My Fellow Ijaws:
A couple of us are beginning to lose sight of the real issues involved in this matter. There is no need to muddy the water and engage in fuzzy arithmetic.
The Ijaws in Bayelsa State wanted someone to be their servant; someone who can manage the state's resources effectively and efficiently; to help bring about socio-economic and political change and to see to it that there is growth and economic development. In addition, this person must give account of how he performed within the dictates of the law.
In return this person is rewarded with two things: (1) the people's gratitude and affection and a place in their heart; and (2) a fixed salary plus some benefits. That was it. That was it folks.
So, here come Alamieyeseigha and a group of contestants -- none of whom were forced to contest. It was strictly voluntary; and Alamieyeseigha won (legally or not is now not relevant).
And what did this man called Dipreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha do? He and his gang started stealing and misappropriating the people's money; they started running amok with the people's resources and acting as though the purse is/was theirs; they started acting as though they are beyond the law, above reproach and not accountable to any human being. He told the people who elected him to fuck off; or at least he acted that way.
With time Bayelsa State got too small for him and the playing field was not smooth enough. What did he do? (1) He went international and in the process illegally invested in about nine countries; (2) he and his posse sent their kids to the US and the UK and Canada while allowing the children of the masses to rot in poorly managed, poorly equipped and poorly staffed schools in Bayelsa
In addition, he and his friends and their families went to Germany and America and France and Britain and South Africa and all the spots in between for medical treatment while his own people -- the same people who elected him -- had to make do with 19th century medical care. His groups eat and drank some of the best food and drinks and slept in luxury, while the lay-Ijaws had to scavenge for food and other necessities.
His offences are almost endless…really, they are! Alamieyeseigha and his boys stole and stole and stole and stole and stole some more as though stealing in anticipation of their great-grand-great children. Haba, what greed can do! DSP and his arrogant friends were not only greedy; they were addicted to stealing and misappropriating the people's money.
Sooner or later the chicken will come home to roost; sooner or later the greedy fat cat will be skinned. Alamieyeseigha got so confident, so cocky and so arrogant that he thought he was the emperor…the Governor General…the rainmaker. Hahahahaha he was wrong. There is always justice and Karma and retribution at the end of an unjust journey.
So, my people, this is not about OBJ and his political calculations or about some outside forces trying to do us Ijaws in, Oh no! This is about an Ijaw man who disrespected himself and his people. This is about an Ijaw governor who thought he had a direct line to God and occasionally though he was God. This is about a functional illiterate from Amasoma who allowed his insatiables and his excesses to cloud his judgment. This is about a thief who is also accused of money laundering. And for that he must suffer the legal, social and political consequences.
Mr. Sabella Abidde!
Thank you for this!
It is about time that we put feet our thieving governors from the oil producing states in Nigeria..put their feet to fire!
Why must the increased revenue allocated to oil producing states end up in their personal bank accounts overseas? Their stealing is illegal, their opening and possessions of foreign accounts are also illegal, against our contitution and Code of Conduct for public officers!
Nigerians must wake up to making government officials at all levels accountable...
Bravo Mr. Abidde!
At September 18, 2005 10:05 AM, said…
Well said! You have hit the nail on the head; I just wish more people would read your comments and align their thoughts thus;can you imagine holding a 3 day fasting and prayer session for DSP in Bayelsa state?
May the Good Lord help us all, Amen!
At September 18, 2005 1:41 PM, Anonymous said…
Excellent letter to the Ijaw nation! I hope our people in Bayelsa state will recognise the real issues in the case of DSP.
When we all recognise that corruption is the weapon of mass-destruction that the super-thieves in Nigeria foist on us, we will be on the way to building a better Nigeria for ourselves and our children and grandchildren.
Well done and well said!
At September 18, 2005 1:42 PM, Anonymous said…
Dear. Mr. Abidde,
I salute you. This excellent article has given me a detailed description of the character of this Governor for who the bell now "TOLLS"
"DING,DONG,DING DONG" Like the Big Ben in England where he was reportedly arrested.
However, let it not only start and end with the Vice-president and Governors or members of the National assembly, like some mischievious hypocrites who are the first to congratulate you would have us believe.
Attn. Mr. Adujie. ("I'm now your shadow") For who knows the evil that lurks in the hearts on men?
You go they jamm this ya "deaf or wall" as you put it anywhere you go! Even who you sleep, I will awaken you in a cold sweat". Good God, trust me.
Mr. Anti-corruption crusader. What about Baba's son now?
Come on, a'beg ANSWER YES OR NO?
Gili'ty or not gili'ty as our people back home often say (You this ye.ye man).
Just like a hypocrite, you have come here to reap where you have not sown, onye'petcher (opportunist).
Freedom of expression right?
I think you are a complete and utter idiot.
In fact, if you don't stop this your nonsense, by misleading people with your one sided commentaries.
I will file a complaint against you at the New-york bar. Hire a private investigator and since your picture is here, that will not be a problem, you will be found.
All your transactions will be monitored. To determine who is paying you for the shameless PROPAGANDA job you and your "buddy" Mr. Osayeme ARE DOING HERE1! (NO OSALO'BUWA) CAN SAVE YOU. TRUST ME. For the cause of the just shall forever be righteous. Are you not lawyers what is wrong with you guys?
How do you think they caught Gov. Alamiesegha, who was reputed to give a young girl he didn't know 10.000 pounds sterling for a Night in London.
So anything that in done under the "SUN" can never be hidden under it.
Do you now get it?
Look at you, at how copiously you have supported President Obasanjo? Yet they are arresting his governors right, left and center.
Today it is Gov. Alamieyeseigha, yesterday it was Dariye, only God knows who it will be tomorrow.
What has this President been doing all along? That it now takes foreign law enforcement agencies to arrest these criminals?
How was the money tranferred? or is that not also money-laundering?
How was Olumuyiwa's house paid for?
What do you want to call that transaction?
Answer me jare!(SMILE!)
Deaf "wall" dey wait ooo!
A'beg mek I leave you jare, afterall today na sunday.
Abi you wan say I follow Vice-president Atiku go mosque?
I dey wait for ya answer ooo!
One again Mr. Abidde, I thank you for your rather informative article.
As for those who are fasting 3 Days, for this alleged criminal, na them no hungry oo!
Me I dey go chop jare!
With much respect.
At September 18, 2005 5:19 PM, Anonymous said…
RBN or whatever you call yourself you are the real moron here.
Fighting corruption is not and should not be like the old Spanish inquisition when people were tortured and executed on spuriuos allegations.
Alamieyeseigha and everybody arrested so far were arrested based on concrete evidence of wrongdoing.
why don't you, Gov Kalu and all of you making noise about Obasanjo come up with something concrete instead of the same old conjectures and extrapolation.
Something concrete please or shut up.
At September 18, 2005 11:41 PM, said…
Mr Anonimous defender of falsehood. You must either be soo dumb or soo stupid to be asking for evidence against Obasanjo. Do you call the Olumuyiwa's scandal old conjectured exprapolation?....
By the way Obasanjo said he is fighting corruption and yet it takes the british police to arrest his governors for money laundered right under his nose. Has he not failed in his duty as the president of the country if people can be laundering so much money right under his nose?
and by the way he was reported to have told the world sometimes back that he was handed the list of those who have stolen nigerian money stashed away in some foreign banks. What has he done with the list?. when will he make it public and begin to prosecute the culprits? what kind of anti corruption war is he fighting.... No one is saying that corrupt people must not be punished, but there must be equity and he must be seen to be fair and not turn the his EFCC into "Enemies Financial Crime Commission!
At September 19, 2005 12:31 AM, said…
HELLO SABELLA, THERE IS NOTHING YOU WILL NOT READ, BUT DONT EVEN BOTHER MAKING SOME REPLIES THE BIBLE SAID MY PEOPLE DIE FOR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE SO ITS THAT BAD, COME ON ABIDDE, WRITE ON, YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN VINDICATED, KUDOS TO YOURSELF AND PAUL ADUJIE.
At September 19, 2005 3:41 AM, Anonymous said…
Omoba, you are more like a block head. Obasanjo alone does not make a government.
What is the national assembly doing about amending the constitution so that it does not the the british to prosecute Nigerian rogue officials.
At September 19, 2005 8:23 AM, Anonymous said…
Na una sabi jare!
As una dey look at the Governors falling right left and center, they will be no one left but una "honest" baba for another 4.years
Then you will also realise that all the ex-military men will then hold all the strategic posts in the party, and they will be encouraged to run for office AS GOVERNOR AND MEMBERs OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY E.T.C IN 2007.
Baba will also mix and match with sycophants like Mr. Ajudie them, to run the government by concensus or third term agenda.
It is already happening, where in any democratically elected government is the ruling party run by a caretaker committee?
While you care to think about that, the next P.D.P. CONVENTION IS A NON ELECTORIAL ONE.
SO THE ISSUE OF 2007, IS NOT ON THE AGENDA, Then what is?
But I'm the moron and Baba is only the President, and not Nigeria?
So as baba get list of all the people who stole Nigeria's money is he on the list, perhaps that is why he has not made it public?
In Nigeria Governor's enjoy immunity under our constitution. Who informs the police abroad when a governor travels out of the country?
Answer this, since we know that it is a matter of protocol for any Governor travelling out of the country to inform the Vice-president, who as a matter of duty must also report to baba, why has Gov Alamieseigha all of a sudden been arrested.
Answer, he is an Atiku loyalist.
All you people who don't know where this battle will end, when our beloved country blows-up, just remember that this "moron' told you so!
Baba is creating a diversionary tactic, and assisted by information in his possesion to tarnish others, and scuttle opposition to his 3rd term agenda.
These governors know he is no saint, that is why they don't respect him, now he wants his army loyalists back. Plain and simple.
Who in their right mind would ever vote for Col. Ali.(An acclaimed murderer to be chairman of a party?)
Who saved him, when as a military officer, he gave an order to his junior officers to shoot and kill students?
Was he ever court-martialed/
He was simply retired, or else he might have been a Major-general.
Now the guy who saved him, appoints him as chairman of his ruling party, and some guy think's I'm the moron?
Quess what, then the price of fuel is increased to 100% to finance a third term agenda, you might finally figure it out, that what you are witnessing is a strategic, and blazen military take over without the use of actual force.
The next step is a life presidency.
As una no be moron now, mek una dey prepare for baba to hand over to Olumuyiwa.
Sebi it was your president who was telling President Eyadema's son, that such a transition was unacceptable to N.E.P.A.D.
Now all of a sudden, there is an attempt to extend his own stay in office abi?
A'beg I happy say I be moron jare, as you people dey too "intelligent" sef, so sef dey as una baba de "kam'pe" jare!(smile!).
E'MA'GA'ARA'YIN! (MEK UNA CONTINUE TO DECIEVE YOURSELVES OOO!)
A very good and timely article. Timely because I almost fainted when i heard the threat from the Ijaw nation on this matter. There is something wrong , very wrong with some people in this country. Timely not because they will do anything but timely so that some of us can be assured that we are not living with demented minds. So thank you.
Everyday you hear people lamenting their conditions. And as usual the federal government is seen as the cause of their penury (even when the road leading to their village is unattended to by the local government). No thanks to the nigerian press, the masses heap all blames on the federal government. And when you tell them that their own share has been given to their local government chairmen and governors they will say you are insane.
Now someone has been caught with their money that he stole; the money that should have been used to better their lot and what is their response - leave him o, you are doing this to him because he is an ijaw man etc etc. THIS IS A COUNTRY OF ABSURDITIES! JUST AS THE IMF AND THE WORLD BANK RATES OUR ECONOMY I WANT TO ADVISE THAT AN INTERNATIONAL BODY SHOULD BE RATING THE IQ AND REASONING FACULTY OF NIGERIANS. PERHAPS SOME OF US GOT OUR BRAINS FROM HE GOAT. OR IS IT BECAUSE WE EAT TOO MUCH OF GOAT PEPPERSOUP THAT WE THINK LIKE GOATS? IF THIS IS THE WAY NIGERIANS THINK I WONDER WHY THE HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP ARE WORRYING THEMSELVES ABOUT FUEL HIKE ETC.
I WISH TO REPRODUCE IKE OKONTA'S COMMENTS ON THE SOUTH SOUTH DERIVATION MATTER SOMETIME AGO. IT WAS IN THISDAY SUNDAY 26/6/2005(PAGE 10)
In an article captioned LETTER TO NIGER DELTA YOUTH he wrote:
" The substantive issues which bear on your own future as youth - education, healthcare and meaningful job prospects- will be ignored. I have taken a careful look at your representatives at the national dialogue and frankly, the majority do not inspire confidence. When the likes of Albert Horsfall give newspaper interviews at the venue of the dialogue and present themselves as champions of the suffering people of Niger Delta, I ask myself what has happened to the study of history in the region. Your delegates' argument for a 25% share to be graduated to 50% is the right position. Still the argument needs to be anchored to a SUSTAINABLE INTELLECTUAL FRAMEWORK. The debate should not merely be about sharing oil revenue. It should be deepened to include how this money should be disbursed and even more importantly invested for the benefit of the future generation of delta youth. The time has come for you, Niger Delta youth to begin to make case for a Niger Delta Trust Fund"
He then gave examples of Alaska Permanent Fund (1982) and Norwegian State Petroleum Fund (1990)
SO WE ALL KNOW WHERE THE DERIVATION FUND IS GOING
THANKS FOR A BEAUTIFUL PIECE.
At September 20, 2005 3:39 AM, Anonymous said…
Omoba or maybe your real name is Omo garage. I think you were deprived of oxygen at birth hence your inability to understand anything.
Don't you know that even if you have all evidence in the world against Obasanjo, you still can not use it against him? not to talk about your unsubstantiated allegations.
At September 21, 2005 7:57 AM, said…
Perhaps we should set off on a trip to identify the real morons (no thanks to the anonymous writers). But I want to directly speak to Teslim Anibaba. I find it simply infuriatiing when people use any available opportunity to sell the obvious lie that the problem with Nigeria is not fundamentally the federal structure/power concentration in Abuja. I recall Paul Ajudie asking the governors of the oil producing states to account for the 13% derivation money before the people of the region could ask for an increase. I never expected that from a lawyer,it's like saying that the staff of a parastatal whose salaries are owed as result of their corrupt leadership should not receive an increase in renumeration untill the said leadership renders an account (I do not purport to declare any governor guilty)
Back to my case with Teslim, there is no gainsaying the fact that Nigeria's problem lies with the stupid federal structure which puts all the power in one place called Aso Rock, so that even if the people of a state are annoyed with their governor or any person for that matter and wants to square it out with him, he easily gets away as long as he is in good terms with Abuja. If you doubt me then tell me how some of those governors who performed woefully got re-elected and how some one like Chris Uba can not be brought to book ? Raphael Ige, the AIG of police who tried to carry out Uba's/Obasanjo's wish in Anambra was simply retired and conveniently terminated. Prosecuting him or Uba over the Anambra issue would have exposed further how PDP and Obasanjo won their election.Those who witnessed the last general elections saw the futility of changing a non-performing governor which the almighty PDP/Aso Rock had already declared re-elected before the election? The police and army were simply used to supress the wishes of the people. Perhaps you will tell me that those institutions are not under the presidency. We can only start tackling the excesses of our governors when we get the power to elect and remove them.
Please stop insulting our sensibilities. You can call some people morons but stop defending the federal structure/Aso Rock direcly or indirectly
I will like to respect Sabella by not turning his blog into an unnecessary football field especially if the challenge is borne out of glaring ignorance.
I did not call anybody a moron. Check my comment again.
Secondly, the politics of PDP is of no interest to me because of the various absurdities e.g lack of respect for power structure and the party by party members. I have always commented on the economy. In this regard the government is viewed as different from the party. And if you read my article " the disaster called the nigerian press" you will find answers to your question which you put thus "But I want to directly speak to Teslim Anibaba. I find it simply infuriatiing when people use any available opportunity to sell the obvious lie that the problem with Nigeria is not fundamentally the federal structure/power concentration in Abuja. I recall Paul Ajudie asking the governors of the oil producing states to account for the 13% derivation money before the people of the region could ask for an increase. I never expected that from a lawyer,it's like saying that the staff of a parastatal whose salaries are owed as result of their corrupt leadership should not receive an increase in renumeration untill the said leadership renders an account (I do not purport to declare any governor guilty)
Back to my case with Teslim, there is no gainsaying the fact that Nigeria's problem lies with the stupid federal structure which puts all the power in one place called Aso Rock, so that even if the people of a state are annoyed"
I HAVE NOTICED THE MATURITY OF THE AUTHORS ON THIS SITE AND I COMMEND ALL OF THEM. I WILL LIKE TO ADVISE COMMENTATORS TO BORROW A LEAF FROM THIS.
FINALLY, HOW MANY TIMES IN THE PAST SIX YEARS HAVE THE PEOPLE EXERCISED THE POWER OF RECALL GIVEN TO THEM BY THE CONSTITUTION. HOW MANY OF OUR MODERN-DAY CRITICS HAVE VOLUNTEERED TO COLLECT SIGNATURES FOR THAT PURPOSE. AND DID U SEE THE PEOPLE'S POWER AT PLAY IN THE LALONG'S ISSUE. PLEASE SAVE ME THE TROUBLE OF TELLING YOU THAT WE PREFER TO WASTE OUR ENERGIES ON SHOUTING INSTEAD OF TAKING THE REDRESS GUARANTEED BY THE CONSTITUTION.
DID U SEE THE WAY MR. PRESIDENT FELT THE TWO TIMES HE WAS THREATENED WITH IMPEACHMENT?
IS FEDERAL STRUCTURE THE REASON FOR STEALING THE PEOPLE'S SHARE OF REVENUE AT THE LOCAL AND STATES LEVEL. PLS SPARE ME
I THINK YOU ARE JUST OBESSESED WITH FIGHTING ME BECAUSE I DID NOT INDICATE, IN MY COMMENT ANY OF THE THINGS YOU ASCRIBED TO ME.
PLEASE CHECK AGAIN. BUT I WILL LIKE YOU TO KNOW THAT I HAVE NO PERSONAL GRUDGE AGAINST YOU
At September 22, 2005 2:35 AM, said…
Dear Teslim, I am not obsessed with fighting you and I didn't consider you the one calling some people morons. I was only unhappy that some writers are anonymous and that makes it difficult to track one's previous comments.
I consider this site as a matured forum and that's why I patronise it.
The only thing I picked up in your article to comment on was the statement that some state/local goverment leaders in the oil producing states steal the monies meant for their people only to portray the FG as the real culprit. In as much as I do not support the acitivities of quite a number of state governments, I wouldn't want a situation where the quest for a true federal system is weakened by the mere fact that some state/local government officials are corrupt. I still insist that most of the state governors in the south south and the south east (I am from the south east) would not have been reelected if not for the grace of Abuja. I do not know if you have been in naija in recent times but I would like to point at that recalling a corrupt official is almost an impossible task, the best bet is the normal polls.
In any case, I respect your contributions, I was only speaking about the one issue I feel is at the root of Nigerian problem-the bloody federal structure.Can you imagine the number of court rulings that Aso rock refused to obey? Please bear with me if you feel slighted by my comment, that wasn't my intention. We are together
At September 22, 2005 2:38 AM, said…
One more thing Teslim, the politics of PDP should be of interest to us because it is the single most largest congregation of big time thieves/sycophants in Nigeria.
At September 22, 2005 2:44 AM, said…
Once more Teslim, I think got things muddled up in my last statement in my initial comment:
"You can call some people morons but stop defending the federal structure/Aso Rock direcly or indirectly"
That implied that you were the one calling some people morons. I apologise for that,it's only a mix up. Thanks
I really appreciate your maturity and humility. Thanks for your response and i appreciate what you are saying. But honestly I think our people should seek ways of exercising their rights despite what the politicians are doing. We should not give up. We should continually educate ourselves on our rights and how we can go about achieving our goals. The Lalong matter is a very good example. Also the Ngige matter which has dovetailed into a conflict between the people and the rule of law is a classic case study at this point. I am waiting to see if the rule of law will prevail or the people will insist on having Ngige rule or no rule.
My brother we are writing our history.
Once again thank you very much. I also regret the use of any harsh word on you.