Sunday, April 21, 2013
The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) is aware that the pre-eminent
desire of Nigerians under this Nation-space is Security, which under
this PDP-led regime, has been an elusive phenomenon. This is sadly so
because the Jonathan regime prefers Political profiting from the menace
of insecurity to obliterating the scourge from the Nation’s landscape.
After the Monday the 15th April, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, the
American President, Mr Barack Obama reassuringly told a traumatized
Nation: “We do not know who did this. We will find them, and we will
bring them to Justice.” In less than five days, the two suspected
bombers have been decapitated. On 1st October, 2010, there were bomb
blasts near the Eagle square, Abuja. The Nigerian President, Dr Goodluck
Jonathan, being more preoccupied with gaining some electoral credit
through guiding public opinion to a decided outcome, declared to the
Nation: “it is not MEND!” It did not matter anymore that formal
investigation and subsequent litigious procedure had confirmed the
culpability of MEND in the bombing. In essence, the Nigerian President,
not only showed insularity unbecoming of National leaders, but was only
pre-eminently concerned about winning his Party’s nomination while the
The post-election violence in April 2011 that
disrupted the peace in some parts of Northern Nigeria was seen as a
spontaneous reaction of the people to the subversion of their electoral
rights. Pastor Ayodele Oritsejafor, the President of Christian
Association of Nigeria (CAN) and President Jonathan’s side-kick, called a
Press conference and bizarrely demanded the arrest of General Muhammadu
Buhari. It did not matter that the fashionable Cleric did not possess
verifiable evidence to support his claim. This was seen as President
Jonathan’s attempt at polarizing the Polity along religious lines in an
iniquitous divide-and-rule scheme. As a fitting reward for that
execrable service and many others, Pastor Oritsejafor was rewarded on
10th November, 2012 with the gift of a Bombardier Private jet at a
ceremony in which the President was physically present! We were later
told the Cleric’s congregation made the donation.
initial Presidential reticence in agreeing to amnesty for the Boko-Haram
insurgents, and when confronted with reasoned argument, President
Jonathan decided on commencement of talks ostensibly leading to amnesty.
Yet again, Pastor Oritsejafor continued to obdurately urge the
government not to yield to the dialogue option. As the President’s
confidante, was he projecting the President’s unexpressed desire? This
double-faced posturing by the Federal government is, undoubtedly, a show
of its insincerity, which has quite rightly alienated some of the
members of the proposed amnesty committee. Is it not a matter of concern
that the more money voted to combat insecurity brings more insecurity,
thereby giving justification for more Security allocation?
the last two years, the Nigerian government has been patronizing
ex-militant lords with hefty security contracts in a manner that showed
abandonment of the constitutional function of the Nigeria Police. This
government’s action, perceived as deleterious to the Socio-Political
harmony of the land, is being intensified in other regions of the
Country, ahead of the regime’s preparation for another election in 2015.
The regime’s Propagandist machine has caused the Boko Haram phenomenon
to defy reasonable logic. In February 2013, a French family of seven
persons was held hostage by Terrorists in Cameroon. Boko Haram was
reported to be responsible. They were allegedly brought to Nigeria by
Boko- haram. The hostages were freed last week in Cameroon and released
to the French government. Was it the ‘ghostly’ Boko haram that
negotiated the hostages’ release with the French? Was any insurgent (in
captivity in Nigeria) released in exchange for the hostages? How did
Boko Haram cross (at will) Nigeria’s borders, with all the hostages,
without the knowledge of Nigeria large security apparatus? Shall we
assume that Boko Haram has spread its operational base to Cameroon?
Undoubtedly, this leaves many more questions than answers!
Party, we are not unaware of the desperation of the Jonathan regime
ahead of the 2015 general election. The regime, in a despicable manner
that is unprecedented, played up the fragile fault lines of ethnicity
and religion for its own aggrandizement in delusive electoral victory in
2011. A regime that is unwilling and incapacitated in implementing none
of the fundamental objectives (entrenched in the Nation’s statute book)
now seeks to use unconscionable schemes to delude, confuse and over-awe
the citizenry, ahead of the next general election in 2015. We stand
shoulder to shoulder with the Nigerian people in ensuring the noble
ideals of the rule of law reign in our land. We shall continue to
campaign against the vestiges of impunity and all forms of corruption
and corruptive tendencies that are prevalent in this PDP-led
God bless Nigeria.
Rotimi Fashakin (Engr.)
National Publicity Secretary, CPC
(Sunday, April 21, 2013).
Organizers of the African Movie Academy Awards demonstrated courage and independence Saturday night when they declared banned film, Fuelling Poverty, winner of the Best Documentary Category of the 2013 edition of the awards held in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
erupted in thunderous cheers after the documentary, which was banned
two weeks ago by the Nigerian government, was pronounced winner, in an
event which had top government officials in attendance.
Minister of Tourism and Culture, Edem Duke, the Bayelsa State Governor,
Seriake Dickson, and other government officials at the event looked on
helplessly as the organizers declared Fuelling Poverty (Nigeria) as
having prevailed over Gun To Tape (South Africa), Swimming The Zambezi
(South Africa), Give Me Back My Home (Kenya), and The African Cypher Fly
On The Wall (South Africa).
“This is an humiliation for the
Nigerian government,” says Femi Falade, an Ijebu-Ode based writer and
media consultant. “It is a shame that a man the government declared a
person non grata is now being lavishly celebrated right in President
Goodluck Jonathan’s home state.”
watch the video of the banned documentary below...
Friday, April 19, 2013
Photo coutesy of Hope For Nigeria.