Nigerian Affairs

In the first part of this article, I examined some of the criticisms and weakness of the 2016 FGN Budget presented by President Buhari to the National Assembly on Dec. 22, 2016 which is currently being debated in the National Assembly prior to approval and passage into law as the 2016 Appropriation Act. In this second part, I will make some recommendations to inform the amendment of the Budget and to improve future budgets and the budgeting process. It is my hope that the National Assembly and the Presidency will consider these recommendations as part of Citizens’ input into the…
My first posting in the Federal Civil Service from January 3rd 1968, was to the civilian section of the Federal Ministry of Defense at the Republican Building in Lagos. My title was "Assistant Secretary" in charge of Army Matters. I served briefly under Alhaji Damcida as Permanent Secretary and later on under his successor, the dapper don lawyer from Ilorin named Yusuf Gobir who died a few years later. Prior to that I was the first recipient of the British/Canadian Legion Scholarship first awarded in 1963 to children of the Nigerian veterans of the Second World War in 4 West…
Monday, 08 February 2016 11:58

Requiem for a Hero

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“I was actually in that valley on March 28, 2015. I did not want Nigeria to slide into a theatre of war, with his fellow county men and woman dying, and many more pouring into other nations in Africa and beyond, as refugees. In fact, it became so disturbing that some interest groups in the United States began to predict indeed, many Nigerians did buy into this doomsday prophesy as they began to brace themselves for the worst. As the President, I reminded myself that the Government I led had invested so much effort into building our country. I worked…
Friday, 05 February 2016 13:34

You Need Money? Sambo Dasuki As Prayer Point

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Nigeria is a troubled entity and only the Stone of Israel can rescue her! As a matter of fact, I never knew Nigeria has gone totally bad until a neighbour reprimanded me for being a Sambo Dasuki-basher. Not unaware of my shortcomings, the neighbour in question advised that, instead of partaking of the Dasuki jest, I should ask God for my portion of the "anointing hands" of the former National Security Adviser (NSA) that "squander without care or regard for consequences.'' Without doubt, there is a Dasuki in all of us and that's why Nigeria is in ruin and rot.…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 11:37

Concussion (2015 film) is a Nigerian

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Poser: How many Hollywood movies have been made about the lives and achievements of Nigerians who have made one impact or the other on the world stage, with big name actors like Will Smith taking the role of the Nigerian achiever, and Alec Baldwin in a supporting role? I am still struggling to come up with one, but please, if you know of any, kindly correct me. I did not know about this film called Concussion, until a few evenings ago, when my wife and I decided to go and watch a movie, as we usually do most Sunday evenings…
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 19:24

Who succeeds Awolowo between Tinubu & Mimiko?

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I state up front the stark differences between the three dominant tribes of Nigeria and their views on monolithic leadership. The predominantly Muslim Hausa/Fulani come first on that score card in my book. They are closely followed by the predominantly Catholic Igbos of the Southeast. The Yorubas who are more diversified in their religious faith come a distance third If you ask the Hausa/Fulani who was their leader pre and post Nigeria Independence, they would not think twice before they tell you it was Sardauna Ahmadu Bello. The Igbos would tell you it was Ogbuefi Nnamdi Azikiwe. The Yorubas would…
A Review of the 2016 FGN Budget and Recommendations for Improvement: Part 1 By Dr. Emmanuel Ojameruaye The objectives of this article are to analyze the 2016 Budget (Appropriation Bill) of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) and` offer recommendations for improvement. In this first part of the article, I will examine some of the weaknesses of the Budget, while in the second part I will make recommendations for amending the Budget before it is approved and signed into law as the 2016 Appropriation Act. Introduction: The 2016 Budget got off to a very rough start. The journey began with…
Saturday, 30 January 2016 18:46

On the gathering Biafran storm

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Apparently Many Igbos Take This Biafra Thing Very Seriously! Ozodi Osuji People are really different! In college (university) I reached the conclusion that all black Africa needed to be united in what I then, and still, called Africa Federation (AF). I visualized one African country encompassing all black Africans, all countries under the Sahara desert (I did not care much for the Arab part of Africa, North Africa). In so far that I had dreams for Africa's glory I imagined how a united Africa can be governed well. Given my wishes, folks like Kwame Nkrumah, Sekeou Toure, Franz Fanon, Aime…
For months His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, President Federal Republic of Nigeria, has been shopping for a judge who would do his bidding. He has found one to his liking (See the “The Will Newspaper report below”). Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday refused to grant bail to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and founder of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and his co-accused. The Justice’s reason: While rejecting the bail application of the accused persons, the judge held that they were not entitled to bail as they failed to show that…
By Wednesday, April 1, 2015 when Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) the winner of the March 2015 presidential elections, the rainy season was already here with us. And as all keen and informed observers of Nigeria’s power sector were already fully aware, at that particular season each year, we usually witnessed some improvement in electricity supply due to the increase in the water level usually witnessed at our dams; and 2015 was certainly not going to be an exception. While the APC and its supporters were all over the…
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 22:01

The Oluyemi Falae that I know

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I have known Chief Samuel Oluyemi Falae for 60 years. We were born in the same town. He is a few years older than me but a good friend of mine and a man I look up to. I knew him when nobody had any inkling at all he would ever make it to the level he did as a child of Destiny and a star performer from our own neck of the wood in Ondo State. I once wrote to defend Chief Olu Falae on his role in the structural adjustment program of the Ibrahim Babangida's Government many years…
I believe that Boko Haram (BH) is now actually defeated. I know I made fun of the announcement when it was made around December 31st 2015. It was President Muhammadu Buhari's (PMB) deadline for defeating BH. But here it is. We no longer get daily announcements of BH's destruction of lives and property. PMB has redirected his focus to Biafran agitators and threatens to annihilate any uprisings in the Delta Region. His attention is now focused southwards. The defeat of BH calls for more questions. Who defeated BH? How was the defeat accomplished? Is Nigeria now at peace? Who defeated…
Saturday, 23 January 2016 14:29

Can grandiose Igbos govern themselves well?

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Igbos have no historical experience of governing themselves as one political unit. They had village and or town level political units. They have never had Igbo wide governments (except the one imposed on them by the British...before the British they essentially had only the most primitive rudimentary governments, village governments). Generally, each Igbo man is egotistical, grandiose and does not subjugate his ego to obedience to other people. Therefore, it would be very difficult for Igbos to have an Igbo wide government and make it work. Their egos need to first learn to obey laws and live within larger political…
Saturday, 23 January 2016 03:41

Corruption fights back: EFCC vs a reactionary elite

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By Chido Onumah & Godwin Onyeacholem Slowly but steadily, the ultra conservative wing of Nigeria's largely self-absorbed and callous elite is spoiling for a fight. And it's all about the renewed war against corruption which has induced in this group an emotion that can only be described as culture shock. As a result, the unconstructive and clearly combative reaction to a development that ordinarily should be applauded and encouraged by anyone who means well for this country is no less unexpected. Now that it appears that the war against corruption is getting some traction, unlike in the past when only…
Shakespeare once said that "Some are born great while some have greatness entrusted unto them" I think we can rightly say that Shakespeare was thinking of people like the new Ooni Risa when he crafted that statement. 40 year old Kabiyesi, Arole Oodua Eniitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja the Second was born a grandson of a one-time Ooni of Ife. He got his claim to the title from his father, Prince Aderopo Ogunwusi who was also a candidate for the vacant stool along with two of his sons including Eniitan Adeyeye. Many came to this world to make history while some…
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 07:53

Lessons from the criminal Nebu Adiele

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Igbos Are Attracted To Criminal Activities Ozodi Osuji I really did not know how far Igbos have gone into the life of criminality. How exactly did this come to be? Why the attraction of the life of crime for Igbos? In this essay, I will try to understand why this African ethnic group has degenerated to the life of crime and ask whether we can rescue them from the hell they have descended into? The immediate reason why I am writing this essay is the behavior of a certain Igbo criminal called Nebu Adiele. That, of course, is not his…
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…