Nigeria’s Buhari speaks out on Biafra

Following tensions gripping the country between Biafra agitators and security forces, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated that his adminstration will not bow down to demands of separatism.

Nigeria Abuja - Muhammadu Buhari nach Rückkehr aus England (Reuters/Nigeria Presidency Handout)

In a stark warning, Buhari said that the country will remain united despite incessant demands from some parts of Nigeria that want independence. “Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood. Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance,” Buhari said.

Buhari also did not mince words about the videos that have been circulating on different social media platforms. “I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. This is a step too far.”

In the meantime, the whereabouts of Biafran leader Nnamdi Kanu remain unknown amid renewed protests and a military operation in southeast Nigeria. State governors have urged calm.

Nigerian governors on Friday called for calm after renewed protests by pro-Biafra supporters calling for independence. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group led by Nnamdi Kanu wants to break away from Nigeria and create a separate state for the predominantly Igbo people in southeastern Nigeria.

Windscreens of police vehicles have been smashed, petrol bombs thrown, bonfires lit on streets to restrict movement and warning shots fired, in the latest violence. Simon Lalong, governor of Plateau State in central Nigeria, convened a meeting of leaders from the Hausa and Igbo communities following violence at two markets. Two people were reportedly killed and calm was only restored after police fired warning shots in the air.

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Biafran people still long for independence

The violence has also claimed the lives of two police officers. More than 30 Biafra supporters have been arrested, the Daily Post, a local online daily reported. Shops belonging to ethnic Hausas have been attacked by pro-Biafra agitators in Aba and Port Harcourt, according to local media.

Read more: Is Nigeria’s one nation policy at stake?

Read more: Biafra: Dreaming of a new state

“There are very conflicting reports of violence on both sides,” Isa Sanusi, spokesperson for Amnesty International in Nigeria, told DW in an interview. “There are reports of violence on the side of the military and there are reports of violence on the side of supporters of the Biafra movement.”

Where is Nnamdi Kanu?

Nnamdi Kanu’s whereabouts are unknown following an invasion of his home by the military, two local newspapers, the Premium Times and Naija News reported. Ifeanyi Ijeafor, a lawyer representing Nnamdi Kanu told DW, the army had gone to his client’s home with the intention of assassinating him.

Nigeria's Biafra leader | Nnamdi Kanu (DW/K. Gänsler)Nnamdi Kanu’s call for Biafra’s independence has become a hot political issue in Nigeria

“I got a distress call from my client that his house was invaded by the military, the soldiers,” Ijeafor said. “I believe they went there for reasons best known to them – that reason is nothing more than to go and assassinate him.” He accused the security officers of plotting to suppress Kanu and consequently arresting him.

Nigeria’s military referred to the allegations that they had invaded Kanu’s homestead as “baseless and mischievous.” Kanu, a British and Nigerian citizen, is presently on bail on treasonable felony charges. His trial is set to resume next month in Abuja.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (picture alliance/AP Photo/S. Aghaeze)President Muhammadu Buhari: ‘Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable’

Calls for an independent Biafra have grown ever since Nnamdi Kanu was released on bail. During an exclusive one on one with DW’s Adrian Kriesch, Kanu reiterated his demand for a referendum on the independence of Biafra. President Muhammadu Buhari has strongly rejected any attempts to divide Nigeria saying the unity of the country was “not negotiable.”

Read more: After long absence due to ill health, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari slams divisions, terror

Read more: Nigeria and the Biafran War: Ending the silence

More than one million Igbos died following the unilateral declaration of an independent republic of Biafra in 1967.

Nigeria’s military urged to be cautious

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State attributed the rising tension to the presence of soldiers. The Nigerian army is carrying out a military operation codenamed “Python Dance II” to tackle what it says is rising crime in the region.

However, video footage and pictures showing some military officers allegedly torturing pro-Biafra supporters have triggered anger, particularly on social media. The Nigerian army has promised to investigate the matter and punish those found guilty.

Nigeria Soldaten (AFP/Getty Images)Nigeria’s army has previously denied accusations of human rights violations

“As always we call on Nigeria’s military, while carrying out their constitutional obligations, to respect the human rights of all Nigerians,” Amnesty International spokesperson in Nigeria, Isa Sanusi said.

“They have their own rules of engagement and their own code of conduct; we are always calling on them to respect this code of conduct while they are out in the field.” For Sanusi, no one should end up as a victim of human rights violations as a result of their [military] activities.

Read more:  Amnesty accuses Nigerian army of killing 150 Biafran protestors

In 2016, at least 150 Biafra supporters were killed at peaceful protests according to Amnesty International.  Those figures were however dismissed by the military and police.

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BIAFRA: NIGERIA’S VICE-PRESIDENT SAYS SECESSIONISTS AND ETHNIC INCITERS WILL ‘FACE FULL FORCE OF LAW’

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Nigerians agitating for the secession of Biafra or trying to whip up ethnic tensions in the country will be met with the “full force of the law,” according to the country’s vice-president.

The West African country has witnessed a rise in pro-Biafra sentiment in recent years. Biafra was an independent republic that existed between 1967 and 1970 in southeast Nigeria; it was reintegrated into the country after a brutal civil war, in which at least a million people were killed.

In response, a coalition of groups from northern Nigeria—calling itself the Northern Youth Groups— issued an ultimatum earlier in June, calling for Igbos—an ethnic group that made up the majority of Biafra’s population—to leave the north, where the biggest ethnic group is the Hausa-Fulani, or face forced eviction.

Biafra protesters Ivory CoastPro-Biafra supports demonstrate with placards in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, during commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the Nigerian civil war on May 30. Nigeria’s vice-president has said that calls for secession violate the country’s constitution.SIA KAMBOU/AFP/GETTY

The call, which came weeks after commemorations were held for the 50th anniversary of the declaration of Biafra’s independence, was condemned by Nigerian politicians. The governor of Kaduna State, where the ultimatum was issued, ordered the arrest of the group’s leadership.

Read more: Ahead of the Biafran War anniversary, ethnic tensions are flaring up in Nigeria again

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo—currently the acting president as President Muhammadu Buhari recovers from an unknown illness in the U.K.—met with traditional Igbo rulers from southeast Nigeria at the state house in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Sunday.

Osinbajo stated that both “the agitations for secession and the ultimatum to leave the Northern states are wrong and a violation of our constitution,” according to a statementfrom the Nigerian government.

“Let us not be in any doubt about the fact that the federal government [of Nigeria] is committed to ensuring that our country remains united. And that anyone who violates the law in the manner such as we are seeing all over the place will be met with the full force of the law,” said Osinbajo.

Calls for Biafran independence have been on the increase particularly since Nnamdi Kanu, a British-Nigerian and the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), rose to prominence. Kanu was arrested in the Nigerian city of Lagos in October 2015 and charged with treasonable felony. He was held for almost two years without trial before being released on bail in April.

Kanu’s detention led to widespread IPOB protests, some of which ended in violence. Amnesty International said that Nigerian security forces had killed at least 150 pro-Biafra activists between August 2015 and November 2016; some were reportedly killed in extrajudicial executions. The Nigerian military denied it had used unnecessary force and said that the protesters were violent.

The Biafran war began in July 1967 after an ex-Nigerian military officer, Odumegwu Ojukwu, declared Biafra’s independence on May 30, 1967. Nigerian military forces—with overseas support from countries including Britain—blockaded Biafra’s borders, forcing many in the territory to starve to death.

The war was preceded by the flight of many Igbos from other parts of Nigeria to their traditional homelands in the east. Igbos had faced persecution following a 1966 military coup carried out by mainly Igbo officers.

“Nigeria’s unity is one for which enough blood has been spilled and many hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost. Many have paid for the unity of this country with their lives and it will be wrong of us as men and women of goodwill in this generation to toy with those sacrifices that have been made,” said Osinbajo.

The vice-president has been leading Nigeria for much of 2017 as President Buhari—who fought on the Nigerian side in the civil war—has remained conspicuously absent from office.

Buhari spent almost two months in the U.K. earlier in the year to receive treatment for a mystery ailment. He returned to Nigeria in March, only to depart again on May 7. The Nigerian government has provided little information on his health and has not set a date for his return.

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Abducted Chibok schoolgirl escapes Boko Haram

A group of 82 girls, abducted in 2014 by Boko Haram insurgents from their Chibok, Nigeria, school, were returned to the capital, Abuja, on May 7. One more girl escaped and is traveling to Abuja, the Nigerian government announced Thursday. Photo courtesy the Nigerian government/EPA

May 18 (UPI) — A girl abducted in 2014 by the Boko Haram insurgent group has escaped, a Nigerian government official confirmed.

Femi Adesina, spokesman for acting President Yemi Osinbajo, said Wednesday that Osinbajo made the announcement during a Federal Executive Council meeting, adding that the unidentified girl is traveling to the capital, Abuja. She will be reunited with 82 others, of a group of about 276 kidnapped from a Chibok school on April 14, 2014, who were freed 12 days ago, he said.

President Muhammadu Buhari, 74, returned to Nigeria from a medical stay in London to meet the girls on May 5, before returning to London.

Adesina also said Nigerian military forces were capable of defeating Boko Haram, a terrorist group involved in an eight-year campaign for an Islamist caliphate in Nigeria that has cost thousands of lives and displaced millions. Addressing concerns that the depleted Boko Haram is regrouping in Nigeria’s Sambisa forest, Adesina commented, “One thing you can be sure of is that this government has the capacity to confront any security challenge that arises. So, if they are regrouping they will be flushed out again. I believe that we have seen the worst of that insurgency. We are in a mopping-up process and I believe the mop-up would be completed.”

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Nigeria’s Buhari tells parliament he has resumed duties: spokesman

By Felix Onuah
ReutersMarch 13, 2017
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari, returning from a medical trip from London, is welcomed by governors in Abuja
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, returning from a medical trip from London, is welcomed by governors in Abuja, Nigeria March 10, 2017. Presidential Office/Handout

By Felix Onuah

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has told parliament that he has resumed his duties following seven weeks of medical leave in Britain, his spokesman said on Monday.

Shortly after returning from London on Friday, the 74-year-old former general said he was feeling “much better” but wanted to rest over the weekend, raising questions about his ability to run Africa’s biggest economy and most populous nation.

Nigeria’s economy shrank 1.5 percent in 2016, its first full-year contraction for 25 years, largely due to low oil prices and attacks on energy facilities in the OPEC member’s Niger Delta oil hub last year.

Buhari had made his deputy Yemi Osinbajo acting president during his absence. The vice president, a lawyer who is seen as more business-friendly than Buhari, played an active role in driving policy changes during the president’s absence.

Both men were seen by a Reuters reporter walking together at the presidency offices on Monday.

A statement from the president’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, quoted from Buhari’s formal letter to the Senate and the House of Representatives, saying: “I have resumed my functions as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Buhari first led the country from 1983 to 1985 after taking power in a military coup, and was elected two years ago. Since then he has travelled to Britain several times to consult doctors. Details of his condition have not been disclosed.

(Additional reporting by Alexis Akwagyiram and Ulf Laessing; Editing by Louise Ireland)

Nigeria’s Buhari officially back to work: presidency

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Nigerian vice president says he has Buhari’s approval for everything

By Felix Onuah
ReutersMarch 13, 2017
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari speaks after returning from a medical trip from London to Abuja
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari speaks after returning from a medical trip from London to Abuja, Nigeria March 10, 2017. Presidential Office/Handout via REUTERS
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By Felix Onuah

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said on Monday he had the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari for “practically everything”, after taking the reins as acting president during Buhari’s absence for medical treatment in Britain.

During the almost two-month absence, acting president Osinbajo drove policy changes, concluding an economic reform plan required for a World bank loan. The central bank devalued the naira for retail customers after a state body chaired by him called for an urgent review.

Top political posts in Nigeria are traditionally shared out to reflect the country’s geographic and religious divisions. Buhari is a northern Muslim, while Osinbajo is a pastor from the mainly Christian south.

Buhari, who returned to Nigeria on Friday, has written to parliament notifying lawmakers that he has resumed his presidential duties, his spokesman said on Monday.

“We just had a very long meeting … basically trying to bring the president up to speed as to some of the things we have done while he was away‎,” Osinbajo told reporters later in the day.

“By and large, practically everything I discuss fully with him and have his endorsement before we are able to go on and do anything at all.”

Buhari did not address the media after the meeting in his office. The president said on Friday he was feeling “much better” but wanted to rest over the weekend.

“His readiness for work is not in doubt at all,” Osinbajo said. “He is very well.”

During Buhari’s absence the acting president traveled several times to the commercial capital Lagos and the Niger Delta oil hub in an effort to calm tensions with militants attacking oil facilities. Buhari had been accused of neglecting the two regions.

Buhari, who first led the country from 1983 to 1985 aftertaking power in a military coup, was elected to power two years ago. Since then he has traveled to Britain several times to consult doctors. His illness has not been disclosed.

(Writing by Alexis Akwagyiram and Ulf Laessing; Editing by Andrew Roche)

LandAssets Plan: Implementation (Sponsored by LandAssets Consult)

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At no other time in the history of mankind have things become as gloomy as they now seem. The seven years of drought in the Pharaohic time of Joseph, and the modern USA history of the depression of 1933 are the closest scenarios to the kind of devastation that stares mankind in the face in our present times. And, dare we say that we had a taste of it during the Global Economic Recession of 2008/2009?

Whereas that period of depression in the Biblical time of Pharaoh and Joseph

affected a region of the World; the Middle-East, the great depression of 1933

affected the United States alone. However, what stares mankind in the face in

our time is not just continent wide, it is worldwide!

Just as the transition from the Agrarian to manufacturing economies of the 19th

Century caused a lot of economic upheavals which required great minds like John Locke, Adam Smith, and Karl Marx to address, the current transition from

manufacturing to Service/Technology based economies is equally creating

upheavals that modern man is finding difficulty dealing with.

At the center of the problem this treatise hopes to address is the most

important unit of production: man, and hence employees or workers in the

production process. The onset of manufacturing meant that so many who were

employed in agricultural production, who wished to make the transition to

manufacturing couldn’t, because of the limitations in the numbers that could be

employed or absorbed by the owners of manufacturing concerns. Relatively

speaking, the numbers have further dwindled with the introduction of technology in manufacturing and the Service industries, leading to an aggravated spike in the unemployment rates in most economies. For instance, drones are already cutting down on the number of pilots that most air forces in the developed world need.

More of technology, and less of human factor has meant lesser number of people employed, and reduction in aggregate national wages; and in contrast, more of the proceeds of enterprise that owners or entrepreneurs retain. This scenario is what has finally developed into the 1%/99% phenomenon; with less than one hundred of the richest in the World having an asset net worth that far exceeds that of the bottom half or 3.5 billion of World population; a very unacceptable development, one would think.

Unemployment therefore is at the core of the concern we have devoted years and effort to address, and which we at LandAssets Consult, in this treatise, intend to address. What our years of enquiry, using the Nigerian economy as case study has birthed, we have named The LandAssets Plan, after our outfit, LandAssets Consult.

The LandAssets Plan

The LandAssets Plan is a concept which seeks to increase the volume of property insurance and use it to provide solutions to the world-wide problem of unemployment, and enhance poverty reduction, wealth creation, industrialization, manufacturing and housing provision. Put in a nut shell, the LandAssets Plan could be defined as the compulsory insurance of all urban and semi-urban based Real Estate within an economy, with a view to:

# deepening insurance penetration;

# increasing insurance volume and increasing appreciably, the Gross Annual

Insurance Premium;

# Providing there from, the required funding for infrastructure provision and

maintenance;

# providing long term funding for the private sector of the economy;

# reducing the cost of funds to single digit from the current, tortuous

double digit rates; and,

# jump-starting the economy from a recessive to a productive one.

As it is with so many developing economies, Nigeria is troubled by such economic problems as:

♦ Unavailability of long-term Development Funds;

♦ Infrastructure deficit;

♦High interest rates;

♦ High inflation rates;

♦High rate of Capital flight;

♦ Exchange rates deficiency;

♦ Inadequate housing provision;

♦ Decaying manufacturing infrastructure; and,

♦ Very low rate of industrialization.

The existence of the foregoing problems result in high unemployment and poverty rates. Such economies are often caught in the throes of recessionary spirals. The problem therefore, properly situated, is the need to conceptualize ways to fund job creation, create wealth, reduce poverty, industrialize the economy, enhance manufacturing, and create the enabling conditions for provision of affordable and adequate housing.

Muhammadu Buhari

President Mohammadu Buhari

The NEEDS Development Objective

 In the Nigerian context, (and we believe this is equally the applicable scenario

in most developing economies of Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and the

Middle-east) none availability of loanable funds seems to be the major handicap

towards the attainment of the foregoing laudable objectives. In the Nigerian

context, this problem was adequately captured in the following words in the

NEEDS Document:

“Financing: NEEDS will require a heavy investment program to jump start the

economy in a manner that is pro-poor and poverty-reducing. Aside from the

projected investment by the federal and state governments as well as the private

sector, there is still A RESIDUAL FINANCING GAP which requires special efforts to mobilize the required finance.”

Developing economies like Nigeria have hitherto relied on World bank and IMF

loans, which were mostly diverted by politicians into private accounts in

European and American banks. That was basically why Nigeria paid for loans that never yielded any dividends, since the projects for which the loans were

obtained were never developed, ab initio.

The LandAssets Plan was therefore focused on seeking a method to fill the void

created by the residual financing gap of NEEDS. Since sourcing such funds

offshore seems impossible at this time, the practical thing would be to source

them from within; and this, we believe the LandAssets Plan would accomplish in any economy.

Stated differently, the LandAssets Plan is a concept which seeks to use the

resources of the rich within any given economy to create jobs, create wealth,

redistribute wealth, and reduce poverty. This objective would be realised

through the compulsory insurance of all Real Estate situate within the urban and

semi-urban areas of the subject economy, at very affordable rates.

From our study of the Nigerian economy, which we employed as our Case Study for the LandAssets Plan, we found that for considerably reduced premium on individual properties, the increased volume of insured properties would result in:

ð  A Gross Revenue of N 3 trillion p.a. over an initial five-year period;

ð  The cost of realisation includes N 45 billions for Valuation fees, and N

180 billions in Legal, Architectural, Construction and other fees;

ð ¯ N 600 billion would be retained by LandAssets Consult for Conceptualizing,

Brokering, Managing and Coordinating the project;

ð ¯ Every destroyed property would be redeveloped within a year at no cost to

the property owner;

ð ¯ Over one million jobs would be created within the first year of

implementation; and,

ð ¯ The spill over effects of releasing three extra trillion Naira into the

economy annually would defy description.

Partnering with the IMF/World Bank

 We conceptualized the LandAssets Plan in 2002, and incorporated the “residual

financing gap” concept into same in 2004. From inception, we have tried to

secure our successive Governments’ interest in the project to no avail,

basically because of our aversion to paying lobbyists.

In order therefore to get this project off the starting blocks, we would

appreciate the partnership of either the IMF or the World bank. For a start, the

partnership of either finance institutions in an advisory role would be

immensely beneficial to the entire world economy by affording the project a

badge of acceptability. Moreover, having the resources of the institutions

available to us through their country managers would add a lot of advantages in

project execution.

We would gladly offer 30 percent of LandAssets revenue from every economy in which the LandAssets Plan would be executed to any of the subject finance

institutions which partners with us. We value very highly the statistics for

each individual economy in which we would consult, considering that such

resources would reduce highly, the time that would have been spent garnering

such.

Subtle Redistribution of Wealth and Income

 Issuing from the dictum in elementary physics that matter can neither be created

nor destroyed, but could be transformed from one state to the other, we, in

trying to address the 1% /99% phenomenon, ascertained that the LandAssets Plan could turn out a subtle instrument for wealth and income redistribution, in the sense that, unlike taxes which are resisted by the rich, and does nothing for

the poor; the institution of the LandAssets Plan would result in the idle wealth

of the rich being employed to empower the poor, and towards poverty-reducing

tendencies, while enhancing the wealth of the rich.

The way to achieving such goals , using Nigeria as case study, is for the

Federal government to appropriate yearly , 80% of the income of the insurance

companies over an initial five year period, specifically for development

purposes. In exchange, the Federal government would issue twenty year Bonds for the appropriated funds to the Insurance companies. Such Development Funds should be channelled towards:

ð ´ Infrastructure development and maintenance;

ð ´ Provision of Seed Capital to Small and Medium Scale Enterprises at 3%

interest through the insurance companies rather than banks;

ð ´ Providing funds for Solid minerals development and extraction;

ð ´ Lending towards assisting the manufacturing sector of the economy; and,

ð ´ Providing affordable housing to the low income group.

The IMF, or the World bank, whichever of the finance institutions which partners with us, would ascertain that the use to which such development funds are employed meet the defined objectives. They would be better placed to effectively play that role than LandAssets Consult.

By the sixth year of implementation, by which period over N12 trillion would

have been ploughed into such fund, the economy would be sufficiently empowered to become very productive. Again, the imagination could be stretched to appreciate what such development would do with regards to job creation and poverty-reduction. Simply stated, it would be beyond belief.

On our part, from every revenue we shall earn in every economy, 80% would be

ploughed back in investments in such economies, depending largely on the perception of those who would advise LandAssets Consult as to what the priorities are for each economy. For the Nigerian economy, the following shall be our priority investments objectives:

🔵 Development of a Petroleum Refinery in order to alleviate the bleeding of the economy by oil marketers;
🔵 Investment in, and development of affordable housing for the low and middle income earners, since most housing developments seem aimed at the top end property market;
🔵 Investing in solid minerals extraction by taking on stocks in some of the extraction outfits;
🔵 Construction of water hydrants in various residential and commercial districts in the urban areas of the economy, with a view to fighting fire more effectively;
🔵 Taking the lead in investing in an East-West fast rail project;
🔵 Investing in Power generation;
🔵 Lending directly to Small and Medium Scale Enterprises;
🔵 Investing in the manufacturing, industrialization and other economy enhancing investments and sectors of the economy; and,
🔵 Investing in the provision of internet platform and technology to the rural and highly disadvantaged areas with a view to making the internet more accessible and affordable throughout the economy.

Conclusion

 During the period of the Sub-Prime Mortgage induced World Economic Recession of 2008 / 2009, the erstwhile President of France, Nicholas Sarkozy remarked that Capitalism had failed; and that there was a need to develop a new system, perhaps some innovation, comprising of an amalgam of Capitalism and such innovative application.

The “Invisible hand” theory of Adam Smith which is the core and basis of Capitalism, it seemed to world leaders then, no longer does any good to the majority of mankind; since the rich seemingly gets richer while the poor gets nothing. From the developing economies, all kinds of indictment have been flung the way of the IMF and the World bank for impoverishing developing economies with their “one solution fits all” approach to dealing with economic problems.

The first salvo which signified that the voiceless poor were getting their voice back was the disruptive economic stirrings induced by, and dubbed “Occupy Wall Street”, which metamorphosed into the “Occupy Movement”, with London and several European cities witnessing the  phenomenon.

Unfortunately, since that movement got to and became transformed into the “Arab Spring” by radicalised, and mostly unemployed Arab and Muslim youths, the World has neither known peace, nor would ever be the same again. In essence, it is our contention that unemployment is at the very roots of the spike in terrorism the world is currently witnessing. We doubt that any informed member of any nation would doubt the foregoing assertion because the facts and statistics are glaring enough.

Recently, in discussing the Brussels terrorist attack, a TV anchor, quoting from a study undertaken by some organisation, stated that of the foreign fighters who joined ISIS,   (the financial inducement being a factor), the contingent of unemployed Tunisian youths, who numbered six thousands, were the highest from any particular country.

The point which needs to be made here, and which needs restating, is that the United Nations Organization, the World Finance System, represented by the World bank and the IMF should, with all the statistics at their disposal, be addressing World Poverty and Unemployment much more than they have done. The world’s rich don’t seem to appreciate that whether it is “the Occupy Movement,” “Arab Spring,” or “ISIS,” it is all about unemployment and poverty.

A young man or woman out of University and holding down a good job to which he reports every morning, has no business either occupying anything other than his job, or lending his time to being a suicide bomber. The resources to ensure that, we insist, is domiciled in every economy, but locked down by the rich in non-performing wealth and assets. We just want to free up those latent assets and use them for the benefit of humanity.

If we had the wherewithal to impose the LandAssets Plan solution on an economy such as Greece, then the fact that this is “an idea whose time has come,” would  become crystal clear to all and sundry.This is the best we can do. From here on, we await the United Nations, the World Bank, the IMF, the Federal Government of Nigeria, and who else to talk to us.

Let’s get the World working again. Like  President Barrack Obama said in one of his State of the Union addresses, “opportunities abound, let’s get to work.” Give a helping hand in reducing poverty. Help us to create wealth. Give us a helping hand in getting youths off guns and bombs, and having them gainfully employed in civil jobs. Help us make this world liveable again.

Thank you for your time.

GabbyOgbechie
Managing Consultant, LandAssets Consult.

The basic principles underpinning the LandAssets Plan could be found in our

earlier publications in The Property Gazette, (thepropertygazette.org) namely:

  1. On Reviving our Depressed Economy; Engendering Growth and Development; and,

Creating millions of Jobs: The LandAssets Plan – short link –

  1. The Jurisprudence of Annuity and the LandAssets Plan – short link –
  2. Banking Reforms and the LandAssets Plan -short link –
  3. Infrastructure Development and Maintenance: The LandAssets option
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