On President Buhari’s new (dis) appointments

While, in my opinion, it’s still too early to attempt to gauge President Buhari’s performance, even so, it might not be wrong to pose a comment on his probable dispositions, especially the one that raised so far the loudest outcry across the nation’s media platforms. I’m particularly concerned to see sudden changes in the discourse of interlocutors, a disquiet that may likely lay on the line the hard-earned change Nigerians collectively fought for in the last election. Mr President’s recent appointments, unlike his previous actions that caused inconsequential name-taggings, call for reflection. I decided to comment on these because learning from former President Jonathan’s case, there is no doubt the Hausa axiom says, ‘when you see your brother’s beard is on fire, you should quickly bathrobe yours with some water.’ Continue reading “On President Buhari’s new (dis) appointments”

Justice at play in Egypt: Mohammed Morsi sentenced to death

Until a more comprehensive justification is evident, I actually can’t conceptualise the justice at play in Egypt! In July 2013, the Muslim Brotherhood faced its worst dramatic moment, something I considered as their rise and fall in the Egyptian politics, the climax today is far more dramatic. Could the world and particularly the great people of this cradle of civilisation unravel this mystery, please? Continue reading “Justice at play in Egypt: Mohammed Morsi sentenced to death”

Xenophobia is a crime against humanity!

Whenever we sat on our desks, during our secondary school days, the first thing that greeted us was a statement curvedly written in bold and coloured chalk like a rainbow above the blackboard, which said: ‘Apartheid is a crime against humanity.’ This sentence sank deeply more like the Nigerian National Anthem in our heads. It was later we realised what the sentence meant, though not as profound as how those who created it wanted us to understand; it was intended to sensitise Africans and the world about the injustice of Apartheid that South Africans were going through, thus as a way of solidarity. We also understood that it was not only in Jalingo (my hometown) or Africa; it was all around the world. Continue reading “Xenophobia is a crime against humanity!”

Who will win Taraba 2015 gubernatorial election?

In a couple of days, Taraba and nearly all the states in Nigeria will go to the polls again this time to vote for their governors and the state House of Assembly Members. Despite the ruling party, PDP, won the presidential election in the state, with a marginal victory, against the opposition party, APC, it’s still very difficult to predict the outcome of the forthcoming election.

Many probable factors are at play.  Major among them are the crises that marginalized PDP’s primaries, which tore apart the party into two, and the popularity of the APC candidate compared to the PDP’s. One may ask, ‘why then the PDP won the presidential election?’ Here’s my take on some of the reasons regarding the two largest political parties, the rest is left for Tarabans to prove me right or wrong comes April 11, 2015. Continue reading “Who will win Taraba 2015 gubernatorial election?”

INEC Chairman ought to be sacked – Odia Ofeimun

In the wake of the ongoing Nigerian politics, here comes another perspective, I suppose a controversial one, from a Nigerian poet and writer, Odia Ofeimun who after speaking on the politics of Pan African Organization, recommended that the INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega ought to have been sacked for what he considered as manipulation of the voters’ card distribution.  Continue reading “INEC Chairman ought to be sacked – Odia Ofeimun”

Traditional institutions and the politics of exclusive power in Nigeria

One of the grievous mistakes of colonial legacy in Nigeria is the deliberate and constitutional exclusion of traditional institutions in decision making. Despite the over 1000 years of dynamic heritage and effective leadership, particularly in the North, these institutions were only able to secure a ceremonial mention and a consultative role under the Local Government System section 2, subsection b (ii) of the constitution of Nigeria. As old as Great Britain, the country still upholds and enjoys the value, integrity and stability of its traditional institution. How Nigeria can achieve that remains, as far as I’m concerned, a critical issue for the so-called cream of the crop, especially given the lack of probity that cloaks the current political system.  Continue reading “Traditional institutions and the politics of exclusive power in Nigeria”

Al Qaeda member turned spy: The story of Aimen Dean

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Grabbing my usual early-morning breakfast in front of the TV and taking hold of the day headlines before jumping out of the house, I saw this hard interview on Stephen Sackur’s BBC Hard Talk programme. More than the half of my day, it kept ducking me into pondering again and again! Aimen Dean, a former Al Qaeda, worked for Britain as a double agent in Islamic Centres within Britain to uncover information about terrorist’s activities that could help the government in averting extremism. Why would Aimen take this dicey job and decide to come out on air at this critical time? Most importantly, how would the different worlds around him interpret his adventure? These were some of the questions that preoccupied my thought, and finally, I decided to share them with you.

After many years of disguise among people who believed him to be a fellow comrade or even sometimes a leader, Aimen Dean now appears on BBC television disclosing his mission and, despite admitting the danger of what he was doing, remained firmly confident and convinced that he was and still on course! He believed this could be the way to expose the people that hijacked Islam and wrongly portrayed its canons.

Though some people might see his action as similar to that of Edward Snowden, religious leaders and Muslims around the world have for long condemned extremists’ activities as un-Islamic, be it Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, ISIS/ISIL in Syria and Iraq or Boko Haram in Nigeria. As these organisations employ horrific measures such as brutal killings and ransom to terrorise their targets, so also susceptible and insusceptible countries alike work out strategy, such as the deployment of agents the likes of Aimen, to help them detect and destroy terrorists’ networks and organisations.

Aimen did one of the most precarious jobs, and why he decided to jump into the fire just to prove his innocence is what remains inconceivable. I hope given the extent people continue to plunge into endangerments as a result of a loss of hope, soon mankind will find a solution to the daunting challenges posed by the insurgency across the globe.

Click to watch the full interview.

The gallantry of Captain Sagir on Ekiti vote

The worst and most dangerous mistake a country could make is to politicise its defence system. Two or three things are apparent from my perception of Captain Sagir’s action, and this gallantry hopefully will become the whistle that sounds the victory of Nigeria in the hard-hitting game of nationhood.

At first, blowing a whistle as fierce and sensitive as this nature is, without a doubt, a daring bravery, and Nigeria salutes Captain Sagir’s courage, prays and hopes for more from courageous Nigerians like him across all sectors!

Secondly, it is true to say his action exposes not only the profligacy of Nigerian politics, which is no longer news around the world but also a dreaded indication of a corrosive activity that has begun to eat the foundation upon which the country stands. Some people, especially within the military institution no doubt may see the action of Captain Sagir as an act of betrayal or cowardice, but this claim, controversial it might be, only justifies the bedlam within and the ardent need for the Nigeria military and all security institutions alike to put their house in order quickly! If they were as divided as they are now, Nigeria would have been forgotten a long time ago. It was their patriotism and resilience that kept the country alive, and so they shouldn’t allow corrupt politicians to systematically waste their sacrifice in vain.

To these ends, because Captain Sagir did what he did, though only God knows how much this heroism will cost him, as, based on his words, it has started, I strongly believe, his action and other incidences that preceded his are a sign of a defining moment for Nigeria. And, hopefully, these are what would eventually culminate to set the country finally free from its bondage.  So, help Nigeria, God.

A lesson to take home: An interview with Asari Dokubo

Given the experience Nigeria has gone through in the last six years of present administration, characterised by a high deterioration level of public service, law and order and security, I strongly doubt if President Good Luck’s capabilities are comparable to General Buhari’s. It is evident, leadership requires more than just an impractical humility to ox a diverse and convoluted country like Nigeria.

In this interview by Laylah Aliyu Mai (Voices of the Youth), a more evenhanded I have never seen granted by Alhaji Mujahid Asari Dokubo, there is a lesson to take home if fellow Northerners put off emotion and read between the lines. In my opinion, at least in this interview, this is someone who combines pride in being a Muslim, an Ijaw man and a Nigerian – all inclusive – and ready, without any predisposition, to sit on a dialogue table!

Again, in my opinion, Goodluck surprisingly appears to have far less in evidence to convince Nigerians to risk another four years of a plodding collapse, perhaps, we may with a more competent Nigerian-Ijaw.

For now, we have every reason to believe, Buhari, irrespective of his regional and religious identities, remains a strong hope of a drowning country.

See the continuation of the interview.

Gargadi ga mai yawan korafi

Yawan korafi kullum da hangen cewa wani ya take maka hakki, bai haifar da komai sai mutuwar zuciya da musiba a cikin al’umma. A duk lokacin da mutum ya zama mai yawan korafi, to kodai rago ne, yana zaune yana jira idan biri ya tsinko dan giginya ya fadi a kasa ya dauka, ko kuwa shi ya zalunci kansa, ya ki yin abinda ya cancanta na karbo yancinsa.  Ina wannan bayani ne a dangane da irin dambalwar siyasa da a ke tabkawa a jihata, jihar Taraba. Musulmai da Kiristoci, musamman matasa hankali ya gushe; a maimakon yin abinda ya kamata na ci gaban jiha, sai zage-zage da zargin juna kawai a ke yi, wanda ba zai haifar da da mai ido ba.  Continue reading “Gargadi ga mai yawan korafi”