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Nigeria’s Politics, For Disintegration?

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Politics has been conceptualised by some politicians as game of do or die affair. But to political scientists, it is defined as the activities judiciously concerned with governing a society or nation by people with same political ideology or beliefs.

In Nigeria, it is clear that the activities of the Northern political stalwarts are very disey and capable of dichotomizing the stability of the Nigeria Sovereignty, which might likely lead the nation to disintegration.

Before Independence in 1960, there were two major entities existing distinctly as Northern and Southern Protectorates.

The buoyancy of the Southern – protectorate was the main sustenance of the Northern protectorate due to their lean economy. Infact, these necessitated the diplomatic device of integration with the Southern protectorate.

The scheming and tactics was implemented as the Southern region elites were lived to sign the agreement, which brought about the amalgamation of the two distinct entities in 1914 through the instrumentality of a British  administration of Sir Fredrick Lord Lugard. The amalgamation led to the formation of an entity called Nigeria which later became the federated status in 1954.

It is on record that since 1914 till present, the Coastal part of the Southern region, now known as Niger Delta region has been under socio-economic and political pressure by the rest of the regions, particularly the Northern counterparts.

In the present dispensation, Nigeria has four cardinal regions  named, East, West, North and South with what is known as six geo-political axis. Going by the six recognised geo-poltical zones of the four cardinal areas of Nigeria, the North Central zone comprises, Benue, Plateau, Kwara Nasarawa, Niger – Kogi states, including the federal capital Territory (Abuja), North Eastern Zones comprises Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, and Taraba states and North-Western zone comprises Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara Kastina, Kano, Jigawa and Kaduna States.

South Eastern zone is made up of Anambra, Imo, Abia, Enugu and Ebonyi States, while Ekiti, Ogun, Ondo, Lagos, Osun and Oyo States make up the South Western zone, with Cross River, Delta, Bayelsa, Edo, Akwa-Ibom and Rivers States constituting the South-South zone.

It is obvious that amongst the six gro-political zones, close observation has indicated that it is only the South-South zone (Niger Delta region) that have not produced any Head of State or President by normal electoral procedures in Nigeria. The only privilege that came to the Niger Delta region was the recent one that brought in the incumbent President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan through the April 2011 general elections.

However, since the emergence of Dr. Jonathan to the seat of governance, there have been politically by motivated insecurity, the Boko Haram Sect believed to be sponsored by key  political stalwarts from the norths who have vowed to make the country ingovernable for Jonathan.

It is note worthy that between 1960 and 2010, thirteen personalities have emerged as National Leaders of Nigeria, statistically, out of these lot, eight hails from the Northern geo-political zone, they are: General Yakubu Gowon (alias go on with one Nigeria), 1966-1875, General Murtala Mohammed, 1975-1976; Alaji Shehu Shagari, 1979-1983, General Mohammadu Buhari, 1984-1985; General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, 1985-1993; General Sani Abacha, 1993-1998; General Abdulsalami Abubakar, 1998- May 29, 1999; Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, 2007- May.

In the same vein, two of the National Leaders that hails from the Eastern geo-political zone were Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe (the first Executive President at Independence –  1960 – Mid 196) and General Aguiyi Ironsi, 1964-1966. Two other leaders from the Western geo-political zone were Chief Matthew Olusegun Obansanjo (OBJ) and Chief Ernest Shonekan of the short-lived Interim National Government (ING), from August to November, 1993.

In addition to being sidelined in the leadership, the Niger Delta or South-South region was also relegated in the areas of Ministerial positions. All the while, it has been the Northerners usurping sensitive organs of administration as Petroleum, Energy, Power, Education, Agriculture etc. the only time Petroleum Minister was given to a true son of Niger Delta in the person of Professor Tam David-West, during the IBB Military regime, it became very controversial and agitated as unfounded allegations were levied on David-West to a point that he was replaced by a Northerner – Alhaji Rilwanu Lukman.

In the midst of the foregoings, Niger Deltas held her peace in order to move the nation forward, irrespective of the enormous economic viability and contributions of the oil rich States and communities, she was treated with ignominy.

For instance, under the present democratic dispensation, late Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua could only appoint a bonafide son of the core Niger Delta, on. Odein Ajumogobia, who was nominated for ministerial portfolio, a subordinate to a Northerner as Minister of State (Petroleum) before he was reassigned as Minister of Foreign Affairs after the demise of President Yar’Adua. It is thus amazing that Northern leaders are not satisfied with all this. This is the only explanation for their demand for more revenue allocation in recent times.

It is pertinent to note that some individuals and interest groups are through this means working assiduously to dichotomise the society which might lead to disintegrating the solid foundation laid by the founding patriarchs of this nation. By debating blindly and chasing shadows instead of reality, they inadvertently call for all other segments of the nation to have a rethink on their position in the country.

It is more ironical that Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has been focused as inferior who does not deserve or have right to contest for second tenure as a free citizen of Nigeria despite being the incumbent, having emerged from the so degraded Niger Delta region. His intention to contest is looked upon as an abomination. The Northerners are always claiming superiority over the Southerners. The position is: how long shall they continue to picture the Niger Deltan as kids? Of Course, that era of deceit is gone. This is time to arise and possess the rightful position of the so neglected region for decades.

Frankly speaking, based on the leadership statistics forestated, it is enough evidence that 2015 Presidential portfolio is due for the South-south geo-political zone again, which falls on the right peg of the incumbent President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. It is unforuante that the elderly is not dreaming for the progress and development of the younger generation in the system. Civilian administration is government of representation by the people and not by authoritative or dictatorial pattern. Therefore, politics should be in the spirit of sportsmanship and not of bitterness as viewed by some unscrupulous elements that bent on selfish interest. Remember one time American President Kennedy who asserted: “Think on what you can do for America and not what America can do for you”.

The Northern politicians should think the best to do, to move this nation forward and not to sponsor an unpatriotic group to cause security stress in the Nigerian environment. Without doubt, precious lives and properties of unquantifiable worth have been wasted in Nigeria, especially Christians dwelling and transacting business in the Northern domain. Meanwhile the Northerners are walking and transacting their business freely in the Eastern, Western and Southern axis of same country. Why the dichotomy? It is fascinating that the Leader of Boko Haram recently threatened the government of Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan would be tracked down within the spectrum of one year because the sect was fingered as the cause of insecurity stress in the country.

There is no doubt that with the political insinuations of the Northern leaders does not portray the spirit of ONE NIGERIA. However, the south-South geo-political region will not continue to be fools, watching helplessly to her detriment. Therefore, good thinking citizens of Nigeria should delight on how to move the giant of Africa forward to a greater height of progress and manpower development and not for a retrogressive bargain. Enough is enough of the ugly characteristics against the South-South region!

 

Enoch Epelle

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Enugu Assembly Approves N200m Virement For Auditor-General Offices

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The Enugu State House of Assembly has approved the virement of N200 million for the offices of the State Auditor-General and Auditor-General for Local Government.
The Tide source reports that the house also passed the 2021 State Audit Amendment Bill at an emergency plenary session.
The Leader of the House, Mr Ikechukwu Ezeugwu, said the approval of the virement became necessary to provide funding for the two newly created offices, which were not envisaged during the 2021 appropriation bill.
Ezeugwu said the funding would include capital and recurrent expenditures, adding that the N200 million would be provided by the office of the governor.
According to him, the virement would give the offices the needed independence to effectively discharge their statutory responsibilities.
Also contributing, the member representing Awgu South Constituency, Mr Johnson Chukwuobasi, said the new offices would be redundant without funding.
The Speaker, Chief Edward Ubosi, said the fund was meant to perfect the Audit Amendment Bill passed by the Assembly.
Ubosi said it would be an irony to create the offices without approving funds that would make them functional.
He said such a development would amount to building something on nothing.
In another development, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has forwarded a list of nominees for the State Civil Service Commission (SCSC) and Local Government Service Commission (LGSC) to the House for confirmation.
The nominees for the SCSC included Mrs Eucharia Offiah (Chairman), Mr Nathaniel Anike, Mrs Chinenye Odike and Mrs Stella Ekweremadu (members).
Also nominated for the LGSC were Prof. Ossy Okanya (Chairman), Mr Frederick Ugwu, Mrs Florence Igboji, Mr Peter Nnaji and Mr Eugene Odoh (members).
The Speaker directed the nominees to submit 25 copies of their Curriculum Vitae on or before Monday, August 2 to the House.

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Saraki Was Not Arrested – Aide

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Former Senate President Bukola Saraki, has broken his silence on his repeated invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, stating that as a free citizen, he has nothing to hide.
Saraki in a statement by his Media aide, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said he visited the office of the EFCC on his volition to clarify an issue that the commission may have to raise with him.
He clarified that he was not arrested but he made himself available to show he has nothing to hide.
Saraki in the statement wrote: “It will be recalled that following the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on the Fundamental Human Rights case filed by Dr. Saraki during the period of the former chairman of the EFCC which precluded the commission from investigating him until the matter is dispensed with, the commission at the last hearing on July 14, 2021, pleaded with the judge that the order was preventing them from doing their job.
“Following this complaint, Dr. Saraki, as a responsible citizen, on his own volition approached EFCC that at the earliest convenient date, he was willing to visit the commission’s office and clarify all issues they might have to raise with him.
“He, therefore, visited the commission’s office on Saturday (31st July) afternoon and also answered some questions.
“He is back home. He was not arrested,” Part of the statement read.
Saraki also assured EFCC that he has nothing to hide and will always make himself available to clarify any issues that may require his attention.

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Jegede: PDP Lambasts Akeredolu

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The Ondo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has reacted to the statement credited to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, inviting Mr Eyitayo Jegede to join him in moving the state forward.
Akeredolu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the October 20, 2020 state governorship election had his victory in the election upheld by the Supreme Court last Tuesday.
Shortly after the judgement of the apex court, the governor called on Jegede, the candidate of the PDP to join him to move the state forward.
In a statement issued by the Publicity Secretary of the PDP in the state, Mr Kennedy Peretei, on Saturday, the PDP described the Akeredolu’s invitation as a laughable one.
According to the statement, the PDP said the current administration in the state is a failure and Jegede will not be part of such administration.
The statement read, “Our party and its candidate cannot be part of a government that has thrown out many students of tertiary institutions in the state because their parents can no longer pay the astronomical school fees charged by the Akeredolu Government.
“Our party and its candidate cannot be part of government that has crippled the health care system in the State. We cannot be part of a government that has withdrawn free shuttle buses for school children.
“It is unthinkable that Akeredolu can ask our candidate to join a government that has pauperised civil servants in the state through the payments of 30 per cent salaries that are not even regular. Civil servants now have to take loans to be able to pay house rents or send their children to school. The Academic Staff Union of Universities of Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa Chapter has just embarked on an indefinite strike. What has been the government’s response to all these myriad of problems?
“It is important to stress that, before the October 2020 election, Eyitayo Jegede, SAN and the PDP drew up a well-articulated manifesto on education, health care delivery, agriculture, industrialization, welfare of civil servants and much more in contradistinction to what is obtainable now in the state. To this extent, there is no meeting point between what was designed by the PDP and Akeredeolu’s score card.
“The Supreme Court verdict has also exposed the impunity which is the trademark and the foundation of the APC and its government at all levels. All the seven Justices of the Supreme Court agreed that, Mai Mala Buni acted in clear violation of Section 183 of the 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria (as Amended). This has become the talking point of the political space since the judgement was delivered. Our jurisprudence on election matters has been enriched and everyone is grateful to Eyitayo Jegede and the PDP for not allowing the APC to drown our democracy in the sea of their impunity.”
The opposition party advised Akeredolu to channel his energy to improving the welfare of Ondo citizens instead of “grandstanding and clicking of wine glasses over the Supreme Court judgement”.

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