As I See It with Jude Atupulazi

Ndi Eze na Ndi Ochichi

By Jude Atupulazi A time was when the traditional institution was revered in Igbo Land. Then, even though the Igbos were and still republican in nature, kings or Ndi Eze, were held in such high esteem that some saw them as little gods. They were also rarely seen in the public except on special occasions. They were not controlled by ...

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NDDC N8.15 Billion Scandals: Why Speaker Gbajabiamila Must Bring Back Akpabio’s Mic

By Paschal Isiguzo OBONG Godswill Akpabio had something important to say. The House of Representatives had mandatorily asked Akpabio, former Senator, former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, and Minister of Niger Delta, to make a presentation on the investigations of corruption in the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC. Akpabio was in mid-flight when the Vice Chairman of the House Committee ...

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Anambra’s N127B Inherited: Debt Tales by Moonlight?

By Jude Atupulazi Nigeria is no doubt a land of tales of the absurd. Almost everyone is caught in the web, but the most bizarre seems to be coming from public officers and government. All through last week, Nigerians were treated to the stuff coming from the probe of the goings on at NDDC. It had been nothing short of ...

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Anambra’s New Burial Law, a Beautiful Nonsense

By Jude Atupulazi Let’s get this straight. The idea behind the new Law on Burials in Anambra State is good, very good. It came at a time that something needed to be done to save us from the madness associated with burials in these parts; for how, indeed, can one rationalize the disrespect shown to a dead person by having ...

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Fuel Pump Price Increase and Other Stories

By Jude Atupulazi Not long ago the Federal Government announced an increase in the pump price of petrol, basically reverting to the pre-COVID-19 price regime. But one thing stood out. It was the speed with which petrol dealers changed their meters to reflect the new price regime. Mind you, these were the same people, who, when the price was reduced, ...

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Understanding the Ukpo/Abba Feud

By Jude Atupulazi Some 20 years ago, Anambra State witnessed what to date has perhaps been the worst inter-communal war in her history. It was between the Aguleri and Umuleri Communities in Anambra North Zone. The governor of the state then was Dr Chinwoke Mbadinuju. That war accounted for the loss of many lives and destruction of property across the ...

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Menace of Herdsmen in Southeast: are Our Govs doing Enough

By Jude Atupuluzai It is now becoming a daily routine. I’m talking about the menace of Fulani cattle herders in Igbo Land. They either plunder our farms or kill the farmers. They are also raping our women. All these at the slightest provocation; that is if they are ever provoked. Just recently a Fulani herdsman in Ebonyi raped a 54-year ...

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Who Are Really the Igbo in Nigeria and in Diaspora?

With Jude Atupulazi                          Continued from last week This was where things began to take a negative turn for the Midwestern Igbo identity. In 1964, a brilliant and ambitious 30-year old from Asaba joined the public service. Phillip Asiodu, an Oxford graduate who spoke Yoruba as a first languge, rose ...

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Who Are Really the Igbo in Nigeria and in Diaspora?

With Jude Atupulazi For long, the Igbo speaking people of Southeast Nigeria have been denied their due recognition as the truest Nigerians. Besides that, political interests have been used to whittle down their numbers and, consequently, their power. But the Igbo people have nevertheless continued to thrive despite their very hostile environment. The other day I came across a piece ...

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