Politics

Premium Times this morning published a graph showing the distribution of Presidents Buhari’s appointments. In a chart format it looks like this: http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/189117-outrage-grows-across-nigeria-as-buharis-lopsided-appointments-continue.html Zone # of Appointments % NE 6 20 NC 3 10 NW 13 43 SS 5 17 SW 3 10 SE 0 0 Total 30 100 It indeed it looks unbalanced but I am not aware of any government that has a balanced appointment structure in technical appointments as opposed to political appointments. What PMB just deed is to appoint his technical team. I have written several times before that the Federal Character requirement in the constitution…
Events in the past couple of days injected the idea of slavery into my consciousness; thus, this morning I woke up wondering whether Walter Rodney's contention that Europe underdeveloped Africa has merit. The period of African slavery in the Americas, 1500-1900 is the same period that Europeans made their greatest discoveries in science and technology. Beginning with Nicolas Copernicus' 1543 postulation that the Sun is the center of our solar system to Galileo's 1610 verification of that thesis and Isaac Newton's 1687 positing of the law of gravitation and the three laws of motion to nineteenth century discoveries in heat,…
Saturday, 15 August 2015 12:54

Osun: Options Before the Ruling Party

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Going by the objective of this piece, one of the articles I wrote some six years back could be described as the first of a two-part piece. The article, titled 'Options Before the Opposition', came at a time the People's Democratic Party, PDP, was not only in control of affairs in Nigeria, it also held five of six states in the Southwest by the jugular. Osun, the-then 'State of the Living Spring' was one of them. While the grip lasted, Osun State was not only regarded as PDP's world, the party's word was also law. At the helm of affairs…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 19:21

Nigerian Tribalism Is a Killer Disease

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President Buhari’s cabinet appointments would fail if he does not eschew tribalism and if Nigerians find reasons to disrespect his administration because of his exaltation of Dan Fodio above other groups. President Buhari’s government is expected to reflect broadmindedness and inclusiveness., rather than a narrow parochialism or slavish focus on small circles of supporters. We expect the President to consider things in their wider context, not just “ being Muslim or from the North” First of all, Buhari is the President of the whole Federal Republic of Nigeria. He is the leader of all Nigerians, irrespective of their political persuasion…
Im not on the payroll of Osun State Government and I'm not paid to do my usual stuff for the state that nurtured me from childhood to adulthood. Be that as it may, travail or triumphs, my desire is to see the state of my birth access the tested terrains of political and economic liberty. As a matter of fact, whatever its lot, I remain a proud indigene of this 'Land of Virtue' and one of the impassioned supporters of the Rauf Aregbesola-led administration, especially, in its efforts to reposition the state for a better, brighter and rewarding future. Having…
Sunday, 12 July 2015 22:05

Why Did God Create the Fulani?

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Just an hour ago, the following conversation took place between this writer and a fearful woman in Nigeria: ME: I hear Fulanis are attacking Nigerians, that the. Hausa /Fulani herdsmen drive hundreds of cattle over people's farms in Owerri to eat up gardens. Also, those who complain are killed with machete or shot with allows. WOMAN: Nigeria is becoming something else. Only God will save us. We're living in fear. ME: Only we can save us. God is so overworked He has no time for His other responsibilities , like protecting us from malaria. WOMAN: He is for us all…
Thursday, 09 July 2015 23:57

Does PMB/GMB have an IGBO Problem?

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Buhari and the Igbo Round II During General Muhammadu Buhari’s First Missionary Journey he overthrew a democratically elected President Shehu Shagari whose government, he accused of all manner of misdeeds. Also overthrown was Mr. Alex Ekwueme, Shagari’s Vice President. He immediately restricted Shagari, the Head of State, whose government “did all those horrible things” to his home. As for the Vice President, GMB locked him up in Maximum Kirikiri Prison for ever. GMB never fully explained why he used different strokes for different folks. Many Igbo people believed then that Ekwueme’s crime was daring as an Igbo to seek and…
This article tries to do two things; to diagnose what has gone on so far with Nigeria and to provide a prognosis of the future. Nigeria has been sick for a while and the future looked/looks bleak. The immediate challenge was the accidental presidency of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan who was hoisted on Nigerian by a scheming President Obasanjo, who did not want to leave office; but wanted to control the country using a remote control. The first remote was a sick President Yar’ Adua who upon election showed signs of independence from the “smart manipulator.” But since he was sick…
I am a bonafide indigene of Osun State. So, it is my right to partake of whatever becomes its lot, including the painful and regrettable experience by its civil servants arising from government's inability to pay their salaries in the last couple of months. It is in view of this that I join other well-meaning indigenes and residents of the 'Land of Virtue' in sympathizing with the government and the workers even as I commend efforts by the Rauf Aregbesola-led administration at permanently laying this issue to rest. After all, tough times never last! Having said these, I've in recent…
CONCLUSION: One of the best ways to help Nigeria grow is to shun corruption. We should refuse to give or accept bribes. We may be called upon to suffer negative consequences, including not landing a job or foregoing benefits, because we fail to bribe our way. We ought to have the courage to report instances of bribery to authorities and demand that the allegations be investigated. Feel good about yourself and the urge to give or accept bribery would invariably lessen. When all is said and done, we shall remain humble and respectful, and be sincerely interested in all Nigerians…
Immediately after the election when it became clear that APC has won a clear majority sweeping both Assemblies, most State Houses and the presidency there was chaos in PDP as disappointed and disillusioned members tried to flee to APC. They believed the lie told them by ex-president Obasanjo that elections are do or die things. They thought they were about to die. It was not until APC told them in a firm and confident voice that they should go back to their party and not try to harvest where they did not plant, that it dawned on them that they…
Inaugural speech by a new president can be so significant as a starting voice to lead, be understood and analyzed by social commentators and the nation of followers. How did Buhari's inaugural speech make sense? Presidential historians and most social scientists do not shy away from reading and analyzing Presidential Inaugural Comments called speeches. Speech writers show that a president being sworn in will address the nation with how and what the nation is to be guided on for outcomes that will change lives and opportunities for growth. An inaugural speech therefore serves as a political philosophy and action through…
The best news to come out of APC is this news "APC Cancels Zoning, Bisi Akande Says Senate President, House Speaker Positions, Others Open" (http://thewillnigeria.com/news/apc-cancels-zoning-bisi-akande-says-senate-president-house-speaker-positions-others-open/) It is good music to my ears and to the ears of all those who have opposed zoning from Adam. The zoning concept is based on an Igbo expression of "Onye gburu achara onye gburu ma onye akpona ibe a onye ukori" Loosely translated it means you cut your own bamboo (from a common bamboo plantation) and let others do so. Let nobody consider others fools. Translated into PDP language and constitution it means "you…
Discussing big and small issues that occur in Nigeria can be challenging but also important to transform to become democrats without intimidation. When we talk about human rights during elections, we refer to ability to adjust by everyone to exercise rights to choose our leaders. The Oba of Lagos, Oba R. Akiolu failed here totally. He misfired by reducing himself to ethnic fear and hate and the consequences of his out of order behaviour cannot be laid to rest so easily in the analysis of leadership, political choices and relationships in Nigeria. This article is a commentary to highlight human…
There are stories or shall I say rumors about large number of PDP elected politicians defecting to APC. If these stories are true, PDP has nothing to worry about. But APC has a lot to worry about. In an earlier piece just before the election, I stated that after the election that we would have another mega party and that what was in doubt was if it would be PDP or APC. It is one of those things that I wish I had made a wrong call. I hate to be right on this. Some of my Igbo compatriots have…
Let us accept as a working concept that there was a free and fair elections in 2015 even as many doubters exist. We must accept this view because it is the view that is being implemented. Among Nigerians (Rotimi Fashakin for example) and including some Igbo (Tony Okoroji for example) they hold that the Igbo lost because PDP was/is Igbo. Nothing is further from the truth. PDP is not Igbo but the Igbo invested much more in PDP than they did in APC. Since APC won and PDP lost does that translate into Igbo loss? To some extent the answer…
Dear Mr. Buhari, There is work to do in Nigeria. I need to digress before I get to the meat of my petition. I did not address you as Your Excellency on purpose, as some have done. You are not sworn in as the president of Nigeria. Nigeria has one president at a time and His Excellency President Jonathan by the Grace of God is that as of now. We must recognize that fact. L will recognize your right to use His Excellency once you take the oath of office. Although one could apply the term “His Excellency” on the…
A nation is built by its people and President Jonathan has distinguished himself more than any other Nigerian by taking democracy in Nigeria to a new level. I congratulate him on a vision and style he has put in place. In so doing, he has made a difference in the lives of Nigerians to move forward. As such, I want to say that President Goodluck Jonathan is a complex political luck and genius of his time. Here is the best president Nigeria ever had. He felt peace and gave peace a chance. By practicing truth in a presidential election in…
Friday, 27 March 2015 14:11

Can 2015 Elections Be Rigged?

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Tomorrow the voting for the president of Nigeria begins. How is the process supposed to work? This is the best answer I got from questioning people involved in the elections: One must have registered and must have collected his/her PVC card and identified the voting place his name appears and arrived at the polling station before the scheduled voting time ends (5.00 pm). All those in line before closing time would vote no matter how long it takes the electoral officers to reach him/her. Then You take your card to the identified officer who hands you the actual voting ballot.…
On Saturday (March 28, 2015), Nigerians will once again troop to the polls to choose who among the several contestants vigorously campaigning and scheming out there (mostly for self-serving reasons) would be their president and members of the Senate and House of Representatives for the next four years. In several other countries, including even some of our smaller and leanly-endowed neighbours here, election periods usually provide the populace with pleasant opportunities to savour the excitement of democracy. People go to the polls with beaming faces exchanging pleasantries and banters while waiting to cast their votes. They are not gripped by…
Thursday, 19 March 2015 00:54

The North Should Vote For Jonathan

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Most Nigerians now accept as a fact that General Muhammadu Buhari (GMB) is a sick man. Except of course his un-informed die hard supporters. Even they must now have their doubts about his health. I am convinced that Messrs. Gumel. Ojutalayo, Kassim, Osuji, Opara, Ogbonnia, etc. now wonder if they had made wise decisions in promoting. GMB’s gait, looks, and even his two seconds speeches do not flow like a leader of Nigerian should. GMB may be an honest man, but is he equal to the job that his supporters are placing on his fragile frame? Are they doing Nigeria…
Monday, 16 March 2015 19:49

Response to Emma Onyilofo's Essay

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. RE: East: Don’t let Jonathan deceive you again–Buhari?] The author, Mr. Emma Onyilofor, writes like many contributors in the internet. They find it difficult to make their points without denigrating people with opposite view points. They claim superiority over others. “…The difference between Igbos who support Buhari and those who do not support him is that the later are driven by sentiments and resentment. They are driven by the resentment that the Hausa/Fulani did this or that to us during the civil war, as if the civil war was fought by the Hausa/Fulani alone against the Igbo…” The above…
Monday, 16 February 2015 19:32

This Is The Silly Season.

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This is the election season and therefore the silly season. We have each our political persuasions and sincerely believe in the correctness of our positions even when we speak from both sides of our mouths. Not long ago I had a conversation with a dear friend. He argued at one point that the Jonathan’s Administration is dominated by the Igbo. At another point he argued that Jonathan has done nothing for the Igbo. I tried in vain to show that the two positions cannot be true at the same time. He made the same argument that Obasanjo’s, and Shagari’s governments…
Nigerians and their friends should start to prepare for a bleak future now. People who read tea leaves would see that no matter who wins the 2015 election the future is dire. This is because Nigeria does not have Core Beliefs that bind the country together and does not have strong institutions and institutional loyalties that could hold a fledgling nation together. In more advanced countries these core beliefs may include the belief that the country is indivisible as often demonstrated by USA from before the civil war to present or more recently by the United Kingdom on the issue…
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 15:45

Shed Your Own Blood, Mr. Politician!

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Whenever Nigerian politicians threaten that blood would flow if they lose in an election, what they always have in mind is not their own blood or that of their children and wives. Even their distant relations and friends do not figure in their calculations. What they have in mind is the blood of grossly impoverished Nigerians (people totally unfamiliar and unrelated to them whose death or impairment would not interfere with their happiness, assuming they even get to hear of it) whom they believe they would always be able to easily brainwash and deceive with dirty naira notes to unleash…