I have heard so many people say the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome a.k.a AIDS, is a punishment from God, for people who can't control their sexual urges. What do you think?
I think it's a shame this news paper openly supports people like Ibori, Kalu and baby kidnappers ( MEND). they do that by considering these guys as heros . I specially challenge people from the south south to come out with inputs on this topic by maybe telling us something we don't know about what is going on in this part of the country. I personally believe that corruption should be fought locally first then nationally. by eradicating corruption in your local government then i think you can claim to separate from the rest of the country cause u are then immune from that disease called CORRUPTION.
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I want to know from our dear muslim brother which is the real and authentic Hadith so that one can read from.
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Is it wrong for Musician to be paid in the church? God bless you.
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Before the 1966 coup,seventy percent of commissioned officers in nigerian army were igbos as a result of education and in accordance with the strict protocols of nigerian military then based on excellence and fairness but during the coup that ultimately led to the war,almost all the commissioned igbo officers in military were eliminated by northern officers led mutineers with the exception of those that were lucky to be in the eastern garrison that Ojukwu was in charge of.This then the brings some questions in mind,who were the real secessionists that led to the nigerian civil war and what was the real purpose of 1966 coup ?Was it a genocidal revenge on the igbos or a bid for secession by northerners who were already agitating at the same period to leave nigeria and have their own separate entity?
Some of those murderers like babagida,danjuma,gowon and co that committed the crime against humanity that we choose to sweep under the carpet are still major players in nigerian politics today.
Oodua Republic: To Be Or Not To Be? (Part 1)
By Bode Eluyera
Nigeria, as a country emerged in 1914 after the forceful amalgamation of the Yorubas, and the south in general with the north, without the consent of the former, by Luggard, the representative of the Queen of England. Nigeria was a marriage that the Yorubas, and the south in general were forced into by the British solely in order to serve their (i.e. the British's) selfish economic and political interests at the detriment of the Yorubas. Nigeria was a "loopsided marriage" in all sense of the word. It was a forced marriage of two economically unequal partners. It was a marriage between two partners who have "absolutely" nothing in common in terms of culture, tradition, language, values, e.t.c.
Yorubas make up about 22% of Nigeria's estimated 140 million population. The population of the Yorubas should be at least 40 million, if the population of Yorubas that reside outside Nigeria are taken into consideration.
Before the raid of Yoruba territory by the British, the Yorubas operated a very sophisticated and efficient administration system. The defunct Oyo empire had a complex power hierachy with the Obas at the top, and their chiefs, who could be comparted to today's ministers, who assisted them in running their respective jurisdictions. There was a well developed taxation system called "Isakole" which was an integral part of trade and commerce. In general, agriculture, trade and commerce flourished throughout the Yoruba empire. The Yorubas had their own indigenous religions, which were in no way inferior to Asia's religions like Buddhizm, Chintoizm, Confucionizm, Zorastianizm, Islam and Christianity. IFA is not just a religion, but "a complete way of life." Infact, the Japanese are so much fascinated with Ifa that they are presently studying it in Nigeria. In terms of arts and culture, the Yorubas could boast of one of the richest culture and some of the best arts works in the world. Uncountable number of Yoruba arts works that were stolen by the British during the invasion of its territory still decorate British, European and American museums up till today. These marvellous arts works draw millions of visitors to these museums who still find it difficult to believe that blacks are capable of producing such great arts works.
The Yorubas, despite all the odds, have made not only Nigeria but Africa and the black race in general proud in many fields and aspects. Yorubas gave Nigeria and Africa the first Nobel Laureatte in literature in 1986. In general, without any exaggeration, Yorubas could boast of some of the best writers, medical doctors, engineers, academicians, lawyers, sportsmen, musicians, artists, e.t.c. in the world. Many sons and daughters of Yoruba descendants have recorded uncountable numbers of firsts both in Africa and in the world in different fields of human endeavour. In general, Yorubas have been pioneers and pacesetters in human development. The first stadium, radio and TV stations in subsaharan Africa were constructed in Ibadan by the defunct western region headed by Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Pa Awo, as he was fondly called, was the first to introduce free education at the tertiary level. Yorubas have always regarded education or acquisition of knowledge in general, a high priority. Suffice to say that Awolowo was able to achieve these great feats or landmarks from the revenues generated primaryly from cocoa.
Despite all the above mentioned achievements by the Yorubas, nevertheless, without any exaggeration, the 'forceful' merging of the Yorubas together with the Hausa/Fulani, is more of a disaster than a blessing, as one may wrongly think. Since their forceful amalgamation with the descendants of Othman Don Fodio, the Yorubas have lost control over their own destiny. Through different 'hook and crook' methods, master-minded by the British, the North has not only monopolised political and military power, but has a firm grip on key political events, right from independence. A fraudulent Constitution that robs Peter to pay Paul was put in place by the Northern led federal government. A 419 Constitution that denies bonafide owners the right to the use of their human and mineral resources first and foremost for their own development all in the name of building a FAKE AND NON-EXISTING ONE NIGERIA was enacted. Consequently, the Yorubas have been denied the opportunity to have a 'complete' control and say over vital economic, political and social issues that affect their lives directly.
The corrupt, visionless, incompetent and morally bankrupt leadership provided mainly by the North and military for the past 50 years have turned Nigeria into one of the poorest countries in the world, that live on less than $1 a day, despite its enourmous mineral and human resources, which very few countries are endowed with. The government is unable to provide pipe borne water for its citizens for almost 50 years despite the fact that the country has one of the largest number of rivers in the world!
Nigeria generates one of the lowest electricity per person in the world despite the fact that the country is located right at the equator. A substantial part of its territory and citizens are always in darkness most of the time. Nigeria, feeds its citizens mainly with imported foods, despite the fact the country is blessed with some of the most fertile soils in the world. According to UNDP, the state of public health care is one of the worst in the world, despite the fact that Nigerian medical practitioners are rank among the best in leading western countries and oil rich Arab countries. No wonder that the average life expectancy is a shocking 42.5 years!
Today, almost 100 years after amalgamation, and 50 years of self-rule, the country is even more divided. One fact that is undisputable, even among the most adamant optimists and advocates of "One Nigeria" is the bitter truth that, today, almost 100 years after amalgamation, and 50 years of self-rule, the country is not only even more divided but is just a 'mere geographical expression.' The One Nigeria project has failed!
Uncountable number of Yorubas and Southerners have fallen victims of pogroms, unprovoked religious and political riots in the North. Sometime last year, the country was shocked to hear about the death of a Yoruba invigilator, who was hacked to death by her northern students. She, unknowingly, committed a crime, punishable by death, for seizing and throwing away lecture notes purposely hidden inside the Quran, in order to evade detection, by some northern students.
She had committed capital crime for carrying out her responsibility as an invigilator, which included preventing students from cheating in examinations. Unknowingly to the Yoruba invigilator, these aggrieved northern students had already made up their mind to teach her a 'lesson' for depriving them the opportunity to pass their papers in 'flying colours.' They way laid her after leaving the examination hall. After the examination, these aggrieved northern students rallied other northern muslim students and inhabitants together and told them that the Yoruba invigilator had thrown away the Holy Quran. She was sentenced to death in absentia in a kangaroo sharia court that they presided over!
On her way home, the invigilator was confronted and accused of throwing away the Quran. Before this poor Yoruba lady could even fathom what she was being accussed of, talkless of defending herself, the mob took the law into their hands and sentenced her to death right on the spot. THE MOB LYNCHED HER WITH PLEASURE, WITHOUT ANY HIDDERANCE. After carrying out the execution, they hug themselves and congratulated one another not only for a job well done, but for also sending another Keferi, or unbeliever, into her early grave.
Neither the colleauges of the Yoruba invigilator, other students nor the Police intervened to prevent the cold murder of this innocent lady. It is difficult to imagine, even in one's wildest dreams, that in the beginning of the 21st century, and in a country that has existed for almost 100 years that a teacher could be murdered in cold blood in her own country by her own students while carrying out her professional duties, without anybody coming to her aid simply because she was unlucky to be from another tribe! The worst part of this tragic incident was al the culprits that took part in this murder went scott free, without being made to account for their crime. What a country! One Nation, one country indeed!
Suffice to say that uncountable number of Yorubas have been sentenced to their untimely deaths, either directly or indirectly - through curable diseases, poverty, stress, e.t.c. Millions of well educated and able bodied sons and daughters of Yoruba have been forced to migrate abroad in search of the green pastures due to bad leadership from the north, which has consequently impoverished the country. This mass migration has led to brain drain and weakened the intellectual capability and economy of the Yorubas as a nation. Instead of developing the economy of the Yorubas, they were compelled to develop the economies of other nations.
In addition to the above, a number of political events that have unfolded within the past 50 years, most especially, in the past 15 years, including the emergence of MASSOB, MEND, OPC and other militant groups agitating for independence are more than enough evidence that Nigeria is a 'failed marriage!' The injustice and abuse of power by the North is so apparent that the idea of breaking up Nigeria is no more being treated as cynical. The desire of the North to continue hanging on to power at any cost, and to the detriment of other tribes that make up Nigeria, has created an invidious feeling among many Yorubas.
It is difficult to believe that for almost 50 years of Nigeria's existence as a sovereign country, it has never been ruled by anybody of Yoruba extraction despite the fact they make up about a quarter of the total population and are bestowed with numerous sons and daughters, who are more than capable.
Asserting that Yorubas have never ruled Nigeria before is in no way an over statement or exaggeration. Although, Obasanjo, de jure, might be a Yoruba man; although, there are some rumours that in actual fact, he is not a Yoruba man, but de-facto, he never represented the Yoruba. It's a known fact that the Yorubas did not only just not support Obasanjo, they were 'categorically' against his candidacy! Falae was the preferred Yoruba presidential candidate. Obasanjo was so unpopular among the Yorubas to the extent that he lost to Falae in his (Obasanjo's) own local government! It is an open secret that Obasanjo was imposed on the Yorubas and Nigerians at large by the northern cabal led by Danjuma and Babangida, the evil genius. The north bankrolled the Presidential campaign of Obasanjo, from the money they have stolen from the Niger Delta oil revenues, and made him the President against the will of the Yorubas. This fact was publicly admitted by Danjuma in a recent interview. He even went as far as tendering his apology to Nigerians for the role he played in imposing Obasanjo on Nigerians.
The Yorubaness of Obasanjo; if at all he is indeed a Yoruba man, reflects only in the name. The manner in which Obasanjo ruled Nigeria; his brutality, massacering of innocent Nigerians, total disregard for the rule of law; which is supposed to be one of the main attributes of a democratic government, and his failed attempt to hang on to power for life are more than enough evidence to prove beyond any reasonable doubts that his rule was not only an extension of the military regime, but Obasanjo is indeed a northerner, like babangida, abacha, e.t.c. who just happens to bear a Yoruba name. As a former soldier, he had spent practically all his adult life with his military colleagues, who are predominantly from the north. No wonder that he speaks Hausa fluently. Two Yoruba proverbs: "Ti omi ba pe lara ose, a di ose"; and "Ti aguntan ba baja rin, s je gbe" go a long way to describe Obasanjo and his attitudes.
The imposition of Obasanjo on Yorubas and Nigerians at large, was a well planned act by the north to prevent a real, respected and capable Yoruba leader from getting to the helms of affairs in Nigeria, and to strategically position themselves to take over power whenever the seat is vacated by Obasanjo - their protege. It was also a puported act to slight and dumiliate the Yorubas. The north, despite the fact that its total contribution to Nigeria's economy, according to different national and international sources, is less than 10%, nevertheless, has defacto been ruling the country, either through the bullet or fraudulent elections and manipulations, since independence.
Before the 1999 presidential election, all previous efforts by the Yorubas to give the country a national leader that all Nigerians could be proud of, who will work for the glory and prosperity of the country were jeopardised by the north. A case in point was the 1979 presidential election. Despite the fact that it was obvious that Chief Obafemi Awolowo was a much capable candidate than Alhaji Shehu Shagari, a former school teacher, nevertheless, the north rallied around their kinsman and voted for him overwhemingly. Since Shagari lacked the necessary background and experience in order to be a good president, it was no surprise that he was a very weak president, who had no control or say in what was going on around him. He was more of a puppet president who had no clues about how to run a country effectively.
Thus, by denying Pa Awo the presidency, the Yorubas and Nigerians as a whole were denied a very good opportunity of having a real leader with vision, who had all it takes to make Nigeria a prosperous and democratic country. The message from the 1979 election was more than clear: The North would rather have an incompetent and weak northern president than a competent and strong Yoruba president.
Abiola's horrible experience with the National Party of Nigeria in 1983 is another very good example of the political oppression, suppression and humiliation of the Yorubas by the north. Abiola, despite his relatively young age in 1983 was already a veteran in Nigerian politics. He spent enourmous amount of his wealth not only in building and strenghtening the defunct National Party of Nigeria (N.P.N.), but was also among the major financiers of Shagari and campaigned for him vigorously in Yoruba land and Nigeria in general.
To the biggest surprise of Abiola, when he expressed his intention in running for the presidency after the end of Shagari's first term, he was told by Umaru Dikko and other key party members from the north that 'the presidency is not for sale!'Abiola was stunned. He could not believe that the party and people that he had done so much for could tell him to his face that 'they would rather have another incompetent northerner as president than a Yoruba affluent president.
The north reneged on the promise it gave to Abiola. He was left in the cold to leak his wounds! After the humiliating verdict, Abiola decided to call it quits with partisan politics.
Taking into consideration the fact that Abiola and other prominent Yorubas not only invested their personal money into NPN, but as well campaigned for Shagari, a Fulani man, on Yoruba's territory, which subsequently led to some Yorubas casting their votes for him, what we need to understand here is the fact that by denying Abiola the opportunity to contest for the president under the flag of NPN, it was not only Abiola that was humiliated or aggrieved, but the 'WHOLE OF YORUBA NATION.'
Perhaps, the worst humiliation, oppression and injustice that Yorubas were ever subjected to by the northern ruling cabal was the unceremonious denial of Chief Moshood Kasimawo Abiola the presidency in an election that was nationally and internationally acclaimed to be the fairest and freest in the history of the country, even up till today. Babangida, the evil genius, stopped further announcement of the result of the June 12, 1994, presidential election, regarded as the freest and fairest election in Nigerian history, when it became clear that Abiola was heading for a landslide victory against his opponent Tofa, from the north.
For the first time ever in Nigeria's history, the popularity of a presidential candidate cut across different ethnic groups and political stripes; including the north. But, since the nationally accepted presidential candidate was a Yoruba man, and not a descendant of Othman Dan Fodio, the northern ruling cabal, which consisted of both civilians and military officers, were not ready for such a 'transformation.' Even, the 'assumed bossom friendship' between Abiola and Ibb was not enough for Babangida to relinquish power to his Yoruba friend!
All the efforts of Abiola and his staunch supporters to claim his rightful mandate were to no avail. Eventually, he was arrested, charged with treason and thrown in jail like a dog without any trial. He was subsequently murdered in prison when it became obvious that Abiola was not only not ready to trade or negotiate his mandate, but was ready to go to any length to defend it.
The arrest of Abiola, and his eventual cold blooded murder in the prison proves beyond any reasonable doubts the hypocrisy of the north as regards to its SINCERITY and COMMITTMENT to the so called ONE NIGERIA PROJECT. To them, One Nigeria is only when only a northerner, irrespective of whether he came through the bullet or rigged ballot boxes, continues ruling the country. The north's understanding of democracy is limited to a northern president or power remaining in the power forever; either in the custody of a military dictator or an incompetent and visionless civilian president.
To Babangida and the ruling northern cabal, Abiola dfeclaring himself the president of Nigeria after winning an election considered to be the freest and fairest conducted so far in Nigeria, was treason, however, to the same people, coup plotting or overthrowing of elected president, as was the case in 1979, was not treason. What a 'double standard!' The one billion question we need to ask ourselves is this: "If Tofa, and not Abiola had won the election, what is the probability that Babangida would refuse to hand over power to him?" I guess the answer is obvious. Your guess is as good as mine.
The denial of Abiola the presidency and his eventual callous murder in detention by the north, under mysterous circumstances was more than enough reason for the Yorubas to pull out of Nigeria immediately. Without any exaggeration and emotion, suffice to say that Abiola's murder was not just a 'big and dirty' slap on the face of the Yorubas, it was a public humiliation. Calling it something else will tantamount to shying away from calling a spade a spade.
I am sorry and ashamed to say this as a Yoruba man; If we indeed had the guts, we should had taken some very drastic measures when the death of Abiola was announced, and declare Oodua republic with immediate effect in order to register our discontent and anger. Unfortunately, we did not only swallow the insult and humiliation, but allowed ourselves to be taken for a further ride by the north. What we Yorubas must understand is the fact that no matter the short-comings of Abiola, he was first and foremost our son, moreover, he fought for, and represenred a democratic symbol.
In order to understand the gravity and get a complete picture of the events that led to the arrest and eventual murder of Abiola, it's of utmost importance for us to analyse Abiola's predicaments from another angle. Supposing Ibb was not a northerner, but a Southerner or Yoruba, to be precise, and Abiola was not a Yoruba man, but a Fulani or Hausa. Supposing a Yoruba president abruptly ordered that further announcement of the results of an election that was purpotedly won by a northerner be haulted. How would the north had reacted?
Let us take our analysis a step further. Supposing the Yoruba president arrested and threw into jail the assumed winner of the election. How would the north had reacted? Would they had sitten down with folded hands and watched idly how events unfolded? To complete our analysis, let us now assume that the arrested winner of the election, who was a northerner, died in prison, under mysterious circumstances? Imagine if it was Obasanjo that did what Babangida did to Abiola and the Yorubas as an ethnic group. Imagine if Yaradua, thrown into prison by Obasanjo, had died in prison. How would the north had reacted? Your guess is as good as mine. Undoubtedly, the north would had set the whole south, especially Yoruba territory on fire. A second civil war and massacre of Yorubas would had been unavoidable.
As has earlier been mentioned, the public humiliation and political oppression of the Yorubas was completed with the imposition of Obasanjo, the most hated and unpopular individual by the Yorubas, to rule over them and the whole country. Today, the country is yet to complete compiling the list of uncountable atrocities committed by Obasanjo, talkless of recovering from them!
Today, after doing a lot of analyses of political events in Nigeriam most especially in the last 15 years, many prominent Yoruba sons and daughters have come to the conclusion that the emergence of Oodua republic is ineluctable. Some, due to their status in the society and the sensitivity of the issue, have stopped short of calling for an outright break up. They have instead opted for a compromise and settled for a National Sovereign Conference. However, in the absence of the camera or microphone, they discuss the need for the Yorubas to take a full control of their destinies and not leave them to the north to toy with anymore.
Richard Osuolale Akinjide, SAN, former Attorney-General of the Federation under Shagari, is the latest among illustrious Yoruba sons and daughters to join the Oodua bandwagon by not only admitting the serious shortcomings in the present political and economic system, but has gone much further by 'boldly' calling openly for the break up of Nigeria. Akinjide needs no introduction when it comes Nigeria's politics and legal knowledge. He is a Super heavyweight of Nigeria's politics, history and Constitution. As could be recalled, thanks to Akinjide'd legal prowess, Shagari, a mediocre, who under normal circumstances, even in his wildest dreams, should not had even dreamt of becoming a permanent secretary , eventually became Nigeria's president.
Akinjide, prior to his appointment as the Attorney-General of the federation, was the legal representative of NPN and Shagari. He used his legal expertise to argue in court that Shagari indeed met the 12 2/3 condition or won 12 2/3 states out of 19 states, stipulated by the Constitution in order to become the president.
Akinjide, in a lengthy interview, given in December 2008, revealed that the main reason why Shehu Shagari was toppled was to prevent a southerner from taking over power after the end of his term. The timing of the coup was perfectly chosen in order to avoid any suspiction as regars to the real intentuion of the north. Since it was a northerner overthrowing a fellow northerner, millions of Nigerians, even up till today, are under the illusion that the coup was strictly a military affairs, and never saw anything suspicious about it. In actual fact, according to Akinjide, the coup was a 'conspiracy' and a well planned treachery among northern civilian politicians in power and their northern military officers to keep power in the north for good!
For the sake of objectivity and our analysis, it is important to admit that the north used Akinjide and other learned Yorubas not only to achieve their selfish political and economic interests, but defend them as well - at the expense of the Yorubas and the south in general.
When legal luminaries like Akinjide and other learned Yoruba sons and daughters were serving northern military Head of States and quota system mediocre Presidents, perhaps, they 'naively' believed in One Nigeria then. However, many 'unpleasant' political events that took place within the past 15 years have opened their eyes and compelled them to rethink their respective positions about the so called One Nigeria Project. They mistakenly thought that they were serving Nigeria, without knowing that in actual fact, they were serving the north, and being used to carry out its 'hidden agenda' which entails exploiting the human and mineral resources of the Yorubas and the south as a whole to the maximum to develop the north, and abandon the latter to leak its wounds when there is nothing more left to exploit.
BENEFITS OF THE EMERGENCE OF OODUA REPUBLIC
The benefits of an Oodua Republic - free at last from the political, economic, military and cultural bondage of the north abounds.
In anycase, what is undisputable is the fact that the present political and economic systems put in place by the north, with the help of the British, have not only done a great damage to us, but as well fallen far short of ensuring 'accelerated' economic, political and cultural development of the Yorubas as a nation and ethnic group respectively. "Oju mewa ko jo oju eni," says a popular Yoruba proverb. Translated literary, it means "Ten eyes belonging to other people or strangers are not equal, or can not be as good as one's own eyes." This proverb, in essence, means that nobody, no matter their number, can protect one's personal interests like you yourself would have wanted or done. In otherwords, if we are to avoid past political humiliations, oppressions, suppressions and economic deprivation; and intend to bring our standard of living at par with the developed nations, there is the need for us to take a 'full' control of our political, economic, cultural and military affairs, without any compromise, is urgent and of strategic importance. A nation that aspires to be relevant and great can not afford to leave its economic, political, military and cultural interests in the hands of strangers to determine or toy with! We must not even leave 10% of our interests in the hands of others! Based on my analysis, the only feasible way to achieve this is through the emergence of Oodua republic!
With the emergence of Oodua republic, like other great nations, we can enact and implement, without any prejudice or favouratism, a NEW Constitution that completely meets our political, economic, military and cultural interests, without any compromise. We don't need to go to Abuja and negotiate with strangers, who have nothing in common with us. It's high time we understood that the present political and economic systems that operate in Nigeria are only not in our favour, but are equally to the detriment of our ethnic group. Therefore, neither a Constitutional Amendment nor even a Sovereign National Conference will suffice.
Whenever we travel down to Abuja, a place that has no historical connection with our people, culture and history, to negotiate with others, especially with the north, we are bound to compromise and jeopardise our interests in order to reach an agreement. We don't have the majority needed to influence decisions that completely meet our interests. On the contrary, the north has both the power, political and military, and population not only to achieve its interests but defend them as well. This is a 'strategic advantage' which, unfortunately, we don't posses.
Most importantly, we will have to dash out our resources to the north, without getting anything in return, all in the name of keeping Nigeria one. Subsequently, as I have already pointed out, neither a Constitutional amendment nor a Sovereign National Conference is far from being the 'optimal' option for an ethnic group that not only wants to remain relevant in the 21st century and beyond, but is equally serious about accelerated development, protecting its culture and heritage, and leaving a legacy that generations after generations will be proud of. Fellow brothers and sisters, it's high time we understood that remaining part of Nigeria will make these goals and aspirations unattainable, and remain just a dream.
If we have our own republic, we can elect highly competent, honest and hardworking leaders that will provide quality leadership, which will inevitably lead to a strong and prosperous Yoruba nation. We will never have to choose again among mediocre northern presidential candidates like Yaradua, Atiku and Buhari, e.t.c., as we just did in the last presidential election. We will choose our leaders from the best of the best among illustrious Yoruba sons and daughters to represent us at all levels. We will be able to form a strong cabinet of ministers based solely on merits, and not quota system - as is the case presently in Nigeria.
Most importantly, we will be able establish strong democratic institutions which are prerequisites to having a just, egalitarian, peaceful, democratic, strong and prosperous Yoruba nation - all of which have so far eluded Nigeria as a country. Building a democratic and egalitarian Yoruba nation will not be a difficult task for the Yorubas simply because we have always stood for justice, and led fierce battles against military dictatorship in Nigeria.
Yorubas have always been pioneers in human rights movements and played leading roles in the democratization processes in Nigeria. The Yorubas have always stood against tyranny irrespective of the origin or tribe of the perpetuator. It's worth mentioning that a number of prominent Yorubas have always voiced out their critizm of Obasanjo's political, economic, military and social policies despite the fact that he is Yoruba. In addition, without any exaggeration, the Yorubas played a significant role in nipping to the bud Obasanjo's Third Term Agenda and hidden desire to hang on to power for life.
We have a very rich democratic history and values, which we can easyly tap from when Oodua republic eventually emerges. With the emergence of Oodua republic, we will NEVER have to worry about the Babangidas, the Danjumas, the Buharis, the Atikus, the Kingibes, the David Marks, e.t.c who have become clogs in the wheels of progress and constitute serious threats to our development as an ethnic group. Imagine an Oodua republic without the above mentioned people. That alone is worth living and dying for!
With the emergence of Yoruba nation, our language, culture, tradition and values, which have suffered a tremendous set back, will flourish without bounds. we will have the opportunity to rediscover again our identity, and be proud of our extremely rich language, culture, tradition, religion and values. Most importantly, as has already been mentioned, with the emergence of Oodua republic, we can concentrate our rich human and mineral resources 'exclusively' on our own development; and not squander them on the north as we have been doing since 1914, when the south was forcefully amalgamated with the north by the British.
Talking about human and mineral resources, suffice to say, without any exaggeration and apology, that we have them in abundance. The oil in Ondo is more than enough to power our economy and for local consumption. In addition, we have the largest, or second largest reserve of bitumen in the world! We are blessed with some of the most fertile soils in the world. Before the discovery of oil, our economy was built solely on agriculture. The defunct western region, under the administration of Pa Obafemi Awolowo, was able to finance many capital intensive projects from the revenues generated from cocoa.
Undoubtedly, our most invaluable assets are our human resources. With an estimated population of 40 million, only few African countries like South Africa, Ethiopia, Egypt, Zaire and 2 more countries could boast of a larger population. Infact, not even a lot of European countries could boast of this number. We are endowed with not just some of the best brains in the world, but as well have the most educated population in Africa. We have more than enough land to farm and build houses for our citizens. We could not have asked God for more.
My advocating for the emergence of an Oodua republic should not in any way be regarded as tribalism or hatred of the north. My position is solely based on self interests of the Yorubas as a nation and ethnic group respectively. What I am advocating for is that we, Yorubas, should use our 'own' resources to defend our own political, economic, military and cultural interests.In my view, this is a honest and sincere position. I am not calling on Yorubas to exploit other people or their resources to defend their interests, as is presently the case in Nigeria, where the north exploits the resources of others to defend its interest.
Fellow brothers and sisters, it's very important for us to understand that Nigeria is a 'trap' that was set up by the British in order to make us independent and hold back our economic and cultural development. Nigeria is a brain child of the British meant to serve its own selfish economic and political interests. My dear brothers and sisters, it's high time we freed ourselves of these shackles called 'Nigeria.' We are not bound by any law to live under an arrangement that we never gave our consent to, moreover, an arrangement that is detriment to our development and threatens our economic, political and cultural survival as a nation and ethnic group. Nigeria is nothing but a political, economic, military and cultural bondage, which the Yorubas must get rid of as quickly as possible. We are bound to do it that for the sake of coming generations, so that they can be born into freedom. We must never hesitate, postpone or procastinate. If we fail to do it now and leave this problem for future generations to solve, they will never forgive us. We hold them a duty and responsibility. As a matter of fact, we should have solved this problem yesterday. It is already getting late today. Tomorrow, definitely will be too late. Better late than never!
just wanted to ask a couple of things, Is it possible that at the age of 19,you still havn't met anyone u can say you see in a romantic light, as in you want to have a relationship with? not that i havnt met some very good guys, am i just deceiving myself?, just never seen them in that light.plus if they're in my class and my age, the whole thing just seems weird, i'm just very good friends with them, how can u know u really genuinely like/love someone?(please no butterflies in my belly descriptions, i don't get that), generally when my good male friends start wanting more, they start to irritate me and then i give them space? is that normal?, and how do u turn someone down nicely? someone very good? i hate being the heartbreaker, its not fun at all and i don't lead people on, i need answers to all these and related things.please no harsh words or criticisms, i get enough of that, any contributions would greatly help, thanks in advance
I hav ths girl dat i dated b4 we seperated due to distance bt we stil communicate thru phone. She normaly ask me wheda i do enjoy sex wt my current girlfriend bt i use to change d topic weneva she ask me dat.
We are planning to see eachother ths xmas and we used to discus hw d sex wld be bt my prob is wat to tel her wen she wl ask d sem question again probably during d act or prior to it.
Shuld i tel her dat sex wt my current girl is fantastic or dat d sex wt her was dull. I need d answer dat wl spice up d act so dat we could hv a great sex. Any advice folks?
Information reachin me now is that the chairman of GUO Motors was kidnapped today and diz guys are qùotin a rañsom of 500milion naira, how true is this? If true den wot is hapenin in anambra state?
Seeing the rate at which robbers and burglars are increasing terrorizing Nigerians, don't you think it is high time the National Assembly legislated to legalize the carrying of arms in Nigeria? Or do you think we are not mature enough to handle that, or that things have not got that bad in the country?
What is your love zodiac sign.
Mine is CANCER July 22nd June - 22July
People born under the Cancer zodiac sign have an entire range of emotions packed inside them. One moment, you will see them as shy and timid and the next moment, they will be the center of attraction in a bunch of friends. They won't feel shy at all and bask in the glow of limelight. Cancerians are very attached to their home and family and are fiercely protective of them. The emotions of Cancerians are always kept guarded from others and they never ever forget a damage done to them. They are very touchy and even the slightest of the remarks can send them sulking into their protective shell or make them bold and confident.
Cancer Love Traits
They are very emotional. However, very often they mask their true feelings behind a cold persona.
They are truly romantic and their love is very strong.
A Cancerian can never be satisfied with the amount of love showered on him/her and will always crave for more.
They are very giving in a relationship, something that is exploited by opportunists often.
Though they are not very expressive of their love, they make sincere efforts to show their loved one that they care.
Perfect love match : Scorpio, Cancer and Pisces
I came across this poem which honours our very dear Black Women. It highlights their long-suffering and indomitable will. We’ve all been influenced by these queens: grandmothers, mothers, sisters, wives, girlfriends, etc. Let’s celebrate our strong black women. Heaven knows they deserve it!
What If I Am A Black Woman?
Is it a disease? Well, if it is, I sure hope it’s catching
Because they need to pour it into a bottle,
label it, and sprinkle it All over the people
men and women who Ever loved or cried,
worked or died For any one of us.
So, What if I am a Black woman?
Is it a crime? Arrest me!
Because I'm strong, but I'm gentle,
I'm smart, but I'm learning,
I'm loving, but I'm hateful.
And I like to work because
I like to eat and feed and clothe
and house Me, mine
and yours and everybody's,
Like I've been doing for the past 300 years.
What if I am a Black woman?
Is it insane? Commit me!!
Because I want Happiness, not tears;
Truths not lies; Pleasure not pain;
Sunshine not rain; A man not a child!
What if I am a Black woman? Is it a sin?
Pray for me! And pray for you too,
If you don't like women of color
because we are, Midnight Black,
Chestnut Brown, Honey Bronzed,
Chocolate Covered, Cocoa Dipped,
Big Lipped, Big Hipped, Big Breasted, and BEAUTIFUL
all at the same time!
So what if I am a Black Woman?
Does it bother you that much because
I want a man who wants me,
Loves me and trusts me, and respects me
And gives me everything because
I give him everything back, PLUS!!
What if I am a Black woman? I've got rights,
same as you! I have worked for them,
died for them, played and laid for them,
On every plantation from Alabama to Boston and Back!
What if I am a Black woman?
I love me, and I want you to love me too,
But I am as I've always been,
Near you, close to you, beside you,
strong giving, loving,
For over 300 years, Your Black woman, Love me!
Which firms are the top 10 law firms in Nigeria based on:
 Prestige (training quality & future prospects) and
 Salary (pay after 5 years experience)
Would the following firms feature?
Afe Babalola and Co
Gani Fawehinmi Chambers
Babalakin and Co
Blackfriars and Co
Please give a reasonable explanation and figure if you can.
What behavioural traits wld a girl that does not like a guy put up?
I need to know: What is the technical difference between a Web Designer and a Web Developer?
Who do you think will win the Akita state election tribunal today, Fayemi or Oni?
I have a feeling its ONI but i am asking myself the following questions,
Is Oni going to win because PDP cannot afford to loss 3 in a row, and after Edo and Abia, will make sure Ekiti is won?
Is Oni going to win because he won the election or he is going to win because Fayemi and AC mess up the case, they prefer to try the case in newspaper than in Court,
What is your view?
Can any of the local Nigerian hip-hop artistes win the Grammy?
I have only N7,500 with me, please what type or kind of business can one start with such amount of money.
Please, guys help me.
My talents are: I know how to set up a debit card, I know things about computer and engineering, I know about domain and hosting ect. But the problem I have is that I have only N7500 to start business, please advice me
A nigerian guy told me this, and refused to tell me what it means: Na you be my madam. Na you biko.
Please, can someone translate it? Thanks in advance!
When God said this, i don't mean he meant a sin like killing somebody and stealing a sweet are the same. I think he meant it in terms of both sins are disobeying him regardless of how big, or small, its still a disobedience. Share your views!
hi guys i need yr opinion on these
there is this friend of mine who runs a business together with her husband but the whole business is in d guys name coupled with their property and even cars owned by them. the company account is also solely in the husbands name.
what advise do u think i shld give her.
A man escapes from prison where he has been for 15 years. He breaks into a house to look for money and guns and finds a young couple in bed.
He orders the guy out of bed and ties him to a chair, while tying the girl to the bed he gets on top of her, kisses her neck, then gets up and goes into the bathroom. While he's in there, the husband tells his wife:
"Listen, this guy's an escaped convict, look at his clothes! He probably spent lots of time in jail and hasn't seen a woman in years. I saw how he kissed your neck." If he wants sex, don't resist, don't complain, do whatever he tells you. Satisfy him no matter how much he nauseates you. This guy is probably very dangerous. If he gets angry, he'll kill us. Be strong, honey. I love you."
To which his wife responds: "He wasn't kissing my neck. He was whispering in my ear. He told me he was gay, thought you were cute, and asked me if we had any vaseline. I told him it was in the bathroom. Be strong honey. I love you too!!"
So many people criticize a relationship between a Nigerian man and an American woman. Why is that? I know that yahoo boys have ruined the image of a lot of honest Nigerian men. But is it impossible to believe that a marriage will last between two people from two different cultures?
WOULD YOU GO BACK?
You have this friend since Junior Secondary School and after Senior
Secondary School both of you lose contact with each other. But she is
someone really special to you, and you're someone very special to her
Five years later you receive a phone call from her.
"Hi, I'll visit you" she says.
"Hi, Sue, when?" you ask her.
"Just wait for me" she replies.
It seems weird but you prepare for her coming anyway.
One rainy night you hear a knock on the door. And you're surprised to
see that it's your friend Sue. Losing touch for ten years is so long
and you start talking about everything. Then both of you even go to your
room upstairs. Suddenly there is a power outage, but the two of you
continue talking by candle light.
Then the phone rings.
"I'll just get the phone downstairs," you say.
"No, don't get it, we're in the middle of our talk," she says.
"It might be important," you say.
"Okay if you say so, but promise me you'll be back," she says.
You promise her a million times that you'll be back. Then you run
downstairs to answer the phone.
"Hello," you say.
"Hello," says the person on the line.
"Yeah?" you say, wondering who it is.
"I'm calling on behalf of Sue's family. They had an accident and her
parents are in the hospital right now," he says.
"How are they?" you ask.
He continues, "They are injured but stable. But I'm sorry to say that
Sue died. We found your name and phone number in Sue's purse, "
His voice trails off as you look up at the long stairs.
[i]WOULD YOU GO BACK AS YOU HAVE PROMISED?
What is the most effective cure for stretch mark?I tried TRI-LASTIN but it didnt work!It's so fustrating.
Do our Naija girls talk dirty at all, I have never met any Naija girl that talks dirty, especially when it comes to intimacy, my friends tell me that they experience girls talking dirty all the time!!!!! however, I have date other african girls who talk dirty, I like a girl to be real and not put on a fake persona.
Share your experience
Posted: 2008-09-16 10:46
Orlando Pirates’ hunt for another top striker continues with the news that they have extended their search to Nigeria for Enyimba’s red hot striker Stephen Worgu.
Worgu has been the man behind Enyimba’s good run in the CAF Champions League and is currently the tournament’s top goal scorer having netted 13 times.
The Nigerian striker was on target this week when Enyimba beat Al Hilal 4-1 during their CAF Champions League fixture yesterday.
Sources close to Orlando Pirates have revealed that club chairman Irvin Khoza has already put in a ‘great’ offer for Worgu and Enyimba have agreed to release him but only after the completion of the current CAF Champions League.
“There were two options, one for Aldave from Sundowns and the other one for Worgu from Enyimba. One of Enyimba’s officials was in the country recently to meet Khoza with regards to signing Worgu and I understand that the striker will only join Pirates after the CAF Champions League,” a source inside the club told KickOff.com.
Enyimba’s Uche Kalu has already poured high praise on Worgu and believes the striker could be voted the best player in the Champions League.
“He’s a very talented player and his speed is completely unbelievable. He’s a great asset to the team right now and I think he will surely win the Best Player Award.
“If he keeps on scoring as much as he’s doing, I think he will set a Champions League goal scoring record.
“He just plays unbelievable football, very quick on the ball and calm in front of goal. That’s what makes him so deadly
I really don't know, but I keep having this eerie feeling that Argentina despite Messi (who is yet to score a single goal) and all the other star players will soon be bundled out of this World Cup? Messi's ceaseless curling shots are too timid that any average goal keeper can easily catch and hold onto them. But because the shots are coming from Messi himself, the world (except me) sees it as a big deal!
Cristiano Ronaldo has just been booted out by Spain's David Villa, same for Samuel Eto Fils of Cameroun and same was the fate of Wayne Rooney!
If you take a closer look at the Nigeria - Argentina match of June 12, you will readily see that had our Super Eagles any ambition, they would have created an upset that day! I know for sure that our Super Eagles of 1994 would have easily disgraced this Argentine squad led by Messi, with due respect ofcourse.
So, all in all, the real test for the Argentines comes up on Saturday against the indomitable German Machines!
Indeed, I have this continuous eerie feeling that the Argentina's success bubble story will soo burst - let's just wait and see!
Minus sentiment l can challenge any women in any cooking competition afterall the best hotels in the world dont have women as their cook. l've often queried myself if women really cooks better than men or is it that African culture just place the responsibility in their hands. But come to think of it,who is a better cook proffessionally? Man or Woman?
A few hours after P.M.News hit the newsstands with an allegation by Obasanjo’s son, Gbenga, that his father slept with his wife, Moji, thousands of Nigerians have condemned the act, describing it as an abomination. Gbenga Obasanjo, first son of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, had in an affidavit he swore to alleged that his father seduced his estranged wife with NNPC contracts and slept with her. This and more were contained in an affidavit sworn to at an Ikeja High Court which is hearing his application to divorce his wife, Moji, nee Onabanjo.
Gbenga also stated in his affidavit that he had grounds to suspect that his father-in-law Otunba Alex Onabanjo slept with his daughter and abused her sexually.
Reacting to the story, many Nigerians said the allegation was not surprising as they have always known that Obasanjo was a randy fellow.
Some who reacted, however, expressed surprise that Obasanjo could descend so low as to sleep with his son’s wife.
“This is an abomination of the highest order. It is abomination in Yorubaland, abomination in Christianity, abomination under the Nigerian laws and constitution. I pity the man; the devil is living inside him 100 per cent, 24/7. It is the highest level of immorality,’’ a Nigerian said.
Another respondent wondered why Gbenga would go to this extent to destroy his notorious father whose appetite for anything in skirt is well known.
“This had better not be true. But why will Gbenga want to scandalise his notorious father, whose insatiable appetite for daughters of Eve is legendary; and his father-in-law, Alex O, as he is fondly called in social circles, a man whose sense of humour I adore a lot,” another respondent wrote.
A Lagosian who lives in Surulere urged Nigerians not to dismiss Gbenga Obasanjo’s allegation as that of an , saying: “There is no smoke without fire. We should not brush aside Gbenga Obasanjo’s allegation at all. This guy is not an slowpoke or an . He knows what he is talking about.
“In actual fact, Baba Iyabo or Baba Damilola Akinlawon can do it. If you are one of the doubting Thomases, ask yourself, how many wives has Baba Iyabo and how many of them are living with him? How many children has he?”
Another respondent, however, blamed Gbenga for his plight. According to him: “Obasanjo, to many, is a bad man. But Gbenga ought to be aware of the kind of lady he married. The lady is a cheerful giver. I am sure she must have seduced OBJ into the shameful act. Don’t yell at OBJ, he is a man and not a log of wood. Some of you will do the same.”
In her own response, a society lady based in Ikoyi stated: “I cannot believe it is true, but again this is Nigeria where wonders never cease to happen. Just when you thought the ghost of his eight years misrule is chasing him, now there is fire under his roof. However, he didn’t equip the firefighters during his reign. Whether this is true or not, the damage is done”.
And to add humour to the messy divorce saga, an Ota-based cleric wrote: “I don’t even know what concerns all these riffraffs in Baba’s private affairs. This is not a case of molest, it is a case of two consenting adults. As to the father having an incestuous relations with his daughter, it is very nauseating and he should be the one facing public censor, not Baba. “As for Gbenga, when he was courting his wife, did he not see an inkling of her true characteristics as it couldn’t have developed overnight?”
I need ideas, tips or resources on what it entails to start a clothing line business. Anyone in the biz or have answers, please?
Arranged marriage or love marriage which one do you prefer and which one last longer in your opion? well I am sure love marriage is a big hit for most people, but sometimes we choose partners who are physically attractive to us. Physical attraction creates strong emotions, which we might think is love, but it really is just infatuation. During this passionate stage, we overlook the other person's flaws and habits, because we believe that we are in love, and love is all that matters. Then reality strikes, the infatuation wears off, and we start to see the flaws and we get annoyed by the habits. on the other hand in arranged marriage, you may not like the person at first but as time goes by you begin to create love for the person.
WELL myself on the other hand, I would not be able to live with myself if I were married and let another man lay in my bed and touch my body.
How about u guys
why do christian celebrate easter when there is notting like that in bible
i have been dating my girl friend for a year now but never had sex or kiss her becos she never argreed, (she has been faithful) then yesterday she argreed that i should kiss her, but immediately i kissed her it was not long her countenance changed, she looked sad. I tried to ask her why but she refused to say anything. Pls can someone tell me what is in her mind? What does she mean?
Tables have turned and today its women who are running from commitment. Based on Hollywood script which coincidentally became something of reality TV version of the movie( Runaway Bride) Let me find out about this! and why?
Who will u choose if u are given an opportunity to marry a celebrity?
I have up to like five cases where i met people on the internet especially Nigerians and immediately they see my picture, they will start to say all sort of sweet words and telling me they are falling in love as they are seeing the picture which i don't normally believe. Is it really true people can fall in love with pictures?
People, which type of marriage does God recognise, is it the traditional one or the court one or the church wedding. i have noticed that in nigeria today intending couples ,especially Christians, are going through fire and rain to appease all the three institutions mentioned above, before they are considered married. is this not doing tripple marriage?
So i ask which one is accepted by God as the real one, outside which God will consider such a union unholy.must Christians be forced to appease traditional people in the villages ,who are just there to milk them of their resources without caring how the marriage survives later, even when some churches have made it clear to their congregation that they (church) do not recognise traditional marriage but only church wedding, yet they impose the same traditional marriage on the intending couples as a requirement to qualify for the church wedding. is this not hypocrisy?. many churches today are filled with young and old spinsters doing endless night vigils to procure a husband and they are being exploited by all kinds of spiritual charlatans. In the west you either do church or court wedding simple, but here we heap up gruesome burdens upon ourselves. can someone say something on this.
My sister and this guy were hot lovers until her pastor started giving prophecies of someone she had not met.all her pastor kept doing was to say horrible things about this guy all in the name of prophecy,saying he's a never-do-well,a failure who will be financially unstable in life even while this guy was doing well financially. finally being A WOMAN my sister succumbed to the pastors wish and now she has made the guy not only detest women she also is now a desperate lady luking 4 a relationship.Wat pastors can do to peoples destiny.
what is with the whole tribal thing? i dont understand why anyone cares?
Should your girlfriend, fiancee, wife know how much you earn? and vice versa