ICMS, Inc Reports
Tom Okure, Ph.D
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari resumes work today three days after returning home. Before settling down to work he had a pleasant meeting and briefing session with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo. The two are alleged to have spoken privately for over an hour.
President Buhari looked frail in health when he came off the plane upon his return from medical treatment in London on Friday March 10, 2017. In a nine-minute welcome speech to the nation on Friday, Buhari stated that he came back in the weekend deliberately “so I will continue to rest”. He also observed that he will need further medical checkups.
In a press statement issued by the Presidents special adviser, Mr. Femi Adesina, Buhari stated “I have resumed my functions as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with effect from Monday,” The President’s action is in compliance with Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
The President has transmitted letters to the Senate and the House of Representatives formally as required by law, informing the National Assembly about his resumption of official duties after his vacation.
On January 19, 2017 it will be recalled, that the President transmitted a letter to the National Assembly indicating that he was taking a 10 days’ vacation in the United Kingdom (London). The president also formally handed the powers of his office to the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo in accordance with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). Even so, the President did not return from his vacation after the 10 days passed on February 6. In another letter transmitted to the National Assembly, the President extended his medical vacation and leave, stating that his doctors’ directives required him to remain abroad for a series of additional medical tests. No definite date of his return was provided for the Presidents return.
It was therefore a welcome relieve to the country and especially the president’s supporters when the President suddenly came back home on Friday after spending 51 days in London on medical leave. During the Presidents sick leave in London the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo had been acting as on behalf of Mr Buhari.
By Tom Okure, Ph.D.
President Muhammadu Buhari took leave from his official duties on January 19, 2017 for a brief vacation in the United Kingdom which was later termed as medical leave by his aides. His failure to return to resume work and the open ended extension of his medical leave has spurred all types of rumors about the status of the president’s health including the possibility of his demise and cover-up by his aides.
The lack of clarity about Buhari’s circumstance this week created doubts in the Nigerian media about the claim by the Nigerian presidency that President Trump of the United States reached out in a telephone call to Buhari on Monday February 13, 2017. According to Buhari’s aides, President Trump’s discussion with Buhari centered on a new possible arms deal to help Nigeria better combat terrorism. The US Congress has been reviewing Nigeria’s request to sell it military aircraft. The presidency in Nigeria said “President Trump assured the Nigerian president of U.S. readiness to cut a new deal in helping Nigeria in terms of military weapons to combat terrorism.”
There is doubt and disagreement among Nigerians and the media that Buhari could have spoken to US President Trump under the circumstance of his health and the lack of clarity about his where about. Many Nigerians are truly concerned about the president’s prolonged absence and how his health is? This is especially so, because of the president’s failure to address the nations on the status of his health and the way that his aides have failed to demonstratively show the curious public that the president is healthy or even fully disclose his whereabouts.
Martin Patience of the BBC explains that the failure of President Buhari to appear in public to clarify his circumstance has put Nigerian rumor mill in overdrive ….Read more
The Reigner’s Bible Church Building Collapse in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria
Did You Know That: Buildings in the premises of The Reigners Bible Church in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State were marked for demolition but the developer ignored all the markings by covering them with paint!
ICMS, Inc Reports
During a recent Commission of Inquiry hearing established by Akwa Ibom State government to determine the cause of the collapse of the Reigners Bible Church building in Uyo, Mr. Effiong Akpan, the Head, Town Planning Department, Uyo City Capital Development Authority stated that buildings on the church premises had been determined to be inadequate and were marked for demolition but the developer ignored all the markings by covering them with paint.
During the hearing, Akpan stated: “We marked ‘X’ on the structure on March 6, 2013, it was covered by paint; we did the same on July 16, 2014; March 1, 2016; July 20, 2016, and August 16, 2016.
On December 10, 2016, the Pastor of the “Reigners Bible Church” located along Uyo Village Road in Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria was supposed to be consecrated as a Bishop and the church was filling to capacity when suddenly without warning the roof of the church collapsed resulting in tremendous tragedy.
Witnesses at the scene say that over 50 people were removed the rubble of the collapsed church building and taken away by ambulances. Many of those taken away appeared to be dead. Reports from the scene tragedy indicated that the State Governor Emmanuel Udom was in attendance at the church when the tragedy occured.
According to news reports “The governor and his people were inside the church. But they escaped because they were sitting in the front and the roof collapsed in the middle on top of many people”
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The Dark Side of Ikorok [The Traditional Annang Communication Drum]
By Tom Okure, Ph.D
Dated July 17, 2016
The manufacture of Ikorok [the drum] for many Annang clan heads (Chiefs) typically began by sending a selected individual to search the clan forests to find a big tree of hard wood. When such a tree was found, laborers were sent from surrounding villages to assist in the work of cutting the tree down and removing it to the place where the drum would be utilized. Each village would send a representative wood carver. They would carve on the drum, figures of all the animals they could remember they had ever seen and the figures of important village people on the drum. The carving work on the drum was very hard and was known to take up to three years in some cases.
Upon completion of the Ikorok drum, a great feast would be held in which all the villagers were invited to join. During the feast, a sacrifice would be made so that the drum should be set apart for its special work. In Ukana clan, two men were killed and their heads placed one at each end of the drum. So many other animals would also be sacrificed on that day for the Ikorok drum.
During the feasting, the villagers would be told that they must run to the drum at once when they heard the sound or big voice of the mysterious and magical drum. The Ikorok drum is cut out of the tree in the form of a woman with head and legs.
During the yam harvest, after the seed-yams have been selected and stored, the Ikorok drum was beaten and there would be a lot of feasting. Thousands of yams would be placed in an enclosure and put together in rows of twenty upright and fifty rows horizontal. Two men were always killed and their bodies were hung at each end of the enclosure. No one was allowed to go near the place of the sacrifice until the flesh on the sacrificed individuals was gone from their bones. The historical significance of this sacrifice was to warn would be yam and farm thieves. During the next planting season, three men would be caught and sacrificed and the drum was beaten. Two of the men were sacrificed for Ikorok [the drum] and the third person was sacrificed for the seed-yams. The body of the sacrificed third person was cut into pieces and the blood sprinkled on the yams before they were planted.
July 29, 2016
By Tom Okure, Ph.D
Execution of Nigerians by Foreign Countries is Appalling and Unacceptable.
Indonesia executed three Nigerians and an Indonesian citizen today for drug related crimes despite the worldwide outcry over the executions. This is not the first time or second time this has happened. While the peddling of illegal drugs is bad and a crime worldwide, executions of drug criminals is not the solution and has not been proven to be a deterrent. The European Union (EU) bands the death penalty and forbides the execution of prisoners. Executions are babaric and has no place in a modern and civilized nation which Indenosia aspires to become.
The Nigerian Government should protest to the Indonesian government over these barbaric execution by a firing squad. At the minimum, the government of Nigeria ought to recall it’s ambassador to Indonesia in protest. As we attempt to restructure our economy and government in general, we must standup to decency and reject mistreatment of Nigerians by foreign countries. We cannot have our citizens executed at will by countries likes Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. Life imprisonment is a better option.
Nigeria’s Presidential Elections 2015: Buhari leading with 8,520,436 in 10 states; Jonathan garners 6,488,210 in 8 states, FCT
Nigerians Presidential Elections 2015
Comments : By Tom Okure, Ph.D
Nigerian voters all over the country waited patiently on March 28 and 29, 2015 to exercise their civil right to vote. In some instances voters were forced to wait more than eight hours and endure harsh weather conditions including heavy tropical rain storms and the scorching sun.
They arrived in droves to the polling stations and included all kinds and types of voters, the young, the elderly, men, women, and mothers with children and some with babies strapped to their backs. It was Nigeria’s biggest and most exciting election held since the country gained independence. There were moments of high drama, technical glitches with voting equipment, shortage of ballot papers was reported in many parts of the country and some violence and tensions were also reported.
Notwithstanding who ends up as the declared winner in the presidential elections, one thing is clear, Nigerian democracy is the real winner of the exciting political campaign and voting season.
Early poll results shows Buhari leading with 8,520,436 in 10 states and Jonathan garners 6,488,210 in 8 states, FCT
As of 11.20 p.m., the results from 18 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), had been presented by collation officers made up of vice chancellors in Nigerian universities.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, from the results released, won in 10 states, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kogi, Ogun, Ondo, Kwara, Oyo and Osun.
Buhari garnered massive votes from Katsina, his home state, Kano, Kaduna and Jigawa states.
The total figure for the 10 states is 8,520,436.
The total figure for the PDP winning states is 6,488,210.
President Jonathan was able to garner more votes from Akwa Ibom, Enugu, Anambra, Abia and Imo states.
Signing out on Monday night, Professor Jega said the presentation of the results would continue today by 10.00 a.m.
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