Nigerian Affairs

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…
I never thought I would ever find myself holding brief for the elder statesman from the South/South. I am talking the brilliant and loquacious attorney Edwin Kiagbodo Clark whose blood line is traced to two important tribes in the South/South Geo political zone of Nigeria. One of his parents is Urhobo and the other is Ijaw and he uses both sides very effectively as needed. Edwin Clark belongs to the most powerful ethnic minority in Nigeria that Obafemi Awolowp correctly predicted long time ago would be the first ethnic minority to ever have the chance to dislodge the powerful Hausa/…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 01:55

Moving Forward on Buhari's Appointments

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Now that President Buhari has submitted the “saints” for ministerial positions, the next step will be to find what follows. The constitution calls for a ministerial post for each of the 36 states and FCT for total of 37 ministers. With 21 down we have 16 to go. Some of the remaining 16 states did not get anybody in the inner circles appointed before or now in this set of new nominations. They have no investment in the PMB administration as now constituted. I will like to assume that the 21 nominees would be the minister–in-charge and the remaining ones…
“Next tomorrow” an Igbo pidgin expression for the next day, October 6, the Senate President will unseal the nominations by President Buhari for his cabinet. If PMB’s past expressions are followed, these names would have met three qualifications: They would be men and women who are not corrupt and are incorruptible based on their past behavior in public and private lives (weight 60%). They are/will be persons who PMB has impeccable trust in and who probably had worked with him in the past (weight 20%) They would represent one of states of Nigeria or FCT (weight 20%). When these saints…
Thursday, 01 October 2015 22:05

An Anthem of Prayer for Nigeria

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Happy 55th Independence Day! I pray for Nigeria today on this 55th anniversary of her freedom from the colonization of her lands by external forces. May the good Lord, who deemed fit the survival of Nigeria, yea, these 55 years, answer the prayers herein: Arise O Compatriots, Nigeria’s call obey – help us O Lord, to arise to the call of our nation! Strengthen those of us who are exhausted by her inexhaustive glossary of challenges and maldevelopment; those tired of our names being associated with one caked in mud, and those defeated by the seemingly insurmountable problems facing our…
The constitution demands that each state of the federation must have a member in the Executive Committee. By stipulating this requirement in the name of equity the constitution mandates a dysfunctional Executive Committee (EC) and increases the cost of government. Until the constitution is amended presidents must be creative in complying with the letter of the law while reducing the cost of government and creating a staff that is manageable. Here are some of the ways PMB could do this. Define five or six core areas he would love to be remembered for. I suggest Agriculture, education, transportation, energy, health,…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:27

A Problem Like Fulani Herdsmen

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The brutal abduction early last week of Chief Olu Falae, a former secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) and former finance minister, by a band of suspected Fulani herdsmen has once again brought to the fore the often tragic excesses of these cattle herders whose distorted and unwholesome understanding of their place as co-inhabitants in their host communities appears to have led them into the erroneous and dangerous belief that they are, perhaps, incapable of being restrained by any law. On Monday, September 21, 2015, the day Falae turned 77, armed Fulani herdsmen reportedly stormed his farm at…
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has now been to Europe to meet with the heads of governments from EU Power, he has paid homage to the US president, and has joined his fellow heads of states and government in the United Nations. Each of these trips had been a disaster and brought shame to Nigeria, the Giant of Africa. The giant of African means that these disasters are African disasters. If for no other reasons, PMB should at least understand that he is understood to be representing Africa whenever he is abroad and should not bring shame to the continent. Each…
Nigerians who are expecting miracles from President Buhari are probably expecting too much. Yes the man is trying to do something different from what we are used to and we ought to work with him and support him. I have known Buhari a long time from my time in the Ministry of Defense and I am convinced he is a good man who just happens to be quite different from most of his peers in the Military. In a country of 180 million people, you are bound to find quite a few individuals like him because we cannot all be…