Religions of State-Fund Workplace and School Uniformity.
Farouk Martins Aresa
beast not the poor! The source of funding for religious massacre,
ostentatious living and social abuse of victims must be suffocated by
regulations, levies or outright phasing out at inception unless verified
for charity. Money is the root of all evils; billions going to religions
buy influence, political clout and recruits talikawa for dubious
activity not charity. Funding religions creates vicious circles. Impose
security fees on conspicuous spending even from private “gift”.
Fiscal Federalism, Tiv Interest And
Ethnicity. By Leonard Karshima Shilgba, PhD
With regard to the
recent intractable clashes between cattle herdsmen and the Tiv
farmers and people, would the Tiv people oppose resource control?
The most sensible answer is that Tiv people, being fiercely
conscious of their interests and autonomy, stand behind resource
control. The Tiv forebears had established an agenda—to get sizeable
land for their offspring to carry out their farming activities on.
Diezani Alison-Madueke: Goodluck
Jonathan Vs the Nigerian people,
Dr. Olusegun Fakoya
In a country that
has been rated one of the poorest in the world (never mind the
cooked up statistics declaring our economy as the biggest in
Africa), it is pertinent to take a second and closer look at the
state of unbridled luxury being lived by our elected
representatives. As a writer has suggested, it will be good for the
system if we as a people can determine how many of our public office
holders, especially governors, buy or charter aircrafts at the
expense of tax payers.Details
I Pledge To Nigeria, My Country, To Be Unfaithful, Disloyal, and
Dishonest…Sabotage Nigeria With All My Strength…
By Nwike (S)
The most populous
black nation on earth, the “largest economy in Africa”, and perhaps
one of the richest countries in the world has lost its “birthright.”
Its citizens are targets of harassment and impertinence everywhere
in the world. I walked into a FedEx office in Ontario, California,
to send a package to Nigeria and the cashier advised me that neither
my credit card nor my check would be acceptable for payment
On Rationalization of Retrogression. By
On Almajiranci, it is a settled
and established fact that begging for no justifiable reason is not
only forbidden by authentic prophetic teachings but is also
embarrassing to Hausa-Fulani and Kanem-Bornu community (which I am
one) and Nigeria at large.
Death at the Stadia: Enough is Enough. By
that avoidable tragedy resulted from ineptitude, corruption and
scornful nonchalance to the welfare of the job-seekers. A job-seeker
that participated in the exercise characterized the treatment they
received as “inhuman” But then, Abba Moro, in his ineptness,
corruption and disdain for ordinary Nigerians is not an aberration
in the government of President Goodluck Jonathan; he typifies it.
The Nigerian Jobseeker Pays for Every Job Application.
By Ikechukwu A. Ogu
I join other right-thinking Nigerians in calling for
the sack of Abba Moro. He lacks a pricking conscience and sense of
morality that would prompt a person in his shoes to resign. The
revelations so far show that he went solo as regards the recruitment
exercise. He it was who condemned and cancelled the 2012 recruitment
exercise carried out by the immediate past Comptroller-General of
NIS, Mrs. Rose Uzoma, and engineered her removal from office.
Akwa Ibom Must Produce The Next President or Else.
Farouk Martins Aresa
Akwa Ibom State is now the highest oil producing area, it is only
fair that they should be in the fore front agitating for the highest
office in the land.
If Biafra Had Won the War. By
wealth and a vibrant citizenry, Biafra could have become Africa’s first
world superpower. With citizens of the caliber of Nnamdi Azikiwe, Sir
Louis Mbafeno, Matthew Mbu, Chike Obi, Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, Christopher
Okigbo, and Michael Okpara, it had men of foresight, intellect, and
vision to rival any nation in Africa. Academics, civil servants,
diplomats, doctors, judges, mathematicians, professors, scientists,
soldiers…Biafra had them all. When Biafra seceded, it took not only a
portion of Nigerian territory with it, but also a massive part of
Nigeria’s brainpower, army officers corps, and wealth.
What Does the “North” Want? By Chido Onumah
What does the “North”
– or better still, those who claim to represent and speak for the
“North” – want? Political power? A return to pre-independence Nigeria? A
return to pre-amalgamation Nigeria? A separate country from the rest of
Nigeria? I pose these questions based on certain developments and
statements in the last few weeks by individuals and groups that claim to
represent the “North”. Of course, these questions can also apply to the
“East”, the “West”, the “Niger Delta”, etc.
Nigeria's National Confab and the Issue at Stake.
By Isa Muhammad Inuwa
One of the prominent conferees, Malam
Kabiru Yusuf, has rightly spoken the mind of most Nigerians about the
nature of the conference, when he described it as a process "whose
purpose is shrouded in mystery, its process unclear and outcome
Isolationism: Between the Cabal and Masses.
Dr. Edwin Ndukwe
In spite of the somewhat
economic thesis above and the vast hydrocarbon deposit in the Delta
region which is now gradually being depleted, only one per cent of the
oil revenue actually trickles down to the populace while 80 per cent
goes to the government (and by default into the hands of a few cabal or
clique), with 16 per cent going towards cost for operations and four per
cent to investors. To make matters worse, oil exports to America has
fallen sharply in the last few years due to the discovery of vast shale
deposits. Beyond the oil sector, Nigeria’s economy is fractured and
Tiv People Oppose Grazing Land For Fulani Herdsmen On Homeland.
Leonard Karshima Shilgba
It makes no sense to think that a purely
immigration problem can be solved by an internal creation of grazing
reserves. In comparative narrative, I see no rational nexus between
stopping smuggling in of cocaine and creation of internal cocaine
colonies across the country. Don’t you think establishment of such
cocaine colonies would rather instigate more smuggling of the substance?
Nigeria We Failed Thee, Our Own Dear Native Land… By Nwike (S) Ojukwu
The elites use tribe and religion as
political tools to rise to national prominence, and thereafter isolate
themselves from the rest of us. They allocate our resources to
themselves and their cronies as compensations for doing nothing, and
steal the rest as kickbacks for contracts that are never executed.
While we fight with one another...
Still on the Centennial Awards. By Tochukwu Ezukanma
First, what are the
criteria for bestowing these national awards? Ordinarily, national
honors are given to a distinguished few that exceptionally excelled in
different areas of human endeavor. But in the vast scene of confusion
and intractable anomaly that is our beloved country, who knows what the
criteria for these national honors will be.
Unemployment in Nigeria as a Ticking Time
The recent immigration
tragedy doesn’t even tell the true situation. This is because some of
the people that went for the job are either employed or under-employed
but looking for a federal job. In addition, we should also realise that
a sizable percentage of those looking for job may not have been invited
for the screening exercise as a result of age, qualification and lack of
information about the exercises.
A Response to Fulani Aggression in Tiv Land. By
Leonard Karshima Shilgba
Recently, the Sultan of Sokoto made a
highly inflammatory comment that the Fulanis have been “grazing on their
traditional grazing land” in Tiv land. The Tiv people have never ever
been conquered by any ethnic group in Africa. Even in the days of the
Sardauna Ahmadu Bello, the Tiv people led a revolt against oppression of
minorities in the then Northern Region. We have championed the cause of
minorities in the Middle Belt. The Tiv people do not share any
contiguous borders with the Fulanis. When and how did the Tiv land
become a “traditional grazing land” for the Fulani nomadic cattle
Perpetuation of Roguish and Erratic Electricity
Services in Nigeria.
By Ikechukwu A. Ogu
With the introduction of prepaid meters, Nigerians
heaved sighs of relief, hoping that NEPA/PHCN would supply reliable
electricity to consumers. The hope was anchored on the belief that
by a prepaid meter (pay-as-you-go system), the billing system will
truly reflect the quantum of electricity consumed. Indeed, power
supply improved tremendously in the early days of prepaid meters to
the extent of almost 24 hours electricity supply, leaving Nigerians
surprised. Perhaps, as one NEPA/PHCN official said, this was meant
to ensure the quick exhaustion of the amounts standing to the credit
of consumers so that they recharge their meters often!
Will Nigeria Disintegrate?
By Chido Onumah
Make no mistake, this conference is not the cure-all for our problems;
just as a Sovereign National Conference is not a silver bullet. Of
course, nobody (not even the organisers) can say for certain how this
conference is going to end. Nobody goes into a conference of this nature
– with a surfeit of tension, anger and bitterness – knowing for certain
how it is going to turn out. It may well signal the beginning of the end
of what is today known as Nigeria.
Confab Delegates: Somebody Failed Miserably To Include My Name On The
List Of Delegates. By Nwike (S) Ojukwu
I guess that we are
used to leaderships that perceive that its citizens are expendable and
that they (the leadership) possess superiority of skills and knowledge
that has not been tested since the world began. I disagree! The names of
some people on this list represent the same predatory class of Nigerians
that would be consigned to the dustbin of history in civilized societies
because of their various nefarious roles in our current narratives; but
for some inexplicable reasons they are held as heroes by a section of
To Lead Africans To Dignity Land.
Farouk Martins Aresa
youths at home remain oppressed or complacent to the point of no action,
there will be a war or intellect, ideologies and political power between
them and the youths born outside the Continent of Africa. It may not be
different to what happened in the Jewish State of Israel but let us hope
it will be different to that of Liberia. Nigeria, Ghana, Congo and now
S. Africa caved.
The Nation’s Mindset. By Babayola M. Toungo
The fact that the north constitutes 72% of
the landmass of the country cannot be wished away but have to be
accepted as a matter of fact. We have seen how first, Festus Odemegwu,
the dismissed National Population Commission (NPC) Chairman, and then
Tony Nyiam, a dismissed Colonel, have been trying their best to
discredit the population of the north. They might have succeeded in
convincing some of their naive listeners, but certainly this cannot
change the facts of the matter. Details
National Dialogue: Whose Agendas? By Abubakar
put on the agenda the diversion, theft, and misappropriation of national
resources and earnings? Will the issue of the sovereign wealth fund be
discussed? Will the collapse of the public service, the public
institutions; the universities, the civil society and the armed forces
and the accompanying destruction of Energy and or electricity also on
the itenary? The insecurity and wanton killings of innocent citizenry by
different ethnic and religious militias from all the nooks and crannies
of the Nigerian state going to constitute part of the issues to be
deliberated upon? Will the issue of the ill-equipped Nigeria police
force be discussed or the will adoption of the state police be an
alternative to the problems encountered by the police force?
Prices With Nigerian Salary Exempt Politicians. By
Farouk Martins Aresa
We have to
remember that many developing countries were lured into Structural
Adjustment by World Bank, not only Nigeria. But many African countries
despite that and inflation retained local prices considerably lower than
Nigeria. Conspiracy of structural Adjustment devastated African
countries to make sure raw materials and services were sold cheaply or
almost for nothing while finished products imported into these countries
are paid for through the nose.
One Week, One Tragedy.
By Chido Onumah
We all know that you can’t get a job in Nigeria,
whether in the public or private sector, without a letter or a note
on a business card from a governor, first lady, minister, senator,
retired general, local government chairman, traditional ruler or a
staunch fixer that goes by the generic label of “godfather”. And
where you don’t have a “godfather” or “godmother” who is adept at
writing recommendation letters, you have to be ready to pay the
hundreds of thousands demanded by employers, without any guarantee
of getting the job.
Grazing Reserve Development: A Panacea to the Intractable Strife
Between Farmers and Herders (published 1994) .
By Ismail Iro, Ph.D.
In conclusion, there can be no
solution to the intractable strife between pastoralists and
agriculturalists so long as the problems of rangeland use are not
addressed. The role of the government in this onerous task is to
attempt at striking a delicate balance among competing land users,
without destroying the precarious equilibrium in nomadic pastoral
enterprise. The key is enforcing land reform and protecting the
demarcated grazing reserves for the intended users. It should also
be within the government scope to ensure better stoking rates
through improved herd quality. The Fulani should be made to
appreciate the value of improved stock rather than keeping large
number of herds for the sake of it. Above all, the traditional
cattle breeders should be made to partake in collective land
conservation as a sound range management practice, to avoid what
scholars term the tragedy of the commons. Finally, the Fulani
pastoralists must be seen to participate in policy formulation and
implementation rather subjects to be studied and to be at the
receiving end of government decision making.)