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Bismarck Rewane Asks: Any Connection Between War On Corruption And ND Avengers? by modath(f): 8:25pm On May 30, 2016


Bismarck Rewane, a renowned economist, is bothered by the resurgence of militancy in the Niger Delta region, wondering why the attacks on oil installations started after the current administration “stepped up its anti-graft war”.

Speaking on a special edition of Politics Today, a programme on Channels Television, Rewane encouraged the government to focus more on intelligence gathering because the attacks could be a “massive conspiracy”.

“Who are the avengers and what are they avenging? The Niger Delta struggle was about self determination, resource control, about environmental pollution, all the way from Isaac Boro to Ken Saro Wiwa,” he said.

“The destruction of assets at this time happen to coincide with the step up on the anti-corruption war. Is there a link between the anti-graft war and the militancy? What is this all about? There’s a riddle that needs to be unravelled.”

Rewane said the attacks have been more disturbing because oil installations where Nigeria generates huge revenues have been the main targets.

He said the disruption in oil production is capable of affecting the economic programmes of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

“The reality is that the disruption of oil production and its impact on our fiscal revenue and our foreign exchange resources, on our exchange rate, and our external reserves is profound. Really huge!” he said.

“Now, what is more disturbing is that oil assets that have been disrupted are those where Nigeria gets it highest revenue, so the impact on the fiscal revenue of Nigeria is beyond comprehension.

“One asks the question: ‘Who are these people, and what do they want?’ Is this a proxy war for the politically disgruntled? Because this is a very elaborate attack, they go deep into the water, and they are well sophisticated. These are not people who are talking about amnesty.

“So, we need to talk about intelligence. There could be a massive conspiracy. This is crunch time for Nigeria. The last thing we need now as a bullet in our head is a drop in production.”

Analysing the different reactions that trailed the increase in the pump price of petrol under the previous and the present administrations, Rewane said while former President Goodluck Jonathan had “trust and fiscal deficits”, his successor had “a trust surplus and a fiscal deficit”.

Rewane explained that labour unions could not organise a successful strike under Buhari because of “trust surplus”, but advised the president to work on “fiscal deficit”.

“The reason why this time the strike on petroleum failed was because the president has what is called a trust surplus, but has a fiscal deficit. The combination of both made sure that everything failed,” he said.

“What Jonathan had was a trust deficit and a fiscal deficit. What is happening now is that because of the trust surplus, we’ve been able to right that but the trust surplus is being used and you have to build on that and you have to reduce that fiscal deficit as you go along, so there’s an equilibrium there.

https://www.thecable.ng/rewane-asks-come-avengers-launched-attacks-buhari-stepped-anti-graft-war

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Re: Bismarck Rewane Asks: Any Connection Between War On Corruption And ND Avengers? by modath(f): 8:26pm On May 30, 2016
“One asks the question: ‘Who are these people, and what do they want?’ Is this a proxy war for the politically disgruntled?

Goes without question, even the most foolish knew as soon as they started reeling out names in their conditions!! Wetin concern Ijaw with Abok1! cool

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Re: Bismarck Rewane Asks: Any Connection Between War On Corruption And ND Avengers? by Ratello: 9:30pm On May 30, 2016
Amnesty failed to address their issues, meetings with their elders right from Obj to Jonathan only gave birth to distrust, Adaka Boro felt short changed in the course of the civil war and he launched a front agitating for the Emancipation of the People of Niger Delta he created a "mini civil war" for 12 days before he was defeated and eventually murdered. Sari Wiwa an environmentalist came on board to champion the cause of liberation and survival for the Niger Delta people through a front he named MOSOP at last he was set up on trumped up charges and together with his 8 kinsmen "taken off" and the destruction of lives, resources in the Niger Delta rages on till date. If there should be a place that can be called "as beautiful as Frankfurt, California, Dubai or Paris" in Nigeria such places should be situated first in Niger Delta areas, alas none of such could be found there.

Agitations from the brave hearts in this region have been resisted with unalloyed brutality from the powers that be, and now the Avengers, off shoots of Asari's erstwhile Force had risen so what is Bismarck saying? Address the Confab report and do the needful or forget peaceful resolution. Nigeria is one sham these militants are not interested in, so also some aggrieved ones even in our Southwest. My point!

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Re: Bismarck Rewane Asks: Any Connection Between War On Corruption And ND Avengers? by SuperS1Panther: 9:40pm On May 30, 2016
One of the studio audience said something about the ND Scavengers that was very salient.

She said the militants or people that GEJ gave scholarship to, to study different courses abroad have finished and they are back in the country without any job. They were backing on GEJ will still be in power by the time they return and the Federal Armed Robbers Council or Federal Looters Council led by our Hero, the Mandela of Otuoke, would have fixed them up.

The election went south for Jonah and he was kicked out.

Remember the NDS are claiming they are graduates and they are well read. They embraced militancy because they do not have job and they want to avenge their benefactor's electoral loss.
Re: Bismarck Rewane Asks: Any Connection Between War On Corruption And ND Avengers? by ganisucks(f): 9:47pm On May 30, 2016
Rubbish. Since Rewane is such a brilliant economist, while doesn't he draw a graph that would show the relationship. A̶̲̥̅̊Ω̴̩̩̩̥D̶̲̥̅̊ OP, I can see Y̶̲̥̅̊ø̲̣̣̥ǖ J̶̲̥̅̊u̶̲̥̅̊ƨ̣̣̣̇̇̇̇τ̣̣̥ put on your Generator. Happy Buhari Democracy day
Re: Bismarck Rewane Asks: Any Connection Between War On Corruption And ND Avengers? by TheGoodJoe(m): 9:47pm On May 30, 2016
SuperS1Panther:
One of the studio audience said something about the ND Scavengers that was very salient.

She said the militants or people that GEJ gave scholarship to, to study different courses abroad have finished and they are back in the country without any job. They were backing on GEJ will still be in power by the time they return and the Federal Armed Robbers Council or Federal Looters Council led by our Hero, the Mandela of Otuoke, would have fixed them up.

The election went south for Jonah and he was kicked out.

Remember the NDS are claiming they are graduates and they are well read. They embraced militancy because they do not have job and they want to avenge their benefactor's electoral loss.

Very good point made. I remember back during the amnesty period, I never stood for it. Rewarding criminals for Crimes. That is why I will always stand against negotiations with Terrorists.

We had law abiding citizens roaming the streets looking for jobs and scholarships to get educated. The country chose to educate criminals who carried guns and caused havoc. Leaving the law abiding but stranded students wishing they picked up arms.

The reward is, educated and empowered criminals/terrorists.
Re: Bismarck Rewane Asks: Any Connection Between War On Corruption And ND Avengers? by SuperS1Panther: 10:06pm On May 30, 2016
TheGoodJoe:


Very good point made. I remember back during the amnesty period, I never stood for it. Rewarding criminals for Crimes. That is why I will always stand against negotiations with Terrorists.

We had law abiding citizens roaming the streets looking for jobs and scholarships to get educated. The country chose to educate criminals who carried guns and caused havoc. Leaving the law abiding but stranded students wishing they picked up arms.

The reward is, educated and empowered criminals/terrorists.

The Amnesty Programme will go down as one of the worst initiatives of any government in this county. It was a programme that sacrificed temporal peace for meritocracy.

It was a programme that rewarded criminality and down graded hardwork. It was programme that sent a wrong psyche message to the coming generation. It was only a matter of time, we would always have some demented souls claiming to be militants and commencing bombing again and they will expect FG to fly them to Abuja in Presidential Jet too and they will be given another Amnesty and security contract and they will be made. In 2years time, another group will surface and the cycle will never end.

The Scavengers will only succeed in bringing more misery pain and sorrow to that region. I believe they need to first demand accountability from their leaders first. With all the initiatives of the FG for that region, the level of infrastructural development and probably human capital development in the region is not commensurate with the amount of funds that had been sunk into region through 13% derivation, Amnesty Programme, NDDC/OMPADEC, Min of Niger Delta, CSRs of Oil Majors and the normal FG allocation.

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Re: Bismarck Rewane Asks: Any Connection Between War On Corruption And ND Avengers? by TheGoodJoe(m): 10:22pm On May 30, 2016
SuperS1Panther:


The Amnesty Programme will go down as one of the worst initiatives of any government in this county. It was a programme that sacrificed temporal peace for meritocracy.

It was a programme that rewarded criminality and down graded hardwork. It was programme that sent a wrong psyche message to the coming generation. It was only a matter of time, we would always have some demented souls claiming to be militants and commencing bombing again and they will expect FG to fly them to Abuja in Presidential Jet too and they will be given another Amnesty and security contract and they will be made. In 2years time, another group will surface and the cycle will never end.

The Scavengers will only succeed in bringing more misery pain and sorrow to that region. I believe they need to first demand accountability from their leaders first. With all the initiatives of the FG for that region, the level of infrastructural development and probably human capital development in the region is not commensurate with the amount of funds that had been sunk into region through 13% derivation, Amnesty Programme, NDDC/OMPADEC, Min of Niger Delta, CSRs of Oil Majors and the normal FG allocation.

If the Federal Government wanted to sink money into educating the Niger Delta youths, a large scale scholarship and vocational training would have gone a long way in educating the region and promote hard work. It would have been a means to Channel the youths into productivity.

Investment in Agricultural products in the area would have also helped. But, we chose to reward criminals and fuel their philandering lifestyles.

I hope we learn from our past mistakes.

The youths of the Niger Delta should know that these men are playing Ludo with their future. If we keep on fighting an imaginary enemy, we will lose sight of who are really harming us.

Let us demand accountability of what is coming in
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