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Nuclear-Powered Nigeria? Tell Me Another Joke.

08/08/11

Nuclear-Powered Nigeria? Tell Me Another Joke.

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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….. )

A Nuclear Power Plant

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).

( Continues below..... )

Map of Nigeria

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….. )

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

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 ike.enyiagu@gmail.com

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24 comments

Comment from: Dr A. Mottoh (London) [Visitor]
Dr A. Mottoh (London)If it is true that Nigerian leaders have Nuclear ambition, I will applaud their wishful thinking because that is what it is and will remain because it will never go beyond the drawing board. Do not get me wrong it is not because we do not have the intellect or the financial resources, far from that it is for the simple reason that we are not a united people, there is no single issue that units us. Even if we are united, for what purpose. Generation of a steady electricity from fossil fuel which we have in abundance has proven elussive. The technology of generating electricity from fossil fuel is so elementary that we should have been power self sufficient as way back as thirty years ago. In 2011 we are worse than we were thirty years ago.
It seems that our leaders have forgotten that our only source of income is oil, why do we need a nuclear source of energy? If the idea is to venture into producing nuclear bomb, the same question applies, for what? The prosperity of a nation is not measured by the number of nuclear bombs it has but by how well feed, how well educated and the life expectancy of its citizens.
To conclude, it is absolutely important that our leaders should focus on improving the living standard of our people before building their castle in the sky.
08/09/11 @ 00:01
Comment from: ogundiniyi olurotimi [Visitor]
ogundiniyi olurotimiyou have said the truth, but you were too hash broher
08/09/11 @ 02:21
Comment from: Fire [Visitor]
FireMy brother u have spoken well, if they are building the nuclear power, they should not near south east, let it remain in Abuja.
08/09/11 @ 07:52
Comment from: hitler [Visitor]
hitlerMr.Enyiagu you make a lot of good points eventhough you seem to be very angry at the childish ideas of Nigeria decision makers. There are so many problems associated with Nuclear energy and Nigeria is not secure enough for such a product, let to think of it, can the advanced Nations even allow you from the point of insurity(Terrorist listed Countries) to complete this plant?
Do you even think how you can dispose the nuclear waste ? This is a big problem for many countries today who at the past were even using Nigeria to dump their waste.
How can you give the cotract to russians , think of the defucnct steel industry abandoned half way by the same Russia.Unless it means here awarding the contract on the paper and turning back to share the money with them, because every normal man even a child knows Nuclear for Nigeria is a joke.
08/09/11 @ 08:10
Comment from: Ebenerzer Akinpelu [Visitor]
Ebenerzer AkinpeluI have not seen anyone who is so negative about his place of birth as you are.

We all Nigerians are leaving a self fulling prophecy becuase all see and talk about, about our beloved country is negative.

When are you in the media would start re-orient the masses. Nigerian newspaper used to be one of the best 10 in the world through investigave reporting but corruption and briberies are as much with the news media as the so call leaders

08/09/11 @ 09:40
Comment from: Osa [Visitor]
OsaOne comment stood out sternly in this article, that is that, it will not extend past the drawing board. This is another avenue of deception, to excuse their inability to deliver, but create an avenue for corruption. Feed the people, repaire the infrastructure, create job, and most importantly security of life and property, before pumping up the unimaginable.
08/09/11 @ 10:28
Comment from: jackson2j4 [Visitor]
jackson2j4They 've said it that this generation of ours is a wasted one, our leaders no doubt, want to make this dream come true.If this article is something to go by, then that means our leaders are intending constructing castles in Mars without even building hut on our planet ,earth.What senseles, stupid and visionless nonentities we 've as leaders. To visitor Ogundiniyi, I can't apprehend what is harsh in this article , but a well worded,visionary and intelligent contribution from, I guess a well educated journalist who sees far more than our blind, moraless and conscienceless entities called leaders can't see.To Ebenerzer, a visitor,this is not being negative about ones country,either you don't appreciate the message of the article or you are underating the gravity of the negative impact this initiative will 've for our generation and future generations.
08/09/11 @ 12:25
Comment from: sam [Visitor] Email
samPeople do not just talk because they have mouth and people are considered educated or intelligent only because when they talk, they talk with intelligence. You made a point but it lacked intelligence. I called it a destructive criticism.
08/09/11 @ 12:34
Comment from: uju [Visitor]
ujuin a time that the western world has seen the desaster that may be associated with nuclearpower. think of fukushima. Shame on whoever is pushing for nucear power plant in Nigeria!! I love naija
08/09/11 @ 14:23
Comment from: olu [Visitor]
oluThe writer is too negative. When you pull down Nigeria, you pull down all it's regions whether North or South. Make your points but please stop bashing Nigeria. Some of us still believe in better days ahead for the country.
08/09/11 @ 14:45
Comment from: IBENEME EZEANI [Visitor]
IBENEME EZEANIMr. Sam, if u call this destructive, then I think we even need more of that to see if we can possibly counter the age-longed DESTRUCTION these people have wrecked on us all. Such a bad idea of a project needs to be 'destructively' destroyed at its infancy b4 we are destroyed by it.
08/09/11 @ 14:53
Comment from: Concerned citizen [Visitor]
Concerned citizenNuclear power for Nigeria? well its not an impossibility. Nigerians have showed in their respective and individual selves{politicians apart) that they can compete and thrive in any field; be it interlectual in fields of science, art or in every daily challenges. So why not nuclear energy? I'll say in those countries that generates power today through this means, they have gone through great pain and means to lay the necessary foundation for the sustanance of such venture. Decades ago i learned that we actually had two experimental reactors in two of our top universities, only to be abandoned due to some western propaganda machine. These centers would have pioneered and serve as growing field of great minds in this field. Anyway all is not lost, like i earlier stated, Nigerians are great minds, and adepts at adapting and overtaking obstacles, that is when encouraged. Recently i learned that a French minning company is actually mining uranium the rare element necessary for initiating and sustaining nuclear reaction(the atomic fuel) in Nigeria, made me wonder if Nigeria is actually getting a share of this mined comodity(stored for future use), or its like what i thought, "pay and take it all" the norm of privatisation sector, in our new found democratic freedom? i also wondered what is happening to all the other elements we read about in secondary school that is found in the country? Anyway one thing i've learned about nuclear energy is where ever it appears,there also appears development. These is advance physics and there is different fields to it rather than power generation. I agree with the writer on the ignorrance of our politicians, but not against nuclear power. Nigerians are not idiots, and i know, one day these selfish politicians that have kept us in the dark will give account one by one!
08/09/11 @ 15:23
Comment from: fred [Visitor] Email
fredSORRY NIGERIA IS TOO YOUNG TO THINK OF A NUK .THEY SHOULD THINK OF MAINTANING THE LITTLE INFRASTRUCTURE OUR FOUR FATHERS LEFT FOR US . AND ALSO CONCENTRATE ON THE OIL GOD GAVE TO US.
08/09/11 @ 16:39
Comment from: JONAH ODEH [Visitor]
JONAH ODEHWhen i first saw the headline "NUCLEAR-POWERED NIGERIA" fear grip my soul,remembering what happened in JAPAN not long ago. we should not forget that JAPAN is more develop in science and technology than Nigeria,with all their technology we all see the devastating effect the NUCLEAR POWER PLANT EXPLOSION had on JAPAN.

Talk less of Nigeria where our leader have not being able to track down the culprit who bomb our Police force HQ. till today, all we hear is that Govt, want to dialogue with the suspected group for peace.there is no politcal will to fight this suspected group.

Iam affraid someday some angry group of people will just go and blown up the plant, because nigeria is too divided on tribes and religion. we need a soveiegn national conference to really iron some basic issue about nigeria as an entity.

MY PRESIDENT should be carefull of selfish advicers who have misled many presidents in the past, please my president kindly work with your campaign agenda, and dont sign any nuclear power plant project at ll, we dont need that now.

provide job, food, security,shelter,good roads,and stable power to this country. thats what we need now.
08/09/11 @ 17:06
Comment from: Beaty Groth [Visitor]
Beaty GrothThis article is a very sensitive one, as it concerns not only Nigerians but the world at large, Nigeria being a multicultural society as well as a country of interest to people from other continents. If I may add or suggest, instead of Nuclear Power "Solar Energy" could be a better substitute as its negative impact manageability could be better handled by old but still growing nation like Nigeria. It is encouraging dough to know that the present government is thinking about the need to provide constant electricity to its electorate. The fact that ASO Rock and the rest of Nigeria is like "The city of the blind where an eyed man is the king" should gradually become a thing of the past. A good leader is the one who does positive things he would be remembered for, since NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT. Leaders have come and gone and no one leader will bring an end to leadership. Some past leaders who looted the economy cannot believe they are now ordinary and are still struggling to come back for further evil. We should all remember that we all have limited times to prove to our creator that we have been responsible with the positions He gave us. Nigeria needs and deserves a total clean-up. The present government should disallow people from other countries coming into Nigeria under the disguise of developmental contract to steal our money and at the end of the day, the same people give and call Nigeria all kinds of evil names, thereby biting the finger that feeds them. Beaty
08/09/11 @ 18:09
Comment from: Victor K.C. Johnson [Visitor] Email
Victor K.C. JohnsonIt beats me how Nigerian politicians would always shamelessly want to redicule all of us in the eyes of the rest of the world, these comic characters are even bad court jesters who even cannot even decipher that we their audience are not even smilling to their Iritating jokes.. Gosh!
08/10/11 @ 04:23
Comment from: Bobo [Visitor]
BoboEven with the Fukushima accidents and other related issues, Japan is working on more nuke plants. The US has finalized arrangements for more. Agreed, nuke technology is dangerous but nobody should be deceived, solar and wind (and other renewables) cannot, in anyway, be alternatives to nuclear. What I think we should be talking about is how to get our people to be committed in doing it right and in accordance with global best practices. Will you cancel your flight just because there was a plane crash somewhere (with everybody on-board dead). Let's ponder more on how best to do it rather than how best not to even consider it.
08/10/11 @ 05:25
Comment from: Aliyu Abubakar [Visitor]
Aliyu AbubakarI think we should give it a trial but, there are pressing issues that needs urgent attention. There is poverty in the land, government should do everything to address it. There is no doubt about it, electricity is the back bone of any economy.
08/11/11 @ 05:03
Comment from: Riot5000 [Visitor] Email
Riot5000LOL
SINCE WE CAN'T SEPERATE PEACEFULLY, MAYBE THE NUKE CAN ANIHILATE EVERYBODY and our problems are solved.
The Giant Elephant Dung of Africa has been nothing but a DISGRACE to black man everywhere for the past 4 decades.
BORN TO RULE DOES HAVE IT'S DISADVANTAGES.
Maybe, BOKO HARAM will run the Nuclear Plants if built.
08/11/11 @ 05:59
Comment from: Umar [Visitor] Email
UmarIt's a good write up bt my advise is that in critisizing goverment policies lets keep region out of it, cos it is one of the factors why we are still strugling as a nation, people hide under the shadow of region, religion and tribe etc to perpetrate all kinds of corruption yet still get sympathy of some, simply base on common ground not minding the gravity or consequence of of such an act and funny enough these symphatizers dont care if the looters ever think of developing their 'common ground' except for building mansions calling it home and stagging d excesses abroad which their families cant reclaim. I also agree that we need a change in governance of nigeria absolutely, cos noting is working well in this country, oh! Sorry do i say nothing, i mean their siren is blowing very well.
08/11/11 @ 06:35
Comment from: ugochukwu Nwosa [Visitor]
ugochukwu NwosaNigerians are tired of junk journalism. Nuclear-powered electricity is not the same as the production of nuclear bomb. Nigeria is one of the countries that has signed all relevant conventions in respect of nuclear energy for peaceful uses. Our Journalists still have a long way to go if, in the 21st century, they still believe that nuclear energy is all about nuclear bomb. For God's sake, give us no more of this thrash!

11/08/2011
08/11/11 @ 13:50
Comment from: bade [Visitor]
badenuclear nigeria?pls let me know where its to be situated so i know where to run to.g think it should be situated close to Aso rock
08/12/11 @ 00:49
Comment from: Az. Ameh [Visitor] Email
Az. AmehIt would be an incontrovertible shame if Mr. President supports such a totally crazy idea let alone fermenting it himself because everything about it is inimical to the yearnings of the common man.

I really find the comment from Ebenerzer Akinpelu dated 08/09/11 @ 09:40 (it can be seen on this webpage)very irritating, he should go and hug a transformer for all I care if saying the realistic truth about this our beloved country makes him uncomfortable. Perhaps, his relative is one of the bandwagons that makes this country unbearable for us.
08/15/11 @ 13:33
Comment from: Akadiri tayo [Visitor] Email
Akadiri tayoNuclear plant in nigeria ! Good bt my fear is nigerian govt lack maintenance culture.
09/27/11 @ 10:46

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