Archive for December, 2012

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It’s the 25th day of December 2012, and its Christmas. Oversabi Republic wishes you a Merry Xmas and a rewarding yuletide experience.

Seasons Greetings!

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Nkiru Sylvanus and former Mr Nigeria Kenneth Okolie who were kidnapped in Owerri a few days ago has been released. But just like in the other kidnap cases of late, no ransom payment was mentioned. The kidnappers had initially demanded a N100 million naira.

Sources say they were blindfolded and dropped off at an unknown location in Owerri where they were later picked up by their friends.

Kenneth, Nkiru and another yet to be identified passenger left a movie location in Owerri late Saturday night and were heading to another location, when gunmen blocked Nkiru’s car between Concorde Hotel and Cathedral Road in Owerri, and took all three passengers in the car.

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The fire outbreak at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Thursday afternoon is said to be caused by some melted cable wires.

Swift response by th Fire service to put out the fire.

No human casualties reported yet

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There are a few absolute crackers in this draw, but one you can’t help but savour is Manchester United vs Real Madrid clash which will see Ronaldo back to Manchester United.

Here’s the final matchlist:

Galatasaray vs Schalke 04

Celtic vs Juventus

Arsenal vs Bayern Munich

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Borussia Dortmund

AC Milan vs Barcelona

Real Madrid vs Manchester United

Valencia vs Paris Saint Germain

FC Porto vs Malaga

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The Central Intelligence Agency was established to scuttle and derail potential challengers to America’s economic hegemony. Choking and paralysing most potential challengers result from subjecting these countries to endless social crisis, hardship, torture, fear, and psychological warfare. And confirming this strategy, former CIA Director of Plans, Richard Bissell, said, ”The CIA’s interface with the rest of the world needs to be better promoted through our friends in foreign governments….We need repression if we hope to divide these societies into owners and slaves. We need to put the people under continual duress and in a perpetual state of imbalance, so that confused and demoralised, apathy on a massive scale will result.”

Populated by psychopaths and neo-fascist occultists, this ultra-clandestine secret society has its operations likened to the mad sadistic-hedonism of Caligula, where the initiated maintain permanent silence. But should anyone muster the courage to reveal what goes on in the CIA’s underworld, embarrassing blackmail, intimidation, disappearance or assassination awaits the offender. Raising puppets and fronts to be planted in governments and sensitive private sectors around the world enables the CIA to control most nations. Also with such astonishing secrecy, sleeper operatives freely operate in spaces like universities, colleges, mega-churches, nightclubs, public parks, hotels and hospitals.

That this monster created by President Harry Truman in 1947 on the insistence of the Rockefeller brothers is an empire within an empire shouldn’t be surprising, especially given the freehand with which it operates. Little wonder, even though officially financed through the budgets of the Pentagon and Departments of State and Justice, thriving in its dirty world, the CIA’s unofficial financing is believed to come from money laundering, terrorism, extrajudicial killings, drug trafficking, prostitution, kidnapping, human trafficking, gambling and illegal arms and oil sales. With this, the CIA is above the law.

Home to the world’s best and most sought-after oil, the CIA-led western vultures have schemed, cajoled, bullied, cheated, sabotaged and mercilessly and ruthlessly controlled Nigeria. And Washington has no regrets for having turned this would-have-been African giant into a desolate state. Or shouldn’t the price of plundering its $3 trillion oil wealth since 1958 worth these Machiavellian-Darwinian fittest actions? In this western-led survival of the fittest world, should it be a problem that the weak is terrorised by the powerful, let alone eavesdropping on their governments’ communications? Why should Washington bother that the CIA’s beaming electromagnetic frequencies and creating electromagnetic fences could modify the mental state of top government officials in these weak states, especially when that benefits Washington? Or who cares if the CIA’s discharging of psychotronic generators could cause central nervous system damage and Trisomy 21, a chromosome abnormality associated with severe intellectual and personality impairment?

Shouldn’t the taking of our few patriots hostage to smoothen western looters’ operations be what the CIA should be doing? That some morally bankrupt Nigerians are used to dominate its economic and political affairs isn’t okay. Why should it bother the strongest that as a result of these, Nigeria is today a desolate country, a graveyard of disenfranchised population with broken dreams?

No doubt, Joseph Nye was right when he revealed that actually the strongest export to the weak totalitarian democracy is a dummy democracy where not the elected politicians, but some smuggled in technocrats, run the economy. How America today imposes its puppets on us was how Britain imposed its puppets on America. This led Thomas Jefferson in 1800 to angrily warn, “Single act of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of the day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers too plainly proves a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing us to slavery.”

Of course, being angry because your country’s wealth is being plundered by a ‘big thief’ is understandable. But, shouldn’t the discovery that some worse mayhem has been committed by the same thief be a source of relief? Or how should disgracing a sitting French President, Charles de Gaulle, out of office in April 1969 for daring  to challenge the dollar’s global de facto excesses be qualified? What about the overthrow of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh in August 1953 simply for nationalising the Iranian oil industry? Or was Guatemalan President Jacobo Arbenez not overthrown in 1954 by the CIA because he was reforming his country’s land; a policy that would have reduced the land occupied by Rockefeller’s United Fruit Company in the country?

Have we forgotten the ‘Jesus-like’ torture and brutal murder of Patrice Émery Lumumba in January 1961 because he was promoting economic nationalism in his newly independent Congo? What about the case of Africa’s foremost continental nationalist, Kwame Nkrumah, of Ghana, who was overthrown in February 1966 and poisoned in April 1972 for dreaming to have a United States of Africa? Getting finally home: Wasn’t Murtala Muhammed assassinated in February 1976 simply because he was championing the nationalisation of Nigeria’s oil industry?

But there’s a take home optimism for us. That is, that rather than the CIA advancing Nigeria’s breakup, it’s actually the reverse that it’s pursuing. That can’t be truer, given that the CIA’s trademark is deception. With this said, let’s now proceed to rationalise why it is true.

First, dissolving the present Nigeria prejudiced toward promoting Washington’s imperial interests would mean Washington shooting itself in the foot; afterall Nigeria’s rivalry status as a result of leading the ECOWAS Monitoring Group has since been removed with the formation of the Africa Crises Response Initiative by Washington as a parallel military counterforce.

Second, rather than breaking up Nigeria or helping to block China’s growing influence in Africa’s largest oil and gas producer, in fact, will achieve the opposite. Or shouldn’t the-would-be-emergent micro nation-states be more nationalist interest-driven and more pro-China in their business dealings since they should be more interested in maximising national self-interests? Or is the present scramble for puppets and protégée positions by Nigerian leaders not more beneficial to Washington?

Third, in the world of realpolitik, shouldn’t the CIA be more afraid of an Igbo nation-state, a Yoruba nation-state, a Northern Nigeria nation-state, and a Niger Delta nation-state than today’s Nigeria, at least given that they will fiercely oppose the United States looting their natural resources? In short, the dissolution of Nigeria would also mean for Washington the end of divide and rule, since the microstates could emerge indivisible states.

Finally, in all this confusion, let’s not forget that the present-day crisis-ridden Nigeria has benefitted Washington enormously. Not only Nigeria’s whopping $10 billion spent just in two years to fight Boko Haram went into US technology equipment procurement purchases, but also the training of Nigeria’s antiterrorist personnel and the hiring of FBI field experts. The huge cost is not only money, but also America’s unlimited access to Nigeria’s top national security files and archives.

While we couldn’t do much to stop this ever-powerful modern-day Caesar, the truth is that nature is already revenging on our behalf. Looking around today! What do we see than that the same way original Caesar ended that is how the present-day fake Caesar is about ending? Vocally speaking against this Machiavellian-Darwinian attitude, Buddha reminds us that ”Whoever tries to seek happiness through hurting others can neither find happiness nor his children.” Also one of the laws of physics which tells that action and reaction are equal and opposite is already catching up with the American Empire. Today, America’s vast empire built on plunder is fast crumbling, and soon the world will wake to a Chinese century. When that happens, the speed with which the world will forget that there was once a roaring CIA is unimaginable.

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COMMENTS BY THE COORDINATING MINISTER FOR THE ECONOMY AND MINISTER OF FINANCE, DR NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA AT TODAY’S MEDIA BRIEFING

APPRECIATION

· My heart is heavy with the news of the passing of my brothers, Governor Patrick Yakowa, General Andrew Aziza and the others who were on that last flight with them. It is indeed a great tragedy. Our sympathy and prayers go to their families. We pray for divine comfort for them in this very difficult time.

· I want to start by thanking Almighty God for the miracle of the release of my mother, Professor Mrs Kamene Okonjo. The Almighty has, once again, come through brilliantly for me and my family. Even during the bleakest part of this terrible experience, we believed that he would give us a testimony to his goodness and He did not fail us.

· Even as we thank God, we cannot forget so many Nigerians who have gone through the same terrible experience either as victims or families or friends of victims. Words are not enough to describe the sheer horror of the experience. The best way to honour the victims and families is to ensure that there is greater focus on kidnapping and progress in combatting it. Working with the relevant agencies under the leadership of the President, I intend to contribute my quota to helping achieve this.

· We also thank Mr President and the First Lady who were absolutely wonderful and first rate in their support and encouragement to me and my family throughout this terrible ordeal. The President took a daily interest in the case and gave directives for appropriate action by the security agencies.

· The security agencies also did a good job. They were very professional and enthusiastic in the discharge of their duties. I am hopeful that they will complete the job which they started so well.

· As terrible as the experience was, the love and sympathy of Nigerians was constant and overwhelming. It helped us get through the dark moments of this five day ordeal. God heard the prayers of the millions of Nigerians who prayed for the safe return of my mother. From the bottom of my heart, I thank all those who sent messages of support and encouragement by phone, by email and in person. To those who prayed in their homes and organised prayer circles in their churches and mosques and offices, I say: Thank you. Your prayers were heard.

· We would also like to register our appreciation for the support of Mr Vice President during this period of trial.

· Also very deserving of our thanks are Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State who coordinated activities on the ground; Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State and Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State as well as the majority of the governors who reached out to me and my family.

· The Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives as well as the Deputy Senate President and the Deputy Speaker

· I am also grateful to members of the international community for their outpouring of support. Notable in this regard are:
– the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Mr David Cameron who took the trouble to write a personal note to encourage me;
– the United States embassy and government
– the Secretary General of the United Nations and the entire UN family;
– the President of the World Bank and former Presidents of the World Bank;
– the Managing Director of the IMF;
– the Mo Ibrahim Foundation;
– Bono and the One Foundation;
– Heads of international agencies and dignitaries

· This experience has strengthened my faith in the country. The outpouring of love from all over the country has been simply overwhelming. Friends, neighbours, colleagues, acquaintances offered help and encouragement in a myriad ways; even total strangers mobilised prayer groups for the safe return of my mother. We pray that God will reward their selflessness abundantly.

MY MOTHER’S EXPERIENCE

· I can’t give all the details because we don’t want to compromise on-going investigations.

· But I can tell you one thing: My mother suffered a great deal during this ordeal. It was only the Almighty God that rescued her from a situation that could very easily have ended tragically.

· Apart from the emotional trauma of being violently taken away from her family and kept incommunicado for five days in a strange environment, a woman of 83 years was left without food for five days.

· We give glory to God that she is alive today to tell the tale.

· While she was in their custody, the kidnappers spent much of the time harassing her. They told her that I must get on the radio and television and announce my resignation.

· When she asked why, they told her it was because I did not pay “Oil subsidy money”.

· They also said I had blocked payment of money to certain components of the SURE-P programme.

· These statements are, of course, not true. In the case of subsidy payments, we have been paying all marketers whose claims have been verified by the Aig-Imoukhuede Committee after going through the necessary processes.

· For marketers whose transactions are proven to be fraudulent, the position of the Jonathan government is also clear: we cannot and we will not pay. We will not back down on this. We will continue to stand firm.

· In the case of SURE-P, there is a totally different process that I have no control over.

· This is the right thing to do. And this, I believe is what the Nigerian people want.

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There are strong indications that the wife of the late governor of Kaduna State, Mrs Amina Elizabeth Yakowa, could emerge the deputy governor of the state following her husband’s death over the weekend in a helicopter crash.

It is believed that the Northern governors across party divide who are to meet Vice President Namadi Sambo over this cause, are championing it with the aim of sustaining Yekowa’s legacies. The Governors are said to be inspired by the example of the wife of the former Senate President, Mrs Margery Okadigbo, who emerged to take over her husband, Chuba’s slot in the Senate and that of a former Senator from Plateau State, Sen. Gyang Dantong, who was similarly succeeded by his wife, after he was killed by gunmen at a funeral in the state.

Mrs Yakowa was born on May 20, 1953 in Kwoi, Jaba Local Government of Kaduna State.
An educationist, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. She taught in many schools in Kaduna State before transferring her service to the Ministry of Defence, Abuja. She was a former deputy director at the Ministry of Defence and only retired after her husband became governor, but according the Kaduna State government website, she is on a leave of absence.

Armed robbers these days no longer waste their time and energy on people’s properties, but on the people themselves. For Obvious reasons, it is fetching them more money.

How else can this be described, when these armed robbers who are better known as kidnappers sunday afternoon kidnapped Nollywood actress and Governor Rochas Okorocha’s aide Nkiru Sylvanus in Owerri, according to friends of the pretty actress.

But unlike the kidnappers of Kamene Okonjo, mother of Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who demanded $1 billion, the kidnappers of Nkiru are demanding a 100 million naira for her release.

Hmmmm….looks like it is now an aberration to demand anything less than a hundred million..

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Following the death of Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna state in a helicopter crash in Bayelsa yesterday, his Deputy Alhaji Muktar Ramalan has been sworn in as the Governor of the state.

Ironically, at an occasion organised by the Kaduna council of the Nigerian Union of Journalist(NUJ) last wednesday where he represented the Governor, two speakers on the occasion said publicly that they were eagerly looking forward to the day he would become the number one citizen of the state. Little did they know it would come sooner than they had imagined!

GOV. MUKTAR YERO’S PROFILE:
 
Alhaji Muktar Ramalan Yero, 44, was born in Agwan Kaura in Zaria City of Kaduna state. He had his early education at LEA Primary School, Kaura, 1974-1980.Thereafter, he attended Government Secondary school Ikara, 1980-1985; Government Secondary school, Zaria 1985-1986 before he proceeded to the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained a Diploma in Banking. He also held a B.Sc Accounting in 1991 as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.  He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) by training. Yero started his working experience as Assistant accountant during his National Youth Service Corps at Ogun state Purchasing Corporation between 1991 and 1992.

After the service, he was employed as Higher Executive Officer, Bursary Department, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 1993 before moving to Nigerian Universal Bank Limited as Accountant Supervisor in the same year.  In 1997, he got appointment in a private firm, Nalado Nigerian Limited, one of the numerous business interests of his benefactor, Vice President Namadi Sambo.

He rose to the rank of Director, Finance and Administration, in 2007. When Sambo became governor in 2007, Yero was appointed the Commissioner of Finance, and served in that capacity up till May 2010, before he became the deputy governor. He is married with six children.

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Former Idols West Africa winner and Nigerian singer Timi Dakolo who was rumoured to be in the ill-fated helicopter that claimed the lives of Kaduna State Governor Patrick Yakowa and former National Security Adviser Andrew Azazi saturday afternoon tweeted this evening, hours after the incident how God had saved him.

Timi who attended the same burial event which the late Governor and co attended, was supposed to travel with the crashed copter, but changed his mind at the very last minute to travel by road, and that proved to be his saving grace.

According to Tony Anifite aka ‘Don T’ an executive for Now muzik, Timi’s management team, “Timi is doing okay, he was meant to fly on that chopper but he didn’t. I just got off the phone with him,”

The singer then tweeted: “God saved me” to douse fears and express his gratitude to God

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