Nigerian Affairs

THESIS #1 The paranoid person feels inordinately inferior and compensates with false superiority; he pursues power and want to be better than other people. But despite his obsessive-compulsive pretense of superiority he still feels inadequate. Paranoid Igbos insult those people they feel inferior to. THESIS #2 If you appear to be a person of high social status the paranoid Igbo does not expect you to come down to his supposed lowly level and relate to him. If you relate to him he feels that you must be like him, an inferior person; he cannot understand why a supposed important person…
Sunday, 03 July 2016 00:18

Why can't I ignore crazy people?

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I have a problem, that problem is my inability to ignore folk's craziness. I see a person acting out and instead of ignoring him I respond to him. Why do I do this? Consider this episode. A couple of days ago I wrote an essay on Trump and Hillary. I tried to show their strengths and weaknesses. I concluded that to me both are not my ideal candidates and that since I cannot honestly get myself to vote for either of them that I am going to not vote come November. As an American citizen I have a right to…
The Muslim personality I want to profile to mark this year Ramadan Celebration is late Alhaji Ayinla Omowura, the Apala Music Maestro of the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria. The greatness of a country is determined not only by how much it values its political leaders as a group, but how much emphasis or premium the country places on other individuals in society who have made a contribution with their God-given talents in their own line of occupation or business. The Beatles in Britain in the 60s became world-wide celebrities as much as the most youthful and the most charismatic American…
Femi Oyeweso, in comments reported on February 27, 2013 scored the winning soccer goal when he observed that our country Nigeria and our leadership have wasted billions of oil money through embezzlement, malfeasance, and downright mismanagement. Oyeweso made reference to a speech former U S President Bill Clinton gave at the 18th Annual ThisDay Award for Teachers in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. Mr. Clinton made very important and revealing observations. First: that Nigerian poverty fuels religious violence. Second: that oil is a valuable commodity that is best put to good use for development, eradication of poverty, disease and illiteracy,…
Sunday, 26 June 2016 21:51

On the osu phenomenon in Alaigbo

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Daniel Akusobi: Dan, you have taken it upon yourself to pontificate on subjects that you know nothing about. Just because you are an Igbo does not give you the right to presume to be an expert on everything Igbos. If I may express my wish I would like you to take a leave from Nigerian forums. I want you, Nebu, Greg Ukaegbu. Collins Ezebuihe, Assagwara, Ezeana, Abraham Madu to take a break from these forums. You are bringing disrepute to Igbos by always talking nonsense about Igbos. It was you fools that made the Osu issue an issue for public…
The purpose of this essay is to report on a letter of sex scandal involving Nigerian lawmakers without adding a word of this essayist and to give the authors and internet sources. Readers are asked to draw their conclusions. This essayist is a teacher, does not support any political party, and does not advocate militancy or violence to overthrow Nigerian or any government. He speaks the truth as he sees it. We owe it as a duty to conscience and other citizens to speak the truth. https://checkpointcharley.net/2016/06/16/us-cancels-visa-of-3-randy-reps-enmeshed-in-sex-scandal-dogara-orders-probe/ See also http://www.otimestv.com/2016/06/konji-us-ambassador-exposes-nigerian.html The Ambassador, in a letter dated June 9, 2016, addressed…
The choice of who to appoint as Attorney General of the Federation ought not to be based solely on Quota and Partisan Politics because the Attorney General holds the most important job in the Cabinet as the Chief Law Enforcement officer of the country and the intermediary between the Government and the Judiciary. There is no way the President as Head of the Executive can succeed in his governance of the country if the Judiciary decides to take a hike or just frustrate him by making it harder for him to achieve his goal by using delaying tactics. A good…
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 15:00

Open Letter To All Nigerians Everywhere

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This letter is addressed to YOU Nigerians of all ethnic variations, including but not limited to the Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Kanuri, Ibibio, Fulani, Berom, Urhobo, Babur, Achipa, Bade, Kanuri, Bini, Chokobo, Daka, Degema, Ebu, Tiv, Ga'anda, Gavako, Holma, Idoma, Ikom, Jero, and all the other tribes within the Sovereign Nation of Nigeria. Greetings: We are Nigerian, of Nigerian parentage, have lived Nigerian and will probably die Nigerian. But we are not ashamed to be known or seen as Nigerians for obvious reasons that will soon be seen and heard. Our 56-year-old Father is changing in many ways for the better…
They say that you can take the child out of the ghetto but cannot take the ghetto out of him. In effect, we go to wherever we go to in life with our childhood socialization. In childhood we internalize our culture and thereafter take it with us to wherever we go to in life. Even when what we internalized is barbaric behavior we take it to civilized situations. Changing environment does not lead to changing ones behaviors for we take our old problematic habits to every milieu we enter. I recall growing up at Lagos and seeing the kids call…
Thursday, 09 June 2016 03:31

Legacies of Polygamy

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Last week, a friend complained about her mother-in-law spreading tales all over town. “Can you imagine,” She lamented, “a 70-year old telling lies about a woman half her age?” She was especially grieved that someone that old still exhibited such moral decrepitude. I reminded her that said ‘spreader of lies’ is living out her senior years as the second wife of a polygamist; the implication being she had not aged in a polygamous setup without having some nefarious tricks up her proverbial sleeve. Arguably, polygamy is a poisonous institution that creates an environment in which participants are trained to fight…
There is a picture on Facebook of an Igbo woman beheaded by a Hausa mob at Kano; the reason given for cutting off her head is that she insulted the Koran and or Mohammed. I want to ask a few questions and provide some tentative answers. The questions are: why do Muslim Northerners find it easy to cut off people's heads under the pretext that they insulted their Holy Book and or religious leader? If God is as powerful as folks say that he is and if his prophet is as powerful as he is supposed to be it follows…
Saturday, 04 June 2016 18:08

Random Thoughts

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From Ozodi Osuji's daily journal THE LEADER DEALS WITH THE REAL WORLD NOT THE IDEAL WORLD Leaders deal with the world as it is; the world as it is is imperfect; people are imperfect; leaders use imperfect human beings to accomplish imperfect goals; they help people survive in the imperfect world. They are not motivated to be ideal for ideal is conceptual, mental and not real. LEADERS WORK WITH PEOPLE Leaders have good interpersonal skills, for leadership goals are attained by working with other people; a goal that can be achieved by the individual alone does not require working with…
Dr. Wumi Akintide, this morning, I read your piece, at Facebook, on implementing what you called "The 2014 Confab on restructuring Nigeria". I am not privy to the findings and recommendations of the 2014 confab, nor did your piece elucidate what they are. However, I have given the Nigerian problem some thoughts. I am convinced that for Nigeria to work it must be fundamentally restructured. The British lumped together people who are irreconcilably different in their cultures into one geographic entity; they called the incipient country Niger area (which the wife of the first governor of the geographic space, Frederick…
Thursday, 02 June 2016 20:02

The Nigerian Internet cockroach

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Have you lived in a house full of cockroaches? I have; a few years ago I was in the Washington DC area and stayed in a house with cockroaches in it. When you turn the light off and go out and later come back, during the night, when the house is dark, and turn on the light you notice that the cockroaches are everywhere. Upon seeing light the cockroaches literally let go of their feet grasping on the walls and fall down and scurry into dark corners. They let go and fall down because they do not want to be…
Let me confess upfront that if I never checked out of Nigeria at the time I did, I would probably be a great part of the Nigerian malfeasance that this article wants to highlight. I would probably be a Commissioner in Ondo State or a Chairman of a federal parastatal based in Abuja or an Ambassador representing Nigeria in some foreign country if I never left home. I am not saying that to gloat like Donald Trump that I am going to be what I can never be, given my track record. Donald Trump claims he knows ISIS and the…
Tuesday, 31 May 2016 19:36

Buhari and the tragedy of politics!

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"He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles." - Harry Emerson Fosdick. I am a professed and an active Buharist and I am glad I made a wise choice! Impliedly, given the opportunity again, I will not hesitate to repeat my preference for Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria's president. With that said, one cannot but be worried about the direction in which Nigeria is headed. That there is…
President Muhammadu Buhari completes his first year in office this today. In sports parlance this would be the end of the first quarter of a 4-quarter game. At this juncture he is behind. Before we explore how and why he is behind we need to express some inalienable truths: Nigeria is a country of over 100 million fractious people who fight over bread and butter issues, over religion, and over tribe and culture. She is a factitious nation nearly impossible to govern. Nigeria cannot be turned around on a pin. In this context a year is not sufficient time to…
There are many fans of this column who will think I misspoke by sticking out my neck and having the courage of my conviction to say something this flattering on Obasanjo who is despised by many of his fellow Southerners but treasured as patriotic and trust-worthy by the majority of the Northerners. The late D. O Fagunwa of Okegbo in Ondo State is our moral equivalent of William Shakespeare in Nigeria. He like Chinua Achebe mentioned "Eda Omo Oodua" in one of fictional books in Yoruba titled, "Irinkerindo ninu Igbo Elegbeje" and in few of the private lectures he gave…
Looking back on where Nigeria is today, and where the country was in 2003, 2007, 2011 I believe it was a disaster for Nigeria that Buhari arguably the least corrupt and the most disciplined of our former Heads of State was not elected until 2015, I make this statement because the man should have been 12 years younger if he was elected in 2003 and 4 years younger if he was elected when he ran with Pastor Tunde Bakare. I am convinced beyond any doubt that Pastor Bakare has a lot more fire in his belly than our current Vice…
I woke up this morning with an insight; I had not asked for the insight but there it was in my mind. The insight is a clearer understanding of the jealousy component of delusion disorder. Apparently, I had not had occasion to ponder it deeply and understand it but this morning I understood it. In case you are new to these matters there is a psychiatric disorder called delusion disorder. It has five major types: grandiose, persecutory, jealous, somatic and erotomanic. Briefly, grandiose type means that such persons feel superior to other people; persecutory type means that such persons feel…
Every human being, every now and then, feels attacked by other people and defends his self. When most of us hear about it we automatically agree that such persons were in fact attacked and had a right to defend themselves. On the other hand, there are instances where some folks do certain things to make other people feel angry at them and those then attack them. Now, seeing that they are attacked they tell the whole world that they are being persecuted. People listen to them and observe their behaviors and move on for without being psychologists they instinctively understand…
There ought not to be any debate about the pollution in the four sister cities above or over their ranking. The places are badly polluted. The debate should focus on the way forward. But it helps if we first understand how the pollution started and developed as a warning to what could or is happening in other places in Nigeria and the world. I must state that I do not know much of Kaduna since I had only spent a mere two days in the city in the early s70’s and even then did not go round. The area I…
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 16:05

Why Do We Love Names That Celebrate Death?

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I love Igbo names because they are meaningful, with some exceptions. The purpose of this essay is to decry bad names . Why would someone leave Atlanta, London, or Aba in Nigeria, travel many miles to his village under blistering, sweltering, and scorching sun along pot-holed roads fraught with highway robbers, live through "ime ego" (paying dowry) and "Igba nkwu" (carrying palm wine to in-laws) to marry a girl, and finally Christine his newborn child Onwubiko or some other hideous name having something to do with death? I don't get it. Put another way, why do we celebrate death so…
By Dr. Emmanuel Ojameruaye, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Over the past seven months, the federal government through its regulatory agencies has imposed extraordinary and controversial fines on at least three multinational corporations operating in the country. The first case was a fine of $5.2 billion (N1trillion) imposed on MTN, the South African telecommunication company, in October 2015 by the National Communication Commission (NCC) imposed a for "not meeting the deadline set by the Mobile Network Operators for disconnecting the Subscribers Identification Modules (SIM) with improper registration". The NCC alleged that during the compliance audit it carried out on MTN network it discovered that…
Salvation For Lying Igbos Lies In Speaking The Truth! Let me try, again, and see if I can reach unrepentant Igbos who somehow imagine that telling lies in pursuit of the chimera of Biafra is right (they, apparently, agree with Nicolo Machiavelli that the end justifies the means; in their world there is no such thing as self-evident truth). These evil souls need to learn that it is from only living the truth that the individual and his group is saved. For one thing, truth leads to having peace of mind and joy whereas those who tell lies and desecrate…