Nigerian Affairs

They say that you can take the child out of the ghetto but cannot take the ghetto out of him. In effect, we go to wherever we go to in life with our childhood socialization. In childhood we internalize our culture and thereafter take it with us to wherever we go to in life. Even when what we internalized is barbaric behavior we take it to civilized situations. Changing environment does not lead to changing ones behaviors for we take our old problematic habits to every milieu we enter. I recall growing up at Lagos and seeing the kids call…
Thursday, 09 June 2016 03:31

Legacies of Polygamy

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Last week, a friend complained about her mother-in-law spreading tales all over town. “Can you imagine,” She lamented, “a 70-year old telling lies about a woman half her age?” She was especially grieved that someone that old still exhibited such moral decrepitude. I reminded her that said ‘spreader of lies’ is living out her senior years as the second wife of a polygamist; the implication being she had not aged in a polygamous setup without having some nefarious tricks up her proverbial sleeve. Arguably, polygamy is a poisonous institution that creates an environment in which participants are trained to fight…
There is a picture on Facebook of an Igbo woman beheaded by a Hausa mob at Kano; the reason given for cutting off her head is that she insulted the Koran and or Mohammed. I want to ask a few questions and provide some tentative answers. The questions are: why do Muslim Northerners find it easy to cut off people's heads under the pretext that they insulted their Holy Book and or religious leader? If God is as powerful as folks say that he is and if his prophet is as powerful as he is supposed to be it follows…
Saturday, 04 June 2016 18:08

Random Thoughts

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From Ozodi Osuji's daily journal THE LEADER DEALS WITH THE REAL WORLD NOT THE IDEAL WORLD Leaders deal with the world as it is; the world as it is is imperfect; people are imperfect; leaders use imperfect human beings to accomplish imperfect goals; they help people survive in the imperfect world. They are not motivated to be ideal for ideal is conceptual, mental and not real. LEADERS WORK WITH PEOPLE Leaders have good interpersonal skills, for leadership goals are attained by working with other people; a goal that can be achieved by the individual alone does not require working with…
Dr. Wumi Akintide, this morning, I read your piece, at Facebook, on implementing what you called "The 2014 Confab on restructuring Nigeria". I am not privy to the findings and recommendations of the 2014 confab, nor did your piece elucidate what they are. However, I have given the Nigerian problem some thoughts. I am convinced that for Nigeria to work it must be fundamentally restructured. The British lumped together people who are irreconcilably different in their cultures into one geographic entity; they called the incipient country Niger area (which the wife of the first governor of the geographic space, Frederick…
Thursday, 02 June 2016 20:02

The Nigerian Internet cockroach

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Have you lived in a house full of cockroaches? I have; a few years ago I was in the Washington DC area and stayed in a house with cockroaches in it. When you turn the light off and go out and later come back, during the night, when the house is dark, and turn on the light you notice that the cockroaches are everywhere. Upon seeing light the cockroaches literally let go of their feet grasping on the walls and fall down and scurry into dark corners. They let go and fall down because they do not want to be…
Let me confess upfront that if I never checked out of Nigeria at the time I did, I would probably be a great part of the Nigerian malfeasance that this article wants to highlight. I would probably be a Commissioner in Ondo State or a Chairman of a federal parastatal based in Abuja or an Ambassador representing Nigeria in some foreign country if I never left home. I am not saying that to gloat like Donald Trump that I am going to be what I can never be, given my track record. Donald Trump claims he knows ISIS and the…
Tuesday, 31 May 2016 19:36

Buhari and the tragedy of politics!

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"He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles." - Harry Emerson Fosdick. I am a professed and an active Buharist and I am glad I made a wise choice! Impliedly, given the opportunity again, I will not hesitate to repeat my preference for Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria's president. With that said, one cannot but be worried about the direction in which Nigeria is headed. That there is…
President Muhammadu Buhari completes his first year in office this today. In sports parlance this would be the end of the first quarter of a 4-quarter game. At this juncture he is behind. Before we explore how and why he is behind we need to express some inalienable truths: Nigeria is a country of over 100 million fractious people who fight over bread and butter issues, over religion, and over tribe and culture. She is a factitious nation nearly impossible to govern. Nigeria cannot be turned around on a pin. In this context a year is not sufficient time to…
There are many fans of this column who will think I misspoke by sticking out my neck and having the courage of my conviction to say something this flattering on Obasanjo who is despised by many of his fellow Southerners but treasured as patriotic and trust-worthy by the majority of the Northerners. The late D. O Fagunwa of Okegbo in Ondo State is our moral equivalent of William Shakespeare in Nigeria. He like Chinua Achebe mentioned "Eda Omo Oodua" in one of fictional books in Yoruba titled, "Irinkerindo ninu Igbo Elegbeje" and in few of the private lectures he gave…
Looking back on where Nigeria is today, and where the country was in 2003, 2007, 2011 I believe it was a disaster for Nigeria that Buhari arguably the least corrupt and the most disciplined of our former Heads of State was not elected until 2015, I make this statement because the man should have been 12 years younger if he was elected in 2003 and 4 years younger if he was elected when he ran with Pastor Tunde Bakare. I am convinced beyond any doubt that Pastor Bakare has a lot more fire in his belly than our current Vice…
I woke up this morning with an insight; I had not asked for the insight but there it was in my mind. The insight is a clearer understanding of the jealousy component of delusion disorder. Apparently, I had not had occasion to ponder it deeply and understand it but this morning I understood it. In case you are new to these matters there is a psychiatric disorder called delusion disorder. It has five major types: grandiose, persecutory, jealous, somatic and erotomanic. Briefly, grandiose type means that such persons feel superior to other people; persecutory type means that such persons feel…
Every human being, every now and then, feels attacked by other people and defends his self. When most of us hear about it we automatically agree that such persons were in fact attacked and had a right to defend themselves. On the other hand, there are instances where some folks do certain things to make other people feel angry at them and those then attack them. Now, seeing that they are attacked they tell the whole world that they are being persecuted. People listen to them and observe their behaviors and move on for without being psychologists they instinctively understand…
There ought not to be any debate about the pollution in the four sister cities above or over their ranking. The places are badly polluted. The debate should focus on the way forward. But it helps if we first understand how the pollution started and developed as a warning to what could or is happening in other places in Nigeria and the world. I must state that I do not know much of Kaduna since I had only spent a mere two days in the city in the early s70’s and even then did not go round. The area I…
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 16:05

Why Do We Love Names That Celebrate Death?

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I love Igbo names because they are meaningful, with some exceptions. The purpose of this essay is to decry bad names . Why would someone leave Atlanta, London, or Aba in Nigeria, travel many miles to his village under blistering, sweltering, and scorching sun along pot-holed roads fraught with highway robbers, live through "ime ego" (paying dowry) and "Igba nkwu" (carrying palm wine to in-laws) to marry a girl, and finally Christine his newborn child Onwubiko or some other hideous name having something to do with death? I don't get it. Put another way, why do we celebrate death so…
By Dr. Emmanuel Ojameruaye, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Over the past seven months, the federal government through its regulatory agencies has imposed extraordinary and controversial fines on at least three multinational corporations operating in the country. The first case was a fine of $5.2 billion (N1trillion) imposed on MTN, the South African telecommunication company, in October 2015 by the National Communication Commission (NCC) imposed a for "not meeting the deadline set by the Mobile Network Operators for disconnecting the Subscribers Identification Modules (SIM) with improper registration". The NCC alleged that during the compliance audit it carried out on MTN network it discovered that…
Salvation For Lying Igbos Lies In Speaking The Truth! Let me try, again, and see if I can reach unrepentant Igbos who somehow imagine that telling lies in pursuit of the chimera of Biafra is right (they, apparently, agree with Nicolo Machiavelli that the end justifies the means; in their world there is no such thing as self-evident truth). These evil souls need to learn that it is from only living the truth that the individual and his group is saved. For one thing, truth leads to having peace of mind and joy whereas those who tell lies and desecrate…
Senator Ike Ekweremadu is the last PDP member standing or rather the highest PDP elected member who has a place in the federal government. He is thus in control of PDP. Usually in nations that operate with two strong political parties, each of the parties manage to control an arm of the government, the presidency or the senate or the House. The leader of the arm of government under the opposition party is considered the head of the party for he/she is the only person who can do something in the government. PDP does not control any arm of the…
Igbos Always Want To Redirect Discussion To Talking About Individuals Instead Of Matters Arising Ozodi Osuji An issue came up; the issue is the dirty and polluted nature of Igbo towns. The issue was raised by the World Health Organization. I gave some putative causal reasons why Igbos do not take care of their towns but sit around looking for someone to blame for not cleaning up their towns. In sum, I said that each Igbo seeks individual wealth but does not care for public good. Give him money for public development and he pockets it; as a bush Machiavellian…
The Igbo Blaming Game Retards Igbo Self Governance Ozodi Osuji Now watch this. The World Health Organization, WHO, has judged Onitsha, Aba and Umuahia as the world's dirtiest and most polluted cities. The world has made that determination and given its criteria for doing so. The next question is assigning responsibility for the situation. Upon reading the WHO report I assigned responsibility to Igbos lack of governmental skills and refusal to pay taxes and using tax money to serve public good. I attributed this sad situation to Igbo history, a history that did not have large governments that needed to…
What Exactly Is The Matter With Igbo City Administrators? Ozodi Osuji Today, the World Health Organization, WHO, came out with a list of the world's most polluted cities. The number one such city in the world is Onitsha in Nigeria. This is not a surprise. A few years ago, Karl Maier wrote a book called "This House has fallen" (New York: Basic Books, 2002). In it, among other negative views on Nigeria, the fallen house, he narrated his visit to Onitsha; he wrote about how garbage was thrown all over the streets of Onitsha and how no one seemed to…
Sunday, 08 May 2016 08:10

Why Igbos want to shame folks

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Igbos Feel Devasted By Negative Social Appraisal Of Them; They Then Feel That If They Negatively Appraise People That They Would Devastate Them Ozodi Osuji The typical Igbo feels devastated by negative appraisal of him by other persons; he is held in bondage by fear of what other people would say of him. Because Igbos are enslaved by fear of what other people would say about them they figure that all people are like them and are afraid of what other people say about them. Thus, they come to the public and say the most outrageous lies about people and…
Thursday, 05 May 2016 14:46

Enugu Killings 4th Dimension

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The killings in Enugu is a done deal but should be made to be the turning point of Boko Haram’s southward incursions. Let history understand that the point where the dead martyrs of Enugu were buried was the furthest and the last stop of the terrorists. That here was where we stood and declared that we will not take any more nonsense. Here’s how: Burials of the dead: Let’s bury the dead one at a time and make each burial as gruesome and emotional as possible. The dead should be carried around the entire LGA with processions led by bishops,…
I cannot think of any Nigerian more Sympathetic and more supportive of the Buhari Government than I am. You can tell that from how often I have supported Buhari using this column and how often I have defended some of his glaring mistakes and sloppiness as President. I do it because I knew him when he was only a Captain getting ready to be promoted a Major in the Nigerian Army, He is an upright man any way you slice it, but I truly believe that Age is sneaking up on him and doing so with vengeance like it did…
Four months into the 2016 financial year, the Federal Government of Nigeria still does not have an approved Budget. So, the government has been spending funds that have not been appropriated and the capital projects planned for this year are yet to take off. Clearly, the 2016 Budget impasse is an indication of the urgent need for reform of the federal budgeting process in order to improve effectiveness, efficiency, transparency and accountability in public spending. Therefore, President Buhari must initiate the reform process by setting up a committee to examine the relevant sections of the Constitution and the Fiscal Responsibility…