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Tuesday, 06 September 2011 04:33

The Igbo Problem Can Be Fixed

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This article says that Igbos must work on understanding their character foibles and work to change them. It says that pretending that those flaws are not there is self-deception; they are there and retard the progress of the group. Moreover, non-Igbos see those problems and relate to Igbos from their negative perception of Igbos. achebeIn every general statement there are exceptions. Not every Igbo does what this paper says that Igbos do. That been said, the fact is that in the real world human beings tend to form general impressions of phenomena and respond to them accordingly. People do not…
Monday, 05 September 2011 16:57

Let there be light in Nigeria: An energy agenda?

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Let me start my comments on this topic with some disclaimers. The first is that I am not one of the organizers this march, but as a Nigerian and a seasoned professional, I cannot but sympathize with the premises and objectives of the agenda. Secondly, I believe that even though pastors have to be careful around politically sounding matters, it will be equally disenfranchising a frontline professional motivator of innovative skills not to be allowed to contribute to an issue that fundamentally subjugates our polity. Thirdly, even though the modus operandi of the project is totally unclear to me at…
Monday, 05 September 2011 22:52

The Challenge of Homosexuality

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In spite of the fact that less than 2 percent of the American population identifies itself in any way with homosexuality, it is undeniable that the organized attack on the society has allowed this evil to take firm root in modern society. In a sense, it is prophetic, because it is one of the pointers towards the second coming of Jesus Christ. Persuasive marketing techniques are used to challenge communities to portray anyone who opposes homosexuality as an uncivilized villain. Hence, homosexuality has been redefined as 'normal' or even 'desirable' social conduct, while determined efforts are employed to secure political…
It really hurt to be an American right now. Real GDP per person is a figure far more real to the average citizen than GDP growth per quarter, especially in countries with growing immigrant populations like Canada and the United States. If you take a look at the graph below, you'll see that the real GDP per person in the U.S. is still down 4% from pre-recession levels. And Nigeria is between Russia and turkey give lateral measures not structural. In China and India, it has jumped 35% and 22% respectively. Of the G7 countries, Germany is the only one…
Saturday, 03 September 2011 06:36

Minimum wage and the rest of us

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Should the civil servants working for the federal or state governments whether in the capital cities of Nigeria or in their villages rejoice that N18,000 is going to be the minimum salary for them every month? Should the children join the ceremonies that their parents will begin to smile home with such fat pay that equals US$118 approximately (N153 to US$1)? Should the government itself be proud that it has made a wonderful move to alleviate the sufferings of its poor servants who really run the activities of the state? This issue of minimum wage has piqued a lot of…
Saturday, 03 September 2011 06:27

Our Central Bank Governor Protects Thieving Banks

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When some renowned Nigerian intellectuals like Prof. Pat Utomi were describing Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, as emotional, reckless, with a penchant to play to the gallery over his banking reforms about a year ago, I was inclined to give Sanusi the benefit of the doubt. When Sanusi himself gave the terroristic antics of the Western dominated, racist, obtuse, morally delinquent IMF leadership’s destructive economic recommendations against African best interests a TKO, in March, 2011, I was completely bowled over to Sanusi’s side. I started seeing him, along with Prof. Attahiru Jega, as the…
Saturday, 03 September 2011 03:09

Unshackling and Salvaging Nigeria

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The current war of words coming from General Ibrahim Badamosi and General Mathew Aremu Okikiola Olusegun Obasanjo is a welcome development in Nigeria to see the last tresses in the butts of the Military incursion into governance in Nigeria. The blood of the innocent Nigerians, the souls of the founding fathers, the pains and sufferings of poor Nigerians will continue to hurt the Buffoon and Buffalo leaders that have misled the country. They would definitely get paid before they bid this world farewell for their journey to hell or heaven depending on their imagination. The most foolish person in this…
Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)LAWYERS IN THE MEDIA (LIM) FORUM5th Annual LectureNBA Port-Harcourt Law Center, August 24th, 2011 The contemporary torts of libel and slander, collectively known as defamation laws which are common features in the legal system of several Commonwealth countries today including the United States of America originated primarily from the English defamation law which permits an aggrieved party to initiate an action for libel for any printed, broadcast or published false statements that harm reputation, diminish respect, defame character, or cause a reasonable person to have a low esteem of that individual or entity. However, Governmental entities cannot…
The following are incontrovertible facts about the Nigerian electricity sector: there is either no or epileptic electricity supply in about 90% of Nigerian homes and offices which, thus, depend on generators and spend fortunes fuelling same; Nigerians pay through the nose for electricity never supplied; the problem is more of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN)’s penchant for denying Nigerians of electricity than the non-generation of adequate megawatts of electricity; Nigeria supplies reliable electricity to some neighbouring countries while her citizens have blackout; the touted recent improvement in electricity supply by PHCN is untrue; and the periodic hike in electricity…
Mr. Aluko wrote as follows: So for Obi Aduba to even SUGGEST that Ojerinde or the Federal Ministry of Education CONNIVED to lower the grades so as to get certain regional advantage for some people is simply and wildly preposterous.I was right there when it all happened:it was all democratically arrived at in broad daylight Here are may exact words in this regard Yet given the data that are represented by the above statistics, our very, very smart VCs decided that the minimum admission criterion for admission should be set at 180, 5 rungs below the maximum score (400) even…
2015 is not far away by any measurement. It is even shorter for all those who are eyeing Aso rock and much shorter for those who are making their first assault on the esteemed villa. If one has not started yet, one may be late already. The Igbo who have made a great deal of noise about 2015 are the most challenged. Here are the initial steps for everybody. If you are a member of People's Democratic Party already and intends to run as one: Start moving up the party ladder quickly. At this point you ougnigeria electionsht to be…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 04:02

Several Arab Countries Reject Islamic Banking

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Many Arab countries including Kuwait, do not want anything to do with Islamic banking. They consider it archaic, unworkable and counterproductive to the good health of free enterprise. Islamic banking retards entrepreneurship flair because of interference in too wide a range of businesses that the bank has no expertise or adequately trained or qualified personnel to nurture to success, as joint business partner of the businesses of its loans. Islamic banking is anti-globalization, which is the current vogue of world commerce. Two of the most conservative Islamic countries in the world, Iran and Pakistan, dabbled in Islamic banking but soon…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 04:00

Unloving People Are Evil And Mentally Ill

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This essay says that many persons are simultaneously evil and mentally ill. It says that mental health lies in being loving. Complete mental health, however, is not possible while people live in bodies; it is only possible in bodiless spirit; in body and ego people can approximate mental health by loving themselves and each other but would never be completely mentally healthy. The piece uses the behavior of an Igbo scam, con artist to illustrate its thesis. On July 26, 2011, I opened my email and there was this letter from an Igbo Nigerian man who claims to be an…
Someone has to say the uncomfortable truth, the truth that most people are afraid to say. People are afraid to say that truth lest they are seen as racist or hate black folks. Black folks themselves who are aware of this dreadful truth about their people are afraid to say it because they lack the courage to withstand the braying of their fellow blacks against them for saying it; they fear that they may be seen as self-hating blacks! Thus, there is a conspiracy of silence where most people know the truth and no one wants to say it.It is…