Nigerian Affairs

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…
Justus Gbenga Daniel, a successful Businessman, an irresistible Political Strategist, not a real politician per se, a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, universally known as OGD, turning 60, in the country where an average male life-span is 55 years; should be full of commendations to God for sparing his life, twirling in good health, and able to accomplish some feats in his chosen careers in the service to civilization. The man who in 1990, founded Krestal Laurel, a total Engineering Company with Distinctive Competence and Knowledge in the field of Electro-mechanical Systems such Mobile Shelving Systems Elevators (popularly…
Like many Nigerians who massively supported and voted for Buhari and the APC to gain power in Nigeria, I am beginning to ask myself what the hell happened to me and what did I do wrong? How for Heaven's sake could I be so wrong about a man I thought was best equipped to fight Corruption in Nigeria? Nigerians voted in their millions for Buhari because we were all just tired of the 16 years of a Demolition Derby made worse by 6 years of a President who holds a Ph.D, but has the mind and the intellectual curiosity of…
Some of our internet comrades have recently penned that Mr. Nnamdi Kanu is (choose your pick): abandoned, alone, forgotten, ignored, and rotting. When writing any of these words what the authors are saying is “I wish any or all of these things on THE BRAVE ONE (TBO).” But we know that if wishes were horses that beggars might ride them. Alas wishes are not horses. Nnamdi is not alone, not abandoned, not ignored, not forgotten and not rotting. He is doing quite fine. There is not a day that he is not mentioned in the press. Not a day a…
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 07:07

Bandits in uniform, or a country of anything goes

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I had a few sleepless nights last week. It had nothing to do with the searing heat in the country or the epileptic power supply by Nigeria's eternally dysfunctional electricity company. My discomfiture had to do with the report about the heist at the Nigerian Air Force. The dizzying allegations of sustained robbery by the officers in charge, though not completely surprising, left me breathless. I ruminated on the trial of Alex Badeh. I reflected on the figures, did the math, and was driven to despair. I then asked myself the same question I asked a few years ago while…
The recent visit of President Jacob Zuma of South Africa to Nigeria presented an opportunity to rehash the view that Nigeria has not been given its due recognition in Africa. Of course, as expected, Mr. Zuma in his speech to the joint session of Nigeria's National Assembly did touch on Nigeria's role in the fight against Apartheid and its historical role in Africa. According to Mr. Zuma, "The people of Nigeria provided unwavering support and solidarity to the people of South Africa to unseat the last bastion of colonialism in Africa and enable us to attain our freedom." In what…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 13:53

Matters arising on Osun LCDAs

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It's no longer news that some 31 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), 3 Area Councils and two Administrative Offices were recently created in Osun State by the Rauf Aregbesola-led administration. As Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure in the Bola Tinubu-led administration when Lagos State had its LCDA experience, one can safely state that Aregbesola has garnered experience sufficient enough to help him drive the newly-created lower-tier administrative units in Osun State. At a period of global financial failure like this, fears on the part of the people cannot be said to be misplaced. It is therefore comforting to know that…
Nigeria’s oil minister, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu in his press address made these 9 points that at the moment, importing Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, also known as petrol, is cheaper than producing the product in the country’s refineries. that until the upgrade and total refurbishment of the refineries are concluded, as well as ensuring that the pipelines are fixed, it would be uneconomic and very expensive to refine PMS locally. that local refining of PMS would make much more economic sense if all the refineries undergo full set of repairs and Turn-Around Maintenance, TAM, and when new refineries are set up…
Monday, 21 March 2016 16:05

Questions for Igbos who claim to be Jews

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Generally, I explain things from a social science perspective not history perspective. Recently, I have been reading material by Igbos saying that Igbos are Jews. They provide interesting hypotheses to back their contention. Initially, I dismissed them as folks suffering from inferiority complex who want to compensate with neurotic, that is, false, superiority complex. Igbos, as far as I know, contributed nothing to the history we know about; they did not even develop writing or invent the wheel, necessities for civilization. Igbos are generally classified as a primitive, stateless people. As a result of been perceived as primitive, Igbos feel…
University education in Nigeria presently consists of what was known as the 3R’s: reading writing and arithmetic. This is ultimately the principal role of any institution of learning from primary to secondary to higher education. But education is for a purpose. I posit that, that purpose, is the education of the whole person which consists of the body the mind and the soul in a trinity. If the whole person enters the society properly educated the person’s services to the society would be enhanced and therefore more beneficial. The 3R’s is mostly concerned with intellectual parts of a person. It…
I crave your indulgence to use Akure as my reference point in this article because that is the place of my birth and the place I know best. There are far too many variations of Akure History just like there are variations of Yoruba history that need to be further researched and put to rest if at all possible. Those variations exist because much of our history is predicated on oral tradition and folklores passed from one generation to another with a lot of distortions in between. Since it was not possible to permanently document those variations of our History,…
In the short period that I have been privileged to serve as Minister of Finance, I have observed that even the most basic systems and controls over the management of our resources are in dire need of strengthening. While we are regaled with and shocked by details of amounts stolen, diverted or wasted, we must face the cold reality that such acts are facilitated by weaknesses in our systems. Even if we successfully prosecute and jail every looter, ghost worker and other economic saboteur, there is every risk that those caught will only be replaced by persons who are just…
The 9-month span of Mr. Muhammadu Buhari’s presidency is not long enough to pass final judgements on his stewardship but long enough to predict the future of Nigeria. Nigerians should start thinking whether the president has the right temperament to govern a complex country like Nigeria; whether he understands convoluted relationships between the federal government and states, between the government and citizens, between dictatorships and democracies, etc. The country should consider if the president understands the differences in the last sentence; does he have the nuances necessary to maneuver though these intricate relationships; does he have the judgement to implement…
“With the downturn in the global prices of oil, we now have to prospect our solid minerals. We have to return to agriculture. Mining and agriculture are our hopes now. We will welcome investments in these areas. We will appreciate an in-flow of more resources and expertise to help us achieve our objective of economic diversification.”President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria speaking to Council of Saudi Arabia’s Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Indeed, Nigeria has no other choice than to “massively” invest in agriculture and solid minerals so as to address the current oil downturns facing the…