A retired college Professor with educational backgrounds in law (JD) education (Ed.D, MA) counseling,( MS) and and mathematics. Write on topics dealing with Nigerian families, marriages, education, and employment.
Some say the Igbos are paranoid, meaning the Igbos imagine things that are not really there. Others say the Igbos are arrogant, suspicious, fearful, mistrustful, obsessed with money, or have unreasonable business practices. Our observation is overwhelmingly significant. The Igbos have to be gods. Though no Igbo has been elected President of Nigeria, one day someone will. That an Igbo would eventually be President of Nigeria is a prospect that is as inevitable as the appearance of daylight after the darkest night!
The Igbos are gods. Igbos are a breed by itself, a seriously misunderstood variety. Being the gods they are, the Igbos are survivors. it is impossible for Igbos to be primitive coward or paranoid schizophrenic as some people make us to be without understanding who the Igbos are.
Watch the Igbos walk down the world ramp with grace and recherché nonchalance. They are the indestructible, they are the indefatigable, and they are God's people chosen and ordained to carry the mantle. The mantle is the badge of honor, the layer, blanket, covering, shroud, veil, cloak, responsibility, or functionality that is entirely Igbo.
The purpose of this essay is a response to portrayals of Igbos as paranoid. This Igbo writer seeks to defend his people long maligned in the course of Nigerian history during which the Igbos have been the butt of slander, criticism, smear, libel, hurt, harm, damage, or mkpogide no obe (mailing on the cross). Read to the bottom of this essay to discover how and why the Igbos are considered as gods.
It is time the Igbos were left alone. First, people ought to learn to circumvent the habits of insulting people to get them to do what people want done. Secondly, people ought to provide positive reinforcements (encouragement and praise) to help others want to do what people want done. We would add the efficacy of social observational learning that requires the modeling of behavior you want others to acquire through emulation. Albert Bandura is our favorite psychologist, though other theorists are quite useful. Note that Western-style counseling approaches do not work well with Africans in general and not particularly with Igbos who prefer a more direct approach. Why? Igbo personality demands a more structured approach.
We Igbos are not primitive; it is just that we are a high-strung, aggressive and indefatigable group on the outside, but underneath, are fearful, intimidated, and stressed out. Remember Igbos are barely crawling out of a terrible war of attrition where they were made to wear the cloak reserved for a defeated, vanquished people. What do you see happening to the Igbo boys carrying placard and agitating for Biafra nationhood? Igbos are experiencing an abrasion, a slow destruction or erosion of selfhood. Can anyone see the process of wear and tear, eating away and emasculation of Igbo manhood?
Nigerians aren't some irredeemable, unalterable sadists who draw joy from human suffering, are they? Don't they see the gnawing away, the wearing away, and the grinding down of Igbos? Are Nigerians truly humane? It is normal to expect Igbos to experience intense symptoms of the post traumatic stress syndrome as manifested in Igbo behavior. Though all these things are so, yet we Igbos are a people who keep hope alive. With time, "ogadiri Ndiigbo mma" (it shall be well with Igbos). Sometimes, some Igbos believe "odigoro Ndiigbo nma" (it is already well with Igbos). The Igbos are gods. An aspect of being a god is the ability to be an overcomer. The igbos have overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, including pogroms and refugee camps.
This writer was at Enugu at the end of the War as the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of the Eastern Nigerian Government was spearheading the repatriation of Biafran children out of London and other African countries to which they were sent to escape starvation and kwashiorkor. This writer's late wife Maxine Myers Agazie, PhD, MSSW, was the first trained and certified professional social worker with expertise in adoptions employed under the government of Sole Admininstrator Ukpabi Asika at the end of the Biafran War.
You could not avoid shedding tears (if the milk of human feeling was left in you) at the plight of Igbo children. The Biafran babies and surviving toddlers were not provided with any type of adjustment or rehabilitation counseling as they were being processed; They were just passed off as animals and reintegrated anyhow into society they did not understand, and placed with families who did not understand the trauma the kids had been through and who proved to be exploiters and child abusers.
The children's parents were either dead or unwilling to accept the responsibility to care for at-risk population. There was no food in the homes into which the babies were deposited. The preferred child placement option the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MHSW) adopted was haphazard adoptions by men who were unrelated to the adopted persons, and who seized the opportunity to marry underage babies. How these kids survived to this day is a prayerr only God can answer.
We mention this to show that the Igbos have survived so many atrocities for too long and with so little help it is believed Igbos can survive anything anytime anywhere and anyhow. The current thinking is this: the Igbos are gods that descended directly from heaven and live among humans. Of all the Nigerian tribes, the Igbos appear to be the only group that hasn't been given the opportunity to benefit from real rehabilitation programs; Igbos have not had opportunities to experience love from neighbors and to acquire the altruism.
To be altruistic is to learn to be unselfish, selfless, humane, and philanthropic. Therefore, Igbos do not take help-your-brother stance seriously. The Jews and the Italians do help each other. The Igbos at the Nigerian Federal Ministries would prefer Hausa or Yoruba heads to one of their kind. This writer asked: "Why not prefer fellow Igbo managers?" Reasons given were that Igbos are taskmasters, Igbo bosses would underpay their employees, and Igbos are likely to be heartless.
The real reason why Igbos do not provide for each other is this: Igboland is so overcrowded the people need to move out elsewhere. Wherever they go, the Igbos suffer some form of persecution at hands of spiteful neighbors. Recall the experiment done with mice in an overcrowded environment where some electrical shocks were delivered at random. Like Igbos just out of a war with nowhere else to go, the mice experienced PTSS (post traumatic stress syndrome), resulting in maladaptive/manupulative behavior that included homosexuality, cannibalism, with male mice attacking females and infants.
We admire the Igbos for surviving the atrocities of war and carrying on without extensive psychotherapy as if nothing has happened. Th e Jews wouldn't have been able to survive the Holocaust without massive reparations and UN-sponsored rehabilitation efforts. With time, we Igbos shall acquire such survival skills as resistance, politeness, altruism, loyalty, and all other good attitudes.
The Igbos need the world's understanding, kindness, and encouragement. We do not need the world's criticisms or to be over-psychoanalyzed. Igbos do not need others' pity, sympathy or condescension because Igbos are gods, and gods do not need the forgiveness or benevolence of mortals. There are creative and fictional, survivalist explanations as to why Igbos see themselves as gods,
One of the characteristics of gods is their indefatigability, the quality of being untiring. Indefatigability is inexhaustibility or the ability to work and continue to work for a very long time without becoming tired. To the extent that gods are infinite and inexhaustible, Igbo are gods. Infinity is endlessness. Inexhaustibility is boundlessness.
The Igbos are so indefatigable, aren't they? An indefatigable person is one who is unrelenting, remorseless, unstoppable, unflagging, and inexorable. After pondering over the Igbo paradox, one may asks some perplexing questions. What gives the Igbos their distinguishing personality?. Why are these people strong, fearless, adventuresome go-getters? Why do they go up Northern Nigeria and spend "billions of Naira, in fact, trillions of okpoyo ha (their money) to develop the North, to build schools, churches, 5-star hotels, and banks. We can add dingy beer parlors, and ulo ashawo (brothels) to the list of Igbo accomplishments in Northern Nigeria.
Now, let us define further the Igbo indefatigability by describing the mythical and culture-based paradox of Igbo personality. A paradox is the inconsistency, absurdity, irony, contradiction, impossibility, or illogicality of Igboism. Therefore, Ndiigbo are gods. There is a mythical explanation of why and how Igbos have become gods.
One market day somewhere before the advent of Bible-carrying white men, while natives were trading their wares by barter and with cowries, a fiery star fell off the sky and landed in the center of a village. As illiterate and terrified as the villagers were, all adults and children scampered into their huts, thinking an angry god had arrived to exact penalties for their undisclosed trespasses. No one ventured out for several days until a day after a heavy rainstorm fell. Pandemonium broke loose as a muscular stranger was hatched out of a fallen fiery star.
Without uttering "Ndewo" (thank you) or "Kedukwanu?"(how are you?) in the way of greetings, the muscular stranger started to construct his own abode. He didn't ask for help or food. He simply walked into your hut and helped himself to your food, knives, hoes, machete, and sticks. He dug behind your hut to gather his mud and climbed your palm trees to cut the fronds and harvest a calabash of palm wine.
Villagers watched in amazement as the stranger worked and toiled and finally completed a big three-mansion-sized building much like the Aso Rock where Buhari lives. It had a huge toilet dug in the middle of the bedchamber into which no stool was dropped. The latrine or shit hole was stuffed with bales of money.
The stranger then went to sleep. Villagers dared not inquire into his name or say PIM as to why he shouldn't pay for "borrowing" their stuffs and eating their food. After series of discussions and a poll, male villagers decided to name the stranger Chi. Because Chi came from heaven, he is god and anthropomorphic, sharing some attributes with Chineke (the Almighty God).
Chi considers himself superior to other mortals, including the Hausas, Yorubas, Fulani, Munchi, and the Mmoghos. His antithesis is Ekwensi (the devil or evil spirit). He doesn't need mortals' permission to do as he pleases. Because Chi does anything he pleases, says whatever he chooses, goes anywhere he wants, eats all things he fancies, Ekwensu (Satan) became envious and triet to exert power over him. In fact, Chineke (the Almighty God) recognizes Chi as His own son, and has lots of regards for him. Chi shares Chukwu's (Chineke's) omnipotence (superpower), omniscience (unequalled knowledge), and omnipresence (being present everywhere at the same time) T
The only difference between Chi and Chineke (Almighty God) is that Chi could not live beyond a certain age, though he sometimes wishes his money would buy him ndu ebighi ebi (everlasting life). One pernicious aspect of Chi's disposition is his uncanny ability to come to your community, take things over, and put you out of your house while asking you: "Can I help you?"
Chi is to be greatly feared and respected by lesser gods and minor tribes. Chi deeply believes he is not on equal footing with the other gods, including the gods of rain and thunder, god of procreation, and god of harvest of new yams. In fact, Chi is higher than alusi (man-made idols) and he is known by other names, including Chukwuka, Chima, Chuma, Chukwuma, Chinedu, Chikwendu, Chigozie, Chijioke, Chibundu, or other names starting with the word Chi.
Chi never loses arguments with mortals because he is a god whose knowledge supersedes all others around except Chukwu or Chineke. Chi eventually became a big farmer, and married several wives to produce millions of children. His children are the Igbos of today. Chi is hated by the other tribes, including the Hausa, Fulani, Mogho, Munchi, Shua-shua, Akputu, and others because Chi had never paid for the things he borrowed while building his house. Waiting for Chi to pay his debts is waiting forever.
There is a culture-based explanation for personality of the Igbos. The Igbos became who they are as a result of cultural influences. Many moons ago before the advent of the white man and thereafter, most Igbo men were cultivators of such staple foods as ji (yams), akpu (cassava), akidi (beans), ede (coco-yams), oka (corn), utaba (tobacco), and opupa (groundnuts), to name only a few.
Because times were hard, labor scarce and expensive, and money in short supply, most Igbo farmers married many wives for economic reasons, namely, to produce enough children to work on family farms. Men planted yams and cassava, and women tended to vegetables , like okwuru, onugbu, egusi, uturukpa, and anara. What the farmer and his wife or wives harvested were sold at open markets that fell on specific market days, such as Eke, Oye, Afor, or Nkwo days.
Whatever money the farmer realized was spent on family needs, including clothes, food, medications, and children's school expenses (books, fees, and uniforms). The family head, Nna Anyi (our Father) always played an important role as protector and disciplinarian . Children respected, honored and revered Papa who carried the family ofor.
The Ofor is the symbol of authority held by the oldest family member, and Papa is the originator of the family. As family heads, Igbo fathers often provide direction for all family members to follow, including wives. Children were taught to become future fathers and mothers in their own homes.
Boys were expected to watch their fathers labor, heave, and strain to till a stubborn soil that must be made to yield food and other family needs. Girls watch as mothers cook, clean, wash, become impregnated, give birth, and take care of young children, All children were made aware of family expectations: boys to marry and become fathers and husbands; girls to marry men and become wives and mothers in their own homes. Both boys and girls are to produce children for their husbands and wives.
Igbo men grow up to be just as industrious as their fathers in hard work and wisdom. Igbo girls pattern after their mothers. Family honor is to be maintained at all times through being responsible, providing food and shelter for the family, obeying traditions and fulfilling customs related to elderly parents, traditional marriages, family inheritances, funerals, and chieftaincy titles. This is how the Igbos have developed to be who they now are.
There is no evidence that the Obama administration homosexualized Africa. It appears that indeed homosexuality may benefit Africa. And before you throw your hands up in the air and dismiss this writer as a gay man or accuse former US President Obama of introducing gay virus into Africa, wait. Read on! Africans have many lessons to learn before the close of the second half of the 21st Century, The most important lesson is to fast forward knowledge of science and technology. The next is to try effective population control mechanisms. Overpopulation is a serious problem many African nations can no longer ignore or take lightly.
The purpose of this essay is to share some thoughts on why the U S Supreme Court's recent decision legalizing same-sex unions is a significant step in the right direction and why we Africans should not rush to judgment on controversial issues. The Supreme Court decision seems to be telling Africans: "if you don't stop fucking and having too many babies you'll run out of land and food. Please don't come looking to us to bail you out Our hands are full of our own problems."
What do Africans do when the die is cast? Will Africans choose to become homosexual or homophobic? Having said this bluntly does not ipso facto justify placing homosexual labels on foreheads of persons who disagree with the contention that only heterosexuals have the right to inhabit God's earth.
Our position is that, since we have not yet learned all that there is to know about the subject, we ought to exercise caution rather than gather all homosexuals together in one spot and slaughter them. A word of caution means that mankind's knowledge of human sexuality, including the homos and how the brain operates, is incomplete. We ought to tread cautiously, watchfully, vigilantly, guardedly, or carefully, rather than act recklessly since we aren't even beginning to scratch the surface of the problem.
We are facing very serious challenges both from within and without. There is a threat from famine, hurricane, tornadoes, and flooding associated with pollution and global warming. Muslim terrorism poses serious threats around the world and in Nigeria, Central African Republic, and at the Winter Olympic Games at Sochi, Russia. No nation is safe or immune from terrorist or chemical attacks. Remember the 911.
There is a potential threat from wars we fight to contain terrorism or to defeat persons or groups bent on destroying our earth. The problem of the world seems to be concentrated in one word – security. HOMOSEXUALITY appears to offer the best deterrent, at least in the minds of Western thinkers.
The world cannot handle the tremendous press and demand placed on our fragile planet. A press is defined as the act that has the tendency to punish, push, depress, force down on, compress, or squash. It is predicted that the next 100 years would witness the transportation to and colonization of other planets (such as Mars) to ease earth's problems. That's a tremendous solution, isn't it?
We are in a race to find ways to push back at our pressures or retaliate against the seemingly insurmountable problems we are facing on earth. What are these problems? They are : (a) Threats of wars, famine, and overpopulation; (b) Control of scarce resources; (c) Establishment of New World Order; (d) problems created by superstitious beliefs; and (e) Development of new economic system that delineates the upper class and the underclass or slave minorities.
Homosexuality is thought to be the cheapest, less controversial solution to a big problem created by diminishing returns on investment, exploding population, and disintegrating environment. The only solution's drawback is convincing a significant portion of people on planet earth to accept homosexuality as normal or alternative lifestyle.
Recent research is beginning to unearth the proposal that homosexuality is far from being an aberration An aberration is defined as a deviation, an irregularity, or abnormality. Homosexuality seems to provide awesome solution to the questions of overpopulation, hunger, violence, and pollution . The thinking of supporters of U S Supreme Court same-sex decision appears to be centered on certain basic principles.
Homosexual or same sex couples appear to be better educated and to have higher disposable incomes than heterosexuals.
Same sex unions do not produce children to help deplete our limited natural resources because there are no child-rearing expenses, such as food, education, and health bills.
Unmarried persons are jealous of the benefits married men and women enjoy and wish they had such advantages as homesteads, tax benefits, health insurance, death benefits, and social security, to mention just a few.
When childless homosexuals die, their money, property, and huge investments revert to the State and comes back to society.
Homosexuality will help keep world population to a minimum because children will not be born to replace the dead or to repopulate and re-pollute the environment. Convincing people to become homosexuals is much cheaper and easier to achieve than waging wars to harvest resources because wars are very expensive and can cost about 10,000,000 dollars per bomber; and 10,000 dollars per gun and ammunition.
Convincing people to embrace homosexuality will be accomplished in a more cost-effective manner than colonizing Mars and other planets because in the event earth becomes so polluted and uninhabitable we have to abandon our planet and seek refuge in heavenly places. It costs between 4 to7 billion dollars to send a rocket to Mars. The cost of sending people to Mars would be prohibitive. Therefore, let's stay where we are with homosexuals.
Marriage is no longer in vogue as married couples are splitting up much faster than they are wedding so people are opting for same-sex arrangements as a more satisfying arrangement than the man-woman marriages that often are plagued with irreconcilable differences.
Homosexuality may be a solution to threats caused by overpopulation. The world's population is increasing astronomically beyond the 7 billion people the earth can comfortably handle. China is relaxing its one-child law as a result of its newfound wealth. Poor people in India and African nations are procreating children as rats do in a warm house of cheese.
There is a massive infiltration of Latinos into North America in search of available space to raise, feed and educate their children. It seems plausible the Western nations are likely to sanction Africa and other Third World countries for being baby-producing factories that swell numbers to a breaking point.
Homosexuality may benefit Nigeria where "hunger deh" and each Nigerian household prides itself in having 5 or more children. Who will feed these hungry mouths when populations are bursting at the seam, and people are shifting to urban areas and away from farmlands? Aren't villages being abandoned, and becoming baby manufacturing factories?
These baby factories are an oxymoron, creating headaches on one hand and demanding handouts with the other hand. America, Britain and the have nations are tired of doling out foreign aid. The haves are sanctioning baby producers and saying: "Stop all that fucking and sperming and stop criminalizing homosexuality."
Same sex agenda may be a way to exert control on population and distribution of scarce resources: Our resources are getting thinner and inadequate to take care of our needs. Land, the most important natural resource, is fully occupied, or taken over by the strong from the weak. But land is very scarce and fought over fiercely in Zimbabwe, Jos, and Central African Republic.
The West (America and Britain) sell weapons of mass destruction to one African tribe to be used to kill the other, And the winning tribe is to hand the land along with resources over to the Western nations (Britain, Russia or America) to pay for costs of the guns bombs, airplanes, and technical advisers.
Same sex is thought to be a means to an end in the control of exploding populations. Land is not enough to contain an unlimited number of people. Where there are overpopulation and inadequate supply of food, strange things do happen. There is starvation and disease. There are wars. In Congo, pigmies are being hunted down as bush animals and eaten. It is alleged the Malawians are slaughtering and eating persons with albinism because it is believed doing so confers magical powers. Cannibalism means "I am hungry and I need to eat something."
Experimental psychologists have demonstrated that in overpopulated environments, rats become violent, engage in homosexual activities, attack the young, rape the females, and develop aggressive behavior. Rats behave as cannibals. These aberrant behaviors are happening nowadays in the Hutu-Tutsi massacres, boko vs. Christian violence in Nigeria, Islam-Christian bloodshed, South Sudan militarism, and so forth. Could embracing homosexuality provide solution to some of the problems Africans are facing in the Continent?
Can same sex unions help in the development of New World order? Politicians are running around scared, devising ways to maintain a new economic underclass and slave minorities. Americans are considering a return to the antebellum slave plantation of Georgia.There is a rush to keep wealth in as few hands as possible.
This is the puzzle that Western leaders and Third World corrupt heads are putting heads together to solve: how to survive without building underground tunnels leading to massive mansions that would store food to last for decades in case the earth becomes too badly uninhabitable. Selfish leaders are asking: "How do we keep the taxes coming in, the oil flowing from Nigeria, and our bills paid on time?" To do so would entail keeping permanent upper and under classes (1% vs. 99%), separated.
Homosexuality is expected to have a profound effect in Africa and on Africans: The Continent of Africa is in for a big surprise. While Africans continue to weigh homosexuality as a moral issue, the West sees same-sex as a solution to a greater problem related to pollution, overpopulation, poverty, and violence. The Western powers will exploit the 54 nations in Africa for raw materials and force Africans to become consumers of Western goods, especially the cheap stuffs from China. Africans will be used as experimental guinea pigs for the testing of new products, epidemics, weapons, and prophylactics/cures.
Economic sanctions will be slapped against any African country that criminalizes homosexuality (Kenya and Uganda and Nigeria) until-the whole world becomes non-homophobic. It is only then, in the Western thinking, can overpopulation be controlled. Africans pride themselves on being " fruitful, multipliers' and replenishers" of the earth with houses full of hungry children The Supreme Court decision seems to be telling Africans: "if you don't stop fucking and having too many babies you'll run out of land and food. Please don't come looking to us to bail you out. We have our own problems." These are just preliminary thoughts.
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 say things are hard in Nigeria, that our people are suffering untold hardships, and that the suffering makes every Nigerian want to gallop out of the country to freedom somewhere. Somewhere can be anywhere except Nigeria. Our people are escaping in a gallop to Europe, Canada, North America, and Great Britain. A gallop implies a frenzied dash, a mad rush, harried hustle, or ill-considered race.
Many Nigerians perish at open seas while escaping from home , some in hot desserts, and others end up in hands of cruel bandits. Do our people think that the places they are fleeing to are without problems? Do my people believe problems of racism, unemployment, language barrier, and poverty are not worldwide. Why is there such a gallop? A gallop is a mad rush.
The purpose of this essay is to decry and call attention to current maltreatment of Nigerians around the world and to suggest that someone needs to stand up against oppressors on behalf of the oppressed, exploited Nigerians who are being uniquely deported from everywhere on earth. The British, French, and Americans have long been exploiters of Nigeria’s natural resources. The Chinese have joined in the dance of vultures, flooding the Nigerian markets with poisonous materials and cheap infrastructure.
The latest news has it that our former colonial master Great Britain has recently deported 23 Nigerians for allegedly committing immigration-related offences in the country. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the deportees arrived recently at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMlA) Lagos at about 6.a.m on Friday, March 31, 2017. The deportees, all males, were brought back in a chartered aircraft. Read more: https://www.naij.com/1096900-united-kingdom-deports
The Italian Government on March 8,2017, deported 37 Nigerians from the country for similar reasons. Read more: https://www.naij.com/1096900-united-kingdom-deports-23-nigerians-offences.html?source=notification.
As we were about to post this essay, the news just arrived that 8 countries in the European Union have deported 50 Nigerians for immigration and drug-related offenses. The nations making the latest deportations include Germany, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Hungary and Sweden. Why isn’t anyone raising a ruckus or hue and cry around the world on behalf of an oppressed people? Why are Nigerians being roughly treated by the so-called friendly governments of Britain and Italy? Just in February,2017, 43 Nigerians were returned into the country from three European countries; Germany, Belgium and Italy.
To raise a ruckus in defense of Nigerians is to cause a justified commotion, disturbance, rumpus, uproar, to make a little noise in world’s capitals, or point to glaring injustice being perpetrated. It would be good if there is a hue and cry. A hue and cry is a loud outcry or public expression of disapproval that calls for the pursuit and capture of a criminal. In this case, it seems that Britain and Italy are committing criminal, unwarranted, unreasonable, unjustifiable, unpardonable, unforgivable, untenable act by picking on Nigerians and painting their nation in terribly bad light. Great Britain’s goal is to make Nigeria a caricature, a laughingstock, a butt of all the jokes. “Look here, fellows. They wanted freedom, didn’t they? They got independence. Now, see how they can’t even govern themselves. Ah, ah. Hahaha!”
The Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola started the deportation of Nigerians within his country before issuing so-called "unreserved apology" to the Igbos following the expatriation of about 72 beggars and destitute people from Lagos to the Onitsha bridge in Anambra State. Fashola started the “kidnap-and-deport trade across Nigeria;” and he lent encouragement and support to the structure of decadence from which America and the European governments of Britain, Italy, and other racist regimes are fashioning their weapon of deportation against Nigerians. Fashola is the Yoruba hatemonger whose act is unacceptable, dehumanizing, and utterly condemnable.
Have we Nigerians become such untouchable outcasts of India or the lepers of Samaria that rest of the world is unwilling to associate with us? Are we Nigerians destined to be deported indiscriminately and erratically? Everyone appears to join in a dance of vultures around dead bodies of Nigerians whose motherland has abandoned. Each administration of the Nigerian government seems oblivious to the plight of its citizens.
Each administration appears to abandon its Nigerian citizens in a reckless leaving behind. We Nigerians are forced to behave as prostitutes did from time immemorial. We Nigerians are forced to fend for themselves around the world in a state of abject neglect, devil-may-care desertion or rejection. We have become public harlots who beg for crumbs from persons who turn us away after satisfying their sexual hunger.
America is the latest to join in an unholy dance of vultures. America is beginning to look like enyi mba (elephants that stampede). The American Republican President Donald Trump has proposed a ban on citizens from several countries from entering the United States. Based upon Trump’s ugly words about Nigeria and its people, many Americans are of the opinion that Nigeria should have been included among the banned nations.
Trump said that Nigerians and Mexicans have taken all the jobs meant for Americans; that Nigerians cannot stay in their country because they are corrupt, that the Nigerian government is corrupt; and that the white people ought to re-colonize Nigeria because Nigerians haven’t learned a damn thing from the British.
The reason why Nigeria is not yet included in the list of Trump’s banned nations is that American ban of Nigeria means America might cease taking advantage of Nigerian oil and minerals which Uncle Sam expropriates/wrongly impounds for pennies while Nigerians remain in massive underdevelopment and pitiful penury. Penury is a term used to signify poverty, pennilessness, destitution, indigence, neediness which results from massive exploitation of resources of Nigeria by the haves to the disadvantage of poor Nigerians live on daily income of less than 2 dollars (700 Naira).
After checking with a Nigerian building contractor in Lagos and hotel managers in America, we are able to compute daily wages of American and Nigerian laborers. A Nigerian laborer makes 4, 000 naira a day while American laborer makes that much in just one hour or N32,000 Naira a day.
Many of us Nigerians living abroad are not using our experiences in obodo ndi ocha (land of the whites) to help give advice to friends we have left behind . We ought to endeavor to serve as ambassadors of goodwill to warn fellow Nigerian citizens in Motherland to beware. To beware is to be cautious, be very careful, please take your time to consider things, be wary, look out, watch out, take heed, or to think twice before making decisions. There are certain things we shall focus on as we talk to folks back home. What do we say to folks at home?
You are considered nobody in the “white” world: When you are seen as a “beggar” African black seeking refugee status in a lily-white “giver” Western nation, you are likely to be pointed out and called ugly names such as Nigger, enwe (monkey), ochonosis (user of toxic creams that bleach the skin to look like Michael Jackson). The desire to look white and live in majority white countries is making matters worse for friends back home in the Continent of Africa.
Stay where you are. There’s no better place on earth than home, wherever one comes from in Africa . You may be happier in Nigerian than anywhere else. The grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. Years ago, this writer and his friends were comfortable pupils at the old Methodist Central School. We were happy. We attended school in one long mud building that was partitioned into six grade-appropriate classrooms. We swept the whole compound clean upon arriving in the morning.
We went to local dispensary for such simple ailments as dysentery and fever. We lined up for teachers to inspect our mouths to detect rotten teeth and our bodies for scabies and our heads for lice. When one boy came along with chicken pox, small pox, or whooping cough, it spread quickly like the Egyptian angel of death. The key thing is that we were as happy as a lark. There were no Ebola or HIV. After emigrating to a foreign land, we now feel unhappy, lonely, frustrated, and abandoned.
Nigeria is still the best place in the world for Nigerians to settle in. If you live in Nigeria, youm are surrounded by friends; you are familiar with the Nigerian culture, language, and food; and you are among family members and support groups. Though wages are low, yet you have many benefits that include inexpensive housing and no bothersome taxes.
Stop imitating whites bleaching your skin to look ghostly, eerie, ethereal, otherworldly, unearthly, or wraithlike. Bleaching one’s skin with poisonous preparations is a health hazard. Africans and their governments will have to deal with cancer caused by bleached skin sooner or later and to find ways to reverse a scourge. The World Health Organization’s report states that Nigerians are the highest users of such skin-bleaching products; that 77% of Nigerian women use the products on a regular basis, followed by Togo at 59%; South Africa at 35%; and Mali at 25%.
Be comfortable with what you are, make the best of your environment, be proud of your physical attriburtes/features, and enjoy what you eat Where are we fleeing to? It may not surprise anyone that we might do better in an environment we are familiar and comfortable with than in places filled with strange customs and anti-African sentiments. For one thing, familiarity breeds confidence and ego strength.
Money is not everything; what you earn is what you earn and what you earn should be managed efficiently and not thrown away in pursuit of more riches. It’s not what you make on the job that makes the important difference; it is what you save from what you make that is important. Be comfortable, be cool, remain calm, stop running around. Prioritize your goals. Live below your means.
Represent Nigeria well by your conduct. Be a Nigerian ambassador
Honesty is still the best Policy. Be law-abiding and obey the law governing the do-and-don’ts of the community where you reside. When in Rome, you cannot always do as the Romans do.You may be deported for being a Roman in another person’s country, especially pertaining to criminal activities. such as scamming people of their money. Disregarding existing laws or theft of cash and property belonging to another is a crime that doesn’t pay.
Submitted April 8, 2017
The aim of this essay is to demonstrate that religion is a blight/affliction and a bane/curse rather than a blessing in our home. Nigeria will be a failed State if the religions Nigerians are practicing fail to deliver the people from destroying themselves. All religions are good if the worshipers can readily adhere to the true tenets of that religion, to do what the religion is saying.
A good religion consists of the Basic Instruction Governing Our Dealings With Others. We Nigerians are in the mess we are in because our religion is a farce. There is no end to words that stand for farce. A farce indicates how reckless our religions have become. A farce means our religious beliefs are in shambles; they are a travesty, circus, shame, mockery, charade, in ridiculous situation, an embarrassment.
The Nigerian Muslims and Christians ought to spend considerable lengths of time, studying and pondering over the tenet of Islam and Christianity, respectively. They ought to sincerely ask themselves these questions: What is the tenet of my belief in Islam? Is Islam what it is propped up to be? How do I know I believe in true Christianity? Where is my religion taking me to? How is my religion helping or destroying Nigeria? What is the principle, theory, belief, precept, or rule behind the religion I adhere to?
Unfortunately, we Nigerians do not realize we have God-given right to demand and expect a better response from our religious leaders concerning the what, how, where, and why of their religion. It is no longer "let's worship anyhow as usual." We shall continue to suffer unbearable pains so long as we ignore taking a good look at who we are, who we worship, how we worship, and for what reasons.
The words and conduct of our leaders and citizens do not reflect proper religious upbringing. Our leaders and citizens have fallen below what is expected of a meaningful religion in these trying times in Great Nigeria. Our leaders' words and actions have left a lot to be desired. Our empty words and behavior show that, although we as Christians and Muslims tend to be ultra-religious and have erected beautiful God's churches and Allah's mosques at every corner or our nation, yet we have miserably failed to recognize the reality of our Maker (God or Allah). We have stubbornly refused and rejected the inspiration of God's Word as reflected in the Holy Bible and Holy Koran. Whoa! Wretched are we!
When are we going to learn that all lives, (Nigerians, Europeans, Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa, Fulani and all of the Nigerian tribes ) are created by same one and only God and that we a have a body, mind, and soul (spirit)? When are we going to recognize that Chineke (God, Allah, or whoever you worship) had a divine purpose when He directed the creation of Nigeria from the ashes of the Scramble for Africa. A land mass became a protectorate 1901, a colony in 1914, and in 1960, an independent sovereign nation we now know as Nigeria.
The Spirit of God, which had carved out a piece of soil and named it Nigeria, has some doctrinal, spiritual, and moral intent for our nation. Doctrine is the policy, principle, set of guidelines, canon, or dogma that directed our development as a nation. The Spirit is the strength, courage, character, guts, will, power of the mind, force, or fortitude that sustains us as a nation. Morality defines our ethics, goodness, decency, probity, honesty, or integrity. Why are we going down the drain as a bunch of recalcitrant, intractable, refractory, irredeemable, or unmanageable savages?
When Nigerian Christians institute money as idol to be worshiped and establish human sacrifice as a vehicle to attract wealth or hold onto political power, it is an exercise in futility, discomfiture, awkwardness, mortification, or shame before the throne of the Great Almighty Jehovah. Believing Christians know that God is not Author of confusion; that He cannot heedlessly destroy His own creation with cause; and that doing so constitutes a violation of His own commandments/principles: "Thou shalt not kill," and "Thou shalt have no God other than Me" True Christians know that their God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must do so in Spirit and in Truth.
When Nigerian Muslims mistake the early morning call for prayers for an invitation to celebrate the beheading of Christians; the kidnapping, the raping, and the enslaving of young virgins who are forced to accept Islam or be killed, and who are denied the freedom to worship God of their choice, the invitation is not of Allah. Believing Muslims know that Allah does not countenance cruelty or violence done to others in the name of religion, and that Allah does not approve of evil done to others simply because He is Allah who does not and cannot entertain evil things.
Allah won't tolerate the spilling of innocent blood on account of religion; Allah does not stand for violence; Allah will not put up with brutality; and Allah cannot approve of evil, including cruelty, viciousness, violence, or rough treatment of others. Glorious Allah does not have the stomach for confusion. Allah is not glad in the face of man's inhumanity to man. Allah cherishes gentleness and benevolence, and Allah wants Muslims to employ gentleness, kindness, compassion, generosity, munificence, and goodwill in their daily dealings with each of God's creatures, be it Muslim or non-Muslim.
We Nigerians of all tribes residing anywhere on the of this earth are now taking the opportunity to humbly appeal to our fellow countrymen and country women, Christians and Muslims, to live exemplary life of peaceful coexistence as God would want us to be.
"Dear Christians, if the basic tenet of Christianity is to neglect the true worship of Jehovah and to prostitute after wealth and what money can buy, go ahead and pursue wealth to your satisfaction." We know you would not be happy doing that because your conscience would not allow you to rest.
"Dear Muslims, if the basic tenet of Islam is to desecrate, vandalize, defile, or lay to waste a generation of non-Muslim Nigerians, go ahead and have your way." We know you would not be happy killing and doing what Allah prohibits.
As for us, the responsibility to save Nigeria from Armageddon rests squarely on our own shoulders. We must not allow religion to triumph over reason, money over manners, and falsehood and fakes over facts. We must stop going down the wrong path as a bunch of recalcitrant, intractable, refractory, irredeemable, out of control , obdurate, and unmanageable savages.
March 30, 2017
Events described in this essay, though fictional, may actually be obtainable now in Nigeria. The Nigerian President spends uneasy time at home and abroad. He walks back and forth in his spacious apartment unable to sleep. He tosses and turns in bed, and places aching head on both ends of the massive pillow in order to think clearly. The Nigerian President worries so much about how to meet the nation's massive financial obligations to other countries. He agonizes over how to keep his tribesmen from killing those they consider to be infidels.
The Nigerian President feels threatened even in secured Aso Rock that is surrounded 24/7 by sharpshooters and men heavily armed with weapons that include uta (Hausa poisoned arrows). Unfortunately, very regrettably, and sadly, although security men and women are duty bound to protect the president and his family members, yet the arrangement does not guarantee Presidential health or freedom from worries, or overseas hospitalizations .
Of all the Presidents Nigeria has had since Independence Day October 1, 1960, very few were healthy while in office and fewer had perfect health that did not require overseas hospitalizations. This essay considers several important issues that impact a President's life .This essay aims at explaining why the milk ain't clean. What is worsening the health of Nigerian Presidents while they are in office, particularly the health of Presidents from Northern Nigeria?
What factors are related to the frequency with which our leaders, particularly the Presidents of our country, give up the ghost? To give up the ghost is to expire, pass on, breathe the last breath, depart this life, go meet the Maker, or die. Asked in a more serious note, What is killing these people? What is chasing them away to distant lands to pass away? Read to the end of this essay to discover what the Nigerians and their presidents ought to do to safeguard health.
This essay is not an attempt to trash, belittle, or make insignificant and light President Buhari's health. Nobody rejoices or ought to celebrate or express joy at another's ill health. While we identify with Buhari's struggles and are sympathize with the President's health issues, we are quick to point out that Nigerians wish they and their Presidents lived healthier lives. We also wish President Buhari a speedy recovery. However, in the same breath, and if truth must be told, Nigerians would want to be led by hale and hearty heads of State. Health is wealth to be protected at all costs. Like the sun that warms and the rain that cultivates nutrients, health is a birthright all of God's children ought to enjoy.
The fact cannot be overemphasized that Nigeria as a nation is destroying lives of her citizens by turning a blind eye to a serious issue of health. While presidents of many nations are living longer and healthier lives and able to pass batons of headship onto younger leaders, African leaders, particularly those from Nigeria, have had a difficult time staying in office without seriously suffering pitiable health as they make frequent trips overseas to seek medical attention.
It seems that as soon as a typical Nigerian leader appears on the scene to take an oath of the highest office, he falls ill and then vanishes into thin air under the most mysterious, mystifying, unexplained circumstances. Consider the cases of Abacha and Yar'dua.
Although Nigerian public feeds its Presidents well at public charge and gives the Presidents access to the best healthcare facilities in the country and abroad, yet many leave as soon as they have read a post-election acceptance speech and received a standing ovation. Don't they seem to soon disappear from the Nigerian scene after their inaugural celebration is over? Additionally, this essay explores what we the people of Nigeria and our leaders themselves ought to do to extend the life expectancy and improve health prognosis of our dear presidents. How do we prevent early presidential incapacity due to poor health?
Some of the most important functions the person occupying the position of Nigerian presidency is expected to perform seem to fall into 7 broad categories as follows.
He is a ceremonial headHe is everything to every Nigerian man or womanHe is the executive rule enforcer, putting down insurrections and armed revoltsHe oversees the distribution of the national cakeHe is a shoulder on which sincere and insincere citizens cry for real and imaginary redressHe is the nation's representative at such important international as G-12, United Nations, ECOWAS, and so forthHe is the representative of the tribe to which he belongs and owes oath of allegiance
Being a Nigerian President is not an easy walk around a picturesque, beautiful, charming, or chocolate-box pond behind Igumale Methodist Central School. It is not a leisure stroll though Ochanga Motor Park, nor is it like a man who just walks erect in a flowing Hausa-type gown and smiling broadly at every citizen who bows down , prostrates, or waves frantically. The President of Nigeria is usually accosted by deeply challenging events and persons lining his path to ask for favors. Granting these favors often pulls the president apart in many unforeseeable directions.
Some of the nods and smiles the President receives in his daily activities are fake and come from ignoble sycophants. Ignoble denotes acts that are dishonorable, shameful, immoral, dastardly, base, low, reprehensible, or just not good. A sycophant is a Nigerian who is toady or flatterer and who seeks undeserved favors.
The Nigerian President is buried under the most obscure duties. He responds to a plethora of hungo mungo, including the "give me this and give me that" demands from Nigerians from different tribes. He may, for instance, receive a request from some powerful groups to build roads and bridges throughout a state while other states have no roads. It could be a demand to seize oil fields and "let's give contracts to our oil middle men who would guarantee us some kickback" or the request may center on punishing a tribe more severely for creating conditions that led to a Civil War. Most assuredly, the requests center around money.
A group of dignitaries may be seeking the President's ear to prevent the loss of revenues belonging to the President or to a relation. Perhaps, it could be a witch-hunt by an envious group to wrest power from the hands of another group. The Nigerian President may be called upon to mediate "palaver" between warring groups. Efforts to deal with all such palavers may take a painful toll upon the President's health, peace of mind, and equilibrium. Equilibrium is defined as the President's balance, symmetry, or stability.
One who lacks equilibrium is said to be unbalanced, and when one is unbalanced one is disturbed, unhinged, unstable, uneven, lopsided, and crooked. An unbalanced person falls ill soon and does not enjoy life. A Nigerian President appears to be a hypochondriac also known to have hypochondria, which health anxiety or illness caused by oke nchekasi (anxiety linked to excessive thinking), worry or ihe ntakasi (something that bites one all over). The worst attack on equilibrium comes from knowing the Truth and failing to uphold Truth. A hypochondriac is Someone who lives in fear of having a serious illness, when medical tests never find anything wrong. It may be a condition known as illness anxiety disorder, more commonly known as hypochondria, or hypochondriasis.
A Nigerian President risks being removed from office by assassination, poison, or other violent means. While the leader walks in the awesome corridors of power amid the trappings of opulence, affluence, or wealth, don't let that fool you. Readers should be cognizant and remember that not all that glimmers and glisters is gold, or that everything presidential is not honky dory, meaning that if it is more than it is or less than meets the eyes or tickles the senses; therefore the milk ain't clean. The Nigerian presidency walks gingerly, unsteadily, precariously, and erratically under a heavy burden. It is a curse to hold the highest office in the land of the Nigerians.
What is more burdensome is to carry the mkpo (Igbo for wooden walking stick) of the president or to eat n'elu ukwu ukpaka (at the top of ukpaka tree). When a monkey climbs an iroko tree and feeds on the highest limbs, his ass is fully exposed to watchers at the foot of the iroko. An exposed ass gets shot at with a gun. Exposed buttocks can easily be impaled. To impale is to be pierced with a long javelin. To be impaled is to be fixed firmly or hammered onto a wooden cross as the Man from Galilee was. The farther you climb up a tree, the more you are likely to be stabbed with a spear, or run over with a gwongwolo ( open wagon covered with tarpaulin) which traders use to haul yams and other traders.
William Shakespeare, in King Henry the Fourth, Part Two, says: "Uneasy lays the head that wears the crown". Shakespeare meant to say that one who has great responsibilities placed upon one's stiff and aching shoulders, such as the British Queen or the Nigerian President, has a problem. The Nigerian President does not behave as normal persons do due to the cumbersomeness, unwieldiness or ungainliness of his burden. The person shouldering the responsibilities of being Nigerian President is in turmoil, constantly under pressure, worries a lot, and therefore doesn't sleep soundly. It is foolhardy to expect such a person to have a healthy life. The Queen is pain in the ass of every Nigerian President.
The Queen (thereafter known as Q) and the Nigerian President (thereafter known as NP) have two diametrically opposing things to worry about, The Q is all smiles and elegance as she welcomes and receives the NP to the Buckingham palace to sip tea. The NP is in visible pain as he reacts to Q whom he considers to be his "Boss Lady, Empress Extraordinary, and continuing owner of the colony of Nigeria." There is the unmistakable superior-subordinate association, the oga-houseboy relationship as the Queen and Nigger meet.
When the Q and the NP meet to shake hands, Q is demure, meaning she is decorous, sedate, reserved, and shy. The NP is strikingly old but bold soldier/dictator appointed by the Queen to protect the interests of the Crown. The Crown has okpu eze (kingly hat) the Queen wears to symbolize the power of the British war planes, navy ships, and bombers. As Queen (Q) and Nigerian President (NP) clasp hands in a greeting of recognition, words take on a vibrant unspoken animus. The conversation an eavesdropper could hear may be as follows:
Q: "I haven't seen you for awhile since the days your days at our Sandhurst. How are you doing, President of Sovereign Nation of Nigeria ?"
NP: "Thank God. I am doing well as much as I can, and –"
Q: "Please don't complain. I know what you are about to say. By the way, you haven't paid Nigeria's yearly colonial tax of 590 trillion pounds to the Government of the Great Britain. Do you remember?"
NP: "Yes, I do remember."
Q:: "Then, why are you behind in your payment when you had signed the documents with us as all Heads of all our Empire do? What seems to be the trouble?"
NP: "No problems, Sir. Err. I mean to say Ma'am. Sorry. Sir. I mean The Queen of England. We shall pay."
The Nigerian President spends uneasy time at home and abroad...
In England, the Queen rules but does not govern, meaning that although her powers are monarchical and ceremonial and she enjoys wide popularity and is revered by millions of colonial subjects both far and near, and although her position is merely constitutional and traditional as figure head, the Queen does not have real political powers. She worries less and fears little, quite unlike the Nigerian President.
In the case of the Nigerian executive Presidency, the power is awesomely real, overpoweringly genuine, devastatingly political, crushingly militant, and tremendously significant. The office of the Nigerian President carries enormous political and financial consequences. The Nigerian President is Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Therefore, the buck ends on the presidential laps.
The Nigerian President's biggest problems are his inferiority complex over having no certificate; worry over losing the job and another man appointed in his place. He suffers or isi owuwa (Igbo for migraine headache) which comes from the Queen and the whole British apparatus of colonialism. Colonialism, like a mad man named John Bull, constantly gnaws at the feet and shrieks in the ears of the Nigerian President day and night.
John Bull says: "Look here, boy. You owe. You owe. Now, either you pay up or we are going to remove you and put your junior officer Corporal Gabriel Okonkwo (fictitious) as your replacement. You may be killed as Gaddafi was. Now, my boy. Listen carefully! I am telling you now. Pay us the yearly 590 billion pound tax you owe Her Majesty's government. Pay now"
There lies the riddle. Suddenly the Presidential office phones take on independent life of their own. They are ringing off the hooks with deafening crescendo, racket or rumpus. The calls are coming from worlds beyond the four corners of Nigeria. The calls are from faraway World Bank, Bank of China, and Bank of Japan. Creditors of every color and language are calling for their money. They are she sharks whose bites are worse than the piranda's .
Each shark gives simple order: "Boy, you have two choices. You either pay or we devalue your currency and create disturbances" This is followed with a fear-evoking threat: "Your oil revenue is dried up, your unemployment high, your trade Unions are at your throat, teachers are leaving classrooms, trader women demonstrating naked. and there's hunger in the land."
The following day right after the intimidation from China, Japan, and the British Queen, the Nigerian President receives a high-powered delegation consisting of the Fulani heads, owners of millions of ehi (Igbo for cows).
President: How are you fellas doing today?
Fulanis: Fine. We come to remind you of our Dan Fodio Plan to conquer and Ismalize the infidels the Anyamirins all the way to the seas. We have defeated the Yorubas. It remain the Anyamirins. Shall we say "Oshe bee"?
President: Look here, felas. This job is killing me, and you are killing me the more by what you're doing".
Fulanis: We're your people. Are you refusing to obey the order of Allah and his Prophet Muhammad?
The Nigerian President suffers when external pressures from the Queen and British collide, exacerbate, and intensify an already spiteful animus, and when he faces combined internalized pressures from the Fulani cattle herdsmen, from the be-headers of Christians, from Delta Avengers seeking to grab barrels of crude oil, from Nnamdi Kalu and "Biafra and Igbo President Now" organizers, it is more than one man can handle.
The Nigerian President watches his country disintegrate and threaten to evaporate in smoky mist. The disintegration is not in the form of a volcanic eruption. No, Nigeria is constantly a hot, torrid pot of herbs that is boiling at twice the temperature of hell. The pot is sweltering, scorching, roasting, steaming, and blistering.
What would this President do? He doesn't eat well any more. He doesn't trust his religion to guide him through his many trials, he begins to question his God that embellishes murder of children and rape of frightened pre-pubescent virgins, and his interest in women is increasingly waning. His interest in women eventually disappears kpatakpata (completely). He does not exercise well. As his blood pressure rises as a thermometer filled with alcohol, and as he complains of malaria and diabetes, he sends for the Senate President, and demands to go on extended medical leave. The Senate dares not ask any question. He's the President, and the Constitution is behind him.
What Nigerian Presidents can do to live healthier and longer
Nigerians, both Presidents and ordinary citizens are advised to keep a positive attitude, stay active and connected, have a healthy diet, and refrain from use of drugs such as cigarettes, cocaine, and alcoholic beverages.
Eat more fresh vegetables, fruits, fish, and little or no animal proteins (such as cows, goats, etc)
Keep a healthy body through regularly exercise, including daily walking about 2 miles, swimming, horseback riding
Learn to speak conversational major Nigerian languages in order to converse comfortably with the people.
Don't wait till one falls ill to begin the struggle to get well; schedule appointments for periodic check-ups with doctors to ensure the body functions well and there are correctable eye problems (cataract), thyroid problems; heart conditions; stomach and colon problems (no stomach or colon cancer)
Hold town meetings with Nigerians and let the people talk to them while he listens and learns.
What Nigerians can do to enable to palliate/improve Presidential health and longevity
All Nigerians with no exception on the basis of wealth or family connection, ought to be law-abiding and respectful of authority and fellow citizens; all should pay appropriate taxes and duties as determined by the Federal or State Government
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Nobody should be above the law, and nobody has the unbridled right to lie. Politician cannot live without telling lies, and Nigerian politicians are the most mendacious. Like Donald Trump, politicians in my home are deceitful, two-faced, dishonest, insincere, misleading, double-dealing, or false. There can never be an end to adjectives describing lying politicians. Don’t follow a liar unless you enjoy cock-and-bull story, fabrication, and trumped-up story
Standing alongside the Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny ahead of St Patrick's Day on Friday, and stressing the importance of American friendship with Ireland , the US president Donald Trump lies as he quotes his favorite Irish poem which he said: " is a good one, this is one I like, I’ve heard it for many, many years and I love it.”
The quote does not come from Ireland as Trump incorrectly alleges. Trump quotes from a poem written by a Nigerian Muslim named Albashir Adam Alhassan. It is a marvelous thing that a Nigerian gave US President Trump the quote he was proudly mouthing for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. A poem written by a Nigerian Muslim contained the quote the US President was proudly using, while the US President was banning Muslim entry into America. Throughout his campaign for presidency, President Trump was adding insult to injury as he denigrated, disparaged, poured scorn on, put down, degraded, defamed, belittled, maligned, and made fun of Nigeria.
Let’s assume Billionaire Trump made a mistake because he has zero intelligence. Perhaps, Trump is the type who enjoys squeezing blood from tomatoes, and it would not be impossible for Trump to raise camels on Mars. Such is the description of professional egomania, also known as obsessive preoccupation with oneself (I-Me-Myself) or IMM.
The IMM (pronounced imi (Igbo for nose), implies someone has ungovernable impulses to exploit, impress and intimidate others . That Trump has undeveloped amam ihe ( Igbo for wisdom) is not a viable reason to excuse the billionaire because Trump feels he can marshal enough dollars to devalue Nigeria currency within minutes of taking office. What prevents billionaire Trump from employing a muslim with the best Nigerian intelligence to be his speech writer on a Salary of mere 982,000 Naira per month (2,000 dollars at the rate of 491 Naira per dollar)?
This essay aims at showing how such bombastic politicians like MBDT (Multi-Billionaire Donald Trump) and sneaky Nigerian politicians have been thumbing noses, misleading, and taking advantage of the little people . It is more than the usual way of doing business. it is a classic case of fraud, trickery, deception, and chicanery.
This essay appeals to Trump and Nigerian politicians to desist from falsehoods. This appeal to desist from lies is made especially to all Nigerian politicians , including President Buhari, Goodluck, Amechi, Ekweremadu, Rochas, Obasanjo, Fayose, Obi, Fashola, Shema, Kwankwaso, Tinubu and all former and current politicians from all Nigerian tribes no matter how innocent they consider themselves to be if they have taken a Naira from public coffers.
The Nigerian politicians are asked to learn all they can from The Trump on how to protect our oil and natural resources. However, Trump and the Nigerian politicians are not allowed to lie to little children. Lying consists of fraud, trickery, deception, and chicanery. Fraud has no place in a democracy; it is anti-democratic.
Fraud is the criminal act of concealing, or misrepresenting the truth in order to convince a person to give up rights. Trickery suggests the use of slick practices to fool or cheat others. Deception, on the hand, is the act of deceiving or bamboozling, and may suggest cheating or double-dealing, or simply the sleight/craftiness of hands created in some clever magician’s illusions. Chicanery implies under-handed dealing, and petty legalistic trickery. Why is Trump’s lying particularly offensive?
Trump is the most visible leader of the free world, and he is in the midst of the most embarrassing squabble with the rest of the world, standing tall and unabashed to steal honor from my country and give tribute or respect to European nation.
Trump is unabashed when his words and actions are definitely brazen, shameless, bold, blatant, forward, brash, forthright, or unashamed. It is one thing to win an election, not by popular votes but by little understood electoral college (a system set up by wealthy racist powerful landowners to keep slaves perpetually disenfranchised, castigated, pilloried, and in stocks or leg irons. It is another thing to be truthful. Candor is considered a virtue.
Trump’s mantra is to “Keep America Great Again.” One wants to ask Trump two questions. One is “Has America ever being great without standing upon shoulders of others and stealing others’ ideas and bodies?” Another question to ask Trump is: “Won’t America be on a giant heap of nsi nama (cow manure) if Trump kicks out all the Nigerians, ISIS, Syrians, Lebanese, and so-called Islamic?”
A Mexican illegal immigrant added hilarity to the humorous discourse when he said : “in my country we do not drink beer or use those bad drugs. We manufacture those cocaine and cracks for the Americans who keep demanding “Bring more cocaine, Amigo. Please bring much more of that sweet thing. Hahaha.”
Talking about illegal drugs, one wonders if the Trump smokes so much of that stuffs he goes on wild goose chase to make up unbelievable fables that former Kenyan President Obama has powerful surveillances permanently planted on Trump Towers or that the British espionage was collecting and disseminating some Trumpnosistic-isi-mgbaka (brain- destroying information for BBO (Black Barrack Obama).
Trump has been thumbing noses at Nigeria for the longest by showing my country crass disrespect. Trump makes my ass hurts, listening to okwu asi (Igbo for lies), and I am already in bed with a jar of Preparation H. And before I apply the Prep H to my hurt, I am appealing to all Nigerian politicians who have been investigated, convicted for embezzlement (you know who you are) desist from lying and taking without permission.
Here is the Nigerian Muslim’s poem from which Trump stole a quote:
Always remember to forget,
The things that make you sad,
But never forget to remember,
The things that make you glad.
Always remember to forget,
The friends that proved untrue,
But never forget to remember,
Those that have stuck to you.
Always remember to forget,
The trouble that passed away,
But never forget to remember,
The blessings that come each day.
Always remember to do your duty,
And some kindness day by day,
But never forget to live a useful and happy life,
That is the only way.
Poem written by Nigerian Albashir Adam Alhassan.
The purpose of this essay is to amplify the words President had for Nigerians upon his return from the medical treatment. To amplify is to intensify, increase, strengthen, augment, or enlarge. President Buhari spoke well as a wise statesman. His words had the capacity to encourage a people who are weighed down with seemingly insurmountable difficulties.
This essay is not meant to take away from gravity of my president’s word, utterance, statements, expressions, speech, or declaration. Rather, this writer is attempting to build upon, deepen the meaning of, step up the bite, heap on, or add teeth to the gravity or bite of Buhari’s words. Gravity is defined as the seriousness, importance, significance, severity, enormity, magnitude, or solemnity of the spoken word.
This is the time everyone in Nigeria ought to encourage one another. One who encourages is said to give confidence, strengthen failing hearts, cheer up slumping neighbors, lend support where there is none; strengthen in the face of dissuasion, egg on the runner at the tail end of exhausted marathoners, and promote those lagging behind.
Nigerians are a resilient people who need to be shown love and devotion. Resilience implies that, rather than being stiff and rigid as nkume (rock) or osisi (wood), Nigerians are elastic, flexible, pliant, supple, durable, and toughened by constant bending or malleable experience, Nigerians are a people waiting for a leader to cast a caring eye their way, a nod however slight that would bring “Ahah” to the heart and a mystery smile to the lips of Mona Lisa. Here are President Muhammad Buhari’s fatherly words and the meanings attached to them.
FIRST WORD: I have not been this sick, even in the military
Since Health is uppermost on the minds of our people, we shall leave no stones unchecked in our efforts to provide better health management to our people, including good hospitals, dispensaries, surgery centers, and maternity homes staffed by qualified doctors and nurses and equipped with genuine medications and practices. Good health management shall prevent Nigerians’ frequent travels outside the country and improve our foreign reserves. Nigerian politicians have been overseas and seen how healthcare is organized. What stops them from building good clinics in Nigeria?
SECOND WORD: Thank you, Christian and Muslim Nigerians, for your continued prayers for my health. I want you to please pray for the health and unity of our nation?
Prayers are good. Best prayers are those in which we ask God for wisdom and guidance as we attempt to solve our myriad problems. Nigeria has churches and mosques at every corner of each city. We should encourage church pastors and imams of each mosque to discuss issues affecting the people and ways to resolve the concerns. There should be faith-based initiatives the Nigerian government puts in place to obtain input from religious leaders.
THIRD WORD: Even in hardship, Nigerians still support my government
Nigerians enjoy and will support an administration that shows concern and empathy, where empathy is defined as understanding, sympathy, or compassion. It is expected that Nigerians are more likely to respond to and support an administration whose ears are to the ground, listening and attuned to the local concerns than one that turns a deaf ear. Leaders ought to make use of town halls and informal meetings to hear what citizens are saying. Social workers and community workers should be trained and sent to every Nigerian town and village to help bring government to the people as well as bring people to the government.
FOURTH WORD: I want to repay Nigerians , and the best way to do so will be to serve you with greater re-dedication.
It is admirable that Buhari is anxious to change from the ancient, autocratic military stance of the past decades to a more modern approach that is democratic, egalitarian, free, classless, equal, unrestricted, uncensored, detribalized, and open. Nigerians love a good government that listens to their problems and does something about them. Good listening is effective even in situations where time and budgetary restrictions may prevent immediate solutions.
FIFTH WORD: It is possible I might soon be re-admitted to hospital for follow up on my ailment
Hospitalizations and medications are not the answer to our health problems. God has made our bodies so wonderfully and fearfully constructed we can withstand diseases if we only learn how to take care of the structures we are housed in. Taking proper care of our bodies includes proper nutrition, exercising, and adequate resting. Western drugs are harmful and have side effects that compound our problem and hasten our demise or death.
I am appealing to Nigerians to continue to pray for unity of our nation.
Nigerians are a praying people. Our prayers are not always answered because we are praying for the wrong reason, asking for wrong things, and not waiting enough for things to work out. Although there are churches and mosques at every corner of the Nigerian cities yet our problems persist because all we are interested in praying and serving God for is to receive material things, such as money, cars, or mansions. We ought to be interested in asking God to give us visions in order to find ways to serve our country men and women in ways God has prepared us.
SEVENTH WORD: Osinbajo will continue to serve as Acting President while I rest some more.
Although Vice President Osinbajo is ably qualified to act in the absence of Buhari, Nigerians may consider increasing the number of Vice Presidents to 6 to represent the nation’s geopolitical zones created under Abacha’s regime. A nation as large as Nigeria with a population of 190,305,502 (over 190 million) people, as of March 11, 2017, needs more than just a Vice President. We suggest 6 Vice Presidents, where a Vice president represents each zone in order to do justice to the entire population.
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 good governance with absolute cruelty.
Nigerian merchants keep their people sick and unhealthy by importing dangerous food and worthless drugs. Because Nigerians love to eat rice and noodles, the Chinese are flooding Nigerian markets with plastic rice and noodles which the Nigerian stomachs cannot digest and which can only be removed surgically.
Trump wants to use the wealth of America to improve the lives of Americans. Can we say Nigerians are interested in bettering lives of our people by banning importation of essentials (such as rice, wheat, sugar, and medicines for malaria) while not stimulating local production? Why do we sell our petroleum cheap to others to refine and sell back to us at exorbitant prices? Why do we bastardize our healthcare system only to send our ill to die in clinics overseas? There are many ways in which we Nigerians have been foolish.
Trump extols/praises America and deprecates/lowers the ascendancy of competitors. Ascendancy is the dominancy, superiority, preeminence, power, upper hand, or control others have over us. How more can we be foolish than to allow colonial masters to continue to control the very existence of empire servant? Trump would want all manufacturing concerns to relocate to America. Foolish Nigerians would rather give our good stuffs away and go overseas to import useless luxury items that add little or no value to Nigerian economy
It is not always an insult when someone calls you a fool. What is foolish is to not stop to consider why someone should have the audacity call you a fool. Were you actually behaving in a foolish way and deserve being called a nincompoop? Name calling is not often what it appears to be.A large proportion of ikonu (insulting name calling) can be a disguised blessing. An India proverb goes this way: "a fool stumbles over the same stone twice". How many times have we Nigerians stumbled over the same pebble?
Haven't we Nigerians stumbled 55 times if each passing year represents a stumble?.A stumble is defined as a slip, trip, lurch, or falter. How many times are we going to fall to in order to realize that we have fallen? In the case of Nigerian, we did not just stumble. We fell flat on our faces. We went plump! We went kapoop and are finding it hard to get up.
Many people reading this essay can remember this puerile song we learned in elementary school: "Jack and Jill went up a hill to fetch a pail of water. Jack fell down and broke his crown, And Jill came stumbling after." A crown is the earthen pot village girls used to carry water from streams in those beautiful, hard-to-forget days that are nostalgic, homesick, wistful, reflective, melancholic, evocative, or regretful.
This writer has a friend who is Vice Chancellor at a large community college somewhere on the East Coast of the United States, and who called to rain abuses upon our recently elected US President, Donald Trump. This friend named Dr. O, says that Trump is, among other things, a fool, a poor administrator; a racist, intolerant of the disabled, egocentric, ethnocentric, and interested in running government only with and for the benefit of wealthy Americans. Dr. O and this writer agreed on one thing: Trump is xenophobic. Xenophobia denotes the fear and dislike of foreigners and other visitors.
The Vice Chancellor Dr. O argues that President Trump is egocentric at best and extremely self-serving at worst. We further agreed that Trump's mantra "Let's make America Great Again" is created to obfuscate, to confuse or disguise the real message. A mantra is a song, hymn, or tune President Trump has popularized. Trump's "Let's Make American Great" resonates an ethnocentric view that evaluates other groups according to the values and standards Trump and his Trumpets have set up in their own ethnic group.
Without judging Trump harshly and while giving him the benefit of the doubt, we realize that we cannot knock a man down for loving his country so much that he brags with gusto: "This is the best there is in the whole wide world ; all other places are bunkum, twaddle, hogwash, claptrap, or nonsense". Coming back to ethnocentrism, it is the belief lurking in Trump's mind in the intrinsic superiority of the nation, culture, or group to which one belongs. Ethnocentrism is the dislike of competitive, gung-ho others. What lessons are many Nigerians going to learn from President Trump?
First and foremost, Trump, is a no-nonsense person who shoves back when he is nudged. Have we ever had a Nigerian president or, leader who fights for the rights of Nigerians? The rights of Nigerians have been trampled underfoot for too long by so many leaders that an average Nigerian is beginning to see himself as the Invincible Man in Ellison's novel. The invisible Man is a nonentity to whom all sorts of evil are done and who affects nothing. Don't we Nigerians have a right to clean water, good roads, places to buy daily provisions at reasonable prices? The naira fluctuates like a yoyo in the hands of a devil.
One important lesson this writer Is learning from Trump is this: Nigerians ought to develop pride in their own nation. We would rather put Nigeria on a pedal and other places than in the dumps. Why must I swallow everything American and British and downgrade the Nigerian culture?. President Trump is definitely proud of America for giving him the incentive to amass money and become billionaire. An Igbo proverb says: "ebe onye no ka ona awachi," meaning one fortifies where one lives. Am I proud of Nigeria for instilling in me such prideful values as honesty and fair dealing, respect for others, protectiveness of family, personal humility, and tenacity? We Nigerians ought to wachie (fortify) our home.
To fortify is to make stronger, strengthen, reinforce, brace, buttress. One who does not fortify one's house is said to weaken his compound and let robbers in. The ancients built a fortress to protect their cities. Trump's threat to build great walls around the borders separating America and South America, though laughable, is not entirely frivolous. The desire to build costly walls is motivated by the need to instill pride in Americans and prevent the inflow of Illegal immigration, harmful drugs, and corrupting influences .
Trump wants to make America great as the bastion of hope and freedom . What is a bastion? A bastion is defined as a stronghold, mainstay, fortress, citadel, support or supporter, or promoter of good works. That President Trump is protective of America cannot be gainsaid, refuted, or argued with, though we may disagree with Trump's modus operandi . Trump would rather fight than flee to preserve the values that are America.
Trump would rather kick out all others than have others kick America into submission. Persons Trump would like to kick out include but are not limited to violent criminals fired up or intoxicated with murderous religions that are predicated upon it-is-either-mine-or-none-at-all philosophy. How many more helpless Nigerians are to be murdered by herders and professional beheaders before the House, Senate, or governorship steps in to say "enough is enough?"
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 said that the girl was also caught stealing meat from the neighbor's kitchen. . Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/02/house-maid-palms-burn-piece-meat/
To live in Nigeria, on the average is to walk though the valley of shadow of death. Life in my country is not just akin to shadow or silhouette of death; it is the real death. Just as the advertisement goes that "Coke is the real thing" so is stressful life real for millions of Nigerians. Who wants to drink Coke and who wants a stress-filled life?
Hunger is not to be confused with thirst for a beverage, such as Coke. Coke is adulterated concoction invented with the aim of extracting wealth from the unsuspecting public. Death is onwu in Igbo language and hunger is aguo. Onwu and aguo are nothing to play with since both would strike a man dead like a bolt of lightning, though aguo is death resulting from lack of food, starvation, famine, appetite, or desire for something to chop (eat).
Nigerians often say that "a hungry man is an angry man." Could it be that Mrs. Edeh in incinerating her maid's hand black as charcoal was infuriated/ made angry when her 8-year-old maid took food from Madam's mouth? Taking food from someone's mouth is no different than wishing death on that someone. Hunger would make one do things that may be unthinkable, unimaginable, or clearly absurd.
Though the effect of stress from death and hunger is as unpleasant as the other, food and death are not the same thing. Food is the edible or potable substance usually of animal or plant origin) and consisting of nourishing, nutritive (sometimes poisonous) components such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, essential mineral and vitamins, which (when ingested and assimilated through digestion) sustains life, generates energy, and provides growth, maintenance, and health. Not all types of food are good for human consumption
Living in today's Nigeria is living barricaded in a den with famished lions and lionesses. You live under constant stress; you die at a younger age than people die in other parts of stress free world, and you are forgotten sooner than you die. The purpose of this piece is first, to identify some of the things that make life in a Nigerian community precarious and not worth living. A precarious life is shaky, unstable, insecure, uncertain, unsafe, unsteady There are aspects of Nigerian life that fill the stomach with bitter bile and cut folks' lives short.
Life in Nigeria shortens the distance between the cradle and the grave yard in my beloved Nigeria. The second purpose of this essay is to suggest ways Nigerians and their governments can strive to reduce stress at both the individual and national levels. What is stress?
Again, what is stress? Stress, according to the bulky 2129-page Webster's New International Unabridged Dictionary this writer picked up at a flea market for the cost of 5 bananas, is the " strain, pressure, especially force exerted upon a body that tends to strain of deform its shape." Not every stress is negative in the sense that it is bad or noxious.
Some forms of stress are beneficial because they help us to get organized in order to respond to perceived threats that enable us to have important tasks accomplished in our lives. For example, one has to strain to get out of the bed and house to go to work and earn income to feed the family.
Normal human life is undeniably stressful. Human stress is the feeling one has when one is under pressure, strain, anxiety, constant worry, or nervous tension. It appears that the average Nigerian suffers a trauma similar to the extreme stress soldiers experience in the heat of battle. Post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSS) is the result of extreme hassle requiring medical and psychological interventions. Nigerian is a population in a pressure cooker constantly under pressure.
As a college professor, this writer notices that American college students face tremendous stresses related to classes they must attend that their professors have scheduled at inconvenient times. These classes often encroach upon other enjoyable activities that militate against stressors, such as dating, loafing around, or eating favorite foods at preferred rendezvous. In the case of Nigerian college students, crimes provide outlets in that it is common to reduce stress through activities of gangs of students who especially are drawn to bank robberies, kidnapping, and sales of illicit drugs.
Life in Nigeria is a long unbroken stretch of stress-riddled events. As this writer was growing up in Nigeria, older adults in the neighborhoods often said: "Oyia Lagos bu oyia ego" (Lagos sickness is sickness caused by money). It is safe to say "Oyia ego bu oyia Nigeria" (Money problem is Nigeria's sickness). Money is at the root of a large proportion of stresses impinging upon and likely to cut short lives of Nigerians almost in half.
Wait just a minute! May we ask: Is lack of money the real culprit? No! Methinks the wrongdoer is the love of money. Nigerians love money and will do anything to acquire that money, including rob each other, prostitute their bodies, kidnap neighbors, sell body parts, or sacrifice lives of loved ones at a voodoo priest's shrines. It is pitiful. Nigerians' stress level is heightened by one thing, and that thing is greed. Greed is gluttony, or the habit of eating like a pig, and not knowing when one has enough and when to stop. Stress affects Nigerians in more ways than one looking inward from outside, can imagine.
This Nigerian trader at Lagos owns seven mansions at Abuja, Lagos, Awka , and in his home village. His home in the village is a mega mansion that he visits for just a week throughout the year. He has several large vehicles parked at each mansion. He helps no one, pays no school fees for relatives, and contributes nothing to the community. The only contribution he makes to the world is the fare she pays for commercial fights to Dubai, Disney World, and London with his wife accompanied by children and a baby sitter.
Stress is evident when we are addicted to the pursuit of wealth and luxurious living. The more material things we acquire the more we remain unhappy and unsatisfied. The need to live large beyond reasonableness seems to be wired to our brains. It is always showmanship or competition with the Joneses to see who has more to waste. Stories are told of Nigerians who have been overseas to witness Americans throw out cooked food. These overseas Nigerians send their maids out to throw foods such as rice, beans, chicken, and beef so neighbors would see and exclaim: "Ehe, they throw away food just as people do in America. Chei!"
We waste things and cannot manage resources well. We waste just to show neighbors that we have arrived from previous houses of poverty. For an example, Nigerian politicians are stressed to the extent they acquire the habit of stealing wealth by all means necessary even to the extent of wasting it. These politicians steal not because they are hungry. They steal to impress girlfriends they are harboring in every Nigerian city and overseas cities, such as Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt, London, Washington DC, Johannesburg, or Ottawa.
When a typical Nigerian politician gets in Vono bed with a wife he hardly spends time with or with a baby (prostitute) and because he cannot fuck, he makes up for his deficiency with stolen loots. He cannot fuck. As his fucklessness begins to multiply, he suffers added stress from multiple failed organisms. He cannot perform the sexual act for many reasons.
One, the politician is obese and out of shape and breath. Two, he has diabetes, high blood pressure and an assortment of other health problems which renders fucking an impossible task and could kill him if he fucks harder than normal or uses more Viagra than needed. His family doctor could have easily discovered his illnesses and treated them iff (if and only if) the unsuccessful fucker has kept up with his regular medical check-ups. He dies in bed while fucking.
We make too many unnecessary commitments that make life stressful. A commitment is a promise, pledge, vow, obligation, assurance, binder, dedication, or loyalty. We all have many commitments in our life, including commitments related to work, to our kids, and spouses, to things we do at home and religious places of worship, other family, civic, side work, secrete societies, hobbies, online activities and more. These commitments come with tremendous amounts of stress. For an example, a frivolous commitment leads politicians to steal from the public treasury to purchase and furnish houses for a bevy of akwunakwuna ( prostitutes).
Other Stresses also come when we are too controlling of every face of Nigerian life. The poor Nigerian who named his dog Buhari was promptly arrested by overzealous security personnel, and while he was in detention, some defenders of Buhari burglarized his residence just to kill the dog named Buhari.
Our desire to be all controlling, makes any Nigerian with a measure of power want to be the Master of this Universe, the Chief Money Grabber or First Lady, Head of the Chief Nation of Africa. Trying to control situations and people can be so stressful it kills the body, and only serves to increase our anxiety. We have to learn to let go, and accept the way other people do things, and accept what happens in different situations.
The only thing one can control is oneself. We ought to work on controlling self before we can consider trying to control the world. Also, we ought to learn to separate us from tasks that should be better delegated to others. A major step towards eliminating stress is learning to let go of our need to control others, or to dictate how things ought to be done.
Stress is seen in the way we loathe or hate helping others.Helping others, whether volunteering for a charity organization or just making an effort to be compassionate towards people you meet, not only gives you a very good feeling, it somehow lowers our stress level. Of course, this doesn't work if you try to control others, or help others in a very rushed and frenetic way. Let's learn to take it easy, enjoy yourself, and let things happen, as you work to make the lives of others better.
We are under stress when we ignore to eat healthy or fail at regular exercise: Good eating goes hand-in-hand with exercise to prevent stress. We ought to avoid being addicted to greasy food, that puts us in worse mood and contributes to stress levels immediately. Ample evidence is seeping out that coconut oil can and does lower one's chances of suffering AD or Alzheimer's disease
Ingratitude is evidence of being under extreme stress. It is amazing how we are an ungrateful people. Developing an attitude of gratitude will help us to think positive, eliminate negative thinking from our life, and thereby reduce stress. Learning to be grateful for what you have, for the people in your life, and see it as a gift from God. With this sort of outlook on life, stress will go down and happiness will go up.
We ought to cease being an undeniably difficult people. We are difficult when we disobey properly enacted laws that govern out conduct, when we disrespect, insult or disobey persons over us, or when we engage in activities that make community life impossible. For examples, robbery of banks and other persons' homes, or kidnapping neighbors for ransoms increase the flow of adrenalin in our bodies and increase our stress levels.
We are procrastinators and disorganized We're all so disorganized to the extent that even if we've managed to be organized something, and created a great system for keeping it that way, things tend to move towards chaos over time. But disorganization stresses us out, in terms of visual clutter, and in making it difficult to find stuff we need. .
We ought to manage our time well, be orderly, and respectful of all people.
Finally but not the least, we ought to take pride in our country, speak the truth, especially where other Nigerians are being maltreated.
by Dr. James C. Agazie
Most writers and cementers, Igbos and non-Igbos, have very little good to say about the Igbos. The purpose of this essay is to point out one or two things positive about the people known in Nigeria as the Ibo or Igbos or Ndiigbo. This essays concludes with a simple appeal to the conscience defined as scruples or sense of right and wrong. We Igbos can do without the well-meaning but misplaced, malicious, and condescending criticisms of detractors. We Igbos do not deserve to be over-psychoanalyzed. Of all things the Igbos lack and need the most is the right to be understood and respected.
Two points need to be underscored amid current avalanche of detractors' deafening rhetoric against the Igbos. First, detractors ought to realize that many Nigerians, particularly the Igbos, have made many self-sacrificing contributions to what is now known as the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Without Ndiigbos, Nigeria would not be what it now is. Igbo contributions are indelible; meaning the parts Ndiigbo played and are still playing in the development of Nigeria and their contributions to many facets of Nigerian life are ineffaceable. The contributions are ineradicable, and they are impossible to ignore.
Therefore, it is advisable that detractors should resist the temptation to insult Igbo people because the Igbos allegedly are the vanquished, the losers rather than winners, in the 1967-70 conflict. Are the Igbos being punished for being the first to orchestrate the first successful bloody coup? Aren't Igbos being sidelined for attempting to secede? Are they being penalized for publicly parading hard-won wealth? Is the reason behind Igbo problems the jealousy of neighbors? Jealousy is defined as envy, resentment, protectiveness, suspicion, or distrust . Human emotions can run wild.
Perhaps the purpose of current detraction is to get Ndiigbo to do what detractors want done: bury heads in sand and forever be apologetic about engaging in war efforts or agitations for secession from so-called Federation. While we're on the subject, detractors ought to practice tolerance for differences of opinion and imbibe the philosophy of inclusion, through use of effective positive reinforcements such as praise, smile, inclusion, or a pat in the back, for examples if the aim is to help Igbos want to become as much productive as the detractors could want to see or imagine.
We would add the third point of social observational learning. Let other Nigerians model behaviors they want others to emulate, including honesty, humility, respect, and generosity. If you want me to love you, you may first demonstrate somehow that love is beneficial to me, to you, and to the nation of 170 million citizens. Hence, L = f (C+ I), where Love is a function of Commitment increased by Inclusion.
People cannot and should not negate the fact that Igbos were in the forefront of the struggles to modernize Nigeria before independence and in the early post-independence years. Nigerians ought to realize that Igbos helped to pull many Nigerian communities out of the thralldom of superstitious darkness and backwardness. As a baby, this writer spent his primary and secondary schools years with a family that criss-crossed the length and breadth of the backwoods of then Benue Plateau State. Igbos criss crossed the State cities like livestock herded by divine hands.
We were on missionary work under the Methodists. We built Igbo Camps and established the first primary schools, modern post offices, dispensaries and local courts at oturkpo, Gboko, Igumale, Utonkon, Adoka, Egwugwuewu to name only a few. Many Igbo men served as Catechists, choir masters, band leaders, and town criers. Mr. Nzurum was the travelling teacher, and Mr. Uba was the primary school headmaster. Papa doubled as preacher, Catechist, and ABC teacher of alphabet) children known as the ota akara (akara eaters) or pre- kindergartners.
The names of these Igbo teachers and preachers are to be recorded in the Book of Life and they canonized as saints. God will welcome them and accord them mansions in heaven as rewards for their zeal and self-abnegation, or self-emptying endeavors. They took on the daunting responsibility for propagating the unheard of Gospel of Jesus Christ in the by-ways and open markets of Nigeria. Early missionary work in Nigeria was daunting because it was fraught with unspeakable dangers. The job was frightening, intimidating, overwhelming, disheartening, or scary. Igbos did the job no other group wanted. Igbos did it for one reason and one reason only: there was a divine calling, and there was a need . If not Igbos, then who? With bare hands and clenched teeth,the Igbos constructed school houses with mud walls and thatched roofs with grass and palm fronds.
Ears will pop and eyes dilate to twice the normal size as stories are told of Igbo men who jumped into mud pits, using thin legs as pestle to mix red and brown mud and water. They poured the sloppy mixture into wooden boxes that were left to dry under the hot, scorching, baking, suffocating , blistering tropical sun. The sun baked the mud which then became blocks that the Igbos used to build churches and schoolyards.
That the Igbos propagated the Western education in Nigeria, is no small wonder . To propagate is to circulate, spread, promulgate, broadcast, proliferate, disseminate, transmit, or publicize. Two simple messages were being disseminated. The first was: "Send your children to us at school, that we may teach them the white man's ways" Another message was: "Thou shalt have no other gods besides Me Jehovah." The Igbos took preaching and preaching very seriously. They had heard of the exploits of the twelve apostles, of the teachings of Saul of Tarsus, and of God's miraculous deliverance of Hebrews from Egypt.
As dangerous as teaching and preaching the Word was, we Igbos felt very uncomfortable living in the midst of idol worshipers and their local chiefs who were incensed at the strange religion and learning Igbos were troubling people with. The villagers were highly incensed as they considered Igbo teachers ns preachers and religious converts as unwanted interlopers, intruders, impostors, or trespassers.
The villagers were incensed in that they were furious, irate, riled up, irritated, exasperated, or infuriated at Igbo families living among them. Who want to be told: "Your gods are nonsense, but ours is to be reckoned with?" Who can bear to hear: "Your god is nonsense, and it is garbage, twaddle, baloney, claptrap, drivel gibberish , gobbledygook, or hot air. Religion is one thing people usually fight over , and to be told that one's religion is false or bullshit may result into a scuffle or exchange of blows.
Igbos were the objects of hatred because Igbo preaching was direct and had the idolatrous natives irritated: The Igbos preached fire and brimstone sermons: "Your gods are nonsense, and we bring you good tidings of the only true Jehovah of this Book." The Igbos held up their Akwukwo Nso (Igbo for Holy Bible). They declared "the Bible is the Basic Instruction Before leaving Earth" The next thing you saw was this writer's daddy jumping upon yam mounds on which witch doctors had carefully laid out their clay bowls of animal blood and pieces of chicken parts as sacrifices to their gods.
The witch doctors had carefully placed their sacrifices and charms at strategic places ostensibly to ward off evil spirits from descending upon the villages but truly to instigate villagers to downgrade the new religion of the Igbos. Clowning on yam mounds and destroying their sacrifices, Daddy aimed at attracting new Christian converts. While Daddy was joyfully wild with his Jehovah, and demonstrating that gods made with man's hands were less potent than the Jehovah of the Holy Bible, Mama and we kids covered our heads in shame. Villagers were expecting the evil spirits cast by the witch doctors to descend upon us and annihilate us with a tongue of fire.
We Igbos are not primitive; it is just that we are a high-strung, aggressive and indefatigable group on the outside, but underneath, are fearful, intimidated, and stressed out. Remember that Igbos are barely crawling out of a terrible war as a brutalized, traumatized, and seemingly defeated people. It is normal to expect symptoms of post traumatic stress syndrome to engulf us and thwart our personality. With time, oga adi mma (all will be well). Call it making excuses, or begging the issue. You'll never understand pain until you wear the shoes and feel which toes pinch badly.
This writer was at Enugu at the end of the War as the Eastern Nigerian Government under the sole administration of Ukpabi Asika as efforts were made to spearhead the repatriation of Biafran children from London and other African countries to which they were sent to escape Nigerian Army's weapons of war and Awolowo's starvation and attendant kwasiorkor. You would faint to notice the Igbo babies and surviving children were not provided with any type of adjustment or rehabilitation services.
The Igbo babies and teens were just being reintegrated anyhow into society with families that proved to be exploiters and abusers. Their parents were either dead or unable to care for them. There was no food at home. The only option was haphazard adoption by men who seized the opportunity to marry underage babies. How these kids survived to this day is magical, and only Chineke (God of the Igbos) knows.
We Igbos have survived so much for too long under the most inhospitable environments it believed we igbos can survive anything, anytime anywhere. The Igbos are resilient. Who said the Igbos are not mini gods that descended directly from heavenly angels? Ahh!
Of all Nigerian tribes, the Igbos appear to be the only group that hasn't been offered the opportunity or taken advantage of the altruistic, help-your-brother programs the world had offered the Jews and Italians. The Yorubas take care of their own with the help of Awoists. Igbos are still suffering the effects of the Biafran War. Igbo friends at Abuja's Federal Ministries had indicated they would rather prefer Hausa or Yoruba heads to one of their kind. I asked: "Why not fellow Igbos?"
Reasons given are many. They said that Igbos are taskmasters, and that ,Igbo bosses would underpay their fellow Igbo employees;They said Igbo heads are less likely to have empathy towards subordinates. They also said that Igbo bosses are heartless. The real reason is this: Igboland is so overcrowded the oppressed inhabitants would rather move out than suffocate There is not enough room to grow and experience freedom in Alaigbo (Igbo homeland). Igbo community represents a bucket of crabs grabbing each other by the hands with sharp claws that immobilizes and suffocates.
Remember the experiments psychologists have done with mice in an overcrowded environment where electrical shocks were delivered at random? Like Igbos just out of a war with nowhere else to go, the mice experienced PTSS (post traumatic stress syndrome), resulting in maladaptive behavior that included homosexuality, cannibalism, with male mice attacking females and infants.
I admire the Igbos for surviving the atrocities of war and carrying on as though nothing has happened and being without extensive psychotherapy. Other groups like the Jews wouldn't be able to survive the ordeal without massive reparations and UN-sponsored rehabilitation programs. With time, we Igbos shall acquire such survival skills as politeness, resilience, loyalty, and all those good stuff. The Igbos need the kindness and encouragement of the world. We Igbos can do without the well-meaning but misplaced and condescending criticisms of detractors. We Igbos do not deserve to be over-psychoanalyzed. Of all things the Igbo lack and need the most is the right to be understood and respected. After all, the Igbos are people too.