Nigerian Affairs

The first indication that President Muhammadu and his administration would focus on the West and the North. was in his first inaugural address when he ignored the old Eastern Nigeria when he named the nation’s founders but forgot or neglected the name of the former premier of Eastern Nigeria Dr. Michael Okpara, while including the names of his peers. Then the president recounted Nigeria’s history that included the history of every section of Nigeria but the SE Region. The well-known history of Igbo-Ukwu civilization which dates to before 800 BC and is backed up by archaeological evidence, by crafts, and…
The article will be written in two parts for brevity. "Iyare Yare Oba gha tokpere Obamwen" simply means in Benin Language, "Long reign the King" That prayerful statement could be heard loud and clear from the mammoth crowd at the recent coronation of the 40th Oba of Benin. For those who may not know, I think the new Oba of Benin actually made it clear that "Igodo Migodo" was the first name of the Kingdom and that the "Ogiso" Dynasty of Benin preceded the tenure of the 40 Kings of Benin that followed them . What that simply means as…
Three components of Nigerian laws are: The Constitution, Laws made by legislature since the adoption of the constitution, and Supreme court’s decisions. The constitution expressly prohibits the legislatures from making what is known in legal parlance as ex post facto laws. By implication Supreme Court (SC) is also barred from making the same ex facto laws via its decisions. It is therefore pleasing that the SC has agreed to reopen the case of Obiechina VS Chime (Enugu Gubernatorial Election) filed about 5 years ago and which is yet to be adjudicated. Per Nigerian Vanguard report http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/10/enugu-guber-primaries-how-far-can-obiechina-go/) One of the panelist…
From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal Many Igbos Are Criminals; Give Them Something To Read And They Look For What To Them Seem Weak Points In It And Harp On Them But Ask Them What The Article Said And They Have No Clue! Give many Igbos an article to read; instead of reading it and grappling with your thesis and responding to it on its merit they will look for what to them seem its weak points and harp on them. In their criminal minds they feel that they have dismantled your paper. (I understand the need not to make broad,…
As I get on my keyboard to start making this prediction, I cannot help but remember three folklore songs my siblings and I used to sing in the Deji's Palace where I was born and raised during the long reign of my grandfather, Ogiso Otolu Apaara, Okun Arabaribi, Deji Alaiye luwa Alaiye gbede gbede bi oni layin, Adimula Afunbiowo Adesida the First (1897-1957) The songs were, "Wo t'Oba ria, Okun lila ba Omi Okun" The second was, "Olule se t'Oba, Alejo se t'Oba, Ko ba loni ke se t'Oba o, Erun ara re lamu wi Ege ko". The third was…
When I wake up in the morning I pick up my tablet (computer) and read my emails and check out the news of the day. Thus, on the morning of Monday, October 24, 2016 I woke up, picked up my tablet and looked at it. After reading the news section I went to my email. A Nigerian guy (I will call him nameless) wrote several pages of stuff on me. I had not written anything about him, certainly not in months so I was surprised that he saw it fit to write a missive about me. I took a look…
The Igbo expression “nwayo, nwayoo” means slowly or gradually. My late uncle in order to make the English expression sound like the Igbo version preferred to translate the expression as “gradual by gradually.” That was as much as his 2nd grade education had allowed. Nigeria is getting to disintegrating gradual by gradually. EFCC Arrests Fani-Kayodes Wife and 8 Months Old Son A Commentary Read more at http://huhuonline.com/hunew/index.php/huhuonline-more-news/8565-efcc-arrests-fani-kayode-s-wife-4-months-old-son#WmJY7HZu4wBtrCuY.99 The arrest and detention of Mrs. Patience Chikwendu Fani-Kayode is another example in successive law enforcement incidents recently. The successive events I have in mind are the lawlessness of the current President Buhari’s…
The unfortunate Choice of Words by President Buhari on His Wife’s Outburst. The President of Nigeria Mr. Muhammadu Buhari should have been much more diplomatic upon hearing his wife’s outburst about how he runs the country and the people he chose to help him. Men are wont to show a lot of bravado when talking about their wives. In olden times the worst fear a man had was to be labelled in vulgar language a “woman wrapper.” In order to avoid the label men have been known to show that no woman has wrapped them up. But that was then…
The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, has revealed that the Department of State Services (DSS) followed due process before embarking on the raid of the judges’ houses. He is quoted as saying: In a statement posted on his Twitter account, @GarShehu, he also warned the media to be careful of how they report the issue insisting that it is wrong to present the incident as a confrontation between the Executive and Judicial arms of government. “Reports by a section of the media are giving us cause for concern,” he tweeted. (The Will…
A state does not become a failed state if only one of its legs buckles or fails. A nation with strong judiciary, a strong legislature, and a strong 4th estate will withstand a failed presidency. I venture to state that with a strong judiciary and a strong press, that a failing nation could still survive. It is difficult for a nation with a failing judiciary to survive. When people lose confidence in the judiciary they would seek other means to obtain justice. Such other means could include Coup d'état, kidnapping, etc. This is why it is important that the Nigeria…
On October 1, 2016 President Buhari leveled with Nigerians, raising his hand to God he swore to speak the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. He said: On this day, 56 years ago our people achieved the most important of all human desires – freedom and independence. We should all therefore give thanks and pray for our founding fathers without whose efforts and toil we would not reap the bounties of today. On Security, we have made progress. Boko Haram was defeated by last December residents in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States, as well as several neighbouring…
Truth is sometimes bitter but it must be told at all times. The truth is that Ahmed Bola Tinubu made Buhari the president with assistance from Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. As such they deserve a place at the table. The Igbo has a saying that “agbata ekehe eke n’abu nta.” Probably only the older Igbo will understand this wise counsel. It has to do with hunting where young boys help hunters by “beating the bush” driving games to where they would be shot and killed by the main hunters. The rule was that after the hunt, the meat is divided…
Very few Nigerians will be amazed by the way the House of Representatives handled the allegations of budget padding and abuse of office which Abdulmumin Jibrin, former Chair on Appropriation, levelled against a fraction of the House leadership including the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun, Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, Chief Whip, Alhassan Ado Doguwa, as well as 10 other members of the House. To ensure that the issue remains on the plate, Jibrin has been consistent in issuing statements through both the traditional and new media which clearly identify Dogara, Lasun, Ogor and Doguwa as the main targets…
My country is in the worst shape it has ever been since we gained independence from Great Britain. What was happening earlier was kids' stuff compared to whet is presently taking place. It was ignorance then. Now, it is total barawo, a sort of obodo ndi ori (city of armed robbers), the West African Sodom and Gomorrah. Something has not been clean in the milk since we came out of colonialism. Now, the milk is putrid and full of ikpuru (maggots), and no one can drink it. Something got to give. There is so much confusion in Nigeria. There is…
In an article published in the Premium Times (http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/210515-nigerias-president-buhari-in-fresh-plagiarism-scandal-of-obamas-speech.html) It is alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari has plagiarized Mr.Obama I am not interested in whether President Buhari plagiarized president Obama or not. I will actually be in support if he starts imitating Mr. Obama for Mr. Obama is a man of vision. My beef with PMB is that his efforts at eradicating corruption is not genuine since it ignores the root cause of Nigerian corruption. Nigerian corruption is a peculiar contraption. It includes the entire 140 million of us. Corruption, so perverse, needs a different kind of war effort. Corruption…
By Austin Emaduku The Managing Director of Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Chief William Makinde, speaking on Quest FM on Tuesday, 6th September, 2016, made a very serious point regarding the relocation of oil servicing companies from Delta State that should be a take home for every true lover of the Niger Delta. His major point was that we created the state of insecurity that chased away the companies that would have provided employment for our teaming unemployed youths. This is the immutable truth that our so-called agitators and those who applaud them have failed to see.…
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 10:05

Celebrating Elechi Amadi

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First of all let me thank the governor of Rivers State for declaring that the Rivers State government will bury the late Captain Elechi Amadi (rtd). He deserves it! On the day of the burial, the Ikwerre Ethnic Nationality in Nigeria, will surely celebrate our beloved and amiable Sir Elechi Amadi: a name known and memorized by every Ikwerre child. The name, Elechi Amadi provokes heavy nationalism in us such that we become proud of been Ikwerre. That is one of the significant achievements of our elder, uncle, father and brother, late Capt. Elechi Amadi. This pride enables us to…
Yesterday, at Facebook, I saw a picture of the road leading to Araria market in Aba, Abia state, a market reportedly the largest in Eastern Nigeria (?). The road leading to the market, as is most of Aba's roads, is clogged by water. Apparently, there was heavy down pour of rain and the rain had no way of running off from the streets and flooded the streets. The town of Aba seemed submerged in dirty water. Underneath the picture is the caption (paraphrased): the government is not doing anything to improve the streets of Aba, and the streets of the…
Saturday, 10 September 2016 18:08

Nigerian criminals are cowards and ought to be shot

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Clearly, the rulers of Nigeria are self-serving and corrupt; they apparently see the public treasury as their personal piggybank and take from it as they wish and in the meantime do nothing for the people they pretend to govern. Any which way you look at it, the rulers of Nigeria are in it for themselves and not for the people. There is poverty in Nigeria; many Nigerians do not have jobs and food; starvation is creeping into Nigerians' lives. Nigerians are suffering. What is the proper response to the suffering in the land? The proper response is to work to…
Thursday, 08 September 2016 16:48

Who is Ike Ekweremadu?

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According to internet sources, the Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Willie Obiano at the just concluded World Igbo Congress convention held in New York asked “Who is Ike Ekweremadu?” I must confess that I was shocked that a governor of SE Nigeria and an Igbo does not know who Ekweremadu is. But since he does not know, it behooves us to teach him in the famous Igbo saying such as “onye amaghi ibe ezi ya (Ibezimako)”. If one does not know his peers should teach him. Mr. Obiano, please permit me to introduce to you, Mr. Ikechukwu Ekweremadu, Ikeoha of…
Saturday, 03 September 2016 20:58

Transatlantic slave trade and Igbos

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Date: September 3, 2016 To: Jerome Niang From: Ozodi Osuji Subject: Your question regarding the role of Igbos in the transatlantic slave trade I do not know whether Igbos sold non-Igbos or not into slavery, so your Itsekiri friend has to prove it to you. What I do know for sure is that Igbos sold their fellow Igbos into slavery. I have written extensively on that subject. In 1453 the Muslim Turks (they were originally from Western China but converted to Islam as a result of the Arab expansion in the seventh century), after many trials, finally toppled the Byzantium…
Tuesday, 30 August 2016 23:41

Rio 2016 – Why We Really Failed

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Just a few days after the just concluded Rio Olympics, Mariam Usman, a Commonwealth medallist, said she has lost the urge to represent Nigeria at international events. She was the only weightlifter that represented Nigeria in Rio, where she competed in the +75 category and amassed 265 kg. She finished 8th in her group. Her words: “It is painful to come to the Olympics and see people who are your contemporaries perform better than you; not because you lack the ability but because you were not prepared like them….I can only consider going to another Olympics if things change for…
Sunday, 28 August 2016 23:57

The Igbos: Why are they still Biafrans?

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By Adagbo Onoja In his latest book entitled, We Are All Biafrans, Chido Onumah offers a very powerful discourse of Nigeria by imposing on the observable claims of marginalisation by every other group against the Nigerian State the metaphor of Biafranism. Every other group is selling that narrative about its own place in the Nigerian set up. In other words, they are doing what the Igbos took to a very high level in the late 1960s by declaring sovereignty, a move to which the Nigerian State responded by declaring a police action. The rest is now history. 'Biafran' in that…
Over the years, it has been identified in countless studies that one of the core reasons Nigeria has failed to develop to its full potential is pervasive corruption. Corruption, it is said, runs through the entire gamut of the country's life such that many official enquiries and probes have exposed widespread monumental fraud, bribery, embezzlement, rent seeking and kickbacks across the public and private sectors. It can't be emphasised enough that funds which ought to have gone into building infrastructure and generally improving the lives of the people invariably end up in the pockets of some people. The result is…
Before I go into discussion of Mr. Osuji’s assertions that are mostly false and uneducated, I want to mention a few observable facts about Mr. Osuji. He can work with just a few hours of sleep. I make this statement based on the volume of his writing and assuming that since he meets the basic necessities of life: food, shelter and clothes, that he must have a day job. So he writes at his spare time. The second point is that when he stays in the area of his training such as psychology and philosophy, he can make sense, but…