November 2017

Buratai Responsible For Kanu’s Disappearance, Should Be Charged For Contempt Of Court  – Sen. Abaribe Tells Court

The Senator representing Abia South, Eyinnaya Abaribe, has accused General Buhari’s Chief of Army Staff, Lt .- Gen . Tukur Buratai, of frustrating his role as a surety for the bail granted the popular leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, by an Abuja High Court presided over  by Binta Nyako.

Sen Abaribe stated this in a fresh motion he filed before the court where he and Kanu’s two other sureties had been ordered to explain the IPOB leader’s whereabouts.

The senator had earlier filed a motion seeking to be discharged as Kanu’s surety, but Justice Binta Nyako had directed, during the previous proceedings on October 17, 2017 , that the senator could not withdraw his surety -ship until Kanu was produced before the court .

Kanu, who is being prosecuted alongside others on charges bordering on treasonable felony, was on Monday absent from court for the second time after the ferocious invasion of his home in Abia State by soldiers on September 14 , since when he had been declared missing by his family.

He stated in his fresh motion filed through his lawyer, Chukwuma -Machukwu Ume ( SAN), on November 17, 2017 that he should not be held responsible for the unavailability of Kanu to attend court for his trial, saying that Kanu’s disappearance was caused by the “whimsical, capricious, subversive and extra- judicial self- help ” embarked upon by Buratai and his soldiers who invaded Kanu’s home..

The senator maintained that Buratai was aware of the pending charges against Kanu when he deployed soldiers to “forcefully and violently ” invade the IPOB leader’s home in Afaraukwu Ibeku - Umuahia, in Abia State on September 14 , 2017 .

He noted that the conducts of Lt. Gen Buratai on the deployment of the soldiers were with “most probable effect” of preventing him ( Kanu) from attending court to continue his trial.

He said he opted to be Kanu’s surety out of “patriotic consideration of assisting the judicial process to defuse the tension already generated in the polity”.

His lawyer, Ume , argued in the motion that Gen. Buratai’s “extra -judicial self- help conduct obviously frustrated the proceedings and course of administration of justice in the bail and bail bond granted and executed in Charge No. FHC / ABJ / CR / 383 / 2015.”

The lawyer maintained that the “actions have brought the honourable court to some ridicule and its power appears nugatory as well as being placed in a fixed up position .”

The senator, therefore , sought in the fresh motion , an order directing the Chief of Army Staff to explain to the court why the Attorney- General of the Federation should not “be compelled to initiate contempt charges / proceedings against him (Gen. Buratai)for his extra- judicial self - help conducts ”

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has appointed Chief Glory Emeh, a former Chief of Staff of Rivers state government as his Special Adviser. Chief Glory Emeh, a Legal Practitioner and former Transport Commissioner in the state is among 39 SAs newly appointed by the governor. They are to help the government in carrying out his populist programmes aimed at endearing the government to the hearts of Rivers people. Portfolios were yet to be assigned to them as at press time.


 Below is the full list:



His Excellency, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, CON, GSSRS, Governor of Rivers State has approved the appointment of the following persons as Special Advisers:

1. Hon. Cyril Dum Cyril Wite

2. Barr. Chris Itamunoala

3. Dr. Barr. Shedrack A. Akolokwu

4. Prof. Israel Owate

5. Barr. Anugbum Onuoha

6. Prof. A. W. Obianime

7. Hon. Isaac C. Okemini

8. Barr. Okiri Aribitonye

9. Hon. Harvey Azuka Ideozu

10. Hon. Kenneth Iroanaya

11. Chief Nwuke Anucha

12. Dr. George Opuda

13. Pastor Mowan Etete

14. Mr. Ilami Arugu

15. Mrs. Toru Ofili

16. Barr. Otonye Briggs

17. Hon. Andrew Nwanjokwu

18. Dr. B. E. N. Thom-Otuya

19. Dr. Scott Bernard Akpila

20. Barr. Jones Ogbonda

21. Hon. Daima Iyalla

22. Hon. Victor Ekaro

23. Barr. Solomon Bob

24. Mr. Sunny Wokekoro

26. Engr. Nkem Nwaribe

27. Hon. Berewari Chris

28. Barr. Emma Wonodi

29. Mr. Zoranen Tombon Kingsley

30. Chief Okori Abelekum

31. Barr. George Ariolu

32. Barr. Emma I. Utchay

33. Mr. Opakirite Jackreece

34. Dax George-Kelly Dakorinama Alabo

35. Hon. Barr. Emeh Glory Emeh

36. Miss. Daisy West

37. Sir. Emmanuel Ekprikpo

38. Hon. Fred Atteng

39. Hon. Godwin Ejim Nwanyanu.

Chief Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, 2nd Republic Vice President of Nigeria and founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has reportedly joined his ancestors. Chief Ekwueme’s death has been confirmed by his family through a statement signed by his brother and traditional ruler of Oko community, Igwe Prof Laz Ekwueme.
According to the statement, Ekwueme died on Sunday, Nov 19 in a London Clinic where he wa referred to when he collapsed at Enugu. He died at about 10 PM.
He was first rushed to a hospital at Enugu where he went into coma. From Enugu, he was flown to London through Air Ambulance where efforts to revive him proved abortive.

Below is the statement announcing his death:

The Ekwueme family regrets to announce the peaceful passing away of their patriarch, the former Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON. The sad event occurred at The London Clinic at 10:00 pm on Sunday 19th November 2017.

Igwe of Oko

The Motorcycle Outrider of Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers State was knocked down on Saturday by a vehicle driven by Chibuike Amaechi at the Waja junction in Port Harcourt, a development that has been condemned and described as breach of protocol and security of the sitting governor.

A former Chief of Staff, Rivers State Government House, Chief Emeh Glory Emeh,in a chat with newsmen in Port Harcourt had argued that the governor’s convoy is superior, and therefore takes precedence over any other person’s motorcade in the state,  irrespective of how highly placed.

Chief Emeh, who was a former transport and aviation commissioner in Rivers State further maintained that, as the chief security officer, and the symbol of authority of the state, that the governor has the right of way when ever he is on the road, and that both tradition and the law demand that other road users give way for his passage.

The  chieftain of  Peoples Democratic Party recalled that similar privilege is also enjoyed by the President of the  Federal Republic at the national level, and that in his own case, Nigeria’s  air space is always closed for some time whenever he is billed  to fly out or fly in, just as it is the tradition for roads along his land route to be blocked, all in a bid to avoid  breach of his security.

Chief Emeh Glory Emeh, who is a legal practitioner also reasoned that, as a former governor who had enjoyed these privileges, that Rt. Hon. Chibuike  Amaechi, currently Nigeria’s  Minister of Transportation should have known better, and given  due honour to Governor Wike, irrespective of their political differences, adding that the respect is not necessarily to the occupant but to the exalted office of Governor of Rivers State.

The concept of invisible power and false consciousness will easily come in handy in analyzing the challenges associated with the Buharian political rigmarole around presidential power. False consciousness is the unwitting inability of the working class and poor people to perceive their real position in society, who in the process systematically misunderstand and undermine their interests in the production relations within the capitalist system. It is used for the way in which material, ideological and institutional processes in capitalist society mislead members of the working class. These processes in actuality tend to hide the true relations of forces between classes and the real state of affairs regarding the development of pre-socialist society. The term depicts a ‘careless’ inability of people to recognize inequality, oppression and exploitation which are on the checklist which makes the existence of social classes legitimate in a capitalist society.

This phrase first used by Friedrich Engels in 1893 was employed to pinpoint the fact that a detachment of thinking process from historical and social conditions by assuming an independent but superficial realm for the world of thought was a misnomer. Though not a category, the term is implied in the works of Marx, Lenin and later-day socialists and communists. Through false consciousness, people unwittingly aspire to paper over commoditization of labour in which value is detached from work and attributed to money. In capitalist reality, labour is a commodity bought and sold in the ‘market’ and this process defines the production relations existing in society.

False consciousness is a necessary consequence of commodity fetishism and a phenomenon in which people living in a capitalistic society construct an illusion of reality, misleading in fashion and having a natural tendency to misperceive how capitalism works. Its victims easily undermine class consciousness and progress of their disadvantaged classes for an ideological mess of ethnicity, racism, sexism, religious fundamentalism, messianism and colonialism.

The Buharian agenda sees the working class in the wilderness seeking change or transformation (or whatever) of the economic core and easily manifest itself in pretension to working class salvation. But it is done at the periphery and in hallucination. The agenda is neither a working class one nor is it nationalistic. It was, in the past, a ruling class agenda which subscribed to the betrayal of other ruling class factions. The agenda still remains that of the ruling class, but now shrinks to just of a tiny fraction of it, even when it claims expansion beyond the class which it belongs. But the Buharian faction remains a renegade among the backward Nigerian ruling classes.

December 31st, 1983 signalled the emergence of the Buharian agenda with its head invested with Marshall Powers to govern Africa’s most populous nation. Twenty months after the commencement of the agenda, other ruling class factions within the military found it not serving their purpose and summarily dismissed it. At its dismissal in 1985, the Buharian agenda was accused by the succeeding ruling class faction of “a systematic denigration of hope”, of “mismanagement of political leadership” and of deteriorating “standard of living, which had subjected the common man to intolerable suffering (which) were (not) the reasons for the intervention.” It was equally accused of undermining “the principles of discussions, consultation and co-operation which should have guided decision-making process” of the military faction of the ruling class and of fomenting “rigid and uncompromising… attitudes to issues of national significance’’ in solving the problems of “a diverse polity like Nigeria (which) required recognition and appreciation of differences in both cultural and individual perceptions…”. The faction was accused of arrogance and “absolute knowledge of problems and solutions, acting in accordance with what was convenient to it, using the machinery of government as (its) tool.’’

Thirty years after the emergence of the Buharian agenda, which was aimed at undermining political processes and destroying the economy, it is not yet done with its pet project called Nigeria. Now, it pretends to messianism before the lower classes and a structured development of the economy before the middle and upper classes. But it still remains what it is – a pretension. This is made manifest by the fact that the Buharian ruling class faction was and is still a destructive one – destructive of the economy and civilized culture and equally destructive of other ruling classes. It is also a murderous one and relishes in regurgitation of archaic economic experiments before a world in consternation. That is why the head of the ruthless faction has remained a military and equally an electoral failure. Dismissed from the military faction of the ruling class by co-conspirators, it has remained permanently unelectable by the abused citizenry.

Now, the tendency is dancing around with new non-ideas. Sensing that one of the factors undermining the economy is corruption, the Buharian agenda easily pretends to non-corruption. But it will be apt to state that if non-corruption is the only currency on which its agenda is sold, then Buharism is a corrupt political philosophy. Sensing also that the accusation of religious bigotry dangles over its head and was gaining currency, the agenda acquired a member of the ‘challenged’ religion, a pastor as a deputy presidential candidate in the 2011 polls. The agenda failed and at its failure unleashed its miscreants into destruction of innocent lives of ‘strangers’ in its zone of dominance.

The agenda easily pontificates on national security even when it is remotely, if not directly linked to the crisis in the North East executed by jihadist miscreants, most of who express allegiance to its recent vessel for power. At least, renegade comments from that ruling class faction has proven to be very troublesome to nationalistic sensibilities.

Buharism is false patriotism, a convoluted Christ complex, a kind of born-to-rule-disease, some advanced drum major instinct - a pretence to a pedigree which is non-existent. Some of-late analysts have been veered into a reductionist approach, into abridging the whole complexity of governance and society to the problem of corruption. They easily conclude that the strong center is weak, that the presidential hallowed chamber is awash with thievery. The Buharian tendency easily queues into this thinking for political profit. But who is the biggest thief? Who stole more than the Buharian agenda that snatched the whole levers of state power with the entire thievery going on right inside the state machinery? And if it is stated that corruption undermines economic progress, in 20 months of its romance with power, Buharism was discovered to be a deceptive political philosophy with a pedestrian economic content. So, where is the pedigree with which to win a debate on the national economy?

Coup making is an act of indiscipline and in the face of the law, a treasonable offence. In its earlier foray into power, the Buharian agenda invented the war against indiscipline. But this was basically due to the Buharian complex – a delusional pretension to a pedigree which is non-existent. Yes! The Buharian agenda is drenched in indiscipline and corrupt behaviour, but pretends to civilized tendencies without a benchmark. If there was ever a figment of a benchmark, it was Buhari. And the tendency dies with its political vessel if Buhari dies. So, the Buharian agenda starts and ends with Buhari! What a philosophy?

Engendering the Buharian hypocrisy into the political space in 2015 approximates an attempt at reviewing history and is an assault on memory. In this light, Buharists and their lower cadres, who are prone to committing electoral violence if ever their Nigerian presidential “saviour” losses the election, are nothing but victims of false consciousness. They deserve some pity for their ahistorical projections and lack of ideological clarity.
The concept of false consciousness, though being accused of elitism, has been able to explain the phenomena of blind consent and resignation in the dynamics of socio-political spaces. The concept is bifurcated into the ‘thick’ and ‘thin’ versions. The thick version presupposes that a “dominant” ideology performs ‘its magic by persuading subordinate groups to believe actively in the values that explain and justify their own subordination’. Meanwhile the ‘thin theory of false consciousness’, sustains its argument ‘that the dominant ideology achieves compliance by convincing subordinate groups that the social order in which they live is natural and inevitable.’ According to James Scott, while the ‘thick’ theory claims consent; the ‘thin’ theory settles for resignation.

False consciousness among members of the working class has never been known to lead to reasonable dissent. When it subscribes to violence, it is either to reinforce the subordination of oppressed classes or to re-invent the wheel of counter-revolution in a revolutionary situation. In whatever dimension it is viewed, working class people and peasants are being hoodwinked by Buharian messianism into revolutionary immobility. Such a bourgeois political philosophy, which has no clear economic content, in totality attempts at preventing the working class from transforming into the motive forces of history, from taking its fate from the exploiters and possibly overthrowing the state for its own purposes, which finally is the process of acquiring its long lost “invisible power” and defining progress of society in the image of the proletarians and peasants.

The apotheosis of Buharian messiahnism is a manifestation of false consciousness. It is equally provocative to patriotic sensibilities. Buharists need ideological rescue!
Long live the working and suffering people of Nigeria.


Orike Didi wrote this article in Nov 2014 at the period of the deceptive campaigns to install General Buhari as the president.



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Rivers State, has called for the arrest of Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, over the recent attack on Governor Nyesom Wike’s convoy by his (Amaechi’s) motorcade. Amaechi had, on Saturday, November 11, 2017 knocked down Wike’s outrider at the Nwaja junction, Trans Amadi when Wike was going for project inspection.
Chairman of the PDP in the state, Felix Obuah, made the call, recently in Port Harcourt, saying the Federal Government should address the minister’s alleged ‘unwarranted attack’ on Governor Wike to forestall re-occurrence.
Obuah also faulted the state Police Command’s position that there was no assassination attempt on the lives of Governor Wike and Rotimi Amaechi, as claimed.
The PDP also revealed plans by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, to sack the Police outrider, who was in the convoy of Governor Wike.
He stated: “This is a very serious issue that a man so highly placed in this country even though he is undeserving of the position, could descend so low as to knock down a governor’s outrider on the middle of the road. Yet, the police call it mere infraction between two prominent personalities in the State.
“This is shocking to note and if we may ask, where was Amaechi heading to, on that fateful day and that particular time? This is the question the security agencies need to clarify,” Obuah demanded.
“It’s against this backdrop that we are unequivocally calling that Amaechi be arrested for the use of siren and for contravening all traffic rules that led to the ugly incident,” he said.
Speaking further, Obuah noted with dismay: “Worse still, we hear that rather than reprimand Amaechi, Governor Wike’s outrider, who was not only deliberately knocked down by Amaechi personally on the wheels, but narrowly escaped being killed, is being tried and threatened with sack.
“This is unjust and ungodly and we pray that the police do not go ahead with such treachery to save the little that remains of the Nigeria Police image under IGP Ibrahim Idris.
“Nigerians are watching particularly, in light of all manner of atrocities and wanton waste of innocent lives by certain members of the Police force, particularly the Federal SARS under the IGP in Rivers State. Yet, the police high command turns a blind eye while the perpetrators walk about uncautioned and continuing with their maiming spree”, the State PDP boss regretted.
“The Police Outrider was subsequently detained with hardened criminals. His family members allege that he has been physically tortured, while he has been held incommunicado”, Obuah noted.
He regretted that under the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government, the Nigeria Police were being manipulated and used against members of the PDP.

Buhari and the IG, Mr Idris

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni people (MOSOP) has strongly condemned the killing of 3 Ogoni youths of Luebe community in Ogoniland on Sunday, November 12, 2017 by men of the Nigerian Police.

It was gathered that the youths have attempted to stop the police officers from escorting illegally-tapped petroleum products through their community en-route Ndoki in Oyigbo local government area of Rivers State when the policemen opened fire indiscriminately, killing 3 of the youths..

“The Luebe killings is very regrettable not only because the youths have risen against the pipeline vandalism masterminded and perpetrated by men of the Nigerian police, but they have also shown that the crime for which the government and Shell have accused the Ogoni community of perpetrating is a crime by a criminal gang that is enjoying the protection of the Nigerian Police”, said MOSOP in a press statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Fegalo Nsuke

“The Ogoni people are disheartened that the killing of our people by state security and the policies of government is dangerously and increasingly pointing to a deliberate state--backed genocide against the our people.  
We note with regret, the impunity that characterizes the killings and abuses perpetrated by Nigerian security forces against the Ogoni people”, MOSOP said.

MOSOP recalled that very recently, over 35 persons were killed in Ogoniland in a military raid preceding the last re--run elections in the state. The national assembly launched a probe into the incident. The report has not been made public.
Last month, precisely on October 6, Nigerian soldiers shot at peaceful protesters in Tai, no one has been held to account for the shootings nor has Shell, the company that has sponsored this shooting and several others ever been questioned over her activities in Ogoniland.
“While we call on the Nigerian government to properly investigate and prosecute every erring officer involved in the Luebe killings, we demand an end to the mindless and seemingly deliberate killing of our people by Nigerian security forces”, said MOSOP.

Continuing, the statement said “we expect the security forces to protect our people and not kill them, we therefore want to make clear, our strong disgust against the impunity that has characterized human rights abuses by security men in Ogoniland and demand an end to this”.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 escaped assassination as Special Anti-robbery Squad Operatives and soldiers of the Nigerian Army in the motorcade of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi attacked his convoy in Port Harcourt.
It has been gathered that the attack may not be unconnected to Wike’s recent criticism of the Buhari’s regime at the Chatam House, London. Wike had called on international community to come to the rescue of democracy in Nigeria, saying that General Buhari and his team are hellbent on destroying democracy. The criticism did not go down well with the federal government, and plot may have been hatched out to eliminate him, using Rotimi Amaechi and his hitmen within the Police and the military.
The governor who was on project inspection was attacked at Nwanja Junction on Trans-Amadi industrial layout road, Port Harcourt.

The SARs Personnel and Soldiers in the Minister's convoy hit down the Governor's Escort Rider and attacked the policemen in the pilot car.
Mr Debewari , Aide -De- Camp, to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, supervised the attack, which included damage of cameras held by journalists.

Also part of the attack, was the Commander of tye federal SARS in Rivers state,, Mr Akin Fakorede who received the Minister of Transportation at the Port Harcourt International Airport and accompanied him on his trip.
After the attack, the Rivers State Governor continued with his inspection of Projects as no casuality was recorded.
Governor Wike was not harmed, despite the attack.
The Minister of Transportation had over 50 SARS Personnel , Soldiers and Mobile Policemen in his motorcade.


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