Nigerian Affairs

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…
RESTRUCTURE NIGERIA OR RISK DISINTEGRATION OF THE COUNTRY Ozodi Thomas Osuji Look around Africa and what do you see? You see that not one, let me repeat, not one African country is well governed. That is correct, not one African country is well governed. Because of this reality there is now a general belief in the world that Africans cannot govern themselves correctly; it is believed that the black man does not have leadership and management skills and, therefore, cannot correctly govern himself. If you live outside Africa, you probably have heard this view told you to your face. I…
This article is not meant or written to disparage or ridicule the system of governance, politics and democracy in our country (although if I were to do that, I will be within my rights as a very concerned Nigerian) that we have turned on their heads, aberrated, mangled, brutalised and bastardised solely for selfish, ethnic and religious reasons and interests. Rather it is an attempt at education; attempt at redemption; attempt at deep reflection; attempt at releasing my own deep frustration, yet with the hope and conviction that we are passing through a phase that all true democracies and governments…
We hope that the threat to the Igbo by the Arewa Youths organizations (http://thewillnigeria.com/news/arewa-youths-give-igbo-three-months-to-leave-northern-nigeria-or-be-mopped-up/) is nothing but youthful ignorance and over-reach. We also hope that the Buhari/Osibanjo Administration is taking this threat seriously. The world is watching to see how this threat to Nigerian security is handled vis-a-vis Mr. Nnamdi Kanu’s threat. This is a far worse confrontation than Nnamdi Kanu ever posed to Nigeria. His crime was possession of broadcast equipment and promotion of Biafran independence. The Arewa youth has proposed expulsion of the Igbo from Nigeria which is Kanu’s ambition. Both constitute a plan to dismember Nigeria. Those…
When President Muhammadu Buhari announced the people he has selected to occupy some of the most strategic positions in his regime, there was understandable uproar across the country. Nigerians looked at the profile of these fellows and wondered what could have motivated their choice, what exactly in their credentials qualified them for such sensitive positions. Ordinarily, Buhari would have simply ignored such an outcry, but he surprised Nigerians by volunteering an explanation. These, he said, were the people who had stood by him through the stressful years of his various unsuccessful attempts to become president. As he moved from one…
I have never met Venerable Fagbemi. I knew him by reputation thru my uncle, Bishop Omoyajowo. He and I have spoken over the phone multiple times and I have developed a relationship with the young man who is about the same age with my first son but I am very proud to be the one writing his tribute. He has become my father in the Lord. I dedicate the tribute not just to the new Bishop alone but to all of his 3 distinguished colleagues, the new Bishops of Maiduguri, Okene and Igbomina while our own Ayo Fagbemi of Oba…
President Muhammadu Buhari is seek. Very sick. Of this there can be no doubt or doubters. His importance to those who want power to remain in the north, cannot be over stated. That they brought it to themselves is obvious and it is their fault. The saying goes that if you fool me once shame is on you; but if you fool me twice shame is on me. The shame is on northern oligarchs. President Obasanjo fooled them once by promoting a sick Yar' Adua for president and putting up a young vibrant Jonathan as Vice President to take up…
A few years ago, we had a very important and urgent need to be in Kumasi very early the next day. It was already midnight (Nigerian Time, but 11pm in Ghana), and we were still in Accra, surrounded by its brilliant lights and soothing serenity (there was not the faintest hint of any generator sound anywhere), wondering what to do. But a Ghanaian who was with us did not seem to share our worries. He simply told us to hit the road, that in the next three hours, we should be in Kumasi. I looked at him with surprise and…
“PHEBEAN AJIBOLA OGUNDIPE” Nigerian famous Educationist honored in the United States on her 90thBirthday. Dr. Wumi Akintide. Reproduced below is a keynote address by one of the Nigerians Mrs. Ogundipe mentored and inspired during her tenure as the Assistant Adviser on Secondary Education in the 70s which is often called the golden age of Nigerian Public Service compared to now. The Celebrant, Mrs. Ogundipe, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen I like to begin by thanking God for giving me the grace to join all of you at this ceremony in praising and celebrating Mrs. Phebean Ogundipe who turned 90 years old…
Monday, 01 May 2017 21:21

Still on Igbos are Jews imbroglio

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My inclination is not to give this whole Igbos are Jews imbroglio a second thought and move on. This is because I scanned the scientific literature and see no evidence that Igbos are related to Jews. What I read tells me that Igbo language is not a Semitic language; it is part of the Niger-Congo languages. Igbos are not genetically related to Jews. I have not seen a DNA study that shows a match between Igbo DNA and Jewish DNA. Igbo DNA matches those of their neighbors, such as Edos, Yoruba’s and Idomas. Igbos in physical structure are Negroid; they…
Remy Ilona: It is interesting that you provoked this debate. For quite some time now you have been running around making a fool of yourself by claiming to be a Jew. Initially, I dismissed you as a chap who found a way to have a racket, to persuade Jews that he is one of them so as to rip them off, make money off them. What do many Igbos do but separate people from their moneys? Later on, I realized that you are deadly serious in your claim to be a Jew. You are a Jew and you are black…
With the likes of Binta Nyako as judges in the Nigerian justice system it is impossible to reform the delivery of justice to Nigerians. Justice Nyako’s is so ignorant of the meaning of justice that one wonders how she obtained her law degree and how she managed to be called to the Bar. Even more, who appointed her to the judgeship? The last question could be attributed to the desire of the appointee to have on the bench one who could be manipulated or one who would dance on a leash. This can only be the reason she was assigned…
The interest of the nation and Buhari's personal interests intersect at this point and a single action would serve both interests well. This single action is to quietly ease Mr. Buhari out of the office of the president. Except for those who are selfishly invested in President Buhari's presidency all other people know that Mr. Buhari's ability to govern is imperiled by his sickness. It is not his fault. Each of us can get sick and those of us who have reached the landmark age of 70 know how had even simple tasks can become. And if simple tasks are…
Sunday, 09 April 2017 22:57

Abuja In Heat And Darkness

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As a public servant who work and live in Abuja, I always experience the heat in Abuja during this time of the year. As per darkness, that is living without electric power, I am well immuned to its hazards since I was born in Emohua, Rivers State, Nigeria. From when it was the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) to Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN, a name given to the organization by the Bureau of Public Enterprises in preparation for its privatization) and now to private investors, it has been darkness all the way. I have chosen to comment on…
When a Nigerian is deported, the deporting country is saying, among other things, 1. “ You’re a persona non grata.” 2. “ Get away from here.” 3. “You are an unacceptable or unwelcome person.” 4. “You’re horrible.” 5. “ From now on you and your criminally-minded fellow Nigerians can consider yourselves personae non gratae.” The purpose of this essay is to present the scenario or state of affairs surrounding frequent deportations of Nigerians from many nations, and to suggest what we ought to do about it by way of prevention or cure as we talk to friends at home. They…
Saturday, 08 April 2017 17:22

Who owns Igwe Ocha (Port Harcourt)?

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AN OPEN LETTER TO EMEKA OKALA Date: April 8, 2017 To: Emeka Okala From: Ozodiobi Osuji Subject: ON THE QUESTION OF WHO OWNS IGWE OCHA A couple of years ago, when the interminable debate, driven by you, as to who owns Igwe Ocha, came up, I recall stating that it belongs to Igbos. Thereafter, I allowed you to be the self-anointed expert on everything Igwe Ocha. Egged on by certain Yoruba chaps, such as Bolaji Aluko, that do not have Igbos interests in mind, you went on and on telling us that Igwe Ocha is not part of Alaigbo. Igbos…
The Alaafin of Oyo Lamidi Adeyemi the Third went to London and he paraded 3 or 4 of his wives in a move captured by the News and Print Media in London and back home in Nigeria. The love for polygamy by most of our traditional rulers, High Chiefs and other Nigerians is a preference that is quietly but surely losing its appeal. I can name few powerful traditional rulers in Yoruba Land who have defied the odds to keep their marital vows despite all the pressures on them to do otherwise due to the dictate of some of our…
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 22:09

Another look at Ikwerre-Igbo issue

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ANOTHER LOOK AT THE IKWERRE IS NOT IGBO QUESTION Ozodi Osuji I am by orientation not interested in African tribal issues. I consider it a waste of my time to talk about tribal matters. To me it is good enough to say that one is African and leave it at that. However, I am a nominal Igbo. Generally, I identify who is Igbo by those who speak the Igbo language. Thus, since I see Ikwerre people speaking Igbo language I assumed that they are Igbos. I was therefore surprised to learn that some of these people who have Igbo names,…