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Starve Religions of State-Fund Workplace and School Uniformity. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Starve the 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”. Details

 

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. Details

 

Diezani Alison-Madueke: Goodluck Jonathan Vs the Nigerian people, By 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) Ojukwu

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 purposes. Details

 

On Rationalization of Retrogression. By  Adamu Tilde

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. Details

 

Death at the Stadia: Enough is Enough. By Tochukwu Ezukanma

In essence, 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. Details

 

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. Details

 

Akwa Ibom Must Produce The Next President or Else. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Since 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. Details

 

If Biafra Had Won the War. By Max Siollun

With oil 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. Details

 

What Does the “North” Want? By Chido Onumah (revised)

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. Details

 

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 uncertain." Details

 

Nigeria’s Socio-economic Isolationism: Between the Cabal and Masses. By 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 frankly inefficient. Details

 

Tiv People Oppose Grazing Land For Fulani Herdsmen On Homeland. By 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? Details

 

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... Details

 

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. Details

 

Unemployment in Nigeria as a Ticking Time Bomb. By Ogwu Paul Okwuchukwu

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. Details

 

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 breeders? Details

 

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! Details

 

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. Details

 

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 the polity. Details

 

Needed To Lead Africans To Dignity Land. By Farouk Martins Aresa

If the 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. Details

 

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 Mohammed Sambo

Will they 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? Details

 

World 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. Details

 

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. Details

 

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.) Details

 

 

 

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Nigerian Censuses and their Discontents (I)

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Last week when I reproduced my column of nine years ago on the composition by religion of delegates to President Olusegun Obasanjo’s 2005 National Conference as proof that President Goodluck Jonathan’s version which opened last month was merely a replication of Obasanjo’s strategy of political manipulation of religion, I promised that the controversial issue of the religious composition of this country will be a subject matter of this column another day.

Against the background of the vehement protests and counter-protests the huge gap in favour of Christians in the composition of the conference - 309 out of the 497 delegates as against 184 Muslims – had provoked from several religious organisations, notably the National Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), I thought today was as good a day as any to deal with the subject. Details

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Let us celebrate the new GDP with caution

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Where Are The DISCOs And GENCOs?

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The unemployment crisis

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Boko Haram: Bauchi evacuates 200 students from school

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No helicopter supplying weapons to Boko Haram--FG

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234 Students Missing, Not 129, Parents of Chibok Govt Secondary School Claim

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US groups write Jonathan, seek action against B’Haram

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15 killed as gunmen invade Taraba village

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Another girls’ school attacked

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7 more Borno schoolgirls escape from B/Haram

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Police nab female car snatcher in Kebbi

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Lagos Residents Flee Over Ruptured Gas Pipeline

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FG shuts down Kaduna Airport

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FCT Minister and his Directors 

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Aliyu Approves Appointment Of Yusuf Nuhu As New Etsu Agaie

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Police launch war against cultists, kidnappers in Edo

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One dies as hoodlums clash at Oba’s palace

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Rainstorm wreaks havoc in Lagos

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Nigerians groan under worsening power supply

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Nigeria earns N674b, as FG records N105b deficit Jan – CBN

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Nigeria’s rebased economy

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CBN Raises Supply of Lower Naira Denomination

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20 months after inauguration...NNPC board fails to meet

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FG plans review of rice importation policy

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Power sector collapse: Banks cry out over fate of investments

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2015: Jonathan may declare in May

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Kutigi Changes National Confab Committees’ Venue

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Nyako Asks Jonathan to Explain Source of Funds Given to Kwankwanso for Delegates

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President, Governor and gutter

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Nyanya bombing! What else can go wrong?

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Can Nigeria Still Be Rescued?

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Leadership The Obama Way

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Nigeria: Lessons From Rwanda

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Serious Challenges

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Demonisation and Blackmail as Official Policy

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Home Truths about Boko Haram

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Nations Cup players dominate W’Cup list

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2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup: NFA Expects Falconets To Reach Semi-Finals

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2015 AYC Qualifiers: Flying Eagles Face Abuja Football College In Tune-Up Match

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W’Cup: NFF re-confirms Eagles’ friendlies

BURNING POT BY PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON When Babalawos Run Our Education

The question is why are teachers afraid to write a test, according to my friend Vin, on a serious/light note said, "its a set-up against the teachers, these teachers might fail the exam. They have been out of school so many years ago. They are teaching to make a living, nothing more. If there's going to be an exam...it has to be set in advance, maybe two years or more notice to allow these grand parents study." Details

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'Ethnic slaughter' in South Sudan

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Nigeria school kidnap - '230 seized'

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Gabon goalkeeper dies after head kick

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Kenyan wins amid Boston tributes

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MP killed by car bomb in Somalia

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Algeria militants kill 14 soldiers

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'Dozens die' in S Sudan cattle raid

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Egypt left-winger to challenge Sisi

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Algeria's president gets fourth term

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UN outrage at South Sudan attack

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ICC calls Kenya Ruto trial witnesses

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French troops free Mali aid workers

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Huge op hits al-Qaeda strongholds

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Frustrated MH370 widow keeps faith

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U.S. fears Syria used chlorine gas

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Runners honor bomb victims

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Marshal kills defendant in court

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Spike in respiratory virus cases

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Jerusalem birth law under review

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Country singer Kevin Sharp dies

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Mt. Everest climbing season on hold

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Beijing show: Car giants defy austerity

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Chris Brown's bodyguard guilty

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Lindsay Lohan: I had a miscarriage

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