U.S. Affairs

After the massacre of the worshippers in Charleston, South Carolina I seriously questioned and doubted my God, contrary to my Christian upbringing. I could not understand how God’s servants would be killed in cold blood as they did what we had understood to be God’s command: that we worship him. The dead included God’s priest who was leading God’s people in the study of God’s words and lessons which was the priest’s charge and his vow. What went wrong? Did God know of this plan as we had ascribed to him- All Knowing? Was he capable of stopping it as…
Honest Americans and the rest of the world view Obama as responsible, thoughtful and victorious leader. That was arguably why the man won the Nobel Peace prize within a year of his coming to office. That achievement makes him a historical figure in my book. The Yorubas and other third world countries arguably with fewer stakes in his success or failure would call Obama "Erinlakatabu". Ghanaians would call him the "Osagyefo" and some Hausa/Fulani like the great Emir of Borgu Alhaji Dantoro would probably call Obama "Jagaban" meaning the leader of all warriors because Obama is a far more astute,…
Saturday, 11 July 2015 17:33

Why Barack Obama supports Mohammadu Buhari

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Right from the inception of his administration, something about Barack Obama made me to not like him. I have never liked the man. For a long time I did not quite understand what it is that made him unacceptable to me. I tried very hard to figure it out and finally reached the conclusion that the man is a closet Muslim. Why did I reach this conclusion? Let us see. He is the president of the United States and when he visited the King of Saudi Arabia he bowed down to the man. By contrast, when he visited the Queen…
One of the things my sojourn and education in America have reaffirmed and taught me is the ability to think out of the box. I put the statement that way to acknowledge that I did not get that ability from America alone. I got it from my ancestral home in Nigeria and from the great Obafemi Awolowo University where I earned my first degree way back in 1966. I got it from the United Kingdom where I went to school before "coming to America" Can you believe it if I tell you that my pet name at the New York…
For any Republican to describe Hillary as unworthy and out of touch is disingenuous and unfair because all politicians as a rule in America are no better than Hillary, if the truth must be told They all play up to the gallery and say what they think the voters want to hear. Jeb Bush says he would be his own man when he is President. That is one big lie. The very nature of the job hardly permits such neutrality and independence. They all say so because that is what the voters want to hear. The list of Presidents who…
Only Charles Dickens in his tale of two cities could best described the exact feelings of most of the mourners last Saturday at the funeral service in honor of Beau Biden the awesome son of the folksy Vice President of the United States. It was the best of time and the worst of time given the terrible nature of the tragedy. Joe Biden would forever remain one of the most congenial politicians America has ever known. The man has gone through a lot in his career. Any of us who pray to be like him would think twice. Yes, we…
The fans of this column should regard this piece as my first salvo. The last and final salvo will come after Hillary's inauguration as the first female President of the United States by the special grace of God. I use the words "special grace" because we all need that special grace as mortals. America is by any stretch of the imagination the only surviving super power today and the leader of the Free World by acclamation and consensus. The Soviet Union broke up into 15 independent Republics following the end of the cold war which the United States clearly won.…
Friday, 01 May 2015 20:51

Hier stehe ich. How About You?

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At the Diet of Worms (The Church Convention) in 1521 friar Martin Luther was ordered to appear before the princes of the Holy Roman Empire (Princes Temporal and Princes Spiritual).The Church was threatening and demanding that he recant his 95 Theses (why selling of indulgences was wrong) . After making his case he raised his hand and declared “hier stehe ich” German for Here I stand. He was standing by his Theses. The year 2015 is presenting Blacks all over the world a chance to say here I stand. Where do you as a person stand on the revolution going…
The American presidential election is roughly 18 months away. The two major political parties and their contenders are busy getting themselves ready for a contest that may well turn out to be the most expensive in the history of the United States. The contenders in the Republican Party are no less than 10 candidates while the contenders in the Democratic Party are 5 or less the last time I checked. Some are in the contest not to win but to make a statement. Some are in it to chart a new course for a career or visibility in American politics…
I take off my hat for the Nigerian-born Professor Ozodiobi Osuji, a popular columnist of the Chatafrik website. He is the best psycho analyst I have ever met in my life. I used to think one of my professors in Psycho Analysis at the Yeshiva Jewish University of New York was the best until I stumbled on some of the scholarly writings of Professor Osuji. I call him the boss because I am his student. I drink so much from his fountain of knowledge. I am yet to meet a more truthful Nigerian intellectual giant who does not spare anybody…
Republican are wrong to say that any deal with Iran is a bad deal without knowing the details. The Igbos in Nigeria got it right when they say, "no condition is permanent". Socrates was right when he said that anything made by man and even things made by God Almighty himself can be infinitely improved. Those who say there is nothing new under the Sun are dead right. Those who daily carry the rumor that the world is about to come to an end are nothing short of fear mongers and alarmists. When William Shakespeare wrote that "the old order…
Saturday, 07 March 2015 23:33

The Costly Education Of John Boehner

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The Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu (BN) enjoys wasting America’s human lives and resources. He will dissemble, mislead, and cause dissensions in internal American politics, and do whatever it takes to get Americans to fight his dirty wars while he spares Israeli lives. This time around he is playing Mr. John Boehner (JB) as football and to some extent playing the entire Republican Party. The cost of educating JB has been very expensive. The cost to US security and prestige is enormous. The cost to Israel may even be higher, but that would have to wait. 1. JB has…
In this paper I point out that America replaced Christian love with ego, amoral legalistic behavior and the consequences for America for doing so. If the country does not return to love there is every chance that she would turn into Sodom and Gomorrah. According to History, Emperor Constantine accepted Christianity in 312 AD and forced his people to embrace that religion; thus, Europeans in varying degrees have been Christians for seventeen hundred years. Anyone who has read the Bible, the sacred book of Christians, sees that the founder of that religion, Jesus Christ taught his disciples to love God…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 15:40

Natanyahu is neither Churchill nor Mandela.

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A 25 very partisan standing ovation for a foreign head of Government in a joint session of Congress makes the Natanyahu a political stump speech that neither Churchill nor Mandela could have made because the two leaders were far more sensitive and rational than Natanyahu in my judgment I take exception to the speech just like Nancy Pelosi because I believe it was designed to box the American President into a corner against its own better judgment and discretion on a world problem that America alone can never solve without the collaboration and cooperation of important and powerful nations like…
Next week the Israeli Prime Minister Mr. Netanyahu will address the joint session of US congress. It is expected that he would tell congress that the peace deal being negotiated by the US President Mr. Obama is wrong and must be changed. He might propose the “right” foreign policies US would pursue. Mr. Obama has made it clear that he would not meet with Netanyahu during the visit and some democrats have indicated that they may not attend the joint sessions. Mr. Netanyahu was invited by the Republican leadership in Congress to address Congress in a spur of the moment…
“Only in America” is a cliché that the whole world has become accustomed to. America leads the world in most indices of development and progress. Even a blind person can feel it. Strange and great things happen in America all the time as America maintains her reputation as “God’s own country” and “Leader of the Free World” by choice and by acclamation. It was here in America that I witnessed a dead senator beat a living Attorney-General of the United States in an election in Missouri some years ago. America led the world in landing the first man on the…
Comparing America with Nigeria on any issue is like comparing night and day. It is an affair comparison. I am only doing it because there are some useful lessons to learn from it. One is a super power and the leader of the free world and the other is a third world country, but the most populous country in Africa with a potential to be the moral equivalent of America in Africa, if Nigerians get our priorities right. We are miles away from getting those priorities right because of the caliber of our leaders. The country is more often than…
This afternoon I took a glance at CNN to catch up on what is going on in the good old USA. They were reporting that a twenty eight year old black man, Ismaaiyl Brinsley walked to a parked police car, at Brooklyn, New York and point blank shot the two police officers, Wenjin Liu and Raphael Ramos in it. He then fled the crime scene and other police men chased him into the subway and he allegedly shot himself and died. “The New York Daily News, first to identify Brinsley, posted an image of a silver handgun from his Instagram…
Friday, 19 December 2014 16:51

The Caged Obama Is Free, Free At Last.

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The Barack Hussein Obama we elected in 2008/2009 is now the president of United States and the nation will be better for it. It took 6+ years to free him from the shackles that held him but it is worth the wait. To many people Obama was held hostage by the Republican Party (RP), but nothing is further from the truth. He was a captive of his own Democratic Party (DP); the so-called moderate Democrats (MD). The DP was so afraid of losing these moderates that they tied Obama's hands. He could not pursue immigration policies because these MD's would…
In 2002, just before George Bush embarked on his preemptive war against Iraq, I noticed that American newspapers lined up with him, saying something to the effect that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. There was a drumbeat of support for Bush. Congress hastily passed a resolution authorizing Bush to attack Iraq preemptively to destroy nonexistent weapons of mass destruction. Iraq was attacked and no weapons of mass destruction were discovered. During the drumbeat of support for Bush’s war I was shocked at how America’s media without evidence supported their president’s war efforts. I wrote a couple of articles…
Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:06

Why white policemen kill black folks

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It is obvious enough and if you have lived in the USA for any substantial length of time you have observed it. White police men do not respect black folks and treat them in the most inhumane manner. If the black folks so poorly treated act out they are most likely to be arrested, handcuffed, placed in the back seats of police cars and transported to the police station or county jail, booked and locked up. If they are young black boys the white police officers seem invested in humiliating them, showing them who have power. They would push them…
I like discussing immigration issues and why people move as a part of daily conversations in the diaspora. However, this article is about Obama and his action on immigration announced on Thursday, November 20, 2014. I want to see it that sometimes it is not easy to explain and understand the concept of change. Change can be simple or complex, straightforward or multifaceted or diversified. Indeed, change is a function of pluralism – a way of using multiple perspectives to address challenges which humans face in different contexts of life. One leaves one’s home to seek for another home far…
Yesterday (November 20, 2014), Obama made a bold move on immigration matters: allowing illegal immigrants who have been in the USA for five or more years, have children in the country and have not committed crimes to apply for work permit so that they can work, openly, and apply for proper legal status (green card) and go to the back of the line. With a stroke of his presidential pen, Obama has given an estimated five million persons the right to work in the USA. This is by any ones estimation a courageous move; the man has finally acted presidential.…
Forbes Magazine wrote as we shall highlight that President Barack Obama is the best economic president in modern time. Yet the GOP won midterm elections for the wrong reasons built on fear of Ebola, ISIS, and Congressional Gridlock politics. It is defying reason as Obama leads in the theatre of American politics and use of Executive Action like most past presidents on immigration about to happen. The USA Midterm Elections that took place on November 4, 2014 was a further check on President Barack Obama on how the Republicans are interpreting his leadership and calculating to shift his approaches with…
I love the American Democracy better than I love the British version. The Nigerian version makes me wants to throw up because it is so hopeless. Nigerians only embrace Democracy because it is the popular thing to do. We lack the maturity, the discipline and the leadership and the followership and above all the rule of Law to make it work like it does in America or Great Britain or some of the European countries or countries like Canada, Australia, India and South Africa. The Scottish people have been an integral part of the United Kingdom for as long as…