extremism, the panelists said at the event, part of the regular Conflice Prevetnion and Resolution Froum . Fragility, as defined last year by the USIP-led Fragility Study Group , is the absence or breakdown of a social contract between people and their government, with institutional weakness and a lack of political legitimacy.

The impact of fragility—and the openings it provides for extremist influence—surfaces throughout a society, the panelists said. Read more…….

 

Education and Economic Recession : The Nigerian Experience

The rate of school drop outs in Nigeria is on the increase, while the standard of education at all levels has fallen drastically.

Banditry, cultism, gangsterism  and examination malpractice are now common place in  most educational institutions. Of concern, is the dearth of qualified  Teachers and basic infrastructure   at all levels, just as mushroom educational outfits  have taken over.Major cities and suburbs are home to a room, two rooms and three bedroom schools, with people wondering  how these schools secured Government approval. A sizable  number of state Governments now rely on these schools to compliment their efforts in the education sector.

Indeed, over crowding, poor working conditions for Teachers and poor sanitation have resulted in the  poor quality of teaching  and the turn out of half baked products.

The proliferation of  continuing education centres, also known as to cater for the tutorial colleges, deficiencies of the regular educational institutions has not helped matters.

These colleges perfect  various methods of examination malpractices, including  bribing of  examination officials, to obtain desired  results.

The  physical outlook of average student,  is a good reflection of the rot i the system, such a student if not observed carefully could be mistaken for a motor park tout or a street urchin.

Under normal conditions, wherein governance revolves on  accountability, education is an instrument of change and a means for accelerated  development. But this is only possible when education is available, relevant, accessible and affordable  to everyone, who is willing and ready.

To address he perennial problems confronting the education sector, Government should go extra mile to create an enabling environment for teaching and learning, comparable to what obtains in advanced countries.

In addition, Government should embark on regular supervision,monitoring and evaluation  of the entire system of education, while ensuring a rich curricula, that is diversified, to emphasize integrated skills development at the should basic  educational level.

In conclusion, leaders  facilitate attitudinal change, by laying good examples for the  people to follow.

 

 

 

Those Telling Igbos to Relocate Are Trouble Makers-Vice President (South)Association of Ezendigbo in Diaspora

16  youth groups in the North of Nigeria, some days ago, issued a press statement, directing the Igbos residing there to relocate within three months, specifically by 1st October, 2017. Nigerians are already reacting to the directive by the groups. One of such Nigerians, is Eze Dr. Alex Anozie, the Head of Igbos(EzeNdigbo nala Ibadan and Oyo state and Vice President, Association of Ezendigbo in diaspora(South). Eze Dr. Anozie says that nobody has the right to issue such a directive under the law. Excerpts :

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What is your reaction to the directive issued by some groups in the North for Igbos to relocate within three months ?

I think it is either that they have slipped off from the point or maybe they have refused to make use of the constitution. Maybe, they have refused to obey the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which guarantees freedom of  movement, freedom of association and freedom of residence and this, all and sundry must condemn because by their action, they have come out to challenge the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Secondly, we are in a new order entirely, Nigeria of today is not Nigeria of the sixties. We now realize that we are Nigerians and Nigeria belongs to all of us.  So, nobody can order anyone to leave any part of the country without constitutional backing, maybe someone committed an offense or a group of  people committed an offense and they were tried and found guilty and the law says that they should leave, if there is ay law like that in existence. But apart from that, any group of people coming up to sany to anybody that they should leave any part of the country, those groups are not only illegal, but are trouble makers and they should be treated as such. I want  to congratulate Nigerians who are already speaking out. I have not seen anybody giving support  to the unfortunate press statement.  Everybody are speaking against  them, including Government, ethnic groups and associations, including none Igbo associations are also speaking against this statement. I also want to congratulate Afenifere and some Yoruba personalities, who have spoken , condemning the statement in strong terms. I also congratulate the Governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El Rufai, for taking a drastic action, by ordering the arrest of the signatories to the press statement. This is Nigeria, we have all agreed  that we should remain in Nigeria. Any day, if we are going to disintegrate or restructure, let us sit down, discuss it, argue it and agree on what to do peacefully. The crime, they said the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra(IPOB) committed was that they appealed to Igbos all over the world to stay at home to remember the millions of their brothers and sisters, who lost their lives during the 1967 civil  war and this was done without any violence. There is no law stopping anybody who opts to sit at home, from doing so. And some people are now taking it as a crime and because of this, Igbos should leave the North, it is most unfortunate. It is unfair,  the Igbos are demanding for justice and truth to prevail in Nigeria, let us sit down to talk, everybody will come out with their points, telling us why we should disintegrate or why we should remain as one Nigeria or why we should restructure. We will disagree to agree. At the end of the day we must reach an agreement and the agreement  ought to be carried out.  By the way, there was the 2014 National conference report, which all parts of the country contributed to, but up till this moment, nothing has been heard of the report. I don’t think we should have any problem in this country, it is a very beautiful country, and everyone is proud to belong to it. Nigeria belongs to all of us, Igbos have invested in every part of the country.  One aspect that distinguishes Igbos  from other tribes, is that anywhere they are, they invest, make money and acquire property there, they have their homes there. Telling Igbos to leave, is just out of context. It is not done. But my final word is that whatever the situation, let us sit down, talk and agree. And whatever we want to happen, it should  be done peacefully. The leaders in the North should speak out and condemn this act. People should stop issuing out threats, because it is dangerous.