• Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu and the Nigerian Pharoah

    09/Jun/2016 // 4122 Viewers

    By Iyoha John Darlington

    May 30, 1967, goes down in history of  the birth of  a nation  east of The Niger  was declared but the forces of tyranny and dissent voices on the other side of the table declared a war to 'reunite' the country, not a war borne out of love for the separated brothers but a war to reclaim and survive on the treasure  beneath their land . This war, I dare say, cost over two million lives.

    This writer probably still  in the crawling stage  saw  what   hitherto stood as houses and  humans reduced to  debris and a scene of carnage by dangerously powerful explosives, the Niger Bridge linking the East with the defunct  Mid-West was blown up in the heat of the war to cut off troops' movement from Nigeria to the East, the epicentre of the Biafra- Nigerian revolution. 

    The reactionaries as they were labelled fought doggedly to ensure the sovereign state of Biafra was sustained amid bombings and the resultant genocide being committed by the Nigerian government. All these happened in the Gowonist days!

    The desire to secede from Nigeria at the period under sad review after the peace brokered to suspend hostilities by the two belligerents have again resurfaced by  the acute marginalisation of the people from the region. 

    There has been agitation in the region today and this agitation has given birth to many pro-Biafran groups all speaking with one accord to secede from the federation of Nigeria. This is a nation comprising a  down-trodden and marginalised people. The people have suffered so many deprivations and have indeed become strangers in their own land with attacks and killings capable of reducing them to extinction thus reigniting separatist feelings and aspirations.

    This has given  birth to a Moses in the person of a young revolutionary to free his people from the yoke and  bondage imposed on them by Nigerian overlords who see them as nothing but worthless species. Only on Thursday last week, a woman from the region was decapitated by Muslim faithful in the desert city of Kano with the culprits alleging blasphemy but investigations so far have shown that late Mrs. Bridget did not speak blasphemy after all! The cold-blooded murder is none other than their usual gimmick to unleash their hatred on the people from the region, in fact, events and happenings have shown that to be identified as Nigerian of Igbo extraction is almost  tantamount to a crime.

    Only yesterday, June 9, 2016, an irate mob again attacked a Christian carpenter , slashed off his ear for having lunch accusing him of  non-observance of  the holy month of Ramadan when as a matter of fact they do not profess the same faith. This victim, reports say, is  also from that region and as soon as the news of the ill-conceived attack was noised about , people from the region voiced solidarity with the devil-may-care  hoodlums who are none other than products of misbegotten Homo-sapiens marvelously  evocative of an extinct barbarian  tribe. This incident again took place in one of northern Nigeria's desert cities located in the north-central parts  of the country.

    The Igbos, I dare say, have indeed become endangered species in a false union. There is no denying the fact that they run the risk of total extinction if the present trend continues.

    While in their own land, a band of marauders led an armed invasion and had many of them butchered to death in Enugu State. This incident took place about two months ago when Nimbo community was sacked by armed Fulani nomads leaving behind sorrow, tears and blood and this harrowing incident triggered off a  mass exodus from the community with promises from the  Abuja regime that the perpetrators would be fished out and brought to justice but up till now none of them has been apprehended to answer for that heinous crime as everything appears  shrouded in secrecy.

    Then came the late Biafran warlord Odumegwu Ojukwu  who probably saw tomorrow and took steps to liberate his people from the claws and bondages of the Nigerian state. He doubtless reincarnated in the illegally detained Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the director of a pirate radio station. 

    For exercising his freedom of speech, the Nigerian Pharoah accused him of having committed an ''irredeemable mortal sin''. Against every voice of reason to release the young man from detention when some erudite judges have ordered, he decided to stand pat until his diabolic whims and caprices are carried out and like Nicolo Machiavelli, he bestrides the Nigerian world like a colossus dictates to all and sundry no matter whose ox is gored.

    Kanu had only broadcasted  via that medium to draw the attention of the world to the bondage of his people in the false contraception Nigeria. He has never been engaged in armed struggle to warrant  undue incarceration by the Nigerian authorities. Prof. Wole Soyinka also ran a pirate radio  station christened  - Radio Kudirat - in the dark days of Abacha's rule. 

    The illegally detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) has only spoken for the freedom of his people from the bondage imposed on them by Nigerian overlords from the north who see them as nothing but objects of destruction.

    The Nigerian Pharoah must be told in clear terms that he can not fight and get victory over the Lord's Army in Nigeria domiciled  on the east of The Niger. The time for liberation has come and that, beyond all question,  remains Nnamdi Kanu's bounden duty. President Buhari must be reminded under the existing circumstances of  the events that preceded the declaration of the historic Edit Of Milan. A similar scenario appears at play in Nigeria.

    History, they say ,often repeats itself. Emperor Constantine fought to suppress the Primitive Community whose  efforts reportedly hit the brick wall. He had no option but  to  submit to a  Superior Force which in earnest brought about the aforementioned historic Edit somewhere in the Old World.

    A series of devastating plague has today invaded Nigeria and he appears coy about this young man's freedom. It is unfortunate he has refused to see the evil handwriting on the wall that fighting God's own people often spells doom and that is what is on the ground today.

    As it stands, Nigeria has never been so divided. There is militancy here and there. Boko Haram militants hold sway in the country's N'East. Nomadic armed herders often invade the Middle Belt and Southern Nigerian communities. Many people have been killed and maimed under  his watch which is gradually precipitating a political crisis.

    Avengers threaten missile launch to hit selected targets thus bringing about the seeming escape from the country of Nigeria's Chief Representative to the world under the guise of seeking medical attention overseas thus leaving behind a pauperized citizenry with pangs of hunger staring ominously in the face amid missile launch threat that now hangs over their heads like the ancient sword of Damocles.

    Oh, what a country! I ask the directionless and visionless Nigerian Pharoah yet again, whither are we bound?

     

    *Iyoha John Darlington is a social critic, Paris-based scholar and public commentator on national and global issues.

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  • Dismantling The ISIS Terror Machine

    09/Oct/2016 // 236 Viewers

    Iyoha John Darlington


    The Islamic State Of Iraq and Syria, aka (ISIS), doubtlessly poses a global threat to international peace and security. Thousands have been slain and are being slain daily by a group of savages under the cloak of Islam. Sometimes last year, in September to be precise, news about their atrocities took our crew to the French Capital of Paris. What we saw there is better imagined than real, as hundreds of French Muslims took to the streets of Paris and its environs protesting against the Islamic State, days after the killing of a French man in Algeria.

    Human life is sacred but often wantonly taken by some brutes under the guise of religious extremism. This is a dangerous anti-social practice which every religion under the sun frowns upon.

    Irked by this, French Muslims, as very civilised beings, last year took to the streets in their hundreds to dissociate themselves from the atrocities being committed in war-torn Syria and Iraq by these Islamic State death merchants.

    Scores of westerners have been killed by these savages and an ill-conceived campaign is on course to kill as many westerners as possible in Europe, Canada and the US. ‘Brutish’, if you ask me, remains the only adjective to qualify this behaviour by a platoon  of misbegotten  homo-sapiens doubtless from an extinct barbarian tribe. Terror is the only language they understand and speak to defenceless civilians, calling to mind their recent attack on a Christian-dominated town in Iraq and the gory decapitation of seventy-five unarmed civilians.

    This ruthless behaviour is on the ascending order of magnitude and daily makes news headlines around the world. Mass executions, beheadings and other extreme acts of brutality have become their distinctive trademarks. Iraqi and Syrian forces have them to contend with. ISIS employs guerilla attacks and seems to be recording victories over the seemingly feeble armies of Iraq and Syria. In all, it has been a ding-dong battle!

    One question that agitates the mind of this writer is: How could these brutes be tamed and their terror network dismantled?

    I foresee a global catastrophe if these charging bulls are not tamed through equally brute force. There is no denying the fact that excruciating pain has been inflicted on families and friends whose beloved ones have fallen by the swords of ISIS. More atrocities are still being perpetrated in a senseless bid to actualize a sovereign Islamic Caliphate in the embattled regions. Their message is far-spreading to other parts of the world, especially Africa. Only recently, the leader of the outlawed terror group in Nigeria, Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ( ISIS). Although the Nigerian Army appears to be dislodging them from captured towns and winning the war, but the latter’s attack on unarmed civilians has continued with undiminished intensity.

    In Kenya, for instance, no fewer than 140 people were brutally killed by Al-Shabab, an outlawed terrorist organisation in war-torn Somalia. One wonders into what dangers this trans-border attacks would lead the world. If this heinous crime could be committed in Kenya by a foreign terrorist organisation, chances are that their evil tentacles could be spread to other parts of the globe; and that places every civil division on mother earth in a vulnerable position.

    This is a war that requires a full military cooperation of all countries because no God or gods condone/s this act of terror. The cooperation of countries in the Middle East must be sought, especially the rogue regime in Iran, which has been implicated in a series of state sponsorship of terrorism, and this borders on a draft authorization of military force. ISIS, if you ask me, does not have the military capability to either withstand or defeat multinational forces in the event of full-blown hostilities. I remain firm in my conviction on this, but I stand to be corrected, however.

    As the world doubtless shakes with terror today we must bear in mind, however, that this war will not be as easy as winking, for there would be many dissenting voices to contend with. Like I have said, this requires the cooperation of all countries and, of course, our collective efforts, in order to remove their deadly sword that hangs over our heads like the ancient sword of Damocles. During Napoleon Bonaparte’s military campaign to gain control of the Iberian peninsula, if we can all recall from dim memory, he ran into pockets of resistance and fought many little wars. This is to be expected in a bid to root out these vermin and make the world a safe place for all.

    It, therefore, behoves the USA as the world’s ethics policeman to spearhead this fight by mobilising its allies and non-allies alike. China and Russia must not stay aloof but play active roles because to remain neutral would send wrong signals to the rest of the world. If the mad dogs are left in this wild rage, we shall all find ourselves in dishonourable graves.


    Iyoha John Darlington, social activist, political analyst and public commentator on national and global issues.


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  • 5 Ways Make your Blog Appear in Search Engines

    10/May/2016 // 276 Viewers

     

    Google is no doubt the most powerful search engine in the world. It is what blogs, websites, and businesses rely on for traffic as well as customers.

    Therefore, it is important for your website to be visible online. In other words, when users search for anything that has to do with your business or blog, you should be able to a appear in the search. To appear online, there are some things which you must do to make this possible. Jovago.com,
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    *Don’t joke with SEO*

    Search Engine Optimization is very important when it comes to enhancing search results of blogs online. The better your SEO, the higher your ranking. Hence, when users search for keywords online that is related to your whatever you do, your website will among the first three. So, it is important to make your website SEO friendly.

    *Must be mobile-friendly*

    The rise in the number of Smartphones usage has made many businesses to
    make their websites mobile friendly. A website that is mobile friendly is sure to get more traffic and more recognition from Google.

    *Make available a sitemap*

    A sitemap makes it possible for users to navigate a website and at the same time allows Google and other search engines  to understand your website. It also helps search engines to know the number of content on your website.

    *Create social media accounts*

    Social media does not only make your blog searchable online but also helps you to share your blog posts. You should create Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. In addition, ensure the usernames of your social media accounts are similar with the name of your blog. This social media sites will get your blog searchable.

    *Use crisp pictures and videos*

    The videos and images used in your blog posts must search engine optimized.

    If you use good, quality and relevant picture, your blog will regularly pop up in image and video search. This will also boost your online presence.


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  • Poll Postponement: Oshiomhole-Obaseki's wild goose chase is happy ending for Pastor Ize-Iyamu says Iredia Osakue

    10/Sep/2016 // 1843 Viewers

     

    The fervent wish together with the  prayer of the citizens of Edo state is to have a free and fair election devoid of violence and death which according to many is  the election of the century. This was made, by the vigorous campaign albeit filled with hatred, mudslinging, and calumny.  

    That notwithstanding, the level of awareness and massive sensitization through the social network, news fora, and other means have contributed immensely to the quality of election that is expected.  Therefore, the citizens are now becoming interested so much that anything that cuts short their expectations and joy will be perceived as tantamount to disappointment or perhaps a plot to work against their interests and aspirations. This, in part, is the view of the people on the postponement of the election. 

    The ordinary man does not have any reason to think about security when they see police, security details and secret agents around the nooks and crannies of the state ahead of the election. They believe that all is set for the election and it is  time to exercise their franchise with fun, and all intents and purposes. 

    When it comes to insecurity, the government knows how best  to tackle it and in turn allay the fears of the people through the proper channel because the fundamental responsibility of the government is to protect lives and property. 

    As it is, tongues are wagging in different corners of the state as they all have divergent opinions on the postponement of the election.  The state government has its story to tell about the sudden change.  But, many seems not to believe in toto owing to the antecedents of the APC-led government in the state.  Tirades of criticisms and witch-hunting hitherto pervade the political space and it is quite unprecedented and somewhat new to the people.  In the run-up   to the primaries, the Comrade governor accused his deputy of planning a spiritual attack on him, until it was rebutted. 

    The PDP family believes that the postponement of the election was deliberate - and all in an attempt for Mr. Adams Oshiomhole to perfect his plans to rig  the forthcoming election knowing full well that  majority clamour for a change which in the long run will not be favorable to his choice candidate. 

    In turn, the APC government opines that the postponement is justified following security reports that the People's Democratic Party  brought in mercenaries to take over the state and that the statement of the Delta state Governor during the World Conference organized by PDP at Best Western Hotel corroborates the security report. 

    In all these, it is still not clear to all and sundry the position of the out-going governor irrespective of his claim that he wanted the election to go ahead as scheduled.  But looking at it critically, the governor is the chief security officer of the state and the postponement of the election should not be an issue for debate if in fact it was postponed to forestall  violence and unrest in the state. 

    It is on this note that  the people believe the postponement was intentional and aimed at destabilizing the formidable structure of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.  The ruling party feared that the popularity of the PDP candidate will at all cost give him victory and this will be devastating not only to the out-going governor but to people with vested political and business interest in the state. 

    Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is tipped  by international statisticians to win the election,  having considered the situation on the  ground. The citizens are sympathetic to his course following series of ill-treatment  directed at him as an individual and to the party. While campaigning, he was denied the use of the state-owned stadium and primary schools by the powers that be. Naturally, the interest of even the die-hard APC members started to wane in view of the fact that the ruling party invoked the power of incumbency to muscle POI to submission and under the face of true democracy, they consider it unfair. 

    Those who clamour for a true change believe that the postponement is a blessing in disguise  for Pastor Osagie  Ize-Iyamu and a postponement of the  "evil day" for    Mr. Godwin Obaseki who they see as unprepared to take over the helm of affairs in the state. 

    Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu will dance the last dance of victory after the poll result. His dance will be that of fulfillment and praises for the  emancipation of  the citizens of Edo state from the shackles poverty and maladministration. Oshiomhole has been dancing under the face of hardship, despair and unprecedented economic recession in the state. 


    Iredia Osakue, JP, a political analyst, social critic and public commentator on national and global issues wrote from Turin, Italy's northern uplands.


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  • 2015 Campaign funds: Dire need to revisist source of Buhari's campaign fund

    11/May/2016 // 583 Viewers

                               Iyoha John Darlington 


     THE former ruling party has been terribly demonized by reactionaries and the right-wing press which nearly resulted in street agitation  even before the presidential election of 2015 that unseated the Jonathan administration. As luck would have it, that administration was sent packing  by over two million doctored polls result from the north that ushered in the dawn of a new era in the course of our nation's history.

    Reports and events have shown that government was none other than one vast empire of corruption following indictments and arrests of public office holders that served under the former ruling party. We have had arrests and still ongoing about the controversial arms procurement fund which was allegedly disbursed from the office of the embattled former National Security Adviser , Col Sambo Dasuki rtd.

    Much as I support and  pat the president on the back for probing the immediate past administration and ensuring that all looted funds from government coffers are returned calling to mind the campaign funds which we were told was realized by fund-raising same must extend to himself. 

    We are not unaware of those who bankrolled his presidential campaign with tons of government's money running into billions of naira. Those people  include past and serving governors and must be asked to account for the money they lavished on Buhari's presidential campaign which we know full well was not theirs.

    Only on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, Femi Femi-Kayode's detention by Nigeria's anti-graft body, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission  was widely reported by the world press ahead of the anti-corruption summit holding in London, the United Kingdom for which the president is an attendee or participant.

    The former Minister was quoted as saying he did not know the money in question which he has been asked to refund was government's. Now that he has known and been asked to refund the money, he should as a matter of urgency be compelled to do so no matter whose ox is gored.

    While that drastic measure is employed  to recover all looted funds, same should be extended to all those who equally  used government's money to bankroll Buhari's presidential campaign calling to mind the missing money running into millions of dollars from the Rivers State coffers.

    President Buhari can not and must not feign ignorance of this. He has set a very good precedence for past governments to be probed and even if he does not do it now by shielding past and present  governors like Rotimi Amaechi and others  from a similar probe in spite of the glaring evidence against him by the Rivers State government let him bear in mind Amaechi could never be shielded forever. The records are there and intact to be revisited when Buhari on completion of his tenure leaves office. 

    We are not also unaware of the  levy imposed by the then opposition party on all APC-controlled states where tons of money was realized to fund Buhari's campaign. No one could deny this because we were all living witnesses to this incontrovertible fact. These monies were equally government's money hence the source of these monies must also be probed if the fight to recover looted funds is anything to go by.

    If this government under Buhari does not do it now certainly another government will do it when the baton of power changes hands because no one is going to be in government forever seeing that power like a cold spell  is not only transient but ephemeral. This is as sure as fate. The young, they often say, shall grow and we are watching every step being taken by a shameless cabal who have chosen to plunder our common patrimony while others thrive on dirt and dirty surroundings.

    Every man is infallible, Buhari is a man and , therefore , infallible if his apologists need reminding. Not until the source of his campaign funds is equally probed by the present anti-graft war we  may be on another wild goose chase.

    Iyoha John Darlington, a scholar , social activist, political analyst and public commentator on national and global issues wrote from Turin, Italy.


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  • The scary wonders and bitter lessons of September 11, By Iyoha John Darlington

    11/Sep/2016 // 525 Viewers

     By Iyoha John Darlington


    It is fifteen calendar years today that the twin towers were brought down in New York , the USA by radicalized Islamists under the cloak of Islam following  a mid-air hijack of  two US-bound commercial jetliners that wreaked a large-scale destruction of the World Trade Centre and a part of The Pentagon in a most daring attack. That harrowing incident goes down in history as a savage attack on civilisation which  resulted in a monumental loss of human lives.

    On this day in question four hijacked jetliners reportedly flew over the United States hitting targets below. I often sit back, hand on chin cudgeling my brain to unravel the motive behind the attacks at the period under sad review, the more I try to find an answer the more I keep failing at every turn. The men who carried out  September 11, 2001, attacks were doubtless a band of radicalized Islamists who loathed western values and cultures and in their campaign of hate killed no fewer than 3,000 people in the most powerful country in the world.

    New York, Washington, Virginia and Pennsylvania were hit in the attacks which caused disgust and unbridled rage not only in the USA but across the world. This led to the mobilization of the world's largest military alliance under the then President GW Bush Jnr.  with a firm resolve to pursue the terrorist to their hideouts.

    Our knowledge of any past event is always incomplete, probably inaccurate, beclouded by ambivalent evidence and biased historians without extensive  research.  Does Islam permit radical Islamism and a destruction of human lives? And does this violence go down well with those who profess the faith? I have had to do an in-depth research on this and also go the extra mile via formal discourses with the adherents of the faith but was astounded in no small measure  at their opinions and stance on the Quranic teachings. If Islam is supposedly a religion of peace as they presented it in the course of our discourse,  from whence comes their  doctrines that often corrupt other adherents of the faith? This is a question that no one has been able to give me an answer to this day.

    Be that as it may, the world is now under a more serious threat fifteen years after as terror-linked attacks are  on the ascending order of magnitude. In Africa, for instance, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has launched devastating attacks on Mali while Boko Haram holds sway in Nigeria's northeast causing a large-scale destruction, Al-Shabab's activities have taken a toll on human lives via cross-border attacks calling to mind the armed invasion of a shopping mall in Nairobi Kenya in the not too distant past.

    Although America has taken some proactive measures and steps to forestall any of such attacks, pockets of terror-linked attacks have been reported in the country and in other countries in the West. A deadlier Islamist terror group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has unleashed fury recently on great civilizations in this part of the Old World. France has been hard hit in these attacks and similar attacks by IS militants also took place in neighboring Belgium causing an appalling destruction of lives and property, the very recent one being the  Mediterranean coastal city of Nice in France.

    Today, as the whole world quakes with terror, there is no denying fact that most of us sleep with one eye opened not knowing whose  turn  the terrorists' axe would chop like teak wood. Years after the American-led invasion of Iraq the death of Saddam has attracted a motley crew of discontents in the Arab world. Countries that took part  in the gulf war face increased terrorism threats which speak volumes for the subsequent attacks  on western interests all over the world. On September 9, 2013, American Consulate in Benghazi was attacked and scores of US diplomats were killed. Terrorism threats years after the gulf war have doubtless continued this time with undiminished intensity thus giving rise to questions as to why that war was ever prosecuted. However, there  remains, a natural tendency to ask if  the war and  the resurgent attacks changed anything. But one and a half decade on, such conclusions seem unjustified. 

    September 11 did alter the focus and foreign policy of the George W. Bush administration. But the administration's new approach, one that garnered so much praise and so much criticism, was less transformative than contemporaries thought. Much of it was consistent with long-term trends in U.S. foreign policy, and much has been continued by President Barack Obama. Some aspects merit the scorn often heaped on them; other aspects merit praise that was only grudging in the moment. Wherever one positions oneself, it is time to place the era in context and assess it as judiciously as possible.

    All this writer hankers after is the lost golden age without weapons and violence and has often frowned upon the activities of perpetrators of violence and death merchants alike. Before 9/11, the Bush administration had amid other sensitive issues  focused its foreign policy attention China and Russia; on determining whether a Middle East peace settlement was in the cards; on building a ballistic missile defense system; and on contemplating how to deal with "rogue" states such as Iran, Iraq, Libya, and North Korea. At many meetings of the National Security Council, officials debated the pros and cons of a new sanctions regime against Saddam Hussein's dictatorial government in Baghdad; they also discussed what would be done if U.S. planes enforcing the no-fly zones over Iraq were downed. Fortunately or unfortunately little was agreed on at the period under sad review.

    As we can see terror has indeed become a thorny and contentious issue the world must join forces  to fight and bring to a standstill no matter whose ox is gored. Terror-linked attacks have cost the world so much that it has become a hydra-headed international problem set to annihilate mankind if it is allowed to rear its ugly head unabated. Countries have often been accused of sponsoring and exporting terror and it has become absolutely necessary to disabuse the minds of rogue regimes who arm terrorist that the world can not continue to trudge on at their mercy.

    A standing multi-national military high command is considered absolutely necessary to both  check and curtail the excesses of rogue nations who have been reasonably suspected and indicted for terrorism support and  sponsorship in cash or kind. The world can not continue to brood over the misfortunes of the past without putting far-reaching measures in place to check the excesses , the causes of terrorism and thus make provision for a safer tomorrow. Urgent steps should be taken by the United Nations to enforce arms control, disarmament and regime change in countries which are caught red-handed providing financial or tactical support.

    The big actors on the world stage commonly referred to as the Big-5 namely the United States, Russia, China, UK and France should as a matter of urgency review their foreign policies. These countries are tarred with the same brush when it comes to the  quest for primacy and military supremacy, unilateralism without the expressed consent of the rest of the permanent  members  of the UN security council. It would be recalled, however, that the USA with its allies went ahead and prosecuted the war in Iraq without the expressed consent of other permanent members. There is indeed a great danger in this, unilateralism should increasingly be discouraged when it comes to taking military action against rogue regimes and dictatorial governments anywhere under the sun.

    There is also a need for greater understanding and cooperation  among the Big-5. Great-power partnerships would doubtless reduce terror threats by sending a strong message to leaders of  rogue states of the culpable implications when implicated or caught aiding and abetting terrorists.

    Economic liberalization will remove trade restrictions, promote global economic growth and, therefore, reduce poverty. Recent studies have shown that much of transnational together with domestic terrorism stems from grievances against rich nations. In some cases, terrorist group while expressing grievances attack nationals and property of rich nations in their land and such cases have been witnessed and recorded in countries most susceptible to terrorism. Cases of abductions of foreign nationals and attack on properties have been widely reported in Pakistan, India, Iraq, Libya, Kenya, Nigeria and a host of other countries.

    Fractionalization is another contentious and thorny issue that must be looked into. A society that is fractionalized by conflicting interests brings about a weak government and when this occurs political instability is elevated. In Nigeria, for instance, we see a country that is highly polarised and this has resulted in a jihadist insurgency. In the south-east, marginalisation has brought about separatist feelings and aspirations thus giving birth to conditions that could trigger off terrorist acts. Urgent steps must be taken to address this emerging problem in that part of the country that is gradually rearing its ugly head on the ascending order of magnitude.

    Iyoha John Darlington , a social activist, political analyst and public commentator on national and global issues wrote from Turin, Italy.

     


     


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  • Four Places Where you Should not Keep your Phone by Ogunfowoke Adeniyi

    12/Apr/2016 // 242 Viewers

     

    Your phone is a valuable asset and losing it or getting it damaged can cost you a lot of money and emotional stress. If you do not want to experience any of this, Jovago.com, Africa's no 1 hotel <http://www.jovago.com/> booking portal points out places you should never leave your phone.

    *In the sun*

    Many people know that they should not just drop their phones in the sun but some others have inadvertently left it in the sun while washing or working outside their home. Extreme heat or cold are not good for electronic appliances. So keep it away from harmful weather to extend its lifespan.

    *Your back pocket*

    Carrying your phone in your back pocket is not a good idea. Many people have damaged their phones, especially the screen, just by forgetting their phones in their pockets. Besides the physical damage, the phone may overheat and is susceptible to theft there.

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    *Bottom of a bag*

    As a regular traveler, you may have had to live through the experience of having your phone go missing and as a result adopted the precautionary measure of hiding it at the bottom of a bag. While doing this has its perks, it can begin to malfunction due to the heat or pressure from moving the bag from place to place. Your best bet would be to use an inner side pocket in the bag or under the first few layers of items within it.

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    *In proximity to a cooker*

    In an attempt not to miss a call, it usual practice to keep your phone close to you even when cooking. This can be very risky as it could result in a fire outbreak. Make it a habit to place your phone far from the fire and increase the volume of your ringtone so that you can hear the call wherever you are.


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  • 4 challenges hindering the success of women-owned businesses in Nigeria

    12/Oct/2016 // 266 Viewers

     

    Entrepreneurship once considered a man's domain in Nigeria, has since made way for women as economic opportunities have risen over the years for women who want to start and run enterprises. Unfortunately, while more women are becoming entrepreneurs, they seem not to be catching up with their male counterparts. Women-owned businesses still face a set of challenges that continue to limit their growth. To shed light on some of these obstacles, Jumia Travel lists 5 reasons women-owned businesses are not thriving in Nigeria
    Limited access to funding
    This is the biggest challenge faced by women-owned businesses across Nigeria as access to capital is crucial to any small business’ growth trajectory. Women face greater obstacles than men when starting and growing a business, especially when it comes to venture capitalists, financial institutions, and other lenders; who are quick to deny their applications. Basically, even when the woman-owned business demonstrates a great business plan, have excellent credit and demonstrate solid cash flow, it must also successfully navigate through a process that tends to unfairly favor male-run startups. And when they eventually access required capital, the interest rates are rather steep and this tends to handicap the business over the long run. For women-owned businesses to thrive, it is vital for the Nigerian society as a whole to ensure that women have equal chances to do great things.
     
    Critical Cultural Values
    The times have changed, however another entrepreneurial challenge women entrepreneurs still face in Nigeria is that of cultural value or tradition. The cultural values across Nigeria are such that the man/husband is the head of the household and as such automatically expected to be the breadwinner. The male children are expected to toe in the line of their fathers and inherit the family business maybe, while the female children are usually left out of this entrepreneurial grooming process. A situation where there is a deviation and the women start to exhibit entrepreneurial prowess, it is assumed that she is being domineering and maybe even disrespectful to her husband, who should be the one in charge. This is very discouraging and has been a huge reason why many women-owned businesses have drowned even before they got the chance to swim.

    Lack of Role models and limited mentorship programmes
    Quality mentorship plays a huge role in the success of any woman entrepreneur and her business. It is particularly helpful for women to be enrolled in mentorship programmes or have mentors who have faced the same challenges they have. Nigerian women entrepreneurs, especially startups, however, do not have this support network and end up drowning in the face of even the most trivial obstacles. In fact, a number of female founders report that lack of available advisers and mentors has been a huge limitation to their professional growth. While there are a few expert organizations and groups like WIMBIZ e.t.c , more institutions need to be set up and women-focused networking events held to encourage the women so as to spur growth in their businesses as well.
    Societal discrimination

    This is a huge issue that has specifically affected the presence of women in the Nigerian  tech scene. In Nigeria, a majority of people still like to think that certain businesses or tasks are better handled by men than women. You rarely see women driving a commercial bus, working as a mechanic or running a tech startup as the society often assume women are generally incompetent in certain fields of work. Women now think twice before owning or delving into certain businesses because of the stigma that could come with it. And while you think this challenge may be uncommon, it actually has played a strong role in hampering the proliferation of women-owned businesses.


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  • Edo State Political Dilemma And The Death Of Democracy

    12/Oct/2016 // 407 Viewers

     

    The just concluded Edo governorship election has its story and it is manifold. The unprecedented manipulation and its attendant consequence on the people are akin to that of a frontal collision of two trains.

    This being that the hope and aspiration of voters who really wanted a positive change was dashed except otherwise that on a level playing ground, the supposed winner actually won. But, records by the international observers and those who had the will to say the truth showed that the acclaimed winner's victory is, in fact, questionable.

    The open and careless subversion of the people's mandate affronted every voter in the state. It is a slap on the faces of all well-meaning citizens of Edo state and a rape on the collective psyche of individuals who committed their time and resources for the rebirth of a moribund state called Edo.

    According to facts and figures, the election witnessed the highest turnout of voters but ironically did not reflect in the result. Suffice to say that the number of voters was a far cry to the number of accredited people even though the process was for the electorates to accredit and vote simultaneously. 

    It is twice pity that the dagger that pierced the heart of democracy in Edo state, I dare - say was the handiwork of "Iyamho superstar" following series of complaints from different quarters.

    The fact remains that when a lie is concocted, the actor must learn the script and memorize it thoroughly, else at every end, the nobility of truth will reign over the ignoble lie. When INEC officials were planning to further rig the election at the eleventh hour in connivance with the power that be, they missed many lines so much that in their announcement, the truth could be found hiding in their lies.

    The negative influence of this act is that it will continue unabated. A precedence has been laid and the young generation politicians have learnt the ropes in a very terrible manner and the conviction is that "it can be done and undone without any consequence." But, the people's court must prevail!

    The financial inducement of voters in the voting centers was "rough and tough" so much that the security agents that were on the ground lost concentration and could not exercise their duty. In one instance at Dr. Garrick Memorial School, I beckoned a police to attend to the clandestine activity that was going on, he told me to relax and that if I don't mind, I can go about doing same in favour of the party I was representing as an agent. Hearing that from a security agent whose interest in the center was to curb such excesses, maintain law and order, I was gobsmacked.

    To make matter worse, the results that were recorded in polling centers were either manipulated or cancelled outrightly without fear or favour. The injurious act was like "job as usual" and till now, many have not seen the need to raise their voices in disagreement. The question is; must we allow malpractice and fraudulent manipulation of election results to thrive and remain synonymous with our identity?

    International observers and journalists have made their reports bold and clear, that the election was marred by unimaginable irregularities , but at home, nothing is happening except the aggrieved protesting over the criminal conspiracy of the state. What a rape!

    The INEC officials who were charged with the responsibility of doing it the right way, threw caution into the air, erred in law and morals by subverting the mandate of the people in favour of the man with the "hammer."

    Ever since I returned to my base, I have been pondering over what I saw and another question is; how can Nigeria be fixed? Using Edo state as a case study, the executive is intimidating, inept, uncivilized, undemocratic and callous, the legislature is harsh and the judiciary is compromised - and to corroborate this claim, just recently, judges' houses were raided in some states and mind-blowing revelations are on air. Where can the ordinary man who wants justice run to?

    This brings to mind, a play titled "The gods are not to blame" written by a brilliant Nigerian, Ola Rotimi. In it, you will find a quote that reads thus: if the elders we esteem so highly sell their honour for devil's money, then let pigs eat shame and men eat dung."

    The above quote is provocative and at the same time proverbial. Those that are responsible for the ruination of our democracy and governance should be held accountable and allowed to speak-up for the sanity and purification of our polity. The time is now!

    *Iredia Osakue is a Turin-based scholar, social critic, political analyst and public commentator on national and global issues.


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  • In Our or Nigeria’s Interest or Their Best Interest?

    13/Apr/2016 // 182 Viewers

     

    The principle of autonomy and/or self-determination is viewed as foundational in any true democracy. It is however worrying when democracy becomes a millstone around the neck of those who are supposed to benefit from it. Such has been the case in Nigeria for close to seventeen years of supposed democratic rule. Democracy has been turned on its head and self-determination or autonomy do not exist, or at best, are infinitesimal. 
    Ajayi and Ojo (2014) wrote that “while it remains true that Nigeria is governed by democratically elected leaders at the federal and state levels, Nigeria is yet to institutionalise democracy after a century of existence as a political entity and that the impediments to the institutionalisation of democracy in Nigeria after more than half a century of political independence include the country’s colonial background interspersed by vagaries engendered by deep-rooted ethnicity; complacent and spendthrift leadership; incessant intervention of the military in the democratic process; electoral fraud; wide spread poverty and high illiteracy level”. They argued that the pivot around which most of the factors listed above revolves is corruption which has virtually become a way of life in Nigeria. However, fortuitously, the prospect of a politically stable and democratically viable nation is marked by the Nigerian people’s eagerness to participate in the electoral process; the relative stability and sustenance of multi-party system and the general realisation in the country that the only acceptable and popular route to the acquisition of political power is through the ballot box.
    Some free-market-oriented economists have strongly criticized the efficiency of democracy, based on the argument that voters are illogical or otherwise highly uneducated about many political issues, especially those concerning economics and relationships with other countries in the world, while having a strong bias about the few issues on which they are knowledgeable.
    This could result in a wealth disparity in such a country, and in the case of Nigeria, add ethnic and religious discrimination, which unscrupulous and corrupt politicians are very quick to exploit. Fierlbeck (1998) points out that such a result is not necessarily due to a failing in the democratic process, but rather, "because democracy is responsive to the desires of a large middle class increasingly willing to disregard the muted voices of economically marginalized groups within its own borders”. The criticism remains that the will of the democratic majority may not always be in the best interest of all citizens within the country (Wikipedia)
    Furthermore, some have argued that voters may not be educated enough to exercise their democratic right. A population with low intellect or low education (and let’s face it, Nigerians are still largely uneducated) may not be capable of making beneficial decisions. They argue that the lack of rationality or even education is being taken advantage of by normally unscrupulous politicians, who compete more in the way of public relations, money and tactics, than in ideology. Lipset's 1959 essay about the requirements for forming democracy, found that “good education was present in almost all emerging democracies”. However, education alone cannot sustain a democracy, though Caplan did note in 2005 that “as a person's education increases, their thinking tends to be more in line with most economists”. 
    For example, voters may not be sufficiently educated to be able to foresee the perpetuation of the community they belong to, and therefore are unable to cast a vote to that effect. But given the right to vote, an uninformed man would certainly cast a vote which will more likely be wrong as affected by the personality charisma of the candidate or some other superficial reason, such as electoral bribery, flaunting of wealth to induce or modify voting patterns, that is, an ordinary voter may also be lured into casting a vote on the basis of financial help or some other petty promises, e.g. Ekiti State’s Fayose’s notorious “stomach infrastructure”.
    In a democracy, the question is whether to vote with one’s own interests in mind or to ponder the greater good.  As a simplistic example, should a rich man vote for a candidate or party that will benefit him directly or one that he believes will provide better public services for the poorer, even if it means a loss in profits for him?
    If one believes the greater good is more important, those become one’s best interests. One then is able to see how that will benefit; there are apparent difficulties here such as lack of sentience about issues, half-baked knowledge about sensitive topics that plague the country, etc. 
    On the other hand, if one believes one’s needs are more important than what is necessary for the country, then one definitely should vote with that in mind. In this case, one doesn’t necessarily need a morally right or incorruptible leader; what one needs is a leader who can make his country and people happy and since you're one of them, your best interests are just as important. 
    In the longer run, it's important that one’s best interests are brought into line with the society's. If not, the leader one votes for will never win. To even consider the greater good before casting one’s vote is a success of democracy in my estimation and will lead to the election of good leaders over time. 
    So maybe it is better to vote in your own best interests and hope others would benefit too. Often voting for your interests may be taking into account the greater good, for example, as we often say in Nigeria, securing and distributing equally, the dividends of democracy.  Wouldn’t a freer, fairer, peaceful and secure society that values, recognises, ensures and maintains individual rights not benefit the greater good, the greater society?
    I like to think that many people in Nigeria would vote for the best leader who will govern based on what is needed for his people to be happy at any time as opposed to someone who is corrupt and harps on nepotism, tribalism and religious bigotry. Flexible, impartial, sincere, honest people with conviction, vision and focus in their opinions and ability to adapt make good leaders in my view.
    Doesn't everyone vote their own interests, consciously or subconsciously?  Even those that profess to vote in favour of the greater good still have their own interests at heart.  No one is entirely altruistic.  And no politician is so particular in nature that they can be entirely "greater good" versus policies that could benefit you. There will always be a mix. But this is made worse in Nigeria because almost all our politicians who go for political positions go there for purely, 100% self-seeking reasons, purpose and actions. Therein lays the problem of the “own best interest” or “common good” or “service to the people”.

    In a normal democratic environment, people tend to vote for people they feel best align with their values and views.  There is often some perceived benefit to voting for Candidate A over B for that reason. Unfortunately again, this theory does not hold water in Nigeria, for two reasons. One, the “perceived benefit” is usually the immediate benefit to the voter, that is, inducement by money or other material inducement (stomach infrastructure in Ekiti State again comes to mind). Second, due to widespread electoral malpractices, even if you cast your vote with your mind, your vote might not really count, hence, work done is zero, and your vote does not have any influence on the outcome of the election nor on the person who eventually rules you. We are therefore totally left frustrated and angry.
    Generally, there has been a serious (and almost irreversible) decline in social and moral values in Nigeria. Our quest for economic, social and political development after Independence which was aided by the oil discovery and wealth of the 70s led to a situation where scant regard was paid to the social engineering and betterment of the citizenry, with the adverse consequences we are now experiencing. 
    These leaders or politicians or elders are Nigerians and so they do exhibit the tendencies or the orientation of Nigerians. We should recall and admit that many of these politicians scarcely won any genuine elections into the political positions they now hold. They were involved in various forms of electoral malpractices and fraud; so where is their shame and moral standing in the society, and whose interest are they serving? It is impossible to expect men and women of such kind to take the path of honour when they come under the crucible of even the least moral values. They have never known the path of honour so can never willingly take the path of honour.
    What we should be asking of our leaders, and ourselves, since Independence 56 years ago should be initially, “in whose interest?” and then graduating to “in whose best interest?” Unfortunately, we neither asked both of them or ourselves, but are suddenly realising that “it is to their (an unscrupulous and opportunist ruling elite’s) selfish interest”.
    So, some of the questions that come to mind are (and there are thousands more), and we are not even asking for “best” interest, just ordinary interest:
    ⦁    In whose interest was the whole idea of democracy in Nigeria?
    ⦁    In whose interest was the sixteen years of democracy under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and in whose interest would the Alliance for Progressive Change (APC) rule for the next 3 years remaining?
    ⦁    In whose interest were our oil and other resources being managed since Independence 56 years ago?
    ⦁    In whose interest do we even have governments – federal, state and local?
    ⦁    In whose interest do our politicians seek election into all electable offices?
    ⦁    In whose interest are our civil servants, ministers and other political appointees working?
    ⦁    In whose interest are politicians called upon to resign for one reason or the other 
    ⦁    In whose interest are the employees, contractors, owners and stakeholders in Nigeria’s oil industry working?
    ⦁    Whose interest have Nigeria’s military been serving since they ventured into governance?
    ⦁    Whose interest is being served when unions call strikes?
    ⦁    And a thousand other questions.
    What we have in Nigeria is a deadly cocktail of conflict of interest, self-interests, selfish and personal interests, regional interests, religious interests and unbridled, chocking corruption-driven interests. What for? Aren’t we all going to die? And when we die, what do we take with us to wherever dead people go?
    Femi Fabiyi, in his article, “Nigeria and the Emerging Economies” wrote “Many of Nigeria’s mafias have invested their stolen monies in personal homes abroad (USA, Britain, Dubai, South Africa and a host of other countries). Why should a Nigerian-based politician maintain a residential home in the USA? I honestly cannot find a reasonable answer to this question. For my readers who do not understand USA real estate market, here is a hypothetical case – A Nigerian based politician who owns a $1,000,000 house in America is expected to pay at least 2% of $1,000,000 in property taxes and between 1.5% and 2% of $1,000,000 for maintenance on a yearly bases. So, what sense does it make for a Nigeria politician to pull an average of $35,000 from the local economy every year and send it to America to help develop America cities and counties?”
    Will it be easy? Of course not! Aside from dealing with the problems inherited after decades of debauchery, profligacy, mismanagement, indolence, corruption, neglect of the people and infrastructure, etc., there is also the added issue of newly created difficulties occasioned by prevailing circumstances alongside the added complications of purveyors of hopelessness and dejection fouling the air with their negative natter, sabotage and wanton corruption, who want to retain and maintain the status quo.
    But just like President Obama of the United States of America said -simply and succinctly - "NOTHING IN LIFE THAT'S WORTH ANYTHING IS EASY"
    In whose best interest is Nigeria itself?

    Akintokunbo A Adejumo wrote from London, the United Kingdom.

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