OUK: POLITICAL FUTURE OF SOUTH-EAST NIGERIA

Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu says the political future of the Southeastern part of the country remains in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

Sen Orji Our Kalu, 2023 presidential Aspirant

The post reads, “In today’s politics of Nigeria, the future of the South-East geopolitical zone is in the All Progressives Congress (APC ). This is why I have continued to encourage all members of the APC in Abia State to remain in the party and forget about jumping ship.
“The reality is that in every democratic setting, the majority will always have their way. In addition, the signing of the electoral act by President Muhammadu Buhari has also given Nigerians the assurance that it is impossible for one man to win elections.
“Those who believe in the party and Mr President is encouraged to remain faithful to the party and support the growth of the party across board.

In a post on his verified Facebook page on Saturday, the former governor of Abia State urged members of the party in the region to remain put in the APC, stating that the majority will always have their ways in elections.
The lawmaker called on Nigerians facing difficulties following the current economic realities to remain patient.


He expressed optimism that the situation of the country would change urging supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari to remain faithful.

“I am pleading with my brothers and sisters who are passing through difficult moments to be patient . It may be rough today but definitely not the same tomorrow”.

Ukraine crisis: Could Africa become Europe’s next gas station?

Africa’s vast deposits of natural gas and oil have gained renewed international prominence as a shift in global markets away from Russia intensifies on the back of the Ukraine crisis.

Experts expect Europe to ramp up investments into Africa’s natural gas sector to shock-absorb its economy from the unfolding crisis in Ukraine and the potential for energy supplies disruption in the future.

In January, the European Union drafted a Proposal to classify natural gas projects as “Green Energy” Investments, potentially allowing the block to invest in the sector and at the same time contribute to what African nations are increasingly calling a “just transition” in the energy sector as the continent taps into gas and uses the proceeds to build on its huge green energy opportunities.

According to the Brookings Institute, the result of the January decision is that Europe is likely to be a key financer. However, there may be a number of international players eyeing Africa’s gas and renewables opportunities. And Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is focusing attention with startling speed.

It may also look for new business opportunities in Africa.

Of interest is Africa’s more than 630 trillion cubic feet of proven natural gas reserves that the EU would seek to integrate into its energy mix.

Statista figures show Nigeria accounts for the bulk of the continent’s natural gas deposits, boasting more than 200 trillion cubic feet in natural gas reserves.

Algeria and Mozambique follow, with 159 trillion cubic feet and 100 trillion cubic feet, respectively.

According to S&P Global Platts, nearly 40% of global new gas discoveries in the last decade were in Africa, mainly in Senegal and Mauritania, Mozambique and Tanzania, with 17 countries already producing gas with seven net exporters and seven net importers, according to the African Energy Commission.

According to Brookings Institute, a few African countries have sensed the long-term growth opportunities from the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

“Specifically, Africa’s natural gas could reduce Europe’s dependence on Russian energy,” it said in a recent publication.

Already, Germany has pressed the breaks on the Nord Stream 2 project with Russia in a major policy shift in response to Moscow’s widely condemned invasion of Ukraine.

Germany’s move comes amid pressure for Europe to cut its energy reliance on Russia and the Kremlin’s likelihood to shut off gas supplies in retaliation to harsh sanctions.

Tanzania’s president Samia Suluhu Hassan revealed last month the tensions in Ukraine were generating growing interest in the East African state’s gas reserves, the sixth-largest in Africa.

Tanzania has an estimated 57 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves but disagreements with oil corporations over production-sharing blocked investments into the sector.

Hassan, however, has revamped negotiations with energy firms in a bid to attract $30 billion in foreign investment to revive the construction of offshore liquefied natural gas projects in 2023.

Vijaya Ramachandran, director for energy and development at the Breakthrough Institute in Berkeley, California told birdthat while Africa has enough gas reserves, building gas pipelines from Africa to Europe will be challenging.

“But the investment is worthwhile, both from an economic and a geopolitical perspective. Nigeria is enthusiastic about exporting gas to Algeria, which can then be exported to Europe. An enormous new gas field, called the GTA Field, will place Senegal and Mauritania amongst Africa’s top gas producers when it comes online in 2023,” she said.

“The proximity of this field to Europe will be an advantage for both countries. Floating plants that can directly transport liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe will also be advantageous for sub-Saharan African producers, especially if Germany and other European countries invest in LNG terminals to regassify liquid fuels.”

Europe’s bid to tap into African gas also comes amid progress being made to build a pipeline infrastructure linking the two continents.

Algeria, Niger, and Nigeria recently agreed to construct the multi-billion dollar, 4,128 km Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline, running through the three countries into Europe.

According to Euractiv, once completed, the pipeline will transport 30 billion cubic metres of gas per year.

Spain and Italy are also seeking ways to boost their imports from Libya and Algeria and ways to ship them to the rest of Europe.

Euractiv reported that the EU is also financially backing the EastMed pipeline that will connect the European network to the offshore gas fields in Cyprus, Israel, and Egypt.

The 2,000 km Transmed pipeline from Africa will be completed in 2027, connecting Algeria to Italy via Tunisia. Algeria is already Italy’s second-largest gas exporter after Russia.

Economist and senior economics lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Dr Samuel Nyandemo told bird that with proper investment, Africa can meet Europe’s gas supplies, while raking in billions from the sale of the commodity.

“Countries like Algeria and southern parts of Africa can be alternatives even at lower costs,” he said.

According to Brookings Institute, “several other countries could similarly benefit from Europe’s energy diversification, including Senegal, where 40 trillion cubic feet of natural gas were discovered between 2014 and 2017 and where production is expected to start later this year.

“Nigeria, already a supplier of liquified natural gas (LNG) to several European countries, is also embarking with Niger and Algeria on the Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline to increase exports of natural gas to European markets.”

Nigeria In Process Of Total Collapse ― Ex-INEC Boss, Jega

EX-INEC BISS PROFESSOR JEGA

Nigeria In Process Of Total Collapse ― Ex-INEC Boss, Jega

Says reckless elite in control of governance blindly running country aground

The former Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, Wednesday said that Nigeria is in the process of collapsing, alleging that reckless elite in control of the governance process are blindly running the country aground.
The former INEC boss, who stated this in Abuja at the 2022 Workers’ Political Conference organized by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, said considering the current situation in the country, 2023 general elections may be the ‘make or break’ epochal moment.

Painting a gloomy of the situation in the country, Prof. Jega said that Nigeria is, undoubtedly, at a point in its history when the issue of national emancipation for credible national development, beneficial to the Nigerian people, requires being raised high on the front banner of national discourses by patriotic Nigerians and friends of Nigeria, and especially by the Nigerian workers themselves.

While calling that all hands of progressive forces must be on deck to prevent the country from the alleged imminent collapse, the former university don, “The sorry state of the socio-economic conditions under which the Nigerian working people, indeed the overwhelming majority of all citizens live and work, the reckless misrule and mis-governance by a tiny, rabid and reckless band of elite, and the manner by which these myopic ‘elected’ so-called ‘leaders’ and their collaborators, have devastated the Nigerian economy, heightened insecurity, and virtually destroyed the basis for national cohesion and integration, Nigeria, as a potentially great nation, is crying for a rescue mission, before it is too late.

“Such a rescue mission cannot be serious, positive and successful, without the active engagement and involvement of the Nigerian workers through their genuine representatives in working-class organizations and movements, in alliance with other progressive and patriotic Nigerians.
“While Nigeria may not have totally collapsed, it is in the process of collapsing, as reckless elite in control of the governance process are blindly running the country aground. And the 2023 general elections may be the ‘make or break’ epochal moment.

“Given this, all hands of progressive forces must be on deck to prevent our country from imminent collapse, and to turn it around on to a trajectory of good democratic governance for beneficial democratic, socio-economic development, and human security for Nigerian citizens.
“A broad alliance of progressive forces for national rescue and emancipation is absolutely required to get Nigeria out of the current unwholesome predicament in which it finds itself.

“The deliberations at this conference, guided by the lead paper presentation and panel discussion, should help us chart a course for a reinforced commitment to national emancipation and more active engagement participation of Nigerian workers in our current and future political processes.”

SAD DAY FOR NIGERIA, AS SENATE REJECT DIASPORA VOTING.

ABUJA— Nigeria’s Senate on Tuesday voted to reject changes to the constitution to allow citizens living abroad to vote in national elections, while a provision to allocate special seats for women to increase their political representation failed to pass.

Voters in Africa’s most populous nation will go to the polls to elect a new president and parliament in February 2023. Hopes that Nigeria’s diaspora would take part were dashed when only 29 senators out of the 92 present supported the provision.

For a constitutional bill to pass, it requires the support of at least two-thirds of the 109-member senate.
Nigeria’s diaspora population was estimated at 1.7 million as of 2020 by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
Another provision to create special seats for women in the National and State Assemblies was rejected by a majority of senators. Aisha Buhari, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, had supported the bill. President Buhari is set to step down after two terms next year.


Elections in Nigeria are an indicator of how men dominate politics in the country of 200 million people. During the last election in 2019, 47% of registered voters were women but they occupy only 6.5% of national assembly seats.
Nigeria has never elected a woman president or state governor.


The Senate, however, passed a bill to empower the National and State Assemblies to summon the President and state governors to answer questions on national security and other issues.

FOREIGN STUDENTS FLEEING UKRAINE CLAIM RACISM AND SEGREGATION AT THE BORDER

Reports have emerged of foreign students alleging severe racism as they flee Ukraine, claiming they have faced violence and unfavorable treatment while trying to cross the border.

One Nigerian student told CNN “Ukrainians have been prioritized over Africans – men and women – at every point. There’s no need to ask why. We know why.”

Allegations included beatings, and Ukrainians being given transport while foreigners have been made to walk vast distances between checkpoints.

African Nations should do more to rescue all Africans in Ukraine. And develop Africa so that our people will no longer have to migrate massively to the Western World.

NIGERIA 2023. KEEP HOPE ALIVE

PRESIDENTIAL ASPIRANT SEN. ORJI OZUR KALU
Diaspora Supporters ,Frankfurt Germany

A personal diaspora experience with Senator Orji Uzor Kalu (Senate Chief whip and the Senator representing Abia North in the National assembly.)

On the 15th of February 2022, I had the rare opportunity of meeting a Quintessential gentle man and a leader extraordinary in the person of His excellency Senator Orji Uzor Kalu.

The man who needs no introduction, as he has already carved a niche in the Nigerian space for himself, both as a seasoned business man and a politician.

The man who lives not for himself but for the dreams and realities of his people. The man who made ordinary men kings.

It was a meeting that reminds me of so many fond memories, as I remember with nostalgia his numerous works and achievements when he was a governor and now as the current Senator representing the good people of Abia North.

We in diaspora are following with keen interest, Senator orji uzor kalu’s giant strides in Abia North, in almost every areas of development, like his Distribution of Educational materials to various schools in Abia North and beyond, which cannot be over emphasized as Education is the bedrock of human development, not to mention the numerous roads he has constructed across Abia North, including boreholes and classroom blocks constructed and rehabilitated.

It is my wish and opinion to state that, as Nigeria is seeking to navigate her numerous challenges and steer back to the path of prosperity, she needs a dynamic,young, vibrant and qualified leader to navigate it. I believe OUK ticks all the boxes as he has a proven track record and the experience needed to steer the affairs of Nigeria.

Indeed Nigerians in Diaspora that I have talked to, are excited for better days.

Sir, thank you for the time and the beautiful insights.

#OUk

#keephopealive, Frankfurt Germany

REASON WHY WESTERN MEDIA ARE SPENDING MILLIONS OF EUROS, POUNDS AND DOLLARS IN THEIR MEDIA OUTLETS ON AFRICA.

Did you know that the British government spends € 600 million annually on the BBC World Service (the BBC’s international advertising branch). And every week, this World Service reaches 96 million people in Africa, the channel’s largest audience.

Now ask yourself, why would the British government spend 600 million euros EVERY YEAR to inform African people?

As Carter G. Woodson said ′ ′ If you can control a man’s thinking, you don’t have to worry about his actions. When you determine what a man should think, you don’t have to worry about what he is going to do. If you make a man feel inferior, you don’t have to force him to accept an inferior state, because he will look for you himself. If you make a man think he is just an outcast, you don’t have to send him to the back door. He will go without being told; and if there is no back door, his very nature will demand one. “

Now, here it comes: France.

Every year, France spends 273 million euros on 3 international advertising media: 140 million euros on Radio France Internationale (which reaches 40 million people every week mainly in Africa); 80 million euros in France 24 (the aspiring French CNN, which hit 45 million people a week, mostly in Africa); and 63 million euros on TV 5, a channel to disseminate the French language and culture of French-speaking countries in the world, which reaches around 55 million people weekly, mostly in Africa.

Again, ask yourself, why would the French government spend € 273 million EVERY YEAR to inform the African people

The answer is simple. There is a war in your mind!

As George Orwell said, ′ ′ The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and destroy their own understanding of their history “, and these means, disguised as informing and amusing the African people, have only one Agenda: to corrupt our understanding of ourselves, our reality and the world, implanting in the minds of our young people ideas and concepts that ultimately lead us to believe in what will happen in the period of political or economic crisis.

The logic behind the huge media domination in Africa by these Western powers is to prepare Africans for a subservient role in this world. It is a process of dehumanization as Steve Biko put it some time ago.

′ ′ The most powerful weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed ′ ′ – Steve Biko

From Genghis Khan to Hitler, they know that once we win the propaganda war, it is easier to conquer any nation.

′ ′ The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and their own are the same. “~ Marie-Henri Beyle>

The African elite now receives 100% of its information from Europeans. If something happens in Lagos or Accra, they would receive news from CNN or the BBC.

′ ′ We become slaves the moment we hand over the keys to defining someone else’s reality, be it a business, an economic theory, a political party, the White House, Newsworld or CNN. “

~ B.W. Powell

African governments must take strong measures to restrict the issuance of foreign propaganda in their territory.

Africa’s intellectuals must step out of their comfort zone and join the frontline of offensive intellectual independence.

Any country that does not print its own dictionary is colonized or will be soon!

He who defines, governs.

Words are the building blocks of reality. The reality belongs to whoever makes the blocks!

As Marimba Ani said ′ ′ Your culture is your immune system “, once taken from you, you are helpless, vulnerable. This is why Africa’s enemies are investing so much in destroying your immune system.

African Awake before is too late.