Politics

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…
The word on the street is that Mr. Jega and his Independent National Elections Commission (INEC) are planning to postpone the 2015 elections that would be starting exactly a week from today. It is painful to listen to such talks. But a postponed and eventually free and fair election is better than the one held on schedule but is not free and fair. So if Mr. Jega’s team is not ready, they should be given the time they need. The worst of both worlds is if after it is postponed and it turns out that it was not free and…
It is very much in Buhari’s interest to engage Jonathan in a public debate. I had written in a previous posting suggesting to GMB to challenge GEJ to a couple of debates. In other spheres of life the challenger is the one who wants to prove himself. World boxing champions are always dogging challengers but the challengers keep on asking for a tournament in order to prove that they are better than the reigning champions. In politics the same obtains. In most democracies the debate is the opportunity to lay in broad day light how one would govern; what things…
Today the APC presidential candidate General Muhammadu Buhari faced the Nigerian press to talk about his academic qualifications. He is scheduling another press conference for the world journalists. The matter is important because the Nigerian 1999 constitution as amended requires that prospective presidential candidates hold a minimum of high school education. The framers of the constitution set the standard so low that education would not disqualify a determined candidate from running for the office of the president. There are few jobs in Nigeria where the standard is this low. Not for teaching, not for civil service clerk, nothing. I am…
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 00:00

Buhari’s Complex Future

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General Muhammadu Buhari (GMB), Nigeria APC’s presidential candidate has a complex future before him. Many of his opponents have accused him of being the force behind the terrorist Boko Haram (BH) which is killing and maiming Nigerians in the thousands. In recent months especially since the 2015 campaigning escalated the violence of BH has increased twofold. Some have attributed the increase as a warning sign that if GMB does not win that the violence would be the lot of Nigerians. It also gives the impression that Goodluck Ebere Jonathan (GEJ) is not capable of reigning in the insurgency and therefore…
A good campaign manager would at this time make sure that all the campaign cylinders are roaring at full speed. The field officers 1 and 2, the actual campaign teams; the headquarters teams; the information management teams; the communication teams; etc., are all functioning at maximum levels. For example: Field officers are in operation in all polling areas. These officers would be combing the voter register to make sure that any name on the register lives in the community. They will be check to see if they have not received voter cards. The information will be quickly passed on to…
It has been alleged that the 2015 expenditures for the 2015 Nigerian elections would be about N20 billion. This is a significant amount however one looks at it. But are all parts of the country getting the benefits of this expenditure? The more important question is why is the North’s vote not being asked? Why is the election fever not being felt in the North? When a presidential candidate visits a state or city, business men and women, small and big make out rather well. It is tourist bonanza. Hotel rooms are sold out; taxi drivers increase their fare and…
The events currently unfolding in Paris, Muslim Jihadists killing several people at a satirical newspaper’s office, Charlie Hebdo because they make fun of their founder, asks us to revisit what social science taught during the second half of the twentieth century. In the second half of the twentieth century, Western social scientists, perhaps, trying to correct the mistakes made by earlier anthropologists that desecrated what they called primitive cultures and extolled what seemed to them civilized Western culture, began teaching cultural relativism. A culture is a people’s way of life, the manner in which they adapted to their specific environment.…
Fr. Mbaka is a clear voice for the vulnerable Nigerian Christian faithful. In his New Year message, he frowned at the Jonathan government, and called for a change. His critics are now calling to sanction him, to deny him freedom of speech. That must not happen. A good leader with a good government must be able to protect the people and property of the population the leader is entrusted to lead and promote. In Nigeria, cheap dying in the hands of Boko Haram insurgents in the Northern part of the country has become an institutionalized culture of terrorism. Kidnapping and…
Saturday, 03 January 2015 10:03

Is Buhari The End Of Tinubu Politics?

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 One of the most astounding surprises of the current political dispensation is the ease with which the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has allowed himself to be convinced that in the event of a Muhammadu Buhari win in the February 2015 presidential election, that there would still be anything like another “national leader” of the APC aside from Buhari himself. Tinubu and Buhari I have not read the APC constitution, but even if there is a provision in it fueling such a grand assumption, such an office can only exist in name. It would…
I want to add my name to those who avow that General Muhammadu is a very educated man. By any measure of education GMB would qualify as an educated man. If the number of hours (credit hours) spent in studies above high school, he has accumulated over 200 such hours needed to be awarded a college degree. If we take consider self-education by which I mean readings on his own without supervision, he has acquired a graduate degree. These are objective measurements. I will very much wish that GMB and GEJ would have a few public debates during this election…
Thursday, 18 December 2014 22:49

Buhari vs Jonathan 0001

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Mr. Muhammadu Buhari has laid a strong blow on Jonathan’s head capable of staggering the president. The impact of the blow would be seen in the future and would depend on if Buhari follows up with more blows and also on how Mr. Jonathan responds to the body blow. Within a few days of winning the APC nomination, Mr. Buhari declare his assets and by the action he dared JEG to follow suit. Or be designated a corrupt politician. It is GMB’s first show of his hand: he will make corruption a kind of heavy armor in his arsenal. He…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 19:02

Give It To Tinubu; He Knows His Onions

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You must give it to Asiwaju Tinubu. He knows where his bread is buttered. While others are thinking about 2015, he has moved to 2019 and that is where he has set his visions. Before others get there he would have placed himself in a secure position to be unbeatable. At least that is what he thinks. Tinubu has once more set up Buhari to fail, and he will fail again. Unfortunate for Buhari and for Nigeria. Buhari was well on his way to win 2015 election but he found the need to bow to Tinubu and in the process,…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:57

Buhari and APC Under Test

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How will Mr. Muhammadu Buhari govern? How will he make important and urgent decisions? How much control would his party have over his decision making processes? Will APC survive the vice-presidential selection process? These are some of the questions Nigerians are asking and watching to get the first preview of a Buhari Administration. It is five days since Buhari was swept into office by a whirlwind that buried his rivals. But it appears that GMB was not prepared to win. He has been caught flatfooted. How does one account for the fact that he did not have a VP in…
Hunting expeditions are going on in Nigeria. They started from Mr. Obasanjo's regime, who either neglected them or condoned them. They were called Jos Riots but the expeditions quickly spread to other cities in North Central Zone. Some of the killings were seen as a hunt for the Igbo and then a hunt for Christians. It quickly expanded to being migrant cattle grazers vs. farmers, natives vs. colonizers, etc. Whatever the name or the perception, the hunters were bagging their game (human beings) in large numbers. We do not know why Mr. Obasanjo did not tackle the hunters given his…
Monday, 17 November 2014 04:50

Democracy For Sale In Nigeria

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A couple of weeks ago there was a story about Mr. Buhari weeping about the high cost of buying the APC nomination forms (N27.5 million). It was alleged that he had to take out a loan to do so. In another story it was reported that Mr. Jonathan was going to buy PDP nomination form. I think the reported amount was around N25 million. My highly respected colleague, MOE (Dr. Mo Eneh) was caught asking if Mr. Chime has bought PDP’s senate nomination form or if Mr. Ekweremadu has done the same. It is therefore safe to say that in…
Thursday, 06 November 2014 04:24

A Republican Reward for America Is Awaited

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That the Republican Party won these mid-term elections is firmly established except possibly in the minds of the most partisan Democrats and even they would have some doubts about their party’s direction. Elections are fought on promises and ideas and now that Republicans have won fair and square they should proceed with speed and deliver to the Americans what they were promised. Americans should expect no less than a full implementation of republican agenda. This should start from the first day of the next congress and will be much easier since the party would control both Houses with clear majorities.…
Considering the deceitful political rough road in Nigeria, the latest defection of Dr. Rahaman Olusegun Mimiko from LP to the PDP should not come as a surprise to those who follow the fickle Nigeria political landscape. In a civilized environment, Mimiko's defection would be seen, as an ingratitude prodigal son in search of his apathetic daily bread. A school might see his move as unappreciative of the only party that offered him Governorship platform when PDP left him frozen. Mimiko was accorded the name 'Iroko' as he was the only South West governor who came to office on the platform…
No modern ruler believes and exudes the aura of Divine Right of Kings as much as the current governor of Enugu State, Mr. Sullivan Iheanacho Chime. For those who have forgotten: "...divine right of kings, doctrine in defense of monarchical absolutism, which asserted that kings derived their authority from God and could not therefore be held accountable for their actions by any earthly authority such as a parliament. Originating in Europe, the divine-right theory can be traced to the medieval conception of God's award of temporal power to the political ruler, paralleling the award of spiritual power to the church...…
This morning I read that ISIS jihadists have surrounded Bagdad on three sides, leaving only one suburb from which folks can leave the city. Apparently, ISIS wants to capture Bagdad by all means necessary. If it captures Bagdad what would be the fate of the 1600 US soldiers that Baraka Obama sent to Iraq to fight 35,000 battle hardened ISIS soldiers (the Americans are now said to be defending the Bagdad airport, preventing it from falling into the hands of ISIS; apparently, when Iraq soldiers hear that ISIS soldiers are coming they throw away their guns and abandon their American…
Sunday, 21 September 2014 15:50

On Ayn Rand's Economics

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Ayn Rand (1905-1982), originally named Alice Rosenbaum,was born at St. Petersburg, Russia to a middle class Jewish family (her father was a chemist, her mother a school teacher). She obtained bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Petrograd, first class honors, and immediately immigrated to the USA in 1926. Miss Rand used her works of fiction as well as her non-fictional books to market her philosophy, a philosophy she was totally passionate about and committed to; she did not recognize the viability of alternative philosophies to her worldview; she was a true believer, albeit a belief in the impossible:…
The Internet has many uses; one of its uses is offer people the opportunity to express their thoughts in an uncensored manner. Traditional publishing, such as in newspapers, magazines and books had editors edit folks writings and thus sanitize them and make them socially appropriate. At Internet blogs folks just post their writings; this way readers of folks writing gain insights into their true selves. The Internet is a medium and, as such, does not aim at changing people but merely offer them a venue to express their true selves. For some reason(s) my life’s goal has been to understand…
I am born to observe people; I observe them without sentimentality. I will look at you and detach from my feelings and simply see you as you are, not as you present yourself to be seen(your social mask). It does not matter whether you are my friend or foe, I simply say what I see in you and once I have said it you may deny it all you want but the fact is that what I see in you is in you. If you are smart you think about what I see in you and make appropriate changes or…
If you are an adult human being, somewhere along the line you must have learned that human beings are those animals with self-awareness. Their self-awareness tells them that they are born and at some time would die. They do not know if life continues after they are physically dead or not. Not knowing if there is life after their physical death fills their minds with dread and terror. The awareness that they are born to die, rot and smell worse than feces makes them doubt that they have worth. All human beings wonder if they have worth or whether they…
Mr. Buhari’s Attempted Assassination Possible Suspects Boko Haram for his condemnation of the terrorist’s modus operandi. APC Leadership. Some political rivals who do not want him to run for presidency. Nigerian politics is “do or die.” A staged act by Buhari to win sympathy and actually discourage such attacks. Federal Government angry at his incessant attacks. To find out the most likely suspect, look for the group talking most about it and pointing fingers to other places. “They protest too much.” Guilty conscience makes them do so. Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba Boston, Massachusetts July 30, 2014