Nigerian Affairs

Wednesday, 07 December 2011 02:07

Sunny Ofehe and The Place Of Dialog In The Niger Delta

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For several years Sunny Ofehe has stood as the conscience of a world that is not only impervious to the pains and sufferings of others but seems to take delight in inflicting the pains. He has been speaking in a very clear language and insistently that in all conflict situations such as in the Niger Delta, sensitivity, dialog, honest and sincere negotiations will always win over insensitivity, violence, impunity, intimidation and outright deceit. It is a well known fact that for decades, starting from 1958 when the first set of barrels of crude oil was shipped out of Oloibiri in…
I love Nigeria my beloved country that opened its doors to me and my family so that we could walk into the greatness of its freedom and its founding values. Every time I look at our beautiful flag and place my hand over my heart for the pledge of allegiance and sing our National Anthem, i am reminded of my duty to join others to demand responsibility and accountability of the government to the people. All it takes for evil to thrive in a society is for few good men to say nothing. I choose to ask with high voice,…
Saturday, 03 December 2011 08:48

PDP and its macabre dance in Bayelsa State

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Events in Bayelsa State, in the past two months, have given the lie to the People’s Democratic Party’s pursuit of internal democracy and reformation. That the drama is being staged in the home state of President Goodluck Jonathan has also cast a doubt on the President’s commitment to electoral reform. In spite of denials, many people believe that Jonathan has a hand in the travails of Governor Timipre Sylva. The Bayelsa episode has no semblance of transparency, which is the hallmark of Jonathan’s electoral reform and the PDP has not come out in clear terms to justify the disqualification of…
Monday, 28 November 2011 16:12

Ojukwu and The New Biafra

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Saturday November 26, 2011 marks a glorious end and a hopeful and courageous new beginning for Biafra and Biafrans. Emeka Ojukwu the first Biafra Head of State passed on to glory and joined the rest of Igbo/Biafran ancestors who had gone on ahead. Ojukwu in life was a quintessential and accomplished military general who put his safety and life on the line in defense of the lives and dignity of his people and homeland when the enemy – Nigeria embarked on the pernicious mission of total annihilation of the entire people. He was a brave soldier and an excellent fighter…
Saturday, 26 November 2011 22:36

Odumegwu-Ojukwu: Hero or villain

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Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu is a man that inspires conflicting emotions in people. To some he is a born leader and hero. To others he is an ambitious man that tried to break up the federation of Nigeria. Where Odumegwu-Ojukwu is concerned, no one is a neutral. The conflicting opinions on him are consistent with his inconsistent personality and history. Odumegwu-Ojukwu is an educated man that entered a profession that many Nigerians regarded at the time as a profession for the uneducated, a southerner born in the north who fought a three-year-long war against the north, a man who once led an…
Things happen when a person is ahead of his or her own time! Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. of America gave what is today celebrated as "I Have A Dream Speech" in America. Chief Odumegwu Emeka Ojukwu of Nigeria provided what is called "THE AHIARA DECLARATION Speech" in Mbaise of Imo State of Nigeria. The point is that some people are born or reared up to be more equal than others, not in ethics and theology of humanity before God and the Law, but in the character they unleash, in the solemn vision they hold, in the artistic dreams…
The Harmattan is a dry and dusty West African trade wind. It blows south from the Sahara into the Gulf of Guinea between the end of November and the middle of March. In some countries in West Africa, the heavy amount of dust in the air severely limits visibility and blocks the sun for several days, comparable to a heavy fog. The effect caused by the dust and sand stirred by these winds is known as the Harmattan haze. The interaction of the Harmattan with monsoon winds can cause tornadoes. Humidity drops to as low as 15 percent and can…
Saturday, 26 November 2011 19:23

Yesterday, Today, and For Ever More

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Many paper pundits in many mass media outlets: print, electronic, radio and TV have written or asked the question such as "Today Waziri Who is Next?" This question needs to be rephrased as follows: Two days ago Ribadu, yesterday Ugwuonye, Today Waziri; who is next? This has been the reason behind what I have been writing and advocating for about a month now. At the time I focused almost exclusively on Mr. Ugwuonye's incarceration and maltreatment and abuse. Several times I used the worn out expression that injustice to anyone is injustice to everyone. But before I go on I…
Saturday, 26 November 2011 19:20

Tribute to General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu

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Please permit me to begin this tribute to General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu with a paragraph of quotation from William Shakespeare, who noted: “All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages. As, first the infant, mewling and puking in the nurse's arms And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel and shining morning face, creeping like snail unwillingly to school. And then the lover, sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad Made to his mistress'…
Prior to the 1966 coup which ushered in General JTU Aguiyi-Ironsi, very few people in Nigeria had ever seen soldiers before. They were mostly confined to the barracks. Most of us in those days did not even know that Nigerians soldiers were sent to the Congo. Even now, most history books never recorded the exploits and bravery of Nigerian soldiers in the West African Auxiliary Force who distinguished themselves in the First and Second World Wars on the side of the British colonial masters in Burma and East Africa. That is another story. Then came the first time I saw…
On behalf of all Nigerians in heaven, we are using this forum to congratulate you for winning the recently concluded general elections that will usher you as an elected President of Federal Republic of Nigeria on the 29 th of May. We are also congratulating those newly eleceted representatives and leaders to be part of the crew in making a new Nigeria a reality. This infact a new beginning of a new Nigeria of our dreams we have been waiting for. A Nigeria where the people approve to the government operating the nation. A Nigeria where all elected representatives are…
In Praise of Dictatorship: President Jonathan and the rehabilitation of Justice Belgore This article first appeared on July 10, 2006, under the title In Praise of Dictatorship. It is excerpted from an upcoming book, Time to Reclaim Nigeria. It has been reproduced in light of President Jonathan’s choice of Justice Alfa Belgore to head the constitution review committee. Two weeks ago, the Daily Sun newspaper carried a very disturbing story titled, “Belgore defends military rule”. Justice Salihu Modibo Alfa Belgore is the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN). It is not often that you find such highly placed judicial officer making…
A short while ago, at the 2011 World Population Day celebration, it was revealed that by October 31, Nigeria's population would hit the 167 million mark; and would hit 433 million by 2050. To many, it was a verdict of a bleak future, and an imminent catastrophe. Nigerians then sat back to wait for an official reaction from our leaders. We might as well be waiting for the sky to fall down. But then, I was not very surprised. Do these people - I mean our leaders - pay any attention to such issues that affect their people? They are…
Monday, 21 November 2011 05:44

Remembering Biafra: A literary review

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In the quest of understanding the causations of the Nigerian Civil War (1967-1970), otherwise known as the Biafran war, I stumbled upon an interview with Chinua Achebe, a prolific Igbo writer that is best known his book Things Fall Apart (1958) that has earned over twenty honorary doctorates and several international literary prize.[1] In understanding this brief yet complex war of the Eastern tribes of the colonial territory - which later became the Federal Republic of Nigeria – it was important for me to get under its skin, so to speak. Getting-under-the-skin of Biafra implies that there were causes much…
Saturday, 19 November 2011 14:39

Giving Nigerian Corruption The Chinese Pill

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Mr. Tortoise was going on a journey, his wife asked him when he would come back; he replied he would not come back until he has been disgraced. On November 9, 2011: A city official convicted of graft was executed in China after the highest court approved her death sentence, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported. It said Luo Yaping, 50, embezzled 32 million Yuan ($5 million) of public funds earmarked for compensation for land requisition from 2004 to 2007 when she worked in the Fushun city government in northeastern Liaoning province. The Supreme People's Court said in a statement…
Friday, 18 November 2011 06:26

The Fuel Subsidy Trigger

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President Jonathan represents a paradox. He is always quick to plead for leniency in expectations. "I am not David...or an army general", he declared in a church service two months ago. He only abides by the Hidden Hand of destiny that made him the President, he explained. With this property, one expects him to be passive and less ambitious than his predecessors who attempted to play God. His actual ambitions, however, defy his unassuming mien. He has so far proposed two projects that have demystified three powerful generals before him. Amidst serious national security challenges that confined him to the…
Initiative for Public Policy Analysis Policy Paper : By Olusegun Sotola & Thompson Ayodele November 2011 Executive Summary The decrepit infrastructure in Nigeria and the failure of government to adequately address the challenge has fueled the adoption of Public-Private Partnership (PPP). This is reinforced by the successes of private participation in telecom sector where private provisions have led to accessible, available and affordable services. This raises some questions in the light of known traditional roles of government. While some believe that it is fundamentally antithetical to the idea and philosophy that underpins public governance, proponents of this framework argue that…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 19:36

Time to Reclaim Nigeria 3: What is to be Done?

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Justice is the first condition of humanity – Wole Soyinka, The Man Died Fifty years gone in a twinkle: how time has flown Fifty years gone in a bubble: how a nation’s grown Time to reclaim the nation. Time to end the plunder Time to bask in harmony that beckons, that endures – Chiedu Ezeanah, Golden Jubilee Stanzas Late last month, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi rolled out figures about the parlous state of the education sector in Nigeria. Speaking at an event in Kaduna to mark the 80th birthday of Prof. Adamu…
Monday, 14 November 2011 14:51

The philosophy of putting the past behind

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The philosophy of putting the past behind does not only disprove courage and bravery, it depicts lack of foresight and preparation for the future. That is why we have found it difficult to develop as a nation. That is why Africa remains crawling in its developmental structuring. How dangerous it is to forget the past! But it is surely not in this context. The danger this philosophy implies is that there should always be new thing, new policies and new creations. This means that the past should not shape our present and stir us for the future. A forgotten past…
"How nice you are to a bowl of Tuwo depends on how hungry you are" One fundamental thing one notices that we lack in governance and government is the word good. Many Nigerians talk about good governance as the only guarantee to peace, progress, stability, free and fair elections, infact it is viewed as the only passport to delivering the dividends of democracy. For the health, power, the manufacturing sectors, education and largely the nation to work, we need good governance, in order to maximise our potential, improve the general welfare of the Nigerian people and even development in geo-political…
Sunday, 13 November 2011 16:28

The call for Southern intifada

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The Southern intifada must begin now. One more strike, the wrist of the nation called Nigeria may burst open. One more hit, the neck may fly off its shoulders. One more mayhem, the testicles may fall on the floor. When that happens, don’t be surprised.Stupid people! one Rudolf Ogoo Oknokwo posted on the web, NigerianWorldForum. Intifada literally means shaking-off or struggle for emancipation. It is an Arabic loan-word that came into use in the late twentieth century. The Palestinian uprising in the West Bank and Gaza Strip sometime in 1987 in protest against the continued Israeli occupation brought this word…
Abstract Migration, or checking out, in Nigerian parlance continues to be a wave of passion for business, studies, conferences, family reunion, political mobilization, entertainment, diplomacy and tourism. Reading this article will truly help to capture what life is like for settling and surviving. The mental stresses that go with "checking out" and "being to" must be considered in the context of community and global connect. Therefore, I have set this article to give a perspective on mental health stresses Nigerian immigrants face as they move in and out from one place to another. Moving out involves encountering social orders and…
Saturday, 12 November 2011 22:25

Nigeria - Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow

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Preamble: First let me thank the organizers of this Gala Night for inviting me to make this presentation whose main purpose is to enlighten our children who do not have opportunity to study Nigerian history and our non-Nigerian guests, about the political history of Nigeria. The presentation will also refresh the memories of those of us who studied Nigerian history, and shed more light on past and recent political developments in the country. For the purpose of the presentation, Nigeria’s political history will be discussed under three periods: pre-colonial era, colonial era and post-independence era. I will conclude with a…
Friday, 11 November 2011 18:25

Sovereign National Conference And/Or Succession

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In the United Nations of Nigeria some citizens have the habit of wondering about the eventual disintegration of the country due to the overwhelming realities of 51years of structural malfeasance, corruption, ethnic strife, and ineptitude on most levels. The scenario of succession is further compounded by groups like Boko Haram in the north, MEND (and other Niger Delta militants, and MASSOB in the southeast. Some of these fringe organizations are directly and indirectly championing the goals of disruption in Nigeria. Though, the reality is that Nigeria might have more staying power than the world. If the proclamation that the world…
By Ogaga Ifowodo, Abdul Mahmud, Nasiru Kura, Omoyele Sowore, Gbenga Komolafe, Innocent Chukwuma, Kayode Ogundamisi, Ayo Akinfe, Chido Onumah, Lade Adunbi, Ropo Ewenla, Rita Goyit, Abdul Hussein, Chijioke Uwasomba, Benjamin Okonofua, Uche Onyeagucha, Anthony Olusanya, Okey Nwanguma, Francis Abayomi, Seni Ajayi* We have watched with incredulity the brazen attempt by President Goodluck Jonathan to take the pauperisation of the Nigerian people to even more unprecedented heights by way of a purported fuel subsidy withdrawal. We, as indeed all honest fellow citizens, believe that there is no subsidy on oil products. If, however, it does exist, then it was fabricated by…