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Nigerian Affairs

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…
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…
2015 is not far away by any measurement. It is even shorter for all those who are eyeing Aso rock and much shorter for those who are making their first assault on the esteemed villa. If one has not started yet, one may be late already. The Igbo who have made a great deal of noise about 2015 are the most challenged. Here are the initial steps for everybody. If you are a member of People's Democratic Party already and intends to run as one: Start moving up the party ladder quickly. At this point you ougnigeria electionsht to be…