Nigerian Affairs

President Muhammadu Buhari is seek. Very sick. Of this there can be no doubt or doubters. His importance to those who want power to remain in the north, cannot be over stated. That they brought it to themselves is obvious and it is their fault. The saying goes that if you fool me once shame is on you; but if you fool me twice shame is on me. The shame is on northern oligarchs. President Obasanjo fooled them once by promoting a sick Yar' Adua for president and putting up a young vibrant Jonathan as Vice President to take up…
A few years ago, we had a very important and urgent need to be in Kumasi very early the next day. It was already midnight (Nigerian Time, but 11pm in Ghana), and we were still in Accra, surrounded by its brilliant lights and soothing serenity (there was not the faintest hint of any generator sound anywhere), wondering what to do. But a Ghanaian who was with us did not seem to share our worries. He simply told us to hit the road, that in the next three hours, we should be in Kumasi. I looked at him with surprise and…
“PHEBEAN AJIBOLA OGUNDIPE” Nigerian famous Educationist honored in the United States on her 90thBirthday. Dr. Wumi Akintide. Reproduced below is a keynote address by one of the Nigerians Mrs. Ogundipe mentored and inspired during her tenure as the Assistant Adviser on Secondary Education in the 70s which is often called the golden age of Nigerian Public Service compared to now. The Celebrant, Mrs. Ogundipe, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen I like to begin by thanking God for giving me the grace to join all of you at this ceremony in praising and celebrating Mrs. Phebean Ogundipe who turned 90 years old…
Monday, 01 May 2017 21:21

Still on Igbos are Jews imbroglio

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My inclination is not to give this whole Igbos are Jews imbroglio a second thought and move on. This is because I scanned the scientific literature and see no evidence that Igbos are related to Jews. What I read tells me that Igbo language is not a Semitic language; it is part of the Niger-Congo languages. Igbos are not genetically related to Jews. I have not seen a DNA study that shows a match between Igbo DNA and Jewish DNA. Igbo DNA matches those of their neighbors, such as Edos, Yoruba’s and Idomas. Igbos in physical structure are Negroid; they…
Remy Ilona: It is interesting that you provoked this debate. For quite some time now you have been running around making a fool of yourself by claiming to be a Jew. Initially, I dismissed you as a chap who found a way to have a racket, to persuade Jews that he is one of them so as to rip them off, make money off them. What do many Igbos do but separate people from their moneys? Later on, I realized that you are deadly serious in your claim to be a Jew. You are a Jew and you are black…
With the likes of Binta Nyako as judges in the Nigerian justice system it is impossible to reform the delivery of justice to Nigerians. Justice Nyako’s is so ignorant of the meaning of justice that one wonders how she obtained her law degree and how she managed to be called to the Bar. Even more, who appointed her to the judgeship? The last question could be attributed to the desire of the appointee to have on the bench one who could be manipulated or one who would dance on a leash. This can only be the reason she was assigned…
The interest of the nation and Buhari's personal interests intersect at this point and a single action would serve both interests well. This single action is to quietly ease Mr. Buhari out of the office of the president. Except for those who are selfishly invested in President Buhari's presidency all other people know that Mr. Buhari's ability to govern is imperiled by his sickness. It is not his fault. Each of us can get sick and those of us who have reached the landmark age of 70 know how had even simple tasks can become. And if simple tasks are…
Sunday, 09 April 2017 22:57

Abuja In Heat And Darkness

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As a public servant who work and live in Abuja, I always experience the heat in Abuja during this time of the year. As per darkness, that is living without electric power, I am well immuned to its hazards since I was born in Emohua, Rivers State, Nigeria. From when it was the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) to Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN, a name given to the organization by the Bureau of Public Enterprises in preparation for its privatization) and now to private investors, it has been darkness all the way. I have chosen to comment on…
When a Nigerian is deported, the deporting country is saying, among other things, 1. “ You’re a persona non grata.” 2. “ Get away from here.” 3. “You are an unacceptable or unwelcome person.” 4. “You’re horrible.” 5. “ From now on you and your criminally-minded fellow Nigerians can consider yourselves personae non gratae.” The purpose of this essay is to present the scenario or state of affairs surrounding frequent deportations of Nigerians from many nations, and to suggest what we ought to do about it by way of prevention or cure as we talk to friends at home. They…
Saturday, 08 April 2017 17:22

Who owns Igwe Ocha (Port Harcourt)?

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AN OPEN LETTER TO EMEKA OKALA Date: April 8, 2017 To: Emeka Okala From: Ozodiobi Osuji Subject: ON THE QUESTION OF WHO OWNS IGWE OCHA A couple of years ago, when the interminable debate, driven by you, as to who owns Igwe Ocha, came up, I recall stating that it belongs to Igbos. Thereafter, I allowed you to be the self-anointed expert on everything Igwe Ocha. Egged on by certain Yoruba chaps, such as Bolaji Aluko, that do not have Igbos interests in mind, you went on and on telling us that Igwe Ocha is not part of Alaigbo. Igbos…
The Alaafin of Oyo Lamidi Adeyemi the Third went to London and he paraded 3 or 4 of his wives in a move captured by the News and Print Media in London and back home in Nigeria. The love for polygamy by most of our traditional rulers, High Chiefs and other Nigerians is a preference that is quietly but surely losing its appeal. I can name few powerful traditional rulers in Yoruba Land who have defied the odds to keep their marital vows despite all the pressures on them to do otherwise due to the dictate of some of our…
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 22:09

Another look at Ikwerre-Igbo issue

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ANOTHER LOOK AT THE IKWERRE IS NOT IGBO QUESTION Ozodi Osuji I am by orientation not interested in African tribal issues. I consider it a waste of my time to talk about tribal matters. To me it is good enough to say that one is African and leave it at that. However, I am a nominal Igbo. Generally, I identify who is Igbo by those who speak the Igbo language. Thus, since I see Ikwerre people speaking Igbo language I assumed that they are Igbos. I was therefore surprised to learn that some of these people who have Igbo names,…
Thursday, 30 March 2017 21:53

On Igbo identity disorder

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WHO EXACTLY IS AN IGBO? Ozodi Thomas Osuji This morning I read at Facebook a girl from Agbor, Nkechi Bianze, saying that her tribe is Ika and not Igbo. She fumed from both sides of her mouth saying how angry she is at any Igbo who calls her an Igbo; indeed, she asked why Igbos have the audacity to call those who do not see themselves as Igbos as Igbos. On the issue of her having what seems an Igbo name, Nkechi, she presented an interesting logic that goes like this: you (I am assuming that she is referring to…
Who says the Hausa/Fulanis are seriously at a disadvantage in education and wisdom compared to their Igbo and Yoruba brothers and sisters in the South? Whoever is saying that is probably living in the past or is totally out of touch with the reality of the Nigerian situation or has never met distinguished northerners like Alhaji Dangote, Lamido Sanusi, late Abubakar Rimi, Professor Jega, Professor Yadudu, El Rufai, Jerry Gana, Kwankwaso and Dogara to mention a few. Anyone saying that can be said to be very insular in their views and perception or has not been sufficiently exposed to the…
Monday, 27 March 2017 17:07

Much Ado About a Certificate?

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I have written many times on a singularity, or perhaps we should call it a genetic aberration or bane of development and progress in our dear country – it is the inability to find the Truth; nobody speaks the Truth; nobody wants to hear the Truth. Even when the Truth is glaring us in the face, we almost always manage to deny it, and successfully too. Lies, deceit, deception, fraud, propaganda, all these lead to Corruption, hence the reason we are still stymied by poverty, underdevelopment, and an acute lack of progress in everything we do. A people beyond redemption,…
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 06:19

The politics of state robbery in Nigeria

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Late last month, as a section of the country awaited the triumphant return of James Ibori, an ex-governor of Delta State, who was jailed, incidentally, in the UK for his egregious looting of his state's treasury while in office, the Nigerian media landscape was abuzz with stories about the mind-boggling salaries, allowances and other perquisites of office that elected officials and state functionaries in the country enjoy. According to the report in Vanguard newspaper, forty-seven former governors from 21 states in the country, draw as much as N37.4 billion from the public treasury. There are twenty-one serving senators currently receiving…
To say that Nigeria's National Assembly has been living in infamy since the beginning of the Fourth Republic in 1999 is to understate the severity of the country's democratic woes. While less endowed but well-meaning and development-conscious counterparts on the continent are devising means of advancing the culture of popular representation through openness and improvement of the lives of their people, Nigeria's so-called "distinguished" senators and "honourable" members are perpetually scheming for secrecy, swindling the electorate and the country and generally making lives more miserable for their constituents. So detrimental has their conduct been that should anyone be bothered enough…
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 06:13

The succession battle in Osun!

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Let me start by declaring that, no matter the difficulties encountered on Osun State's journey to greatness, I'm of the tribe of Caleb; a harbinger of good report and nothing seems capable of obliterating this perception buttressed by what is on the ground. Having said that, let me also confess that I did not originate the title of this article. It was a product of interactions between passengers in a commercial bus, yours sincerely inclusive - on a recent trip from Ijebu-Jesa to Osogbo in Osun State. The discussions went back and forth until the discussants decided to look ahead,…
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 06:08

Canada @ 150: Lessons for Nigerian youth

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On July 1, 2017, Canada, the world's second largest country after Russia, will be 150 years old. There is a year-long celebration of this milestone for a nation that prides itself on being one of the best, if not the best country in the world. Before the European colonialization in the early 16th century, Canada was inhabited by aboriginal people (the indigenous people of Canada). Canada's history of colonialism dates back to July 24, 1534, when French explorer, Jacques Cartier, in the name of King Francis I of France, set up a French colony in New France, the area colonized…
No thanks to the unholy machinations of an unscrupulous cabal in the presidency which formed a satanic partnership with a shamelessly crooked senate, Ibrahim Magu, nominee of President Muhammadu Buhari as substantive Chairman of Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), was for the second time denied confirmation for that post by the senate on the strength of the same ill-motivated Department of State Service (DSS) security report that informed the first purported rejection. It bears repeating that Magu's first rejection last December drew intense outrage across the country with most Nigerians describing it as the classic case of corruption fighting…
ABSTRACT: This paper aims at accomplishing two objectives: explain the nature of leadership in broad terms; look at Nigerian leadership and suggest ways to transform Nigerian leadership from its present negative state to positive state. The reader should glean useful information on the nature of leadership and examine whether the suggested solutions to Nigeria’s leadership problem is useful.Throughout human existence people have practiced leadership within their groups, big or small. There have always been people who initiate activities and gather people to do them with them. Indeed, if you observe children even before age ten you will see some of…
This tribute speaks mainly to the star qualities of late Colonel David and how he is so uniquely different from most Akure Chiefs I have been privileged to know. I wrote one on late High Chief Asamo Omojowo Olusanya of blessed memory. This one is different, however, because I am doing it with deep personal regret or guilty conscience. The late Colonel would probably have reached the peak of his career in the Military and earn his promotion to the rank of a Brigadier General in the Pay and Records Squadron of the Nigerian Army if he had not taken…
“Ground-breaking, also known as cutting, sod-cutting, turning the first sod or a sod-turning ceremony, is a traditional ceremony in many cultures that celebrates the first day of construction for a building or other project. Such ceremonies are often attended by dignitaries such as politicians, government officials and businessmen”. (Wikipedia) Please NOTE the last sentence - “Such ceremonies are often attended by dignitaries such as politicians, government officials and businessmen”. Another use is, “If something is ground-breaking, it is very new and a big change from other things of its type: E.g. His latest movie is interesting, but not ground-breaking”. But…
The purpose of this essay is to discuss how Nigerians ought to be wise and not foolish and how we Nigerians have to grapple with the prospect of being looked upon as the most corrupt, the most foolish, and the most fucked-up nation led by the most evasive leadership Nigerians have been fools in more ways than one. Trump says Nigeria is a den of kleptomaniacs, stealing from their treasury and enriching their enemies. Leaders of Nigeria, without exception, are authoritarian, using power to oppress and annihilate the powerless. Consider the mass beheadings of Christians in Benue State. We mistake…
Hunger is not an uncommon source of stress in Nigeria. Mrs, Grace Edeh, a 35-year-old mother of three and staff of the National Examination Council, was being quizzed by the Niger state Child Right Protection Agency for burning with hot charcoal the palms of her eight- year old house-maid, accused of stealing meat from the pot. Asked why she committed the offense which contravenes Section 26 of the Child's Right Act against maltreating children, Mrs. Edeh explained that she had ill-treated the girl out of anger as the child was fond of stealing meat from the pot of soup. She…