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Monday, January 15, 2018

DECLARATION OF INTENT TO VIE FOR THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA 2019 ELECTIONS By DR. SINA FAGBENRO-BYRON

DR. SINA FAGBENRO-BYRON

DECLARATION OF INTENT TO VIE FOR
THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
2019 ELECTIONS

Context

By the year 2019, the most significant Job on Earth would be that of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. As improbable as this may sound, deeper reflection will reveal that the reason is not very difficult to see. Nigeria has the capacity to feed Africa, to create , innovate, add-value and work effectively and efficiently  and truly be great nation in fact and substance if it does not collapse and cave in to global and local pressures that are a clear and present danger. The world is facing another Era of Global Fragility the likes of which world wars are made of. To mention a few, the US-Korea face-off, Russian extreme oversight of Eastern European and the tensions in the middle-East, which is multifaceted, complex and fuelled by dichotomy amongst Islamic countries and even made more tense by practical expression to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital. Added to this is the uncertainties surrounding the European Union, issues in South-East Asia, the rising economic and geopolitical influence of China all of which speak to a world that is tottering on the brinks of fragility and global conflict.

Africa, with years of nursing an epidemic of grand corruption, where government institutions are consciously structured to meet the interests of elites. This history of Public Financial and Public Service failure has sufficiently weakened the continent now that it is facing major threats including those that have arisen as a fall-out of  the Post- Arab spring, consequences of the US-led Libyan mis-intervention, the emergence of ISIS and their southward displacement into Africa, Boko Haram and the question of North African countries and they and their  commitment to and preference for an Arabic agenda as against an Afro-centric Agenda and a much less effective African Union, portending grave implications for West Africa and particularly Nigeria. Particularly and most urgently in need of attention is Climate change and the gradual but very dangerous desertification of Sub - Sahara Africa.

Unfortunately, Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, geographically located at the centre of Africa and natural Eldorado of the so called ‘’Black-man’’ is tending towards becoming a basket case in State Fragility, with socio-economic and political challenges that its governments since the birth of its fourth Republic have lacked the political will to confront for the promotion of national development. I, Citizen Adesina Ayodele Fagbenro-Byron, will be seeking my political party’s ticket for the Presidential Elections of 2019, and if successful your individual and collective support in order to win what will be a momentous election of our time and significant in our history.

Why KOWA?

KOWA Party believes that a moral obligation is placed on all public officers to commit to a personal lifestyle marked by simplicity, modesty, integrity and humility in the service of the Great Peoples of Nigeria. I am happy to acknowledge my fellow compatriots in KOWA party across this vast and highly blessed nation, as we severally offer ourselves for public service and offer KOWA as an ideology and a political option for democratic revolution and national salvation, revival and collective success of our country’s future. Common to all KOWA party political aspirants are aspirations broadly shared and which can be described as KOWA PARTY VISION FOR NIGERIA, including but is not limited to Securing safety of life and property, Education for life and development, and Building a robust economy, a resilient and a harmonious society

Beyond this, each aspirant must have a unique offer that is tailored to meet the immediate and long term challenges and peculiarities of his or her constituency based on a balance of need and popular demand. As I seek to run for the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria may I humbly tender my UNIQUE OFFER? Nigeria needs a President who understands her challenges, has plans and the capacity to garner Nigeria’s people and resources to promote national development, and possess the political will to champion the restructuring of her defective socio-economic and political structures to build a resilient nation that can withstand the coming challenges of the next two decades. I believe I have the competence and capacity to be the President Nigeria needs post 2019 elections, and my unique offer is to champion the restructuring of the socio-economic and political structures, stabilise and growing our economy, building human capacity and reinforcing our security and justice institutions.

Our Challenges

Nigeria is a country endowed with resources and potential, but its chequered history and present contradictions has caused us to fail to reach potential while complicating the attainment of a much needed and sustainable political settlement. In 1960 October 1stat the turn of independence the poverty level was 15%. 55 years after, it will be difficult to contest a claim that the poverty levels in Nigeria are in excess of 71% at a benchmark of $1.95 per day, Life expectancy is under 50 yrs, predicted will have the most poor people on earth by 2030 ; In 11 northern states(NE&NW)  poverty rate is above 70%; up to 88% in Jigawa. High Gender exclusion with at least 70% female illiteracy rate and we account for 10% of global maternal mortality burden. Nigeria is leading in Out-of-School children population and contributing 47% to global out-of-school kids.

Nigeria is now known for internal militant extremism, communal conflicts over resources, ethno-religious polarization and organized crime not unconnected to Youth unemployment and neglect. Our external- Nigerian borders are extremely porous and there is no sense of national security beyond the security of the political elite, whoever is current. Nigeria is 14th of 177 countries and “in danger” category on the Failed State Index. This downward sliding trajectory suggests Nigerians are being excluded from state services and our aspirations suppressed by a presumptuous political elite. Apart from the obligation to build inclusive societies, I wish to help Nigerians attain both a fair political settlement without compromising on development outcomes.
In 5 years from now the Sahara desert encroachment into sub-Saharan Africa would increase at least 10 km southwards. The effect of this on Nigeria and Nigerians will be catastrophic if we do not do right things NOW. The crimes and criminality, insecurity poverty and internal displacement that Nigeria faces today is not unconnected with this gradual desertification. Any additional increase in desertification will have an exponential effect on violence, land disputation, conflicts between pastoralists and farmers, invasion from north Africa, and serve as a cloak or cover for a decisive incursion, penetration and seizure of Nigeria of groups like ISIS displaced from Europe and North Africa into Nigeria. In short we are under a monumental threat capable of wiping out 30% of our population, the balkanisation of our lands, displacement of our people and eventual conflagration and the loss of nationhood.

While this scenario is playing out, our governments, especially the current government of President Mohammed Buhari, under the erroneous belief that they have strengthening institutions of security and enforcement agencies, instead they have only succeeded in creating competing armed agencies that have every potential to morph into mini-armies headed by ethnic and institutional war lords holding control of pockets of Nigeria. Nigerians are all witness to the controversies between EFCC and DSS, between disparate arms of government within the same sector. We are all aware of one section of the armed forces attacking another, such as Nigerian Naval operatives mounting an assault on a Nigerian Police Station. Etc. It reached a ridiculous dimension when security details of a minister and security details of a governor clashed in day light on the streets of Port Harcourt all in the name of belonging to differing political parties.

This nation cannot survive along this trajectory and a decisive intervention is inevitable if we are to deploy pre-emptive solutions starting from the election into office of a candidate that is capable, visionary enough to be the next President of this country with the capacity to unify Nigerians and depart from the ‘divide and rule’ strategy of past leaders inherited from our colonial occupiers of power. The solution is self-evident in not only what to do, but in how to do it.

My Promise

Despite our enthusiasm and optimism as to the desire of Nigerians for emancipation, I am constrained to admit that there are some of us, citizen like you and I, who unfortunately may not care that Nigeria survives nor perishes, we must admit that there are some who will continue to promote impunity at any available public Level, some who create bottlenecks to development where none is necessary or exists. It will be naïve to assume that there is a resistance by persons who will continue to promote exclusionary and expropriator decision making, consigning other people’s children the suffering and hardship that they will invest, borrow or steal to protect their own children from suffering from. I urge such as these to consider a change of heart be prepared to face a vigorous challenge from a KOWA Presidency.

The promise I make through this declaration is to restructure the socio-economic and political structures and create an equal access and equal opportunity society for all Nigerian and all citizens of Nigerians many of whom are born with so much talent and potential, as the much taunted potential of Nigeria is actually the potential of its ordinary citizens. We shall make Nigerians proud of our citizenship and resist every attempt by anyone domestic or foreign to diminish the value of Nigerian life.

The quest for the Presidency as far as I am concerned is heeding to a call to sacrifice and duty, to demonstrate that Nigerians are a special people and that Nigeria is blessed. For those of us offering ourselves for services there will be loss of privacy, uncertainty, enmity and possibly, and possibly, though one does not pray for it, loss of life. There is also a great responsibility attached to the office, so great that it is burdensome to anyone who has ever held the office with a sincere desire to positively impact the lives of our fellow citizens especially the poor and the socially excluded.

Given the chance, I promise you that no Nigerian will be left behind and premium will be placed on the value of Nigerian life. There is enough space for a million birds in the skies, and I firmly believe that this country is big enough and endowed enough to more than adequately take care of our needs and establish for posterity a free, just and prosperous society. I am an investor in People, and believe with inspiring leadership our nation can be truly great. My personal leadership style is of DIGNIFIED INCLUSION

As you reflect on these, let me restate that I offer Nigerians, my passion, my love, a Vision of incredible greatness, the capacity to deliver, accountable, and responsive governance. My promise to you is to serve you as a brother, a friend and a Citizen’s President, so help me God
Thanks for your attention, may God bless you and God bless Nigeria
I remain yours sincerely,

 
Dr. Adesina Ayodele Fagbenro-Byron
BSc (Econs), LL.B, BL, M.Inf.Sc, D.Hum, FIIM,
Chief Responsibility Officer at Mothergold Consulting

Monday, January 8, 2018

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Dele Momodu's Open Letter To President Buharii

Dele Momodu's Open Letter To President Buhari: "Things Are Very Bad In Nigeria. Please, Don't Run For 2nd Tenure"

PLEASE, I BEG YOU...DON'T RUN FOR A SECOND TERM. GO HOME WITH YOUR HONOUR INTACT'

*'THOSE POLITICIANS ASKING YOU TO RUN AGAIN ARE DOING SO FOR SELFISH INTERESTS'



    '...Kindly permit me to be as brutally frank as possible. As a stakeholder who made his modest contribution to your emergence as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, I owe you nothing but the truth. I was not a member of your party when I volunteered to support your mission and ambition in 2015. I was elated when Nigerians succeeded in chasing away the profligate and reckless government of the PDP, led by President Goodluck Jonathan. I was one of those who unleashed terror on that government and I subsequently presented you with a compilation of my articles in which I criticised and advised the then President, free of charge. I never expected that our situation could ever get worse under the APC government that almost literally promised heaven and earth. But it has become evident that it is easier to govern by words of mouth than by force of action.

    It is indeed shameful that those like me who supported you so vociferously have become butts of jokes everywhere we go. Sir, I plead with you to ignore your acolytes who may be telling you that all is well in Nigeria. My unequivocal verdict, without any fear of contradiction is that things are very bad. While I will not, in all honesty, totally heap the blame on you, there is no doubt that your government has been less than competent. I’m reasonably convinced that you have not availed yourself of the abundant talents it has so pleased God to endow Nigeria with. Rather, you’ve chosen to saddle yourself with hungry lions and deadwoods that you’ve resurrected from penury and oblivion. Leadership should be about managing people and resources. Most of the people you are working with are already retired or tired and with little or nothing new to contribute.

    It is grossly unfair that it was very convenient for us to lampoon and scandalise Dr Goodluck Jonathan, yet most of us have remained funereally silent and unreasonably complicit in the evil that the current men of power are perpetrating and perpetuating under your watch. Unknown to you Sir, some people are merely using you to rule by proxy. There is no evidence of discipline in your team, one of the greatest things you preached so fervently about in your first coming as military Head of State. Your acolytes are virtually getting away with murder. Someone, somewhere, sat down with birds of the same feathers, to conjure and compile the most disgraceful list of political appointees ever and yet nothing has happened to those who brought such perfidious insults on our nation. Instead, we are being regaled with tales by the moonlight to gloss over serious maladies in the polity and damning treachery against our nation. No serious apologies. No penitence. Only some foolhardy cockiness from those who will repeat the same nonsense when tomorrow comes.

    Your Excellency, it has become very difficult, if not impossible to defend the excessive shortcomings of your government, please, permit my oxymoron Sir. We definitely want you to succeed but it seems some demons are desperately determined to make you fail by all means. The more your administration unravels, the more ridiculously hopeless it seems. You have waltzed from crisis to crisis instead of from glory to glory, as most of us expected. We thought you truly possessed the magic wand and talismanic effect to make all our problems evaporate and vamoose in a jiffy. We did not expect to be regularly mesmerized by impotent excuses galore.

    I sincerely doff my hat to your wonderful wife for her rare and uncommon courage. Regardless of what her detractors may say, she is the only insider who has been trying to say it as it is. Even if some of her critics feel she’s seeking for relevance in your kingdom, it is still within her rights. I’m sure that when the day of reckoning comes, you will remember and appreciate her timely warnings. Without mincing words, what Madam Aisha Buhari has been trying to tell you in clear terms is that this government is swimming in a big foul mess and that you should not be carried away by the fake adulation and false adoration you see all around you. There is no government in Nigeria that did not enjoy the services of praise-singers who disappeared as soon as the government itself collapsed like a pack of cards. Ask President Jonathan!

    I’m aware that your foot-soldiers are already warming up for the next election. I really do not know what they hope to tell and sell to the electorate this time, particularly after the colossal failure of the last three years. I do not see how they expect to fund your campaign without resorting to the same type of extravagant jamboree we witnessed in the dying and last days of the PDP’s prodigality. As a result of your decision to contest again, you are being forced by circumstances beyond your control to compromise and capitulate on your known principles. Is it not better, and more profitable, to return home, triumphantly, with your reputation intact than to win a pyrrhic victory with everything you ever stood for wasted on the altar of vainglorious aggrandisement? What guarantees do you have that you will win the next election even if you agree to sell Nigeria to the political gladiators?

    Sir, I’m pleading with you in the name of God, the Merciful and all-powerful, that you don’t need two terms, or eight years in power, to prove your greatness. Nelson Mandela spent only one term in power and retired to superlative glory as the world’s most respected and revered and idolised statesman. Robert Mugabe spent about four decades in power, yet he returned home in total infamy and unenviable disgrace. It is a lesson of life that we must all learn, sooner rather than later, that man shall not live by power alone. I know my preaching is not likely to touch you and your hardened supporters but, at the very least, I want it to be on record that I spoke publicly, out of genuine love and concern, while you were being goaded on by those who stand to gain more if you win a re-election next year. For most of those asking you to continue, by fire and by force, it is always about their personal agenda and survival. They know their political careers would come to a shuddering halt and abrupt standstill should you fail in your bid to come back. In their desperation to come back at all costs, they are going to do exactly what PDP did, or even much worse. What moral authority would you then have to justify the continued detention and harassment of some of the PDP operatives accused of wasting government resources on Jonathan’s truncated re-election bid. Who amongst us can in good conscience say in the market place that you won the last election on pure merit and that no substantial government funding went into your campaigns.

    This year promises to be an interesting one. You will soon discover how treacherous human beings can be when some of those hailing you today as the authentic messiah begin to show you their true colours. Our country is bleeding dangerously while some over-pampered politicians can only think of winning elections by hook or by crook. The quality of your appointees in recent time points to how directionless your government has finally become. In a country overflowing with so many amazing brains and talents, it is incredibly shameful that those are your best representatives for our country. The easiest way for a leader to fail is to continue to attract those much worse than himself. Conversely, the best way to succeed is for a leader to recognise and attract and surround himself with those much better in all aspects of human endeavour. This does not erase or take anything away from the leader but it actually enhances his personality and how he is perceived by everyone. The late sage of blessed memory, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, was a veritable example of how a leader can effectively tap into the collective brains of some geniuses and add to his own in a way that makes him appear super-human.

    Nigeria has never been in short supply of whiz kids at home and abroad but Nigeria started dying when our leaders stopped respecting merit and preferred to enthrone mediocrity. The truth is mediocrity begets further mediocrity. The few good leaders in your government have not been able to display their wizardry out of fear and trepidation that some cabal would mark them out and hack them down so ruthlessly. It is a sign of the times, that the courage, astuteness and brilliance that made them stand out in the political crowd has suddenly taken flight and they are now little more than wimps in your insipid government. The bureaucracy in Abuja is enough to suffocate and disorientate any fertile mind.

    If I were in your shoes, I would consider that it is not too late to groom and propel some of the best brains in APC or even those living beyond the shores of Nigeria to succeed me. You do not need to look far in this regard but I will not make any suggestions today, lest it be misinterpreted that I am touting any particular individual as a worthy successor. I’m reasonably convinced that you have worked very hard and seem to have reached your peak. To God be the glory. In a country of nearly 200 million people, God has been too kind to you. Apart from former President Olusegun Obasanjo, no other Nigerian has been given a second chance so miraculously. You will be able to justify this unmerited favour by leaving Nigeria much better than you met it. The only way you can do that in the next remaining year is to sacrifice your own personal ambition and hand over the country to proven and tested modern and cosmopolitan technocrats. The world has moved beyond the backwardness that we are being saddled with in Nigeria today. The world expect us to be the true giant and leader of Africa not by words but in deed.

    My appeal to you is to urgently do a self-assessment to determine and decide on whether you are what Nigeria needs at this time and age for our country to join the comity of other nations in their march towards technological advancement, political stability, social security and economic prosperity.

    With all due respect, Sir, if your answer is yes to the above, you may go ahead and contest but if in all honesty, the answer is no, my prayer is that you will find the courage and selfless spirit to quit the stage while the ovation is loudest. That in itself would be a deserving legacy. I’m watching and waiting for your patriotic decision with bated breath.

    Thank you, Mr President, for your usual attention and kind consideration of my latest memo to you, albeit so early in the year.'

Friday, November 17, 2017

ALLOCUTUS - STATEMENT BY CHIEF OBAFEMIAWOLOWO WHILE BEFORE THE HIGH COURT BEFORE SENTENCING FOR TREASONABLE FELONY SEPTEMBER 11, 1963

CHIEF OBAFEMI AWOLOWO'S ALLOCUTUS
STATEMENT BY CHIEF AWOLOWO WHILE BEFORE THE HIGH COURT BEFORE SENTENCING FOR TREASONABLE FELONY SEPTEMBER 11, 1963


Show moreI must say, and this may have to be taken up with a higher tribunal, that I do not agree with your Lordship's verdict, and the premises on which it is based.


For upwards of 30 years, I have been in politics in Nigeria; during this period I have operated in various important theatres in the life of this great Federation. I have, with others, fought against British imperialism with all my might, and with all the talents that it pleased God to give me.

Together with other nationalists, some of whom are with me and many of whom are not with me here, we have successfully thrown out British imperialism and enthroned Africans in positions which, 20 or more years ago, they never dreamt of occupying.

I have been an unyielding advocate of a Federal Constitution for Nigeria. I have all along, with other leaders of this country, been a very active and constructive participant in all the constitutional conferences which have taken place since 1953, and which have culminated not only in the attainment of independence but in the production of a Constitution of which Nigerians are very proud.

This Constitution is now being gradually violated.

I have also fought against anything which savours of injustice. It is thus an irony of history that, as one of the architects of Nigeria's independence, I have spent almost half of Nigeria's three years of independence under one form of confinement or another.

Since 1957 I have fought, as your Lordship remarked, with vigour against the feudal system in the Northern Region and for its eradication. I have also fought to prevent the spread of this evil political system to other parts of Nigeria.

During the same period I have strongly advocated the breaking up of Northern Region into more states in order to have true federation in Nigeria, to preclude the permanent subservience of the people of Nigeria to the autocratic ruling caste in the North, and to preserve peace and unity in the country.

In short, I have always fought for what I believe, without relenting and regardless of consequences to myself. I have no doubt, and I say this without any spirit of immodesty, that in the course of my political career, I have rendered services to this country which historians and the coming generations will certainly regard as imperishable.

Naturally, Sir, in the course of my long, turbulent and active political life, I have attracted to myself a sizeable crop of detractors and political adversaries. Similarly, I have in the course of this long career seen both triumphs and set-backs; and I have met them with equal mind.

Peter, not Peter the Apostle, but Peter the hero of Hugh Walpole's novel entitled "Fortitude" said: "It isn't life that matters but the courage you bring to it."

After life had done terrible things to Peter he heard a voice that said to him, among other things, "Blessed be all sorrow, hardships and endurance that demand courage. Blessed be these things: for of these things cometh the making of a man."

In the words of Peter, therefore, my Lord, I declare (not that I have heard a voice): Blessed be your verdict; and I say in advance, blessed be the sentence which your Lordship may pass on me.

I personally welcome any sentence you may impose upon me. At this moment my only concern is not for myself, but that my imprisonment might do harm to Nigeria for three reasons.

First, the invaluable services which I have hitherto rendered and which I can still render will be lost to the country – at least for a season.

Second, there might be a heightening of the present tension which has lasted 15 months, and has done incalculable injuries to the economy of the country.

Thirdly, for some time to come, the present twilight of democracy, individual freedom and the rule of law, will change or might change into utter darkness. But after darkness – and this is a commonplace – comes a glorious dawn.

It is, therefore, with a brave heart, with confident hope, and with faith in my unalterable destiny, that I go from this twilight into the darkness, unshaken in my trust in the Providence of God that a glorious dawn will come on the morrow.

My adversaries might say who am I to think that if I am imprisoned the country might suffer? What if I died?

The point, of course, is that I am still alive and will not die in prison. Furthermore, the spirit of man knows no barrier, never dies, and can be projected to any part of the world.

This being so I am confident that the ideals of social justice and individual liberty which I hold dear will continue to be projected beyond the prison walls and bars until they are realized in our lifetime.

In this connection, I must stress that in this very court room, indeed in this dock and in the entire Federation of Nigeria, the spirit of an new Nigeria is already active and at work. This spirit, working through constitutional means which I have spent the whole of my lifetime to advocate, is sure to prevail, before very long, to the delight, freedom and prosperity of all and sundry.

Before I close, I must say that in spite of the delay of the past few weeks on the part of your Lordship in giving judgement in this case, and in spite of my disagreement with your verdict which I have just given expression to, I must acknowledge your Lordship's patience throughout the trial of this case.

Particularly, I want to thank your Lordship for the due and especial consideration which you have always accorded me and the other accused persons.

I thank your Lordship; and I am prepared to abide by your sentence.


THE SENTENCE


The Trial Judge Mr. Sowemimo speaks:

"….Whatever others may say, this is my personal view. I am not speaking as a judge but as a Nigerian. Here we have one of the first Premiers of the autonomous region standing trial. If you were the only one before me, I would have felt that it was enough for you to have undergone the strain of the trial. I would have asked you to go. But I am sorry, I cannot do so now because my hands are tied.

Having sentenced those young chaps whatever happens I have to pass some sort of sentence. If I made up my mind to sentence the other accused persons who I find were tools in the hands of others, and if my conclusion is right, it is for me to see that a punishment by me in my court is such that others would see that there is no preferential treatment.

I do not see what useful purpose a sentence of imprisonment will do to you, but I have come to the conclusion that these things emanate from you. To get yourself involved in this thing is enough shame.

But this is a political crime. There are things which one may never know. All I know is what is before me and I am bound by the evidence. You mentioned about the delay in giving judgement, but I wish you were in my position and had to read some of these things – the evidence which was about 800 pages and the notes of submissions also about 600 pages. I was never hoping or thinking that I would be called upon to try a former Head of Government and Leader of Opposition. I am only happy that this is a court of first instance. "

At the conclusion of the speech by Justice Sowemimo, Chief Awolowo was sentenced as follows:

1st Count – 10 years I.H.L (Imprisonment with Hard Labour) Treasonable felony, contrary to Section 41(b) of the Criminal Code.

2nd Count – 5 years I.H.L (Imprisonment with Hard Labour) Conspiracy to commit a felony, contrary to Section 516 of the Criminal Code.

3rd Count – 2 years I.H.L (Imprisonment with Hard Labour) Conspiracy to effect an unlawful purpose, contrary to Section 518 (6) of the Criminal Code.

Sentences to be concurrent."


Thanks to Ayo Arannilewa for the above.