Nigerian Affairs

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…
The blind person who shuts his eyes and says he is asleep; when he was not asleep whom did he see? My name is Abdul-Chukwudi Balogun, I work with the Federal Civil Service, I am on level 8, and I have put in approximately 10 years into the service. This is my story, by my standard I work hard; I do not know what the general standards are because they vary depending on situations, persons, time and other factors. I have colleagues whose name exists only on the payroll, I have never seen them, but they are paid--You call them…
Friday, 11 November 2011 06:55

Many Nigerians are Scam Artists

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This paper reiterates the familiar refrain that many Nigerians resort to scamming behavior to get what they want from life but find it difficult to do anything to help their fellow human beings. It wants to know if their tendency to criminality is genetic or learned behavior; more importantly, it wants to know what can be done to ameliorate these people’s tendency to anti-social behaviors? MANY NIGERIANS ARE SCAM ARTISTS Ozodi Thomas Osuji The greatest scam perpetrated on the world is that Africa’s so-called scholars instead of hiding their heads in shame at what their ancestors did for over 1000…
Monday, 07 November 2011 21:04

Corruption Is Good Business

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On the way to Ibadan from Lagos, just after crossing the first of the concrete bridges on that most horrible and dangerous of roads called Lagos/Ibadan Expressway (more like expressway to hell) on the Lagos/Ogun States border, on the right you will see the business empire of one Otunba Ghadaffi (SAN), and the sign saying "SHIT BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS", referring to the commendable fact that he has departed from being a lawyer and made a fortune in dealing with what most of us are repugnant of – waste and environmental management. The man supplies mobile toilets to venues, clears…
This is the time to re-organise a blessed land with a repeatitive leaders of selfish motives. It is undemocratic and detrimental for leaders to think more about themselves as individuals or about their small families, clans or tribes and do not think at all about the people they are representing. Humanism means proper regard and compassion for people.We just have to do something to bring the country back to its feet. We have all witnessed the remnants of the long fruitless military regimes that failed to lay good and solid foundations to the development of this great country. We are…
If you don't take the dead rat out of the room no amount of fresh air can give you a fresh breath. Year after year we seem to be squatting at the same spot; sometimes the greatest effort we make will be a leap from the ground unto the top of an anthill which always attracts maddening cum thunderous applause that we have achieved a lot without realizing or remembering the legendary adage that, “A bird that leaps from the ground and perched on an anthill is still basically on the ground”. Again we are being treated to the usual…
Monday, 31 October 2011 17:01

On the reconstitution of federal boards

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So, in the best interest of the country and its good people, the President should get closer to the masses to win their love, admiration and support. He must be reminded that God's real love is with the poor and the down-trodden. He has no option than to succeed because he has come at a time when any little positive change will distinguish him from the past. These were my words in my article titled "What Mr. President must do to succeed", which was published in many media outfits, including Leadership under the title, "Agenda for Mr. President." With the…
Sunday, 30 October 2011 02:56

Time to Reclaim Nigeria : Part 2

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Click for Part 1 Time to Reclaim Nigeria Perhaps the most interesting – some would say most bizarre – story out of Nigeria this past week was that involving some of the country’s journalists in the capital city, Abuja. We have had tales of inducement of journalists, and its impact on their job in the past, so this aspect of the story was not particularly enthralling. I shall tell the other side of the story, which would have been quite comical if not that it is tragic. According to reports, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed,…
Saturday, 29 October 2011 20:05

I Wish I Were Okey Ndibe

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Let me admit right upfront that I am a fan of Mr. Okey Ndibe. I have also told him straight to his face and outside his face that he is an equal opportunity critic. He criticizes Igbo as much as he criticizes any other ethnic group. I doubt that Mr. Ndibe speaks for or can even speak for anybody no matter how hard he tries. Mr. Ndibe speaks for Okey Ndibe that is the best he is capable of doing. His opinions are his and he hangs on to them and guard them against every advice. It is both his…
Out of the US1billion dollar I got from the oil block, I have USD500 million left which I do not know what to spend it on"--Gen T.Y Danjuma (rtd). I once watched with bemusement, a deaf and dumb boy who caught his mom with a stranger in bed. When his father came home, the poor young boy was at loss on how to communicate his discovery. After several futile attempts, the boy ceased trying. The father on the other hand patted him, walked into the bedroom and was scolding the wife, he asked her why she was sick, rolling on…
Saturday, 22 October 2011 06:42

Biafra and Islamic Nigeria

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On the 22nd of September, 2011 five Igbo men domiciled and carrying on businesses in Mandala, Niger State of Nigeria were murdered by some Muslim men suspected to be members of the Boko Haram group. The reason given for the killing is that they failed to recite verses from the Koran, the Islamic book of religious tenets. Boko Haram is a separatist Islamic group of the north of Nigeria. In the past nine years the group has consistently campaigned through violence to human lives and property for the establishment of a separate Islamic state from the Nigerian union. But through…
This article and a previous one titled: Biafra and Islamic Nigeria were originally written as one. They can be read as such for more detailed background information on this topic. Let’s look at it like this in regard to why all Igbo/Biafra leaders and politicians have no excuse as to why they cannot champion the Biafran cause. Some few years back when Abiola’s election was nullified by Babangida’s administration in Nigeria Igbo/Biafra people were at the forefront of those who campaigned for justice in that matter. That was a good thing to do. Abiola was from a different ethnic group…
Monday, 24 October 2011 08:45

The Problem With Nigeria Is You And Me!

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What is the problem with Nigeria, who is the problem, today I dare say that the problem with Nigeria, is Nigerians, part of our problem, is simply put, 'us', 'we', 'you', them, 'they'. The problem with Nigeria actually is you and me! Nigeria, ideally is one of the best places to live in, it is not a Police State like so-called Western Democracies...In Nigeria I can urinate anywhere and not get fined or arrested, I can get a ladder and climb the electricity poles and effect a change of power phases, that is if the problem is not from the…
Sunday, 23 October 2011 23:10

Time to Reclaim Nigeria

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I have been following the “Occupy Movement” across the world and I must say I am impressed. What started as a small band of protesters on Wall Street in New York a few weeks ago, has grown into a global movement against the current exploitative social order. It is growing bigger every day, incorporating community and religious groups, labour unions, students, and youth organisations. As an internationalist, I stand in solidarity with the protesters everywhere. It was inevitable that sooner rather than later “free market” capitalism, another name for corporate greed and brutal exploitation of weaker nations, the working people…
Friday, 21 October 2011 01:24

Why I Miss Ribadu

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The first time I heard of Mallam Nuhu Ribadu was when he was appointed Chairman of the EFCC. Like many Nigerians, I didn’t care much. To me, he was just another appointee who wouldn’t deliver. During his term as the chairman of the anti-corruption agency, I read news reports on how he prosecuted corrupt politicians and businessmen. Then, the fear of Ribadu and the EFCC was the beginning of wisdom. People would make jokes such as “I’ll report you to EFCC” “Ribadu is coming after you”, etc. Gradually, Ribadu’s story aroused my interest; it was refreshing to know that someone…
Tuesday, 18 October 2011 05:21

Revolt of the Emirs

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It is not in the tradition of a sitting aristocrat to revolt, more so if he is an Emir in an era when the institution is stripped of all its major functions but saddled with the enormous task of ensuring security of life and property. So when some royal fathers decided to breakaway from the tradition of waiting for the Sultan to announce the sighting of the crescent during the last Ramadan and do it themselves, little did they know that we the masses were watching with keen interest. The revolt, if we may call it so, is more surprising…
Monday, 17 October 2011 07:00

Igbos Egos Enjoy Their Fights With Nigerians

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Mr Okey: I do not know why you sent the below material to me. I liked it. In that same spirit I send to you a piece I wrote this morning. Make of it what you like. Each of us does what he believes is useful to society and I do what I believe is useful to society, what would help Igbos become less persecuted in Nigeria. Cheers, Ozodi It took me the longest time to realize that human beings are not victims of their world; to know that their world is their dream and that they mutually project out…
Monday, 17 October 2011 06:57

Igbos Appear To Have Death Wish (Thanatos)

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In our time psychoanalysis and its insights into human nature is no longer in vogue; instead, much of our thinking on human psychology is colored by biological psychology, the belief that thinking is a product of our brain chemistry and has nothing to do with intra-psyche matters. This essay says that it appears that the psychoanalytic view that human beings appear to have death wish would seem to apply to Igbos for otherwise how do we explain their insistence on doing that which clearly irritates other persons and provokes them to attack and kill Igbos? IGBOS APPEAR TO HAVE DEATH…