The Sun News » Turf Game http://sunnewsonline.com/new - Voice of The Nation Sat, 04 Jul 2015 00:13:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.5 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.

]]>
http://sunnewsonline.com/new/is-bukola-saraki-a-flexible-prince/feed/ 0
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.

]]>
http://sunnewsonline.com/new/why-are-nigerians-stressing-smelling-fart/feed/ 0
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.

 

]]>
http://sunnewsonline.com/new/is-there-a-science-of-chaos/feed/ 0
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.

]]>
http://sunnewsonline.com/new/hi-ben-its-all-for-one-and-one-for-all/feed/ 0
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.

]]>
http://sunnewsonline.com/new/the-wise-are-not-electable-that-is-democracy/feed/ 0
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.

]]>
http://sunnewsonline.com/new/will-buhari-become-nigerias-brezhnev/feed/ 0
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

]]>
http://sunnewsonline.com/new/thank-god-this-is-our-finest-hour/feed/ 0
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.

]]>
http://sunnewsonline.com/new/warfare-need-not-be-eternal-ronu/feed/ 0
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.

]]>
http://sunnewsonline.com/new/south-africa-and-the-drama-of-nigeria/feed/ 0
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.

]]>
http://sunnewsonline.com/new/being-in-and-out-of-office/feed/ 0
He who aggregates power aggravates corruption http://sunnewsonline.com/new/he-who-aggregates-power-aggravates-corruption/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/he-who-aggregates-power-aggravates-corruption/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:36:39 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=114867 Just last week in our column we wrote: A fact however has to be under­stood. Ordinarily, Mohammed, Garba and the rest of APC, are perhaps inno­cent, clubbable men, husbands of one/ [four maximum]wife, and non-imbibers of strong drinks. But in wanting to build epochs, they philosophically and necessarily descend into insanity, of the epoch maker. [...]]]>

Just last week in our column we wrote: A fact however has to be under­stood. Ordinarily, Mohammed, Garba and the rest of APC, are perhaps inno­cent, clubbable men, husbands of one/ [four maximum]wife, and non-imbibers of strong drinks. But in wanting to build epochs, they philosophically and necessarily descend into insanity, of the epoch maker. And just like violence is the tool of thugs, since they have no morals, lies are the tools of the ep­och makers, since they have no memories. So APC was necessarily fabricated as a liar’s machine, manufacturing deceit as if it was an industry. And they have become so adept at it, that if today APC asks you the time, don’t even bother to check your watch. The point is that they have already stolen it.

Already the brouhaha is trending that the Igbo will be missing in the first top twenty positions of the unitary republic of Nigeria under General Muohammed Buharii’s watch and care. And their sin is in exercising their democratic right, voting PDP. In a superficial reading it looks like the sanction against the Igbo is a one off thing, occasioned by a specific voting incident. It is not. A careful reading of the political meters shows it is the ancient G2 apartheid designed to exclude and banish the Igbo from national destiny, but retain them as overburdened tax payers. And suddenly an Oba welds in threatening death by drowning if the Igbo votes right again. Literally he demanded that the Igbo should hand over their voting rights to him or die.

Anyway history tells the following. There was a time when a certain General Murtala Mohammed, a coup plotter cum dictator ran Nigeria as his personal or gang’s turf. Along the line he was shot dead, and a certain General Olusegun Obasanjo sprang up as the stand-in dictator.

Now this: Before then and in contradiction to known facts, the military had insisted and campaigned that it is a national institution; that and it never mattered what your religion or region is. However in complete and shameful reversal the same military which claimed it was completely national, nationalistic and faith-free sprang a Musa Yar’Dua, literally from nowhere and imposed him as number 2. Now Yar’Dua was not a particularly distinguished officer, at least not to our knowledge. Yet he was chosen over and above others, who were his superiors in rank and excellence and made a second in command. Apparently to satisfy the region and religion he represented, the North and Muslim, the Nigerian Army then proved itself a liar or at least an army that considers religion and region above all other things. And to rub it in, the army was forced to custom-manufacture a new and apparently unearned rank, a generalship, for him. And suddenly without much experience or bravery at wars, he turned up a desk General to quote another character.

At another time it so happened that the same Obasanjo washed up as a democratic candidate. Apart from Obasanjo’s runny incapacity to preliminarily qualify, the laws and conventions were accordingly changed to rope him in as a presidential candidate. Both Ekwueme and Sule Lamido, participants or victims, have ‘confirmed this in writing’.

Later we were told it was to compensate the South-west whose son, MKO Abiola, was allegedly, all false, robbed of his ticket. Initially, we were lied to that MKO’s mandate was pan-Nigerian, that it had no exclusive, Yoruba-only constituency. So, how and why an alleged all pan-Nigerian mandate that failed, will now be compensated the Yoruba only, is a mystery no mathematician has bothered to resolve.

And as if the nature never tires of itself Obasanjo won. And almost to the last man he got no votes from his South-west, his Yoruba people. That is despite the zero vote of the South-west the same Obasanjo became the most powerful in Nigeria, the number 1. And later when Obasanjo was confronted with the preponderant Yoruba presence in his cabinet despite his dismal electoral fortunes in the region, he explained that the Yoruba needed to be brought into things, to balance nature. That is Obasanjo who never qualified to be elected, became elected; and his Yoruba people who never voted for him were rewarded with positions as if they did, and more. These are facts.

But the APC people like all men possessed of diseased goodness are determined to build an epoch. Suddenly and rather too conveniently, the past no longer existed. And this past was the handiwork, individually or collectively, of some of these APC people. And they benefited from it. That part of our collective historical treasure is gone, robbed and stolen, in fact never existed, courtesy the APC. That is why it is dangerous to ask, or for APC to ask you of time or history. The point is like pickpockets they have already stolen it. What remains is their Reich-like frenzy to build epochs.

The takeaway from this is that all laws and conventions are fungible when the G2 members are involved. The two members are beyond history, beyond good and evil. The nation is for them a cornered heist.

But that is the soft arm of their treachery. The truth like we have severally canvassed in our books and articles is that what APC achieved today is not strange from the very design of Nigeria by Gowon and successor Generals. And the logic of G2 creation is that non-members, that is non-Southwest and non-core-North, must be dismissed from the commanding heights of the Nigerian imperium, but retained as tax payers. And it may now be said that Gowon’s insidious purpose to the civil war has been achieved: Nigeria is now a country run as an Empire-state, not a nation-state.

However, there is little to envy them. The greater point for instance is to come to knowledge. And it is that there was never a time any of those, whether sages or their pupils, clamouring for true federalism ever meant it. True federalism was a faint gesture to ambush and seize unitary powers, whether it is by Chief Awolowo or his successors, Osinbajo et al. And the records are there and are overabundant.

In the end their sole purpose is to aggregate supreme power in a few hands, theirs. They will achieve this by excluding the rest of the country under one frame of logic or the other. And this is despite the history that they have rewritten or have had the laws rewritten to include them when they should have been out as in the case of Yar’dua and Obasanjo.

It is a pity they are not as smart as they suggest. Corruption our latest research has incontrovertibly proven is a power function and not personae malfunctions. Simply put, he who aggregates power aggravates corruption. And this iron law overrides all saintliness, all character types. By the internal logic of excluding others you are growing corruption. And no army has ever brought down mighty empires as swiftly as aggravated corruption.

In fact that Nigeria has fallen this low is due to the power-corruption connection, manufactured by the politics of ‘others exclusion’. Gowon and successor Generals forged Nigeria so, to be a paradise for the corrupt. Whether they intended it so should not bother us. In the end and this end is near, it is the politics of exclusion, of stolen history, that will further spawn Nigeria as a school of corruption. Inevitably, Nigeria under the surge of corruption will either breakup, or breakdown. This is an iron law. If the APC triumph is to exclude the others, who are hell, to rob us of our history, then all is well. Our duty next is to precipitate the inevitable. Ahiazuwa.

 

And why did Jonathan fail: Any ideas?

It is a pity he is fallen. But the fall of Jonathan issued less from his inca­pacity at the job, as the more specific failure of lack of understanding, un­derstanding of his terrain. Jonathan, a minority Ijaw man, should be catego­rized as a brace quantity. [See our book: Minorities as Competitive Overlords]. His tragedy is that he wanted to act and be a constitutive power. The powers that are due the constitutives are not similar to those that are due brace genius.

It is because of the peculiarity of being brace that Jonathan conceded or had to concede victory. Politics is a power function and not persons’ play. So, Jonathan was not conceding because he chose to or he was a good man. He had to be this docile. The G2 architecture which trapped him, or which he fell victim, made sure of that. They pitched him and the joke was on him but he never knew. Perhaps his going is a confirmation of the ancient wisdom that Nigeria is best in the hands of brace elements. They are weak enough they are condemned to be fair. For instance, Obasanjo and Babangida all constitutives, each put the country under a curse when they were ‘asked to go’. And those curses are still reigning, still in need of exorcists.

In the end, Jonathan was like the itinerant Buddha in his pre-enlightenment days. He had gems of inestimable value gifted him by his father. But he was not aware of its value and nearly died of destitution. If only pupil- Buddha or presidential Jonathan knew. If only.

We had written severally on this matter and have been proven correct each time. [See our Corruption in Africa; Resolution through New Diagnosis]. It is just that for reasons that are not clear, practical men and politicians according to Maynard Keynes, prefer to be slaves of defunct ideas than be saved by new knowledge. That is Jonathan perished for lack of knowledge. The rest is fiction.

And we are no prophets. It is enough we are historians. It is just that the prophet if he is to see the future must first be a historian. Perhaps it is better put thus: there was never a prophecy. There is only history. Friends and readers of The Turf Game, especially of our books would be at no loss to events as they unfold. These two books are works to read and laugh as Nigeria is un-wrapped, a pre-ordered parcel, not a mystery. Ahiazuwa.

Minorities as Competitive Overlords and Corruption in Africa; Resolution through New Diagnosis; available in LAGOS: PATABAH Bookshop Shoprite Surulere. ABUJA: CASSAVA REPUBLIC Book­shop 62b Arts and Craft Village opposite Abuja Sheraton Abuja. Happy reading and new revelations.

 

]]>
http://sunnewsonline.com/new/he-who-aggregates-power-aggravates-corruption/feed/ 0
The APC liar’s machine? http://sunnewsonline.com/new/the-apc-liars-machine/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/the-apc-liars-machine/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 00:45:56 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=112356 At the end of the World War 2, the tribe of European intellectuals was completely depleted. The depletion was not really in num­bers. However it is important to recall that some of her finest thinking minds, like the great French historian, Marc Bloch, lost their lives in the prime of their powers, fighting as brave [...]]]>

At the end of the World War 2, the tribe of European intellectuals was completely depleted. The depletion was not really in num­bers. However it is important to recall that some of her finest thinking minds, like the great French historian, Marc Bloch, lost their lives in the prime of their powers, fighting as brave and cou­rageous soldiers. The war was against the scourge of Nazism and its desires to raise an historical epoch. Perhaps as young and brave Biafrans, battling against the hordes, which fought on the side of empire and evil, we are humbled we are well and alive, solemnizing our patron Bloch.

Now the real dearth of European intellectuals was in terms of total philosophic exhaustion. After Allied victory, came stocktaking, of the industrial scale carnage. And even the most optimistic of European intellectuals could not make sense of it all of the insanity.

What was supremely difficult to unravel was that the Germans, who triggered and did the most bloodletting, were the Athens or Oru, not Igbo, of Europe. Simply put, the Germans had dominated qualitatively and in numbers, the intellectual leadership of Europe and perhaps the world. The greatest names in culture, high culture, were Germans.

So how did the men who could discuss Pindar in the original, who did speak of Hegel and Gauss with felicity, become barbarians? Europe was dazed and lost for thought.

Perhaps it is because they never read, ok believed their greatest psychologist, Friedrich Nietzsche. Nietzsche who was part of the great German intellectual flowering had speculated correctly, perhaps precisely; ‘’insanity in individuals is something rare – but in… epochs, it is the rule.’’

That is what turned German cultural elites into near cannibals, was that they stood, not as individuals anymore. They clubbed, crowded together to found epochs – the Reich. And some of Europe’s greatest minds, not excluding von Braun and Pound were so bewitched they acquiesced to be led by idiots and buffoons – Hitler, Mussolini, et al.

And it all started innocuously. Hitler actually was an elected, a ‘constitutional’ dictator. And all he preached and promised was strong leadership. Germans needed a strong leader to recover her due and a living space in this great world. The implication of this was that the Germans needed to build an epoch. Germany needed strongmen and Germany had a strongman. The rest is history, is insanity.

It is in this Reich-like light that we are troubled when APC party lords and power gnomes canvass for strongmen or strong leaders. First of all we don’t know if theirs is a matter of cultural ignorance or a Faustian bargain, as the new Germans, Reich’s men in darker skins?

And it is a pity that nobody in PDP seems to know these things. Must this nation suffer so much ignorance? The point; it is cultural and lexical ignorance or criminal mischief to call for a strongman leader in a democratic order. The matter is so tragic that two of the APC leaders claimed in abject ignorance that institutions are the lengthened shadows of strongmen, that is, APC gnomes like them.

The truth however is that democracies are not designed to elect weak or strongmen as leaders. Democracy as a value template has no metrics or even vocabularies of elected men being strong or otherwise. Democracy is designed to elect popular candidates and to reject unpopular candidates. The term strongmen, is alien to democracy. We must not thus let a Hitler in the waiting infest our democratic franchise with the virus of dictatorship.

What happens representatively, in America say, is this. Whenever an Obama is characterized as a weak President, it is in relation to his role as a president of America, of an America that is the world’s policeman. That is Obama is deemed tough, strong or weak, only as he deals with external entities, say Russia or Iraq, never home quantities. At home, within America, democracy does not allow Obama to be strong or otherwise. His relationships with fellow citizens, and constituencies, which he has sworn to serve, repeat serve, is governed by the law and are largely impersonal. So in Western democracies there are no roles to be strongmen or weak men therein. It is just like in Saudi Arabia there are no roles to be a Pope. Cultures too have jurisdictions, and not just the law. Ahiazuwa.

Perhaps we are gamed by the fact of a first citizen. That an Obama is America’s first citizen is numerical and has no meaning in quality as citizen. An American worker is first a citizen. The presidency is a work for which applicants like Obama, if accepted are duly remunerated. A president as a worker is not first in rank or importance as citizen. There are no gradations of citizenship in a republic. In fact in the West the word strongman is used pejoratively to characterize thugs in power, non-democratic power, like late Ghaddafi of Libya.

Well, since nobody, not in PDP, knows or cares to know, words are bandied with abandon by APC, imperiling the state. But all that has to stop.

The point is that the strongman like his Reich counterparts is driven to build an epoch. An epoch is the topside of being a strongman. And with that comes in insanity. And the problem with the insane is that he doesn’t and won’t even want to know, even as a Hitler, he brings down the world.

And this is exactly the attempt APC was about and nearly succeeded, playing on The Guardian. Now The Guardian is Nigeria’s greatest broadsheet under The Sun. And the APC like criminal hackers targeted them, to compromise, and bring down the great edifice.

The report of how the APC fooled and hacked The Guardian reputation is well documented by her editor: ‘’The Lying Photo from Lai Mohammed’’ by Abraham Ogbodo, The Guardian 01-03-15. The hack was fixed and perpetrated by APC specialist gnomes, Garba Shehu and Lai Mohammed

A fact however has to be understood. Ordinarily Mohammed, Garba and the rest of APC, are perhaps innocent, clubbable men, husbands of one/ [four maximum]wife, and non-imbibers of strong drinks. But in wanting to build epochs, they philosophically and necessarily descend into insanity, of the epoch maker. And just like violence is the tool of thugs, since they have no morals, lies are the tools of the epoch makers, since they have no memories. So APC was necessarily fabricated as a liar’s machine, manufacturing deceit as if it was an industry. And they have become so adept at it, that if today APC asks you the time, don’t even bother to check your watch. The point is that they have already stolen it.

Anyway, while the rest may conjecture, The Guardian’s report was a testimonial, so notarial, we thought it should be read universally. And over tea, we discussed the matter with a big name businessman with extensive ‘beltway’ connections. We suggested PDP should be happy to run the piece as advertorials in several newspapers, at home and abroad.

The answer we got was interesting, revealing. The beltway mogul spoke plainly that the PDP has enough war chest budgeted for these things to be done. In fact the PDP has enough money to run APC out of town, propaganda for propaganda, as the APC stinks, is the worst lie since Idi Amin. It is just that PDP hands pilfer every naira they must and work only with the float, the kobo. My brother the point is that there are too many petty thieves in PDP, perhaps a million and more.

And what of APC we asked? Ah APC is a case of a few big, mighty, really elemental bandit-thieves. Zimanze, as he called me, it is the dilemma of the hedgehog and the fox in a strange incarnation.

You see, imaginatively, APC has already scrambled-out the Nigeria to be run by them. One godfather will own the whole of Lagos plus the lagoon; another godfather will corner, take possession of the whole of Abuja, not excluding the Zuma rock. The third APC warlord will pick up all our oil blocks, and they will together consolidate the heists into their pockets and those of cronies, sons and mistresses. And Nigerians, the rest of us, will be left out, worse than Lagbaja; nothing at all for us.

Perhaps the APC’s feint genius is that they want to make fascism, the rule of strongmen, look efficient, even inviting like open heavens service by Pastor Adeboye. But remember these are the perilous last days and even the very elect may be deceived. Zimanze ronu.

The moral overhang: Do we now vote for the million and more petty thieves or the few behemoth bandits? Ahiazuwa.

 

George Orwell visits Nigeria?

A friend who is a mutual admirer of Chief Duro Onabule ‘linked’ me to his piece: Tits-bits towards March 28 showdown. I did read it and found myself so violently convulsed, throwing up, I was wheeled into a clinic, a medical emergency. What I don’t im­mediately know is whether I can sue or even be sued, for such bodily and other harms, when the great columnist wrote: ‘’The same Fani-Kayode, pretending to champion Igbo cause by poisoning their minds with political wounds of the past?’’

Can it ever happen that burying people, hundreds, even thousands of innocent young men, kids, even women and others alive at Asaba and other Igbo communities, by half-human-half-beast generals, be a political act, a political wound? And this is especially terrible when those misanthropic, subhuman acts have been historically ‘’notarized.’’

Or could it be that tomorrow what Boko Haram is doing in parts of the country will be registered as political, even comical wounds?

Our plea; let us please not so reconstruct the past that the future will be a monster, will be Boko Haram, as she now is. Bokoo Haram won’t have been if Gowon had the humanity to repudiate the kingdom of genocide upon which he founded his throne and her successors. That was why George Orwell in part, wrote his classic 1984. Nigeria ronu. These essays would have run a week or two ago. However we are convinced their points are worthy of our reflections, however the results go.

]]>
http://sunnewsonline.com/new/the-apc-liars-machine/feed/ 0
How APC is hurting Buhari http://sunnewsonline.com/new/how-apc-is-hurting-buhari/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/how-apc-is-hurting-buhari/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 23:00:41 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=108740 Between now and its inception as an amalgam of two opposi­tion parties, with a motley mix of disaffected PDP members, APC appears to have gained some momentum that even surpassed its best expectations. Yet, in recent times, there is this noticeable downward spiral that is sure to adversely affect the party’s chances at the polls, [...]]]>

Between now and its inception as an amalgam of two opposi­tion parties, with a motley mix of disaffected PDP members, APC appears to have gained some momentum that even surpassed its best expectations. Yet, in recent times, there is this noticeable downward spiral that is sure to adversely affect the party’s chances at the polls, most especially that of its presidential candidate, Bu­hari. While it is easy for many discern­ing minds to see why APC is losing its way and thereby hurting Buhari, the party itself seems sadly blinded by much hype and vainglory while it con­tinues, as it were, to be persisting on a path of self-immolation. Below are some illustrations.

First, Nigerians are evidently tired of hearing the same hackneyed singsongs and negative cliches about the person of President Jonathan. The reason is simple. Since time, APC has been telling Nigeri­ans that the president is clueless, without explaining exactly what it means by that. It has become so funny that each time you go to social media or venture into APC newspapers, the word ‘clueless’ is sure to be the favourite cliche of APC partisans. Even as the Jonathan-led gallant Nigerian forces are walloping Boko Haram, APC is unabashedly unhappy and projects it by sticking to this funny mantra that the president is clueless. That hurts the party and Buhari, not President Jonathan, espe­cially because vast majorities of Nigerians now view the party as unpatriotic, and treacherous to boot.

Second is corruption. APC talks about corruption without producing a single evidence of corruption against the person of Mr. President. When pressed to the wall, their fringe elements go wild and start cursing and desperately pointing to all manner of conjectures, rumours and outright lies. APC also talks about send­ing people to jail for corruption without stating how it’s going to go over the heads of the judiciary and due process to accomplish that overnight. Is the party implying that it will suspend the Constitu­tion in fighting corruption? Or, that Buhari will again start crating Nigerians like he did to Umaru Dikko? Plus, will Buhari’s corruption war exclude those PDP de­campees that ran to APC with their haul, which they are now using to fund Buhari’s campaign?

Third is allowing Buhari and his funda­mentalist supporters to continue to posture Buhari as a religious and sectional candi­date in the hope of clinching the Northern vote. Even worse, Buhari appears to bask in such infamous glory. While this may work with some rank tribal and religious partisans, it is at the same time alienat­ing APC’s Southwest base and moder­ate Northerners. And to say that this has permanently hurt APC and Buhari in Southeast and South-south is stating what everybody, but the APC, already knows. Buhari fails to understand that the reason Obasanjo, Yar’Adua and Jonathan had roundly defeated him in the past was be­cause they garnered quantum votes from outside their tribal and religious enclaves. Campaigning as a fundamentalist Muslim may transitorily whip up some violent sentiments but in the end it scares away even moderate Muslims.

Fourth is the Buhari certificate saga. Instead of going to great lengths to secure a credible certificate or transcript from Cambridge, APC and Buhari unleashed defamatory attacks on Nigerians who dared question Buhari’s sham credentials. Buhari himself became visibly angry and utterly defensive, thus suggesting that he is still the same intolerant tyrant that traumatised Nigerians in the past; and that he might be hiding something fraudulent. If anything, this whole disgraceful con­duct resulted in terrifying away millions of voters that had initially considered voting for Buhari just for the heck of the ‘change’ he was touting. Yet, to this day, APC and Buhari persist in sweeping the certificate issue under the carpet and demonising anybody that raises it as a genuine issue for the election.

Fifth is the many questionable char­acters that constitute Buhari’s kitchen cabinet; the very people who will govern with him if, perchance, he wins. They are in the legions. There’s Tinubu, with all his many troubles – imposition of candidates, warts and all. There’s Atiku, who knows that he is not clean enough to fit into Buhari’s campaign mantra of fighting corruption. Then, you have Amaechi, who is now considered a grave error, if not a boomeranging loose cannon; yet, just because he has spent billions of Rivers money on propping Buhari, they have no other choice than to let him traverse the nation, damaging the party; and embar­rassing himself and Buhari. It has become so bad that Tinubu is said to be now disaf­fected and interested only in Lagos gover­norship election and that of his immediate family members. Same for Kwankwaso who, to his credit, has recoiled away from Buhari and the many viruses he parades as his rank campaigners and henchmen.

Sixth, in the many states APC initially appeared to be doing well, the popu­lar angst generated by Buhari’s many scandals is beginning to scare away APC apparatchiks from Buhari. Most notable is Imo Governor, Rochas Okorocha, who is now so afraid that his continuing to campaign for Buhari may cost him the Imo guber that he has begun to tactically distance himself from Buhari. His recent poster-campaign is remarkable for tell­ingly, excluding Buhari’s picture. It has become so bad that, in Imo State, Rochas is said to be campaigning for Jonathan by night while posturing as APC by day. Ditto for many other APC governors, who are now refusing to release more funds for Buhari’s campaign; which explains Buhari’s recent not-so-secret wishes for much needed campaign funds from ques­tionable Arab billionaires.

Finally, APC now talks like it has something sinister to hide. Recently, when Nigerian military stated its resolve to capture terrorist Shekau, APC im­mediately launched defensive but false accusations that the military plans to capture a fake Shekau and then force him to implicate APC or Buhari, as the closet sponsor or sympathiser of Boko Haram. As if that was not enough, the party went to town with accusations that PDP is planning to tap phones of its leaders and frame them by making deposits in their bank accounts and that of INEC’s Jega. The only reasonable conclusion to be drawn from all these wild accusations is that APC is struggling with a sense of alarm that implies that it is guilty of some hideous wrongdoings and is, therefore, desperately preparing its defences in advance and in contemplation of being eventually implicated.

- By Prof Sullivan Odumegwu, sodumegwu@yahoo.com

 

Re: Imo, anointed by our sweat and vision?

Dear Sir, Governor Okorocha should now have woken from this APC dream, to the stark reality that he has been used. Sam Ahia, Amiyi-Obiohia, Isuikwuato, Abia. 08035715770

Dear Sir, Ihedioha is going nowhere. Ihenacho will have a hot contest with Rochas but Rochas will carry the day because of his free education. Your article was a revelation of the Tinubu/Buhari secret agreement behind Rochas and others. I have always said it that Rochas and company are on a wild goose chase forming an alliance with Tinubu. Please give us comprehensive knowledge of that betrayal and secret agreement. Remi A. Ibekwe. 08130412221

Dear Jimanze, your analysis or should I say your opinion of the Imo political standing is wrong. Do you think you and your pay master can wish away Emeka and PDP. Uzo. 08103699581

Dear Sir, I wish Imo people luck in electing their leader. As for me I support your last paragraph. Chukwuemeka Mala­chi. Cmalachi73@gmail.com

Dear Jim, thank you so much for your write-up yesterday. Please write more if only the Igbo people will listen. Let us use APGA as our base. God bless you. Mr. Ernest. 08023252836

Dear Sir, Your observation is apt. the choice is now in the hands of Ndi Imo to either vote out Owelle Okorocha for good or allow him another chance to our peril. Chidozie. 08037299679

Dear Sir, if Governor Okorocha is truly a man of ‘my people’ as he is wont to say, he should not have allowed his personal ambition to blind him, so silly, as to aban­don his people and join the bandwagon of confirmed bloody tyrants, who have no interest in our unity and the restructur­ing of Nigeria but make the loudest noise about true federalism. A. Ijioma, Abuja. 09050608336

Dear Sir, any vote for APC must be from one who is fooled. Okonkwo, 08177136127

Dear Sir, at another time, another place, Ihenacho would have held all the aces. That is in a milieu where thorough evaluation of contestants matters. But in a land soaked in economic misery, anomie and abracadabra, the impossible happens, more often than not. Ihenacho may end up as the best governor, Imo State never had. Agu Onwuzuruoha, CEO, Smartnomics Inc., Lagos, 08034034878.

Dear Dr. Jimanze, you surely have balls. Today’s piece is another food for thought… honestly you kept expanding my frontiers of critical reasoning. As an Imolite, we need to watch it… Please, try and do a piece on potential good governors of Imo. We are tired of this same crowd. Like Anambra and possibly Abia, let’s get men like Peter Obi, Willie Obiano and Alex Otti. Chris, Port Har­court, 08033397921.

2TG: The letters make a composite whole. The resolution of the matter is that in having a candidate, Ihenacho, “who has all the aces’’, Imo voters’ single duty is to vote and retain him. Imo voters cannot afford to trifle with fate by electing lower, substitution-quality players.

All that is needed is mass democratic vigilance for the choice of the man, who has all the aces. Imo must be made free and prosperous by excellence. Perhaps, there is no greater time to do that than now. It will never be too much to want to get Imo right. Ahiazuwa.

 

]]>
http://sunnewsonline.com/new/how-apc-is-hurting-buhari/feed/ 0
Imo, anointed by our sweat and vision? http://sunnewsonline.com/new/imo-anointed-by-our-sweat-and-vision/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/imo-anointed-by-our-sweat-and-vision/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:34:07 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=107642 ‘The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.’ Dante Alighieri. Perhaps it will be criminal to keep quiet while there is a contest for the soul of Imo. Certainly it will be cowardly to hedge, only to ‘set sail’ with whoever swims electorally and successfully [...]]]>

‘The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.’ Dante Alighieri.

Perhaps it will be criminal to keep quiet while there is a contest for the soul of Imo. Certainly it will be cowardly to hedge, only to ‘set sail’ with whoever swims electorally and successfully to shore. That will be playing smart, not being wise. And in fundamental matters wisdom demands that we make a clear forward choice, regardless of projected outcomes.

The contest is who takes over from the incumbent who is also in the race. Our straight advice is that of the big three in the race, Captain Ihenacho is the best choice. Simply put he beats the best of the rest to a distant second.

First here are our due disclosures. We have met and or watched two of the three big cat contenders fleetingly. They are the current Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha, PDP, and Emmanuel Ihenacho, APGA. The two incidentally come from the same Owerri zone. The sitting governor, from Orlu zone, everybody knows by reputation. Additionally we have no working relation­ship with any of the parties or proxies.

Let us start with the incumbent. Rochas Okorocha, APC, for whatever he is worth would have been a governor to return to his job. But in a fit of absent mindedness he got it all wrong. Without consultation he plotted to ‘bewitch’ the Imo people into alliance with a party, APC, the inner workings of which he is a stranger to. APC is and stands against everything the Imo people, and the good and excellent peoples of Nigeria stand for. The APC is the rump of the evil that insists on running Nigeria as a subject territory, or a booty-empire of the civil war winners. So with APC technically, the civil war goes on and against Nd’Imo and the Igbo generally, but by electoral means. And Okorocha is acting out the tragic moral of the ignorant cow. The ‘fattened’ cow would joyfully not know its purposed destiny is in the abattoir.

Now despite the pretenses of Okorocha we have it on good authority, (we have shipped the relevant exhibits to foreign contacts to assay) that the owners, the real owners of APC have arrived at separate non-disclosure agreements, on and about how to ‘do’ with Nigeria. One of the clauses of this secret agreement is to grant a former federal capital, special status, and tax the rest of the country to finance it. And Okorocha and other fringe, that is non-G2 Nigeria Security Council players, do not know these things; they have simply not been let into these agreements, forged at their backs.

Yes, we grant every politician his or her need to progress in this great world. But that should not be at the expense of the people, his people. Perhaps APC is Rocha’s greatest chance of being Nige­ria’s Vice President. But that as we saw, is on paper. Immediately the ‘come came to become’ they pawned Okorocha for a penny, and dismissed him from greatness. So what has Okorocha negotiated for his people? That they remain peripheral to the centre? To put matters simply, Okorocha committed a sin against the Holy Ghost, politically, by an ‘alliance of death’ for his people and abundant life for himself alone. Now they have even denied him that. Yet even if they delivered, it is anti-his people. In Igbo, the norm is to sacrifice the hero to prosper the community, and not the community to prosper the hero. Okorocha ronu.

Ihedioha is simply encumbered. His mandate is under fierce contestations. The freefall contestation is that he never in law and truth won the gubernatorial ticket. See ThisDay 28-02-15. The outcome of the legal sideshow may plunge Imo into the Amaechi-Omehia absurdity, legal-electoral magic and swap. Imo ronu.

A ticket whose validity is in conten­tion should not be the portion, political or otherwise, of the proud and free peoples of Imo. Imo cannot start off on a long journey as cripples, only hoping to regain the strength in their heels at the destination. This is the wisdom of the elders.

Even to rubbish and complicate his case, Ihedioha has not shown any tendency to connect, reach out to the millions, the ordi­nary Imo. Perhaps for his type, the people are superfluous and they don’t really count. In fact for his tribe of politicians the more you despise and hate the people, the smart­er you are. To these tribesmen, all that are necessary is the purse, the fat purse. That is politics for them may be no greater than to love money and despise the people.

So it was apparently in character when Premium Times reported: ‘Somehow, Mr. Ihedioha’s governorship project seems not to be flying especially among the grass­roots. The Deputy Speaker is seen not as a grassroots politician. He is not close to the ordinary people. In fact, some people say he is arrogant. See ANALYSIS: Imo Guber 2015: A three-horse Race between Okorocha, Ihedioha, Ihenacho February 23, 2015

But why shouldn’t he be arrogant? He has no need of the people; all he needs are bankers, rogue traders, green-mailers, chartered (political) stock-brokers, and national party merchants, aka party cash receiving officers. The last, take the larger South-East as a huge and profitable trading bazaar. There, tickets to political offices are ‘privatized’ and receivers committed to paying and doling out surrogacy-royalties, against the people of the Southeast, to fatten the interest of Abuja party ap­paratchiks. That is for Ihedioha perhaps, everybody matters but the very people he plots to rule.

One may thus conjecture that for him political power is like a securitized stock exchange asset. And of course we all know that the stock exchange is the casino of the rich and the powerful. And their game is to seize the state through zaitech, and detest the people. Thus if Ihedioha wins Imo, as his jackpot, his okwe agbala, the State may become the plaything of the ‘robber barons’, leveraged assets… to be stripped?

Imo ronu. For this kind of politicians, politics is finally a style of commodity trade. It is just that the people, the Imo people, are the commodities, the rice, beans and or motor spares, these men purpose to trade and profiteer on.

Of Ihenacho, though we are not enthused of and do not encourage big business per­sons gunning for electoral powers, perhaps he qualifies for a waiver. His business ca­reer is not very typical, despite the obvious fact that he has done it big. He started off as a career public servant in the merchant ship category. He learnt his ropes and only latter berthed in the business of shipping and allied services. He is one of the few model entrepreneurs that have made Africa proud by their solid personal achieve­ments, to borrow a line from Achebe.

And unlike the empty, arrogant and people-despising public officers whose real problem is their lack autonomous identity, Ihenacho has kept a cool head, an all inclu­sive, open and welcoming style.

And we have heard Ihenacho speak Igbo, even if it is his native Owerri dialect, in full flourish. Here he is one with our other great sons, Ojukwu and Zik. The two were our greatest orators in modern times. But their oratorical gifts were not just in English. Each could hold Okonkwo of Things Fall Apart spell bound in Igbo oration. Unlike Iheanacho, we have never heard Okorocha or Ihedioha do an oration in Igbo. Theirs is just the perfunctory enyi nda and ndi banyi nno.

And lest we forget, the Igbo need a home base party as insurance, adi ama ama. Yes that is how the world or at least Nigeria goes. Nigeria is a game, not the game. To play it you need a home base party and a foreign derby party. That is what the rest of Nigeria is into. APGA is the nearest we do have, and thus must consolidate. Let APGA be our Ime-Obi, home party, while PDP be our Ezi-ama or out-compound party. Our advice to Ndi Imo is simple. In a contest of the three, Ihenacho and APGA are the greatest good. Ahiazuwa.

 

Re: Economists as masters of the Nigerian universe?

Dear Sir, Your article was educative and logically conclusive! Umeora Cosmas, Benin City. 07039546679

Dear Sir, your piece was pure convoluted logic that lost its way in your usual effort to defend the ruling party. To single out Buhari and leave out what was said of GEJ is biased journalism at its hungry worst. The ofo na ogu drivel is to give a monkey a perfumed bath, but it is still a monkey with its dirty tricks. Great countries today thrive on sound economic policies crafted by out­standing economists, not on voodoo pie in the sky ‘civilization’. Agu Onwuzuruoha. 08034034878

Dear Sir, Wonderful write-up. Most of our so called economists always use bor­rowed concept of economics to interpret our own reality. The tree of our true nation and civilization was lost 33 years ago. Kudos. 07038827505.

Dear Sir, it is civilization, not our stom­ach, stupid. Ahiazuwa. Barrister Anazor. 08023413119

Dear Nda Jimanze, Your conclusions on 26-2-15, for once left me feeling like your unenthusiastic student. As you have been teaching us, how have you transformed from being the ‘superior’ scholar, to a beggar, now begging us for our votes, even if on behalf of the ‘inferior’ politicians? Nnamdi Ukwuoma. 08033052258

Dear Sir, if we sack Professor Soludo and Dr Ngozi, whom do we pick? It was the late governor of Imo State, Chief Sam Mbakwe who once suggested we re-import the colonial masters to rule us. Nnaemeka Okpala. 07069161616

Dear Sir, thanks a lot. Neither Chuk­wuma nor Ngozi worked or is working for Nigeria. Don’t mind them. God bless you. 08037152364.

Dear Jimanze, I beg to differ on most of your theories in economists as masters of…. Proper management by the econo­mist, in my view, creates prosperity. Lai Ashadele. 08023632992

Dear Jimanze, from your article, under the GEJ you frankly described the situation of today as smiling and suffering; and end­ing your article irresponsibly by describ­ing us in APC as barbarians; that is arrant nonsense. Ahiazuwa. Chief J. J, Ibeka. 07065773998

Dear Sir, you missed linking the barbar­ians to the baboons. Ikem Williams Esq. 08033607504.

]]>
http://sunnewsonline.com/new/imo-anointed-by-our-sweat-and-vision/feed/ 0
Economists as masters of Nigerian universe? http://sunnewsonline.com/new/economists-as-masters-of-nigerian-universe/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/economists-as-masters-of-nigerian-universe/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:14:59 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=106477  Professor Chukwuma Soludo is the former CBN chief. Not too long ago he raised harmat­tan dust in what actually was to be the opening of a rainy season, intellectually speaking. We were not amused. Even before then, we had quickly concluded on him and his tribe of concerned professionals. Our strongly held opinion is that [...]]]>

 Professor Chukwuma Soludo is the former CBN chief. Not too long ago he raised harmat­tan dust in what actually was to be the opening of a rainy season, intellectually speaking. We were not amused. Even before then, we had quickly concluded on him and his tribe of concerned professionals. Our strongly held opinion is that he and his clan of economists, not excluding his sparring partners, Dr Okonjo-Iweala et al, should be fired.

But before you load your Kalashnikovs, all we meant was that they should be ‘pushed’ off their ‘commanding heights’ jobs and high moral standings, if they still had any. Last time we heard of Soludo for instance, he was a political mendicant wandering the streets of Onitsha, begging for a job. He was groveling to be made a governor in our ‘light of the nation’ state, Anambra. This is despite his being a tax not municipal resident.

And it was either that (1) his sponsoring overlords fearing that Soludo was becom­ing a toxic political asset, dumped him, or (2) the people found out he is sub-prime, perhaps below par in character and or learning to merit being in their employ. What later became of him are matters we are not presently familiar with. For Okonjo- Iweala, we hear on good and great author­ity, that the present and mournful economy has been outsourced to her, as we all suffer and smile.

But these economists come of interest to us here. They have been going abroad spilling the ill founded rumor, lies really, that the problem with Nigeria is in fixing her economy. To be fair to the data, Soludo appears to be especially eloquent of these dismal savants, who always turn up like clipped pennies.

But I can now confidently state there are no economists of knowledge in Nigeria. And why? And the answer is; Nigeria does not need economists, at least not now. So, Nigeria, by natural laws cannot produce a great economist or at least one that is adapted or adaptable to her environment. All greatness by definition comes by or within Darwinian adaptation.

But despite the out-of-season appearance of these ‘rogue economists’, Nigerians, even their very elect, seem seduced, that all we needed was food in the stomach.

Perhaps we too as a nation are out of season. Otherwise it is some miracle that our peoples are not able to understand that there is nothing like a prosperous economy, on and of its own. The economy and economists are brace, not constitu­tive quantities. Economists come after the fact, after, not before prosperity is created. Economists don’t create prosperities; it is prosperities that create economists. We preempt ourselves, but shall return in full relief to this matter later.

A prosperous economy anywhere, anytime, history has repeatedly affirmed, is a fruit of civilization. And the corollary is not yet true. That is civilization is not a fruit of prosperity, and Aristotle understood and stated so. Just as it is not possible to fabricate mango fruits without planting trees, it is not possible to build or have a prosperous economy without inaugurating and running a civilization.

So, outside a civilization there can be no prosperous economy. That is what the Bible really means when it says that a fool and his riches are soon parted. Now, little is the matter if the fool is your community, church parish, nation and or the individual. Thus, even if Nigeria parades a million more Dangotes, Coscharises and Otedolas, all Forbes-quality billionaires, Nigeria will still remain a poor and impoverished people. Space will not let us, but the trajec­tory-experiences of Japan and Mexico post World War 2, are moral lessons enough. It is civilization stupid.

In fact we are given to vomiting when­ever we sight economists of the Nigerian genus swarm about as if they have anything to offer the world or even themselves. Sometimes we are tempted to seek legal advice whether we can sue or be sued. Ahiazuwa.

Now because we are in the bizarre reign of economists as masters of our universe we have lost direction, even if not speed. In other words we no longer can have the prosperous economy we want. The econo­mist is the last professional civilizations generate or need.

If you asked how then the signs and wonders are everywhere. Let us take the simple example of General Mohammed Buhari being allegedly endorsed by the Economist magazine of London. We can assure that those who jubilated at the trash of the Economist are being fooled.

The feint commendation of the econo­mist is actually a harsh repudiation of Bu­hari and all he stands for. Yet we all seem not to discern, concerned as we are entirely with our stomachs. Let us explain. A criti­cal conclusion of what the Economist said is that ‘Buhari has blood on his hand’. And upon this they have said it all, especially if we as a people are interested in the pursuit of civilization and thus prosperity.

But what does that mean. Now to have blood on your hands means (1) one is a fugitive on counts of murder or arson etc leading to murder, (2) that one has evaded the law and or has not come to justice be­fore the law. Now, a man who is a murderer but has been judicially sanctioned, and served his term, is assumed not to have blood on his hands any more. This is under the universal judicial cannon that no man shall be sanctioned or punished twice for the same offence. So the man, a murderer or arsonists etc who has served his term, if he comes out of it, has no blood on his hands before the law. This holds at least in Britain which has no death penalty.

That is, a man has blood on his hand when despite his murders, etc, he has evad­ed the law or has not come before justice. But civilization demands that the law be supreme, and that men without exceptions, come under her.

At this point the subject becomes tricky. So the question suggests itself. Why did the British, through one of their neo-impe­rializing media outlets recommend a man, who in their words has blood on his hands, to rule a people? And this is something no man dare imagine in Britain; that a fugitive rule her majesty’s kingdom? If you sought for answers then here is the definitive one.

For the British, Africans are still barbar­ians, that is, a people who are ruled by their stomachs, misled by their economists. Thus for them just about any persons can rule roughshod over these types, these barbar­ians.

Now barbarians are a people whose national purpose is to fill their stomachs. But civilization is upon the people whose national purpose is to raise their spirit, or in Christian religious speak to seek ye first the kingdom of god and have all other things, not excluding a full stomach, added unto them.

And insistently history reveals that only those who ceaselessly are in the enterprise of raising their spirit, of the pursuit of civilization are able to feed their hunger sustainably. That is the non-religious meaning of the allegory of Christ feeding the multitudes with a handful of fishes and pints of wine. That is the magic of civiliza­tion which is denied barbarians. Thus barbarians, their shamans and economists will in first seeking their stomachs, never have the kingdom of God, read civilization, added unto them.

It is for this reason that those as persons, parsons or nations, who seek only a full, or perhaps a fool’s stomach, are forever hun­gry. This again is the non-religious import of the allegory of Christ promising us that whoever drinks this water, read partakes in the pursuit of civilization, shall never know thirst again. Speaking further civilization is the deployment of ofo na ogu never ofo or ogu alone. Neither ogu nor ofo is sustainable acting alone, even as ofo must precede ogu. They are and must finally be like twins, like Taiwo and Kehinde. You can’t kill one, Taiwo, to prosper the other, Kehinde.

To do so is barbarianisms and the Brit­ish know. It is just that they think we are condemned to remain barbarians, almost like wolves in the jungles. It is only that the jungle now is Nigeria, a nation made by the British as abattoir for barbarians and malus.

And the verdict of the economist is simple. If you believe you are barbarian and will remain so, vote APC. Otherwise your choice as a people in search of civili­zation must be any other party. To repeat, it is civilization, not your stomach stupid. Ahiazuwa.

 

Re: Who shouted fire in the crowded theatre?

Dear Sir, I have just read your column and thanks a million times for your au­thoritative and convincing intervention on the matter. As far as I am concerned, yours is the final audit on the issue. Best wishes. Dr Okon. 08063921972.

Dear Sir, Re: who shouted fire… hon­estly, this is a masterpiece that should go beyond the inner back cover of the paper. How can it be achieved? Time is running out. Rev Olusegun Ayorinde. Umuahia. 08035509190.

Dear Jimanze Ego-Alowes, A work well done. Your pen said nothing but the truth. More of you. God bless you. onu­lives@yahoo.com

Dear. Jimanze Ego-Alowes,

This is just to thank you for your article “Who Shouted Fire In The Crowded The­atre.” With the present scenario of events in Nigeria, I didn’t know that there are still Nigerians who can sift truth from the lies that we have been inundated with by those who think that they are born to rule. Please persevere even if you are perse­cuted. God will not abandon you. Yours sincerely, Raymond I. Dibie ilodibie@ yahoo.com

Dear Jimanze, your position in who shouted fire in the crowded theatre is too factual to doubt, let alone dispute. Lai Ashadele.

Dear Sir, I wonder why PDP didn’t make you the party spokesman. 08033142130.

Dear Sir, Becoming an open campaign­er for a party that has admittedly failed to deliver in all fronts is unwarranted. Bar­rister Ngozi Ogbomor. 08033397362.

 

]]>
http://sunnewsonline.com/new/economists-as-masters-of-nigerian-universe/feed/ 1
Who shouted fire in the crowded theatre? http://sunnewsonline.com/new/who-shouted-fire-in-the-crowded-theatre/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/who-shouted-fire-in-the-crowded-theatre/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:24:52 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=105555 PricewaterhouseCoopers, PWC, is an audit and financial services powerhouse. She is arguably the finest in her world of financial reporting and allied services. That is to have the imprimatur of PWC on your report cards is to have bagged and won the gold standard; the end of discussion. Now of a certain matter, the PWC [...]]]>

PricewaterhouseCoopers, PWC, is an audit and financial services powerhouse. She is arguably the finest in her world of financial reporting and allied services. That is to have the imprimatur of PWC on your report cards is to have bagged and won the gold standard; the end of discussion.

Now of a certain matter, the PWC has presented and given us her audit. The audit report is an examination of issues on the alleged missing 20 billion dollars, off the treasury of the NNPC and or allied subsidiaries. It may thus be said that with PWC in, the matter is rested.

The summary of the PWC report reads: there were no missing 20 billion dollars as was alleged and promoted by the former governor of the central bank and his cabal. It is well to remark that this cabal was deluding us they were nationalists. But as this report clearly shows and we have canvassed times without number, these parties are closet imperialists dressed in nationalist togas.

The PWC also remarked that 1.48 bil­lion dollars, an amount earned from sale of assets should have their accounting procedures perfected.

Of course for anybody interested in accounting, the processes of incomplete, cash or journal records must be familiar. But the hint of the PWC report is that there are sufficient primary or journal entries not to suggest criminal intents. This is implied in the logic of asking that the records, repeat, the records, be made perfect.

In all, it is now clear that those who raised the alarm were diabolically ig­norant and or mischievous. We citizens therefore, need to audit and establish their purpose, proposed gains, declared or un­declared. Like with all audits this citizen audit is to punish errant behavior if estab­lished, and also foreclose on others raising false alarms at our national expense. It is not all who scream nationalisms with their mouths have nationalism in their hearts.

Now, the following is deemed estab­lished. This cabal of false nationalists shouted fraud, fraud in NNPC, while and when there is no fraud in NNPC. How­ever, to fully understand and raise an audit against these scaremongers, we have to borrow a line from the great American philosopher and jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes.

According to the great legal mind, free­dom of speech must remain unfettered. However, this freedom cannot be used as a tool to push for destruction especially in the face of ‘clear and present dangers’. Thus, in his justly famous words, freedom of speech does not give one the license to shout fire in a crowded theatre, when one knows there is none.

Now the question: the man who shouted fire when there was none in a crowded theatre, what are his aims and intended gains? Or in other words what are the purpose and gains of then CBN governor, Mallam Sanusi and collaborators in shout­ing fraud when they knew, should have known and know that there was none?

Now the matter gets interesting. To have shouted fire in a crowded theatre with narrow-neck exits is to call for may­hem, for death, for burning and looting, for scatter, scatter, kpoza, kpoza.

In simple terms, what they wanted and were engineering was a stampede, a politi­cal stampede and the collateral deaths and purging of the innocent that will neces­sarily follow. Of course being engineers and false alarmists or prophets of the false fires, they had made private and secret ar­rangements for their own safety and their profiteering off the arson. And who are the fellows that they wanted dead? They are the others, their enemies, as defined and chosen by them.

But even more importantly, they would not mind and or have minded if the entire theatre edifice, read the entire Nigerian State, went up in flames and destruction. Their only caveat is that they be able to gather their loins and achieve their purpose, which is to imperialize Nigeria on their born-to-rule platform and delu­sion. In other words, if Nigeria, the whole got burnt or was burnt for them, the part, to live, then all is well and the world is round.

But like all practiced political arson­ists or assassins they had targeted games. The political and practiced arsonists do not burn indiscriminately we must note. So, who are their big game and theatre targets? And the answer is simple. They want, wanted President GEJ and Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke dead, politically and possibly otherwise. And what are the sins of this pair? It is that they are minori­ties and should be happy to be tributar­ies, power eunuchs, not co-owners of the game, the Nigerian national power game.

For these cabals, their game is to dismiss whoever, is not themselves out of power and relevance. For them, power must be a partisan thrust open to a select families and regions, and from which all others must be excluded. We have repeat­edly illustrated the cabal’s born-to- rule delusion as per President GEJ. Space demands we concentrate more on the lady in the matter.

Alison-Madueke makes an even more interesting case. She is a double minority, even as this fact has not quite been appre­ciated. Often when history hits us in the eyes, even as pin pricks, we don’t see it.

Now Alison-Madueke amongst others represents one of the greatest achieve­ments and revolutions of GEJ. And what is that revolution? This is the first time in our history, and perhaps in any other African country, where women were given to take charge of the commanding heights of the economy and society, and in con­cert. Okonjo-Iweala, Akinjide, Onwuliri, Alison-Madueke and a host of others are manning the most strategic of ministries at one and the same time. Simply put GEJ has unleashed a gender mainstreaming power revolution that deserves world and studied attention

As minister of Petroleum Alison- Madueke is inevitably one of the greatest, if not the greatest woman in Nigeria’s modern public history. No other woman has gone this high or achieved so superla­tively. And we may now recall that as we postulated in our book, Corruption in Af­rica: Resolution through New Diagnosis, women are an eternal minority. That is a woman after being ‘minoritized’ as Jew or Ijaw will also be minoritized as a woman. So women minorities are eternal verities.

But what annoys her detractors-enemies most, are not just her roles in history. It is that she comes to it with a pedigree that is as impeccable as polished diamonds.

That is, she made the petroleum minis­try not on the account of being a woman, not at all. She is easily one of the most qualified, if not the most qualified to have headed that ministry. With her solid personal achievements, to borrow a line from Professor Achebe, she rose to the top directorship levels in the fiercely techno­cratic world of International Oil Compa­nies, IOCs. These IOCs, sometimes larger than whole nations in GNP terms, demand personal, character and professional excellence as a minimum to make or be retained on their staff lists. Unfortunately, our nation prodded by the opposition that shouts fire in crowded theatres, has chosen to forget Alison was the first [and only?]Nigerian female director in Shell Petro­leum. And you don’t do anything with Shell Petroleum, even as a sub-contractor, save you are the very best.

Even beyond her streak of excellence as an IOC and private sector icon, she exhibited uncommon statesmanship with her representation of Nigeria by virtue of her ministry at OPEC. OPEC of course is the international body of oil exporting na­tions, or as one punster puts it, the United Nations of the oil nations.

Now OPEC is the stable of Arab conservatism, Arabs, especially the Saudi Arabians, being the key players. Yet, de­spite this conservatism, Alison-Maudeke’s impeccable plenipotentiary representa­tions, her princess-like sense of equity and integrity auto-lifted her to the presidency of OPEC. And she was the first such and only female president of OPEC history has known. What greater achievement of integrity would you have asked of one?

And we may now recall that even when she made it as OPEC President, this na­tion prodded by those who scream fire in crowded theatres sold us the snake-oil that it was not a national, but her private personal achievements. And we left uncel­ebrated one of our greatest achievements, gifted to us by Alison-Madueke. We betrayed ourselves, because her achieve­ments are no really hers, but ours. She is done it for us, for the nation, the African woman. And by that alone she is one of the greatest of the world’s living amazons, with records and character to match.

However the closet or unspoken point is that these men cannot stand a well achieved and independent woman. For despite their alleged sophistication, they are an interior or are oke people.

And they are all crowded up in APC who as a party are practiced screamers of fire! fire! in crowded theatres. The truth is that the APC game is to keep the Nigerian women forever in bondage, as wives, as fools and as flesh. Not even Lagos, their touted state of excellence has let in women in real terms. Or have you ever had of a Lagos state female commissioner of lands or finance/taxes? Land and taxes are the oil wells or petroleum ministry of Lagos state.

Fact is that the APC can’t live with the logic or example of women as equals in the development race of nations. They cannot live with what Alison-Madueke symbolizes. Yet the richest nations are the nations where the women are the freest, the most co-equals. And these cabalists and party men don’t want.

The import is that the Nigerian women should be grateful to GEJ and the revolu­tion of women as equal partners he has unleashed for our greatest good. Perhaps it is now indicated we advice as follows and in earnest: All the wives, spouses, partners and other women of the APC presidential, gubernatorial and other candidates, should in spite of themselves and despite their spouses vote for PDP in the next round of elections. We need to produce more and more Alison-Maduekes, not less. She is a symbol of the excellence at home and abroad that development calls for. This nation needs more and more women not as decorative ala APC, but as co and equal partners, as Alison-Madukes of the nation are proving. That is the smartest thing to do.

]]>
http://sunnewsonline.com/new/who-shouted-fire-in-the-crowded-theatre/feed/ 1
Imperialism is to ruin the whole to prosper the part http://sunnewsonline.com/new/imperialism-is-to-ruin-the-whole-to-prosper-the-part/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/imperialism-is-to-ruin-the-whole-to-prosper-the-part/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 00:00:57 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=104386 If a man says his words are as good as his bond, take his bond. City of London. One of the takeaway scriptures of the Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, is interesting revelation even as it foreshadows our apocalyptic end. If, however, we are to be saved from him and his principals, now is [...]]]>

If a man says his words are as good as his bond, take his bond. City of London. One of the takeaway scriptures of the Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, is interesting revelation even as it foreshadows our apocalyptic end. If, however, we are to be saved from him and his principals, now is the hour to act. And the first act is to know.

However, the fact of our damnation by the governor’s revelation may not be as clear as the noon is to the bright eyed citizen. But that is not because we have visual impairments. It is more because the truth often comes in guises deeper than the eyes can see, than the ears can hear. To ‘see’ we need first to know, context, and sometimes meta-context.

In a 16-01-15 Premium Times report with a banner headline: Agbaje too old to govern Lagos – Fashola, it was reported of the governor:

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has told Lagosians to vote a young, vibrant candidate, who would be able to withstand the rigours of governing the state.

Mr. Fashola stated this Wednesday at the special rally of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos. The Lagos State governor described Jimi Agbaje, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, gubernatorial candidate in the state, as a 60-year old who would be unable to cope as a governor.

“You know what you must do. Open your eyes clearly,” Mr. Fashola told thousands of party supporters in atten­dance. “You see, this job is a tough job. When I took this job, at the age of 44, I was counting the number of white hair on my head. Today, at 52, I am counting the number of black hair on my head. “Akinwunmi (Ambode) is younger than I. You need youthfulness to do night he will not take your phone.” Mr. Agbaje is 57 while Mr. Ambode, the APC’s gov­ernorship candidate is 51. Muhammadu Buhari, the APC presidential candidate, is 72.

On the face of it, the governor made a merely absurd statement that he can’t reconcile with what he is canvassing at the federal level. For the governor and the rest of the APC, Nigeria’s best dude to man the entire federation is a grandfatherly old type who, just by the way, is slightly older than I. And this is in a race against another, his co-contender, at the prime of his political youth, at 50 plus.

Now, considering that Lagos is a part, a 36th part of the whole, the governor, it is evident, has gone into methodic if not substantive incoherence. But the point to understand is that the governor is still in command of his senses and largely sane. All one needed was to catch on his scale of reference, his ground zeros and assumptions.

But to understand, let us retail the following backgrounds. We have campaigned relentlessly on the game of certain ‘dark and enclosed’ sections of the Nigerian nation. Their whole purpose is to construct and consolidate Nigeria as a Group of two geographical formations and power formulations. Theirs is to erect Nigeria not as a nation-state, but as an empire-nation, an empire-systems-power trade state. In 18-01-15 The Guardian interview for instance, we said the following:

The G2 want Jonathan dead, politically, for one reason – he is not like them. It is important to note that the G2 is a virulent tendency within a certain but powerful minority of the north and southwest. Their agenda is to keep Nigeria in perpetual state of war and be calling for a unifier; that is themselves!

This agendum of permanent wars is not unique to the Fashola power clique. It is imbedded in the DNA of all imperialisms. The imperial game, is to so construct power and distribute capital, human and otherwise, that the imperium is inherently unstable. A key and insistent move of theirs is to take the best to the part and detail the rest to rob the reminder-whole. That is Fashola is not particularly guilty, it is just that he has manifested the symptoms of the imperialist, the closet imperialist he is. Perhaps to play kindly he is an involuntary imperialist, a wannabe colonialist who is not consciously aware of his big power game. But does that make him any more innocent?

(More interestingly in our new book, Corruption in Africa: Resolution through new Diagnosis*, we devoted whole sections to it and the dangers thereof. In the book the governor is revealed as never before. Now properly understood, the governor is part victim and perpetrator. And we are happy that as Fashola unfolds, he proves our thesis the more correct).

Interestingly the man has been sold as the greatest revelation and or thing that happened to APC. In that sense the governor is the best totem of APC, their philosopher king. That is his thoughts are not just representative, they are the core beliefs of the APC.

It thus can safely be conjectured that the policy of the APC is to convert the whole, Nigeria, into a province of their states and regions. That is the only explanation that makes the governor, want to wet-nurse, hedge and protect the part, his beloved Lagos, and throw the whole, Nigeria, literally to the wild dogs.

To underscore the matter fully we may have to seek context. The point is that the governor’s sensibility is exactly how all the imperial powers, Athens, Rome, America, Uk, have run their colonial and tributary estates. Whether it is Athens, America, Rome, Britain, this Fashola-style imperial template is insistent. To exemplify with the UK, the Queen will keep the best, the cream of her ministers by the Westminster, to serve her courts. The rejects, those who couldn’t make the cut, even the crooks, like the case with Australia for instance, she will ‘outsource’ to India, to Hong Kong, to Nigeria and other imperial out-territories. And as the Polish journalist

Lagos and Bombay. And now Fashola is scheming and confessing he wants the boom of Lagos, its elect regions, and Abuja and Daura(?), and their select regions, to be financed by the burning Hades of Oloibiri and Port Harcourt? In short APC wants to be the imperial powers, the British of Nigeria and the rest of us their natives. Ahiazuwa.

That much it has to be understood is Fashola’s, sorry APC’s purpose for the rest of us. They or their fathers have architected Nigeria into G2, and the rest of us. Their game now is to fortify and secure this G2 architecture. And if they succeed they will plunder us with scorpions where their fathers only did with whips. This accounts for the quality of characters they send to where and when. If in doubt see Fashola’s first ever interview with The Guardian about seven years ago and you will see this tendency of ‘we own this nation, sorry empire’, foretold.

Now it has to be understood that if Nigeria is not governable, it is all part of the British war purpose. You run an empire to ruin the province. So by ensuring lower quality human capital runs the periphery, and that pedigree stags run the home turf, Fashola and APC, true to type, are playing the imperialists. For them it won’t matter if Nigeria is made the more ungovernable, ruined, so long as the part, their parts are saved and prospers.

The moral is that there was never a time in history that Fashola was a patriot. If he claims to be, that is his word. However, his bond, his collateral actions reveal who he is the best. He prefers to be the imperialist, even if of the local type.

Finally, and at this stage, we have to agree Fashola and APC are clever dudes, very clever really. But the Igbo come with a saying: It is he who is fooled, who is defeated. And Hilbert, a German mathematician, was on spot when he famously said: ‘We must know, and we will know’. Or we will be damned. Nigeria ronu.

  • Corruption in Africa: Resolution through new Diagnosis available at Patabah bookshop Shoprite Surulere Lagos and Cassava bookshop opposite Sheraton Abuja. Shalom.
]]>
http://sunnewsonline.com/new/imperialism-is-to-ruin-the-whole-to-prosper-the-part/feed/ 0
Imperialism is to ruin the whole to prosper http://sunnewsonline.com/new/imperialism-is-to-ruin-the-whole-to-prosper/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/imperialism-is-to-ruin-the-whole-to-prosper/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:42:42 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=102274 If a man says his words are as good as his bond, take his bond. City of London. One of the takeaway scriptures of the governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, is interesting revelation even as it foreshadows our apocalyptic end. If however, we are to be saved from him and his principals, now is [...]]]>

If a man says his words are as good as his bond, take his bond. City of London. One of the takeaway scriptures of the governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, is interesting revelation even as it foreshadows our apocalyptic end. If however, we are to be saved from him and his principals, now is the hour to act. And the first act is to know.

However, the fact of our damnation by the Governor’s revelation may not be as clear as the noon is to the bright eyed citizen. But that is not because we have visual impairments. It is more because the truth often comes in guises deeper than the eyes can see, than the ears can hear. To ‘see’ we need first to know, context, and sometimes meta-context.

In a 16-01-15 Premium Times report with a banner headline: Agbaje too old to govern Lagos — Fashola, it was reported of the governor:

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has told Lagosians to vote a young, vibrant candidate who would be able to withstand the rigors of governing the state.

Mr. Fashola stated this Wednesday at the special rally of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos. The Lagos State governor described Jimi Agbaje, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, gubernatorial candidate in the state, as a 60 year old who would be unable to cope as a governor.

“You know what you must do. Open your eyes clearly,” Mr. Fashola told thousands of party supporters in atten­dance. “You see, this job is a tough job. When I took this job, at the age of 44, I was counting the number of white hair on my head. Today, at 52, I am counting the number of black hair on my head. “Akinwunmi (Ambode) is younger than me. You need youthfulness to do night he will not take your phone.” Mr. Agbaje is 57 while Mr. Ambode, the APC’s gov­ernorship candidate is 51. Muhammadu Buhari, the APC presidential candidate, is 72.

On the face of it the governor made a merely absurd statement that he can’t reconcile with what he is canvassing at the federal level. For the governor and the rest of the APC, Nigeria’s best dude to man the entire federation is a grandfatherly old type, who just by the way is slightly older than I. And this is in a race against another, his co-contender, at the prime of his political youth, at 50 plus.

Now, considering that Lagos is a part, a 36th part of the whole, the governor it is evident, has gone into methodic if not substantive incoherence. But the point to understand is that the governor is still in command of his senses and largely sane. All one needed was to catch on his scale of reference, his ground zeros and assumptions.

But to understand, let us retail the following backgrounds. We have campaigned relentlessly on the game of certain ‘dark and enclosed’ sections of the Nigerian nation. Their whole purpose is to construct and consolidate Nigeria as a Group of 2 geographical formation and power formulation. Theirs is to erect Nigeria not as a nation-state, but as an empire-nation, an empire-systems-power trade state. In 18-01-15 The Guardian interview for instance, we said the following:

The G2 want Jonathan dead, politically, for one reason – he is not like them. It is important to note that the G2 is a virulent tendency within a certain but powerful minority of the north and southwest. Their agenda is to keep Nigeria in perpetual state of war and be calling for a unifier; that is themselves!

This agendum of permanent wars is not unique to the Fashola power clique. It is imbedded in the DNA of all imperialisms. The imperial game, is to so construct power and distribute capital, human and otherwise, that the imperium is inherently unstable. A key and insistent move of theirs is to take the best to the part and detail the rest to rob the reminder-whole. That is Fashola is not particularly guilty, it is just that he has manifested the symptoms of the imperialist, the closet imperialist he is. Perhaps to play kindly he is an involuntary imperialist, a wannabe colonialist who is not consciously aware of his big power game. But does that make him any more innocent?

(More interestingly in our new book, Corruption in Africa: Resolution through new Diagnosis*, we devoted whole sections to it and the dangers thereof. In the book the governor is revealed as never before. Now properly understood, the governor is part victim and perpetrator. And we are happy that as Fashola unfolds, he proves our thesis the more correct).

Interestingly the man has been sold as the greatest revelation and or thing that happened to APC. In that sense the governor is the best totem of APC, their philosopher king. That is his thoughts are not just representative, they are the core beliefs of the APC.

It thus can safely be conjectured that the policy of the APC is to convert the whole, Nigeria, into a province of their states and regions. That is the only explanation that makes the governor, want to wet-nurse, hedge and protect the part, his beloved Lagos, and throw the whole, Nigeria, literally to the wild dogs.

To underscore the matter fully we may have to seek context. The point is that the governor’s sensibility is exactly how all the imperial powers, Athens, Rome, America, Uk, have run their colonial and tributary estates. Whether it is Athens, America, Rome, Britain, this Fashola-style imperial template is insistent. To exemplify with the UK, the Queen will keep the best, the cream of her ministers by the Westminster, to serve her courts. The rejects, those who couldn’t make the cut, even the crooks, like the case with Australia for instance, she will ‘outsource’ to India, to Hong Kong, to Nigeria and other imperial out-territories. And as the Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski tells these rejects, crooks, are pampered with perks that will seduce even the devil. That is how low characters and thugs like Lugard happened upon us in Nigeria and Pontius Pilate happened in Palestine of Christ. Even the thug and mercenary Lugard, was knighted by his Queen for robbing the ‘natives’ and Nigerians amongst them.

Even worse these Lugards and Pilates were posted out with another sinister charge. It is; go ye into the provinces to plunder and return the booty to the coffers of the Queen’s treasury. That accounts for why and how priceless Benin artworks were stolen by the Queen and her agents. Yet another key part of the brief was to so arrange the affairs of the locals that their vitalities and gold are drained into the metropolis. If for instance one was interested in finance, British exchequer made sure her provinces like Nigeria were so monetarily fixated, our colonial currencies were 100% plus ‘reserved’, backed up, in gold. And this gold was ‘sequestrated and banked’ in London. That is the British government enforced itself as bankers to Nigeria earning seigniorage, unearned profits. Thus in the end Nigeria, the victim, picked the bills of her being imperialized, of being victimized by another, the British. In a sense the boom of London was financed by the hell of Lagos and Bombay. And now Fashola is scheming and confessing he wants the boom of Lagos, its elect regions, and Abuja and Daura(?), and their select regions, to be financed by the burning Hades of Oloibiri and Port Harcourt? In short APC wants to be the imperial powers, the British of Nigeria and the rest of us their natives. Ahiazuwa.

That much it has to be understood is Fashola’s, sorry APC’s purpose for the rest of us. They or their fathers have architected Nigeria into G2, and the rest of us. Their game now is to fortify and secure this G2 architecture. And if they succeed they will plunder us with scorpions where their fathers only did with whips. This accounts for the quality of characters they send to where and when. If in doubt see Fashola’s first ever interview with The Guardian about 7 years ago and you will see this tendency of ‘we own this nation, sorry empire’, foretold.

Now it has to be understood that if Nigeria is not governable, it is all part of the British war purpose. You run an empire to ruin the province. So by ensuring lower quality human capital runs the periphery, and that pedigree stags run the home turf, Fashola and APC, true to type, are playing the imperialists. For them it won’t matter if Nigeria is made the more ungovernable, ruined, so long as the part, their parts are saved and prospers.

The moral is that there was never a time in history that Fashola was a patriot. If he claims to be, that is his word. However his bond, his collateral actions reveal who he is the best. He prefers to be the imperialist, even if of the local type.

Finally, and at this stage, we have to agree Fashola and APC are clever dudes, very clever really. But the Igbo come with a saying; it is he who is fooled, who is defeated. And Hilbert, a German mathematician was on spot when he famously said: ‘We must know, and we will know’. Or we will be damned. Nigeria ronu.

  • Corruption in Africa: Resolution through new Diagnosis available at Patabah bookshop Shoprite Surulere Lagos and Cassava bookshop opposite Sheraton Abuja. Shalom.

 

]]>
http://sunnewsonline.com/new/imperialism-is-to-ruin-the-whole-to-prosper/feed/ 0
Thank God, we have cracked the atom of corruption http://sunnewsonline.com/new/thank-god-we-have-cracked-the-atom-of-corruption/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/thank-god-we-have-cracked-the-atom-of-corruption/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 23:00:47 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=101293 As a historian, I have remained the physicist. Mother A’Endu. This history must be new, this history must be news. Mother A’Endu. Lord, if it be possible, grant we do the impossible. Mother A’Endu. If you asked, it can be confirmed that the tribe that ruined Nigeria the most are not the Igbo, the Yoruba [...]]]>

As a historian, I have remained the physicist. Mother A’Endu. This history must be new, this history must be news. Mother A’Endu. Lord, if it be possible, grant we do the impossible. Mother A’Endu.

If you asked, it can be confirmed that the tribe that ruined Nigeria the most are not the Igbo, the Yoruba or the Hausa, despite the seductive rumours. Definitely, the minorities are even the more innocent. The tribe, who ruined Nigeria the most, are her nation of scholars. They have squandered her riches with prodigal abandon. And despite Onyeka Onwenu’s A Squandering of Riches, the politicians stand as saints compared to the abdication of the scholar, the Nigerian scholar in the face of battle. With a long life filled with battles, and scars to show, we have never seen a nation or her tribe so surrender, before a battle that is theirs but for the asking.

Luckily, the Igbo have a proverb. If the antelope cannot flee fast enough it must make way for the tortoise. So, despite our handicaps, not at golf, but with schedules, we have to come in to look into things that Nigerian scholarship has given up on. And what did we find?

But first this: All human societies are deadweight, that is non-locomotive, until moved by new knowledge. That is without new knowledge, a society remains at its state of uniform circular motion or rest. Net acceleration or development of society is a produce of new, net-new knowledge.

So, if the popular national question is, how do we move the nation forward, how do we develop the nation; then the real and originary question becomes, what new knowledge do we have? No nation can move or be moved outside new knowledge. And this may be called the Mother A’Enduan law of history and development. In the end, all development is in the search for new knowledge, higher cognitions, not more abundant bread and crumbs.

So, immediately the coup makers, politicians, Godogodos, say let us move the nation forward, ask, have you founded the new knowledge? New knowledge and little else is the vehicle and propellant fuel upon development. And we warn; the nation that cannot be moved by, or move scholarship is dead, is calling for undertakers, perhaps in the form of boko haram, and other insurgencies. It is only knowledge that man creates. The rest, the world, is God’s grace, a gift. It is this knowledge creation that is our club fee to be made and remain citizens of the earth.

If we returned to Mother A’Endu, the quote reads more wholesomely; as a historian I have remained a physicist, dealing with forces [at work], rather than the persons [at play]. That is perhaps why I have been so bad at dates, with the guys or the Arabian fruits, or even of the so called great events. It is forces, not dates or their men and women stupid. Forces once created don’t date and are immortal, and are indestructible.

We are now in grace to announce, that utilizing the Mother A’Endu historical grid-tool and the insights of Ofo na Ogu, we have literally cracked the atom, the atom of corruption. In a word corruption may now be fully understood and thus tackled in Africa or beyond. What we did was to isolate and deal with the forces at work and not the persons, all minions, at play.

The game and gain are that forces don’t act, but dramatis personae mostly do. With forces, your resolutions are, as are. What you resolve is what you get, forces don’t act, don’t dissemble. It is like Einstein said. It works and stands true for eternity, unlike the politician’s work, which if, is only for its own seasons.

So in this Mother A’Eendu historiography, a Fashola, a Jonathan, two of our immediate and illustrative interests are none-entities. The point is to convert them, their roles and peculiarities as mediums, into forces, into powers. There is nothing odd in this. Resolution or contamination of sample or process into subject is known to science, poetry and even the police. Last I was at Arondizuogu to plead with my creditors for rollover financing, a minstrel put a song to my ear; etere ejiri ke nnu na utor, nnu na utor. Of course it is, and must be understood, that, a Jonathan and a Fashola, as leaders and politicians, are brace not constitutive powers.

And our findings are now revealed in our latest book; Corruption in Africa; Resolution through New Diagnosis. We may now reveal that Governor Babatunde Fashola is the guy running one of the odd half a dozen most corrupt governments in Africa. What have we said? Ok let us repeat. Fashola is running, perhaps, the most corrupt government in all of Africa. And his case is worse because the fact of it is hidden, disguised by him and or his minder-cabal.

Many will swear, perhaps go into shock, wondering if ‘it is all well with Israel’. Well it comes with the territory of historiography as a play of forces, approaching the precision of physics. Now, let us take inspiration from Isaac Newton, a god of physics if there was one. Before Newton all men were certain white light was primary light. But the guy sat back and investigated the matter. Today, we are all wiser, it is composite light. Before Albert Einstein, another god of physics, every kid was certain time was independent of space; in fact, there even was eternal time. Well to summarize, it is foolishness to say so today, save as poetry. What you have is space-time. Reality, we warn is not visual; was never visual. What you see, the Fashola you see may not be the Fashola you are getting. We have only come in as physicist-historians to give a clearer, deeper and more permanent vision of things that are.

Ironically, President Jonathan, and perhaps not known to him and the nation, is running, if not the cleanest government in our history, is running towards it. Now wait a minute. I saw Fani Kayode on NTA on 16-01-15 asserting that the act of coup making is corruption. Well we don’t know where and how he picked up the concept. But it is a concept we pioneered at levels of precision demanded by physics. What happened is that if he has read our new book, he would have seen the ‘mathematical’ proof of the fact and how coups constitute and engender corruption. It has nothing to do with coup makers. It has to do with the forces at work. And no man can stop a force whose time has come, even if he triggered it. To do coup is to unleash forces. And in the end of time and space, sorry space-time, it is forces that rule men and not men, forces. Man is a dramatist. Forces are ideas, are eternal, and are of nature. A man is the idea he acts, but never exhausts. A man is not the idea; he may only approach etere ejiri ke nnu na utor, nnu na utor, that is so merge with the idea he may be ‘lost’ in it. Ahiazuwa.

If Nigerian scholarship was worth its candle power it would have seen that Jonathan is like a Schiller category. Professor Johann Schiller, German, was a philosopher-poet. One of his most influential insights was with his essay On Naive and Sentimental Poetry. Like all great insights it is fungible and transferable. It is in this sense that Jonathan is Schillerian. He himself may not immediately know, he is a zoologist, but truth is he is what Schiller will call a naive genius. Of course the words naive and sentimental are technically used. It is our duty as social science scholars or scientists if you won’t mind, to now so engineer direction that paradise must be next door.

Now Jonathan is at the right direction, which is more important than speed. But our tragedy is in our scholarly abdication of powers, of independence, assigned to us as superiors of Caesar. Professor Chinua Achebe did not perhaps found the error, but he gratuitously popularized it with his largely misarticulated The Trouble with Nigeria.

That treatise, in error, categorized leadership a constitutive rather than a brace function. And at such originary error, we are all lost in direction. But redemption is in direction first, never in speed.

Thus with our intellectual failures it may be said that Nigerian development has not happened because we do reality at the levels of visual, not cognitive penetration and depth. That is why a Fashola, at the levels and depths of visual penetration is a hero. It is similar to the status of white light as a primary colour before Newton. However, at the deeper levels of cognitive penetration, white light is a composite of colours; and Fashola fails, even himself and the rest of us as hero. It is also at these levels of cognitive depths that a Jonathan will be rated a pathfinder to modern Nigeria. It is a matter of cognition, cognition beyond the eyes, or even the ayes have it. Ahiazuwa.

The following are samples of reviews of Corruption in Africa; Resolution through New Diagnosis:

The book’s strength, on very incredible note, is resident in the profundity of assertive logic and passionate manner of discourse. Following its premise, lucidly stated at the outset, it systematically takes its argument on a step-by-step approach towards a well-set analysis, findings and then conclusion, wherein it reaffirms its premise and re-asserts the thesis. As well as its assertive presentation, the book indulges in overt dramatization of its thoughts and persuasive engagement of notions and issues in a manner that overrides other considerations. It indulgently demonstrates its points, in a way that leaves its adversaries no chance of ventilation and suffocating them with incisive dominance. Dr. A. Nwagbara University of Lagos.

Jimanze EgoAlowes is an uncommon scholar. His two books, Minorities as Competitive Overlords, and Corruption in Africa; Resolution through New Diagnosis, come with innovative thinking that will shock many a Nigerian academic out of their laziness or lethargy. Corruption in Africa; Resolution through New Diagnosis is scholarship at its best. The book is a stunning read. Anote Ajeluorou.

To conclude, I am aware that having troubled the great extant powers with new truths, they can so arrange things I meet my ancestors sooner than it is needful. It would be in their character to hire assassins disguised as tax collectors, Pharisees, Sadducees, Oshugbo Oniles, agberos, armed robbers, ndi ike and the sort. Or even deport me as an alien. Boy, things happen. But thank god for our grand old age. At the age we are, we are more of ancestors than mere citizens. We thus could go or be made to go at any hour. No bitterness. Ahiazuwa.

Corruption in Africa; Resolution through New Diagnosis; exclusively available in LAGOS: PATABAH Bookshop Shoprite Surulere. ABUJA: CASSAVA REPUBLIC Bookshop 62b Arts and Craft Village opposite Abuja Sheraton Abuja. Happy reading and new revelations.

 

]]>
http://sunnewsonline.com/new/thank-god-we-have-cracked-the-atom-of-corruption/feed/ 0
I am not African. I am rational (1) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/i-am-not-african-i-am-rational-1/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/i-am-not-african-i-am-rational-1/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 23:56:58 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=100295 The problem with Nigeria is simply and squarely the will (or incapacity?) of her intellectuals to develop Nigeria at levels of thinking permissible by journalism. Ironically and perhaps lost on these in­tellectuals, is the point that journalism never allows for thinking. Journalism is not a tool of thought or thinking, and never was. The duty [...]]]>

The problem with Nigeria is simply and squarely the will (or incapacity?) of her intellectuals to develop Nigeria at levels of thinking permissible by journalism. Ironically and perhaps lost on these in­tellectuals, is the point that journalism never allows for thinking. Journalism is not a tool of thought or thinking, and never was. The duty of the journalist is not to think. It is to convey, to dis­seminate. Journalism like other forms of expressions and writings is a mere vehicle. Of course like all vehicles, it comes with a payload, the capacity to bear and deliver freight. Sometimes this rite is formalized and called way­bill. That is the vehicle itself moving on its own has no purpose. Its central purpose is to deliver freight.

Now nearly all journalistic writing in Nigeria has been without freight and in some cases filled up with negative freight. That is what Fela, if he were well and alive would have called expensive shit. However the matter is that most Nigerian journalists, like the gods, are not to blame. Theirs is not to manufacture freights. Theirs is to move and accelerate the vehicle. In most instances the destination is edutainment.

However it is worthy we remark here that the Western world had resolved this problem with the architecture of her knowledge industry. We wrote extensively on this in one of our books, Nigeria: A Future in Ruins? To summarize the knowledge industry in the West is architected as follows: the ideas and categories are generated at the levels of the faculties/universities and think tanks. These ideas are next relayed or taken up by the serious, broadsheet papers. These papers masticate and make the knowledge waybill fairly digestible to the common man. And at this point the popular press comes in and serves these, now masticated ideas as chere were or ‘takeaways’. So in the West the popular press is an echo of the more sublime points and positions of thinkers at the top end of the cognitive food chain. Theirs is not to generate any ideas. They can’t. And even if they could, the breathlessness of newspapering won’t let them.

Now the capacity of the Nigerian faculty has been denatured and damaged by armed bandits, dictators in politics. It can thus safely be said that not much new ideas or sophisticated handling of matters have made it to the Nigerian cognitive space. The journalists are therefore as it were, and tragically, left on their own.

The matter would have been harmless if these men recognized the measure of things as they are. But trust the devil, the journalist has suddenly awoken up to his best fortune. It is now his fortune to pass off himself as a deep thinker, as faculty. He cleverly deceives the youths, as he equates writing well with thinking well.

And examples abound. Let us start with an old man who hosts a popular radio talk show on Sundays. I have heard him numbers without count canvassing we dismiss history, since all that matters is whether we have bread on the table now. Now this guy is about 3 months younger than I am. So we are old men, nearer our ancestors than we are the youths of today.

That is, if for instance common cold just killed us off before transmitting the past, with all her fecundities to the new youths, it is lost forever. Yet this chap having the poorest of education and no higher cognitive faculties to guide him becomes a barbarian. And worse canvasses barbarianism as the way of the great historically minded and achievements to match. A barbarian by the way is the man who has no sense of history and or reverence for the scriptures.

And now these barbarians are upping their ignorance by castigating the speech of the president. At this Lagos campaign the president spoke as follows:

“Those of my age and above are fin­ished; we are gone,” moaned the president puzzlingly. “That is why I am addressing those of you that are voting for the first time. We believe it is you that will take us to the moon. My generation has failed, we couldn’t take Nigeria to the moon.”

If one read this as a barbarian, a man without regards to history or the scriptures, it is tasteless. But if one read it as an Attic, the richness of this statement is revealed. Apparently even some defenders of the president are not seized of the historicist felicity of this statement. And one of those even gave me a sumptuous breakfast in a swanky Abuja restaurant. As he bemoaned I just kept my peace. Perhaps it is more peaceable to write than to challenge your culinary comforter.

Now let us explain. And we begin with this story. The most powerful man on earth, President Obama was out to play golf. It so happened that a kid who was a ‘mere’ army sergeant was about to wed his sweetheart at the same fairways. Suddenly the wedding venue permit was withdrawn, because of security protocols. And the lover birds had to make other arrangements.

But this is America, ok this is a civilized country and Obama acted appropriately. He personally rang up the couple and apologized profusely. That is the most powerful man on earth pleaded as he apologized that if he had known he would have cancelled and avoided the golf turf.

This is how the West was built. The West was built that we all are human, frail and full of foibles. The West was built on the assumption that admitting to errors, to be human is the way to make paradise happen upon the earth. This point must be underscored. It is that in the West, even the leader apologizes. That is leaders are not elected to be made gods or ogres. Leaders are elected to be and to remain human.

It is this fine appreciation, that the leader is human, merely first amongst equals that is definition of progress, of democracy. To put it in parenthesis it is what unlocks the fullest abundance of our humanities, just like the physicists did with the atom.

So symbolically if the West is developed it is because of the genius to remain human, even if you are seduced or elected to be or play deity or a god.

Now if we came down to Nigeria, there are only records of just two big names who ever apologized like, please don’t mind the slight, the white men would do. I remember Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, in the matter of his tax. And of course our own Professor Wole Soyinka also did, and as he is wont, most dramatically. Soyinka went the whole length and apologized: we are a wasted generation. The point of note is that Soyinka was not just one of the most accomplished of his generation; Soyinka was as great as only a few ever can on earth. Yet he felt and bore the pain and distress for the failings of his generation.

It is that generosity to be human, not to playact a god, even while one is, or thought so, that has been lacking in our leaders, till Jonathan. What is wondrous is that our writers as uninformed as the oceans are deep are castigating what they should be celebrating.

Now Jonathan is one of the greatest men of his generation. At least he is the elected president. Yet in the tradition of the great, the genuinely great, he has joined the Soyinkas, the Azikiwes, Obamas to be humble, even in the hour of his greatest powers. In that hour of ferocious temptation, he held and remained human. By that he more than any Nigerian executive president has and is prospering our human and material estate.

Now contrast the good ole Joe with this. In a Premium Times 09-01-15 report, IBB, a former head of state and dictator was being interviewed/Why We Overthrew Buhari — Babangida. Asked Any regrets? He answered: So far, the emphatic answer is, no!

Even at this IBB is the angel. Contrast further with goodness of the minority party presidential flag bearer, General Buhari. And it is on record he has never had the humility to be human. He is always playacting he is deity, perhaps a god. Now in his tragic reign as a dictator, he took up on a multitude of sins, political and otherwise. Let us not waste column spaces by listing those. Yet in all these he has never deemed it right to be human, to admit to his errors. He plays god. He wants to rationalize, to prove he is like the ancient popes, infallible. And to this he has hired a list of pen-armed workers. We luckily have one recent example and the response. In defending the indefensible one Tola Adeniyi trends:

WHY SHAGARI WAS NOT DETAINED IN PRISON AFTER 1983 COUP. Medical reports, according to Military hospital sources indicated that Shagari might die in prison. Military authorities did not want any death as a fall-out of the coup that swept NPN out of power…. It was therefore resolved that any of the politicians considered acutely ill should be put under arrest. Incidentally, Shagari was not the only politician imprisoned in their homes.

Then a reader responds: I think a lot of Yoruba elder statesman were in that prison with different illness, most were denied treatment even though the tribunal could not find anything to convict them with, some were tried three times, four times, and when the were found not guilty of any crime were still left in prison without the ability to get adequate medical treatment. But Shagari was at his house where his doctors had free access to him.

You see the danger of wanting to be infallible, to be god. You and your hacks start to tell lies, to fabricate fiction and sell as truth.

It is in this sense of change from the merely African to the rational, to international and civilized best practice that we should appreciate the speech of President Jonathan. In this light one may now speak of Jonathan as the Wole Soyinka of Nigerian, nay African development and politics. Or perhaps, one may return the honor and say Wole Soyinka is the Goodluck of African letters. Ahiazuwa.

]]>
http://sunnewsonline.com/new/i-am-not-african-i-am-rational-1/feed/ 0