ICHEOKU says the European Union must not allow this barbarism to go unsolved or unanswered. A journalist blogger blown up in a car bomb because of her writings and in an European Union member country is simply unacceptable. As a result the authorities in Brussels must demand a thorough investigation or better still lead the effort to unravel the monsters behind her assassination and bring justice to them. Daphine Caruana Galizia's murder must be solved and cannot be allowed to become another statistic of journalists killed to suppress freedom of speech. May her soul remain restless and haunt her killers until they are served justice. Adieu Daph.



ICHEOKU says another lucky one that survived the abortionist's pincers from the over 360,000 unlucky ones that get flushed out each year. May God help us all have a better resolution about unwanted pregnancies.


ICHEOKU says he is a British citizen leading the effort to free the people of Biafra from the clutches of the feudalistic Fulani controlled Northern Nigeria. Now, he is missing following the raid of his country home by the Fulani Army of Northern Nigeria. ICHEOKU says President Muhammadu Buhari led Nigerian government sponsored abductions and murders is on the increase and you wonder what it will take the international community to call him to order.


ICHEOKU says from being disrespectful to the flag to being unappreciative of the services of the military to overall being anti America; NFL players must learn to check their political activism outside the stadiums. They must not kneel on our dime. ICHEOKU supports the president 1000% on this and hereby calls on every player to respect the sensibilities of the many differently opined fans who paid to watch a game and not to be made mad by their personal political agenda.


“The United States Government is strongly committed to Nigeria’s unity. Important political and economic issues affecting the Nigerian people, such as the allocation of resources, are worthwhile topics for respectful debate in a democracy. Within the context of unity, we encourage all Nigerians to support a de-escalation of tensions and peaceful resolution of grievances. The Indigenous People of Biafra is not a terrorist organization under US law.” - Russell Brooks, United States of America.




"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary. That’s what the United Nations is all about; that’s what the United Nations is for. Let’s see how they do." - PDJT



ICHEOKU says the Red Cross does one heck of a good job going to the assistance of the needy; so in these times of great need, occasioned by so many hurricanes, flooding and earthquake, show that you really care, donate to help the victims rebuild their wrecked lives. Remember that the Almighty rewards a cheerful giver.



"When you lose to somebody who has a 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself. So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that." - Senator Charles Schumer, Senior Senator from the State of New York and Democratic Minority Leader in the Senate. ICHEOKU says the statement spoke volume and it spoke for itself. Finally it seems the Democrats have finally turned the corner and are now ready to face up to their abysmal performance in the last presidential election by acknowledging that the American people indeed choose Trump over their Hillary Clinton. Thankfully, they will also now rest their "Russians Did It" cockamamie and find a message they can present to the people and for the good of the country.. Time to move the process forward is now as American people did not buy into the crap of a Russian collusion which they tried unsuccessfully to sell to them.


"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. As I said, they will be met with the fire and fury and, frankly, power." - President Donald John Trump. ICHEOKU says the Michelin Tire midget at Pyongyang is definitely courting trouble and messing with the wrong man. He probably thinks Barack Obama the redline president is still in office; but unbeknownst to him there is a new sheriff in town and his name is Donald John Trump and he does not mess around. Hopefully China can rein in the little man before he commits mass suicide with his North Korean people.



ICHEOKU says once again the diminutive midget of Pyongyang has been advised to heed the resolution of the United Nations firm stand against his continuing provocations; and that the total wiping out of his North Korea is now an option should he force the hands of the United States of American military. In a statement by the Defense Secretary Jim Maddog Mattis over its latest nuclear test, the secretary said “Our commitment among the allies are ironclad. Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam, or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming. We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea, but as I said, we have many options to do so.” ICHEOKU says does not really know the joker that guy has, but whatever it is will likely very soon be forced out. The world including ICHEOKU is waiting and watching.


ICHEOKU says the time has come and the time is now for the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra to be allowed to choose their self governance and exit from Nigeria going forward.. A referendum on the future of Biafra is a legitimate demand of the people and it is their right to so do. The people of the Nation of Biafra want to go their own way because of the hostilities from other member nations of Nigeria. Let the United Nations order a referendum and let the people decide their own Biafraexit.


"There can be no coexistence with this violence. There can be no tolerating it, no accepting it, no excusing it, and no ignoring it. Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith. Terrorists do not worship God; they worship death. If we do not act against this organized terror, then we know what will happen and what will be the end result. Terrorism's devastation of life will continue to spread, peaceful societies will become engulfed by violence, and the futures of many generations will be sadly squandered. If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing, then not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God." - President Donald John Trump.


ICHEOKU says it is worth fighting for, self determination and it is not a crime for a people to aspire for self governance. Indigenous Peoples of Biafra are marching forward and hopefully they will soon get to the promised land. Viva Biafra.

"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


“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


"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)


“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, July 13, 2008

WAKE UP MR PRESIDENT - an article by Ugo Ubili.

Olusegun Obasanjo's mere believe that the simplicity and humility of Umaru Yar' Adua is sufficient for him to be the President of Nigeria is totally wrong! Simplicity, humility and a
good heart is not a guarantee or a good measurement of an individual's ability to politically deliver. I was not part of the decision that convinced Umaru Yar'Adua to vie for the presidency but I believe the calculation was that Yar'Adua's simple mindedness and humility makes him viable to be our leader.
It is about time we really begin to define performance and suitability for public office and leadership based on acceptable template world over! In the western world these indices are clearly defined - players in the economy are known likewise politicians in leadership positions. They are aware of the expectations of the interested general public hence resignations are common when those fundamentals, set-goals, objectives or common trust falls short on delivery. There is usually no mix up or sauntering in the dark like what obtains in Nigeria. In a given ideal society, for one to be successful politically, one must have a serious passion for service. This is very basic and not derivative from the new office or position. There must be boldness, courage, honesty and humility in every aspect of decision making of such public office holder. That person's stability of mind and practical intelligent is equally important too.

I have been following President Umaru Yar' Adua government's developmental mindset since he assumed office as President of Nigeria in May 2007. From my said observation, I have come to conclude that having good qualities as a man does not necessarily mean that one will also be a good leader. In life, every good quality has a cause direction and a good husband may not necessarily be a good politician and vice versa. A well developed mind will use this knowledge to share and allocate resources equitably among various competing needs. This is the greatest attribute that aids development in any given society. With due respect, President Yar' Adua has not shown that he has the presidential temperament needed to guide a complicated union of strange bedfellows such as Nigeria. I do not personally see any leadership charisma and/or practical intelligence in his administration so far. Being very slow and perpetually professing respect for the rule of law is not the performance we can count on; really this shouldn't be an issue to be harped on like a church choir every time and in so many forums. Respect for the rule of law should be a given basic for any responsible individual, government and or a going concern. It should not be the sole measurement for a leadership position, especially the presidency of Nigeria. If a president does not respect the law, who then would when he is supposed to be the chief law officer of the country? Please give me a break!
Now let us talk about the more expansive dream of transforming Nigeria into a league of emerging economies. Nigerians are a peculiar people - you will not appreciate the intelligence of Nigerians until you visit some western world countries and see for yourself what they are doing there as entrepreneurs and participants in their various local economies. Nigerians are and have been part of massive developments, researches and discoveries going on in so many foreign lands. These feats are easily achievable because of solid infrastructures put in place by the governments of these countries for human minds to thrive with. Our people are not lazy but are not adequately motivated or empowered to be the best they can be. Take for example, the State of California in the United States is a very huge economy that boasts arguably, the highest number of entrepreneurs in United States. It is a private sector driven economy, where government basically functions only as a regulator and provider of needed infrastructures. In Silicon Valley for instance, where there is a high concentration of Information Technology (IT) professionals and companies, the State government partners with the surrounding Cities and the players in the economy in every aspect. The operators see the government as a loyal partner and vice versa. This "partnership" throws up private businesses and ideas on a daily basis, hence their economy is able to thrive and create jobs and wealth for the people. It equally multiplies government revenue through taxation and hence government is able to meet her responsibility towards the citizenry more effectively. But in Nigeria, people pay all kinds of taxes and levies to government which end up in private bank accounts due to massive corruption and none is left for developmental purposes or building much needed infrastructures. Nigeria government has never been responsible to her citizenry or other interest which affects them. There is no single project in Nigeria that is free of political arbitrariness and corrupt influence. Imagine all the shameful revelations of financial impropriety involving public official and politicians, concerning projects that were meant to benefit the ordinary Nigerians currently unfolding before various panels and the EFCC. I 'm really sad about this country and the abyss it has descended into over the years. There is a popular saying in Nigeria that to get rich quick, the prescription is to join politics and this is a country that wants to be an emergent economy?

Yar' Adua should aggressively look into the basic infrastructural needs of the people of Nigeria and do something to fix it and immediately. Once the basic infrastructures of electricity (power), motor-able good roads and security of lives and properties are provided, at least Nigerians can and would do the rest by themselves. Nigerians are not asking for special benefits or handouts from their government but that their government should make it possible for them to thrive by levelling the playing field. Make it possible for that budding entrepreneur to be able to power his company, drive to his businesses and be assured that he is safe making these running through a good security that is put in place by the government. All that Nigerians want is simply the basics - infrastructures to jump start their economy. As a matter of fact, Nigeria government is obligated to provide these basic infrastructures to the general public because they collect taxes from them; otherwise let them stop collecting these taxes from the public and corporate organizations. Revenue from such taxes should be ploughed back to the people and organizations in the form of basic infrastructures to enable them live comfortably and operate more efficiently. In that way, it becomes a win win situation both for the government that will collect more revenue and the people that will thrive better. It baffles me when such necessities are made to become a campaign issue. Globally, every government is pursuing some form of program/policy that is in tune with effectively supporting the efforts of her citizenry to better position their economy in the global scene. Look at the emerging economies like China, India, Brazil, Ukraine, etc - these are private sector powered economies. China, according to reports has taken over the lead as the place with the highest number of emerging entrepreneurs; and America and Europe of course are worried about this development. What is so special about these emerging players that we lack as Nigerians? Nothing really! In fact they are scared of our potentials, abilities and resources and will flinch were they to be set free to thrive. Nigeria has the numbers, skills, motivations and abilities; all that is lacking a goal-directed purposeful leadership. This is the much needed solution to our myriads of problems as a country.

President Yar' Adua has available at his disposal the two most important tools he needs to succeed with as a president. Nigeria can boast of a reasonable capital base and a trove of effective human resources. It could surprise you that most western government do not have other tangible means of revenue except taxation; but the wonderful utilization of it is where effective leadership kicks in; where the difference lies between their success and Nigeria woes. In Nigeria, our leaders both present and past come across as saying that the abundant resources we have is a curse or mistake and should be taken away! Nigeria is blessed with abundant human talents - we have professionals in every human endeavor. Leadership in Nigeria has misplacement of priorities and lack of boldness problems. Only Ibrahim Babangida and to some extent Obasanjo's regimes made some effort at using professionals in their government cabinets. These professionals are intelligent and almost always are goal-directed as to where they want to take the government policies to. They are usually not guided by political deference or emotions or sentiments but by real time results! These professionals are unlike the politicians who perpetually curry favor and pander, and can hardly deliver as there is always other considerations hampering their ability to dispassionately discharge their duties. There is no real qualification to be a politician, hence the not so literate people that populate politics in Nigeria. It is sometimes very difficult if not impossible for these politicians to nuance issues or think them through; but always see things in through the eyes of political expediency. This all comers game of politics in Nigeria could be the reason why Nigeria is still in a mess today, even though we have politicians with three to five decades of experience still hanging around in government. THIS IS A TOTAL BULLSHIT! We sincerely need to move away from this old way that never worked. We should embrace bold leadership which can confront these weak principles and practices in governance. The purpose of politics is primarily to serve humanity with humility and sincerity but Nigeria case is totally different. This aside, corruption, poverty and instability continues to threaten our existence as one united indivisible country; and until we make the much needed necessary changes we cannot unleash our full potentials.

For this present government to succeed, Yar' Adua must as act fast to get rid of those politicians he surrounded himself with in governance. Politicians do not make good technocrats or administrators but should be set free to go and pursue contracts etc. It is about time Yar'Adua wake up and face his responsibilities squarely. He is the president and the buck stops at his desk. The failure or success of his administration is his and his responsibility alone. One year is more than enough time to access his leadership traits or lack thereof. With all due respect, we are not seeing his promised energy (light) yet despite all the threatened energy emergency declarations. Umaru YarAdua, please if you cannot withstand the heat, please leave the kitchen! Please take a close look and observe some of the performance governors like the charismatic Fashola of Lagos State; Peter Obi of Anambra State; the progressive Suswam of Benue State; the energetic Ikedi of Imo State practical intelligence of Nasarawa's Doma and the determined Saraki of Kwara State. They all have one thing in common - they are focused and doing their States' business as it should be done. I believe they have a vision and surrounded it with dedicated professionals, men and women who have the ability to pilot their pet-projects to the promised land.

Mr President, I totalled up your political appointments so far and has come to the conclusion that it is unfair, unbalanced and lopsided. It continued to show a calculated and deliberate elimination of some integral part of the union - the Igbos. What we need as a president is a man or woman with a mindset of equitable distribution and allocation of resources within the Nigeria context. We do not need a man who see Nigeria as a private property of the oligarchs where the other sections of the country are treated merely like tolerable nuisance. No Nigerian citizen should feel inferior, unwanted, a second class or a total untouchable outclass in a country supposedly his and by and in the hands of fellow Nigerians. One should not be made to feel discrimination in his own country similar to all manners of discrimination we experience abroad ranging from race (remember we are black living in a whiteman's land), accent etc and in Nigeria's case, tribal! What we are seeing in the Niger Delta is a reactionary attitude of a lingering messy leadership culture in Nigeria. The Niger Delta summit will be very effective, friendly and highly productive only with greater local content, interest and participation from Nigerians of the Niger Delta region. A Nigerian from the region should be appointed to head the intended committee. Peace and reconciliation the world over is going locally and the Niger Delta situation should not be an exception. An indigene of that area who understands and speaks the language of the Niger Delta, who knows the remote causes of the conflict in the Niger Delta, one who knows who is involved, talks the language of the militants, knows the strength, weakness, threat and opportunity is highly preferable! Mr President, your earlier attempt to appoint Gambari as the chairman of the summit, would have amounted to a dangerous arrogance on your part and constituted an insult to the people of the Niger Delta; as the necessary implication would be that you think that no individual from the South-south zone is qualified enough to fly the flag as the chairman of the conference. Perhaps Professor Gambari could be appointed as a member of the commission to give the summit an international clout and recognition if the goal is to internationalize the conflict. I believe that we are seeking a lasting peace and unity in Niger Delta and not warring in a foreign land, inclusive Bakassi which you guys ceded to Cameroon free of charge! Truth is very important in that it appeals and calms every troubling heart. Mr President, your political appointments and allocation of resources should reflect your position as President of Nigeria and not a sectional or regional or tribal president. As a result they must be evenly spread among all various Nigeria's competing interests for peace, unity and love to reign supreme among Nigerians.

The sincerity and fairness of Mr President is a great part of our moral and economic solution as the public and private sector players would automatically follow suit because their objectives are dependent on government policy direction. The figures your Central Bank governor, Chukwuma Soludo are giving out about the growth or appreciation of the Nigeria economy in Abuja, which I applaud as an economist, may be theoretically correct but does not truly reflect the realities on the grounds. Until Nigerians in rural areas confirm that they could feed themselves, save, have affordable and reachable basic necessities of life such as health care, school, job, water, good roads, electricity comparable to the ones in the cities, no tangible economic growth or development should be claimed by your government. Nigerians still trek several miles just to fetch ordinary water, there is no chairs in classrooms for pupils to sit, some Nigerians still cannot afford to eat three meals per day, natural disasters such as erosion still threatens Nigerians daily and practically, life in the village is like experiencing hell on earth. These are the real indication of economic direction of any society and not government officials or politicians trying to spin facts to enable them keep their jobs. Also these public officials have unlimited access to public funds so their private economies are always flourishing; same goes dubious private sector players who continuously use the ignorance of the public to amass stupendous wealth for themselves and their families. Professor Soludo please stop releasing those figures and instead encourage the President to embark on a meet the people tour of the villages in Nigeria to see for himself how much the economy of Nigeria has "grown" since his inception into office. This will be a better thing for him and comes highly recommended instead of his current overseas junketing. Mr President, you ought to step up and raise the standard of governance after the destitute Olusegun Obasanjo's. We want you to showcase a difference between your government and other inept previous administrations. The basic tool to succeed is sincerity, fairness,working smart,working with the right people, devotion to duty and constant meditation about unity of Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is day-break and time for your government to wake up, Mr President!

Always, the proud Nigerian that I am.
Ugo Ubili writes from California.
He's the Founder/CEO of Thisdaypeople.com and Bay Area Medical Transportation Inc.

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