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Jan 30 31 tweets 31 min read
Mauritania’s endless sea of sand dunes hides an open secret:

An estimated 10% to 20% of the population lives in slavery. But as one woman’s journey shows, the first step toward freedom is realizing you’re enslaved.

MAURITANIA BY THE NUMBERS
SLAVERY

Population: 3.4 million
Percentage living in slavery: 10% to 20%
Enslaved population: 340,000 to 680,000
Year slavery was abolished: 1981
Year slavery became a crime: 2007
Convictions against slave owners: One.

GEOGRAPHY

Area: 400,000 square miles, slightly larger than Egypt
Capital: Nouakchott
Bordered by: Mali, Senegal, Algeria, Western Sahara
Landscape: Sahara Desert, Sahel
Farmable land: 0.2%

PEOPLE
Languages: Arabic, French and regional languages
Official religion: Islam
Literacy rate: 51%
Unemployment: 30%
Population density: 8 people per square mile

ECONOMY
Percentage living on less than $2 per day: 44%
GDP (purchasing power parity): $7.2 billion, less than Haiti
GDP per capita: $2,200 (compared to $48,000 in the U.S.)
Currency: Ouguiya

POLITICS
Government: Republic (currently under military rule)
Legal system: Mix of Islamic and French civil law
President: Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz
Recent history: Gained independence from France in 1960. Aziz came to power in a military coup in 2008, overthrowing first democratically elected leader. Aziz was elected in 2009 as a way to validate his rule.
Sources: United Nations, Encyclopedia Britannica, CIA World Factbook, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, "Disposable People," BBC Country Profiles
Nouakchott, Mauritania (CNN) Moulkheir Mint Yarba returned from a day of tending her master’s goats out on the Sahara Desert to find something unimaginable: Her baby girl, barely old enough to crawl, had been left outdoors to die.

The usually stoic mother — whose jet-black eyes and cardboard hands carry decades of sadness — wept when she saw her child’s lifeless face, eyes open and covered in ants, resting in the orange sands of the Mauritanian desert. The master who raped Moulkheir to produce the child wanted to punish his slave. He told her she would work faster without the child on her back.

Trying to pull herself together, Moulkheir asked if she could take a break to give her daughter a proper burial. Her master’s reply: Get back to work.

“Her soul is a dog’s soul,” she recalls him saying.

Later that day, at the cemetery, “We dug a shallow grave and buried her in her clothes, without washing her or giving her burial rites.”

“I only had my tears to console me,” she would later tell anti-slavery activists, according to a written testimony. “I cried a lot for my daughter and for the situation I was in. Instead of understanding, they ordered me to shut up. Otherwise, they would make things worse for me — so bad that I wouldn’t be able to endure it.”

Moulkheir told her story to CNN in December, when a reporter and videographer visited Mauritania — a vast, bone-dry nation on the western fringe of the Sahara — to document slavery in the place where the practice is arguably more common, more readily accepted and more intractable than anywhere else on Earth.
Jan 20 4 tweets 9 min read
The article below was published on June 28, 2021. It was written in response to the skirmish between Israel and Hamas earlier that year.

THIS ISRAEL ISN'T THE CHILDREN OF JACOB

"Israel" is believed to mean many things, but the most concise is "Triumphant with God." Jacob, who was renamed Israel by an angel with whom he wrestled all night, had twelve male children. He demanded a blessing from the angel he would not let go because he was terrified of the prospects that awaited him in the days following. His warrior brother (Esau), whom he had deeply offended, was advancing toward his small band of family, servants, and livestock. Laban, his uncle, was hot in pursuit of them because, among other things, Laban's fetish was stolen by Rachel, Jacob's favorite wife. None of the children of Jacob was called Ashkenaz. Ashkenaz was the son of Gomer. Gomer was the son of Japheth, Noah's son.

But since its founding in 1948, all the Israeli prime ministers were Ashkenazi Jews. The Ashkenazim were satirically referred to as the thirteenth tribe of Israel by Arthur Koestler, the author of "The Thirteenth Tribe." Arthur Koestler himself is an Ashkenazi Jew. There is no thirteenth tribe of Israel because the patriarch Jacob had only twelve sons. The Ashkenazim were originally “Caucasians” with no Semitic ancestry who converted en masse to Judaism around the 8th century.

There are other kinds of Jews in Israel today. The Mizrahi Jews, the Sephardic Jews, and the Ethiopian Jews are among that portion of the Israeli population referred to as Jews in that nation now. The Jews, as of 2020, make up about 74.2% of the Israeli population. About 20% of Israelis are Arabs that practice various religions, not necessarily Islam. But about 14% of the Israeli population are Muslims, 2% are Christians, and 2% are Druze. An overwhelming number of the Jews in Israel practice Judaism.

As the reader may have suspected, the word "Jewish" refers to the descendants of Jacob even though not everyone is descended from Judah. The descendants of Judah were the ones initially called Jews. Judah was the fourth son of Jacob by Leah, his first wife. Calling descendants of Jacob Jews is just like calling Europeans Caucasians, as they are sometimes referred to now. "Caucasians" originally referred to the people in the Caucasus Mountain range between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.

The Ashkenazim is the most educated subgroup of Israeli Jews. And as a result, they control the political and economic life of the Jewish nation. Incredibly, however, they are also the ones who determine who is a Jew today. The Mizrahi Jews, the Sephardic Jews, and the Ethiopian Jews, who arguably have ancestry that went back to Jacob, are now so mixed up with the gene pools from other races and peoples that a lot of them are barely Jewish now. But a common characteristic of all "Jews" today is that they are all white or light-skinned. Of course, Israel was not white when they were carried away by the Assyrians and the Babylonians. But these are not the only children of Jacob in the world today.

The DNA test has proven that the Lemba tribe in southern Africa is descended from Aaron. Aaron was Moses’s elder brother. Moses was the Hebrews' foremost prophet. The Lembas are a dark-skinned group of people who, if you investigate them, still practice almost all the Old Testament Jewish laws and traditions. The percentage of the DNA match of the Lemba tribe compared to those of all the Kohanim (or Cohens, i.e., descendants of Aaron the high priest) scattered all over the world today makes the Lembas the purest Jews alive today. But do you see the government of Israel breaking down the doors to bring them back to Israel? The reason that will never happen is because the Lembas are black. One of the Ashkenazi Jewish leaders who was surprised and distressed by the Lemba DNA result was quoted to have said openly, "What are we supposed to do with such a result? Bring them here?" The question alone showed the disgust he had at the thought of bringing the Lembas to Israel. Meanwhile, Ashkenazi Jews from Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, etc., are coming in and are being resettled in Israel even now. Today, the Israelis sometimes derogatorily refer to the dark-skinned Ethiopian Jews as "Kushi," which would be the equivalent of being called "Nigger” in the USA.

Remember that the word "Jew" replaced the word "Hebrew" since it now refers to Jacob's descendants. But Abraham was the first person to be referred to as the Hebrew in the Bible. And that would make his descendant Hebrews too. You will remember that Abraham was the father of Ishmael and the grandfather of Esau whose descendants are Arabs today. That means that the Arabs are also Hebrews.

And then, there is this tribe in the southeastern part of present-day Nigeria. This group is also dark-skinned. Not as uniformly dark-skinned as the Lembas of southern Africa. This group was described variously at different times as the Hebrews, the Heebos, the Ebeos, the Ibos, and now the Igbos. But to get to the Igbos, we will first talk about the Sephardic Jews.

The Sephardic Jews, also described as the "Jews of the Iberia Peninsula," are the Jews who are descended from the Jews who lived in Spain and Portugal before the Alhambra Decree. This decree is also called the Edict of Expulsion. The Alhambra Decree was issued jointly on March 31, 1492, by the Catholic Monarchs of Spain (Castile and Aragon). The decree ordered the expulsion of practicing Jews from the two kingdoms and their territories and possessions by July 31, 1492. King Manuel 1 of Portugal followed up with his decree of expulsion of the Jews in 1496. At the time of the Spanish expulsion, over half of Spanish Jews had been forced to convert to Catholicism. The reason for the Alhambra Decree was "to eliminate [Jewish] influence on Spain's large converso (converted) population" and to make sure those converted did not go back to Judaism.

The Spanish and Portuguese decrees ordered their Jewish citizens to choose from these three choices: 1. To convert to Catholicism and be allowed to continue to live within their kingdoms, 2. To keep practicing Judaism and be expelled from the kingdoms by the stipulated dates, and 3. To remain in those kingdoms and be summarily executed as practicing Jews. King Manuel 1 of Portugal, who did not want the Jews to leave because of their usefulness to his kingdom, blocked the Jews from leaving. But even though he blocked those who wanted to depart from leaving, he maliciously ordered that any Jew found in Portugal on the date the decree took effect had become a Catholic by default.

Recently, however, Portugal passed the "Law on Nationality" on April 11, 2013. This law allowed descendants of the expelled Jews in 1492 to apply for citizenship in Portugal. Spain also passed a similar law in 2014. Both laws expired in October and September of 2019, respectively. During the medieval era, many Ashkenazi Jews moved to the Iberia Peninsula to study Kabbalah and Torah under the Sephardic Jewish Rabbis. That became necessary because the Ashkenazim converted to Judaism because they were being squeezed on one side by the Christian Roman Empire. On the other side was the Islamic juggernaut that was barreling through Europe at the time. So, the Ashkenazim became Jews without knowing anything about Judaism. At present, a fraction of the Sephardic Jews have moved to Israel since its founding in 1948.
Dec 10, 2023 14 tweets 8 min read
The size of President Tinubu’s delegation to the COP28 Climate Summit in Dubai has raised a bit of dust. On closer examination, I think it was unnecessary noise based on incomplete understanding of the president’s sense of mission. In these matters, context is everything. There is a sense in which Mr. Tinubu’s presidency straddles two opposing traditions of sovereign authority. The man is first and foremost an elected president of a constitutional republic. But he acts and carries on more like an African king with more of ceremonial authority inspired from some primal ancestry. In the formal context of an elected presidency, a 1,411 (or the officially admitted 422) strong size of the Nigerian delegation to just one conference is undisputedly scandalous. With hardly any roles specified for this huge train, the entire mission smacks more like a jamboree than anything else. For an elected executive presidency, accountability also implies accountancy, close attention to numbers in terms of cost. Ferrying either 1,412 persons (or even 422) to a jamboree in Dubai at a cost of N3bn cannot be badge of honour for a Nigerian government no matter where and when.
Nov 8, 2023 5 tweets 5 min read
One of the students in my career coaching class shared his challenging journey through secondary school. His father, despite holding a lowly office position, insisted on sending his only child to one of the state's best schools. Each term, roughly every three months, the father sought a substantial pay-ahead loan from his boss, amounting to more than half of his monthly salary.

This continued for the entire six years of secondary education, until the embrace of a low-tuition fee university relieved his father's finances. It seemed peculiar that the company allowed this, but given his long service, it appeared to be a form of loyalty being rewarded. Unfortunately, while his colleagues could afford career advancements by changing jobs and, naturally, better pay, his father remained stuck in the same job for many years, with little chance of promotion. Such was the price he paid for ensuring his son received a solid foundation.

In 1989, Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) was established, operating as a liquefied natural gas-producing company and having a liquefied natural gas plant on Bonny Island, Nigeria. Interest in LNG emerged in the 1960s when the concept of monetizing flared gas was introduced. Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), commonly known as cooking gas, is a byproduct of refining petroleum (crude oil) or extracting it from natural gas streams.
Nov 2, 2023 4 tweets 10 min read
Before Abuja, there was Lagos as our Federal Capital. And this is where I would want to believe that there is something about our North and Federal Capital Territories. Before independence and immediately after independence, Lagos had a succession of two ministers of Lagos Affairs, both were northerners. One was Alhaji Musa Yar'Adua, father of the late President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua. There was also Muhammadu Ribadu, grandfather of our immediate past First Lady, Hajia Aisha Buhari. Years later, Nigeria moved to Abuja and a long line of FCT ministers was recorded for the North. Now, some of the power elite from the north are said to be bellyaching over a southerner currently holding the steering wheel of Abuja, Lagos' successor as the Federal Capital Territory. Leading the ground troops is fiery cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi. He and his army of angry purists are not happy with Nyesom Wike's presence as minister and with his ways in the FCT.

Juju musician, Ebenezer Obey, sings in one of his records that there is nothing new under the sun (Kò s'oun tuntun l'ábé òrun mó...). There is nothing the current FCT minister, Wike, is doing in Abuja today that was not done in Lagos of the first republic by Minister Ribadu in his days as Lagos Affairs Minister. Ribadu and Wike are more than two generations apart but if you ask 18th century Irish writer, poet and lyricist, Thomas Moore, to study the two and describe his findings in a poetic phrase, he would likely say he discovered a pair of kindred spirits. Guts for guts, tongue for tongue, their adjectival numerals would be six and half a dozen. Wike can talk and do anything; Ribadu could talk and do anything. He did what he had to do in Lagos before he was moved to the Ministry of Defence, then he died suddenly on May 1, 1965 at the age of 55. This is what Ribadu's biographer wrote on him and how he ran the affairs of Lagos: "Before going over to Defence, Ribadu held the post of Minister of Lagos Affairs where he was so effective for his admirable performance. He was in charge when the city was being rebuilt. He had several decisions not being implemented because of the opposition of some people to move out of their places of abode to new sites given them by the government after they had collected their compensations... (They) refused to move out in spite of constant reminders. One morning, he visited the area and to the surprise of the Power of Powers (Ribadu's nickname), instead of those people to come and plead, they shouted at 'Gambari'. He parked his car and sent a message for a tractor (a bulldozer) which he personally supervised (while it) pulled down buildings owned by those residents. From then, when Ribadu was seen, he was called 'Baba Eko' - the father of Lagos.

"A particular incident which made him more feared was the house of one feared babalawo or juju priest. Some prominent Lagosians who were good friends of Ribadu pleaded with him to skip that man's house for fear of serious consequences befalling him, but he ignored them. The chief priest himself visited Ribadu's quarters pouring some powder, and three times, deposited chained chickens, goat and even a ram. On Ribadu's order, his houseboys made feasts whenever these were brought in. Finally, he went to the (juju man's) house the day it was to be broken down. Today, the place is occupied by a multi-storey building housing several offices. This, indeed, was the man Ribadu. Contrary to what the Babalawo and his friends believed, not even a headache troubled the indefatigable Ribadu. Had he not put his feet firmly on the ground, probably we could not have done any development in Lagos as it is today" (see page 21-22 of 'The Power of Powers: A biography of the Late Alhaji Muhammadu Ribadu' by Sidi H. Ali). There are speculations about errant churches and mosques being threatened by Wike's bulldozers. Mosques are sacred; churches are sacred. But Islam and Christianity are against persons who disdain the law and break it with impunity. The two religions have special hell fires for law breakers. If a mosque or a church finds itself running foul of the law, should it not willingly pay the price? A priest's house was caught by the law in Lagos in the early sixties, Muhammadu Ribadu, the minister of Lagos Affairs, pulled down the sacred house. I do not think Wike would be doing anything new or strange if he also moves against sacred structures that offend the law.

Sheikh Gumi and his supporters spoke on the ownership status of Abuja. The sheikh has not stopped being in the news since then. (Apologies to Justice Victor Ovie Whisky and his Verdict '83), the Supreme Court and its Verdict '23 of last Thursday hasn't stopped Gumi from trending. Nor has the ghastly parting gift of filth and odium from Justice Musa Dattijo Muhammad who declared that our judiciary had "become something else." Gumi said some things that were as weighty as heavy. He spoke about Abuja and its ownership. He spoke on who was qualified to wield power there and who was not. He called the FCT minister "a satanic person" who should never have occupied a space reserved for Abuja, a city of saints. Gumi said “The Minister of the FCT is a satanic person; I said it before when he was appointed and some people were grumbling." The sheikh said other things and it was from him that I learnt that nepotism has tribe and it is better in some than in others. Gumi said "Yet they kept blabbing about Buhari's so-called nepotism. There was an element of nepotism under Buhari, I reckon. But our (northern Muslim) nepotism is not evil because it does no harm to anyone. If it cannot promote your interest, it won't harm it either; here is the difference. That's why I keep warning that power should not slip from our hands into theirs. Look how they took over all juicy and lucrative positions in the country. And they believe they'll continue to govern us in the next four years and beyond. They think through their tricks they'll get re-elected for another four-year term to make eight years in power. But that will not happen while we're here by the will of God. Their ultimate goal is to impoverish the North..."

I asked questions and I was told Bola Tinubu's choice of a southerner as FCT minister is heresy to the powers in the North. They think Abuja is the North's property and a northerner must be in charge there in perpetuity.

But, shall we ask who really owns Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory? General Murtala Muhammed, the Kano man who created it, asked and answered that question at the very beginning. In his February 3, 1976 broadcast announcing that area as our new Federal Capital, he said it would "belong to all Nigerians" of all tribes and tongues. Here, I think I should quote him copiously: "The area is not within the control of any of the major ethnic groups in the country. We believe that the new capital created on such virgin lands as suggested will be for all Nigerians a symbol of their oneness and unity. The Federal Territory will belong to all Nigerians. The few local inhabitants in the area who need to be moved out of the territory for planning purposes will be resettled outside the area in places of their choice at government expense." But, until Tinubu's appointment of Wike to man that space, Abuja had been ruled as northern Nigeria's 20th state to the shame of its history and the promise that birthed it.
Oct 31, 2023 10 tweets 11 min read
Protocol.

Gentlemen of the Press.

Someone asked me what I would do if I lost my election petition appeal at the Supreme Court. In response, I said that as long as Nigeria wins, the struggle would have been worth the while. By that, I meant that the bigger loss would not be mine but Nigeria’s if the Supreme Court legitimizes illegality, including forgery, identity theft, and perjury.

If the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, implies by its judgment that crime is good and should be rewarded, then Nigeria has lost and the country is doomed irrespective of who occupies the Presidential seat. If the Supreme Court decides that the Electoral umpire, INEC, can tell the public one thing and then do something else in order to reach a corruptly predetermined outcome, then there is really no hope for the country’s democracy and electoral politics.

Obviously, the consequences of those decisions for the country will not end at the expiration of the current government. They will last for decades. I am absolutely sure that history will vindicate me. We now know what the Supreme Court has decided. At critical points in my political life, I always ignored the easy but ignoble path and chosen the difficult but dignified path, the path of truth, of morality, of democracy and rule of law.

I always chose freedom over servitude, whatever the personal discomforts my choice entails. When I joined politics, the critical challenge was easing the military out of power so that civilian democratic governance could be restored in Nigeria. It later became a very defining struggle, and, as one of the leaders of that struggle, I was targeted for elimination.

In one incident, nine policemen guarding my home in Kaduna were murdered in an attempt to assassinate me. I was also forced into exile for nine (9) months. In addition, my interest in a logistics company that I co-owned was confiscated and given to friends of the military government. As Vice President in the civilian government that succeeded the military, I, again at great personal cost, chose to oppose the extension of the tenure of the government beyond the two four-year terms enshrined in our constitution.

In response to the official backlash against me, I instituted several cases in the courts, which led to seven landmark decisions that helped to deepen our democracy and rule of law. At the current historic moment, the easier option for me would have been to fold up and retreat after the mandate banditry perpetrated by the APC and INEC.

But I went to the Nigerian courts to seek redress. I even went to an American court to help with unravelling what our state institutions charged with such responsibilities were unwilling or unable to do, including unravelling the qualifying academic records of the person sworn in as our President and by implication, hopefully who he really is.
Oct 16, 2023 4 tweets 6 min read
Two things stuck out to me on my way back to Toronto.

Firstly, in Frankfurt, where I stopped over on transit since I was flying Lufthansa, there were a lot of Nigerians.

Young Nigerians.

A couple of them with their mothers.

On their way back to school in Canada.

I got talking to a mother and her two twin daughters and a son.

She was excited that I was living in Canada and wanted me to keep an eye on her children for her.

Then, the introductions began.

Meet this... meet that.

Somehow, all these kids seemed to know each other.

47 children in all.

Children of the Rich.

The mother had said to me earlier...

"It's worth it spending the extra money it cost for them to school abroad, at least you are sure of quality education and no strikes. At the end of it all, unlike the UK, in Canada, they can ultimately become Canadians. Because with the way Nigeria is going, those who have money and sense must invest in alternatives."

The poor have no alternatives but to argue over tribe, religion, and political affiliations, while the rich and the powerful are preparing to abandon ship.

I had said to her.

"But the private universities don't go on strikes, and their quality seems pretty good."

She laughed.

"Let the ones with new money send their children there after all they have to protect them from the sickness in that country but we who God has blessed so richly, we have to differentiate ourselves and our children from the masses if we hope to get the masses to continually give us access to power."

"To power?"

"Of course, people trust what they hope to become and not what they are. The more different, rich, and successful you are, the more the common man will trust you with their future. That is why the truly rich must invest in their children in as different a way from the way the ordinary man invests in their own children if they want to perpetuate their wealth and hold on to power. It is called succession planning."

I allowed the words to sink into me with an expressionless face. She continued.

"You an intelligent young man. You surely must agree with me that power and wealth if not consolidated and defended will be lost and the only hope of the poor is that the rich remain rich from one generation to the next so that informed leadership is guaranteed and the chaos that ensues when the poor are led by the poor is prevented. Look at the Niger Delta and the East where charlatans have risen to positions of power; see the raucous and mayhem they have enshrined. Only we who were born into power and wealth know how to control it and use it for the common good because power and money are a spirit, and it will destroy the unprepared."

I was flummoxed.

"Did you say that you are a home manager?"

She laughed.

"Of course I am. I take care of the home while my husband brings in the funds. People are always surprised when I speak. They think all home managers are dumb, and little do they know that it is the woman in the shadows that is the power. We are the puppeteers. The whisperers. The kingmakers. Especially if we have breeding. The same breeding I am giving to my daughters so that whatever they decide to do in their future, they will do it exceedingly well. Since they will understand the secrets of acquiring, keeping, and mastering power to perpetuate the family legacy."

"Everything has an end."

"Not when you plan ahead, and you prepare even the unborn for its inheritance. No one is born to lead. We are taught to lead. That is the difference between the nouveau riche and the elites. The elite has proven that we have through time mastered the art of making money and acquiring power, not as an end in itself but as a tool of the ultimate."

"What is the ultimate?"

She smiled.

It was barely discernable, then she whispered.

"Control."

I let it sink in.

"Why aren't you flying in your own private jet."

Again, the smile flashed across her face.

"That is what those who chase money and power for its sakes will do. It's all loud and ever so obvious. But we who have evolved past that through generations of breeding live outwardly rich enough to be respected and privately anonymously to control without being identified as the ones who are in control."

Her words swirled around me like fireflies as she spoke on and on, after which she said as though in an afterthought.

"There is something about you that makes people who barely know you trust you. I don't know what it is, but you are very easy to talk to."

I smiled in appreciation.

"You should learn to make it work in your favor."

I smiled again.

"I can teach you if you want."
Sep 25, 2023 5 tweets 5 min read
TODAY NEWSPAPER, AUGUST 18-24, 1996 – FROM THE ARCHIVES

Fraudulent Academic Claims: Wole Soyinka exposed

By Our Correspondent

The claim by Professor Wole Soyinka that he obtained First Class bachelor's degree in English Literature from Leeds University has been challenged.

Instead, what the Nobel Laureate actually obtained from Leeds was a Second Class degree. This startling revelation was made by Professor James Gibbs who has closely monitored the activities of former Leeds students in English literature.

Professor Gibbs remarked that in arriving at the facts he has on Wole Soyinka's academic records, "I have drawn on a variety of sources including contemporary Leeds publications, archival material, Soyinka's work and interviews I had with him".

In a 1983 interview with Mike Awoyinfa published by Sunday Concord of February 27, Wole Soyinka claimed that after his first degree in Leeds he did not feel like going for any postgraduate studies saying "I was bored, I felt that I had grasped enough of what I wanted from my literature studies. So I felt I wanted to get out and write. I believe that the student period of one's existence should be short and intense ů so after three years I felt I should go out." However, Professor Gibbs told TODAY in an exclusive interview in Accra, Ghana, that the claim was also a blatant lie since Professor Soyinka had duly completed his MA programme in English literature but failed in the Autumn of 1957.

Professor Gibbs referred TODAY to his latest publication on Wole Soyinka entitled TALKING WITH PAPER which contained details of the Nobel Laureate's academic and private life while a student at Leeds University.

The publication, made available to TODAY, states that Soyinka had applied for an MA programme at Leeds from an address given as "P.O. Box 192, Abeokuta" to work on English: American Literature (1920s), Eugene O'Neill and Shakespeare, revealing further that he was offered an admission along with Barbara Dixon whom he (Soyinka) was later to make pregnant and then abandon.
Jun 24, 2023 4 tweets 2 min read
Asari Dokubo's Younger Brother, Goodhead Dokubo Lambasts Asari on Diatribe Against Igbos
TI Editor June 23, 2023

US based Professor Goodhead Dokubo has lambasted his senior brother Alhaji Mujahid Asari Dokubo on his diatribe against Igbos on a viral video days after his visit… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… He continued...,

" His utterances in this video are absolutely deplorable. I felt like throwing up after watching it. Something gave inside me. I wept. What a country! What a shameless country!

I was also made nauseous by your statement that you wonder why after making these… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Jun 24, 2023 7 tweets 3 min read
I have great respect for such fearless and principled Niger Delta warriors as His Majesty King Ateke Tom— Amanyanabo of Okrika Kingdom of Okochiri and Chief Tompolo Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo. These are men of honor and principle whose pedigrees in militancy are not… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… So his attempt to link his ancestry to the noble Harry Briggs family is a fallacious attempt to elevate his confused paternal slave background.

Likewise, his mother who he claims to belong to Amakiri royal family was indeed the daughter of an Igbo slave housemaid to a member of… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Jun 23, 2023 5 tweets 2 min read
The 10th Nigeria National Assembly was inaugurated last week. I wish its members a productive session.

The 9th, headed by Ahmad Lawan, was a disaster. In his care, it had no idea what the legislative arm of government was, so it became an extension of the confused executive.… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… Taking his place as Senate President will be Godswill Akpabio, a former governor of Akwa Ibom State, former minister and a returnee Senator.

Following his swearing-in, Akpabio was singing like a very happy bird atop a tall tree. The 10th Senate, he declared, will “work to renew… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Jun 19, 2023 7 tweets 3 min read
In 1948, Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, thought of the best way to protect his country's security information from invasive media toxins. He summed his strategy up in one short sentence: “Take the thief and make him guard.” But a thief would remain a thief even… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… Dokubo spoke not like a sovereign but as the sovereign. He sells security and the Nigerian Armed Forces are his competitors. At the press conference, the man maximally used the hallowed grounds of the State House to advertise his business and do a very negative review of the… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Jun 11, 2023 7 tweets 3 min read
CATALOGUE OF LOOTING & BRIGANDAGE IN NIGERIA

I believe this is out in the open. I pray the government could muster the will to control these leakages.

THE REAL SUBSIDIES ARE NOT FOR THE POOR, BUT THE RICH.

Globally, subsidies, whether for food, transportation, energy or… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 3. Outstanding royalties of $62 billion

In campaigning for the amendment of the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Act, I requested the Federal Government to collect outstanding royalties payable by the International Oil Companies under the Act. The… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Jun 4, 2023 5 tweets 2 min read
Don’t set Nigeria on fire, APC chieftain tells El-Rufai

4th June, 2023

By James Abraham

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Plateau state, Samuel Kwamkur, on Sunday cautioned former Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, not to set Nigeria on fire with his… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… “In the said address, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai spoke like one of the religious bigots that have been working underground to set the nation on fire. Amongst his ill-motivated statements which I can only paraphrase for now, El-Rufai confirmed that he is a leader of the Islamic… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
May 26, 2023 4 tweets 2 min read
MUHAMMADU Buhari, president of Nigeria since 2015, will leave office on Monday, May 29, after eight disastrous years. The late Chief Bola Ige famously coined the phrase, “good riddance to bad rubbish”. That, truth be told, is the best way to describe the exit of Buhari, his… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… By contrast, after his failed military regime, Buhari’s consuming passion was to become a civilian president. But he did nothing to improve himself intellectually; nothing to develop a vision of governance, a vision for Nigeria. Indeed, according to the late Junaid Mohammed, an… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
May 26, 2023 5 tweets 2 min read
"What do the Igbos want?", Buhari asked during his media chat.

And now, Prof Obi Nwakanma, a poet, journalist, biographer and literary critic, has written an article in answer to the question, "What do the Igbos want?"

In Biafra, under three years, they were making their own… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… The Mbakwe government sought to remedy this by embarking on two highly critical area of investment necessary for industrial life: the 5 Zonal water projects, which were 75 completed by 1983, and set for commissioning in 1984, which was to supply clean water for domestic and… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
May 9, 2023 4 tweets 1 min read
The Nigerian ruling class detests Peter Obi because of his resoluteness and commitment in seeing things to it's logical conclusion. They don't like the publicity that follows him to the tribunal. The less the publicity, the easier for them to manipulate the proceedings. Why must Obi be there they ask. Did he see Atiku or Tinubu there, why must he be there? They're frustrated with the man because they're used to having their way. As far as they're concerned, the tribunal is just theatrics and window dressing. They can for tell their judgement.
Apr 27, 2023 7 tweets 3 min read
THE VATSA CONSPIRACY

A historical thread.

In Nigeria, beginning in the wee hours of December 17th, 1985 and extending for the next two weeks, over one hundred airforce, army and naval officers were arrested enmasse for allegedly plotting to overthrow the 4 month old government… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… He was also obliquely accused of reporting Babangida's coup plot to Buhari before he left the country for pilgrimage along with Major General Tunde Idiagbon in August. Actions he later took as a Minister to accelerate many military applications for certificates of occupancy for… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Apr 26, 2023 5 tweets 2 min read
I was privileged to be invited as a special guest at the stage play “Zik of Africa” mounted on Easter Monday at the MUSON stage and produced by Joseph Edgar, the indefatigable and indomitable Duke of Shomolu, proprietor of the Duke of Shomolu Foundation, an organization… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… He and most of his siblings attended Ladi Lak Institute and he also attended Lagos City College. How about John Okwesa Jnr, son of my father’s close friend ? Johnny and I were together at Ladi Lak and King’s College. Not to mention the highly revered Chief Emeka Anyaoku, my… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Apr 26, 2023 5 tweets 2 min read
Between 250 CE and 1948, Jews were expelled from Europe over 80 times. That is, in 1,700 years, people in Europe expelled the Jews at the average rate of once every 21 years.
It happened in France, England, Spain, Portugal, Germany and dozens of other countries. These countries… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… We cannot allow you to infect the Aryan race with your inferior genes."
The final reason is that “we hate the Jews because they are an inferior race.” The Jews are not a race, to begin with.
This is how Rabbi Kalman Packouz put the dilemma of the Jews. “Every other hated group is… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Apr 26, 2023 6 tweets 3 min read
One of the key actors of the attempted coup, Captain Tolofari, who escaped into exile after the coup failed, later put his thoughts together in a book titled “Exploitation and instability in Nigeria: The Orkar coup in perspective”, which was published in 2004, detailing the… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… Left Captain Tolofari and r... I studied the routine at the main gate and various other gates with new and particular attention. On occasions, I deliberately kept late nights or utilised my late return from our discussions to recce at night. I studied the HQ armoury and magazine of the 149 Mechanised Infantry… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…