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Thursday, 20 June 2013 04:48

Oh God Of Creations.....

The labor of our heroes past, the dreams of Nnmadi Azikiwe,  Ahmadu Bello, Obafemi Awolowo,Aminu Kano, and Tafawa Balewa is gradually becoming a stark reality. President Barrack Obama  in his famous speech Cairo to the World Muslim Congress,

 

 

"Much has been made of the fact that an African-American with the name Barack Hussein Obama could be elected President. But my personal story is not so unique. The dream of opportunity for all people has not come true for everyone in America, but its promise exists for all who come to our shores - that includes nearly seven million American Muslims in our country today who enjoy incomes and education that are higher than average.

 

 

Moreover, freedom in America is indivisible from the freedom to practice one's religion. That is why there is a mosque in every state of our union, and over 1,200 mosques within our borders. That is why the U.S. government has gone to court to protect the right of women and girls to wear the hijab, and to punish those who would deny it.

 

 

So let there be no doubt: Islam is a part of America. And I believe that America holds within her the truth that regardless of race, religion, or station in life, all of us share common aspirations - to live in peace and security; to get an education and to work with dignity; to love our families, our communities, and our God. These things we share. This is the hope of all humanity.

 

 

Of course, recognizing our common humanity is only the beginning of our task. Words alone cannot meet the needs of our people. These needs will be met only if we act boldly in the years ahead; and if we understand that the challenges we face are shared, and our failure to meet them will hurt us all.

 

 

For we have learned from recent experience that when a financial system weakens in one country, prosperity is hurt everywhere. When a new flu infects one human being, all are at risk. When one nation pursues a nuclear weapon, the risk of nuclear attack rises for all nations. When violent extremists operate in one stretch of mountains, people are endangered across an ocean. And when innocents in Bosnia and Darfur are slaughtered, that is a stain on our collective conscience. That is what it means to share this world in the 21st century. That is the responsibility we have to one another as human beings.

 

 

This is a difficult responsibility to embrace. For human history has often been a record of nations and tribes subjugating one another to serve their own interests. Yet in this new age, such attitudes are self-defeating. Given our interdependence, any world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will inevitably fail. So whatever we think of the past, we must not be prisoners of it. Our problems must be dealt with through partnership; progress must be shared.

 

 

That does not mean we should ignore sources of tension. Indeed, it suggests the opposite: we must face these tensions squarely. And so in that spirit, let me speak as clearly and plainly as I can about some specific issues that I believe we must finally confront together."

 

 

Oh God of creations, show us your face, as Nigerian political class and leaders cause in no more noble but a disaster. You averred in the Biblical book of Moses that 'No man see your face and live', when pressed by Moses to you to kindly show him your face!

 

 

The masses of Nigeria are crying out. Oh God of creations, show the masses your face! Kindly direct the noble cause of our leaders, the so--called Africa's monolith political party, PDP has hit the rock, becoming rudderless [it cannot meander Nigeria's fjord water].

 

 

A country where a single individual got a whopping N4billion from manipulated oil block sale, flee to France, acquire a chateau and his fellow country men rots away in abject poverty and frustrations. Powerful politicians indicted for contract scams, oil subsidy fraud still holds appointment and remain visible.

 

 

Expansive buildings dots everywhere that makes nonsense, while the interiors dwellers suffers neglect. Millions of Nigerians die daily at various rural communities health centers, state hospitals, general hospitals, and quack health centers. Oh God of creations direct Nigerian leaders and the political class as they sibylline, some have gone to Delphic, to meet with the gods to advice and get information about their political future, second term, third term in NASS, proposed six year single tenure, advancing APC Armada, NGF crisis, Rotimi Amechi's intransigence.

 

 

 

Americans cherished 'Patriotism', Chinese cherished 'Attitude', Germans cherished 'Determination', Britons cherished 'Naval Superiority', French cherished 'Diplomacy' Japanese cherished 'Fighting Spirit'. Julius Nwalimu Nyerere, Ahmadu Bello, Tafawa Balewa, Aminu Kano, Balarabe Musa, Nelson Mandela all have modest homes, the present crop of Nigeria political class and leaders careless, they built houses on hill tops, haciendas, and built castles on seas.

 

 

Thabo Mbeki, south Africa former president, lamented recently that, the massive and huge money been ferried from Africa to European banks comes mainly from African leaders and politicians. Oh God of creations, pray for Nigerian politicians and leaders to have mercy on Nigerian masses.

 

 

The angers, frustrations at bus-stops, newspaper stands, is a clear pointer that Nigerians are actually being pummeled and battered beyond redemption, due to poverty, joblessness, starvation, and hopeless. According to India's greatest leader Mahatma Gandhi, 'he who makes peaceful change impossible, makes violent change inevitable'.

 

 

 

Frustrations, and anger pervades the environment and now the order of the day in markets, newspaper stands, bus-stops, and meeting places. with a bleak future, hopeless dream, worsening economic and living conditions. Nigerian masses are simply miles away.

 

Oh God of creations, shew Nigerians your kind face!

 

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Taiwo Lawrence Adeyemi.

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PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has extolled the selfless qualities of Nigeria’s first President, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, and urged Nigerians to emulate him in order to move the country forward.

 

Jonathan made the commendation in Nsukka, at the weekend, during an anniversary lecture organised in honour of Zik by St John’s Anglican Church, Onuiyi Nsukka, where the late statesman worshipped.

 

He said Zik’s patriotism and selfless services made Nigeria’s independence possible. “Zik was a detribalised Nigerian, who invested his knowledge, energy, time and money to see that the country gained independence from the colonial masters. Nigerians should emulate his shinning exemplary life shown through dogged struggle to free his country from the colonial rule” Jonathan said.

 

The president, who was represented by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Prof Viola Onwuliri, said that, for the country to get to the next level of her development, there must be attitudinal change.  He added that Nigerians should be ready to render selfless service to the country at all times.

 

He continued: “We must know that Nigeria is the only country we can call our own and, therefore, must contribute selflessly to make it great. “We should make sacrifices so that struggles of our nationalist heroes will not be in vain. “We must shun bribery and corruption in every position we find ourselves in order to move the country to enviable heights”.

 

Former Vice-President, Chief Alex Ekwueme, who was chairman of the occasion, said contributions of Zik to the country could not be quantified as he denied himself luxury and enjoyment of life to see that Nigeria gained freedom from the colonial masters.

 

“Nothing will be too much to honour and immortalise Zik’s selfless service to the country,” he said.

 

Ekwueme commended the church for organising the memorial lecture, which, he said, was another way of honouring the late former president.

 

He pledged to contribute 10 per cent of the N67m required to build St John’s Church as a mark of honour to late Zik, who worshiped there while alive.

 

Delivering the lecture titled, ‘Transformational Leadership and the Quest for National Transformation”, Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Chinedu Nebo, said that, for transformational leadership, every citizen must be accountable and transparent.

 

“Until our leaders emulate people like Zik in being accountable and transparent in their various positions, the level of bribery and corruption will continue to be on the increase.

 

Anglican Bishop of Nsukka, Rt Rev Aloysius Agbo, had, in his remarks, said the church had plans to build a centre to be called “Zik Memorial and Tourist Centre” in honour of Zik as once outstanding member of the Anglican Church.

 

Agbo noted that the centre, when completed, would attract international tourists.

 

“With the help of our esteemed guests, we will ensure that St John will have a building that one will be proud to say that, Nigeria’s first president worshiped in it while alive.   The Anglican Church will continue to honour the late Zik because of his countless contributions to the wellbeing of the country,” he said.

 

 

"What would have been my wish and joy is to witness the commissioning of the Centre named after me as I have just witnessed the fund-raising and foundation laying ceremonies."

THIS was the sentiment expressed by the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe in 1991 at the well- attended fund raising ceremony to build the Zik Centre located in Zungeru, Niger State where he was born in 1904.

The edifice was actually conceived in 1999 to serve as a gift to mark the 89th birthday and to immortalise the name of Nigeria’s first indigenous president fondly called Zik of Africa due to his immense contribution to liberation struggles in the continent.

Zik’s love for the Centre was never in doubt as he had in 1983 during his presidential campaign under the platform of the defunct Nigerian Peoples Party, NPP, taken time off his political schedule to offer prayers at the spot very close to his birth place in Zungeru.

He promised to uplift the spot by erecting a library of international standard. Unfortunately he could not redeem this promise before his demise.

About 20 years ago, precisely on Saturday, November 16,1991, the Bako Kontagora Memorial Stadium, Minna played host to a gathering of eminent Nigerians who came to honour this distinguished icon.

The gathering was to raise funds for the building of an edifice in honour of Zik and to have him commission it. The target was N50 million which was the amount required to complete the centre. But as a testimony of the love Nigerians have for him, that amount was exceeded.

Prominent Nigerians, including past Heads of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Alhaji Usman Shehu Shagari and Gen. Ibrahim Babangida who was the incumbent military president then, graced the occasion.

Abandon Zik Centre

As part of the plan, the distinguished Nigerians, which included Dr. Azikiwe and other past Heads of State drove straight to the site in Zungeru where the Center would be built. The foundation was laid and work started immediately. But the work was short-lived as it was abandoned few years after.

Unfortunately on November 12, 1996, it was the remains of Zik that was taken to the abandoned Centre as part of activities to mark his final burial funeral.

The organisers were smart. The decision to take Zik’s corpse to the abandoned Centre was deliberate. It was to draw the attention of government and well wishers on the need to restrategise and raise additional funds to complete the building.

A beautiful podium was erected at the centre of the building while decorative embellishments adorned the walls to make them look attractive for the brief ceremony.

Most of those present were not impressed by this cosmetic approach as they could not hide their disappointment with the non-completion of the project.

The brief ceremony which lasted for less than one hour was over and dignitaries departed with no official statement on the completion of the Centre.

Fourteen years ago when Vanguard Metro, VM visited the site at Zungeru, the edifice was still looking solid though overgrown with grasses and taken over by different types of reptiles, including snakes.

The edifice was still being guarded by only one security guard who told VM that the other three had to abandon the site after about four yeas of unpaid salaries either from the construction company handing the project or from government, adding: "I am only here hoping that the arrears would be paid one day".

Just some few days ago, there were noticeable cracks on the building which is almost overgrown with grasses and has become a permanent abode of reptiles.

Apart from that, it has also become a hideout for hoodlums who may have taken advantage of its closeness to the busy highway to unleash terror on innocent travellers and even people of the town, especially at night.

As at 1991 when the idea was conceived, the Centre was to gulp about N50 million. But in 1996 when the price was revisited, about N120 million was said to be needed to complete it.

About 12 years ago, the National Secretary for the Centre, Chief Rowland Anyanwu, in an interview few days to the final burial of Dr. Azikiwe, said the Centre had as at then gulped N52 million, adding that the money was paid directly to the contractor handling the project.

He explained that about N60 million was realised on the spot during the official fund raising in 1991 but that due to galloping inflation, especially on building materials between 1991 and 1992, the project could not be completed on schedule.

He said most of the pledges by prominent Nigerians amounting to about N8 million were not redeemed then.

Three months to the death of Zik, a delegation was sent to the Owelle in his home town on the need for him to personally take bold steps towards convicing government and his political associates to complete the edifice.

The former Nigerian president who was elated, promised to take immediate steps to see to the completion of the project; but death stopped his ambition and the hope of completing the project remains shattered.

In an interview with VM, the Eze Ndigbo, Minna Niger State, Dr. Pampas Ngozi Nwahiwe, described the development as unfortunate and called for government intervention immediately.

He recalled that though the project was initiated by associates of the late Zik in 1991, most of them are either late, while those still alive are no longer strong enough to champion the cause. He, therefore, called on the Niger State government to take up the challenge of completing the edifice which is in its territory.

He suggested the redesigning of the structure to accommodate a library which was the dream of Zik, a conference centre and other tourists attractions which will invariably bring tourists to the state and improve the revenue profile of the state after which another funding raising can be organised with the federal and state governments, especially the South East governors and other prominent Nigerians, adequately involved.

Dr. Nwahiwe said after the burial of Zik, the burial committee headed by former Information Minister, the late Mallam Garba Wushishi of which he was also a member presented a post-mortem report to the fund raising committee on the need for all stakeholders to come together towards completing the building, but unfortunately, the sudden death of Malam Wushishi stalled the efforts in this regard. Since then, nobody has taken over the challenge.

In an interview with some traders along the highway close to the edifice, they said there is an urgent need for the project to be completed in order to flush out some hoodlums who have now taken over the place as their hideout.

One of them, Ibrahim Mohammed, who spoke in Hausa, told VM that though he has been seeing the building for over ten years, he is not aware of what the project stands for, adding: "What I know is that it is a government property.

And since you said it is in honour of our former president, there is the urgent need for government to take it over for completion in order to encourage the present leaders in the country to know that they can still be remembered and honoured even when they are dead".

 

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