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May 22, 2018

THE 2015 NIGERIA GENERAL ELECTIONS: TRIBUTES AND REFLECTIONS

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

  “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Sir Winston Churchill The Chinese have a saying which envisions a desire to live in interesting times. Indeed the 2015 general election is very interesting and speaks volumes of the Nigerian peoples and how much they despise each other and still want to live together! It also reveals to a remarkable degree how much the Igbophobia in Nigeria has become a multi-ethnic policy adopted in Nigeria in the backdrop of the Igbo apparent marginalization. The repeated slaughter…

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THE CHOICE OF APC OR PDP AND GOOD GOVERNANCE

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

  “I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.” –  Abraham Lincoln The Governorship elections have been conducted in all the states of the federation .Now we are having victory dances and intolerant intimidation of the losers and perhaps, political polarizations. It is however sad that the paramount interests of the electorate and…

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The reasons why President Jonathan lost to General Buhari

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

We have an Alliance with the North now. The North will rule and transfer power to the South west. The south west will rule again and transfer power to the North. No Igbo Man will ever rule Nigeria’- A. Dada, a mobile police officer in Port Harcourt echoing the minds of the Yoruba in voting Buhari. The outcome of the 2015 presidential elections left me speechless and visibly shaken .Everywhere in the streets, the pensive atmosphere was like the funeral of a young one. The seemly unspeakable treachery of the south west and the victory of the North have occurred…

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The Intrigues Of Nigeria’s 2015 General Elections

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

It was —William Bradford (1590-1657) who said, “As one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many, yea in some sort to our whole nation.” Today we have lit the candle to illuminate the dark crevices of the Nigerian Unique electoral system; and continued in our series on the 2015 general elections with a look into the growing anxieties of Nigerians on the March through April 2015 polls in which a Muslim challenger faces a Christian incumbent president from the south in the backdrop of a quasi religious war and the threats of…

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2015 Polls: Widows and Politics In Imo State (2)

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

In Africa, Elections are often marred by electoral violence because of poor orientation of voters and politicians. Essentially, elections have become the springboard to sudden wealth and for this, politicians are willing to kill, and provoke social disorder to actualize their personal and individual greed. Voters on their own part are often deeply influenced by ethnic and religious biases which lead to violence and the commission of electoral crimes. These electoral crimes include but are not limited to the snatching of ballot boxes, stuffing of ballot boxes and rigging. By the way, a crime is defined under the criminal code…

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ELECTION PETITIONS TRIBUNALS AND THE 180 DAYS RULE

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

The 2015 Elections would generally determine the future of Nigeria, the path and direction, the endangered Nation at war, shall take in the next decade to come, in the backdrop of the Boko Haram managed warfare which is directed primarily, to contain the development of Christianity in the North East and wrestle power out of a Christian Head of government in spite of the frivolous rationalizations of corruption and inept leadership under President Jonathan. Many are going to get killed and at the rate we are going, post election violence, is seemly inevitable. Available records show that while the 2007…

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The Purpose of Politics And The 2015 Elections (4)

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

According to a special report on the computation of the privileges and remunerations of members of the National Assembly, it will take a minimum wage earner 1,638 years to earn what a national Assembly Senator earns in a year: The details of the remuneration of an average Nigerian Senator is detailed below: Basic Salary (B.S) – N2 484 245.50 Hardship Allowance (50 per cent of B.S) – N1 242 122.70 Constituency Allowance (200 per cent of B.S) – N4 968 509.00 Newspapers Allowance (50 per cent of B.S) – N1 242 122.70 Wardrobe Allowance (25 per cent of B.S) –…

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The Purpose of Politics and the 2015 Elections (3)

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

The purpose of the feudal Northern politicians on the hand in Nigerian politics is not primarily, to further the common good of all Nigerians or for the ideals of equality, justice but Machiavellian in character; so it seems. The end justifies the means, even if it be by terrorism. The reason is quite clear. It has been revealed that 83% of the Nigerian auctioned oil blocks belong to Northern Nigerians. The major goal of the North in national politics is to exploit the East and control its resources. They are in politics to protect their individual and ethnic interests and…

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The Purpose of Politics And The 2015 Elections (2)

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

Hobbes, describing man’s existence in the state of nature as “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short” makes abundantly clear his conception of the purpose of politics: to help man escape his barbaric natural state and enjoy the benefit of civilized society (Hobbes 70). According to Hobbes, man’s natural state is a state of war, and in this state, “the notions of Right and Wrong, Justice and Injustice have there no place” (Hobbes 71). Hobbes notes that “where there is no common power, there is no law; where no Law; no injustice” (Hobbes 71). In a civilized society, these concepts exist,…

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The Purpose of Politics and the 2015 Elections

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

“whoever becomes the ruler of a free city and does not destroy it, can expect to be destroyed by it” (Machiavelli ). When Nigerians go to the polls to decide on the leadership of their country, next month, they would be casting their votes for the presidential, gubernatorial, state and most importantly, for legislative candidates to represent them in the National Assembly which the former President of Nigeria,  Olusegun Obasanjo describes as the “Den of thieves”. If therefore, we cast our votes for thieves, what therefore is the purpose of Politics? Fortunately, there are broad spectrums to politics which is…

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THE SECURITY AND ELECTORAL CHALLENGES IN THE UPCOMING 2015 ELECTIONS

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

There are clear indications that the upcoming elections in 2015 would be anything but peaceful. In far away Jos, PDP vehicles were set on fire by motivated APC youths whilst down south, River State, irate youths in grave sympathy, fired APC offices with dynamite. In River state, the State Judiciary has been under lock and Key for two years now, because of the political lock horns which reared its head in the appointment of the state chief Judge in the backdrop  of the 2015 elections which is expected to be violent in the state. Up North, several Bus loads of…

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CORONERS INQUEST UNDER NIGERIAN LAW WHO IS A CORONER?

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

A coroner is a government official, judicial officer or magistrate who confirms and certifies the death of an individual within a jurisdiction. A coroner may also conduct an investigation into the manner or cause of a death, investigate and confirm the identity of an unknown person who was found dead in the coroners’ jurisdiction. The world ‘coroner’ is derived from the Latin world ‘coronae’ which means ‘crown’. The office of the coroner originates in the medieval English during the 13th century after the Norman conquests. It was established by Article 10 of the ‘Articles of Eyre’ in September 1194 to…

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THE SABOTAGE OF VOTER’S REGISTRATIONS IN THE SOUTH EAST

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

There were no reasons to expect the incompetence and seemly deliberate stultification of the current voters registration exercise in the south east, given Jega’s vociferation to the press in recent times, in which he opined knowledgeability of the Nigerian electoral dynamics. Said he: “From 1996 when the already existing polling units were created, there had been an exponential growth in the country’s population, and severe demographic shift resulting from new settlements in major urban areas. The rise in population with corresponding increase in the number of eligible voters was clearly manifested during the 2011 voter registration. At the end of…

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The Illegal Practice of Law by Unauthorized Individuals and Corporate Entities

The legal practitioner Act is a definitive law which provides the regulations, for those lawyers authorized to practice law in Nigeria. Indeed, such persons considered, are those duly qualified to practice law, who essentially have met the general requirements, to wit: They must have undergone  studies in law in a  university as prescribed by the council for legal education, with a period of training at the Nigerian law school which entails, the requisite chamber and court attachments leading to a qualification, after, passing the Bar exams. Aside the obtaining of qualifying certificates to be called to the Bar, the prospective…

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Justice and the sanctity and dignity of the law and court (2)

It is in this regard that the warning of mahatma Ghandi, a dead lawyer is resurrected. Said he: “There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts”. This brings me to the larger issue of the wilful non compliance with the rules of court, which may pervert the cause of justice. Many judges in Nigeria accommodate this or treat the issues with unaccustomed triviality. In my view as soon as a party becomes aware of non compliance with the rules off court, he must regularize and not argue…

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Justice and the sanctity and dignity of the law and court

“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of Justice”- Charles de Montesquieu. The word justice is derived from Latin which means “right”, the concept of which remains alive in the hearts of all men and in daily discourses inspite of the fact that Latin is of delimited usage, universality; and to, many, a dead language. It examines, dictates, and orders the conduct of the affairs of men and the society that they have created. The other side of justice is Injustice, which simply can be defined as the…

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The Principles and Challenges of Free, (3) Fair and Regular Elections under a Democracy

The electoral process in Nigeria has become a means to institutionalize tyranny, religious and political marginalization of ethnic and political minorities and stealing. The Nigerian democratic experience has shown that rather than appeal on the common interests involving the economy and development in a state, county or the federation, the electoral process has only ensured the ascendancy of the criminal elite to deplete and plunder the common purse. Democracy and the electoral process has never produced the desired results of leadership values, transparency and accountability in leadership, rather, it has  promoted in the Nigerian context, mediocre leadership, corruption and large…

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The Principles and Challenges of Free, Fair and Regular Elections under a Democracy

The expansive gulf of conflicting opinions on the nature of democracies and the electoral processes has led many to conclude erroneously, that dictatorships and corrupt regimes can confer legitimacy on theirselves through the conduct of elections, without, it, being free, fair and without, the consent of the governed. Indeed, the magnanimity of the expansive horizon entitles anyone to a point of view, no matter where he stands on this issue. In my view, nonetheless, the consent of the governed is essential and pivotal .to the citizen’s right to choose their leadership or change it under a free, fair and regular…

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The Road-Traffic Act (cap 548)

There are thousands of roads and Highways in Nigeria used by human and automated traffic. The automated or mechanized traffic are made up of motor vehicles driven by human beings whilst the, ordinary traffic which are not automated are by pedestrians and even animals, mostly livestock. All these forms of traffic are subject to rules, regulations on our roads and highways and there are laws made in pursuant of road safety for all users and for the purpose of traffic control. In time past, the control and enforcement of road traffic rules and regulations were left in the hands of…

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2015: JEGA’S CALCULUS AND THE MATRIX OF IGBO MARGINALIZATION (2)

DISTRIBUTION OF INEC’s NEW POLLING UNITS Proposed 30,000 polling Units North                 = 21,615 South                   = 8412   Zonal Breakdown North West          =7906 North East            =5291 North central       =6318 FCT                     = 1200 South west           = 4160 South south         = 3087 South East            = 1167     According to him, the development has given an average voter density of 590 persons per polling unit. The INEC chairman stated that the commission arrived at the units it distributed from the 150, 000 by dividing the total number of registered voters a state has by 500 which is the commission’s approved number of voters…

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