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  • Kalu Writes Obasanjo, Says Anenih Plots To Assassinate Him

    IN a letter which sounds rather close to retired Colonel Abubakar Umar's open letter to President Olusegun Obasanjo, Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, yesterday alerted the nation of plots by persons close to the Presidency to assassinate him.

    The governor urged Obasanjo to urgently address the myriad of problems plaguing the nation, including unresolved assassination cases.

    In the letter, which was copied to world such as like President George Bush of the United States, Tony Blair of Britain, French President Jaques Chirac and international bodies, Kalu fingered the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih as having vowed "to deal with me the way they dealt with Bola Ige."

    This, Kalu said, Anenih told his (Kalu's) deputy during a flight from Abuja to Owerri sometime in February.. According to Kalu, several threats case have been made to him since, adding that he was willing to submit his mobile phone "to investigators to trace the source of the threat calls."

    Calling for the urgent address of Nigerians' suffering lest there be a mass rebellion, Kalu expressed regret that "Nigerians are suffering today more than they had done 10 years ago. There are no functional social amenities, and hunger is everywhere".

    Text of the letter reads:

    I write this letter with a heavy heart, but with strong spirit. This letter for sure is quite different from any other letter I had written to you, even though it bears my trademark brutal frankness and courage. The issues I have raised in it could have overwhelming implications for our dear nation if not handled carefully and promptly. But before I proceed with the details, I have deemed it necessary to let Your Excellency know that I do not have any personal grudges against you or your exalted office as President. I have always held you in high esteem and have demonstrated in many practical ways my sincere friendship and camaraderie.

    "It is on record that I was among the early persons who worked for your emergence as President even when some of those who cluster around you today could not touch you with a long spoon. Whatever disagreements we might have had in the past were purely based on principle, and an innate conviction to speak up against anything I perceive as evil and against democratic norms and ethos.

    "Intolerance is another albatross to sustainable democracy in Nigeria today. And this has translated into the increasing cases of political brigandage and assassinations. Intolerance among the political class has assumed a more horrifying dimension with the recent assassination of the National Vice-Chairman of our great party, Chief A. K. Dikibo.

    "Having given Your Excellency this brief background, may I now with humility draw your attention to a recent boastful and invidious revelation by the former Minister of Works and Housing, Chief Tony Anenih, to my deputy, Dr. Chima Nwafor, on a flight from Abuja to Owerri some time early February 2004. While on that flight, Anenih had openly told my deputy that he was bitter with me, and that plans had been concluded to deal with me the way they dealt with Bola Ige. My deputy was taken aback by the effrontery of Anenih.

    Nonetheless, I did not take Anenih's threat lightly because of its weightiness, but my apprehension grew, particularly after receiving several threat calls on my MTN mobile phone from February till date. Unbbelievably, each of these anonymous callers claimed he was calling from the Presidency.

    Frankly speaking, Anenih's threat to deal with me is not going to be treated with kid gloves considering the spate of politically-induced killings since the inception of the present civilian administration. The situation becomes more worrisome when those who committed these heinous and dastardly killings go scot-free.

    "Anenih's reckless comment has gone further to buttress what Wole Soyinka said many months ago that there was a nest of killers in Peoples Demoractic Party (PDP) and that until the nest was disbanded, political killings in the country would never stop.

Umar launches fresh attack on Obasanjo

By Emeka Mamah
Vanguard Friday, March 26, 2004

*Says govt is the most corrupt

KADUNA-ONE time military governor of Kaduna State, Colonel Abubakar Umar (rtd), launched, yesterday, a fresh attack against President Olusegun Obasanjo, dismissing his administration as the most corrupt in Nigeria's history. Col. Umar had in his first attack on the president a few weeks back said there was nothing godly in the president's actions and policies as he often claimed.

That attack drew flak from one of the president's aides, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, who said the action of the former military governor was motivated by the refusal of the presidency to grant him certain favours.

But reading from a 91-page prepared text in Kaduna yesterday, Col. Umar debunked Mr. Fani-Kayode's allegation and said: "What I have to draw attention to is that this administration is operating one of the corrupt and opaque systems. For example, a government that does not implement budgets which are passed by the NationalAssembly cannot be said to be accountable and transparent.

"The new Minister of Finance, Mrs. Okonjo Iweala, is one of the most cerebral and upright persons and if I were the president, I would pay such a person any salary within the confines of the law to serve. But I am afraid that there is not much such people can achieve when the government they serve does not even believe in budgets. Over N300 billion was spent on the maintenance of our roads in two years and Mr. President publicly expressed his disappointment with the results of that colossal investment. But, the minister responsible for that failure has now been elevated to the rank of superior member of Mr.President's ruling party and the chairman of its board of trustees..

"Who is not aware of the massive corruption that has taken place in the Nigerian National PetroleumCorporation (NNPC), in the first term of this presidency? In his direct supervision of the NNPC, thepresident is yet to account for the N300 billion shortfall in the payment for its crude allocation fordomestic consumption. I don't know for how long this matter can be ignored.

"Up to 1999, the crude allocation for domestic consumption was 300,000 barrels per day. But this allocation was increased to 450,000 barrels per day at a time when the refining capacity of all ourrefineries had fallen below 150,000 barrels per day. Now the NNPC exported the balance of up to 300,000 barrels per day and paid the Central Bank $18 per barrel as against the prevailing international spot price of between $26 - $36 per barrel. It also paid an exchange rate of N110 to the dollar as against the IFEM price of over N136 to the dollar."Perhaps, the NNPC will also want to explain to the public why some companies were allocated millions of tonnes of Low Pour Fuel Oil (LPFO) at a local price of N8.20 kobo to be utilised locally andsuch companies illegally exported the product. The library of United States Congress has records of thesetransactions but neither NNPC nor NPA has them. The profits reaped by these companies in one month can sustain our universities for six months. Yet, our undergraduates are being asked to pay more forregistration and bed space at a time when their parents are being retrenched, their pensions not paid and government corruption is taking a heavy toll on the private sector."

Umar further accused the NNPC of allocating huge oil contracts to some companies whose status cannot be verified by its United Kingdom consultants, adding: "In this context, I am curious to know what qualified Petrodale to corner a contract of 90,000 barrels per day." On the Ajaokuta Steel Company, Col Umar alleged that a company with an annual turnover of barely $60 million was expected to source for $3.6 billion from the capital market even as he stressed that the samecompany had no record of competence in steel production and it was expected to lead more competent producers in a consortium."

He also spoke on the alleged $5 million gift from General Ibrahim Babangida, his relationship withthe former president, privatisation as well as the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election won by the late Chief M. K. O. Abiola, pointing out that General Babangida would have de-annulled the election if President Obasanjo had prevailed on him to do so.He claimed that President Obasanjo was anti-June 12, 1993 struggle for the revalidation of Chief Abiola's election. Umar also denied the $5 million gift as alleged by the presidency, stating that he sold his orchard for N10 million to set up his ostrich farm in Kaduna.

Speaks on June 12

On the June 12, 1993 crisis, Col Umar said he plotted a coup against Gen. Babangida because of the annulmentin spite of his loyalty and relationship with the former military president, pointing out that although he supported Obasanjo after his preferred candidate, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, failed to get the PDP nomination, he would never allow his close relationship with anybody to becloud his vision and judgement.

"My loyalty to Babangida which people allude to did not prevent me from vehemently disagreeing with and opposing him when he was being misguided by sinister forces to take decisions that were injurious to good governance and inimical to the existence and unity of the country," he said, emphasizing that he joined the late Head of State, Gen Sani Abacha, in a planned coup against Babangida because of the annulment. Umar also commented on the on-going privatisation of public companies, saying that although he believed in the exercise, due processes were not being followed by those implementing it. "It is now fashionable and diversionary to accuse any person who criticises this government's brand of economic reforms of mischief, lack of patriotism and ignorance. This is an attempt to kill the spirit of democracy whose essence is dialogue between government and the governed.
"I am not against this government's reformed policies in principle. In fact, I believe in the philosophy of freemarket economy.

What I disagree with is the glaring ineptitude displayed in the implementation of suchreforms. I also believe in deregulation monetisation and rationalisation as means of cutting down the waste of public resources. But such measures will amount to nothing if government simultaneously gets involved in such wasteful expenditure as hosting COJA and CHOGM and taking part in every peace keeping operation, indulging in rampant presidential foreign trips. I cannot accept a situation where government over taxes the people just because it desires to purchase presidential aircraft at an inflated rate or to contribute to meaningless foundations. Economic reforms cannot succeed with government profligacy and inefficiency. Government must accept that its contracts are inflated. The Abuja stadium is an outstanding case in point," he said. Umar further said Nigeria purchased some used Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC's) from Poland,pointing out that due process was not followed.
Umaru launches fresh attack on Obasanjo

"It seems to me that the further away you are from where the  resources of this country are produced, the better you profit from  it. The people who are nearer, who are proximate to the source of  the resource are poor. During the Oputa panel sittings, I shuddered  to see the depravity of the people in the oil producing areas. I don't  think it is right for us to feel that as long as we can hoodwink, pull  the wool on the face of our unfortunate brothers, wave our  authority and powers and the amount of weapons we can use to  level them, we wouldn't have a conscience" ... Chief  Benjamin Akinyede