Articles and Opinion
Give Me The Clueless President
"15 years after, a Clueless President ensures that the abandoned Kaduna Refinery resumes Operation. The Clueless President ensure that the 8 Depots in Northern Nigeria are supplied with PMS (Petrol). The same Clueless President is ensuring that some Roads in the Kano - Bauchi Route is being repaired to stop it's death-trap state.
We saw how the Clueless President repaired the Lagos - Benin and extending it to Aba, after it was left in sorry state for over 18 years.Add a comment
What Does Datti Know About Boko Haram?
What informed the federal government’s decision to even agree to dialogue with Boko Haram last week, with Dr. Ibrahim Datti as mediator? Tired of fighting terrorists and murderers, and tired of protecting its citizens?I suspect two things might have happened: It is either members of the deadly sect and their sponsors are fast losing ground to security agencies and, by extension, the war and wanted soft - landing or some people in the corridor of power wanted to prove to President Goodluck Jonathan how influential they are. Add a comment
I disagree with Gov. Muazu Babangida Aliyu
By OkekeIzuchukwu Job
According to governor Aliyu, the poverty in the northern Nigeria is partly traceable to the meager resources accruing to these states from the federation account. He faulted the sharing formula which gives the oil states extra funds to oil states at the expense of other states in the federation. He contends that the obvious development in these southern states is down to the extra funds accruing to them.
It’s been a long time I wrote even on my blog. Sad, because a lot has happened within this period I was in the wilderness. But, the fact is that time was a factor that often militated against me. However, today I have to write, once again, because I heard news I cannot just ignore; that my adorable governor of Niger state, Chief Servant MuazuBabangidaAliyu has criticized the Nigerian revenue sharing formula which he said favoured the oil states so much.
Many of my friends in the media and among Nigerian writers know how much I adore and respect His Excellency, the Chief Servant of Niger. For one, he is one person who does not shy from real issues. He does not fail to criticize either himself or his colleagues: fellow governors or politicians especially of northern extraction. A rare man of courage, he is the only one among the governors ‘indicted’ by Boko Haram recently who failed to apologize to the daredevil group. Add a comment
NIGERIA IS NOT EASILY REVERSIBLE
Col Abubakar D. Umar (rtd)
There are many, many issues that the Boko Haram insurgency has thrown up which cannot be easily addressed; some have no solutions at all. For example, Boko Haram say their prime goal is to impose Shari'a Law throughout Northern Nigeria. In other words, they are seeking to dismantle this country as we know it and to create another in which they alone will rule. But we have also been told that they want to eradicate decadence, corruption and injustice in our body politic. And so on.
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Boko Haram's ambition of creating a climate of fear, terror and panic ahead of their plan to re-invent Nigeria, seem close to reality. A visitor to some of the major cities in northern Nigeria - Kano, Bauchi, Maiduguri, Kaduna etc - will be forgiven to conclude that Nigeria is at war. Indeed, every passing day brings heart rending stories of cruel killings from Boko Haram's bombs and explosions with panic stricken citizens running from pillar to post. And with police and military check-points conducting widespread stop and search everywhere, the scenario of a nation at war is hardly disputable.
So What Next …….After The Mother Of All Protests?
I am almost afraid and weary to write this article. This is probably because of my penchant to dwell very long on issues that are very close to my heart, but don’t want to bore the reader with a long treatise.
Unfortunately, however, the problem of Nigeria is my problem, your problem, and you know what, the world’s problem.
In sitting down to write this article, I have had to rely very heavily on comments made by my friends and other people in the newspapers, internet media, the social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, etc., not because I cannot come up with my own, but because they are very interesting, inspiring, sagacious and like our elders will always say in, two heads are better than one.
Nobody has a monopoly of knowledge or opinions. We all have to learn from each other, and believe me; I have learnt a lot from my countrymen and women in the past two weeks of the oil subsidy removal imbroglio.Add a comment