Temple Chima UbochiMonday, October 26, 2015
Bonn, Germany




Continued from Part 6

Create the legacy of a better world. Leave this world a better place than you found it (Jonathan Lockwood Huie)

Laws to suppress tend to strengthen what they would prohibit. This is the fine point on which all legal professions of history have based their job security (Frank Herbert)

It is not the business of government to make men virtuous or religious, or to preserve the fool from the consequences of his own folly. Government should be repressive no further than is necessary to secure liberty by protecting the equal rights of each from aggression on the part of others, and the moment governmental prohibitions extend beyond this line they are in danger of defeating the very ends they are intended to serve (Henry George)

hese are hard times for Nigeria; if you were worried when Goodluck Jonathan was president; the feeling now is that of despair and frustration. Everything's at a standstill. We're well-nigh the end of the year, with only about two months left, and still, we have no functional government, as all the ministerial nominees are yet to be screened, and only God knows when they will be sworn in. President Buhari took office on May 29th, and till this time, he has no semblance of a government, while things are falling apart. The President, apart from having no ministers in place till now, has no road map or economic plan for the country. The point is that President Buhari is clueless, and doesn't know how to tackle Nigeria's numerous problems, and he has no plan on how to alleviate the pain and suffering Nigerians are going through, and he allows the economy to be in the doldrums, as every business feels the effects, and investors are abandoning Nigeria's economy on a daily basis.

Buhari was a man who contested four presidential elections, and still has no plan for anything. If he's intelligent or serious enough, he would have put up a plan for every sector, right from his first presidential contest, so that this time he won, he would have hit the ground running from the first day in office. Operators in Nigeria's capital market have lamented the plan by Barclays Bank to delist the Federal Government's bond from its index, attributing the development to volatile foreign exchange and macro-economic concerns in the country. US investment banker, JP Morgan Chase & Co., announcement in August to delist Nigeria from its Government Bond Index for Emerging Markets (GBI-EM) is already costing the country billions of dollars in lost foreign investment.

According to elombah.com "JP Morgan had, early last August, announced the phased removal of Nigeria from its GBI-EM indices of local currency government bonds for failing its liquidity and transparency tests. The US bank announced last month the remove of half of Nigeria's bond listed on its GBI-EM. Several analysts were of the opinion that apart from the plug which the decision would put on foreign portfolio investments, the few foreign investors within the system were not unlikely to withdraw. President Muhammadu Buhari, who was inaugurated in May, has not yet appointed a cabinet or defined an economic policy to guide the country through the crisis sparked by the oil price crash". Ikoloreporters writes that "The halving of oil prices since last year has forced Nigeria, Africa's largest producer of crude, to slash its budget and (has) contributed to a weaker currency. Standard & Poor's downgraded its credit rating, while JPMorgan Chase & Co. removed Nigeria from its local-currency emerging market indexes. Reserves have dropped to about $30 billion, down from almost $40 billion a year ago, while the naira has weakened about 8 percent against the dollar since the start of the year".

-The arrest/detention of Nnamdi Kanu-

Instead of tackling the myriad problems besetting Nigeria, President Buhari goes about looking for whom to arrest and detain. Buhari has not jettisoned his dictatorial tendencies, as he wants to gag the press and abolish freedom of speech and association. He still thinks that he's a military ruler. The arrest of Nnamdi Kalu for operating Radio Biafra was a catastrophic blunder by this administration, as Buhari has given the young man a celebrity status unwittingly. Nnamdi Kanu, the Director of Biafra Television and the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), was apprehended by the Department of State Services (DSS), after he had flown from the UK, where he lives, to Lagos. He was detained at the Tullip Hotel of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Hotel, Lagos, on Wednesday, 13th October, 2015, and was later flown to Abuja. We learnt that he's being held in an underground cell, and, in the midst of other hardened criminals, and, that he's not eating the food they are offering to him, fearing that he might be poisoned. According to Vanguard, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is a separatist movement that call for the independence of Nigeria's former Eastern Region - proclaimed the Republic of Biafra in 1967 and re-annexed to Nigeria three years later, following a civil war that claimed between one and three million lives.

Mr. Kanu has been granted bail, but, hasn't been released, as he's yet to meet the bail conditions, and, he has been denied access to a lawyer. His arrest has led to pro-Biafra rallies and demonstrations in Port Harcourt, Asaba, Onitsha, Enugu, Aba, Owerri, Umuahia and all over Igbo land. Unfortunately, those rallies and demonstrations have led to the killing and maiming of some of the pro-Biafra demonstrators, as I learnt that the federal government that Buhari is leading has ordered police to shoot unarmed people protesting for the release of the Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu. The Nigeria Police goes on shooting unarmed pro-Biafra activists and demonstrators, but, when it comes to facing Boko Haram, the police personnel will run away from duty or give bribe for re-deployment. Buhari went to the United Nations some weeks ago to preach for freedom for the Palestine people, and their right to have their own nation, while here in Nigeria, he's doing something else, and he ordered the arrested of a young man who is only using his Radio Station to bring hope, enlightenment and knowledge to his people. How can Buhari make a speech at the United Nations supporting freedom, and self determination for other peoples, but, in his own country, peaceful demonstrators against the unlawful detention of Nnamdi Kanu, who is asking for the freedom and the self determination of his people, are being shot, maimed or arrested? The whole thing smacks of self deception at its best.

Buhari has turned Nnamdi Kanu into an instant hero; even the Member of the British Parliament representing Nnamdi Kanu's constituency has joined the fray among other world leaders. We just read where the Member of Parliament representing Camberbell and Peckham in the British House of Commons, Ms. Harriet Harman, has petitioned the House of Common for the illegal detention her constituent member is exposed to in Nigeria. The British MP had in her petition requested that the Nigerian government immediately release Nnamdi Kanu or charge him to court for offences committed.

President Buhari, as the fugleman or leader, should beware of his actions and utterances. Nothing lasts forever. President Buhari might heed the warning of Proverbs 16:18: "Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall"(New Living Translation), and, George Ayittey (1945) wrote that "Dictators cause the world's worst problems: all the collapsed states, and all the devastated economies……leaving in their wake trails of wanton destruction, horrendous carnage and human debris". The President should know that all those people protesting in the former Eastern Region today are not only doing that because of Nnamdi Kanu, but, are also using the opportunity to vent out their disappointment, frustration, anger and hatred for the ruling class for the hardship they're going through in the midst of plenty. Those spontaneous demonstrations can bring the real change (not the APC change), assuming that the downtrodden of Nigeria are not viewing everything affecting the people on the other side through a tribalistic prism.

For those who were fooled initially by the messiah-like portrayal of Buhari, and who now remain concerned over the direction of Nigeria under a President, whose leadership resembles that of an imperialistic president, what more could be expected from one elected to Aso Rock, whose perceived self image is paramount, and who had never before even managed anything well? One thing is that history tells us that narcissistic pride (love) of self and false aura of superiority, such as surrounds and abides in President Buhari, is bound to be pierced in time. In the midst of turmoil and unrest Buhari is creating, the people of Biafra haven't given up hope, as some believe that the "bone shall rise again". Only time will tell!



-Goodluck Jonathan, despised at home, loved abroad-

Since Buhari was inaugurated, he has been blaming his predecessor for his own incompetence and cluelessness. Everything that has been going wrong was the fault of Goodluck Jonathan. A clear case of someone who doesn't know what to do, looking for a scapegoat! But, Jonathan isn't to be Buhari's scapegoat. It's time Buhari and his cohorts stop blaming Goodluck Jonathan for their problems, as he, Goodluck Jonathan, has moved on, and is being celebrated as hero now, especially in Tanzania, where he heads the Commonwealth Election Monitoring Group.

The Tanzanians have declared "we are safe with Jonathan". As Goodluck Jonathan leads a 33-man Commonwealth international observers to monitor the Tanzanian general election scheduled for October 25; the citizens Of Tanzania are optimistic that his presence, alongside other observers, would bring credibility to the elections believed to be the toughest and closest (elections) in the country's history. The Daily News of Tanzania paid tribute to Jonathan in an editorial titled, "Salutary lessons for Tanzania from Nigeria's latest elections," commending him for taking his defeat in the last presidential election "in all magnanimity."The paper went on to add that "Jonathan may very well have averted bloodshed that is characteristic of incumbent leaders who cling to power tooth and nail, fang and claw!"

While Jonathan is leading the Commonwealth observers, the former Mozambican President, Armando Guebuza, is leading the African Union, AU, observer team. The Daily News of Tanzania wrote that Tanzanians were delighted that the former Nigerian leader, who they described as "a hero of free and fair election in Africa," would be on ground to monitor the elections. They are reminiscent of Nigeria's March 28 polls, the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi, CCM, Party, which has been in power since Tanzania's return to plural democracy in 1992, is up against a united opposition that has increasingly been making significant electoral gains. The Paper, in its editorial, few days ago, maintained: "It is generally admitted that the election in Nigeria was unprecedentedly free, fair and transparent, whereby the opposition candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, won the Presidency. What is more remarkable is that the incumbent president, who sought re-election, Goodluck Jonathan, most graciously accepted the results promptly! Oh, I don't know beyond the fact that Tanzania could tragically do worse if it fails to dedicatedly take a leaf out of Nigeria's newest book on elections!" The Guardian of Tanzania, while pouring encomiums on the former Nigerian president, describing him as a democrat who has pointed the way forward for the rest of Africa, also wrote in its own editorial, that the "High profile figures among observers will add credibility to poll process and results," The Paper further wrote that "Jonathan's voluntary handover of power to the opposition wrote a new chapter for Nigeria's democracy, given the fact that it is rare for sitting presidents in Africa to hand over powers to winning opposition parties."

African Sun Times also wrote that "Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, has become a role model for many nations on how elections should be conducted. Tanzanians, where Jonathan is the Chairman of the Commonwealth Electoral Monitoring body, are agog with praise for the former President, who without hesitation conceded defeat to Muhammadu Buhari, who had never conceded defeat to anybody in his earlier three times at running for President". A Tanzania Tabloid (The Citizen) of Wednesday October 21, quoted Goodluck Jonathan as urging any loser to concede like he did, saying that he's optimistic that Sunday's presidential election in Tanzania would be free and fair, as democracy in Tanzania has come a long way. The Summary also wrote that Former President Goodluck Jonathan urged whoever loses next Sunday's presidential election in Tanzania to promptly concede defeat for the sake of peace and unity in the country. Jonathan also said it was equally important for all stakeholders, including the National Electoral Commission (NEC), political parties, police and voters to play their part for the poll to be free and fair. Jonathan then warned that any attempt to reject the will of the people will only lead to chaos, reminding everybody that he immediately conceded defeat after losing his re-election bid early this year because he did not want personal ambition to derail democracy in Nigeria.

Do you know that former President Goodluck Jonathan is a U.N Global Crises Envoy? World powers-United States, France, UK, China, Russia and the United Nations have reportedly decided to appoint former President Goodluck Jonathan as U.N. Global Crisis Envoy. President Jonathan was endorsed by the U.N. Secretary General, Bank Ki Moon, as well as the 5 permanent members of the U.N. Security Council. Vice President Joe Biden reportedly made a call to Jonathan on April 21, to intimate him of the decision to make him an envoy after leaving office on May 29. The role Jonathan is to take is similar to that of Tony Blair, who after leaving office as United Kingdom Prime Minister, was appointed the Middle East envoy for the United Nations, European Union, United States, and Russia. The appointment is due to his role in the recently-concluded general elections in Nigeria, which gave him the image of a global icon for peace and democracy. Goodluck Jonathan is the first African past Head of State to be assigned such role. The news posted on Monday, April 27, 2015, by maxnaija.com, described Goodluck Jonathan thus: From lecturer to Commissioner, from Commissioner to Deputy Governor, from Deputy Governor to Governor, from Governor to Vice President, from Vice President to Acting President and from Acting President to President. Now, from President to a World Leader!

Unfortunately, Goodluck Jonathan is despised at home, but, is celebrated abroad, just as The Book of Mark 6:4 says that "A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family".

To be continued!







Continued from Part 6