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Nigerian Affairs

1. Season of Anomie Another season of anomie is here! It is election season in Nigeria; Africa, and black world’s largest pretense to “democracy”. We have known this season since before Nigeria became independent. And the political spin masters and media vuvuzelas are out once more, inundating our aural peace with their undeodorized pieces of nonsense! In these times, promises are made. Deals are sealed. Horse-trading and cross-carpeting are contemplated. New Godfathers are anointed. Older ones either lose relevance, or are consolidated on their inglorious perches. God-sons make pilgrimages to their various godfathers to swear oaths and allegiances. Dinners with…
It is high time we found an indigenous solution to our common problems as a nation within the six geo-political zones and by extension to the states within the zones. It is clear that our togetherness as an entity is beyond us. Nkrumah once said “Divided we are weak; united, Africa could become one of the greatest forces for good in the world”. Dwelling on the perception of this great Ghanaian Nationalist, his thought pattern could by application be used as a reed to gauge the present situation in the country. Until we understand the need for real unity as…
The resolve of Jonathan and his administration will soon be tested in the area of foreign policy. Nigeria's vote will be essential for the recognition of a Palestinian State by the Security Council. If history is anything to go by, Nigeria will side with the Palestinians. However, I am beginning to sense that the possibility of the Jonathan administration to abandon our historical tradition of supporting the cause of freedom across the world is also high. This short essay is an attempt to alert Nigerians who believe in such a cause of the impending danger that their country stands the…
Once again comes that time of the year for national evaluation of the most popular and populous country in Africa that gained her political independence from Great Britain in 1960, and a civil war 6 years after: then oil boom in early seventies; followed by world Bank instigated Structural Adjustment program; the crumbling of industries and institutions of Higher learning; the spiral inflation and irreversible drop on standard of living; the struggle for survival with attendant moral and economic failures; the unrestrained migration into Europe, and even other smaller African countries; the so called era of brain drain and the…
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 13:03

Why Nigeria should not be divided

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The advocacy in 2010 by the maverick former Libyan Leader, Colonel Muammar Al-Gaddafi that Nigeria should be divided along religious dichotomy which led to a diplomatic row between Nigeria and Libya and the recall of the Nigerian Ambassador to Libya has continually given the fillip to some ethnic and religious irredentists to continue to make strident but unreasonable demands for the balkanization of Nigeria. The demand for the balkanization of the country reached its crescendo after the last general election and in the wake of the recent bloody terror campaign embarked upon by the Islamic Fundamentalist Group known as Boko…
Monday, 10 October 2011 00:28

In Praise of Strong Leaders

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The preceding week was one of long speeches. From the pre-independence lectures, to the goodwill messages, and down to president’s Independence Day speech, our rulers had reason to comment on the country socio-political crises. The president set the tone with his speech at the ecumenical centre a week before the independence anniversary when he said he would not behave like an Army General or the Biblical Pharaoh to solve the nation’s problems, many of which need urgent attention. I am with the president on this. The last thing Nigerians need now is to be reminded of the era of army…
Saturday, 08 October 2011 19:14

That Airtel Onslaught And That Our Labour Law

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"Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it." - Frantz Fanon. It is consequential at this point of our history as nation to take a cue from the opinion of the author of the celebrated literature “The Wretched of the Earth”. Unless we take our common destiny in our hands and make a full proof of the God given destiny of this nation, the whole world will make a mockery of us by daily pouring scorn on us as observed by Chinua Achebe in his classic “Things Fall Apart” on the basis of…
It is high time we found an indigenous solution to our common problems as a nation within the six geo-political zones and by extension to the states within the zones. It is clear that our togetherness as an entity is beyond us. Nkrumah once said “Divided we are weak; united, Africa could become one of the greatest forces for good in the world”. Dwelling on the perception of this great Ghanaian Nationalist, his thought pattern could by application be used as a reed to gauge the present situation in the country. Until we understand the need for real unity as…
Monday, 31 October 2011 06:12

Lamentation - Nigeria, My Home Land!

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Recently, I began to glean for Nigerian news online and interestingly, I had the privilege of reading about the current social, economic, political and religious situations in Nigeria. I read about aspects of the Nigerian political, social, economic and religious dilemma; at the same time, I was able to read some intellectual discourse on the Nigerian situation by Nigerians abroad. In most of these discourses that I read from Nigeriaworld.com, it was so apparent that a lot of Nigerians abroad are angry, complaining and even blatantly insulting the religious and political leadership of the country. As fascinating as these discourses…
For the Love of Country: Coming together to Celebrate Nigeria at 51 Dr. Olatunde Olusesi The last planning meeting of the season for the Nigeria Independence Day Parade Committee (NIDC) was held on September 24, 2011. The hall was filled with Nigerians representing various professional, religious, ethnic, and cultural organizations, including a cluster of smart, articulate, and enthusiastic youth. Propelled by faith in their country and an unquenchable thirst to display their heritage for the world to appreciate, these patriotic Nigerians had come from far and near to Christ Apostolic Church (First in the Americas) in Brooklyn, New York, to…
Which way ? Nigerians . What, to a black American in the age of Barack Obama, is the Fourth of July? I answer: the day that reveals to him, more than any other, how much America owes to blacks and their struggle for freedom.or what does it meant to an average Nigerians a free & fair election such as our April election If it hadn't been for people like Frederick Douglass, this would not be a country worth living in. The lofty ideals of the Founding Fathers would have been no more than stirring but empty rhetoric. I know that…
By Dr Abayomi Ferreira, President Democratic Alternative 28 September 2011 Nigeria celebrates the 51st anniversary of the country on Saturday October 1. Possibly, for the very first time in the history of the country, the government has chosen not to celebrate the occasion. There is actually nothing to celebrate. Even during the civil war of 1967 to 1971, the government celebrated the Independence Day! The real reason for not celebrating this year’s Independence Day is not the one quoted by the government. The government actually stopped the celebration because of the mounting insecurity in Nigeria. The fear of Boko Haram,…
Nigeria is composed of many ethnic groups, the number of which is any one’s guess. Some of those ethnic groups are numerous in population; these include Hausas, Fulanis, Yorubas, Igbos, Edos, Ijaws, Efiks, Urobos, Ishikiris, and Tivis. In such a multi ethnic country, if democracy, whatever form it takes, exists folks elected into national offices, such as the Nigerian Presidency, must obtain votes from the various ethnic groups. For a Yoruba to obtain the number of votes it would require to rule Nigeria he simply must obtain votes from non-Yoruba folks. The same goes for members of other ethnic groups.…
The other day, out of interest and curiosity in Nigerian affairs, I took a hard look at President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan's list of ministers, with a focus on Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the new federal minister of finance, and I left with a sense of hope for the administration and Nigeria at large. She took the oath of office from the president on August 18, in Abuja. Why focus on the new federal finance minister? There are many tangible and intangible reasons why I am interested in discussing one of Nigeria's foremost development economists of this generation. As a member of…
The following are incontrovertible facts about the Nigerian electricity sector: there is either no or epileptic electricity supply in about 90% of Nigerian homes and offices which, thus, depend on generators and spend fortunes fuelling same; Nigerians pay through the nose for electricity never supplied; the problem is more of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN)’s penchant for denying Nigerians of electricity than the non-generation of adequate megawatts of electricity; Nigeria supplies reliable electricity to some neighbouring countries while her citizens have blackout; the touted recent improvement in electricity supply by PHCN is untrue; and the periodic hike in electricity…
Sunday, 18 September 2011 23:26

Terrorism: Do we have to accept it?

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I'm a non-Muslim, as a matter of fact, a Christian from the former Eastern Region of Nigeria. Before the war, the 45-50 million Easterners were once, over 90% Christian strong. But things have changed, and the needle has been pointing to the red. With the defeat and its agony, the victors, decided to eviscerate the Igbo by banning our cherished Christian schools, and replacing them with schools that robbed us of faith, that didn't teach us of dignity, and the relevance of education. Today, in Igbo land, the effects of banning Christian teaching is everywhere. Some Igbo are angling to…
The cacophony of voices over the years on the issue of true federalism have not been able to marshal a way forward that could be said to be addressing the Nigerian state's political impasse with regards to the socio-economic interests of the states of the federation. The case of the federal/revenue allocation and the sharing formula have left so much to chance in the wake of the awareness that is replete in some states or regions that believe the goose that lays the golden egg is not fairly treated as it were. Over fifty years of Nigeria's attainment of independence,…
As I was having a brainwave and contemplating what to write about the topic of our political leaders' "achievement," "performance" and their "humility", it occurred to me that I personally don't resound with the concept of focusing life on achieving end results outside of myself. The English dictionary's definition of 'achieve - to bring to a successful conclusion; accomplish; attain; to gain as by hard work or effort - states that by its nature, achievement or accomplishment is a result, a conclusiveness. We all must accomplish things in order to function in life, for example, go to school, earn a…
The other day, out of interest and curiosity in Nigerian affairs, I took a hard look at President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan's list of ministers, with a focus on Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the new federal minister of finance, and I left with a sense of hope for the administration and Nigeria at large. She took the oath of office from the president on August 18, in Abuja. Why focus on the new federal finance minister? There are many tangible and intangible reasons why I am interested in discussing one of Nigeria's foremost development economists of this generation. As a member of…
Friday, 09 September 2011 05:21

Metaphors of Dysfunction

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For long have I loved Nigerian roads like a bat loves daylight. We are mutually exclusive hermits on parallel universes. She does not abhor me as much as I dread her. I harbour a platonic dread of her. My fears of her are not some unfounded paranoia of a surrogate neurotic. Neither are they the tired projections of a mind schooled in fear. The Nigerian road is a fearful place. It is a paradise of death and dysfunction. It is a place to fear, and a rotten metaphor of all that is wrong with Nigeria. It is the rawest state…
How do you manage a change that is now emanating from a docile and extremely passive countries likes of Egypt and Tunisia? Is time ever be right for a change? No doubt the tragedy that led to the demise of all our fallen heroes will not be forgotten hence, today we are still living in sparingly stupor, walking in trenches, trying to find answers to our own geographical question called Nigeria. Alas, the only foreseeable solution to our problem is to take a chapter in the historical book pages unfolding in Tunisia and Egypt today and try to learn a…
 If you wish to convince people of something, it is more useful to be entertaining than to be right. Babangida entertained the whole world on June 12th, 1993 when he made insidious choice for our nation that wounds are unhealing till today If you see failure as a monster stalking you, or one that has already ruined your life, take another look. That monster can become a benevolent teacher, opening your mind to successes you cannot now imagine. As I remember June 12, I will dwell on the principles of the events of that day and not on the person…
I definitely believe that the deadly attack on a UN compound in Abuja is possibly the work of a pro-Gadhafi Libyan sponsored cell, rather than uncouth to rest of the world handiwork of the domestic Nigerian Islamist group - Boko Haram. A desperate Libyan funded terrorist attack to protest Nigeria’s recognition of Benghazi-rebels is not an impossibility given Gadhafi’s violent international terrorist history. The 26th August attack by a suicide   car bomber on the UN offices in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital is more likely the work of a pro-Gadhafi militant cell within Nigeria than a new attack by local Islamist…
Tuesday, 06 September 2011 04:33

The Igbo Problem Can Be Fixed

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This article says that Igbos must work on understanding their character foibles and work to change them. It says that pretending that those flaws are not there is self-deception; they are there and retard the progress of the group. Moreover, non-Igbos see those problems and relate to Igbos from their negative perception of Igbos. achebeIn every general statement there are exceptions. Not every Igbo does what this paper says that Igbos do. That been said, the fact is that in the real world human beings tend to form general impressions of phenomena and respond to them accordingly. People do not…
Monday, 05 September 2011 16:57

Let there be light in Nigeria: An energy agenda?

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Let me start my comments on this topic with some disclaimers. The first is that I am not one of the organizers this march, but as a Nigerian and a seasoned professional, I cannot but sympathize with the premises and objectives of the agenda. Secondly, I believe that even though pastors have to be careful around politically sounding matters, it will be equally disenfranchising a frontline professional motivator of innovative skills not to be allowed to contribute to an issue that fundamentally subjugates our polity. Thirdly, even though the modus operandi of the project is totally unclear to me at…