Oppression as a Test: A metaphor for the Nigerian Youth

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. Continue reading

The Leadership of a Bad Brother

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These musings as ordinary as they are have been inspired daily by reflections on the leadership of someone I can best describe as a “Brother”. Put together as a diary, it is an attempt to make sense of the tyranny an individual with the help of a few cronies can exact on people of means but no voice. It also attempts to present an eschatology of the end of tyranny as is observed. Each entry tells part of the story as appropriately as is possible. Continue reading

Loans Will Not Save Nigeria: The Hidden Costs of Borrowing

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President Muhammadu Buhari won many die-hard supporters purely because he refused to play the game of “begging bowl politics” at a time when Africa’s innumerable dictators were queuing up to take IMF / World Bank loans as global neoliberalism aggressively dictated. If Buhari had accepted the aggressively marketed neoliberal-induced loans, General Ibrahim Babangida might have never become president and Nigeria’s recent history different. Conversely, if Buhari had remained in office enduringly then with the “no loan” stance, Nigeria might be up there today with Botswana, a nation that rejected IMF / World Bank loans. However, Buhari, now a democratically elected president is actively courting loans from economic powers, the most recent being China. What happened? Egnahc? Continue reading

“Escravos”: The Name of an Elite Anti-Colonial Freedom Fighting Group

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If you have the privilege to go to Warri, the former “oil city” in Delta State coastal Southern Nigeria and ask about the organisation that calls itself “Escravos” it will not take too long for you to find out who they are and where they assemble constantly. In fact, you will be told a lot of stories unless you happen by sheer serendipity to meet a member who would either not tell anything or who will inform you of the astronomical greatness of the group including its “proud” anti-colonial, pro-democracy and freedom fighting exploits. Continue reading

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