James Agazie Ed D

James Agazie Ed D

A retired college Professor  with educational backgrounds in law (JD) education (Ed.D, MA) counseling,( MS) and and mathematics.  Write on topics dealing with Nigerian families, marriages, education, and employment. 

 

Friday, 23 February 2018 11:55

My Country, Don't Lie to Me

THE LIES MY COUNTRY TELLS ME IN  THE NIGERIAN NATIONAL ANTHEM

The aim of this essay is to state that my country lies to me.  Many of the Nigerians I have had the opportunity to interact with do not feel they love Nigeria or have a sense of belongingness to that place.  It is a very dangerous thing when a people do not love their country and have no sense of fitting in or loyalty to a country that has failed, failed, and failed them  times without number.

Ask an American man: “Where are you from?” He responds, “I’m American, Sir” The American says so with a broad smile, pride, and quiet dignity of a prize winner. Ask a Nigerians the same question, and he slouches, and says something you have to listen intently hard to discern the words. A Nigerian  is fearful  and intimidated.  It boils down to this: while other nationals, even the Haitians, are proud of their nations, Nigerians are not. Who is to blame for the differences?

The blame lies squarely with the Nigerian leaders who have left very bitter taste of the country in the mouths of generations of Nigerians, It is a great let down, a colossal disappointment to be a Nigerian. My disappointment is with a nation that doesn’t want to learn from previous mistakes in the past. Bad mistakes are repeated like a broken gramophone record.  When are we Nigerians going to learn?

 Do we have brains at all, or do our brains consist of pounded, lumpy cocoyam? What types of fools are we? An Indian proverb says that “A fool is someone who trips over the same stone twice.” Nigeria has tripped several  times and fallen flat on the face. There are many lies hidden in the lyrics of the Nigerian national anthem. This essay insists that Nigeria needs a new national Anthem to replace the one with offending lies. Read  the offensive words of the Nigerian National Anthem and this writer’s comments

Arise, O compatriots, Nigeria's call obey:

These are words of violence, not love.  It’s a command, not a request made in love. Where are words of endearment to show my country loves me and values me? Why must I obey a nonentity and empty commands? Who? Me? Not me!

To serve our fatherland: 

Our? Am I included? Fatherland? What fatherland?  Where were you when I was enslaved in Libya, when I am unemployed with a First Class diploma in electrical engineering? Where was Father when I was being slaughtered by men with machine guns? Why am I not provided with an AK-47 to defend myself against men who came to murder me and my family? Now you’re claiming fatherhood and land that has soaked with human blood a-plenty? Ah! You don’t mean it!
With love and strength and faith

Love is the most abused word in the English language. Stop that. You don’t love. Your public servants love themselves and their nuclear families and the white man they take our money to. Not this man. You lie just to get my vote and continue messing things up. There is not Strength in Militarized Democracy which is weakness because you lack persuasion. You evoke fear in me, apprehension, nervousness, trepidation, a desire to run away. Where do I run off to? To Ghana or South Africa?

The labor of our heroes past

We have past heroes like Ibiam, Tafewa Balewa, Zik, Shehu Shagari, Ernest Shonekan, Umaru Yar’ Audua, Goodluck Jonathan and many others. Where are they in history books. Why are there no public holidays for them? No Presidents Day in Nigeria? Haba. America just celebrated President’ Day. You suck.
Shall never be in vain

Our public servants live in vanity, pride, and narcissism,  and I in poverty, hopelessness. Go on, my friend! Go! Give me a break.
To serve with heart and might

Serve who? You? Why? You failed to use my service which you did not value as you pursued tribalism and nepotism. Our graduates are unemployed six years after leaving th universities. How do they eat and sleep? So you had a heart and failed to use it? Na wa. I know better, not a fool
One nation bound in freedom, peace and unity.

Do you mean to say servitude, violence. and disunity? Nigerians have wisened up.  Don’t you think a broom is made up of several broomsticks?

O God of creation, direct our noble cause

What god do you serve? God in heaven or god of your imagination. Doesn’t Allah say that if you kill one human being you’ve killed the entire humanity? What? Do you believe in God? God tells you to murder pregnant women and gut the fetuses out?
Guide our leaders right

We have no leaders. We have racists, Muslim fanatics, tribalists, people who worship churches rather than God who established churches in the first place. We have trumps of Nigeria. I beg!
Help our youth the truth to know

Unemployed youth who are dying from no job, from drugs and gangs? Please!
In love and honesty to grow

I have said  you don’t love me. Honesty is a word that does not exist in your vocabulary. Stop that! Where is honesty when your politicians steal all the money and the children go to school hungry without breakfast. How do you learn the ABC and 1,2,3 with hungry stomachs growling like lions? Do I hit my stomach or fill it with sand?
And living just and true

Again, justice and truth are foreign to you. You lie through clenched teeth
Great lofty heights attain

Start your imaginary lofty hills by building roads in the lowly valleys Did a well to get fresh water. Whom are you fooling? No be me, Sir!
To build a nation where peace

Do you mean where pieces of human flesh are?  The pogroms, Biafra, boko, and herdsmen all make you a peace-less society. Please look up the definition of peace in Oxford Dictionary.
And justice shall reign.

Your definition of justice differs from mine. To you unjust means just, bad is good, to rule is to ruin, freedom means force by muzzle of gun or the whip on back of the camel

Created Friday, 2/9/18

Dr. James C. Agazie

 

I have seen many Nigerian soldiers parading around and brandishing their uniforms and trying to look important. I have seen the soldiers pick up girls who are enamored by the military. I see the Nigerian soldiers at check points, in the markets, and just loitering aimlessly around town. If you ask me what exactly the soldier does in Nigeria, I  wouldn’t know.

That is all I know about ndi uwe ojii (Igbo for people in dark uniforms). I try talking with some of my classmates who joined the Nigerian Army soon after secondary school and rose to the ranks of General, Brigadier, and Brigadier General. 

These classmates did not, could not, and were not in the positions to explain why they joined and what they did. All that these men did was to invite me to their homes  so their wives or girlfriends would feed me with jollof rice and beef.

 The classmates sought to convince me that joining the military and rising through the ranks was better than spending years to acquire as much higher education as I did.   What motivated my classmates to make a career out of the armed forces still eludes me.

Some of the people I know joined the Nigerian Army because they failed the West African School Certificate Examinations  (WASC) and could not qualify for any other job.  They made a career of either the police of army. 

I know an Igumale  boy who rose  to the rank as Captain Omonya (fictitious name). Villagers drank local wine and danced wildly when Captain Omonya tore down his father’s dilapidated hut and erected a magnificent 2-story house with zinc roof.

Omonya came to the scene when the Army wanted to convey the impression that being a soldier was  the best thing to do for Nigerians from poor families. Being a soldier had prestige and a good paycheck, they say. I got it that a soldier has prestige and the paycheck while the job was enticing, alluring, tantalizing. I give the Nigerian Army credit for assisting to reduce the rate of unemployment in a country where the majority of citizens are said to manage to survive on a U S dollar a day.

Since I did not understand soldiers too well  and have not had too many interactions with them on professional  level, I have come to view these men as dumb asses who  have strong bodies but weak intellect.  Is the use of force the only thing the Nigerian soldier is good at in safeguarding Nigerian existence as a nation?. The essay argues that the role the Nigerian soldier plays in Nigeria  can and should be expanded to include both the physical and intellectual aspects of development..

Googles says: “The roles of a country's armed forces are entrenched in her Constitution. The defence of the territorial integrity and other core interests of the nation form the major substance of such roles.” A group of 22 Civil Society Organizations under the aegis of Coalition of Civil Society for Transparency and Good Governance has acknowledged the role of the Nigerian military in protecting and defending the sovereignty of Nigeria. Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/10/nigeria-57-coalition-lauds-nigerian-militarys-efforts-nation-building/

Have the Nigerian Army and the soldiers under its command been able to defend the sovereignty of Nigeria? What is meant by the Nigerian sovereignty? It is the authority of the nation of Nigerian to exist as a nation, to abide by  the rule of law, to have the power to execute functions befitting of  a nation as an autonomous or independent self-existing, and dominant entity. Has the Nigerian soldier been able to discharge his role as maintainer of sovereignty?

The Nigerian Army has played many unhelpful roles that can be described as being contrary, awkward, unaccommodating, obstructive, unsupportive, disobliging, or simply negative.  One of the most unhelpful roles the Nigerian soldier has played is meddling in politics.

The first coup by the Igbo boys was a ploy engineered by young soldiers who sought to change government by force. The subsequent coups and countercoups ware carried out by soldiers who had no experience in governance. Government by the military is a junta, dictatorship.

Nigeria's first military junta began following the 1966 Nigerian coup d'état which overthrew Prime Minister Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. Major General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, who was made the Head of the Federal Military Government of Nigeria, was soon overthrown and murdered in a coup in July of the same year.

What followed was a series of ineffective money grabs by uneducated, strong thugs who didn’t care about democracy, rule of law, or human rights, and whose rule was marked with egregious human rights abuses and revengefulness. The level of barbarity perpetrated by the Nigerian Army will make future historians cry in anguish.

Has the Nigerian soldier been successful in defending the nation against various onslaughts? An onslaught is defined as an attack, assault, ambush, offensive, blitz, blitzkrieg. Did the soldier defend the nation against the boko haram insurgence?

No, the soldier did not defeat anyone. After the nation has spent billions on military hardware and ammunitions, the Nigerian military tells various conflicting stories most of which seem to be outright lies. The Presidency says: “We have finally defeated boko haram” in one breath, and :give us more money to defet the boko haram”  in another breath.

Nigerians are tired of being lied to and made damned fools. You either defeat an enemy or the enemy defeats you. Some Nigerians are believing one of three scenarios. One, the hoko haram does not exist. Two, boko haram is a phantasy created by the Presidency to rob the country of cash needed for national development. Three, the boko is a unit of the Nigerian military whose purpose is to render the country chaotic, ungovernable  in order to keep government in the hands of the born-to-rule Muslim jihadhists. 

If the Nigerian military cannot root out the boko haram, it follows that it cannot dislodge the cattle herders who are terrorizing the Nigerian farmers. If the military is failing in its duty to defend the territorial integrity of Nigerian, what other core interests of the nation form the major substance of such roles?

MILITARY ACADEMY

The Nigerian Army and its soldiers can play roles in the country by spearheading educational development. We need military schools set up in each state where boys and girls can complete secondary schools wearing military uniforms and living in barracks.

Subjects studied in the military academy will will include, but are not limited to,  military science, mathematics, science, technology, English language, and Nigerian languages  The teachers in the military education system are  university graduates who are serving in Nigerian army, air force, navy, and police.

MILIRARY TECHNOLOGY CENTER

The Nigerian soldiers can be trained to be a useful, contributing workforce. Nigeria is in need of technicians, such as builders, carpenters, plumbers, painters, heavy equipment operators, welders, aircraft mechanics, drivers, and so forth.

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

The Nigerian soldiers can play significant role in rehabilitating the country’s decaying or decayed infrastructures, including the roads, buildings, bridges, schools, and so forth.

Dr. James C. Agazie; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;  jamesagazies. blogspot,com

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, 23 February 2018 10:25

Why Are Some Husbands So Deceitful?

 

This essay is about the Marriage Coach sessions this writer has had with women concerning  the problems they were facing with bad husbands, Three women have called this writer to complain about their husbands’ misbehavior. These are real cases, but the names of women were left out and names of countries changed in order to preserve anonymity .

The Zimbabwean woman ‘s husbands had been running around having  babies here and there until wife left for  America to go to college. Husband begged  and made false promises he would change for better until wife brought him to America along with the children . Zimbabwean man did worse in America with other women and alcoholism until wife finally divorced him. 

Haitian woman had similar problems with her husband at home, plus he was not financially supporting the family, forcing the wife to leave for America with her two sons and two daughters.

Nigerian nurse  is a  New York nurse in a battle with her husband who frequents New York bars with a bevy of girls, leaving wife at home to cater for the high school son and college-bound daughter  while the man goes to Nigerian whenever the spirit hits him,. His life is all about beer, girls,  and village widows at home.

That some Nigerian men are deceitful is not an exaggeration.  These men  are dishonest, deceiving, fraudulent, thieving, untrustworthy, running around, cunning, lying, devious, and downright falsehearted.

This indictment applies to men of all Nigerian tribes: Igbos, Yorubas, Efiks, Ibibios, Edos, Hausa, Fulanis, and all those tongues-twisting languages spoken in my country Nigeria. The deceitful mind takes a lot of chances. This writer has been a marriage coach, assisting couple wade through marital issues involving, sex, money, and how to deal with in-laws.

The purpose of this essay is argue against the notion that deceit can exist in a successful marriage or that marriage is an impossible undertaking without lying. There is nothing wrong with truth spoken  in the institution of marriage for God is Truth and marriage is God’s only chosen method of perpetuating mankind and human race.  

Next to lack of communication,  dishonesty is the most frequent cause of marital discord. Dishonesty has many synonyms, including,  deceit, deceitfulness, fraudulence,  untruthfulness, corruption,  treachery, duplicity, or lying. Deceitfulness is not limited to only one sex or race. Women can be as deceitful as their husbands.

A deceitful heart disburses huge quantities of cash and energy that could be properly channeled to something more untainted like preaching, paving a road in the village, or going to school. Ever wonder why your deceitful husband’s mind is the seat of the devil incarnate?  How could he do what he does to you and feels no remorse? Women, I pity you for being the victims. Women ,  take the heat from these falsehearted men and women end up being blamed as victims always  have been in the business of blaming the victims .    

William Ryan’s 1970 groundbreaking expose of middle class ideology of Blaming the Victim must be noted. We can no longer blame the Nigerian women for their Nigerian-ness or  womanhood and pardon their egocentric  men for their self-centeredness  or chauvinism. . We are demanding that the Nigerian men either shape up or ship out.

To shape up is to change evil ways, and to ship out is to get out of hurting wives and children.. These are true accounts of men’s archness and mischievousness.  And if you want me to reveal my sources or names of people involved before you accept the truth, you may have to wait forever or till hell freezes over.

A lady friend of my relative is a New York, a  BSN/RN nurse, who  has five children, some in college. My relative directed the nurse to call me in 2011 to relay a story I refused to accept at first as a truth. Her husband had left New York for Nigeria and was reluctant to return to help take care of his children.

The man stayed in the village for two years and would have stayed forever had his daughter not cried out loud for her father’s presence at her upcoming graduation in May, 2012. Nurse flew home to find her husband screwing a widow in the house she had built with her paychecks. What did she do? Nothing! Absolutely nothing. She flew back to New York with shame plastered all over her body.

Nurse was so distraught the only things she could do was fly back to New York with the next available airline. To be distraught means that she was distressed, beside herself, out of her mind, hysterical, upset, troubled,  worried, and extremely flustered.  “How could he do this to me, knowing I am his wife, and we have five children?”

 She had asked that question for the umpteenth time. To add insult to injury, the nurse discovered  that her husband had been paying college fees for the son of the widow he had been fucking with money our nurse was sending  “dim  onye ara” (my crazy husband) for his feeding and house expenses.

Nigerian women make their husbands lazy and over-dependent on wives. Why do you support Mr. Stupidity just so people would say “she is married, and she is Mrs. Stupidity?” 

 In the United States some women would shoot both husbands and girlfriends upon catching them in bed and be acquitted  on the grounds of temporary insanity, excessive abuse, or heat of passion. I am opposed to violence perpetrated by either wife or husband, and I would recommend serious marital counseling in place of homicide. But to catch your husband with a public toilet in a bed you’ve bought with your sweat and tears, is more than any human can be called upon to endure.

NIGERIAN WOMEN HAVE BEEN SUFFERING SO MUCH ABUSE FOR SO LONG AT THE HANDS OF THEIR  MEN IT IS NOW BELIEVED THEY COULD ENDURE ANYTHING FOREVER, INCLUDING MEN BRINGING  PROSTITUTES TO THEIR MARITAL HOMES. Tell me something: Why do some Yoruba and Igbo women consult with juju doctors more often than they pray with church pastors? To buy some charms to hold onto husbands who aren’t  worth  more than the clump of pubic hair around their penises.

 Some women collect husbands’ sperms  in a plastic sack to take to dibia (native doctor) for use in making the charms strong enough to tame the zany screwball. A man is zany if he is shown to be crazy, madclap, wacky, or screwy son of a bitch who fucks anything with pussy. He is a screwball if he is eccentric, or an oddball, meaning he is a nonconformist who doesn’t discriminate  among women he likes to fuck. He does not do what most men his age do in his community . Essentially a screwball does not acquire the training necessary for  employment; he does not hold  stable job to enable him to marry and raise  a family ; and he does not contribute to the  maintenance  of the society he belongs to.

Everywhere I turn, men are screwing up, not working, neglecting  responsibilities to their families,  drinking excessive Heinekens,  and being as frisky as he goats. A man said: “My immediate younger sister complaints her old husband retires to the village with a younger “wife” after my sister has sired 8 children for the bastard. I am afraid to visit the village for fear I might commit murder or manslaughter if I came across the old bastard.”   

I just visited the Abuja home of Cousin Sylvanus who thinks he is God’s gift to womankind. He’s not home  He is in the village, abandoning his construction work around Gwagwadala. Abuja. Grapevine “tory” has it that Sylvanus is entertaining a widow in his village home, while his legal wife and kids are at Abuja in dangerous  Awusa land.

Sylvanus’ first son went to Papa’s house in the village before Sylvanus could drive there, saw the widow and asked “Who are you?” Widow asked  her boyfriend’s  son. “Who be you?”, and son pushed widow out of his way, perhaps in defense of his mother. Widow called Sylvanus on son. Sylvanus drove home at a ferocious speed to kick his son out with a warning: “Don’t ever let me catch you here again.”  His family is devastated.

Then Cousin  Sylvanus has the audacity to invite me to his wife’s vegetable soup and wheat foofoo dinner when he gets back to FTC the following week. I will go just to have the joy of rejecting his bloody entertainment, then telling  him why.  Isn’t my rejection more painful  than giving him a kick in his hairy A**? Better than breaking my leg on A** stiffened by construction work under hot, sweaty weather?

Women ought to stop the circle of men’s abuses, not through violence, but by use of calm communication and reasoning skills .Stupid men pick up habits, believing that “boys will always be boys” Nigerian men often demonstrate their maleness through forbidden promiscuous  sex at forbidden places. NIGERIAN WOMEN SPOIL THEIR HUSBANDS WHEN THEY TAKE EVERY ABUSE IN THE INTEREST OF REMAINING MARRIED AND BEING MRS. SOMEBODY. Here are a few suggestions:

Refuse to tolerate your husband’s abusive behaviors which may include bringing a woman into your home when you are in or out. Tell him: “You wouldn’t like for me to bring another man in here, so I do not like for you to insult me by bringing another woman into our bedroom”.

Refuse to encourage him to chase other women by buying and giving him condoms so he wouldn’t infect you.  Who monitors how he uses the condom and whether the rubber or latex breaks?

Make time to satisfy his sexual urges and demand he exercise and engage in activities to curb his libidinal energy.

Encourage him to stop drinking alcohol that loosens his morals and gives him excuses to screw your cousin or even your sister ( a fool will screw your Mom in a twinkle of an eye).

If you are gainfully employed, encourage him to take the Strong Vocational Interest Blank (SVIB)  to discover his career interest  and support his undergoing training at community colleges to prepare for work.

Get to know the “birds of the same feather he flocks together with” and advise him against birds that are alcoholics, home wreckers or screwballs, chronically unemployables, and indolent rodents.

Recommend he goes for anger management  if he is used to beating you and children.

Demand he shares in paying house bills, including mortgage, rents, utilities,  insurance.

Ask for his help in chauffeuring kids to and fro schools, help with homework assignment, attending the PTA, and checking to see your vehicle is in good repair, and preparing meals.

Be in good terms with his mother and siblings and report any abuse but demand his family members  respect you and recognize you as First Lady of the household.

Spend time and money to make yourself look as dazzling and gorgeous as you can  so his friends will ooh and aah; Realize that  a wise monkey  is a monkey that doesn’t monkey with another monkey’s monkey.  Let him experience jealousy thinking you’re being  monkeyed with,

Make time to be out with him to movies, shopping, weddings, and churches; in your outings be romantic with him and let the world know he’s your husband and you cannot share him with every Comfort and Monica.

Any inappropriate moves he makes with females (long hugging or picture taking)  should be noted and discussed with him in privacy at home,

After you’ve had a desired number of children (4or 5), stop being a fool having 12-15. See a doctor and stop being a baby factory through tuber ligation or other procedures.

COPYRIGHTED 4/11/2012 BY DR, JAMES C. AGAZIE.  INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IS PROTECTED BY LAW. NOT TO BE DUPLICATED OR SOLD

 

 

Friday, 23 February 2018 04:16

Please Don't Let Alcohol Destroy My Home

 

 

Why should a drink destroy my people? Alcohol must not be allowed to have power over Nigerians. We’re too smart to be victims. Everywhere we go, we see pieces of evidence to confirm our fear that indeed a large number of Nigerians are drinking their lives away.

 The Nigerians are drinking heavier and heavier as unemployment and hard economic times persist. Beers and liquors are desecrating what we’ve worked so hard to build. The purpose of this essay is to decry and denounce the probability that alcohol has the power to destroy my country and we are pretending to be unaware of it.

Our lawmakers, security personnel, soldiers, church people, and even students are virtual alcoholics. Nigerians take bribes and call the money “dash” or “drink money.” Some say that one who offers alcohol as a gift to a neighbor has offered the gift of life. There is nothing life when one takes to the bottle of alcohol.

There are beer parlors everywhere you go in Nigeria: in the markets, at airports, near churches and government offices. This writer once visited a man at a Federal Ministry at Abuja where he was entertained with bottles of Guinness Stout Beer and Heinekens, though he had made it clear to the civil servant that the writer was not  a drinker.

A large percentage of the killings, divorces and dysfunctional families we witness today in Nigeria can be directly attributable to the use and abuse of alcoholic beverages. I am hearing that the Nigerian legislature is full of people addicted to alcohol, drugs and illicit sex.  Nigerians’ addiction to drugs is reaching an epidemic proportion that demands immediate attention. Our legislators are lost, don’t know themselves, and come to work as drunk as a sailor. They often head to the bar immediately after work.

A drunk legislator is lethargic, meaning that he or she is sluggish, tired, lackluster, lazy, indolent, languid, exhausted, or out-of-it. A drunk legislator or politician doesn’t know where he/she is, makes many stupid mistakes, talks rubbish, forgets a lot, and the mind is fixated  on only one thing- more alcohol.

Ever wonder why our law makers are squabbling, babbling, wrangling, strafing, quarreling, or prognosticating  about nothing while boko and herdsmen are machine-gunning our people. This essay says  that nothing good comes  out of intoxicants. To be intoxicated is to be irresponsible.   As a nation, Nigerians are now in a serious trouble as alcohol is threatening our young people who learn from adults that drinking  alcoholic beverages is okay. It is not okay,

 A March, 2009 descriptive cross-sectional survey conducted among Undergraduate students from four tertiary institutions in Owerri. (including  Federal University of Technology (FUTO), Imo State University (IMSU), Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education (AIFCE) and Federal Polytechnic Nekede (FPN), all in Owerri South-east, Nigeria) conducted by two FUTO professors, says that alcoholism  “ is a picture in consternation, apprehension, or dismay”.

The purpose of this essay is to say to Nigerians and the Nigerian organizations: “ It.s time we banned consumption of alcoholic beverages at all functions to which our people are invited, including, church and traditional weddings, funerals, and most celebrations at which we spray money.”

 The ban should be observed in all organizations in any Nigerians State, Federal,  and Diaspora.. Several American churches allow consumption of alcohol beverages in the premises they rent out to customers. They call it business. To say that God sanctions the consumption of alcoholic beverages in His building is a lie. Some churches sanction drinking  because, they say, Jesus turned water to wine. No one knows whether the wine was alcoholic or not.

We  know people drink to relax, have fun, and wind down, but let’s not encourage this pernicious habit. If the trends continues, it will be fair to blame any alcohol-related death or divorce  on us and other Nigerian leaders who build breweries all over the State and Nigeria for our people to drink themselves to death.

Are beer breweries the only industries that would  provide employment for the young in Nigeria? We are asking all  friends to stop serving alcohol at events they sponsor, including  the church, secondary schools, the universities, and  yahoogroups forums. There job-creating concerns other than breweries such as electronics, automobile assembling, and manufacturing?

 Are there ways to have fun other than quaffing, meaning alcohol swigging, swilling, guzzling,  imbibing,  drinking, or gulping down large quantities of manya (Igbo for wine)? We can no longer shut our eyes and mouths and kneel down to say empty prayer when alcohol is destroying our people.

This Owerri study concluded as expected: “the prevalence of alcohol consumption (78.4%) is quite high among undergraduates in Owerri and 26.7% of them are at risk of health complications of alcohol consumption. A lot of factors such as peer group pressure, influence of family members, role model, and wrong perception portrayed in advertisement contribute immensely to its use. These factors if checked on time will reduce the prevalence of alcohol consumption among undergraduates and the country at large.”

This is not an indictment of Imo State and the Imoans. It is a problem all over Igboland as well as in all States of Nigeria, particularly among young Nigerians who drink heavily to deal with unemployment and  hard life in the country. It could be worse in Anambra, Abia, and Delta where employment opportunities are scarce.

Where alcoholism is rampant there may be an increase in frequency of armed robberies and kidnappings as the only available thing to do. Why do governors run amok filling every available space with beer breweries? Why do politicians sit back to congratulate themselves for saturating the place with poisonous substances to kill their people?

A governor who builds beer breweries and sees his people drunk and families breaking up due to alcoholism would be foolish to make the statement, such as “This is our massive improvement campaign to show our love for our people.”  Idiots, alcohol is a curse rather than a blessing. Alcohol causes several diseases, such as miscarriages, liver and lung problems. Money gotten from sale of alcohol is

The writer’s first experience with the effects of alcoholism was during the year he taught primary school at a village in Benue State. A local teacher at the school would come home drunk each day to fight with his wife all night after spending all his paycheck at beer parlor. He would hit his wife as she was complaining that the family  was hungry because the teacher had spent  money meant for food at the beer place.

This writer has  lost count of many dear colleagues he has lost to alcoholism, including  Dr. T the first PhD microbiologist  my college had whose wife would call for help  at night to pull her husband off the wall and rush him to the hospitals for treatment of alcohol delirium in which Dr. T would be counting lizards on the walls all night  long , There was  Dr. B who was shot and killed by a student after boozing and  quarrelling  over a female friend they shared.  

A few years ago, a biology professor shot his foot with a hand gun and explained  to us he mistook his foot for his argumentative wife. What of the friend who brought millions of research dollars to university I was with  in North Carolina and who died, a victim of drunk driver who hit professor’s Mercedes Benz headlong?

But don’t stop here!  Let’s go to Nigeria. What makes you think our nation’s massive corruption is unrelated to psychiatric problems caused by my people’s  use of alcohol to medicate?  I hear  many Nigerian traders retire and move to villages to pick up the bottles as permanent bosom friends.

They abandon wives and children in cities and move to be near  gourds of palm wine, kaikai, or bottles of Heinekens. Now they are sick and dying like chickens. All this occurs because of drinking too manya na aba n’nya (Igbo for wine that intoxicates the brain  or enters the eye).

The source of the study cited in this essay comes from: Prevalence and perceived health effect of alcohol use among male undergraduate students in Owerri, South-East Nigeria: a descriptive cross-sectional study” Ebirim IC Chikere#1 and Morakinyo O MayowaBMC Public Health. 2011; 11: 118. Published online 2011 February 18. doi:  10.1186/1471-2458-11-118

2/22/2018

Dr. James C. Agazie; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; jamesagazies.blogspot,com

After several years at the helm of the government of South Africa, President Zuma finally agreed to resign. While we applaud Zuma for getting out of the picture so that his nation would move forward, we am appalled, horror-struck that it took  this much  argument and prodding for the president to see the light and agree to step aside.

What was Zuma thinking about all along? Did he think South Africans are fools to let him run the nation aground like a pirate's boat? Was he thinking he was accountable to no man but himself?  Was he aware  that South Africa is a democratic republic  rather than an autocratic regime? Did he know that thousands of South Africans  had struggled and bled to death for the nation to materialize?

Has Zuma heard of Steve Biko?  Did he think he was above the laws governing  his nation and did he expect his citizens to obey the laws while he chose to flaunt them? Has he read Achebe's Things Fall Apart or CryThe Beloved Country written by Alan Paton? We wonder.

First of all, Zuma is not South Africa, and South Africa does not belong to Zuma. So long as Zuma recognizes that Zuma and South Africa are two entirely separate entities, the better for all around . I find it unacceptable to imagine that an African president or governor of any country should feel that the nation he is elected or appointed to lead belongs to him and his family, or  that the country cannot exist without the president or governor.

A nation outlives its citizens. A citizen or a leader may belong to a nation, but the nation cannot belong to a citizen or leader. The needs of a nation must supersede those of a leader, and not the other way around. Isn't this the thinking of law-abiding citizenry?

The notion that a leader owns or wants to own is as wrong as wrongness becomes.  It is incorrect, mistaken, and erroneous,  A leader who feels he owns the nation is at a disadvantage in that he does not see the mistakes that are being made, he doesn't have the opportunity or will to make serious efforts necessary to correct his mistakes, and he does not have honest and loyal advisers to steer him right.

All such a leader has is a bevy of ass kissers, ignoble sycophants, bribe takers who want to be in his graces for wrong reasons. African leaders ought to learn from  the mistakes made by Mugabe of Zimbabwe and South Africa's Zuma. They ought to be modest, transparent and blame-free.

IMPLICATIONS FOR FUTURE  AFRICAN  LEADERS:

As a leader, you ought to realize that Africa is changing from a jungle ruled by lions to enlightened community inhabited by thinking men and women. As such, you the leader  are nobody but a public servant; you have oga (master) over you, and your oga  are the people whose government you are leading.

The people you are leading are all citizens and stakeholders of the nation, not just those you voted for you, not just members of your political party but all of the people. Your citizens include persons you like as well as those you don't like. A leader leads all of his or her people. You are first of all and servant of all.

The nation is your oga (master) that allows you to head the government, you did not come there by force or by any special talent you may think you have, and there are many citizens who have similar talents as you may have  or better skills than you have. To serve your people is a privilege, not a right.

Conduct yourself humbly and circumspectly, meaning cautiously, vigilantly, warily, and suspiciously, knowing that one day you may be called upon to give an account.

Publish your doings in a timely fashion so others may notice and judge for themselves;  be open and transparent, and invite others to verify and correct. Avoid doing things in secrecy. Include private citizens in your administration and committees to provide transparency.

Develop a thick skin to listen to criticisms to gauge your progress ; however, do not allow reactions to criticisms, censures, disapprovals and reprimands from the press or individual citizen to cloud your head or to lead you to seek revenge and strike  out in anger. Encourage criticisms of your work, and invite criticizers to submit alternative plans.

Discourage those who wish to hero worship you and make you into a god. Remind yourself and others that you are but a public servant who does what everyone else can do for the nation.  Treat all and sundry with equal measure of love and care. Your motto shall be: "Ask not what Nigeria can do for you, but ask what you can do for Nigeria."

Resist efforts by outsiders, agents of former colonial masters included, who might want to thwart gains made or to sell your nation's soul or your country out on a platter of questionable and elusive promises. Be true to yourself.

Be careful how you handle public monies. State money does not belong to you. To dip hands into public bag is theft, pure and simple. It could lead to impeachment and earn you a vote of no confidence in you.

Do not be forced to resign. Call it quits when you've done all you can and conditions continue to deteriorate and you've held several consultative councils.  Explain the nation is bigger than an individual. Resign gracefully, and remain an elderly statesman helping younger leaders.

Hand over all books and records at the end of your tenure. Be ready to be called upon to explain discrepancies. Be candid.

Your life and work should be a testimony after you,  a testament, evidence, witness, proof, demonstration, verification, authentication, or proof that modern Africa is advancing to take its rightful place in the committee of civilized nations. Good luck!

Written Saturday and posted  2/17/18

Dr. James C. Agazie; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; jamesagazies.blodpot.com

ABOUT THE WRITER: Writer is a Nigerian residing in the USA, a retired college professor. He is not a politician, does not support any political party, and does not aspire for any advantage other than to serve as unpaid volunteer to advise and speak the truth. May be reached by text at 678-886-1613.

 

Friday, 16 February 2018 02:22

The First Nigerian Queen of England

This essay talks about a Nigerian woman who sits on throne as Queen of England, and how faith and change can work together to effect the manifestation of what was thought to be an impossibility. You can never say never to certain people. You can never say never to Nigerians. The British tried it and fell flat on their long noses   As the population of Nigerians in England swelled and England grew darker with children born of Nigerians, there was a hue and cry from America.

"Nigerians must be stopped or the world would be ruined", the crowd roared. President Donald Trump went on rampage, in a wild offensive to save England . His backers, the World Anglo Saxon Nationalists, wanted Nigerians out of anything white. They say the Africans must be stopped by any means necessary, even if it means tricking President Mohammed Buhari to vacate, leave  Aso Rock for giant rodents and rule from an office nestled  in Newberry Castle outside Glasgow, UK.

The Congressional Black Caucus in America fought tooth and nail to defeat Bill 1942 before the House which would reverse the gains Blacks have made and perhaps derail Nigerians' emigration to Great Britain. The Bill 1942 in essence provides for a repudiation of Loving v. Virginia.

In America, things changed at the speed of lightning with Supreme Court 1967 decision in Loving v. Virginia which told Nigerians and other Black men: "You have a legal right to intermarry with white women of your choice."  Spurred by the court's decision, the number of interracial marriages in America exploded and, with it, the population of multiracial people has bombed out. The population of Nigerians in UK followed similar trends.

According to the 2000 Census,  6.8 million Americans identified as multiracial. By 2010, that number grew to 9 million people. Trump feared.  Determined to reverse everything President Obama did, including healthcare, Trump swore on his mother's gravestone: "never in England at least not with shithole Nigerians in England".

Trump ordered the English and  Norwegian governments to pass a law banning all emigration from shithole nations. England's Nigerians fought back with enyi mba (elephant) dance. Some brave Nigerians,  including Harvard-educated historians and anthropologists, demanded that the position of the Queen of England be open for grabs by any commoner rather the exclusive property of the so-called blue blood Tudor.

To add to the Englishman's confusion, Nigerian Theologian Professor Onovo  preached a sermon: "Is God not a Nigerian?" Things got out of hand nippily, very quickly. In the meantime, Nigerians poured into Britain, Some Nigerian women replaced pills with fertility capsules to fill England's maternity wards with the newborn Nigerians.

In 2017, the pressure to replace octogenarian Queen mounted on the British Isle like a tidal tsunami as more Nigerians invaded Britain in the manner of a swarm of bees. The Nigerians claimed that, as members of the British Commonwealth nations, they were entitled to partake of all that Britain has to offer, including the Oxon (Oxford University degree in classics) and the Brew (British white women eager to marry Africans) .

The British teetered at first on the verge of collapse then settled on quiet acquiescence, submission to pressure from Nigerians. A few stubborn, proud dyed-in-the-wool  Britons refused to capitulate. The majority, with the aid of Donald Trump's frequent tweaks, demanded that Queen Elizabeth abdicate the throne of England because she was weak on immigration. Insulted and humiliated, Elizabeth ordered the Parliament to erect a replica of the Buckingham palace in Norway to which she would retire. That suited  President Trump right as Norway is his Garden of Eden  and  Norwegians his incorruptible people.

A child was born in England of Nigerian parentage. Her name is Latifa Uche Moraso. No one paid attention when at age six, Latifa said in Kindergarten class , "I want one day to be the Queen of the Great Britain." The child grew up in London and overheard the buzz of the abdication of Queen Elizabeth as the rumor overtook the universe as the Black Death, Hitler's advancing armies.

Latifa Ucheako (that was her maiden name) married a Scottish gentleman who suggested she attend Oxford and Harvard to prepare for public service. After a series of minor mayoral stints, Lady Latifa at 33 served as Home Secretary under the Conservative Party chairman Ian Smith an open homosexual whose father left South Africa when apartheid succumbed. Queen Elizabeth prepared to leave for Norway under Trump's onslaught and impending loss of confidence in Parliament. Trump won.

At the beginning of the abdication of Queen Elizabeth, Parliament considered and passed Bill No. 1984, granting any British citizen the right to serve in any capacity, including that of Queen of Great Britain and Wales. The Queen Elizabeth met with Queen Omarosa  briefly to sign documents transferring  residence of the massive Buckingham palace to the new monarch.  The event rubbed Trump the wrong way and he swore to never attend.

The coronation of Queen Latifa  cameas fell on a Monday South African  Archbishop Desmond Tutu and prelates of the Ecumenical Church Movement met in London. Trump's absence was not only inconspicuous, it was cheered by obstinate Nigerians . Trump was becoming unpopular among Nigerians. It's payback.

The Nigerian strongman Mohammad Buhari  grew weary and weaker and retired to a castle outside Glasgow which he had acquired during active military service, a move that was necessary, Aisha agreed, so he could be near the doctors caring for his chronic middle ear infection and forgetfulness.

Today, Queen Latifa Moraso  reigns, sitting on the throne of Kings of England, and she is Nigerian. The influx of Nigerians became an epidemic; they poured into Britain by the millions. When the Nigerians say "go", no one can say stop ; they are like a juggernaut with nuts loose, a foot wedged between the gas and brake  pedals of unstoppable Mercedes 704 travelling erratically at 100mph. No group is as stubborn , unstoppable as Nigerians. They take no No for an answer. Everything is Yes.

When one says Nigerians are unstoppable, one means these people's actions are irresistible, overwhelming, overpowering, persistent, unrelenting, persisting, persevering, inexorable, or ife a adighi agwu agwu (Igbo for "this thing does not have an end").

Aisha Buhari called it quits amidst intolerable confusion. Aisha  Buhari divorced her husband and married  a younger Igbo army general  to whom she wanted to hand over what is left of Nigeria. No one knew what became of Nigeria, except  for a few  phone calls from Hassan, Fulani educated at Oxford.

Hassan had indicated the herdsmen had taken over , overrunning and crisscrossing the length and breadth of the land of Nigeria in search of luxuriant meadows to feed their long horned cattle. Hassan was later executed in the jackass dance of Sambissa Forest in a mercy purge; Hassan was disowned by his family because he had converted to Christianity and preached the Gospel.

Things got to change and change had been on the way, and the change was dramatic when it finally dawned on the scene that things had fallen apart in London and never to be put back together It is melodramatic,  theatrical, histrionic.  The Nigerian Queen of England is dramatic in many ways. She is a commoner, with no royal blue blood, and a Nigerian blood flows in her veins.

Since a Nigerian woman is calling the shots at Buckingham Palace, the experiment the Britons left in West Africa is now ancient history and must be rewritten in an indelible ink. The Queen of England is a Nigerian, and she would rewrite it with a stroke of the gold ballpoint

When a thing is written indelibly, the information is permanent. It cannot be rubbed off with a pencil eraser. It is ineffaceable, as unalterable as the word of eternal life. A Nigerian lives in Buckingham Palace as the Queen of England and Wales. Her name is Queen Latifa, and she is Nigerian.

Didn't the congregation nod in agreement as the vicar said things are made  anew and all things are possible to those who have the courage to believe, not just believe but have confidence in a thing without substantiation, proof, or evidence.

The purpose of this essay is to describe the evidence of strong belief in the materialization of the reign of the first Nigerian Queen of England who now sits on the throne once occupied by the likes as William the Conqueror, Henry v, henry VI, Henry VII, Richard I, Edward I, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth. It has taken long in coming, The throne is now occupied by Queen Latifa of Nigeria. Yea Yeaaaaaaa!

The news of the coronation of Her majesty Queen Latifa  Uche Omoraso, broke in England at the time Nigerians were flooding Great Britain. The first thing Queen Omoraso did was reverse the definition of citizenship.  A Nigerian born in any of the British colonies or protectorates is a citizen of England.

As usual, you cannot expect the Nigerians to accept a kindness and stay in their places. They cherish adventure and who doesn't? To a Nigeria, anywhere is home and any job is for grabs, if the job would provide food that keeps body and soul alive and together.

The British imperialists gloried in giving sententious speeches at the Independence Day celebrations of their colonies, extolling the virtues of the Empire which they say would not fall into the hands of a foreign Negro. They boasted: "Never shall the sun set on the British Empire, and never will."

The boast was followed with demands that the colony collect taxes on behalf of the Crown and additionally pay a yearly fee of 150 billion pound sterling into the London branch of the Bank of England. To the British, it didn't mean a thing to ask: "Isn't this  taxation without representation of a Negro who until recently was considered one-quarter human and three-quarters beast?" It meant nothing, and  that explained why Nigerians poured into Britain relentlessly, unremittingly, uncompromisingly.

The Independence Day speech given by outgoing Nigeria's Governor General Douglas McPherson was portentous in that it was threatening and pompous. Nigerians were told what was to take place in order to merit protection by the Royal Air Force and the invincible, indefatigable British Armada in case of a foreign attack. The speech was sententious as it was devoid of deep thought, interest, or content and it was given with excessive demand and pomposity.

The British, by  the very fact that they participated in the scramble for Africa and featured in the Atlantic Slave Trade, made no apologies but went on to secure Nigeria as a source of revenue. They inhumanely arm the boko haram and Fulani herdsmen with automatic weapons  to create havoc when the cost of oil goes up and to cease fighting when oil price is at rock bottom.

The British are brutish, meaning they ruled with cold-heartedness, cold-bloodedness.  They had dug the graves of many Nigerians and stolen from the country. Who would think that one day a former slave would enslave the master?

What happens to Britain is a lesson for those colonialists given to self-indulgence, arrogance, pretentiousness, snobbishness, affectation, or pride. How more can the taste of the pudding of revenge be proved than in its eating? The Queen of England is Latifa Omoraso of Nigeria.

Long Live Her majesty Latifa Uche Omorosa, Queen of England. The kings or queens of former colonial masters run the risk of being replaced by Nigerians. It is predicted that Germany, France, Norway, and the Netherlands shall experience upheavals which will usher in heads of states that are Nigerians.

One should never say never to some people, precisely the Nigerians. Nigerians had learned from Trump of America about the futility of racism and threats of deportations. These don't work against Nigerians. Even steel walls built on top of the Atlantic can scarcely deter a determined  Nigerian who swears to swim from Lagos to London.

Denying Nigerians the conquest of Britain is unfathomable. To Nigerians bent on conquering  England; failure to do so is as impossible as catching with the wind with a trap, particularly as Queen  Latifa, a Nigerian,  sits on the throne of England. The people are overjoyed. What a sweet revenge for Nigerians!

Written Wednesday, January 14, 2018. Posted 2/15/18 @9:18pm

Dr. James C. Agazie; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; jamesagazies.blogspot.com

On January 29, 2018, we posted an essay titled "What Truth Do We Want the Nigerian Community to Know Right Now in 2018?" In this essay we continue to elaborate on the importance of Truth

Without speaking and living the truth, Nigeria is a failed state. How do we define truth? The truth is fact, certainty, actuality, veracity, verity, accuracy, or no falsehood.

I am convinced there are many truthful persons in Nigeria to save my people. I am also convinced that fear , like a disease, is robbing my people of the power to speak the truth.

What is the purpose of living a long life when long life accomplishes nothing we can be remembered for?

When truth is not spoken, when lies are mistaken for truth, and when one who speaks the truth is fearful of consequences, things fall widely apart and my people suffer in silence.

Fearful people are ignoble sycophants, bribe takers, silent witnesses at the scenes of crimes.

I encourage my people to say the truth, live the truth, and suffer the consequence to demonstrate that truth sets one free while falsehood imprisons, castigates and pillories.

We ought to speak the truth even it means loss of income or loss of life; it's not good to die for nothing.

What is the truth people are scared to spell out? The purpose of this essay is to identify several  truths we want my people to hear and to repeat for all to hear.

TRUTH ONE: Nigeria is an autocracy, not democracy; one man rules by order of a foreign power, namely America, Britain and all countries whose economies depend on oil.

TRUTH TWO: Nigerian leadership has sold Nigeria to a foreign power for oil .

TRUTH THREE: Nigeria is owned by a foreign power(s) supplying weapons to boko and herdsmen killers

TRUTH FOUR: Nigeria's violence goes up when oil price goes up and down when oil price goes down

TRUTH FIVE: The ISIS is foreign powers (America and Britain) whose assassins to protect oil prices.

TRUTH SIX What matters to Nigerian politicians is money, money, money, not my people

TRUTH SEVEN: Nigeria's Constitution is ineffectual; no one knows what is in it, it is a decorative piece of paper.

TRUTH EIGHT: Nigeria has no law and order, anything goes which is bad for my people.

Written Sunday, 2/11/18

Dr. James C. Agazie; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; jamesagazies.blogspot.com

Names are fictitious but facts are true about real persons.

Stories coming out of Nigeria nowadays concentrate on the high rate of unemployment, particularly among the youth.  Have you ever received a text or email from a relative complaining of hunger and asking for money to pay for a child's education in the university?

Take heart. You are not alone. Many are  being asked to wire some money through the Western Union or those businesses that take your dollars and wire Naira into a Nigerian's bank account, for someone's school fees. You worry that the person you  are paying  the money for might graduate and not have a job.

Like this writer, you've been  sending money  for someone's  education  only to find out later that either the student was not in school  or the money was used for purposes other than school fees.

What do you say to your friend's daughter you has a degree in Food Technology and been unemployed two years in a row? How do you console your nephew who has not been employed after obtaining the BSc degree in mechanical engineering  and not been called for a job interview for dozens of positions he had applied for?

You wonder why college students in Nigeria are often complaining of unemployment after graduating and receiving their diplomas when that shouldn't be the case. Numerous opportunities exist for  graduating students to plan to increase chances of landing a job, if they would listen and follow directions.

Didn't you wash dishes, mop the floor, and clean toilets while you were going to school in America?  And you think your brother's son at Yaba College of Technology or Nnamdi Azikiwe University is too special  and can't do what you did? Perhaps you are part of the problem.

Let's not forget one Nigerian named Dr. Akinkuoye who was mopping the floor at Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Washington DC while attending medical school  and we ignorant, unemployed  Johnny-come-lately Nigerian  students were laughing , hooping, jeering at him.

We were asking: "How can a doctor be mopping dirty floor?" To hoop is to laugh uncontrollably. It is needless to say that Dr. Akinkuoye   is now a board certified cardiologist

Many college-educated Nigerians are unemployed many years after graduation for various reasons. Poor planning is a reason. When asked why they are not employed, reasons they given are interesting. A few say: "there are no jobs to get."

Some will tell you that "there are millions of other people applying for the same position."  A few seeking to get more money from you would say that prospective employers are asking for exorbitant bribes beyond the ability of candidates to pay.

Our latest essay titled "True Nigerians Can Happily Learn To be happy" is closely tied to employment. The purpose of this essay is to discuss effective ways to overcome unemployment after graduation and to minimize its effects on the man or woman who  spent a number of years pursuing a course of study in college only to graduate without a job.

Unemployment is a painful source of stress and unhappiness. An unemployed person tends to worry and to endure  penury, pennilessness, destitution, indigence, neediness, impecuniosity, impoverishment, or lack of money. Satan has plenty of work for idle hands.

That one is unemployed at the moment does not mean one would be unemployed forever.  Difficulties of life are not meant to make us bitter but better for a higher calling. Things will change for the unemployed if we do not grow weary or give up hope.  We must believe that change is on the way. But we need to change certain habits that might be militating against chances of landing employment.

Procrastination has an effect on or works against employment in that we waste the valuable time we could have used preparing for a career.  Procrastination is defined as deferment, postponement, stalling, delay, adjournment, putting off, or failure to take action at the crucial time. Procrastination is a thief of time.

As we waste time, life passes us by and never to be gotten back. And when time passes there's no time to cry over spilled milk.  For example, if you miss a scheduled flight, you might have to wait for another airplane which may arrive the next day or days after.

I know a young Nigerian, a 35-year-old man named Joachin who had known unemployment for years because he wasted his youth at Lagos trying to make fast money. He followed a group of hooligans, ne'er do well, at Lagos motor parks to sell stolen stuffs. He called himself a used car dealer, and was not prepared for any profession.

Joachin had no secondary school education and no technical or business training. He was just there loafing around. To loaf is to loiter, laze, loll, be idle, be unoccupied, or lie around doing nothing useful. He was an eye sore.  Family was ashamed of him.  In American, a popular saying goes  that a mind is a terrible thing to waste, and it is.

Suddenly, age caught up with him and Joachin  (fictitious) had to marry as he is the oldest son in a family that had lost both father and mother. Luckily, Joachin met and married an elementary school teacher. Have things changed for Joachin?

No, he is still unemployed, begging around for money to pay rent for a N250,000 two bedroom flat in a run-down area of Lagos. He quarrels with wife over her teacher's salary. "Give me money for cigarettes. Give me money for a bottle of beer."

Readers should not misconstrue this writer's statement to mean  the writer is insulting  or looking down on Joachin. This is just to drive a point home about the evils of procrastination or postponement. Time waits for no man.

Being unemployed is usually a function of the choices one makes. Therefore, one has to be careful to prepare for a career while there is still time by making wise choices. A Nigerian proverb says that daylight  is the best period to look for a black goat because nighttime blends with the goat's color, making it impossible to catch the animal.

Another proverb says that the dry season is the best time to gather  the firewood one would cook with during the raining season because... Readers can complete this sentence.

Speaking of unemployed college graduates, the point is that we need to need to emphasize is to not wait till after we have graduated from college to begin thinking about employment. Thoughts about employment should begin the first week we enroll in college.

Begin talking with your parents and grown-ups in the family for suggestions, if you do not plan on going to college. Ask questions about family members in various careers. Contact the family members and seek advice. You may serve on apprenticeship programs under someone in the career that interests you. Ask for a mentor.

If you plan to go to college or are in college already, focus on your professors, department heads, research professors, counselors, and university Vice Chancellors. You say: "These people are too busy to talk with a peon like me." No, you're wrong.

You're not a peon (made-up word used to describe a small, unimportant person). You're bargoon (made-up word to refer to an important personality). Go to the professors and persons mentioned in this paragraph and state your case. Say to them you are seeking directions for a career. Be honest, up front.

These people are paid by the government and placed at the university to assist you the student. You are the focus of attraction, the star of the show, the epicenter of the universe, the center of gravity around which everything that constitutes the university revolves.  You are important. The university or college  was established specifically with you in mind. Use the opportunity.

There is a tremendous power in your hand. You must use it wisely.  Get to know these university personnel and let them know you as well. Useful  information to leave with these college officials should  include your full name, area of study, village, parents, phone number, and special skills you possess.

Begin to market yourself on campus. Run for a position in the student government. Contribute ideas in university governance. Do you type well,? Can you write good grammar and do you spell well? Perhaps, you cook well or can sing a song.

Do you have a driver's license and can chauffeur the professor and his family around town?  You can run errands, can't you? While knowing the university official, find out  if he or she has a relative in State government , trading, building construction, or marketing  of imported products.

Use your vacation time or periods the university is out on strikes, to work for the university official or persons he or she recommends. You must avoid gang activities at all costs. Do not be caught associating with gangs who engage in illegal activities such as armed robbery, kidnapping, or murder for hire.  Use time wisely. Study hard in libraries when not working for someone. Make good rades.

I know one Nigerian man named Isaac (fictiious) who obtained the Master of Science in Political Science while following the idea we have outlined here. His professors helped him through the undergraduate program on part-time employment.

They then sent him to a merchant  who was high-up-there in importations from China and England. Isaac used his numerical ability to keep books for the merchant and his persuasive language to collect debts  from people who owed the merchant. After Isaac graduated, the merchant and the university people galvanized, and used their money and man-know-man (influence) to get Isaac into a Commissioner's position. Isaac is a success story.

CONCLUSIONS: Whether you have a job or not after college will depend upon the "homework" you did  in college before graduation rather than the paper-an-pen application process you endure after graduation. Begin now to plan.  Good luck.

Dr. James C. Agazie, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; jamesagazie.blogspot.com

Written Thursday, 2/8/2018

The renowned painting by Nigerian artist Ben Onwenwu will be sold at Bonhams in London on February 28, It is expected to sell for between £200,000 and £300,000. They are calling for bidders in Nigeria, I AM ASKING MY COUNTRY TO GO BUY THAT RARE PIECE OF ART BACK AND STORE CAREFULLY FOR ONCE.

It has been reported that Ben Onwonwu's 1974 painting of Ife Princess Adetutu Ademiluti has been discovered with a family in London. What is shocking is that we Nigerias, big as we are and with knowledgeable and  astute citizens as we have, we do not know the value of art, we haven't the littlest commonsense to understand the  importance of a piece of art by artist as important as Ben Enwonwu. Embarrassment! Disgraceful..

It is said that Ben Enwonwu's 1974 painting of the Ife princess Adetutu Ademiluyi, known as Tutu, is a national icon in Nigeria. According to The Guardian, the Nigerian novelist Ben Okri said  Ben Onwonwu's  work amounted to the "the most significant discovery in contemporary African art in over 50 years."

How did we lose such an important possession? What thief gave it or sold it for nothing to a man I like to hate, a former colonial master, a thief from a nation that exploited and is still exploits us?  I don't get it. Will someone explain it to me?  Do we know what museums are for? Do we have a piece of land in Abuja or Lagos and can we find a Nigerian builder  to construct a house to store things? That is a museum, What a wasted chance to create employment for the youth!

What a shame we just throw our arts away and some white man steals it or buys it for free.. We then move on like classical ewu (Igbo for goat) to another piece of art to throw away. It is an open secret that most of our precious carvings in gold, bronze, copper and other metals are all stolen away to London or Europe. Other people know the value and we don't. We are really bunkum. We really have colonial mentality to be running to London like cry babies. Is London my morher?

For the purpose of this essay, artifacts are the relics, objects of art, pieces of work of art written , drawn , or manufactured by Nigerians. These things are very important. And they are almost invaluable in that they show the world who we are as a nation. Our arts are very valuable. The artist is dead and not here to give us authentic copies. Can our art departments at the universities commission students to replicate Enwonwu's feat? It is invaluable.

By invaluable, we mean that these pieces of art are priceless, precious, irreplaceable, vital, helpful, and instrumental, We ought to have the commonsense to collect our rare artifacts and house them in a museum for future generations to enjoy. How more ignorant can we become? Are we rational? Are we coherent, sound, and have with-it-ness? How do we throw away our stuffs like the prodigal son? Do you throw away the  money in your bank account?. Someone, teach me. Biko (please).

Why are we angry when U S President says we are inhabitants of hut that is a shithole country? Are we not? Is a nation that wastes resources such as oil, paintings, gas, and coal not a shit hole? We have wasted billions of Naira since we became a gas-producing nation and have nothing to show for it. No good schools. No good roads, No running water. Plenty of mosquitoes to give us malarial fever. OLSOS (Oh Lord, save our souls)!

Shame! They say we are a shameful pile of shit! so wasteful we do not have sense  enough to realize the value of our rare artifacts for future generations to come, for our children and children' children.

People of Nigeria have been destroying the nation and throwing away all our treasures, and I don't like it. Go to London or Canada and see Nigeria's most beautiful art galore, wasted. Give me a break. And a cup of water too. There is hope!

Enwonwu's painting will be sold at Bonhams in London on February 28, It is expected to sell for between £200,000 and £300,000. They are calling for bidders in Nigeria, I AM ASKING MY COUNTRY TO GO BUY THAT RARE PIECE OF ART BACK AND STORE IT CAREFULLY FOR ONCE.

Thank you. May Nigeria progress.

Dr. James C Agazie 2/7/18

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 18:08

Bitter Lessons From Cattle Herdsmen

Trouble is brewing in Nigeria which, if care is not taken, would   escalate to a magnitude that dwarfs the  boko haram insurgence or make it a child's play. For one thing, we cannot account for the billions we earned since we became an oil-producing nation.  Where is the money? Haven't we funneled most of the money into individual Northern politicians' pockets, and spent the rest impoverishing our people who are in dire need of water, light, and roads?

The white folks are laughing at us and saying to each other: "Didn't I tell you Niggers will always fuck up"? Indeed, we've fucked up after wasting all our resources fighting un-winnable battles first against the boko haram and now with armed foreign cattle herders/rustlers whom the Nigerian police are protecting. Isn't Nigeria the prodigal son the Bible talks about? A chronicle of our financial irresponsibility and prodigality, our mistakes and how we've been under-developing our nation,  is a subject  for another essay.

This essay is  about a debate between a State Governor and the person appointed to be Nigerian's Minister of Defense named General  Mansur Mohammed Dan  concerning incessant farmer-herdsmen clashes  in Benue State, resulting o the recent burials of 74 people in wooden caskets. We present the views of the State Governor Ortom and Federal Minister of Defense  General  Mansur Ali as backdrop to the issues.  Questions on every Nigerian's lips are many as we ponder and mourn the dead.

Can we Nigerians abide under the rule of law designed to protect our land? Shall we be able to live peacefully with persons within our borders, including those who choose to disobey our laws and those who unwittingly and unwilling seek to frustrate our democracy so it would not flourish?  These are real issues affecting real people.

This essay argues that centuries of wandering and war-like traditions of some inhabitants in Nigeria have rendered these people unable to settle down at one place they call home. They cannot and will not obey constituted authority and its laws. The sooner the Nigeria and its people come to this realization the better.

Some people just do not like laws promulgated by constituted authority, unless the laws favor them or are lifted from their holy book or pulled out of the mouths or their religious leader. An authority is constituted if its law is established, founded, enacted, created, instituted, started, organized, or set up by a body.

Like other Nigerians, citizens of Benue State, who are under a constituted authority, are questioning themselves. Who are these herdsmen killers? Are they  true Nigerians or are they legions of a foreign country to which they escape after committing serious crimes elsewhere? Where are they coming from?

The Fulani are often perceived as hateful of education, migrating, wandering warlords. Nigerians believe the herdsmen are simply itinerant foreigners, nomadic, peripatetic, travelling, drifting, rootless, roving marauders who  are apt to massacre a whole village and disappear into thin air or onu akpusi (a tiny ant's hole). Can they be held accountable for loss of lives and property damage? You would be disappointed  if you depend upon the IGF to fish the cattle herders out, after bodies are found  lying around.

Although the Defense Minister General Ali and Governor Ortom have spoken well and their words are valuable food for thought for all Nigerians who love our country and want peace to reign, yet the problem still remains. It is much larger than these men. Are the herdsmen to be trusted as peaceful neighbors you can leave your home, wife and daughters around with?

How do we reverse the negative perception of the Fulani in the minds of Nigerians and how do we get the Fulani to understand how much fear their provoke in the hearts of many Nigerians, that the lives Fulani  had lived for centuries are not good enough for Nigerians? The Nigerians deserve more and much better lifestyle.

The Nigerian Minister of Defense General Ali has a lot to say as follows:

"Look at this issue (killings in Benue and Taraba. What is the remote cause of this farmers' crisis? Since the nation's Independence, we know there used to be a route which the cattle rearers take because they are all over the nation. You go to Bayelsa, Ogun, you will see them. If those routes are blocked, what do you expect will happen?

" Herdsmen are also Nigerians "These people are Nigerians. It is just like one going to block shoreline, does that make sense to you? These are the remote causes of the crisis. But the immediate cause is the grazing law.

"These people are Nigerians and we must learn to live together with each other. Communities and other people must learn how to accept foreigners within their enclave. Finish!"

Governor Ortom says

"What we did was the popular wish of the people. The law was not smuggled. It was a product of the cry of the people and as a responsible government, we heard their cry and presented a bill before the State House of Assembly that went further to do public hearings across the state to get the input of everyone that was concerned because of the importance of the bill.

"Today, you talk about ranching in some states, grazing reserve in some states and tomorrow you talk about colony. I don't understand, when globally what is being practiced is ranching. I heard and I saw the Minister of Defense after their security meeting.

"While briefing the Press, he said it was the law prohibiting open grazing that brought the killings in Benue State. I saw that and I said to myself, it cannot be the Minister of Defense! Somebody who worked and retired from the army after attaining the rank of a General.

"This is someone who is a Minister, who is educated and has travelled far and wide round the globe. How could he say that?

"Honourable Minister of Defence, if you said that kind of a thing, where were you as the Minister of this country when herdsmen were carrying AK-47 and weapons higher than AK-47 and were going about killing my people and you want me to keep quiet? And I begin to wonder.

"The other day, the Federal Government came out with a pronouncement that it was ISIS, a terrorist group in West Africa that is attacking Benue people and on the other hand, I was told that the Minister said that we should accommodate foreigners.

"What a country? Foreigners come in without valid papers and they come to take over your land and you surrender it to them? Minister, I will not do that in Benue State, we will not surrender our land."

We've heard the words of a governor of a state charged with the responsibility to protect Benueans and we also heard the words of General Ali charged with the responsibility of protecting all Nigerians, including Benueans.. Who do we believe? The Nigerian Constitution guarantees citizens the right to life, liberty, and freedom from harm.

Nigerians are torn between two competing views. On the one hand, we wish to convey our condolences to the families of the 73 persons killed in Benue State during the farmer-herdsmen classes this year, and  to commiserate with State Governor Ortom who officiated the mass burial of his friends and citizens whose coffins the world saw as they were being laid to rest in the earth.

On the other hand, we Nigerians are called upon to empathize with Defense Minister General Ali as he gives reasons for asking Nigerians to accommodate his Fulani cousins whose murderous behavior most Nigerians and the world  find  unacceptable as well as reprehensible. The General wishes the Nigerians would live amicably with their herdsmen neighbors, though doing that is proving  to be extremely difficult and complicated for several reasons.

One, you cannot compel people to become polite neighbors and love each other.  Two, The herdsmen's past behavior and cultural differences make it very difficult for others to trust them, let alone accept, love and accommodate them. You cannot love who you fear? This is one reason why accommodation is nit enough.

Many people associate herdsmen with fanatic Islam which is prone to erupt in violence and enslavement at the mildest provocation. The General's work is compounded by recent events taking place  in Nigeria, including attacks on Christian communities in Adamawa, Kano, and other Northern Nigerian cities.

The world is daily reminded of the activities of boko haran and abduction of hundreds  of school girls who served as sex slaves and human bombs. The General  is working with inadequate tools (helicopter, for example for which the government has paid millions of dollars and it is not yet delivered until paid in full by February 20).

Finally, the essay suggests ways the Governor and Defense Minister should work together to approach the problem to avert unnecessary spilling of Nigerian blood over grazing route. To avert is to stop, forestall, deter, obviate,  avoid, or ward off further bloodshed.

This writer is not a politician, does not belong to any political party, and does not advocate the violent overthrow of the Nigerian government. He's not even from Benue State. He harbors no ambition to serve in any political position except as unpaid volunteer to speak the truth and give advice. As such I write freely on issues affecting my home Nigeria, such as on alcohol and drug addiction, education, mental health, marriage and children.

The herdsmen crisis is not going to easily go away soon in Nigeria. However, it is not a battle that can be won by pointing fingers at each other or making toothless threats that would increase fears of Benue people.. The crisis cannot be handled by continuing to unleash , release some trigger-happy bullies equipped with sophisticated weaponry upon Nigerians . It is the responsibility of Federal Government of Nigerian to disarm all militants with illegal weapons as a matter of urgency and public policy.

Failure to do so should mean citizens have right to own their weapons for hunting and self-defense Efforts should be made to provide employment and other opportunities  to replace people's aggressiveness, activism , and belligerency..

Commonsense dictates that we adhere to Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of human needs. Maslow sees safety as one of the fundamental needs of man. Nigerians need to be assisted to overcome their fear f insecurity. Our people want security, defined as safety, sanctuary, haven, safekeeping, retreat, or a place that is not in harm's way.

Nigerians value living, including  the right to ask questions, to express fear and concerns about things affecting their lives, particularly their safety. Safety includes a person's care, security, shelter, well-being, wellbeing, welfare, or absence of danger.

Inhabitants of Nigerians as a whole are trembling in painful fear, particularly as numerous lives in the country we love are needlessly lost at the hands of armed bandits  This is the worst time to heap blame on any one person as the Governor and Minister of defense have been doing. No group can justifiably exculpate himself. We are all at fault for taking our safety for granted.

It is not the right time for Governor or the Defense Minister to say, "I think I told you so" or "I know I should have known better ." This is exactly what the Honorable Governor and Honorable Minister are doing, accusing each other and pointing fingers. Fear makes humans do all sorts of things, including, point, blame, fight, poison, and so forth.

We can point fingers all we like and talk all big grammar which is all a pack of lies spoken to obfuscate, bury the truth. The truth is this: Some people have died in Benue State as a result of violence. The question is this: What do we do about that?

According to the late American civil rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther King, injustice anywhere  ( be it in Bukuru or Makurdi) is injustice everywhere (say London or Timbuktu). We have heard the points raised by the Governor and the  Defense Minister's discourse.

General  Ali had emphatically pointed out that the alleged massacre of innocent people by suspected Fulani herdsmen in parts of the country, especially Benue stemmed from to the promulgation of anti-open grazing laws and blockade of grazing routes.

The General's argument does not hold water in that he is asking for the impossible, that there should be no grazing laws, that herders should disobey state law passed  by a competent legislature and signed into law by the Governor. The General is wrong.  We cannot excuse any murderer or make a mockery of any death. To do so is to trivialize the matter and exacerbate the trouble, to worsen it up.

The Defense Minister of Defense did speak on the proliferation of arms into the country, but he did not elaborate on it nor did he address how he would go about controlling ownership of guns or at least to bring the culprits to book. He simply passes the buck to the next man. He simply glosses over a crime, and it appears he is hiding something under his sleeves. Magicians often hide cash or cards under their sleeves. That thing must come out

The General does not seem to see the real issues which are the breakdown of law and the failure of the herdsmen to obey a State law. The General sees the grazing law as the problem that prevents herdsmen from grazing their cattle,  Is the Minister of Defense  employed as a herdsman? Is the Nigerian Government in the business of herding cattle?

The general says "You see, whatever crisis that happens at any time, there are remote and immediate causes." As Minister of Defense, General Ali appears to act as if he were inept, incompetent, inexpert, clumsy, ham-fisted, maladroit, useless,  hopeless, unskilled, or simply lacking in understanding. He is an honorable man.

Rather than deal with the situation, the General passes the buck . He says the Federal Government has directed security agencies to tackle the propagation of hate speech, especially through social media. He  added that government has also agreed to pay $494 million for the purchase of Super Tucoma aircraft from the United States, with the deadline for payment set for February 20.

What has an aircraft got to do with killing people with AK-47 guns? Throwing money at a problem and purchasing military hardware do not deal with the real cause of the problem-fear- and does not provide lasting solutions. The General  makes excuses for the murders his tribesmen commit around the country. He points out that the herdsmen are Nigerians whose way of life and occupation should be respected by other Nigerian neighbors.

He says: "These people are Nigerians. It is just like one going to block shoreline, does that make sense to you? These are the remote causes of the crisis. But the immediate cause is the grazing law." He also said,  "These people are Nigerians and we must learn to live together with each other. Communities and other people must learn how to accept foreigners within their enclave. Finish!"

Although General Ali and Governor Ortom have spoken well and their words are valuable food for thought for all Nigerians who love our country and want peace to reign, yet the problem still remains. Are the herdsmen to be trusted as peaceful neighbors you can leave your home, wife and daughters with? How do we reverse the negative perception of the Fulani in the minds of Nigerians and how do we get the Fulani to understand that the lives they had lived for centuries are not good enough for Nigerians?

This essay suggests possible solutions to this crisis:

Arrange for representatives of the cattle herders to meet with a group of local chiefs and people of Benue State to try to work out how grazing should be done with specifics. What days and hours? How long? Can there be exchange of cattle and grazing pastures? Any fees to be paid owners of pastures?

Nigerian Government should  not to tamper with free speech .To do is tyranny, autocracy Leave free speech and social media alone; they are not the major problems; they help the politicians to better mind their ways. The problem is inability to uphold the law.

Carefully delineate, define, outline, explain, demarcate, delimit, or establish what the Minister of Defense and Vice President Osinbajo mean by "hate crime" so that all Nigerians would follow guidelines.

The Nigerian Government should either  ban all assault weapons or make if permissible for all licensed citizens to own  certain guns for hunting or self-defense.

Nigerians should choose and agree upon what is best for the nation whether it is ranching, colony,  grazing routes, or other forms of animal husbandry. Make that decision unmistakably clear.

Nigeria should promulgate strict laws regarding animal husbandry that uses the promulgated method, and apply the laws evenly across the board.

The Nigerian governance  should establish a type of social security system whereby every citizen and those to be born of Nigerians are identified by name, date of birth, address, and local government area, as true Nigerians with citizenship rights rather than allow foreigners to infiltrate the borders and pretend to be citizens. It appears that foreigners with no ties to the nation are troublemakers

Adult education should be provided for all Nigerian adults, including the Fulani populations who should be integrated into the population., provided they establish domicile in Nigeria.  It appears that persons without formal education are likely to commit crimes involving not being able to read and understand the laws of the land.

Dr. James C. Agazie

Feb 7, 2018

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