THEY SWARMED AND ANTIFA FLED

THEY SWARMED AND ANTIFA FLED
ICHEOKU says thanks to American Bikers, the much anticipated protest in Phoenix rally-styled speech did not materialize. May be we should have more of these Bikers in every rally. Kudos to the real bad ass men with steely balls.

NO MORE NATION BUILDING, JUST KILLING THE BAD GUYS.

NO MORE NATION BUILDING, JUST KILLING THE BAD GUYS.
ICHEOKU says the United States of America mandate to its military engaged overseas particularly Afghanistan is stop cuddling the bad guys, just whack them. ICHEOKU says certainly a c-change in the rules of engagement and it will certainly make it easier for our warriors who will risk less of their lives and limbs in battle fields. President Donald John Trump is definitely leading as said and providing the leadership our military needs as their Commander in Chief. Way to go.

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

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.

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.

IT IS GAME ON: MAYWEATHER FIGHTS MCGREGOR

IT IS GAME ON: MAYWEATHER FIGHTS McGREGOR

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


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 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.

PDJT ISSUES 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.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

MUHAMMADU BUHARI IS A REGIONAL CANDIDATE - an article by Ayo Osuntokun


I PUT a call through to a senior friend in Kaduna for a routine social and political chit chat. The call caught him in the thick of a mob crisis. It transpired that President Good luck Jonathan was in Kaduna to meet with a crucial pressure group and General Mohammadu Buhari also happened to show up in kaduna the same day. In response, a mob quickly materialised and took to the streets of the city chanting sai Buhari, sai musulumi, sai arewa!( nobody but Buhari; nobody but a Northern Moslem). They demanded of passing motorists to join their exhortation barring which substantial damage would be visited on their vehicles. My friend quite rightly noted that every tendency generates its own contradiction and that Nigeria was thus being set up for a national fratricidal crisis. The logic of cause and effect would probably result in counter ethno religious mobilisation in Niger delta for instance.
Buhari, without a shade of doubt, has attained the status of a cult hero among the segment of Nigerian population identified above.
Some have gone as far as claiming there has been none like him since Shehu Othman Dan Fodio. It was similarly said of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo that there was none like him in Yoruba land since the Yoruba mythical progenitor-Oduduwa. What follows from this comparison is that Buhari and Awolowo are starting the Nigerian Presidential race with a deficit. Non caliphate and non Yoruba Nigerians are not likely to fancy Dan Fodio and Oduduwa as President of Nigeria. At different times Chief Awolowo wanted to be the Prime Minister and President of Nigeria respectively. He wanted to be Prime Minister in 1959/60 on the platform of the Action Group, AG. He scaled the first hurdle by getting elected to the House of Representatives, where he could not muster sufficient support to scale the final hurdle. Perhaps there was a contradiction in aspiring to become the Prime Minister of Nigeria from the platform of a political party that started and was largely sustained as a Yoruba political organisation(the same of course could be said of the Northern People’s Congress, NPC).
The sequence of events from 1962 to 1966 consolidated Awolowo as a Yoruba hero and martyr. In 1967 he was adopted as the leader of the Yoruba leaders of thought-hence his subsequent proclamation as Yoruba leader. In 1979 he was presented as the Presidential candidate of the Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN and came to terms with his lack of national acceptance by defiantly picking a fellow Southerner (and a political lightweight) as running mate. Unfortunately he was unable to live down this image till his death in 1987. In a vivid demonstration that non Yoruba Nigerians were more comfortable with him in death than alive, President Ibrahim Babangida and Ikemba Odumegwu Ojukwu eulogised him as the “main issue of Nigerian politics” and “the best President Nigeria never had”. Regardless, I believe these two personalities and many other Nigerian genuinely admired Chief Awolowo but their admiration fell short of preferring him for the office of the President of Nigeria. Comparatively I also would want to enter a caveat that it is possible to admire General Buhari without preferring him for the same office.
Before 1966, it was plausible to think of the Nigeria Army as a pan Nigeria institution. Subsequently it fractured along ethno regional cleavages and to a lesser degree remained as such. Roughly and generically speaking the Nigerian Army was divisible into a Northern Hausa Fulani category at one end of the spectrum; the Eastern Igbos at another and the South Western Yoruba in the middle. (A thousand apologies for the tendentious treatment of the minorities as of little consequence-of course we now know better). This was the context that produced General Olusegun Obasanjo in his deliberately cultivated image as a detribalised Nigerian nationalist.
It was on this platform and recognition that he was elected Nigerian President in 1999 albeit substantially underwritten by the Northern political establishment. Obasanjo then went on to initiate crucial political and economic reforms of Nigeria in a manner that was contrary to the perception of him as a proxy ruler for the “North”. There were rumours that he refused to sign a political MOU that would have rendered him a ceremonial President. It was not however a rumour that he caused to be retired all who qualified to be identified as political soldiers. This and other symbolic acts and gestures resulted in tension between Obasanjo and his Northern promoters so called. In this light it was believed that the sharia insurrection represented a covert declaration of hostilities.
It was against this background that Buhari went to a quranic recitation ceremony in Sokoto and declared (according to all media reports) that Moslems should vote for Moslems. It was against this background that Buhari initiated a quasi-political pressure group called the Pastoral resolve. It was as the chief ideologue and motive force of this group that he went to Ibadan to complain to Governor Lam Adesina of Oyo state about the death of a Fulani herdsman in a scuffle between nomads and Yoruba farmers in Shaki. Governor Adesina reportedly admonished that as a former head of state Buhari should not be limited to the welfare and wellbeing of Fulani. He subsequently emerged the Presidential standard bearer of the largely Northern Moslem dominated All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, in 2003 and 2007 respectively.And recently in a mood of self-adulation, Pastor Tunde Bakare, running mate with Buhari, gleefully threatened the eruption of a “wild wild North” analogous of the “Wild Wild West” if the polls are rigged against his ticket. This was in reference to the pervasive and widespread violent protest against the massive rigging of the 1965 polls in the Western region. It is indeed apt to recall this precedent but it is also a sad commentary and an unambiguous advertisement on the status of Buhari as a regional candidate.
President Obasanjo recently opined that a Buhari Presidency would make a big impression on the fight against indiscipline and corruption and I cannot agree more. The frustration of Obasanjo is echoed across the land especially among the intelligentsia and there seems to be an auto mobilisation of this frustration in favour of Buhari. On further reflection I differ to the extent that a nation must exist before we can do battle against corruption or any sickness ailing such a society. I do not believe that a nation exists in what constitute Nigeria today and neither do I believe that given his antecedents and instincts, Buhari is in pole position to advance Nigerian nationhood.
I do not believe, for instance, that the choiceof a Yoruba as vice presidential candidate within the present context of political anxieties in Nigeria demonstrates an instinct for national consensus.  Given that Obasanjo was President from 1999 to 2007, sensitivity to nationhood should require that South East and South South be given priority over the South West in constituting a Presidential ticket. This qualification is no less applicable to the AC-the extenuation being that the Party is rooted in the South West. It is fair to conclude that, of all the three leading candidates, Buhari is the least qualified for the task of welding a nation out of Nigeria.


Banner• Osuntokun, a former Managing Director of the News Agency of  Nigeria (NAN), lives in Abuja, Nigeria.

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