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Petitions & Articles on Economic & Political Development

Leadership is action, not a position

Petition to President Johnathan: Cut the Outrageous Pay of Nigerian Legislators

"On the 15th of March, 2014, 'twenty-three Nigerian job seekers who left their homes to sit for the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) recruitment examination did not return home alive.'.....as 60,000 of them scrambled for an examination that will only create about 4,000 jobs.......

Response: Nigerian Legislators Cut their Pay 25%. March 15, 2015 

"While the cut is not enough, we must never keep quiet at the site of pure “lootocracy” and elected dictatorship. The bottom line is that we, the people of Nigeria, must know that the surest way to create and maintain a bad leader is for the people – the governed - to keep quiet at the site of bad leadership.........

Petition to President Obasanjo: Turn Down IMF Loan

To say that concerned Nigerians were (and still are) in shock following the report [Reuters, July 22, 1999], that "a visiting International Monetary Fund delegation had offered a $1 billion cushioning facility for short-term economic help" to Nigeria is an understatement......

 President Obasanjo's response to the Petition on IMF Loan

"I write on behalf of the President, Commander-in-Chief to acknowledge receipt of your letter of 16 August 1999 which you and other co-signatories routed through our Mission in Saudi Arabia adn to inform you that due note has been take of the content." .......

Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu

The Petition & Success

Petition to President Obasanjo (later submitted to Presidents Yaradua & Johnathan): Upgrade Akanu Ibiam Airport 

A petition to President Olusegun Obasanjo to upgrade Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu given that South-East Nigeria was the only major geographical zone in Nigeria without an international airport......

Thank-You-Letter to President Yaradua for the commitment to "upgrade Akanu Ibiam International Airportt"

The same Petition (first sent to President Obasanjo) was submitted to President Yaradua. This was a letter of gratitude to President Yaradua for his commitment to upgrade Akanu Ibiam Airport to the status of an int'l airport.

Akanu Ibiam Int'l Airport: Success & Comments from Senator Ike Ekweremadu

Akanu Ibiam Airport Petition (first sent to President Obasanjo, later sent to President Yaradua) was submitted to President Jonathan at the request of Senator Udeh and Ekweremadu. .

Senator Ike Ekweremadu thanked the Author of the Petition, Prof. Umez

Senator Ike Ekweremadu thanked the Author of the Akanu Ibiam Enugu Airport Petition, Prof. Umez..

"Iconic Milestone of Akanu ibiam international Airport" by Mazi Ogbonna

"Congratulations To Professor Bedford Nwabueze Umez for a successful leadership for Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu, Nigeria!" - Mazi Ogbonna..

Prof. Umez thanked the Petitioners

Umez thanked the Petitioners who realized the logic of collective action..

Petition Against European Airlines

Plus Letters

Petition Against European Airlines for Maltreating African Travelers

The long history of exploitation and maltreatment of African people by European airlines can no longer be ignored.. The petition is a rallying call for an end to such maltreatment which is obvious to any one who travels to and from Africa with any European airline.....

Responses from Regional and World organizations to the Petition Against European Airlines

For the responses to the Petition from European Union, Organization of American States, US Department of Transportation/Federal Aviation Department, and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Response to Senator Ted Cruz's absurd Common about Nigerians.

Senatos Ted Cruz's comment, "You may have noticed that all the Nigerian email scammers have become a lot less active lately. They all have been hired to run the Obamacare website," was quite unfortunate. Hense, this letter to him.

Response to Judge Marilyn Milian's unsettling comments about Nigerians

There are good, law-abiding Nigerians in the continent of Africa, and good Nigerians in the United States of America, obeying the laws of the land, fulfilling their civic responsibilities and participating in the electoral process. Any expression to the contrary is an insult to Nigerians and Nigeria.......

Leaders are readers!

Liberating the African mind

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." -- President Mandela

To All Nigerian Presidential Candidates

To: Goodluck E. Jonathan, Muhammadu Buhari, Tunde Anifowose-Kelani, Rafiu Salau, Ganiyu O. Galadima, Mani I. Ahmad, Ayeni M. Adebayo, Sam Eke, Ambrose N. A. Owuru, Comfort O. Sonaiya, Martin Onovo, Allagoa K. Chinedu, Godson M. O. Okoye, and Chekwas Okorie on practical solutions to Nigerian crises....

Umez Interviewed by The Nation newspaper on How Nigeria can Overcome its Crises

An interview with Ibrahim Apekhade Yusuf on the socio-economic crises bedeviling the nation. In this interview, Umez proffers some lasting suggestions for the growth and the development of Nigeria....

A Letter to President Bill Clinton as he prepared his August visit to Nigeria in the year, 2000

This letter was written to President Clinton, August 1, 2000, before his visit to Nigeria. Acknwoledgement was received from the White Hosuse before the visit. Gladly, Mr. President touched on most of the issues raised in the letter 

Nigerian Crisis: Whose Fault?

It is obvious to any objective thinker that the oil rich Nigeria is falling apart – and falling rapidly and shamefully. In fact, events on the ground clearly demonstrate that we have no other choice – we must confront our crises without ethnic or religious prejudice if we are serious about finding real solutions.

When Leaders Loot, their People die of Starvation & Disease

We are not asking too much - we are asking for a little compassion, patriotic spirit, a minimal utilization of common sense!

Is Democracy the Answer?

Democratic government is good if and only if the leaders are patriotic, and democratic at heart......

President Clinton advises Nigerian Leaders

Great leaders seek wise counsel. Clinton advises Nigerians...

President Obama speaks to African Leaders

Effective leaders are great teachers. African leaders must learn from great presidents as Pres. Obama.....

Leadership is Parenthood

When leaders do not understand that they are the parents of their own people, their country will fail, and their people suffer tremendously.

"Educated" to Feel Inferior: Tragedy of Low-self-Esteem

One who considers himself inferior is finished.......

What is "African Time?"

African time is selective punctuality rooted in the feeling of inferiority complex.....

Leadership is Action, not a Position 

Leadership is action, not a position. That is the case and the understanding in all the countries we call developed.......... 

Humanitarian Work 

Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”  – President Nelson Mandela

The Miracle of Mrs. Igwilo

Together, we accomplish a lot .......

Umez Scholarships

Giving back to the Community.....

Umez Honored 

for Advocacy and Humanitarian works...... 

Award from ONN USA, etc

Giving back to the community......

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