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*Updated* Opinion: Ndi Igbo, The Right Race and The Rest Of Us.

Face of the Igbo Nation, Late Lt. Col. Odumegwu Ojukwu

Nigeria, going by the available records is a country of some 500 or more ethnic nationalities.

Mention, of course, must be made at this juncture of the dominant three namely Hausa/Fulani, Yoruba and Igbo.

Also deferentially referred to as the three legs of the homely hearth that will never
allow the pot of soup spills its content.

Fifty six years on, how true that is is yet to be seen.

By implication also, this no doubt is a guarantee recipe for a homeland bedevil by unending commotion, suspicion and rivalry.

Having said that, Nigeria also means to different people different things.

To the optimistic or fatalistic flock, Nigeria is a product of divine arrangements and exceedingly blessed.

But to the unrepentant pessimistic train, it is a product of cursed historical accident from which nothing great can never come.

On the 1st of October, 2016, as a matter of yearly ritual, Nigeria celebrated its 56th independent anniversary.

As expected, the occasion calls for both low key fanfare and critical evaluation from every of its citizens regardless of their socio-political and economic stations.

More so, because it is happening when the country is buffeted by economic recession, and a prolonged war to secure its corporate identity from any alteration as been attempted by the the lawless religious sect, Boko Haram.

Like commentators on a football game just ended or continuing, Nigerians from all walks of life see, remembered and recorded differently with or without the benefit of hindsights.

While their attack or praise rhetorics on the game do not in anyway deny the fact that there was a game. Its rather a reflection of deep-seated ideosyncracies, biases or realistic view of events of our national life.

So, the differences lie but in the depth of details as captured or omitted by the individual commentator and the multifarious ethnic groupings.

It is also a function of relational dynamics like statesmanship, political relevance, elective status and all such.

In truth, public functionaries regardless of which ethnic stocks they are drawn from are like the proverbial Chief priests in African Traditional Religion circle, to whom negative expressions must never be attributed.

Invariably, on a day like this, diplomatic commentaries are a routine rather than an exception where fair, frank and free analysis of events are required.

Of course, those with contradictory views are either hushed up or given a total blackout.

Thanks, however, to the social media for coming to their participatory rescue.

Taken metaphorically also for a man in polygamous marriage whether by accident of history or providence, the general consensus was and still is that Nigeria has not been well treated by his many ethnical wives.

And he too in turn has not been fair to all in terms of just and equitable distribution of opportunities and rewards vis-a-vis what each brought into the matrimonial commonwealth.

It is, however, more than ever safe to say it has been a near disaster for the more than half a century of one of the most promising political union ever consummated on the face of earth.

The blame game: An historical perspective.

The question as to who and what is responsible for the country's parlous state of affairs is one that is ever generating debates and heated too.

Accusations and counter accusations between the  North and the South are the order of the day.

At different times also down the line, severing the head has been touted and vigorously pursued as an option in dealing with its many lingering developmental migraines.

Humanly speaking, It is always convenient to blame others when things go wrong while overlooking our contributory roles.

In the case of Nigeria, almost every ethnic group are in the habit of insisting the fault is others.

While some have since realise the futility and near suicidal implications of their exit agenda; others are still nursing similar plans yet on a morning like this.

But can anyone blame the ethnic agitators? Maybe not. After all, the British which colonized us have successfully exited the European union (EU) through a recent referendum.

Providing referential precedence for others to follow despite the incomparable political and economic circumstances.

The various attempts to jump the ship of Nigerian state.

The North was the first to tow the line of pulling out of Nigerian uneasy union but was talked out of it when confronted with the dire consequence of their foolish contemplations.

First, theirs is a classical case of a wife who was doubtful of the future of the man she is about to get married too.

But now that the much underestimated and maligned man has turned the corner of relative success and her statutory benefit is ever assured; she stuttered and shuddered at even passinglythe mention of a dismembered Nigeria.  even passingly

She has become wiser and  ever willing to stay in the wedlock with all its abusive, fissile and acrimonious tendencies.

She has also become an abiding advocate of the "One Nigeria; One destiny" slogan. Its now commonplace to hear opinion leaders from the repented North chorus: "Nigeria unity is non negotiable" every now and then.

Despite the fact that history is replete with ample examples to suggest that nothing in life is indeed impossible.

What is more, she is ready to persuade and where necessary coerce others to stay on while the problems bedeviling the household remain largely unresolved.

To her, repeated calls for Nigeria's re-federation and restructuring are nothing but songs couched with sinister motives compared to the present cut and join arrangements which has continue to stifle creativity, growth, justice and peace.

Fostering, instead, bread and butter piece meals; and abysmally failing to deliver on its highly anticipatory greatness vis-a-vis it vast human and jeweled earth potentials.

Ignorantly, the idea whether to the stratified or monolithic North is seen as being skewed against it even before the facts are in.

Next in line are the Igbos, led by a certain Odumegwu Ojukwu, a young, hotheaded and swashbuckling military officer.

Coming on the heels of rife ethnic suspicion, real and perceived injustices done to the region of which they too partly were a trigger albeit innocently.

But regrettably, they cannot be talked out of what appeared to be a suicidal mindset by well meaning Nigerians which include Chief Obafemi Awolowo and the nobel laureate Professor Wole Soyinka to mention a few.

Because despite the contagious enthusiasm of winning there is, however, an overwhelming proof that the goal was based on hunches and not backed by evident preparations and availability of necessary firepower.

The resultant war was a classical example of unequal oppositions ranged against one another and its outcome reveals exactly the same.

In recent times also, there were resources based ethnic agitations in the South-South region of the country which was a culmination of over five decades of activism against environmental degradations as a result of oil exploration activities.

Though it was at a time exacerbated with the killing of the Ogoni nine by the Abacha regime but later was doused by the presidential amnesty of late president Umar Yaradua.

Today the trouble is resurgent through proliferation of ethnic militias whose modus operandi is economic sabotage through wanton destruction of oil and gas pipelines which has negatively impacted the nation's economy.

In the midst also, secession has been touted as an agenda too.
In more recent time also there is a value laden conflict Up North spearheaded by the Boko Haram. A sect which ostensibly is averse to anything culturally West.

Yet they are making good use of technological and scientific advances champion by the West in their dastardly operations.

And as at today there is an on-going military campaign to put an end to the malaise couched with secessionist agenda.

It is on record that the Boko Haram sect is trying to create an Islamic Emirate and had even hoisted their flag in some of the places they have captured.

But the military has so far been able to significantly decimate them and force them into a fast retreat.



But the war is not over yet!

From the foregoings it is clear that almost every region and tribe in the country has given it something to worry about since its consummation in 1960.

The North with its traveling and growing colonies of beggars which have continue to constitute nuisance on major towns and cities nationwide.

Irresponsible child bearing and its corollary Almajeri evil.

Rampant religious crises with its heavy human and material collateral destruction.

And a large population of illiterates unhelp ever by the few thieving and self serving Northern elites.


The Yorubas with their bloated ego as the most educated people in the country. Always going about with hubris air of intellectual superiority and putting everybody down at the slightest opportunity.

And our Igbo friends, give it to them. .. educated, enterprising, industrious, well travelled and still traveling.

But just like the rest can never be absolve of complicities which have led to real and perceived anomalies seen in the system.

They gave us the civil war. But today a section is bitterly complaining of the evil Boko Haram activities have taken its toll on our already depleted commonwealth.

But chooses to be silent on their equally confrontational and distracting ethnic agitations through instruments such as IPOB and MASSOB amongst others.

One more thing, they remain as yet the trojan horses of the Nigerian market place taken everybody for a ride with their rapacious profiteering tendencies on top largely fake articles of trade stockpile in their mammoth warehouses scattered all over the nooks and crannies of the country.

Almost everybody can remember how their iconic and diligent daughter,  late Prof. Dora Akunyuli, the former NAFDAC Boss fought her own on the established fact that they were behind fake and expired pharmaceutical products imported into the country.

And this is just one of the many summary disservices they are doing this nation they deem crawling and stifling of their of inate ingenuity.

What is more, they even sent hire killers on her trail.

The saving grace was that they did not succeed.

Having said that it is then worrisome to note their overly Jeremiad raising the roof at every formal and informal forums.

They cried and lament over so many things which they detailed as evils the Nigerian nation has done them.

It includes but not limited to political marginalization, calculated restrictions in the marketplace, killings targeted against their stock especially in the North concluding agonizingly inter alia that the Ndi Igbo is the most hated race in Nigeria.

And endangered specie who endanger no one.

What do they do?

They organize forums where they commune together lamenting their woes and wailing like a people on forced exile and dreaming of going back to their lost home.

But nothing can be further from the truth than this hasty self justifying conclusions if juxtaposed with the realities of their socio-political and commercial activities within the Nigerian space.

In spite of these weighty evidences of being just another clog like the rest in wheel of Nigerian progress; they would insist no one points it out to them nor demand from them a change of attitudes.

They are right and others wrong on all issues bothering on Nigeria's pitiable situation domestically and internationally.

That is where lies their most undoing and for which they are constantly crossed with others.

And until their is a change nothing definitely would change in their political fortune especially.

And no fora lamentations would solve it. None!
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Poetry: A Memorial Sermon


Once more, our sincere condolences
To Nigerians, the Nigeria Medical Association;
And the Adadevohs at home
And abroad. May the interval widens
Between this painful death and another;
And let for whom the bell shall tolls next
Be the very old ones, our prayers!
Beloveds, we are all here gathered to celebrate
And not to mourn the life and time
Our dearly beloved deceased. Who,
Shall we briefly go down memory lane,
Was a medical trojan, patriot, and life mummer per excellence;
Audition in absentia by fate;
By the tragic playwright, Patrick Sawyer.
In what was a beautifully scripted piece
From downtown Monrovia, Liberia.
A quarantined carrier secretly escaped!
Tendentiously billed for therapeutic premiere in Lagos, Nigeria.
So your death has a diplomatic touch, Ameyo!
Diplomatic complicity, breach of ECOWAS protocol.

                                                                  Scene.

Monrovia, Liberia in the throes of Ebola pandemic!
Global readiness challenged; attention focused. Aids flooded in.
Medic sans frontier in protective jackets everywhere.
Infected citizens Liberian came in droves.
Quarantines, Medical personnels, and facilities overwhelmed.
Diplomatic missions lost their immunity.
Examine every sick for symptoms; for different strains.
Hope rising? Cure not in sight yet.
A Liberian diplomat diagnosed infested, quarantined.
But manage to escape for lack of trust in the system.


                                                                    Scene.

Kings' way Medical Centre, Lagos.
The escapee diplomat walked in;
His medical condition concealed.
And the goals was two:
Partly hopeful of cure;
Partly with deliberate intentions to infect others;
And trigger national emergency alert.

                                                                    Scene.

Doctored by our unsuspecting, and very professional Ameyo.
Seeing through the wilful deceptive smokescreen
Of a diplomat patient from the pit of hell.
Promptly alerted the authorities. A call to action
To which their was a massive national response.
But she was already infected,
And so became Nigerian first Ebola tragic heroine.

The lesson:
Death is a debt;
And when the drawer would come it would come.
But we take solace in the fact that our sister
Died a honorable death in the service of humanity.
And she was gallant too.
May her gentle soul continue to rest in the bosom of the Lord.

                                               

. For Ameyo Adadevoh



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Opinion: Forget The Recent Presidency's Tinubu's Patronage, The Yorubas Are Already One Leg Out Of The APC' Troubled Family


For a very long time now, the rumour mills have it that its no longer at ease in the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) with particular reference to the fact that things are no longer rosy between president Muhammadu Buhari and one of the party's founding fathers in the person of Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Various unconfirmed sources have it that both leaders are giving one another a wide berth for some irreconcilable political differences.

Things came to a head in the countdown to Ondo state governorship election especially during the primary where incidents of disagreements amongst the party bigwigs was widely reported.

The election, though, has come and gone but the dust generated by the well managed intra-party crisis has refused to dissipate despite efforts in that direction.

Instead, the Governor elect decided to refuel the simmering fire of discord by conspicuously omitting Tinubu's name from his transcript of acceptance speech lending final credence to the existence of cracks within the party.

He claimed in the speech that 'it is pointless looking for political godfather where neither none is needed nor existed.'

An open air reproachful reference to no other person than Tinubu in the light of his position on the Ondo governorship primary which produced the governor elect, Rotimi Akeredolu.

A calculated damage control measure taken.
In a swift move by the presidency through the senior special assistant to the president on media, Mallam Garba Shehu.

Tinubu was eloquently described by the president as a "priceless asset"  to the party. While also underling the pivotal role he played during the formation of the party which of course is common knowledge.

In the said press release, reports of feuds between the president and Tinubu was not only categorically denied; it was also described as mischievous and fictitious creation of the wicked imagination of the peddlers.

He also put the records straight that Tinubu did not work against the party before and during the election.

For a politician of Tinubu's stature, he could not have done such giving the prevalent political configuration.

To the politically shrewed as well, this is nothing more than a lethal patronage by the president well advised by his political advisers.

Aptly worded no doubt but it was not a success at all because it could not shroud what is already made apparent through actions and utterances of elements within the party.

While credit was giving to the president's men for delivering on Ondo election; Tinubu was in contrast named as one of the big losers in the said election by a section of the post election analysts.

Tinubu, a political general with armies shrinking by the day?

There is a believe in some quarters that a planned and deliberate attempts are being made by forces within the party who shuddered unending about the ever growing political clout of Tinubu which must be curtailed at all cost.

To do this, they cited series of appointments so far made by the president which seems to include names of Tinubu's political godsons with whom he was either relatively estranged or disagreed.

Two, mentioned was made also of other appointments without deference to him across board throughout the entire South West geopolitical zone.

A move the school of thought sees as targeted at stripping away at his influence through appointments given to power blocs and caucuses clearly at variance with him.

Tinubu and the people's moving sympathetic association and rich.

Another school also believe that in the midst of this political shinanigan and betrayal
Tinubu yet is enjoying an unprecedented level of Sympathy from his people.

Accusing fingers are being pointed at the North for its dirty roles in rubbishing their son for the well documented nationalistic role he has played in building Nigeria's first virile opposition party, and enthroning one them aand this government.

And they have resolved not to abandon him like carrion for the political vultures cum opportunists currently parading the corridors of power to have him for a feast at a time like this.

Like it was done, they vividly remembered, to one of their proud son, Chief MKO Abiola the widely acclaim winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election despite his many years of loyal association and political comradeship with elements from the North who nevertheless thought it uncharitable to sacrifice him on the altar of their selfish ethnic hegemonic agenda

"A wayward child they insist cannot be abandon as meal for the Tiger".

Tinubu must not be abandon at this trying time conceded he has made, albeit not deliberately, a political miscalculations.

While they presently call for increase vigilance, they are more than ever willing to go to any lenght with him aa far aa repositioning the Yorubas political fortune is concern.
And then those who currently work in the government can keep their plum jobs if they so choose.

But in any hope outside forces are wanting to use the current men as foot soldiers in subsequent elections should the Yorubas decide to pursue a different course of action.
They are more than allowed; its their political rights.and choice to make.

After all, even through Awo's time as opposition leader people have always worked with the central government and that has not made them influencers of note of the region's politics.

And he never lacked political armies to prosecute his Yoruba agenda. So will Tinubu even if the core of his loyalists defected to the mainstream for the the lure of lucre and trappings of federal officialdom.








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