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Virtually all the commentaries in the Nigerian media concerning the largely surprising outcome of the November 8 presidential election in the United States of America suffer from one fundamental defect: they were not situated within a philosophical theory or paradigm which alone can give intellectual depth and meaning to such an important event pregnant with possibilities of global ramifications.

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VP Yemi Osinbajo with the Chibok schoolgirl and her child

Appearance, reality and the idols (5)

The recent unprecedented nocturnal raid on the residences of Supreme Court justices and judges of the Federal High Court by the Department of State Services (DSS) based on allegations of corruption has been discussed from every angle by Nigerians. In my opinion, it is really a sad reflection of serious intellectual kwashiorkor in our universities that two well-known Professors of Law, Yemi Osinbajo and Itse Sagay, actually endorsed the Gestapo-like tactics used by DSS operatives around midnight sometime in October to arrest the top-ranked judicial officers.

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The Members of Civil Society Coalition for Good Governance  on A Rally against Department of State Security Service[DSS] on Recent Clampdown on Judges in Nigeria, Theme: War on Corruption Through due prosess, Pix: Mr. Adeola Ilori, {middle in Black Suit] Convener of the Group, during the rally, at Testing Ground Bus stop, along Awolowo way, Ikeja, Lagos, on. 02/11/2016. Photo: Bunmi Azeez

Appearance, reality and the idols (2)

Nigeria is not yet a nation in the real sense of the word, because the awareness of belonging to a community with shared history, common values and feeling of oneness and solidarity to shape the future together has yet to germinate and blossom in a significant number of Nigerians from various ethnic nationalities and religions across the country. Nationhood is not just about belonging to the same geopolitical space with others. Rather,it entails a dynamic psychic nexus, a glue of creative imagination and habitual feeling of unity-in-diversity with fellow nationals at both conscious and subconscious levels, including a shared strong belief in an ideal, dream and historical destiny that must be worked for – and, if necessary, die for as well.

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Edo Election: PDP supporters in mass protest

Appearance, reality and the idols (1)

One of the most interesting issues dealt with in metaphysics as a branch of philosophy right from the time sages in different parts of the world began to philosophise in antiquity is the question of appearance and reality. In thinking about the subject, philosophers use it to signify a contrast between the world of “mere appearance” usually considered to be nothing more than a reflection or shadow of something greater, with what is real and, therefore, probably of more value and permanent. It is claimed further that when the “really real” is cognised as such, it serves as the foundation of wisdom and knowledge.

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General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd)

The futility and irrationality of revenge (8)

To start with, when Gowon came back to Lagos, some top federal civil servants were surprised at the scope and depth of concessions he made to Ojukwu. Consequently, they advised him, wrongly, not to implement it because, in their opinion, the agreement was “unworkable.” Given that the Aburi summit essentially affirmed the structure of governance in the first republic which worked so well before the coup of January 15 truncated it, the only reasonable explanation of their negative stance was myopic selfishness motivated by desire to preserve their exalted positions in Gowon’s government.

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The futility and irrationality of revenge (6)

Why did Major Danjuma and his murderous band of soldiers humiliate, physically assault and kill Ironsi based on the unsubstantiated allegation that he was either complicit in theJanuary 15 coup or was unwilling to deal with Nzeogwu and his group because an overwhelming percentage of the prominent coup plotters were Igbo? What exactly was the role of Lieutenant-Colonel Gowon, Ironsi’s chief of army staff, in the revanchist coup?

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(FILES)- A March 2, 2012 file photo shows an Ohafia cultural troupe entertaining bystanders during the burial of Nigeria's secessionist leader Odumegwu Ojukwu at his native Nnewi country home, in Anambra State eastern Nigeria. Odumegwu Ojukwu, who championed the campaign for an independent Republic of Biafra in eastern Nigeria in the 1960s culminating in a 30-month civil war which left more than a million dead was buried at his Nnewi family home in Anambra State. Its name is synonomous with the declaration of independence and updates on the brutal conflict that followed, but nearly 50 years after Nigeria's civil war, Radio Biafra is again making headlines. AFP PHOTO

The futility and irrationality of revenge (4)

These attacks were partly due to the tendency of responding to crisis in Nigeria by blaming without careful thought and corroborating evidence those from the other ethnic group or other side of the country. As the late novelist, Prof. Chinua Achebe observed, “there seemed to be lust for revenge, which meant an excuse for Nigerians to take out their resentment on the Igbo who led the nation in virtually every sector – politics, education, commerce and the arts…an open target, scapegoats for the failings and grievances of colonial and post-independent Nigeria.”

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The futility and irrationality of revenge (3)

But before we identify those Ironsi promoted when and why, I should point out that Dr. Mbadiwe, Minister of Trade, who was among those pencilled down for assassination by the coup plotters, had a lucky escape. Having killed the Finance Minister, Chief Festus Okotie-Eboh, the dissidents went after Mbadiwe. No one knows precisely how Mbadiwe did it, but he eluded his would-be assassins and hid in the State House, residence of Dr. Azikiwe who was away in London for medical treatment.

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Umuada Ndigbo in diaspora

The futility and irrationality of revenge (2)

So, let us try to consider as dispassionately as we can, on the basis of available data, whether the first military coup was indeed an Igbo coup, as alleged by some writers such as Isama Elaigwu, in Gowon: The Biography of a Soldier-Statesman and Karl Maier, in This House has Fallen Nigeria: in Crisis. But before we do that, certain basic points must be highlighted.

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