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Monday, November 2, 2015

Weep not, my country

Only few countries would go through what Nigeria had experienced in the past 55 years of her independence and survive. I make this statement with every sense of responsibility and sincerity of heart. On a more serious note, tell me any country, at least in sub-Saharan Africa, that could still stand on its feet - united and forging ahead - after experiencing a fratricidal civil war and several years of corruption and economic strangulation. Tell me just one. The sympathy and love I have for Nigeria continue to grow in leaps and bounds. I simply love Nigeria, which is why I constantly weep for her any time I remember her sorrows.

I weep for Nigeria not only out of sheer patriotism, but out of deep affection. I am older than independent Nigeria by just one year. Now see where God has placed me! Many of us born two years before or two years after its independence have surpassed Nigeria in wealth and fame. This may sound absurd but it is true. The Dangotes, Adenugas, Ovias, Jimohs, Otedolas, etc. can stand up to Nigeria in wealth and fame.

While individual Nigerians bask in wealth and global recognition, Nigeria - the giant of Africa - dances in the sun. Is it surprising that the global community sees and rates Nigeria as a poor country amid its staggering wealth and amazing human resources?
The oil wealth of the country has been the source of all the pillaging and rape it has suffered in the hands of mindless Nigerians and their foreign accomplices. Daily, our oil resources are siphoned by unscrupulous and fraudulent Nigerians through bunkering and other forms of thefts. Yet, our waterways are supposed to be manned by security agencies!
Wealth generated from oil does not go into the provision of amenities for the good of the people. Instead the wealth from oil is expropriated by those charged with its administration for their selfish aggrandizement. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its ancillaries have been under security and accounting scrutiny for quite some time now. And the news coming from this scrutiny has not been palatable.

What of the Power Sector? Since 1999 there has been a deliberate effort to deal with the problem of power, which has resulted in many companies shifting base from Nigeria to neighbouring countries. While Nigerian industries grapple with epileptic power supply Ghana, Niger and our other neighbours enjoy uninterrupted supply of electricity or gas from Nigeria.

Just last week Nigeria and Ghana reached an agreement on how Ghana would pay back over N33 billion owed Nigeria from power supplied to it. Is this not ridiculous?
I do not have any grouse with Nigeria helping our neighbours. But everything is wrong when Nigeria extends such gestures to other countries, while its own citizens wallow in want and penury.

The proper thing to do is to ensure that we have enough for local consumption before exporting to other countries. We have the capacity, as nation, to satisfy local needs of Nigerians and still export. However, this capacity has been diminished by corruption and other acts of sabotage against the nation.
It is painful that insecurity has enveloped our once-peaceful nation. From east to west, north to south, the situation is the same. While the southeast and southwest daily deal with kidnapping and armed robbery, the northeast and northwest fight terrorism and cattle rustlers. These ills are enough to pull down any nation. Terrorism, for example, has placed the entire world under intense alertness. Since 9/11 no place again is really safe any longer. The United States with all its might and sophistication sleeps in fear. It is the same situation in Britain, France and Germany.

Somalia, Sudan and Libya are already in the realm of failed states; while Kenya, Burkina Faso, Congo Democratic Republic and, even, Nigeria are gradually assuming notoriety in insecurity - particularly terrorism. Across the world, especially Europe, influx of refugees from Africa poses about the biggest challenge.
As I write, Nigeria and its citizens are passing through the worst times since Nigeria came into existence. Though the problems were not caused by this administration, they are eating the citizens up.
Right from independence it has been one form of problem or another - ranging from political turmoil to economic backwardness. At every turn it is easy to see the frustration in the faces of the people.

There is no administration, military or civilian, since independence that has met the hopes and aspirations of Nigerians. People are optimistic that the Buhari administration will be much better. We will X-ray this in the course of this piece. But the consensus is that Nigerians were worse off in the hands of past administrations. The worst, in the judgment of many people, was the Jonathan administration. This position is however contestable, because some critics argue that Obasanjo's was the worst.
In my thinking it is Nigerians that can truly say which of the administrations was the worst. Nonetheless, as a person, my answer would not be too straightforward or simplistic for a number of reasons.

My angst against Obasanjo remains righteous and personal. This was a man I helped in many ways to stabilize after his excruciating prison incarceration. He did not remember any of these things, instead he unleashed his security mad dogs to devour me. What on earth did I do to Obasanjo for him to want to destroy me? My offence was that I did not agree to support his mischievous third term misadventure. I was not the only person against it - almost every Nigerian was. He shut down all my companies and did many other subterranean things to get at me. Thank God I am alive to tell the story.
I believe there were many other Nigerians who were so mistreated. Today, Obasanjo calls himself an elderstatesman, walking the streets a free man when he should have been cooling his heels in prison.

Obasanjo has every reason to be in jail today. For 8 whole years he took the nation on a journey of deceit. He promised Nigerians that his administration would provide steady electricity before the end of his tenure. He spent over 16 billion dollars on this pipe dream. By the time his tenure ended state of power supply was worse than he met it. And nobody has told us what happened to all the money he claimed to have expended on non-existent electricity projects.
Whenever I sit back to think about the sordid experiences to which Nigeria had been subjected my stomach wrenches. The level of corruption in Nigeria is such that if nothing serious is done to curtail it we will wake up one morning and find there is no country again to call ours. There is no aspect of our national life that is immune from corruption. It has become a way of life.

I read a report in the media last Saturday which detailed how much Nigeria loses yearly to oil thieves. The report put the figure at over 14 billion dollars. Convert this figure into naira and your heart will be literally blown away. 14 billion dollars will be enough to provide sustainable and functional infrastructure for the suffering people of this country. This is the money some misfits carted away and wasted on sheer revelry.
It pains me that we are yet to devise a means to deal with corruption. All that has been done so far is mere rhetoric. It can be said that the first serious attempt at fighting corruption is made under the Buhari administration. But the fear in many quarters is that the whole thing will go the way of past efforts.

May I, however, beg to disagree: I believe Buhari means well this time round. Those opposed to his style must have something to fear.
Was it not the endemic corruption at the Customs that caused the President to appoint a retired military man to head the service?
Our electoral system has remained a worry to the good people of this country. This is one country where one votes and he is not sure his vote will count. For the past 17 years until the 2015 general elections our electoral system had been bedeviled with all kinds of problems – ranging from poor funding to election rigging. In fact, the entire system smacked of endemic corruption.

So, it was a pleasant development when Prof. Attahiru Jega (former INEC boss) introduced far-reaching measures to sanitize the system and produce a semblance of free and fair elections. He introduced the card readers and PVCs with special security chips to eliminate over-voting and other forms of malpractices that characterized past elections. The experiment generally worked, despite some flaws associated with the card readers.
As I wrote last week the judiciary should play a pivotal role in the consolidation of our democracy in accordance with the practice in other climes. Without a robust and courageous judiciary there will be no democracy. It is for this reason that it is called the last hope of the common man. Nevertheless, some of the judgments spewing from its chambers of recent give me and many other Nigerians cause for worry.
Though I have already called on the President to do something about our electoral system to eliminate all the impediments on its way of delivering untainted judgments, there is still need for all Nigerians to work together to make the judiciary more alive to its statutory duties.

The blame for the deteriorating state of things in our country should not be heaped on government officials and agencies alone. The citizens have a part of the blame. Crimes cannot exist in any society in isolation of the citizens of that society. Therefore, the rising rate of crimes in Nigeria is blamable on Nigerians themselves who see something and say nothing. If every Nigerian plays the role of safeguarding his or her environment then our society will be better for it.
It is inexcusable that some Nigerians deliberately connive with criminal elements to make life unbearable for other Nigerians. Recent facts from the police show that most bank robberies across the country are made possible with the active connivance of staff of such banks. What police have aptly termed 'insider job'.

If I may ask: Do these criminal elements live outside the society? Not at all! They live among us. After all, they may be brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, uncles or even aunties to some of us. The truth is that these thieves and scoundrels live among us to perpetrate heinous crimes against the people. It is high time Nigerians stood up to their social responsibilities by revealing the identities of these wicked people to the police for necessary action.
I am compelled to ask: For how long will Nigeria be allowed to bleed internally before it is salvaged? Will we fold our hands and watch it bleed to death? Those who work against Nigeria should bear in mind we have no other country to call ours. We should not allow the sacrifices of our forbears to be in vain.

It is gratifying to observe that it is not all condemnation: some Nigerians have worked very hard to keep the faith and make Nigeria great. They do this in many ways, including job creation, support of government programmes, and obedience to law and constitutionality. We owe this nation a duty no matter the social statuses to which we belong. From any theatre of life we can contribute our little quotas to its development by exhibiting good attributes that promote peace, harmony, and progress.
If Nigeria were to be a human being she would earn the highest award in the land for endurance, indefatigability, perseverance and untiring eagerness to sustain its citizens. For close to 55 years, it has bled and almost asphyxiated to death in the hands of unscrupulous elements.

We must spare a thought for Nigeria, rethink our values and make necessary sacrifices to reposition her to compete favourably in the comity of nations.
I believe strongly that very soon Nigeria will rise again. It cannot remain in its present state of inertia forever. After all, it has all that it takes to be truly African giant. The experiences of the past 55 years will come to play in the next four years when this administration will have served out its term.
It is our collective prayer that God will bless Nigeria and provide her the succour she needs at this period of pain, suffering and agony to continue to provide for her peoples.
My dear, Nigeria, weep no more!

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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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