Friday, 14 October 2011

Let Us Fight The Wolf In Abia State's Government House

The Chief Priest, at the directive of the Great 9ja's Oracle, has decided to do more than  'just talk' on the sack of non-indigenes by the Abia State Government (Please refer to 'The vision about a Wolf leading a herd of Elephants' for details on this issue)

The Chief Priest is writing letters to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC); The National Assembly and the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. 

As kinsmen, the Chief Priest is inviting YOU to air your views as to why the Abia State Government must rescind the sack; if you also think it was a wise decision on their part, give reasons. Your opinions would go a long way to ensuring that the letters contain valid points.

Let your friends know! Drop a comment! Let's help the Oracle help Nigerians!

The Oracle Has Spoken!!

Monday, 10 October 2011

The Vision About A Wolf Leading A Herd Of Elephants

If this isn't a vision; then I wonder what is! It happened suddenly just as I was eating my Eba and Egusi soup...I felt a gentle breeze hit my entire being...and in some form of levitation; I left my house with a ball of Eba still in my palm! Kai! The travails of being a Chief Priest...I just hope this doesn't happen on a lovely night with my wife.
In about 5 minutes I was soaring, without wings, held by an invisible hand, above a large expanse of land filled with different groups of animals; each group with its own ilk; everything seemed at peace.
Suddenly there was commotion...On looking closely; I discovered that a herd of elephants were at the heart of the unrest. I became interested in finding out the root cause of it all. It was then I noticed that the 'outgoing' leader of the herd wanted to crown a 'Wolf' his successor against the will and culture of the elephants. There was a lot of agitation, and this drew the attention of other animal groups to the herd of elephants...eventually though, the Wolf was crowned new leader of the elephants. Surprising!
Peace seemed to return after a while; but it wasn't long before the Wolf took the war to the former herd leader...this caused further problems and I saw a pack of wolves joining forces to assist their brother-Wolf who leads the elephants...The Wolf succeeded in shutting up the ex herd leader.
Almost immediately, the Wolf started showing his gross incompetence in handling the affairs of the elephants...while the elephants wanted and craved greener grazing pastures; the Wolf was busy looking for carcasses and hunting down weaker animals. It was an obvious mismatch doomed from the onset but the Wolf was not bothered because he was aware of the unflinching support his main family (the Pack of wolves) had for him. Due to the fact that the Wolf was not leading the herd of elephants to desired grazing spots; some died of hunger, others left the herd; those that remained were praying hard and hoping that the Wolf gets kicked-out when his first ruling window comes to an end. Alas it came! The herd of elephants was quite determined to ensure that the Wolf never returned as their leader...they were sure the Wolf's time as leader of the herd was over. But the Wolf had other plans; he beckoned on his fellow wolves and they came; rallied behind him; caused a lot of confusion in the herd and like magic! The Wolf was returned as leader. The herd of elephants and their friends knew they had flunked but they couldn’t complain because they were to blame-they allowed the pack of wolves to infiltrate and confuse them...they can only wait this one out.
The Wolf, even after having been in charge of the elephants for a while, still had no clue on how to better the lots of his subjects. His gross incompetence even surprised other wolves but due to ‘esprit de corps’, they still rallied behind him whenever he needed their help.
As all these happened, I gradually got annoyed and really wanted to stone the Wolf to death...but the hands holding me up in the skies wouldn't let me get I kept folding by ball of Eba...waiting for an opportunity to pelt him with it!
As if the Wolf hadn’t done enough, he announced that all the animals from other groups, who graze in the elephants’ domain, would be driven off! This caused serious commotion across the animal kingdom because the elephants also graze outside their own domain. The elephants were obviously ashamed that with their huge size and undisputed might, a lowly Wolf has put them through pains and distress. They voiced their disapproval of the Wolf's decision...but unlike before; they lacked strength and vigor; probably because the Wolf had beaten them severally in the past; there was no use fighting again.
Other groups of animals were making the loudest noise...they threatened the Wolf that should their type be stopped from grazing in the elephants’ domain; the elephants would be stopped from grazing in their own domain...but what does the Wolf care? He does not graze...he is a scavenger and a predator. At this point I was shaking with red hot anger that I threw my ball of Eba at the Wolf and I heard a loud thud...then I saw myself back in my room, with my ball of Eba sticking to the wall before me! Vision over!
I then began to wonder...what was this all about? Why has the Great 9ja's oracle decided to show me such an annoying thing? What have I to do with animals? Why do the antics of this Wolf remind me of a certain Theodore Ahamefule Orji? Just then the Oracle spoke...

  • Yes! The herd of elephants represents a state in Nigeria and the Wolf an incompetent leader.
  • The incompetent leader, though hated by the masses, have succeeded in sticking to power with the   help of a pack of wolves...this Pack of wolves represent a political party made up of incompetent and wicked beings.
  • The incompetent leader has recently decided to stop other animals from grazing in the elephants' domain...this means that there is a plan to sack non-indigenes of the state from the civil/public service sector.
  • If this happens, there would be a ripple effect of it on the animal kingdom which represents the country called Nigeria.

       The Questions

       Ask the Wolf why he came up with such an appalling idea; is it:
  • Another sign of the obvious incompetence and lack of direction which have riddled his tenure from the word go? If he says yes; tell him that the animal kingdom already knows how incompetent he is and does not need another sign.
  • That he is competing with the FG and GEJ with regards to who has the more absurd idea? If he says yes; tell him that he is, most definitely, the winner.
  • Want of cheap publicity? If he says yes; tell him that he is already notorious and that this latest saga would not fetch him as much publicity as the furore surrounding his becoming leader of the herd of was even said he visited a shrine other than my own shrine.
  • Sheer wickedness and insensitivity to the feelings of the animals that would be affected by this plan of his? If he says yes; tell him that his clinging on to power even when he knows that the elephants are dying of want is an act of wickedness enough.
  • All of the above? If he says yes...Wahala dey o!
        The Oracle's Verdict (Calling A Spade A Spade)

  • Since majority of non-indigenes working in Abia state are Igbos; sacking them might trigger the sacking of Abians in Imo, Enugu, Anambra and Ebonyi states.
  • This plan would definitely have a devastating impact on the already weakened unity existing amongst Igbos.
  • This could also make Igbos victims of such sacks in other tribes...and they would be helpless, after all, the idea and its execution originated from the Igbo tribe.
  • It is unconstitutional and negates true is a dent to national unity.

          The Advice 

  • The Wolf appears extremely unreasonable and stubborn; do not waste your time trying to make him see reasons.
  •  The affected persons should seek legal redress...if not for anything; let the court put a stay on the sack or ‘back-load’ until it is proven to be constitutionally right.

The Oracle Has Spoken!!

Friday, 7 October 2011

The Oracle Vs FG On The Proposed Removal of Fuel Subsidy

I am just a local Chief Priest and I may not understand the economic indices that point towards the purported annual savings of 1.2 Trillion Naira once fuel subsidy has been scrapped by the federal Government, but, I am aware of the untold hardship the common man shall pass through...I don't even need a vision from the 9ja's great Oracle to tell this!
Nonetheless; as duty demands and in the spirit of 'due process'; I consulted the great Oracle and these are his words:
  • Yes! According to economic indices; The actual fuel pump price is N144.70 but the official pump price is N65 . This means that the Federal Government pays N79.70 for every litre of fuel consumed in Nigeria. Since about 32 million litres of fuel are consumed daily in Nigeria; it means that to subsidize fuel; the FG pays N2.6 Billion everyday; N18.2 billion everyday; N72.8 billion every month and N873.6 Billion every year. 
  • If the fuel subsidy is scrapped, the FG can make a yearly saving of N1.2 trillion; which, according to them, would be partly used to develop poor segments of society and cushion the effects of the subsidy removal.
  • Again; since there is no way of telling the actual amount of petrol sold by petroleum dealers and due to an average Nigerian's affinity for cheating; all a petroleum dealer needs to do is come up with a doctored figure of sold petrol and claim pay for subsidy from the FG. FG believes that she has been wasting huge sums on subsidy payments for fuel that was never sold within Nigeria in the first place.
  • FG also argues that the removal of fuel subsidy would, at the medium to long term, increase infrastructural development and investments around the country.
  • Removing the fuel subsidy, according to the FG, is a call for sacrifice by the common man for a better Nigeria of tomorrow. Haba! Great it like 'Ask not what your country can do for you, ask instead what you can do for your country'?

Shhhhhhh! The Oracle is still speaking!!!

On paper, as is usual, removing the fuel subsidy would be of benefit to the Nigerian economy...mark my words, ’ ON PAPER’. What then would be the reality if fuel subsidy is removed?
  •  The Common man, who provides his own electrical energy both for personal and commercial use; would have to pay more than twice what he is presently doing for fuel. This would increase the cost of goods and services with income remaining virtually the same and unemployment rate still high. It could actually result to loss of jobs and closure of businesses, especially the SMEs who cannot afford the new price of fuel.
  • Cost of transportation would sour since government plays little or no role in the transportation industry.This would affect the cost of goods which need transportation from one region to the other, especially food stuff.
  • The savings accrued from the removal of fuel subsidy would disappear, as usual, into some sort of abyss where government officials and their cronies greedily feast on the resources of an entire nation. Nigerians are used to hearing of huge amount of monies realized by government and/or recovered from looters; but where these monies end up, no one knows. It would be the same case if fuel subsidy is removed and the government gets to ‘save’ N1.2 trillion.
 The Oracle's verdict

  • The President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, would, by removing the fuel subsidy, show that his government is not for the common man, but for the elite. How else can one explain his decision to remove subsidy for a commodity which the common man needs for everyday living while nothing is done about the National Assembly members who, though constituting less than 1 percent of Nigeria’s population (about 0.0003% considering there are 469 members of the National Assembly and about 155 million Nigerians), consume more than 25% of the government's revenue spending per year? Totally insane! TransparencyNG suggests that over a given tenure; Lawmakers collectively rake a whooping sum of N385.80 billion in salaries and benefits; an amount that can comfortably add 2,572 megawatts to the current national capacity or construct up to 4 new refineries and still be enough to rehabilitate the existing ones. Amidst all these glaring facts; there are no proposals to cut down on the obvious wastage of resources in the NASS. They (NASS) even stand to gain more if FG has more money at her disposal should fuel subsidy be removed. 
  •  Recently, the President announced on his Facebook page that Nigeria is now ranked 2nd amongst the OPEC nations yet he has made a proposal which would see Nigerians pay so much to purchase this commodity they have in abundance; possibly more than what citizens from any of the top-ten OPEC member states pay for fuel.
  • Jonathan is toeing the path of former Nigerian Presidents who failed to fix existing refineries and fuel deports not to talk of building new ones. If these were done; it would not only have brought about a significant drop in fuel price, but would also have eased unemployment.
  • While removing the fuel subsidy would definitely bring pains to the common man; it holds a promise which usually the Government never keeps. It therefore seems dubious to the common man, and rightly so as there is widespread opinion that if there is anyone or any group of persons to benefit from removing the fuel subsidy; it should be government officials and their cronies.
  • Another interesting thing to note is that though a lot of well meaning Nigerians both in the private and public sectors have kicked against the removal of fuel subsidy; the 36 State Governors are clamoring for it. It is this same group of Governors that kicked against the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) which was proposed to ensure that part of the national oil revenue is saved for future use. All they (Governors) want are policies that would make billions of Naira available to them.
  •  It is not the amount of money spent on fuel subsidy that is holding the country down; it is the greed of government officials who have over the years failed to utilize the nation’s wealth for the good of the people.That same greed would make them squander whatever monies saved up if fuel subsidy is removed.
  •  Presently, the average Nigerian generates his own electricity for personal and commercial uses; pays 120% for healthcare delivery and education; fixes his own access roads; provides his own water resources; provides security for himself, etc...removing this subsidy would ultimately mean that a government which was previously doing little to directly better the lots of the common man; has blatantly made it worse.

The Advice
  • A good leader is one who is exemplary. Savings can be made by cutting down on the cost of governance which is presently over the roof instead of targeting the poor masses. If the FG starts from reducing the cost of governance, the citizenry would not find it all too daunting to make certain sacrifices if need be.
  • There must be some sort of subsidy for fuel… therefore, FG should not be talking about entirely removing the subsidy but there could be some reduction. Even a reduction SHOULD BE REJECTED by the citizenry unless there is equally a reduction in the cost of governance.
  •  If the subsidy must be totally removed...FG should fix our refineries and build more; construct more fuel deports across the country; make power accessible all through Nigeria; fix the dilapidated transportation industry and provide jobs...anything short from this, amounts to putting the cart before the horse and is either sheer WICKEDNESS or FOLLY.

The Oracle Has Spoken!!

Thursday, 6 October 2011

The Oracle Has Landed...And He is Angry...

I am Ichie Nnanyelugo, the Chief Priest of 9ja's Oracle and my job has always been to tell the truth in any situation, no matter whose ox is gored.
As the Chief Priest... I would ensure that the King (President), King's Cabinet Members (Government Officials) and King-makers (The Citizenry) stay directed.
I am only a messenger of 9ja's Oracle and all I say are according to his directives... so please don't hate the messenger.
Though an angry oracle, 9ja's  Oracle is open to debates and would not lay a curse on anyone who dares to challenge his views.
Please remove your shoes (biases) as you enter this shrine...You are on a holy ground.
The Oracle Has Spoken!!