Nigerian Affairs

Thursday, 22 December 2011 04:33

How the North Tricked Middle Belt to Fight Igbo

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THE United Middle Belt Youth Congress (UMBYC), a group at the forefront of mapping out the North Central geopolitical zone as Middle Belt has lampooned the north for lining up soldiers from the zone against the Igbos during the Nigerian civil war. They said the core north easily achieved this by exploiting the command structure of the military and manufacturing fear that Biafra is out to overrun them. 'We know the ignorant years that have passed when we went to war. When they mobilised us to war and told us 'ah they want to terminate you people. The Igbos are…
The Afenifere group solidarity visit to Otunba Gbenga Daniel in his Shagamu country home, on October 19, 2011, on his current political ostracization orchestrated by the 'enemies within', should not be considered as setting 'bad precedence'. The leaders that visited Daniel are those who will raise their heads above their shoulders in the helm of Yoruba affairs. It is despicable that anyone would see their visit as supporting bad omen in the Society. It is an atonement of perfidy to find out that the Afenifere Renewal Group, the younger subsidiary of Afenifere that broke away from the main body due…
Chido Onumah’s Time to Reclaim Nigeria couldn’t have come at a more auspicious time than this. That Nigeria is on a drift is not news, reclaiming it is therefore an important rallying call. Nigeria has a long history of popular struggle. Although very intermittent and sometimes disorganised with all the trappings of class, ethnic, regional, gender and related fissures, Nigerians have often succeeded in attaining the intent of their struggles, albeit minimally and in most cases short term. In all cases, those who led the struggles ended being the victims of their victories – it is either a different class…
By Chiji Oham and Osita Ebiem It has surprised many discerning readers following the sad news of General Ojukwu's passing; of how some half-baked and confused Nigerian journalists are employing and abusing the word "warlord" to supplement their bankrupt chest of vocabulary, in reference to the former Head of State of the Republic of Biafra, the late, General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu. Whether anyone likes it or not Biafra existed and was recognised as a sovereign independent state by some morally upright and politically honest nations while she lasted. From 30th May 1967 to 15th January 1970 Biafra stood proudly as…
Monday, 19 December 2011 22:31

The oil Nigeria needs

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When people in the rest of the world think of Nigeria, what they readily think is oil, the “black gold” that dominates the Nigerian economy. But if the Nigerian government and business leaders play their cards right, Nigeria will be known for another oil: palm oil. If so, this will mean a new and better day has dawned for Africa’s most populated country. Over half of the Nigerian labour force works in agriculture. However, Nigeria’s food sector lags behind the rest of the world. According to the International Food Policy Research Institute, “the overall prevalence of stunting, wasting, and underweight…
My Thought!!!! It is sad to see Emeka going through all this self-serving furore, and beside it is unthinkable to concur his end game. I only one thing for sure, he has never apply an iota of what Harvard thought him. And I know one thing for sure, Harvard doesn't teach you theory but mere commonsense which my good friend have failed to apply. First & foremost, It is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich , and before you go for a fight, you must have your game plans, set and prepare…
A father at some point recognizes that his children are now adults and leaves them alone; he leaves them to go to the world and live as they see fit. Living as they see fit includes making their own decisions and making mistakes and learning from them. All behaviors have effects; we take the consequences of our behaviors. This is a basic law of nature; no one can prevent you from taking the effects of your thinking and behaviors. Some people call this law of cause and effect karma; call it what you like, the fact is that our behaviors…
Apparently, homosexual relationship is currently a human rights issue and politicians do campaign on it. In Nigeria, the phenomenon is just testing the grounds and it can be difficult to tame despite the recent bill passed by the Nigerian House of Senate. But have we questioned its realities and understood them enough by the lay and experts? This article offers ways to question it and I am sure we have more challenges in our hands now that the issue of same-sex marriage in Nigeria is brought out to the open than before. By and large, with the recent bill banning…
Saturday, 17 December 2011 06:09

Only God can Save Nigeria

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The phrase, “only God can save Nigeria” is a common refrain used to punctuate any discussion of crisis in Nigeria. Talk about the lack of electricity despite a myriad of power generating options, and someone will say, “only God can save Nigeria.” Or discuss the high crime rate fueled by youth unemployment, immoral leadership, and maladministration of bountiful resources, and you will hear a sigh of despair followed by “only God can help Nigeria.” Downward spiral of the country? – “only God can deliver Nigeria.” Hyper-corruption? – “only God can help Nigeria.” Destructive leadership? – “Ehh…only God can save Nigeria…
Paper Presented to ACN UK General Meeting, 10th September 2011, London, UK . Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for giving me the honour of addressing this august sitting and audience of great political minds. It is perhaps imperative in this presentation to come to certain terms with what we are going to talk about. This is because when we say security, are we talking about food insecurity, financial insecurity, personal security, national security, etc? Anyway, I am sure, for this purpose of this political gathering that we are more concerned about national internal security of Nigerians as far as lives…
I choose to hit the nail on the head about Chief Luke Chukwu, the impostor in the Imo State House of Assembly,regardless of whose ox is gored.I am vocal when it comes to injustice of this nature, moreover, it is Ohaji /Egbema ,my constituency that we are talking about. I choose to speak my mind even before anybody’s intimidation. Was it not Thomas Jefferson who said, "rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God?’ We cannot wait for anyone to extend any invitation to us in Ohaji/Egbema to rise up and fight injustice done to us, but as individuals or groups,…
Thursday, 15 December 2011 22:20

Biafra: Nigerian Lawyer Gloating Over The Genocide

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It is sad enough to commit mass murder on an ethnic group of people with the expressed intention of completely exterminating them off the face of the Earth. That is what Nigeria and its citizens did (and are still doing) on the Igbo and other Biafran ethnic groups between 1966 and 1970. By the conclusion of that Nigerian genocidal campaign on the Biafran population, more than one quarter of the total population was murdered – exterminated. That fraction translated to 3.1 million children, women and men of Biafran ethnic peoples that were ethnically cleansed by the Nigerian Islamic state and…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 23:13

Why Do Igbos Always Go Looking For Trouble?

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There is something in the psychological makeup of Igbos that makes them always go looking for trouble. In the calmest of circumstances they will always do something that would annoy those around them, create conflict and then live in conflict; they seem to enjoy living in conflicts. As it were, they seem to have death wish and do things that would make those around them to attack them, and or kill them hence gratify their death wish (thanatos). Consider their relationship with their neighbors. Invariably they would say or do something that even a child knows would irritate those neighbors…
Inferiority feeling leads to compensatory claiming of credit for everything good while denying responsibility for everything bad; mental health leads to giving credit, for even ones work, to other persons! Why Do Igbos Have A Need To Take Credit For Everything Good? Ozodiobi Osuji Obi Nwankanma: There is no doubt that you understand the English language; I can visualize you teaching courses in English at American colleges. It is, therefore, refreshing to read your well written submissions on these forums. (Dominic Ogbonnna is another Igbo fellow with good command of the English language and one enjoys reading his posts; some…
The life of General Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu is typically resourceful, a reflection of the complexity and dialectical tension of human beings. Ojukwu the man had a humble beginning as a Nigerian of Igbo ethnic descent. Born into a prominent, wealthy Ojukwu family in Nnewi in Anambra state, the baby Ojukwu was a child considered born with a “golden spoon in his mouth.” The father was one of the Nigeria Millionaires, an indigenous entrepreneur known for his ownership of Ojukwu Transport Service, a business entity based in the former Eastern region. Ojukwu’s early life was exemplary and revealed many enviable achievements;…
There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm. Will Cather. During the Obasanjo administration, we called it reforms, and with Yar'adua came agenda, now we are transforming. But sadly the continued reoccurrence and persistence of repression through economic, political, and social-cultural means in the last 11 years of democracy has created a nation of traumatized and dehumanised citizenry. The indicators which the evil ruling class refuse to see include declining economy, political instability, pervasive and entrenched dictatorial and repressive mode of governance, mass poverty and growing worsening condition of social and personal insecurity and disharmony,…
Monday, 12 December 2011 16:38

Why Biafra And Not A Confederal Nigeria

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The language is plain enough for all to understand what Biafran advocates want but it seems like some people still fail to comprehend it. For those who fail to get the message it may bear repeating over and over again. We, Biafrans want a clean-cut separation from Nigeria; free, independent and sovereign state, doing our own things our own way. That is simple enough and it is the language of self actualization, Self Determination and that is the language we speak. Some people seem to feel uncomfortable, even disappointed with that but we actually careless about those people's feelings. We…
I have been following the controversy and the looming diplomatic crisis between the US and Nigeria over the proposed prohibition and criminalization of same sex marriage by Nigeria with keen interest and it is my sincere opinion as a human rights lawyer that the issue is being over emphasized by either side to the extent that both countries are losing sight of more important areas that promote mutually beneficial relationship between them. For instance, the past one and a half years have witnessed positive developments in the relationship between the US and Nigeria. Both countries have agreed among others, to…
Thursday, 08 December 2011 02:17

Defending the 3year-term for the Boko Haram member

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Only recently Nigeria’s judicial system sentenced to three years in prison a confessed member of and spokesperson for the Boko Haram separatist group in Nigeria. And suddenly there are a lot of supposedly ignorant critics crying foul of the judgment. It’s pitiful enough but becomes very pathetic when these “critics” are from the southeast or the Lower Niger Delta (Biafra Land) area. In trying to comment on what jail term the convicted Boko Haram member should get remains quite irrelevant so long as we would not take time to understand what really constitutes criminality. The most important question here will…
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…