Tag: Cheta Nwanze

Cheta Nwanze: Nigeria is heading towards an implosion

Four years ago now, I wrote this piece about the thing of collective guilt, and what it leads to. I think it’s more relevant now as Nigeria falls to pieces because of the bad leadership of Buhari. I’ll talk, first in general terms, and then about the one that worries[Read More…]

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: Danladi Umar and the coming storm

It’s been just over a month since the chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCT) Danladi Umar was caught on camera physically victimising a security guard at a shopping complex. Mr Umar’s response was to say that the incident was an aggressive act performed against him by “Biafrans” even[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…]