Politics

THE POLITICAL LEADER VERSUS THE SPIRITUAL LEADER Ozodi Thomas Osuji In this world it is clear that we need political leaders and spiritual leaders. Human beings are brutes and therefore need a brute to lead them. The political leader is like a brute; he uses brute force to tame brutish human beings; he organizes the human polity, establishes laws under which people live for without laws people are separated egos pursuing their individual self-interests and would harm each other, even kill each other. The political leader extends the realm of his polity. In time political leaders will make the entire…
Thursday, 06 April 2017 19:11

People elect leaders who are like them

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People elect their selves in their leaders. Put differently, leaders reflect the people they lead. Consider. Americans are self-centered and, indeed, celebrate it as their national character. What is capitalism but the celebration of self-centeredness? What is socialism but the celebration of social-centeredness? Republican party members teach that to care for other people is to sin; to them life means taking from other people and become rich and let those who cannot struggle for the survival of the fittest die out. They would rather not give health insurance to all Americans or even pay for the education of all Americans…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 23:40

From idealistic politics to realistic politics

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FROM CRITICIZING POLITICS FROM IDEAL POLITICS TO REALISTIC POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY Ozodi Thomas Osuji I am an idealist, I want to be better than I am; in pursuit of the ego ideal I juxtaposed ideal everything and seek to actualize them. I use the ideal standards of my ideal ego to judge American politics and necessarily find it not good enough. From my idealistic perspective American politics is the politics of madmen (both conservatives and liberals are madmen). Now, suppose that America's politics is not the politics of madmen, suppose it is the politics of sane men what would it look…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 17:31

2017

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We have entered 2017, a year that promises to change the world in radical ways. Change is both good and bad and it is this ambiguity that makes the world tremble, tremble, tremble. We do know that changes must occur and that we should not be afraid of them but somehow, we are not able to shake off our fears of the unknown. Here are some of the anticipated changes that could make the world shake: In America (and in much of the world) the election of Donald Trump as the president of the United States is worrisome. The influence…
Surely, indisputably, indubitably, and for sure A thing is a thing when it is a thing And I said to the Nigerian man Who stood in the middle of Onitsha Bridge Your nation is a failed state without Anyamiri presiding Tell me Truth That I may tread safely into the unknown. And he replied gruffly, “Go out into the shade And put your hands in the hand of Satan. That shall be to you better than Truth And a little cozier than what you seek!” So I went swiftly and finding the hand of Obi Clasped it firmly with both…
When Nigeria's President Buhari announced to the world that his wife belongs to his kitchen and bedchamber, most Nigerians feigned both blindness and deafness. A large number of Nigerians were unimpressed, unconcerned, or just pretended it was "no big deal." Others felt nonchalant, blasé, indifferent, detached. Others said, "Oh, he mustn't be talking about me and my family." Buhari's damage-control handlers explained the President's misspeak as being light-hearted; that the old man was only joking. The women liberation warriors around the globe didn't take the insult on women lying down on perfumed and feathered beds with their bottoms partly ajar…
Thursday, 15 September 2016 19:26

Do They Think They're God's Gifts To Nigerians?

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The purpose of this essay is to discuss the various assumptions Nigerian have that are at the root of the hard times that are threatening to break our people's resolve, dampen the human spirit, and destroy our love for country and countrymen. These assumptions tend to create hard times in Nigeria and produce hopelessness and helplessness in our people. You might want to know that holders of these assumptions are so inexorably interested in one thing, that is, the I-Me-Myself self centeredness coupled with grandiosity that is likely to wreck havoc on our economy and ensure that Nigeria continues to…
In 1776 Americans used war to kick out the British and establish their present political order; in 1789 the French used revolution to remove their old order and establish a new order. In 1917 the Russians threw out their old regime and establish a new social order. The Germans lost two world wars and established a new social order. The English in 1832 had a bloodless revolution that eliminated the aristocrats and established the rule of the commoners. America as currently established serves white folk, especially rich white folks. It will take a bloody or bloodless revolution to bring about…
In the fifth century of our common era the Roman Empire fell. There was power vacuum in the Mediterranean world, the world that Rome ruled. With the fall of the Roman Empire Greek learning that had dominated that empire went into eclipse. The Catholic Church rose up and spread its religion based civilization in Europe. Europe became religious; Greek secular learning was eschewed. Thus, no new scientific ideas came from Europe for a thousand years. This period of no new ideas on the nature of phenomena is called the European dark ages. In the seventh century Mohammed established his new…
Not many people would argue that engineers are very smart people or that medical doctors are also very brilliant. But would you hire an engineer to take care of your heart condition? Would you hire an anesthesiologist to build your house? The answers to both questions are "no." But that is what Nigerians did and what USA is trying to do. Mr. Buhari has been a soldier all his life and Mr. Trump has been a business man all his life. Both men are struggling with the political job they have sought and are being asked to do. They seem…
Conservative parties, be they called the Tory Party, or Republican Party, or Likud Party, have for the most part of the early 20th century to present advocated policies that seemed unreasonable but the world continued to vote them into office. These policies are often presented to the public lased with patriotic cinnamon sugars. And the public has consumed them with passion. At the formative stages of the European Union, the conservatives urged Britons not join as Labor and other progressive parties pushed for joining European Union. General Charles De Gaulle’s opposition to Britain’s membership did not help but it was…
In the 1930s the British had a Prime Minister called Neville Chamberlain. He was scholarly and peace loving. He was a product of the First World War and was averse to war. In 1933 Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany. Before coming to power he made his intentions clear. In his book, Mein Kampf (1925) he said what he is going to do when he came to power. He was going to tear to shreds the 1919 Versailles Treaty, rebuild Germany's military; send his military into the Ruhr valley and occupy it; retake German lands given to Poland and…
The purpose of this essay is to play with the word stupidity and to demonstrate that stupidity is behind our problems in Nigeria. Failure to hear and not listen is the height of unmitigated Stupidity. Nothing in this should be misconstrued to mean this writer is advocating militancy or violent overthrow of government. This writer has been a teacher for decades, and does not support any political party. He seeks to speak the truth as it appears to him. If the reader is offended by what the essayist says or how he says, reader ought to take heart and realize…
Friday, 12 February 2016 04:22

An encounter with a racist white police man

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This morning (around 10 AM, February 9, 2016) I was driving; I had taught my early morning course and was leaving the campus. I got close to a traffic light; it was beginning to turn yellow when I was in the intersection so I drove on (I turned left). It was not red when I turned so technically I did nothing wrong. Three blocks later I saw a police car flashing its light behind me. I thought that it was in an emergency mode and had the right of way; therefore, I pulled off the road for him to go…
Monday, 11 January 2016 20:19

On Terrorism and other matters

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We Make Efforts To Value And Make Our Egos And Bodies Real; Terrorists Make Efforts To Destroy That Which We Value So As To Teach Us That They Are Not Valuable And Real Everything in the world has positive and negative aspects to it. Terrorism has horrific aspects to it but it also has a positive aspect to it. How? We human beings denied our true selves, formless spirits, and identify with false selves, separated selves, egos and bodies and defend those false identities. Our entire world is an attempt to protect our false selves and their houses, bodies and…
If you ever had doubt as to the main function of government then take a look at what happened at San Bernardino, California and Paris, France when Muslim terrorists attacked innocent civilians and killed many persons. The people not killed by the terrorists reacted as the terrorists want them to react, with fear. Thus, the Californians and French not killed by Muslim terrorists feel fear. However, the fearful Californians and French are not intimidated, as the stupid terrorists believe that they would. Instead, they resolved to kill the terrorists, to remove the source of threat to their existence. In both…
It is not alarmist to warn about the approaching World War III. In fact pretending that nothing is happening is a failure of humanity in the face of overwhelming anger and hatred seen all over the world. The anger spans culture, religion, ethnicity, civilization. The anger is across borders and within borders; across religions and within religions, across nations and within nations and so on. If the world leaders do nothing we will sooner than later enter into the third and final war to exterminate humans from this world. To some people such an extermination might not be so bad.…
The ugly events in Paris France is the most current reminder that nobody is safe anywhere in the world; that death lurks in football stadia, hides in bar;, is not far from any street corner; rf even in the market. About 15 years ago, we discovered that doing business in such high business address as the World Trade Center in New York does not provide any security guarantees. In trying to find a solution to the security issues, each country that has been attacked went after the perpetrators of the recent crimes. US led the West to now 15 year…
President Buhari has started on the right foot with his statement that not all ministerial nominees would have a ministry to supervise since there will not be thirty six ministries to supervise. This is his first bold move. If I had been elected the president I will not have more than seven super ministries and eleven junior ministries for a total of 18 ministries. The seven super ones would be (1) finance, (2) agriculture, (3) transportation/infrastructure/aviation/railways, (4) education, (5) mines/solid minerals, (6) oil/power, and (7) industries. The rest of existing ministries would be merged into eleven junior ministries including defense…
The purpose of this essay is to propose a list of things we Nigerians can do to avert frustration over our country's dismal economy and prevent unhappiness from spilling into long-term suffering and possible violence. No one is going to argue with the contention that Nigeria is now in an uncomfortable crisis situation. Buhari accuses his people of lacking discipline and orderliness. His people respond with accusations against Buhari for being militaristic in his governance and insensitive on one hand, and on the other hand, prejudiced against Southern states. Some accuse him of hoarding public funds while workers go hungry…
With Mr. SKC Ogbonnia hope waxes eternal. His hope in the current President Muhammadu Buhari's Administration knows no bounds. His other undying belief in the omnipotence of opposition in a democratic government buttressed by his faith in God-like PMB leads him to make statements that are beyond belief and sets a standard of expectations that are impossible to achieve. The Igbo should be wary of Mr. Ogbonnia or they will be lured into a sleep that would quickly turn to a coma from which the Igbo may never recover. Mr. Ogbonnia's essay (http://leadership.ng/news/467269/beyond-buharis-cabinet-lies-a-silver-lining-for-the-igbos ) may be summarized by two overarching…
The purpose of the instant essay is to establish the meaning of dominion. Then it seeks to explain why dominion is essential and the reasons it has been elusive in Nigeria. Finally, the essay attempts to illustrate how Nigerians can get back on their feet to maintain meaningful dominion over their God-given estate. The word for this essay came from a Yoruba man this writer ran into barely 7 days ago in a small town called Laurel just 30 miles outside Washington DC. Yoruba Man was a security guard at the International Market. As the writer was looking around and…
Friday, 25 September 2015 20:01

Poem: Reasons Why I was Corrupt

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I have heard so much about Nigerian corruption it is a shame; it's hard to know where to start Woman with PhD in physics took American friends home to set up NGO to attract girl scientists She reported to a Nigerian Minister who enquired into the size the group's budget "To obtain permission for your NGO," the Minister said, "You must surrender 50% to me" Dr. Boniface was offered lectureship in Nigeria, providing he paid a kickback of 500,000 Naira Bonny calculated cost of the new job and told his wife: "Baby, we aren't going anywhere." A White American's weekly…
Except those that are seriously deranged, the world is in chaos and we know it. The chaos is showing no evidence of peaceful resolution instead it seems that the trend will continue into the near and far future. Here are just a few examples: A smart high school Arab student in Irvin Texas made a clock and brought it his school for “show and tell.” He was arrested and handcuffed by the police following a call from his teacher who thought the clock was a bomb. A combination of the facts such as that the boy was an Arab; and…
Thursday, 17 September 2015 03:21

Anti-corruption war: Standing the test of crime

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By sheer providence and People Power, the progressive camp is now at the helm of affairs in Nigeria. May God's name be praised! For sixteen years, the People's Democratic Party (PDP) ruled Nigeria like a party that was principally inspired by the ideology of corruption. Like a disaster destined to happen, the 'Power' party embarked on a 'Voyage Of No Discovery' and it was as if the gods were angry! Now, the rest as far as the derailed, tired and expired party is concerned, is history! Everything considered, the ruling All Progressives Party, APC's festival of champagne-popping and glasses-clinking is…