Nigerian Affairs

When incidents of this magnitude occurs anywhere in Nigeria, I am much more concerned about the wider implications and ramifications of the development in the whole country. The deposed Deji came to town barely 5 years after his banishment and so what some social media paper tigers and bed room lawyers have argued on the Facebook. Here is why I think the incident is a lot more endemic and serious than a few supporters of the Deposed Deji or some Monday morning quarterbacks in Nigeria may be willing to admit. When the "Eze Ndigbo" incident occurred in Akure the other…
Friday, 13 November 2015 14:33

The Igbo Problem in Nigeria

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The Igbo problem in Nigeria is that they walk their talk while the Nigerian standard is to stop at talking. A few examples will be enough: Before the war but after the second coup and the pogrom in which thousands of Igbo folks were massacred in many parts of Nigeria, the East pleaded for a temporary separation of angry parties and went to Aburi, Ghana to secure an accord. They implemented their part of the accord. But the rest of Nigeria stopped at Aburi talks. The Igbo walked the work. When the Aburi Accord was not implemented by Col Gowon,…
Mr. Emeka Ugwuonye, a well-known Nigeria attorney, asks the above question in an opinion piece in Elomba.com (http://elombah.com/index.php/opinion/2349-how-would-president-buhari-react-to-the-new-biafran-movement) Then he went on to give possible PMB’s options as: The first option seems to be the one he has taken - to demand that the Igbo elites should find some way to calm the situation down in the East. This is why the Igbo Governors are reported to be earnestly convening a meeting with IPOB and MASSOB and similar elements. Another option, which may end up being part of the first, would be for Buhari to use these Governors to settle…
I read yesterday (Sunday, 8th November 2015) from www.elombah.com that the Nigerian police killed two young Nigerians who were protesting for Biafra in Delta State. It was horrifying to see the pictures of the bullet ridden bodies of the two boys who were wasted by the police. This is arrant nonsense! Looking at the rest of the pictures of the protesting crowds, I saw none of them carrying guns or machetes except green leaves. Simply put, these were innocent Nigerians exercising their right of expression. Why should the police kill them? Even though no authentic research has been carried out…
The 8th Nigerian Senate, seating in Abuja for the screening exercise of the President's nominees for the Ministerial slots in his cabinet, in October 2015, witnessed one of the most appalling confessions of the Century, for an average Nigerian politician, especially a dexterous top ranking Nigerian politician to overtly declare that 'I never Collected Bribe in my Life'. What a true confession in the Nigerian political environment since 1999 till November 2015; the results of 'never collected bribe', is an indicator of what an average Nigerian politician would say in the present day (2015) status of Nigeria political exposition. The…
Monday, 09 November 2015 09:10

We Must Restructure And Re-Organize Nigeria

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In this piece I will be sharing my views on the state of the nation ; The expectations of the new president and the issues bordering around the arrest and detention of the pro biafran radion czar. I have always emphasized that TRUTH shall be the only conscience that would heal Nigeria to set the pace for the nation's effective development and growth. RESTRUCTURING and RE ORGANIZATION are the two main panacial at resolving Nigeria daunting problems for the nation is broken. "...It has never been about the masses; will not change overnight nor do they have the conscience to…
Observers of political phenomenon are not yet in agreement as to what causes political violence and revolutions. Nevertheless, there are certain writings that are considered seminal in trying to understand revolutions, such as writings by Hanna Arendt (1963), Crane Brinton (1967), Chalmers Johnson (1987) and James Davies (1971). Whereas there are no accepted causal factors in revolution the following ideas are generally accepted as putative in the genesis of revolutions and political violence. Revolutions tend to occur in situations where there is substantial social, political and economic inequality between people. Those who perceive themselves to be deprived tend to resent…
What exactly would it take for Nigerians and Africans to act intelligently, to do the right thing instead of always doing the wrong thing? When would Africans stop been, as Donald Trump said, a people to be studied to understand why social groups fail? Nigerian and African leaders are aware or should be aware that white folks consider them as idiots; in fact, many white folks see Africans as born unintelligent and unable to govern themselves (James Watson, the guy who co-discovered the DNA said so). Haven't you heard this stereotype of Africans? I doubt that there is a black…
I had sent EKO a piece that I wrote asking why Igbos find it necessary to curse people out. The piece talked in general terms and did not talk about him. As if he wanted to show me that he is an Igbo and can curse people out he cursed me; the man called me every derogatory name he could muster. Now, that I know that I am not an ego, A course in miracles tells me to overlook his lies. In overlooking his lies I see the Christ in him and remember my real self, the Christ. In remembering…
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 00:55

Amaechi Could Be Minister, But…

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Last Sunday being 18th October 2015, on our way to the church, a fierce argument erupted between my younger cousin and I regarding the nomination of Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, immediate past governor of Rivers State, Nigeria for a ministerial position. His argument was that President Mohammadu Buhari should not have nominated Amaechi for ministerial position given the government's anti-corruption stance and the corruption allegations against Amaechi; mine was that nominating or in fact appointing Amaechi a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria does not exonerate Amaechi from defending himself anywhere in the World on allegations of corrupt practices leveled…
This perennial power saga that has plunged Nigerians into the throes of anguish and hardship over the years needs a more pragmatic approach from the government now more than ever before in order to create a conducive socioeconomic environment for the people. There is need for proper planning as population keeps surging. The poor Nigerians have been hard hit by the waves of the insensitivity of the Discos with regards to regular tariffs review that make the poor Nigerians pay more for the electricity they hardly enjoy. Bearing in mind the obtaining economic reality on ground today, to ask Nigerians…
If you are in Nigeria and you have not done this before, try and do it right away. Just open a Nigerian newspaper near you. Go through its pages to find out how many people were described in that particular edition as "credible" politicians or "honest and selfless" Nigerians. You would be shocked to see the number of people that recklessly allowed themselves to be associated with such superb qualities even when they are fully aware that by what most people know about their character and vile history, it might even be considered a generous compliment to dress them up…
Saturday, 31 October 2015 00:27

What do Igbos gain by insulting Nigerians?

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I have been a part of Nigerian Internet forums for about ten years now. During that time I can tell which write-up is posted by an Igbo person. How? Generally, Igbo write-ups are filled with insulting, put down words. Chukwuma, Nebu, Achusim, Assagwara and the rest of them appear unable to write two or three sentences without insulting other Nigerians. They literally seem to do this stuff obsessive-compulsively; it is as if an inner pressure compels them to insult Nigerians and they cannot help themselves but do so. That is to say that this is a form of neurosis! They…
The better question might be where are Nigerians especially Nigeria editors in print, radio, television and Internet Services. Where are other Nigerians in legal, political and social media? Where are Nigerians as Mr. Nnamdi Kanu languishes in police custody? Does he eat (he had said that he would not eat federal government food)? Does he have access to attorneys? Is he healthy? Does his family have access to him? Does his employers have access? Is he in President Muhammadu's Archipelago? Where are the internet warriors of yore? Or of now? So many questions. So few answers First they came for…
It is obvious to all observers that President Muhammadu Buhari want to re-fight the Nigerian/Biafra war. What is not so obvious is why and how such a war will benefit Nigeria. Could it be that PMB believes that he could wage two wars at the same time; Biafran war and Boko Haram war? Or is he trying to hide BH war by starting another war? I know that Mr. Buhari is a retired general who has not done much in his life besides being a soldier. But what in the name of all that is bold and beautiful is he…
This is a war President Muhammadu Buhari can fight and win easily and to most peoples' satisfaction. A few years ago there were common internecine wars going on between Cattle rearers and land owners in Bauchi, and Benue states. I thought it stopped only to see that the war had moved down to SE; but before I could get into it the war has showed its ugly face in the SW. The case of cattle farmers invading and using land belong to farmers in the NC, SE, and SW with authorization and without paying land usage fees can only bring…
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 11:03

There Are Ways To Improve Nigerian Politics

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One interesting thing about Nigerians is their politicization of everything,. Our schools, government, economy, and things as mundane as akara balls, do not escape being politicized. Politics is an integral part of Nigerian life and has a lot to do not just with the government's policies, or affairs of state. Politics has everything to do with life itself. Ochichi obodo (Igbo for governing a community) appears to be the focus of most politicization. Politics is an integral part of life in Nigeria just as traditional wedding is an important part of the Igbo marital relationships, involving the breaking of kola…
If you deal with individual Igbos you must appreciate that they are, as they claim to be, extraordinary. The Igbo, whether due to biological factors or cultural factors, strives for success and is often successful. One must grant this fact to Igbos. I doubt that there is any tribe in Africa that has the number of Western educated people remotely approximating the number found in Igbos. And I do not care what part of the world you go to you would find Igbos. Even in cold Alaska and Scandinavia you find Igbo medical doctors, engineers and professors. I was once…
Please read the essay linked to this reaction below first in order to follow this post being an insider. The issue is that the Igbo have some work to do in the way they import their traditional home titles into other communities governed and controlled differently from theirs. But we need more explaining to make to encourage a deeper understanding of the Igbo who may be wrongly perceived and prejudiced. Indigenous societies organize themselves through some form of political hierarchy relevant to themselves, even though colonial anthropologists in some cases observed some societies as classless, such as the Igbo for…
I would be the first to condemn the effrontery of any Yoruba community leader in Onitsha or Arochukwu who asked to be confirmed as the "Oba of the Yorubas "in the two Igbo towns of Nigeria. The two towns have taken great pride in their monarchy and traditional system from the dawn of their history in Igbo Land and rightly so. I recall famous Professor Kodlinye, a one-time personal physician to Her Royal Majesty the Queen of England. The great Professor returned back to Nigeria to be appointed Vice Chancellor of the great University of Nsukka. The Professor was a…
Bumbling: Move or act in an awkward or confused manner:. Oxford Dictionary Conniving: Someone conniving is calculating, scheming, and shrewd — in other words, sneaky and up to no good. Oxford It is difficult to tell what is going on in PMB’s head. If he is bumbling, then this is very sad news for Nigeria. But things might be better if he is conniving. With regards to the PMB’s effort to appoint his closest advisers and ministers’ one could suspect a bumbling head of state. PMB announced to Nigeria and to the world that he is taking his time in…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 14:16

Do Bad Things Really Happen to Bad People?

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I've always liked this Somerset Maugham quote: "I do not believe myself to be a vindictive man; but when the immortal gods take a hand in the matter it is pardonable to view the results with complacency." My father once said: "I've never wished for any man's death, but there have been a few wakes that left me light-hearted enough!" "Gloating is good" when the greedy get their just desserts. If you search the internet, one is most likely to come across topics such as “Why does God allow good things to happen to bad people?" This question is similar…
The media assumptions on the tardy Ministers appointments that Senate President got 21 nominees; Nigerian President held up 15 nominees; and the Senate got fresh 11 nominees came to an end at 16:59 PM, local time Wednesday, September 30, 2015; even though some skeptics believed it was an empty brown envelope submitted to the Senate President, Dr. Olubukola Saraki. The list finally revealed the novel 'Noisemakers', as most of them are reprocessed. The anticipated expectation was to have new broom to sweep the debris in the community, along the vision of President Mohammadu Buhari, prompting his body language to provide…
One of the oldest debate topics is which came first; the egg or the chicken? We have this same challenge with the new President Muhammadu Buhari's administration. For a long time now we Nigerians have been screaming for the list of ministers and PMB has just delivered. Hopefully by the end of November the senate would have confirmed all the nominated candidates and the new ministers would have received their ministries. But what agenda would they be implementing? Where is the beef? As far as is known, former President Goodluck Jonathan sent the 2015 agenda (budget) to the legislature and…
When you are a carpenter and the only tool you have is an hammer definitely every solution to you looks like nails to beat.. If some parts of the nation wanted to pull out of the federation what make us think it can only be through forces and war. I believe reality stares us into our face. As an intelligent man you don't have to climb palm tree with your bare hands to prove you are strong, you can just borrow a ladder from John Doe to climb the damn tree or why will you carry a machine gun to…