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Tunde Adenodi
 East Orange
New Jersey, USA

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  • Fighting Terrorism: The Nigerian Model
    by Tunde Adenodi.
    September 19, 2011
    Boko Haram is the anti-western anti-establishment Islamist terrorist organization causing mayhem in northern Nigeria at this time. Its stated goal is to overthrow the Federal Government and enact Sharia law for the whole country. It was led by Mohammed Yusuf who was probably among those seen being shot extra-judicially by the Nigeria Police in a YouTube video seen around the world. It follows in the footsteps of the Kano-based Maitatsine rioters of 1980 which was led by Muhammadu Marwa, killed in Kano along with hundreds of his followers. There is Sheik Ibraheem Zakzaky based in Zaria. He is a Shi’ite leader who has been forced to change his violent rhetoric after being in and out of prison nine times in a total of 8 years under Buhari, Babangida and particularly Abacha.  NigerianNews Special


  • South Sudan and Southern Nigeria: A Comparative Analysis
    by Tunde Adenodi.
    August 01, 2011
    Between Egypt to the north and Great Britain further up north, the plunder of Sudan was unstoppable until 1956 when it was granted independence from both, its erstwhile colonizers. The south of Sudan was averse to being co-opted into an Arabized and Islamized Sudan; they took up arms to fight for their freedom in 1955, one year before independence. Their fear was realized when Field Marshall Jafaar Nimeri, President of Sudan, against common sense,  enacted Sharia Law in the whole of Sudan in 1977.  NigerianNews Special
  • Buhari-The grouchy old soldier
    by Tunde Adenodi.
    June 13, 2011
    General Muhammadu Buhari reminds me of John McCain, the US presidential contender against President Barack Obama in 2008. He had not a scintilla of respect for the person of Barack Obama in the run-up to the US presidential election. He, John McCain, a Vietnam War hero, shot down in the jungles of Hanoi, a celebrated POW who still carries the scar of that war every day of his life and will continue to do so until he dies and finally, a Senator of several decades was running against a skinny black first term US Senator!  NigerianNews Special
  • Open letter to President Goodluck Jonathan
    by Tunde Adenodi.
    April 11, 2011
    Dear Mr. President:You became Deputy Governor without lobbying for it. You became Governor after your boss was indicted for corruption in your home state of Bayelsa by sheer happenstance. Then, from nowhere the late President Shehu Musa Yar’Adua nominated you as the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria without any effort on your part whatsoever  NigerianNews Special

  • Northern Power Brokers: Back to the Game Plan
    by Tunde Adenodi.
    January 31, 2011
    It is now a script followed to the letter whenever someone else other than a northern Muslim is in serious contention for the presidency of the Republic. I had written this in my article The Northern Game Plan in Nigeriannews sometimes past. It is the same thing even in military settings: Whenever northern politicians know that they would have to give up power to a southerner, they call upon their military wing to take over so that a northerner would continue to be in power, no matter what happens. NigerianNews Special
  • “Igbo Presidency”, the tortoise and the hare II.
    by Tunde Adenodi.
    December 07, 2010
    The part one of this article was published yesterday. If however you did not read the first part yesterday, we have printed part I and part II today for your fullest consumption. You can also go to my home page to read  part I separately
    In Yoruba mythology, the tortoise is an ubiquitous animal, cunning and witty. And he is slow! But the hare is straight forward, naïve and fast. Their paths often crossed in day to day living and all of the time, the hare emerged at the short end of the stick.
    NigerianNews Special
  • “Igbo Presidency”, the tortoise and the hare.
    by Tunde Adenodi.
    December 06, 2010
    In Yoruba mythology, the tortoise is an ubiquitous animal, cunning and witty. And he is slow! But the hare is straight forward, naïve and fast. Their paths often crossed in day to day living and all of the time, the hare emerged at the short end of the stick. NigerianNews Special

  • North-South Dichotomy: The battle line is drawn
    by Tunde Adenodi.
    November 29, 2010
    Since the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern protectorates by Lord Lugard in 1914, and particularly since independence in 1960, the Muslim North has always played a senior partner role in the politics of Nigeria. NigerianNews Special

  • Adamu Ciroma: Twilight of a Northern Hegemonist
    by Tunde Adenodi.
    October 26, 2010
    At 76, Alhaji Adamu Ciroma, a graduate of History from the University of Ibadan should be more circumspect in his pronouncements on contemporary issues in Nigeria. He owes no less than this to his country of birth. He has gone full circle in Nigeria. NigerianNews Special
  • President Jonathan’s Baptism of Fire
    by Tunde Adenodi.
    October 18, 2010
    General Babangida was president when Dele Giwa was parcel-bombed into smithreens. Until that time and since, no parcel bomb has been detonated in Nigeria. Then, during Abacha’s rampage, there were bomb attacks against the person of Mohammed Buba Marwa, former Lagos State Governor under General Abacha. It was rumored that he wanted to kill Marwa and blame it on NADECO, Abacha’s terror at that time. Then, Abacha died. But Babangida is still alive. This is why my mind went to IBB when I heard of the October 1, 2010 twin bomb blasts in Abuja. NigerianNews Special
  • Barrack Obama-President While Black (PWB)
    by Tunde Adenodi.
    August 09, 2010
    Let me state the fact as if you did not know it: President Barrack Obama has been black (apartheid definition) since he was born in 1961. His father was an African blackman from Kenya and his mother was white from Kansas, in middle America. He was born in Hawaii, one year after that state became part of the United States of America. This makes Obama a citizen of the United States and consequently, a legitimate president of the United States of America. His birth certificate has been posted on line for all to see
    NigerianNews Special

  • Zoning: Only when we are not in power!
    by Tunde Adenodi.
    July 06, 2010
    Zoning of political offices in Nigeria has been part of political calculation for as long as the nation has been in existence. You can even call it “federal character”. It has not just crept into political lexicon. At independence, Tafawa Balewa (Hausa) was the Prime Minister of the Federation while the Speaker of the House of Representative was Nwafor Orizu (Igbo). Obafemi Awolowo was the leader of opposition. He was Yoruba. But while there is no question of northern** support for this political device for political offices, they refuse to allow for the office of the President of Nigeria to be zoned especially when and as long as they are in power!
    NigerianNews Special

  • Babangida’s threat to run for President.
    by Tunde Adenodi.
    May 24, 2010
    There he goes again, threatening us with a run for the presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He did the same thing four years ago under Gen Obasanjo who told him in no ambiguous terms to stay away from the elections of 2007. He tried to save some face by insisting that he had merely withrawn from the race in deference to Yar’Adua who was his junior brother!
    NigerianNews Special

  • Northern Presidency: The Jinx Continues
    by Tunde Adenodi.
    May 11, 2010
    I had hoped that the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was poised to break the jinx on the leaders of Nigeria of northern extraction not serving completely their terms in office. But I was wrong. He did not break it. So the jinx continues: No Nigerian Head of State or President of northern extraction has ever completed his term of office without being forcibly removed, killed in a coup or dying in office.
    NigerianNews Special

  • Turai’s Victims
    by Tunde Adenodi.
    May 10, 2010
    It is customary to be charitable to the sick and even the deceased, any sick or deceased, let alone the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. And Yar’Adua will not be an exception. His death is a loss to Nigeria and all Nigerians. It is not a loss to his wife alone, nor his family alone. We are all mourners of his death. And since he was the number one citizen of Nigeria, his successor, Goodluck Jonathan, is the official chief mourner of his death.
    NigerianNews Special

  • The "Northern" Political Game Plan
    by Tunde Adenodi.
    March 25, 2010
    The “north” in this article will be defined as the Gideon Orkar excised north, the sharia states of northern Nigeria, the original seven Hausa states of of Daura, Gobir, Kano, Katsina Rano and Zaria also known as Zazzau; named after the seven children of Bayajida who was said to have killed a mythical snake that had terrorized villagers in Daura. For the benefit of all who do not know much about the history of the Hausa people, myself included, let me make life a little easier. The “north” comprises the following: Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto, Bauchi states; under the 19 state structure of the second republic. If the truth is to be told and I think that it is about time someone did, this distinct geographical area of northern Nigeria is our collective burden. Like it or not!
    NigerianNews Special

  • President Goodluck Jonathan: "The fierce urgency of now"
    by Tunde Adenodi.
    March 01, 2010
    In 1963, Dr Martin Luther King made his famous “I have a dream speech” on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. He talked about the ‘fierce urgency of now” in the context of segregation, discrimination and economic emancipation of the black race. I do not expect Jonathan to be a Martin Luther King. His antecedents do not support such a conjecture. But he cannot afford to be a … uhm… a Shehu Shagari or Tafawa Balewa or indeed, Umar Musa Yar‘Adua. 
    NigerianNews Special

  • NIGERIA: A terrorist Country?
    by Tunde Adenodi.
    February 16, 2010
    As if to prove them right, there was yet another ethno-religious riot in Jos-Bauchi axis of the periodic theater of mayhem in northern Nigeria so soon after the attack of the under-pant airline bomber: Umar Farouk Abdulmuttalab. And they are hoping that no one, not even the United States government of President Obama, would notice the nexus in these two seemingly unrelated events. On the Northwest airplane, the attack was directed at 300 innocent multinationals, Nigerians included and on the Nigerian attack, against hundreds of innocent Nigerians; in the name of the Almighty God. 
    NigerianNews Special

  • Nigeria: How our leaders destroyed the country
    by Tunde Adenodi.
    July 22, 2009
    What started as a dream of the trio of Zik, Bello and Awo has now become a nightmare of our generation. Sometimes, I call it a “daymare” for my generation and the one that follows. It is an embarrassment to all black people of the world and a source of shame and odium for black people of the USA, particularly the President of the United States, Barack Obama. And if it means anything, I am now ashamed of Nigeria just like millions of Nigerians in Diaspora.
    NigerianNews Special