Nigerian Affairs

Over the years, it has been identified in countless studies that one of the core reasons Nigeria has failed to develop to its full potential is pervasive corruption. Corruption, it is said, runs through the entire gamut of the country's life such that many official enquiries and probes have exposed widespread monumental fraud, bribery, embezzlement, rent seeking and kickbacks across the public and private sectors. It can't be emphasised enough that funds which ought to have gone into building infrastructure and generally improving the lives of the people invariably end up in the pockets of some people. The result is…
Before I go into discussion of Mr. Osuji’s assertions that are mostly false and uneducated, I want to mention a few observable facts about Mr. Osuji. He can work with just a few hours of sleep. I make this statement based on the volume of his writing and assuming that since he meets the basic necessities of life: food, shelter and clothes, that he must have a day job. So he writes at his spare time. The second point is that when he stays in the area of his training such as psychology and philosophy, he can make sense, but…
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 21:20

Before you rush to war think it through!

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Charles Chidi Achodo: As is my practice, I woke up at 4:30 AM this morning and looked at my tablet. I read your wise efforts to warn our people about rushing to war with Nigerians. I wrote a few sentences in support of your position and got up from bed. I decided that since I have two hours before I begin my daily activities I ought to provide a more adequate support for your position. Below is that effort; it is a hasty write up; I may, during the day, make some changes to it. Cheers, my wise friend, Ozodiobi…
Monday, 22 August 2016 23:51

Death wish and calling your dog Buhari

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Regarding An Igbo Naming His Dog Buhari There Is Something About Igbos That Make Them Do Dumb Things! Ozodi Osuji I have read where folks give disquisitions on the merit of a citizen naming his dog whatever he wants to; they used what they call constitutional law (whose constitution, American or Nigerian constitution?) to justify their positions. I am not a lawyer and will stay away from debates as to what is constitutionally protected speech or not. I am a philosopher and would like to share with folks how this matter exercises my mind: why is it that whenever a…
Monday, 22 August 2016 02:48

Is this the change Nigerians voted for?

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In the light of almost two decades of horrendous governance under the PDP administration, the call for change by a large section of Nigerians was expectedly overwhelmingly loud. Thus, this piece is a response to Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, who indeed holds the copyright to the first leg of the title of this piece which I have slightly modified – as can be seen in his latest defence of President Muhammadu Buhari's APC administration. After 15 tortuous months in the life of the current administration, a period largely mediated by growing criticisms…
The handwriting on the wall says mene, mene, tekel, parsin According to The Book of Daniel 5:26-28 the interpretation was: Mene[e]: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end. 27 Tekel[f]: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting. 28 Peres[g]: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.” This is the message to King Belshazzar of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari which the US Secretary of State will deliver to King PMB. Presidential watchers would have noticed that it has been two months since His Excellency has not traveled…
Reflecting on the issue of corruption which has remained unabated in Nigeria, this writer found it relevant to repost some excerpt of an article written on this subject in January 2013. It read "You cannot have true democracy without the rule of law. The rule of law is a sine qua non for all democracies. It is perhaps the most important ingredient in a democracy. The culture of impunity that pervades all facets of government and the elite class in Nigeria is detrimental to democracy. It was the rule of law that forced the United States Supreme Court to rule…
I am a columnist for Sahara Reporters of Nigeria and New York as many of you reading this probably know already. I work free of charge for Sahara and would lay down my life for that Social Media Establishment and its founder and CEO, Mr. Omoyele Sowore and his dedicated crew, if I need to because I firmly believe in their mission statement that all of us as Nigerians would be deceiving ourselves if we ever believe that Buhari alone, however good-intentioned, can ever end Corruption in Nigeria. "Report yourself" is our central credo at Sahara because we figured it…
Friday, 12 August 2016 19:54

Nigeria needs a bloody revolution

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Obim Onugiogu: The below essay is an elaboration of my response to your piece at Facebook this morning. Cheers, Ozodi Osuji NIGERIA'S SICKNESS CANNOT BE CURED WITH MORALIZATIONS BUT WITH REVOLUTION Ozodi Osuji There is corruption in every country but most countries try keeping that corruption to the absolute minimum. Perhaps, a country can live with less than five percent of her people been corrupt. I doubt, however, that a country can thrive if over 95% of her people are corrupt as is the case with Nigeria. Nigeria is so corrupt that it is no longer funny. Police men stop…
(I started writing this article in March 2014, but for some unknown, warped reason, never completed it. I have now decided to finish it) "Nigerian leaders on Friday (28 February 2014) called on Nigerians to work harder towards ensuring the country’s unity", with ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo averring that Nigeria will not break up. They made the call in separate interviews with State House correspondents shortly after they were honoured with the nation’s centenary awards at the Presidential Villa, Abuja”. Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, said for Nigeria to have survived the first 100 years despite the various challenges of nation…
Mr. Toyin Adepoju in an article titled “Nigeria Needs Ethnic Self-determination for Its Constituent Nationalities” (https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/IgboWorldForum/conversations/messages/290849) asserts that the breakup of Nigeria is the answer to Nigeria’s manifold problems. He asserts as follows: Breakup into smaller nations (does he mean ethnic nationalities?) The country is a farce, created by a colonizer, and run largely by soldiers of fortune. The culture of everybody for themselves and their cronies is the core of corruption 4. The welding of a nation by force is not working. All the ethnicities should decide how they want to move forward. Those ethnicities who wish to be…
Nigerian Olympic soccer team got to Rio de Jenairo just a few hours before their soccer match against Japan in the opening rounds of Olympic games. They did not practice even for an hour on Rio's soil; did not get rid of any jet lags from travelling many miles and sitting on air planes. They won but that fact should not make Nigeria forget that we sent the kids into battle without armor. President Muhammadu Buhari has presented himself to Nigerians as a catalyst; a substance that enables a chemical reaction to proceed at a usually faster rate or under…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 06:32

Review of Atiku's paper on restructuring Nigeria

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Mr. Atiku Abubakar's paper (attached below) is a transcription of a speech he gave at a symposium held at the Usman Katsina Memorial Conference at the Umaru Musa Yar Adua Memorial Hall, Murtala Square, Kaduna, on Saturday, July 30, 2016. Apparently, the conference was called to talk about Northern Nigerian affairs and the areas relationship with the rest of Nigeria. Atiku (the man is generally known as Atiku so henceforth I will refer to him as Atiku) began his paper by telling us about his perception of the Nigerian political economy. He noted that before the discovery of oil in…
Since Christians And Muslims Cannot Live Peacefully Together They Need To Separate Ozodi Osuji Adeyinka Makinde: I decided to elaborate on my three sentences response to your brilliant essay, posted this morning at Facebook, on the 1966 military coups in Nigeria, into an essay. Below is that essay. What do you think of it? My approach to phenomena is scientific; my culture is scientific culture. I do not use religious frameworks to explain anything. I believe that we can use our minds, reason and observation to understand most of our world and do not need the hypothesis of God to…
Friday, 29 July 2016 09:59

Our Politicians, the NURTW and Us.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia, “The National Union of Road Transport Workers is a Nigerian organisation which functions as a mixture of a public transport company, street gang, and a transport worker's union. The organisation raises fund through several methods, but the largest of these is charging fees - of approximately 20 Nigerian Naira at illegal checkpoints, and from local shop owners. A large number of the NURTW have been arrested in recent months after a government crackdown on these unregulated fees, after the government embarked on a plan to stop people from collecting dues outside motor parks. These people…
In The Silence of the Lambs (1991), a young FBI cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims. I see the behavior of Nigerian intellectual elite in Diaspora as comparable. When I read the hundreds of emails that come across my email box, I look for essays of around 700 words that takes an issue concerning Nigeria and argues a position or tries to educate the reading public, but I seldom find them. What I find is “Afis is a thief”, “Inyamiris want your money,” Yorobas…
This is Part 2 of the essay which elaborates on a sermon this writer heard a preacher deliver at a Redeemed Christian Church of God. The good pastor took his sermon from Isaiah 14: 5, which reads: "The righteous shall rule over their oppressors." Part 1 asked "Where Are the Righteous Nigerians To Rule Over Their Oppression?" Part Two is asking "How Are The Righteous Nigerians Going to Rule Over Their Oppression?" The question of oppression in Nigeria is so urgent that we are going to state the conclusions of this essay at the beginning and at the end .…
That Nigerian is a country with great promise goes without saying. Economically she is endowed with all kinds of resources: oil, gas, gold, coal and a thousand more minerals, solid and liquid. It has palm, groundnuts, cocoa, rubber, arable lands, and water, to name just the tip of the iceberg. Nigeria has the human capital in abundance, 140 million strong young men and women. And old people too! Name it; and Nigeria would offer it in abundance. But Nigeria remains very backward and getting further behind. It is perhaps one of the few places where each generation is succeeded by…
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 16:29

Great Is Nigeria: From A to Z

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How do you describe Nigeria? The more you know about Nigeria, the more you love it. The more our live reflect what Nigeria is all about, the more exemplary citizens we are. In spite of what the detractors and hecklers say about us, we hold our heads proudly high and cling like vines to Great Nigeria. Let’s strut like peacocks swollen with pride. Ahoy! Ahoy. Here’s a list words from A to Z that say something about our beautiful nation and express our gorgeous feelings of love towards GREAT NIGERIA. Are we now ready to go? Get set! Go !…
Monday, 18 July 2016 08:07

In fairness to Governor Aregbesola!

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Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s stewardship in Osun State has been generating all manner of comments in recent times. From the indefensible, infantile, misinformed and misguided viewpoints to the impressive analyses of his actions and inactions, the comments reveal a lot about this man of many parts who has not only done very well for his people, but has also been fair to all sections of the state in his policy implementation. Although Aregbesola is frequently the butt of criticisms, there is no doubt that he means well for his people and does what he sees to be in their best interest…
Monday, 18 July 2016 07:31

In memory of Nigeria's future!

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"The future comes slowly, the present flies and the past stands still forever." - Johann Friedrich Von Schiller. Baring any unforeseen circumstances, Nigeria's journey to 2019 has already started and one can only wish the country well! Having run its first full-circle four year-term, 2019 will put to test the capacity of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to renew its contract with Nigerians as well as the opposition's ability to reassess itself, especially, in the light of significant challenges of poverty, unemployment and ethno-religious fundamentalism currently confronting the country. Well, while some of us on this side of the…
Let Igbos Secure Five Percent Of The Signatures Of Igbos Who Voted In Igbo States During The Last Election In Nigeria And Submit It To The National Assembly And Use It As Basis For Asking For Referendum To Stay Or Leave Nigeria Ozodi Thomas Osuji Under natural law (perhaps, not man made positive law) Igbos have a right to demand referendum to decide whether they stayed or left Nigeria. What are international rules for making referendum? The United Nations have conducted referenda all over the world, so it must have procedures in place for doing it. Let Igbos study those…
It is not very often that I find myself writing a tribute considering that ours is a country where heroes and heroines are in short supply. But I couldn't allow this particular occasion to pass without reflecting on what Edwin Madunagu, popularly called Eddie by friends and comrades, means to me, to Nigeria and the international socialist movement. Eddie has been described by one of his contemporaries and closest comrades, Biodun Jeyifo, Harvard University's Professor of African and African American Studies and Comparative Literature, as "the greatest materialist historian and archivistof socialism and the Left in Nigeria's political history". Edwin…
Since the public presentation of the book We Are All Biafrans and the intervention of a former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, who chaired the event and delivered a speech titled “Restructuring for Nigeria’s national unity” – a speech I recommend to everyone interested in the unity and survival of Nigeria – the issue of restructuring Nigeria and negotiating its unity has once again taken the centre stage of national discourse. No less a person than President Muhammadu Buhari has had to weigh in on the debate. During his Eid el-Fitr message to Nigerians on Wednesday, July 6, 2016,…
The purpose of this essay is to piece together information gathered about conditions in Nigeria from some Nigerians in America and others returning from home to make sense of what is going on. Exactly, what is going on now? How are our people coping? From conversations and texts, it is very difficult to say: "This is how things are." Nigerians are always talking about money. Money makes headlines, dominates conversations, and occupies the center stage in a drama that is strictly Nigeria. I say drama for good reasons. Everyone on earth has money problems, and even people who have money…