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Akhil Jaiswal 1. Abdullah, the king of Saudi Arabia appointed his half-brother Moqren as the next heir to the throne. 2. Sunil Gavaskar was appointed as the interim president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) by the Supreme Court. Sunil Gavaskar Read more ...
replaced the present BCCI chief N Srinivasan. 3. Jens Stoltenberg was appointed as the Secretary General of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). He will replace the incumbent Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. 4. General Sedki Sobhi was sworn-in as the new Defence Minister and Army Chief of Egypt. 5. Rajiv Takru was appointed as the Revenue Secretary. He will succeed Sumit Bose. 6. Rakesh Sethi was appointed as CMD of Allahabad Bank. 7. Sheila Dikshit, the former chief minister of Delhi was appointed as the 22nd Governor of Kerala. She will succeed Nikhil Kumar. 8. Indian-origin Gopal Rao won UK Twitter Prize. 9. Japanese architect Shigeru Ban won the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2014. 10. Govind Mishra, the renowned Hindi author will receive Sarawasti Samman for the year 2013 for his book Dhool Paudho Par published in 2008. 11. The 86th Annual Academy Oscar Awards 2014 - The best picture award was won by 12 Years A Slave of Steve McQueen. Best Actor – Matthew McConaughey (Film-Dallas Buyers Club), Best Actress - Cate Blanchett (Film - Blue Jasmine), Best Director - Alfonso Cuaron (Film – Gravity). 12. Physicist Rajesh Gopakumar was selected for G D Birla Award for scientific research for the year 2013. 13. The new Corporate Responsibility Regulations notified recently was not applicable to the State Bank of India, but it would comply voluntarily as SBI was created under SBI Act. 14. Indian journalist Shubranshu Choudhary won Google digital activism award for regional news service. 15. Tomas Halik, the Czech priest won the Templeton Prize for 2014. 16. President Pranab Mukherjee presented the President's Standard and Colours Award to 112 Helicopter Unit and President's Colour to 4 Base Repair Depot (BRD). 17. Indian writer Pankaj Mishra won Windham Campbell Literature Prize 2014 in non-fiction category. 18. US honoured Laxmi, an acid attack victim with the prestigious International Women of Courage Award. 19. Chandi Prasad Bhatt, the noted Gandhian environmentalist and social activist won the Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2013. Bhatt was one of the pioneers of the Chipko movement. 20. Actor Arjun Kapoor was named as the brand ambassador of the Earth hour 2014. Earth hour is an initiative under which citizens are advised to switch off all electricity for an hour. It is organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). 21. Grand jury of US indicted Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, the person accused for visa fraud and for under paying her housekeeper. Earlier, the virtually identical charges against Devyani were dropped by a court on the ground that she enjoyed diplomatic immunity. 22. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, the Army Chief of Egypt resigned to contest in Presidential election. 23. Dr KC Chakrabarty, the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India resigned. Earlier, Anand Sinha retired from the position of Deputy Governor of RBI. 24. GK Pillai resigned as Chairman of MCX-SX on 14 March 2014. Consequently, current Vice Chairman and former LIC Chairman, Thomas Mathew T was elected as new Chairman. 25. Nandan Nilekani resigned as chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). He joined the Congress Party to contest Lok Sabha Polls from the Bangalore South constituency. 26. Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Apple Inc Peter Oppenheimer announced his retirement. 27. Veteran film actress of Hindi and Marathi films, Nanda died. 28. Khushwant Singh, the renowned author and journalist died. 29. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, the former President and leader of Sierra Leone died. 30. South China Sea-Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared in the South China Sea. 31. Union Ministry of Minority Affairs launched Nalanda Project for Minorities Higher Educational Institutions. 32. Union Ministry of Minority Affairs launched a new initiative Maulana Azad Sehat Scheme for the welfare of minorities. 33. India was ranked fourth in a Microsoft report in the list of the countries sending out spam e-mails. India has followed three nations namely USA, China, UK. 34. India’s import of weapon systems is three times more than Pakistan and China. The report published by as Swedish Think Tank, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has claimed that India continues to be the largest buyer of arms in the world. 35. Mumbai was the least expensive major city for expatriates among the major cities of the world. This was revealed in a report released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). After Mumbai, Karachi and New Delhi are the least expensive city in the world. Singapore was ranked as the most expensive city. 36. The Third Nuclear Security Summit was held in The Hague, Netherlands from 24 to 25 March 2014. 37. A non-profit group Vandana Foundation launched AQUATM in Mumbai. The AQUATM is a water vending machine from which water can be purchased. 38. A multi-pronged National campaign on Dengue, U & Me Against Dengue, was launched to eradicate dengue across six Indian cities with public private partnership. 39. Union Defence Ministry ordered a CBI investigation into the purchase of jet fighter engines from Britain’s Rolls-Royce that worth 10000 crore rupees. 40. Indian Navy successfully completed Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise (TROPEX), one of its largest war drills spread over Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal region. 41. India and Nepal started a joint military exercise at Saljhandi in Rupandehi district of Nepal. The two week exercise named Ex-Surya Kiran Drills VI. 42. Third BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) Summit was held from 1 March to 4 March 2014 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Indian Prime Minster visited Myanmar. 43. Sumith Nakandala was appointed as the first Secretary General of BIMSTEC. 44. The Union Cabinet gave its approval for the setting up of 54 Kendriya Vidyalayas, four National Institutes of Design (NIDs), and 3,500 model schools at the block level in Educationally Backward Blocks (EBBs). The proposal to set up new KVs during the 12th Five Year Plan period. 45. Various Central agencies cleared seven major National Highway projects, including the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, pertaining mostly to Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana and Punjab and Rajasthan. 47. The Centre assailed the January 21 Supreme Court verdict commuting the death sentence of 15 convicts to life term, saying the President’s decision in disposing of a mercy petition was beyond judicial review. 48. With a view to promoting affordable and effective generic drugs, the Centre has asked the States to provide space in government hospitals for their sale so that more Jan Aushadhi Stores could be opened. 49. President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2014 that would pave way for the creation of the State of Telangana, and approved the Cabinet’s recommendation to impose Central rule in the State. 50. Russia’s Parliament has approved the use of armed force in Ukraine, even as the West warned Moscow not to intervene in the troubled post-Soviet state. 51. Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung approved a proposal to bring back trams in Chandni Chowk area. 52. Justice G. Rohini is set to become the first woman Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court. 53. Two fund houses of SBI and Axis have filed papers with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to start mutual fund schemes linked to inflation-indexed bonds. 54. Former Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman J. S. Sarma, an advocate of telecom sector reforms, has passed away. 55. The Union government has raised by 10 to 20 basis points the interest rates on select fixed deposit schemes offered by post offices. The rate hike will come into effect from April 1, 2014. The rate hike decision is in line with the recommendations of the Shyamala Gopinath Committee. 56. With the provisional exclusion of the Indian Boxing Federation (IBF), the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has suggested that a new national federation be floated to revive the country’s relations with the international boxing community. The AIBA, which suspended the IBF on December 6, 2012 due to alleged irregularities in its elections held that year. 57. RBI decided to allow foreign inward remittances received under money transfer service scheme (MTSS) directly into the bank account of the beneficiary through electronic modes such as national electronic funds transfer (NEFT) and immediate payment service (IMPS). 58. The elections for the 16th Lok Sabha, along with the Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim, will be held on nine different dates. The first date is April 7 and the last is May 12. Counting of votes will be held on May 16. Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath, accompanied by Election Commissioners H.S. Brahma and S.N.A. Zaidi, said Bihar and Uttar Pradesh would have the maximum of six polling dates each. 59. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged the Uttar Pradesh government to take immediate action to end the strike by government doctors which has resulted in "violation of people’s right to health and life.” 60. India’s current account deficit (CAD) narrowed sharply to $4.2 billion (0.9 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP)) in the third quarter of the current financial year. 61. Telecom subscribers across the country can now register complaints by dialling a special toll free number 1063. 62. At Graphic Era University in Dehradun as Arvind Mishra, a young assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, broke the Guinness record of 121 hours in the non-stop lecturing category. 63. For the first time candidates will have the option of e-filing their affidavits in the coming Lok Sabha and Assembly polls. The mandatory affidavits (Form 26), to be submitted at the time of filing nomination papers, include information on the candidate’s assets (movable and immovable property), property and accounts abroad, liabilities, educational qualifications and criminal antecedents, if any, and the name of the spouse and dependents. 64. Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) will celebrate International Women's Day by organising financial literacy camps for women. All the 12 branches of the bank will organise financial literacy camps on March 8. 65. China announced its biggest hike in military spending in three years, with its defence budget set to cross $130 billion in the coming year. 66. Tata Motors said it had tied up with Bharatiya Mahila Bank to provide retail finance to its passenger vehicle customers. 67. Bihar is India’s fastest growing State with its Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) growing at 15.05 per cent during 2012-13. According to the CSO data, Gujarat grew at 7.96 per cent, ranked sixth, behind Bihar, Madhya Pradesh (9.89 per cent), Goa (8.47 per cent), Kerala (8.24 per cent) and Odisha (8.09 per cent). The all-India economic growth in 2012-13 was 4.47 per cent. 68. A high-power committee under the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) has been set up to find ways for the banking sector to comply with Basel-III capital norms. The decision was taken at a sub-committee meeting of FSDC chaired by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan. 69. Myanmar received the award of World’s Best Tourist Destination for 2014 by the European Union Council on Tourism and Trade. 70. To expedite proceedings against sitting MPs and MLAs in criminal cases, the Supreme Court asked lower courts to complete trial within a year of framing of charges. 71. Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut landed back on Earth in Kazakhstan after a stay of more than half a year aboard the International Space Station (ISS). 72. China said it would allow, for the first time, the setting up of five private banks on a trial basis. 73. Bharatiya Mahila Bank Limited, the first women’s bank and a wholly-owned government institution, proposes to open 55 more branches in Tier 4, Tier-5 and Tier-6 cities in 2014-15. 74. Gold and silver imports declined by 71.4 per cent to $1.63 billion in February mainly due to restrictions imposed by the government. 75. The Supreme Court declined to review its January 21 verdict, commuting the death sentence of 15 convicts to life term because of inordinate delay on the part of the President in disposing of their mercy petitions. 76. Rakesh Sethi took over as Chairman and Managing Director of Allahabad Bank. 77. The U.S. financial regulator warned consumers that using the online currency Bitcoin was fraught with risks, including theft by hacking and fraud. 78. The Director General of Civil Aviation has come out with new detailed guidelines for the physically challenged travelling by air, making it clear that no airline can refuse to fly them. 79. India and Bangladesh are keen to increase business relations by setting up inland waterways for hassle-free movement of cargo. 80. Singapore’s central bank said it would regulate ‘intermediaries’ for the Bitcoin virtual currency to prevent them from being used for money laundering and terrorist financing. 81. India’s foreign exchange reserves jumped by $1.088 billion to touch $295.45 billion during the week ended March 7, 2014. 82. Crimea declared independence from Ukraine and applied to rejoin Russia. Nearly 97 percent of voters said “yes” to revert to Russia. 83. Designed and built using a $777,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the self-contained, waterless toilet with its innovative technology converts human waste to biochar, a highly porous charcoal. It aims to provide an eco-friendly solution to help some of the 2.5 billion people around the world lacking safe sanitation. 84. Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said he had called President Barack Obama to complain that the U.S. government is undermining confidence in the Internet with vast, secret surveillance programmes. 85. Wholesale Price Index Inflation slipped to a nine-month low of 4.68 per cent in February. 86. Goldman Sachs Asset Management (India) has announced the launch of CPSE-ETF (Central Public Sector Enterprise Exchange Traded Fund) new fund offer, which tracks the central public sector enterprises (CPSE) index. Through this fund, investors can invest in Maharatnas, Navratnas and Miniratnas companies. 87. The Andhra Pradesh State government has in principle decided for the Rs. 1,000-crore Missile Test Launch Facility project proposed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Nagayalanka mandal of Krishna district. 88. For the first time, a large section of the still classified Henderson Brooks Report, which details a comprehensive operational review of India’s military debacle in India China war 1962, has been made public. 89. El Salvador’s election officials declared Sanchez Ceren the winner in presidential election. 90. Ludhiana and Kanpur are among the 10 most polluted cities in the world, says the World Health Organisation. Ludhiana made it to the fourth position along with Quetta in Pakistan. Kanpur made it to the ninth position. The most polluted city in the world is Ahvaz in Iran. 91. The Election Commission has directed content managers of social networking sites to make sure that candidates do not post anything violative of the model code of conduct. The guidelines will be applicable to a range of Internet-based social media including Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Wikipedia. 92. The All India Bank Employees’ Association has sought the immediate intervention of Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath to disqualify top loan defaulters from entering the poll fray. 93. The Home Ministry has taken action against about 19,000 non-government organisations which did not file returns within the stipulated time period. 94. Reserve Bank of India has warned all domestic banks to take steps before Microsoft ends its Windows XP software support from April 8, 2014. 95. A city court directed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and her close aide N. Sasikala to appear before it on April 3 to face trial in cases pertaining to alleged failure to file Income Tax returns. 96. The Central Government will sell 4.2 crore shares or 9 per cent stake in Axis Bank. The government holds about 20.72 per cent of the shares of the third largest Indian private sector bank through the Specified Undertaking of UTI (Unit trust of India). 97. The EU welcomed Ukraine into the Western fold, signing the political provisions of a landmark accord. European Union leaders agreed sanctions against top Russian politicians and stepped up efforts to cut the bloc’s debilitating energy dependence on Russia. 98. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan said that the central bank was yet to take a decision on Urjit Patel committee report which had suggested an inflation target and was still in discussion with the government on the subject. 99. British retail major Tesco announced that it was forming an equal joint venture with Trent Ltd., a part of the Tata Group, by picking up 50 per cent stake in Trent Hypermarket Ltd (THL) for about Rs.850 crore. 100. North Korea test-fired 30 short-range missiles into the sea. The missiles are estimated to have flown about 60 km. 102. ‘Book your own coach’ – is the latest initiative rolled out by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for the benefit of foreign travellers, tourists and students. 103. The Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) will open three more branches in three capital cities of the northeastern States - Agartala (Tripura), Shillong (Meghalaya) and Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh). 104. Prime Minister Muhammed Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan had postponed giving India the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status. 105. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has clarified that poll campaign-related news appearing in newspapers and channels owned by political parties will fall under the purview of paid news. 106. Bank of India launched IMT (Instant Money Transfer), which allows cardless cash withdrawal at its IMT-enabled ATMs, a first-of-its-kind initiative by any public sector bank. The facility can be initiated by the bank’s customer over bank’s ATM and retail Internet banking. The sender initiates IMT by providing receiver’s mobile number, four digits sender code and the IMT amount. Monthly withdrawal limit prescribed for IMT transaction is Rs.25,000 for receiver, and per transaction limit of Rs.10,000. IMT, once issued, is valid for 14 days. 107. The Election Commission (EC) has directed the government to defer notification of the order on gas price hike till the end of the general election in the third week of May. 108. After having launched its first ATM a year ago, Tata Communications Payment Solutions Limited (TCPSL) which is the first non-banking firm to launch its ATM network or white label ATMs said it plans to roll out 15,000 ATMs across India by June 2016. 109. The G8 group of top economic powers have suspended Russia for annexing Crimea, and has threatened to impose far-reaching sanctions if Moscow continued its incursion into Ukraine. The U.S. and six other economic powers also scrapped the G8 summit to be hosted by Russia in Sochi in June. 110. More than a year after the shocking Delhi gang rape, the Indian Ordinance factory launched a light-weight revolver, “Nirbheek,” designed especially for women to defend themselves from assault. 111. Shigeru Ban, Japanese architect known for his creative and inexpensive designs for disaster relief shelters, has won the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize. 112. The death sentence passed by an Egyptian court against 529 supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy has triggered an outcry among a wide cross section of the legal community. 113. The Reserve Bank of India simplified foreign portfolio investment norms. The portfolio investor registered in accordance with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) guidelines shall be called Registered Foreign Portfolio Investor (RFPI). The existing portfolio investor class, namely, Foreign Institutional Investor (FII) and Qualified Foreign Investor (QFI) registered with SEBI shall be subsumed under RFPI. 114. Creating a new Guinness world record, over two-and-half lakh Bangladeshis performed a chorus of their national anthem at the national parade ground to mark the country’s 43rd Independence Day. 115. European Union member states decided to ban the import of five types of fruits and vegetables from India. 116. The U.N. Human Rights Council launched an inquiry into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, despite Colombo’s fierce efforts to block an investigation. In a 23-12 vote, the council backed a Western-sponsored resolution to investigate into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights. India, for the first time, abstained from voting. 117. The discovery of two more mounds in January at the Harappan site of Rakhigarhi in Hisar district, Haryana, has led to archaeologists establishing it as the biggest Harappan civilisation site. 118. Supreme Court directed all the States to abolish manual scavenging and take steps for rehabilitation of such workers. 119. The World Health Organisation (WHO) South-East Asia Region, home to a quarter of the world’s population, was certified polio-free by an independent commission under the WHO certification process. 120. Russian mathematician Yakov Grigorevich Sinai, one of the most influential mathematicians of the 20th Century, has been chosen for the 2014 Abel Prize by the Norwegian Academy of Science Letters. 121. The U.N. General Assembly adopted a Western-backed resolution declaring Crimea’s referendum illegitimate and refusing to recognise Russia’s annexation of the peninsula. The non-binding resolution was passed in the 193-member body, with 100 votes in favour and 11 against. 122. Outgoing Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has threatened action by India against Switzerland at global forums such as G20 for its persistent denial to share information on Indians stashing money in its banks. Indian tax authorities have sought information on Indians with accounts in Swiss banks under the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA). 123. Srei Infrastructure Finance is planning to start roll-out of its while label ATMs (WLAs) between July and September starting with a pilot of 200 Tier-III towns in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. 124. The Reserve Bank of India extended the transitional period for banks to complete the full implementation of Basel-III capital regulations up to March 31, 2019, instead of March 31, 2018. 125. Government has set up a Tax Administration Reform Commission comprising officials from public and private sector agencies. Parthasarathi Shome is the chairman this Commission. 126. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) imposed a penalty of Rs 1 crore on Google for failing to provide information related to an investigation into its alleged unfair trade practices in India. 127. Tata Group and Singapore Airlines received the mandatory security clearance. While both partners will initially invest $100 million, Tata Sons will be the majority partner with 51% stake. SIA will hold 49%. 128. Indian exports will fall short of the USD 325 billion target envisaged in the current fiscal. For the April-February period, the country's merchandise exports were up 4.79 per cent to USD 282.7 billion. Imports during the 11-month period fell 8.65 per cent to USD 410.86 billion. The trade deficit during this period was USD 128 billion. 129. The Supreme Court restrained the Centre and the Unique Identification Authority of India from sharing the vast biometric database of Aadhaar cards with any third party or agency without the consent of the registered person. It also ruled that people cannot be denied any service or benefit for not having an Aadhaar card. 130. Consumer Price Index Inflation declined to 8.1 per cent. 131. Foreign direct investment (FDI) into the services sector declined by about 60 per cent to USD 1.59 billion in the first nine months of this financial year. 132. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion had proposed relaxation of FDI norms in the construction sector and 100 per cent FDI in the railway sector. 133. India and the United States have decided to enhance cooperation for automatic exchange of information on tax evasion and detection of financial crimes, shoring up efforts to crackdown on black money cases involving economic channels of the two countries. 134. China has emerged India’s biggest trading partner in the current fiscal replacing the UAE. 135. Kotak Mahindra Bank announced the launch of Jifi, a first-of-its-kind fully integrated social bank account that transcends normal digital banking by seamlessly incorporating social networking platforms like Twitter and Facebook with mainstream banking. 136. Country's largest lender the State Bank of India (SBI) will sell bad loans amounting to Rs 3,000 crore in the last quarter of the ongoing fiscal to the Asset Reconstruction Companies. 137. RBI has decided to withdraw the pre-2005 currency notes from circulation and asked the holders of such currency to exchange them by January 1, 2015. The earlier deadline was June 30. Thereafter, people would have had to produce identity proof to exchange more than 10 notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000. Meanwhile, banks have been advised to stop re-issue of the pre-2005 series notes over the counters/through ATMs. 138. Central Bank of India has sold its entire stake in credit information provider CIBIL to Transunion International Inc. Central Bank had a 5 per cent stake in CIBIL while Transunion is the majority shareholder in CIBIL at 27.5 per cent.
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Abdulwahab Uthman This is one yardstick use to measure the commonly speculated Nigerian population as having more Christians than Muslims, and was used in selection of delegates to the ongoing national conference. Use all your powers to conceal the truth, Truth will Read more ...
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Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs Takes Ayo Oritsejafor To The Gutters, Expose His Many Lies By editor on April 11, 2014 By The Paradigm The Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs has taken the controversial leader of the Christian Association of Nig Read more ...
eria CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor to the gutters over what it calls “frivolous and unsubstantiated utterances on certain issues with a view to heating up the polity”. The council through a release by its Acting Director of Publicity Muhammad K. Qasim, said that the council is constrained to recall that certain lies blatantly told in the past had undermined world peace in some parts of the globe and resulted in the death and displacement of millions of people. “It is on this note that we wish to prove that many of the claims of the CAN leadership in recent years on the state of the nation were motivated by reasons which were evidently at variance with the truth. The Council went on to prove that Mr. Ayo Oritsejafor had been feeding lies to the Nigerian public and the Presidency. Read the full release below: [Press Release] As many Nigerians would have observed, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has, in recent times, been using the media to make frivolous and unsubstantiated utterances on certain issues with a view to heating up the polity. Many of these utterances have been unfortunate, given the public status of the spokesperson who has been fanning the ember of religious hostility through implacable inflammatory utterances in a multi-religious country like ours. When the unconventional rhetoric of the CAN leadership began on the pages of newspapers a couple of years ago, we took it for a temporary outburst that would soon fizzle out. This was reinforced by our solid commitment to the various layers of our interactions with the Christian community in the country and our belief that turning religion into a political gambit would be igniting a keg of gunpowder, hence our resolve not to respond in the like manner. Despite the attitude of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) of not responding to frivolous and unwarranted media propaganda, we are constrained to recall that certain lies blatantly told in the past had undermined world peace in some parts of the globe and resulted in the death and displacement of millions of people. It is on this note that we wish to prove that many of the claims of the CAN leadership in recent years on the state of the nation were motivated by reasons which were evidently at variance with the truth. We are aware that not all our Christian compatriots appreciate or support the combative posture and aggressive rhetoric of the current CAN leadership. This is evident in a recent public rebuttal by the Bornu State’s CAN leadership of a baseless allegation that some churches and Christian schools were clandestinely marked out for demolition in the State. That State’s CAN leadership had to admonish the national leadership of CAN to always “clarify issues relating to Christian communities at the State level before making (embarrassing) public statements on such issues. …We feel that the channel had not been exhausted in this matter hence this response.” The mere fact that the Federal Government has been listening to fabricated data and the lies blatantly told about Islam and Muslims in this country have been reflecting in the polity especially in the lopsidedness being witnessed in critical areas of Federal appointments and postings,even in the military and security agencies. Though we have data to the effect that about 85% of appointments as Heads of Federal Parastatals have been given to Christians through which the majority of Nigerians are marginalized, for now we want to principally address only the single example originated by CAN to illustrate our assertion that lies are being circulated as facts by CAN leadership in Nigeria for personal and political gains Nigerians would recall that in the last week of July 2013, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, in a syndicated interview, alleged that “Nigerian Christians are treated as second class citizens”. The interview was published in the Vanguard of 27th July 2013, several other newspapers and on-line media. In the interview, among other mendacious statements, the CAN President alleged that Christians are being marginalized in Nigeria while the truth is obvious even to the blind that the opposite is the case. On the Nigerian Television Authority, for example, the CAN President said: “Go to the Government owned media houses and see what is happening there, especially the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA). I don’t know now because some of them retired at a point, but, before their retirement, the seven directors out of eight were Muslims. Turn that around and see what will happen. What do you call that? Second class citizens.” While the reasons for which verifiable information are distorted and lies are publicly promoted based on mere conjectures, we want to aver that contrary to what the CAN President said, NTA, like other segments of the Nigerian enterprise, is a Christian enclave. Below is the list of the composition of the Management Board of the NTA since inception to date and the facts speak for themselves: MANAGEMENT BOARD OF NTA (1976 TO NOVEMBER 2008) 1 MADUKA VINCEN T DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 O. OLUWOLE DIRECTOR FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 CHIEF SEGUN OLUSOLA - DIRECTOR COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 4 ENGR. UGWU DIRECTOR ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 5 MOHAMMED IBRAHIM/ YAHYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR NEWS MUSLIM 6 ADAMU AUGIE M.D NTPC MUSLIM 7 DR. VICTORIA EZE OKOLI DIR, PROGRAMMES (DG’s OFFICE) CHRISTIAN 1 DR. WALTER OFONAGORO DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR OF FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 4 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO DIRECTOR, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 5 YAHAYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR, NEWS MUSLIM 6 SEGUN OLUSOLA DIRECTOR, COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 1 SHINGLE IGWE DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 SEGUN OLUSOLA DIRECTOR, COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 3 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR FINANCE CHRISTIAN 4 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIRECTOR PROGRAMME CHRISTIAN 5 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO DIRECTOR ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 KERE AHMED DIRECTOR CORPORATE AFFAIRS MUSLIM 7 YAHAYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR, NEWS MUSLIM 1 MOH’D IBRAHIM DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR, FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 PATRICH ITYOHEGH DIR., NAT. PRODUCTION CHRISTIAN 4 DR VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIR., PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 ISAAC WAKOMBO DIR., ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 BAYO SANDA DIR., COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 7 YAHYA ABUBAKAR DIR., NEWS. MUSLIM 8 ABDULRAHMAN MICHIKA DIR., ABUJA PROJECT MUSLIM 1 MOHAMMED IBRAHIM DIRECTOR GENERAL (PART. PRIVATIZATION) MUSLIM 2 SAIDU ABUBAKAR ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 3 PATRICK ITYOHEGH DIR, OPERATIONS CHRISTIAN 4 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 5 ENG. ISAAC WAKOMBO ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 PRINCE BAYO SANDA ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 7 DR. MADU MAILAFIA ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 1 PARICK ITYOHEGH DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 DR. BIODUN SOTUMBI ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 DR. MADU MAILAFIA ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 6 SAIDU ABUBAKAR ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 1 BEN MURRAY BRUCE DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 BABS AKINLOLU/ JAMES DUGGAN, ED, FIN./ ADMIN CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. EDDY AMANA ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 JIMMY ATTEH/PETER IGHO ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 DR. TONIE IREDIA/JIMMY ATTEH ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 6 MALLAM HASSAN BELLO ED, MARKETING MUSLIM 7 MALLAM USMAN MAGAWATA ED, TRAINING (1YR) MUSLIM 1 DR. TONIE IREDIA DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 EMMA MBANUGO ED, FINANCE & ADMIN CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. EDDY AMANA ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 JIMMY F. ATTEH ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 ENGR. SUNDAY IBOK ED, SPECIAL DUTIES CHRISTIAN 6 PETER IGHO ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 7 USMAN MAGAWATA ED, NEWS MUSLIM 8 MALLAM HASSAN BELLO ED, MARKETING MUSLIM (Mallam Hassan Bello retired during this time which was followed by a re-organization process that left Usman Magawata as the only Muslim in the Management till 2008) FROM NOVEMBER 2008 TO APRIL 2012 (Less than 4 years) 1 MALLAM USMAN MAGAWATA DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 MALLAM BELLO SULE ED, PROGRAMMES MUSLIM 3 MALLAM MUSA MAYAKI ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 4 MALLAM YAKUBU IBN. MOH’D ED, SPECIAL DUTIES MUSLIM 5 ENGR. SHUIBU NDA ADAMA ED, ENGINEERING MUSLIM 6 MALLAM GARBA MAMU ED, NEWS MUSLIM 7 PASTOR (MRS) IFY UZODINMA ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 8 VICTORIA OLUMIDI ED, TRAINING CHRISTIAN 1 MALLAM MUSA MAIYAKI AG DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 ENGR. SHUAIBU NDA ADAMA ENGINEERING MUSLIM 3 MALLAM GARBA MAMU ED, NEWS MUSLIM OVERSEEING OFFICERS 1 MUHMUD UMAR PROGRAMMES (acting) 2 DEMBO UMAR MARKETING (acting) 3 WOLE COKER SPECIAL DUTIES/ multi channels 4 FRANK WILLIAMS TRAINING (acting) 5 NGOZI BARDA ADMIN. (Acting) 6 PHILIP OFUEGBU DIR, FINANCE NOTE: The Secretary/Legal Adviser who is a key member of NTA Management Board has always been a Christian since the inception of NTA. The Secretaries, since inception, are: MRS. DAISY DANJUMA DR. DEJI AYINDE MRS. NGOZI BARDA MRS. PAULINE IGBANOR MRS. TESSY NWANERI The summary here is that members of the Board of Directors (External Board members) have always been about 80% Christian and 20% Muslim since the inception of the NTA. The propaganda launched against Muslims and falsehood peddled against them have often influenced the composition of the Boards and Parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation in such a way that Muslims have been grossly marginalized. For example, members of the New Boards of Federal Parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation are as follows: 1. Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) 1 Chief Patrick Ogbu Chairman 2 Bashir Samaila Ahmed Member 3 Daniel Bwala Member 4 Ahmed M. Agina Member 5 Dele Fagoriola Member 6 Rose Okoronkwo (Mrs) Member 7 Billy Etuk Member 8 Director-General, NTA Member 2. Voice of Nigeria (VON) (1) Andy Aghaji Chairman (2) Haruna Ahmed Member (3) George Korgba Member (4) Prof. Fred Onyeziri Member (5) Oruma Steve Member (6) Bature Umar Member (7) Ogu Odey Member (8) Director-General, VON Member 3. Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) (1) Ben Murray Bruce Chairman (2) Elvis Agukwe Member (3) Funke Egbemode (Mrs) Member (4) Bola Doherty Member (5) Farouk Dalhatu Member (6) Joyce Chinedu (Mrs) Member (7) Hajia Hauwa Kida Member (8) Abubakar Damboh Member (9) Director-General, FRCN Member 4. NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA (NAN) (1) Ibrahim Buba Chairman (2) Vtony Prest Member (3) Dr Attah Pine Member (4) Ifeanyi Ossai Member (5) Tons Fetepigi Member 5. NATIONAL ORIENTATION AGENCY (NOA) (1) CHAIRMAN EDOH OBI 6. NIGERIAN FILM CORPORATION (1) Bongos Igwue Chairman (2) Sani Danja Member (3) Wada Musa Member (4) Bright Chinedu Nnebedum Member This disproportionate composition as the names show characterizes various segments of the current Government’s Administration. The Christian community is being appeased and pampered while the rights of the Muslim community are being trampled upon with impunity.Where for God’s sake is the sense of equity of the President of CAN? ADMISSION INTO NDA TOO! The recently published admission list of students into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) is another shocker for Nigerian Muslims and a seeming precursor of a hidden agenda being nursed by the authorities in charge. The composition of that list through which Christians dominate such admission list even in predominantly Muslim States is a clear reminder of ‘Rwanda Experience’. ANOTHER POINTER: FEC Another display of flagrant insensitivity to all norms of justice and fairness is that there is no single Muslim from the entire Southern Nigeria in the cabinet of the current Federal Government. ! INSULT UPON INJURY NSCIA used to assume that the apparent lopsidedness in those appoints was accidental but the constant reckless utterances of Pastor Oritsejafor have lent credence to the contrary. Moreso, his pronouncements have, of recent, become directives to the FGN. Given this dangerous trend and the random deliberate provocation by the current CAN President to add insult to injury; the NSCIA is left with no choice than to join issues with CAN by updating Nigerian Muslims with unassailable facts. Having tolerated CAN’ s irritation for so long in the interest of peace and without any reciprocation, we are compelled to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and to henceforth resist any unwarranted bullying and intimidation of Nigerian Muslims by the President of CAN. We insist that it is unbecoming of religious leaders to publicly tell lies in order to gain cheap popularity and vainglory and we believe that right-thinking Nigerians would, for the purpose of truth and justice, note these facts. Why would anyone who claims to be a religious leader want to lead Nigeria into the ugly spectre of a religious war through belligerent utterances and false allegations just to gain vainglorious self-assertiveness? Why would a religious leader not reflect before making a public pronouncement? As Muslims, we affirm our belief in peaceful and harmonious co-existence with people of other faiths according to the tenets of our religion just as we recommit ourselves to working together with reasonable Christian brothers and sisters in Nigeria towards promoting what unites us . Meanwhile, as a further demonstration of our tolerance, we still advise the national leadership of CAN to always PAUSE, THINK and VERIFY information before making public statements that may amount to fallacy and desist from its chosen path of war mongering just for transient pleasure and selfish cheap gains. If the politicians are busy heightening tension and increasing the national blood pressure, the role of religious leaders should be to douse rather than ignite an inflammable situation in the land. God save Nigeria. Signed Muhammad K. Qasim NSCIA Ag. Director of Publicity FOR AND ON BEHALF OF NSCIA — with Ameer Taawun Dawood Imran and 3 others.
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g exams. 1. Abdullah, the king of Saudi Arabia appointed his half-brother Moqren as the next heir to the throne. 2. Sunil Gavaskar was appointed as the interim president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) by the Supreme Court. Sunil Gavaskar replaced the present BCCI chief N Srinivasan. 3. Jens Stoltenberg was appointed as the Secretary General of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). He will replace the incumbent Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. 4. General Sedki Sobhi was sworn-in as the new Defence Minister and Army Chief of Egypt. 5. Rajiv Takru was appointed as the Revenue Secretary. He will succeed Sumit Bose. 6. Rakesh Sethi was appointed as CMD of Allahabad Bank. 7. Sheila Dikshit, the former chief minister of Delhi was appointed as the 22nd Governor of Kerala. She will succeed Nikhil Kumar. 8. Indian-origin Gopal Rao won UK Twitter Prize. 9. Japanese architect Shigeru Ban won the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2014. 10. Govind Mishra, the renowned Hindi author will receive Sarawasti Samman for the year 2013 for his book Dhool Paudho Par published in 2008. 11. The 86th Annual Academy Oscar Awards 2014 – The best picture award was won by 12 Years A Slave of Steve McQueen. Best Actor – Matthew McConaughey (Film-Dallas Buyers Club), Best Actress – Cate Blanchett (Film – Blue Jasmine), Best Director – Alfonso Cuaron (Film – Gravity). 12. Physicist Rajesh Gopakumar was selected for G D Birla Award for scientific research for the year 2013. 13. The new Corporate Responsibility Regulations notified recently was not applicable to the State Bank of India, but it would comply voluntarily as SBI was created under SBI Act. 14. Indian journalist Shubranshu Choudhary won Google digital activism award for regional news service. 15. Tomas Halik, the Czech priest won the Templeton Prize for 2014. 16. President Pranab Mukherjee presented the President’s Standard and Colours Award to 112 Helicopter Unit and President’s Colour to 4 Base Repair Depot (BRD). 17. Indian writer Pankaj Mishra won Windham Campbell Literature Prize 2014 in non-fiction category. 18. US honoured Laxmi, an acid attack victim with the prestigious International Women of Courage Award. 19. Chandi Prasad Bhatt, the noted Gandhian environmentalist and social activist won the Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2013. Bhatt was one of the pioneers of the Chipko movement. 20. Actor Arjun Kapoor was named as the brand ambassador of the Earth hour 2014. Earth hour is an initiative under which citizens are advised to switch off all electricity for an hour. It is organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). 21. Grand jury of US indicted Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, the person accused for visa fraud and for under paying her housekeeper. Earlier, the virtually identical charges against Devyani were dropped by a court on the ground that she enjoyed diplomatic immunity. 22. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, the Army Chief of Egypt resigned to contest in Presidential election. 23. Dr KC Chakrabarty, the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India resigned. Earlier, Anand Sinha retired from the position of Deputy Governor of RBI. 24. GK Pillai resigned as Chairman of MCX-SX on 14 March 2014. Consequently, current Vice Chairman and former LIC Chairman, Thomas Mathew T was elected as new Chairman. 25. Nandan Nilekani resigned as chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). He joined the Congress Party to contest Lok Sabha Polls from the Bangalore South constituency. 26. Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Apple Inc Peter Oppenheimer announced his retirement. 27. Veteran film actress of Hindi and Marathi films, Nanda died. 28. Khushwant Singh, the renowned author and journalist died. 29. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, the former President and leader of Sierra Leone died. 30. South China Sea-Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared in the South China Sea. 31. Union Ministry of Minority Affairs launched Nalanda Project for Minorities Higher Educational Institutions. 32. Union Ministry of Minority Affairs launched a new initiative Maulana Azad Sehat Scheme for the welfare of minorities. 33. India was ranked fourth in a Microsoft report in the list of the countries sending out spam e-mails. India has followed three nations namely USA, China, UK. 34. India’s import of weapon systems is three times more than Pakistan and China. The report published by as Swedish Think Tank, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has claimed that India continues to be the largest buyer of arms in the world. 35. Mumbai was the least expensive major city for expatriates among the major cities of the world. This was revealed in a report released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). After Mumbai, Karachi and New Delhi are the least expensive city in the world. Singapore was ranked as the most expensive city. 36. The Third Nuclear Security Summit was held in The Hague, Netherlands from 24 to 25 March 2014. 37. A non-profit group Vandana Foundation launched AQUATM in Mumbai. The AQUATM is a water vending machine from which water can be purchased. 38. A multi-pronged National campaign on Dengue, U & Me Against Dengue, was launched to eradicate dengue across six Indian cities with public private partnership. 39. Union Defence Ministry ordered a CBI investigation into the purchase of jet fighter engines from Britain’s Rolls-Royce that worth 10000 crore rupees. 40. Indian Navy successfully completed Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise (TROPEX), one of its largest war drills spread over Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal region. 41. India and Nepal started a joint military exercise at Saljhandi in Rupandehi district of Nepal. The two week exercise named Ex-Surya Kiran Drills VI. 42. Third BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) Summit was held from 1 March to 4 March 2014 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Indian Prime Minster visited Myanmar. 43. Sumith Nakandala was appointed as the first Secretary General of BIMSTEC. 44. The Union Cabinet gave its approval for the setting up of 54 Kendriya Vidyalayas, four National Institutes of Design (NIDs), and 3,500 model schools at the block level in Educationally Backward Blocks (EBBs). The proposal to set up new KVs during the 12th Five Year Plan period. 45. Various Central agencies cleared seven major National Highway projects, including the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, pertaining mostly to Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana and Punjab and Rajasthan. 47. The Centre assailed the January 21 Supreme Court verdict commuting the death sentence of 15 convicts to life term, saying the President’s decision in disposing of a mercy petition was beyond judicial review. 48. With a view to promoting affordable and effective generic drugs, the Centre has asked the States to provide space in government hospitals for their sale so that more Jan Aushadhi Stores could be opened. 49. President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2014 that would pave way for the creation of the State of Telangana, and approved the Cabinet’s recommendation to impose Central rule in the State. 50. Russia’s Parliament has approved the use of armed force in Ukraine, even as the West warned Moscow not to intervene in the troubled post-Soviet state. 51. Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung approved a proposal to bring back trams in Chandni Chowk area. 52. Justice G. Rohini is set to become the first woman Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court. 53. Two fund houses of SBI and Axis have filed papers with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to start mutual fund schemes linked to inflation-indexed bonds. 54. Former Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman J. S. Sarma, an advocate of telecom sector reforms, has passed away. 55. The Union government has raised by 10 to 20 basis points the interest rates on select fixed deposit schemes offered by post offices. The rate hike will come into effect from April 1, 2014. The rate hike decision is in line with the recommendations of the Shyamala Gopinath Committee. 56. With the provisional exclusion of the Indian Boxing Federation (IBF), the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has suggested that a new national federation be floated to revive the country’s relations with the international boxing community. The AIBA, which suspended the IBF on December 6, 2012 due to alleged irregularities in its elections held that year. 57. RBI decided to allow foreign inward remittances received under money transfer service scheme (MTSS) directly into the bank account of the beneficiary through electronic modes such as national electronic funds transfer (NEFT) and immediate payment service (IMPS). 58. The elections for the 16th Lok Sabha, along with the Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim, will be held on nine different dates. The first date is April 7 and the last is May 12. Counting of votes will be held on May 16. Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath, accompanied by Election Commissioners H.S. Brahma and S.N.A. Zaidi, said Bihar and Uttar Pradesh would have the maximum of six polling dates each. 59. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged the Uttar Pradesh government to take immediate action to end the strike by government doctors which has resulted in “violation of people’s right to health and life.” 60. India’s current account deficit (CAD) narrowed sharply to $4.2 billion (0.9 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP)) in the third quarter of the current financial year. 61. Telecom subscribers across the country can now register complaints by dialling a special toll free number 1063. 62. At Graphic Era University in Dehradun as Arvind Mishra, a young assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, broke the Guinness record of 121 hours in the non-stop lecturing category. 63. For the first time candidates will have the option of e-filing their affidavits in the coming Lok Sabha and Assembly polls. The mandatory affidavits (Form 26), to be submitted at the time of filing nomination papers, include information on the candidate’s assets (movable and immovable property), property and accounts abroad, liabilities, educational qualifications and criminal antecedents, if any, and the name of the spouse and dependents. 64. Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) will celebrate International Women’s Day by organising financial literacy camps for women. All the 12 branches of the bank will organise financial literacy camps on March 8. 65. China announced its biggest hike in military spending in three years, with its defence budget set to cross $130 billion in the coming year. 66. Tata Motors said it had tied up with Bharatiya Mahila Bank to provide retail finance to its passenger vehicle customers. 67. Bihar is India’s fastest growing State with its Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) growing at 15.05 per cent during 2012-13. According to the CSO data, Gujarat grew at 7.96 per cent, ranked sixth, behind Bihar, Madhya Pradesh (9.89 per cent), Goa (8.47 per cent), Kerala (8.24 per cent) and Odisha (8.09 per cent). The all-India economic growth in 2012-13 was 4.47 per cent. 68. A high-power committee under the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) has been set up to find ways for the banking sector to comply with Basel-III capital norms. The decision was taken at a sub-committee meeting of FSDC chaired by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan. 69. Myanmar received the award of World’s Best Tourist Destination for 2014 by the European Union Council on Tourism and Trade. 70. To expedite proceedings against sitting MPs and MLAs in criminal cases, the Supreme Court asked lower courts to complete trial within a year of framing of charges. 71. Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut landed back on Earth in Kazakhstan after a stay of more than half a year aboard the International Space Station (ISS). 72. China said it would allow, for the first time, the setting up of five private banks on a trial basis. 73. Bharatiya Mahila Bank Limited, the first women’s bank and a wholly-owned government institution, proposes to open 55 more branches in Tier 4, Tier-5 and Tier-6 cities in 2014-15. 74. Gold and silver imports declined by 71.4 per cent to $1.63 billion in February mainly due to restrictions imposed by the government. 75. The Supreme Court declined to review its January 21 verdict, commuting the death sentence of 15 convicts to life term because of inordinate delay on the part of the President in disposing of their mercy petitions. 76. Rakesh Sethi took over as Chairman and Managing Director of Allahabad Bank. 77. The U.S. financial regulator warned consumers that using the online currency Bitcoin was fraught with risks, including theft by hacking and fraud. 78. The Director General of Civil Aviation has come out with new detailed guidelines for the physically challenged travelling by air, making it clear that no airline can refuse to fly them. 79. India and Bangladesh are keen to increase business relations by setting up inland waterways for hassle-free movement of cargo. 80. Singapore’s central bank said it would regulate ‘intermediaries’ for the Bitcoin virtual currency to prevent them from being used for money laundering and terrorist financing. 81. India’s foreign exchange reserves jumped by $1.088 billion to touch $295.45 billion during the week ended March 7, 2014. 82. Crimea declared independence from Ukraine and applied to rejoin Russia. Nearly 97 percent of voters said “yes” to revert to Russia. 83. Designed and built using a $777,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the self-contained, waterless toilet with its innovative technology converts human waste to biochar, a highly porous charcoal. It aims to provide an eco-friendly solution to help some of the 2.5 billion people around the world lacking safe sanitation. 84. Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said he had called President Barack Obama to complain that the U.S. government is undermining confidence in the Internet with vast, secret surveillance programmes. 85. Wholesale Price Index Inflation slipped to a nine-month low of 4.68 per cent in February. 86. Goldman Sachs Asset Management (India) has announced the launch of CPSE-ETF (Central Public Sector Enterprise Exchange Traded Fund) new fund offer, which tracks the central public sector enterprises (CPSE) index. Through this fund, investors can invest in Maharatnas, Navratnas and Miniratnas companies. 87. The Andhra Pradesh State government has in principle decided for the Rs. 1,000-crore Missile Test Launch Facility project proposed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Nagayalanka mandal of Krishna district. 88. For the first time, a large section of the still classified Henderson Brooks Report, which details a comprehensive operational review of India’s military debacle in India China war 1962, has been made public. 89. El Salvador’s election officials declared Sanchez Ceren the winner in presidential election. 90. Ludhiana and Kanpur are among the 10 most polluted cities in the world, says the World Health Organisation. Ludhiana made it to the fourth position along with Quetta in Pakistan. Kanpur made it to the ninth position. The most polluted city in the world is Ahvaz in Iran. 91. The Election Commission has directed content managers of social networking sites to make sure that candidates do not post anything violative of the model code of conduct. The guidelines will be applicable to a range of Internet-based social media including Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Wikipedia. 92. The All India Bank Employees’ Association has sought the immediate intervention of Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath to disqualify top loan defaulters from entering the poll fray. 93. The Home Ministry has taken action against about 19,000 non-government organisations which did not file returns within the stipulated time period. 94. Reserve Bank of India has warned all domestic banks to take steps before Microsoft ends its Windows XP software support from April 8, 2014. 95. A city court directed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and her close aide N. Sasikala to appear before it on April 3 to face trial in cases pertaining to alleged failure to file Income Tax returns. 96. The Central Government will sell 4.2 crore shares or 9 per cent stake in Axis Bank. The government holds about 20.72 per cent of the shares of the third largest Indian private sector bank through the Specified Undertaking of UTI (Unit trust of India). 97. The EU welcomed Ukraine into the Western fold, signing the political provisions of a landmark accord. European Union leaders agreed sanctions against top Russian politicians and stepped up efforts to cut the bloc’s debilitating energy dependence on Russia. 98. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan said that the central bank was yet to take a decision on Urjit Patel committee report which had suggested an inflation target and was still in discussion with the government on the subject. 99. British retail major Tesco announced that it was forming an equal joint venture with Trent Ltd., a part of the Tata Group, by picking up 50 per cent stake in Trent Hypermarket Ltd (THL) for about Rs.850 crore. 100. North Korea test-fired 30 short-range missiles into the sea. The missiles are estimated to have flown about 60 km. 102. ‘Book your own coach’ – is the latest initiative rolled out by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for the benefit of foreign travellers, tourists and students. 103. The Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) will open three more branches in three capital cities of the northeastern States – Agartala (Tripura), Shillong (Meghalaya) and Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh). 104. Prime Minister Muhammed Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan had postponed giving India the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status. 105. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has clarified that poll campaign-related news appearing in newspapers and channels owned by political parties will fall under the purview of paid news. 106. Bank of India launched IMT (Instant Money Transfer), which allows cardless cash withdrawal at its IMT-enabled ATMs, a first-of-its-kind initiative by any public sector bank. The facility can be initiated by the bank’s customer over bank’s ATM and retail Internet banking. The sender initiates IMT by providing receiver’s mobile number, four digits sender code and the IMT amount. Monthly withdrawal limit prescribed for IMT transaction is Rs.25,000 for receiver, and per transaction limit of Rs.10,000. IMT, once issued, is valid for 14 days. 107. The Election Commission (EC) has directed the government to defer notification of the order on gas price hike till the end of the general election in the third week of May. 108. After having launched its first ATM a year ago, Tata Communications Payment Solutions Limited (TCPSL) which is the first non-banking firm to launch its ATM network or white label ATMs said it plans to roll out 15,000 ATMs across India by June 2016. 109. The G8 group of top economic powers have suspended Russia for annexing Crimea, and has threatened to impose far-reaching sanctions if Moscow continued its incursion into Ukraine. The U.S. and six other economic powers also scrapped the G8 summit to be hosted by Russia in Sochi in June. 110. More than a year after the shocking Delhi gang rape, the Indian Ordinance factory launched a light-weight revolver, “Nirbheek,” designed especially for women to defend themselves from assault. 111. Shigeru Ban, Japanese architect known for his creative and inexpensive designs for disaster relief shelters, has won the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize. 112. The death sentence passed by an Egyptian court against 529 supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy has triggered an outcry among a wide cross section of the legal community. 113. The Reserve Bank of India simplified foreign portfolio investment norms. The portfolio investor registered in accordance with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) guidelines shall be called Registered Foreign Portfolio Investor (RFPI). The existing portfolio investor class, namely, Foreign Institutional Investor (FII) and Qualified Foreign Investor (QFI) registered with SEBI shall be subsumed under RFPI. 114. Creating a new Guinness world record, over two-and-half lakh Bangladeshis performed a chorus of their national anthem at the national parade ground to mark the country’s 43rd Independence Day. 115. European Union member states decided to ban the import of five types of fruits and vegetables from India. 116. The U.N. Human Rights Council launched an inquiry into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, despite Colombo’s fierce efforts to block an investigation. In a 23-12 vote, the council backed a Western-sponsored resolution to investigate into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights. India, for the first time, abstained from voting. 117. The discovery of two more mounds in January at the Harappan site of Rakhigarhi in Hisar district, Haryana, has led to archaeologists establishing it as the biggest Harappan civilisation site. 118. Supreme Court directed all the States to abolish manual scavenging and take steps for rehabilitation of such workers. 119. The World Health Organisation (WHO) South-East Asia Region, home to a quarter of the world’s population, was certified polio-free by an independent commission under the WHO certification process. 120. Russian mathematician Yakov Grigorevich Sinai, one of the most influential mathematicians of the 20th Century, has been chosen for the 2014 Abel Prize by the Norwegian Academy of Science Letters. 121. The U.N. General Assembly adopted a Western-backed resolution declaring Crimea’s referendum illegitimate and refusing to recognise Russia’s annexation of the peninsula. The non-binding resolution was passed in the 193-member body, with 100 votes in favour and 11 against. 122. Outgoing Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has threatened action by India against Switzerland at global forums such as G20 for its persistent denial to share information on Indians stashing money in its banks. Indian tax authorities have sought information on Indians with accounts in Swiss banks under the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA). 123. Srei Infrastructure Finance is planning to start roll-out of its while label ATMs (WLAs) between July and September starting with a pilot of 200 Tier-III towns in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. 124. The Reserve Bank of India extended the transitional period for banks to complete the full implementation of Basel-III capital regulations up to March 31, 2019, instead of March 31, 2018. 125. Government has set up a Tax Administration Reform Commission comprising officials from public and private sector agencies. Parthasarathi Shome is the chairman this Commission. 126. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) imposed a penalty of Rs 1 crore on Google for failing to provide information related to an investigation into its alleged unfair trade practices in India. 127. Tata Group and Singapore Airlines received the mandatory security clearance. While both partners will initially invest $100 million, Tata Sons will be the majority partner with 51% stake. SIA will hold 49%. 128. Indian exports will fall short of the USD 325 billion target envisaged in the current fiscal. For the April-February period, the country’s merchandise exports were up 4.79 per cent to USD 282.7 billion. Imports during the 11-month period fell 8.65 per cent to USD 410.86 billion. The trade deficit during this period was USD 128 billion. 129. The Supreme Court restrained the Centre and the Unique Identification Authority of India from sharing the vast biometric database of Aadhaar cards with any third party or agency without the consent of the registered person. It also ruled that people cannot be denied any service or benefit for not having an Aadhaar card. 130. Consumer Price Index Inflation declined to 8.1 per cent. 131. Foreign direct investment (FDI) into the services sector declined by about 60 per cent to USD 1.59 billion in the first nine months of this financial year. 132. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion had proposed relaxation of FDI norms in the construction sector and 100 per cent FDI in the railway sector. 133. India and the United States have decided to enhance cooperation for automatic exchange of information on tax evasion and detection of financial crimes, shoring up efforts to crackdown on black money cases involving economic channels of the two countries. 134. China has emerged India’s biggest trading partner in the current fiscal replacing the UAE. 135. Kotak Mahindra Bank announced the launch of Jifi, a first-of-its-kind fully integrated social bank account that transcends normal digital banking by seamlessly incorporating social networking platforms like Twitter and Facebook with mainstream banking. 136. Country’s largest lender the State Bank of India (SBI) will sell bad loans amounting to Rs 3,000 crore in the last quarter of the ongoing fiscal to the Asset Reconstruction Companies. 137. RBI has decided to withdraw the pre-2005 currency notes from circulation and asked the holders of such currency to exchange them by January 1, 2015. The earlier deadline was June 30. Thereafter, people would have had to produce identity proof to exchange more than 10 notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000. Meanwhile, banks have been advised to stop re-issue of the pre-2005 series notes over the counters/through ATMs. 138. Central Bank of India has sold its entire stake in credit information provider CIBIL to Transunion International Inc. Central Bank had a 5 per cent stake in CIBIL while Transunion is the majority shareholder in CIBIL at 27.5 per cent.
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Kr Raj It may be helpful for you if you r stuck in confusion over UPSC preparation guidance/coaching selection/material authenticity etc. ... 1... Its difficult to prepare for UPSC from outside Delhi without any good guidance. Well i am not a UPSC exam expe Read more ...
rt but yes gave mains+ interview( last yr and this yr abt to) and staying in delhi for preparation, so have some experience . So let me help you out.. 2... Well as a matter of fact for UPSC General studies coaching is no more important ( Actually it is a wastage of money/time & probably your first attempt too but doesn’t hold true for Optional subject , whr coaching is required if you r first time studying that optional ) 3... But Why ? because coaching can't cover what you can cover on ur own in a whole day, while coaching complete syllabus from books only , even that too superficially to make Innocent freshers fool to give thema feeling of syllabus completion. While UPSC are more inclined towards depth study of conventional topic Like History /Art & culture while for polity/economy/social aspect/ethics UPSC wants you to read newspaper/magzines only only & only ( have a standard book for reference only ) 4.. then solution : well As i say coaching is not important but no doubt there material is v much important since we alone cant read all 5-6 English news paper( TH,IE,TOI,ET,TB etc) and Magazines (Fntln,DTE,EPW,WF,Y&K wtc) , so their hired employees do it for only coaching student. 5.. So final solution : Avoid coaching for GS ( for optional u may have to) but Try to get hold of coaching material.. 6... But then which coaching material is good..? Well try to stay away from popular coaching with big name in newspaper Advertisment ( They are for fleecing nd looting MP/MLA's kins & Justice Katjus 90% special Species ) .. 7... So i will try to make a list of best material in which some coaching is good , but no single coaching is good in every topic of UPSC syllabus . This knowledge you earn when u live in Delhi.. 8..So i am cutting your workload so just follow the material list ( First English then Hindi) which is almost must buy as well how you can buy it and Precaution while buying them , Because if you dont purchase on the spot and depend on courier then they will send you old/unused/incomplete/fake material with genuine coaching name in frontage ( all are xerox notes sold illegally)( not thir fault they have simplyno idea abt upsc requirement of proper material.. So still for solution read this completely..You will find a solution through me ( But last option coz i am also busy in my UPSC Preparation) My suggestion for important material of Delhi UPSC coaching & Courier channel... These are for General Studies Papers... * (a). Vajiram & Ravi Current Affairs booklet per booklet till now Volume 5 has come.. (b) Vajiram & RaviTest Series each paper total 7 GS and 5 CSAT has come till now.. *(c) Vision IAS Topis wise Booklet on current affairs and other syllabus topic 1. Must Read News Paper and its up to u only so cant help 2. Certificate Physical and human geography by Gochen Leong ( v.v.v.imp Foreign School Books) 3. Indian Geography by khullar ( Best Standard Refrence Book but hard core Geography) 4. Orient Blackswan Atlas ( Must have one) 5. NCERT Geography XI/XII( imp but optional can download too) 6. History of Modern India by Spectrum ( Must read 2-3 times) 7. Indian struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra ( Must Must ..) 8. Indian Since Independence by Bipin Chandra ( Important no doubt) 9. India After Gandhi by Guha ( Imp but Optional ) 10. The Story of civilization Volume II , Contemporary World History old NCERT ( Must Read once) 11. World history by Jain & Mathur ( Must only Source So must Read 2-3 times) 12. Anciect/ Medivial / Modern Indian History old NCERT ( Must read many times) 13. Indian Constituion at work NCERT / Indian politics afterIndependece/Contemporay world politics ( v. Imp) 14. Indian Polity by M. Laxmikant ( V. Imp) 17. Indian Polity Class notes by Vajiram & Ravi..( buy Atleast this) 18. Economic NCERT (XI/XII) ( Read once must ) 19. Economy Class notes of Sriram coaching Printed Notes ( V.V Good) 20. Indian Art and Culture class notes by Nitin Singhnia.. ( V.V.V.good with any standard refrence book) 21. CSAT Aptitude Mock Test Papers by Career Launcher ( If u r week in CSAT) 22. Environment Shankar IAS Acdemy ( Have to read Properly once but not sufficient ) 23. Science & Tech ( newspaper/magzine only don’t buy nething ) 24. Ethics material by Pragati (V.V. Good) but much better material will come only in August 2014 25. Indian Polity Part I and *PART II of SriRam Coaching (v.v.v.v.v imp ) 26 IGNOU material ( of Social issues/Environment/Internaional Issues/Polity/ Ethics) Etc….(will help if Read once)( costly so download freely from internet) 27. CSAT Paper I mock test series by Direction or CL coaching..( have it useful) Now these are for Optional only so choose ur optional very carefully/ for books talk in msg.. 28. Public Administration Synergy Class Notes ( Best for Paper I) while Vajiram & Ravi notes are good for Paper II 29. Geography Alok ranjan/Neetu Singh Class Notes ( Best) 30. History Hemant jha coaching class Notes ( Best) 31. Political Science class notes of Vajiram & Ravi (best) 32. Sociology class notes of Upendra coachig/vajiram & Ravi printed notes ( Best) 33. Philosophy class notes by Patanjali ( Best) 34 Psychology class notes by Mukul Pathak (Best) 35. Anthropology printed notes Brain Tree Coaching ( Best ) but class notes available only of Dr Lakshmaiah SArkar by Mitra’ IAS or by Pradip Sarkar 36 Hindi Sahitya by Utakrsh Sir or Drashti coaching 37. Indian economy Service by Kalinga IAS Academy Printed Notes only .. 38 Maths/physics/Chemistry Class notes ( by Best UPSC Coaching Near IIT Delhi) 39. Zoology/Botony by Evolution coacing ( Best) .. So My Suggestions Regarding material purchase are : 1. Buy Books from Flipkart coz some what cheaper then delhi .. 2. But for xerox coaching notes Best option is u urself come to delhi and buy it own ur own, or ask for ur frnd in delhi to help u out But... 3..Don’t Buy coaching material from middle man(shopkeeper) coz they will courier u old/bad handwriting handwritten notes or fraud coaching material with best coaching name .. with courier charge varies from 100 to 150 /- per kg as per distance with no safety while Govt Registered post takes only around 60/- per kg..... 4.Use this as only your last option : ( Dont think that i want u to take my help , everyone's time is precious but as I have come across so many desperate aspirant outside delhi , desperate for help so putting this option ) So if you are outside Delhi and dont have neother option and want me to help u in buying the material and courier them to you then you can Message me in Facebook it self but Do not Comment coz I wont be able to read them or if u cant wait then SMS me @ 09958840847( may be switched off sometime coz now interview prepration mode but my other frnds like vijay,ritesh,Ritika are thr to help you using my profile ) so msg me in fb ......…....... And as per ur request ,i have bought after u have paid me in advance online banking and sent the UPSC materials to ur address but sorry I got busy in my mains exam last december & then a long break ,so cudn't reply properly.Well so just check my Wall post of Uploaded pic of Delievered material for authenticity to clarify your doubt regarding Material Delivery. ( for optional books or Hindi medium material msg me i will try to help you out) …………………………
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Abiola Owo Ogun-Bobby Here are 40 Facts you probably might not know about Wizkid — Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun 1) His Real Names are Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun. 2) He was born on July 16, 1990 in Lagos into a family of 6. He’s from Lagos State, Nigeria. 3) He is the last and Read more ...
only son in the family. 4) His favourite Color is Black. 5) Wizkid holds the record for the highest number of Celebrities feature (Cameo Appearance) on a Music Video in Africa – ‘Tease Me’ & ‘Pakurumo’ 6) Wizkid got his first car in 2011 Black Honda Accord i- VTEC. 7) Wizkid started off singing at 11 under the name ‘Lil Prinz’. 8) He formed a group back then at 11, Glorious Five. 9) His Group, Glorious Five went on to release a 7-Tracker Album and released the album in the Church. wizkid-tiwa-bab y 10) He made 10,000 from the total sale of his first album (with Glorious 5) 11) He changed his name from Lil Prinz to Wizkid in 2006. 12) His first break-out in the Industry was his feature on MI’s Fast Money, Fast Cars in 2009. wizkid-mum-dad 13) He’s Won 13 Major Awards till date 2010: Dynamix All Youths Awards – Artiste Of The Year, Most Promising Artiste of the Year 2011: Headies – Next Rated MOBO – Best African Act. NEA – Best New Act. City People Entertainment Awards – Best New Male Artist. 2012: NEA – Best R’n’B / Pop Artist. Best Album Headies: Artist Of The Year Hip Hop Revelation Of the Year. BET Award: Best International Act Africa 2013: Ghana Music Awards – Artist Of The Year Channel O – Most Gifted Video Of The Year. 14) His Break-Out single was ‘Holla At Your Boy’. 15) Wizkid was in the studio when 2face Recorded ‘Grass To Grace’ and Soundsultan recorded Jagbajantis. 16.) Wizkid has a 2-year Old son, Boluwatife Balogun. Boluwatife+wizk id+son 17.) Wizkid’s Baby Mama, Oluwanishola Ogudugu just rounded off her NYSC. She studied at Houdegbe North American University, Cotonou. Her Buzz at School then sprung up her affair with Wizkid after he performed at the School which resulted in a child – Boluwatife. They not together anymore. 18.) Wizkid dropped out of Lead City University in 2011 into his 3rd Year where he was studying ‘International Relations’. 19.) Wizkid’s first International Collaboration was with Akon on Don’t Dull (Remix). 20.) Wizkid ‘Ayo Ibrahim Balogun’ was a student of Ijebu Ode Grammar School. 21.) Wizkid is currently in a relationship with half-caste, Tania Omotayo. Wizkid-Tania-Fe bruary-2013- log gtv 22.) He has a Lekki Home stipulated to worth # 140million. 23.) Wizkid’s Personal Cars includes #14.6m Porsche Panamera S Car #10m BMW X6 #6m Blue Volkswagen Convertible and Hyundia Sonata. 24.) Wizkid has performed alongside World Class Acts like Chris Brown, Akon, Young Jeezy, Kardinal Official. 25.) He popped #300million Champagne at his 23rd Birthday (this year). 26.) He currently has over 697k followers on Facebook making him the second highest followed Nigerian Musician after D’Banj. 27.) He currently hold the record for the Highest paid Pepsi Ambassador in Africa. 28.) He presently has Endorsement Deals with MTN. 29.) Wizkid is the youngest Nigerian artiste to put out an internationally recognized album. 30.) In April 2012, E.M.E signed a joint deal on Wizkid with Akon’s Konvict. 31.) He floats his own Record Label, Star Boy with acts: Maleek Berry, Legendury Beatz, Mutayo and more recently, L.A.X. 32.) Wizkid’s Hit Track – Azonto is 3rd Place on the non- American songs of 2013 according to FeedBuzz.com. 33.) Wizkid was booked all through December of 2012, sometimes he had to shuttle between 4-5 shows. 34.) Wizkid’s Tease Me spurred out of his provocative conversation with his Dad who has 3 wives 35.) One Of Wizkid’s biggest track in 2013, Samba was recorded & produced in 1hour by Seasoned Producer, Sarz. 36.) He is currently the Most Influential African artiste on Twitter due to his Popularity base having over 1 million followers. 37.) He had his first ever recording with OJB Jezreel at 11. 38.) Wizkid has more collaboration than any other Nigerian artiste (both Local & International). 39.) His first solo album was released in 2011 with E.M.E titled, ‘Superstar’. It comprised 17 tracks. 40.) His next and second album is titled, ‘CHOSEN’ is due for release anytime soon. Wizkid has gotten a total of 24 Nominations for top Major Awards, out of which he’s won 13. He just recently got 3 Nominations at World Music Awards. Wizkid is reportedly Nigeria’s Freshiest Artiste + 1 – Wizkid was featured on Channel O / Forbes List of Africa’s Most Bankable Acts, He was placed 5th in Africa. Five places above E.M.E Boss.
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Occupy Wall Street & Corruption Authoritarian Capitalism Versus Democracy! by Ivan Krastev “America is a power, Europe is an experience” — Joschka Fischer In 2002 robert kagan, a leading neoconservative intellectual temporarily “exiled” in Brussels, wrote a brilliant es Read more ...
say, “Power and Weakness,” arguing that the political personality of European power as we know it today is the product of America’s Cold War policies and the universalization of Europe’s post-World War II political experience. But more than anything else, it is the product of Europe’s current military weakness. In his analysis, post-9/11 America should naturally have cooperated with Europe, but Washington could not rely on the European Union as a strategic partner in managing the world because “on the all-important question of power — the efficacy of power, the morality of power, the desirability of power — American and European perspectives are diverging.” A decade later American and European perspectives diverge on the all-important question of the decline of Western power. While American elites view the very discussion of “decline” as “pre-emptive superpower suicide,” Europeans are busy learning how to live in a world where the eu is not a leading actor and the European continent is not the center of the world but simply the wealthiest province. Could it be that the clash between Washington’s denial of the very possibility of America’s decline and Europe’s excessive readiness to adjust to it can damage the Western alliance more than the controversy over the use of power did? Could it be that at the heart of the current troubles in the transatlantic relationship is a crisis of the political imagination of the West? I want to argue that the paradox of the new world order emerging out of the ongoing recession is that the global spread of democracy and capitalism, instead of signaling “the end of history,” marked “the end of the West” as a political actor constructed in the days of the Cold War. In the decades to come the nature of the political regimes will be an unreliable predictor for the geopolitical alliances to emerge; and it is the blurring borders between democracies and authoritarian capitalism, rather than the triumph of democracy or the resurgence of authoritarianism, that defines the global political landscape. KAGAN’S “LONG TELEGRAM” In “power and weakness” Robert Kagan eschewed political correctness, insisting that after the end of the Cold War Americans and Europeans no longer shared a common view of the world. They no longer shared a common strategic culture. The divergence between America and Europe can be best explained not by differences in “national character” or value systems but by the asymmetry of power. It is Europe’s relative military weakness that determines Europeans’ rejection of power as an instrument in international relations. And it is America’s strength that defines Americans’ readiness to use military power. In short, capabilities shape intentions. Forced to choose between increasing their military budgets and becoming second-rate powers, Europeans most likely will choose marginality. Contrary to the opinion of its critics, Kagan’s essay was not a dismissal of the eu’s relevance in the world. Paradoxically Kagan’s dispatch from Brussels was reaffirmation of the importance of the transatlantic alliance. Arguing with the prevailing consensus in Washington at the time, he asserted that it was true that Europe had lost its geostrategic and military significance for the U.S. But Europe had retained its critical ideological relevance for the American foreign policy, he believed, because the split between America and Europe meant the end of the post-Cold War world. And in Kagan’s strategic vision it is the post-Cold War world — a world without Soviet power but defined by the ideological confrontation between free nations and tyrannical regimes — that best suits American interests. Re-reading Kagan’s article a decade later, we face three critical questions. Was Kagan right to expect that even a further decline of the eu’s influence in global politics, even a threat to the very survival of the eu, would not force Europe to invest in its military credibility? Was he right to expect that America’s political, economic, and military dominance in global politics would be sustainable in the medium- and long-term? And was he right to believe that the new world order would be structured along the lines of the Cold War confrontation between democracies and autocracies? THE EU AS A RETIRED POWER In his novel Death with Interruptions, Nobel Prize–winning writer José Saramago imagines a world where people will live so long that death will lose its central role in human life. At first, people are gripped by euphoria. But soon, “awkwardness” of various kinds — metaphysical, political, and practical — starts to reenter their world. The Catholic Church realizes that “without death there is no resurrection, and without resurrection there is no church.” For insurance companies, life without death also means oblivion. The state faces the impossible task of paying pensions forever. Families with elderly and infirm relatives understand that only death saves them from an eternity of attentive care. A mafia-style cabal emerges to smuggle old and sick people to neighboring countries to die (death is still an option there). The prime minister warns the monarch: “If we don’t start dying again, we have no future.” The challenges Europe faces today in many ways resemble the metaphysical dilemmas the citizens of Saramago’s “no death” utopian kingdom struggle with. Europe is still the best place to live, but it is not any more a good place to dream. What makes Europe a success is at the same time what threatens Europe — the welfare state; the multilayered model of eu governance. The current crisis forced Europe to re-perceive the world, but in a paradoxical way it only reinforces Europe’s shift away from military power. Today fear is Europe’s “dominant color,” but Europeans do not worry about being occupied or militarily defeated. What they fear is economic insecurity and a loss of their way of life. A study by the European Council on Foreign Relations, conducted in 2011, found that both the eu’s security elites and the European public take peace for granted. They increasingly look at security through the eyes of insurance companies rather than military planners. While the crisis pushed emerging powers like China and India to increase their military spending, in Europe defense budgets were the first to be cut. nato’s military intervention in Libya initiated by the French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the British Prime Minister David Cameron, while meant to demonstrate Europe’s relevance as a military power, ended up confirming the fears that the European Union neither is ready nor has the capability to assert itself as a military power. The Europeans did not succeed in acting together; the performance of the European military units engaged in the operation revealed a dangerous dependence on America’s intelligence and logistics; and the European publics, while supportive in the beginning, very soon lost their appetite for the intervention. Nobody has better captured the new situation than the former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who, echoing Robert Kagan, in a February 2011 speech at the National Defense University, expressed his fear that the “demilitarization of Europe — where large swaths of the general public and political class are averse to military force and the risks that go with it — has gone from a blessing in the 20th century to an impediment to achieving real security and lasting peace in the 21st.” The unfolding of the post–Cold War world order has made Europeans nervous and anxious about the future. The unfolding of the post–Cold War world order has made Europeans nervous and anxious about the future. But what the crisis has revealed is Europeans’ strong tendency to translate security problems into economic and social issues that can be dealt with by regulation, criminal justice, or technology rather than classical foreign and military policies. Reflecting on the self-destruction of the pre-1914 liberal Europe, the Viennese writer Stefan Zweig was convinced that the outbreak of World War I “had nothing to do with ideas and hardly even with frontiers.” The catastrophe should be explained by “the surplus force, a tragic consequence of the internal dynamism that had accumulated in forty years of peace and now sought violent release.” After 70 years of peace, today’s Europe is not immune to the danger of violent outbursts. But it is not the surplus of energy (economic, political, cultural) but the deficit of energy that threatens Europe today. The risk-averse nature of the eu as an international player has its demographic explanation. Europe is aging and shrinking. The data projections tell us that the median age in Europe will increase to 52.3 years in 2050 from 37.7 years in 2003, while the median age for Americans in 2050 will be only 35.4 years. Europe’s share of global gdp is thus liable to shrink in the decades to come. Faced with the choice to either open the borders of Europe to immigrants, and thus preserve their standards of living, or close the borders and suffer economic declines, Europeans have decided to simply reject the political class that articulates this choice. In short, Europe is at a point where the demographic imagination defeats the democratic one. Europeans do not aspire any more to change other societies; they are preoccupied with the fear that others are trying to change them through immigration or economic pressure. A decade after the European-American clash over Washington’s military intervention in Iraq, Europeans are still proud of their position of nonintervention, but they have had second thoughts about the virtues of a multipolar world. If a decade ago Europeans were convinced that what the world needs in order to become a better place is a more European-minded America, they are not sure any more. America at last has a European-minded president, but Barack Obama did not succeed in solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he did not succeed in getting Iran off the nuclear path, and he did not succeed in changing Russia’s political behavior. What Obama succeeded in doing is starting America’s withdrawal from Europe. It turned out that being European-minded is not the same as being interested in Europe. It was America’s global hegemony that enabled the EU to emerge on the world stage as an attractive power in the first place. What many of the European critics of American power have discovered is that a world order built on seemingly unassailable American power was the one most hospitable to the European project. It was America’s global hegemony that enabled the European Union to emerge on the world stage as an attractive power in the first place. American hegemony made room for the European Union to experiment with being an unconventional, non-nation-state actor and freed it to concentrate on its internal scope and institutional architecture. America’s security umbrella, not least, allowed the European Union to become a global power without needing to become a military one. But while Europeans are nostalgic for the American world of yesterday, they do not believe that this is the world of tomorrow. Europeans have also lost their conviction that the eu is the governance model for the world to come. A decade ago, European public opinion assumed that globalization would prompt the decline of states as key international actors and nationalism as a seminal political motivator. But what until just yesterday seemed universally applicable begins to look exceptional today. Even a passing glance at China, India, and Russia, not to speak of the vast reaches of the Muslim world, makes clear that both ethnic nationalism and religion are back as major ideological driving forces shaping global politics. Post-modernism, post-nationalism, and secularism are making Europe different from the rest of the world, not making the rest of the world more like Europe. So, Europe is unhappy with the new reality but does not feel strong enough to change it. And Kagan was right a decade ago to predict that the eu’s relative weakness will end up in the narrowing of the European mind and will lead Europe away from engaging with global affairs. Only powerful nations can subscribe to a universalist agenda: This is the axiom of Kagan’s historically informed realism. The weakness comes together with parochialism. DECLINE: A CHOICE OR A RESULT OF CHOICES MADE? A decade after “Power and Weakness,” Robert Kagan wrote another piece that captured the imagination of the American president. This time the president was not George W. Bush but Barack Obama, and the piece was not about Europe but about America. “Against the Myth of American Decline,” an essay published in the New Republic in February of this year, is Kagan’s argument with all those who believe in America’s decline. Looking back at history and interpreting the symptoms of America’s current malaise, Kagan is convinced that America is not in decline and that the fashion of declinism is rooted in analysts’ obsessions with trends at the expense of volumes, and in a nostalgic fallacy. Very much like Wall Street investors, most of the proponents of decline are preoccupied with leanings, so they tend to view the rising powers as stronger than and the United States as weaker than the situation warrants. But if analysts decide to look at volumes and not simply at trends, they will see that America has preserved its dominant position in military, political, and economic terms. Many people also view America as humiliatingly weak today because they have a very wrong impression of how strong it was yesterday. In reality, the United States was never as influential as some believe. And put in historical perspective, the current decline in America’s influence is less alarming compared with what happened to America’s power in 1970s. What makes Kagan an optimist is his conviction that “the present world order — characterized by an unprecedented number of democratic nations; a greater global prosperity, even with the current global crisis, than the world has ever known; and a long peace among great powers — reflects American principles and preferences and was built and preserved by American power . . . If America’s power declines, this world order will decline with it.” In short, America is not in decline because the world cannot afford it. The very survival of the liberal international order is a proof of America’s strength. It is true that the determinism of the pessimists who have already accepted America’s decline as inevitable is not much different from the determinism of the optimists who two decades ago endorsed the idea of the end of history. But while it is wrong to bet on America’s decline, it is fair to observe that nothing seems further from America in the 1990s than America today. In the past decade, America’s global influence has suffered substantial setbacks. America has experienced the limits of hard power and the erosion of soft power. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that were meant to be illustrations of American capacity to project power and reshape the reality on the ground have turned into illustrations of the limits of America’s capacity to make a difference. In the three-worlds universe of postmodern, modern, and pre-modern described by Robert Cooper in his book The Breaking of Nations, America experienced three different sets of constraints. In the postmodern world America does not have allies who are ready to share its ambition to manage history. In the world of modern nation-states America is constrained not by the risk-averse nature of her allies but by the growing military strength of her opponents. Nuclear proliferation is a fact and it will be more and more difficult for the U.S. to impose its will on hostile nuclear powers. And in the pre-modern world of failing states and tribal loyalties America experiences the unbearable lightness of nation-building. So, it is not that America has declined while others take top seat at the table; it is that on the field of global politics, America is not what it used to be. America’s power is manifested not by capturing imaginations but by Washington’s ability to load its problems on others. A decade ago, Washington’s power was best demonstrated by its capacity to shape the choices of others, making world politics look like a contest of who imitates America best — its economic model, educational institutions, and entertainment industry. Today America’s power is manifested not by its capacity to capture the imagination of others but by Washington’s capacity to load its problems on others. At present both Europe and America have mind-blowing debt problems, but while America succeeds in refinancing its debt on very favorable conditions, some of the Eurozone countries are forced to finance their debt at self-destructive interest rates. This is a painful demonstration of America being a power and Europe being not powerful enough. So, decline is a choice but also the outcome of choices that were already made. The newly-found weakness of the U.S. is not only in the imagination of the declinists but in the erosion of America’s economic power, the declining social mobility in American society, and the citizens’ loss of trust in American institutions. The crisis that American society is going through is not unprecedented, but that doesn’t mean that this time it cannot end up differently. Kagan is right to argue that America cannot turn its back on the world and its problems, but it is also unrealistic to believe that America’s reputation will not be hurt by the way others view the performance of the American economic and political system. Falling in love with the idea that American power is in decline presents a clear and present danger for American society. But the denial of America’s visible loss of influence cannot be the alternative to decline. Reflecting on the West’s experience in the last decade, it is fair to observe that if Europe fell victim to its tendency to think of military power only in moral terms, America fell victim to the trivialization of war. The post–Cold War military interventions (the Balkans being the paradigmatic case) created the expectation that American engagements with the world would bring maximum glory and minimum casualties. War has lost its meaning as an exceptional collective experience that reaffirms the identity of the nation. War lost its meaning of national sacrifice and the ultimate concentration of national energy. America has become used to what the Brits used to call military expeditions. War has been turned into professional sport. IS IT TOMORROW YET? In the days after the fall of the Berlin Wall, American political scientist Ken Jowitt observed that the end of communism is like a political volcano that in the beginning affects a circumscribed area but, depending on its force, eventually affects the entire globe. As Jowitt wrote in his book New World Disorder, we cannot expect “the ‘clearing away’ effect of the Leninist extinction to be self-contained, to be a political storm that considerately loses its force as if approaches Western and ‘Third World’ coasts.” Kagan’s unwillingness to acknowledge the dramatic way in which the end of the Cold War has affected not only the East but also the West, how it has transformed both the liberal democratic regimes and the regimes of authoritarian capitalism, is the real source of vulnerability of his insightful analysis. In the current world of soft borders he tends to blur the border between the normative and the analytical, the border between what should happen and what is most likely to happen. Kagan envisions international liberal order as a post-Soviet world disciplined by the moral clarity of the Cold War ideological confrontation between freedom and tyranny and dominated by a single power: the United States. He believes in a world divided between the league of democracies and the axis of autocracies. But could the Cold War’s ideological frame be preserved in the world of global capitalism, where money, technologies, and ideas are changing hands every minute? In a world in which the sons and daughters of authoritarian leaders are studying and living in the West, in which the money of authoritarian governments is managed by Western bankers, in which American voting machines are most likely manufactured in China? Between 1917 and 1989, ideologies replaced national passions at the center of world politics. But this very exceptional period ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union. The end of the Cold War was a blessing for the West because it left capitalism and democracy without an alternative, but it was also a curse because it forced the alternatives to democracy and capitalism to mutate (taking the forms of democratic or market institutions) and because it profoundly changed the relations between the elites and societies. The Cold War was a time when the democratic West successfully dismantled the borders between social classes while strengthening and successfully defending the borders between the states — and in particular between free nations and communist dictatorships. In the days of the Cold War, political and business elites haunted by the specter of the communist takeover were actively cooperating with the society at large, exposing themselves to the constraints of democratic politics. In the past two decades, however, the reverse is the trend. The borders between states are gradually losing their importance while the borders between social classes have become much more difficult to cross. Globalization dramatically increased the number of middle-class people in the world, but it has eroded the foundations of the middle-class societies that were the distinctive feature of the Cold War West. Social inequality has increased in most Western democracies, and social mobility has declined. The global emergence of a hovercraft elite, increasingly borderless and emotionally unrelated to their societies, is the fruit of a 30-year process that we might call “the movement for the liberation of the elites.” What distinguishes the new elites from previous generations of the rich and powerful is their lack of ideology and their escape from the restraints imposed by the nation-state. The social contract between rich and poor has been eroded by the ease with which the wealthy can stockpile their money beyond the redistributive power of the nation-state. But offshore tax shelters are only a symptom of a larger trend. The new global elites, elected as well as unelected, are less and less dependent on citizen-soldiers (because of volunteer armies using push-button weaponry), citizen-workers (because of outsourcing), and citizen-consumers (because of foreign purchasers of natural resources and high-tech products). And the declining capacity of citizen-voters to control politicians or hold their national elites accountable follows naturally from the declining influence of citizen-workers, citizen-soldiers, and citizen-consumers. The experience of the past decade demonstrates that the natures of political regimes are not the best predictors of emerging geopolitical alliances. Newly emerging democratic powers like India and Brazil are very reluctant to make democracy promotion the center of their foreign policy decision-making. Old-fashioned ideas of national interest, but also postcolonial solidarities, seem much better predicators for the foreign policy rationale of the new democratic powers. In Europe in the days of the Cold War, foreign policy was kept out of electoral politics, while economic decision-making was at its heart. Now, European policymakers are trying to place economic decision-making outside of politics; what remains are the issues of identity and foreign policy. So the world of tomorrow is unlikely to be disciplined by the Cold War corset. It is not only that the new democratic powers are unenthusiastic about making democracy promotion the defining feature of their international behavior, but also the fact that some of the recent democratic explosions in the world are likely to end with the establishment of illiberal and anti-Western regimes unattractive to American and European publics. China is a rising global power, but China is not the ideological “other” Kagan hopes for. The citizens of the democratic West do not see the world of authoritarian capitalism as a threat similar to the Soviet one. The Soviet Union was not simply a nondemocratic power. It was a hostile political universe. It was a power with the ambition to conquer the world and to remake it in its own way. None of the current spoilers in international politics has this combination of ideological vision and military and political power. Most Americans and Europeans are repelled by the realities of the Chinese or Russian regimes, but they do not view them as threats to their way of life. In a world of blurred borders and offshore elites, the rise of China does not necessary mean Chinese rules for the world. The return of “the world without meaning” makes it possible for the international liberal order to survive even if the West’s power declines (short of collapse) and the power of authoritarian capitalism is on a rise. What can make China different from the United States as a world leader is not so much American democracy vs. Chinese authoritarianism as the contrasting ways in which Americans and Chinese have experienced the world beyond their borders. The spread of democracy and capitalism makes it more difficult if not impossible to build lasting value-based coalitions. America is a nation of immigrants, but it is also a nation of people who never emigrate. Since the first Europeans settled there in the 17th century, people from around the world have been drawn to the American dream of a better future; America’s allure is partly its ability to transform others into Americans. It is, therefore, not surprising that America’s global agenda is transformative; it is a rule-maker. The Chinese, on the other hand, have not tried to change the world, but rather to adjust to it. China’s relationships with other countries are channeled through its diaspora, and the Chinese perceive the world via their experience as immigrants. Chinatowns — often-insular communities located in large cities around the world — are at the heart of the Chinese experience of the world. As the political scientist Lucian Pye once observed, “the Chinese see such an absolute difference between themselves and others that they unconsciously find it natural to refer to those in whose homeland they are living as ‘foreigners.’” While the American melting pot transforms others, Chinatowns teach their inhabitants to adjust — to profit from their hosts’ rules and businesses while remaining separate. While Americans carry their flag high, Chinese work hard to be invisible. Because China is about adaptation, not transformation, it is unlikely to change the world dramatically should it ever assume the global driver’s seat. But this does not mean that China won’t exploit the world for its own purposes. America, at least in theory, prefers that other countries share its values and act like Americans. China can only fear a world where everybody acts like the Chinese. So, in a future dominated by China, the Chinese will not set the rules; rather, they will seek to extract the greatest possible benefit from the rules that already exist. So this is the paradoxical nature of our new world — the spread of democracy and capitalism makes it more difficult if not impossible to build lasting value-based coalitions. At the same time, it makes it possible for the international liberal order to survive even in the case that the West’s power declines and the powers of authoritarian capitalism enjoy a temporary rise. Ivan Krastev is the chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He is a member of the board of the European Council on Foreign Relations.
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eria CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor to the gutters over what it calls “frivolous and unsubstantiated utterances on certain issues with a view to heating up the polity”. The council through a release by its Acting Director of Publicity Muhammad K. Qasim, said that the council is constrained to recall that certain lies blatantly told in the past had undermined world peace in some parts of the globe and resulted in the death and displacement of millions of people. “It is on this note that we wish to prove that many of the claims of the CAN leadership in recent years on the state of the nation were motivated by reasons which were evidently at variance with the truth. The Council went on to prove that Mr. Ayo Oritsejafor had been feeding lies to the Nigerian public and the Presidency. Read the full release below: [Press Release] As many Nigerians would have observed, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has, in recent times, been using the media to make frivolous and unsubstantiated utterances on certain issues with a view to heating up the polity. Many of these utterances have been unfortunate, given the public status of the spokesperson who has been fanning the ember of religious hostility through implacable inflammatory utterances in a multi-religious country like ours. When the unconventional rhetoric of the CAN leadership began on the pages of newspapers a couple of years ago, we took it for a temporary outburst that would soon fizzle out. This was reinforced by our solid commitment to the various layers of our interactions with the Christian community in the country and our belief that turning religion into a political gambit would be igniting a keg of gunpowder, hence our resolve not to respond in the like manner. Despite the attitude of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) of not responding to frivolous and unwarranted media propaganda, we are constrained to recall that certain lies blatantly told in the past had undermined world peace in some parts of the globe and resulted in the death and displacement of millions of people. It is on this note that we wish to prove that many of the claims of the CAN leadership in recent years on the state of the nation were motivated by reasons which were evidently at variance with the truth. We are aware that not all our Christian compatriots appreciate or support the combative posture and aggressive rhetoric of the current CAN leadership. This is evident in a recent public rebuttal by the Bornu State’s CAN leadership of a baseless allegation that some churches and Christian schools were clandestinely marked out for demolition in the State. That State’s CAN leadership had to admonish the national leadership of CAN to always “clarify issues relating to Christian communities at the State level before making (embarrassing) public statements on such issues. …We feel that the channel had not been exhausted in this matter hence this response.” The mere fact that the Federal Government has been listening to fabricated data and the lies blatantly told about Islam and Muslims in this country have been reflecting in the polity especially in the lopsidedness being witnessed in critical areas of Federal appointments and postings,even in the military and security agencies. Though we have data to the effect that about 85% of appointments as Heads of Federal Parastatals have been given to Christians through which the majority of Nigerians are marginalized, for now we want to principally address only the single example originated by CAN to illustrate our assertion that lies are being circulated as facts by CAN leadership in Nigeria for personal and political gains Nigerians would recall that in the last week of July 2013, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, in a syndicated interview, alleged that “Nigerian Christians are treated as second class citizens”. The interview was published in the Vanguard of 27th July 2013, several other newspapers and on-line media. In the interview, among other mendacious statements, the CAN President alleged that Christians are being marginalized in Nigeria while the truth is obvious even to the blind that the opposite is the case. On the Nigerian Television Authority, for example, the CAN President said: “Go to the Government owned media houses and see what is happening there, especially the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA). I don’t know now because some of them retired at a point, but, before their retirement, the seven directors out of eight were Muslims. Turn that around and see what will happen. What do you call that? Second class citizens.” While the reasons for which verifiable information are distorted and lies are publicly promoted based on mere conjectures, we want to aver that contrary to what the CAN President said, NTA, like other segments of the Nigerian enterprise, is a Christian enclave. Below is the list of the composition of the Management Board of the NTA since inception to date and the facts speak for themselves: MANAGEMENT BOARD OF NTA (1976 TO NOVEMBER 2008) 1 MADUKA VINCEN T DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 O. OLUWOLE DIRECTOR FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 CHIEF SEGUN OLUSOLA - DIRECTOR COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 4 ENGR. UGWU DIRECTOR ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 5 MOHAMMED IBRAHIM/ YAHYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR NEWS MUSLIM 6 ADAMU AUGIE M.D NTPC MUSLIM 7 DR. VICTORIA EZE OKOLI DIR, PROGRAMMES (DG’s OFFICE) CHRISTIAN 1 DR. WALTER OFONAGORO DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR OF FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 4 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO DIRECTOR, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 5 YAHAYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR, NEWS MUSLIM 6 SEGUN OLUSOLA DIRECTOR, COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 1 SHINGLE IGWE DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 SEGUN OLUSOLA DIRECTOR, COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 3 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR FINANCE CHRISTIAN 4 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIRECTOR PROGRAMME CHRISTIAN 5 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO DIRECTOR ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 KERE AHMED DIRECTOR CORPORATE AFFAIRS MUSLIM 7 YAHAYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR, NEWS MUSLIM 1 MOH’D IBRAHIM DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR, FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 PATRICH ITYOHEGH DIR., NAT. PRODUCTION CHRISTIAN 4 DR VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIR., PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 ISAAC WAKOMBO DIR., ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 BAYO SANDA DIR., COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 7 YAHYA ABUBAKAR DIR., NEWS. MUSLIM 8 ABDULRAHMAN MICHIKA DIR., ABUJA PROJECT MUSLIM 1 MOHAMMED IBRAHIM DIRECTOR GENERAL (PART. PRIVATIZATION) MUSLIM 2 SAIDU ABUBAKAR ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 3 PATRICK ITYOHEGH DIR, OPERATIONS CHRISTIAN 4 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 5 ENG. ISAAC WAKOMBO ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 PRINCE BAYO SANDA ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 7 DR. MADU MAILAFIA ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 1 PARICK ITYOHEGH DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 DR. BIODUN SOTUMBI ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 DR. MADU MAILAFIA ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 6 SAIDU ABUBAKAR ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 1 BEN MURRAY BRUCE DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 BABS AKINLOLU/ JAMES DUGGAN, ED, FIN./ ADMIN CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. EDDY AMANA ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 JIMMY ATTEH/PETER IGHO ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 DR. TONIE IREDIA/JIMMY ATTEH ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 6 MALLAM HASSAN BELLO ED, MARKETING MUSLIM 7 MALLAM USMAN MAGAWATA ED, TRAINING (1YR) MUSLIM 1 DR. TONIE IREDIA DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 EMMA MBANUGO ED, FINANCE & ADMIN CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. EDDY AMANA ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 JIMMY F. ATTEH ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 ENGR. SUNDAY IBOK ED, SPECIAL DUTIES CHRISTIAN 6 PETER IGHO ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 7 USMAN MAGAWATA ED, NEWS MUSLIM 8 MALLAM HASSAN BELLO ED, MARKETING MUSLIM (Mallam Hassan Bello retired during this time which was followed by a re-organization process that left Usman Magawata as the only Muslim in the Management till 2008) FROM NOVEMBER 2008 TO APRIL 2012 (Less than 4 years) 1 MALLAM USMAN MAGAWATA DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 MALLAM BELLO SULE ED, PROGRAMMES MUSLIM 3 MALLAM MUSA MAYAKI ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 4 MALLAM YAKUBU IBN. MOH’D ED, SPECIAL DUTIES MUSLIM 5 ENGR. SHUIBU NDA ADAMA ED, ENGINEERING MUSLIM 6 MALLAM GARBA MAMU ED, NEWS MUSLIM 7 PASTOR (MRS) IFY UZODINMA ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 8 VICTORIA OLUMIDI ED, TRAINING CHRISTIAN 1 MALLAM MUSA MAIYAKI AG DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 ENGR. SHUAIBU NDA ADAMA ENGINEERING MUSLIM 3 MALLAM GARBA MAMU ED, NEWS MUSLIM OVERSEEING OFFICERS 1 MUHMUD UMAR PROGRAMMES (acting) 2 DEMBO UMAR MARKETING (acting) 3 WOLE COKER SPECIAL DUTIES/ multi channels 4 FRANK WILLIAMS TRAINING (acting) 5 NGOZI BARDA ADMIN. (Acting) 6 PHILIP OFUEGBU DIR, FINANCE NOTE: The Secretary/Legal Adviser who is a key member of NTA Management Board has always been a Christian since the inception of NTA. The Secretaries, since inception, are: MRS. DAISY DANJUMA DR. DEJI AYINDE MRS. NGOZI BARDA MRS. PAULINE IGBANOR MRS. TESSY NWANERI The summary here is that members of the Board of Directors (External Board members) have always been about 80% Christian and 20% Muslim since the inception of the NTA. The propaganda launched against Muslims and falsehood peddled against them have often influenced the composition of the Boards and Parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation in such a way that Muslims have been grossly marginalized. For example, members of the New Boards of Federal Parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation are as follows: 1. Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) 1 Chief Patrick Ogbu Chairman 2 Bashir Samaila Ahmed Member 3 Daniel Bwala Member 4 Ahmed M. Agina Member 5 Dele Fagoriola Member 6 Rose Okoronkwo (Mrs) Member 7 Billy Etuk Member 8 Director-General, NTA Member 2. Voice of Nigeria (VON) (1) Andy Aghaji Chairman (2) Haruna Ahmed Member (3) George Korgba Member (4) Prof. Fred Onyeziri Member (5) Oruma Steve Member (6) Bature Umar Member (7) Ogu Odey Member (8) Director-General, VON Member 3. Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) (1) Ben Murray Bruce Chairman (2) Elvis Agukwe Member (3) Funke Egbemode (Mrs) Member (4) Bola Doherty Member (5) Farouk Dalhatu Member (6) Joyce Chinedu (Mrs) Member (7) Hajia Hauwa Kida Member (8) Abubakar Damboh Member (9) Director-General, FRCN Member 4. NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA (NAN) (1) Ibrahim Buba Chairman (2) Vtony Prest Member (3) Dr Attah Pine Member (4) Ifeanyi Ossai Member (5) Tons Fetepigi Member 5. NATIONAL ORIENTATION AGENCY (NOA) (1) CHAIRMAN EDOH OBI 6. NIGERIAN FILM CORPORATION (1) Bongos Igwue Chairman (2) Sani Danja Member (3) Wada Musa Member (4) Bright Chinedu Nnebedum Member This disproportionate composition as the names show characterizes various segments of the current Government’s Administration. The Christian community is being appeased and pampered while the rights of the Muslim community are being trampled upon with impunity.Where for God’s sake is the sense of equity of the President of CAN? ADMISSION INTO NDA TOO! The recently published admission list of students into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) is another shocker for Nigerian Muslims and a seeming precursor of a hidden agenda being nursed by the authorities in charge. The composition of that list through which Christians dominate such admission list even in predominantly Muslim States is a clear reminder of ‘Rwanda Experience’. ANOTHER POINTER: FEC Another display of flagrant insensitivity to all norms of justice and fairness is that there is no single Muslim from the entire Southern Nigeria in the cabinet of the current Federal Government. ! INSULT UPON INJURY NSCIA used to assume that the apparent lopsidedness in those appoints was accidental but the constant reckless utterances of Pastor Oritsejafor have lent credence to the contrary. Moreso, his pronouncements have, of recent, become directives to the FGN. Given this dangerous trend and the random deliberate provocation by the current CAN President to add insult to injury; the NSCIA is left with no choice than to join issues with CAN by updating Nigerian Muslims with unassailable facts. Having tolerated CAN’ s irritation for so long in the interest of peace and without any reciprocation, we are compelled to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and to henceforth resist any unwarranted bullying and intimidation of Nigerian Muslims by the President of CAN. We insist that it is unbecoming of religious leaders to publicly tell lies in order to gain cheap popularity and vainglory and we believe that right-thinking Nigerians would, for the purpose of truth and justice, note these facts. Why would anyone who claims to be a religious leader want to lead Nigeria into the ugly spectre of a religious war through belligerent utterances and false allegations just to gain vainglorious self-assertiveness? Why would a religious leader not reflect before making a public pronouncement? As Muslims, we affirm our belief in peaceful and harmonious co-existence with people of other faiths according to the tenets of our religion just as we recommit ourselves to working together with reasonable Christian brothers and sisters in Nigeria towards promoting what unites us . Meanwhile, as a further demonstration of our tolerance, we still advise the national leadership of CAN to always PAUSE, THINK and VERIFY information before making public statements that may amount to fallacy and desist from its chosen path of war mongering just for transient pleasure and selfish cheap gains. If the politicians are busy heightening tension and increasing the national blood pressure, the role of religious leaders should be to douse rather than ignite an inflammable situation in the land. God save Nigeria. Signed Muhammad K. Qasim NSCIA Ag. Director of Publicity FOR AND ON BEHALF OF NSCIA — with Ameer Taawun Dawood Imran and 3 others.
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President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2014 that would pave way for the creation of the State of Telangana, and approved the Cabinet’s recommendation to impose Central rule in the State. 50. Russia’s Parliament has approved the use of armed force in Ukraine, even as the West warned Moscow not to intervene in the troubled post-Soviet state. 51. Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung approved a proposal to bring back trams in Chandni Chowk area. 52. Justice G. Rohini is set to become the first woman Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court. 53. Two fund houses of SBI and Axis have filed papers with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to start mutual fund schemes linked to inflation-indexed bonds. 54. Former Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman J. S. Sarma, an advocate of telecom sector reforms, has passed away. 55. The Union government has raised by 10 to 20 basis points the interest rates on select fixed deposit schemes offered by post offices. The rate hike will come into effect from April 1, 2014. The rate hike decision is in line with the recommendations of the Shyamala Gopinath Committee. 56. With the provisional exclusion of the Indian Boxing Federation (IBF), the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has suggested that a new national federation be floated to revive the country’s relations with the international boxing community. The AIBA, which suspended the IBF on December 6, 2012 due to alleged irregularities in its elections held that year. 57. RBI decided to allow foreign inward remittances received under money transfer service scheme (MTSS) directly into the bank account of the beneficiary through electronic modes such as national electronic funds transfer (NEFT) and immediate payment service (IMPS). 58. The elections for the 16th Lok Sabha, along with the Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim, will be held on nine different dates. The first date is April 7 and the last is May 12. Counting of votes will be held on May 16. Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath, accompanied by Election Commissioners H.S. Brahma and S.N.A. Zaidi, said Bihar and Uttar Pradesh would have the maximum of six polling dates each. 59. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged the Uttar Pradesh government to take immediate action to end the strike by government doctors which has resulted in “violation of people’s right to health and life.” 60. India’s current account deficit (CAD) narrowed sharply to $4.2 billion (0.9 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP)) in the third quarter of the current financial year. 61. Telecom subscribers across the country can now register complaints by dialling a special toll free number 1063. 62. At Graphic Era University in Dehradun as Arvind Mishra, a young assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, broke the Guinness record of 121 hours in the non-stop lecturing category. 63. For the first time candidates will have the option of e-filing their affidavits in the coming Lok Sabha and Assembly polls. The mandatory affidavits (Form 26), to be submitted at the time of filing nomination papers, include information on the candidate’s assets (movable and immovable property), property and accounts abroad, liabilities, educational qualifications and criminal antecedents, if any, and the name of the spouse and dependents. 64. Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) will celebrate International Women’s Day by organising financial literacy camps for women. All the 12 branches of the bank will organise financial literacy camps on March 8. 65. China announced its biggest hike in military spending in three years, with its defence budget set to cross $130 billion in the coming year. 66. Tata Motors said it had tied up with Bharatiya Mahila Bank to provide retail finance to its passenger vehicle customers. 67. Bihar is India’s fastest growing State with its Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) growing at 15.05 per cent during 2012-13. According to the CSO data, Gujarat grew at 7.96 per cent, ranked sixth, behind Bihar, Madhya Pradesh (9.89 per cent), Goa (8.47 per cent), Kerala (8.24 per cent) and Odisha (8.09 per cent). The all-India economic growth in 2012-13 was 4.47 per cent. 68. A high-power committee under the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) has been set up to find ways for the banking sector to comply with Basel-III capital norms. The decision was taken at a sub-committee meeting of FSDC chaired by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan. 69. Myanmar received the award of World’s Best Tourist Destination for 2014 by the European Union Council on Tourism and Trade. 70. To expedite proceedings against sitting MPs and MLAs in criminal cases, the Supreme Court asked lower courts to complete trial within a year of framing of charges. 71. Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut landed back on Earth in Kazakhstan after a stay of more than half a year aboard the International Space Station (ISS). 72. China said it would allow, for the first time, the setting up of five private banks on a trial basis. 73. Bharatiya Mahila Bank Limited, the first women’s bank and a wholly-owned government institution, proposes to open 55 more branches in Tier 4, Tier-5 and Tier-6 cities in 2014-15. 74. Gold and silver imports declined by 71.4 per cent to $1.63 billion in February mainly due to restrictions imposed by the government. 75. The Supreme Court declined to review its January 21 verdict, commuting the death sentence of 15 convicts to life term because of inordinate delay on the part of the President in disposing of their mercy petitions. 76. Rakesh Sethi took over as Chairman and Managing Director of Allahabad Bank. 77. The U.S. financial regulator warned consumers that using the online currency Bitcoin was fraught with risks, including theft by hacking and fraud. 78. The Director General of Civil Aviation has come out with new detailed guidelines for the physically challenged travelling by air, making it clear that no airline can refuse to fly them. 79. India and Bangladesh are keen to increase business relations by setting up inland waterways for hassle-free movement of cargo. 80. Singapore’s central bank said it would regulate ‘intermediaries’ for the Bitcoin virtual currency to prevent them from being used for money laundering and terrorist financing. 81. India’s foreign exchange reserves jumped by $1.088 billion to touch $295.45 billion during the week ended March 7, 2014. 82. Crimea declared independence from Ukraine and applied to rejoin Russia. Nearly 97 percent of voters said “yes” to revert to Russia. 83. Designed and built using a $777,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the self-contained, waterless toilet with its innovative technology converts human waste to biochar, a highly porous charcoal. It aims to provide an eco-friendly solution to help some of the 2.5 billion people around the world lacking safe sanitation. 84. Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said he had called President Barack Obama to complain that the U.S. government is undermining confidence in the Internet with vast, secret surveillance programmes. 85. Wholesale Price Index Inflation slipped to a nine-month low of 4.68 per cent in February. 86. Goldman Sachs Asset Management (India) has announced the launch of CPSE-ETF (Central Public Sector Enterprise Exchange Traded Fund) new fund offer, which tracks the central public sector enterprises (CPSE) index. Through this fund, investors can invest in Maharatnas, Navratnas and Miniratnas companies. 87. The Andhra Pradesh State government has in principle decided for the Rs. 1,000-crore Missile Test Launch Facility project proposed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Nagayalanka mandal of Krishna district. 88. For the first time, a large section of the still classified Henderson Brooks Report, which details a comprehensive operational review of India’s military debacle in India China war 1962, has been made public. 89. El Salvador’s election officials declared Sanchez Ceren the winner in presidential election. 90. Ludhiana and Kanpur are among the 10 most polluted cities in the world, says the World Health Organisation. Ludhiana made it to the fourth position along with Quetta in Pakistan. Kanpur made it to the ninth position. The most polluted city in the world is Ahvaz in Iran. 91. The Election Commission has directed content managers of social networking sites to make sure that candidates do not post anything violative of the model code of conduct. The guidelines will be applicable to a range of Internet-based social media including Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Wikipedia. 92. The All India Bank Employees’ Association has sought the immediate intervention of Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath to disqualify top loan defaulters from entering the poll fray. 93. The Home Ministry has taken action against about 19,000 non-government organisations which did not file returns within the stipulated time period. 94. Reserve Bank of India has warned all domestic banks to take steps before Microsoft ends its Windows XP software support from April 8, 2014. 95. A city court directed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and her close aide N. Sasikala to appear before it on April 3 to face trial in cases pertaining to alleged failure to file Income Tax returns. 96. The Central Government will sell 4.2 crore shares or 9 per cent stake in Axis Bank. The government holds about 20.72 per cent of the shares of the third largest Indian private sector bank through the Specified Undertaking of UTI (Unit trust of India). 97. The EU welcomed Ukraine into the Western fold, signing the political provisions of a landmark accord. European Union leaders agreed sanctions against top Russian politicians and stepped up efforts to cut the bloc’s debilitating energy dependence on Russia. 98. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan said that the central bank was yet to take a decision on Urjit Patel committee report which had suggested an inflation target and was still in discussion with the government on the subject. 99. British retail major Tesco announced that it was forming an equal joint venture with Trent Ltd., a part of the Tata Group, by picking up 50 per cent stake in Trent Hypermarket Ltd (THL) for about Rs.850 crore. 100. North Korea test-fired 30 short-range missiles into the sea. The missiles are estimated to have flown about 60 km. 102. ‘Book your own coach’ – is the latest initiative rolled out by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for the benefit of foreign travellers, tourists and students. 103. The Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) will open three more branches in three capital cities of the northeastern States – Agartala (Tripura), Shillong (Meghalaya) and Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh). 104. Prime Minister Muhammed Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan had postponed giving India the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status. 105. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has clarified that poll campaign-related news appearing in newspapers and channels owned by political parties will fall under the purview of paid news. 106. Bank of India launched IMT (Instant Money Transfer), which allows cardless cash withdrawal at its IMT-enabled ATMs, a first-of-its-kind initiative by any public sector bank. The facility can be initiated by the bank’s customer over bank’s ATM and retail Internet banking. The sender initiates IMT by providing receiver’s mobile number, four digits sender code and the IMT amount. Monthly withdrawal limit prescribed for IMT transaction is Rs.25,000 for receiver, and per transaction limit of Rs.10,000. IMT, once issued, is valid for 14 days. 107. The Election Commission (EC) has directed the government to defer notification of the order on gas price hike till the end of the general election in the third week of May. 108. After having launched its first ATM a year ago, Tata Communications Payment Solutions Limited (TCPSL) which is the first non-banking firm to launch its ATM network or white label ATMs said it plans to roll out 15,000 ATMs across India by June 2016. 109. The G8 group of top economic powers have suspended Russia for annexing Crimea, and has threatened to impose far-reaching sanctions if Moscow continued its incursion into Ukraine. The U.S. and six other economic powers also scrapped the G8 summit to be hosted by Russia in Sochi in June. 110. More than a year after the shocking Delhi gang rape, the Indian Ordinance factory launched a light-weight revolver, “Nirbheek,” designed especially for women to defend themselves from assault. 111. Shigeru Ban, Japanese architect known for his creative and inexpensive designs for disaster relief shelters, has won the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize. 112. The death sentence passed by an Egyptian court against 529 supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy has triggered an outcry among a wide cross section of the legal community. 113. The Reserve Bank of India simplified foreign portfolio investment norms. The portfolio investor registered in accordance with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) guidelines shall be called Registered Foreign Portfolio Investor (RFPI). The existing portfolio investor class, namely, Foreign Institutional Investor (FII) and Qualified Foreign Investor (QFI) registered with SEBI shall be subsumed under RFPI. 114. Creating a new Guinness world record, over two-and-half lakh Bangladeshis performed a chorus of their national anthem at the national parade ground to mark the country’s 43rd Independence Day. 115. European Union member states decided to ban the import of five types of fruits and vegetables from India. 116. The U.N. Human Rights Council launched an inquiry into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, despite Colombo’s fierce efforts to block an investigation. In a 23-12 vote, the council backed a Western-sponsored resolution to investigate into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights. India, for the first time, abstained from voting. 117. The discovery of two more mounds in January at the Harappan site of Rakhigarhi in Hisar district, Haryana, has led to archaeologists establishing it as the biggest Harappan civilisation site. 118. Supreme Court directed all the States to abolish manual scavenging and take steps for rehabilitation of such workers. 119. The World Health Organisation (WHO) South-East Asia Region, home to a quarter of the world’s population, was certified polio-free by an independent commission under the WHO certification process. 120. Russian mathematician Yakov Grigorevich Sinai, one of the most influential mathematicians of the 20th Century, has been chosen for the 2014 Abel Prize by the Norwegian Academy of Science Letters. 121. The U.N. General Assembly adopted a Western-backed resolution declaring Crimea’s referendum illegitimate and refusing to recognise Russia’s annexation of the peninsula. The non-binding resolution was passed in the 193-member body, with 100 votes in favour and 11 against. 122. Outgoing Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has threatened action by India against Switzerland at global forums such as G20 for its persistent denial to share information on Indians stashing money in its banks. Indian tax authorities have sought information on Indians with accounts in Swiss banks under the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA). 123. Srei Infrastructure Finance is planning to start roll-out of its while label ATMs (WLAs) between July and September starting with a pilot of 200 Tier-III towns in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. 124. The Reserve Bank of India extended the transitional period for banks to complete the full implementation of Basel-III capital regulations up to March 31, 2019, instead of March 31, 2018. 125. Government has set up a Tax Administration Reform Commission comprising officials from public and private sector agencies. Parthasarathi Shome is the chairman this Commission. 126. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) imposed a penalty of Rs 1 crore on Google for failing to provide information related to an investigation into its alleged unfair trade practices in India. 127. Tata Group and Singapore Airlines received the mandatory security clearance. While both partners will initially invest $100 million, Tata Sons will be the majority partner with 51% stake. SIA will hold 49%. 128. Indian exports will fall short of the USD 325 billion target envisaged in the current fiscal. For the April-February period, the country’s merchandise exports were up 4.79 per cent to USD 282.7 billion. Imports during the 11-month period fell 8.65 per cent to USD 410.86 billion. The trade deficit during this period was USD 128 billion. 129. The Supreme Court restrained the Centre and the Unique Identification Authority of India from sharing the vast biometric database of Aadhaar cards with any third party or agency without the consent of the registered person. It also ruled that people cannot be denied any service or benefit for not having an Aadhaar card. 130. Consumer Price Index Inflation declined to 8.1 per cent. 131. Foreign direct investment (FDI) into the services sector declined by about 60 per cent to USD 1.59 billion in the first nine months of this financial year. 132. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion had proposed relaxation of FDI norms in the construction sector and 100 per cent FDI in the railway sector. 133. India and the United States have decided to enhance cooperation for automatic exchange of information on tax evasion and detection of financial crimes, shoring up efforts to crackdown on black money cases involving economic channels of the two countries. 134. China has emerged India’s biggest trading partner in the current fiscal replacing the UAE. 135. Kotak Mahindra Bank announced the launch of Jifi, a first-of-its-kind fully integrated social bank account that transcends normal digital banking by seamlessly incorporating social networking platforms like Twitter and Facebook with mainstream banking. 136. Country’s largest lender the State Bank of India (SBI) will sell bad loans amounting to Rs 3,000 crore in the last quarter of the ongoing fiscal to the Asset Reconstruction Companies. 137. RBI has decided to withdraw the pre-2005 currency notes from circulation and asked the holders of such currency to exchange them by January 1, 2015. The earlier deadline was June 30. Thereafter, people would have had to produce identity proof to exchange more than 10 notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000. Meanwhile, banks have been advised to stop re-issue of the pre-2005 series notes over the counters/through ATMs. 138. Central Bank of India has sold its entire stake in credit information provider CIBIL to Transunion International Inc. Central Bank had a 5 per cent stake in CIBIL while Transunion is the majority shareholder in CIBIL at 27.5 per cent.
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placed the present BCCI chief N Srinivasan. 3. Jens Stoltenberg was appointed as the Secretary General of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). He will replace the incumbent Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. 4. General Sedki Sobhi was sworn-in as the new Defence Minister and Army Chief of Egypt. 5. Rajiv Takru was appointed as the Revenue Secretary. He will succeed Sumit Bose. 6. Rakesh Sethi was appointed as CMD of Allahabad Bank. 7. Sheila Dikshit, the former chief minister of Delhi was appointed as the 22nd Governor of Kerala. She will succeed Nikhil Kumar. 8. Indian-origin Gopal Rao won UK Twitter Prize. 9. Japanese architect Shigeru Ban won the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2014. 10. Govind Mishra, the renowned Hindi author will receive Sarawasti Samman for the year 2013 for his book Dhool Paudho Par published in 2008. 11. The 86th Annual Academy Oscar Awards 2014 – The best picture award was won by 12 Years A Slave of Steve McQueen. Best Actor – Matthew McConaughey (Film-Dallas Buyers Club), Best Actress – Cate Blanchett (Film – Blue Jasmine), Best Director – Alfonso Cuaron (Film – Gravity). 12. Physicist Rajesh Gopakumar was selected for G D Birla Award for scientific research for the year 2013. 13. The new Corporate Responsibility Regulations notified recently was not applicable to the State Bank of India, but it would comply voluntarily as SBI was created under SBI Act. 14. Indian journalist Shubranshu Choudhary won Google digital activism award for regional news service. 15. Tomas Halik, the Czech priest won the Templeton Prize for 2014. 16. President Pranab Mukherjee presented the President’s Standard and Colours Award to 112 Helicopter Unit and President’s Colour to 4 Base Repair Depot (BRD). 17. Indian writer Pankaj Mishra won Windham Campbell Literature Prize 2014 in non-fiction category. 18. US honoured Laxmi, an acid attack victim with the prestigious International Women of Courage Award. 19. Chandi Prasad Bhatt, the noted Gandhian environmentalist and social activist won the Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2013. Bhatt was one of the pioneers of the Chipko movement. 20. Actor Arjun Kapoor was named as the brand ambassador of the Earth hour 2014. Earth hour is an initiative under which citizens are advised to switch off all electricity for an hour. It is organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). 21. Grand jury of US indicted Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, the person accused for visa fraud and for under paying her housekeeper. Earlier, the virtually identical charges against Devyani were dropped by a court on the ground that she enjoyed diplomatic immunity. 22. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, the Army Chief of Egypt resigned to contest in Presidential election. 23. Dr KC Chakrabarty, the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India resigned. Earlier, Anand Sinha retired from the position of Deputy Governor of RBI. 24. GK Pillai resigned as Chairman of MCX-SX on 14 March 2014. Consequently, current Vice Chairman and former LIC Chairman, Thomas Mathew T was elected as new Chairman. 25. Nandan Nilekani resigned as chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). He joined the Congress Party to contest Lok Sabha Polls from the Bangalore South constituency. 26. Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Apple Inc Peter Oppenheimer announced his retirement. 27. Veteran film actress of Hindi and Marathi films, Nanda died. 28. Khushwant Singh, the renowned author and journalist died. 29. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, the former President and leader of Sierra Leone died. 30. South China Sea-Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared in the South China Sea. 31. Union Ministry of Minority Affairs launched Nalanda Project for Minorities Higher Educational Institutions. 32. Union Ministry of Minority Affairs launched a new initiative Maulana Azad Sehat Scheme for the welfare of minorities. 33. India was ranked fourth in a Microsoft report in the list of the countries sending out spam e-mails. India has followed three nations namely USA, China, UK. 34. India’s import of weapon systems is three times more than Pakistan and China. The report published by as Swedish Think Tank, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has claimed that India continues to be the largest buyer of arms in the world. 35. Mumbai was the least expensive major city for expatriates among the major cities of the world. This was revealed in a report released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). After Mumbai, Karachi and New Delhi are the least expensive city in the world. Singapore was ranked as the most expensive city. 36. The Third Nuclear Security Summit was held in The Hague, Netherlands from 24 to 25 March 2014. 37. A non-profit group Vandana Foundation launched AQUATM in Mumbai. The AQUATM is a water vending machine from which water can be purchased. 38. A multi-pronged National campaign on Dengue, U & Me Against Dengue, was launched to eradicate dengue across six Indian cities with public private partnership. 39. Union Defence Ministry ordered a CBI investigation into the purchase of jet fighter engines from Britain’s Rolls-Royce that worth 10000 crore rupees. 40. Indian Navy successfully completed Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise (TROPEX), one of its largest war drills spread over Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal region. 41. India and Nepal started a joint military exercise at Saljhandi in Rupandehi district of Nepal. The two week exercise named Ex-Surya Kiran Drills VI. 42. Third BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) Summit was held from 1 March to 4 March 2014 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Indian Prime Minster visited Myanmar. 43. Sumith Nakandala was appointed as the first Secretary General of BIMSTEC. 44. The Union Cabinet gave its approval for the setting up of 54 Kendriya Vidyalayas, four National Institutes of Design (NIDs), and 3,500 model schools at the block level in Educationally Backward Blocks (EBBs). The proposal to set up new KVs during the 12th Five Year Plan period. 45. Various Central agencies cleared seven major National Highway projects, including the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, pertaining mostly to Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana and Punjab and Rajasthan. 47. The Centre assailed the January 21 Supreme Court verdict commuting the death sentence of 15 convicts to life term, saying the President’s decision in disposing of a mercy petition was beyond judicial review. 48. With a view to promoting affordable and effective generic drugs, the Centre has asked the States to provide space in government hospitals for their sale so that more Jan Aushadhi Stores could be opened. 49. President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2014 that would pave way for the creation of the State of Telangana, and approved the Cabinet’s recommendation to impose Central rule in the State. 50. Russia’s Parliament has approved the use of armed force in Ukraine, even as the West warned Moscow not to intervene in the troubled post-Soviet state. 51. Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung approved a proposal to bring back trams in Chandni Chowk area. 52. Justice G. Rohini is set to become the first woman Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court. 53. Two fund houses of SBI and Axis have filed papers with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to start mutual fund schemes linked to inflation-indexed bonds. 54. Former Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman J. S. Sarma, an advocate of telecom sector reforms, has passed away. 55. The Union government has raised by 10 to 20 basis points the interest rates on select fixed deposit schemes offered by post offices. The rate hike will come into effect from April 1, 2014. The rate hike decision is in line with the recommendations of the Shyamala Gopinath Committee. 56. With the provisional exclusion of the Indian Boxing Federation (IBF), the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has suggested that a new national federation be floated to revive the country’s relations with the international boxing community. The AIBA, which suspended the IBF on December 6, 2012 due to alleged irregularities in its elections held that year. 57. RBI decided to allow foreign inward remittances received under money transfer service scheme (MTSS) directly into the bank account of the beneficiary through electronic modes such as national electronic funds transfer (NEFT) and immediate payment service (IMPS). 58. The elections for the 16th Lok Sabha, along with the Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim, will be held on nine different dates. The first date is April 7 and the last is May 12. Counting of votes will be held on May 16. Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath, accompanied by Election Commissioners H.S. Brahma and S.N.A. Zaidi, said Bihar and Uttar Pradesh would have the maximum of six polling dates each. 59. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged the Uttar Pradesh government to take immediate action to end the strike by government doctors which has resulted in “violation of people’s right to health and life.” 60. India’s current account deficit (CAD) narrowed sharply to $4.2 billion (0.9 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP)) in the third quarter of the current financial year. 61. Telecom subscribers across the country can now register complaints by dialling a special toll free number 1063. 62. At Graphic Era University in Dehradun as Arvind Mishra, a young assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, broke the Guinness record of 121 hours in the non-stop lecturing category. 63. For the first time candidates will have the option of e-filing their affidavits in the coming Lok Sabha and Assembly polls. The mandatory affidavits (Form 26), to be submitted at the time of filing nomination papers, include information on the candidate’s assets (movable and immovable property), property and accounts abroad, liabilities, educational qualifications and criminal antecedents, if any, and the name of the spouse and dependents. 64. Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) will celebrate International Women’s Day by organising financial literacy camps for women. All the 12 branches of the bank will organise financial literacy camps on March 8. 65. China announced its biggest hike in military spending in three years, with its defence budget set to cross $130 billion in the coming year. 66. Tata Motors said it had tied up with Bharatiya Mahila Bank to provide retail finance to its passenger vehicle customers. 67. Bihar is India’s fastest growing State with its Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) growing at 15.05 per cent during 2012-13. According to the CSO data, Gujarat grew at 7.96 per cent, ranked sixth, behind Bihar, Madhya Pradesh (9.89 per cent), Goa (8.47 per cent), Kerala (8.24 per cent) and Odisha (8.09 per cent). The all-India economic growth in 2012-13 was 4.47 per cent. 68. A high-power committee under the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) has been set up to find ways for the banking sector to comply with Basel-III capital norms. The decision was taken at a sub-committee meeting of FSDC chaired by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan. 69. Myanmar received the award of World’s Best Tourist Destination for 2014 by the European Union Council on Tourism and Trade. 70. To expedite proceedings against sitting MPs and MLAs in criminal cases, the Supreme Court asked lower courts to complete trial within a year of framing of charges. 71. Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut landed back on Earth in Kazakhstan after a stay of more than half a year aboard the International Space Station (ISS). 72. China said it would allow, for the first time, the setting up of five private banks on a trial basis. 73. Bharatiya Mahila Bank Limited, the first women’s bank and a wholly-owned government institution, proposes to open 55 more branches in Tier 4, Tier-5 and Tier-6 cities in 2014-15. 74. Gold and silver imports declined by 71.4 per cent to $1.63 billion in February mainly due to restrictions imposed by the government. 75. The Supreme Court declined to review its January 21 verdict, commuting the death sentence of 15 convicts to life term because of inordinate delay on the part of the President in disposing of their mercy petitions. 76. Rakesh Sethi took over as Chairman and Managing Director of Allahabad Bank. 77. The U.S. financial regulator warned consumers that using the online currency Bitcoin was fraught with risks, including theft by hacking and fraud. 78. The Director General of Civil Aviation has come out with new detailed guidelines for the physically challenged travelling by air, making it clear that no airline can refuse to fly them. 79. India and Bangladesh are keen to increase business relations by setting up inland waterways for hassle-free movement of cargo. 80. Singapore’s central bank said it would regulate ‘intermediaries’ for the Bitcoin virtual currency to prevent them from being used for money laundering and terrorist financing. 81. India’s foreign exchange reserves jumped by $1.088 billion to touch $295.45 billion during the week ended March 7, 2014. 82. Crimea declared independence from Ukraine and applied to rejoin Russia. Nearly 97 percent of voters said “yes” to revert to Russia. 83. Designed and built using a $777,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the self-contained, waterless toilet with its innovative technology converts human waste to biochar, a highly porous charcoal. It aims to provide an eco-friendly solution to help some of the 2.5 billion people around the world lacking safe sanitation. 84. Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said he had called President Barack Obama to complain that the U.S. government is undermining confidence in the Internet with vast, secret surveillance programmes. 85. Wholesale Price Index Inflation slipped to a nine-month low of 4.68 per cent in February. 86. Goldman Sachs Asset Management (India) has announced the launch of CPSE-ETF (Central Public Sector Enterprise Exchange Traded Fund) new fund offer, which tracks the central public sector enterprises (CPSE) index. Through this fund, investors can invest in Maharatnas, Navratnas and Miniratnas companies. 87. The Andhra Pradesh State government has in principle decided for the Rs. 1,000-crore Missile Test Launch Facility project proposed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Nagayalanka mandal of Krishna district. 88. For the first time, a large section of the still classified Henderson Brooks Report, which details a comprehensive operational review of India’s military debacle in India China war 1962, has been made public. 89. El Salvador’s election officials declared Sanchez Ceren the winner in presidential election. 90. Ludhiana and Kanpur are among the 10 most polluted cities in the world, says the World Health Organisation. Ludhiana made it to the fourth position along with Quetta in Pakistan. Kanpur made it to the ninth position. The most polluted city in the world is Ahvaz in Iran. 91. The Election Commission has directed content managers of social networking sites to make sure that candidates do not post anything violative of the model code of conduct. The guidelines will be applicable to a range of Internet-based social media including Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Wikipedia. 92. The All India Bank Employees’ Association has sought the immediate intervention of Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath to disqualify top loan defaulters from entering the poll fray. 93. The Home Ministry has taken action against about 19,000 non-government organisations which did not file returns within the stipulated time period. 94. Reserve Bank of India has warned all domestic banks to take steps before Microsoft ends its Windows XP software support from April 8, 2014. 95. A city court directed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and her close aide N. Sasikala to appear before it on April 3 to face trial in cases pertaining to alleged failure to file Income Tax returns. 96. The Central Government will sell 4.2 crore shares or 9 per cent stake in Axis Bank. The government holds about 20.72 per cent of the shares of the third largest Indian private sector bank through the Specified Undertaking of UTI (Unit trust of India). 97. The EU welcomed Ukraine into the Western fold, signing the political provisions of a landmark accord. European Union leaders agreed sanctions against top Russian politicians and stepped up efforts to cut the bloc’s debilitating energy dependence on Russia. 98. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan said that the central bank was yet to take a decision on Urjit Patel committee report which had suggested an inflation target and was still in discussion with the government on the subject. 99. British retail major Tesco announced that it was forming an equal joint venture with Trent Ltd., a part of the Tata Group, by picking up 50 per cent stake in Trent Hypermarket Ltd (THL) for about Rs.850 crore. 100. North Korea test-fired 30 short-range missiles into the sea. The missiles are estimated to have flown about 60 km. 102. ‘Book your own coach’ – is the latest initiative rolled out by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for the benefit of foreign travellers, tourists and students. 103. The Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) will open three more branches in three capital cities of the northeastern States – Agartala (Tripura), Shillong (Meghalaya) and Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh). 104. Prime Minister Muhammed Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan had postponed giving India the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status. 105. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has clarified that poll campaign-related news appearing in newspapers and channels owned by political parties will fall under the purview of paid news. 106. Bank of India launched IMT (Instant Money Transfer), which allows cardless cash withdrawal at its IMT-enabled ATMs, a first-of-its-kind initiative by any public sector bank. The facility can be initiated by the bank’s customer over bank’s ATM and retail Internet banking. The sender initiates IMT by providing receiver’s mobile number, four digits sender code and the IMT amount. Monthly withdrawal limit prescribed for IMT transaction is Rs.25,000 for receiver, and per transaction limit of Rs.10,000. IMT, once issued, is valid for 14 days. 107. The Election Commission (EC) has directed the government to defer notification of the order on gas price hike till the end of the general election in the third week of May. 108. After having launched its first ATM a year ago, Tata Communications Payment Solutions Limited (TCPSL) which is the first non-banking firm to launch its ATM network or white label ATMs said it plans to roll out 15,000 ATMs across India by June 2016. 109. The G8 group of top economic powers have suspended Russia for annexing Crimea, and has threatened to impose far-reaching sanctions if Moscow continued its incursion into Ukraine. The U.S. and six other economic powers also scrapped the G8 summit to be hosted by Russia in Sochi in June. 110. More than a year after the shocking Delhi gang rape, the Indian Ordinance factory launched a light-weight revolver, “Nirbheek,” designed especially for women to defend themselves from assault. 111. Shigeru Ban, Japanese architect known for his creative and inexpensive designs for disaster relief shelters, has won the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize. 112. The death sentence passed by an Egyptian court against 529 supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy has triggered an outcry among a wide cross section of the legal community. 113. The Reserve Bank of India simplified foreign portfolio investment norms. The portfolio investor registered in accordance with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) guidelines shall be called Registered Foreign Portfolio Investor (RFPI). The existing portfolio investor class, namely, Foreign Institutional Investor (FII) and Qualified Foreign Investor (QFI) registered with SEBI shall be subsumed under RFPI. 114. Creating a new Guinness world record, over two-and-half lakh Bangladeshis performed a chorus of their national anthem at the national parade ground to mark the country’s 43rd Independence Day. 115. European Union member states decided to ban the import of five types of fruits and vegetables from India. 116. The U.N. Human Rights Council launched an inquiry into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, despite Colombo’s fierce efforts to block an investigation. In a 23-12 vote, the council backed a Western-sponsored resolution to investigate into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights. India, for the first time, abstained from voting. 117. The discovery of two more mounds in January at the Harappan site of Rakhigarhi in Hisar district, Haryana, has led to archaeologists establishing it as the biggest Harappan civilisation site. 118. Supreme Court directed all the States to abolish manual scavenging and take steps for rehabilitation of such workers. 119. The World Health Organisation (WHO) South-East Asia Region, home to a quarter of the world’s population, was certified polio-free by an independent commission under the WHO certification process. 120. Russian mathematician Yakov Grigorevich Sinai, one of the most influential mathematicians of the 20th Century, has been chosen for the 2014 Abel Prize by the Norwegian Academy of Science Letters. 121. The U.N. General Assembly adopted a Western-backed resolution declaring Crimea’s referendum illegitimate and refusing to recognise Russia’s annexation of the peninsula. The non-binding resolution was passed in the 193-member body, with 100 votes in favour and 11 against. 122. Outgoing Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has threatened action by India against Switzerland at global forums such as G20 for its persistent denial to share information on Indians stashing money in its banks. Indian tax authorities have sought information on Indians with accounts in Swiss banks under the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA). 123. Srei Infrastructure Finance is planning to start roll-out of its while label ATMs (WLAs) between July and September starting with a pilot of 200 Tier-III towns in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. 124. The Reserve Bank of India extended the transitional period for banks to complete the full implementation of Basel-III capital regulations up to March 31, 2019, instead of March 31, 2018. 125. Government has set up a Tax Administration Reform Commission comprising officials from public and private sector agencies. Parthasarathi Shome is the chairman this Commission. 126. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) imposed a penalty of Rs 1 crore on Google for failing to provide information related to an investigation into its alleged unfair trade practices in India. 127. Tata Group and Singapore Airlines received the mandatory security clearance. While both partners will initially invest $100 million, Tata Sons will be the majority partner with 51% stake. SIA will hold 49%. 128. Indian exports will fall short of the USD 325 billion target envisaged in the current fiscal. For the April-February period, the country’s merchandise exports were up 4.79 per cent to USD 282.7 billion. Imports during the 11-month period fell 8.65 per cent to USD 410.86 billion. The trade deficit during this period was USD 128 billion. 129. The Supreme Court restrained the Centre and the Unique Identification Authority of India from sharing the vast biometric database of Aadhaar cards with any third party or agency without the consent of the registered person. It also ruled that people cannot be denied any service or benefit for not having an Aadhaar card. 130. Consumer Price Index Inflation declined to 8.1 per cent. 131. Foreign direct investment (FDI) into the services sector declined by about 60 per cent to USD 1.59 billion in the first nine months of this financial year. 132. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion had proposed relaxation of FDI norms in the construction sector and 100 per cent FDI in the railway sector. 133. India and the United States have decided to enhance cooperation for automatic exchange of information on tax evasion and detection of financial crimes, shoring up efforts to crackdown on black money cases involving economic channels of the two countries. 134. China has emerged India’s biggest trading partner in the current fiscal replacing the UAE. 135. Kotak Mahindra Bank announced the launch of Jifi, a first-of-its-kind fully integrated social bank account that transcends normal digital banking by seamlessly incorporating social networking platforms like Twitter and Facebook with mainstream banking. 136. Country’s largest lender the State Bank of India (SBI) will sell bad loans amounting to Rs 3,000 crore in the last quarter of the ongoing fiscal to the Asset Reconstruction Companies. 137. RBI has decided to withdraw the pre-2005 currency notes from circulation and asked the holders of such currency to exchange them by January 1, 2015. The earlier deadline was June 30. Thereafter, people would have had to produce identity proof to exchange more than 10 notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000. Meanwhile, banks have been advised to stop re-issue of the pre-2005 series notes over the counters/through ATMs. 138. Central Bank of India has sold its entire stake in credit information provider CIBIL to Transunion International Inc. Central Bank had a 5 per cent stake in CIBIL while Transunion is the majority shareholder in CIBIL at 27.5 per cent.
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Balogun Suheed Alade Ayo Oritsejafor is a drunkard,liers,evil nd unholiman,animal in humans' skin."Madaru eniyan"
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Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs Takes Ayo Oritsejafor To The Gutters, Expose His Many Lies By editor on April 11, 2014 By The Paradigm The Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs has taken the controversial leader of the Christian Association of Nig Read more ...
eria CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor to the gutters over what it calls “frivolous and unsubstantiated utterances on certain issues with a view to heating up the polity”. The council through a release by its Acting Director of Publicity Muhammad K. Qasim, said that the council is constrained to recall that certain lies blatantly told in the past had undermined world peace in some parts of the globe and resulted in the death and displacement of millions of people. “It is on this note that we wish to prove that many of the claims of the CAN leadership in recent years on the state of the nation were motivated by reasons which were evidently at variance with the truth. The Council went on to prove that Mr. Ayo Oritsejafor had been feeding lies to the Nigerian public and the Presidency. Read the full release below: [Press Release] As many Nigerians would have observed, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has, in recent times, been using the media to make frivolous and unsubstantiated utterances on certain issues with a view to heating up the polity. Many of these utterances have been unfortunate, given the public status of the spokesperson who has been fanning the ember of religious hostility through implacable inflammatory utterances in a multi-religious country like ours. When the unconventional rhetoric of the CAN leadership began on the pages of newspapers a couple of years ago, we took it for a temporary outburst that would soon fizzle out. This was reinforced by our solid commitment to the various layers of our interactions with the Christian community in the country and our belief that turning religion into a political gambit would be igniting a keg of gunpowder, hence our resolve not to respond in the like manner. Despite the attitude of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) of not responding to frivolous and unwarranted media propaganda, we are constrained to recall that certain lies blatantly told in the past had undermined world peace in some parts of the globe and resulted in the death and displacement of millions of people. It is on this note that we wish to prove that many of the claims of the CAN leadership in recent years on the state of the nation were motivated by reasons which were evidently at variance with the truth. We are aware that not all our Christian compatriots appreciate or support the combative posture and aggressive rhetoric of the current CAN leadership. This is evident in a recent public rebuttal by the Bornu State’s CAN leadership of a baseless allegation that some churches and Christian schools were clandestinely marked out for demolition in the State. That State’s CAN leadership had to admonish the national leadership of CAN to always “clarify issues relating to Christian communities at the State level before making (embarrassing) public statements on such issues. …We feel that the channel had not been exhausted in this matter hence this response.” The mere fact that the Federal Government has been listening to fabricated data and the lies blatantly told about Islam and Muslims in this country have been reflecting in the polity especially in the lopsidedness being witnessed in critical areas of Federal appointments and postings,even in the military and security agencies. Though we have data to the effect that about 85% of appointments as Heads of Federal Parastatals have been given to Christians through which the majority of Nigerians are marginalized, for now we want to principally address only the single example originated by CAN to illustrate our assertion that lies are being circulated as facts by CAN leadership in Nigeria for personal and political gains Nigerians would recall that in the last week of July 2013, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, in a syndicated interview, alleged that “Nigerian Christians are treated as second class citizens”. The interview was published in the Vanguard of 27th July 2013, several other newspapers and on-line media. In the interview, among other mendacious statements, the CAN President alleged that Christians are being marginalized in Nigeria while the truth is obvious even to the blind that the opposite is the case. On the Nigerian Television Authority, for example, the CAN President said: “Go to the Government owned media houses and see what is happening there, especially the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA). I don’t know now because some of them retired at a point, but, before their retirement, the seven directors out of eight were Muslims. Turn that around and see what will happen. What do you call that? Second class citizens.” While the reasons for which verifiable information are distorted and lies are publicly promoted based on mere conjectures, we want to aver that contrary to what the CAN President said, NTA, like other segments of the Nigerian enterprise, is a Christian enclave. Below is the list of the composition of the Management Board of the NTA since inception to date and the facts speak for themselves: MANAGEMENT BOARD OF NTA (1976 TO NOVEMBER 2008) 1 MADUKA VINCEN T DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 O. OLUWOLE DIRECTOR FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 CHIEF SEGUN OLUSOLA - DIRECTOR COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 4 ENGR. UGWU DIRECTOR ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 5 MOHAMMED IBRAHIM/ YAHYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR NEWS MUSLIM 6 ADAMU AUGIE M.D NTPC MUSLIM 7 DR. VICTORIA EZE OKOLI DIR, PROGRAMMES (DG’s OFFICE) CHRISTIAN 1 DR. WALTER OFONAGORO DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR OF FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 4 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO DIRECTOR, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 5 YAHAYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR, NEWS MUSLIM 6 SEGUN OLUSOLA DIRECTOR, COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 1 SHINGLE IGWE DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 SEGUN OLUSOLA DIRECTOR, COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 3 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR FINANCE CHRISTIAN 4 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIRECTOR PROGRAMME CHRISTIAN 5 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO DIRECTOR ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 KERE AHMED DIRECTOR CORPORATE AFFAIRS MUSLIM 7 YAHAYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR, NEWS MUSLIM 1 MOH’D IBRAHIM DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR, FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 PATRICH ITYOHEGH DIR., NAT. PRODUCTION CHRISTIAN 4 DR VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIR., PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 ISAAC WAKOMBO DIR., ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 BAYO SANDA DIR., COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 7 YAHYA ABUBAKAR DIR., NEWS. MUSLIM 8 ABDULRAHMAN MICHIKA DIR., ABUJA PROJECT MUSLIM 1 MOHAMMED IBRAHIM DIRECTOR GENERAL (PART. PRIVATIZATION) MUSLIM 2 SAIDU ABUBAKAR ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 3 PATRICK ITYOHEGH DIR, OPERATIONS CHRISTIAN 4 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 5 ENG. ISAAC WAKOMBO ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 PRINCE BAYO SANDA ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 7 DR. MADU MAILAFIA ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 1 PARICK ITYOHEGH DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 DR. BIODUN SOTUMBI ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 DR. MADU MAILAFIA ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 6 SAIDU ABUBAKAR ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 1 BEN MURRAY BRUCE DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 BABS AKINLOLU/ JAMES DUGGAN, ED, FIN./ ADMIN CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. EDDY AMANA ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 JIMMY ATTEH/PETER IGHO ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 DR. TONIE IREDIA/JIMMY ATTEH ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 6 MALLAM HASSAN BELLO ED, MARKETING MUSLIM 7 MALLAM USMAN MAGAWATA ED, TRAINING (1YR) MUSLIM 1 DR. TONIE IREDIA DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 EMMA MBANUGO ED, FINANCE & ADMIN CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. EDDY AMANA ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 JIMMY F. ATTEH ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 ENGR. SUNDAY IBOK ED, SPECIAL DUTIES CHRISTIAN 6 PETER IGHO ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 7 USMAN MAGAWATA ED, NEWS MUSLIM 8 MALLAM HASSAN BELLO ED, MARKETING MUSLIM (Mallam Hassan Bello retired during this time which was followed by a re-organization process that left Usman Magawata as the only Muslim in the Management till 2008) FROM NOVEMBER 2008 TO APRIL 2012 (Less than 4 years) 1 MALLAM USMAN MAGAWATA DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 MALLAM BELLO SULE ED, PROGRAMMES MUSLIM 3 MALLAM MUSA MAYAKI ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 4 MALLAM YAKUBU IBN. MOH’D ED, SPECIAL DUTIES MUSLIM 5 ENGR. SHUIBU NDA ADAMA ED, ENGINEERING MUSLIM 6 MALLAM GARBA MAMU ED, NEWS MUSLIM 7 PASTOR (MRS) IFY UZODINMA ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 8 VICTORIA OLUMIDI ED, TRAINING CHRISTIAN 1 MALLAM MUSA MAIYAKI AG DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 ENGR. SHUAIBU NDA ADAMA ENGINEERING MUSLIM 3 MALLAM GARBA MAMU ED, NEWS MUSLIM OVERSEEING OFFICERS 1 MUHMUD UMAR PROGRAMMES (acting) 2 DEMBO UMAR MARKETING (acting) 3 WOLE COKER SPECIAL DUTIES/ multi channels 4 FRANK WILLIAMS TRAINING (acting) 5 NGOZI BARDA ADMIN. (Acting) 6 PHILIP OFUEGBU DIR, FINANCE NOTE: The Secretary/Legal Adviser who is a key member of NTA Management Board has always been a Christian since the inception of NTA. The Secretaries, since inception, are: MRS. DAISY DANJUMA DR. DEJI AYINDE MRS. NGOZI BARDA MRS. PAULINE IGBANOR MRS. TESSY NWANERI The summary here is that members of the Board of Directors (External Board members) have always been about 80% Christian and 20% Muslim since the inception of the NTA. The propaganda launched against Muslims and falsehood peddled against them have often influenced the composition of the Boards and Parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation in such a way that Muslims have been grossly marginalized. For example, members of the New Boards of Federal Parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation are as follows: 1. Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) 1 Chief Patrick Ogbu Chairman 2 Bashir Samaila Ahmed Member 3 Daniel Bwala Member 4 Ahmed M. Agina Member 5 Dele Fagoriola Member 6 Rose Okoronkwo (Mrs) Member 7 Billy Etuk Member 8 Director-General, NTA Member 2. Voice of Nigeria (VON) (1) Andy Aghaji Chairman (2) Haruna Ahmed Member (3) George Korgba Member (4) Prof. Fred Onyeziri Member (5) Oruma Steve Member (6) Bature Umar Member (7) Ogu Odey Member (8) Director-General, VON Member 3. Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) (1) Ben Murray Bruce Chairman (2) Elvis Agukwe Member (3) Funke Egbemode (Mrs) Member (4) Bola Doherty Member (5) Farouk Dalhatu Member (6) Joyce Chinedu (Mrs) Member (7) Hajia Hauwa Kida Member (8) Abubakar Damboh Member (9) Director-General, FRCN Member 4. NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA (NAN) (1) Ibrahim Buba Chairman (2) Vtony Prest Member (3) Dr Attah Pine Member (4) Ifeanyi Ossai Member (5) Tons Fetepigi Member 5. NATIONAL ORIENTATION AGENCY (NOA) (1) CHAIRMAN EDOH OBI 6. NIGERIAN FILM CORPORATION (1) Bongos Igwue Chairman (2) Sani Danja Member (3) Wada Musa Member (4) Bright Chinedu Nnebedum Member This disproportionate composition as the names show characterizes various segments of the current Government’s Administration. The Christian community is being appeased and pampered while the rights of the Muslim community are being trampled upon with impunity.Where for God’s sake is the sense of equity of the President of CAN? ADMISSION INTO NDA TOO! The recently published admission list of students into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) is another shocker for Nigerian Muslims and a seeming precursor of a hidden agenda being nursed by the authorities in charge. The composition of that list through which Christians dominate such admission list even in predominantly Muslim States is a clear reminder of ‘Rwanda Experience’. ANOTHER POINTER: FEC Another display of flagrant insensitivity to all norms of justice and fairness is that there is no single Muslim from the entire Southern Nigeria in the cabinet of the current Federal Government. ! INSULT UPON INJURY NSCIA used to assume that the apparent lopsidedness in those appoints was accidental but the constant reckless utterances of Pastor Oritsejafor have lent credence to the contrary. Moreso, his pronouncements have, of recent, become directives to the FGN. Given this dangerous trend and the random deliberate provocation by the current CAN President to add insult to injury; the NSCIA is left with no choice than to join issues with CAN by updating Nigerian Muslims with unassailable facts. Having tolerated CAN’ s irritation for so long in the interest of peace and without any reciprocation, we are compelled to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and to henceforth resist any unwarranted bullying and intimidation of Nigerian Muslims by the President of CAN. We insist that it is unbecoming of religious leaders to publicly tell lies in order to gain cheap popularity and vainglory and we believe that right-thinking Nigerians would, for the purpose of truth and justice, note these facts. Why would anyone who claims to be a religious leader want to lead Nigeria into the ugly spectre of a religious war through belligerent utterances and false allegations just to gain vainglorious self-assertiveness? Why would a religious leader not reflect before making a public pronouncement? As Muslims, we affirm our belief in peaceful and harmonious co-existence with people of other faiths according to the tenets of our religion just as we recommit ourselves to working together with reasonable Christian brothers and sisters in Nigeria towards promoting what unites us . Meanwhile, as a further demonstration of our tolerance, we still advise the national leadership of CAN to always PAUSE, THINK and VERIFY information before making public statements that may amount to fallacy and desist from its chosen path of war mongering just for transient pleasure and selfish cheap gains. If the politicians are busy heightening tension and increasing the national blood pressure, the role of religious leaders should be to douse rather than ignite an inflammable situation in the land. God save Nigeria. Signed Muhammad K. Qasim NSCIA Ag. Director of Publicity FOR AND ON BEHALF OF NSCIA — with Ameer Taawun Dawood Imran and 3 others.
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Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs Takes Ayo Oritsejafor To The Gutters, Expose His Many Lies By editor on April 11, 2014 By The Paradigm The Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs has taken the controversial leader of the Christian Association of Nig Read more ...
eria CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor to the gutters over what it calls “frivolous and unsubstantiated utterances on certain issues with a view to heating up the polity”. The council through a release by its Acting Director of Publicity Muhammad K. Qasim, said that the council is constrained to recall that certain lies blatantly told in the past had undermined world peace in some parts of the globe and resulted in the death and displacement of millions of people. “It is on this note that we wish to prove that many of the claims of the CAN leadership in recent years on the state of the nation were motivated by reasons which were evidently at variance with the truth. The Council went on to prove that Mr. Ayo Oritsejafor had been feeding lies to the Nigerian public and the Presidency. Read the full release below: [Press Release] As many Nigerians would have observed, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has, in recent times, been using the media to make frivolous and unsubstantiated utterances on certain issues with a view to heating up the polity. Many of these utterances have been unfortunate, given the public status of the spokesperson who has been fanning the ember of religious hostility through implacable inflammatory utterances in a multi-religious country like ours. When the unconventional rhetoric of the CAN leadership began on the pages of newspapers a couple of years ago, we took it for a temporary outburst that would soon fizzle out. This was reinforced by our solid commitment to the various layers of our interactions with the Christian community in the country and our belief that turning religion into a political gambit would be igniting a keg of gunpowder, hence our resolve not to respond in the like manner. Despite the attitude of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) of not responding to frivolous and unwarranted media propaganda, we are constrained to recall that certain lies blatantly told in the past had undermined world peace in some parts of the globe and resulted in the death and displacement of millions of people. It is on this note that we wish to prove that many of the claims of the CAN leadership in recent years on the state of the nation were motivated by reasons which were evidently at variance with the truth. We are aware that not all our Christian compatriots appreciate or support the combative posture and aggressive rhetoric of the current CAN leadership. This is evident in a recent public rebuttal by the Bornu State’s CAN leadership of a baseless allegation that some churches and Christian schools were clandestinely marked out for demolition in the State. That State’s CAN leadership had to admonish the national leadership of CAN to always “clarify issues relating to Christian communities at the State level before making (embarrassing) public statements on such issues. …We feel that the channel had not been exhausted in this matter hence this response.” The mere fact that the Federal Government has been listening to fabricated data and the lies blatantly told about Islam and Muslims in this country have been reflecting in the polity especially in the lopsidedness being witnessed in critical areas of Federal appointments and postings,even in the military and security agencies. Though we have data to the effect that about 85% of appointments as Heads of Federal Parastatals have been given to Christians through which the majority of Nigerians are marginalized, for now we want to principally address only the single example originated by CAN to illustrate our assertion that lies are being circulated as facts by CAN leadership in Nigeria for personal and political gains Nigerians would recall that in the last week of July 2013, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, in a syndicated interview, alleged that “Nigerian Christians are treated as second class citizens”. The interview was published in the Vanguard of 27th July 2013, several other newspapers and on-line media. In the interview, among other mendacious statements, the CAN President alleged that Christians are being marginalized in Nigeria while the truth is obvious even to the blind that the opposite is the case. On the Nigerian Television Authority, for example, the CAN President said: “Go to the Government owned media houses and see what is happening there, especially the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA). I don’t know now because some of them retired at a point, but, before their retirement, the seven directors out of eight were Muslims. Turn that around and see what will happen. What do you call that? Second class citizens.” While the reasons for which verifiable information are distorted and lies are publicly promoted based on mere conjectures, we want to aver that contrary to what the CAN President said, NTA, like other segments of the Nigerian enterprise, is a Christian enclave. Below is the list of the composition of the Management Board of the NTA since inception to date and the facts speak for themselves: MANAGEMENT BOARD OF NTA (1976 TO NOVEMBER 2008) 1 MADUKA VINCEN T DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 O. OLUWOLE DIRECTOR FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 CHIEF SEGUN OLUSOLA - DIRECTOR COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 4 ENGR. UGWU DIRECTOR ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 5 MOHAMMED IBRAHIM/ YAHYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR NEWS MUSLIM 6 ADAMU AUGIE M.D NTPC MUSLIM 7 DR. VICTORIA EZE OKOLI DIR, PROGRAMMES (DG’s OFFICE) CHRISTIAN 1 DR. WALTER OFONAGORO DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR OF FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 4 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO DIRECTOR, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 5 YAHAYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR, NEWS MUSLIM 6 SEGUN OLUSOLA DIRECTOR, COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 1 SHINGLE IGWE DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 SEGUN OLUSOLA DIRECTOR, COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 3 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR FINANCE CHRISTIAN 4 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIRECTOR PROGRAMME CHRISTIAN 5 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO DIRECTOR ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 KERE AHMED DIRECTOR CORPORATE AFFAIRS MUSLIM 7 YAHAYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR, NEWS MUSLIM 1 MOH’D IBRAHIM DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR, FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 PATRICH ITYOHEGH DIR., NAT. PRODUCTION CHRISTIAN 4 DR VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIR., PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 ISAAC WAKOMBO DIR., ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 BAYO SANDA DIR., COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 7 YAHYA ABUBAKAR DIR., NEWS. MUSLIM 8 ABDULRAHMAN MICHIKA DIR., ABUJA PROJECT MUSLIM 1 MOHAMMED IBRAHIM DIRECTOR GENERAL (PART. PRIVATIZATION) MUSLIM 2 SAIDU ABUBAKAR ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 3 PATRICK ITYOHEGH DIR, OPERATIONS CHRISTIAN 4 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 5 ENG. ISAAC WAKOMBO ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 PRINCE BAYO SANDA ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 7 DR. MADU MAILAFIA ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 1 PARICK ITYOHEGH DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 DR. BIODUN SOTUMBI ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 DR. MADU MAILAFIA ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 6 SAIDU ABUBAKAR ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 1 BEN MURRAY BRUCE DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 BABS AKINLOLU/ JAMES DUGGAN, ED, FIN./ ADMIN CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. EDDY AMANA ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 JIMMY ATTEH/PETER IGHO ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 DR. TONIE IREDIA/JIMMY ATTEH ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 6 MALLAM HASSAN BELLO ED, MARKETING MUSLIM 7 MALLAM USMAN MAGAWATA ED, TRAINING (1YR) MUSLIM 1 DR. TONIE IREDIA DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 EMMA MBANUGO ED, FINANCE & ADMIN CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. EDDY AMANA ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 JIMMY F. ATTEH ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 ENGR. SUNDAY IBOK ED, SPECIAL DUTIES CHRISTIAN 6 PETER IGHO ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 7 USMAN MAGAWATA ED, NEWS MUSLIM 8 MALLAM HASSAN BELLO ED, MARKETING MUSLIM (Mallam Hassan Bello retired during this time which was followed by a re-organization process that left Usman Magawata as the only Muslim in the Management till 2008) FROM NOVEMBER 2008 TO APRIL 2012 (Less than 4 years) 1 MALLAM USMAN MAGAWATA DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 MALLAM BELLO SULE ED, PROGRAMMES MUSLIM 3 MALLAM MUSA MAYAKI ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 4 MALLAM YAKUBU IBN. MOH’D ED, SPECIAL DUTIES MUSLIM 5 ENGR. SHUIBU NDA ADAMA ED, ENGINEERING MUSLIM 6 MALLAM GARBA MAMU ED, NEWS MUSLIM 7 PASTOR (MRS) IFY UZODINMA ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 8 VICTORIA OLUMIDI ED, TRAINING CHRISTIAN 1 MALLAM MUSA MAIYAKI AG DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 ENGR. SHUAIBU NDA ADAMA ENGINEERING MUSLIM 3 MALLAM GARBA MAMU ED, NEWS MUSLIM OVERSEEING OFFICERS 1 MUHMUD UMAR PROGRAMMES (acting) 2 DEMBO UMAR MARKETING (acting) 3 WOLE COKER SPECIAL DUTIES/ multi channels 4 FRANK WILLIAMS TRAINING (acting) 5 NGOZI BARDA ADMIN. (Acting) 6 PHILIP OFUEGBU DIR, FINANCE NOTE: The Secretary/Legal Adviser who is a key member of NTA Management Board has always been a Christian since the inception of NTA. The Secretaries, since inception, are: MRS. DAISY DANJUMA DR. DEJI AYINDE MRS. NGOZI BARDA MRS. PAULINE IGBANOR MRS. TESSY NWANERI The summary here is that members of the Board of Directors (External Board members) have always been about 80% Christian and 20% Muslim since the inception of the NTA. The propaganda launched against Muslims and falsehood peddled against them have often influenced the composition of the Boards and Parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation in such a way that Muslims have been grossly marginalized. For example, members of the New Boards of Federal Parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation are as follows: 1. Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) 1 Chief Patrick Ogbu Chairman 2 Bashir Samaila Ahmed Member 3 Daniel Bwala Member 4 Ahmed M. Agina Member 5 Dele Fagoriola Member 6 Rose Okoronkwo (Mrs) Member 7 Billy Etuk Member 8 Director-General, NTA Member 2. Voice of Nigeria (VON) (1) Andy Aghaji Chairman (2) Haruna Ahmed Member (3) George Korgba Member (4) Prof. Fred Onyeziri Member (5) Oruma Steve Member (6) Bature Umar Member (7) Ogu Odey Member (8) Director-General, VON Member 3. Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) (1) Ben Murray Bruce Chairman (2) Elvis Agukwe Member (3) Funke Egbemode (Mrs) Member (4) Bola Doherty Member (5) Farouk Dalhatu Member (6) Joyce Chinedu (Mrs) Member (7) Hajia Hauwa Kida Member (8) Abubakar Damboh Member (9) Director-General, FRCN Member 4. NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA (NAN) (1) Ibrahim Buba Chairman (2) Vtony Prest Member (3) Dr Attah Pine Member (4) Ifeanyi Ossai Member (5) Tons Fetepigi Member 5. NATIONAL ORIENTATION AGENCY (NOA) (1) CHAIRMAN EDOH OBI 6. NIGERIAN FILM CORPORATION (1) Bongos Igwue Chairman (2) Sani Danja Member (3) Wada Musa Member (4) Bright Chinedu Nnebedum Member This disproportionate composition as the names show characterizes various segments of the current Government’s Administration. The Christian community is being appeased and pampered while the rights of the Muslim community are being trampled upon with impunity.Where for God’s sake is the sense of equity of the President of CAN? ADMISSION INTO NDA TOO! The recently published admission list of students into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) is another shocker for Nigerian Muslims and a seeming precursor of a hidden agenda being nursed by the authorities in charge. The composition of that list through which Christians dominate such admission list even in predominantly Muslim States is a clear reminder of ‘Rwanda Experience’. ANOTHER POINTER: FEC Another display of flagrant insensitivity to all norms of justice and fairness is that there is no single Muslim from the entire Southern Nigeria in the cabinet of the current Federal Government. ! INSULT UPON INJURY NSCIA used to assume that the apparent lopsidedness in those appoints was accidental but the constant reckless utterances of Pastor Oritsejafor have lent credence to the contrary. Moreso, his pronouncements have, of recent, become directives to the FGN. Given this dangerous trend and the random deliberate provocation by the current CAN President to add insult to injury; the NSCIA is left with no choice than to join issues with CAN by updating Nigerian Muslims with unassailable facts. Having tolerated CAN’ s irritation for so long in the interest of peace and without any reciprocation, we are compelled to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and to henceforth resist any unwarranted bullying and intimidation of Nigerian Muslims by the President of CAN. We insist that it is unbecoming of religious leaders to publicly tell lies in order to gain cheap popularity and vainglory and we believe that right-thinking Nigerians would, for the purpose of truth and justice, note these facts. Why would anyone who claims to be a religious leader want to lead Nigeria into the ugly spectre of a religious war through belligerent utterances and false allegations just to gain vainglorious self-assertiveness? Why would a religious leader not reflect before making a public pronouncement? As Muslims, we affirm our belief in peaceful and harmonious co-existence with people of other faiths according to the tenets of our religion just as we recommit ourselves to working together with reasonable Christian brothers and sisters in Nigeria towards promoting what unites us . Meanwhile, as a further demonstration of our tolerance, we still advise the national leadership of CAN to always PAUSE, THINK and VERIFY information before making public statements that may amount to fallacy and desist from its chosen path of war mongering just for transient pleasure and selfish cheap gains. If the politicians are busy heightening tension and increasing the national blood pressure, the role of religious leaders should be to douse rather than ignite an inflammable situation in the land. God save Nigeria. Signed Muhammad K. Qasim NSCIA Ag. Director of Publicity FOR AND ON BEHALF OF NSCIA — with Ameer Taawun Dawood Imran and 3 others.
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Abdullahi Yusuf Anambra Guber: My testimony - Ngige Print Email Category: SPECIAL REPORTS Published on Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:21 Written by Chris Ngige Share ngigeSenator Chris Ngige is in the Anambra Election Petitions Tribunal to s Read more ...
eek justice, having been aggrieved by the conduct of November 2013 gubernatorial elections in Anambra State. Ngige, favoured by all calculations to win the elections says he was ‘allocated the third position’ in the election. The main party sued in the subsisting petition is Independent National Election Commission (INEC), which is the First Respondent. Also in the matter as is Prof .Chukwuemeka Onukogu, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for INEC in Anambra State as Second Respondent. Mr Wille Obiano, the candidate sponsored by All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and decalred winner of the disputed election is the Third Respondent while his party,APGA is the fourth. The fifth Respondnet, another political party, Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD),has been struck out, having been withdrawn by Ngige’s Lawyers. Senator Ngige who has already testified before the three-man Anambra State Gubernatorial Election Petitions Tribunal headed by Hon Justice Ishaq Bello adopted the following Evidence –in –Chief when he mounted the witness box. Please read on: I, SENATOR (DR.) CHRIS NWABUEZE NGIGE, (OON), Male, Christian, Nigerian Citizen, Medical Doctor, Politician and Knight of St. John’s International, residing at No. 1 Chris Ngige Crescent, Urueze-Ide Village, Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area, of Anambra State do hereby make oath and state as follows:- I am Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige. I am a Medical Doctor and also a politician. I live at No. 1 Chris Ngige Crescent, Urueze-Ide Village, Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area, of Anambra State. I was a former Governor of Anambra State between May 29th 2003 and March 16th 2006 and currently a Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District in the Upper Chamber of National Assembly. I am the 1st Petitioner in this petition. I make this written deposition for myself and on behalf of All Progressives Congress, (APC), the 2nd Petitioner in these proceedings. I am a registered member of All Progressives Congress (APC), one of the political parties registered under the laws of Nigeria and authorized to sponsor candidates in election. I was the flag bearer of the Party in the Governorship election held on the 16th of November 2013. I also know the 1st Respondent. It is a statutory body created by law with the responsibilities of organizing, conducting and supervising elections into various elective offices including the office of Governor and its Deputy. It is also charged with the responsibility of organizing voter registration and updating voter register for purposes of elections. I also know the 2nd Respondent. He is an officer in the employment of the 1st Respondent assigned with the responsibility of overseeing the affairs of the 1st Respondent in Anambra State. Under the provisions of the INEC Manual for Election Officials 2013/2014, he is saddled with additional responsibilities of taking delivery of all sensitive and non sensitive materials for elections from INEC headquarters and distributing them to Electoral Officers; supervises the recruitment and training of all staff including ad hoc staff for elections in the State. I know the 3rd Respondent. He was a candidate in the Governorship election held on 16th of November 2013. He was sponsored by the 4th Respondent, All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA). He is the candidate declared as the winner of the said election by the 1st Respondent, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). I remember Saturday the 16th of November 2013; it was a day scheduled for election to the office of Governor of Anambra State. I was a candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC) in the election together with my running mate Hon. Raph Okeke. Twenty-Three (23) political parties sponsored candidates in the said election. The candidates and their political parties are the 3rd Respondent, Chief Willie M. Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Okeke Chika Jerry of Action Alliance (AA), Chukwuemeka Nwankwo of Accord Party(A), Dr. Ifeatu Ekelem of All Congress of Democrats (ACD), Engr. Anthony Anene of All Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Comrade Aaron Igweze E. of Alliance for Democracy (AD), Chief Anayo A. Arinze of African Democratic Congress (ADC), Patrick C. Ibeziako of African Peoples’ Alliance (APA), Chief Austin Nwangwu of Citizens Popular Party (CPP), Chijioke G. Ndubuisi of Democratic People’s Party, (DPP), Christian I. Otti of Independent Democrats (ID), Chief Dennis N. Oguguo of KOWA Party(KP), Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah of Labour Party (LP), Pastor Simon C. Okafor of Mega Progressive Peoples Party (MPPP), Okonkwo E. Webster of National Conscience Party (NCP), Prince Leonard Uchendu of New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), Comrade Tony Nwoye O. of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Godwin C. Ezeemo, of Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), Hon. Basil Iwuoba O. I. of Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN), Onuorah B. Onyeachonam of Social Democratic Party (SDP), Barr. Okoye G. Ohaenyem of United Democratic Party (UDP) and Prof. Benedict N. Akanegbu of United Peoples Party (UPP) were candidates. In the said Governorship Election held on the 16th, 17th and 30th of November, 2013, 23 (twenty-three) political parties sponsored candidates and the votes scored by each party as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were as follows:- S/N NAME PARTY NUMBER OF VOTES 1. CHIEF WILLIE M. OBIANO APGA 180,178 2. TONY NWOYE O. PDP 97,700 3. SENATOR (DR.) CHRIS NWABUEZE NGIGE (OON) APC 95,963 4. PATRICK IFEANYI UBAH LABOUR/LP 37,495 5. EZEEMO GODWIN CHUKWUNENYE PPA 5,120 6. PATRICK CHUKWUKA IBEZIAKO APA 1,607 7. ENGR. ANTHONY ANENE ACPN 899 8. CHIEF AUSTIN NWANGWU CPP 879 9. CHIEF ANAYO A. ARINZE ADC 699 10. PRINCE LEONARD UCHENDU NNPP 696 11. CHIJIOKE GEOFREY NDUBUISI DPP 632 12. PROF. BENEDICT NDUBISI AKANEGBU UPP 624 13. DR. IFEATU EKELEM ACD 490 14. HON. BASIL IWUOBA O. I. PPN 325 15. CHIEF DENNIS NWAFORKA OGUGUO KP 321 16. OKONKWO EMEKA WEBSTER NCP 264 17. OKEKE CHIKA JERRY AA 249 18. ONUORAH BASIL ONYEACHONAM SDP 235 19. CHRISTIAN IKECHUKWU OTTI ID 205 20. CHUKWUEMEKA NWANKWO ACCORD/A 185 21. COMRADE AARON IGWEZE E. AD 180 22. PASTOR SIMON CHINWEUBA OKAFOR MPPP 155 23 BARR. OKOYE GODSON MGBODILE OHAENYEM UDP 153 10. At the end of the Governorship Election which stretched from the 16th to the 17th up to 30th of November 2013, Chief Willie Maduabuchi Obiano, the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the 3rd Respondent herein, was returned elected by the Returning Officer, Prof. James Epoke, an agent of the 1st Respondent on the 1st day of December, 2013 with 180,178 as total votes scored. 11. My party and I are aggrieved with the return of the 3rd Respondent as the winner of the questioned election for the reason that, the 3rd Respondent did not satisfy the mandatory requirements of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended). 12. I have in the petition stated the grounds upon which the Election is questioned. They are: (i) That the election of the 3rd Respondent, Chief Willie Maduabuchi Obiano, the person whose election is questioned, was invalid by reason of non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) and the INEC Manual for Election Officials 2013/2014; (ii) That the said election was marred by various acts of corrupt practices; (iii) That the said Chief Willie Maduabuchi Obiano was not elected by the majority of lawful votes cast at the election; (iv) That the said Chief Willie Maduabuchi Obiano was not qualified to contest the election. Anambra State is one of the States in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The State has 21 Local Government Areas made up as follows: (i) Aguata (ii) Anambra East (iii) Anambra West (iv) Anaocha (v) Awka North (vi) Awka South (vii) Ayamelum (viii) Dunukofia (ix) Ekwusigo (x) Idemili North (xi) Idemili South (xii) Ihiala (xiii) Njikoka (xiv) Nnewi North (xv) Nnewi South (xvi) Ogbaru (xvii) Onitsha North (xviii) Onitsha South (xix) Orumba North (xx) Orumba South (xxi) Oyi In the statistics given by the 1st Respondent at the Stakeholders’ Meeting held at Awka on the 13th of November, 2013, the total registered voters is stated be 1, 784, 536. The total number of Registration Areas (i.e Electoral Wards) is to be 326 while Polling Units is 4,608. We are complaining that the election and purported declaration of the 3rd Respondent was unwarranted and invalid, for the reason that the election was conducted by the 1st Respondent in a manner which was manifestly and substantially not in accordance or compliance with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) 16. The voters’ register used for the election was fundamentally flawed in that overwhelming number of registered voters were excluded from the voters’ register and were therefore disenfranchised; 17. Further to the above, I am aware that the 1st Respondent had continuously given conflicting figures as the number of registered voters in Anambra State. 18. On the 13th of November 2013, the Chairman of the 1st Respondent at a stakeholders meeting in Awka announced the figure of 1,784,536 as the registered voters. On the 18th of November 2013, the Returning Officer for the Governorship while declaring the election inconclusive announced a figure of 1,760,751. In the State final Collation of Results for the election on the 30th of November, 2013 the same Returning Officer put the number of registered voters at 1,770,127. 19. In the voters’ register compiled by the 1st Respondent, the number of registered voters in Anambra State is stated (among three other conflicting figures mentioned) to be 1,770,127 voters. On Election Day, the Voters’ Register used by the staff of the 1st Respondent was grossly deficient as many registered voters in all parts of the State could not find their names on the register while photographs of minors and blurred images filled the register. We shall rely on the Inspection Report carried out on the Voters Register used for the 16th, 17th and 30th November 2013 election as well as the Report on analysis of all the voters registers used in previous elections in Anambra State including photo reports of the voters registers. 20. As a result of the flawed nature of the Voters’ Register including the problem of multiple registration and attendant mass disenfranchisement of voters in the election, only 442,242 voters or 24.9% were able to exercise their franchise. 21. I verily believe that the election was fundamentally and irredeemably flawed in that the voters’ register used by the 1st Respondent in the conduct of the said election was deficient, defective, inflated, undermined, inaccurate and therefore unreliable. The said register did not conform to the provisions of Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), thereby rendering the entire results arising from the said election void. 22. On or about the 16th day of October, 2013 the 1st Respondent at a forum with the officials of participating political parties held at Awka distributed an electronic version (e-copy) of the Anambra State Voters Register given to the said party officials. Sections 10(3) and 26 of Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) read together require the 1st Respondent to supply printed copies of the register to the political parties within 30 days before the date of the election. The non-compliance with this provision vitiated one of the fundamental principles of a free and fair election. 23. The 1st Respondent through its Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega again on the 13th of November, 2013 at a Stakeholders’ Meeting held at the Women Development Centre, Awka informed the audience/the participating political parties including your Petitioners that the e-copy of the voters’ register earlier distributed to the political parties had an error to the effect that the age of every voter was reduced by 2 (two) years. Consequently, at the end of the meeting, the Director in-charge of the 1st Respondent’s ICT Department, Mr. Chidi Nwafor, a native of Anambra State, issued another e-copy of Voters’ Register to agents of political parties including your Petitioners. The transcript and the video clips of the said Stakeholders’ Meeting containing the speech of Prof Jega as recorded by several media houses and by the cameramen attached to my Media Unit can confirm this 24. With the election just 3 (three) days away, we went into the election with the belief that the Voters’ Register to be used in the conduct of the election was credible, reliable and error-free. 25. On the first day of the election i.e. on the 16th of November, 2013 as well as on the subsequent dates, the Petitioners discovered that the Voters’ Register used in the conduct of the election was defective and was afflicted with so many vices and defects, the details of which are set out in a Report compiled by our team of consultants engaged to analyze the Registers. The extract from the said report indicating some of the polling units affected by the defective register is contained in SCHEDULE I to the petition. In summary,I read the report which if shown I will be able to identify and it identified several defects include the following, among others: (A) MISSING PAGES: Several pages containing details on some voters were missing from the Voters’ Register. This was rampant in the printed copies of the voters’ register given to the Supervisory Presiding Officers (SPOs) by the Electoral Officers in-charge of the 1st Respondent’s local government offices. The SPOs in turn handed over the said voters’ registers to the Presiding Officers who conducted the election at the polling units. The removal of these pages (missing pages) from the voters’ register was deliberately planned and painstakingly executed plot to disenfranchise thousand of voters whose names were already captured in the electronic copies of the register. For instance, at Ojoto Ward in Idemili South LGA, voters with surnames starting with the alphabets “O” up to “U” could not find their names in the register for all the 33 polling units in the ward. When the voters reacted angrily and insisted that no voting would take place in the ward unless the anomaly was rectified, the SPO for the ward went back to the INEC/1st Respondent’s local government office in Ojoto and returned with the missing pages for the voters’ register. This conduct confirmed the suspicion that the missing pages in the voters’ registers were not accidental but carefully and deliberately executed at selected targets. In my home town Alor Ward II where a similar incident occurred, the presiding officers in-charge of United Primary School Codes 001, 002 and 003 polling units were shown copies of the voters’ register for the same polling units (printed from the 2nd Petitioner’s e-copy) showing the names of missing voters in INEC’s voters’ register, but this observation went unheeded as the presiding officers did not allow the said voters to exercise their franchise. This anomaly also featured in virtually every other polling unit in Idemili South, Idemili North, Nnewi North, Ogbaru, Awka South, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Oyi, some parts of Anambra East, Ayamelum and other local government areas, resulting in omission of names of hundreds of thousands of voters whose data were duly captured in the e-copy of the voters’ register earlier supplied to the political parties. (B) UNDER-AGED PERSONS OR MINORS AS VOTERS: Persons who by the provisions of Section 12(1)(b) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) are not qualified to vote or be registered as voters in the election were included in the Voters’ Register. This irregularity could be found in the Voters’ Register in about 18 local government areas but more particularly in Anaocha, Anambra East, Oyi, Ayamelum, Aguata, Orumba North, Orumba South, Anambra West, Njikoka, Awka North, Awka South, Ihiala, Nnewi North, Nnewi South, and Ekwusigo local government areas among others. During the inspection of the INEC voters’ register pursuant to the order of the Tribunal, it was discovered that most of these minors were ticked off as having voted in the election. (C) VACANT SPACES WITH NO BIOGRAPHICAL DATA OF VOTERS/EMPTY PICTURE PLACE-HOLDERS ASSIGNED VOTER INFORMATION NUMBERS (VIN): Vacant spaces in the voters’ register with no biographical data of prospective voters but with ages stated as "2013" also featured in the Voters’ Register. This anomaly was especially rampant in the voters’ register used for Agulu Wards I, II, III & IV in Anaocha Local Government Area and in Ayamelum and Orumba North Local Government Areas. (D) INANIMATE OBJECTS AS VOTERS. One of the irregularities that afflicted the voter register used in the election is the inclusion of inanimate objects as human beings. In the voter register for Umuereodili Village Square IV in Igbakwu ward, Ayamelum LGA a plate of rice was registered as a voter and given the following particulars; ‘VIN 90F5 B178 7129 5274 449, Name-Gh, Nb Bn, Occupation-Civil Servant, Gender- Male, Age- 37” (E) MULTIPLE REGISTRANTS: Cases of multiple registrants also featured in virtually every voter’s register used for every polling unit in the election for the entire 21 Local Government Areas of Anambra State. Multiple registrations are specifically prohibited by Section 12(2) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended). The rampant and widespread cases of multiple registrations contradicted the claim by the 1st Respondent that it has a software - Advanced Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) - to detect and eliminate multiple registrants. The claim turned out to be false as incidences of multiple registrations could be found in about 3000 out of the 4600 voter registers used for the election. By the widespread nature of multiple registrations in the voters’ register, the announced figures, 1, 784, 536 or 1, 770,127 registered voters for Anambra State becomes questionable. In Ayamelum Local Government Area, one individual got registered as many as 5 times bearing different surnames, Onwuaso, Onwuasonya, etc in several polling booths in one ward alone. (F) SCANNED PHOTOGRAPHS OR IMAGES: This anomaly was also found in the Voters’ Register used in the election, and was prevalent in the voters’ register for Anaocha (particularly Nri I and II), Ihiala, Njikoka, Ayamelum, Anambra East, Anambra West, Onitsha North, and Onitsha South LGAs. Again, this irregularity enabled the 1st Respondent to register voters by proxy, contrary to the provisions of Section 24(f) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended). (G) BLURRED IMAGES OR PHOTOGRAPHS OF VOTERS: This also featured in the voters’ register used in the election. With these blurred images, it became impossible for a Presiding Officer to identify a prospective voter, thereby subverting the provisions of Section 49(2) of the Electoral Act and Chapter 3.2 of the INEC Manual which provides steps for the accreditation of voters. Additionally, with the blurred images it was impossible to prevent multiple registrants and impostors from voting at different polling units. This irregularity also enabled the possessors of voters cards with blurred images to engage in the unwholesome sale of such voters cards to desperate politicians. This irregularity was rampant in the voters’ register for Anaocha (particularly in the 4 Wards in Agulu town and Nri Wards I & II), Ihiala (particularly at Uli I, II & III), Ayamelum (Ama Isiogwari, Umumbo, Omor etc), Nnewi South (particularly in Osumenyi Wards I & II), Awka South and Njikoka Local Government Areas. (H) GENDER MIS-DESCRIPTION: Wrong gender description was another irregularity that bedeviled the voter register. It was a common sight in the register for able bodied men to be described as “female” while pleasant looking ladies are described as “male”. The local government areas where this irregularity exists include Ayamelum,Onitsha South, Aguata, Ogbaru, Oyi, Anambra East, Awka North, Ihiala and Orumba North. (I) HIGHLY INFLATED NUMBER OF VOTERS: This anomaly was found in the voters’ register, with some of them being as large as 2000 - as found in the voters’ register for Awka North, Awka South, Anambra East, and Onitsha North, Nnewi North and Ogbaru. On the contrary, some other polling units had as little as 1 (One) registrant as in the voters’ register, as evident in the voter register for Ekwulummili ward Nnewi South, Idemili South and Ekwusigo Local Government Areas. 26. The1st Respondent’s Chairman had claimed that, save for ages of registrants that were reduced by 2 years there was no difference between the voters’ register issued to the political parties in October and November 2013 and the one actually used in the election, your Petitioners found that the latter register had boxes for accreditation and voting, and also had wrong ages of voters. Contrary to the 1st Respondent’s claim that only 2 years were added to the data of all voters in “correcting” the voters’ register, there is evidence, using the 2011 voters register as a guide, that as much as 3 years were added to the data of all registered voters, thereby giving a lie to the 1st Respondent’s claim. Most importantly, the missing pages in the register used on the day of election showed a very profound difference with the electronic copies supplied to the political parties. I will be able to identify all the four registers (i.e. the one of 2011, October 2013, November 2013 and the actual one used on the various dates in the election)if shown to me. 27. With the deficient voters’ register used in the election, the 1st Respondent still went ahead to omit names of hundreds of thousands of voters by deliberately and or negligently omitting some pages in the printed copies of the voters’ register given to the Presiding Officers during the election. Thus in some Local Government Areas perceived as strongholds of the Petitioners - namely Idemili North, Idemili South, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Awka North, Awka South, Ogbaru, Dunukofia and Njikoka local government areas - many of the voters could not find their names in the voters’ register. It was in this circumstance that high-profile voters like the PDP Governorship candidate Comrade Tony Nwoye, his parents and siblings, former Minister for Women Affairs Mrs. Josephine Anenih, Prince Arthur Eze and so many others could not vote on Election Day. The video clips showing evidence of voter disenfranchisement as recorded by African International Television (AIT), Television Continental (TVC), Channels Television, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and private recordings made by my agents are available and will be played if the Tribunal permits. 28. It is our belief that voters’ register being an indispensable foundation for the conduct of a free and fair election, the questioned election was deliberately undermined by the 1st Respondent so as to give undue advantage to the 3rd and 4th Respondents in the election. 29. Many Election Observers who witnessed, observed and monitored the conduct of the election confirmed the disenfranchisement of hundreds and thousands of voters in many local government areas particularly in areas where my party or parties opposed to the ruling APGA/3rd Respondent are perceived to be strong. One of the Observers, Transition Monitoring Group stated in its report that the “widespread cases of missing names in the voters' register questions the integrity of the accreditation process and the authenticity of the voters' register,.” 30. In the conduct of the questioned election, the 2nd Respondent, Prof. Chukwuemeka Onukaogu exhibited acts of manifest bias, animosity and hostility against me and my party. The 2nd Respondent’s undisguised and deep-seated bias and animosity dated back to the days the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) when and some of my party members contested the National and State Assemblies election in 2011. 31. The bias and animosity were manifested in various forms, namely through malicious and baseless cancellation of elections duly won by the defunct ACN and writing petitions to the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) against some members of the party in the aftermath of the said election. The said REC equally wrote a petition against one Mr. Alex Anene, one of the returning officers in the Anambra Central Senatorial election which I won. The 2nd Respondent’s grouse was that Mr Anene refused to be used in declaring false return in the said election. Subsequently, the 2nd Respondent took it upon himself to personally invite officials of then ACN and the said Returning Officer to INEC Office at Awka for interrogation by ICPC officials-a clear indication of the 2nd Respondent’s resolve to settle scores with me. 32. The 2nd Respondent also unilaterally declared some of the State Assembly seats election won by ACN as “inconclusive” or upturned the victories to losses as it happened in my Idemili South State Constituency in which Hon. Ebele Obi of ACN won but his victory was, at the directive of the 2nd Respondent, awarded to the APGA candidate. Most of the controversial results announced by the 2nd Respondent in 2011 elections against ACN candidates were overturned by the Election Tribunals with serious rebuke of the 2nd Respondent for his unwholesome and partisan role. This hostile attitude was subsequently transferred to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the 2nd Petitioner. 33. I had course to bring up this issue to the INEC Chairman’s attention at several occasions including the Stakeholders’ interactive session held in Awka. Despite calls by the 2nd Petitioner that the 2nd Respondent be transferred out of Anambra State, the 1st Respondent, for reasons that have now manifested in the questioned election, retained him for a hatchet job against us and for the benefit of the 4th Respondent. 34. In a recent interview with an online news medium, Sahara TV, on the 16th of November, 2013 Prof. Onukaogu put this unmistakable animosity and bias in public sphere when he declared that the first petitioner is “insincere” and is a “man prone to electoral manipulation.” . Full details and transcript of the said interview had been set out in Schedule 3 to the petition which I adopt for present purposes. 35. Further acts of bias and partisanship demonstrated by the 2nd Respondent in his capacity as the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Anambra State include but are not limited to:- (a) Recruitment of persons with sympathy for and or affiliation to the 4th Respondent in Anambra State, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), to act as Supervisory Presiding Officers (SPOs), Presiding Officers and Assistant Presiding Officers in the election: The Petitioners state that on account of entry of Dr. Nkem Chukwukaodinaka Okeke, the 4th Respondent’s Deputy Governorship candidate, a staff of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) Awka in the election and the 1st Respondent decided as a matter of policy not to recruit any staff of the University in any stage of the election. As an alternative, the 1st Respondent recruited most of its ad hoc staff from the University of Calabar, Cross Rivers State in order to demonstrate neutrality and to be seen as creating a level playing field in the electoral process. However on Election Day, the Petitioners discovered that the 2nd Respondent had secretly arranged the recruitment and deployment of about 21 staff of the UNIZIK to act as Supervisory Presiding Officers in the election. Part of the Staff specially recruited for hatchet jobs in the election include the following: S/N Name Position Source 1. Ubanwa Modesta SPO UNIZIK Registrar’s Office – Admissions 2. Ezeafulukwe Blessing SPO Faculty of Arts, UNIZIK 3. Okeke Stella SPO Faculty of Law 4. Umenze Ifeoma Glady SPO Regis tar’s Office 5. Obineche James A SPO Registrar’s Office 6. Elijah Chinedu Vincent SPO Registrar’s Office 7. Uzor-Oguejiofor Cecilia SPO Vice Chancellor’s Office 8. Osondu Nnamdi Christopher SPO Vice Chancellor’s Office 9. Jibike Viola Uchenna SPO Chike Okoli Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies 10. Nkwoka Bonniface SPO Faculty of Education 11. Okafor Mary Jane SPO Registrar’s Office – Admission 12. Nwadike Emmanuel SPO Vice Chancellor’s Offce 13. Nwokoye Antonia SPO Vice Chancellor’s Office 14. Paul Okolie SPO Faculty of Engineering 15. Joy Enwedo SPO Vice Chancellor’s Ofice 16. Prof.Charles Emeka Nwadigwe SPO Dept of Theatre Arts 17. Confidence Okafor SPO Faculty of Law 18. Cornelius Aghadiegwu Ukwueze SPO Dept Of Mass Communication 19. Chigozie Ikegulu SPO Works Dept 20. Chukwudi Njelita SPO Security Officer in Chike Okoli Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies 21. Dr. Chike Okoye SPO Dept, of English (b) Recruitment of students with ties to the 4th Respondent as Presiding Officers and Assistant Presiding Officers (Poll Clerks) in the election. On Election Day when the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members deployed to Idemili North LGA embarked on a premeditated strike action, the 2nd Respondent took full advantage of the situation to recruit students and other unemployed youths with ties to the 4th Respondent as Presiding Officers and Assistant Presiding Officers and deployed them across Idemili North and Idemili South LGAs. It was as a result of the nefarious activities of these APGA affiliated ad hoc staff that election was severely disrupted in Obosi, Ogidi I & II, Nkpor I & II, Abatete, Oraukwu, Eziowelle, Abacha, Uke, Umuoji and Ideani wards in Idemili North LGA leading to the cancellation of results from Ogidi, Abatete, Nkpor while strangely retaining results from Oraukwu, Eziowelle, Uke, Umuoji, Abacha and Abacha wards . (c) Still on the issue of breach of the critical requirement of neutrality in the election and ensuring fairness to all candidates, the 2nd Respondent also secretly recruited and deployed students, unemployed youths and known supporters of the 4th Respondent as ad hoc staff in the election. Most of these ad hoc staff - who was largely untrained - displayed open hostility, bias and partisanship against the Petitioners. It was as a result of this irregularity that reports of late commencement of voting, non-availability of result sheets, poor handling of the procedural steps in INEC Manual and allocation of votes became the order of the day. These partisan ad hoc staff engaged as Supervisory Presiding Officers, Presiding Officers, Assistant Presiding Officers or Poll Clerks were deployed to Anambra East, Anambra West, Oyi, Njikoka and Anaocha Local Government Areas resulting in outlandish figures recorded for the 4th Respondent from the results in the areas. I have asked INEC to furnish me the comprehensive list of all ad hoc staff engaged by it for the election as well as their full contact details. As at the time of swearing to this statement the 1st and 2nd Respondents were yet to furnish me with the list as ordered by the Tribunal. (d) In his world press conference held in Abuja on the 22nd of November, 2013 the Chairman of the 1st Respondent, Prof. Attahiru Jega in answer to reporter’s question, admitted that the Commission, in clear breach of its earlier decision, recruited adhoc staff from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka where the said Dr. Nkem Okeke was last employed before the election, with a tepid explanation that the Commission did so when it ran out of manpower. If the tribunal permits, the video clips of the said press conference recorded by cameramen of the AIT, Channels TV, TVC, Silverbird and NTA well as excerpts of the text of the address published in Vanguard and Daily Sun newspapers of 23rd of November 2013 will be played or read out. 36. On the issue of late delivery of materials, I wish to state that on the 16th of November, 2013 the first day of the election, polling could not start at the scheduled time of 8am in all polling stations in Awka North, Awka South, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Ogbaru, Idemili North, Idemili South,Ihiala, Orumba North, Orumba South and some parts of Anambra East and Oyi Local Government Areas owing to several factors devised by the 1st and 2nd Respondents to weaken the electoral success of the Petitioners in these Local Government Areas. The effect of late commencement of accreditation and voting was that after waiting for several hours without seeing the polling officials, many of the voters left the venues in frustration. Awka North, Awka South, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Ogbaru and Idemili North Local Government Areas were most hit in terms of late commencement of polling which substantially affected the result of the election. To corroborate the fact of late commencement of election in these areas, the 2nd Respondent, Prof. Onukaogu in an interview with Sahara TV narrated how some Youth Corp members said to have been deployed from Delta State to take part in election duties in Anambra State were arrested by the men of the Anambra State Police Command at the Bridge Head, Onitsha on Friday the 15th of November 2013. The excepts of the interview ran, inter alia: “SAHARA TV: From your own angle now tell us, what were the problems that you encountered? PROF. ONUKAOGU: A number of challenges: one is the challenge of distrust. Let me give you an example; yesterday I expected corps members to come from Asaba to serve as presiding officers in Ogbaru, Onitsha South, Onitsha North and Idemili Local Government Areas. This is because the corps members we had paid to serve us in Anambra State were not enough since we had less than 4600 officers. But when our corps members came in from Asaba they were stopped at Onitsha Bridge, at Asaba bridge head, at 2pm in the afternoon; they were not allowed to cross. SAHARA TV: Who stopped them? PROF. ONUKAOGU: The police stopped them; the police thought that they were mercenaries, that they were coming to vote for one of the parties. In spite of the fact they had documentations to show that they were corps members and they were coming for INEC duties in Anambra State. The police delayed them up till 10 pm in the night. And that disrupted to a large extent my plans and what I had put in place in Anambra – I mean, Onitsha South, Onitsha North, Idemili and Ogbaru. By the time they came in it was absolutely, almost impossible for me to deploy the way I had wanted to deploy them. So in the morning most of my polling centres were vacant and since there was this curfew which did not allow for mobility of people there was no way they could get to their polling centres on time. And that caused a serious disruption and mistrust. And that’s why I maintain the view that this culture of mistrust and distrust have kind of been eroding our system making it extremely difficult for me to actualize the thing the way I wanted to do so. SAHARA TV: Prof, some of the viewers who are watching will ask the question, if there are people who were coming for official duties in Anambra State and they were stopped by the police, why is it that they did not contact INEC officials to say this is what is happening to us? PROF. ONUKAOGU: They did, they do, they contacted me. I called the Commissioner of Police, the Commissioner of Police called his counterpart in Asaba, Delta state. It took us time; it was not until 10pm when the Commissioner of Police himself personally intervened before they were released. As a matter of fact, the policemen who arrested them said they were not going to take instruction from anyone except from the Inspector General of Police himself because, as far as they were concerned, we were mercenaries, they saw us as mercenaries coming to beef up the votes of one or two political parties. That is what I am saying, this culture of mistrust and distrust kind of eroded into the credibility of what I had set out to do. And it affected me very adversely; that is why you find hiccups in many places in the election the way it occurred. And that is part of, one of the reasons that made us start late in areas like Idemili and Ogbaru.” (I have full text of the interview and will tender same if the Tribunal permits) 37. In Idemili North Local Government Area, the presiding officers deployed to the Local Government in the morning of the election embarked on a strike action for non-payment of their allowances or honorarium by INEC. The strike action which the Petitioners believe were orchestrated and premeditated severely affected the deployment of electoral materials to all the Wards in the Local Government Area. Idemili North LGA is a highly populated area with a voting strength in the region of 173,832 with about 306 Polling Units. 38. Following the presiding officers’ ‘strike action’, polling did not take place in Obosi Ward of Idemili North with a voting population of about 45,000 voters. When the INEC officials insisted on going ahead with the election at about 2-3pm, the youths of the town along with party agents resisted this as it would entail late night voting. 39. The 1st and 2nd Respondents without any formal or proper notice to all the concerned stakeholders shifted the polling from Saturday 16th November, 2013 to Sunday 17th November, 2013. 40. We feel strongly that the shifting of the election to a Sunday did not take into account the religious sensibilities of the electorate in the area. 41. The 1st Respondent’s Chairman in an interview aired on African Independent Television (AIT) admitted that a Sunday was inappropriate for the election in a predominantly Christian environment but insisted, among other reasons, that the Electoral Act did not prohibit any day for holding of election. Despite written protestations by some agents of our party .The affected areas are the 275 polling units in Aguata, Ayamelum, Anambra East, Anambra West, Anaocha, Awka North, Awka South, Ekwusigo, Idemili North, Idemili South, Ihiala, Nnewi South, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Orumba North, Oyi local government areas. 42. In other electoral Wards in Idemili North Local Government Area such as Ogidi I & II, Abacha, Abatete, Eziowelle, Ideani, Nkpor I & II, Oraukwu, Uke and Umuoji, the customized electoral materials such as result sheets and ballot papers were deliberately mixed up by the Electoral Officer for Idemili North LGA, Mr. Chukwujekwu Okeke, resulting in the disruption of polling in the entire local government area. The said Electoral Officer was later arrested and charged on 25th November, 2013 at an Abuja Chief Magistrate Court in First Information Report No.CR/163/13 COP Vs Chukwujekwu Okeke for dereliction of duty to wit, that he “unlawfully breached his official duties by deliberately withholding the electoral materials designed(sic) for the election”. The Electoral Officer was allegedly compromised by agents of the 3rd and 4th Respondents who induced him with hefty sums of money to subvert the electoral process in the stronghold of the Petitioners. The First Information Report on the criminal case, the statements made by the Accused Electoral Officer as well as the Police Investigation Report (Interim and Final) on the incident are document I have asked the Police to produce. When they are produced I will tender them. 43. When the 1st Respondent postponed the Obosi election unilaterally, unlawfully, arbitrarily and without adequate notice to the my party and other stake holders, the other electoral wards where elections did not hold were left out by the officials of the 1st Respondent. On the 18th of November, 2013 after failing to get the figures and margin needed to ‘coronate’ the 3rd Respondent as the ‘winner’, the Returning Officer declared the election inconclusive and ordered a ‘supplementary election’ in 210 polling units cutting across 16 local government areas, majority of which are in Idemili North LGA. The so called supplementary election amidst objections from the 3 major parties in the election, namely the 2nd Petitioner, my party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party was eventually held on the 30th of November 2013. We urge for reasons shown earlier that all the votes recorded for the parties and candidates in Idemili North local Government Area on the 16th, 17th and 30th of November 2013 on account of the irregularities highlighted. 44. I wish to further state that contrary to established practice whereby election materials are moved from the Super Registration Area Centres (SuperRACs) and in the presence of party agents, the 1st Respondent told party agents that materials for the rescheduled election in Obosi had been moved either from the State or LGA Headquarters “straight into the booths” and in the absence of party agents, thus compromising the integrity of the electoral process and the outcome of the election. 45. After mis-conducting the election in several local government areas particularly in Idemili North,Idemili South, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Ogbaru, Anambra East, Anambra Wes, Orumba North, Orumba South, Ihiala and other Local Government Areas, the election proceeded to the next stage, collation of results at the State level. Submission of results began at about 12.05am of the 17th of November, 2013 with returns emanating from the Local Government Areas. By 1am there was an announcement that the exercise had been suspended and that it would resume later that day. 46. In a clear departure from the provisions of the 1st Respondent’s Manual for Election Officials 2013/2014, the process of collation at the State level lacked transparency, as the Local Government Collation Officers did not publicly announce the results they were bringing in as required by law. Instead, the results were brought in and kept in a bag said to be "tamper proof" and “custodied” by the 2nd Respondent. 47. The results from the Local Government Areas were only publicly announced before party agents, election observers and journalists about 12 hours later (i.e. in the early hours of the 18th November 2013). 48. The Returning Officer for the election, Prof. James Epoke (the Vice Chancellor of University of Calabar) started receiving the returns from the Local Government Area Collation Officers, most of whom are also lecturers from the same University, a situation that created room for undue influence and/ or conspiracy. 49. On Monday the 18th November, 2013 in the course of the Collation, the Returning Officer at about 6.10 am announced that the election had been cancelled or could not hold in some polling units spread across 16 Local Government Areas of the State. He also announced local government by local government, the scores of each candidate/political party in the election. For all the 23 political parties, he announced their scores as follows: AA -- 236 ACCORD - 181 ACD - 471 ACPN - 552 AD - 171 ADC - 642 APA - 1, 521 APC - 92,300 APGA - 174,710 CPP - 853 DPP - 607 ID - 203 KOWA - 313 LP - 37,446 NPPP - 151 NCP - 254 NNPP - 670 PDP - 94,956 PPA - 5,056 PPN - 323 SDP - 231 UDP - 153 UPP - 621 50. The Returning Officer went further to announce the following figures: TOTAL VOTES CAST - 413, 005 NO OF REGISTERED VOTERS-----1, 763, 751. ACCREDITED VOTERS STATE WIDE -----461, 836. REJECTED VOTES - 16, 544 TOTAL VOTES CAST - 429, 549 51. At the end, he announced that the 3rd Respondent had purportedly scored 174, 710 votes, followed by the PDP candidate with 94,956 votes. Your Petitioners were allotted the 3rd position with 92,300 votes and the Labour Party candidate with 37,446 votes. The Returning Officer further announced that since the number of registered voters in the areas where results were cancelled or election did not hold was 113,113 and taking into account that the margin between the 3rd Respondent and the PDP candidate (79,754) was less than the registered voters in the said areas; the election would be declared "inconclusive". Thereafter, the Returning Officer distributed a document captioned "Form EC40G -Independent National Electoral Commission, Summary of registered voters of Polling Units (Election not held/cancelled)". In the Form EC40G signed and dated the 18th of November 2013, election was cancelled in 210 Polling Units in 16 local government areas namely: S/N Name of Local Government Area LGA Code No. of Polling Units Affected Total No. of Registered Voters (For the Affected Polling Units) 1. Aguata 01 1 310 2. Ayamelum 02 3 1,247 3. Anambra East 03 1 250 4. Anambra West 04 6 2,000 5. Anaocha 05 1 276 6. Awka North 06 2 1,366 7. Awka South 07 1 249 8. Ekwusigo 08 3 884 9. Idemili North 10 160 89,997 10. Idemili South 11 1 636 11. Ihiala 12 3 969 12. Nnewi South 15 2 376 13. Onitsha North 17 1 484 14. Onitsha South 18 17 12,279 15. Orumba North 19 4 588 16. Oyi 21 4 1,212 -- TOTAL --- 210 113,113 It was further announced that a supplementary election would take place on a date to be announced by the 1st Respondent. I have a copy of the said Form EC40G. Video clips of the collation exercise at different stages will be relied upon. 52. Your Petitioners further state that following the reports from party agents, election observers and journalists on the widespread irregularities that dogged the election, and the illegality of the proposed supplementary election, we caused a letter to be written to the Chairman of 1st Respondent and another to the Returning Officer, bringing to their attention these widespread irregularities and requesting for the outright cancellation of the entire election. I have copies of the letters with me 53. Prior to the writing of the letters referred to in the preceding paragraph, we had earlier written a letter dated 16th November, 2013 to the 1st Respondent and copied the 2nd Respondent, informing them about the reports of irregularities received from various parts of Anambra State as the said election was in progress. The 1st Respondent in its reply dated 17th day of November, 2013 signed by its Secretary, denied the occurrence of various acts of malpractices that dogged the governorship election for "lack of any verifiable evidence." I have a copy of the letter with me here, 54. We are in this case also complaining that the Collation of results at the State level lacked transparency and was in breach of the provisions of 1st Respondent’s Manual for Election Officials 2013/2014 and the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended). 55. The release of another list of areas for holding of the so-called Supplementary Election by the 2nd Respondent which differed substantially from the number released by the Returning Officer (as regards the number of polling units affected and the number of registered voters), is also a violation of provisions of 27(f) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and rendered the said Supplementary Election null and void and of no effect; 56. I and 2nd Petitioner verily believe after being advised by our team of counsel that the election sought to be nullified was conducted in substantial negation of the fundamental principles of the Electoral Act, which are the sustenance of democracy, neutrality in the conduct of the election, fairness, and allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The 1st Respondent and its officials particularly the 2nd Respondent were, in the conduct of the election, undemocratic, lacking in neutrality, unfair to the Petitioners and that the 1st and 2nd Respondents manifested overt acts of lack of neutrality and partisanship in favour of the 3rd and 4th Respondents. 57. I also verily believe that the election was monitored by responsible and respected local and foreign election observers who issued reports of their respective monitoring exercises. Some of these monitoring groups are the European Union (E.U.) Election Observer Mission, Justice Development and Peace Commission, the Nigerian Civil Society Election Situation Room and others. We rely on the findings of some of the monitoring groups as contained in the reports issued by them and uploaded on their respective official websites, distributed to political parties and candidates and/or otherwise published by them. If permitted I will be able to identify and tender some of these documents. 58. Your Petitioners further complain that in the conduct of the election being questioned the 1st Respondent created what it termed Voting Points in breach of the provisions of Sections 42 and 58 of the Act that permit business of voting to be held in only polling units created by the 1st Respondent. This act of non-compliance affected the outcome of the election. It was in most of these Voting Points that manipulated results emerged during the election particularly in some polling units in Anambra East and Anaocha LGAs. 59. Your Petitioners state that on account of the serious acts of non compliance and corrupt practices that marred the conduct of the election, all votes scored by all candidates stand nullified with the result that the 3rd Respondent ought not to have been returned as a candidate who scored 25% of lawful votes cast in at least 2/3 of 21 local government areas in Anambra State. 60. Your Petitioners state that on or about the 1st day of September, 2013, the 3rd Respondent through the 4th Respondent submitted INEC Form CF 001 – Affidavit in Support of Personal Particulars of persons seeking election to the office of Governor of Anambra State”. In the said form, under clause 8, the 3rd Respondent was specifically asked whether he had presented a forged certificate to INEC and if yes, to give details. The 3rd Respondent in answer to the said question answered “NO”. The said form was sworn at the High Court Registry, Awka, Anambra State on the 3rd of September, 2013. Attached to the said Form was a Voter’s card with VIN: 90 F5B15E7D378200332 purported to have been issued by the 1st Respondent on the same 3rd of September 2013. If I see the said form I will be able to identify it. 61. I categorically state the said voter’s card submitted by the 3rd Respondent to the 1st Respondent was improperly irregularly and illicitly obtained by the 3rd Respondent in that as at the said date, the 3rd Respondent was and still is, a registered voter with VIN 90F5B12B01296204172 issued by the same 1st Respondent in January 2011 at its Lagos office. On the 23rd of August 2013, the 1st Respondent also acquired his second voters’ card with VIN:90F5B12B88377091121 having presented himself for registration as a voter at Eri Primary School I, Polling Unit 004 at Otuocha Ward 1, Anambra East Local Government Area. The voter’s card which was the card attached to said INEC Form CF001 was the third card illegally acquired by the 3rd Respondent. 62. On the basis of the third voter’s card, the 3rd Respondent was cleared to contest the said office of Governor of Anambra State. 63. I am aware that Section 16(1) and (2) the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) prohibits and criminalises the registration and possession by any person of more than 1 voter’s card. 64. I recall that at every .turn., the Chairman of the 1st Respondent, Prof Attahiru Jega and the 2nd Respondent had stressed the point that only first registration of a multiple voter registrant is recognized by INEC, that any subsequent or latest voter’s card acquired by such multiple voter registrant is automatically deleted from the register of voters thereby rendering the said voters’ card fake, forged or false. In the stakeholders meeting held on the 13th of November 2013 at Awka, the INEC Chairman while briefing the stakeholders on the issue of multiple registration said, inter alia: “I must explain that the procedure with regard to multiple registration is that when we see somebody registered more than once, we removed from the register all the other cases of registration except the first one; the first one that was done will be retained in the register. Our laws will not allow us to penalize those who have done multiple registration by removing them totally from the register. But our law says that we must prosecute those who have done multiple registration and the penalties upon prosecution is a fine or imprisonment or both. Before we commenced the continuous voters registration we made it clear that we will penalize those who have done multiple registrations. In fact we have identified some people who have done multiple registration and we have taken them to court prior to the commencement of continuous voters’ registration. Regrettably, we all know how the court system works. Up till now I do not think we have any successful conviction; the REC should have more information on that, but we have taken people to court and we are determined nationwide to prosecute all those who have done multiple registration.” Video clips of such pronouncements by the INEC Chairman will be played before the Tribunal if permitted.. 65. On account of the foregoing the 3rd Respondent having presented what in fact is deemed to be a forged document to the 1st Respondent through his nomination Form, he is not qualified to contest for the position of the Governor of Anambra State and ought not to have been cleared to contest the said election. 66. We pray that on account of the 3rd Respondent’s disqualification pursuant to Section 182(1)(j) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) his return as Governor of Anambra State ought and should be voided by the Honorable Tribunal. 67. Having regard to the foregoing I ask the Hon. Tribunal to grant all the prayers and reliefs set out in the petition. 68. I make this statement truthfully, conscientiously and in accordance with the Oaths Acts, Cap 01 L.F.N. 2004. .. .................................. D E P O N E N T Sworn to at the Registry of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, Awka this 20th day of December 2013. 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Abdullahi Yusuf Anambra Guber: My testimony - Ngige Print Email Category: SPECIAL REPORTS Published on Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:21 Written by Chris Ngige Share ngigeSenator Chris Ngige is in the Anambra Election Petitions Tribunal to s Read more ...
eek justice, having been aggrieved by the conduct of November 2013 gubernatorial elections in Anambra State. Ngige, favoured by all calculations to win the elections says he was ‘allocated the third position’ in the election. The main party sued in the subsisting petition is Independent National Election Commission (INEC), which is the First Respondent. Also in the matter as is Prof .Chukwuemeka Onukogu, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for INEC in Anambra State as Second Respondent. Mr Wille Obiano, the candidate sponsored by All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and decalred winner of the disputed election is the Third Respondent while his party,APGA is the fourth. The fifth Respondnet, another political party, Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD),has been struck out, having been withdrawn by Ngige’s Lawyers. Senator Ngige who has already testified before the three-man Anambra State Gubernatorial Election Petitions Tribunal headed by Hon Justice Ishaq Bello adopted the following Evidence –in –Chief when he mounted the witness box. Please read on: I, SENATOR (DR.) CHRIS NWABUEZE NGIGE, (OON), Male, Christian, Nigerian Citizen, Medical Doctor, Politician and Knight of St. John’s International, residing at No. 1 Chris Ngige Crescent, Urueze-Ide Village, Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area, of Anambra State do hereby make oath and state as follows:- I am Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige. I am a Medical Doctor and also a politician. I live at No. 1 Chris Ngige Crescent, Urueze-Ide Village, Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area, of Anambra State. I was a former Governor of Anambra State between May 29th 2003 and March 16th 2006 and currently a Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District in the Upper Chamber of National Assembly. I am the 1st Petitioner in this petition. I make this written deposition for myself and on behalf of All Progressives Congress, (APC), the 2nd Petitioner in these proceedings. I am a registered member of All Progressives Congress (APC), one of the political parties registered under the laws of Nigeria and authorized to sponsor candidates in election. I was the flag bearer of the Party in the Governorship election held on the 16th of November 2013. I also know the 1st Respondent. It is a statutory body created by law with the responsibilities of organizing, conducting and supervising elections into various elective offices including the office of Governor and its Deputy. It is also charged with the responsibility of organizing voter registration and updating voter register for purposes of elections. I also know the 2nd Respondent. He is an officer in the employment of the 1st Respondent assigned with the responsibility of overseeing the affairs of the 1st Respondent in Anambra State. Under the provisions of the INEC Manual for Election Officials 2013/2014, he is saddled with additional responsibilities of taking delivery of all sensitive and non sensitive materials for elections from INEC headquarters and distributing them to Electoral Officers; supervises the recruitment and training of all staff including ad hoc staff for elections in the State. I know the 3rd Respondent. He was a candidate in the Governorship election held on 16th of November 2013. He was sponsored by the 4th Respondent, All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA). He is the candidate declared as the winner of the said election by the 1st Respondent, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). I remember Saturday the 16th of November 2013; it was a day scheduled for election to the office of Governor of Anambra State. I was a candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC) in the election together with my running mate Hon. Raph Okeke. Twenty-Three (23) political parties sponsored candidates in the said election. The candidates and their political parties are the 3rd Respondent, Chief Willie M. Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Okeke Chika Jerry of Action Alliance (AA), Chukwuemeka Nwankwo of Accord Party(A), Dr. Ifeatu Ekelem of All Congress of Democrats (ACD), Engr. Anthony Anene of All Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Comrade Aaron Igweze E. of Alliance for Democracy (AD), Chief Anayo A. Arinze of African Democratic Congress (ADC), Patrick C. Ibeziako of African Peoples’ Alliance (APA), Chief Austin Nwangwu of Citizens Popular Party (CPP), Chijioke G. Ndubuisi of Democratic People’s Party, (DPP), Christian I. Otti of Independent Democrats (ID), Chief Dennis N. Oguguo of KOWA Party(KP), Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah of Labour Party (LP), Pastor Simon C. Okafor of Mega Progressive Peoples Party (MPPP), Okonkwo E. Webster of National Conscience Party (NCP), Prince Leonard Uchendu of New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), Comrade Tony Nwoye O. of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Godwin C. Ezeemo, of Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), Hon. Basil Iwuoba O. I. of Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN), Onuorah B. Onyeachonam of Social Democratic Party (SDP), Barr. Okoye G. Ohaenyem of United Democratic Party (UDP) and Prof. Benedict N. Akanegbu of United Peoples Party (UPP) were candidates. In the said Governorship Election held on the 16th, 17th and 30th of November, 2013, 23 (twenty-three) political parties sponsored candidates and the votes scored by each party as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were as follows:- S/N NAME PARTY NUMBER OF VOTES 1. CHIEF WILLIE M. OBIANO APGA 180,178 2. TONY NWOYE O. PDP 97,700 3. SENATOR (DR.) CHRIS NWABUEZE NGIGE (OON) APC 95,963 4. PATRICK IFEANYI UBAH LABOUR/LP 37,495 5. EZEEMO GODWIN CHUKWUNENYE PPA 5,120 6. PATRICK CHUKWUKA IBEZIAKO APA 1,607 7. ENGR. ANTHONY ANENE ACPN 899 8. CHIEF AUSTIN NWANGWU CPP 879 9. CHIEF ANAYO A. ARINZE ADC 699 10. PRINCE LEONARD UCHENDU NNPP 696 11. CHIJIOKE GEOFREY NDUBUISI DPP 632 12. PROF. BENEDICT NDUBISI AKANEGBU UPP 624 13. DR. IFEATU EKELEM ACD 490 14. HON. BASIL IWUOBA O. I. PPN 325 15. CHIEF DENNIS NWAFORKA OGUGUO KP 321 16. OKONKWO EMEKA WEBSTER NCP 264 17. OKEKE CHIKA JERRY AA 249 18. ONUORAH BASIL ONYEACHONAM SDP 235 19. CHRISTIAN IKECHUKWU OTTI ID 205 20. CHUKWUEMEKA NWANKWO ACCORD/A 185 21. COMRADE AARON IGWEZE E. AD 180 22. PASTOR SIMON CHINWEUBA OKAFOR MPPP 155 23 BARR. OKOYE GODSON MGBODILE OHAENYEM UDP 153 10. At the end of the Governorship Election which stretched from the 16th to the 17th up to 30th of November 2013, Chief Willie Maduabuchi Obiano, the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the 3rd Respondent herein, was returned elected by the Returning Officer, Prof. James Epoke, an agent of the 1st Respondent on the 1st day of December, 2013 with 180,178 as total votes scored. 11. My party and I are aggrieved with the return of the 3rd Respondent as the winner of the questioned election for the reason that, the 3rd Respondent did not satisfy the mandatory requirements of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended). 12. I have in the petition stated the grounds upon which the Election is questioned. They are: (i) That the election of the 3rd Respondent, Chief Willie Maduabuchi Obiano, the person whose election is questioned, was invalid by reason of non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) and the INEC Manual for Election Officials 2013/2014; (ii) That the said election was marred by various acts of corrupt practices; (iii) That the said Chief Willie Maduabuchi Obiano was not elected by the majority of lawful votes cast at the election; (iv) That the said Chief Willie Maduabuchi Obiano was not qualified to contest the election. Anambra State is one of the States in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The State has 21 Local Government Areas made up as follows: (i) Aguata (ii) Anambra East (iii) Anambra West (iv) Anaocha (v) Awka North (vi) Awka South (vii) Ayamelum (viii) Dunukofia (ix) Ekwusigo (x) Idemili North (xi) Idemili South (xii) Ihiala (xiii) Njikoka (xiv) Nnewi North (xv) Nnewi South (xvi) Ogbaru (xvii) Onitsha North (xviii) Onitsha South (xix) Orumba North (xx) Orumba South (xxi) Oyi In the statistics given by the 1st Respondent at the Stakeholders’ Meeting held at Awka on the 13th of November, 2013, the total registered voters is stated be 1, 784, 536. The total number of Registration Areas (i.e Electoral Wards) is to be 326 while Polling Units is 4,608. We are complaining that the election and purported declaration of the 3rd Respondent was unwarranted and invalid, for the reason that the election was conducted by the 1st Respondent in a manner which was manifestly and substantially not in accordance or compliance with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) 16. The voters’ register used for the election was fundamentally flawed in that overwhelming number of registered voters were excluded from the voters’ register and were therefore disenfranchised; 17. Further to the above, I am aware that the 1st Respondent had continuously given conflicting figures as the number of registered voters in Anambra State. 18. On the 13th of November 2013, the Chairman of the 1st Respondent at a stakeholders meeting in Awka announced the figure of 1,784,536 as the registered voters. On the 18th of November 2013, the Returning Officer for the Governorship while declaring the election inconclusive announced a figure of 1,760,751. In the State final Collation of Results for the election on the 30th of November, 2013 the same Returning Officer put the number of registered voters at 1,770,127. 19. In the voters’ register compiled by the 1st Respondent, the number of registered voters in Anambra State is stated (among three other conflicting figures mentioned) to be 1,770,127 voters. On Election Day, the Voters’ Register used by the staff of the 1st Respondent was grossly deficient as many registered voters in all parts of the State could not find their names on the register while photographs of minors and blurred images filled the register. We shall rely on the Inspection Report carried out on the Voters Register used for the 16th, 17th and 30th November 2013 election as well as the Report on analysis of all the voters registers used in previous elections in Anambra State including photo reports of the voters registers. 20. As a result of the flawed nature of the Voters’ Register including the problem of multiple registration and attendant mass disenfranchisement of voters in the election, only 442,242 voters or 24.9% were able to exercise their franchise. 21. I verily believe that the election was fundamentally and irredeemably flawed in that the voters’ register used by the 1st Respondent in the conduct of the said election was deficient, defective, inflated, undermined, inaccurate and therefore unreliable. The said register did not conform to the provisions of Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), thereby rendering the entire results arising from the said election void. 22. On or about the 16th day of October, 2013 the 1st Respondent at a forum with the officials of participating political parties held at Awka distributed an electronic version (e-copy) of the Anambra State Voters Register given to the said party officials. Sections 10(3) and 26 of Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) read together require the 1st Respondent to supply printed copies of the register to the political parties within 30 days before the date of the election. The non-compliance with this provision vitiated one of the fundamental principles of a free and fair election. 23. The 1st Respondent through its Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega again on the 13th of November, 2013 at a Stakeholders’ Meeting held at the Women Development Centre, Awka informed the audience/the participating political parties including your Petitioners that the e-copy of the voters’ register earlier distributed to the political parties had an error to the effect that the age of every voter was reduced by 2 (two) years. Consequently, at the end of the meeting, the Director in-charge of the 1st Respondent’s ICT Department, Mr. Chidi Nwafor, a native of Anambra State, issued another e-copy of Voters’ Register to agents of political parties including your Petitioners. The transcript and the video clips of the said Stakeholders’ Meeting containing the speech of Prof Jega as recorded by several media houses and by the cameramen attached to my Media Unit can confirm this 24. With the election just 3 (three) days away, we went into the election with the belief that the Voters’ Register to be used in the conduct of the election was credible, reliable and error-free. 25. On the first day of the election i.e. on the 16th of November, 2013 as well as on the subsequent dates, the Petitioners discovered that the Voters’ Register used in the conduct of the election was defective and was afflicted with so many vices and defects, the details of which are set out in a Report compiled by our team of consultants engaged to analyze the Registers. The extract from the said report indicating some of the polling units affected by the defective register is contained in SCHEDULE I to the petition. In summary,I read the report which if shown I will be able to identify and it identified several defects include the following, among others: (A) MISSING PAGES: Several pages containing details on some voters were missing from the Voters’ Register. This was rampant in the printed copies of the voters’ register given to the Supervisory Presiding Officers (SPOs) by the Electoral Officers in-charge of the 1st Respondent’s local government offices. The SPOs in turn handed over the said voters’ registers to the Presiding Officers who conducted the election at the polling units. The removal of these pages (missing pages) from the voters’ register was deliberately planned and painstakingly executed plot to disenfranchise thousand of voters whose names were already captured in the electronic copies of the register. For instance, at Ojoto Ward in Idemili South LGA, voters with surnames starting with the alphabets “O” up to “U” could not find their names in the register for all the 33 polling units in the ward. When the voters reacted angrily and insisted that no voting would take place in the ward unless the anomaly was rectified, the SPO for the ward went back to the INEC/1st Respondent’s local government office in Ojoto and returned with the missing pages for the voters’ register. This conduct confirmed the suspicion that the missing pages in the voters’ registers were not accidental but carefully and deliberately executed at selected targets. In my home town Alor Ward II where a similar incident occurred, the presiding officers in-charge of United Primary School Codes 001, 002 and 003 polling units were shown copies of the voters’ register for the same polling units (printed from the 2nd Petitioner’s e-copy) showing the names of missing voters in INEC’s voters’ register, but this observation went unheeded as the presiding officers did not allow the said voters to exercise their franchise. This anomaly also featured in virtually every other polling unit in Idemili South, Idemili North, Nnewi North, Ogbaru, Awka South, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Oyi, some parts of Anambra East, Ayamelum and other local government areas, resulting in omission of names of hundreds of thousands of voters whose data were duly captured in the e-copy of the voters’ register earlier supplied to the political parties. (B) UNDER-AGED PERSONS OR MINORS AS VOTERS: Persons who by the provisions of Section 12(1)(b) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) are not qualified to vote or be registered as voters in the election were included in the Voters’ Register. This irregularity could be found in the Voters’ Register in about 18 local government areas but more particularly in Anaocha, Anambra East, Oyi, Ayamelum, Aguata, Orumba North, Orumba South, Anambra West, Njikoka, Awka North, Awka South, Ihiala, Nnewi North, Nnewi South, and Ekwusigo local government areas among others. During the inspection of the INEC voters’ register pursuant to the order of the Tribunal, it was discovered that most of these minors were ticked off as having voted in the election. (C) VACANT SPACES WITH NO BIOGRAPHICAL DATA OF VOTERS/EMPTY PICTURE PLACE-HOLDERS ASSIGNED VOTER INFORMATION NUMBERS (VIN): Vacant spaces in the voters’ register with no biographical data of prospective voters but with ages stated as "2013" also featured in the Voters’ Register. This anomaly was especially rampant in the voters’ register used for Agulu Wards I, II, III & IV in Anaocha Local Government Area and in Ayamelum and Orumba North Local Government Areas. (D) INANIMATE OBJECTS AS VOTERS. One of the irregularities that afflicted the voter register used in the election is the inclusion of inanimate objects as human beings. In the voter register for Umuereodili Village Square IV in Igbakwu ward, Ayamelum LGA a plate of rice was registered as a voter and given the following particulars; ‘VIN 90F5 B178 7129 5274 449, Name-Gh, Nb Bn, Occupation-Civil Servant, Gender- Male, Age- 37” (E) MULTIPLE REGISTRANTS: Cases of multiple registrants also featured in virtually every voter’s register used for every polling unit in the election for the entire 21 Local Government Areas of Anambra State. Multiple registrations are specifically prohibited by Section 12(2) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended). The rampant and widespread cases of multiple registrations contradicted the claim by the 1st Respondent that it has a software - Advanced Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) - to detect and eliminate multiple registrants. The claim turned out to be false as incidences of multiple registrations could be found in about 3000 out of the 4600 voter registers used for the election. By the widespread nature of multiple registrations in the voters’ register, the announced figures, 1, 784, 536 or 1, 770,127 registered voters for Anambra State becomes questionable. In Ayamelum Local Government Area, one individual got registered as many as 5 times bearing different surnames, Onwuaso, Onwuasonya, etc in several polling booths in one ward alone. (F) SCANNED PHOTOGRAPHS OR IMAGES: This anomaly was also found in the Voters’ Register used in the election, and was prevalent in the voters’ register for Anaocha (particularly Nri I and II), Ihiala, Njikoka, Ayamelum, Anambra East, Anambra West, Onitsha North, and Onitsha South LGAs. Again, this irregularity enabled the 1st Respondent to register voters by proxy, contrary to the provisions of Section 24(f) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended). (G) BLURRED IMAGES OR PHOTOGRAPHS OF VOTERS: This also featured in the voters’ register used in the election. With these blurred images, it became impossible for a Presiding Officer to identify a prospective voter, thereby subverting the provisions of Section 49(2) of the Electoral Act and Chapter 3.2 of the INEC Manual which provides steps for the accreditation of voters. Additionally, with the blurred images it was impossible to prevent multiple registrants and impostors from voting at different polling units. This irregularity also enabled the possessors of voters cards with blurred images to engage in the unwholesome sale of such voters cards to desperate politicians. This irregularity was rampant in the voters’ register for Anaocha (particularly in the 4 Wards in Agulu town and Nri Wards I & II), Ihiala (particularly at Uli I, II & III), Ayamelum (Ama Isiogwari, Umumbo, Omor etc), Nnewi South (particularly in Osumenyi Wards I & II), Awka South and Njikoka Local Government Areas. (H) GENDER MIS-DESCRIPTION: Wrong gender description was another irregularity that bedeviled the voter register. It was a common sight in the register for able bodied men to be described as “female” while pleasant looking ladies are described as “male”. The local government areas where this irregularity exists include Ayamelum,Onitsha South, Aguata, Ogbaru, Oyi, Anambra East, Awka North, Ihiala and Orumba North. (I) HIGHLY INFLATED NUMBER OF VOTERS: This anomaly was found in the voters’ register, with some of them being as large as 2000 - as found in the voters’ register for Awka North, Awka South, Anambra East, and Onitsha North, Nnewi North and Ogbaru. On the contrary, some other polling units had as little as 1 (One) registrant as in the voters’ register, as evident in the voter register for Ekwulummili ward Nnewi South, Idemili South and Ekwusigo Local Government Areas. 26. The1st Respondent’s Chairman had claimed that, save for ages of registrants that were reduced by 2 years there was no difference between the voters’ register issued to the political parties in October and November 2013 and the one actually used in the election, your Petitioners found that the latter register had boxes for accreditation and voting, and also had wrong ages of voters. Contrary to the 1st Respondent’s claim that only 2 years were added to the data of all voters in “correcting” the voters’ register, there is evidence, using the 2011 voters register as a guide, that as much as 3 years were added to the data of all registered voters, thereby giving a lie to the 1st Respondent’s claim. Most importantly, the missing pages in the register used on the day of election showed a very profound difference with the electronic copies supplied to the political parties. I will be able to identify all the four registers (i.e. the one of 2011, October 2013, November 2013 and the actual one used on the various dates in the election)if shown to me. 27. With the deficient voters’ register used in the election, the 1st Respondent still went ahead to omit names of hundreds of thousands of voters by deliberately and or negligently omitting some pages in the printed copies of the voters’ register given to the Presiding Officers during the election. Thus in some Local Government Areas perceived as strongholds of the Petitioners - namely Idemili North, Idemili South, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Awka North, Awka South, Ogbaru, Dunukofia and Njikoka local government areas - many of the voters could not find their names in the voters’ register. It was in this circumstance that high-profile voters like the PDP Governorship candidate Comrade Tony Nwoye, his parents and siblings, former Minister for Women Affairs Mrs. Josephine Anenih, Prince Arthur Eze and so many others could not vote on Election Day. The video clips showing evidence of voter disenfranchisement as recorded by African International Television (AIT), Television Continental (TVC), Channels Television, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and private recordings made by my agents are available and will be played if the Tribunal permits. 28. It is our belief that voters’ register being an indispensable foundation for the conduct of a free and fair election, the questioned election was deliberately undermined by the 1st Respondent so as to give undue advantage to the 3rd and 4th Respondents in the election. 29. Many Election Observers who witnessed, observed and monitored the conduct of the election confirmed the disenfranchisement of hundreds and thousands of voters in many local government areas particularly in areas where my party or parties opposed to the ruling APGA/3rd Respondent are perceived to be strong. One of the Observers, Transition Monitoring Group stated in its report that the “widespread cases of missing names in the voters' register questions the integrity of the accreditation process and the authenticity of the voters' register,.” 30. In the conduct of the questioned election, the 2nd Respondent, Prof. Chukwuemeka Onukaogu exhibited acts of manifest bias, animosity and hostility against me and my party. The 2nd Respondent’s undisguised and deep-seated bias and animosity dated back to the days the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) when and some of my party members contested the National and State Assemblies election in 2011. 31. The bias and animosity were manifested in various forms, namely through malicious and baseless cancellation of elections duly won by the defunct ACN and writing petitions to the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) against some members of the party in the aftermath of the said election. The said REC equally wrote a petition against one Mr. Alex Anene, one of the returning officers in the Anambra Central Senatorial election which I won. The 2nd Respondent’s grouse was that Mr Anene refused to be used in declaring false return in the said election. Subsequently, the 2nd Respondent took it upon himself to personally invite officials of then ACN and the said Returning Officer to INEC Office at Awka for interrogation by ICPC officials-a clear indication of the 2nd Respondent’s resolve to settle scores with me. 32. The 2nd Respondent also unilaterally declared some of the State Assembly seats election won by ACN as “inconclusive” or upturned the victories to losses as it happened in my Idemili South State Constituency in which Hon. Ebele Obi of ACN won but his victory was, at the directive of the 2nd Respondent, awarded to the APGA candidate. Most of the controversial results announced by the 2nd Respondent in 2011 elections against ACN candidates were overturned by the Election Tribunals with serious rebuke of the 2nd Respondent for his unwholesome and partisan role. This hostile attitude was subsequently transferred to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the 2nd Petitioner. 33. I had course to bring up this issue to the INEC Chairman’s attention at several occasions including the Stakeholders’ interactive session held in Awka. Despite calls by the 2nd Petitioner that the 2nd Respondent be transferred out of Anambra State, the 1st Respondent, for reasons that have now manifested in the questioned election, retained him for a hatchet job against us and for the benefit of the 4th Respondent. 34. In a recent interview with an online news medium, Sahara TV, on the 16th of November, 2013 Prof. Onukaogu put this unmistakable animosity and bias in public sphere when he declared that the first petitioner is “insincere” and is a “man prone to electoral manipulation.” . Full details and transcript of the said interview had been set out in Schedule 3 to the petition which I adopt for present purposes. 35. Further acts of bias and partisanship demonstrated by the 2nd Respondent in his capacity as the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Anambra State include but are not limited to:- (a) Recruitment of persons with sympathy for and or affiliation to the 4th Respondent in Anambra State, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), to act as Supervisory Presiding Officers (SPOs), Presiding Officers and Assistant Presiding Officers in the election: The Petitioners state that on account of entry of Dr. Nkem Chukwukaodinaka Okeke, the 4th Respondent’s Deputy Governorship candidate, a staff of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) Awka in the election and the 1st Respondent decided as a matter of policy not to recruit any staff of the University in any stage of the election. As an alternative, the 1st Respondent recruited most of its ad hoc staff from the University of Calabar, Cross Rivers State in order to demonstrate neutrality and to be seen as creating a level playing field in the electoral process. However on Election Day, the Petitioners discovered that the 2nd Respondent had secretly arranged the recruitment and deployment of about 21 staff of the UNIZIK to act as Supervisory Presiding Officers in the election. Part of the Staff specially recruited for hatchet jobs in the election include the following: S/N Name Position Source 1. Ubanwa Modesta SPO UNIZIK Registrar’s Office – Admissions 2. Ezeafulukwe Blessing SPO Faculty of Arts, UNIZIK 3. Okeke Stella SPO Faculty of Law 4. Umenze Ifeoma Glady SPO Regis tar’s Office 5. Obineche James A SPO Registrar’s Office 6. Elijah Chinedu Vincent SPO Registrar’s Office 7. Uzor-Oguejiofor Cecilia SPO Vice Chancellor’s Office 8. Osondu Nnamdi Christopher SPO Vice Chancellor’s Office 9. Jibike Viola Uchenna SPO Chike Okoli Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies 10. Nkwoka Bonniface SPO Faculty of Education 11. Okafor Mary Jane SPO Registrar’s Office – Admission 12. Nwadike Emmanuel SPO Vice Chancellor’s Offce 13. Nwokoye Antonia SPO Vice Chancellor’s Office 14. Paul Okolie SPO Faculty of Engineering 15. Joy Enwedo SPO Vice Chancellor’s Ofice 16. Prof.Charles Emeka Nwadigwe SPO Dept of Theatre Arts 17. Confidence Okafor SPO Faculty of Law 18. Cornelius Aghadiegwu Ukwueze SPO Dept Of Mass Communication 19. Chigozie Ikegulu SPO Works Dept 20. Chukwudi Njelita SPO Security Officer in Chike Okoli Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies 21. Dr. Chike Okoye SPO Dept, of English (b) Recruitment of students with ties to the 4th Respondent as Presiding Officers and Assistant Presiding Officers (Poll Clerks) in the election. On Election Day when the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members deployed to Idemili North LGA embarked on a premeditated strike action, the 2nd Respondent took full advantage of the situation to recruit students and other unemployed youths with ties to the 4th Respondent as Presiding Officers and Assistant Presiding Officers and deployed them across Idemili North and Idemili South LGAs. It was as a result of the nefarious activities of these APGA affiliated ad hoc staff that election was severely disrupted in Obosi, Ogidi I & II, Nkpor I & II, Abatete, Oraukwu, Eziowelle, Abacha, Uke, Umuoji and Ideani wards in Idemili North LGA leading to the cancellation of results from Ogidi, Abatete, Nkpor while strangely retaining results from Oraukwu, Eziowelle, Uke, Umuoji, Abacha and Abacha wards . (c) Still on the issue of breach of the critical requirement of neutrality in the election and ensuring fairness to all candidates, the 2nd Respondent also secretly recruited and deployed students, unemployed youths and known supporters of the 4th Respondent as ad hoc staff in the election. Most of these ad hoc staff - who was largely untrained - displayed open hostility, bias and partisanship against the Petitioners. It was as a result of this irregularity that reports of late commencement of voting, non-availability of result sheets, poor handling of the procedural steps in INEC Manual and allocation of votes became the order of the day. These partisan ad hoc staff engaged as Supervisory Presiding Officers, Presiding Officers, Assistant Presiding Officers or Poll Clerks were deployed to Anambra East, Anambra West, Oyi, Njikoka and Anaocha Local Government Areas resulting in outlandish figures recorded for the 4th Respondent from the results in the areas. I have asked INEC to furnish me the comprehensive list of all ad hoc staff engaged by it for the election as well as their full contact details. As at the time of swearing to this statement the 1st and 2nd Respondents were yet to furnish me with the list as ordered by the Tribunal. (d) In his world press conference held in Abuja on the 22nd of November, 2013 the Chairman of the 1st Respondent, Prof. Attahiru Jega in answer to reporter’s question, admitted that the Commission, in clear breach of its earlier decision, recruited adhoc staff from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka where the said Dr. Nkem Okeke was last employed before the election, with a tepid explanation that the Commission did so when it ran out of manpower. If the tribunal permits, the video clips of the said press conference recorded by cameramen of the AIT, Channels TV, TVC, Silverbird and NTA well as excerpts of the text of the address published in Vanguard and Daily Sun newspapers of 23rd of November 2013 will be played or read out. 36. On the issue of late delivery of materials, I wish to state that on the 16th of November, 2013 the first day of the election, polling could not start at the scheduled time of 8am in all polling stations in Awka North, Awka South, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Ogbaru, Idemili North, Idemili South,Ihiala, Orumba North, Orumba South and some parts of Anambra East and Oyi Local Government Areas owing to several factors devised by the 1st and 2nd Respondents to weaken the electoral success of the Petitioners in these Local Government Areas. The effect of late commencement of accreditation and voting was that after waiting for several hours without seeing the polling officials, many of the voters left the venues in frustration. Awka North, Awka South, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Ogbaru and Idemili North Local Government Areas were most hit in terms of late commencement of polling which substantially affected the result of the election. To corroborate the fact of late commencement of election in these areas, the 2nd Respondent, Prof. Onukaogu in an interview with Sahara TV narrated how some Youth Corp members said to have been deployed from Delta State to take part in election duties in Anambra State were arrested by the men of the Anambra State Police Command at the Bridge Head, Onitsha on Friday the 15th of November 2013. The excepts of the interview ran, inter alia: “SAHARA TV: From your own angle now tell us, what were the problems that you encountered? PROF. ONUKAOGU: A number of challenges: one is the challenge of distrust. Let me give you an example; yesterday I expected corps members to come from Asaba to serve as presiding officers in Ogbaru, Onitsha South, Onitsha North and Idemili Local Government Areas. This is because the corps members we had paid to serve us in Anambra State were not enough since we had less than 4600 officers. But when our corps members came in from Asaba they were stopped at Onitsha Bridge, at Asaba bridge head, at 2pm in the afternoon; they were not allowed to cross. SAHARA TV: Who stopped them? PROF. ONUKAOGU: The police stopped them; the police thought that they were mercenaries, that they were coming to vote for one of the parties. In spite of the fact they had documentations to show that they were corps members and they were coming for INEC duties in Anambra State. The police delayed them up till 10 pm in the night. And that disrupted to a large extent my plans and what I had put in place in Anambra – I mean, Onitsha South, Onitsha North, Idemili and Ogbaru. By the time they came in it was absolutely, almost impossible for me to deploy the way I had wanted to deploy them. So in the morning most of my polling centres were vacant and since there was this curfew which did not allow for mobility of people there was no way they could get to their polling centres on time. And that caused a serious disruption and mistrust. And that’s why I maintain the view that this culture of mistrust and distrust have kind of been eroding our system making it extremely difficult for me to actualize the thing the way I wanted to do so. SAHARA TV: Prof, some of the viewers who are watching will ask the question, if there are people who were coming for official duties in Anambra State and they were stopped by the police, why is it that they did not contact INEC officials to say this is what is happening to us? PROF. ONUKAOGU: They did, they do, they contacted me. I called the Commissioner of Police, the Commissioner of Police called his counterpart in Asaba, Delta state. It took us time; it was not until 10pm when the Commissioner of Police himself personally intervened before they were released. As a matter of fact, the policemen who arrested them said they were not going to take instruction from anyone except from the Inspector General of Police himself because, as far as they were concerned, we were mercenaries, they saw us as mercenaries coming to beef up the votes of one or two political parties. That is what I am saying, this culture of mistrust and distrust kind of eroded into the credibility of what I had set out to do. And it affected me very adversely; that is why you find hiccups in many places in the election the way it occurred. And that is part of, one of the reasons that made us start late in areas like Idemili and Ogbaru.” (I have full text of the interview and will tender same if the Tribunal permits) 37. In Idemili North Local Government Area, the presiding officers deployed to the Local Government in the morning of the election embarked on a strike action for non-payment of their allowances or honorarium by INEC. The strike action which the Petitioners believe were orchestrated and premeditated severely affected the deployment of electoral materials to all the Wards in the Local Government Area. Idemili North LGA is a highly populated area with a voting strength in the region of 173,832 with about 306 Polling Units. 38. Following the presiding officers’ ‘strike action’, polling did not take place in Obosi Ward of Idemili North with a voting population of about 45,000 voters. When the INEC officials insisted on going ahead with the election at about 2-3pm, the youths of the town along with party agents resisted this as it would entail late night voting. 39. The 1st and 2nd Respondents without any formal or proper notice to all the concerned stakeholders shifted the polling from Saturday 16th November, 2013 to Sunday 17th November, 2013. 40. We feel strongly that the shifting of the election to a Sunday did not take into account the religious sensibilities of the electorate in the area. 41. The 1st Respondent’s Chairman in an interview aired on African Independent Television (AIT) admitted that a Sunday was inappropriate for the election in a predominantly Christian environment but insisted, among other reasons, that the Electoral Act did not prohibit any day for holding of election. Despite written protestations by some agents of our party .The affected areas are the 275 polling units in Aguata, Ayamelum, Anambra East, Anambra West, Anaocha, Awka North, Awka South, Ekwusigo, Idemili North, Idemili South, Ihiala, Nnewi South, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Orumba North, Oyi local government areas. 42. In other electoral Wards in Idemili North Local Government Area such as Ogidi I & II, Abacha, Abatete, Eziowelle, Ideani, Nkpor I & II, Oraukwu, Uke and Umuoji, the customized electoral materials such as result sheets and ballot papers were deliberately mixed up by the Electoral Officer for Idemili North LGA, Mr. Chukwujekwu Okeke, resulting in the disruption of polling in the entire local government area. The said Electoral Officer was later arrested and charged on 25th November, 2013 at an Abuja Chief Magistrate Court in First Information Report No.CR/163/13 COP Vs Chukwujekwu Okeke for dereliction of duty to wit, that he “unlawfully breached his official duties by deliberately withholding the electoral materials designed(sic) for the election”. The Electoral Officer was allegedly compromised by agents of the 3rd and 4th Respondents who induced him with hefty sums of money to subvert the electoral process in the stronghold of the Petitioners. The First Information Report on the criminal case, the statements made by the Accused Electoral Officer as well as the Police Investigation Report (Interim and Final) on the incident are document I have asked the Police to produce. When they are produced I will tender them. 43. When the 1st Respondent postponed the Obosi election unilaterally, unlawfully, arbitrarily and without adequate notice to the my party and other stake holders, the other electoral wards where elections did not hold were left out by the officials of the 1st Respondent. On the 18th of November, 2013 after failing to get the figures and margin needed to ‘coronate’ the 3rd Respondent as the ‘winner’, the Returning Officer declared the election inconclusive and ordered a ‘supplementary election’ in 210 polling units cutting across 16 local government areas, majority of which are in Idemili North LGA. The so called supplementary election amidst objections from the 3 major parties in the election, namely the 2nd Petitioner, my party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party was eventually held on the 30th of November 2013. We urge for reasons shown earlier that all the votes recorded for the parties and candidates in Idemili North local Government Area on the 16th, 17th and 30th of November 2013 on account of the irregularities highlighted. 44. I wish to further state that contrary to established practice whereby election materials are moved from the Super Registration Area Centres (SuperRACs) and in the presence of party agents, the 1st Respondent told party agents that materials for the rescheduled election in Obosi had been moved either from the State or LGA Headquarters “straight into the booths” and in the absence of party agents, thus compromising the integrity of the electoral process and the outcome of the election. 45. After mis-conducting the election in several local government areas particularly in Idemili North,Idemili South, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Ogbaru, Anambra East, Anambra Wes, Orumba North, Orumba South, Ihiala and other Local Government Areas, the election proceeded to the next stage, collation of results at the State level. Submission of results began at about 12.05am of the 17th of November, 2013 with returns emanating from the Local Government Areas. By 1am there was an announcement that the exercise had been suspended and that it would resume later that day. 46. In a clear departure from the provisions of the 1st Respondent’s Manual for Election Officials 2013/2014, the process of collation at the State level lacked transparency, as the Local Government Collation Officers did not publicly announce the results they were bringing in as required by law. Instead, the results were brought in and kept in a bag said to be "tamper proof" and “custodied” by the 2nd Respondent. 47. The results from the Local Government Areas were only publicly announced before party agents, election observers and journalists about 12 hours later (i.e. in the early hours of the 18th November 2013). 48. The Returning Officer for the election, Prof. James Epoke (the Vice Chancellor of University of Calabar) started receiving the returns from the Local Government Area Collation Officers, most of whom are also lecturers from the same University, a situation that created room for undue influence and/ or conspiracy. 49. On Monday the 18th November, 2013 in the course of the Collation, the Returning Officer at about 6.10 am announced that the election had been cancelled or could not hold in some polling units spread across 16 Local Government Areas of the State. He also announced local government by local government, the scores of each candidate/political party in the election. For all the 23 political parties, he announced their scores as follows: AA -- 236 ACCORD - 181 ACD - 471 ACPN - 552 AD - 171 ADC - 642 APA - 1, 521 APC - 92,300 APGA - 174,710 CPP - 853 DPP - 607 ID - 203 KOWA - 313 LP - 37,446 NPPP - 151 NCP - 254 NNPP - 670 PDP - 94,956 PPA - 5,056 PPN - 323 SDP - 231 UDP - 153 UPP - 621 50. The Returning Officer went further to announce the following figures: TOTAL VOTES CAST - 413, 005 NO OF REGISTERED VOTERS-----1, 763, 751. ACCREDITED VOTERS STATE WIDE -----461, 836. REJECTED VOTES - 16, 544 TOTAL VOTES CAST - 429, 549 51. At the end, he announced that the 3rd Respondent had purportedly scored 174, 710 votes, followed by the PDP candidate with 94,956 votes. Your Petitioners were allotted the 3rd position with 92,300 votes and the Labour Party candidate with 37,446 votes. The Returning Officer further announced that since the number of registered voters in the areas where results were cancelled or election did not hold was 113,113 and taking into account that the margin between the 3rd Respondent and the PDP candidate (79,754) was less than the registered voters in the said areas; the election would be declared "inconclusive". Thereafter, the Returning Officer distributed a document captioned "Form EC40G -Independent National Electoral Commission, Summary of registered voters of Polling Units (Election not held/cancelled)". In the Form EC40G signed and dated the 18th of November 2013, election was cancelled in 210 Polling Units in 16 local government areas namely: S/N Name of Local Government Area LGA Code No. of Polling Units Affected Total No. of Registered Voters (For the Affected Polling Units) 1. Aguata 01 1 310 2. Ayamelum 02 3 1,247 3. Anambra East 03 1 250 4. Anambra West 04 6 2,000 5. Anaocha 05 1 276 6. Awka North 06 2 1,366 7. Awka South 07 1 249 8. Ekwusigo 08 3 884 9. Idemili North 10 160 89,997 10. Idemili South 11 1 636 11. Ihiala 12 3 969 12. Nnewi South 15 2 376 13. Onitsha North 17 1 484 14. Onitsha South 18 17 12,279 15. Orumba North 19 4 588 16. Oyi 21 4 1,212 -- TOTAL --- 210 113,113 It was further announced that a supplementary election would take place on a date to be announced by the 1st Respondent. I have a copy of the said Form EC40G. Video clips of the collation exercise at different stages will be relied upon. 52. Your Petitioners further state that following the reports from party agents, election observers and journalists on the widespread irregularities that dogged the election, and the illegality of the proposed supplementary election, we caused a letter to be written to the Chairman of 1st Respondent and another to the Returning Officer, bringing to their attention these widespread irregularities and requesting for the outright cancellation of the entire election. I have copies of the letters with me 53. Prior to the writing of the letters referred to in the preceding paragraph, we had earlier written a letter dated 16th November, 2013 to the 1st Respondent and copied the 2nd Respondent, informing them about the reports of irregularities received from various parts of Anambra State as the said election was in progress. The 1st Respondent in its reply dated 17th day of November, 2013 signed by its Secretary, denied the occurrence of various acts of malpractices that dogged the governorship election for "lack of any verifiable evidence." I have a copy of the letter with me here, 54. We are in this case also complaining that the Collation of results at the State level lacked transparency and was in breach of the provisions of 1st Respondent’s Manual for Election Officials 2013/2014 and the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended). 55. The release of another list of areas for holding of the so-called Supplementary Election by the 2nd Respondent which differed substantially from the number released by the Returning Officer (as regards the number of polling units affected and the number of registered voters), is also a violation of provisions of 27(f) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and rendered the said Supplementary Election null and void and of no effect; 56. I and 2nd Petitioner verily believe after being advised by our team of counsel that the election sought to be nullified was conducted in substantial negation of the fundamental principles of the Electoral Act, which are the sustenance of democracy, neutrality in the conduct of the election, fairness, and allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The 1st Respondent and its officials particularly the 2nd Respondent were, in the conduct of the election, undemocratic, lacking in neutrality, unfair to the Petitioners and that the 1st and 2nd Respondents manifested overt acts of lack of neutrality and partisanship in favour of the 3rd and 4th Respondents. 57. I also verily believe that the election was monitored by responsible and respected local and foreign election observers who issued reports of their respective monitoring exercises. Some of these monitoring groups are the European Union (E.U.) Election Observer Mission, Justice Development and Peace Commission, the Nigerian Civil Society Election Situation Room and others. We rely on the findings of some of the monitoring groups as contained in the reports issued by them and uploaded on their respective official websites, distributed to political parties and candidates and/or otherwise published by them. If permitted I will be able to identify and tender some of these documents. 58. Your Petitioners further complain that in the conduct of the election being questioned the 1st Respondent created what it termed Voting Points in breach of the provisions of Sections 42 and 58 of the Act that permit business of voting to be held in only polling units created by the 1st Respondent. This act of non-compliance affected the outcome of the election. It was in most of these Voting Points that manipulated results emerged during the election particularly in some polling units in Anambra East and Anaocha LGAs. 59. Your Petitioners state that on account of the serious acts of non compliance and corrupt practices that marred the conduct of the election, all votes scored by all candidates stand nullified with the result that the 3rd Respondent ought not to have been returned as a candidate who scored 25% of lawful votes cast in at least 2/3 of 21 local government areas in Anambra State. 60. Your Petitioners state that on or about the 1st day of September, 2013, the 3rd Respondent through the 4th Respondent submitted INEC Form CF 001 – Affidavit in Support of Personal Particulars of persons seeking election to the office of Governor of Anambra State”. In the said form, under clause 8, the 3rd Respondent was specifically asked whether he had presented a forged certificate to INEC and if yes, to give details. The 3rd Respondent in answer to the said question answered “NO”. The said form was sworn at the High Court Registry, Awka, Anambra State on the 3rd of September, 2013. Attached to the said Form was a Voter’s card with VIN: 90 F5B15E7D378200332 purported to have been issued by the 1st Respondent on the same 3rd of September 2013. If I see the said form I will be able to identify it. 61. I categorically state the said voter’s card submitted by the 3rd Respondent to the 1st Respondent was improperly irregularly and illicitly obtained by the 3rd Respondent in that as at the said date, the 3rd Respondent was and still is, a registered voter with VIN 90F5B12B01296204172 issued by the same 1st Respondent in January 2011 at its Lagos office. On the 23rd of August 2013, the 1st Respondent also acquired his second voters’ card with VIN:90F5B12B88377091121 having presented himself for registration as a voter at Eri Primary School I, Polling Unit 004 at Otuocha Ward 1, Anambra East Local Government Area. The voter’s card which was the card attached to said INEC Form CF001 was the third card illegally acquired by the 3rd Respondent. 62. On the basis of the third voter’s card, the 3rd Respondent was cleared to contest the said office of Governor of Anambra State. 63. I am aware that Section 16(1) and (2) the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) prohibits and criminalises the registration and possession by any person of more than 1 voter’s card. 64. I recall that at every .turn., the Chairman of the 1st Respondent, Prof Attahiru Jega and the 2nd Respondent had stressed the point that only first registration of a multiple voter registrant is recognized by INEC, that any subsequent or latest voter’s card acquired by such multiple voter registrant is automatically deleted from the register of voters thereby rendering the said voters’ card fake, forged or false. In the stakeholders meeting held on the 13th of November 2013 at Awka, the INEC Chairman while briefing the stakeholders on the issue of multiple registration said, inter alia: “I must explain that the procedure with regard to multiple registration is that when we see somebody registered more than once, we removed from the register all the other cases of registration except the first one; the first one that was done will be retained in the register. Our laws will not allow us to penalize those who have done multiple registration by removing them totally from the register. But our law says that we must prosecute those who have done multiple registration and the penalties upon prosecution is a fine or imprisonment or both. Before we commenced the continuous voters registration we made it clear that we will penalize those who have done multiple registrations. In fact we have identified some people who have done multiple registration and we have taken them to court prior to the commencement of continuous voters’ registration. Regrettably, we all know how the court system works. Up till now I do not think we have any successful conviction; the REC should have more information on that, but we have taken people to court and we are determined nationwide to prosecute all those who have done multiple registration.” Video clips of such pronouncements by the INEC Chairman will be played before the Tribunal if permitted.. 65. On account of the foregoing the 3rd Respondent having presented what in fact is deemed to be a forged document to the 1st Respondent through his nomination Form, he is not qualified to contest for the position of the Governor of Anambra State and ought not to have been cleared to contest the said election. 66. We pray that on account of the 3rd Respondent’s disqualification pursuant to Section 182(1)(j) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) his return as Governor of Anambra State ought and should be voided by the Honorable Tribunal. 67. Having regard to the foregoing I ask the Hon. Tribunal to grant all the prayers and reliefs set out in the petition. 68. I make this statement truthfully, conscientiously and in accordance with the Oaths Acts, Cap 01 L.F.N. 2004. .. .................................. D E P O N E N T Sworn to at the Registry of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, Awka this 20th day of December 2013. BEFORE ME COMMISSIONER FOR OATHS/SECRETARY
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eria CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor to the gutters over what it calls “frivolous and unsubstantiated utterances on certain issues with a view to heating up the polity”. The council through a release by its Acting Director of Publicity Muhammad K. Qasim, said that the council is constrained to recall that certain lies blatantly told in the past had undermined world peace in some parts of the globe and resulted in the death and displacement of millions of people. “It is on this note that we wish to prove that many of the claims of the CAN leadership in recent years on the state of the nation were motivated by reasons which were evidently at variance with the truth. The Council went on to prove that Mr. Ayo Oritsejafor had been feeding lies to the Nigerian public and the Presidency. Read the full release below: [Press Release] As many Nigerians would have observed, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has, in recent times, been using the media to make frivolous and unsubstantiated utterances on certain issues with a view to heating up the polity. Many of these utterances have been unfortunate, given the public status of the spokesperson who has been fanning the ember of religious hostility through implacable inflammatory utterances in a multi-religious country like ours. When the unconventional rhetoric of the CAN leadership began on the pages of newspapers a couple of years ago, we took it for a temporary outburst that would soon fizzle out. This was reinforced by our solid commitment to the various layers of our interactions with the Christian community in the country and our belief that turning religion into a political gambit would be igniting a keg of gunpowder, hence our resolve not to respond in the like manner. Despite the attitude of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) of not responding to frivolous and unwarranted media propaganda, we are constrained to recall that certain lies blatantly told in the past had undermined world peace in some parts of the globe and resulted in the death and displacement of millions of people. It is on this note that we wish to prove that many of the claims of the CAN leadership in recent years on the state of the nation were motivated by reasons which were evidently at variance with the truth. We are aware that not all our Christian compatriots appreciate or support the combative posture and aggressive rhetoric of the current CAN leadership. This is evident in a recent public rebuttal by the Bornu State’s CAN leadership of a baseless allegation that some churches and Christian schools were clandestinely marked out for demolition in the State. That State’s CAN leadership had to admonish the national leadership of CAN to always “clarify issues relating to Christian communities at the State level before making (embarrassing) public statements on such issues. …We feel that the channel had not been exhausted in this matter hence this response.” The mere fact that the Federal Government has been listening to fabricated data and the lies blatantly told about Islam and Muslims in this country have been reflecting in the polity especially in the lopsidedness being witnessed in critical areas of Federal appointments and postings,even in the military and security agencies. Though we have data to the effect that about 85% of appointments as Heads of Federal Parastatals have been given to Christians through which the majority of Nigerians are marginalized, for now we want to principally address only the single example originated by CAN to illustrate our assertion that lies are being circulated as facts by CAN leadership in Nigeria for personal and political gains Nigerians would recall that in the last week of July 2013, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, in a syndicated interview, alleged that “Nigerian Christians are treated as second class citizens”. The interview was published in the Vanguard of 27th July 2013, several other newspapers and on-line media. In the interview, among other mendacious statements, the CAN President alleged that Christians are being marginalized in Nigeria while the truth is obvious even to the blind that the opposite is the case. On the Nigerian Television Authority, for example, the CAN President said: “Go to the Government owned media houses and see what is happening there, especially the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA). I don’t know now because some of them retired at a point, but, before their retirement, the seven directors out of eight were Muslims. Turn that around and see what will happen. What do you call that? Second class citizens.” While the reasons for which verifiable information are distorted and lies are publicly promoted based on mere conjectures, we want to aver that contrary to what the CAN President said, NTA, like other segments of the Nigerian enterprise, is a Christian enclave. Below is the list of the composition of the Management Board of the NTA since inception to date and the facts speak for themselves: MANAGEMENT BOARD OF NTA (1976 TO NOVEMBER 2008) 1 MADUKA VINCEN T DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 O. OLUWOLE DIRECTOR FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 CHIEF SEGUN OLUSOLA - DIRECTOR COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 4 ENGR. UGWU DIRECTOR ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 5 MOHAMMED IBRAHIM/ YAHYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR NEWS MUSLIM 6 ADAMU AUGIE M.D NTPC MUSLIM 7 DR. VICTORIA EZE OKOLI DIR, PROGRAMMES (DG’s OFFICE) CHRISTIAN 1 DR. WALTER OFONAGORO DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR OF FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 4 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO DIRECTOR, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 5 YAHAYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR, NEWS MUSLIM 6 SEGUN OLUSOLA DIRECTOR, COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 1 SHINGLE IGWE DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 SEGUN OLUSOLA DIRECTOR, COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 3 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR FINANCE CHRISTIAN 4 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIRECTOR PROGRAMME CHRISTIAN 5 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO DIRECTOR ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 KERE AHMED DIRECTOR CORPORATE AFFAIRS MUSLIM 7 YAHAYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR, NEWS MUSLIM 1 MOH’D IBRAHIM DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR, FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 PATRICH ITYOHEGH DIR., NAT. PRODUCTION CHRISTIAN 4 DR VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIR., PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 ISAAC WAKOMBO DIR., ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 BAYO SANDA DIR., COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 7 YAHYA ABUBAKAR DIR., NEWS. MUSLIM 8 ABDULRAHMAN MICHIKA DIR., ABUJA PROJECT MUSLIM 1 MOHAMMED IBRAHIM DIRECTOR GENERAL (PART. PRIVATIZATION) MUSLIM 2 SAIDU ABUBAKAR ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 3 PATRICK ITYOHEGH DIR, OPERATIONS CHRISTIAN 4 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 5 ENG. ISAAC WAKOMBO ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 PRINCE BAYO SANDA ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 7 DR. MADU MAILAFIA ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 1 PARICK ITYOHEGH DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 DR. BIODUN SOTUMBI ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 DR. MADU MAILAFIA ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 6 SAIDU ABUBAKAR ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 1 BEN MURRAY BRUCE DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 BABS AKINLOLU/ JAMES DUGGAN, ED, FIN./ ADMIN CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. EDDY AMANA ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 JIMMY ATTEH/PETER IGHO ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 DR. TONIE IREDIA/JIMMY ATTEH ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 6 MALLAM HASSAN BELLO ED, MARKETING MUSLIM 7 MALLAM USMAN MAGAWATA ED, TRAINING (1YR) MUSLIM 1 DR. TONIE IREDIA DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 EMMA MBANUGO ED, FINANCE & ADMIN CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. EDDY AMANA ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 JIMMY F. ATTEH ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 ENGR. SUNDAY IBOK ED, SPECIAL DUTIES CHRISTIAN 6 PETER IGHO ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 7 USMAN MAGAWATA ED, NEWS MUSLIM 8 MALLAM HASSAN BELLO ED, MARKETING MUSLIM (Mallam Hassan Bello retired during this time which was followed by a re-organization process that left Usman Magawata as the only Muslim in the Management till 2008) FROM NOVEMBER 2008 TO APRIL 2012 (Less than 4 years) 1 MALLAM USMAN MAGAWATA DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 MALLAM BELLO SULE ED, PROGRAMMES MUSLIM 3 MALLAM MUSA MAYAKI ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 4 MALLAM YAKUBU IBN. MOH’D ED, SPECIAL DUTIES MUSLIM 5 ENGR. SHUIBU NDA ADAMA ED, ENGINEERING MUSLIM 6 MALLAM GARBA MAMU ED, NEWS MUSLIM 7 PASTOR (MRS) IFY UZODINMA ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 8 VICTORIA OLUMIDI ED, TRAINING CHRISTIAN 1 MALLAM MUSA MAIYAKI AG DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 ENGR. SHUAIBU NDA ADAMA ENGINEERING MUSLIM 3 MALLAM GARBA MAMU ED, NEWS MUSLIM OVERSEEING OFFICERS 1 MUHMUD UMAR PROGRAMMES (acting) 2 DEMBO UMAR MARKETING (acting) 3 WOLE COKER SPECIAL DUTIES/ multi channels 4 FRANK WILLIAMS TRAINING (acting) 5 NGOZI BARDA ADMIN. (Acting) 6 PHILIP OFUEGBU DIR, FINANCE NOTE: The Secretary/Legal Adviser who is a key member of NTA Management Board has always been a Christian since the inception of NTA. The Secretaries, since inception, are: MRS. DAISY DANJUMA DR. DEJI AYINDE MRS. NGOZI BARDA MRS. PAULINE IGBANOR MRS. TESSY NWANERI The summary here is that members of the Board of Directors (External Board members) have always been about 80% Christian and 20% Muslim since the inception of the NTA. The propaganda launched against Muslims and falsehood peddled against them have often influenced the composition of the Boards and Parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation in such a way that Muslims have been grossly marginalized. For example, members of the New Boards of Federal Parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation are as follows: 1. Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) 1 Chief Patrick Ogbu Chairman 2 Bashir Samaila Ahmed Member 3 Daniel Bwala Member 4 Ahmed M. Agina Member 5 Dele Fagoriola Member 6 Rose Okoronkwo (Mrs) Member 7 Billy Etuk Member 8 Director-General, NTA Member 2. Voice of Nigeria (VON) (1) Andy Aghaji Chairman (2) Haruna Ahmed Member (3) George Korgba Member (4) Prof. Fred Onyeziri Member (5) Oruma Steve Member (6) Bature Umar Member (7) Ogu Odey Member (8) Director-General, VON Member 3. Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) (1) Ben Murray Bruce Chairman (2) Elvis Agukwe Member (3) Funke Egbemode (Mrs) Member (4) Bola Doherty Member (5) Farouk Dalhatu Member (6) Joyce Chinedu (Mrs) Member (7) Hajia Hauwa Kida Member (8) Abubakar Damboh Member (9) Director-General, FRCN Member 4. NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA (NAN) (1) Ibrahim Buba Chairman (2) Vtony Prest Member (3) Dr Attah Pine Member (4) Ifeanyi Ossai Member (5) Tons Fetepigi Member 5. NATIONAL ORIENTATION AGENCY (NOA) (1) CHAIRMAN EDOH OBI 6. NIGERIAN FILM CORPORATION (1) Bongos Igwue Chairman (2) Sani Danja Member (3) Wada Musa Member (4) Bright Chinedu Nnebedum Member This disproportionate composition as the names show characterizes various segments of the current Government’s Administration. The Christian community is being appeased and pampered while the rights of the Muslim community are being trampled upon with impunity.Where for God’s sake is the sense of equity of the President of CAN? ADMISSION INTO NDA TOO! The recently published admission list of students into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) is another shocker for Nigerian Muslims and a seeming precursor of a hidden agenda being nursed by the authorities in charge. The composition of that list through which Christians dominate such admission list even in predominantly Muslim States is a clear reminder of ‘Rwanda Experience’. ANOTHER POINTER: FEC Another display of flagrant insensitivity to all norms of justice and fairness is that there is no single Muslim from the entire Southern Nigeria in the cabinet of the current Federal Government. ! INSULT UPON INJURY NSCIA used to assume that the apparent lopsidedness in those appoints was accidental but the constant reckless utterances of Pastor Oritsejafor have lent credence to the contrary. Moreso, his pronouncements have, of recent, become directives to the FGN. Given this dangerous trend and the random deliberate provocation by the current CAN President to add insult to injury; the NSCIA is left with no choice than to join issues with CAN by updating Nigerian Muslims with unassailable facts. Having tolerated CAN’ s irritation for so long in the interest of peace and without any reciprocation, we are compelled to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and to henceforth resist any unwarranted bullying and intimidation of Nigerian Muslims by the President of CAN. We insist that it is unbecoming of religious leaders to publicly tell lies in order to gain cheap popularity and vainglory and we believe that right-thinking Nigerians would, for the purpose of truth and justice, note these facts. Why would anyone who claims to be a religious leader want to lead Nigeria into the ugly spectre of a religious war through belligerent utterances and false allegations just to gain vainglorious self-assertiveness? Why would a religious leader not reflect before making a public pronouncement? As Muslims, we affirm our belief in peaceful and harmonious co-existence with people of other faiths according to the tenets of our religion just as we recommit ourselves to working together with reasonable Christian brothers and sisters in Nigeria towards promoting what unites us . Meanwhile, as a further demonstration of our tolerance, we still advise the national leadership of CAN to always PAUSE, THINK and VERIFY information before making public statements that may amount to fallacy and desist from its chosen path of war mongering just for transient pleasure and selfish cheap gains. If the politicians are busy heightening tension and increasing the national blood pressure, the role of religious leaders should be to douse rather than ignite an inflammable situation in the land. God save Nigeria. Signed Muhammad K. Qasim NSCIA Ag. Director of Publicity FOR AND ON BEHALF OF NSCIA — with Ameer Taawun Dawood Imran and 3 others.
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Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs Takes Ayo Oritsejafor To The Gutters, Expose His Many Lies By editor on April 11, 2014 By The Paradigm The Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs has taken the controversial leader of the Christian Association of Nig Read more ...
eria CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor to the gutters over what it calls “frivolous and unsubstantiated utterances on certain issues with a view to heating up the polity”. The council through a release by its Acting Director of Publicity Muhammad K. Qasim, said that the council is constrained to recall that certain lies blatantly told in the past had undermined world peace in some parts of the globe and resulted in the death and displacement of millions of people. “It is on this note that we wish to prove that many of the claims of the CAN leadership in recent years on the state of the nation were motivated by reasons which were evidently at variance with the truth. The Council went on to prove that Mr. Ayo Oritsejafor had been feeding lies to the Nigerian public and the Presidency. Read the full release below: [Press Release] As many Nigerians would have observed, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has, in recent times, been using the media to make frivolous and unsubstantiated utterances on certain issues with a view to heating up the polity. Many of these utterances have been unfortunate, given the public status of the spokesperson who has been fanning the ember of religious hostility through implacable inflammatory utterances in a multi-religious country like ours. When the unconventional rhetoric of the CAN leadership began on the pages of newspapers a couple of years ago, we took it for a temporary outburst that would soon fizzle out. This was reinforced by our solid commitment to the various layers of our interactions with the Christian community in the country and our belief that turning religion into a political gambit would be igniting a keg of gunpowder, hence our resolve not to respond in the like manner. Despite the attitude of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) of not responding to frivolous and unwarranted media propaganda, we are constrained to recall that certain lies blatantly told in the past had undermined world peace in some parts of the globe and resulted in the death and displacement of millions of people. It is on this note that we wish to prove that many of the claims of the CAN leadership in recent years on the state of the nation were motivated by reasons which were evidently at variance with the truth. We are aware that not all our Christian compatriots appreciate or support the combative posture and aggressive rhetoric of the current CAN leadership. This is evident in a recent public rebuttal by the Bornu State’s CAN leadership of a baseless allegation that some churches and Christian schools were clandestinely marked out for demolition in the State. That State’s CAN leadership had to admonish the national leadership of CAN to always “clarify issues relating to Christian communities at the State level before making (embarrassing) public statements on such issues. …We feel that the channel had not been exhausted in this matter hence this response.” The mere fact that the Federal Government has been listening to fabricated data and the lies blatantly told about Islam and Muslims in this country have been reflecting in the polity especially in the lopsidedness being witnessed in critical areas of Federal appointments and postings,even in the military and security agencies. Though we have data to the effect that about 85% of appointments as Heads of Federal Parastatals have been given to Christians through which the majority of Nigerians are marginalized, for now we want to principally address only the single example originated by CAN to illustrate our assertion that lies are being circulated as facts by CAN leadership in Nigeria for personal and political gains Nigerians would recall that in the last week of July 2013, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, in a syndicated interview, alleged that “Nigerian Christians are treated as second class citizens”. The interview was published in the Vanguard of 27th July 2013, several other newspapers and on-line media. In the interview, among other mendacious statements, the CAN President alleged that Christians are being marginalized in Nigeria while the truth is obvious even to the blind that the opposite is the case. On the Nigerian Television Authority, for example, the CAN President said: “Go to the Government owned media houses and see what is happening there, especially the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA). I don’t know now because some of them retired at a point, but, before their retirement, the seven directors out of eight were Muslims. Turn that around and see what will happen. What do you call that? Second class citizens.” While the reasons for which verifiable information are distorted and lies are publicly promoted based on mere conjectures, we want to aver that contrary to what the CAN President said, NTA, like other segments of the Nigerian enterprise, is a Christian enclave. Below is the list of the composition of the Management Board of the NTA since inception to date and the facts speak for themselves: MANAGEMENT BOARD OF NTA (1976 TO NOVEMBER 2008) 1 MADUKA VINCEN T DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 O. OLUWOLE DIRECTOR FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 CHIEF SEGUN OLUSOLA - DIRECTOR COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 4 ENGR. UGWU DIRECTOR ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 5 MOHAMMED IBRAHIM/ YAHYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR NEWS MUSLIM 6 ADAMU AUGIE M.D NTPC MUSLIM 7 DR. VICTORIA EZE OKOLI DIR, PROGRAMMES (DG’s OFFICE) CHRISTIAN 1 DR. WALTER OFONAGORO DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR OF FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 4 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO DIRECTOR, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 5 YAHAYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR, NEWS MUSLIM 6 SEGUN OLUSOLA DIRECTOR, COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 1 SHINGLE IGWE DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 SEGUN OLUSOLA DIRECTOR, COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 3 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR FINANCE CHRISTIAN 4 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIRECTOR PROGRAMME CHRISTIAN 5 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO DIRECTOR ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 KERE AHMED DIRECTOR CORPORATE AFFAIRS MUSLIM 7 YAHAYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR, NEWS MUSLIM 1 MOH’D IBRAHIM DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR, FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 PATRICH ITYOHEGH DIR., NAT. PRODUCTION CHRISTIAN 4 DR VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIR., PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 ISAAC WAKOMBO DIR., ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 BAYO SANDA DIR., COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 7 YAHYA ABUBAKAR DIR., NEWS. MUSLIM 8 ABDULRAHMAN MICHIKA DIR., ABUJA PROJECT MUSLIM 1 MOHAMMED IBRAHIM DIRECTOR GENERAL (PART. PRIVATIZATION) MUSLIM 2 SAIDU ABUBAKAR ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 3 PATRICK ITYOHEGH DIR, OPERATIONS CHRISTIAN 4 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 5 ENG. ISAAC WAKOMBO ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 PRINCE BAYO SANDA ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 7 DR. MADU MAILAFIA ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 1 PARICK ITYOHEGH DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 DR. BIODUN SOTUMBI ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 DR. MADU MAILAFIA ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 6 SAIDU ABUBAKAR ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 1 BEN MURRAY BRUCE DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 BABS AKINLOLU/ JAMES DUGGAN, ED, FIN./ ADMIN CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. EDDY AMANA ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 JIMMY ATTEH/PETER IGHO ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 DR. TONIE IREDIA/JIMMY ATTEH ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 6 MALLAM HASSAN BELLO ED, MARKETING MUSLIM 7 MALLAM USMAN MAGAWATA ED, TRAINING (1YR) MUSLIM 1 DR. TONIE IREDIA DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 EMMA MBANUGO ED, FINANCE & ADMIN CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. EDDY AMANA ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 JIMMY F. ATTEH ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 ENGR. SUNDAY IBOK ED, SPECIAL DUTIES CHRISTIAN 6 PETER IGHO ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 7 USMAN MAGAWATA ED, NEWS MUSLIM 8 MALLAM HASSAN BELLO ED, MARKETING MUSLIM (Mallam Hassan Bello retired during this time which was followed by a re-organization process that left Usman Magawata as the only Muslim in the Management till 2008) FROM NOVEMBER 2008 TO APRIL 2012 (Less than 4 years) 1 MALLAM USMAN MAGAWATA DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 MALLAM BELLO SULE ED, PROGRAMMES MUSLIM 3 MALLAM MUSA MAYAKI ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 4 MALLAM YAKUBU IBN. MOH’D ED, SPECIAL DUTIES MUSLIM 5 ENGR. SHUIBU NDA ADAMA ED, ENGINEERING MUSLIM 6 MALLAM GARBA MAMU ED, NEWS MUSLIM 7 PASTOR (MRS) IFY UZODINMA ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 8 VICTORIA OLUMIDI ED, TRAINING CHRISTIAN 1 MALLAM MUSA MAIYAKI AG DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 ENGR. SHUAIBU NDA ADAMA ENGINEERING MUSLIM 3 MALLAM GARBA MAMU ED, NEWS MUSLIM OVERSEEING OFFICERS 1 MUHMUD UMAR PROGRAMMES (acting) 2 DEMBO UMAR MARKETING (acting) 3 WOLE COKER SPECIAL DUTIES/ multi channels 4 FRANK WILLIAMS TRAINING (acting) 5 NGOZI BARDA ADMIN. (Acting) 6 PHILIP OFUEGBU DIR, FINANCE NOTE: The Secretary/Legal Adviser who is a key member of NTA Management Board has always been a Christian since the inception of NTA. The Secretaries, since inception, are: MRS. DAISY DANJUMA DR. DEJI AYINDE MRS. NGOZI BARDA MRS. PAULINE IGBANOR MRS. TESSY NWANERI The summary here is that members of the Board of Directors (External Board members) have always been about 80% Christian and 20% Muslim since the inception of the NTA. The propaganda launched against Muslims and falsehood peddled against them have often influenced the composition of the Boards and Parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation in such a way that Muslims have been grossly marginalized. For example, members of the New Boards of Federal Parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation are as follows: 1. Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) 1 Chief Patrick Ogbu Chairman 2 Bashir Samaila Ahmed Member 3 Daniel Bwala Member 4 Ahmed M. Agina Member 5 Dele Fagoriola Member 6 Rose Okoronkwo (Mrs) Member 7 Billy Etuk Member 8 Director-General, NTA Member 2. Voice of Nigeria (VON) (1) Andy Aghaji Chairman (2) Haruna Ahmed Member (3) George Korgba Member (4) Prof. Fred Onyeziri Member (5) Oruma Steve Member (6) Bature Umar Member (7) Ogu Odey Member (8) Director-General, VON Member 3. Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) (1) Ben Murray Bruce Chairman (2) Elvis Agukwe Member (3) Funke Egbemode (Mrs) Member (4) Bola Doherty Member (5) Farouk Dalhatu Member (6) Joyce Chinedu (Mrs) Member (7) Hajia Hauwa Kida Member (8) Abubakar Damboh Member (9) Director-General, FRCN Member 4. NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA (NAN) (1) Ibrahim Buba Chairman (2) Vtony Prest Member (3) Dr Attah Pine Member (4) Ifeanyi Ossai Member (5) Tons Fetepigi Member 5. NATIONAL ORIENTATION AGENCY (NOA) (1) CHAIRMAN EDOH OBI 6. NIGERIAN FILM CORPORATION (1) Bongos Igwue Chairman (2) Sani Danja Member (3) Wada Musa Member (4) Bright Chinedu Nnebedum Member This disproportionate composition as the names show characterizes various segments of the current Government’s Administration. The Christian community is being appeased and pampered while the rights of the Muslim community are being trampled upon with impunity.Where for God’s sake is the sense of equity of the President of CAN? ADMISSION INTO NDA TOO! The recently published admission list of students into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) is another shocker for Nigerian Muslims and a seeming precursor of a hidden agenda being nursed by the authorities in charge. The composition of that list through which Christians dominate such admission list even in predominantly Muslim States is a clear reminder of ‘Rwanda Experience’. ANOTHER POINTER: FEC Another display of flagrant insensitivity to all norms of justice and fairness is that there is no single Muslim from the entire Southern Nigeria in the cabinet of the current Federal Government. ! INSULT UPON INJURY NSCIA used to assume that the apparent lopsidedness in those appoints was accidental but the constant reckless utterances of Pastor Oritsejafor have lent credence to the contrary. Moreso, his pronouncements have, of recent, become directives to the FGN. Given this dangerous trend and the random deliberate provocation by the current CAN President to add insult to injury; the NSCIA is left with no choice than to join issues with CAN by updating Nigerian Muslims with unassailable facts. Having tolerated CAN’ s irritation for so long in the interest of peace and without any reciprocation, we are compelled to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and to henceforth resist any unwarranted bullying and intimidation of Nigerian Muslims by the President of CAN. We insist that it is unbecoming of religious leaders to publicly tell lies in order to gain cheap popularity and vainglory and we believe that right-thinking Nigerians would, for the purpose of truth and justice, note these facts. Why would anyone who claims to be a religious leader want to lead Nigeria into the ugly spectre of a religious war through belligerent utterances and false allegations just to gain vainglorious self-assertiveness? Why would a religious leader not reflect before making a public pronouncement? As Muslims, we affirm our belief in peaceful and harmonious co-existence with people of other faiths according to the tenets of our religion just as we recommit ourselves to working together with reasonable Christian brothers and sisters in Nigeria towards promoting what unites us . Meanwhile, as a further demonstration of our tolerance, we still advise the national leadership of CAN to always PAUSE, THINK and VERIFY information before making public statements that may amount to fallacy and desist from its chosen path of war mongering just for transient pleasure and selfish cheap gains. If the politicians are busy heightening tension and increasing the national blood pressure, the role of religious leaders should be to douse rather than ignite an inflammable situation in the land. God save Nigeria. Signed Muhammad K. Qasim NSCIA Ag. Director of Publicity FOR AND ON BEHALF OF NSCIA — with Ameer Taawun Dawood Imran and 3 others.
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spx For Online Registration http://balajiorg.com/registration.aspx For more detail call 9235539112/3/4/5 Call toll free 1800-120-5464 1. In 3rd Quarterly Monetary policy review RBI unexpectedly raised its policy interest rate by 25 basis points on 28 January. a. Bank Rate – 9 % (Increased 0.25%) b. Cash Reserve Ratio – 4 % (Unchanged) c. Statutory Liquidity Ratio – 23 % (Unchanged) d. Repo Rate – 8 % (Increased 0.25%) e. Reverse Repo Rate – 7 % (Increased 0.25%) f. Marginal Standing Rate – 9 % (Increased 0.25%) 2. Michael Rogers has been nominated as the Director of National Security Agency by the US president Barack Obama. 3. The Union Government appointed IPS Aruna Bahuguna as chief of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderbad. She is the first woman on this post. 4. The US Senate confirmed the name of Janet Yellen as the first woman to lead the US Federal Reserve. 5. R. Chandrashekhar was appointed as President of National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM). Chandrasekhar succeeded Som Mittal. 6. B. G. Srinivas and U.B. Pravin Rao appointed as presidents of the Infosys. 7. Anand Kumar, a mathematician and founder of Super30 classes was conferred with the 2014 Ramanujan Mathematics Award. 8. At the 59th Idea Filmfare Awards, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag grabbed seven awards. Best Actor award was given to Farhaan Akhtar for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Deepika Padukone was Best Actress for Ramleela. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag won Best Film award, and its director Omprakash Mehra won Best Director award. 9. Ela Gandhi was honoured with Amadelkufa in South Africa on 26 January 2014 for her lifetime contribution to the freedom struggle of South Africa. 10. Cyrus Mistry won the DSC prize 2014 for South Asian literature for his book Chronicles of a Corpse Bearer on 18 January 2014. 11. President of India presented the Sunil Gangopadhyay Memorial Award of 2012 and 2013 to two eminent Bengali poets, namely Nirendranath Chakraborty and Sankha Ghosh, respectively. 12. Andhra Pradesh bagged the Oil and Gas Conservation Award for the best performance among the big States. The award is given by the Petroleum Conservation Research Association. 13. The Pravasi Bhartiya Divas was organised in New Delhi from 7 to 9 January 2014. The theme for the year was Engaging Diaspora: Connecting across Generations. 14. Anand Sinha, the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India retired. 15. MS Dhir an MLA of Aam Aadmi Party has been elected as the Speaker of the Delhi Assembly. 16. The Union Government approved a proposal for sending a Presidential reference to Supreme Court for conducting a probe in judge AK Ganguly case. 17. The King and Queen of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Jetsun Pema Wangchuck respectively will pay an official Visit to India from 6-10 January 2014. 18. Vijay Bahuguna, resigned as the Chief Minister of Uttrakhand, Harish Rawat is the new CM of Uttrakhand. 19. Ukraine’s Prime Minister Mykola Azarov resigned. 20. The former Supreme Court Judge, Justice A K Ganguly resigned as the Chairman of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission. 21. Raymond Weil, the founder of the watch brand of his name died at the age of 87 on 27 January 2014. 22. Karl Slym, the managing director of Tata Motors died on 26 January 2014 after falling from a hotel building in Bangkok. 23. Sudhir Mahato, former Deputy Chief Minister of Jharkhand and leader of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha died. 24. Famous Bengali actress Suchitra Sen died in Kolkota. 25. Israel’s former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon died. 26. Expert Committee constituted by Information and Broadcasting Ministry to review the institutional framework of Prasar Bharti has submitted its report. The committee was headed by Sam Pitroda. 27. A panel of Reserve Bank of India led by Nachiket Mor has suggested to set-up specialized banks to cater to the low income households. These banks will ensure that every citizen have a bank account by 2016. It has limited the maximum balance for an individual customer to 50000 rupees. 28. Dhruva-3 was inaugurated by Avinash Chander, DG DRDO in Hyderabad. Dhruva-3 an indigenous High Performance Computing System was designed to solve critical Defence Research and Development applications by DRDO. 29. India test-fired nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Agni-IV missile with a range of 4000 kilometers from Wheeler Island in Dhamra of Odisha Coast. 30. India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable surface to surface Prithvi II missile with a strike range of 350 km from a test range at Chandipur near Balasore. 31. Tejas, India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) set a new record on 27 December 2013 of flying 500 sorties in 2013. This is the highest sorties achieved in a calendar year so far. 32. Gorakhpur railway station’s platform number one of Uttar Pradesh has entered into the Limca Book of Records as longest rail platform in the world with the length of 1355.40 meters. 33. WHO reported that Pakistan is the only polio-endemic country in the world. Pakistan had 83 polio cases in 2013. 34. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be the chief guest of 65th Republic Day parade at Rajpath in Delhi. 35. Army Chief General Bikram Singh took over as the chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (CoSC). He succeeds IAF chief N.A.K. Browne. 36. U.K.-based Tesco Plc became the first global retailer to get approval from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) to enter the domestic multi-brand retail sector. Tesco’s plans to initially invest $110 million in the multi-brand retail foray, including for the acquisition of 50 per cent stake in Tata group firm Trent Hypermarket Ltd. 37. The Reserve Bank of India extended the time for issuance of inflation-indexed bonds to March 31, 2014, from the earlier date of December 31, 2013. The RBI in consultation with government earlier this month launched Inflation Indexed National Saving Securities-Cumulative (IINSS-C), which was open for subscription between December 23 and 31. “On review, now it has been decided to extend the issuance of Inflation Indexed National Saving Securities-Cumulative till March 31, 2014. The issuance can be closed earlier than March 31, 2014, with a prior notice,” the RBI said in a release. 38. India will sign a labour cooperation agreement with Saudi Arabia. 39. Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2013, got President Pranab Mukherjee’s assent. 40. The Finance Ministry has approved the proposals of the Transport Ministry under the Nirbhaya fund of Rs. 1,000 crore. The proposal is to have CCTVs to record the events, while auto rickshaws must compulsorily fit GSP devices. 41. Latvia officially adopted the euro on 1st January 2014 and became 18th member of eurozone. 42. An inter-State committee of Secretaries chaired by Union Food Secretary Sudhir Kumar has recommended that the Central government may share with the States 50 per cent of the cost of distribution of the foodgrains meant for the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) under the recently passed National Food Security Act (NFSA). 43. Manmohan Singh dedicated a liquefied natural gas terminal in Kochi to the nation. 44. Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-D5), powered by an indigenous cryogenic engine, effortlessly put the 1,982-kg GSAT-14 communication satellite into a perfect orbit after 17 minutes of flight. The cryogenic engine is built by ISRO. 45. The Awami League led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to form the new government Bangladesh after winning an absolute majority in the January 5 parliamentary elections boycotted by the Opposition. 46. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was injured in a fall while cross-country skiing in Switzerland over the winter holidays. 47. Nachiket Mor committee appointed by RBI recommended a Universal Electronic Bank Account (UEBA) for every Indian resident above 18 years of age by January 1, 2016. 48. Construction of the 2,800-MWe nuclear power project at Gorakhpur in Haryana will begin soon. The project will comprise two reactors of 700 MWe each. 49. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched a helpline number (011-27357169) to deal with corruption and promised action against those involved in corrupt practices within 24 hours of a sting operation conducted by citizens with help from the advisors of the Anti-Corruption Branch. 50. The Supreme Court suggested to the Centre to cancel coal blocks that have not received environmental clearance. 51. The Reserve Bank of India allowed Non-Banking Finance Companies to lend up to 75 per cent of the Loan-To-Value ratio of gold jewellery, up from 60 per cent, with immediate effect. 52. The Supreme Court warned the Sahara Group to reveal the source of the Rs.22,885 crore with which it claimed it had refunded its investors, or be ready to face inquiry by CBI and Registrar of Companies. 53. Germany said it had accepted a United Nations (U.N.) request to destroy remnants of Syria’s chemical weapons on its own soil as part of a bid to eliminate the arsenal by June 30. 54. MCX-SX said that it got the approval of the market regulator SEBI to start trading in interest rate futures. 55. SEBI made it compulsory for all investments into Collective Investment Scheme (CIS) funds to be made through banking channels, and not in cash. 56. The Union Environment Ministry rejected the forest clearance for Vedanta’s bauxite mining project in Niyamgiri Hills of Odisha and renewed the stand-alone environmental clearance for Posco’s eight million tonnes per annum steel plant. 57. Former Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade reached New Delhi night after the U.S. gave her full diplomatic immunity. 58. The Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry notified a new natural gas pricing guidelines under the Rangarajan Committee formula that will lead to almost doubling of prices for all domestically-produced gas, including conventional, shale, coal bed methane (CBM), from the present price of $4.2 mbtu starting April. 59. India has dismissed a report by an influential U.S. think tank that placed it 23rd out of 25 countries in terms of securing its nuclear stockpile from non-state actors. 60. On 13th January, it completes three years without reporting any case of polio. It is only the second time in the history that a disease is being eliminated in India through immunisation after small pox in May 1980. 61. Iran said the landmark agreement the Islamic republic clinched with world powers on its nuclear programme would take effect from January 20. 62. The Arvind Kejriwal-ruled Delhi government has decided to withdraw Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multibrand retail. 63. Sri Lanka released 52 Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu at the same time as India let go an equal number of Sri Lankan fishermen held in Chennai. 64. Union Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Girija Vyas launched the Housing Start Up Index (HSUI) logo, web site and monitoring tool called Integrated Urban Poverty Monitoring System for the Rajiv Awas Yojana. The HSUI is a joint initiative of the Ministry’s National Building Organisation and RBI. The HSUI is an index that tracks the number of houses being constructed every year across the country. 65. Showcasing India’s rich film heritage over the past 100 years, the National Museum of India Cinema (NMIC) will open in Mumbai. 66. A regular budget session of Parliament will be held only after the general election in April/May. Parliament, whose winter session was adjourned sine die on December 18, will resume its proceedings on February 5 to obtain a Vote on Account. 67. The service tax amnesty scheme has yielded around Rs.7,700 crore. The Voluntary Compliance Encouragement Scheme (VCES), which was launched on May 10, 2013, to enable service tax defaulters to pay dues without penalty or late payment charges, closed on December 31. 68. The government has notified the Transplantation of Human Organs (Amendment) Act, 2011 that allows swapping of organs and widens the donor pool by including grandparents and grandchildren in the list. 69. India Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd. (IIFCL) has signed an agreement with the Export-Import Bank of Korea (K-EXIM) for infrastructure finance. 70. The Reserve Bank of India will pump Rs.10,000 crore into the market by buying government securities to ease the liquidity situation. 71. The Union Home Ministry has “advised” the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry to not give exploration and production contracts for oil and gas blocks to Chinese companies for security reasons. 72. Centre allowed the establishment of Rail tariff authority. Cabinet approved the setting up of an electric locomotive factory at Madhepura and a diesel locomotive factory at Marhoura. 73. Minister for Railways M. Mallikarjun Kharge said that his aim is to double the network from 2,400 km to 4,700 km within eight years. 74. The Union Cabinet granted minority status to the 50 lakh strong Jain community, enabling it to avail itself of benefits in government schemes and programmes. This would make them the sixth community to attain minority status after Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis. 75. Odisha has been selected as the best State for providing self employment to the urban poor under Swarna Jayanti Sahari Rojgar Yojana (SJGRY), official sources said. 76. The U.N. atomic watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed that Iran’s partial nuclear freeze, part of a landmark deal with world powers struck in November, began as planned. 77. China’s economy grew 7.7 per cent in 2013, the slowest growth rate in 14 years. 78. Uttarakhand became the first State to adopt the provisions of the Lokpal Act with the Vidhan Sabha passing the Uttarakhand Lokayukta Bill-2014. 79. Nominations for the country’s biggest biennial poll to the Rajya Sabha to elect 55 members from 16 States began with President Pranab Mukherjee issuing the notification. 80. U.S. President Barack Obama appeared to firmly link nearly $33 million in aid and other funding for Pakistan to Islamabad’s cooperation in securing the release of Shakil Afridi, the doctor who allegedly assisted the U.S. Special Forces operation to kill Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011. 81. Tens of thousands of South Koreans flooded banks and call centres to cancel credit cards following the unprecedented theft of the personal data of at least 20 million people. 82. The expert committee headed by Urjit R. Patel appointed to examine the current monetary policy framework of the RBI has suggested that the apex bank should adopt the new CPI (consumer price index) as the measure of nominal anchor for policy communication. The nominal anchor or the target for inflation should be set at 4 per cent with a band of +/- 2 per cent around it. 83. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said that it would establish a fund to be called ‘Depositor Education and Awareness Fund’, which would comprise unclaimed funds of depositors. The Fund will be created by taking over inoperative deposit accounts which have not been claimed or operated for ten years. 84. India is likely to clock an economic growth rate of 4.6 per cent this financial year, and the expansion may improve to 5.4 per cent in 2014-15, the International Monetary Fund said. 85. RBI has decided to withdraw from circulation all currency notes issued prior to 2005. From April 1, the public will be required to approach banks for exchanging these notes. From July 1, however, those wanting to exchange more than 10 pieces of Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes in a bank where they do not have an account will have to provide proof of residence and identity. The move will flush out black money. 86. The Delhi High Court refused to stay a Delhi Government order asking the Capital’s three power distribution companies, BSES Rajdhani, BSES Yamuna and TPDDL, to get their accounts audited by the Comptroller and Auditor-General. 87. Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister M. Veerappa Moily announced the launch of portability of LPG connection scheme across 480 districts of the country and covering all the oil marketing companies (OMCs) and which have multiple LPG distributors of various ratings. 88. A university in the U.K. Cumbria University has become the first public varsity in the world to allow students to pay their tuition fees with the digital currency Bitcoin. 89. Asia’s biggest botanical garden will come up in Naya Raipur with the Chhattisgarh government initiating work on the ecotourism project. 90. State Bank of India launched of its channel on popular video sharing website Youtube. 91. India’s economy is projected to grow at a slower-than-expected rate of 5.3 per cent this year, according to a United Nations report. 92. World famous yoga guru, B.K.S. Iyengar, and former chief of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) R.A. Mashelkar have been awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian honour. 93. China has overtaken India to become the largest contributor of Foreign Direct Investment to Nepal over the first six months of the current fiscal year, underlining the rising Chinese economic presence — and strategic influence — in the country. 94. The Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, Mumbai, has been selected for the National Communal Harmony Award 2013 in the organisation category. Mohinder Singh of Delhi and N Radhakrishnan of Kerala have been selected for the award in the individual category. 95. K. Prasad Babu, a Greyhounds Inspector who laid down his life combating Maoists in the Andhra Pradesh-Chhattisgarh border region last April was awarded the highest peace time gallantry award, Ashok Chakra, on the occasion of Republic Day. 96. Nobel Prize-winning author of Indian-origin, Sir V.S. Naipaul, and Pakistani teenage campaigner Malala Yousafzai have been named among Britain’s 500 most influential people. 97. Russia and China have begun their first naval war games in the Mediterranean. 98. Country’s first Monorail finally made its debut with Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan inaugurating the service in Mumbai. The commercial operations of the 8.9-km first phase started. 99. The US has said that it was committed to work with India to help it get back the Category 1 aviation safety rating “as soon as possible”, a day after Washington downgraded India’s ranking, bringing it below Pakistan and at par with countries like Ghana and Bangladesh. 100. The government revised the GDP growth for last fiscal to 4.5% from 5% earlier. However, the growth rate for this fiscal may still remain below 5%. 2011-12 annual GDP expansion pace to 6.7% from 6.2%. 101. Rajasthan, one of the 12 states that had agreed to allow global companies to open supermarkets, has scrapped the approval given by the previous government for foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail. 102. The government postponed the direct benefit transfer scheme (DBTL), under which cooking gas consumers were to receive cash subsidy using their Aadhaar numbers. 103. Government raised the LPG cylinder quota to 12 cylinders per household in a year from nine at present. 104. The term of the 14th Finance Commission led by former RBI Governor YV Reddy is likely to be extended by at least three months to enable it to submit its report by the end of this year. 105. India’s FDI ranking has slipped by one notch to 16th position in 2013 among the top 20 global economies receiving foreign direct investment. 106. The Delhi government ordered an audit into finances of Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS), which operates infrastructure projects including the controversial Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor in the city. 107. The Reserve Bank said Current Account Deficit (CAD) in this fiscal is expected to decline to below 2.5 per cent of GDP from 4.8 per cent a year ago, raising hopes of a cut in import duty on gold. 108. An industry survey has showed that economic growth for the current fiscal may slip to 4.8 per cent from 5 per cent estimated earlier. 109. India has been ranked 155 out of 178 countries on the 2014 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) released by the Yale University. 110. Japan has offered to set up a joint venture company like the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to finance bullet train projects in India. High Speed Railway system on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route, the joint feasibility study should be completed by July 2015. 111. Major FDI destinations, including Maharashtra and the National Capital Region, witnessed a sharp fall in inflows during the April-October period of the current fiscal. 112. Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily will launch sale of 5-kg cooking gas (LPG) cylinders at petrol pumps in the national capital. 113. The government approved the Amritsar-Kolkata Industrial Corridor (AKIC) project, which seeks to boost the manufacturing sector in the country. 114. India’s energy consumption will rise by 132 per cent by 2035, outpacing demand growth in Russia, China and Brazil, BP’s Global Energy Outlook said. 115. Wholesale inflation declined to a five-month low of 6.16 per cent in December. 116. Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation declined to 9.87 per cent in December. 117. Finance ministry has called for expediting the setting up of a central Know Your Customer (KYC) depository for financial services and telecom sectors. 118. US retail giant Walmart has asked the government to reduce the mandatory local sourcing norm to 15 per cent. The government allowed 51 per cent FDI in the multi-brand retail sector in September 2012. Only UK-based retailer Tesco has so far applied to open supermarket chains in India. 119. India has slipped to eighth rank from the top spot in terms of business optimism, with 69 per cent of the corporates having a positive outlook on the economy and growth of operations in 2014, says a survey. UAE topped this list. 120. Internet giant Google made a formal presentation to the Election Commission proposing a tie-up with it for voter facilitation services ahead of Lok Sabha elections, a move questioned by several quarters citing security concerns. The Election Commission has said it has “not” signed any agreement with the US-based internet company. 121. Oriental Bank of Commerce became first bank which introduced the e-KYC (electronic Know Your Customer) facility, which instantly verifies a customer’s identity and address proof after the Aadhaar number is keyed in to the system. Last month, private sector HDFC Bank also launched eKYC facility. 122. Out of over 900 million mobile phones and over 450 million bank accounts, only 67 million cell phones are linked to bank accounts, underscoring the huge unfinished agenda of mobile banking in the country, according to the National Payments Corporation of India. 123. India Post has drawn a massive plan to install as many as 3,000 ATMs and 1.35 lakh micro-ATMs at the ubiquitous post offices across the country for savings account holders by September 2015. 124. Cyber security sleuths have detected a “black” private information stealing virus in the Indian online banking transactions space and have alerted consumers who swipe debit or credit cards at shopping counters to make payments. 125. The world’s first Bitcoin storage service Elliptic Vault that insures deposits of the digital currency against hackers and accidental loss has opened in London. For current affair and vacancy detail like us https://www.facebook.com/pages/Balajiorg/156362407783779 or https://www.facebook.com/balajiorg?filter=2 join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/205559376230435/permalink/540133946106308/
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half-brother Moqren as the next heir to the throne. 2. Sunil Gavaskar was appointed as the interim president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) by the Supreme Court. Sunil Gavaskar replaced the present BCCI chief N Srinivasan. 3. Jens Stoltenberg was appointed as the Secretary General of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). He will replace the incumbent Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. 4. General Sedki Sobhi was sworn-in as the new Defence Minister and Army Chief of Egypt. 5. Rajiv Takru was appointed as the Revenue Secretary. He will succeed Sumit Bose. 6. Rakesh Sethi was appointed as CMD of Allahabad Bank. 7. Sheila Dikshit, the former chief minister of Delhi was appointed as the 22nd Governor of Kerala. She will succeed Nikhil Kumar. 8. Indian-origin Gopal Rao won UK Twitter Prize. 9. Japanese architect Shigeru Ban won the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2014. 10. Govind Mishra, the renowned Hindi author will receive Sarawasti Samman for the year 2013 for his book Dhool Paudho Par published in 2008. 11. The 86th Annual Academy Oscar Awards 2014 – The best picture award was won by 12 Years A Slave of Steve McQueen. Best Actor – Matthew McConaughey (Film-Dallas Buyers Club), Best Actress – Cate Blanchett (Film – Blue Jasmine), Best Director – Alfonso Cuaron (Film – Gravity). 12. Physicist Rajesh Gopakumar was selected for G D Birla Award for scientific research for the year 2013. 13. The new Corporate Responsibility Regulations notified recently was not applicable to the State Bank of India, but it would comply voluntarily as SBI was created under SBI Act. 14. Indian journalist Shubranshu Choudhary won Google digital activism award for regional news service. 15. Tomas Halik, the Czech priest won the Templeton Prize for 2014. 16. President Pranab Mukherjee presented the President’s Standard and Colours Award to 112 Helicopter Unit and President’s Colour to 4 Base Repair Depot (BRD). 17. Indian writer Pankaj Mishra won Windham Campbell Literature Prize 2014 in non-fiction category. 18. US honoured Laxmi, an acid attack victim with the prestigious International Women of Courage Award. 19. Chandi Prasad Bhatt, the noted Gandhian environmentalist and social activist won the Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2013. Bhatt was one of the pioneers of the Chipko movement. 20. Actor Arjun Kapoor was named as the brand ambassador of the Earth hour 2014. Earth hour is an initiative under which citizens are advised to switch off all electricity for an hour. It is organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). 21. Grand jury of US indicted Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, the person accused for visa fraud and for under paying her housekeeper. Earlier, the virtually identical charges against Devyani were dropped by a court on the ground that she enjoyed diplomatic immunity. 22. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, the Army Chief of Egypt resigned to contest in Presidential election. 23. Dr KC Chakrabarty, the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India resigned. Earlier, Anand Sinha retired from the position of Deputy Governor of RBI. 24. GK Pillai resigned as Chairman of MCX-SX on 14 March 2014. Consequently, current Vice Chairman and former LIC Chairman, Thomas Mathew T was elected as new Chairman. 25. Nandan Nilekani resigned as chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). He joined the Congress Party to contest Lok Sabha Polls from the Bangalore South constituency. 26. Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Apple Inc Peter Oppenheimer announced his retirement. 27. Veteran film actress of Hindi and Marathi films, Nanda died. 28. Khushwant Singh, the renowned author and journalist died. 29. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, the former President and leader of Sierra Leone died. 30. South China Sea-Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared in the South China Sea. 31. Union Ministry of Minority Affairs launched Nalanda Project for Minorities Higher Educational Institutions. 32. Union Ministry of Minority Affairs launched a new initiative Maulana Azad Sehat Scheme for the welfare of minorities. 33. India was ranked fourth in a Microsoft report in the list of the countries sending out spam e-mails. India has followed three nations namely USA, China, UK. 34. India’s import of weapon systems is three times more than Pakistan and China. The report published by as Swedish Think Tank, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has claimed that India continues to be the largest buyer of arms in the world. 35. Mumbai was the least expensive major city for expatriates among the major cities of the world. This was revealed in a report released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). After Mumbai, Karachi and New Delhi are the least expensive city in the world. Singapore was ranked as the most expensive city. 36. The Third Nuclear Security Summit was held in The Hague, Netherlands from 24 to 25 March 2014. 37. A non-profit group Vandana Foundation launched AQUATM in Mumbai. The AQUATM is a water vending machine from which water can be purchased. 38. A multi-pronged National campaign on Dengue, U & Me Against Dengue, was launched to eradicate dengue across six Indian cities with public private partnership. 39. Union Defence Ministry ordered a CBI investigation into the purchase of jet fighter engines from Britain’s Rolls-Royce that worth 10000 crore rupees. 40. Indian Navy successfully completed Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise (TROPEX), one of its largest war drills spread over Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal region. 41. India and Nepal started a joint military exercise at Saljhandi in Rupandehi district of Nepal. The two week exercise named Ex-Surya Kiran Drills VI. 42. Third BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) Summit was held from 1 March to 4 March 2014 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Indian Prime Minster visited Myanmar. 43. Sumith Nakandala was appointed as the first Secretary General of BIMSTEC. 44. The Union Cabinet gave its approval for the setting up of 54 Kendriya Vidyalayas, four National Institutes of Design (NIDs), and 3,500 model schools at the block level in Educationally Backward Blocks (EBBs). The proposal to set up new KVs during the 12th Five Year Plan period. 45. Various Central agencies cleared seven major National Highway projects, including the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, pertaining mostly to Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana and Punjab and Rajasthan. 47. The Centre assailed the January 21 Supreme Court verdict commuting the death sentence of 15 convicts to life term, saying the President’s decision in disposing of a mercy petition was beyond judicial review. 48. With a view to promoting affordable and effective generic drugs, the Centre has asked the States to provide space in government hospitals for their sale so that more Jan Aushadhi Stores could be opened. 49. President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2014 that would pave way for the creation of the State of Telangana, and approved the Cabinet’s recommendation to impose Central rule in the State. 50. Russia’s Parliament has approved the use of armed force in Ukraine, even as the West warned Moscow not to intervene in the troubled post-Soviet state. 51. Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung approved a proposal to bring back trams in Chandni Chowk area. 52. Justice G. Rohini is set to become the first woman Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court. 53. Two fund houses of SBI and Axis have filed papers with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to start mutual fund schemes linked to inflation-indexed bonds. 54. Former Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman J. S. Sarma, an advocate of telecom sector reforms, has passed away. 55. The Union government has raised by 10 to 20 basis points the interest rates on select fixed deposit schemes offered by post offices. The rate hike will come into effect from April 1, 2014. The rate hike decision is in line with the recommendations of the Shyamala Gopinath Committee. 56. With the provisional exclusion of the Indian Boxing Federation (IBF), the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has suggested that a new national federation be floated to revive the country’s relations with the international boxing community. The AIBA, which suspended the IBF on December 6, 2012 due to alleged irregularities in its elections held that year. 57. RBI decided to allow foreign inward remittances received under money transfer service scheme (MTSS) directly into the bank account of the beneficiary through electronic modes such as national electronic funds transfer (NEFT) and immediate payment service (IMPS). 58. The elections for the 16th Lok Sabha, along with the Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim, will be held on nine different dates. The first date is April 7 and the last is May 12. Counting of votes will be held on May 16. Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath, accompanied by Election Commissioners H.S. Brahma and S.N.A. Zaidi, said Bihar and Uttar Pradesh would have the maximum of six polling dates each. 59. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged the Uttar Pradesh government to take immediate action to end the strike by government doctors which has resulted in “violation of people’s right to health and life.” 60. India’s current account deficit (CAD) narrowed sharply to $4.2 billion (0.9 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP)) in the third quarter of the current financial year. 61. Telecom subscribers across the country can now register complaints by dialling a special toll free number 1063. 62. At Graphic Era University in Dehradun as Arvind Mishra, a young assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, broke the Guinness record of 121 hours in the non-stop lecturing category. 63. For the first time candidates will have the option of e-filing their affidavits in the coming Lok Sabha and Assembly polls. The mandatory affidavits (Form 26), to be submitted at the time of filing nomination papers, include information on the candidate’s assets (movable and immovable property), property and accounts abroad, liabilities, educational qualifications and criminal antecedents, if any, and the name of the spouse and dependents. 64. Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) will celebrate International Women’s Day by organising financial literacy camps for women. All the 12 branches of the bank will organise financial literacy camps on March 8. 65. China announced its biggest hike in military spending in three years, with its defence budget set to cross $130 billion in the coming year. 66. Tata Motors said it had tied up with Bharatiya Mahila Bank to provide retail finance to its passenger vehicle customers. 67. Bihar is India’s fastest growing State with its Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) growing at 15.05 per cent during 2012-13. According to the CSO data, Gujarat grew at 7.96 per cent, ranked sixth, behind Bihar, Madhya Pradesh (9.89 per cent), Goa (8.47 per cent), Kerala (8.24 per cent) and Odisha (8.09 per cent). The all-India economic growth in 2012-13 was 4.47 per cent. 68. A high-power committee under the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) has been set up to find ways for the banking sector to comply with Basel-III capital norms. The decision was taken at a sub-committee meeting of FSDC chaired by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan. 69. Myanmar received the award of World’s Best Tourist Destination for 2014 by the European Union Council on Tourism and Trade. 70. To expedite proceedings against sitting MPs and MLAs in criminal cases, the Supreme Court asked lower courts to complete trial within a year of framing of charges. 71. Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut landed back on Earth in Kazakhstan after a stay of more than half a year aboard the International Space Station (ISS). 72. China said it would allow, for the first time, the setting up of five private banks on a trial basis. 73. Bharatiya Mahila Bank Limited, the first women’s bank and a wholly-owned government institution, proposes to open 55 more branches in Tier 4, Tier-5 and Tier-6 cities in 2014-15. 74. Gold and silver imports declined by 71.4 per cent to $1.63 billion in February mainly due to restrictions imposed by the government. 75. The Supreme Court declined to review its January 21 verdict, commuting the death sentence of 15 convicts to life term because of inordinate delay on the part of the President in disposing of their mercy petitions. 76. Rakesh Sethi took over as Chairman and Managing Director of Allahabad Bank. 77. The U.S. financial regulator warned consumers that using the online currency Bitcoin was fraught with risks, including theft by hacking and fraud. 78. The Director General of Civil Aviation has come out with new detailed guidelines for the physically challenged travelling by air, making it clear that no airline can refuse to fly them. 79. India and Bangladesh are keen to increase business relations by setting up inland waterways for hassle-free movement of cargo. 80. Singapore’s central bank said it would regulate ‘intermediaries’ for the Bitcoin virtual currency to prevent them from being used for money laundering and terrorist financing. 81. India’s foreign exchange reserves jumped by $1.088 billion to touch $295.45 billion during the week ended March 7, 2014. 82. Crimea declared independence from Ukraine and applied to rejoin Russia. Nearly 97 percent of voters said “yes” to revert to Russia. 83. Designed and built using a $777,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the self-contained, waterless toilet with its innovative technology converts human waste to biochar, a highly porous charcoal. It aims to provide an eco-friendly solution to help some of the 2.5 billion people around the world lacking safe sanitation. 84. Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said he had called President Barack Obama to complain that the U.S. government is undermining confidence in the Internet with vast, secret surveillance programmes. 85. Wholesale Price Index Inflation slipped to a nine-month low of 4.68 per cent in February. 86. Goldman Sachs Asset Management (India) has announced the launch of CPSE-ETF (Central Public Sector Enterprise Exchange Traded Fund) new fund offer, which tracks the central public sector enterprises (CPSE) index. Through this fund, investors can invest in Maharatnas, Navratnas and Miniratnas companies. 87. The Andhra Pradesh State government has in principle decided for the Rs. 1,000-crore Missile Test Launch Facility project proposed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Nagayalanka mandal of Krishna district. 88. For the first time, a large section of the still classified Henderson Brooks Report, which details a comprehensive operational review of India’s military debacle in India China war 1962, has been made public. 89. El Salvador’s election officials declared Sanchez Ceren the winner in presidential election. 90. Ludhiana and Kanpur are among the 10 most polluted cities in the world, says the World Health Organisation. Ludhiana made it to the fourth position along with Quetta in Pakistan. Kanpur made it to the ninth position. The most polluted city in the world is Ahvaz in Iran. 91. The Election Commission has directed content managers of social networking sites to make sure that candidates do not post anything violative of the model code of conduct. The guidelines will be applicable to a range of Internet-based social media including Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Wikipedia. 92. The All India Bank Employees’ Association has sought the immediate intervention of Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath to disqualify top loan defaulters from entering the poll fray. 93. The Home Ministry has taken action against about 19,000 non-government organisations which did not file returns within the stipulated time period. 94. Reserve Bank of India has warned all domestic banks to take steps before Microsoft ends its Windows XP software support from April 8, 2014. 95. A city court directed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and her close aide N. Sasikala to appear before it on April 3 to face trial in cases pertaining to alleged failure to file Income Tax returns. 96. The Central Government will sell 4.2 crore shares or 9 per cent stake in Axis Bank. The government holds about 20.72 per cent of the shares of the third largest Indian private sector bank through the Specified Undertaking of UTI (Unit trust of India). 97. The EU welcomed Ukraine into the Western fold, signing the political provisions of a landmark accord. European Union leaders agreed sanctions against top Russian politicians and stepped up efforts to cut the bloc’s debilitating energy dependence on Russia. 98. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan said that the central bank was yet to take a decision on Urjit Patel committee report which had suggested an inflation target and was still in discussion with the government on the subject. 99. British retail major Tesco announced that it was forming an equal joint venture with Trent Ltd., a part of the Tata Group, by picking up 50 per cent stake in Trent Hypermarket Ltd (THL) for about Rs.850 crore. 100. North Korea test-fired 30 short-range missiles into the sea. The missiles are estimated to have flown about 60 km. 102. ‘Book your own coach’ – is the latest initiative rolled out by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for the benefit of foreign travellers, tourists and students. 103. The Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) will open three more branches in three capital cities of the northeastern States – Agartala (Tripura), Shillong (Meghalaya) and Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh). 104. Prime Minister Muhammed Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan had postponed giving India the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status. 105. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has clarified that poll campaign-related news appearing in newspapers and channels owned by political parties will fall under the purview of paid news. 106. Bank of India launched IMT (Instant Money Transfer), which allows cardless cash withdrawal at its IMT-enabled ATMs, a first-of-its-kind initiative by any public sector bank. The facility can be initiated by the bank’s customer over bank’s ATM and retail Internet banking. The sender initiates IMT by providing receiver’s mobile number, four digits sender code and the IMT amount. Monthly withdrawal limit prescribed for IMT transaction is Rs.25,000 for receiver, and per transaction limit of Rs.10,000. IMT, once issued, is valid for 14 days. 107. The Election Commission (EC) has directed the government to defer notification of the order on gas price hike till the end of the general election in the third week of May. 108. After having launched its first ATM a year ago, Tata Communications Payment Solutions Limited (TCPSL) which is the first non-banking firm to launch its ATM network or white label ATMs said it plans to roll out 15,000 ATMs across India by June 2016. 109. The G8 group of top economic powers have suspended Russia for annexing Crimea, and has threatened to impose far-reaching sanctions if Moscow continued its incursion into Ukraine. The U.S. and six other economic powers also scrapped the G8 summit to be hosted by Russia in Sochi in June. 110. More than a year after the shocking Delhi gang rape, the Indian Ordinance factory launched a light-weight revolver, “Nirbheek,” designed especially for women to defend themselves from assault. 111. Shigeru Ban, Japanese architect known for his creative and inexpensive designs for disaster relief shelters, has won the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize. 112. The death sentence passed by an Egyptian court against 529 supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy has triggered an outcry among a wide cross section of the legal community. 113. The Reserve Bank of India simplified foreign portfolio investment norms. The portfolio investor registered in accordance with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) guidelines shall be called Registered Foreign Portfolio Investor (RFPI). The existing portfolio investor class, namely, Foreign Institutional Investor (FII) and Qualified Foreign Investor (QFI) registered with SEBI shall be subsumed under RFPI. 114. Creating a new Guinness world record, over two-and-half lakh Bangladeshis performed a chorus of their national anthem at the national parade ground to mark the country’s 43rd Independence Day. 115. European Union member states decided to ban the import of five types of fruits and vegetables from India. 116. The U.N. Human Rights Council launched an inquiry into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, despite Colombo’s fierce efforts to block an investigation. In a 23-12 vote, the council backed a Western-sponsored resolution to investigate into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights. India, for the first time, abstained from voting. 117. The discovery of two more mounds in January at the Harappan site of Rakhigarhi in Hisar district, Haryana, has led to archaeologists establishing it as the biggest Harappan civilisation site. 118. Supreme Court directed all the States to abolish manual scavenging and take steps for rehabilitation of such workers. 119. The World Health Organisation (WHO) South-East Asia Region, home to a quarter of the world’s population, was certified polio-free by an independent commission under the WHO certification process. 120. Russian mathematician Yakov Grigorevich Sinai, one of the most influential mathematicians of the 20th Century, has been chosen for the 2014 Abel Prize by the Norwegian Academy of Science Letters. 121. The U.N. General Assembly adopted a Western-backed resolution declaring Crimea’s referendum illegitimate and refusing to recognise Russia’s annexation of the peninsula. The non-binding resolution was passed in the 193-member body, with 100 votes in favour and 11 against. 122. Outgoing Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has threatened action by India against Switzerland at global forums such as G20 for its persistent denial to share information on Indians stashing money in its banks. Indian tax authorities have sought information on Indians with accounts in Swiss banks under the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA). 123. Srei Infrastructure Finance is planning to start roll-out of its while label ATMs (WLAs) between July and September starting with a pilot of 200 Tier-III towns in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. 124. The Reserve Bank of India extended the transitional period for banks to complete the full implementation of Basel-III capital regulations up to March 31, 2019, instead of March 31, 2018. 125. Government has set up a Tax Administration Reform Commission comprising officials from public and private sector agencies. Parthasarathi Shome is the chairman this Commission. 126. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) imposed a penalty of Rs 1 crore on Google for failing to provide information related to an investigation into its alleged unfair trade practices in India. 127. Tata Group and Singapore Airlines received the mandatory security clearance. While both partners will initially invest $100 million, Tata Sons will be the majority partner with 51% stake. SIA will hold 49%. 128. Indian exports will fall short of the USD 325 billion target envisaged in the current fiscal. For the April-February period, the country’s merchandise exports were up 4.79 per cent to USD 282.7 billion. Imports during the 11-month period fell 8.65 per cent to USD 410.86 billion. The trade deficit during this period was USD 128 billion. 129. The Supreme Court restrained the Centre and the Unique Identification Authority of India from sharing the vast biometric database of Aadhaar cards with any third party or agency without the consent of the registered person. It also ruled that people cannot be denied any service or benefit for not having an Aadhaar card. 130. Consumer Price Index Inflation declined to 8.1 per cent. 131. Foreign direct investment (FDI) into the services sector declined by about 60 per cent to USD 1.59 billion in the first nine months of this financial year. 132. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion had proposed relaxation of FDI norms in the construction sector and 100 per cent FDI in the railway sector. 133. India and the United States have decided to enhance cooperation for automatic exchange of information on tax evasion and detection of financial crimes, shoring up efforts to crackdown on black money cases involving economic channels of the two countries. 134. China has emerged India’s biggest trading partner in the current fiscal replacing the UAE. 135. Kotak Mahindra Bank announced the launch of Jifi, a first-of-its-kind fully integrated social bank account that transcends normal digital banking by seamlessly incorporating social networking platforms like Twitter and Facebook with mainstream banking. 136. Country’s largest lender the State Bank of India (SBI) will sell bad loans amounting to Rs 3,000 crore in the last quarter of the ongoing fiscal to the Asset Reconstruction Companies. 137. RBI has decided to withdraw the pre-2005 currency notes from circulation and asked the holders of such currency to exchange them by January 1, 2015. The earlier deadline was June 30. Thereafter, people would have had to produce identity proof to exchange more than 10 notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000. Meanwhile, banks have been advised to stop re-issue of the pre-2005 series notes over the counters/through ATMs. 138. Central Bank of India has sold its entire stake in credit information provider CIBIL to Transunion International Inc. 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Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs Takes Ayo Oritsejafor To The Gutters, Expose His Many Lies By editor on April 11, 2014 By The Paradigm The Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs has taken the controversial leader of the Christian Association of Nig Read more ...
eria CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor to the gutters over what it calls “frivolous and unsubstantiated utterances on certain issues with a view to heating up the polity”. The council through a release by its Acting Director of Publicity Muhammad K. Qasim, said that the council is constrained to recall that certain lies blatantly told in the past had undermined world peace in some parts of the globe and resulted in the death and displacement of millions of people. “It is on this note that we wish to prove that many of the claims of the CAN leadership in recent years on the state of the nation were motivated by reasons which were evidently at variance with the truth. The Council went on to prove that Mr. Ayo Oritsejafor had been feeding lies to the Nigerian public and the Presidency. Read the full release below: [Press Release] As many Nigerians would have observed, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has, in recent times, been using the media to make frivolous and unsubstantiated utterances on certain issues with a view to heating up the polity. Many of these utterances have been unfortunate, given the public status of the spokesperson who has been fanning the ember of religious hostility through implacable inflammatory utterances in a multi-religious country like ours. When the unconventional rhetoric of the CAN leadership began on the pages of newspapers a couple of years ago, we took it for a temporary outburst that would soon fizzle out. This was reinforced by our solid commitment to the various layers of our interactions with the Christian community in the country and our belief that turning religion into a political gambit would be igniting a keg of gunpowder, hence our resolve not to respond in the like manner. Despite the attitude of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) of not responding to frivolous and unwarranted media propaganda, we are constrained to recall that certain lies blatantly told in the past had undermined world peace in some parts of the globe and resulted in the death and displacement of millions of people. It is on this note that we wish to prove that many of the claims of the CAN leadership in recent years on the state of the nation were motivated by reasons which were evidently at variance with the truth. We are aware that not all our Christian compatriots appreciate or support the combative posture and aggressive rhetoric of the current CAN leadership. This is evident in a recent public rebuttal by the Bornu State’s CAN leadership of a baseless allegation that some churches and Christian schools were clandestinely marked out for demolition in the State. That State’s CAN leadership had to admonish the national leadership of CAN to always “clarify issues relating to Christian communities at the State level before making (embarrassing) public statements on such issues. …We feel that the channel had not been exhausted in this matter hence this response.” The mere fact that the Federal Government has been listening to fabricated data and the lies blatantly told about Islam and Muslims in this country have been reflecting in the polity especially in the lopsidedness being witnessed in critical areas of Federal appointments and postings,even in the military and security agencies. Though we have data to the effect that about 85% of appointments as Heads of Federal Parastatals have been given to Christians through which the majority of Nigerians are marginalized, for now we want to principally address only the single example originated by CAN to illustrate our assertion that lies are being circulated as facts by CAN leadership in Nigeria for personal and political gains Nigerians would recall that in the last week of July 2013, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, in a syndicated interview, alleged that “Nigerian Christians are treated as second class citizens”. The interview was published in the Vanguard of 27th July 2013, several other newspapers and on-line media. In the interview, among other mendacious statements, the CAN President alleged that Christians are being marginalized in Nigeria while the truth is obvious even to the blind that the opposite is the case. On the Nigerian Television Authority, for example, the CAN President said: “Go to the Government owned media houses and see what is happening there, especially the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA). I don’t know now because some of them retired at a point, but, before their retirement, the seven directors out of eight were Muslims. Turn that around and see what will happen. What do you call that? Second class citizens.” While the reasons for which verifiable information are distorted and lies are publicly promoted based on mere conjectures, we want to aver that contrary to what the CAN President said, NTA, like other segments of the Nigerian enterprise, is a Christian enclave. Below is the list of the composition of the Management Board of the NTA since inception to date and the facts speak for themselves: MANAGEMENT BOARD OF NTA (1976 TO NOVEMBER 2008) 1 MADUKA VINCEN T DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 O. OLUWOLE DIRECTOR FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 CHIEF SEGUN OLUSOLA - DIRECTOR COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 4 ENGR. UGWU DIRECTOR ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 5 MOHAMMED IBRAHIM/ YAHYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR NEWS MUSLIM 6 ADAMU AUGIE M.D NTPC MUSLIM 7 DR. VICTORIA EZE OKOLI DIR, PROGRAMMES (DG’s OFFICE) CHRISTIAN 1 DR. WALTER OFONAGORO DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR OF FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 4 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO DIRECTOR, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 5 YAHAYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR, NEWS MUSLIM 6 SEGUN OLUSOLA DIRECTOR, COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 1 SHINGLE IGWE DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 SEGUN OLUSOLA DIRECTOR, COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 3 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR FINANCE CHRISTIAN 4 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIRECTOR PROGRAMME CHRISTIAN 5 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO DIRECTOR ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 KERE AHMED DIRECTOR CORPORATE AFFAIRS MUSLIM 7 YAHAYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR, NEWS MUSLIM 1 MOH’D IBRAHIM DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR, FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 PATRICH ITYOHEGH DIR., NAT. PRODUCTION CHRISTIAN 4 DR VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIR., PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 ISAAC WAKOMBO DIR., ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 BAYO SANDA DIR., COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 7 YAHYA ABUBAKAR DIR., NEWS. MUSLIM 8 ABDULRAHMAN MICHIKA DIR., ABUJA PROJECT MUSLIM 1 MOHAMMED IBRAHIM DIRECTOR GENERAL (PART. PRIVATIZATION) MUSLIM 2 SAIDU ABUBAKAR ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 3 PATRICK ITYOHEGH DIR, OPERATIONS CHRISTIAN 4 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 5 ENG. ISAAC WAKOMBO ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 PRINCE BAYO SANDA ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 7 DR. MADU MAILAFIA ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 1 PARICK ITYOHEGH DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 DR. BIODUN SOTUMBI ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 DR. MADU MAILAFIA ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 6 SAIDU ABUBAKAR ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 1 BEN MURRAY BRUCE DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 BABS AKINLOLU/ JAMES DUGGAN, ED, FIN./ ADMIN CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. EDDY AMANA ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 JIMMY ATTEH/PETER IGHO ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 DR. TONIE IREDIA/JIMMY ATTEH ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 6 MALLAM HASSAN BELLO ED, MARKETING MUSLIM 7 MALLAM USMAN MAGAWATA ED, TRAINING (1YR) MUSLIM 1 DR. TONIE IREDIA DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 EMMA MBANUGO ED, FINANCE & ADMIN CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. EDDY AMANA ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 JIMMY F. ATTEH ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 ENGR. SUNDAY IBOK ED, SPECIAL DUTIES CHRISTIAN 6 PETER IGHO ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 7 USMAN MAGAWATA ED, NEWS MUSLIM 8 MALLAM HASSAN BELLO ED, MARKETING MUSLIM (Mallam Hassan Bello retired during this time which was followed by a re-organization process that left Usman Magawata as the only Muslim in the Management till 2008) FROM NOVEMBER 2008 TO APRIL 2012 (Less than 4 years) 1 MALLAM USMAN MAGAWATA DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 MALLAM BELLO SULE ED, PROGRAMMES MUSLIM 3 MALLAM MUSA MAYAKI ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 4 MALLAM YAKUBU IBN. MOH’D ED, SPECIAL DUTIES MUSLIM 5 ENGR. SHUIBU NDA ADAMA ED, ENGINEERING MUSLIM 6 MALLAM GARBA MAMU ED, NEWS MUSLIM 7 PASTOR (MRS) IFY UZODINMA ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 8 VICTORIA OLUMIDI ED, TRAINING CHRISTIAN 1 MALLAM MUSA MAIYAKI AG DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 ENGR. SHUAIBU NDA ADAMA ENGINEERING MUSLIM 3 MALLAM GARBA MAMU ED, NEWS MUSLIM OVERSEEING OFFICERS 1 MUHMUD UMAR PROGRAMMES (acting) 2 DEMBO UMAR MARKETING (acting) 3 WOLE COKER SPECIAL DUTIES/ multi channels 4 FRANK WILLIAMS TRAINING (acting) 5 NGOZI BARDA ADMIN. (Acting) 6 PHILIP OFUEGBU DIR, FINANCE NOTE: The Secretary/Legal Adviser who is a key member of NTA Management Board has always been a Christian since the inception of NTA. The Secretaries, since inception, are: MRS. DAISY DANJUMA DR. DEJI AYINDE MRS. NGOZI BARDA MRS. PAULINE IGBANOR MRS. TESSY NWANERI The summary here is that members of the Board of Directors (External Board members) have always been about 80% Christian and 20% Muslim since the inception of the NTA. The propaganda launched against Muslims and falsehood peddled against them have often influenced the composition of the Boards and Parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation in such a way that Muslims have been grossly marginalized. For example, members of the New Boards of Federal Parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation are as follows: 1. Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) 1 Chief Patrick Ogbu Chairman 2 Bashir Samaila Ahmed Member 3 Daniel Bwala Member 4 Ahmed M. Agina Member 5 Dele Fagoriola Member 6 Rose Okoronkwo (Mrs) Member 7 Billy Etuk Member 8 Director-General, NTA Member 2. Voice of Nigeria (VON) (1) Andy Aghaji Chairman (2) Haruna Ahmed Member (3) George Korgba Member (4) Prof. Fred Onyeziri Member (5) Oruma Steve Member (6) Bature Umar Member (7) Ogu Odey Member (8) Director-General, VON Member 3. Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) (1) Ben Murray Bruce Chairman (2) Elvis Agukwe Member (3) Funke Egbemode (Mrs) Member (4) Bola Doherty Member (5) Farouk Dalhatu Member (6) Joyce Chinedu (Mrs) Member (7) Hajia Hauwa Kida Member (8) Abubakar Damboh Member (9) Director-General, FRCN Member 4. NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA (NAN) (1) Ibrahim Buba Chairman (2) Vtony Prest Member (3) Dr Attah Pine Member (4) Ifeanyi Ossai Member (5) Tons Fetepigi Member 5. NATIONAL ORIENTATION AGENCY (NOA) (1) CHAIRMAN EDOH OBI 6. NIGERIAN FILM CORPORATION (1) Bongos Igwue Chairman (2) Sani Danja Member (3) Wada Musa Member (4) Bright Chinedu Nnebedum Member This disproportionate composition as the names show characterizes various segments of the current Government’s Administration. The Christian community is being appeased and pampered while the rights of the Muslim community are being trampled upon with impunity.Where for God’s sake is the sense of equity of the President of CAN? ADMISSION INTO NDA TOO! The recently published admission list of students into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) is another shocker for Nigerian Muslims and a seeming precursor of a hidden agenda being nursed by the authorities in charge. The composition of that list through which Christians dominate such admission list even in predominantly Muslim States is a clear reminder of ‘Rwanda Experience’. ANOTHER POINTER: FEC Another display of flagrant insensitivity to all norms of justice and fairness is that there is no single Muslim from the entire Southern Nigeria in the cabinet of the current Federal Government. ! INSULT UPON INJURY NSCIA used to assume that the apparent lopsidedness in those appoints was accidental but the constant reckless utterances of Pastor Oritsejafor have lent credence to the contrary. Moreso, his pronouncements have, of recent, become directives to the FGN. Given this dangerous trend and the random deliberate provocation by the current CAN President to add insult to injury; the NSCIA is left with no choice than to join issues with CAN by updating Nigerian Muslims with unassailable facts. Having tolerated CAN’ s irritation for so long in the interest of peace and without any reciprocation, we are compelled to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and to henceforth resist any unwarranted bullying and intimidation of Nigerian Muslims by the President of CAN. We insist that it is unbecoming of religious leaders to publicly tell lies in order to gain cheap popularity and vainglory and we believe that right-thinking Nigerians would, for the purpose of truth and justice, note these facts. Why would anyone who claims to be a religious leader want to lead Nigeria into the ugly spectre of a religious war through belligerent utterances and false allegations just to gain vainglorious self-assertiveness? Why would a religious leader not reflect before making a public pronouncement? As Muslims, we affirm our belief in peaceful and harmonious co-existence with people of other faiths according to the tenets of our religion just as we recommit ourselves to working together with reasonable Christian brothers and sisters in Nigeria towards promoting what unites us . Meanwhile, as a further demonstration of our tolerance, we still advise the national leadership of CAN to always PAUSE, THINK and VERIFY information before making public statements that may amount to fallacy and desist from its chosen path of war mongering just for transient pleasure and selfish cheap gains. If the politicians are busy heightening tension and increasing the national blood pressure, the role of religious leaders should be to douse rather than ignite an inflammable situation in the land. God save Nigeria. Signed Muhammad K. Qasim NSCIA Ag. Director of Publicity FOR AND ON BEHALF OF NSCIA — with Ameer Taawun Dawood Imran and 3 others.
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Kr Raj It may be helpful for you if you r stuck in confusion over UPSC preparation guidance/coaching selection/material authenticity etc. ... 1... Its difficult to prepare for UPSC from outside Delhi without any good guidance. Well i am not a UPSC exam expe Read more ...
rt but yes gave mains+ interview( last yr and this yr abt to) and staying in delhi for preparation, so have some experience . So let me help you out.. 2... Well as a matter of fact for UPSC General studies coaching is no more important ( Actually it is a wastage of money/time & probably your first attempt too but doesn’t hold true for Optional subject , whr coaching is required if you r first time studying that optional ) 3... But Why ? because coaching can't cover what you can cover on ur own in a whole day, while coaching complete syllabus from books only , even that too superficially to make Innocent freshers fool to give thema feeling of syllabus completion. While UPSC are more inclined towards depth study of conventional topic Like History /Art & culture while for polity/economy/social aspect/ethics UPSC wants you to read newspaper/magzines only only & only ( have a standard book for reference only ) 4.. then solution : well As i say coaching is not important but no doubt there material is v much important since we alone cant read all 5-6 English news paper( TH,IE,TOI,ET,TB etc) and Magazines (Fntln,DTE,EPW,WF,Y&K wtc) , so their hired employees do it for only coaching student. 5.. So final solution : Avoid coaching for GS ( for optional u may have to) but Try to get hold of coaching material.. 6... But then which coaching material is good..? Well try to stay away from popular coaching with big name in newspaper Advertisment ( They are for fleecing nd looting MP/MLA's kins & Justice Katjus 90% special Species ) .. 7... 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Indian Polity Part I and *PART II of SriRam Coaching (v.v.v.v.v imp ) 26 IGNOU material ( of Social issues/Environment/Internaional Issues/Polity/ Ethics) Etc….(will help if Read once)( costly so download freely from internet) 27. CSAT Paper I mock test series by Direction or CL coaching..( have it useful) Now these are for Optional only so choose ur optional very carefully/ for books talk in msg.. 28. Public Administration Synergy Class Notes ( Best for Paper I) while Vajiram & Ravi notes are good for Paper II 29. Geography Alok ranjan/Neetu Singh Class Notes ( Best) 30. History Hemant jha coaching class Notes ( Best) 31. Political Science class notes of Vajiram & Ravi (best) 32. Sociology class notes of Upendra coachig/vajiram & Ravi printed notes ( Best) 33. Philosophy class notes by Patanjali ( Best) 34 Psychology class notes by Mukul Pathak (Best) 35. 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Protezione Marittima The International Peace Institute convened a roundtable discussion on “Insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea: Assessing the Threats, Preparing the Response” on June 6, 2013, in New York. The meeting aimed to help develop a better understanding of the Read more ...
peace and security challenges facing the Gulf of Guinea by examining the multifaceted threats to the stability of the region; considering national, regional, and international responses to these threats; and providing practical policy recommendations with a view to strengthening regional and international responses. The roundtable discussion was organized into two panels. The first panel identified and assessed the current and emerging peace and security threats in the Gulf of Guinea. The panelists outlined the key drivers of instability in the region and highlighted the interconnected and transnational nature of many of these factors. The second panel examined the efforts planned or underway to address these peace and security challenges, paying particular attention to the role played by regional and subregional organizations. The panelists considered the constraints and obstacles these organizations face in addressing these challenges and offered recommendations for strengthening cooperation among them as well as with global institutions. The participants highlighted the multifaceted nature of insecurity factors in the Gulf of Guinea. Piracy and maritime insecurity are some of the symptoms of growing regional insecurity, but the triggers can be attributed to economic deprivation and exclusion, poor governance and limited legitimacy, pollution, natural resources management, as well as the impact of the crisis in the Sahel region and the spread of transnational crime. Joint efforts are being developed to address these challenges, which promote innovative cross-regional cooperation initiatives. However, beyond the resources allocated to the fight against maritime insecurity, additional and more holistic efforts are needed to address the comprehensive peace and security challenges threatening stability in the Gulf of Guinea region. The first section of this meeting note presents the current and emerging peace and security threats in the Gulf of Guinea region. The second section highlights the national, regional, and international measures being developed or implemented to confront insecurity in the region. Current and Emerging Peace and Security Threats in the Gulf of Guinea Although the Gulf of Guinea geographic region usually includes the coastal countries of West Africa from Liberia to Gabon, maritime security policies tend to run from Senegal to Angola.[1] In addition, the transnational nature of many of the area’s security challenges means that central parts of Africa are sometimes included in the region. The Gulf of Guinea has long had strategic importance due to global shipping routes that channel goods from the Americas, through Africa, and north into Europe. This established trade route has for centuries been a corridor for the movement of both legal and illicit goods. In addition, the region is rich in natural resources including hydrocarbon deposits, oil, fish, timber, and mineral resources, which are all globally exported. In 2012 it was estimated that the Gulf of Guinea region produced approximately 4 percent of global oil extraction (approximately 3 million barrels a day) and by 2015, the region will supply about a quarter of the United States’ oil. [2] Despite this, the Gulf of Guinea faces a number of challenges to its stability, which frequently manifest themselves at sea, but whose origins are land based. As one participant noted, “pirates are not born at sea, they are born on land.” Moreover, in recent months, the peace and stability challenges in the Gulf of Guinea have been worsened by crises in the Sahel and North Africa, which have exacerbated the already fragile situation in the region. The roundtable discussion examined the current and emerging threats in the region, namely economic deprivation and the politics of exclusion; legitimacy deficit, poor governance, and pervasive corruption; natural resource mismanagement; pollution; as well as international influences. Economic Deprivation and the Politics of Exclusion Stability must start with human security. However, many communities in the Gulf of Guinea region suffer from chronic insecurity in their daily lives. Underdeveloped and undiversified economies have created an over-reliance on subsistence agriculture, which leaves many communities working for survival rather than growth. These countries, such as Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Niger, also have some of the lowest access to electricity rates in the world. [3] Basic needs are unmet and healthcare, sanitation, and public services are not universal. Lack of education has resulted in low literacy rates, constrained skills development, and stunted infrastructure expansion resulting in a lack of employment opportunities, isolated communities, and uncertain livelihoods. As one participant noted, “if you cannot count, you don’t count,” as poor numeracy levels deny citizens a role in building the economic future of their countries. The youth populations of many of the countries in the region are left with few opportunities for gainful employment providing a fertile recruiting ground for insurgent groups and criminal networks who offer work, financial incentives, status, and in some cases, basic services and protection to communities in need—effectively replacing the state. Economic inequality is worsened by social inequality as ethnic and tribal divisions exclude some groups and women from decision making, both formal and informal representation, and many employment sectors. These factors have exacerbated environmental and demographic shifts, such as increasing desertification and high infant birth rates, to create acute food insecurity in the region.[4] Legitimacy Deficit, Poor Governance, and Pervasive Corruption Poor social service delivery stems from poor governance and highly centralized national administrations that have limited dialogue with and accountability to their citizens. Incumbent administrations are hard to change by democratic means.[5] In desperation, populations have resorted to violence to effect change. Unconstitutional changes of government (such as in Guinea- Conakry, Guinea-Bissau, and Mali) have, however, further weakened citizens’ confidence in governments and disputed elections are often fought on ethnic rather than political lines, therefore favoring some groups and disenfranchising others. There is little independent oversight of governments, and national executive and judicial institutions are fragile. Many administrations are bolstered by security forces that protect the powerful and intimidate the weak, and easy access to weapons reinforces power once held. As one participant commented “if you have a gun, you have a say.” At a regional level, interstate disputes over borders and resources have resulted in a lack of cooperation and of common legal frameworks. Spoilers and criminals are therefore able to move between jurisdictions across porous borders without fear of reprisals because definitions of offenses are unclear, and enforcement mechanisms are not coherent between territories. This economic and political fragmentation has hindered regional responses to challenges that are common to many states in the region. Social and economic injustices are compounded in the region by habitual corruption evident from the top of society down through all levels. [6] This further erodes confidence in governments, and impunity of officials restricts reform. The benefits of financial inflows from donors are often not felt at a local level because funds are appropriated by officials before they reach their intended beneficiary. Natural Resource Mismanagement The riches of the region have benefited only an elite few but not the local populations.[7] Revenues have not been invested in infrastructure and development, and communities see their governments doing deals with international companies whom they view as stealing their oil and hydrocarbon reserves. This perceived theft exists alongside actual theft of resources through pipeline vandalism and illegal bunkering where oil is stolen directly from pipelines, refined, and sold in local and international markets.[8] In addition to oil exploitation, the effects of illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing are being felt in the region. West African waters are estimated to have the highest levels of IUU fishing in the world. This represents up to 37 percent of the region’s catch, resulting in economic losses and compromising the food security and livelihoods of coastal communities.[9] Trawlers damage seabed habitats and trap large numbers of vulnerable species, such as sharks and turtles, in their catch. In addition to the environmental damage, the large catches made by illegal boats deplete fish stocks and deny fish to local, artisanal fishermen. Resource mismanagement and lack of effective regulations therefore worsens economic hardship and builds resentment among communities. As populations see their resources being used to benefit others, there is an increased risk of violence to seize their “rightful share.” Pollution Aggressive natural resource exploitation has degraded the environment and polluted ecosystems. The high levels of water and air pollution are significant contributing factors to instability in the region, not only in terms of environmental and economic impact, but also by their contribution to a climate of desperation among the population. Gas flaring by oil production companies releases toxic chemicals into the air, damaging the environment and community health.[10] Outdoor air pollution in West Africa is responsible for approximately 3.3 million deaths every year,[11] and rapidly increasing levels of oil production have incurred spills and leakage of oil into the marine environment, polluting the ecosystem and further endangering fisheries and livelihoods. Participants noted the international response to the spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but little attention has been paid to the ongoing effects of oil spills in the Niger Delta. Extractive industries such as iron-ore mining have also taken their toll on the ecology of the region and have combined with the effects of climate change, migration, and urbanization to put existing, weak systems under strain. International Influences While many of the challenges to stability in the region are homegrown, some are imported into the Gulf of Guinea. In particular, the crisis in the north of Mali in 2012 enabled international terrorist groups to co-opt local grievances to galvanize support and radicalize local populations in the neighboring region. In the same way, international terrorist groups have found sympathetic audiences in West Africa by linking global jihad to local injustices and providing disenfranchised groups with a violent means of being heard. The proximity of terrorist groups in the Sahel, combined with the migration of people and weapons precipitated by events in Mali and in North Africa, has contributed to instability in the Gulf of Guinea. As over 300,000 people have been displaced by the conflict in Mali, populations have dispersed to neighboring regions, and the massive influx of people brought new ideologies and ethnic groups to some of the Gulf of Guinea countries. International terrorism penetration has coincided with a rise in transnational organized crime as insurgent groups have found traditional trade routes and informal economies useful vehicles for the illegal movement of drugs, goods, and people. Porous borders, limited state reach, and weak enforcement mechanisms further facilitate this illicit channel. Participants noted that local communities see that crime pays as armed gangs receive huge financial dividends for maritime seizures, and terrorist groups extract large ransom payments for hostages. Kidnapping as well as human and drug trafficking are therefore prevalent. To address these multifaceted challenges, countries in the region, regional organizations, and the international community have developed a set of responses that were examined at the roundtable meeting. Confronting Insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea Strategies to address insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea region are being planned or implemented at three levels: national, regional, and international. National Responses Participants proposed a number of initiatives which could be developed by individual countries to address the challenges posed by maritime insecurity. Such initiatives include efforts to increase national attention to the maritime domain, as well as to improve equipment and training of the relevant security personnel. Fighting piracy requires strengthening good governance and transparency, especially with regard to oil exploitation. Transparent management and equitable sharing of oil funds can help alleviate poverty. Moreover, awareness-raising and the ratification and domestication of international instruments on maritime security, including the 1988 Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation, can help reduce maritime insecurity. In Nigeria, a joint task force bringing together the army, navy, air force, and the mobile police was established in the Niger Delta in 2004 to restore order and help reduce oil theft—namely oil bunkering, pipeline vandalism, and illegal refineries.[12] In addition, a campaign was launched to sensitize the populations on the risk of using illegal or “blood” oil—a process that costs Nigeria some 10 percent of its daily production and billions of dollars every year for the benefit of local syndicates and rogue international traders. [13] In Benin, where the port of Cotonou provides up to 65 percent of the West African country’s income, the recent piracy upsurge has disrupted economic activities with a decrease in ships from 150 to 30 monthly between January and July 2011. In response, Benin has implemented a number of measures, involving both government structures and civil society, which aim to develop an integrated response to the comprehensive security challenges. These activities take into account the threats posed by security both at sea and on land, and local monitoring mechanisms have been established in various communities. Besides individual country responses, national efforts to tackle maritime insecurity can be initiated at the bilateral level. Such cooperation began between Benin and Nigeria, with the acquisition of logistical capacity—including vessels and the installation of radar stations covering the region— which helped to ensure the protection of ships by facilitating bilateral patrols and reinforcing proximity surveillance. These efforts resulted in a critical reduction of piracy and other illegal activities since July 2012, from approximately thirty pirate attacks per month to none as of June 2013. Moreover, considering that the response to maritime insecurity should go beyond military action, bilateral efforts also seek to strengthen policing on land and in territorial waters. In that regard, Benin and Nigeria have pledged to harmonize their legal frameworks punishing maritime crime, wherever the activity takes place. Subregional and Continental Initiatives At the initiative of President Thomas Yayi Boni of Benin and a number of bilateral and international partners including France, the US, and the UN Security Council, new strategies to overcome the growing challenges in the Gulf of Guinea were developed. In 2012, Benin started developing a regional strategy. These efforts culminated in the March 2013 ministerial conference on maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea held in Cotonou, organized in partnership with the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and the Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC) in response to Security Council Resolution 2039 adopted in February 2012.[14] The Cotonou conference paved the way for the June 2013 summit in Yaoundé, Cameroon, which brought together twenty-five countries from the Gulf of Guinea to formalize the adoption of an integrated response to a comprehensive security challenge in the region. At the subregional level, ECCAS countries adopted a maritime safety and security strategy in 2008, which aims to ensure security by protecting offshore oil resources, fisheries, and sea routes.[15] Central African states of the Gulf of Guinea have organized themselves into zones in order to strengthen their cooperation, and they have launched joint patrols. In West Africa, where ECOWAS member states have opened their borders to the free movement of persons, participants at the New York roundtable noted that these borders should not be closed to security institutions. ECOWAS is also in the process of developing its own integrated maritime strategy, building on the regional efforts to strengthen economic integration.[16] However, these efforts have recently been stalled by crises in Guinea- Bissau and Mali. The eight member states of the Gulf of Guinea Commission belong to both ECCAS and ECOWAS, and the GGC covers the entire region with a membership open to all the relevant countries.[17] GGC members are also in the process of developing a region-wide strategy, which takes into account the existing initiatives. Plans are underway to reinforce cooperation between ECCAS and ECOWAS with the establishment of an Interregional Center for the Coordination of Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea; and particular focus is put on Cameroun, Côte d’Ivoire, and Nigeria as hot spots. Together with ECCAS, ECOWAS, and with the support of the international community, the GGC also worked on preparing both the Cotonou conference and the Yaoundé summit convened respectively in March and June 2013. At the continental level, the AU has developed its 2050 Integrated Maritime Strategy (AIM Strategy), which builds on previous national and international frameworks regulating maritime initiatives in Africa. Recognizing the vast potential for economic development offered by the continent’s maritime domain, the AIM Strategy aims (1) to foster increased wealth creation from Africa's inland waters, oceans, and seas by developing a sustainable economy; and (2) to ensure maritime safety and security and the protection of the marine environment.[18] The strategy was adopted by the Second Conference of African Ministers Responsible for Maritime-related Affairs, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in December 2012. In addition to the strategy, the Addis Ababa conference adopted a plan of action for its operationalization. The conference further endorsed the proposal to establish, within the AU Commission, a fully- fledged Department of Maritime Affairs and a High-Level College of Champions. [19] Composed of selected African leaders, the College of Champions will seek to leverage, through sustained lobbying, the necessary political will and buy-in and to collect the required resources for the implementation of the strategy. The International Community’s Response The UN has been actively involved in shaping government responses to piracy. Following President Yayi Boni’s call to support national efforts, the Security Council adopted Resolution 2018 in October 2011, condemning all acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea committed off the coast of Gulf of Guinea states, and calling on regional organizations and the countries concerned to work toward a comprehensive strategy to facilitate the prosecution of alleged perpetrators of such acts.[20] Complementing the Council’s initiative, the UN secretary-general sent a multidisciplinary mission to the Gulf of Guinea in November 2011, with the objectives “to assess the scope of the piracy threat in (the region) and to make recommendations on possible measures the United Nations and the international community as a whole could implement to respond in an effective manner to the dangers posed by that threat.”[21] The mission report was presented to the Security Council, which adopted Resolution 2039, urging Gulf of Guinea states, with the support of the international community, to develop and implement national maritime security strategies with a particular focus on the prevention and repression of piracy and armed robbery at sea, as well as the prosecution and punishment of those convicted of such crimes.[22] The UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA) is entrusted with supporting the regional efforts. The UN, through its offices in Central and West Africa, supported the preparations for the Yaoundé summit in June 2013. The United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) and the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) helped develop a common agenda for the summit, and a steering committee was established to lead to the meeting. Political momentum was maintained at the regional level, and the recommendation to adopt three separate documents at the end of the summit illustrated an innovative approach at three levels of integration: (1) within the Gulf of Guinea countries with the necessary coordination between Central and West Africa; (2) among regional organizations namely ECCAS, ECOWAS, and the GGC; and (3) with the UN, which remained involved during the entire process. The Yaounde Summit on Maritime Safety and Security: Key Outcomes and Lessons Learned The Yaoundé summit, which took place after the New York roundtable, adopted the following three documents: [23] - Declaration of the Heads of State and Government of Central and West African States on Maritime Safety and Security in Their Common Maritime Domain: The declaration commits its signatories to work for the promotion of peace, security, and stability in the West and Central African maritime area through the mobilization of adequate operational resources both at the institutional level and in terms of logistics. The declaration also calls for ECCAS, ECOWAS, and the GGC to promote activities aimed at cooperation and coordination, as well as pooling together and interoperability of resources among their members. Moreover, the Yaoundé declaration called for cooperation with international strategic partners. - Memorandum of Understanding Among ECCAS, ECOWAS, and the GGC on Maritime Safety and Security in Central and West Africa: The memorandum will facilitate the coordination and implementation of joint activities; sharing of experiences and the exchange of information on suspicious movements and activities at sea; the harmonization of laws on piracy and other illegal activities; the harmonization of control procedures to reinforce the fight against crimes at sea; and the establishment of an inter-regional coordination center for the implementation of the regional strategy for maritime safety and security. - Code of Conduct Concerning the Repression of Piracy, Armed Robbery Against Ships, and Illicit Maritime Activities in Central and West Africa: The code of conduct aims to ensure full cooperation in the repression of transnational organized crime in the maritime domain, maritime terrorism, IUU fishing, and other illegal activities at sea. The code of conduct will enter into force upon signature by two or more signatories. Nonbinding for the first three years, a review will take place after this initial period of time to eventually transform the document into a binding multilateral agreement; assess its implementation; and share information, experiences, and best practices. Key lessons learned from the process that led to the Yaoundé summit highlight the importance of a strong commitment of regional leaders for any international cooperation initiative to succeed. The New York roundtable emphasized the need for individual Gulf of Guinea countries to take full responsibility in tackling maritime insecurity, before regional organizations are able to come together. Operationalizing the outcomes of the Yaoundé summit depends on the political will of member states. Regular interaction and the development of an overall plan, as well as national action plans with clear, realistic, and measurable objectives are essential. The three regional secretariats should serve as the engine. Clarity is needed on “who does what,” and coordination must be enhanced both at national and international levels, as well as among the subregional and inter-regional organizations. Effective monitoring and adequate follow-up will also be necessary. For these joint efforts to succeed, support from international partners and effective mobilization of resources remain crucial. The high cost of securing peace in the Gulf of Guinea, which none of the countries in the region can carry alone, renders international assistance necessary. China, France, and the US have already provided support to some countries in the region. In addition, the UN can offer technical assistance and further help countries in the Gulf of Guinea region to mobilize resources. However, more support is needed. Response Challenges Cooperation challenges among the twenty-five countries in the Gulf of Guinea and at the cross- regional level between Central and West African organizations make the situation complex. Following the Yaoundé summit, an important challenge will be to keep the issue of maritime insecurity on the agenda of the international community. Participants at the New York roundtable recommended continued lobbying of Security Council members, to translate the outcomes of the Yaoundé summit into a third resolution. In that regard, the risk of attention shifting to crises in the Sahel and in the Central African Republic was highlighted. For countries in the Gulf of Guinea region, emphasis should be put on the importance of addressing a preventable security risk while it has not yet erupted into a major crisis. The Security Council’s horizon scanning sessions are a useful mechanism for preventative diplomacy. While the UN and the Security Council have extensive experience in addressing land-based insecurity, their understanding of maritime instability is less mature. The roundtable participants noted that, the Council was reluctant to address piracy in both national and international waters in Resolution 2029 adopted in February 2012 due in part to national interests. For successful implementation of the resolution, Council members must maintain their concern for insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea. In addition to the Security Council and DPA, the UN response to insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea is being developed by its Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, the Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, and other specialized agencies. The UN’s usual practice of working in silos persists. Participants recommended the integration of the UN response to maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea, in the same way as the regional response is being integrated. Discussions further highlighted the disconnect between the underlying issues causing insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea region, and the response being developed by regional organizations, which seems to be geared only toward maritime insecurity. To move beyond strategies targeted only at the symptoms of insecurity in the region, a holistic approach is needed, which should target issues such as the governance deficit, the impact of climate change and migrations on insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea, social and economic development challenges, as well as youth unemployment. More than in any other region in the world, Africa needs effective governments and stronger states that are capable of ensuring security for their populations and at their borders. At the same time, Africa needs more transparent and democratic states. In a context where issues of poor governance and corruption continue to challenge the exploitation and equitable sharing of extractive resources and where communities have embraced criminal activities in defiance of corrupt governments, efforts to strengthen the state should go hand in hand with more inclusive and accountable governments. The good news coming out of Africa is its improved economic performance. However, the seminar also noted that the global energy market is changing as a result of fracking, which impacts the nature and origin of the demand for West African oil. As a result, while Africa still needs assistance from the international community, continued economic growth is an urgent necessity to support ongoing development efforts. In that regard, Africa’s green revolution aimed at promoting rapid and sustainable agricultural growth, combined with industrialization, regional integration, and the development of infrastructure were seen as essential. However, despite innovative policies and programs such as the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) current cooperation initiatives are limited. Regional organizations can only encourage countries that are doing well to serve as models and to promote investments in areas and regions with comparative advantages. They do not have any enforcement power to compel their members to provide facilities for their populations to earn a decent income and live a decent life. With the median age standing in Africa at nineteen, the provision of employment opportunities to the youth is a critical component of ongoing efforts to prevent instability. The participants at the roundtable observed that the response to piracy has not been targeted directly at the youth. Nonetheless, in Benin, national initiatives promoting public-private partnerships encourage the return of young people to agriculture. With the support of UNDP, professional training is provided to unemployed youth, who can apply their new skills in agricultural development programs for example. Further concerns were raised about the links between insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea and the crisis in Mali and the Sahel, and the connections to be established between countries in both regions. The cooperation among pirates from the East African Sahel and those from the Gulf of Guinea should provide an incentive for stronger cooperation among governments. As one participant noted, “security at sea should enhance security inland.” In Benin for example, the government already cooperates with its counterparts in landlocked Mali and Niger, since both countries operate docks in the Cotonou port. Such cooperation should be pursued, despite growing challenges to prevent various types of trafficking from expanding from the Gulf of Guinea to the Sahel. Institutional cross-regional cooperation should also be reinforced. However, within regional groupings policy differences exist. For instance within ECCAS, some member states remain firmly opposed to free movement of populations for fear of destabilization and increased pressures on local economies. At the same time, responses to the crisis in the Sahel were led by ECOWAS with no involvement of the GGC. And with regard to the international community’s response, the roundtable suggested enhancing the influence of the African Group in the UN to ensure that the focus, although limited, on the crisis in Mali and the Sahel, does not entirely divert attention from the situation in the Gulf of Guinea. Conclusion The causes of maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea are multiple and multilayered, and they are manifest in violence, corruption, and in communities that resort to any means available to improve their circumstances—even if through illegal trade, insurgency, or piracy. This pattern is hard to break since those who achieve a level of survivability and wealth are so fearful of losing it that they bolster their positions and perpetuate the drivers of instability. Mutual suspicion and a lack of trust therefore exist between citizens and their rulers and between countries. Most of the structural drivers of instability are homegrown but become exacerbated by regional and international factors. The challenges of the Gulf of Guinea are interlinked with events in the Sahel and North Africa. Similarly, instability at sea cannot be isolated from land-based factors since maritime insecurity has its origins on land. With international attention directed at the region, this is a good time to address the wider causes of instability and examine ways of tackling them through comprehensive response strategies. Innovative approaches focusing on regional and international cooperation have facilitated the development of integrated maritime strategies focusing on piracy and armed robbery at sea. Regional strategies also seek to tap into African countries’ potential to build sustainable maritime economies. However, for these various strategies to become reality, sustained political will and commitment at the national level, enhanced cooperation among Central and West African organizations, and the necessary support of the international community in providing technical assistance and facilitating resource mobilization remain key. To address the complex factors of insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea, its structural causes should also be dealt with. Security-focused approaches on sea and land must be part of holistic strategies to address rampant governance deficiencies, social and economic development challenges, as well as widespread youth unemployment. Finally, the spread of transnational crime from the Gulf of Guinea through to the Sahel-Sahara constitutes a new security threat that calls for stronger cooperation among countries and subregional organizations in the two regions. For a comprehensive and sustainable response to the peace and security challenges in the Gulf of Guinea, all of these dimensions must be taken into account. [1] Many studies define the region as the nine states that comprise the Gulf of Guinea Commission: Angola, Cameroon, Congo-Brazzaville, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), São Tomé and Príncipe. For example, see the International Crisis Group, “The Gulf of Guinea: The New Danger Zone,” Africa Report No. 195, December 12, 2012. [2] Reuters, “Key Political Risks in the Gulf of Guinea,” February 10, 2012, available at www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/10/gulfofguinea-risks-idAFL5E8D73CZ20120210?sp=true [3] Onyej Bazilian et al., “Oil, Energy Poverty and Resource Dependence in West Africa,” Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law 31, No. 1 (2013): 33–53, available at http://erg.berkeley.edu/publications/Recent_Publications/Faculty/Dan_Kammen/journalofenergy.pdf [4] Claudia Ringler et al., “Climate Change Impacts on Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa,” International Food Policy Research Institute, December 2012, available at www.ifpri.org/sites/default/files/publications/ifpridp01042.pdf [5] Blessing-Miles Tendi, “Why Robert Mugabe Scored a Landslide Victory in Zimbabwean Elections,” The Guardian, August 5, 2013, available at www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/05/robert-mugabe-zimbabwe-election-zanu-pf. “There is a phenomenon in African politics called the preponderance of incumbency. [6] Human Rights Watch, “Corruption on Trial?,” August 25, 2011, available at www.hrw.org/reports/2011/08/25/corruption-trial [7] Michael Roll and Sebastian Sperling eds., “Fuelling the World–Failing the Region? Oil Governance and Development in Africa’s Gulf of Guinea,” Friedrich-Ebert- Stiftung, August 2011, available at http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/bueros/nigeria/08607.pdf [8] United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, “Maritime Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea,” in Transnational Organized Crime in West Africa: A Threat Assement, (2013), pp. 45–52, available at www.unodc.org/documents/toc/Reports/TOCTAWestAfrica/West_Africa_TOC_PIRACY.pdf [9] Environmental Justice Foundation, “Pirate Fishing Exposed: The Fight Against Illegal Fishing in West Africa and the EU,” 2012, available at http://ejfoundation.org/sites/default/files/public/Pirate%20Fishing%20Exposed.pdf [10] Phil Lee, “Shell Takes a First Step Towards Solving the Gas Flaring Issue in Nigeria,” Friends of the Earth International, May 31, 2010, available at www.foei.org/en/what-we-do/mining-oil-gas/latest-news/oil-giant-takes-a-first-step-towards-solving-the-gas-flaring-issue-in-nigeria [11] UN News Centre, “Dangers of Air Pollution Worse Than Previously Thought, UN Health Agency Warns,” April 8, 2013, available at www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?Cr=pollution&NewsID=44586#.Uf_2eXIfiPg [12] Amnesty International, “Eyes on Nigeria: Conflict in the Niger Delta,” 2011, available at www.eyesonnigeria.org/EON_Delta.html [13] Jon Gambrell and Associated Press, “Oil Bunkering Threatens Nigeria’s Economy, Environment,” The Washington Post, July 20, 2013, available at http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-07-20/national/40693323_1_crude-production-diebu-nigeria-s [14] United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) and United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), “UN Supports the Development of a Regional Strategy Against Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, Cotonou,” March 19, 2013, available at http://unowa.unmissions.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=JtbNwziEUQM%3D&tabid=765&mid=1796 [15] Commander Michael L. Baker, “Toward an African Maritime Economy: Empowering the African Union to Revolutionize the African Maritime Sector,” Naval War College Review 64, No. 2 (Spring 2011): 39–62, available at www.usnwc.edu/getattachment/b49b0b07-c0a4-41e1-964d-dc37cf03e0b0/Toward-an-African-Maritime-Economy--Empowering-the [16] At the 43rd ordinary session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government held in Abuja, Nigeria in July 2013, regional leaders directed the ECOWAS Commission to facilitate the adoption of the ECOWAS Integrated Maritime Strategy and the establishment of Pilot Model Zone E within the framework of the strategy. [17] The Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC) was founded in 1999, and it comprises Angola, Cameroon, DRC, Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Nigeria, and Sào Tomé and Principe. [18] African Union, “2050 Africa’s Integrated Maritime Strategy,” available at http://pages.au.int/sites/default/files/2050%20AIM%20Strategy%20(Eng)_0.pdf [19] African Union, “The Second Conference of African Ministers in Charge of Maritime-related Affairs Consider the 2050 Africa’s Integrated Maritime Strategy (2050 AIM Strategy),” Press Release No. 149, 2012, available at http://pages.au.int/sites/default/files/Press%20Release%20ENG.pdf [20] United Nations, Security Council Resolution 2018 (October 31, 2011), UN Doc. S/RES/2018, available at www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=S/RES/2018(2011) [21] United Nations Security Council, “Letter Dated January 18, 2012 from the Secretary-General Addressed to the President of the Security Council, Report of the United Nations Assessment Mission on Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea (7 to 24 November 2011)” (January 19, 2012), UN Doc. S/2012/45, available at www.securitycouncilreport.org/atf/cf/%7B65BFCF9B-6D27-4E9C-8CD3-CF6E4FF96FF9%7D/AUUN%20S%202012%2045.pdf [22] United Nations Security Council Resolution 2039 (February 29, 2012), UN Doc. S/RES/2039, available at www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=S/RES/2039(2012) [23] African Union, “Summit of Heads of State and Government on Maritime Safety and Security in the Gulf of Guinea,” Yaoundé, Cameroon, June 24–25, 2013, available at http://pages.au.int/maritime/events/summit-heads-state-and-government-maritime-safety-and-security-gulf-guinea-yaounde-cameroon
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Chandigarh School Of Banking GK Power Capsule – Current Affairs March 2014 1. Abdullah, the king of Saudi Arabia appointed his half-brother Moqren as the next heir to the throne. 2. Sunil Gavaskar was appointed as the interim president of the Board of Control for Cricket in I Read more ...
ndia (BCCI) by the Supreme Court. Sunil Gavaskar replaced the present BCCI chief N Srinivasan. 3. Jens Stoltenberg was appointed as the Secretary General of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). He will replace the incumbent Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. 4. General Sedki Sobhi was sworn-in as the new Defence Minister and Army Chief of Egypt. 5. Rajiv Takru was appointed as the Revenue Secretary. He will succeed Sumit Bose. 6. Rakesh Sethi was appointed as CMD of Allahabad Bank. 7. Sheila Dikshit, the former chief minister of Delhi was appointed as the 22nd Governor of Kerala. She will succeed Nikhil Kumar. 8. Indian-origin Gopal Rao won UK Twitter Prize. 9. Japanese architect Shigeru Ban won the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2014. 10. Govind Mishra, the renowned Hindi author will receive Sarawasti Samman for the year 2013 for his book Dhool Paudho Par published in 2008. 11. The 86th Annual Academy Oscar Awards 2014 - The best picture award was won by 12 Years A Slave of Steve McQueen. Best Actor – Matthew McConaughey (Film-Dallas Buyers Club), Best Actress - Cate Blanchett (Film - Blue Jasmine), Best Director - Alfonso Cuaron (Film – Gravity). 12. Physicist Rajesh Gopakumar was selected for G D Birla Award for scientific research for the year 2013. 13. The new Corporate Responsibility Regulations notified recently was not applicable to the State Bank of India, but it would comply voluntarily as SBI was created under SBI Act. 14. Indian journalist Shubranshu Choudhary won Google digital activism award for regional news service. 15. Tomas Halik, the Czech priest won the Templeton Prize for 2014. 16. President Pranab Mukherjee presented the President's Standard and Colours Award to 112 Helicopter Unit and President's Colour to 4 Base Repair Depot (BRD). 17. Indian writer Pankaj Mishra won Windham Campbell Literature Prize 2014 in non-fiction category. 18. US honoured Laxmi, an acid attack victim with the prestigious International Women of Courage Award. 19. Chandi Prasad Bhatt, the noted Gandhian environmentalist and social activist won the Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2013. Bhatt was one of the pioneers of the Chipko movement. 20. Actor Arjun Kapoor was named as the brand ambassador of the Earth hour 2014. Earth hour is an initiative under which citizens are advised to switch off all electricity for an hour. It is organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). 21. Grand jury of US indicted Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, the person accused for visa fraud and for under paying her housekeeper. Earlier, the virtually identical charges against Devyani were dropped by a court on the ground that she enjoyed diplomatic immunity. 22. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, the Army Chief of Egypt resigned to contest in Presidential election. 23. Dr KC Chakrabarty, the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India resigned. Earlier, Anand Sinha retired from the position of Deputy Governor of RBI. 24. GK Pillai resigned as Chairman of MCX-SX on 14 March 2014. Consequently, current Vice Chairman and former LIC Chairman, Thomas Mathew T was elected as new Chairman. 25. Nandan Nilekani resigned as chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). He joined the Congress Party to contest Lok Sabha Polls from the Bangalore South constituency. 26. Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Apple Inc Peter Oppenheimer announced his retirement. 27. Veteran film actress of Hindi and Marathi films, Nanda died. 28. Khushwant Singh, the renowned author and journalist died. 29. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, the former President and leader of Sierra Leone died. 30. South China Sea-Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared in the South China Sea. 31. Union Ministry of Minority Affairs launched Nalanda Project for Minorities Higher Educational Institutions. 32. Union Ministry of Minority Affairs launched a new initiative Maulana Azad Sehat Scheme for the welfare of minorities. 33. India was ranked fourth in a Microsoft report in the list of the countries sending out spam e-mails. India has followed three nations namely USA, China, UK. 34. India’s import of weapon systems is three times more than Pakistan and China. The report published by as Swedish Think Tank, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has claimed that India continues to be the largest buyer of arms in the world. 35. Mumbai was the least expensive major city for expatriates among the major cities of the world. This was revealed in a report released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). After Mumbai, Karachi and New Delhi are the least expensive city in the world. Singapore was ranked as the most expensive city. 36. The Third Nuclear Security Summit was held in The Hague, Netherlands from 24 to 25 March 2014. 37. A non-profit group Vandana Foundation launched AQUATM in Mumbai. The AQUATM is a water vending machine from which water can be purchased. 38. A multi-pronged National campaign on Dengue, U & Me Against Dengue, was launched to eradicate dengue across six Indian cities with public private partnership. 39. Union Defence Ministry ordered a CBI investigation into the purchase of jet fighter engines from Britain’s Rolls-Royce that worth 10000 crore rupees. 40. Indian Navy successfully completed Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise (TROPEX), one of its largest war drills spread over Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal region. 41. India and Nepal started a joint military exercise at Saljhandi in Rupandehi district of Nepal. The two week exercise named Ex-Surya Kiran Drills VI. 42. Third BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) Summit was held from 1 March to 4 March 2014 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Indian Prime Minster visited Myanmar. 43. Sumith Nakandala was appointed as the first Secretary General of BIMSTEC. 44. The Union Cabinet gave its approval for the setting up of 54 Kendriya Vidyalayas, four National Institutes of Design (NIDs), and 3,500 model schools at the block level in Educationally Backward Blocks (EBBs). The proposal to set up new KVs during the 12th Five Year Plan period. 45. Various Central agencies cleared seven major National Highway projects, including the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, pertaining mostly to Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana and Punjab and Rajasthan. 47. The Centre assailed the January 21 Supreme Court verdict commuting the death sentence of 15 convicts to life term, saying the President’s decision in disposing of a mercy petition was beyond judicial review. 48. With a view to promoting affordable and effective generic drugs, the Centre has asked the States to provide space in government hospitals for their sale so that more Jan Aushadhi Stores could be opened. 49. President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2014 that would pave way for the creation of the State of Telangana, and approved the Cabinet’s recommendation to impose Central rule in the State. 50. Russia’s Parliament has approved the use of armed force in Ukraine, even as the West warned Moscow not to intervene in the troubled post-Soviet state. 51. Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung approved a proposal to bring back trams in Chandni Chowk area. 52. Justice G. Rohini is set to become the first woman Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court. 53. Two fund houses of SBI and Axis have filed papers with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to start mutual fund schemes linked to inflation-indexed bonds. 54. Former Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman J. S. Sarma, an advocate of telecom sector reforms, has passed away. 55. The Union government has raised by 10 to 20 basis points the interest rates on select fixed deposit schemes offered by post offices. The rate hike will come into effect from April 1, 2014. The rate hike decision is in line with the recommendations of the Shyamala Gopinath Committee. 56. With the provisional exclusion of the Indian Boxing Federation (IBF), the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has suggested that a new national federation be floated to revive the country’s relations with the international boxing community. The AIBA, which suspended the IBF on December 6, 2012 due to alleged irregularities in its elections held that year. 57. RBI decided to allow foreign inward remittances received under money transfer service scheme (MTSS) directly into the bank account of the beneficiary through electronic modes such as national electronic funds transfer (NEFT) and immediate payment service (IMPS). 58. The elections for the 16th Lok Sabha, along with the Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim, will be held on nine different dates. The first date is April 7 and the last is May 12. Counting of votes will be held on May 16. Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath, accompanied by Election Commissioners H.S. Brahma and S.N.A. Zaidi, said Bihar and Uttar Pradesh would have the maximum of six polling dates each. 59. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged the Uttar Pradesh government to take immediate action to end the strike by government doctors which has resulted in "violation of people’s right to health and life.” 60. India’s current account deficit (CAD) narrowed sharply to $4.2 billion (0.9 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP)) in the third quarter of the current financial year. 61. Telecom subscribers across the country can now register complaints by dialling a special toll free number 1063. 62. At Graphic Era University in Dehradun as Arvind Mishra, a young assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, broke the Guinness record of 121 hours in the non-stop lecturing category. 63. For the first time candidates will have the option of e-filing their affidavits in the coming Lok Sabha and Assembly polls. The mandatory affidavits (Form 26), to be submitted at the time of filing nomination papers, include information on the candidate’s assets (movable and immovable property), property and accounts abroad, liabilities, educational qualifications and criminal antecedents, if any, and the name of the spouse and dependents. 64. Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) will celebrate International Women's Day by organising financial literacy camps for women. All the 12 branches of the bank will organise financial literacy camps on March 8. 65. China announced its biggest hike in military spending in three years, with its defence budget set to cross $130 billion in the coming year. 66. Tata Motors said it had tied up with Bharatiya Mahila Bank to provide retail finance to its passenger vehicle customers. 67. Bihar is India’s fastest growing State with its Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) growing at 15.05 per cent during 2012-13. According to the CSO data, Gujarat grew at 7.96 per cent, ranked sixth, behind Bihar, Madhya Pradesh (9.89 per cent), Goa (8.47 per cent), Kerala (8.24 per cent) and Odisha (8.09 per cent). The all-India economic growth in 2012-13 was 4.47 per cent. 68. A high-power committee under the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) has been set up to find ways for the banking sector to comply with Basel-III capital norms. The decision was taken at a sub-committee meeting of FSDC chaired by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan. 69. Myanmar received the award of World’s Best Tourist Destination for 2014 by the European Union Council on Tourism and Trade. 70. To expedite proceedings against sitting MPs and MLAs in criminal cases, the Supreme Court asked lower courts to complete trial within a year of framing of charges. 71. Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut landed back on Earth in Kazakhstan after a stay of more than half a year aboard the International Space Station (ISS). 72. China said it would allow, for the first time, the setting up of five private banks on a trial basis. 73. Bharatiya Mahila Bank Limited, the first women’s bank and a wholly-owned government institution, proposes to open 55 more branches in Tier 4, Tier-5 and Tier-6 cities in 2014-15. 74. Gold and silver imports declined by 71.4 per cent to $1.63 billion in February mainly due to restrictions imposed by the government. 75. The Supreme Court declined to review its January 21 verdict, commuting the death sentence of 15 convicts to life term because of inordinate delay on the part of the President in disposing of their mercy petitions. 76. Rakesh Sethi took over as Chairman and Managing Director of Allahabad Bank. 77. The U.S. financial regulator warned consumers that using the online currency Bitcoin was fraught with risks, including theft by hacking and fraud. 78. The Director General of Civil Aviation has come out with new detailed guidelines for the physically challenged travelling by air, making it clear that no airline can refuse to fly them. 79. India and Bangladesh are keen to increase business relations by setting up inland waterways for hassle-free movement of cargo. 80. Singapore’s central bank said it would regulate ‘intermediaries’ for the Bitcoin virtual currency to prevent them from being used for money laundering and terrorist financing. 81. India’s foreign exchange reserves jumped by $1.088 billion to touch $295.45 billion during the week ended March 7, 2014. 82. Crimea declared independence from Ukraine and applied to rejoin Russia. Nearly 97 percent of voters said “yes” to revert to Russia. 83. Designed and built using a $777,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the self-contained, waterless toilet with its innovative technology converts human waste to biochar, a highly porous charcoal. It aims to provide an eco-friendly solution to help some of the 2.5 billion people around the world lacking safe sanitation. 84. Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said he had called President Barack Obama to complain that the U.S. government is undermining confidence in the Internet with vast, secret surveillance programmes. 85. Wholesale Price Index Inflation slipped to a nine-month low of 4.68 per cent in February. 86. Goldman Sachs Asset Management (India) has announced the launch of CPSE-ETF (Central Public Sector Enterprise Exchange Traded Fund) new fund offer, which tracks the central public sector enterprises (CPSE) index. Through this fund, investors can invest in Maharatnas, Navratnas and Miniratnas companies. 87. The Andhra Pradesh State government has in principle decided for the Rs. 1,000-crore Missile Test Launch Facility project proposed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Nagayalanka mandal of Krishna district. 88. For the first time, a large section of the still classified Henderson Brooks Report, which details a comprehensive operational review of India’s military debacle in India China war 1962, has been made public. 89. El Salvador’s election officials declared Sanchez Ceren the winner in presidential election. 90. Ludhiana and Kanpur are among the 10 most polluted cities in the world, says the World Health Organisation. Ludhiana made it to the fourth position along with Quetta in Pakistan. Kanpur made it to the ninth position. The most polluted city in the world is Ahvaz in Iran. 91. The Election Commission has directed content managers of social networking sites to make sure that candidates do not post anything violative of the model code of conduct. The guidelines will be applicable to a range of Internet-based social media including Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Wikipedia. 92. The All India Bank Employees’ Association has sought the immediate intervention of Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath to disqualify top loan defaulters from entering the poll fray. 93. The Home Ministry has taken action against about 19,000 non-government organisations which did not file returns within the stipulated time period. 94. Reserve Bank of India has warned all domestic banks to take steps before Microsoft ends its Windows XP software support from April 8, 2014. 95. A city court directed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and her close aide N. Sasikala to appear before it on April 3 to face trial in cases pertaining to alleged failure to file Income Tax returns. 96. The Central Government will sell 4.2 crore shares or 9 per cent stake in Axis Bank. The government holds about 20.72 per cent of the shares of the third largest Indian private sector bank through the Specified Undertaking of UTI (Unit trust of India). 97. The EU welcomed Ukraine into the Western fold, signing the political provisions of a landmark accord. European Union leaders agreed sanctions against top Russian politicians and stepped up efforts to cut the bloc’s debilitating energy dependence on Russia. 98. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan said that the central bank was yet to take a decision on Urjit Patel committee report which had suggested an inflation target and was still in discussion with the government on the subject. 99. British retail major Tesco announced that it was forming an equal joint venture with Trent Ltd., a part of the Tata Group, by picking up 50 per cent stake in Trent Hypermarket Ltd (THL) for about Rs.850 crore. 100. North Korea test-fired 30 short-range missiles into the sea. The missiles are estimated to have flown about 60 km. 102. ‘Book your own coach’ – is the latest initiative rolled out by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for the benefit of foreign travellers, tourists and students. 103. The Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) will open three more branches in three capital cities of the northeastern States - Agartala (Tripura), Shillong (Meghalaya) and Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh). 104. Prime Minister Muhammed Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan had postponed giving India the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status. 105. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has clarified that poll campaign-related news appearing in newspapers and channels owned by political parties will fall under the purview of paid news. 106. Bank of India launched IMT (Instant Money Transfer), which allows cardless cash withdrawal at its IMT-enabled ATMs, a first-of-its-kind initiative by any public sector bank. The facility can be initiated by the bank’s customer over bank’s ATM and retail Internet banking. The sender initiates IMT by providing receiver’s mobile number, four digits sender code and the IMT amount. Monthly withdrawal limit prescribed for IMT transaction is Rs.25,000 for receiver, and per transaction limit of Rs.10,000. IMT, once issued, is valid for 14 days. 107. The Election Commission (EC) has directed the government to defer notification of the order on gas price hike till the end of the general election in the third week of May. 108. After having launched its first ATM a year ago, Tata Communications Payment Solutions Limited (TCPSL) which is the first non-banking firm to launch its ATM network or white label ATMs said it plans to roll out 15,000 ATMs across India by June 2016. 109. The G8 group of top economic powers have suspended Russia for annexing Crimea, and has threatened to impose far-reaching sanctions if Moscow continued its incursion into Ukraine. The U.S. and six other economic powers also scrapped the G8 summit to be hosted by Russia in Sochi in June. 110. More than a year after the shocking Delhi gang rape, the Indian Ordinance factory launched a light-weight revolver, “Nirbheek,” designed especially for women to defend themselves from assault. 111. Shigeru Ban, Japanese architect known for his creative and inexpensive designs for disaster relief shelters, has won the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize. 112. The death sentence passed by an Egyptian court against 529 supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy has triggered an outcry among a wide cross section of the legal community. 113. The Reserve Bank of India simplified foreign portfolio investment norms. The portfolio investor registered in accordance with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) guidelines shall be called Registered Foreign Portfolio Investor (RFPI). The existing portfolio investor class, namely, Foreign Institutional Investor (FII) and Qualified Foreign Investor (QFI) registered with SEBI shall be subsumed under RFPI. 114. Creating a new Guinness world record, over two-and-half lakh Bangladeshis performed a chorus of their national anthem at the national parade ground to mark the country’s 43rd Independence Day. 115. European Union member states decided to ban the import of five types of fruits and vegetables from India. 116. The U.N. Human Rights Council launched an inquiry into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, despite Colombo’s fierce efforts to block an investigation. In a 23-12 vote, the council backed a Western-sponsored resolution to investigate into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights. India, for the first time, abstained from voting. 117. The discovery of two more mounds in January at the Harappan site of Rakhigarhi in Hisar district, Haryana, has led to archaeologists establishing it as the biggest Harappan civilisation site. 118. Supreme Court directed all the States to abolish manual scavenging and take steps for rehabilitation of such workers. 119. The World Health Organisation (WHO) South-East Asia Region, home to a quarter of the world’s population, was certified polio-free by an independent commission under the WHO certification process. 120. Russian mathematician Yakov Grigorevich Sinai, one of the most influential mathematicians of the 20th Century, has been chosen for the 2014 Abel Prize by the Norwegian Academy of Science Letters. 121. The U.N. General Assembly adopted a Western-backed resolution declaring Crimea’s referendum illegitimate and refusing to recognise Russia’s annexation of the peninsula. The non-binding resolution was passed in the 193-member body, with 100 votes in favour and 11 against. 122. Outgoing Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has threatened action by India against Switzerland at global forums such as G20 for its persistent denial to share information on Indians stashing money in its banks. Indian tax authorities have sought information on Indians with accounts in Swiss banks under the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA). 123. Srei Infrastructure Finance is planning to start roll-out of its while label ATMs (WLAs) between July and September starting with a pilot of 200 Tier-III towns in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. 124. The Reserve Bank of India extended the transitional period for banks to complete the full implementation of Basel-III capital regulations up to March 31, 2019, instead of March 31, 2018. 125. Government has set up a Tax Administration Reform Commission comprising officials from public and private sector agencies. Parthasarathi Shome is the chairman this Commission. 126. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) imposed a penalty of Rs 1 crore on Google for failing to provide information related to an investigation into its alleged unfair trade practices in India. 127. Tata Group and Singapore Airlines received the mandatory security clearance. While both partners will initially invest $100 million, Tata Sons will be the majority partner with 51% stake. SIA will hold 49%. 128. Indian exports will fall short of the USD 325 billion target envisaged in the current fiscal. For the April-February period, the country's merchandise exports were up 4.79 per cent to USD 282.7 billion. Imports during the 11-month period fell 8.65 per cent to USD 410.86 billion. The trade deficit during this period was USD 128 billion. 129. The Supreme Court restrained the Centre and the Unique Identification Authority of India from sharing the vast biometric database of Aadhaar cards with any third party or agency without the consent of the registered person. It also ruled that people cannot be denied any service or benefit for not having an Aadhaar card. 130. Consumer Price Index Inflation declined to 8.1 per cent. 131. Foreign direct investment (FDI) into the services sector declined by about 60 per cent to USD 1.59 billion in the first nine months of this financial year. 132. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion had proposed relaxation of FDI norms in the construction sector and 100 per cent FDI in the railway sector. 133. India and the United States have decided to enhance cooperation for automatic exchange of information on tax evasion and detection of financial crimes, shoring up efforts to crackdown on black money cases involving economic channels of the two countries. 134. China has emerged India’s biggest trading partner in the current fiscal replacing the UAE. 135. 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Anambra Guber: My testimony - Ngige Print Email Category: SPECIAL REPORTS Published on Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:21 Written by Chris Ngige Share ngigeSenator Chris Ngige is in the Anambra Election Petitions Tribunal to s Read more ...
eek justice, having been aggrieved by the conduct of November 2013 gubernatorial elections in Anambra State. Ngige, favoured by all calculations to win the elections says he was ‘allocated the third position’ in the election. The main party sued in the subsisting petition is Independent National Election Commission (INEC), which is the First Respondent. Also in the matter as is Prof .Chukwuemeka Onukogu, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for INEC in Anambra State as Second Respondent. Mr Wille Obiano, the candidate sponsored by All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and decalred winner of the disputed election is the Third Respondent while his party,APGA is the fourth. The fifth Respondnet, another political party, Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD),has been struck out, having been withdrawn by Ngige’s Lawyers. Senator Ngige who has already testified before the three-man Anambra State Gubernatorial Election Petitions Tribunal headed by Hon Justice Ishaq Bello adopted the following Evidence –in –Chief when he mounted the witness box. Please read on: I, SENATOR (DR.) CHRIS NWABUEZE NGIGE, (OON), Male, Christian, Nigerian Citizen, Medical Doctor, Politician and Knight of St. John’s International, residing at No. 1 Chris Ngige Crescent, Urueze-Ide Village, Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area, of Anambra State do hereby make oath and state as follows:- I am Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige. I am a Medical Doctor and also a politician. I live at No. 1 Chris Ngige Crescent, Urueze-Ide Village, Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area, of Anambra State. I was a former Governor of Anambra State between May 29th 2003 and March 16th 2006 and currently a Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District in the Upper Chamber of National Assembly. I am the 1st Petitioner in this petition. I make this written deposition for myself and on behalf of All Progressives Congress, (APC), the 2nd Petitioner in these proceedings. I am a registered member of All Progressives Congress (APC), one of the political parties registered under the laws of Nigeria and authorized to sponsor candidates in election. I was the flag bearer of the Party in the Governorship election held on the 16th of November 2013. I also know the 1st Respondent. It is a statutory body created by law with the responsibilities of organizing, conducting and supervising elections into various elective offices including the office of Governor and its Deputy. It is also charged with the responsibility of organizing voter registration and updating voter register for purposes of elections. I also know the 2nd Respondent. He is an officer in the employment of the 1st Respondent assigned with the responsibility of overseeing the affairs of the 1st Respondent in Anambra State. Under the provisions of the INEC Manual for Election Officials 2013/2014, he is saddled with additional responsibilities of taking delivery of all sensitive and non sensitive materials for elections from INEC headquarters and distributing them to Electoral Officers; supervises the recruitment and training of all staff including ad hoc staff for elections in the State. I know the 3rd Respondent. He was a candidate in the Governorship election held on 16th of November 2013. He was sponsored by the 4th Respondent, All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA). He is the candidate declared as the winner of the said election by the 1st Respondent, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). I remember Saturday the 16th of November 2013; it was a day scheduled for election to the office of Governor of Anambra State. I was a candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC) in the election together with my running mate Hon. Raph Okeke. Twenty-Three (23) political parties sponsored candidates in the said election. The candidates and their political parties are the 3rd Respondent, Chief Willie M. Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Okeke Chika Jerry of Action Alliance (AA), Chukwuemeka Nwankwo of Accord Party(A), Dr. Ifeatu Ekelem of All Congress of Democrats (ACD), Engr. Anthony Anene of All Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Comrade Aaron Igweze E. of Alliance for Democracy (AD), Chief Anayo A. Arinze of African Democratic Congress (ADC), Patrick C. Ibeziako of African Peoples’ Alliance (APA), Chief Austin Nwangwu of Citizens Popular Party (CPP), Chijioke G. Ndubuisi of Democratic People’s Party, (DPP), Christian I. Otti of Independent Democrats (ID), Chief Dennis N. Oguguo of KOWA Party(KP), Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah of Labour Party (LP), Pastor Simon C. Okafor of Mega Progressive Peoples Party (MPPP), Okonkwo E. Webster of National Conscience Party (NCP), Prince Leonard Uchendu of New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), Comrade Tony Nwoye O. of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Godwin C. Ezeemo, of Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), Hon. Basil Iwuoba O. I. of Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN), Onuorah B. Onyeachonam of Social Democratic Party (SDP), Barr. Okoye G. Ohaenyem of United Democratic Party (UDP) and Prof. Benedict N. Akanegbu of United Peoples Party (UPP) were candidates. In the said Governorship Election held on the 16th, 17th and 30th of November, 2013, 23 (twenty-three) political parties sponsored candidates and the votes scored by each party as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were as follows:- S/N NAME PARTY NUMBER OF VOTES 1. CHIEF WILLIE M. OBIANO APGA 180,178 2. TONY NWOYE O. PDP 97,700 3. SENATOR (DR.) CHRIS NWABUEZE NGIGE (OON) APC 95,963 4. PATRICK IFEANYI UBAH LABOUR/LP 37,495 5. EZEEMO GODWIN CHUKWUNENYE PPA 5,120 6. PATRICK CHUKWUKA IBEZIAKO APA 1,607 7. ENGR. ANTHONY ANENE ACPN 899 8. CHIEF AUSTIN NWANGWU CPP 879 9. CHIEF ANAYO A. ARINZE ADC 699 10. PRINCE LEONARD UCHENDU NNPP 696 11. CHIJIOKE GEOFREY NDUBUISI DPP 632 12. PROF. BENEDICT NDUBISI AKANEGBU UPP 624 13. DR. IFEATU EKELEM ACD 490 14. HON. BASIL IWUOBA O. I. PPN 325 15. CHIEF DENNIS NWAFORKA OGUGUO KP 321 16. OKONKWO EMEKA WEBSTER NCP 264 17. OKEKE CHIKA JERRY AA 249 18. ONUORAH BASIL ONYEACHONAM SDP 235 19. CHRISTIAN IKECHUKWU OTTI ID 205 20. CHUKWUEMEKA NWANKWO ACCORD/A 185 21. COMRADE AARON IGWEZE E. AD 180 22. PASTOR SIMON CHINWEUBA OKAFOR MPPP 155 23 BARR. OKOYE GODSON MGBODILE OHAENYEM UDP 153 10. At the end of the Governorship Election which stretched from the 16th to the 17th up to 30th of November 2013, Chief Willie Maduabuchi Obiano, the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the 3rd Respondent herein, was returned elected by the Returning Officer, Prof. James Epoke, an agent of the 1st Respondent on the 1st day of December, 2013 with 180,178 as total votes scored. 11. My party and I are aggrieved with the return of the 3rd Respondent as the winner of the questioned election for the reason that, the 3rd Respondent did not satisfy the mandatory requirements of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended). 12. I have in the petition stated the grounds upon which the Election is questioned. They are: (i) That the election of the 3rd Respondent, Chief Willie Maduabuchi Obiano, the person whose election is questioned, was invalid by reason of non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) and the INEC Manual for Election Officials 2013/2014; (ii) That the said election was marred by various acts of corrupt practices; (iii) That the said Chief Willie Maduabuchi Obiano was not elected by the majority of lawful votes cast at the election; (iv) That the said Chief Willie Maduabuchi Obiano was not qualified to contest the election. Anambra State is one of the States in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The State has 21 Local Government Areas made up as follows: (i) Aguata (ii) Anambra East (iii) Anambra West (iv) Anaocha (v) Awka North (vi) Awka South (vii) Ayamelum (viii) Dunukofia (ix) Ekwusigo (x) Idemili North (xi) Idemili South (xii) Ihiala (xiii) Njikoka (xiv) Nnewi North (xv) Nnewi South (xvi) Ogbaru (xvii) Onitsha North (xviii) Onitsha South (xix) Orumba North (xx) Orumba South (xxi) Oyi In the statistics given by the 1st Respondent at the Stakeholders’ Meeting held at Awka on the 13th of November, 2013, the total registered voters is stated be 1, 784, 536. The total number of Registration Areas (i.e Electoral Wards) is to be 326 while Polling Units is 4,608. We are complaining that the election and purported declaration of the 3rd Respondent was unwarranted and invalid, for the reason that the election was conducted by the 1st Respondent in a manner which was manifestly and substantially not in accordance or compliance with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) 16. The voters’ register used for the election was fundamentally flawed in that overwhelming number of registered voters were excluded from the voters’ register and were therefore disenfranchised; 17. Further to the above, I am aware that the 1st Respondent had continuously given conflicting figures as the number of registered voters in Anambra State. 18. On the 13th of November 2013, the Chairman of the 1st Respondent at a stakeholders meeting in Awka announced the figure of 1,784,536 as the registered voters. On the 18th of November 2013, the Returning Officer for the Governorship while declaring the election inconclusive announced a figure of 1,760,751. In the State final Collation of Results for the election on the 30th of November, 2013 the same Returning Officer put the number of registered voters at 1,770,127. 19. In the voters’ register compiled by the 1st Respondent, the number of registered voters in Anambra State is stated (among three other conflicting figures mentioned) to be 1,770,127 voters. On Election Day, the Voters’ Register used by the staff of the 1st Respondent was grossly deficient as many registered voters in all parts of the State could not find their names on the register while photographs of minors and blurred images filled the register. We shall rely on the Inspection Report carried out on the Voters Register used for the 16th, 17th and 30th November 2013 election as well as the Report on analysis of all the voters registers used in previous elections in Anambra State including photo reports of the voters registers. 20. As a result of the flawed nature of the Voters’ Register including the problem of multiple registration and attendant mass disenfranchisement of voters in the election, only 442,242 voters or 24.9% were able to exercise their franchise. 21. I verily believe that the election was fundamentally and irredeemably flawed in that the voters’ register used by the 1st Respondent in the conduct of the said election was deficient, defective, inflated, undermined, inaccurate and therefore unreliable. The said register did not conform to the provisions of Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), thereby rendering the entire results arising from the said election void. 22. On or about the 16th day of October, 2013 the 1st Respondent at a forum with the officials of participating political parties held at Awka distributed an electronic version (e-copy) of the Anambra State Voters Register given to the said party officials. Sections 10(3) and 26 of Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) read together require the 1st Respondent to supply printed copies of the register to the political parties within 30 days before the date of the election. The non-compliance with this provision vitiated one of the fundamental principles of a free and fair election. 23. The 1st Respondent through its Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega again on the 13th of November, 2013 at a Stakeholders’ Meeting held at the Women Development Centre, Awka informed the audience/the participating political parties including your Petitioners that the e-copy of the voters’ register earlier distributed to the political parties had an error to the effect that the age of every voter was reduced by 2 (two) years. Consequently, at the end of the meeting, the Director in-charge of the 1st Respondent’s ICT Department, Mr. Chidi Nwafor, a native of Anambra State, issued another e-copy of Voters’ Register to agents of political parties including your Petitioners. The transcript and the video clips of the said Stakeholders’ Meeting containing the speech of Prof Jega as recorded by several media houses and by the cameramen attached to my Media Unit can confirm this 24. With the election just 3 (three) days away, we went into the election with the belief that the Voters’ Register to be used in the conduct of the election was credible, reliable and error-free. 25. On the first day of the election i.e. on the 16th of November, 2013 as well as on the subsequent dates, the Petitioners discovered that the Voters’ Register used in the conduct of the election was defective and was afflicted with so many vices and defects, the details of which are set out in a Report compiled by our team of consultants engaged to analyze the Registers. The extract from the said report indicating some of the polling units affected by the defective register is contained in SCHEDULE I to the petition. In summary,I read the report which if shown I will be able to identify and it identified several defects include the following, among others: (A) MISSING PAGES: Several pages containing details on some voters were missing from the Voters’ Register. This was rampant in the printed copies of the voters’ register given to the Supervisory Presiding Officers (SPOs) by the Electoral Officers in-charge of the 1st Respondent’s local government offices. The SPOs in turn handed over the said voters’ registers to the Presiding Officers who conducted the election at the polling units. The removal of these pages (missing pages) from the voters’ register was deliberately planned and painstakingly executed plot to disenfranchise thousand of voters whose names were already captured in the electronic copies of the register. For instance, at Ojoto Ward in Idemili South LGA, voters with surnames starting with the alphabets “O” up to “U” could not find their names in the register for all the 33 polling units in the ward. When the voters reacted angrily and insisted that no voting would take place in the ward unless the anomaly was rectified, the SPO for the ward went back to the INEC/1st Respondent’s local government office in Ojoto and returned with the missing pages for the voters’ register. This conduct confirmed the suspicion that the missing pages in the voters’ registers were not accidental but carefully and deliberately executed at selected targets. In my home town Alor Ward II where a similar incident occurred, the presiding officers in-charge of United Primary School Codes 001, 002 and 003 polling units were shown copies of the voters’ register for the same polling units (printed from the 2nd Petitioner’s e-copy) showing the names of missing voters in INEC’s voters’ register, but this observation went unheeded as the presiding officers did not allow the said voters to exercise their franchise. This anomaly also featured in virtually every other polling unit in Idemili South, Idemili North, Nnewi North, Ogbaru, Awka South, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Oyi, some parts of Anambra East, Ayamelum and other local government areas, resulting in omission of names of hundreds of thousands of voters whose data were duly captured in the e-copy of the voters’ register earlier supplied to the political parties. (B) UNDER-AGED PERSONS OR MINORS AS VOTERS: Persons who by the provisions of Section 12(1)(b) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) are not qualified to vote or be registered as voters in the election were included in the Voters’ Register. This irregularity could be found in the Voters’ Register in about 18 local government areas but more particularly in Anaocha, Anambra East, Oyi, Ayamelum, Aguata, Orumba North, Orumba South, Anambra West, Njikoka, Awka North, Awka South, Ihiala, Nnewi North, Nnewi South, and Ekwusigo local government areas among others. During the inspection of the INEC voters’ register pursuant to the order of the Tribunal, it was discovered that most of these minors were ticked off as having voted in the election. (C) VACANT SPACES WITH NO BIOGRAPHICAL DATA OF VOTERS/EMPTY PICTURE PLACE-HOLDERS ASSIGNED VOTER INFORMATION NUMBERS (VIN): Vacant spaces in the voters’ register with no biographical data of prospective voters but with ages stated as "2013" also featured in the Voters’ Register. This anomaly was especially rampant in the voters’ register used for Agulu Wards I, II, III & IV in Anaocha Local Government Area and in Ayamelum and Orumba North Local Government Areas. (D) INANIMATE OBJECTS AS VOTERS. One of the irregularities that afflicted the voter register used in the election is the inclusion of inanimate objects as human beings. In the voter register for Umuereodili Village Square IV in Igbakwu ward, Ayamelum LGA a plate of rice was registered as a voter and given the following particulars; ‘VIN 90F5 B178 7129 5274 449, Name-Gh, Nb Bn, Occupation-Civil Servant, Gender- Male, Age- 37” (E) MULTIPLE REGISTRANTS: Cases of multiple registrants also featured in virtually every voter’s register used for every polling unit in the election for the entire 21 Local Government Areas of Anambra State. Multiple registrations are specifically prohibited by Section 12(2) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended). The rampant and widespread cases of multiple registrations contradicted the claim by the 1st Respondent that it has a software - Advanced Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) - to detect and eliminate multiple registrants. The claim turned out to be false as incidences of multiple registrations could be found in about 3000 out of the 4600 voter registers used for the election. By the widespread nature of multiple registrations in the voters’ register, the announced figures, 1, 784, 536 or 1, 770,127 registered voters for Anambra State becomes questionable. In Ayamelum Local Government Area, one individual got registered as many as 5 times bearing different surnames, Onwuaso, Onwuasonya, etc in several polling booths in one ward alone. (F) SCANNED PHOTOGRAPHS OR IMAGES: This anomaly was also found in the Voters’ Register used in the election, and was prevalent in the voters’ register for Anaocha (particularly Nri I and II), Ihiala, Njikoka, Ayamelum, Anambra East, Anambra West, Onitsha North, and Onitsha South LGAs. Again, this irregularity enabled the 1st Respondent to register voters by proxy, contrary to the provisions of Section 24(f) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended). (G) BLURRED IMAGES OR PHOTOGRAPHS OF VOTERS: This also featured in the voters’ register used in the election. With these blurred images, it became impossible for a Presiding Officer to identify a prospective voter, thereby subverting the provisions of Section 49(2) of the Electoral Act and Chapter 3.2 of the INEC Manual which provides steps for the accreditation of voters. Additionally, with the blurred images it was impossible to prevent multiple registrants and impostors from voting at different polling units. This irregularity also enabled the possessors of voters cards with blurred images to engage in the unwholesome sale of such voters cards to desperate politicians. This irregularity was rampant in the voters’ register for Anaocha (particularly in the 4 Wards in Agulu town and Nri Wards I & II), Ihiala (particularly at Uli I, II & III), Ayamelum (Ama Isiogwari, Umumbo, Omor etc), Nnewi South (particularly in Osumenyi Wards I & II), Awka South and Njikoka Local Government Areas. (H) GENDER MIS-DESCRIPTION: Wrong gender description was another irregularity that bedeviled the voter register. It was a common sight in the register for able bodied men to be described as “female” while pleasant looking ladies are described as “male”. The local government areas where this irregularity exists include Ayamelum,Onitsha South, Aguata, Ogbaru, Oyi, Anambra East, Awka North, Ihiala and Orumba North. (I) HIGHLY INFLATED NUMBER OF VOTERS: This anomaly was found in the voters’ register, with some of them being as large as 2000 - as found in the voters’ register for Awka North, Awka South, Anambra East, and Onitsha North, Nnewi North and Ogbaru. On the contrary, some other polling units had as little as 1 (One) registrant as in the voters’ register, as evident in the voter register for Ekwulummili ward Nnewi South, Idemili South and Ekwusigo Local Government Areas. 26. The1st Respondent’s Chairman had claimed that, save for ages of registrants that were reduced by 2 years there was no difference between the voters’ register issued to the political parties in October and November 2013 and the one actually used in the election, your Petitioners found that the latter register had boxes for accreditation and voting, and also had wrong ages of voters. Contrary to the 1st Respondent’s claim that only 2 years were added to the data of all voters in “correcting” the voters’ register, there is evidence, using the 2011 voters register as a guide, that as much as 3 years were added to the data of all registered voters, thereby giving a lie to the 1st Respondent’s claim. Most importantly, the missing pages in the register used on the day of election showed a very profound difference with the electronic copies supplied to the political parties. I will be able to identify all the four registers (i.e. the one of 2011, October 2013, November 2013 and the actual one used on the various dates in the election)if shown to me. 27. With the deficient voters’ register used in the election, the 1st Respondent still went ahead to omit names of hundreds of thousands of voters by deliberately and or negligently omitting some pages in the printed copies of the voters’ register given to the Presiding Officers during the election. Thus in some Local Government Areas perceived as strongholds of the Petitioners - namely Idemili North, Idemili South, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Awka North, Awka South, Ogbaru, Dunukofia and Njikoka local government areas - many of the voters could not find their names in the voters’ register. It was in this circumstance that high-profile voters like the PDP Governorship candidate Comrade Tony Nwoye, his parents and siblings, former Minister for Women Affairs Mrs. Josephine Anenih, Prince Arthur Eze and so many others could not vote on Election Day. The video clips showing evidence of voter disenfranchisement as recorded by African International Television (AIT), Television Continental (TVC), Channels Television, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and private recordings made by my agents are available and will be played if the Tribunal permits. 28. It is our belief that voters’ register being an indispensable foundation for the conduct of a free and fair election, the questioned election was deliberately undermined by the 1st Respondent so as to give undue advantage to the 3rd and 4th Respondents in the election. 29. Many Election Observers who witnessed, observed and monitored the conduct of the election confirmed the disenfranchisement of hundreds and thousands of voters in many local government areas particularly in areas where my party or parties opposed to the ruling APGA/3rd Respondent are perceived to be strong. One of the Observers, Transition Monitoring Group stated in its report that the “widespread cases of missing names in the voters' register questions the integrity of the accreditation process and the authenticity of the voters' register,.” 30. In the conduct of the questioned election, the 2nd Respondent, Prof. Chukwuemeka Onukaogu exhibited acts of manifest bias, animosity and hostility against me and my party. The 2nd Respondent’s undisguised and deep-seated bias and animosity dated back to the days the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) when and some of my party members contested the National and State Assemblies election in 2011. 31. The bias and animosity were manifested in various forms, namely through malicious and baseless cancellation of elections duly won by the defunct ACN and writing petitions to the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) against some members of the party in the aftermath of the said election. The said REC equally wrote a petition against one Mr. Alex Anene, one of the returning officers in the Anambra Central Senatorial election which I won. The 2nd Respondent’s grouse was that Mr Anene refused to be used in declaring false return in the said election. Subsequently, the 2nd Respondent took it upon himself to personally invite officials of then ACN and the said Returning Officer to INEC Office at Awka for interrogation by ICPC officials-a clear indication of the 2nd Respondent’s resolve to settle scores with me. 32. The 2nd Respondent also unilaterally declared some of the State Assembly seats election won by ACN as “inconclusive” or upturned the victories to losses as it happened in my Idemili South State Constituency in which Hon. Ebele Obi of ACN won but his victory was, at the directive of the 2nd Respondent, awarded to the APGA candidate. Most of the controversial results announced by the 2nd Respondent in 2011 elections against ACN candidates were overturned by the Election Tribunals with serious rebuke of the 2nd Respondent for his unwholesome and partisan role. This hostile attitude was subsequently transferred to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the 2nd Petitioner. 33. I had course to bring up this issue to the INEC Chairman’s attention at several occasions including the Stakeholders’ interactive session held in Awka. Despite calls by the 2nd Petitioner that the 2nd Respondent be transferred out of Anambra State, the 1st Respondent, for reasons that have now manifested in the questioned election, retained him for a hatchet job against us and for the benefit of the 4th Respondent. 34. In a recent interview with an online news medium, Sahara TV, on the 16th of November, 2013 Prof. Onukaogu put this unmistakable animosity and bias in public sphere when he declared that the first petitioner is “insincere” and is a “man prone to electoral manipulation.” . Full details and transcript of the said interview had been set out in Schedule 3 to the petition which I adopt for present purposes. 35. Further acts of bias and partisanship demonstrated by the 2nd Respondent in his capacity as the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Anambra State include but are not limited to:- (a) Recruitment of persons with sympathy for and or affiliation to the 4th Respondent in Anambra State, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), to act as Supervisory Presiding Officers (SPOs), Presiding Officers and Assistant Presiding Officers in the election: The Petitioners state that on account of entry of Dr. Nkem Chukwukaodinaka Okeke, the 4th Respondent’s Deputy Governorship candidate, a staff of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) Awka in the election and the 1st Respondent decided as a matter of policy not to recruit any staff of the University in any stage of the election. As an alternative, the 1st Respondent recruited most of its ad hoc staff from the University of Calabar, Cross Rivers State in order to demonstrate neutrality and to be seen as creating a level playing field in the electoral process. However on Election Day, the Petitioners discovered that the 2nd Respondent had secretly arranged the recruitment and deployment of about 21 staff of the UNIZIK to act as Supervisory Presiding Officers in the election. Part of the Staff specially recruited for hatchet jobs in the election include the following: S/N Name Position Source 1. Ubanwa Modesta SPO UNIZIK Registrar’s Office – Admissions 2. Ezeafulukwe Blessing SPO Faculty of Arts, UNIZIK 3. Okeke Stella SPO Faculty of Law 4. Umenze Ifeoma Glady SPO Regis tar’s Office 5. Obineche James A SPO Registrar’s Office 6. Elijah Chinedu Vincent SPO Registrar’s Office 7. Uzor-Oguejiofor Cecilia SPO Vice Chancellor’s Office 8. Osondu Nnamdi Christopher SPO Vice Chancellor’s Office 9. Jibike Viola Uchenna SPO Chike Okoli Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies 10. Nkwoka Bonniface SPO Faculty of Education 11. Okafor Mary Jane SPO Registrar’s Office – Admission 12. Nwadike Emmanuel SPO Vice Chancellor’s Offce 13. Nwokoye Antonia SPO Vice Chancellor’s Office 14. Paul Okolie SPO Faculty of Engineering 15. Joy Enwedo SPO Vice Chancellor’s Ofice 16. Prof.Charles Emeka Nwadigwe SPO Dept of Theatre Arts 17. Confidence Okafor SPO Faculty of Law 18. Cornelius Aghadiegwu Ukwueze SPO Dept Of Mass Communication 19. Chigozie Ikegulu SPO Works Dept 20. Chukwudi Njelita SPO Security Officer in Chike Okoli Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies 21. Dr. Chike Okoye SPO Dept, of English (b) Recruitment of students with ties to the 4th Respondent as Presiding Officers and Assistant Presiding Officers (Poll Clerks) in the election. On Election Day when the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members deployed to Idemili North LGA embarked on a premeditated strike action, the 2nd Respondent took full advantage of the situation to recruit students and other unemployed youths with ties to the 4th Respondent as Presiding Officers and Assistant Presiding Officers and deployed them across Idemili North and Idemili South LGAs. It was as a result of the nefarious activities of these APGA affiliated ad hoc staff that election was severely disrupted in Obosi, Ogidi I & II, Nkpor I & II, Abatete, Oraukwu, Eziowelle, Abacha, Uke, Umuoji and Ideani wards in Idemili North LGA leading to the cancellation of results from Ogidi, Abatete, Nkpor while strangely retaining results from Oraukwu, Eziowelle, Uke, Umuoji, Abacha and Abacha wards . (c) Still on the issue of breach of the critical requirement of neutrality in the election and ensuring fairness to all candidates, the 2nd Respondent also secretly recruited and deployed students, unemployed youths and known supporters of the 4th Respondent as ad hoc staff in the election. Most of these ad hoc staff - who was largely untrained - displayed open hostility, bias and partisanship against the Petitioners. It was as a result of this irregularity that reports of late commencement of voting, non-availability of result sheets, poor handling of the procedural steps in INEC Manual and allocation of votes became the order of the day. These partisan ad hoc staff engaged as Supervisory Presiding Officers, Presiding Officers, Assistant Presiding Officers or Poll Clerks were deployed to Anambra East, Anambra West, Oyi, Njikoka and Anaocha Local Government Areas resulting in outlandish figures recorded for the 4th Respondent from the results in the areas. I have asked INEC to furnish me the comprehensive list of all ad hoc staff engaged by it for the election as well as their full contact details. As at the time of swearing to this statement the 1st and 2nd Respondents were yet to furnish me with the list as ordered by the Tribunal. (d) In his world press conference held in Abuja on the 22nd of November, 2013 the Chairman of the 1st Respondent, Prof. Attahiru Jega in answer to reporter’s question, admitted that the Commission, in clear breach of its earlier decision, recruited adhoc staff from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka where the said Dr. Nkem Okeke was last employed before the election, with a tepid explanation that the Commission did so when it ran out of manpower. If the tribunal permits, the video clips of the said press conference recorded by cameramen of the AIT, Channels TV, TVC, Silverbird and NTA well as excerpts of the text of the address published in Vanguard and Daily Sun newspapers of 23rd of November 2013 will be played or read out. 36. On the issue of late delivery of materials, I wish to state that on the 16th of November, 2013 the first day of the election, polling could not start at the scheduled time of 8am in all polling stations in Awka North, Awka South, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Ogbaru, Idemili North, Idemili South,Ihiala, Orumba North, Orumba South and some parts of Anambra East and Oyi Local Government Areas owing to several factors devised by the 1st and 2nd Respondents to weaken the electoral success of the Petitioners in these Local Government Areas. The effect of late commencement of accreditation and voting was that after waiting for several hours without seeing the polling officials, many of the voters left the venues in frustration. Awka North, Awka South, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Ogbaru and Idemili North Local Government Areas were most hit in terms of late commencement of polling which substantially affected the result of the election. To corroborate the fact of late commencement of election in these areas, the 2nd Respondent, Prof. Onukaogu in an interview with Sahara TV narrated how some Youth Corp members said to have been deployed from Delta State to take part in election duties in Anambra State were arrested by the men of the Anambra State Police Command at the Bridge Head, Onitsha on Friday the 15th of November 2013. The excepts of the interview ran, inter alia: “SAHARA TV: From your own angle now tell us, what were the problems that you encountered? PROF. ONUKAOGU: A number of challenges: one is the challenge of distrust. Let me give you an example; yesterday I expected corps members to come from Asaba to serve as presiding officers in Ogbaru, Onitsha South, Onitsha North and Idemili Local Government Areas. This is because the corps members we had paid to serve us in Anambra State were not enough since we had less than 4600 officers. But when our corps members came in from Asaba they were stopped at Onitsha Bridge, at Asaba bridge head, at 2pm in the afternoon; they were not allowed to cross. SAHARA TV: Who stopped them? PROF. ONUKAOGU: The police stopped them; the police thought that they were mercenaries, that they were coming to vote for one of the parties. In spite of the fact they had documentations to show that they were corps members and they were coming for INEC duties in Anambra State. The police delayed them up till 10 pm in the night. And that disrupted to a large extent my plans and what I had put in place in Anambra – I mean, Onitsha South, Onitsha North, Idemili and Ogbaru. By the time they came in it was absolutely, almost impossible for me to deploy the way I had wanted to deploy them. So in the morning most of my polling centres were vacant and since there was this curfew which did not allow for mobility of people there was no way they could get to their polling centres on time. And that caused a serious disruption and mistrust. And that’s why I maintain the view that this culture of mistrust and distrust have kind of been eroding our system making it extremely difficult for me to actualize the thing the way I wanted to do so. SAHARA TV: Prof, some of the viewers who are watching will ask the question, if there are people who were coming for official duties in Anambra State and they were stopped by the police, why is it that they did not contact INEC officials to say this is what is happening to us? PROF. ONUKAOGU: They did, they do, they contacted me. I called the Commissioner of Police, the Commissioner of Police called his counterpart in Asaba, Delta state. It took us time; it was not until 10pm when the Commissioner of Police himself personally intervened before they were released. As a matter of fact, the policemen who arrested them said they were not going to take instruction from anyone except from the Inspector General of Police himself because, as far as they were concerned, we were mercenaries, they saw us as mercenaries coming to beef up the votes of one or two political parties. That is what I am saying, this culture of mistrust and distrust kind of eroded into the credibility of what I had set out to do. And it affected me very adversely; that is why you find hiccups in many places in the election the way it occurred. And that is part of, one of the reasons that made us start late in areas like Idemili and Ogbaru.” (I have full text of the interview and will tender same if the Tribunal permits) 37. In Idemili North Local Government Area, the presiding officers deployed to the Local Government in the morning of the election embarked on a strike action for non-payment of their allowances or honorarium by INEC. The strike action which the Petitioners believe were orchestrated and premeditated severely affected the deployment of electoral materials to all the Wards in the Local Government Area. Idemili North LGA is a highly populated area with a voting strength in the region of 173,832 with about 306 Polling Units. 38. Following the presiding officers’ ‘strike action’, polling did not take place in Obosi Ward of Idemili North with a voting population of about 45,000 voters. When the INEC officials insisted on going ahead with the election at about 2-3pm, the youths of the town along with party agents resisted this as it would entail late night voting. 39. The 1st and 2nd Respondents without any formal or proper notice to all the concerned stakeholders shifted the polling from Saturday 16th November, 2013 to Sunday 17th November, 2013. 40. We feel strongly that the shifting of the election to a Sunday did not take into account the religious sensibilities of the electorate in the area. 41. The 1st Respondent’s Chairman in an interview aired on African Independent Television (AIT) admitted that a Sunday was inappropriate for the election in a predominantly Christian environment but insisted, among other reasons, that the Electoral Act did not prohibit any day for holding of election. Despite written protestations by some agents of our party .The affected areas are the 275 polling units in Aguata, Ayamelum, Anambra East, Anambra West, Anaocha, Awka North, Awka South, Ekwusigo, Idemili North, Idemili South, Ihiala, Nnewi South, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Orumba North, Oyi local government areas. 42. In other electoral Wards in Idemili North Local Government Area such as Ogidi I & II, Abacha, Abatete, Eziowelle, Ideani, Nkpor I & II, Oraukwu, Uke and Umuoji, the customized electoral materials such as result sheets and ballot papers were deliberately mixed up by the Electoral Officer for Idemili North LGA, Mr. Chukwujekwu Okeke, resulting in the disruption of polling in the entire local government area. The said Electoral Officer was later arrested and charged on 25th November, 2013 at an Abuja Chief Magistrate Court in First Information Report No.CR/163/13 COP Vs Chukwujekwu Okeke for dereliction of duty to wit, that he “unlawfully breached his official duties by deliberately withholding the electoral materials designed(sic) for the election”. The Electoral Officer was allegedly compromised by agents of the 3rd and 4th Respondents who induced him with hefty sums of money to subvert the electoral process in the stronghold of the Petitioners. The First Information Report on the criminal case, the statements made by the Accused Electoral Officer as well as the Police Investigation Report (Interim and Final) on the incident are document I have asked the Police to produce. When they are produced I will tender them. 43. When the 1st Respondent postponed the Obosi election unilaterally, unlawfully, arbitrarily and without adequate notice to the my party and other stake holders, the other electoral wards where elections did not hold were left out by the officials of the 1st Respondent. On the 18th of November, 2013 after failing to get the figures and margin needed to ‘coronate’ the 3rd Respondent as the ‘winner’, the Returning Officer declared the election inconclusive and ordered a ‘supplementary election’ in 210 polling units cutting across 16 local government areas, majority of which are in Idemili North LGA. The so called supplementary election amidst objections from the 3 major parties in the election, namely the 2nd Petitioner, my party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party was eventually held on the 30th of November 2013. We urge for reasons shown earlier that all the votes recorded for the parties and candidates in Idemili North local Government Area on the 16th, 17th and 30th of November 2013 on account of the irregularities highlighted. 44. I wish to further state that contrary to established practice whereby election materials are moved from the Super Registration Area Centres (SuperRACs) and in the presence of party agents, the 1st Respondent told party agents that materials for the rescheduled election in Obosi had been moved either from the State or LGA Headquarters “straight into the booths” and in the absence of party agents, thus compromising the integrity of the electoral process and the outcome of the election. 45. After mis-conducting the election in several local government areas particularly in Idemili North,Idemili South, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Ogbaru, Anambra East, Anambra Wes, Orumba North, Orumba South, Ihiala and other Local Government Areas, the election proceeded to the next stage, collation of results at the State level. Submission of results began at about 12.05am of the 17th of November, 2013 with returns emanating from the Local Government Areas. By 1am there was an announcement that the exercise had been suspended and that it would resume later that day. 46. In a clear departure from the provisions of the 1st Respondent’s Manual for Election Officials 2013/2014, the process of collation at the State level lacked transparency, as the Local Government Collation Officers did not publicly announce the results they were bringing in as required by law. Instead, the results were brought in and kept in a bag said to be "tamper proof" and “custodied” by the 2nd Respondent. 47. The results from the Local Government Areas were only publicly announced before party agents, election observers and journalists about 12 hours later (i.e. in the early hours of the 18th November 2013). 48. The Returning Officer for the election, Prof. James Epoke (the Vice Chancellor of University of Calabar) started receiving the returns from the Local Government Area Collation Officers, most of whom are also lecturers from the same University, a situation that created room for undue influence and/ or conspiracy. 49. On Monday the 18th November, 2013 in the course of the Collation, the Returning Officer at about 6.10 am announced that the election had been cancelled or could not hold in some polling units spread across 16 Local Government Areas of the State. He also announced local government by local government, the scores of each candidate/political party in the election. For all the 23 political parties, he announced their scores as follows: AA -- 236 ACCORD - 181 ACD - 471 ACPN - 552 AD - 171 ADC - 642 APA - 1, 521 APC - 92,300 APGA - 174,710 CPP - 853 DPP - 607 ID - 203 KOWA - 313 LP - 37,446 NPPP - 151 NCP - 254 NNPP - 670 PDP - 94,956 PPA - 5,056 PPN - 323 SDP - 231 UDP - 153 UPP - 621 50. The Returning Officer went further to announce the following figures: TOTAL VOTES CAST - 413, 005 NO OF REGISTERED VOTERS-----1, 763, 751. ACCREDITED VOTERS STATE WIDE -----461, 836. REJECTED VOTES - 16, 544 TOTAL VOTES CAST - 429, 549 51. At the end, he announced that the 3rd Respondent had purportedly scored 174, 710 votes, followed by the PDP candidate with 94,956 votes. Your Petitioners were allotted the 3rd position with 92,300 votes and the Labour Party candidate with 37,446 votes. The Returning Officer further announced that since the number of registered voters in the areas where results were cancelled or election did not hold was 113,113 and taking into account that the margin between the 3rd Respondent and the PDP candidate (79,754) was less than the registered voters in the said areas; the election would be declared "inconclusive". Thereafter, the Returning Officer distributed a document captioned "Form EC40G -Independent National Electoral Commission, Summary of registered voters of Polling Units (Election not held/cancelled)". In the Form EC40G signed and dated the 18th of November 2013, election was cancelled in 210 Polling Units in 16 local government areas namely: S/N Name of Local Government Area LGA Code No. of Polling Units Affected Total No. of Registered Voters (For the Affected Polling Units) 1. Aguata 01 1 310 2. Ayamelum 02 3 1,247 3. Anambra East 03 1 250 4. Anambra West 04 6 2,000 5. Anaocha 05 1 276 6. Awka North 06 2 1,366 7. Awka South 07 1 249 8. Ekwusigo 08 3 884 9. Idemili North 10 160 89,997 10. Idemili South 11 1 636 11. Ihiala 12 3 969 12. Nnewi South 15 2 376 13. Onitsha North 17 1 484 14.
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Bankers Choice Daily Current Affairs - 18th April 1. EC launches Voter Educational Channel i. The Election Commission has launched its own internet-based media arm called ‘Voter Education Channel’. ii. Numerous video clips featuring iconic personalities urg Read more ...
ing citizens to vote have been uploaded on the channel and can be viewed on social media platform YouTube. iii. While the first clip showcases a recorded speech of Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath asking voters to exercise their voting right, a number of other video links have sportpersons like M S Dhoni, Saina Nehwal and MC Mary Kom urging the young and the old to go for the most important right of an Indian citizen — that of the vote. iv. Voters can also view videos of EC brand ambassadors such as former President APJ Abdul Kalam and actor Aamir Khan on the e-link. v. The YouTube link, tagged as ECI which stands for the Election Commission of India, also hosts a number of other messages recorded by various state Election Offices asking and motivating voters to exercise their franchise. vi. Some of the e-links of the unique ‘EC Channel’ give details about the procedures deployed to use the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and their functioning while others detail about the NOTA option procedure. 2. Randstad Awards 2014 announced i. Randstad Awards 2014 was announced on 17 April 2014 to encourage best practices for talent attraction and to identify the best Employer Brand in the country based on perceived attractiveness of a company. ii. Randstad have awarded the Global software major Microsoft as the most attractive employer in India followed by Sony India as the runner-up. The award was won by Microsoft for the fourth consecutive year. iii. Special recognition awards were given to Larsen & Toubro as the most attractive employer in the infrastructure industry, State Bank of India in the banking sector, Taj Group in the hospitality and Tata Power in the energy sector. iv. The Randstad Award was instituted globally by Randstad. Randstad is a leading HR services provider. The Randstad Award is the world’s largest employer branding survey that is conducted with over 200000 respondents across 23 countries in the world. 3. Nobel laureate Garcia Marquez dies at 87 i. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose intoxicating novels and short stories exposed millions outside Latin America to its passions, superstition, violence and social inequality, has died at home in Mexico City. He was 87. ii. Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, the Colombian-born Garcia Marquez achieved literary celebrity that spawned comparisons to Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. iii. His flamboyant and melancholy fictional works - among them "Chronicle of a Death Foretold", "Love in the Time of Cholera" and "Autumn of the Patriarch" - outsold everything published in Spanish except the Bible. iv. His stories made him literature's best-known practitioner of magical realism, the fictional blending of the everyday with fantastical elements such as a boy born with a pig's tail and a man trailed by a cloud of yellow butterflies. v. "The world has lost one of its greatest visionary writers - and one of my favorites from the time I was young," US President Barack Obama said. 4. PepsiCo launches free talk time offer i. PepsiCo today announced an exciting free talk time offer this Twenty20 cricket season, wherein they will be able to stay connected with their friends. ii. To stay connected one has to just grab a multi-serve pack of a range of PepsiCo beverage or food brands and look for the code at the back of the label or inside the pack, SMS the code to9818181234 and get Rs. 10 talk time or go online on paytm.com and enter the code to redeem free talk time of Rs 15, instantly. iii. Pepsi and Lays brand ambassador, Ranbir Kapoor, will feature on the small screen in a fun ad-film “Is T20 season harr koi jeetega“. iv. This offer is available on PepsiCo’s beverage brands Pepsi, 7UP, Mirinda Orange, Mountain Dew or Slice and food brands Kurkure (Rs 30 pack, all flavours) and Lay’s (Rs 35 pack, all flavours). 5. Airtel names new CTO i. Bharti Airtel has appointed Abhay Savargaonkar as its Chief Technology Officer for India operations. He will also be on the company's managing board. ii. Abhay has been at Airtel for over a decade and is currently the Chief of Network Operations. He has held various senior leadership roles covering all network verticals, including leading the 3G planning and deployment, quality, network planning and being the CTO of mobile business when it was a standalone business. iii. The new CTO comes in a time when telecom companies are looking at deploying multiple technologies to meet the challenges of offering data services. 6. ICICI Prudential MF launches 'Dividend Yield Equity Fund' i. ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund is planning to launch a new open-ended 'ICICI Prudential Dividend Yield Equity Fund'. ii. The new fund offer will open for subscription on April 25 and close on May 9, 2014, a company release said. iii. Companies with a good track record of paying high dividends yields are seen as better investment options. Investing in such companies is also one of value investing strategies," Nimesh Shah, Managing Director & CEO, ICICI Prudential MF, said. iv. The fund house also said the scheme will invest mostly in those companies that have dividend yield greater than the dividend yield of CNX Nifty Index at the time of investment. v. ICICI Prudential MF has an average assets under management of Rs 1.06 lakh crore by the end of last fiscal. 7. Anand Mahindra, Banmali Agrawala appointed to USIBC Board i. Anand Mahindra, Ellen Lord and Banmali Agrawal were on Friday appointed as board members of the US India Business Council (USIBC). ii. While Mahindra is chairman & managing director of Mahindra & Mahindra, Ellen Lord is president & CEO of Extron Systems and Banmali Agrawala is president & CEO, South Asia, General Electric. iii. Anand Mahindra, Ellen Lord and Banmali Agrawala bring an excellent combination of both business and civic leadership experience to this position," said USIBC chairman and MasterCard President and CEO Ajay Banga. iv. In 1991, Mahindra was appointed deputy Managing Director of Mahindra & Mahindra, India's leading producer of tractors and off-road vehicles. v. Agrawala is the president & CEO for GE South Asia and is responsible for all of GE's operations in the region. A veteran in the energy domain, Banmali has over 29 years of global experience. 8. Vietnam not to host 2019 Asian Games i. Vietnam said on Friday it had decided against hosting the 2019 Asian Games for financial reasons, and was exploring procedures to withdraw from staging the region's largest sporting event. ii. There was scant public jubilation when the communist country's capital was chosen in 2012 to host the showpiece competition and public sentiment has hardened against the move, with even tightly-controlled state-run newspapers criticising the move in recent weeks. iii. Hanoi in November 2012 won the right to host the 2019 Asian Games, beating Indonesia's second city Surabaya after Dubai in the United Arab Emirates pulled out just before the vote. 9. Sant Chatwal pleads guilty to US polls laws breach i. Indian-American hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal on Thursday pleaded guilty at a court in New York to violating federal election laws by using straw donors to secretly funnel money to political campaigns and will pay a million dollars to the US as part of his plea agreement. ii. Chatwal admitted that he used straw donors to secretly funnel money to political campaigns so that he could gain access to the politicians, and he coerced another person to hide his crime," said acting US Assistant Attorney General David O'Neil. iii. Chatwal, 70, had raised at least $100,000 for former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign against Barack Obama. iv. "Chatwal's scheme sought to subvert the very purpose of the Election Act. Chatwal then rolled the dice to stymie the government's investigation, thinking he could corruptly convince witnesses to his federal election crimes to stay silent. That gamble did not pay off," said US Attorney Loretta Lynch. v. The Washington Post said Chatwal faces a maximum of nearly six years in prison when he is sentenced on July 31. He is free on a $750,000 bond secured by property in Manhattan.
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Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs Takes Ayo Oritsejafor To The Gutters, Expose His Many Lies By editor on April 11, 2014 By The Paradigm The Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs has taken the controversial leader of the Christian Association of Nig Read more ...
eria CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor to the gutters over what it calls “frivolous and unsubstantiated utterances on certain issues with a view to heating up the polity”. The council through a release by its Acting Director of Publicity Muhammad K. Qasim, said that the council is constrained to recall that certain lies blatantly told in the past had undermined world peace in some parts of the globe and resulted in the death and displacement of millions of people. “It is on this note that we wish to prove that many of the claims of the CAN leadership in recent years on the state of the nation were motivated by reasons which were evidently at variance with the truth. The Council went on to prove that Mr. Ayo Oritsejafor had been feeding lies to the Nigerian public and the Presidency. Read the full release below: [Press Release] As many Nigerians would have observed, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has, in recent times, been using the media to make frivolous and unsubstantiated utterances on certain issues with a view to heating up the polity. Many of these utterances have been unfortunate, given the public status of the spokesperson who has been fanning the ember of religious hostility through implacable inflammatory utterances in a multi-religious country like ours. When the unconventional rhetoric of the CAN leadership began on the pages of newspapers a couple of years ago, we took it for a temporary outburst that would soon fizzle out. This was reinforced by our solid commitment to the various layers of our interactions with the Christian community in the country and our belief that turning religion into a political gambit would be igniting a keg of gunpowder, hence our resolve not to respond in the like manner. Despite the attitude of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) of not responding to frivolous and unwarranted media propaganda, we are constrained to recall that certain lies blatantly told in the past had undermined world peace in some parts of the globe and resulted in the death and displacement of millions of people. It is on this note that we wish to prove that many of the claims of the CAN leadership in recent years on the state of the nation were motivated by reasons which were evidently at variance with the truth. We are aware that not all our Christian compatriots appreciate or support the combative posture and aggressive rhetoric of the current CAN leadership. This is evident in a recent public rebuttal by the Bornu State’s CAN leadership of a baseless allegation that some churches and Christian schools were clandestinely marked out for demolition in the State. That State’s CAN leadership had to admonish the national leadership of CAN to always “clarify issues relating to Christian communities at the State level before making (embarrassing) public statements on such issues. …We feel that the channel had not been exhausted in this matter hence this response.” The mere fact that the Federal Government has been listening to fabricated data and the lies blatantly told about Islam and Muslims in this country have been reflecting in the polity especially in the lopsidedness being witnessed in critical areas of Federal appointments and postings,even in the military and security agencies. Though we have data to the effect that about 85% of appointments as Heads of Federal Parastatals have been given to Christians through which the majority of Nigerians are marginalized, for now we want to principally address only the single example originated by CAN to illustrate our assertion that lies are being circulated as facts by CAN leadership in Nigeria for personal and political gains Nigerians would recall that in the last week of July 2013, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, in a syndicated interview, alleged that “Nigerian Christians are treated as second class citizens”. The interview was published in the Vanguard of 27th July 2013, several other newspapers and on-line media. In the interview, among other mendacious statements, the CAN President alleged that Christians are being marginalized in Nigeria while the truth is obvious even to the blind that the opposite is the case. On the Nigerian Television Authority, for example, the CAN President said: “Go to the Government owned media houses and see what is happening there, especially the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA). I don’t know now because some of them retired at a point, but, before their retirement, the seven directors out of eight were Muslims. Turn that around and see what will happen. What do you call that? Second class citizens.” While the reasons for which verifiable information are distorted and lies are publicly promoted based on mere conjectures, we want to aver that contrary to what the CAN President said, NTA, like other segments of the Nigerian enterprise, is a Christian enclave. Below is the list of the composition of the Management Board of the NTA since inception to date and the facts speak for themselves: MANAGEMENT BOARD OF NTA (1976 TO NOVEMBER 2008) 1 MADUKA VINCEN T DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 O. OLUWOLE DIRECTOR FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 CHIEF SEGUN OLUSOLA - DIRECTOR COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 4 ENGR. UGWU DIRECTOR ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 5 MOHAMMED IBRAHIM/ YAHYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR NEWS MUSLIM 6 ADAMU AUGIE M.D NTPC MUSLIM 7 DR. VICTORIA EZE OKOLI DIR, PROGRAMMES (DG’s OFFICE) CHRISTIAN 1 DR. WALTER OFONAGORO DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR OF FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 4 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO DIRECTOR, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 5 YAHAYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR, NEWS MUSLIM 6 SEGUN OLUSOLA DIRECTOR, COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 1 SHINGLE IGWE DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 SEGUN OLUSOLA DIRECTOR, COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 3 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR FINANCE CHRISTIAN 4 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIRECTOR PROGRAMME CHRISTIAN 5 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO DIRECTOR ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 KERE AHMED DIRECTOR CORPORATE AFFAIRS MUSLIM 7 YAHAYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR, NEWS MUSLIM 1 MOH’D IBRAHIM DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR, FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 PATRICH ITYOHEGH DIR., NAT. PRODUCTION CHRISTIAN 4 DR VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIR., PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 ISAAC WAKOMBO DIR., ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 BAYO SANDA DIR., COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 7 YAHYA ABUBAKAR DIR., NEWS. MUSLIM 8 ABDULRAHMAN MICHIKA DIR., ABUJA PROJECT MUSLIM 1 MOHAMMED IBRAHIM DIRECTOR GENERAL (PART. PRIVATIZATION) MUSLIM 2 SAIDU ABUBAKAR ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 3 PATRICK ITYOHEGH DIR, OPERATIONS CHRISTIAN 4 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 5 ENG. ISAAC WAKOMBO ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 PRINCE BAYO SANDA ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 7 DR. MADU MAILAFIA ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 1 PARICK ITYOHEGH DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 DR. BIODUN SOTUMBI ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 DR. MADU MAILAFIA ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 6 SAIDU ABUBAKAR ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 1 BEN MURRAY BRUCE DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 BABS AKINLOLU/ JAMES DUGGAN, ED, FIN./ ADMIN CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. EDDY AMANA ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 JIMMY ATTEH/PETER IGHO ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 DR. TONIE IREDIA/JIMMY ATTEH ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 6 MALLAM HASSAN BELLO ED, MARKETING MUSLIM 7 MALLAM USMAN MAGAWATA ED, TRAINING (1YR) MUSLIM 1 DR. TONIE IREDIA DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 EMMA MBANUGO ED, FINANCE & ADMIN CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. EDDY AMANA ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 JIMMY F. ATTEH ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 ENGR. SUNDAY IBOK ED, SPECIAL DUTIES CHRISTIAN 6 PETER IGHO ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 7 USMAN MAGAWATA ED, NEWS MUSLIM 8 MALLAM HASSAN BELLO ED, MARKETING MUSLIM (Mallam Hassan Bello retired during this time which was followed by a re-organization process that left Usman Magawata as the only Muslim in the Management till 2008) FROM NOVEMBER 2008 TO APRIL 2012 (Less than 4 years) 1 MALLAM USMAN MAGAWATA DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 MALLAM BELLO SULE ED, PROGRAMMES MUSLIM 3 MALLAM MUSA MAYAKI ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 4 MALLAM YAKUBU IBN. MOH’D ED, SPECIAL DUTIES MUSLIM 5 ENGR. SHUIBU NDA ADAMA ED, ENGINEERING MUSLIM 6 MALLAM GARBA MAMU ED, NEWS MUSLIM 7 PASTOR (MRS) IFY UZODINMA ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 8 VICTORIA OLUMIDI ED, TRAINING CHRISTIAN 1 MALLAM MUSA MAIYAKI AG DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 ENGR. SHUAIBU NDA ADAMA ENGINEERING MUSLIM 3 MALLAM GARBA MAMU ED, NEWS MUSLIM OVERSEEING OFFICERS 1 MUHMUD UMAR PROGRAMMES (acting) 2 DEMBO UMAR MARKETING (acting) 3 WOLE COKER SPECIAL DUTIES/ multi channels 4 FRANK WILLIAMS TRAINING (acting) 5 NGOZI BARDA ADMIN. (Acting) 6 PHILIP OFUEGBU DIR, FINANCE NOTE: The Secretary/Legal Adviser who is a key member of NTA Management Board has always been a Christian since the inception of NTA. The Secretaries, since inception, are: MRS. DAISY DANJUMA DR. DEJI AYINDE MRS. NGOZI BARDA MRS. PAULINE IGBANOR MRS. TESSY NWANERI The summary here is that members of the Board of Directors (External Board members) have always been about 80% Christian and 20% Muslim since the inception of the NTA. The propaganda launched against Muslims and falsehood peddled against them have often influenced the composition of the Boards and Parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation in such a way that Muslims have been grossly marginalized. For example, members of the New Boards of Federal Parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation are as follows: 1. Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) 1 Chief Patrick Ogbu Chairman 2 Bashir Samaila Ahmed Member 3 Daniel Bwala Member 4 Ahmed M. Agina Member 5 Dele Fagoriola Member 6 Rose Okoronkwo (Mrs) Member 7 Billy Etuk Member 8 Director-General, NTA Member 2. Voice of Nigeria (VON) (1) Andy Aghaji Chairman (2) Haruna Ahmed Member (3) George Korgba Member (4) Prof. Fred Onyeziri Member (5) Oruma Steve Member (6) Bature Umar Member (7) Ogu Odey Member (8) Director-General, VON Member 3. Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) (1) Ben Murray Bruce Chairman (2) Elvis Agukwe Member (3) Funke Egbemode (Mrs) Member (4) Bola Doherty Member (5) Farouk Dalhatu Member (6) Joyce Chinedu (Mrs) Member (7) Hajia Hauwa Kida Member (8) Abubakar Damboh Member (9) Director-General, FRCN Member 4. NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA (NAN) (1) Ibrahim Buba Chairman (2) Vtony Prest Member (3) Dr Attah Pine Member (4) Ifeanyi Ossai Member (5) Tons Fetepigi Member 5. NATIONAL ORIENTATION AGENCY (NOA) (1) CHAIRMAN EDOH OBI 6. NIGERIAN FILM CORPORATION (1) Bongos Igwue Chairman (2) Sani Danja Member (3) Wada Musa Member (4) Bright Chinedu Nnebedum Member This disproportionate composition as the names show characterizes various segments of the current Government’s Administration. The Christian community is being appeased and pampered while the rights of the Muslim community are being trampled upon with impunity.Where for God’s sake is the sense of equity of the President of CAN? ADMISSION INTO NDA TOO! The recently published admission list of students into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) is another shocker for Nigerian Muslims and a seeming precursor of a hidden agenda being nursed by the authorities in charge. The composition of that list through which Christians dominate such admission list even in predominantly Muslim States is a clear reminder of ‘Rwanda Experience’. ANOTHER POINTER: FEC Another display of flagrant insensitivity to all norms of justice and fairness is that there is no single Muslim from the entire Southern Nigeria in the cabinet of the current Federal Government. ! INSULT UPON INJURY NSCIA used to assume that the apparent lopsidedness in those appoints was accidental but the constant reckless utterances of Pastor Oritsejafor have lent credence to the contrary. Moreso, his pronouncements have, of recent, become directives to the FGN. Given this dangerous trend and the random deliberate provocation by the current CAN President to add insult to injury; the NSCIA is left with no choice than to join issues with CAN by updating Nigerian Muslims with unassailable facts. Having tolerated CAN’ s irritation for so long in the interest of peace and without any reciprocation, we are compelled to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and to henceforth resist any unwarranted bullying and intimidation of Nigerian Muslims by the President of CAN. We insist that it is unbecoming of religious leaders to publicly tell lies in order to gain cheap popularity and vainglory and we believe that right-thinking Nigerians would, for the purpose of truth and justice, note these facts. Why would anyone who claims to be a religious leader want to lead Nigeria into the ugly spectre of a religious war through belligerent utterances and false allegations just to gain vainglorious self-assertiveness? Why would a religious leader not reflect before making a public pronouncement? As Muslims, we affirm our belief in peaceful and harmonious co-existence with people of other faiths according to the tenets of our religion just as we recommit ourselves to working together with reasonable Christian brothers and sisters in Nigeria towards promoting what unites us . Meanwhile, as a further demonstration of our tolerance, we still advise the national leadership of CAN to always PAUSE, THINK and VERIFY information before making public statements that may amount to fallacy and desist from its chosen path of war mongering just for transient pleasure and selfish cheap gains. If the politicians are busy heightening tension and increasing the national blood pressure, the role of religious leaders should be to douse rather than ignite an inflammable situation in the land. God save Nigeria. Signed Muhammad K. Qasim NSCIA Ag. Director of Publicity FOR AND ON BEHALF OF NSCIA — with Ameer Taawun Dawood Imran and 3 others.
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