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FINLAND’S MARVEL, NIGERIA’S PALAVERS AND THE CHALLENGE OF GENERATIONAL POWER SHIFT_IGALI_Coastal Times


By: Godknows Igali, PhD.

The Finnish Wonder

The recent emergence of Finland’s relatively youthful and female dominated national cabinet came to many around the world, including most of Europe with great admixture of admiration and a feeling of a bolt from the blue. Women took twelve of the cabinet positions and left seven for the men. With remarkably impressive and exquisite line up of beauties, Prime Minister Sanna Marin (34), and her amazing quartet, Finance Minister, Katrina Kulmuni (32), Interior Minister, Maria Ohisalo (34) and Education Minister, Li Sigrid Andersson (32), were unveiled to the world. Each not just a Minister of the government, but leader of a main political party in the ruling coalition in the country. The fifth leading figure in the five-party coalition, Anna-Maja Henriksson, an ethnic Swede, is leader of the Swedish Party of Finland, 55 years of age and a woman.

In the peculiar politics of Finland, the new Prime Minister emerged as leader of a Centre-left coalition in the 200-member parliament and President Sauli Niinisto, whose functions are actually ceremonial, limited only to foreign relations, handed over the government to her on same day, 10th December, 2019; thus, making her one of the world’s youngest and perhaps prettiest leaders ever. It is recalled that following the abrupt resignation of the country’s former Prime Minister Aahlhen Rinne in June 2019, the five women party leaders, came together and agreed to work together to build a majority in parliament and lead the
country. Their mantra being rebuilding infrastructure, social welfare and environment. By coalescing their forces together, they were able to side-line the Nationalist Finns Party which enjoys a single 24 percent majority in parliament.

Finland, which is now under global optic because of this development, is a country of quite extraordinary peculiarities. Although it is of the Nordic region, it stands out distinctively from the rest of the peninsular also known as Scandinavia being, Sweden, Denmark and Norway and a lesser extent, Iceland. For one, the later three are linguistically, part of the Germanic Cluster and are mutually intelligible with one another, while Finnish is singularly, part of Uralic language strand, spoken mostly by people in Northern Eurasia – Hungary, Estonia, etc. Unlike the other popular trio, which have constitutional monarchies, Finland is a modern republic. The country also boasts of the best educational standards in the world and has so been independently adjudged, severally. One of its greatest contributions to the global knowledge industry is ‘Life-Long Education’ which makes learning adaptive all through the course of life as well as its high-tech brands such as Nokia, Kone Lifts, Stora Enso paper and pulp, Nestle Oil and Gas, etc.

The rest of the Scandavania

Finland and the rest of the Scandinavia are used to mainstreaming their female population in all facts of life. For example, it was Sweden’s King, Karl Gustav that was the first European Crown, to bring about constitutional amendment to allow absolute primogeniture (first child irrespective of gender) to ascend to a major European throne on 1st January, 1980. The similar British Ascension to the Crown Law only came up in 2013. In contemporary politics, half of party leaders in
Sweden are middle aged women while in neighbouring Denmark, similarly, four out of nine political parties are today led by women. The present Danish Prime Minster, 42-year-old Mette Frederiksen and nearby oil rich Norway has itself been led by a woman since 2013. As a matter of fact, a similar history was made in the shadowy Iceland as far back 1980 where a woman, Vadis Finnbogadottir defeated three men to clinch the leadership of the country.

And the rest of the World?

Looking around the world, the Finnish marvel is not entirely a stand-alone, although its scope and dimension was most far reaching. The current Prime Minister of the world’s fourteenth richest economy, Austria, named Sebastian Kurtz was born just on 27th August 1986 while his counterpart, Irish Prime, Minister Leo Varadkar was born on 18th January 1979. Also, Justin Trudeau who started leading Canada, the 10th largest global economy in 2013 was hardly 42 years, a little older than New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden who mounted the saddle of leadership of the pacific island nation at only 37 years of age in 2018. Come to think of it, even other great world leaders such as former United States Presidents, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama as well as former United Kingdom Tony Blair and David Cameron, or the current Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, current Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and French President Manuel Macron, got to the pinnacle of leading their countries and political parties when they were still in their 40s.

Footprint of the Nigerian Youth, Yesterday

In the past, Nigerian youths did it and nowadays, many are already earning out enviable accolades for themselves around the world. As a matter of fact, in the United States, despite the adverse reportage about the country, Nigerians, especially the younger folks are considered amongst the most enterprising immigrant populations. The same applies in the United Kingdom where Nigerian youths are setting never-before-seen records and standards in no few aspects of that big country’s national life.

If we cast our minds back to the foundational days of the Nigerian state and until recently, most of the precursors and frontliners were youthful in their days. With the exception of the mentors like Dr Herbert Macaulay, Dr. Ernest Ikoli and Oba Samuel Akinsanya, most of the other pioneers were youths in their nascent days when they formed the political structures that eventually wrested power out of the colonial government. Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe at the age of 41 years joined his mentor, Herbert Macaulay to form the National Council of Nigeria and Cameroon (NCNC) while Chief Obafemi Awolowo coalesced the Yorubas into the Egbe Omo Oduduwa in 1945 at the age of 36 years. It metamorphosed shortly afterwards into the Action Group political party.

Similarly, the Northern People’s Congress (NPC), which became the dominant political organization from the time of internal self-government in 1957 until the first military coup in 1966, was formed in 1949 by Sir Ahmadu Bello at the age of 38 years. During that First Republic, such great stars as Anthony Enahoro who moved the motion for Self-Government (National Independence) was only 33 years while another, Dr. Mathew Mbu became a member of the Federal Parliament at the age of 21 in 1952, and Federal Minister of Labour at 23 years in 1954. On Nigeria’s attainment of the status of a Federation, he was made the first Nigeria High Commissioner to the United Kingdom at the age of 27 years in 1955-1959 and onward as First Representative (Ambassador) to the United States of America/United Nations, and 1959-1960 at the age of 30.

The Youth and the Military legacy

As a matter of fact, the first military coup which occurred on 15th January, 1966 itself was led by persons who could be considered young-adults. The spearhead, Major Chukwuma Nzeogu was only 29 years while his closest deputies such as; Major Emmanuel Ifeajuna, Major Timothy Onwuatuegwu and Major Samuel Ademolegun were 30 years old at the time. Other leaders of the coup were mostly younger, in their twenties.

During that era, the Ijaw Revolutionary, Major Isaac Boro, who led an Insurrection against the Nigeria Republic State by declaring a Niger Delta Republic on 23rd February 1966, even before Biafra, was only 28 years. He later enlisted in the Nigerian Army along with his compatriots, fought on the Nigerian side during the Civil War and died at the age of 30. He liberated Bonny, the surroundings around Port Harcourt, and many strategic oil assets for Nigeria in the Niger Delta.

Thereafter, the self-styled “Counter-Coup” of 28th July 1966, led by young officers of Northern origin itself was led by similarly young men. Some like Gen Murtala Mohammed, Gen Theophilus Danjuma, were just 30 years of age at the time, while Gen Mamman Vatsa and Gen I.D Bissalla were barely 32 years. When the new Federal Government, after the death of the first military Head of State General Thomas Aguiyi Ironsi was unveiled, it was unsurprisingly a 32-year-old now General Yakubu Gowon. At that age, he prosecuted the Nigerian Civil War successfully and became the architect of the post-war reconciliation, rehabilitation and reintegration.

The most outstanding appointment in those days, was that of the clad-white sparkling Governor of Rivers State, Lieutenant Commander Alfred Diette-Spiff. River State was one of the biggest epicentres of the war, because of its location as home to Oil and Gas Industry, and only oil refinery owned by the country. So, the elevation of this 24 year to rule such a complex, geo-politically and economically strategic state as the war started was an unimaginable mark of confidence on Nigerian youth which has not been surpassed. Yet, King Diette-Spiff as he is known today, was able at that young age to build the famous “Garden City” to become one of Nigeria’s foremost metropolis and modern cities.

So, what really happened to our youth and our women who are still largely excluded?

Our Palavers And 50 or 60 Years after

This year, we mark 50 years of the end of the Nigerian Civil war and more still, 60 years of nation-hood. Both dates are significant in normal human sociological setting as the number 50 for one, is often referred to as golden, signifying attainment of maturity. It is also considered as a major point of departure between years of tottering and period of maturity, that is why 50 years is considered as a year of jubilee, which itself means liberty for any group or people. On the other hand, the number 60 for most numerologists is synonymous with an entry into a status of seniority. What that means is that, at the age of 60, in normal human society, one could be regarded as an elder, a grery senior. So ordinarily, from both the points of view, of our post-war experience and period of independent nationhood, Nigeria should be in a place of well-settled and forward-looking country, with our youth and women in front.
Alas, this is not so. Today, the country is buffeted by an assortment and complexity of problems. Despite our enormous projected size of about 200 million persons, and huge natural resource endowment, we are not much better in terms of overall development, than the other sixteen African countries that gained their independence in 1960 like us. Although succeeding administrations both military and civilian have tried to diversify our national economy, we continue to remain yoked to mono economy, dependent on crude oil. Our GDP Growth has remained very unsteady, moving in a rather zig zag fashion. From the 1980s up to 2019, its growth rate has averaged at a parlous 3.81%. Although we were able to pick at 19.17% in the 4th quarter of 2004, as at same time in 2019, growth rate plummeted to a scandalous 1.94% year on year. Agreed that initiatives by the present Government are afoot to reverse this sad trend, the general outlook for 2019 at best closed at 2.5%, much below many other African countries around us. Recent global forecasts do not put us as greatly promising.

Agriculture, which any country that wants to maintain respectability in the world must fully develop, and indeed was the main stay of our national economy, has greatly been relegated. Because of the archaic manner in which even the best efforts to promote the sector are being practiced, our youths are largely still not attracted to food production. Today, we are barely able to feed ourselves as import of food including Fish, still continues to drain our foreign reserves when we should be a net exporter of food, going by our amount of arable land placed at about 37.33% of landmass, hydrology and weather, and even a huge coastline of 853 kilometres for good deep sea fishing Industry.

At the socio-economic level, our country has lately been described as one of the notable centres for poverty and want in the world. In all social indices, despite our enormous wealth, we are not doing well at all. Data by all reputable International Rating Agencies seem to indicate that at least 50% of our current population or about 90 million people are currently living in extreme poverty. The divergences and gaps between the “haves” and the “have-nots” seem to be increasing by the day and even those who should be in the middle, or better known as the “middle class”, have suddenly found themselves among the extreme poor.

Perhaps, oblivious to the rich and privileged in the society, existence is increasingly becoming tougher by the day. No wonder, life expectancy in Nigeria, is today as low as just 54.49 years. We can embarrassingly compare to say our neighbours Togo at 60.85 years, Benin Republic at 61.61 years and Ghana at 63.91 years. In the case of Rwanda, it is 68.75 years, 71.90 years for Egypt and 75.76 years for Brazil. Going much further, it is 76.07 years for Malaysia and not to mention 83.53 years for Singapore.

At the political level, unlike several other African countries, Nigeria has also experienced great political uncertainties since independence, and inability to consolidate year-on-year gains in democratic acculturation is a great cause of concern. Twenty years after military rule, our democratic practices are still below the pass mark, with election results at all levels always followed by uproar of litigations, and alarmingly politically-related violence, killings and inter-party bickering. There is no doubt whatsoever, that hate-speech, intolerance, misapprehension and distrust have hiked like never before with spokesmen of political groups, flaunting highest pitch of diatribe. Although we seem to have what appears as national political parties, sadly a new cancer known as “Vote Buying” and undue influence of money has entered our body politics, making it totally impossible for youth and the women to ascend in leadership.

So, there are some daunting hills and perhaps mountains that must be climbed and surmounted. For example, how many women are Chairmen of the 774 Local Government Areas? How many women and youth are in the Legislature at State and Federal levels, especially Speakers or Senate President? What about the executive branch? How many youth and women have been produced as Governors and Deputy Governors, or even Commissioners and Cabinet Ministers? If we take a head count of the Judiciary, is the situation better? If we also look at the private sector, how do the numbers add up in terms of Chief Operating Officers of younger ages; and particularly females? A total of 2,950 women obtained forms to contest at various levels in 2019 General Elections. Regrettably, only 65 of them won seats. Even the so-called Young People’s Party (YPP) ended up with a very competitive Presidential Candidate; but nearly in his 60s rather than in the late 30s or 40s. Other candidates such as Omoyele Sowore (48 years) ended up with a very marginal performance.

More sad, ethnicism and religion are returning to be, shamefully, factors of reference. This appears to be a retrogression from the military era, when some character of national ethos began to emerge. This has gradually started to affect inter-ethnic harmony which will seem to have made some progress in the past, in terms of cross-group mutual confidence and feeling of shared inter-dependence. So increasingly, Nigerians are sliding back to ethnic atavism and mutual suspicion. More gravely, confidence and trust on national institutions, especially in peace and security in protecting daily existence, is much attenuated. We have suddenly seen the rise of sub-nationalism, ethnic origin based socio-cultural uprising, and even the emergence of militias or pseudo self-preservation bodies.

Can our Youth and women deliver?
Like most other African countries, Nigeria’s population is mostly made up of people below the age of 35 years. As a matter of fact, the available statistics places Nigeria’s youthful population as high as over 65 percent, inclusive of young adults. Of this number, 49.5% are females, although practical street knowledge suggests slight female advantage. Even beyond that, school enrolments and graduations at all levels show that females are at par with male counterparts or leading in most aspects. With a total of 178 universities and several other hundreds of tertiary institutions, Nigeria churns out about 700,000 graduates and additional 1.5 million new entrants to the labour market annually. This makes Nigeria one of the countries in the world with highly skilled youthful populations, especially females. What this means is that Nigerian youths like their Finnish and other counterparts around the world, are well prepared to take on the gauntlet of steering the ship of the Nigerian state.

Is it not apposite therefore, to ask if there will be no value in Nigerians’ older generation, and not in any way stepping aside systematically like Finland, and allow younger people take over the reins of leadership of this country? So, before our watchful eyes, we can recline to provide them the needed support and guidance. In addition, elders and seniors can find places in upper legislative chambers like Senate or play other advisory, residual or mentoring roles. After all, as we have shown earlier, the younger population in Nigeria is much more educated, mentally alert and physically agile than the preceding generation. They are creative, resourceful, digital and innovative. Even employees in Civil Service retire from active service after 35 years of service or attainment of the age of 60 years. This applies in the Private Sector where clear retirement ages are stipulated.

Besides that, a lot of these younger people are more nationalistic in outlook and more cosmopolitan. They see no red light in interacting across ethnic and religious boundaries, and are more focused on career. Even though a small percentage of them slide into criminalities such as robberies, kidnapping, etc., unlike we the older generation that many rely on patronage, godfatherism, most younger Nigerians believe strongly in self-actualization.

What must we do?
There is no doubt that this cannot happen just over night. It will certainly require conscious and concerted efforts to encourage our youngsters to be involved in leadership. The “Not To Young to Run” Act which was passed recently and signed to law by President Mohammed Buhari, must not be allowed to adorn the shelves of our offices, but implemented to the letter. The Federal Government must therefore, make spirited efforts to implement a line-up of programmes through the various core institutions such as Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to put in place, quotas and incentives to promote the participation of younger people in politics and leadership. The National Orientation Agency are broadcast agencies that must be empowered to invigorate the campaign to encourage younger people to be more involved. Let’s remember that, the United States became Independent from 1776 but it was only in 1925 that women were allowed to vote after many years and years of advocacy. By 2016, a woman, Hillary Clinton stood as a candidate of a major Political Party to contest election for office of President against President Donald Trump, and pulled off 48.2% popular votes as against 46.1% of the later.

At all levels of decision-making, among socio-cultural groups like traditional and religious authorities, the prejudices against our youth and women must be hewed down. On their part, our women and youth, despite the man-made hurdles and barriers, must not give up. They must redouble the tempo of activism, advocacy and actual participation.

The Chinese say “the journey of a thousand miles begin with a step”. Let that step begin for a cohesive, strong and progressive Nigeria.

Godknows Boladei Igali, PhD., an Administrator,
was previously Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Scandinavian,
and an Award-winning Author

MYSTERIOUS BIRD ATTACK GOV. ORTOM INSIDE RCCG CHURCH, AFTER SUPREME COURT RULING__Coastal Times


BENUE, Nigeria – Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, was on Tuesday night attacked at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Makurdi, by a mysterious owl.

Ortom was in the church for a special thanksgiving service, shortly after the Supreme Court of Nigeria affirmed his election as Governor of Benue State.

According to an eyewitness, Prince Tordue Abe, the bird found its way into the Church, the exact time the Governor was giving his testimonies and went straight to the altar where Ortom was kneeling down for his testimonies.

But for the prompt efforts of some youths, the night bird, which is superstitiously believed to be a witchcraft bird, would have landed on the Governor’s head.

“It happened few minutes ago while the Governor was on his knees praying at the Redeemed Christian Church Makurdi.

“An Owl flew in and headed right towards the direction of the Governor. On sighting the Governor the owl bowed before the Governor and together we rushed and killed it.

“Whatever it was they planned against the Governor, the Holy Spirit brought it to a halt.

“Indeed Governor Ortom is not just a man of God but a powerful man of God,” Abe said.

The apex court had on Tuesday delivered judgement in an appeal brought before it by Barr. Emmanuel Jime of the All Progressive Congress (APC), challenging the decision of the Court of Appeal to have upheld the election of Ortom, who contested under the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the March 9, 2019 guber election in Benue.

In a 30-second judgement delivered by Justice Sylvester Ngwuata, the Supreme Court reaffirmed the victory of Governor Ortom, saying, “The judgement of the Tribunal and Court of Appeal need not to be disturbed”.

MILITARY INVASION: IJAW GROUP THREATENS TO SHUTDOWN ALL OIL FACILITIES IN NIGER DELTA, SHOULD FG FAIL TO REBUILD BILABIRI 1 & 2 COMMUNITIES IN 30DAYS__Coastal Times


BY OBED OLUKU….

The Ijaw People Development Initiative ( IPDI ), a foremost Niger Delta Rights group. On Sunday the 19th, January 2020. Frowned at the unthinkable destruction of Bilabiri 1 & 2 communities by the Nigerian Military.

The group expressed their displeasures in a press statement signed by the group’s National President, Comrade Austin Ozobo. Of which a copy was sent to Coastal Times.

Comrade Ozobo in the press statement, poured out the grievances of the Ijaw people, over the massive and unthinkable destruction of the Ijaw communities. And therefore, call on the Federal Government to with immediate effect, start the rebuilding of the affected communities within 30days. Else, risk the shutting down of all oil facilities in the Niger Delta region.

The statement reads:

We have been disgusted and infuriated over the unlawful military invasions of Bilabiri 1&2 Communities in Ekeremo LGA of Bayelsa state on last Friday. We condemn it in it entirety as it is barbaric , senseless and unlawful. We (Ijaws) have been pushed to the wall and we have decided to call for a total shutdown of all oil facilities in Niger Delta to protest against the continues unlawful burning of Ijaw communities if Federal Government fails to rebuild Bilabiri 1&2 within 30 days.

The killing of three military Officers was outrightly condemned by the Ijaw nation. But that seems not enough to pacify and reconciliate the marauding ,bias and sectional military Officers in Nigeria. Despite the massive condemnation of the attack, the military went ahead and burnt down two Ijaw speaking Communities in Ekeremo LGA on mere suspicion that some youths from those Communities could be part of the gunmen who killed three military personnel and abducted four expatriates.

The law of presumption of innocent has been violated. The law says every accused person (s) is or are presumed innoncent except proven guilty by a competent court of jurisdiction. Now which court actually told the sectional military that people they are suspecting are guilty of the crime before burning down the innocent commmunities?. This is an act of lawlessness and complete abuse of rights of residents of the innocent commmunities. The people’s right to life, right to personal liberty, right to fair hearing and presumption of innocent have been violated.

The killing of three military and abduction four expatriates were never planned by the entire two Communities, and the action did not took place in Bilabiri 1&2 communities to warrant being burnt down unlawfully. Our king palace was burnt down. If it were in the North would they burnt a palace of emir because of one useless criminal?

This is a deliberate attempt to wipe out the existence of Ijaws in Nigeria. Our benevolent has been taken for granted being the strength of the country’s economy. Killing ,burning and invading of Ijaw Communities is a coup against Ijaw nation and it is unacceptable.

In as much as we do not support killing of military personnel under any guise, we want to state unequivocally that more military died in the volatile North than the Southern Nigeria. But despite the massive killings Of Military Personnel In the North, no Northern community has been burnt down.On 18th December, 2019 two custom Officers were killed in Lokoja/Okene road but the government has not deem it fit to burn down the two cities.

Further more, on January 15, 2020 two soldiers were killed by bandits at Okene, up till now Okene has not been burnt down. On July 11, 2019 12 soldiers got missing and ten were killed in Damboa in Borno by suspected Boko Haram attack but up till now Damboa has not been burnt down. One soldier was killed in Rigasa area of Kuduna on January 16,2020 but Rigasa has not been burnt down. On March 22,2018, 12 soldiers were killed in Kuduna, military is yet to burn down Kaduna. On Friday 11,2019, 13soldiers killed by Boko Haram were given mass burial in Kaduna, but Kuduna is yet to be burnt down. January 9,2020 about 8 soldiers were killed in monguno town in Maiduguru but Monguno is yet to be burnt down, In November 22, 2018 about 100 soldiers were killed in a Metele village attack, but since Military has not burnt down Metele village in eastern Borno state and failed to compelled the community to produce identity of the attackers and many more.

We are now endanger spicies. We are at the verge of being wiped out. We are disappointed over the unlawful invasion and burning of Bilabiri Communities.
There is no town or city in Nigeria that doesn’t harbour criminals but non of such cities have been burnt down despite several criminal attacks on military personnel. Some suspected criminals came from Ijaw commmunities is not an enough reason to burnt down Ijaw communities, If the sectional military and Nigerian government do not have an evil agenda against Ijaw people.

The military action could not be referred as mere act of unprofessionalism but an act of wickedness and desperate move to kill and wipe Ijaw nation away for the free flow of the oil in our land. It may interest you to know that Bilabiri 1&2 are not militant dens but ancient commmunities of Ijaw speaking people. Thousands of its residents were displaced.Properties worth billions of naira were ravaged. Many indigenes are still trap in the maggrove forest. Others made homeless. No relief efforts. What an evil done to the sleeping innocent commmunities?

We hereby call for a rebuild of the commmunities within 30th days and the military who carry out this unlawful and dastard acts should be investigated and brought to book to serve as a deterrent to others.

If this is not done within 30 days ,we will be forced to call for shutdown of all oil facilities in Niger Delta region to protest against the continues invasion and burning of Ijaw communities in Niger Delta region.

IZANZAN CAMP TO STAGE A PROTEST OVER THE UNJUSTIFIABLE CLOSURE OF THE OKOLOBA SCIENCE AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE, CALLS ON IJAW YOUTHS AND LOVERS OF EDUCATION TO JOIN HANDS__Coastal Times


BY OBED OLUKU…..

Delta___On Monday the 20th, January, 2020. The leadership of the Ijaw Interest Advocates ( IIA ), popularly known as Izanzan Intellectual Camp, in conjunction with the office of the Deputy Speaker of IYC Mobile Parliament, called on the comrades community, lovers of education, Civil Society groups and Ijaw youths in Delta State. To join hands in solidarity, as the group tends to stage a mass protest over the unjustifiable closure of the science and technical college in OKOLOBA.

The group made this call through a press release, jointly signed by the group’s National Coordinator, Amb. Yerinmene Salaco Snr. And Comrade Bob Collins Igetei, Deputy Speaker IYC Mobile Parliament. Of which a copy was sent to Coastal Times.

The duo in the press release, expressed their displeasure over the muteness of Ijaw leaders in the state, regarding the unjustifiable closure of the college.

Amb. Salaco and Comr. Collins, in the press release, particularly pinpointed some Ijaw leaders, in the persons of Sen. James Ebiowou Manager, Senator Representing Delta South Senatorial District, Rt. Hon. Nicholas Mutu, Member Representing Bomadi/Patani Federal Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives and Hon. Preyor, Member Representing Bomadi Constituency in Delta state House of Assembly, for being mute over the unjust closure of the college, without making any reasonable attempt to salvage the situation.

It reads:

We the leadership and entire members of the Izanzan Intellectual Camp, in conjunction with the office of the Deputy Speaker of the IYC Mobile Parliament, wish to use this medium to call on all Ijaw youths, lovers of education, Civil Society groups and the comrades community in Delta State. To join hands with us in solidarity, as we move to stage a protest over the unnecessary closure of the science and technical college in OKOLOBA.

We therefore, state that, preparations regarding the protest are in top gear. As we will communicate the date, time and venue in no distant time.

‘Come one, come all’

Come let us match in solidarity, in order to bring the college to light.

PROF BENEDICT BINEBAI'S DRAMA "OGIRIJOGA" TO BE STAGED, AS NIGER DELTA UNIVERSITY HOLDS 5TH CONVOCATION ANNIVERSARY__Coastal Times


BY OBED OLUKU……

As Niger Delta University, NDU in Bayelsa State prepares for its 5th convocation ceremony, the Department of Theatre Arts of the institution has concluded arrangements to stage a novelty drama, titled Ogirijoga, written by one of Niger Delta finest literary genius Prof. Benedict Binebai.

According to information made available to newsmen in Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa State by authorities within the institution but preferred not to be mentioned in print, of which a copy was sent to Coastal Times, noted that the drama will be staged on Friday 24th of January 2020 at the department of Theatre Arts.

It would be recalled that the historically and culturally rooted drama about Iduwini Kingdom in Bayelsa State will be directed by the playwright, Prof. Benedict Binebai.

Prof. Benedict Binebai is a professor of Drama, Dramatic Theory and Criticism.

However, Prof. Binebai, the Niger Delta University Orator had also invited members of the general public, particularly Niger Deltans to massively show up for the drama presentation, stressing that the play is well positioned to keep audience entertained.

According to the playwright, the drama is rich in history, language, culture and indeed a huge contribution to knowledge in the literary world, stressing that there is never a dull moment in each of the scenes or movements of the play.

A note about the play by the playwright reads in full below:

FROM THE PLAYWRIGHT/ DIRECTOR

The eponymous title, Ogirijoga, a special aesthetic agency of communication dramatises the ancient 15th century king of Iduwini kingdom in Bayelsa State. In the direction of the play, the history of the hosting of Prince Ginuwa and significance in the evolutionary history of the Itsekiri ethnic nation is put into consideration.

Ogirijoga brings to the audience an aesthetic appeal by combining the performative and non performative arts of the theatre for its full realization on stage. It is essentially, a record of Iduwini memory of historical past and presents a theatre of historical and cultural specific with the rhythmic flow of spectacle, language and movement, deeply rooted in the cultural foundations of Iduwini kingdom.

We act as writers and actors, as costumiers, as light and set designers, as make-up artists, as sound managers and music directors, this time, from below, deploying the speaking back energy to spread the history of Ijaw nation, precisely Bayelsa and particularly Iduwini Kingdom in Ekeremor Local Government area of Bayelsa State on the creative table of our theatre today. Through the high voltage enchanted dynamo of the theatre we invoke the roaring sound of the sea and wind, storm and thunder, and the animist power of mortal kings, to the stage through sight and sound of technical and technological maneuvers in artistry, not to destroy humanity, but to build and regenerate an action packed semiotised bold and long forgotten story along the lane of historicism.

As audience you will experience an endless link between the emotions of the characters with your emotions. You will experience through cerebral activism, this drama as an artistic province where historical veracity and reality reside. Through its glaring and strong subtleties of aesthetics, you will encounter unvoiced messages and meta-messages and even be prompted to asked voiced and unvoiced intra-personal or inter-personal questions. In this performance the true meaning of the play bubbles beneath verses, actions, narration and insinuations provided by the totality of the direction, performance and performativity consequences of the production.

The production of Ogirijoga as 5TH Convocation Ceremony drama of Niger Delta University does not only contribute to the preservation of history and the celebration of intersection between theatre arts, History, Culture, Archeology, Anthropology Science and Technology but also adds value to the deeper indulgence of the humanistic ingress of historical drama in the Niger Delta.

2023 PRESIDENCY: GIVE US CHRISTIAN PRESIDENT FROM THE SOUTH OR EXPECT ANOTHER CIVIL WAR – OHANAEZE WARNS___Coastal Times — Coastal Times.com


NIGERIA – Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide has agreed to allow the South-South region to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 presidency. South-South elders declared that the 2023 presidency should be ceded to the zone to avert crisis. The Elders said giving 2023 presidency to the north will tear Nigeria apart, as the expiration of […]

2023 PRESIDENCY: GIVE US CHRISTIAN PRESIDENT FROM THE SOUTH OR EXPECT ANOTHER CIVIL WAR – OHANAEZE WARNS___Coastal Times — Coastal Times.com

2023 PRESIDENCY: GIVE US CHRISTIAN PRESIDENT FROM THE SOUTH OR EXPECT ANOTHER CIVIL WAR – OHANAEZE WARNS___Coastal Times


NIGERIA – Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide has agreed to allow the South-South region to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 presidency.

South-South elders declared that the 2023 presidency should be ceded to the zone to avert crisis.

The Elders said giving 2023 presidency to the north will tear Nigeria apart, as the expiration of Buhari’s tenure completes North’s two tenures.

Sara Igbe, the National Publicity Secretary of Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, said South-South has used just one tenure, adding that it is only fair to allow the zone to produce the next president for another four years to complete the zone’s second tenure.

Reacting, Ohanaeze in a statement signed by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide agreed to support the move by South-South, warning that any move by the government to hand over the presidency to the North will lead to a civil war.

The Igbo group called on Nigerians to unite and produce a Christian President from the South to ensure progress and security, stressing that ‘It is an invitation to anarchy and suicidal for a Muslim North or Muslim South to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari”

The statement read: “The position of the South/South Elders Forum led by Chief Anabs Sara-Igbe on the Northern Aspirations to Succeed President Muhammadu Buhari by undemocratic elements, and any attempt by these Northern cabals to destroy the unconventional agreement of rotational presidency between North and South, will definitely plunge Nigeria into another civil War, civil disobedience and civil Unrest.

“In a multi-facets democracy like us where religion and ethnicity play a major role in our Democracy, OYC advocates in 2023, that Nigeria should produce a Christian President from the South to ensure Progress and Security.

“Its an invitation to anarchy and suicidal for a Muslim North or Muslim South to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari but definitely a Christian southerner is what is ideal.

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide observed that in the twenty years of Nigeria’s Democracy, Igbos supported Obasanjo, Yar’adua, Jonathan and Buhari, and deserve the Support from Nigerians across-the-board especially the Niger Delta in 2023, it’s on record that during 2011 and 2015 Igbo votes for Jonathan exceeded that of entire South/South Votes for Jonathan, the allusion the South/South will do one term is a ruse, as it’s only Goodluck Jonathan that is limited by Nigeria’s Constitution for one Tenure Until he declares interest,2023 Igbo Presidency Project remains the hope of Nigeria.

“We advise Chief Anabs Sara-Igbe to follow up with the footsteps of the leader of Niger Delta, and Elder Statesman, Pa Edwin Clark who had declared support for 2023 Igbo Presidency Project for Peace, Justice, and Fairness, apart from Goodluck Jonathan, every other South/South aspirants are entitled to the Constitutional provision of two terms.so OYC urges Sara-igbe to support Igbo Presidency Project as he observed that Igbos had never been in the saddle 50 Years after the Biafra War.

“OYC wishes to correct an erroneous but false impressions, that North doubts Igbo’s sincerity of Igbo Presidency project over Biafra, as a myth of falsehood created by proponents of instability and undemocratic anarchists fanning the embers of disintegration and unity of our beloved country through promotion of hate and Malice, with evil intent aimed at halting a Nigerian President of Igbo stock 2023 through spread of lies against Igbos, who are more Nigerians than tribe with investments worth over 221 trillion Naira in the North.

“We wish to remind Sara-igbe that it was resource control agitation been championed by Niger Delta that led to the compensation for Jonathan’s 6 years presidency. It was the activities of Boko Haram and Insecurity in the North that motivated Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, it was NADECO and OPC militia activities that led to Obasanjo’s Presidency in 1999, so definitely Igbos are looking for Igbo Presidency 2023, and Biafra agitation which includes South-South region is now championed by their prominent son, Alhaji Mujihad Asari Dokubo, who is the Supreme Leader of the Biafra National Council, definitely, it’s the turn of South-South region to support a Nigerian President of Igbo stock 2023 for posterity sake.

2023 PRESIDENCY: GIVE US CHRISTIAN PRESIDENT FROM THE SOUTH OR EXPECT ANOTHER CIVIL WAR – OHANAEZE WARNS__Coastal Times


NIGERIA – Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide has agreed to allow the South-South region to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 presidency.

South-South elders declared that the 2023 presidency should be ceded to the zone to avert crisis.

The Elders said giving 2023 presidency to the north will tear Nigeria apart, as the expiration of Buhari’s tenure completes North’s two tenures.

Sara Igbe, the National Publicity Secretary of Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, said South-South has used just one tenure, adding that it is only fair to allow the zone to produce the next president for another four years to complete the zone’s second tenure.

Reacting, Ohanaeze in a statement signed by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide agreed to support the move by South-South, warning that any move by the government to hand over the presidency to the North will lead to a civil war.

The Igbo group called on Nigerians to unite and produce a Christian President from the South to ensure progress and security, stressing that ‘It is an invitation to anarchy and suicidal for a Muslim North or Muslim South to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari”

The statement read: “The position of the South/South Elders Forum led by Chief Anabs Sara-Igbe on the Northern Aspirations to Succeed President Muhammadu Buhari by undemocratic elements, and any attempt by these Northern cabals to destroy the unconventional agreement of rotational presidency between North and South, will definitely plunge Nigeria into another civil War, civil disobedience and civil Unrest.

“In a multi-facets democracy like us where religion and ethnicity play a major role in our Democracy, OYC advocates in 2023, that Nigeria should produce a Christian President from the South to ensure Progress and Security.

“Its an invitation to anarchy and suicidal for a Muslim North or Muslim South to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari but definitely a Christian southerner is what is ideal.

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide observed that in the twenty years of Nigeria’s Democracy, Igbos supported Obasanjo, Yar’adua, Jonathan and Buhari, and deserve the Support from Nigerians across-the-board especially the Niger Delta in 2023, it’s on record that during 2011 and 2015 Igbo votes for Jonathan exceeded that of entire South/South Votes for Jonathan, the allusion the South/South will do one term is a ruse, as it’s only Goodluck Jonathan that is limited by Nigeria’s Constitution for one Tenure Until he declares interest,2023 Igbo Presidency Project remains the hope of Nigeria.

“We advise Chief Anabs Sara-Igbe to follow up with the footsteps of the leader of Niger Delta, and Elder Statesman, Pa Edwin Clark who had declared support for 2023 Igbo Presidency Project for Peace, Justice, and Fairness, apart from Goodluck Jonathan, every other South/South aspirants are entitled to the Constitutional provision of two terms.so OYC urges Sara-igbe to support Igbo Presidency Project as he observed that Igbos had never been in the saddle 50 Years after the Biafra War.

“OYC wishes to correct an erroneous but false impressions, that North doubts Igbo’s sincerity of Igbo Presidency project over Biafra, as a myth of falsehood created by proponents of instability and undemocratic anarchists fanning the embers of disintegration and unity of our beloved country through promotion of hate and Malice, with evil intent aimed at halting a Nigerian President of Igbo stock 2023 through spread of lies against Igbos, who are more Nigerians than tribe with investments worth over 221 trillion Naira in the North.

“We wish to remind Sara-igbe that it was resource control agitation been championed by Niger Delta that led to the compensation for Jonathan’s 6 years presidency. It was the activities of Boko Haram and Insecurity in the North that motivated Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, it was NADECO and OPC militia activities that led to Obasanjo’s Presidency in 1999, so definitely Igbos are looking for Igbo Presidency 2023, and Biafra agitation which includes South-South region is now championed by their prominent son, Alhaji Mujihad Asari Dokubo, who is the Supreme Leader of the Biafra National Council, definitely, it’s the turn of South-South region to support a Nigerian President of Igbo stock 2023 for posterity sake.

2023 PRESIDENCY: GIVE US CHRISTIAN PRESIDENT FROM THE SOUTH OR EXPECT ANOTHER CIVIL WAR – OHANAEZE WARNS__Coastal Times


NIGERIA – Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide has agreed to allow the South-South region to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 presidency.

South-South elders declared that the 2023 presidency should be ceded to the zone to avert crisis.

The Elders said giving 2023 presidency to the north will tear Nigeria apart, as the expiration of Buhari’s tenure completes North’s two tenures.

Sara Igbe, the National Publicity Secretary of Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, said South-South has used just one tenure, adding that it is only fair to allow the zone to produce the next president for another four years to complete the zone’s second tenure.

Reacting, Ohanaeze in a statement signed by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide agreed to support the move by South-South, warning that any move by the government to hand over the presidency to the North will lead to a civil war.

The Igbo group called on Nigerians to unite and produce a Christian President from the South to ensure progress and security, stressing that ‘It is an invitation to anarchy and suicidal for a Muslim North or Muslim South to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari”

The statement read: “The position of the South/South Elders Forum led by Chief Anabs Sara-Igbe on the Northern Aspirations to Succeed President Muhammadu Buhari by undemocratic elements, and any attempt by these Northern cabals to destroy the unconventional agreement of rotational presidency between North and South, will definitely plunge Nigeria into another civil War, civil disobedience and civil Unrest.

“In a multi-facets democracy like us where religion and ethnicity play a major role in our Democracy, OYC advocates in 2023, that Nigeria should produce a Christian President from the South to ensure Progress and Security.

“Its an invitation to anarchy and suicidal for a Muslim North or Muslim South to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari but definitely a Christian southerner is what is ideal.

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide observed that in the twenty years of Nigeria’s Democracy, Igbos supported Obasanjo, Yar’adua, Jonathan and Buhari, and deserve the Support from Nigerians across-the-board especially the Niger Delta in 2023, it’s on record that during 2011 and 2015 Igbo votes for Jonathan exceeded that of entire South/South Votes for Jonathan, the allusion the South/South will do one term is a ruse, as it’s only Goodluck Jonathan that is limited by Nigeria’s Constitution for one Tenure Until he declares interest,2023 Igbo Presidency Project remains the hope of Nigeria.

“We advise Chief Anabs Sara-Igbe to follow up with the footsteps of the leader of Niger Delta, and Elder Statesman, Pa Edwin Clark who had declared support for 2023 Igbo Presidency Project for Peace, Justice, and Fairness, apart from Goodluck Jonathan, every other South/South aspirants are entitled to the Constitutional provision of two terms.so OYC urges Sara-igbe to support Igbo Presidency Project as he observed that Igbos had never been in the saddle 50 Years after the Biafra War.

“OYC wishes to correct an erroneous but false impressions, that North doubts Igbo’s sincerity of Igbo Presidency project over Biafra, as a myth of falsehood created by proponents of instability and undemocratic anarchists fanning the embers of disintegration and unity of our beloved country through promotion of hate and Malice, with evil intent aimed at halting a Nigerian President of Igbo stock 2023 through spread of lies against Igbos, who are more Nigerians than tribe with investments worth over 221 trillion Naira in the North.

“We wish to remind Sara-igbe that it was resource control agitation been championed by Niger Delta that led to the compensation for Jonathan’s 6 years presidency. It was the activities of Boko Haram and Insecurity in the North that motivated Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, it was NADECO and OPC militia activities that led to Obasanjo’s Presidency in 1999, so definitely Igbos are looking for Igbo Presidency 2023, and Biafra agitation which includes South-South region is now championed by their prominent son, Alhaji Mujihad Asari Dokubo, who is the Supreme Leader of the Biafra National Council, definitely, it’s the turn of South-South region to support a Nigerian President of Igbo stock 2023 for posterity sake.

MILITARY INVASION: INDIGENES OF BILABIRI 1 & 2 COMMUNITIES CRY OUT OVER MISSING RELATIVES__Coastal Times


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Some indigenes of the Bilabiri I and II communities in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State who took refuge in the forest in the wake of Friday’s military invasion of the community have still not returned.

Meanwhile, the chairman of Alabini Rural Development Area, (RDA) Hon Frank Seide, whose house was also razed during the military action has condemned the invasion, describing it as “an action taken too far,” and has called on the federal government to take steps to addressed the suffering of the displaced people affected.

Seide, who also condemned the kidnappings and killing of some military personnel in the area by some youths, said it sad and regrettable that innocent people including women and children that are suffering from the action, adding that some of the indigenes who fled into the forest were still reported missing.

He said, ” It is unfortunate that things in the Niger Delta area are always taken too far. As a community and people, we condemned the military invasion of Bilabiri communities, just as we also condemned in strong terms the heinous crime of some of our disgruntled youths.

“I am one of the victims of the invasion as my building was also razed for no just cause and it is very sad and condemnable and should be condemned by all well-meaning Nigerians. As we speak, some of our brothers and sisters who fled are still missing while others including myself, our Monarch and others in the Bilabiri 1&2 Communities have been displaced. We are calling on the federal and state government representatives at all levels to come to our aid at this period.” (Saturday Vanguard)

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