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"Provision of road, electricity, water, health services etc are not palliatives, they are the duty of government". But no one knows, those that know, do not care and some care in very hypocritical manners. Sadly in the words of a cabal, the people are no better than we the politicians and in truth, we get away with it because the people 'ALLOW' us to, and they want us to so long as we spend the loot on them. With those lines I take this week's admonition, the first for the year 2012, one that has continued literally from the same…
24. I assure you all that we will work towards achieving full domestic refining of petroleum products with the attendant benefits—President Jonathan. Taken from “Broadcast By President Jonathan On Deregulation Of The Petroleum Sector” January 7, 2012http://thewillnigeria.com/politics/11673-Broadcast-President-Jonathan-Deregulation-The-Petroleum-Sector.html In civilized places, this promise above would be dismissed as “too little, too late”, which means that it is even believable in the first place. But, there is never credit or benefit-of-the-doubt for “putting the cart before the horse”, and then refusing to correct the unworkable positioning, as if stubbornness alone would somehow magically get the crippled system moving rightly like it could.…
For those who want to know, unionized employees can embark on a strike action if they follow these series of steps. You can go back to labor disputes occurring all over the world, all the time, and see that these steps usually occur: Labor and management disagree on some labor related actions, usually over management or labor impending action or action already implemented. The offended party asks for a meeting. In the meeting the offended party out lines the violations and seeks corrective action. If they agree the matter is over. If they disagree, the offended party gives a warning…
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…
Friday, 06 January 2012 15:25

Igbo Nation And The Way Forward

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 By Paul Nwanne Ezeji After considering the raging debates in both private and public places on finding the way forward for Ndigbo I have come to the conclusion that in our collective anxiety to quickly find some effective ways to set the Igbo nation on the path to progress we tend to fall into the trap of putting “the cart before the horse”, as the saying goes. We fall into this unfortunate condition not for lack of sincerity on our part but mainly because of some forgivable subjectivity of the various debaters on what really constitutes the Igbo problem. If…
Press Release- On the Pseudo Fuel Subsidy Removal The Let There Be Light In Nigeria- Nigerian Million March and the African Diaspora Institute members in the Diaspora and in Nigeria declare our solidarity and fraternity with all peace loving Nigerians that have occupied the Nigerian streets from Lagos to Port-Harcourt, Ilorin to Kebbi, Abuja to Kano, and Bauchi to Warri, to say no to the removal of the pseudo fuel subsidies. We support the actions of social activists, human rights organizations, labour unions, students, and other regular Nigerians who have asserted their rights to peacefully assemble and petition their government.…
Friday, 06 January 2012 13:26

Fuel Subsidy: SLS, Please Stay Off Debate

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It is difficult to justify the removal of this subsidy. Personally, i believe that the Nigerian government can afford the 220billion or so required to sustain it on behalf of its people. That is just about $1.4 billion or less, just a fraction of the commission (or earnings) it makes from oil companies annually. That the amount has reached over a trillion naira is not our fault, but that of the government that deliberately fails to carry out its responsibility of checkmating them. Incidentally, two weeks ago I was listening to a friend from CBN who was trying to educate…
Friday, 06 January 2012 08:11

The Ten Peaceful Protests Commandments

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Dear Friend, A season of discontent is upon us again. You have heard of government's recent decision and you want to join in the protests. We have argued about it all before. You are aware that you and I at least agree on one thing and that is your right to freely protest. These are uncertain times however. And I see in your fervour a certain hope for this country. I want to see you come back in peace, healthy enough to argue with me again. That is why I write this precise manual on best practise procedures to ensure…
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 05:21

Nigeria at 51: Elegy To A Confounding Country

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I normally don't join in celebrating Nigeria's Independence Day anywhere I am in the world; at least not since the late 70s. I also do not write the usual piece analyzing our problems and preferring solutions. Other better, able and more flamboyant writers always find time to do that, but to what end? Nobody seems to ever listen to us, year in, year our. We do it all over again. Our leaders stand on rostrums in parade grounds and exhort us and repeat promises they said in their election campaigns; read-off dubious achievements; spend a lot of our money partying…
There is no doubt that the conduct of the April 2007, general election was a complete and unmitigated disaster. The elections were marred by substantial irregularities of unimaginable proportion never seen or experienced in the chequered history of the conduct of elections in the country. This led to the nullification of Governorship elections in Cross River, Kogi, Edo, Ondo, Adamawa, Enugu, and Bayelsa State, to mention but a few. In the case of Cross River, Sokoto, Kogi and Adamawa States, the Governors were booted out of office after the Courts declared that the elections that brought them into office were…
Friday, 06 January 2012 03:37

An Open Letter To All Nigerians Living Abroad

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My dear countrymen and women, I am using this urgent and important open letter to congratulate all Nigerians from all ethnic and religious individuals, groups, associations, and communities living outside the shore of Nigeria for a Happy New Year, 2012. I pray that this new year will bring peace, love, unity, freedom, safety and sustainable development to the citizens of our fatherland that are no doubt in a critical and undeserved situation that calls for immediate action. Fellow Nigerians, history is the memory of mankind and philosophy of history is the analytical ability of man to distinguish correct from incorrect.…
In this article http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/02/opinion/in-nigeria-boko-haram-is-not-the-problem.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all that appeared in New York Times Op-Ed page it was said that Jean Herskovits the author has been writing about Nigeria since the 1970s. If so, it follows that after about four decades the author must know some truths about the country. But that logic appears to be false judging by what the author wrote in the article. This very article has actually served as counterproductive if before now the writer had written any credible reports on the country. This one sounds as a badly put together work of a public relations officer for Nigeria’s Islamic…
Let me seize this opportunity to provide a gloss for recent Nigeria government Oil subsidies removal proposal and its implications .I will like to take this opportunity to share my personal idea on those frequently-raised questions. Going back to history, we all know that there is a systemic crisis of governance in Nigeria, in which there is the virtual absence or loss of national vision, direction, leadership, role models, rules, procedure, and institutional performance but Nigeria is a country to love. A country endowed with tremendous immeasurable natural resources. We all know and believe that we have series of institutions…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 06:25

Ode to the Dancing Traffic Cop

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TO YOU who rise each day to do a honest day’s job who regardless of your station in life, bring excellence to your work who pirouettes with such grace you keep Nigeria moving…and smiling who shine so brilliantly, you defy the darkness of mediocrity around you who blaze a trail of superiority that only the courageous dare follow THANK YOU For not using your uniform to prey on those you were sworn to protect For not moonlighting somewhere else while collecting salary as a traffic officer For not allowing our roadways to degenerate into tar jungles on which the big…
I will be very frank with you; despite the raging debates over the past six months or so, I had not the slightest intention of writing on this contentious and controversial issue of fuel subsidy removal in Nigeria until the Federal Government actually did it on 1st January 2012. One reason I did not want to is because I feel that deregulation of the petroleum sector is something that should happen, if only we have a responsible, accountable government and an efficient and less corrupt system with devoted, selfless, efficient, effective and honest government officials. But nay! Sadly we don't…
Whilst it may be tempting to assume that national committees and/or commissions are needed to quell the embers of terrorism from the sectarian onslaught of Boko Haram, we ought to realize that ad hoc assemblies and clichés are not panaceas for this insurgency. Make no mistake; Nigeria is officially at war with Boko Haram and their sympathizers who have out rightly declared tactical guerrilla warfare against the nation. Consequently, for the first time in our history we are faced with an escalation of combat that is not brought about by core injustices such as government sponsored indiscriminate killings, ethnic marginalization,…
With active social media, telling stories be they personal experiences, local issues, national incidents or events have become a way of shaping who we are. So is true with Chimamanda Adichie's video clip celebrity on the danger of a single story speech. This article describes the boom and its significance. But more importantly, Nigerians are learning the power of telling their stories, and not simply anymore allowing the government of the day to tell the stories of Nigerian life and events alone as before. With the power of collective story telling about events in Nigeria, a government for the people…
Monday, 02 January 2012 16:38

Searching For The Nigerian God

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"You cannot suppress a powerful question, you may neglect it, refuse to answer it, but people will never stop asking" The year 2011 has gone, a year characterized by debates, when it started with zoning, ended with fuel subsidy, spiced with insecurity, bombs and IEDs, government failure and a sharp divide between Christians and Muslims, churches and mosques facilitated by the now all powerful Boko Haram and aided by us. We had a taste of our differences during the Islamic Banking debate, its 2012, not one has Islamic bank has been opened. Christians were at the throat of Muslims, everyone…
The shooting death of people in their own communities is real in Nigeria. But why us? Who is behind this? Why on a New Year 2012? How do we say Happy New Year to people of Ezillo and Ezza of Ishielu Local Government Area in Ebonyi State? Are you there Lord? Are you there Pius? Are you there Nigeria? During the second term of the governorship political campaign of Gov. Achike Udenwa of Imo State, a similar incident of shooting death of people occurred in Umunumo of Ehime Mbano. In this very case, there was a clash between the police…
Sunday, 01 January 2012 16:28

Simple Homemade Chocolate Cake

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There are many times of celebration when we want to cook for our loved ones. If you are also looking for a simple recipe to surprise everyone then we have something special for you. You want to make something great over the weekend that doesn’t eats up the fun time, then this cake is for you. Moreover, you can involve the kids too in the fun recipe. Let them eat something prepared with their efforts. So put on your apron and hit the kitchen. Ingredients As it is an easy homemade cake so you really don’t need to buy a…
Sunday, 01 January 2012 08:45

Why to opt for Organic Food?

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The term 'organic food' has gained high popularity in the recent years. People are even happy to shell out more for food tagged as organic. But what the concept is all about and what are the benefits of organic foods? Today you can find the organic version of almost anything. Originally, the term was used for fruits and vegetables grown at home or a neighbourhood farm. Slowly this concept gained popularity and now there are many certified organic food production houses dedicated to grow the healthier version of food. Even organic version of eggs, meats and dairy products is also…
Sunday, 01 January 2012 08:27

The Àrélù Phenomenon or Why Evil Thrives

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Àrélù ruled the airwaves in Ibadan in the late 1980s. It cleared the streets on Thursday evenings when it hit NTA (or was it BCOS?). If you were visiting friends, you quickly terminated the felicitations at 5pm so you could be home by 6pm to watch the show or you stayed where you were to watch. Even NEPA was cooperative so we had electricity on Thursdays. I vividly recall the theme song: “Wárápá ni, wèrè ni, Dìgbòlugi ni, Ẹ yà’gò fun.” (roughly translated “he’s a stark, raving, rabid S.O.B., better get out of his way) You guessed it, the series…
Saturday, 31 December 2011 13:56

Weeping for the forsaken General

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The public will see through any cosmetic or token gestures and will not tolerate a continuation of status quo. Corruption and plunder are the root causes of unemployment, insecurity, violence and unrest, General Muhammadu Buhari, while reacting to emergency situation in Nigeria. Although I was quite confident that the Supreme Court would deliver a sound judgement contrary to a popular one in regards to the court challenge from the number one Nigerian opposition party of today, the Congress of Progressive Change (CPC), I could not hold my tears as I pondered over the speech of General Muhammadu Buhari on the…
These are part of my year end notes on assorted topics; a thread runs through them: becoming politically realistic rather than thinking that mere boasting solves problems. GIVE UP THE ILLUSION OF BIAFRA AND EMBRACE THE REALITY OF ALAIGBO By Ozodiobi Osuji For a long time I could not quite understand why some Igbos cling to the name Biafra. They have been told that it derives from a Portuguese village and, as such, it is insulting for a people to name themselves by a village in Portugal. That notwithstanding they still call themselves Biafra as in the group MASSOB. Finally,…
The Nations within the spongy Nigeria are still struggling to live in good harmony and some individuals are pushing for same sex-marriage in the country. Millions of Nigerians are in abject poverty, staring to God for deliverance from the shackles of uncaring Nigerian leaders that refused to provide for their basic needs of life -- good roads, food, shelter, health care -- and some have the pertness to instigate same sex marriage. The Nations within the spongy Nigeria are still struggling to live in good harmony and some individuals are pushing for same sex-marriage in the country. Millions of Nigerians…