Sunday, 14 January 2018

A President's Herdsmen And The Little Shithole.

Nigeria is a land of the absurd and Muhammadu Buhari's Presidency has taken that absurdity to heights never imagined. Let us forget the incompetence, monumental failures in all economic sectors, nepotism and world-class sycophancy; it may take Nigeria another decade to recover from Buhari's four-year rule post 2019, and two decades if Buhari wins a second term. 

Never in the history of Nigeria has any failed Leader attracted so much patience, understanding and silence from sections of distinguished Nigerians that have been critical of all governments since 1960. We also now have a new breed of Presidential media aides that have surprisingly held their ground and in an awkward way romanticized Buhari's failures. I used the word ‘surprisingly’ because Presidential Media aides of former President Jonathan were a useless Train Wreck even though with hindsight, it is clear Jonathan’s administration recorded better achievements.

The Corruption going on in Buhari's Presidency, among his close Cabal, aides and associates has shocked the nation but instead of igniting mass outrage, what we have is limited outrage mostly on Social media, while the traditional media and larger society continue with their culture of silence. Then we have that segment of fraudulent intellectuals that find it convenient to sharply criticize 'those surrounding the President' while maintaining that the President's personal integrity is intact. In today’s dispensation, the Buck no longer stops at the Presidents’ table. Our erstwhile Activists, Civil societies, Intellectuals and Turning Point generation have shot the Buck dead on Buhari’s behalf.

In the first days and weeks of 2018, Fulani Herdsmen have shed unimaginable blood in the most gruesome manner. Now, this Herdsmen-Farmers crisis predates Buhari's current administration, it's been on for decades and previous Governments had tried and failed to provide lasting solutions. However, never in the history of Nigeria have Fulani Herdsmen under the auspices of its mother organization Myetti Allah, practically issued threats, carried out such threats, boldly claimed responsibility on multiple media platforms and nothing happens to them. President Buhari is Fulani, as father the nation, all eyes would naturally be on him to act decisively and prove to Nigerians that he belongs to everyone. 

Unfortunately, just like the nepotistic appointments that have defined his Presidency, the Buhari regime has treated the Fulani Herdsmen issue with kid gloves. No major arrests have been made; prominent Myetti Allah members that have come out publicly to defend their groups’ role in recent Benue massacres are still walking free. Herdsmen have continued to shed more innocent blood in Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Adamawa and parts of Southern Nigeria, yet nothing has happened. 

In response to the Benue massacre, President Buhari sent Nigeria's ill-equipped Police force to go handle the situation. This is the same President that sent the Nigerian Army to mow down unarmed Shites and IPOB protesters, groups that were non-violent. However, for a heavily armed Herdsmen Militia that had butchered hundreds, Buhari sends the Police to lead an imaginary onslaught, already the Herdsmen have slaughtered two Police Officers right there in Benue...nothing has happened. Instead, we’ve had Security agencies using their own Public relations machinery to subtly exonerate the Herdsmen and rationalize the entire crisis into a mere Communal clash. Whereas, what we truly have on our hands is a case of Ethnic cleansing and Land grab.

In spite of all these challenges, bloodletting, failures and incompetence exhibited by the Buhari Presidency, he and his party the All Progressive Congress are still pushing hard for a second term in office.

May God save Nigeria. 

Recently, it was rumored that American President Donald Trump referred to Nigeria and several other developing countries as 'Shitholes.' Who would objectively assess the current situation of Nigeria under Buhari's stewardship and not be tempted to agree with President Trump?
This is quite unfortunate, considering the fact that roughly three-years ago under President Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria was ranked as the third fastest growing economy in the world by CNN money and other international financial organizations. Today, we are here debating Nigeria’s 'Shithole' status. 

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Telon Nights' BLOODY BURLESQUE SHOW: A Halloween Special.


The city of Lagos is starting to embrace a new concept of entertainment as the stereotype in nightlife has become officially boring.

                                        Telon Nights presents 

The anticipated night of raw and uncut display of pure vain ecstasy through the art of Burlesque by professionally trained performers, will take place on Saturday, 28th of October 2017 at C O V A (the roof top of Mega Plaza), Victoria Island, Lagos-Nigeria.

The 3rd edition of Telon Nights aims to tantalize your body and mind, bringing all 5 senses to a halt with live performances, spoken word, theatrics, and exotic cocktails by Remy Martin.

The Burlesque show will include mind blowing performances and will also double as a costume party, as guests are expected to show up dressed as their alter egos, super heros or just highly creative pieces put together. The guest with the best costume will be awarded gifts.

BURLESQUE:  The literary art of entertainment through a dramatic or musical work, is usually performed by professionals with a combination of sensual extravaganza intended to cause excitement, intrigue and laughter by re-enacting popular works, societal occurrences or movies. 

Telon Nights is a unique event that focuses purely on nightlife entertainment putting into consideration all exciting elements that fun seekers are deprived of. This show is produced and choreographed by A Seal Kamson Concept who put together the very first burlesque show in Nigeria.

Anticipate nothing but pure entertainment!

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Nigeria Army’s ‘By Force, By Fire’ Immunization.

Reports from the Southern part of Nigeria inundates us with news of school children scampering for safety and Parents rushing to pick their wards from school over a suspicious immunization outreach programme being conducted by the Nigerian military. It is not unusual for Nigeria's Military to conduct socially responsible activities aimed at forging closer ties with civilians; they've done so for decades. Also, the Nigerian Military has good quality medical personnel within its ranks, hence carrying out free medical support services shouldn’t be out of place.

Unfortunately, 'Trust' has become a very rare currency in the Nigerian polity, and it has gotten worst in the almost three years of Buhari's administration. The Nigerian Military have long deviated from any tiny circle of trust they may have enjoyed with the populace at any given period. Sordid tales of brutality which the Nigerian military left behind in places like Odi, Zaki Biam and more recently among Shites in Zaria are still fresh in our memories. The Nigerian military has also gunned down peaceful protesters in the East expressing their right to self-determination.

In recent months, the Nigerian Army has launched unpopular military exercises in the South; ‘Python Dance’ in the South-East, ‘Crocodile Smile 2’ in parts of the South-West and South-South. Most Nigerian residents in affected regions are neither impressed nor convinced about the real motives behind these friendly military invasions. While these Nigerians were still trying to get a grip on seeing Pythons dance and Crocodiles smile, they were certainly not prepared for any Monkey immunization. Reports have been quite sketchy such that we do not have details on the diseases Nigeria’s Army is being sent to immunize Southern children against. Surely, if there had been sufficient sensitization on the part of Military authorities, citizens’ reactions would have been different.

Even though the Southern part of Nigeria shares part of the total rot in Nigeria's health system, the region has fared better when compared to the North. There is already high immunization awareness in the South and the region has never really lacked adequate personnel to carry out immunization activities. One would have expected the Nigerian Military to take its immunization agenda to the far North, especially in Boko Haram ravaged areas where Polio is still being recorded and access to proper healthcare still a challenge.

If the Nigerian Military wants to redeem its image among a cynical populace, perhaps, rather than engage in forceful immunization of school children, how about embarking on Human rights programmes? How about explaining to civilians the rationale behind leveling of Odi, killing of IPOB protesters or the massacre of almost a thousand Shites in Zaria and unlawful detention of Zakzaky? 

Instead of chasing Southern school children all over the place with injection syringes, how about Nigerian Army initiating self-defense and awareness programmes for communities constantly ravaged by Fulani herdsmen?

Better still, can the Nigerian Army just let the rest of us be and concentrate all their efforts in rebuilding the North East and putting a final stop to Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen?

~Stanley Nwabia

Sunday, 15 October 2017

President Jacob Zuma And The Mad Man Of Owerri.

Sane societies erect statues in order to immortalize great individuals or historical icons; people whose lives, ideals and legacies have made lasting impact on society. 

In the Eastern Nigerian state of Imo, an overzealous Governor has taken an unusual brand of lunacy to continental levels. Governor Rochas Okorocha in commemoration of South African leader Jacob Zuma's visit, commissioned a towering statue and named a street in Zuma's honor.

Jacob Zuma Statue in Owerri, Nigeria
Nigeria woke up to images of this embarrassing event that has made Nigerians the laughing stock of Southern Africa social media platforms. This ridiculous calamity awkwardly coincides with Nigeria's grievances over reoccurring deaths and extra-judicial killings of Nigerians resident in South Africa. 

Indigenes of Imo state are now being forced to re-evaluate the Mental health of not just their Governor but Imo society at large. Trying to rationalize the construction of a Jacob Zuma statue in Owerri, we just have to wonder: Who is Jacob Zuma? Is he a descendant of Amadioha's lineage? What role has he played in the lives of Imo people? What moral, social or political ideal does he represent to Imo state, the Igbo race or Nigeria in general?

For those who don't know, President Jacob Zuma is currently facing serious corruption allegations in his home country. His administration had driven South Africa's economy into recession. There have been sex scandals too. So, what the hell was Governor Rochas Okorocha thinking?

Some have said that Governor Rochas is either preparing for his 2019 retirement in South Africa or just living in character of Nigeria's ruling party the All Progressives Congress (APC). A party that has shown Nigerians the personification, justification and glorification of Bad Leadership at federal, state and local government levels.

We understand that a few more statues are still under construction within same Owerri vicinity: here's looking forward to the likely unveiling of more inspiring statues of African Heroes such as Idi Amin, Robert Mugabe, Mobutu Sese Seko and Muammar Gaddafi.  We trust Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, Nigeria.

~Stanley Nwabia

Friday, 13 October 2017

'Hurricane Trump' Ravages Iran Nuclear Deal.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump struck a blow against the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement on Friday in defiance of other world powers, choosing not to certify that Tehran is complying with the deal and warning he might ultimately terminate it.

Trump announced the major shift in U.S. policy in a speech in which he detailed a more aggressive approach to Iran over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and its support for extremist groups in the Middle East.

He accused Iran of “not living up to the spirit” of the nuclear agreement and said his goal is to ensure Tehran never obtains a nuclear weapon, in effect throwing the fate of the deal to Congress.

US President Donald Trump
He singled out Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for sanctions and delivered a blistering critique of Tehran, which he accused of destabilizing actions in Syria, Yemen and Iraq.

“We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror and the very real threat of Iran’s nuclear breakout,” Trump said.

Trump’s hardline remarks drew praise from Israel, Iran’s arch-foe, but was criticized by European allies.

The move by Trump was part of his “America First” approach to international agreements which has led him to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks and renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.

His Iran strategy angered Tehran and put Washington at odds with other signatories of the accord - Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union - some of which have benefited economically from renewed trade with Iran.

Responding to Trump, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Friday on television that Tehran was committed to the deal and accused Trump of making baseless accusations.

“The Iranian nation has not and will never bow to any foreign pressure,” he said. “Iran and the deal are stronger than ever.”

European allies have warned of a split with the United States over the nuclear agreement and say that putting it in limbo as Trump has done undermines U.S. credibility abroad, especially as international inspectors say Iran is in compliance with the accord.

The chief of the U.N. atomic watchdog reiterated that Iran was under the world’s “most robust nuclear verification regime.”

“The nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran under the JCPOA are being implemented,” Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency said, referring to the deal by its formal name.

U.S. Democrats expressed skepticism at Trump’s decision. Senator Ben Cardin said: “At a moment when the United States and its allies face a nuclear crisis with North Korea, the president has manufactured a new crisis that will isolate us from our allies and partners.”

While Trump did not pull the United States out of the agreement, he gave the U.S. Congress 60 days to decide whether to reimpose economic sanctions on Tehran that were lifted under the pact.

If Congress reimposes the sanctions, the United States would in effect be in violation of the terms of the nuclear deal and it would likely fall apart. If lawmakers do nothing, the deal remains in place.

Stanley Nwabia's Take:

'Igwe' Trump is keeping up with his campaign promises thus far, there should be no surprises here. I'm actually surprised that he hasn't terminated the Iran Nuclear deal entirely. From the look of things, all Trump wants to do is shuffle or harden certain terms in the Iran Nuclear Deal which he believes former US President Obama entered into from a position of weakness.