The Sun News » Turf Game http://sunnewsonline.com/new - Voice of The Nation Sat, 05 Sep 2015 00:24:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.7 Ole Joe, is this the defeat of psychology or the psychology of defeat? (2) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/ole-joe-is-this-the-defeat-of-psychology-or-the-psychology-of-defeat-2/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/ole-joe-is-this-the-defeat-of-psychology-or-the-psychology-of-defeat-2/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 23:40:47 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133648 Immediately it is understood that the G2 political and power architectures of Nigeria are, as designed by the Yoruba and the North, then ole Joe’s claim that what Bola Tinubu did, could not be done by any Eastern Governor washes color. Photographically, no politicians in the East can fix the Tinubu magic. But counterfactually, the [...]]]>

Immediately it is understood that the G2 political and power architectures of Nigeria are, as designed by the Yoruba and the North, then ole Joe’s claim that what Bola Tinubu did, could not be done by any Eastern Governor washes color. Photographically, no politicians in the East can fix the Tinubu magic. But counterfactually, the question is to be asked: could Tinubu if he were an Eastern post-civil war governor have been able to do all he did? The obvious answer is no. Tinubu’s political prowess, not talents, to have meaning must be linked to the G2 structure, its platform resources, including its veto powers, immunities and the empire state that Gowon and his sage protocolled.
Thus, the rebellion of the prince, the iwarefa, is not to be equated with the rebellion of the ogbonis or the politically minoritized, the excluded. Space will not allow us but if you assayed the words of Chief, Dr. General, retired, author, diplomat Olusegun Obasanjo, who was a vizier-dictator, an ogboni-iwarefa [an unlikely combination, but ole Joe things happen], you can mark and track these assumptions. Obasanjo’s rebuttals on the Achebe’s There was a Country, showed their hands so much. Here the signals are beneath the eye of the camera, but may be spotted by the eye-brainbox composite.
And ole Joe writes: ‘In the struggle for June 12, Abiola was put in detention, and his wife killed. Several Yoruba people were in detention and some hounded abroad. Abiola was eventually killed. But did the Yoruba go to war or resort to self-determination? No, they did not. They fought back using common sense and the power of ideas.’
Well, what one can say that ole Joe who is a brilliant engineer by training, is treating human time, historical time, as Newtonian constant, not even an Einsteinian variable. He has shown incapacity to adjust for the differing references of the events and groups at work and play. Yet, every modern historian knows that given a constant environment, and an event, E, that happened at a time, T1, and that the exact event is repeated at time T2, that mechanically the same event happened twice. But in historical accounting they are completely different events. The reason is why man is classified as Homo sapiens; a creation and creator of cultures. Ole Joe ronu.
Now how could he even equate the alleged denial of Abiola’s spurious mandate with the heartless, Nazi-like mass murder, pogrom, genocide, Gowon and goons planned, visited, orchestrated, engineered and or inherited against the Igbo?
It was Professor Wole Soyinka who once canvassed the line of thought, that the Igbo should not have gone to war since it was apparent – a historical lie- they would lose. And that was during the burial of his friend Professor Chinua Achebe. And Joe has fallen under the spell of the wise fable weaver and dramatist, but poor and wrongly briefed historian. The truth is that the Igbo did not go to war. We signed a treaty and Gowon, fickle and faithless, even over his own signatures, reneged and brought war to us. If Igbokwe is too young to know these things, well, let him now grow up. And as Mother A’Endu has admonished, men grow up by knowing the truth, and not by knowing or enduring the years. Space will not allow but we hope to treat this in full form in some other medium.
This leads to the rather curious photographic claim that ‘Yoruba proudly told the powers that be that you can only be the Head of State in Nigeria through two methods: either through an election or through a successful coup d’état.’ And we have heard a northerner, Umaru Dikko, we believe, claim that the preponderance of northern coup makers is because of their courage. Both Ole Joe’s and Dikko’s are shit talk and almost that smelly.
The composite fact is that there has only be two [successful]coups in Nigeria. The first coup is the Nzeogwu coup which lasted or lapsed in Ironsi. The next and only other coup is the counter coup which Gowon supervised, designed, executed and or inherited. Space will not let us marshal data and facts but the details are sufficiently in the open. After the Gowon counter coup Nigerian military was turned into a wholly northern Nigerian military. And the northerners are using it as their mad man’s theory, a political veto in renegotiating a Nigeria as federal republic of northern Nigeria – see Buhari’s ancient regime appointments for instance.
Now even if you didn’t want to inquire into the building block facts, the implications confirm this. If it is courage that the northerners have it would have manifested in their other lives and sectors of their lives. But it is clear that the northerners having distinguished themselves as prolific and plural coup makers have no matching achievements over and above others, otherwise. This is in counter-distinction to the historical experiences around the world. And examples abound. By the time the Athenians led the world in martial courage, in lockstep they also led the world in mathematics, in ship building, in poetry, in astronomy and in history making. By the time it was the Romans they led the known world in law, in engineering and administration. And when the Brits came in they gave us Newton, Adam Smith and Maxwell, amongst others. Now it is the Americans who hold the eagle feather in martial courage and it shows in all other areas: jeans making, rock music, computers, drones, going to the moon, and television.
So if the north had genuine courage where are the independent indicators to so prove? Where are the signs and where are the wonders? And there are none. And this barrenness is pregnant with meanings, including why and how we are undeveloped and indeed undevelopable. And it also self-suggests that the courage of the northern man is rigged and rigged in. Great and creative courage cannot serve only in coup making and collapse in other areas. This is proof if proof is needed that the Yoruba and the North never won the Biafra-Nigerian war. The British, the Americans did, and bequeathed victory to them, perhaps in error. And it is the British and Americans that are keeping us together today. If they want us apart, it won’t take a day longer. Igbokwe ronu, it is not enough to be camera or APC-eyed.
Now what happened if ole Joe cared to know is that Nigeria is so militarily configured today that only the north can do coups, accounting for their bestselling coups numbers. So, the Yoruba can’t do coups in present Nigeria because they, like the rest, are garrisoned peoples, by the very powers they helped to create. Professor Akinyemi confesses it, even if mutedly. And it must be put on record that the elections Obasanjo won as president were instigated and procured by northerners, and in highly structured circumstances. The only election Obasanjo and therefore, the Yoruba, using Joe’s accounting conventions], could have won on their own template was the third term. And they failed in it woefully.
Now this brings us to the claim and or supposition, forged and false, that the South-West are particularly gifted types in strategy. Nothing, repeat nothing, could be furtherer from the facts as they are on the ground.
The point is insistent and clear, there are no historical data and or facts to prove the mythology is fact. For emphasis, considering their historical-junctions roles, it can be stated without fear of any contradiction that their two most prominent strategists have performed sub-optimally in the power game. Both Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Senator Bola Tinubu (even as he is still work in progress) have not registered any superior returns on investments, politically, to their divide. Their balance sheets as are, are full of bad and doubtful debts, apparently not recovered, not recoverable. They have given the most only for others, to reap the reward. The planned and promoted accidents of Dogara and Saraki, Buhari’s current Nigeria for northern-Nigeria-only appointments, as well as the famous judge’s my hands are tied, are just balance sheet evidence of poor entrepreneurial power trade amongst others.
On the national scale they are yet to reap as dominant players with the dignity of the lion in his mane, as territorial overlords. So where is the strategy genius that makes of them the power moguls that are attributed to them? Where are their seigniorage profits, not as ogboni, but as iwarefas?
As to why the Igbo are jumping ship, perhaps, the very examples of these great Yoruba sons are models. At least it is on records as follows: Chief Awolowo, apparently an avowed federalist gave and submitted himself severally, under the UPN banners, to seek unitary presidential powers, under a concocted unitary constitution. And Tinubu who once led the charge for true federalism is now in a Siamese marriage with the most brazen unitarists Nigeria ever produced. So if these two can swing the pendulum for power, why is good ole Joe prohibiting others from riding APC jackpot from PDP poor house? In the event he misses it the big idea is that Nigeria is a game. Nigeria is not a mission. And the joke is on he who deludes or is deluded Naija is any other than a quarry, a fallen elephant. But lest we are counted in, we at the Turf Game, are really out and happily so. The point is that we vegetarians, we don’t do coke or suffer the carnivore’s dilemma.
Perhaps the biggest issue is to ask why is ole Joe into these slips, into these errors? Our conjecture is as follows. It is the tragedy of confounding victory with innocence, triumph with genius. But life is a lot more complex. If ole Joe continues in his way, he inadvertently is committing the worst error of logic. It is the ‘fallen angel’ status of allowing one’s psychology of defeat, to morph into a defeat of psychology. It is this that leads one to the Stockholm syndrome, of a man cooperating with and even loving the hangmen who have come for his head. Good ole Joe ronu.
Finally it is time to warn. Ole Joe victory is not scripture, is not scriptural. Ole Joe, Caesar hanged Christ, but it is Christ, not Caesar, that reigns. Luckily for Joe, being Igbo is a genetic and even more so, a cultural, a sociological, and thus a choice phenomenon. If ole Joe wills to cull himself out of being Igbo, we will reassure him that the gates of heaven will erupt in rejoicing. It will thus leave a lean and more evolved strain, the new elects.  And like the Israelis, an ‘islet’ peoples surrounded by the ‘archipelago of Arabs’, we will successfully defend the hearths of our fatherland. Thus ole Joe you might just as well degrade, transfigure into Ogboni, Arewa, or Egbesu Nigerian, and Igbo won’t miss you. Meanwhile, we are and remain ofo na ogu to the glorious end. Ole Joe, Mother A’Endu is with us and blesses us, why then dare we be afraid of men, whether they come in the guise of war mongers, murderers, assassins and or hirers of assassins! Ahiazuwa.

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Ole Joe, is this the defeat of psychology or the psychology of defeat? (1) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/ole-joe-is-this-the-defeat-of-psychology-or-the-psychology-of-defeat-1/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/ole-joe-is-this-the-defeat-of-psychology-or-the-psychology-of-defeat-1/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 23:37:29 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=132781 JOE is our dude. He is one of the few great men of our epoch, who we may risk meeting without wear­ing sanitary gloves and other protective gears. And if you asked the reason is simple. Nigerian great­ness is like saints as created by the English hack, George Orwell. They are all guilty, indexed toxic [...]]]>

JOE is our dude. He is one of the few great men of our epoch, who we may risk meeting without wear­ing sanitary gloves and other protective gears. And if you asked the reason is simple. Nigerian great­ness is like saints as created by the English hack, George Orwell. They are all guilty, indexed toxic and contaminative, until proven otherwise. So our precautionary measure is to serve the world better by never letting this genus of Nigerians infest us with their other-species, or zoonotic diseases, great­ness, and what not. Let them go, let them go with their greatness. Their greatness only comes into be­ing by diminishing their nation, by tarring the hu­man kind.

But good ole Joe is a good dude, a man of some elemental parts. Despite his fiery and sometimes pained mien, ole Joe is actually a clubbable type. And to his credit and quite unlike others, he has never been seen, or sinned, drunken, at least not with power. He is one of the rare kind you can share not just froths but smiles with, and not get poisoned with ego, diseased egos. So last time we met we didn’t only share handshakes, we traded embraces, yes embraces, if we remember well. With age alone assaulting, one must be forgiven for his weakening or lapses of memory.

And Joe writes well and passionately and pro­lifically. But like Lenin once said of G.B. Shaw, Joe sometimes reminds one of the good man who is fallen amongst the Fabians. Well we are not Lenin and Joe is not a Shaw, so we will adapt things. Joe a great man in his own right has his Fabianism in the concept of confounding photography with his­tory, evidence with logic. And nothing revealed this more than his recent essay: Can the Igbo People Play Opposition Politics in Nigeria for 10 Years?

Well as is traditional to the tenets we hold dear, it is proper we don’t hit a man, a Joe, when he is down. It is a known fact that we are all afflicted, sometimes with malaria, sometimes with loss of memory, sometimes with too much passion and er­rors of analysis. So we kept our peace when we read the troubled piece by good ole Joe. Our hope was that before eternity closes in on us, we are likely to run into him and talk up the matter, sharing smiles and draught. We had planned to ask if that piece was a matter of deliberate spin or just inadvertent error of analysis, a slip of concentration.

But before the passage of time could mount or our enemies fired the assassins’ shot, Punch news­papers carried and amplified the piece in a report – Igbo should play opposition for 10 years —Igbok­we, by Toluwani Eniola, August 5, 2015.

That is technically the matter has left Joe and taken on a life of its own. So we owed our readers and Nigerians a duty to clarify things. The details are as follows: Joe’s first and foundational error is in his confounding photographic verification with historical compositions. So he equates the ability of the camera to record, with the genius of the eyes to discern and composite with the brains for interpre­tation. That is while the human eye is in system’s collaboration with a brain box – your brain – the camera is only eyes and has no such graces. Thus its photographic veracity is not and does not confer in­terpretative integrity. To have photographed is like to have unclothed the proud virgin. You must not then leave the rest to your imagination. As Friedrich Schiller, the German dramatist, called out, you must set forth at the dawn of chance and things, humiliate the proud virgin or data, and give her a child. Ole Joe that is the lore even if not the law of the land. Ahiazuwa.

This is important and the fact of its failure, has afflicted compositional thesis making in Nigeria. And here Joe and the Punch amplifier are charged and pronounced guilty, but with suspended sen­tences, each according to his acts, scenes or sins. To repeat, photographic evidence is not historical conclusion. Like we say in Zen Buddhism, I once traded in Taipei, photographic evidence is like the finger pointing to the moon. The finger is not the moon, is not Buddha.

The other details: Now Joe claims the Yoruba has been in opposition since 1966. Nothing could be furtherer from the truth. Even if we adjusted for the democratic spell of pre-1967 years, the facts, the eye-brain composite facts as they are, are that the Yoruba are with the north the founders, design­ers, shakers, creators, finishers, makers, veto wield­ers… of present day Nigeria and its structures. It is the two who turned Nigeria, a republic, into a dynastic hole. And they created, perhaps not men­tally thinking it out, the G2 Security Council power architecture. They made Nigeria an empire not a nation state.

But to understand the so called Yoruba oppo­sition we need to go to Saudi Arabia first but not on hajj. Currently the King of the Saudi kingdom, Salman bin Abdul Aziz, is consolidating all power into his branch of the family tree. He is thus margin­alizing [and or putting into opposition]the rest of the ruling house or the iwarefas, as the Yoruba will call the princes of the house. The iwarefas alone, not the ogbonis, are on the line of succession. The ogbonis are actually a guild of viziers, a technoc­racy, trading knowledge for power. The ogbonis are not part of the princes of the house, the successors to the throne, the iwarefas. The ogbonis are bril­liant commoners, just like the religious police in Saudi Arabia, the Wahhabis. They don’t rise, and or are not raised to be kings, they are raised to be in perpetual, albeit official opposition. These things are important. If you may recall ole Joe, please do about what happened on the invasion of the holy site at Mecca [1979] and the iwarefa-ogboni conse­quences that followed… ISIS, Boko Haram, et al.

Now in the Saudi kingdom, the non-Salman iwarefas are up in arms, in what may be termed of­ficial opposition. But their opposition is not that the kingdom which is anachronistic be democratized. Their opposition is that they are out, temporarily, but want in eternally. So they will and prefer the G2-like dictatorship of family and religious police, of iwarefas and ogbonis, to go on rather than have a democracy, rather than have Saudi Arabia develop or modernize. That is it is purely the internal affairs of power and powerful princes and their branches of the ruling houses, of the princes of the house, the iwarefas, and not even the ogbonis. The non-ruling iwarefas and the ogbonis can only go into official opposition. They can’t afford to risk their unearned and sumptuous retainer-ships, their vast sinecures, to propagate genuine opposition. They are already promoters and part of the lot, even if the best of the rot.

They know that in any root and branch reform the people will gain and recover their country, which is the loot of the iwarefas and the ogbonis. So things in their essences are more complicated than the eye of the camera or APC can capture.

So the Yoruba, [actually a wing, the dominant wing, as it can’t be the whole of them]are like the non-ruling houses, the prince electors, who believe and in fact insist on kingdom powers however ret­rogressive and or oppressive it is. They have a stake and have profiteered in the tyranny, in the present structure, after all they set it up on purpose. That it latter failed in purpose is another matter. But one historical, even camera certainty, is that it is this conservative and dominant ruling wing of the Yo­ruba and the northern counterparts that set up mod­ern Nigeria as is. In that sense it is wrong to claim that the Yoruba have given up on their creation, the modern monstrous Nigeria, to go into opposition save fanciful or specious opposition. Till they con­fess it is an error, they can’t reconstruct it.

This could be similar to what happens in the Sokoto caliphate if we are to believe historians. The Dasuki family are a marginalized sub-imperial branch, but are dedicated and ardent royalists all the same. (In the 100 odd reign of the caliphate they have only produced one sultan in ‘highly struc­tured’ circumstances). Their opposition is not to the structure, but to their share of the exclusive power loot. If you made a Dasuki a sultan, he rise to the occasion and throne.

This is in part what explains the fraud that is June 12. It was an intra-dynastic power struggle amongst the G2 and more importantly, to determine who is iwarefa and who is ogboni. While in the power configuration of the ancient Oyo Empire, the iwarefa-ogboni duopoly was succinctly spelt out, the Gowon-Awolowo G2 protocol, left so much in doubt, in draft, inchoate and unratified draft. That is to say that June 12 had nothing, absolutely noth­ing to do with Nigeria and the rest of us. Our dam­ages and or benefits are collateral not looped in. We and or the rest of us are the intended game, the very quarry. We survive because they failed. Thus it is really some glory to God that June 12 happened. Otherwise the purpose was to consolidate the po­litical, complete political disenfranchisement of others. MKO Abiola as opportunist, hinted on this dark mission as he dismissed Arthur Nzeribe, that the Igbo are not required in matters of the nation’s higher destinies; that Nigeria as their loot and fallen elephant, is for the winners of the civil war.

It is the same logic that Awolowo and Gowon concluded on, the political minoritization of the Igbo and the rest of them. They actually turned Nigeria, a republic into an empire state. But not known to them empires, are by their logic, inher­ent logic, founded to be destroyed. That is the very logic of an empire demand its unravelling, Buddha warned and Nietzsche affirmed. So, all the troubles and bloodshed, not excluding Boko Haram, going on is actually, how to unravel the empire state Go­won and Awolowo built.

And we almost forgot, ole Joe, our dude has a surname, and a forwarding address: Joe Igbokwe, the spin doctor to the APC in Lagos. Ahiazuwa.

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All our paradises are forged in the past http://sunnewsonline.com/new/all-our-paradises-are-forged-in-the-past/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/all-our-paradises-are-forged-in-the-past/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 23:51:20 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=131879 PROFESSOR Pat Okemdinachi Utomi has a problem. It is a huge and intractable problem. And if our guesses are right not even the gods may save him. He is damned almost literally. Pat Utomi writes and we guess, speaks superbly well, so pithily he is a candidate for quotable quotes. That he is so quotable [...]]]>

PROFESSOR Pat Okemdinachi Utomi has a problem. It is a huge and intractable problem. And if our guesses are right not even the gods may save him. He is damned almost literally. Pat Utomi writes and we guess, speaks superbly well, so pithily he is a candidate for quotable quotes. That he is so quotable and prominent, makes him a candidate for news headlines. And because he is so quotable, on the law of averages he will be misquoted almost as often, both in substance and in context. All the guys who come minting memorable lines, suffer their words and wisdom being ‘domesticated’ by users. Whether it is Achebe, Soyinka, Shakespeare or Utomi, the iron holds mercilessly. In other words misattri­butions are common fares for the wordsmiths.

So what is Utomi to do? Absolutely nothing, because nothing he does can save the situation, save silence. But of the latest matter he had with the media, the fault is really his. He himself con­fessed as much, even if reflexively. And then in the same incurable or terrible baggage, he wrote his jeremiad so lovingly. As we read, we had a rollicking joy, not on the subject matter but on the sweet flow of his prose, even if not logic.

The details as he asserted them are that he dis­missed a reporter who was groping on his time with the quip that Buhari can appoint all his advisers from one village and it never matters. According to Utomi who never denied the au­thorship of the quote, he thought it was the best way of treating the journalist like a flea irritant, who was on his back. In other words, according to Utomi he was telling the poor journalist to get out of his way. Apparently Utomi had more seri­ous matter to so attend.

And the journalist went to town and quoted Utomi accurately in substance, even if not nu­ance. And the matter went viral. We also think why it went viral was not just the subject mat­ter and or the author. It did so because like the Utomi trademark it sounded so well couched, even poetic. Perhaps, it is that Utomi does not suspect that speaking and writing memorably constitute their own onerous burdens. At the least, journalists will flock to you, eat off your time, space, and if you let them your very soul.

Now Utomi claims that the journalist would have suspected he was dismissive, wanted him, a fly on his wall, to get away and let him, Utomi, be. But there is no way one would have blamed the journalist. He is not a mind reader. And more, from what Utomi conceded he was a journalist who was not a regular on the Utomi beat. Appar­ently they never knew one another till then.

And Utomi worsened his logic by claiming of good ole journalism and dropping names. He ap­parently included his. It might as well be. It all reminded me of the sins of aging. As we all age, we reflect that time has betrayed us, sired us with heirs not worthy of their fathers. As we age we become Proustian, suspecting that all paradises are forged in the past. And the debits on our an­cient souls accumulate. Suddenly, it is not just other people, it is the present that is hell. Well, I am not even a journalist, but I can sense a certain weakness of perspective, of sighting the present by a rear view mirror.

But facts are facts. And we will illustrate. There is a budget guy named David Stockman in America of the Reagan years. Over cocktails or similar environments he confided to a journalist that all the figures they bandied were myster­ies even to themselves. That was to imply that Reaganomics was all gung ho, magical econom­ics, based on criminal fiction. Stockman later, as matter took a life of their own, claimed that he spoke to the reporter in confidence, as Njakiri or spoof, and did not expect to be quoted.

It became a moral issue in the United States of those days. What was the debt of the correspon­dent to his sources in context and in content, and what are his indebtedness to his readers? And could an important, publicly important fellow, be so glib with words, words upon which the fate of others, say the United States, are billed on and demand it is a ‘pillow talk’? Perhaps the matter ended not resolved, but nobody blamed the journalist.

The moral is that immediately you are a public figure, and Utomi is, you will be judged by what you say and not what is in your mind. All what is in your mind we will leave to your pastor and even creditor-bankers or such like mind conjec­turers and readers. It is not a part of a journalist’s schedule of duties to be a mind discerner even if his subject is as brilliant as Einstein.

And Utomi made the mistake of almost re-affirming the old quote by reference to the nepo­tism of President J. F. Kennedy. And this is re­ally where we come in. To confess immediately we read the quote from Utomi we believed it. We did because as Utomi knows or should, there are no party intellectuals. Parties have rooms for only thugs, cheer leaders, vote gatherers and canvassers. Additionally, the pursuit of power is anti-cognitive. So a man in power or in pursuit of power is not only prone to illogicality, he is more interested in being powerful than in being wise or correct. Any other claim is PR and illu­sion. And Utomi can’t be an exception. That is, on a good day, an Utomi or just anybody in pur­suit of power can speak utter nonsense. Imagine how Chief Awolowo, apparently a Christian and an alleged sage, justified the death by starva­tion of millions of innocents, under the guise of pursuing victory, power and war. And this is something the Athenians banned even before Thucydides. So there is a certain insanity. if we are to believe Nietzsche, that comes with groups and epochs and dramatis personae in pursuit of power. Will Utomi be an exception? Well he might be, but that is not the way to bet or hit the jackpot.

It is in this sense that the Utomi commission that we should have read his earlier essays to track a trend, the bent of his mind, is too patron­izing. Out there, there are so much to read for anyone man to require we track him. No indi­vidual constitutes a full curriculum save we so choose. So, excerpts of his minds and or words are adequate every now and then. It is only his pupils, who are interested in Utomi as a philoso­pher and or phenomenon, who are expected to bother themselves with the long history and de­velopment of his thoughts.

Anyway why are we writing this? To confess, it is because Utomi writes so well and we can be caught often reading him. That was why we read the attributions and his rebuttal. But next time Utomi can help save the world by being less and less a Nigerian, a Nigerian big man. It is only in Nigeria that the man of means and or power is never wrong, that his innocence and perfec­tion is vouchsafed. So, he never admits to his errors or his complicities in those. Out there in the West, their leaders are prolific with apologies when they are in the wrong. Obama does and so have many others including Gordon Brown the former British leader.

Yet down here, from the mass murder of in­nocents to shoot at sight insanities of our leaders and thugs no Nigerian intellectual, leader, coup maker and or thug has ever admitted to any er­rors. Now, all Utomi needed was not an essay but a clarification of the intent of the quip, its context and acceptance of his complicity in the error. It is human to err and un-Nigerian, un-Ni­gerian elite to admit. But Utomi could begin to be an exception, yet he missed it.

And now the verbal incontinence that cost him so much, perhaps an arm and a leg, has led him into a new debit. Utomi has lost his cool. Actu­ally this is the first time we are reading Utomi sound so distraught, so improbably shaken, al­most like a cornered bull. And he was ready to charge, to do harm. So un-Utomi like. And he was forced to give it to his enemies, unnamed enemies, some yabis, harsh and hard-hitting yabis. Ahiazuwa.

And Buhari was in America

THERE was the issue of Buhari going to America. And a part of the visiting delegation was one of his children. And there was discussion if it was proper. And there were explanations that Obama does it and Clinton too did and therefore, Buhari could do it. That misses all the points. The point is simple and symptomatic of all that ails us. Society is not built on examples. Society is built on logic.

The logic of who the president of America travels with is imbedded in their society. No American president can travel with his son who is an adult at tax payer’s expense. So, the ques­tion is really what is the age of the Bu­hari son? If he is adult enough to cast votes then he should never be his fa­ther’s official consort at Nigerian vot­ers’ expense. If he wants to travel to America, he might as well, but not as a stowaway, under his father’s wings. If he is adult enough, he should fly on his own weight or be grounded. Chike­na. In America, if a president wants a travelling companion, he did rather go with his dog not his adult child. And that is the lore in the West generally. Ahiazuwa.

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Why ex-President Jonathan should be thrown under the bus http://sunnewsonline.com/new/why-ex-president-jonathan-should-be-thrown-under-the-bus/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/why-ex-president-jonathan-should-be-thrown-under-the-bus/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:16:58 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=130942 WHEN Ebele Jonathan happened on the presi­dency, there was jubilation all over the known world. This was a guy, a little guy that not even the devil gave a chance. He had the world all up and against him. He was not just a minority man, he was not even in the queue of the [...]]]>

WHEN Ebele Jonathan happened on the presi­dency, there was jubilation all over the known world. This was a guy, a little guy that not even the devil gave a chance. He had the world all up and against him. He was not just a minority man, he was not even in the queue of the great men of the epoch, not even amongst his own minority peoples. But chance or fate conspired to throw him up, granting him perfunctory jobs, however, mighty the titles – deputy this, deputy that and deputy everything else. However, in the end Okonkwo threw the cat and Jonathan a toeless, even sole-less kid washed up the presi­dent of Nigeria. It is a Nigeria whose oriki or praise name, false or forged, is: Africa’s great­est country. Ahiazuwa.

Well, we jubilated too. Our jubilation had nothing to do with the alleged competence or in­competence of Jonathan. For us, it was actually about the turn of things. It just happened that it was his turn, the turn of the southern minorities to cut through the fallen elephant, Nigeria, and cleave out their own meat, ivory, entrails and all. Now despite the disguise of butchers in the guise of nationalists, wolves in sheep’s cloth­ing, coup makers, politicians, godogodos and all, Nigeria is a game, at least since Nzeogwu- Gowon template came to become. Nigeria is a fallen beast, compatriots where are your knives, that alone is the very logic of every single coup.

But above all also, we celebrated Jonathan’s presidency for one not too obvious reason. And we can recall that in a discussion with a friend we postulated that Jonathan’s, is the first time – and it was a freak of planned nature of Nige­ria – that a minority man, a southern minority man, will lay his hands on Nigeria’s whole and entire body of national secret information, the minutes of the last meetings. And that was the near equivalent of holding a nuclear bomb. That is a southern minority, a Jonathan, for the first time since the civil war has complete access to the whole of Nigeria’s classified and unclassi­fied information, the brazen murders and even more brazen loot since Gowon. That was the real game and gain of his presidency. It amount­ed to a coup against the intricate plans, wishes and desires of the internal colonizers. In fact we postulated that it was this access to the rot of and that is Nigeria that these internal colonizers, the G2, the Awo-Gowonic Nigerians are up against. This was especially so for the Vizier-President who hails from Owu. They, these G2 Gangsters, never, repeat, never, attempted to or even both­ered about managing Nigeria well. Nigeria was essential a fallen booty, their war booty. And the secret of this was to be exclusively shared out between Awo and Gowonic wing of the Nigeria G2 Security Council. And it is this fact of their exclusive insider knowledge, that drives them to falsely exonerate themselves while accusing and or insinuating this other guy is corrupt, is a crook. Yet even the very fact of being a coup maker is the worst corruption. A guy or his gang who can steal or hijack state power, what else won’t he steal or hijack, the Central Bank? But that is another matter.

So, the point is that Jonathan had a rare priv­ilege due to only presidents and commander in chiefs. It was the privilege of acquiring the nuclear option as they say in hardball or war games. And that option is in his keeping Xerox and certified true copies of all, repeat, all clas­sified information on all Nigeria and Nigerians, especially those who may want to be wise after the fact. To make sure double sure, Jonathan should have had his personal copies squirreled into safety for him in secret Tel Aviv, Washing­ton and London strongholds. That gives him the immunity of MADness and the insurance that is superior to odaeshi. If however, for any rea­sons known and unknown this same Mr. Jona­than failed to acquire the nuclear option and the readiness to exercise it, we do hereby solemnly hold as follows: that the man who is known and trades under the name of Dr. ex-President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan should be thrown un­der the bus, the moving bus, under the guise of one inquiry or the other. It is only fair, after all he claimed he is willing and ready to die for Nigeria. Here then is his golden chance, and he might as well do it under the moving bus.

And there shouldn’t be too much moral­ity in these things. Nigeria it is on record had lost about US$400 billion prior to governance under the watch of Mr. Jonathan. Definitely as things go, it is almost certain that governance under the watch of the said Mr. Jonathan must have added to the tally, numbers and loot. Or has Nigeria ever ceased to be a robbery scene where the anti-crime rangers join in the heist, if only to help themselves and the devil. It is a self-serving even if absurd form of the Stock­holm syndrome.

So, who stole the US$400 billion before the presidency of Jonathan happened upon us, who done it? Thus, it makes elegant sense that if Jon­athan acquired the nuclear option he should ex­ercise it immediately and let the old and earlier thieves, their sponsors and the rest of the known world know, ‘’that I have a list of addresses and can hear the voices of the dead,’’ as Osip Man­delstam, a Russian poet, cried out. That is the only way we know he can secure not just him­self but also the ‘ancient rights and privileges’ of the southern minorities. Ahiazuwa. It is an aspect of a game called the Poet’s Revenge. It so sweet, it saves all, without breaking much, if any sweat. A threat and the readiness to exercise the nuclear option is not its actual exercise. But you must be MAD enough to want to exercise it to be believed and your interests, spheres of influences tallied in and respected. After all the best of us are penitent robbers, so how can one so late in history call up on the lore of morality, whose morality. Like Dimka said, Nigerians, we are in it together.

Well, if in the end Jonathan fails, broken like Okonkwo of Things Fall Apart, when back from exile, the fault is entirely his. It is like the tragedy of the man who has a blunderbuss but fell to the man who had a fine riffle shot. Ni­geria we repeat is a game. Nigeria we repeat is not a mission. If you bothered to check, the whole tribe of people, not excepting one, who are promoting Nigeria as a mission are in it as a game. Their purpose is to deceive even the very elect. Whether it is at hill top mansions or val­ley deep palaces these faces and characters are worse than assassins. Your greatest unmaking is to purpose to assay or retain them as personal details. If Christ was to be a round and about he has a name, an oriki for them. It is “wolves in sheep clothing’’. So, if Jonathan is their game, so be it. Let him go under the train, its iron may in the end prove more merciful than the body of a moving bus. Ahiazuwa.
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IF it were not for Africa, for the black man, one shouldn’t have bothered for Ni­geria. Nigeria, perhaps without intending it is almost lost. The big question is why is it that there is no black man’s country that is up to shit? And what is the source of the problem? It is their signal inability to build a consensus. And in a large and im­portant measure this is led and driven by pure ignorance. Somehow, Nigerians or the black man has never come psycholog­ically clean. And to come psychologically clean, that is the basis of all modernity.

Sometimes, you wonder how can per­sons so architect an imperium that others are excluded and at the same time they ask that the excluded to be patriots, to be nationalists. And how can one nation in the fiercely competitive environments of nations against nations, not have her na­tion-state and homestead in harmony and yet wish to be any survive not to speak of flourish? Has a kingdom divided against itself ever made progress?

Now the people we blame are not re­ally the political operators. Politicians are famous worldwide for their blocked cog­nition. In fact to acquire and or want to acquire power is to be a blockhead. Pow­er is anti-cognition. And development is only in the advancement of cognitions, of acquiring and acquisitions of new knowledge. Why nature made it this way should not detain us a moment here. But one thing is clear, development happens only in jurisdictions where scholars come to knowledge that they are the truer leg­islators, even unacknowledged, of their peoples.

Thus is no nations have gone beyond the outmost reaches of the bookshelves of her scholars, the bookshelves of the wise. That is if America and Americans have gone to the moon, it is by the leave of the Library of Congress, not the White House. And if the British made the Max­im gun and overran the known world, it was by the leave of the British museum, not the throne of Queen John Bull or King XYZ.

To speak finally on this matter, there is nowhere this present unjust Nigeria and system are going. If you wagered against you are already lost. The point is, it has already collapsed. In fact if you listened well, the footsteps of those who took Ana­nias to bury can be heard in Abuja. Just listen well. And Ananias is a metaphor of Nigeria as made in Gowonism. So it be­comes the duty of scholars to shout and foresee that future that shall condemn all and help steer the wheels of fate other­wise. Ahiazuwa.

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Citizens go on live to rule (1) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/citizens-go-on-live-to-rule-1/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/citizens-go-on-live-to-rule-1/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 23:50:23 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=130049 CHIEF Obafemi Awolowo is a genus apart. At least, that much is the gospel according to his South-west believers. The rest of us belong to other congregations and worship other gods. How­ever, it may make practical sense to suspend disbe­lief and join the Awolowo congregants in their one affirmation. As was sang with joy and [...]]]>

CHIEF Obafemi Awolowo is a genus apart. At least, that much is the gospel according to his South-west believers. The rest of us belong to other congregations and worship other gods. How­ever, it may make practical sense to suspend disbe­lief and join the Awolowo congregants in their one affirmation. As was sang with joy and cymbals by this singular chief, Nigeria is a mere geographical expression. That is to say that Nigeria is a gross and uncouth materiality, and she comes with no soul, no essence. Nigeria is thus for this tendency, all land and no spirit, almost like a compost heap. But even that is good news enough.

The bad news is that President Muhammadu Buhari and APC have done and are doing nothing to prove Chief Awolowo wrong. In fact, they have and are reinforcing or consolidating on the preju­dices of a nation-space as defined by Awolowo. They are thus technically returning us to the civil war, the Carthaginian peace and persecution that Gowon and Awolowo hoisted on their hapless na­tion. APC may be non-other than Awo-Gowonism in democratic disguise.

But Gowon’s (and successor generals’) was a victory that ruined even the victors. In lacking the genius to operate as dictators, the next best thing was to destroy, to destroy the nation as to be its dic­tator. All dictators finally preside over ruins. The collapse of the USSR as a dictatorship was inbred in its very DNA.

That is for the Gowon-Awolowo School Nige­ria as a concept is like a lullaby, a spin to deceive the unwary babe-child. To them, practice is to act for tribe and section while preaching the nation. If you will recall dear reader we have given the ex­ample of Gowon who killed millions in the name of national unity but was wise and prudent enough to insist only his fellow tribesmen guarded him, this preacher man’s Gowon.

What should have troubled them is that despite the lullaby of lies, Nigeria has insistently mani­fested as Gowon designed her DNA. It is not an er­ror that Nigeria, in having many people killed and sacrificed to her is no longer worthy to be called a country. An abattoir, perhaps yes, but a country definitely no. If it is, then it must be shameful to be Nigerian, a country that kills and alienates its own citizens in war as in peace.

And the error comes from no other source than that the Nigerian hero, and perhaps citizen, is so without culture he can’t run a civilization, he can’t run a modern country. For the Europeans who founded the concept, a country is a space, a nation-space where peoples and groups come into harmony, and not into endless civil wars and or other alienations. And to achieve harmony, the Eu­ropean mind developed representativeness, repre­sentative governance. That is to achieve harmony was why democracy was founded, by Europeans. In a sense it was the epic of culture, of civilization. It is therefore, demanded by the logic of this rep­resentativeness that leadership be representative of the populace. So, if the demography is 50-50 Muslim-Christians, 50-50 South-North, its rep­resentative governance will in spite of itself be a 50-50 currency. That is what representativeness means. Anything outside this, is dictatorship, now achieved through administrative deceit and betray­al, not electoral power mandates.

So a democracy that is non representative is an abnormal growth. It is a cancer. It should be ex­cised or the host or afflicted body, here Nigeria, be encouraged to wither away and die. So the first social contract in modern and model society is in representativeness, in variegated power presences and not in claiming you want to be messiah or a do-gooder.

But having breached this law of representative­ness the impression is given that the citizenry are weak and are indeed trapped. Nothing could be farther from the truth. A country is a creation of man to serve man. A country is not built to sacrifice her citizens unto her. So the first act of Nigeria’s greatness is in justice, in fairness and in represen­tativeness of the very Nigerian compositeness and entity. Now with what has been orchestrated in the House of Representatives [representatives, by the way] by the heirs of the Gowon-Awolowo Car­thaginian peace, the south east has been studiedly excluded and banished from power, that is finally from being, from existence. We exist because we have and exercise powers. That is Nigeria is now confirmed as an existential black hole, a dangerous habitat for some, especially for the Igbo.

That is the game becomes easy. The Igbo in APC should as a matter of national emergence and their own safety take a cue form Obasanjo, tear up their party cards, give up on Egypt and return back to Jerusalem. They have been told in no uncer­tain terms by Yakubu Dogara and power rangers, you and your people are not our people, are not wanted here. And to add to the insult, the speaker who looks drunken with self-credulity, even more drunkenly claims he will compensate the Igbo.

The Igbo doesn’t need any compensation from Mr. Speaker. The Igbo demand institutional guarantees and protection, not the political philan­thropy of a fickle minded speaker. If speaker has any compensations let him give to himself and his household. What he has done is to have plunged the country into Gowonic peace which is a state of eternal civil war. Since Gowon as history tells this country has not known peace. The fact of this is inbuilt in the Gowonic design, which the Mr. Speaker and troopers, all nation strippers, have chosen and preferred to consolidate.

Meanwhile I can assure the matter is quite simple. The excluded must as a matter of national urgency treat Nigeria as Nigeria has treated them. That is as a pariah, a rogue, even worthless state, may be a compost heap. And workers have a way out of it. It is work to rule. Nigerians excluded from the franchise of national powers, are thus free to begin a massive protest movement as allowed by the law – to begin to live to rule.

That is what you would have done as a worker on work to rule you translate and do same and more as a citizen on live to rule. When those who like the Speaker and goons who impose Carthaginian peace want a country, we will know and respond as appropriate. For now it is live to rule. Nigeria is not a worthy a country to cut a sweat for.

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Re: Spokesmen as the tinkerers’ apprentices?

Dear Jimanze, I would like to advise you just like you rightly postulated, that no writer needs be afraid if his view points on issues of governance are made objectively, candidly, constructively and fearlessly, without any iota of intent to malign those in authority.

I am not a spokesperson of President Mu­hammad Buhari, but I can assure you that commentaries on governance issues intended to draw the attention of those in authority on the effect of centrifugal forces and centripetal forces so that they can manage those forces in order to produce equilibrium, if not offen­sive, cannot attract the kind of negative conse­quences pointed out by Mr. Steve Eze.

To my mind, no leader, properly so-called, will like praise singers to influence his style of governance. You should bear in mind that the period referred to by Mr. Steve Eze was a peri­od of aberration when governance issues were dictated by the power of the gun as against our contemporary period when egalitarian principles and rule of law are superlative. Do your writings honestly, candidly influenced by only one factor – how to ensure a society where justice and fairness are given due con­siderations by those in authority. Suleiman Oji, Esq. Faculty of Law, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (08023806704)

Dear Sir, This write up is filled with so much hate and bile, you need to put a stop to this style of misinforming the public. Outside his appointments that have favoured the north more than any other region, I do not think PMB have done anything to show that he will come after anyone that criticizes him or his government, it is morally wrong to use some words like murderers, hirers of assassins for him. This government is barely three (3) months in office so on what basis do you think that their promises are windy? It is on record that your column kept a sealed lips when one of your colleagues was shoved out of the state house and his security pass withdrawn during GEJ-led government, but you are busy attack­ing a man who reinstated that journalist.

Criticism and opposition is the opium of governance but we need to do so when it is necessary and not for the fun of it. PMB is now a democrat and not the dictator we all knew him to be way back in 1985, the way he handled the NASS brouhaha says it all. Ugoo Ezenwaka,Aba.Abia State.

Dear Jimanze, your piece today, spokes­men as the tinkerers’ apprentices 2. Thanks a great deal for your guts. Real men say the truth. Fear not. Rev. O. Davies. 08055676537

Dear Sir, please not that President Bu­hari and his vice president are yet to declare their assets publicly even as they continue to look at the specks in others’ eyes. Patriot. 08036675645

Dear Sir, A religiously biased tribalistic fighter for a particular political party. Unfor­tunately for you and others like you, your oga is gone forever and for good. Warning – in­stigate the southern youths and wait for the consequences. Lawal Baraza, Sarkin Sudan, Dass, new GRA, Bauchi.

Dear Jimanze, I write to say kudos to you on your write up spokesmen as the tinkerers’ apprentices 2. Our lord god will watch and protect once you are on the right part. Keep it up. God bless you brother. 08092316917

Dear Sir, wailing wailer columnist! You will wail till the end of your life! I have never seen a people whose thought processes are constant regardless of education levels like your people! This PMB you hate like plague and still expect him to treat you well, is he not a human being? Jare. +447587826918

Dear Jimanze, why blame Garba for aim­ing at colonizing other parts of the country, using religious tactics to hoodwink the south­west religious bigots and some few Moslem converts into Christianity in the media who are, before the emperor, greater MUMUS than Nigerians of other religious stocks? The time has come for other religions to venture into politics or else the worst is yet to come. Buhari, according to published report, has opened borders to coalition force to fight boko haram and that without approval of NASS. What kind of military democracy is he be­ing allowed to run; for heaven’s sake? NASS is numb over all these miscarriages. What is happening might be signs of why god made Buhari lose three successive elections. Now our choice, we have a cross to carry. If care is not taken, the way things are going, we may be worse off for it. NASS must rise up to its duties else, god save Nigeria. Lai Ashadele. 07067677806

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Spokesmen as the tinkerers’ apprentices? (2) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/spokesmen-as-the-tinkerers-apprentices-2-2/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/spokesmen-as-the-tinkerers-apprentices-2-2/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:05:49 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129243 Now we have established that the governance of Nigeria under APC-Buhari watch is studiedly skewed to serve and be run by sectarian interests. Their claim that they want to build an Eldorado is no excuse, is indeed arrant nonsense. The point must be stated and stressed that even if you want to build paradise it [...]]]>

Now we have established that the governance of Nigeria under APC-Buhari watch is studiedly skewed to serve and be run by sectarian interests. Their claim that they want to build an Eldorado is no excuse, is indeed arrant nonsense. The point must be stated and stressed that even if you want to build paradise it must be by the universal effort of all parties. It must be without discrimination as to who will and will not be the architects, foremen, artisans and labourers. The point is that, we must all be involved as common citizens of a republic and not as slaves of a kingdom or an empire however, great the empire is billed to be.
The idea that some ethnic and religious groups will be architects, giving directions, while others will be consigned to the low and lowly tasks of being yeomen, coolies, by the virtue of their ethnic nations and or religions is completely intolerable. In fact, to so fix Nigeria, is to help bring the nation to its early death and disintegration, deservedly. It is similar to what happened in ancient Egypt. Pharaoh, like Garba and hirers thought that they were the ‘wisest kids’ in the world, and they set about building pyramids to house their mortal remains. And they appointed it unto themselves that only they shall be architects and the rest of the kingdom shall be the slaves. It was the slaves who will build and haul the wood and stones to build the kingdom, the pyramid. A key part of those slaves are the forefathers of the modern day Israelites.
But that act of the pharaohs was symbolic not just to the false and forged greatness of Egypt, but its impending death and collapse, deservedly. And soon enough, pharaoh and his kingdom collapsed. Now, if the slaves of ancient Egypt were deceived to be slaves, shall we, free and proud citizens allow Garba and his sponsors to fool us, that there is a nation, a great nation to build, to serve a mausoleums, as pyramids?
To tie up on this, if Garba and hirers have nothing to hide, they should and must open up this administration at all levels. And it must be especially so in the ground and foundational levels, to all ethnic groups and religious persuasions.
Let us just imagine if the power in Nigeria were as it should be, and that it reflected our diversities. It will be like the picture Buhari took with Madeline Albright, in his latest United States spree. In that picture, our diversities showed its rainbow harmony, in colors and national clothes lines – Okorocha was there with his Biafran suit and his cult-like signature sash, Bakare was there with his Yoruba-style agbada and Rotimi Amaechi in his fisher man suits, gold chains and all, and Buhari in his ensemble looked like the Fulani dude he is, Oshiomole appeared handsome in dapper suits, of course he has a young offshore wife to impress. Truth is, if Nigeria is a natural state and not an empire state, our power and security configurations would resemble this same rainbow harmony. Anything outside it is unnatural and a fraud.
So the question is if our clothesline is a multi-polarity, why is the security in Nigeria a singularity? Why is security in Nigeria disharmonious? Singularity is not harmony. And we must all patriotically repudiate and reject the designing Nigeria by default or otherwise as a unipolar security framework and multipolar cultural troop. And our duty is to make sure that a Nigeria so designed cannot and must not work.
Of course we are aware that many Nigerians as ignorant as the night is dark, are touting America as example of a zone-blind federation. Truth is that America is the most zoned federation in the world and the first to so be, in its innate consciousness. That Americans are not even aware of this – [please read the Economic Consequences of the Peace by Maynard Keynes and one wonders whether Gowon and goons or indeed any Nigerian of power ever read that book]– does not mean it does not exist.
To help reduce the darkness of our ignorance of America, in one of our forthcoming titles, we will x-ray how America and their founding fathers zoned America unto its greatness. This is another proof if one is needed that a great economy must or can only follow in the wake and the heels of a great polity – not vice versa.
Finally, we have to warn this administration and its agents to stop deceiving youths or even themselves. The point remains that if all the basic and infrastructural powers, the independent powers of the presidency, the legislature and the judiciary are all in northern and or muslim grip, it can’t be corrected at the peripherals or administrative bends. The north and or muslims are heading 99.99% of all policy and power posts. It shows something must be rotten in the heart of Nigeria. And be sure that neither 6000 nor 6 million more jobs can offset, or correct for that deliberate lapse. So Garba’s windy promise is to fool even the very elect. Nigerians ronu.
RE: Spokesmen as the Tinkerers’ Apprentices? [1]
Dear Jimanze, on your treatise today, I hereby tell you a living story so you may always watch your back. In 1984, January, I went to see the DG of NSO as it was then over my shipload of rice. As I stepped into the premises I Lagos, I heard a loud shout, ‘Steve, Steve! this is Haroun’. I was twisting and gazing around until somebody pointed at a cell window where an emaciated Dr. Haroun Adamu was incarcerated. On enquiry he said Buhari on taking oath of office, ordered Adamu’s arrest, dead or alive, because Adamu had 2 years earlier criticized Buhari as GOC of 1st Div. Adamu was to be free when IBB came in 1985! Adamu was later given PTF by a wily Obj to deal with Buhari! Note that Haroun Adamu was in PRP with me. Please this is to admonish you to watch your back as we pray for your safety IN JESUS NAME. Steve E. 08023069010
Our reply: When our reader wrote in this, we smiled. We smiled, but not out of naivety. We smiled because we have always known the danger to seeking the truth. We have read at least some of the Great Russian masters who wrote under draconian leaders and tyrants. And any leader or agent who is afraid of open air discussions is a tyrant and a disease unto his country.
For instance, Ward 7 by Valeriy Tarsis, is in part a magnificent meditation on the craft of seeking the truth under the reign of Gestapos, tsars, murderers, assassins and hirers of assassins, in mighty offices. In fact if Mallam Garba has not given up on reading for pursuit and aggregation of powers we did recommend the title to him and perhaps his hirers.
But we smiled because we have never been frightened by man. It is not that we have a life to spare. It is just that to live, to be well and alive, one needed to believe as the Igbo say in eziokwu bu ndu. That is truth is the breath of life. Thus to lie or even to keep silent is to die, to begin to die.  And for us if one died in the cause of espousing the truth then what a glorious ending in the hands of tyrants who can’t live and be free. Yes I am aware that this regime and or her members are or have been or may choose to be murderers, assassins and hirers of assassins in due course. However it is important to us that we seek the open truth, and speak openly about it.
Luckily for them, we are not interested in investigative journalism or in smelling anybody’s rotten armpits or anuses. The Turf Game has a policy. It is that we don’t do investigations to unearth any undisclosed data or fact. Thus, if any party brought any document for and or to us alleging for instance that this man in APC-Buhari administration is this or that, we are not interested at all. Let him publish it in the open. We are only interested in open, not closet facts. For us, there are already enough facts in the open. So why would we want to seek out that which is hidden, which is closeted.
And one last fact. When the murderers, hirers of assassins and or assassin strike, let it never be said we did it for the love of country.  We think it infra dig for a scholar to love a country. If he did who then shall love humanity? Or shall humanity then be orphaned, abandoned, unloved and unlovable? The scholar who loves his nation or any nation is worse than a prostitute. That which is sacred and in his care, his brains, he has tossed to the dogs. That is to say that he has given up on humanity, on the all, for geography, for the part. It is really so cheap to love nations that only fools, sometimes lovable fools do.

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Spokesmen as the tinkerers’ apprentices? (2) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/spokesmen-as-the-tinkerers-apprentices-2/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/spokesmen-as-the-tinkerers-apprentices-2/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:00:52 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129171 Now we have established that the governance of Nigeria under APC-Buhari watch is studiedly skewed to serve and be run by sectarian interests. Their claim that they want to build an Eldorado is no excuse, is indeed arrant nonsense. The point must be stated and stressed that even if you want to build paradise it [...]]]>

Now we have established that the governance of Nigeria under APC-Buhari watch is studiedly skewed to serve and be run by sectarian interests. Their claim that they want to build an Eldorado is no excuse, is indeed arrant nonsense. The point must be stated and stressed that even if you want to build paradise it must be by the universal effort of all parties. It must be without discrimination as to who will and will not be the architects, foremen, artisans and labourers. The point is that, we must all be involved as common citizens of a republic and not as slaves of a kingdom or an empire however, great the empire is billed to be.
The idea that some ethnic and religious groups will be architects, giving directions, while others will be consigned to the low and lowly tasks of being yeomen, coolies, by the virtue of their ethnic nations and or religions is completely intolerable. In fact, to so fix Nigeria, is to help bring the nation to its early death and disintegration, deservedly. It is similar to what happened in ancient Egypt. Pharaoh, like Garba and hirers thought that they were the ‘wisest kids’ in the world, and they set about building pyramids to house their mortal remains. And they appointed it unto themselves that only they shall be architects and the rest of the kingdom shall be the slaves. It was the slaves who will build and haul the wood and stones to build the kingdom, the pyramid. A key part of those slaves are the forefathers of the modern day Israelites.
But that act of the pharaohs was symbolic not just to the false and forged greatness of Egypt, but its impending death and collapse, deservedly. And soon enough, pharaoh and his kingdom collapsed. Now, if the slaves of ancient Egypt were deceived to be slaves, shall we, free and proud citizens allow Garba and his sponsors to fool us, that there is a nation, a great nation to build, to serve a mausoleums, as pyramids?
To tie up on this, if Garba and hirers have nothing to hide, they should and must open up this administration at all levels. And it must be especially so in the ground and foundational levels, to all ethnic groups and religious persuasions.
Let us just imagine if the power in Nigeria were as it should be, and that it reflected our diversities. It will be like the picture Buhari took with Madeline Albright, in his latest United States spree. In that picture, our diversities showed its rainbow harmony, in colors and national clothes lines – Okorocha was there with his Biafran suit and his cult-like signature sash, Bakare was there with his Yoruba-style agbada and Rotimi Amaechi in his fisher man suits, gold chains and all, and Buhari in his ensemble looked like the Fulani dude he is, Oshiomole appeared handsome in dapper suits, of course he has a young offshore wife to impress. Truth is, if Nigeria is a natural state and not an empire state, our power and security configurations would resemble this same rainbow harmony. Anything outside it is unnatural and a fraud.
So the question is if our clothesline is a multi-polarity, why is the security in Nigeria a singularity? Why is security in Nigeria disharmonious? Singularity is not harmony. And we must all patriotically repudiate and reject the designing Nigeria by default or otherwise as a unipolar security framework and multipolar cultural troop. And our duty is to make sure that a Nigeria so designed cannot and must not work.
Of course we are aware that many Nigerians as ignorant as the night is dark, are touting America as example of a zone-blind federation. Truth is that America is the most zoned federation in the world and the first to so be, in its innate consciousness. That Americans are not even aware of this – [please read the Economic Consequences of the Peace by Maynard Keynes and one wonders whether Gowon and goons or indeed any Nigerian of power ever read that book]– does not mean it does not exist.
To help reduce the darkness of our ignorance of America, in one of our forthcoming titles, we will x-ray how America and their founding fathers zoned America unto its greatness. This is another proof if one is needed that a great economy must or can only follow in the wake and the heels of a great polity – not vice versa.
Finally, we have to warn this administration and its agents to stop deceiving youths or even themselves. The point remains that if all the basic and infrastructural powers, the independent powers of the presidency, the legislature and the judiciary are all in northern and or muslim grip, it can’t be corrected at the peripherals or administrative bends. The north and or muslims are heading 99.99% of all policy and power posts. It shows something must be rotten in the heart of Nigeria. And be sure that neither 6000 nor 6 million more jobs can offset, or correct for that deliberate lapse. So Garba’s windy promise is to fool even the very elect. Nigerians ronu.
RE: Spokesmen as the Tinkerers’ Apprentices? [1]
Dear Jimanze, on your treatise today, I hereby tell you a living story so you may always watch your back. In 1984, January, I went to see the DG of NSO as it was then over my shipload of rice. As I stepped into the premises I Lagos, I heard a loud shout, ‘Steve, Steve! this is Haroun’. I was twisting and gazing around until somebody pointed at a cell window where an emaciated Dr. Haroun Adamu was incarcerated. On enquiry he said Buhari on taking oath of office, ordered Adamu’s arrest, dead or alive, because Adamu had 2 years earlier criticized Buhari as GOC of 1st Div. Adamu was to be free when IBB came in 1985! Adamu was later given PTF by a wily Obj to deal with Buhari! Note that Haroun Adamu was in PRP with me. Please this is to admonish you to watch your back as we pray for your safety IN JESUS NAME. Steve E. 08023069010
Our reply: When our reader wrote in this, we smiled. We smiled, but not out of naivety. We smiled because we have always known the danger to seeking the truth. We have read at least some of the Great Russian masters who wrote under draconian leaders and tyrants. And any leader or agent who is afraid of open air discussions is a tyrant and a disease unto his country.
For instance, Ward 7 by Valeriy Tarsis, is in part a magnificent meditation on the craft of seeking the truth under the reign of Gestapos, tsars, murderers, assassins and hirers of assassins, in mighty offices. In fact if Mallam Garba has not given up on reading for pursuit and aggregation of powers we did recommend the title to him and perhaps his hirers.
But we smiled because we have never been frightened by man. It is not that we have a life to spare. It is just that to live, to be well and alive, one needed to believe as the Igbo say in eziokwu bu ndu. That is truth is the breath of life. Thus to lie or even to keep silent is to die, to begin to die.  And for us if one died in the cause of espousing the truth then what a glorious ending in the hands of tyrants who can’t live and be free. Yes I am aware that this regime and or her members are or have been or may choose to be murderers, assassins and hirers of assassins in due course. However it is important to us that we seek the open truth, and speak openly about it.
Luckily for them, we are not interested in investigative journalism or in smelling anybody’s rotten armpits or anuses. The Turf Game has a policy. It is that we don’t do investigations to unearth any undisclosed data or fact. Thus, if any party brought any document for and or to us alleging for instance that this man in APC-Buhari administration is this or that, we are not interested at all. Let him publish it in the open. We are only interested in open, not closet facts. For us, there are already enough facts in the open. So why would we want to seek out that which is hidden, which is closeted.
And one last fact. When the murderers, hirers of assassins and or assassin strike, let it never be said we did it for the love of country.  We think it infra dig for a scholar to love a country. If he did who then shall love humanity? Or shall humanity then be orphaned, abandoned, unloved and unlovable? The scholar who loves his nation or any nation is worse than a prostitute. That which is sacred and in his care, his brains, he has tossed to the dogs. That is to say that he has given up on humanity, on the all, for geography, for the part. It is really so cheap to love nations that only fools, sometimes lovable fools do.

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Spokesman as the Tinkerers’ Apprentices? (1) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/spokesman-as-the-tinkerers-apprentices-1/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/spokesman-as-the-tinkerers-apprentices-1/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:08:23 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=128285 IF a fact is let out in the open, it can, indeed it must, be openly discussed. You can’t censure logic. Mother A’Endu. Adewale Maja-Pearce is something of a sage, but a cult sage. This is at least true for the many who are at literary productions in Nigeria. In a ca­reer line that has [...]]]>

IF a fact is let out in the open, it can, indeed it must, be openly discussed. You can’t censure logic. Mother A’Endu.

Adewale Maja-Pearce is something of a sage, but a cult sage. This is at least true for the many who are at literary productions in Nigeria. In a ca­reer line that has seen him practice at home and abroad, he is been an author, editor, journalist and controversial biographer, of J.P. Clark. Mr. Pearce was a guest at the Smooth Radio Book Review on 18-07-115. He made a statement that is interest­ing. I quote and amplify from memory. For Pearce, Nigeria is a complete fiction. And it would thus be wasteful for her fiction writers to labor to be inven­tive. All they needed was to be faithful and dedi­catedly map the strangeness that is Nigeria. In just doing that prospective, Nigerian fiction writers, in his well-considered view, would have already got­ten their great novels going, or roundly made.

In other words, it may be said that Nigerians are living a lie, and Nigeria is a living lie. And nothing illustrates this sense of living the lie, than the quote made by the Presidential media flunkey, Mallam Garba Shehu. As reported:

The President is also being pilloried for alleg­edly favoring the North in the appointment he had made so far. But, “I (Garba Shehu) think President Muhammadu Buhari is sensitive to the diversity of this country. He has more than 6,000 appointments to make. Therefore, why would anybody use less than 10 appointments to judge the President on this matter? Again, it boils down to the lack of pa­tience. This man is an experienced leader. Nigeria stands to gain from the accumulation of wisdom that he has garnered over his long life on earth. He has sworn to an oath that he’s a President of all.

“This government will make as many as 6,000 appointments. And he is bound, even if he doesn’t wish it, by the constitution of the Federal Repub­lic of Nigeria to reflect federal character.’’ Buhari to make 6000 appointments – Presidency. Punch July 19, 2015.

But that is being clever. The worst part of it is that Nigerians seem not to be noticing the scam, how they are being scammed out of their joint in­heritance by persons and their megaphones, who dedicatedly will to turn Nigeria, a federation, into an empire, their empire-state. To make this matter pretty clearer, let us quote a recent piece by Akin Osuntokun. Osuntokun who often tells he is an Obasanjo footman had this to confess:

I took a cue from this precedent and beat a rapid retreat from my tentative association with the PF. I was soon exposed to the corollary of this lesson — that proximate kith and kin identity is a salient criteria in the appointment of personal aides (es­pecially those that border on personal security) of political principals. It was this frame of reference that aroused my curiosity on the appointment of Owu born Colonel Kayode Are as the director general of the State Security Service (SSS) under President Olusegun Obasanjo. Further probing confirmed my hypothesis and was to a larger or lesser degree borne out by the successor regimes of Presidents Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Good­luck Jonathan. Continuity and Change (2) 17 Jul 2015, This Day by Akin Osuntokun.

Now, there is little that is wrong with that as a principle of survival, prudence and even disingen­uousness. The point that is disgusting however is the lie, the fiction we live and believe to be real­ity. The fact is that no Nigeria leader (save Aguiyi Ironsi in what must now appear to be his own na­ivety) trusts any other Nigerians outside his own religious-ethno-regional zone for his own security. That is to say that no Nigerian leader so loves Ni­geria, he can entrust to any others, apart from his own peoples, his existential briefs, including per­sonal security and defenses. Yet these leaders as ethno-religious-zone-centric as devils are prank­ish, insist and tell themselves and their nation, the lie and or fiction, they are nationalists. And insistently the facts betray them. Now no Nigerian head of state since Jack Gowon has ever been a nationalist save by chorus and words of mouth. For instance, despite Gowon’s loud mouthed pro­fessions for unity, the same Gowon made sure, absolutely and famously sure, his personal guards were exclusively his own peoples. Yet this was a Gowon, dictator, who was ordering that millions be killed or starved to death, for a one Nigeria he never believed in, or at least never practiced, in issues of fundamental importance to him, like personal security. So, these men are accomplished actors. It is just that Buhari appears to be the first democratic leader to insist that Nigeria remain a war booty for his peoples, by instincts and policy.

That is one and all they know they are not and never were nationalists, were mere actors. So their nationalism has a false and forged bottom. As a Pearce would have said, their nationalism is fictive and has no basis in reality. They only try to act it, costumes, retinues and all. But with the least map­ping it can all be ‘unveiled’ you have been sold a monkey, blood-soaked monkey (?) for a baboon, an ugly duckling for a charming princess?

Despite all these, we will be the last ones to ask that Muhamad Buhari entrust his security to non-northern, non-Muslim operatives. All we demand is that that the insistent fact of ‘my security is best and only assured in the hands of my tribes, zones and religious men’ be acknowledged and used as working data. And that the truth be acknowledged is a fair demand and we ask for it in the name of humanity.

Now the implication of Nigerians and their leaders acting out and never doing their national­ism is as follows. If you can’t outsource your se­curity and if you can’t trust another, except your fellow tribesmen and regionalists and or religion­ists, why falsely claim you are a nationalist, you are on national duty, defrauding the national and her peoples by your lie?

The other implication, more insidious is exhib­ited by Garba. In his feigned smartness, Garba is actually twisting the knife. He is really telling the rest of Nigerians we are fools, and that we are in­capable of understanding that we are being fooled. So he disingenuously claims his hirers will make up for their willed lapse of federal character. This is literary grandstanding, even fraud. The details are as follows.

Now under APC-Buhari’s watch the president of Nigeria is northern and Muslim, the head of the next independent arm, the Senate, is northern and Muslim, the head of the next independent arm, The House of Reps, is northern and Christian, the head of the judiciary is northern and Muslim, the national leader, so called, of the party is Muslim and non-northern, the spokesman of the party is Muslim and northern, the head of the electoral um­pire, INEC, is northern and Muslim and a personal (not institutional) choice of Garba’s hirers, the head of NSO is northern and Muslim, and the head of defense intelligence is also dedicatedly northern and Muslim. Meanwhile in the security chain, the only southerners known to this correspondent in the Buhari-APC power contraption are the head of the joint chiefs and head of the navy. Incidentally being the joint chief is a non-core largely non op­erative assignment and to head the navy is to head the weakest of the armored forces. And one man cried out loud, is this then the Federal Republic of Northern Nigeria? Go ask the devil I thundered back.

Boy it is, it is an imperial arrangement. Only colonial masters have been this brazen and power-maddened. Now we ‘entered’ in a ‘one chance’ contraption that is similar to colonial outpost pos­sessions and regions. That is what explains that the entire policy and leadership framework on one hand, and the security platform on the other, are in the lock grip of the colonizers, the internal colo­nizers, who consider Nigeria their war booty and have elected Garba a mouth piece, verbal halitosis and all. It is deliberate policy plank. And nobody should fool the fool in you, if you are.

So it is ignorant and or self-serving of certain ‘eminent Nigerians’ to advise we give coloniz­ers, internal colonizers, time to adjust their policy and practice planks or pranks. To argue that is like our forefathers arguing we should give the Brit­ish time, to correct their having colonized us, since they came innocently, allegedly – on a civilizing mission. If we did it is certain that like a Profes­sor Chinua Achebe in Things Fall Apart, we would in the end cry out: The white man [now internal colonizers]is very clever. They came quietly and peaceably with their nationalisms. We were amused at their foolishness and allowed them to endure. Now they have won our brothers, and our nation can no longer be one. They have put a knife on the things that hold us together and the nation is about to fall apart.

What Achebe wrote is fiction. But our curse is that we shall live it as reality, in a not too distant future. That is at this point we are there is noth­ing anyone can do to remedy the situation, save to dismantle it. You don’t remedy or make over evil, you acknowledge and dismantle evil. Thus even if Garba, goons and or his hirers choose to award the remaining 6000 jobs to the others, the structures for the internal colonization of these others have been fixed. And that is to say that the 6000 jobs or more can’t save these others even if they were ex­clusively shared out to them. In fact the so called 6000 jobs is PR deceit. It is strategically in sync with how the grand ole men of colonialism, the British, ran Nigeria and other of their possessions. The British with a few men, repeat a few men, like Garba, goons and hirers, seized the commanding heights of policy and security, and left the rest, the now famous 6000 odd jobs to Nigerians and other colonials, each according to their countries. So our first duty to being free is to know and recognize this fraud of the British, which a Garba and hirers are canvassing, are cloning.

And Garba who is dedicatedly Muslim, and northern, is really a Mallam, a Hausa/Islamic equivalent of Professor, knows these things or should. He is only like the practiced dissembler and actor he is, wanting to fool the very elect, the rest of the nation. His game is to achieve his colo­nialist dream of turning Nigeria into an empire not a nation-state. Simply put he now preaches to us to finance and authorize our own internal coloniza­tion by his masters, who never loved this nation. Or is it perhaps, that this nation, a living lie, is not lovable?

 

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Our governors are empowered to steal http://sunnewsonline.com/new/our-governors-are-empowered-to-steal/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/our-governors-are-empowered-to-steal/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:30:24 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=127357 TODAY, there is great news in the land. It is of several ex-governors and other high officials under one form of interdiction or the other, for corruption. And the figures involved are frightening, the least being billion and billions of naira. The wondrous matter is not whether these men are petty thieves or plain heroic [...]]]>

TODAY, there is great news in the land. It is of several ex-governors and other high officials under one form of interdiction or the other, for corruption. And the figures involved are frightening, the least being billion and billions of naira. The wondrous matter is not whether these men are petty thieves or plain heroic saints. The matter is that we are in an era, where there are so many, big men and women, alleged to be stealing so much, in so little a time. Governance in Nigeria has literally become a hec­tic and unceasing crime scene. And even rescuers actually come in to join the robbery.

Let us for matters of simplicity concentrate on the cast of governors. Today, to be elected a governor in Nigeria and not end up a common thief, requires that one be superhuman, a divinity as it were. But no man ever became god and still bore his human flesh. That is man cannot be both material and god.

Yet, this is exactly what the constitution requires of elected governors. Thus, the image we have of these governors as the guilty or likely to be guilty parties, is not exactly correct. We can canvass their innocence before any properly constituted justice system in the world. It is the system that really lays this great men low. It is the system that is cor­rupt and merely coopts the innocent into its rot and thievery.

The point is as follows. It is that the powers that have been gathered and given these governors are so much that no mortal can keep them and be saint­ly, or even sane. The constitution, apparently, in the enthusiasm to push for fast-paced national devel­opments gathered all extant and imaginable pow­ers and handed those over to the governors. That is, these governors are for all practical purposes, elected as dictators over and above their states. And like all dictators, these governors control more powers than gods and yet are mere mortals like the rest of us. This is the source of all the problems of corruption.

Corruption in public office is in summary, the giving of omnipotent powers to mortal man. It is the stress of controlling omni-prevalent powers while remaining man, which is the source of sys­tem-pervasive corruption.

That is, in failing to be gods as they must, these governors scale up and morph into monsters. So, it is not really that they are thieves by practice or birth. It is that thievery is the only way to run the Nigerian system. If you don’t steal in Nigerian gov­ernance, then you are not human. Forget the ser­mons, this is the plain truth.

And the monster with so much powers in him and thus, no need for decency, no sense of culture and or civilization, naturally converts public property, including offices, into personal and family assets. Or simply, he is unable to distinguish the two. Lat­er, he scales down to being a petty thief, the fruits of being made a monster. So, it is not the ‘authority thievery’ we should bother. We should stop them from being monsters. All monsters are rogues. And all attempts to make a man a god makes a monster invariably. North Korea is ‘monsterism’ gone hay­wire, and Nigeria is on the march. Nigeria ronu.

So, these governors are not particularly evil. They are normal persons like you and I. Thus, who­ever else is put there with so much net powers to dispense, will in spite, of himself become a petty thief. That is, we must cure and heal ourselves of the error of thinking that Nigeria is gone so low in the quality of political personnel. In fact, so many go to the extent of canvassing that we once had a golden era of men. And they list such names as Dr. M. I. Okpara, Sir Ahmadu Bello and Chief Awolo­wo, etc. The point is that is conjectural and wrong. We can assure that if any and or all of these men were to be born in these times, they will, one and all, end up as petty thieves.

And the reason is simple and fundamental to hu­man nature. It is that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Corruption is a power function and not a person nexus. We are corrupt to the extent of net powers we wield.

So to repeat, the question is what made corrup­tion go industrial with us lately. If you sought an answer you will find it in the intervention of the military. The military dictator and armed political robber despite his intentions or claims is the ag­gregator of power par excellence. That is military governments are power concentrators and sole ‘ac­quisitors’. All the dictator does whether he comes in as a thief in the night wearing military fatigues or rigging vote counts, is to aggregate all the powers into a few hands.

To give a quick example. On the success of a coup, all powers judicial, legislative, executive and thievery powers, are concentrated in the Armed Forces Ruling Council or Supreme Military Coun­cil in a pyramid-style architecture. Therefore with or without intending it, the military government is in its every being and spite of itself, a cesspool of corruption, thanks to its power aggregation and constrictor instincts. That is to be a military coup maker and or dictator is to be a constrictor and gatherer of all powers. That makes you to be cor­rupt a priori, even before your every first act of be­traying your nation by taking up arms against her.

But the military is gone? Apparently. The truth however is that they are not done with us or even themselves as a political force and politicized and largely regionized army. The point is that the mili­tary dictators left, but they left their shadows and body odors with us. Perhaps if the military dicta­tors had gone with their offensive body odors and penumbra shadows, all the world would have been round and Nigeria in grace. But trust rogue re­gimes, they left us a forged constitution. And that constitution is patterned after Arab despotisms. Ap­parently there is no word for democracy in Arabic language and worldview. Meanwhile there is no Arab country that is a democracy and Arabs are the only geo-polity in the world that has no democracy. All Arabs do and have done in history is to aggre­gate and concentrate all powers in few hands and ultimately in one hand. And the authors and or forg­ers of the Nigerian constitution are all stooges of Arabist despotisms, as the way to progress.

So, the extant Nigerian constitution is a draw­down from Arabism. That rag-sheet of a constitu­tion is deluded that it is dictatorship that develops a nation. Yet, no Arab nation is developed. So, in imitation of Arabism, the governors are satraps, are like flag bearers to central dictator lording it over unpacified regions.

In summary, corruption is native to the present constitution and the present constitution was born in corruption. That is why being governor and hold­ing political office in Nigeria is just as profitable as, only safer than robbing a bank. Nigerian constitu­tion and or rogue constitution asks that elected of­ficials be god, have the rectitude of gods. Perhaps the constitution forgers did not know that the Arab court poetry that beatified Arab leaders is praise po­etry and has no reality. It is a magical thing. The true Arab poets are all in exile. The resident Arab court poets sing: The office transforms the fool into a wise man, the thug into a king, thus consecrating the pasts, the sordid pasts of the leaders.

So what is the cure to corruption in Nigeria? It is to return the state to the people. Only the people in owning the state can and or may protect it. The state is not the stolen treasure, a coup maker makes it. If we allowed or habituated to the state as a stolen or hijacked treasure, then the stealing, the scepter of the state as a robbery scene, an ongoing and never ending robbery scene, will go on forever. Thus if we don’t return the stolen Nigerian state to the peo­ples, Nigeria will remain literally a fallen elephant and all kinds of butchers, poachers, godogodos, thieves, governors and all, will be upon her. And it is moral. At least the extant constitutions says so.

But the devolution of power is not just a question of devolving power from the central government to the states. It is more about the nature and distribu­tion of that power in states, LGAs and all. The gov­ernors must be made increasingly powerless and the peoples increasingly powerful. It is the people not government that are to be allowed to develop their nations, regions, states and LGAs.

The idea that one man, the governor is the de­veloper you need, is rooted in ignorance. In fact democracy is the granting of the greatest powers to the greatest numbers. America understood this like we made bare in our book, Corruption in Africa: Development through new Diagnosis.

Perhaps a way out is to return to the parliamen­tary system. And if we don’t fix this wahala, we should come to terms that our people, whether as governors or civil servants are empowered to steal; they don’t steal to be empowered. Today if you are a Nigerian governor and you are not a thief, you should consult your babalawo, dey no born you well. Or in fact you are telling a lie.

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Does Chimamanda Adichie know she is this famous? http://sunnewsonline.com/new/does-chimamanda-adichie-know-she-is-this-famous/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/does-chimamanda-adichie-know-she-is-this-famous/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 23:38:30 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=126457 We were out at the remain­dered or secondhand book market around the Mile 2 motor park termi­nal. And here was a lady, looking like a young mother, calling out, Chimaman­da, Chimamanda. And her voice sug­gested she may not be Igbo. So, I had to ask the bookseller, Mr. Damian, if he knew the lady and [...]]]>

We were out at the remain­dered or secondhand book market around the Mile 2 motor park termi­nal. And here was a lady, looking like a young mother, calling out, Chimaman­da, Chimamanda. And her voice sug­gested she may not be Igbo. So, I had to ask the bookseller, Mr. Damian, if he knew the lady and whether she is Yo­ruba or Igbo.

Apparently, the lady was also a local business owner in the Mile 2 market. The bookseller confirmed she is not Igbo but Yoruba. So, I asked is Chimamanda the name of her daughter? Damian said no. Chimamanda is the daughter of another local shop owner, who is an Igbo woman. (I was wondering if the Chimamanda charm, as a name for girls, has been imported into Oduduwa world, to preempt ourselves).

Of course, in my neighborhood where I live, there is Chimamanda. And the mother in love with the child or the name, or its associations to a heroine, will always call out Chimamanda, Chimamanda. Well, before Ms. Chimamanda Adichie, I had never heard of any older persons, male or female, bearing the name. It appears to us that Ms. Adichie, is likely to be the first of the gals to bear such ‘new names’ and almost certainly its first populariser. Of course, names are like currencies, they are minted and come into use. After their ‘length of days,’ they go out of fashion, exhaust their favour and are discarded. It is, perhaps, only in Japan, if all we hear is correct that names, especially family names, are ‘gazetted’ and can’t be tweaked. If, for instance, you chose to change nationality and be Japanese, there is a list of names from which you must choose, to be surnamed in Japan, we are told.

If we left the Japanese to their ways, our conjecture is that the naming of children Chimamanda in Igbo land, is likely in tribute, and for a sense of wished for achievement, ala Ms. Adichie, by dotting mothers on their wards. So, Chimamanda, as a name does not only mean ‘my god will not fail me’, but also that the little toddler grows up to be as achieved and famous as her ‘mentor’, Ms. Adichie. And the little girl in my neighbourhood is not the only Adichie we have seen or encountered. We have, one can estimate, met or heard about half a dozen such Chimamandas. Apparently, Chimamanda is the hottest new name for a new chic in Igbo land. And that is quite an achievement for a gal who set out to pen novels.

Thus, we can say that Ms. Adichie is not just a literary star, she is a full service cultural icon. And this her status of a cultural ambassador for new mothers and their gals, is in ways that may not have reached her. And here, we are speaking of mothers who are not literary buffs and may not have read any of her works. Some, I suspect, may be functional or plain illiterates, but the echo, Chimamanda, resounds so much it is heard and adored all over Igbo land.

Well, if she doesn’t know, she is the folksy hero, it is not, perhaps, her fault. She, we are told, lives out her charm abroad mostly, and in Nigeria, sometimes. And that Nigeria, I guess, is in gated neighborhoods, judging from her present economic and social status? I am not aware those snobbish types who share gated estates as her neighbour, will fall over themselves to elect Chimamanda as a model, a cultural model. As a literary model, may be yes, but as a total cultural guide and avatar, well, very well, we can’t swear to that. They have their priorities and, we hazard, egos to match.

But the point is that ordinary Igbo women are honouring her in ways that should be noted. She is to our understanding, the most influencer name bearer since General Chukwuemeka ‘Emeka’ Ojukwu. After Ojukwu, Emeka has become something of what Kim is in Korea. It is now our staple name and a salute to the heroism of Biafra for which we fought like the Greeks at Salamis. Perhaps, that the Greeks won accounts for the continuance of Western civilisation. Perhaps, again, that Biafra lost foreclosed on Black, okay Nigerian civilisation? Or what do you think, dear reader?

And this all reminds one of the name Chinweizu. And now we have a nephew named Chinweizu. He is all grown up now and is become something of a plutocrat or an aspiring one. Perhaps, it is that daddy didn’t tell him he was named after or in honour of the cerebral Chinweizu, author of the magisterial The West and the Rest of Us. In the years his father was a young married man, Chinweizu was the rock star of intellectualism for many a Nigerian. And to pay tribute and show appreciation, the man named his son the charmed name Chinweizu – which may be translated, all wisdom belongs to God.

But the young father did not think of God or wisdom when he named his son. He only thought and adored his hero. But the new Chinweizu is not wanting in on the academia. He is now a banker, a future billionaire and industrialist. But however it goes, the deed is done, the statues made. Even the day he becomes the billionaire he is set to be, he should remember he is a living tribute of the fineness of the mind – a representative of a fine mind at work. And as the new Chimamandas grow, into whatever else, let them also remember it is for the lady, who is a mind worker and wonder, that they are named.

If you rob us of our sleep, you must share in our nightmares

One is almost in sympathy with admirers of President Muhammadu Buhari. They are now fatigued with his runny inability to do things, even little things. The scandal is not just that he fails in the big change he promised to his electorate. The scandal is that just to appoint statutory officers, ministers and run a government, an ordinary government seems clearly unachievable task.

So, all manner of jeremiads are being sang with his name in them. It is now clear that APC and Buhari had no greater vision than to grab power. They wanted PDP out and that was what they had for a programme. Now, the PDP is out and the APC and the Presidency are lost in their tracks. They just don’t know what to do.

Well, to be fair to the facts, it is not an all Buhari-APC error. The greater error is in the very construction of the Nigerian state. That is, Nigeria as is made, is literally impossible to run and be well run. Too much powers and expectations are heaped on the centre, on one man who is mortal, who is just like the rest of us imperfect. No day passes and one would not read in the papers of one section of the country or another, one interest group or another, calling on Buhari to do this for us and to not do that for others.

So, one man confronted by the mountainous heap of what is to be done, becomes frozen. There is too much to do that he can’t even begin. And finally, nothing is done or can be done. But the failing of Buhari and APC is that they promised themselves and the world they would do it. And now they have found it impossible to do.

And to add to the confusion is the wahala at the National Assembly. The assembly crisis has broken APC into two or more factions, fighting not just for turfs, but to liquidate one another. That also is enough to freeze governance.

But beneath the tears of the Buhari sympathisers, one can sight wrong and blurred perception of the issues of Nigeria and the man Buhari. The point is and remains that they elected a messiah and not a politician. At least, that is how Buhari and handlers marketed him. As a politician, Buhari is completely out of his depths in administering conflicts of interests, in such a manner to give it a positive sum spin. That, perhaps, is his character type. Buhari can only manage and run things as a messiah. He can only take care of the management and execution of emergencies, wars and coups if you liked. But run a normal government and he is lost as a ship in dark and sorrowful storm.

The only danger is that if there are no emergencies, wars and alarums of wars, for him to be of service, he may have to invent and precipitate one, or more. At least, that is the way he can have a job doing and not be killed by boredom.

As the messiah he is, it is now manifesting he is incapable of team work. He is either your absolutist ruler or supreme savant – with no allowances in between. This is really what is holding back on the appointment of ministers and other key plays. That is, if Buhari was born in to play a game, it can’t be the game of soccer. It needs to be a golf, a lonely golf guy. He is just the kind of guy who tees away all alone. At best he goes with his cart and leaves the rest of us lost in the woods. The greater pity, however, is that despite being a lonely golfer, the president has just been elected the skipper and captain of our soccer team. He is at a loss whether to use his leg or club. Meanwhile, time flees and nobody catches the fugitive. Yes, the APC have robbed us of our sleep and are plotting not to share in the nightmare.

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Is Bukola Saraki a flexible Prince? http://sunnewsonline.com/new/is-bukola-saraki-a-flexible-prince/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/is-bukola-saraki-a-flexible-prince/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:28:08 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=125651 The greatest statesmen are not those who won the greatest battles and defeated the most enemies. The greatest statesmen are those who win the peace and lead the pacifica­tion of former enemies into their great­est allies. Perhaps the divergent national and international histories of the United States of America and USSR illustrate this the best. [...]]]>

The greatest statesmen are not those who won the greatest battles and defeated the most enemies. The greatest statesmen are those who win the peace and lead the pacifica­tion of former enemies into their great­est allies. Perhaps the divergent national and international histories of the United States of America and USSR illustrate this the best. Let’s deal only with the in­ternational. At the close of World War 2, America brought Japan and (West) Ger­many to their knees, and immediately restored them to moral and humanistic equalities. And the USSR under Joseph Stalin overran the greater Eastern Eu­rope as her sphere, of iron influence.

Today Germany and Japan are staunch, cabinet-status allies of America. Russia a successor state to the USSR has no allies. While American statesmen led the pacification of old enemies, the Russians insisted on subjugation, of even allies. That is, while the American-empire logic was built on shared culture and consensus, the USSR’s was on the diktats of the hegemon. Both America and Russia were constructed as empires. But the difference was critical, it was in flexibility, with an eye, or as with Russia, an impaired vision, to consensus, to the future. In summary the American princes of power were flexible, but Russian bullies were rigid.

If any Nigerian politician represents statesmanship in our present circumstances it must be Bukola Saraki and Abubakar
Atiku. This correspondent believes that Atiku played a great, a brainbox role, even if unannounced, in the emergence of Saraki. But the Atiku angle perhaps need not concern us here.

Saraki is and represents the triumph of the balance of inclusiveness, the much we can have it, over triumphalism of the right wing APC gnomes and goons. Now whatever happens the configuration in both the houses has thrown up minorities as heads. Both Saraki, though a Muslim and Yakubu Dogara, who is a Christian, are minorities. (For a full implication of the Christianity/ ethnicity mix see Corruption in Africa: Resolution through New Diagnosis.*)

Now to tell lies against what they should welcome, the APC liar’s machine has ‘taken charge’, firing on all cylinders. They claim that Saraki is a serial betrayer, who when it profited him betrayed his father. The mystery is that the Saraki people are keeping ignobly dumb, when if the matter is properly handled shows Saraki’s non-clannishness and his pupilage as an emerging statesman.

The truth is that Saraki ‘fought’ an intra-dynastic battle on the behalf of the greater whole. He chose that his family lose out on its privileges of power, as to fashion a more inclusive political machinery. It is what Saraki did that threw up a non-Saraki, Abdul Ahmed, as the Governor of Kwara State. And this is at a time another Saraki could have won, if Bukola Saraki wanted it. To remind ourselves, it was because of the sagacity of a Saraki that he told ex-President Jonathan, even if you gave every Kwaran a million dollar each you will lose in Kwara. And history proved him correct. Saraki a prince of power by the way, inherited his father and pushed his kingdom into modernity. Perhaps that explains his fortunes today as a leader of the Nigerian political class as constituted by the Senate.

Put in other words, Saraki is so cosmopolitan he won’t mind a personal loss to secure the greater good of the greatest numbers. And this should stand him in good and excellent stead in the eyes of the nation. I cannot think of any other princelings, in any of the six geopolitical zones, who have so sacrificed. If Saraki will continue in that mode, to take personal and family losses, for the greater good, then he is the most flexible of princes. And he would remind us of the American conciliator, President Ike Eisenhower, who knew instinctively that great statesmanship is in giving up your smiles to share in the pains of the greater numbers.

Yes, those who pillory Saraki have the most media, the loudest voices. All Saraki and troopers need to do is to remind the nation  that these renegade characters and their media are telling lies, are full of halitosis. Their plan was for APC to be run like a military government, without any sensibility as to who we are, as to our diversities. To them Nigeria is a fallen elephant, a big game, which they have brought down, to chop and chop alone, while others starve and quench.

Our only advice is that Saraki should let the focus remain Nigeria, and never APC. APC is the vehicle. It has done its distance. It should be mothballed for another 4 years. After that it could be retrieved, a reusable vehicle. That is the American practice. That is sanity.

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Why are Nigerians stressing smelling fart? http://sunnewsonline.com/new/why-are-nigerians-stressing-smelling-fart/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/why-are-nigerians-stressing-smelling-fart/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 23:00:51 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=124785 The public worries about our sena­tors’ wardrobe allowance has framed Nigerians who so worry, in very criminally bad light. Whoever is a Nigerian and is troubled that the senators are taking for them­selves luxury allowances for their make ups, is either a fool, a coward or just not truly Nigerian. The matter is clear. And [...]]]>

The public worries about our sena­tors’ wardrobe allowance has framed Nigerians who so worry, in very criminally bad light. Whoever is a Nigerian and is troubled that the senators are taking for them­selves luxury allowances for their make ups, is either a fool, a coward or just not truly Nigerian.

The matter is clear. And it comes in the guise of a question. How can a man who wolfs shit for national unity and statehood, ever quarrel when he is merely asked to smell fart to sustain that unity and nation? In our very before, to quote Zebrudaya, we all acquiesced as bands of armed politi­cal robbers and their successors, stole and raped the nation. All they proffered for rea­son is ‘love of nation.’ And under the guise of ‘we are coup makers’, armed political bandits, alleging love our nation and unity, turned Nigeria into a big game, their big game.

And suddenly Nigeria was a slain and fallen elephant. And when the elephant, the big game, has fallen, there is only one duty for the hunters, their households and the rest of the villagers, not excluding senators. It is to cut as much meat as you can in the time available, before the elephant rots or the scavengers, the hyenas, come in to lay claims. It is a jungle already.

And whether or not it is clear to worry­warts, this is what has been going on in and with Nigeria. And this is what accounts for the dominance of generals, their nominees and proxies in our allegedly civilian dis­pensation. And this is what accounts again for a peculiarly Nigerian fraud, of ‘eminent persons’. Whenever you hear of an eminent person in Nigeria, then it is about an ex-receiver of coup-stolen offices and/or ex-coup maker. It is behind these meaningless phrase that they often hide their dubious past, fooling the youths.

But all these are about the meat of the elephant. The real prize, the tusks, were carried away and Nigerians, even the most intelligent of them, appear not to know. The tusk is in the humiliation that a band of un­elected and unelectable soldier-generals, with their tribal-regional viziers, actually had the temerity to author or claim to author a constitution for us. And we acquiesced.

Now, of all the robberies, banditries and rapes conducted in Nigeria, by individuals, groups, civilians and/or armed personnel, none is as conclusive and nation-killing as that a few, for whatever reasons, will forge and raise a ‘constitution’ and we, as idiots, will acquiesce to it, for the sake of the na­tion and its unity.

First is that the constitution is supposed to serve the people, not the nation, since a nation cannot pre-exist the people. It is the people who will now institute the na­tion and not the nation the people. But that is even the little point. The most humiliat­ing is that these soldiers made making his­tory look so cheap. So, to be a great man in Nigeria today, you needed to be a coup maker, an armed political bandit or some­thing worse.

You don’t run a country like that and it survives. History is the most precious pos­session of civilisation. You can’t debase it and have your civilisation not collapse. That is, the first duty of all nationalists is to restore and recover Nigerian history. And we do this by condemning and repu­diating all impunities of the past, formally. And the first act must be to recover the right of the Nigerian peoples to decide how and why they should live. No banditry, how­ever well-intentioned, should be allowed to dismiss the people from their glories and graces.

If we act otherwise, it then follows: That by the act of this supposed rogue constitu­tion, it is now signed and sealed, that any Nigerian, so long as he professes, not acts, love of nation, can act with impunity. So, what is so silly about a million dollar ward­robe if it is for the good of Rome, sorry Naija?

And our takeaway: Coups and coup­making are the sources of all impunities, which include mind boggling corruptions, in Nigeria. And so long as we approve of those coups and coup makers, sometimes hilariously as nationalists, as heroes, then impunity is the norm and must be accepted for the sake, the good and glory of Nige­ria. The examples of our heroes past must be lived out in the present; that is the lore. Boy, if you can accept a forged false and fraudulent constitution, why are you play­ing games because poor pick-pockets want to steal a penny to cover their nakedness?

 

A messiah is on the prowl?

One guy, Gimba Kakanda, wrote a very nice article, Government Media Aides and Public Analysis. The gist of the article is that the media aides of the president left him an unguarded and unguided loose missile. And the presi­dent was firing for ‘own fatalities’ lit­erarily. He was killing off Nigeria and the hallowed seat of being a Nigerian president. Great.

To quote him: ‘I was part of a discourse instigated by a satire on President Mu­hammadu Buhari’s recent blunders and seeming indecisions these past days. The author, Malam Jaafar Jaafar, a media aide to former Governor Rabiu Musa Kwank­waso, employed as a subject of his com­mentary the president’s mispronouncing of German Chancellor’s name as Mi­chelle instead of Merkel, misattribution of the designation “President” instead of “Chancellor” to her, and then reference to her territory as “West Germany” instead of Germany.’

‘The essence of Jaafar’s method, quite simply, was to draw attention to the over­sights of presidential aides in having the principal prepared for diplomatic engage­ments at which knowledge of, or remind­ers about, global current affairs are neces­sary, and the necessity of the president’s many travels. But, instead of a robust defence of the man’s travails and Freud­ian slips, Jaafar was not only pilloried, but his background as former media aide was cited by defenders of the president, in dreadful zombie mode, just to qualify him as “hypocritical” and, thus, morally unfit to criticise the political establishment.’

If this great writer has just bothered how the president of the most powerful black nation on earth did go wild in Europe, em­barrassing his own nation and his office, then he won’t have been lost for answers.

The point is that President Muham­madu Buhari was positioned and mass-marketed by his handlers as a messiah. And apparently the Nigerian people be­lieved and elected him a messiah. A mes­siah is an all-knowing, all-wise potentate. You don’t teach or guide a messiah. He already knows. And besides him you are all minions, viziers. And the great job of the viziers and minions is to prove that their potentate is all-knowing, all-wise, in fact, god in human form. And to advance their careers, it is the solemn duty of the minions, to state, demonstrate and act, that they themselves are the fools, who need to be guided. A wise vizier or minion in a court of power, is a living fish out of water, a contradiction in terms. So, you cannot ask a vulture to teach the eagle chick how to fly or the minion to guide his potentate-messiah in the ways of the world. It is agreed and it is agreed, that Buhari is a bundle of genius, talent, integrity, whole­ness, energy, youth, age, so why, how and what do you scheme to teach him?

The takeaways here are: Buhari is not teachable and doesn’t need your lessons. Besides, no man in power as redeemer, an Osagyefo, ever learnt anything new. He is a messiah. That was how you elected him. And like they say when you are in a lion’s mouth, there is no need to jump out. It is more blessed for you to jump further in – into the lion’s hungry belly and let the beast have her meals.

And the second part of the takeaway is from the great author himself as he points out our double standards and hy­pocrisy. ‘It hurts me badly that the most furious and indecorous critics of former President Goodluck Jonathan who, with­out evidence, ridiculed the man as per­petually drunk, threw ethnophobic jibes at his “Ijaw accent”, dismissed him as an incoherent speaker, said his PhD is fake, derided his wife’s speech impediment, charged him as funder of the Boko Haram, wove silly conspiracy theories to suppress facts, wished him death, and even made personalised and “insensitive” jokes about the first couple’s family and sex life and the woman’s “barrenness”, are the people forming an army and a police against any commentary and joke on Buhari’s accent, blunders and administrative indecisions.’

And the third is that even those accusing Buhari of being slow to start are missing the thread. He is still the guy who knows best, who knows all. He alone knows when best to start, to race and to rest. The only way you can teach or guide Buhari is by degrading him, from a messiah to a politician. To be politician is routine. It is like being an accountant. You need a team. You need to brainstorm. You need guid­ance. But as the messiah, he is the one man riot squad or the one chance bus. All is in the womb of time. We must be patient even unto death, after all that is how and why we voted.

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Is there a science of chaos? http://sunnewsonline.com/new/is-there-a-science-of-chaos/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/is-there-a-science-of-chaos/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 23:00:40 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=123988 JIMANZE EGO-ALOWES alowesrepublic@yahoo.com 08111845043 The enthronement of Bukola Saraki as the Senate president has thrown up the old question and its variants in open relief. Is Nigeria too com­plex a country? Is Nigeria too complicated a country for one man to run? Is Nigeria too large, too sprawling, too expansive and intricate to be run as one [...]]]>

JIMANZE EGO-ALOWES alowesrepublic@yahoo.com 08111845043

The enthronement of Bukola Saraki as the Senate president has thrown up the old question and its variants in open relief. Is Nigeria too com­plex a country? Is Nigeria too complicated a country for one man to run? Is Nigeria too large, too sprawling, too expansive and intricate to be run as one country? This question as uncomfortable as it is for many of us, posed itself anew, by the war casual­ties that followed Saraki’s triumph.

Expectedly, the coming to power of Saraki was like a fratricidal war. In fact, one columnist from the ‘defeated stable’ wrote of legislative bloodletting and her brotherly TV station did a show ‘that Saraki Coup’. Post victory there were calculations as to the numbers of the dead, the wounded and the prisoners of war. In short the booty was deemed indivisible, or there was no elegant sharing formula for the ‘pacification’ of the warlords who lost. And the count was triumphal on one side and mournful on the other. The faction that won made their victory parades and the partisans that lost withdrew into the ramparts, ready to trigger a guerrilla warfare. Yet it was supposed to be a post-election victory party for ‘all’. Now it is a war. But can’t Nigeria be made a win-win proposition? Or is this how Gowonism designed Nigeria to be, an abattoir?

Our thinking on the matter is as follows. Nigeria is not as complex as the British Empire, the Pax Britannia, was. In fact Nigeria was only a province of the intricate worldwide imperium. And the Brits, a small island people, ran it so well it shone like Jerusalem, the ‘city of on the hill’. Britain was so well administered it became the most successful empire in modern history. It endured and prospered, civilizing the known world. And suddenly the Germans came, via World War I and 2, and laid the mighty empire down and low.

If you thought that is ancient history, well there is this new big-boy hegemon, America. Nigeria again is not half as complex as America, the new empire. At least not in numbers or diversities, yet America runs and is ran so smoothly it emerged to rule and dominate the known world and beyond. Even India, for all its failings, is a smoothie compared to Nigeria’s akpu na ogwu or coarse roughage.

So the matter must not be with complexities, of Nigeria or just any havens or hell. Perhaps we have to tell ourselves who we are. Nigeria is not too complex to run. It is just that we have not found or founded the algorithm, the deep thinkers, upon which to simplify operations and generate Nigeria as a consensual, win-win, not zero sum game or functions.

In the end, ironically, complexity does not exist. What exists are our levels of brain power. Complexity as your reality, is an indirect description and measure of your brain-power capacities. If you increased or have big brain-powers, you will have and encounter less complexities. In fact all what was once complex will turn up simple and simplified, the bigger the brain becomes.

So America works because those men, the American men, have big or bigger brains. And Nigeria is thus a complex country because we have so little (an inverse matching ratio) brains. And it may be said, without error, that socio-politically we are like the lower animals. We are only able to exploit, not master our environment. In all history only those who understood and exploited chaos have triumphed. In fact the whole purpose of the religions, which is the first major discipline and disciplining of chaos is to channel and exploit chaos, into paradise? To put it simply the founders of religions, the prophets and poets, made the world less chaotic for man. They were the first scholars. All scholarship has its roots in religion. If properly understood, exploiting chaos or founding religions, has a mathematical equivalent, one is told. It is the theory of everything, TOE, which for our great purposes here is related and aligned to solvent populations. One can at appropriate hours stand in for the other. That is why religious empires have endured, outlasted political empires. But can a theory of political chaos be founded? Yes, but in power function terms only.

And there is only one power; brain power. The others are mere expressions of this oneness. It is just like steam or ice cubes are all water in different states of expressions. That is why the Bible supplicates man: in all thy getting get wisdom, that is, get a bigger brain. Nigeria is politically ungovernable for lack and dearth of big brains, brain-powers. This is the scripture, the rest is fiction, ok commentary. Ahiazuwa.

 

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Hi ben, It’s all for one and one for all http://sunnewsonline.com/new/hi-ben-its-all-for-one-and-one-for-all/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/hi-ben-its-all-for-one-and-one-for-all/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 23:53:22 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=122867 We have been watching the media mogul, Ben Murray-Bruce, for some time now. It is all in our day’s job as media and minority issues sociologists. That Mr. Bruce shows up on our radar predates his ascension into the high office of being a senator. But lately a new and more boisterous Bruce has emerged. [...]]]>

We have been watching the media mogul, Ben Murray-Bruce, for some time now. It is all in our day’s job as media and minority issues sociologists. That Mr. Bruce shows up on our radar predates his ascension into the high office of being a senator. But lately a new and more boisterous Bruce has emerged. And there are, one could see, errors of gesture and articulations here and there, by him.

Anyway it has never been our ambi­tion to advise the rich and the mighty. They can pay for the best Swiss advisers with a return ticket thrown in. So, this is really not a piece of advice to the great senator. It is a reflection on some of his moves, for the wisdom of the many. To summarise, if Ben Bruce doesn’t ronu, he will have a very disastrous outing at the senate. And there are many reasons for that.

The first is that he seems to mix up the ways of the corporate world, where he was a notable success, with those of the political market. While one can afford to wear his passion on his sleeves, be hyperactive in pursuing personal or corporate goals, politics demands guile, a forged if not false demeanor. The brilliant politician is more like the red-headed lizard. He often nods his head and treasures his many silences, while keeping his eyes wide-open for the main chances. His business is to reap where others sow. It is aristocratic to be a sena­tor, we may all remind ourselves. And aristocrats are rentiers by lore. Others sweat to cool them down.

And it makes meaning. While the mar­ket place rewards the individual player or its corporate equivalent, politicians against their instincts and practice, swear that they are in it for the common good. Yet even the village idiot knows, that politics, as politicians play it, is about the advancement of one’s careers under the cloak of public good. The so-called gain to the public is a mask. In fact, that is why plutocrats like Ben Bruce would leave his empire of money and gold in Lagos, wash up in Abuja, as a senator for rural Bayelsa.

Thus other players, all fellow senators, all more truthful to their callings, will be more circumspect. They will expect Ben Bruce to wear the mask and not demys­tify the masquerade. The masquerade is, of course, man, yet it must be profitably alleged to be spirit. But if Ben Bruce insists on squealing the secrets even to the ‘women’, then there are sanctions and costs. And politics is about loyalty rewarded and betrayals punished. So, within the hallowed chambers, apostates, irritants and outliers will be asked to sip the hemlock. And there is nothing too strange in this. It is the way the zebra runs its stripes.

Secondly, envy. The Igbo have a proverb. It is eze bu ilo. Before Bruce made the senate, he was one of the recognisable individuals in the Nigerian money-makers market. And he appears to have had a dashing life, the type, even Nollywood stars would have envied. In short, he has before now achieved excellence – become eze. It is this excel­lence that attracts envy, enmity. So, for just self-preservation, politically, he needs to have as little presence as he can manage. But to rob it in that he has the media as his footstool and can reach the millions over and above the head of the yet to be constituted senate will attract even the envy of the gods. And wounded egos, especially of the big names like him, are barely less suffocating that a boa constrictor’s. And that he is a mere freshman senator, who properly should be hazed, and then lowered into his poor ranking in the scheme of things, will be demanded and enforced. If he resists it, that may invite the long knives, even in the sunny day.

So, when statements like, “I am fight­ing the corrupt elite. When they drink a bottle of champagne that can educate a child, they should know Ben Bruce will fight them,” is attributed to him, it is a clear signal the man is courting death or insanity.

Now, whether or not it is clear to Bruce, the fact of the matter is that he has entered and been initiated into a cult, the cult of power. Perhaps, he did not intend it. But all that is not the matter. The matter is that the senate, unlike the lower house, is a racket. Sena­tors, strictly speaking, do not represent anybody or numbers, they represent entities, delineations, states. It is the upper chamber not just on this account but also on the unspoken basis that they are there to stabilise and retain the status quo. The famous two tea-cup banter by the founding fathers of the United States gives away this critical role of the senate. Simply put, the senate is not for revo­lutionaries. It is for reactionaries, those who want the present state or order of things maintained. Cults are non-mon­etary insurance regimes of the rich and the powerful. Cults are religious only in the sense that religions are covers. It is all about power. And like in and of all cults, those who squeal are murdered and those who keep quiet and conscientious are advanced. So, if Bruce is to make his way in this great world of the senate, he must live by the golden rule: Omerta, or he will be made a corpse, politically.

Of course, we can all recall the last time a former police chief said he was shocked to sight plain criminals he pros­ecuted in the same hallowed chambers as colleagues. The elders of the cult, sorry senate, stepped and demanded omerta. He obliged. Or he would have been made a corpse, politically. Or he was even made one. We never heard of or from him after that. Is he still well and alive, politically that is? Dear reader, would you know?

Truth is, every profession is a con­spiracy against the laity. And the senate is a power conspiracy, a power cult. If Bruce doesn’t know, he will quickly learn that his bounden duty is to prosper and safeguard a brother in power. And that the senators are now all related, by power. And that power is thicker than blood. That is, Bruce has taken the power oath, whether at Okija or at the hallowed chambers, only he can confess. By the way hallowed chambers means sacred chambers. It is similar to other holy grounds like shrines.

To sign off, we will leave the Bruces of this world to ruminate on the follow­ing: My experience of politics is that it is a world apart. It has its own laws of gravity, it has its own time zones. It is completely different from business. - Lord Saatchi. Saatchi was a success­ful media entrepreneur like Bruce, in Britain.

You don’t want too much originality if you are to succeed in politics. Privately, you can be original as you like, but you must keep your originality to your­self. Don’t surprise people with your thoughts. -Matthew Parris. Parris was a Margret Thatcher insider in Britain.

 

The alleged CBN scam?

We have read and seen the pictures of the alleged CBN scammers. There are unanswered ques­tions, to put things mildly. There is also a suggested hint that we are not being told all the truth, if any truth at all. First of all the arraigned men and characters looked too poor and small to have scammed a total of 8 billion over several years. Things don’t just work that way.

Above all it should be common knowledge that it is not feasible to steal such an amount, without senior opera­tives, possibly at the levels of directors and beyond, being taken in confidence, and ‘federated in’. In fact what would have happened would be similar to the configurations in the coup that brought Brigadier Murtala Mohammed to power. Post-coup, it was openly touted that the betrayers, Colonel Joe Garba and goons, where promised immunity from prosecution even if the coup failed by the said Mohammed. Mohammed it was common knowledge was an alternate power base and who openly disobeyed, discountenanced General Jack Gowon, whom treated him as a usurper. So Garba, who was ranked in as Minister of External Affairs, was a yeoman, a monkey paw, even if well rewarded. But the coup don, was Mohammed and he ran away with the main prize – dictator and head of state.

So one can say that the CBN 8 are chamberlains, yeomen, acting on the instructions of palace princes. The rest is PR. Thus the rap that a troupe of little bandit boys and a girl, were running free, stealing billions, is if true, not the whole truth. And Chukwuma Soludo, a former CBN don, has just come to our aid. In a recent Premium Times inter­view he was quoted:

‘Question: Some CBN staff are cur­rently being tried for alleged fraud re­garding circulation of old notes, and the EFCC says this has been on for years – apparently more people may have been involved. Were you able to deal with that kind of fraud when you were in charge?’

‘Soludo: First and foremost, I can’t imagine how such a fraud could be executed successfully given the architec­ture of controls and security at the CBN. Such would require the collusion of tens of persons from different departments and agencies, including law enforcement agencies and commercial banks.’

Soludo has said it all. To imagine and execute such robberies at the CBN, requires an army of looters, not an at­tack unit of 8. Where are the rest? And more importantly, the big ones? Nigeria, Ahiazuwa.

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The wise are not electable, that is democracy http://sunnewsonline.com/new/the-wise-are-not-electable-that-is-democracy/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/the-wise-are-not-electable-that-is-democracy/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 23:09:42 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=121834 If you want to cause some uproar in the United States, just whisper it out loudly that Barack Obama made the presidency because of his merits or for being a gifted and brainy boy. The fact is that in the first 1000 smart Americans, an Obama won’t make the list, and he knows. One of [...]]]>

If you want to cause some uproar in the United States, just whisper it out loudly that Barack Obama made the presidency because of his merits or for being a gifted and brainy boy. The fact is that in the first 1000 smart Americans, an Obama won’t make the list, and he knows. One of those who would have protested, Professor John Nash, just died in a deplorable motor accident. Certainly a Nash would wondered out loud: If Obama is smart or brainy then what am I? A god? And it is not just big dudes like Nash, people folks like Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce and husband, would feel particularly slighted if an Obama is ranked above them as genius. Even common businessmen won’t concede Obama an inch.
The point of it is that in America especially, and Western Europe generally, politics is left for folks who have nothing better to do, who have no real merits or brains. And that is how it should be. America as a superpower is created by a thousand points and more of lights and powers generators and generating. It is out of the abundance of these generated powers that each power generator donates a portion of this powers and lights, to the centers to be managed by politicians. That is politicians don’t create power or light, they only are employed to manage created powers and light. Thus really smart Americans, Americans who have real merits or genius, are primarily power creating units. They are the philosophers, thinkers, scientists, poets and businessmen. So smartness belongs to those who create these powers and not those politicians who beg for votes to manage parts of the sum of created powers.
America as a political being and not just its politics, starts with a simple and fundamental assumption. It is the sacred idea that the politician, the leader, is of a common stock as the people. That is the old European idea or ideal of the leader as a genus apart, is for Americans a fallen statue. This enlightened substructure of America is why America works so well. America was a new art form, altering not just the form, but above all, the internal logic and material of the new creation – the new world, America. Now, all of Europe has learnt and are copying America. Today in the enlightened world the best a leader may is a lovable fool. This is the American lead. Miss it and you have lost it.
So one is genuinely scandalized to read of APC leaders speak, that the Senate President and such characters will be elected on the basis of merit. This is school boy ignorance. First of all, voting cannot measure or track merit. What voting measures and democracy elects is the popularity, numbers not quality. Thus, if A is elected in preference to B, all it means is that A is more popular than B and not that A is more meritorious than B. Electoral democracy has no tools to measure other than numbers. Democracy is in representativeness. So if a political order is not representative, it is not democratic, whatever else it is.
Second of all, all democracies, repeat all known, sustainable and prosperous democracies are products of zoning. There is no sustainable democracy outside zoning. And there are no such histories of one. The point that is lost on Nigerian ignorance, is that America is the first purpose zoned polity. In fact this reality of a zoned America is lost to Americans themselves. Perhaps we shall excuse the Nigerian ignorance? But shall we? The answer is no. A backwater power, a Nigeria, to develop must understand the history of the developed metropolitan powers more than the metropolitans themselves. Otherwise they like the watchman watch in vain.
Thanks for the works and insights of Mother A’endu. She has taught us as no other historian. Her commission to her followers: this history is new, this history must be news, has led to the unearthing of some of the most hidden or even harmlessly stolen realities. It is how it was revealed that all sustainable statecrafts must be architected on zoning. All else is public relations.
That the practitioners of these zoning do not know does not handicap their development. They are already about it. Their ignorance is like the ignorance of the Jews before their encounter with the new world of Romans and the intellectual Greeks. The Jews, an eastern peoples, had founded some of the most profound insights, but had no logic to back it up, had no theology even for its mighty god.
It was this encounter that led Saint Paul to confess: For Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks ask for wisdom. 1 Corinthians 1:22. For the first time the poetic genius of the Jews came in conflict with the cold rationality of Greek thoroughness. And both worlds prospered. And Saint Paul again bore witness confessing again: I am a debtor to both the Greeks and to the barbarians… Romans 1: 14.
Our prosperity will vanish if APC does not learn like Saint Paul to learn from the modern Greeks – Americans and in this case separate merit from politics. Politicians don’t have merit. They can only have numbers.

Jega joins Gowon

We read in the papers and online how Professor Atahiru Jega was self-congratulating himself. In his opinion his INEC performed creditably. His claims sound great. It is just that they are not.
First of all and despite appearances, Jega’s election was floored. The numbers are simply bizarre in Imo, Rivers, and Kano states, for instance. Our thoughts are that despite the good image Jonathan tells of himself of a peace and nation loving Nigerian, the reality of his concession of defeat is otherwise. Jonathan is a brace man, a minority man and there are limits to his political strong headedness. Simply put he can’t mount the coalition to take on the forces that were arrayed against him, if the push came to the shove. Power is a reality game, not a puppet theatre.
But even more, what sounded interesting was professor Jega’s misunderstanding of the predictions of the doomsayers. It is naïve to tie it to a date. And they didn’t. They said before 2015.  What is known and Jega as a political scientist would have, is that it is all part of trend analysis. That it came from Americans doesn’t make it any more or less true.
It is just that Nigerians were too self-excited about it all. Trend analysis and projection is a business in America. And there are dedicated ‘desk officers’ whose business it is to churn out predictions on all regions of the world, including America. Of America for instance it has been predicted that the future may come and they did be broken into several countries or that Spanish will be a de-facto lingua franca.
What these prognoses are about is to examine the fundamentals and contradictions of any society and see what the implications there are. Of course they don’t have the future in their pockets. And in many instances they have failed to foresee this future. The eruption of Arab spring came as a surprise to their best Arab desk officers. America responded late to it. And many did not foresee the former USSR crackling up. The only American guy who foresaw the mighty USSR crashing was so obscure nobody believed him. He made the headlines only after the fact.
So rather than the euphoria, let us do ourselves the favor of prognosticating our future. Are we honest with ourselves, have we been fair with one another when circumstances throw us up into power. In specific terms, the host and procession of northern generals and coup makers, who Balkanized the country in their image, have they done good even to themselves, as they purposed to rob others politically and otherwise? These are more important questions than whatever the Americans say.
It is in the same light that one considers the quotes also attributed to General Gowon. It was bizarre. But Gowon compounded his case by introducing extraneous matters. His charge against General Ojukwu was not just out of season but was neither here nor there. The war was not about Ojukwu as Gowon wanted to pretend. The war was a series of responses by ndi igbo to the purposed genocide and ethnic cleansing Gowon and goons had scheduled against us. So to demonize Ojukwu won’t help Gowon, history has already caught up with him.
And lest we forget, the scrap being paddled around that Gowon is, was humane is absolute lies. In fact despite the false and forged claims of certain interested but completely dishonest parties, General Sani Abacha is not Nigeria’s most murderous dictator. The dubious honor must go to General Gowon. Fact is that compared to Gowon, Abacha was a kinder, gentler soul and officer. And lest we forget this same General Gowon who now propositions himself a Christian, hired Egyptian-Arab Muslim mercenaries, with specific instructions. It was to bomb and shatter innocent lives, civilians in market places, hospitals and maternities. So what is Gowon talking about? Why does he want in these twilight years to coopt, corrupt and deceive the youths?
And we must never cease to remind General Gowon that what he did was so appalling to men with Christian hearts they asked if Africans can ever learn to be godly. Steve Jobs to give an example, wondering if the people doing this were Christian, gave up on Christianity for the Gowons of this world. The point also must be noted, no matter how successful Nigeria, if ever, becomes, it cannot hide the sins of Gowon’s past. Success is not a cover for sins. Historically Gowon’s name is already dark and darkened. Yes Gowon may have done his worst. He should lighten his load, not add to it by historical lies or inaccuracies.
Finally countries break up or down not because of reports, but because of more fundamental issues. These issues are the matters to address. These are fundamental issues. Elections are at best triggers. And you have to have a gun before its trigger. Nigeria ronu.

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Will Buhari become Nigeria’s Brezhnev? http://sunnewsonline.com/new/will-buhari-become-nigerias-brezhnev/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/will-buhari-become-nigerias-brezhnev/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 23:06:25 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=120610 It is shameful there is some discussion at all on whether Adamu Muazu, Olisa Metuh and gang should be fleeing from the destruction they have wrought upon this nation. That they should insist on ad­ministering and profiteering from the ruin they have made of the edifice, PDP, tells that Nigeria is a moral disaster. The [...]]]>

It is shameful there is some discussion at all on whether Adamu Muazu, Olisa Metuh and gang should be fleeing from the destruction they have wrought upon this nation. That they should insist on ad­ministering and profiteering from the ruin they have made of the edifice, PDP, tells that Nigeria is a moral disaster. The point should be made clear or even en­forced: Muazu and gang, not excluding TAN, should spare us their smelly body odour, politically, that is. They should all go and take a shower. Their continuing presence constitutes pollution. And this is in an age that is going green, politically, environmentally and otherwise. These people are so incompetent not even the devil would have hired them as aides.

And this going and never coming back must include the outgoing president. He should just fade away. And it was particularly disgusting to see him speak of how lucky he is. Is the presidency about him? Or, perhaps, he forgot the Arab in us, that he was a representative man? If PDP, the whole, failed, Jonathan the part, can’t be lucky.

But besides the persons and names, the greater point, however, is that PDP is dead, without any prospects of resurrection. The logic is simple. Nigeria as redesigned and recreated by Gowon and Gowonism is a one-party state or estate. Perhaps, the more precise term is empire-state.

The implication of Gowon’s redesign of Nigeria, is that virtually all economic windows are congregated in one hand, the hands of whoever happens to be Nigeria’s dictator at the given time. With so much economic powers, we can’t really and never have we elected presidents. What we elect are dictators, potentates and even monsters. Jonathan famously hinted at this. He claimed he never used up, even 15 per cent of presidential powers. If a state is constructed as a one-party estate, it is no longer feasible to administer it as a multi-party franchise.

Thus it is not technically feasible to exist as an opposition party in Nigeria. That is Gowon’s purpose and it is wonderful in their eyes. You can only exist as a sub-nationalist party, Egbesu, MASSOB, OPC, Arewa. It is this unitary design that explains why all the so-called captains of industries who, just yesterday, were Jonathan’s carpetbaggers, are all shamelessly cowering before Buhari to pledge their total and, of course, dubious loyalty. Don’t blame them. It is how the state is constructed. If you want a multi-party state, first liberalise the substructures, the wealth sources. It is all about the money trail. Of course, the politicians would soon join the moguls to dance naked before the god-king, sorry, the president-elect. What else would they have done? Set up a new country?

The problem with Nigerian intellectualising is our penchant to borrow terms we have little or no historical understanding of. So, in error, we have all been speaking of APC as an opposition party. It was no such thing.

What happened with APC is a mystery only if one refused to shine his eyes. APC was never an opposition party. APC, as was cobbled together, was a faction of the ruling party, PDP, which rebelled and torpedoed the great ship of state. That APC allegedly won the election is the equivalent of a palace coup, of a Murtala Mohammed, dismissing Gowon from office, or Babangida sacking his then irritant, Buhari. That it was bloodless or largely so does not detract from the logic that it was ‘army arrangement’, ‘paddy-paddy government’. Of course, evidences abound. Ancient PDP sinners, dudes like Amaechi, Tambuwal… el-Rufai, are now canonised APC saints. And the future of the party belongs to them, not to the Tinubu/Osinbajo loop, who may play the Alexy Kosygin of the USSR.

Even at that, there was a hidden architecture of power to it. The overthrow of old PDP by the new PDP, aka APC, was financed by prescient G2-imperialism structures of Gowon. All the taxes you pay in Lagos, are a key part of that financing. That is, we were all taxed to elect the new PDP, aka APC. Perhaps, Gowon and Gowonism saw the future. Lagos as designed by Gowon was part of the armory of projected dominance by the G2; with Lagos as the war chest, sucking cash, capital and life out of the provinces. Today’s Lagos is like what London was to the colonial provinces. These things look so ancient that many have forgotten it happened and was plotted by Gowon and successor generals.

Now, if the old PDP, which Muazu and gang murdered and insist on being the lavishly paid undertakers, were to bid for a return to power, the question is, does this old PDP or what remains of it, have any Lagos; that is, Lagos in G2 terms? Can the old PDP ask all Nigeria to finance their upturning the apple cart? And do the architecture and infrastructure exist? We doubt. However, one thing is indicated. It is that we have to return to our primordial ties to solve the Nigerian question. Any other thing is futile, Arab-like dreaming.

If we are to understand what happened, international near equivalences will serve us purpose. The nearest modern equivalent of what is happening in Nigeria is what happened in Japan. Japan is essentially constructed to be a one-party estate. But theirs was achieved by hundreds of years of cultural nurturing and almost complete ethnic homogeneity. Japan, as a one-party state, was a creation of educated consensus (see The Enigma of Japanese Power by Professor Karel Wolferen and The Chrysanthemum and the Sword by Professor Ruth Benedict).

However, in a brief three-year period, the Democratic Party of Japan, DPJ, ‘a faction’ of the long reigning Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, LDP, won the prime minister-ship. But the DPJ was a coalition of former LDP lords, like former Prime Ministers Tsutomu Hata and Yukio Hatoyama, and their retainers.

Japan, however, is every inch unlike the monster Nigeria, which Gowonism and successor generals created. The very vision and slogan celebrated by Gowonism; ‘to keep Nigeria one, is a task that must be done’, is a giveaway that modern Gowonistic Nigeria was constructed by force, by pure thuggery. ‘Must’, is the very antithesis and show of disdain for consensus. That is modern Nigeria, Gowonistic Nigeria, is not negotiated, is not a consensus, it is procured by mafia-like thuggery. Thus one can in truth say that modern Nigeria was thus fashioned by Gowon and successor generals, is purpose built to be a Hobbesian state of hell. All else is public relations.

But that is not even the developmental point. The developmental issue is that thuggery, force and deceit never worked, not even in India, which first institutionalised it. But that thuggery doesn’t work is the good news. The evil part is that, no greatness, no livingness, nothing organic, was ever accomplished by force or thuggery. From Einstein’s E=MC2, to Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, from Messi’s footy magic, to modern America, what is at work and play, is what the mathematicians call elegance. That is a beauty, a harmony of and in logic, that is not forced, that is not forged. Without this elegance, in mathematics, state construction, or Messi’s free kicks, etc., man would not have founded the modern world, and America would not have existed, and if it did, it wouldn’t have been a superpower.

Now, not known to the many too many, America, like Things Fall Apart, like Gauss’ equations, is a work of art. America is a supreme work of art and that is why it works and that is why they are great. We have treated this in more details in our book, Corruption in Africa: A Resolution through New Diagnosis.*

Perhaps, what confounds many is the case of Britain and old Europe. They too, we can confess, are works of arts, are dynamical and living systems. That is why they work, that is how they are great entities. It is just that their art, their elegance and rigours were and are arts made by history, created in the womb of time, not the minds of men, like America. America is a mind, not a time creation. Unfortunately, there is no chance for us to wait upon time to fashion or recreate us. Mankind is already in the post-American, not pre-British eras.

Simply put, Nigeria has to be renegotiated, to create a work of art, to create a consensus, for it to work. Otherwise, Nigeria will remain and forever as Gowonism created her, an open sore, and a human abattoir. Currently Nigeria has murdered more people in peace than any other country in the known world. Hurrah for Gowonism.

Now the real danger. If Nigeria is not renegotiated, Buhari may be Nigeria’s Leonid Brezhnev. Please, let us all recall, that the USSR was like Nigeria, a huge state forcefully carpentered to be a one-party empire-state.

Then Khrushchev came and he was like our own old Joe. He was thought clueless, and even an unlovable fool. Then party apparatchiks led by Brezhnev conspired and sacked him in a palace coup, aka APC-PDP rearranging the deck in a Titanic. And Brezhnev started the boisterous pursuit of great ‘powerism’, by aggressive Russiafication (President: Buhari – northerner. Transition committee head: northerner. Tail: northerner. Middle: northerner. Secretary: northerner) and immiserisating of citizens. But it was the very success of Brezhnev that was to usher the very conditions that were antithesis to his dreams. Brezhnev was thus the first of the last of the rulers of the USSR. Not too long down the line, USSR necessarily and mercifully broke down, and broke up.

The Khrushchev-Brezhnev drama wears a similar danshiki as the Jonathan-Buhari exchange. And we fear that Buhari, in spite of himself, may be our own Brezhnev, setting in motion the very forces he professes against, allegedly.

And the point to note is this: While “the founding fathers’’ deployed and used up their brains, arguments, scholarships, to found America, a consensus, an art work that lives, that works, Gowon and successor generals deployed brute force, threats and or bayonets, to cut up and delineate Nigeria in their own image. So, while America works, and grows up to be a mighty nation, Nigeria endures, forever in diapers. How will guns work, or prosper, where only brains, the best brains are required? The USSR answered this question after its own fashion. It is no more.

The other day, we heard Jonathan claim he has a ready offer to die for Nigeria. We all love Nigeria, but we don’t need to die for her. It is a space, a country, that should die for man and not man for country or space. Or, is Nigerian life so cheap and cheapened it is not worth the soil it inhabits, that nearly all ex-presidents and ex-dictators are on offer to die for her? A country, a European invention by the way, is created to serve and service man and not vice versa. Let us make Nigeria like America, a great country to live in and not die for. There are already too many deaths about. Let Jonathan keep his poor life. Let us rather negotiate stability, elegance, harmonies, before it is too late. Not even all the powers of hell can enforce unity or elegance. And this: All countries that are working and prospering are all works of art. All countries that are not working, are mafia franchises, subsisting on the rule of the thuggery, aka Gowonisms. Nigerians ronu. Ahiazuwa.

*Corruption in Africa: A Resolution through New Diagnosis - available in LAGOS: PATABAH Bookshop Shoprite Surulere. ABUJA: CASSAVA REPUBLIC Bookshop 62b, Arts and Craft Village, opposite Abuja Sheraton, Abuja.

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Thank God this is our finest hour http://sunnewsonline.com/new/thank-god-this-is-our-finest-hour/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/thank-god-this-is-our-finest-hour/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 23:00:26 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=119427 Pat Utomi, professor and entre­preneur, is easily one of the most recognisable names in town. He is virtually what you may call the all American, sorry, all Naija boy. But the truth, however, is that much of what is in Utomi, we conjecture, is American. Somehow, he has managed to translate the American dream into [...]]]>

Pat Utomi, professor and entre­preneur, is easily one of the most recognisable names in town. He is virtually what you may call the all American, sorry, all Naija boy. But the truth, however, is that much of what is in Utomi, we conjecture, is American. Somehow, he has managed to translate the American dream into a Nigerian function. It is so well with him even his worst critics nod in agreement; he deserves it all, ok, much of it.

However, one of his key ‘innovations’ is quietly going unremarked. For whatever else Utomi is, he has been practising the profession of being a sage, an economic sage. Just like his forefathers and, perhaps, superiors, Utomi is literally and forever on the ‘roadshow’. Of course, by his forefathers we mean older sages like Confucius and Socrates, who stalked the streets, spewing out and charming audiences with anecdotes and parables, for fees? Well, ask Utomi.

But the modern times have come. So, rather than Utomi walk his fragile soles thin, television, radio, social media and newspapers columns have compacted all space and populations as one for Utomi, and his kind. That is, at any one point with the modern media, Utomi reaches millions, potentially. And rather than traipse the streets like Confucius or the ancient sages of Israel, Utomi is hooked to these modern amplifiers and is forever a presence about them.

One of his most insistent themes is his assertion that it is better to have everybody in, pissing out, than have some out, pissing in. We wouldn’t know whether he is the originator of this pithy wisdom, or it is an import from America. However, the fact is that it serves so well, so joyfully, especially so in these wayward times.

Perhaps, not known to the many, too many, Nigeria and Africa are underdeveloped and undevelopable, because we have refused to be ‘European’ and have rather preferred to be ‘Arab’, in our mindsets.

To amplify, science and logic are purely European (Greek) inventions. This is unlike the arts, which erupted all over the known world, Asia, Africa and everywhere else. The point in science is that it is merciless and dismisses the author, the very logician and person as a value. So, science has no heroes, ok, no saints.

The import of this is that no man may think himself a type, a genius apart, some messiah. We are all in it together, but definitely not with Murtala Mohammed or his nemesis, Dimka. Ahiazuwa.

So, in science, if a man, A, not Buhari or Utomi, does B, or is expected to do B, a man, C, must also be expected to do B, save clear reasons are adduced. Science does not deal with specificities, with persons. Science deals with the ‘quantities’, the universals.

In summary, those who are to be excluded by the Buhari-APC civilian junta, must piss in, whether it is a Buhari, an Utomi or an Ozonma Ogbu. So, if a Buhari and an APC in constituting their cabinets and power architectures, simply go about excluding any parties or groups, then logic as Utomi tells, demands that these peoples piss in. And the more choleric the urine, the better for all the parties.

That is why we find it completely disgusting seeing rather jobless types going to Abuja to beg Buhari to include the Igbo or just any parties in their wonder-wander cabinet and legislative power configurations. My advice is let them dare the otherwise, and let us, as Utomi advises, have the pissing go on.

Before we go a word further, let us recall that there is something called work to rule and that is legitimate and legal. Now, we have further developed the concept in one of our soon to be published works. It is the concept of ‘live to rule’. That is, the excluded citizens or groups have legitimate rights to piss in, to undermine the very system that lets them low, by whatever means necessary. That is, in a word, live to rule. And an Utomi-style American sage hints at it best: Do you know how much faster I can fix an airplane when I want to fix it than when I don’t want to fix it? Gordon M. Bethune, once CEO of Continental Airlines, asked. Ahiazuwa.

So, as a citizen or group, if we are excluded, we have been singularly asked to live to rule. And, of course, every fool knows that patriotism is not justiciable. You can’t go to court to ask that we be patriotic, or are you the village idiot? So, as excluded citizens and groups, we are dutifully relieved from the onerous burden of being patriotic and such silly foolishness. What a glorious time and theme that would be. God is great.

So, we are waiting upon Buhari to see how we should be pissing, whether as Utomi who, by the way, is one of the lords of APC, advises, it should be pissing in or otherwise. Already, the Surgeon General has warned that due to unresolved national questions, Nigerians are all diuretic, incontinent. Dear Buhari, we await your signals on how the pissing should go on.

It is important, we state, that the idea of live to rule preceded even Buhari’s newborn fate as president. Anyway, as practitioners of the A’Endu Historical School, we do not deal with persons or names, presidents or plebeians, save as quantities. This, by the way, is for the records. So, rather than beg Buhari and APC, let them go on and do their worst. And at hours like this, we remember Christopher Okigbo, Africa’s greatest philosopher-lyricist: Already the hunters are talking about pumpkin, if they share the meat, let them remember thunder. Ahiazuwa.

 

Re: Warfare need not be eternal. Ronu

Dear Jimanze, I just finished your today’s essay on the Nnolim and Achebe ‘cross-fire’, your ‘Warfare need not be eternal.’ It is quite profound. Original and sound, even though I’m not in perfect agreement with you all through. But a new theory on Achebe you have just propounded. I salute your fertile mind. Professor Tony Afejuku. 08038384712

Dear Sir, thanks so much for your illuminating and scholarly article, ‘Warfare need not be eternal’, in Daily Sun, May 7, 2015. I don’t know you appreciate literature to this extent. You missed the academia. You finished Nnolim, but ended sounding almost like him over real understanding of Things Fall Apart, Ojukwu, Biafra, Sambisa, et al. All the same, you are damn good and let’s discuss more literature next time. Robert Obioha. 08034745922

Dear Jimanze, the title of your piece ‘warfare need not be eternal’ is a contradiction to your belief about especially the Biafran war. And you did not fail, in the course of reviewing Nnolim’s second attempt at winning an award for a successful criticism of Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, which you classed, in my view, as an anomalous expedition, when you chose as usual to remind us of Biafran war with; ‘if Ojukwu Odumegwu had read and understood Things Fall Apart, he would have delivered Biafra to us.’ So where does one place your ‘warfare need not be eternal’ now? As long as you keep reminding those of us who lost our loved ones to the Nigerian civil war, will I continue to plead with you not to make it an ‘eternal war.’ Jimanze biko. Let the dead sleep in peace and the living relieved of pains your references generate into their hearts. Biko, mgbanu! Lai Ashadele. 07067677806

2TG. We hold earnestly to our views. Warfare need not be eternal. However remembrances are for all times, are forever. The Igbo say nkolika, ozoemekwana. To remember is to be delivered. Remembrances are supreme.

Dear Sir, on war need not be eternal, you were at your literary best. It was a welcome departure from your usual sabre rattling where you have turned the Igbo question into an abiding study in victimhood. Things Fall Apart was primarily about culture clash and shock, an unravelling of certitudes and ‘’delegitimation’’ of a worldview. Agu onwuzuruoha. 08034034878

Re: Being in and out of office

Dear Dr Jimanze, your riposte in today’s 2TG Responds- “ Being in and out of office”, left a sour taste in the mouth. With jarred nerves, I moan that you should not turn coat to give out as a Buhari acolyte, by your unfair examples, and inferences. Facts, the Law, and not sentiments, or ur misplaced patriotic convention, shows that GEJ, with body odor, et al, remains President until midnight of 28 May. Didn’t you read Prince Buruji’s exposed adverts on the looting of our patrimony even one day to his leaving office in 2007. I do not suggest that GEJ has the crudity to involve in looting or other shenanigans, but he has kudos from the Nigerian public by exposing the debauchery and mean smartness of officials like the outgone IGP, Suleman Abba. For once, I seem to relish that GEJ and his SGF have fangs, even dis late in the midnight. As a follower of your big Ahiazuwa masquerade, with palm fronds in my mouth, I deserve to be able to disarm dis cerebral “okwomma” of its sharp matchet. Nnanyi Nwayoo! Dr Chuka Nwosu chukanwosu@yahoo.com

Re: He who aggregates power aggravates corruption

Dear Jimanze, I am an ardent reader of your articles in the Sun Newspaper. Reading your articles make my heart joyful. Your current article of 15th April, 2015 “He who aggregates power aggravates corruption” was so incisive that it causes a limpid seismic change in my frame of thoughts regarding the enormous ‘babelism’ the Igbo nation has subjugated itself to in recent time. This article reminds me Hugh Walpole’s› assertion in his book Fortitude that, «It is not life that matters but the courage you bring to it.» However, how can I get a copy of you new book, Minorities as competitive overlords and corruption in Africa: resolution through new diagnosis. And if I may ask, why is such a beautiful book not in the Amazon for a quick grab for us in the diaspora? I am currently resident in the USA, and a post graduate student at Trinity School for Ministry (TSM), Ambridge, PA. How do I get a copy of that book? I look forward to your response. Blessings and more grace to your elbows. Sir David Mbelu. Pittsburg Pennsylvania

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Warfare need not be eternal. Ronu http://sunnewsonline.com/new/warfare-need-not-be-eternal-ronu/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/warfare-need-not-be-eternal-ronu/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 00:18:24 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=118260 Those of us who consume liter­ary materials are often proud to listen or read from Professor Charles Nnolim. He has rare learning. And to this, he adds a bull’s courage. So of him, you often get two for the price of one. And as someone ad­dicted to profit and the pursuit of gains, Nnolim as [...]]]>

Those of us who consume liter­ary materials are often proud to listen or read from Professor Charles Nnolim. He has rare learning. And to this, he adds a bull’s courage. So of him, you often get two for the price of one. And as someone ad­dicted to profit and the pursuit of gains, Nnolim as a literary asset is a bargain.

The other season, in a not too distant past for instance, he raised some dust on the sources of Arrow of God, one of Professor Chinua Achebe’s key works. The dust was in our well-considered opinion unnecessary. The point was that Professor Charles Nnolim was correct. But some­how Professor Achebe and his partisans, unnecessarily came up arms in hand. They wanted Nnolim’s head on the platter that he wanted to show a dent in a rather shin­ing armor.

And we gave our sympathies and solidarities to the professor and literary critic and not to the creative mind Achebe. The reasons are simple, he proved his case beyond reasonable, perhaps all literary doubts. The amount, time and provenance of evidence showed that Achebe must have read the story or heard it as it circulated in all Oru na Igbo. Simply, that part of Arrow of God, was not Achebe’s invention. But that did not detract from the superlative work Achebe did. It is common course that authors, borrow, purloin and rob incidenc­es and other people’s stories or histories to write their masterpieces. It is not plagia­rism, and is not a known literary sin or crime. Shakespeare is already famous for the dramatic/fictional culling of extant Roman histories [books], including in his masterpiece, Julius Caesar.

Additionally we were bound to give support and solidarity to Nnolim, because truth is more important than country, than any constituency. And we are most preserved, in search, support and found­ing of truths, than in anything else. This is because truths outlast nations, epochs and empires. Somehow, truth once established, manages to hang on, never knowing death. Meanwhile change like a merciless credi­tor forecloses on virtually all other beings and things. So, to be a partisan for the truth is life-giving and life-preserving.

But like all reasonable persons, we thought that warfare need not be eternal, not even for the victor. After the incident of which Nnolim came out the hero, he need not raise a false and needless charge against Achebe or anybody else for that matter. Perhaps, the professor-critic was hanging on the logic that since he was cor­rect the last time, he would still be correct the next time. And now logic, and even his own self, have betrayed him.

In a recent interview, with The Sun 02-05-15, he charged that sublimity will continue to elude African writers in English. In his own words: ‘’The sublime is a critical term…. The word sublime or sublimity is rather difficult to define. But any work that is of very high quality and raises the reader’s admiration may be ap­proaching the sublime.’

‘… Sublimity or excellence…. All these are possible only when a writer writes in his own language whose idioms and prov­erbs and myths, he speaks from infancy. For example, had Chinua Achebe written Things Fall Apart in his native tongue, Igbo, he might have achieved sublimity. But he wrote in English which he had to ‘bend’, and twist and transliterate. That is why I still hold that sublimity will always elude African writers who continue to write in European languages.’’

First of all, let us make the following observations. That Longinus did not define sublimity, does not make it undefinable or un-categorizable. We too are by the way familiar with Longinus and the rest of the triplets – Aristotle and Horace, who make up classical criticism [Penguin books]. Now the point is that language, unlike physics or mathematics is a soft science. Its terms by necessity lack definitional precision. But there has always been a way around it. The matter is simple. If you can’t define it and you can’t categorize it, then you can’t work on it or use it as a term.

Today, the word sublime has been for all practical and category purposes been replaced by the word cannon. The cannon at least in the European tradition are those central works upon which their civilization has been built and is maintained. So, all the body of works that constitute the can­non are considered sublime. Yes, there are contestations here and there, but there are a few indisputable works that have made the cannon, whether it is in literature, mathematics or science.

What is self-evident is that not all of these cannons were written in the ‘own’ languages of their authors. The example of the bible is universal. The New Testament which bears the gospel of Christ was writ­ten essentially in Koine Greek. And Koine Greek is the language of the conquerors of the Jews. What was worse even is that Koine Greek was not Attic Greek or the Greek Aristotle, Plato wrote and spoke. Its equivalent is our own Warri or broken English. In fact Friedrich Nietzsche, a German classicist, made a joke that the authors of Christian scriptures wrote in impure Greek.

Despite all these, it is generally admit­ted that if there be excellence, if there be sublimity, if there be literary wonder, it is to be found in the words of St Paul as anywhere else. That is to say that Paul writing in the language of his conquerors, as Achebe did, achieved sublimity, an entry into the European cannon.

In more modern times Lolita the novel by Vladimir Nabokov, a Russian, is taken stylistically and thematically as one of the peaks of the perfection of the novel, since Tolstoy, in any language. Yet the guy wrote in English, an acquired language. And as if that was not enough, Samuel Beckett, a Brit, and the author of Malone Dies, wrote in French and translated himself into English. Of course there are several others and we need not add to the list.

So on a general note, it is clear that the professor’s axioms are proven false, if not forged. And if one is wrong in the general he can’t be right in the particular.

Perhaps what props the professor and a lot of others are the specific cases of Alighieri Dante and the Murasaki Shikibu, a Japanese female author. The point is clear. No matter how numerous a case and or incidences are they do not constitute a proof until logic, causal logic is provided. That these two cases happened does not constitute logic, a self-subsisting logic. They only constitute incidences. But that the reverse happened is proof enough that logic does not preclude it happening.

Now the truth is that we are not profes­sors of English. But we are consumers of literatures in English. We can say without fear of any contradictions that Things Fall Apart is a sublime and canonical work. It not only has a charming style, its subject matter, which is wrongly classified as culture clash, is actually the epic of man against the elements. Culture clash was a frame upon which Achebe hung his real epic and narrative.

In fact if Things Fall Apart is properly understood, it can be described as one of the ten key works, of which whatever else is read must be read. In fact we had canvassed and we still so hold, if General Chukwumeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, had read Things Fall Apart and understood it well, he would have fought and delivered Biafra to us. Things Fall Apart, not known to many, and this I suspect includes its au­thor, Achebe, is a supreme text of strategy, in parts superior to Sun Tzu’s The Art of War.

Its inner 7 chapters, which are hidden to profaning eyes, can lead to the recapture of Sambisa Forest in just 17 hours. The point is will the Generals listen? If they do, we will teach them.

Perhaps one last point needs to be cleared. The professor charged Achebe of ancestor worship. That sounded not just unsubstantiated but rather exotic. The professor is wrong on context, is wrong on facts and is wrong also conceptually.

The details are as follows: Achebe published his novel Things Fall Apart, in 1958. That means he must have written it earlier. Now in the 1950s, culture clash – that is the alien ruling present invading our traditions and past was okwu akpu na onu, the talk of the town, if one liked. This fact is reflected in the various aspects of our existence: independence struggles/politi­cal reactions, and religious nationalisms/ the founding of cherubim and seraphim, the African church where polygamy was tolerated as African and the Christianized ogboni supposedly godly and not anti- Christian. Things Fall Apart and several other works, and one remembers F.C. Og­balu, who by the way was an economist, were the literary attempts to compliment or fight the same cultural clash wars that Azikiwe/politics, Moses Orimolade Tuno­lase/religion, Ojukwu/business were at. So Things Fall Apart was one theatre in a mix of the cultural war, to regain our moral and existential turf.

And that war was the currency of the day. There was no more urgent matter. So Achebe’s so called recourse to the past – to alleged ancestor worship – was like a Zik demanding self-governance, shouting go white man go, go home. That is contextu­ally, the past, the ancestors, they wrote about was present, it was not recalled. What Achebe did is the moral equivalent of the Igbo all saying pervasively in the course of their conversations, ‘’before the war or after the war’’. The Biafran war is not past, is not history. It is real for the Igbo even as incomprehensible as this fact is to other non Oru na Igbo Nigerians. We are one country, we are not one people, so we feel different strains of pain. So, the Igbo reiteration on and of Biafra is real and human, all too human. It is akin to the Jewish leitmotif of genocide and final solu­tion. It is not historical. It is real for Jews in a way Aryans and gentles may never understand. And non can canvass us or the Jews out of it.

Additionally facts show that Achebe also moved on novelistically. Achebe was never stuck in the past, he moved with the mas­querade. In all, one can say of Achebe as it was once said of Proust: He has faults, but he is un-criticizable. His errors, so called, constitute fecundities, and we can all mine those to our greater glories. Ahiazuwa.

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South Africa and the drama of Nigeria http://sunnewsonline.com/new/south-africa-and-the-drama-of-nigeria/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/south-africa-and-the-drama-of-nigeria/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 00:24:35 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=117110 Professor Bola Akinterinwa is the headman at the Nigerian Insti­tute of International Affairs, NIIA. His solid reputations precede him. And on Monday, April 27, 2015, he was a charming guest at Chan­nels TV Sunrise show. Expectedly, he showed solid grasp of his subject matter, which is international affairs. But like most Nigerians he was confounding [...]]]>

Professor Bola Akinterinwa is the headman at the Nigerian Insti­tute of International Affairs, NIIA. His solid reputations precede him. And on Monday, April 27, 2015, he was a charming guest at Chan­nels TV Sunrise show. Expectedly, he showed solid grasp of his subject matter, which is international affairs. But like most Nigerians he was confounding his scholarship with his patriotism. And it is this scholarly toxic mix, not leadership as alleged, that has never let Nigeria de­velop.

The details are as follows. His thesis is that the recent xenophobic attack of South Africans on other Africans could be attributed to their lack of historical awareness. This is especially amongst the ordinary South Africans, he asserted. According to the erudite professor, the South African elite know these things, in fact, live it. And to give flesh to his case, he pointed the telling case of former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, whom he claimed once lived amongst us as an exile, and even schooled at our own expense. But, according to the professor these South African elite, the Mbekis, have not managed to transmit this sacred lore and history to their younger generation. And now rather than treat us as their historical creditors, they are treating us as bad and doubtful debtors, foreclosing on us. What a tragedy?

If the professor had stopped at that, the world would have been round, and all would have been well and good. But he went further to advise that the South Africans inculcate the history of the defeat of apartheid into their school curriculum. And he claimed that if they did, they would easily come to knowledge that they owe the rest of Africa, especially Nigeria, Zimbabwe and a few others some historical debt.

And immediately the Professor came to this bend, I asked myself, is NIIA a country, a different country? Is it moral, is it within context, for a man who has a log blinding his eyes, to volunteer to teach another how to remove the speck in the other’s eyes?

Is it that the elite of Nigeria, now and here most ably represented by the professor, not indictable of the same and even worse offence than the ones he accuses the Mbekis? If South Africans have forgotten all what we did for them, have Nigerians remembered what we did to ourselves? Is the South African variety of historical memory loss not better? At least, they had their own truth and reconciliation commission and like brothers jointly entered into a rainbow union. The last time we wanted one, certain forces of evil, whose pastime is in nation-killing, stopped it in its tracks. And that has left us with a country and a constitution to match that is all forgery, against itself? Can the country procured with the logic of guns by one section bear the weight and logic of a common union? Do forgeries last? Must they?

And what is the result? Today butchers, mass murderers, and arsonists are passed off as nationalists and sages. And some even got so high they are branded former heads of state. And virtually no Nigerian under 35 is aware there was a civil war. Ben Bruce attested to that once. According to him, a lady, about 30, once asked him in the public if Nigeria had a civil war. Yet our professor wants to teach others what he can’t teach himself, can’t teach his own peoples.

And you can be sure, the purpose to hiding our history from ourselves is to smuggle some unworthy characters into history as heroes. Now does it make bankable sense, that we will ruin a whole country to save, sorry, forge a few false heroes?

So, where is the professor coming from? He should save his teaching skills for his own nationals and leave South Africans alone for now with their curriculum and history.

 

And Nigeria is still really no better

Well we all join all the good people of the world to con­demn the recent xenophobic attacks on Africans by the South Africans. But are we really any bet­ter? The answer is no. Just about the same Channels TV, but a longer time ago, a gentleman, apparently a south-westerner, appeared as guest. He said something that should make us think. In his more than 30 years of living in the northern part of the country he claimed, as is common knowl­edge, he has seen attacks, all sorts, in­cluding those occasioned by the notorious Danish cartoons. According to him and I guess this is a matter of public record too, not one person has been prosecuted and or successfully sanctioned. That is Nigeria has no records of civic conduct and pro­tection even towards her own citizens, in their own country. And this is an ongoing matter, our work in progress and we are happy in it.

So a Nigeria which is disunited at home killing one another without the protection of the law, cannot deem to be rallying her citizens against a common enemy. A nation divided amongst itself cannot stand to fight as one. This brings to light the recent statement by an Oba against fellow citizens whose sins are that they come from another section of this country and reside elsewhere.

While one would wish to let the Oba’s words wash away as the waves, the matter was made no better by folks who came in apparently to heal wounds. It was absolutely disconcerting to read apparently enlightened peoples speak of the Yoruba being the hosts of the Igbo in Lagos. Does it mean that the Yoruba banker in Onitsha, we have met quite a few, are guests to their Igbo co-citizens, can’t live his ordinary lives? And the answer is no. Folks are just living out their own lives, as persons and not as guests. That the balance of internal population movements is in a given light doesn’t indicate host-guest relationship. A nation is a space of individuals first, not of groups. America is a federation of states and a confederation of individuals we have argued in our book corruption resolution through new diagnosis. That is the idea and the ideal.

And this matter was made worse by the attitude, perhaps innocent errors, of certain journalists. Now The Guardian is a great liberal paper. One may assume that it does not promote the demonization of any, by reason of tribe, tongue or religion. But one was genuinely troubled to read the piece; LAGOS ASSEMBLY METHUSELAH, APC CANDIDATES LOST AT POLLS, by Wole Oyebade. The Guardian 13-04-15.

In the course of the report the author wrote: it was, however, gathered that the Igbo immigrants in Ajegunle trouped….

Igbo immigrants? Immigrants in their own country? And I was genuinely alarmed. There is a real chance Mr Wole Oyebade is not fully seized of what he is writing. But the danger is that it is such innocence that leads to xenophobia, of the internal kind, which is really worse. So even if we hope to love, our first duty is to mind the expression of that love. It is the expression that has tangible fonts. The rest is vacous.

Re: Being in and out of office

Dear Jimanze, I beg to disagree totally with your analysis in ‘being in and out of office.’ For crying out loud, the constitution confers power on an incumbent president from his ascent to office until the last hour of his term. Your three months seizure of incumbent’s authority, therefore, has no root. Fortunately, just about a week ago, the House of Representatives sent a bill for assent by Jonathan and he returned the bill to them without consultation with President-elect Buhari. And just a few days back, Jonathan replaced Abbah with another senior police officer as Inspector General of Police, just few weeks to his handover date. So, where does your three month moratorium come from? Ahiazuwa constitution? Please, consult professionals in law on constitutional issues before coming out with your theories. Some of us are addicted to your column and we deserve the best from you. More grease.

Lai Ashadele. 07067677806

Dear Ego-Alowes, if you fault Keshi’s reappointment as Super Eagles coach, what do you say of the appointment of the new acting Inspector General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase? If you have interest in Nigerian soccer, you will agree with me that Keshi is our best for now. Cheers.

Wilson, 08038054452

2TG Responds: We think our point is lost. One, we are not saying the president has no powers, on paper. We are saying good governance demands that a man who is going, should be concerned more with packing his loads rather than extending his shadows, body odour, and or stay, otherwise. And the point is that it makes practical sense. Let us use the Keshi example. Assuming Keshi becomes a ‘failed coach’, who do you blame? Is it the outgoing president, who appointed him or the incoming president who just inherited him?

First the president-elect might have visions of sports administration for which a Keshi may not be a fit and proper person to run. But he now has this baggage. I have read where pointers were made to the Clinton presidency and his last minute pardon of Marc Reich, the fugitive American trader.

Pardon is an act of mercy and is never strained. And acting on his privilege for pardon doesn’t constitute any baggage unto a new administration. The point is clear, we suggest. It is that an outgoing administration should do nothing that will constitute a baggage to the incoming ones. Nwa nze na ezere ibe maka mgbe nke ya. Governance is also a gentleman’s racket, the Igbo, sometimes, say. And apart from knowing when to seize an opportunity, we all must learn to forgo an advantage. It makes the system run round and well. It is not all nuances that got to be captured in cold print, and the matter gets worse when your constitution is a forgery against itself. Ahiazuwa.

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Being in and out of office http://sunnewsonline.com/new/being-in-and-out-of-office/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/being-in-and-out-of-office/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:00:27 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=115917 These are the winding-up days of President Goodluck Jona­than’s administration. Ordi­narily, there is and should be nothing exotic in this. In fact, it should as harmless and as routine as a Messi scoring a penalty. Somehow, however things seem to be going magically. And one wonders why. First, there is the needless controversy in dates [...]]]>

These are the winding-up days of President Goodluck Jona­than’s administration. Ordi­narily, there is and should be nothing exotic in this. In fact, it should as harmless and as routine as a Messi scoring a penalty. Somehow, however things seem to be going magically. And one wonders why.

First, there is the needless controversy in dates of handover. Before we make comments let us make the following ob­servations. In a long line, we have been civil servants in one incarnation or the other. When we started off it was neither clear nor made clear to us that there is a thing, a specialty called administration. We all thought that administration was just wanting what is good for all and ex­ecuting them. Your good and great inten­tions were all that mattered. No. Admin­istration like other sciences is a science of process, procedures, and independent existence.

But luckily as if by a gift of the gods, a great administrator, Mr Buzugbe, (we have forgotten his first names), appeared. Buzugbe seconded from paradise or re­tirement was of the great old school. These men and their women, learnt and were tutored by the greatest administra­tors known to history; the British. And learning under him, we all discovered that systems can be run as smoothly as Swiss watches. What was important was that we understand and separate leader­ship from administration. While any sa­vant or fool can turn up a great leader, one needed stability and steadiness of mind, of nerves, to run an administrative shop. In short, one needed to train and be trained as an administrator. In his words, while a leader may be an inspired, if trou­bled genus, an administrator must be and remain a utility genius. Administration is entirely rule-based, even if leadership can afford to be quirky.

The first rule is that if two or more parties are to transact a certain business jointly, even where one party is to be and play host, the other parties must be taken in confidence and brought into the pro­cesses. What this means is that whatever discrepancies or disagreements there are, are to be resolved within the inter-party group. That is your goodwill is not enough, you must share participation. Even if you wish to outsmart the others, it must be in openness and procedures, by their participating; not exclusion, or ambush.

In other words, there would not have been any issue over the 28 or 29 hando­ver dates if the Jonathan administrators had done the needful; that is having the Buhari team imbedded as a part of the handover gang of planners.

The other fact is that Jonathan is a now what the Americans call a lame duck. What being a lame duck means is that one is in office but not in power. If we can recall, it was the dictator, Babangida, who gave us what this means in local experience. He told everybody who had ears and bothered to listen to him, ‘we are not only in office we are in power.’ However, despite assurances, those in the know knew that Babangida’s powers or what remained, was in its last throes of death and precipitous decline. Even then, his, was a military regime, a stolen pow­er. That is he as incumbent may afford to be reckless. He didn’t owe his powers to anybody but to his guns only.

But immediately Jonathan, an elected official, had signaled his acceptance of electoral defeat, his powers have all but collapsed. What now remained was his office, a hollow office. This fact has implications. It is first and foremost that Jonathan should do nothing to encumber the powers-in-waiting. He is now become a housekeeper not a lord of the manor or even householder. It therefore, follows that he is no longer authorized to com­mit the house or governance to any new ventures that may outlast his days. That is, any contract that will run longer than 3 months maximum that has not been initialed before his defeat, may no longer be so initialed, save with the express per­mission of the incoming powers.

To give an example, Stephen Keshi’s contract can no longer in good conscience and propriety be signed. It has to wait till the Buhari power gang and gnomes come in. They, not Jonathan, have to work with Keshi.

 

Is this monkey or mafia business?

There was this report that trou­bled us. The Punch on Sunday carried it. First we may all ad­mit that the Punch has not been a friend of the outgoing administra­tion. And this punchy gist may all be a kite flying mission. However, these things are human all too human. That is, they routinely happen. If you are in doubt there is also this news alert from THE RAINBOW online newspaper: Crisis rocks Enugu APC over 400 mil­lion campaign funds. So the thieving of funds, campaign funds has nothing to do with PDP or the presidency alone. It is Nigerian, whichever party it is that is at play.

We are not thus bothered about the scam. Nigeria has been so designed that it is a miracle if one worked in government or as a politician and is not a petty thief, or better, a bandit. We are rather bothered about Jonathan wanting, allegedly, to re­cover the funds.

Meanwhile as was reported by the Punch, the money was not, as expected, receipted. Now giving and not giving re­ceipts is a specialty of the mafia. As a rule the mafia doesn’t give receipts. The mafia gives cash and a job order. The rest is up to you. But if you have been around and alive enough you did know not to mess up with the dons.

Of course the mafia has no patience for legal fund recoveries. First, legal recovery has to deal with the law, which the ma­fia must avoid. Secondly recoveries take some time, of which the mafia has none to spare. Plotting evil, dodging the police and never going to church, are enough sched­ule for the mafia. So why add running after debtors or truant sub-contractors to these?

To get the system running, the mafia simply hires assassin and muggers. And the brief is first is to hit your near relation, a wife or a son say, with fatal disabilities. That is the mafia’s first demand notice. Meanwhile the mafia is not interested in your death. You just must pay as the mafia can’t foreclose on the dead.

Yes politics is like mafia business, at least in much of Africa. But the impor­tant thing is to understand that mafia lords come and go, yet the racket remains. Thus the mafia don who is out or ousted cannot revenge his enemies or even call up his debts. If he is wise he simply lets go and remember that even god has regrets – alas for creating man.

The politician who is lost his office and power is like the mafia don who is held up by the police or the law. He can’t do noth­ing. But the urge to revenge is forever hu­man, even for the weakling. So it writhes him. But wisdom demands that we have a full but true measure of our powers and limits. It is only within these that we may act productively. To act outside this is to waste even the time of the dead.

Yes they scammed Jonathan who was so trusting. And these persons are now mil­lionaires, able to defend themselves, espe­cially against a former boss who is been electorally murdered. And there are too many of them. Now a weakened don can’t take on one great enemy, not to talk of too many enemy sharks and moguls.

One last word on this. There is a tale of a great man who committed his greatest error by trying to correct what he thought was a great error. Whatever it is Jonathan can’t fix, let him live with it, or he did com­mit his own greatest errors. Nothing we are saying here should suggest that if we had the chance we would vote for a Buhari. This is just to remind Nigerians that there is something called administration that is independent of leaders and leadership.

Re: He who aggregates power aggravates corruption

Dear Sir, your essay explains it all; that Jonathan failed for lack of knowledge. Jonathan refused to be a good student of history and paid dearly for it. He refused to dismantle the political structure that was designed not to serve republican ob­jects but narrow socio-political and eco­nomic ends and he kept on belaboring to appease the designers to allow him suc­ceed. The presidential and other elections show that Jonathan fought in the arena of conflict designed by the core north and the southwest and the scores establish that the arena controlled and regulated by the allied-geopolitical zones’ architects and builders of ‘New Nigeria’ that was erected on the ashes of Unification Decree No. 34 of 1966 and General Ironsi whom they killed basically because of that decree but turned round to adopt same decree to structure and govern Nigeria as a feudal unitary state. O. J. Onwe. 08035033723

Dear Sir, You are racing towards a Grade A form of brain disorder known as Senile Dementia, you may be un­aware. Honestly I expected you to have committed suicide screaming G2…. 08059696243

Dear Sir, You are a true historian. Keep writing my dear brother, the world will know you more and the values you pos­sess. Good day. 08036379818

Dear Sir, Jimanze what peeves one about your write-up is your linking every issue to the Biafran war or its after effects. And when you go back to history you ap­ply lying which is you accuse others of manufacturing to stabilize their points. There is no history without a base. What­ever Nigeria is and it is going through now were caused by the first inane coup carried out by Nzeogwu to perpetuate Igbo domi­nation of Nigeria. He killed the principal political figures of your coined G2 and left untouched, the Igbo political top shots; all on the naturalness of Igbo greed. So what is your grouse with ‘what goes round’ tak­ing its right toll; when such is the case in our polity? What did southwest gain from even Jonathan’s government; with all ma­jor positions shared between G2 dominat­ed by north and southeast. A thief calling another thief? Avoid lying Jimanze! Lai Ashadele. 07067677806.

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