FIFA World Cup RUSSIA 2018: LETS KICK SOCCER.

ICHEOKU says may the best side win, provided they give the world of football and soccer fans the artistry and dexterity for which the round leather object is known. Good enough the three world's most famous players, Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar are all participating in the game with their countries squad respectively. Germany is there too; so a World Cup with Brazil, Germany, Argentina and of course Ronaldo's led Portugal as well as Spain will surely produce something to wow. ICHEOKU looks forward to being mesmerized by pure football and soccer wizardly throughout the duration of the game from June 14th to July 15th, 2018. Viva the organizer, International Football Federation Associations and Viva the host country, Russia.


DEEP STATE IS REAL.


Lisa Page: “Trump is not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”


Peter Strzok: “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.”


ICHEOKU says if this is not corruption of the worst type, what else so qualifies? So sad the length these guys went to truncate the will of the American people; yet they will turn around and accuse other countries of corruption and you wonder is it only when money exchanges hands that there is corruption. Pitifully SAD.

A DEAL DONE GOOD: TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT.

THE GREAT SINGAPORE SUMMIT.: GAME ON.

ICHEOKU says both leaders have arrived and ready to deal, May God help them reason through their differences towards achieving peace in the Korean peninsula, freed of all nuclear weapons.



GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS SWEEPS CAVALIERS: WINS NBA 2018.

ICHEOKU says they ran over King Lebron James led Cleveland Cavaliers like a road kill, to clinch the National Basketball Association's Championship Finals 2018, the third within just four years and back to back from last year, 2015, 2017 and 2018. ICHEOKU says it was a stellar performance in Cleveland as the boys of Oakland told the King and his boys to just hush, as they are the rightful heir to the trophy and they earned the bragging right to it. What a sweep it was, one of the first ever in NBA Finals. ICHEOKU says congratulations to the Dub Nation and to MVP back to back, KD, Kevin Durant, 2017 and 2019. It was a season and you guys did not disappoint. Salute.


IMMIGRANTS GO HOME - ITALIAN PM

ICHEOKU says newly sworn in Italian Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has told immigrants in Italy to pack up their bags and return to where they came from. According to him, Italy is for Italian people and the only way to be loved by your people is to do what they like and want.

ICHEOKU says what a tough time which awaits those immigrants, especially those who have already been through so much, trekking through the Sahara desert and sailing in dinghies across the treacherous Mediterranean Sea; oily to now be told to prepare to return from whatever it they were escaping from or thought they had escaped from. It is a real definition of double wahallah for dead body. Too bad. SAD.


A LETTER FROM NORTH KOREA: DELIVERED.

A LETTER FROM NORTH KOREA: DELIVERED.

ICHEOKU says hopefully the world will soon see result from the increased flurry of activities between Washington DC and Pyongyang.

MEMORIAL DAY 2018

ICHEOKU says thank you for your sacrifice American war dead. We honor your sacrifice. Happy Memorial Day America!

IT IS REAL MADRID: WINS FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW.

ICHEOKU says congratulations to the Zidane boys from Madrid and their coach Zinedine Zadine, a wonderful and tasteful soccer tactician. Kudos to the boys from Catalan for a game plan perfectly, well executed. Bale’s goals were terrific, especially the bicycle kick goal; admitted his second goal from such a great distance was equally stellar. Overall, a beautiful soccer artistry was displayed and the better side won and convincingly too.


THE JUNE 12 MEET IS BACK ON TRACK

THE JUNE 12TH MEET IS BACK ON TRACK
ICHEOKU says following a second meeting between the two Korean leaders, wherein the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has committed to a complete denuclearization of the peninsula and his desire to meet with President Trump, it seems that the canceled meeting with President Donald John Trump in Singapore on June 12th, 2018, is once again alive and well . Salute

KIM JONG UN: BE WARNED!


"You talk about your nuclear capabilities but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used." - President Donald John Trump.


MEGHAN UPGRADES HER STATUS: NOW A ROYALTY.

ICHEOKU says congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Princess Meghan. All the best.


OBSTRUCTION 101: THE VERDICT.

“The only obstruction President Trump committed was in obstructing Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton from the White House.” - Jesse Watters, Watters World.


TRUMP MEETS KIM: MOTHER OF ALL SUMMITS HOLDS.


"The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th. We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!" - President Donald John Trump.


ICHEOKU says with those words President Donald John Trump cements the upcoming face to face meeting with North Korea's leader Kim Jung Un and it is in Singapore on June 12th, 2018. ICHEOKU wishes both men a fruitful deliberations which as President Donald John Trump said, will be geared towards fostering world peace. God speed fellas.


AMERICA WELCOMES BACK HER CITIZENS.

ICHEOKU says thanks to President Donald John Trump's deft diplomatic policy, being executed by Secretary of State Pompeo, three former hostages of the North Korean dictatorships were released and have now arrived back to America. ICHEOKU says welcome back home fellas. What a diplomatic coup the president and his team pulled off. Nice.


92 YEAR OLD WINS ELECTION: HURRAY!

ICHEOKU says at 92 years old former Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has won his come back bid election and will be the next Malaysian Prime Minister after previously serving his country for 22 years. ICHEOKU says that now makes him the oldest serving head of government anywhere in the world, ever. ICHEOKU wishes him well and wonders what message the Malaysian people sent with the election and what will happen to the country when mortality eventually sets in. At 92 years, the seat of government in Kuala Lumpur must have a standby air ambulance on a 24 hour alert. Congratulations Mahathir.


PRESIDENT TRUMP: THE PROMISE KEEPER

“The United States no longer makes empty threats. When I make promises, I keep them.” - President Donald John Trump.

ICHEOKU says exactly why he is now fondly nicknamed the Promise Keeper and he keeps his promises, one promise at a time.

NUCLEAR BLACKMAIL IS UNACCEPTABLE.

America will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail. We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction. And we will not allow a regime that chants “Death to America” to gain access to the most deadly weapons on Earth." - President Donald John Trump.


New York ATTORNEY GENERAL RESIGNS

ICHEOKU says he was leading the anti Trump attack dogs in New York State and now he has been taken down by the Me-Too felines. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, was forced to resign his office today, after four women came forward to accuse him of sexually molesting them, harassing them and even roughing them up during non consensual sexual encounters. He claimed that he loves kinky and rough sex and that everything he did with those women were consensual. ICHEOKU says our Lord Jesus Christ was indeed right that he who lives in a glass house should not throw stones. But the New York hypocrite failed to first remove the log in his eyes before pointing his little finger at the spec in PDJT’s eye. "Ochu nwa okuko nwe ada." The harder they come, the harder they fall as every weapon fashioned against the God anointed peoples President Donald John Trump are bound to fall and Eric Schneiderman just found out. Adios.


AG JEFF SESSIONS: WHAT DO THEY HAVE ON HIM?

ICHEOKU says what does the Deep State have on AG Jeff Sessions that has purchased his quiet and inaction over the excesses of the Russian Collusion witch hunt? Something definitely does not look right and apparently seems awry that the Attorney General appears so constricted to do anything to bring the never ending "investigation" to a conclusion. How much longer will the American people wait to have the matter concluded and what will it take. As a member of Team MAGA, from the basket of deplorables, who defended him when the president was threatening to fire him, ICHEOKU is not particularly satisfied with the "playing it safe" attitude which Jeff has adopted thus far and urge him to find any possible way to make the investigators finish their job immediately and without any further delay.


TONY ELUMELU: LETS MAKE HIM PRESIDENT.

ICHEOKU says he has all it takes to turn Nigeria around and Make Nigeria Great Again. He is highly cerebral; he is well traveled and is highly exposed internationally; he is a doer with a can-do spirit and attitude which translates to impossible is nothing as it does not exists in his dictionary; he is fully accomplished person who turned around the nearly moribund behemoth UBA and created thousands of jobs both in Nigeria and overseas; and above all, he is youthful and has age on his side and you ask yourself, what else is anyone looking for in a leader for Nigeria that is on bended knees and begging for leadership other than a man with his proven record. If he can do this in the private sector, he can also mission accomplish such in the public sector and resuscitate a Nigeria that is in distress. CHEOKU is emphatic that Tony Elumelu is a highly qualified, fit and proper person to lead Nigeria out of its present woods of near comatose and under performing achievements. Lets go to work Nigerians and make his candidature both viable and achievable. We can do this fellas; so lets urge Tony to run, run Tony run and together lets Make Nigeria Great Again. If Trump can do it, so can Tony.


DJ AVICII SLASHED HIS WRISTS AND NECK.

DJ AVICII SLASHED HIS WRISTS AND NECK

ICHEOKU says another cry for help that went unanswered and the world is left without one of its foremost disc jockeys. DJ Avicii sliced his wrists and neck with broken glass and bled to death. May his soul now rest.

THE PRINCE IS NAMED, HURRAY!

CHEOKU says Kensington Palace has announced the name of their new addition, the third child and second son born to Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton. His name is Louis Arthur Charles and will be known and addressed as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge. ICHEOKU says congratulations Louis.

SAY NO TO GROUP THINK: YOU ARE NOT A HERD.

SAY NO TO GROUP THINK: YOU ARE NOT A HERD !
ICHEOKU says free thinking is part of the individuality in all of us; so protect your freedom of thought, say no to the leftist attempt to shame you into falling in line. ICHEOKU says is a fiercely independent thinker and not afraid to go it alone. Thanks Kanye!

KANYE WEST WALKS AWAY FROM GROUP THINK.

KANYE WEST STRIKES OUT FROM GROUP THINK PACK MENTALITY.


"Obama was in office for eight years and nothing in Chicago changed." - Kanye West.


ICHEOKU says completely agrees that the Kenyan did nothing for black people; not only those in Chicago, but also those in motherland Africa, those in West Indies/Caribbean and those in America. His presidency might as well have not happened as folks did not in anyway feel his impact. So, Yeezy was right, former President Barack Hussein Obama was not black folks friendly and he did not do a thing to change things for folks.


THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY HAS A NEW ADDITION.

THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY HAS A NEW ADDITION

ICHEOKU says another bundle of joy has been added to the British Royal Family, as Prince William and Duchess Kate welcomed their third child, a son. ICHEOKU says congratulations fellas.


BARBARA BUSH SAYS HER GOODBYE: ADIEU

BARBARA BUSH SAYS HER GOODBYE: ADIEU
ICHEOKU says she was a mother to every American; a matron indeed. Adieu silver haired lady, rest in peace. So long.

SYRIA WARNED TO DESIST OR BE BOMBED AGAIN.

"If the Syria regime uses this poisonous gas again on its people, it will be bombed again. The United States of America is locked and loaded. When our president draws a redline, our president enforces the redline." - Nikki Haley, United States of America Ambassador to the United Nations.


VLADIMIR PUTIN: WHENEVER HE IS READY!

VLADIMIR PUTIN: WHENEVER HE IS READY!

ICHEOKU says Russia's Vladimir Putin has one good opportunity to finally move back into the comity of civilized nations and stop his despotic mentality which always sees him flocking amidst his fellow dictators. But if he choses to remain in the cold and remain in Kremlin where he has been holed in since 1999, too bad. His too long stay in power is only damaging Russia but not helping it; and gradually turning Russia into a third world country where only one man dictates what goes on in the country. Putin, change your ways; let true democracy reign in Russia. Salute

JOHN BOLTON: THE NEW NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER.

JOHN BOLTON: THE NEW NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER.

ICHEOKU says you cannot get a more American American and he is a hardcore America First nationalist as they come. President Donald John Trump's pick to succeeded fired National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is the real deal. He is a hard-nosed American First protagonist, who does not shy away from projecting America's power through strength and who is not afraid to have America go it alone if need be. ICHEOKU says hopefully the president has found the very person who will help him achieve and implement his policy objectives in John Bolton. But as far as MAGA and AF agendas are concerned, Ambassador John Bolton is one heck of a good pick and a right fit for the job. He will help President Donald John Trump with doing his job for the American people. ICHEOKU says congratulations to the Mustachioed One. Let the governance of MAGA now really begin.


A FACEBOOK CENSORED WORLD: LIMITING FREE SPEECH

A FACEBOOK CENSORED WORLD: LIMITING FREE SPEECH

ICHEOKU says they pretend to be guardians of free speech but wants to tele-guide other peoples thinking by limiting what they can freely say; especially if you are a conservative and holds opinions which are favorable of President Donald John Trump and critical of Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately, they will not succeed but can only force people to opt out of the live wasting exercise of gluing one's eyeballs to the platform. An exercise which does not add anything of value to users, nor pays them anything for helping them bring more eyeballs to the portal. Instead of being grateful that people are helping them bilk advertisers of billions of dollars with their riveted eyeballs, they now want to micromanage everyone's thought as if they are doing one a favor by letting them waste their time using Facebook. ICHEOKU says will not be cowered nor intimidated; they can block ICHEOKU all the heck they want but ICHEOKU will not bow to Facebook's attempt to control ICHEOKU's thoughts and would rather permanently part ways with the Mark Zuckerberg globalist weapon of mass control than kowtow to a group thinking. To hell with this attempt to exact undue control and turn everyone into a herd mind.


THE RUSSIAN COLLUSION: DEALT A FATAL BLOW.


"There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity. There is also no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election." - Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General of the United States of America.

ICHEOKU says this determination, for every intent and purpose, now lays to rest the "Collusion with the Russians" hogwash; as nobody can be guilty of an offense which requires awareness to ground when he or she is not aware of it. Collusion is a conspiracy and requires a proactive participation coupled with a guilty knowledge to bring about the purpose of the conspiracy. Therefore, when will the Special Counsel address the nation and tell Americans that there is no there, there, in the Russian Collusion investigation and save America further bleeding both in resources, time and unity. Enough of the sore loser antics of the Democratic Party which does not know how to take a loss and learn to work to fix what went wrong, instead of continuously pointing a finger at a mirage that is the Russian Collusion, in its bid to find something to blame for its ineptitude that led to the epochal loss of November 8th, 2016.

FBI MEMO SCANDAL: OBAMA WAS IN THE LOOP


"POTUS WANTS TO KNOW EVERYTHING WE ARE DOING." - Lisa Page to boyfriend Peter Strzok, two FBI officials.


ICHEOKU says the POTUS then was President Barack Hussein Obama, who had previously denied and lied to the American people that he does not dabble into any FBI's investigative matter. Really?


AMERICA IS HERE TO STAY - PDJT

AMERICA IS HERE TO STAY - PDJT

"Americans fill the world with art and music. They push the bounds of science and discovery. And they forever remind us of what we should never ever forget: The people dreamed this country. The people built this country. And it's the people who are making America great again. As long as we are proud of who we are, and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve. As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will not fail. Our families will thrive. Our people will prosper. And our Nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free." - President Donald John Trump.


IT IS ONE YEAR TODAY, HURRAY!

IT IS ONE YEAR TODAY, HURRAY!
ICHEOKU says congratulations to President Donald John Trump for successfully steering America's ship of States for a full year. What the naysayers said will not happen is a reality which they are finding extremely difficult to live with. But their preferences notwithstanding, Make America Great Again is on course and nobody will torpedo it. Once again, congratulations to the leader of Team MAGA on the anniversary of his being sworn in as the 45th POTUS.

ICHEOKU'S MAN OF THE YEAR 2017: PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP

ICHEOKU says following an examination of so many nominated individuals, we have determined that this year 2017's man of the year is President Donald John Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America. He came into office shooting on both hips and as the year draws to an end, his both guns are still firing and smoking. For standing up to the world and starring down American detractors and being the cheerleader and champion in chief of America, the leader of Team Make America Great Again has earned ICHEOKU's man of the year award 2017. Congratulations to President Donald John Trump.

JERUSALEM IS ISRAEL'S ETERNAL CAPITAL - PDJT

JERUSALEM IS ISRAEL'S ETERNAL CAPITAL - PDJT
ICHEOKU says a wisdom of Solomon come to judgment; it is about time the child is given to the rightful mother. Salute to the courage of President Donald John Trump.

AMERICA STRONG!

"Together with our allies, America's warriors are prepared to defend our nation using the full range of our unmatched capabilities. No one — no dictator, no regime and no nation — should underestimate, ever, American resolve."


RUSSIAN COLLUSION: EVIDENCE FOUND!

RUSSIAN COLLUSION: EVIDENCE EMERGES!

ICHEOKU says Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton was caught pants down colluding with the Russians and she has been trying so hard to pull the wool over the eyes of American people over whodunnit. What a lying, contriving, manipulative woman she is, who lies so easily that you wonder whether truth actually exists in her lexicon. Pitiful.

RUSSIAN DOSSIER: PAID FOR BY HILLARY CLINTON

RUSSIAN DOSSIER: PAID FOR BY CLINTON

ICHEOKU says finally the circle is about being completed and American people and the world at large will come to know who in fact did the collusion. Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Congress paid Fusion GPS to produce the fake Russian dossier which former CIA chief James Clapper said was the basis for the Trump investigation. Yet, the investigation is still ongoing, despite the now established fact that the basis of it was a manufactured phony. But hey, we shall see.


ICHEOKU says still wondering WHAT HAPPENED and the reason 33,000 emails were deleted and bleach washed? Hopefully American people will soon confirm their suspicion that those shouting themselves hoax with Russian Collusion might indeed be the ones who actually colluded with the Russians. So much for the Russian Reset button. Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton, simply too crooked.


GLAD TO BE CARRIED TO FULL TERM.

GRATEFUL TO BE CARRIED FULL TERM

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.


JUST SAY NO TO KNEELING: IT IS UN-AMERICAN.

JUST SAY NO TO KNEELING: IT IS UN-AMERICAN.
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.

IPOB: NOT A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION - USA


“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.

HILLARY CLINTON LOST THE ELECTION - CHARLES SCHUMER

HILLARY CLINTON LOST THE ELECTION - CHARLES SCHUMER

"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 PUT ON NOTICE

NORTH KOREA  PUT ON NOTICE: DON'T PUSH ME.
"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.

NORTH KOREA: TOTAL ANNIHILATION NOW ON THE TABLE.

NORTH KOREA: TOTAL ANNIHILATION NOW ON THE TABLE.

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.

BIAFRA EXIT FROM NIGERIA: A CALL TO DUTY

BIAFRA EXIT FROM NIGERIA: A CALL TO DUTY
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.

PDJT ISSUES A VERDICT ON ISLAMIST TERRORISTS


"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.


BBOB: BRING BACK OUR BIAFRA

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.
#BringBackOurBiafra.





"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


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)


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.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

2011 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AND THE DILEMMA OF A JONATHAN'S RUN'?

Run Jonathan run? Don't run Jonathan don't run? And the cacophony of apologists and haters babbling noise, deafening as it may be, continue to rent the air, sometimes assuming a frenzied crescendo in a build-up to Nigeria's 2011 presidential election? Icheoku says William Shakespeare probably had Nigeria in mind as he penned Julius Caesar, judging from the trove of political treachery and comical characters which abound therein.
Now it is President Jonathan Ebele Goodluck's praise-song that saturates the air in Nigeria, with some town-criers asking that he stays on beyond an earlier agreed mission-term, while some other real people are trying to hold his feet to the fire regarding the existing gentleman's agreement, hitherto reached by his party, the PDP, with regard to rotational presidency? Icheoku says, when all is said and done, it is only President Jonathan and President Jonathan alone who must tell himself the naked truth and act upon his conviction, with the interest of Nigeria as his guiding light.
All these emergent cheer-leaders are akin to funeral under-takers who take delight in people dying and providing unending job opportunity and income for them? Their love and empathy is pretended as inside their heart of hearts, they are salivating at the latest business opportunity to make some quick bucks. So President Jonathan must be watchful and prayerful to avoid the curve-balls now being thrown his way by people who mostly see him as a tool, a means to an end and the goose that lays the golden eggs? Few months ago, it was President Umaru Yar'Adua who was these town-criers favorite past-time hero; then entered Hadjiya Turai Yar'Adua and before the duo was Olusegun Obasanjo and the count goes back to the beginning of times? Like the proverbial three stooges who learnt the phrase, "we three, we three," and recited it each time and every time there is something in the offing eliciting their opinion or answer; and who subsequently said to the police in answer to their question, who killed Rogers, "WE THREE, WE THREE"; Nigerians have learnt how to give the same answer of 'God-sent" to every person that happens on the national stage as president. it does not matter the means of such arrival whether by crook as in a military coup de`tat or by appointment as in interim government or by providence as in death of a former president or by electoral brigandage of rigging? It does not also matter whether such first citizen is a calamitous Obasanjo, Baba go-slow Yar'Adua, evil genius Babangida or now president by providence, President Jonathan? It is always God sent, God sent; and President/Head of state for life!
Nigerians are reputedly capable of being so many different things to so many different people at the same time, depending on who is occupying the center stage and facilitating access to them? In short, Nigeria is a country populated by so many hydra-headed human-specimens, whose stand on every issue is as mercurial as the quick silver depending on what is at stake. To many Nigerians, a time can be both day and night at the same time, depending on what yield their answer will generate? Association for Better Nigeria (ABN) and Arthur Nzeribe typically represents many Nigerians, admitted Nzeribe is being verified for bravely vocalizing his thoughts, unlike so many others who would rather whisper such desires and wish that other person bells the cat on their behalf? There is no real core or consistency within Nigerians and/or their action; and they easily sway like pendulum with tide of times and readily turn against you the moment your sun sets. The plebeians in Julius Caesar who were swayed by the oratory skills of Mark Anthony and mistook Cisero the poet for Cisero the conspirator aptly captures the make-up of every average-Joe Nigerian.
In the macabre dance of death that is politics, whose drummers are as legion and invisible as they are slimy, the country Nigeria does not lack of its fair share of competent drummers and players; whose political treachery is a quick sand that swallows as many of its victims as are not endowed with discerning clear thoughts? Icheoku says President Jonathan should run in 2011 at the peril of his credibility to respect a gentleman's' agreement hitherto reached by his party, the PDP; or Nigerians should unanimously agree to let him shower the country with his legendary goodluck which he carries abundantly with him as his name and antecedents have shown.
At extreme oddity and conflict is what becomes of President Jonathan's fate in 2011, judging the two insincere schools of thought, each proffering parallel advise on the president's probable line of action - to run and not to run for president in 2011? Icheoku says both of these schools are wrong, preposterous and agenda-driven, since Jonathan has not disclosed his intention to dabble into the 2011 presidential race or achieved or accomplished anything spectacular to merit and warrant all these presidential pontifications and endorsements for a 2011 run? Nigeria should not forget so soon that the now President Jonathan was a member of the lack-lustre President Umaru Yar'Adua administration, being a vice president, acting president and now a substantive off-shoot president therein; and that the duo performed so abysmally poor and were so slow that his late boss President Umaru Yar'Adua earned the nick-name, "Mr Slowman?" In a civilized functional society where government officials are held accountable by the people for their misdeeds and/or incompetence, Icheoku says, both Yar'Adua and Jonathan would have been voted out of office in 2011 for lack of performance and non-delivery of democracy dividends? But with the preemptive death of Yar'Adua, the question of Jonathan's running with Yar'Adua for a second term as vice president is now moot; and Nigerians can only grapple with a 2011 presidential election without a Yar'Adua/Jonathan ticket to ordinarily vote out from office? The only question that now remains is, can and would Jonathan run for president in 2011; and if yes, does he have any record/s to run on; assuming the PDP's internal arrangement on which a certain section of the country ought to still produce the party's 2011 president still holds sway?

But in a plebeianistic society as Nigeria, with all manners of political-vultures parading themselves as human-beings, anything is possible; and serious arm twisting can still cancel whatever prior existing agreements that were previously reached? Afterall Vincent Ogbulafor found out in a bitter way that a previously dust-collecting alleged financial misappropriation could be brought up anytime to cage a loquacious former party chairman for speaking before thinking about a supposed north's vested presidential interest in 2011. So for a willing and daring political player incumbent, continuity is possible in 2011. Nigeria is such a politically complex society in which it is possible to still find some weird people who could not give a damn even if Satan himself becomes their president and who finds attractive, the idea of a Babangida's presidency in 2011? Icheoku says, rather than have Babangida as president in 2011, Nigerians might as well settle for anyone else including a continuation of President Jonathan's presidency.
The only good guys in this debate of "run Jonathan run" and "don't run Jonathan don't run" are those Nigerians who have kept a wise mum on the matter, preferring instead to let the womb of time, political expediency and job performance to inform the decision on who actually runs or does not run in 2011. Icheoku therefore re-states that it is for President Jonathan to earn his feathers by proving between now and 2011, that he had no hand in the snail-speed government of late President Yar'Adua by delivering some measurable and quantifiable concrete accomplishment - top among which include security, power and good roads. Otherwise all the rhetoric of this world, including Mark Anthony or Cisero's will not suffice to bestow on him the honor of a dignified claim to the 2011 presidential run.
Regrettably, in today's Nigeria of 21st century people are still worrying themselves sick as to which geographical location and zone produced the president? Icheoku says, were Nigeria truly a nation-state or a fully functioning country, such mundane and parochial considerations should not be the thing preoccupying the political class, which continuously fester the morbid sectionalism in which the country still waddles in since independence four decades ago? In a more goal-directed country, viability, qualification and a strong resume are the sole primary considerations for any leadership position, including the presidency; but not the candidate's state of origin or the geographical belt where the candidate comes from, which guarantees that nationalists run for offices and not sectional tribalists. So why does it matter which zone produced the president in 2011, provided the candidate is a Nigerian, well qualified and able to deliver the goods; and also such a candidate is not Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida. But those northern political elites, who parasite on governments, cannot imagine a life outside the corridors of power, hence the fever-pitch clamour that it is the turn of their zone to produce president in 2011? Icheoku asks, when the north were taking turn after turn in the presidency with Tafawa Balewa, Gowon, Muritala, Buhari, Babangida, Abacha, Abdusalam, did anyone raise issue with a rotational brouhaha formula?
The United States of America which Nigeria allegedly copies its system of government, has had two father and son presidency with Quincy Adams and the Bush family which topped it by also producing a governor of Florida at the same time? So if Nigeria is really a country and not a loose coalition of unwilling republics forcibly cobbled together by an exploitative colonial master in 1914, why does it matter if the president in 2011 is from Arewa Republic, Oduduwa Republic, Biafra Republic or Niger Delta Republic? But a warped primitive tribal loyalties are driving a debate on where a president must and should come from in 2011 - whether or not Nigeria will be forced to trade a PhD president for an almajiri retired army man. A country that is one indivisible entity and really a country/nation-state, would look for their best and brightest to lead them into the future; and not a demented maniacal and near senile killer, just because he is from a certain part of the country.
In conclusion, Icheoku says, the only parties that will be adversely affected by the ongoing tug of war of who produces the 2011 president are the Nigerian people who will be denied the chance of partaking and benefiting in the Mr. Goodluck's goodluck; and a President Jonathan who will be denied his anticipated four more years in Aso Rock; since as a vice president he would have served another term of four years in a consecutive two term presidency of President Yar'Adua? But peradventure, President Yar'Adua is now dead and Jonathan is the new president; but should he now be forced out of Aso Rock, sacrificed on account of an illegal intra-party agreement? Icheoku says, we do not think so because if Jonathan can as a vice president, act for an unavailable preisdent Yar'Adua and graduated to an acting president when the president became indisposed; natural law of fairness will not frown at the possibility of a President Jonathan also serving out the next four years of a would have-been President YarAdua's second term?
If Jonathan can deputize and act for a northern president; then there is nothing fatally wrong with him serving out their joint second term? At worst, let the north count it as the south-south's partial turn; and they can always come back after 2015 or 2030 or whenever to serve out their second term; afterall they have been in power practically since independence and their fortune have not really changed for the better; so why the clamour for a northern president one may ask? Nigeria needs a leader with a vision, mission, clear thought, a sense of purpose and one who can act professionally under the given stressful environment that running a complex society as Nigeria is. President Jonathan has displayed these uncanny leadership qualities and Nigerians may have to swallow whatever tribal/sectional arrangements and sentiments that may be existing, and allow God to do for Nigeria what he willed, when he made Jonathan president by default of the death of President Yar'Adua. For all believers, there is a purpose for everything and God or Allah cannot be mocked; for before we were born He already knows who and what we shall all become; and power comes exclusively from only the On High. If God truly wants President Jonathan Ebele Goodluck to run, win and preside over Nigeria in 2011, nobody and nothing can stop him; and as a sign, God can cause Babangida to expire from a massive cardiac arrest or better still make him turn tails, as he did on two previous occasions when he was forced to step aside in 1993 and in 2007 when he was intimidated out of running? Anyway, we await the delivery of the heavily pregnant Nigeria, come 2011. Goodluck and goodnight, to you Nigerians political gladiators!

3 comments:

chijioke said...

true analysis of nigeria sick system run by mulahs in the north of nigeria who thinks nigeria is thier property to run only.

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2011: Jonathan Can Contest –PDP

By Obiora Ifoh (Abuja) and Augustine Madu-West (Kano)


Controversy over the eligibility of President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the 2011 presidential election may have been laid to rest by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday.
The party said that its zoning policy was a flexible arrangement and has never been observed in the past.
The party’s statement is a contrast to the position of the former National Chairman, Vincent Ogbulafor, who said the Presidency is zoned to the North in the 2011 general election.
While calling on Nigerians to put this controversy to rest, the PDP National Auditor, Dr. Samuel Ortom, said that at no time did the NWC discuss and zone the position of Presidency.
“What the National Chairman said last time was just a clarification on what was done before in the past regime and not during our current tenure.”
According to him, though there is position of zoning in PDP’s constitution, it is not a rigid arrangement.
“And so, President Goodluck Jonathan is free to contest election if he so wishes or desires at any time. If he decides to contest, nobody can stop him. He is free to do that; the constitution allows him because the constitution of our party is subject to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“It is a flexible arrangement made by the forefathers of this party who wrote this constitution. But I want to let the public know that since 1999 when this party came into existence and started election and appointment of political offices, there has never been a time that anyone has been excluded, who is interested in vying for any position in this party, whether you are from the South or East or from the North or West.”
The party recalled that in 1999, the election was keenly contested by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Vice President Alex Ekwueme who came from different zones, and in 2003 the election was keenly contested by Obasanjo and Barnabas Gemade, who was from the North Central and that at no time did the PDP screen them out.
“They were allowed to participate, they went through the process as enshrined in the constitution and the guidelines and a candidate emerged at the end of the day and we jointly worked together for the success of our party.”
Ortom also told Saturday Independent that the controversy about 2011 zoning cited in Article 7.2 (c) of the PDP constitution, which prescribed rotation and zoning in the past was not meant to be rigid.
He further explained that though there can be zoning arrangement in the PDP constitution, which is an internal arrangement, the most important and ultimate thing is the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which allows every Nigerian the freedom to associate.
Every Nigerian, according to the NWC member, is free to contest not minding the zone he is from. Zone is not going to stop anybody from contesting. So, those who are heating the polity unnecessarily about zoning or no zoning should stop and allow Mr. President to face the challenges that we have in this country.
“The whole thing is flexible and President Jonathan is a Nigerian and by all standards and qualifications that the party and the constitution require, he is free to contest the election. There is a procedure as enshrined in our Constitution and at the appropriate time, there will be guidelines which we shall duly follow and a candidate for the Presidency and any other position of the party will emerge.”
The party said that the era of automatic ticket was gone.
“We are prepared to do internal democracy through which our candidates for the various positions to contest for the 2011 elections and beyond will emerge. So, let’s join and pray for the President, the Vice President and everyone that is in a position of authority so that they will succeed because if this county lives in peace, all of us will enjoy the dividends.”

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2011: Jonathan Can Contest –PDP

Meanwhile, Jonathan has been advised to resist the temptation and pressure to contest, so he can concentrate on turning the nation around within the limited period of his mandate.
He has also been told to remember the circumstances that brought him to power as President in the first instance – the death of President Umaru Yar’Adua, which should convince everyone that power comes from God who gives it to whoever He wants.
These were the words of former presidential candidate and elder statesman, Bashir Tofa, in a chat with Saturday Independent.
The All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Elder Committee chairman, who also doubles as the party’s Merger/Alliance and Contact Committee chairman, said all Jonathan needs now is to be sincere with Nigerians and dedicate himself to the commitment of ensuring that he does the right thing within the remaining period of this dispensation.
The Kano politician, who was presidential candidate during the aborted former Military President Ibrahim Babangida’s transition on the platform of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC), said he wished Jonathan good luck and success, not just for his sake but “for all of us because this is our country and we need the right things to be done”, adding that his chances of success will largely depend on his approach to governance.
In his words: “Whether or not he will make an impact within this period on the economic, political and social problems confronting the nation is absolutely up to him because if he wants to make an impact he can, if he doesn’t want to he can spoil it for himself.”
He said if he were President Jonathan, “I will be very honest with my country, I will dedicate myself to do the right thing for everybody, then quit the stage because of tomorrow. When he leaves with shining and bright colours; that is doing what the people expect in terms of curbing corruption, carrying out electoral reforms, looking at power and other problems, something the people will see and appreciate; I assure you he will have a brighter chance of coming back.”
The ANPP chieftain also told Saturday Independent that Jonathan needs to concentrate on state matters and do his best for the people.
“But if he decides to listen to people who will tell him that this is his opportunity, he should grab it and make maximum use of it, then there will be problem so he should be very careful with this and try to make the right decision,” he said.