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Knowing that one is living with oppression is a blessing whenever it decides to come, not knowing is a curse that will forever leave one much worse off. – G Nane

Before attempting to answer a few interesting questions arising from readers of the article Oppression as a Test: A Metaphor for the Nigerian Youth (, it is important to explain a simple taxonomy of oppression.


Those who have come to know and trust death embrace it with love. This is the very foundation of freedom. Oppressors, love no one, not their wives, not their children, not their friends. How can such a person love death? Behind the empty shell of the oppressor he fears all the tests of his worth that matter” – Grimot Nane

Oppression is a test or testing event. There are strange men who habitually oppress others and they commonly do so by the actual practice or simulations of “bone testing”. Bone testing works because it is the violent use of bones by those who claim to be “strong” [bullies?] and can in varying degrees damage the bones, muscles, tissues, and nerves of others, thus securing their submission. Bone testing not only causes ache and hurt, it can. maim and kill too. Why would the oppressed and opressable not fear it? This is oppression by fear. All resistance is broken The next level of oppression is effected by “word testing”. The words of mouth is perhaps the most effectively used human instrument of domination known especially where the hypocrisy of peace and doing good exists. This is the domain of intimidation, scaremongering, perplexity and verbal dehumanisation on one hand and deception, persuasion, feel-good-factors and the sale of hope on the other. This is oppression by mindcontrol. All dissent or oppositions is crushed. Bone and word testing as used to oppress are very physical and psychological, respectively, derived from a wide array ponerological incentives. (more…)

In 2012 an Odua Peoples Congress (OPC) operative intimated to me very intensely that then President Olusegun Obasanjo was a traitor to the Yoruba race citing many things he did as military and civilian head of state as proof. One accusation was the nationalisation of Western region-owned assets to the federal government dominated by the Hausa-Fulani. Another accusation was the initiation of the transfer of the Nigerian capital from Lagos in the South-west to Abuja in the North. There were other accusations mentioned and they were supposed to persuade me and others that Obasanjo was a thoroughgoing agent extraordinaire for Northern hegemony or imperialism. In the 1960s and 1970s the nationalisation of major industries was a global vogue and blaming Obasanjo as one head of state in a thoroughly global trend is harsh. (more…)

Natural Injection: O mi Yankius, which ones? I know say you go don dissect the open letter when Obasanjo send to President Buhari. What’s your opinion on the matter?

Yankius: I did not and will never read it.

Natural Injection: Really, why? You normally read everything. Wetin dey pepper you inside?

Yankius: When Obasanjo was president of Nigeria, if anyone voiced criticism of him he simply to them dokuously to “Shut Up!” then head up.

Natural Injection: Okay, that’s true. You read the letter when his own daughter, Iyabo, write take call her Papa hypocrite because of him open letter to Buhari?

Yankius: Yesio, I don dissect the letter with many different styles.You self go like. But na ancient news. (more…)

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Last week Ibrahim Malu, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was delighted to announce that its training college had graduated 183 cadet officers with 331 more to come. It was a expedient statement intended to assure Nigerians that the fight against corruption is intensifying in concrete ways. Many Nigerians reacted with smiles, emotive statements and dancing. Deja vu all over again?