Nigerian Affairs

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…
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 21:20

Before you rush to war think it through!

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Charles Chidi Achodo: As is my practice, I woke up at 4:30 AM this morning and looked at my tablet. I read your wise efforts to warn our people about rushing to war with Nigerians. I wrote a few sentences in support of your position and got up from bed. I decided that since I have two hours before I begin my daily activities I ought to provide a more adequate support for your position. Below is that effort; it is a hasty write up; I may, during the day, make some changes to it. Cheers, my wise friend, Ozodiobi…
Monday, 22 August 2016 23:51

Death wish and calling your dog Buhari

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Regarding An Igbo Naming His Dog Buhari There Is Something About Igbos That Make Them Do Dumb Things! Ozodi Osuji I have read where folks give disquisitions on the merit of a citizen naming his dog whatever he wants to; they used what they call constitutional law (whose constitution, American or Nigerian constitution?) to justify their positions. I am not a lawyer and will stay away from debates as to what is constitutionally protected speech or not. I am a philosopher and would like to share with folks how this matter exercises my mind: why is it that whenever a…
Monday, 22 August 2016 02:48

Is this the change Nigerians voted for?

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In the light of almost two decades of horrendous governance under the PDP administration, the call for change by a large section of Nigerians was expectedly overwhelmingly loud. Thus, this piece is a response to Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, who indeed holds the copyright to the first leg of the title of this piece which I have slightly modified – as can be seen in his latest defence of President Muhammadu Buhari's APC administration. After 15 tortuous months in the life of the current administration, a period largely mediated by growing criticisms…
The handwriting on the wall says mene, mene, tekel, parsin According to The Book of Daniel 5:26-28 the interpretation was: Mene[e]: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end. 27 Tekel[f]: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting. 28 Peres[g]: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.” This is the message to King Belshazzar of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari which the US Secretary of State will deliver to King PMB. Presidential watchers would have noticed that it has been two months since His Excellency has not traveled…
Reflecting on the issue of corruption which has remained unabated in Nigeria, this writer found it relevant to repost some excerpt of an article written on this subject in January 2013. It read "You cannot have true democracy without the rule of law. The rule of law is a sine qua non for all democracies. It is perhaps the most important ingredient in a democracy. The culture of impunity that pervades all facets of government and the elite class in Nigeria is detrimental to democracy. It was the rule of law that forced the United States Supreme Court to rule…
I am a columnist for Sahara Reporters of Nigeria and New York as many of you reading this probably know already. I work free of charge for Sahara and would lay down my life for that Social Media Establishment and its founder and CEO, Mr. Omoyele Sowore and his dedicated crew, if I need to because I firmly believe in their mission statement that all of us as Nigerians would be deceiving ourselves if we ever believe that Buhari alone, however good-intentioned, can ever end Corruption in Nigeria. "Report yourself" is our central credo at Sahara because we figured it…
Friday, 12 August 2016 19:54

Nigeria needs a bloody revolution

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Obim Onugiogu: The below essay is an elaboration of my response to your piece at Facebook this morning. Cheers, Ozodi Osuji NIGERIA'S SICKNESS CANNOT BE CURED WITH MORALIZATIONS BUT WITH REVOLUTION Ozodi Osuji There is corruption in every country but most countries try keeping that corruption to the absolute minimum. Perhaps, a country can live with less than five percent of her people been corrupt. I doubt, however, that a country can thrive if over 95% of her people are corrupt as is the case with Nigeria. Nigeria is so corrupt that it is no longer funny. Police men stop…
(I started writing this article in March 2014, but for some unknown, warped reason, never completed it. I have now decided to finish it) "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. They made the call in separate interviews with State House correspondents shortly after they were honoured with the nation’s centenary awards at the Presidential Villa, Abuja”. Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, said for Nigeria to have survived the first 100 years despite the various challenges of nation…
Mr. Toyin Adepoju in an article titled “Nigeria Needs Ethnic Self-determination for Its Constituent Nationalities” (https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/IgboWorldForum/conversations/messages/290849) asserts that the breakup of Nigeria is the answer to Nigeria’s manifold problems. He asserts as follows: Breakup into smaller nations (does he mean ethnic nationalities?) The country is a farce, created by a colonizer, and run largely by soldiers of fortune. The culture of everybody for themselves and their cronies is the core of corruption 4. The welding of a nation by force is not working. All the ethnicities should decide how they want to move forward. Those ethnicities who wish to be…
Nigerian Olympic soccer team got to Rio de Jenairo just a few hours before their soccer match against Japan in the opening rounds of Olympic games. They did not practice even for an hour on Rio's soil; did not get rid of any jet lags from travelling many miles and sitting on air planes. They won but that fact should not make Nigeria forget that we sent the kids into battle without armor. President Muhammadu Buhari has presented himself to Nigerians as a catalyst; a substance that enables a chemical reaction to proceed at a usually faster rate or under…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 06:32

Review of Atiku's paper on restructuring Nigeria

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Mr. Atiku Abubakar's paper (attached below) is a transcription of a speech he gave at a symposium held at the Usman Katsina Memorial Conference at the Umaru Musa Yar Adua Memorial Hall, Murtala Square, Kaduna, on Saturday, July 30, 2016. Apparently, the conference was called to talk about Northern Nigerian affairs and the areas relationship with the rest of Nigeria. Atiku (the man is generally known as Atiku so henceforth I will refer to him as Atiku) began his paper by telling us about his perception of the Nigerian political economy. He noted that before the discovery of oil in…
Since Christians And Muslims Cannot Live Peacefully Together They Need To Separate Ozodi Osuji Adeyinka Makinde: I decided to elaborate on my three sentences response to your brilliant essay, posted this morning at Facebook, on the 1966 military coups in Nigeria, into an essay. Below is that essay. What do you think of it? My approach to phenomena is scientific; my culture is scientific culture. I do not use religious frameworks to explain anything. I believe that we can use our minds, reason and observation to understand most of our world and do not need the hypothesis of God to…
Friday, 29 July 2016 09:59

Our Politicians, the NURTW and Us.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia, “The National Union of Road Transport Workers is a Nigerian organisation which functions as a mixture of a public transport company, street gang, and a transport worker's union. The organisation raises fund through several methods, but the largest of these is charging fees - of approximately 20 Nigerian Naira at illegal checkpoints, and from local shop owners. A large number of the NURTW have been arrested in recent months after a government crackdown on these unregulated fees, after the government embarked on a plan to stop people from collecting dues outside motor parks. These people…