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Temple Chima UbochiSunday, October 21, 2007
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RE: BEHOLD NIGERIA`S SILVER SPOONS IN THE NORTH! NIGERIANS ARE NOT AMUSED

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but, their echoes are truly endless. (Mother Theresa)

Dum spiro spero (While I breathe, I hope). (South Carolina State motto)

Never measure the height of a mountain, until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was. (Dag Hammarjskold)

We must not allow other people´s limited perceptions to define us. (Virgina Satir)

If you want truly to understand something, try to change it. (Kurt Lewin)

Go as far as you can see and when you get there, you will see farther. (Anonymous)

Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don’t even remember leaving open. (Rose Lane)

If you don’t hear opportunity knocking, find another door. (Anonymous)

feel obliged to share with you the opinions and comments of some Nigerians all over the world on the above topic. It is always soul satisfying when a writer receives feedbacks on his work. Before now, I never saw the necessity to publish the feedbacks I received from my readers the world over. Now I am seeing the importance of sharing my readers’ opinions and viewpoints with others, because, my readers might make salient points that will be of benefit to others too. They might write more interesting things I didn’t myself. Please note that I edited some of feedbacks.


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Please permit me to express my profound thanks to you all, my readers (whether you sent me feedback or not) for reading my articles. Without you, all my efforts will be tantamount to futility. I appreciate you greatly.

Frank Nnanna wrote (which way out): Hi Mr Ubochi, accept my thanks for your informative and educative article. Each time l see your name, l always make sure l read your writings. Mr Ubochi, one thing disturbs my mind. Most of the writers in Nigeriaworld are foreign based Nigerians. What they write are facts regarding to ways of moving our nation forward. To me, the solutions are well known. But what is not known, is the implementation of these solutions, l mean HOW TO IMPLEMENT. Those abroad should collectively see to this action. I am stressing on collective action. Most of us in Germany are too individualistic. One of my friends will always tell me "this is Europe". I refuse to understand such saying. To this end, l make a humble supposition that a formation whereby the real Nigerians who are not afraid of answering Nigerians can be assembled for seminars e.t.c. l am yet to hear such things. I wish you well. Please write on and keep on keeping on!

Temple: Frank Thanks for your time and your kind words. I appreciate them all. Your suggestion is noted and I do hope that we will come up with something soon. Have a nice evening in Osnabrück.

Paul Ade wrote (RE: BEHOLD NIGERIA`S SILVER SPOONS IN THE NORTH!): Hello Chima. We never met before, but, just read your article on the Nigeriaworld website and it was bang on! You basically just spoke my mind as regards that article and I only hope Nigerians read reason and see things correctly! Have a good day!

Temple: Paul. Thanks for your kind words and for reading my article. It is nice to hear that we were thinking just the same thing, although we were far apart. That publication by Daily Independent Newspapers is very annoying; we should not be praising the children of looters empowered with our collective wealth. Once again, thank you and have a nice day in Canada. Regards!

Paul Ade: Thanks Chima!

Dominic Eke wrote (Silver spoon kids piece, WELL SAID!!!):

Hello Mr Ubochi, I can’t resist writing in to tell you that from the beginning to end, your comments on the Silver Spoon Kids of the North by The Independent Newspapers, was well articulated. I live in Finland and I am always horrified from my observation of things back home; YarÁdua of Aso rock and his hypocrisy, the so called looting enabling countries of the western world with their showmanship of AID to Africa and debt relief, our dumb politicians that dump these money abroad so that EU banks are flushed with our cash. I felt sick to my stomach reading former chairman of HSBC saying in an interview that his bank has "embarrassing surplus liquidity" but afraid to invest in Africa because of insecurity. The 'insecurity' that western governments continue to exploit. This is a real sick world when you look at how easily these crooks on both sides get away with these pranks. I feel until our people stop looking at their situation through religion/faith tainted spectacles (because an ordinary Nigerian believes God is going to intervene through miracle by making the rogues stop stealing and hand over monies already stolen). Is that going to happen?? While these crooks are in the same church and mosque with them, praying to same God and even bankrolling the religious activities thereby buying the clergy! Keep it up with your honest and uncompromising point of view of this corruption issue plaguing Nigeria. I would surely email my view to you when I feel like commending your piece but expects criticisms if you deviate. Have a nice day.

Temple: Dom, I love your gut and do appreciate everything you wrote: Your compliment made of kind words and the points you put down. We are really on the same side of the divide. Thanks for attaching and letting me read your feedback to the article written by the other writer (name withheld). You are entitled to your opinion and I respect your viewpoints. Feel free to hit me hard with your criticism whenever I “deviate” as you said. Anybody that will not accept criticism(s) (as long as it doesn’t get personal), is not fit to be a writer! I will be expecting some from you and my other readers from time to time. Looking forward hearing from you again. All the best and keep yourself warm enough over there. Nice weekend to you and your family in Finland.

Esomchi Enenwali wrote (Re: COMMENT) Mr. Ubochi, Your names do not sound Chinese, French, or English. When I pronounce your names they sound Igbo, except for Temple. So, you must be Igbo. Are there no good Igbo proverbs?

Temple: Mr. Enenwali, Please compile them and send to me. I will be grateful. We should then be writing in Igbo language instead. Anyway, thanks for your observation. I can´t do a lot in that regard.

Esomchi Enenwali: Thanks

Dauda Ishola-Gbenla wrote (Re: Northern Nigeria rich kids.) Dear Chima, I read your piece which was a reply to the article, “Northern Nigerian's rich kids”. Your article was good but you need not waste your time. Most of your suggestions are what should have happened in a decent society, but Nigeria is not made up of a decent society anymore. Prayers of hope and good expectations for Nigeria are what we should be offering now. You and I and a whole lot of our generation and those coming behind us may be subjected to these people ruling us for a long time and making Nigeria their own kingdom because of two things which are happening and which we are not doing anything about now because of poverty.

1. These leaders are quietly replacing themselves with their children. Examples - The Sarakis, Obasanjos, Adedibus etc. are replacing themselves with their children by making sure their children are in positions of power by becoming politicians and elected to offices.

2. Creating an atmosphere of unrest so that nobody will think of challenging these people. Examples - Creating the following institutions -armed robbery, kidnapping and assassinations. When was the last time any of these people were attacked by armed robbers?

Like I said earlier on, let us pray for Nigeria, you and I and those coming behind us.

Temple: Dauda, thanks for your comment. We must not give up hope that the docile Nigerians will one day find the strength and courage to demand for what are theirs. It might take time to come, but, I know that it will definitely come. Have a nice day over there.

Lillian Okoro wrote (Thank you for being a voice for the voiceless) Dear Mr Ubochi. I have just read the newspaper article on the silver spoon. I was so angry with the article that I couldn't even complete reading it. I became happy again when I read your article. Please keep up the good work. I want to tell you that you have fans all over the world. Thank you once again.

Temple: Lillian. Thanks for your kind words and most importantly, your time used in reading my article. I will continue doing all I can at my own level to point out the ills of our society. Nigeria can´t move on like this. The future seems bleak unless fundamental changes are put in place and soon too. Once again, thanks and have a nice weekend in Houston.

Adenike wrote (Re Behold Nigeria's silver spoon in the North) Mr. Ubochi, Well done bro, more grease to your elbow, l really love this article, l am not a good writer, but l recognise and appreciate it when l see one. The truth has to be said whether they like it or not. I don’t think they know that an average Nigerian hate them with passion. God will surely punish them for making us go though what Nigeria is going through. Looking forward to reading more of your articles. Regards!

Temple: Denike, I appreciate your feedback, especially your kind words and how you feel about the situation in our country. Those holding Nigeria back will never go free, it might take time, but, nemesis will surely catch up with all of them one day. There is no way for Nigeria as a country to remain rich and poor at the same time. We should not forget that the reducing of a full cup of tea to half was one the reasons that led to American Revolution in 1776. The ruling class is taking Nigerians for granted at their own risk. Once again, thanks and have a nice weekend wherever you may be.

A BRIEF ADDENDUM:

As I always say: Nigerian people are being pushed to the wall without room left for them to wriggle themselves out; a time will come when they will have no other alternative than to fight back. An infinitesimal thing can spark a great revolution. A great fire may follow a tiny spark or great events may come from humble circumstances. Like I wrote to one of those that sent me feedbacks, one of the major causes of the American war of independence that ended in 1776 was the denial of a full cup of tea to the subjects. The necessary conditions for a revolution to occur in Nigeria are there now, but, I hope and pray that things will work themselves out without the shedding of bloods. Nigerians are enduring people. Leaders (present and future ones) should not take the Nigerian peoples endurances as sign of weaknesses. Whenever perceived weak people decide to be strong and ask for their rights, they tend to be very deadly and will fight to the last person and last drop of blood. I hope YarÁdua and the ruling criminals know what an enraged people can do.

A friend of mine living in England went to apply for British Passport, the man in-charge asked him his country of origin and when he told him, he said “oh, your rich-poor country”. Nobody can contest that obvious fact. The oil price is hitting the ceiling, presently at about $90 a barrel and might hit $100 before the year runs out. Reading that on the pages of the newspapers, one is tempted on the face value to infer that the people of Nigeria will benefit tremendously from the high oil price, but, in reality, it means only that there will be more money for the foreign oil companies operating in Nigeria to cart away to their home countries on one hand and for the criminals calling themselves politicians and government officials to embezzle and loot on the other hand. The Nigerian people will not feel the positive impact of the high oil price.

When all the down-trodden decide to send those corrupt “vultures” to where they belong, no amount of their hypocritical tendencies in form of fanning embers of ethnicity, religious bigotries and fundamentalism will deter them in their march to recovering their commonwealth. Sceptics and doubting Thomases might question the possibility of a revolution happening in Nigeria, asking, who will lead it? When the time comes, an arrowhead will emerge. When the time comes, the Moses, Aaron and Joshua” of our time will emerge to take control and lead the people out of bondage.

I am at pains whenever I read or hear people doubting the likelihood of a revolution to occur without the people changing their mindsets. Nothing can be more myopic than that. Nigerians don’t need to be saints to ask for what are theirs, which are now in few hands. If we all become saints, there will be no need again for revolution, because, there will be no more cheaters at all levels. Change of mindsets or attitudes or characters or behaviours entails the people recognising that time is ripe to ask for their rights and going for them. There will be no time anybody would expect corrupt politicians and government officials to give up on their unscrupulous attitudes without a fight or just to repent on their own volitions. If corrupt people and other criminals decide to change for the better, then revolution will be un-necessary, but, that will be a pipe dream. When all Nigerians become angels, there will be no more inequality, injustice and corruption, then no need for agitation or unrest. So anybody preaching a change in the people’s mindsets first, will wait for eternity and have to accept the status quo. Nigerians don’t want that any more.

If you are conversant with the history of revolutions, most of them started by freeing prisoners who then joined in bringing the corrupt and inept systems down. The freed prisoners never first and foremost expressed their repentance before joining those uprisings that brought the old orders and totalitarian regimes down. Nigerians don’t need to be “all saints” to correct the injustice and inequality holding them down. All hitherto existing societies where revolutions took place were as rotten as ours before the people rose against the tyrants and feudalists short-changing them. The change of attitude means the people awakening to their responsibility by moving away from docility to agility. Every other shortcoming they have will be taken care of along the line. Nobody is hell-bent on calling for revolution, if things can get better on their own without struggles, then fine, but, one thing is clear: Nigeria can´t continue going the way it is. There is a limit to what people can endure. The ruling criminals should get their act together before the “breaking point” is surpassed.

To digress further, I hate to comment on the war of words between Sister Dora Akunyili, a woman I hold in high esteem and the thugs of Oyo State holding forth for their “godfather” Adedibu. I want only to say that, if Adedibu and his thug apprentices have picked fight against the strong willed and effective Sister Akunyili and her NAFDAC, they are almost finished. Adedibu should know that this woman of steel resolve will make mince of him. Adedibu is not stronger than the fake drug syndicates of Onitsha or Kano markets that bowed to the power of Akunyili, Adedibu can operate freely in Oyo State, but, Akunyili will defile him as she defiled death and the attacks on her by organised crime. An Igbo proverb says that “the crab swam high and low depths of the sea, but, had to die in the small pot of the old woman”. Adedibu and his thugs should know that no idiot picks a fight against Dora Akunyili and her organisation and wins. This woman and her organisation is a darling of the international community and countries of the world are falling over each other in their bid to learn how this woman and her organisation tamed the hydra-headed monster called fake drug syndicates.

Adedibu has all the trappings and paraphernalia of a governor, going about with security escorts and siren, feeling on top of the world, but, if he wants to continue enjoying all these plus his unrestricted access to Oyo State treasury, he should keep off the way of Dora Akunyili. She and her organisation is one of the best things that have come out of Nigeria and the only body in Nigeria the United Nations told the whole world to learn something good from. Sister Dora Akunyili stared death in the eyes so many times and defiled it, Adedibu is nothing when compared to death and Sister Dora will consign him to the dustbin of history where he actually belongs. This might be the beginning of the end of Chief Thug Adedibu. If you can, read my article published in nigeriaworldworld.com of Thursday August 30, 2007 titled: “Professor Dora Akunyili: Blessed among women and in a class of her own” for more insight about this woman. In my article of Thursday July 12, 2007 in Nigeriaworld .com, I wrote this about Adedibu:

“The thuggery going on in Oyo State is a shame. How Akala and Lamidi Adedibu turned the state into their private estate with the godfather having unrestricted access to the state treasury’s “vault” is disgraceful. The so called strong man of Ibadan politics made his son and his in-law senators. Out of the state’s three senators, two are Adedibu´s close relatives.

Adedibu once boasted that the last time he worked was in 1956 when he supplied cement used in building the Liberty Stadium Ibadan, but, that since then, no day will pass without the killing of a cow in his compound. I hope that a medical doctor from the state will tell the Chief that too much meat-eating at his age is not the best for him health-wise. Adedibu should allow the people of Oyo State to enjoy their commonwealth and to live in peace, he is just a very greedy man; at his age people are supposed to look up to him for wisdom, but what can a chief thug teach others? I hope his is not “thug for life”“.

Let me warn Adedibu and his horde of thugs: Let no danger befall Sister Dora Akunyili, she is one of the most important Nigerians living at this moment. Nobody should mess up with that angel in human skin. Unless they don’t like their own lives again!

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