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*Nuclear-Powered Nigeria? Tell Me Another Joke.
By Ikechukwu Enyiagu
The “Giant of Africa” is at it again, the blind Nigeria has again joined the race of the seeing; it’s now a nuclear power project. What a joke of a country! What a joke of leaders! What a joke of democracy! Nigeria is a joke-every agreement to it is a joke. One of my readers who is raised up in a fear-induced environment and inertia to slavery may not understand, simply because he does not want to understand how funny, irritating and totally animalistic Nigerian leaders, in their quest to continue their international display of shame, are daily making every Nigerian look in the foreign circle. Such a man has been defeated by fear and has settled for nothing. But, wake up! Ponder your reasons and the reason for things which concern you. That alone will prompt the mass-response and opposition to this nonsense.
Nuclear power is the use of sustained nuclear fission to generate heat and do useful works; it’s another source of power generation. In Nigerian leaders' context, the building of nuclear power plants is the perfect solution to our development, and the answer to the questions that all Nigerian leaders, past and present, could not answer. These leaders claim that their quest for a nuclear power is the quest for the “god of all answers” because it will power the economy; it will provide the country with electricity. Presently, about thirty countries operate nuclear power stations, and Nigeria, in her quest to join in this spiritual dance without wearing any spiritual underwear, is now fuming that “it’s nuclear power or nothing; total annihilation of Nigerians or nothing.” In this piece, I’ll show how silly this idea and those who champion it are, and why Nigerians should insist on a Sovereign National Conference. ( Continues below….. )
On the 20th of September, 2010, I wrote a piece which answers to “A nuclear world” and Iran’s nuclear power defiant pursuit (http://nigeriamasterweb.com/blog/index.php/2010/09/20/a_nuclear_world_the_culmination_of_morta_1). In 2002, the government of Malaysia, Nigeria’s colonial brother and age-mate (http://www.republicreport.com/i-love-malaysia-i-love-nigerians-written-by-ikechukwu-enyiagu/), in every attempt to avoid the option of nuclear power plants, initiated a project called Biomass Power Generation and Cogeneration in Palm Oil Industry (BIOGEN) to help promote the use of renewable energy, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the private sector. The project’s primary objective focuses on palm oil industries and the use of waste material in generating electricity in the mills and selling it to the grid where possible.
Nuclear power is not for baby countries if at all any country should try it. Nigerian leaders, in their selfishness and bloated self-image will do anything to appear as having right control of situations in this region when everyone knows that most of them are unstable in body, mind and soul. The best you could perhaps get among them would include one “comic honourable” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OF0Re7gJBb8&feature=related) who, in his sincerest and deepest concerns for Nigerians, and maybe in a bid to grammatically pacify lawmakers and get them back to the table after their heroin and corruption-induced arguments which often lead to fights , makes the parliament appear as a gathering of fruitless and unfeeling comic lovers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeS102JrTvA&feature=player_embedded).
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Photo Above: Map of Nigeria
The Fukushima nuclear meltdown in Japan was enough to trigger a global second thought even on “for energy alone nuclear plant” programs. As it stands today, Germany and Switzerland are phasing out their nuclear power project ambitions as a result of what this has made out of Japan. Nevertheless, Nigeria’s proud and ignorant leaders are going ahead to sign a contract with Russia for a nuclear power plant in Nigeria. It was the same Russia that built the defunct steel industry in Nigeria and supplied Nigeria with manuals written in Russian language; one of the foundational blocks which made the Ajaokuta steel mill another mess. Nigerian leaders who cannot agree to a thing as simple as a good road network across the country are now thinking of a nuclear bomb.
A country without the slightest security (which, by the way, starts with the national purse) now thinks it can handle the dangers associated with a nuclear plant. Sometime in the past, it was the news that the federal government would begin power generation through Enugu coal, but it’s now going to be Russian-built and managed killer plants. While China drives her economy through coal, Nigeria rejects what is, in another bid to further marginalize the South-East as was the case with the glaring inequality in the creation of states, and has now decided to siphon off oil money to Russia and politicians’ private accounts in exchange for nuclear bombs. While Malaysia is working on extending her energy generation source to palms, majority of which were rumoured as having come from Nigeria, Nigerian leaders are busy frustrating every good lead and pursuing impossibilities instead. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria
Nigeria’s nuclear power ambition is a joke and a mockery just as the name "Nigeria" itself is. A country which derives more joy in her outward image than in the health of her body is undoubtedly on a suicide mission. Not long ago, it was Nigerian satellite; a project which is an imitation of excellence, without foundation. Well, if these atomic bombs must be installed in Nigeria, it will not be anywhere near South-East. If Nigerian leaders have concluded on the deal and, as always, shared some money amongst themselves as a result of this, the power plants should be situated in the parliament building. And if the president agrees to it, then they should to be located in his home town to augment the oil spillage and many atrocious activities carried out by oil companies in Nigeria against the Niger Deltas.
Nigerian leaders are a joke, just as Nigeria is a joke. But not all jokes are funny; some are irritating; Nigeria is an irritating joke. Good leadership can never be achieved through stubbornness and bigotry; it’s through collective positive efforts. So far, that is entirely impossible in the present Nigeria and in her leaders. Nothing, no matter what, will ever work in Nigeria unless and until a complete Sovereign National Conference is called for and held. Before Nigeria becomes another Iran, the leaders should consider what Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, and even Japan have become. Before you make another step in your canvassing for international support (http://www.voiceofnigeria.org/Nigeria/Jonathan-directs-ministry-to-document.html), try to get a national understanding. There can be no international recognition and support for Nigeria until and unless a Sovereign National Conference is called for. And before Nigeria goes on this suicide mission with nuclear bombs, please know that South Sudan is not in any way better than Biafra and has not paid more price for freedom than the Southern Nigeria has. A man who totally ignores his wife while campaigning for recognition in the society is a complete failure and is headed for early grave. He is a fool. Nigeria, as it is now, is such a man.
Ikechukwu Enyiagu can be reached at
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