Nigerian Affairs

Monday, 18 January 2016 08:11

Final thoughts on Nebu the Satan

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Final Thoughts On Nebu If You Meet The Deluded Ego, Yours Or Other Peoples, Kill It Ozodi Osuji The Ego is the belief that God is wrong and his son is right; to be an egotist is to see one's self as right and God as wrong. The egotist must believe that he is right and other people are wrong. There is nothing that you can do about this situation, for by definition the ego is belief in one's rightness and the wrongness of other people (and God). The cost of being an ego is that the egotist is condemned…
I have been musing over the conundrum above for a very long time, even before this new dispensation of the sincere and stern President Buhari, and I can’t get it off my mind, the possibility, that is. Corruption is defined nowadays simply as “The abuse of entrusted power for private gain”. Please don’t get me wrong, I am not a subscriber to puritanism or absolute inviolability. Corruption is part of humankind and can never be completely eradicated from the face of the earth as longs as human beings inhabit this planet. In individuals, there is always a whiff of one…
The internet is so vast that it circles the world from east to west and from north to south. Many people do not know how big the internet is. It is beyond “all human understanding.” Apart from its vastness, the internet provides the users and abusers with cover and anonymity, which partly accounts for why users say things that they may not say in other mediums and in other physical places. There are no geographical boundaries or political spheres which make regulations almost impossible to implement or even to legislate. But the world is gradually coming to terms with an…
Apparently, a substantial number of Igbos hanker after separating from Nigeria. I reached this conclusion from observing their support for Nnamdi Kanu, the chap talking about seceding from Nigeria and boasting about killing Nigerians who block his path to attaining his goal. It is okay for a group of people to wish to separate from their country but they must evaluate the costs and benefits of their desired action. Nigeria did not exist before the British put it together in 1914. Nigeria is an artificial construct put together by the British and is meant to serve British interests, not Nigerians…
This article has been written in sad response to two recent “employment advertisement” scandals that have involved (or, rather, been repudiated) by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment and the Guaranty Trust Bank respectively. I am particularly annoyed as I sincerely send such job alerts, recruitment adverts, etc. to hundreds of young people in Nigeria I feel that I can help, even though I cannot personally provide jobs for them, or influence their chances of getting jobs; all I can do is make job opportunities accessible to them by informing them of these adverts. I now find myself in…
In the first part of this paper, I described the new concept of modulation of the prices of petroleum products based on the statements of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu. As I was about to publish the paper in the morning of December 30, the news broke out that the Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) had “modulated” the price of PMS at N86 per litre in NNPC filling stations and N86.5 per litre in non-NNPC filling stations for January to March 2016. I was almost thrown off balance by the news because I…
By Dr. Emmanuel Ojameruaye The purpose of this article is to examine the concept of "modulation of the prices of petroleum products" as recently espoused by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, and to offer some suggestions on how the process can be managed to ensure adequate supply of petroleum products at reasonable prices and on a sustainable basis while avoiding the pitfalls of the subsidy regime. In this first part, I discuss the concept of price modulation as I see it. In the second part, I will compare price modulation with the pricing under the subsidy regime and…
I am delighted that it happened at all. Press conferences are the way leaders answer to the people. The fourth estate is the voice of the people and by sitting down and taking questions from the people PMB demonstrates acceptance that he is the servant and not the master. The setting was a little disappointing. The President should have been standing and answering questions instead of sitting. By sitting he gave the appearance of a king on his/her throne which the president is not. I doubt that the president's age (72) is the reason after all he looks young and…
President Muhammadu Buhari’s explanations of why he is holding Messrs. Kanu and Dasuki despite court rulings exposes PMB for who he is as opposed to who he wants the world to believe. It brought out the forgotten fact that he is innately a dictator; that he is ill prepared for the office he holds; and that he is ignorant of the constitution he swore to defend and uphold. His explanations show that he is either ignorant or is a liar. You take your pick. I have below the extract of his explanations as published by the Daily Sun. After you…
The recent violent confrontation between soldiers and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) should not come as a surprise to anyone who understands the Nigerian state. It was bound to happen. In a country where truth is a scarce commodity and where impunity (whether by state or non-state actors) is the norm, it will be difficult to know exactly what happened in Zaria on December 12, 2015. Since nobody takes responsibility for anything in Nigeria, that egregious crime – committed by both parties – will go unpunished. Of course, there will be an enquiry, perhaps a white paper,…
As I end my participation at Nigerian Internet forums*, I am obligated to share what I learned about Igbos. Igbos are a primitive people; there is nothing I can do to civilize them; I did try to help them and failed and have given up any further efforts to civilize them; it will probably take another hundred years before they understand what civilization means. Nebu is the prototypal primitive Igbo. He exists to put folks down. He is a savage who feels like he is worthless, denies what he sees in him and projects it to other people; he thinks…
I rank Yinka Aiyefele and Donald Trump as the leading candidates for my own man of the year award for 2015. I see an interesting comparisons between Aiyefele's Nigeria and Donald Trump's America, if by any unlikely chance Mr. Trump is elected President of the greatest nation on Earth in 2016. The Nigeria that Yinka Aiyefele sang about in his album titled "Transformation" can never be the same Nigeria that you and I know and have experienced. Certainly not in my own experience for sure and that much I know. It was a Nigeria in which the rich got richer…
Monday, 28 December 2015 05:43

My stance on the issue of Biafra

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Lady Jewells Olson: A while ago, you asked me to explain my understanding of Biafra issue; here it is. Africans have traditionally been defined by other people; it is now time they defined themselves. Romans, over two thousand years ago, came to what is now called Africa and called it their province of Africa. They derived the name Africa from the Latin word, Aferi, Latin for black; hence Africa means land of black people. Upon Muhammed's death in 632 AD his Muslim Arabs swept into what is now called north Africa in the seventh century (they captured Egypt in 643…
Dr. Obiajulu Aduba's preliminary analysis of the Buhari Budget is right on target. I like it more when he argued that the devil is in the detail. I would like to add that the devil is not just in the details because the budget language Buhari read to the National Assembly is as good as it gets compared to other budget speeches in Nigeria including those presented during all of the years of Okonjo Iweala as Finance Minister. Dr. Aduba specifically compared Okonjo-Iweala's performance to that of her successor who neither went to Harvard nor earned a Ph.D. Mrs. Adeosun…
That President Muhammadu Buhari is undermining the Nigeria judiciary goes without saying. The most glaring example of this subversion is best illustrated by the administration’s handling of the case of Nnamdi Kanu. A case that should not have been has now brought a direct confrontation between Mr. Kanu and the Nigerian judiciary and by extension the nation. Mr. Kanu, a young British Nigerian, has made statements that were not music to the ears of PMB, and for the speeches which the constitution of Nigeria and United Nations Commission on Human Rights allow to be made in the manner it was…
Preliminary indications from PMB’s 2016 budget are positive and Nigerians applaud and welcome the budget. Of course we only have the preliminary numbers, the devil is always in the detail, so while I am happy now I reserve the rights to change my mind when we see the details. I am so happy because the budget sees education as the number one problem to be solved and therefore allocates a significant portion to it. Health was considered item number two, both before security which came in third. The statement “While reiterating his (PMB) commitment to economic diversification, he said farming…
Trial has begun at an Akure High Court in Ondo State, Nigeria in a sensational case of the looting of the savings account of a prominent Ondo state citizen in the Access Bank PLC. The incident occurred at the Ado/Owo road branch of the bank in Akure. The account holder who resides overseas arrived in Nigeria only to discover to his disillusionment that the amount of about 4million naira deposit in his account has been depleted to a miserable sum of about seventy nine thousand naira (N79,000). It was suspected that an insider of the bank having knowledge of the…
When History Speaks, Facts Are Laid Bare To Live With This master piece of a speech in defense of inclusion against exclusion in one's own country was delivered by Nelson Mandela to the White Apartheid Government of South Africa in 1964. It illustrates the fact that specific history at all times resonates in structured and institutionalized discrimination anywhere a group is treated as a problem to the rest of the nation like Nigeria. South Africa is well known to Nigerians in the struggle for its liberation from all forms of institutionalized discrimination and racism. In the post apartheid South Africa…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 20:53

It is Not Too Late Yet

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On December 5, 2015 I wrote a piece The Deathly Silence of Nigerians - Do Nigerian Lives Matter? I addressed the mass killing of Biafran demonstrators first in Port Harcourt and then in Onitsha Niger Bridge head. I lamented the silence of Nigerians especially my internet colleagues. Not one voice was raised. Even in Nigeria there was silence from the leaders of SS and SE and a feeble reaction by Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN); silence from the Human Rights groups except another not so forceful reaction from the Onitsha based Human Rights group. I truly missed the old Gani.Fawehinmi…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 18:10

The Revelations of the Damned!

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"Unemployment, underdevelopment and poverty everywhere in the land. Our people are living like animals; we cannot even rear our children” – Source Unknown. “Quite frankly, the war against Corruption is not strictly about me; it is about building a country for our children and forthcoming generations can live in peace and prosperity. All around the country, you see dilapidated infrastructure, poor healthcare, collapsed education, lack of public utilities, decayed social services, etc. These are all products of corruption because those entrusted to deliver these to the people have pocketed the money". – President Muhammadu Buhari, 11.12.2015 I am a very…
As implausible as it may seem, Nigerians of all ethnicity, of all political beliefs and of all education and life status agree that Nigeria is not working for them and want to change the existing situation. In light of this agreement I venture to make a few indecent proposals. It is possible that may be one would be acceptable to a large segment of our population to make the change happen. Indecent Proposal 1. By an act of the British Parliament, Nigeria became an independent country within the Commonwealth on October 1, 1960. Prior to that Nigerian Leaders and British…
In making this comment, I cannot help but put on my thinking cap as a teacher. My first job after my Higher School Certificate was a teaching job at Olofin Grammar School, Idanre. I took the job to please my Godfather, Chief AkinDeko, the late Lisa of Idanre and a good friend of my father. My last teaching job was at Igbobi College Lagos. I came from St Thomas Aquinas College, Akure another Ivy League Secondary School in Nigeria. Before then I taught for some 9 months at Olofin Grammar School before gaining admission to the great Obafemi Awolowo University…
Saturday, 12 December 2015 18:41

Why it is said that your attacker is your savior

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There is a metaphysical saying that when a person does something that upsets you that he is telling you what you need to change in you. He is your savior trying to heal a problem you have. If you heal that character flaw you would become a better person. Consider this issue. I belong to Nigerian Internet forums. An Igbo man called Nebucadinaze, for whatever reasons, decided to pick a fight with me. He would say nasty things about me. He would call me unprintable put down names. When I was a child if another child pushed me around I…
Friday, 11 December 2015 22:59

President Buhari’s Dwindling Stature

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Six months ago after Nigerian Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the results of the 2015 presidential election with General Muhammadu Buhari as the winner, the world stood still for a moment. Nigerians sang “hail Buhari” and religious people proclaimed GMB as God’s angel that would save Nigeria. His reputation was so high that nobody fathomed what could possibly bring him down to earth. Those who voted for him were sure that God had answered their prayers. Those who voted for his opponent Goodluck Ebele Jonathan had to hide in shame. Six months after the election those who voted for GEJ…
It is obviously a right to show that institutionalized and systemic discrimination is unacceptable. When an event, issue, comment, press statement or a talk is written down, it becomes a piece of critical history and it will never die. In Igbo parlance, we say "ihe ederede anaghi anwu anwu". That is, literally stated, when something is written down it stays forever and it can be turned to anytime to renew a discussion. I say this because in September 2003, I wrote a very critical article in reaction to Governor Orji Kalu’s comment on the Biafran war view and the Igbo…