March 2014


Is anyone listening? Will the oligarchs entrenched in power, and those maneuvering to get back in, read this “insightful” book whose author has fashioned “a compelling argument for finally partitioning Nigeria into distinct countries”, where “the widely diverse Nigerian ethnic identifications—Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa/Fulani—would be unimpeded in practicing their religious, cultural, and social differences and help initiate and accelerate growth, prosperity; end impunity and entrench sanity, law and order in the various emerging new countries”. I am sure they will not, because they are too busy propounding, and promoting their petty selfish vested interests while the people suffer, and the country burns to ashes.

“NIGERIA, BIAFRA & BOKO HARAM: ENDING THE GENOCIDES THROUGH MULTISTATE SOLUTION” – OSITA EBIEM

Osita Ebiem’s “Nigeria, Biafra, and Boko Haram” tells of the violence, poverty, and corruption that plagues the country and provides a pragmatic solution.

New book “Nigeria, Biafra, and Boko Haram: Ending the Genocides Through Multistate Solution” from
Page Publishing Author Osita Ebiem is the author’s proposal for the redrawing of the political map of the
African continent as the prerequisite for the laying of realistic national foundations for the various states in Africa.

Osita Ebiem, an active Rights and Self Determination advocate, has completed his book “Nigeria, Biafra,
and Boko Haram: Ending the Genocides Through Multistate Solution”: a work that provides a portrait of
an utterly disastrous Nigeria that is often haunting and unbelievable. Though the country and its people have endured trauma beyond comprehension, Ebiem offers practical solutions, which can reroute Nigeria’s path and ultimately begin the long process of healing.

Discussing the foundation of his insightful new work Ebiem says: “The problem is not because the extant
states boundaries were foisted on the indigenous peoples of Africa by foreigners. The trouble is that those boundaries did not take into account the feelings and wishes, cultural diversities and sensitivities of the different peoples. After observing the way affairs are handled in Nigeria and believing that the problem can be solved, I chose to shine some light on the violations of the fundamental rights of the peoples of Nigeria and provide a way out.”

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Osita Ebiem’s concise writing explores the annals of
Nigerian history and explains in clear terms the evolution of a country forced together by European
commercial interests.

In this book, “Nigeria, Biafra, and Boko Haram: Ending the Genocides Through Multistate Solution”, author Osita Ebiem fashions a compelling argument for finally partitioning Nigeria into distinct countries. Through the use of the multi-state solution and the principle of Self Determination, the widely diverse Nigerian ethnic identifications—Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa/Fulani—would be unimpeded in practicing their religious, cultural, and social differences and help initiate and accelerate growth, prosperity, end impunity and entrench sanity, law and order in the various emerging new countries..

Readers who wish to experience this fascinating work can purchase “Nigeria, Biafra, and Boko Haram:
Ending the Genocides Through Multistate Solution” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple
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Source: Global Reporters Vienna http://www.globalreportersvienna.com

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I had read an article by Tola Adeniyi titled “Is there a Country Called Nigeria?” – That artificial contraption and geographical expression called Nigeria. And I could not contain myself but to laud him for his bold, elucidating, and enlightening treatise in the midst of selfish and self-serving minions who propound the travesty, “One Nigeria” as sacrosanct, “indivisible and indissoluble”. Buffoons! There is nothing erected and created by man that is “indivisible and indissoluble”.
After 100 years of the British imperialistic amalgamation of the North and South for their purely colonial administrative convenience; and after 53 years of independence that has absolutely accomplished nothing other than glaringly expose bare, the fault-lines of the amalgamated Nigeria, I cannot but retrospectively marvel at the genius, and the insightful wisdom of Chief Obafemi Awolowo for dubbing Lord Frederick Luggard’s creation, “a Geographical Expression”; and jeer at the sheer folly of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe for coining the aberration and mantra, “One Nigeria”.
Nigeria is not a nation; it was never a nation; and will never be a nation. The National Conference that has been called will be an exercise in futility that will amount to nothing after billions of naira has been mindlessly squandered.
The modalities for the conference are nothing but a sham if the most poignant ailment of Nigeria, the fact that it is a conglomeration of ill-fitting non-monolithic nationalities, is a no-go area. A close observation of the conveners of the conference and a scrutiny of most of its proposed constituent make up, it is apt to conclude that they all have the selfsame vested interest – the perpetuation of the status quo. As it were, with butchers’ cleavers, they want to continue to hack out for themselves meat from the moribund elephant called Nigeria.
C.C. Obiajunwa

Is there a country called Nigeria?
By Tola Adeniyi on 05/02/2014

Quite frankly, I am not sure there is a country called Nigeria. And I believe, based on what I know and what I have seen in my 70 years of living in the land space where over 250 nationalities cohabit, that there is really not a country. Many of the nationalities that occupy this space as well as their constituents merely pay lip service to the expression Nigeria when it suits them to do so.
I would not know what happened in 1914. Bless my mother and my father, 1914 was just 2 and 3 years older than both, and in their growing up years, the amalgamated territories were mere toddlers. While the so-called space Nigeria was yet to take form, peoples of the territories were trading beautifully, travelling across the land space unhindered and without fear of notorious armed robbers, kidnappers, and ritual killers.
The Yoruba man was a Yoruba man. An Igbo was Igbo. It was the same with Izons, erroneously called Ijaws, Ibibios, Efiks, Fulanis, Shuwa Arabs and Tivs. Hausas kept their identity and acted and behaved as Hausa.
The regions that harbour these nationalities were semi autonomous and even had their own flags, emblems and mottos. Attempts were made to fashion out Constitutions that would govern the political and economic behaviours of the nations that were forcibly brought under one umbrella by British imperialism, but such efforts have yielded no fruits. 100 years after the so-called formation of a country, the various dissimilar components are still shouting on top of their voices for a National Conference. How can we have a NATIONAL conference when and where there is no NATION?
You cannot talk of a country where there has never been a leader. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was seen as a Bauchi-Fulani Prime Minister, not a Nigerian leader, because in the psychology of the various constituents, there was no Nigeria. When it was time to take him out, he was just picked out like a jigger. “He was not our man!” And the Fulanis who mourned and avenged his death called him ‘Our Man’.
General JTU Aguiyi-Ironsi belonged to another nationality. And it was ‘they’ from another nationality who believed they should chop off his head to appease the gods of ‘their’ own nationality. The Yoruba nation mourned Colonel Adekunle Fajuyi, their own man who fell along with his guest, the heroic Aguiyi-Ironsi. While the Igbo nation and the Yoruba nation were deep in sorrow and mourning, the Hausa-Fulani were celebrating and jubilating.
Murtala Muhammed, a most daring General, became the Head of State of the space called Nigeria. But he was perceived as a burning spear from Hausa country. Throughout his short reign, he was perceived by the nations of the Middle Belt as an enemy of their own man, General Yakubu Gowon, who was shoved off in a palace coup.
General Olusegun Obasanjo was a mere decoration, a furniture item as the military Head of State. He was in office but not in power. The levers of power were firmly in the grip of the duo of General Shehu Yar’adua and General Theophilus Danjuma, representatives of the Hausa-Fulani-Middle Belt hegemony.
Gentleman Shehu Shagari, a most decent politician and elder statesman, must be installed to continue where Murtala Muhammed stopped. To the Hausa Fulani, Shagari was ‘their’ man, while the most cerebral Obafemi Awolowo, who was robbed of victory, was seen as belonging to Yoruba country.
Generals Muhammadu Buhari, Ibrahim Babangida, Sani Abacha and Abdulsalami Abubakar came in rapid succession with regimes spanning a total of 16 years. Throughout the long reigns, other nationalities saw the governments these Generals headed as the ‘governments’ of the Hausa-Fulani.
General Olusegun Obasanjo came back, this time in agbada, because, the puppeteers believed, rightly or wrongly, that he was the man from the presumed Yoruba country who could be used as compensation for the daylight robbery which the great MKO Abiola suffered. Unfortunately, Obasanjo, whose claim to Yoruba ancestry has been roundly queried, was not convincingly accepted by the Yoruba nation.
Then came in Gentleman Umaru Yar’Adua who was quickly followed by the PhD holder Goodluck Jonathan. When trouble brewed upon the ill-health of Yar’Adua, the slogan from the Fulani axis was ‘Allow our man to continue even if he was dying’. And now the loud mouths in the Izon country are threatening blue murder if one of ‘their own’, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, is not allowed to continue as the Izon ruler of the space called Nigeria.
In all of these, no one from any of the nations that were brought under a canopy called Nigeria had ever been seen, addressed or accepted as a ‘country leader’ because there had not ever been a country, not to talk of a Nation.
What we have had, and shall continue to have, unless a brutal surgery is performed, is a collection of competing countries yoked together in a very uneasy and unworkable alliance.
We cannot and should not continue to deceive ourselves. The immediate solution to our malignant predicament is to yield space to CONFEDERATION. Let every nation in the space called Nigeria exert its individuality, and let each amongst them that believes it cannot stand on its feet forge a nation with another and become a confederating unit within the so-called Nigerian canopy.
The Confederating Units will now decide how many units will make up the Confederation. This Confederation may try forging a country and later evolve into a Nation after about 100 years from now. If we do not PEACEFULLY follow this path, we may end up a la Yugoslavia! History is my witness.
People wonder why there is so much stealing and looting in Abuja. The answer is straightforward and simple: Abuja belongs to no one! Whichever nationality sends its own man or woman there expects their messenger to go and loot and bring ‘home’ the proceeds of the loot. The seat of the Federal Government has always been seen as the extension of the nationality that currently wields power thereat.
Anybody may say anything to the contrary. But let everybody search their conscience if the strong feeling of ‘Our Man’ is not present in everybody’s heart. And let anybody deny the fact that the reason why anything that is assumed to belong to the national government has not worked or survived is the painful fact that such things like NEPA, RAILWAY, AJAOKUTA, NATIONAL AIRLINE, FEDERAL ROADS, NITEL, NIPOST, and FEDERAL UNIVERSITIES are orphans!
•Chief Tola Adeniyi (shown in photo) is a former Managing Director of Daily Times of Nigeria. He can be reached via chiefadetolaadeniyi@yahoo.ca
Source News Express
Posted 05/02/2014 10:16:24 AM

The northerners are “born to rule”, to exploit, and to ruin Nigeria. They will never be satisfied short of unfettered domination; uninterrupted regnum; and the complete ruination of Nigeria.

President Jonathan is not responsible for “the decaying infrastructure in the North; the millions of young uneducated, unskilled, and unemployed citizens” of the North. These purportedly northern ailments did not infest the North over night; nor did they just spring up in the five short years President Jonathan has been in power.

In the 54 years of its independence, Nigeria, in the main, has been controlled, dominated, and ruled (for ill or for bad) by northerners: Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Yakubu Gowon, Murtala Mohammed, Shehu Shagari, Muhammedu Buhari, Ibrahim Babangida, Sani Abacha, Abdul Salam Abubakar, Umaru Yar’Adua. What did these northern rulers of Nigeria do for the North? Or for that matter, what did they accomplish for Nigeria, other than the rape and pillage of the resources in the South to enrich themselves.

President Jonathan is not to blame for the fact that “the North is experiencing its greatest weakness as a result of an insurgency and the decay of its economy”. Insurgency! Could it not be speculated that the northern elements are the ones fomenting and orchestrating “the killings in the North-East”, in order to destabilize the Jonathan Administration since it “took power from the North”? Could it not be surmised that the erstwhile northern overlords and rulers of Nigeria allowed “the decay of its economy” when they ravenously and rapaciously allocated to themselves 83% of oil blocks in the South; by the same token, and with reckless abandonment and malignant neglect, precipitated the “decay” and demise of the economic mainstay of the North, viz: cattle rearing, groundnuts, beanie seeds, bauxite, tin, zinc, silver,  gold, etc. – to name but a few of the myriads of primary, agricultural, and mining products that the North was once renowned the world over?

Ever since the aberration of British amalgamation, Nigeria has existed solely to appease the North. If we were to learn anything from history, it is that appeasement is fastidious and insatiable because, amo habendi habendo cresit (the love of having grows by having).

After reading the report from the “Conference of Leaders and Elders of Northern Nigeria”, I could not help but ask rhetorically: What does the North want? What came to mind was an Igbo saying by my uncle: “the child that is destined to die demands of his mother to fashion a bow for him out of a mortar piston”. Patch it as you may; paper over the fault lines as you wish; Nigeria was never a nation; it is not a nation; and it will never be a nation. There is no need prolonging the agony. Nigeria must be allowed to disintegrate into its component parts; and perhaps, come together in a confederation of the willing. No permanent good has ever been an outcome of force.

On one point though, I am concordant with the conclusion reached by the “Conference of Leaders and Elders of Northern Nigeria”: that the National Conference will be an exercise in futility, and destined to fail along with the nine others before it. My conclusion however, is not drawn from the perspective of their flawed logic, but is rather based on the fact that the real problem with Nigeria has been declared “a no-go area”.

Nevertheless, my commentary in no way holds briefs for Mr. Goodluck Jonathan in his inept, clueless, and rudderless leadership; nor does it condone the flagrant and blatant brigandage that he still lets run amok with reckless abandon; but to hold that feckless sycophant and buffoon, masquerading as the president of Nigeria, responsible for what has ailed the North since colonial times, is to hold the chicken going to roost responsible for nightfall.

Dr. Chukwuemeka Chukwuma-Eze Obiajunwa

 

National Conference: Jonathan has hidden agenda — Northern Elders

By News Express on 11/03/2014

Northern elders yesterday said President Goodluck Jonathan is convening the National Conference with hidden motives, among them to whip up sectional sentiments, divert attention and blackmail the North.

The leaders held a meeting in Kano yesterday, to chart a course for the region at the National Conference which is scheduled for inauguration Monday.

Those who spoke at the gathering accused Jonathan of harbouring an anti-North secret agenda for organising the conference.

In a keynote address, former Federal permanent secretary Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed said the National Conference has been “deliberately designed to cause havoc to northern unity and deepen its problems.”

“This will make it easier for President Jonathan to exploit the fallout for his re-election campaigns,” he added.

Baba-Ahmed called for an outright boycott, or, in the alternative, northerners should withdraw participation whenever the conference begins to take an anti-North dimension.

“This conference will not find answers to the decaying infrastructure in the North, or solutions to the millions of young uneducated, unskilled and unemployment citizens, or solutions to the dangerous trend which sheds so much northern blood every time elections come. The North will participate at this conference at best at a spectator or at worst a helpless victim of a conspiracy to exploit its weakness,” he said.

“[Therefore] every northerner who walks out robs the conference of more of the very little credibility it has. The more of you (delegates) that walk out, the less likely it will be that they will claim that they held a national conference,” he added.

Baba-Ahmed said the president is convening the National Conference in a context in which the North is experiencing its greatest weakness as a result of an insurgency and the decay of its economy.

He noted that the list of delegates for the conference has been deliberately skewed against northern interests by setting the North against the South, all calculated to favour Jonathan.

Also speaking, Professor Awwalu Yadudu of the Bayero University Kano described the conference as a futile exercise that may not produce any substantial results different from those of past conferences.

“The outcome of this conference will be similar to Obasanjo’s even though his own was not as skewed as the one to be witnessed. And it will be convened using the same templates but only that Obasanjo was smarter,” he said.

Yadudu said this conference risks the same fate as Obasanjo’s, and advocated for a sovereign national conference that would be able to address all the issues in the country, including its indivisibility.

In his submission, spokesman for the Northern Elders Forum, Professor Ango Abdullahi, alleged that President Jonathan wants to use the National Conference to blackmail the North.

“The conference is targeted at two or three areas. One, it is being organised to blackmail the North because it is going to be an instrument of political blackmail. The short term reward of it is 2105,” he said, adding:

“It will also be used to create a climate of division by bringing about issues that tend to divide us in the country and the North in particular. The crisis on ground should not have started if politics is not involved.

“The aim is to portray the North as anti-South, anti-Christianity and anti-President Jonathan who took power from the North. If we go there fine, but to me it is a waste of time.”

But politician Buba Galadima warned against boycotting the conference, saying this could deny northerners the opportunity to discuss their problems and press their demands.

He said northerners should be wary of discussing the composition of delegates selected for the conference and concentrate on issues that would improve the welfare of the region.

“So we have to articulate our own agenda because for us our numbers are our assets since we can use them to determine the country’s president. We must advocate for one man one vote as well as demand for action on the killings in the North-East, the answers on the offshore oil which constitutes 70 percent of Nigeria’s oil resources as well as the federal character,” he said.

Barrister Solomon Dalung of the University of Jos, for his part, suggested that President Jonathan should step aside before the commencement of the National Conference or suspend it until his tenure ends in May 2015.

“We have organised nine conferences in the country before and this is the 10th. We agree that the conference is necessary but the President should sacrifice the remaining days in his tenure so that we can organise a sovereign national conference,” he said.

“If the president cannot sacrifice the remaining days of his administration, he should then suspend till after May 29th, 2015 so that we can organise SNC where we can discuss all our grey areas. Religion is manipulated to sustain corruption in the polity. If the fowl is the Chief Judge, the cockroach cannot get justice,” Dalung added.

The Kano meeting, which was tagged “Conference of Leaders and Elders of Northern Nigeria,” drew participants from across the region and from various associations.

•(Adapted from a Daily Trust report. Photo, also courtesy Daily Trust, shows (left to right): Retired Air Vice Marshall Mukhtar Muhammad (Wazirin Dutse), Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule (Dan Masanin Kano), Mr Paul Onongo, Mrs Paulin Tallen and former Borno Governor Mohammed Goni at the conference of leaders and elders of Northern Nigeria in Kano yesterday.)

Source News Express

Posted 11/03/2014 07:38:54 AM