The 1966 Coup and Counter Coup: Looking Back So We Can Look Forward By Reno Omokri First published in my column, #TheAlternative, in Sunday ThisDay of May 24, 2020. It was Winston Churchill who said “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see.” So, in this week’s #TheAlternative, I will be […]Read More Historia
Follow a 48 hours ultimatum by the House of Representatives to Minister of Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio to name lawmakers who are beneficiaries of NDDC contracts, the Executive Director (Projects) of the commission, Dr Cairo Ojugbo has provided the list of National Assembly members who were awarded contracts in NDDC between 2016 and 2019. Dr. […]Read More FINALLY, DR CAIRO OJUGBOH COMPILES LIST OF NASS CONTRACTORS WITH NDDC.
One of the things that differentiate a profession from a trade and occupation is a well defined formal education that is guarded with respect for the sanctity of life. Were this to be true, certain behaviours should be strange amongst professionals. But this is not the case especially nowadays where everything, anything and all things […]Read More KILLINGS WITHIN PROFESSIONAL NIDUS. By Livy-Elcon Emereonye
“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either, write something worth reading or do something worth writting.” Barrister P.O. Balonwu quoting Franklin; Toast of DMGS Old Boys Association on their Golden Anniversary Onitsha Nov. 3 – 9, 1975. “I got to know willy through the Asikas, and I took him […]Read More WILLY O. ACHUKWU… Seminal Figure Of The Biafran Scientific Revolution.
“Steve Manson’s magazine dealt in corruption: he attacked the rich, the powerful and the famous – and he made enemies. In a job like that, you couldn’t afford to have dirty secrets of your own. With the whole town itching for you to make a slip, it was like living in a goldfish bowl…” — […]Read More MAGU AND THE ABUJA POWER GAME. By Olusegun Adeniyi
Some think it is foolhardy for the North not to want to relinquish power in 2023. They think it implausible for the North, after eight unbroken years in the saddle, to still want to cling unto power. Some think it should be obvious to the North that the South will have none of that and […]Read More A 2023 AGENDA FOR THE SOUTH. By Bola Bolawole
Restructuring: The North, The South And Nigeria’s Future. Give it to the North, they get what they want at every turn while the South do the talking. Most radical ideas that had shaped Nigeria’s political landscape often originated from the South only to be perfected to advantage by the North. For instance, while the South […]Read More THE NORTH AND RESTRUCTURING
Aniedobe I didn’t think we would ever mention Ipob and Hamas and Hezbollah in the same sentence but things evolve and maybe things are more similar than they appear. Speaking about things being more similar than they appear, did you know that fatwa in the Islamicworld has Igbo correlate. I told you that Allah in […]Read More FATUWAA, HAMAS, HEZBOLLAH AND IPOB.
IN December 2012, the Item community in Abia North honoured Arumma Oteh, then Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC. I attended that ceremony in the company of the then CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi; Alex Otti, Diamond Bank GMD and other friends. Then-Governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi, flew in with a helicopter. […]Read More CHIBUIKE ROTIMI AMAECHI, NDI IGBO AND 2023. By Ochereoma Nnana
The discussions held between Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and some stakeholders of Igbo land and the resolutions agreed there upon are as follows: Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has legitimate reasons to be angry. The failure of leadership in Igbo land is a critical issue that has to be addressed urgently. However, there is need to move away […]Read More RESOLUTIONS REACHED AT THE MEETING BETWEEN MAZI NNAMDI KANU AND SOME IGBO STAKEHOLDERS BEING FACILITATED BY NZUKO UMUNNA (BRIDGE BUILDERS) AT THE PEACE AND RECONCILIATION MEETING ON July 5TH, 2020
By Law Mefor Gabriel Suswan, Senator representing Benue North-East Senatorial District recently told a newspaper that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would still zone the office of the President to the North in 2023. The distinguished senator may not be a member of the PDP’s National Executive Committee (NEC), but as a senior party member, […]Read More PRESIDENCY ZONING, PDP, NDIGBO, AND SUSWAMS OFFENSIVE KITE.
By Law Mefor An Igbo adage states: when a deity starts giving much trouble, it will be shown the wood from which it was carved. There are lines that are never crossed in culture and tradition, and in national life. Such red lines keep the society going, cohesive and coherent. And the Igbo society is […]Read More NNAMDI KANU’S RECKLESS DEATH ORDER ON NNIA NWODO AND THE DERAILING STRUGGLE.
No matter how bitter the medicine is, if there is a chance it will work, then many of us will take it. I therefore write, knowing that my weekend will be spent absorbing horrible names and insults, whilst blocking the most ill mannered amongst my readers. But what I also know, is that I will […]Read More OPINION: Nnamdi Kanu and his effect on the future of ndigbo.
Mar 1, 1990 Playboy sat down with a young Donald Trump in 1990 where he teased a future in politics Written by GLENN PLASKIN Donald Trump sits alone. He hasn’t slept in 48 hours. At six a.m., perched high in the bronze-coated jewel of his empire, Trump Tower, he’s bent over a mammoth Brazilian-rosewood desk, […]Read More THE PLAYBOY INTERVIEW WITH DONALD TRUMP. PART 1
Mar 1, 1990 Playboy sat down with a young Donald Trump in 1990 where he teased a future in politics Written by GLENN PLASKIN Do you think George Bush is soft? I like George Bush very much and support him and always will. But I disagree with him when he talks of a kinder, gentler […]Read More THE PLAYBOY INTERVIEW WITH DONALD TRUMP. PART 2
Mar 1, 1990 Playboy sat down with a young Donald Trump in 1990 where he teased a future in politics Written by GLENN PLASKIN What is marriage to you? Is it monogamous? I don’t have to answer that. I never speak about my wife—which is one of the advantages of not being a politician. My […]Read More THE PLAYBOY INTERVIEW WITH DONALD TRUMP. PART 3
He killed his brother and blamed the Bible. Being a Christian fundamentalist, he had made the decision that he would always consult the Bible before doing anything significant. Although he had read the Bible from cover to cover, whenever he wanted special inspiration, he would close his eyes, open the Bible randomly, and point at […]Read More HOW THEY LISTEN TO NNAMDI KANU: PICK AND CHOOSE. By Emeka Maduewesi
“From time immemorial, the people that are called Igbanke today were known and called Igbo-Akiri. It was in 1967 when Ogbemudia became the military governor of the Midwest State that he changed the name of the town from Igbo-Akiri to Igbanke…It would have been unthinkable at that time to reveal that an Ibo man or an […]Read More 50 YEARS AGO… OGBEMUDIA WAS IGBO AND IGBANKE, IGBO AKIRI.
Slavery as an inhumane act perpetrated by Europeans against Africans is only one side of the story. The other side of the story is that Africans, whether as brokers, raiders, donors, slave merchants, facilitators, were complicit in the enslavement of fellow Africans and African on African slavery persists and thrives till this day. Today, we […]Read More WHEN WILL AFRICANS APOLOGIZE FOR THEIR ROLE IN SLAVERY AND STOP MODERN DAY ENSLAVEMENT BY AFRICANS? By Aniedobe.
Says American Government Agency Mentioned IPOB As A Group That Attacks Christians In Nigeria30/6/2020 “As I type, a 2020 Report by the United States Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in the Nigerian section, EXPRESSLY named IPOB as one of the entities levying attacks on places of Worship in Nigeria (Paragraph 2 of Page 2). […]Read More CHARLES OGBU REACTS TO NNAMDI KANU’S CALL FOR OHANEZE PG TO BE STONED.
For most people in Imo State, there seems to be an honest effort to reconstruct the State and extricate her from the manacles of corruption and underdevelopment. Between 2011 and 2019, so much happened that no meaningful government in the state would want to close its eyes to the calamity. The calamity was earth shattering, […]Read More RECONSTRUCTING IMO AND THE NAYSAYERS. By Collins Ughalaa
If you thought that kneeling on the neck of George Floyd until he expired was horrific, then take a moment to reflect on the equally Floydian horror of pinning down the faces of scores of unarmed Igbo kids in muddy water by elements of the Nigerian army during Operation Python Dance 2 until they all […]Read More NNAMDI KANU’S FATWA ON DR NNIA NWODO. PART ONE. By Aniedobe.
One of the things that surprise me about human beings is the degree of our conceptions and machinations. It never ceases to amaze me what man can do to get even and settle scores, and regrettably, this can happen for mere imaginary problem(s). There is no limit to what we can do – and this […]Read More INSIDE THE NEST OF KILLERS. By Livy Elcon Emereonye.
“Intelligence of the masses is too lowTheir forgetfulness very greatThey must be told one thing a thousand times” Adolf Hitler Creating a nation out of a sovereign nation, either by the fiat of the United Nations, or by mutual consent; or by convulsion of the affected nations by the splinter sections is never a walk […]Read More PEASANTS’ REVOLT, REVOLUTION AND DILEMMAS OF BIAFRA STRUGGLE. By Law Mefor
By: Chris O. Maduka Let me make it clear that spontaneous right action informs one to do the right thing, at the right time for the right reasons.Question is : Why should the Igbos and people of Southern Nigeria, mostly Christians give their unconditional support to the Democrats, or why should they reward them for what […]Read More THOSE WHO WISH ALL TO HATE PRESIDENT TRUMP SHOULD TELL US WHY THEY LOVE FORMER PRESIDENT CLINTON & OBAMA.
By Dr. Law Mefor It is not difficult to see prominent citizens from certain divides of the country claiming they do not understand what ‘Restructuring’ means. One also suspects that there are proponents of Restructuring who may not be able to defend their position well for the simple reason that their appreciation of the subject […]Read More MEANING OF RESTRUCTURING FOR NIGERIANS’ FEIGNING IGNORANCE
1. Introduction The restructuring discourse and debate has now been on-going in Nigeria for about a decade. The issue for me in this article isn’t about the propriety or germaneness, or even the benefits of restructuring for Nigeria. I really couldn’t care less for what’s good or bad for Nigeria; that’s for non-Igbo Nigerians, as far […]Read More IT IS IN NIGERIA’S INTEREST TO LET THE IGBOS GO.
The story you are about to read is about a Nigerian who shook the whole world and the pharmaceutical industry in his days. However, his constituency-Nigeria forgets him. But let’s celebrate him today because if he had been alive today, he would probably offer solution to covid 19. Enjoy your reading and don’t forget to […]Read More JACOB ODULATE, THE MAN WHO INVENTED ALABUKUN POWDER.
“I have invited you to attend this caucus because I would like you to make clear our stand on the issue of secession. As a party, we would have preferred Nigeria to remain intact, but lest there be doubt as to our willingness to concede to any shade of political opinion the right to determine […]Read More NNAMDI AZIKIWE’S SPEECH ON THE THREAT BY THE NORTH TO SECEDE IN 1953.
They will kill me; they will kill the President Elect, Chief MKO Abiola if I went ahead with the election and announced the winner of the elections which we all know to be Bashorun, Chief MKO Abiola. ”I know so; I am not daft. He won; he tried. I feel bad about the whole matter. […]Read More NORTHERN EMIRS, RULERS FORCED ME TO ANNUL JUNE 12 ELECTIONS, IBB OPENS UP, IMPLICATES DAVID MARK, ABACHA, EMIRS.
(Excerpted by Casimir Agbakaja from the book, Zik, Ndigbo & their Southern Neighbours by Uchenna Nwankwo) Igbo relationship with the Eastern Minorities was largely defined by Azikiwe’s relationship with Professor Eyo Ita, the foremost political practitioner from the area at the time. Eyo Ita was a vice president of the NCNC and the leader of […]Read More BACKGROUND TO AZIKIWE-EYO ITA MISUNDERSTANDING.
The African Development Bank’s helmsman, Nigerian-born and America-trained Akinwumi Adesina has been in the news recently.Strangely, this time, there are unpleasant allegations being leveled against him. I say strangely because those who are knowledgeable about international development will readily agree that the name Akinwumi Adesina is synonymous with stellar accomplishments. So naturally, much more than […]Read More ADESINA: GUILTY AS CHARGED.
“The President then told me that he wanted me to join his new government. I was so surprised that I said, “But, Sir, I am not a politician.” He, however, quickly replied, “Nor was Henry Kissinger a politician.” In reply to my question about the other characters he hoped to have in his new government, […]Read More ARCHIVES: NIGERIAN SENATE AND PALM GREASING FOR MINISTERIAL CONFIRMATION. By Emeka Anyaoku
Harbingers of a new day for the Ibo nation, having selected me to preside over the deliberations of this assembly of the Ibo nation, I am conscious of the fact that you have not done so because of any extraordinary attributes in me.I realize that I am not the oldest among you, nor the wisest, […]Read More NNAMDI AZIKIWE’S ADDRESS AT THE 1949 IBO ASSEMBLY AT ABA.
Anyone who had traveled around Eastern Nigeria especially Southeast, would be marveled at the number and types of buildings scattered in every nook and cranny of the zone. People compete to build edifices. Without mincing words, it could be out of place to say that there is rarely a village without a millionaire as seen […]Read More COTTAGE INDUSTRIES IN EASTERN NIGERIA – KEY TO RAPID INDUSTRIALIZATION. By Livy-Elcon Emereonye
America’s Jeff Bezos, founder of e-commerce giant, Amazon, is becoming a trillionaire in the midst of COVID-19 global pandemic. This is both good and bad news. Good news because it is the reward of foresight and tenacity. Bad news because in the midst of the same pandemic, his e-commerce counterparts in Nigeria are counting losses. The difference is not in […]Read More JEFF BEZOS TRILLIONAIRE TALE AND NIGERIA E-COMMERCE – By Aliyu Yakubu.
COVID-19 lockdown “It is your reaction to adversity, not the adversity itself that determines how your life story will develop.” Dieter F. Uchrdorf (A German aviator). The Nigerian economy nay world economy would never be the same again. The advent of COVID-19 came so sudden and caught everyone napping and panicky. Even the world powers were very much […]Read More COVID-19: REINVENTING YOURSELF AFTER THE LOCKDOWN.
Federal and state governments need to be more serious in enforcing the regulations aimed at chaining COVID-19. It is a matter of life and death. No nation can joke with that. The co-ordination between the federal and state authorities appears ragged at the moment. I thought the primary responsibility of the presidential task force was […]Read More COVID-19: THE SABOTEURS AND THE UNBELIEVERS – By Dan Agbese
I think it is important to start this with the story of a boy, Alhassan.Born in Bebeji, Kano Emirate in 1877, his father, Abdullahi died when he was eight. His mother, Amarya, then left for Accra, and left her children in the care of a slave named Tata. Tata sent young Alhassan to an Almajiri […]Read More HISTORY OF THE ALMAJIRI SYSTEM IN NIGERIA.By Cheta Nwanze.
It’s often said that a lie told so many times, if unchallenged, may – in course of time – begin to pass for the truth. One of such is the terrible lie, institutionally purveyed since the end of the Civil War, to the effect that Igboland is landlocked or that it has no access to […]Read More IT’S A LIE: IGBOLAND IS NOT LANDLOCKED. By Aloy Ejimakor.
By Akinyemi Muhammed. On January 15 1966, Nigeria suffered its first military coup. The military coup was erroneously tagged an Igbo coup because most of the coup plotters were Majors from the East (even though most grew up in the north and spoke Hausa better than Igbo), and in July 1966, there was a ‘rematch’. […]Read More NIGERIA’S WHITEWASHED HEADS OF STATE; THE KANO EMPERORS
With all the secrets in life including the ones we know and those we are ignorant of, at the appointed time we leave the stage and everything associated with it. To everyone born of a woman, there is no permanent position because change is constant. Take a look at the mirror and see how fast […]Read More THE SECRET THINGS OF LIFE. By Livy-Elcon Emereonye
By Nick Opara-Ndudu Lately, there has been palpable concern over political developments in Imo State, with the spate of unsavoury social media battles that have exposed the fragile nature of the relationships currently existing amongst key political actors. Regrettably, sundry events in our dear state have become the subject of intense public discourse and disagreements […]Read More POST COVID-19 IMO: HISTORY BECKONS ON SENATOR HOPE UZODINMA.
Coronavirus crash in commodity prices has wasted $200 billion in investment and loans. China’s commercial activities in Africa, such as investments, infrastructure projects and bank lending, have long attracted scrutiny and criticism. Critics have accused Beijing of practicing a new form of economic colonialism to gain control of the continent’s valuable natural resources by luring […]Read More OPINION:CHINA’S EXPENSIVE BET ON AFRICA.
This essay is a rebuttal to the recent publication by Dr Nwankwo Tony Nwaezeigwe making the rounds in the social media. In his write-up, he made several mendacious assertions, which I consider a calculated attempt to deride the Igbo nation and bring its past leaders into disrepute. My task is to clarify and put the […]Read More CRISIS OF IDENTITY: A VERY TERRIBLE DISEASE
(1) Olaudah Equiano: The Father of American Autobiography In his acclaimed autobiography, Olaudah Equiano told of his early childhood in Iseke, a community in the Igbo nation, southeast of Oshimmri (now the River Niger). He was kidnapped at age 11 and shipped across the Atlantic to the Americas in 1757. One of his American enslavers […]Read More THEY CAME BEFORE US
“Yes. I played a prominent role in Biafra for the unity of the country in order to restore peace and bring about unity of the country. That’s the role I played. I advised Ojukwu. I said well look, you have declared secession. What we should do is to get the elder statesmen and women of […]Read More AZIKIWE’S OPINION OF OJUKWU/BIAFRA
No one conversant with the history of Nigeria in the I950s and 1960’s will miss the overwhelming impact of Dr M.I. Okpara on the nation. After all by 1964 he was fully in charge of the fastest growing and industrialising economy in the world- the Eastern Nigerian economy. Nothing illustrates the warped sense of history […]Read More DR M.I OKPARA AND THE ECONOMIC BLITZ OF EASTERN NIGERIA.
Introduction COVID-19 emerged as one of the world’s worst pandemics with unprecedented social and economic lockdown in history. As a global pandemic, over 212 countries, territories and conveyances have been hit by the ‘super-spreading COVID-19. The effect is the self-evident drift from economic bloom to gloom with every country’s share of the challenge. Covid-19 has […]Read More THE POST-COVID-19 SOUTHEAST: REINVENTING THE IGBO POLITICAL ECONOMY