EXCLUSIVE: FG bans film on Nigerian poverty, places producer under security watch

President Goodluck Jonathan
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The Nigerian government has banned the airing and distribution of the documentary, Fuelling Poverty, a 30-minute film which documents the massive poverty in Nigeria and advocates against corruption and greed in the country.

The documentary, released late in 2012, was produced by young filmmaker, Ishaya Bako, in partnership with the Open Society for West Africa [OSIWA].

After the project was completed last year, Mr. Bako sent it in to the National Film and Video Censors Board, NFVCB, a national agency which vets,  classifies, and approves films and videos meant for distribution and exhibition in Nigeria.

But in an April 8 letter to Mr. Bako, exclusively obtained by PREMIUM TIMES Friday, the agency prohibited the distribution and exhibition of the documentary in Nigeria, saying its contents “are highly provocative and likely to incite or encourage public disorder and undermine national security.”

The letter, signed by the NFVCB’s Head of Legal Services, Effiong Inwang, warned the filmmaker against violating the order, saying “all relevant national security agencies are on the alert. A copy of this letter has been sent to the Director General, Department of State Services and the Inspector General of Police for their information.”

The banning of the documentary, seen by critics as further evidence of Nigeria’s creeping descent into dictatorship,  came on the same day that four journalists of Abuja-based Leadership newspaper were detained by the police for refusing to name their source for a story which alleged the presidency was plotting to sabotage the merger of the leading opposition parties in the country.

A review of Fuelling Poverty

Fuelling Poverty, which addresses the serious issue of corruption in governance, compresses the reality of Nigerians into a 30- minutes film that immediately evokes a lot of passion-mostly anger.

The documentary goes into life, sucks from it and forms art out of it. In this sense, there is a connection between art and community in a way that art operates, socially responsible to the society it belongs.

The producers of Fuelling Poverty say the essential aim of the documentary is to re-enact the “process of change driven by Nigerians.”

In the mind of the filmmaker, Bako, if Nigerians are properly educated, they can hold government responsible and accountable to its actions. So, in his 30 minutes production, he tries to document the reality of contemporary Nigerian abyss and chaos, but laces the the work with a pungent advocacy against corruption and greed.

Inspired by the huge scam around the fuel subsidy exposed last year, Fuelling Poverty was originally designed to be a film “advocating for the full implementation of the report of the fuel subsidy probe,” however, its final realization included intrigues by Nigerian leaders who mange the oil resource and the uncanny manner in which the report of a probe into the fuel subsidy scam was turned into a charade. The film ultimately evolved into one moving, though painful, narrative against corruption and materialism in Nigeria.

The film, Mr. Bako says, was “not just talking about scam but the culture and greed in Nigeria”. He said it was a timely and interesting journey, because the film covers “real issues, on everyday life.”

The documentary is announced with an attention grabbing sound track, by Femi Kuti. He was one of the prominent figures of the occupy movement with ordinary Nigerian instantaneously drawn to him because of the popularity of his songs and his savour for criticising Nigeria’s government, something Femi Kuti learned from his father, Fela, whom Nigerians still revere.

The documentary starts with the strong presence of Nobel Laureate,  Wole Soyinka, and his commandeering voice which immediately seizes a viewer into listening. He characterizes the subsidy scheme “a seven billion scam perpetrated at the federal government level. …[as]  essentially a scam scheme.” He goes on to relate it to the prevailing corruption in Nigeria’s ruling class.

The film then transits to actual footages of the occupy era. It was dominated by actual events of the occupy Nigeria movement, printed material of newspaper reports , recreations with animations, interviews with renowned Nigerians, and interviews of ordinary Nigerians impacted by the subsidy removal from fuel in January and the rising cost of fuel occasioned by the corruption in governance.

The filmmaker uses a lot of panoramic shots especially in presenting the occupy protests. This is particularly brilliant as it tells of the high number of Nigerians who were aggrieved at the exorbitant price of the fuel and the attendant poverty. Then, there are footages that recall the real violence government perpetrated on Nigerians during the protest with the aid of its armed personnel.

The fraud perpetrated by independent importers of fuel and Nigeria’s statutory oil agencies, was brought to lime light in the documentary. It captures footages of some of the sittings of investigations into the subsidy scam. At this point, what the viewer sees are various government officials brandishing contradictory figures, exposing the ongoing sleaze and sloppiness with which the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency handle the resource which Nigeria’s economy is heavily dependent on. There is also an insight into how independent marketers get subsidy payments for products that were never imported.

Mr. Bako, with his documentary, tried to articulate the sentiments, emotions and the frustrations of Nigerians. His method of selecting footages from reality and editing it to form a coherent, informative art is ingenious. He gives the viewer a peek into the lives of ordinary Nigerians who are affected by corruption in the oil industry. Several times, the viewer hears the voices of Nigerians in their own language, without sophistication narrating the pangs of the corruption.

In those voices, there is a lot of anguish, tales of not being able to afford a living, tales of frustrations abound, but most worrisome are the tales of resignation. One of the documentary’s participants, a commercial bus driver who is on an extremely long fuel queue that is characteristic of fuel stations across Nigeria, is heard saying “we can’t fight the government… they are bigger than us”.

In that scene, beside the revelation that the untold hardship and the corruption in Nigeria has created; there is a remarkable connection between the inability of government to address the corruption in the oil sector and the extremely long queues witnessed at filling station 11 months after the fuel subsidy scam was highlighted. Yet, 11 months after, no government official has been convicted.

The film wraps up with another Femi Kuti’s song, ‘bo bo’, a slang for lie. The song speaks about the lies of Nigerian leaders.

This immediately transports the viewer to January, when Nigerians staged the occupy Nigeria and shut down the economy of Nigeria. The sound track served as one of the major thematic songs, energising people at the various occupy centres especially in Lagos. At that time, a lot of Nigerians felt power in their hands, power to tackle corruption in governance.

It did not last for long.

Just one week after the protest, the strike was called off by the Nigerian Labour Congress, one of the key participants in the protest. Nigerians were left disillusioned. But the filmmaker says the film is a call to action, a reminder that citizens can hold their officials accountable.

President Goodluck Jonathan and Press Freedom

Press freedom in Nigeria has increasingly come under threat since President Jonathan was elected in 2011.

On December 24, the State Security Service, SSS, in a military-era jack-boot tactics, stormed the homes of two journalists who write for Al-Mizan, a Kaduna-based Hausa language newspaper, and arrested them.

They were arrested over a story which detailed how the Joint Task Force in Yobe State was allegedly engaging in extra-judicial arrests and murder of innocent citizens.

The two journalists were released on January 1 without charge  only for one of them to be rearrested on February 14. He was released on  February 22 and no charges were pressed against him.

On February 12, two radio journalists of Wazobia FM and a cleric were arrested and charged to court over allegations that their programme triggered the killing of nine female healthcare workers shot to death in the restive northern metropolis.

The Kano state police claimed the radio reporters incited the killings when they discussed fears about the vaccination campaign.

On February 22, the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, suspended the operating license of Wazobia FM over the same matter.

The NBC continued with its muzzling agenda on March 3 when it suspended the broadcast  of a popular programme, Dimokradiyya a you, on Radio Gotel, Yola. The station is owned by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who is especially critical of President Jonathan.

The commission also suspended another programme, Taba Kidi Taba Karatu, on Adamawa Broadcasting Corporation, Yola, on the same day.


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  • kafinta

    With or without making this film to the public, the dearth of extreme poverty, induced unemplyment, permitted corruption, politicized and real insecurity will certainly pose imminent and clear Nigerian spring and revolution soon,incapable to be hindered by any government, union, groups, clerics, traditional and religious so called elites and even the media. It is coming, soon.

    • Tote Real

      The Dr. Jonathan if making sure that the masses benefit and improve lives. Fight against the Fuel subsidy and insist on it’s removal.

    • Kai my brother you hit the nail on the head. My thing is if something is not working try something new. We should get rid of the subsidy and see what happens. Hope is almost for many of us, but we still have a glimpse of it left.

      • Dan maikoko

        Dr. I. Agbon a niger deltan that has worked for decades in the oil sector has shown conclusively that even if Nigeria has to import fuel the pump price should not be higher than N35.00 in Sokoto! I don’t understand where the subsidy comes in. For those with a bit of brain why don’t you think of a responsible govt that will refine what God has given us abundantly and create employment for our unemployed youth. Why must we be the country that has crude and imports refined fuel? Every country that exports any amount of crude refines its domestic fuel itself, why should Nigeria be different. How come most Nigerians think at the same level with the dumb president that we have?

        • Bro, check the history of Nigeria after the discovery of crude oil, you will see that Nigerian perspective and prospects changed.

          The so-called cabals hijacked the oil sector and has succeeded in siphoning trillions of Naira, this has brought decay in the sector.

          Fuel subsidy was meant to last for just 6 months but it has lasted for over twenty years. In this long years has there been any tangible development in the sector rather than group of individuals enriching themselves and their family?

          The proposed fuel subsidy removal is what we need if we want to expand the petroleum sector, it will bring hardship for the first few years but afterwards we are going to enjoy the fruit of our efforts.

          The President is not dumb because he is actually charting a way forward for Nigeria, though we might overlook the fact that GEJ is the best President that we have ever had.

          If fuel subsidy is removed we will have enough money to build new refineries and put the old ones in perfect shape.

  • kabir

    yeah @43191ddbc0a68cbe17ca1e896f35dbd9:disqus its coming soon, we are already pushed to the wall, lets gather our momentum and start pushing back.

    • Tote Real

      That is good gather your momentum, but make sure you are fighting for the right reasons and the best option. Do not be railroaded by the NLC and the cabal into believe that removing the subsidy is to make life harder for Nigerians. IT WILL NOT. True there will be a temporary set back, but Nigerians will benefit immensely.

  • angryniger

    NO MATTER HOW HARD THE JONATHAN GOVT TRIES TO STIFFLE THIS FILM BEEN SHOWN, HE CANNOT SUCCEED, the time if rife for the masses to take back their country from the hands of these THIEVES, MURDERERS, AND INCOMPENT MEN/WOMEN IN POWER. NIGERIA SPRING IS AT OUR DOOR STEPS

    • Tote Real

      I doubt very much that Dr. Jonathan is trying to stifle the documentary. In fact, if we can all calm down we will realize that Dr. Jonathan is on the side of the masses. The fuel subsidy was meant to last for 6 months and has been in existence for 24 years. The only President that has taken the bull by the horn is Dr. Jonathan, it is unfortunate that Nigerians are fighting against him.

      • Unfortunately he showed up at the climax of Nigerians have had enough. Even though we know that the rot is not his doing, he is the man at the top whom we can lash out at, because we know he is not going to throw us in jail or have our families killed. This is definitely a president that allows democracy prevail.

      • Dan maikoko

        Well, you don’t even know your history. Fuel “””subsidy””” has been removed in the past more than 20 times! first by IBB, then Abacha, Abdulsalami, OBJ and now GEJ. Sunusi Lamido Sunusi said today that all future aspirants to high office in Nigeria must be tested for psychological wellbeing and use of drugs, I think he has a point. A president that is sober, smart and cares for his country would have immediately seen the consequences of a fuel price hike. From market women to multi-national companies petrol, diesel and other refined products is our security, electricity, transport and even pipe borne water. If you increase the price of fuel everything else follow. That means inflation, which translate to a lower value for the Naira. And since we import fuel that means the price has to be increased without end. To make matters worst only the govt imports fuel, only the govt has the storage and offloading facilities, all the pipelines belong to it as well. Its a monopoly! Take a peek at the mindset of the Jonathan cabinet through one of its selling points during the subsidy debate: ” Fuel price hike will only affect the rich that have 2 or 3 cars”. If this statement shows anything its that those who make it are just too far away from daily realities of life in Nigeria that there is no hope of them ever understanding that portable generators that use petrol are the backbone of most small businesses in Nigeria. They will never understand that an increase in petrol price will cause and increase in price of all goods that are moved from point A to point b irrespective of wether they moved by donkeys or by trucks. The donkey transporter will have to buy akara who’s beans were ground by a petrol operated grinding machine.

        • If fuel subsidy has been removed in the past then why are we still paying for subsidy. I am interested in hearing your version of history. The surprising part is WHY IS THE NLC TALKING ABOUT NO TO FUEL SUBSIDY REMOVAL IF THERE IS NOT ONE. Do you know how many Nigerians have been killed on the streets regarding this matter and how many NLC BOSSES ARE PAID EVERY YEAR AND YET THEY NEGOTIATE AND INCREASE IN THE PRICE NO MATTER HOW SMALL. Somebody is lying and we will find out the truth one way the other.

          • Dan maikoko

            Like I said before a person who has worked in the NNPC for more than a decade and is now in the U.S. working with a Texas oil company presented a paper during the fuel subsidy debate. In it he showed how even if Nigeria imports fuel the pump price should not exceed N35 in Sokoto! No subsidy advocate has debunked his claims with facts and figures like he did. His name is Dr. I. Agbon search for his paper and educate yourself. IF YOU WANT TO HIDE SOMETHING FROM A BLACK MAN PUT IT IN A BOOK! Since when did the NLC becomes your authentic source of information? Know that most Nigeria don’t get their information from NLC. Some read the papers, discuss in groups, listen to the news and blog.

          • Napas Pass

            Just because you believed so much in Dr. I Agbon, and also believed that no one bothered to debunk his claims with facts, I decided to bring you a lay-man’s perspective into this matter, which I found while I researched this economist which you have placed some much faith in. Before I do that just so you know even at the Ph.D level theories and hypothesis are your opinion to which no one is subjected to agreeing with, rather it is your duty to convince through proving and defending your opinion.

            Published on Thursday, 22 December 2011 00:33 By James Pam
            [elombah.com] After reading Dr. Agbon’s article three times I wondered why a PhD holder with over 20 years teaching experience should decide to do his country such a disservice. His “simplest economics” turned out to be so flawed that I think he deserves a rejoinder. One online commentator, Ifeanyi-Democracy 4ever, gave him the best immediate response on 16 December 2011. He wrote,

            “Dr Izielen’s calculation of N33.36 per litre of fuel is FATALLY wrong. This is surprising especially coming from a ‘Dr’ and former HOD and ASUU chairman. Only God knows how many generations of students this ‘Dr’ has fed with the wrong stuff. These are some of the persons causing UNIMAGINABLE damage to the system then turn around to blame Govt even for their inability to impregnate their wives.

            “Back to ‘Dr’ Izielen’s flawed calculation. According to him the cost of development, storage and transport of crude is $5 per barrel. Refining cost is $12.6 per barrel, pipeline distribution $1.5 per barrel while other distribution margins $16.6 per barrel. Assuming these estimations were right, which I doubt, what about the cost of the crude oil itself, which is $107 per barrel (international market price)? This could only be likened to someone doing an estimate of the cost of producing ‘suya meat’ without taking into consideration the cost of the starting raw material, which is raw beef.”

            DON’T BE FOOLED FOR A MOMENT THAT BLACK MEN CAN’T READ THEY JUST TALK ABOUT WHAT INTERESTS THEM.

    • I think we have gone past screaming and calling names. Now we must find a way to participate in bringing the best into our communities. Let our immediate environment be our business and matter to us. If we don’t do something about it nobody is going to do something about for us.

  • Kasarawa

    I don’t think revolution similar to that of Egypt or Libya will solve any of Nigeria’s problem. For us to move forward, we need to stop tribalization of politics. Most Nigerians say they disapprove of corruption but they always tend to forgive or even support the perpetrator if he or she is of our own tribe. Am pretty sure many Niger Deltans are supporting GEJ not because of his good record but rather because he is their Ijaw brother.

    • I truly disagree with you on the matter of Niger Deltans are supporting GEJ because he is their Ijaw brother. Even as Vice president during Yar’Adua’s time he acted as liaison in ensuring the the contents of the amnesty were followed through and monitored it from beginning to end. Perhaps they may have an attachment with the man because of that contact.

      Further, I don’t know what yard stick with which you measure GEJ’s performance, the man was elected in 2011 and has been dealing with security issues caused by the Boko Haram, a fight that has taken a toll both on the country and the presidency. However, he has never relented on his transformation agenda.

      It will be nice for once if Nigerians got off their lazy behinds and do something construction putting in their contribution towards the development of our great country rather than complaining all the time. I am not Ijaw nor Niger Delta, but I have come to respect GEJ, because underneath all the bombings and rapid fire, I see a calm head, who remains committed to his office and will to help the masses.

    • I don’t think Nigerians are ready for a revolution similar to Egypt or Libya. First of all, you have to pay Nigerians to lead a revolution, by the second day with no food, you will find yourself standing alone revolutionizing all by yourself. The corruption you speak of is deep rooted, even in the masses, for which are ready to compromise themselves even when it is to their detriment. I am open to an alternative opinion on this matter.

      • We claim we want change but we are not willing to do what is necessary to bring it to pass. Oh boy first gun shot every body disappear. No body will make such a sacrifice like the Eyptians did o, let’s face facts.

  • Tote Real

    To define National Security is anything that is a threat to peace.

    The documentary can be viewed in many ways everybody has an opinion, people are bitter, but I have to hand it to the producers that they were able to bring all sides of the argument to the table.

    The problem was when online media like the Sahara Reporters did a disservice to the producers and documentary by posting only the negative parts of the film to incite a negative reaction. Especially when they were invited to preview the movie and it had not gone through the censors board. We cannot say that Jonathan asked the board to reject the documentary it is a far cry from that.

    The censors board has the rule book on issues concerning national security, there are guidelines to be followed, public reaction is very important. However, I believed that rather than a full rejection that the producers could have been asked to revise or remove any section deemed to cause or incite unrest in the country.

  • National security is the requirement to maintain the survival of the state through the use of economic power, diplomacy, power projection and political power. The concept developed mostly in the United States of America after World War II. Initially focusing on military might, it now encompasses a broad range of facets, all of which impinge on the non military or economic security of the nation and the values espoused by the national society. Accordingly, in order to possess national security, a nation needs to possess economic security, energy security, environmental security, etc. Security threats involve not only conventional foes such as other nation-states but also non-state actors such as violent non-state actors, narcotic cartels, multinational corporations and non-governmental organisations; some authorities include natural disasters and events causing severe environmental damage in this category.

    Measures taken to ensure national security include:
    1. using diplomacy to rally allies and isolate threats
    2. marshalling economic power to facilitate or compel cooperation
    3. maintaining effective armed forces
    4. implementing civil defense and emergency preparedness measures (including anti-terrorism legislation)
    5. ensuring the resilience and redundancy of critical infrastructure
    6. using intelligence services to detect and defeat or avoid threats and espionage, and to protect classified information using counterintelligence services or secret police to protect the nation from internal threats

    BY wikipedia

  • Lanre

    A clip that can be watched on YouTube. Or are they going to block YouTube’s IP in Nigeria? I wonder how government officials think sometimes. Little brains.

    • If it is considered an avenue to propose a threat to the nations peace, that can be arranged.

    • Tote Real

      It is not a question of small brains, but using your brain in detecting a problem and following protocol as regards your area of expertise. That is what the censors Board has done. You can view it on YouTube and make your comments there, however with the disapproval this documentary cannot be aired on Television.

    • Dan maikoko

      You got it! They say petrol price hike will only affect the rich that own 2 or 3 cars! Have you taken a look at our neighbour Niger Republic? In two years and without a kobo of their own they build a refinery with the capacity of 100,000 liters a day at the same time our own leaders are racing to open refineries all over the world except in Nigeria! Remember the exposed refinery deal in Indonesia? If Nigerians are not by God himself, cursed then what is wrong with them?

    • YouTube is a channel one can broadcast videos that are detrimental to the human mind, the censor’s board band it from airing in Nigeria Television Stations to control the negative impact it will induce in our society. So what’s the business between Nigeria and the IP address of YouTube?

  • I believe that we have overlooked or blind sighted on the real issues. Are Nigerians really ready for this documentary, if we say YES, then the next question is if we have a violent outbreak because of it how does the public want the situation managed. There is an extent to Press Freedom and please ask countries like America how free they are to the extent that the government allows another violent reaction while dealing with a monster such as the Boko Haram.

    • Tote Real

      Truth be told trillion of naira is shipped out of this country every year in pretense of fuel subsidy like the documentary portrayed, still Nigerians suffer fuel scarcity and price increases. Many admitted that we have no subsidy. We are saying remove it, bring the money back home and invest it in Nigerians (masses/grassroot). With the partial removal last year many benefited through programs like the Sure-P and YouWin, people were being hired, governors were given money in the tune of billions to improve their states. If we Peg the price at N150 we open up the pumps, the government brings in transportation to assist with the increase and help lower income earners affordable transport. We can get salary increases and we can afford a better livelihood. What we don’t want is to suffer a little for a ever lasting joy. WE CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS.

      • up to I saw the paycheck ov $4357, I did not believe …that…my brothers friend woz like they say actualie receiving money part time on there computar.. there best friend haz done this for under fourteen months and by now cleared the mortgage on their home and bourt a new Porsche 911. read more at,………. ZOO80.ℂom

      • Dan maikoko

        Warped thinking! Let the govt open up the petroleum sector to competition by dissolving the NNPC, providing electricity, roads, security and transportation so that private individuals can set up refineries. These infrastructure is the backbone of any economy and are always provided by the state! Govt pegs prices because it controls everything and only a fool will build refineries or even import fuel when prices are pegged. Why should Niger Republic build a refinery in two years that caters for its needs and that of some states in northern Nigeria all on loans from China while Nigeria who enjoys oil decades before Niger cant do that? If we are cursed with brainless leader why should somebody that is internet literate like you Tote Real go so low as to think like Ngozi Okonjo or even GEJ? How much are you paid to peddle this dumb idea. There is no subsidy, there is only corruption and anybody with a bit of brain that happens to be a leader in Nigeria should have long told the chinese to build refineries with their money and sell fuel as they like! Even a moron could do that!

    • adetola

      mpitikwelu_na_deri_na_Awusa_na_afam_na_GEJ_naBashir
      how una all dey? Hope una dey do well?

      • Afam

        I don’t know why your afraid of me,make your opinion known and don’t attack the opinion of others..

        • Usually when a person runs out of good argument it results to attacking other people’s opinion. Until we have committed and steadfast patrotism to Nigeria, we will always allow ethnicity divide us.

          • adetola

            Bashir_na_Afam,

            There is no ethnicity here. What is being said is that you are a spokeperson of Aso Rock. I guess you should be “proud” of that-yes of being Aso Rock spokesperson! What is ethnic in that?

          • Whether they are spokespersons or not is irrelevant, what is important are the issues, which should be thoroughly discussed devoid of abuses, insults, and side tracks. You derail yourself by talking on something that adds no value to the discuss.

        • adetola

          Awusa_na_afam_na_GEJ_president Jonathan_na_Mpitkwelu_na_bashir Valarie_na_concernigerian_deri_Aso Rock,

          I have just said that your comments are from Aso Source- eh sorry I meant Aso Rock-so how is that a fear of President Jonathan’s ear and opini

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    See attached link to full length of the feature film. If this link does not open automaticaly, you can always copy and paste onto your browser –

    http://www.moviemarkers.net/trailers/watch-ishaya-bakos-documentary-on-subsidy-corruption-and-greed-in-nigeria-opened-by-wole-soyinka/

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    Here is the link to the full video, guys. PT, is there a reason why this link was removed after I published it earier?

    http://www.moviemarkers.net/trailers/watch-ishaya-bakos-documentary-on-subsidy-corruption-and-greed-in-nigeria-opened-by-wole-soyinka/

  • Nandi

    Valarie Bashir, did you read yourself? So who are you or anyone to decide for Nigerians what we are ready for? If a white person said this, we would call that person racist. But you are not white. If you choose to be pea-brained, that is your problem. Nigerians are not all pea-brained like you and the people who took this decision.

    This decision is beyond stupid or an own goal by the government. Only those who do not wish the government well can take this kind of decision. Now those who didn’t know about this thing are going to go out and find and watch it. It’s the biggest advertisement possible for a documentary that most people hadn’t heard about anyway. If these people can’t realize how stupid this is, how can you trust them or their supporters like you to protect the security of Nigeria and Nigerians?

    By the way, have you watched this documentary? May be you should. It’s here –

  • lorriane6609

    As a outsider(African American) looking in and not totally understanding Nigeria’s issues, I viewed the

    film on youtube and felt it was well produced and it gave me a beeter understanding of the problems faced in Nigeria. I have former in laws in Nigeria and I try to keep abreast of issues that they are dealing with. God Peace Nigeria

    • God bless you. We also feel that the documentary is balanced and impartial and does address those problems that we need to look closely at. We shall overcome.

    • If you think Dale`s story is nice…, last week my cousins boyfriend basically brought home $5128 sitting there a thirteen hour week from their apartment and they’re classmate’s mother-in-law`s neighbour has been doing this for four months and easily made more than $5128 parttime from their computer. applie the steps on this address…….. ZOO80.ℂom

  • igbiki

    Stupid idiots.

    They should ban internet and youtube too, because its there, open to be seen by all who so wishes.

    They should arrest me too, if they can, because I am posting the video link here.

  • I also viewed the documentary on Youtube and I thought it actually made a case for fuel subsidy removal more than anything else. It showed how previous governments have wasted our country’s resources because it was not beneficial to the people it was intended. I think we should learn to take the bad with the good, we have to learn from the past and we must some how find a way to move forward.

    • Dan maikoko

      Wrong! Previous and current govts wasted our resources because they left us the only oil producer in the world that import refined fuel. If we cant have a leader with the head to think of this as a shame then people like you will not be ashamed to focus on a lie like subsidy while Niger Republic is building a pipeline to supply northern states with fuel. There is fuel in Niger and there is no subsidy there, yet its cheaper than at port Harcourt!

      • Actually previous governments ran down the refineries, introduced fuel subsidy, and have used this avenue to steal money from the country. Is it not these same Northern states that have been beneficiaries to our oil, both in cash and kind. So don’t come here with your fellows and talk a load of shit about how it is GEJ that caused Nigeria’s problem.

        The Northern States can buy fuel from Niger for all we care, we will fix our refineries and add new ones, it will provide both jobs, economic strength for Nigeria.

        • Dan maikoko

          Yep, previous governments run down the refineries. But in 4 years GEJ could not fix even one of these refineries. Fortunately we have a yardstick to determine GEJ’s performance and it is the lowly, landlocked and hitherto oil less Niger Republic. They build in 2 years a refinery that has surpassed all our 4 refineries in output! The multitudes that came out to protest fuel price hike would have told you that most Nigerians know there is something wrong with our president and cabinet.

          • Which 4 years are you talking about? GEJ has just been in the seat as Nigeria’s President for just 2 years.

            And mind you Niger republic can not be a yardstick for that can be used efficiently to determine GEJ’s performance. It is not done like, even a common man on the street knows that you can never bring unequal things and measure them in terms of performance, you bring things that are of same size and every other thing.

            Please use any other country that has the same population with us, the same problems and every other thing you can think of, then we can do an impeccable performance analysis.

      • How can the current government take responsibility of the inaction of their predecessors, we haven’t given this same government an enabling environment that will harness their potentials fully.

        Like seriously i cannot see the rationale behind your comparison of Nigeria to Niger Republic, Niger Republic has just 15million as their population whereas Nigeria is over 140million. Don’t you know the effect of population when it comes to development?

        Catering for the needs of over 140million people can never be compared to catering for just 15million people.

        As far as i know this present government is on the path of bringing redemption and emancipation from the years of sorrow that was meted out on us by their predecessors.

  • Enemona

    It’s already on Youtube, ban ko. ‘Ban’ in these days of youtube, twitter and facebook, the FG lives in the past.

    • Not really, plus I think it was the censors bureau who followed whatever their procedures where to decline the documentary being aired on television. In fact we heard the video has been pirated in a market in Lagos. Let’s simply move on from this matter.

  • Lanre

    I just watched the clip on YouTube. Actually, I watched it twice and cannot for the life of me understand how any one in Government will have this clip banned. But of course, we are dealing with one of the most corrupt regimes on earth – The Nigerian Government.
    Jonathan is someone that I believe has no clues whatsoever about what it takes to govern. Not only is he clueless, he is a sadist. If anyone expected him to be different from those who have governed Nigeria in the past, it is clear he has not lived up to expectation. Increasing the price of fuel on the 1st day of the year shows someone far from reality and living in a cocoon.
    In the first instance, how can the solution to the removal of subsidy be the increase in the price of pump fuel? Where is the correlation?
    Now someone does a brilliant documentary on the events surrounding the Price Hike and the Government Reaction is to ban it. And so they make the movie even more popular and draw more attention to it. Nigerians are going to have to suffer some more. There is no escaping it. Lord Lugard and the British have made it possible such that unified action cutting across all ethnic groups in that contraption will not happen. In the meantime, more ex-convicts will be pardoned; criminal religious terrorists (Boko Haram) will be granted amnesty; blackmailers and economic saboteurs will be given contracts (MEND and ND militants) and the government will continue to develop a thinner skin everyday. Soon Premium Times will not be read in Nigeria.

    • Dan maikoko

      Yes lanre, the ban makes the documentary viral! Don’t blame ND militants, MEND and Boko haram. If there is a vacuum in governance, militancy and self-help groups always fills it. These militants will persist until the day we have a leader.

  • Enemona

    I have seen the trend, the paid GEJ rent-boys have been unleashed.

  • Nandi

    Bashir Valarie is one busy person responding to everyone and everything and explaining to those that care. If I were the Labaran Maku, the Information Minister, I would be really worried. This Bashir Valarie, makes his job untenable. People like Bashir Valarie are so enthusiastic about GEJ or so pea-brained, they can’t understand how or why Nigerians can have views of their own. Yet we do. Only those who don’t wish the government of Jonathan well can support this kind of silly decision. Take a look at this documentary and explain to anyone with an idiot’s IQ why Nigerians cannot watch this and make informed judgements for themselves. Now I will await my own turn to get Bashir Valarie’s wisdom. Impressive!

    • Enemona

      People like Bashir Valarie are driven by the incentive they recieve. Don’t look too far, these people are paid to do this job.

      • Listen to the voice of wisdom and hearken to the cries of fairness and just judgement. What David Prosper said is absolutely correct, because there was a reason for turning down the request for the documentary to be censored and it is left for the producer to go back to the drawing board ad make amendments.

    • Aboaba Daisi

      Nandi, did you mean Bashir Valarie_na_mpitikewlu_na_Awusa_na_deri_na_afam_concernigerian or which of the Bashir’s did you mean? Just wondering for I am really worried too that Messers Reuben Abati, Doyin Okupe and Labaran Maku may just be out of job soon!

      • Did Bashir tell you he is interested in their position? Why not try to focus on how to contribute your own quota to the development of your area and make it a better place for youths to emulate and carry on your legacy, Instead of lashing out on someone who is airing his own views.

        • It just goes to show that they have nothing to talk about other than to try to discredit people who are making comments on a thread. If the Censors board censored a video, would it not have made more sense to find out what areas need adjusting so they can have it approved. Instead of writing nonsense on online newspapers looking for sympathy against the FG. These are the people talking about eradicating corruption only when it does not benefit them.

    • Napas Pass

      Obviously you think you have the intelligent aspect of the argument. Only a fool hardy person is arrogant to believe that he has the answers and proceeds to label, intimidate and abuse those who don’t agree with him is nothing short of tyranny. And what do you call yourselves on this thread of yours the 3 musketeers or just a bunch of negros with myopic thinking.

      If GEJ runs in 2015 you best believe that I will vote for him. It is my civil right as a free citizen of Nigeria to vote for anyone I damn well please.

  • Nandi

    It’s a tag team – Bashir Valarie, Tote Real, Napas Pass, David Prosper. Co-ordinated messaging. May be you can help those of us who wonder: what does a government that can get so many articulate and plugged in people to spout its lines have to fear from this documentary? If you repeated yourselves often enough, you may even begin to believe what you say, won’t you?

    • I believe WE as Nigerians will have to grow up, mature in our thinking. Only in this country when a situation does not favour us it is misconstrued as dislike, fear, and quarrel. The Censors Board is in charge of making those decisions and we are probably sure that they have guidelines to adhere to. If the documentary did not make it through as Premium times has stated a letter was sent to the producers letting them know what decision was made.

      It would have served them better if they had arranged a meeting to discuss what areas which the censors board felt would incite the public or was a matter of National security, maybe then they could have been able to work on those areas and resubmit the documentary for approval. Rather we have steered away from the issues and chosen to react as we always do to serious issues.

      And my brother, I don’t have to agree with you and I am entitled to my opinion even if it doesn’t suit your purpose. It will also serve us well to expand our thinking, look at all sides objectively, comprehend the situation before we comment on anything.

      Today I am feeling happy, Allah be praised. Shikena.

    • Foolishness of the highest order

    • Hello Nandi, there are misconception that are been fed to us by our so-called reliable source of information. We buy everything that we are told or fed hook, line and sinker and then leaving no avenue for rational thinking.

      It is not everything that may be as it actually seem to be, we have emotion laden thinking and opinion, i think that the best way to get something right is to remove all bias thoughts and treat the issue rationally and fairly.

      Premium times has shown over time that they do not follow the ethics of journalism and that is very appalling, according to editorial guideline , no editor is allowed the privilege to be bias on any issue what so ever.

      There are many people out there that really investigate every matter before they have an opinion . Misconstruing of information has been a norm with our press and that might end if we refute their claims and tell the truth as it is, period.

  • Post the bloody thing on YOU TUBE!

    • Bross, the documentary is on YOUTUBE, go crab your copy.

  • The National Film and Video Censors Board have rule governing the right to air movies/ documentary in other not to miss lead younger minds robbing them of their future. I will suggest that the producer of the film, write a letter the chairman of The National Film and Video Censors Board on how his documentary can be aired if given a second thought.

  • If it always great to make suggestions, many things look fantastic on paper, but when it comes to the reality of it, it is not so easy. The refineries had shut down long before GEJ and Diezani came on the scene, however, like frustrated people normally behave they lash out at what is in front of them, just like we do those closest to us when we are not happy. Not a problem. Can you say that you have not seen improvements concerning roads and electricity, is it not the security issue that is being dealt with as we speak.

    No down stream deregulation, dissolve NNPC, then what? We open up the petroleum sector to competition, who is the competition and where is the competition going to get the petroleum products from? This at this point will be another avenue for corruption.

    You say there is no subsidy, then who are we paying trillions of Nigeria’s money to for subsidy. Then why does the NLC come out on strikes against the removal of subsidy and still the price of fuel goes up at the end of each strike no matter how small, suffer fuel scarcity and at the mercy of black marketers.
    I will not condesend to your level of insults, however, while we believe we are critics we should open our minds to the truth as well. I do not agree with you on some fronts and I trust you can respect my opinion even if we don’t agree.

    • Dan maikoko

      The reality is that Niger Republic has no refinery 4 years ago, in 2 years they build one that refines 100000 litres a day. You are speaking of the repair of 4 refineries which GEJ could not do in 4 years. How come Niger succeeded in producing 100000 l/day in two years when they don’t have NNPC and they did not spend a kobo of their money? If you put the goal post to the ground GEJ will not score! Indeed, who are we paying trillions to? That is a good question and the shoe is on the other feet! NLC and all Nigerians came out to protest the hike in petrol prices not removal of subsidy. If subsidy removal leads to a fall in price like it did in the communication sector everybody will support it, but to us the reality is that from IBB to GEJ subsidy removal means one and only one thing, a hike in fuel prices.

  • Guest

    The National Film & Video Censors Board (NFVCB) is statutorily mandated to censor and classify all films and video works made locally or imported into the country. In carrying our
    this responsibility the Board is mindful that in a multi-ethnic and religious society like Nigeria, the censorship and classification of films into varying categories not only allows adults the opportunity to
    see a wider range of films dealing with the realities of the adult world, but at the same time restricts children and youth from viewing what could be harmful to them in one way or another, this is besides ensuring that other kinds of objectionable materials capable of inciting civil strife is reduced or eliminated completely.

    The classification system serves two different functions; first, it lays down a set of legally enforceable rules to restrict admission and access to adult films by minors. On the
    other hand, it offers to parents some advance information about the suitability of the film so that parents can make informed decisions about what to let their children watch.

    The Board abides at all times the legal instruments that established it which is the NFVCB Act 85 of 1993, which lays out specific criteria for the censorship of films and video works. However in line with global best practices and under section 2(e) of the NFVCB Act the Board has also established clear guidelines for the censorship and classification of films and video works.

  • Guest

    I got this from http://www.nfvcb.gov.ng/pages.asp?pageid=355, so please read more.

    The National Film & Video Censors Board (NFVCB) is statutorily mandated to censor and classify all films and video works made locally or imported into the country. In carrying our this responsibility the Board is mindful that in a multi-ethnic and religious society like Nigeria, the censorship and classification of films into varying categories not only allows adults the opportunity to see a wider range of films dealing with the realities of the adult world, but at the same time restricts children and youth from viewing what could be harmful to them in one way or another, this is besides ensuring that other kinds of objectionable materials capable of inciting civil strife is reduced or eliminated completely.

    The classification system serves two different functions; first, it lays down a set of legally enforceable rules to restrict admission and access to adult films by minors. On the other hand, it offers to parents some advance information about the suitability of the film so that parents can make informed decisions about what to let their children watch.

    The Board abides at all times the legal instruments that established it which is the NFVCB Act 85 of 1993, which lays out specific criteria for the censorship of films and video works. However in line with global best practices and under section 2(e) of the NFVCB Act the Board has also established clear guidelines for the censorship and classification of films and video works.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    A stinking cruel dictator shall never change his character and style of annihilating any strong voice
    of opposition that would expose his corrupt inner hiden agenda.
    In a different civilize clime president Jonathan would be in detention awaiting tribunal trial and judgement going by the vast mis-governace offences,mis-approriation of public financial resources, wasteful expenditure of tax payers fundsin almost vital public sectors and continuation of official looting and embezzlement scams on his watch as inept and non-performing president of Nigeria.

  • cute

    I got it from http://www.nfvcb.gov.ng/pages.asp?pageid=365 Please read MORE

    The National Film & Video Censors Board (NFVCB) is statutorily mandated to censor and classify all films and video works made locally or imported into the country. In carrying our this responsibility the Board is mindful that in a multi-ethnic and religious society like Nigeria, the censorship and classification of films into varying categories not only allows adults the opportunity to see a wider range of films dealing with the realities of the adult world, but at the same time restricts children and youth from viewing what could be harmful to them in one way or another, this is besides ensuring that other kinds of objectionable materials capable of inciting civil strife is reduced or eliminated completely.

    The classification system serves two different functions; first, it lays down a set of legally enforceable rules to restrict admission and access to adult films by minors. On the other hand, it offers to parents some advance information about the suitability of the film so that parents can make informed decisions about what to let their children watch.

    The Board abides at all times the legal instruments that established it which is the NFVCB Act 85 of 1993, which lays out specific criteria for the censorship of films and video works. However in line with global best practices and under section 2(e) of the NFVCB Act the Board has also established clear guidelines for the censorship and classification of films and video works.

  • The National Film & Video Censors Board (NFVCB) is statutorily mandated to censor and classify all films and video works made locally or imported into the country. In carrying our this responsibility the Board is mindful that in a multi-ethnic and religious society like Nigeria, the censorship and classification of films into varying categories not only allows adults the opportunity to see a wider range of films dealing with the realities of the adult world, but at the same time restricts children and youth from viewing what could be harmful to them in one way or another, this is besides ensuring that other kinds of objectionable materials capable of inciting civil strife is reduced or eliminated completely.

  • The classification system serves two different functions; first, it lays down a set of legally
    enforceable rules to restrict admission and access to adult films by minors. On the other hand, it offers to parents some advance information about the suitability of the film so that parents can make informed decisions about what to let their children watch.

  • Guest

    The Board abides at all times the legal instruments that established it which is the NFVCB Act 85 of 1993, which lays out specific criteria for the censorship of films and video works. However in line with global best practices and under section 2(e) of the NFVCB Act the Board has also established clear guidelines for the censorship and classification of films and video works.
    READ MORE: http://www.nfvcb.gov.ng/pages.asp?pageid=365

  • Broken dreams

    Why send such a film to the National Film and Video Censors Board, NFVCB for approval? Anything in government hates the truth, especially in the media!

  • Why must we drag FG to every decision that was made by one of it’s agencies? The National Film and Censor’s Board has the sole right to approve or disapprove any film that breaches their laid down regulations.

    Please let us exonerate the federal government from such ridiculous stories. If we have missed the objectives of the NFVCB, here is a hint:

    “The NFVCB’s mission is to contribute to the positive transformation of
    Nigerian society through the censorship and classification of film and
    video works, whilst balancing the need to preserve freedom of expression
    within the law, and limit social harm caused by films.”…CULLED FROM NFCVB’S WEBSITE.

  • Ajantala

    Obviously Effiong of NFVCB is not aware of You tube. I am watching it right now!