The Problem With El-Rufai, Fashola’s Demolitions, Attitude To The Poor By Peregrino Brimah

Barely had the new Kaduna State governor occupied his seat when he banished begging in the state. The deed was painted as a reaction to a terror attack, but it was apparent the terror attack was an immediately available convenient excuse to achieve his aforethought agenda to end the “irritating” habit. The bomber was not a pretend-beggar.

Within two months of being in office, the governor next began the aggressive demolition of illegal residences in an entire Alhudahuda community.

In similar reaction to hawkers, beggars and illegal land occupiers, governor Fashola of Lagos is remembered for his demolitions and clamp down on begging. Numerous communities in Lagos were demolished during his eight years, rendering the occupants homeless in an instant. And whoever was found homeless, who could have been made homeless by the very demolitions, was rounded up, kept in “concentration camps” and deported to any state of the Lagos government’s choice. At least 3000 Nigerians were deported through his tenure. I described these dumpings, typically on roadsides at outskirts of states in an earlier article.

While the principle of the demolition of illegal structures is legal, the problem is the reality of the States and nation. Is it fair for El-Rufai to give notice and demolish in just two months? Can he argue that notice was given by previous administrations he himself accuses of being hopeless, unresponsible and unreliable and as such, the occupants should have expected this sudden inconvenience?

There are some fundamental blunders and potential crimes in the cases of both governors and they are borne of the same stock. Let’s present it simply:

You must never demolish homes where there is no social welfare.

You must never banish begging where there is no social welfare.

You must never deport Nigerians irregardless of social welfare availability. (section 41(1) of the 1999 constitution). When you ban begging, assuming/after there is housing for the poor and welfare, then you can arrest and jail the beggars who violate, but you still cannot deport them around Nigeria.

The actions of both governors are borne from the same cloth– elitism.

El-Rufai is the epitome of the Elite. I have for long been as anxious and worried about him as I have been excited. He is the archetype of elitism just like Fashola is or became. These men represent the definition of the elite. They are “pure blood.” They detest destitution. They believe every man must be affluent or is less than a person. Their reaction to poverty is instantaneous, harsh and uncompassionate. I do not care that Nigeria’s billions have been looted and the nation has been run into the ground by friends of mine, leaving you no opportunity for gainful employment. I do not care that if you do not beg from tonight, you will starve and may die. I do not care that this country has only fed and built for the rich; that we developed Abuja to be as good as any developed city, re-paving the roads every year, while leaving the rest of the nation to rot. All I want is for you to get out of this property this minute and to get your filthy selves off my streets.

This is the Fashola/El-Rufai mantra. This is the decretum behind their policies and state actions.

So you see, while it is beautiful and beautifying to rid Lagos and Kaduna of destitutes, the prerequisites for such decree must be set in place first.

Before Fashola bans Okada, he should build a thorough Lagos metro transport system to enable Lagosians get around without each person depending on a car and as such not only leading to traffic deadlock but environmental pollution. Build the metro system first before you build Eko Atlantic haven for the wealthy; then you can ban Okada and the transport-time will not increase as a hardship for Lagosians.

While you can never or rather, should never deport Nigerians according to the provisions of our constitution (section 41(1) of the 1999), before you can banish street begging, establish a welfare system and homes and feeding stipends (Food stamps) for the poor, then you can ban them from begging.

Likewise, before you demolish illegal structures, provide public housing as America did since the early 90’s. This is the way of God, this is the way of logic, this is the way of peace, security and progress. The El-Rufai/Fashola way, with the chronic institutionalized disadvantagement leads to suffering, terror and death.

I believe both men are Muslims. In Islamic records, the banishing of alcohol followed a stage-wise process. First Muslims were told to decrease their consumption, then it was banned. This is the way of the prophets. The great leaders of old will not go to bed if any of their constituents was hungry. Things have so changed now… and this is why we have MEND and Boko Haram in Nigeria. It is the protection of the rich and deprivement of the poor that has brought the Wrath of God on Nigeria.

The sudden demolitions in Kaduna have only one outcome as did the deportation of beggars by Fashola. These lead to deaths. Already El-Rufai has three deaths on his hands. According to DailyTrust, three Nigerians have already died as a consequence; “Ali Yayo, a resident of the community behind Alhudahuda, whose house was demolished, was said to have suddenly slumped and died. “There were also Sani Anle and Murtalele who also died after their houses were demolished. At least, seven residents of the area are receiving treatment at various hospitals in Zaria. One of them is Abubakar Mai Sirfani.”

We should not look for a day of reckoning when a blind, crippled or other destitute, an old man, woman or child will ask what they did that the governors denied them an existence or dumped them on the side of the road.

While Nigerians celebrate change, it is advised these governors and men with great ideas are reasonable and conscious of economics and management of/for the poor. If they feel they have wronged Nigerians, they should make atonement. Otherwise a class war will be inevitable in Nigeria.

Praying their indulgence, I [for ENDS] write for the poor.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah; http://ENDS.ng [Every Nigerian Do Something] Email: drbrimah@ends.ng Twitter: @EveryNigerian

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Why Former Governor Raji Fashola Is Hitler-like By Peregrino Brimah

During the Jonathan years, things in Nigeria were really so bad and desperate from the top that other violations at senate and state level were often overlooked or easily absorbed. Billions were being looted, thousands were dying. It was not so easy to focus for long on the atrocities of many other public officials. However it is obvious that as Nigeria repaired the head, proper scrutiny has been restored cross board and we see the Senate, several governors and other civil servants being finally held to account. Nigerians had held our breath and rallied together, ignoring contact with goats and pigs to get Jonathan and company out of Aso rock.

In August of 2009, Leadership reported that Governor Fashola of Lagos deported 160 destitutes, men, women and children with various disabilities to Kaduna. Enduring indescribable hardship the 160 were dumped on Kaduna-Abuja expressway.

In August of 2013, either 14 or 70 Igbo destitutes were deported from Lagos and dumped once again on the outskirts of Anambra state. There had been an earlier similar dumping of Igbos in 2012.

In December of 2014, SaharaReporters gathered that another 70 destitutes were carted out of Lagos and dumped this time on the outskirts of Kano. These were indigenes of Niger, Kaduna, Kebbi, Jigawa Zamfara and Sokoto states. It is puzzling why they were all dumped at the door of Kano state and if and how they were expected to relocate to their states or if Kano was supposed to be a happy receptacle for the Lagos rejects.

Over 3000 Nigerians have been deported from Lagos since 2009 with many dumped in Ogun and Oyo states. Deportations of destitutes and the disabled are usually not by identity with mixed state indigenes being dumped at any suitable state outskirt.

These findings are troubling.

The attitude of governor Raji Fashola is not only illegal and unconstitutional, it is repulsive, draconian, ungodly and grossly inhumane.

I can only compare the class and elitist audacity and degree of oppression of such behavior to Nazi Hitler. The behavior of Lagos state is like locking people in concentration camps, feeling you are pure blood and they are scum. Providing homes and welfare for these downtrodden was not an option for the Lagos state government; it had better things and official’s personal websites to build and upgrade with its money. They were to be deported and dumped!

According to section 41(1) of the 1999 constitution “every citizen of Nigeria is entitled to move freely and to reside in any part thereof…”

The rich or poor, able or disabled cannot and must not be deported from any state. According to Ecowas regulations, Nigerians should not even be deported from neighboring countries.

When publicly pressured to apologize for the 2013 Igbo incident, Governor Fashola refused. Tongue in cheek he scolded the Igbos for “not developing their states.”

A straight back indignant governor Fashola said,“I apologize if my (deportation) actions were misunderstood… But I think the basic issue Aka Ikenga must address is why people feel compelled to immigrate from one part of the country to the other? Is it the case that some lack the resources to develop or perhaps some parts are endowed with enormous resources but not adequately managed? How can development be so difficult from the zone that has produced people like Nnamdi Azikiwe, Alex Ekwueme, Ike Nwachukwu, among others? As political storm gathers, there are contact spots but like in football, contact spots have rules. Those who are victims of our shortcomings as professionals in and out of government should not be pounced. A day like these calls for deep reflection about issues of our loyalties. Are we more Igbo than Nigeria or we are more Nigeria than Igbo?

Compared to the policies of Fashola’s Lagos, several states including Sokoto gave indigenship to state foreigners who had resided in the state for a few years. Such residents would be permitted to contest for state political office.

Bulldozers and container load deportations was the fate of the destitute and disabled in Lagos through the years. Only God knows what has been the fate of the poor and disabled that Lagos dumped at outskirts of other states over the years.

How did Lagos get away with these grave atrocities? Here again we blame 16 years of PDP, the leadership vacuum in Aso rock and an inebriated and colossally bloated Senate, hungover on billions of naira they in no way merit.

While some say Fashola did so and so good (usually in projects for the affluent), what they fail to understand is that it is not the good done but the bad done that warrants retribution. A public official swears to uphold the constitution. Jonathan handing over as Kukah eulogized is his job, his constitutional obligation. Looting billions is not. As a medical doctor, I am not forgiven when I amputate one wrong leg simply because I had fixed 1000. For the “good” they do, which I simply regard as them doing their job, Nigerian officials in particular are actually over compensated (monetarily).

As President Buhari and Attorney Osinbajo, SAN, execute their “no looter left behind” program, ensuring the robbers of the past years, ala goats and their co-conspirator, Coscharis, website IT firm, Africapitalistic cabal and other private partner pigs are properly rewarded for their indulgence, we must demand that several other violations of Nigerians are investigated and perpetrators are reprimanded. State sponsors of terror, administrators who have been flagrantly abusive of power, etc must all be held to account for terrorizing and killing Nigerians. The process of sanitization has obviously just begun.

#NigeriansMarchAgainstCorruption #NoLooterLeftBehind

Dr. Peregrino Brimah; http://ENDS.ng [Every Nigerian Do Something] Email: drbrimah@ends.ng Twitter: @EveryNigerian

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The Pigs: As Fashola Gets Dirty… By Peregrino Brimah

Former governor of Lagos, Raji Fashola did not lie when he said that wrestling with a pig gets you dirty. He knew that he had gotten dirty, but who is the pig? Me? BudgIT? No, we are not the ones Fashola embraced and rolled with to get dirty. It was the Cabal pigs that dirtied him.

While the ex-governor attempted to defend the spending of N78 million ($400,000) on upgrading, building a countdown clock and making his website mobile compliant, the question is, was this allocation of the resources of Lagos State responsible? Indeed software development, being relatively nonconcrete can be billed as it pleases various “experts.” You can estimate $1 million or even $1 billion for the same project and the Lagos procurement office can approve, but again, does this make it fiscally responsible for the poor Nigeria and poor Lagos to choose such project to invest in?

I was driven in a hurry from Surulere to Ikeja Airport this June after a TV interview. We took Ikorodu road to avoid traffic. The experience was appalling. I was surprised. All the good things they said of APC in Lagos, why was that road so wretched? As we dodged potholes and scraped the bottom of our car, I prayed for Nigeria. The entire stretch of road was just a few kilometers; why did governor Fashola not think of the poor masses who ply this road everyday and try to speed up their lives and improve their health by repairing it with just a few millions so they can get to and fro more quickly and achieve more for themselves, I wondered?

Since Fashola cancelled Okada motorcycle transport in Lagos it has gotten quite impossible to get anywhere on the mainland within reasonable time. It’s just impossible. And there is nothing he did about that in his eight years. How many years of governors like him do we need to move around faster in Lagos? The BRT bus lanes with concrete barriers is ridiculous to me. There could be much more reasonable planning, but we understand it was a honest attempt from his limited experience/consultation.

The bitter truth is, governor Fashola does not see the poor masses. Being a man of fortune, fortune bestowed on him by the Wale and Bola Tinubus, he has come to associate with the Elite and forgotten his rather humble beginnings. His roadmap for the development of Lagos was about the Islands, Lekki, Eko Atlantic and ease and access for the wealthy.

Towards these, Fashola took the most humongous loans, and sold bonds, binding Lagos in eternal debt to house and cater to a few. Of the N400 billion Lagos owes, how much was for projects for the poor? Half a trillion naira and next to nothing for us!

All the poor got from this money was bulldozers. Bulldozers clearing them out of the slums they lived in to beautify the State for the affluent. I’ll like to ask, how many Projects: poor housing complexes did Fashola build with the billions of naira borrowed? Someone please point these out to me. Any reasonable government MUST provide welfare and build housing for the poor. We see these “projects,” Public housing constructions in the US from the early 18th century. They are not exorbitance but town planning common sense.

As I landed in Nigeria, luckily invited for the Presidential inauguration, I was contacted by a top US body. They interrogated me on Eko Atlantic and the Halliburton scandal. I was confused at the time; you see, I had focused my last couple of years advocating for Nigeria’s masses against the corrupt Jonathan PDP government, I had paid little attention to other matters. What were these people trying to do, I pondered, what were they aiming at? I said what I knew. We talked about Atiku, Obasanjo, the Chagoury brothers. Then I perceived they wanted to spoil my fun. I am going to celebrate and you have this can of worms… but later I understood.

It was no coincidence that before Buhari’s maiden trip to the US, he reopened the Halliburton scandal. It was likewise no accident that Governor Fashola was not taken along on the trip to the US.

I used to be one of Fashola’s greatest fans, but this was until he romanced Aliko Dangote and expelled poor settlers from their land to make way for Dangote’s refinery without consideration, compensation or any reasonable attempt at fair relocation. This was the turning point for me. I recognized the mark of the Elite on Fashola’s forehead as I saw those families bloodied and crying for help.

The Elite in Nigeria are one family. Look at them, north to south. They marry each other, support and defend each other to the death and not only steal from the masses but fight to deprive the masses to subdue and keep them (us) in a state of perpetual slavery and deadly deprivement. Fashola is a Cabal, he is an Elite. he is like our National Assembly, usurpers of billions.

Eko Atlantic will house only 250,000. 250,000 wealthy people. There is no accommodation within or nearby for us masses. The billions are being borrowed and siphoned to construct the project through one of Nigeria’s record most corrupt construction conglomerates.

I advise my readers to visit the Guardian article on this: “New, privatized African city heralds climate apartheid:”http://www.theguardian.com/environment/true-north/2014/jan/21/new-privatized-african-city-heralds-climate-apartheid

Permit me to quote:

Sixty percent of Nigeria’s population – almost 100 of 170 million people – live on less than a dollar a day. Preventable diseases are widespread; electricity and clean water hard to come by. A few kilometres down the Lagos shoreline, Nigerians eke out an existence in the aquatic slum of Makoko, built precariously on stilts over the ocean. Casting them as crime-ridden, the government regularly dismantles such slums, bulldozing homes and evicting thousands. These are hardly the people who will scoop up square footage in Eko Atlantic’s pricy new high-rises.

Those behind the project – a pair of politically connected Lebanese brothers who run a financial empire called the Chagoury Group, and a slew of African and international banks – give a picture of who will be catered to. Gilbert Chaougry was a close advisor to the notorious Nigerian dictatorship of the mid 1990s, helping the ultra-corrupt general Sani Abacha as he looted billions from public coffers. Abacha killed hundreds of demonstrators and executed environmentalist Ken Saro-Wiwa

These are Fashola’s bedmates, these are the pigs that Fashola rolled with, and this is how the former governor got dirty.

I recently engaged an activist who defended Fashola; note that I did not use the word “advocate” for this important person as I see that later word which I use to categorize myself as one that has to have a community advocated for, one this person seems to loose daily, unless advocacy for the Elite, Senators and Cabal counts. So as I said, an activist sought to defend Fashola’s spending N78 million on a website in his name. The activist said he found it hard to see Fashola’s corruption in this “trivial” sum when the former governor handles trillions. Twitter handle, #IBelong2Nobody ?@stanwalka responded to him: “Mr, find time to read this. Your argument holds no water this time around.https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salami_slicing@EveryNigerian#SalamiTechnique…” Salami slicing: from little here and there, we can covet billions. And then, this “little” I bet was used to pay and raise boy-boys, just as one day he too received “little’s” to be raised. Again, “little” to you maybe be all to me and mine.

N78 million would make Ikorodu road much more pleasant for the millions of daily commuters. For the awareness the website allegedly brings, projects for the people will sing the governor’s praise quadruple times louder across the earth and to the heavens.

You may ask as I lay it bare against Fashola, if I am a Saint myself. Of course not. Catch me and lock me up and toss the key. In fact I recently declared that if I had to volunteer to be sentenced to jail as a condition for former president Jonathan and his administration to agree to be locked up and stop obstructing our desperately needed war against corruption, I will run to prison and auction my freedom. For Nigeria to be better, I am willing to pay the price even if it includes my liberty. That our children will have a developed and sane country to survive and be proud in, lock me up!

It is time for Change. Nigeria has no place for former governors like Fashola and most of its current Senators and Assemblymen. This war will continue. We will speak the truth and fight them till they stay with their pigs; away from public office or public conversation.

We thank the Lord for Buhari and Osinbajo who we know in their wisdom have no time to talk to and accommodate these men and women and their pig friends who have locked Nigeria down for far too long.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah; http://ENDS.ng[Every Nigerian Do Something] Email:drbrimah@ends.ng Twitter:@EveryNigerian

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Buhari Needs Probe Abdulsalami Corruption Amnesty Lobby – Peregrino Brimah

“Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.” – Proverbs 29:24, KJV

“Do you intercede concerning one of the Hadd (serious crimes in Islam, including theft, adultery and apostasy) set by Allah? Those who came before you were destroyed because if a rich man among them stole, they would let him off, but if a lowly person stole, they would carry out the punishment on him. By Allaah, if Faatimah Bint (daughter of) Muhammad were to steal, I would cut off her hand.” [Al-Bukhaari]

This is the truth. An upright person is never found defending or soliciting for the corrupt. There is much evidence that only a thief pleads for a thief, a corrupt for a corrupt, a terrorist for a terrorist. Obstructing, interfering with or otherwise standing in the way of justice and equity is ungodly and inhumane. Where there is no justice, there is never peace.

According to Wikileaks cables, “Disentangling Obasanjo,” in repayment for the handing over of billions of dollars worth Nigerian assets, cement facilities, refinery etc, at ridiculously cheap gift prices, Aliko Dangote of the Abdulsalami “Corruption amnesty” lobby gave former president Obasanjo a $35 million private jet!

It is widely known that Nigeria’s largest oil block was transferred to Abdulsalami and his adopted Brother, Babangida’s crony and in-law, father of the current Niger State governor, Colonel Sani Bello. Leaked files link former president Abdulsalami Abubakar, head of the amnesty committee with the $182 million Halliburton scandal; this corruption scandal has been one of the most epic in recent history.

Rent-my-jet Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor needs no introduction or elaboration. His controversial dealings including in arms, through the Jonathan years are globally known.

If we went through most of the entire Corruption amnesty group we will find similar indictments.

While thousands of Nigerians died at the hands of Boko Haram, this group who are now on their toes and extremely proactive in trying at persuading Buhari and Osinbajo, SAN to accommodate corruption were not quite seen when Nigerians cried and begged for their intervention both at the Boko Haram level and to the Jonathan leadership as regards the sabotaged and unequipped army.

It is widely analyzed that while for the many first years of Boko Haram the Sokoto caliphate was rather quiet and failed to clearly and unambiguously broadcast its condemnation of the group, the Ayo-led Church was found politicizing and further complicating the terror. The combination of these failures aided Boko Haram and alienated the people, especially the locals, breeding distrust and assisting in the group gaining recruits – misled youth thinking they were serving the interest of the northern Muslims against so-called southern Christians that hated them.

Today this committee is hyperactive and suspiciously interfering and obstructive in Nigeria’s journey in pursuance of justice. It goes without saying that failed leaders have no place in Nigeria today.

To this end the Nigerian government, is urged in the interest of the thousands of dead, displaced, abducted, maimed, robbed, starved, poisoned and otherwise disenfranchised to deny this unholy committee further audience at this critical point in our history and to investigate them for malfeasance and being possibly bribed from the Jonathan-era looted billions of dollars.

And while we are on the topic, we will hope to see Masses lobbies also given audience with the Presidency on matters of national recovery and national security.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah; http://ENDS.ng [Every Nigerian Do Something] Email: drbrimah@ends.ng Twitter: @EveryNigerian

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Nigerian Senate: A Brazen Cartel By Peregrino Brimah

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Dasuki’s Revelation Of Knowing Boko Haram Sponsors Among Nigeria’s Elite By Peregrino Brimah

In a silently loud article of July 21st this year, a DailyPost masculine source close to deposed NSA Sambo Dasuki revealed that the former NSA knows the “prominent Nigerians” sponsors of Boko Haram.

I had expected Nigerians to jump on the revelation but the article went cold.

DailyPost’s “source” who based on the information provided in the article and posture of advocacy, was an insider, close to the embattled NSA, said the following, as reads in the DailyPost excerpt;

‘…the treatment meted out to Dasuki has been a subject of discussion among many Northern elites who believe any court process will lead to disclosure of many other issues not fit for public consumption. The set of Nigerians include serving and retired senior military officers, traditional rulers, politicians and even insiders in the new government. “The calibre of personalities that have reached out to him (Dasuki) will shock you,” the source says. Asked to disclose such persons, he said, “I cannot mention names but they include Generals, Emirs, politicians, as well as loyalists of the current administration.”’

The Dasuki “source” went further to unleash the threatening and blackmailing posture against these so-called sponsors on behalf of Dasuki as quoted:

‘“This is pure witch-hunting, ridicule and persecution. Those asking Dasuki not to go to court knows that he is being pushed to the wall and that the outcome will not be funny. “In his three years at that post, he had access to all the classified documents you can think of. Documents with facts on Boko Haram; documents on political parties and who their members really are. We are talking about damning revelations. “Dasuki had access to list of questionable characters who funded these parties. He had access to list all those indicted for corruption and other serious charges over the years among others. Imagine if he divulges such to the whole world. “Those who have fired the first salvo should not get too comfortable. No one is saying the man should not be probe, but the law must be followed and people’s rights must be respected.’

The message was clear. Only a Dasuki ally can know that multiple people are contacting/calling Dasuki as alleged. The “source” was publishing the threat and blackmail notice for Dasuki; telling these corrupt persons and Boko Haram sponsors in and out of the current government as the “source” alleged and who include Army Generals and Traditional leaders, that they better hold fire or Dasuki will fire.

I know you corrupt elite and sponsors of Boko Haram and I will divulge your names if I go down,” was the blackmail being presented for Dasuki.

It is not the first time Nigeria’s masses have been openly undermined, rubbished, devalued and held to ransom in real or false games by the Elite. The current Governor of Borno recently said on several occasions that he knew the sponsors of Boko Haram but was “restraining” from revealing them so “elite heads do not roll.”

An ENDS member at one of the events in Abuja challenged him to speak up. We have since expected the masses to go up in furry, demanding the Borno Governor spill the beans and let the Elite heads roll as our masses heads have been rolling in our blood. Nigerians have been frightfully silent as have been our security department.

It is as though the masses and State security department have accepted that the people’s heads can keep rolling, the pogrom can continue and millions can keep being displaced with thousands of our sons and daughters being violated but the Elite can make confessions and admissions of hiding Boko Haram’s sponsors, and avoid being held to the ordinance of the Anti-Terror Bill as amended in 2012.

In similar fashion, Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan admitted knowing the sponsors of Boko Haram and promised to reveal these since 2012. He has not been held to account; there has been no uproars, tens of thousands have been killed and he walks free.

Ex-NSA Sambo Dasuki was charged with “treasonable felony.” We know what that stands for. Based on that charge it is counter constitutional for him to yet remain a free man. Based on the confessions obtained in the publication on his behalf in the DailyPost, the NSA, head of Nigeria’s security department for the past few years of Boko Haram terror indeed has aided and abetted terror and corruption and treason against the Nigerian State by knowing these alleged sponsors of Boko Haram, a terror group that wipes out the nation’s northeast, and providing a cover for them.

While we know that the Office of National Security, oNSA is the office that knows these details, and we recollect that when Dasuki’s predecessor, Azazi of blessed memory, exposed “the PDP party” as being behind the terror, he died under suspicious conditions at the end of the year and remains the only top Nigerian officer to die in such manner through out the Jonathan administration; yet this fear of assassination does not authorize an NSA to aid and abet terror masterminds.

If NSA Sambo Dasuki as the DailyPost July 21st publication portrays, knows the sponsors of terror, it was his duty to either arrange for their arrest or immediately resign in keeping with his oath of office and sworn duty to protect the lives of Nigerians and provide security for the nation.

We call on Nigerians to rise up against all those who have confessed knowing the sponsors of the terror that has diminished us.

We call on the new NSA, the new DSS, the new DMI, and all new heads of Service to immediately arrest all those who have admitted knowing and aiding by covering the sponsors of the Boko Haram menace for immediate and thorough investigation.

Have mercy on the lives of the Chibok girls for God sake. Have pity on the predicament of the millions of displaced Nigerians. Have compassion on the farmers and fishermen who have lost their means of existence. Have sympathy on the families of the dead and mutilated. Rise up and act to arrest this monster from the head. We cannot be threatened publicly, ridiculed, blackmailed and sabotaged by government officials and have nothing done. We are not cows!

I will protest. We will protest loudly at home and abroad if nothing is done.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah; http://ENDS.ng [Every Nigerian Do Something] Email: drbrimah@ends.ng Twitter: @EveryNigerian

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IDPs Are Not Returning Home Soon: Note To Senators On Excursion By Peregrino Brimah

Our visiting Saraki-led Senate needs to take note, so as not to complicate the situation in the north and further endanger the lives of the people.

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu said, “your quick return and your welfare is a major concern of government and we are all working very hard to make you comfortable”.

There is no “quick return.” We understand that this visit from the comfortable Abuja where the roads are re-paved every year despite not being worn, is quite different for our Senators, but we beg them to speak little or not at all.

We citizens have been containing the situation in the north for the past 5 years and though we appreciate the magnanimity of the Saraki-led visit, we would not like them to complicate the situation for us, being used to Abuja’s high class lifestyle and highly paid bureaucracy.

The displaced persons’ homes have bene burned down. Their markets burned. Their water supplies damaged. As governor Shettima confessed to journalists, his and his predecessor government did not take care of anywhere outside the Maiduguri capital, and that situation where villagers lived in barely humane conditions is now 10 xs worse.

There are mines on the roads. Boko Haram with its mission to destroy farming in the northeast, lived up to their task by strewing mines also in the farms. There is no soon return to this till the efficient presidency completes its work on these issues.

More aware IDPs Support Project via donations of us commoners has purchased a bulldozer to clear out areas where we are rehabilitating displaced persons temporarily. These are the type of complex measures at a time when a return home may be deadly and unreasonable.

Terrorists still run around those areas. While the army may soon dismiss the insurgency, there will still be danger for a while in those decades-long abandoned and now over terrorized parts of Nigeria. Can we simply promise them they will return home soon? I think this is insensitive and aloof. We appreciate and understand the temptation to say nice words. But sometimes naive words are deadly.

We thank our Senators for their visit and the donation of N10 million. We urge them to return to Abuja and focus on how to cut the N150 billion NASS budget to the reasonable N15 billion, 10%, so there can be enough money to rehabilitate Borno and fairness and justice can be re-established to prevent the inclination to terror in the future.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah; http://ENDS.ng[Every Nigerian Do Something] Email:drbrimah@ends.ng Twitter:@EveryNigerian?

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Call For Senator Ben Murray Bruce To Retract Boko Haram Vindicating Article Immediately By Peregrino Brimah

For those of us who have committed a majority of our lives and time these past few years to combating Boko Haram terror across West Africa, a recent article by a Nigerian Senator, Ben Murray-Bruce, published in ThisDay, could not be more insensitive, mischievous, malicious and suspicious, particularly at a time when at last Nigeria is concentrating on putting a lid on this dastardly menace that has seemed so intractable for too many years.

The Senator as an opening, made the allegation that Fulani marauders had killed more Nigerians that Boko Haram in the past five years.

Quoting Murray-Bruce, “It will shock Nigerians to know that more people have died as a result of Fulani/indigene clashes in the last half a decade than have died from terrorist activity occasioned by the Boko Haram terrorist sect. ”

Whereas by local estimates, Boko Haram has killed no less than 100,000-1 million Nigerians through the Jonathan years, with mass murders going on in captured territory, cut off from Nigeria, only for mass graves to be found later when these territories are recaptured, can Senator Bruce show similar figures and such unreported pogroms from the cattle rearers?

While Nigeria under Jonathan did not have a public death totals data compilation, we are fortunate to have one created and update daily by the United States Council on Foreign relations, CFR. I am not sure what data Ben Murray-Bruce used to reach his insensitive and careless conclusion, but this below is a most useful account of media reported cases over the Jonathan, last 5 years in Nigeria.

The CFR terrorism tracker has:

Boko Haram: 14,000

Boko Haram and State actor: Another 12,000

State Actor: 5,000+

Sectarian Actor: 5,000+

This puts Boko Haram in the 20,000 range if it adopts half the combination with ‘State actor’ and Boko Haram pogrom implicated/related total to 31,000!

Whereas all Sectarian death, which includes Fulani clashes is 5,000. And this includes all types of Sectarian and related clashes, North to South.

So why was Senator Ben Murray-Bruce being so malicious, insensitive and patriotic of Boko Haram? Is there an attempt by the Senator to hinder investigation into the root of Boko Haram terror and divert the nation’s attention from this deadly group and seeking their termination and justice for all sponsors from whatever part of Nigeria or the world they may come from?

Why would anyone even compare one group of terror deaths to another in the first place? There is simply no commonsense in this. Does numbers make deaths better or worse? Is one innocent life not to many?

And can Bruce find in the Fulani raids, an equivalent of the world’s second largest displacement figure Nigeria now carries…the displacing of as many as 2 million Nigerians which is directly related to the measure of deadliness. The displacement alone which has caused thousands of other un-categorized deaths.

The timing of this article, while Nigeria, in cooperation with its neighbors is at last seriously and determinately battling the terrorists and needs all the support it can get from the masses to end this seeming intractable crisis, is suspicious to say the least. And why was this Press release right after former Army Chief Alex Badeh had implicated former president Goodluck Jonathan, the former army chief, Azubuike Ihejirika and the PDP administrations of the past 16 years (before which equipment will be obsolete so going further than 10-15 years is not reasonable) for diverting funds meant for the army and underfunding the army, thereby making it possible for Boko Haram to destroy Nigeria’s north?

In the article, Ben Bruce mentioned a massacre of 500 at Dogo na Hauwa. While these clashes of the time and the massacres were without question, horrendous and unjustifiable, can the numbers compare to Boko Haram’s single episode at Baga this year where 2500 were killed in one shot? But I will not denigrate into Bruce’s lowly position where we compare numbers of dead and say this is sweeter than that.

Is the Senator too far from affected areas to know that many recent so-called Fulani marauder episodes have actually been Boko Haram in disguise as images of so-called marauders captured showed people dressed in Fulani garb who were anything but Fulani? [See: TrentOnline-Revealed: Arrested Fulani Herdsmen Confess To Be Boko Haram Members (PICTURED)]

So what mischief was Ben Bruce up to, and why will a Senator who’s share of a budget is as much as N440 million ($2 million) a year, economic terrorism in itself, not be able to pay for proper research, but produce such dangerous material for Nigerian adults and kids’ consumption? This is dangerous, treacherous and a risk to Nigeria being a man at the helm of power.

While the suggestion of re-establishing grazing routes in the political article makes sense, the careless assumption that ranch raising is “modern” thrown in the article again goes to show a lack of thought, research or honesty.

Review pastoral grazing Rangelands in America. See Taylor Grazing Act. Study Federal Land Policy and Management Act, FLPMA. China and its pastoral Rangelands.

Etc, etc. So why would our over compensated Senators be channels of misinformation… or rather, why not? They are the ones after all that have made mob violence tolerated in Nigeria while using its cover to permit the looting of billions of dollars of funds over the past 16 years, meant to upgrade our security systems to control both Fulani land wars and Boko Haram.

And why does the Senator not write about those destroying the ecosystem constructing monuments all over the land, buildings they can never occupy, the real reason why there is competition for land? Is it right for former senators, governors, presidents to own hectares and hectares of land as a private estate; land bought with looted public funds?

The senator went further to suggest that cattle rearers were foreign to Nigeria, the Dokubo doctrine which Senator Bruce could only have learned if he went to do a course at King Amachree University in Togo. Due respect. Bruce said all cows should be shot some tag and this should be done at the border. While the tagging of all millions of cows and not the herders is retarded, his insinuation that this operation can be done at the border, again reeked of King Amachree university education and was very troubling. Many Fulani pastoral rearers are Nigeria originated and based. You won’t find them at the border, except perhaps on pilgrimage.

And while on land use and shooting something, why don’t we shoot something into Senators and all lawmakers for the looted money on looted land monuments, which are the big reason for the competition for land; with thousands of homes they built in Abuja, unoccupied? Apo Senatorial estate coveted by Senators, anybody?

In the conclusion of the article that must be pulled and apologized for, due to its falsities and support of Boko Haram terror, Bruce went on to lickspittle Senate President Bukola Saraki; praising him for importing Zimbabwean colonialist farmers who were driven out of Zimbabwe. When reading that, one cringes and must only hope Black Nigerian hired and paid Senator Bruce was being sarcastic at that point. Perhaps the article was just an advert for Saraki to assist Senators desperate to stand by him for impunity against Buhari and the angry masses of Nigeria. In any case it was a sorry read and is dangerous to Nigeria, especially our kids.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah; http://ENDS.ng [Every Nigerian Do Something] Email: drbrimah@ends.ng Twitter: @EveryNigerian

 

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Buhari US Trip Verdict: It’s No Homo, No Ammo, Pointblank, By Peregrino Brimah

After four days in America on a first State visit, Nigeria’s new president, Muhammadu Buhari returned home half fulfilled. The vital loot recovery cooperation was on full thrust but not the quest for US arms. Just as Buhari had said no to homosexual privileges in Nigeria, so had Obama also said his no to selling Nigeria the arms it needs to fight terror.

As a notice United Press International, UPI immediately made the denial its headline, “Nigeria’s Buhari returns home without U.S. arms deal.” Almost gleeful, author Ed Adamczyk was.

Boko Haram trivializes 911. They’ve done at least ten 911s to Nigeria in the past 5 years and committed some of the worst abductions, mass rapes, decapitations and all types of barbaric violations in human history. This would call for ten Bush pronouncements of “you are either with us or with the terrorists.” Yet the US insists on not being with us.

In our publication ahead of Buhari’s US trip, we helped prepare the president and Nigerian minds for this predicted and predetermined refusal to support our war against Boko Haram. Obama’s posture wasn’t changing. Boko Haram, though the deadliest terror group in the world for two years straight, is our problem and no care of the US, yet. There will be no coalition; no UN resounding resolution, no reasonable financial aid, no arms and ammunition, heck, hopefully they won’t still continue to block us when we try to buy from others.

And the 1997 Leahy law has practically nothing to do with this. We all know the US is the greatest arms trader in the black-market around the world. And the one nation that always stands against UN Arms treaty resolutions against the illegal trade. The US Foreign Military Financing, FMF program, supplies arms (directly and through partners like Qatar and Israel) to the worst violators, most repressive and most tyrannical governments like Israel [the country that has perhaps the most human right and UN resolution violations in world history], Saudi Arabia, Libyan rebels – arms which are used by ISIS and Boko Haram today, “active conflict” embroiled nations like Uzbekistan, Chad, Colombia, Ethiopia, Pakistan and too many others to mention. When they block you it’s some more serious beef than the conduct of your military. When they bar you, they want you to open your nyash.

In departing remarks it was clear president Buhari was disappointed. He gave it straight at the United States Institute of Peace, USIP meeting, telling how the US had blood on its hands for declining to sell Nigeria weapons through the years on “uncertified accusations of military abuse” while watching thousands of Nigerians die.

Regrettably, the blanket application of the Leahy Law by the United States on the grounds of unproven allegations of human rights violations leveled against our forces has denied us access to appropriate strategic weapons to prosecute the war against the insurgents. In the face of abduction of innocent school girls from their hostels, indiscriminate bombings of civilians in markets and places of worship, our forces have remained largely impotent. This is because they do not possess the appropriate weapons and technology which they could have had, had the so-called human rights violations not been an obstacle. Unwittingly, and I dare say, unintentionally, the application of the Leahy law amendment by the U. S. Government has aided and abetted the Boko Haram terrorist group in the prosecution of its extremist ideology and hate, the indiscriminate killings and maiming of civilians, in raping of women and girls, and in their other heinous crimes.” – Buhari, 22nd July, 2015; USIP.

That was strong; accusing the United States of inadvertently aiding and abetting Boko Haram terror.

But indeed it is true. The US does not care and we have racked our brains at why. Perhaps it’s because we are black.

In any case while we repair and rebuild our relationship with the US; hopefully Obama’s grouse not being things we can’t change…like our skin color or sexuality; as we said before Buhari’s trip, without further delay, president Buhari must consider other alternatives including looking inward.

And unlike Jonathan who only in his last minute realized that there is no reason a big and blessed country like Nigeria should in 2015 be begging for “mere pepper spray” as he put it, and that Nigeria should be manufacturing. Perhaps Buhari should use this blockade as an opportunity and propel Nigeria’s industrial revolution so we can become competitive as Iran became under the worst sanctions in history—and some day sit shoulder-to-shoulder with the United States as the Ayatollahs did in self respect and in the interest of mutual benefits.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah; http://ENDS.ng [Every Nigerian Do Something] Email: drbrimah@ends.ng Twitter: @EveryNigerian

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