Monday, February 25, 2013
Monday, October 29, 2012
When the UK came into Nigeria and India, like all other countries they colonized, they brought along their technology, religion (Christianity), and culture: names, dressing, food, and language, among others. Try as hard as the British did, India rejected the British religion, names, dressing, food, and even language, but they did not reject the British technology. Today, 80.5 per cent of Indians are Hindus; 13.4 per cent Muslims; 2.3 per cent Christians; 1.9 per cent Sikhs; 0.8 per cent Buddhists, among others. Hindi is the official language of the government of India, but English is used extensively in business and administration and has the status of a “subsidiary official language.” Interestingly, it is rare to find an Indian with an English name or dressed in suit.
On the other hand, Nigeria embraced, to a large extent, the British religion, British culture – names, dressing, foods, and language – but, ironically, rejected the British technology. The difference between the Nigerian and the Indian experiences is that while India is proud of its heritage, Nigeria takes little pride in its own heritage, a situation that has affected the nationalism of Nigerians and our development as a nation.
Before the advent of Christianity, the Arabs had brought Islam into Nigeria through the North. Islam also wiped away much of the culture of Northern Nigeria. Today, the North has only Sharia courts but no Customary courts. So from the North to the South of Nigeria, the Western World and the Eastern World have shaped our lives to be like theirs and we have lost much or all of our identity.
Long after the Whites and Arabs left Nigeria, Nigeria has waxed strong in religion to the extent that Nigerians now set up branches of their home-grown churches in Europe, the Americas, Asia and other African countries. Just like the Whites brought the gospel to us, Nigerians now take the gospel back to the Whites. In Islam, we are also very vibrant to the extent that if there is a blasphemous comment against Islam in Denmark or the US, even if there is no violent reaction in Saudi Arabia, the Islamic headquarters of the world, there will be loss of lives and destruction of property in Nigeria. If the United Arab Emirates, a country with 75 per cent Muslims, is erecting the tallest building in the world and encouraging the world to come and invest in its territory by providing a friendly environment, Boko Haram ensures that the economy of the North (and by extension that of Nigeria) is crippled with bombs and bullets unless every Nigerian converts to Boko Haram’s brand of Islam. We are indeed a very religious people.
Meanwhile, as we are building the biggest churches and mosques, the Indians, South Africans, Chinese, Europeans and Americans have taken over our key markets: telecoms, satellite TV, multinationals, banking, oil and gas, automobile, aviation, and hospitality industries among others.
Ironically, despite our exploits in religion, we are a people with little godliness, a people without scruples. It is rare to do business with a Nigerian pastor, deacon, knight, elder, brother, sister, imam, mullah, mallam, alhaji or alhaja without the person laying landmines of bribes and deception on your path. We call it PR, facilitation fee, processing fee, transport money, financial engineering, deal, or whatever. But if it does not change hands, no show. And when it is amassed, we say it is “God’s blessings.” Some people assume that sleaze is a problem of public functionaries, but the private sector seems to be worse than the public sector these days.
One would have assumed that the more churches and mosques that spring up in every nook and cranny of Nigeria, the higher the morals in our society. But it is not so. The situation is that the more religious we get, the baser we become. Our land never knew the type of bloodshed experienced from religious extremists, political desperadoes, ritual killers, armed robbers, kidnappers, internet scammers, university cultists, and lynch mobs. Life has become so cheap and brutish that everyday seems to be a bonanza.
We import petrol even when we have crude oil in abundance. We also import rice and beans that our land can produce in abundance. We even import toothpicks that primary school children can produce with little or no effort. Yet, we drive the best of cars and live in the best of edifices, visit the best places in the world for holidays and use the most expensive electronic and telecoms gadgets. It is now a sign of poverty for a Nigerian to ride a saloon car. Four-wheel drive vehicles are the in thing. Even government officials, who were known to use only Peugeot products as official cars as a sign of modesty, have upgraded to Toyota Prado as official vehicle without any iota of shame, in a country where about 70 per cent live below poverty line. Private jets have become as common as cars. A nation that imports toothpicks and pins flaunts wealth and wallows in ostentation at a time its children are trooping to Ghana, South Africa and the UK for university education and its sick people are running to India for treatment.
India produces automobile and exports it to the world. India’s medical care is second to none, with even Americans and Europeans travelling to the country for medical treatment. India has joined the nuclear powers nations. India has launched a successful mission to the moon. Yet bicycles and tricycles are common sights in India. But in Nigeria, only the wretched of the earth ride bicycles.
I have intentionally chosen to compare Nigeria with India rather than China, South Korea, Brazil, Malaysia, or Singapore, because of the similarities between India and Nigeria. But these countries were not as promising as Nigeria at the time of our independence.
Some would say that our undoing is our size: the 2012 United Nations estimate puts Nigeria’s population at 166,000 million, while India has a population of 1.2 billion. Some would blame it on the multiplicity of ethnic groups: we have 250 ethnic groups, India has more than 2,000. Some would hang it on the diversity in religion: we have two major religions — Christianity and Islam; but India has many. Some would say it is because we are young as an independent nation: we have 52 years of independence; India has 65 years. Apartheid ended in South Africa only in 1994.
I am a Christian, and nothing can change me from Christianity. But I think that our country is daily sinking into religiosity to the detriment of godliness. Our land is sick and needs healing. “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” is still a saying that is germane to our current situation. We need more godliness than religion; more work and less of hope; and more action and less of words.
Let everyone tidy up his or her corner first and demand fervently that our leaders tidy their areas of governance. Our nation is degenerating at a fast pace and we need to save it now or it may be too late.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
I was just thinking why the Head of state can’t be merciful with some characters. People like Tumukunde and Besigye. Why then do guys like Muntu, Mushega, Rubaramira still have a lighter treatment in their opposition side if the harsh treatment is there for the latter, it’s so minimal compared to that exacted on the former.
What hurts me most is the fact that guys like Tumukunde suffered critical damage on their bodies during the 1880s so called liberation war. In 1985, in the Luweero battles, Tumukunde was shot multiple times in his legs. The wounds were so major that it was thought he would not be able to survive. He was however smuggled out of the country to Nairobi and eventually to London where he was operated on.
Every time I read such stories of the guys who were in the struggle with Museveni and are now being treated like rubbish, I get so hurt. Surprisingly all these in opposition state what they think shall be good for the future leadership of our country. For example many people fell out with Museveni when they tried to oppose the lifting of term limits. How far have you reached with lifting the parliamentary term limits to seven years? Yesterday 11th April, 2011 I watched on TV how Besigye was being rapped up on a Police Pick up!! OMG just because he is demonstrating for a genuine reason- Everyone is aware that the current government as I write has not put any measures to protect the citizens against the high and unaffordable prices in Uganda. One time I posted an article on my blog about price increasing from time. The only comments I got were “prices rise as demand increases”. I was fore seeing such a miserable and unfortunate situation that we are facing!!!!
Way back in 2005 allegedly Sevo and wife were almost having a broken family. And one reason that was given was that Janet’s in-law Henry was behind this!!Alot of literature was written about this.
I hope you recall the, misery Janet’s in-law Brigadier Henry Tumukunde was subjected to while held at the military senior officer’s mess, Acacia Avenue (John Babiha Avenue), Kololo, Kampala. This was linked to his role in the onetime Museveni marriage wrangle. State House sources that time confirmed that Museveni was accusing Brigadier Tumukunde of wrecking his family by organising a boyfriend for his wife Janet. This boyfriend was allegedly a business associate with Tumukunde. Sevo had vowed to man handle Janet’s Boyfriend who was code-named Osama.
Sources further revealed that Janet and her Swedish boyfriend Osama were known to have met regularly at the Kololo residence of Brigadier Tumukunde; its logic that the secret love meetings between Janet and Osama at Brigadier Tumukunde’s Kololo resident is what triggered the arrest of Henry Tumukunde in 2005. This brought misery to Tumukunde’s life a man who was formerly head of Amry planning Unit, ISO cheif, head of Military intelligence mention them..... It
Then the secret affair between the two lovebirds (M7 and Hindubi) suffered a massive setback when Brigadier Tumukunde as the then head of Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) unearthed the Museveni-Hindubi affair and the fake role by Salim Saleh. Accordingly Tumukunde passed on this information to Janet Museveni who broke down to peaces. Janet is reported to have cried for weeks pleading that although she had known Museveni as a sexual deviant, she never associated him with house girls. She said, she had no explanations to offer for why Museveni's choice of their housemaid who was officially called a housekeeper. It is understood that Janet sought counsel and support of her family.
Impeccable sources said Janet then arranged to obtain the hair and blood of the two children from their Kampala doctors through Tumukunde clandestine networks. Accordingly, Janet then arranged for a trip to visit her boyfriend with Tumukunde to Sweden. To conceal their itinerary from Museveni's intelligence, the trio arranged to meet in Hamburg, German where Janet had arranged a prior medical consultation appointment. While in Hamburg, Janet and Tumukunde then sought for a medical DNA report linking the outwardly regarded Hindubi-Salim Saleh children to M7. The German medical contacts reportedly refused to provide the service insisting that it would breach medical ethics to verify DNA profiles without the consent of the parties. It is said, when the German established the identities of the parties being sought in the DNA, they leaked the information to M7 who got infuriated beyond his wildest levels. Sources have confirmed that following the episode, M7 began open sessions with the housekeeper Hindubi. Although some people knew their relationship, the open relationship shocked even M7's closest people. Some thought he was running amok and began leaking information to save the country from possible disaster. Since M7 got rid of the senior colleagues for their opposing views, he has been surrounded by sycophants and fresh university graduate with no public service experience.
Tumukunde is reported to have told State House staff that M7 had played dirty games against his colleagues and that it was necessary to remove him from power. He also complained that earlier in November 2000, M7 had duped him with a fake promotion to Brigadier while demoting him in his duties from Chief of Military Intelligence (CMI) to a mere military commander in the North. On that occasion, it was Janet who again rescued Tumukunde by having him transferred to Internal Security Organisation (ISO). It is understood that on that occasion, Janet personally appointed Tumukunde onto the Museveni 2001 Re-election campaign. This was done on two grounds; first to prevent Tumukunde from taking the new posting to the North and second to enable Janet to use Tumukunde to prevent Yoweri M7's sponsorship of his numerous girlfriends for parliamentary election as NRM nominees particularly in Western Uganda. Yet again, Salim Saleh fought hard against Tumukunde's nomination to the Vote M7 2001 Campaign but failed.
Reports suggest that M7 believed that Tumukunde's rescuers if successful were likely to install him as a new president. M7 is reported to have told his closest allies that he feared that Tumukunde could be made a leader almost along the lines that former Ghana leader Jerry Rawlings who was rescued from military detention and made the country's leader by his rescuers. At the time of writing, Museveni was reported to have panicked at the visitto Henry Tumukunde by former army commander Mugisha Muntu and spychief David Pulkol. Tumukunde's visitors are reputed political opponents of Y Museveni. The visit also comes amidst credible reports of a creeping military coup against Museveni's surviving clique.
Winnie Byanyima was so close to Sevo just like Mr. Besigye was.
Eeeeh I better stop here otherwise!! I love reading most of these political stories so that I get to know how our country is being partitioned!!! It’s too unfortunate. I put such articles on my blog so that whoever visits it can always know what kind of Uganda we live in. Very few of us take time to visit the net for such resourceful information. We are either reading mail or facebooking or googling course work. We never get time to do what we call surfing. Once you point a figure deterring Sevo from accessing power it might be cut.
MUBEGYE! ENJOY OUR CONTRY UGANDA
Thursday, February 3, 2011
However, these days i don't have anyone to tell me to wake up. By 6am i am always out of my bed to go and look fr bread. Remember during the school days i thought that probably during the time like this, i would wake up at at anytime of the day that i wanted.
Yeah i can still do that but it's only maturity that i tell myself, "You must wake up early enough and go to work smartly". Every time i wake up i make the sign of the cross as a catholic and make a simple prayer and i get out of bed. It's got into me that once it's 6am i must wake up.
From 7am till 6pm i dedicate the time to office and national work. Time from after 6pm till 6am, is all mine to plan and choose what best i can do to get a better life than what i have.
Surprise is that most of my time i am so much with computers!!!! And i remember that i am an IT professional. No matter, the world is moving all IT! I hung out mostly in clubs with friends. That's part of the life i live. So simply!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Obote was deposed from office in 1971 when Idi Amin seized power. Amin ruled the country with the military for the next eight years. Amin's rule cost an estimated 300,000 Ugandans' lives. He forcibly removed the entrepreneurial Indian minority from Uganda. The Ugandan economy was devastated.
Amin's reign was ended after the Uganda-Tanzania War in 1979 in which Tanzanian forces aided by Ugandan exiles invaded Uganda. This led to the return of Obote, who was deposed once more in 1985 by General Tito Okello. Okello ruled for six months until he was deposed after the so called "bush war" by the National Resistance Army (NRA) operating under the leadership of the current president, Yoweri Museveni, and various rebel groups, including the Federal Democratic Movement of Andrew Kayiira, and another belonging to John Nkwaanga.
Museveni has been in power since 1986. In the mid to late 1990s, he was lauded by the West as part of a new generation of African leaders. His presidency has included involvement in the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and other conflicts in the Great Lakes region, as well as the civil war against the Lord's Resistance Army, which has been guilty of numerous crimes against humanity including child slavery and mass murder. Conflict in northern Uganda has killed thousands and displaced millions. In 2007, Uganda deployed soldiers to the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia
The President of Uganda, currently Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, is both head of state and head of government. The president appoints a Vice President, currently Gilbert Bukenya, and a prime minister, currently Apolo Nsibambi, who aid him in governing. The parliament is formed by the National Assembly, which has 332 members. 104 of these members are nominated by interest groups, including women and the army. The remaining members are elected for four year terms during general elections.
Political parties were restricted in their activities from 1986 in a measure ostensibly designed to reduce sectarian violence. In the non-party "Movement" system instituted by Museveni, political parties continued to exist, but they could only operate a headquarters office. They could not open branches, hold rallies, or field candidates directly (although electoral candidates could belong to political parties). A constitutional referendum canceled this nineteen-year ban on multi-party politics in July 2005. Additionally, the time limit for president was changed in the constitution from the two-term limit in order to enable the current president to continue in active politics.
The presidential elections were held in February, 2006. Yoweri Museveni ran against several candidates, the most prominent of whom was exiled Dr. Kizza Besigye.
Respect for human rights in Uganda has been advanced significantly since the mid-1980s. There are, however, numerous areas which continue to attract concern.
Conflict in the northern parts of the country continues to generate reports of abuses by both the rebel Lord's Resistance Army and the Ugandan army. A UN official accused the LRA in February 2009 of "appalling brutality" in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The number of internally displaced persons is estimated at 1.4 million. Torture continues to be a widespread practice amongst security organizations. Attacks on political freedom in the country, including the arrest and beating of opposition Members of Parliament, has led to international criticism, culminating in May 2005 in a decision by the British government to withhold part of its aid to the country. The arrest of the main opposition leader Kizza Besigye and the besiegement of the High Court during a hearing of Besigye's case by a heavily armed security forces — before the February 2006 elections — led to condemnation.
Hahahahaha i found this article and i said" I must post it on my blog" I love it it breaks down fthe political history of Uganda for us the young people; It's summarized though!
My prayer for Uganda is that we have a very peaceful political transition. so far i note we have never had change of goverment without blood-shed. I am usually amased at the way the term limits were lifted. To me if at that time Meseveni left power, he would be a hero.
However, he has soiled the good things he has so far done for Uganda we can nolonger look at what he did we are just waiting to see the bad he has done or what he has not done.
My dear president should know that the Uganda of today has very many young and brilliant men and women. He shall not take us for a ride like the former leaders really did. Ugandans are already at war in their minds against SEVO. Surprisely he never loses elections yet from the out cry you can only notice that his support is so limited. Where does he get the votes to let him win by over 60%? My man is just being misled by his people who are benefiting from him!
I am not a very active politician, but i am just an on-looker. Brothers and sisters who can afford to get involved in active politics, go ahead though i am worried of your success if you are against the ruling goverment. I am not a coward though! I almost shed tears when i observe what is taking place. Honestly i don't even waste my time voting because voting seems not to be making any difference anymore.
For God and My Country! Oh Uganda Land of Beauty
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
About ten years back a Kilogram of Sugar which we don't even import, cost 900 UG Shillings; Today it's 3000 UG Shillings. The Mathematicians can calculate the rate of price increment.
Sugar which we manufacture!!!! The sugar canes are planted in Uganda.
A half Kilogram of Salt used to be 200 Uganda Shillings; It's now 1000 Ugandan Shillings. Books, Aqua (I write this in Latin for my own personal reasons!!).
Many Items have had their prices hiked, i don't want to talk about item by item. Last financial year in the budget some items whose prices were cut so admirably included beer. Can you imagine? So Uganda that year emerged the Number Alcohol consumer in the whole world sometime early 2010. Of all things, the price for beer is lowered!!!!
And surprisingly the poor people shall now consume alcohol and can't afford items like sugar, salt!!! In this year's budget i just gave up on analyzing it but it looked like all prices are high up again!!
Eventually in my mind i have never understood why prices have to be raised (I don't think they just rise! they are raised). And if this must continue where shall we get money to survive in this harsh environment??
I am not writing a political article but my brothers and sisters i wonder whether this is because our currency may be weak! Or when we develop prices for commodities also grow bigger?
Remember i am just analyzing. Good Luck fellow Ugandans. Guys out there, Is it the same case like here in Uganda?
Sunday, July 4, 2010
True Latin has most stem for most European languages though no one speaks it. Those who know Italian it's a sister to Latin. May be modified.
So in Senior from senior one as usual in the normal practices of a seminary we started studying Latin. The 1st words were Amo which means Love! I hope i recall. 1,2,3 we were supposed to stop Latin in senior two but the administration said we have to carry it on up to S.4.
In Senior 3 we had a humorous teacher i don't want to give details. so we fought a battle to refuse Latin.
We got all the Latin literature into the dust-bin. this was regarded as a strike so the next morning we were suspended a whole class for a week. On return we spied ourselves and lost i remember only two cadres.
Leaving senior 3 marked the end of studying Latin but after losing heroes!!
However, Latin is a prestigious Language i can still recall Latin:
"Oderunt dum Metuant" Let them hate, so long as they fear
"Agis Quod Adis et Si hoc comprehendere potes, gratias age magistro Latinae."Do well what you do and If you can read this, thank a Latin teacher.
"Tempest Bebende!" It's time to drink! "In caelum cerevisiae est nullum, Itaque hic bibemus illum!" (In heaven there's no beer, that's why we drink it here!
"Sine labore nihil" Nothing without work
"Te Amo" I Love You. I guess Rihanna knows Latin!!
It's so good to know such languages!!!