Canada 2014: Nigeria’s Falconets defeat Korea Republic

Nigeria’s female U-20 team, the Falconets, secured their first victory at the ongoing FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada on Saturday night as they defeated Korea Republic 2-1 to go top in Group C.

The Nigerian ladies, who could only manage a 1-1 draw in their first game against Mexico last Wednesday, got the brightest of starts against the Koreans as U.S.-based Courtney Dike scored the fastest goal in Women’s World Cup history after she took advantage of Korea Republic’s lacklustre defending.

Dike, who was starting her first match of the tournament after coming on as substitute in the opener against Mexico, set the tone for the Super Falconets.

It was Chinwendu Ihezuo that got the second goal for Nigeria when she connected perfectly with Ugo Njoku who crossed the ball from the right wing and Ihezuo controlled the ball before unleashing a strong shot past Korea keeper, Minyeong.

With the win, the Falconets now have four points from two games and are top on the standings in Group C as England and Mexico had shared the spoils earlier in the day in a 1-1 draw.

Nigeria will next play against England and need just a draw to secure passage to the quarter finals of the tournament.

Nigeria’s Halimatu Ayinde was voted the player of the match.


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  • Hmmm …!! Every speaker that was tending to depend mr president is nailing buhari supporters of being threatening but felt to realize that what the government is doing was the curses that pushes people to the wall deeming necessary for a better change.. speeches such as seemi illiterate, religion fanatist bokoharam sponsor, clueless as u said before, even engaging in fake twitter activities attract such things u, ve mentioned

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Many thanks, Amir.

      The problem with these people is simply that they are alarmed at the fact that they can no longer stereotype GMB supporters as fanatical almajiris as they did in 2010.

      The most vociferous supporters of GMB today, are not only articulate, but well read and suave. And therein lies the problem of Jonothing supporters.

      They cannot have their way by persuasion; so they resort to denigration.

      it won’t work because it will only make us more resolute.

  • APC 2015

    If the deaf does not understand sign language
    like GEJ and his supporters you have to find an appropriate way to communicate.

    • tundemash

      lol !

  • Fish

    Sometimes I wonder what PT’s editorial policies look like. In my opinion, this lady should be banned. She is such a hogwash.

  • Khaled Maiwada Abdulsalam

    I think both Jonathan and Buhari need to call for sanity, that is in consonance with the democratic ideal which is free CHOICE and the concept of the MAJORITY carries the VOTE without rigging the elections, among their followers although I have more to be concerned with the threat of violence war and armageddon coming from PDP quarters spewed out often by Mujahid Asari Dukibo and his ilk who have the money,the arms and the Militants under their command than Buhari’s followers who because of the degrading poverty unleashed on them are desperate to get out and they believe General Buhari from his past antecedence possesses the magic wand to save them and the nation from the hand of the heartless PDP MONARCHS.

  • True Nigerian

    Vicky, nwanne m! Your name is Ibezim – which translates in Mama Charlie’s language as (my neighbour or fellow should enlighten me). So please permit me to give you a perspective on the other side of the coin.

    Please be fair in your critique! There is something called “fallacy of division and composition”. You cannot just make a blanket generalisation on millions of people in this way.

    I support Buhari. And just like you, I am a graduate of first tier university. There are numerous reports that most of Nigeria’s middle class and educated class are ardent supporters of Buhari too. Are they all in the same mould as you have cast Buhari’s supporters?

    In a clime like Nigeria, is there any candidate that does not have his own fair share of overzealous supporters who are suffering from “iba ndoro-ndoro ochichi” (political fever)?

    If these articles from you in the last few weeks are aimed at showing that your views are balanced and fair to all the politicians, you have certainly gone into the other divide of unreasonably imbalance.

    Two days ago, PDP was announcing that it has done great on education – in the same year that nearly 70% failed WAEC and JAMB; in the same period that most universities in the country were shut down for the longest periods in the history of this country; in the same period that British medical system delisted about 9 of our oldest universities; in the same year that more than 50% of Bar Part 2 students failed at the Nigerian Law School after 10 months of grit and intellectual punishment that usually happens there in the name of legal education. Amidst all of that, PDP is boasting of having done great on education. That is the legacy of your last article on Buhari – PDP now thinks it has succeeded where Buhari FAILED (even before he gets a chance to do the job).

    SSS/DSS threatens Buhari supporters; the police chief arbitrarily disrupts the peace of legislators because they are pro-Buhari; DSS unlawfully cooks up a litany of lies in order to raid the APC facilities and arrest innocent professionals doing their legitimate jobs. All of that are taking place in this same country where criminal militants take official delivery of combat-grade weaponry without any response from the government and also instructs the President on where he can go and where he cannot go, which project he should start and which one he should not start; just as the police minister makes some ridiculous provocative statements just like the common tout that he is.

    Yet, none of those provocations deserves the intervention of the DSS. But Amaechi’s conditional warning that the votes must remain sacrosanct – the hallmark of any democracy that deserves the name it is called – is something that unprofessional discredited mediocre like Marilyn Ogar finds intolerable and deserving of her threats.

    Speak to any psychologist and you will find out why the opposition supporters seem to be touchy.

    Oppression brings out resistance from people; and this is why Nigerians like you should help to caution the government. Nigerians have been pushed really hard enough; the opposition has been intimidated, harrassed and unfairly treated badly enough. Overall, the only thing left is a response from the victims. That is why you are seeing this feverish high energy from the opposition supporters. In abusive relationships of any kind, the oppressor is usually the person who has power and control, not the person at the receiving end of what the powerful does. Who actually has the power here? Is it Buhari and his poor downtrodden supporters whose behaviour is simply typical of people who have been pushed to the wall? Or is it the party that has enough impunity to order policemen to drive the campaign vehicles of one candidate for the ruling party? As a Harvard student, how does that sound in your ears? You should concentrate on the powerful, not on the weak and vulnerable which is what Buhari’s supporters are and have been since 2003.

    I support Buhari. But I am level-headed enough to know that democracy is the culprit when someone loses election in a free and fair manner. But just like Amechi, one thing I cannot tolerate again in this country is a rape in the name of election. If it happens again…I repeat, if it happens again in 2015, your worst fears will come to pass in this country. Enough is really enough!

    Now, I encourage you to take your pen/keyboard, and start doing articles on why the next elections must never be rigged.

    We will always have a means to check Buhari if he wins. Of course, a critique on his policy directions now will also help to shape his ideas. But the danger in doing so is the risk of an overkill and the risk of unkowingly aiding and abeting the current horrendous culture of leadership in this country under the PDP at the centre. The odious culture from Abuja filters through and into every other tier of leadership in this country. And the reason is that we don’t have a federation here. What we call federalism is a glorified unitary system that lords it over the constituent units. This is why the entire country is fixated on what is happening at the centre.

    The reason we want Buhari is not because he is incredibly perfect or a seasoned adminstrator. We just need someone to steady the ship of nationhood and stem the tide of mindless corruption. And his records show clearly that he can do it. If he gets in and does that, we can pick up from there in the task of nation building. Nigeria has many people that can fit the mould of Benjamin Franklin or Thomas Jeferrson. The trouble is that the current culture of political impunity stiffles the system by keeping all such great characters and visionaries out of the political sphere. When someone steadies this rapidly sinking ship and clears the way for healthy polticking, you will see people like Obama getting into politics in Nigeria, and this country will be significantly changed for good.

    The educated class like you must learn pragmatism! Theorizing about how Buhari should become perfect as a candidate is easy. But ending the deepening culture of impunity on sleaze, theft, rigging, insecurity and lawlesslessness is not that easy. Being impeccably consistent for 12 years is not easy, and that’s exactly what Buhari has managed to do. Having enough faith and courage to come back after losing in each horribly rigged elections since 2003 is also not an easy task. Losing in that way without jumping into the ruling party to become a military contractor like IBB is also not an easy decision. When you look at that, you will appreciate that overall, based on the options we have currently, Buhari is like a daylight in comparison to darkness; he is like a million years ahead of his counterparts. And I had expected a fellow like you to know these things and see why the priority should be to push out the current odium that is holding the country to ransom.

    Please get more pragmatic. Please don’t join the growing ugly list of Nigerian professionals from a big foreign university but who doesn’t quite have any good judgement on Nigerian issues. We’ve already seen too many of our peers failing woefully in this country. The reason is that great education doesn’t make people wiser, it only makes them informed. It doesn’t change their values, even though it changes their knowledge base. Bankole is from Oxford; Femi Fani-kayode is from Cambridge; Diezani the common thief is from both Cambridge and Howard; Fraudulent Pastor Reno Omokri is from Wolverhampton; Ngozi is from the World Bank, Havard and Massachusetts (yet, in her warped logic, a simple problem like Subdisy fraud is a matter of revolutionary economic policy, rather than a question of simple law enforcement). It makes me wonder!

    I love you, Vicky! And I am proud of you! I just want you to be more pragmatic. Just like you, I believe we should challenge our candidates to uphold certain standards as a minimum. But unlike you, I know when to pause in order to help save my country from the throes of death. Pragmatism is the difference between us.

    If Buhari does not provide an amazing master plan on education, can you, on that basis, support the continuation of the eyesore that is going on right now under PDP, Jonathan and boko haram? That is the question in this election. And it pains me when I see educated fellows theorizing without showing pragmatism.

    Knowing what you believe and what you stand for, I know that you are likely to vote for Buhari.

    Happy New Year! One Love!

    • Okporoko

      In an attempt to sound pseudo-intellectual, you brazenly fall into the same mistake the author has clearly pointed out – a mass of Buhari supporters that seek to silence any semblance of an opposition to their candidate’s ambition.

      You believe Buhari was rigged out in all elections including the 2011 elections mostly adjudged my many local and international electoral observers as free and fair. Imagine even going as far as threatening violence IF the 2015 elections are rigged. GEJ has been providing free and fair elections in states such as Edo, Ekiti and Osun. We easily and quickly forget as the people we are that in the OBJ days PDP hardly lost in staggered elections in states and that electoral fraud was the order of the day. Now, why do you envisage rigging of the 2015 elections from GEJ who has shown consistently that free and fair elections are possible in Nigeria albeit with militarisation considering the stage of our democratisation.

      You have like I earlier said justified the need for this article. Buhari should not be silent about the aggressive behaviour of his supporters. GEJ has repeatedly said that no blood is worth his ambition and he has proved that over the years. Stop attacking the author or looking for faults in her piece simply because today she has observed a negative trend in the Buhari camp.

      • @Sir Okporoko.what gudluck done to stop mr reuben abati,asari, aribisola and many of his supporters whom undertook pen to blackmail buhari even threatened to form warlike as asari said earlier ? Watch carefully what buhari said in his new year message and be sincere not a dogmat supporter of gej

        • Okporoko

          I’m not aware that Aribasala and Reuben Abati threatened violence; that never happened. If Buhari thinks the duo slandered or libelled him, the proper thing to do is sue them. Now for Asari and his inflammatory statements, I’m aware he was invited once by the DSS. GEJ has disassociated himself from violence and that’s what leaders should do.

          • concerned9ja

            You are just being clever by half. The brimstones and fires these fanatics-Asari, Aribisala, FFK threatened are all available within the public space. Aribisala went to the extent that if GEJ does not win, Ijaws have the right to take up arms, while secession should not be unexpected from the south-south. Asari, a pardoned terrorist, openly threatened war over two terms for Jonathan, declaring that election has been won already. Writing as a pseudo pastor, FFK had on numerous occasion reduced this election to a religious war between Christians and Moslems, yet he has been appointed to head GEJ media campaign. These are ample examples of government and his people not helping things. It is easy to mouth peaceful, free and fair polls but if your body language does not support such, what do you call that? What I deduce is that GEJ and his people are no more desperate than the much maligned GMB and his supporters. That is the truth.

          • Okporoko

            Fully clevered, I’m sure you are more intelligent only to fail to note that the DSS invited Asari meanwhile no GMB supporter such as El-RUFAI has been invited because you will. E among those to shout attack on the opposition. BUHARI called for the killings that took place in 2011 but the government refrained from arresting him because of the backlash that would have ensued.
            GMB has in all his remarks after the killings maintained it was a consequence of a rigged election. Imagine the impunity and lack of conscience and a disrespect to the souls of the departed, many of whom were rendering service to this nation. This ruthless being cannot and will NEVER rule Nigeria again. He has already failed and will likely pick TBJ as his running mate in 2019.

          • Aku

            After 2011 incident a panel of inquiry was set up and their report was submitted to FG what General said was that let the government implement what is in the report, period. So stop beating around the bush if you don’t know what to say.

          • Okporoko

            I don’t know what to say but you ended saying nothing about what Buhari said even though you have something to say

      • True Nigerian

        Well, you just didn’t get it, did you? What do you call free and fair election?
        If what free and fair election means to your mind is simply any election in which fraud was not detected by observers, then you would be right in concluding that the 2011 elections were free and fair because the mindless fraud that happened in that election was so well ochestrated that it was not apparent to the European observers.
        Well, here is a piece of the truth for you: Rotimi Amaechi confessed that he rigged the 2011 election for Jonathan. Murtala Nyako later insinuated that he did the same when he accused Jonathan of not being grateful for what he (Nyako) did to Jonathan. A senator in Niger Delta was caught snatching ballot boxes. It was well reported by all the major newspapers. There were other reports. None of them was charged with crime.

        If Buhari doesn’t send anybody to make threats on his behalf, how thendo you charge him with the responsibility to call such person to order. If you can’t control me to the effect of doing something for you, it makes no sense to suggest that you are rsponsible for controlling me to the effect of preventing me from doing the same thing. That’s what is wrong with this article.

        This is a country, a state, with all the powers of law enforcement. If you find a criminal committing crimes in the name of Buhari, by all means, such a person should be arrested and tried. Responsible states don’t beg candidates to control citizens that they do not even know.

        As you can see in the article, Victoria roghtly pointed out too that Jonathan has many of such feverish followers too. And you stated above that Jonathan has repeatedly asked his followers never to do anything untoward on his behalf. The question for you is: Has that admonition worked? If it has worked, why are they threatening Victoria still?

        This is why I say you don’t get it. There is no intellectualism in what I have stated above. It is basic common sense and reasonableness! Articles like this don’t change anything. And that is why I kept hammering on pragmatism.

        No rigging! If it happens again, all of us will put legs in one trouser! Period! Enough is really enough! If there is no rigging and Jonathan wins, it won’t matter to me. Nigerians are always free to keep themselves in the horrific leadership that is destroying their country. It is their right to do do.

        But any rigging must be resisted. The results of any rigging must and should be resisted. This tolerance for odious mindless frauds in the name of elections must stop NOW, not tomorrow!

        • Okporoko

          These people that confessed to rigging are messiahs today in the APC. SMH
          You haven’t said anything different so my response remains the same as above

          • Aku

            In 2013 a historic scenario
            happened in Kwara State, Ofa L.G.A in particular at a ward called Shawa North
            where a councilor under PDP publically announced that he was defeated despite
            the fact that the state INEC declared him winner in local government
            election that took place in the state. He went further to say that his rival
            under APC was the actual winner and he did so simply because his religion
            warned him against that.

          • Okporoko

            Kwara is an APC state and a lot must have happened behind the scenes especially now that it’s been reported that APC’s strategy is to threaten PDP supporters

          • True Nigerian

            Well, at least you are no longer peddling the pretence that the election was free and fair. Now that your inflated claim of free and fair election has been punctured, you have now drifted to the what Amechi is and what he is not.
            I can take you on journey in that topic…but, first of all, be honest enough to admit openly that, based on the evidence I provided you above, the 2011 election was not as free and fair as you and others have been making out pretentiously.

            And whilst we are still at it, the breaking news today is that in a meeting of the PDP in South-West, Ayo Fayose was secretly recorded telling people that they must use the army and the police to rig Jonathan in and that this election is do or die.

            It takes me back to your first argument that Jonathan has warned everybody not to do anything ontoward in his name or on his behalf. And I asked you then, just as I am asking you again now, did it work? If it has worked, why is Ayo Fayoshe – an elected governor – insisting that the institutions of state must be used to rig for a President?

            Have you heard that Marilyn Ogar or Abba Suleiman has warned him to desist from such comment? Have you heard that Jonathan rebuked him? Is it Jonathan’s job to rebuke him when this country has laws and law enforcement institutions which are publicly funded to enforce the laws of this country?

            Which takes me back to my comment on this article: If Ayo Fayose and other PDP people – including ministers and incumbent governors – in the South-West are hell-bent on reducing themselves to pigs, thugs and common touts in the name of supporting Jonathan, would a mere admonition be enough to stop them if the law enforcement institutions of this country (which includes the presidency as the Commander-in-Chief) are simply not up to the responsibilities of their responsibilities and duties in law enforcement?

            You see, the reason someone like will never understand someone like me is that I am able to reason beyond my personal bias – an ability that most Nigerians don’t have.

            I am supporting Buhari, but I am also the person who told you that he was an election rigger in 2011. If you have that measure of honesty, reasonableness and fairness in your reasoning, you may be able to grasp the basic common sense in my argument.

          • True Nigerian

            On the last paragraph, I meant to say that I am supporting Buhari, but I am also the person who told you that Amaechi was an election rigger in 2011.

          • Okporoko

            You claim superior intelligence but sadly you lack even basic intelligence. In your estimation, I conceded the 2011 elections weren’t free and fair when I onky attacked the credibility of your source – Amaechi and Nyako. The latter has already been impeached for corruption. The former is on his way to prison.

            Regarding your Fayose story and the baselessness of caution, it still doesn’t make sense. Distancing oneself from negative acts doesn’t mean a stop to it but your position on such issues. World leaders do not condemn evil acts when it occurs simply because that will bring an end to such acts. Meanwhile, do not construe my take as accepting Fayose’s culpability. No more glorifying you with further response.

      • Aku

        Free and fair indeed when law enforcement agents out number the eligible voters. You know, it’s painful and threatens when pro-Buhari use their mouth to air their views however, it is normal when pro-Jonathan buy WARSHIPS as part of their evil preparation. Nigerians are not fools.

        • Okporoko

          If you really believe that an individual bought a warship from Norway then you must be very smart

    • tundemash

      RESPECT ! You should have sent this in as a rejoinder .

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      True Nigerian,

      I just read this.

      Simply brilliant.

      Many thanks.

      Hope you have a great Year.

    • KD

      Brilliant!!! All my thoughts and feelings on the Nigerian situation encapsulated in your response. I don’t know you sir, but I’m proud of you. God bless!!

    • Aku

      You said it all I mean you really do. Going back to what the writer said is quiet unfortunate that such is coming out form a student of such an institution. However, as you said…great education doesn’t make people wiser…I believe that is the issue here. Just to add on what you said CHIBOK GIRLS are still missing…may God help us.!

    • dudu

      I just love you (whether he or she)! you said it all honey.

  • Abdulmalik Mahdi

    This is a very good article written by a passionate Nigerian. It is very useful especially now in the run up to the elections. I have my issues with it and I will post them in the below.

    This article is biased unfortunately. It is also reinforcing the stereotype that all Buhari supporters are violent and fanatical (and that Buhari has any control over the few extreme ultras who use his name as a franchise) even if that is not the intent behind it.

    The 2011 post elections violence was very unfortunate as stated and really saccred people like me who witnessed it first hand in places like Azare where there had never been any crisis ever. Buhari condemned the actions on BBC Hausa, the main media outlet for the North but because it suited the narrative of the government who stood idly by and did nothing as usual to provide security the blame was heaped on Buhari. Thank God Buhari went to court and got judgment against Abati for accusing him of fuelling the violence.

    The writer should also have balanced her visit to the site discussing the possible Ijaw violence post 2015 against the stated position of Asari Dokubo and other people very close to the President who have made treasonable and provocative statements threatening to annihilate whole populations in the name of the President if he loses an election we hope would be free and fair without as much as a reprimand or denial by the Presidency. These are known terrorists with the capacity and appetite for violence yet everyone is focusing on Buhari.

    We need to understand that Buhari is and has always been a franchise, an ideal, a phenomenon… Something that the common man on the streets sees as a remedy for the ills of his society, a knight in the shining armour if you will. His supporters have taken him to almost divine levels and see him as the answer. Why? Because all people throughout history need a rallying point, some object, idea, or a person in whom to believe in. The paucity of options in Nigeria for good Leaders, the level of misrule, endemic poverty, particularly in the North makes Buhari an ideal candidate behind which people can rightly or wrongly line up as an alternative to whatever their bleak current circumstances are. It is this same idea but perhaps for different reasons that has seen more people from the elite groups of educated and upwardly mobile South join the Buhari train. They identify corruption and indiscipline as the major problems with Nigeria especially over the PDP years and see Buhari as the magic wand rightly or wrongly. The thing that never got headlines in 2011 was the fact that there was a class war in the North where the poor attacked the rich without any regards to religion or even party affiliation. If you had a big car or house etc you were associated with the system as a beneficiary and thus target for abuse and in some cases violence. The haves and the have nots. A class struggle that has been festering under the surface for so long. These people see Buhari as their leader and this is the reason also why the Northern elites do not want Buhari. It is very critical to understand that Buhari does not control everyone who uses his name or sees him as a leader.

    Buhari himself is just a man and i honestly believe he doesn’t have all the answers. He is not a messiah. Can he speak more? Can his handlers manage his image better? Yes. He also does not have a switch to control his supporters and certainly does not have the powers that a sitting government whose responsibility it is to protect lives does. It is either because we have no faith in the government or that we are also guilty of the same crime they of abdication of responsibility which in this case is to call the President to ensure that adequate steps are taken to safe guard life and property, instead of pre blaming Buhari for an entirely preventable future event.

    No one has the monopoly of violence and each side of this particular argument is wrong. There is no right answer or group from Asari to the people on the street who spontaneously resort to violence in the name of Buhari or indeed the government which fails or refuses or is incapable of adequate preparations to safeguard citizens, indeed we on social media fanning the embers of violence and beating the drums of war are most guilty of war crimes if post election violence erupts in Nigeria next month. The scenario and scale of the disaster sends shivers down my spine.

    Rather than blaming Buhari as the government has conditioned us to, one needs to step back and understand the situation against the backdrop of the discontent in the general population, the ripeness of Nigeria to a revolution and the appeal of Buhari to different people as a symbol of the changes they want for different reasons. I hope despite knowing I am hopelessly being optimistic that this intervention is seen not as campaign for Buhari but as an honest attempt to contribute to the debate and help in averting the doomsday scenario which we are now headed to, full speed ahead with no captain even to attempt a change of course like the titanic… I hope we do not meet the same fate as the doomed ship.

    • Aku

      I want to add to your point by saying the writer and any other talking about such issue believe that they can only say such to General and go free but not to GEJ because they are afraid of those militants.

  • Harry Smith

    What a good writer, but you forgot to advice the PDP lead govt to avoid rigging up coming election to avoid post election violence. No rigging No violence. Thank you. Up Nigeria

    • Aku

      In other words ONE MAN ONE VOTE as simple as that.

  • Progress

    I fully concurred. But what about FFK Doyin Okupi be Blingy 60 cent Ayo Metuh and co openly fanning religious ember! That shd be a no no go area. Change will only be meaningful if it entrencgh peaceful co existence. As for the Ijaw militants no one shd lose a sleep. Just noise.

  • Ifuku-owolabi

    To cap it all, he uses the term “blood of dogs and baboons” to titillate his support base and to encourage tacitly, their descent into orgy of violence against innocents whose only crime happens to be being around the neighborhood! When South Africa was boiling mad, Mandela, recently released from 27 years of incarceration, went on air to heal a broken nation. His reward? Voted into office unanimously. When Nigeria burned in 2011, the signs are ominous now, Buhari was asked to calm his support base. Did he? Pardonnnez moir mom cherie for aligning buhari with Mandela in the same sentence. Just a classic case of beauty and the beast! mothers do have them!

    • Aku

      I need to see your reactions/comments what ever you call them about what ASARI and CLERK said times without number if really you are worried about the country… seat back guy!

  • Ondataker

    I find it hard to understand what’s going on in the mind of this writer. And I think it is not fair. Why should you blame someone who is, in your own words, ‘defending’ Buhari without calling the ‘attacker’ to order? Last elections, Buhari spoke and up till now its almost impossible to clear the air about the deliberate misinterpretation of his words. This time around he is quiet and you still complain. Why should Buhari be blamed for militants buying war ships? Why would anyone speak and complain about replies coming from his opponents? If anyone would call somebody else a ‘Buhari’s sheep’, why should he be angry if he is called a ‘Jonathan’s dog’?

  • New Nigerian

    Have you listen to what Dokubo Asari have been saying? I look forward to your write up on Jonathan’s supporters – including Fayose who have been taken up newspapers adverts to say Buhari will soon die (same Buhari who recently survived an assassination attempt with the culprits still on the loose).

    By the way I look forward to reading from you on this subject:

    Back of the envelope calculations puts it at about $200billion that have been stolen, shared or misappropriated in the past 4 years – through grand theft of oil, unmerited sale of oil, unauthorized subsidy payments, depletion of natural reserve, un-collected revenues through loopholes.

    One Aspect. President Jonathan have personally supervised the grand theft, through two contracts financed with tax payers money, since January 2012 (possibly fall of 2011) of 400,000 barrels of oil per day by those he hand-picked to safeguard the supply lines against theft. According to Soludo: “First, you (Finance Minister, Okonjo-Iweala) admit that ‘oil theft’ has reduced oil output from the average 2.3 – 2.4 million barrels per day to 1.95 mpd (meaning that at least 350,000 to 450,000 barrels per day are being ‘stolen’). On the average of 400,000 per day and the oil prices over the past four years, it comes to about $60bn ‘stolen’ in just four years.

    – This is done through two 2 contracts that Jonathan signed to rebel leaders from his tribe.

    These are the 2 contracts by the Jonathan administration that is a major feed to the monster bedevilling Nigeria and turning it into a failed state, and a personal estate of King Jonathan, it was fall 2011 & 2012 time frame – widely reported by Wall Street Journal and major newspapers in Nigeria – just google it – I like the composition in the piece titled, Help, This Nigerian State Is Failing By Ayobami Oyalowo:

    ”In August, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) broke some disturbing news about Nigeria. It was reported that some ex-militants in the Niger Delta had been paid about N6.32billion within the past one year by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Yes, for the ‘noble’ service of providing security against vandals for the Corporation’s oil pipeline network. Imagine! The breakdown, as outlined by WSJ, is this:

    Chief Government Ekpumopolo (alias Tompolo), Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, ‘General’ Ebikabowei Victor Ben (Boyloaf) and ‘General’ Ateke Tom were respectively paid N5.1 billion, N1.44 billion, N608 million and N608 million yearly by the state-owned NNPC, as ‘protection money’ to guard the pipelines they once attacked.

    As if that was not enough an insult on the collective intelligence of Nigerians, earlier in the year the Federal Government awarded a contract worth $103.4million (over N15billion) to the Global West Vessel Specialist Limited (GWVSL) – a firm widely believed to be owned by Tompolo to supply 20 vessels for the use of the nation’s military authorities to secure the waterways. Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Ziadeke Akpobolokemi, had last year sent a memo titled, “Award of Contract for the Strategic Concessioning Partnership with NIMASA to Provide Platforms for Tracking Ships and Cargoes, Enforce Regulatory Compliance and Surveillance Of The Entire Nigerian Maritime Domain,” to President Goodluck Jonathan.

    In considering the memo, President Goodluck Jonathan and Akpobolokemi chose GWVSL as the preferred company for the 10-year concession agreement, renewable for two terms of five years each. Jonathan, in a memo dated 9th November, 2011, with reference number PRES/99/MT/61, approved Akpobolokemi’s memo, which the Federal Executive Council rubber-stamped on 5th January, 2012. According to Akpobolokemi, GWVSL “will provide platforms for effective policing of Nigeria’s maritime domain and ensure compliance with international maritime conventions on vessels and ships voyaging the country’s waters”. NIMASA maintains that the concessionaire would help the Federal Government to enforce the sabotage law and collect levies on its behalf. This, in a country that still maintains a statutory Naval force, and without a track record for GWVSL?

    From the above, the current occupant of the presidential villa showed where his loyalty lies…rather than train the military, he equipped criminals and vandals who had taken up arms against the state. No wonder so much arms and ammunition have found their way into Nigeria and our country has now become one gigantic human abattoir where someone is killed on an average of an hour, daily. Between January to May 2014 it has been estimated that over 1,500 people have been mindlessly cut down by terrorists and blood thirsty killers.