Wednesday, March 29, 2006

More on Taylor

Great article on the Charles Taylor issue by Chippla. One that I totally agree with.

Eclipse pix





These are better than the grainy images on my phone. Taken by a friend a few miles away from me. Thank God for info tech :D

Sorry for the haphazard arrangement of the pix, I am at work

Taylor nabbed!

Hot off the wires. Charles Taylor has been nabbed. I just got some decent footage of the eclipse which I will post as soon as I can get a cable to transfer from my phone.

Bad day at Highbury...

Dateline: 1945 hours 28 March 2006. Chxta was stuck at work on the 13th Floor of UBA House Marina (E-payments Department) with his boss Ernest Uduje, and Ike Kanu, a manager in UBA. We were trying to figure out why the UBA VPN is simply refusing to accept e-payments over a secure network. You see, there is no point doing e-payments if your network is not secure, so it just has to work...


Correction.


Dateline: 1945 hours 28 March 2006. Ernest Uduje and Ike Kanu were brainstroming trying to figure out why the UBA VPN was not accepting e-payments over a secure network, while Chxta was sitting with them, silently cursing them, all who gave birth to them, and Kunle Adeniji, the UBA staffer who got us into the mess in the first place, and promptly left at 1900 in order to get home on time and watch the same match that Chxta was now obviously going to miss. This state of affairs continued up until 2025 hours when the first text message arrived. In total I have received 53 text messages since that message...


The first message read: Goal 2 Arse, Fabregas (39). Shit!!!. It came from Ade Adene, a Juventino like myself, whom I had sent an SOS to update me on the situation since I wouldn't be watching the game. He did his best, and I can't after the match seriously say that I envy him based on what I have heard of our performance so far...


The second text message came from Mayowa Adekoya, a colleague of mine who said: Told u men, we spanking ur butts.... Hope it continues. That text was the first of a deluge of texts from Arsenal fans which I can't be arsed to type, but I will go through a choice few before making a little comment about the performance based on the report I read on Soccernet.com.


Two of the more outstanding texts came last night, the first from Osas Iyasere went: Old lady comes to Highbury to suck our dicks. Forza Arsenal. That text for me is so distasteful and is very much the work of a brainless cunt. Osas, if you are sexually deprived why not go and find an asewo for service? What are you sending obscenities to me for? Besides, the last time I saw you (a year ago now), you were screaming Up Chelsea. Before that you were screaming Up ManU. So what happened? At least I am stable with my club, not jumping from club to club depending on who is doing well at the moment. Then what is this Forza Arsenal? How ignorant can you get? Forza is for Italian teams. Get a life and try and learn more about football. The other outstanding text was a benign one from Andrew Enenmoh who said, Gunners 4 life. The old lady went down. I cant really beef u because of ur mail of dis morning. How u dey? At least someone remembers that I had earlier written of my fears concerning the game, so what is all the gloating about?


Ayo Soebi said, no excuses, we whipped u good. True, Ayo and I will say enjoy your glory. I won't support Arsenal against any other team except they get to the final and are facing Milan. For crying out loud, I would support Chelski against Milan, so nothing new there. Julum Nwanze, my baby brother simply sent this: hehehe... I owe him a beating next time I see him, problem is that he is a head taller than I am and he gyms! Then again, he is still full of youthful exuberance, while my joints are beginning to creak from age!


Peter Ikenebomeh said, cheta i lost a lot of money on juve's head and a lot of arses are gloating at me. find a better team to support. dat was d worst display ive seen in dis champions league. Pete, I never asked u to bet on Juve. We've known each other 20 odd years and while you've been a ManU fan for some 8 years now, I've been a Juve fan for 22 odd years now. Why should I change teams? Sorry we put up such a piss poor display, and I am embarrassed as well, and saddened at the same time, but then again, I clearly stated yesterday that we haven't been playing well at all, and from what all the reports say, it shows. You need to visit the forum Juventuz.com, and see how Juventini the world over are clamoring for Don Fabio's head.


Akachi Okoro said, Sorry ur team took such a trashin. Going forward tell them not to be so reckless when behind. They've killed the return leg for themselves. Now that text brings us to what should be in about 8 days time. Sorry to say, but based on what everyone at Juventuz says, even the most optimistic Juventini believe that we are out of it this year, so what can I who didn't watch the match say? We couldn't even get an away goal!


The Champions is over for us this season, so let us manage the scant consolation of lo scudetto number 29. Forza Juve.

As for all you Arsenal fans, abeg make my phone rest.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Taylor vanishes

Only in Naija...

I am scared...

Juventus meet Arsenal at Highbury this evening in what is a season defining match for both clubs, Arsenal because the UCL is their only remaining chance for silverware this season, Juve because the UCL has been our stated objective all season.

Much has been made of the return of Patrick Vieira to Highbury, but I feel that the media (as is usual with them) are overdoing it. Paddy spent 9 years at Arsenal, won every English trophy with them and has nothing to prove. He was already becoming jaded there (look at Raul in Madrid), so it was best for him that he move. It will be in very bad taste if any Arsenal fan boos him tonight. However, Vieira demands good behaviour: "I expect to get a warm welcome from the fans," he screeched today before admitting he'll feel a pang of jealousy when he sees Cesc Fabregas romping in what was once his bed. "When you play for a team for nine years you can't not be emotional," sniffed the forlorn Frenchman, before whimpering nostalgically: "I enjoyed many good moments in that stadium."

The media seem to have forgotten that Vieira isn't the only one facing his old flame, of course. Thierry Henry endured a seven-month fling with the Old Lady seven years ago - time that, according to Arsenal's young Italian striker Arturo Lupoli, "he now considers a total waste." (Sorry Thierry, you just weren't good enough for us).

Then there's the case of Zlatan Ibrahimovich, who could have become an Arsenal player in 2003, when he was still at Ajax, but instead responded to Wenger's offer of a trial by fuming: "I am Zlatan. I don't do trials." Characteristic confidence (or is it arrogance) from a man who says the only thing that can stop him becoming the best player in the world is serious injury. Such as an exploded head, perhaps?

As a Juve fan for the better part of 2 decades now, it is very easy for me to say: 'Forza Juve, we will bash them...' but truth be told, I am running scared. And I will give my reasons.

Granted we are virtually running away with lo scudetto, but the way we have played against top quality opposition in recent games leaves a lot to be desired. For crying out loud, we barely scrapped through to this round against Bremen, a club that on paper we should have buried! Against Milan in Serie A, we just managed to hold them to a goaless draw in our own stadium even though they were down a man for the last 15 minutes! And finally we dropped points against Roma on Saturday. That particular game left a sour taste in my mouth. Why?

Because Capello decided to start Alex who wasn't fully fit, Alex duly got injured, will not play today. To make a bad story worse, Pavel got sent off , and we had to play the whole second half with 10 men. This introduces the tiredness factor in today's game. And to cap a bad preview all up, Arsenal's game with Portsmouth same day was called off due to a water-logged pitch!

But what the hell is the matter with Portsmouth? How can a Premiership club be having a waterlogged pitch? They should be relegated for low stadium standards! But then, I digress...

The bottom line is this: la vecchia signora shot ourselves in the foot on Saturday, and I pray that it doesn't come to haunt us. And I hope that Don Fabio's confidence is not misplaced. Our record against English teams isn't too good...

Someone asked me how I watch Serie A. Channel 102 on DSTv show live Serie A games, and I gather that NTA has also started for those of you based here in Lagos.

Now to move away from football...

Israel is holding her elections today. Coming soon after the Hamas victory in Palestine, I hope that Khadima would win so that we can have peace in that region. I think Khadima is the only party in Israel that would be able to talk to the Hamas government.

There would be a solar eclipse in Naija tomorrow, so don't be scared people.

Meanwhile what is the matter with Microsoft? They have delayed the release of their latest OS again! This is like the millionth delay of the OS which was once called Longhorn. Funny that it is taking Microsoft so long to get their security issues in order while the Open Source world has addressed the same issues. For crying out loud...

Monday, March 27, 2006

Nollywood

...and the world is noticing Nollywood...

Thanks to Nkem for this link

Census days...

Did you know that it takes exactly 13 minutes at 80km/h to go from Mobil Bus Stop at Victoria Island to Ajah Bus Stop? This timing was done on the morning of Tuesday 21 March 2006 between 0812 and 0825 hours in a friend's car. Because of the confusion surrounding whether there would or there would not be a census, all three of us (myself, Lanre and Uche) had gone to our respective places of work, all on the island to confirm. Happily, there was no work and we were able to go back to our little bunker in Ajah to get this incredible stretch of rest which I am now sick of. A lot happened during the period of the census, and my thoughts as to what to actually write are still jumbled up, but I will make an effort to fill your screen...


On Wednesday, I left Ajah for my uncle's place at Magodo, the other end of Lagos. Who knows, that may have been a blessing in disguise as I got counted on Saturday. For your information, I was not counted during the last census (due to a bit of recalcitrance on my part which I'd rather not go into). Why do I say it was a blessing that I have been counted? Because on my return to Ajah yesterday, I found that no one there has been counted. This is for an area that covers at least Ajah down to Abraham Adesanya Estate, and probably beyond. An area that I would estimate contains at least half a million people! Is there a chance of their being counted today which is the last day of the extended census? I sincerely doubt it if I am to go by what I was told by a colleague at work this morning. He claims that census officials got to his area in Ejigbo, took one look at the estate and decided that there were too many people for them to count!


Reuben Abati in yesterday's Guardian wrote a fine article on why the census will not be successful and he was only echoing Jeremy Weate's article in Naijablog. This census has failed already, because there was a lot of insincerity on the part of the Federal Government. Personally, I saw a lot of stranded census officials on Wednesday, and all of them had the same complaint: lack of materials. Haba!


One great piece of news to come out in the last one week was Babangida finally taking a stand on the 3rd term issue. I was thrilled by the retired general whose influence is something to be taken seriously, coming out openly to say “I will run in 2007, and there will be no 3rd term.” I wonder what Baba will do about this one, abi will EFCC go after Maradona? We shall soon know.


Meantime, another interesting thing happened during the last week. An acquaintance of mine was nabbed by EFCC for 419. Rather sad story when you consider that his parents are rich, I wonder what his problem was really. To be honest, I can't say I really feel sorry for him, but I ain't gloating either, this is because I am not a saint. Like every other person, I have committed my own 'crimes' one way or the other, and in my case maybe some of my crimes are slightly more serious than those committed by a lot of other people, but I haven't been found out, so I shouldn't be making noises. Why I am commenting on this is that I keep wondering why is it that so many boys go into something that obviously has no future? Look at Ajudua. Look at Anajemba. The list is endless. I'll write more about the 419 thing some other time, for now let me get back to work...



Sunday, March 26, 2006

Anyone need an optometrist?


My twin sister graduated top of her class. Just in case any of you out there has problems with his eyes...

An inspired email

Feeling a little lazy, so I won't edit this. I am not normally a very religous person, but this email touched me, so enjoy all the (>) signs...

AFTER A FEW OF THE USUAL SUNDAY EVENING HYMNS,
>
> THE CHURCH'S PASTOR SLOWLY STOOD UP,
>
> WALKED OVER TO THE PULPIT AND,
>
> BEFORE HE GAVE HIS SERMON FOR THE EVENING,
>
> BRIEFLY INTRODUCED A GUEST MINISTER
>
> WHO WAS IN THE SERVICE THAT EVENING.
>
>
>
> IN THE INTRODUCTION, THE PASTOR TOLD THE CONGREGATION
>
> THAT THE GUEST MINISTER WAS ONE OF HIS DEAREST
>
> CHILDHOOD FRIENDS AND THAT HE WANTED HIM TO HAVE A FEW
>
> MOMENTS TO GREET THE CHURCH AND SHARE WHATEVER
>
> HE FELT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE FOR THE SERVICE. WITH
>
> THAT, AN ELDERLY MAN STEPPED UP TO THE PULPIT AND
>
> BEGAN TO SPEAK.
>
>
>
> "A FATHER, HIS SON, AND A FRIEND OF HIS SON WERE
>
> SAILING OFF THE PACIFIC COAST." HE BEGAN.
>
> "WHEN A FAST APPROACHING STORM BLOCKED ANY ATTEMPT
>
> TO GET BACK TO THE SHORE. THE WAVES WERE SO HIGH, THAT
>
> EVEN THOUGH THE FATHER WAS AN EXPERIENCED SAILOR, HE
>
> COU LD NOT KEEP THE BOAT UPRIGHT AND THE THREE WERE
>
> SWEPT INTO THE OCEAN AS THE BOAT CAPSIZED."
>
>
>
> THE OLD MAN HESITATED FOR A MOMENT,
>
> MAKING EYE CONTACT WITH TWO TEENAGERS WHO WERE,
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> FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE SERVICE BEGAN,
>
> LOOKING SOMEWHAT INTERESTED IN HIS STORY.
>
>
>
> THE AGED MINISTER CONTINUED WITH HIS STORY,
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> "GRABBING A RESCUE LINE, THE FATHER HAD TO MAKE THE
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> MOST EXCRUCIATING DECISION OF HIS LIFE: TO WHICH BOY
>
> WOULD HE THROW THE OTHER END OF THE LIFE LINE.
>
> HE ONLY HAD SECONDS TO MAKE THE DECISION.
>
> THE FATHER KNEW THAT HIS SON WAS A CHRISTIAN AND HE,
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> ALSO, KNEW THAT HIS SON'S FRIEND WAS NOT.
>
>
>
> THE AGONY OF HIS DECISION COULD NOT BE MATCHED BY THE
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> TORRENT OF WAVES.
>
>
>
> AS THE FATHER YELLED OUT, 'I LOVE YOU, SON!'
>
> HE THREW OUT THE LIFE LINE TO HIS SON'S FRIEND.
>
> BY THE TIME THE FATHER HAD PULLED THE FRIEND BACK TO
>
> THE CAPSIZED BOAT, HIS SON HAD DISAPPEARED BENEATH THE
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> RAGING SWELLS INTO THE BLACK OF NIGHT.
>
> HIS BODY WAS NEVER RECOVERED.
>
>
>
> BY THIS TIME, THE TWO TEENAGERS WERE SITTING UP
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> STRAIGHT IN THE PEW, ANXIOUSLY WAITING FOR THE NEXT
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> WORDS TO COME OUT OF THE OLD MINISTER'S MOUTH.
>
>
>
> "THE FATHER," HE CONTINUED, "KNEW HIS SON WOULD STEP
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> INTO ETERNITY WITH JESUS AND HE COULD NOT BEAR THE
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> THOUGHT OF HIS SON'S FRIEND STEPPING INTO AN ETERNITY
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> WITHOUT JESUS.. THEREFORE, HE SACRIFICED HIS SON TO
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> SAVE THE SON'S FRIEND. "
>
>
>
> HOW GREAT IS THE LOVE OF GOD THAT HE SHOULD DO THE
>
> SAME FOR US. OUR HEAVENLY FATHER SACRIFICED HIS ONLY
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> BEGOTTEN SON THAT WE COULD BE SAVED. I URGE YOU TO
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> ACCEPT HIS OFFER TO RESCUE YOU AND TAKE A HOLD OF THE
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> LIFE LINE HE IS THROWING OUT TO YOU IN THIS SERVICE."
>
>
>
> WITH THAT, THE OLD MAN TURNED AND SAT BACK DOWN IN HIS
>
> CHAIR AS SILENCE FILLED THE ROOM.
>
>
>
> THE PASTOR AGAIN WALKED SLOWLY TO THE PULPIT AND
>
> DELIVERED A BRIEF SERMON WITH AN INVITATION AT THE
>
> END. HOWEVER, NO ONE RESPONDED TO THE APPEAL. WITHIN
>
> MINUTES AFTER THE SERVICE ENDED, THE TWO TEENAGERS
>
> WERE AT THE OLD MAN'S SIDE.
>
>
>
> "THAT WAS A NICE STORY," POLITELY STATED ONE OF THEM,
>
> "BUT I DON'T THINK IT WAS VERY REALISTIC FOR A FATHER
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> TO GIVE UP HIS ONLY SON'S LIFE IN HOPES THAT THE OTHER
>
> BOY WOULD BECOME A CHRISTIAN."
>
>
>
> "WELL, YOU'VE GOT A POINT THERE," THE OLD MAN REPLIED
>
> GLANCING DOWN AT HIS WORN BIBLE. A BIG SMILE BROADENED
>
> HIS NARROW FACE. HE ONCE AGAIN LOOKED UP AT THE BOYS
>
> AND SAID, "IT SURE ISN'T VERY REALISTIC, IS IT? BUT
>
> I'M STANDING HERE TODAY TO TELL YOU THAT STORY GIVES
>
> ME A GLIMPSE OF WHAT IT MUST HAVE BEEN LIKE FOR GOD TO
>
> GIVE UP HIS SON FOR ME. YOU SEE...
>
>
>
> I WAS THAT FATHER AND YOUR PASTOR IS MY SON'S FRIEND."

Saturday, March 25, 2006

My apologies...

...for the break in transmission, it is due to the census shut down. Lagos has been at a birtual standstill.

But I have to say, God bless Tinubu. That break enabled me to catch up on some lost sleep. I averaged 15 hours a day on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and I have added a few kilos...

Will give a comprehensive take on all events that have happened on Sunday evening, or Monday morning.

Happy census people, now let me check my mail...

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Racism in football

Sepp Blatter has finally taken his head out of the sand. Since 1998, when Sepp became FIFA president, his haphazard attempts to tackle racism in football have reminded me of Rory Underwood trying to take down Jonah Lomu in the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Black players continue to be grunted at, spat on and abused - with clubs responsible usually being hit with fines of a few hundred euros.

Today, however, FIFA seems to have finally gotten serious. From next week, clubs whose fans are guilty of racist abuse will be hit with points deductions and even relegation. Three points will be deducted for a first offence, six for a second and, for a third, the club will be relegated. In effect it's three strikes and you're out (of your division). "The new rules take effect as soon as we can notify the associations by way of a letter," FIFA spokesman Andreas Herren quaintly told us in seven different languages. "It's not going to take long. It applies to all competitions throughout the world at any level."

FIFA's belated decision has been widely welcomed. "It is important that they are sporting sanctions rather than fines, which clubs have the means to pay," said Piara Powar, director of the Kick It Out campaign. "We welcome the positive regulations as there have been too many football associations who have been fudging the issue. The new regulations will not bring an end to racism - that will come from education and changing hearts and minds - but it is a step in the right direction." And it's about time.

Racism in football

Sepp Blatter has finally taken his head out of the sand. Since 1998, when Sepp became FIFA president, his haphazard attempts to tackle racism in football have reminded me of Rory Underwood trying to take down Jonah Lomu in the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Black players continue to be grunted at, spat on and abused - with clubs responsible usually being hit with fines of a few hundred euros.

Today, however, FIFA seems to have finally gotten serious. From next week, clubs whose fans are guilty of racist abuse will be hit with points deductions and even relegation. Three points will be deducted for a first offence, six for a second and, for a third, the club will be relegated. In effect it's three strikes and you're out (of your division). "The new rules take effect as soon as we can notify the associations by way of a letter," FIFA spokesman Andreas Herren quaintly told us in seven different languages. "It's not going to take long. It applies to all competitions throughout the world at any level."

FIFA's belated decision has been widely welcomed. "It is important that they are sporting sanctions rather than fines, which clubs have the means to pay," said Piara Powar, director of the Kick It Out campaign. "We welcome the positive regulations as there have been too many football associations who have been fudging the issue. The new regulations will not bring an end to racism - that will come from education and changing hearts and minds - but it is a step in the right direction." And it's not before time.

Positive reports about Naija

In my sometimes limited experience, it is very difficult to find a positive report about Nigeria by the western media. They almost to a man tend to paint a very gruesome picture of the happenings in the country (Jeff Koinagie being the biggest culprit IMHO), so this one is actually quite refreshing...

Saturday, March 18, 2006

One Flaw In Women

Received this in my mail...

By the time the Lord made woman,
He was into his sixth day of working overtime.
An angel appeared and said,
"Why are you spending so much time on this one?"
And the Lord answered, "Have you seen my spec sheet on her?
She has to be completely washable, but not plastic,
have over 200 movable parts, all replaceable
and able to run on diet coke and leftovers,
have a lap that can hold four children at one time,
have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken
heart
-and she will do everything
with only two hands."

The angel was astounded at the requirements.
"Only two hands!? No way!
And that's just on the standard model?
That's too much work for one day.
Wait until tomorrow to finish."

But I won't," the Lord protested.
"I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own
heart.
She already heals herself when she is sick
AND can work 18 hour days."

The angel moved closer and touched the woman.
"But you have made her so soft, Lord."

"She is soft," the Lord agreed,
"but I have also made her tough.
You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish."

"Will she be able to think?", asked the angel.

The Lord replied,
"Not only will she be able to think,
she will be able to reason and negotiate."

The angel then noticed something,
and reaching out, touched the woman's cheek.
"Oops, it looks like you have a leak in this model.
I told you that you were trying to put too much into this one."

"That's not a leak,"
the Lord corrected,
"that's a tear!"
"What's the tear for?" the angel asked.

The Lord said, "The tear is her way of expressing her joy,
her sorrow, her pain, her disappointment, her love,
her loneliness, her grief and her pride.."
The angel was impressed.
"You are a genius, Lord.
You thought of everything!
Woman is truly amazing!"

And she is!
Women have strengths that amaze men.
They bear hardships and they carry burdens,
but they hold happiness, love and joy.
They smile when they want to scream..
They sing when they want to cry.
They cry when they are happy
and laugh when they are nervous.
They fight for what they believe in.
They stand up to injustice.
They don't take "no" for an answer
when they believe there is a better solution.
They go without so their family can have.
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.
They love unconditionally.
They cry when their children excel
and cheer when their friends get awards.
They are happy when they hear about
a birth or a wedding.
Their hearts break when a friend dies.
They grieve at the loss of a family member,
yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left.
They know that a hug and a kiss
can heal a broken heart.
Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you
to show how much they care about you.
The heart of a woman is what makes the world keep turning.
They bring joy, hope and love.
They have compassion and ideals.
They give moral support to their family and friends.
Women have vital things to say and everything to give.

HOWEVER, IF THERE IS ONE FLAW IN WOMEN, IT IS THAT THEY FORGET THEIR
WORTH.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Juve-Milan-Arsenal...

Juve v Milan? Frankly, people, it was a dull affair on which I do not intend to dwell. With Gigi back in between the sticks and the Stadio delle Alpi pitch a little unplayable under a hearty spreading of sand, there was nary a hint of the 3-1 thriller we had from these two sides when they met back in October. Gigi cleaned up the few chances Fabio and Lillian let by, while Paddy and above all il Puma made sure that li'l Kaká didn't get any funny ideas in the midfield. Thus la vecchia Signora maintains her 10-point lead with nine rounds to go, sewing up her fourth scudetto in five years. Great news.

What, you guys may ask is this: what can la Signora's upcoming dance partner Monsieur Wenger of North London hope to glean from Milan's experiences on Sunday? Simple: bring a bucket and spade, and a good book. Don Fabio's Juve have had their fun for this season, and are not in the mood for any mucking about on their pitch. Which - did I mention? - is buried under a generous helping of sand. Try your fancy stuff on that, Thierry.

Ngige!

News from Enugu is that the appeal court has voided the election of Chris Ngige as Anambra State governor. Many of us expected the verdict to go this way, so nothing new.

But the question is did Ngige loose out because he did not win the election or because he fell out of favour with Aso Rock? Would things have been different if Ngigie were an OBJ boy like Odili of Rivers (who according to urban legend lost the 2003 election to Awuse?)
And where on earth is Chris Uba who admitted to rigging the election? Why has he not been brought to book?

Ngige's ouster for me is yet another proof that there is something going on in our political landscape. The game is getting more and more interesting as we head towards the end (or is it another begining?!) of the Obasanjo government.

Concerning the third term thinking, I think Obasanjo has lost the support of the majority of the governors by removing their immunity clause from the ammended constitution. You see, that was the cake for them. No immunity, no need for extension of tenure, because the National Cake would not be so luscious again.

In any event, the show must go on. Happy viewing...

Help Darfur...

Got this in my email...

We don't need to remind you that in Darfur where people are being systematically killed and driven from their homes, immediate intervention is critical.

We're writing you in hopes that you will tell your readers about Human Rights First's important new petition. We're looking for 200,000 caring people to "stand in" for those who have been murdered, raped and displaced. See (and sign!) the petition here.

We have also made a short and powerful Flash movie that we invite you to watch and link to alongside the petition.

The petition calls for a high-level envoy, appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, to reenergize the peace process. That means, in particular, bringing all of the stakeholders in Darfur to the negotiating table – something that is not happening right now.
Darfur is a crucial issue to your readers, and I hope you will spread the word about the petition.

Peace

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

http://www.cellular-news.com/story/16521.php

Looks like the Huawei revolution is going a step further...

Nigerian Political Dictionary...

Senate: Presidential rubber stamp for unpopular laws and illegal constitutional ammendments.

Babacracy: Unitary system of Governnment headed by a powerful life President. Minimum age of 60 required. See also, Nigerian "democracy".

Chief: Traditional title sold by traditional rulers to the highest bidder.

Honorary degree: A "doctorate" degree confered on an individual by a higher Institution primarily as a form of political patronage.

Privatisation: Sale of public property to members of a countries' ruling political party and other sycophants.

BPE: Bureau of Private Enrichment. See also, Privatisation.

Runway: Recreation park for cattle

Democracy defenders: People who "oppose" the ruling party on the basis of their exclusion from revenue "sharing."

No-go-area: The real problem with a country that are not supposed to be discussed while trivial matters are being discussed. See also, Federalism, resource control, e.t.c

Court order: Worthless piece of paper that is not binding on the Presidential and Legislative arms of government.

Sacred cows: Members of the ruling party of a nation.

Universities: Nigerian synonym for glorified secondary schools.

Probe panel: Job opportunity for unemployed political hangers-on. See also, constitutional reform committee, Oputa panel e.t.c


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Monday, March 13, 2006

The NBA

At least a powerful voice is speaking up against the 3rd term campaigners (in a manner of speaking). I am happy to see that the lawyers' boycott is so far a success...

Problem is as with most things Naija, the fear still remains that someone is going to get settled and that will be that.

Let's watch and see...

I've had an extremely busy day at the office, and it doesn't look like it's going to end anytime soon (this is 1816 hours). Lord have mercy...

Sunday, March 12, 2006

The big one!

This match-up near the end of last season was virtually the decider for Juventus to win the title, and that could also be the case here.

If Milan are to have any hope of launching the most unlikely of Scudetto fight backs they must beat us in Delle Alpi this evening. Our 10 point lead is surely unassailable and anything but a defeat here would more or less guarantee a 29th title for la vecchia Signora. Nonetheless the Bianconeri will be feeling the pressure as there is a huge amount of pride at stake. Milan are the only team to have defeated us in Serie A so far, and we are keen to erase memories of being outclassed 3-1 in Week 10 with a victory here.

The Scudetto may be gone but Milan come here on the back of great form - the Rossoneri's 4-1 thumping of Bayern last week was their sixth in a row. Carlo Ancelotti's main aim now must be to hold off Inter and ensure second place, but doing the double over the champions elect would certainly be sweet for the ex-Juventus tactician. Robert Kovac and Giorgio Chiellini are out but there are no other injury concerns for Capello whose side have only dropped points once at home in this campaign.

However, pre-match preparation has not been ideal - we spent much of the early part of the week practicing penalties ahead of the Champions League tie with Werder Bremen, even if that wasn’t needed following our late 2-1 win.Only Paolo Maldini and Cafu will not make the trip but Manuel Rui Costa's fitness is also in doubt. Andriy Shevchenko is match fit but still suffering from tendonitis. Ancelotti's hardest decision will be whether to start Alberto Gilardino or Pippo Inzaghi who was superb against Empoli and has eight goals in 2006. Marco Ambrosini is fit but may not be needed.

Racism...


The world has made us all racist ja?

Friday, March 10, 2006

An appeal to the senators!

To pass any constitutional amendment, to change the name of the constitution, to fulfill the objective Mantu and co. are pushing for, you need two thirds of the 109-member Senate. That is, we, the people, the anti third-termers only need the backing of 36 Senators if they want to end this coming nightmare...

Friends, if we want a vibrant democracy that's built on ideas and not personalities, if we want to prevent our country from being captured by a future tyrants that will kill our democracy, if we want to say that Nigeria can never be fixed in four years, eight years, 12 years but change will last for as long as Nigeria exists, if we want to say that Obasanjo's reforms can be continued under a team of younger Nigerians that haven't been around since independence -- then we need 36 Senators to vote "no" for the third term.


Friends, if we want Nigeria to say to Africa: "Don't only do only what we say but do what we do," and if we want to say the following to Baba: "Thank you very much, you've tried your best, you've done some great things, but now you can rest"--then we need 36 Senators to vote "no" when the real battle gets to the National Assembly.

36 Senators. 36 "Profiles in Courage for our time."

This campaign isn't about North, South, South South or South West. This campaign isn't about Christianity, Sharia, power shift or "recource control." Our campaign is about building a new Nigeria that is in touch with the world. A Nigeria that's home to a multitude of ideas that will together make us great. Not a teleguided Nigeria under the direction of a patriarch.


We're sick and tired of this unease. We're sick and tired of the hairbrained argument that only one man can steer our ship. We're not tiny Singapore in search of a Nanny. We're like India: multicultural, multi-religious, democratic, crazy, and eminently cabapble of capturing the attention of the world with our ingenuity. We're a big time player--at least the seed is there to make us one. We don't need Nasiru Mantu, Tony Anenih, and Jerry Gana to tell us that.


Friends, we want a Nigeira that's run by rules. Not an improvised Nigeria charachterized by shifting the goal posts. We want a serious country that cares about public opinion, and not the opinions of courtiers serving any government in power.

36 Senators.

If you're a senator and you have a conscience, if your a senator afraid to be seen taking a sign, do not fear. You can join your colleagues that said "no" in Rivers a few days ago: Udoma Udo Udoma; Bello Maitama; Farouk Bello-Bunza; Abdulaziz A. Ibrahim; Chukwumerije; Mamora; Dahiru Umar; Ahmed Ibrahim; Usman K. Umar; Baba Tella; Bode

This was sent to me by a friend...

It's Arsenal vs Juventus!

Today was the draw for the Champion's League quarters and there are no prizes for guessing which fixture is going to generate the most interest among myself, my readers and my friends: yes, Arse-nal and la vecchia Signora.

Someone told me that Arse-nal will tear Juve apart with speed. I laugh in Igbo.

Player to player we are far superior to them, as for the speed part we can contain them easily. If they could only score 1 goal against an old Madrid, that pretty much negates the speed issue. I could out run the Madrid players and I am not that fast!

If Henry is contained then its pretty much game over as he is their only weapon because granted, he can finish with class and he is almost the only one who assists them. Ljungberg and Reyes could be a problem but Zambo and the boys can stop them dead in thier tracks, especially Ljungberg. The only players to really fear are Fabregas and Hleb, but hey, they aren't Ronnie!

Don't forget that we have Alex, and Lehmann has felt the wrath of the Italians since he ate four goals with the German defence. Eboue will get sniffed up by Mutu on the wing....and Trez will demolish thier defence leaving them praying for the ref to whistle it over......Don't forget Paddy will be out to prove himself .....plus the team will look to gain their UCL form after the Bremen tie.

Personally I think it will be 1-1 at highbury and a 2-1 at the old lady.....Arsenal may be hungry and have kids that can run like.. well like kids....but we are even hungrier and will be like a pack of lions out for the kill......they will not stand in our way...There probably shitting in thier pants as we speak since they played their best against Madrid and know they wont be able to do it again against a powerHouse like JUVENTUS


FORZA JUVENTUS!!!

The 3rd Term cometh...

So it has finally happened! They have shown the hidden hand. Senator Ibrahim Mantu et al have decided that our 'elected' representatives at the executive level should all get a third term. Isn't it just wonderful? Our beloved president and governors will get a third term, then towards the end of the 2007-2011 term, some judge would come out and say something along the lines of well, the new 'improvement' to the constitution was implemented in 2006, so the 1999 constitution doesn't hold since we are operating under the 2007 constitution and as such the president and governors have just served out their first terms under the 2007 constitution and as a result are free to contest for 2 more terms. We shall be seeing Lucky Igbinedion's face on our screens for another 12 years! Isn't Nigeria such an interesting place?

There is an old Chinese curse which says 'may you live in interesting times'. These are such times, and it makes me sad. You see, for my own selfish reasons, I'd rather live in boring times. As any student of history will tell you, the interesting parts of history are periods of chaos and conflict. We are living in such times in our beloved Naija...

On an even gloomier note, it is extremely depressing to see that our elected representatives who swore to uphold and defend the constitution are the ones at the forefront of supressing the law! For those of you who may not know, the text of a lawmaker's oath in Naija goes thus:

I, ..... do solemnly swear/affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria; that as a Member of the Senate/House of Representatives/ ..... House of Assembly, I will perform my functions honestly to the best of my ability, faithfully and in accordance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the law, and the rules of the Senate/House of Representatives/ ...... House of Assembly and always in the interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, well-being and prosperity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; that I will strive to preserve the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy contained in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; and that I will preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; and that I will abide by the Code of Conduct contained in the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

So help me God.


So what the hell is the matter with these people? Why make a promise that you can't keep?

Why shoud they delibrately disobey a court order? From a Ferderal High Court for that matter?
It is nice to note that the NBA is insisting on fighting this thing, but I have my doubts as to what the outcome will be. By the time a few gmg bags get distributed, I bet we will be hearing a different tune. The sad truth remains that Naija cannot, and will not move forward as long as there is no respect for the rule of law!

More later as this unfolds...

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Champion's League 2nd Round

I think I have finally been justified and proven right that the most dangerous team in this tourney is Lyon. Did any of you see the manner of their annihilation of PSV? Jesus!!!

I went to Cubes at the Galleria to watch the Arsenal-Madrid game yesterday. Went with two of my dawgs, Lanre Badmus and Uche Anidobi. Lanre being a ManYoo fan went with the express intention of watching Arsenal loose. Uche, like me was more interested in the Milan-Bayern game. I was hoping to see Milan given the boot, but Bayern just turned out to be a bunch of huge cunts, how could they get humiliated by the Milanista? Needless to say, Cubes was packed full of Arsenal and Madrid supporters almost all in full regalia, so we had to settle for the Arsenal-Madrid game.

Can I first say that yesterday was the best 0-0 draw I have ever seen? Then can I say yekpa! Arsenal just knocked out the 9 times European Cup winners and over the two legs nobody can say that they didn't deserve it. Congrats to all the Arsenal fans out there.

Madrid probably started brighter and I'm not sure there was even 5 minutes gone when Ronaldo got a free header at the back post. Luckily for Arsenal, he's so fat the blubber has spread to his forehead and he cushioned the ball down to the near post where Lehmann put it out for a corner. A bit worrying for the Arsenal fans but that was about as threatening as Madrid got in the first half.

Arsenal seemed to make a good few chances in the first half. Reyes skewed one wide, Fabregas had one blocked out for a corner and then Henry played in Reyes again who hit the bar. It did seem that Henry delayed his pass just a bit too long though. As the ball rebounded though it broke upfield and fell on the edge of the box to Zidane (bros domo) whose shot was bravely blocked by Kolo, who along with Senderos at the back, was immense. Did anyone else spot Zidane try to stamp on Kolo's foot afterwards though?

Half-time and 0-0 and the ref was a cunt all the way through giving all kinds of free kicks to Real Madrid for very little but in Europe that's not a surprise given their cash reserves and influence. The second half began and it turned into a real end to end kind of battle although Madrid didn't really have too many chances. Beckham hit a free kick too hard and it looked like he may have been trying to catch Lehmann off his line but that was never the case.

Then came the most dangerous moment of the game, which for me was also the moment when Madrid ws truly eliminated. Raul hit the post and had a rebound which he hit back across the goal but Lehmann got a touch and it was cleared. A truly awesome save from the best keeper in England this season. If Klinsmann has any sense, Kahn should sit on the bench at the World Cup, but then that is another matter... Up the other end Henry forced a fingertip save from Casillas, he put another one just wide and close to the end from a Real corner Pires was clear with the keeper up for the corner but his shot didn't have enough and Roberto Carlos cleared on the line.

In the last minute of injury time Arsenal had another break on but Pires gave the ball away and you feared the worst, Madrid had a shot but Lehmann made a smart save down low. Eventually the final whistle went and there was jumping and hugging and cheering and such relief after a scoreless draw I don't think I've ever seen something like that. Arsenal have reaped the benefits of the 1-0 in Madrid and every single player worked hard and thoroughly deserved to go through the next round.

On a night like last night it's hard to single out any player as the man of the match. Lehmann was solid and he made a fantastic save as I mentioned earlier, Eboue is a much better player after the ACN, Kolo and Senderos is a top partnership in the making, - ciao Sol Campbell!, Flamini at left back was 100% effort and commitment in an unfamiliar position, Reyes ran himself ragged, Fabregas was good enough for me to let him marry my beautiful sister one day, Gilberto mopped up and did as good a job as he did in Madrid, Ljungberg was all effort with some very nice touches, Henry was dangerous and strong and deserved a goal but if I had to pick one player it would be Aliaksandr Hleb. He's come in for some criticism in the past and even last night we saw him give the ball away once or twice. Maybe his first half wasn't so great but after the break he was fantastic. He worked so so hard, tracked back in his own position, more than once he went over left to cover José, he showed some great skill, kept the ball well, distributed it better, got in dangerous positions and he really did give everything. I hope this is a bit of a turning point for him because if he can keep up that kind of performance level and improve his final ball then we've got ourselves a player. That's not to say he was far better than anyone else, as I said it's hard single anyone out, but when a guy gets as much stick as he's been getting and puts in a performance like that then he deserves the virtual pat on the back.

As for the Juve game, I didn't watch that in full thanks to AIT and Silverbird, so I can't write a comprehensive report. But I have downloaded and seen the extended highlights, and I have just one thing to say to all you geezers who are saying that we were lucky: shut the f**k up! For crying out loud we had Bremen under the cosh for the entire 90 minutes save a few moments of lapses, so we thouroughly deserved that slice of luck that came our way in the form of their keeper dropping the ball!

Every team that wins a tourney gets to have the odd slice of luck once in a while. France against Italy in the France 98 World Cup q/f; ManYoo against Inter in the 98/99 UCL q/f; France against Spain in Euro 2000; Madrid against Leverkusen in the 2001 UCL; Brazil against Turkey in Japan/Korea 2002; Milan against Deportivo in 2003; Greece against the Czechs in Euro 2004; Liverpool against Milan last year (because Ancelotti was such a huge f**king cunt). So who says luck doesn't play a part in football?

Having said that, Capello had better not use a half fit Zlatan to start next time lest he becomes Crapello. What is the matter with him? Forza Juve!

The power of prayer...

Do you believe in prayer?

I do. I must admit though that I have had my doubts once in a while concerning that issue, but not anymore.

Now y'all know about the rock I hit on Thursday when the British Deputy High Comission in Lagos denied me a visa to go and start my studies. Well, I have gotten over it (in record time I might add) and I am back on the bounce. I got a job (if I can call it that, pays 40% of my last wage) with a small firm that is into e-payments, so I won't really be too much of a netizen anymore (they wish!). That has returned me to Lagos

On Saturday while respectable decent human beings were preparing to go and watch the Nigeria-Tunisia game (I will come to that), I was at work doing rubbish (my honest opinion). Anyways, I am trying to make a good impression on my new employers, so I decided (rather unhappily) to forgo the match and work. Since I was online, I simply logged on to Eurosport.com and was abrest of what was happening in the game until the end of 90 minutes. Then I couldn't bear it again. Off I went to a joint not far from the office where as it happened some of my colleagues were watching, and so we began to watch. Tension soaked 30 minutes that made me regret missing the preceeding 90, but nothing spoil.

Then unto penalties. Up stepped Yobo, and missed, then Tunisia scored, we scored (Taiwo), Tunisia scored again, then Ayila missed. At that point, it was game over for Nigeria, I shit you not, but then something happened. In the interval between when Ayila missed and Chedli stepped up to take his kick, one of my new colleagues said something strange or funny or in a moment of inspiration, whichever way you want to look at it, the man made that statement with great faith: "God, should Nigeria win, I will not sleep with my girlfriend until we are married." All of us stopped and looked at this fellow, then Chedli missed...

The rest as they say, is history.

Call it whatever you will, but that day I saw a miracle happen in front of my eyes (fo mai feri bifo as we say in Naija...). That singular event has reaffirmed my faith in prayers and in the existence of God Almighty, and I intend to become stronger in my prayer life. Amen. What remains to be seen is whether said fellow can keep his vow...


So for me it is welcome back to Lagos, the centre of excellence and garbage. Funny how one can readapt to this hell hole after 2 years in Abuja with all its niceties. Well, maybe it is the comfort that I'll be gone in a matter of months (insha'Allah) that is keeping me one, and then of course, I am reunited with her...

Gay laws... (28/1/2006)

http://www.juventuz.com/forum/showpost.php?p=962092&postcount=247

First things first, I hate the idea of homosexuality. I am stating this so that anyone reading would know on what side of the divide I am. In my life I have only once met an openly gay person (2 actually), in the Nigerian trading city of Onitsha, and when they made the mistake of revealing their sexual orientation, they were beaten to within an inch of their lives by a mob. I wasn't part of that mob because I personally don't like mob action for one, and besides, I didn't have any quarrels with the 2 men in question. I acknowledge that some gays (like some heterosexuals) are really evil people. In much the same way as some heterosexuals (like some gays) can really be good people. Having said that I think that homosexuals need to have their heads examined.

Now for the main thrust of this write up: in the last two weeks, we have heard of a proposal by the Nigerian government to ban all gay marriages in the country. My initial reaction to that news was: 'is it really what we are after now?' We don't have a homosexuality problem like South Africa say, so why are our officials falling over themselves to ban it at this point in time? We have more pressing issues (Ladoja for example).

The official government mouthpiece, the Minister of Information says that the legislation is "a pre-emptive step". And I ask, pre-emptive step against what? Nigerian society is still very patriachial and generally conservative, so what is he talking about?

According to the minister, "it is an offence for anybody to contract a marriage or have a relationship with a person of the same sex..." Duh! Anything new? It has been an offence around these parts since time imemorial.
"If you do, it carries a sentence of five years imprisonment without the option of fine," I mentioned the lynching of the two young men that I witnessed in Onitsha almost 2 years ago so that people would know that there has always been a prescribed punishment for that offenc. For crying out loud, they stone them to death in Northern Nigeria, and that is not about to change anytime soon...
"and if you aid or support in any way, anybody of the same sex to contract a relationship or marriage, it will also attract five years imprisonment." Let me say this now: if I find out that a close relation or friend of mine is gay, I'd talk to him and maybe send him to some mental institution on one pretext or the other than risk letting him enter a Nigerian prison. Those places are worse than hell!

But the crux of this whole debate is not the new bill, God knows that I support the bill on general principle. My quarrel is the proviso in the bill that states that "any form of protest concerning the law be it a march or demonstration or debate will be liable to the same punishment". For crying out loud why should we pass a law that once passed can never ever be revisited?

That in itself is an assault on the rights of all Nigerians to free speech and free association. It will end up being used as a tool for witch hunting people. I know my Naija. In Nigeria a lot of young men opt to stay with their friends because of the costs of accomodation especially in urban centres. Ditto young women. Imagine a situation where I have a roomate (who is a guy) say, and at the same time I have my eye on a girl who some guy somewhere has his eye on. What prevents that third guy from going to the anti-gay police which would be created to enforce this law and denouncing my roomate and myself as a gay couple, just so he can get me out of the way? Nothing! And let's not kid ourselves, IT WILL HAPPEN. Laws are made to guide our general conduct, and should be subject to review from time to time. The new law being passed is draconian, and way too unnecessary.

Another annoying aspect of this whole thing is that the law is being proposed by a set of people (Nigeria's ruling class) whose antecedents are nothing short of horrible. Our vice president is reputed to be a bisexual. Would the law get him? We saw the implementation of Shar'ia laws in some of our Northern (and as a result Muslim dominated) states. At least 6 years ago. Have we since then heard of cases where people of the ruling class were caught under the Shar'ia law? Not one. That is hypocrisy. That is the problem of Nigeria's ruling classes. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) never supported hypocrisy. So our rulers should clean up their acts before trying to shackle the led.

!Threat to Naija! (1/13/2006)

Some lunatics have introduced an alternative currency for Nigeria's East which is populated mainly by Igbo speaking peoples. I am Igbo.

I stated my candid opinion on Nairaland.com that such people are committing treason, and they should be shot! Maybe my military background makes for such an 'extreme' view.

I was surprised by the response though, first, the 'offending post' in which I plainly stated that they should be shot was removed, then someone wrote this, while another wrote this where she implies that we should break off from Naija...

For the records, I am strongly against such an action, and this was my response to all that...


The punishment for treason is death the last time I checked, and there is no other way to cut it. What these guys are doing is treason! Biafran pound is another legal tender, what country on the planet is running parallel currencies? Even European Union countries phased out their local currencies when they introduced the Euro!

I am a proud Igbo man. But I speak my mind and recognise stupidity when I see it. This MASSOB experiment can only bring us sorrow, tears and blood. I want no part of it.

Does any person of the Igbo ethnic group on this forum really think that the rest of Nigeria will just let us walk away? Does anyone think that in the event of the conflict that would arise from said action we would win? Does anyone think that ndi'Igbo can survive on their own as a country? A landlocked entity?

Take the example of Swaziland and Lesotho who both live in a South African sea and know what will happen to us if we allow this madness to continue. 'Biafra' will be a banana republic in a Nigerian sea. It won't last 5 years before it becomes an impoverished nation. Mark my words.

Do you think the people in Cross River state will back us? You want to know why we lost the civil war? Cameroon didn't support Biafra. The 'Biafran minorities' didn't want to be part of that experiment. The Civil War began at Gakem in today's Cross River state, which was a part of Biafra. But according to the account of Olusegun Obasanjo in his book My Command, Federal troops didn't encounter any resistance on 'Biafran' soil until they got to Nsukka! That alone will tell you that these people do not have our backs!

We have Igbo speaking peoples in Rivers state. Our most Southernmost point is Eleme in Rivers State, and many of them don't consider themselves to be Igbo in the first place! We don't even treat them like they are Igbo. No, we hear such bullshit as 'they are not authentic Igbomen'. Who is authentic and who is fake? I didn't grow up in the East, but whenever I go 'home' for such occassions as Christmas, people laugh at my spoken Igbo. That I speak like onye ocha! That attitude will get us nowhere. That by extension makes me a fake Igboman!

We have Igbo speaking peoples in Benue and Kogi states. How many of you know that. Can we count on them in the event of a conflict?

We have Igbo speaking people in Delta State. Starting from Igbanke in Edo State to Asaba in Delta State (West to East), Illah to Kwale (North to South), these people all speak dialects of Igbo. In all their languages, come is bia and thank you is dalu, but we treat them like they are not our own. There were two massacres of Igbo speaking villages by Federal troops during the war, both in 1968, one was at Ihiala, but by far the larger massacre was at Asaba where 2 generations of Asaba men and boys were wiped out. But we don't consider them to be Igbo. Do you think they'd really support us if we break off from Nigeria?

Even amongst the 'authentic' Igbomen. An Onitsha man would rather describe himself as onye Osha rather than as onye Igbo. Look at us in the National Assembly. The Yorubas didn't vote Uncle Sege into office (they backed Falae for those who don't remember), but when the chips were down, they all almost to a man stood behind their son. Does any of you remember Salisu Buhari? The Hausas backed him until it became ovbious that the man was more a liability than an asset, and they quietly dropped him with the minimum possible damage. But look at the position 'zoned' to us. Since 1999 how many Senate Presidents have we had? I have even forgotten their names. And you know the funny thing? Most of the time it is fellow Igbo men that sponsor the motion(s) to pull them down.

How in God's name can we have someone like Arthur Nzeribe still representing a section of our people? No matter how small that section is? Do you know what that man did to us during the war? He sold arms to both sides. The arms that the Federals got were in good tip-top condition. The arms that Biafra got, his people got were all faulty! And yet such a man still goes 'home' to Oguta in peace and good health. How then can you convince me that a people like this who apparently have no unity of purpose can successfully run a country of their own?

Look at the more recent events in Anambra state. The battle of the Chrises 2 (for those who don't know, the first battle of the Chrises was between Okotie and Oyakhilome, the second which I am referring to was between Ngige and Uba). Do you think that kind of country will survive? How many airports do we have in Igboland? How many roads? And please no one should tell me marginalisation. Ask for the story of how the Awka airport project was scuttled and by whom then you will know that the Igbo mans worst enemy is his fellow Igbo man!

It is said that ndi Igbo are traders by nature, and you want to restrict them to that small territory called Igbo land? I don't think so. Personally, I believe in Nigeria. And once again I make bold to say this: MASSOB and all who back it are traitors. Shoot all traitors!

The 'death' of Ariel Sharon (1/8/2006)

Sharon is the history of the Israeli state. He was injured fighting for Jerusalem in 1948. He led an incursion across Sinai and into Egypt during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. As Defense Minister, he was saddled with responsibility for the massacre of Palestinian refugees at Sabra and Shatila in 1982. The White House today called him “a man of peace,” but within his own country he is known as a warrior, and one finally willing to make the kinds of concessions that only a warrior can make.

So what now? A blogger I know in Israel, Lisa Goldman of On the Face — and certainly no fan of Sharon — said the country feels “rudderless.” Sharon forged his own unique brand of diplomacy, of aggressive, rude disengagement, claiming that he would never relinquish the temple mount, then relinquishing Gaza.

Is (was?) Sharon a mirror of Israel, a fighter who is painfully learning how to give things up? Is he, like Bob Dole or Germany’s Helmut Kohl, the last of the leaders who fought in the old wars? Who has the stature to do what needs to be done next?

Personally, I think that the man will die soon. Maybe within the coming month. And I wish him eternal rest. The truth however remains that Sharon is/was a dinosaur, a creation of the circumstances that lead to the creation of the state of Israel. And ultimately, a victim of the times. 10 years ago Sharon was unsympathetic about the fate of Yithzak Rabin, but now he has also come to give land away to the Palestinians. Why is that? Because when he finally got into the hot seat, he realised what Rabin saw then: the state of Israel cannot continue to fight with the Palestinians ad infinitum! They have to make peace.

When Netanyahu becomes Prime Minister again, he'll reach that realisation. Insh'Allah.

Naija and airplanes (12/18/2006)

In Lagos, one of the most common forms of public transportation is the molue . A contraption that is not fit even for roads. These so called buses are driven mostly by untutored touts pretending to be drivers!

Almost all the planes flying in Nigeria's domestic airspace are molues in the sky! We have begun to reap what we as a people and our leaders as a collective body have sowed, disaster!

What happens when you take a 32 year old plane and add it into a mix of corrupt officials, inefficient bureaucrats, amoral businessmen and throw it all into a land where no one, I repeat no one seems to care about how he makes his money?

Regarding Naija:

Have you ever wondered who the people who manufacture fake drugs are? I don't think they have two heads and come from Mars so I believe they can be identified easily.

What person decides to make money by selling chalk as pain killers or importing expired antibiotics ?

Who are the proprietors of the airlines in Nigeria? If you check you will find out that in the past they must have been glorified in some quarters by either the press or their own constituency.

Who are the aviation experts who in one breath condemn government yet sit to break bread with the despicable saboteurs who are masking as businessmen in Nigeria.

And the people of Naija sef! When will they see that it is corruption and inefficiency not tribalism that is slowly squeezing the life out of the country.
How many more people are going to die because we stand aside and look? We should stop blaming government for everything that goes wrong!

The people deserve the government they have!

Enough is enough.

For the students of Loyola Jesuit College:

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescant in pace. Amen. Domine Iesu Christe, Rex gloriae, libera animas omnium fidelium defunctorum de poenis inferni et de profundo lacu; libera eas de ore leonis, ne absorbeat eas tartarus, ne cadent in obscurum; sed signifer sanctus Michael repraesentet eas in lucem sanctam, quam olim Abrahae promisisti et semini eius. Amen. Oremus pro nostri bambini. Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum ejus.

Pater noster, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

Deus, omnium fidelium pastor et rector, famulum tuum nostri bambini, quem pastorem Ecclesiae tuae praeesse voluisti, propitius respice: da ei, quaesumus, verbo et exemplo, quibus praeest, proficere: ut ad vitam, una cum grege sibi credito, perveniat sempiternam. Per Christum, Dominum nostrum. Amen.

WTO ticks off Naija... (3/12/2006)

http://www.juventuz.com/forum/showpost.php?p=905718&postcount=213

Accoring to The Chinese People's Daily the WTO is telling Nigeria to be less protectionist!

Like they shouldn't tell the US and the EU...

Anyways, for Nigeria, I don't think protectionism is the way to go, totally. We tried it back in the 80s and it cae to bite us in the arse...

I think we should just raise tariffs, not total import bans!

Government in Naija... (11/16/2005)

Source

Well, according to the article they are meant to stop immediately. But in a country where the president has on more than one occassion shown a disregard for Supreme Court rulings, I doubt that the judgement will be converted into a tangible victory.

In this world, and yes, that includes the United States, multinationals are just too strong...

Anyways, here's to the future...

Like I knew. The judgement isn't 24 hours old, yet this!

Fuck this! (5/11/2005)

http://www.juventuz.com/forum/showpost.php?p=874455&postcount=148

Why are players or do I say people greedy?

Greed, for want of a better word. When they were trying to qualify, he didn't show any interest!

Like this fellow in PSV, Lamey. Had Nigeria qualified, he'd have come running, then he'd have remembered that he has a Nigerian parent, but since we aren't going...

Jungle justice in Lagos (10/25/2006)

About a week ago, an 11 year old boy, Samuel was burnt alive in Lagos, this was after brutallity like I have never seen in my life either in a movie or real life was inflicted on this poor boy who was continually saying, "My God why have you left me like this?" He knew he was dead any way.

His crime? That he attempted to kidnap a baby.

Even when he was promised freedom if he just agreed he stole a baby, he still stuck to his innocence. Bottles were broken on his head, cudgels of all kinds used on him and he even had a big gravel stone smashed on his poor young head while a shameless man led the pack dragging Samuel on the road right in front of the National Stadium!

ALL OF THIS WAS SHOWN ON CHANNELS TV!

They finally carried out his execution after the woman whom he claimed to be
his mother denied him. They sprinkled him with fuel and gave him a "tire-necklace". He was set ablaze from the head. He ran with the fire burning his poor head while the mob continued bruising life out of him. The TV station couldn't continue showing this beastiality and they had to cut the clip and tell us how he finally died. The video clip was sold to Channels TV by an amateur cameraman. But it was all vivid enough.

The government was outraged and they vowed to get the murderers. First the police came out to say the boy was no kidnapper because nobody could produce the child he attempted to steal.

Yesterday, 45 of the people we saw on TV that Tuesday were paraded on that same station, 3 of them positively identified from the video clip, and I personally identified the woman who denied him (I knew she was going to be the first to be nabbed).

Some people will rot in jail for this boy's death and if the man that did the dragging is caught, God save him, he will have his day with the hangman. Amen

Haba Lagos!

Nigerian corruption (10/18/2005)

For the first time in living memory, Nigeria has actually not been listed as one of the 5 most corrupt countries on earth.

Read here

Isn't that great? I am still not exactly a fan of Uncle Sege, but let's be fair, this is acknowledgement that his policies are actually having an effect!

Nigerians and excuses (10/11/2005)

Part of the problem with my people is that we are chronically lazy. In my place of work, I am a HOD, which means that the buck stops at my table. I have to take responsibility for anything that goes wrong. As if that is not enough, a lot of the boys under me have developed this nice new way of dodging work...

Ever since October 4 (start of the Muslim holy month) I have constantly been hearing the following: "Oga I can't do that thing you asked me to do, I am
fasting." How can I argue with that? The result is that right now I am over-burdened as I have to take on added responsibilities.

Please tell me what to do!

Is this guy 26? (1/10/2005)

http://www.juventuz.com/forum/showpost.php?p=835748&postcount=92

FC Thun have come to the Champions League, and together with Artmedia Bratislava are raising an eyebrow or 2 at this early stage of the competition. While I don't think either of them will make the 2nd Round, I must commend them for good performances.
Now, from an African view point, one of the things that embarrases me on a constant basis is when we have 'young' boys who are really 'old'.
Take a look at this for example. What do you think?

pressing breaks... (17/9/2005)

http://www.juventuz.com/forum/showpost.php?p=819297&postcount=87


President Bush had a more pressing worry than terrorism or reforming the United Nations during a Security Counil meeting in New York yesterday - the leader of the world's only superpower wanted to go the loo.

At one point during the Council's debate on international security and UN reform, Mr Bush picked up a pencil and wrote a short note to Condoleezza Rice, the Secretary of State.

"I think I may need a bathroom break? Is this possible?" the note read.

The photograph, taken by a Reuters photographer, was widely reposted and discussed on the internet - including a piece on the influential Drudge Report under the title "Bush Needs to Go Potty".

What is wrong with people? For the first time in a long time I actually find myself on his side on this one. It's this simple, as a man when you have to go you have to go!

Another leader was making a speech at that point in time and it would have caused a diplomatic row if he had just stood up in order to go take a leak. The man had to be sure.

This one is just unnecessary soft sell...

One of the greatest movies ever...

ZLATAN
Good for you. Lighten up a little. You been sittin' there all quiet.

CHXTA
I just been sittin' here thinkin'.

ZLATAN
About what?

CHXTA
The miracle we witnessed.

ZLATAN
The miracle you witnessed. I witnessed a freak occurrence.

CHXTA
Do you know that a miracle is?

ZLATAN
An act of God.

CHXTA
What's an act of God?

ZLATAN
I guess it's when God makes the impossible possible. And I'm sorry Chxta, but I don't think what happened this morning qualifies.

CHXTA
Don't you see, Zla, that shit don't matter. You're judging this
thing the wrong way. It's not about what. It could be God stopped the bullets, he changed Coke into Pepsi, he found my fuckin' car keys. You don't judge shit like this based on merit. Whether or not what we experienced was an according-to-Hoyle miracle is insignificant. What is significant is I felt God's touch, God got involved.

ZLATAN
But why?

CHXTA
That's what's fuckin' wit' me! I don't know why. But I can't go back to sleep.

ZLATAN
So you're serious, you're really gonna quit?

CHXTA
The life, most definitely.

From here.

That is just me being naughty with the movie Pulp Fiction which, I had the priviledge of watching (once again) yesterday. To really get a hold on this, it is the best film I have seen without doubt (save The Godfather) and I don't expect too many other films to beat it (what with the declining standards of scripts?). As they say, times change, and I agree that as a result of its violence and that particularly uncomfortable scene (the gay rape, remember American History X anyone) this film is not meant for everyody, but I still remember when I watched it the first time, and it rocked my world. Anyone who watches it now has to acknowledge that it actually changed the history of cinema.
Come to think of it, it came after a decade (or more) of action films that always ended with a car chase where Mr. Schwazzenegger (T2) saved the day - you could have written those films yourself! Pulp Fiction had you hooked and credited the audience with intelligence. There is not one line of wasted dialogue and the movie has a number of complexities that are not immediately obvious.
It also resurrected the career of John Travolta and exhibited the acting genius of Samuel Jackson. There are so many films now that are edited out of sequence (Sin City :thumb: ) and have multiple plots etc but this is the one they all want to be, or all want to beat, but IMHO, never will.

Mikel Obi's future...

[b]This research was done cause of an argument at work. But I still think the boy's a twat...[/b]

The matter before us is whether FIFA has the moral right to ban John Mikel Obi if he has contemplated going back to Lyn Oslo at a time of his own chosen? From all the facts I have been made aware and my knowledge based on this issue [b]I make bold to write that FIFA does not have any MORAL RIGHT to BAN him[/b] and they would not want to go that way because it could likely lead to another [url=http://www.liv.ac.uk/footballindustry/bosman.html][b]Bosman[/b][/url] type ruling in the natural court. The stated points below and relevant regulations reproduced below would give credence to my stand on this issue. I have not given all but given enough information for people here to understand my line of arguement.

1) The Employment contract that was signed by Mikel Obi and the Norwegian Club Lyn Oslo was executed in error since the relevant FIFA statutes and regulations were incorrectly applied. A pertinent question you may want to ask is the process Lyn Oslo took in having the ITC of a Non-Amateur player previously registered as a professional player in the Nigeria Premier League? [b]Please see below Art 28 of the Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players.[/b] [i]Please note that contractual error do always occur in the in the Scandinavian region. A very vital case is an African player that a Danish top club got a work permit for to play in the League. When another club requested that a work permit be issued to their South American player who is of similar age to the African, precisely 16 years old, was denied a work permit. The club protested and made reference to the African player with the other club and the resultant result was revocation of the permit earlier given to the African player. The premise here is that error can be allowed if not brought to the fore.[/i]
2) There was already a dispute between Obi and Lyn Oslo before the U-20 WYC and very wrong for Lyn Oslo to make any meaningful pronouncement as to enforcing the return of the player after the tournament ended. If you recall there were comments made by the officials of Lyn Oslo and one such comments made was that JMO was under threat.
3) Lyn Oslo concluded a contract with the player and his advisor(s) and the same Lyn Oslo a few days after requested the club personal attorney to annul the contract the player had with his advisor. By so doing Lyn Oslo breached the tenet of FIFA Statutes and regulations it was agreed to uphold.
4) Lyn Oslo postulated to the Dispute Resolution Chamber (DPR) that the player had visa and work permit which on the basis the decision was reached. It is now a common knowledge that was not [b]exactly[/b] the case.
5) The decision reached by DPR was not personally conveyed to the player himself and as such the player alone can only testify to FIFA if he has actually received the document.


[b]Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players[/b]
[b]Art 2[/b]
1 Players who have never received any remuneration other than reimbursement
of their actual expenses incurred during the course of their participation in any activity connected with association football are regarded as amateur.
2 Travel and hotel expenses incurred through involvement in a match and the
costs of a player’s equipment, insurance and training may be reimbursed without
jeopardising a player’s amateur status.
3 Any player who has ever received remuneration in excess of the expenses and
costs described in par. 2 of this article in respect of participation in an activity connected with association football shall be regarded as non-amateur unless he has
reacquired amateur status under the terms of Art. 26 par.1 below.

[b]Art. 5[/b]
3 National associations can only register players coming from another association
subsequent to the receipt of
(i) a certificate of transfer of registration from that
other association (hereunder referred to as the “international registration transfer
certificate”) and
(ii), in the case of a non-amateur, a copy of the player’s contract with his new club

[b]Art. 6[/b]
1 An amateur or non-amateur player who has become eligible to play for a club
affiliated to a national association may not be registered with a club affiliated to
another national association unless the latter has received an international registration
transfer certificate issued by the national association which the player wishes
to leave.
2 A national association may only request an international registration transfer
certificate from the national association which the player wishes to leave if the
club which the player wishes to join submits its request for registration in a timely
manner, i.e., during a registration period fixed by the national association which is
to request the certificate.
3 Upon receiving the request, the national association of the former club shall
immediately request that club and the player to confirm whether the contract has
expired, whether early termination was mutually agreed, or whether a contractual
dispute exists.
4 A national association shall produce an international registration transfer certificate
within 7 days of a demand from another national association, while simultaneously
sending a copy to the FIFA general secretariat.

[b]Art. 12[/b]
1 International transfers of players under the age of 18 shall only be permitted
(a) as a general rule, when the family of the player moves to the country in which
the new club is located for reasons that are not linked to football
(b) within the territory of the EU/EEA and in the case of players between the
minimum working age in the new training club’s country and the age of 18,
suitable arrangements are guaranteed for their sports training and academic
education by the new training club. For this purpose a code of conduct
will be established and enforced by the football authorities.
2 The same principles apply to the first registration of players under 18 who have
a nationality other than that of the country in which they first request to be registered.

[b]Art. 26[/b]
1 Any player who has been registered as a non-amateur with a national association
may not be reclassified as amateur until a period of 30 days has elapsed.
2 This period shall start as from the day the player competed in his last match
with the club with which he was registered as a non-amateur.

[b]Art. 28[/b]
[b][color=blue]1 A non-amateur player who stops playing competitive football shall remain registered as a player at the national association’s club with which he was last employed for a period of 30 months.[/color][/b]

[b]Regulations governing the Application of the Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players[/b]
[b]Art. 4[/b]
[b][color=blue]1 National associations in the EU/EEA shall refuse the registration of players under 18 years of age who are nationals of countries outside the EU/EEA and who are not moving for family reasons under the terms of Chapter VI of the FIFA Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players.[/color][/b]

About me

A little about me...

I was born in 1980, May 10 to be precise...

Spent the early part of my life in Sweden (my dad was a visiting professor at the Karolinska Institut), we returned to Nigeria in 1986 after spending 1985 in England. After that me dad took up appointment at the University of Benin and has been there since. Me mama is a lawyer, so both of us are the only non-doctors in the house...

I am a twin...

There's 4 of us (siblings and I).

I am going to marry the best girl on the planet...

Intro...

I have finally bowed to the pressure and have decided to start this little bit of webspace called a blog.

I will move a few of my 'award' winning posts from my former 'blog' to this place before I post my thoughts for today...