Politics

Once upon a time the British Empire like all great Empires before it used to have that mindset. One by one those great Empires learnt their lessons as they all shrank and became history. America for all her greatness as the only surviving super power must also remember she cannot be all things to all men and that there are limitations to her power. When Britain realized she could no longer sustain her “British Empire on which the Sun never sets” she quickly moved to create what it called the British Commonwealth comprising of many of her former colonies, minus…
Friday, 30 May 2014 16:52

Confederation of African nations, CAN

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(Speakers of each African language made a state) Ozodi Osuji The countries in Africa under the Sahara desert were, in the nineteenth century, put together by European powers. They were put together to serve the interests of European powers and even though they are now technical independent of the European powers that gave birth to them are still serving the interests of their progenitors. It is clear to people with eyes to see, certainly to me that African nations must be reorganized so that they begin serving African peoples interests. African countries have two choices on how to accomplish the…
When some racist sociopaths working for an American state discriminated against me I felt angry and wanted to challenge them but realized that they control even the appeal process. One does not have to fight with racists; one simply has total contempt for them. In my mind they are no longer human beings; they are now less than dogs. Those these apes discriminate against see them as criminals and when external push comes to their evil empire, as it always does, would help tear them down from the inside. If the criminals meant to intimidate me they have only succeeded…
Sunday, 11 May 2014 16:05

White Americans as tragic heroes #2

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The Greek concept of the tragic hero beautifully describes the American white man. The tragic hero has a character flaw and that flaw drives him to great ambition and in the process he accomplishes a lot. Somehow, he is unable to see that flaw in his makeup, which other persons can see very clearly, and even if he did, since it drove him to great heights, he believes that it is good. In the long run that character flaw makes sure that he falls; that is, that which made him reach the zenith of power, to the top of the…
Sunday, 11 May 2014 16:00

White Americans as tragic heroes

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This essay says that white Americans appear to have a sadistic need to degrade black Americans, indeed all human beings; it says that this penchant for humiliating folk in the long run leads those degraded to realize that they have worth that no human being can take away from them. Human worth is inherent and is not given by other people or by the state. When those degraded realize their existential worth and develop no regard for their degraders they may work with external forces to bring down their degraders empires. White Americans As Tragic Heroes By Ozodi Thomas Osuji…
Thursday, 08 May 2014 20:18

Leaders are problem solvers

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Igbos, Nigerians, Africans and black folks in general are my people. I correctly perceive their problems. Igbos, for example, are inordinately insecure and mask their insecurity, their sense of inferiority with outrageous boasting about their phantom superiority to everyone in the world. Nigerians have a tendency to stealing from the national treasury and are self-centered; they do not have the courage to stand up and fight for social justice and tend to tolerate other folk's oppression and hope for a better future. As slaves in the Americas, Africans, by and large, tolerated slavery and hoped for the day they would…
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 19:22

Syria, the West and other matters

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My Dear Dr. Gloria Johnson: Thank you for asking me to comment on the events in Syria. Things are always a bit more complicated than they seem. What seems like an easy solution is not always the best option for the big powers. Let us look at Syria with what is called real politics perspective, not idealism and sentimentalism. Syria is like most Arab countries composed of Muslims from different sects, such as Sunni, Shia and so on. Syria has a substantial percent of its population as Christians. Remember Saint Paul, the guy you read in the Bible; he was…
Saturday, 01 March 2014 21:17

Ozodi Osuji's public lecture on politics

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Last week, a chap called me and asked me to comment on a certain hot topic in contemporary politics. I told him that I do not want to do so; for one thing, I tend to say what is in my mind regardless of whose cow is gored and therefore is perceived as controversial. I would rather not get into the list and exchange words with folks. There are folks just waiting for me to say something on a subject and without even trying to understand what I said would take issue with me. Appearing to disagree with me apparently…
Sunday, 23 February 2014 23:18

The world's empires of fear and terrorism

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Human beings live in body. They know that their bodies are vulnerable to harm and to death. Our bodies can be harmed by other people; indeed, if other people want to do so they can destroy our bodies. Because we are aware that other people and things in the environment could, if they want to, harm or kill us we are afraid of them. We fear what other human beings can do to us. When we think that other people love us and we love them we reduce our mutual fears and trust each other but the moment we suspect…
Since I intend to publish to a much wider audience, my response to Mr. Okpa’s question, I will like to give those readers who do not have access to the original essay a synopsis of Mr. Okpa’s story. Kneeland C. Youngblood a black man was recently admitted to Dallas Country Club (DCC), a prestigious and exclusive country club. Mr. Youngblood was excited and some people joined in the celebration of the integration of yet another institution in America and they point to this as another “progress” for blacks. Mr. Okpa feels that blacks should not celebrate such “door openings” but…
Now that Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo is free at last, he can do a lot of good for himself, for Nigeria and for mankind. OBJ as he is most popularly known has worked very hard all his life. Like the rest of us he has had his ups and downs. He served his country at its highest levels, as Military Head of State and as a twice elected civilian president. He was fortunate to be the one who accepted the surrender instruments from the defeated Biafran forces and government. Only a few soldiers can tell of such experience. OBJ is one…
The Sun Newspaper recently reported as follows: The Deputy Senate President and Chairman, Senate Committee on Constitution Review, Ike Ekweremadu, recently proffered a controversial panacea to the country’s seemingly intractable political succession crisis. He suggested that instead of allowing President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the 2015 presidential election to seek a second term in office, the National Assembly could extend his current tenure by two years as a transition period for the amendment of the constitution to provide for a single term of six years for the offices of president and state governors, beginning from 2017. Jonathan and the present…
Early last year a group of opposition parties joined hands and formed All Progressive Congress (APC) party. Many progressive Nigerians rejoiced and hoped that a new era of Nigerian politics has begun. These optimistic Nigerians hoped that come 2015 Nigeria would have a new president who is not a member of PDP. Recent events seem to suggest that, that optimism was not founded on solid rock. The opportunity may be slipping from APC’s hands. A political party comes into being when a group of ideologues come together to carve in stone, a set of believes or principles about government; it’s…
I am on record for calling on Mr. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi to resign his post as the governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank. I want to be on record as one insisting that the Mr. Jonathan should not fire him. Please read this last sentence carefully. I used SHOULD NOT fire as opposed to CANNOT fire. I did not use cannot fire because I do not know enough law to make such a statement. I will leave that to the likes of Mr. Seyi Awofeso and Mr. Emeka Ugwuonye and other lawyers in our mist who tout their legal expertise. From…
My little Oxford dictionary defines politician as “person engaged or interested in politics” and politics as “science and art of government; political affairs or life or principles etc.” Politics consists of “social relations involving authority and power”. A politician is defined as one who is actively involved in politics or one who holds or seeks a political office. A politician is an individual who is involved in influencing public policy and decision making in government. Politicians play a central role in our lives. They are the concentrated voices of the people that make all efforts to improve their constituencies and…
The outlines for the second Nigerian civil War are taking shape every day. The alignment of forces will be different this time and the result would be different. The impetus for the civil was is Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo's letter to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. In the letter Mr. Obasanjo accused Mr. Jonathan of activities which on the surface amount to high crimes and misdemeanors of impeachable nature. Mr. Obasanjo clearly dares the members of the House and the Senate to impeach Mr. Jonathan or be regarded as unworthy of the offices they hold. Some members of both Houses are calling…
Saturday, 30 November 2013 11:54

The G7 Saga

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This conclusion of decamping to the All Progressives Congress (APC) was long awaited by many of us who have viewed the going-on in the political terrain. The infighting and disruptions that seemed to have taken center stage within the People's Democratic Party (PDP). There have been many angles to this saga, the first was that Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, the National Chairman of the PDP should be removed and this caused a grievance among the members of the party. Political analysts quickly realized that this was a play up by the former vice president of Nigeria, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, knowing fully…
Monday, 25 November 2013 02:06

Warfare among Tribes

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Have you run across this recipe for Tribes facing the dissolution of the treaty that binds them together? Here it is: Pass a referendum bill…referendum campaigns conducted in a constructive manner…the need for a robust yet respectful debate…arguments “passionate” and “at times heated”, but informed and constructive…debate should be free from intimidation, jeering and sneering…politicians must not “go to war” over whether or not tribes should leave the political union…the sides on this question are not enemies…conduct this debate without losing the friendships and the positive relationships we have…whatever the result we will want to come together and whatever the…
For APGA to thrive it must do many fundamental things that it had either been unwilling to do or unable to do. APGA just managed to survive. It came very close to dying of a self inflicted injury but for the grace of Anambra people. It must now try to get out of life support system and thrive. APGA markets itself as an Igbo based party. If it were so Igbo must comprise of Anambra and Imo states only. And Imo is now tethering. There is no APGA presence in Enugu, Ebonyi, Abia, Delta or Rivers, states where the Igbo…
Monday, 18 November 2013 19:55

Please Bring Mr. Nwosu Back!

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There is at least one thing that most Nigerians are in agreement. It is that the 1999 general election in which Mr. Abiola was the perceived winner was free and fair and was conducted at a level that was acceptable to the world. It is still the standard by which peaceful elections in Nigeria are held. There is an old man (kind of) who conducted this election. His name is professor Nwosu. Why cannot we bring him back for a last hurray before he departs to parts unknown? He lives somewhere in Orumba LGA in Anambra State. People there could…
Thursday, 07 November 2013 22:11

The Ideal Government

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This paper reviews human nature and on the basis of that writes on what type of government best responds to that nature. This paper is to be submitted to the committee set up by President Goodluck Jonathan to consider the parameters for a national conference to decide on Nigeria’s future direction. The Ideal Government Ozodi Osuji, PhD INTRODUCTION Most governments came into being as a result of the internal political struggles of the various people in the polity and reflect the balance of power, the consensus the people reached as to how they can live together. These consensuses are not…
Ms. Patience Akpan-Obong wrote a beautiful piece on Okonkwonetworks (http://mail.aol.com/38135-111/aol-6/en-us/Suite.aspx) It was written as a tenured professor would write: the language was right; the tenses were perfect; not mangled; and the force of here words were commanding the reader’s attention. I enjoyed reading it. I looked for the date of the article with the hope that she wrote before more information had come out. It was dated November 2, 2013. This was when I was shocked. I am still wondering if she was not current on the so-called ‘Oduah-gate’ and was thus jumping the gun or if she were current…
Mr. Peter Obi’s tenure as the governor of Anambra is coming to a glorious end. I salute him and I do so knowing that he has been very much criticized by many a person. I am not usually friendly to people in government and if you are in doubt ask governor Chime or Obasanjo or Jonathan for that matter. I feel that they have not done as much as they should be doing. I have on the other hand been a little more timid to criticize Mr. Obi for I see in him a first class patriot. Here are my…
The Birth Of Political Science: Plato, Aristotle, Machievalli, Jean Bodin, Thomas Hobbes John Locke, Charles Montesquieu, Jean Jacque Rousseau, John Stuart Mill And Karl Marx Science is a methodological approach to phenomena that proposes to observe things as they are, not as one wants them to be or as religion and its supposed god says that they should be. Science takes away the blinders with which men normally deceive themselves and instead looks at things as the observer sees them to be with his naked eyes, with no apriori presuppositions and preconceptions of what they are or should be. The…
The 2015 political season has just opened, at least in Enugu state of Nigeria and the tired political party by the name of PDP has left its flanks wide open for other parties to fill the gaps. The first salvo was fired with PDP’s SELECTION of would be local government chairmen. As has been the practice in the past, the Tin God of Enugu, Mr. Sullivan Chime, sat in a corner office and SELECTED the would be chairmen. There was no open primary political campaign and the ordinary party card holders had no involvement. No open election in the wards…