Nigerian Affairs

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 07:14

Sequel to Igbos wish for death

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SEQUEL TO MY YESTERDAY'S ESSAY ON IGBOS WISH FOR DEATH Ozodi Osuji With this piece I end my preoccupation with Igbos apparent insensitivity to how they relate to other Nigerians. I do not ever want to hear an Igbo coward that hides in the Diaspora, in America and from there dishes out streams of verbal abuses towards Nigerians. Such Igbo cowards are unaware that their abusive talks have consequences for unfortunate Igbos trying to make a living in Northern Nigeria. If Igbos in the safety of North America abuse Hausas they make it likely for Hausas to machete Igbos to…
Monday, 30 January 2017 15:21

Igbos have death wish

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ABSTRACT All our thinking and behaviors are based on choices and decisions; we choose to think this way, to behave this way or that but not this way or that way. All choices, all decisions have consequences. Our choices are rooted in our desire to separate from each other or to unify with each other. It was the choice to separate from God and each other that led to the origin of this world. This world exists because we chose to separate from unified spirit state and go live as separated selves; we invented space, time and matter and use…
They first arrested Mr. Nnamdi Kanu for possession of broadcasting equipment which is legal in Nigeria. We shouted Y-E-A-A-A! that is good for him, for he was/is one of those Biafrans. Mr. Ojutalayo and others exclaimed “Let him rot and die in jail!” They next arrested, gestapo style, some judges. We cried “and them too!” for they accept tainted money from Wilke and PDP! They are dirty judges and part of the corruption. Jail them! Jail them! Nigeria must get rid of corruption! Them too! Then they arrested the publishers of Sahara Reporters. Many more joined the rabble and proclaimed…
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 19:11

The function of the critical person

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THE CRITICAL PERSON IS SELDOM LIKED BY PEOPLE BUT SERVES PUBLIC GOOD Ozodi Osuji Generally speaking, human beings like to be admired by their fellow human beings. People like it if you said nice things about them. If you want people to like you then flatter them. I think that most of us are aware of this narcissistic tendency in the human psyche and therefore try as much as is possible to say mostly nice things about people and desist from saying anything that people could construe as unflattering to them. The safest place to be in this world is…
Monday, 16 January 2017 19:21

What kind of persons would kill their people?

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In the picture below (at Facebook, January 16, 2017) an Igbo man who lives in the USA, who serves in the US army, Chuks Okebata, came home to Alaigbo to visit his people and, apparently, a person or persons killed him. Speculation is rife as to who might have done such a dastardly thing. Some conjecture that he was murdered by those who are jealous of his wealth (apparently he built a big house). The question is this: why do Igbos do such iniquitous things? The moment you ask that question Igbo irredentists would immediately remind you that people are…
Friday, 13 January 2017 03:00

Igbos are okay, after all!

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Benjamin Aduba: I understand that you see me as anti-Igbo; you seem to believe that I say things that desecrate Igbos; apparently, you see it as your function to correct what I say, to make sure that Igbos are perceived correctly, preferably as you, an Igbo, want them to be perceived, in a positive manner. From that perspective you pounce on whatever I write and try to cast it in a negative light (often you are responding to a part of yourself, not to me, for it is clear to me that you did not understood what I wrote!). Apparently,…
Donald Trump was not an American politician until recently. He was a business man; business folks pursue money and profits. His pursuit of money was not of interest to those who pay attention to public policy matters, so I had no particular reason to get to know him. However, when Trump declared his interest in the US Presidency, I took a look at his personality and in June of 2015 decided that he is a narcissistic personality disordered person. Later on the mainstream media picked up on that subject and harped on it. Trump is developmentally stuck at what Psychoanalysts…
Mr. Ozodi Osuji in a rambling essay attached below asks if the Igbo are taught stupidity or were born stupid. My direct answer is that they are both taught to be stupid and are born stupid. The axiom embedded in the question is that Ndigbo are stupid. I will not challenge axioms as they are established rule, principle or law. I will assume that after a careful, rigorous and exhaustive research Mr. Osuji has established that the Igbo are stupid and have made the world accept this as true. Mr. Osuji has the qualifications to do research and to convince…
Date: January 4, 2017 To: Eze Paschal (One of the few Igbos that know the joy of philosophy) From: Ozodi Osuji (A man who knows the joy of philosophy) Subject: MANY IGBOS ARE NOT ANALYTICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL If you observe the average Igbo closely you notice that his motivation is to seem important, significant and powerful. Everything he does is geared towards making him seem significant in his eyes and in the eyes of those around him. Because of this motivation he often tells lies about who he is; if he is poor he tells folk that he is rich.…
Sunday, 01 January 2017 00:16

What Nigerians Wish To See Improved In 2017

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The purpose of this write –up is to report on the scores I have in my grade book for three African countries, and what my fellow Nigerians wish to happen in their country in the New Year, 2017. Nigeria, under Buhari, is trying, but more is desired. There is ample room for improvement. Nigeria ought to do much better in the coming year. After chatting with a few friends in Nigeria, Ghana and Zimbabwe as a college teacher, here are the scores in my grade book: Ghana has B: Nigeria has C; and Zimbabwe has F I didn't chat at…
One only needs to read the story at the end of this piece to understand why President Buhari’s purported corruption fight is a hoax being perpetrated on Nigerians and the world. Here is a quote from the minister of information Alhaji Lai Mohammed: The Minister said the strategy has proven so effective that it has led to, among others, the recovery of 40 brand new SUVs and other vehicles from one former Permanent Secretary who single-handedly appropriated the vehicles to himself when he left office The minister of information could not name the corrupt permanent secretary; could not give when…
The purpose of this essay is not an indictment of all Nigerian men and women. It is a celebration of the Nigerian life of yesteryear, and a reflection on the differences this writer has observed over the years in Nigerians who came to America in the 70's versus the new arrivals. The Nigerian men and women this writer had the opportunity to meet and interact with during the sweet but difficult years he spent living in Washington DC; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Atlanta, Georgia were of a saintly breed. Saintliness is synonymous with goodness, innocence, piety, virtue, righteousness, and goodness. Saintliness…
"Politics cannot be effectively played or carried out without money. Even in those ancient days when politics started, some form of money was involved. At least, money or forms of it, was used in moving from one place to the other. In fact, people involved in moving from place to place playing politics, spent money to buy food in places outside their places of abode. Again, money breeds corruption. The result of corruption is always money or money's worth. There is no corruption anywhere in the world without some benefit to someone. And this benefit can usually be quantified in…
The first indication that President Muhammadu and his administration would focus on the West and the North. was in his first inaugural address when he ignored the old Eastern Nigeria when he named the nation’s founders but forgot or neglected the name of the former premier of Eastern Nigeria Dr. Michael Okpara, while including the names of his peers. Then the president recounted Nigeria’s history that included the history of every section of Nigeria but the SE Region. The well-known history of Igbo-Ukwu civilization which dates to before 800 BC and is backed up by archaeological evidence, by crafts, and…
The article will be written in two parts for brevity. "Iyare Yare Oba gha tokpere Obamwen" simply means in Benin Language, "Long reign the King" That prayerful statement could be heard loud and clear from the mammoth crowd at the recent coronation of the 40th Oba of Benin. For those who may not know, I think the new Oba of Benin actually made it clear that "Igodo Migodo" was the first name of the Kingdom and that the "Ogiso" Dynasty of Benin preceded the tenure of the 40 Kings of Benin that followed them . What that simply means as…
Three components of Nigerian laws are: The Constitution, Laws made by legislature since the adoption of the constitution, and Supreme court’s decisions. The constitution expressly prohibits the legislatures from making what is known in legal parlance as ex post facto laws. By implication Supreme Court (SC) is also barred from making the same ex facto laws via its decisions. It is therefore pleasing that the SC has agreed to reopen the case of Obiechina VS Chime (Enugu Gubernatorial Election) filed about 5 years ago and which is yet to be adjudicated. Per Nigerian Vanguard report http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/10/enugu-guber-primaries-how-far-can-obiechina-go/) One of the panelist…
From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal Many Igbos Are Criminals; Give Them Something To Read And They Look For What To Them Seem Weak Points In It And Harp On Them But Ask Them What The Article Said And They Have No Clue! Give many Igbos an article to read; instead of reading it and grappling with your thesis and responding to it on its merit they will look for what to them seem its weak points and harp on them. In their criminal minds they feel that they have dismantled your paper. (I understand the need not to make broad,…
As I get on my keyboard to start making this prediction, I cannot help but remember three folklore songs my siblings and I used to sing in the Deji's Palace where I was born and raised during the long reign of my grandfather, Ogiso Otolu Apaara, Okun Arabaribi, Deji Alaiye luwa Alaiye gbede gbede bi oni layin, Adimula Afunbiowo Adesida the First (1897-1957) The songs were, "Wo t'Oba ria, Okun lila ba Omi Okun" The second was, "Olule se t'Oba, Alejo se t'Oba, Ko ba loni ke se t'Oba o, Erun ara re lamu wi Ege ko". The third was…
When I wake up in the morning I pick up my tablet (computer) and read my emails and check out the news of the day. Thus, on the morning of Monday, October 24, 2016 I woke up, picked up my tablet and looked at it. After reading the news section I went to my email. A Nigerian guy (I will call him nameless) wrote several pages of stuff on me. I had not written anything about him, certainly not in months so I was surprised that he saw it fit to write a missive about me. I took a look…
The Igbo expression “nwayo, nwayoo” means slowly or gradually. My late uncle in order to make the English expression sound like the Igbo version preferred to translate the expression as “gradual by gradually.” That was as much as his 2nd grade education had allowed. Nigeria is getting to disintegrating gradual by gradually. EFCC Arrests Fani-Kayodes Wife and 8 Months Old Son A Commentary Read more at http://huhuonline.com/hunew/index.php/huhuonline-more-news/8565-efcc-arrests-fani-kayode-s-wife-4-months-old-son#WmJY7HZu4wBtrCuY.99 The arrest and detention of Mrs. Patience Chikwendu Fani-Kayode is another example in successive law enforcement incidents recently. The successive events I have in mind are the lawlessness of the current President Buhari’s…
The unfortunate Choice of Words by President Buhari on His Wife’s Outburst. The President of Nigeria Mr. Muhammadu Buhari should have been much more diplomatic upon hearing his wife’s outburst about how he runs the country and the people he chose to help him. Men are wont to show a lot of bravado when talking about their wives. In olden times the worst fear a man had was to be labelled in vulgar language a “woman wrapper.” In order to avoid the label men have been known to show that no woman has wrapped them up. But that was then…
The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, has revealed that the Department of State Services (DSS) followed due process before embarking on the raid of the judges’ houses. He is quoted as saying: In a statement posted on his Twitter account, @GarShehu, he also warned the media to be careful of how they report the issue insisting that it is wrong to present the incident as a confrontation between the Executive and Judicial arms of government. “Reports by a section of the media are giving us cause for concern,” he tweeted. (The Will…
A state does not become a failed state if only one of its legs buckles or fails. A nation with strong judiciary, a strong legislature, and a strong 4th estate will withstand a failed presidency. I venture to state that with a strong judiciary and a strong press, that a failing nation could still survive. It is difficult for a nation with a failing judiciary to survive. When people lose confidence in the judiciary they would seek other means to obtain justice. Such other means could include Coup d'état, kidnapping, etc. This is why it is important that the Nigeria…
On October 1, 2016 President Buhari leveled with Nigerians, raising his hand to God he swore to speak the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. He said: On this day, 56 years ago our people achieved the most important of all human desires – freedom and independence. We should all therefore give thanks and pray for our founding fathers without whose efforts and toil we would not reap the bounties of today. On Security, we have made progress. Boko Haram was defeated by last December residents in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States, as well as several neighbouring…
Truth is sometimes bitter but it must be told at all times. The truth is that Ahmed Bola Tinubu made Buhari the president with assistance from Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. As such they deserve a place at the table. The Igbo has a saying that “agbata ekehe eke n’abu nta.” Probably only the older Igbo will understand this wise counsel. It has to do with hunting where young boys help hunters by “beating the bush” driving games to where they would be shot and killed by the main hunters. The rule was that after the hunt, the meat is divided…