Unkind Postures of the Boss

By Odimegwu Onwumere

Some of our ‘Ogas at the top’ behave as if they do not need love from their ‘Boys at the bottom’. They loathe showing kindness to their boys. What they see as the showing of kindness is the pittance they give to their boys, even when the boys must be working tirelessly for recognition and upliftment.

The boys exhibit the most kindness, but are rewarded with a lot of pain. This act demoralises the boys, showcasing their Ogas as persons, who do not need love and do not recognise love, when given them. The boys are the ones who take care of the Ogas’ every need, but are not taken care of in the appropriate manner that would make them to smile, when no one is around.

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Many of the boys have only been rewarded with tears they shed, when no one is around them. In the relationship between the Ogas and the boys, the former see it as something that the boys alone must be giving, without them showing love, forgiveness, kindness, compassion to the boys, when they need them the most.

The Ogas eschew the advise that was credited to one Og Mandino, who remarks, “Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.”

Another has it: “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” The life the Ogas live is the continuous keeping of the boys at the level they were picked; the Ogas prefer feigning  a life of completeness and purity, by only helping those of their friends and cronies, who already have enough; they do not help the boys, because the boys have not helped them financially.

The Ogas would prefer to hurt the boys, because of preferences. The Ogas are knack in showing friendship in words alone to the boys, without their hearts burning with loving-kindness for all the boys, who crossed their paths, for a change to come their ways. The Ogas have refused to be lectured to understand that kindness means the quality of being kind and not, the quality of amassing wealth and owning conglomerate of cartels and business empires.

To be an Oga does not mean to have a large crowd of boys, who do your works for you, but to also be kind, considerate and generous to them, so that they could enjoy the legacy of having their own boys by tommorrow, whom they would in-turn show kindness, generosity towards in order to become Ogas. Being an Oga should go with Kindness and meaningful generosity, not for political or cheap publicity, but also for virtue to foster humanity.

It was written: “Little deeds of kindness and little words of love make the earth pleasant like the heavens above. A part of kindness involves in loving people more than they deserve. Everyone responds to kindness.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), German writer, philosopher and scientist, was it who said, “If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.”

The Ogas are much interested in making more money and rich friends and not, in becoming really interested in the affairs of their boys and trying to get them uplifted. The Ogas are ready to go for the kill if reminded of the prudent saying of a George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish playwright and journalist thus: “If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”

They go for this kill to remain at the top. And while the Ogas make progress by the efforts of their boys, whom they hardly take to cognizance are smarter than them, they do not create positive force field of attraction that repels the anguish of the boys, so that the boys would one day be like them.  They prefer to create a negative work force against the boys by creating fear, lavishing blame on the boys, instead of wealth. And they forgot that when the boys are not happy, the work is internally not given the best.

The attitude of the Ogas to their boys shows that they are only interested in self, and not group.  They are suspicious, always showing unlovely traits. Even when the boys are on their best behaviours, the Ogas have bad behaviours echoed all about them. The Ogas want to be understood at all the time by the boys, but hardly understand the plights and desires of the boys.

From childhood, Yours Truly has been told that “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted”. As an adult, many kindnesses shown to many persons seemed wasted, because they misplaced them and took Yours Truly as a fool they have tricked and dumped. In this aspect, such reward from those shown the kindnesses is what makes some persons become wicked and begin to reward the world with wickedness evermore. In their families, they would become the fingered, when the word wicked was mentioned and are, not ready to be cordial and well-mannered to strangers.

Conversely, it pays to be kind. This makes persons to be citizens of the world. Let the Ogas learn to show kindness to their boys for their direction in life. The Ogas should understand that “a single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees”. (Amelia Earhart, Magic City Morning Star, Jun. 1, 2005). They should not be making their boys to regret that their efforts of kindness are wasted. The Ogas should know that there is no law in the world that is greater than kindness.

In “Helps to Happiness”, Nicias Ballard Cooksey, says: Kindness is helpful to the happiness of both recipient and giver. Who does not feel happier on showing kindness to others, and who does not feel happier on receiving the manifestation of kindness? Deeds of kindness shown in the little things of life constitute man’s chief happiness. Many are not able to do any great things for others, but all can find abundant opportunity of showing little deeds of kindness which will add much to the happiness of mankind.

“The Healing Power of Kindness” by Jean Maalouf says: More than anything else, kindness is a way of life. It is a way of living and walking through life. It is a way of dealing with all that is ourselves, our bodies, our dreams and goals, our neighbors, our competitors, our enemies, our air, our earth, our animals, our space, our time, and our very consciousness. Do we treat all creation with kindness? Isn’t all creation holy and divine?

Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Writer, writes from Rivers State.

Tel: +2348057778358

Email: apoet_25@yahoo.com

http://www.odimegwuonwumere.wordpress.com

Nigeria and the Leadership Shortage

By Odimegwu Onwumere

What many opulent Nigerians term as leadership is the exhibition of their exotic cars, power bikes, mansions, companies, pictures from foreign lands they went for holidays, their glowing wives, husbands, children and concubines. They show-off these on the internet, newspapers, TV and, make commentaries on the radio for self-exaltation. They see leadership as titles and not, how many of their loved ones and followership they have positively influenced or would do. They see their gallery of wealth as the influence they are giving to those who look up to them. Since the wealthy in the society see these things as leadership, there has been tremendous leadership shortage in the country.

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Because of this type of mindset to leadership, the consequences are where we are at present: virtually everybody is shortcutting what used to be the gradual process of living to attain a height of financial wealth. While many are doing this, they do not know that they are like those who ignorantly use pills to reduce weight, oblivious that they are digging for more danger to their lives than the natural weight they had thought was unbecoming.

Shortcuts have consequence. A critical look at it would attest to the fact that it’s this reason that governments at all levels in Nigeria have not gotten anything right. They implement policies that are not formidably executed; they read yearly budget that do not commensurate with the on ground works, and so on. Due of leadership shortage in Nigeria, many things are now worse, than any emergency approach given them.

Gaining influence is just the meaning of leadership and not, showing of influence. Many Nigerians do not think about the next step to take in order to uplift humanity here, but the next exotic car to paint the street red, the next mansion to build in order to intimidate the next neighbour, the next holiday picture to post online in order to compel family and friends to begin to bite their fingers.

Those the leaders want to cheer them are hungry and many do not even have hope of where their next meal would come from, where money for their next house rent would be raised from. What some of these leaders define as leadership is just the addiction of showing their wealth to their hapless followership, as if they are employees working very hard for promotions.

While they want the financially poor masses to be promoting them, the only agenda they have for them, are those intimidating outings they make for the poor to be lavishly glaring at and admiring them, without a twinge of conscience of where they placed the poor in life. Their acquisitions mean a lot to them and not, the welfares of the subjugated masses.

Leadership shortage has made many Nigerians to be sitting on the bare ground today. The leaders want the led to see Nigeria as a country that should mean a lot, without them leaders seeing the poor to mean anything to them. Rarely is there any opportunity that would enhance the growth of the poor individual like it is wont in the so-called developed world, where the level of opportunities to school appropriates the level of corruption in Nigeria.

In Nigeria, many people’s understanding of the concept of “God” is just political. They use ‘God bless you’ in order to make people accept them as godly people, whereas they find blessing anybody really good somewhat hard thing to do. Apart from their gallery of wealth, the next thing they so much show in the public is “God”. They do not have a more realistic view of theirselves. They see the act of leadership as a correlation between wealth and amassing of it; not a relationship between leading and the masses.

Because leadership has been assumed to be the position of those with much wealth, the poor would no longer guarantee self as one capable of being a leader. The poor has been so much intimidated by the rich to always believe that leadership has a residence with those that call the shots in the society. This is a widely misunderstood fact. Leadership is not a position, but an activity, not like the idea that the highest bidder goes with the prize, but an act of showing comprehensive examples for others to follow in the promotion of humanity and not, when there is something that has to do with politics and business alone.

Perhaps, this could be the reason a Vikas Swarup, the author of The Accidental Apprentice (and Slumdog Millionaire), was quoted as saying: “Leadership is the one competency that cannot be learnt in management school. A manager is trained to do things right; a leader does the right things. It is not a matter of training and preparation, but one of instinct and conscience.”

Therefore, the conscience of leadership has to be reborn; not the everyday reborn of titles and showing-off of acquisitions. Nigerians at all level must make the citizenry better by eschewing the love to obsequiousness. It is a killing behaviour, when anyone sees the promotion of exotic cars as leadership or those who purchase such cars for the simple purpose to intimidate others as leaders.

It is time Nigerians began to see these types of leaders who do nothing but to exhibit their numerous wealth as persons who have limited contributions to make for the wellbeing of Nigeria. Remove those material items from them and be amazed how empty they are. Everybody can have positive impact and become a leader. Against this backdrop, leadership must be seen as an art for influencing another in direction for the wellbeing of the society and not, for the individual buttering. We must take the advise by a John Izzo, PhD, whose write-ups suggest that Leadership is not about what your business card says, what your title is, or where you sit on the organizational chart in your company. Leadership is a posture, it is a decision that you want to have influence over others in a positive way.

Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Writer, writes from Rivers State.

Tel: +2348057778358

Email: apoet_25@yahoo.com

http://www.odimegwuonwumere.wordpress.com

If there was one thing I could change to improve education in my country…

By Odimegwu Onwumere

Reading culture is dying in Nigeria. A tiny number out of about 160 million people have healthy reading habits institutionalised. Majority just enlist into various schools. Many have graduated. They are all for the obtainment of certificates. This habit is causing our country harm. Half-baked educated people dot the streets. Reading of books isn’t taken seriously. Against this backdrop, Nigeria needs a reading transformational initiative campaign for individual’s personal knowledge. It is my desire that our countrymen and women should engage, communicate and learn. Personal knowledge, not schooling, is the only thing that can make our today count and have a firm grip of the future.

Sidney Davis, a scholar from Kittery Point, Maine, saw reading as the utmost, saying that true education teaches HOW to critically think, not WHAT to think, it consists mainly of what we need to unlearn and not so much what we learn, it is not to worship at the altar of what is known, but to question it. Napoleon Hill added in his book – Think And Grow Rich – that an educated man is not, necessarily, one who has an abundance of general or specialized knowledge. An educated man is one who has so developed the faculties of his mind…

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Hill had said so before Nelson Mandela, who was the first African to be the president of his native country of South-Africa, in the aftermath of a racial apartheid in which some Europeans imposed on South Africa that started from 1948 and ended in 1991, said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Many see Mandela’s statement to mean schooling, but this is wrong. Twenty seven years in an apartheid jail did not limit his education.  Hill was right. What people go to school to do is to acquire “specialized knowledge”, which invariably is called ‘indoctrination’, without actually being educated. Unlike in schooling, education has no daily curriculum to follow. Education improved as the communities developed, which later became the stand for schooling to spring up. Sidney Davis was right.

It is this ‘indoctrination’ that makes a professor of a faculty in a university to be grounded in a course, yet, is financially poor. This is not the same with an educated person. He or she has every tendency of going beyond limitation to do the unlimited. So, an educated person has a very strong intuition and imagination, which know no bounds. A schooled person only knows the intimation he or she has gotten through schooling.

Education is an awakener. School only teaches. The power of education can make one do what a schooled person cannot. Robert Frost, a renowned poet, who was born in 1874 and lived until 1963, said: “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” Education does not indoctrinate, but what many people erroneously refer to as education is schooling.

What we have in schooling that we call education are combinations of cultures, which have brought the world much narrow-mindedness. Education does not harm. Schooling is a formation of methodological ideas transferred from one generation to another. One who went through schooling yet, might not have educated him or herself, thoughts, judgments and so on. This is why a medical doctor is not even schooled where an engineer is. Whereas there are people who were not opportune to go through what is known today as formal-schooling, yet, they are grounded in their native wisdoms, arts and sciences. This is natural and unpolluted. They live in peace and are not detrimental to nature, which our school acquisitions loathe and treat like viruses.

Henry Ford was regarded as one of America’s foremost industrialists, who revolutionized assembly-line modes of production for the automobile. He lived between July 30, 1863 to April 07, 1947. According to Napoleon Hill, Ford never believed in a “general” or “specialized” knowledge to make history in engineering, having barely gone through formal-schooling. But he exhibited the power of an educated person.

Hill tells us that Ford brought a suit against a Chicago newspaper which called Ford “an ignorant pacifist” in its editorials during the World War. Upon knowing that he was not (well) formally-schooled, Ford objected the statement.  The lawyers who were handling the matter thought that Ford was an uneducated fellow by using logical questions thinking they could intimidate him, but they failed. The questions are: “Who was Benedict Arnold?” and “How many soldiers did the British send over to America to put down the Rebellion of 1776?” Ford replied in answer to the last question, “I do not know the exact number of soldiers the British sent over, but I have heard that it was a considerably larger number than ever went back.”

However, becoming bored of this line of questioning, Ford used the “education” (not schooling) he had deposited in himself and asked the lawyer who was troubling him with the questions. Reportedly, Ford said: “If I should really WANT to answer the foolish question you have just asked, or any of the other questions you have been asking me, let me remind you that I have a row of electric push-buttons on my desk, and by pushing the right button, I can summon to my aid men who can answer ANY question I desire to ask concerning the business to which I am devoting most of my efforts. Now, will you kindly tell me, WHY I should clutter up my mind with general knowledge, for the purpose of being able to answer questions, when I have men around me who can supply any knowledge I require?”

Hill says that the answer floored the lawyer. Every person in the courtroom realized it was the answer, not of an ignorant man, but of a man of EDUCATION, hence the maxim: “Any man is educated who knows where to get knowledge when he needs it, and how to organize that knowledge into definite plans of action. Through the assistance of his “Master Mind” group, Henry Ford had at his command all the specialized knowledge he needed to enable him to become one of the wealthiest men in America. It was not essential that he had this knowledge in his own mind. Surely no person who has sufficient inclination and intelligence…”

Hill hinges his point concerning Ford’s knack, saying: “The faculties of the great universities possess, in the aggregate, practically every form of general knowledge known to civilization. Most of the professors have but little or no money. They specialize on teaching knowledge, but they do not specialize on the organization, or the use of knowledge.”

Ford was one man who put “personal knowledge” into action. He put the real meaning of the word “educate”, which was derived from the Latin word “educo,” meaning to educe, to draw out, to ‘develop within’, into action. Like Ford, according to Forbes periodicals of August 23 2011, there are over 400 self-made billionaires on the “Forbes 400 Richest Americans List”, who did not go to college. This has pushed people into asking if formal-schooling is necessary.

It is indispensable to make it clear that being educated should not be misconstrued as having fulfilled an obligation in a formal informative regulation like colleges and universities for a detailed period. This could be called enlightenment, but, yet, the person who had undergone through this enlightenment only got a precise ground of study, which does not espouse education in generality. In clarity, while education is developing self through both specified and unspecified means, the Webster’s dictionary has this to say about schooling: It is the process of being taught, such as in a school…

Having said that, it is vital we see those who did not go to school but embraced other forms of enlightenment as educated persons. They also grow as those who went to school grow in invention and expand in their knowledge as the knowledge of those who went to school expands. Education should not be limited only to the acquiring of basic skills of history, geography, religion, social studies, music, sciences, philosophies, and arts or mathematics, reading, writing, and arithmetic, and many other disciplines. No. Education is more to these.

We must not forget that our forbears did not have formal-schooling, but lived and operated their environment systematically to soothe them. It was from their system that the modelling of formal-schooling began, without a definite date. Writing may be termed the origin of formal schooling; but languages, learning processes were in existence. The later were found in oral traditions of peoples. It’s important we begin to seek for knowledge, as if we want to die today. The more we desire this, the more places and things we know. We must change the misleading mentality of schooling, which is constraining us from gaining education. Through education, we know better and do better.

(This essay was *Shortlisted for the NUHA Adult Blogging Prize 2013*)

Odimegwu Onwumere is a poet, writer and media expert. He lives in the Port Harcourt Province of Rivers State, Nigeria. Tel: +2348057778358. Email: apoet_25@yahoo.com

 

Gov. T.A Orji’s reforms of Deception

By Odimegwu Onwumere

Reforms in Abia State that we are reading and hearing in every sense should be meant for the reformer. The reformer is remodeling touts in different stages and those that were not touts with the aid of security personnel to take over Abia State, thereby making the state touts and police state.

Instead of reforming dishonesty for honesty, the government is reforming honesty for dishonesty. The government is reforming love for hate. A wholehearted bystander of Governor T.A Orji government would always ask this government that has touted much about building many projects to pinpoint which among the mirage of projects is a legacy project.

What type of reform and foundation is this government building? Seeing a visionless leadership as one bent on reformation, does not meet the eyes of a dedicated interest. Many political jobbers and foot soldiers are into this business of praising the sunken-government, upon the glaring fact that residents of Abia State, are run stranded by a misfit government, on daily basis.

Spying the government’s activities, every of the projects are submerged attempt. No good leader builds a future on lies and governing through the media and social networks, whereas infinitesimal works are perceivably seen on ground. There was a statement that one Amachara General Hospital was one of the reformation projects of Gov. Orji, but any doubting Thomas should go there and be amazed and ashamed of the sorry state the place has become.

Many residents of the different Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the state, are crying today over a seemingly N60m given each LGA, for the erection of skills and acquisition centres, where theirs is. They only read on the papers. The maddening side is that some persons are making lies to be taken as truth in Abia State, forgetting the need to build and develop the once God’s Own State that has been turned to Goons’ Own State.

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This is about seven years Gov. Orji has been ruling Abia State. Why the government in Abia State is resisting reforms in the true meaning of the word, does no good to intelligence. Why Gov. Orji frowns at improving on the wellbeing of ndi-Abia, has never been a welcomed development, in any standing.

Gov. T.A Orji makes governance to look like a waste, always opposing to criticisms and critics. Although, one thing he has achieved all the years in government is the disgraceful-firing of one Ugochukwu Emezue, his former Chief Press Secretary, who was allegedly known for his numerous misleading and malicious media briefs against public opinions.

Public opinions were supposed to be embraced by any government. Another feat that the government will achieve and be applauded would be that the door through which Emezue left the Government House, Umuahia, is opened for the likes of Obed Nnaji Asiegbu, Edie Onuzuruike, Eze Chikamnayo, Kalu Nnachi and many other media-Rottweilers in the government that do not know anything to tell the governor and the public order than lies.

The Gov. Orji government sees those raising their voices opposing to the government as thoughtless minority. Nonetheless, where majority are, much lies abound. The majority voices see the relocation of markets in Umuahia to who knows where, as reforms of the Gov. T.A Government.

Ndi-Abia are wiser today! What were expected from the governor was to expand the choices of our people and tailor towards people-oriented programmes and not, to add to the people’s perils by the mountainous levies they are intimidated to pay, with the piercing forceful approach and aid of security personnel in Abia State.

Whatever the government calls development is not development in the real sense of the word. Gov. T.A Orji is bent on developing his friends and cronies without acquiring immeasurable values for Abia State. The state is today a beehive of charlatans and security agents, who are much concerned about their escapades in lucre, than securing the state for the onerous task of sanity.

This is not the way reforms are made: subjecting the people who are supposed to be the enjoyers of the reforms, to be the ‘murdered’ for reforms. The government must brace-up in ways of reconstructing and constructing determined projects that will benefit our people.

Except lies are also part of the Legacy Projects, the government should be dynamic in a sane direction. Gov. T.A Orji should in earnest determine the development of Abia State and not, left for his media-liars to do the hatchet work, saying always that Abia State is building a new home in a planet like Mars, when in the state, all the Legacy Reforms are but ruses.

Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Writer, writes from Rivers State.

Tel: +2348057778358

Email: apoet_25@yahoo.com

http://www.odimegwuonwumere.wordpress.com

Causes And Constraints of The Failure of The UN To Protect The Safety and Welfare of The People

By Odimegwu Onwumere

The United Nations (UN) was established in 1945, during the Second World War. It is perceivable that the fear of fighting another World War may have been the major compelling factor for a man like Franklin Roosevelt to commence with the UN idea, intending to create an avenue for countries to engage in dialogue first, and desist from the temptation to take up arms against each other when provoked.

Although, the UN has been of a mind to reduce violence, poverty, inequality, human rights abuse and hunger among other issues, since its inception; its responsibilities have also been on the increase, and this may have down-spiralled the objectives of this organization.

Terrorism is one form of global problems today that the UN has not been able to stem, and this has exposed the organization to ridicule, in spite of its attempts at showing-off in the area of foreseeing peacekeeping, arms control, and disarmament and human rights activities in general.

Apart from the fact that the nations of the world have so far managed to avoid another World War, the UN has not achieved as much as it could in its endeavours, of which Africa has shared much in the ugly banquet. The United Nations failed to thwart the deaths of almost a million people in the gruesome Rwandan genocide of 1994, as well as the wars in Somalia, Darfur, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Cote d’Ivoire, the Biafra-Nigeria war, the Second Congo War and, some other crises across the continent of Africa and indeed, the world at large.

But these failures did not just occur. There are several factors that are responsible for the UN not being able to protect the peace, safety and welfare of the people it is supposed to protect. These factors may be beyond the current organisation that is called the UN and go a long way to expose the underlying despotic tendencies that characterise the UN. There is no gainsaying the fact that the organisation’s underpinning was political, which has affected it so much, in the negative. Divergently, the origin of the UN was political, and this issue seems to have spread its ugly wings in recent times to affect the UN negatively.

In what can be perceived as Roosevelt’s favouritism, his major concern was for the USA, when the UN was established. His paramount preconceived-notion was that with the creation of the UN, the tendency of US, perhaps, losing in balance again as was the case in the 1930s, could be avoided. A most saddening aspect of all these is that the United Nations is a sovereign state, only in name. One example of this point is that the UN hardly runs a military of its own, except the troops that allied nations redeploy in the event of international peace keep.

The organisation earns its existence by the help of the member states, especially from some European countries and one in Asia, which is otherwise called the G-5., namely, USA, UK, France, Russia, China. It is surprising that these five countries have held the affairs of the UN unequal with the rest 188 member states, of which the mass of UN member states are not full-grown democracies. Just 87 of the UN member states are full-aged democracies, bringing the percentage of UN member states, which are full-fledged democracies to about 45 percent.

Another surprising factor is the issue of only the countries in the Security Council voting on issues bothering on security. Apart from the Big-5, there is also one rotating country that is changed every year in the Security Council. As if this is not enough, any of these five countries can veto a bill that is presented at the UN. For instance, it is evident that the United States of America vetoes any bill that is perhaps not agreeable to what Israel does in the Middle-East’s aged-long war with the Palestinians.

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In the UN Charter, Article 39 of Chapter 7 suggests that the Security Council must first determine if there is a “threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression and shall make recommendations, or decide what measures shall be taken in accordance with Articles 41 and 42, to maintain or restore international peace and security.” Such undemocratic norms in operation at the UN have made the so-called Big-5 to be ranked high above other member states. The question now is what actually separates the Big-5 from the rest member states? Politics, of course!

Unlike what was obtainable in the League of Nations (which was the major organisation of this sort before the creation of the UN), the strength of the United Nations has continued to grow so much on a global scale into the mischievous leprechaun of an organisation for whom opinions are formed hierarchically among the Big-5 nations. These 5 super powers have gone so far as to use might and suppression as tools of influence on the other member countries, because of the fact that they are deemed to be permanent members of the UN Security Council. As a result of this, the UN has failed to wield and ordinance enough corporeal and officially-permitted power to deal with various objectionable situations.

This is clearly evident in the situations of the genocides in Bosnia and Rwanda, where troops under the UN supervision turned a blind eye to the mayhem and atrocities that were being perpetrated, even though they kept the UN flag flying to denote the presence of the United Nations in the area.

While the Big-5 functions like the Lord of Manor, the body activates a dangerous clause in its charter. This charter restrains the UN from intervening in any domestic crises of its sovereign member states. The UN intervenes in any crises only when there must have been killings and destructions of property in-the-offing, which will attract global denunciation. One instance of such crises is the continued activity of the dreaded Islamic terrorist sect called Boko Haram in Nigeria.

Not until recently was this Islamic terrorist sect perceived as a hazard to the West, as the West has indirectly fussed into African nations not to understand how to surround domestic issues to get the attention of the West. A case in point, an issue like oil larceny in Nigeria that is mainly run by some dubious Nigerians with the foster of some companies in Europe, has been poorly handled by the UN. Consequently, it is now seen as a Nigerian thing. Some void diplomats in the UN think that this is the optimum way to be patriotic and not be a marionette of the West. Therefore, the contention that the UN is a full-size tool that is being used by the Big-5 to control the rest of the countries of the world is not a ruse, while making it appears as if the decisions of the UN are made by many and for the benefit of the world.

The overpoweringly uneven relationship of developing nations with the West, say, after 500 years, is a succinct indication that the rest of the world doesn’t have the same decisive factor of what is good or bad in the UN, just like the issue of the Big-5. There are acutely deviating interests in the UN. If not, how can the three sub-Saharan African countries like Nigeria, South Africa and Gabon not depreciate the ‘Yes’ votes within the UN? It was the resolution of 1973 that inaugurated the latest form of colonisation of the developing countries in the name of ‘the protection of peoples’. It is believed that this norm has given a nod to the racist’s theories that have up-to-date helped Europeans since the 18th Century against the African world. These theories have given the North Africa upper hand and positioned the region to have nothing to do with sub-Saharan Africa, with the view that North Africa has progressed more, and is more civilised than the rest of Africa. The UN makes it look as if the countries in North Africa like Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Algeria, are not part of Africa.

Due to the fact that the United Nations is championed by the Big-5, there has been a seemingly repulsive compass of the UN to ignore and undermine the position of the African Union (AU) in the affairs of its member states. This is hinged on the false pretence that it is ‘United Nations’, whereas detachment pervades sub-Saharan African countries from the UN, so that the Big-5 will continue to isolate and control the rest member states. In Africa, the North African countries are given an edge above the countries of the sub-Saharan countries, because of the economic derivations from the different countries. For instance, the biggest and most populous country in the sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria, followed by South Africa, are far behind Algeria, Libya, because the sub-Saharan African countries contribute only 3 billion dollars each to the UN, while Algeria contributes about US$16 billion, and Libya contributes about US$10 billion, giving a Gross Point (GP) of 62 per cent of the US$42 billion, which constitutes the capital of the African Monetary Fund (AMF). It is disheartening that the UN is based on the idea of selective affordance of peace, security and welfare to the people. Instead of using collective force as the most efficient means to fighting for the peace, safety and welfare of the world, it is rather using a selective method that is destructive to the future of any nation who sought after definitive power and take-over. The Balance of Power system holds that no nation should become as strong as to be able to overshadow all the others. The UN does not operate on any theory of the Balance of Power system under the Big-5 nations. There is no playing of the balancing role, and so maintaining the balance of power in the UN has proved to be elusive. The Big-5 nations, to a large extent, can be perceived to be an empire that has so far beleaguered the United Nations as a whole.

It is a crying shame that in the contest of the above, a section of Africa does not, in consideration, belong to the UN. If it does, how can Nigeria and South Africa always vote ‘Yes’ to everything the West says, which its countries are dominant powers that are in the UN? There is a glaring truth that there is nothing ‘united’ about the United Nations. Is it a United Nations when subhuman and unpretentiously practices are meted out to the less powerful member states? One example of this is the pseudo-promises always given to the Sub-Saharan African countries that the more they vote ‘Yes’ to any bill presented to the UN, the closer they would be to achieving a permanent seat at the Security Council with similar veto rights, but this is farfetched.

On the other hand, this subhuman practices by the Big-5 suggest that there is no collective agenda in the UN, but selective. The hoary demand of the developing countries has not been met in the UN, which is a seat for the entire African federation. The proposition is that for all the 50 African nations in the UN to make their demand home, they should approach the Chinese method or quit the body. It has thus been exposed that the UN only operates reforms that benefit the Big-5 nations on its security council, and not an agenda that will embrace all the 193 member states.

When Africa had a divergent opinion with the military action in Nouakchott, it is till date surprising, how the opposing opinion was purely overlooked by the so-called big wigs in the UN, hence bombs started tumbling on the African people and on their soil.

The disregard of Africa in the UN symbolises what happened to China at the end of the World War II. Mao’s China was downsized and Taiwan was chosen by a select worldwide community to be the sole representative of the Chinese people. While the UN has continued to make its African member states to continue to wallow in the misery of folly, after 26 years when on 25 October 1971, the UN was to pass resolution 2758, China was admitted and on its terms, but she rejected to be a member of the UN, if she would not have a veto right in the Security Council.

A letter which didn’t say ‘yes’ or ‘thank you’, but spelt out assurances that were required for China’s self-esteem to be reverenced, was sent to the UN Secretary General on 29 September 1972, by the Chinese foreign minister. About a year after the demand was made, a resolution was reached. It can be deduced that the Big-5, as it is called today, wants Africa to achieve what China achieved through a more severe approach. In a country where there is a UN bureaucrat as president, it is very hard to uproot the fellow at the expiration of his or her tenure. Africa perceivably experienced this in Cote d’Ivoire, when a UN bureaucrat saw himself to be above the constitution of the country, hence there was an (un)civil war that took many lives and property.

The role that the Nigerian government could not play in the Ivorien crisis that followed the difference-of-opinion in the country’s election of November 28, 2010, is what it has been playing out in Mali in 2013, even though the ECOWAS, which resolved to renew President Jonathan’s tenure as Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government till December 31, 2011, resolved in its meeting of December 7 to accord formal recognition to Alassane Ouattara as President-elect of Cote d’Ivoire, while urging his rival, Gbagbo, to make a peaceful exit from power in the best interest of the Ivorien people.

As the chair state of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, the only solution that Nigeria could offer about the Ivorien crisis in its Resolution A/RES.1/03/11 signed by President Jonathan, was to tell Gbagbo, as armed supporters of the two men continued to fight one another, that: ‘The time has come to enforce Decision of 7 and 24 December 2010 in order to protect life and ensure that transfer of the reins of power to Alassane Ouattara without further delay.’

In its extraordinary session in Abuja on December 24, following Gbagbo’s refusal to yield power to his ‘successor’, the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government under President Jonathan, said it regretted that its previous resolutions were ignored by Gbagbo, and warned him against this. President Jonathan later requested the UN Security Council to authorise the immediate implementation of these decisions to stem the tide of the rapidly deteriorating political, security and humanitarian situation in Cote d’Ivoire. And the resolutions had since been endorsed by the (AU) and the (UN); but the UN did not perform and didn’t sanction AU to implement its numerous policies in the Cote d’Ivoire crisis.

While President Jonathan condemned the widespread violence against civilians in the Ivorien country, he did not sue for war as he has done in Mali, because of France’s presence in the Malian war. The military junta in Mali, headed by Captain Amadou Sanogo, had seized power on March 22, 2012, accusing the democratic government of President Amadou Toumani Toure of failing to deal effectively with a Tuareg rebellion that had started in January.

Former parliament speaker, Diouncounda Traore later emerged as interim president, following international heaviness on the military junta to relinquish power. The following comment by President Jonathan will further expose the Big-5 parading itself as the United Nations. Jonathan apparently said: ‘The crisis in Cote d’Ivoire has now become a regional humanitarian emergency. We request the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to strengthen the mandate of the United Nations Operation in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI) to enable it use all necessary means to protect life and property and to facilitate the immediate transfer of power to Mr. Alassane Ouattara.’ President Jonathan was urging the UN Security Council to adopt more stringent targeted sanctions against Gbagbo and his collaborators, and not war. So, how come Jonathan is involved in the Malian war?

It is this man-made complex that is created against the developing nations of the world that has made Africa, unlike China, to enlist in the UN, by agreeing to be following the Big-5 sheepishly, like slaves in the hand of their imperial masters. This is just as funny as it is also melancholic to the suitability of peace, safety and welfare of all the people.

The question has been that when the African Union endorsed Ouattara’s conquest and buffed over opposing reports from its own electoral spectators simply because it wanted to please the imperialists, how then can Africa say that it has been enjoying peace, safety and welfare in the UN. The endorsement of the AU was against the South African president Jacob Zuma’s stance that Ouattara didn’t win the elections. But Zuma later took an opposite stance during a trip to Paris.

It is evident that the UN is simply serving its Big-5 interest more than the interest of the world. The UN is always speedy when the interest of Big-5 domination it is serving is threatened, and it goes with the speed of the snail when it is not. Although from the biblical background, there is estimation that the United Nations can’t bring about peace, safety and welfare to the people, because man is not peaceful himself and cannot bring peace. Man on the other hand, has dominated man to his injury (Eccl. 8:9).

The United Nations is under the close supervision of the Big-5, which is a man-made government that the Bible said will soon come to an end (Dan. 2:44). It is believed that the world in general is lying under the power of the Wicked One – Satan (1John 5:19). And so, because it is under the control of someone who is alienated from God, nothing positive can be expected to come out of its leadership.

Another viewpoint suggests that only ‘God’s Kingdom’ can bring the hard-to-pin-down peace, safety and welfare to the people. The UN uses arms to fight arms, weapons to fight weapons, corruption to fight corruption, injustice to fight injustice, and evil to fight evil, which is simply not good enough.

If we agree on this, it has become palpable that the inefficiency of the United Nations to bring peace, safety and welfare to all the people is because it hinders the success of the smaller and less powerful countries, as the organisation has not accomplished most of its projects in a transparent manner. The UN’s treacherous tendencies have proved it feeble, as an organisation that has never enforced the rules and sanctions it had ever imposed simply because it feigns having real power.

Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Writer, writes from Rivers State.

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A Press Release by Odimegwu Onwumere: CAN’s Unguided Warning On Enugu Miracle Stream

A Press Release by Odimegwu Onwumere: CAN’s Unguided Warning On Enugu Miracle Stream

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For the umpteenth time the media has been awash with the news of a stream said to have potent powers for healing in Amaeke Nachi in Udi council of Enugu State. But it was regrettable that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), South-East chapter, instead of waiting to find things about the stream that could help humanity, was quick to warn pilgrims to the water to be very careful of water spirit, a point that buttressed its propaganda mechanism to soil the minds of those who might have found the water more powerful than most of the people parading theirselves as men of God, even when they do not hear from that God.

In a report that was credited to one Bishop Emmanuel Chukwuma supposedly mentioned as the Chairman of the South-East chapter of CAN, he was too hasty to condemn the water, because it was not founded in Europe. If it was founded in any other country that is not in Africa, the likes of Chukwuma would have been the first to lead a delegation to the site and report home of ‘how it was written that there shall spring up such a stream.’

Not surprised about the likes of the bigoted-Christian Chukwuma against anything that has an aboriginal root on Igbo, he did not see ‘water spirit’ when a group from Nigeria recently visited Jerusalem and knelt before a wailing wall and were praying and also crying like the wall. For those who call anything Igbo/African demonic, should hear this from Naiwu Osahon, the Spiritual Prince of the African race; Divine Prince of Goddess Ma’at; Khu Mku (leader) Pan-African Movement worldwide. Ma’at: the Spirituality of the African race, and have a twinge of mind.

Osahon would say: “Christians wear medals, crosses, crucifixes, rosaries, and other objects of their religion as pendants; eat the flesh and drink the blood of Jesus in Holy communion; wrap psalms in pouches, or scapular charms made from pieces of cloth, to carry about on their bodies on in their vehicles as talisman; sprinkle blood of Jesus all over the place or drink it to ward off evil forces; put bibles under pillows, and crosses on their walls, for protection; kneel before priests and ‘fetishly’ stuffed altars in supplication; retreat regularly for vigils to pray and chant endlessly, clutching rosaries, pendants and other religious symbols, to their ancestors, (saints, Jesus, Yahweh etc); go on pilgrimages to their holy lands to touch and kiss stones, walls or worship rivers and mountains. When African traditional faith followers such as Sango, Yemoja and Amadioha adherents do similar things for their deities, they are described as being fetish. Both are into base witchcraft rituals, the difference is that while one relies on artificial or man-made objects (such as bread, wine and rosaries), the other uses natural elements, pleasing to and recognized by the Gods and we all know who is more potent…”

Chukwuma did not see the mystery but only “water spirit” in the revelation reportedly that the stream once dried (that was in 1992) and started flowing about two-weeks ago, after 22years. Chukwuma did not see this as a miracle, because it’s not the much hyped River Jordan that is not upto the measurement of a stream, but was tagged a river by the (mis)translators of the bible.

CAN and the likes of Chukwuma should stop discrediting the Amaeke Nachi healing water. Has anybody come to CAN that he or she has been struck by anything from the stream? CAN should also know that the mystery in the Christian water baptism is not far from the fact that man is made up of 70% water. They should also know that water Baptism was a ritual that those before Christ were partaking in and seemingly he came and was initiated in that Order, which is beyond the likes of Chukwuma and his CAN.

Enough of Church and its agents, demonising everything that was once working for Ndigbo. Enough should be enough!!!

Signed:

Odimegwu Onwumere, Poet/Writer,

Rivers State.

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Email: apoet_25@yahoo.com

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Dec. 1st 2013.

Gov. Oshiomhole’s “Woman, go and die” and Narrow-minded Religionists

By Odimegwu Onwumere

Gov. Adams Oshiomhole had apologised for telling a roadside trader-widow, “Woman, go and die”, in Edo State. The woman was squatting on the ground, pleading that her confiscated goods be released. Gov. Oshiomhole, had perhaps apologised, having seen that most Nigerians are like a disappointment of not sleeping with one’s fantasy on an issue like this.

However, I’m looking at the comment from the linguistic background. An example is in Igbo. When a pitiable person did wrong, much used comment is, “Ga nwuora onwe gi.” Meaning, “Go and die by your hand.” This literarily means, “I’m not the one that will kill you.” But someone who picks words from the marginal view, instead of from the idiomatic angle, would read a different meaning to it. I think this is what happened to the governor.

Some people might say that such comment is unconnected with touts and not, high profile-man like Oshiomhole. Others might see any contrary view order than ‘bring the governor to the stake’, as offensive defense. Many would direct that anybody, aligning him or herself to the governor, should go and watch the U-Tube, where the action between the woman and the governor was posted.

Whichever, I’m of the belief that there are words or comments that are ‘synonymous’ with a particular tribe. I’m not sure which Hausa person can resist ‘Kai!’ in certain provocations, no matter the position. Remember that OBJ was using “nko”, even while officially addressing the public. He might have been later rebuffed for using such words, but that does not stop the idea that most of his tribe’s people use ‘nko’.

How emblematic and reasonable some persons might have thought that the governor’s comment was not; besides, if the governor was a Justice, can the woman use “I’m a widow” to evade justice in the court of law? If we say yes, then an armed robber may approach the laws the same way.

A brother reminded me that going by the explanation above, “Ga nwuora onwe gi”, was even taken in Igbo from the point of limitation, but the governor used the comment from the position as one saddled with the responsibilities of Edo State and that, there was nothing wrong with the comment. Assuming that the woman was apprehended by security personnel and she was pleading to the governor to rescue her, but the governor proved deaf ears, many would have also said that the man was wicked; and will not remember that everybody is said, is equal before the law.

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This brother said that those mouthing Oshiomhole are those responsible for the woes of this country. For me, there is no person who is above the law. But to the adherents of the two imported religions from the Middle-east to Nigeria by Europeans, sentiments should surmount the laws of the country. For hearing that she is a widow, they believed that no penalty should be meted out to her.

But come to think of it, if the governor had handed the woman over to the police, owing to the fact that this is how a sane society works, the same people would have still taken the governor to the cleaners that he was stonehearted to have taken such an action, upon that the woman had pleaded. And if she was charged to court of law and was found guilty, they would see the governor to have committed the unbelievably sacrilege against humanity. All these drawbacks happen in a country like ours, where religion can be said, plays upper role than the constitution of the country.

What many people do not understand is that if it were in a court of law that the woman was found guilty say, to die by hanging, the Justice would have used a seemingly appalling comment like, “Woman, you will die by hanging.” And, this might not make any meaning to the religionists of this world. I was reminded to understand that what Oshiomhole used was what is referred to in linguistics as language practice, which varies according to peoples. I was also reminded to know that what less-weight would it have had if the governor had used, “Go f-k yourself”, or “Go with your trouble”, or ‘do your worst’.

It is certain that if it were in Europe, the woman would have been weathering in court. Not even “I’m a widow” would have saved her.  Some folks would say that the governor’s comment was a crass and that the court would have been better off. I’m not sure what the reaction of people would have been if the governor had told the woman, “Woman, get out”, “woman, stop begging me.” Oh! These religionists would say that Oshiomhole’s deed can never be justified. But the woman who was selling wares on the road against the policies of the government can be justified? This is where these alien religions in Nigeria have dragged most of our people’s mentality to.

The religions in the country do not make some people to see things beyond their already programmed minds or, as a friend would put it, Zapped minds. I read something in Sat. Sun, Nov. 30, 2013, pg 10. It affirmed my belief that awakened minds knew that it was obvious that those with spiritual truths, not religion, respond to the same cosmic affirmation. But when I deliberated the comment with somebody, who said he’s a man of God, he labelled me an atheist.

What I read in that newspaper reads: All these middle-eastern religions in Nigeria are fake and delusional. All the purveyors of these religions are self-seeking crooks, who have no knowledge…, whatsoever. Their entire miracle claims are nothing but clever falsehoods and directed to their one single end – duping, cheating, acquisition of wealth and power. All these dupes should be arrested and jailed for life and their ill-gotten goods confiscated. This is Nigeria where anything goes. Nigerians should be pitied. Middle-eastern religions have lost their justification in Europe from where they were shipped to Nigeria but simple, gullible, credulous, non-thinking folks are running after them.

In-spite-of-this, people are much sold to the tales by religionists, especially by the Christians. This sect believes that anyone who dared question certain indoctrinations that people have swallowed hook, lead and sinker, that person is an anti-Christ or whatever they have in mind. They feign stories in politics against opponents like, “He beat a cleric.” Immediately this goes spiral in the media, the damage against the political opponent has been done. Or, they use, “Oh! He does not attend church”, and you see them disassociating themselves from the person. Hogwash! These people are of the philosophy that it is only clerics that are men of God, or they are the only people with the anointing and power to perform miracles.

Nevertheless, I’ve seen pregnant lunatics put to bed without any help, no pastor. I’ve seen deformed persons got healed after many years of suffering without the aid of anyone. I’ve also seen pastors who prayed against death for people, but were later killed by robbers or accident.

It is predominant in Nigeria where you tell those who have drank from the brook of the Middle-east religions that an atheist isn’t a person without God, but one without the Christian God, Muslim God, or Jewish God and, they see you with the same eye they are seeing Oshiomhole today: An ungodly fellow.

But my position has always been that if a traditionalist believes in his God, can he be equated with the crass matrix, “Only a fool says there is no God”? It’s even a biggest fool that generalises his God as the best. Moreover, the bible isn’t the word of God, but partly contains the voices of Jehovah or Yahweh and Jesus. It’s a distorted history book. The bible also isn’t holy; because Jehovah, Yahweh nor Jesus neither knew about nor wrote it.

The translation of bible from Aramaic was like when the early reformists described democracy as the government of the poor, but English translators transcribed it to mean the government of the people. Miracles aren’t meant for clerics alone.

That was exactly what people have done to Gov. Oshiomhole – misinterpretation. The same misinterpretation goes for many who think that Chi-ukwu (Igbo supreme God) is the same as Jehovah/Yahweh. But I advise that they should avoid such correlation, because Ndigbo had been using the word Chi-ukwu before the importation of Jehovah/Yahweh.

Chi-ukwu is Igbo, not Christianity. Truth be told, the sold concept that we are one in these names may not be truth, because in Malaysia on Monday October 14, 2013, according to media reports, court has stopped Christians in that country to stop using “Allah” to refer to their God. This was sequel to a 2009 ruling by a lower court that allowed the Malay Language newspaper – The Herald – to use the word “Allah.”

But three Muslim judges overturned that ruling and ban Christians in that country from using “Allah” to refer to their God. “The Malaysian government appealed the earlier decision, saying that “Allah” should be used exclusively by Muslims. The appeals court ruled Monday that “Allah” is not an integral part of the Christian faith and such usage would cause confusion,” confirmed VOA. (And you hear the religionists of this world watering it down our throats, saying there is one God, such that Christians in ala-Igbo are using Chi-ukwu to cause confusion as one with their God).

Because the dramatis with Gov. Oshiomhole said that she is a widow and the governor was protecting the policies of his government, many have said that he did not know God. This is just the confusion in Nigeria! Nigeria is a country where majority talk about God – Jehovah and Allah – yet there are many ungodly practices that are wont among the callers of the two names.

In this country, sending the guilty to prison is most times challenged by religionists. They ascribe it to that the persons Human Rights of freedom of movement is violated, but when they read from their ‘holy books’ where their God sent people packing and killed many peoples, you see them shout, ‘Amen’. For those who sent Gov. Oshiomhole to ‘prison’ before arraigning him before a court of law, should know that he operates governance, which is founded on a structure: constitution.

It is the constitution that makes human beings not to behave equivalent with animals in the bush, even though that it is crystal clear that man was on earth before laws are made. The sentiment that the woman pleaded much to a ‘deafened’ governor, hence the woman was allowed to go, is a clear direction that the laws of the country have been feeble and allows for much freedom. And much freedom many had said, should be given to the woman; and it was given to her. But such breeds incivilities in a given enclave.

Nigerians must see beyond the periscope of sentiment and understand that the laws of a given state or country supersedes widowhood, widower-hood and other hoods. Though, not all given laws are just, but any given law in a democracy seemingly, supersedes any human rights that fail to abide by the laws. Nature made it that if not the woman in question to become a widow, other person would have. So, it is not right for a widow to use her ordeal to go contrary to the rights of other people. I think, for us as Nigerians to move forward, we must eschew complicated hybrid emotions and sentiments.

Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Writer, writes from Rivers State.

Tel: +2348057778358

Email: apoet_25@yahoo.com

http://www.odimegwuonwumere.wordpress.com