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Can the Marxist Ideology Save Nigeria? Chiedozie Ude

Karl Marx: “Religion is the opium of the masses.”

The poor have a lot in common, but they’ll never unite to fight against the oppression of the rich. The reason is that the poor allow differences in religion, colour and tribe to hinder them. This Marxist premise easily explains why the January 15, 1966 Coup was branded an Igbo coup. This coup was supposed to end the corruption practised by the ruling class.

Other tribes were able to sell the ideology of political and economic domination by the Igbos; consequently, instead of the coup to instigate the positive change that was intended, it became a catalyst for tribal vendetta.

Similarly, after the #ENDSARS protests, the politicians and their loyalists employed the same tricks — that is, the use of tribal and religious differences to bring about discord.
Funnily enough, those of us at the lower rung of the economic and political ladder will continually fall for this trick because tribal loyalty and religion are our opium. They numb our ability to think. They make us stooges in the hands of nefarious politicians.

For Nigeria to move forward, we have to debunk the ideology of political domination because this ideology is repressive. It hinders our ability to work together for the greater good of the nation. We have to realize that the average Igbo, Yoruba, Edo or Hausa man is not the enemy; the callous government and their draconian policies are the real enemies. Friedrich Engels described ideology as “false consciousness” — that is, it only exists because a certain class of people intend to cling to political and economic power. Thus, in a bid to achieve their selfish aims, the Nigerian ruling class stoke the fires of political domination.

We, the citizen, have a lot in common. Chief of these things has to be that we are all at the receiving end of governmental impunity. This alone should be able to unite us all in our common goal of making the politicians accountable.

Therefore, it becomes crucial for us to expunge tribalism as we seek to create a nation devoid of corruption, insecurity and poverty. We have to realise who the real enemies are and, by so doing, we can tackle any national issue heads on. God bless Nigeria.

© Chiedozie Ude

“POLITICS OR PÒ-LITICS?” BY OLADIPUPO OBISANWO

I stand to aver that Nigeria has no political sphere. What she does have is a ‘pò-litical sphere’. You might want to ask: “What does pò-litics mean?” Simply put, it is the system of rulership in Nigeria.

The BREAKDOWN:
The word, “pò-“, is native to the Yoruba tribe. It is an adjectival morpheme, and means “plenty or abundant”. As for “-litics”, let’s just say it means politics.

WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP?
Politics is simply the sphere of life whereby an individual or a group of people take on leadership inclinations, primarily for the interest of all. It is subject to context. For example, church politics, school politics, American politics, China politics, etc.
However, there is a brutal reversal of the essence of politics in its manifestations in Nigeria. While politics should be for the good of all, the Nigerian version, especially, has proven that politics is for the benefit of the few involved. Truth be told, more than 90% of Nigerian politicians care less about the masses (that’s even if they care at all). They go into politics to amass wealth, fame and power. In other words, the rationale behind their venture into politics is to get the above in abundance: the true essence of the word, pò.
By the above, the perpetual news of embezzlement of colossal amount of funds by politicians is less astonishing.
In sum, unless much is consciously done to distant “PÒ-LITICS” from the Nigerian politics, Nigeria can never amount to anything politically.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
When next anyone tells you she wants to go into politics, ask the question, “Do you really want to be a politician or a pò-litician?

A Sonnet for Nigeria by Chiedozie Ude


May 31, 2020.

Nigeria

Nigeria, country blessed with wealth
But many people there do dwell
In squalor, lack and ill in health
As government claims to change propel.
By strife and greed her seams were slit
To serve those who must riches gain,
Few men who morals did omit
With ruthless hands these things they drain.
The tribes around the Niger spread
With hatred each the next does view
From east to west and north ahead
All plotting bloody change through coup.
So let us mourn our crumbling home
That sinks in deep and dreary foam.

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A Song For Greatness Gone: In Memory of Christopher Okigbo: Chiedozie Ude

By Chiedozie Ude (May 21, 2020)

Dedicated to Oyinma, a lover of everything African.

Goodbye to a great genius
Who has crossed heaven’s gate,
A sufferer of the warrior’s fate
A destiny that is heinous.

Why did you have to fight that war?
Did not Ojukwu have other men
To prevent you from the lion’s den?
Or were you born to war adore?

Biafra cries as it mumbles your name,
Lamenting the great works lost
In your battle lust
The Biafran dream also burned with your flame.

For your daring, we have a tomb,
For bravery, a martyrdom,
The price you paid for freedom —
A facade of doom.

You sought the paths of thunder
In return you found man-made brontide,
Weapons which the Soviets supplied,
Now, you get to rest under.

Mother Idoto mourns her child,
Her watery presence is reinforced by her tears,
Grievous sounds enough to raise one’s hairs
For a prodigal who has forever been exiled.

Who now shall tell of your legend,
Beautiful river goddess?
Shall we also witness
The coming of your end?

On Nsukka’s hell grounds
There fell Okigbo Christopher,
Defending his ideals on anarchy’s altar,
A ram for the gods of the battlegrounds.

Wild you were in your creativity,
Unrestricted by colonial subjugation,
You rose to international acclamation,
A man with artistic proclivity.

Brief was your stay,
No sooner here than the other side,
An eternity where you must now abide,
Leaving only a piece of your intellect for display.

Your star departed when it was brightest,
Twinkling into the great beyond
Never again to respond
To the cock’s siren, even at its highest.

Dee Christopher, martyred for the Biafran cause
An ideal you dearly held
One which was mercilessly shelled
By the enemy’s airforce.

This hour stand I enchanted,
Overwhelmed in the labyrinths of your astuteness,
Which, by far, surpasses the ocean’s saltiness,
Wisdom which Mother Idoto granted.

“A letter from The Ravager.” By Providence Wright.

I am a toxicon.
I made a rash decision coming.
I have caused a rash on your skin.

I have levelled grounds.
I have made fame worthless.
I have toyed with the rich.
I shouldn’t have taken the poor,
But I made a bargain.

I made friends with death.
I became the cheerleader of sicknesses.
I drew to myself pictures of flu.
If you’re reading this, I didn’t come to you.

I had no choice of my own.
I had to do as agreed.
I received coins from Hades.
And made an enmity with Zeus.
I know the world hates me.
I know I can’t be forgiven.
Neither forgotten.
Generations will hear of me.

I am Corona,
I apologise for the damage caused.

I’m leaving now;
I may return in a few years
To remind man what he will soon
forget.
I will come to remind him that nothing, absolutely nothing matters;
But Air, Water, Food and People
Goodbye.

To Your Tent O Nigerians! By Chiedozie Ude. GBAMLOG.COM

Need we sacrifice our good men in altars of anarchy?
Need we accept mediocrity from our leaders due to tribal jaundice?
Need we turn a blind eye on events until they affect us?
I am tired.

The problems of Nigeria can be solved by our leaders, if only they could stop thinking through their noses. I have reserved my comments on the political happenings in Nigeria for some time because it has been discovered that nothing we say, as the masses, matters when the half-baked excuses for leaders make their half-baked decisions.

In Nigeria, today, it is Herdsmen; tomorrow, it is Boko Haram; and other times, it is one form of insecurity or the other. Is this the point where everyone takes up arms, since the organizations set up to protect lives have failed woefully? Is this the point where we substitute Buhari for biblical David by yelling to the wind the words “We have no inheritance in Buhari, the man from Daura, to your tents O Nigerians!” ?

Speaking about President Buhari, I say this in no uncertain terms: “Buhari has failed.” He is the most tribalistic ruler we have ever had in Nigeria, and what baffles me about this whole scandal is that his loyalists find out ways to derive a plethora of positives from Buhari’s multiple faux pas. It is not uncommon to hear them giving answers to questions like “Why is Buhari ruling without ministers?” with some tacky reply of this manner “He is doing so because he is still observing the situation, so as not to select the wrong individuals.” Really? If a president has no idea on whom to work with before he gets elected, then, he should probably retire to a farm. It is high time we stopped making excuses for mediocrity.

It is highly appalling that Buhari’s solution to the herdsmen’s menace was to introduce RUGA. On a less volatile day, RUGA is actually not a bad idea, but in the current state of affairs RUGA is not only insensitive, but also, stupid. Will RUGA bring back the lives that have been lost to the herdsmen’s blood lust? Will RUGA console the families of the deceased? Will RUGA replace the millions that have been lost as crop produce by farmers to these individuals? The answer is NO! Instead, the installation of these settlements will be a slap on the faces of those affected by these herdsmen. Why should evil be repaid with amnesty? Why should chronic murderers be allowed to live among peace-loving individuals?

Still talking about Buhari’s penchant for exercising illogical favouritism when dealing with the Fulani elements, one cannot help but notice the discrepancy with which he treated Biafran agitators. For holding peaceful protests, these agitators were subjected to the infamous “Operation Python Dance”. If peaceful agitators can be treated like war criminals, then, killers such as Boko Haram and the herdsmen should not be handled with kids’ gloves. If this is allowed to continue, then, we can be safe to call our military a battalion of bullies.

Writing this piece without suggesting a solution will render it useless. The simple solution to these issues is that the federal government should implement the resolutions arrived at the last National Conference. We should go back to regionalism — that is, a system whereby every tribe shall use its resources to develop itself. No excuses should be made for the north this time because they have always not been ready for things that will make Nigeria better. Was it not Ahmadu Bello that countered Anthony Enahoro’s motion for self-governance in 1953 by declaring that independence should be gotten as soon as “practicable”? Was it not Buhari that reneged on the national decisions made at the last conference? This is not a hate speech, it is simply a case of a Nigerian calling out cases where our leaders committed national suicide.

If the government cannot provide the conditions for peaceful co-existence, I will suggest that every Nigerian should take up arms and defend ourselves.

Lastly, I send my condolences to the family of the late Colonel Kingsley who was brutally murdered by the ruthless Boko Haram. May his soul rest in peace. May good men not die because of the carelessness of our leaders. Amen.

Wickedness!!! See What Teenage Cultists Did To The Girls They Captured (Photo)

Security operatives in Awada, near Onitsha, Anambra state have arrested three cultists for allegedly abducting and r-ping two teenage girls.

The suspects, Andrew Ejike (20), Chidiebere Edwin (19) and Chisom Christian (17) were said to have sexually assaulted the victims after subjecting them to initiation rituals.

The Nation gathered that the victims were later set free but not without a warning not to reveal their ordeal to anyone.

The police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed confirmed the incident, saying the suspects were arrested by Surveillance Patrol team attached to Awada Division.

He said they would be charged to court after investigation was concluded.

He said, “The suspects abducted two young girls aged 15 and 17years and forced them to undergo some initiation rituals and allegedly gang-raped them before letting them go.

“All of them have confessed to their membership of a cult group known as the “SAITARIS”.

The police PRO also confirmed the arrest of another suspected cultist for allegedly attacking three persons with machete in order to initiate them into his cult group.

He said the suspect, Onyeka Iloka had lured the victims into the bush where they were beaten.

He said, “Police detectives attached to Ozubulu division arrested one Onyeka Iloka alias “Campus Executioner”, aged 25 years of Eziora in Ozubulu.

“Suspect allegedly lured one Chidera Agina and two others of the same address into the bush, beat them with machete in order to initiate them into his cult group “Vickings confraternity”.

“Suspect voluntarily confessed to the crime and is assisting the Police with useful information that could help arrest his accomplices in order to bring them to justice.”

Source: 360nobs.com