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The purpose of this essay is to state that Nigeria is not living in the true spirit of true democracy . The truth must we told as fact, certainty, reality, veracity, or accuracy that readers of this essay may want to hear presented to them in a tasteless way, meaning that facts are not always pleasant, inoffensive, or appetizing,. Nigeria is a beautiful place if we keep it so. The acronym NIGERIA stands for something. N stands for the Negotiations we use to resolve all problems without resorting to violence; the Nobility we expect of self and from our leaders.…
Friday, 05 January 2018 18:15

This is Nigeria the World knows

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A little 2-year-old girl named Chimamada was playing a game she had learned at school . The time was October, 2015, the year the white man believed that Nigeria would go up in cataclysmic smokes. The setting was Anambra village which is caught up in the crunch of poverty and wretchedness, and neglect. Anambra was formerly one of the more vibrant states of a rich country The name Chimamada is Igbo meaning My God Shall Never Fail. Talk of the disintegration of Nigerian was rife in the air as the white man wanted to demonstrate once and for all the…
America smells like effluvium as it further isolates itself in the world. The US has made good the egomaniac's threat to reduce the US contribution to the United Nation by $285 million in retaliation for the UN member's 128 to 9 vote against the egomaniac's recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel and move of the US embassy to the Holy City. No one is surprised when a bully throws a temper tantrum. One wonders if Trump's theatrical would stop the earth rotation on its lazy axis or halt the sun on its revolution. Can't the members of the United…
One of the things this writer agonizes over as he relates to Nigeria and Nigerians through visits, phone calls, emails, and normal conversations humans have with each other, is the presence of tribalism. Tribalism is endemic, meaning that tribalism is rife, prevalent, common, widespread, rampant, or pervasive. It is like a metastatic cancer that has spread to the brain. Yes, let's stop saying the British created tribalism when they slapped the land together with no regard given to tongue and ethnic differences. Let's see us as persons causing tribalism.. Aren't we stupid? This writer misses the humor, pleasantness, or playfulness…
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 08:45

Thousands of Rivers State Residents Back SARS

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Thousands of Rivers State Residents Back SARS Over 5000 residents of Rivers state took to the streets of Port Harcourt today to show Solidarityto the Nigerian Police and particularly for its embattled Special Anti-Robbery Squad SARS. The sea of heads that marched from Polo Club on Tombia Street, GRA to Police headquarters, Forces Avenue in Port Harcourt carried several banners and placards with inscriptions such as: “No to End SARS”, “SARS fighting criminals to see the state safe”, “SARS has reduced the mindless killings of Rivers people”, “if you end SARS you increase killings”, “to end SARS is to increase…
Among the mental health professionals, it is often said: "The mind is a terrible thing to waste." If I am sitting at a public place dressed in rags and armed with a drum which I incessantly beat while singing out aloud, what do you think?. Your first thoughts would be: Here's a crazy man! There is a popular Nigerian (Igbo) song known as " Akula! Obu Onye Ara" (Do not beat he/she's a crazy person) . Are the minds of Nigerians being terribly wasted? Are we a crazy people? We are not crazy in the sense of being silly, unwise,…
The purpose of this essay is to narrate what happens when one is unarmed and to counteract the notion advanced by Dr. Osuji and other apologists that life is safer when citizens are without guns. See Dr. Odozi Osuji's essay in this forum entitled: "White Americans Like to Carry Guns Because They are A Fearful People. " Americans of all races do not agree with Osuji and would strongly disagree with his logic. We the law-abiding Nigerians would like to have the right to bear arms inserted in the Constitution of our country. A few years ago as a young…
The purpose of this essay is to demonstrate how President Buhari should have used the Nnamdi Kanu episode as a governance tool, but failed to do so. Nigerian leadership and government led by Buhari could have handled the situation expertly, mobilized the nation in unity, and come out smelling good to the whole world. Alas, they failed the test. Since the majority is not always right and often is wrong, it is about time we subscribed to being anti-majoritarian in governance rather than to armamentarium. Mr. Buhari and his handlers could have avoided a moral turpitude had they listened to…
Monday, 21 August 2017 10:56

If Money Is worthless, Why Die For It?

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The idea of this essay comes from a book this writer saw a Korean man read while we were sitting beside each other in a Jumbo airplane, travelling from America to China in 2013. I am sitting in this very large airplane beside this smallish Korean national who has a book in his hands. The front page of the book is written in the manner a chicken does with its legs as it scratches the ground to find food. The letters on the covers and inside the book are incomprehensible, meaning you cannot make a head or tail of the…
The Nigerian politicians are something else . The Speaker of the Kano House of Assembly has resigned amidst allegations of bribery to influence investigation. It is reported that pandemonium broke out at the Kogi House of Assembly as hoodlums invaded a meeting of Kogi legislators to beat up corrupt politicians. This writer has just been assaulted by a caller because of the behavior of some of our Nigerian leaders, including Alhaji Dangote, Emir Sanusi, and Alhaji Kabiru). I believe this caller is frustrated by the behavior of Nigerian leaders. She says she is US practicing woman attorney (whom I shall…
IDEALISM IS ROOTED IN PERCEPTION OF THE UTTER POINTLESSNESS OF THE WORLD AND DESIRE TO IMPROVE IT HENCE MAKE IT WORTH LIVING FOR Ozodi Thomas Osuji When folks hear that one is an idealist they fancy one not a realistic person. They have an idea of who an idealist is: a naïve person who is not realistic; they see the realist as a tough skinned and hardnosed person who accepts the world and people as they are. For example, the realistic accepts Charles Darwin's idea of evolution and twist given it by Herbert Spenser, the idea that we are in…
Sunday, 09 July 2017 17:07

Epistle to Ndiigbo and Biafrans

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EPISTLE TO NDIIGBO AND BIAFRANS Greetings. The recurrent, persistent questions we are asking are many. What type of people are Ndiigbo? What would life in Biafra be like? Would Ndiigbo find Biafra habitable? Is it absolutely necessary that Ndiigbo must continue to embarrass Ndiigbo wherever Ndiigbo go by engaging in armed robberies, becoming the most notorious kidnapper to harassing neighbors in their communities? This communiqué is a warning plea to desist from one Onye Igbo (potential Biafran) to the Ndiigbo (igbo people willing to become Biafrans) and others who care to listen. What qualifies this writer to pen this epistle…
What it means to be a human being is the belief that one has a separated self housed in body. One defends that self and defence makes it seem real to one. One sees other separated selves doing good or bad things to one. If they do good things to one, one feels okay but if they do what harms one, one feels not okay. One anticipates other people doing bad things to one and avoids them or fights them. The goal is for the separated self to survive at all costs. The separated self engages in the struggle for…
One courageous action by Buhari and the people of Nigeria could save the presidential life, strengthen the office of the presidency, and get Nigeria moving on the right path toward healing and prosperity. The purpose of this essay is visionary, farsighted, or predictive. The essay attempts to describe one courageous action President Buhari and the people he was elected to lead can take to prevent insinuations about presidential death, improve presidential health and reduce the frequency of presidential trips overseas to seek treatments for undisclosed illnesses. It is advisable that Buhari performs this act, deed, exploit, achievement, or feat as…
Events described in this essay, though fictional, may actually be obtainable now in Nigeria. The Nigerian President spends uneasy time at home and abroad. He walks back and forth in his spacious apartment unable to sleep. He tosses and turns in bed, and places aching head on both ends of the massive pillow in order to think clearly. The Nigerian President worries so much about how to meet the nation's massive financial obligations to other countries. He agonizes over how to keep his tribesmen from killing those they consider to be infidels. The Nigerian President feels threatened even in secured…
Nobody should be above the law, and nobody has the unbridled right to lie. Politician cannot live without telling lies, and Nigerian politicians are the most mendacious. Like Donald Trump, politicians in my home are deceitful, two-faced, dishonest, insincere, misleading, double-dealing, or false. There can never be an end to adjectives describing lying politicians. Don’t follow a liar unless you enjoy cock-and-bull story, fabrication, and trumped-up story Standing alongside the Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny ahead of St Patrick's Day on Friday, and stressing the importance of American friendship with Ireland , the US president Donald Trump lies as he…
The purpose of this essay is to amplify the words President had for Nigerians upon his return from the medical treatment. To amplify is to intensify, increase, strengthen, augment, or enlarge. President Buhari spoke well as a wise statesman. His words had the capacity to encourage a people who are weighed down with seemingly insurmountable difficulties. This essay is not meant to take away from gravity of my president’s word, utterance, statements, expressions, speech, or declaration. Rather, this writer is attempting to build upon, deepen the meaning of, step up the bite, heap on, or add teeth to the gravity…
Although many contributors to this forum attempt to convince me that indeed there is something wrong with the Igbo of Nigeria, yet I find the Igbo to be the very Christ in minds imbued with conscience or sense of right and wrong. Dr. Osuji is a dear friend, a clever Professor, as well as fellow Igbo whose prolific essays I find to be very helpful and insightful. . However, for this writer and for many people, It is not too much to say that the Igbo of Nigeria is archetype of Jesus Christ the Messiah. Being Igbo in modern Nigeria…
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 13:12

Can You Marry Your Daughter?

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The calls have been arriving. A Nigerian woman with the Master of Science in Nursing degree calls to complain about her father who is bringing men she doesn't know or care for from Nigeria to marry the daughter. She tells me to say to her father "Stop " which meant "Leave me alone and let me find who I want to marry." Asked to elaborate, the MSN woman said: "I don't like the Nigerian men because they LIE, LIE, LIE! They are liars. They come to America to use you for the Green card, and then they dump you. Liars!"…
Monday, 28 November 2016 22:14

How does one become a loving person?

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This much I know about myself: I am not a loving person. But to say that about me I first have to know what it means to be a loving person, don't I? What exactly is a loving person? To know what a loving person is I first have to know what love is. What exactly is love? I don't know! I hear a lot about love but no one really has sat me down and explained to me what love is. Did anyone sit you down and explained to you what love is? If so you are lucky! Since…
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 04:02

What are you a leader in?

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From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal: WHAT AREA ARE YOU LEADING PEOPLE IN? The word leader can be defined in global terms. The question that comes to mind after that is said is this: what is a person a leader in? In what area of life is he a leader? Is he a leader in politics, education, science, technology? Even those are broad areas so let us narrow the focus down and ask: in doing what specific functional area is one a leader in? A leader wants to achieve certain goals so one asks: what are the stated goals that one…
Saturday, 05 November 2016 19:31

On sense of persecution and other matters

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From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal IF WE DID NOT FEEL PERSECUTED WHAT WOULD WE BE DOING ON EARTH? Ozodi Osuji Please examine your life closely; if you are honest you would probably conclude that you see yourself as an innocent person that the world is doing bad things to. It seems that each of us sees his self as an innocent victim that the big bad world harms. In other words, we see ourselves as persecuted by a big ugly world. And that makes us feel angry at whoever created us. Since God allegedly created us I doubt that there…
Review of New York Times Book of Physics and Astronomy Ozodi Osuji Dean, Cornelia (2013). Ed. The New York Times Book of Physics and Astronomy. New York: Sterling. 558 pages It is Friday afternoon. I had nothing to do and was terribly bored. I did what I do whenever I am bored: go to bookstores, especially used book stores. I went to one and did what I normally do, browse through the science section. My eyes lighted on a book called the New York Times Book of Physics and Astronomy. Wow, where have I been that I have not seen…
Fighting corruption and protecting the treasury from looters alone cannot save Nigeria; it does not make a dent on the things troubling us .Nigeria is much more than a vehicle that is involved in a ghastly accident. Removing dents and replacing bolts here and there would not do the job. There must be a new awakening of faith, and one way to lose faith is to engage in stupendous lying. This writer listened to a sermon being preached at the First United Methodist Church in Georgia, on Sunday, October 2, 2016 just a day after Nigerian and her people had…
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 22:37

Hey, Nigerians, Let's Turn Around; Let's Change

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Heaven and earth will not pass away, if President Buhari along with his governing team, including the Senate and House Members, State Governors, CBN managers, and the so-called shakers and movers in my country, gather all Nigerians around them to announce: “Ladies and gentlemen, we have tried this thing for 56 years with some success and some lessons to be learned. It is time for another team of young leaders to take over. We wish to exit now but we shall be around to provide pieces of advice as elder Statesmen and Stateswomen. Good Bye.” The aim of this essay…