#ENDSARS: The Next Step. By Leonard Karshima
First, let me advise the Buhari
government that the #ENDSARS matter is not about President Buhari.
Buhari's managers shall be making an irredeemable mistake to assume
that this movement is about Buhari. It is belittling to reduce the #ENDSARS
call to an Anti-Buhari Agenda. #ENDSARS is a metaphor for building
a more perfect union. The clarity of vision, articulation of intent,
and aggregation of like minds shall grow brighter and brighter each
passing moment until the haziness associated with its inchoate shape
is lifted. Details
EndSARS: Aluta continua. By Tochukwu Ezukanma
In sane climes, every element of power
comes with a corresponding responsibility. But in the upside-down
world of our beloved country, Nigeria, every element of power comes
with a corresponding irresponsibility. The Special Anti Robbery
Squad (SARS) was specially empowered to enable its operatives to
effectively combat violent crimes. But in our characteristic abuse
of power, they convolved their powers into a license for impunity,
brutality and murderous binge. They took illegal arrests, extortion,
torture and extra-judicial killings to extents, hitherto unknown in
Matters Arising: GMO Seeds in Northern Nigeria.
By Abubakar Bala Garba Muri
The destructions of Northeast farmlands and
driving farmers away to become international displaced persons (IDPs)
was the first stage to make them lose all their natural seeds and
crops, and now the second stage to replace their crops with the
so-called ‘improved seeds’ used as the code name for GMOs and Hybrid
Study Notes on “Revolution” and
By Edwin Madunagu
This piece, or rather, the set of
propositions in it, should be seen as a memorandum to a future
committee or commission of the Nigerian Left on People’s Manifesto.
It is not an infallible diktat. With this understanding, we may
proceed to the question of national unity. If Nigeria’s ideological
spectrum is broadly divided into the Left and the non-Left, I
propose that only the Nigerian Left has been consistently committed,
in principle, to the just resolution of the national question which
I broadly define here as the complex of problems of “national unity”
that arise when two or more ethnic groups or ethnic
nationalities—each of them class-divided—are brought together under
one sovereign state.
Nigeria at 60: The Giant Shall Survive. By
Garba A. Isa
During his tenure as Military Head of
State of Nigeria (1983-1985), President Muhammdu Buhari described
the country as “A giant in chains:” He was referring to the nation’s
well known image as the Giant of Africa. Given the current turn of
events in terms of Security, Economic, Political, Corporate
Existence and other emerging challenges, Nigeria seems to be in even
The splendor of CAMA. By Tochukwu
Therefore, in accordance to the
Word of God, irrespective of its religious make-up, the Buhari
administration reserves the right to regulate Nigerian churches. As
dictated by the Bible, pastors must submit to government regulation,
as stipulated by CAMA. Disobedient pastors will be punished by the
Buhari administration with the approval of God.
Abubakar Gummi: 28 Years After. By Garba A.
Mahmud Gummi was a former Nigeria's ambassador to Saudi Arabia, a
former member of the Judicial Service Commission, a former Grand
Khadi of the then Northern States of Nigeria (until he retired from
service in 1975) and a former chairman of the defunct National
Pilgrims Board which eventually transmuted into the National Hajj
Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON. He was also the Chairman of the
National Teachers Institute (NTI) Kaduna. The magnificent Sultan
Bello mosque venue of the late Gummi's Da'awah programmes
greatly misses the Sheikh particularly his Ramadan and regular
Tafsir and Ahadith sessions.
Lend Your Voice. By Otive Igbuzor, PhD
The book Lend Your Voice is
written to inspire women to speak loud and clear on critical issues
that affect their lives and well-being and to encourage members and
institutions of society to support them in their bid to stop the
menace of rape, violence against women and girls, sexual harassment,
discrimination, violation of women’s rights, trafficking of women
and so on.
Getting In On The Act: Early Political Awakening In Northern
Nigeria. By Ajiroba Yemi Kotun
NORTHERN NIGERIA’s awakening in its early political drive is mainly
traceable to the involvement of some educated Northerners with the
National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC). The party was
founded in 1944 by its President, Herbert Macaulay (1864-1946), a
Yoruba; together with Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe (1904-1996), an Igbo, who
emerged its Secretary-General in 1946.
Job Slot Demand: The Height of
Political and Socio-economic inequality in Nigeria.
Starting with the Federal Inland
Revenue Service, FIRS 2018 job saga , the whole bizarre started
when some unfavoured legislators at the center out of their
annoyance revealed how the agency balkanized the job vacancies
advertised among themselves decided to seal the mouth of the
legislators by allocating some slots to principal officers of the
national assembly in order to frustrate any form of investigation.
Jibia: Why PMB Should Call Hameed Ali to Order.
By Professor Abdussamad Umar Jibia
Our problem is with the decision of
the President’s right hand man, Col. Hameed Ali to ban the entry of
Nigerian made goods into Jibia local Government, particularly Jibia
town. For the past two months, additional checkpoints have been
introduced including one at the point of entry into Jibia town, with
the sole purpose of stopping any vehicle carrying goods into Jibia
from any part of Nigeria.
Rot In NDDC: Beyond Titillating Tales From ‘Port Harcourt Girl’
And ‘Uyo Boy’ . By Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye
And so, as President Muhammadu
Buhari’s anti-corruption posturing and grandstanding which have for
some years now been on life-support finally breathed its last and
was wheeled out for burial (without an autopsy), and the loud
attempt by some shameless pretenders to clean up the cesspit of
corruption called the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)
degenerates into a public trial of the National Assembly, Minister
of Niger Delta and the remorseless (mis)managers of affairs at the
NDDC, instead of there to be a national mourning and grand
coalition against graft and its perpetrators, Nigerians are all over
the social media and at various points of gathering, demonstrating
that they have only found in the calamitous development fresh
ingredients for juicy comedy skits and colourless jokes. What a
COVID-19 Pandemic and the Global
Socio-Economic Turmoil: Going Beyond Capitalism.
the biggest and most important lesson, that underlines all other
lessons, to be learnt from the raging Coronavirus pandemic that has
infected over 11.6 million and killed more than 539, 079 people
globally as at the last count1, it is that the current
socio-economic system, represented by global capitalism cannot take
humanity forward to the next stage of civilization.
Reorganising Nigeria’s Left Politics.
There is a contradiction between an enduring desire of the Nigerian
Left (the aggregate of Nigerian Marxists, socialists, and fragments
of radical democrats), on the one hand, and the actual history of
Nigeria’s Left politics on the other. That contradiction can be
stated like this: Nigerian Leftists have always hoped to found a
substantial and respectable pan-Nigerian organization that is
capable of permanently and continuously coordinating their
revolutionary strategies and popular-democratic struggles regardless
of the electoral agenda, time-tables and timelines presented to the
nation by Nigeria’s ruling class and its governments.
Katsina Bombing: More Questions
than Answers. By Prof. Abdussamad Umar Jibia
Everyone knows that the bandits who operate in the Northwest and
parts of North Central are not the same as Boko Haram in their
ideology and methods. While Boko Haram claims to be fighting to
establish an Islamic state and even chant Islamic slogans when they
launch attacks, the bandits in the Northwest are completely ignorant
of Religion, do not claim it and have no ideology but stealing,
killing, maiming, raping and destruction. They were never reported,
even once, to chant any religious slogan while attacking their
President Buhari Reset (Part I).
By Leonard Karshima Shilgba
Buhari should spend his remaining 35
months as president on big ideas, resetting his strategies around
providing enduring solutions instead of palliatives; giving
Nigerians the opportunities to express themselves, not hand-outs;
and fashioning out bold reforms without retreating in the face of
opposition by labour unions. We need a Buhari reset; Buhari must
work towards certain signature reforms that would wean Nigeria from
foreign reliance, provide foreign trade deals for our products,
bring about quality education and health care delivery, and make
skilled Nigerians to stay back and build their country.