Monday, 28 February 2011

News Report: Libya Evacuations By Countries

Libya Protesters
Countries:
Britain: British military aircraft flew some 150 oil workers out of camps in the Libyan Desert on Saturday, rescuing citizens stranded by the revolt against Muammar Gaddafi. Britain announced the closure of its embassy in Tripoli just after the last charter aircraft evacuating Britons took off from the Libyan capital, carrying about 100 people, 53 of them British. Defense Secretary Liam Fox said a naval frigate, HMS Cumberland, was on its way back to Benghazi to evacuate any remaining Britons. A Navy destroyer, HMS York, had arrived in Malta and would be available to help with the evacuation effort, as would "a number of other military assets," Fox said.
China: China had evacuated almost 16,000 of its citizens by Saturday, Xinhua news agency quoted the Foreign Ministry as saying. China's Ministry of Commerce has said 75 Chinese companies have operations in Libya, including the state-owned energy giant CNPC, parent company of PetroChina Co Ltd. China's Eastern Airlines will send eight chartered flights in the coming days to evacuate the Chinese from Malta, according to the Chinese embassy.
Croatia: Croatia said 28 Croatian workers have left Benghazi on an Italian military ship bound for Malta. A plane from Zagreb landed in Tripoli and Croatian officials were trying to reach the remaining workers at three different sites. There are around 125 Croat workers still in Libya.
Germany: Germany evacuated 132 foreigners including dozens of German and EU citizens from the Libyan desert on Saturday via two military transport aircraft. A government official said the planes took off from Crete and returned there, adding that a British aircraft had also evacuated Germans and EU citizens.
Greece: The Greek passenger ship Nisos Rodos with 390 evacuees on board, mainly Brazilians and Filipinos but also Thai, Portugese, Dutch and Britons, docked at the port of Piraeus on Sunday. Two more ships, the Hellenic Spirit and the Olympic Champion, transferred more than 4,000 Chinese and other nationals to the Greek port of Heraklion on the island of Crete. Three Greek passenger ships have already evacuated about 7,500 people, mainly Chinese, from Libya. Greeks, Russians, Romanians, Ukrainians and Italians were also among them. About 15,000 Chinese in total will be evacuated from Libya on Greek ships, the government has said. They will return home from Greece on chartered flights, officials said.
India: More than 530 Indian nationals arrived from Tripoli at New Delhi International airport on two Air India flights on Sunday, the Foreign Ministry said. A further 88 Indian nationals travelled by land across the Tunisian border late on Saturday and a further 170 are expected to cross on Sunday, the ministry said. India also chartered two passenger ships with a total capacity of 2,800 and is sending two navy ships from Mumbai to assist with the evacuation. There were 18,000 Indians in Libya, mostly in the oil, construction and health sectors.
Ireland: All Irish nationals wishing to leave Benghazi, have left by sea, according to a statement on Friday by Ireland's Foreign Ministry. A small number of citizens remain in desert areas who are mostly employees of foreign companies. The Ministry is working with the companies and EU partners to ensure that Irish nationals are included in evacuation arrangements. Arrangements were put in place on Saturday for the Air Corps to fly back to Dublin with a those who were evacuated by sea from Libya to Malta the day before.
Italy: Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said on Sunday that all 1,400 Italians had been repatriated from Libya.
Lebannon: Eighteen Lebanese arrived in Beirut on Sunday from Libya via a Royal Jordanian flight from Amman. A number of other Lebanese in Tripoli airport are waiting to board a flight for Paris and are expected to arrive in Beirut in the next 48 hours.
Netherlands: The Dutch foreign affairs ministry said on Sunday that seven Dutch citizens took off from Jakhira in Libya aboard a British C130 military aircraft that also carried other nationals and landed in Malta on Saturday night. At least one more Dutch national was transferred to Crete on a German flight, it added. According to government figures, about ten more Dutch citizens who wish to leave Libya were still in the country.
Nigeria: Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said it planned to evacuate 2,000 of its stranded nationals, the first 499 of whom arrived back in the capital Abuja aboard a chartered Boeing 747 on Sunday. The government has set up a special camp in Abuja to accomodate the returnees, who will be screened for valid documentation before being discharged. NEMA said elderly, women and children were among the passengers as well as a few convicts who were handed over to the Nigerian embassy in Tripoli. NEMA Director-General Muhammad Sani-Sidi told Reuters it was a voluntary evacuation and that the 2,000 were Nigerians who had registered a desire to leave with their embassy. He estimated the overall Nigerian population in Libya at 10,000.
Philipines: President Benigno Aquino said on Thursday his government was making preparations to repatriate about half of the 26,000 Filipino workers in Libya, most of them working in the medical and oil and gas sectors. The government has also set aside 100 million pesos ($2.3 million) to lease planes to ferry Filipinos from Libya.
Romania: Romania's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday 270 citizens had been evacuated from Libya. Another 50 are being evacuated by air and 44 more by sea.
South Africa: South Africa said on Thursday it was arranging for a flight to evacuate some embassy staff and 30-40 nationals from Libya.
South Korea: A chartered plane carrying about 200 nationals took off from Tripoli on Friday for Cairo and another is scheduled, the Foreign Ministry said. A total of 1,300 South Koreans were in Libya working for construction companies.
Spain: A Spanish armed forces plane carrying 124 people evacuated from Tripoli, landed in Madrid on Friday, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said. The evacuees included 40 Spaniards as well as Mexican, British, Canadian and Portuguese nationals. Spain is planning the evacuation of a small number of Spaniards from outside Tripoli, the spokesman said.
Syria: Syria has sent vessels to pick up Syrian nationals from different areas in Libya, in addition to continuing its flights to Tripoli. Minister of Transport Yarub Badr said two ships have been sent so far.
Tunisia: Tunisia had at least 30,000 nationals in Libya. At least 7,000 have been able to leave. Tunisia sent five flights to Libya on Wednesday and two before that. Tunisia has scheduled a ferry to travel to Benghazi.
Turkey: Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Saturday that Turkey had evacuated 14,776 people, including 579 foreigners.
Vietnam: Vietnam has evacuated about 1,300 of its citizens from Libya out of 10,482 .
Credit: Reuters

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Report: Information Technology Report 2009-2010


“The Global Information Technology Report 2009–2010 is a special project within the framework of the Global Competitiveness Network and the Industry Partnership Program for Information Technology and Telecommunications Industries. It is the result of a collaboration between the World Economic Forum and INSEAD”.

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Review: Power Sector Under President Goodluck Jonathan


President Jonathan
“Nigeria as a nation has one of the most embarrassing per capita consumption of electricity. Since Power Generation commenced in Lagos in 1896 by the Public Works Department, the country has failed to boost the production capacity to the required consumption rate. With a population of about 150 million, Nigeria currently generates about 3600MW (This has recently increased to 3,800MW under President Jonathan) despite having an installed capacity of about 6000MW. A comparative look at this with other countries such as Ghana (2,111MW for a population of 23 million), South Africa (44,074.4MW for a population of 49 million), Brazil (100,000MW for a population of 210 million) and USA (1,010,172MW for a population of 310 million) reveals this conspicuous disparity. See Table 1.0 for comparative review and fig 1.0 for per capita consumption of Nigeria compared to other countries”.

Friday, 25 February 2011

Report: Statement Of The African Union Observer Mission To The Ugandan February 18th 2011 Elections


In response to an invitation from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, His Excellency Jean Ping, appointed and sent an Observer Mission to Uganda to observe the Presidential and Parliamentary elections held on February 18th 2011. 
 The AU Observer Mission is led by Hon. Gitobu Imanyara, Member of Kenyan and Pan-African Parliaments. Other members are drawn from the Pan-African Parliament, Ambassadors / the Permanent Representatives Committee, Election Management Bodies, prominent individuals and members of Civil Society Organizations drawn from various African Countries. The Mission consists of 29 members with a support team of the African Union.
The Mission arrived in Uganda on February 14th 2011, and in accordance with the African Union Election Observation Guidelines, proceeded to meet and consult with various stakeholders of the election process, such as the Election Commission of Uganda (ECU), officials of the competing political parties, civil society, academics, media and members of other national and international election observer groups.
The AU Observer Mission is privileged to have within its composition individuals who observed the 2006 General Elections in Uganda and have noted considerable improvement in the conduct of the current elections.
Comments And Observations:
The AU Observer Mission was deployed to all regions of Uganda and observed the following:
(1)The elections were preceded by robust campaigns by candidates across the nation;
(2)The people of Uganda were enthusiastic about exercising their democratic right and indeed, there was a reasonable voter turnout;
(3)The Electoral Commission deployed human and material resources to Polling Stations in all the regions, and
(4)Voting was conducted in a generally peaceful and orderly manner compared to previous elections;
(5)Counting of votes at Polling Stations was done in full view of the voting populace and other stakeholders;
However, there were several shortcomings:
(1)Many Polling Stations did not receive voting materials on time, therefore, voting did not start at 7AM as stipulated in the Electoral Law;
(2)Many voters with voters’ cards were turned away from Polling Stations because their names could not be found on the Voters’ Register;
(3)A good number of Polling officials did not seem to have adequate training or confidence to perform their responsibilities and as a result procedures were not properly followed;
(4)The elderly, people with disabilities, expectant mothers and mothers with children were not given priority during the voting process as specified in the Electoral Law;
(5)Voters’ comprehension of the voting procedure was inadequate, especially in the rural areas;
(6)The open air setting, the marking of ballot paper in an open bowl as against an enclosure and the exposure of ballot boxes without appropriate lids and seals in some cases opened the materials to the vagaries of the weather and limited the secrecy of the voter;
(7)The deployment of the armed forces, the police and militias for security was intimidating and could have impacted negatively on the process of the election;
(8)The general dissatisfaction expressed by different stakeholders on the composition of the Electoral Commission of Uganda undermined the credibility of the process;
(9)The use of inflammatory language by politicians created unnecessary tension and fear;
(10)The national electronic and print media fell short of living up to its responsibility of providing access and level playing field to all contesting parties, and
(12)Allegations of vote buying and open material promises to electorates have undermined the integrity of the electoral process;
It is our considered opinion that there is need to review the Electoral Laws including the appointment of the Electoral Commission of Uganda with the involvement of all stakeholders.
There is need for effective and well resourced civic and voter education in future elections.
The capacities of Polling officials and political party agents could be greatly enhanced with regular and adequate training.
The Mission noted significant improvement in the conduct of the 2011 Elections compared to 2006. We congratulate the people of Uganda for a conclusive and generally peaceful election.
This election highlighted the areas of improvement for future General Elections.
Signed:
Hon. Gitobu Imanyara
Leader of Mission

News Report: Oil Price Hit $98 A Barrel Due To Libya Protest


Oil prices rose slightly to near $98 a barrel Friday in Asia amid signs the crisis in Libya may have cut crude supplies less that previously estimated.
Benchmark crude for April delivery was up 36 cents at $97.64 a barrel at midday Singapore time, after falling as low as $96.39 earlier in the session, in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 82 cents to settle at $97.28 on Thursday.
In London, Brent crude for April delivery gained 89 cents to $112.25 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.
Oil climbed as high as $103 on Thursday before the International Energy Agency said that the violent uprising in Libya has forced oil companies to idle between 500,000 and 750,000 barrels per day of production, or less than 1 percent of global daily oil consumption. That's roughly half of what Italy's Eni, Libya's largest oil producer, estimated earlier Thursday.
The Paris-based IEA also said it can make up for any lost shipments from Libya by tapping into large surpluses held by member countries, which include the U.S., the United Kingdom, France and Germany. Saudi Arabia, the biggest crude producer of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, said that it would increase production to make up for any shortfalls due to unrest in Libya, if necessary.
Oil has jumped from $84 last week amid investor concern the recent wave of unrest in the Middle East and North Africa could affect other oil-rich countries in the region.
"The fear factor in the market remains high, as the extent of contagion remains unknown," Barclays Capital said in a report. "The price correction, should the situation in the Middle East ease somewhat or in the event of OPEC production increases, is likely to be quite sharp."
Most of the eastern half of Libya has already broken away, and diplomats and ministers have abandoned Gadhafi, who has ruled the country for 41 years. He is still believed to be firmly in control only of the capital, Tripoli, some towns around it, the far desert south and parts of Libya's sparsely populated center.
On Thursday, foreign mercenaries and Libyan militiamen loyal to Gadhafi tried to roll back the uprising, attacking two cities near Tripoli in battles that killed at least 17 people. But rebels made new gains and seized a military air base.
Gadhafi said Thursday that he blamed Osama bin Laden and teenagers hopped up on hallucinogenic pills for the upheaval.
"Some form of military coup against Gadhafi seems inevitable," Capital Economics said. "Despite the bloodcurdling rhetoric, the Gadhafi regime appears to be crumbling and whoever takes over will surely want to restore business as usual as soon as possible."
In other Nymex trading, heating oil rose 1.8 cents to $2.90 a gallon and gasoline gained 1.3 cents to $2.73 a gallon. Natural gas futures were up 0.6 cent at $3.88 per 1,000 cubic feet.
Credit: Associated Press

Editorial: The Odds Against Anti-Government Protest In Nigeria

The world of politics seem to be embracing a new method of removing political leaders. The method, though tyrannical, have been hailed by the news media and by some pro-democracy activists. The method is tyranny of the masses, otherwise known as anti-government protest.

The reason for hailing this new method may be that so far, political leaders that have been ousted were despots who instead of making their countries better than they met them, rather made them poorer through  corrupt practices.

Anti-government protests have so far swept leaders off seats of power in Tunisia and Egypt. It is about to remove the Libyan leader, who have been in power since 1969. There is also reports that Cameroon, one of Nigeria's neighbours, would soon experience anti-government protest.

Since the period of the Tunisian protest, commentators have been calling for same in Nigeria. To these commentators, Nigeria is due for an anti-government protest to oust the corrupt political class.

One of the characters of protests is that lawless elements would always seize the occasion to loot. This problem is usually remedied in the course of protests. Another character of protests is that they are usually started by a group operating in a particular location before they spread to other locations with other groups joining. The third character is that protests are usually targeted at current political power holders. These characters are the odds that would work against any anti-government protest in Nigeria.

Going by the experience of Igbos, a majority ethnic nationality, whose main occupation is trading, during the civil war, the Igbo persons whose goods would be looted would see any anti-government protest as targeted at his business, in fact an indirect continuation of the civil war. If the protest starts from the moslem dominated north, the south, dominated by Christians would suspect an Islamization agenda, Christian crusade agenda would be suspected if the protest starts in the south. If for instance, the protest starts during the administration of Goodluck Jonathan, an Ijaw, the Ijaws, the fourth ethnic nationality, would suspect a plot against the Ijaw nation.

These odds, chidi opara reports believes, are serious and would be used by the corrupt Nigerian political class to scuttle any anti-government protest. In our opinion, it is better not to start, than to start and not finish or finish poorly with the attendant huge loses in human and material resources.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

News Report: Nigerian President's Political Strategists Taken Aback By Abuja Court Ruling

The ruling by an Abuja Federal High Court presided by Justice Adamu Bello on February 23rd, 2011 exempting seven Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) governors, including the governor of the President's home state, Bayelsa, from contesting the April 2011 governorship election took aback members of the President's political Think Tank. Justice Bello ruled that the office of the governor of Bayelsa state and those of six other states would not be vacant by May 29th, 2011.

Reliable information available to chidi opara reports indicates that although a member of the President's party, the President is not convinced of the suitability of the governor of his home state, Chief Timipre Sylva as a state governor. The President reportedly prefers his erstwhile Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Timi Alaibe who is contesting the 2011 governorship election in the state on the platform of the Labour Party(LP). It is reported that the President is confident that Alaibe would go back to PDP as soon as he is sworn in as governor.

Contacts close to some of the President's strategists informed chidi opara reports that because of security reports linking governor Sylva to corrupt practices and support to violent tendencies in the Niger Delta region, amongst other vices, the President wanted to pressure the PDP national leadership to drop Sylva but backed down when his strategists advised against that, insisting that the move would create tension in the already volatile Bayelsa state and in the whole Niger Delta region. The President we learnt further was advised to empower Alaibe who is believed to still have soft spot for PDP.

"You can see the hand of the President in the kind of money we spend and the type of security around us", an Alaibe supporter boasted to a chidi opara reports network member in Yenagoa.

We have also been reliably informed that the President's political strategists have planned a meeting outside Abuja this weekend to re-strategize.

Article: Between Performance And Sycophancy; Options Before Governor Amaechi


Governor Amaechi
By Robinson Tombari Sibe
Propaganda and sycophancy have become the fuel and lubricant that drives campaign engines in this part of the world. Ironically, it is the same twin evil that derails leaders and makes them shift focus from advancing the wheels of development to “oiling” the praise singers. I’m sure Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is fully aware of this as he was an active player in a regime that was characterized by unprecedented propaganda and sycophancy. They made everyone believe that the Governor had the Midas touch. That he was the best thing that ever happened to Rivers State. All the positive titles in the book were exhausted on him: The Golden Governor; The Action Governor; The People’s Governor; Development Personified, etc. Even the State House of Assembly led by Rt. Hon. Amaechi, endorsed him overwhelmingly for a second term. Today, the story is different - Every failure of the past is blamed on that administration even though it birthed the current. Surprisingly, those who were at the forefront of that propaganda machine are the ones dancing and pointing to the relics of the administration.
When Dr Peter Odili was seeking re-election for a second term in office, the sycophants took praise-singing to another level. The governor had done a couple of projects which his Public Relations Department saturated the national airspace with. Free School Bus for the Students (Where are the buses now?), Housing Schemes in all the LGA’s even in places that didn’t have any need for them, Free medical care for the young and old, Gas Turbines that didn’t increase  the electricity supply by any significant wattage, etc.  For those not living in Rivers State, they imagined the state to be a “paradise” and a model of how a State should be run. Free everything, Uninterrupted Power Supply, Uninterrupted flow of “Ghana Must Go” bags, etc. I remember being given special treatment during my Youth Service because they thought I was from a State where everything was working perfectly (I didn’t bother to correct them since I was enjoying the special attention). Little wonder, The “Golden Governor” won every available national and even some international awards. What the Governor did not cross check was the carat value of the Golden appendage to his name. His publicists had simply gold-plated his administration with cheap but sparkling gold, the sycophants polished it and focused bright light on it for a dazzling lustre effect. Listening to them, one would think the sun, moon, planetary bodies and the whole cosmos stood still in amazement at the “Giant Strides” of Dr Odili’s Rivers State. They made the state sound (not look) like one the earth will proudly flaunt to other planetary bodies as a glowing example.
I need not labour you with the details but Dr Peter Odili won the elections with a landslide. Even though rigging was the order of the day in that era, I’m sure if it was done in free and fair conditions he would still have won with a wide margin. His campaign team did a good work. However, few years after a failed attempt at the Presidency that was largely buoyed by these vociferous praise singers, the Golden Governor seems to have lost his lustre and glitz. The gold has been “oxidized”. Today, he cuts a solitary figure even in the few public events that he dared attend. He has been deserted by all those who drummed his praise. Where are those who chanted his name? Where are those who flooded the streets with posters and billboards? Where are those Organizations that came from far and wide to endorse him? What went wrong? Where are those who sang “na Odili yei-yei-yei-yei-yeh!”. Where are the “Carry-Go” exponents that flooded the Podium then? How did it all go wrong?
Let me attempt to deconstruct what happened as an outsider that I was. Dr Peter Odili probably started well but much of what were on display as his achievements were mainly superficial in nature. However, coming from a military regime, it all looked like concrete achievements. The sycophants hijacked it, the citizens were either too gullible or the years of military rule had eroded their sense of strategic assessment of development so they were easily contented with what was on display. And so, his re-election was a mere walkover. He began his second term with these sycophants still beating the victory drum. They were only interested in the accruable “getting” and how to use his thriving political machinery as a structure to launch their own budding political ambitions. He compensated them with key appointments, some got huge contracts. None dared to remind him on building on his good start. None dared to tell him that the gas turbines were not working and will never work the way things were going. None bothered to tell him that we don’t have good roads. None cared to tell him that the housing schemes in remote areas (that have since become homes to reptiles and the likes) needed to be put to use (and who told them it was necessary to put up such structures in the first instance?). None dared to tell him that he needed to set up sustainable structures to ensure the continuity of all the “freebies”: Free Healthcare for the young and old, free school bus, tuition-free schools, etc. None dared to tell him that our schools were dilapidated. None challenged him that the huge donations he was giving to other state universities and organizations could have been injected to our dilapidated educational sector. None dared to challenge him on the increasing joblessness plaguing the citizenry. None dared to challenge him on the growing insecurity. None dared to challenge him on his spending priorities. For them it was all “carry go”. Even the other arms of government joined in the chorus. The ordinary citizens joined in. The man Dr Odili was on “cloud 9” cruising at an astonishing altitude because the spectators and the umpires were on his side. We simply cheered him on to failure. Although, he is singled out for chastisement today, we all had our roles to play in whatever failure is attributed to that administration. We were the people, we kept clapping for him and of course like every performer, he was tempted to play to the gallery while failing to check the score board which said otherwise and the clock that was ticking away. Even the opposition had died naturally or was totally “sold out”. The people around him could not challenge him to do more; they either lacked or failed to give him sound counsel. The majority of the masses kept clapping and hailing him. Traditional rulers across the nation were reeling out Chieftaincy titles. The other arms of government were busy with his endorsements. And so, Dr Odili was on cruise control. Looking back, I’m sure he would have probably acted differently if the people had challenged him on areas of deficiency - after all, he was a crowd pleaser.
Today, his successor, Governor Rotimi Amaechi, whom I shall vote for by the way, is faced with similar circumstances. He had a relatively strong start compared to his predecessors. He’s built and commissioned over a hundred health centers; built modern schools in all the Local Government Areas; Sponsored Rivers indigenes to study in UK, Canada and Malaysia; done a couple of road projects; revamped the failed gas turbine projects; Made efforts (however little) to beautify Port Harcourt, Commenced the Greater PH Project (even though I have my fears over the guiding philosophy and the workability); spoken like he was on the side of the masses, etc. Quite naturally, and deservingly too, the people have been singing his praise. But then, that might be the beginning of his failure if he allows these professional praise singers to derail him from his developmental agenda.
The Governor can put up with all these sycophancy now since politics in this part of the world is largely propaganda driven. However, if he does not want to follow the path of his Predecessor, he must realize that he has to keep the sycophants at bay immediately after the elections and concentrate on the heavy task at hand. If he wants to succeed, he must surround himself with sound, disciplined and passionate people. People who have the passion and capacity to develop the state; People who can look him in the face and challenge him on the workability of the Greater PH Project; People that can tell him that it is not enough to give our youths scholarship to study abroad; People that can task him on the sustainability of the laudable projects he has done; People that can tell him that even though he’s done a good job in the education sector, that he can still do more; People that can advise him on how to take agriculture and aquaculture to the next level; People that can advise him on how to revive Rison Palm; People that can tell him the truth that despite the billions that he has graciously released that most of our roads are poorly constructed and pot-hole ridden; People that can tell him that unless the dividends of his administration can trickle down to every home in one way or the other, history will not consider him a success; People that can suggest effective strategies for traffic management to compliment what has been done; People that can recommend practical and workable strategies to open up the local economy; People that can join him in the fight for companies to engage qualified people from host communities; People that can tell him that just as the government have the right to make certain things mandatory to the citizenry (like making it mandatory to have a see-through fence in certain areas), so also the citizens have the right to demand for the best – good roads, hospitals, etc; People that can suggest to him to terminate the contract of under-performing contractors even if the contractor is a friend or relation of the governor or a senior Party official; People that will support him to ensure that the people have the full complement of whatever wattage that is generated in the turbines; People that can tell him that what needs to be done is more than what have been done; People who can tell him that it is not enough to do Biometrics for staff with the end product being just for salary payment when it can be fully integrated to a full blown Human Resources Management Application to automate all personnel related activities of the civil service; People that can suggest to him effective, transparent and cost saving e-Government strategies; People that can suggest to him how to get the best out of laudable initiatives like the RivGIS project; People that can recommend ways to get the best out of the abundant human resources; People that can suggest to him how we can revive sports in our secondary schools; People that can suggest ways the citizenry can have quality and affordable health care. People that can suggest to him ways of improving our security; People that will tell him the truth that we have a very faulty record system and therefore no data for any form of statistical and spatial analysis/evaluation to aid development decisions; People that can suggest to him on ways of rewarding hard work and creativity; People that will remind him that the sycophants around him will not remember him beyond the present if he does not leave behind concrete and credible achievements.
These are the caliber of people the Governor must surround himself with if he wants his name to be etched in gold in the history of the state. The governor has showed he has the energy and drive, but he needs direction and vision so that energy can be put to the best use. Therefore, his choice of people that will work for him should not be based purely on political reasons. He should look around and he’ll see many of those that were with him under the umbrella in 2007 now carrying brooms, Cocks, etc. The Politician you are pacifying today by giving an appointment he doesn’t have the capacity for will be the one to champion your prosecution when you fail after the expiration of your term. I don’t need to dwell on this because he should know better than me. His guiding principle should be getting the best people to occupy the right office so he will not suffer from the familiar second term syndrome. That way, I’ll be proud of my one vote in four years time. Anyway, the choice is his to make. He can either focus on improving on his performance or shuffle in harmony to the tunes of the sweet melody of the sycophants.

News Release: Peoples Mandate Movement Endorses Buhari for President of Nigeria

Buhari
People's Mandate Movement (PMM) after thorough screening, review and due consultations as communicated to her members, endorses Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) for President of Nigeria 2011 - 2015 and Pastor Tunde Bakare for Vice President of Nigeria 2011 - 2015. PMM's initial endorsement was Buhari for President and was extended to the running mate after his nomination. PMM's endorsement of the ticket is based on the fact that corruption and indiscipline, the foremost problems facing Nigeria would be best handled by Buhari. The addition of Bakare on the ticket is testimony of the plans of a Buhari presidency - government that is God-fearing and people-serving. Nigeria would grow to the admiration of other nations with this kind of government in place instead of "Business As Usual ( 'Lootocracy' )".

Buhari presidency would implement the provisions of the highly rated manifesto of his party, Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) for the upliftment of quality of life of Nigerians and for both infrastructural and economic development. One of such provisions is the bringing together progressive elements in the country to evolve a people-oriented philosophy of selfless service, sacrifice, transparency, accountability and zero-tolerance to corruption. Another is the building of human capital though reforms in education and health care and strengthening of social services. Under a Buhari presidency with corruption and indiscipline at their minimum, Nigeria would prosper, taking her rightful place in the comity of nations.

All these positive attributes of a Buhari presidency mean among others - roads would be built and maintained, phones would work, NEPA (PHCN) would generate maximum power, industries would emerge and flourish, jobs would be created and there would be security of lives and property. Vote Buhari for President of Nigeria 2011 - 2015. If we do nothing, evil will rule Nigeria. We must vote out corrupt leaders

Signed:
People's Committee
People's Mandate Movement (PMM)