I AM A WORKAHOLIC - PDJT.

I AM A WORKAHOLIC - PDJT.
I like to work. I hate vacations, it is boring. I like this job. There is a lot of work to be done. It provides me opportunity to work as hard as I like to work. I will get the job done. - President Donald John Trump speaking on his experience thus far since being sworn in as president and commander in chief of the United States of America. Icheoku says a right hire for the job as there are so many things that need to be done and PDJT will get them done.

MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN BEGINS: DAY ONE !

MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN BEGINS: DAY ONE !
Icheoku says in just a few hours, the man who rode into the presidency of the United States on the back of a well crafted mantra and war cry, Make America Great Again, will officially be given the platform to put his words into action. Like they say, back it up - put his money where his mouth is. Icheoku is a firm believer in PE DJT and does not entertain any doubt that he will mission-accomplish on his pledge to Make America Great Again. Icheoku says congratulations President-Elect Donald John Trump and God's speed to you.

"When two raging fires meet together, they do consume the thing that feeds their fury. Though little fire grows great with little wind, yet extreme gusts do blow out fire." - William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew

TAKING IT TO THE CLINTONS

"The Clintons have turned the politics of personal enrichment into a complete new art form, making for themselves hundreds of millions of dollars in the process." - Donald Trump. ICHEOKU says it is called the Clinton Cash Initiative.


WHAT REALLY MATTERS IN LIFE - STEVE JOBS

“I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me. God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth. Memories precipitated by love is the only true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on. The most expensive bed in the world is the sick bed. You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear sickness for you. Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – Life. Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well. Cherish others.” - SJ

EVIL CANNOT BE TRULY DESTROYED.

"The threat of evil is ever present. We can contain it as long as we stay vigilant, but it can never truly be destroyed. - Lorraine Warren (Annabelle, the movie)


PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI, BREAKING THE LAW.


Icheoku says regrettably his Vice President Osibanjo, a lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, is fidgeting around, while the president is wrecking havoc to Nigeria's hard fought democracy. Icheoku says by flagrantly disobeying court's orders, the president is doing grave damage to the very foundation on which every democracy is based. Osibanjo, Icheoku says defend your honor as a servant of the law and tell your boss that he has no choice in the matter of releasing detainees who have been granted bail.

NNAMDI KANU, A PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE !!!

Icheoku says the more they hold him, the bigger, the better and the larger he becomes; and more resolved on his quest for an independent homeland of Biafra. A thinking government of Nigeria would let him go and just monitor his activities if they have the time. Icheoku calls on President Muhammadu Buhari and his advisers to let Nnamdi Kanu go, moreso now that two courts of competent jurisdictions have granted him bail, one unconditionally.



ONLY THE POOR WISH THEY HAD STUFF?

“I’m not that interested in material things. As long as I find a good bed that I can sleep in, that’s enough.” - Nicolas Berggruem, the homeless billionaire.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

ADAMA BARROW: GAMBIA PRESIDENT FINALLY INAUGURATED.

Icheoku says after the high wire drama that was the former president Yahya Jammeh attempted botching of his election as Gambia president, Adama Barrow was inaugurated at last as president of The Gambia. In his remarks after the ceremony, he said:- "For 22 years, the Gambian people yearned to live in a country where our diverse tribes will be bridged by tolerance and our determination to work together for the common good," he said. "One Gambia, one nation, one people."

Icheoku says hopefully his will not be another ugly chapter of the many unfulfilled dreams of Africans, who excitedly elect a president hoping that they chose right, only to be disappointed down the road as it turns out that they only armed another criminal vagabond in power. ICHEOKU hopes too that he will be mindful of the many hope reposed on him including the effort mounted by Nigeria and other West African countries including the United Nations to validate his mandate and govern not to disappoint these people in addition to his Gambian people who elected him. Icheoku reiterates, NO DRAMA ADAMA. Congratulations. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

NORTH KOREAN SIBLING RIVALRY: WHEN A BROTHER KILLS HIS BROTHER?

ICHEOKU says it will not be the first time neither will it be the last time that sibling rivalry has forced the drawing of blood of a brother by another brother. In Genesis 4:8 Cain killed his brother Abel and went on to retort that he is not his brother's keeper. Genesis 27:35-41 told the story of Esau and Jacob and how their mother helped engineer another sibling rivalry between her two sons. In Nepal, a brother murdered his brother King and his family, covetous of the kingdom which led to the abolition of the monarchy in Nepal. 

So if the current suspicion that the leader of the reclusive North Korea Kim Jong Un ordered the hit on his brother, Kim Jong Nam, it goes without saying that sibling rivalry is still very much a fact of life and has not gone away.

Kim Jong Nam, 45, was assassinated at Kuala Lumpur International Airport Malaysia by two female secret agents from North Korea's Spy agency Reconnaissance General Bureau, wielding poisoned handkerchief and poisoned needles. They struck following a security lapse between his bodyguards and Malaysian airport police at the airport. Kim Jo Nam was an out of wedlock child of the former leader of North Korea, their father, Kim Jong II and his South Korea mistress, Sung Hae-rim. 

The circumstance of his birth possibly explains why he was passed over by their late father in choosing his heir to the throne in Pyongyang; admitted some analysts would like the world to believe that it was his disgraceful conduct, caught traveling with a false passport in Japan in 2001 that did him in and cost him the throne. However, masking his anger at being passed over, he once said that he is not personally interested in being a leader of North Korea and urged his younger brother leader to do his best for the sake of North Koreans prosperous lives. 

But his luck ran out and not even his false identity, traveling under an assumed name Kin Choi when he was hit, could protect him. An advocate of political reform in the reclusive North Korean, was probably considered a threat which must be eliminated and he was in fact eliminated. Kim Jong Nam was previously targeted for a hit and run accident but the plot was preempted when the agent assigned to stage it was arrested in South Korea. But in Malaysia, a porous security did the trick; his luck exhausted and not being the cat with the proverbial nine lives, they got him. May his soul rest. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

GENERAL FLYNN'S FORCED EXIT: IT'S CANDOR, STUPID !

Icheoku says trust, once lost, is hardly ever regained because once anyone's veracity for telling the truth is compromised, it Is often extremely difficult to ever trust that person again or take whatever he or she subsequently says without a grain of salt. This is exactly why the National Security Adviser of President Donald John Trump had to go,  relieved of his duties and asked to resign in order to save face. He misled the president by not truthfully telling everything about a telephone call he had with the Russian ambassador; which led Vice President Mike Pence to also misspeak on the issue, thus damaging the presidency's truthfulness to the American people. 

So having breached this foundational bedrock of every relationship, the ultimate test of loyalty, the president was left with only one option, to let Flynn go. Left with the president, whose loyalty to his friends is legendary, the general would have been left in his office, but the need for maintaining institutional truth telling forced the president's hand and he acted accordingly. It is not a rocket science and it does not require burning the midnight oil to understand why General Michael Flynn was fired or rather asked to turn in his security clearance and cease being the National Security Adviser to the president. He crossed that line and can no longer be trusted to tell the truth and in his special relationship with the presidency, his words should be his bonds and he flunked that test. 

What the truth or lie was about is irrelevant because if someone lied in a little matter, the propensity to lie in a major matter is highly probable. Therefore it is imperative to understand why Flynn was let go - it was not because he had a phone call with the Russian ambassador; nope, it was because he did not fully disclose the issues that came up during the telephone call including the Russian sanctions.  He was asked severally and he denied sanctions did not come up only to later claim his recollections were foggy before finally coming clean with an admission that it possibly did come up. By this time it was already too late as a politically charged atmosphere had called for his resignation and it got to fever pitch that the president had no other option but to relieve him of his duties. 

Icheoku says the attempt to misled is not something that should be tolerated because there is no way such a very important issue would not have stood out in his mind while responding to the inquiry. He knew but he choose to keep it secret and this intention supplied the animus of a deliberate effort to lie and conceal a fact of consequence. Therefore General Flynn was rightfully fired or rather forced to resign. ICHEOKU says will so do exactly the same if the president; and the same measure applies to a disloyal spouse, friends and/or family members. If they did it once, they could and will most likely do it again, the right circumstance permitting. Icheoku says it was a good decision by the president to let General Flynn go. It is also to send a message to other underlings that such behavior will not be tolerated by the president or in the presidency and will make everyone to sit up and do their job without any mischievous thoughts. Icheoku says General Michael Flynn is a good man and a great patriot who should be considered for other positions including an ambassadorial posting to possibly Russia and let him go to Russia with love.

Monday, February 13, 2017

JOY VILLA: THE TRUMP GIRL AT THE GRAMMYS, WOWED.

ICHEOKU says imagine what a believe in the peoples president could do for you that a previously not so famous singer has ballooned to the stratosphere for audaciously wearing a MAGA outfit to the Grammys. Joy Villa stepped into the den of anti-Trump anarchists which Hollywood has become and bedazzled them with a bold Make America Great Again dress which was adorned with TRUMP on the bottom flared section. ICHEOKU says audacity could not be better defined than this and like McDonald's, is lovin it. 

Good enough, American deplorables responded warmly to her and showed her so much love by spending their money on her music. Such was their generosity of heart that her record sales on Amazon went from ranking Number 543,202 to ranking Number 3 within just a few hours after boldly identifying with President Donald John Trump. A record 18.106.633% increase which saw more of her records sold than Beyonce, Adele, JayZ, Kanye West and Justin Bieber combined. 

ICHEOKU says nothing else would appreciate her love more than the love which was given back to her in return. What a tribute she paid to our dear President Donald John Trump, whom the singer advised hater to rather learn to see the person occupying the office than the politics that put him there. ICHEOKU definitely agrees that those crazy wide-eyed losers should pick up their pieces and move on from their sorrows and tears, fully aware that their whining won't a thing change regarding who American president is and would remain this coming four years, if not eight years.

In her remarks at the Grammys, Singer Joy Villa said "My whole artistic platform is about LOVE. I couldn’t be where I am today without the love and tenderness of those beautiful supporters and friends around me and remember to forget your problems and focus on the future! You are infinite and beautiful and no one can stop you but you. So go out and celebrate yourself as a winner no matter what, together with those you adore. Life is about living free and loving it. Be your beautiful selves. Go big, or go home. You can either stand for what you believe or fall for what you don't. Above all make a choice for tolerance and love. Agree to disagree. See the person over the politics, carry yourself with dignity, always. Life is made to be lived, so go boldly and give no effs.” 

Icheoku says agrees to all that she said. Wonderful words of wisdom from a wonderful soul songstress and Americans, particularly the irredeemable deplorables, rewarded her mightily. Simply put Joy Villa is wonderful and ICHEOKU says to you to pick your own copy of her 'I MAKE THE STATIC' album today. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

MAKERS CONFERENCE 2017: THE FUTURE IS FEMALE - HILLARY CLINTON.

ICHEOKU says exactly why she lost the last election of November 8, 2016 as American people perceived her to be an extremist who is on the fringe of feminism and leading the attack on family values as well as pushing an unrepentant agenda to turn respective gender roles of the society upside down on its head. Icheoku says was thinking that she learnt at least a lesson or two from her last rejection, but no. In her rather fanatical and maniacal believe that the females of  America far outnumber their males counterpart and that all females vote vagina and not their basic human needs including food on the table and clothes on their back, this wide-eyed feminist has again wandered off the reservation of acceptable speak. 

Once again it is all systems go in her possessed propagation of the feminist female equality nonsocial or rather superiority over men. Delivering a message of solidarity to a feminist group's annual conference in California, Hillary Clinton said, "Despite all the challenges we (feminists) face, I remain convinced that, yes, the future is female." Icheoku queries which future is she talking about and which females does she mean exactly; because if she is delusional about the American society, then she has another thing coming. The American society is still predominantly a macho society, the noisy activism of the unsecured female feminists, who are not comfortable in their skin or who they are, notwithstanding. The other good news too is that women hate one another and even Madam Madeline Albright was this much forthcoming when she urged American females to please rally around one of their own; which of course they rejected by voting nearly equally between Hillary Clinton and President Donald John Trump. 

Icheoku says funny enough and interesting as it may sound, human beings do not or hardly learn from their experiences; otherwise Hillary Clinton would not not have been as boldly imprudent as she was while addressing the MAKER'S 2017 conference. As one commentator put it, the occasion was a golden opportunity for Hillary Clinton to show grace, introspection and some self restraint, but instead she choose otherwise and barreled through the self-censoring barriers into the land of rascality by disparaging and alienating more than one half of American population and by extension, the entire world's human race. The democrat who lost a presidential bid, which was hers for grabs, to a new comer political novitiate President Donald John Trump said that the future is female and belongs to the female species. What has become of this woman, the other woman in Bill Clinton's life or women and debauchery and why is she this possessed by her hatred for males especially those males of America. 

Icheoku says what Hillary Clinton has against males, especially those who call America home is beyond anyone's easy comprehension. What did men do to Hillary Clinton that she is this horn-mad vengeful and looking for an opportunity for a payback. It is a generally widely agreed on proposition that Hillary Clinton is a feminist numero uno whose eyes are crazily wild, red-hot open and looking for a fight with men; which to some people has risen to intentionally seeking an opportunity at vengeance. Should American males be concerned and so perturbed as to engage the services of her husband Bill Clinton to try and get into the mind of this woman and see if there is any way possible to pacify her and make her crave for power more rational and more reasonable. If female is the future, does it mean that men are now so yesterday and have become disposable antiquity of no value and not worth preserving. If these buck-eyed feminists have figured a way to propagate without males or would do with just a male for one every one thousand of them, what exactly do they want the rest of the males to do - commit mass suicide? 

ICHEOKU says this crass female activism of all or nothing must stop and those feminists who see the males as a threatening force which must be completely routed out of relevance, made to shut up permanently never to be seen or heard again from or simply made obsolete and extinct should have a rethink. ICHEOKU says to these feminist anarchists, men are not their problem; their heads which continuously whisper sermons of inferiority complexity to them are the culprit. The earlier they get a grip of this fact the better it will be for their general psychological well-being. As one commentator put it, the ongoing demolition derby of life playing out between the two sexes, the battle of the sexes, might never come to an end if this pervasive mindset continues to fester. A  peaceful partnership and co-existence of both parties is required for far-reaching progress of the collective society at large. ICHEOKU admonishes that the future is both sexes, males and females alike and that Hillary Clinton and her ilk should get over their delusion that the world will ever become a mono-sex female society.  They should learn to become part of the God created and ordained unisex world and collectively aspire to make things better for everyone and where apparent inequity exist, jointly find a remedial relief. What an irredeemable feminist.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

LADY GAGA IS NOT FAT, SHE IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS.

Icheoku says haters will always hate and now they are piling on and trolling Lady Gaga. So it goes that after pressuring Lady Gaga to go politically ballistic against President Donald John Trump during her Super Bowl halftime performance and failed, these liberal wild eyed feminists nuts and their sissy male accomplices have taken to twitter and other social media outlets to hammer Lady Gaga for not being a willing tool in their hands of hate. A spectacular performance which every sane person hailed as stellar and which these lunatic fringed anarchists could not find anyway to fault or impugn has now become a belly fat issue? 

It is her body that they are now going after, claiming that she is fat for a loose hanging belly flop that was hardly noticeable. In their warped mind, just find some fault to fault Lady Gaga for not doing their bidding and haranguing President Donald John Trump, their newest punchbag of fun. In their body-shaming of Lady Gaga, they forgot the time honored decorum never to talk about a woman's body weight and to encourage rather than shame her into discouragement. It appears these cry-babies only duly certified females are entitled to such society's protections otherwise why call her out on "pot belly, belly flop and over the belts' pot belly?" 

Icheoku says Lady Gaga is not fat and whatever loose belly was rather sexy than repulsive. She was simply ladylike, being mindful that the Super Bowl was a celebration of American great sport and that in the mix were fans from diverse broad political spectrum including those who are apolitical. In the crowd too were people who paid hefty sums to enjoy a beautiful game of football, played in its grand finale and would rather not be bothered with political remarks or dragged into partisan politics or in short have their day ruined by political comment from a respected entertainer. In the midst too were a lot of Trump's deplorables as well as Clinton's coolaid drinkers and some non partisan independents; while millions of others watched throughout the nation and also globally. So why would a thinking Lady Gaga and she thinks a lot and very fast too, ruin her performance by dabbling into the current political craziness that have seen some extremists on the very far left losing their minds in a rather unsettling hysteric fashion.

Moreso Lady Gaga is from Texas and was performing in Houston Texas, a very deep red State and understands very well the politics of the host state and would have been out of sync obliging these President Trump's detractors. Icheoku is glad that the no nonsense Lady Gaga had fired back and has now rightfully put these mad hounds in their rightful place - the dustbin of irrelevance. In her own words of wisdom she told them to take care of themselves and leave Lady Gaga alone and let Lady Gaga worry about Lady Gaga's issues, if any, including an alleged hanging loose belly skin. According to her, “I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too. No matter who you are or what you do. I could give you a million reasons why you don’t need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you, and be relentlessly you. That’s the stuff of champions. Thank you so much everyone for supporting me. I love you guys. Xoxo, Gaga.”

Icheoku says hopefully these anarchists will not take their action a step further by calling for the boycott of Lady Gaga and her music as well as concerts. The far left liberals are tethering on a lunatic fringe and are capable of taking their actions to whatever level that make them feel fulfilled. The same crocks are now boycotting Ivanka Trump's labels and you wonder what did Ivanka also do to them or was it her fault that her father won the presidency; and none of the things the president allegedly said or did was attributable to Ivanka, yet they want to take her down too. Anyway, Icheoku taking the Lady Gaga admonition a step further, says these jobless lowlife trolls should go get jobs and get a life of their own and stop hating others who worked hard and succeeded. The earlier they start accepting the fact that President Donald John Trump won the election and is the president of all, the better for their psychological well being. What a group of human debris that always insist that they know best and that it must either be their way or the highway to hell. Lunatics.

Monday, February 6, 2017

THE TWO FACES OF 2FACE - REUBEN ABATI

Tuface’s decision to lead a protest to register the dissatisfaction of Nigerians with the performance of the incumbent administration and to reiterate the value of government’s responsibility to the people was his finest moment as a citizen and artiste. But it is also now, with his Jammeh-like volte-face, his worst moment. His transformation into a champion of democratic values and voice of the masses brought him added stardom and value. His retreat has turned him into a revolutionary manqué. He deserves our understanding and sympathy. 
When on 24th January Tuface (Innocent Dibia) announced that he was going to lead, under the umbrella of the Tuface Foundation, a mass protest against the economic policies of the Buhari government, he immediately attracted public interest. A multiple award-winning musician, a naturally talented stage performer and author of at least two evergreen songs: “My African Queen” and “If Love is a Crime”, TuBaba, as he is also known, sounded like he was moving from art to politics, and seemed ready to answer to the true calling of the artist as the conscience of the people. 
Artists and creative persons have always led protests and lent their voices to progressive causes. That much is the case in the United States at the moment, where artistes have raised their voices and joined protests to remind the “insurgent in the White House” that America is a land of freedom, democracy and justice and not bigotry and tyranny. Here at home, Fela, and his cousin, the Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe and others as well, have shown the power of creativity and stardom as a veritable vehicle for social change and justice. Artists and their art, and their movement from the stage, or the printed page, to the public arena of action have always saved humanity, by humanizing man. This has been the case from Sophocles, all through time and history to Olanrewaju Adepoju, Beyonce and Kanye West. 

But activism comes with a price. Tuface obviously didn’t bargain for that. He received enormous support. His announcement of the February 5, later February 6 protest energized the angry, frustrated Nigerian base, and drew our unrelenting “children of anger” back into an overdrive on social media. The international community also became interested, waiting to see the effect of a protest driven by star-power in Nigeria. It was coincidentally a season of protests across the world: in the Gambia, there had been protests against Yahya Jammeh with a positive outcome, in the US, the UK and elsewhere, Donald Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries and his misogyny led to protests on both counts, and in the case of the former, a Federal judge has given a ruling that has resulted in the suspension of the ban. In Cameroon, concerned citizens are protesting over discrimination against English-speaking Cameroonians. In Romania, a sea of protesting citizens has just had its way. There is all around the world, right now, a resurgence and affirmation of people power, be it Brexit or left-wing activism in Europe. Individuals and groups lead such moments in history- what makes them different is the fire in their bellies and their readiness to command the revolution, at great personal risk.
It looked initially as if Tuface had that burning fire in his belly, but he couldn’t make that leap between self-preservation and the risks of rebellion. He had appeared on television. He spoke confidently about the need for real change in Nigeria. He encouraged Nigerians to come out en masse to support the movement. He even announced the color and dress code of the protest. His wife stood by him and she, too, talked about her husband’s convictions about national progress and good governance. Each time Tuface appeared in the media, during those five minutes in the sun, he looked bright and determined. But everything changed late Saturday evening. The recorded video of Tuface’s volte-face, announcing the cancellation of the Feb. 6 protest showed him looking dispirited, broken, ashen as if he had been shaken up and chastised. He looked unsettled with his scraggy, uncombed beard. It is not difficult to know when a man’s balls have been squeezed. 
Tuface actually deserves our sympathy. He must have gone through a lot of pressures that broke his spirit. His capitulation makes us appreciate even better the heroism of those who always stood up to dictatorships. His example is indeed a great lesson…And I mean that positively for the fact that…Despite the massive support that he received, he also received a lot of discouragement. An old ally of his, some guy appropriately called Blackface was one of the first persons to blacken the idea of the protest. Some Nollywood, belle-forever-face-front-chop-money-money-finish-carry-go characters also opposed Tuface. Some musicians too, although in the long run, Tuface was able to mobilize the support of every section of the Nigerian community at home and in diaspora. By Saturday when he poured cold ice on the whole thing, the protest had even grown beyond him, much larger, with others seizing the initiative and turning what he had thought would be a small show into a nationwide and diaspora event.  At that point, Tuface was no longer the singer of sultry songs, but the symbol of a rebellion. The enormity of that potential must have frightened him. He didn’t have the courage to see it through. Leadership is about courage. A coward can never lead a rebellion. 
But we should struggle to understand his situation. He was accused of having seven children from three women, which is an absolutely stupid point. An artist does not have to be a saint. We relate to their art and their engagements with society on the basis of the positive value that they bring forth.  It is also possible that Tuface received pressures from his multiple in-laws, and even the Baby Mamas defending their stakes in his life.  The official wife must have been accused of trying to encourage him to get into trouble so he could get killed and she alone can sit on his estate.  The Baby Mamas and all the in-laws must have called to remind him that his children are still very young and he needs to be alive to be their father and so he should think twice before going to use his chest to stop Nigeria Police bullets. Family members, to whom he is obviously a breadwinner, must have advised him to stay with his singing and dancing and not get involved in politics. They would remind him how Fela’s mom got killed and how Fela’s house was razed down, and how every artist who dared the Nigerian government ended up in exile or in prison or with a strange motor accident.
The Nigerian government was, of course, unhappy with the planned protest, and the idea of it created enormous confusion in Abuja and Aso Rock. While the office of the Acting President spoke about the right to protest and the government not having anything against the expression of fundamental human rights, the Office of the President on vacation made it very clear that the would-be protesters are enemies of the government of the day and sore losers. Those two seemingly contradictory impressions from Aso Rock can only point to one thing: high-level intrigue within. That is probably why the Nigeria Police kept shuffling: we don’t approve of the protest, we do, we don’t, we beg.  The timing says it all also. With the President out of the country, and the plan of the protesters to welcome him with a Trump-like protest from Abuja, to Lagos, Port Harcourt, Uyo and Akure, and in parts of the Western world, the damage would have been incalculable. And Tuface would have been held responsible for leading the sabotage.  No Nigerian government since 1999 has benefitted from any mass protest. The anti-third term protest hobbled the Obasanjo government. The Jonathan government never recovered from the pro-fuel subsidy protests of January 2012. Tuface and his planned protest had set the stage for a similar prospect for the Buhari government. 
What Tuface imagined was a clean-hearted civil action would have resulted in absolute panic, with some informal voices in and around government doing dangerous analysis on ethnic and religious grounds.  Reckless hypotheses such as the following: (a) “so, as Baba hand over this thing to Osinbajo so, the only thing his Christian brothers think they should do is to organize a protest in Baba’s absence?” (b) “You don hear say Osinbajo’s office say people have right to protest? So, Baba cannot even travel on vacation again. Walahi, these Yoruba people cannot be trusted.”  (c) What are these security people doing? If they are loyal to Baba, by now they should have invited that Tuface, and ask him about the two SUVs that Akpabio gave him and his wife when they got married. They should show him strong evidence that the SUVs were bought with Akwa Ibom state government money and he should pay back the money or get ready to be sued for being an accomplice in a case of diversion of public funds.  (d) Or you could have some people affirming the narrative that was put out by the APC and friends of the government of the day viz:  “this is the PDP at work. Tuface must be an agent of PDP. Why are our own APC people sleeping? Baba no dey around, they want to pull down the country. So, Tuface is now working with Ayo Fayose of Ekiti, to embarrass Baba? This Osinbajo, can we trust him?” 
By pulling the trigger at this time, Tuface simply put a lot of people under pressure and placed their jobs and loyalty at risk -no doubt about it, they must have come after him with a sledgehammer to stop and discourage him. Clear evidence: a counter-revolutionary #IstandwithBuhari protest has already been announced to last for two days. The Tuface revolution that has been abandoned by its main motivator teaches us more lessons about the dynamics of power in Nigeria and the temperament of the resident power elite. Will the protest now take place on February 6, without Tuface? Or will everyone hold fire and down their tools of anger? What is certain, however, is that Tuface is likely to sit at home tomorrow with Anne, his temptingly pretty wife by his side, watching the latest episode of Big Brother Naija on TV, with chicken and salad before him, and a bottle of wine, and one of his hands, innocently setting the stage for the amorous prelude for child number eight. With his wife telling him: “Don't worry yourself, dear, Nigeria is not worth dying for. Who wan die make e go die. You have tried your best, my darling husband!”.
That is how many would-be heroes become anti-heroes, and their dreams die a-borning. If the protests go ahead on February 6 as many are threatening, nonetheless, Tuface would lose a lot. If it doesn’t go ahead, he would still lose. The torch of protest that he has lit may not burn on the streets of Nigeria; it is burning already in the minds of the people. He may have chickened out, but he has already achieved the goal of his initial plan. He has by lending his star power to an anti-Buhari protest, expanded the population of angry Nigerians. He has given voice to their anger and fears. His withdrawal from action will not excuse him. Whatever anyone tells him, in the long run, he would still be punished for his bravery and cowardice on both counts. He should not be surprised if, for the next few months, he doesn’t get invited to any concert, or performance contract, or if he gets to perform anywhere, he could be booed off the stage. He should not be surprised if his phones stop ringing, or if it rings at all, he could be told: “call me on what’s app I beg, I don’t know if they are monitoring your calls.” 
Let no one blame Tuface His stage name Tuface is the name of Janus: the two-face Greek god, who looks in two directions. When it mattered most in his career, Tuface Idibia answered the call of his name

Sunday, February 5, 2017

SUPER BOWL LI: TOM BRADY LEADS THE PATRIOTS TO A MAGICAL 34 - 28 WIN

Icheoku says were this Russia or Italy, it would, most definitely have been a fix, what went down in Super Bowl LI Houston 2017. It is simply incredible that the New England Patriot could come back from their near dead position to pull off what would be considered the most surprising victory in Super Bowl history, coming from a 28:3 deficit in third quarter to clinch the championship trophy 34 to 28 following an instant death overtime play. 

Tom Brady was spectacular as he marshaled his boys to the franchise's fifth Super Bowl victory; the first by any quarterback in NFL history. Icheoku says inexperience and cockiness probably doomed the Atlanta Falcons whose first three unreplied touch downs apparently got into their heads and they forgot that a game is not over until it is indeed over. They became too relaxed and in their celebration before the final whistle, the indefatigable New England Patriots cashed in, charged as wounded lions and overwhelmed the Falcons. 

Icheoku, although rooted for the underdog Atlanta Falcons, but was satisfied by the outcome; moreso as it was a big face-saving victory for the president, President Donald John Trump, who has predicted that the Patriots would win and they won. Imagine what the left wing and their media whores would have done to the president, mocking him for a failed prediction and possibly blaming the president for the hard-luck of the Patriots had they lost. It is another lesson that fighting till the end is the way and manner of champions and indeed the New England Patriots have proved that they earned their storied preeminent position in National Football League. 

ICHEOKU says congratulations to Tom Brady and his boys, their wonderful coach Bill Belichick and of course the owner of the franchise Bob Kraft. What a game it was.  Overall, it was a well staged and well played Super Bowl championship and the weather cooperated as well. 

Friday, February 3, 2017

ROMANIA SURRENDERS TO CORRUPTION, AS A FAULTY SYSTEM WINS.

Icheoku says in 1989 Romanian people rose up against their leader Nicholae Ceausescu and killed him alongside his wife Elena Ceausescu for corruption among a litany of other crimes of his despotism. Twenty eight long years later, the government in Bucharest have legitimized corruption and you wonder what lesson did they learn from the fate which befell Ceausescu. Query, should the Ceausescus have been killed for corruption if the result is for his subsequent successors in office to turn around and become as corrupt as he was, if not more. 

To add insult to injury, the corrupt Romanian politicians have now legalized corruption and said it is okay to demand and accept or take bribes, provided you do it in parchments or tranches but not in one fell swoop. According to their warped narrative, accepting any amount in corrupt proceeds must not exceed $40,000 at once; thus technically making it okay to accept $1 million provided it is spread out in 250 installments. ICHEOKU says it defies every rhyme and reason that any country would adopt corruption as an official  policy of state, regardless of how permeated corruption may have become in the Romanian society. At least the government would have continued with its lip service approach to fighting corruption, but to go out of its way to so brazenly embrace corruption telegraphs a very wrong message and it is condemnable and ICHEOKU hereby condemns it as unbecoming of any civilized society. 

A country where minimum wage is among the least in the world; where people are still finding it difficult to make ends meet and poverty is still one of the highest in continental Europe, but its political class finds it classy to glorify such a criminal misbehavior of official corruption, making the misconduct of bribery no longer illegal. What a mind boggling blow to the effort to bring the country up to date and in conformity with civilized behavior and tame its corruption. It is unbelievable that in a country where 1,170 cases were prosecuted and damages worth $1.07 recovered just within only three years, its politicians are giving impetus to this malady. ICHEOKU agrees with Romania President Klaus Iohannis that the adoption of the pro-corruption measure is a mourning for the rule of law, which has received a grave blow from the enemies of justice. ICHEOKU agrees too that such open adoption of corruption would greatly encourage the abusive behavior of public workers, dishonesty, and immorality within the Romanian society. What a people who in short owes the Ceausescu apology.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

IRAN, YOU'RE SERVED !

Icheoku says the Islamic Republic of Iran has been served notice that its meddlesomeness will no longer be tolerated, and not by the new administration in Washington DC. In a very terse statement, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn said "As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice." Icheoku says it is now left for Iran to weigh its options accordingly and decide what to do with and how to respond or react to the notice. But a wise Iran will know that President Donald John Trump means what he says and says what he means and that he has little to no love for Iran and therefore be smart enough not to give him reason to destroy them. 

It is the same Iran which took American sailors hostage last January 2016 and paraded them on television just to humiliate them; and refused to release them until they forced an apology from the United States government. It is the same Iran which in 1980 took Americans hostage in their embassy in Tehran and for a lengthy period of time. It is the same Iran that is sponsoring Hezbollah militancy in Lebanon and all its terrorists activities throughout the Middle East and Israel. It is the same Iran that has been meddling in Iraq, Syria and the entire Middle East as well as the Arab world and for such a very long time too. It is the same Iran that is fighting a proxy war in Yemen through the Houthi militia and also sponsored a failed insurrection in Bahrain. It is the same Iran which has been menacingly approaching United States naval assets in the Persian Gulf trying to provoke an incident and confrontation. It is the same Iran which signed an agreement to be of good behavior and was handsomely rewarded with $150 billion; but is now testing missiles in addition to other provocative misbehavior. 

According to NSA Flynn, instead of Iran being thankful to the United States for the agreement Iran is now feeling emboldenedIcheoku says Iran will be making a grave mistake if it fails to advise itself properly that American people feel that enough is enough; and that the Trump's administration will not put up with its continuing misbehavior or sit down idly and not act on their provocations. Iran is increasingly becoming a continuing nuisance which needs to be abated and surely, they might very soon get their wish. Luckily enough, the Trump administration has now put Iran on notice that it will not stand its unending needling and poking, not anymore. The Trump administration, following the latest Iranian missile test and an attack on a Saudi Arabia warship by Iranian backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, has telegraphed Tehran that they must stop further acts of intransigence or reap the whirlwind. Icheoku agrees that the time has come to confront Iran's destabilizing behavior across the Middle East, a situation which was exacerbated by Obama's weak and ineffective administration's failure to respond adequately to Tehran’s malign actions – including weapons transfers, support for terrorism, and other violations of international norms. 

Icheoku says the mullahs in Tehran must advise themselves properly that the tension between their country and the United States of America which has been simmering since 1979 is about boiling over and their country will be at the receiving end of what the United States military will be prepared to dish out. If it they miscalculate and hostilities erupts, the Iraqi operation shock and awe will pale in comparison to fighting a war which was declared since 1979 and only waiting for an appointed time. A situation which is not helped by the no love lost relationship existing between the two countries and the current American President Donald John Trump does not leave anyone in doubt about his coldness towards Iran and said as much during his campaign and have also acted on it with the 7-nation prohibition of entry into the United States. Those mullahs must take into cognizance the large number of options available to the United States government should it decide to take appropriate action to stop or deter the continuing Iranian provocations. 

ICHEOKU disagrees with the views expressed by Ali Vaez that war with Iran will make the Afghan and Iraqi conflicts look like a walk in the park because at the end of the day, Iran will be the one left with a bleeding nose and a badly bruised battered bloodied body. Iran waged an eight year long war with Iraq which they could not win and fighting America will not be any easier undertaking either. At worst they will resort to terrorism but will bear the brunt of any resulting conflict and it is going to be a very costly mistake on their part to throw their hat in the ring to go forth. That Iranian neighbors including Pakistan and Saudi Arabia would like to see the wings of Iran clipped and would readily support any military action against their arch enemy and a rising force in the Middle East is without a doubt. It is heartening to hear Saudi Arabia's government's full rejection of the suspicious activities and interventions by the Iranian regime and its agents. 

It is now up to the regime in Tehran to decide what it will do; what it decides to do or how it chooses to react or respond is entirely up to them. The aces are with America and a wise Tehran would just hunker down, fully aware that President Donald John Trump will not mind looking the other way while Israel executes its plan of action against Iran; or better still impose the full weight of the United States on them, economically and militarily as well as diplomatically. President Trump could also order the navy to confront Iran in the Persian Gulf and let the tree fall where they may. Either way and whatever happens going forward, Iran must know that heeding this notice is their best outcome because unlike Barack Obama, Donald Trump does not backdown and will strike with a brutal force should push come to shove. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

JUDGE NEIL GORSUCH: THE SCOTUS NOMINEE.

Icheoku says he is a great proponent of "originalism and textualism" as guiding philosophy in interpreting the constitution. Judge Neil McGill Gorsuch, 49 years old, of the United States Court of Appeal, 10th Circuit, Denver Colorado, is the president's nominee to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonio Scalia, as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. 

President Donald John Trump, while introducing the judge, said he made his decision in keeping to his campaign promise to appoint a right fit for late Justice Antonio Scalia and no other person fits that mold better than Judge Neil Gorsuch. Continuing the president said, "Judge Gorsuch has a superb intellect, an unparalleled legal education, and a commitment to interpreting the Constitution according to its text. He will make an incredible Justice as soon as the Senate confirms him." 

Icheoku agrees that a judge with such impeccable credentials will be of a great asset as an addition to the Supreme Court. As to his judicial philosophy, Judge Neil Gorsuch often aligns himself to Justice Scalia and once quoted Scalia thus: "Judges should strive, if humanly and so imperfectly, to apply the law as it is, focusing backward, not forward, and looking to text, structure, and history to decide what a reasonable reader at the time of the events in question would have understood the law to be. If you're going to be a good and faithful judge, you have to resign yourself to the fact that you're not always going to like the conclusions you reach. If you like them all the time, you're probably doing something wrong." 

Icheoku says Judge Gorsuch sounds every inch the kind of a judge American people would rather see in their Supreme Court, a strict constructionist and not a political judicial activist; and therefore supports his nomination and urge the Senate to confirm him without delay.  It Is definitely another check on President Donald John Trump's promised to do list and in keeping faith with the American people, keeping this campaign promises. 

FYI: Originalism as the law was originally written and understood; and textualism interpreting the law on its face value, rather than its necessary implication or faction in foreseeable consequence of its implementation. Put in another way, interpreting the law the straw, layman's plain manner.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

TRUMP V. MAY IS REAGAN V. THATCHER VERSION 2.0

ICHEOKU says British Prime Minister Theresa May was on call to Washington DC to visit with the newly elected president of the United States of America President Donald John Trump. They had discussions on global issues particularly things affecting both countries and held a press conference thereafter where both leaders took some questions. Icheoku says was quite impressed with the performance of a president who is merely one week in office. It is deja vu the eighties with President Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher holding sway in both countries respectively; so you can call Trump meet May a Reagan met Thatcher 2.0 It is a new day in America and when America clears its throat, the world pays attention and in this new president the heavens and America find a leader they can trust. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

CONNOR CAREY: THE 'SCREW OUR PRESIDENT' SON OF DREW CAREY.

Icheoku says and the liberal media is cutting him slacks, a child of just 11 tears using profanity on national television and it is somewhat acceptable and he was waved a pass? Were he a black or any other minority kid, would the treatment and pampered gloves have been the same? Here he was on national television, setting fire to a dumpster and when he was confronted volunteered that he did it to say "Screw our president." 

Then you wonder how an eleven year old strayed so far away from his parents and how he got the lighter to set the fire and then conveniently there was a camera crew interviewing him and of course the bomb "Screw our president." Meanwhile neither of his parents were held out on account of the faux passe; rather a friendly liberal media is praising him for being bold and unafraid. That he said what he said on national television is not a problem or rather is an understandable problem. Then compare it to the media bashing and trashing, any black or other minority kid would have received for being wayward and for his parents not raising him well steeped in acceptable etiquette, decorum and manners. But hey, it is America and some people perpetually ride the white privileged train of can do no wrong. Connor Carey is a son of Nicole Jaracz, former girlfriend of comedian Drew Carey, whose step son he is too.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

CHINA BEWARE OF A USSR FATE, BACK DOWN OR BE CONFRONTED..

Icheoku says China has no choice in the matter of the South China Sea and must be careful not to attract the wrath and full weight of the United States of America menacing military as it might not survive as a sovereign country post confrontation. The only choice really available for China is to either back-down or be destroyed; and at least effective, be diminished. The fact remains that China cannot win an all out shooting war with the mighty military of the United States of America. So the best option is for China to step down from their high horse, pull back from the current posturing and seek a soft landing. Only a more peaceful way out resolution of the tension with the United States of America will save the day and save them from an assured defeat and possibly an all round consequential spherical destruction. 

Any astute observer will know that the current government of the United States of America is not going to take nor accept any bull-crap from any country, not any more. The days of countries like China running circles around America is over, especially not under the current president of America as well as the very patriotic men running affairs of the country. When the caliber of men and women heading the various departments including defense, homeland security, central intelligence agency as well as their boss in the White House is considered, it is without a doubt that they mean business, that the time for bullshitting with America is firmly over and these no nonsense men are ready and willing to back their words with fiery action if push comes to shove. The days of knee jerk diplomacy is certainly over, gone with what was before January 20th, 2017. Any one country which thinks that it will continue to grow and achieve economic greatness on the back of peace secured by America's treasure and blood should know that they have another thing coming. China cannot and will not be allowed to continue to menacingly starred down on its neighbors and time to call their arrant bluff is now. Enough is enough and if China wants war, let China be given war. 

China should know that losing is not and will not be an option for America and once started, America will not stop until Beijing falls or at least the Chinese government is made to pay a hefty price for their intransigence with everything brought on the table for necessary divvying up.  From losing Tibet to foreclosing their claims to Taiwan and allowing any other such units of China that might want to federate or even declare their independence o have their way. America is wrought and forged in wars and America has been fighting wars ever since its coming into existence and being battle tested, will not cower before a China which has not fought wars is so many decades and the only time they tried, Japan overran it and occupied it for such a long time. Icheoku says what Japan did to China will be a child play if they ever miscalculate and give America reason to really smack them down. That China has grown exponentially, economically, over the many years is because America allowed them and the same way their economic growth was powered by America will be the same way they will be brought down to their knees by America should their current braggadocios rhetoric morph into a shooting war. 

It is without a doubt that whatever weapons China has was replicated from stolen technologies of America and there is no way possible a copycat will be as good as or outperform the original. America is top notch in weaponry, weapons systems and payload delivery and have been practicing target-shooting over the past fifteen years, none stop in so many hot-spots including Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and Syria. That so many sophisticated weapons which have not yet been used or tested before are awaiting for a battle field to actually put them into use and see how destructive they could be is also a fact; as well as those many others which have been improved upon since they were first tested in various battle theaters. Logistics will also not be a problem for America as America has close allies in Japan, Philippines, Vietnam and even South Korea, all countries which see the threatening China as emblematic and needs to be stopped and pray that America will help them stop the current intimidation around and over the South China Sea. 

Icheoku says may be America should even take the war of words a step further by renaming the South China Sea to Asian Sea and see how the name change catches fire. So with all these solid grounds including the territory of Guam, Hawaii as well as floating acreages of fleets of aircraft carriers, it is going to be an interesting war to fight and China must not be given any importance more than they deserve but forced to back down or there will be war. That America will swarm China and readily deploy maximum weapons without thinking too much over is a fact. Whatever war that breaks out will be approached as a war for superiority and whatever takes China to its knees fastest will be a good option and a fair tactical approach. The days of million man army or numerical strength military is since long gone. Now only bombs and computers will so easily lay to waste any battalion of fatigue wearing men so assembled and gathered anywhere. Allies of America in the Asian Pacific and NATO, failing which Britain and Israel, are likely to get involved and will readily throw their hats into the ring to help tame the red dragon and do it now. 

It is going to be a really bloody war and possibly a very effective way to finally population-control China. A war once started can only end on the terms of the victor and America will not live and see China triumph, no matter what it cost both in blood and treasure. Simply put, losing is not an option and will not be for the United States of America and China must be aware of this resolute principle and have a rethink its contemplated seizure of the South China Sea. Any war with China can only end with one assured outcome, a defeat of China with far reaching consequences; including withering down its geographical size, curtailing its growing power and influence, depriving it of its riches as well as a change of its system of government. It was done in Germany and it also was done in Japan following the wars and today both countries are better for it, governed in a more civilized manner. May be China needs to take a dose of the medicine to enable it become a better and more easily manageable country that stops its current acts of aggression against its neighbors by trying to appropriate to itself alone, a common international water ways that belongs to all. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A LETTER TO TSONGA: DEEPLY HEARTENING.


"Dear Mr Jo-Wilfried Tsonga,

I wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you for helping me out on court during your round 2 match. I'm not sure if you remember me but I was the ball girl you escorted off court. 

I would also like to take the opportunity to apologize for the times when you asked for the ball but I did not service it to you or acknowledge you. 

I had picked up a virus which I was unaware of and it caused me to become dizzy and lightheaded. This also affected my vision and hearing. 

apologize for not being able to perform my duties as a ball kid to the high standards that are expected. 

Thank you so much for the kindness that you showed me. I really appreciate that you were able to see that I needed some help and were kind enough to escort me off court. 

All the best,
Giuliana, AO Ballkid no. 180."

ICHEOKU says don't we all wish to once in a while be a recipient of such a hearty gratitude, whether in the form of a letter or otherwise; especially when it comes from the least expected quarters. The only problem is that so many of us do not work hard enough to earn such a lovely appreciation of us, for the little things we do or did which meant a lot to someone else; begging the question why has humanity left the human race? Sometimes too, we are rather too busy or not interested or not concerned enough to pay attention; or we just overlook it or look through people who indeed could use our help, regardless. 

It goes both ways too because so many people who have benefited more than Giuliana took it for granted and walked away, leaving so many benefactors wondering if they owed the beneficiary the kindness and then becoming wary of doing same again. So, let us all learn to be a Giuliana as well as a Tsonga respectively today and do the much we can for one another and also show our gratitude for receiving such kindness. That way our world would be greatly improved and made a more livable place where kindness and gratitude reign supreme. The moral of this story is that a kindness showed today could be so handsomely rewarded tomorrow and Icheoku appreciates both Giuliana and Tsonga very much. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

SUPER BOWL LI 2017: IT IS PATRIOTS AGAINST FALCONS.

Icheoku says once again Tom Brady will lead his New England Patriots another go for a football championship trophy at Super Bowl LI in NRG Stadium Houston Texas against Matt Ryan led Atlanta Falcons. Both teams defeated Pittsburgh Steelers 36 - 17 and Green Bay Packers 44 - 21 respectively. The Super Bowl will be played on Sunday February 5th, 2017 beginning at 6.30 pm Eastern Standard Time. Icheoku says may the better side side win; admitted the odds are greatly in favor of the New England Patriots but an upset is always a good thing in sports. All the best to both teams.