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Two #Children, a Good #Samaritan, Banish From Homes, Seek Protection at #CRARN Centre

2 Apr
#CNNiReport: Three children yesterday arrived the CRARN Children Centre in Eket – Nigeria, a Centre that takes in children banished from their family homes by parents and relatives over the allegation of witchcraft practice. The children who came from different villages and communities narrated their ordeals in the hands of their relatives said they feared for their lives while on the streets,  that is why they sought refuge at CRARN Children Centre.

Speaking to newsmen at the Centre, Ms Esther Edem (surname changed to conceal identity), a 13-year-old girl from Edo, Esit-Eket and the senior among them, said she found the other two girls roaming the streets and discovered upon inquiry that they were abandoned by their parents. She said she took them to their family home where she lives with her uncle and gave them food. When her uncle came back from work, she reported the incident to him and requested him to take the children and meet their parents if they could accept them back. Blessing said instead of yielding to her request, her uncle launched an attack on her and ordered her to leave his house with the two girls immediately. She said her uncle revealed to her that he had been suspecting her of being a witch all this while.
“I was thinking he was going to be happy and try to help the girls out of their dilemma. I was surprised when he pounced on me with anger and a spank. He asked me to leave his house immediately, so I left the house and did not know where to go. While roaming the street in the middle of the night, and as we sat in an uncompleted building, Ima came with an idea that we should go to CRARN Centre, a place she had been about six years ago. That’s why we came here.” Esther told reporters.
Ima who brought them to the CRARN Children Centre said her grandmother packed out and left their rented apartment in Ekpene Obo, Esit Eket where they were staying and asked her to find her way because she can no longer take care of a witch. She said she was in CRARN Centre in 2010 at the age of five and was reconciled with her grandmother who had been very good with her until a prophet told her  that she was still possessed by the evil spirit and has been responsible for her misfortunes and business downtown.
The youngest of the trio, Blessing Bassey, said she attended a prayer session on a Friday night (which locals called Tarry Night) after her two siblings were kidnapped by unknown gunmen, one of the Pastors in a  small church close to the Mary Slessor Health Centre, Effoi – Eket denounced her as using her magic power to cause the kidnapping of her two siblings and causing the family to go broke. She maintained that things changed for the worst since that fateful day and her parents began a string of torture on her every night before she was finally sent out the house.
The Child’s Right and Rehabilitation Network (CRARN) Centre was founded by Mr Sam Ikpe Itauma in 2003 while still a college student when he rescued four “witch” branded children from the hands of angry youths who wanted to kill them for coming to a nearby market and begging for alms. Itauma was not, however, available for comments when reporters visited the Centre. But the Centre manager, Ms Carol Akpan said there were cases of new children flocking into the Centre with no adequate support to cater for them. She regretted that some children could not be accepted, except in extreme or emergency cases, but referred to the government centres or  taken to their communities for immediate reconciliation and reunification with family which has always  been a very difficult task.

Breaking! 4 Best Graduates At Dillard University USA Are all Nigerians.

11 May

*Michelle Obama tells Dillard University graduates hunger for education creates future geniuses

The Associated Press

Senior class president Nicole A. Tinson takes a selfie with first lady Michelle Obama during Dillard University’s commencement ceremony in New Orleans, Saturday, May 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

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By CHEVEL JOHNSON, Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A hunger for education should continue beyond graduation and should be used to guide and inspire “the next generation of geniuses,” first lady Michelle Obama said Saturday.

In her commencement address at Dillard University, the first lady described the 226 graduates of the historically black college as a “sea of young geniuses” and told them they have opportunities and skills that their parents and grandparents never could have imagined.

“Imagine the impact you will make,” she said. “You have no excuses to stand on the sidelines. Education is still the key to real and lasting freedom. It’s up to us to cultivate that hunger for education in those coming after us.”


Mrs. Obama noted how people “scrape and claw” their way to an education, acknowledging the parents who work three jobs to give their children a shot at a better life.

“This is the realization of the dreams of so many who came before you,” she said. “You should be so proud and so happy and so excited, but you shouldn’t be satisfied. Ask yourselves, ‘What about all those geniuses who’ll never get this chance?’ … When people fall behind in school, they fall behind in life.”

She pointed the more than 200 Nigerian girls who were recently kidnapped “for wanting an education and wanting to go to school,” and 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl who survived a gunshot to the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012 for advocating education for girls.

The first lady ticked off statistics about the high rate of unemployment and poverty in the black community and the number of people from that community in prison or who are victims of violent crimes.

“You may be thinking those numbers are terrible, but I’m not a part of that problem … but folks like you and me, we can’t afford to think like that ever, because we’re the lucky ones.

“We got here today because of so many people who toiled and sweat and bled and died for us … people who never dreamed of getting a college education for themselves but who worked and saved and sacrificed so that we could be here today. We owe them. We owe them. And the only way to pay back that debt is by making those same kinds of sacrifices and investments for the next generation.”

She encouraged the graduates to start small, such as through volunteering as a tutor or by rallying their communities to start a mentor program, but she didn’t reject the possibility of larger contributions, such as serving on a school board, in Congress or as president.

“Let’s turn that pipeline to prison into a highway to college,” she said.

“I want you all to keep raising your bars,” she said in closing. “Let the next generation know that there is no greater investment than a good education.

Obama also received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the university as did U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, who joined Obama for a meeting later Saturday with spouses of veterans at an event at the National World War II Museum.

The top four Dillard graduates all coincidentally come from Nigeria. The 20-year-old valedictorian, Merrilyn Akpapuna, who comes from the southeastern corner of Nigeria, plans postgraduate study at Western Michigan University in the fall.

PHOTONEWS : Nigeria Secret Police Parades Killers Of Prominent Islamic Scholar Auwal Adam Albani Zaria.

3 Mar


The State security Services (SSS) in Abuja today paraded some 7 men it claimed were suspected to be Boko Haram members  that allegedly assassinated Zaria-based prominent Islamic scholar Sheikh Auwal Adam Albani , his wife and son in cold-blood while returning from a preaching session at Markaz Salafiyya Center ,Tundun Wada Zaria on February 1st 2014.

Previous attempts by the SSS to parade persons it claimed were engaged in terrorism had received public derision and skepticism as several commentators claimed some of the paraded criminals  had been previously paraded for similar crimes in the past.


-Sahara Reporters.

U-N-B-E-L-I-E-V-A-B-L-E: Nigerian governor best man to a cook during marriage (Photo)

21 Sep

suswamFor Peter Anyiman, a cook serving Catholic Priest, Rev. Father Michael Tumba, his wedding last Saturday at Our Lady Perpetual Help Cathedral, Makurdi, Benue State, was made just a lit bit more special by the fact that his best man was Governor Gabriel Suswam.

Suswam told the guests at the wedding reception which was held at the same venue that the groom who had served Tumba in Abuja for 18 years had demonstrated commitment to his job and deserved to be honoured. He advised people to take their jobs seriously.

Putting his advice to practice, the governor took time to adjust the groom’s tie and wipe sweat from his face to the admiration of the guests who attended the ceremony.

Anyiman said he considered himself lucky to have the governor serve as his best man and could not have wished for a better wedding gift.Image


Inspector General of Romance: Police IG MD Abubakar Set To Remarry In September

28 Aug

IGP MD Abubakar and lady Safiya in a photo shoot preparatory to their wedding

Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar is set to remarry about a year after he lost his wife, Maryam Abubakar, to cancer in January 2012.

The IGP will be engaging in a three-day wedding ritual to a popular 35 year-old Safiya according to sources close to the Mr. Abubakar. The wedding proper will take place on Septemeber 14, 2013. Saharareporters obtained a photo from a series of photos takenduring a photo shoot in preparation for the grand wedding.


The Road to 2015 Election: Beyond the Ring of Entitlement…

21 Aug


United States of America (U.S.A.) 
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Press Release
08 20 2013 
The Road to 2015
Beyond the Ring of Entitlement…
To close the sell, you must knock on doors and ask for the order……
For decades, the only emissions out of Akwa Ibom Atlantic coast line communities have been that of hydrocarbon polluting the air from producing oil wells and associated economic activities.
And yes, today, these communities (geo-politically referred to as “Eket Senatorial District” <ESD>), hold much promise for the future of Akwa Ibom State, just as it did in the past in providing Akwa Ibom with a formidable patriot and champion of good in the person of Sir Justice Udo Udoma.
We the Concerned Citizens of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria (CCAIN) see no dearth of leadership capacity within “Eket Senatorial District”, and so we support the quest of the district towards winning the governorship election and assuming the mantle of gubernatorial leadership in Akwa Ibom State come 2015.
However, recent emissions out of persons and groups purportedly representing “Eket Senatorial District” is clouded with the stench of “affirmative action” and/or “quota system”, often weak in considering excellence as a selection criteria.
It must be in the tactics, because we in CCAIN are certain “Eket Senatorial District” have sophisticated minds and the district extend well beyond the “Ekid” communities that have just issued a rather boring, weak, and whining communique out of the just concluded AKISAN National Convention <albeit they characterize their occasion as some International Summit>.
“Eket Senatorial District” includes Oro and MkpatAbasi communities and we encourage all from these communities to come forth with the quality of advocacy that is worthy and will assure gubernatorial election victory on the road to 2015.
We trust that “Eket Senatorial District” will return with a communique that goes beyond the ring of entitlement, to substantive value proposition; a communique that pivots away from the “Justice” mantra, to presenting a candidate with a pedigree of justice, fairness, and a heart that seeks equity for all Akwa Ibom communities.
Politics has never been about “Justice”, it has always been about substance, reason, and emotion; 
And of course in Akwa Ibom State, forced outcome through murders, kidnappings, ballot box high jacking, election rigging, and bribing of election workers and judges.
So, what lies on the road to 2015?!
Appealing to Godswill Obot Akpbio (a person whom when one looks at his face, one sees the Tin-Can face of a Tin-God, a Tyrant Cannibal; one sees on his face murders, kidnappings, looted Akwa Ibom treasury, profligacy, and a bitten finger that fed him stuck in his fat mouth. Many substantive Akwaibomites have no interest in looking at his face and so boycott events with Akpabio in attendance…), is the first sign the signatories to afore mentioned “Ekid” communique need to STOP, for they appeal to instincts that will return Akwa Ibom State to those dark days of murders, kidnappings, ballot box high jacking, election rigging, and bribing of election workers and judges.
Didn’t same Godswill Akpabio invade CRARN in Esit Eket and drove Sam Itauma into exile? Didn’t same Godswill Akpabio shut down all efforts at employment of Eket people through stifling Amakpe Refinery out of Eket?? Didn’t same Godswill Akpabio violate Ekpotu and Nsima Ekere of Ikot Abasi??? 
OK! He favored his family’s historical allies in Eket!!….is that what this empty and whining communique is all about in the name of the good people of “Eket Senatorial District”?!
In appealing to Godswill Akpabio, you tacitly become an accomplice in the evil, intimidations, kidnappings, murders, and profligacy visited upon ‘Eket Senatorial District” and Akwa Ibom State by this evil faced and evil hearted person. 
Godswill Akpabio knows he is despised for the blood on his hands and no litany of Attah initiated projects nor claim of credit for other people’s ideas will absolve him of accountability.
Alright we have seen those videos on “urban Renovation”, but so what! We have also seen the flooded-out school in Ikot Ibiok Eket! Now where is the “First in Africa” Jacked up drainage system?!
Ikot Ibiok Girls School in Eket is more representative of Akwa Ibom beyond the paint-up window dressing along the main thoroughfares. Akwa Ibom is all adorned in con; Iyayake!
That is why we need a credible “Eket Senatorial District” candidate that trusts in the power of democracy and the people’s vote, not in Akpabio’s pronouncements and election rigging.
Recently, some individual shared the postulate that “Politics in Akwa Ibom had since moved on”;
Question is: moved on to where?!
We in CCAIN see a tendency to move Akwa Ibom Politics back to the very dark days…it is such tendency that enable “Justice” mantra and clamor for entitlements. An overload on entitlement and emotional appeal is only begging for more of the same Akwa Ibom politics of forced outcome through murders, kidnappings, ballot box high jacking, rigging, and bribing of election workers and judges.
Is this what lies on the road to 2015?!
Modeling Mugabe of all people?!
“Quoting Robert Mugabe, the retired senator said that for Eket Senatorial District, “the 2015 gubernatorial election is a life and death issue.” – Samuel Essien
“You in the Diaspora must act and write open letters. Write to the leadership of PDP in Akwa Ibom. Write to Governor Godswill O. Akpabio. Write to President Goodluck Jonathan. Write to Alhaji Bamaga Tukur. Write to Chief Tony Anenih. Write to all stalwarts of PDP on this all important and weighty subject.”- Samuel Essien
Oh no! This is simply pitiful and somewhat desperate.
Please dear ESD people do not heed the Retired Senator Etang Umoyo’s advice.
And do not, repeat, do not bring Zimbabwe ZANU-PF style strife to Akwa Ibom State; it’s very bloody.
There is a better way….
The cry for “Justice” is a flawed tactic……..
We in CCAIN therefore urge a return to a campaign of “Substance, Reason, and Emotion” by every constitutionally qualified Akwa Ibom State citizen. 
We in CCAIN urge Akwa Ibom citizens to remain resolute and resilient in our commitment to winning the future for Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria, a future devoid of insecurity, a future strengthened by our rich diversity, and the relentless pursuit of excellence and innovation.
On Zoning and how we select our leaders:
In Akwa Ibom State there are families and blood lines that have been historical beneficiaries of community goodwill, but have retuned to claim dominion over those who sponsored and enabled their prominence.
These families and persons thereof come under the pretext of wishing to give back to the people of Akwa Ibom State, they talk “POSITIVE ANGER!” but turn around to remain perpetual leaches, plundering Akwa Ibom common wealth whenever they have the opportunity. 
It is important that you know this and reject any future derivatives from these families that have demonstrated they are not good for Akwa Ibom State.
As we look for leaders, 
Akwa Ibom must reject the tendency towards leaders with potential of further fragmenting Akwa Ibom communities. 
Akwa Ibom must reject candidates from communities with deep seated historical grievances that eat away at them and manifest in over compensation and shear evil while in government. 
To ignore these facts, is to extend the days of murders, kidnappings, mayhem, and fear.
The one thing Akwa Ibom must never do again is select her leaders out of a stock that come with grievance against Akwa Ibom people. They have consistently come with scourge earth agendas and vengeance.
And to those that insist on zoning –
Zoning arrangement within PDP political party is not an “Akwa Ibom State Policy”. 
Zoning is not in Akwa Ibom State governing laws.
So if PDP party agreed to a rotating representation schedule, that is fine and should be honored within the Party; an agreement is an agreement and carries TRUST as an inherent element. 
But if a candidate is outside the PDP party, he or she should be free to go out and persuade the electorate (that is if such a person has the resource and political platform).
A fundamental question to ask is: what is the expectation when an Uyo person is Governor?! 
Develop Uyo only? Take turn in emptying Akwa Ibom treasury?? Benefit only folks from Uyo senatorial district??? Appoint, employ, and favor only family members and persons from Uyo????
If the answer to above questions is YES, then alright, there is value in the rotations and entitlements.
But if ultimately we expect a Governor to serve the entire Akwa Ibom State equitably, then the zoning logic is confounding. It would not appear to matter where the person originates from!
Zoning seam simply an exercise at appeasement; just so that an Uyo, Ikot Ekpene, or Eket person may earn bragging rights that their neighborhood person governed Akwa Ibom State (competent or not). 
Affirmative actions (zoning, quota, etc) have always bred a sense of entitlement and the mockery of diminished performance. 
Socio-Politically, affirmative action endorsements may seek to solve one problem, but they generate yet other conflicts and concerns. 
So invariably, the TRUST problem remains. Some one somewhere will always complain!
The populist candidate goes to every constituency and persuade since there are no guarantees; the populist candidate then must demonstrate why he or she is the best for every constituency or be sufficiently charismatic to appeal to all or the majority.
Oh! How naïve we are…in Akwa Ibom State votes do not matter…. Leaders get APPOINTED and names get crossed out and written in….well then… may be the whiners are on the right road to 2015!
Zoning we characterize as an unsustainable socio-political model; it has the potential of exacerbating divisions to a point that there will be outright conflict if a group strongly feels marginalized; it stifles competency and suppresses the emergence of “best candidates”.
Flawed processes consistently yield flawed or substandard outcomes.
We at CCAIN urge Akwa Ibom to promote processes that lead to the emergence of “best candidates”, over affirmative action candidates.
CCAIN wishes Akwa Ibom State a safe journey on the road to 2015.
Obong E. Umana
@ObongandI on Twitter
for CCAIN Board of Directors
About CCAIN: 
Who We Are
Concerned Citizens of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria (doing business as CCAIN) –
CCAIN is a Not For Profit US Corporation (a MEMBERSHIP organization) dedicated to advocacy for Public Safety, Good Governance, and Economic Empowerment in Nigeria and Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria in particular. 
We are citizens and residents of the United States of America. All of us are working professionals while some are small business owners. Our common bond is that we are all originally from Akwa Ibom State (one of the states in the Petroleum oil producing Niger Delta region of Nigeria) who, at different times, migrated to the United States. All of us are strong advocates for a better Nigeria through effective leadership, guided by the rule of law and the principles of participatory democracy. 
By Obong Umana 


Amakpe Refineries: CEO Describes Akwa Ibom Govt Divestment As Unfortunate

25 Sep

Eket (Akwa Ibom, Nigeria) – The Management of Amakpe International Refineries in Eket, Akwa Ibom, has described the withdrawal of the state government from the project as unfortunate.
Mr. Nsima Ekere, the State Deputy Governor, on September 12, announced the pull out of the state from the proposed 12,000 barrels per day (bpd) refinery project.
Ekere directed the management of the refinery to refund the state’s equity contribution within 21 days, saying it discovered that the promoters lacked the funds to undertake the project.
In his reaction, Chief Usua Amanam, Chairman/CEO of the project, told newsmen that the decision of the government was unfortunate.
Amanam said that the withdrawal of the state came at the time when the refinery had been fabricated and ready for installation, adding that the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) had certified the design and fabrication.
He said that raising capital from financial institutions to finance major projects was legal if the company could meet the lending conditions and stressed that the refinery had the confidence of both Nigerian and U.S. financial institutions.
The chairman said that although a consortium of Nigerian and US banks approved 24. 6 million dollars loans, the refinery drew down only 14.02 million dollars from Sterling Bank and NEXIM Bank in line with the resolutions of the board.
He dismissed allegations that the promoters took loans without the consent of the government, saying that Akwa Ibom Investment Property Company (AKIIPOC) represented the interests of the state government on the board.
“There is absolutely no basis for the decision to divest and ask for a refund of government’s investment within 21 days when we have deployed the finances in addition to the project loans and promoters’ equity to fund fabrication of the first phase of 6,000 barrels per day .
“The U.S lenders required evidence of full application of promoters’ equity contribution of 12.3 million dollars and AKIIPOC ‘s investment in the refinery project as condition precedent to disbursement of approved loan.
“How can anyone say that we lacked the requisite funds; bank loans are indispensable for projects of this magnitude.
“We think that the reasonable thing Akwa Ibom government has to do is to negotiate the divestment with the Amakpe promoters and majority shareholders to allow for other Niger Delta states and foreign investors that have indicated interest in investing in the project,” he said.
He said that a three-man delegation from the state, led by the secretary to the state government, visited the U. S to verify the status of the fabrication in 2010.

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