Nigerian Affairs

The Igbo Blaming Game Retards Igbo Self Governance Ozodi Osuji Now watch this. The World Health Organization, WHO, has judged Onitsha, Aba and Umuahia as the world's dirtiest and most polluted cities. The world has made that determination and given its criteria for doing so. The next question is assigning responsibility for the situation. Upon reading the WHO report I assigned responsibility to Igbos lack of governmental skills and refusal to pay taxes and using tax money to serve public good. I attributed this sad situation to Igbo history, a history that did not have large governments that needed to…
What Exactly Is The Matter With Igbo City Administrators? Ozodi Osuji Today, the World Health Organization, WHO, came out with a list of the world's most polluted cities. The number one such city in the world is Onitsha in Nigeria. This is not a surprise. A few years ago, Karl Maier wrote a book called "This House has fallen" (New York: Basic Books, 2002). In it, among other negative views on Nigeria, the fallen house, he narrated his visit to Onitsha; he wrote about how garbage was thrown all over the streets of Onitsha and how no one seemed to…
Sunday, 08 May 2016 08:10

Why Igbos want to shame folks

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Igbos Feel Devasted By Negative Social Appraisal Of Them; They Then Feel That If They Negatively Appraise People That They Would Devastate Them Ozodi Osuji The typical Igbo feels devastated by negative appraisal of him by other persons; he is held in bondage by fear of what other people would say of him. Because Igbos are enslaved by fear of what other people would say about them they figure that all people are like them and are afraid of what other people say about them. Thus, they come to the public and say the most outrageous lies about people and…
Thursday, 05 May 2016 14:46

Enugu Killings 4th Dimension

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The killings in Enugu is a done deal but should be made to be the turning point of Boko Haram’s southward incursions. Let history understand that the point where the dead martyrs of Enugu were buried was the furthest and the last stop of the terrorists. That here was where we stood and declared that we will not take any more nonsense. Here’s how: Burials of the dead: Let’s bury the dead one at a time and make each burial as gruesome and emotional as possible. The dead should be carried around the entire LGA with processions led by bishops,…
I cannot think of any Nigerian more Sympathetic and more supportive of the Buhari Government than I am. You can tell that from how often I have supported Buhari using this column and how often I have defended some of his glaring mistakes and sloppiness as President. I do it because I knew him when he was only a Captain getting ready to be promoted a Major in the Nigerian Army, He is an upright man any way you slice it, but I truly believe that Age is sneaking up on him and doing so with vengeance like it did…
Four months into the 2016 financial year, the Federal Government of Nigeria still does not have an approved Budget. So, the government has been spending funds that have not been appropriated and the capital projects planned for this year are yet to take off. Clearly, the 2016 Budget impasse is an indication of the urgent need for reform of the federal budgeting process in order to improve effectiveness, efficiency, transparency and accountability in public spending. Therefore, President Buhari must initiate the reform process by setting up a committee to examine the relevant sections of the Constitution and the Fiscal Responsibility…
Monday, 02 May 2016 23:58

Great Marital Lessons from Nigeria

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After speaking with a few Nigerian married women at Abuja and Lagos and some married Nigerian men in Atlanta and New York, I have come to appreciate signals. According to a yellowing dictionary I picked up at America’s Thrift Store for $1.00 (N317), a signal means a sign, indicator, a pointer, hint, or warning sign. The Nigerian culture is full of signals which teach valuable lessons of which we in Diaspora are not aware. Mainland Nigerian married men (MM) seem to be doing much better than their overseas counterparts in handling common conflicts that may mar marital bliss but are…
Monday, 02 May 2016 15:38

Education Ain’t Cheap!

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The decline in government funding of higher education, the economic downturn, the long decades of unforgivable neglect, along with rapidly rising costs of the different services and products that universities have to provide, have led to steady increases in student and parents outlays over the last two or three decades. There are no indications that costs will go down, neither are there signals that one day university education will be free – as called for by many segments of the society. All institutions should consider a number of factors to determine the students’ full cost of study. According to some…
There is only one thing that could be labelled as the truth in the killings of Enugu residents and that is that some people died. Beyond that all what we have are speculations. Points: How many people were killed? Any number is a guess work. I am yet to hear of the efforts made by the police or any Enugu government officials or anybody else to ascertain the number of the dead and wounded. Who did the killing? Fulani herdsmen? Boko Haram terrorists? Soldiers/Police? We do not know. The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese, Prof. Godfrey Onah has been quoted…
Saturday, 30 April 2016 03:03

Nigerian Lives Do Not Matter II

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Did you see the picture of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and President Muhammadu Buhari? If not please follow this link: http://www.nigeriavillagesquare.com/articles/governor-ifeanyi-ugwuanyi-and-other-governors-of-nc-sw-se-and-ss-states-where-are-you.html If you only see the picture your guess would be that the two leaders are celebrating a major national achievement. There is no evidence that they met because 50 citizens had just been slaughtered in cold blood in their nation. The governor representing the grieving families looked nothing like anybody in mourning. He was clowning and laughing and behaving like a young woman who had just received marriage proposal from Mohammed Ali in his hey days or…
Thursday, 28 April 2016 23:12

To forgive or not to forgive Fulanis?

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To forgive is to overlook the wrongs that other people did to you. The issue of overlooking the world is really rankling me. Consider. I see Fulanis kill Igbos and the course tells me that they did nothing for what they did was done in a dream. But in the here and now world they did kill people. The course would say that they killed those who wanted to be killed and did so in their nightmarish dreams. My duty, the course says, is to learn from the episode and overlook it and forgive it. Nothing was done for dream…
Thursday, 28 April 2016 22:39

Buhari: Who is sabotaging the sheriff?

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BONNIE Honig, political theorist and author of 'Emergency Politics: Paradox, Law, Democracy' wrote: "Democracies must resist emergency's pull to focus on life's necessities (food, security, and bare essentials)" as they "tend to privatize and isolate citizens rather than bring us together on behalf of hopeful futures." Emphasizing the connections between contemporary food politics and the infrastructure of consumption, among others, Honig argued that though "good citizens with aspirational ideals" are needed to make good politics, infusion of citizens with idealism is also a product of good politics. Nigeria's 2016 budget impasse, which has not only left the political actors in…
I was living in Enugu in 1967 when the bodies and body parts of Eastern Nigerians and naked or nearly naked men and women sauntered into Enugu. Those people were dispossessed of everything they had owned in other parts of Nigeria. They arrived by trains and by roads making the Enugu train station and Ogbete Motor Park a kind of tourist points as Easterners of every tribe and tongue scoured the stations in search of family and friends. Sometimes an applause or celebration arose from close of far points signaling that a loved one has been found. At other times…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 23:11

Only us will fight for our liberty

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NIGERIANS SHOULD LIVE COURAGEOUSLY OR DIE THE DEATH OF COWARDS Ozodi Osuji Upon hearing that Fulani herdsmen had killed hundreds of people at Enugu I emailed to people in Nigeria. I asked them about what is really going on. They told me that it appears that Fulanis are on the move trying to use terrorism to intimidate southern Nigerians into allowing Fulanis to rule them and eventually impose Islam on them. I listened to this talk and then asked them what they are going to do about it. One of them said: "we go siddon de look". I said to…
Yesterday, April 25, 2016 I heard that Fulani cattle herdsmen invaded some Igbo villages in Enugu (Uzo-uwani people of Enugu state) and killed several people. I could not believe it. Why? I have seen Fulani herdsmen and their cattle. Usually, there are a couple of those herdsmen with a whole bunch of cattle. Seldom is their number more than five. So, I say to myself, let us assume that there are five herdsmen with a herd of cattle in an Igbo village; let us further assume that they have Russian made AK 47 rifles with them. How can this very…
PREAMBLE: This morning I read at Facebook where Fulani cattle herdsmen massacred Enugu villagers. I could not believe that Fulanis could come all the way from the North to Alaigbo and have the audacity to believe that they could kill Igbos in their homeland and walk away scot free! This implies that the Fulanis now believe that Nigeria belongs to them; they have colonized Nigeria and can brazenly do whatever they want to do and their brother in Aso Rock, Malam Buhari, would not legally prosecute them. So, it has come to this, I mean domestic colonialism, eh? Okay. It…
Much as I recognize General Muhammadu Buhari as the Field Marshall of the Nigerian War against Corruption and Discipline from his days as a military Head of State for 20 months from 1985, there are other unsung heroes Nigeria must not forget. One of them is the star of this article. He is the young man I am proud to call my boss. He is the CEO and President of the Sahara Media Company of New York. The guy rides the Path train and the New York Subway to work every day from his home in New Jersey like the…
Saturday, 23 April 2016 11:36

There is an Evil in our Land

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“There's an evil in our land, And a foe we must withstand, Let us be strong to fight the wrong………..” Jennie Evelyn Hussey. Nigeria has been given over to an evil debased mind and culture. Evil now rules us and the wickedness that has been sown is reaping a whirlwind of horrifying judgment that is shocking and debilitating the nation. Sadly, we deserve what is coming by our individual and collective sins as a people who have abandoned God for self. There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed (Luke 8:17), and we are now seeing revealed the depths…
The Greater London Authority Elections – where Londoners will vote for a new Mayor of London and Members of the London Assembly – is on 5th May 2016. Yet, I, members of my family and many Londoners (including anybody who belongs to the British Commonwealth) voted today, 21st April, 2016, about 2 weeks away. Why? This is because many voting households and individuals, who have opted to vote by Post because of convenience, received their Postal Voting Packs today. This benefits and eases the stress on the elderly, the pregnant women, the handicaps and invalids, who otherwise may find it…
The point can now be made that the PDP created all of the problems that President Buhari has to solve for Nigeria today. The paradox or irony is that the PDP believes it is their job to let no one hear about any success or progress the President and his Government are making and have continued to make. Buhari is in the hell of a job not for the income but for the outcome because he fully understands that if Nigeria does not kill Corruption, Corruption is going to kill Nigeria. I tell you that Corruption has already put Nigeria…
Monday, 18 April 2016 16:13

The Awgu Massacre or the Awgu 76

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I apologize for my tardiness in getting to this topic although I have written periodically on the menace of cattle farmers south of Kaduna and all the way to Lagos and Port Harcourt/Calabar. The most important function of ANY GOVERNMENT is the protection of the lives and property of citizens from both domestic and external forces. A government that is unable to do this does not exist as far as the citizens are concerned. When there is no government the citizens have a right to try to protect themselves to the best of their ability. They should not roll over…
Sunday, 17 April 2016 14:21

Amadou's Complaints

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You’re a Christian. You’ve met many African Muslims you see at flea markets scattered around your city in the USA. They are men selling handbags and jeans imported from China. Their women plait hair, carry babies on their backs, and help their husbands support the families. Perhaps, you’ve been to their social gatherings, they gave you food, you ate, and did not die. It finally dawns on you that “these people are people.” You are finding out that, like Christians and Jews, the Muslims are children of God. They want the same things that you and I want. They want…
Thursday, 14 April 2016 15:08

Have the Plain Will travel

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Many of us have complained about the junketing of President Muhammadu Buhari. In a recent article this writer tried to give reasons why the president is always airborne and posited that PMB did not trust his chosen officers and was trying to do everything by himself (http://chatafrik.com/articles/nigerian-affairs/the-true-story-behind-president-buhari-s-frequent-overseas-travels#.Vw-eezArLIU). Writer Okey Ndibe in a Nigerian Village Square article tries to demonstrate that PMB has enough work at home to preclude the accumulation of frequent traveler miles http://www.nigeriavillagesquare.com/okey-ndibe/if-i-were-buhari.html The Igbo say that to find the real reason why a murder was possible one would have to go the black smiths (machete and gun…
The principle of autonomy and/or self-determination is viewed as foundational in any true democracy. It is however worrying when democracy becomes a millstone around the neck of those who are supposed to benefit from it. Such has been the case in Nigeria for close to seventeen years of supposed democratic rule. Democracy has been turned on its head and self-determination or autonomy do not exist, or at best, are infinitesimal. Ajayi and Ojo (2014) wrote that “while it remains true that Nigeria is governed by democratically elected leaders at the federal and state levels, Nigeria is yet to institutionalise democracy…
Even as one struggles to make room for optimism in the destiny of Nigeria in these unsettling times, without doubt in the hope that those who now hold the levers of power will somehow manage to begin to find solutions to some of our lingering pains, some odd incidents take place and feed one’s subconscious desire to remain an incurable pessimist. These random events, which occur in all areas of our national life, often portray the monumental decay that has spread through the society. Thus, every area you can think of, regardless of its origin and history, stinks to high…