The Baga Massacre: MRC calls for trial of President Jonathan in ICC


Movement for Revolutionary Change has also called for the trial of President Jonathan and other culpable officers in the International Criminal Court over wanton destruction of lives and properties in the recent Baga massacre in Borno state.

As the Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces, President Jonathan is chiefly responsible for the Baga genocide in which over  of 2000 houses  were destroyed and  over 200 innocent civilians were killed in cold blood by Nigerian soldiers.

MRC rejects  Bokoharamisation of the tragedy,  as every Northerner, even in Borno state cannot be labeled as a member of the Boko Haram sect. Also the Baga genocide should not be treated as another case of Unknown Soldier, as the perpetrators of this heinous crime are well known.

Movement for Revolutionary Change therefore calls on the International Criminal Court to arrest the Nigerian President Jonathan anytime he steps outside Nigeria and prosecute him for the Baga genocide unprecedented in Nigeria’s history.

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Corruption in Nigeria: DSP Alamiegeseigha


The Movement for Revolutionary Change has described as ludicrous and ridiculous the 45 year jail term imposed on  citizen Kelvin Igbodalo, found guilty for stealing the mobile phone of Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state

MRC recalls that former Governor DSP Alamiegeseigha who stole billions of naira was given a state pardon, citizen Kelvin Igbodalo that took the phone of Osun state Governor Rauf Aregbesola was last week sentenced to 45 years imprisonment by an Osogbo High Court.

Since citizen Kelvin Igbodalo voluntarily admitted the offence and pleaded guilty, he should also be pardoned as what is good for the goose is also good for the gander. The imposition of a 45 year sentence on citizen Kelvin Igbodalo is akin to killing a fly with a sledge hammer. MRC is worried that while mega thieves in high places are being set free after making plea bargaining, petty thieves are being hounded into prisons.

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Constitutional review in Nigeria: No to tenure elongation


Movement for Revolutionary Change (MRC) has called on the National Assembly to refrain from approving a six years term for the Presidency as this is tantamount to tenure elongation for President Good luck Jonathan. President Jonathan constitutional mandate is for a four year term and he must either leave office by 2015 or seek re-election. Changing the rules in the mid of his mandate is unconstitutional and its political effects will be catastrophic, said the MRC.

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Nigeria: World’s most corrupt country


In this write up, Joel Brinkley of the Los Angeles Times argues that Nigeria should be rated as World’s most corrupt country, saying unlike Chad, Haiti, Laos, and Yemen that are are presently listed as most corrupt nations,  Nigeria rakes in $224m income a day, so there is more money to squander and steal in Nigeria compared to these other countries will comparatively lower incomes.

Just outside President Goodluck Jonathan‘s office sat 17 ambulances, just in case he or one of his aides fell ill. They were seldom if ever used.

No actual health-care facility nationwide had as many, and in fact a few still have none at all. But as soon as a Nigerian newspaper took a photo of the ambulances and published a story about them, they suddenly disappeared — probably to an underground garage.
Jonathan is president of Nigeria, which should be among the world’s most prosperous nations. After all, it produces an estimated 2.4 million barrels of oil each and every day. With oil now selling at $93.61 a barrel, that’s $224 million in income daily. And yet many hospitals can’t afford to buy an ambulance. The reason, in my view: Nigeria is the most corrupt nation on earth.
Sure, Transparency International lists almost three dozen states as more corrupt – Chad, Haiti, Laos, Yemen, Cambodia and the like. But are any of those nations as wealthy as Nigeria — taking in $81 billion annually, just from the sale of oil? No, not even one of them. So Nigeria steals and squanders more money than any other nation, making it the world’s most corrupt, by that measure.

Nigerian journalist Musikilu Mojeed finds all this so discouraging.

“With its geopolitical power, economic resources and middle class,” he laments, “no country (with the possible exception of Saudi Arabia and Egypt) has the power to change the course of black/African civilization like Nigeria.” After all, Nigeria is Africa’s most populous state — and large, twice the size of California.

So Nigerians are living an opportunity squandered — particularly now. Egypt is in turmoil. In just the last few days, in fact, many Egyptians have been calling for a military coup — anything to rid the state of its widely despised Muslim Brotherhood government. And a new report by the World Economic Forum ranked Egypt the least safe and secure tourist destination among 140 tourist nations evaluated.

Egypt has lost its place as the Arab/African worlds’ leader, and Saudi Arabia never had it. So for Nigeria, the time is ripe. But its leaders seem interested only in stealing the state’s money to make themselves rich beyond imaging. Think about it: $81 billion a year just from the oil, while most every local government official still tells his people the nation just doesn’t have enough money to fix the roads, schools or hospitals. (Roads are in such terrible shape that government officials generally travel any distance by helicopter.)

And Nigeria’s people — well, they are as mistreated as any on earth. In only nine nations — among them Liberia, Sierra Leone and Somalia — do more mothers die during childbirth. And in only 10 states, including Chad, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe, is the average life expectancy lower. Right now the average Nigerian’s average life span ends at 52. That may be why the median age of Nigerians is just 18.

A few months ago, the Economist Intelligence Unit published an evaluation of the best places for babies to born in 2013, given their probable welfare as children and the chance for a safe, comfortable, prosperous life. Switzerland, Australia and Norway were the top three. The United States came in at 16th, largely because “babies will inherit the large debts of the boomer generation.”

Dead last: Nigeria. “It is the worst place for a baby to enter the world in 2013,” the report said.

Even with all that wealth, only just over half the population has access to clean drinking water, and one-third to a toilet, UNICEF says. Two-thirds live below the poverty line. Only one child in four who contracts pneumonia is given antibiotics, and only about half the population is literate.

The CIA also cites endemic “soil degradation; rapid deforestation; urban air and water pollution.” All this in a county whose gross domestic product stands at $236 billion a year, in the same league as Denmark, Chile, Israel and the United Arab Emirates — prosperous, successful states to be envied.

Goodluck Jonathan is certainly aware of all of this. After all, taking the oath of office, he swore to “devote myself to the service and well-being of the people of Nigeria. So help me God.”

Well, just last week he demonstrated who he really is and what he stands for when he pardoned a former state governor who’d been convicted of embezzling state funds and laundering the money. That pardon triggered a broad, angry uproar.

Good luck, Mr. Jonathan. It’s time you were impeached.

(Joel Brinkley is the Hearst professional in residence at Stanford University and a Pulitzer Prize-winning former correspondent for The New York Times.)

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Corruption in Nigeria:Profile of Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha


 Lest we forget: Profile of Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha recently granted state pardon by President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration

1. My names are Diepreye Solomon Peter (DSP) Alamieyeseigha. I am a former Governor of Bayelsa state, 29 May 1999- December 2005.

2. I am a powerful Nigerian politician, known as Governor General in ‘Ijaw nation’ of Nigeria’s oil rich Niger Delta; but have also been an ex convict, international fugitive, forger, and I have also jumped bail in London.

3. To refresh your memory, when I became Governor of Bayelsa State in Nigeria, I declared assets totaling US$575,000 and stated I had an annual income of N1,500,000 (US$12,000).

4. I was arrested at Heathrow Airport in September 2005 by the London Metropolitan police on charges of money laundering in September 2005. About £1m cash was found in my London home. Another £1.8m ($3.2m) was found in my bank accounts.

5. I was initially remanded in prison, and lumped in the same cell with a mad man. The Britons must have thought I was also a ‘mad man’ to have stolen so much.

6. I was later granted bail. But in breach of my 1.25 million pound bond, I jumped bail in December 2005, escaped from London with forged documents by disguising myself as a woman, and returned to Nigeria. It was like a movie.

7. The Bayelsa State House of Assembly in Nigeria served me a Notice of Impeachment on November 22, 2005. My offences included:

a. Maintaining foreign bank accounts while in office in the following banks viz: Barclays Bank Plc, London; National Westminster Bank, London; Royal Bank Of Scotland; and Commerz Bank, London contrary to the clear provisions of Paragraph 3 of the Fifth Schedule (Part 1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 the provisions of which I swore on oath to uphold.

b. Corrupt enrichment of my wife and children namely: Mr. Enetonbra Alamieyeseigha, Mr. Seleake Alam1eyeseigha, and Miss Embeleakpo Alamieyeseigha as disclosed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

c. Criminal diversion and misappropriation of public funds to facilitate acquisition of One billion Naira shares in Bond Bank PLc by private placement;

d. Purchase of Chelsea Hotel, Abuja for the sum of Two billion naira and;

e. Acquisition of £ 1 0 Million worth of properties in London.

8. The Bayelsa State of Assembly that Investigated me came out with the following findings in a report signed by Barrister David Serena-Dokubo Spiff (Chairman) and six others:

a. That I brought the exalted office of the governor of Bayelsa State to disrepute, odium and ridicule by jumping a London bail and returning to Nigeria dressed like a masquerade.

b. That I am an International fugitive as the Scotland Yard may issued a warrant of arrest against me which will embarrass the people of Bayelsa.

c. That by this ignominious conduct Bayelsans and indeed all Nigerians have been scandalized, embarrassed and depicted as people whose word cannot be relied upon.

d. That I jeopardized the safety and besmirched the reputation of Nigerians living in or visiting The United Kingdom.

e. That I dealt a severe blow to the Ijaw Nation of which Bayelsa is part, who traditionally takes great pride in the meaning of their name – Ijaw —- truth.

f. That by jumping bail Chief I breached my oath to respect international law.

9. The Bayelsa State House of Assembly subsequently impeached me from office on December 8, 2005 after adopting the report of the seven-man impeachment panel set up by the Chief Justice of Bayelsa State, Emmanuel Igonarwari. I was found me guilty of gross misconduct.

10. Subsequently, I was arrested by Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), questioned, and charged with numerous money laundering and corruption offences.

11. The offences against me were overwhelmingly, and on 26 July 2007 I was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty before a Nigerian High Court to six charges of making false declaration of assets, and 23 charges of money laundering by my company. (See Ruling in FRN v Alamieyeseigha). Besides the jail sentences, the court ordered that my assets, including N1 billion shares be forfeited.

12. On December 13, 2005, the Federal Government filed a fresh 17-count charge against me at the Code of Conduct Tribunal sitting in Kaduna. The charges included that as Governor of Bayelsa State between 29th May 1999 and 9th December 2005, I maintained and operated the following foreign personal bank accounts-

a. Account number 10659347 with Barclays Bank Plc, United Kingdom with a balance of GBP203,753.34 as at 15th February 2005;

b. Account number 3239940 with UBS Warburg AG, 1 Curzon Street, London, W1J 5HB with a balance of $2.5 million as at September 2005; account number 338931 in the name of FALCON INC. with UBS Warburg AG, 1 Curzon Street, London, W1J 5HB;

c. Account number 7341553/7341596 FOR us dollars with Barclays Bank Plc at International Banking Unit, 88 Dighemis Akritas Avenue 1644, Nicosla, Cyprus; account number 7341588 for GB pounds Sterling with Barclays Bank Plc at International Banking Unit, 88 Dighemis Akrltas Avenue 1644, Nicosia, Cyprus ;

d. Bank account number 5005220454-7 in Denmark with JYSKE Bank at Bseterbrogate, 9, DK-1780, Copeenhagen V with a balance of at $2.5 million;

e. Bank account number 005482562491 with Bank of America United States of America in the name of Peter Aklamleyeseigh with a balance of $160,000.00 all contrary to section 7 and punishable under section 23 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act. Cap. 56 LFN 1990 as incorporated under paragraph 11, part 1, fifth schedule of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

That I made a false declaration by not declaring the following properties:

a. Property known as Water Gardens, London W2 2DG which I bought at GBP1.75 million in the name of my company known as Solomon & Peters Ltd;

b. Property at 14 Mapesbury Road, London, NW2 4JB which you bought at GBP1.4 million;

c. Property at 14 Jubilee Heights, School Uphill, London, NW2 2UQ, which you bought at GBP241,000;

d. Property at No. 68-70, Regent’s Road, London, N3 bought at 3 million Pounds Sterling.

That I Chief Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha while being the Governor of Bayelsa State between 29th May 1999 and 9th December 2005 acquired:

a. Property known as Chelsea Hotel Abuja worth of N2 Billion for which N1.5 Billion was paid;

b. Acquired two block of luxury flats at Plot 26 Bashir Dalhatu Close, Abacha Estate, Ikoyi worth of N45;

c. Acquired a property at John Kadiya Street, off Jose Marti Crescent, Asokoro, Abuja worth N350; million;

d. Acquired an Estate of six luxury duplexes at No. 1 Community, Road, off Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos worth N200 million

e. Failed to declare One Billion Naira worth of Shares acquired in Bond bank

f. Failed to declare the following properties:-

• Plot 916 & 917, Wuse II District, Abuja

• Plot 7, Cadastral Zone A6, Maltama Abuja

• Plot1267, Amazon Road, Abuja

• Plot 3375, cadastral Zone A6, Abuj

• Plot 1372-1374, Cadastral Zone A7, Wuse II, Abuja

• Plot 1281, cadastral Zone A4, Asokoro, Abuja

Thereby I committed an offence contrary to section 15(2) of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act. Cap. 56 LFN 1990 as incorporated under paragraph 11, part 1, fifth schedule of the 1999 Constitution and punishable under section 23 of the Act of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

13. Independent investigations carried out by the commission also revealed the following:

a. That I held a personal bank account with Barclays Bank Plc which was opened on 5 January 2004 and the balance stood at £203,753.34 as at 15th February 2005.

b. A personal bank account with HSBC, London, but the account was closed sometimes in March 2003 while all the money in the account was transferred to Santolina Investment Corporation’s account with National Westminster Bank, London.

c. I am the sole Director of Santolina Investment Corporation and sole signatory to the company’s account with National Westminster Bank with A/c No. 10182819 Sort Code 15-00-25 in London

d. I held personal account with Bond Bank in Lagos which was opened sometimes in January 2004 and the balance stood at N105-14.942.61 as at 16th September 2005 and another personal account in Oceanic Bank Plc (The Salo Trust) in the names of Enitonbrapa Alamieyeseigha, Embelakpo Alamieyeseigha, Ebipadei Alamieyeseigha, Oyamuyefa Alamieyeseigha, Saleaka Alamieyeseigha and Margaret Alamieyeseigha.

e. I held an account with Bank of America in the name of Peter Alamieyeseigha with account number 0054 8256 2491 which balance stood at $1, 600,000.00 as at August 2003.

f. I am a Director of an offshore company named Solomon & Peters Ltd (two middle names) and there are four (4) London properties bought and registered in the company’s name. These properties are:

• 247, Water Gardens, London, W2 2DG, which is the registered

address of Solomon & Peters Ltd. This property was purchased

for £1.75 million on 20/8/2003

• 14, Mapesbury Road, London, NW2 4JB. This property was

purchased for £1.4 million on 6/7/2001.

• Flat 202, Jubilee Heights, Shoot uphill, London, NW2 3LJQ,

purchased for the sum of £241,000.00 on 28/10/99.

• 68-70, Regent’s Park Road, London, N3 which was purchased in

July 2002 for the sum of £3 million.

• All the properties listed above have a combined value in excess of £S 381million

• A property at V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa worth over £1 millon.

• I own Royal Albatross Properties 67 a company registered in September 2005 in Cape Town, South Africa.

• I am the owner of a property in 504, Pleasant Drive, King Farm Estate, Maryland USA, and another one in 15859, Aurora Crest Drive, Whither, California, USA, 906

14. According to World Bank’s State Asset Recovery case (STAR), between May 1999 when I was elected Governor of Bayelsa state and December 2005 when I was impeached, I illegally accumulated (outside Nigeria) known properties, bank accounts, investments and cash exceeding £10m in value. The STAR case against me reads in part,

“Between the start of his period of office in May 1999, to late 2005, Alamieyeseigha accumulated (outside Nigeria) known properties, bank accounts, investments and cash exceeding £10m in value. His portfolio of foreign assets included accounts with five banks in the UK and further accounts with banks in Cyprus, Denmark and the United States; four London properties acquired for a total of £4.8m; a Cape Town harbour penthouse acquired for almost £1m, possible assets in the United States, and almost £1m in cash stored in one of his London properties. Some of the foreign assets were held in his name and that of his wife, but the bulk of them were held by companies and trusts incorporated in the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, South Africa, and Seychelle.’

15. In July 2006, British authorities returned $1.9 million of the illicit gains I made as Governor of oil-rich Bayelsa state in Nigeria.

16. On 2 July 2008, Nigeria obtained judgment over my stolen assets in London, Cyprus and Denmark.

17. On June 29, 2011, the US federal district judge in the state of Massachusetts ordered that I should forfeit the sum of N60m ($401,931) to the United States Government. I stole the amount from Bayelsa State between 1999 to 2005 and secretly kept it at a Massachusetts brokerage fund, before it was discovered by US prosecutors. I also lost another house I acquired in the state of Maryland, valued at N90m ($600,000) house that Alamieyesigha bought in the state of Maryland.

18. I also lost my properties in several other countries. In February 2006, the Asset Forfeiture Unit of the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa secured a court order to freeze my residential property on the Cape Town waterfront. I was found guilty of stealing N1.499 billion (USD11 million) from Bayelsa treasury to buy Chelsea Hotel Ltd in Abuja

19. I am still being probed by the governments of Britain, United States, South Africa, Bahamas and Seychelles as well as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the World Bank under the Stolen Assets Recovery Initiative (STAR) case.

20. In spite of all these, I was given a state pardon by the Council of State headed by my the administration of my godson President Goodluck Jonathan on March 12, 2013.

21. You may not be happy with this, but as, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, said the “That is an action that has been taken by the National Council of States and (there is) no apology for that’

22. I am now eligible to hold any Public office at the highest level, I may simply choose to return to my former post as Governor of Bayelsa in a future election, or I can contest for Senate and become the Senate President, or even contest for Nigeria’s Presidency in the future. You will vote for me, because I still have enough unrecovered looted funds to go round all potential voters!

 

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Profile of Tony Anenih, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)


Kindly download attached newsletter of the Movement for Revolutionary Change, which focuses on Chief Tony Anenih, Chair, Board of Trustees of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party Download

Profile of Tony Anenih, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP

  1. Born in 1933, he will be 80, August 2013. Obviously tired, but has refused to retire from public life.
  2. His highest educational qualification was obtained at the Police College, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria in the 60s.
  3. He was the Chairman of the defunct Social Democratic Party when the Late M.K.O Abiola won the Presidency, but was also among the very first to betray the Late Politician.
  4. After late General Sani Abacha took over in November 1993, Anenih dumped the mandate won with Abiola as flag bearer, hob nobbed with the military junta and became a political consultant for Abacha’s self-succession agenda
  5. In the new few years, Tony Anenih worked as was one of the propagandists and lobbyists of the Abacha military government.  He supported and justified the the hanging of the late Ogoni activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight others in an interview he granted the BBC in 1997 during the Commonwealth Summit in Scotland.
  6.  He was the arrow head of the failed bid by former President Obasanjo to elongate his tenure for a third time. Also he is a well known opportunist with no political principles. In the preparations towards the 2007 Presidential elections,  Anenih  supported  former Rivers state Governor Peter Odili, but when the later lost out, Anenih  switched loyalty to late President Umaru Yar’adua.
  7. Under the succeeding regime, his wife Iyom Josephine Anenih  was appointed Minister of Women Affairs by the then Acting President Goodluck Jonathan, one of the few couples in Nigeria to have served as Federal Ministers in Nigeria, an example of how the Nigerian state has been cornered and privatized.
  8. An ad hoc  committee of Nigeria Upper Legislative Chamber, (the Senate) led by Heineken Lokpobiri in October 2009, investigated contracts running into more than N300 billion during the Obasanjo administration and recommended Anenih’s criminal prosecution, for award of contracts with unregistered companies, inflated rates, and without budgetary provision. Under pressure, the Senate shelved consideration of the report indefinitely and Almighty Anenih is yet to be prosecuted till now. Anenih was Minister of Works and Housing in 1999-2003.
  9. The Central Bank of Nigeria in October 2009, released a list of debtors of five audited bank. Top of the rank was Mettle Energy and Gas limited, with links to Chief Tony Anenih and Osahon Asemota. The coy owed N2,065 million.
  10. The Lower house- the House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts once summoned him to defend his actions on a sum of N2.3 billion allegedly spent on failed road contract in Nasarawa State in 2006. The contractor, Torno Internazionale Nigeria Limited allegedly absconded from the country after collecting the sum of N1.8 billion without executing the road project contract awarded. Anenih as Minister of Works and Housing awarded the contract.
  11. In spite of shady records, he was appointed Chairman of Nigeria’s ‘’juicy’’ parastatal- the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) last year, by President Jonathan Goodluck. Anenih’s predecessor in that same office, Olabode George, a former National Vice Chairman of the PDP was jailed 30 months for contracts’ inflation during his tenure as Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) Chairman. It is now Anenih’s turn to ‘’come and chop’’ at the NPA
  12. Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State once indirectly accused Tony Anenh of being involved in the yet unresolved assassination of his private secretary- Olaitan Oyerinde. Oshimole’s words”:  “ a certain old man, in his 80s, a godfather, in Edo state is the mastermind of the assassination of Olaitan Oyerinde.’
  13. Former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu,  in an open letter to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, once accused Chief Tony Anenih as having vowed “to deal with me the way they dealt with Bola Ige.” This, Kalu said, Anenih told his (Kalu’s) deputy during a flight from Abuja to Owerri sometime in February, 2004.
  14. Former Vice-Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University , Prof. Ango Abdullahi who also served as a Special Adviser on Food Security to former  President Obasanjo, Zaria, in 2006,  described Chief Anthony Anenih, as ‘’Nigeria’s most dangerous politician’

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MRC kicks against centenary village for Abuja


 Movement for Revolutionary Change (MRC) has described plans by the Federal Government to construct 1,500 houses Abuja to mark Nigerian centenary celebration as ‘a white elephant project’ that will not benefit the poor folks that make up 70 per cent of Nigeria’s population.

This is another misplaced priority by the President Jonathan administration. The centenary houses will be another mega structure that may add to the opulence of the FCT, but not solve its housing crises., said the MRC in a statement signed by its Coordinator, Babatope Babalobi.

The group wondered why the Federal Government is planning to built another ‘Tower of Babel’ in Abuja while edifices like the National Stadium Abuja constructed with over N60b few years, ago is presently overtaken by wild weeds while its structures are dilapidating’’

Apart from further displacing indigenes of the new locations where the houses are to be built, the new centenary houses will not be affordable to artisans and working class that dominate the city. Abuja presently has thousands of unoccupied houses built with looted funds, because their rents are scandalously high and unaffordable by the average resident of the city. We are afraid that these new centenary houses will be cornered by Nigeria’s wealthiest few known for its compulsive appetite to acquire properties through looted public funds.

Instead of constructing 1500 new houses in the FCT, urged the Jonathan administration to:

1.  Provide basic infrastructural facilities like roads, water supply, sanitation, energy, and schools in small towns and several and slums that surround the FCT such as Kubwa, Abaji, Gwagwalada, Mabushi, Mpape, Kpaduma, Durumi 3 and Ruwan Fulani.

2.  Embark on a comprehensive exercise to rehabilitate Federal Government Estates throughout Nigeria that are presently decaying; a case in this respect is Festac town Lagos.

3.  Inventorise the various empty mansions that variously dot Abuja metropolis and acquire for public use, those purchased with ill gotten funds.

4.  Ensure the FCT low income groups, working class, and middle class have access to housing loans and landed property to build houses by themselves within the FCT.

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MRC sets priorities for Jonathan, urges him to stay at home


Movement for Revolutionary Change (MRC) has outlined four key national priority actions for the Federal Government, even as it describes the week long visit of President Goodluck Jonathan to Switzerland and Ethiopia as a jamboree.

It is a failure on the part of the Jonathan presidency that almost two years after its inauguration, it is unable to marshal out a plan or programme to address Nigeria’s nagging national problems, said the pressure group.

Noting that Ethiopia, one of the countries to be visited by the President Jonathan successfully manages for almost a century now, a 100% government owned Ethiopian airline with 54 aircraft in its fleet, the Movement for Revolutionary Change (MRC) hopes that the Nigerian President would use the opportunity of his trip to Ethiopia to carefully study how the Ethiopian government has been able to efficiently manage a public enterprise even in the complex aviation sector.

It is our wish that when the President returns, he will  stay more at home and focus his energies on improving power supply, tackling corruption, solving insecurity and reducing national infrastructural decadence; thereby making the country attractive to foreign investors.

Lamenting that the Jonathan’s  administration has been largely ceremonial and a failed presidency, the MRC said that Nigerians deserve to know the number of officials on each of the President foreign trips and how much the trips is costing the nation.

The achievement of the Jonathan administration will not be measured by the number of foreign trips embarked on while in office, but the progress made to address and solve the several  national problems.

Movement for Revolutionary Change (MRC)  also frowns at the heightened political activity in the country ahead of the 2015 elections, whereas , governance at most levels has been characterized by broken promises, greed, irresponsibility, aloofness, myopism and ineptness.

The MRC describes political leaders hoping to stay forever in government as living in a fools paradise, as the Nigerian people are presently mobilizing to take hold of their destiny through a revolutionary change.

 

Babatope Babalobi

Coordinator, MRC

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Jan 20, 2013

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The 2012 London Olympics fiasco


The failure of Team Nigeria at the London Olympics epitomizes the failure of governance at all levels in Nigeria; no thanks to systemic corruption, inept and visionless leadership, lack of planning, and lack of sports infrastructures.

  • A country that allows its National stadium to rot away should not expect to win laurels in international competitions.
  • A country that does not have any programme for identifying and training sport talents at childhood and from the grassroots, should not expect miracles to happen at the gathering of champions.

The Government officials that spend a whooping N2billion on the competition only to come back with this disastrous result, needs to be sanctioned, and requested to refund tax payers money that has been spend on a jamboree to London shopping malls.

We have to go back to the drawing board and fund primary and secondary school based sports programmes in order to stem the drift of losses and defeats in International competitions.

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Malpractices in Nigeria


The truth is that corruption has permeated all sectors of our national life. Not only the leaders are corrupt, the led see corruption as a way of life

The recently held Joint Admissions Maticulation Board (JAMB)’s examination for admission to universities in Nigeria(like previous exercises) was characterized by all shades of imaginable malpractices. Most saddening, parents, invigilators and the security personnel deployed to the examination centres all encouraged and connived with the candidates to cheat.

In the examination centre where my son sat for the exam, someone was caught impersonation, but was released after settling the Policeman on duty with N2000.

Several hours before the exams, answers to leaked questions papers were already in circulation. Mobiles phones and cyber cafes were bee hive of activities as they became venues for transmission of answers

In most centres, all you need to do is to settle the Invigilators, and you have a free day to cheat as you like

The truth is that the certificates and exam results we not brandish in Nigeria, is not worth the paper on which they are written

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PDP’s National Convention 2012


In a show of shame the Peoples Democratic Party refused to conduct elections into its national offices and imposed candidates on its members. It is obvious that the party never believes in democracy. This is a sign to what the party is set to do in 2015 general elections as new set of looters may be imposed on Nigerians. Never again, Nigerians must prepare for massive resistance

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PDP’s National Convention 2012


Newly crowned National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola has reportedly promised to promote internal democracy; but he has forgotten that the ‘election’ that brought him into office lacked the basic elements of democracy

You can not give what you neither have or believe in

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World Water Day:Nigeria deserves right to safe drinking water


As the World marks World Water Day on March 22, the Bread of Life Development Foundation, a non governmental organisation has urged the Federal Government to declare access to safe water a human right for every Nigeria.
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Effects of Nigeria’s population on national development


Until we solve the problem of spiralling and uncontrolled population, Nigeria’s development effort wills continue to be wiped off by rapid population growth.

While it is accepted that population can be asset for development, the truth is that Nigeria has enough mouths to fill already. And there is an urgent necessity to curtail our high population growth rate.

No serious country allows its citizens to breed babies like rabbits.  National resources for development are not infinite and it is not possible to sustain high standard of living in a densely populated country…

Its time the Federal  Government enforce the upper limit of four children per family, give incentives to small family size, and deny social services to couples that are raising a football team through indiscriminate baby making.

Family planning programmes should be massively publicised and practised as a step towards Nigeria s development

 

 

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Solutions to traffic congestion in Nigeria


Our urban cities, need to develop integrated mass transit cities system. This is what is in place in all big cities throughout the world.

You see Metro trains running in underground, trains running as ‘Trams’ on the surface, high passenger buses running on the streets, and small Boats also ferrying people to Islands around the metropolis.

The transport system in urban cities in Nigeria is unplanned, chaotic, and almost completely driven by the private sector that has limited access to funds to finance mass transit system.

If only the public officers in high places can stop looting the treasury and ensure resources, are expended on programmes such as infrastructural development, the madness on our roads will disappear.

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How best to immortalize Ojukwu


As Dim Emeka Ojukwu goes home the issues he raised, the issues he led his brethren to a civil war over are, still recurring forty years after.

The best way to immortalize the  man is not to name bridges, buildings, airports, or stadia after him but for the Nigerian nation to sincerely reopen the issues Ojukwu  raised as a Rebel 42 years ago.

We need to convene a National Sovereign Conference to decide how the ethnic nationalities and religious groups in Nigeria wish to live together. On what terms, conditions and basis..

The need to evolve a system where true Federalism will be practised, where power will devolve to the states or regions from the centre, where the people is the corner stone of development, where religious groups are tolerant of one another, where the resources of the state is utilized for the good of the people, cannot be wished again.

Unless we address these issues raised by the Ikemba during his life time, another another civil war may arise in the near future which the Federal might may not be able to quell.

Because the impending ‘war’ will be a peoples war, not between army formations, but by the people against their oppressors in army and civilian uniforms.

To forestall this, we therefore call on the Professional mourners in and outside power, to surmount the political courage and submit to the call for the convocation of a National Sovereign Conference now.

 

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Football in Nigeria: How Super Eagles can fly again


What I said before the match

Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi is trending the path of his predecessors by constituting the National Football Team mainly with the so called professionals that lacked drive, vision and passion.

The same players that failed to spark in 2010 Nations Cup and last World Cup are being given a red carpet reception back to the Super Eagles.

Talk of Yakubu Aiyebgeni and Sani Kaita. Now what makes Stephen Keshi’s team different from that of former Coaches Shuebi Amodu or Samson Siasia’s team

We should learn from the Zambia experience that won recent Nations Cup with local players that have been playing together for five years

MRC believes the path to Nigeria’s greatness is on lifting local resources.

What people said after the match

Militi Mitchio, the Serbian coach of Rwanda,  said after the match in Kigali that Nigeria’s central defender, homeboy Azubuike Egwuekwe surprised him and that Rangers’ left midfielder Ejike Uzoenyi took their team unawares throughout the match.

He repeatedly asked where Coach Stephen Keshi got the boys from.

 

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Stephen Keshi may drop Osaze, Yakubu, Taiwo, Etuhu from Eagles


I said it in my last article shortly before the Super Eagles played with  the Rwanda National Football team in the Nations Cup qualifier

Writing on Football Development in Nigeria, I warned Super Eagles Coach Against relying on the same old, over pampered, and uninspiring foreign players that dissapointed not only Coaches Amodu and Siasia but the entire nation

It took a goaless drawn and the lack lustre performance by the likes of recycled and over rated players like Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Taye Taiwo, Sani Kaita, before Stephen Keshi realises that the path to success likes in relying more on your local resources.

I was excited to read comments attributed to Keshi in today’s Vanguard:

“Keshi did not mention names after the meeting but it was certain that in his time as coach of the Eagles the likes of Taiye Taiwo, Yakubu Aiyegbeni , Dickson Etuhu and Osaze Odewengie played their last match for Nigeria in Kigali. The same decision may also hang on the likes of Joel Obi who may have to show extraordinary performance in their clubs to justify any invitation especially in African qualifiers.

Two reasons are behind this. African football is different and players who lack commitment and the ruggedness of its game will continue to disappoint in Africa as some Eagles players have shown in many of their outings. The second reason is that Keshi has found the quality in some local players.”

http://www.vanguardngr.com/2012/03/s-h-o-c-k-e-r-osaze-yakubu-taiwo-etuhu-play-last-match-for-eagles/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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Corruption in Nigeria: Ibori and friends


Two days ago, I published and article titled: Many Iboris in our Midst. 

I have barely rested from the article when the news came that the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly  Mr Adeyemi Ikuforiji, was, yesterday, arraigned before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos alongside his Personal Assistant, Mr. Oyebode Atoyebi by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on an amended 20 count charge of money laundering N273m public funds

There are many things fundamentally wrong with our governance system that enables a State Governor to embezzle N37b and a Legislator to have access to N273m which he allegedly mismanaged.

The truth is that there are no checks and balances in our governance system, the integrity of political office holders is very poor, the judicial system for punishing offences is slow, and the civil society is too week to monitor and police government.

There are still many more Iboris in our misdt pilfering the treasury. But one day the Judgement of man and God will fall on them as Nigerians arise and say enough is enough

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Many Iboris in our midst


The former ‘Looter’ of Delta State, yesterday confessed to stealing about N37b of public funds, when he was ‘Governor’ of the state. James Ibori’s saga indicates several lessons:

  1. Just as James Ibori, a former convicted thief in UK, changed his name and became a governor in Nigeria, there are several others confirmed criminals in various public offices in Nigeria.
  2. It took UK court to convict James Ibori. This was the same man a Nigeria court had acquitted of any crime. If James Ibori had been tried in Nigeria, he would have been declared innocent. The rich and powerful had always been walking away with their crimes in Nigeria.
  3. There is so much money in Nigeria. How was a man able to access $250m of state funds.?
  4. Solution to Nigeria’s underdevelopment is not in the chnaging revenue allocation formula but in having the right type of leadership. We can imagine how other State Governors; especially in the revenue rich oil producing States in Nigeria are thieving public funds.
  5. MRC reiterates the point contained in its Charter of Demands that all former public office holders should declare their assets publicly and all ill gotten wealth should be recovered.

 

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Football Development in Nigeria


Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi is trending the path of his predecessors by constituting the National Football Team mainly with the so called professionals that lacked drive, vision and passion.

The same players that failed to spark in 2010 Nations Cup and last World Cup are being given a red carpet reception back to the Super Eagles.

Talk of Yakubu Aiyebgeni and Sani Kaita. Now what makes Stephen Keshi’s team different from that of former Coaches Shuebi Amodu or Samson Siasia’s team

We should learn from the Zambia experience that won recent Nations Cup with local players that have been playing together for five years

MRC believes the path to Nigeria’s greatness is on lifting local resources.

 

 

 

 

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MRC’s Charter of Demands 2012


 

  1. Failure of Governance. Past and Present Government at all levels has failed to develop Nigeria. All political office holders should resign their appointments and dissolved their political structures.

 

  1. New Peoples’ Government. Mass Democratic Organizations in Nigeria including Labour, Civil Society Groups, Ethnic nationalities, Religious networks, and other democratic institutions should convene and form a Transition Government that will govern, with the love of the people’s welfare and the fear of God.

 

  1. National Conference. The New Transition Government should convene a Sovereign National Conference to discuss and adopt solutions to various National problems, and chart the way forward.

 

  1. Trial of Corrupt officials. All persons that have held political public offices as President, Head of State, Vice President, Federal Minister or Commissioner, Board member of Federal and State Parastatals, Governor, Military Administrator, Deputy Governor, Commissioner, Local Government Chairman, Deputy Chairman, and Councilor between February 13, 1976 (when Gen. Murtala Muhammed was assassinated) up till now, should report at the nearest police station, declare their assets and explain the source of their  incomes.

 

  1. Trial of Corrupt Civil Servants. All civil servants that have served as a Permanent Secretary, Director, Deputy Director, Assistant Director, and Head of Departments in the Federal, State or Local Government Civil Service between February 13, 1976 (when Gen. Murtala Muhammed was assassinated) and now should report at the nearest police station, declare their assets and explain the source of their incomes.

 

 

  1. Recovery of ill-gotten wealth. A Judicial panel should be set up to probe all Government and official contracts, consultancies and business transactions above N100m, awarded between August 27, 1985 when the Babangida administration forcefully came to power till now. All stolen public wealth, monies and assets should be recovered and the culprits appropriately punished.

 

  1. Unemployment as a crime. Joblessness should be declared a crime in Nigeria. Every unemployed youth, graduate and adult should be given a monthly subsistence allowance of N18,000. Farmers and small scale entrepreneurs should be able to access long term loans at low Interest rates.

 

  1. Ban on unnecessary imports. Importation of luxuries, non essential consumables and all products that could be locally produced should be progressively totally banned. Nigeria should develop its local resources for use by Nigerians and export.

 

  1. Redistribution of wealth. All high income Nigerians should be identified and appropriately taxed to subsidize social welfare programmes.

  1. Massive Infrastructural development.  All abandoned, dying and dead Industries should be resuscitated and placed under stakeholders management and control. Government should embark on massive infrastructural development including construction of high-speed railways and metros, expressways, mass housing programmes, educational and health facilities, water supply and sanitation projects, and power supply.
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Nigerian revolution will start at Bus stops in the near future


Recount the gains and benefits of 2011 in Nigeria?
2011 was marked with more pains, regrets and losses rather that gains and benefits to Nigerians.
The Federal Government lost the capacity to protect Nigerians and even foreign citizens as the Boko Haram sect terrorized Nigerians and even foreigners. Nigerians lived in fear and became hostages of terrorists.
The growth of the nation remained stunted and virtually all sectors witnessed massive underdevelopment. Nigeria scored first in almost all negative indicators globally, including corruption, poor governance, high infant mortality, hunger and even sports that used to unite us.
We had a Government that made no impact on livelihoods through positive and progressive change.
On a seemingly brighter note, we were able to hold another round of general elections into public offices, though the conduct of the process was marred with widespread malpractices that greatly eroded the benefits of democracy in being a government of the people.
What are the crucial challenges facing Nigeria as a nation?
·         The challenge of curtailing insecurity in the land
·         The challenge of making the factories to work and giving jobs to citizens
·         The challenge of reinventing governance making it work for the people
·         The challenge of ensuring social services work and providing infrastructural facilities
·         The challenge of upholding integrity, accountability and openness.
·         The challenge of reducing the cost of governance and making governance impact meaningfully on the citizens
·         The challenge of strengthening the naira to reduce the cost of imports
·         The challenge of turning policy into practice.
·         The challenge of enforcement rule of law
·         The challenge of harnessing local resources for local development
·         The challenge of reducing  high population growth rate
 
What can you say about the Oil and Gas sector?
This is Nigeria’s cash cow that is riddled with corruption at all levels. The oil and Gas sector has been the source of ill gotten wealth for a handful of Nigerians over the years, and also brought misery, woe and suffering to millions of others through environmental pollution and destruction of livelihoods. The battle among Nigeria’s elite class and their foreign collaborators (the oil companies) to access Nigeria’s oil wealth is the source and crux of the crises facing the Nigerian nation today.
The recent removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government was bitter to Nigerians, what do you have to say?
 
As a Student leader 23 years ago, I led a protest when fuel price was increased by the Babangida administration from about 26k to 29k. Can’t remember the exact adjustment now, but it was so marginal. Over the years, there have been several other removals of subsidy by each succeeding government. The simple question we should ask ourselves is that why is this subsidy unending and when will the so called subsidy end?
The simple fact that most Nigerians have not realised is that as long as Nigeria’s crude oil is exported and re imported as refined oil, and as long as the Nigeria’s national currency continues to fall, Government will still be claiming one form of ‘fuel subsidy’ or the other as the final price of oil in the Nigerian market will be dictated by International price and the value of the naira which we all know continues to slide. Therefore even if the entire so called subsidy is removed this year, and fuel sells for N141, by the time the International price of oil rises or if the value of our naira slides down, the price of imported fuel will again be hiked otherwise Government will claim to still be subsiding consumed fuel.
The implication is that as long as we continue to import the oil we produce here and as long as our national currency continues to slide downwards, we cannot win the race against oil subsidy.
A patriotic and wise government should therefore know that the solution is in making the refineries work so we do not need to import what we produce. But because of the massive funds being corruptly appropriated by the powers that be, through oil importation, they have vowed that the Oil refineries must not work.
I foresee further increases in Oil prices in the very near future in the guise of removal of oil subsidy. I foresee more volatile protests in the near future as Nigerians resist their systematic impoverishment. I foresee the Nigerian revolution starting at bus stops as commuters argue with transporters over high transport prices and as thousands am stranded unable to afford the astronomical transport fares.
Do you believe the removal of subsidy is in a long term advantage of the nation’s economy?
The rehabilitation and rebuilding of refineries is what will be in the long term advantage of the nation’s economy. If the refineries are working, there will no be a need to import fuel and subsidise the market price. The interesting yet tragic development is that though Nigeria’s Oil Minister recently vowed that Government has not Business in rehabilitating refineries, we all know that several individual Nigerians own refineries abroad from the ill gotten funds they were able to steal from public office. But all wicked men in Nigeria in and out of Government will soon face the wrath of the people and the judgement of God.
Do you believe in the Government?
The Movement for Revolutionary Change (MRC) of which I am the Coordinator recently issued a charter of demands for good  governance in Nigeria, and on top of these demands is that all political officer holders should voluntarily resign their appointments and pave way for the constitution of a peoples Transition government to be manage by representatives of mass democratic bodies. This is the way forward to a great nation. Nigeria cannot afford to wait till 2015 for a leadership change which the master in electoral manipulation may not allow to happen. We want the change now. Let the present Vagabonds in Power drink the Hemlock and resign.
Is Nigeria a failed state?
Yes, by all objective and subjective parameters…….. Extreme poverty, Terrorism, Mass illiteracy, Graduate unemployment, Youth unemployment, Hyper inflation, Public unaccountability, Bad governance, Weak national currency, High maternal mortality, Infant mortality, Hunger, Food  insecurity, Massive Corruption, Insecurity,  Energy crises, Drinking Water scarcity, Poor sanitation, Religious intolerance and conflicts, Armed Robbery, Sponsored Assassinations, Labor unrest, Bigmanism, Cultism, Moral decadence, Child labour, Human trafficking, Poor access to Justice, Environmental pollution, Poor Health care delivery, Deplorable roads, Road accidents, Collapse of  mass transit system, 419, Drug trafficking, Materialism, Preventable diseases, HIV and AIDS, Low life expectancy, Overpopulation, Urban migration, Human rights violation, Debt, Tax evasion, Low productivity, Poor work ethics, Unsustainable Consumerism, Poor maintenance culture, Tribalism, Social insecurity, Gender disparity, Poor Enforcement, Monitoring, and Evaluation, Drought, Erosion, Deforestation, Crude capitalism, Brain drain,  and Collapsing educational system …..
Exceprts of an Online Interview by Babatope Babalobi of theMovement for Revolutionary Change (MRC)
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President Jonathan’s N70m car


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The car President Jonathan intends to buy this year is normally used by ‘high heeled drug dealers’ according to an article on a Motor Review website http://www.themotorreport.com.au/19509/2010-mercedes-benz-e-guard-revealed.

The man without shoes, President Jonathan intends to spend N356, 724, 300 to purchase  luxury cars for the ‘Presidential fleet’ this year. Out of this N140m will be spend on procuring two M/Benz cars according to the 2012 Budget proposal..Pictures of the car and details of the Presidency’s budget are reproduced below

PROCUREMENT OF 2 NO. TREATED MERCEDES BENZ SALOON 600 E GUARD FOR USE BY THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT @ N 140,000,000 EACH;

5 NOS. MERC BENZ SALOON 350 (SEMI PLAIN) @ N25,000,000 each

10 NOS JEEPS (ASSORTED - RANGE ROVER, PRADO AND LAND CRUISER) @ N10,000,000 EACH AND PROCUREMENT OF ACCESSORIES AND MAINTENANCE EQUIPT FOR GUARD VEHICLES @ N25,000,000

 

 

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Fuel hike protests in Jos


Peaceful protests. Street deserted. About 5,000 protesters converged at NLC secretariat office where they were addressed by NLC Preident Jibrin

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Fuel hike protests in Ibadan


Protesters disperse and vowed to regroup at Freedom square Adamasingba, in Ibadan tomorrow. @mrcnigeria

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Fuel protests in Ibadan


Police men fire shots an unharmed protesters in Ibadan as they marched to Government house.  Five people injured @mrcnigeria

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Fuel price protests in Abuja


President Jonathan should fight corruption instead of fighting Nigerians-NLC President Omar in Abuja today

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Fuel protests in Ekiti state


In Ado Ekiti Catholic Bishop of the State Most Revd. Ajakaiye joined the protests @mrcnigeria

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MRC members to embark on Hunger strike to protest fuel price hike


Members of the Movement for Revolutionary Change have decided to embark on an indefinite hunger strike as a symbolic and sacrificial mark of protest against the Federal Government’s insensitivity to the sufferings of the common man epitomised  by the recent astronomical hike in fuel process which is driving homes and families into starvation and hunger.

At the end of an Emergency meeting held yesterday, Saturday, January 7, 2012 in Lagos, the MRC directed its members and other supported nationwide to embark on an indefinite hunger strike starting 00.00 hours Monday, January 9, 2012.

Several volunteers including the MRC’s Coordinator- Babatope Babalobi have decided to commence the hunger strike tomorrow morning by midnight. Continue reading

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President Jonathan is a ‘Pharaoh’, says MRC


The Movement for Revolutionary Change www.movementforrevolutionarychange.org has likened President Goodluck Jonathan to the biblical Pharaoh and appealed to Christian leaders in the country to prevail on President Jonathan Goodluck to retrace his anti people policies to ensure this does not lead to his political waterloo.

All people with the fear of God are embarrassed that a man who bears the revered biblical name ‘Jonathan’ is rather behaving like the biblical Herod and Pharaoh’. The New Year’s day astronomical increase in pump price of petroleum prices is evil, ungodly, wicked and a great act of wickedness that is capable of pushing Nigerians into economic bondages and social slavery, but the reactions of Nigerians have shown the people are really to fight back and reclaim their freedom.

At times like this, it is imperative that leaders of President Jonathan religious faith should advice him govern with the fear of God and love of the people and warn him against leading his administration to the path of destruction and Nigerians. Continue reading

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Notice of meeting: public protests against fuel hike


The Movement for Revolutionary Change is embarking on new round of
public protests against the astronimical increase in fuel prices.The
protests will commence Monday, January 9, 2012 in major Nigerian
cities.

To this end, we hereby invite all members, supporters, Volunteers,
State/LGA/Campus Coordinators and all lovers of freedom and liberty to
an Emergency Strategy meeting on Saturday, January 7, 2012. Venue
13/15 Ekoro Rd, Abule Egba, Lagos, Time: 4pm prompt.

Babatope Babalobi
08035897435

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MRC calls for protests to oppose astronomical fuel prices


The Movement for Revolutionary Change supports the decision of organised labour and civil society to challenge the new astronomical fuel increase. This is a bitter and sour bill Nigerians must refuse to swallow. We call for massive peaceful protests and sit ins by all lovers of justice, democracy, and good governance to demand a reversal of this astronomic increase.

The statement from Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) announcing the astronomical fuel prices increase from N65 per litre to N141 per litre also stated that the new prices will be determined every two weeks.

Nigerians should therefore expect new increases in the price of petroleum products every two weeks, since the price of the imported refined petroleum product will now be determined by the value of the naira.  If this new astronomical increase is not challenged now, the common man is doomed to suffer from new price increases every two weeks similar to unstable value of the national currency.

It is a known fact that the value of the naira has been on a downward slide over the years as a result of unbridled imports supported by the Federal Government, therefore the price of motor fuel is bound to increase higher and higher in the coming months and years.

Nigerians should therefore brace up for tougher times as the President Jonathan administration have handed over the economy to private profiteers and the administration has demonstrated gross incompetence in tackling our national woes and problems.

 

Babatope Babalobi, Coordinator

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New fuel prices unreasonable, says MRC


The astronomical hike in the price of fuel from N65 per litre to N141 per litre is most heartless, unreasonable, and most insensitive to the plight of Nigerians. This is the first time any government will by a single fiat increase the price of  motor fuel by more than 100% under the pretext of removing ‘oil subsidy’.

The fuel increase announced today when Nigerians are wishing themselves a ‘happy new year’, shows that the Federal Government is more interested in fostering poverty rather that transforming lives.; and Nigerians should brace up for tougher times under the present regime.

The implication of the new high prices of motor fuel is that it will not cost about N6500 to fill the tank of an average 46 litres tank car, while bigger cars with about 75 litres fuel tank will need up to N10,50O to fill their tank. This hyper fuel increase is happening at a time when most Nigerians are living in less that $1 a day and therefore will not be in a position to afford the new fares of public transport.

Even the dictatorial military regimes of Ibrahim Babangida and Sani Abacha were not so mindless of the plight of the plight of the common man. By passing the buck to the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), the responsibility of announcing the contentious and national fuel hike, the President Jonathan Administration has shown that it lacks the moral character to stand by the inglorious decision.

The Movement for Revolutionary Change is appalled that the Federal Government has refused to consider the alternatives to removal of fuel subsidy such as increased transparency and accountability in the oil sector, construction of new refineries and rehabilitation of existing ones to mention a few.

MRC urges Nigerians to brace up for resistance struggles against Government actions that will pauperise their livelihoods and the Jonathan administration has clearly shown that the expectations of the electorate in its administration were naïve and misplaced.

Babatope Babalobi, Coordinator

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IMF is dictating Nigeria’s economic policies


The Movement for Revolutionary Change have said today’s endorsement of the economic policies of the Nigerian Government by the visiting IMF Chief Christine Lagarde is an indication that the Nigeria’s economic policies including the planned removal of petroleum ‘subsidies’ are influenced by International Financial Institutions to satisfy foreign economic interests.

It is significant that during her meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan today, the IMF chief was quoted as saying that she was ‘impressed’ with economic reform plans being pursued by the government in Nigeria.

Yet these economic programmes have placed Nigeria among the poorest countries in the world where its citizens are living on less that a dollar a day. Continue reading

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Privatisation scandal: Senators call for Obasanjo’s head


Nigeria’s Senators have unanimously called for the prosecution of former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his alleged culpability in the sale of privatized companies, the Sun newspaper reports

The lawmakers made the demand during the debate on the report of its ad-hoc committee which investigated the activities of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) from 1999 to date.

The Obasanjo administration set up the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) which oversees the activities of the BPE. It is charged with the overall responsibility of implementing the privatisation and commercialisation programme of the Federal Government.

The senators insisted that Obasanjo had questions to answer by allegedly circumventing the NCP Act and selling some choice national assets to cronies and political associates.

Deputy Minority Whip Abu Ibrahim asked the Senate to summon the courage to bring the former President to book over his actions in office.

The senators who spoke said “This Senate should have the courage to indict the former President for breaking the privatization laws. He personally sold some companies off. We shouldn’t shy away from doing so. The Senate Committee on Privatisation should re-consider these companies…If the former President is involved, he should be reprimanded and prosecuted.”

Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi slammed Obasanjo for abusing the oath of office and that his actions concerning privatization smacks of executive recklessness.

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2011 Corruption Index report- a National embarrassment


A pressure group, the Movement for Revolutionary Change (MRC) www.movementforrevolutionarychange.org says Nigeria’s downward slide  and poor rating in the 2011 Corruption index report released few days ago by Transparency International, confirms the widely known fact that  Nigeria government officials at Federal, State and Local government levels and members of the political class  have not only lost the fight against corruption but are fully neck deep in corrupt acts and practices.

It is shameful and disappointing, though not expected, that Nigeria was rated 143rd out of 182 countries surveyed in the 2011 corruption index report, dropping 11 steps in the process from its 134th  position in year 2010.

The country that prides itself as the giant of Africa is now classified as one of the“most significantly” corrupt nations with a Corruption Perception Index of 2.4/10;  while the Jonathan administration that prides itself as a ‘transformational government’ is now rated as having bad governance  in the same league with Somalia, Haiti, Late Mohammed Gaddafi’s Libya, Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe. Continue reading

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‘Fuel Subsidy’: Sanusi missed the point


Denjay Yaqub

By Denja Yaqub

Only people bereft of ideas, inept in focus, and hollow in intellect will say there are no alternatives to something. In 1988, the General Ibrahim babangida government and its apologists always drumed ”No alternative to the Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP)”. In fact some of us, including late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, Late Alao Aka-Basorun, late Tai Solarin, Femi Falana, Baba Omojola, etc, were chased out of a conference on Aternative to SAP hosted by Chief Gani Fawehinmi in his Anthony Village Chambers premises.

 
Today, all those who denounced SAP and provoked discussions as well as provided alternatives have long been vindicated. Late Prof. Bade Onimode, Prof. Adebayo Adedeji etc indeed researched and published a book on African African Alternative to SAP.
We are where we are today because that government and its apologists shut their ears and eyes and chosed to sing the songs as written by the Bretton Woods institutions-IMF, World Bank etc.

 
They have once again started. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria expectedly joined the chorus during the weekend at tghe convocation of the University of Benin. He was reported to have said Nigeria won’t make progress without removing fuel subsidy.

 
Perhaps, records at the Central Bank may have shown to him that between 2000 and 2007, when General Olusegun Obasanjo increased fuel prices, in the same guise, 8 times more industries were established in Nigeria; more jobs were created; more electricity were generated; roads were rebuilt etc. From the records that is open and verifiable, the reverse was the case. The increases led to high cost of production, which led to several industries to either shut down or relocate to neighbouring countries. In both cases, thousands of Nigerians were thrown out of jobs. May be this represent progress for Nigeria to Mallam Sanusi.

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Rename UNN after Ojukwu


The Movement for Revolutionary Change (MRC) www.movementforrevolutionarychange.org has   called for the renaming of University of Nigeria, Nsukka as “Odumegwu Ojukwu University (OON)” in honour of the late National Leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance who passed on yesterday.

Ojukwu

Describing him as an ‘hero’ and one the last ‘titans’ in Nigerian politics, the MRC said, his death marked the end of a generation of Great leaders who commanded the followership, respect, and honour of Nigerians. Ojukwu’s place in Nigeria’s history stands in the same realm with the other minds like Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sir Nnamdi Azikwe, and Alhaji Aminu Kano.

These were remarkable leaders of their people, unlike what we now have in the political space where ‘political liliputians’ who rigged their ways to powers at various levels are claiming statesmanship. Continue reading

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Nigeria’s religious crises


Jonathan in Paris: Boko Haram will fizzle out‎..the same old swan song

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Movement for Revolutionary Change (MRC) updates


The inaugural meeting of the Movement for Revolutionary Change (MRC) was held on November 8, 2011 in Lagos. In attendance were several members drawn from various backgrounds including artisans, youths, students, professionals, journalists and women.

The meeting discussed:

  1. 1. The principles and programmes of the MRC
  2. 2. Past activities of the MRC and its successes and failures.
  3. 3. Future activities of the body.
  4. 4. The state of the nation. Continue reading
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Soyinka predicts impending revolution in Nigeria


Prof. Wole Soyinka says the current national insecurity in Nigeria might lead to a revolutionary change if nothing was done to arrest the trend.

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Nigeria needs a revolution, not reform-ASUU Chief


Former Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Idowu Awopetu  has advocated for a revolution to solve the myriad of crises confronting the country since its creation in 1914.

Awopetu, Professor of Geology at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, after analysing the social, economic, and the political crises bedeviling the country, submitted that only a revolution was required to make the country a truly unified nation.

He spoke at a symposium organised by the Ondo State government as part of activities marking Nigeria’s 51st independence titled “Nigeria at 51: Prospects and challenges of nation building,”Thursday,

Awopetu argued that the current economic reforms by the federal government would worsen the situation because they were brought about by foreign powers for their interests at the detriment of Nigeria.

He said: “We cannot reform the current Nigerian state. The country is an over patched cloth. We are spending N542bn to service our loans. We have the worst case of unemployment and a near collapse of the institutions. How do we reform such a country?” he asked.

 

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Nigeria’s 51st Independence Celebration


By Kola Odepeju  08023191891   ebisemiju2002@yahoo.com

A fool at forty they say is a fool for ever. But Nigeria is a fool at 50. Nigeria must be a fool at 50 to subject her citizens to abject poverty in the midst of plenty. She must be a fool not to be able to guarantee adequate and uninterrupted supply of power at 50. She must be a fool at 50 to have squandered over $400Billion of her oil proceeds. She must be a fool at 50 to have allowed virtual collapse of her infrastructure. She must be a fool at 50 to have annulled the freest, the fairest and the most credible election in the annals of her existence.

She must be a fool at 50 to fail to provide portable water for her citizens, leading to the death of many, of cholera in the 21st century. Nigeria must be a fool at 50 not to respect the electoral wishes of her citizens but to make ‘do or die’ her election policy resulting in being led by mediocre elements at the different levels of government.

In fact, like the Yorubas do say; ‘so much words are loaded in a book that costs just a kobo’. The list can not be exhausted of the available indices that point to Nigeria as a fool at 50.

 

Editor’s Note: The Article was originally written in 2011, but more relevant today

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Nigeria’s scandalous food imports


Israel, a tiny desert country with about 17,000 farmers produces a wide variety of food and cash crops. The country’s agric output is valued at over $2 bn, of which 70% is exported.

Nigeria, on the other hand, has about 50mn people involved in agriculture, with abundant arable land and water resources, yet last year, spent over $4.2 bn to import food – N635 bn to import wheat; N356 bn on rice, N217 bn on sugar and N97 bn on fish – commodities we should be exporting.~ Mukhtari Wali

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Food importation In Nigeria


In 2010,Nigeria spent N635b to import wheat,N356b- rice,N217b-sugar,N97b-fish.Yet 82m out of 91m hectares in Nigeria is arable.

There is aneed for a revolutionary change

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National Minimum wage and workers strike in Nigeria


N18 ,000 per month (N600 per day) for Nigerian workers – and they say there is no money to pay it! N15 m per month (#500,000 per day for legislators) – and they are borrowing money to pay it. Where is justice?

Salu Adepeju Mayowa

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Creation of New states in Nigeria


The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), has called the attention of the attention of those clamouring for the creation of new states to the low Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the existing ones, saying they hardly generate up to three per cent of their total income.

The Chairman of FIRS, Mrs Ifueko Omogui-Okaru, said in Abuja, few days ago, that besides Lagos and Sokoto state that generate 60 per cent and 46 per cent  IGR respectively, in 2008, others depended on Federal Allocations for the bulk of their income. Continue reading

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Oil bunkering in Nigeria


In 2003, Shell Petroleum announced that Nigeria was losing 200,000 barrels of oil per day to thieves. Today that figure has increase to 300,000 barrels of oil per day or 12 per cent of production now estimated at 2.5 million barrels per day. This is a colossal sum to lose. Continue reading

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Causes of Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria


It is only good governance that can reduce the menace of violence in the country. I mean good government at all levels. Just like the Boko Haram issue, it started like a Borno affair but now it is becoming a national problem.  Continue reading

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Youth unemployment in Nigeria


“A society with 32 per cent youth unemployment like our own is sitting on a time

bomb. Our youths between the age of 15 and 35 account for close to 60 per cent of

Nigeria’s population. This is one-third of the nation’s workforce. It is more

disheartening that majority of youths have no basic skill or requisite education for

employment” - Governor Abiola Ajimobo of Oyo State

 

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Causes of Boko Haram crises in Nigeria


  • But we know that it is not unconnected with idleness. Our youths have not been employed. The system has not provided them to be engaged. So they become ready tools for religious or ethnic bigots. Before it reaches our state, we must be sure that we have created a platform that would engage our youth productively.

- Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed

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Minimum workers wage in Nigeria


  • In Kwara State, our monthly commitment is about N1.1bn or N1.2bn. Our allocation is an average of N2bn.3bn monthly. By the time we ad the minimum wage, our monthly commitment will be about N2.1bn or N2. 2bn.

So if the state collect N2.3bn and we have to spend N2.1bn on salaries, I do not think it is fair on the people of Kwara State because we should    look beyond salaries. People also want to make use of good roads, go to hospitals and see drugs and send their children to schools with good classrooms. So there are many things the states have to provide.

- Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed

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Poverty In Nigeria


Only a revolutionary government can tackle the root causes of poverty and its multiplier effects like religious crises

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