The Say No Campaign [SNC] is nationwide campaign against impunity, corruption, electoral fraud, Violence, etc with presence across the whole of Nigeria, and coordinating hubs across the geo-political zones of the country. Published on: Friday, 3rd October, 2014 As our country attains 54 years since gaining independence, and begins its 55th year as an independent nation, we are again worried about the prostrate and parlous state to which it has been driven by its retinue of unaccountable and unpatriotic leadership. At 54 one expects a nation with such quantum of promise, one brimming with immense potential at independence to have laid solid foundation for the collective security and wellbeing of its citizens. Alas however, Nigeria has been turned into a metaphor for corruption, a symbol for rudderless leadership, a haven for unpatriotic administrators who loot the nation’s wealth with impunity, while continuing to impose increasing levels of hardships on already impoverished citizens.

THE 4,000 NAIRA ONLINE CALL UP DETAIL FEE IMPOSED BY NYSC; In another series of callous acts which presupposes that no lessons have been learnt from the unfortunate, inhumane and ultimately fatal commercialization of the recruitment into the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), another agency of government, this time the National Youth Service Corps [NYSC] Directorate has seen fit to impose a levy on young graduates who are being called up to serve their country. This levy of N4,000 per head is not only insensitive, it is also an outright callous grand design to steal from impoverished young Nigerians who are being called upon by their nation to serve the country. It is contrary to logic to ask people who are yet to be employed, and who are being impressed into the service of their country with all the privations and sacrifices entailed, to actually pay in order to serve. We find this attempt to raise money that will be looted by officials through the imposition of further hardships on a particularly vulnerable segment of our population an intolerable act which should be rescinded forthwith. In reality, a sensitive leadership should in the face of the deteriorating conditions of ordinary Nigerians, be taking steps to review upwards the stipends and improve the conditions of service for youth

THE 4,000 NAIRA ONLINE CALL UP DETAIL FEE IMPOSED BY NYSC; In another series of callous acts which presupposes that no lessons have been learnt from the unfortunate, inhumane and ultimately fatal commercialization of the recruitment into the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), another agency of government, this time the National Youth Service Corps [NYSC] Directorate has seen fit to impose a levy on young graduates who are being called up to serve their country. This levy of N4,000 per head is not only insensitive, it is also an outright callous grand design to steal from impoverished young Nigerians who are being called upon by their nation to serve the country. It is contrary to logic to ask people who are yet to be employed, and who are being impressed into the service of their country with all the privations and sacrifices entailed, to actually pay in order to serve. We find this attempt to raise money that will be looted by officials through the imposition of further hardships on a particularly vulnerable segment of our population an intolerable act which should be rescinded forthwith. In reality, a sensitive leadership should in the face of the deteriorating conditions of ordinary Nigerians, be taking steps to review upwards the stipends and improve the conditions of service for youth corpers rather than orchestrating crude plans to openly extort them. No action shot of actual withdrawal of the offensive plan, and the immediate announcement of plans to review the stipends and conditions of youth corpers should be acceptable to Nigerians from all walks of life.

THE $9.3M CASH FOR ARMS SCAM: In an action very representative and symbolic of the unfortunate descent into uncommon and unconscionable looting now characteristic of the ruling elite in Nigeria, the sum of $9.3m was ferried in a privately owned jet across international borders, and in cash, ostensibly for the purpose of purchasing arms to fight the Boko Haram insurgency. Absolutely nothing is adding up in the scramble to defend and explain this bizarre act of officially condoned money laundering. There are several issues involved that are begging for answers. The jet owned by the President of CAN, is said registered for use in private capacity and for the purpose of charity and evangelizing. Nonetheless, this privately owned jet in contravention of extant laws is now said to be on lease to a leasing company contracted to ferry nearly $10m in cash across international borders with formal declaration. Why were the South African authorities unaware of this transaction given that such an amount was to be used for such a purchase within their territory? Why was it necessary to carry cash? Why couldn’t the funds have been transferred electronically if there was no desire to avoid the traceability of the transaction?

Why is the Federal Ministry of Finance unaware of such a transaction? Who authorized the transaction? Was the money appropriated for? Or was it simply withdrawn as usual from the Excess Crude Account without any recourse to subject the process to accountability and transparency mechanisms? We demand immediate establishment of an independent judicial commission of inquiry headed by a retired Supreme Court Justice or CJN, and sitting in the open to investigate the circumstances surrounding this heist, apportion blame, and recommend appropriate punishment for indicted persons. In normal climes, by now the National Security Adviser ought to have resigned or ought to have been sacked or at the minimum suspended to enable proper investigations. We insist that this incident must not be swept under the carpet as is the usual practice.

OTHER RELATED MATTERS No incident in recent times has so clearly demonstrated the paradox characterising our country. Other countries who established their Defense Industry at the same time as the Defense Industries Corporation of Nigeria [DICON] was established, are now manufacturing weapons, armaments, armoured tanks, fighter jets, Naval ships etc; while our own DICON barely manufacture bullets and furniture. It is this administrative ineptitude and governance incompetence on the part of Nigeria’s leaders that is responsible for a situation where its government can become officially enmeshed money laundering to purchase arms that could have been produced by its corporation if the necessary steps had been undertaken. This is why perhaps at 54, the most charitable thing that can be said about national development and the stewardship of the ruling elites is that Nigeria has under achieved and clearly under performed as a nation given the immense potential at its disposal. To conclude a major paradox of our 54 years of independence consist in the following; we have built more schools, yet 64 million of our adults are illiterate and there are 11 million out of school children, the second largest number in the world. We have built more hospitals, majority of our hospitals are ill-equipped and a majority of our citizens have no access to healthcare, and are forced to succumb to their illnesses and die, or patronize spiritualists. We have built more palatial houses yet the majority of our citizens are either homeless or live in subhuman conditions. We have become Africa’s largest economy and boast of Africa’s richest man, and the world’s richest black woman, yet 70% of our people still live in poverty.

And whereas our economy continues to grow at more than 6% per annum, we also have youth unemployment figure that is nearly 80% These are the reasons why ordinary Nigerians need to play a more active role in the governance of our country. We also condemn the unlawful detainment of AIT Journalist Amaechi Anakwe on the orders of the Assistant Inspector-General of police (AIG), Joseph Mbu, It is an abuse of power on the part of security agencies whose sole responsibility is to protect its citizens. Finally, we are very worried and alarmed at the prospect of the possibility of the utilization of extant constitutional provisions to extend ad-infinitum the tenure of the current office holders, as hinted by the Senate president during a discussion of the $1bn loan being sort by the presidency to fight the insurgency. We won that any attempt to use the Boko Haram insurgency to invoke these provisions of the constitution will in reality amount to a Coup, and have the potential to further plunge this country down a spiral of intractable insecurity. We call on all active citizens and activists to become more vigilant and to begin to take conscious steps to prevent this creeping attempt to emasculate our hard won, even if still inadequate democratic system. May God bless Nigeria and may corruption and impunity end in Nigeria Signed Ezenwa Nwagwu Co- Convener Auwal Musa Rafsanjani Co- Convener Jaye Gaskia Co-Convener Samson Itodo Co- convener

THE $9.3M CASH FOR ARMS SCAM: In an action very representative and symbolic of the unfortunate descent into uncommon and unconscionable looting now characteristic of the ruling elite in Nigeria, the sum of $9.3m was ferried in a privately owned jet across international borders, and in cash, ostensibly for the purpose of purchasing arms to fight the Boko Haram insurgency. Absolutely nothing is adding up in the scramble to defend and explain this bizarre act of officially condoned money laundering. There are several issues involved that are begging for answers. The jet owned by the President of CAN, is said registered for use in private capacity and for the purpose of charity and evangelizing. Nonetheless, this privately owned jet in contravention of extant laws is now said to be on lease to a leasing company contracted to ferry nearly $10m in cash across international borders with formal declaration. Why were the South African authorities unaware of this transaction given that such an amount was to be used for such a purchase within their territory? Why was it necessary to carry cash? Why couldn’t the funds have been transferred electronically if there was no desire to avoid the traceability of the transaction? Why is the Federal Ministry of Finance unaware of such a transaction? Who authorized the transaction? Was the money appropriated for? Or was it simply withdrawn as usual from the Excess Crude Account without any recourse to subject the process to accountability and transparency mechanisms? We demand immediate establishment of an independent judicial commission of inquiry headed by a retired Supreme Court Justice or CJN, and sitting in the open to investigate the circumstances surrounding this heist, apportion blame, and recommend appropriate punishment for indicted persons. In normal climes, by now the National Security Adviser ought to have resigned or ought to have been sacked or at the minimum suspended to enable proper investigations. We insist that this incident must not be swept under the carpet as is the usual practice.

OTHER RELATED MATTERS No incident in recent times has so clearly demonstrated the paradox characterising our country. Other countries who established their Defense Industry at the same time as the Defense Industries Corporation of Nigeria [DICON] was established, are now manufacturing weapons, armaments, armoured tanks, fighter jets, Naval ships etc; while our own DICON barely manufacture bullets and furniture. It is this administrative ineptitude and governance incompetence on the part of Nigeria’s leaders that is responsible for a situation where its government can become officially enmeshed money laundering to purchase arms that could have been produced by its corporation if the necessary steps had been undertaken. This is why perhaps at 54, the most charitable thing that can be said about national development and the stewardship of the ruling elites is that Nigeria has under achieved and clearly under performed as a nation given the immense potential at its disposal. To conclude a major paradox of our 54 years of independence consist in the following; we have built more schools, yet 64 million of our adults are illiterate and there are 11 million out of school children, the second largest number in the world. We have built more hospitals, majority of our hospitals are ill-equipped and a majority of our citizens have no access to healthcare, and are forced to succumb to their illnesses and die, or patronize spiritualists. We have built more palatial houses yet the majority of our citizens are either homeless or live in subhuman conditions. We have become Africa’s largest economy and boast of Africa’s richest man, and the world’s richest black woman, yet 70% of our people still live in poverty. And whereas our economy continues to grow at more than 6% per annum, we also have youth unemployment figure that is nearly 80% These are the reasons why ordinary Nigerians need to play a more active role in the governance of our country. We also condemn the unlawful detainment of AIT Journalist Amaechi Anakwe on the orders of the Assistant Inspector-General of police (AIG), Joseph Mbu, It is an abuse of power on the part of security agencies whose sole responsibility is to protect its citizens. Finally, we are very worried and alarmed at the prospect of the possibility of the utilization of extant constitutional provisions to extend ad-infinitum the tenure of the current office holders, as hinted by the Senate president during a discussion of the $1bn loan being sort by the presidency to fight the insurgency. We won that any attempt to use the Boko Haram insurgency to invoke these provisions of the constitution will in reality amount to a Coup, and have the potential to further plunge this country down a spiral of intractable insecurity. We call on all active citizens and activists to become more vigilant and to begin to take conscious steps to prevent this creeping attempt to emasculate our hard won, even if still inadequate democratic system. May God bless Nigeria and may corruption and impunity end in Nigeria Signed Ezenwa Nwagwu Co- Convener Auwal Musa Rafsanjani Co- Convener Jaye Gaskia Co-Convener Samson Itodo Co- convener

THE $9.3M CASH FOR ARMS SCAM: In an action very representative and symbolic of the unfortunate descent into uncommon and unconscionable looting now characteristic of the ruling elite in Nigeria, the sum of $9.3m was ferried in a privately owned jet across international borders, and in cash, ostensibly for the purpose of purchasing arms to fight the Boko Haram insurgency. Absolutely nothing is adding up in the scramble to defend and explain this bizarre act of officially condoned money laundering. There are several issues involved that are begging for answers. The jet owned by the President of CAN, is said registered for use in private capacity and for the purpose of charity and evangelizing. Nonetheless, this privately owned jet in contravention of extant laws is now said to be on lease to a leasing company contracted to ferry nearly $10m in cash across international borders with formal declaration. Why were the South African authorities unaware of this transaction given that such an amount was to be used for such a purchase within their territory? Why was it necessary to carry cash? Why couldn’t the funds have been transferred electronically if there was no desire to avoid the traceability of the transaction? Why is the Federal Ministry of Finance unaware of such a transaction? Who authorized the transaction? Was the money appropriated for? Or was it simply withdrawn as usual from the Excess Crude Account without any recourse to subject the process to accountability and transparency mechanisms? We demand immediate establishment of an independent judicial commission of inquiry headed by a retired Supreme Court Justice or CJN, and sitting in the open to investigate the circumstances surrounding this heist, apportion blame, and recommend appropriate punishment for indicted persons. In normal climes, by now the National Security Adviser ought to have resigned or ought to have been sacked or at the minimum suspended to enable proper investigations. We insist that this incident must not be swept under the carpet as is the usual practice.

OTHER RELATED MATTERS No incident in recent times has so clearly demonstrated the paradox characterising our country. Other countries who established their Defense Industry at the same time as the Defense Industries Corporation of Nigeria [DICON] was established, are now manufacturing weapons, armaments, armoured tanks, fighter jets, Naval ships etc; while our own DICON barely manufacture bullets and furniture. It is this administrative ineptitude and governance incompetence on the part of Nigeria’s leaders that is responsible for a situation where its government can become officially enmeshed money laundering to purchase arms that could have been produced by its corporation if the necessary steps had been undertaken. This is why perhaps at 54, the most charitable thing that can be said about national development and the stewardship of the ruling elites is that Nigeria has under achieved and clearly under performed as a nation given the immense potential at its disposal.

To conclude a major paradox of our 54 years of independence consist in the following; we have built more schools, yet 64 million of our adults are illiterate and there are 11 million out of school children, the second largest number in the world. We have built more hospitals, majority of our hospitals are ill-equipped and a majority of our citizens have no access to healthcare, and are forced to succumb to their illnesses and die, or patronize spiritualists. We have built more palatial houses yet the majority of our citizens are either homeless or live in subhuman conditions. We have become Africa’s largest economy and boast of Africa’s richest man, and the world’s richest black woman, yet 70% of our people still live in poverty. And whereas our economy continues to grow at more than 6% per annum, we also have youth unemployment figure that is nearly 80% These are the reasons why ordinary Nigerians need to play a more active role in the governance of our country. We also condemn the unlawful detainment of AIT Journalist Amaechi Anakwe on the orders of the Assistant Inspector-General of police (AIG), Joseph Mbu, It is an abuse of power on the part of security agencies whose sole responsibility is to protect its citizens. Finally, we are very worried and alarmed at the prospect of the possibility of the utilization of extant constitutional provisions to extend ad-infinitum the tenure of the current office holders, as hinted by the Senate president during a discussion of the $1bn loan being sort by the presidency to fight the insurgency. We won that any attempt to use the Boko Haram insurgency to invoke these provisions of the constitution will in reality amount to a Coup, and have the potential to further plunge this country down a spiral of intractable insecurity. We call on all active citizens and activists to become more vigilant and to begin to take conscious steps to prevent this creeping attempt to emasculate our hard won, even if still inadequate democratic system. May God bless Nigeria and may corruption and impunity end in Nigeria Signed Ezenwa Nwagwu Co- Convener Auwal Musa Rafsanjani Co- Convener Jaye Gaskia Co-Convener Samson Itodo Co- convener

THE $9.3M CASH FOR ARMS SCAM: In an action very representative and symbolic of the unfortunate descent into uncommon and unconscionable looting now characteristic of the ruling elite in Nigeria, the sum of $9.3m was ferried in a privately owned jet across international borders, and in cash, ostensibly for the purpose of purchasing arms to fight the Boko Haram insurgency. Absolutely nothing is adding up in the scramble to defend and explain this bizarre act of officially condoned money laundering. There are several issues involved that are begging for answers. The jet owned by the President of CAN, is said registered for use in private capacity and for the purpose of charity and evangelizing. Nonetheless, this privately owned jet in contravention of extant laws is now said to be on lease to a leasing company contracted to ferry nearly $10m in cash across international borders with formal declaration. Why were the South African authorities unaware of this transaction given that such an amount was to be used for such a purchase within their territory? Why was it necessary to carry cash? Why couldn’t the funds have been transferred electronically if there was no desire to avoid the traceability of the transaction? Why is the Federal Ministry of Finance unaware of such a transaction? Who authorized the transaction? Was the money appropriated for? Or was it simply withdrawn as usual from the Excess Crude Account without any recourse to subject the process to accountability and transparency mechanisms? We demand immediate establishment of an independent judicial commission of inquiry headed by a retired Supreme Court Justice or CJN, and sitting in the open to investigate the circumstances surrounding this heist, apportion blame, and recommend appropriate punishment for indicted persons. In normal climes, by now the National Security Adviser ought to have resigned or ought to have been sacked or at the minimum suspended to enable proper investigations. We insist that this incident must not be swept under the carpet as is the usual practice.

OTHER RELATED MATTERS No incident in recent times has so clearly demonstrated the paradox characterising our country. Other countries who established their Defense Industry at the same time as the Defense Industries Corporation of Nigeria [DICON] was established, are now manufacturing weapons, armaments, armoured tanks, fighter jets, Naval ships etc; while our own DICON barely manufacture bullets and furniture. It is this administrative ineptitude and governance incompetence on the part of Nigeria’s leaders that is responsible for a situation where its government can become officially enmeshed money laundering to purchase arms that could have been produced by its corporation if the necessary steps had been undertaken. This is why perhaps at 54, the most charitable thing that can be said about national development and the stewardship of the ruling elites is that Nigeria has under achieved and clearly under performed as a nation given the immense potential at its disposal. To conclude a major paradox of our 54 years of independence consist in the following; we have built more schools, yet 64 million of our adults are illiterate and there are 11 million out of school children, the second largest number in the world. We have built more hospitals, majority of our hospitals are ill-equipped and a majority of our citizens have no access to healthcare, and are forced to succumb to their illnesses and die, or patronize spiritualists.

We have built more palatial houses yet the majority of our citizens are either homeless or live in subhuman conditions. We have become Africa’s largest economy and boast of Africa’s richest man, and the world’s richest black woman, yet 70% of our people still live in poverty. And whereas our economy continues to grow at more than 6% per annum, we also have youth unemployment figure that is nearly 80% These are the reasons why ordinary Nigerians need to play a more active role in the governance of our country. We also condemn the unlawful detainment of AIT Journalist Amaechi Anakwe on the orders of the Assistant Inspector-General of police (AIG), Joseph Mbu, It is an abuse of power on the part of security agencies whose sole responsibility is to protect its citizens. Finally, we are very worried and alarmed at the prospect of the possibility of the utilization of extant constitutional provisions to extend ad-infinitum the tenure of the current office holders, as hinted by the Senate president during a discussion of the $1bn loan being sort by the presidency to fight the insurgency. We won that any attempt to use the Boko Haram insurgency to invoke these provisions of the constitution will in reality amount to a Coup, and have the potential to further plunge this country down a spiral of intractable insecurity. We call on all active citizens and activists to become more vigilant and to begin to take conscious steps to prevent this creeping attempt to emasculate our hard won, even if still inadequate democratic system. May God bless Nigeria and may corruption and impunity end in Nigeria Signed Ezenwa Nwagwu Co- Convener Auwal Musa Rafsanjani Co- Convener Jaye Gaskia Co-Convener Samson Itodo Co- convener

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