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Monday, June 15, 2015

Ike Ekweremadu: A political toughie

Why I re-contested for deputy Senate president -Ekweremadu

Why I re-contested for deputy Senate president -Ekweremadu
Newly re-elected Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has said that he decided to take another shot at the position to save the South-east from being schemed out in the new dispensation.

Ekweremadu said he had to take the bold step when it appeared the people of the zone were about to be sidelined.

Addressing a crowd of supporters that gathered at the Enugu International Airport to welcome him, Ekweremadu said the people of the South-east have no regrets voting for PDP in the last election.

He said given another opportunity, they would vote in the same manner.

"We have no regret, Igbos have no regret for the way they voted; if they have the opportunity tomorrow they will do it again. We are convinced we voted rightly, and because we believe we are part and parcel of this country, we believe what we got is within our rights. So we expect that APC should be able to accommodate the people of South-east as they form their government, because, don't forget that Buhari got about 15 million votes; we have more than 150 million Nigerians, so he is not the president of 15 million people; the rest of the people must be accommodated."

He urged follow senators and indeed all political office holders to settle down for business to deliver dividends of democracy to Nigerians as days of politics were over.

Also speaking, Chairman of Awgu Council Area, Mathanus Nze who joined hands with his Aninri Local Government Area colleague described Ekweremadu as a good son of Enugu State who has made the people of the entire South-east proud.

He urged the deputy Senate president not to be distracted but remain focused and ensure that the PDP is refocused to reclaim it's mandate in future elections.

Ike Ekweremadu: A political toughie

"An election cannot give a country a firm sense of direction if it has two or more national parties which merely have different names, but are as alike in their principals and aims as two peas in the same pod." -Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) Thirty-second President of the USA.

That said, when his detractors were discretely jubilating and popping their Champaign in celebration for a downfall of a man, who was second in command in the Senate; a man they detest for an obvious myopic and unparalleled selfish reasons, little did they know that what seemed like a scene in an action movie was brewing and being perfected long before the National Assembly session. But it was a political chess match-a gamesmanship that had all the trappings of a movie that has all the necessary characters, including the villains and protagonists scheming to outdo one another with tactical superiority.

To the admirers of Ike Ekweremadu, who scoffed at the notion that the last day of Senator Ike Ekweremadu as the Deputy President of the Senate was eminent, were cautiously optimistic that the election of the National Assembly officers would produce him as a substantive officer because of his antecedents, his leadership skills and his pragmatism. Secondly, they contended that the constitution of the country never prescribed anywhere that the majority party should produce all the leaders of the National Assembly.

But in Nigeria where politics is a zero-sum game and the All Progressives Congress (APC) members who were bent on tightly controlling power, the chances of Ekweremadu retaining his position started growing dimmer to the delight of Ike Ekweremadu's enemies. Thus, winning the office of the Deputy President of the Senate against the headwind of APC majority, would be a consequential feat for Ekweremadu, who had stealthily crafted an impressive pathway for political survival.

As the Sun appeared to be breaking through the cloud, the strength of All Progressives Congress (APC) notwithstanding, the improbable crescendo of the election of the National Assembly leaders was the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki of Kwara State as the Senate President and Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara representing Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa-Balewa Federal Constituency of Bauchi State as the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Both Saraki, 51 and Dogara, 47 are members of the All Progressive Congress (APC), but did not receive their party's nod to run for their respective offices. Their elections are now creating ripples within APC. Also, during the process, Hon. Suleiman Yusuf Lasun of Osun State was elected as the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.

But what was more improbable climax of the scene was the reelection of Senator Ike Ekweremadu as the Deputy President of the Senate against all odds. Indeed, Ekweremadu never lost hope in the system and in himself; he worked to make it better. Since becoming a senator in 2003, I've followed the Deputy Senate President, Distinguished Senator Ike Ekweremadu and he has carried his responsibilities with honor and grace. Ekweremadu's activities i n the upper chamber is reminiscent of how senators in the United States do their job as well as attend to the need s of their constituency as pa rt of their responsibility. In the deliberative body, Ekweremadu has demonstrated legislative prowess without partisan political antics. He has achieved legislative successes with principled, constructive, and pragmatic approach knowing t hat one has to possess the human and technical skill s required to be able to navigate the uncharted Nigeria's political terrain where tribal politics impede progress and manage deluge of eccentricities inherent in the senate.

So, when common sense and superior argument took over the National Assembly, the outcome of the leadership election of the chambers became virtually predictable. With the outcome of the Deputy President of the Senate election, Ekweremadu demonstrated that he had a huge political capital to dispense regardless of his party. Billowing in a cloud of confidence reposed in him by his colleagues, Ekweremadu will not fail his fellow citizens; he will harness and expend his political capital to effect change that the common man can feel and touch throughout Nigeria. Ekweremadu , the most de-tribalized Nigerian, has focused mainly on national issues that would uplift every Nigerian, as well as not losing sight on his federal constituency. Kendy Ovbiebo, who resides in Seattle, Washington once shared this with me about Ekweremadu: "You have always made us proud as a PDP leader," referring to the principled leadership of Dr. Ike Ekweremadu. "Our blessings and support are always with you; may you continue to sail through all the obstacles and challenges that come your way as you triumph in success." That was a profound statement attesting to the character of Ike Ekweremadu.

Ekweremadu, a political stayer, is truly a team player, who will definitely work well with Senator Saraki, the President of the Senate.
Senator Olubukola Abubakar Saraki, former Governor of Kwara State (2003 to 2011), was first elected to the senate in 2011 as People's Democratic Party (PDP), representing the Central Senatorial District of Kwara State. Saraki was reelected in office in March 2015 as the All Progressives Congress (APC) member. It is believed that he has the temerity and leadership skills to carry out his duties as the President of the Senate responsibly. Similarly,
Rt. Hon. Yakubu, a member of the Federal House of Representatives since 2007, has chaired and served on numerous House Committees, gaining the necessary legislative skills and leadership experience to serve honorably as the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives.

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I am an Igbo, I was born an Igbo, I live the life of an Igbo, I come from Igbo, I speak Igbo, I like to be Igbo, I like to dress in Igbo, I eat Igbo food, my heritage, culture and tradition is Igbo, my parents are Igbo.

Am sorry I cannot help it if you hate my lineage. Am sorry I cannot help it if you detest Igbo, am sorry I cannot help it if you hate me because am Igbo. Igbo is who I am, my name is Igbo and I must die an Igbo.

You see Igbo as a threat, why? You call Igbo rapist, criminals, ritualist, prostitutes, kidnappers. You attribute all negative vices to represent Igbo? Why do you do that? You do because you feel threatened that Igbo might outrun the rest of the tribes. Why do you hate Igbo and despise us? You do that because we are creative, enlightened, hardworking, industrious, genius, intelligent, smart, rich, beautiful and amazing. But its difficult for you to admit it because you feel jealous of my race.

Igbo do not own politics, Igbo do not control the economy neither do we control the natural resources and the common wealth of the nation. You do, we don't and yet, despite the fact that you own everything, we still remain one indispensable race that has outshined the other race in all ramifications.

You fear us because you want to exterminate and annihilate our race, you deny us many things and yet we are stronger, richer and mightier. You fear us because we are everywhere. You fear us because no matter how rural a place might be, when Igbo steps in, they turn it into a Paradise. We have our own resources, which lies in resourcefulness, we do not bother you and your control over the polity, but yet when we cough you and the other race begin to shiver.

Am proud being an Igbo, am proud of my heritage and culture. Igbo means high class, Igbo means independence, Igbo means hard work and strength, Igbo means riches, Igbo means resourcefulness, Igbo means self belonging, Igbo means self esteem, Igbo means pride, Igbo means swag.

Udo diri unu umunnem.
# IgboAmaka
# AnyiBuNdiMmeri

Michael Ezeaka

This is beautiful poetry ...

In response to Alaba Ajibola, the Babcock Lecturer Hate Speech against Igbos.


In Igboland women live apart from their husbands and neither cook for them nor enter their husband's quarters when they are in their period. They are seen as unclean. Even up till today such practice is still applicable in some parts of Igboland especially by the traditionalists. Before a woman can enter the palace of Obi of Onitsha, she will be asked if she is in her period, if yes, she will be asked to stay out.

Leviticus 15: 19-20
When a woman has her monthly period, she remains unclean, anyone who touches her or anything she has sat on becomes unclean.

An Igbo man's ancestral heritage, called “Ana Obi” is not sellable, elders will not permit this. If this is somehow done due to the influence of the West the person is considered a fool and is ostracized by the community.

1 Kings 21:3
I inherited this vineyard from my ancestors, and the Lord forbid that I should sell it, said Naboth.

Igbos have practiced the taking of a late brother's wife into marriage after she had been widowed until the white men came. Now it is rarely done but except in very rural villages.

Deuteronomy 25:5
A widow of a dead man is not to be married outside the family; it is the duty of the dead man's brother to marry her.

In Igboland, there is a unique form of apprenticeship in which either a male family member or a community member will spend six (6) years (usually in their teens to their adulthood) working for another family. And on the seventh year, the head of the host household, who is usually the older man who brought the apprentice into his household, will establish (Igbo: idu uno) the apprentice
by either setting up a business for him or giving money or tools by which to make a living.

Exodus 21:2
If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve you for six years. In the seventh year he is to be set free without having to pay you anything.

In Igboland , the yam is very important as it is their staple crop. There are celebrations such as the New yam festival (Igbo: Iri Ji) which are held for the harvesting of the yam. New Yam festival (Igbo: Iri ji) is celebrated annually to secure a good harvest of the staple crop. In the olden days it is an abomination for one to eat a new harvest before the festival. It's a tradition that you give the gods of the land first as a thanksgiving.

Deuteronomy 16:9
Count 7 weeks from the time that you begin to harvest the crops, and celebrate the harvest festival to honor the lord your God, by bringing him a freewill offering in proportion to the blessing he has given you. Celebrate in the Lord's presence together with your children, servants, foreigners. Be sure that you obey my command, said the Lord.

In Igboland it's a tradition that the male children are circumcised on the 8th day. This tradition is still practiced till date.

Leviticus 12:3
On the eighth day, the child shall be circumcised.

In Igboland, there is a practice known as "ile omugwo ". After a woman has given birth to a child, a very close and experienced relative of hers, in most cases her mother is required by tradition to come spend time with her and her husband. During which she is to do all the work of the wife, while the new mom's only assignment to the baby will be to breastfeed. This goes on for a month or more. In the Igbo old tradition, at this time, the new mom lives apart from her husband, would not cook or enter his quarters.

Leviticus 12:1-4
For seven days after a woman gives birth, she is ritually unclean as she is during her monthly period. It will be 33 days until she is ritually clean from the loss of blood; she is not to touch anything that is holy.


The Igbo tribe is in a serious problem and danger of extinction for the following reasons:

50% of Igbos are born outside Igbo land. Meaning that those children are not likely to live and work in Igbo land and cannot speak Igbo language but foreign language (Yoruba, Hausa, French, English).

40% of Igbos girls between the age of 25 & 45 are single with no hope of marriage because 35% of Igbo boys live overseas and they have all married white ladies.

75% of Igbo youths leave Igbo land every year in search of opportunities in Yoruba, Hausa land or overseas.

85 % of Igbos have family houses and own investments outside Igbo land. They strongly believe in one Nigeria but failed to know that NO Yoruba or Hausa man has a family house or investment in Igbo land.

Igbos are the only people who believe that living outside their land is an achievement.

Igbos are the only tribe that celebrate their tradition outside their land e.g. Eze Ndi Igbo, Igbo Village in America and this is because they have family homes in foreign lands.

Igbos have failed to know that the children you have outside Igbo land especially overseas will never think of living in Igbo land. So what happens to the properties you are building for them when you are gone?

Igbos are the only tribe who see their land as a place to visit or a tourist site than a place to work and live.

Igbos are the only tribe who instead of promoting and appreciating their culture through movies and documentaries they have sought to ridicule it by portraying rituals, killings, wickedness, love for money and other social vices which were not originally inherent in our culture thereby cursing more harm than actually promoting their culture.

Igbos are the only people who without hesitation believe their history and description when it is told or written by an enemy or a foreigner. E.g. that you do not love yourselves or that you love money.

Igbos are the ONLY largest tribe on earth who fought for their independence and failed to achieve their freedom after 40 years.

Igbos are the only tribe who fails to honour their brave heroes and heroines especially the innocent children starved to death during the Biafran war.

Igbos are the only tribe who embraced their enemy after a bloody civil war and subsequently become slaves.

Igbos do not find it necessary to teach their own version of history to their children.

Igbos fight for marginalisation in Nigeria but has no collective strength or teeth to bite.

Igbos how long are you going to fight for your relevance in Nigeria?

How long are you going to fight for a functional airport, rail networks and other structural establishments that underpin sustainable development?

How long are you prepared to wait for your enemy to guide you to your destiny?

Oh Igbos!
Where are your leaders?

Unfortunately, none of them live and work in Igbo land. If you wish to save the future of your children, your identity, your generation and your race then you need freedom and that freedom is Biafra.

Ukpana Okpoko gburu bu nti chiri ya!

By Chime Eze

The Igbo: We die for causes, not for personalities

Written by Emeka Maduewesi

~on fb. 28th September, 2016.

The Igbo will never die for anyone. We will not even riot for anyone. But the Igbo will die for any cause they believe in because the Igbo have a true sense of justice and a determination to obtain it.

The Igbo will not riot because one of their own lost an election. Operation Wetie was the Western response to a massively rigged 1965 election. The Yoruba doused fellow Yorubas in petrol and burnt them alife. Properties were burnt with occupants. The Igbo will never do this.

In 1983, the Yoruba went on a rampage again over the massive rigging by NPN. Lifes were lost and properties destroyed. The riots were over personalities.

Contrast that with Anambra State where Chief Emeka Ojukwu was rigged out by his own NPN, who also rigged out Chief Jim Nwobodo. The Igbo did not protest because the goat's head is still in the goat's bag.

In the North, ba muso was the battle cry when Sultan Dasuki was imposed on the Sokoto Caliphate. The riot and protest lasted for days and crippled economic activities.

The Igbo will riot over issues and causes. The Aba Women Riot was over Tax. The Enugu coal mine riot was about conditions of service. The Ekumeku Uprising was over British colonialization.

Those of "Ekumeku" ancestry - Umu Eze Chima and Umu Nri - were at the forefront of the struggles for Nigerian independence, with people like Dr. A A Nwafor Orizu and Chief Osita Agwuna serving prison terms. Any struggles the parents could not conclude is continued by the children by other means.

The Biafran war was a response to the genocide. The war in fact was brought upon us. The battlefield was Eastern Region. The war ended in 1970 but the issues and causes were not resolved. That is where we are today.

The Igbo will also jointly rise to fight evil in their midst. They did it in Onitsha in the 1980's, Owerri in the 90's, and with Bakkassi in the 2000.

The Igbo will not die for any man. But the Igbo will stand by any man who symbolizes their cause and their pursuit of justice. Even if the man dies, the struggle continues, and like the Ekumeku warriors, the children will pick up the baton from their parents.

This is the Igbo I know, the Igbo I am, and the Igbo we are. This is my story. Feel free to tell yours.


"My boy, may you live to your full potential, ascend to a dizzy height as is possible for anyone of your political description in your era to rise. May you be acknowledged world-wide as you rise as an eagle atop trees, float among the clouds, preside over the affairs of fellow men.... as leaders of all countries pour into Nigeria to breathe into her ear.

But then, Chuba, if it is not the tradition of our people that elders are roundly insulted by young men of the world, as you have unjustly done to me, may your reign come to an abrupt and shattering close. As you look ahead, Chuba, as you see the horizon, dedicating a great marble palace that is the envy of the world, toasted by the most powerful men in the land, may the great big hand snatch it away from you. Just as you look forward to hosting the world’s most powerful leader and shaking his hands, as you begin to smell the recognition and leadership of the Igbo people, may the crown fall off your head and your political head fall off your shoulders.

None of my words will come to pass, Chuba, until you have risen to the very height of your power and glory and health, but then you will be hounded and humiliated and disgraced out of office, your credibility and your name in tatters forever...”


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