Author: Cheta Nwanze

Cheta Nwanze: Young Igbo boys are being killed in the South-East

I think we’ve spent way too much time talking about Nnamdi Kanu. Let’s be honest, the man was bad for ndi Igbo. His methods won us less friends, and his vitriol enabled the worst of us to pass off as the face of ndi Igbo. He has met a predictable[Read More…]

Cheta Nwanze: There was an advert that used to run on Radio Biafra, Enugu

A few months ago, I asked about Okonkwo, and unfortunately, most Igbo people think he was a hero. Newsflash, he was not. Okonkwo was that person who didn’t have the ability to think. Even Prof Achebe once said that he’d prefer if we were like Obierika. So, the lesson: first,[Read More…]

Cheta Nwanze: Hostile policing, Let’s look at some numbers…

On Tuesday, 26 March 2019, a police Deputy Superintendent, Godwin Oshiogbuwe, was kidnapped from a checkpoint along the Ubiaja-Ewohimi-Agbor road by unknown gunmen. His body was found the next day by a police tactical team at about 1640 hours. It had been mutilated, and his gun had been taken away.[Read More…]

Cheta Nwanze: On the Africom invitation – an admission we have lost the Boko Haram war

Yesterday, and completely out of the blues, President Buhari requested that the United States establish an Africom base in Nigeria. It was a stunning reversal from President Yar’Adua’s position 12 years ago. The headline from People’s Gazette was, in my opinion, the most realistic: “Bring American soldiers to help tackle[Read More…]

Cheta Nwanze: Reversing the flourishing economy of kidnapping and banditry

At the end of May 2020, SBM Intelligence published a report which said that nearly $20m was spent by Nigerians in ransom payments to kidnappers between 2011 and 2020. What was very important in that report is that the bulk of that money was paid in the latter period, indicating[Read More…]

Cheta Nwanze: On the Ohanaeze communique

It was a bit alarming reading the kind of rhetoric that came from Ohanaeze Youth over the weekend about Nigeria ceasing to exist, especially when you consider that the capacity to carry out such a threat doesn’t exist in the South-East. But as usual, the media went for the story[Read More…]

Cheta Nwanze: Nigeria today reminds one of the George Orwell book “Animal Farm” in so many ways

Nigeria today reminds one of the George Orwell book “Animal Farm” in so many ways. Apart from the sacred Cows, there’s also how much discomfort we face because of the actions of the many who for narcissistic reasons are committed to putting the cart before the horse. One of such[Read More…]

Cheta Nwanze: Nigeria’s time bomb

Nigeria has one of the youngest populations in the world with a median age of 18 years 7 months, which means that we are the 20th youngest out of 230 countries in the latest rankings. Yesterday’s unemployment numbers published by the National Bureau of Statistics placed the unemployment rate among[Read More…]

Cheta Nwanze: Muhammadu Buhari and his government’s absolute failure to manage Nigeria’s diversity

In the past few weeks, I have been on a round the country tour. A lot of it by road. I have spoken with people in all of Nigeria’s geopolitical zones. Lots of people. Let’s just say that attitudes have hardened. Nigeria is in for a really rough ride in[Read More…]

Cheta Nwanze: Remembrance day, the Nigerian Army has a murderous reputation

Nigeria tells us that today is Armed Forces Remembrance Day, a day set aside for our “heroes” in uniform. While there is no doubt to my mind that many officers in our army are heroes, think Sani Bello who saved the life of Gen. Ironsi’s ADC, Andrew Nwankwo, and Usman[Read More…]