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by Ugochukwu Austinoiz Nwaiwu

I personally chose to separate the title of this article from its body. A minute of disguise can soothe some often tempered curiosities here a bit. But it may not represent a total disguise anyway. Rather, I sought to invoke a biblical parable (call it a proverbial line, if that adds more colour to your thoughts).

My people say when authority is entrusted to one who never knew what value it has, the tendency to misuse such authority “breathes” oxygen like you and me…very high. (I infused my own expression into the
idiom, but whatever be the case, I believe you know what I mean).

Also, they said kings are not made but born. (maybe you can argue that, if you’re good in debates).

Obviously, I’m afraid of writing what I have in mind because I learnt “they” have recently started “flogging” justly querying journalists somewhere in Umuahia, so I don’t wanna be flogged/detained abeggggg…!!!

But rising above primordial sentiments, and clinging unto conscience have upped my liver to decide on penning this down.

First, let me say I couldn’t sleep the night I heard it that ex Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter “De Stone” Obi, days before he relinquishing power to Mr. Obiano, had handed over the chairmanship position of South East Governors Forum (SEGF) to a “brother” from Abia, Chief T.A Orji.
I could recall how I bowed my head in shame and regret that very night.
Regrettably, I couldn’t fathom the rationale behind Orji’s selection (sorry, election) as SEGF chairman. Could it have been determined by zoning, years spent in office, leadership acumen (I doubt he has this), or experience?

By his election, it means Gov. Orji is on paper now the Governor General of Ndi Igbo, a position that now empowers him to take decisions for the course of Ndi Igbo, both at the national and regional levels. And I said to myself, “chaaii!, when has the much-maligned-but-highly-industrious Ndi Igbo became so OK with the leadership of a Governor WHO DOESN’T CARRY LAST IN CARRYING LAST GOVERNANCE-WISE”?
I asked, where are the Gov. Martin “old warhorse” Elechis of Ndi Ebonyi, and the Gov. Sullivan “wife prisoner” Chimes of Ndi Enugu?
Having spent equal time in Office (almost 7yrs now) with Gov. Orji, couldn’t it had been better we settled for one of those “one-eyed duo”, than to settle for a “nearly blind Chief” from my neighbouring state, where 2011 election that got him re-elected for 2nd term was voted in well-policed bushes, private residents, and hotels?
What of the trying-but-much talking Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha?
Isn’t he fitted-in as the Orji, to be made SEGF boss, haven nicknamed himself “Owelle Ndi Igbo”?

Oh!, where were the Chief Jerry Igwariey-led Ohaneze Ndigbo Excos when this man was (s)elected as Chairman of SEGF?.
Could it be that they were “muted” with overflowing Naira notes (the
type the said governor often doles out to Okada riders at Afor Enyiogugu in Mbaise, Imo state, whenever he’s on his routine shuttles to Aso Rock via the Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri)?

For sure, a lot of murky waters must have passed through the bridge, for a Gov. Orji to emerge as SEGF Chief. But that’s history now cos I can’t stop nor pull him down now that he’s seated tight.

Same way I can’t stop him from manning SEGF, is also how I can’t stop him for relishing in what he does best –DELVING LEFT WHEN RIGHT IS AN OPTION.
Otherwise, how would one explain his hand-picking of a controversial
figure in ex-Senator and Chief from his Abia, Gen. Ike Umar Sanders Nwachukwu, to lead Ndi Igbo’s delegates to the ongoing National Conference.
I know many of you would be asking what’s wrong with the choice of the wise senator and ex military governor of old Imo state, to be made the
delegates’ leader?
But I would excuse the few, simply because they may be ignorant of what Ike Nwachukwu stands for.

In case you don’t know, Sen. Nwachukwu, born and bred in the North to an Abia father and Katsina (fulani) mother was a lieutenant serving under Gen. Ojukwu, the then commanding officer of 5 Battalion in Kano. At the escalation of crisis in the North which later metamorphosed
into the 1967-1970 Nigerian/ Biafran civil war, Gen. Ojukwu begged him to head home to form the Biafran military front but he objected, rather seeking refuge in the hands of one of his maternal uncles in Kastina, who was then a General.
This act of betrayal, much maligned Gen. Nwachukwu miles from Ojukwu’s mind in particular, and those of Ndi Igbo in general.
Infact the name IKE NWACHUKWU is and still remains synonymous with BETRAYAL in Igboland.
So tasking a man with such an unenviable record to lead Ndi Igbo’s onslaught to the ongoing national conference is not only dubious,and erronous, but also tragic, (if not a sign of failure even before take-off).

With Sen. Nwachukwu there, be rest assured that what could have been Ndi Igbo’s sole demand from the conference–An Additional State–is now a mirage.

Ugochukwu writes from Owerri.

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by Ugochukwu Austinoiz Nwaiwu

I’ve always avoided issues relating to Northern Nigeria in recent pasts, solely because I haven’t stepped my feet into that region before now. Personally, I hate to appraise or condemn anything from afar. So the issues of Boko Haram, large land mass, poverty, and wanton illiteracy in that clime had often received mild/no remarks from me.

But having now recently criss-crossed Kogi, some parts of FCT, and ending up in Minna, Niger state in a 10-day expedition (call it a two-some jamboree because I was in the company of a friend) and now back to base (Owerri), I think I have garnered a lot of first hand information and experiences about the region (as my visit was basically a social one), few of which I want to delve into.

On a passive note, I’ve never seen states so blessed with massive land mass as Kogi and Niger States, and I believe such reflects the collective nature of all the 19 States there. Truly, if we southerners have such, the “me-and-my neighbour(s) wars” that have being gracing our nucleated settlement patterns here, wouldn’t have been in existence at all.

That’s on a light note anyway, the main issue at hand is that, I met for the first time in my entire life, young men and women who cannot hear or speak PIDGIN ENGLISH. I really went through hell communication-wise with keke drivers, airtime vendors, food vendors, and virtually all the commuters I came in contact with. Neither could I copy what they were “aggressively vomiting” as their Hausa words nor were they grasping my Pidgin (even when I chose to “bury” my English for the time being).
This scenario heralded more questions in my mind than answerable. Outstanding amongst them were: -Is there any 7yr-old southerner that doesn’t eat pidgin like bread and butter, what’s wrong with people here?
-Ain’t there schools here? (of course, I saw kids in schools). So why ain’t they capable of teaching these kids Pidgin, if teaching English is a Kilimanjaro for teachers there to climb?
-Why can’t the few who can speak pidgin circulate what they know?

To make matters worse, an Ecobank staff (a young guy in his early 30s for that matter) whom I did transactions with, gave me the real life shocker, when he struggled all day to speak in mere Pidgin to me, as he was so carried away with his native language, while I was sweating to voice out my English-cum-Pidgin words to him. The only thing I could copy from the dude was YES to all I said. The Communication was practically zero…Guys, that was pretty disgusting.

This draws my attention to the issue of Illiteracy in the North. Unlike in the South, where state governments not only ensured free education up to SSCE level, but also set up task forces to ensure that kids are taken off the street and “forced” to be in school, the scenario in Niger and Kogi are different entirely. Yes they also enjoy scholarship/free education over there up to SSCE, but the kids under school age ain’t persuaded/forced off the streets to school.
It is a case of 2 out of every 10 going to school. The other 8 merely graduate from street begging to violent Almajiris with time…and you
know their end product.

It really baffles my imagination to hear people say that poverty is supreme in the North. Poverty didn’t leave the South and travel North-wise. Nigerians are indeed poor, but when a particular section of the country does struggle to put food on their table, without aid from government, it is now far far pathetic.

I suspect that the quest for the control of central power in Nigeria, has over time, made an average Northerner a slut. For them, anything government didn’t/haven’t put in place for them isn’t worth having (since government is theirs). This is in sharp contrast to the people of South Eastern Nigeria. A people that barely rely on the central government for basic infrastructures. The Ibos have over time, known that federal presence and power control are skewed against them by successive administrations…a payback package to us for daring to severe ties with Nigeria via the Biafran war of 1967-1970. So they have being carrying their developmental crosses wisely.

Without being told, poverty is still in top gear in the East and elsewhere in Nigeria, but for the North and their fortunate elites to blame federal government squarely for their “mess” is not only laughable, but also shows their rather bizarre and lukewarm attitude towards working to heal their wounds.

Ordinarily, if I were to be an elite Northerner, perhaps living in FCT, heating up the polity on daily basis wouldn’t do me any good. Clamouring to rule Nigeria in 2015 or heads will roll is a left-sided lust.
Rising up to tackle their illiteracy and poverty challenges would rather be a worthy fight now.

Seriously “the medieval” state of things I witnessed in Kogi and Niger states in these past 10days, doesn’t represent a 21st century Nigeria (not at least a 21 century South Nigeria)

To Be Continued…

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President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

by Ugochukwu Austinoiz Nwaiwu

Those who swim through the turbulent current of our political Ocean, know fully well that the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, came for a one-day Official States visit to Owerri, Imo State, last saturday, Feb 22nd, 2014 (Well, forgive me for the phrase Official States Visit, you can call it OFFICIAL PARTY VISIT, since he came solely for Imo PDP, and not for Imo State Government and Imolites).
He came to officially welcome back to PDP five (5) “political jumperists” in the mould of Ex Imo Governor, Chief Achike Udenwa; former senator and serial gubernatorial contender, Sen. Ifeanyi Ararume; serving Senator representing my zone (Owerri Zone), Sen. Christiana Anyanwu; Chief Mike Ahamba, SAN; and lastly ex Chief of Staff Government House under Ikedi Ohakim, Chief Cosmas Iwu.
Powerful political “witch and wizards”, mighty enough to invoke the “ghost” of our “Oga at the top” to Imo.

I wouldn’t judge the rights and wrongs of Jonathan’s visit. Those who are abreast with Imo politics should judge.

Many will argue that a president never visits a state without duly informing the state governor, or being invited to officially commission completed projects.
But I will say he was duly invited, but by whom? By Imo PDP, of course. He also commissioned “projects”. Didn’t you see the 5 human projects named above?. What a satiric-cum-rhetoric question!..He smiles.

President Jonathan in Owerri

President Jonathan in Owerri

President Jonathan in Owerri

President Jonathan in Owerri

Since I used the word SPECTATOR to qualify someone in my title, you
the reader only naturally suspects of an ongoing duel between two teams.
One team, captained by the state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has Imo Progressives and his party, APC as its players. This team, I dub
the HOME-BASED.
The other comprises of all the PDP Stakeholders, Godfathers, 2 ex Governors, National Legislators and Imo-born Aso Rock appointees as
players. Here, all are captain, and I notoriously dub it the ABUJA-BASED.

Since Okorocha and his HOME TEAM forcefully wrestled power from the
ABUJA TEAM in 2011, Imo has daily being inundaunted with politics of propaganda and counterpropaganda, attacks and counter-attacks. The exchange of verbal fisticuffs are going unabated. All manner of insults and assaults fly cross the battle line from both sides.
And unfortunately, the tirade-trading isn’t ceasing any time soon, rather it is ascending its red-hot pinnacle.
Reason? Elections are here. So expect more fights, even in your state. Here I mean you, the reader.

But as an objective writer, I wouldn’t be lured into taking sides (even though I had long taken that secretly). Rather I’m here to look at the sides of the political battle and how it affects the general well-being of the led (Imolites).

Former Governor Achike Udenwa

Former Governor Achike Udenwa

To start with, from 1999-2011, Imo State was entrusted onto the governance of the PDP. Under Achike Udenwa (1999-2007), Imo saw dividends of democracy sparingly. He focused mainly on road constructions (mostly in his Orlu hometown), and the construction of the gigantic Imo State Secretariat along Port-Harcourt road axis in Owerri, but he fluffed more of our money on “patching” his leaky pocket and those of his political
godfathers. To say the least, his governance was poor.

Former Governor Ikedi Ohakim

Former Governor Ikedi Ohakim

Under Ikedi Ohakim (2007-2011), a man I fondly nicknamed OHAK, Imo saw some lights in terms of cleanliness. He gave us buses, kimkim, keke; few roads in Mbano; some redecoration of roundabouts and roads. This was a man we never knew prior to and after the polls. Abuja threw him on us, and we wholly accepted him (maybe our votes had no say then, did they?).
On a personal note, I loved Ohak dearly because he paid my parents salaries as at when due. But he became powerdrunk along the line; flogged all whom his Okoboko can reach; skyrocketted Imo tertiary institutions’ tuition fees. These and many other sins got him and his PDP severe estrangement from Imolites.
At the 11th hour, he threw money to “Men and God”, but alas, that didn’t remedy his battered image before the electorates.

Governor Rochas Okorocha

Governor Rochas Okorocha

Under Owelle Rochas Okorochas (2011-date), Imo saw a new light. A rescuer that has being giving Imo what PDP didn’t give in 12yrs. Talk of the Free Education at all levels; Erections of new school blocks in 305 wards of Imo; Countless but-not-too strong roads across the state; New Govt. House; Urbanisation of Orlu and Okigwe suburbs; New Medical Centres in the 27 LGAs of Imo; New School Dresses,Books, and desks to pupils and Secondary School Students; Regular salary payments. Indeed the list is endless. Rochas is really rescuing Imo. No wonder then that Jonathan deemed it fit to personally come down to mobilize “more troops” strong enough to oust Rochas from Douglas House come May 2015.

But can they succeed in it? Will Imolites allow such? Can anyone influence Imolites with “Heaven and Earth” to vote against a man who’s rescuing them? Surely, I doubt it. Unless he’s not seeking re-election, but I suspect he will.

Lets watch out

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Lyriversity.

Ugochukwu Austinoiz Nwaiwu, a geologist by training, is an
Owerri-based freelancer on political developments. He doubles as a
social critic.

Lyriversity — Liberty of Creativity

by Ugochukwu Austinoiz Nwaiwu

Haven not been brought into this world during the 1st and 2nd Republics of the 1960s and 1979-1983s respectively, and subsequently being only a “toddler” during the 1991-1992’s military-cum civilian 3rd Republic, I have decided to sideline those era of Nigerian democracy’s torrid sail. This may be down to my inability to have first hand information on events then.
All I could simply say I knew about governance, politics and democracy in those period; were merely told/read accounts; most of which may likely contain some impurities or partly misrepresentation of the true democratic state of such periods.

Hence as an absolutist, I have decided to narrow my judgement strictly down to what my eyes, knowledge and common sense had equipped me with, having attained a certain age of reasoning, prior to the 1999’s 4th
Republic.

So I have decided to x-ray our polity, starting with Olusegun Obasanjo’s democratic tenure of 1999 till this Goodluck Jonathan’s dispensation.
First, a look at a layman’s definition of the governance and politics, will guide our course here.
Governance, I will say, is the practical matching of a leader’s campaign manifestos and his party’s democratic edicts with the electorates’ mandate. In other words, one’s ability to fulfil campaign promises in a manner that soothes the whims and caprice of
the people, gives a clear aura to what governance should be.
Politics on its own, I would define as POLITRICKS…I know you may tag it “power play and intrigues”. But whatever you call it, politics remains the bane of good governance.

Perhaps, a sniff preview of how we have fared across the two lines of democracy tenets (politics and governance), as illustrated below, will further garnish the points I’m out to drive home here.

From 1999-2003, we got quite a few dividends of good governance, in the harmonisation of our economy, GSM introduction, Power Plant erections and (if you like, include the introduction of Condoms), but we witnessed myriads of power tussles; governors were adopted, impeached with ease; opposition voices were choked; the then Vice President; Atiku Abubakar was shoved out of reckoning for querying Baba’s authoritarian-styled modus operandi; Aso Rock turned into a battle field–a
centre that taught the 36 state “gods” have to bruise and breeze aside their not-up-to-100%-loyal Deputy Governors and perceived political
enemies. The list is just endless.
During this period, Nigerians were democratically naive. We barely differentiated between governance and politics. Every political manipulation was ignorantly okayed by us as the NORM.

From 2003-2007, the masses began to suck the milk of democratic wisdom. Though we couldn’t stop bullish power plays on the cards here
and there; the continuous ejection of ministers and Service Chiefs; and the “I-must-succeed-you” fights, but we managed to exorcise the foul spirits of the 3rd Term Agenda of a certain Otta farmer…that was a massive victory for us “little horses” then (apologies to José Mourinho).

From 2007-2011, we; advocates of good governance started going to
Primary and Secondary Schools of democracy, and vehemently besought a certain taciturn; Umaru Musa Yar’dua thrown on us, to effect the necessary changes. He indeed bought, say 30% of our ideas, and subsequently tolled our path. But alas, the cold hands of death knocked him and our drive aback. Then came the politics and intrigues again. This time, a section of the country (south) fought tooth and nail to indoctrinate a dogma that ensures a certain quiet Vice President takes over, while the other section (the North) fought against it with their blood’s last drop.
Still, though the battle had been won and lost, the political sores it inflicted upon our democracy is obviously being felt today, if not, ask those who sound it (often with threats) to our hearing that they should be allowed to complete their tenure, and those who shout “the south must stay long in power to enshrine equity”. What they’re clamouring for?

The unprecedented politics of power shift/power balance between November, 2009, through to May, 2011, ensured Nigerians were eluded of good governance.
Rather, the dividends of democracy on the cards then were “Jonathan must contest 2011 polls”; “Jonathan must not be allowed to stay in office beyond May 2011”; “He has the constitutional backing to contest”; “If the North attempts to stop Jonathan at the polls, Nigerians wouldn’t know Peace again”; “We’ll make Nigeria ungovernable
for Jonathan if he wins the polls”….the bla bla bla swashbuckling went on and on.

But the question is: has Nigeria as a Nation, outlived the political mess orchestrated by Yar’dua’s death?
Has good governance toppled our unending politricks and power plays?

TO BE CONTINUED…

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Lyriversity.

Ugochukwu Austinoiz Nwaiwu, a geologist by training, is an
Owerri-based freelancer on political developments. He doubles as a
social critic.

Lyriversity — Liberty of Creativity

by Ugochukwu Austinoiz Nwaiwu

“For this was on Seynt Volantynys day,
When every bryd comyth there to chese his make”

—Parliament of Foules (written by a 14th Century English poet,
Geoffrey Chaucer).
Translation:
“For this was on St. Valentine’s day,
When every bird cometh here to choose his mate.”

With the above quote having historical roots to the man (St. Valentine), many ascribed as the Patron Saint of married couples, romantic lovers, the blind, the persecuted etc, and having a day in his honour, universally set aside for the expression of ROMANTIC LOVE, often marked with the presentation of flowers, candys, offering of symbolic red heart logos as greeting cards, the exchange of confectionaries etc, it is important we note a few things about the man.

A SNAPSHOT ON ST. VALENTINE—His Life, Offence and Execution. According to the Church’s (Catholic) book of Saints and her Martyrologists (experts in the study of lives and times of Saints), little was known of Valentine. His surname, date of birth (though around 200 AD) remain unknown. However, historians have traced his origin back to Terni in Italy. He is one of the two known Martyrs and Saints, who bear the very name; Valentine, but separated from the other with the name, St. Valentine of Rome.
He was a Roman Priest (though many translucent views claim he rose to the rank of a Bishop), and worked as a missionary under the reign of a Roman Emperor Claudius 2nd. Accounts have it that Claudius 2nd was a tyrant warmonger whose desperation to win at all cost, drove him to institute an EDICT which forbade young and unmarried Soldiers from marriage, to enable them to be psychologically alert on the battle field. According to the emperor, married soldiers are so fearful of death.
However, to saturate the must-occur sexual orgies of his young men, Claudius 2nd often gave out 2-3 maidens per Soldier to romp on, during their celebration nights (mostly when they are victorious).
Irked by this sheer flagrant carnality on the part of the young Soldiers (according to Fr. Frank O’Gara of Dublin), St. Valentine, moved in to curtail this ugly act that promotes fornication/concubinisms, by secretly tapping up the soldiers to come
forth with one of their “sex tools” for marriage. But alas, the lid of those secret marriages blew open and he was arrested and Jailed.
His death came, majorly because, he resisted the treacherous overtunes of the Emperor to convert to Roman Paganism, but instead turned the table around by attempting to Christainize his “convertor”. Of course,
such guts got him a 3-part execution process of BEATING, STONING, and BEHEADING.
Martyrological accounts said this happened on a February 14 of either
269 AD or 273 AD. But before his death, he healed his Jailer’s (Asterius) daughter, Julia, of her blindness (a move that saw Asterius and his 44 member family became christians after Valentine’s demise), and subsequently dropped a note he addressed to Julia, signed with “FROM YOUR VALENTINE”.

What a lengthy snapshot you would say!…hahahaha.
Well, it became necessary to draw up substances from the man’s story to back up my claims on what an ideal Valentine’s Day should be.

As we go out today to mark LOVERS DAY, it is important to realize that what we know this day for, is partly or wholly not what it should be.

First, we have been told different versions of how St. Valentine encouraged romantic love and by extension sex, by should-know-better souls. YES and NO is the answer. He encouraged romantic love and sex, done within the context of a vow, MARRIAGE. Not out of it.
Note, he gave up his life just to stop serial out-of-wedlock fornications.

Secondly, we have over time been confused by the British authorities, who screwed up what Valentine stands for. They often cited the note Valentine wrote to Julia, which he signed with FROM YOUR VALENTINE, as a show of his romantic attraction to the maiden…A cruel lie!! Valentine was only attracted to Julia by virtue of filia love, being his goddaughter. He had nothing to do erotically with the girl.
Also, the above short poem written by Chaucer in memory of King Richard II’s 1st engagement anniversary with Anne of Bohemia in the 14th Century, defined the LOVERS DAY we know today as romantic.

While the romantic attachment may not be totally wrong, the configurations we gave the day as a day set aside to show off our strengths in bed, bench, sofa, mattress, or even in a bush corner is utterly mundane and appalling.
St. Valentine isn’t a saint of immaturity, and shouldn’t be seen as such. Neither should his execution day (Feb.14) be used as a day for “big bangs”. This isn’t the love the man fought and died for. Even if it was, it is strictly for married couples. That’s what St. Valentine stood for.

And finally, the saying that United Nations (UN), approved 14th February as a day for a “free-for-all-romp”; that’s all spurious and make-belief…lies.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Lyriversity.

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Marriah Carey Performing in Lagos, Nigeria

Marriah Carey Performing in Lagos, Nigeria

by Ugochukwu Austinoiz Nwaiwu

If you had followed recent National developments, and most recently, my penultimate article here, the story that Mariah Carey got N200m for a gig (which is no news in Nigeria anymore). It has happened, and the “pyroclastic dusts” it raised is fast settling down. As well, the heads (Aig-Imoukhuede and Access Bank Plc management), we (cynics) crushed with “bombastic” swipes has been nursing their wounds behind the scene.

Of course we have forgiven and forgotten the melee-harbingers. Haven’t we? Yes, We have.
What retentive and unforgiven memory do you expect a people daily “entertained” with scandalous and often apocalyptic news and events to have, if not one for a short lived reaction to unceasing actions? So as to enable us attend to myriads of other attention-seeking news.
So when psychologists say Nigerians mostly have warped,and often short-circuited brains, don’t throw stones on them. They might be on point. But it’s largely not our making, you know?.
After all, “dem say na condition make crayfish bend.”

However, it rather amounts to stupidity on the part of a US-based Gossip website, RADAR ONLINE and one of their unnamed God-forsaken blogger, to opine that Mariah Carey was hoodwinked into performing in a clime where financial crime reigns such as Nigeria.

Hear them:
“Given that she was performing for bankers__it seemed that Mariah wasn’t aware that Nigeria is well-known as the centre of the World’s email and financial crimes”.
As if this stereotyping isn’t enough, the Radar Online blogger went further to say; “Nigeria is even part of the name__as in Nigerian 411 Scams”.
Then, hammering-in the final nail on my beloved country’s coffin, the writer ended with the following weighty punches:
“Nigeria is the hub of human trafficking, hence Mariah Carey shouldn’t have accepted to do a gig in a country known for terrorism, death and fraud”.

Spicing up the already spurious claims, the blogger cited the United Nations, and CNN as both saying; “In a country where mass killings are going on in two of her states__a violence being ignored by her federal authorities; Systemic corruptions; and police brutality reign supreme, Mariah should have outrightly rejected the Nigerian Bankers’ overtures.”

My people, did you hear all these sheer misrepresentation of issues; hypocritical attacks and swipes; public show of madness; and total drunkness, etc, exhibited by the blogger and Radar Online’s handlers?

Ordinarily, I would have opted not to join issues with this pit-bottom ignoramus. It’s quite a futile act.
But for clarity sake, it is important I say these few universal truths:
*The blogger clearly misfired. Instead of attacking Aig-Imoukhuede (as we all did) or even his/her desperate dollar chasing sister, Mariah Carey, he/she chose to attack an Innocent country.

*is America not known as the CAPITAL OF CRIMES? A nation where a foolish youngster wakes up one morning to snoff lives out of school kids, can not ascend any morality ladder more than Nigeria.

*A country where free access to guns and drugs has turned her youths to daredevil gangsters.

*Can the U.S single out any entertainer of theirs whose life is CLEAN? Here, I mean a crime-free act.

*The so-called stolen money which past and present Nigerian leaders
stacked in banks overseas (US to be precise), has any of it been remitted back to us, as the Swiss did? Ain’t America razzmatazzing comfortably on those loots?

Obviously, I didn’t come here to debate with the WITLESS BLOGGER, but facts have to be told.
Yes, Nigeria is corrupt. We know and condemn it everyday. We don’t need another Cock-head to remind us of that.

By the way, America is no better. Obviously, its corruption is even OLDER than Nigeria and Nigeria’s. Same goes for the “desperate-to-do-a-gig-in-Africa” sister, Mariah, who can’t keep her ass back there in the States, but rather goes about, begging for Made-in-Africa Dollars.

Oh! The fading music star, few hours after pocketing $1m from Nigeria for a 10-hour concert, left for Angola to do another 2-hour concert also worth another $1m for their Kleptomania-in-chief authoritarian, José Eduardo Dos Santos and his Multi-millionaire daughter, Isabel?
We haven’t forgotten that she did a lucrative gig for slain Libyan “god”, Muammar Gaddafi, back in 2008?.
A money she ate to the last, before shamefully apologising to whoever cares to listen, that she regrets singing for the dictator.

I will end this by saying that Mariah Carey, the “All I want for Christmas is You” crooner, who now doubles sarcastically as the “All I want for Christmas is Made-in-Africa Dollars”, can’t seem to get enough of Dictator’s (sorry, African) dollars.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Lyriversity.

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Left: Aig-Imoukhede, Right: Mariah Carey

Left: Aig-Imoukhede, Right: Mariah Carey

by Ugochukwu Austinoiz Nwaiwu

For over a month now, I had waited keenly to hear the views of Nigerians on this raving national embarrassment, spitefully concocted and served to us 160million Nigerians by the outgoing Managing Director of Access Bank Plc. Nigeria, Mr Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede. But sadly, I have heard little or no swipes directed at him. And of course, I’m not so elated over the development, so I have decided to pour out my “venom” at this Access Bank MD, and face the music (that’s if there is any to “macabrely” dance to)

Well, in case you ain’t aware, the man in question, had on Saturday the 14th of December, 2013, spent a whooping $1m to pull his screen goddess and rather fading US singing sensation, Mariah Carey , 43, to perform live in Nigeria in a 10-hour concert to mark his bank’s end of the year party-cum his send-off party as a vacating MD.

You hear that? $1million for just 10hours, frittered out to a living-in the-past artiste…My Gracious God!!!

I really want to analytically look at this, this way. First, how can a financial institution’s MD hand out a massive $1m(N170m), and another N30m in airlifting and hotel expenses for Mariah Carey, her entourage and band group, all totalling an eyeball-popping sum of N200m, just for a 10-hour fun? Get me right, I am not saying he has no right to hire and pay for any amount to whoever he wishes to have sing for him. Indeed he has, (but if and only if, he does so with his hard earned money). But coaxing his bank’s management to do so in his honour, with people’s funds invested in the bank is nothing but scandalous, wicked, insensitive, and a sheer misuse of power and authority.

Furthermore, one is being made to ponder the rationale behind this “it’s-Mariah Carey-or-bust” lust of this Bank MD, considering the fact that his bank recently (3 weeks before the 14th Dec. bash), laid off 200 employees from its work-fold, for reasons best known only to poor performing business owners, thus adding this to already existing 1,500 sacked barely a year ago (now 1700 bankers blown away to the winds).

Just take a critical look at the messy situation the bank hierarchy had found themselves in; they needed to cut cost because their bank is on the backfoot business-wise by sacking 1,700 bankers, but found it wise enough to plunge an astronomical sum of N200m to the Atlantics, just to satisfy the fantasy and orgy of their chief’s mind and bodily quest at having a “beauty queen” perform live on stage for him.

They maximised profit by laying off 1,700 breadwinners in barely 12-months. 1,700 that have families averaging six(6) (mind you, extended family members who depend solely on the above number are not even included). Thus denying well over 1700 x 6 (ie 10,200) souls of quality living, sound future, good dreams, progressive aspirations. They sent them packing from their zones of comfort, robbed their kids of quality education, parental care, and many more.

Aig-Imoukhuede never thought over what polarity, the laying off of 1,700 bankers would cause to the already polarised and oxygen-low labour market, by this singular act. But had money to throw around when that sum could have empowered well over 400 unemployed youths (at N500,000 each) for life…what a waste!

Mariah Carey Performing at Access Bank End of the Year Party, Lagos

Mariah Carey Performing at Access Bank End of the Year Party, Lagos

Mariah Carey Performing at Access Bank End of the Year Party, Lagos

Mariah Carey Performing at Access Bank End of the Year Party, Lagos

But even if he had to mark his send off party lavishly (as has often been the modus operandi of influential Nigerians), should it had been wise to earmark a hefty sum of N200m, just to catch glimpse of a fading foreign act?
Speaking patroitically, wouldn’t it have been wise to get our top acts in the mould of Tuface, D’banj, P square, Wizkid, M.I, J martins, Olamide, Phyno and many more, who not only would have taken a paltry average of N5m act to make it rain on him all night, but also rate higher than Mariah Carey on recent International musical acts scale. That clearly shows that Aiboje isn’t as Nigerian as he makes Aso Rock and us all to believe, putting into scrutiny, his perceived ambition to succeed Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, as the next CBN governor, come June.

I don’t know what many of you readers may think about his ambition. But bet me, if this man makes it to the CBN, he will make our Naira a laughing stock in the International Market, as he would prioritise “Owambe nights” to revamping our economy. And you know the likely outcome…DISASTER!!!

So my two pieces advice to Mr. Aig Imoukhuede would be: First, go home and rest after your tenure expiration at Access Bank. Forget about CBN governship job, before you lay off all the bankers in Nigeria, and run our economy to comatose with your Mariah Carey-like owambes, which you can even make monthly or worst still a weekly thing.
Secondly, if you wanna watch your “tin god”, Mariah Carey, perform live on stage routinely, please relocate to the States, and follow her hall-to-hall every friday with your money, and not with Access Bank investors’ money.

Ugochukwu Austinoiz Nwaiwu, also known as MC Lion, is a social critic
and political commentator. He is a geologist. Today he writes from Owerri, Imo state, where he is currently residing

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Lyriversity.

by Ugochukwu Austinoiz Nwaiwu

“When the evil wind blows through a house’s window, not only are the
occupants blown away, but also the window. Of course, a house
short of a window has lost its beauty partly…”

Well, don’t ask me where I got the above adage from. I guess it sounds
quite unpopular when searched for in your collection of adages, but
not to worry, I made it.

Well, I bet you all have heard that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP
had on last week thursday, sacked (OR will I say coaxed to resign
under duress?) her Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.
The ouster of the 79yr-old man made it a record 9th man to be thrown
out of the red-hot Wadata Plaza sit over a period of 14yrs.

PDP as a party, initially had a constitution that allows it’s National
Working Committee, NWC members a-2yr single term, liable for renewal,
right from August 21, I998 when its pioneer chairman, Dr. Alex Ekwueme
took over.
However, a 4yr single term was instituted shortly after President
Jonathan succeeded the then deceased Musa Yar’dua in 2010. A move that
brought Okwesilieze Nwodo in.

But one thing is quite peculiar here. None of the 9 men ran out a
single term talk more of two terms, as can be seen below:
1. Dr. Alex Ekwueme (Aug. 1998-Nov.1998
2. Chief Solomon Lar (1998-1999)
3. Chief Barnabas Gemade (1999-2001)
4. Chief Audu Ogbeh (2001-2003)
5. Dr. Ahmud Ali (2004-2007)
6. Chief Vincent Ogbulafor (2007-2010)
7. Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo (2010-2011)
8. Dr. Haliru Mohammed (3months)
9. Alhaji Bamanga Tukur (March 2012- Jan.2014)

After a curious analysis of the tenures of these ex bosses in office,
I found no better SATIRIC PHRASE to tag the PDP, other than calling it
a BANANA REPUBLIC.
Surely, It is a house with a floor so slippery that the “roughest
shoes” can’t get a foothold of it without doing the
expected….crumbling like a pack of cards.

But, I’m not surprised at all and I can never be over this. The myriad
of intrigues and powerplays that go on at the Wadata Plaza on daily
basis can move mountains, talk of a mere man.
In case you don’t know, lots of interest must be protected or heads
will roll. The “gods” will demand for their sacrifices, which must be
met unconditionally.

However, being the masses’ man, I’ve come to realize that why our
leaders can’t guarantee us all the dividends of democracy our taxes
can provide. The reason is pretty simple: millions of political belles
must be fed.
We all bore witness to the numerous political imbriogolios Tukur found
himself in, majorly because, he was acting out the scripts written at
Aso Rock, while weaving the Governors and Lawmakers apart. When the heat was excessive, we saw how he “ran amock”, even with the jerrycans of Aso Rock Ice block been showered at him…what a pity!

The battles of the PDP chairmen
have replicas in every office of our polity, and as such, the
interests of the people will always assume backseats at the expense of
those of political stakeholders and godfathers.

God help Nigeria!!!

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Lyriversity.

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