Sunday, 7 December 2008

Jos! Cover up of a Nigerian Genocide! By Kayode Ogundamisi


Jos! Cover up of a Nigerian Genocide! By Kayode Ogundamisi

I have been combating myself over the weekend, my mind undertaking a marathon cum 100 meters race between, anger, despair, desperation, disgust and others.Over the years I have tried to convince myself about the viability of Nigeria as one indissoluble country were all and sundry would feel at home irrespective of were they originate from.

Body of Victims of the Jos Genocide
I have been putting my Yoruba nationalism in the background and engaged more on National issues whilst trying to unite different Yoruba self determination groups quietly and also selling the idea of a Yoruba Nation within Nigeria, with the right to self determination under a confederate unit. The event in Jos is about to change that. Not the killings in Jos alone as we all know killings based on ethnicity will keep recurring in Nigeria until the day we all seat down on a round table under a sovereign national conference and decide on how we want to live together as brothers, sisters or otherwise. Until we do that the blood to keep Nigeria together will flow more than the blood required to take it back to the pre colonial days when independent Nation-States lived and developed at there own speed.Back to the source of my anger.


The Jos crisis occurred on my way to Slovenia and as I kept pace with Jos I also tried to keep pace with the events in Mumbai were terrorist were busy cutting down the lives of innocent folks.As I monitored the events in Jos I noticed conflicting figures on the number of people killed. The Nigerian media kept moving from figure’s ranging between 200 to 400 and the Nigerian government not reputed to stating facts as it is kept the figure down to 120. I tried putting a call trough to the presidents media man Olusegun Adeniyi to confirm if figured being put out reflect the situation on ground but I was not succesfull doing that.I have very close and emotional ties to Jos. It was in Jos that I got my social activism sharpend; I did not only live in Jos but also had the privilege of being detained in the famous Jos Prison by the Babangida government and felt the warmness of the people of Plateau more in that colonial Prison.


I am a graduate of the university of Jos. The people of Plateau were not only pleasant but very generous to me and I almost became their in-law but for faith. One of my benefactor Alahji Abdul Karrim Iyimogah a then commissioner of finance in the old plateau state welcomed me to his house from the streets of Lagos and encouraged me to study first in the Federal Polythencinc Nassarawa and later the university of Jos. And all trough my activism in Jos he never interfered, neither did all those wonderful people I met in Jos tried to paint me as an ethnic jingoist. As students of the University of Jos and I fought on behalf of the people of Jos we shared a common desire. Make Jos a land tolerant of all race and the rocks on the Plateau a place of rescue for the helpless.I raised enough money in London sent home to Nigeria and commissioned two-experienced researcher on the true death toll in Jos and I am sorry the results they are giving me are worrisome. In Lagos state alone they could locate 39 Yoruba families who lost not only one but as many as 6 family members in the Jos crisis.Till date all the southwest governors keep mum on the massacre.


The Lagos state governor whom I admire a lot but whom this days keep himself away from any Yoruba event as if identifying yourself with your race this days is a sin, was consulting with Nigerians in London whilst his Yoruba kinsmen are mourning in Lagos and other part of the South West.I request governors in the southwest take a lead and start the process of compensating victims of the Jos Massacre and resettle returnees.


I am outraged by the silence befalling Yoruba self determination groups, The ignoble way the Federal Government in Nigeria is treating the incident in Jos.I crave for unity not revenge and I beg we see this as a sign that with all the in fighting and scheming in Yoruba Land over a ludicrous “YORUBA LEADERSHIP” our people who are defenceless are becoming victims of our blind ambition.Those killed in Jos are more than 2000 (TWO THOUSAND) and I challenge the Nigerian government to disprove that figure. Set up an autonomous commission into the killings in Jos, what happened in Jos is a GENOCIDE against defenceless Nigerians whose only sin was living outside their state of origin.If president Umaru Yaradua assume people are not outraged about the killings in Jos he his making a mistake, the Niger Delta will be a Childs play if Nigerians now start resorting to self help to protect themselves.I dropped the use of self-help as a means of protection 7 years ago after taking the decision to step down as the secretary general of the O’Dua Peoples Congress. It is now obvious Nigerians now have to keep a “mad man” in the house to serve as a deterrent to the “mad man” outside. And to those shameless “leaders” in Afenifere whom rather than unite and protect Yoruba are busy fighting themselves, A day will come we would have no choice but visit you in your homes and knock some sense into your head.I am outraged.


Kayode Ogundamisi

Monday, 24 November 2008

My Country is Crumbling

I am still unable to recover from the State of Affair in Nigeria!
We have a clueless President. A Docile Public and an Opposition bereft of ideas on how to move a sick Nation forward.
I am at a loss as to how we got ourselves into the Mess of this moment.

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Nigerian activist's distrupt Yaradua's visit. President takes refuge in building under construction.


NIGERIAN ACTIVISTS DISRUPT YAR ADUA LONDON VISIT




A group of activists have forced Nigerian President, Umoru yar Adua to relocate from a venue initially scheduled for talks between him and British officials in London yesterday.
The Liberty Forum, a coalition of over 30 self-determination and rights groups took over The Chatam House venue, forcing the Nigerian President to relocate the event from The Royal Institute of International Affairs Chatham House 10, St Jamese's Square to a run down Building at 8 Jhon Adams Street London WC2. pic to follow soon.
"We are here to prevent President Yar Adua from deceiving the British people on the real situation in the Niger-Delta. We are here to ensure that Brittain does not send her cutuzens to fight the people of the Niger-Delta. We are here to tell the whole world that Nigeria is a country led by uncaring political leaders at the centre, which does not care about the respect for human rights and the basic tenets of democracy' Kayode Ogundamisi lwho led hundredsd of protesters told the british media many of who had come to cover the event.
The British police watched as the activitist trailed the Nigerian leaders forcing them to relocate and compelling the President to observe for several minutes the showdown with his entourage
he said that Nigeria has become a laughing stock in the comity of nations largely because of the fraudulent elections that brough many politicians to power, the high degree of corruption in the country and the lack of public confidence in the post election tribunals most of which he said are 'in the pocket of politicians"


The protesting Nigerians Representing various gruops Including the Nigerian Liberty Forum , Women In Africa , Journalists for Democratic Rights, Odua republic Front, ORF, Irapada Omo Odua, and sympthatehic envriomental rights gruops gatherd at the Chtham house from 4pm. when it was 4.30 pm it was then obvious the orgernisers had a siniseter move.
Contact was then made with insiders in the British press who then revealed that the president had been moved to 8 Jhon Adams Street wc2. The Liberty Forum quickly mobilized to picket the new location , Yaradua was picketed and orgernisers rounded up the remaining segment of the event.


Niger Delta! We need not another Darfur in Nigeria.




THE LIBERTY FORUM

United Kingdom

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Energy Security, the Food Crisis and the Niger Delta

Prime-Minister GORDON BROWN/ President MUSA YARADUA
PEACE NOT WAR! WE NEED NOT ANOTHER DARFUR IN NIGERIA.

We call on Great Britain. We call on people of the British Isles and the children of great men and women that make Europe what it is to day: a land of freedom and opportunities We call on women and men of goodwill, students, workers and the business class, we call on armed and defenseless people alike, royals and commons, Lords and honorable, to prevail on the Nigerian President Umoru Yar Adua, whose election into office as Nigerian president was roundly condemned by the European Union, EU-having been characterized by rigging, stealing of ballot papers by soldiers, deployed unto the streets and corners of Nigeria, and who killed and maimed voters- to stop fooling the government of Britain on the real situation in the Niger-Delta, Nigeria's oil hub, which has now been highly militarized first by the Nigerian federal government, and now by militant freedom fighters who largely represent the indigenous communities in the region.
Yar Adua, a Fulani, whose grand parents led the 1804 Jihad against the black-skinned African population, represents the interest of the feudal and Muslim North, and have ruled and manipulated Nigeria to their wish and caprices since the Islamic revolution, which seek to continuously put Nigeria in the pocket of this few class.
Oil, which is the main source of revenue in Nigeria, is found in the Niger-Delta, home to indigenous population. These communities, due to large-scale corruption, looting of the public treasury by the leadership at the centre remain largely underdeveloped.
The poorest of the poor live in these communities, their culture undermined, their heritage submerged, their hope dashed, their future traumatized and their children without any future.
Soldiers of Northern origin are posted to these territories, and as expected, they rape the people, as it was in the case of Choba a rural indigenous Nigerian Village (1999), kill them and instill fear on them.
The Yar Adua government is similar in character to Omar Bashir's regime in Sudan, he wants to wipe out the indigenous population, and he cannot do it without help from a super power like Britain.
The late Ken Saro Wiwa, remember him, renewed the campaign for environmental and political justice in the Niger-Delta, but in 1995, he, alongside eight others were hanged and acid was poured on their bodies by the Nigerian state.
A democratic regime which came in 1999 was thought would address the problems of the Niger-Delta, but the Nigerian state did not change in character and form. Instead, it became more vicious and bizarre, all in the bid to continuously subjugate and muzzle the ethnic minorities in these territories. In 1999, Yar Adua's party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP then led by President Olusegun Obasanjo sent 10,000 soldiers to Odi, an Ijaw community of 20,000 people. After 72 hours of military action, the only building remaining in Odi was a post office. 1,200 people were killed and hundreds were missing. What more is a genocide than the maiming of women, children and the unarmed and today the perpetuator of that act, General Olusegun Obasonjo roam the streets of Yaradua Nigeria, neither facing trial for corruption or war crimes.
Today the Niger-Delta people, having waited in vain for justice since 1959 when oil was discovered in their homeland, have taken up arms against the Nigerian state. This is against the background of age long outrage among largely Christian Southern Nigeria communities, that they are tired of leaving in Nigeria, a country ruled by a small fundamentalist group, a country that offers no hope for her citizens, a country that destroys the best of human values and a country whose citizens have been made to become a huge burden on the international community, considering the large number of exiles, some of who have taken up professional jobs in Europe and America and many of whom have taken into drugs, prostitution in Italy and cyber crimes.
Nigeria is an artificial creation, put together, without the consent of the communities, in 1914, following the sharing of Africa into spheres of influence in 1885 at the Berlin Conference. Now, the Yar Adua tribe are on top, and they do manage, at all times, to install their stooges in each of the 36 states of the country, whereas non of the states enjoy the benefit of federalism, which each of them heavily dependent on the centre in all areas including the registration of vehicles, control of ports, police and even as little as the right to create and run counties and the right to chose their political leaders, which must be screened and approved by the centre government.
Apart from the Niger-Delta, the Yoruba and Ibos of the South and the minorities of the middle-belt in the North are asking for self-determination up to the point of opting out of Nigeria. Many of these communities having watched several recommendations chuck by the government into the thrash bin, have decided to take up arms against the Nigerian state.
Britain was aware of this serious problem in Nigeria. In 1957, shortly before Nigeria got independence in 1960, Brittan set up the Willinks Commission, which recommended that revenue be shared 100 percent on the basis of derivation. Today, only 13 percent has been approved and just as recent as in 1999, for the oil producing communities. On top of all this is the fact that a credible election in unlikely in Nigeria under her present structure. This is the gist of this whole problem in the Niger-Delta and in Nigeria.
Another peace summit, the third in 12 years is in the offing, but expectedly, nothing is likely to come out of it, because while the summit is in top gear, Yar Adua is shopping for arms in Britain and has heavily militarized the region since the past 10 years.
A peace summit, even if to be chaired by Britain is what is needed. We need no longer another Iraq in Nigeria. We need no weapons that will be used by an illegitimate political class against the ordinary people of Nigeria.
Self-determination is the substance and the United Nations recognizes this demand under article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Help save Nigeria from war, help save Britain from being fed with lies and propaganda by one of the worst set of leaders in Africa.

As British Nigerians and Nigerians Resident in the United Kingdom with Stakes in Both Countries we demand as follows.

OUR DEMANDS.

PRIME MINISTER GORDON BROWN SHOULD WITHDRAW HIS OFFER FOR MILLITARY ASSISTANCE TO THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT.

THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT SHOULD COMMENCE INVESTIGATION INTO THE PRIVATE ACCOUNTS OF PAST AND CURRENT NIGERIAN PUBLIC OFFICE HOLDERS WITH A VIEW TO RECOVER STOLEN MONEY AND RETURN SAME TO THE PEOPLE OF NIGERIA.

THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT SHOULD STOP THE CONTINUED MILLITARIZATION OF THE NIGER DELTA REGION.

THE NIGERIAN POLICE SHOULD BE ADEQUATLY EQUIPED TO DEAL WITH LAW AND ORDER ISSUE IN THE NIGER DELTA.


THAT ONLY A GENUINE RESTORATION OF THE RIGHTS OF THE NIGER DELTA PEOPLE AND ALL OPPRESSED PEOPLE IN NIGERIA WILL BRING PEACE TO NIGERIA.

THAT IF THE LABOUR LED GOVERNMENT OF PRIME MINISTER GORDON BROWN IS IN ANY WAY SEEN TO JOIN THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT IN COMMITING ACTS OF GENOCIDE IN THE NIGER-DELTA, THE LIBERTY FORUM AND ITS AFFILIATE ORGERNISATIION SHALL COMMENCE IMMIDIATE CAMPAIGNS AGAINST THE LABOUR PARTY IN THE AFRO-CARREBIAN CUMMUINITY IN THE UNITED-KINGDOM.

Signed.

Kayode Ogundamisi Convener: The Liberty Forum-UNITED- KINGDOM

And affiliates organizations in Nigeria.

Green Peoples Environmental Network, GREPNET-NIGERIA
Community Peoples Action Against Aids, COPEAIDS, -NIGERIA
Irapada Omo Odua, IOD Northern Ireland Chapter.
Journalists for Democratic Rights, JODER, -NIGERIA
Oodua Republic Front- ORF NIGERIA
IJAW MONITORING GROUP-NIGERIA.

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

NIGERIANS REJECT THE USE OF BRITISH WEAPONS

The Liberty Forum UK
15TH July 2008.

NIGERIANS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM OPPOSE THE USE OF BRITISH WEAPONS IN NIGER DELTA.


The Liberty Forum United Kingdom announced its intention to picket venues of events to be attended by the President Of the federal Republic of Nigeria during his 4 days State visit to the United Kingdom.
Since the declaration of the intention, the Nigerian embassy in the UK cancelled two major events one being the publicised meeting of the president with Nigerian resident in the UK, The meeting was scheduled to take place at the Nigerian High commissioner’s official resident on Friday 18th July 2008 at 18.30 hrs.

The cancellation of the meeting by the Nigerian High Commissioner in the UK His Excellency Dr Dalhatu Saraki in our opinion is to deprive Nigerians an opportunity to register their protest to the president on his handling of the crisis in the Niger Delta.

We are at a lost at the secrecy surrounding events the president would be attending. We find the removal of all information of the Presidents visit from the Nigerian High Commission website not only distasteful but an overreaction to a simple declaration of intent to picket.

For a government that prides itself on the enthronement of rule of law, we make bold to say that a right to peaceful protest is also a major component of a democracy.

If the British public could picket the events of the visit of the American President to the United Kingdom we wonder why the president of Nigeria with all its claim of democratic ideals would be visiting the UK like a fugitive and details of his events are known only to loyal members and supporters of the Yaradua Government in the UK.

We restate our protest against the British prime minister Gordon Brown and attempts to reduce the Niger delta crisis to a law and order issue rather than the struggle by the people of Niger delta for social justice, environmental right and resource control.

Whilst the Corrupt Nigerian government, the oil companies and the British government are looking at profit the people of the delta are facing a life long sentence to poverty and environmental degradation.

We condemn any form of Military intervention in the resolution of the Niger Delta crisis by Nigeria or any foreign interest.

We call on president Yaradua to reject any offer of arms, from the British or any foreign government for use in the Niger delta or any part of Nigeria.

Nigerians living in the United Kingdom and British Nigerians will not sleep walk into an agenda by the hawks in the western government to turn Nigeria into another Iraq by a Prime Minister whom in our opinion is clueless about the situation in the Niger delta and the struggle of the people of the Delta for environmental, social and political justice.

The promotion of war and rumour of wars by the British Government will only escalate the situation in the Delta Region.

The role of the British government is to call on the Nigerian government to go into genuine dialogue with the people of the Niger delta, put in place concrete measures to ease the frustration in the delta and be accountable to the Nigerian people rather than the oil companies and the multinationals.


Signed

Kayode Ogundamisi

Convener

The Liberty Forum. UK.

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Thursday, 10 July 2008

Gordon Browns Plan for War in Nigeria Niger Delta




Independent.co.uk
Brown's African misadventure
PM's offer of military aid to Nigeria provokes collapse of ceasefire amid angry claims that UK has 'declared war' on rebel army
By Daniel Howden, Kim Sengupta, Colin Brown and Claire SoaresFriday, 11 July 2008
Gordon Brown is being accused of preparing for a military adventure in Africa after he pledged to provide backing to the Nigerian security forces. His announcement prompted the collapse of a ceasefire in the oil-rich Niger Delta and helped to drive up crude oil prices on world markets.
The Prime Minister's offer to help "tackle lawlessness" in the world's eighth largest oil producer was immediately condemned by the main militant group in the Delta, which abandoned a two-week-old ceasefire and accused Britain of backing what it calls Nigeria's "illegal government". The group issued a "stern warning" to Mr Brown in an emailed statement: "Should Gordon Brown make good his threat to support this criminality for the sake of oil, UK citizens and interests in Nigeria will suffer the consequences."
Speaking at the close on Wednesday of the meeting in Japan of the Group of Eight leading industrial nations, Mr Brown said that the UK was ready to offer the Nigerian military direct assistance to help return law and order to the southern region and to restore oil output.
The Prime Minister said: "We stand ready to give help to the Nigerians to deal with lawlessness that exists in this area and to achieve the levels of production that Nigeria is capable of, but because of the law and order problems has not been able to achieve." His comments came ahead of a visit to London by the Nigerian President, Umaru Yar'Adua, next week in which he is expected to appeal for military aid to put down militant groups who have attacked oil pipelines and platforms.
The Nigerian press received the British offer as a declaration of war against rebel groups. The Daily Champion newspaper ran the headline "Battle Line! UK to Declare War on Delta Militants".
Mr Brown is under immense pressure on the domestic front to ease the soaring fuel costs, driven by the global spike in oil prices. Major unrest in the impoverished Niger Delta region has cut the country's capacity to pump oil by one-quarter in recent months, helping to drive oil prices to the record high of $145 per barrel.
However, Mr Brown's initiative appeared to catch the Foreign Office unawares. A spokesman insisted yesterday that there had been "no change in policy" but that "options" were being considered. Senior military sources also said they had been caught by surprise by the decision to offer military aid. There are no contingency plans for intervention in Nigeria that can be activated, they said, and any operation would have to be organised from scratch.
President Yar'Adua came to power a year ago after a controversial election win that was challenged in Nigeria's High Court and contested by independent observers. Despite campaign pledges to tackle endemic corruption, which has raised the country to the top of the global graft index and enriched an elite with illegal oil revenues, the President has made little progress. He has also failed in his pledge to address local grievances in the Delta and restore peace to the region.
A series of attacks on installations and the kidnapping of oil workers by the main militant group, Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend), has cut Nigerian oil production by one-quarter. The group is demanding a greater share of oil revenues be given to local people as the Niger Delta is among the poorest regions in Africa, despite the immense oil wealth it produces. A spokesman for Mend, Jomo Gbomo, told The Independent that the UK offer was tantamount to a return to colonial policies of divide and rule: "They ought to know better than any other country [not] to involve themselves in any other area aside from development. They [the British] are getting frustrated and we will continue frustrating the oil-dependent markets until justice is offered." Asked if he feared that Nigeria would become the next Iraq or Afghanistan, he replied: "It will not get to that point except if there is foreign interference."
Mend offered to enter peace talks last year but withdrew after the government launched a secret trial against one of its leaders. Attempts to convene a summit have been complicated by the withdrawal of the United Nations envoy who was asked to oversee it, as well as the refusal of Mend to take part.
Any action in Nigeria would further stretch British forces. Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup, the Chief of Defence Staff, warned the Government last month: "We are not structured or resourced to do two of these things [Iraq and Afghanistan] on this scale on an enduring basis, but we have been doing it on an enduring basis for years. Until we get to the stage when one of them comes down to small-scale, we will be stretched beyond the capability we have."
Defence sources say the only realistic option would be to send special forces along with specialised hi-tech equipment to combat the guerrilla campaign. However, two squadrons out of the four in the SAS are currently deployed abroad, in Iraq and Afghanistan, and one is said to be on exercise. Units of the Special Boat Squadron are also busy in those countries with one contingent working alongside US forces in yet another hunt for Osama bin Laden.
The UK does, however, have special forces in Djibouti alongside other Nato countries in the American-run Horn of Africa task force involved in missions against Islamist militants; some of them can be switched from east to west Africa. It may also be possible to station a Royal Navy warship offshore.
Major General Julian Thompson, a former commander of the Royal Marines, said: "It would be utterly extraordinary to propose anything like a sizeable deployment of forces to Nigeria. Where are they going to come from? The MoD has not exactly got a box marked 'new troops' they can open up for something like this.
"It would be possible to send special forces in limited numbers to help the Nigerian military, but, with the current situation in Afghanistan they cannot be kept there for anything like a prolonged period."
Britain is one of the largest investors in Nigeria. About 4,000 Britons live in the west African country, many working for large companies, including the oil and gas companies Royal Dutch Shell and BG Group.

In the Name Of God PLC? Our "men of God" By Kayode Ogundamisi



In the Name Of God PLC? Our "men of God" By Kayode Ogundamisi



Today at 8:42am


The Last time I stepped into a church was almost certainly year 2000. I have been so disenchanted with all the “miracles” “testimonies” “fire prayers” and the entire “break down my enemy” vigour dance in churches that I decided to just communicate with Baba God Directly.


Why go to a church were all I take notice of is the pastor sermonize how the church is making money and the pocket of the followers going leaner on daily basis.But all that is about to change o!


I was on foot down Lordship lane and I saw a sign “The Salvation Army Simply Jesus”. Trust my inquisitive self. This sign was different from the ones I usually notice in the so-called New Generation Churches, signs that emphasis solution to needs rather than salvation. “Signs and Wonders”. In some cases disturbing “magical” displays.Some will just tell you to suffer here on earth as our kingdom is in heaven; “we are not of this world they say”.


But they wont remind us of how Oga Jesus was the most humble of all he dined and wine with us the commoners.If Only new generation “men of God” can just live life like Jesus. Swap the pecks for service. May be just May be. Of those 3 Million that flock Lagos-Ibadan express road for the all night “waiting on the lord” one million will do one good and Nigeria will be so changed in a positive way.


I still don’t comprehend how the missionaries did it but those ones built schools, free of charge, they built hospitals free for the people and till date several decades later those schools and hospitals still rank amongst the best in the land. The Islamic missionaries were not left out, I attended Ahmadiya College later Known as Anwar Ul Islam College, and thanks to those “men of God” we had education free and good.


But check out modern “men of God” Covenant University, not for the poor, Redeem University not for the poor, pray we need a change of thinking, our men of God are doing a great Job preaching the Word but they also need to march words with action. It should not be Church of God PLC. It should be a place of Salvation Anyway I decided to test out the Salvation Army, walked in and what a distinction, were the pastor dey?


A Ghanaian lady I sat with replied we are all pastors we are here to study Gods words and pray. Unmm interesting. Ok 40 Minutes later the service is over, and I was like no announcement for special donation and all those suffer here and enjoy in heaven call for donation I am used to in some Nigerian churches. Well my new found friend replied again, you can donate whatever you have to the following charities and homeless centres and we prefer you spare a day in a month to help the kids on the street.


I am like O my God. I would have to write Pastor Adeboye and Bishop Oyedepo. I wrote 2 e-mails last night. I just got an automated reply from one of the Nigerian Churches. And guess what, I think I am back in the Vineyard. That is if I am not on a Sunday shift at work, you know Salvation Army will not pay Mama Charley’s Tax and my Bills.


Kayode Ogundamisi


odamisi2000@yahoo.com

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

The Nigeria I Saw. Why are we that Wicked by Kayode Ogundamisi







I Touched down at the Lagos International airport on the 11th June 2008,
It’s been two process of exile since 1999 one was forced on me, and from 2003 I decided to make it a self imposed exile away from my motherland ever since 1999, Making it a point of duty to visit home at intervals.
As one with the love of my homeland I visit home at every election, one to take part in the election and campaign for those I think can make a change, two to be a part of the movement that won’t give up on Nigeria.
I still run a centre for self empowerment in Lagos and I am proud that the centre does not need me anymore as the good people who started it with me are not only making it viable but are taking it to the next level.
My recent trip to Nigeria is the most emotional of all. I could not but feel proud of the positive things taking place in Lagos State. I make bold to say that Lagos is cleaner and neater than Napoli (Naples) in Italy. But we need to do more, the slums need help.
The thrust of my visit home was not to see the city and the new cars that is now the craze of the new Nigerian upper class, or the massive European style malls springing up in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.
My visit was to see that Nigeria a lot of Nigerians don’t want to see. I visited the villages, spending 20 of my 30 days in the hinterland.
I was in Shaki an exotic town in the west, Shalla a hilly piece of beauty on the Plateau, Ikare the land of my late dad and Kaiama in the Niger Delta and host of others.
On every occasion as I eat , sleep, drink, weep with those forgotten Nigerians,
I cannot but ask why leaders, rulers and the elite in Nigeria are so evil, why we mistake development to denote the number of cars we own, the number of times we visit Europe, the number of parties we host, the style of our mobile phones and not the future of our children and the underprivileged. Why are we the most religious in the world and yet filled with wickedness and class urban mentality.
Abuja is a scandal to our national psyche it shows how heartless we are, it is an example of how we can make Nigeria work if we want to make it work, but how those in power chose to create heaven in hell for comfort.
On one hand in Abuja you see a master piece were the ruling elite live in heaven, 10 kilometres to that heaven you see were the Rufais of this world drove the common man into slums, rather than build affordable estates for all, they build mansions for the thieves
I did visit a pal of mine, he is a good man but he is now a personal aid to the President, visiting him I asked how much he gets paid, two hundred thousand naira a month he said, unmm fair but he is being accommodated in Trancorp Hilton, he’s been living in the hotel since October 2007 and guess what the federal government of Nigeria gets to pay the hotel forty nine thousand naira a night, what a waste.
I met some of my friends who are now senators, some in the house of reps and any attempt to draw their attention to the plight of our people in the hinterland was like me singing in welsh. One of them said to me “ I beg Sankara e be like say u don too tay for abroad, look for contract and enjoy your life”.
In fact a Senator from Kwara state, whose brother is now the Landlord of the State wrote me a mail on FB stating why don’t u see anything good in Nigeria, how dare you say Abuja was built with blood oil money from the delta.
I left Abuja wondering how we got this characters elected or is it selected. In Abuja a friend of mine who lived in Houston USA met with me he was determined to make a change he said “Kay we can’t leave the space for this charlatan’s, you need to come back home” I left him thinking unmm what a great idea and I must say I admire his courage, leaving the comfort of the United States for Nigeria is a brave move and I hope we all follow his footsteps.
Nigeria is the best place in the world. Our people are strong, the common man never gives up and all we need is that leader with the will power to mobilize the good in us all, we must walk the walk and stop talking, we must stop those all night vigil in church and start doing God’s work, we must stop the hypocrisy of life and live life.
I did not see a dying Nigeria, I saw hope, I saw a people ready to move but with weak leaders, rogues in government, I saw that young man with a masters degree in the palm Lagos, he works as a security Guard gets paid stipends but still hope for a better Nigeria, I saw that lady prostitute near Unilag who told me she is a final year law student but she is not going to give up on Nigeria, I visited friends in the public sector who have low expectation of today but great vision of a great Nigeria.
We can’t but hold our leaders to account, as I leave Lagos for the UK, I took a final glance at the Lagos landscape and that message painted on the rainbow was Kayode Ogundamis you are more Nigerian than You are British. We must never give up on a better future for that contraption called NIGERIA.
By Kayode Ogundamisi
Wood green London
July 2008.
Convener: The Liberty Forum. UK




Sunday, 6 July 2008

Nigerian 08 Visit in Pic by Kayode Ogundamisi


Nigerian 08 Visit in Pic by Kayode Ogundamisi


Nigerian 08 Visit in Pic by Kayode Ogundamisi


Nigerian 08 Visit in Pic by Kayode Ogundamisi


My Nigerian 08 Visit in Pic. Kayode Ogundamisi


Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Dr Fredrick Fasehun a New Sanni Abacha Follower?


Dr Fasehun was the President of OPC (Oodua Peoples Congress) when I was the organisation's Sec-Gen. I left the OPC when I noticed the inconsistency in the message and action of Dr Fasehun.
I would not in my slightest dream think the well respected Yoruba leader would degenerate to the level of romancing with the Abachas, it saddens me that Fasehun is rewriting his legacy and becoming e mockery amongst sane people.
Kayode Ogundamisi. Ex OPC SEC GEN

Afenifere tackles Fasehun on Abacha anniversary…Says his presence in Kano shocking, embarrassing By RAZAQ BAMIDELETueday, June 10, 2008



•Dr. Fredrick Fasehun Story culled from the Nigerian Sun News Publishing

The Pan Yoruba socio-cultural and political organization, Afenifere has described the reported presence of the founder and President of Oodua Peoples Congress, (OPC), Dr. Fredrick Fasehun at the tenth anniversary of the death of former military Head of State, General Sani Abacha in Kano as “unfortunate, shocking and embarrassing.”Speaking with Daily Sun in Lagos on Monday, the National Publicity Secretary of the organization, Yinka Odumakin, said Faseun’s reported presence at the celebration was very odd wondering, “what kind of signal is he trying to send across.”The concerned Afenifere spokesman who expressed the group’s worry and astonishment, however, informed that Fasehun has to be contacted to explain why he should be part of such a gathering reminding that Abacha was part of the June 12, 1993 presidential election annulment that led to the untimely death of a lot of pro-democracy activists, the bulk of who were of Yoruba stock, including the winner of the election M.K.O. Abiola and his wife Kudirat Abiola.His words: “I found his being part of the celebration a bit odd. That Dr. Fredrick Fasehun was part of the anniversary of Abacha who was responsible for the death of Kudirat Abiola, who incarcerated M.K.O. Abiola himself until he died in prison, who killed Admiral Omotehinwa, Pa Rewane and several other pro-democracy activists of Yoruba stock in particular is a bit odd.“For our own icon (Fasehun) to be found in such a gathering is rather unfortunate. To have been in a forum where Abacha was being celebrated, one has to see Dr. Fasehun to ask him what is happening because we are worried.“I think we have to see him and ask him what signal are we sending out? Personally, I was shocked to the marrow and embarrassed beyond explanation that such a thing could happen at all,” Odumakin stressed.Speaking further, the visibly baffled Afenifere national publicity secretary reminded that “OPC was a response to the annulment of June 12, 1993 presidential election. And for somebody like Dr. Faseun, who has rendered immeasurable service to Yoruba nation to celebrate Abacha is an indication that all what we have fought for had been lost.”
According to Odumakin, the country today was not democratic, the votes of the people didn’t count and so many martyrs including M.K.O. Abiola were lost to the struggle, lamenting that “celebrating Abacha by people like Dr. Faseun is like dancing on their graves,” which he declared was very unfortunate.

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Reasons Why Senator Barrack Obama Could Not Have Won Any Election In Nigeria













Reasons Why Senator Barrack Obama Could Not Have Won Any Election In Nigeria.
From Kayode Ogundamisi.
1. Obama would probably be from the wrong tribe so he has got to wait 2000 years before it will get to the turn of his tribe. In Nigeria looting of the treasury is shared amongst the geo-political zone.
2. Obama’s father would have been unknown in Nigeria so the Obasonjos and Babangidas and those powers that hold Nigeria in bondage would have asked him “who is your father in this country”? Ask how Dimeji Bankole was imposed on the South West by his Politician father as the candidate for leadership of house of representative. Or how the Old Saraki made one son a governor, another daughter a senator, another daughter in the presidency and another one in the state house of assembly, or how Adedibu would chose and pick who becomes what in Oyo State.
3. Obama would have been speaking too much TURENCHI (grammar). In Nigeria we hate politicians who speak big grammar. We prefer semi illiterates like the Umaru Dikkos of this world.
4. Obama would not have agreed to go to the Okija shrine to prove his loyalty to his God father, ask the current governor of Abia State Who had to swear naked by Okija Shrine to prove his loyalty to Kalu.
5. Obama would not have had his own hired assassin, in Nigeria politicians keep death squads, ask how some of the boys in Niger delta were giving arms by the PDP governors to terrorise opponents.
6. Obama would have had only one wife and in Nigeria a politician must not only be promiscuous he must date every television presenter in the land or buy cars for famous presenter on NTA or AIT prime time or buy housed in London and New York for every young lady in the City.
7. Obama would have been too healthy to lead Nigeria, in Nigeria we prefer sick Presidents, ask how Obasonjo imposed a sick Yaradua on Nigerians, in a country of 140 Million people a sick man is the head of state.
8. Obama would have reached out to opponents in Nigeria, politics is based on tribes and region not on ideology, so it would be suicidal for Tunde Fashola of Lagos to Join a Northern party.
9. Obama’s father would have been from Ghana and in Nigeria we wont vote for you if your Papa is not the “Shon of the Shoil”.

10. Obama would have been too young; in Nigeria half of the leaders are great grand fathers that is why we recycle failures like Obasonjo, Babangida, Abubakar and the same Old Rogues.
NOTE: The list could be more but I would rather other Nigerians had to the list.
Kayode Ogundamisi odamisi2000@yahoo.com

Barack Obama, Would he have been effective in Nigeria?

American Dream, Nigerian Reality!

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

In Nigeria A Country of 140 Million People A Sick Man is The President




Dear All,


I am one individual, who gave Yaradua the benefit of doubt on his condition of health, but viewing him live on national television last week during his over 1 hour meeting with the media, I saw a President in Pain.I was more or less close to tears as I saw a president in pain, coughing almost after every sentence and obviously showing signs of great illness.Are we sure General Obasonjo did not impose Yaradua Knowing fully well that the Man would not be capable of lasting in office, Remember Obasonjos failed 3rd term project, Yaradua appears to be a good man, but we need to get a clear medical report of Mr President and if he his not fit to govern then his deputy Jonathan Goodluck should start preparing to be the 1st Niger Delta President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


Kayode Ogundamisi





Doctors Insist Yar'adua has Churg Strauss Syndrome
Posted by Admin Sahara-Saharareporters, New YorkOn May 29,
During an interview session with a select group of journalists to mark the first anniversary of his usurped presidency, Umaru Yar’adua tried to downplay the severity of his health problems. But several medical doctors knowledgeable about his physical condition have reaffirmed to Saharareporters that Yar'adua was diagnosed a few years ago for Churg Strauss disease—and has been on a regimen of treatment since. According to the same sources, Yar'adua is also dogged by asthma, which may have been responsible for his persistent cough and labored breathing throughout the interview session. Yar’adua admitted to having been treated for a kidney condition in 2000. Even so, he tried to create the impression that his symptoms, which he admitted to in the interviews, were unrelated. But the doctors who spoke anonymously to Saharareporters said the symptoms Yar'adua admitted to on national television “are consistent with the Churg Strauss syndrome.” Dr. Salisu Barau Banye, Yar'adua’s personal physician, has been treating him over the years for asthma. Our sources indicated that, while governor of Katsina, Yar’adua had equipped the General Hospital in Katsina with dialysis machines to take care of his kidney treatments. Dr. Banye acted as the hospital’s medical director at the time.In the carefully packaged, nationally televised live interview, Yar'adua admitted that his arteries had dilated by 21/2 diameters, a condition that our sources describe as “vasculitis,” a major feature of Churg Strauss syndrome.Churg Strauss has a plethora of other symptoms, which may include symptoms such as psychiatric reactions as agitation or restlessness, which manifested by the inflation of the arteries of the brain. The syndrome also includes a condition called angioedema (accumulation of fluid in the face, which can also indicate the accumulation of fluid in the upper airway and compromise breathing in extreme cases), well-known cause of sudden death-a swelling of the face, can affect the ability to breathe, which Yar'adua rightly admitted during the chat. One of the doctors who spoke to us said that medical ethics respects a patient’s right to confidentiality about his medical condition—but with some exceptions. “A man who is in public office owes it to the people he leads to be candid and upfront about his medical issues. From that perspective, President Yar'adua ought to have disclosed his true condition instead of picking and choosing symptoms that bugged him at different times of the life of the syndrome before it was properly diagnosed.” They allude to recent disclosures made by the two US frontline presidential candidates-Barack Obama and John McCain as well as Fidel Castro, and US Senator Edward Kennedy.Yar'adua, who takes steroids, was flown to Germany in 2007, weeks before the massively rigged April elections that brought him to power. He has since been in Germany twice for medical emergencies, even though one of the visits was disguised as a quasi-official visit to the country. In April, Yar’adua was flown to Germany after he had a scary relapse. He spent 11 days in Wiesbaden, Germany, close to five of those days in intensive care where he was reportedly intubated (put on respiratory support).
He has since been trying to sell the hoax that his ailment was a simple case of allergic drug reaction. According to one of our medical sources, “What he didn’t tell the Nigerian public during his media chat was the underlying reason behind the adverse reaction to anti-malaria medication. Nor did he reveal that he was self-medicating on Metalcafin, an off the counter anti-malaria medicine when in fact he didn't have malaria as he claimed.”Churg Strauss syndrome has no known cure, even though it can be managed to prolong the life of its victim. Even so, the doctors who spoke to Saharareporters insisted that a patient with Churg Strauss was not likely to have the energy to carry out demanding official duties. Asked to comment on Yar’adua’s efforts to give an impression of improved health, one of the doctors said that a shot or two of carefully controlled substances—steroids--could always boost Yar'adua’s short-term ability to be active and to function at some minimum level of capability. “The steroids in his medicine cabinet could help him somewhat upbeat and healthy, but they certainly can’t sustain him for the long term,” said the doctor.During his presidential campaigns, Yar’adua had responded to lingering concerns about his state of health by bragging about his ability to play rounds of squash games.

Thursday, 29 May 2008

NIGERIA A NATION IN DARKNESS






NIGERIA :
A Nation groping in Darkness.


When Sane Citizens complain about the situation in Nigeria, they claim we are "bitter"; it takes an insane mind not to be bitter about the Nigerian State.Poverty in the midst of plenty. And my initial Solution is the re negotiation of the Nigerian State via a Sovereign National Conference were Nationalities who Make up the current Fallacy Called Nigeria will Re negotiate and install a true Nation.


A Nation that will fulfil the aspiration of the common man, Bringing governance back to the people. Not a Nation perpetuating poverty and creating elitist cities in Ajah, Asokoro, Lekki etc whilst ignoring the needs of the people of Ajegunle, Katako , Agege etc.Not a Nation were religious organisations are becoming more of the problem than the solution.Not a Nation were power is so centralized that it is easy to steal money without being noticed.Not a Nation whose citizens are treated like imbeciles internationally.




Kayode Ogundamisi

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

That Shame of a Country Called South Africa! The Pictures South Africans Dont Want the world to See
































South Africa's Immigration Shame

By JAMES KIRCHICKMay 28, 2008;

Viewing the horrific images out of Johannesburg last week, one could be forgiven for mistaking them for the harrowing photographs that graced newspaper front pages in the 1980s. Those were the years of "Total Onslaught," when the African National Congress (ANC) encouraged residents of black townships to fight white rule. Blacks suspected of collaborating with the apartheid regime were rounded up, tried before sham "people's courts," and murdered by mobs.
The bloodshed last week was not aimed at the South African government or its suspected collaborators. Instead, it was directed at the country's most powerless and vulnerable hordes: undocumented refugees.

Thugs wielding machetes, axes and hammers prowled the streets, asking potential foreigners questions to determine their language and dialect. Homes and shops were looted. Women were raped. Even the horrific, apartheid-era practice of "necklacing" – in which ANC sympathizers placed tires doused in gasoline around the necks of suspected collaborators and set them aflame – returned.
Over 40 people have been killed and thousands have been forced out of their homes. Unlike apartheid-era unrest, when blacks were safely isolated in townships far removed from economic hubs, last week's turbulence spread to Johannesburg's central business district. The violence seriously undermines the government's claim that it is capable of hosting the World Cup in 2010.
South Africa, the most developed country on the continent, has attracted a wave of economic and political refugees since the fall of apartheid in 1994. Most of them (as many as three million) hail from neighboring Zimbabwe. Since the initiation of President Robert Mugabe's seizure of white-owned farms in 2000, this country has been marked by deepening political repression, outrageously high inflation and widespread hunger.
Thousands of Zimbabweans cross South Africa's northern border on a weekly basis, and that's on the increase since the Zimbabwean regime's violent response to losing presidential and parliamentary elections held on March 29. With South Africa's official unemployment rate at 22% (in reality, possibly as high as 40%), aggression against foreigners accused of taking precious jobs was only a matter of time.
Ultimately the individuals who perpetrate acts of violence must be held responsible. Yet it's important to remember that the influx of poor Zimbabweans would never have become a phenomenon had Mr. Mugabe not driven his country into the ground. His terror has been aided and abetted by South African President Thabo Mbeki, whose government has certified a series of stolen elections, hesitates to criticize Mugabe's human-rights violations, and blocks international involvement in Zimbabwe's ever-deepening crisis.
Two years ago, an economist in Johannesburg told me that Zimbabwe was "South Africa's Mexico," and that the massive number of immigrants flooding into his country should be viewed as a positive economic benefit. This comparison is specious.
Zimbabweans fleeing to South Africa do not intend to make a future there, as Mexican immigrants crossing the Rio Grande hope to do in the U.S. They come to South Africa because they cannot survive in Zimbabwe, a country where the life expectancy is in the mid-30s. If the government doesn't kill you, AIDS or starvation will.
Furthermore, the U.S. would not allow Mexico to degenerate into the massive political and economic hellhole that Zimbabwe has become. At the very least, we would impose sanctions. But more likely, Washington would support antigovernment contras or initiate regime change, as it did in Central America during the Cold War.
For years, those who defended Mr. Mbeki's approach did so on the grounds that the situation in Zimbabwe did not affect regional stability. They claimed that Zimbabwe's turmoil was something that its own government and opposition should resolve, without the pressure of outside intervention.
The disastrous effects of that hands-off policy are now clear.
The most disgraceful aspect of this whole situation is the fact that many of the ANC's head honchos spent the apartheid years exiled in African countries. Fleeing certain imprisonment in their native land, they found gracious hosts elsewhere – including Zimbabwe.
Mr. Kirchick is an assistant editor of the New Republic.

Thursday, 8 May 2008

Human Rights Violation on Self-Determination Groups in Nigeria 2003

Human rights violations against members of self-determination groups in Nigeria

Culled From Human Rights Watch 2003 Report. London United Kingdom.

http://www.hrw.org/reports/2003/nigeria1203/7.htm

With a population made up of more than 250 different ethnic groups and a strong sense of regional as well as ethnic identity, Nigeria has seen the emergence of numerous self-determination groups. These groups have advocated various forms of autonomy on an ethnic or regional basis, within or outside the current federal structure of the country. Several of them, for example Yoruba groups in the southwest, Igbo groups in the southeast, and Ijaw and other groups in the oil-producing delta in the south, have been very vocal in articulating their demands for autonomy, based on claims of marginalization within the current political system; some but not all have used violence. In the last few years, an umbrella organization for Yoruba self-determination groups, the Coalition of O’odua Self-Determination Groups (COSEG), has not only brought together the various Yoruba organizations, but has also made overtures to self-determination groups of other ethnicities and regions of Nigeria which, while representing different interests, are united in their opposition to the current federal structure, and hence the federal government, of Nigeria.
Yoruba self-determination groups
In February 2003, Human Rights Watch published a report on the O’odua People’s Congress (OPC), one of several Yoruba self-determination groups active in the southwest of Nigeria. The report described cases of extrajudicial killings and other abuses suffered by OPC members at the hands of the police, as well as numerous killings and other acts of violence by the OPC.71 Since the publication of that report, incidents of violence by and against the OPC have decreased, as its leaders appear to have reached a kind of peace or compromise with the federal government. However, there have been cases of extrajudicial killings, arrests and other forms of harassment of members of other self-determination groups.
In May 2003, Kayode Ogundamisi, a well-known activist in Nigeria, president of the O’odua Republic Front (ORF, a more recently-established Yoruba group) and former National Secretary of the OPC, was arrested by members of the SSS and detained for two weeks. He was denied contact with his family and lawyer throughout his detention. After two weeks, he was released without charge. During his detention, he was questioned repeatedly about his political activities and those of his organization, the ORF, and he was told he should join the political mainstream. From the interrogation, it would appear that the arrest may have been linked in part to a newspaper advertisement by the ORF published in the Lagos-based Punch newspaper a month earlier, on April 5, 2003. In the advertisement, the ORF called for a campaign for a sovereign national conference, a referendum on an Oodua republic72 and a campaign for a free southwest. Wale Adedoye, a journalist from The Punch, who was with him at the time of the arrest, was also arrested but released after a few hours.
Kayode Ogundamisi had spent the last few years living in Europe but had returned to Nigeria in time for the elections in April and May 2003. On May 11, 2003, he was arrested at the international airport in Lagos, as he was preparing to board a flight back to the United Kingdom:
When I arrived at the British Airways desk at Lagos airport, about seven SSS men came straight up to me. They had obviously been waiting for me. They told me to go with them. I asked why and they pulled out their guns […] They said they had orders from above not to let me travel. They took my ticket and passport and told me to write a statement. I refused. Then they picked up Wale, in front of his wife and children. They escorted me and Wale out through the back door. They put us in two station wagons, separately. Other armed SSS were waiting outside. At about 2 p.m., they drove us to Shangisha, the Lagos State SSS headquarters. No one had told me why I was arrested.
At Shangisha they put me in a cell. About six or seven hours later, I saw Wale going past; he had been released. […]
The Lagos State director of the SSS came and told me: “You’re giving us problems.” He was very angry […] The next morning, the deputy director said I should write a statement. I refused. They gave me a form of about thirty pages, very detailed, and asked me to fill it in. They had not allowed me to make any phone-calls. I asked if I could call my PA about my luggage [which had been left at the airport]. They said yes but I could only ask one question. They told her to bring the luggage to me.
Before that, they said they wanted to do a search of the hotel where I had stayed. We went together in a station wagon, on Monday at about 10.30; they were all armed. They stopped at Ikeja High Court to get a warrant. The magistrate refused to give the search warrant as he said there was no reason. They drove to another court in Agege. The magistrate there refused too. Eventually they abandoned the idea of searching the hotel. They drove back to Shangisha. My PA was there but they didn’t let me talk to her.
They searched my two bags. They took out the letterhead paper of the ORF, some COSEG campaign materials and the Human Rights Watch report on the OPC. They made me sign a paper that they had taken those materials.
They refused to let me call my lawyer as they kept telling me I would be released very soon, the next day. They said they had told my PA to pick me up on Tuesday. They still hadn’t said anything about why I had been arrested.
At about 6 p.m., I decided to write my statement. I wrote that I was protesting about what had happened and lodged an objection. The director said this was not necessary. He said the orders for the arrest had come from Abuja, not from Lagos.
On Tuesday morning […] they drove me to Abuja. […] We reached Abuja late at night. I was handed over to the SSS there, at their headquarters […] One of the receiving officers pointed at me and said: “This O’odua man!” […] One of them said to another: “Take him to Delta Base”. The other one said: “No, it’s political.” Delta Base is for common criminals. They put me in a vehicle and drove to Delta Base. It is a building in the middle of nowhere, about a 25-minute drive from Abuja. They put me in a very dirty cell. I was alone in the cell. […]
On Tuesday, at about 10 a.m., I was taken back to the HQ and met the officer in charge of the investigation. I insisted on knowing why I was being held. The officer said it was all to do with ORF. He wanted to know about the ORF and talked about an ORF advert in The Punch. He handed me to another officer who asked me why I left the OPC. I explained that the OPC had lost control and was diverting from its original aims, that it was moving towards violence and vigilantism. They asked me why we chose the name ORF and why not O’odua Congress. I explained it was to make it clear what the organization stood for. They told me to write about the leaders of the organization. They wanted to know the details of the seven members who form the Senate of the ORF […] Then they asked for details of members of ORF, OYM [O’odua Youth Movement], COSEG, asking name by name where people lived […]
They asked me to account for what I had done in the last ten years. They took out my passport and went through it country by country […] The questioning lasted about five hours.
[…] From Wednesday to Sunday, I didn’t see anybody. They refused to allow me to walk in the yard outside at all. They said they had instructions to keep me locked up […]
On Tuesday, they took me back to the HQ for interrogation. There was a team of six people. They said to me: “Where did you keep the arms? We know you have three container loads shipped into the country.” They said I should show them where the arms were. I said I didn’t have any and we don’t believe in using arms. He said: “You’re finished” and “The ORF won’t see the light of day.” I gave them my lawyer’s number but they refused to call him.
On Wednesday I said I wanted to write a protest letter to the director and that they should charge me or let me go. I asked if they could at least let me call my family. They refused and said they had to seek approval from above.
On Thursday they questioned me about the advert in The Punch. They asked me why we made extreme demands and what we meant by Yoruba should campaign for an independent nation […] That was the last interrogation until I was released on the evening Monday 26 May.
On Monday morning, they came to get me from my cell […] I was taken to the national director of the SSS for the first time […] He had a big file with my name on it: “Kayode Ogundamisi, leader ORF.” He said: “Forget it, the case is over. What you’ve done is not illegal but it could destabilise the country and it could provoke northerners. I’ve told them to release you. Stop these articles you’re writing. Watch what you say against this government. Obasanjo is a Yoruba man. You should be cooperative with the government.” He never apologized. It was as if my release was a favour.
[…] Six days before my departure, they returned my passport to me. The director said: “If you mess up, you’re on a 24 hour watchlist and you won’t be allowed to travel out of Nigeria.”
While I was in detention, my lawyer went many times to the SSS to ask to see me. They refused him access. He sent people to Abuja twice. At first, the SSS even denied arresting me.73
Several other members of the ORF were questioned and had their houses searched around the same period. Two days after Kayode Ogundamisi’s release, Obe Tajudeen, a local ORF leader in the Mushin area of Lagos, was arrested by the SSS. The SSS asked him for information on Kayode Ogundamisi and other leaders of the ORF; they asked him who Ogundamisi had been seeing and what he had been doing. He was released after one day. During the period of Kayode Ogundamisi’s detention, the SSS also searched the house of Jibril Ogundimu, another ORF leader. On around June 21, armed police searched the house of Oluwatoyin Jimoh, another ORF leader, in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State; they subsequently apologized, claiming they had mistaken the house for someone else’s.74
MASSOB
Many members of the Igbo organization Movement for the Actualisation of a Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), based in the southeast of Nigeria, have been arrested, detained and killed by the police since the organization was created in 1999. MASSOB advocates a separate state of Biafra for the Igbo, the dominant ethnic group in the southeast, based on the ideals of those who fought in Nigeria’s bloody civil war in 1967-1970.75
MASSOB claims to be a non-violent movement, although the police and some other sources claim otherwise. Although the organization denies having any interest or involvement in politics, MASSOB had been agitating for an Igbo president for Nigeria and had threatened that there would be no elections in the southeast in 2003. However, they subsequently withdrew from that position and are not known to have disrupted the elections when they eventually took place.76
Although MASSOB does not appear to enjoy the kind of massive popular support which would represent a serious political threat to the government, MASSOB members have been persistently harassed by the police, acting on orders from the federal government. The clashes between MASSOB and the police are reminiscent of those between the OPC and the police,77 with the police raiding MASSOB premises and its leader Ralph Uwazuruike’s house on several occasions in 2000 and 2001.
MASSOB have claimed that scores of their members have been extrajudicially killed by the police, particularly during 2000 and 2001. One of the most serious recent incidents occurred on March 29, 2003, just before the elections, when MASSOB members clashed with the police. The police reportedly stopped a large convoy of MASSOB members at Umulolo, near Okigwe, in Imo State, attempted to disperse them, then shot and killed several of them. According to their leader Ralph Uwazuruike, who was with the convoy at the time, those who were shot had been trying to run away from the tear-gas. The number of dead has not been confirmed by independent sources, and numbers quoted have ranged from seven to more than fifty. While the police stated that seven were shot dead on the spot,78 MASSOB put the figure much higher: “The police carried away about ten bodies and later my members recovered about fifty other bodies.”79 There was speculation that attempts by the police to block the MASSOB convoy may have been prompted by rumours that they were planning to disrupt the election campaign of Achike Udenwa, the Imo state governor—an allegation which MASSOB have denied.80
A newspaper article reported that on June 16, 2003, seventeen MASSOB members were killed and eleven injured during a police raid on their secretariat at Nkpor, near the town of Onitsha, Anambra State. 81 Human Rights Watch has not been able to confirm this incident. The police denied any incident involving MASSOB, claiming that the incident which occurred on that day was an armed robbery, which led to a shoot-out between the robbers and the police.82
Hundreds of MASSOB members have been arrested since 1999 and many have been detained without trial, and sometimes without charge, for prolonged periods. Ralph Uwazuruike himself, who has been arrested several times over the last three years, was arrested again on March 29, 2003, the day of the clash with the police described above; around forty other MASSOB members were also arrested the same day. Ralph Uwazuruike was detained for just over two months, first in Owerri, capital of Imo State, then in the federal capital Abuja. He and four other MASSOB members were charged with conspiracy, unlawful assembly and misdemeanor. They were released on bail on June 6, 2003, having remained in detention throughout the election period.83
By mid 2003, an unknown number of MASSOB members remained in detention, in various locations in the southeast, as well as in other parts of the country. For example, at least seven MASSOB members who had been arrested during a meeting in Abuja were detained in Asokoro police station in Abuja for around three months in 2003; they were later released on bail.84
71 See Human Rights Watch report “The O’odua People’s Congress: fighting violence with violence,” February 2003. The OPC is not purely a self-determination group. It has also taken on characteristics of a militia group and self-appointed vigilante group.
72 O’odua, or Oduduwa, is the ancestor of the Yoruba race.
73 Human Rights Watch interview, London, June 23, 2003.
74 Ibid.
75 Biafra was the independent republic proclaimed in 1967 in the Igbo areas of eastern Nigeria following the end of the First Republic by two military coups in 1966. The ensuing civil war, known as the Biafran war, claimed between 500,000 and two million lives before it came to an end with a federal victory in 1970. Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, who led the Biafran movement, resurfaced onto the political scene more recently and stood as a presidential candidate in the 2003 elections, for the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA). Although he stood little chance of winning nationwide, many people in the southeast, including election observers, believed that APGA candidates would have won a significant number of votes in the Igbo heartland, had it not been for extensive rigging and intimidation by PDP candidates and their supporters.
76 In an interview with Newswatch, MASSOB leader Ralph Uwazuruike said: “At the beginning, we said we would not allow elections in the South-East if an Igbo man was not allowed to be the president as done in the West in 1998 […] We withdrew from that position and I made it public that we were no longer interesting in pursuing that position.” “All Igbo politicians want Biafra,” Newswatch, June 23, 2003.
77 See Human Rights Watch report “The OPC: fighting violence with violence,” February 2003.
78 See “Seven pro-Biafran campaigners killed in Nigeria: police,” Agence France-Presse, March 30, 2003. In the same article, a police spokesman claimed that MASSOB members had opened fire on the police. MASSOB have denied this.
79 See interview with Ralph Uwazuruike in “All Igbo politicians want Biafra,” Newswatch, June 23, 2003.
80 Ibid.
81 “MASSOB accuses police of killing 17 of its members,” The Vanguard, June 17, 2003.
82 Ibid.
83 Elections for the National House of Assembly took place on April 12, 2003; elections for the president and governors on April 19, and elections for state houses of assembly on May 3.
84 The seven MASSOB members are Augustine O. Obidimma, Ngagozie F.Mbamalu, Okechukwu Onyia, Samuel A. Chukwu, Osita Okeke, Kenechi Uwajuake, and Peter Eziagu. Human Rights Watch has not been able to confirm the charges against them. Human Rights Watch interview, Abuja, July 20, 2003, and telephone interview, October 6, 2003.

Sunday, 27 April 2008

SOME BRITISH AIRWAYS PILOTS ARE RASCIST. EX BA PILOT



Culled From UK Newspaper: Daily Indipendent


By Andy McSmith Saturday, 26 April 2008


A senior British Airways pilot reveals today the startling levels of casual racism in the flagship UK company, which once famously claimed to be "the world's favourite airline".
Captain Doug Maughan, who has 28 years' flying experience, including 15 years with BA, says that derogatory remarks about race by his colleagues are so common they are treated as normal.
Mr Maughan, a serving pilot who captains BA aircraft to all parts of the world, has decided to go public with his complaints after struggling to persuade BA's management to take racism among its senior staff seriously. He has complained by email to BA's chief executive, Willie Walsh, but says no action was taken.
His allegations are an acute embarrassment for the airline which carries 36 million passengers a year; operates out of airports in every continent; and could plausibly claim to be one of Britain's most high-profile companies. The airline is already threatened with a boycott by Nigerians flying to and from the UK.
Mr Maughan alleges that racism is a "generational" problem – common among middle-aged pilots, but rare among younger pilots.
He lodged his first complaint after hearing a senior training captain use the word "coon" during a training session on a flight simulator – but says that no action was taken.
"There was the time when we set off for Los Angeles with a large party of Saudis on board, who had joined us at Heathrow direct from the VIP lounge," he added. "In the cruise, my captain suddenly embarked on an extraordinary rant about 'rag-heads'. He got the word out twice before I stopped him by explaining he was going to be short of a first officer for the return sector if he carried on."
Mr Maughan, who lives in Dunblane, Perthshire, was on another flight when a fellow flight officer complained that there were too many Asians in Britain. "The captain turned to me and said: 'I don't suppose there are many of them up your way.' I replied: 'Well, there's my wife.' After that, they had the decency to fall silent," he said.
He has also complained about abusive emails sent to him by a fellow pilot, who is English. One of the emails said: "Come separation, will all Jocks F. off to that Welfare State (paid for by English middle classes)??? Please say yes."
Mr Maughan, 53, is so exasperated by what he sees as BA management's refusal to tackle the problem that he is planning a protest at this year's annual shareholders' meeting. "It's what I'd call a canteen culture," he said. "It seems to be accepted that people are going to make racist remarks and get away with it. The phrase 'institutional racism' has been so over-used as to be almost worthless, but I have to say that racism is as prevalent now in BA as it was in the RAF 25 years ago.
"What is common among white flying crew in BA is the use of mildly derogatory, sometimes jokey, language about other races, mainly aimed at black and Asian groups. Because it's so common, it's hard to tackle: it's ... the norm and rarely even noticed."
BA said: "All British Airways employees must adhere to our policies concerning dignity at work. Under these policies we encourage employees to report incidences of racism, sexism or any other behaviour that they deem offensive or inappropriate. Any reports of such behaviour are taken extremely seriously and investigated as a matter of priority. Captain Maughan has a duty as an employee to provide details of any alleged inappropriate behaviour direct to the airline."
Mr Maughan's revelations come as BA's treatment of Nigerian passengers threatens to have diplomatic repercussions. Robert Dewar, the British high commissioner to Nigeria, has been summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be warned that Nigeria expects its citizens to be treated with "dignity". And a meeting between BA representatives and the director general of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, Harold Demuren, broke up when Dr Demuren objected that BA had slighted him by sending junior managers.
Nigeria's President, Umaru Yar'Adua, has ordered an investigation into an incident at Heathrow in which 136 passengers were turned off a BA flight to Lagos. It developed as immigration officers and BA staff were trying to force a man who was being deported to stay on board against his will. The deportee, Augustine Eme, is a member of Massob, a banned organisation in Nigeria campaigning for independence for the region of Biafra.
A fellow passenger, Ayodeji Omotade, from Chatham, objected to Mr Eme's treatment and was arrested. Mr Omotade's arrest triggered more protests, until the BA captain ordered every passenger in economy class off the plane. BA has defended the decision to empty the aircraft saying that it was legally obliged to carry passengers such as Mr Eme. It said a large number of passengers on flight BA75 on 27 March became disruptive; that it was not possible to pinpoint which ones were involved; and that the police and crew agreed it could pose a safety risk to allow them to stay on board.
BA's other troubles
*TERMINAL 5
BA's biggest disaster in recent years was the botched opening of Heathrow Terminal 5 on 27 March. More than 500 flights were cancelled after a hi-tech baggage handlinge system malfunctioned. The fiasco cost the airline £16m, and, combined with rising oil prices, caused its share price to fall to its lowest level in four years. Chief executive Willie Walsh resisted calls for his resignation.
*Gate Gourmet
In August 2005, the catering firm Gate Gourmet, which wanted redundancies among its full-time staff, brought in 130 temporary staff to handle the holiday workload. The firm's 600 staff went out on unofficial strike, and were sacked. About 1,000 BA staff walked out in sympathy.As a result, 900 flights were grounded and BA lost £45m.
*The crucifix
BA was threatened with a boycott by protesting Christians, after Nadia Eweida, a check-in worker, was suspended for refusing to remove her crucifix at work.
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Friday, 25 April 2008

Pastor Chris controversy, Church Members React

From:



"Weber Ndoakor"
To:
odamisi2000@yahoo.com
Hi there,

I have tested through the word of God the teaching of Pastor Chris and know by th Spirit of God that he is a genuine man of God. It's a shame that people like you put shame on Jesus Christ. Maybe you are blinded or a fool who is looking for a recognition of some sort or simply mad.

I suggest you find a better way of spending your time and find a honorable way of living. Repent or the Lord will keep you accountable for such stupid lies. Do you think we christians are kids or what.

Stay blessed anyway


From: Weber Ndoakor

Friday, 18 April 2008




Thank You Chief Gani Fawheninmi leading Nigerian Human Rights Lawyer



Thanks a great deal, I am a benefactor of Gani Fawehinmi and his generosity of spirit. When myself and 9 other students’ were charged before the Jos Zone of General Babangidas so called Miscellaneous Offences Military Tribunal. Gani it was without solicitation that took up the case with Barrister Kelvin Okoroafor. To fight on our side, not minding the days I spent in Jos Prison the idea of having Gani on our side gave us the reassurance that the state will not succeed in getting the life sentence they so desired.
I have lost count of the number of unwarranted expulsion by University authorities Gani overturned using the instrumentality of law, at least counting mine, three times I was expelled by the university of Jos on the foundation of student activism and three times Gani fought in court. We can’t say thank you enough to Chief Gani Fawhinmi and other lawyers he later inspired, Falana, Keyamo, Agbara and others.
Aturu what we can all do is continue in the spirit of unbending loyalty to the Nigerian people, that is one thing Gani is all about not minding his faults though and that is the only thank You He would forever appreciate.

N.B All efforts by those of us in London to assist Gani in one way or the other at his Corydon Residence has been politely turned down by the icon himself. That speaks volume of a true man of the people. If only others will take a cue from him. He was not doing good to the people for the sake of “investing” in followers like some in the political circle practice.

Kayode Ogundamisi


THE MAN GANI


Chief Abdul-Ganiyu "Gani" Oyesola Fawehinmi (b. 22 April 1938) is a Nigerian author, publisher, philanthropist, social critic, human and civil rights lawyer and Politician.
His supporters have called him "the scourge of irresponsible governments, a thermometer with which the blood pressure of dictators is gauged, the veritable conscience of the nation and the champion of the interests and causes of the masses".
Fawehinmi, popularly called Gani, was born on 22 April 1938, into the Fawehinmi family of Ondo, in Ondo State.
His father, Chief Saheed Tugbobo Fawehinmi, the Seriki Musulumi of Ondo was a successful timber magnate, a great philanthropist, an opponent of excessive taxation of the poor and a deeply religious muslim leader. He was reported to have brought Islam to Ondo Town. Chief Saheed Tugbobo Fawehinmi died on 5 February 1963 at the age of 89 years. He was a polygamist.
Gani's grand father was the Late Chief Lisa Alujanu Fawehinmi of Ondo, who engaged in several successful battles for and on behalf of the Ondo people in the nineteenth century. Hence, the appellation the 'Alujanun', which means spirit. He died at the age of 92.
Gani's mother, Alhaja Muniratu Fawehinmi, nee Akinnibosun, is also a devoted muslim. She is the Iya Olori Egbe Adini of Ondo Central Mosque. Gani is her first child and the only son of her six children. She was aged 89 years at her death. Her father was Chief Yesufu Akinnibosun and her mother was Madam Rabiatu Akinnibosun, who died at the age of 96 years.
Gani had his early education at Ansar-Ud-Deen Primary School, Iyemaja - Ondo from 1947 to 1953 and his secondary school education at Victory College Ikare, a Christian School from 1954 to 1958, under the leadership of the Late Rev. Akinrele where he sat for and passed his West African School Certificate Examination in 1958.
On 8 December 1958, he was given a letter to his late father by the principal of the college, Rev. Akinrele. In it, the principal advised that Gani must be encouraged to study Law as a profession.
While in college, he was popularly known as "Nation" because of his passionate interest in national, legal and political affairs. He was an avid reader of Daily Times and West African Pilot, the most popular newspapers at that time.
In January 1959, he headed for Lagos to stay with his uncle, the late Mr. Olu Akinfe.He got his first job as a Clerk in the High Court, Lagos.
On 29 April 1961, he left the shores of Nigeria by sea on the M. V. Aureol Passenger Ship for the United Kingdom. He arrived in Liverpool on 12 May 1961. He travelled by train to London, arriving at Victoria Station in the evening of that day.
On arrival in England, Gani received the result of his General Certificate of Education (G.C.E) Advanced Level which he took shortly before he left Nigeria. He passed very well. He then enrolled in the Holborn College of Law for the LLB degree of the University of London (External) in September 1961. He was in part II of the three year degree programme when his father died on 5 February 1963 and the source of his finance dried up. All efforts to secure financial help failed. He was forced by financial circumstance to drop out of the Holborn College as a full time student. He took a full time job as a Toilet Cleaner in Russell Square Hotel in Southampton Row, London. He did other cleaning jobs which included working as a sweeper in the old Gatwick Airport between February 1963 and August 1964.
He literally taught himself Law for parts II and III of the LLB degree course and sat for and passed all his examinations. He came back to Nigeria in early September 1964 carrying a small suitcase containing: 2 pairs of trousers, 3 shirts, 1 pair of shoe (apart from the one he was putting on), 2 pants, 2 singlets, 2 pairs of socks and 2 black suits, all of low quality which he bought at rock bottom prices in general sale at Caledonia Road, North London.
On his arrival in Lagos, he enrolled in the Nigerian Law School at No. 213A, Igbosere Road, Lagos for the compulsory three months course which he successfully completed.
Chief Gani was called to the Nigerian Bar on the 15th of January, 1965.
In 1993 Fawehinmi was awarded the biennial Bruno Kreisky Prize. This prize, named in honour of Bruno Kreisky, is awarded to international figures who advance human rights causes. In 1998, he received the International Bar Association's Bernard Simmons Award in recognition of his human-rights and pro-democracy work. In 1994 he and some other notable Nigerians formed the National Conscience Party of Nigeria which exists till today and he stood for a presidential election in 2003 under the umbrella of the National Conscience Party.
Gani Fawehinmi became a holder of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) the highest legal title in Nigeria in September, 2001.
Gani is not everything to everybody. You either like him passionately or you hate him intensely. This is because of his boundless and sometimes suicidal energy with which he tenaciously and uncompromisingly pursues and crusades his beliefs, principles and ideals for the untrammelled rule of law, undiluted democracy, all embracing and expansive social justice, protection of fundamental human rights and respect for the hopes and aspirations of the masses who are victims of misgovernance of the affairs of the Nation.
As a result of his activities along these lines, he was arrested, detained, charged to court several times. His international passport was seized on many occasions. His residence and Chambers were crudely searched several times. He was beaten up many times and was deported from one part of the country to another to prevent him from being listened to by the masses. Some of his books which the Federal Military Government did not like were confiscated and one of his houses at Surulere where the books were kept was about to be set ablaze when the would be perpetrators were caught and apprehended by neighbours. Even his Chambers at Anthony Village, Lagos State, was violently attacked and invaded by persons suspected to be government security men on 26 August 1994 and they shot at the Chambers guard, seriously wounding two of them.
Consequent upon his crusades for the rule of law, the hopes and aspirations of the poor and the oppressed, he fought many battles against the military dictatorship as a result of which he had been arrested several times by the military governments and its numerous security agents. He had been dumped in many police cells and detained in several prisons between 1969 and 1996.
It is believed by many that Gani had been long overdue for the Senior Advocate of Nigeria award, but the jealousy of many powerful Nigerians in the Legal profession and outside stood against him. Many of Nigerias masses call him the people's president