The Helplessness of the Helpless. By Dr. Jones
Nigeria of today seems to consist mainly of a people on a
journey who have no clear vision of where they are going and have no
clue of how to get to anywhere. They are like a people on a ship on the
high seas going through storm with fire everywhere, with everyone
fighting to become the captain, to steer the ship to as diverse
directions as there are people on the ship, with no selfless one in
sight to give them hope, vision and clear leadership out of their
Kano Emirate and Islamic Scholarship: A New Dawn. By Abbas Yushau Yusuf
This economist who is the heir to Gidan
Dabo is a wise choice on our traditional institutions which was
bastardized due to its eroding influence in Northern Nigeria but with
the appointment of Emir Muhammad Sunusi the 2nd Traditional Institutions
in Nigeria and Kano will be reformed and the true teachings of Islam in
line with modernity be rooted.
Kano Emirate: The Beginning of the End. By Usman Adnan Maje Adnan
Although I respect and admire Sanusi
Lamido Sanusi, and though I support APC and the Kwankwasiyya Ideology, I
strongly do not support this appointment, I would have prepare someone ;
without any known political affiliation, someone without political
enemies in the Asorock Villa and PDP, someone without corruption charges
levelled against him even if they were politically enticed, someone not
accused of extremism in his Islamic Ideology even if the accusations
were wrong, ascended this precious throne, in order to maintain its
Value, honour, significance and power.
Our Hausa Brothers And Sisters Are Free No African Is.
Farouk Martins Aresa
Enough people have died in the North because of religious riots. Nobody
has the gut to ban all extraneous religions introduced to Africa to
“civilize” while using the same religions as weapon of mass destruction
to wipe out homes, communities, brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers and
children in the same families. Religions can be deadly diseases we must
watch as auto-immune malignant cancers that rot from the head down. Even Christians
lured as converts sucked it up.
Buccaneers as Statesmen.
By Chido Onumah
spendthrift, Mr. Akpabio has always been a newsmaker, and lately, for
his attempt to secure for himself and his family a sumptuous retirement
benefit. Apart from the senseless carnage by Boko Haram and the
inability of government to confront the security challenge, nothing has
attracted greater public outcry in the last one month than Mr. Akpabio’s
The Example of Kala-Balge Village in Borno State.
By Choice Ekpekurede
today is that Nigeria has become a state whose security lies primarily
in the hands of ethnic militiamen and civilian vigilante groups. While
Nigeria's military must be commended for whatever successes it has
recorded against Boko Haram and other marauding militant groups, it
remains a reality that we cannot depend on the military alone. The
military is either grossly incapable or unwilling to do what is
necessary to protect ordinary citizens.
Now That Jonathan May Loose My Vote.
will confess that Jonathan has met a few of my expectations
especially with regards to the economy, but I am angry. I am angry
at the extraordinary incompetence and the blatant denseness that
this government has shown in managing the national haemorrhage
called national security. Under this government, the social contract
between government and We the People has been so breached that it is
almost logically fallacious to expect this government to meet its
own side of the contract of protecting lives and ensuring the
physical security of We the People.
The Slow And Gradual Damage Insecurity Is
Doing To All Of Us. By
obvious and imminent danger, in the form of the immediate and constant
personal threat to life and limbs, that it continues to pose for those
of us who are unfortunate enough to be caught up in or around crisis
prone areas, the current prolonged state of insecurity in the land is
gradually destroying our respective individual and collective humanity.
Africa: Drones Cannot Capture Boko Haram Generals. By
Farouk Martins Aresa
has become an opportunity for all kinds of countries to occupy Nigeria.
It is déjà vu again at the table of amalgamation of African countries.
Which in reality, is the disintegration of Africa by western influences,
languages and culture. They have colluded and collided in the past and
it will happen again at the expense of their hosts, if Africa is not
discrete. We already have some mercenaries from France and Israel in
full control of some African presidential guards.
Democratisation Of Violence Or State Of Emergency? By Babayola M. Toungo
The request for the extension of the state
of emergency in the northeast states tabled before the National Assembly
by Goodluck Jonathan and sheepishly approved by the House of
Representatives is clear indication that they have harkened to the
misinformed call of the Southern Leadership Assembly and not the
informed call by the North East Leadership Forum. While the former live
over a thousand kilometres away from the northeast, the later are right
at the centre of the mayhem. The act of tabling the request in itself
is further prove positive that the Jonathan administration “has now
become a government of impunity run by an evil-minded leadership..” to
quote Admiral Murtala Nyako.
Indian Election: The Lessons Nigerians
Muhammad Muhsin Ibrahim
As Nigerians, we
don’t have to go to a far place like India to learn anything in
politics, for two reasons. First, we get a model to learn from right
below our noses. I am talking about Niger Republic, yes, our poor,
neighbour Niger. In their last general election of 2011, not a
single soul was lost as a result of violence, and everything went on
efficiently until the end. Second, India is, independence-wise,
older, and, democracy-wise, much older than Nigeria. While our
democratic government had been interrupted by several military coups
after our independence on 1st October, 1960, theirs is
never halted since 1947, when the country got independence from the
same British colonial brutes that ruled us.
Haunted By Unsustainable Payoff To Politicians Mend & Boko Haram.
Farouk Martins Aresa
outrageous salary of politicians, Boko Haram and MEND seems to be cast
in stone since no Jupiter of criticism, logic or foreign pressure has
imparted any changes. Yet it is unsustainable, bearing forbidden
fruits to others as examples to pluck or loot. No country wastes
trillion cash in currency and remains solvent.
Nigeria can spend N63.28 billion on degradation of Niger Delta
environment to employ former militants to restore agriculture, not idle
them as in 2014 budget.
Islamophobia And The Prospects Of Interfaith Diaolgue In Nigeria.
By Abdullahi Abubakar Lamido
To be fair, the injustice against the followers
of other faiths is not a monopoly of any people. Among
Muslims there are those who assume that nothing good can come
from a Christian. They judge Christianity based on the bad
behaviors of some godless Christians.... I still remember my
first encounter with one Pastor Gbenga from the South-South, a handsome and very
brilliant young Pastor whose open-mindedness and understanding
epitomizes the Qur’anic declaration that the Christians are the
closest to the Muslims in terms of affection compared to the
adherents of other faiths.
Northern Governors: Jonathan’s Soul Mates? By Babayola M. Toungo
It has been universally agreed that
northern Nigeria has become a basket case. The region is now a perfect
template for failure in all its ramifications. Our educational system
has failed; the health sector is in shambles; agriculture – hitherto the
bedrock of the region’s growth – is virtually non-existent, and commerce
and industry has practically disappeared. The north is to all intents
and purposes, the sick man of Nigeria. Details
#BringBackOurGirls Campaign And The Evolution Of Hashtag Activism.
President Jonathan, the man in the eye of the storm, only came alive
when he learnt the online campaign has drawn the attention of Western
powers. He did not flinch since the religious extremists kidnapped about
300 girls from Chibok. Nigerians didn’t expect him to lift a finger
though, after all, nothing now moves him considering how he danced away
in Kano 24 hours after 74 persons were killed by a bomb blast at Nyanya.
Discipline: The Weapon of Success.
By Ahmed Adoke
I beg for pardon from those class of officers
whose physical appearance does not conform with the true meaning of
Discipline as comprehensively explained in earlier paragraphs.
Obey before complain Order of the Military.
The present state of indiscipline in almost
most of Nigeria establishments especially the Army has to do with
the wholesome disciplinary language of “obey the last order” by
superior officers. The slogan, obey the last order before
complained has in so many ways deprived the average soldier,
policemen to raise eyebrow even when grossly cheated.
And Found Girls By Boko Haram Generals A Sham.
Farouk Martins Aresa
people will certainly claim that it was the pressure from the outside
world that forced General Badeh to declare that the girls have been
found to save the Army from ridicule. Most Nigerians that suffer at the
hands of not only Boko Haram but in the hands of MEND, OPC or MASSOP
administering jungle justice to their victims, already know what the
world discovered. They are the daily victims of carelessness and
indifference by the politicians and their militias.
An Open Letter to the Nigeria National Conference, Part
I: On the Form of Government and Political Restructuring.
problems facing the country cannot be addressed by merely tweaking the
current (1999) Constitution imposed on the civilian administration by
the military after 29 years of a unitary military government (1966-1979;
1984-1999). The National Assembly through its “constitutional review”
cannot be relied upon to adequately address the fundamental problems
because its members have sworn to uphold the 1999 Constitution. This is
why the National Conference is critically important to “realistically
examine and genuinely resolve, long-standing impediments to our cohesion
and harmonious development as a truly United Nation”.
Upbraiding the Invalidation of Cards Trapped in ATMs.
By Ikechukwu A. Ogu
Another snag with the use of ATMs is the recurring
“out-of-service” and “out-of-cash” syndromes, especially with ATMs
in heavy use, and during weekends and public holidays. On Fridays
and days preceding public holidays, most bank customers hardly make
withdrawals, trusting that ATMs will function, and have enough cash.
Often, on such days, customers are forced to move from one bank to
another in search of a functional and cash-backed ATM.
Scrap State Electoral Commissions.
By Ado Umar Muhammad
I have never liked the idea of states
having their own so-called State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs)
for the purpose of conducting local government elections. I always
have a frightening feeling about it, the kind one gets about the
advocacy for state police forces. There are things like these that
we shouldn’t be embarking upon as a nation because they stunt our
growth. This is because we’re not yet matured enough politically,
culturally and otherwise, and our democracy is still in its infancy.
Coming Of Usman Dan Fodio As Boko Haram.
Farouk Martins Aresa
Christian and Muslim
missionaries’ left undivided powers in the hands of Sultan and Emirs
that enhanced deadly
religious consequences in
the North compared to South where activists not Oba or Obi got political
power. Emirs in the North have been under pressure to make sure they
Dan Fodio radical
teaching of Islamic Sharia by Boko Haram well before 80 year old Ado
Bayero and Sultan of Sokoto were attacked. The double edge sword killed
Nigerians Just Hoping On Emptiness. By A.S.M. Jimoh. By A.S.M Jimoh
Nigerians and Nigeria are two wonderful objects that defy
nature. While Nigeria represents all that make a country to be
successful, yet it remains a failed state. People who are less harsh say
failing state. Nigerians on the other hands represents a people who are
supposed to be thoroughly angry with their rulers but they never get
angry. They have one reason or the other why a ruler should be. It is
either he/she is a Muslim, Christian, first PhD holder to rule us, a
minority tribe or a pilot! Ridiculous you may say, but that are
Nigerians yardstick for selecting their leader. To add to the odd is
that Nigerians are people who hope in things where there is no single
What if, Nigeria? By Leonard Karshima Shilgba, Ph.D.
Politicians in Nigeria never learn, at
least they never learn in time. Nigeria is now divided, not into two
parts, but more. Safety of life has become very doubtful. The heart of
many Nigerians is becoming calloused with deep-seated anger and hatred
in increasing degrees. Disappointment and fear are common emotions on
our streets. The man of lawlessness is now in charge of our spiritual
engagements, which always precede physical endeavors. The four
scattering horns push dangerously north-wards, south-wards, east-wards
and west-wards, pushing against stability, national confidence, and
general safety. But we shall soon have four divinely sent carpenters to
smash these horns.
419: A Novel – Review.
419: a novel is a Nigerian metaphor, a realistic one.
I am amazed that the current governments, particularly at the
federal level picked no fight with Ferguson on this tell it all
rendition of the Nigerian tragicomedy story. Nigerians and their
governments rather than take up the challenge of a not too sweet
reportage, go for the kill and on many occasions directing tantrums
in the direction of the source of such foul reportage. It has
happened severally in time past.
Fighting Terrorism With Amnesty.
By Theophilus Ilevbare
Never mind the barefaced denial from Dr. Reuben Abati,
Presidential Spokesman that the Commander-In-Chief, President
Goodluck Jonathan, did not offer the Islamist group, Boko Haram,
amnesty. On democracy day, we heard the speech of the Minister of
Youth Development, Mr. Boni Haruna, loud and clear, and should
anyone be in doubt, here are his words, verbatim: “President
Goodluck Jonathan has declared amnesty for members of the Boko Haram
Democracy And Grassroots Development In Delta State: The
Best Way Forward. By Otive Igbuzor, Ph.D.
In this paper, we
examine democracy and grassroots development in Delta State. But
first, we examine the different perspectives on development, the
challenges of development in Nigeria and Delta State and budgetary
allocation in Delta State from 2007-2014. I will also share my
personal experiences of trying to mobilise for democracy and
grassroots development in Delta State and conclude with the best way
Prepare For Boko Haram Generals’ Coup D’etat.
Farouk Martins Aresa
Ebele’s National Conference fails to execute change, coup d’état
will try. More want regional government right now. Some people
don’t realize a contradiction between National Conference agreement
by mostly wanted and coups that are bound to raise ugly head in the
Army by tulasi. Either of the two power plays can be used to
justify the end. It depends on who gets the better grip. The
consequences must satisfy majority of folks yearning for change. No
going back now.