Saturday, July 30, 2011

Quote of the day

”It is not true that four years “is too short” for a President or a Governor to make a difference. The President didn’t get it, and it is important that he does. The period appears too short because many of our elected Governors and Presidents (well, we have had only a few) begin to think of what to do, only when they get to office. They have no blueprint, no clear understanding of what is required, they do not even listen to the people well enough, and the parties that brought them to power have no manifesto, no plan of action, no defined contract with the Nigerian people. Given such background, the complexity of bureaucracy and the enormity of official powers could prove so intimidating that the typical overnight man of power could find himself or herself completely ill-prepared for high office. But this is what we want changed. In states where the Governors are prepared, we have seen so much done in four years.”
– Reuben Abati

Friday, July 29, 2011

A misguided union

Without any apology to anyone, I believe that the hierarchy of the labour unions in Nigeria is populated by morons.

On another note, I find it significant that this article which I submitted to the editors at The Daily Times a few days ago was published today, the very same day that The Guardian published a story telling us that labour wants to mobilise people for another (aborted?) strike.

After the pissed on opportunity of last week, who should take them serious? Such a person's head would need to be examined...

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Remember?

Whitehall pays £3,500 for a £250 computer in 'obscene' waste of public money | Mail Online

I once talked about something like this. Currently typing on a mobile device, so I can't pull up the link...

I'll talk about it in further detail on January 2, 2013.
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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Wasted life?

That Amy Winehouse has passed away should not be news anymore. Neither should it surprise anyone that she died of a suspected overdose.

Amy was a talented Singer, and the world will miss her music. Truth though is that the late Amy was such a talent that she ought to have been mentioned in the same breath as Aretha Franklin. She never made it that far...

I hope that the big lesson from her brief stay with us will be learned, a bad habit can prevent you from achieving your potential.
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

On Ojukwu

Sahara Reporters ran a story alleging that Bianca Onoh-Ojukwu and Peter Obi have 'abandoned' Ikemba Nnewi.

1, should the governor of Anambra state use state funds to treat a private citizen?
2, Ojukwu nominally has a lot of supporters among ndi Igbo, many of them very wealthy. Why did it have to be Adenuga, a non-Igbo to transport him abroad for treatment?
3, why has there been no public contribution by Ohaneze, not even (as far as I know) a statement concerning the health of this (it must be noted that I don't like him) Igbo icon.

Now my rant: When the man was hale and hearty he was surrounded by adoring "friends", "family" and "associates", where are all of them now?

The story of the commissioner moving in with Bianca I do not believe, no one will be foolish enough to take such a huge risk, or am I being naive?

Uju Robert Okonkwo is commissioner for 'special duties'. It would appear that "special duties' involves rodding nwunye Ikemba if SR is to be believed...

Why do we have that stupid position in our cabinets? Our President has taken it a step further by appointing a 'special adviser for special duties'!

In any event, the moral of that part of the story for all men is this: don't trade in your wife for a younger model. Ojukwu did it twice. Younger models of such a product have needs that ought to be met, and a rule of thumb means that such needs are meetable only by similar (in age) specimens...
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Everyone is in on the game

One of the surest encouraging factors of the culture of impunity we have in Nigeria is the failure of the police as an institution. While you might not support my position that Nigeria as a country has failed and needs urgent and decisive action, I'm quite sure that there's no one amongst our almost 166 million strong population who can argue with the fact that our 381000 strong police force is a total failure.

You want examples? The pictures below provide some almost humorous examples.




The monumental Human Rights Watch report about these guys makes for scary reading...

For me, the scariest picture is the man on the bike with the beer...

Monday, July 11, 2011

Wastage

It goes all the way up. Rather than think of the economy, we are thinking of appeasing various "interest groups", whatever that means, and are creating more ministries.

When will this culture of waste stop?

I can hazard a guess, NEVER!
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Saturday, July 09, 2011

African countries and war

In answer to the question of whether we are more prone to war post independence than pre-colonialism...

"No. As a general statement, all humans are prone to war and violence, males more than females, especially when resources are limited, and the other guy has something one guy wants such as women or arable land.

Also men generally just love combat and will go off to harass and harangue or even kill the guys in the next community just for the heck of it, or to keep their killing skills sharp, or just to grab women.

Testosterone is a killer, a rapist, a pillager.

The real reason why the West has not fought any "tribal" wars recently is that they have solved their inter-tribal resource problems, and are materially well off. It also helps that their last tribal war resulted in some 50 million dead, and some 3 million German women forcibly nacked by those victorious Russki barbarians. The result is that the West's conflicts are now with other "far off tribes" who control resources that might interfere with the West's prosperity."
---Pa Ohsee
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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Denial...

"Denial is a river in Egypt," ---Winston Churchill.

One of my closest friends, Henry, constantly says that Chxta loves telling people, "I told you so". Maybe he is right.

However, and I know that this sounds haughty, on a lot of issues, I am right. There is the occasional issue when I am wrong, such as when I was quite sure that Bankole had left Naija, and when I refused to listen to my Pa and forget about a flight.

In any event, an argument that has been raging on for quite a while now is whether Nigeria is a failed state (or Banana Republic, whichever you prefer or don't prefer). I know that it hurts our sensibilities a lot, but come on, we have to admit where we are before we can even begin to think of moving forward. We live in a country where a state governor and a sitting Senator had to apologise to rebels because they have lost confidence in the ability of the police to protect them!

Unfortunately, this culture of denial is so deep rooted in our psyche that in general as a people when we are wrong, we simply refuse to accept it, but would rather go to extreme lengths to look the other way and pretend that all is well.

A good example happened on my Facebook wall this evening. I put up a humorous tweet from Oria asking a question about the state of security in Abuja. In the argument which followed, one of the commentators suddenly, and to my mind for no apparent reason, brought up Islamic banking.

I tried within the limits of my patience (one of my weaknesses is my patience, or lack of) to educate him. Then he made a jibe about asking SLS to remove the word 'Islamic' from the banking. At that point I lost it, and called him out for what he is, a bigot.

Rather than accept he had done wrong, he denied ever making that comment, and went as far as deleting the comment. Luckily, I take screenshots of my computer regularly, so I was able to prove that he did indeed make that comment.

His reaction? To block me off of his Facebook friend's list.

I am no Saint, on the contrary, my sins are many. But I am the first to admit to those sins. Same way I admit to my weaknesses and failures. That way, I can accept them, and work to overcome them.

Sadly, most of my fellow countrymen do not. Therein, in an issue that occurs everyday in this country, lies probably the greatest tragedy of Nigeria.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Facebook privacy

Am I the only one who can no longer untaught himself from photos uploaded by other people on Facebook?
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