Ten Things That Amaze Me About Modern Nigeria (3)

Hajj to Mecca and pilgrimage to Jerusalem: For years now, several billions of dollars must have been spent by all three tiers of government of our country in sponsoring people on religious tourism to Mecca, Medina, Jerusalem and other religious tourist attraction sites mostly in the Middle East, in the name of what governmental obligation, I do not yet know and I am still wondering.
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Good money that should have been used for development is spent on an objective that should be left entirely to the individual. For a country that is trying to privatise most of public services, it is not something of a small wonder that our governments now try very hard to publictise what ought rightly to be a private matter. For Muslims, it is somehow understandable, but not excusable, that year in year out, tens of thousands of them troop out on pilgrimage, on some of whom billions of public funds is spent. The obligation to go on pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the five pillars of their faith. But God is wise. He made it conditional. If you can afford it you should go for it, but if you cannot, you are not liable to condemnation to hell fire.
Yet in spite of this clear provision, Nigerian governments at all levels make it look as if some Nigerians are not sponsored to Mecca with public funds, they will die and face a bleak future in the world after.
For Christians, the mad rush to Jerusalem is difficult to understand for I have searched through their Holy Book and there is nowhere in the Bible where it is commanded that a Christian should endeavour to go on pilgrimage before he can merit a place in paradise. Yet, my Christian brethren must go to Jerusalem on the sponsorship of government because their Muslim brethren are doing so. When will we have a patriotic government that will withstand blackmail and intimidation and dismantle Hajj and pilgrimage commissions and redeploy the personnel recruited to man them at huge public expense and plough into development the money that will be saved through such courageous action?
Can our compatriots be politely told that it is not pilgrimage that will guarantee them a place in paradise but their acts of piety, their obedience to the laws of God and their fair and kind treatment of their fellow men and women? Just consider what happens when some of them get to the Holy Lands. There have been ugly reports of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia whose main goals seem to be shopping or the females among them who go to prostitute themselves in order to raise money to shop. What of Christian pilgrims who are known to abscond to other countries of Europe when they get to Jerusalem? Are these possible candidates for heaven?
I sincerely believe that on Judgment Day, God may take the extra-ordinary step of caning some Nigerian leaders like school children for misusing the huge resources he made available for use in really caring for his children in Nigeria but which they frittered away in endless politicking to gain political support.
Educational backwardness of the North: It is not today that there has been the realisation that the Northern region of our country is relatively backward in terms of education when compared to the South. More than fifty years ago, visionary leaders like the late Northern icon the Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello, saw this and did something very positive to address it.
Fifty years may be too short a time to address a disparity that was created by over a century of head start. But fifty years is long enough time to do something about it if someone or some people are really determined to do anything. But what is the situation today? The gap may have widened compared to the late 50s and 60s when real efforts were made by a concerned people to solve the problem.
Today, millions of Northern children of school age roam the streets. Some are said to be pursuing religious education in informal institutions called Almajiri schools. While there is nothing wrong in acquiring moral instruction, this system, from what we have all seen so far, is a poverty breeding kind of system because apart from the religious teaching no forms of other skills are imparted upon the children. The result: ‘graduates’ of this system are ‘destined’ to find low paying jobs as drawers of water and fetchers of firewood. Many will find employment as motor par touts, political thugs and musclemen of various descriptions who will be employed as illegal enforcers of the will of evil-minded men.
Persons who are employed (elected) to think, plan and act for the good of the people in the North have not found it necessary to act to address the lack of schooling among most of Northern youth. Yet education is the single most important breaker of the chain of poverty. This, to me, constitutes the 9th wonder of modern Nigeria.
Plane loads of sick Nigerian medical tourists trooping abroad: Those who travel abroad frequently tell stories of how on some flights out of Nigeria to Egypt, Dubai, India and South Africa you see that more than a half of those on board are sick Nigerians trooping to those countries for medical attention. To go for solutions to such ailments as slip disk, hypertension, kidney and liver problems, overweight problem, tooth extraction and the likes. For Muslim Nigerian elite from the North, their destinations of choice are usually Egypt and Dubai and for their counterparts from the south, it is usually India and South Africa.
When I hear stories like this, my heart bleeds for my country. Our foolishness is beyond comprehension. Are we a cursed people, robbed of all intelligence? Is there any law in existence anywhere that forbids us from building hospitals and equipping them with the best and most modern facilities that money can buy and staffing them with the best experts from any part of the world that money can hire?
Ninety nine point nine per cent of those who embark on this medical tourism abroad are members of our governing elite. If their heart is so filled with the spirit of wickedness which prevents them from building medical facilities to provide medicare for the ordinary people who cannot afford overseas treatment, why can they not think of doing so for themselves to save themselves and the country of the enormous capital that flies out of this country because of medical attention abroad?
Why do we have ruling elite that are so wicked even unto themselves? It is to me the 10th wonder of modern Nigeria that we seem cursed with leaders who not only hate the people, but they also seem to hate themselves. It is really a wonder because what we do have are not greedy elite who seem determined to appropriate everything to themselves, but what we have are worse than greedy people, they are simply are a class devoid of the wisdom to engaged in what is called enlightened self interest to provide for members of their class here at home.



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Re: Ten Things That Amaze Me About Modern Nigeria (3)
Bode Eluyera posted on 06-22-2012, 08:42:49 AM
Mr. Idang Alibi. Thanks for your piece. The reason for the above anomalities is because AFRICANS ARE MONKEYS AND THE MOST INFERIOR RACE IN THE WORLD!!! As a matter of fact, I look forward to hearing a special article too on this subject in the future.
Re: Ten Things That Amaze Me About Modern Nigeria (3)
Lol posted on 06-22-2012, 09:45:59 AM
Mr Eluyera,

I am not brave enough to state the obvious but you are and I commend you for it. The educated elite also fall into that category for they may be educated in some texts about geography, religious knowledge and social studies but they are still monkeys mentally.
Re: Ten Things That Amaze Me About Modern Nigeria (3)
Ramses osiris posted on 07-01-2012, 04:44:50 AM
QUOTE:
.........AFRICANS ARE MONKEYS AND THE MOST INFERIOR RACE IN THE WORLD!!! As a matter of fact, I look forward to hearing a special article too on this subject in the future.


Wrong! According to white scholars, Africans Are The Most Superior Race. Please, read the article.

QUOTE:
I am not brave enough to state the obvious but you are and I commend you for it. The educated elite also fall into that category for they may be educated in some texts about geography, religious knowledge and social studies but they are still monkeys mentally.


The trouble is, most of us, due to ignorance about our glorious past and indoctrination by Arabs and Europeans, are suffering from Inferiority Complex.
Thatテつエs why YOU use such racist, derogatory terms on YOURSELVES! Thatテつエs why we abandon our religions and serve European and Arab Gods. Thatテつエs why our rulers do the stupid things they do - which portray all of us in bad light.

The writer himself serves a White Jesus - totally unconscious of its implication. If there were no Christians in Naija, there wouldnテつエt be any need for anyone to go to Jerusalem/Rome on a pilgrimage.
The same argument holds for Muslims vis-a vis Mecca.

We are very quick to wail over symptoms without researching, examining the causes of a problem. We criticize ad absurdum without being able to do critical thinking.

If you really believe YOU are a monkey, then, you obviously have a very serious problem. I know what a Japanese would do.

Please, letテつエs try to keep our human dignity while exploring ways to find remedies for our maladies. That starts with critical thinking and proper analysis of the causes. Know your PRE - Arab/European history!

(By the way, "Lol" sounds very much like our former "Eire".)
Re: Ten Things That Amaze Me About Modern Nigeria (3)
Prof penkelemess posted on 07-02-2012, 15:25:24 PM
'Africans are monkeys' ???

that is plain racism !!!

against monkeys .

or did I get sth wrong here ???

gerd
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Denker posted on 07-03-2012, 00:58:52 AM
..is commonsense common amongst the pious goats aka nigerians aka goat.gerians...the answer is blowing in the wind ma friends...indeed.

V.I.V.A.M.U.S....
Re: Ten Things That Amaze Me About Modern Nigeria (3)
Bode Eluyera posted on 07-03-2012, 09:22:35 AM
QUOTE:
'Africans are monkeys' ???

that is plain racism !!!

against monkeys .

or did I get sth wrong here ???

gerd



YES! AFRICANS ARE MONKEYS AND THE MOST INFERIOR RACE IN THE WORLD!!!


Prof. It's not racism at all! I made that statement and you are free to quote me any where. Unfortunately, it's the bitter truth - unless of course we are deceiving ourselves. Africans are monkeys and the most inferior race in the world and as I promised earlier, I'll definitely find time to write an article on this topic in support of my position. If you just take a look at the way we administer ourselves, you don't need other evidence. Till today, an overwhelming majority of Nigerians whose country is the 6th largest exporter of crude oil can not boast of BASIC AMMENITIES like uninterrupted power and water supply just for one day - without a generator or water tanker.

Any little problem(bombing, murder), before you can say 'father xmas' the CIA and/or Scotland yard are already in Nigeria - with or without invitation. More than 50 years after independence, we are not capable of producing or doing anything ourselves - we depend completely on our oil and other mineral resources to live. In the name of foreign direct investment, those b-a=s-t-a=r-d=s that call themselves our leaders have handed the whole of our economy first to the Americans, British, Germans, French - and now to the Chinese, Lebanese and Indians. What we have in Nigeria and Africa as a whole is neocolonialism. More than 50 years after independence, practically all African countries still use English, French and Portuguese(colonial languages) as their official languages while indeginous languages are referred to as 'vernacular' and relegated to the last position meant to be spoken only in our kitchens so that it will not be heard.

Why did Africans abandon their own religions and believed the cock and bull story of the European missionaries about Jesus Christ (a Jew) dying on the cross for their sins? Why will Africans spend millions of dollars of their 'hard earned' money on a useless pilgrimages to Jerusalem and Mecca - their impoverishing themselves more and enriching these countries that are already much richer than them? Why will Africans massacre themselves because of foreign and imposed religions? Why will Africans prefer bearing English, Christian, muslim names instead of his own indegenous names? The list is endless.

The question I always ask myself is "Why have we been victims of colonialism for more than 500 years?, Why are we always complaining and helpless? Why are we always victims of exploitation? Why do the Europeans, Americans (and now the Chinese, Indians, Lebanese)find it SO EASY to manipulate those monkeys that call themselves our leaders?" Why do eminent Nigerians/Africans prefer going to Egypt, India, South Africa for medical check-ups and to die when our own doctors are performing miracles even in the United States and other western countries? Why didn't it ever occur to them that it's in their interests to build a state of the arts medical centers in Nigeria that will be run by competent Nigerians? Why is it so easy for the multinationals to manipulate Nigerian leaders when the issue of mass pollution of the Niger Delta and loopsided oil deals were brought up?"

The only answe is because AFRICANS ARE STUPID, MONKEYS AND THE MOST INFERIOR RACE IN THE WORLD. we are the only race in the world that the British, French, Americans - and now the Chinese, Indians and Lebanese find very easy to manipulate and exploit. ALL WE ARE CAPABLE OF DOING IS BLOW BIG GRAMMAR TO IMPRESS THE EUROPEANS AND AMERICANS THAT WE ARE HUMAN BEINGS AND EDUCATED, BUT, IN ACTUAL FACT, WE ARE NOT CAPABLE OF THINKING CRITICALLY AND TAKING DECISIONS THAT BEST MEET OUR POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND MILITARY INTERESTS THERE IS NO OTHER EXPLANATION FOR THAT?



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Re: Ten Things That Amaze Me About Modern Nigeria (3)
Bode Eluyera posted on 07-03-2012, 19:42:01 PM
DIDN'T I TELL YOU GUYS THAT AFRICANS ARE NOTHING BUT BLACK MONKEYS AND THE MOST INFERIOR RACE IN THE WORLD!!!

NOW READ THIS!!! AND, IT'S JUST A TIP OF THE ICEBERG OF WHAT(THE ARTCLE) I AM PLANNING TO WRITE ON THIS TOPIC!!!


Sonaiya: China in Africa: Africans, beware!


TUESDAY, 03 JULY 2012 00:00 BY REMI SONAIYA

THE photograph (attached) on the front cover of the book, La Chinafrique: Pテδゥkin テ la Conquテδェte du Continent Noir, depicts an African soldier, in full uniform, his left hand clutching his gun, while his right hand holds a green and yellow umbrella over the head of a Chinese man in T-shirt and knee-length shorts. The Chinese man is holding a cell phone to his ear with his right hand, while the left hand appears to be tucked into his belt. He exudes confidence and control. The soldier is almost standing at attention, with his face looking slightly downwards. Both of the men are standing in a location, which obviously is a construction site, a housing estate, with a row of identical houses behind them. The photograph is said to have been taken in Nigeria.

The book itself was published in 2008 (Paris: Bernard Grasset) by two French journalists, Serge Michel and Michel Beuret, who travelled around eleven African countries (Algeria, Senegal, Guinea, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Congo (Brazzaville), Angola, Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia) investigating how the Chinese were conducting their various businesses and what kind of relationship obtained between them and their host governments and communities. The book should ordinarily be a must-read for every African leader as well as all those desirous of conducting business with China, if not for the fact that most of our leaders and we the led are not known to be that enamoured with reading anyway, and that the fact of the book having been written in French makes it inaccessible to the non-Francophone segments of the continent. In it, the authors go on to detail how Africa is being pillaged by the Chinese, who are arriving by their planeloads, and who are dealing with Africans in probably the most disrespectful and dehumanising manner since the slave trade, going as far as physically assaulting African workers on their construction sites and practising a system of "apartheid" between these ones and their Chinese counterparts. The Chinese businessmen are said to enjoy unusual perquisites from our governments, as can be deduced from the photograph described above. A Chinese businessman in Nigeria is said to drive around in a car, his personal car, bearing a police registration plate number! The free trade zones being established all over Africa are also normally exempted from accountability as to the impact of the business on the environment.

There are those who suspect the real motivation for writing the book, claiming that it stems more from the fact that Europeans are smarting due to the stiff competition that China is giving them now in Africa. That is, China is gradually edging Europe out of Africa, undermining Europeans' age-long privileged presence on the continent. Indeed, Chinese companies are all over Africa now, constructing our roads, our stadia and our dams, setting up our power stations, laying our railway tracks, building our bridges and our housing estates. And Africa has welcomed China with open arms, impressed by their hard work and the speed with which they are able to deliver on projects. In the book referred to, the authors begin their prologue with a statement credited to a Congolese civil servant, and which probably sums up Africa's attitude vis-テ -vis China: "The Chinese offer us concrete things, while the West comes with intangible values. What is the use of transparency, of governance, if the people don't have electricity and there are no jobs? You can't fill your stomach with democracy." (My translation).

Poor, poor Africans! There we go again! Centuries after our shattering experience with the slave trade, we are still being told that part of the reason for the continuing underdevelopment of our continent is the fact that we have not come to terms with that infamous legacy, namely, that we have not faced up to the fact that we connived with the Westerners to sell our own kith and kin into slavery in foreign lands. At least, that is the opinion expressed in an article by Tunde Obadina entitled: "Slave trade: a root of contemporary African crisis", in which he states categorically that, "the root of the crisis facing African societies is their failure to come to terms with the consequences of that contact" and that "the vast majority of slaves taken out of Africa were sold by African rulers, traders and a military aristocracy who all grew wealthy from the business." More significantly, coming to terms was equally implied in the important speech delivered by the former President Nicテδゥphore Dieudonnテδゥ Soglo of the Republic of Benin when he launched the UNESCO "Slave Route" Project on 1st September, 1994 at the old slave port of Ouidah, when he said the following:

"It would serve no purpose also to cover up our own responsibility in the disasters which have befallen and continue to befall us. Our complicity in the trade has been well established, our meaningless divisions, our collective wrongdoings, slavery as an endogenous institution..." (My translation).

History may be repeating itself again, now with the Chinese. If the accounts in La Chinafrique are even only partly true, then Africa might be entering another period of enslavement, the only difference being that this time around, we are the ones solely responsible for our plight, tying the noose and putting our own necks into it to hang ourselves. For example, we are allowing the Chinese to help us wipe out our forests, and they do so with utmost efficiency, carting off the logs to feed their humongous furniture industry back home - and we gladly import the furniture made from our very own trees back from them at exorbitant prices. Foolish Africans!

So, transparency does not fill our stomachs, and democracy cannot be fed upon, abi? I guess our stomachs are being properly filled now that we have China dumping upon us all these useless third-rate-quality goods, which have now taken over our markets! Crooked African businessmen are finding in the Chinese the crooked partners they need to make easy money, and they are flooding our continent with garbage - from senseless children's toys to gaudy, badly-sewn clothes (not to talk of fake and adulterated products), and treating us like dirt on our own soil! Africa, beware! We are being colonised all over again!

- Professor Sonaiya is of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife.
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