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$20bn Stolen: Now We All Cannot Buy Shoes! #OccupyNigeria.

By Peregrino Brimah

Before attempting to digest what $20 billion is, it is important to mention what the $20 billion missing is not. $20 billion Nigeria’s income missing/looted is not all that was looted in just 19 months from the nation’s coffers. This sum is at best half the actual total figure that is looted from oil revenue and internal projects and bogus contracts. It is ‘crazy’ to realize that more than half the nation’s income is stolen by those in power and their handful of world acclaimed billionaire cabal co-conspirators.

What is the value of $20 billion?

$20 billion represents one eighth of Nigeria’s total oil derived income. That is one quarter of our yearly earnings.

$20 billion equals 10 million $2000, that is one million $20,000!

With $20 billion, every Nigerian individual, including the poorest in Bama and Baga and the old and dying in all villages, will get N10,000.

With $20 billion, every single Nigerian can get 5 new pairs of shoes.

With $20 billion, which these unconscionable people have pocketed, every 100 Nigerians could have been allocated $20,000 for capital projects. Every 100 Nigerians could get a school built, a clinic, a playground, a park, a community center, etc.

With $20 billion looted, every household in Nigeria, including every mud family home in every single village could get either a $1000 generator borehole or an inverter-solar panel system!

With $20 billion stolen, every home in every village and town could have a $500 laptop computer.

With $20 billion dollars stolen in 19 months, 2 children in every family could be sponsored throughout their education right up to university.

With $20 billion looted, one child of every family of 5 can be sponsored to a good college even in America.

With $20 billion stolen, Nigeria could have purchased 40,000 Armored Personnel Carriers, APC’s to successfully finally decimate Boko Haram and be prepared for any future battles within and outside our borders.

With $20 billion stolen, Nigeria could have bought a million drones, for tracking every single robbery and moving terrorist.

With $20 billion, we could have purchased 150,000 helicopters for all our police, hospital and other emergency departments across the nation.

Brazil, São Paulo’s automated modern subway lines cost $1.6 billion. It had 11 stations, with fully lit automatic trains. In Singapore, 22 miles of track cost $4.8 billion, at $130 million per kilometer. With the $20 billion stolen, 10 states in Nigeria could have had fully functional, ultramodern subway systems!

With $20 billion stolen, Nigeria’s transport system could have had 200,000 luxury buses ferrying Nigerians around the nation.

Nigeria’s oil minister, Diezani Madukwe has blurted that if this stolen money is to be investigated, the Obasanjo government (in power in 2004) too must be investigated since this looting started since then. We have no problem with that. Late Yar’adua (in power 2007-2010) is dead, and though PremiumTimes reports revealed that Yar’adua actually repeatedly executively blocked this cold-blooded robbery, they can investigate him too if they want. We will find our money, every last kobo of it, no matter what it costs us. Many of us Nigerians will never rest till the culprits of such humongous theft are all thrown in jail and the key tossed in the ocean. May this investigation spiral to all old regimes all the way back to our first, we will investigate this!

This is very depressing. Rivers state governor, Rotimi Amaechi told us that it is because we do not protest like every other nation on earth that such insane robberies can occur in broad day light. Are we sitting down with this wicked nonsense?

Let the FGN/NNPC be prepared for a full public investigated investigation and #OccupyNigeria! The thieves who stole our $20 billion will spit it out! Enough is Enough!

Dr. Peregrino Brimah [Every Nigerian Do Something]
Email: Twitter: @EveryNigerian


Oil Wells Dispute: Amaechi Accuses Kalabari Monarch of Betrayal.

Rivers State Governor and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, says the position recently expressed in public by King Disrael Gbobo Bob-Manuel, the Amanyanabo of Abonnema, over disputed oil wells in Soku of Akuku Toru local government of the state amounts to “betrayal of his people.”

Gov. Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State

Gov. Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State

Bobmanuel had reportedly expressed “satisfaction” with the way President Goodluck Jonathan was handling the Soku oil wells’ dispute between Rivers and Bayelsa States.

The paramount ruler had expressed this position  on Monday when Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, visited him in Abonnema. Dickson was accompanied on the visit by Mr .Ezebuwon Nyesom Wike, the Supervising Minister for Education and some of his party loyalists.

Governor Amaechi, speaking on TODAY 95.1FM, the premium talk/news radio station in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, said he was disappointed with King Gbobo Bob-Manuel’s comments.

In condemning the monarch’s position, Amaechi said the response by the Abonnema monarch conflicted with his government’s efforts and Kalabari people’s desire  to ensure that resources of the state were not whisked away to other states.

“There is an attempt by the Federal Government to undermine the development of Rivers State.  I did enumerate the fact that everybody is talking about Soku oil wells but, there’s also Etche where they took 41 oil wells from Rivers State and passed onto Abia.  They want to impoverish Rivers State and I can’t be governor and you expect me to keep quiet.  So not just Soku alone, it is also the fact that they have taken the oil wells in Etche,” Amaechi said.

The Rivers State Governor also said, “I hear my colleague, the Governor of Bayelsa State, came to Abonnema the other day and the Amanyanabo of Abonnema received him and said he was satisfied with the way the president is handling the oil wells (dispute).  For me, that is a betrayal of his people and he is supposed to be a king in Kalabari kingdom and he said he is satisfied that the federal government has taken the oil wells and that Bayelsa is receiving the money. And a king in Abonnema is saying he is satisfied.  It is not about me, it is about the Kalabari people. It is about the Rivers people.

“Instead of the king to tell him(Bayelsa Governor) ‘look, our people are not happy that the oil wells have been taken, return it’…..and I have told the president if you return the oil wells, I will support you, but he can’t.   I even told them that if you think it would empower me as a governor, keep the money in an escrow account because the money was first and foremost in an escrow account, because they became president they went to the escrow account and took the money.  Keep the money in an escrow account, after my tenure let them give the money to the next government but what I want to see done is the fact that our resources are returned to us.”

He recalled that he held several meetings with the President on resolving the Soku oil wells’ dispute, but that the president’s unwillingness to act on the issue without bias collapsed the negotiations.

Amaechi, however, vowed to protect and defend the interests of the people in Soku as well as those in other parts of the state.

“The question you should ask is that, is it correct that the oil coming from Soku have been appropriated by the Federal Government and given to Bayelsa? I have been saying this for the past two years, why haven’t they denied that?  There is nothing that I have said that they have responded to.  Instead of responding to it, they will be abusing me.  Is it a lie that they took Soku oil wells to Bayelsa? Is it a lie that they also took the 41 oil wells from Rivers to Abia?”, he queried.

“There is nothing I am telling you in public I have not told the President in private.  The only reason why I am in public now is because he has refused to do anything. I would like to quote the response he (President Jonathan) gave to the Kalabari people when he met with them and I was there.  The President said ‘oh, you people call it Soku, we call it Oluasiri’.  When he said ‘we call it..’, what does he mean?  It means that he has taken sides.  You know, the President is not supposed to take sides. He didn’t say ‘Rivers people call it Soku, Bayelsa people call it Oluasiri’. If he said that, then we would say okay, he is at the centre too, we can discuss this.  He said ‘you people call it Soku, ‘we’ call it Oluasiri’. Already, that shows the judgement has already been given.

“Now, in their submission in court and the letter they wrote Rivers State Government, they did acknowledge that it was a mistake that in the course of the drawing of that map, they drew Soku into Bayelsa and then we complained against it because it was sent to us to review and make our submissions.  Our response was ‘no, no, you have made a mistake.”

“You have just taken our community into Bayelsa.  They replied that they have already released this map and that it is unfortunate that they have and it was a mistake that they would correct in the subsequent edition.  And they have not been able to make that correction and when they say they want to invite us to a meeting, I say ‘what are you inviting us to a meeting for?  You have already acknowledged that there was a mistake, go and correct the mistake.  If Bayelsa has any complaints, then put the complaints on the table after you have corrected it”.

Governor Amaechi disproved claims that he had personal misunderstanding with President Jonathan, explaining that had he any misunderstanding with the president, it was over the interests of Rivers State.

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Source: African Examiner.

Again, Amaechi Says He Has No Personal Grudge With President Jonathan.

Femi Kehinde

The Governor of Rivers State Chibuike Amaechi has stated that there is no personal quarrel between him and President Goodluck Jonathan despite widespread believes that the two are sworn enemies.

Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi

Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi

In a statewide New Year broadcast delivered by the Governor, he noted that he only has some misgivings against certain actions of the Federal Government towards the people of Rivers State.

In his words: “First, we have expended huge resources in executing approved federal projects in the state such as the Port Harcourt Owerri Road without any

“Secondly, there is hardly any reasonable federal project ongoing in the state. Work on the Port Harcourt International Airport, a major gateway into the Eastern parts of the country, has been largely abandoned while airports whose rehabilitation was embarked on at the same time have since been commissioned.

“Thirdly, the federal government has embarked on a reduction of our natural resource endowments. A number of oil wells and gas fields located in the state have been carved out and ceded to neighbouring states while resources due from these have also been paid to those states.

“Fourthly, major industrial and strategic security projects that were originally slated for location in Rivers State have been moved to neighbouring states without even the courtesy of an explanation.

“Fifthly, there is evidence of discrimination against Rivers State indigenes in key federal appointments. Of all the councils and boards of federal universities and tertiary institutions recently announced, there is hardly any Rivers indigene considered fit to head any of them.

“Sixthly and most importantly, the federal government has actively encouraged the destabilization of the security of the state through tacit encouragement of the return of militants onto the streets of Port Harcourt and by encouraging the police to play a partisan role in the political affairs of the state.

According to him, efforts to reach a peaceful resolution of the differences on these issues with the federal government have not quite yielded results as the negative actions has not been reversed despite repeated appeals and countless negotiations from Rivers State Government.

“Our doors remain open to a negotiated settlement of these issues within the context of the constitutional relationship between Rivers State and the Federal Government”. He declared.

On the underlying principle behind his movement to the opposition party, All Progressive Congress, APC, the Chairman, Nigerian Governors Forum said he believes that the APC offers more robust platform for the realization of the dream of Rivers people for quick even development.

Source: African Examiner.

Why More Governors Will Leave PDP – Gov. Amaechi.

By SaharaReporters, New York

Rivers State Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, said at the weekend that the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has already failed the leadership test in the country and needs not strive to be the custodian of leadership in the future.

For perhaps the first time since his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the governor was explaining to journalists in Port Harcourt why he believes even more state governors will abandon the PDP and join the APC.

He accused the PDP of perpetrating injustice and promoting maladministration in the country. According to him, the APC was aggrieved by PDP’s poor performance, and if voted into power, would bring about the needed change nationwide.

He recalled the political pressure being brought on the state by the wife of the President, Patience Jonathan, whom he accused of attempting to ‘micromanage’ the state.

He also bemoaned the fact that President Goodluck Jonathan had failed to keep the promises he made to Rivers State after getting a huge electoral backing from it for his electoral victory in the last election.

Amaechi reiterated that he was in the APC to protect the interests of the state.

“I have since left the PDP to a better party called the All Progressives Congress (APC) because PDP is a drowning party and the facts remain that PDP is a drowning party,” he said.

“I can assure you that more governors will leave the PDP,” he stressed.  Just put it on record that more governors will leave.  They are uncomfortable, they need to come out (of the PDP) and I believe that by God’s grace they will come.”

He told the journalists that despite his travails, he would continue the fight for change and good governance and accountability in the country.

He acknowledged that the APC was winning more support and membership in the country to signal the end to PDP’s dominance in Nigeria’s political scene.

He further urged Nigerians to embrace and tolerate religious freedom and play politics without ethnic and religious sentiment, stressing that politics based on ethnicity and religion as being canvassed in some sections of the country was unwise. He equally enjoined Nigerians to vote and protect their votes during election.

He expressed his disappointment and displeasure at the continued grounding of the state aircraft by the federal government, and the unwillingness by the Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to sign off on a World Bank water project loan for the state.

The governor also decried the ceding of Soku oil wells to Bayelsa and another 41 oil wells in Etche, Rivers State to neighbouring Abia State.

“They don’t like Rivers State, they hate us”, he said, recalling that President Jonathan had brushed aside attempts by some interested foreign bodies to mediate in the crisis between the state and the federal government.

Former Lagos State Governor and APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu at the last APC rally in Port Harcourt said the APC was having a ‘broom revolution’ across the country and referred to Governor Amaechi as the “Wonder Boy”.

Jonathan can never win any election in Nigeria again, especially 2015 unless he pulled wires – Amaechi.

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Amaechi: PDP can never win any election in Nigeria againamaechiPUNCH NEWSPAPER – Ahead of the 2015 presidential election, the Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has said unless the Peoples Democratic Party embraces rigging, it can never win elections in the country.The governor, who made this remark while speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt on Friday night, said with the exodus of PDP members to the All Progressives Congress, the ruling party was on its way out of power.He said, “Most of you may have known that I have since left the PDP to a better party called the All Progressives Congress because the PDP is a drowning party and the facts remain that PDP is a drowning party.“Watch out before March if we don’t have the numbers that we are looking for. So, you can’t call us opposition anymore because there are three arms of government and only two are electable; the executive and legislature.“Yes, the PDP has the national executive, but we are inching close to having the legislature. Who then would be called the opposition if we have it?”Amaechi, who predicted that more governors would defect to the APC in 2014, disclosed that one of the reasons why he left the PDP was as a result of the attempt by President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, to interfere in the governance of Rivers State.He also cited the ceding of Rivers resources to other states, the absence of Federal Government projects in the state and bad governance as the reasons why he dumped the PDP.“But the basic reason why we left is the resources of Rivers State. I have told all of you on several occasions that the wife of the President was not elected the governor of Rivers State. I am the governor of Rivers State and husband to Judith Amaechi.“I left because of the attempt by the wife of the President to micromanage governance in Rivers. I said no, you can’t; so that if I fail, they will not say the wife of the President failed, Governor Amaechi failed. I am accountable to God and to men and women,” he added.Amaechi, however, said Nigerian politicians were averse to telling the truth and blamed Nigerians for the lack of interest in knowing the truth.Recalling his claim that the Federal Government could not account for the sum of $49.8 bn and N2.3 trn oil subsidy, Amaechi said governors, at a time, refused to collect their states’ monthly allocations for three months.He said, “When the politician reel out numbers, you should hold him accountable to the numbers he has reeled out. If you don’t hold them accountable, he will just say anything he likes.

“When I said the Federal Government could not account for $49.8 bn, they said, Amaechi, how did you know and I pulled out the letter and said the authority is the CBN governor.“So, let him deny it. When I said they could not account for N2.3 trn for oil subsidy, they say what is your source? I was in the meeting with the President. We told the President that under General Obasanjo, the total oil money was N300 bn. The first year of President Goodluck Jonathan, 2011, oil subsidy became N2.3 trn. Did we buy more machines, expanded Nigeria?”

Source: Radio Biafra.

Stop intimidating Jonathan -S’South leaders caution Obasanjo.


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo was yesterday cautioned by South-South leaders, chiefs, elders and stakeholders to stop harassing, intimidating, stampeding or blackmailing President Goodluck Jonathan.Obasanjo had recently accused President Jonathan of sundry issues including training of assassins to eliminate political opponents.But rising from its

meeting in Abuja, the South- South leaders, chiefs, elders and stakeholders told Obasanjo that Nigerians cannot breathe through his nose, adding that they over whelmingly supported him when he was the President and that they were not the ones that aborted his third term bid.Speaking though their spokesperson and chief coordinator in Abuja, Chief Bello Premier, the group condemned the letter Obasanjo wrote to Jonathan, describing it as doom and false alarm.Chief Premier said: “General Obasanjo is only shouting wolf when there is none at sight. The letter is full of premeditated ideas geared towards undermining the integrity of the South-South people and intended to keep them perpetually as minority in the political scheme of Nigeria as nation.”The group added that the South-South will resist vehemently any attempt to make them second class citizens in their own country, adding: “There is no way where one man (Obasanjo) would want the entire country Nigeria to breathe through his nose.”Saying that because Obasanjo’s bid to foist Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido and the Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi on Nigeria as president and vice president respectively has failed and for that he reason, he wants to destabilise Jonathan’s administration, the South-South leaders said: “General Obasanjo shot himself in the leg when early in the year he anointed and pronounced Alhaji Lamido of Jigawa and Amaechi of Rivers states as next president and vice president respectively come 2015.“If he, Obasanjo, had his constitutional right to stand for an election to vote and be voted for, same goes for Dr. Jonathan, who is a bonafide Nigerian from the South-South. The right of offer of refusal to contest or not to contest in 2015 solely rest with Jonathan alone.“He must not be intimidated, harassed, stampeded or blackmailed to surrender power against the collective will of the good people of the South-South and Nigeria who in 2011 gave him (Jonathan) their mandate.”The group added that the bold developmental strides witnessed in the Jonathan have never happened before in the history of Nigeria despite the enormous challenges of both human and natural hiccups, which is of course global and its attended consequences.It added: “Despite the devastating phenomenon in the areas of security – terrorism, kidnapping and militancy, natural disasters like flooding, oil spillage among others, the Jonathan administration has made inroad in the power, telecommunication, agricultural, sport, education, health, defence, highways, aviation, waterways and other sectors.”


Source: Radio Biafra.

Thieves As Heroes By Anthony Kola-Olusanya.

By Anthony Kola-Olusanya

Recently, around the middle of December 2013, in the south-central city of Jaén, Spain, a thief helped the Spanish police to arrest a suspected paedophile football coach after the thief tipped them off as a result of incriminating videotapes stolen from the man’s home. The videotapes, three in number contained graphic recordings of sexual abuse against children aged about 10. The thief after watching the video wrote the police an anonymous letter giving them the address of the suspect, alongside the videotapes in a brown envelope and placed it beneath a parked brown car. In the letter to the police, the thief wrote “I have had the misfortune to have these tapes fall into my hands and feel obliged to submit them so you can do your work and put this … in jail for life.” The Spanish police have since identified the alleged suspect from the content of the videotapes and arrested him after a search of his home and the indoor football club where he worked.

Interestingly, the suspect had earlier reported a burglary at his home nine days earlier, listing several appliances as stolen, but making no mention of his missing video camera and tapes. For reference sake, a paedophile is a person who is 16 years of age or older, who is primarily or exclusively sexually attracted to children who have not begun puberty (girls 10 years old or less, and boys 11 year old or less, on average). Meanwhile, the police had asked the thief to report at the police station to answer the case of burglary despite cooperating with the police in the arrest of the paedophile coach.

About the same in Nigeria, the two people that have taken part in the plundering of Nigeria topped the headlines in the national media, blogosphere and social media world. These two people are former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, a former military head of State and retired army general, and Chibuke Rotimi Amaechi, a former speaker and present governor of Rivers State. The former was in the news for his 18-page treatise to the President Jonathan on the present situation of things between both of them, their party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Nigeria. The thrust of Chief  Obasanjo letter entitled “Before it’s too late” on one part, it was meant to forewarn  President Jonathan about the worsening state of the nation in relation to governance breakdown, massive looting and corruption, insecurity, exponential increase in unemployment among others. On the part of the later, Gov. Amaechi at a public function was quoted saying “we steal because you never stoned us for it.”  Gov. Amaechi words were more of an in-your-face-scorn of the Nigerians in general. On the other side of the two communications which have gone viral on the social media was a salient call for the people to stand up and revolt against the rot plaguing the country.

The actions of both men can be likened to that of the Spanish thief mentioned earlier above. Both have through their communications have reported other criminal actions of others out of supposed concern for the Nigeria. Both Obasanjo and Amaechi’s letters are similar to the Spanish thief’s note to the police that helped arrested the paedophile coach. Rather than been arrested like the Spanish thief for their roles in the destruction and entrenchment of corruption and other plagues bedevilling the country, unfortunately both men have somehow been successful at stealing Nigerians’ focus from the real issues. Even though Gov. Amaechi and other thieves who recently decamped from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC) may escape arrest and the wrath of law momentarily, his message remains poignantly relevant because of its importance as a future guide to what should be direction of the people’s action.

“Even the musicians, you’re singing about us, the leaders? If you see a thief and you allow him to be stealing, what do you do? You have stoned nobody that’s why we are stealing. Who have you stoned? We came out and you started dancing, the oil subsidy, we told you they stole N2.3trillion, what did you do? Instead you’re protesting. The oil subsidy that is not reaching the poor, few individuals are going away with the money, you have done nothing … It’s good to steal if you can’t fight back. You have heard about $50 billion, nobody is talking… In some countries people will be on the street, until they return that money. $50billion is N8trillion, it will change Nigeria. Me I want to steal only $1billion, let them bring it.”

The context of words captured in full here is very strong yet very damning. A friend of mine has compared his vituperation to that of rapists who always blame their victims for committing the crime of rape; it’s always about the way she dressed, the way she looked at me, the way she talked to me, she has been taking my money etc., but no excuse absolves a rapist of the crime he has committed.

Since Gov. Amaechi decided to reference other climes, it just as important for me to bring to his awareness what occurs in those climes to those who corruptly enriched themselves or their families from state coffers. For the avoidance of doubt, Gov. Amaechi, just recently in nearby Ghana, President John Dramani Mahama relieved the deputy minister of communication, Victoria Hammah, of her position a day after she was heard in a leaked tape to radio stations saying she would not quit politics until she has made at least $1 million. In the United State, the governor of President Obama’s home state of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich is presently in jail for attempting to sell the vacant senate seat of President Obama to the highest bidder. Even Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife are not spared either for daring to spend campaign funds on themselves. In communist China, a top party official was sentenced to jail for corruption while the uncle of the North Korean Leader was also recently convicted and killed for corruptive practices against the state.

In other climes, Gov. Amaechi and many of his likes will be cooling their asses in a police cell awaiting trial for corruption, besides the fact that, he would have ceased to be the governor of Rivers State. Perhaps, Gov. Amaechi does not know that those who steal from the public have not been spared either by the laws of their land, which abhors corruption and corrupt practices. Unfortunately, this isn’t so because President Jonathan’s failure to provide leadership in the fight against corruption in Nigeria. Perhaps because he too is implicitly corrupt too, has chosen to gloss over the Gov. Amaechi’s comment regarding the stealing of government funds and bleeding of country’s coffers dry. Although Gov. Amaechi may be protected by immunity for now, his newly assumed ‘neo-progressive’ stance may not be enough to save him from future prosecution and jail-term for corruption.

As for Chief Obasanjo, his despicable roles in the emergence and elevation criminally motivated economic and political crimes in Nigeria is still very fresh in our minds and can never be forgiven. If Chief Obasanjo had allowed enthronement of genuine democracy in 2007, without forcing the duo of late Alhaji Umar Yar’ Adua and Goodluck Jonathan on Nigeria, perhaps the nations could have fared better. Just perhaps, corruption, insecurity, bad governance, may have been reduced to the barest minimum. Perhaps, our education and health sectors would have been better by now or be on the road to full restoration. Perhaps, had Chief Obasanjo strengthened the anti-corruption institutions like the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) while in the office, the likes of Gov. Amaechi and other thieves likes him including Chief Obasanjo  wouldn’t be as bold to bully Nigerians with their ill-gotten wealth and stolen largesse.

In addition, Dr. Jonathan, the only sit-in president presiding over a most corrupt and crime ridden Nigeria, and his fellow travelers would have exercised some caution in the daily destruction of Nigeria, if the judiciary hadn’t been compromised during Chief Obasanjo’s period in Nigeria. Sadly, this is not the case, and this explains why Nigeria has become a country of anything-goes. What a shame, the once vibrant most populous black nation has become a dancing floor for criminals to practice corruption and other vices.

But lest, Gov. Amaechi and his fellow thieving friends across the political divide forget, the revolution in Nigeria is not far in the horizon and Nigerians will not just stone you thieves, but you will all be publicly tried for your crimes against the people and Nigeria and executed. The only regret for Gov. Amaechi and his fellow thieves is that they will not be able to use their private jets to escape the wrath of the people when Nigerians stand up. Finally, although thieves can become can become heroes just for a moment, a thief will remain a criminal forever and shall be brought to book according to the laws.

Anthony Kola-Olusanya is a teacher and citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of SaharaReporters

FG, PDP, Presidency Have Become Reckless, Dishonest And Out Of Touch With Reality – APC Govs.


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Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday berated the Federal Government, Presidency and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, describing them as dishonest and completely insensitive to the basic requirement of protecting the lives and property of Nigerians.The governors, who made this known in their Christmas message to Nigerians under the aegis of Progressives Governors’ Forum, PGF, said there was enough evidence to prove that the Federal Government and the ruling party were out of touch with Nigerians and should no longer be trusted.The statement which was issued in Abuja by the Director-General of the PGF, Salihu Lukman, was signed by Governors Babatunde Fashola (Lagos), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) and Adams Oshiomhole (Edo).Others were Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Tanko Al-makura (Nasarawa) Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Ibrahim Gaidam (Yobe) and Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara).The governors noted that 2013 was coming to an end with its attendant problems, which they said the Federal Government could not grapple with and called on Nigerians to be ready to seize and shape their destiny in 2014.Their statement said, “Against the background of today’s Federal Government that steers the affairs of the nation based on convenience rather than constitutionality, Nigerians have been reduced to helpless observers of a presidency that is only efficient in weakening its moral authority, making it difficult to relate with other levels and tiers of government in accordance with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended.“The hard and incomprehensible reality is that the Presidency, federal government and ruling PDP have become reckless, dishonest and completely insensitive to minimum requirement of protecting the lives and property of Nigerians.“Government, as far as the conduct of the federal government shows, is all about the political aspirations of functionaries of government, notably Mr. President”.

Source: Radio Biafra.

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Dirty Politics: Amaechi Steps Up To The Play, Urges Military To Shun Partisan Politics.

Ihejirika Jonathan Amaechi

THE Rivers State Governor and Chairman of Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has called on the country’s military to shun partisan politics.Amaechi expressed the need for them to remain neutral and avoid taking sides in the current struggle by politicians for 2015, adding that doing otherwise would portray grave consequences for the country.The governor also appealed to the Nigeria Police to remain neutral in the political crisis facing the country.Addressing legionnaires and representatives of service chiefs during the 2014 Armed Forces and Remembrance Day celebration and Emblem Appeal Launch in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, Amaechi described the military as the greatest source of unity.“Nigeria is too complicated for the military to be involved in Nigerian politics. Nigeria, as we are here, have so many tribes. I tell people, I am not Ijaw, I am Ikwerre. There are people who are from Ijaw, there are Hausas, there are Yorubas, there are Isokos, and there are Fulanis.“We are too many that if the military gets involved in Nigerian politics, the consequences will be too much. Currently, we thank all of you for remaining neutral and God will bless you for remaining neutral.“In the same manner, we will enjoin Nigeria Police to remain neutral because the consequences of taking sides will be too much. 2015 is a watershed for the country.

All of us seated here must contribute to peace in Nigeria,” the governor added.The governor was decorated at the occasion by the State Chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Col. Philemon Chinda Omunakwe (retd).Among those, who attended the event were state legionnaires, representatives of service chiefs, including the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Amaechi dares Jonathan, says he’s part of Obasanjo’s informants.

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Nigeria’s main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has continued its nationwide campaign for more members with a rally in Rivers State, Nigeria’s South-South region.Top APC members, including the interim national chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, retired General Muhammadu Buhari, and former Lagos State Governor, Chief Bola Tinubu, joined the host, Governor Chibuike Amaechi at the Save Rivers Movement Sensitization rally held at the Liberation Stadium in Port Harcourt, the state capital.Rivers State Governor and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, at the rally gave reasons for leaving the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.Amaechi said he joined the APC to protect the interests of Rivers State which had been neglected by the PDP led federal government.He said the state suffers neglect and victimization, absence of federal government projects in the state and the ceding of oil wells in the state to neighbouring states.Amaechi hinted on the reply of President Jonathan to former President Olusegun obasanjo where the former asked Obasanjo to show proof of those feeding him with information.Governor Amaechi emphasized that he was one of the people that gave Obasanjo information, adding that he did so to save the country from impending collapse.He urged people of the state to be politically conscious and become agents of progressive change to vote out the ruling PDP at the federal level.Amaechi said APC holds the light to the country’s rapid development and would reduce general impoverishment in the country.He said one of the reasons for his disagreement with the Federal Government was over the Soku oil wells in Rivers State, which were ceded to Bayelsa State and which the Rivers State government contested in court.He emphasized that if the President returns the oil wells to Rivers State, he will not hesitate to return to the PDP.“Legally, we have not lost Soku (oil wells). We have just lost Soku to the fact that the President is from Bayelsa. When a President that is not from Bayelsa comes, he will look at the facts and the facts are there. The Federal Government in writing the court said to court, ‘sorry, court, we made a mistake, we will correct the mistake’ and we have told Federal Government, ‘don’t call us for a meeting, go and correct that mistake.“How could you people wake up in 2011, suddenly changed the map of Nigeria and take Soku into Bayelsa State!”“That road to Bonny was awarded by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. They started, they’ve done just one bridge. The road has been abandoned. Yar’Adua tried to restart it but he stopped. President Goodluck Jonathan has forgotten about that road completely despite the fact that part of the money that feeds the Nigerian economy comes from that place, Bonny. That’s where you have the natural gas plant”.On his government’s bid to secure loan to provide potable water for Rivers people, Amaechi said the loan was being held up because of the challenge posed by the minister of finance who had not signed off on the loan.He said President Jonathan’s letter failed to make reference to the World Bank, urging the President to stop playing politics of calumny.“I will start from water, we got African Development Bank (ADB) and World Bank to give us a loan for which we will pay 0.4 per cent for 40 years which is a wonderful loan and we decided to give Port Harcourt people water first.“If everybody in Rivers State is drinking (potable) water, that will reduce the

number of patients that go to Braithwaite Memorial Hospital or any other hospital. World Bank agreed, Federal Government agreed, ADB agreed, they said, go and do due process. We have finished due process. What is remaining is for Minister of Finance to just sign off”.He reiterated that his decision to join the APC was not for his personal interests but for the state and urged the people to discourage politics based on tribe or region and play politics for the collective interests of the people.“It is not about Ijaw, it is not about South- South, because the first question I will ask myself is ‘what have I benefitted in the government of President Goodluck Jonathan? We gave him 2.1 million votes. What have we gotten? What has the federal government done for Rivers people?”Amaechi said his critics in the state had been annoyed with him for his refusal to be corrupt, adding that the state police commissioner is influenced in his actions by the presidency.He said that ahead of the 2015 elections, the people must be ready to defend their votes, and that he would be at the fore-front, as sacrifices would have to be made.The APC leaders were thankful of the support of the Rivers people, and asked them to continue to throw their weight behind the party in its quest to entrench democratic principles in the polity.They took turns to express their joy about the decision of the state governor to join the party, referring to their previous visit, during which they formally invited him to join the party.On his part, the interim National Chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande commended Governor Amaechi for taking the bold step of leaving the PDP.Akande described Amaechi as an asset any government will like to have in their fold.Speaking to the large crowd of supporters, former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu said that the APC was determined to save Nigeria from the high level of corruption, intimidation and “oppression of liars”.According to him, “if a president is just still writing about the evaluation of basic necessity of water project for Rivers State people, tell him shame”.Tinubu applauded Rivers people for coming out en-mass to show solidarity to their Governor.Tinubu stated that it was long overdue for Amaechi to dump the PDP, describing him as a progressive governor that needed to be in a progressive party.He assured the people of Rivers State that they would not be disappointed with their new choice of party and admonished to look through the score card of APC in Lagos, Edo, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, Nassarawa, among others.General Buhari assured the people that the APC was about securing the country and managing it properly and the way they intend to achieve that was by getting a stronger representation in the states and at the National Assembly.Former Head of state, General Buhari in his usual manner said APC would bring change to Rivers State.He assured that the antecedents of Governor Amaechi spoke volume in the country.Highlight of the event was the formal recognition of APC members in Rivers State, which saw Governor Amaechi as the number 1 member followed by his Deputy, Engr. Tele Ikuru.Other dignitaries at the rally include South-south Chairman of the APC, Chief Tom Ikimi, Lai Mohammed, former speaker of the House of Reps. Aminu Bello Maisari, Magnus Abe, Andrew Uchendu, Dakuku Peterside, members of the State Executive council, the 23 Local Government Area chairmen, among others.

Source: Radio Biafra.

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