Nigerian Affairs

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…
This essay asked the question that many Nigerians probably ask: would you prefer a Nigerian professional to professionals from the other races to provide the services that you desire? If the answer is no, as it probably is, why is it the case that Nigerian professionals are third rate? What can be done to make them first rate. The paper asked questions without proffering answers. You, the reader, could provide the needed answers! IF YOU HAD A CHOICE WOULD YOU GO TO A NIGERIAN DOCTOR? Ozodi Thomas Osuji Over the weekend I told a friend that a cousin’s wife recently…
 ...but hardly possible without the active collaboration of our political leadership This may sound like a lonely voice in the wilderness but it is the bitter truth. I am expressing it, nonetheless, because I know that where 2 or 3 Yorubas are gathered, there is always as many as 5, 6 or 7 opinions. Many see it as a weakness but a few see it as a big strength and I do. The beauty of American Democracy is predicated on that. The Yorubas are therefore very different from the Hausa/Fulani and the Igbos for that reason and many more. It…
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.…