"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.


"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.



ICHEOKU says August 26 is the day history will be made as two of the world's most interesting athletes square off in the ring. Boxing champion Floyd MayWeather and mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor, will fight on August 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada. ICHEOKU says not in a position yet to place bet on who will win the fight. Salute


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 of 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 in 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.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


The Evil Genius has spoken again! He recently called on Nigerians to consider adopting STAGGERED ELECTIONS as part of their democracy-entrenching efforts. Icheoku says that this is a wise call and Nigerians should listen to IBB on this point; because election is one area the Evil Genius had shown some expertise. "IBB, once upon a time conducted successful elections in Nigeria"! He did it once and quite successfully too, except that the grand-finale` was not well choreographed and a freely won election was annulled. However the ill-fated conclusion of an otherwise flawless election does not diminish the fact that Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida did a fine job with that election up until the annulment. So when he speaks concerning elections in Nigeria, every Nigeria should listen to this man from Minna, Niger State who is sometimes referred to by his admirers as the Prince of the Niger! IBB understands something about Nigerian elections and triumphed in conducting one, with his masterful OPTION A4!

Until his self-destructive annulment of June 12th, 1983 Ibrahim Badamosi Babngida had otherwise put Nigeria on a trajectory to free elections and by extension, true democracy in Nigeria. It was this IBB's home-grown grass-root Option A4 for example which stopped Yakubu Gowon cold in his tracks at his local constituency in Jos with his presidential ambition. It was a proven successful primaries which empowered Nigerians for the very first time to actually participate in electing who governs them. Nigerians for the first time successfully exercised their right to a vote which produced Moshood Kolwole Oluwole ABiola as president elect, before IBB's tragic annulment deprived Nigeria's the singular opportunity to ever elect who governs them as a president. This satanic annulment of June 12th and the parcel bomb assassination of Dele Giwa will forveer remain the albatross of Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida till his last day on this earth. Both were despicable acts and atypical of a devil's May-care scheme designed to disintegrate Nigeria. These infradignous acts of IBB tarnished forever, an otherwise lasting legacy which Option A4 electioneering road-map would have bequeathed on him. IBB would have, by allowing MKO Abiola's election as president of Nigeria to hold, ingrained his name on the good side of history and by extension democracy would have been implanted in Nigeria for the long haul, courtesy of IBB. But like every tragic character of the Greek mythology or ancient Rome, IBB fell upon his own sword and disemboweled; and can never win any election to rule Nigeria again; not as long as any son or daughter of Oduduwa still breathes!

However, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida knows what he is talking about with this his recent call for staggered elections in Nigeria. This is a noble call and Icheoku fully and unequivocally supports the idea - an idea whose time has finally come, although belatedly. Nigeria does not have the necessary manpower to effectively police every election booth in Nigeria at the same time. Nigeria does not also have the logistics of conducting elections freely and throughout Nigeria at the same time, such as having to ferry election ballots and other materials to all the various remote and sometimes inaccessible areas in Nigeria timeously. The lack of needed infrastructure makes such as road network, haulage, airlifting etc makes a mockery of delivering election materials to needed areas simultaneously on a given election period. Because of the thuggery which mars elections in Nigeria, Nigeria cannot adequately man election booths to ward off these miscreants because of shortage of security officials who are over-task and over-stretched on a compacted election day. Also this will make it possible for a candidate of less means to be able to manage his campaigns as well as his elections without unnecessarily out-stretching himself to be in so many places at the same time on one election day. Additionally the pressure to win all and winner takes all will be reduced if not totally eliminated. Just like IBB suggested, it could be zoned geographical or like the present PDP six zonal arrangement or whatever other arrangement that is acceptable to the political parties. Whatever route they take, the relevant thing is the conclusion reached that staggered elections is it!
Icheoku will also like to add, that Nigeria's political parties including the ruling PDP should endeavor to avoid making Nigeria a one party state. The downsides are legion but suffice it to say that it breeds dictatorship, corruption and lack of accountability. Absolute power is anathema to development and corrupts absolutely! Can you imagine in the United States of America, if George Walker Bush was an absolute power-holder or his Republican Party an only state's party - what will the world say? Can you take four more years of GW's foreign policy or the recession-bound US economy? But today, Obamamania is spreading throughout the world and the world is waiting for America to get it right this time with an Obama presidency. This is the way a functioning democracy works - an option to vote out of office a discredited party/president. But from the way things are going in Nigeria, it appears more likely than not that Nigeria is headed in that one-party state direction with the ruling PDP not allowing any other dog in the fight! How can the PDP muscle themselves in, in every elections in Nigeria including the home State Adamawa turf of former vice president, Abubarkar Atiku? At least they would have left him that state to cushion his fall from power like in Lagos State with Tinubu and Abia State with Orji-Kalu. But PDP should put some brakes and not allow this to happen as that will be the end of democracy as we know it in Nigeria.
To protect against this, PDP should stop persuading the "runaway-brides" of the party to come back to their fold but instead, encourage their forming a strong opposition by making it easier for them to thrive, despite being out of power, through contracts, appointments etc. PDP should not forcibly "frog-match" otherwise unwilling parties back to their fold on the penalty of losing everything juicy! PDP's attitude of winner takes it all; you are either in with us or out there in the cold is not enviable and should be discouraged. Oppositions makes democracy to thrive and should therefore be encouraged by all including the ruling PDP. Let Nigerians be allowed to have the option to make a choice and the ability to change parties at Aso Rock should the need arise. In summation therefore, Icheoku says that it is free elections through open primaries, viable political parties (at least two) system and staggered elections as echoed by Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, that is the key to the democracy attempt being made in Nigeria. This is Nigeria's road-map to a thriving sustainable democracy! It must be free and it must be open! Posterity will forever sing the praises of the courage employed to see these indicators come through! Once again IBB is right on the money and Nigerians should heed his call for staggered elections!

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IBB Calls For Staggered Elections
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AbdulAzeez Sani

Former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida has called for the adoption of staggered elections as a way of ensuring sanity in the nation’s electoral system.
Babangida who made this suggestion in Minna yesterday during an interactive session with members of the Electoral Reform Committee, noted that the logistics, security and other items of elections which usually create tensions in one general election would be reduced if the elections are staggered.
His word: "We are persuaded that elections should be staggered whether according to the present geo- political zones or any other permutations and arrangements which makes it easier for elections to be conducted with adequate and concentrated attention of local, national and even international interests.
"Incidentally, the valuable decisions of the Supreme Court in recent times will now make it possible for elections in many states to be conducted only in those states that have duly completed their stipulated tenures after the re- run elections", he added.
The former military president who equally advocated for the adoption of "Modified Open Ballot system" and option A4" in the nation’s electoral system, however noted that their adoption would only make the desired impact if the environment of elections is properly sanitised.
According to him, "Today in large sections of the country, the use of dangerous weapons including sophisticated arms and ammunitions have become common place spectacles.
"If the environment is not sanitised, any criminally minded fanatic or thug or even those who see every election as the last election or what some people call "do or die election," the venue of conducting party primaries or actual elections can easily be disrupted by the use of guns or any other weapon of threat to life," he said.