Nigerian Affairs

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…
Nigerian marriages are on extremely shaky ground. A good portion of my time is spent meditating over and mediating marital problems in the Nigerian families. A marriage between a man (stranger A) and a woman (stranger B) is not a child play and scarcely for the faint hearted. Marriages in America in general are breaking apart with astonishing rapidity. About 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce. The divorce rate for subsequent marriages is even higher. It is estimated that the frequency of divorce occurring among Nigerians is nothing to proudly write home about. Lawyers…
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 06:08

My final look at the Igbo problem of Nigeria

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I did not think about Igbos as a group of people until ten years ago. Prior to 2005 I simply thought about Africans. I did not think in terms of tribes. My focus was on how to develop Africa economically and eventually bring about my cherished united Africa. I talked about what I call Africa Federation, one Africa with each large ethnic group a state and small ones combined into additional states for a total of about five hundred, 500 states in Africa. That Africa would look like the USA, with a central government in charge of military affairs and…
Monday, 23 November 2015 15:36

Kudos to the Nigeria Police Force!

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This might prove to be the foundation for a new, effective and efficient policing system in Nigeria. We will get there one day. It is certainly an improvement, forward-looking action and assures the public that it is doing its best to move with the fast-changing world of both environmental and technological changes. Whoever are the new breed of police officers in today's Nigeria Police Force who are driving this change and movement into 21st Century policing need to be commended, but should also be reminded that the Nigerian police still remains in the Dark Ages (due to many factors, of…
Saturday, 21 November 2015 08:31

Who are Owerri people?

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Generally, I am quiet and very slow to anger. However, when I am angry I will come after you and do whatever I have to do to take you down. And your death would mean nothing to me; what matters to me is doing what is right. For years now, I quietly tolerated Igbo idiots call me every kind of put down name their limited vocabularies could muster. Why do they do it? It is because I insist on speaking my mind, stating the truth as I see it (what is the truth, do you know, truth is a social…
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 13:27

Cancer or Bribery: Which is Worse?

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"What's ailing our country?" This writer asked a few friends. Some say corruption. Others come up with various synonyms for wayo, including but not limited to cancer, dishonesty, corruption, sleaze, fraud, or vice. Cancer seems to fit the symptoms of the ailment troubling Nigeria and Nigerians. Why? It's because bribery is endemic, like cancer that is metastasizing and spreading with leaps and bounds to other parts of the body. Many Nigerians have witnessed how bribery works. Like cancer, bribery influences all tribes, in all situations, not just the educated and not-so-educated Nigerians at Lagos and Abuja. Unfortunately, bribery takes place…
The issue of Biafra awakens an ethnic group known to be politically traumatized, ethnically abused and militarily killed. A Federal genocide rated to be the second worst pogrom in history was carried out on this group due to hate and incompatible cultural differences and perceptions of the other. It is not a new history in Nigeria to point to the name Biafra as a defeated group and forced back into the Nigerian political mainstream without a corresponding integration into the infrastructural development of the region. The term Biafra is ridiculed by the Hausa and Yoruba and other minority groups alike.…
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…