Monday, May 2, 2016

USA Africa Dialogue Series - Announcing my new book: ‪#‎WeAreAllBiafrans: A Participant Observer’s Intervention in a Country Sleepwalking to Disaster‏

Dear friends, colleagues and compatriots,

I wanted to let you know personally that my new book, #WeAreAllBiafrans: A Participant Observer's Intervention in a Country Sleepwalking to Disaster published by Parrésia Publishers Ltd will be out (online) on May 29, 2016, and is now available for pre-order.

You can pre-order for Kindle here: http://goo.gl/wud0G6

You can pre-order paperback here: http://goo.gl/yxNR1c

 
 

For those in Nigeria, Parrésia Publishers Ltd and the African Centre for Media & Information Literacy in partnership with Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Foundation is organizing a public presentation of the book:

Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Venue: Yar'Adua Centre, One Memorial Drive, Central Business District, Abuja

Time: 10:00AM prompt

We Are All Biafrans focuses on the crisis of nationhood in Nigeria. It argues that many, if not all, of the problems of Nigeria are rooted in the structure of the country. It takes on Nigeria's indolent and reactionary ruling elite – civilian and military – and their allies, as well as bandits in uniform, scoundrels posing as statesmen, and conservative ideologues, religious bigots and ethnic chauvinists posing as patriots.

It raises fundamental questions: What is Nigeria and who is a Nigerian? If Nigeria is a federal republic, what constitutes or should constitute the federating units? It concludes that forging a nation out of the disparate and often antagonistic entities in the country is perhaps the greatest challenge confronting Nigeria. 

I hope you will enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed writing it! I hope too that it will trigger the debate that will eventually nudge Nigerians towards kick-starting the process of a genuine re-invention of our country. 

Let the conversation begin: #WeAreAllBiafrans

Kind regards,

Chido Onumah 

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Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - Re: Cardinal Onaiyekan escapes death in attack by herdsmen + Other Evening Stories in NEWS EXPRESS, Nigeria’s Global Voice

As if they are unaware of this commandment:

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour

There are those who think that after they got their Ph.D./ Papa Doc as late as the end of the 1980s of the last century, the rest of mankind became idiots precisely after that date...

Many thanks to a very discerning Ogbeni Kadiri, an asset to this forum, to common sense, to intelligence, to truth and to the Naija Nation for shining much needed light into the darkness and correcting these many false reports about our brethren, the Fulani Herdsmen.

The mis-reporting by the partisan press and the various megaphones blasting their heads off from their rooftops, about wanton murders being committed by criminals armed with AK-47s is obviously to exacerbate the power tensions along the North-South, Muslim-Christian fault lines by maliciously misrepresenting the Fulani Muslim Herdsmen as the perpetrators. Change having come, the Muslim North of course, being widely - and jealously/ enviously perceived as the ones "in power"

For as long as these fake reports persisted I had started to believe that with the disintegration of Nigeria on some people's agenda, this was but the first wave of Boko Haram foot soldiers expanding southwards, presaging, as Saddam and Baghdad Bob once said, "the mother of all battles" as when Iraq was invaded by crusader George W & Co., Tony-B-liar etc.

For some more context and perspective, some old stuff going back to the genesis of the concern, circa 2012 :

Dr. Aliyu Tilde on Fulani herdsmen



On Monday, 2 May 2016 20:41:13 UTC+2, ogunlakaiye wrote:
Insecurity in Nigeria is caused by Nigerian millionaires/billionaires who incidentally own no factories and manufacture nothing but abject poverty. The source of the wealth of Nigerian millionaires and billionaires are directly related/proportional to their nearness to the centre of Federal, States and/or Local governments where appropriated funds for education, industries and infrastructures are stolen and shared by officials and their cronies. Since impoverished Nigerians have been brainwashed with ethno-religious sentiments, they are incapable of organising joint resistance against their impoverishers consisting of all the ethnic groups from Christian and Islamic faiths. Consequently, some of the impoverished Nigerians resort to 419, armed robberies, kidnappings and other crimes to survive. Although there are criminals among all ethnic and religious groups in Nigeria, political neophytes would like to attribute all crimes in Nigeria to Fulani herdsmen as in the case of Cardinal Onaiyekan.
 
The subject of this discussion is titled, "Cardinal Onaiyekan escapes death in attack by herdsmen." Naming herdsmen as the attacker of Cardinal Onaiyekan in the headline of the NEWS EXPRESS is misleading and fraudulent. The NEWS EXPRESS began its story thus, "Tragedy was averted late on Friday when Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, survived an attempt on his life by suspected herdsmen along Benin-Ekpoma Road in Edo State." Who suspected herdsmen as the attempted murderers of Cardinal Onaiyekan and why were herdsmen suspected? Nobody told NEWS EXPRESS that the attackers of the Cardinal were/looked like herdsmen. In fact, the driver of Cardinal Oyekan, Segun, claimed that he lowered the speed of his vehicle to avoid bouncing into a pothole on the road so as not to wakeup his sleeping boss. He narrated, "Suddenly, I saw three men come out of the palm tree plantation by the roadside and started shooting at the vehicle." A careful reader will immediately observe that the driver, Segun, did not say the three men he saw looked like herdsmen and if he had said so, one would have wondered about what herdsmen were doing in a palm tree plantation where their cattle could possibly not graze. For miracle loving Nigerian intellectuals, it is probable for them to believe that Segun was able to reverse his vehicle while the assailants were shooting both from the front and rear of his vehicle. Throughout his eyewitness account, Segun did not mention herdsmen as suspected attackers. A hint of who the attackers were, was indicated by Catholic Archbishop of Benin City, Dr Augustin Akubueze, and the Catholic Archbishop of Uromi Diocese, Dr. Donatus Ogun, who were quoted as saying, "We thank God that Cardinal Onaiyekan survived the attacks of some criminal elements on the Benin-Ekpoma road." The two Archbishops resident in Edo State were said to have appealed to President Mohammadu Buhari to tackle the issue of the growing attacks by hoodlums in Edo State.  Many Nigerians could be criminal elements and hoodlums and not necessarily only Nigerian herdsmen.
 
Segun did not tell NEWS EXPRESS if the three gunmen that attacked his car, just like ghosts, disappeared into thin air of the palm tree plantation on Benin-Ekpoma road. However, the trend among political neophytes and intellectual prostitutes in Nigeria nowadays is to convert herdsmen into ghosts, sneaking unseen into villages and communities in Nigeria with their herds, killing men and raping women before disappearing into the air. Innocent Nigerians are now being stampeded to chase an ill-defined and non-existing threat of Fulani herdsmen in Middle-belt and Southern Nigeria. It is worthwhile to recollect that when car bombs were detonated near eagle square in Abuja on October 1, 2010, President Goodluck Jonathan told the nation that the dastardly acts were perpetrated by Northerners who were opposed to his candidature for 2011 presidential election. When it became obvious that the detonators of the bombs were from Niger Delta Jonathan argued that the people of Niger Delta from where he originated could not have done such a thing against a President from their constituency. The rest was history as the architect of the October 1, 2010, were Henry and Charles Okah from Niger Delta. On November 30, 2011, Nigeria's State Security Services issued a statement identifying members of four criminal syndicates that sent threatening messages in the name of Boko Haram. Southern Nigerians, not northern Muslims, ran three of the four syndicates, including the one that led the American Embassy and other foreign missions to issue warnings that emptied Abuja's high-end hotels. Towards the end of December 2011, the State Security Services announced the arrest of a Christian Southerner wearing Northern Muslim garb as he set fire to a church in Niger Delta. On Thursday, 28 April 2016, the spokesman for Enugu State Police Command, Mr. Ebere Amarizu, dismissed as false and unfounded rumours of alleged invasion of Umuchigbo Abakpa Nike Community by herdsmen and added that the rumours were engineered by those wishing to cause disaffection in the state. I wish to end my submission here by saying that it is highly impossible for two herdsmen guiding a flock of cows to invade a community and engage the inhabitants in combats. Therefore, when next political neophytes and their intellectual hirelings write/talk about herdsmen invasions, they must specify the number of herdsmen involved with the number of their cows instead of pretending, as it is now, as if the invading herdsmen are fifty or more.
S. Kadiri 
 
 
 
 

 

Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 10:15:24 -0500
Subject: Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - Re: Cardinal Onaiyekan escapes death in attack by herdsmen + Other Evening Stories in NEWS EXPRESS, Nigeria's Global Voice
From: ukag...@umn.edu
To: usaafric...@googlegroups.com

Cattle or no cattle, herdsmen or not, Nigeria has a dangerous and growing security problem here....one that will be worse than Boko Haram if not stopped quickly.  Unfortunately, for whatever reason those whose primary responsibility is to assure security of lives and property have so far been unwilling or unable to act and effectively end this raging fire before it gets out of control and consume the entire country, including those playing with this fire and those currently denying there is a problem.
OU

On May 1, 2016 9:51 AM, "Mobolaji Aluko" <alu...@gmail.com> wrote:

"Intellectual" Ike Agbor:

Okay, so the "herdsmen" (whether Fulani or not) do not have their cows with them when they do their murders, but should their actions not somehow be "cow-related" if indeed they are herdsmen?

If cow-related, then without their cows around, their actions must be one of three possibilities:

  (1)  conquest:  a group of advance "herdsmen" wishing to take over territory so that their cows can later come in to graze on more available land.

  (2)  retaliation: a group of "herdsmen" who have invaded to avenge either an earlier cattle rustling, and/or a killing or killings of kith and kin who had been denied either passage or grazing rights.

  (3)  path-clearing:  a group of advance-party "herdsmen" who have come not to conquer, not to retaliate, but to remove any potential opposition to their passing through with their herd.

You may wish to add other scenarios, but I have exhausted my "intellectual" limits for now.

So, "intellectual" Ike, which is it in Enugu? Or Agatu? Or Oyo?

To those who died, it really does not matter WHY.....but to those of us who are still alive and are hoping to PREVENT further killings, I believe that it does matter what the motivation is - or might or might not be - so that also proper assignment might be placed to the victimizers.

Honestly, in some of these situations, particularly south of Sambisa Forest,  I am beginning to suspect  Rag-tag Battalion(s) of the retreating Boko Haram rather than "herdsmen".

And there you have it.


Bolaji Aluko



On Sun, May 1, 2016 at 2:50 AM, 'Ike Agbor' via AfricanWorldForum <africanw...@googlegroups.com> wrote:
When they are going to commit murders they bring along their cows as this Bolaji would want us to believe.
And you keep wondering why we are where we are with our "intellectuals".
O dikwa egwu.
Ike


On Sat, Apr 30, 2016 at 8:42 PM, 'Ezeana Igirigi Achusim' via AfricanWorldForum
Bolaji wants folks to talk to him intelligently. When he wrote that, you wonder why Buhari fired the Vice Chancellors and has not rehired any of them. People never learn. 

They are not herdsmen unless there are cattle. The Yoruba archbishop's driver should not know what herdsmen look like, unless the cattle are present? 

And I am

Ezeana Igirigi Achusim
Odi-Isaa
Nwa Dim Orioha AkA Onyeukwu 

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On Apr 30, 2016, at 5:34 PM, olawale aina waleaina@gmail.com [NIgerianWorldForum] <NIgerianWorldForum@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

 

There is a video on youtube showing the fulani herdsmen crossing the benue river to Agatu. 
From all indications. When they are going on an attack they don't take the cows along.

This is a link to the video;


Ola Aina
Abuja

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Ezeana:

And if these herdsmen were going from Point A to Point B to C  - during which point B they did their dastardly murderous act - would they retire to Point A, or proceed to Point C to sell their cattle - and will find there complicit willing buyers, or ignorant ones eating blood-money cows?

Please talk to me intelligently....

Mind you, I see that you agree with me (in one other contribution of yours) that if we are serious, the first step is for the aggrieved to DECLARE that they will stop eating cows of traveling herdsmen, whether Fulani or otherwise, from here on, so they need not even waste their time coming to - or through - our domain:  among other steps like setting up (local) grazing farms (to satisfy our local needs), setting up abbatoirs, and encouraging referigerated freight trains (to carry beef.)

This is what intelligent persons do, not ethnically-biased individuals who want to present a narrow narrative.....


Bolaji Aluko
Waiting patiently 

On Sat, Apr 30, 2016 at 10:11 PM, 'Ezeana Igirigi Achusim' via AfricanWorldForum <africanworldforum@googlegroups.com> wrote:
Bolaji:

While the cows grazed nearby, it is possible for the herdsmen to hit the road and do whatever. 

And I am

Ezeana Igirigi Achusim
Odi-Isaa
Nwa Dim Orioha AkA Onyeukwu 

Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 30, 2016, at 3:35 PM, Mobolaji Aluko <alukome@gmail.com> wrote:


My People:


So why in this report below was it written that the attack on the Cardinal was by "suspected herdsmen?"  Did the car run into any cows?

Inquiring minds want to know.....you can see some people acting out an "agenda", stirring up things senselessly.




Bolaji Aluko
Shaking his head


Cardinal Onaiyekan escapes death in attack by herdsmen •Catholic Bishops send SOS to Buhari

By News Express on 30/04/2016

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Tragedy was averted late on Friday when Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, survived an attempt on his life by suspected herdsmen along Benin-Ekpoma road in Edo State. Cardinal Onaiyekan was attacked on his way from the 10 years anniversary celebration of the enthronement of Dr. Augustin Akubueze as a bishop and the 10 years anniversary celebration of the Diocese Uromi.

Recounting their ordeal, the driver to Onaiyekan, who simply identified himself as Segun blamed the attack on herdsmen. He said: "We left Benin for Uromi and at about 5:00 p.m. on the fateful day, I think very close to Ehor, I saw a big pothole and decided to slow down the vehicle. I would have passed the spot with speed but because the Cardinal was sleeping, I decided to slow down the vehicle so that he won't wake up. Suddenly, I saw three men come out of the palm tree plantation by the roadside and started shooting at the vehicle. I looked ahead of me; two of them were firing from a distance at the vehicle and I looked behind me; another one was firing at the vehicle from behind, so I decided to use reverse gear. The other vehicles who saw me coming with reverse started clearing off the road and when I got to a safe distance I decided to stop the vehicle and people started running to see what had happened. It was then we realised that the bullets shattered the left passenger window glass and made huge holes on the panel of the door. We just thank God nothing happened to the Cardinal or any of us in the vehicle."

Reacting today to the incident, Catholic Archbishop of Benin City, Dr. Augustin Akubueze, and the Catholic Bishop of Uromi Diocese, Dr. Donatus Ogun, both appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to tackle the issue of the growing attacks by hoodlums in Edo State.

"We thank God that Cardinal Onaiyekan survived the attacks of some criminal elements on the Benin-Ekpoma road. If something had happened to him, what would have been the story? We thank God nothing happen and we are using this opportunity to appeal to Mr. President to provide adequate security for the citizens of Edo State," Akubueze said, in an interview in Benin City. 

The Catholic Archbishop stressed that the responsibility of a government is to secure her people. According to him, "What we are asking for is not too much for our President. If there is no security of lives and property, no investments or meaningful economic development can take place in the state and the nation at large. We need security and we are demanding that from our government."

Akubueze noted that the spate of attacks by so-called herdsmen across the country "is becoming frightening," adding: "There is an urgent need by the state and federal government to deal with the issue of security to protect lives and property of Nigerians with all seriousness."

Also reacting to the attack on Cardinal Onaiyekan, Bishop Ogun said: "What would have happened if the Cardinal was killed? It would have been sorry and pains for us, considering that he was coming to attend the 10th anniversary of the creation of Uromi Diocese. We thank God he came out unhurt."

While appealing strongly to President Buhari to help secure the state, the Bishop added: "We need adequate security to protect the lives and property of the residents of the state. We cannot continue to live in fear in our own land because of the activities of these criminals."

•Photo shows Cardinal Onaiyekan.

Source News Express

Posted 30/04/2016 2:44:58 PM



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