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Niger Delta Watch

Nigeria used to be a foremost nation pointing the light for other African nations to follow, but today like the eagle which was brought down from the sky by an ant gnawing at her wings, corruption has brought down Nigeria from her Olympian and soaring height, such that in the comity of nations, smaller African nations including those which gained independence recently are the ones now speaking for the continent.

The soul of Nigeria died the day, Sunday 15th January, 1956 when oil was discovered at Otuabagi and Otuogadi in Oloibiri in present day Bayelsa State by Shell Darcy. That day it was too that the spirit of enterprise and competitiveness died, and following afterwards Nigeria lost her heart and senses of rightness/justness and wrongness including of course, universal altruism. Hence what passes for Nigeria today is the relic of her old self walking with her head and legs up.

Thus, in conceiving Nigeria Watch International (NWI) we are embarrassed by the current stagnation to regression in every facet of that country and disappointed at Nigeria’s current zero image at international level.

The aims of NWI therefore, are:

  • To expose all levels of corruption in Nigeria, especially official corruption
  • To re-orientate the psyche of all Nigerians, both at home and in the Diaspora
  • And usher in the Nigerian renaissance.

The task ahead is not going to be easy, but with the collective efforts of all Nigerians at home and abroad, all friends and well-wishers of Nigeria across the globe joining us in this crusade by reporting all sharp practices in that country including all their unpleasant experiences in the course of doing business, or just visiting Nigeria for other enterprises, we are well able to uproot the evil tree in the House of Nigeria.

Above all, with God on our side we are able to root out corruption and general insecurity in the erstwhile giant of Africa, make her a paradise of glory and a beautiful bride for foreign investors and tourists once more.

We therefore, call on all Nigerians, friends and well wishers of Nigeria to send us information-documents-facts and figures detailing all forms of corruption in that country. Although steeped in stupendous corruption, the current Government may not be willing to take action against established corrupt cases or be favourably and genuinely interested in fighting corruption as the saying goes, “He who lives in a glass house should not throw stones,” we are prepared to press for prosecution of all cases relating to corruption in any form in Nigeria by enlisting world leaders and relevant international bodies such as the United Nations and Transparency International.

According to recent information on Nigeria courtesy of the National Bureau of Statistics, more than 100 million Nigerians live on less than $1.00 a day. Oil - rich Nigeria, and indeed, Africa with all its superabundant natural and manpower resources has no business being poor.

Although our focus at this time primarily is Nigeria, we should welcome information on corruption from other African countries on other African corrupt rulers till such a time when the continental version of NWI - Africa Watch International takes off fully.

We should like to add that the management of Nigeria Watch International does not take responsibility for any publication hereon and their aftermath.

Ridding Nigeria, indeed Africa of corruption is a task that must be done! Don’t just talk about it, report it and take action!

 

JOHN ODEY ADUMA

British Chevening Scholar

UNITED KINGDOM.

SERIES: BUHARISM AND THE FIERCE URGENCY OF NOW

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PART 5

Treatise on Customer-centrism...how to start putting customers first in Nigerian offices, both in the public and the private sectors.

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”

- Bill Gates

THE NEW THINKING AND THE NEW ECONOMIES...THE BEAUTY OF COMMON LABOUR

All over the world public sector employment as I have continued to drum it in the ears of the leaders of the world, are highly elastic, whereas, actual creation and availability of jobs in the private sector are limitless, especailly with a creative, imaginative, innovative and inventive leadership - and what is more, what the individual can do for themselves when it comes to job creation and identifying opportunities, both are boundless as every individual on earth, no matter their condition, even those the Nazis had wrongly tagged the "Unproductive National Comrades" (UNC), is a walking factory; a walking business; a walking business house; a walking office; a walking retail park, a walking business centre; a walking business park, a walking shopping centre, a walking shopping plaza, a walking shopping mall, etc.

It is therefore, my candid submission that individuals the world over don't really, really have to depend on the politicians/Governments who do promise jobs during electioneering campaigns, but cannot deliver on promise, once voted in, and are now faced with the stark economic realities of their nations - and being unable to provide jobs they create the immigration myth and blame the lack of jobs in their countries on innocent immigrants and lately as Mark Joseph Carney, Governor of the Bank of England would have the gullible believe, robots, or they simply manufacture feel good figures to deceive their gullible citizenry!

No doubt, the immigration reality whose ember of fire is being fanned by the Western media is by my reckoning the new Jim Crow!

NOW IS THE TIME FOR EVERYONE TO PADDLE THEIR OWN CANOE

The times in which we are currently are for individual salvation, where everyone is expected to become the captain of their own destiny and not wait for any goddamned government to provide them jobs.

Job creation by individuals should first and foremost, hinge on the principles of self-reliance with godly contentment as the new definition of success.

And the starting point should be to ask such simple questions as: how do I first help myself, before any help could come from anywhere and anybody, if there's ever going to be one? What can I do to help myself? What can I do best? What is/are my passion/s? What talent/s do I have and how can I go about tapping/developing it/them for the betterment of myself and humanity? Wherein lie/s my competitive advantage/s? Can I team up or partner with some other persons to realize my dream/vision/goal?

The principle that governs this new thinking is hinged on cottage thinking with a motto: START SMALL AND GROW BIG, for if you wait to start big before taking off, you will never get off the ground, so can't fly and soar like the eagle - and in most cases, if you ever get to start big, there's every tendency that you might thin out subsequently!

Starting small means, no one should disregard common labour as Femi Fani-Kayode has done, but would like to delude himself that he is an advocate of the masses, when all of his actions/inactions including his often careless, haughty and crassly insensitive utterances prove otherwise.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John Odey Aduma was formely Executive Secretary, Foundry Association of Nigeria; Southern Coordinator of President Muhammadu Buhari's pastoralists NGO - THE PASTORAL RESOLVE; Chairman, Editorial Board of the Daily Times of Nigeria Plc; member, National Committee for the Nigerian Youth Festival, 1993; member, core Committee of the National Tecnology Summit and was the Summit's chairman for two of its sub-committees - Publicity and Exhibition, 1998; member of the Administrative Panel of Inquiry set up by President Olusegun Obasanjo to investigate the illegal trade in and smuggling of endagered species of wild fauna and flora into and out of Nigeria, 2003.

He was the Chairman, Planning Committee of the General Murtala Muhammed Memorial Lecture for two consecutive years, 2001 and 2002 before it attained a Foundation status in 2002, having first been upgraded to that status in 2001. General Murtala Muhammed was one of Nigeria's former Heads of State and was killed in the abortive coup led by the then Colonel Buka Suka Dimka on February 13, 1976.

That same capacity saw Mr Aduma delivering huge succcesses during the Daily Times of Nigeria's 75th Anniversary (in which he raked in N6, 000, 000 into the coffers of the Daily Times of Nigeria Plc) and also, playing a similar role in a similar capacity during Dr Isma'il Babatunde Jose's 75th Birth Day. Dr Jose, doyen of Nigerian journalism was Mr Aduma's personal mentor. That relationship was so close and solid such that whilst Aduma was leaving the shores of Nigeria for Britain in 2003, Dr Jose gave him N10, 000.00.

In 1992, Mr Aduma's contributions to journalism was recognised with the awards of the Nigeria Media Merit Award as the Investigative Reporter of the Year and the Diamond Awards for Media Excellence as the Reporter of the Year, and also, the British Chevening Scholarship, which saw him studying International Journalism at City University of London in 2003-2004, with specialism in Environment.

Aduma is the author of the inspirational best-seller, THE DIAMONDS ARE HERE and the founder of Vigilance, the World's Leading Security Magazine and Scorpion News Corp, in addition to founding the Nationalists Unity Movement of Nigeria (NUMON).

*To be continued

 

God bless our Nigeria.

 

The Voice of One Crying from the Diaspora...

 

*Proudly leading the NATIONALISTS UNITY MOVEMENT OF NIGERIA (NUMON).