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The evil killings of Boko Haram terrorists: in the name of one Nigeria?.


HISTORY has always had a way of repeating itself. But has humanity learnt from the enduring intricacies,

intrigues and social-cultural dynamics of history, worldwide?
As a creationist and believer in the Universal Creator, the Supreme Sovereign God, who whatever names your dialectical domain, insists upon, the lives of human beings are sacrosanct and sacred. But does the continual killings, very many gruesome and dehumanizing suggest so? In a very plain and simple language, the answer is capital NO, NO, NO! Are all these being condoned in the dispirited ‘spirit’ of one Nigeria?
Why has the government of the day seemingly appearing incapable of, protecting Nigerians and the borders of Nigeria? It is increasingly becoming much clearer that the belief and humane aspiration of late Major Gideon Orkar (Nigeria Army), of 1992 aborted coup was one of the very best dispensations that should have happened to Nigeria and its people. The Nigerian people are not being protected from the evil surges and scourges being meted out by the BOKO HARAM SECT on Nigerians. What’s more, my people, the Igbos are continually receiving the heaviest the blows (destructions of lives), due to our uncurbed flair to universally exist and live among our ‘fellow brothers and country men/women’.

What, we are currently witnessing with increased tempo and ferocious intensity is representative of such belief. From South-eastern to South-western Nigeria, the country has borders, but we’ve known that some percentage of the hoodlums, masking as radical religious insurgents and protectors, teachers and missionaries of Islam inflicting these heinous aberrations crossed from the borders, of all Northern states – those States that late Major Gideon Orkar, had conscionably, wanted cut off from the rest of the country, for peace and progress to return to Nigeria. Today, have we known better than 1992? Today, have we known better than 1967-1970? (DIM IKEMBA – CHUKWUEMEKA ODUMEGWU-OJUKWU, YOU LEAVE FORVER in my heart). Today, we have know why the Late Chukwuemeka Kaduna Nzeogwu and the rest of the young, intelligent and well educated officers (Majors Emma Ifeajuna –an Olympiad, Philip Alele, Adegboyega, Okafor and others etc) did what they did, in order to set the country free, from the colonial and oligarchic manipulations, feuds, evil polices and institutionalized dominances of blatant and some times, surreptitious machinations to ‘tame’ and ‘Islamize’ the southern part of Nigeria. Yes some good things happened by the presence of the Brits and others that followed and even before, but the singular act of amalgamation submerged us with more harm than the good, whether intended ort impromptu! The Igbos would have been better off, without the Brits action.

The Federal Government’s efforts to curb the atrocious killings, burning and maiming of our citizens must be stepped up. The Ministries of Interior and that of Defense must evolve an urgent, massive policy of wiping, not containing BOKO HARAM. Every man is borne with dual or even multiplicities of capabilities, including the right to self-defense and inflict harm on others around – a possible case of ‘hidden/floating insanity’ inherent in humanity. Enough of the killings of the Igbos, all around the country! I’m definitely not in favour of BOKO HARAM killings people of other tribes/nations, including theirs, but let them stop the killings of the IGBOS, like the Kano Luxury Bus Park detonated by a vegetable vendor using his wares as a disguise, and ended up killings so many Igbos travelling to different parts of the country, especially the East. Of course, the perpetrators were aware that that Motor Park belonged to the Igbos and made the choice in order to maximally destroy the lives of my innocent and hardworking people! We cannot afford it any longer. NDI-IGBO, ZONU ONWE UNU!

Make no mistake about it: As a creationist, humanist an human rights/environmental activist, I believe in the workability of a very huge, multi-ethinicized, but progressive and equitable country, such like China, India, The United States of America, Brazil and even Nigeria. But like I’ve stressed elsewhere, the recognition of the rights of the minorities for independence or adoptive of self-rule remain a fundamental and cardinal unalienable reality, no matter what part of the world, it’s obtainable! So those calling for my throat to be slashed, simply because, I resist the inordinate aspirations of a sect that threatens the continuity of Nigeria as a country should remind themselves of these hard facts!
Every generation has always been endowed with mouth-pieces, even when they are being submerged by the selfish overtures of the strong in the strong in the society or those that derive dark pleasure in killing others and burning down properties. The proverbial tortoise had always cherished bigger society, when it time to work, and verse versa in moments of eating. But for me, I’m believe in both the principles of hugeness at work and that of eating or sharing: Live and let live, but if any desires to cut my slash his throat, not mine; for frivolous sentiments driven by religious conquest, domination and blood-letting, then, I shall be the first to pre-empt such.

When the British colonial masters invaded what is now known as the country of Nigeria, in the late 18th century A.D, what was paramount in their modus operandi, was commerce and profit and gaining of territory, by peace, coercion and even battle/war, where necessary. Had they recognized that the Igbos (lately we know that they knew) are a branch or branches of Israel, they would have left us alone to thrive as the second Israel in West Africa (Eden) and by now, The Edenic (African) Continent would have been lighted up! But alas, the choice to amalgamate us with the rest of the country has been subjecting us to continuity of draw-backs, stagnations and even despair.

The nearly four thousand years of the Igbos existence in the current Igbo Land and other Igbo culture areas, however, ad engendered a huge country, yet again, without boundary! But one day, the Igbos, under whatever political appellation must have its own definable country, recognized by the whole world, just like our brothers in Israel proper, Haiti and other parts of the world (south India, East Africa, the Mid-Atlantic States/Islands, Brazil etc) where they are scattered, BOKO HARAM or not. May we take a minute or two and revisit the ageless affirmation by one of the greatest of truer leaders of the World, Former President (Dr.) Nelson Madiba Mandela, speaking in 1964 at the trial that saw him sentenced for 27 years: “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It si an ideal for which I hope to live for and to see realized. But my lord, if it needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die for.”

The difference in my ideal and that of Madiba is, that I choose not to be killed by the uncircumcised barbarians, parading themselves as hackers of innocent peoples’ necks in the void and absence of true knowledge, espoused by the wisdom of God the Creator, as in Judaism and Judeo-Christian religions. Their fundamentalists’ naked display of religious bigotry and hate must be receiving the right publicity, until their evil ideals are withered! And I hope to be alive to see that change duly effected, one day. Like my brother, Emefiena Ezeani, aptly rendered it, in his Book, ‘IN BIAFRA AFRICA DIED, The Diplomatic Plot’, the light and rays, which the Biafran Country would have helped and engendered the true illumination of the Continent, got extinguished and aborted. For over four decades now, we are still groping with the utter savagery and dire destruction at the face of greatness!

Prince Uzor
Secretary General/Founder
Cotonou, Benin Republic
(On-line/Hard copies publication series)

Source: Radio Biafra.

Orkar coup pranks that deceived us — Turner Ogboru.


Turner Ogboru| credits:

If you remember the Colonel Gideon Orkar coup, then the name Turner Ogboru should ring a bell to you. Turner would not forget April 22, 1990 in a hurry. That was the day everything about him took a dramatic change.

“Turner Ogboru’s life was well ordered,” he begins his story. Recalling his walk to wealth, he says fortune smiled on him through his brother, Great Ogboru.

“My elder brother was a faithful salesman and at a point in our lives, his salesmanship paid off. An Israeli who wanted to transact stockfish business, was referred to Great, who was then, a salesman at Exchange Fisheries. My brother told him that the fish could be sold as frozen fish and the profit would be more. My brother sold the whole fish, made more profit than he had envisaged and returned all the profit, including the excess to the white man.

“Impressed by his transparency, the white man handed over the entire business to him. In the process, we had the Bulgarian, Russian and the United Kingdom connections and the empire became bigger! Then, we registered the company at the Corporate Affairs Commission for N5m. Then, we signed a joint venture with the Russian government to fish in the whole African waters when Perestroika started.”

However, suddenly, the joy of good fortune took a back seat. It came as a nightmare in the wake of the Gideon Orkar coup of 1990, against the General Ibrahim Babangida regime.

Ogboru narrates that unfortunate incident. “The day the coup happened, April 22, 1990, was a Sunday and we went to minister in songs at a church in Surulere. By the time we finished, we heard that there was a coup but it failed. I arrived home to learn that the coup plotters had used our company facilities. Then, I knew that we were in deep trouble! I remembered that they had deceived us into believing that they wanted to host a party, requesting our facilities to stock cold drinks. Normally, we refrigerated drinks in our cold rooms for people who had parties— birthdays, funerals and marriages. My staff and even others they had invited for the gathering were all in the dark about their intention.

“The following day, they caught some members of my staff and said they should come and fetch their boss. So, I went to meet them at Ikeja Cantonment, where Ishaya Bamaiyi was the Brigade commander. I told him that I was not a coup plotter but that our facilities were dubiously used for the plot. He took me to see the then Lagos State governor, Raji Rasaki, who ordered them to take me to Aliu Tongo, the man in charge of security at the time. Tongo took a decision to keep me in protective custody. I was there when one immigration officercame to inform them that I escorted my brother, Great, to the border when he was travelling out of the country.

“It was then argued that the borders were opened when my brother travelled and there was no crime in a man escorting his brother to the border. Then they further reasoned that, given my educational background, I ought to have known that my brother was involved in the coup. I was sentenced to life imprisonment.”

Wondering what happened during his incarceration which lasted eight and a half years?

“I met Vivienne, a qualified marriage counsellor, who was a prison nurse at the time,” he begins his romanticodyssey.

Though he married her, he recalls his attraction to her: “She was extremely generous and nice while caring for the inmates. She spent her salary buying drugs for inmates. A lot of people die in prison because of lack of care.”

After eight years in jail, help came through Chief Ernest Shonekan, who was then, Head, Interim National Government. There was amnesty for all political prisoners. Turner was released from prison.

Back to his prison memoirs. He recounts: “When I was eventually released, she was not there and had been transferred to another place. I invited Vivienne to my place. At that time, the family of the girl I was engaged to marry had been in touch with Gen. Babangida, so they stopped her from continuing the engagement.”

What effects did incarceration have on his life and business?

He responds, “The entire business was shut down. The military decreed that all our things should be sold and all the fish in our cold rooms were carted away. Property that were taken away at that time were in excess of $42.7m. Great was 32 years old and I was just 30 at the time.”

For the Delta State-born, a process of recovery took place. A graduate of Law from the University of Benin says amidst smiles, “It was God’s grace. The business bounced back because the king of Glory was the chairman of the Group. Great went abroad, started buying ships (he bought five vessels) and employed Europeans to work. We were then fishing in European waters, and he had over 300 Europeans working for the company. It was when we came to African waters that the African problems started affecting the business.

“I give God the glory. With hindsight, God made me go through that imprisonment so that He can reveal Himself to me like He did throughout the period. He was teaching me about the Holy Ghost and the evidence of speaking in tongues, which I did not know about before the incident. I never believed God could speak to people face to face as I am speaking to you now. I experienced it in prison. Before then, even as a full time Christian worshipping with the Household of God Church, my business was moving well, I did not see any need to get involved in ministry, I preferred to bring out money to support the work. But sometimes in November, 2012, while I was driving down from the Third Mainland Bridge, the Lord spoke to me to start my ministry on December, 24, 2012.”

Now heading for a full time ministry (it kicked off December 24, 2012), does that stop him from being a businessman? “No,” comes his response. “The business goes on. In the Bible, Apostle Paul continued in his tent-making business. In my business now, I have more than enough boys to work for me. The work of the ministry requires a lot of funding and most of it would be self-financed.”

Fashion? Well, he retorts, “All my life I have been a modest man. I am from a very humble beginnings. I ate rice with my hands before I even started eating with spoon and the spoon was not even silver spoon! The ministry that we are called into does not recommend flamboyant dressing; I am brother Turner, a modest dresser.”

For him, there is no going back, even in the face of frustration. “I am living a borrowed life,” he says.

“The old Turner is dead; the Turner that I am now cannot be frustrated and intimidated. God will always equip the people he has called.”



Nigeria’s Seven Secrets And The Inevitability Of A Sovereign National Conference (part 1).

Nigeria is a secret; and she has seven secrets. For this country to become
profitable to the majority of Nigerians the secrets must be exposed in the
most lucid manner that not a few Nigerians shall know about these and
hopefully catch the necessary anger required for either liberating mass action
or induced constitutional re-structuring. Then, our eyes shall be open and we
shall drive away our common enemies.
Secret 1: Nigeria was created by a lie to remain a lie
When the British created a chimera called Nigeria in 1914 she did not intend
for Nigeria to evolve into a nation. Nigeria was designed to last as long as it
served the interests of the British. An internal switch was built into the design
sketch; this was and still is the “Northern Administrator”. A low level British
Administrator during the colonial days of Nigeria, Mr Harold Smith said this in
2007: “Our agenda was to completely exploit Africa. Nigeria was my duty
post. When we assessed Nigeria, this was what we found in the southern
region; strength, intelligence, determination to succeed, well established
history, complex but focused life style, great hope and aspirations… the East
is good in business and technology, the west is good in administration and
commerce, law and medicine, but it was a pity we planned our agenda to
give power ‘at all cost’ to the northerner. They seemed to be submissive and
silly of a kind. Our mission was accomplished by destroying the opposition
at all fronts. The west led in the fight for the independence, and was punished
for asking for freedom. They will not rule Nigeria!”
Just as the late Ikemba Ojukwu once said, political power, or the real power
is more important than economic power because with it you can also get
economic power. By setting and exalting one section of Nigeria against the
rest a great injury was done to Nigeria’s future. When I talk of the North, I do
not refer to the geographical North; rather, what the British did was to vest
power in the Royal North, the emirs and their offspring, who still hold the real
power and dispense it to whoever they will and think will serve their interests.
The northern “Talakawas” (commoners) were not the ones the British foisted
on Nigeria although a deliberate policy was crafted by the British to enrol
northerners massively into the Nigerian army with accelerated promotions
because they knew that eventually, political power in Nigeria would be routed
through the military establishment. Is it any wonder that the Ikemba, an
Oxford graduate of history decided to enlist into the Nigerian army at the
cadet level at a time that, as one of Ojukwu’s military colleagues put it, the
Nigerian military was generally for school drop-outs?  Is it surprising that the
north (Royal North) controlled the emergence of Nigeria’s military rulers,
whether of geographically northern extraction or not?
Nigeria was and still is a lie; that is, Nigeria is a project of the British leased
to the Royal North to manage and fetch dividends for the master, the British.
There is a misunderstanding among some Nigerian scholars when they talk
of the “North”. There are two kinds of North—The British Royal North and the
geographically northern Talakawas, who were placed under the Royal North;
it is beyond mere semantics.
In 2009 I addressed a group of Igbos in Tokyo, Japan on the Nigerian
situation in my attempt to provoke necessary synergy for the true liberation
(the 1960 declaration of “independence” was only an unannounced
substitution of colour; it was the replacement of white colonial masters with a
new group, the Royal North). After my talk, I attended to questions from the
audience. A remark was made by one of the Igbo brothers that, “unless the
North is involved in any attempt to bring about change in Nigeria no attempt
shall succeed.” There is this sense of surrender that overwhelms not a few
Nigerians when talking about changing Nigeria away from the British-
designed course. I wish to agree with the remark if the North in reference
means the northern Talakawas.
In the discussion on a sovereign national conference for Nigeria, the talk has
generally conveyed the impression that the “North” (including even the equally
oppressed Talakawas) must be “resisted”. So long as this remains the
perception the journey towards convocation of a sovereign national
conference  or towards a better union shall remain torrid and unending. My
brother, Major Gideon Orkar fell into this unfortunate error. Let us not miss
the reality of ambivalence; the recruits of the Royal North abound across the
breadth and length of Nigeria. In creating a plot to defeat the prospect of the
conference, some of those recruits may adopt a belligerent approach,
seeking to turn off the moderates, exclude the northern Talakawas whose
participation in the call for the conference is very essential, and then
ultimately defeat the objective.
Recruits such as the national legislature will, as a body, remain opposed to
Nigerians talking about their British-induced union and overthrowing the
structure that is fashioned on falsehood—false population figures, false
constitution, false federalism, and ultimately false democracy, which is
devoid of accountability, the rule of law, and good governance.
But I see two things happening successively. One, the elastic limit of
endurance shall soon be reached by the Nigerian commoners when they get
irretrievably peeved at the obscene display of ill-gotten wealth by the Royal
North and their recruits across Nigeria while they themselves continue to
wallow in increasing degrees of poverty. I understand that more than 112
million ( two-third of) Nigerians live below  the poverty line.  Two, there shall
be conflict among the oppressors, some of whom shall urge negotiation to
prevent loss of all they have acquired corruptly.
In order to free Nigeria from the yoke, the creation and order of the British
must be broken. The Royal North must be crushed. There seems to be an
understanding and growing resentment of this class of Nigerians who
exercise so much control over their people and remain the custodians of even
lands on which the commoners (the Talakawas) can only farm by their grace.
Not a few powerful politicians in Nigeria (including the president) owe their
survival to this class of Nigerians. And those politicians in turn are avowed
defenders of the status quo because it serves their true masters and by
extension them, who owe their political careers to the magnanimity of the
Royal North. The protests in the northern part of Nigeria that greeted the 2011
presidential election revealed an emerging pattern of anger and disdain of the
Talakawas against the Royal North and its stooges. The fuel subsidy
protests of 2012 in northern cities such as Kano and Kaduna revealed what is
possible and imminent.
Secret 2: Destroy the opposition
“I was very sorry for the A.G (Action Group); it was a great party, too much
for African standard. We planned to destroy Awolowo and Azikwe as well as
the west and the east, and sowed a seed of discord among them. We tricked
Azikwe into accepting to be president having known that Balewa would be
the main man with power. Awolowo had to go to jail to cripple his genius
plans for a greater Nigeria.”  These are the confessions of Harold Smith.
Nigeria has always been against brilliant minds. Those are intimidating to not
only the Royal North but also to the British whose interest in Nigeria remains
fresh. Did you not wonder that President Jonathan few days ago, while
visiting in the Niger Delta, turned into the spokesman for oil companies such
as Shell BP? He told Nigerians that the oil companies “are not charity
organizations.” That is not for the president to say, especially when he has
not taken any steps to compel oil companies to clean up the environment
and pay compensation for environmental damages they have caused. A
president who cannot influence the passage of an important bill such as the
Petroleum Industry Bill to bring succour and much benefit to host
communities in oil exploration and exploitation areas should be ashamed to
make such a defence on the employment policies of oil companies who are
raking in obscene profits at the expense of human lives in Nigeria. But it is
the unwritten policy of the British, represented by the Royal North, to not
allow brilliant minds in the driving seat of the nation.  I agree with Mr Smith
that  now is the time to “see people of intelligent minds with an open and
inclusive agenda for all Nigerians in power…people who will really look after
Nigeria’s large population.” From the NPC to NPN  and then to PDP, Nigeria
has had the misfortune of the over weight of political parties that were
designed to resist change, being sustained by the Royal North. Renegades
such as Aminu Kano, Abubakar Rimi, Balarabe Musa, who emerged out of
the northern Talakawa constituency to question abrasive and undermining
authority were shown the rough side of the serrated dagger of suppression.
Until today, the weapon of opposition to all kinds of opposition is used
ruthlessly in Nigeria in order to maintain the status quo that was bequeathed
to Nigeria by her founders.
I would discuss the other five secrets of Nigeria in the sequels. But let me
say that Nigeria shall not change without a sovereign national conference. I
have read a position which suggests that people like me who are advocates
should work through our “representatives” in the national assembly. This is
one suggestion outside the day light of understanding. You don’t ask your
master to set you free; you seize freedom. We are gradually approaching the
day of reckoning. Some mockers allege that our demands are incoherent and
inarticulate. This is a mere provocation that shall not dissuade us from our
path of sustained pressure for a sovereign national conference. I should
assert without any lining of doubt that without the convocation of a sovereign
national conference the status quo shall not change; worse still, Nigeria shall
only know increasing degrees of violence and poverty.
Leonard Karshima Shilgba is an Associate Professor of Mathematics with
the American University of Nigeria TEL: +234 (0) 8055024356 EMAIL:

Source: African Examiner.

By Leonard Karshima Shilgba.

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