Politics

Saturday, 24 August 2013 03:16

How I Will Manage Igbo Politics

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Strategic perspective would be my guiding principle if I were to mange Igbo politics. I will ignore the calls for 2015. I will ignore how to leave Nigeria; I will ignore the creation of a new Igbo state. I will ignore presidential rotation politics. In short I will ignore almost everything currently on the table. I will work quietly and when I am done my work would manifest itself and produce an unchallenged Igbo leadership in Nigeria. The first step is to identify Igbo strengths and Igbo weaknesses. Igbo strengths: The largest ethnic group in Nigeria (forget about rigged census…
If you asked any body anywhere, where corruption is more perverse Africa or the West, the unanimous answer would be Africa. A new corruption survey by Transparency International shows that nine out of ten of the countries with the highest reported bribery rate in the world are in Africa. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-23249614 Africa will be the answer even if you polled educated Africans and educated Westerners. It will be true if you asked liberals and conservatives. Is the difference as big as perceived? Even at the risk of appearing to be defending Nigeria I make bold to say there might be a…
Though I have done some opinion pieces on the current administration in Imo State, led by the peoples’ Governor – Owelle Rochas Okorocha in connection to infrastructural development, particularly in the area of road construction, it would not be out of place to draw the attention of Imo State government to the lapses observed by this writer in the construction of the road that runs through Umuocham Ntu to Elelem all in Ngor/Okpala LGA. During my last visit to Umuodagu Ntu in Ngor-Okpala LGA, I was able to gather from a reliable source who does not want his name mentioned…
I wish to commiserate with the families of the 50 persons in Umudagu Mbieri, Mbaitoli in Imo State that lost their lives in the Osisi Ukwu Uko tragedy . My heart also goes to other victims and residents of Umudagu who suffered bodily injuries as a result of the Uko tree calamity. I am wishing them quick recovery. For those of you who don't know, an ancient tree believed by some to be a tree of the gods fell on Thursday May 16th, killing over 50 people at Umudagu in Imo State. Apart from civil war and pipeline disaster ,I…
Saturday, 08 June 2013 12:49

Can Politics Be A Science?

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At universities we have departments called political science (some East Coast Ivy League universities, such as Harvard, are now calling them departments of government and redefining their functions to studying government and public policies). The question is: can politics be a science? First, let us understand what science is. Science is a methodology for understanding phenomena; it is a means of looking at things to see them as they are, not necessarily as one wants them to be. A scientist suspends his desires and views and observes an aspect of phenomena and writes about what he sees. He presents description…
Nigeria is a developing country; its social scientists should not take refuge in the Ivory Tower and not participate in the governing of the country. Nigerian social scientists, building on their understanding of the influence of society on the people, ought to be making public policy recommendations to their governments. Public Policy Oriented Social Science In Developing Countries Ozodi Osuji SOCIAL SCIENCE We can define social science as the scientific field that studies how the working of society affects the individual human being. Society and its culture appear to influence the individual’s behavior. Sociologists, beginning with August Comte, Emil Durkheim,…
Saturday, 29 December 2012 19:04

The Abduction Of Nkiru Sylvanus In Owerri

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It was in May, 2012, that Philip Amadi, a friend of mine, experienced his worst nightmare — being kidnapped. He was driving home from work when he was intercepted near Fancrid Hotel Omoku in Rivers State by armed men in a car. Within seconds, they whisked him into their vehicle, leaving his car abandoned. Before he could react, he was blindfolded and being driven away. He was terrified.The next morning Philip came to know that he was ‘somewhere’ in Ahoada also in Rivers State and his family has been asked to pay 10 million naira for his safe return. An…
Political leaders come and go. One time Gov. Sam Mbakwe and Premier M. I. Opara were such good-name tag leaders. Today we have Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo State. The other time, it was Gov. Chris Ngige in Anambra state followed by Gov. Peter Obi at the moment. Rochas Okorocha is, indeed, becoming particular. They say he is on a mission to develope his people and state and this is clear as observers are putting it. I was just reading up Christmas messages and wishes in the facebook when I stumbled onto this self-reporting impressional article by Matthew Mbanaja who…
Thursday, 15 November 2012 05:31

Ideal Leadership Versus Real Leadership

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This essay differentiates between ideal versus real leadership. It cautions against withdrawing from politics just because it is messy and imperfect. It points out that real people and their governments are always imperfect hence the need to work with them as they are, not as they should become. Ideal Leadership Versus Real Leadership Ozodi Thomas Osuji Because my real self, other people, social institutions and the world are imperfect I rejected them. I thereafter posited ideal self for me, for other people, social institutions and the world and pursued them. In leadership and political matters I used my mind to…
Sometimes it is important to have a complex situation to develop a simplex condition to understand it. By following the ongoing USA Presidential electioneering, I have come to notice very clearly one critical dangerous argument between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. It is that confusion of a kind with regard to creating jobs and by who that this short article is observing and reflecting on. In noticing the confusing but with a dangerous argument related to job creation and economic growth for the USA and by extension the world over, I have continued to ask the question like…
Thursday, 09 August 2012 08:52

Governor Okorocha and the LGA Cash Pot (Part 2)

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According to Albert Einstein ‘The world is a dangerous place, not only because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing’ Another philosopher, William Blake said “When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do." As a citizen of Imo State, I am worried and will continue to speak out on the manner of politics and public disservice Governor Okorocha of Imo is practicing in our State. I am justified if i call him…
Friday, 02 March 2012 17:16

The Intricacies of Power

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Definitions Intricate – According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary: Having many complexly interrelating parts or elements that are difficult to analyze, understand, or explain. Power – political scientists frequently defined power as “the ability to influence the behavior of others" with or without resistance. It has also been defined as a measure of an entity's ability to control their environment, including the behavior of other entities. The term authority is often used for power, perceived as legitimate by the social structure. When a company exerts upward power, it is the subordinates who influence the decisions of the leader (Greiner & Schein, 1988).…
Saturday, 04 February 2012 22:18

Is This All That Political Science Can Be?

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There is a presidential election going on in the USA. One has paid attention to what the candidates for the two political parties are saying regarding why they want to be given the opportunity to become the next United States President. Their ideas are usually shaped by what their political consultants tell them. Political scientists are missing in all these activities. Political scientists, apparently, stay in the Ivory Tower and write the history of what politicians do but do not participate in the discourse on how to govern society. This piece asks whether that is all that political scientists can…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 09:12

Governor Okorocha, where are the jobs in Imo State?

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Last week, the leader of Ohaneze, Kano State Chapter, Chief Tobias Idika denied media reports that Imo State Governor,Owelle Rochas Okorocha visited Kano and met with Ndigbo in Kano over the plight of Igbos in Kano after the Boko Haram attack. 'The report is false and insensitive to the plight of Ndigbo" said the Ohaneze Chairman. "Okorocha did not enter Sabon Gari to see anybody. He came for his own political business. He did not come to see Ndigbo. He did not set foot in the community" said the visibly annoyed Ohaneze leader . According to Okorocha's media men, the…
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 03:13

Biafra Liberation In Exile, Bilie Inaugural Speech

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With the greatest sense of responsibility and honour we see it as a privilege to stand before this great audience today. Brothers and sisters we want to say thank you for coming. We want to thank also those who contributed in no small measure to make this occasion possible. Ladies and gentlemen, we want to acknowledge the great efforts, services and contributions of our political leaders to our Homeland. We want to thank especially our host Imo State and her Governor Rochas Okorocha for the wonderful hospitality we have received from them. BILIE and Bilie Human Rights Initiative, we must…
Saturday, 07 January 2012 22:29

Fear, Revolutions And Governments

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This paper spells out the nature and function of fear; it says that it is fear that makes society and governments necessary and that the fear that asks government to protect people unwittingly asks it to exploit the people. It says that to the extent some individuals reduce their fears to that extent they live more robustly and able to engage in revolutions, and that those who completely overcome fear exit from the drama of this world. Preamble: Dr. Ojo, yesterday, January 5, 2012 I asked you why you think that Nigerians, Africans and black persons in general are afraid…
Saturday, 03 December 2011 16:37

Why Owerri Is Now Rated As Nigeria’s Dirtiest City

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Owerri the capital of Imo State in Nigeria has been named the dirtiest city in Nigeria in a report published on Tuesday by Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria. Excrement in the street, graffiti, indiscriminate dumping of refuse and lack of sanitation exercises are the typical problems which Owerri city suffers, the report said. Another is the pure water sachets, cans, the mass booze-up, which brings hundreds of teenagers on to the streets at weekends, leaving litter strewn on streets. The report also stated that 88 percent of those questioned believed more public awareness of litter problems and regular cleanup…
When I was a teenager, my Dad would take me to Leventis Supermarket in Port Harcourt with him on Saturdays. The very first thing he does was to ask for ice cream, and then we will stroll around the supermarket, making purchases, licking our ice cream. I still like ice cream. In a hungry search for one, I walked into Pick and Smile Supermarket, Wetheral Road, Owerri last week .It was 7 pm in the night. Pick and Smile reminds me of the then Leventis Supermarket in Port Harcourt. Wao! Some white families shopping at night with their police escorts!…
The actions of the Governor of Imo State,Owelle Rochas Okorocha have attracted so much criticism from members of the press. Thisday Newspaper editorial once mentioned that the Governor's most notable achievement to date has been to make headline news for all sorts of gaffes. The paper went ahead to say that the Governor is giving Nigerians something to really laugh about. It is obvious that Okorocha is making mockery of himself but the sad thing is that he does not seem to care what people think or say.At a Stakeholders forum in Owerri recently, Owelle was asked about the issue…
Over the years women have been relegated to the background in issues of the overall development especially in the developing nations like Nigeria. This is borne out of the sentimental attachment on feminine gender. Historical evidences are available to prove that the Nigerian women have for long been playing crucial role in political life of the country, and this has contributed in no small measure in shaping the political system of the nation. For development of any kind to be successful, a vantage position should be accorded the women, as they constitute larger proportion of the population. In this regard,…
Monday, 31 October 2011 03:54

Biafrans In Nigeria Military: A Call To Mutiny

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Biafrans or Igbo in Nigerian military forces owe it as their duty and moral obligation to their native Homeland of Biafra to mutiny against their Nigerian commanders and state authority. It is simple enough to justify such action; forty something years ago the Nigerian state, Nigerian military and civilians separately and collectively murdered a total of 3.1 million of Igbo/Biafran people in a genocidal orgy of the worst kind that has ever taken place on the African continent. Genocide is crime against humanity and that is what Nigeria and its citizens committed against the Igbo/Biafran ethnic people. Every crime should…
Thursday, 06 October 2011 17:58

The Doctrine Of Necessity In Perspective

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The doctrine of necessity is a rarely used political concept or utilitarian idea and is used to define and validate extra-constitutional issues that fall outside the purview of the constitution but are necessary to preserve political stability. The fundamental objective of the doctrine is to satisfy the exigencies which have been created by certain situations outside the contemplation of the constitution or the rule of law; and its significant feature is the deliberate circumvention of the constitution or some aspects of the rule of law in order to get out of the political quagmire. It is also a situation where…
(PART TWO) Prominent legal scholars in Nigeria have written divergent opinions on whether the president's assent is required in the constitutional amendment process; particular mention must be made of the opinions of Chief Richard Akinjide, S.A.N, Prof Taiwo Oshipitan, S.A.N, Mr, Olisa Agbakoba, S.A,N and most recently the official position of the Nigerian Bar Association who have argued that the proposal for the alteration of the 1999 Constitution as passed by the National Assembly and approved by more than two-thirds majority of the State Houses of Assembly cannot take effect as amendments to the 1999 Constitution in the absence of…
Saturday, 03 September 2011 03:09

Unshackling and Salvaging Nigeria

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The current war of words coming from General Ibrahim Badamosi and General Mathew Aremu Okikiola Olusegun Obasanjo is a welcome development in Nigeria to see the last tresses in the butts of the Military incursion into governance in Nigeria. The blood of the innocent Nigerians, the souls of the founding fathers, the pains and sufferings of poor Nigerians will continue to hurt the Buffoon and Buffalo leaders that have misled the country. They would definitely get paid before they bid this world farewell for their journey to hell or heaven depending on their imagination. The most foolish person in this…