Nigerian Affairs

Thursday, 07 September 2017 21:12

Corrupt People Cannot/Do not Make Good Leaders!

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This statement by the late great Madiba, Nelson Mandela, a true African son and only one of its kinds is what I consider the apt title to this piece. It is an obvious and incontrovertible fact! Why we chose to notice and acknowledge it Nigeria is beyond me, because it is also an incontrovertible fact that most, if not all, our leaders are corrupt to the core. For me, I am yet to know a Nigerian leader since Independence who is or was not corrupt; and I am not limiting myself to the top leaders alone, but right from the…
"Nigerian leaders on Friday (28 February 2014) called on Nigerians to work harder towards ensuring the country’s unity", with ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo averring that Nigeria will not break up. Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, said for Nigeria to have survived the first 100 years despite the various challenges of nation building, the country would not break up. They should tell us what they mean by ''to work harder''? To me, this means that Nigerians should keep slaving and dying for their masters and oppressors to keep Nigeria one for them to continue looting! Also, recently, the Senate President, bemoaned the…
The twenty pound policy was an attempt by Nigeria to wriggle out of a messy situation it had in its hand because of failed governance; man’s inhumanity to man that resulted in genocidal behaviors, which led to a war and loss of millions of lives; and economic misery for what was/is known as Biafra. The policy was not intended to be fair or it would have been propounded differently; it was intended to be just or it could have been implemented differently; It was not intended to rehabilitate the Biafrans who had been defeated in the field of war and…
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 20:52

The consequenes of Nigerians cowardice

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Every behavior the individual indulges in has consequences for him and for society. Nigerians and Africans are living in abject fear. They want to live at all costs. They are afraid of harm and death. To avoid harm and death they are willing to tolerate slavery and abuse by other people. They tolerated slavery from Arabs and from Europeans in the Americas. Historically, their lives were nothing but tolerating other people's enslavement of them. Now they seem to be ruling themselves. They have continued with that fear based lives. They are afraid and want to live at all costs. Their…
This is a follow up to the essay I wrote this morning on Igbos political naiveté. We must put our heads together and figure out a way to make Igbos politically realistic and get them to fight realistic political wars instead of wasting their times and energies on unrealistic causes, such as the struggle for Biafra. IGBOS POOR POLITICAL JUDGMENT IS SHOWN IN THEIR SUPPORT FOR DONALD TRUMP Ozodi Thomas Osuji During the US 2016 Presidential election many Igbos, both in Nigeria and in the diaspora, supported Donald J. Trump. They even had demonstrations all over Alaigbo supporting Trump! I…
Saturday, 12 August 2017 09:57

Igbos need to learn real politics

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IGBOS POLITICAL NAIVETE AND THE CALL FOR REFERENDUM FOR IGBOS TO SEPARATE FROM NIGERIA Ozodi Thomas Osuji Recently, there were changes of governments in the USA, Britain and France. The three countries have new presidents or prime ministers and foreign ministers. These folks will be making decisions that affect Igbos; their positions on whether Igbos should be allowed to have a referendum matters. They are in a position to pressure the Nigerian government to allow referendum or not. The Hausa Fulani know this fact and so probably are doing something about it. They have stated their opposition to referendum, for…
THE PARANOID PERSON SEES ANALYSIS AS ATTACK ON HIS FALSE, GRANDIOSE SELF. Ozodi Thomas Osuji I do analysis that appears critical of Igbos. Igbo intelligentsia writes to me thanking me for having the courage to state their real issues. Every week I get letters from well-meaning Igbos thanking me for what I said about Igbo problems. On the other hand, some Igbo chaps that clearly are paranoid apparently believe that I hate Igbos and want Igbos dead. The paranoid person invented a false, grandiose self for him and houses it in body and desperately wants that false self to survive…
Tuesday, 08 August 2017 02:37

The Death of the Nri 419 Scam!

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THE DEATH OF THE NRI 419 SCAM (HISTORY) Ozodi Thomas Osuji Today, the result of DNA studies conducted by a group of Jews to find out if Igbos are really Jews, as some deluded Igbos claimed, came out (see reference, below). The result is that Igbos are not even remotely related to Jews in DNA structure! I did not have to study DNA to know that fact. When Igbos began making the baseless claim that they are Jews all I did was look at their language and concluded that they are not Jews. Igbo language is part of the Kwa,…
Sunday, 06 August 2017 23:05

On the Ozubulu church massacre

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REGARDING THE SUNDAY MORNING MASSACRE AT SAINT PHILIPS CHURCH OZUBULU Date: August 6, 2017 TO: Jerome Niang From: Ozodiobi Osuji Subject: The Killing at St. Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu, Anambra state, Nigeria At 5 AM, Alaska Time, I had calls from Nigeria about the killings at a church at Ozubulu. Some folks in my village attended Zikston Grammar School at Ozubulu so they keep in touch with the town. They sent to me pictures of the gruesome killings at Saint Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu. I could not believe what I was looking at. Apparently, some thugs brazenly went into a…
SOCIETIES ARE CHARACTERIZED BY LEVELS OF SELF AWARENESS; IGBO SOCIETY AND IGBO PEOPLE LACK INTROSPECTION AND WISDOM When you look at Igbos you observe that they are driven to succeed, as the world considers success to be. They want to achieve great things; they want to have prestigious social positions and have money. The moment they have some money they begin boasting about their wealth and looking down on those they believe that they have more money than. As you see them do these things you immediately conclude that they are very childish. Just about all non-Igbos see Igbos as…
“As a man thinks, so is he. As he continues to think, so he remains.” – Napoleon Hill I recently saw a video encouraging wives to be grateful to side chicks because the latter save them from the onerous task of servicing their husbands after a long day of full-time work and household chores. While one can appreciate the proposal to outsource this ‘chore,’ such an attitude smacks of a general complacency and acceptance of the nationally-crippling habit of womanizing. Defined here as the attitude of engaging in numerous casual sexual affairs with women, womanizing is the constant pursuit of…
The purpose of this essay is first to give thoughts to the proposition that my country is dead, or on threshold of dying if death had not occurred on October 1,1960. Someone says that Nigeria died decades ago? This essay's second purpose is to distinguish a person's death from a country's death; and finally to argue that, unless certain preventative measures are taken and taken seriously, the death of Nigeria would be guaranteed. We know that "Where there is no vision, the people perish (Proverbs 29:18)" mean? There is no greater vision than these: Let us cease imitating and copying…
When my father died, as with such occasions, all manner of relatives came calling, both known and unknown. However, no obscure relative’s visit caused as much consternation as that of a young lady in full hijab. My brother-in-law, a pastor, was alarmed particularly when the lady refused to lift her veil nor respond when he asked who she was. Fortunately, my recently widowed mother overheard the interrogation and beckoned her to a non-male occupied space where they could talk in private. Later, Mom revealed that she was one of my aunt’s four daughters. This aunt, though raised a Christian, had…
The United States presidential election campaign in 2016 gave the genesis to President Donald Trump’s domestic policy which is reflected in his public statement as “America First” and “make America great again.” These are code words for American nationalism, which was directed at inspiring and mobilising his conservative base and supporters across the United States. Since becoming the president in January of 2017, Trump has been beating the drum of nationalism as reflected and expressed in major repeals or changes to President Barack Obama government policies throughout the country. Recently, the world underwent a rude shock when President Trump withdrew…
Arewa Boys, your ultimatum will fail, has failed, and shall forever fail Whom are you fooling, and why are you being terribly ungrateful? Why are you unappreciative, ungrateful, or acting like the spoiled brats you are A brat is an unpleasant child, a little monster, tiny fellow you see hiding in a horror movie. Arewa Boys, are you serious about ordering the Igbos out of the North? If your answer is " it's no big deal" or "it's a routine thing" How do you describe a thing that is routinely no big deal? Is it regularly, habitually, normally, usually, consistently,…
The much anticipated launch of one of the first in the series of publications on the 2015 general elections titled, "Against the Run of Play: How an incumbent president was defeated in Nigeria", has come and gone. As part of the build up to its public presentation in Lagos on Friday, April 28, 2017, several print and online media outlets provided their readers with snippets, in the form of serialised sections of the book, which further heightened public expectation ahead of its formal launch. Following from these serialized snippets, a number of the principal actors featured in the book, who…
"In times like these, it's helpful to remember that there have always been times like these." - Paul Harvey Aurandt Over the course of the greater part of the last seven years or thereabouts, I have always struggled against the persistent urge to break my privately imposed self-restraint about dabbling in, and joining the fray to discuss what I personally consider as political or politics related matters affecting the country. This voluntary refrain, which has sometimes been very difficult for me to abide by, began exactly one month shy of seven years ago today, precisely on July 12, 2010, following…
Thursday, 29 June 2017 12:48

Igbos are really screwed in Nigeria!

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I left Nigeria after secondary and, more or less, did not keep up with what is going on in the country beyond cursory glance at the news. Lately, however, I have been paying attention to Nigerian politics and power. Harold Laswell defined power as who decides who gets what and when in a human polity. In Nigeria it is now abundantly clear to me that the Hausa Fulani has power for they decide who gets what and when in Nigeria. Just look at the composition of the federal cabinet and government and you see that Hausas have a predominance of…
I do acknowledge a yawning gap between the America and Nigeria that cannot be ignored or swept under the carpet. I do see, however, some striking similarities between a former President of Nigeria and the current President of the United States. Their attitude to power and how they have both managed to destroy the reputation and credibility of their two countries have become a serious cause for alarm around the world. Donald Trump calls himself a change agent who could turn America into an Eldorado nobody has ever seen before. Ibrahim Babangida on the other hand came to office thru…
If you cannot stand up and speak the truth, you are as good as a dead and forgotten Nigerian. The purpose of this piece is to show that the disunity of Nigerian as a nation began soon after independence when Sir Ahmadu Bello, Premier of Northern Nigeria was advocating the removal of Igbos from Northern Nigeria in 1964. Disunity is defined as the state of not being able to agree about an important issue, namely the Igbo Question (IQ) Poisonous seeds were sown by previous incompetent politicians championed and led by Ahmadu Bello and now the seeds are being watered…
THE IGBO ISSUE MUST BE SOLVED FOR THERE TO BE PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA Nigeria is like an ostrich that buries its head in sand while its house burns. The fact is that if there is fire it must be put out. The real question is how best to put out that fire. Igbos feel that they are marginalized and held back in Nigeria. They feel that if they have their own country that they would be advancing at a much greater rate than they currently are. They feel that they are held down by other Nigerians and that…
Writing is an interesting phenomenon. You do not write if you have nothing to write on. But if you have something to write on you will have nothing else to do but write and you must write or else you have no peace. Thus, in the last several years all I have done is write on assorted topics. The moment I was done I knew that I was done. I have nothing else to write about. When I try to write all I am really doing is repeating what I had written elsewhere. Thus, I knew that I am done.…
Though it is difficult to believe that IsiakaAdetunjiAdeleke has gone to be with his Maker, the truth, if we must admit, is that the former governor of Osun State and two-term Nigerian senator is gone forever and will be sorely missed! In a similar development, while the family's rejection of the autopsy report conducted on his remains is troublingly disturbing, its refusal to partake of the coroner inquest on this sudden incident has taken Adeleke's family's cry for justice to a ridiculous height. While Adeleke's death has brought many inadequacies to the fore, it is quite sad that those who…
This essay is a tribute to all Nigerian fathers on Father's Day I am afraid to write this essay on death and dying. To me, life is more consequential than death. A thing is consequential if and only if it is important, significant, momentous, far-reaching or substantial. Life is consequential in that we prefer life to death, and we do a lot more when we are alive than when we are dead. We accomplish little or nothing at death or when we are in a vegetative state, such as in a coma or when our brain is dead.I Sensible people…
This writer asked some Diaspora Igbos at high school and college graduations recently held in June, 2017 in two cities of Southeastern United States of America: “What one advice would you give the IPOB leader Biafran Nnamdi Kalu on the Biafran protests?” The purpose of this essay is to speak on the pieces of advice the Diaspora Igbo gave in responses to the question asked. This survey is haphazard, not scientific, and therefore the results should be taken with utmost caution. Readers are asked to repeat the survey to determine their findings. Frankly, most Igbos in the Diaspora have heard…