Nigerian Affairs

This is Part 2 of the essay which elaborates on a sermon this writer heard a preacher deliver at a Redeemed Christian Church of God. The good pastor took his sermon from Isaiah 14: 5, which reads: "The righteous shall rule over their oppressors." Part 1 asked "Where Are the Righteous Nigerians To Rule Over Their Oppression?" Part Two is asking "How Are The Righteous Nigerians Going to Rule Over Their Oppression?" The question of oppression in Nigeria is so urgent that we are going to state the conclusions of this essay at the beginning and at the end .…
That Nigerian is a country with great promise goes without saying. Economically she is endowed with all kinds of resources: oil, gas, gold, coal and a thousand more minerals, solid and liquid. It has palm, groundnuts, cocoa, rubber, arable lands, and water, to name just the tip of the iceberg. Nigeria has the human capital in abundance, 140 million strong young men and women. And old people too! Name it; and Nigeria would offer it in abundance. But Nigeria remains very backward and getting further behind. It is perhaps one of the few places where each generation is succeeded by…
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 16:29

Great Is Nigeria: From A to Z

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How do you describe Nigeria? The more you know about Nigeria, the more you love it. The more our live reflect what Nigeria is all about, the more exemplary citizens we are. In spite of what the detractors and hecklers say about us, we hold our heads proudly high and cling like vines to Great Nigeria. Let’s strut like peacocks swollen with pride. Ahoy! Ahoy. Here’s a list words from A to Z that say something about our beautiful nation and express our gorgeous feelings of love towards GREAT NIGERIA. Are we now ready to go? Get set! Go !…
Monday, 18 July 2016 08:07

In fairness to Governor Aregbesola!

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Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s stewardship in Osun State has been generating all manner of comments in recent times. From the indefensible, infantile, misinformed and misguided viewpoints to the impressive analyses of his actions and inactions, the comments reveal a lot about this man of many parts who has not only done very well for his people, but has also been fair to all sections of the state in his policy implementation. Although Aregbesola is frequently the butt of criticisms, there is no doubt that he means well for his people and does what he sees to be in their best interest…
Monday, 18 July 2016 07:31

In memory of Nigeria's future!

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"The future comes slowly, the present flies and the past stands still forever." - Johann Friedrich Von Schiller. Baring any unforeseen circumstances, Nigeria's journey to 2019 has already started and one can only wish the country well! Having run its first full-circle four year-term, 2019 will put to test the capacity of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to renew its contract with Nigerians as well as the opposition's ability to reassess itself, especially, in the light of significant challenges of poverty, unemployment and ethno-religious fundamentalism currently confronting the country. Well, while some of us on this side of the…
Let Igbos Secure Five Percent Of The Signatures Of Igbos Who Voted In Igbo States During The Last Election In Nigeria And Submit It To The National Assembly And Use It As Basis For Asking For Referendum To Stay Or Leave Nigeria Ozodi Thomas Osuji Under natural law (perhaps, not man made positive law) Igbos have a right to demand referendum to decide whether they stayed or left Nigeria. What are international rules for making referendum? The United Nations have conducted referenda all over the world, so it must have procedures in place for doing it. Let Igbos study those…
It is not very often that I find myself writing a tribute considering that ours is a country where heroes and heroines are in short supply. But I couldn't allow this particular occasion to pass without reflecting on what Edwin Madunagu, popularly called Eddie by friends and comrades, means to me, to Nigeria and the international socialist movement. Eddie has been described by one of his contemporaries and closest comrades, Biodun Jeyifo, Harvard University's Professor of African and African American Studies and Comparative Literature, as "the greatest materialist historian and archivistof socialism and the Left in Nigeria's political history". Edwin…
Since the public presentation of the book We Are All Biafrans and the intervention of a former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, who chaired the event and delivered a speech titled “Restructuring for Nigeria’s national unity” – a speech I recommend to everyone interested in the unity and survival of Nigeria – the issue of restructuring Nigeria and negotiating its unity has once again taken the centre stage of national discourse. No less a person than President Muhammadu Buhari has had to weigh in on the debate. During his Eid el-Fitr message to Nigerians on Wednesday, July 6, 2016,…
The purpose of this essay is to piece together information gathered about conditions in Nigeria from some Nigerians in America and others returning from home to make sense of what is going on. Exactly, what is going on now? How are our people coping? From conversations and texts, it is very difficult to say: "This is how things are." Nigerians are always talking about money. Money makes headlines, dominates conversations, and occupies the center stage in a drama that is strictly Nigeria. I say drama for good reasons. Everyone on earth has money problems, and even people who have money…
THESIS #1 The paranoid person feels inordinately inferior and compensates with false superiority; he pursues power and want to be better than other people. But despite his obsessive-compulsive pretense of superiority he still feels inadequate. Paranoid Igbos insult those people they feel inferior to. THESIS #2 If you appear to be a person of high social status the paranoid Igbo does not expect you to come down to his supposed lowly level and relate to him. If you relate to him he feels that you must be like him, an inferior person; he cannot understand why a supposed important person…
Sunday, 03 July 2016 00:18

Why can't I ignore crazy people?

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I have a problem, that problem is my inability to ignore folk's craziness. I see a person acting out and instead of ignoring him I respond to him. Why do I do this? Consider this episode. A couple of days ago I wrote an essay on Trump and Hillary. I tried to show their strengths and weaknesses. I concluded that to me both are not my ideal candidates and that since I cannot honestly get myself to vote for either of them that I am going to not vote come November. As an American citizen I have a right to…
The Muslim personality I want to profile to mark this year Ramadan Celebration is late Alhaji Ayinla Omowura, the Apala Music Maestro of the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria. The greatness of a country is determined not only by how much it values its political leaders as a group, but how much emphasis or premium the country places on other individuals in society who have made a contribution with their God-given talents in their own line of occupation or business. The Beatles in Britain in the 60s became world-wide celebrities as much as the most youthful and the most charismatic American…
Femi Oyeweso, in comments reported on February 27, 2013 scored the winning soccer goal when he observed that our country Nigeria and our leadership have wasted billions of oil money through embezzlement, malfeasance, and downright mismanagement. Oyeweso made reference to a speech former U S President Bill Clinton gave at the 18th Annual ThisDay Award for Teachers in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. Mr. Clinton made very important and revealing observations. First: that Nigerian poverty fuels religious violence. Second: that oil is a valuable commodity that is best put to good use for development, eradication of poverty, disease and illiteracy,…
Sunday, 26 June 2016 21:51

On the osu phenomenon in Alaigbo

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Daniel Akusobi: Dan, you have taken it upon yourself to pontificate on subjects that you know nothing about. Just because you are an Igbo does not give you the right to presume to be an expert on everything Igbos. If I may express my wish I would like you to take a leave from Nigerian forums. I want you, Nebu, Greg Ukaegbu. Collins Ezebuihe, Assagwara, Ezeana, Abraham Madu to take a break from these forums. You are bringing disrepute to Igbos by always talking nonsense about Igbos. It was you fools that made the Osu issue an issue for public…
The purpose of this essay is to report on a letter of sex scandal involving Nigerian lawmakers without adding a word of this essayist and to give the authors and internet sources. Readers are asked to draw their conclusions. This essayist is a teacher, does not support any political party, and does not advocate militancy or violence to overthrow Nigerian or any government. He speaks the truth as he sees it. We owe it as a duty to conscience and other citizens to speak the truth. https://checkpointcharley.net/2016/06/16/us-cancels-visa-of-3-randy-reps-enmeshed-in-sex-scandal-dogara-orders-probe/ See also http://www.otimestv.com/2016/06/konji-us-ambassador-exposes-nigerian.html The Ambassador, in a letter dated June 9, 2016, addressed…
The choice of who to appoint as Attorney General of the Federation ought not to be based solely on Quota and Partisan Politics because the Attorney General holds the most important job in the Cabinet as the Chief Law Enforcement officer of the country and the intermediary between the Government and the Judiciary. There is no way the President as Head of the Executive can succeed in his governance of the country if the Judiciary decides to take a hike or just frustrate him by making it harder for him to achieve his goal by using delaying tactics. A good…
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 15:00

Open Letter To All Nigerians Everywhere

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This letter is addressed to YOU Nigerians of all ethnic variations, including but not limited to the Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Kanuri, Ibibio, Fulani, Berom, Urhobo, Babur, Achipa, Bade, Kanuri, Bini, Chokobo, Daka, Degema, Ebu, Tiv, Ga'anda, Gavako, Holma, Idoma, Ikom, Jero, and all the other tribes within the Sovereign Nation of Nigeria. Greetings: We are Nigerian, of Nigerian parentage, have lived Nigerian and will probably die Nigerian. But we are not ashamed to be known or seen as Nigerians for obvious reasons that will soon be seen and heard. Our 56-year-old Father is changing in many ways for the better…
They say that you can take the child out of the ghetto but cannot take the ghetto out of him. In effect, we go to wherever we go to in life with our childhood socialization. In childhood we internalize our culture and thereafter take it with us to wherever we go to in life. Even when what we internalized is barbaric behavior we take it to civilized situations. Changing environment does not lead to changing ones behaviors for we take our old problematic habits to every milieu we enter. I recall growing up at Lagos and seeing the kids call…
Thursday, 09 June 2016 03:31

Legacies of Polygamy

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Last week, a friend complained about her mother-in-law spreading tales all over town. “Can you imagine,” She lamented, “a 70-year old telling lies about a woman half her age?” She was especially grieved that someone that old still exhibited such moral decrepitude. I reminded her that said ‘spreader of lies’ is living out her senior years as the second wife of a polygamist; the implication being she had not aged in a polygamous setup without having some nefarious tricks up her proverbial sleeve. Arguably, polygamy is a poisonous institution that creates an environment in which participants are trained to fight…
There is a picture on Facebook of an Igbo woman beheaded by a Hausa mob at Kano; the reason given for cutting off her head is that she insulted the Koran and or Mohammed. I want to ask a few questions and provide some tentative answers. The questions are: why do Muslim Northerners find it easy to cut off people's heads under the pretext that they insulted their Holy Book and or religious leader? If God is as powerful as folks say that he is and if his prophet is as powerful as he is supposed to be it follows…
Saturday, 04 June 2016 18:08

Random Thoughts

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From Ozodi Osuji's daily journal THE LEADER DEALS WITH THE REAL WORLD NOT THE IDEAL WORLD Leaders deal with the world as it is; the world as it is is imperfect; people are imperfect; leaders use imperfect human beings to accomplish imperfect goals; they help people survive in the imperfect world. They are not motivated to be ideal for ideal is conceptual, mental and not real. LEADERS WORK WITH PEOPLE Leaders have good interpersonal skills, for leadership goals are attained by working with other people; a goal that can be achieved by the individual alone does not require working with…
Dr. Wumi Akintide, this morning, I read your piece, at Facebook, on implementing what you called "The 2014 Confab on restructuring Nigeria". I am not privy to the findings and recommendations of the 2014 confab, nor did your piece elucidate what they are. However, I have given the Nigerian problem some thoughts. I am convinced that for Nigeria to work it must be fundamentally restructured. The British lumped together people who are irreconcilably different in their cultures into one geographic entity; they called the incipient country Niger area (which the wife of the first governor of the geographic space, Frederick…
Thursday, 02 June 2016 20:02

The Nigerian Internet cockroach

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Have you lived in a house full of cockroaches? I have; a few years ago I was in the Washington DC area and stayed in a house with cockroaches in it. When you turn the light off and go out and later come back, during the night, when the house is dark, and turn on the light you notice that the cockroaches are everywhere. Upon seeing light the cockroaches literally let go of their feet grasping on the walls and fall down and scurry into dark corners. They let go and fall down because they do not want to be…
Let me confess upfront that if I never checked out of Nigeria at the time I did, I would probably be a great part of the Nigerian malfeasance that this article wants to highlight. I would probably be a Commissioner in Ondo State or a Chairman of a federal parastatal based in Abuja or an Ambassador representing Nigeria in some foreign country if I never left home. I am not saying that to gloat like Donald Trump that I am going to be what I can never be, given my track record. Donald Trump claims he knows ISIS and the…
Tuesday, 31 May 2016 19:36

Buhari and the tragedy of politics!

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"He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles." - Harry Emerson Fosdick. I am a professed and an active Buharist and I am glad I made a wise choice! Impliedly, given the opportunity again, I will not hesitate to repeat my preference for Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria's president. With that said, one cannot but be worried about the direction in which Nigeria is headed. That there is…