Articles and Opinion
A FAMILIAR ROAD (Pt. 2) - Pat Utomi
The paradox of the state and the crushed citizen is told well by a true encounter experienced by a former Chief executive of a discount house who happens to be a pastor. On the road to Asaba, from Lagos, with his wife, policemen stopped them to check for ‘particulars’. The couple stayed cool in the back as the driver shuffled documents to and from the policeman who is expecting the ‘oga at the back’ to act. Exasperated, the law officer calls to the oga, who says very assuredly, that all documents on the car are available and in the car.
The policeman’s retort came fast, “there is no such car that we cannot find one thing out of place”. He quickly latched on something and the oga to burnish his credentials for not giving a bribe throws in the fact that he is a pastor. To that the policeman quickly responds “If you are a pastor, then you must know about Matthew 5: 25. Segun Olusanya, the oga at the back, quickly pulled up his nearby Bible and saw the injunction to quickly settle with the adversary lest you be bundled into the jailer’s hand. Add a comment
North is Pampered not Alienated by Ochereome Nnanna
By Ochereome Nnanna
I READ Martins Oloja’s front page story on The Guardian (Monday, June 24th, 2013) with interest and decided to put in a word. Oloja, the Editor of the newspaper, interviewed Ambassador John Campbell in Washington DC. Campbell was the chief envoy of the United States of America in Nigeria. When he was through with serving his country, he wrote a controversial book: Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink.
Campbell describes himself as “a friend of Nigeria”, who is so concerned for the unity of the country that he opted to speak “the truth” about the situation in a country bedevilled by instability and threatened with an uncertain future. The aspect of the diplomat’s assertions that tickles my interest is his contention that the “core North” (Arewa, or the Muslim North) is “alienated”.
He is concerned that Nigeria’s leaders are not doing enough to address the “discrepancies in the social statistics” that portray “alienation” of the region. These, he insinuates, manifest in violence, terrorism, mind-boggling poverty and high level illiteracy. He is of the view that “most of the elements in the North do not participate in the modern economy”. The general impression he creates is that the nation has not done enough to carry the North along in its modestly improving circumstances. Add a comment
Where Jonathan's Presidential Pardon Came From
Presidential pardons are used all over the world and have their basis in Matthew 6: 12 “and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us.” The principle is also found in the Qur’an which says “But if you pardon and exonerate and forgive, Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” [Qur’an, 64: 14]. The principle is that just as it is in the Bible and the Qur’an, where God promises not to remember our sins when we seek forgiveness and are pardoned, Presidential pardons have the effect of treating a conviction as though it never happened. It removes the stigma and restores the convict to normal life. The pardon is a prerogative of a grantor.
In Nigeria, there have been several Presidential pardons of which the most well known include the Presidential pardons President Shehu Shagari granted to General Yakubu Gowon for his role in the coup that led to the death of General Murtala Mohammed and Col. Chukuwemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu for his role in the Nigerian Civil War. Also, General Abdulsalami Abubakar granted a pardon to General Olusegun Obasanjo for his convictions for treason by the administration of his successor, General Sani Abacha. Add a comment
Editorial: Black Smoke = Nope, White Smoke = Pope
It is no longer news that the conclave now voting in the Sistine Cathedral have yet to come up with a new pope, but as voting continues NaijaPundit can not so soon forget the comments from Pope Emeritus, Benedict XIII.
It may be recalled that on an interview on CNN, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, said as follows;
“I am certain a Pope will come from the new continents, but whether it would be now I have my doubts, in Europe we have many very able people and the Africans are still not so well known and maybe do not have the experience yet, I believe in later years Popes will come from different countries, different parts of the world, at the moment I believe the Pope should be European” Add a comment
A MISPLACED CALL FOR AMNESTY
The call on the Federal Government by the Sultan of Sokoto to grant Boko Haram amnesty is misplaced and ill-conceived. I am in total agreement with the position adopted by CAN and Mr President on this issue and I am relieved that the call has been rejected.
The suggestion that a group of people that have slaughtered 4000 Nigerians in cold blood in the space of 2 years should be granted amnesty is completely untenable and unacceptable. It is also dangerous and counter-productive. This is all the more so when the group has no face and has refused to identify itself or its leaders and when it has not entered into a ceasefire or laid down it's arms. Add a comment