Nigerian Affairs

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…
This is not an academic or professional article about what IGR or taxes are. We already know what they are and the role they play in governance in any country. This is more about our leaders’ attitude and approaches to implementing them effectively, such that they will be more publicly understood and acceptable. On the back of recent economic woes that has befallen the states in Nigeria, and the Federal Government, several state governors seem to have woken up and are gradually coming to their senses and the cries of the need to increase, improve or, for some, establish Internally…
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 07:28

Biafra on my mind

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I am a child of Biafra. I was born on the eve of that avoidable and internecine civil war. My father fought in that war on the side of Biafra. I have sat through many hours of interview to get a glimpse, from his personal experience, of what happened. At 81, my father still has very vivid memories of the civil war. He tells me there is nothing to be ashamed of fighting in that war which he joined willingly after failed attempts to conscript him. For him, Biafra was the product of our bungling of our independence, our nationhood;…
I have noticed a radical shift in the number of Nigerians returning home to be elected a legislator, a senator or a traditional ruler. The paradigm shift is a good development with very few drawbacks if any. The current Awujale of Ijebu Land Kabiyesi Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona Ogbagba the Second was reportedly shipped back to Nigeria as an Accounting student in the United Kingdom to come ascend the throne of his fathers at age 26 or thereabout as the first truly educated Awujale of Ijebu Ode. He came down to replace his father who voluntarily stepped down for his…
The leadership and followership of Americans stood up when some Black Americans were killed and asserted that Black Lives matter. It came from the pulpits of both Catholic and Protestant churches, from mosques, from temples and from political parties. GOP’s response was tame but it is on record. Not everybody believed that the killers’ stand were wrong but all agreed that killing was not the solution. As President Assad is killing his people, the world arose in anger as they did when Saddam and Gadhafi did the same things. Initial condemnation came from Syrians, Libyans, Iraqis. How different is Nigeria’s.…
Saturday, 05 December 2015 00:45

To save Nigeria it must be restructured, now

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I supported Mohammad Buhari's election; I had to for it was any person than the clueless Jonathan, the guy who did not know that corruption is stealing. Generally, a new government's trajectory is seen during its first 100 days in office. In that light, during those days I took a measure of Buhari and concluded that he has no agenda to solve the nation's problems. His propagandists may tell us that he has big plans to govern Nigeria but the fact is that he has not addressed any of the nation's issues. The man is an empty suite! In Nigeria…
It is clear to all and sundry that President Buhari is not satisfied with the way the Biafra/Nigeria way ended. He is particularly incensed at the rather quick recovery of Biafrans from the war hardships and is offended that ex-Biafrans are eager to participate in Nigeria’s development not just as receivers of Nigeria’s benevolences but as the creators of wealth. PMB would rather see ex Biafrans as the hewers of wood and drawers of water or as those who sit in street corners begging for a half of a loaf of bread. PMB wants to teach Biafrans a lesson that…
Take a hard look at the Igbo persons demonstrating for the release of Nnamdi Kanu; what do you see? I see young men between the age of 18 and 38. That is, I see Igbo youth demonstrating. What are people in this age group noted for? They are the military age group; these are the people who join the military, get trained and go fight and die for their father land. These are the people who are idealistic and can fight and die for ideas larger than their lives. These are the same age group currently fighting and dying for…
Prophets and Pastors are two for a penny in Nigeria. Many of them predict situations that are so generic that anyone can claim it because what they call a prophecy or prediction is nothing short of a wishful thinking or prayer which is the kind of thing you will expect to hear from any powerful man or woman of God in any country or society. If Nigerian pastors are able to see danger before they should help use that power to ward off evil and calamities before they occur. T. B Joshua obviously did not know ahead of time that…
This party, APC, has this habit of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Every time. It won a clear victory during the presidential election with overwhelming support from all segments of Nigeria with the possible exception of SESS. World leaders praised the new APC president and saw a new and different Nigeria. His stock rose beyond the clouds. For four long months he could not form a government; made no speeches on the direction he would take the country; was unable to present the legislature any supplementary budget; resorted to dictatorship by being a sole administrator; gave an unrealistic…
Thursday, 26 November 2015 15:30

What's the Igbo Guilt?

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It's tough being an Igbo in Nigeria. It looks like you are in the middle of a circle all by yourself feeling lonely. Dejected is a better choice of word. Perhaps you are miserable, disconsolate, gloomy, or crestfallen. You've not been caught with a hand in the cookie jar your sainted mother has forbidden you to eat or even touch, and you are not accused of any embarrassing crime laid to your charge that deserves crucifixion, and that is the point. Now, what's your crime? You are Igbo. Why is it that of all the "good tribes in Nigeria" you…
"There is not a truth existing which I fear or wish unknown to the whole world." - Thomas Jefferson “When it comes to the truth, the real bias is thinking any one side has a monopoly on it.” – A Barton Hinkle. Three events or incidences prompted me to write this article. First one was the wide dissemination of an article purportedly written by our esteemed professor and Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka in tribute to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, heaping praises on him and giving reasons why he, Tinubu, is such a great political strategist, even though not a saint, and…